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Today in History - Wednesday - November 30, 2011
1700 - 8,000 Swedish troops under King Charles XII defeated an army of at least 50,000 Russians at the Battle of Narva. King Charles XII died on this day.
1782 - The United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, ending the Revolutionary War.
1803 - Spain completed the process of ceding Louisiana to France.
1804 - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase went on trial accused of political bias. He was later acquitted by the U.S. Senate.
1838 - Three days after the French occupation of Vera Cruz Mexico declared war on France.
1853 - During the Crimean War, the Russian fleet attacked and destroyed the Turkish fleet at the battle of Sinope.
1897 - Thomas Edison's own motion picture projector had its first commercial exhibition.
1936 - London's famed Crystal Palace was destroyed in a fire. The structure had been constructed for the International Exhibition of 1851.
1939 - The Russo-Finnish War began when 20 divisions of Soviet troops invaded Finland.
1949 - Chinese Communists captured Chungking.
1954 - In Sylacauga, AL, Elizabeth Hodges was injured when a meteorite crashed through the roof of her house. The rock weighed 8½-pounds.
1962 - U Thant of Burma was elected secretary-general of the United Nations, succeeding the late Dag Hammarskjold.
1966 - The former British colony of Barbados became independent.
1981 - The U.S. and the Soviet Union opened negotiations in Geneva that were aimed at reducing nuclear weapons in Europe.
1989 - PLO leader Yasser Arafat was refused a visa to enter the United States in order to address the U.N. General Assebly in New York City.
1993 - U.S. President Clinton signed into law the Brady Bill. The bill required a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases and background checks of prospective buyers.
1993 - Richard Allen Davis was arrested by authorities in California. Davis confessed to abducting and slaying 12-year-old Polly Klaas of Petaluma.
1995 - President Clinton became the first U.S. chief executive to visit Northern Ireland.
1998 - The Deutsche Bank AG announced that it would acquire Bankers Trust Corp. for $10.1 billion creating the world's largest financial institution.
2001 - For the first time in its history, McDonald's teamed up with a retail partner on its Happy Meal promotions. Toys R Us provided plush figures from its Animal Alley.
2001 - In Seattle, WA, Gary Leon Ridgeway was arrested for four of the Green River serial killings. He was pled innocent on December 18, 2001.

World News

Europe delays major debt decisions for 10 days
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Under pressure to deliver shock treatment to the ailing euro, European finance ministers failed to come up with a plan for European countries to spend within their means. Such a plan is needed before Europe's central bank and the International Monetary Fund consider stepping in to stem an escalating threat to the global economy.

Euro Finance Ministers Discuss Radical Ideas to Avert Global Crisis
Finance ministers from the euro zone’s 17 member nations have converged on the European Union headquarters in Brussels today in a desperate bid to save their currency and to protect the global economy from a debt-induced financial crisis.

Greece gets $10.7 billion but rescue plan stalls
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Eurozone ministers sent Greece an euro8 billion ($10.7 billion) Christmas rescue package Tuesday to stem an immediate cash crisis yet failed to resolve fears that the common euro currency might be doomed.

North Korea claims progress in uranium enrichment
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea said Wednesday it is making rapid progress on work to enrich uranium and build a light-water nuclear power plant, increasing worries that the country is developing another way to make atomic weapons. Pyongyang's Foreign Ministry said construction of an experimental light-water reactor and low enriched uranium are "progressing apace." The statement added that North Korea has a sovereign right to the peaceful use of nuclear energy and that "neither concession nor compromise should be allowed."

Turkey slaps economic sanctions on Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- Turkey slapped tough economic sanctions on Syria on Wednesday, freezing assets of officials involved in the government's crackdown on an 8-month-old uprising, suspending ties with the nation's central bank and banning all military sales.

NATO attack was blatant aggression: Pakistan army
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A senior Pakistani army official has said a NATO cross-border air attack that killed 24 soldiers was a deliberate, blatant act of aggression, hardening Pakistan's stance on an incident that could hurt efforts to stabilize Afghanistan.

UPDATE: Egypt imports 21 tons of tear gas from the US, port staff refuses to sign for it
CAIRO: The arrival of 7 and half tons of tear gas to Egypt’s Suez port created conflict after the responsible officials at the port refused to sign and accept it for fear it would be used to crackdown on Egyptian protesters. The shipment has been moved by the ministry of interior to its Cairo storage facility, amidst strick and secretive security measures. Local reports say the staff, initially under investigation, have been spared investigation after having a discussion over the matter with their superiors.

Bomb voyage: 600 Libyans ‘already fighting in Syria’
RT - The Libyan government apparently wants to share its successful experience of overthrowing the Gaddafi regime with like-minded Syrians. It has sent 600 of its troops to support local militants against the Assad regime, according to media reports. The fighters have joined the Free Syria Army, the militant group carrying out attacks on government forces in Syria, reports the Egyptian news website Al-Ray Al-Arabi citing its sources. The report says the troops entered Syria through Turkish territory.

Iranian protesters storm British embassy
(Reuters) - Iranian protesters stormed two British Embassy compounds in Tehran Tuesday, smashing windows, hurling petrol bombs and burning the British flag in a protest against sanctions imposed by Britain, live Iranian television showed.

VIDEO: British embassy staff taken hostage by Iranian protesters
Six British embassy staff were taken hostage by Iranian protesters who broke into the British Council compound in northern Tehran, local semi-official Mehr news agency reported. Some 300 students staged a protest before the British Council compound in the Qolhak area in northern Tehran and about 100 of them forced their way into the building despite the police prevention, said the report.

Iran threatens 150,000 missile response to Israeli Jerichos
RT -Saber-rattling rhetoric in the Middle East is reaching new heights. Israel is reportedly deploying its long-range Jericho missiles around Jerusalem, while the Iranian defense minister threatened massive missile retaliation against Israel.

VIDEO: Russia launches new missile defense to cover Atlantic
RT - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered operational the newest Russian radar system that protects from missile attacks and covers all Europe and Atlantic. Medvedev personally arrived in Russia’s westernmost exclave of Kaliningrad and received a report from the Space Defense Troops commander that the radar station was fully ready for the launch. After this, the president gave the order to put the radar on combat duty.

Just in case? Russian fleet to reach Syria in December
RT - Speculation is growing whether Russian war ships heading to the Mediterranean will indeed anchor by the Syrian coast. And, despite military officials’ assurances, some expect it to disturb the balance of power in the region. Conflicting reports are coming from the Russian military on whether the Russian battle group of three vessels led by the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier will in fact visit the Syrian port of Tartus.

European MP's suspect Manning is being tortured
RT - Outrage over the treatment of Bradley Manning has peaked nearly two years after he was first put in federal custody. Now 50 members of European parliament are urging the US to allow the UN's special rapporteur on torture access to the soldier.

Court finds Bush and Blair guilty of war crimes
RT - Those who lobbied to have George W. Bush and Tony Blair tried for their role in the Iraq War have finally got their wish. Though the verdict of the court carries no legal weight, its supporters believe its symbolic value is beyond doubt. The court in Malaysia where the trial took place may not have the power to convict, but the verdict against the former British and American leaders was unanimous.

Unregulated mycotoxin found in cereals - FSA
UK - An unregulated, potentially harmful mycotoxin was found in over 10% of cereal sampled during a Food Standards Agency (FSA) survey, a report has confirmed.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Iowa: Gingrich 28, Paul 13
Daily Mail - The CEO of the Pollster, Insider Advantage, is Matt Towery, who has served as Campaign Chairman for Newt Gingrich.

Newt Gingrich's Skeleton Closet
If character doesn't matter to you, then Gingrich is your man!

PROMISES, PROMISES: Candidates shield records
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the final weeks of Mitt Romney's term as Massachusetts governor, a small team of aides combed through statehouse filing cabinets. They filled more than 630 cartons with papers destined for the state archives as the primary documentary legacy of his administration. One floor, though, was almost completely off limits to them: Romney's inner sanctum, his third-floor office.... Romney's selective policy toward public access and preservation of his executive records raises stark questions about how transparent his administration would be if he were to become president.

VIDEO: Bringing the War of Terror Home
Freedom Watch November 29, 2011 - Rep. Justin Amash, (R-Mich.), explains why he voted against a defense bill that would allow American citizens to be detained by the U.S. Military.

Horses could soon be slaughtered for meat in US
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Horses could soon be butchered in the U.S. for human consumption after Congress quietly lifted a 5-year-old ban on funding horse meat inspections, and activists say slaughterhouses could be up and running in as little as a month.

Senate defies Obama veto threat in terrorist custody vote
Washington Times - Defying a veto threat from President Obama, the Senate voted Tuesday to preserve language that would give the U.S. military a crack at al Qaeda operatives captured in the U.S., even if they are American citizens. Led by Sen. Carl Levin, the Michigan Democrat who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, senators voted 61-37 to preserve the language that gives the military custody of al Qaeda suspects, rather than turning them over to law enforcement officials. Related article here.

VIDEO: S. 1867 Coverage - McCain vs. Paul & Statement from Rand Paul
Daily Paul 11/29/11- Paul vs. McCain on Senate floor and statement from Senator Paul.

YouTube: Freedom Watch - The War Over Military Reform and Detaining American Without Trial
November 28, 2011 - Col. Douglas Macgregor, (Ret.), explains why provisions of the NDAA fly in the face of Constitutional principles and what's really needed to reform our military and bring it into the 21st century.

VIDEO: Why Is a CBS News Anchor Scoffing at Blowback and Diplomacy?
The sneering contempt that Bob Schieffer shows Ron Paul in the interview above is something to behold. Watch it yourself, for words can't do his dismissive manner justice. But a mere transcript of the exchange is enough to show what the CBS newsman gets wrong on the merits, and to lay bare a bias in his purportedly objective journalism. As you read, ponder what is, in this case, an interesting question: What sort of bias is at work here?

Cain tells aides he is reassessing his campaign
ATLANTA (AP) -- Herman Cain told aides Tuesday he is assessing whether the latest allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior against him "create too much of a cloud" for his Republican presidential candidacy to go forward.

George Orwell’s guide to the news
RT - The Western mainstream media falsifies the news resorting to euphemisms, half-truths and lies in the best (worst) style of George Orwell’s novel 1984. We all live in the unreal world of “Newspeak” used by the Global Power Elite to control our minds.

Drones cleared for domestic use across the US
RT - What do you know about drones? You know drones — those robotic, unmanned planes that fire missiles for the American military across Afghanistan, Pakistan and anywhere else the United States needs to get away with murder.

Military contractor launches smear campaign against Medal of Honor hero
RT - For serving his country in Afghanistan, Dakota Meyer was awarded the Medal of Honor this year. Now only two months later, he is taking a military contractor to court for fabricating claims that he says is making it impossible to get work.

House votes to ease airport screening for troops
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House on Tuesday voted unanimously to allow military travelers on official duty to get a special preference to move through airport security checks faster.

VIDEO: Phil Hart: Declaring a State of Emergency
Activist Post - Idaho State Representative Phil Hart became concerned about the federal government's illegal introduction of Canadian gray wolves in Idaho because they pose a public danger. The federal government and Idaho agreed to allow a population of 100 wolves into the state, but the Canadian wolf population far exceeds that number now, and is estimated to be 1000 to 2000 wolves that can weigh as much as 140 to 180 pounds. The federal government mismanaged the wolf program under the Endangered Species Act.

Michael Jackson's doctor sentenced to 4 years
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The doctor convicted in the overdose death of Michael Jackson was sentenced to the maximum four years behind bars Tuesday by a judge who denounced him as a reckless physician whose actions were a "disgrace to the medical profession."

Occupy Wall Street Protest

Released from hospital, injured ‘Occupy Oakland’ Marine calls for justice, peace
Raw Story - Now out of the hospital after a painful injury dealt by the business end of an Oakland police projectile, Marine veteran Scott Olsen, 24, has begun his road to recovery — but he’s still waiting to hear if justice is served to the officer who cracked his skull. Though he still wears a neck brace, Olsen said he expects to fully recover in the coming months. As for the officer who so severely injured him, he or she has not been identified and an investigation is ongoing.

Police in LA, Philly raid Occupy camps
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Police in Los Angeles and Philadelphia stormed Occupy Wall Street encampments under darkness Wednesday to arrest or drive out some of the longest-lasting protesters since crackdowns ended similar occupations across the country

Occupy South Carolina Wins Round One in Free Speech Battle With Governor
Activist Post - In what is a small victory for the Occupy protestors in South Carolina and a major victory (at least for now) for free speech, a Richland County judge has issued a temporary restraining order against Governor Nikki Haley in attempt to remove the Occupy demonstrators from the State Capitol grounds.

YouTube: Cops Threaten Protesters Occupying Washington State Capital With Tasers
KOMO News Nov 28, 2011.


Bank of America stock nearing $5 danger zone
CNN Money - Shares of Bank of America (BAC, Fortune 500) dropped more than 3% Tuesday, hitting a new 52-week low of $5.03 -- its lowest level since March 12, 2009.

Store Santa Clauses taught to size up recession-hit parents' wealth and manage children's gift expectations
Daily Mail - The largest Santa school in the U.S. has been advising its students on how to lower children's expectations in the economic downturn. When confronted with a huge list of 'I wants', Santas are being told to tell them that they can't have everything. They should also take a look at the children's parents and 'size them up' before promising them something that their mother and father can't afford.

S&P Downgrades Dozens Of Global Banks
Fox News - Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America Corp. each had their long-term credit rating downgraded a single notch to A- from A. Similar cuts were applied to JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM), Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) and Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS). Dozens of other banks were also affected by S&P’s new criteria and many of the downgrades stemmed from the affected banks’ exposure to the European debt crisis. S&P cited weaker confidence in governments' ability to bail out struggling banks.

The Secret Revolution in North Dakota
Activist Post - North Dakota citizens may abolish property taxes, allowing them more control over government spending. Nearly 30,000 signatures were collected to place the people's initiative on the ballot in June, 2012 that would constitutionally abolish all property taxes in North Dakota.... If the initiative is successful, North Dakota will be the first state to abolish all property taxes, both state and local, and will provide a model for the other states to do the same. North Dakota may be the first state to kick off the property rights revolution!

VIDEO: A Hidden America: Living in Cars, Tents and Cheap Motels
Mac Slavo - Must-see 60 Minutes segment further highlights the deteriorating economic conditions across the United States. There are millions of Americans right now that are struggling to keep a roof over their heads. Inevitably, as things get worse, many more will join those who have already been forced to abandon their old lifestyles to live in short-term low cost motels, homeless shelters, tent cities or in their cars.

Housing Market

REPORT: Hank Paulson passed inside information to fund managers
Bloomberg - Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson stepped off the elevator into the Third Avenue offices of hedge fund Eton Park Capital Management LP in Manhattan. It was July 21, 2008, and market fears were mounting. Four months earlier, Bear Stearns Cos. had sold itself for just $10 a share to JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM)

Survey: Home prices down in most major US cities
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. home prices are falling again in most major cities after posting small gains over the summer and spring. The report suggests the troubled housing market remains weak and won't recover any time soon.

Energy & Environment

Large-scale power storage for the energy grid
HS News Wire - Stanford University researchers have used nanoparticles of a copper compound to develop a high-power battery electrode that is so inexpensive to make, so efficient and durable that it could be used to build batteries big enough for economical large-scale energy storage on the electrical grid — something researchers have sought for years.


Ohio Child Taken from Parents for Obesity, But It’s Okay to Sell Trans Fats, Fructose & Aspartame
Gaia Health - A Cleveland, Ohio boy was placed in foster care for the sole reason of his weight. Why isn’t the school bearing some responsibility for the child’s weight? … The county that took the child may give extra help to the foster home, though didn’t offer it to his mother.

Pfizer Maneuvers To Keep Patients On Lipitor As Generic Release Approaches
Huffington Post - Lipitor is so valuable that Pfizer is practically paying people to keep taking its blockbuster cholesterol medicine after generic competition hits the U.S. market this week. Pfizer has devised discounts and incentives for patients, insurers and companies that process prescriptions that will, at least for the next six months, make the brand name drug about as cheap as or cheaper than the generics.

New FDA Food Detention Powers Could Endanger Your Access to Food and Supplements!
They no longer need evidence that a product is harmful. Just a suspicion that there’s an error in the paperwork. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law on January 4 of this year. For the past several months we’ve been sharing our concern over one of the FSMA’s mandates that eventually developed into the disastrous NDI draft guidance. There are only a few days left to tell the FDA what you think about these new anti-supplement rules—FDA’s public comment period ends this Friday, December 2. Please take action today, if you haven’t done so already!

Honey and cinnamon cures - do they really work? Here's what you need to know
(NaturalNews) Hopeful newcomers to holistic health marvel at reports about honey and cinnamon as a miracle cure-all. On the other hand, alternative health skeptics scoff at the notion of cinnamon and honey as medicine, pointing out that the plethora of articles about the curative benefits of this food duo originated with a 1995 article in the tabloid newspaper Weekly World News. The truth is that cinnamon and honey have been used to promote health for centuries, but their efficacy depends largely on a lifestyle of energetic activity and whole foods.

Amazing milk thistle may also curb lung cancer
(NaturalNews) Milk thistle's use for liver health for 2000 years was almost lost under Big Pharma's medical monopoly. Fortunately, it has experienced a revival as an efficacious natural medicine over the last few decades. And now, recent milk thistle research indicates it may also be useful for treating cancer.

Raw foods increase mental performance
(NaturalNews) "Food is like a pharmaceutical compound that affects the brain," says UCLA professor of neurosurgery and physiological science, Fernando Gomez-Pinilla. In the competitive world of today, strengthening our natural talents is vital if we are to be successful both in our line of work and in our personal pursuits, and it often seems like our very existence is littered with various tests and challenges that ask us to push our limits. Fortunately, scientific evidence now shows that an assortment of raw foods can greatly enhance our mental performance, by providing us with pure, natural mental boosters.

Intermittent fasting is a key strategy for anti-aging and longevity
(NaturalNews) Our ancient ancestors grew up in a world of stress and scarcity. Food was often not available and intermittent fasting was common. This form of life left a genetic blueprint with key information pertaining to our health and wellbeing. Intermittent fasting reduces oxidative stress, enhances cellular repair processes and appears to be a key strategy for anti-aging and longevity.

An FDA-Approved Treatment for Osteoporosis that Actually Makes Bones Worse!
FDA’s prescription for bone health and osteoporosis has been shown to make bones far more fragile in the long term, and may even cause jaw death and esophageal cancer.... The drugs, which are sold under the brand names Actonel, Atelvia, Boniva, and Reclast, have supposedly been shown to reduce the risk of breaking a hip by 40 to 50 percent and fracturing a vertebra by between 40 and 70 percent.

Is 'miracle' cure for diabetes simply healthy eating? Low-calorie diet reverses disorder in just four months, say scientists
Daily Mail - Type 2 diabetes could be reversed in just four months by simply following a low-calorie diet, a study has revealed. According to the research, people who reduced their calorific intake in their daily diet experienced a far greater improvement in the condition - and their health in general - than any medication offered. This means that life-saving insulin would no longer be needed to combat the disorder, cardiac function would improve and dangerous fats building up around patients' hearts would be significantly reduced.

Add 'chemo brain' to the list of chemotherapy side effects
(NaturalNews) Chemotherapy can make your hair fall out and cause vomiting. The immune system is actually depressed during chemotherapy. But hair grows back and whenever you stop vomiting you'll be able to eat again. Chemo brain is characterized by diminished mental acuity, memory, and increased fogginess. And it can stay with you long after the last chemo session.

Use flower remedies to harmonize the body, mind and spirit
(NaturalNews) Dr. Edward Bach noticed that people with similar attitudes often had similar complaints. He concluded that mood and a negative outlook on life predisposed people toward ill-health and that illness is a manifestation of a deeper mental or emotional health imbalance.

Laptop Wi-Fi said to nuke sperm, but caveats abound
(Reuters Health) - In a report in the venerable medical journal Fertility and Sterility, Argentinian scientists describe how they got semen samples from 29 healthy men, placed a few drops under a laptop connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi and then hit download.
Four hours later, the semen was, eh, well-done.

Vinegar-use method creates hurdles for listeria – developer
A distilled vinegar used to control foodborne pathogens in meats will provide more ‘hurdles’ against contaminants such as listeria, said its developer.

Science & Technology

Did US 'climate weapon' knock-out Russian probe?
RT - Russian space experts are struggling to decode fresh telemetry signals received from the stricken Phobos-Grunt probe. Meanwhile, rumors are circulating that America’s ionosphere research site in Alaska caused the spacecraft’s failure. On Wednesday night, the European Space Agency’s station in Perth, Australia, established communication with Phobos-Grunt, which has been rotating helplessly around the Earth since its engines failed to fire two weeks ago.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Clucked Up: 13 Creative Chicken Coop Designs
Urban chickens have never had it so good. Not only is backyard chicken farming increasing in popularity, but chicken digs are getting cooler and fancier, with coop designs that rival those of the owners’ houses. These 13 poultry palaces range from ultramodern egg-shaped coops for a trio of birds up to larger wind-powered enclosures that could revolutionize the livestock industry.

Family Dogs vs. Farm Dogs: What Breeds Make the Best Livestock Helpers
Off the Grid - If you have livestock, they are at constant risk when you are not around. That’s just a fact. The animals we raise for our own meat are also high on the list of predator’s meal selections. They are prey animals by nature and not very good at fighting off the attacks of predatory animals.


YouTube: In God We Still Trust... here in America
The song you are about to listen to is from a Las Vegas Diamond Rio concert. They received an immediate resounding standing ovation, and continue to do so every time they perform! Sadly, major radio stations wouldn't play it because it was considered 'politically incorrect'. Consequently, the song was never released to the public. So America, see what you think. If this offering speaks to your heart and you feel you want to share it with friends and loved ones, please do. This is a great song.

Poll: Vet visits a pricy trip for many pet owners
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Vet visits cost pet owners an average of $505 dollars last year, according to a new poll, with those whose pets faced serious illness spending more than $1,000 on average.


YouTube: Flip and Flop; Newt and Mitt

Today in History - Tuesday - November 29, 2011
1864 - The Sand Creek Massacre occurred in Colorado when a militia led by Colonel John Chivington, killed at least 400 peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians who had surrendered and had been given permission to camp.
1890 - Navy defeated Army by a score of 24-0 in the first Army-Navy football game. The game was played at West Point, NY.
1929 - The first airplane flight over the South Pole was made by U.S. Navy Lt. Comdr. Richard E. Byrd.
1939 - The USSR broke off diplomatic relations with Finland prior to a Soviet attack.
1945 - The monarchy was abolished in Yugoslavia and a republic proclaimed.
1947 - The U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution that called for the division of Palestine between Arabs and Jews.
1961 - The Mercury-Atlas 5 spacecraft was launched by the U.S. with Enos the chimp on board. It orbited the earth twice before landing off Puerto Rico.
1963 - A Trans-Canada Airlines DC-8F with 111 passengers and 7 crew members crashed in woods north of Montreal 4 minutes after takeoff from Dorval Airport. All aboard were killed. The crash was the worst in Canada's history.
1963 - U.S. President Johnson named a commission headed by Earl Warren to investigate the assassination of President Kennedy.
1967 - U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara announced that he was leaving the Johnson administration to become president of the World Bank.
1974 - In Britain, a bill that outlawed the Irish Republican Army became effective.
1975 - Bill Gates adopted the name Microsoft for the company he and Paul Allen had formed to write the BASIC computer language for the Altair.
1981 - Actress Natalie Wood drowned in a boating accident off Santa Catalina Island, CA, at the age 43.
1982 - The U.N. General Assembly voted that the Soviet Union should withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.
1987 - A Korean jetliner disappeared off Burma, with 115 people aboard.
1987 - Cuban detainees released 26 hostages they'd been holding for more than a week at the Federal Detention Center in Oakdale, LA.
1989 - In Czechoslovakia, the Communist-run parliament ended the party's 40-year monopoly on power.
1990 - The U.N. Security Council voted to authorize military action if Iraq did not withdraw its troops from Kuwait and release all foreign hostages by January 15, 1991.
1994 - The U.S. House passed the revised General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.
1996 - A U.N. court sentenced Bosnian Serb army soldier Drazen Erdemovic to 10 years in prison for his role in the massacre of 1,200 Muslims. The sentence was the first international war crimes sentence since World War II.
1998 - Swiss voters overwhelmingly rejected legalizing heroin and other narcotics.
2004 - The French government announced plans to build the Louvre II in northern France. The 236,808 square foot museum was the planned home for 500-600 works from the Louvre's reserves.

World News

Norway mass murder suspect insane, police say
(CNN) -- Anders Behring Breivik, the man accused of killing 77 people in a bomb and gun rampage in Norway in July, is insane, police said Tuesday. He was psychotic at the time of the attacks and during 13 interviews experts conducted with him, they said. He suffers "grandiose delusions" and "believes he is chosen to decide who is to live and who is to die," police announced, saying psychiatrists had found Breivik paranoid and schizophrenic.

US carrier strike force enters Syrian waters. Russian carrier en route
The Syrian crisis assumed a big power dimension this week with the build-up of rival United States and Russia naval air carrier armadas in Syrian waters, debkafile's military sources report. The USS George H.W. Bush arrived Wednesday, Nov. 23, in the wake of the three Russian warships anchored earlier opposite Tartus which established a command post in the Syrian port. They will be augmented by Russia's only air carrier the Admiral Kuznetsov, which is due in mid-week.

Military: 3 rockets from Lebanon strike Israel
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Rockets fired from Lebanon struck northern Israel early Tuesday for the first time in more than two years, drawing a burst of Israeli artillery fire across the tense border, the Israeli military said.

Pakistan to boycott meeting over deadly NATO raid
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistan said Tuesday it will boycott an upcoming meeting in Germany on Afghanistan to protest the deadly weekend attack by U.S.-led forces on its troops, widening the fallout from an incident that has sent ties between Washington and Islamabad into a tailspin.

REPORT: Top Pakistani official admits they fired first
The latest U.S.-Pakistan crisis threatened Monday to undo months of efforts to mend an increasingly frayed relationship and to undermine the Obama administration’s strategy for gradually ending the war in Afghanistan. Administration officials did not respond to Pakistani demands for an apology for the cross-border U.S. airstrike that killed at least 24 Pakistani soldiers early Saturday. Instead, they expressed condolences for the loss of life while saying that the facts about what happened were under investigation.

NATO retrains troops after Afghan civilian deaths
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Afghan president said Tuesday the top commander of U.S. and NATO troops has ordered a retraining for the coalition forces following recent deaths of Afghan civilians in military operations.

US to spend more than $6 bn in Iraq next year
BAGHDAD (AFP) - The United States is to spend more than $6 billion in Iraq in 2012 even though its forces are to withdraw from the country by the end of this year, US ambassador James Jeffrey said on Sunday.

Global health organization to purchase millions of toxic HPV vaccines to administer to women and girls in third-world countries
(NaturalNews) At its recent board meeting in Bangladesh, the GAVI Alliance, formerly known as the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations, announced plans to bring the deadly human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines Gardasil (Merck & Co.) and Cervarix (GlaxoSmithKline) into the third world.

China prepares for big entry into vaccine market
BEIJING (AP) - China's vaccine makers are gearing up over the next few years to push exports in a move that should lower costs of lifesaving immunizations for the world's poor and provide major new competition for the big Western pharmaceutical companies. However, it may take some time before some parts of the world are ready to embrace Chinese products when safety is as sensitive an issue as it is with vaccines - especially given the food, drug and other scandals the country has seen.

Syria committed crimes against humanity, UN says
Telegraph - The panel, which interviewed 223 victims and witnesses including defectors, called on Syria to halt the "gross human rights violations", release prisoners rounded up in mass arrests and allow media, aid workers and rights monitors access to the country. Syria is "responsible for wrongful acts, including crimes against humanity, committed by members of its military and security forces as documented in the present report," the three-member panel said in a 39-page report to the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Al-Qaeda Terrorists Airlifted From Libya to Aid Syrian Opposition
Infowars - The same Al-Qaeda terrorists who fought U.S. troops in Iraq and helped NATO overthrow Colonel Gaddafi are now being airlifted into Syria to aid rebels there topple President Bashar al-Assad. Libya’s transitional ruling authority has agreed to send weapons and fighters over to Syria to help the Free Syrian Army fight government forces.

China's navy delivers Thanksgiving spoiler
Asia Times Nov 29, 2011 - HONG KONG - Right before the American Thanksgiving holiday, the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) said it would conduct military exercises in the Western Pacific this month. The announcement has aroused wide attention, speculation and concern in the region. [1] There is some suspicion that this is China's tit-for-tat response to US President Barack Obama's announcement earlier this month of strengthening the US military presence in Asia-Pacific, including an increase in the number of US military troops in Australia - which raised protests by the Chinese government.

Neocons Planned Regime Change Throughout the Middle East and North Africa 20 Years Ago
WashingtonsBlog - Glenn Greenwald provides documentation that the various Middle Eastern and North African wars were planned before 9/11: General Wesley Clark … said the aim of this plot [to "destroy the governments in ... Iraq, ... Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran”] was this: “They wanted us to destabilize the Middle East, turn it upside down, make it under our control. Related video here.

Pakistan permanently closes borders to Nato
Telegraph - The announcement came as the Pakistan army claimed the attack lasted almost two hours and continued even after commanders at the bases pleaded with coalition forces to stop. Closing the crossings will choke off almost half of all supplies destined for the Nato-led force — including British troops.

OECD issues stark warning on global economy
PARIS (AP) -- The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development says policy makers around the world must "be prepared to face the worst," as the economic impact of Europe's debt crisis threatens to spread around the developed world.

YouTube: French police battle anti-nuclear activists
Al Jazeera - French police have battled anti-nuclear protesters as the last train carrying German nuclear waste treated in France set off on its journey home.

TRUTH: World produces enough food now for the year 2050, Population 9 BILLION; Criminal elite bottleneck the access, distribution to dominate humanity
Ground Reality - At present, the total quantity of food that is produced globally is good enough to meet the daily needs of 11.5 billion people. If every individual were to get his daily food requirement as per the WHO norms, there would be abundant food supplies. In terms of calories, against the average per capita requirement of 2,300, what is available is a little more than 4,500 calories. In other words, the world is already producing more food than what would be required in 2050. So where is the need to panic?

SAD: Brazil 'risks loss of forest area equal to Germany, Italy and Austria COMBINED' - 175,000,000 acres!
Telegraph - Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has declined steadily since 2004 and fell to the lowest level on record in the year from August 2009 to July 2010 following improved satellite monitoring and tougher enforcement. But this year has already seen signs of a resurgence in several areas and environmental groups believe proposed changes to Brazil's Forest Code will exacerbate the problem in the Amazon and beyond.

Facebooked on charges: Hitting 'like' may land you in jail
RT - Fifteen years behind bars is the price you could pay for “liking” some Facebook pages in Thailand. Outrageous? Unfortunately, it is just a part of a global trend as Big Brother’s hand is increasingly extended to social networks. Thailand’s information minister has warned that people “liking” or “sharing” Facebook pages considered derogatory to the King and the royal family will be charged with violating the country’s lèse majesté laws, a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Indian government under attack over plan to welcome Tesco and Walmart
Telegraph - Its decision united opponents and key members of the ruling Congress-led coalition who warned of nationwide protests if the government does not overturn it. The relaxation of rules preventing firms like Tesco and Ikea moving into India was announced last week as part of a series of reforms aimed at reassuring foreign investors that India remains committed to opening up its markets and that corruption scandals have not paralysed it.

USDA, restaurants worldwide unveiling demented 'DNA-certified' barcoded seafood
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Restaurants around the world will soon use new DNA technology to assure patrons they are being served the genuine fish fillet or caviar they ordered, rather than inferior substitutes, an expert in genetic identification says.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Fusion Center documents label OKC bombing investigators as terrorists By Andrew W. Griffin
Ten years after 9/11 and 16 years after the Oklahoma City bombing, it appears the federal government continues to view some Americans who embrace their First Amendment rights – press and speech, primarily – as a danger to the State, and as a result they are listing certain investigative websites as extremist and a terroristic threat to the “homeland.”

Amend S. 1867 to Prevent Indefinite Detention of Americans!
Thankfully, Senator Paul has introduced an amendment (SA 1062) to repeal the offending Sec. 1031 of S. 1867. You can help stop this egregious provision from passing by contacting your senators today at 202-224-3121 and urging them to vote YES on Senator Paul's Senate Amendment 1062 to strike Sec. 1031 of S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act.

American Airlines files for Ch. 11 protection
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines' parent company is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it seeks to unload massive debt built up by years of accelerating jet fuel prices and labor struggles.

URGENT: Tell the Senate NO to Indefinite Military Detention!
The U.S. Senate is considering the unthinkable: changing detention laws to imprison people — including Americans living in the United States itself — indefinitely and without charge. Urge your senators to vote YES on the Udall amendment to the Defense Authorization bill which would remove the harmful provisions from the bill and in their place, mandate a process for Congress to use an orderly process to consider whether any detention legislation is needed.

YouTube: Texas Straight Talk: The Folly of Sanctions
Ron Paul's weekly report 11/28/11.

Sanctions Against Iran are Definite Steps Toward a US Attack
Ron Paul: Sanctions are most often the first step toward a real war starting with a bombing campaign.

FBI director raises concerns with detainee policy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- FBI Director Robert Mueller on Monday raised significant concerns about requiring military custody for captured suspected terrorists, arguing that the divisive provision in a sweeping defense bill could harm ongoing terrorism investigations.

FAA to Propose New Rules For Small Drones in Nation's Skies
LA Times - Police agencies want drones for air support to spot runaway criminals. Utility companies believe they can help monitor oil, gas and water pipelines. Farmers think drones could aid in spraying their crops with pesticides. "It's going to happen," said Dan Elwell, vice president of civil aviation at the Aerospace Industries Assn. "Now it's about figuring out how to safely assimilate the technology into national airspace." That's the job of the Federal Aviation Administration, which plans to propose new rules for the use of small drones in January, a first step toward integrating robotic aircraft into the nation's skyways.

Sirhan Sirhan Lawyers: ‘Hypno Programming and Memory Implantation Techniques’
CNN - The attorneys assert that Sirhan was hypno-programmed to be a diversion for the real assassin. In a U.S. District Court brief, Sirhan’s lawyers also say that an expert analysis of recently uncovered evidence shows two guns were fired in the assassination and that Sirhan’s revolver was not the gun that shot Kennedy.

VIDEO: Fusion Center documents label OKC Bombing investigators as terrorists
Activist Post - OKLAHOMA CITY – Ten years after 9/11 and 16 years after the Oklahoma City bombing, it appears the federal government continues to view some Americans who embrace their First Amendment rights – press and speech, primarily – as a danger to the State, and as a result they are listing certain investigative websites as extremist and a terroristic threat to the “homeland.”

Georgia Woman Claims 13-Year Affair with Herman Cain
Fox - ATLANTA, Ga. - An Atlanta businesswoman is breaking her silence, claiming she has been involved in a 13-year-long affair with Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, FOX 5 senior I-Team reporter Dale Russell sat down with Ginger White, who had a story to tell. “I'm not proud,” White told Russell. “I didn't want to come out with this. I did not.” White was worried a political tsunami was headed her way. So, she decided to head it off, by confessing she was involved in a 13-year-long affair with presidential hopeful Herman Cain. Video report here.

City cracks down on Tea Party
Two weeks after the Richmond Tea Party delivered an invoice to Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones for costs incurred for previous rallies, we received a letter from the City of Richmond formally stating that the city is auditing our Tea Party. Coincidence? This audit is an obvious attempt to intimidate and harass us for standing up against the unfair treatment and discrimination against our Tea Party.

Yes, Americans Will Be Targeted As Terrorists Under the NDAA - Controversy over whether or not Americans are exempt from a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act bill, set to be voted on this week by the Senate, which defines the the entirety of the United States as a battleground in the war on terror, has been addressed by Republican Congressman Justin Amash, who warns that the bill does apply to U.S. citizens.

Texas asks court to stop redistricting plan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has been asked to stop a federal court from implementing a state redistricting map in Texas that could increase minority representation in the state Legislature.... The map drawn by the San Antonio-based federal court could lead to greater minority representation and give Democrats a chance to add as many as a dozen seats in the Legislature. Abbott and other Republican leaders have denied that any of the legislature's redistricting maps would diminish minority voting power.

Maxine Waters in line to take over from Barney Frank on Financial Services
The Hill - Wall Street executives are bracing for the possibility that Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) will take over as the senior Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee after Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) retires. Waters is in line for Frank’s spot and could become chairwoman of the panel if Democrats retake the House. Frank announced Monday that he will not seek another term in the House.

The 8 Stages of Genocide
The Genocide Convention is sometimes misinterpreted as requiring the intent to destroy in whole a national, ethnical, racial or religious group. Some genocides have fit that description, notably the Holocaust and Rwanda. But most do not. Most are intended to destroy only part of a group. The Genocide Convention specifically includes the intentional killing of part of a group as genocide. It reaffirms this definition when it includes as among the acts that constitute genocide "deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part'. Those who shrink from applying the term "genocide" usually ignore the "in part".

Brave Oregon Sheriff Continues Stand Against U.S. Forest Service Abuses of Power
News With Views - Gilbertson continued his research and recently completed a 13-page revised and updated version, retitled: Unraveling Federal Jurisdiction within a State....This a “must read” for anyone concerned about infringements against the 10th Amendment and federal encroachments in general – like road closures, Wild Lands and Monument designations, mining and other resource uses.

Chincoteague fears proposal to move beach would hurt tourism, economy
Washington Post - In a new plan to deal with beach erosion and prepare for sea-level rise, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed changes that the mayor, the chamber of commerce and homeowners say would eventually drive away summer tourism and drive down the economy that depends on it.

Supreme Court declines to clarify gun rights question
The US Supreme Court declined Monday to take up a potentially important gun rights case examining whether a federal regulation banning loaded firearms from vehicles in a government park violated the constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

Institutional Paedophile Ring Now Stretches to Syracuse Basketball Program - Following the incredible revelations surrounding Penn State University’s football paedophile scandal, new evidence has led to another prestigious institution as Syracuse University, located in upstate New York and home to one of the nation’s most decorated sports programs, has finally fired its assistant basketball coach, Bernie Fine, over detailed allegations that he sexually molested boys over many years. His victims even included former young ball boys for the college basketball team, with abuses stretching back as far as 1984.

VIDEO: No charges against SWAT team that killed American hero
RT - Six months after a SWAT team fired 71 shots at Marine vet Jose Guerena Ortiz while his family watched in their Tucson, Arizona home, no one has been charged with the brutal slaying that left a father, husband and hero dead.... According to Christopher Scileppi, the family’s attorney, the killing was “grotesque” and "almost a caricature of an overly excited group of poorly trained law enforcement agents." To the county prosecutor, however, the killing was justified and no charges have been brought against the guilty parties.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

Occupy Oklahoma City Now Facing Eviction
City officials declined to renew a permit application and announced that overnight encampment will no longer be "tolerated" at Kerr Park, where the Occupation is currently centered. Officials also stated that the Occupiers will not be granted a permit at any other location. OccupyOKC had previously been paying $55 per day for the permit. After the city refused to accept payment for a renewal, the police department told the Occupiers in a letter to expect eviction between 11 p.m. to 5 a.m tonight.

VIDEO: Washington State Capitol Building OCCUPIED
Nov. 28, 2011 - Today in Olympia, Washington, the Washington State Capitol was occupied. Several occupiers were arrested and forcibly removed by Washington State Troopers. In yet another display of excessive force, three people were reportedly tased by police.

Eviction Deadline Passes, Occupy LA Holds Ground
OWS - Even as hundreds of police gathered around City Hall, Occupy Los Angeles continued to peacefully assemble in impressive numbers in Solidarity Park (formerly City Hall Park) throughout the night. Accounts put the crowd at over 2,000.

Will Global Financial Demolition Lead To New World Order?
The next step in the Occupy Wall Street movement, after establishing its presence and credibility, is to fully expose the enemy, the global financial elite, as well as their ongoing global financial demolition plans which will eventually lead to a New World Order ~ unless the people reclaim their power as they did in Iceland.


Fitch Keeps U.S. Credit Rating at ‘AAA’, Cuts Outlook to Negative
Fox - Fitch Ratings kept its pristine AAA rating on the U.S. on Monday, but the credit-ratings company downgraded its outlook to “negative” in the wake of the Supercommittee’s failure to find $1.2 trillion in spending cuts. The development, which had been hinted at last week, could have been worse for the U.S. as McGraw-Hill’s (MHP: 41.20, +0.66, +1.63%) Standard & Poor’s slashed its credit rating for the first time ever in August. However, the negative outlook indicates a “slightly greater” than 50% chance that Fitch downgrades the U.S. over the next two years.

Financial red alert: Europe stands on verge of 'apocalyptic' debt crisis with only days remaining
(NaturalNews) "If the European summit could reach a deal on December 9, its next scheduled meeting, the eurozone will survive. If not, it risks a violent collapse," writes Wolfgang Munchau of the Financial Times Two years ago, such language would have been spat upon as "doom and gloom fear mongering." Today it is the mathematical reality across the European Union.

Secret Fed Loans Gave Banks Undisclosed $13B
Bloomberg - The Fed didn’t tell anyone which banks were in trouble so deep they required a combined $1.2 trillion on Dec. 5, 2008, their single neediest day. Bankers didn’t mention that they took tens of billions of dollars in emergency loans at the same time they were assuring investors their firms were healthy. And no one calculated until now that banks reaped an estimated $13 billion of income by taking advantage of the Fed’s below-market rates, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its January issue.

Consumer brand prices surge 8-30% in last year; Ignorant shoppers happy to pay, barely notice
NEW YORK (AP) -- The way Americans are chomping Big Macs, lacing up pricey sneakers and gulping peppermint mochas in this economy, you'd think they're taking advantage of big holiday discounts. The truth is they're paying more. McDonald's, Nike, Starbucks and other companies initially worried that customers would run the other way when they started raising prices to offset their higher costs for ingredients, fuel and packaging. But so far, cash-strapped Americans largely have swallowed the price spikes.

Housing Market

YouTube: Who Owns Your Home - "NOT YOU"! 
Local newscaster discover he doesn't own his home & covers it (2 1/2 min video)
CBS News. "Nine out of ten foreclosure homes have a problem."

NYC judge rejects $285M SEC-Citigroup agreement
NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal judge on Monday struck down a $285 million settlement that Citigroup reached with the Securities and Exchange Commission, saying he couldn't tell whether the deal was fair and criticizing regulators for shielding the public from the details of what the firm did wrong.... The SEC had accused the bank of betting against a complex mortgage investment in 2007 - making $160 million in the process - while investors lost millions. The settlement would have imposed penalties on Citigroup even as it allowed the company to deny allegations that it misled investors.

Dealers See Fed Buying $545B Mortgage Bonds
Bloomberg - The biggest bond dealers in the U.S. say the Federal Reserve is poised to start a new round of stimulus, injecting more money into the economy by purchasing mortgage securities instead of Treasuries.

Energy & Environment

Time to stock up on light bulbs
Washington Times - Within four weeks, it will be a crime to manufacture a 100-watt version of Thomas A. Edison’s brilliant invention. Thanks to a Democratic Congress and the signature of President George W. Bush in 2007, anti-industrial zealots at the Energy Department received authority to blot out one of the greatest achievements of the industrial age. They’re coming for our light bulbs. Related article here.

U.S. Says Goal of $30 Billion in Climate Aid Within Reach
Nov. 28 (Bloomberg) - Rich countries are set deliver $30 billion in short-term climate change-financing and remain committed to find $100 billion a year by 2020, a U.S. State Department official said. The U.S.’s “fast-start” funds for fiscal 2011 totaled $3.1 billion, up from $2 billion a year earlier, Jonathan Pershing, deputy special envoy for climate change, told reporters today at United Nations-led climate negotiations in Durban, South Africa.

Suffolk Co. NY to hear proposal to ban chemtrails
Activist Post - On Dec. 6, New York’s Suffolk County government will hold a public hearing on a proposal to ban aerial spraying of aluminum oxide, barium, sulfur, and other salts into the air over the county without first filing an Environmental Impact Statement with and receiving approval from the county’s Department of Health Services, Division of Environmental Quality.

TEPCO: Radioactive substances belong to landowners, not us
During court proceedings concerning a radioactive golf course, Tokyo Electric Power Co. stunned lawyers by saying the utility was not responsible for decontamination because it no longer "owned" the radioactive substances. “Radioactive materials (such as cesium) that scattered and fell from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant belong to individual landowners there, not TEPCO,” the utility said.


Study Finds Link Between proton pump inhibitor (PPI), Birth Defects
Taking a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) during the first trimester of pregnancy can increase the risk of cardiac birth defects according to researchers who also noted that there was evidence that the same may be true for alternatives to the antacids. Andrew D. Rhim, MD, of the University of Pennsylvania, and his colleagues found that maternal use of the PPIs to relieve symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD) was tied to a twofold risk of babies being born with heart malformations.

Magnesium improves brain plasticity to ease anxiety and boost cognition
(NaturalNews) Magnesium is an essential mineral required to perform more than 300 critical biochemical enzymatic reactions within the human body. Optimal circulating magnesium levels are well known to promote cardiovascular health. Emerging evidence published in The Journal of Neuroscience explains the importance of this mineral to promote proper electrical and neurotransmitter function in the brain.

Fish meals in daily diet may decrease risk for diabetes
(NaturalNews) A study on the dietary habits of the Spanish population was recently completed. It focused mainly on the increased risk of cardiovascular dysfunctions associated with red meat consumption and pointed to a link between fish meat intake and an important decrease in the risks of diabetes development.

California sues 20 companies for toys with unlawful amounts of lead
California Attorney General Jerry Brown has sued 20 companies, including Mattel Inc. and Toys R Us, accusing them of selling toys that contain unlawful amounts of lead and failing to warn the public of the health dangers.

Medicare back on the brink over cuts to doctors
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's become a symbol of sorts for the federal government's budget dysfunction: Unless Congress acts before Jan. 1, doctors will again face steep Medicare cuts that threaten to undermine health care for millions of seniors and disabled people.

SHAMEFUL: US has highest health care spending in the world, ranks 28th in life expectancy
Daily Mail - A new survey on health care is revealing that you may not be getting what you pay for if you check into a U.S. hospital. The U.S. healthcare system is more effective at delivering high costs than quality care than other developed nations, according to the study, conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD.

Ohio Child Taken from Parents for Obesity, But It’s Okay to Sell Trans Fats, Fructose & Aspartame
Gaia Health - A Cleveland, Ohio boy was placed in foster care for the sole reason of his weight. Why isn’t the school bearing some responsibility for the child’s weight? … The county that took the child may give extra help to the foster home, though didn’t offer it to his mother.

AP IMPACT: More kids skip school shots in 8 states
ATLANTA (AP) -- More parents are opting out of school shots for their kids. In eight states now, more than 1 in 20 public school kindergartners aren't getting all the vaccines required for attendance, an Associated Press analysis found.

Benefits of cinnamon - surprising health facts
NaturalNews) A shaker of cinnamon often sits on the spice rack in most of our kitchens. Given its frequent use in sugary baked goods, many health mavens overlook cinnamon's centuries-old history as a healing substance, focusing on more exotic herbs rather than a brown powder found in Grandma's kitchen.

Study: Vitamin D deficiency linked to recurrent inflammatory spinal cord disease
(NaturalNews) Patients who suffer from recurrent transverse myelitis (TM), neuromyelitis optica (NMO), or various other NMO spectrum disorders, all of which are spinal cord diseases, could be deficient in vitamin D. A new study published in the journal Archives of Neurology has identified a link between recurrent inflammatory spinal cord disease and low levels of vitamin D.

PROOF Tylenol drug acetaminophen's lethality is mostly cumulative, not from single-dose
Time - Taking just a little bit too much acetaminophen (Tylenol) over the course of days or weeks is more likely to be fatal than taking a single, massive overdose, according to a new study. In part, that's because when people take such a "staggered overdose," physicians aren't always able to identify the problem in time to help.

Science & Technology

VIDEO: The Government’s Internet Crackdown
Freedom Watch - Reason Magazine’s Peter Suderman on how and why the government shut down over 100 websites ahead of Cyber Monday.

YouTube: LG Optimus Hyper Facade
Maximize 3D Effect. Facade Mapping Image Show. The possibilities...!

Man-made flu virus with potential to wipe out many millions
Daily Mail - A group of scientists is pushing to publish research about how they created a man-made flu virus that could potentially wipe out civilization. The deadly virus is a genetically tweaked version of the H5N1 bird flu strain, but is far more infectious and could pass easily between millions of people at a time. The research has caused a storm of controversy and divided scientists, with some saying it should never have been carried out.

Insects to become first responders, aid in search and rescue
HS News Wire - Researchers are finding ways to harvest energy from insects, holding the promise of using insects to aid in first response and search and rescue, and monitor hazardous situations before sending in humans.

Feds seize 150 websites in counterfeit crackdown
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal authorities have shut down 150 websites accused of selling knock-off or pirated merchandise to unsuspecting online bargain hunters.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

USDA Once Again Pushes for GE Sugar Beet Commercialization
USDA recently released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) proposing a full-scale deregulation of Monsanto’s genetically engineered (GE) Roundup Ready sugar beets and is accepting public comments until 11:59pm EST on December 13, 2011.

VIDEO: Colorado city bans growing of GMO Crops
The Canadian ( - Two advisory committees creating management plans for cropland owned by Boulder County have voted to phase out the use of genetically modified crops on open space. The policy calls for the county to create a plan for transitioning away from genetically modified organisms in an economically viable way.

Report: Investors (China?) buying up US farmland at alarming rate
(NaturalNews) There are arguably a number of varying factors influencing the mass farmland sell-off currently taking place in the American Midwest. One thing seems certain, though -- America's once-treasured farming tradition is quickly fading into history as the next generation of Americans abandon rural life, and investors come in to snap up their fertile plots of soil in Iowa and elsewhere.

Portland, Me., officials consider allowing raw milk sales at farmers markets - as long vendors include official CDC propaganda
(NaturalNews) Maine is one of ten US states that currently recognizes the freedom of individuals to buy and sell raw milk at the farm and retail level. But raw milk sold at farmers markets technically does not fall under the banner of either "farm" or "retail" sales, which prompted a recent crackdown by (nit-picky) Portland, Me., health officials against its sale at such events.


The New Flu Virus That's Infecting Dogs - Pets - Mercola
The canine influenza virus (CIV) is a relatively new virus and is part of the canine infectious respiratory disease complex, also known as 'kennel cough.'.... Vaccines exist for canine influenza, but Dr. Becker says, ‘Just say no!’ They don’t prevent infection, and too many vaccines can compromise your pet’s immune system. A balanced, functioning immune system is your pet’s best defense against the H3N8 virus.


VIDEO: Cat On Boat Plays With Dolphins
A dolphin comes out of the water near a boat, and the cat on the boat starts playing with the dolphin by patting it and nuzzling its face against the dolphin.

Today in History - Monday - November 28, 2011
1919 - American-born Lady Astor was elected the first female member of the British Parliament.
1922 - Capt. Cyril Turner of the Royal Air Force gave the first public exhibition of skywriting. He spelled out, "Hello USA. Call Vanderbilt 7200" over New York's Times Square.
1925 - The Grand Ole Opry made its radio debut on station WSM.
1934 - The U.S. bank robber George "Baby Face" Nelson was killed by FBI agents near Barrington, IL.
1942 - 491 people died in a fire that destroyed the Coconut Grove in Boston.
1943 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet Leader Joseph Stalin met in Tehran to map out strategy concerning World War II.
1963 - U.S. President Johnson announced that Cape Canaveral would be renamed Cape Kennedy in honor of his assassinated predecessor. The name was changed back to Cape Canaveral in 1973 by a vote of residents.
1964 - The U.S. launched the space probe Mariner IV from Cape Kennedy on a course set for Mars.
1979 - An Air New Zealand DC-10 flying to the South Pole crashed in Antarctica killing all 257 people aboard.
1983 - The space shuttle Columbia took off with the STS-9 Spacelab in its cargo bay.
1987 - A South African Airways Boeing 747 crashed into the Indian Ocean. All 159 people aboard were killed.
1989 - Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci arrived in New York after escaping her homeland through Hungary.
1990 - Margaret Thatcher resigned as prime minister of Britain.
1992 - In Bosnia-Herzegovina, 137 tons of food and supplies were to be delivered to the isolated town of Srebrenica.
1994 - Jeffrey Dahmer, a convicted serial killer, was clubbed to death in a Wisconsin prison by a fellow inmate.
1994 - Norwegian voters rejected European Union membership.
1995 - U.S. President Clinton signed a $6 billion road bill that ended the federal 55 mph speed limit.
2010 - WikiLeaks released to the public more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables. About 100,000 were marked "secret" or "confidential."

World News

Enraged Pakistanis burn Obama effigy, slam US
Hundreds of enraged Pakistanis took to the streets across the country Sunday, burning an effigy of President Barack Obama and setting fire to US flags after 24 soldiers died in NATO air strikes.

Iran: We'll fire 150,000 missiles at Israel if attacked
Iranian Defense Minister General Ahmad Vahidi said Israel would be attacked with 150,000 missiles if it launches any military action against the Islamic Republic, the Iran Independent News Service reported Sunday.

IMF drafting $800 billion bailout plan for Italy, Spain
Telegraph 11/28/11 - Reports in Italy suggested that the IMF is drawing up plans for a €600 billion (£517 billion) assistance package for the country. Spain may be offered access to IMF credit, rather than a rescue package, to avoid it being “picked off” by the markets in the coming weeks. Any IMF involvement in European rescue packages would be partly underwritten by British taxpayers, which could leave this country liable if Italy and Spain did not repay any international loan.

Medvedev: Russia may target U.S. missile defense sites
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will deploy new missiles aimed at U.S. missile defense sites in Europe if Washington goes ahead with the planned shield despite Russia's concerns, President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday.... Medvedev also warned that Moscow may opt out of the New START arms control deal with the United States and halt other arms control talks if the U.S. proceeds. Russia Today video here.

'Unacceptable!' Moscow Slams U.S. - Iran Sanctions
Russia Today - Washington’s unilateral slapping of sanctions on Iran not only hampers the negotiation process, it runs counter to international law, says the Russian Foreign Ministry. ­Moscow has called the latest round of restrictions against Tehran inadmissible.

In unprecedented step, Arab League sanctions Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- In an unprecedented move against a fellow Arab nation, the Arab League on Sunday approved economic sanctions on Syria to pressure Damascus to end its deadly suppression of an 8-month-old uprising against President Bashar Assad.

The Russian Bear Is Back, The Soviet Union Is Being Revived And The Cold War Is Not Over
The American Dream - If you believe that the United States is the "sole superpower" in the world, then you really need to read the rest of this article. Most Americans have very little idea what is actually going on in the rest of the world and how the global balance of power is shifting.

Parliamentarian Parviz Sorouri, who sits on the powerful committee of foreign policy and national security, claimed that the arrested agents planned to strike at Iranian interests with the aid of Israel. Sorouri said the spy network aimed at damaging Iran in the security, military and nuclear sectors. The Iranian official's comments come after current and former U.S. officials said on Monday that dozens of spies working for the CIA were captured recently in Lebanon and Iran, as well as after Iran's claim earlier this year that it had intercepted a major spy ring.

Israel says NO to nuclear transparency
Press TV - Israel has once again refused to acknowledge international calls for transparency in its covert nuclear program during a meeting held by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).... Israel is considered to be the only possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East. It refuses to allow inspections of its nuclear facilities or to join the NPT based on its policy of nuclear ambiguity. According to a recent survey conducted by the Berlin-based Friedrich Ebert Foundation, more than 50 percent of European people believe Israel is the most serious threat to global security.

Pakistan stops NATO supplies after raid kills up to 28
(Reuters) - NATO helicopters and fighter jets attacked two military outposts in northwest Pakistan on Saturday, killing as many as 28 troops and plunging U.S.-Pakistan relations, already deeply frayed, further into crisis. Pakistan retaliated by shutting down vital NATO supply routes into Afghanistan, used for sending in just under a third of the alliance's supplies. The attack is the worst single incident of its kind since Pakistan uneasily allied itself with Washington in the days immediately following the September 11, 2001 attacks on U.S. targets. Related article/video here.

US to investigate deadly NATO airstrike
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. plans its own investigation into NATO's deadly airstrikes in Pakistan, while two senior lawmakers called for a harder line after Islamabad closed parts of its border to supply convoys into Afghanistan and demanded the U.S. vacate a drone base

US Warship Moves To Syrian Coast as Tensions Mount
Infowars - The aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush has moved to the Syrian coast amidst reports that a no fly zone is about to be imposed over the country as the U.S. Embassy in Damascus orders its citizens to leave “immediately,” while France has proposed a formal NATO military intervention.... Attacking Syria could represent an end run around creating a justification for a military assault on Iran for Israel and the United States because Iran has vowed to defend its ally.

U.S. urges Americans to leave Syria "immediately"
(CBS/AP) BEIRUT - The U.S. Embassy in Damascus urged its citizens in Syria to depart "immediately," and Turkey's foreign ministry urged Turkish pilgrims to opt for flights to return home from Saudi Arabia to avoid traveling through Syria. "The U.S. Embassy continues to urge U.S. citizens in Syria to depart immediately while commercial transportation is available," said a statement issued to the American community in Syria Wednesday and posted on the Embassy's website. "The number of airlines serving Syria has decreased significantly since the summer, while many of those airlines remaining have reduced their number of flights."

YouTube: Baltic Gitmo: CIA 'black site' to land Lithuania in court
Russia Today - The small Baltic state of Lithuania may face trial in The Hague for torture, amid allegations it's been harbouring a secret CIA prison. It's after a lawsuit filed by a terror suspect who was locked up without charge by the U.S. for almost a decade.

Banned neuro-toxic nerve gas 'poisons' Tahrir
Russia Today - A banned chemical agent has reportedly been used by the Egyptian military as the brutal crackdown against tens of thousands of protesters has clouded prospects of a democratic transfer in the country. Rashes, epileptic-type convulsions, temporary blindness and coughing up blood are among the symptoms being reported by Egyptian protesters who have fallen victim to a potentially lethal form of neuro-toxic nerve gas reportedly being deployed by security forces.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- CIA officers are asking people to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of the first American killed in the Afghan war by donating to help the children of their fellow fallen.

Marines to wind down Afghan combat in 2012
CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. Marines will march out of Afghanistan by the thousands next year, winding down combat in the Taliban heartland and testing the U.S. view that Afghan forces are capable of leading the fight against a battered but not yet beaten insurgency in the country's southwestern reaches, American military officers say.

Italy's borrowing rates skyrocket, Monti scrambles
ROME (AP) - The nation's borrowing rates skyrocketed Friday after a grim set of bond auctions, with a new auction looming Tuesday. Another borrowing debacle could ratchet up fears that Italy has entered a debt spiral driving it toward bankruptcy and the 17-nation eurozone into its most acute crisis yet.

UK cyber security law to ban 'criminals, bullies' from Web
Telegraph - Criminals who commit offences online and cyber bullies will be banned from the internet as part of the Government’s new cyber security strategy, announced today.

Mysterious white goo repeatedly found blanketing cancer-stricken Turkish city -- are chemtrails to blame?
(NaturalNews) According to Hurriyet Daily News (HDN), the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey is conducting an investigation into the matter, but only after local media began to report that the substance could not be washed or removed from clothes, crops, and other contaminated items.

BASF tries (again) to push 'Frankenpotatoes' on Europe
(NaturalNews) Europeans have made it abundantly clear time and time again that they want nothing to do with genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). But chemical giant BASF refuses to take no for an answer, and is once again pushing for EU approval of a "Frankenpotato" known as Fortuna that, if approved, would represent the EU's second new legalized GMO in more than a decade.

China govt under fire over new food bacteria rule
AFP - Fri, Nov 25, 2011 - China's state-run media and web users criticised the government after it ruled that small amounts of a potentially lethal bacterium were permissible in frozen food. The bacterium, also known as golden staph, can cause a range of mild to severe infections and diseases, including life-threatening pneumonia and meningitis.

New food bill in New Zealand takes away human right to grow food
InvestmentWatch - I read that the bill is being brought in because of the WTO, which of course has the US FDA behind it, and of course that is influenced by big business (Monsanto and other players). It looks like this NZ food bill will pave the way to reduce the plant diversity and small owner operations in New Zealand, for example by way of controlling the legality of seed saving and trading/barter/giving away; all will be potentially illegal.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Disabled Man Tasered To Death For Falling Off Bike
A 61 year old man from Halifax County, Virginia, was tasered by cops and died Tuesday after they were called to the scene by an onlooker who saw the man fall off his bike in a parking lot and feared he was drunk.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio to Endorse Rick Perry Next Week
Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., who calls himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” will endorse Texas Gov. Rick Perry next week, a source with knowledge of the endorsement told ABC News.

New Hampshire Takes Another Look At Ron Paul
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is sitting pretty in New Hampshire, where he has been the front-runner all year, so whoever comes in second in the Granite State isn't doing too shabbily. "I could very well see Ron Paul coming in second place," said longtime pollster Andy Smith, who runs the University of New Hampshire Survey Center.

Ron Paul - Civil Liberty's Last Hope
Russia Today November 23, 2011 - Profile Muslims. Bring on the drones. Did we learn anything else from last night’s GOP debate on CNN? Well, once again, it appears as if Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul is the only candidate that wants to protect the liberties of Americans.

YouTube: Ron Paul interview on AntiWar Radio 11/24/11
Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) discusses how American politicians have moved inexorably away from the republic and toward empire (witness the most recent Republican debate); how the Republican base -- especially the youngest and oldest members -- are developing a healthy skepticism of US foreign policy; and debunking the argument that the US can never "cut and run" because disaster will ensue.

Ron Paul: Only Candidate to Condemn Racial Profiling at CNN Debate
Fear mongering and sabre rattling were on full display as Republican presidential candidates bickered about national security at last night’s CNN debate.

YouTube: Another "What If..." Plain Truth on Freedom Watch
11-24-11 Freedom Watch - The Plain Truth. The Judge questions whether our constitution means anything anymore..

Gen. Wesley Clark salutes the GOP debate
POLITICO - In the spin room after the debate Tuesday, Clark even suggested that Rep. Ron Paul’s ideas were worth taking a look at. “Ron Paul — he has his own idea on foreign policy, you should listen to it. Maybe there’s something in there that’s worth studying,” he said. These comments took a distinctly different tone from Clark’s comments Monday, when he slammed the Republican candidates — singling out Mitt Romney — on their national security policies.

Globalist Candidate Gingrich Gets Influential Establishment Endorsement
Kurt Nimmo - The establishment has left the flubber Rick Perry in the dust and may do likewise to Mitt Romney as the 2012 election season gears up. It looks like they are putting their money behind the former Speaker of the House and seasoned globalist, Newt Gingrich. On Sunday, Gingrich received the endorsement of the influential editorial board of the New Hampshire Union Leader. “We are in critical need of the innovative, forward-looking strategy and positive leadership that Gingrich has shown he is capable of providing,” said an editorial penned by publisher Joseph W. McQuaid.

Military Using Brain Electrodes to Speed Up Learning for Drone Pilots
WASHINGTON, D.C.—One of the most difficult tasks to teach Air Force pilots who guide unmanned attack drones is how to pick out targets in complex radar images. Pilot training is currently one of the biggest bottlenecks in deploying these new, deadly weapons. So Air Force researchers were delighted recently to learn that they could cut training time in half by delivering a mild electrical current (two milliamperes of direct current for 30 minutes) to pilot's brains during training sessions on video simulators.

New Law By Obama To Jail 500,000 American Citizens Or More For The Crime Of Opposing Their Government
Before It's News - Foreign Ministry reports circulating in the Kremlin today are warning that an already explosive situation in the United States is about to get a whole lot worse as a new law put forth by President Obama is said capable of seeing up to 500,000 American citizens jailed for the crime of opposing their government.

S. 1253 will allow indefinite military detention of American civilians without charge or trial
Activist Post - A sinister bill has quietly been introduced, so expansive in scope and dangerous in nature that it makes the PATRIOT Act look like the Bill of Rights. This bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012, or S. 1253, has received tragically sparse coverage and I must admit that I was not aware of it until a reader emailed me about it.

Investigation opening up over Obama's drug deal
Russia Today - A lawmaker from the same party as the president is asking for an investigation of Obama’s suspicious $433-million contract with a democratic donor’s pharmaceutical company for an unapproved, experimental smallpox drug. Sen. Claire McCaskill, a democratic representative from the state of Missouri, has asked the Department of Health and Human Services to look into the White House’s recent deal inked between the Obama administration and Siga Technologies Inc, the manufacturer of a smallpox pill that is coincidently owned by a major campaign donor and crony of the commander-in-chief.

Illegal immigrants suspected in 30 border fires in AZ
LA Times - People entering the U.S. illegally from Mexico are believed responsible for more than one-third of human-ignited wildfires in Arizona over a five-year period, according to a government report that could stoke congressional debate over illegal immigration.

Troops reach out for help feeding their families
Washington Post - Hundreds of financially strained military families in the Washington area are lining up for turkeys and free groceries this holiday season, depending on the USO to help put food on the table.... Lynn Brantley, president and chief executive of the Capital Area Food Bank, said that her organization decided to reach out to local military families last year after getting desperate calls from soldiers on its emergency hunger hotline. Overall, calls for help to the hotline are up 27 percent this year from last year, Brantley said.

Malls to track shoppers' cell phones
Starting on Black Friday and running through New Year's Day, two U.S. malls -- Promenade Temecula in southern California and Short Pump Town Center in Richmond, Va. -- will track guests' movements by monitoring the signals from their cell phones. The tracking system, called FootPath Technology, works through a series of antennas positioned throughout the shopping center that capture the unique identification number assigned to each phone (similar to a computer's IP address), and tracks its movement throughout the stores.

Black Friday Violence Worse Than Ever As American Consumers Fight Over Deals Like Crazed Animals
Intel Hub - It certainly seems as though many of them purposely create wild situations on Black Friday where customers will rush like crazy people into their stores and nearly riot as they fight over discounted merchandise. The more Black Friday madness there is, the more of an “event” it becomes, and the higher the profits of the retailers go. This year there was more Black Friday hype than ever and there was also more Black Friday violence than ever.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

Deadline arrives, protesters remain at Occupy LA
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Wall Street protesters in Los Angeles defied the mayor's early Monday deadline to vacate their encampment near City Hall, with about 1,000 flooding into the area as hundreds of tents remained standing as they have for nearly two months.

After Feeding Thousands, OWS Sits Down in Liberty Square
Today, Occupations across the U.S. have shown that the 99% Movement can do more than protest—we can also take care of one another. Across the world, people still reeling from homelessness, poverty, foreclosures, and economic inequality have a lot less to be thankful for. But today, we reminded ourselves -- and the world -- that we can still be thankful for our mutual solidarity. From D.C. to Oakland and everywhere in between, Occupiers sat down for communal meals.

Occupy Seattle Occupies Wal-Mart
On Friday, November 25th, Occupy Seattle will join Occupy Tacoma, Occupy Bellingham and Occupy Everett in a statewide protest at Wal-Mart in Renton at 2:00pm. With its long history of mistreating workers and suppliers, its recent announcement of significant cutbacks on employee health care, and its obscene profits, Wal-Mart is a prime example of how the 99% are suffering at the hands of the 1%.

New York City musters 1,000 ‘counter terror force
Press TV - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says a thousand police officers have been assigned to counter-terrorism duties amid reports of growing anti-Wall street protests. Bloomberg referred to an alleged terrorist plot in the city that was reported foiled by city officials, adding that the police deployment to the crisis-hit city is a precautionary measure, AFP reported on Monday.

Weapons Cache Found During Zuccotti Park Cleanup, Sources Say
Fox - Gardeners employed by the park owners, Brookfield Properties, to clean up the mess made by occupiers during their two-month stay discovered various knives, including a large kitchen knife and other potential instruments of violence in flower beds throughout the public space, according to officials.

Petition to pepper-spray Fox News
After Fox News’ Megyn Kelly mocked victims of a pepper-spray assault on the air this week (again), supporters of the students that suffered the attack challenged the conservative correspondent to find out first-hand what it’s like to be maced.


While consumers shop, U.S. descends into planned financial implosion that favors corporate elite
(NaturalNews) We live in interesting times. Even as our own civilization hangs on the precipice of financial solvency, the priorities of the uninformed masses as so distorted that many will actually camp out in front of a Best Buy store in order to be the first in line to save $100 on a big-screen TV.

Black Friday isn't the only game in town
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Cyber Monday. Green Tuesday. Black Friday. Magenta Saturday.... Lizbeth Turq, a 26-year old in Deerfield, Ill., this past weekend shopped at several local shops during "Small Business Saturday." She ended up buying some gifts for the holidays, including one for her mother at a home decor store. Most of the items she found were 20 percent off, she says. "It's really not an issue of having a sale or not," Turq says, "It's an issue of supporting the community I live in and creating jobs, particularly in the economy we are in.".

Congress raids Obama's health care fund
In cash-strapped Washington, President Obama’s $1 trillion health care law is presenting a tempting target for lawmakers seeking funds for other projects, as Congress last week raided the health care piggy bank for the third time in less than a year. Congress last week axed a part of Democrats’ signature domestic achievement to find $11 billion to cover the cost of repealing a withholding tax that otherwise would have hit government contractors in 2013. Mr. Obama signed that bill into law on Monday.

VIDEO: 'Company Policy: We are not hiring until Obama is gone'
WACO, Ga. -- A west Georgia business owner is stirring up controversy with signs he posted on his company's trucks, for all to see as the trucks roll up and down roads, highways and interstates: "New Company Policy: We are not hiring until Obama is gone." "Can't afford it," explained the employer, Bill Looman, Tuesday evening. "I've got people that I want to hire now, but I just can't afford it. And I don't foresee that I'll be able to afford it unless some things change in D.C."

PRICE SHOCK: Walmart Is Raising Food Prices Faster Than Its Competitors
Business Insider - Walmart got rid of its "Always Low Prices" slogan back in 2007. Perhaps for good reason. JP Morgan's Ken Goldman analyzed Nielsen data on food prices and found that for every 12-week period since May 14, 2011, Walmart has been raising food prices faster than its competitors. sued over allegations of extorting small local businesses and restaurants
(NaturalNews) The most savvy business person will tell you that they are always finding a better way to offer their product or otherwise make it more valuable, in order to increase sales and profits. But when that fails some companies, according to a recent lawsuit, resort to harder tactics - like extortion.

Federal Judge Calls Harrisburg Bankruptcy Filing Illegal
Federal bankruptcy Judge Mary D. France has ruled that Pennsylvania's capital city of Harrisburg may not seek bankruptcy protection, calling such a filing illegal.

Energy & Environment

Climategate scientists DID collude with government officials to hide research that didn’t fit their apocalyptic global warming
Daily Mail - More than 5,000 documents have been leaked online purporting to be the correspondence of climate scientists at the University of East Anglia who were previously accused of ‘massaging’ evidence of man-made climate change.

'Green' debacle: Tens of thousands of abandoned wind turbines now litter American landscape
(NaturalNews) Literal beacons of the "green" energy movement, giant wind turbines have been one of the renewable energy sources of choice for the US government, which has spent billions of taxpayer dollars subsidizing their construction and use across...

C-SPAN SPAT: Historian shouts down congressman at hearing
The topic at hand was drilling in the the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The trouble began when Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young misstated Brinkley's name after referring to the hearing as "an exercise in futility." In a certain breach of protocol, Brinkley cut him off. [Watch the woman's expression in the background - funny!]


Urgent: Throw These Cooking Oils in the Trash
By Dr. Mercola - In the words of Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser: "If they have to put the word 'natural' on a box to convince you, it probably isn't." But this doesn't stop countless processed food manufacturers from boldly labeling their products as 100% natural in the hopes of appealing to health-minded shoppers like you. After all, products labeled as "natural" or "sustainable" account for $50 billion in sales annually, or 8 percent of total retail grocery sales, and the numbers are likely growing.

Easy Sugarless Berry Sorbet
This is such a HEALTHY ice cream, you don’t even need to feel the list bit guilty about enjoying it! It’s an additional serving of fruits, after all! Sugar free and dairy free.

Start your day with water and lemon
(NaturalNews) Clean water and fresh squeezed lemon is one of the most well tested energy boosters around. Most people in America rely on caffeinated beverages like coffee to get aroused in the morning. These adrenal stimulants produce dirty energy in the form of blood sugar swings and oxidative stress. Water with lemon produces clean energy by hydrating and oxygenating the body to extraordinary energy and mental clarity.

Five toxic holiday gifts you should never buy a loved one for Christmas
(NaturalNews) Gift-giving is a wonderful activity, but many people who give gifts to family and friends don't realize they're actually giving the recipient cancer, or diabetes or attention deficit problems. In this article, I expose five dangerous gifts that may literally increase the risk of disease and death. Whatever you give your family and friends this holiday season, please avoid giving these five dangerous gifts:

Tell Congress to Oppose the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act
This bill targets supplements and their makers, but almost all of its provisions are already covered by existing law. There is no need for any new legislation; the only need is for existing laws to be fully enforced.

Tell the FDA their Draft Guidance on NDIs is Bad for Consumers
The biggest problem is that this guidance will turn a notification system into an approval system—a terrible precedent that will utterly cut off the supply of nutritional supplements. It will also create such huge barriers for supplement manufacturers that it will be much more difficult and expensive to produce them. But of course, that means consumers would either have to pay much more for nutritional supplements, or else risk not being able to buy them at all if the manufacturer deems them too expensive to produce.

Does green tea have caffeine? Seven things you need to know
(NaturalNews) If you want to completely eliminate caffeine from your diet, you will have to add green tea to your list of forbidden foods. However, if you merely want to reduce your caffeine intake, you may want to substitute green tea for coffee as your morning pick-me-up beverage. Consider these facts about green tea:

FDA withdraws approval for breast cancer drug Avastin after declaring it medically useless, but says doctors can still prescribe it
(NaturalNews) Several years after declaring it to be not only medically useless but also dangerous, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has officially withdrawn approval for the $100,000 breast cancer drug Avastin. In a statement, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said that Avastin has never been proven to be safe or effective, but also in the same breath noted that doctors can still prescribe the drug if they feel like it.

The Medical Mafia continues to plot mass medication via water supplies - is lithium next?
(NaturalNews) Mass medication is getting discussed more among medical experts who insist they know what is best for all of us. With water fluoridation comes the threat of adding lithium and statin drugs to our water supplies. These mass medication efforts have been seriously discussed among top medical professionals for the past few years.

Canned soup raises BPA levels
CNN Health - Eating even moderate amounts of canned soup significantly increases exposure to Bisphenol-A according to a new study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The chemical BPA, suspected of causing damage to human health, is used in the interior lining of the vast majority of canned soups and vegetables.

Your baby monitor may not be protecting your child
(NaturalNews) As a parent, you certainly only want what is best for your child. Unfortunately, today's highly technological society may be providing you with ways to safeguard your children that can actually harm them. When shopping for products to help...

An Electronic Eye on Hospital Hand-Washing
Beeps and blinking lights are the constant chatter of a hospital intensive care unit, but at the I.C.U.’s in North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., the conversation has some unusual contributors. Two L.E.D. displays adorn the wall across from each nurses’ station. They show the hand hygiene rate achieved: last Friday in the surgical I.C.U., the weekly rate was 85 percent and the current shift had a rate of 91 percent. “Great Shift!!” the sign said. At the medical I.C.U. next door, the weekly rate was 81 percent, and the current shift 82 percent.

Science & Technology

"Cross-shaped" rare Aurora was observed in the U.S. State of Alaska
Mainich Shinbun News 11/27/2011.

Wyden: Protect IP Act may pass if Americans don’t call Congress
The Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act (Protect IP) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) “are like two peas in a pod,” Sen. Ron Wyden, the bills’ most vocal opponent in the U.S. Senate, explained to Raw Story in an exclusive interview.

Last Christmas for tax free Internet shopping?
Washington Times - Because most online outlets don’t charge sales tax, unlike traditional bricks-and-mortar stores. Buying online, especially when it comes to jewelry, cameras, computers and other high-end electronics, can save consumers a hefty chunk of change. But the costs to traditional retailers, not to mention state and local governments, are mounting.

Senator Joe Lieberman asks Google for a terrorist flagging button on Blogger
Well, Joe's at it again, and this time, it really is as embarrassing as it sounds. The Senator has taken pen to paper and written a letter to Google asking that its blogging platform Blogger be equipped with a flagging feature... for terrorists. This is largely because Jose Pimental, a man suspected of attempting to build a pipe bomb to attack the US military hosted his blog on Blogger. Now, there are a lot of terrible Blogger blogs to be sure, but is this really the best way to deal with such a problem?

Surveillance Company Says It Sent Fake iTunes, Flash Updates
Wall Street Journal - Gamma International UK Ltd. touts its ability to send a “fake iTunes update” that can infect computers with surveillance software.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

CA recalls raw milk that tested clean; targets agtivist Mark McAfee
In another frenzy by freaked out regulators, the California Dept of Food and Agriculture recalled raw milk products from Organic Pastures Dairy Co. in Fresno, after five children became ill and admitted to drinking raw milk from OPDC. Tests confirmed, however, that the products did not contain the variety of E. coli known as O157:H7 from which the children suffered.

Home-based Business Opportunities
Home-based businesses in the town, suburbs or on the farm can be just as lucrative as office or factory jobs. Whether you are interested in gardening, crafts, DIY projects or personal service jobs, home based businesses offer the freedom to work from home at your own pace and to be your own boss.
In the articles below are stories of home business successes in many fields – gardening, home repair, office work, teaching, and arts and crafts of all kinds.

Today in History - Wednesday - November 23, 2011
1765 - Frederick County, MD, repudiated the British Stamp Act.
1889 - The first jukebox made its debut in San Francisco, at the Palais Royale Saloon.
1890 - Princess Wilhelmina became Queen of the Netherlands at the age of 10 when her father William III died.
1936 - The first edition of "Life" was published.
1943 - During World War II, U.S. forces seized control of Tarawa and Makin from the Japanese during the Central Pacific offensive in the Gilbert Islands.
1945 - The U.S. wartime rationing of most foods ended.
1961 - The Dominican Republic changed the name of its capital from Ciudad Trujillo to Santo Domingo.
1971 - The People's Republic of China was seated in the United Nations Security Council.
1980 - In southern Italy, approximately 4,800 people were killed in a series of earthquakes.
1983 - The first Pershing II missiles were deployed in West Germany. In response, the U.S.S.R. broke off International Nuclear Forces (INF) talks in Geneva.
1985 - Larry Wu-tai Chin, a retired CIA analyst, was arrested and accused of spying for China. He committed suicide a year after his conviction.
1991 - Yugoslavia's rival leaders agreed to a new cease-fire, the 14th of the Balkan civil war.
1994 - About 111 people, mostly women and children, were killed in a stampede after Indian police baton-charged tribal protesters in the city of Nagpur.
1998 - The tobacco industry signed the biggest U.S. civil settlement. It was a $206-billion deal to resolve remaining state claims for treating sick smokers. 
2001 - A crowd of 87,555 people watched the Texas Longhorns beat the Texas A&M Aggies 21-7. The crowd was the largest to see a football game in TX.
2010 - North Korea shelled Yeonpyeong Island.

World News

Russian Warships off Syria, US Carriers Near Iran
Big power gunboat diplomacy is in full spate in the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf. Washington is underscoring its military option against Iran's nuclear program, while Russia is demonstrating its resolve to prevent NATO attacking Syria after Libya and defending Bashar Assad's regime. Monday, Nov. 21, Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov accused Western nations of "political provocation" by urging the Syrian opposition to refuse to negotiate a settlement with Assad.

Iraq attacks Exxon for signing deal with Kurdish region
(Reuters) - Iraq said on Tuesday it would slap sanctions on U.S. oil major Exxon Mobil (XOM.N) for signing a deal with the Kurdish region, which it said came without any approval from either Baghdad or Washington. "The Iraqi government is considering sanctions, and will inform the company before they make a public announcement," Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Hussain al-Shahristani told an industry conference in London.

YouTube: War Crimes Tribunal Tries Bush, Blair 2011
A War Crimes Tribunal in the Malaysian capital has begun its hearing against George W. Bush and Tony Blair, charging the former officials for the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, Press TV reports. The tribunal will determine whether the former US president and British prime minister committed war crimes and violated international law during the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq.

YouTube: Snipers are Randomly Shooting at Syrian Civilians to Create Instability
Russia Today - Webster Tarpley speaks from Damascus and he has been to cities like Homs and his conclusion is that there is NO civil war. There are snipers who fire at civilians to create chaos and instability in Syria. These snipers are mainly from abroad and have been brought in by the secret services like the Mossad, the CIA and MI6, including the support of the Saudi and Qatari Dictator Regimes.

China media says US sitting on debt 'bomb'
Activist Post - SHANGHAI (AFP) - China's state media Tuesday blasted the United States over its "ticking debt bomb" and urged American lawmakers to be more responsible after they failed to agree on deficit-cutting measures.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

US Postal Service Islamic Holiday Stamp
In the summer of 2001, the U.S. Postal Service began sales of the first postage stamp honoring the country's Muslims. There are nearly 7 million Muslims living in the United States, and this stamp was issued to commemorate the two main Islamic holidays. Thus, it is properly known as the "Eid Stamp." Related article here.

VIDEO: November 22, 2011: CNN Republican National Security Debate
Ron Paul highlights.

POLLS: Who won the 11/22/2011 CNN Republican National Security Debate?
The Swash: Ron Paul 92.63%
Poll Code: Ron Paul 94%
We Polls: Ron Paul 85%
Soda Head: Ron Paul 90%
World Community: Ron Paul 87.8%
Red Dog Report: Ron Paul 91%
National Review: Ron Paul 60%
Your Political News Group: Herman Cain 56%, Ron Paul 42.87%

Don't slash military budget, GOP contenders say
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican presidential hopefuls warned in near unanimity against deep cuts in the nation's defense budget Tuesday night, criticizing President Barack Obama in campaign debate but disagreeing over the extent of reductions the Pentagon should absorb as part of an effort to reduce deficits and repair the frail economy.... Only Rep. Ron Paul of Texas sounded unperturbed, saying that despite ominous talk, lawmakers are considering only reductions in future military growth, not actual cuts.

New Iowa Poll Places Ron Paul Firmly in First, With 25%
Nov. 22, 2011 - Congressman Ron Paul is leading by a significant margin in Iowa, according to preliminary results of a new TeleResearch poll. Revolution PAC, the Super PAC formed to support presidential candidate Ron Paul, has received early data from the commissioned Iowa poll. The TeleResearch survey is the first to incorporate disaffected Democrats and Independents who will not vote to reelect Obama and will instead crossover to participate in the Iowa Republican Caucus, as well as likely Republican caucus-goers.

VIDEO: Ron Paul Reaps Big Donations From Fed. Workers, Govt. Contractors
Washington Post - Nov. 22 (Bloomberg) - Ron Paul, the U.S. presidential candidate who says he'll shrink government the most, is attracting more campaign donations than any of his Republican rivals from both U.S. government workers and employees of the biggest federal contractors. Megan Hughes reports on Bloomberg Television's "Bottom Line." Mark Crumpton also speaks.

Paul's Time To Rise?
The Christian Science Monitor - Though he has a large and loyal following, Ron Paul's positions on key issues sets him apart from many Republicans. But he keeps moving steadily toward a position of strength in the early voting – especially in Iowa.

VIDEO: NYC Plans Massive Underground Park
CBS - The proposed park, which would be free to the public, has gotten a positive response from the city and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and although the developers aren’t sure yet how much it would cost, they’ve already started raising funds for their subterranean vision of the future.

YouTube: ABC News Says Ron Paul Could WIN
ABC - Ron Paul could win Iowa. Direct-Mail RevPAC Project Launched
The new Bloomberg poll yesterday has revealed Ron Paul is running neck and neck for first place in Iowa. Well, we're going to put him well over the hump by direct-mailing two informative literature pieces directly to 200,000 Republican "Supervoters" - 100K in Iowa and another 100K in New Hampshire.

Pelosi Bashes Catholics: 'They Have This Conscience Thing'
According to, Nancy Pelosi is upset that the U.S. Catholic bishops wouldn’t approve if the Obama administration did, in fact, decide to force insurance companies to cover birth control, contraception and drugs that could cause abortions. The bishops say that, under such a decision, some religious groups might have to provide the insurance against their moral and religious views.

YouTube: Olbermann Calls For Mayor Bloomberg's Resignation Because Of His Fake Terror Plot
Nov 21, 2011 - 2:05 minutes into the video.

VIDEO: 10,000 Expected To Line Up For Free Turkey Dinner In South LA
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Low-income residents and seniors are lining up for free turkey dinners from a local car company. As many as 10,000 people are expected to show up for the “23rd Annual Jackson Limousine Service Turkey Dinner Give-Away”, which started at 8 a.m. Tuesday. Sky2 was overhead Monday night as a line already wrapped around the company’s service fleet yard at 3669 West Slauson Ave. “It’s a lot of people, a lot of families from all walks of life,” EJ Jackson, founder and president of Jackson Limousine, told CBS2. “You’ll see them. We love them, but that’s what we are here for; to help one another.”

The First Thanksgiving Proclamation
Historical Document June 20, 1676: "The Holy God having by a long and Continual Series of his Afflictive dispensations in and by the present Warr with the Heathen Natives of this land, written and brought to pass bitter things against his own Covenant people in this wilderness, yet so that we evidently discern that in the midst of his judgements he hath remembered mercy,...

How FDR Changed Thanksgiving
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had a lot to think about in 1939. The world had been suffering from the Great Depression for a decade and the Second World War had just erupted in Europe. On top of that, the U.S. economy continued to look bleak. So when U.S. retailers begged him to move Thanksgiving up a week to increase the shopping days before Christmas, he agreed. He probably considered it a small change; however, when FDR issued his Thanksgiving Proclamation with the new date, there was an uproar throughout the country.

VIDEO: DHS issues Turkey fryer warning
The Department of Homeland Security is taking any threat seriously during the Thanksgiving holiday, including the ominous threat to our national security posed by turkey fryers. "How dangerous can turkey fryers be?" asks a warning issued on the official DHS Twitter account. "Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before placing in a fryer, or this may happen."

Airlines worry frustrations with security procedures contributing to decline in travel
NY Times - While the government has made some changes to security procedures, many passengers and travel executives contend that the moves do not go far enough.... Still, some travelers are bothered by a screening process that has become increasingly time-consuming and intimate, and industry representatives say they are worried that these frustrations are contributing to a decline in air travel.

Flooded Roads, Grounded Flights for Thanksgiving Travel
AccuWeather - An area of heavy rain will produce urban flooding, drenched roadways and grounded flights for Thanksgiving travelers into Wednesday from Texas to Illinois to Massachusetts.

No Privacy on DC Roads, High-Tech Cameras "Pinpoint People's Movements All Over Town"
Activist Post - Since the pilot program began in 2004, hundreds of high-tech, license-plate-reading cameras have been deployed in the District of Columbia area that can archive and "pinpoint people’s movements all over town." The Washington Post reports that, "More than 250 cameras in the District and its suburbs scan license plates in real time," making it the highest concentration of these big brother tools in the nation with one camera per square mile.

VIDEO: TSA Agents Think They Are Above The Law
Prison Planet - “Police arrested Rodman on Nov. 20. He is charged with aggravated sexual battery, object sexual penetration, forcible sodomy and abduction with intent to defile,” reports ABC 7 News.... As we have documented, this certainly not the first time a TSA agent has abused their position of authority to wantonly break the law.

Tucson shooter appeals forced medication ruling
TUCSON, Ariz - Tucson shooting rampage suspect Jared Loughner is appealing an order to allow doctors to forcibly medicate him against his will, papers lodged with an appellate court showed on Monday.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

Demonstrators Plan to 'Occupy' Retailers on Black Friday
Some demonstrators are planning to occupy retailers on Black Friday to protest "the business that are in the pockets of Wall Street." Organizers are encouraging consumers to either occupy or boycott retailers that are publicly traded, according to the Stop Black Friday website. The goal of the movement is to impact the profits of major corporations this holiday season. "The idea is simple, hit the corporations that corrupt and control American politics where it hurts, their profits, " states the Occupy Black Friday Facebook page. A few of the retailers the protesters plan on targeting include Neiman Marcus, Amazon and Wal-Mart.

VIDEO: Fox News host Megyn Kelly calls pepper spray ‘a food product’
In the mind of Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, the pepper spray administered to University of California-Davis students last weekend really just a one-sided food fight. Kelly gave her causal assessment of the increasingly common police weapon on Tuesday’s broadcast of The O’Reilly Factor, seemingly defending the cops. “It’s a derivative of actual pepper, it’s a food product, essentially,” she told host Bill O’Reilly.

Hackers post personal data of UC Davis cops
Washington Times - The shadowy online hacker group called Anonymous has posted online the home address and phone number of one of the University of California, Davis police officers suspended for using pepper spray on Occupy protesters. In a video posting on its own website and on YouTube on Tuesday, the group urges its supporters to “Flood his home with pizza deliveries and junk mail. … Flood his skype. … Flood his phones, email and mailbox to voice your anger.”

VIDEO: Wall Street protesters arrive in DC, wet, tired and blistered
WASHINGTON — Drenched, blistered and weary, a few dozen Occupy Wall Street protesters arrived today in the nation’s capital after a two-week, 240-mile march from Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan.

March from Occupy Wall Street Arrives in Washington DC
Nov. 22, 2011 - Occupy Wall Street initiative called ‘Occupy the Highway’ arrives in Washington DC, having marched from New York City. Two weeks ago, Occupy Wall Street participants in Manhattan embarked on the epic journey. Their goals were to make the new movement visible in more communities, to connect with other occupations along the way, and to further a national dialogue about how to reclaim our democracy.

Occupy UC Davis Calls for Nov. 28 General Strike to Shut Down CA Campuses, Block Regents' Austerity Vote
In response to the intolerable effects privatization and austerity and the horrific repression of student dissent that has occurred throughout the last month, the GA, as a governing body of all concerned UC Davis students, will prevent the Board of Regents from continuing its unbridled assault upon higher education in the state of California. This will entail total campus participation in shutting down the operations of the university on the 28th, including teaching, working, learning, and transportation, as we will collectively divert our efforts to blocking their vote[s]. In doing so students, faculty and workers assert the power—and the will—to effectively represent and manage ourselves.

VIDEO: Occupy Wall Street's First Fatality
Russia Today - rotester in Seattle, Washington aligned with Occupy Wall Street says that an assault from a cop last week has caused a miscarriage, which if true marks the first loss of life from police brutality since the demonstrations began two months ago.... Checking in with doctors this week after experiencing excruciating pain, [Jennifer] Fox tells The Stranger that physicians told her, “the damage was from the kick and that the pepper spray got to it [the fetus], too." Fox adds that she is trying to obtain an attorney to represent her so that she can attempt to prosecute the Seattle PD over the assault.

VIDEO: Chancellor Linda Katehi Apologizes Directly To UC Davis Students, Speaks To General Assembly; Doesn’t Resign
KATEHI: I am here to apologize. I feel horrible for what happened on Friday. If you think you don’t want to be students in a university like we had on Friday, I am just telling you, I don’t want to be the chancellor of the university we had on Friday. [someone yells, "then resign!"] Our university has to be better than it is. And it needs all of the community to come together to do that. We need to work together.

VIDEO: Students Denounce Katehi At General Assembly, Thousands Arrive On Quad
The UC Davis General Assembly began 20 minutes ago with speeches from several of the students hit in the face with pepper spray. There are thousands and thousands of students, alumni and Davis community members packing the quad. Some have stuck to denouncing police brutality and Chancellor Linda Katehi’s actions, others have recounted the many issues bringing everyone together for the larger movement.

YouTube: Davis faculty member Nathan Brown calls for the chancellor to resign
Davis faculty member Nathan Brown calls for the chancellor to resign. Brown wrote a highly circulated open letter to UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi on Friday, shortly after the pepper spray attack on students. Today at the UC Davis quad, he spoke to 15,000 students, imploring them to use mass action to drive change in the university administration.

Obama gets ‘mic checked’ #ows
The audience chanted, “Over 4000 peaceful protesters have been arrested. While bankers continue to destroy the American economy. You must stop the assault on our 1st amendment rights. Your silence sends a message that police brutality is acceptable. Banks got bailed out. We got sold out.” They got a very different response compared to Ron Paul.


Debtors' Prison Legal In More Than One-Third Of U.S. States
Huffington Post - As high joblessness, slow wage growth and plummeting home values push more Americans into debt, the aftermath of the recession also makes it increasingly difficult for consumers to pay it back, and the collectors of that debt are getting more aggressive as a result. Some states are attempting to rein in the practice of putting borrowers in jail, even as the number of borrowers threatened with arrest has surged since the financial crisis, according to a separate WSJ report.

Bad economy means another scaled-back Thanksgiving
Some are holding potluck dinners instead of springing for the entire feast. Others are staying home rather than flying. And a few are skipping the turkey altogether. Thanksgiving airfares are up 20 percent this year, and the average price of a gallon of gas has risen almost 20 percent.... But even those who choose to stay home and cook for themselves will probably spend more. A 16-pound turkey and all the trimmings will cost an average of $49.20, a 13 percent jump from last year, or about $5.73 more, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation, which says grocers have raised prices to keep pace with higher-priced commodities.

Postal prices going up for express, priority mail
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service is raising rates for its more profitable express mail and priority mail shipping next year, part of its efforts to stave off bankruptcy.

Group demands info on all contact between Corzine and Geithner
Citizens United sent a FOIA request to the Treasury Department today to see how much influence Jon Corzine has had in shaping our country’s economic policy under President Obama and Secretary Geithner.

Greenberg sues U.S. for $25 billion over AIG takeover
(Reuters) - A company run by former American International Group Inc Chief Executive Maurice "Hank" Greenberg sued the U.S. government for $25 billion, calling the 2008 federal takeover of the insurer unconstitutional. The lawsuit marks an unusual effort to force the government to pay shareholders, who have seen AIG's stock price tumble 98 percent since the middle of 2007, when the insurer's risky bets on mortgage debt through credit default swaps began to falter.

Funds battle banks over $300 trillion derivatives market
(Reuters) - Some of the world's biggest financial firms are locked in a battle over the control of large banks in the $300 trillion market for privately traded derivatives in the United States. The fight pits dealers such as JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank against much of the rest of the financial industry. At the heart of the dispute is a set of seemingly obscure rules that, however esoteric, may help decide the winners and losers in the industry, an opaque market blamed as a major contributor to the 2008 financial crisis.

Energy & Environment

Idaho lab accident may stem from damaged container
All 16 workers exposed to radiation at the Idaho National Laboratory were allowed to go home following the incident, which officials Wednesday said likely resulted from decades-old plutonium powder that escaped its damaged stainless-steel shell.... Lab officials suspect the stainless steel cladding that surrounded the plutonium was damaged years ago, beginning a slow-but-steady process of plutonium oxidation that led to the exposure. When workers opened an aluminum box that housed the fuel plates and cut away plastic wrapping, they noticed several grains of powder that escaped.

Contaminated Water from Fukushima I Nuke Plant Crossing the International Date Line
The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), which only yesterday announced the cesium contamination of Pacific Ocean at 5000 meters deep, disclosed the result of their simulation of dispersion of radioactive cesium on the surface of Pacific Ocean. Now they tell us that the contaminated water from the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident may have reached the international date line in 4 to 5 months after the accident. That would be in July-August time frame.

Massive Hydrovolcanic Explosion Inevitable at Fukushima
Kurt Nimmo - On November 17, the architect of Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 3, Uehara Haruo, was interviewed in Japan. He warned that a “China Syndrome” situation is inevitable at the plant. Haruo said that considering eight months have passed since the tsunami and the crippling of the nuclear plant without any improvement in the condition of the reactors, it is likely melted fuel has escaped the container vessel and is now burning through the earth.

CLIMATEGATE II: University hit by new climate leak ahead of talks
LONDON (AP) -- The British university whose stolen emails caused a global climate science controversy in 2009 says those behind the breach have apparently released a second and potentially far larger batch of old messages. University of East Anglia spokesman Simon Dunford said that while academics didn't have the chance yet to examine the roughly 5,000 emails apparently dumped into the public domain Tuesday, a small sample examined by the university "appears to be genuine." Related article here.


Garlic oil compound found to offer heart protection
(NaturalNews) Researchers from the Emory University (EU) School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga., have discovered a natural compound derived from garlic oil, known as diallyl trisulfide, that protects against heart damage. When taken after a heart attack, during cardiac surgery, or as a treatment for heart failure, this powerful compound was found to reduce tissue damage by 61 percent.

Amazing bee products that cure and protect
(NaturalNews) Honey Bee pollen, propolis, and Royal Jelly are considered super foods. There are those who swear by their rejuvenating and energizing benefits. And there are some who dismiss those claims while mentioning allergic reaction dangers. This article intends to shed some light on those honeybee products.

'Sell-by' dates: A myth that needs busting
Grist - Here's a superbly kept secret: You know all those dates you see on food products that say "sell by," "use by," and "best before"? Those dates do not indicate the safety of your food, and generally speaking, they're not regulated.

Doctor says government should implement 'cap and trade' tax scheme on junk food
(NaturalNews) Junk food consumption is partly responsible for the rampant disease and obesity epidemic that plagues the US. But rather than focus on ways to rid the food supply of the specific toxic additives and processes that promote disease and obesity, a Harvard Medical School (HMS) doctor is urging the federal government to treat "junk food" like it does pollution, and implement a "cap and trade" type tax system on foods that are high in sugar, fat, and salt.

Chiropractic care improves type I diabetes (case study)
(NaturalNews) Over 3 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with type I diabetes. This disorder is considered an auto-immune condition where the immune system destroys the insulin producing Beta cells of the pancreas. A new case study showed how chiropractic adjustments dramatically improved a 4 year old child's ability to manage this disorder.

Meatless Monday Recipe: Yummy Veggie Meatloaf
Whether you'll be enjoying the traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner or something more unique, I hope you have a wonderful upcoming holiday!

Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes for Everyone
At Thanksgiving, avoiding meat and dairy presents a whole new set of obstacles for the vegan eater: beef broth in the gravy, sausage in the stuffing, butter in the mashed potatoes, cream in the soup. And then there are all your relatives -- who aren't vegan. These nine recipes make it easy to serve up a vegan Thanksgiving for your whole family -- or to add one or two hearty and delicious dishes which even the most hard-core meat eaters will tackle with relish.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

VIDEO: More People Are Growing Vegetables at Home
As food costs rise, a Ramona soil amendment company supplies more families growing their own vegetables. Patch offers tips on how to make your own compost.


YouTube: Johnny Cash - Thanksgiving Prayer
Johnny Cash sings a Thanksgiving Prayer. This year when I count my blessings.. I'm thanking the Lord he made you.

Poison Plants for Dogs & Cats: Symptoms Caused By Poisonous Indoor and Outdoor Plants
Chewing grass and green vegetation is normal for pets, but chewing the wrong vegetation can be fatal. About 25% of pets poisoned by non-drug products get sick from poisonous house plants and outdoor plants. Give your pets grasses, sprouts, and green vegetables so they leave poisonous plants alone.

Today in History - Tuesday - November 22, 2011
1718 - English pirate Edward Teach (a.k.a. "Blackbeard") was killed during a battle off the coast of North Carolina. British soldiers cornered him aboard his ship and killed him. He was shot and stabbed more than 25 times.
1906 - The International Radio Telegraphic Convention in Berlin adopted the SOS distress signal.
1910 - Arthur F. Knight patented a steel shaft to replace wood shafts in golf clubs.
1917 - The National Hockey League (NHL) was officially formed in Montreal, Canada.
1935 - The first trans-Pacific airmail flight began in Alameda, CA, when the flying boat known as the China Clipper left for Manila.
1943 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek met in Cairo to discuss the measures for defeating Japan.
1963 - U.S. President Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, TX. Texas Governor John B. Connally was also seriously wounded. Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson was inaugurated as the 36th U.S. President.
1967 - The U.N. Security Council approved resolution 242. The resolution called for Israel to withdraw from territories it had captured in 1967 and called on adversaries to recognize Israel's right to exist.
1972 - U.S. President Richard M. Nixon lifted a ban on American travel to Cuba. The ban had been put in place on February 8, 1963.
1974 - The U.N. General Assembly gave the Palestine Liberation Organization observer status.
1975 - Juan Carlos I was proclaimed King of Spain upon the death of Gen. Francisco Franco.
1977 - Regular passenger service on the Concorde began between New York and Europe.
1983 - The Bundestag approved NATO's plan to deploy new U.S. nuclear missiles in West Germany.
1985 - 38,648 immigrants became citizens of the United States. It was the largest swearing-in ceremony.
1986 - An Iranian surface-to-surface missile hit a residential area in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, wounding 20 civilians.
1986 - Attorney Generel Meese's office discovered a memo in Colonel Oliver North's office that included an amount of money to be sent to the Contras from the profits of weapons sales to Iran.
1990 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush, his wife, Barbara, and other congressional leaders shared Thanksgiving dinner with U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia.
1990 - British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher announced she would resign.
1993 - Mexico's Senate overwhelmingly approved the North American Free Trade Agreement.
1998 - CBS's "60 Minutes" aired a tape of Jack Kevorkian giving lethal drugs in an assisted suicide of a terminally ill patient. Kevorkian was later sentenced to 25 years in prison for second-degree murder.
2005 - Angela Merkel was elected as Germany's first female chancellor.
2005 - Microsoft's XBOX 360 went on sale.

Special News Covered the 1st Hour

When Good Men Do Nothing
This a commentary about why so much of human history has been plagued by tyranny and oppression. Peace and love are just words ~ actions speak louder than words ~ if the people don't fight back, they will NEVER win and all is will be ruined for all that think they care!!!  Warning, very graphic video and may be disturbing to some. (A BIG thanks to Jon for sending in this link)!

YouTube: Pepper Spray Attack - Countdown with Keith Olbermann
Fox News - November 21, 2011.

World News

Turkey premier urges Syrian president to step down
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's prime minister on Tuesday said for the first time that Syria's president must step down over the country's brutal crackdown on dissent, ratcheting up the pressure on the increasingly isolated Bashar Assad. In his harshest words yet, Recep Tayyip Ergodan reminded Assad of the bloody end of the Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, as well as past dictators, including Adolf Hitler.

Tunisia's newly elected assembly gets to work
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisia's newly elected assembly is holding its first meeting, tasked with shaping a constitution and a democratic future for the country that sparked the Arab Spring uprisings.

Egyptians converge on Tahrir Square for 4th day
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptians responding to a call for a mass rally began flowing onto Cairo's central Tahrir Square Tuesday as protests demanding the country's military rulers to step down entered a fourth day despite a crackdown by police that has killed at least 29 people.

Iran official: New US sanctions to have no effect
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's foreign ministry spokesman on Tuesday denounced Washington's new set of sanctions against Tehran, predicting the measures will have no effect and dismissing them as "propaganda and psychological warfare.".

No Power To The People
Spanish organisation, Seeba, managed to install solar panels at a Palestinian village in the West Bank, known as Amenzil. For the first time its residents managed to have electricity, but Israel issued a military injunction ordering the residents to remove the panels.

Taxpayer to carry the risk for private mortgages
The taxpayer is to become the ultimate guarantor for hundreds of millions of pounds of mortgages as part of a radical strategy to boost Britain's ailing housing industry.

The turbines turned off... because high winds make them too noisy for nearby residents
Mail Online UK- Wind turbines are being turned off during high winds because they are too noisy. Documents from local authorities show that 269 complaints were received about noise from the rotating blades in the past three years. Some came from residents living up to three miles away. In nearly half of these cases, operators switched turbines off or reduced their speed.

VIDEO: Exclusive: CIA Spies Caught, Fear Execution in Middle East
ABC News - In a significant failure for the United States in the Mideast, more than a dozen spies working for the CIA in Iran and Lebanon have been caught and the U.S. government fears they will be or have been executed, according to four current and former U.S. officials with connections to the intelligence community. The spies were paid informants recruited by the CIA for two distinct espionage rings targeting Iran and the Beirut-based Hezbollah organization, considered by the U.S. to be a terror group backed by Iran.

Egypt’s Secret Police Renames Itself “Homeland Security”
Infowars - Egypt’s infamous state security apparatus, notorious for spying on political activists and torturing dissidents, has renamed itself “homeland security,” presumably in homage to its American namesake, which has also been used as a tool of political repression. As part of the re-branding of dictatorship in Egypt, the same security force implicated in the imprisonment and torture of anti-Mubarak activists is busy reorganizing itself while maintaining intimidation and spying campaigns targeted against parliamentary candidates by bugging phone calls and harassing prominent critics of the ruling military regime’s bloody crackdown on protesters.

Egypt Cabinet offers to resign but protests go on
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's civilian Cabinet offered to resign Monday after three days of violent clashes between demonstrators and security forces in Tahrir Square, but the action failed to satisfy protesters deeply frustrated with the new military rulers.

Egypt’s Brutal Military Junta is Supported by the Obama Administration
Prison Planet - Fresh off the back of bombing Libya under the guise of “humanitarian intervention” while calling on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down over mistreatment of protesters, the Obama administration has taken a noticeably different approach to Egypt’s brutal military junta that is now busy torturing and killing demonstrators on the streets of Cairo.

‘YouTube: Gaddafi son knows too much, will be silenced’
Russia Today - Political analyst and author Adrian Salbuchi says Saif al-Islam will be silenced by either the Hague or the National Transitional Council. Muammar Gaddafi’s fugitive spy chief, one of the last key figures from Libya’s old regime still on the run, has been captured in the country’s south. It comes just days after Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam was also caught. The National Transitional Council has since said it won’t hand him over to the Hague Tirbunal. Instead it’s vowed to try him at home for crimes against the Libyan people, that could result in the death penalty.

U.S. to name Iran area of “money laundering concern”
(Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department plans to designate Iran as an area of "primary money laundering concern" on Monday, a U.S. official said, a move that will prompt new steps to isolate Tehran from the international financial system. The moves are expected to be coordinated with Canada and Britain, where the finance ministry ordered all UK financial institutions to stop doing business with their Iranian counterparts and the Iranian central bank.

Credit Suisse Goes For Broke: Predicts End Of Euro, Bank Runs
Zero Hedge - “We seem to have entered the last days of the euro as we currently know it.” Just because Credit Suisse bankers are people too (even if 1% people, but still people), and just because they know too damn well that “no ECB intervention” means “no bonus”, and very likely “no job”, they go for broke and join Deutsche Bank, JPM, RBS, and everyone else (but, again, not Goldman), in predicting the end of Europe unless Draghi does his rightful duty and remembers that without banker support he will also be lining up at the jobless claims office very soon.

Copenhagen votes to legalise marijuana
Telegraph - Marijuana could soon be legalised in Copenhagen, after the city voted overwhelmingly in favour of a scheme that would see the drug sold through a network of state-run shops and cafes. The scheme, if approved by the Danish parliament at the start of next year, could make the city the first to fully legalise, rather than simply tolerate, marijuana consumption.

Despite EU Ban, UK Makes Radiation-Firing Body Scanners Compulsory
Prison Planet - In spite of the European Commission formally adopting new limits on airport body scanners and outright banning backscatter x-ray scanners pending further studies, the UK will not allow passengers to “opt out” if they are selected to go through the machines, which will remain in use. Citing a non specific “security threat” to Britain, The transport secretary, Justine Greening, announced in a Commons statement that there would be no pat down option available to fliers, despite an EU mandate for the provision to be introduced.

First the Old Were Chipped. Now Chipping the Young Starts
It looks like Denmark will be the first place to start keeping tabs on children with electronic chips. Since it’s troublesome to deal with demented people, some places are already putting chips in the shoes of the elderly so they can be tracked if they wander off. Now, the same sort of thinking is being applied to attaching chips to children. Denmark’s Jutland childcare centers are considering it right now. Fortunately, there’s some resistance to it…but we’ve seen where this sort of thing is going, so if it doesn’t happen right now, it looks like the writing is on the wall for these devices to be attached to people of all ages.

Brazil fines Chevron in $28 million for oil spill
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil's environmental agency said Monday it will fine Chevron nearly $28 million for a continuing oil spill off the Rio de Janeiro coast, and the company could face several more similar fines in the coming days.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: UC Davis Chancellor Emerges From Press Conference
"Tells Me She Didn’t Feel Threatened"

CNN VIDEO: Ron Paul Gets Crashed by OWS
Daily Paul - MSNBC reported the event too: "We are the 99%! We will be heard! There are criminals on Wall Street who walk free, there are protesters in jail," they chanted. "There's something wrong with this system. We are the 99%! We will be heard!" When the protesters finished, the Texas Congressman -- who smiled throughout their delivery -- leaned into the microphone and asked, "Do you feel better?" The audience erupted in cheers and applause.

November 22, 2011: CNN Republican National Security Debate - 8pm ET
Daily Paul - CNN's Wolf Blitzer will moderate a Republican presidential debate on Tuesday, Nov. 22 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. (ET) live from the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. The debate is a partnership among CNN, The Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). The focus will be national security, foreign policy and the economy. It falls on the eve of the deadline for the so-called congressional super committee to create a plan for at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction.

North Carolina Republican Straw Poll
November 19th, 2011 - Ron Paul 52.2%, Newt Gingrich 22.1%, Herman Cain 13.3%.

VIDEO: Romney: Cut health care for the poor, not defense spending
Raw Story - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday suggested using drastic cuts to health care for the poorest Americans to fund the Department of Defense. Speaking to employees of BAE Systems, one of the nation’s largest defense contractors, the candidate said that President Barack Obama and members of the “super committee” should agree to scale back the Medicaid program in order to prevent $600 billion in cuts to defense spending over ten years.

Trickle-down tyranny - why ordinary people in positions of local power are adopting tactics of tyrants
(NaturalNews) When I read a story yesterday about an 89-year-old woman being water-boarded by nursing home staff over an argument about ice cream, I knew something terrible was amiss across the American landscape. Spontaneous acts of tyranny have been cropping up lately like cancer tumors: a food tyrant in Nevada raids a farm picnic and orders everyone to destroy their food; student protesters in California get pepper-sprayed by thuggish cops who clearly enjoy causing pain and suffering; and now nursing home staffers torture their own resident using techniques borrowed from Guantanamo Bay.

YouTube: Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 11/21/11: Dr. Paul's Message to the Super Committee
Ron Paul: This week marks the deadline for the so-called congressional Super Committee to meet its goal of cutting a laughably small amount of federal spending over the next decade. In fact the Committee merely needs to cut about $120 billion annually from the federal budget over the next 10 years to meet its modest goals, but even this paltry amount has produced hand-wringing and hysteria on Capitol Hill. This is only cutting proposed increases. It has nothing to do with actually cutting anything. This shows how unserious politicians are about our very serious debt problems.

YouTube: Ron Paul: "FED is immoral" - speech at the CATO
Russia Today Nov 17, 2011 - Congressman Ron Paul delivered a speech for the National Association of Home Builders at the 29th Annual Cato Monetary Conference yesterday. The key topics were the US monetary policy and the Federal Reserve.

VIDEO: Thrill Is Gone? Matthews Turns On Obama; ‘I Hear Stories That You Would Not Believe’
In an explosive interview on MSNBC, Chris Matthews has harsh criticism for President Obama and his team of advisers.

Newspaper Publisher Caves, Agrees Excerpts of Articles Do Not Infringe Copyright
EFF - In a victory for fair use, the publisher of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Stephens Media, filed papers yesterday conceding that posting a short excerpt of a news article in an online forum is not copyright infringement. The concession will result in entry of a judgment of non-infringement in a long-running copyright troll case that sparked the dismissal of dozens of baseless lawsuits filed by Righthaven LLC.

VIDEO: NYT Tries to Blame Political Film for White House Shooting
Kurt Nimmo - Christians also warned to avoid criticizing Obama after alleged shooter called him the “anti-Christ.” On Sunday, The New York Times said Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, the schizophrenic accused of shooting at the White House, watched Alex Jones’ The Obama Deception.

Accused White House shooter to have mental exam
(Reuters) - An accused White House shooter, who allegedly called President Barack Obama the "devil" and "anti-Christ," was ordered on Monday to undergo a mental exam to determine his competency to face charges of attempting to kill the president.

More police departments look to tune public out
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Police departments around the country are working to shield their radio communications from the public as cheap, user-friendly technology has made it easy for anyone to use handheld devices to keep tabs on officers responding to crimes. The practice of encryption has grown more common from Florida to New York and west to California, with law enforcement officials saying they want to keep criminals from using officers' internal chatter to evade them. But journalists and neighborhood watchdogs say open communications ensure that the public receives information that can be vital to their safety as quickly as possible.

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Scientists Weaponize Deadly Bird Flu, Consider Releasing Results Necessary to Create Bioweapon
Activist Post - It sounds like something out of a bizarre science fiction comic book, but scientists have weaponized the H5N1 bird flu virus, and are actually considering releasing the research. The experiments, which involved mutating the virus a total of 5 times, made the strain highly contagious between ferrets — the very animal model used to study human flu infection. Of course many scientists are now warning that if such research was made public it could result in the construction of deadly bioweapons.

Cops summoned to elementary school after boy kisses girl
A sheriff’s deputy was dispatched last week to a Florida elementary school after a girl kissed a boy during a physical education class. School brass actually reported the impromptu buss as a possible sex crime, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

Occupy Oakland Calls for TOTAL WEST COAST PORT SHUTDOWN ON 12/12
In response to coordinated attacks on the occupations and attacks on workers across the nation: Occupy Oakland calls for the blockade and disruption of the economic apparatus of the 1% with a coordinated shutdown of ports on the entire West Coast on December 12th. The 1% has disrupted the lives of longshoremen and port truckers and the workers who create their wealth, just as coordinated nationwide police attacks have turned our cities into battlegrounds in an effort to disrupt our Occupy movement.

Poll: 56 percent in U.S. ambivalent towards ‘Occupy Wall Street’
Raw Story - The majority of Americans are ambivalent towards the ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” protests and are also uncertain about their goals, according to a Gallup poll released on Monday. Fifty-six percent of those surveyed said they neither support nor oppose the two-month-old movement and 59 percent said they didn’t know enough to form an opinion about its goals.

Officers Put on Leave After Pepper Spraying Protesters
NY Times - The University of California, Davis, said on Sunday that two police officers had been placed on administrative leave after using pepper spray on seated protesters in a widely recorded encounter on Friday afternoon. Reflecting widespread anger over the police behavior, the university chancellor, Linda P.B. Katehi, said Sunday that she would insist that the investigation be completed in 30 days. A day earlier, she had said it would take 90 days.

OWS Website Bans Alex Jones “Conspiracy Theories”
Kurt Nimmo - will ban people from posting on their forum if they “spam” the political philosophy of Alex Jones or David Icke, according to the website’s posting guidelines: Conspiracy theories, including any attempt to spam material by David Icke, Lyndon LaRouche, David Duke or Alex Jones, will be removed immediately and the spammer will receive a swift global network ban. Fascist propaganda (including any attempt to spam these four people again), will be treated with the similar actions. In that we are very specific about what fascism is: the word has a meaning.

YouTube: Immortal Technique on OWS: "People realise how disenfranchised they are"
Russia Today - delves a little deeper into what lies behind the Occupy movement, our correspondent Alyona Minkovsky talks to the political rapper - Immortal Technique. He thinks a gradual erosion of basic rights has inspired the nationwide wave of protest.


In NH, Obama to push for payroll tax cut extension
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Targeting Republicans in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail, President Barack Obama is heading to New Hampshire, a political battleground, to begin a year-end push to extend payroll tax cuts.

Bank of America warned by regulators to get stronger says report
(Reuters) - U.S. regulators have informed Bank of America's (BAC.N) board that the company could face public enforcement action if they are not satisfied with recent steps taken to strengthen the bank, the Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the situation.

It Costs $72 Million A Year to Hold Cleared Prisoners at Guantánamo
Last week, the exorbitant expense of maintaining the Bush administration’s "war on terror" prison at Guantánamo was revealed in the Miami Herald, where Carol Rosenberg explained that Congress provided $139 million to operate the prison last year, which, with 171 prisoners still held, works out at $812,865 per prisoner, nearly 30 times as much as it
costs to keep a prisoner in a Federal Bureau of Prisons facility, where the cost per prisoner is $28,284 a year.

VIDEO: The economists who predicted the current recession pick
Gerald Celente, David Stockman and Peter Schiff all publicly predicted the housing bubble and burst. And all support Ron Paul because of his encyclopedia-like understanding of economics and the causes of booms and busts - something most politicians do not even understand.

Super failure: Deficit-cutting panel gives up
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress' super committee conceded ignominious defeat Monday in its quest to conquer a government debt that stands at a staggering $15 trillion, unable to overcome deep and enduring political divisions over taxes and spending. Stock prices plummeted at home and across debt-scarred Europe as the panel ended its brief, secretive existence. Republicans and Democrats alike pointed fingers of blame, maneuvering for political advantage in advance of 2012 elections less than a year away. Both sides agreed action was still required, somehow, and soon.

Obama vows to veto any effort to spare Pentagon deeper cuts
National Journal - President Obama Monday evening blamed Republicans for the failure of the super committee to meet its deadline for a debt plan and warned that he will veto any attempt to eliminate the automatic spending cuts that go into effect with that failure.

MF Global trustee says $1.2B or more missing
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The court-appointed trustee overseeing MF Global's bankruptcy says up to $1.2 billion is missing from customer accounts, double what the firm had reported to regulators last month. The trustee, James Giddens, also said in a statement Monday that his plans to release about $520 million from accounts that have been frozen will mean nearly all the assets under his control will be distributed.

Ex-Solyndra Staff To Get $13,000 Each In TAA Federal Aid
Capital Hill - The Labor Department today announced that it had approved Trade Adjustment Assistance for the former employees of the bankrupt solar panel maker Solyndra. That means all of the firm’s 1,100 ex-employees are eligible for federal aid packages, including job retraining and income assistance. The department has valued packages at about $13,000 a head. Taxpayers will have to cough up yet another $14.3 million as a result of Solyndra’s bankruptcy. They are already on the hook for $528 million in federal loan guarantees to the company that are unlikely to ever be paid back.

Ex-Madoff trader pleads guilty in plea deal in NYC
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jailed financier Bernard Madoff's multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme stretched back at least to the early 1970s, when his employees used historical information about stocks to create false trades that could be placed on customer statements, a former trader revealed as he pleaded guilty Monday to criminal charges.

Housing Market

Police arrest 15 at Massachusetts foreclosure protest
AMHERST, Mass (Reuters) – Fifteen people were arrested at a sit-in against home foreclosures at a Bank of America branch in Massachusetts on Monday, while Tea Party supporters demonstrated across the street, organizers and police said. Roughly 350 supporters of New England tenants and former homeowners complaining about foreclosures by large Wall Street banks were joined by protesters from anti-Wall Street “Occupy” movements at a Bank of America branch in downtown Springfield.

Firm that held foreclosure costume party closing
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- A New York law firm that specializes in foreclosures and was criticized for a Halloween party that mocked the homeless will close, a spokesman said Monday. Steven J. Baum P.C., one of the largest-volume mortgage foreclosure firms in New York, filed notice of mass layoffs with the state Department of Labor and local officials, indicating at least a third of its employees would lose their jobs. On Monday, spokesman Earl Wells III confirmed the law firm would close altogether.

Criminal probe into online mortgage scams widens
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A criminal investigation into mortgage swindlers has expanded beyond deceptive advertising on Google's Internet search engine to root out con artists who were luring their victims on Bing and Yahoo, too. Monday's news of the widening probe confirmed that the Internet's three largest search engines had been turned into tools of prey for crooks looking to bilk homeowners scrambling to avoid foreclosure. The scams involved online ads making bogus promises of help people hold onto their homes under a government-backed program to modify mortgage payments.

Energy & Environment

Big Six Pesticide Manufacturers to Face Human Rights Tribunal
Activist Post - Beginning on December 3, 2011, some major international chemical companies will be facing a public tribunal dealing with their well-documented and systemic human rights abuses that have occurred all over the world. The tribunal is not legally binding as it is not being administered by any governmental body. However, it will serve to shed light upon the egregious assault on human health and economic independence by the major chemical corporations.


DMV office in nation's capital offers HIV testing
WASHINGTON (AP) -- At one Department of Motor Vehicles' office in the nation's capital, motorists can get a driver's license, temporary tags and something wholly unrelated to the road: a free HIV test.... Now officials are expanding the program, offering testing at an office where Washington residents register for food stamps, Medicaid and other government assistance. On Monday, the first day of the program, 60 people got tested, officials said. As an incentive they're being offered a $5 gift card to a local grocery store.

Citizens for Health launches initiative to fight Corn Refiners Association fraudulent HFCS campaign
(NaturalNews) The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) has been busy the past few years trying to salvage the reputation of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), a heavily-processed chemical sweetener derived from corn starch that a growing number of Americans are now seeking to avoid for health reasons. The industry's latest marketing stunt involves renaming HFCS to "corn sugar" in order to make the additive sound healthier and more appealing to the public.

Green tea supplements prevent flu better than vaccination
(NaturalNews) Flu season is now in full swing and seasonal vaccinations are being pushed from every corner. Nonetheless, a recent clinical trial showed that green tea-based supplements reduced the risk of flu by 75%. This is far better than the 60% risk reduction recently reported in the Lancet for vaccinations. Given that green tea provides a host of other health benefits and none of the risks of injections, it would appear to be a far superior alternative to vaccination.

YouTube: "Breathe Easier & Deeper"
Learn how to relieve asthma using Acupressure. Discover an acupressure point on the upper chest for relieving asthmatic symptoms such as difficulty breathing, chest congestion, chest tightness, and wheezing. Discover the benefits from author and instructor Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D. who will show you how to find and press the point for asthma relief.

Omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA improve insulin resistance and boost cardiovascular health
(NaturalNews) Compelling evidence now exists to demonstrate that heart disease is largely caused by the proliferation of increased levels of small, dense LDL cholesterol particles that have become oxidized in the blood and of abnormalities relating to insulin resistance. Both factors combine to deal a potentially deadly punch to the vascular system, leading to metabolic stress, diabetes and increased risk for a heart attack.

Nutrition and genetics - Diet and breastfeeding affect brain function of child
(NaturalNews) Natural News readers are likely already aware that fish is considered "brain food" and affects cognitive function. However, until this time, little was known about the interaction between genetics and nutrition. During a recent conference held in Madrid, Spain, the European Commission-funded Nutrimenthe Project hosted a symposium on "Nutrition and Cognitive Function."

Dietary supplements are fast becoming an endangered species
(NaturalNews) First the powers that be create a problem to get a reaction that gives them the green light to produce a solution to satisfy their ulterior motives. The problem, whether true or not, is presented through the media to also condition the public for accepting their desired solution.

Gilead Sciences to buy Pharmasset for $11 billion
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- HIV drugmaker Gilead Sciences Inc. will spend about $11 billion to buy Pharmasset Inc. in what one analyst termed an "amazing risk," a high stakes gamble that could yield billions of dollars in drug sales if a possible groundbreaking hepatitis C treatment pans out.... Hepatitis C treatments represent a ripe opportunity for drugmakers. The virus can lead to life-threatening liver damage and is the main cause of liver transplants in the United States.

The Source of Food Is None of Your Business, Says WTO
Gaia Health - The US instituted a labeling law requiring that all foods’ country of origin be on the label; it was part of the 2008 Farm Bill. Canada and Mexico complained to the WTO, saying that it would discourage food imports. It took three years, but the WTO decided that labeling food with its country of origin is a “technical barrier to trade”. In 1979, the US signed a treaty that includes prevention of technical barriers to trade. Of course, that term was not fully defined. It was up to the WTO to say just what it means.

Menopausal women do not absorb enough vitamin D
(NaturalNews) A number of tests carried out by researchers at the Carlos III Institute of Health in Spain has revealed that post-menopausal women may not get enough vitamin D in their diets, which can contribute to a range of dangerous health problems, including abdominal obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease, as well as a number of cancers.

95% of Soy Products May be Damaging Your Health
Activist Post - With 95% of all soy crops being genetically modified in order to be made ‘Monsanto Roundup Ready,’ not only are you receiving genetically defiled food, but food saturated with pesticides. Using genetic modification, most soy plants are tailored to resist high levels of toxic pesticide spraying that would kill a normal plant rapidly. The pervasive nature of GMO contamination threatens to spoil even organic soy plants.

The Magician Who Could Not Make Homeopathy Disappear
(NaturalNews) A campaign of disinformation on homeopathic medicine has been very active in United Kingdom and in the United States, and my previous article at this website provided some detail about this effort.

Science & Technology

Computerised contact lens will keep you up to date with news and texts
Mail Online - Imagine catching up with your texts, social networking and perhaps the news without having to log on to a computer or even glance at a smartphone. Messages and images would simply appear in front of your eyes, generated by a computerised contact lens.

'Seismic' New Quantum Theory Says a Wavefunction is a Real Physical Object
At the heart of the weirdness for which the field of quantum mechanics is famous is the wavefunction, a powerful but mysterious entity that is used to determine the probabilities that quantum particles will have certain properties. Now, a preprint posted online on 14 November reopens the question of what the wavefunction represents — with an answer that could rock quantum theory to its core.

YouTube: Protect IP/SOPA Bills Could Change Or Destroy Alternative Media As We Know It
Protect IP/SOPA Bills explained and what you can do.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Insight: In Iowa, farmland boom means end of an era for many
(Reuters) - It took just 31 minutes for Donald Ellingson's family to end an agrarian tradition that had survived more than a half-century, by auctioning off 153 acres of rich Iowa farmland.


YouTube: Hold on. By: 33 Miles ( A song of hope that gives the courage to hold on)
I have played this song over a dozen times today. Sometimes you need that constant reminder to choose hope. I believe that hope gives you courage to keep holding on... even in the midst of a storm.

Christmas Miracle
Warning----------have a hanky handy.


Nothing but love from the Daily Show with Jon Stewart!
The Daily Show clips on Ron Paul

Today in History - Monday - November 21, 2011
1620 - The Mayflower reached Provincetown, MA. The ship discharged the Pilgrims at Plymouth, MA, on December 26, 1620.
1789 - North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1877 - Thomas A. Edison announced the invention of his phonograph.
1922 - Rebecca L. Felton of Georgia was sworn in as the first woman to serve as a member of the U.S. Senate.
1929 - Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali had his first art exhibit.
1942 - The Alaska highway across Canada was formally opened.
1962 - U.S. President Kennedy terminated the quarantine measures against Cuba.
1963 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, arrived in San Antonio, TX. They were beginning an ill-fated, two-day tour of Texas that would end in Dallas.
1973 - U.S. President Richard M. Nixon's attorney, J. Fred Buzhardt, announced the presence of an 18½-minute gap in one of the White House tape recordings related to the Watergate case.
1979 - The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, was attacked by a mob that set the building afire and killed two Americans.
1980 - About 83 million viewers tuned in to find out "who shot J.R." on the CBS prime-time soap opera Dallas. Kristin was the character that fired the gun.
1980 - 87 people died in a fire at the MGM Grand Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
1982 - The National Football League (NFL) resumed its season following a 57-day player's strike.
1985 - Former Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Jay Pollard was arrested after being accused of spying for Israel. He was later sentenced to life in prison.
1986 - U.S. Attorney General Meese was asked to conduct an inquiry of the Iran arms sales.
1987 - An eight-day siege began at a detention center in Oakdale, LA, as Cuban detainees seized the facility and took hostages.
1989 - The proceedings of Britain's House of Commons were televised live for the first time.
1992 - U.S. Senator Bob Packwood, issued an apology but refused to discuss allegations that he'd made unwelcome sexual advances toward 10 women in past years.
1993 - The U.S. House of Representatives voted against making the District of Columbia the 51st state.
1994 - NATO warplanes bombed an air base in Serb-held Croatia that was being used by Serb planes to raid the Bosnian "safe area" of Bihac.
1995 - France detonated its fourth underground nuclear blast at a test site in the South Pacific.
1995 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the 5,000-mark (5,023.55) for the first time.
1999 - China announced that it had test-launched an unmanned space capsule that was designed for manned spaceflight.
2000 - The Florida Supreme Court granted Al Gore's request to keep the presidential recounts going.
2001 - Microsoft Corp. proposed giving $1 billion in computers, software, training and cash to more than 12,500 of the poorest schools in the U.S. The offer was intended as part of a deal to settle most of the company's private antitrust lawsuits.
2002 - NATO invited Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to become members.

World News

Police burn protest tents to clear Cairo's Tahrir
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian soldiers and police set fire to protest tents in Cairo's Tahrir Square and fired tear gas and rubber bullets in a major assault Sunday to drive out thousands demanding that the military rulers quickly transfer power to a civilian government. At least 11 protesters were killed and hundreds were injured.

The military exercise comes just six days after a blast at an army base outside Tehran left several members of the Revolutionary Guard dead, including a senior officer who was a key figure in Iran's missile program. Some western media outlets claimed Israel was behind the explosion.

Gaddafi's son captured in Libya
Fox - TRIPOLI, Libya – Muammar Qaddafi's son Seif al-Islam — the only wanted member of the ousted ruling family to remain at large — was captured as he traveled with aides in a convoy in Libya's southern desert, Libyan officials said Saturday. Thunderous celebratory gunfire shook the Libyan capital as the news spread. Related article/photos here.

Clinton says there could be civil war in Syria
(Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday Syria could slide into civil war but she did not foresee the global community intervening in the same way it did in Libya. "I think there could be a civil war with a very determined and well-armed and eventually well-financed opposition that is, if not directed by, certainly influenced by defectors from the army," Clinton told NBC news in an interview in Indonesia, where she was attending a regional summit.

Violence continues in Syria as Condoleezza Rice promotes unilateral U.S. action
Activist Post - As clashes continue in Homs with opposition forces and pro-Assad forces engaging in what the New York Times calls, “A harrowing sectarian war,” Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice advocates unilateral U.S. action on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

VIDEO: China warns against US involvement in South China Sea dispute
China's growing economic and military influence — an issue that dominated discussion at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation — looks set to continue causing tension at this weekend's East Asia summit in Bali. The summit — the first to be attended by a U.S. president — is already being held against a backdrop of simmering territorial disputes in the South China Sea, and as Washington tries to reassert its influence in Asia.

Monsanto partners with USAID to push GM corn in Nepal
(NaturalNews) The southeast Asian country of Nepal is once again having to fight against foreign interests that are trying to take over its agricultural system. Biotechnology giant Monsanto apparently has its sights set on bringing genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) to this sliver of a country just north of India, and it is allegedly working with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a so-called humanitarian group, and officials in Nepal to make it happen. Related article/video here.

Occupy GMOs: Protesters block access to manufacturing plant filled with animal 'Frankenfeed'
(NaturalNews) Tired of the quiet import and use of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in the animal food supply throughout Europe, a group of protesters in France has decided to make a statement by blockading the entrances of the Glon Sanders animal feed plant in Saint-Gerard, Morbihan, France. The company's more than 200 employees have been unable to come to work for some time now, which means that production has stopped at the plant, and its offices remain empty.

Top US senator unveils Iran central bank sanctions
"This, in my judgment, is one of the few remaining actions short of an embargo of Iranian shipping and military intervention to slow or end the Iranian nuclear program," said Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The measure, crafted by Republican Senator Mark Kirk, would empower President Barack Obama to cut off any foreign financial institution that does business with Iran's central bank from the US economy and to freeze its US assets.

VIDEO: 'US becoming a police state’
Russia Today - Alice Slater in her interview with RT reminded of the article on foreign policy that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has written this month “about a new Pacific era for the US and they are going to beef up their military forces there, to maintain sea lanes.” “They say it shamelessly that they are going to maintain the same kind of authority now in the Pacific that we have always had in the Atlantic with NATO.”

Greece rules out fresh austerity
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece predicted Friday that its budget deficit will fall sharply next year and insisted that no fresh austerity measures will be needed to plug a hole in this year's finances. Submitting the 2012 budget, Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos said the deficit will shrink from an expected 9 percent of gross domestic product this year to 5.4 next year, largely thanks to a debt writedown that is part of Greece's second international bailout agreed on by European leaders last month. Without the bailout, Greece faces bankruptcy and a possible exit from the euro. Related video/article here.

Egyptians protest against more powers for military
CAIRO (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Egyptians rallied Friday in Cairo's Tahrir square with Islamists in the forefront to protest against what they say are attempts by the country's military rulers to designate themselves as the guardians of a new Egypt. It was one of the largest rallied in Egypt in recent months. Most rallies in Tahrir have been led by liberal- or left-leaning groups. But Friday's rally was dominated by the country's most organized political group, the Muslim Brotherhood, which has rarely come out in full force since the protests that forced President Hosni Mubarak to step down in February.

Norway hit by major data-theft attack
OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Data from Norway's oil and defense industries may have been stolen in what is feared to be one of the most extensive data espionage cases in the country's history, security officials said Thursday. Industrial secrets from companies were stolen and "sent out digitally from the country," the Norwegian National Security Authority said, though it did not name any companies or institutions that were targeted.

VIDEO: UN, Bill Gates Foundation Push Deadly HPV Shots on Poor Nations Under ‘GAVI Alliance’
Activist Post - A new campaign has been launched by an organization known as the GAVI Alliance to vaccinate up to 2 million women and girls with either GlaxoSmithKline’s Cervarix or Merck’s Gardasil by the year 2015.... Nine countries are candidates for the HPV vaccine campaign, though they are not listed at this time. In addition, the price of the campaign is not being disclosed due to the “sensitive nature” of the price talks.

EU bans claim that water can prevent dehydration
Telegraph - Brussels bureaucrats were ridiculed yesterday after banning drink manufacturers from claiming that water can prevent dehydration. EU officials concluded that, following a three-year investigation, there was no evidence to prove the previously undisputed fact. Producers of bottled water are now forbidden by law from making the claim and will face a two-year jail sentence if they defy the edict, which comes into force in the UK next month.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

'Al-Qaida sympathizer' accused of NYC bomb plots
NEW YORK (AP) -- An "al-Qaida sympathizer" accused of plotting to bomb police and post offices in New York City as well as U.S. troops returning home remained in police custody after an arraignment on numerous terrorism-related charges. Jose Pimentel of Manhattan was described by Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a Sunday news conference announcing Pimentel's arrest as "a 27-year-old al-Qaida sympathizer" who was motivated by terrorist propaganda and resentment of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

VIDEO: Ron Paul One Hour Interview - Des Moines Register Editorial Board
Des Moines Register Nov 19, 2011.

VIDEO: Sunday Morning, Nov. 20: Ron Paul on CBS Face The Nation
Ron Paul on CBS Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer. Ron Paul stood his ground as CBS was on the attack, as usual. Related article here.

VIDEO: Saturday, Nov 19: Thanksgiving Presidential Family Forum - Ron Paul Highlights & Full Debate
Daily Paul - Highlights of Ron Paul’s answers during this weekend’s GOP debate in Iowa.

AFP: One day in campaign of Ron Paul
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — It's 10:00 am at WHO Newsradio in Des Moines, Iowa, and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul begins in its studio a long day of political campaigning in this Midwestern US state. With huge earphones covering his ears, he keeps describing the economic situation in the United Stated States in dark, pessimistic colors. "Things look bad," he says on Friday morning, arguing that federal spending must be reduced at all cost. On the other side of the glass studio, his campaign manager, Jesse Benton, nervously prepares messages on his mobile phone. "We're growing and building support," Benton tells AFP.

YouTube: Legalized Corruption of Government Exposed
CBS News - Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff (who spent time in prison after pleading guilty to corrupting public officials) exposed how the U.S. government is legally corrupted. The Young Turks Cenk Uygur breaks down clips from his 60 Minutes interview.

YouTube: County Sheriffs Push Back Against Feds - In today's exclusive special report Gary Franchi is joined by Former Graham County Sheriff Richard Mack. They discuss the County Sheriff Project, a movement that will compound the effort to push back against an over reaching Federal Government, a movement that needs your support.

Battle looms over what 'defense' means for automatic cuts if supercommittee fails
The Hill - A supercommittee failure would trigger at least $500 billion in cuts to national security spending, but there is no consensus on just where they will be made. Lawmakers included the automatic cuts in the debt ceiling deal as an incentive to get Congress to agree to shave at least $1.2 trillion from the deficit. But the language also gave policy makers plenty of leeway. The cuts do not begin to take effect until January 2013, which gives Congress a full year to adapt them before they are implemented. There are also disagreements over language in the debt deal, which have led to different interpretations over what could be cut.

Big Brother chips his way into clothing and other consumer goods
(NaturalNews) Concerns have been raised that criminals or even unscrupulous marketers would be able to scan people`s trash in order to find out what they own or purchase on a regular basis. This technology can even be used to scan shoppers while they browse through the stores and make purchases and to combine this information with their credit card information, which would enable them to track purchase patterns as well as other confidential information.

VIDEO: End Run Around the MSM: The Ron Paul Super Brochure Project
Heard of it? The Ron Paul Super Brochure is a grassroots project that is spearheaded by Erik Petroni and Ron Paul Products as an end run around the Ron Paul MSM media blackout. The plan is to print 10 million brochures to get information about Ron Paul directly into the hands of voters.

Military Budget Cuts Will Get Us All Nuked, and 4 Other Lies
Wired - It's one thing to brace for the pain of cuts that will probably slice $450 billion over 10 years from the defense budget. But it's quite another to pretend, for the sake of leverage in Congress or to stroke a political or military constituency, that those cuts will open America's ramparts to the barbarians. After all, even the hugest cuts imaginable will mean the U.S. spends $4 trillion on the military over 10 years instead of $5 trillion. Yet day in and day out, new Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, members of Congress, think-tank wonks and journalists offer up steaming piles of hysteria over the defense budget.

VIDEO: Non-profit group linked to Homeland Security promotes absurd fear of non-existent threat of terrorism
Activist Post - A so-called “Community Awareness Program” (CAP) has been launched by the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (the CELL), a non-profit group directly linked to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The CELL is the same group behind the absurdist fear-mongering video entitled “Recognizing the 8 Signs of Terrorism” which is nothing more than a clear attempt to strike illogical fear into the hearts of Americans.

Supreme Court Blocks Government Plan To Claim Ownership Of DNA
Steve Watson - In a long running case, a Supreme Court has ruled to limit the use of blood samples collected from newborns by the government. The case has exposed the fact that there is an ongoing semi-covert movement by state and federal governments to claim ownership of every newborn baby’s DNA for the purpose of genetic research without the consent of individual citizens. The Minnesota Court ruled Wednesday that the Minnesota Department of Health is violating the law in storing, using and disseminating newborn screening test results and newborn DNA.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

VIDEO: Gingrich to Occupy Wall St: 'Go get job right after you take a bath'
At the Iowa family forum Saturday evening, Newt Gingrich took aim at the Occupy Wall Street movement: The movement "starts with the premise that we all owe them everything," said Gingrich. And the movement's sense of entitlement is a "symptom how much the left has collapsed as a moral system in this country, and why you need to reassert something as simple as saying, 'Go get a job right after you take a bath,'" the former speaker of the House concluded.

VIDEO: Police pepper spraying and arresting peaceful students at UC Davis
Infowars November 19, 2011 - Title says all. During peacefully Occupy Movement, police came in to tear down tents and proceeded to arrest students who stood in their way. Once students peacefully demanded the release of the arrested, a police officer unnecessarily pepper sprays the students to open a path for the rest of the officers. *UPDATE* The officer who sprayed the students has been identified as UC Davis Police Lt. John Pike. Contact (530) 752-3989 –

Ca. college president vows pepper spraying probe
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The president of the University of California system said he was "appalled" at images of protesters being doused with pepper spray and plans an assessment of law enforcement procedures on all 10 campuses, as two police officers were placed on administrative leave in the incident that's reverberating around the nation.

YouTube: David Icke talks with Luke Rudkowski at Occupy Wall Street
David Icke talks with Luke Rudkowski of We Are Change New York at Occupy Wall Street - Excellent Interview.

Militarization of Police Exemplified by “Virtually Unstoppable” APC at Occupy Tampa
Intel Hub - For reasons which remain unclear, the Tampa Police Department in Tampa, Florida’s Tactical Response Team, or TRP, rolled out what some have been calling a “tank” to Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa. As it turns out, the menacing vehicle isn’t technically a tank; instead it is an “Amphibious Rescue Vehicle” which is designed for transporting personnel in extreme conditions.

Occupy Memphis, tea party members meet
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Occupy Memphis member Mallory Pope had just finished telling a group of about 75 tea party followers Thursday night that politicians should not allow themselves to be influenced by lobbyists and unions when she received an unexpected invitation.

VIDEO: Elderly woman who was pepper-sprayed known for activism
Dorli T. Rainey described herself as “an old lady in combat boots” in a Wednesday interview with The Associated Press and said she’s a former school teacher. A Seattle police spokesman did not discuss her specifically, instead referring to a statement saying demonstrators sprayed were refusing a police order to disperse.


"The Entire System Has Been Utterly Destroyed By The MF Global Collapse" - Presenting The First MF Global Casualty
Zero Hedge - BCM Has Ceased Operations (source) Posted by Ann Barnhardt - November 17, 2011 - Dear Clients, Industry Colleagues and Friends of Barnhardt Capital Management, It is with regret and unflinching moral certainty that I announce that Barnhardt Capital Management has ceased operations. After six years of operating as an independent introducing brokerage, and eight years of employment as a broker before that, I found myself, this morning, for the first time since I was 20 years old, watching the futures and options markets open not as a participant, but as a mere spectator....

Supercommittee failure could trigger US credit downgrade, economists warn
The Guardian - Economists are warning of dire consequences if US politicians fail to make progress this weekend in tense talks aimed at reducing America's massive deficit ahead of a Wednesday deadline. The bi-partisan congressional super-committee is charged with drawing up plans for a $1.2tn reduction in the nation's deficit by the middle of next week. Failure to do so will trigger an automatic "sequester" that will make cuts of that size to defence and social welfare programmes starting in 2013. But the two sides seem far from finding a solution after clashing over tax revenues. Related article here.

Activists press for closure of military training school
Raw Story - Thousands of activists on Saturday marched on the controversial training base for soldiers from Latin American militaries formerly known as the School of the Americas, at Fort Benning, Georgia, to demand its closure. The figure that we have now, very conservative, is more than 4,000 people in Fort Benning Road, the main entrance to the military base,” Hendrik Voss, spokesman for the School of Americas Watch (SOAW), told AFP.... The activists called on President Barack Obama to close the school, which they argue costs US taxpayers millions of dollars that, they point out, “could be used to improve or build more public schools in the United States.”

VIDEO: San Francisco Federal Reserve Employee Admits Fed is a Private Corporation that Pays Dividends to Shareholders
Intel Hub - Recently Humboldt State University was visited by David Lang and Yelena Takhtamanova from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco where they presented some information about the Federal Reserve System.

Number of 'Near Poor' Startles Census
NY Times - When the Census Bureau this month released a new measure of poverty, meant to better count disposable income, it began altering the portrait of national need. Perhaps the most startling differences between the old measure and the new involves data the government has not yet published, showing 51 million people with incomes less than 50 percent above the poverty line. That number of Americans is 76 percent higher than the official account, published in September. All told, that places 100 million people — one in three Americans — either in poverty or in the fretful zone just above it.

Black Friday Shoppers Began Camping Out At BEST BUY -- Last Monday!
St. Petersburg, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – On Monday, November 14, nearly two weeks before days Black Friday, Christine Orta and nine others from three different families pitched a tent and started “occupying” a Black Friday line at a St. Petersburg Best Buy. While most of us haven’t the slightest clue where we are going to get the best deals yet, “Team Occupy Best Buy” had it all planned out.

Deep spending cuts pose a new threat to US economy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Just as the U.S. economy is making progress despite Europe's turmoil, here come two new threats. A congressional panel is supposed to agree by Thanksgiving on a deficit-reduction package of at least $1.2 trillion. If it fails, federal spending would automatically be cut by that amount starting in 2013. Congress may also let emergency unemployment aid and a Social Security tax cut expire at year's end. Either outcome could slow growth and spook markets.

35 Facts About The Gutting Of America’s Industrial Might That Should Make You Very Angry
Did you know that an average of 23 manufacturing facilities were shut down every single day in the United States last year? As World War II ended, the United States emerged as the greatest industrial power that the world has ever seen. But now America's industrial might is being gutted like a fish and both political parties seem totally unconcerned.

Energy & Environment

Solid Proof That Weather Modification Projects Are Being Conducted All Over The United States
American Dream - Most Americans still believe that our weather patterns are 100% natural and that our government has absolutely no control over the weather. Unfortunately, that is not the case at all. What you are about to read is evidence that weather modification is happening right now all over the United States.

YouTube: Background Radiation in California Over 300% Higher than Normal
EnviroReporter - Disturbing readings from one of Radiation Station Central's HEPA filters after just 30 days of use: 308% of normal background higher. Alpha and beta radiation captured by the filter can be attributed to the triple Fukushima Japan meltdowns, melt-throughs and melt-outs and the decision to begin burning 550,000 tons of radioactive debris in Tokyo from October to March, sending a double dose of radioactive fallout on the Jet Stream over the Pacific to land on America, Canada and beyond.

VIDEO:NRC investigates reactor coolant system leak at Brunswick plant
According to Progress Energy, early Wednesday morning the plant reported an unusual plant event to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Environmentalist Tom Clements with Friends of the Earth, tracks nuclear issues primarily in South Carolina and Georgia. However, the unusual event report posted Wednesday morning plant grabbed his attention. "The reason that is significant is because this type of reactor, a boiling water reactor, it goes directly through the core of the reactor, where the radioactive material is contained," said Clements.


Future of Organic Food and Agriculture at Risk
The Cornucopia Institute, one of the nation’s leading organic industry watchdogs, is urging members of the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), in formal testimony, to vote to preserve the integrity of organic food and farming at its upcoming meeting in Savannah, Georgia.... The 15-member NOSB is a citizen panel, set up by Congress, to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on organic policy and rulemaking. Upcoming votes concern the use of genetically modified and synthetic additives that have been petitioned for use in organic foods and drinks, including baby foods and formula.

Health basics: What are GMOs?
(NaturalNews) (NaturalNews) Molecular engineers working in laboratories for Monsanto, the giant American biotech company, are gene-splicing vegetable seedlings with poisonous pesticides and herbicides so the plants are inherently protected from the insects and worms that might damage them. The majority of products Americans eat daily contain some form of GMO soy, corn, canola (rapeseed) oil or cotton seed oil. Research shows that consuming the popular herbicide/pesticide Roundup leads to the mutation of cells in the human body, in turn fueling the development of malignant tumors and other various forms of cancer.

Vitamin D3 does even more than publicized - it enhances mental health
(NaturalNews) Most of us know that vitamin D3 helps prevent almost anything from flu to cancer by strengthening our immune systems. But little has been publicized about D3's potential for preventing or getting out of depression. Recent studies link D3 deficiencies to depression. And there is some, who speculate how D3's physiological protections directly affect moods.

Study: Probiotics help protect gut from radiation damage
(NaturalNews) Cancer patients undergoing radiation treatments or individuals looking to protect themselves against general radiation damage can look to probiotics for help, according to a new study. Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., have found that radiation therapy patients who take probiotics prior to getting blasted can gain intestinal radioprotective benefits.

VIDEO: McDonald's Dumps McMuffin Egg Factory Over Health Concerns
ABC News - The fast food company says it "will no longer accept" eggs from one of the country's biggest egg companies, Sparboe Farms, that is the subject of an ABC News investigation to be broadcast Friday on "20/20" and "World News with Diane Sawyer" and was cited Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration for "significant…and serious violations" in the production of eggs.

Three-minute presentation given by local resident convinces several Rolla, Mo., officials to end water fluoridation
(NaturalNews) Sometimes all it takes is a single individual to instigate positive change. The Rolla Daily News (RDN) in Rolla, Mo., reports that after one local resident gave a three-minute presentation about the dangers of fluoride at a recent city council meeting, two city council members expressed their support for the removal of fluoride from the city's water supply.

Discover the superfood power of spirulina
(NaturalNews) Spirulina is found all over the world in fresh water, saltwater oceans & natural springs. Spirulina was renowned for its healing properties and was a staple part of the North African and Aztec Indian diet many years ago. Today, natural health experts all around the world revere Spirulina for its potential as a whole food mega-nutrient and natural medicine.

Fight cancer with mistletoe
(NaturalNews) As a result of this accumulating evidence, two of the largest-ever cohort studies on mistletoe have been initiated in Europe (where its use is common). Both are now recruiting in multiple centres across Germany and Austria. One study will test mistletoe extract on pancreatic cancer in 400 patients; the other will test it on colorectal cancer in 800 patients. While both trials will use mistletoe in addition to conventional cancer therapies, they may be seen as a first step in proving mistletoe as a first-line therapy. Until then, the evidence to date on mistletoe makes a convincing case for its consideration as part of any cancer therapy.

Move over Blueberries, Black Rice may be the New Superfood
Maybe the ancient Chinese nobles were onto something when the forbade commoners from eating black rice. It’s not because black rice is harmful – it’s because it’s delicious and healthful, and the nobles wanted it all to themselves. Hence its moniker, Forbidden Rice. Blueberries have recently been touted a “superfood,” as their high antioxidant content can help ward off aging, cancer and disease. The deep purple hue that blueberries and black rice share is a product of the antioxidants they contain, as black rice has the same properties.

Gold ash powder - Myanmarese shaman and healer offers his secret concoction to the world
(NaturalNews) U Shein Sayargyi has been using the centuries old tradition of alchemy to produce gold ash powder, a remedy that he claims "is able to improve significantly or even heal serious diseases (like hepatitis, cancer, and AIDS)." He`s thoroughly tested his remedy over several years through his own practice and through sales of the product to other health practitioners and individuals.

Doctors told to resist antibiotics requests for coughs and colds
Guardian - According to the study, more than half of those who visit the doctor with a cough or cold expect to be given the medication, although viruses do not respond to the treatment. There are fears that overuse of antibiotics could render the drugs redundant and unable to tackle serious infections such as hospital bugs. About 25,000 patients a year in the EU die from infections caused by bacteria that have grown resistant to antimicrobial medicines, including antibiotics.

Are you obese? Do you smoke? Your company could soon penalize you with higher healthcare premiums
(NaturalNews) Reuters reports that Veridian Credit Union, a Waterloo, Iowa-based company, recently unveiled a new wellness and screening program aimed at helping those in high-risk health categories to get healthier. But part of the plan includes charging smokers and obese employees higher healthcare premiums beginning in 2013, which some allege is unfair and an intrusive breach of personal privacy.

Chiropractic improves creative thinking
(NaturalNews) Creative thinking is one of the greatest human assets in that it initiates new thoughts and world changing ideas. Creativity is the ability to generate ideas of both novel and useful form to a particular social setting. Innovative thoughts inspire excitement and unlock the depths of human potential. New research has shown that chiropractic adjustments significantly improve the creative thought process.

7 Vegan Pie Recipes - 7 incredible pie recipes for the holidays.

Less Chewing Equals More Eating (And Other Food Industry Secrets)
Mother Earth News - U.S. Department of Agriculture data show that today we’re eating more of everything. By far the largest increase has been in the consumption of fats and oils, with a 63 percent jump over a 33-year period, from per capita annual consumption of about 53 pounds to about 86 pounds. The use of sugars and sweeteners is also up — by a modest 19 percent — and in that same period, we ate 43 percent more grain and 7 percent more meat, eggs and nuts. USDA data also report that we’re eating 24 percent more vegetables, which seems like good news until you learn that a large component of those vegetables are deep-fried potatoes in the form of french fries.

Science & Technology

Alleged Cyber Attack on U.S. Water Plant is Propaganda to Curb Internet Freedom
The Washington Post is reporting that recent damage to an Illinois water treatment plant was a cyber attack by foreign hackers, “Foreign hackers caused a pump at an Illinois water plant to fail last week, according to a preliminary state report.” The narrative of the attack is that a Russian-based hacker created minor “glitches” in the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA) which, according to Krebs on Security, is “designed to monitor and control complex industrial networks.” Apparently, it caused the system to turn on and off, resulting in the burnout of a water pump.

Save the Internet and Boycott These Companies
The United States Attorney General can not only seek court orders against “foreign infringing sites,” meaning any website with a non-U.S. domain name, but can also demand that internet service providers (ISPs) would have to cut off access to the site by not resolving domain name requests. Furthermore, if served with one of the Attorney General’s court orders, search engines would have to remove any links to the site, payment networks would have to stop all payments to the site from U.S. customers and advertising networks would be forced to stop serving advertisements about the website or for the website.

VIDEO: Facebook Tracks All Websites Visited by Members and Non-Members
The way Facebook tracks data is if you sign up for a new Facebook account, Facebook puts two kinds of tracking cookies in your browser. If you go to Facebook but don't sign up, you still get one of those cookies. Whether you're logged in, logged out, or not a member, here's what's tracked: things including your IP address and browser, time, date and web address of each site you visit that has a Facebook "like" button or other Facebook plug-in. Facebook keeps a running log of your webpage visits for 90 days. When you're logged into Facebook, it additionally tracks your name, email, friends, and other profiled data.

Government closes mortgage scams tied to Google
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The federal government has shut down dozens of Internet scam artists who had been paying Google to run ads making bogus promises to help desperate homeowners scrambling to avoid foreclosures.

Sprint Launches Soon To Be Mandatory Emergency Alert Messages
Paul Joseph Watson - Americans will be forced to receive spurious terror alerts. Telecommunications giant Sprint has announced the launch of its Wireless Emergency Alerts program that will deliver messages from the federal government directly to millions of Americans as part of a system set to become mandatory on all new cellphones.

Theft of data on 4M patients part of wider problem
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The theft of a computer containing information on more than 4 million patients of a major Northern California health care provider may be among the largest breaches of health care data in recent years, but it's far from the only incident of its kind.

Game to improve defense, homeland security decision making
HS Newswire - Raytheon BBN Technologies has been awarded a $10.5 million multi-year contract to develop serious games that result in better decision-making by teaching participants to recognize and mitigate the effects of their own biases when analyzing information used to make decisions

ACTION ALERT: Sign the Petition to Save the Internet
Activist Post - Right now, the US Congress is debating a law that would give them the power to censor the world's internet -- creating a blacklist that could target YouTube, WikiLeaks and even groups like Avaaz! Under the new law, the US could force internet providers to block any website on suspicion of violating copyright or trademark legislation, or even failing to sufficiently police their users' activities. And, because so much of the internet's hosts and hardware are located in the US, their blacklist would clamp down on the free web for all of us. The vote could be in days but we can help stop this.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

VIDEO: Help Stop the Secret Farm Bill
Environmental Working Group - Industrial agriculture’s lobbyists and a handful of their powerful Congressional allies have been working overtime to skirt the usual democratic process and write a new five-year farm bill behind closed doors. They plan to slip it into law through the Congressional Super Committee charged with cutting the federal budget deficit.... By all accounts, it appears that the Agriculture Committees will continue a grossly inequitable system that puts tax dollars in the hands of largest and most profitable farm operations that grow commodity crops such as corn and rice while shortchanging healthy food, small farmers and the environment.

Making Natural Dyes From Plants
Did you know that a great source for natural dyes can be found right in your own back yard! Roots, nuts and flowers are just a few common natural ways to get many colors. Yellow, orange, blue, red, green, brown and grey are available. Go ahead, experiment!

VIDEO: FDA Cracks McDonald’s Factory Eggs– Legal Action for Deplorable Conditions
Journal of Natural Food & Health 11/18/11 - Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) handed McDonald’s major egg supplier enforcement action letters against them for filthy conditions inside their egg megafarm. McDonald’s has terminated their contract with Sparboe Farms, a principle producer for the eggs used for the Egg McMuffin. For an example of USDA-backed corporate propaganda just go to–not quite what ABC News investigative team and the FDA found as shown in the video.

How to Get the Best Firewood for Clean and Affordable Energy
Mother Earth News - Firewood is better than money in the bank. It’s the tangible result of your labor, and it represents warmth and security through winter. If you know how to dry firewood properly, wood heat can be a clean, renewable energy that’s more accessible than solar or wind.

Modern Homesteading - Reality Check
Mother Earth News - Time for me to come clean. I love the rural life, really I do, but there are some days when the comfort of a city condo would be a welcome distraction.

Deadline looms in $750 million rice settlement
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Rice growers who lost sales after genetically modified rice seed mistakenly entered the U.S. market five years ago have until Monday to sign on to a $750 million settlement proposed by the company blamed for the problem. More than 10,000 farmers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas sued the German conglomerate Bayer CropScience after the modified strain of long-grain rice got loose in 2006. The mistake led to lost sales in major markets, such as the European Union, and left many growers with huge losses.


Just Say No to Chicken Jerky Treats from China
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is again cautioning consumers that chicken jerky products for dogs (also sold as chicken tenders, strips or treats) may be associated with illness in dogs. In the last 12 months, FDA has seen an increase in the number of complaints... These complaints have been reported to FDA by dog owners and veterinarians.


Jon Stewart: Why Doesn’t Ron Paul Get His Shot As Media Frontrunner?
Stewart took a stroll down memory lane, looking back on how almost each and every GOP candidate has enjoyed his (or her) time in the media spotlight. Every candidate, that is, except for Ron Paul. What gives? Paul’s poll numbers, Stewart reminded viewers, have been fairly consistent. Plus, everyone else has had a turn!

Today in History - Friday - November 18, 2011
1820 - Captain Nathaniel Palmer became the first American to sight the continent of Antarctica.
1883 - The U.S. and Canada adopted a system of standard time zones.
1903 - The U.S. and Panama signed a treaty that granted the U.S. rights to build the Panama Canal.
1916 - Douglas Haig, commander of the British Expeditionary Force in World War I, called off the Battle of the Somme in France. The offensive began on July 1, 1916.
1928 - The first successful sound-synchronized animated cartoon premiered in New York. It was Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie," starring Mickey Mouse.
1936 - Germany and Italy recognized the Spanish government of Francisco Franco.
1959 - William Wyler's "Ben-Hur" premiered at Loew's Theater in New York City's Times Square.
1966 - U.S. Roman Catholic bishops did away with the rule against eating meat on Fridays.
1969 - Apollo 12 astronauts Charles "Pete" Conrad Jr. and Alan L. Bean landed on the lunar surface during the second manned mission to the moon.
1976 - The parliament of Spain approved a bill that established a democracy after 37 years of dictatorship.
1978 - In Jonestown, Guyana, Reverend Jim Jones persuaded his followers to commit suicide by drinking a death potion. Some people were shot to death. 914 cult members were left dead including over 200 children.
1983 - Argentina announced its ability to produce enriched uranium for use in nuclear weapons.
1987 - The U.S. Congress issued the Iran-Contra Affair report. The report said that President Reagan bore "ultimate responsibility" for wrongdoing by his aides.
1988 - U.S. President Reagan signed major legislation provided the death penalty for drug traffickers who kill.
1993 - The U.S. House of Representatives joined the U.S. Senate in approving legislation aimed at protecting abortion facilities, staff and patients.
1993 - Representatives from 21 South African political parties approved a new constitution.
1994 - Outside a mosque in the Gaza Strip, 15 people were killed and more than 150 wounded when Palestinian police opened fire on rioting worshipers.
1997 - The FBI officially pulled out of the probe into the TWA Flight 800 disaster. They said the explosion that destroyed the Boeing 747 was not caused by a criminal act. 230 people were killed.
1997 - First Union Corp. announced its purchase of CoreStates Financial Corp. for $16.1 billion. To date it was the largest banking deal in U.S. history.
1999 - 12 people were killed and 28 injured when a huge bonfire under construction collapsed at Texas A&M in College Station, TX.
2001 - Nintendo released the GameCube home video game console in the United States.

World News

Obama Praises Australia’s Draconian Carbon Tax
Prison - President Barack Obama has ominously praised Australia’s draconian carbon tax, even as details emerge over how the government plans to fine businesses up to $1.1 million dollars merely for suggesting the fact that the new tax will cause prices to rise. During a press conference yesterday, Obama praised Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard for pursuing “a bold strategy” in passing the highly controversial carbon tax bill.

Germany's secret plans to derail a British referendum on the EU
Telegraph - Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, is today expected to tell David Cameron that Britain does not need a referendum on EU treaty changes, despite demands from senior Conservatives for more powers to be repatriated to Britain. The leaked memo, written by the German foreign office, discloses radical plans for an intrusive new European body that will be able to take over the economies of beleaguered eurozone countries.

VIDEO: Watch Nigel Farage Dance On The Euro’s Grave
Zero Hedge - Nigel Farage needs no introduction: the famous Euroskeptic is one of very few men who has had the temerity to question, often in an abnormally high decibel fashion, the stupidity of the Eurozone leaders from day one. Now that he has been proven correct, he has every right to gloat, which he does to everyone’s delightful amusement in the European parliament. The look on the unelected von Rompuy’s face, especially as he watches his decade-long bureaucratic nirvana crash and burn every single day, is quite priceless.

VIDEO: Italians rage as bankers take over
Russia Today - SItalian protesters clashed with police Thursday as thousands took to the streets around the country in anger at budget cuts and the Brussels-backed “bankers’ government.” The student-led demos came just hours before new Prime Minister Mario Monti, whose government was sworn in on Wednesday, revealed his anti-crisis measures in his first address to parliament. He is expected to face a confidence vote before the upper house on Thursday night.

VIDEO: A Technocratic Plan to Save the World
Daily Bell - We've pointed out in the past that we think the Sovereign Crisis may be a phony one, created by the banking elites to help construct an even larger one-world currency. We've even explained that, in our view, the collapse of the EU would be a defeat for the power elite that created it. But this video by the Press for Truth team provides us with the specific strategy on display now within the context of the current chaos.

Antibiotic-resistant infections spread through Europe
Reports are increasing across Europe of patients with infections that are nearly impossible to treat. The European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) said yesterday that in some countries up to 50 per cent of cases of blood poisoning caused by one bug – K. pneumoniae, a common cause of urinary and respiratory conditions – were resistant to carbapenems, the most powerful class of antibiotics.

Russia’s military chief warns that heightened risks of conflict near borders may turn nuclear
Washington Post - Gen. Nikolai Makarov, chief of the General Staff of the Russian armed forces, cautioned over NATO’s expansion eastward and warned that the risks for Russia to be pulled into local conflicts have “risen sharply.” Makarov added, according to Russian news agencies, that “under certain conditions local and regional conflicts may develop into a full-scale war involving nuclear weapons.”

US puts up $5 mln for info on Russia most wanted
The US has offered a $5 million reward for the information leading to the location of Russia’s most wanted Chechen terrorist leader, Doku Umarov.... The Chechen warlord claimed responsibility for a number of terrorist attacks on Russian soil, including the explosions at Moscow Domodedovo Airport and the Moscow Metro, as well as the Nevsky Express train attack. May 2010 related article here.

Another NATO Proxy War Begins, Rebels Attack Military Base in Syria
Activist Post - In what is becoming Western foreign policy déjà vu, another disgruntled segment of a Muslim nation’s population, armed by NATO, has taken offensive military action against their government. VOA News reports that "rebels of the Free Syrian Army fired rockets and machine guns at an air force intelligence complex in the Damascus suburb of Harasta early Wednesday."

IMF Strategy Chief to Head European Unit as Borges Quits in Less Than Year
Bloomberg - The head of the International Monetary Fund’s European department was replaced by a veteran staffer after quitting less than a year into the job as the European debt crisis worsens. Reza Moghadam, who joined the fund in 1992 and was chief of the strategy department, will start today in his new position, where he will oversee bailouts in the euro region. Antonio Borges, a Portuguese citizen, resigned for “personal reasons,” the Washington-based IMF said yesterday in an e-mailed statement.

YouTube: Bloody civil war at hand as Syria under ultimatum
Russia Today - The Syrian president has until Saturday to stop the violent crackdown on protesters and allow a monitoring team into the country. That's the ultimatum from the Arab League which threatens to tighten the financial noose around the regime, by slapping down heavy sanctions.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

YouTube: Herman Cain's Wife on whether He Would be a Good President: "I Think He Would"
Fox News 11/14/11 - Mrs. Gloria Cain, wife of Herman Cain was asked if she thinks her husband would be a good President. In this video, she didn't sound too sure about it.

Reality Check: An endorsement for fairness in dealing With Ron Paul
(FOX19) - The latest poll out of Bloomberg news has a virtual 4 way tie for first place in Iowa among GOP candidates. Herman Cain, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and surprisingly Ron Paul. This is the first time Congressman Paul has polled in a first place slot in this race. So we are asking tonight, why is that? And what is so wrong with Ron Paul? Ben has the Reality Check you won't see anywhere else.

Sunday, Nov. 20: Ron Paul on CBS Face The Nation
Daily Paul - Ron Paul will be on CBS Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer this Sunday November 20th. Check local listings for time & station.

YouTube: Ron Paul Interview w/Sean Hannity
Congressman Ron Paul interview with Sean Hannity Radio November 17th discussing the economy and the election.

Ron Paul is for real in Iowa. Seriously
Washington Post - Texas Rep. Ron Paul, long dismissed by the GOP establishment as a fringe candidate, has broadened his electoral appeal and emerged as a major player in the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses, according to several recent polls and conversations with a handful of longtime Hawkeye political operatives.

New Iowa Poll: Paul Surges to 20.4%
Daily Paul - Latest numbers from Iowa.

Tea Party Nation Founder Calls Cain ‘Simply Clueless’, Tells Him To Quit
Daily Caller - Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips eviscerated GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain following his infamous Libya flail, saying the former pizza mogul should drop out of the race. Phillips, who was a supporter of Cain, wrote, “I was wrong about Herman Cain“: Forget the sexual harassment allegations. Forget [campaign aide] Mark Block’s gross incompetence. Herman Cain needs to leave the race because he is not qualified to be President.

Holder flies off to improve law enforcement - in the Bahamas
Attorney General Eric Holder is spending a week in the Caribbean in the name of improving law enforcement. But some in Congress say it’s the kind of junket that should be scrapped under Obama’s new austerity program.

VP's closed-door transparency meeting
Politico - Spot the irony in Vice President Biden’s schedule today, from the White House’s daily guidance: “At 1:00 PM, the Vice President will attend a meeting of the Government Accountability and Transparency Board in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. At 2:30 PM, the Vice President will meet with representatives of the National Sheriffs' Association in the Roosevelt Room. These meetings are closed press.”

Obama Cracks Down on Hunters
US News - Gun owners who have historically been able to use public lands for target practice would be barred from potentially millions of acres under new rules drafted by the Interior Department, the first major move by the Obama administration to impose limits on firearms.... If the draft policy is finally approved, some public access to Bureau lands to hunters would also be limited, potentially reducing areas deer, elk, and bear hunters can use in the West.

VIDEO: Herman Cain Courts War Criminal Globalist Henry Kissinger
Establishment Republican presidential contender Herman Cain asked Rockefeller globalist Henry Kissinger to join his administration, but the aging former Secretary of State turned down the former Kansas City Federal Reserve director. “Dr. Kissinger turned down my offer to be secretary of state,” Cain told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in an interview. “He said he’s perfectly happy doing what he’s doing.”

Fake terror plots, paid informants: the tactics of FBI 'entrapment' questioned
Guardian - Critics say bureau is running a sting operation across America, targeting vulnerable people by luring them into fake terror plots.

Coming to a City Near You – Surveillance Plane to Monitor California City Ten Hours a Day
Intel Hub - n a move straight out of George Orwell’s 1984, Lancaster, California has approved the use of a surveillance plane [Cessna 172] to videotape the city ten hours a day. The plane will collect intelligence on the citizens of the city regardless whether or not they are doing anything illegal. Sadly this move by the city of Lancaster is part of a larger effort by the Department of Homeland Security, working in conjunction with local police, to spread fear into the minds of the American public as they move to install a full scale surveillance police state.

VIDEO: Truck With Uranium Fuel Rods Wrecks on I-40
WREG, Nov. 16, 2011 - (Memphis, TN 11/15/11) A truck carrying uranium fuel rods was rear-ended on I-40 westbound near U.S. Highway 64 Tuesday night. Hazmat crews, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Memphis police and Memphis fire personnel responded quickly.

VIDEO: City Bans Fake Grass On Yards; Violators Face Criminal Charges
GLENDALE (CBS) — The city of Glendale is imposing a ban on artificial grass. Notices are going out to homeowners whose front yards are covered in turf.... Geneva Dotson says she was forced to pay crews $3,000 to rip up her brand new front yard after receiving a notice from city hall.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

November 17: Historic Day of Action for the 99%
Tens of thousands took action Thursday, November 17 to demand that our political system serve all of us — not just the wealthy and powerful. The NYPD estimated tonight’s crowd at 32,500 people, at the culmination of the day of action. Thousands more also mobilized in at least 30 cities across the United States. Demonstrations were also held in cities around the world. "Our political system should serve all of us — not just the very rich and powerful. Right now Wall Street owns Washington," said participant Beka Economopoulos. "We are the 99% and we are here to reclaim our democracy."

VIDEO: 400 handcuffs: OWS 2-month birthday gift
Russia Today - Four hundred arrests – that is the tally for the last 24 hours, as police stage an intense crackdown on massive Occupy Wall Street protests erupting in America, with more than 30,000 protesters having shown up in New York City alone....In many cases, RT witnessed police not quite making any distinction between protesters and press representatives, with some of the latter having been arrested as well. On top of all this, an NBC news helicopter was once again asked to clear the airspace. With this ongoing media blackout, protesters say they have to use Twitter in order to follow the latest events.

VIDEO: Blood on Wall Street: Violent OWS arrests
Russia Today - (Graphic) At least 175 people have been arrested during clashes between police and Occupy Wall Street demonstrators in New York. Some protesters were bloodied during arrests. This man who identified himself as Brendan Watts was beaten to the ground by police officers in Zuccotti Park. According to reports he was injured and suffered a fractured skull after being hit with a baton to the head as police clashed with protesters. And it was not the only case of violence during 'Day of Action' protests in New York. Police were seen roughly dragging people from crowd, forcibly bringing them to the ground and handcuffing them.

Ten Thousand Massed at Foley Square, Thousands More En Route
New York - A few hours ago, thousands of students, workers, and other supporters gathered in Union Square chanting "Shut the city down!" and using the People's Mic to share more stories of how banks and corporate greed have impacted the 99%. Simultaneously, Occupiers took to multiple subway stations in all five boroughs.

VIDEO: Police crack down on Occupy protests in Texas and Oregon
Russia Today - Dozens were arrested over the weekend after authorities decided to take harsh measures towards protesters in Austin and Portland. Early Sunday 38 protesters from the Occupy Austin movement were arrested with charges of criminal trespassing. The occupiers set up shop on City Hall property, and according to officials, protesters refused to make way for pressure washing crews and were forced off the premises in cuffs after refusing to remove a food table.

VIDEO: ‘Civil disobedience is the only way to go’
Russia Today - Education Workers Union support Occupy LA by protesting outside Bank of America downtown on November 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

PHOTOS: Occupy's 'Day of Action'
New York City activists, angry at having been evicted from their encampment, have vowed a "Day of Action" today including a threatened shut-down of the New York Stock Exchange, an "occupation" of 14 subway stations and, for the second time in two months, a re-occupation of the Brooklyn Bridge.

YouTube: Capt Ray Lewis Joins OWS Protest,Gives Message to NYPD
Nov 17, 2011 - Retired captain Raymond Lewis joins the protest, He gives OWS protesters advice and slams the greedy 1% from Zuccotti. Said he expects to get arrested today.

YouTube: NYPD arrest Philly police retired captain Raymond Lewis
Russia Today - As NYPD arrested Philly police retired captain Raymond Lewis at OWS protest, crowds were cheering. It comes as peaceful Occupy Wall Street protest has turned violent yet again. RT correspondents on the ground report that police have begun to arrest people brutally in Manhattan. RT producer Lucy Kafanov, who is on site in New York, is reporting clashes between police and protesters.

YouTube: #OccupyWallStreet rocks the block!
View from above.

YouTube: NYPD blast LRAD: Sonic weapon used against OWS protest
Russia Today - Violent arrests are taking place in New York where a huge anti-Wall Street rally is underway. Hundreds of activists are marching across the city, pledging to occupy streets, bridges, the subway in protest against economic inequality.

DHS Secret Police Make Arrests at OWS Portland
Kurt Nimmo - Demotix has posted photos showing that the Department of Homeland Security now operates as a secret police force that arrests people at political events, the hallmark of all totalitarian governments. The Federal Protective Service (FPS) arrested a photographer at Portland’s Terry Shrunk Plaza, which is adjacent to both City Hall and the Edith Green-Wendall Wyatt Federal Building. The Department of Homeland Security describes the FDS as “a federal law enforcement agency that provides integrated security and law enforcement services to federally owned and leased buildings, facilities, properties and other assets.”


VIDEO: Celente: CME Did Not Guarantee Oversight in MF Global Scandal
Kurt Nimmo - Bloomberg reports today that CME, the world’s largest futures exchange, may face liability in the MF Global scam that has bilked customers out of nearly a billion dollars. Back on October 30, it was reported that CME noticed a shortfall in MF segregated client funds, but did not immediately report it to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the CME Group’s regulator.

"The Entire System Has Been Utterly Destroyed By The MF Global Collapse" - Presenting The First MF Global Casualty
Zero Hedge - BCM Has Ceased Operations (source) Posted by Ann Barnhardt - November 17, 2011 - Dear Clients, Industry Colleagues and Friends of Barnhardt Capital Management, It is with regret and unflinching moral certainty that I announce that Barnhardt Capital Management has ceased operations. After six years of operating as an independent introducing brokerage, and eight years of employment as a broker before that, I found myself, this morning, for the first time since I was 20 years old, watching the futures and options markets open not as a participant, but as a mere spectator....

Detroit could run out of cash in December
With Detroit Mayor Dave Bing preparing to explain the city's fiscal crisis tonight in a rare televised address, Council President Pro Tem Gary Brown says the situation is even worse than anyone has let on. Bing is expected to discuss a confidential Ernst & Young report obtained by the Detroit Free Press that suggests Detroit could run out of cash by April without steep cuts to staff and public services.

GE filed 57k-page tax return; paid no taxes on $14b in profits
General Electric, one of the largest corporations in America, filed a whopping 57,000-page federal tax return earlier this year but didn't pay taxes on $14 billion in profits. The return, which was filed electronically, would have been 19 feet high if printed out and stacked.

MF Global Money Now “Missing” After Reports It Was Sent To JP Morgan
Paul Joseph Watson - “Exactly what happened, I don’t think anyone knows”. Over $600 million dollars in customer funds that was transferred out of MF Global in a wave of suspicious trades before the collapse of the financial broker has now been declared “missing,” despite the fact that reports earlier in the month stated the money had been placed in an account with Wall Street giant JP Morgan.

The next financial crisis will be hellish, and it’s on its way
Forbes - There is definitely going to be another financial crisis around the corner," says hedge fund legend Mark Mobius, "because we haven't solved any of the things that caused the previous crisis." We're raising our alert status for the next financial crisis. We already raised it last week after spreads on U.S. credit default swaps started blowing out. We raised it again after seeing the remarks of Mr. Mobius, chief of the $50 billion emerging markets desk at Templeton Asset Management.

Housing Market

Home Foreclosures in U.S. Rise for the First Time in Year as Backlogs Ease
Bloomberg - U.S. lenders started foreclosures on more properties in the third quarter, the first increase in a year, as a backlog stemming from claims of faulty home seizures began to ease. New foreclosures rose to 1.08 percent of all loans from 0.96 percent in the prior three months, according to a report today from the Mortgage Bankers Association in Washington. The rate had been falling since the third quarter of 2010, when regulators began investigating robo-signing, the practice of pushing through unverified paperwork.

House rejects bill to allow modified mortgage count as performing
Housing Wire - A House subcommittee rejected a bill Thursday morning that would have allowed banks to count a recently modified mortgage as an accrual or repaid. The Common Sense Economic Recovery Act of 2011, or H.R. 1723, was sponsored by several House Republicans. According to the bill, modified mortgages can be considered accrual for accounting purposes as long as it is current and the borrower did not miss a monthly payment in the previous six months since the modification.

Energy & Environment

Chu denies political considerations in Solyndra loan
USA Today - Energy Secretary Steven Chu fiercely defended a $535 million government-backed loan guarantee to failed solar panel manufacturer Solyndra today, and denied GOP lawmakers' charges that the California firm won the financing because of its political connections.

23 Tornadoes Slam South
AccuWeather - Wednesday marked a deadly day of tornadoes and damaging thunderstorms tearing across the South. At least six people were killed. Three people lost their lives in York County, S.C., south of Rock Hill, as a tornado ripped through Wednesday evening. Video of the damage here.

VIDEO: Crews Seek Survivors as Southeast Storm Toll Rises
MSNBC - Thousands were still without power Thursday across the Southeast after severe storms killed at least six people, including a 3-year-old and her grandmother, tore through dozens of homes and had survivors talking about how close they came to death. Five of the deaths were in the Carolinas. In Davidson County, N.C., a 50-year-old woman and her 3-year-old granddaughter were killed in their home by what locals suspect was a tornado. No one else was in the home at the time the storm hit Wednesday evening.


Antibiotic-resistant infections spread through Europe
It's too bad they banned colloidal silver and anti-viral herbs in the EU. They can thank the UN's Codex Alimentarius for that.

New study reveals expensive MRIs pushed on women for breast cancer screening have no medical benefit
(NaturalNews) The use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, better known simply as MRI, for breast cancer screening is increasing and so is its use in guiding breast surgery when cancer is discovered. Obviously, that means healthcare costs are soaring, too, as more and more women are advised to get MRIs in addition to mammograms.

EXPOSE: EWG's 2011 Comprehensive Bottled Water Scorecard (pdf)
Environmental Working Group - What’s In Your Bottled Water – Besides Water? Pure, clean water. That’s what the ads say. But what does the lab say? When you shell out for bottled water, which costs up to 1,900 times more than tap water, you have a right to know what exactly is inside that pricey plastic bottle.

How EMF filters can protect your home
(NaturalNews) Electromagnetic fields, or EMFs, are emitted by all electronic devices. This means that EMFs are in your home, in your office, and even outside! Unfortunately, few people are aware of the dangers of overexposure to EMFs and even fewer know how to prevent it. EMF filters are a great way to keep your home safe and reduce the EMF exposure of your family.

The relationship between glucose and vitamin C plays a huge role in health
Vitamin C is made naturally in almost all living animals except humans, primates and guinea pigs. Dogs and cats produce their own vitamin C from ingested food that have metabolized into glucose. Humans must consume vitamin C from its food sources, or they risk severe health problems. There is an intimate relationship between glucose and vitamin C that has a dramatic impact on immunity and overall cellular health.

Natural black birch reduces pain, lowers risk of heart attack
(NaturalNews) When you are suffering from pain and want to avoid taking a pharmaceutical painkiller, why not try chewing on a twig from the black birch tree instead? FOX News' "Medicine Hunter" Chris Kilham recently took a special trip to New York's Central Park with "Wildman" Steve Brill to test the natural medicine for himself.

RIDICULOUS: Refuse vaccines because your an informed parent, and risk dismissal by doctor
USA Today - "Discharging parents from a practice is never easy," says Thomas Tryon, a pediatrician at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Mo. "I never did it without disappointment that I'd somehow failed to communicate enough with the family." But done it he has, as have other pediatricians. Missed appointments, rude or threatening behavior and nonpayment of bills are some of the reasons cited - but one that's becoming increasingly common is parents' refusal to allow their children to be vaccinated.

Finally! J&J Phasing Out Formaldehyde-Related Chemicals in Baby Shampoo
Bloomberg - J&J expects to finish the reformulation process within about two years, “and sooner for our baby shampoos,” according to the letter. The campaign, a coalition of public-health advocacy groups, alleged in a Nov. 1 report that J&J is selling “toxic baby shampoo” in the U.S. while offering formulations in other countries that are free of formaldehyde-releasing chemicals.

DEA Sweeps Across Western Washington With Dispensary Raids
Federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided medical marijuana collectives in Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Puyallup, Rochester, and Lacey, Washington, as a coordinated raid swept across the Puget Sound region on Tuesday. Patient advocates and legal defense groups report that at least nine dispensaries have been raided, according to The Seattle Times..... "I'm in shock because now I have no pain medicine," said patient Cameron Christenson outside of Seattle Cannabis Co-op on Rainer Avenue, reports David Rose at Q13 Fox News. "I can think of 100 crack houses in town -- why don't you go raid those?"

The War on Addiction Has Been Brought Home
Combat veterans with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries are suffering from skyrocketing rates of addiction, alcoholism and suicide. Thirty-five years after Vietnam, is America creating another lost generation?

Asthma Drugs Kill More than Asthma, FDA Ignores Risk
Activist Post - Following a long line of reports finding pharmaceutical drugs to be deadlier than traffic accidents and many illegal drugs, it has now come out that many asthma drugs are actually killing more patients than asthma itself. It may be hard for you to believe, but many popular asthma drugs like Symbicort, Advair Diskus, Serevent Diskus, Dulera and Foradil actually warn customers on their labels that they cause an increased “risk of death from asthma problems.”

The Dangerous Truth Behind Microwaves (Updated)
Activist Post - The majority of people use this kitchen appliance without question and think they are no more than a simple alternative to conventional ovens for when they don’t feel like cooking or need food fast. However you may want to think twice before using your microwave, as it could be one of the worst things YOU do to your food.

You may be eating food additives without even knowing it
(NaturalNews) It is common knowledge that candy bars, chips and fast food aren't healthful, so it's no surprise to find food additives in those ingredients lists. However, there are a surprising number of additives lurking in more innocent-sounding products like applesauce and sour cream, as well. Shoppers may logically assume that foods like these contain just one ingredient, but often they contain much more.

Science & Technology

VIDEO: NASA Finds Great Lake of Water on Jupiter's Moon Europa
NASA - Data from a NASA planetary mission have provided scientists evidence of what appears to be a body of liquid water, equal in volume to the North American Great Lakes, beneath the icy surface of Jupiter's moon, Europa.

Army Successfully Tests Hypersonic Weapon Design
Defense Tech - Well, the Army made it happen, it successfully its own hypersonic weapon prototype that could lead to a class of conventionally-armed missiles capable of striking any target on Earth in less than two hours.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Maine officials violate local food freedom ordinance by suing man for selling raw milk from farm
(NaturalNews) In response to the escalating food tyranny against American farmers by state and federal officials, the town of Blue Hill, Maine, passed a local ordinance back in April that asserted the right of its citizens to grow, sell, buy, and consume the food of their choice. But state officials in Maine apparently have no regard for Blue Hill's sovereignty law, and are now suing a local Blue Hill resident for selling food and raw milk from his farm without an official state license.

Raw Milk Dairy Under Investigation for E. coli Illnesses
Food Safety News - Organic Pastures owner doubts his milk caused outbreak. McAfee claims that his raw milk products have consistently tested negative for E. coli O157:H7, and says samples obtained from products kept by victims' families had also tested negative. "Organic Pastures uses a third-party for pathogen testing multiple times per week. All these tests have been negative," the dairy's Facebook page states.


Heavy Metal Pet Food Testing Paper Published
Petsumer Report - It is published. Finally, the shocking pet food laboratory testing results have been published in Spectroscopy Magazine. Now it is time for concerned Pet Owners to shout from the rooftops...there's toxic levels of lead, mercury, even nuclear waste in some pet foods!

Add Broccoli to Your Dog's Food to Help prevent Cancer!
Eating healthy food is the easiest, most natural way to fight free radicals in your body and to prevent damage from oxidation. Antioxidants are a necessity for every diet – including your dogs and cats! Broccoli is good for humans and dogs, too! Adding broccoli stalks to your dog’s food will help prevent cancer, the leading disease killer of dogs, and help promote optimum antioxidant activity.

Today in History - Thursday - November 17, 2011
1800 - The U.S. Congress held its first session in Washington, DC, in the partially completed Capitol building.
1869 - The Suez Canal opened in Egypt, linking the Mediterranean and the Red seas.
1880 - The first three British female graduates received their Bachelor of Arts degrees from London University.
1903 - Russia's Social Democrats officially split into two groups - Bolsheviks and Mensheviks.
1904 - The first underwater submarine journey was taken, from Southampton, England, to the Isle of Wight.
1913 - The steamship Louise became the first ship to travel through the Panama Canal.
1913 - In Germany, Kaiser Wilhelm banned the armed forces from dancing the tango.
1922 - Siberia voted for union with the U.S.S.R.
1962 - Washington's Dulles International Airport was dedicated by U.S. President Kennedy.
1970 - The Soviet Union landed an unmanned, remote-controlled vehicle on the moon, the Lunokhod 1. The vehicle was released by Luna 17.
1979 - Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini ordered the release of 13 female and black American hostages being held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
1988 - Benazir Bhutto became the first woman leader of an Islamic country. She was elected in the first democratic elections in Pakistan in 11 years.
1990 - A mass grave was discovered by the bridge over the River Kwai in Thailand. The bodies were believed to be those of World War II prisoners of war.
1990 - The Soviet government agreed to change the country's constitution.
2006 - Sony's PlayStation 3 went on sale in the United States.
2010 - Researchers trapped 38 antihydrogen atoms. It was the first time humans had trapped antimatter.

World News

Countering China, US sets training in Australia
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Signaling U.S. determination to counter a rising China, President Barack Obama said Wednesday he will send military aircraft and up to 2,500 Marines to northern Australia for a training hub to help allies and protect American interests across Asia. He declared the U.S. is not afraid of China, by far the biggest and most powerful country in the region. China immediately questioned the U.S. move and said it deserved further scrutiny.

Monti forms new Italian govt with no politicians
ROME (AP) -- Italian Premier Mario Monti formed a government of bankers, diplomats and business executives Wednesday, saying the absence of politicians in his Cabinet will spare political parties the "embarrassment" of taking the tough decisions needed to steer the country from financial disaster.

Karzai wants pact with US but says raids must end
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai asked the nation's elders Wednesday to back negotiations for a new security pact with the United States, assuring them that he would demand an end to unpopular night raids in which troops swoop down from helicopters and search Afghan homes.

East-West split threatens nuclear unity on Iran
VIENNA (AP) -- The U.S. and its Western allies face an unpalatable choice over Iran at a key U.N. atomic agency meeting Thursday. They can defy Russia and China with a demand that the Islamic Republic start answering questions on its alleged secret nuclear arms program or face renewed referral to the U.N. Security Council. Or they can settle for a milder rebuke of Tehran that leaves the big powers formally speaking with one voice but leaves the world's hands tied in investigating the suspicions about Iran. Both ways, the U.S., Britain, France and Germany stand to lose as they head into the opening session of the International Atomic Energy Agency's 35-nation board meeting.

Air Force Receives Anti-WMD Bunker Buster Bombs
Global Security Newswire - Air Force Lt. Col. Jack Miller said his service received its first shipment of the 30,000-pound Massive Ordnance Penetrator two months ago. The massive Global Positioning System-guided weapon is seen as being acquired for potential use against subterranean arsenals or facilities in North Korea and Iran, according to AFP. Related article here.

VIDEO: Syria’s suspension from Arab League confirmed
Russia Today - The foreign ministers of the Arab League, consisting of 22 members, have confirmed the suspension of Syria from the group, blaming it for the violent suppression of anti-government rallies.

Video: Hillary Clinton's convoy covered in paint in Philippines
BBC - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been targeted by anti-US protesters during a visit to the Philippines. The cavalcade she was travelling in was splattered with red paint by activists angry at US involvement in the country.

VIDEO: Civilian UAV Films Polish Riots From Above
The video below showing a civilian operated drone chopper filming riots in Warsaw, Poland last Friday is a great example of the democratization of what was until very recently, military-grade tech. This is a straight up ISR drone that’s flying high above the streets of a major city taking camera footage that was once the exclusive domain of high-priced news choppers and government helos.

Eviction notices posted on Occupy London tents
LONDON (AP) -- London officials attached eviction notices to protest tents outside St. Paul's Cathedral on Wednesday, asking the demonstrators to remove the camp within a day or face legal action.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Ron Paul Endorsed By Three New Hampshire Conservatives: 22 State Reps Now Officially Back Paul for President
CONCORD, N.H. – State representatives Guy Comtois (R-Center Barnstead), Seth Cohn (R-Canterbury), and Jonathan Maltz (R-Hudson), today join 19 other state legislators in endorsing 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul. “We need action today to restore prosperity in this country; we can no longer push tough decisions into the future. Our economy will continue to tank with endless debt and spending,” said State Senator Jim Forsythe (R-Strafford), who chairs the Ron Paul campaign in New Hampshire.

VIDEO: Top Tier Candidate Ron Paul Tells CBS Camera Man: "That's rude" for Shoving Reporter
Seems like CBS is having a change of heart since Saturday’s debate. Three days ago CBS hosted an hour-long foreign policy debate during which Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul had a mere 90 seconds of air time. Less than a week later, the network is muscling competitors out of the way just to get a camera shot of the Texas congressman.

VIDEO: Ron Paul on Fox News Live with Megyn Kelly 11/16 /11
Ron Paul on Fox News Live with Megyn Kelly

U.S. Sheriffs Rise Up Against Federal Government: Sheriff Threatens Feds With SWAT Team ~ Grass Roots Take Charge!
As more people became dissatisfied with federal government controls and land grabs, it was inevitable that local law enforcement would eventually see the bigger picture. At the northern California fairgrounds of Yreka last month, seven California sheriffs and another from Oregon gathered with a large group of citizens to say that they are finally going to do something about it.

Closed-Door Defense Authorization Deal Threatens National Security
Washington, DC – Following news that today’s closed-door Senate Arms Services Committee meeting has produced a tentative agreement on a defense authorization bill, now reported to contain modified versions of troubling military custody and detention policies.

US lawmakers vote for concealed weapon bill
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved legislation to make it easier for people with a concealed firearm permit in one state to take their weapon to another. The Republican-held chamber voted 272-154 for the measure, which drew some Democratic support but faces an uncertain future in the Senate.

Following Iowa Surge, Ron Paul Polls Second In New Hampshire
Steve Watson - Following Tuesday’s revelation that Ron Paul is tied for first place In Iowa, it has also emerged that the Congressman is now polling in second place in New Hampshire, another of the key early voting states. A separate poll also reveals that Paul is the only Republican candidate leading President Obama among independents.

YouTube: Chief of CIA Bin Laden Unit Supports Ron Paul Plan
Russia Today - Hermann Göring: "Naturally the common people don't want war. But after all, it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag people along. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. This is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and for exposing the country to danger.  It works the same in every country."

Gingrich made tons of money off "insane" Freddie Mac
Russia Today - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich didn’t deny his role with Freddie Mac during a recent GOP debate, but now the former House speaker is being asked if he bothered to tell the truth about how much he made from the firm. Gingrich had earlier discussed the $300,000 that Freddie Mac forked over to him for consulting fees for a brief contract with the lender, but in a new report from Bloomberg News, those close to the deal say that the actual amount coughed up to the candidate was “between $1.6 million and $1.8 million.”

VIDEO: DC Shooting Suspect Could Be Threat to Obama, Police Say
ABC News has learned authorities are increasingly concerned that a man sought in connection with a bizarre shooting incident on the Washington Mall last week may pose a threat to President Obama.

VIDEO: TX Sheriff to deploy drone to watch US citizens
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is weeks away from launching an unmanned aerial asset to help deputies fight crime. The ShadowHawk helicopter is six-feet long, weighs fifty pounds and fits in the back of an SUV. “We can put it over a fire, put it over ahazmat spill, put it over a house with a suspect barricaded inside and literally give the incident commander the ability to look at the entire scene with a bird’s eye view, ” Chief Deputy Randy McDaniel said. Sheriff’s deputies will fly the ShadowHawk with nothing more than a laptop computer and a remote control similar to that used for video games.

TSA Puts Off Safety Study of X-ray Body Scanners
Pro Publica| - The head of the Transportation Security Administration has backed off a public commitment to conduct a new independent study of X-ray body scanners used at airport security lanes around the country.

VIDEO: DHS-Linked Group Trains Citizens Their “Best Pal” Could Be a Terrorist
Paul Joseph Watson - American citizens are being trained that their best friend or their closest neighbor could be a terrorist in ‘Community Awareness Program’ classes sponsored by the same DHS-linked non-profit group which was behind the infamous “Recognizing the Eight Signs of Terrorism” video, a PSA that suggested buying gold was a suspicious activity... Watch the ridiculous “Recognizing the Eight Signs of Terrorism” video below, brought to you by the same organization which is now training Americans that their “best pal” could be a terrorist.

Supreme Court Justice Breyer warns of 'Orwellian' government
(NaturalNews) There's an old saying used by serial conspiracy theorists who get a little tired of being told they're crazy: "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean someone's not out to get you!" That said, it's no secret among politicos and administration watchers that political nemeses of President Barack Obama have warned early and often during his tenure that he is a borderline dictator and hell bent on trashing the Constitution.

Giffords faces long road, wants to return to Hill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Debating opponents. Negotiating compromises. Raising money. The demands of Congress are great for anyone, much less someone recovering from a gunshot to the head like Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Cancer center's Santa gets boot
On Tuesday morning, a volunteer coordinator told Cloyes his services no longer were needed. "Because of our state affiliation, we decided not to have a Santa presence this year," Hollings spokeswoman Vicky Agnew said. Hollings is a part of the Medical University of South Carolina. Decorations will be "more secular and respectful to all beliefs," Agnew said. "We don't want to offend a volunteer with good intentions, but we need to think of the bigger picture. People who are Muslim or Jewish or have no religious beliefs come here for treatment," she said.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

Watch Wall Street Shut Down. Live!
Nov. 17, 2011, 7:32 a.m

YouTube: A Message to All Police Officers From Occupy Wall Street
Oct 28, 2011 - Mike Ruppert addresses those police officers who have begun a campaign of violent and brutal attacks at some of the Occupy Wall Street protesters around the country, and around the world.

OWS Protesters Calling For 3-Course Meal Of Demonstrations Thursday Throughout NYC
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It’s not over yet. In fact, it may be just beginning. New York City leaders are warning that thousands of protesters could converge on Manhattan on Thursday. The NYPD is now getting ready for the next stage of “Occupy Wall Street” protests, reports CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer. It may have looked peaceful at Zuccotti Park during what was a soggy Wednesday afternoon, but city officials are sounding alarm about Thursday, warning of mass disruptions in all five boroughs. And it may not be pretty.

Now what? Few tangible effects of Wall St protests
NEW YORK (AP) -- Everywhere, it seems, people want to weigh in about the Occupy Wall Street protests around the country, from CEOs and politicians to your next-door neighbor. So far the talk has translated into little action.


YouTube: Race to the Supreme Court
Nov 16, 2011 - Mike Ruppert: The Supreme Court ruling, which is coming, will be the most important Supreme Court ruling in American history. It may mark end of "American history".

Banks in U.S. Facing ‘Serious Risk’ on Contagion From Europe, Fitch Says
Bloomberg - U.S. banks face a “serious risk” that their creditworthiness will deteriorate if Europe’s debt crisis worsens, Fitch Ratings said. “Fitch believes that unless the euro zone debt crisis is resolved in a timely and orderly manner, the broad credit outlook for the U.S. banking industry could worsen,” the New York-based rating company said today in a statement.

VIDEO/PHOTO: Elderly and pregnant attacked at OWS
Russia Today - While eyes and ears across the globe were watching Occupy Wall Street protesters reclaim New York’s Zuccotti Park Tuesday night, on the other side of the US police brutally cracked-down on other OWS encampments in San Francisco and Seattle. In the aftermath of the raids that ravaged those two West Coast cities, more than a dozen protesters found themselves in jail cells, and both an elderly woman and a pregnant teenager tried to cope with the effects of overzealous and outrageous police assaults after surprise crackdowns carried out by police forces.

Washington Times - The Treasury Department said Wednesday that federal debt now tops $15 trillion — a staggering figure that has risen precipitously over the last decade. The exact debt total stood at $15.034 trillion as of the end of business Tuesday, an increase of $56 billion over Monday’s tally. All told, federal debt has risen $4.41 trillion since President Obama took office, and is nearly triple the size of the debt in 2001, when President George W. Bush landed in the White House.

MF Global Looted Customers’ Accounts Via Internal Bank Run
Paul Joseph Watson - Big players got warning ahead of time that financial broker was set to collapse. Days before the doomed financial broker filed for bankruptcy, MF Global conducted “unexplained wire transfers” that led to a $900 million shortfall in client funds, leading customers like Gerald Celente to learn that their accounts had been looted and setting the precedent for internal bank runs as more big firms go bust.

Robert Kennedy Jr.'s 'Green' Company Scored $1.4B Taxpayer Bailout
President John F. Kennedy’s nephew, Robert Kennedy, Jr., netted a $1.4 billion bailout for his company, BrightSource, through a loan guarantee issued by a former employee-turned Department of Energy official.

Millionaires on Capitol Hill: Please tax me more!
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lobbyists for a day, a band of millionaires stormed Capitol Hill on Wednesday to urge Congress to tax them more. They had a little trouble getting in. It turns out there are procedures, even for the really rich. But once inside, their message was embraced by liberals and tolerated by some conservatives - including the ideological leader of anti-tax lawmakers, who had some advice for them, too.

Citigroup may cut 3,000 or more jobs to cut costs
NEW YORK (AP) - The New York-based bank is considering cutting 3,000 or more workers, which would amount to about 1 percent of its work force worldwide. A person with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday that a decision on the timing and number of cuts hasn't been finalized, but that the reductions could exceed 3,000 in the next year or so.

Energy & Environment

The Feds Knew: 50 years of fracking-induced earthquakes
Washington Blog - The United States Geological Survey is America's official expert on earthquakes. It's the Federal agency charged with monitoring, reporting on, researching and stressing preparedness for earthquakes. So I was surprised to read the following statement by the USGS: Earthquakes induced by human activity have been documented in a few locations in the United States, Japan, and Canada. The cause was injection of fluids into deep wells for waste disposal and secondary recovery of oil, and the use of reservoirs for water supplies.

Alaskan Category 3 Ice Storm Geoengineered – Here is Your Proof
Intel Hub - The Truth Denied By Roxy Lopez November 16, 2011 Alaska Storm Geoengineered! On November 9, 2011, the strongest storm to hit Alaska’s western coast in almost four decades also left 37 communities with catastrophic damage. The Huffington Post reported that “Emergency responders called the storm an epic event that displaced residents, flooded the shoreline, ripped up roofs and knocked out power in many villages. “


PETITION: Hey Kraft Foods, stop using aborted fetus cell flavor enhancers!
Why This Is Important: Kraft Foods has contracted with a company called Senomyx to use their flavor enhancement ingredient developed using the HEK-293 (Human Embryonic Kidney) cell line. While the actual cells are not known to be physically present in the flavor enhancer itself, the close association with aborted fetal tissue and food/beverage products is revolting, to say the least.

Calls for Boycott of PepsiCo over Use of Fetal Cells for Flavoring
Real Agenda November 16, 2011 - Scores of prolife groups are calling for a public boycott of food giant, PepsiCo, due to its partnership with Senomyx, a biotech company that uses aborted fetal cells in the research and development of artificial flavor enhancers.

Email Responses from Senomyx and their partners
Senomyx Partners response to consumer complaints not entirely honest.

Paying for Health: The Cost of Organic Food Versus Conventional
Activist Post - Whenever discussing the importance of buying organic, there is one objection that is stated 100% of the time. That objection is: I can’t afford it; I don’t have the money. I’m here to tell you that you can’t afford NOT to eat organic. The specifics will be covered below, but here is why you should absolutely buy organic and ditch what you’ve probably been eating. Health is the Most Important Aspect of Life. Some people, for some reason or another, may not feel this way. But when it comes down to it, your health affects every aspect of your life. It should be your top priority. In today’s society, if you aren’t eating organic, you are seriously compromising your health.

Texas Medical Board again tries to destroy Dr. Burzynski with new lawsuit to revoke his medical license
(NaturalNews) The medical establishment in Texas refuses to give up its vicious agenda to destroy the work and career of Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski, the famed cancer doctor whose innovative and specialized antineoplaston (ANP) treatments have helped cure many patients of supposedly "incurable" cancers. The Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) has announced that the Texas Medical Board (TMB) is once again suing Dr. Burzynski to have his medical license revoked, and his Houston, Tex.-based clinic shut down.

Study links refrigerant, degreasing chemical to increased risk of Parkinson's disease
(NaturalNews) A study recently published in the journal The Annals of Neurology has identified a link between trichloroethylene (TCE), a chemical solvent used in refrigerants and metal degreasing solutions, and increased risk of Parkinson's disease. Based on their analysis, researchers found that those exposed to TCE in the workplace are six times more likely than those not exposed to develop Parkinson's.

The CDC betrays the public trust
(NaturalNews) One would think that public medical officials would be honest and on the ball with their tremendous responsibilities to protect the public. When you read this essay and what certain officials have done you will probably get mad. Really mad!

Blood pressure control is essential to minimize stroke risk and avert memory decline
(NaturalNews) Researchers reporting in the journal Neurology have found that elevated blood pressure as we age contributes to stroke risk and memory loss associated with cognitive decline. Stroke is the fourth leading killer of adults in the US, and loss of cognitive abilities leading to dementia ranks in the Top Ten causes of mortality. Hypertension and other known stroke risk factors also increase the risk of developing cognitive problems, even among people with no history of the vascular disorder. Lowering high blood pressure to within an optimal range can have a profound benefit in preventing stroke incidence and averting memory-robbing cognitive decline.

Aborted fetus cells used in beauty creams
Washington Times - A San Francisco cosmetics company has ignited an outcry among pro-lifers for including an unexpected ingredient in its anti-aging creams: skin-cell proteins from an aborted fetus.... The company compared its situation to that of researchers who used fetal kidney cells to develop the polio vaccine.

Outcry over anti-vaccine ad on airline
Vaccine News Daily - A video commercial sponsored by the anti-vaccine National Vaccine Information Center now playing on Delta flights has caused backlash from a pediatrician organization, prompting the airline to review its approval process for in-flight programming.

Foods that Make You Happy
Before you reach for some Prozac there are plenty of natural ways to maintain not just a healthy lifestyle but a happy one. You can start with the foods you eat.

VIDEO: The "Antioxidant Superstar" Chinese People Eat Daily
By Dr. Mercola - Virtually all mushrooms provide excellent nutrition, such as protein, vitamins and enzymes, and many have potent medicinal value. Mushrooms are excellent sources of antioxidants in general, such as polyphenols and selenium, but they also contain antioxidants that are unique to mushrooms, such as ergothioneine, which is now starting to be recognized as a 'master antioxidant'

Practical Options to Store Your Food without Contaminating Them With Plastics
By Dr. Mercola - You're probably aware that I have long suggested you throw away your non-stick cookware because of the risks it poses to your health. This advice also applies to virtually all plastics you're using in your kitchen, as the health risks are quite steep.... What About BPA-Free and Other "Safe" Plastics? Given that certain plastics risks are becoming well-known, you've probably seen plastic products that tout they are "BPA-free," "PVC-free," or "Phthalate-free." This is a step in the right direction, but it does not mean the plastic is safe.

Report: BPA in Thanksgiving Canned Food
An unwelcome visitor may be joining your Thanksgiving feast: bisphenol A. BPA is an estrogenic chemical that lab studies have linked to breast cancer. The Breast Cancer Fund wanted to know how much BPA may be in a typical Thanksgiving meal, so we tested canned foods used to make popular Thanksgiving dishes.... For half of the products tested, a single 120-gram serving of the food contains enough BPA to show adverse health impacts in lab studies.

Cardiac cells 'heal heart damage'
BBC - Stem cells taken from a patient's own heart have, for the first time, been used to repair damaged heart tissue, researchers claim.... The preliminary trial was on patients with heart failure who were having heart bypass surgery. During the operation, a piece of heart tissue, from the right atrial appendage, was taken. While the patient was being sewn up, researchers isolated cardiac stem cells from the sample and cultured them until they had about two million stem cells for each patient. The cells were injected about 100 days later.

US human stem cell trial halted
BBC - The world's first official trial using human embryonic stem cells in patients has been halted. Geron, based in California, made the sudden announcement that it was halting further work in this field. In a statement the company said in the "current environment of capital scarcity and uncertain economic conditions" it had decided to concentrate instead on developing cancer treatments.

Increase in Deadly Melanoma Not Due to Sun Exposure
By Dr. Mercola - The rising rates of melanoma documented over the last three decades are not due to sun exposure as often stated; researchers instead believe they are due to an increase in diagnoses of non-cancerous lesions classified, misleadingly, as “stage 1 melanoma”. Exposure to sunlight, particularly UVB, is protective against melanoma -- or rather, the vitamin D your body produces in response to UVB radiation is protective.

Estrogen from birth-control pill residue in municipal water supply linked to rising prostate cancer cases
Vancouver Sun - Dr. Neil Fleshner and Dr. David Margel from Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto say they have found a significant association between oral contraceptives, prostate cancer and mortality, especially in developed countries in North America and Europe where there is a high use of birth control pills. The study was published on the online medical journal BMJ Open on Monday. The authors suggested that estrogen from birth control pills may be excreted through women's urine, ending up in water supply systems. This, they say, could be boosting rates of prostate cancer.

'Delay cord clamping' baby advice
BBC - Blood boost: Mounting evidence suggests this may not be best practice and could be causing health problems. Globally, about a quarter of preschool children have iron deficiency anaemia, the most severe form of iron deficiency. In Europe, the prevalence is 3-7%. Immediate cord clamping became routine practice without rigorous evaluation” This is a significant health problem because it can harm a child's brain development.

Why the medical monopoly attacks homeopathy
(NaturalNews) It's ironic that in a state sponsored medical system such as England's, there has been a big push by the medical powers to eliminate funding for homeopathy. Homeopathic hospitals in England have budgets that are miniscule compared to what the government pays for allopathic institutional equipment and medical drugs.

Science & Technology

Pentagon could bomb enemy hackers
Russia Today - A US Department of Defense report has outlined how the American military plans to respond to foreign hacker attacks. We’re talking all-out retaliation, both in cyberspace, and in real life. The 12-page document sent to Congress was made public on Tuesday. Legislators had wanted the Pentagon to deliver the report on new cyber-warfare policy by March 1 this year, but the top brass were a few months late.

Avatarred and feathered: Beware online lies
Russia Today - A US anti-hacker law has the potential to criminalize things like using a fake name on Facebook, putting false numbers on your profile or buying gold in World of Warcraft, says a former prosecutor. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), which was first implemented in the 1980s and has been reviewed four times, increasingly broadening its scope, can be interpreted in a way which outlaws mundane activities in which the majority of computer users are engaged every day.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Build This Easy Hoop House to Grow More Food
Mother Earth News - A hoop house can make it possible to grow food virtually year-round, and you can build one for less than $1,000 with only a little help. With hoop houses, you can start gardening earlier in spring because seedlings and young plants are sheltered from wind and cold. You can also continue gardening long past your area's killing frosts and into winter. If growing more food is important to you, a hoop house can boost your garden's yield.

Today in History - Wednesday - November 16, 2011
1776 - British troops captured Fort Washington during the American Revolution.
1864 - Union Gen. William T. Sherman and his troops began their "March to the Sea" during the U.S. Civil War.
1907 - Oklahoma was admitted as the 46th state.
1915 - Coca-Cola had its prototype for a contoured bottle patented. The bottle made its commercial debut the next year.
1933 - The United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations for the first time.
1969 - The U.S. Army announced that several had been charged with massacre and the subsequent cover-up in the My Lai massacre in Vietnam on March 16, 1968.
1973 - Skylab 3 carrying a crew of three astronauts, was launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, on an 84-day mission.
1973 - U.S. President Nixon signed the Alaska Pipeline measure into law.
1981 - A vaccine for hepatitis B was approved. The vaccine had been developed at Merck Institute for Therapeutic Research.
1982 - An agreement was announced on the 57th day of a strike by National Football League (NFL) players.
1985 - Colonel Oliver North was put in charge of the shipment of HAWK anti-aircraft missiles to Iran.
1998 - In Burlington, Wisconsin, five high school students, aged 15 to 16, were arrested in an alleged plot to kill a carefully selected group of teachers and students.
1998 - It was announced that Monica Lewinsky had signed a deal for the North American rights to a book about her affair with U.S. President Clinton.
1998 - The U.S. Supreme Court said that union members could file discrimination lawsuits against employers even when labor contracts require arbitration.
2000 - Bill Clinton became the first serving U.S. president to visit Communist Vietnam.
2004 - A NASA unmanned "scramjet" (X-43A) reached a speed of nearly 10 times the speed of sound above the Pacific Ocean.

World News

REPORT: Iran poised to choke oil supplies if hit by Israel
Washington Times - Iran is contemplating violently shutting down shipping in the Persian Gulf as one of several counterattack options if Israel strikes its nuclear facilities, regional and intelligence analysts say. Such attacks would present the Obama administration with the option of undertaking a limited war against Iran by striking its warships and shore-based anti-ship missiles to keep the Gulf open for business.

Virus hits Iran's defence network
IRAN says its defence computer systems have been infected with a ”supervirus” similar to the one believed to have been created by Israel that severely damaged Tehran’s nuclear program last year. Anti-virus experts have identified a virus called Duqu that they say shares properties with the Stuxnet worm apparently created by Mossad, the Israeli security service. It was thought to have targeted the nuclear program’s centrifuges, the devices that enrich uranium to create nuclear fuel.

China almost bankrupt, says Prof. of Finance at Chinese University at Hong Kong
EpochTimes - China’s economy has a reputation for being strong and prosperous, but according to a well-known Chinese television personality the country’s Gross Domestic Product is going in reverse. Larry Lang, chair professor of Finance at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said in a lecture that he didn’t think was being recorded that the Chinese regime is in a serious economic crisis—on the brink of bankruptcy. In his memorable formulation: every province in China is Greece.

Permanent US Military Presence in Australia
Activist Post - After months of assuring a skeptical and disgruntled Australian public that the US military would not be getting a permanent base in Australia, the Sydney Morning Herald has reported a "US Marine Base for Darwin."

IMF approves new credit program for Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The International Monetary Fund says it has approved a nearly $134 million loan for Afghanistan, saying its government has made progress in addressing governance and accountability issues during the Kabul Bank crisis.

YouTube: Contract Killing: 'UK bombs its way to Libyan oil'
Russia Today - Libya's got big plans for its post-war future - with hopes of being reborn as the next Dubai. On paper, it's got the qualifications - sun, beaches and rich oil reserves. Western companies are lining up for their stake - but it's the UK that is likely to come out on top. RT's Laura Smith says Libya now grants UK with oil contract for airstrikes London carried out.

Council accused of a 'staggering invasion of privacy' as it plans to record EVERY conversation that takes place in taxi cabs
Mail Online - Cab drivers and their passengers are to be spied on during journeys in what has been denounced as a ‘a staggering invasion of privacy’. CCTV cameras are to be fitted in 650 taxis – costing the taxpayer £260,000 – to monitor drivers throughout their shift and record the conversations of passengers. The cameras will begin recording sound and vision from the moment the ignition is turned on and remain on for 30 minutes after the engine has stopped running.

World Food Safety Fund Launched at APEC
Food Safety News - This weekend marked the launch of the Global Food Safety Fund, a partnership of public and private organizations intended to boost food safety systems around the world. Three organizations - the Waters Corporation, Mars Incorporated and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) together pledged 1 million dollars as seed money for the Fund, which will provide food safety resources to governments and companies with the goal of increasing the security of the global food supply and facilitating trade.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

YouTube: Ron Paul On Freedom Watch - Tied For First Place
Freedom Watch Nov. 15, 2011.

YouTube: Must See! Sarah Palin Wants Ron Paul To Keep Educating Us!
Fox News 11/15/11 - Sarah Palin on Ron Paul: "Keep preaching to Americans, Keep educating us about the problems and our economic woes caused by government overgrowth" "He was given 89 seconds to respond to questions total, that's unfair."

YouTube: Kudlow: "Ron Paul, now among the front runners..."
CNBC 11/15/11.

Herman Cain goofs on Libya
Russia Today - A new chapter has been written for Herman Cain’s memoir “The Things I Don’t Know About Foreign Policy” after the GOP hopeful goofed yet again in an interview on Monday. Sitting down with the editorial board of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel yesterday, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain couldn’t quite get the words out to explain his thoughts on the uprising in Libya, one of the most important international events of all of 2011. Related video/article here.

Republican Rep wants Muslims out of Military
Russia Today - First Muslims want to pray in the United States and then they want to defend the country and its First Amendment by fighting our wars? The nerve! One politician from Tennessee has had it up to here and wants Muslims out of the military. In an interview with Think Progress — conducted on Veterans Day — Rick Womick, the Republican representative for Murfreesboro, TN, tells reporters that if it was up to him, Muslims would be banned from serving in the American military.

AP Exclusive: Lost JFK assassination tapes on sale
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A long-lost version of the Air Force One recordings made in the immediate aftermath of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, with more than 30 minutes of additional material not in the official version in the government's archives, has been found and is for sale. There are incidents and code names described on the newly discovered two-plus hour recording, which predates the shorter and newer recording currently housed in the National Archives outside Washington and the Lyndon B. Johnson Library in Texas. The shorter recording was thought to be the only surviving version of the tape.

Review: Joe Paterno in line for pension
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno's long service at the university theoretically puts him in line for a pension of more than $500,000 a year, according to an Associated Press analysis of state public pension records.

VIDEO: Ron Paul Raises $1 Million on Vets Day and has Most Vet Support
Fox News Freedom Watch.

Bloomberg News Poll: Four-Way Republican Dead Heat in Iowa Caucuses - Cain 20%, Paul 19%, Romney 18%, Gingrich 17%
Nope, this is not an online poll, lol. This poll was conducted by the same company that does the Des Moines Register poll.

C-Span, Romney skip Saturday GOP Debate
Romney and Huntsman will be no-shows. More time for Ron? Better chance to talk to million? Not so fast, it's not going to be on TV. The next Republican debate, the Family Leader Thanksgiving Family Forum on November 19, will only be streamed online, since C-Span pulled their coverage plans last Thursday, according to the Family Leader.

Dr. Paul emerging as the frontrunner in Iowa. Are you in?
Daily Paul - Friends, I assume you've seen the recent poll which has Dr. Paul emerging as the frontrunner in Iowa? If there was ever a time to start canvassing and phone banking for Dr. Paul, that time is now! Let's get moving on the Phone from Home program and Christmas Vacation with Ron Paul. Full details:

Is Ron Paul the only one that wants peace?
Russia Today - Ron Paul has distanced himself from the other GOP hopefuls on practically every platform. While it’s to be expected that each candidate campaigns with their own agendas, he's been the only to say something that should resonate with most of America:

Obama heads to Australia to reframe security ties
Activist Post - HONOLULU, Hawaii (AFP) - US President Barack Obama lands in Australia Wednesday on a twice-postponed mission to update a 60-year-old security alliance for a new century marked by the rise of China.

New emails: DOJ, Eric Holder manipulated press for favorable ‘Fast and Furious’ coverage
Daily Caller - Emails between senior Justice Department officials and investigators in the office of Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley show that congressional staffers leading the investigation into Operation Fast and Furious requested information about Operation Wide Receiver — a Bush administration program – and other similar cases, more than a full month before the DOJ leaked information to selected media outlets on October 31.

VIDEO: Judge Napolitano Grills Congressman On Insider Trading Scandal
Freedom Watch - Congressman Louie Gohmert reacts to new reports that tie congressional members to insider trading deals.

Muslim community vs NYPD
Russia Today - An ongoing report from the Associated Press has revealed that in the decade since the September 11 terrorist attacks, the NYPD has carried out a series of initiatives aimed at the Muslim community of New York, often stalking, profiling and secretly surveying followers of Islam solely based on religion. As the investigation continues, their latest report reveals that, fed up with the egregious spying practiced by the Police Department, leaders of the Muslim community are warning residents of New York to avoid talking to the police and instead confide in friends, family and attorneys before going to the authorities.

Spec-Ops Command: SEAL raid book 'a lie'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. military is denouncing a former Navy SEAL's book that claims to describe the "real" version of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.... Pfarrer claims the White House issued a fictional and damaging account of the raid that made the SEALs looks inept. He says President Barack Obama's speedy acknowledgement of the raid was a craven political move that rendered much of the intelligence gathered on the raid useless.

Sandusky says he only 'horsed around' with boys
NEW YORK (AP) - The former Penn State assistant football coach at the heart of a massive sex scandal said he showered with young boys and hugged them but called the allegedly criminal contact "horseplay." Jerry Sandusky told NBC News' "Rock Center" on Monday night that he was not a pedophile but, in retrospect, should not have showered with the boys he's charged with sexually assaulting.

Giffords shows great progress, but still struggles
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Smiling and cheerful, fussing with her interviewer's hair and nestled in the arms of her husband, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords displayed remarkable progress from the shocking images of her the day after she was shot in the forehead outside a Tucson supermarket.


YouTube: Trend forecaster Gerald Celente's gold account emptied by MF GLOBAL
Russia Today - The recent bankruptcy of financial stalwart and Wall Street casino failure MF Global in the US, has claimed a new and unlikely victim. Following the company’s glorious collapse, Trends Research founder Gerald Celente had his own six figure gold investment account completely looted by chapter 11 trustees, and he is fighting to get it back.

VIDEO: 41% of People Say American Dream Is Lost; 63% Say Economy Getting Worse: Y! Finance Survey
Daily Ticker - A new survey by Yahoo! Finance shows Americans have a disturbing lack of hope and a frightening lack of retirement planning.

YouTube: Woman Shows Court Order to NYPD, Gets Punched in Face
Dane from OWS is bounced by the NYPD and @ 1:45 of this video a woman brandishing a court order that affirmed the rights of protesters to occupy Liberty ark is punched in the face by NYPD.

VIDEO: Still Occupy Wall Street banned from camping at Zuccotti Park
Russia Today - "This is probably being perceived as a significant blow to the Occupy Wall Street movement," RT's Marina Portnaya reports from New York City, where she had been covering the OWS movement for weeks, spending several hours today among the protesters. "They really genuinely believed that the judge was ultimately going to rule on their behalf and that they would be allowed back in the park with their tents, with their tarps, with their sleeping bags," she says. "They really thought that that would be ultimate conclusion, but as we found out . . . a judge delivered a final ruling against the Occupy protesters."

City Claims Occupy Wall Street Protesters Were Stockpiling Weapons, Fights Court Order To Reopen Park
Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway filed a motion on behalf of the city today opposing a court order requiring the NYPD to allow Occupy Wall Street demonstrators back into Zuccotti Park. In filing the motion, Holloway asserted that "people who have a known history of violent interaction with the police” have been gathering in the park, and “makeshift items” that he said could be used as weapons, "such as cardboard tubes with metal pipes inside, had been observed among the occupiers' possessions." He also noted that after the October 1st Brooklyn Bridge march, "knives, mace and hypodermic needles were observed discarded on the roadway."

Post office near default? Losses mount to $5.1B
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Postal Service said Tuesday it has lost $5.1 billion in the past year, pushing it closer to imminent default on a multibillion-dollar payment and to future bankruptcy as the weak economy and increased Internet use drive down mail volume.

LRAD vs OWS: Sound cannons rolled out for Zuccotti park raid
Russia Today - Riot police deployed under cover of darkness at 1 am. No video cameras were allowed during the early hours of the raid. News teams were barred from the scene. Air space above Zuccotti park was shut down. Above all, a well-prepared removal (video & photos) plan received shock-op back-up as the NYPD rolled out long range acoustic devices (LRADs) on the streets of NY. The device is capable of emitting a tone higher than normal human pain threshold and can permanently damage hearing.

Olbermann: Resigned Oakland Attorney Dan Siegel - 'Pointless to Bully or Dispossess Occupy'

Court order allows Occupy Wall St. protesters back
NEW YORK (AP) - Hundreds of police officers in riot gear raided Zuccotti Park early Tuesday, evicting dozens of Occupy Wall Street protesters from what has become the epicenter of the worldwide movement protesting corporate greed and economic inequality. Hours later, the National Lawyers Guild obtained a court order allowing Occupy Wall Street protesters to return with tents to the park. The guild said the injunction prevents the city from enforcing park rules on Occupy Wall Street protesters.

UPDATE: Hearing on Zuccotti Park order to be held Tuesday with different judge
Hearing on the order to be held Tuesday with different judge. When the cops raided Zuccotti Park, lawyers for Occupy Wall Street woke up a judge with a civil liberties background and asked for help. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Lucy Billings signed an early-morning order temporarily barring cops from keeping protesters and tents out of Zuccotti Park. But within hours, she was off the case as court administrators prepared to randomly choose a new judge — and excluded Billings’ name from the list of candidates.

VIDEO: Bloomberg On Occupy Wall Street Eviction: ‘The Final Decision To Act Was Mine’
The Huffington Post -Following the forced evacuation of Occupy Wall Street from Zuccotti Park early Tuesday morning, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg explained the decision to temporarily evict protesters was his and his alone. "I have become increasingly concerned - as had the park's owner, Brookfield Properties - that the occupation was coming to pose a health and fire safety hazard to the protesters and to the surrounding community," Bloomberg said in a statement.

NYPD raze the #OWS library, throw out over 5,000 books
The Occupy Wall Street librarians tweeted the eviction all night: “NYPD destroying american cultural history, they’re destroying the documents, the books, the artwork of an event in our nation’s history … Right now, the NYPD are throwing over 5,000 books from our library into a dumpster. Will they burn them?

In Depth Analysis of American Income and Taxation
The following is an in depth analysis of income and taxes in America, primarily over the past 20 years. The data shows that the tax burden has been shifted from both the highest and lowest income receivers towards middle income receivers, specifically upper middle income receivers, those in the 75th to 94th percentile, i.e. those making between about $65,000 and $150,000 a year.

20 Ways to Occupy the Holidays
True Blue Network - Here's a great way to put the Spirit back into the Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Solstice Season this year, whether you're religious or otherwise.

Energy & Environment

Widespread protests force move of Keystone pipeline
Russia Today - The oil company behind a project that caused widespread outrage across the country has announced plans to reroute the $7-billion Keystone pipeline in the state of Nebraska. Citing mass environmental concerns, the project has attracted massive opposition from advocates across America who have been arrested in droves for protesting the pipeline in Washington DC among other cities coast-to-coast.

Climate change episode of Frozen Planet won't be shown in the U.S. as viewers don't believe in global warming
Mail Online - An episode of the BBC's Frozen Planet documentary series that looks at climate change has been scrapped in the U.S., where many are hostile to the idea of global warming. British viewers will see all seven episodes of the multi-million-pound nature series throughout the Autumn. But U.S. audiences will not be shown the last episode, which looks at the threat posed by man to the natural world. It is feared a show that preaches global warming could upset viewers in the U.S., where around half of people do not believe in climate change.


Congress pushes back on healthier school lunches
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Who needs leafy greens and carrots when pizza and french fries will do? In an effort many 9-year-olds will cheer, Congress wants pizza and french fries to stay on school lunch lines and is fighting the Obama administration's efforts to take unhealthy foods out of schools. The final version of a spending bill released late Monday would unravel school lunch standards the Agriculture Department proposed earlier this year. These include limiting the use of potatoes on the lunch line, putting new restrictions on sodium and boosting the use of whole grains. The legislation would block or delay all of those efforts.

Arby's nutrition information - here's what you need to know
(NaturalNews) Recent health research indicates that Harold and Kumar could have skipped the pot and gone straight to White Castle -- or any other fast food emporium -- for a high. A study published in July 2011 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) found that fatty foods trigger a chemical effect in the body similar to that of marijuana. At least one fast food purveyor seems to have decided to capitalize on this effect: Arby's now uses the slogan "It's good mood food."

CDC admits not a single person has died from consuming raw milk products in 11 years
(NaturalNews) The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) refuses to acknowledge that, based on all available statistics, raw milk produced on clean, small-scale farms is actually far safer than pasteurized milk from factory farms. But the agency did admit earlier this year, after being pressed and warned of a potential Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request if it failed to comply, that not a single person has died from raw milk consumption in over a decade.

Study: Zeaxanthin helps protect eyes, improve vision
(NaturalNews) Carotenoids play a crucial role in protecting the integrity of vision and ocular health, particularly lutein and zeaxanthin which are the macula's carotenoids of choice. And a new study published in the Journal of Optometry confirms that supplementation with zeaxanthin demonstrably helps improve vision and protect against macular degeneration.

Merck’s Gardasil Alternative, Cervarix Just as Dangerous
Activist Post - It seems that Merck’s alternative to deadly Gardasil is just about as unsafe, with one 13-year-old entering into a ‘waking coma’ only one day after receiving a Cervarix vaccination. She now sleeps for 23 hours per day, after being unable to walk or talk after receiving the HPV shot at school.

Green tea confirmed as a weight loss nutrient and heart health antioxidant
(NaturalNews) Scientists publishing in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry demonstrate that it activates genes associated with fat burning while also helping to reduce absorption of fat from the digestive tract. Further evidence on the gene-altering activity of green tea is reported in the International Journal of Cardiology, as polyphenols from the drink lower free radical damage to help maintain telomere length in heart cells. Drinking several cups of green tea each day may hold the key to effective weight management and cardiac health.

Banana nutrition facts - nine things you probably never knew about this nutritious tropical food
(NaturalNews) Whether as a quick snack, cut up and tossed in the blender for a fruit smoothie, or used to make quick bread or pancakes, most people enjoy bananas. Bananas are such a staple on produce shelves that most of us don't stop to think about their tropical origins or their many nutritional benefits. Next time you enjoy a banana, consider some of these facts:

How to Make Healthy and Beautiful Smoothies (beautiful pictures!)
Dr. Ben Kim - In my book, any smoothie that's worth writing about starts with ripe bananas. You can use room temperature or frozen banana slices - both impart natural creaminess like no other fruit can.

Are You Eating This All-Time Favorite “Cancer-in-a-Can” Snack?
(by Dr. Mercola) To understand the nature of Pringles and other stackable chips, forget the notion that they come from actual potatoes in any recognizable way. The Pringles Company (in an effort to avoid taxes levied against “luxury foods” like chips in the UK) once even argued that the potato content of their chips was so low that they are technically not even potato chips.

Merck vs Monsanto: Fighting for the Worst Company Award
Activist Post - Companies Merck and Monsanto may very well be two of the greatest mass health-impacting companies in our world today. Unfortunately for the entire global population, these health-impacts are far less than positive. Although many large corporations are riddled with deception and corruption, these two companies are the two top nominees for the grand prize.

Science & Technology

Pentagon reserves right to meet cyber attack with force
(Reuters) - The United States reserves the right to retaliate with military force against a cyberattack and is working to sharpen its ability to track down the source of any attack, the Pentagon said in a report made public on Tuesday. The 12-page report to Congress, which was mandated by the 2011 Defense Authorization Act, was one of the clearest statements to date of U.S. cybersecurity policy and the role of the military in the event of an attack on U.S. assets through cyberspace.

DOJ Wants To Criminalize Uploading You Tube Videos - The Department of Justice is attempting to criminalize uploading videos that break You Tube’s terms of service, along with any other online action that is deemed to contravene a website’s usage policy, in a shocking expansion of cybersecurity laws deemed draconian by critics.

Twitter Ordered to Hand Over WikiLeaks Info to Justice Department
In a further blow to online privacy rights and press freedom, the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va. ordered the microblogging site Twitter to hand over account information on three activists under investigation by the Justice Department for their links to the whistleblowing web site WikiLeaks. Under “transparency president” Barack Obama, the U.S. government initiated a criminal probe of the organization after the site began releasing a virtual tsunami of confidential military and State Department files.

Google X: Secret CIA-like lab of the future?
Russia Today - The search giant’s vision of the future is being put to the test in a top-secret lab somewhere in the US Bay Area. The facility is giving shareholders the jitters by drawing resources into far out projects, which could pay out tenfold in the future.

STUDY: Strangers can spot 'kindness' gene
People with a certain gene trait are known to be more kind and caring than people without it, and strangers can quickly tell the difference, according to US research published on Monday. The variation is linked to the body's receptor gene of oxytocin, sometimes called the "love hormone" because it often manifests during sex and promotes bonding, empathy and other social behaviors.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Congress set to cut money for meat industry reform
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday it will abandon portions of a sweeping antitrust rule proposed for meat companies if Congress does not provide money for enforcement.... The antitrust overhaul has been a cornerstone of the Obama administration's efforts to curb the power of the nation's biggest meat companies. It was welcomed by many small farmers who say the changes would give them more bargaining power when selling their animals.

Congress nullified as new, illegal "supercommittee" pushes secret farm bill that will cost billions
(NaturalNews) The concentration of elite legislative power in America is well under way today as the new "supercommittee" is working on an end-run around Congress to put together a "secret farm bill" that would prop up failed agricultural policies with yet more billions in taxpayer dollars.


VIDEO: Wyman Meinzer's West Texas
Wyman Meinzer, after 28 years as a professional photographer, has about 20 photography books to his credit and more than 250 magazine cover credits. His images have appeared in Smithsonion, National Geographic Books, Natural History, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, Audubon, Sports Afield, Field and Stream, Outdoor life, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Highways, Korea GEO, German GEO, Das Tier, Airone, Horzu, BBC Wildlife, and many others.


StateWars - The Last Hope Obi Ron
May liberty be with you!

Today in History - Tuesday - November 15, 2011
1777 - The Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation, precursor to the U.S. Constitution.
1806 - Explorer Zebulon Pike spotted the mountaintop that became known as Pikes Peak.
1889 - Brazil's monarchy was overthrown.
1901 - Miller Reese patented an electrical hearing aid.
1920 - The League of Nations met for the first time in Geneva, Switzerland.
1926 - The National Broadcasting Co. (NBC) debuted with a radio network of 24 stations. The first network radio broadcast was a four-hour "spectacular."
1939 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC.
1940 - The first 75,000 men were called to Armed Forces duty under peacetime conscription.
1965 - The Soviet probe, Venera 3, was launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. On March 1, 1966, it became the first unmanned spacecraft to reach the surface of another planet when it crashed on Venus.
1966 - The flight of Gemini 12 ended successfully as astronauts James A. Lovell and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. splashed down safely in the Atlantic Ocean.
1969 - In Washington, DC, a quarter of a million protesters staged a peaceful demonstration against the Vietnam War.
1985 - Britain and Ireland signed an accord giving Dublin an official consultative role in governing Northern Ireland.
1993 - A judge in Mineola, NY, sentenced Joey Buttafuoco to six months in jail for the statutory rape of Amy Fisher. Fisher was serving a prison sentence for shooting and wounding Buttafuoco's wife, Mary Jo.
1995 - Texaco agreed to pay $176 million to settle a race-discrimination lawsuit.
1999 - Representatives from China and the United States signed a major trade agreement that involved China's membership in the WTO.
2005 - In Amiens, France, Isabelle Dinoire became the first person to undergo a partial face transplant. She had been attacked by a dog earlier in the year.
2006 - Andy Warhol's painting of Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong sold for $17.4 million. At the same auction "Orange Marilyn" sold for $16.2 million and "Sixteen Jackies" sold for $15.6 million.

World News

US military: American service member dies in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The U.S. military says an American service member has been killed while conducting military operations in central Iraq.... Violence has dropped dramatically across Iraq, but deadly bombings and shootings still happen nearly every day. Some officials have warned of an increase in attacks as the U.S. withdraws all of its troops from Iraq by the end of the year.

Activists: 70 killed in Syria in 1 day
BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian activists say a wave of violence has killed more than 70 people in Syria in one day.... President Bashar Assad's regime has been trying to crush an uprising for the past eight months, but the movement has not abated. The U.N. estimates the regime's military crackdown on dissent has killed 3,500 people so far.

Turkey slams Assad over crackdown on opposition
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey no longer has confidence in the Syrian regime, its prime minister said Tuesday, warning Syrian President Bashar Assad that his brutal crackdown on opponents threatens to place him on a list of leaders who "feed on blood."

Stocks slump as slow eurozone growth raises stakes
PARIS (AP) -- Investors fled global stocks on Tuesday as poor growth figures reinforced how difficult it will be for European countries to reduce their piles of debt and balance their budgets.

US shifts drones from Iraq to Turkey: Pentagon
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States has deployed Predator drones to Turkey from Iraq for surveillance flights in support of Ankara's fight against Kurdish rebels, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday. With US forces withdrawing from Iraq by the end of the year, the four American unmanned aircraft will be shifted from an air field in northern Iraq to the Incirlik air base in Turkey, Captain John Kirby told reporters.

Israel launches new missile that can reach New York and Tokyo
According to publications in the media, the three-stage missile is capable of delivering a 750-kilo warhead to a distance of more than 10,000 kilometers. Israeli military men conducted a successful launch of Jericho-3 intercontinental ballistic missile on Wednesday. The test was carried out at the Palmahim air base, the Irish Times said. At the same time, officials with Israel Defense Forces said that they had conducted the tests of a new missile engine in the morning of November 2. The launch of the missile could be seen from Ashkelon to Tel Aviv, Newsru Israel said.

Banker Coup: Goldman Sachs Takes Over Europe
Infowars - Precisely as we warned all along, the very financial terrorists responsible for the economic collapse have now exploited the crisis to pose as saviors and oversee a banker coup – with Goldman Sachs stooges now in control of both Italy and the European Central Bank. The objective of the coup is to exploit the euro debt crisis as a vehicle through which to create a European federal superstate that will transfer all remaining control over national affairs to Brussels.

Iceland’s New Bank Disaster
The country is now suffering a second round of economic and financial distress stemming from the collapse of its banking system in October 2008. That crisis caused a huge loss of savings not only for domestic citizens but also for international creditors such as Deutsche Bank, Barclay’s and their institutional clients.

EU adopts guidelines on airport body scanners
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Monday adopted a new set of guidelines governing the use of body scanners and addressing privacy concerns that have delayed their use at airports across the continent. Siim Kallas, the EU commissioner responsible for transport, said that under the rules the technology will only be used with strict safeguards to protect health and fundamental rights.

Why Is China Building These Gigantic Structures In the Middle of the Desert?
This is crazy. New photos have appeared in Google Maps showing unidentified titanic structures in the middle of the Chinese desert. The first one is an intricate network of what appears to be huge metallic stripes. Is this a military experiment?

Health Canada orders doctor to stop using traditional Amazonian medicine to treat addicts
(NaturalNews) For the past several years, Dr. Gabor Mate of Vancouver, Can., has been facilitating the use of a traditional Amazonian hallucinogenic tea in his patients with very serious addictions. But Health Canada considers the tea to be a controlled substance, and has thus ordered Dr. Mate to stop using it.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

POLL: Who Should the Republicans Nominate for President in 2012? - VOTE NOW!!!
U.S. News and World Report - Rick Perry and Mitt Romney are the early front-runners, but the rest of the field is packed, including Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, and Newt Gingrich.

Remember Building 7 One Million Fundraising Drive - Check out the New York City Subway Ads!!!
Remember Building 7 is a non-partisan campaign led by 9/11 family members to raise awareness of the destruction of World Trade Center Building 7. The campaign is striving to raise $1 million – the amount needed to reach 50% of the New York Metro Area and 2 million people in other major cities. This sudden surge in awareness will generate the amount of public discussion needed to bring about a new investigation.

11 shocking things you now realize to be true (but you never would have believed just three years ago)
(NaturalNews) We are living through a time of great awakening. The people of our world are beginning to open their eyes and realize the stunning depth of the scams and collusion taking place all around them. These scams that steal their wealth, poison them with chemicals, enslave them with financial trickery and control their minds with propaganda. These scams are the very fabric of modern government, the mainstream media, universities and so-called "science" institutions.

Ron Paul to Give Two Major Policy Speeches in Washington Nov.16th
The first speech will take place at the Cato Institute’s Monetary Conference, where the topic will be U.S. monetary policy and the Federal Reserve. The second speech will take place on Capitol Hill before the Congressional Health Care Caucus, where Dr. Paul will discuss his perspective on health care and his ideas on how to fix our current problems.

Smallpox scandal plagues White House
Russia Today - Move over, Solyndra. The Obama White House has immersed itself in a new scandal with a major Democratic donor. A deal worth half-a-billion dollars has raised questions about the relationship between Washington and the makers of an experimental drug. The Los Angeles Times reports that for the past year, the Obama administration has urged approval of a $433-million plan to give Siga Technologies Inc. of New York the lone rights to manufacturing a smallpox pill for the US government to keep in stockpiles in case of a biological war outbreak — despite officials agreeing that the disease has been eradicated for nearly 40 years.

EMAIL REVEALED: 'I hear they have the votes... Simply amazing'
( - On Sunday, March 21, 2010, the day the House of Representatives passed President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, then-Solicitor General Elena Kagan and famed Supreme Court litigator and Harvard Law Prof. Laurence Tribe, who was then serving in the Justice Department, had an email exchange in which they discussed the pending health-care vote, according to documents the Department of Justice released late Wednesday to the Media Research Center,'s parent organization, and to Judicial Watch.

Happy Birthday, Guantanamo! Many more to come?
Russia Today - Today marks 10-years since American authorities began detaining enemy combatants and other prisoners at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. A decade since the doors opened, why are people still held there, even after Obama vowed to close the facility?

AUDIO: Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 11/14/11: Greece Bailout Imminent? Financial Crisis Continues
Greece to be bailed out, but what about Italy, Germany, and France? Euro Collapse is Imminent; will the dollar follow?

Ron Paul Two-Day Tour to Iowa On November 18-19, 2011 Includes ‘Restore America Now’ Meetings and Thanksgiving Family Forum

Numbers Don’t Lie: CBS News Snubbed Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, & Michele Bachmann
The fewest words spoken? The continually-ignored Ron Paul, who managed just 258 words over the hour-long debate; or, by comparison, just 223 more words than Scott Pelley’s admonishment of the crowd for their booing.

YouTube: Ron Paul CBS Debate Bias: "You gotta bring him in"
Fox News Nov 13, 2011.

Supreme Court will hear health care case this term
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear arguments next March over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul - a case that could shake the political landscape as voters are deciding if Obama deserves another term. This decision to hear arguments in the spring sets up an election-year showdown over the White House's main domestic policy achievement. And it allows plenty of time for a decision in late June, just over four months before Election Day.

Court announcement raises recusal questions for Kagan, Thomas
Washington Times - The Supreme Court’s announcement Monday that it will hear challenges to President Obama’s health care law have put the spotlight on Justice Elena Kagan, who worked in the administration while the law was being written and, conservatives argue, helped craft its legal defense.

TSA Warns Of Terrorist Interest In Attacking Buses During Busy Holiday Season
HS Today | The bulletin noted that attacks against buses are more prevalent worldwide than attacks against aviation systems. State and local authorities should be wary of potential terrorist plots against mass transit and buses in particular, according to a bulletin issued on Thursday, Nov. 10 by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Forced Home Entry Over DUI
The US Supreme Court ruled 27 years ago that police could not forcibly enter someone's home over suspected drunk driving. The Fourth District US Court of Appeals in an unpublished decision is looking to change the precedent. A three-judge appellate panel considered the case of Alan J. Cilman who had filed a false arrest lawsuit after Officer M.A. Reeves busted down his door, without a warrant, on October 3, 2004.

Judge Who Freed Sandusky on Bail Volunteered at His Charity
When Jerry Sandusky was initially arraigned, as previously reported by Sara Ganim, prosecutors requested $500,000.00 bail and that Sandusky be required to wear a leg monitor. District Judge Leslie Dutchcot, however, ordered that Sandusky be freed on $100,000.00 unsecured bail. She ordered that Sandusky be freed and pay nothing unless he failed to show up for a court hearing.


VIDEO: Injured Vet Gets His Speech Back
Remember Scott Olsen, the 2 time Iraqi war vet who was injured in clashes with police in Oakland a couple of weeks ago? The 24 year old has posted an update on his condition on Google+. He says: I’m feeling a lot better, with a long road in front of me. After my freedom of speech was quite literally taken from me, my speech is coming back but I’ve got a lot of work to do with rehab.

VIDEO/PHOTOS: OWS destroyed: Cops clear Zuccotti Park
Russia Today 11/15/11 - Occupy Wall Street protesters have clashed with police in Zuccotti Park after being ordered to leave their longtime encampment in New York. At least 70 people have been arrested, with the police said to have used pepper spray. Meanwhile, City Council member Ydanis Rodriguez, 51, has reportedly been beaten by the NYPD and is bleeding from the head. The police operation commenced at approximately 1am Tuesday. Hundreds of police mobilized around the park showing protesters letters informing them that they need to leave the encampment temporarily. The NYC Mayor's Office has also posted their demand on Twitter.

YouTube: Occupy Oakland Camp Flattened
OAKLAND, Calif. 11/14/11 - Police have begun arresting people remaining in Frank Ogawa Plaza this morning, and are in the process of dismantling what remains of the Occupy Oakland camp that has occupied the space for most of the last month. Police blocked off the plaza shortly before 6 a.m. today with lines of riot police. Most protesters had already moved into the street at 14th Street and Broadway before police arrived. Aerial view (video) here.

YouTube: The Focus Right Now Is To Get The Fences Up & Keep The Parks Clear” Portland Police Spokesman
11/14/11 - Occupy Portland protester stand off. Over 50 arrests were made.

Freedom alert: "Occupy" protests may turn violent, followed by reactionary decline into martial law
(NaturalNews) The signs of escalation are unmistakable. In Oakland, Portland, St. Louis, New York, Denver and other cities, local authorities have begun a "crackdown" on Occupy protesters. A woman was raped at Occupy Philadelphia (, and is now reporting:

House-Senate negotiators unveil spending bill
WASHINGTON (AP) - House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a bundle of spending measures for the ongoing budget year, blending cuts to NASA and community development programs while averting cuts to nutrition programs. The approximately $182 billion measure announced late Monday would fund day-to-day operations at the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, as well as the space program.

VIDEO: Thousands Rally to Resist Occupy Portland Evictions
OWS - 10,000 filled the areas around the Occupy Portland encampments last night as the deadline approached for eviction. 12:01 am came and went but the cops could do nothing: too many supporters blocked their path.

'Occupy' protesters plan to shut down Wall Street
(Reuters) - Protesters hope to shut down Wall Street on Thursday by holding a street carnival to mark the two-month anniversary of their campaign against economic inequality. Poster for N17 Direct Action here.

Banks Are Quietly Ramping Up Costs to Consumers
CNBC - “Banks tried the in-your-face fee with debit cards, and consumers said enough,” said Alex Matjanec, a co-founder of “What most people don’t realize is that they have been adding new charges or taking fees that have always existed and increased them, or are making them harder to avoid.”

Why Gold Should Set New Highs for the Holidays
Most gold followers know the metal has a seasonal tendency to perform better in the fall and winter than in the spring and summer. Indeed, since 2001, the annual high for the gold price has occurred after Labor Day every year except two (2006 and 2008). Further, that peak was hit in November or December in seven of the last ten years. So, are we destined for new highs in the gold price between now and New Year's Eve? And what about gold stocks?

Housing Market

Hawaii: Building code faces delay - $1000 in Fines and/or Jail Time
In a climate so gentle that some residents have only screens on windows to catch the trade winds, many are wondering why the county wants to force them to install double-paned glass windows and double-walled construction when building or remodeling their homes. In almost six hours of testimony, more than 60 residents pleaded with the Hawaii County Council not to make them install expensive retrofits to their currently unpermitted homes or face up to $1,000 in fines and/or 30 days in jail for each day of violation.

U.S. Bank calls for court to hear MERS class-action suit
Highly recommend that if anyone wants to go after MERS, you first read STATE OF DELAWARE v. MERSCORP, Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., (MERS) to get familiar with some specifics.

County clerks warn that private home loan registry may cloud titles to thousands of Central Texas homes
The ownership of tens of thousands of Central Texas home loans could be in question because of the actions of a national private registry that officials say has sidestepped the filing of proper documents with county clerks, the American-Statesman has learned.

Energy & Environment

Alarming Info in Oil Spill Toxicology Report
NEW ORLEANS - A toxicology report relating to a sick oil spill cleanup worker claims the operation in which BP and the Coast Guard set the massive slick on fire was characterized by secrecy, including a threat to shoot down a news helicopter. The report also says most of the oiled birds found during the spill were euthanized rather than rehabilitated.

Geoengineering: Our Environment Under Attack
Prison - The fact that the planet is being bombarded with chemicals from high-altitude spraying as part of numerous geoengineering programs being conducted by U.S. government agencies and universities that have been approved with no oversight whatsoever can no longer be denied.


Pepsi shareholders demand company stop using aborted fetal cell lines in flavor research
Life Site News Oct 25, 2011 - In August 2010, PepsiCo entered into a 4-year agreement with Senomyx for the development of artificial high-potency sweeteners for PepsiCo beverages. Under the contract, PepsiCo is paying $30 million to Senomyx for the research and future royalties on PepsiCo products sold using Senomyx technology.

Products and Companies that use Aborted Fetuses
TFN News - It has come to my attention if you use products created by Nestle, Kraft, Cadbury, Starbucks, PepsiCo, and until recently Campbells and Solae, you are using products created in part by aborted fetuses. That’s right, aborted fetuses are used under the name of “artificial flavors” in these products. Related article here.

We are currently pursuing the discovery and development of new flavor ingredients in the savory, sweet, salt, and cool taste areas, as well as ingredients that block bitter taste.

Lysol bribes customers with cash prizes to get their flu shots, recruit others
(NaturalNews) A few weeks ago, NaturalNews reported on the uptick in promotional gimmicks this year that aim to get more people vaccinated against influenza. Well now chemical cleaning product and disinfectant spray company Lysol has jumped on the bribery bandwagon with a new campaign that offers not only cash rebates to customers who submit proof that they got their flu shot, but also a contest with thousands of dollars in cash prizes for those who recruit the most friends and family members to get theirs as well.

Can probiotics replace the flu shot?
(NaturalNews) We now know the real reason why children hospitalized with swine flu have been at risk for dying. It is not because of the swine flu virus itself! Most of them contracted methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections that they passively harbored in their nasal passages before contracting the swine flu.

Contaminated Gardasil Vaccine May Be Infectious – Potentially Causing Millions More to Become Sick via Blood Transference – Merck Doctor Admits Contaminant Does Not Belong in the Vaccine
Gardasil Contaminated with HPV rDNA. In September of this year, SANE Vax Inc. broke the news that 100% of the Gardasil vials tested proved to be contaminated with a recombinant HPV DNA attached to aluminum. The nonprofit organization contracted with a private lab to run the tests at request of informed physician and medical consumers concerned about HPV vaccine safety and efficacy. The laboratory informed SANE Vax Inc. that one hundred percent of the thirteen (13) samples of Gardasil™... currently being marketed in the U.S.A., Australia, New Zealand, Spain, France, and Poland were found to be positive for HPV rDNA.

New evidence chemotherapy for breast cancer causes brain damage
(NaturalNews) It turns out, according to a report just published in the November issue of the Archives of Neurology, that it's not the cancer but the treatment for breast cancer -- specifically chemotherapy -- that could be causing a significant amount of the neurological impairment with poor outcomes seen in women with breast cancer.

FDA allows conventional meat and produce to be blasted with radioactive nuclear waste, treated with virus 'cocktails'
(NaturalNews) The use of pesticides and the presence of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) are not the only major differentiating factors between conventional food and organic food. According to, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows the conventional food supply to be irradiated with nuclear waste at extremely high levels, and also treated with deadly bacteriophage virus "cocktails" in order to make it "safe" for consumers.

Is Your Multivitamin Toxic?
Activist Post - In episode #11 (season 2) of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, a woman poisons her husband with the chemical sodium selenite. Strange as it may sound, this exotic murder weapon, and its close cousin, sodium selenate, are listed as “nutrients” on the labels of most mass-marketed vitamins. Even though both sodium selenite and selenate are classified as dangerous and toxic to the environment by regulatory bodies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the European Union, they are the primary forms of this mineral - selenium - sold on the mass market today.

Medical Mafia fascism forces parents to hide their children
(NaturalNews) From Africa there are stories of mothers being hunted down and forced by gunpoint to have their children receive vaccinations known to produce adverse reactions. This might be expected in third world countries. But the same essential tyranny has also been occurring in America.

Surge in babies addicted to prescription drugs
U.S. Today - Medical authorities are witnessing explosive growth in the number of newborn babies hooked on prescription painkillers, innocent victims of their mothers' addictions. The trend reflects how deeply rooted abuse of powerful narcotics, such as OxyContin and Vicodin, has become. Prescription drug abuse is the nation's fastest-growing drug problem, classified as an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

How Much Eugenics Are We Willing to Tolerate?
Atlantic Wire - A new prenatal test for Down Syndrome arrives, and with it, the possible end of the condition. But do we have the stomach for it? The new test, from the San Diego firm Sequenom, is far safer for pregnant women than previously existing tests, which could cause miscarriage, the New York Post reports. But the ability to screen for Down Syndrome easily will also likely lead to far more frequent abortions in cases where the syndrome is detected.

Doctors Do 6 Times More Carotid Stent Implants: Procedure Useless & Kills Thousands
Gaia Health - The rate of implanting carotid stents in the United States increased six times over between 1998 and 2007. This massive increase occurred in the face of no evidence of benefit. People who have no demonstrable need are undergoing surgery for carotid stents—and the procedure is killing people.

Deep-chilling trauma patients to try to save them
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Suspended animation may not be just for sci-fi movies anymore: Trauma surgeons soon will try plunging some critically injured people into a deep chill - cooling their body temperatures as low as 50 degrees - in hopes of saving their lives.

How to treat colds naturally
(NaturalNews) The initial symptoms of a viral illness may include runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, foggy thinking, tiredness, aching muscles, headache, and fever with chills. As soon as you get any of these symptoms start taking vitamin C and elderberry extract (Sambucus nigra). Elderberry is available in liquid extracts and syrups that children can take, or as tablets or capsules, often combined with Echinacea. Elderberry is an antiviral herb that has been proven to reduce the symptoms of colds and flus, and Echinacea stimulates white blood cell production to encourage the body's fight against infection.

Air fresheners can cause allergies, asthma (admission better late than never)
MSNBC - People with asthma or allergies may want to avoid air fresheners and other chemicals used to spread fragrant scents through their homes, and their doctors should be aware of the hazards. "The chemicals in some of these products can trigger the nasal congestion, sneezing and the runny nose," Dr. Stanley Fineman, an allergist with Emory University and the Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic. "With the asthmatics, there's really good data showing their lung function changes when they're exposed to these compounds."

Watermelons lower abdominal fat accumulation and reduce heart-clogging arterial plaque
(NaturalNews) Researchers from the University of Kentucky have demonstrated that consuming watermelon juice can have a significant impact on artery-clogging plaque deposition by modifying blood lipids and lowering dangerous belly fat accumulation.

Use this simple online petition to tell your Congressmen that you oppose water fluoridation
(NaturalNews) Legislators across the US will soon reconvene for their winter sessions, which means that now is the time to start bombarding them with information about the dangers of toxic fluoride, and urging them to support legislation that will put an end to it. The Fluoride Action Network (FAN) has made this easy by creating a simple petition letter that you can customize and send to your local and state representatives.

Protect yourself against internal radiation damage with calcium, selenium
(NaturalNews) Chris Busby, a British scientist and director of Green Audit, an environmental consultancy agency, recently wrote a short paper explaining how the body absorbs ionizing radiation, and how consuming the right nutrients helps to guard against this absorption. Calcium, he says, is one of the keys to preventing the uptake of damaging radiation, as is selenium and cesium carbonate or chloride.

Science & Technology

VIDEO: Nanotechnology Ushers in Cloak of Invisibility
Activist Post - Transparent carbon nanotube sheets are fulfilling the promise of invisibility. Ali Aliev is a University of Texas scientist that uses the carbon nanotubes to bend surface light around an object, producing a mirage effect that can hide physical objects.

Scientists destroy tumors in mice using light therapy
Besides surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are the foundation of modern day cancer treatment. Although effective, these therapies often have debilitating and damaging side effects. But scientists at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland have been experimenting with a new form of therapy using infrared light to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors without damaging healthy tissue.

DARPA to boost cyber research spending by 50 percent
HS News Wire - Last week, the head of the Department of Defense’s advanced research arm announced that the agency would increase cyber research spending by 50 percent over the next five years to develop both defensive and offensive capabilities. In a speech, Regina Dugan, the director of the Defense Advance Projects Research Agency (DARPA), told cyber professionals that “modern warfare will demand the effective use of cyber, kinetic, and combined cyber and kinetic means.”

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Hay Now — It’s Boycott Time: Land O’Lakes, This Means You!
Farm Wars - By now you’ve heard how President Obama and his Monsanto Administration have plowed through approvals of three more genetically engineered products, including GE alfalfa. Well, here’s something else you should know: To produce its Round-Up Ready Alfalfa seeds, Monsanto partnered with a company called Forage Genetics International, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O’Lakes dairy co-op. That’s right, Land O’Lakes stands to make a fortune from polluting our food supply with untested and unlabeled GMOs.

Take action NOW to prevent hijacking of organics by big agribusiness
(NaturalNews) The integrity of organics is currently under attack by corporate influences that seek to dilute organic standards; thus, by making them more favorable to large agribusiness enterprises they attempt to unfairly capitalize on the organic name. In order to stop this, the Cornucopia Institute (CI) is asking everyone who values the organic label to print, sign, and mail an important letter of opposition to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) before November 30.

How to grow your own living food (and emergency nutrition) with EasyGreen sprouters
(NaturalNews) It's one of the top concerns of people everywhere -- how do we grow our own food for superior nutrition and food sovereignty? How do we store an emergency food supply that can get us through a crisis when conventional food deliveries to grocery stores may be cut off? One of the most powerful answers to all this is sprouting, and sprouting is no more complicated than having a ready supply of sprouting seeds, then adding water and sprouting your own living nutrition for mere pennies a serving.

The continuing campaign to save Nick's Organic Farm
Earlier this year, MCA set up a petition for those supporting Nick’s Organic Farm to sign and weigh in on whether the County should take over the farm for a private soccer facility – and without transparent public process. The petition has now garnered over 20,000 signatures! Press release for November 2011.

New Farm Subsidy Database Reveals Individuals Cashing Big Ag’s Federal Checks
The Environmental Working Group released a new Direct Payment Database today, giving taxpayers a look inside the complex agriculture partnerships and corporations that got the lion’s share of $4.7 billion in federal direct payments to farmers in 2009. EWG found that the ten agribusinesses receiving the biggest payouts raked in a total of $5.4 million. The biggest payments went to large agribusinesses in the southern states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee and Mississippi.

Use of wood stoves surging in U.S.; EPA stalks to derail trend
The trend has prompted federal officials to consider updating the 23-year-old certification criteria for stoves, the newspaper reported. The Environmental Protection Agency said it plans to propose the new rules next year.

Organic farm prepares veterans for jobs in sustainable agriculture
In honor of Veterans’ Day, allow me to introduce you to an enterprise I just read about: Archi’s Acres, an organic farm in California that trains military veterans in sustainable agriculture skills. It is veteran-owned as well as veteran-serving.

FDA violates law by refusing to ban antibiotics from use in animal feed
(NaturalNews) Earlier in the year, several concerned groups sued the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for failing to address the issue of antibiotic use in animal feed. Though numerous studies have found that adding antibiotics to animal feed undeniably causes antibiotic resistance, including an FDA study from 1977, the agency insists that banning the practice is too difficult.


This Could Change Everything
Though this is just a beginning, the door has finally been opened. The Texas Court of Appeals has determined that Pet Owners can sue for "special value" - such as sentimental value - with the loss of a pet. This is huge. Jeremy and Katherine Medlen of Forth Worth Texas have pushed an issue that can change the future for all of us. Their dog, was put to sleep at the city's animal control center, despite the family having a hold put on the dog. The family took the issue to court and in state appeals court in Forth Worth "ruled for the first time that a pet's value is greater than its price tag."

"ANT Therapy"
How to develop your own anteater to eradicate "Automatic Negative Thoughts".

Is your stuff falling apart? Thank you Walmart!
Grist -My friend Tony's closet is as good a place as any to begin an investigation of Walmart's environmental impact. Tony has a pair of Levi's that date back to high school more than 20 years ago. They still fit him and they're still in rotation. The fabric has a smooth patina that hints at its age, but, compared to another pair of Levi's he bought only a couple of years ago, this pair actually looks far less worn. The denim is sturdier, the seams more substantial, the rivets bigger.

Ron Paul is in Ripley's Believe it or Not

Today in History - Monday - November 14, 2011
1832 - The first streetcar went into operation in New York City, NY. The vehicle was horse-drawn and had room for 30 people.
1851 - Herman Melville's novel "Moby Dick" was first published in the U.S.
1881 - Charles J. Guiteau's trial began for the assassination of U.S. President Garfield. Guiteau was convicted and hanged the following year.
1922 - The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) began domestic radio service.
1935 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed the Philippine Islands a free commonwealth after its new constitution was approved. The Tydings-McDuffie Act planned for the Philippines to be completely independent by July 4, 1946.
1940 - During World War II, German war planes destroyed most of the English town of Coventry when about 500 Luftwaffe bombers attacked.
1956 - The USSR crushed the Hungarian uprising.
1968 - Yale University announced it was going co-educational.
1969 - Apollo 12 blasted off for the moon from Cape Kennedy, FL.
1969 - During the Vietnam War, Major General Bruno Arthur Hochmuth, commander of the Third Marine Division, became the first general to be killed in Vietnam by enemy fire.
1972 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the 1,000 (1,003.16) level for the first time.
1979 - U.S. President Carter froze all Iranian assets in the United States and U.S. banks abroad in response to the taking of 63 American hostages at the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran.
1983 - The British government announced that U.S.-made cruise missiles had arrived at the Greenham Common air base amid protests.
1987 - In the lobby of Beirut's American University Hospital a bomb hidden in a box of chocolates exploded. Seven people were killed including the woman carrying the box.
1988 - Israeli President Chaim Herzog formally asked Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir to form a new government.
1989 - The U.S. Navy ordered an unprecedented 48-hour stand-down in the wake of a recent string of serious accidents.
1991 - U.S. and British authorities announced indictments against two Libyan intelligence officials in connection with the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
1991 - Thomas McIlvane fatally shot four workers at the Royal Oak, MI, Post Office before killing himself. He had been fired from the location.
1991 - After 13 years in exile Cambodian Prince Norodom Sihanouk returned to his homeland.
1994 - U.S. experts visited North Korea's main nuclear complex for the first time under an accord that opened such sites to outside inspections.
1995 - The U.S. government instituted a partial shutdown, closing national parks and museums while most government offices operated with skeleton crews.

World News

Israel refuses to tell US its Iran intentions
Telegraph - Israel has refused to reassure President Barack Obama that it would warn him in advance of any pre-emptive strike on Iran's nuclear capabilities, raising fears that it may be planning a go-it-alone attack as early as next summer.

China agency warns of new US downgrade
Guardian - The head of China's biggest ratings agency, Dagong Global Credit Rating, is warning that it may downgrade the US's sovereign debt rating again because of Washington's failure to tackle the federal budget deficit.

Eurozone split ‘would destroy single market’
London Telegraph - The entire European single market could collapse if countries are forced to leave the euro, the head of the European Union has said. The warning from Herman Van Rompuy came after David Cameron said there was now a “big question mark over the future of the eurozone”. Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, is next week expected to back proposals to change European treaties to allow countries to leave the euro.

Super Globalist to Replace Italy’s Berlusconi
Kurt Nimmo - The globalists are making their move and inserting one of their trusted minions: former EU Commissioner Mario Monti.... Goldman Sachs and the financial elite are pushing for “a government more amenable to reforms that encourage growth and improve governance… Markets would approve of this kind of coalition. In other words, they are angling for the wholesale looting of the Italian economy and bankster privatization resulting in mass unemployment, wage cuts, pension thievery, and public services fire sales.

Gadhafi’s Gold-money Plan Would Have Devastated Dollar
New American - It remains unclear exactly why or how the Gadhafi regime went from “a model” and an “important ally” to the next target for regime change in a period of just a few years. But after claims of “genocide” as the justification for NATO intervention were disputed by experts, several other theories have been floated.

Bob Chapman: As The European Debt Woes Spiral Out Of Control
As Chancellor Merkel and PM Sarkozy search for a solution that doesn’t exist they continue to lose credibility. Nothing of substance has been agreed upon that is legal and can be implemented.

Austrian student takes on Facebook
AFP - Austrian law student Max Schrems may be just one of about 800 million Facebook users, but that hasn't stopped him tackling the US giant behind the social networking website over its privacy policy. The 24-year-old wasn't sure what to expect when he requested Facebook provide him with a record of the personal data it holds on him, but he certainly wasn't ready for the 1,222 pages of information he received.

Washington considers selling bunker-busting bombs to UAE
The Telegraph - The Pentagon is considering a significant sale of Joint Direct Attack Munitions made by Boeing, adding to other recent arms deals with the UAE. Those included the sale of 500 Hellfire air-to-surface missiles about which the US Congress was notified in September. The sale of Boeing-built "bunker-buster" bombs and other munitions to UAE, a key Gulf ally of Washington, is part of an ongoing US effort to build a regional coalition to counter Iran.

YouTube: Bomb, Build, Benefit: UK joins gold rush to patch up war-torn Libya
Russia Today - NATO may have ended its operations in Libya, but the Western presence is far from over – with big companies replacing the warplanes. The countries that bombed the oil-rich country are now getting lucrative contracts to rebuild it. RT’s Laura Smith adds up the profits of war.

Obama reads riot act to European leaders and orders them to take more dramatic action
UK Daily Mail - Barack Obama has read the riot act to the leaders of several European countries - saying more dramatic action is needed to avert a eurozone meltdown. The U.S. President made telephone calls to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Italian President Giorgio Napolitano late last night. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said the president had demanded faster action from Europe. It came as Hong Kong revealed it had plunged into recession.

Eurozone collapse ‘will send continent into depression’
London Telegraph - The collapse of the eurozone would cause a crash that would instantly wipe out half of the value of Europe’s economy, plunging the continent into a depression as deep as the 1930s slump, the president of the European Commission has warned.

New Greek govt takes over, former banker at helm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greece's new technocrat Prime Minister Lucas Papademos assumed power Friday at the helm of an interim coalition government that will seek to push through tough reforms and ensure the country avoids a catastrophic default. Papademos, a former European Central Bank vice president, leads a government including ministers from three parties.

Italian Senate approves economic reform bill
ROME (AP) -- Italy's Senate approved crucial economic reforms demanded by the European Union on Friday, the first step in paving the way for Premier Silvio Berlusconi to resign as early as this weekend and a transitional government to be formed.

United Nations Agency Downplays Increased Radiation in Europe
Kurt Nimmo - IAEA says higher than normal radiation level in Czech Republic nothing to worry about. Despite the IAEA’s effort to dismiss the risk in Europe, experts agree that the release of radiation from the stricken plant poses a global health risk. Epidemiologist Dr. Steven Wing believes millions of people exposed to a very small dose of radiation may produce just as much cancer as a thousand or a few thousand people exposed to that same dose.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Pelosi fires back at '60 Minutes' report on 'soft corruption'
(CNN) -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi fired back Sunday at a CBS News' "60 Minutes" report that highlighted several instances of what it suggested could be "soft corruption." The show looked at the investments of various lawmakers -- including Pelosi, House Speaker John Boehner and Republican Rep. Spencer Bachus of Alabama -- who reportedly bought stocks around the same time legislation involving those investments was being discussed.

APEC World Leaders Dinner Gets Occupied
Honolulu - A change in the programmed entertainment at last night's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) gala left a few world leaders slack-jawed, though most seemed not to notice that anything was amiss.

Ron Paul's 11.11.11 Veteran's Day Moneybomb Raises Over $930,000 and Counting
Ron Paul receives more military donations than all the other GOP presidential candidates, and President Obama combined. As an Air Force veteran, Ron Paul not only understands what it means to serve his country, but he also understands the costs of an adventurous foreign policy.

Video: Ron Paul's 89 Seconds in the CBS News GOP Presidential Debate
Ron Paul got a total of 89 Seconds in the TV portion of the CBS "debate." The debate focused on foreign policy. It was supposed to be 90 minutes, but CBS only broadcasted the first hour nationally. CBS will show portions of the final half-hour on its Sunday-morning show “Face the Nation.”

YouTube; Here's the final 30 minutes of the debate on that weren't on television
Face the Nation 11/13/11. Listen to Ron Paul speak at the 5:03, 9:40 and 13:13 minute marks in the video. Ron got a whopping 151 seconds to speak.... plus 89 seconds earlier = 4 minutes TOTAL during the 90 minute debate.

WePolls: Who won the 11/12/2011 CBS debate in South Carolina?
Ron Paul 79%.

TheSwash,com: Poll: Who won tonight’s debate?
Ron Paul 70%.

We The People Nation: Who won the debate tonight
Ron Paul 72%.

FINAL UPDATE: The National Journal conducted a poll of Republican insiders and the results are as follows:
Ron Paul 0%???

Ron Paul National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton Blasts CBS News
“CBS's treatment of Congressman Paul is disgraceful, especially given that tonight’s debate centered on foreign policy and national security. “Congressman Paul was only allocated 90 seconds of speaking in one televised hour. If we are to have an authentic national conversation on issues such as security and defense, we can and must do better to ensure that all voices are heard. “CBS News, in their arrogance, may think they can choose the next president. Fortunately, the people of Iowa, New Hampshire, and across America get to vote and not the media elites.”

YouTube: Ron Paul Veteran's Rally - Spartanburg, SC 11-12-11
Dr. Mike Vasovski, South Carolina Campaign Chairman for Ron Paul gives introduction. Ron Paul speaks on Veterans, War and the state of our country. Brian Gentry gives ending remarks.

Poll: Americans' views on foreign policy
Ahead of the CBS News/National Journal Republican presidential debate on national security and foreign policy taking place on Saturday night in South Carolina, CBS News surveyed Americans to find out their views on Iran, China, Israel, North Korea and other countries...

Poll Claims Americans Prefer Israel’s Netanyahu Over Obama
Kurt Nimmo - The man who may push the world into a catastrophic war, Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu, is more popular than Obama according to a Greenberg Quinlan Rosner poll. “52.3 percent of Americans rate Netanyahu positively, compared to 51.5 percent for Obama. Other polls have Obama’s approval ratings even lower, while Netanyahu has been consistently winning praise,” reports Israel Today magazine.

Romney and Gingrich willing to attack Iran to prevent them from getting nukes
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich both said it is worth using the United States military to attack Iran in order to prevent the oil rich nation from obtaining a nuclear weapon. "If all else fails, if after all of the work we have done (through crippling sanctions and supporting insurgents to encourage regime change) there is nothing else besides take military action, then of course you take military action," Romney said in a debate sponsored by CBS News and National Journal.

Ron Paul Interview by The Arab American News (11/11/11)
ROCHESTER — Prior to the Republican debate "Your Money, Your Vote" on Wednesday, Nov. 9, Presidential candidate Ron Paul sat down for an exclusive interview with The Arab American News. Paul: “I'm trying to protect America so I don't think we should be in the weapons business, the foreign aid business, and I don't think we should have our foreign policy dictated by any single country."

VIDEO: The Christian Case for Ron Paul: Tom Woods on Iowa Talk Radio
Steve Deace interviews Tom Woods who makes the Christian case for voting for Ron Paul.

The Phony Right-Wing & Who is Selling Us Down the River? – Part 1: Newt Gingrich
First we’ll start with Newt who masquerades as a right-wing conservative but is one of the most dangerous enemies of freedom now hoping to gain the presidency in 2012. Some friends have told me with all the bad press he’s dead in the water, but I saw McCain resurrected, not once but twice to win the primary in the 2008 elections, so we still need to know the truth about Newt.

A New Jersey congressman wrote directly to Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta two months ago to seek details about the Dover Air Force Base mortuary’s practice of dumping troops’ cremated body parts in a landfill, but says he never received a reply. The congressman’s letter raises questions about when Panetta learned that the mortuary disposed of cremated portions of remains at the King George County, Va. landfill. Panetta has said he was unaware of the dumping before this week.

Gricar's 2005 disappearance only one of many mysteries in PSU scandal
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The secret is in that river. Maybe. Nobody knows, and it's looking like nobody ever will know. But it's possible that more than a man died in the Susquehanna River in 2005. It's possible the answer to a horrifying question died there as well: Why didn't someone stop alleged pedophile Jerry Sandusky years ago?,,, Ray Gricar, the man who declined to prosecute Sandusky in 1998 -- after setting up a sting that resulted in Sandusky making something close to a confession -- hasn't been seen since vanishing in 2005. Dead or alive. He's just ... gone.

Assistant coach who reported Penn State incident threatened, won't be at game
(CNN) -- A Penn State assistant football coach who reportedly told Joe Paterno in 2002 he witnessed a young boy being sexually assaulted in a shower won't be at Saturday's Nebraska game because of "multiple threats," the university athletics website said Thursday night.

TSA now bribing travelers to disclose extra personal information in exchange for faster screenings
(NaturalNews) The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has launched a new pilot program that bribes air travelers to "voluntarily" surrender personal and other information in exchange for an expedited and less-invasive screening experience at the airport. And the program has reportedly been so successful at the first few airports in which it was tested that the Obama Administration is planning to expand it to many more airports.

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Security screeners at LAX will apparently have zero tolerance for holiday cheer this Christmas. KNX 1070′s Bob Brill reports authorities on Friday are on the lookout for people who try to smuggle illegal items disguised as holiday gifts onto airplanes.

Startling trend in public education: Where have all the teachers gone?
(NaturalNews) Gwen Weil of Aseltine School in San Diego, CA recently informed me of a potential crisis in public education. Experienced teachers seem to be vanishing due to lack of job satisfaction.

11 shocking things you now realize to be true (but you never would have believed just three years ago)
(NaturalNews) We are living through a time of great awakening. The people of our world are beginning to open their eyes and realize the stunning depth of the scams and collusion taking place all around them. These scams that steal their wealth, poison them with chemicals, enslave them with financial trickery and control their minds with propaganda. These scams are the very fabric of modern government, the mainstream media, universities and so-called "science" institutions.

If Romney, Cain Or Perry Gets The Republican Nomination It Is Going To Be An Absolute Disaster For America
American Dream - The United States cannot afford another four years of Barack Obama. But we cannot afford four years of Romney, Cain or Perry either. All three of them have deep ties to the establishment, all three of them are clueless about how to fix what is wrong with this country and all three of them would continue most of the failed policies of the Bush/Obama era.

'Blowback Slammed' O'Reilly Shuts Down Facebook Page Amazon Ranking Dives CNBC to Follow?
Daily Paul - We reported that Blowback was occurring for Bill O'Reilly. On Monday Nov. 7 O'Reilly attacked Ron Paul and his supporters for voting and winning his one man show debate forum poll. Bill said that the Paul supporters 'Slammed' the poll therefore he was disqualified. After this exclusion Paul supporters began to fight back and 'slam' O'Reilly's facebook page. Here is Tuesday's article of the blowback that ensued.

Ron Paul’s Plan Preserves Seniors’ Benefits, Mitt Romney’s Cuts Medicare
Ron Paul 2012 - “Mitt Romney’s economic plan makes only nominal cuts yet it manages to cut spending from Medicare benefits, the same benefits on which many elderly Americans have come to rely. “That’s a shame because not only are the cuts disingenuous but the protections seniors are counting on are absent from a proposal that Mitt Romney regards as ‘bold’ and fair.

Ron Paul OU Debate Watch Party
Ron Paul 2012 November 10, 2011.

Detroit prayer event puts Muslim community on edge
DETROIT (AP) -- An area with one of the largest Muslim communities outside the Middle East is bracing itself for a 24-hour prayer rally by a group that counts Islam among the ills facing the U.S.

Give me the cash or I'll douse you in toxic poison! Man robs bank using pesticide sprayer as weapon
(NaturalNews) When a 30-something man from San Diego, Cal., recently decided to rob a local bank, he took with him an unusual, but highly-deadly, weapon. NBC San Diego reports that the robber entered a Pacific Western Bank in Rancho Santa Fe on Friday, Nov. 4, at around 3:30 pm -- and in addition to a gun and dust mask, the man was armed with a large pesticide spray container.

11/11/11: Eleven craziest facts you need to know about it
Russia Today - From Freemasons, spiritualists to RPG-fans around the world, this day has something to offer to everyone.


VIDEO: What Is An Agent Provocateur?
What is an Agent Provocateur? Let me show you…, Occupy Salt Lake City is over as of 6pm tonight - meaning that the permits that allowed these Occupy protesters to "camp" with tents in the public park have been revoked. Of course signs say no camping (city code) as you enter the park, so do with this what you will. The reason: A homeless man died of a drug overdose... And the police/agent provocateurs have, as you can see above, been busy.

OWS Direct Action Training
Action Preparation & Training for November 17th, November 30th and Beyond. Direct Action Trainings: build affinity team, train to do actions and civil disobediences, meet new allies and friends and have some fun with us.

St. Louis, Salt Lake City and Denver crack down on ‘Occupy’ protesters
Reuters - Anti-Wall Street protesters in several U.S. cities on Saturday faced orders by officials to leave their camps, as police made arrests in St. Louis, Salt Lake City and Denver.

VIDEO: Occupy Denver Under Attack: Occupiers Take Streets Facing Tear Gas and Rubber Bullets
OWS - Now on the Livestream you can see the police moving in to enforce an eviction notice that was served to Occupy Denver early Friday morning.

MF GLOBAL fires 1,066 workers
Fox Business - Just two weeks after MF Global filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the trustee overseeing the failed futures brokerage disclosed plans on Friday to fire all of its broker dealer employees as it liquidates the business. In a statement, the court-appointed trustee, James Giddens, said the broker dealer’s 1,066 employees were notified on Friday that their employment has been terminated, effective immediately.

ABRAMOFF: Congress Members Took Part in Insider Trading
As many as a dozen members of Congress and their aides took part in insider trading based on foreknowledge of market moving information on Capitol Hill, disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff told CNBC in an interview.

Congress insiders: Above the law?
(CBS News) Martha Stewart went to jail for it. Hedge fund honcho Raj Rajaratnam was fined $92 million and will go to jail for years for it. But members of Congress can do the same thing -use non-public information to make stock trades -- and there's no law against it. Steve Kroft reports on how America's lawmakers can legally make tidy profits on information only they know, simply because they won't pass a law against themselves. The report will be broadcast on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

San Diego protesters forced to urinate in police vehicles
Russia Today - Protesters involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement largely agree that the egregious police response throughout the demonstration thus far has really stunk. In San Diego, however, the local PD helped elevate that stench to a whole new level.

Occupy America Bumper Sticker
What started as an Occupy Wall Street movement has now spread to upwards of a thousand cities across America. So we created a new "Occupy America" bumper sticker, and we will sent you one for free (just click on the link at the bottom of this form) if you have not already requested one. There is no charge, not even shipping, unless you want to make a donation now to help support our work.

Housing Market

Housing market continues its freefall as 14 million Americans descend into negative equity
(NaturalNews) Owning your home used to be the "American Dream," but these days, for an increasing number of homeowners, it's more like the American nightmare. That's because since the Great Recession began in 2008, home foreclosures continue to climb while some 14 million Americans now find themselves with negative equity in their biggest investment.

Energy & Environment

Greenpeace petition seeks to stop EU subsidization of illegal fishing operations
(NaturalNews) A Greenpeace investigation has revealed that the European Union (EU) is actively subsidizing fishing operations in Spain and other places that are massively overfishing, and that have a history of bypassing regulatory protocols designed to protect fish stocks -- and the European authority is subsidizing this travesty with the use of taxpayer funds.

GOP calls for drilling in Arctic Wildlife Refuge to pay for infrastructure
The proposal sets up a collision with the Obama administration, which opposes drilling in the Alaskan refuge and is proposing a far narrower offshore leasing plan. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has discussed the GOP leadership plan to tie energy production to infrastructure projects in broad strokes in recent weeks. On Friday, Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) put meat on the bones by announcing a plan that would require lease sales in areas off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, among other areas, and lift a congressional ban on oil-and-gas leasing that covers most of the eastern Gulf of Mexico. The plan includes a lease sale off Virginia’s coast by mid-2012.


'Natural' deli meats may not be as healthy as you think
The Globe and Mail Oct 16, 2011 - Bacon, hot dogs, deli meats and other processed meats have long been considered guilty-pleasure foods that contain unhealthy preservatives, additives and any number of chemical ingredients. Now, food companies are trying to change that image by creating “natural” lines of processed meat products from real ingredients with no added preservatives. But consumers who look beyond the label may be surprised at what they find in these “natural” meats.

Since Obamacare’s Passage, Millions Have Lost Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance
Throughout the Obamacare debate, President Obama repeatedly promised, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” Now, Gallup reports that from the first quarter of 2010 (when Obama signed Obamacare into law) to the third quarter of this year, 2 percent of American adults lost their employer sponsored health insurance. In other words, about 4.5 million Americans lost their employer-sponsored insurance over a span of just 18 months.

Federal government now says all young children should get cholesterol screenings
(NaturalNews) The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), a division of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), recently announced its new recommendation that all young children, regardless of risk, be screened for high cholesterol -- first between the ages of 9 and 11, and again between the ages of 17 and 21. The new guidelines overturn previous ones that applied only to children with high risk or a family history of heart problems.

BANANA-POCALYPSE NOW: Devious monocropping, Race IV fungus threaten to extinct fruit by 2013!
Grist - For years journalists have warned of imminent banana extinction. "Get bananas while you still can," wrote New Scientist over five years ago. "The world's most popular fruit ... is in deep trouble," it went on to say, adding that the banana would probably be out of supermarkets by 2013, and would soon exist only in backyard gardens and other places the Panama Race IV, a pathogen taking out plantations in Southeast Asia, couldn't reach.

Sweet potato nutrition - six amazing facts you need to know
(NaturalNews) One of the most nutritious foods on the traditional Thanksgiving menu is the sweet potato. These orange-skinned root vegetables offer a host of health benefits (especially when cooked without the unnecessary sugar and marshmallows).

An apple or two a day may save your brain
(NaturalNews) Studies are constantly proving that what you eat can be as powerful and more potent than a prescribed drug. Such is definitely the case where apples are concerned - recently it has been proven that the presence of fresh apples in your diet can improve your memory and sustain brain health.

Petri dish to dinner plate, 'cultured' meat coming soon
(Reuters) - Scientists are cooking up new ways of satisfying the world's ever-growing hunger for meat. "Cultured meat" -- burgers or sausages grown in laboratory Petri dishes rather than made from slaughtered livestock -- could be the answer that feeds the world, saves the environment and spares the lives of millions of animals, they say. Granted, it may take a while to catch on. And it won't be cheap. The first lab-grown hamburger will cost around 250,000 euros (216,626.90 pounds) to produce, according to Mark Post, a vascular biologist at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, who hopes to unveil such a delicacy soon.

Feeding prisoners genetically modified soy products may be 'cruel and unusual' punishment
(NaturalNews) A Florida prison inmate is filing a lawsuit against the state's prison system for what he says is cruel and unusual punishment. According to CBS 10 News in Tampa, 32-year-old convicted pedophile Eric Harris says the soy fillers that have replaced real meat and other foods in prison meals is causing him and others to suffer serious health problems.

Brave doctor fired for exposing secret medical experimentation taking place at Northwestern University
(NaturalNews) Dr. Nalini M. Rajamanna, a cardiologist, was only trying to protect her patients and others from being unknowingly used as human guinea pigs. But officials at Northwestern University (NU) in Illinois where she worked instead sided with a corrupt doctor that was, and likely still is, perpetrating secret medical experimentation on patients.

Synthetic 'alpha tocopherol' vitamin E supplements linked to increased risk of prostate cancer
(NaturalNews) Most of the prominent studies that have come out in condemnation of vitamin E over the years have failed to explain the type of vitamin E used. An extremely thorough analysis conducted by the Life Extension Foundation (LEF), however, reveals why the synthetic alpha tocopherol form of vitamin E used in these studies actually does increase cancer risk, as well as why getting the full spectrum of natural vitamin E, on the other hand, is vital for preventing cancer and maintaining vibrant health.

Was Andy Rooney killed by his surgery?
(NaturalNews) The infamous media writer Andy Rooney died last week after undergoing surgery for an undisclosed, but reportedly minor, condition. Though he was 92 years old, Rooney was not known to be sick prior to this minor surgery -- but somehow the medical procedure went awry, which resulted in the rapid demise of the often-controversial 60 Minutes commentator.

VIDEO: Dr. Burzynski’s Cancer Research Institute Threatens Big Pharma
TheAlexJonesChannel - Mike Adams from, reporting for visits the Burzynski research institute and speaks with Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski, founder of the research institute and clinic. Dr. Burzynski talks about how his invention of gene-targeted cancer medications called Antineoplastons has shown much greater success rates for ridding the body of cancer than any conventional method.

Pharma Twilight Zone: Experimental drug injection gets rid of 39% of body fat in a month
A new way of fast weight loss could be on the way if the results of a new trial to test fat-busting injections prove safe on human volunteers. In tests the drug Adipotide, when given on a daily basis, reduced body fat by 39% and stomach fat by 27% in four weeks.... Although the team from the MD Anderson Cancer Centre at the University of Texas said some of the monkeys had kidney problems from the jab, they thought this issue could be resolved.

Find happiness with four little known mood boosters
(NaturalNews) Happiness is the state in which we were all meant to live. When this state of being eludes you, there are several mood boosting activities you can take part in to ensure low moods are few and far between. Many can even produce identifiable changes in brain chemistry almost instantly.

More than just vitamin C - Enjoy the health benefits of oranges
(NaturalNews) Oranges are one of the most widely eaten fruits in the world. They make an excellent snack, are great for breakfast and are extremely versatile in their many uses in recipes. Oranges are also a very nutritionally dense food that is renowned for its vitamin C content and all the health benefits that come along with it, but oranges have much more to offer than just vitamin C.

Products and Companies that use Aborted Fetuses
TFN News - It has come to my attention if you use products created by Nestle, Kraft, Cadbury, Starbucks, PepsiCo, and until recently Campbells and Solae, you are using products created in part by aborted fetuses. That’s right, aborted fetuses are used under the name of “artificial flavors” in these products. Related article here.

We are currently pursuing the discovery and development of new flavor ingredients in the savory, sweet, salt, and cool taste areas, as well as ingredients that block bitter taste.

Pepsi shareholders demand company stop using aborted fetal cell lines in flavor research
Life Site News Oct 25, 2011 - In August 2010, PepsiCo entered into a 4-year agreement with Senomyx for the development of artificial high-potency sweeteners for PepsiCo beverages. Under the contract, PepsiCo is paying $30 million to Senomyx for the research and future royalties on PepsiCo products sold using Senomyx technology.

Science & Technology

Amazon IS Going Along with Internet Sales Tax After All
AtlanticWire - Just a few months ago, the giant retailer was filing lawsuits and dropping affiliates to combat states trying to charge online sales tax. Now, Amazon is on board. As states have struggled to find new tax revenues over the past couple of deficit years, many have sought to levy sales tax on online transactions. In most cases, the sales tax is not charged when you buy online; while most state laws require online shoppers to declare purchases and pay a "use tax" on goods at the end of the year, almost no one does. And when states tried to force retailers like Amazon to make the tax collections, they were met with determined resistance.


MUST READ: 12 Mistakes That Welcome a Home Invasion
ActivistPost - This site is all about Strategic Living. But “strategic” can mean different things to different people, or even to the same people within the context of different circumstances. Still, in its most basic definition, strategic is defined as: carefully designed or planned to serve a particular important purpose or plan of action.

Today in History - Friday - November 11, 2011
1851 - The telescope was patented by Alvan Clark.
1887 - Labor Activists were hanged in Illinois after being convicted of being connected to a bombing that killed eight police officers.
1889 - Washington became the 42nd state of the United States.
1918 - World War I came to an end when the Allies and Germany signed an armistice. This day became recognized as Veteran's Day in the United States.
1918 - Poland was reestablished shortly after the surrender of Germany.
1920 - The body of an unknown British soldier was buried in Westminster Abbey. The service was recorded with the first electronic recording process developed by Lionel Guest and H.O. Merriman.
1921 - The Tomb of the Unknowns was dedicated at Arlington Cemetery in Virginia by U.S. President Harding.
1938 - Kate Smith first sang Irving Berlin's "God Bless America" on network radio.
1940 - The Jeep made its debut.
1942 - During World War II, Germany completed its occupation of France.
1965 - The government of Rhodesia declared its independence from Britain. The country later became known as Zimbabwe.
1966 - The U.S. launched Gemini 12 from Cape Kennedy, FL. The craft circled the Earth 59 times before returning.
1972 - The U.S. Army turned over its base at Long Bihn to the South Vietnamese army. The event symbolized the end of direct involvement in the Vietnam War by the U.S. military.
1975 - Civil war broke out when Angola gained independence from Portugal.
1981 - The U.S.S. Ohio was commissioned at the Electric Boat Division in Groton, CT. It was the first Trident class submarine.
1984 - The Reverend Martin Luther King Sr. died in Atlanta at age 84.
1984 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan accepted the Vietnam Veterans Memorial as a gift to the nation from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.
1984 - Gary Coleman, at age 13, underwent his second kidney transplant in Los Angeles. He had his first transplant at age 5.
1986 - Sperry Rand and Burroughs merged to form "Unisys," becoming the second largest computer company.
1990 - Stormie Jones, the world's first heart-liver transplant recipient, died at a Pittsburgh hospital at age 13.
1991 - The U.S. stationed its first diplomat in Cambodia in 16 years to help the nation arrange democratic elections.
1992 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin told U.S. senators in a letter that Americans had been held in prison camps after World War II. Some were "summarily executed," but others were still living in his country voluntarily.
1992 - The Church of England voted to ordain women as priests.
1993 - In Washington, DC, the Vietnam Women's Memorial was dedicated to honor the more than 11,000 women who had served in the Vietnam War.
1996 - The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund unveiled "The Wall That Heals." The work was a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that would tour communities throughout the United States.
1997 - The Eastman Kodak Company announced that they were laying off 10,000 employees.
1998 - Israel's Cabinet ratified a land-for-peace agreement with the Palestinians.
2002 - Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates pledged $100 million to fight AIDS in India.

World News

New Greek cabinet to be sworn in
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's incoming prime minister is due to name his cabinet Friday, a day after being appointed to head an interim coalition government that will push through a new European debt deal and secure continued bailout funding to prevent a catastrophic default.

Market fears over Italy, Greece ease further
LONDON (AP) -- The prospect of new governments in Greece and Italy helped support market sentiment Friday, at the end of a hugely-volatile week when investors fretted over the future of the euro currency and the outlook for the global economy.

Italy's Senate to vote on critical reform bill
ROME (AP) -- Italy's Senate prepared Friday to vote on economic reform measures demanded by the European Union that should pave the way for Premier Silvio Berlusconi to leave office in a matter of days

Russia, China: No new Iran sanctions
Russia and China have voiced their opposition to fresh sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, the Russian Foreign Ministry has announced. After a meeting in Moscow, Russian and Chinese diplomats expressed “the mutual conviction that the application of new, additional sanctions against Iran will not lead to the desired result,” Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, Reuters reported on Thursday.

Russia ‘ready to build new reactors’ in Iran
MOSCOW — Russia is ready to build more nuclear reactors in Iran, its nuclear chief Sergei Kiriyenko said Thursday despite renewed fears that Tehran is seeking to produce nuclear weapons.

US negotiating combat troop boost in Kuwait: officials
Activist Post - WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States is negotiating with Kuwait to allow several thousand US combat troops now in Iraq to redeploy to the Gulf emirate to counter Iran's influence in the region, US defense officials said Thursday.

Egypt closes Great Pyramid after rumors of rituals
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's antiquities authority closed the largest of the Giza pyramids Friday following rumors that groups would try to hold spiritual ceremonies on the site at 11:11 on Nov. 11, 2011.

Irish Government criticized as Israel illegally detains 14 Irish citizens
Activist Post - The Irish Government is coming under heavy criticism for an inexplicable lack of action in relation to the 14 Irish citizens currently being detained by Israeli authorities. They are being held at the Givon Detention Centre near the port of Ashdod.

Threat to China: Will Corporatists in U.S. Government Move Forward to Assist Big Oil in Vietnam Discovery?
Activist Post - It is now almost universally accepted among the general population and political commentators as a foregone conclusion that the United States and China will eventually face off in direct conflict at some point in the future.

Jury to decide on US Afghan 'kill team' chief
Activist Post - Washington (AFP) - The ringleader of a rogue US army unit in Afghanistan "betrayed" the American people by killing Afghan civilians for sport, prosecutors said as a court-martial neared its climax. A five-person military panel could give its verdict as early as Thursday in the case of Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs, the alleged leader of a so-called "kill team" three members of which have already pleaded guilty.

YouTube: Nigel Farage: I Want You All Fired!
Nigel Farage .... FIght the totalitarian EU councils, CFR, Trilateral Commission, get back to the Dream of Democracy, that until now never have been...

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: National Veterans Day Ceremony
National Veterans Day Ceremony - The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery . The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans' organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.

Regional Observances
Learn About the Day. Veterans Day Regional Sites.

History of Veterans Day
World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
Teacher's Guide (pdf)

Veterans History Project
The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

YouTube: Inspirational Veterans Day Money Bomb
Veterans Day Money Bomb Support Them Now this November 11th.

At Arlington National Cemetery, mementos get more personal
Washington Blog - Remembrances for the latest war dead from Iraq and Afghanistan have brought a colorful new poignancy to the cemetery.

D.C. memorial to World War I reopens
Eighty years after it was dedicated in front of President Herbert Hoover and World War I hero Army Gen. John J. Pershing, the once dilapidated and neglected D.C. War Memorial reopened Thursday after a months-long restoration.

Veterans Day – Warrior Poets on Display
Veterans Today - This is a special treat for our Veterans Today readers. We live in troubled times with men at war in far away places, so that scourge continues to linger with us. For a change of pace I thought we would feature some bards of the past today, to share their talents at telling and also showing us their own stories. I think you will enjoy it as I had a lot fun pulling it all together.

2011 Marine Corps 236th Birthday Message
Veterans Today - The Continental Marines were the Marine Force of the American Colonies during the American Revolutionary War.

VIDEO: CNBC Cans Debate Poll Because Ron Paul Was Leading
Prison Planet - Network Managing Editor claims having well organized political support constitutes “gaming”. Video showing the poll results.

VIDEO: Progressives Want Ron Paul to Apologize for Calling Obama Elected Dictator
Kurt Nimmo - Obama writes off American people as “dysfunctional.” Democrats, led by the “progressive” TPM online magazine, are calling for Ron Paul to apologize for living in a reality-based world. TPM is tiffed because Paul described Obama as an elected dictator (see video below).

Obama challenger Romney says 'prepare for war' against Iran
Activist Post - WASHINGTON (AFP) - Accusing President Barack Obama of naivete on Iran, Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney promised Thursday that if elected president he would "prepare for war" with the Islamic republic.

VIDEO: Giffords speaks on camera for first time since shooting
ABC - Now, for the first time since the attack at a Tucson supermarket, Giffords speaks publicly -- doing her best to sum up the nine months of pain and rehabilitation she's endured. Watch Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly Share Their Story with Diane Sawyer Exclusively on Monday, Nov. 14 at 10 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. CT on ABC.

City Turns Guns into Refrigerators
GOA - In what has become an annual spectacle, the city dumped more than 700 firearms into the Number 1 Basic Oxygen Furnace at the Cleveland Arcelor Mittal facility. The formerly useful weapons, collected in “gun buyback” programs in the city and surrounding communities in September, were subjected to temperatures of about 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit and 200 tons of molten iron.

California county to charge prisoners for their jail stay
CNN Money - In the latest case of government belt-tightening, a Southern California county is charging prisoners for the daily cost of their stay. The Riverside County board of supervisors approved a measure on Tuesday that allows the county to charge prisoners $142.42 per day.

November 11th Veterans Day Money Bomb
Ron Paul 2012 - There's a reason why a U.S. Army veteran recently called Ron Paul "a veteran's best friend." As a U.S. Air Force veteran himself, Dr. Paul experienced life in our armed forces first-hand, and he's never stopped fighting to make sure our servicemen and women receive the respect and benefits they fought hard to earn. Reason to support related video here.

Veterans Know that War Is Great for the 1% … But Horrible for Them and the Rest of the 99%
Washington Blog - I have extensively documented that – contrary to a common myth – war is horrible for our economy. Specifically, war is great for the 1%, but makes the rest of the country poorer. Veterans from every branch of the military – and across 3 generations – are coming out to support the “occupy” protests. But they are not just outsiders supporting the protesters … they are part of the 99%.

USA spending more on nukes now than during Cold War
Russia Today - Though it has been decades since the Cold War came to a close, the United States government spends more money on nuclear warheads now than it did during its stand-off with the Soviet Union.

US military adds armed robotic helicopters to fleet
Activist Post - The US military plans to add a new lethal drone to its fleet -- a robotic helicopter for the US Navy equipped with laser-guided rockets, defense giant Northrop Grumman said Wednesday.... Northrop Grumman won a contract in September worth $17 million to outfit the choppers with racks capable of carrying up to eight 70 mm rockets, with four on each side, the company said.

"The President Wants To Know If He Can Wipe Out The News!"
Freedom Watch - Tainted data?

FEMA, FCC to Work on Glitches in First National Test of Emergency Alert System
HS Today - Across the nation Wednesday afternoon, the familiarly ominous EAS test tone and the accompanying words, “had this been an actual emergency …,” crackled through TVs and radios, reminding generations of Americans who grew up during the Cold War listening to local regular tests of the alert system that if it had been a real test, it likely would have meant the country was under nuclear attack. The alert’s recognizably iconic sounds have been used in countless movies about nuclear war, an out of control pandemic … even a zombie apocalypse.

VIDEO: US Government Sanctioned Sterilization Without Consent
MSNBC - US Government sanctioned sterilization without consent just to save the "Welfare Dollar" done legally during the 60's and 70's. Related article here.

Anonymous target 2012 presidential election
Russia Today - A new video posted to the Web over the weekend reveals plans from the hacking collective Anonymous to target the 2012 US presidential election, and it seems their first attack will be during next year’s Iowa Caucus.

Six reasons to homeschool your children
There are over 2 million home-educated children in this country, and this number is growing at 2% to 8% per year. This is not surprising, given the dismal track record of the public school system. If you have ever considered homeschooling.

VIDEO: Man ticketed for running red light during funeral procession
KMOV 4 -A south St. Louis man was ticketed for running a red light while driving in a funeral procession in September.


OWS: Man fatally shoots self at Occupy Vermont protest
MSNBC - A 35-year-old military veteran has died at a hospital after shooting himself Thursday in an Occupy Wall Street encampment in Vermont's largest city, a spokesman said. The public was not believed to be at risk after the afternoon shooting at City Hall Park in Burlington, but the circumstances were still being investigated, said Burlington Police Deputy Chief Andi Higbee. Police would not confirm that the shooting was a suicide, but witnesses said the man shot himself.

OWS: Occupy Denver Elects Leader: Dog Named Shelby
DENVER -- Members of Occupy Denver sent a news release to 7NEWS this week that said they have elected a leader: Shelby, a 3-year-old border collie.

VIDEO: OWS Oakland: Looks Like a WARZONE– Police Fire Tear Gas O’Plenty on Crowd
Intel Hub Nov. 10, 2011 - Police in Oakland at 14th and Broadway face off with OWS protestors sending tear gas whirling into the crowd and blindly hitting nonviolent citizens. Looks like the protest is heating up. Demonstrators were on the move as the event was permitted by police almost as a test fire training session.

TB breaks out at 'Occupy Atlanta'
ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – The home base for Occupy Atlanta has tested positive for tuberculosis. The Fulton County Health Department confirmed Wednesday that residents at the homeless shelter where protesters have been occupying have contracted the drug-resistant disease. WGCL reports that a health department spokeswoman said there is a possibility that both Occupy Atlanta protesters and the homeless people in the shelter may still be at risk since tuberculosis is contracted through air contact.

VIDEO: Establishment Media Describes Police Beating OWS Protesters as “Nudging”
Kurt Nimmo - The Associated Press describes police beating students at the University of California at Berkeley as “nudging.” The video below clearly shows cops beating students with batons.

U.S. Tourism's 'Lost Decade' Cost Some 500,000 Jobs - Thanks TSA!
U.S.News - The travel industry today became the latest to slam federal rules and bureaucracy, charging that tough visa rules for potential tourists have robbed the nation of $600 billion and hundreds of thousands of jobs. Two grim facts: More Chinese now visit France than the United States, in part because it's hard to get a U.S. visitors visa. And while the U.S. used to be the destination for 17 percent of the world's tourists in 2000, that's dropped to 12.4 percent and shows no sign of changing.

The REAL Demand
Intel Hub - The American people are on the precipice of either a new Renaissance or a Dark Age. We must set aside our tribal, philosophical and moral differences to save ourselves. A protest must be articulated into words.

YouTube Song: The Real Occupy Demands
End Lobbying, End the Fed, Restore Constitution!

VIDEO: MUST SEE - Rep. Joe Walsh SCREAMS At Constituents, Defends Big Banks, Blames Washington For Financial Crisis
Daily Bail - Republican Rep. Joe Walsh held a townhall at Uno Bar and Grill in Gurnee, Illinois, over the weekend, and things got a little heated. Walsh is wrong for the most part, spewing the oft-repeated Wall Street-backed nonsense that the financial crisis was caused by government regulations, the CRA, etc.

VIDEO: Police Bludgeon Peaceful Occupy UC Berkeley Protesters with Batons
Washington Blog - This is just the latest in a series of criminal acts of unprovoked police violence against peaceful Occupy protesters.

VIDEO: ‘Police brutality is a big problem in the US’
Russia Today - The OWS protests continue across the US and as the police continue to crackdown on protesters after violent clashes and arrests over the weekend, some activists believe that police have gone too far in their reliance on excessive force. Activist Timothy Frawls told RT that the problem has a lot to do with the militarization of police, which was ramped up in the aftermath of 9/11.

Housing Market

Occupy Movement Demands Home Mortgages Correction
On Thursday, teamed up with the Backbone Campaign, National People's Action, and the New Economy Working Group in a march from Freedom Plaza to the Federal Housing Finance Administration (FHFA).

DeMarco Defends Executive Pay at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
The chief regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac defended bonuses and salaries at the government- owned mortgage-finance companies, saying executive pay is at or below the median of similar enterprises.

Energy & Environment

Obama delays oil pipeline, Neb. claims victory
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska rancher Bruce Boettcher was ecstatic when he learned the rumors swirling out of Washington were true: plans to build a 1,700-mile oil pipeline from Canada to Texas were on hold to study how environmentally sensitive areas in his state could be avoided.

Coca-Cola influences Grand Canyon officials to scrap plastic bottle ban
(NaturalNews) Plastic bottle waste represents the single largest source of litter at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, which is why park officials there have been working towards implementing a ban on the sale of disposable plastic bottles. But after a recent meeting with the Coca-Cola Company, which has donated more than $13 million to the National Park Foundation (NPF), the plan has now suddenly and mysteriously been scrapped.

Largest pieces of radioactive tsunami debris could arrive on West Coast of US and Canada “within days”
VICTORIA Nov. 10, 2011 - The largest items swept out to sea following the Japanese tsunami in March could arrive on the B.C. coastline within days, oceanographer Curt Ebbesmeyer predicted on Wednesday. A photo released by the International Pacific Research Center at the University of Hawaii October 24, 2011 shows a Japanese fishing boat found by a Russian ship in the northwest Pacific. A fishing boat from Fukushima and other debris have been found in the Pacific at a location suggesting that flotsam from Japan's tsunami is drifting east faster than expected, researchers say.

Senator Cantwell: U.S. must have plan to deal with huge debris field from Japan
OLYMPIA Nov. 10, 2011 - U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell is absolutely right when she says the federal government must not wait until an estimated 20 million tons of floating tsunami debris from Japan begins arriving on U.S. shorelines. Officials say the 2,000-mile-long, 1,000-mile-wide debris field from the March 11 tsunami in Japan is expected to reach beaches in Hawaii next winter and hit the Washington coast starting in late 2013.

Major Earth Changes Coming? Earthquakes Are Becoming Much More Frequent And Much More Powerful
American Dream - Are earthquakes becoming more frequent and more powerful? With only two months to go, we are on pace to have more earthquakes of magnitude-5.0 or greater this year than we have had during any other year over the past decade by far. In fact, as you will see in this article, since the year 2000 there has been a very clear upward trend in the number of major earthquakes.

“Burning Radioactive Debris Will Only Serve To Further Randomly Spread Radiation Across Japan, As Well As The Rest Of The World”
Washington Blog - Japanese Children Are Already Suffering Tremendously From Fukushima Radiation I noted earlier today that Tokyo – and other parts of Japan – are burning radioactive debris, which will disperse more radiation into the environment.


FTC issues $22.5 million judgment against supplement companies for making weight loss claims about hoodia
(NaturalNews) Two supplement companies and the man in charge of operating both of them are the subjects of a lawsuit that was recently settled by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Food Safety News reports that the FTC imposed a $22.5 million judgment against David J. Romeo of Nutraceuticals International LLC and Stella Labs LLC for allegedly making deceptive and false claims about the weight loss benefits of its hoodia products.

Heal with the miraculous powers of garlic
(NaturalNews) Yes, it stinks a bit - no wonder vampires hate it! But the abundance of health benefits contained in a single clove of garlic should be enough to make you embrace it - for there is a whole list of those benefits. In Russia, garlic is even called the 'Russian Penicillin', where it's healing properties make it the most potent antibiotic nature can offer.

Coconut water shown to significantly reduce high blood pressure
(NaturalNews) While doctors may be quick to write a prescription for blood pressure medication if your numbers are a little high, research shows coconut water is a highly effective natural remedy for lowering blood pressure in patients with hypertension.

Don't waste your money and risk your health with "funny honey" illegally imported from China
(NaturalNews) Raw, unfiltered honey is your healthiest choice for health benefits. You couldn't ask for a healthier sweetener, unless you pay more for New Zealand Manuka honey. However, there are several honey scams that deprive you of honey's health benefits. Some of the honey posers are absolutely unhealthy.

Antibiotics Promote Obesity, Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome
Natural Society - Antibiotics, recently linked to skyrocketing mental illness rates, are now being identified as a player in the soaring obesity rates around the globe. Previously, it was revealed that excessive antibiotic usage may also be responsible for spawning drug-resistant superbugs that continue to emerge worldwide.

Gardasil Victims Take Legal Action Against Merck Over Miscarriage, Deadly Reactions
Activist Post - When one Australian woman decided to lead the charge against Gardasil maker Merck after experiencing serious adverse reactions, she soon found another 7 Victorian women with similar intentions and experiences. Naomi Snell, a resident of Melbourne, Australia, suffered an auto-immune and neurological attack after being injected with the HPV shot Gardasil.

Study: Benefits of tanning, sun exposure for the production of health-promoting vitamin D
(NaturalNews) Exposing your unprotected skin to natural sunlight and even using a tanning bed are not necessarily the highly dangerous, cancer promoting activities that many in the government and media would have you believe they are.

Psychotropic medication causes psychosis, illness, and death
(NaturalNews) Psychiatry has gone from talk therapy to drugging everyone. This has increased the profits of Big Pharma, attracted patients looking for magic fixes, and has legitimized psychiatry as a medical science. But is it really medical science? There is more mental illness now than ever, much of it exacerbated or even caused by prescribed medications.

Examine constipation conundrums
(NaturalNews) Constipation plagues people of all ages. Sometimes it's temporary and easily corrected. But when it leans toward chronic, all sorts of other health issues can arise. Consider that as part of your digestive system, bowel movements eliminate the waste from your colon that could become a breeding ground for bad bacteria and inflammation.

Science & Technology

Senate rejects resolution scrapping 'net neutrality'
Activist Post - The US Senate rejected a resolution on Thursday seeking to overturn "net neutrality" rules aimed at ensuring an open Internet. The Republican-backed resolution, which the White House had threatened to veto, was defeated by 52 votes to 46 in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

America's DARPA Wants to 'Protect' us From the Internet
The Daily Bell - Elite DARPA cyber heroes will protect interwebs ... DARPA is upping its cyber game in order to protect the internet it came up with, increasing its research budget from $120m (£74.6m) to $188m (£117m) for the fiscal year 2012. "DARPA's role in the creation of the internet means we were party to the intense opportunities it created and share in the intense responsibility of protecting it.

Modern Warfare 3: Combat simulator video game is latest installment of military propaganda for kids
Activist Post - In the past few years since the Western occupation of the Middle East began, we have seen a barrage of military propaganda infect every corner of American culture. From print media to movies and television, our culture is becoming inundated with pro-war propaganda.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Health department tyrants raid local 'farm to fork' picnic dinner, orders all food to be destroyed with bleach
(NaturalNews) It is the latest case of extreme government food tyranny, and one that is sure to have you reeling in anger and disgust. Health department officials recently conducted a raid of Quail Hollow Farm, an organic community supported agriculture (CSA) farm in southern Nevada, during its special "farm to fork" picnic dinner put on for guests -- and the agent who arrived on the scene ordered that all the fresh, local produce and pasture-based meat that was intended for the meal be destroyed with bleach.

New Studies Dispel Myth of Organic ‘Elitism’
Beyond Pesticides - Two new studies released last week add further proof that the popularity of organic food is not just an elitist trend. One report by the Organic Trade Association (OTA), The 2011 U.S. Families’ Organic Attitudes and Beliefs Study, finds that 78 percent of U.S. families purchase organic food.

Genetically Engineered Crops to Boost Use of 2, 4-D and Dicamba
Beyond Pesticides - Once heralded as a breakthrough for reducing the rates and toxicity of the pesticides applied by farmers, genetically engineered (GE) crops are perversely leading to renewed dependency on the very herbicides they were claimed to make obsolete. Growing recognition that pervasive planting of “Round-Up Ready” corn, soybeans and cotton is accelerating

The New Beekeeper
Mother Earth News - As BeeWeaver gears up to take orders for spring 2012 bees and queens, I am reminded of how much beekeepers have changed in the last 2 decades. When I began answering phones and taking orders in 1994 nearly every customer had kept bees for decades, had 5 or more colonies, lived in rural areas, were well over 50 years old, and about 99% were men.

Why DID the Chicken Cross the Road?
Mother Earth News - Ever notice how when you buy a “blue” Honda Civic, or a red Chevy Cobalt, or whatever, you suddenly notice how many other people have the same car? It's a bit like how ever since we acquired our chickens, we began noticing how many expressions that we use, are related to chickens. Here are just a few that Michelle and I have noticed.


VIDEO: Moonfail: Video of Astronauts Falling on the Moon
A fun video of astronauts falling down on the moon.

SLIDESHOW: Turtles that look like Mitch McConnell
Daily Caller - Don’t you hate that awkward moment when you turn on CSPAN-2 and you can’t tell if you’re watching the Senate minority leader or a sea turtle? We know the feeling. We first noticed the similarities while witnessing Sen. Mitch McConnell stick his neck out in the Senate. We’re just going to be blunt about this: the guy looks like a turtle. Think we’re going too far? Take a look at these pictures we found. We rest our case.

Today in History - Thursday - November 10, 2011
1775 - The U.S. Marines were organized under authority of the Continental Congress. The Marines went out of existence after the end of the Revolutionary War in April of 1783. The Marine Corps were formally re-established on July 11, 1798. This day is observed as the birth date of the US Marine Corps.
1879 - Western Union and the National Bell Telephone Company reached a settlement over various telephone patents.
1919 - The American Legion held its first national convention, in Minneapolis, MN.
1928 - Michinomiya Hirohito was enthroned as Emperor of Japan.
1951 - Direct-dial, coast-to-coast telephone service began when Mayor M. Leslie Denning of Englewood, NJ, called his counterpart in Alameda, CA.
1954 - The Iwo Jima Memorial was dedicated in Arlington, VA.
1969 - "Sesame Street" made its debut on PBS.
1970 - The Great Wall of China opened for tourism.
1975 - The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution that equated Zionism with racism. The resolution was repealed in December of 1991.
1975 - The Edmund Fitzgerald, an ore-hauling ship, and its crew of 29 vanished during a storm in Lake Superior.
1976 - The Utah Supreme Court gave approval for Gary Gilmore to be executed, according to his wishes. The convicted murderer was put to death the following January.
1982 - Soviet leader Leonid I. Brezhnev died of a heart attack at age 75. He was succeeded by Yuri V. Andropov.
1982 - In Washington, DC, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was opened to visitors.
1984 - The U.S. Postal Service issued a commemorative stamp of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
1991 - Robert Maxwell was buried in Israel, five days after his body was recovered off the Canary Islands.
1993 - The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Brady Bill, which called for a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases.
1994 - Iraq recognized Kuwait's borders in the hope that the action would end trade sanctions.
1997 - WorldCom Inc. acquired MCI Communication Corporation. It was the largest merger in U.S. history valued at $37 billion.
1997 - A jury in Virginia convicted Mir Aimal Kasi of the murder of two CIA employees in 1993.
1997 - A judge in Cambridge, MA, reduced Louise Woodward's murder conviction to manslaughter and sentenced the English au pair to time served. She had served 279 days in the death of 8-month-old Matthew Eappen.
1998 - At the White House, U.S. Vice President Al Gore unveiled "The Virtual Wall" website ( that enables visitors to experience The Wall through the Internet.
2001 - The World Trade Organization approved China's membership.

World News

YouTube: An open letter from Anonymous to the Government of Israel
Greetings government of Israel, As the world has witnessed today your Navy soldiers boarded the vessels which were en-route to the Gaza Strip, attempting to break the illegal maritime security blockade placed by you to hurt the people of Gaza in the name of counter terrorism.
 *Related Article: Anonymous Sends Warning To Israeli Government?

Attackers blow up Egypt gas line, halting exports
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Attackers set off explosives along a gas pipeline in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula that transports fuel to neighboring Israel and Jordan early on Thursday, Egypt's state news agency MENA reported.

Israel may launch strike on Iran -- as soon as next month
Mail Online - Israel will launch military action to prevent Iran developing a nuclear weapon as soon as Christmas, intelligence chiefs have warned. A report by a UN watchdog into Iran’s nuclear ambitions ‘completely discredits’ the Islamic nation’s protestations of innocence, according to Foreign Secretary William Hague.

Italy in spotlight, market pressures ease slightly
ROME (AP) -- Market pressure on Italy eased somewhat Thursday after the president vowed to accelerate reforms to make way for Premier Silvio Berlusconi's resignation as early as this weekend and a bond sale went better than expected.

Merkel Calls for 'New Europe'
CNBC - Italian borrowing costs reached breaking point on Wednesday after Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's insistence on elections instead of an interim government opened the way to prolonged instability and delays to economic reform.

Italy's Woes Signal 'Dangerous Phase' in Crisis
CNBC - Italy's debt woes signal "a new, even more dangerous phase in Europe's debt crisis," Mohamed El-Erian, co-chief investment officer at PIMCO, said Wednesday.

Letting Israel off the hook on nuclear weapons
Stuart Littlewood takes a look at the warmongers in London and Washington who are dancing to Israel's clamour for war on Iran over its alleged nuclear programme while turning a blind eye to the Zionist entity's own substantial nuclear capability, estimated 400 warheads.

VIDEO: Global Research TV Interview on Iceland's debt and people's revolt -
Iceland was one of the hardest hit nations in the immediate aftermath of the September 2008 economic meltdown. Asked by their own government to pay Britain and Holland for bailing out their Icesave-exposed banks, the people overwhelmingly said "no." Do the actions of the Icelandic people present an example for the rest of the world as we see the global economy teetering on the edge of collapse?

29 Banks That Could Destroy The Global Economy
The Financial Stability Board (FSB) was established to coordinate international efforts to promote effective regulation and supervision of the global financial system. In its latest report on global systemically important banks, the FSB makes it clear that the world’s largest banks have become too big to fail without crashing the global economy.

Too Big To Fail Casino Banks Make $518 Billion Bet On PIIGS Sovereign Debt
The “Too Big To Fail Banks” are at it again, making huge speculative bets on the odds of sovereign default by Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain. The costly lessons of the derivatives debacle of 2008 have apparently been forgotten.

Arrivederci Berlusconi
Economic Collapse - Oh, how the mighty have fallen. In just a matter of days, two of Europe's most venerable leaders have been toppled. George Papandreou was the third member of the Papandreou dynasty to be prime minister of Greece. Silvio Berlusconi had dominated Italian politics for nearly two decades. But now they are both heading out the door and the international media have been reporting on their resignations with the kind of enthusiasm that is normally reserved for sporting events.

Bolivia Vice President Says U.S. Drug Agents Not Welcome Back
Fox - Bolivia's vice president says U.S. drug agents will not be returning to his country despite the newly announced normalization of diplomatic relations. Vice President Alvaro Garcia says the Drug Enforcement Administration "was a mechanism of political blackmail" and is not welcome back.

SWAT team deployed as gun battle erupts on US-Mexico border
The Monitor - ESCOBARES — Gunmen crossed the Rio Grande into the United States near a shootout between where the Mexican military and a group of gunmen was taking place. Several area SWAT teams responded about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to a ranch near Escobares, just across the U.S.-Mexico border, where a shootout broke out south of the Rio Grande.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Feds to investigate college's handling of sex-abuse
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- For the first time in almost a half-century, someone other than Joe Paterno is calling the shots at Penn State. The winningest coach in major college football history was fired Wednesday night, sending angry students into the streets where they shouted support for Paterno and tipped over a news van.

VIDEO: Angry students riot after Penn State fires revered football coach
Philly News - STATE COLLEGE - Happy Valley was in bedlam early today as angry, chanting students ran amok in a bizarre climax to an unforgettable day that ended with the unthinkable: the firing of football legend Joe Paterno.

YouTube: Ron Paul Debate Highlights from CNBC / Michigan GOP / Oakland University Debate
November 9, 2011 Michigan GOP Oakland University Debate.

Who won the 11/9/2011 CNBC/Oakland University/Michigan Republican Party GOP debate?
WePolls - Ron Paul in first place at 91%.

CNBC: Gamed Poll...So We Took It Down
CNBC November 9, 2011 - We had a poll up from our Republican Presidential Debate asking readers who they thought won. One candidate was leading by such a margin that it became obvious the polling wasn't so much a reading of our audience, but of the Internet prowess of this particular candidate's political organization. We have therefore taken the poll down. Yes, we've gone through this exercise before.

VIDEO: Not Even Ron Paul Can Save Rick Perry From Himself
November 9, 2011 Michigan GOP Oakland University Debate. Rick Perry on the three federal agencies he would eliminate. Related article here.

VIDEO: Jerry Doyle Slams Bill O'Reilly for Disqualifying Ron Paul Voters in The Straw Poll

Navy vet faces eviction for flying Old Glory?
(NaturalNews) You might have thought the issue of free speech was settled long ago after the Revolutionary War - but that is wrong. These days, speech must be "politically correct" in order to be free, and that standard applies to our nation's military veterans as well, those men and women who put their lives on the line in order to protect the very right they are often denied.

Remains of war dead dumped in landfill
Washington Post - The Dover Air Force Base mortuary for years disposed of some dead troops’ body parts by burning them and dumping the ashes in a Virginia landfill, a practice that officials have since abandoned in favor of burying the remains at sea. The Dover mortuary, which is the main point of entry for America’s war dead, sent remains to the landfill from 2003 until 2008, according to Air Force officials. The manner of disposal was typically withheld from the relatives of fallen service members. The disclosure comes in the aftermath of several federal investigations into mishandling of remains at the mortuary.

Dover embalmer objected to cutting Marine’s arm
Washington Post - The handling of the Marine’s body was among the most shocking elements of reports Tuesday about the treatment of the remains of war dead at the Dover mortuary. Veterans, members of Congress and relatives of those killed in action expressed outrage about the incidents.

Dems present offer to cut deficit by $2 trillion
WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats on Congress' supercommittee secretly presented Republicans with a revised deficit-cutting proposal earlier this week that calls for a blend of $1 trillion in spending cuts and $1 trillion in higher tax revenue over the next decade, officials in both parties said Wednesday night, adding that compromise talks remain alive though troubled.

Obama Administration to Delay New 15-Cent Christmas Tree Tax
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is going to delay implementation and revisit a proposed new 15 cent fee on fresh-cut Christmas trees, sources tell ABC News. The fee, requested by the National Christmas Tree Association in 2009, was first announced in the Federal Registry yesterday and has generated criticism of President Obama from conservative media outlets.

Alabama county files for largest municipal bankruptcy
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama's most populous county chose bankruptcy as a path to wrest control of its beleaguered sewer system from a court-appointed receiver, bolster its pleas for legislative action to prop up a massive revenue shortfall and wipe away as much of its whopping $4.15 billion in debt as possible.

Did the national Emergency Alert System mistakenly play Lady Gaga?
FEMA sent out a live emergency alert notification that was supposed to be accompanied by a 'this is only a test' disclaimer Wednesday. The disclaimer did not always happen. Some observers said they heard a Lady Gaga song instead.

Washington Post Advocates Mandatory EAS Alerts For Internet, Phones
Washington Post - It may not be that long in the future for a truly integrated nationwide alert system. FEMA is working on an Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) that will employ all communication devices. Until then, though, if you want to be warned, tune into the television at 2 p.m.

Penn State coach Paterno retiring at end of season
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- With tears and regret, Joe Paterno said he would retire as Penn State's football coach at the end of the season, his model program of "Success With Honor" disgraced by a child sex abuse scandal.

No flights for F-35s until 2018
Russia Today - Already 10 years in the works, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter stealth jets that have cost the Department of Defense hundreds of billions of dollars are being pushed back by two years, with the latest update suggesting the fleet will be ready in 2018.

Ron Paul at NH Forum on Jobs and the Economy
Congressman Ron Paul will speak at a Forum on Jobs and the Economy, hosted by the Manchester Chamber of Commerce and the Law Offices of Devine Millimet on Thursday, November 10 at 2pm Eastern. This forum is open to members of the Manchester Chamber and to the media.

VIDEO: Fox News’ Tantaros: If Ron Paul Won’t Support A GOP Candidate, They Should Take Him Out Of The Debates
Mediaite - This weekend, Ron Paul appeared on Fox News Sunday and declared that, were he not to gain the GOP nomination, he probably wouldn’t support the actual candidate if they go against his beliefs. This evening on The Five, a show that hasn’t been particularly Paul-friendly in the past, that statement didn’t go over all that well with Andrea Tantaros stating that, if Paul felt that way, maybe he should be taken out of the Republican debates.

VIDEO: Activist Keith Haley: FEMA Forcing ‘Flood Insurance’ on Low Income Americans
The federal government takeover of private property accelerates.

AP Exclusive: Accuser filed complaint in next job
WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman who settled a sexual harassment complaint against GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain in 1999 complained three years later at her next job about unfair treatment, saying she should be allowed to work from home after a serious car accident and accusing a manager of circulating a sexually charged email, The Associated Press has learned.

Cain suggests accuser's finances are motive for allegation
Chicago Tribune - As newly reviewed records pointed to deeper financial problems for the Chicago-area woman accusing Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassment, he wasted no time Tuesday in suggesting she is motivated by monetary gain.

One accuser works for Obama
New York Times - GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain argues that he's no sexual harasser -- but friends and family members of one accuser were only trying to right a wrong no woman should suffer in the workplace. Karen Kraushaar, a 55-year-old former journalist who currently works for the Obama administration, was outed today as one of the three women who had filed sexual harassment complaints against Cain.

Enhanced Driver’s Licenses can be Scanned by up to 30 Feet
HotBedInfo, 11/08/2011 - An episode on Global TV aired Sunday, January 25, 2011 about the dangers of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips found in Enhanced Driver’s Licenses, Passports, and Credit Cards. The episode showed how anyone can put together simple electronics found online for a few dollars to grab your detailed information from as far as 30 feet away!

Supremes hear whether GPS tracking by gov't amounts to 'Big Brother'
Fox - Citizens traveling public highways should have no expectation of privacy just because police are tracking their movements through GPS rather than in person, the U.S. government argued Tuesday in a case before the Supreme Court that pits the interest of law enforcement against individual privacy rights. Related articles here and here.

Ohio Voters Choose to Opt Out of Health Care Mandate
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Voters in Ohio have approved a ballot measure intended to keep government from requiring Ohioans to participate in any health care system. The constitutional amendment passed is largely symbolic, coming in response to the 2009 federal health care overhaul, a provision of which mandates that most Americans purchase health care. Supporters hope it will prompt a challenge of the overhaul before the U.S. Supreme Court.

What Makes a Smart Consumer? Knowing Deceptive Advertising and Marketing Tactics
Activist Post - In today’s world, smart and diligent consumerism will take you a long way. There are scores of products that all hold fast to claims of quality and integrity. The truth about purchasing most products however is that you must be privy to the meaning of health subtitles.


Police move to disband UC Berkeley 'Occupy' camp
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Dozens of police in riot gear confronted anti-Wall Street protesters at the University of California at Berkeley as the demonstrators tried to establish an encampment on campus.

Occupy New York & Occupy DC Marching Together...
Russia Today - Occupy Wall Street and Occupy DC might soon be combing forces. A group of patriots who’ve been camped out in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park will depart the Big Apple today and begin the 240-mile march to the nation’s capital – hoping to arrive in Washington, DC by November 23rd – the deadline for the Gang of 12 Supercommittee.

Occupy the Courts!
Activist Post - The impetus behind #OWS is to bring together the 99% who do not own the world, and to provide a venue to address the greed and corruption which has brought America to its knees. By focusing the attention on Wall Street and the financial institutions, #OWS may be missing a prime target for the corruption that has taken over our country—the courts.

VIDEO: Police Log License Plate Numbers of Occupy Protestors As Agent Provocateurs Go To Work
Intel Hub - When our crew first arrived on-scene at the Occupy Hawaii protest we ran a counter survey of the protest grounds and surrounding area, quickly noticing the players involved. Police and security were converging on the event and were even spotted giving hand signals to the bankers in the nearby banking loan center (possible staging post). The officials on site were logging all the protestors license plate numbers as well as physical descriptions. Police hired provocateurs were amongst the crowd of protestors.

Report: 27 Houston cops arrest six protesters for having tarp in park
Raw Story - Police in Houston on Tuesday night swarmed a small group of “Occupy” protesters and arrested them for possessing a tarp in a public park, according to area media. In all, a total of 27 police officers responded to the scene in 19 squad cars, according to the protesters. Police had confronted the group around 11 p.m. about a tarp they were using to protect their equipment from the elements. It was not being used as a makeshift structure.

Occupy Wall Street Gets Its Generators Back
Atlantic Wire - Occupy Wall Street got its confiscated generators back on Tuesday after its legal team pressed the Fire Department of New York to release them.

YouTube: Why a Dollar & Euro Collapse Is Guaranteed
The collapse of the Dollar and the Euro is a mathematical certainty. In this video I'm going to prove it using very simple terms.

Obama to order cuts in travel, cellphones, swag
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is coming out against swag. The swag ban is part of an executive order the president will sign on Wednesday to cut waste and make government more efficient. Obama has been using his executive powers on modest proposals to promote job creation, assist homeowners and consumers, or alleviate spending.

Housing Market

FANNIE MAE taps $7.8 billion more from Treasury, loss widens
(Reuters) - Fannie Mae, the biggest source of money for U.S. home loans, on Tuesday said it needed a further $7.8 billion in federal aid to stay afloat as a shaky housing market widened its third-quarter loss to $5.1 billion.

Energy & Environment

Most Solar Manufacturers May Vanish by 2015, Large Panel Maker Trina Says
Bloomberg-- Most of the biggest solar-equipment makers may disappear in the next few years as plunging prices erode margins and drive the weakest out of business, according to Trina Solar Ltd., the fifth-largest supplier of solar panels.

Snow, hurricane-force winds batter Alaska coast
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- One of the strongest storms to hit western Alaska in nearly 40 years battered coastal communities Wednesday with snow and hurricane-force winds, knocking out power, ripping up roofs and forcing some residents to board up their windows and seek higher ground.

US Energy Dept. Spent $89 Billion without Checking Contractors’ Past Records
Nearly $90 billion in contracts were awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy over a two-year period without officials bothering to review the performance of the companies that were hired.

Extremely Dangerous Storm Slicing Towards Alaska
An extremely dangerous storm is slicing toward northwestern Alaska and is expected to bring blizzard conditions and hurricane-strength winds to the state’s west coast. The storm, which formed from a mix of air masses over an area of ocean prone to spinning up strong storms, could be bigger than anything ever seen in the 49th state, the National Weather Service warned.

Coast Guard OKs winding down BP spill cleanup
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- BP will no longer be responsible for cleaning up oil that washes up on the Gulf Coast unless officials can prove it comes from the company's well that blew out in 2010, causing the worst offshore spill in U.S. history, according to a plan approved by the Coast Guard and obtained by The Associated Press.


Raw foods fight pain
(NaturalNews) Sometimes you've exercised too much and your muscles hurt. Sometimes, you've got a terrible headache - perhaps you've slept too much, or too little? And sometimes, you're tired, weary, and desperately in need to rest your sore, tired body after a long day. Pain is something we cannot avoid, no matter how healthy our diets and lifestyles are. But that doesn't mean that pain should be lived with - research shows that there are some everyday foods that work like a charm to ease pain and replenish our systems.

The superfood power of chlorella - Boost your immune system and detox
(NaturalNews) The single celled green algae chlorella is renowned for its incredible nutrient content and qualities. The depth of benefits one receives from consuming this microspecies is evidence of its superfood status. Chlorella is used around the world as a valuable food source for immune boosting and detoxification.

Quinoa nutrition - why quinoa can help you lose weight and improve your health
(NaturalNews) Quinoa is native to South America. The pre-Columbian Incas saw it as a sacred food, calling it chisaya mama (mother grain). They planted the first seeds of the season in religious ceremonies using golden tools. Depriving the people of quinoa was one of the means the Spanish used to conquer the Incas.

VIDEO: INSANITY: $19,000 bill for patient's ride to hospital in medical chopper
KMOV 4 - A metro-east man, who crashed his car, was put in a medical helicopter and flown to a trauma center 50 miles away. The air ambulance company billed him $19,000, even though he apparently didn't need to be transported by chopper to a trauma center.

Baxter, same company that unleashed tainted avian flu vaccines, recalls 300,000 flu vaccines for serious adverse reactions
(NaturalNews) The UK's Daily Mail reports that a high number of individuals injected with an apparently tainted batch of Preflucel have been reporting side effects like fatigue, muscle pain, and headaches. The vaccine, which was crafted specifically for those with egg allergies, has only been in use since March when it was first approved for use in the UK. "The vaccine is being recalled because these side effects have been reported more frequently with this specific batch," said a Baxter spokesmen. This spokesman also attempted to reassure the public that those who have already been vaccinated with Preflucel "should not be concerned (for their safety)."

Lasting weight loss comes from health and nutrition not 'diet drinks' or 'diet foods'
(NaturalNews) Pop culture is full of dietary advice, usually focused on short-term weight loss. Often the emphasis on calories and fat content in food causes people to eat unhealthy to lose weight. The same as they did to gain the extra pounds in the first place. They simply replace one type of unhealthy food habit with another. Here are some common-sense, health-wise tips to help you gain perspective on diet and nutrition and lose weight naturally.

The disinformation myths against homeopathy
(NaturalNews) Homeopathic medicine is at present one of the leading alternative therapies practiced by physicians in Europe (particularly France, Germany, UK, and Italy) and Asia (especially on the Indian subcontinent)(EU Commission, 1997; Prasad, 2007). Since homeopathy's development as a medical specialty in the early 1800s, it has been a leading alternative to orthodox medicine internationally, and it has posed an ongoing threat to the scientific, philosophical, and economics of conventional medical care.

Water Fluoridation War: Government Admits Dangers, Experts Speak Out
Activist Post - It was only a few years ago that if you labeled fluoride as a dangerous substance, you would be laughed at and scorned. For years, a select minority of individuals were the only ones raising the awareness of this health concern. Their cries have been and continue to be met with dissonance, despite the fact that the public’s opinion on fluoride has changed much in just a short time. In fact, even the United States government has called for lower levels of water fluoridation following a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, which found that increased fluoride consumption led to decreased IQ in children.

Science & Technology

The Plutonium Problem: Who Pays For Space Fuel?
NPR - When NASA's next Mars rover blasts off later this month, the car-sized robot will carry with it nearly eight pounds of a special kind of plutonium fuel that's in short supply. NASA has relied on that fuel, called plutonium-238, to power robotic missions for five decades. But with supplies running low, scientists who want the government to make more are finding that it sometimes seems easier to chart a course across the solar system than to navigate the budget process inside Washington, D.C.

NASA plans 2014 test-flight of deep-space capsule
WASHINGTON (AFP) - NASA said Tuesday it will launch in 2014 an unmanned test flight of its Orion deep space capsule, made by Lockheed Martin to someday carry astronauts to the moon, an asteroid or Mars.

Safety risks seen in computerized medical records
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's transition to electronic medical records, now in full swing, risks overlooking potential patient safety problems, independent advisers warned the Obama administration Tuesday.

Google-backed robot overlords take over supervision of human workers
Among all the job takeovers robots will make in the next 15 years (by 2025 robots will take over nearly half of all U.S. jobs) get ready to have them as our supervisors. Because it’s already begun. A new supervising service called Humanoid launched today, backed by funding from Google Ventures. Humanoid will rent out armies of humans (they have 20,000 workers already signed up to start) for $4.99 per hour to develop software, supervised by an algorithm.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

YouTube: Nevada Heath District Raids Picnic
An organic farm Nevada was having a picnic and the Authorities showed up! Thank God or we may eaten some eaten some GMO food. Want to let this woman know how you feel? Mary G. Oakes, PhD, REHS - Environmental Health Specialist II, and Squasher of the Quail Hollow Farm Farm to Fork dinner event - (702) 759-1681 office (702) 538-6424 cell:


Today in History - Wednesday - November 9, 2011
1872 - A fire destroyed about 800 buildings in Boston, MA.
1906 - U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt left for Panama to see the progress on the new canal. It was the first foreign trip by a U.S. president.
1911 - George Claude of Paris, France, applied for a patent on neon advertising signs.
1923 - In Munich, the Beer Hall Putsch was crushed by German troops that were loyal to the democratic government. The event began the evening before when Adolf Hitler took control of a beer hall full of Bavarian government leaders at gunpoint.
1935 - United Mine Workers president John L. Lewis and other labor leaders formed the Committee for Industrial Organization.
1938 - Nazi troops and sympathizers destroyed and looted 7,500 Jewish businesses, burned 267 synagogues, killed 91 Jews, and rounded up over 25,000 Jewish men in an event that became known as Kristallnacht or "Night of Broken Glass."
1961 - Major Robert White flew an X-15 rocket plane at a world record speed of 4,093 mph.
1963 - In Japan, about 450 miners were killed in a coal-dust explosion.
1965 - The great Northeast blackout occurred as several states and parts of Canada were hit by a series of power failures lasting up to 13 1/2 hours.
1967 - A Saturn V rocket carrying an unmanned Apollo spacecraft blasted off from Cape Kennedy on a successful test flight.
1979 - The UN Security Council unanimously called upon Iran to release all American hostages "without delay." Militants, mostly students had taken 63 Americans hostage at the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran, on November 4.
1981 - U.S. troops began arriving in Egypt for a three-week Rapid Deployment Force exercise. Somalia, Sudan and Oman were also involved in the operation.
1984 - A bronze statue titled "Three Servicemen," by Frederick Hart, was unveiled at the site of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.
1989 - Communist East Germany opened its borders, allowing its citizens to travel freely to West Germany.
1990 - Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed a non-aggression treaty with Germany.
1992 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin, visiting London, appealed for assistance in rescheduling his country's debt, and asked British businesses to invest.
1998 - A federal judge in New York approved the richest antitrust settlement in U.S. history. A leading brokerage firm was ordered to pay $1.03 billion to investors who had sued over price-rigging of Nasdaq stocks.
2004 - U.S. First Lady Laura Bush officially reopened Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House to pedestrians.

Reminder for Tonight

Reminder! TONIGHT IS A Presidential Debate at 7 p.m. CST on CNBC.
Air Time: Wednesday, November 9 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT on CNBC (channel finder).

World News

Italy's borrowing rates in alarming rise
ROME (AP) -- Italy's borrowing rates spiked way above the 7-percent threshold that forced other eurozone countries to seek bailouts, a day after Premier Silvio Berlusconi announced he would resign once Parliament passes economic reforms.

Uncertainty over Italy's future slams markets
LONDON (AP) -- Uncertainty over who will lead Italy through the debt crisis once Premier Silvio Berlusconi resigns slammed European stocks and bonds on Wednesday, pushing Rome's borrowing rates to worrying new highs.

Greece still waiting for new PM
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Rival political parties in Greece again pledged Wednesday to conclude power-sharing talks, which have dragged into a third day despite rising pressure from the country's European partners for a swift resolution to the political crisis.

Pakistani leader vows operations against Haqqanis
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's president promised to work with the United States to "eradicate" the militant Haqqani network, a pledge made during a meeting with visiting American congressmen, according to one of the lawmakers.

IEA: Time running out to limit earth's warming
PARIS (AP) -- The International Energy Agency warned Wednesday that the world is hurtling toward irreversible climate change and will lose the chance to limit warming if it doesn't take bold action in the next five years.

Chinese drug exec given suspended death sentence
BEIJING (AP) -- A Shanghai court handed the former chief executive of a large state-owned pharmaceutical company a suspended death sentence for corruption that enabled him to amass more than 50 million yuan ($8 million), an official said Wednesday.

Man Takes Legal Action Against Former Government Hospital for Unknown ‘Microchip Implant’
Activist Post - A Danish man has filed a writ against Alexandra Hospital for secretly implanting a microchip inside of his body during a 1988 operation, which he says later caused him to hear voices. After being stabbed in the lung, Mr. Mogens Tindhof Honore received surgery at the hospital in his chest and lung. Later, in 1997, X-rays revealed a metal instrument akin to a microchip present in his left lung. At the time of the operation, Alexandra Hospital was a government hospital under the Ministry of Health.

Israel Could Be Forced To Go It Alone On Iran Attack
Prison Planet - Developments over the last 24 hours suggest that Israel could be forced to go it alone in launching a military assault on Iran’s nuclear facilities, with the United States and NATO backing away from becoming involved in a conflict that would spark economic and geopolitical turmoil.

Iran ready to confront any attack: Defense Minister
ISNA - Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said Tuesday Iran is ready to confront any attack. As to Iran’s defense readiness to confront the US and Zionist regime’s recent threats to attack the country, Vahidi said, “We have already said that Iran’s defense capabilities in different fields are very high and up-to-date including in naval and missile domains and we are able to confront any threat.”

Obama flips on new sanctions, leaves Israel, Saudis head to head with Iran
DEBKAfile - Obama is backing away from crippling sanctions on Iran's central bank bank and an embargo on its oil trade. This was decided shortly before the International Atomic Energy Agency was due to confirm Tuesday or Wednesday, Nov. 8-9 that Iran's clandestine military nuclear program had reached the point of no-return, and after Israel intelligence experts found that Iran could build a weapon as soon as it so decided. Four considerations persuaded the Obama administration to backtrack on new sanctions, thereby letting Tehran prevail in this round of the nuclear controversy...

Syrian crackdown has killed 3,500: U.N.
(Reuters) - More than 3,500 people have been killed in Syria's crackdown on protesters, the United Nations said on Tuesday, as the military pressed its campaign to put down resistance against President Bashar al-Assad's rule in the city of Homs.

Oil up near $116 as Iran, Italy eyed
(Reuters) - Oil prices rose to near $116 a barrel on Tuesday as investors said strong seasonal fundamentals and concerns about an escalating dispute over Iran's nuclear program outweighed worries caused by Italy's sovereign debt risk.

Rothschild-owned Central Banks in ALL BUT THREE countries in 2011
We all know how fast the Central Bank of Benghazi was set up. The only countries left in 2011 without a Central Bank owned by the Rothschild Family are: Cuba, North Korea and Iran.

Key lesson from Iceland crisis is 'let banks fail'
Three years after Iceland's banks collapsed and the country teetered on the brink, its economy is recovering, proof that governments should let failing lenders go bust and protect taxpayers, analysts say.

Australia passes controversial carbon pollution tax
SYDNEY — Australia passed its controversial pollution tax Tuesday in a sweeping and historic reform aimed at lowering carbon emissions blamed for climate change, after years of fierce debate. Cheers and applause broke out as the Senate approved the Clean Energy Act by 36 votes to 32, requiring Australia's coal-fired power stations and other major emitters to "pay to pollute" from July 1 next year.

Japan's radioactive cars selling at auctions without notice
(NaturalNews) Having up to 20 times the permissible level of radiation, more than 600 cars from plants near the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan have been retained from export. However, many dealers are still selling suspicious cars at dump prices to the domestic used car market.

China to expand English language TV service - China’s state-owned broadcaster has launched an aggressive international push to extend the country’s influence, opening a new headquarters in Washington that will broadcast English-language programming from the heart of the US capital.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

NORAD, USNORTHCOM Homeland Defense Exercise Happening Today
Intel Hub - NORAD and USNORTHCOM are currently carrying out their annual Homeland Defense Exercise which is scheduled through the 10th of November.

YouTube: Sarkozy Calls Netanyahu a Liar to Obama, Microphone Left On
Microphones accidently left on after G20 meeting pick up private conversation between US, French presidents. Sarkozy admits he 'can't stand' Israeli premier. Obama: You're fed up with him? I have to deal with him every day!

VIDEO: CNBC Republican Debate from Michigan tonight at 8pm ET
Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, will be hosting eight GOP candidates tonight for the CNBC "Your Money, Your Vote" debate focusing on the economy and jobs. Tonight's event is only 90 minutes compared to previous GOP debates, featuring eight candidates, which have been 2 hours in length. Air Time: Wednesday, November 9 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT on CNBC (channel finder).

Exclusive: Victims Double In Penn State Case
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - It was an emotional Tuesday night in Happy Valley, and there were lots of developments in the Penn State child sex scandal. Sources tell FOX 29 News that, since a press conference on Monday, the number of potential victims has more than doubled in the case. Related article here.

VIDEO: Herman Cain Press Conference: Sharon Bialek Allegations Addressed By Candidate
Huffington Post - Herman Cain says he's going to set the record straight now that someone's publicly detailed an alleged instance of his sexual misbehavior. The former Godfather's Pizza CEO told late night host Jimmy Kimmel that he'll fight the latest harassment allegations head-on because there is not an ounce of truth to the claims.

60 MINUTES Expected to Air Investigation of Pelosi Stock Investments
SF Weekly - Indications from the Beltway media world are that 60 Minutes is preparing to air a segment exploring legislative actions House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi oversaw that might have benefited her husband's stock investments.

Washington Post - Federal investigators said Tuesday that they had uncovered “gross mismanagement” at the Dover Air Force Base mortuary that cares for America’s war dead after whistleblowers reported horror stories of lost body parts, shoddy inventory controls and lax supervision. The Air Force admitted that the Dover mortuary misplaced a dead soldier’s ankle and another set of remains that had been stored in a plastic bag. Employees also sawed off the damaged arm bone of a Marine so he could fit in his uniform and coffin — but did not tell his family.

Don't panic! FEMA urges Americans not to worry as national alert system is tested
Daily Mail - First-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System to occur on November 9 at 2:00pm EST. Wednesday's test will look and sound very similar to the local tests of the Emergency Alert System that occur frequently; the public will hear a message indicating that 'This is a test' on broadcast radio and television stations, cable television, satellite radio and television services and wireline video service providers. The disruption will occur across all states and the territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa.

YouTube: Ron Paul on ABC/YahooNews GOP Election Interview Series 11/8/11
Congressman and Presidential Candidate Ron Paul was interviewed by Terry Moran as part of an ABC/Yahoo Newsmakers Election Interview Series.

YouTube: Ron Paul Interview 11-08-11
Ron Paul on CNBC Closing Bell.

YouTube: 11-08-11 Ron Paul Interview - Fox News
Ron Paul Interview w/ David Asman on Fox News' Power & Money.

Obama Couldn’t Wait: His New Christmas Tree Tax
President Obama’s Agriculture Department today announced that it will impose a new 15-cent charge on all fresh Christmas trees—the Christmas Tree Tax—to support a new Federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees. In the Federal Register of November 8, 2011, Acting Administrator of Agricultural Marketing David R. Shipman announced that the Secretary of Agriculture will appoint a Christmas Tree Promotion Board.

More States Accept TSA VIPR Teams at Transportation Hubs
Intel Hub - reports today that other “states are expected to follow and accept VIPR (Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response) at their transportation hubs” following recent operations in Tennessee. The unconstitutional operations were not in response “to any particular threat,” but rather designed to act as “a visible deterrence and detection security presence across Tennessee.” In other words, the operation was an effort to acclimate Tennesseans to militarized TSA units at checkpoints around the state.

AP Exclusive: Accuser filed complaint in next job
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A woman who settled a sexual harassment complaint against GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain in 1999 complained three years later at her next job about unfair treatment, saying she should be allowed to work from home after a serious car accident and accusing a manager of circulating a sexually charged email, The Associated Press has learned.

VIDEO: Counterfeit Parts Found on P-8 Posiedons
Defense Tech - Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich) just dropped a couple of very alarming tales during a hearing about counterfeit parts making their way into brand new U.S. military weapons. Earlier this year, Boeing and the Navy found that the ice detection system on a brand new P-8 Poseidon was defective. The ice detection system is a critical piece of hardware designed to prevent tragedies by alerting pilots to the presence of ice on an aircraft’s control surfaces. Where did this defective part come from? China.

Does your town have a Veterans Day Parade? If so, you need to be in it with your Ron Paul signs!
Daily Paul - These Veterans Day Parades are fantastic opp'tys for our message. Signage should also include the enlisted's campaign donation support for Ron, as well as the message of Peace, Liberty & Sound Money. These parades are usually on the small size, so it's the perfect opp'ty to stand out. I doubt the other candidates will have people who will march for them.

VIDEO: 1000 Ron Paul Signs, Quite A Sight!
Daily Paul - A weird and silly video for sure, but as they say "If you're not having fun, you're so doing it wrong", and these guys sure are having fun, and make a great statement!

VIDEO: Honolulu goes on lockdown for APEC
WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) – People who live in and around Waikiki and the Hawaii Convention Center are bracing for travel disruptions that are expected to result from road closures and detours which are part of APEC security.... Some Waikiki businesses, particularly restaurants, welcome APEC. They are hoping to cash in. Other businesses say APEC is forcing them to shut down for the week.

YouTube: US Congressman Dennis Kucinich on Al-Qaeda Flag Over Benghazi Courthouse
Transcript: "What is going on in America? On the one hand, we have soldiers dying in Afghanistan fighting Al Qaeda. On the other hand, we just helped a group of people take over Libya and the Al Qaeda flag is flying over their capital city headquarters. What are we doing? It is time for America to get its story and its priorities straight about what we stand for as a nation...."


We Will Never Pay, So Stop Harassing Us by Cindy Sheehan and Christy (Dede Miller)
November 8, 2011 - To: Whom it may concern in the Internal Revenue Service (hereafter known as IRS). From: Cindy Sheehan, grieving mother of Spc. Casey Austin Sheehan, KIA in Iraq on 04/04/04....

Bill would affect many vets in postal workforce, unions say
Postal unions are using Veterans Day ads to remind the public that many military veterans would lose their postal jobs if proposed plans to cut back the postal workforce and close postal facilities are passed into law.

VIDEO: 100,000+ Occupy Oakland, NOT 7,000 as Government Reports
Veterans Today - Oakland’s Interim Police Chief Howard Jordan (a capable and politically smart leader in a tough position) got the Occupy Oakland General Strike crowd count massively wrong: it’s not 7,000, but 100,000.

'Occupy Boston' Takes Israeli Consulate
You did not see that on CNN or MSBNC or FOX ? Bless Boston. It is on CLG News and PRESS TV is reporting it. It must not be true!

Big Banks Plead with Customers Not to Move Their Money
Washington’s Blog - Yes, The Big Banks DO Care If We Move Our Money. 650,000 customers moved $4.5 billion dollars out of the big banks and into smaller banks and credit unions in the last month. But there is a myth making the rounds that the big banks don’t really care if we move our money. For example, one line of reasoning is that no matter how many people move their money, the Fed and Treasury will just bail out the giants again. But many anecdotes show that the too big to fails do, in fact, care.

Reporters Covering Occupy Wall Street Are Being Targeted for Arrest … Nationwide
Washington’s Blog - The intimidation and harassment of reporters by authorities has not been confined to widely-publicised hotspots such as New York and Oakland, Calif., but has moved into the heartland, with recent arrests of journalists caught on video in Wisconsin and Tennessee. The latest incidents came Wednesday night, when police arrested Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Photographer Kristyna Wentz-Graff as she took pictures during a demonstration at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Oakland police arrested freelance journalist and cartoonist Susie Cagle.

Dallas Calls for General Strike: Nov. 30th
Occupy Dallas - Dallas will not be the last city to strike. The New York City “General Assembly” has discussed a general strike for months (I’ve been following the discussion online), and I predict that – within the next couple of months – a lot of cities will go on strike.

Court: OccupyTrenton Rights Violated, Issues Restraining Order Against State
Intel Hub - The NJ Superior Court has ruled in favor of Occupy Trenton, finding New Jersey violated Constitutional rights, and ordered property be returned to the site of the Occupation.

Third-world America: Michigan city cuts power, removes street lights due to inability to pay electric bill
(NaturalNews) In response to financial problems, some US cities are choosing to cut basic public services like trash collection, fire and police forces, and road repair just to stay afloat. But one city in Michigan has decided to cut its power instead, which has left more than 11,000 local residents without street lights.

New Social Security formula would cut benefits, raise taxes
Just as 55 million Social Security recipients are about to get their first benefit increase in three years, Congress is looking at reducing future raises by adopting a new measure of inflation that also would increase taxes for most families. Those with low incomes would be hit hardest. If adopted across the government, the inflation measure would have widespread ramifications. Increases in veterans' benefits and pensions for federal workers and military personnel would be smaller.

MF Global’s Five-Member Unsecured Creditors’ Panel Includes JPMorgan Chase
Bloomberg - MF Global Holdings Ltd. creditors formed a committee including JPMorgan Chase Bank NA and Wilmington Trust Co. as they seek recoveries from the eighth- largest bankruptcy in U.S. history.

VIDEO: Rural Farmers Unite to Feed Wall Street Protestors
Every night at Zuccotti Park, dinner is served around 7 P.M. What protesters may not realize is that their meals are made from fresh, organic produce donated by a dozen or so small farms located throughout the Northeast.

Housing Market

Home Prices Down 4.4% From Last Year, More Declines Expected
Total Mortgage - “Even with low interest rates, demand for houses remains muted. Home sales are down in September and the inventory of homes for sale remains elevated. Home prices are adjusting to correct for the supply-demand imbalance and we expect declines to continue through the winter. Distressed sales remain a significant share of homes that do sell and are driving homes prices overall”.

HUD Secretary Donovan – Shame on You
Veterans Today - I know people who work at HUD, one of the largest federal agencies in the country. HUD of course deals in housing, but also in homelessness. Most of the folks I keep in touch with there are veterans and recently I got a call from one career employee who asked me to look into the office of HUDVET at CPD (Community Planning and Development).

Mortgage delinquency rate edges up for first time in two years
Housing Wire - The national delinquency rate for borrowers who are 60 days or more past due on their mortgages rose for the first time in two years during the recent third quarter, TransUnion said Tuesday.

Ten Million American Families Sliding Towards Foreclosure
Infowars - Of the 55-million families with mortgages, 10.4-million of them “are sliding toward failure and foreclosure”—a tragedy that will depress the U.S. housing market for years to come, a result of too many houses for sale and too few buyers.

Energy & Environment

Eruptions & Earthquakes in October 2011
The Intel Hub By Dr. Mark Sircus – IMVA November 7, 2011 The volcanic eruptions of 2011 have been notable. Not only are more volcanoes awakening from dormancy, it also appears the eruptions have become more kinetic and the volcanoes are staying active longer and there is more than a good chance that this is having an effect on the weather.

Chemtrails and Weather Derivatives
The Intel Hub By Peter Kirby November 7, 2011 In his paper ‘Why in the World Are They Spraying?‘, journalist Michael Murphy floats the idea that chemtrails are sprayed in order to manipulate the weather derivatives market. He posted the story right here on on Oct. 11, 2011. It ran alongside my article ‘Chemtrails.

VIDEO: Chesapeake Bay Massive Oyster Die-Off; Some bars 100% dead
CBS - BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A massive die-off of oysters in the Chesapeake is placing livelihoods on the brink. Alex DeMetrick reports some watermen are already calling it quits. Every oyster season will turn up empty shells and dead oysters, but this year was worse than normal. “Some of the bars were 100 percent dead. We didn’t find a live oyster at all,” said waterman Barry Sweitzer.... Although watermen believe tropical weather triggered the oyster die-off, state scientists have yet to determine an exact cause.

Ready to blow? Homes evacuated on Canary Island as underwater volcano spews molten rock 60ft into the air
Mail Online - Homes have been evacuated and roads closed on the southern-most Canary Island following a government-issued warning about a possible volcanic eruption. The southern tip of El Hierro was shaken by a 4.3-magnitude quake late on Saturday as an underwater volcano just off the coast started spewing matter some 60ft into the air. The island, which has 500 volcanic cones, has experienced more than 10,000 tremors in the past four months.


Shock finding: More than 75 percent of all 'honey' sold in grocery stores contains no honey at all
(NaturalNews) Just because those cute little bear-shaped bottles at the grocery store say "honey" on them does not necessarily mean that they actually contain honey. A comprehensive investigation conducted by Food Safety News (FSN) has found that the vast majority of so-called honey products sold at grocery stores, big box stores, drug stores, and restaurants do not contain any pollen, which means they are not real honey.

Almonds can save your heart and reduce obesity
(NaturalNews) Want your heart to sing and your body to lose inches? Grab a handful of raw, un-toasted almonds. Recent studies have proven that only a handful of these sweet little nuts go a long way in tackling obesity, diabetes, and complications of the heart.

Microwave containers leaching toxins into food at alarming rates
(NaturalNews) Microwaving food inside containers made of plastic, cellophane, cardboard and styrofoam may leach toxins into the food and increases the levels of carcinogens being consumed. Since most containers do not visibly melt or get hot, consumers have the false notion that the synthetic boxes and wrappers are not releasing toxins, but new research shows they are, and at levels that are alarming.

Prostate cancer treatments spur cancer to grow
(NaturalNews) When men with advanced prostate cancer are treated with hormone therapy, the cancer usually stops growing for a year, maybe two. But then the disease often begins to grow again, and mainstream doctors have few if any options left to try to help.

Twelve powerful natural items bring better heart health
The heart is the most important and most active muscle in the body. In addition to the heart healthy benefits of exercise and a healthy diet, there are several nutritional items which can have great benefits for the heart. Here are 12...

Eating Buckwheat May Lower Cholesterol and Inflammation
In this double-blind, crossover study, researchers investigated the effects of the intake of common buckwheat (low rutin) and tartary buckwheat cookies (high rutin) on selected clinical markers. Participants were randomly divided into two groups which consumed either low rutin (16.5 mg) or high rutin (359.7 mg) cookies daily for two weeks.

Big Pharma fumbles with toxic dementia drugs while ignoring natural remedies
(NaturalNews) Alzheimer's disease is becoming an epidemic among baby boomers. But mainstream medicine cannot reverse Alzheimer's. They do offer drugs intended to make dementia more bearable, but with unbearable side effects. Meanwhile, Big Pharma's quest for patents ignores evidence of a few safe natural substances that reduce Alzheimer's.

Little-known mercury detoxification secrets revealed in exclusive interview with Chris Shade, Ph.D.
(NaturalNews) Recent events in the natural products industry have many people asking how they can remove heavy metals from their body. With aluminum in vaccines, mercury in dental fillings, lead in Halloween face paint and copper in household water pipes, metals poisoning is fast becoming one of the greatest health concerns among health-conscious consumers everywhere.

Science & Technology

Periodic table gets heftier with 3 new elements
The periodic table of elements just got heftier, as the names of three new elements were approved on Nov. 4 by the General Assembly of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics. These elements are so large and unstable they can be made only in the lab, and they fall apart into other elements very quickly. Not much is known about these elements, since they aren't stable enough to do experiments on and are not found in nature. They are called "Super Heavy," or Transuranium, elements

White House threatens veto over net neutrality
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The White House warned on Tuesday that President Barack Obama would veto a resolution introduced in the Senate that seeks to overturn "net neutrality" rules aimed at ensuring an open Internet.

VIDEO: Massive rock swings past Earth
NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar captured this imagery of the city-block-size space rock on Nov. 7, 2011, while it was about 860,000 miles from Earth.

Vote to Overturn Net Neutrality Rules Expected This Week
On Thursday, the Senate is expected to vote on S.J.Res.6, the resolution to overturn the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules. This legislation only needs 51 votes, thus making a handful of Democratic votes critical to its passage. The House already passed a similar resolution in April, making the Senate the final step in getting the resolution of disapproval of the Net Neutrality rules to President Obama’s desk before they are implemented on November 20.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

State Department uses taxpayer money to push GMOs in other countries
(NaturalNews) It is no secret that the vast majority of subsidized corn, soy, canola, and cotton grown in the US is of genetically-modified (GM) origin. But it has now been revealed that the US government is also using millions of taxpayer dollars to subsidize the promotion of GMOs across the globe as well.

Washington orchards desperate for apple pickers
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- Apple growers say they could have had one of their best years ever if a shortage of workers hadn't forced them to leave some fruit on trees.

Protecting Your Garden from Genetically Modified Pollen
A Self Sufficient Life - One risk faced by home growers is pollen. GMO pollen can create toxins that kill certain species of natural wildlife. These plants are engineered to be poisonous to the pests that have traditionally threatened farm production, and while they do often work, the poisons can also threaten the ecosystems in which the crops are grown.

How to Build a Root Cellar for Food Storage; Keeps food cold in summer, pantry warm in winter
Mother Earth News - You can build a root cellar that acts as a refrigerator in the spring and summer and a safe-from-freezing pantry in the fall and winter. This inexpensive root cellar is user-friendly from its construction to its maintenance.

Damaged U.S. Corn Crop Pressures Global Supply
Bloomberg - The U.S. is reaping its smallest corn harvest in three years after a drought damaged what was a record crop as recently as July, driving annual prices to an all-time high and curbing an expansion in global food supplies.

Today in History - Tuesday - November 8, 2011
1793 - The Louvre Museum, in Paris, opened to the public for the first time.
1805 - The "Corps of Discovery" reached the Pacific Ocean. The expedition was lead by William Clark and Meriwether Lewis.
1887 - Doc Holliday died at the age of 35. The gun fighting dentist died from tuberculosis in a sanitarium in Glenwood Springs, CO.
1889 - Montana became the 41st U.S. state.
1895 - Wilhelm Roentgen while experimenting with electricity discovered the scientific principle involved and took the first X-ray pictures.
1910 - William H. Frost patented the insect exterminator.
1923 - Adolf Hitler made his first attempt at seizing power in Germany with a failed coup in Munich that came to be known as the "Beer-Hall Putsch."
1933 - The Civil Works Administration was created by executive order by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The organization was designed to create jobs for more than 4 million unemployed people in the U.S.
1942 - The U.S. invaded Morocco and Algeria.
1942 - During World War II, Operation Torch began as U.S. and British forces landed in French North Africa.
1950 - During the Korean conflict, the first jet-plane battle took place as U.S. Air Force Lt. Russell J. Brown shot down a North Korean MiG-15.
1956 - After turning down 18,000 names, the Ford Motor Company decided to name their new car the "Edsel," after Henry Ford's only son.
1966 - Edward W. Brooke of Massachusetts became the first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate by popular vote.
1966 - Ronald Reagan was elected governor of California.
1979 - The program, "The Iran Crisis: America Held Hostage", premiered on ABC-TV. The show was planned to be temporary, but it evolved into "Nightline" in March of 1980.
1979 - U.S. Senators John Warner (R-VA) and Mac Mathias (R-MD) introduced legislation to provide a site on the National Mall for the building of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
1980 - Scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California announced that they had discovered a 15th moon orbiting the planet Saturn.
1981 - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarek asserted that Egypt was "an African State" that was "neither East nor West".
1985 - A letter signed by four American hostages in Lebanon was delivered to The Associated Press in Beirut. The letter, contained pleas from Terry Anderson, Rev. Lawrence Jenco, David Jacobsen and Thomas Sutherland to President Reagan to negotiate a release.
1987 - A bomb planted by the Irish Republican Army exploded in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, at a ceremony honoring Britain's war dead. Eleven people were killed.
1990 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush ordered more troop deployments in the Persian Gulf, adding about 150,000 soldiers to the multi-national force fighting against Iraq.
1991 - The European Community and Canada imposed economic sanctions on Yugoslavia in an attempt to stop the Balkan civil war.
1993 - Five Picasso paintings and other artwork were stolen from the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, Sweden. The works were valued at $52 million.
1997 - Chinese engineers diverted the Yangtze River to make way for the Three Gorges Dam.
2000 - In Florida, a statewide recount began to decide the winner of the 2000 U.S. presidential election.
2000 - Waco special counsel John C. Danforth released his final report that absolved the government of wrongdoing in the 1993 siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Texas.
2001 - The "Homage to Van Gogh: International Artists Pay Tribute to a Legend" exhibit opened at the Appleton Museum of Art in Florida.

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World News

Russian Foreign Minister issues grave warning to Israel and the West
Activist Post - srael and the West’s rhetoric has been – to put it lightly – heated when it comes to Iran and it has only intensified over recent days and weeks. The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, issued a grim warning to Israel, the United States and the United Kingdom, which have all reportedly been weighing an unprovoked strike on Iran.

Iran Guard says will retaliate if leaders killed
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- An Iranian semi-official news agency says that a top commander in the country's Revolutionary Guard force has threatened to kill "dozens" of American military commanders, should the U.S. kill any one of theirs.

France opposes strike on Iran ahead of damning atomic agency report - while Israel insists 'we don't want a war'
Daily Mail - France is 'very worried' about Iran's nuclear program, but is opposing any strike against the Islamic Republic because it would cause 'irreparable damage'. Foreign Minister Alain Juppe today voiced concern about speculation that Israel is preparing a strike on Iranian nuclear sites ahead of the release of an International Atomic Energy Agency report on Tehran's nuclear activity.

Syria begins to feel 'pinch' of sanctions: US
Activist Post - WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US State Department said Monday that the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is beginning to feel the "pinch" from US and European Union sanctions. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland also said that an increasing number of Syrian military officers were defecting as international condemnation grows over the regime's deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

Greek power-sharing talks in second day
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Power-sharing talks between Greece's two main political parties entered their second day Tuesday, as European leaders stepped up the pressure for a quick resolution by holding back a vital rescue loan that the country needs to prevent a devastating bankruptcy.

Market pressure on Italy increases
ROME (AP) -- Italy's borrowing rates spiked Tuesday to their highest level since the euro was established in 1999 ahead of a budget vote in Parliament that could ratchet up the pressure on Premier Silvio Berlusconi to resign.

Flood-plagued Thai PM cancels trip to summit in US
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's prime minister canceled plans to attend a Pacific trade forum in Hawaii this weekend as she struggled Tuesday to cope with her country's worst flooding in a half-century.

Kuwait: No plans to host more US troops
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- A top Kuwaiti official has thrown doubt on American proposals to station at least 4,000 additional soldiers in the Gulf nation following the U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq at the end of the year.

Pressure mounts on Italy's Berlusconi to quit
ROME (AP) -- Italy became the latest target in Europe's financial crisis Monday, as soaring borrowing rates intensified pressure on Premier Silvio Berlusconi to resign and let a new government reform the country's spendthrift ways.

Pro-Israeli Lobby Group Made BBC, Sky News ‘Change Narrative’ On Stories
Prison Planet - Ahead of a widely-expected Israeli-led attack on Iran, Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre, an elitist pro-Israeli lobbying firm, has been caught “briefing” the British mainstream media on how to present news items relating to Israel, bragging in a leaked email of how BBC and Sky News editors “changed their narrative” on stories after meeting with BICOM representatives.

IAEA says foreign expertise has brought Iran to threshold of nuclear capability
Washington Post - Intelligence provided to U.N. nuclear officials shows that Iran’s government has mastered the critical steps needed to build a nuclear weapon, receiving assistance from foreign scientists to overcome key technical hurdles, according to Western diplomats and nuclear experts briefed on the findings.

Revealed: How Obama was playing golf until 20 minutes before Navy SEALs began mission to take out Bin Laden
Daily Mail - In the official photograph, he looked every inch the commander in chief. Strain etched on his face, Barack Obama watched as the raid to kill Osama bin Laden played out on a television in front of him. According to a new book, however, the President was not nearly that engaged – and was actually playing golf until 20 minutes before the operation began in earnest. Only then did he down his clubs and return to the White House to watch what he later trumpeted as a great success of his presidency.

Spanish cemetery warns of evictions for nonpayment
MADRID (AP) -- Pushed for space, a Spanish cemetery has begun placing stickers on thousands of burial sites whose leases are up as a warning to relatives or caretakers to pay up or face possible eviction.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Ron Paul Disqualified from Bill O'Reilly Straw Poll 11-7-11
Bill O'Rielly Just Knocked Over a Hornets Nest!!!!

VIDEO: MSNBC Praises Ron
Ron Paul getting some acknowledgement over his economic skills and him predicting the financial crisis and the housing market collapse. This video is absolutely amazing. They are pointing out how truly intelligent Dr. Ron really is when it comes to the economy.

Iowa 2012 GOP Presidential Power Rankings: Time is not on their side
Iowa Independent - 1. Ron Paul - The Texas congressman remains at the top of our rankings for the second week because our panelists generally see him as the GOP candidate who currently has both an energized base and grassroots organization. “Once again, baggage is creeping up on everyone else, but Paul is traveling lightly. When there’s so much negative coverage floating around, voters are going to turn to a guy like Paul who is seen as genuine, even among people who don’t agree with him on all the issues,” said one panelist.

The Herman Cain Sex Scandal Is Going To Reveal If Character Still Matters To The Republican Party
The American Dream - Does character still matter to the Republican Party? We are about to find out. Today, a woman named Sharon Bialek fundamentally altered the race for the Republican nomination in 2012. The Herman Cain sex scandal is not going away, and either Herman Cain is lying or all of these women that are accusing Cain of sexual misconduct are lying.

Cain vows to "set the record straight"
ATLANTA (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is vowing to "set the record straight" at a news conference one day after a fourth woman - and the first to reveal her identity - accused him of inappropriate sexual behavior a decade ago, the latest in a string of claims that have rocked his presidential campaign. "There is not an ounce of truth to all these allegations" and the graphic account from Sharon Bialek is "totally fabricated," the Georgia businessman told late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.

Voting Without Photo ID Pushed for All 50 States
World Net Daily - Just walk into a polling location, register, cast ballot immediately. A Minnesota congressman has proposed federal legislation that would impose his state's type of voter registration – which leads the nation in voter fraud cases – on the other 49 states, according to critics who have launched online campaigns to make people aware of the dangers of Rep. Keith Ellison's H.R. 3316 and its companion H.R. 3317.

Holder on 'Fast and Furious': Never again
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorney General Eric Holder says an investigation of arms traffickers called Operation Fast and Furious was flawed in concept as well as in execution, never should have happened and "it must never happen again." Facing tough questioning by Senate Republicans, the attorney general said in remarks prepared for a hearing Tuesday that he wants to know why and how firearms that should have been under surveillance could wind up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

Sheraton Hotels Implement Chinese-style Internet Censorship, Block Alternative News Websites
Activist Post - In the wake of the Department of Homeland Security announcing its propaganda partnership with hotels to recruit citizen spies, a loyal reader alerted us that the Sheraton Ferncroft Hotel in Danvers, Massachusetts is blocking access to alternative news websites using a content filter service called IBAHN.

Ron Paul On The World Debt Crisis (bailing out the rich)
Fox News Nov, 6, 2011.

Ron Paul Speech: Legalize Freedom
Ron Paul speech in St. Cloud, MN.

Yes He Can: How To Help Ron Paul Win the Iowa Caucus on January 3rd, 2012
Free Independent Sun - Make sure everyone you know knows the Caucus is on Jan. 3, and that you can register at the Caucus as a Republican to vote for Ron Paul. Share with them this article, let them know that Ron Paul can win, and how to help him if they are so inclined.

VIDEO: Goodbye to Conservatism?
Southern Avenger, Jack Hunter - The American conservative tradition has always been to reject big government. Not "fix" it.

Budget battles to shadow Obama on Asia-Pacific tour
(Reuters) - Obama embarks on a nine-day trip to Hawaii, Australia and Indonesia on Friday that he will use to highlight U.S.-Asian economic ties and the long-standing U.S. role in the region's security. His absence from Washington will coincide with a deadline for Congress to avoid a government shutdown and a pivotal stretch of deficit-cutting negotiations that investors and credit rating agencies will be watching closely.

City fines and fees double, triple for minor and major offenses
Chicago Sun Times - Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said his plan to raise taxes, fines and fees by $220 million in 2012 includes higher fines for a laundry list of offenses, but he has yet to air that laundry list. Now, the mayor’s 2012 revenue ordinance makes the details public. It’s a doozy.


Country Comparison: Account Balance how soon till America defaults? - Still think America isn't in serious trouble?

VIDEO: How To Occupy Wallstreet From Home
For those interested in participating in the Occupy voice but unable to jetison life and camp-out downtown, you too can participate from the comfort of your own home. Thanks to Dean Alan for this handy tip.

Police will get tough on 'Occupy DC' protesters
Washington Times - Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said Monday that her department is adjusting its tactics in response to Occupy D.C.’s “increasingly confrontational and violent” demonstrations, following the actions of other U.S. cities looking to evict — or at least crack down — on what officials are characterizing as unruly protesters.

12 Facts About Money And Congress That Are So Outrageous That It Is Hard To Believe That They Are Actually True
Economic Collapse - Do you want to get rich? Just get elected to Congress. The U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives are absolutely packed with wealthy people that are very rapidly becoming even wealthier. The collective net worth of the members of Congress is now measured in the billions of dollars.

OWS urges Americans to begin occupying foreclosed homes
(NaturalNews) It is the obvious next step against the federal government-slash-Wall Street financial scam against the American people. Occupy Wall Street's (OWS) Oakland chapter is urging Americans to embrace "Occupy Vacant Properties" (OVP), a move to literally occupy, en masse, homes across the country that have been foreclosed upon and are sitting vacant.

Northeast power outages hit many businesses hard
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Businesses big and small have taken a beating from the power outages caused by the record-setting October snowstorm and the losses are only beginning to be tallied, owners and experts said Monday as tens of thousands of Connecticut homes and companies entered a second week without electricity.

Revised govt formula shows new poverty high: 49.1M
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The ranks of America's poor are greater than previously known, reaching a new level of 49.1 million - or 16 percent - due to rising medical costs and other expenses that make it harder for people to stay afloat, according to new census estimates.

Obama to promote ways for veterans to find work
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is promoting new ways to help veterans find jobs in a tough economy while pressing Congress to approve tax credits for businesses to hire former members of the military.... The actions are part of a larger effort by the White House to draw contrasts with congressional Republicans who have opposed Obama's jobs legislation a year before the 2012 election.

Judge mulling $410M Bank of America overdraft settlement
MIAMI (AP) -- An attorney for Bank of America says 13.2 million customers may be eligible for a settlement in a lawsuit claiming the bank charged excessive overdraft fees.

14 Reasons Why We Should Nationalize The Federal Reserve
Economic Collapse - One of the most important steps that we could take to bring prosperity back to America would be to nationalize the Federal Reserve. Doing so would allow the federal government to quit borrowing money, dramatically reduce taxes and eventually pay off the entire U.S. national debt.

VIDEO: Camera Man Shot with a Rubber Bullet Simply for Filming Police at Occupy Oakland
Washington Blog - The camera man comments: While filming a police at Occupy Oakland after midnight on Nov. 3 following the Nov. 2 general strike, an officer opens fire and shoots me with a rubber bullet. I was standing well back. There was no violence or confrontations of any kind underway. At 0:31 seconds you can see a tall officer in the front raise his weapon and then fire. This is the full clip of the incident.

Protesters seek to trademark 'Occupy' brand
NEW YORK -- The revolution will be trademarked and put on T-shirts if an increasing number of entrepreneurs succeed in their attempts to profit from the Occupy demonstrations.

VIDEO: 100,000+ Occupy Oakland, NOT 7,000 as Government Reports
Veterans Today - Oakland’s Interim Police Chief Howard Jordan (a capable and politically smart leader in a tough position) got the Occupy Oakland General Strike crowd count massively wrong: it’s not 7,000, but 100,000.

Housing Market

Mo. Residents Upset by Order to Move Lake Homes
CAMDENTON, Mo. (AP) -- Nearly every year, Patsy Riley has gotten unsolicited offers for her house on Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks with its spectacular views of tree-lined bluffs and its ample shoreline, but she never wanted to leave. Now, she and hundreds of her neighbors wonder what will become of their homes after a federal agency declared that many structures built close to the lake may have to go.

Bank of America pays $1.3 billion to Fannie, Freddie for foreclosure delays
Bank of America [[BAC]] will spend at least the remainder of 2011 still revising affidavit filings in foreclosure cases around the country.

Energy & Environment

Gold Regains Its Chart Mojo
It was a big day for commodities with gold and oil stealing the spotlight. Gold soared 2% to close at $1,791.10 an ounce; it's highest level since September 21. Meanwhile crude oil rose over 1% to close at $95.52 a barrel; a level not seen since July.

Retirement Crisis Closes In on Baby Boomers
"According to our projections, it looks like most middle-class workers, not just low-income workers but most middle-class workers, will be living at or near the poverty level in their old age," Ghilarducci said in an interview. "This is the first time since the Great Depression we are looking at poverty rates increasing among the elderly."

VIDEO: More Shaking in Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY - A 4.7 magnitude earthquake shook Oklahoma again at 8:46 p.m. Monday. This is the third large earthquake that rattled the Sooner State in just three days. Live list of earthquakes in Oklahoma here.

BP wants US probes barred from oil spill suits
The companies involved in the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history are trying to prevent government investigations blaming them for the disaster from being used against them by the people and businesses who are suing them.

6.9 Magnitude Earthquake off Okinawa; What Holds Clues to Massive Quakes?
IBTimes - An earthquake of 6.9 magnitude was recorded off the northwest coast of Okinawa, Japan, at noon Tuesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.... According to scientists, pieces of rock chipped off the floor of the Pacific Ocean off Costa Rica could explain what made the March 2011 quake so intense. Both Japan and Costa Rica fall within the "Ring of Fire" around the Pacific, making both nations among the world's most seismically active areas.

Study suggests 'green' biofuels are more environmentally harmful than fossil fuels
(NaturalNews) New research comparing the environmental effects of "green" biofuel to those brought about by traditional fossil fuel has revealed some shocking findings. Rather than reduce the overall carbon load and protect the environment as previously believed, biofuel derived from palm oil may actually be more environmentally harmful than fossil fuel.

12,000 Tar Sands Protesters Wrap White House in Human Chain
Tree Hugger November 6, 2011 - Thousands of concerned citizens from across the U.S. and Canada descended on the White House today. They were gathered to protest the Keystone XL, the pipeline that would, as any reader of these pages will know, transport uniquely dirty tar sands oil 1,700 miles across the United States. A rally began at 1:30 pm in Lafayette Square, the park across from 1600 Pennsylvania. Activists, politicians, and celebrities took to the makeshift stage to denounce the proposed pipeline.

YouTube: University Researcher: We’ve seen radioactive ‘rain-outs’ in Oregon and Washington — Areas with “a lot more radiation”
Nov 6, 2011 - Interview with Marco Kaltofen, PE, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, about his research studying airborne radioactive particles from Fukushima and the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

MIT Newspaper: U.S. had plans for 30+ new reactors — Now just one under construction, and its future is uncertain
In the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan, many wondered what the event’s impact would be on the nuclear renaissance in the United States. Those who follow the nuclear industry didn’t need eight months of hindsight to give an answer: what nuclear renaissance?


Probiotics help offset some of the negative effects of antibiotics
(NaturalNews) The American College of Gastroenterology recently held their 76th Annual meeting in Washington D.C. At this meeting, two different studies were presented that looked at the effectiveness of probiotic use in the treatment of antibiotic-associated diarrhea and Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea, which is a complication of long-term antibiotic use.

In 'universal' flu shot push, medical industry admits current flu shots are useless
(NaturalNews) The medical community is in the process of unveiling a "universal" influenza vaccine that it claims will prevent all flu strains with a single jab. The only problem is that, in the process, the system has inadvertently admitted that current flu shots are medically useless because they fail to target the correct flu strain in many cases, and they do not stimulate a natural flu-fighting immune response even when the strain is a match.

Center for Disease Control pushes harsh adult vaccination program
In the continued effort by government and the pharmaceutical industry to push increasing amounts of vaccinations on the general public, the California Center for Disease Control advocates for an adult immunization schedule including...

Raw nuts lower elevated blood sugar levels and high blood pressure to fight metabolic syndrome
(NaturalNews) Metabolic syndrome is a well studied and documented group of biomarkers and physical observations that are known to preclude many chronic and potentially life-threatening diseases, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Is yeast extract (a taste enhancing additive) lurking in your 'natural' foods?
(NaturalNews) "Natural", "organic" and "healthy" are marketing terms to many food manufacturers. Don't let these words, or advertising and package imagery fool you into filling your grocery cart without reading the labels. Even the snack food aisle at the grocery store is now filled with items promising less sodium, less fat, etc. You might want to take some time to investigate less sodium and less fat. NaturalNews has looked into some of the so-called healthier snack foods to provide you with real information.

Fatty Foods Addictive as Cocaine in Growing Body of Science
Business Week - Nov. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Cupcakes may be addictive, just like cocaine. A growing body of medical research at leading universities and government laboratories suggests that processed foods and sugary drinks made by the likes of PepsiCo Inc. and Kraft Foods Inc. aren’t simply unhealthy. They can hijack the brain in ways that resemble addictions to cocaine, nicotine and other drugs.

Chocolate consumption lowers stroke risk and heart disease incidence by a third
(NaturalNews) Everybody likes chocolate, a fact supported by the annual increase in consumption documented by chocolate manufacturers around the globe. This may be good news for many chocolate consumers, but caution is advised to carefully monitor the quantity consumed and the cocoa content of the product purchased. We now have documented evidence to explain how dark chocolate consumption lowers stroke risk in women and slashes heart disease risk in adults.

New study finds that chemo targets cancer cells that were dying anyway
(NaturalNews) Researchers in a new study have found that cancer cells best targeted by chemo are already on the verge of self-destruction. In the study, published online by the journal Science on October 27, researchers found that cancer cells that are closer to the threshold for programmed death via apoptosis are more susceptible to chemotherapy than other cancer cells that have yet to reach that stage.

The US' Shocking Eugenics Program Revealed
Dr. Mercola - When most people think of eugenics, the practice of "improving" the hereditary qualities of a race by controlled, selective breeding, they think of Nazi Germany and their attempts to exterminate certain ethnic groups. But not only did the practice begin long before World War II, and end much later, it also was not confined to Nazi Germany. In fact, eugenics was widely practiced in many countries, including in the United States as recently as the 1980s.

FDA: Birth control drugs linked to 150 percent increased risk of deadly blood clots
(NaturalNews) Instead of advising their patients to use natural and safe progesterone to treat menopause symptoms, many conventional doctors prescribe synthetic drospirenone instead. And a recent report issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found that women, who take birth control drugs containing this imitation progesterone drug, are 150 percent more likely to develop deadly blood clots than women not on the drugs.

Regenerate and recharge with Fucoidan
(NaturalNews) This toxic world we live in requires finding ways to properly nourish our bodies. Fortunately, the Earth provides us with a powerful regenerative plant that is so profound that over 900 studies can be found in the National Library of Medicine's PubMed database. The plant is called Limu Moui and one of its main active ingredients is fucoidan.

Science & Technology

Warning - Your cordless phone may subject you to harmful levels of EMFs
(NaturalNews) Electromagnetic fields, or EMFs, are areas of energy that form around all electrical appliances and devices. Your body is sensitive to electricity (some if its functions actually rely upon electric current), so it is understandable how you can be affected by the EMFs radiated by cells phones, microwaves, televisions, and other electrical devices. But is there one product that is worse than the others?

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

How to find zero-cost food and medicine all around you, no matter where you live
(NaturalNews) The most powerful food and medicine on the planet is freely available, and it's growing right outside your door and around your neighborhood. Did you know that wild local plants and foods are far better for you than organic produce from a supermarket.

Major groups, speakers converge for first annual national conference to end factory farming
(NaturalNews) Last weekend, the first annual National Conference to End Factory Farming: for Health, Environment, and Farm Animals (NCEFF) took place in Arlington, Virginia. The event, which was sponsored in part by Whole Foods Market, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), The Environmental Magazine, and Freedom Press, among others, represents a growing trend towards ending the factory farming practices that are destroying the integrity of livestock, environmental, and human health.


When Farm Boys Get Bored!
Here's what happens when the work is done and the farm boys still have a lot of energy.

Today in History - Monday - November 7, 2011
1811 - The Shawnee Indians of chief Tecumseh were defeated by William Henry Harrison at the Battle of Wabash (or (Tippecanoe).
1874 - The Republican party of the U.S. was first symbolized as an elephant in a cartoon by Thomas Nast in Harper's Weekly.
1876 - The cigarette manufacturing machine was patented by Albert H. Hook.
1893 - The state of Colorado granted its women the right to vote.
1895 - The last spike was driven into Canada's first transcontinental railway in the mountains of British Columbia.
1914 - The "New Republic" magazine was printed for the first time.
1916 - Jeanette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress.
1917 - Russia's Bolshevik Revolution took place. The provisional government of Alexander Kerensky was overthrown by forces led by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.
1918 - During World War I, a false report through the United Press announced that an armistice had been signed.
1929 - The Museum of Modern Art in New York City opened to the public.
1933 - Voters in Pennsylvania eliminated sports from Pennsylvanian "Blue Laws."
1940 - The middle section of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington state collapsed during a windstorm. The suspension bridge had opened to traffic on July 1, 1940.
1944 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first person to win a fourth term as president.
1965 - The "Pillsbury Dough Boy" debuted in television commercials.
1967 - Carl Stokes was elected the first black mayor Cleveland, OH, becoming the first black mayor of a major city.
1967 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill establishing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
1967 - The U.S. Selective Service Commission announced that college students arrested in anti-war demonstrations would lose their draft deferments.
1973 - New Jersey became the first U.S. state to permit girls to play on Little League baseball teams.
1973 - The U.S. Congress over-rode President Nixon's veto of the War Powers Act, which limits a chief executive's power to wage war without congressional approval.
1983 - A bomb exploded in the U.S. Capitol. No one was injured.
1985 - The Colombian army stormed the country's Palace of Justice. The siege claimed the lives of 100 people, including 11 Supreme Court Justices. The Palace had been seized by leftist guerrillas belonging to the April 19 Movement.
1989 - L. Douglas Wilder won the governor's race in Virginia, becoming the first elected African-American state governor in U.S. history.
1989 - David Dinkins was elected and become New York City's first African-American mayor.
1991 - Magic Johnson (NBA) announced that he had tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS, and that he was retiring from basketball.
1991 - Pro- and anti-Communists rallies took place in Moscow on the 74th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution.
1995 - In a Japanese courtroom, three U.S. military men admitted to the rape of a 12-year-old Okinawan schoolgirl.
2000 - Hillary Rodham Clinton made history as the first president's wife to win public office. The state of New York elected her to the U.S. Senate.
2001 - After a 16-month stoppage the Concorde resumed flying commercially.

World News

PACWAV11: Tsunami Drill “Real Events During Exercise Play” To Occur?
Intel Hub - The Intel Hub Shepard Ambellas November 6, 2011 Related: London Underground Bombing ‘Exercises’ Took Place at Same Time as Real Attack As we approach the Nov. 9 date for the PACWAV11 Exercise (worldwide tsunami test), the YU55 mystery deepens. It is actually written into the Exercise PACWAV11 documents the this drill can potentially go live.

VIDEO: Marc Faber On The Euro Bailout "The End Crisis Will Be Postponed Until The Sovereigns Go Bankrupt"
Daily Bail - Watch the first few minutes. Faber on the gathering storm of ECB money-printing.

Greek leaders to pick PM of new government
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The leaders of Greece's two biggest parties are due to resume talks Monday to agree on who should be the country's new prime minister, after reaching a historic power-sharing deal to push through a massive financial rescue deal and prevent imminent bankruptcy.

IAEA says foreign expertise has brought Iran to threshold of nuclear capability
Washington Post - Intelligence provided to U.N. nuclear officials shows that Iran’s government has mastered the critical steps needed to build a nuclear weapon, receiving assistance from foreign scientists to overcome key technical hurdles, according to Western diplomats and nuclear experts briefed on the findings.

Syrian spin: ‘Secret nuclear plant’ is just a factory
Russia Today - A facility in Syria, which the UN’s nuclear watchdog suspected to be a uranium-enrichment site masked to look as a yarn-spinning factory, is and has always been a yarn spinning factory, a journalistic investigation revealed. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) investigators alleged that the outline of the Al-Hasakah Spinning Factory viewed on satellite pictures closely resemble those of the blueprints of a nuclear site that Muammar Gaddafi tried to build in Libya. However the allegations are apparently wrong, says Jeffrey Lewis, a nuclear policy expert at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies.

Greek PM, opposition reach power-sharing deal
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greece's embattled prime minister and main opposition leader agreed Sunday to form an interim government to ensure the country's new European debt deal, capping a week of political turmoil that saw Greece face a catastrophic default that threatened its euro membership and roiled international markets. As part of the deal, Prime Minister George Papandreou agreed to step down halfway through his four-year term. He and conservative opposition head Antonis Samaras are to meet Monday to discuss who will become prime minister and the makeup of the Cabinet.

VIDEO: Greek PM agrees to resign
Greece's President has just finished hosting crunch talks between the country's Prime Minister and the main opposition chief. George Papandreou and the opposition leader have reached an agreement on forming a unity government under a new leader.

VIDEO: 'Politicians can’t control Euro crisis’
Russia Today - As Greece awaits the formation of a new "unity" government, Arjo Klamer, chair of economics at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, told RT that even if the new coalition is formed, it is unlikely to make any difference. “The big problem the Greek government has is to get its population behinds its plan. And it doesn’t seem that the people in Greece are willing to put up with all the measures that are being taken,” he explained.

Israeli president: Clock ticking on Iran
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's president says the international community is closer to pursuing a military solution to the standoff over Iran's nuclear program than a diplomatic one. The remarks by Shimon Peres to Israel's channel 2 TV Friday were unusual because he is known as a dove and optimist. Peres said world leaders need to "fulfill their promises" to stop Iran "whatever it takes." He said, "There is a long menu as to what can be done." He did not elaborate.

Files show convicted arms dealer's Libyan ties
WASHINGTON (AP) - Records found in Moammar Gadhafi's former intelligence headquarters show that British officials apparently warned the Libyan government in 2003 about its dealings with Viktor Bout, the Russian arms dealer just convicted on federal conspiracy charges. The documents, which indicate Bout was trying to expand his operations in Libya, add fresh intrigue to questions about whether he played a role in Gadhafi's rush to bolster weapons caches in the years before the recent uprising that drove him from power.

Officials: 67 dead in northeast Nigeria attacks
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - At least 67 people died in a wave of bombings and shootings carried out in northeast Nigeria overnight, officials said Saturday, as frightened mourners left their homes to begin burying their dead. A radical Muslim sect known locally as Boko Haram claimed responsibility Saturday for the attacks, which represent the most coordinated and wide-ranging assault yet in their increasingly bloody sectarian fight with Nigeria's weak central government. The sect, which wants the strict implementation of Shariah law across the nation of more than 160 million people, promised to carry out more attacks.

In UK, Guy Fawkes remembered with protests
LONDON (AP) -- "Remember, remember, the fifth of November." The 400-year-old story of Guy Fawkes and other plotters' failure to blow up London's Parliament is traditionally marked in Britain with this schoolchildren's rhyme, bonfires and mulled wine at fun fairs.

‘Poisoned’ vet continues hunger strike
LÉVIS, QUE. A military vet who began a hunger strike on Saturday still hasn’t had any food after rejecting an offer of treatment from Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney. Pascal Lacoste said Sunday he won’t have another bite to eat until the federal government recognizes that he and countless other soldiers were poisoned while serving overseas.And he says he is prepared to die if that’s what it takes.

Libyan PM says disarming rebels could take months
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Disarming former Libyan rebels could take months and weapons will not be taken by force, Libya's new prime minister said in an interview broadcast Friday, signaling a shift from previous pledges of quick action.

Thanks To Obama, The Al-Qaeda Flag Is Now Flying High And Proud Over Libya
American Dream - The Al-Qaeda flag has been flying high over Libya and the governments of the western world that helped remove Gaddafi from power don't seem to mind at all. The flag, which contains the phrase "there is no God but Allah" with a full moon underneath, has been photographed flying beside the new national flag of Libya at the courthouse in Benghazi.

Greece's PM faces crucial confidence vote
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek lawmakers geared up for a crucial confidence vote in the beleaguered Socialist government Friday, as both main parties floated plans to approve a massive European bailout and call new elections

CEO Corzine steps down at MF Global
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jon Corzine stepped down Friday from running the securities firm that collapsed after his disastrous bets on European debt.

G-20 leaders fail to agree on how to boost IMF
CANNES, France (AP) -- Leaders of the world's 20 most powerful economies failed to agree on how to increase the firepower of the International Monetary Fund, so that it can help stem the European debt crisis, though they acknowledged its resources should be boosted.

Iraqi cleric: US seeking to 'occupy' Mideast
BAGHDAD (AP) - U.S. plans to station troops across the Mideast after withdrawing from Iraq amount to occupying other Islamic countries, Iraq's most outspoken anti-American cleric said in an interview broadcast Thursday. Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said he's not satisfied with President Barack Obama's pledge to pull all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the year, calling it a partial withdrawal because of the thousands of diplomats and security guards who will stay behind.

China seizes 65M counterfeit pills, some harmful
BEIJING (AP) -- Police in China have seized more than 65 million fake pills and arrested 114 suspects during a four-month investigation into counterfeit drugs. The Ministry of Public Security said in a statement Friday that a criminal network extending over eight provinces used starch or corn powder to make fake medicines and repackaged drugs past their use-by dates. The ministry says police also found animal feed, chemical pigments and other ingredients that are harmful to people.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Sheriff: Time For Citizens To Arm Themselves
SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. -- The Spartanburg County Sheriff is known for speaking his mind, and at a news conference on Monday, he didn't hold back his anger and frustration after a woman was attacked in a park over the weekend... Sheriff Chuck Wright opened his news conference by saying, "Our form of justice is not making it," and he said, "I'm really aggravated." He said, "Carry a concealed weapon. That'll fix it."

YouTube: U.S. Declares War on Iran
C-SPAN - Ron Paul: U.S. Declares War on Iran. War with Iran has already been decided by the powers that be and the modern-day quasi-declaration happened last Thursday. Using the same legislative and propaganda playbook that led to the Iraq War, the U.S. Government has just officially declared War on Iran. Reuters reported "Congress on Thursday approved tough new unilateral sanctions aimed at squeezing Iran's energy and banking sectors, which could also hurt companies from other countries doing business with Tehran.

Panetta Weighs Military Cuts Once Thought Out of Bounds
WASHINGTON — Under orders to cut the Pentagon budget by more than $450 billion over the next decade, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is considering reductions in spending categories once thought sacrosanct, especially in medical and retirement benefits, as well as further shrinking the number of troops and reducing new weapons purchases.

Ron Paul declared winner of Illinois Republican straw poll
(Reuters) - Ron Paul was declared the winner on Saturday of a weeklong Republican presidential straw poll in Democratic President Barack Obama's home state of Illinois. Texas Congressman Paul won 52 percent of the combined 3,649 online and in-person votes cast between October 29 and Saturday evening. He won 66.5 percent of the votes cast over the Internet and 8 percent of those cast in person.

Ron Paul wins yet another straw poll. So why are the media ignoring him?
CS Monitor - Ron Paul won a straw poll in Illinois Saturday, the latest in a string of such wins for the GOP presidential hopeful. Supporters say the mainstream media are ignoring him, but such polls are not scientific and they can favor an enthusiastic following like Paul's.

Ron Paul Attracts More Than 3,000 Supporters in Minnesota
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul attracted more than 3,000 supporters at a rally in St. Cloud held to kick off his Minnesota state operations.

YouTube: Ron Paul: Champion of the Constitution
For Liberty!

Obama Administration Opposes FDR Prayer at WWII Memorial
Fox - Republican lawmakers and conservative activists are expressing outrage after the Obama administration announced its objection to adding President Franklin Roosevelt's D-Day prayer to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. The objection was noted during a congressional hearing on Rep. Bill Johnson's, R-Ohio, bill -- the "World War II Memorial Prayer Act of 2011."

Anonymous hackers release 90,000 military log-ins
Russia Today July 12, 2011 - The latest dump of information from the hacktivist collective Anonymous has made available around 90,000 email addresses and passwords belonging to US military personnel. Monday’s leak marks the latest release in the “AntiSec” campaign that was started in recent weeks by the now defunct Anonymous offshoot LulzSec. Hacktivists worldwide have been attempting to expose the lack of security in place on the servers of high-ranking businesses and organizations.

Government Ignored 1998 Report Finding up to 100 Cancer Deaths from TSA Naked Body Scanners Per Year
Activist Post - Has the government known since 1998 that the TSA body scanners could be giving you cancer? An explosive report has exposed the carcinogenic effects of X-ray body scanners, finding that up to 100 United States airline passengers each year could get cancer from the machines. Despite the report coming out years ago, millions of Americans still walk through the carcinogenic TSA X-ray body scanners, also known as naked body scanners.

Ventura, miffed by court, says he's off to Mexico
ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is so upset by the dismissal of his airport security lawsuit that he threatened Friday to apply for dual citizenship so he can spend more time in his beloved Mexico — or run for president of what he labeled "the Fascist States of America."

Justice Department seeks to pass rule allowing government officials to lie in response to FOIA requests
(NaturalNews) A powerful tool that allows ordinary citizens to obtain crucial information from government archives, the US Department of State (DOA) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is under attack. The Daily Caller reports that the US Justice Department wants to revise the law to allow government officials to lie about, or conceal the very existence of, records that it does not wish to release publicly.

USDA gives half million in taxpayer dollars to AquaBounty to promote GM salmon
(NaturalNews) Biotechnology company AquaBounty has had quite a bit of trouble getting quick regulatory approval for its genetically-modified (GM) salmon, called AquAdvantage, because the "frankenfish" is not always sterile as claimed and could spread its corrupted genes into the wild. So in order to help move things along, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded the company nearly $500,000 in taxpayer funds to conduct research on how to fully sterilize the fish, according to Grist.

Ron Paul Feels Like A Canary In A Coal Mine
National Journal - Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas., said Thursday that there's a reason why his presidential campaign lacks media attention: he's speaking truth to power. “I think I'm attacking the status quo like never before,” Paul said on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe.' “They're not going to give me a boost because I'm challenging the whole banking system, the military industrial complex, the welfare state, our foreign policy.”

NO GO: Judge tosses Jesse Ventura's airport scans lawsuit
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in which he sought to challenge the use of full-body scans and pat-downs at airport checkpoints. Ventura sued the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration in January alleging that the scans and pat-downs violated his right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizure.


Occupy Chicago fear police wiretapping
Russia Today - Activists of the Occupy Chicago movement say the police have installed “ominous-looking equipment” near their headquarters and may be intercepting their phone communications.

Facebook, Fox News Survive Nov. 5, Did You Switch Banks?
Not surprisingly, Anonymous did not take down Facebook yesterday, and the Fox News Web site also apparently survived the day, but Anonymous championed the group's effort to get people to ditch major banks in favor of community banks and credit unions.

VIDEO: Small banks, credit unions welcome new customers
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (KGO) -- Bank customers on Saturday said they're fighting back as part of a national day of action. Those customers removed their money out of corporate banks like Chase, Bank of America and wells Fargo in search of cheaper banking options.

VIDEO: Man hit by car during 'Occupy' protest speaks out
OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) - The driver of the Mercedes was not arrested. A spokesperson for Oakland police told ABC7 she did not know if the driver was cited by BART police. Officers who first responded to the incident let the driver go against the calls of an irate group of onlookers who demanded that the driver be taken into custody.

VIDEO: BART board member critical of protester accident
OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- At least one member of the BART Board of Directors is making an admission: if BART police had known on Wednesday night what they know now, they might have handled the case of the driver hitting two pedestrians differently.

VIDEO: Update: Army Ranger Attacked By Oakland Police
Veterans Today - In Critical Condition, Beaten by Police, Attack Not During Demonstration. Former Army Ranger and owner of a local pub, Kayvan Sabeghi, 32, was attacked by a gang of armed police while walking near his home last night in Oakland.

VIDEO: Money movers and Occupy Wall Street shakers rattle US banking world
Russia Today - 06 November, 2011 - America’s largest bank, as well as fellow fat cats Citigroup, Wells Fargo and Bank of America, is keeping the exact number of recent account closures close to their chest. But even the recent decision made by Bank of America to back out of a proposed $5debit-card fee shows that the movement is making an impact. And the reports made by credit unions and community banks certainly support that story.

Second vet injured by cops at Occupy Oakland
Russia Today - A second American Military veteran is now hospitalized in Oakland, California following an alleged attack by police during this week’s General Strike on Wednesday. Kayvan Sabehgi, 32, has been admitted to the intensive care unit of Highland Hospital for a lacerated spleen that he says he incurred by police officers earlier this week as he peacefully walked in Oakland away from where thousands were marching in conjunction with the Occupy movement. A week earlier fellow US vet Scott Olson was also checked-into Highland Hospital after he suffered a projectile skull after being hit by a police-fired projectile.

'Obama' Finally Makes Appearance in Zuccotti Park
Reuters - A giant effigy of U.S. President Barack Obama is held up by people affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement during a march outside Zuccotti Park in New York November 5, 2011.

VIDEO: Oakland PD Covers Name Tags While While Attacking Citizens And Veterans
Knowing they will get into skirmishes with protesters, Oakland police officers have developed a system that would make them completely incognito. First, they don riot gear from head to toe, including helmets with visors covering their face, making themselves indistinguishable from one other; their only identifying features being name tags sewn to the outside of their uniforms. But they they place black tape over their names, ensuring nobody would be able to identify them if they attack protesters.

US approaches $15 trillion debt limit
ABC - It will be the latest sobering economic milestone that few were hoping to see: The U.S. national debt – any day now – will soar above the $15 trillion mark. As of this writing, the total debt is $14.97 trillion, so moving beyond the symbolic $15 trillion is a foregone conclusion. When the unwelcome milestone is reached, it will come at a volatile time both in this country and abroad.

VIDEO: No homes or jobs for US vets
Russia Today - America’s veterans are returning home from wars to staggering unemployment and homelessness rates. RT reports on what life post-war is like for thousands of US servicemen. Their job is to defend their country’s interests, but once that job wraps up, their country has no interest in them any longer. Tens of thousands of American war veterans are simply being discarded. “They are coming home to a disproportionate rate of homelessness, of foreclosures and evictions. In 2010 a whopping 75,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in the United States were homeless; were sleeping on the streets,” said Iraq war veteran Michael Prysner to RT.

Most of the unemployed no longer receive benefits
WASHINGTON (AP) - The jobs crisis has left so many people out of work for so long that most of America's unemployed are no longer receiving unemployment benefits. Early last year, 75 percent were receiving checks. The figure is now 48 percent - a shift that points to a growing crisis of long-term unemployment. Nearly one-third of America's 14
million unemployed have had no job for a year or more.

Excessive CEO Pay and Job Losses: Are They Linked?
RealClearPolitics - Three weeks before Christmas in 2008, Philippe Dauman and Thomas E. Dooley, two top executives at Viacom Inc., wrote a “Dear Colleagues” letter to the employees of the media conglomerate informing them that the company was downsizing its workforce by 7 percent. That represented 850 jobs, 850 human beings, who would be looking for work in the midst of the worst job market in 25 years. The layoffs were not performance based. Indeed, the men who wrote that Dec. 4, 2008, memo -- “Phil” and “Tom” is how they signed their names -- insisted that the departing employees should be proud of their contributions to the company that no longer needed them.

'Occupy Atlanta' denies rumors of partnership with Nation of Islam
ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) Tomorrow, Woodruff Park will turn into something of a battlefield of principles as “Occupy Atlanta” protesters attempt to reclaim the space for their ongoing protests. In the days leading up to the Nov. 5 reoccupation effort, online reports have surfaced claiming that “Occupy Atlanta” has enlisted the help of the religiously charged and oft-controversial Nation of Islam.

VIDEO: CPS Seizes Baby From ‘Occupy Dallas’ Site
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - A homeless family living at the ‘Occupy Dallas’ camp said that they will find a new place to stay in order to keep their baby. CBS 11 News was on the scene as officers with the Dallas Police Department and Child Protective Services took custody of the 9-month-old boy on Thursday afternoon.

This Is Only Just The Beginning
Economic Collapse - For a long time, there have been those that have warned that economic riots are coming to this nation. Anger and frustration with the economy and with our financial system have grown to unprecedented levels, and this has fueled the rise of the various protest movements that we have seen over the last couple of years. People are fed up and they want solutions.

ACORN Officials Scramble, Firing Workers And Shredding Documents, After Exposed As Players Behind 'Occupy' Protests
Fox News - Officials with the revamped ACORN office in New York -- operating as New York Communities for Change -- have fired staff, shredded reams of documents and told workers to blame disgruntled ex-employees for leaking information in an effort to explain away a report last week on the group’s involvement in Occupy Wall Street protests, according to sources.

PICTURES: Occupy Wall Street Movement Protest in Oakland Turns Violent
National Journal - Occupy Wall Street protests in Oakland, Calif., turned violent on Wednesday. Here's an updated look at the protests, which have spread from New York City to the West coast and around the globe.

Energy & Environment

Corporate Media Claims YU55 Has NO Chance of Hitting Earth or the Moon as NASA Coverup Continues
The Intel Hub November 5, 2011 The corporate media has predictably fallen in line with NASA and is claiming that YU55 poses no threat to earth or the moon. The fact of the matter is, anyone who thinks NASA is even at all truthful on ANY topic has not studied history.

VIDEO: NASA Downgrades Condition Code of Asteroid YU55 – Unsure of Trajectory
Intel Hub - NASA tracks and has been tracking all near earth objects (NEO’s) and the data is reflected on NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab’s (JPL’s) website. What is interesting is the NEO object designated 2005 YU55 has now has had a change in the ”condition code” in JPL’s data.

NASA sees giant crack forming in Antarctic glacier
WASHINGTON (AP) -- NASA scientists are watching a giant crack forming over a vulnerable Antarctic glacier and they think it will soon break off into an iceberg the size of New York City.... The Pine Island Glacier is called "the weak underbelly of Antarctica," and it's thinning. But scientists say this type of cracking happens naturally every decade and is not related to global warming.

Oklahoma Earthquake & Fracking
The case has only gotten more clear since then. As reported last week, even a fracking company in England has now stated that fracking is the “probable” cause of recent earthquakes there. In September, we reported that the Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission has banned fracking disposal wells for unconventional gas drilling wastes due to earthquakes.

White House rejects subpoena request for Solyndra docs
The Examiner - President Obama's attorney sent a letter to Congressional investigators on Friday, saying the White House would not cooperate with a subpoena requesting documents related to its doling out a $535 million loan guarantee to now bankrupt solar panel manufacturer Solyndra. "I can only conclude that your decision to issue a subpoena, authorized by a party-line vote, was driven more by partisan politics than a legitimate effort to conduct a responsible investigation," Obama's counsel, Kathryn Ruemmler, wrote in a letter to the top Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce committee. (Read Ruemmler's full letter here).

Record earthquake shakes Oklahoma
Tulsa World - The strongest earthquake in state history shook Oklahoma late Saturday night, sending shockwaves hundreds of miles across the United States. A magnitude 5.6 quake occurred in central Oklahoma less than 24 hours after a 4.8 quake shook the state.

Big quake follows increase in Oklahoma rumblings
SPARKS, Okla. (AP) Nov 6 - The magnitude 5.6 earthquake and its aftershocks still had residents rattled Sunday. Two minor injuries were reported from Saturday's quakes by the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, which said neither person was hospitalized. And, aside from a buckled highway and the collapse of a tower on the St. Gregory's University administration building in Shawnee, no major damage was reported. But the weekend earthquakes were among the strongest yet in a state that has seen a dramatic, unexplained increase in seismic activity.


Truth comes out: 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic 'deaths' of children were actually caused by MRSA
(NaturalNews) Remember two years ago when every news show featured hysterical reports about the so-called H1N1 pandemic and how the supposed killer flu was striking down healthy kids? True, many previously healthy children became critically ill, developing severe pneumonia and respiratory failure. And some tragically died after being diagnosed with H1N1. But was that really the accurate explanation of what caused their death?

Potential loophole in vaccine law could mandate vaccines in children during declared emergency
(NaturalNews) In times of peace, every State in America allows exemptions from vaccines on religious, moral, and/or philosophical grounds, so vaccines are never technically mandatory. [1] Parents even have the power to assert the exemptions of their children. [2] The US government also admits that vaccine exemptions are available during both peacetime and during an emergency for parents and children alike. However, there is a potential loophole applied to children specifically that could theoretically be exploited by the powers-that-be.

Halal Food: What is Halal Food?
In Arabic, the word halal means permitted or lawful. Halal foods are foods that are allowed under Islamic dietary guidelines. According to these guidelines gathered from the Qu'ran, Muslim followers cannot consume the following....

Half of all hospital rooms contaminated with deadly superbugs
(NaturalNews) Many people still assume that hospitals are generally clean, sanitized places where harmful pathogens would have a difficult time surviving. But a new study published in the American Journal of Infection Control says otherwise, having found that nearly half of all hospital rooms tested were contaminated with a deadly, drug-resistant superbug known as Acinetobacter baumannii (MDR-AB).

UCLA medical officials: Patient data of 16,000 stolen!
LA Times - The UCLA Health System is warning thousands of patients that their personal information was stolen and they are at risk of possible identity theft, officials said in a statement released Friday. Officials don’t believe the information has been accessed or misused but are referring patients to a data security company if their name and credit are affected. Altogether, 16,288 patients’ information was taken from the home of a physician whose house was burglarized on Sept. 6, according to the UCLA Health System.

Use juniper essential oil as a hair and scalp tonic
(NaturalNews) Juniper has been used in ancient Greece and Egypt to combat the spread of disease and was still being used by hospitals in France during the First World War. The warm, woody-scented essential oil is extracted from juniper berries, as well as the needles and wood of the bush. It is said to help in cases of skin problems and hair loss. The essential oil promotes scalp health and moisturizes hair naturally.

Saffron ingredient shows promise for fighting MS
Emax Health - Crocin in saffron is found to protect neurons from damage seen in MS. Researchers say though there is much to still learn, the discovery could pave the way for new treatments for multiple sclerosis and other neurological disorders.

B vitamins and omega fat ratio are critical to prevent Alzheimer's disease
(NaturalNews) Proper nutritional status, attained by consuming a healthy diet teamed with natural vitamins and minerals along with optimization of omega fat lipid ratios, can help to prevent cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology. Researchers studying the effects of nutrition at Oxford University in England found that daily supplementation with folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12 lowered levels of homocysteine, a known risk factor leading to decline in cognition and memory.

Benefits of nut consumption for people with abdominal obesity, high blood sugar, high blood pressure
Medical Xpress - For the first time, scientists report a link between eating nuts and higher levels of serotonin in the bodies of patients with metabolic syndrome (MetS), who are at high risk for heart disease. Serotonin is a substance that helps transmit nerve signals and decreases feelings of hunger, makes people feel happier and improves heart health. It took only one ounce of mixed nuts (raw unpeeled walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts) a day to produce the good effects.

Natural remedies help lymphedema
(NaturalNews) The condition known as lymphedema is caused by the accumulation of fluid in the body's interstitial tissues which surround the lymph glands. It occurs when lymph nodes are missing, removed or damaged - making it impossible for the lymphatic system to remove excess lymphatic fluid through the lymph vessels. Left untreated, lymphedema can cause serious complications including infection and interference with wound healing.

Cherry Juice Gives A Good Nights' Sleep
Medical News Today - Drinking cherry juice significantly improves both the quality and duration of sleep, according to new findings from Northumbria University. Researchers from the School of Life Sciences have found that Montmorency cherry juice significantly increases the levels of melatonin in the body, the hormone which regulates sleep, and could benefit those who have difficulty sleeping due to insomnia, shift work or jet lag.

How to choose mycotoxin-free coffee
(NaturalNews) Mycotoxins are dangerous substances that are often found in coffee. Despite this fact, coffee has been shown to improve health, help enhance performance, and keep your mind focused. So, how can you continue to drink coffee without ingesting the harmful mycotoxins? By being very selective about the kind of coffee that you drink.

A Toxic Pipeline: Coverage by Walt Bogdanich and Jake Hooker
New York Times - Stories in this Pulitzer Prize-winning series have examined how dangerous and poisonous pharmaceutical ingredients from China have flowed into the global market. Reporting on four continents, Walt Bogdanich and Jake Hooker traced the illicit ingredients through traders and middlemen that formed a supply chain stretching from small factories in rural China to consumers around the world. The stories detailed the devastating, sometime deadly, human cost of this toxic pipeline.

Where Vitamins Really Come From
People might think that companies make their own products, or that at least they are made in the US. All too often that is no longer true. Eight million shipping containers arrive at the Port of Los Angeles alone, most of them from China. A high – and growing – percentage of the vitamins made in the world are made in China. A full 90% of the world’s Vitamin C is made in China.

According to Opurity, Feds Put U.S. Consumers at Risk: PTO Bureaucrats Refuse to Approve Vitamin Company's 'China-Free' Trademark
STERLING, Va., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- In an astounding case of callous disregard for U.S. consumers, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has denied registration of the trademark "China-Free"* submitted by the manufacturer of Opurity vitamins, who simply wishes to provide customers with an informed choice for obtaining vitamins containing no ingredients from China.

F.D.A. Officials, Hoping to Stave Off Critics, Point to Increased Drug Approvals
New York Times - Federal drug officials on Thursday claimed credit for an increase in the approval of new drugs and argued that the results demonstrated the need for legislation to continue financing the current drug approval system.

Glaxo Settles Cases With U.S. for $3 Billion
New York Times - The settlement would be the largest yet in a wave of federal cases against pharmaceutical companies accused of illegal marketing, surpassing the previous record of $2.3 billion paid by Pfizer in 2009. In recent years, drug companies have been prime targets of federal fraud investigations, which have recovered tens of billions of dollars for Medicaid and Medicare.

Science & Technology

Boost Your WiFi Signal Using Only a Beer Can
Discovery Channel - I love a good hack, especially one that requires me to throw back a cold one before hand (or during). This simple wifi boost has actually been shown to increase signal strength by at least 2 to 4 bars. And, well, I will drink to that.

Quarter-mile-wide asteroid coming close to Earth
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- An asteroid bigger than an aircraft carrier will dart between the Earth and moon on Tuesday - the closest encounter by such a huge rock in 35 years.

VIDEO: Wristband lets iPhone track activity, movement and sleep
Bluetooth headset maker Jawbone will soon release its new Up life monitoring wristband that’s designed to help you live a move healthy life by tracking every move you make, what you’re eating, how long you’re sleeping and how many calories you burn.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

There's Still Time To Plant Garlic
If you still have a couple weeks until the first frost, it's not too late to get some garlic in your garden. Here's the what, where, how and why.

Calif. farmers face off on new delta water system
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- California's long-running water wars typically pit farmers against environmentalists, but this time the state's growers are facing off against each other about plans to build a massive water system in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

Sheep Lawn Mowers, and Other Go-Getters
New York Times - In this verdant lawn-filled college town, most people keep their lawn mowers tuned up by oiling the motor and sharpening the blades. Eddie Miller keeps his in shape with salt licks and shearing scissors. Mr. Miller, 23, is the founder of Heritage Lawn Mowing, a company that rents out sheep — yes, sheep — as a landscaping aid.


Four Million Metric Tons
That's how much 'animal protein meal' is produced in the United States each year by the rendering industry. What is 'animal protein meal'? Rendered animal waste. The rendered (cooked) ingredients can be the worst of the worst; diseased animal tissues, cancerous tissues, downer animals, diseased animals, and euthanized animals. Pet food is the largest "growth market".


The Best Non-Partisan Political Joke Ever!
A driver is stuck in a traffic jam on the highway. Nothing is moving. Suddenly, a man knocks on the window...

How the Media Sees the Military
A Harley biker is riding by the zoo in Washington, DC when he sees a little girl leaning into the lion’s cage. Suddenly, the lion grabs her by the collar of her jacket...

Today in History - Friday - November 4, 2011
1842 - Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd in Springfield, IL.
1846 - The patent for the artificial leg is granted to Benjamin Palmer.
1880 - James and John Ritty patented the first cash register.
1922 - In Egypt, Howard Carter discovered the entry of the lost tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamen.
1939 - At the 40th National Automobile Show the first air-conditioned car was put on display.
1942 - During World War II, Axis forces retreated from El Alamein in North Africa. It was a major victory for the British.
1956 - Soviet forces enter Hungary in order to supress the uprising that had begun on October 23, 1956.
1970 - Former King Peter II of Yugoslavia died in Denver, CO. He was the first European king or queen to die and to be buried in the U.S.
1979 - Iranian militants seized the U.S. embassy in Tehran and took 63 Americans hostage (90 total hostages). The militants, mostly students, demanded that the U.S. send the former shah back to Iran to stand trial. Many hostages were later released, but 52 were held for the next 14 months.
1981 - The second scheduled flight of the space shuttle Columbia was canceled with only 31 seconds left in the countdown.
1984 - Nicaragua held its first free elections in 56 years.
1985 - Soviet defector Vitaly Yurchenko announced he was returning to the Soviet Union. He had charged that he had been kidnapped by the CIA.
1989 - About a million East Germans filled the streets of East Berlin in a pro-democracy rally.
1990 - Iraq issued a statement saying it was prepared to fight a "dangerous war" rather than give up Kuwait.
1991 - Ronald Reagan opened his presidential library in Simi Valley, CA. The dedication ceremony was attended by President Bush and former U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter, Gerald R. Ford and Richard M. Nixon. It was the 1st gathering of 5 U.S. chief executives.
1995 - Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, 73 years old, was assassinated by right-wing Israeli Yigal Amir after attending a peace rally.
1999 - Cristina Saralegui received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1999 - The UN imposed economic sanctions against the Taliban that controlled most of Afghanistan. The sanctions were imposed because the Taliban had refused to turn over Osama bin Laden, who had been charged with masterminding the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
2001 - Hurricane Michelle hit Cuba destroying crops and thousands of homes. The United States made the gesture of sending humanitarian aid. On December 16, 2001, Cuba received the first commercial food shipment from the U.S. in nearly 40 years.
2010 - Microsoft's Kinect was launched worldwide.

World News

US drone raids kill over 120 in 2 days
Press TV - On Thursday, 41 people were killed and 33 others were injured when the US military launched a assassination drone attack on the outskirts of Hoomboy town, which is situated in Somalia's southern region of the Middle Juba. The aerial attack followed a US assassination strike against Jamame town in Somalia's southern Jubbada Hoose region. At least 28 people were killed and dozens more were wounded. Meanwhile, at least three people were killed in a non-UN-sanctioned US assassination drone attack on Pakistan's northwestern region of North Waziristan on Thursday.

World War III A Foregone Conclusion?
Before It's News - The hypno-induced psychotic public can't even hear the war drums any more, no matter how loud. They've become background music, white noise or something to tap your foot to. With sadistic glee still warm over Gadhafi's public torture and execution through the streets of Libya, the bloodthirsty mind-controlled western public will count a Syrian overthrow a nice after dinner mint, while monstrous illegal death drone attack reports on innocent civilians in Pakistan and Somalia are savored treats while sipping their morning coffee.

World leaders struggle to respond to euro crisis
CANNES, France (AP) - World leaders' efforts to help Europe with its debt troubles were paralyzedtype:italic; Thursday by uncertainty over Greece's political convulsions and doubts over whether Italy will enact economic reforms designed to save it from financial disaster. European leaders had meant to use the summit of the Group of 20 leading economies in Cannes, France to get foreign powers like China to help with the debt crisis that has rocked the eurozone for the past two years and threatens to push the world economy into a second recession.

One Man's Mission: Building the World's Safest Bank
Money Morning - One Canadian entrepreneur may well be forging an innovative path to changing the global banking landscape - for the better. And in the process he may build the world's safest bank. Eric Sprott, the billionaire resource investment guru, is buying 51% of Ontario currency trader Continental Currency Exchange Corp., with the aim of making it into a financial institution that, refreshingly, will not make loans.

Disgruntled Israeli Intelligence Chiefs Try To Stop Attack On Iran
Prison Planet - The barrage of news concerning preparations for an attack on Iran came as a result of leaks made by disgruntled former Israeli intelligence chiefs who are trying to prevent the attack and remove Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from office, according to reports.

House Panel Approves New Sanctions Against Iran
Global Security Newswire - The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday approved two bills intended to strengthen existing economic penalties against Iran's energy sector and further hinder the development of Tehran's nuclear program. The first measure, dubbed the Iran Threat Reduction Act, is designed to "clamp down new and tougher sanctions" on Iran's oil industry, which helps finance the country's atomic efforts, according to committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), who co-sponsored both pieces of legislation.

‘Stun Bombs’ Used to Guard Libyan WMD Sites?
Defense Tech - AFP just published a very interesting account of secret NATO teams guarding Gadhafi’s weapons of mass destruction depots with bombs that were able to take out a car while leaving the occupants unhurt.

Greek Bailout Deal Referendum Scrapped
Sky News - Greece's Prime Minister has told Sky News the referendum on the the eurozone bailout plan will no longer go ahead - and it was never his intention for it to happen. The surprise announcement - later confirmed by the country's finance minister - came after an emergency cabinet meeting, in which the opposition party called for early elections and immediate approval of the bailout deal. Related article and video here.

The Next Stage of the European Debt Crisis; Towards Global Financial Collapse?
Bob Chapman - Those who believe the European crisis is over are mistaken. The dislocation will continue as their economies slow and political, social and economic events converge into further crisis. The most glaring problem is the banks only taking a 50% loss on Greek bonds. The loss should have been 75% or even 80%. There is absolutely no way Greece can overcome that burden in a slowing European economy and an enraged population.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

The Real Threat to National Security
The current policy being enforced by the Department of Defense that requires the American Military to submit to untested anthrax vaccines has caused an unprecedented rift between the DoD and the Armed Forces. While the Secretary of Defense and his underlings hold fast to their undocumented claims, the American Gulf War Veterans Association (AGWVA) and other organizations continue to provide evidence and documentation that clearly show these vaccines and drugs are not only unsafe, but are in many cases causing injury, severe reactions and long term disabilities.

'Shocking' US military spending since 9/11
Russia Today - How did America keep the terrorists from winning? Three words: Very. Expensive. Tanks. A new report reveals that in the decade since the September 11 attacks, the Department of Defense spent around $1 trillion on weaponry for troops in Iraq in Afghanistan.

APNewsBreak: 2007 memo mentioned gun-walking probe
WASHINGTON (AP) - A briefing paper prepared for Attorney General Michael Mukasey during the Bush administration in 2007 outlined failed attempts by federal agents to track illicitly purchased guns across the border into Mexico and stressed the need for U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials to work together on such efforts using a tactic that now is generating controversy. The information contained in one paragraph of a lengthy Nov. 16, 2007, document marks the first known instance of an attorney general being given information about the tactic known as "gun-walking."

HR 1505: Giant Land Grab for DHS's Police State
News with Views - Montana Republican Congressman Denny Rehberg lent his support for ceding more power and authority to the federal government's emerging police state by supporting HR 1505, the "National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act." This monstrous bill empowers the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to confiscate to itself tens of thousands of acres of land across the US northern border. This is for "national security" reasons, of course. Gag!

Anxiety over upcoming test of emergency system
Breitbart - It's only a test, but nerves are somewhat frayed over the first nationwide exercise of the system designed to alert Americans of national emergencies. The test occurs at 1900 GMT Wednesday, November 9, and may last over three minutes -- longer than the typical 30 seconds or one minute for most broadcast test messages. According to a message being circulated by local school and government officials, there is "great concern in local police and emergency management circles about undue public anxiety over this test."

Nov. 9 Nationwide EAS Test Shortened to 30 Seconds
CommLawBlog - To the surprise of many, the FCC and FEMA announced that what had once been billed as a three-minute (or thereabouts) test would in fact last only 30 seconds (or thereabouts). Good to know, especially for stations with crowded schedules who had already been juggling their programming line-ups in order to accommodate a three-minute alert. A new FEMA EAS test page has been created; see that here.

Ron Paul: When I Am President
Washington Times - I firmly believe the American people are serious about cutting spending and fixing our debt crisis now. Those struggling to make ends meet and provide for their families while also trying to save for the future know we must change course immediately. I’m not running for president merely to trim a little here and there from our bloated federal budget. Instead, I have offered the boldest, most specific and most comprehensive solutions in the history of American politics to restore our economy and once again make America the most innovative, competitive and prosperous nation in the world.

Ron Paul on Fox News Sunday w / Chris Wallace - 11-06-11- 9am ET
Daily Paul - Congressman Ron Paul will interview with Chris Wallace-FOX News Sunday, November 6th at 9am Eastern. (Check local listing)

Cain camp considering legal action against Politico
Washington Post - A Herman Cain aide said Thursday that the Cain campaign is considering its legal options over the original Politico story, which revealed that the former head of the National Restaurant Association was accused of sexually harassing at least two women during his tenure in the 1990s.

Herman Cain accuser got $45,000 settlement
POLITICO has learned that one of the women who accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment at the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s received a payout of about $45,000 as part of her settlement — significantly more than the two or three months’ salary Cain initially recalled the woman obtained. The woman who received the approximately $45,000 is the staffer who Cain has acknowledged formally lodged a complaint about his behavior.

Couple arrested, three-year-old girl taken into state custody for 18 hours after forgetting to pay for sandwich
(NaturalNews) A Hawaii couple was recently arrested and their three-year-old daughter taken into state custody for accidentally forgetting to pay for a sandwich. KHON 2 News in Honolulu reports that Marcin and Nicole Leszczynski had eaten a sandwich during a recent shopping trip at a local Safeway grocery store, but forgot to pay for it when they checked out, which sparked a massive police state overreaction that included the abduction of their daughter.

VIDEO: Ron Paul on MSNBC Morning Joe
11/3/11- Ron Paul: Fed is finally ‘on the defensive’. Related article here.

YouTube: Anonymous - Operation Fox Hunt-Fox News and Individual Targets
Operation Fox Hunt begins November 5th. In this video Anonymous listed the names of those targeted and what offensive things were expressed on national television.

Every Breath You Take, Every Move You Make – 14 New Ways That The Government Is Watching You
American Dream - If you live in the United States today, you need to understand that your privacy is being constantly eroded. Our world is going crazy, government paranoia is off the charts and law enforcement authorities have become absolutely obsessed with watching us, listening to us, tracking us, recording us, compiling information on all of us and getting us all to spy on one another.

Really? TSA Says It Will Study Body Scanner Radiation Risks?
Prison Planet - TSA head John Pistole told a Senate homeland security committee hearing Wednesday that the agency will conduct its own research into the safety risks associated with full body scanners currently in use in almost all major airports in the U.S. While the announcement may appease some lawmakers in Washington, it will almost certainly serve as nothing more than a further endorsement of the technology from the agency that continues to roll out hundreds of the radiation-firing machines across the nation.


650,000 Americans Joined Credit Unions Last Month — More Than In All Of 2010 Combined
The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) reports that a whopping 650,000 Americans have joined credit unions since Sept. 29 — the date that Bank of America announced it would start charging a $5 monthly debit fee, a move it backed down on this week.

AIG records biggest loss since 2009
American International Group, the bailed-out US insurer that nearly failed during the 2008 crisis, posted its worst quarterly loss in nearly two years as swooning markets battered the company’s holdings.

6 things that Occupy Wall Street has already accomplished
Activist Post - Just 2 months into the Wall Street protests bureaucrats nationwide have already began to crack down and demand an end to the occupation. Little do they know, this is only the beginning. The establishment didn’t bat an eye when we demanded an end to their many occupations across the world, so now it’s time for us to pay them the same respect that they gave to us.

For NYC judge, handling protest cases nothing new
NEW YORK (AP) -- When dozens of Occupy Wall Street protesters charged with blocking traffic went to court, they faced a judge with experience handling prominent cases that grow out of political demonstrations.

'Vendetta' mask becomes symbol of Occupy protests
NEW YORK (AP) - Look at a photo or news clip from around the world of Occupy protesters and you'll likely spot a handful of people wearing masks of a cartoon-like man with a pointy beard, closed-mouth smile and mysterious eyes. The mask is a stylized version of Guy Fawkes, an Englishman who tried to bomb the British Parliament on Nov. 5, 1605.

SPIN METER: GOP flips on job creation for defense
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The same Republicans who insist that federal spending doesn't create jobs and should be cut in the face of staggering deficits are leading the charge against smaller military budgets because about a million defense jobs would be lost. Pentagon accounts are coming down, and Republicans who repeatedly reject the idea that an infusion of federal dollars can produce new jobs now say the government should keep billions flowing to the makers of guns, tanks, aircraft and ships for the sake of sparing jobs in home districts and states. It's the newest of several arguments against reducing Pentagon budgets.

VIDEO: Peter Schiff: 'Reckless' Bernanke Is Creating the Next Crisis
Yahoo - The Federal Reserve may have released a relatively benign statement taking no further action to stimulate the economy, but a fierce debate is just getting started over the Central Bank's next moves. The FOMC statement reiterated that interest rates will hold near zero through mid-2013, and "Operation Twist" —the program to shift its bond holdings toward longer dated maturities, remains in place. This, along with language stating "economic growth strengthened somewhat in the third quarter," enabled a sturdy Wednesday afternoon market rally.

VIDEO: Anarchist Vandals Taint Oakland OWS General Strike
Prison Planet - Leaders of the self-described leaderless Occupy Wall Street Movement in Oakland, California, have told NBC Bay Area that “anarchists” not associated with the group are responsible for last night’s violence. Black-clad troublemakers attacked banks and also trashed a Whole Foods Store (see video below). In response, Oakland police suited up in riot gear attacked the OWS main encampment and fired tear gas and projectiles at marchers. “Groggy people in tents could be heard telling police to go deal with troublemakers instead,” reports the Los Angeles Times.

VIDEO: Bernanke says Occupy Wall Street misunderstands Fed
Prison Planet - America’s top central banker “sympathizes” with the Occupy Wall Street protesters and thinks many of their frustrations with the sluggish economy are “understandable.” But there’s one complaint Ben Bernanke does take issue with: the backlash against the Federal Reserve. “I think that the concerns about the Fed are based on misconceptions,” he said at his news conference Wednesday.

15 Trillion Dollars In Debt, 45 Million Americans On Food Stamps And Zero Solutions On The Horizon
The Economic Collapse - How does a country end up 15 trillion dollars in debt? 30 years ago, we were just a little over a trillion dollars in debt. How in the world do supposedly rational people living in "the greatest nation on earth" allow themselves to commit national financial suicide by allowing government debt to explode like that? It almost seems like there should be some sort of official ceremony in Washington D.C. to commemorate this achievement.

Study: 30 top firms paid no taxes
Politico - Thirty large and profitable Fortune 500 corporations paid no federal income taxes between 2008 and 2010, according to a new study Thursday on corporate loopholes. In fact, the 30 companies enjoyed a negative effective income tax rate over the three-year period, even as they earned pre-tax profits of $160 billion, according to two think tanks, Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. A negative tax rate represents a tax benefit like a credit, not necessarily direct funds from the government.

Poll: Supercommittee will be flop
Politico - An overwhelming majority of Americans do not believe the congressional supercommittee will be able to agree on a plan to reduce the deficit, a new poll out Thursday shows. Only 24 percent of those surveyed think an agreement will be reached by the Nov. 23 deadline.

Housing Market

Mortgage Rates in U.S. Decline With 30-Year Loan at 4%, Freddie Mac Says
Bloomberg - The average rate for a 30-year fixed loan dropped to 4 percent in the week ended today from 4.1 percent, Freddie Mac said in a statement. The average 15-year rate fell to 3.31 percent from 3.38 percent, according to the McLean, Virginia- based mortgage-finance company.

Energy & Environment

EPA to probe gas drilling's toll on drinking water
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday released the outlines of its long-awaited probe into whether hydraulic fracturing - the unconventional drilling technique that's led to a boom in domestic natural gas production - is contaminating drinking-water supplies.

UN, Monsanto, mining, oil & gas companies directing BLM plans for our public land
Activist Post - How does the UN, Monsanto, mining, and oil & gas companies get their hands into Bureau of Land Mangement (BLM) Resource Management Plans and Environmental Assessments to dictate the use of our public lands (and our future)?

First Germany, now Belgium: Nuclear energy to be phased out by 2015
(NaturalNews) In the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, some countries have decided to rethink their energy policies and initiate moves towards safer energy alternatives. Following in the footsteps of Germany, the European nation of Belgium has reportedly decided to phase out its nuclear energy sector, beginning with the shutdown of three of its oldest reactors by 2015.

Government response to ongoing Fukushima radiation? Deafening silence
(NaturalNews) The silence of governments and the world press about the radiation dangers from Fukushima is alarming to say the least. We have an open nuclear sore on the planet, a radioactive boil that continues to burst casting a toxic shadow on the people of Japan and a few other billion people who happen to live in the northern hemisphere.

Is global warming 'over'? One scientist says major study used to defend global warming theory actually shows it is no longer occurring
(NaturalNews) The debate over whether or not so-called "global warming" is real, and whether or not human activity plays any role, will likely continue on for years to come. But one climate scientist says that even if past data suggests that global warming did occur many years in the past, today's data shows that it has since stopped, with global temperatures having remained stable for at least the past 13 years.

House subpoenas White House for Solyndra documents
Washington Times - Showing a growing frustration with the the Obama administration, congressional Republicans on Thursday authorized their second subpoena this week, demanding White House documents related to failed solar technology company Solyndra.

Smart Meter Removal Has Begun!
Canada Free Press - California’s Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) has quietly begun replacing Smart Meters with analog meters for citizens reporting adverse health effects. Consumer rights and other groups demanded immediately that their wireless devices be removed from their homes.

Gulf of Mexico oil spill subpoena effort blocked - Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee blocked a move by Democrats to force the heads of four companies involved in the Deepwater Horizon disaster to testify about the findings of the joint Interior-Coast Guard investigation into the disaster. On a 17-13 vote, the committee tabled a motion by Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., the ranking Democrat on the panel, to issue subpoenas to require BP CEO Robert Dudley, Transocean President and CEO Steven Newman, Halliburton Chairman of the Board David Lesar and Cameron Chairman, President and CEO Jack Moore, to appear before the committee.

English tremors blamed on shale 'fracking'
LONDON (AP) -- The only company in Britain using hydraulic fracturing to release natural gas from shale rock said Wednesday that the controversial technique probably did trigger earth tremors in April and May.


Avoid toxic ingredients and create your own mask with calcium bentonite clay
(NaturalNews) Skin is the body`s largest organ and one of the primary ways toxins make their way into the body. Therefore, it`s important to read the labels of skin care products and learn what to avoid when it comes to ingredients. The marketplace is abundant with prepared "natural" clay masks. An alternative to buying packaged clay masks is to "do-it-yourself".

10 Weird and Gross Ingredients in Processed Food
Everyone now knows that processed and fast foods are not the bastions of nutrition, but that shouldn’t make these ingredients found inside them any less revolting inside or out of your home kitchen. This list sends a clear message: when a packaged food contains more than five ingredients and includes some that are difficult to pronounce, stay away. Make a b-line straight to the organics aisle and go for vegan meals or vegetarian recipes instead.

Kelp - Find health in this sea vegetable powerhouse
(NaturalNews) Kelp is a group of large sea algae that is commonly referred to as seaweed. This amazing plant species has been used for many years by sea dwelling cultures. It is renowned for its powerful nutritional benefits.

Omega-3 fats from fish oil and supplements prevent and slow arthritis progression
(NaturalNews) Humans have been consuming omega-3 fats from natural fish, nut and seed sources for countless generations. Our core genetic structure depends on a regular supply of the long chain omega-3 fats EPA and DHA to form cell wall structures and perform millions of metabolic functions that we normally associate with vibrant health. Imbalance of omega-3 to omega-6 fats cause a surge in inflammatory cytokines that can lead to the painful and debilitating condition known as osteoarthritis.

Nearly 200 tons of prescription drugs turned in
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Drug Enforcement Administration says people turned in more than 188.5 tons of unwanted or expired prescription medications in the agency's third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 29. The DEA initiative that began 13 months ago has resulted in almost 500 tons of medications being taken out of circulation, with assistance from state, local and tribal law enforcement partners as well as community groups.

Deaths from painkiller overdose triple in decade
NEW YORK (AP) -- The number of overdose deaths from powerful painkillers more than tripled over a decade, the government reported Tuesday - a trend that a U.S. health official called an epidemic, but one that can be stopped.

29th person dies in cantaloupe listeria outbreak
DENVER (AP) -- The death toll in an outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe has reached 29 after federal health authorities say an eighth person has died in Colorado.

Too much sitting behind 92,000 cancer cases a year
(CBS) Here's bad news you might want to take standing up. An ominous new report ties a lack of physical activity - spending too much time sitting on your duff, essentially - to up to 43,000 cases of colon cancer and 49,000 cases of breast cancer each year. The report - presented Thursday at an annual conference of the American Institute for Cancer Research in Washington, D.C. - has experts urging Americans to make more time for physical activity and to take a one- to two-minute break for every hour of sitting.

Man pleads guilty to illegally trafficking kidneys from Israel where they were later transplanted into American patients at prestigious US hospitals
(NaturalNews) Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, an Israeli citizen living in Brooklyn, NY, has pleaded guilty to illegally purchasing kidneys from desperate Israelis, and trafficking them back to the US for transplant in patients at prestigious, but unnamed, American hospitals. Rosenbaum has also reportedly pleaded guilty to conspiracy for illegally brokering kidney sales.

Confront the coffee controversy
(NaturalNews) Just a couple of decades ago, quitting coffee was a prerequisite for establishing a healthy diet and adopting a healthier lifestyle. But gradually, several new research studies into coffee drinking have provided health benefits from drinking coffee. So now we have both positive and negative health effects from drinking coffee.

Baking Soda is not just for the kitchen
(NaturalNews) The lowly box of baking soda hasn't been given the credit it's due. Baking soda is for more than baking or deodorizing the refrigerator. It's great for health and beauty needs, and everyone should consider using it for multiple reasons. It's inexpensive and a great alternative to chemical beauty and cleaning products. Most people should consider using this product more than they do now.

The Benefits of Cinnamon
Homestead Basics - Both cassia and true cinnamon come from the genus Cinnamomum (C.), and the Lauraceae family. Although related, cassia (Cinnamomum aromaticum or Cinnamomum cassia) is not to be confused with true cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum or Cinnamomum verum). Cassia identifies cinnamon originating from Southeast Asia and which is the commonly available ground cinnamon here in the States.

How to test for metals poisoning and remove heavy metals from your body
(NaturalNews) With all the recent news about iron pills that might harm you and a popular dietary supplement that was exposed as having surprisingly high levels of aluminum sulfate, NaturalNews has received numerous emails from readers wanting to know how to actually remove heavy metals (and light metals, for that matter) from their body.

Science & Technology

AP Exclusive: CIA following Twitter, Facebook
McLEAN, Va. (AP) - In an anonymous industrial park in Virginia, in an unassuming brick building, the CIA is following tweets - up to 5 million a day. At the agency's Open Source Center, a team known affectionately as the "vengeful librarians" also pores over Facebook, newspapers, TV news channels, local radio stations, Internet chat rooms - anything overseas that anyone can access and contribute to openly.

US report blasts China, Russia for cybercrime
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Cyberattacks by Chinese and Russian intelligence services, as well corporate hackers in those countries, have swallowed up large amounts of high-tech American research and development data, and that stolen information has helped build their economies, U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

InfoGraphic: State-by-State Review of Raw Milk Laws
Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund.

Crazy, secret Food & Farm Bill
PANNA - Things are moving fast, furiously and secretively in Washington, DC with the entirely undemocratic development of the 2012 Food and Farm Bill — an approximately $300 billion, tax dollar-funded set of programs covering everything from farm support programs and renewable energy research to food stamps and conservation initiatives. It is expected that the 12-member congressional Super Committee will receive a Food and Farm Bill proposal this week from the chair and ranking member of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, and then decide to accept or reject it within a weeks’ time. That's four individuals — referred to as the Big 4 — making huge decisions that affect us all, and with virtually no public input!

Is the 1%'s Super Committee Writing a Secret Farm Bill?
Organic Consumers Association Action Alert - Ag Committee Chairmen and Super Committee members are currently working on a secret Farm Bill that by all accounts will favor Big Ag over family-scale organic farmers and the swelling ranks of those who rely on Food Stamps and school lunch programs to survive the continuing economic crisis.

New yarn from old sweaters
Backwoods Home - The variety of yarns now available in yarn and fabric shops boggles the mind — as does the price. Not content to stick with the economical and practical (but uninspired) acrylic yarn, I cast around for a means of acquiring wool yarn for less. One option in keeping with grandmother's thrifty mindset is to salvage wool from a knitted or crocheted garment.

Survival Transportation: Is it Time for the Third Wheel?
Homestead Basics - Bikes and motorcycles of various kinds and sizes were the rage a couple summers back when gas prices went through the roof. Will they again gain popularity when fuel prices get as high as they did before? Will bikes be in our foreseeable future because of economic considerations? Or, are we locked into our normal routines of transportation? I’ve got a recommendation that may be better than a bike for you. Consider the adult sized tricycle.

Today in History - Thursday - November 3, 2011
1793 - Stephen F. Austin was born. He was the principal founder of Texas.
1796 - John Adams was elected the 2nd U.S. President.
1839 - The first Opium War between China and Britain erupted.
1892 - The first automatic telephone went into service at LaPorte, IN. The device was invented by Almon Strowger.
1900 - The first automobile show in the United States opened at New York's Madison Square Garden.
1903 - Panama proclaimed its independence from Columbia.
1934 - The first race track in California opened under a new pari-mutuel betting law.
1941 - U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Grew warned that the Japanese may be planning a sudden attack on the U.S.
1952 - Frozen bread was offered for sale for the first time in a supermarket in Chester, NY.
1957 - Sputnik II was launched by the Soviet Union. It was the second manmade satellite to be put into orbit and was the first to put an animal into space, a dog named Laika.
1973 - The U.S. launched the Mariner 10 spacecraft. On March 29, 1974 it became the first spacecraft to reach the planet Mercury.
1975 - "Good Morning America" premiered on ABC-TV.
1979 - 5 members of the Communist Workers' Party are shot to death in broad daylight at an anti-Ku Klux Klan rally in Greensboro, NC. 8 others were wounded.
1986 - The Ash-Shiraa, pro-Syrian Lebanese magazine, first broke the story of U.S. arms sales to Iran to secure the release of seven American hostages. The story turned into the Iran-Contra affair.
1987 - China told the U.S. that it would halt the sale of arms to Iran.
1991 - Israeli and Palestinian representatives held their first-ever face-to-face talks in Madrid, Spain.
1992 - Carol Moseley-Braun became the first African-American woman U.S. senator.
1994 - Susan Smith of Union, SC, was arrested for drowning her two sons. Nine days earlier Smith had claimed that the children had been abducted by a black carjacker.
1995 - U.S. President Clinton dedicated a memorial at Arlington National Cemetery to the 270 victims of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
1998 - A state-run newspaper in Iraq urged the country to prepare for to battle "the U.S. monster."
1998 - Minnesota elected Jesse "The Body" Ventura, a former pro wrestler, as its governor.
2003 - In Kabul, Afghanistan, a post-Taliban draft constitution was unveiled.

World News

US position unchanged: Assad must go
Activist Post - WASHINGTON (AFP) - The White House said Wednesday, after the Arab League revealed Syria had agreed to a plan to end political violence, that it had not changed its position that President Bashar al-Assad should go. White House spokesman Jay Carney did not comment on the details of the Arab League plan or on whether Washington had been informed of the Syrian response. But he said "our position remains that President Assad has lost his legitimacy to rule and should step down."

China sells missiles to Iran in violation of UN sanctions
Washinton Times - China is continuing to provide advanced missiles and other conventional arms to Iran and may be doing so in violation of U.N. sanctions against the Tehran regime, according to a draft report by the congressional U.S.-China Commission.... According to the report, which will be made public Nov. 16, China sold $312 million worth of arms to Iran, second only to Russia, after Congress passed the Iran Freedom Support Act in 2006 that allows the U.S. government to sanction foreign companies that provide advanced arms to Iran.

Greek Vote On Bailout Plan Due 'Within Weeks'
Sky News - The Greek prime minister has summoned his ministers for urgent talks over bailout referendum plans, after being warned that Greece will not get rescue funds until after the vote. George Papandreou's move comes as G20 leaders gather in Cannes for a meeting that is set to be dominated by fallout from the surprise Greek announcement. Last night the French and German leaders told Mr Papandreou that Greece would not receive any more money from the eurozone emergency bailout fund until after its referendum.

China refuses to commit to EFSF amid Greek concerns
BBC - China has said it cannot commit to investing in the European Financial Stability Fund (EFSF) until the situation with Greece has been clarified. European leaders hoped that China would buy EFSF bonds, injecting capital in the region's financial markets. The EFSF was one part of a three pronged rescue plan put together to solve eurozone's debt crisis.

VIDEO: G20 protests meet Occupy Wall Street – global revolution
Russia Today - As protests kick off in France ahead of the G20 Summit, RT goes to the biggest Occupy Wall Street camp in the US to find out what the demonstrators on both sides of the Atlantic have in common.

Libya struggles to secure loose weapons
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- More than two months after the fall of Tripoli, Libya's new leaders are still struggling to secure massive weapons depots, stop the smuggling of munitions out of the country and disarm thousands of fighters who brought down Moammar Gadhafi's regime.

Gadhafi son said to be in vast Sahara
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A fugitive wanted by the International Criminal Court, Moammar Gadhafi's one-time heir apparent appears to have disappeared in the Sahara Desert's ocean of dunes and could remain hidden for months in an area more than twice the size of Texas.

US lawmakers advance new Iran sanctions
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday approved legislation to toughen sanctions on Tehran over its suspect nuclear program in the wake of an alleged Iranian assassination plot. The panel endorsed the measure by voice vote, with Democrats and Republicans closing ranks in the wake of US allegations that Iranian officials schemed to hire Mexican drug cartel killers to murder Saudi Arabia's envoy to Washington.

UK military steps up plans for Iran attack amid fresh nuclear fears
Guardian - The Ministry of Defence believes the US may decide to fast-forward plans for targeted missile strikes at some key Iranian facilities. British officials say that if Washington presses ahead it will seek, and receive, UK military help for any mission, despite some deep reservations within the coalition government. In anticipation of a potential attack, British military planners are examining where best to deploy Royal Navy ships and submarines equipped with Tomahawk cruise missiles over the coming months as part of what would be an air and sea campaign.

Israel test-fires missile as Iran debate rages
(Reuters) - Israel test-fired a missile from a military base on Wednesday, two days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of the "direct and heavy threat" posed by Iran's nuclear program.

Sky News Reports Israel Preparing For Preemptive Strike On Iran
Prison Planet - Sky News has reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to rally support in his cabinet for an attack on Iran, according to government sources. “The country’s defence minister Ehud Barak and the foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman are said to be among those backing a pre-emptive strike to neutralise Iran’s nuclear ambitions. But a narrow majority of ministers currently oppose the move, which could trigger a wave of regional retaliation.

Nuclear powers plan weapons spending spree, report finds
Guardian - Despite government budget pressures and international rhetoric about disarmament, evidence points to a new and dangerous "era of nuclear weapons", the report for the British American Security Information Council (Basic) warns. It says the US will spend $700bn (£434bn) on the nuclear weapons industry over the next decade, while Russia will spend at least $70bn on delivery systems alone. Other countries including China, India, Israel, France and Pakistan are expected to devote formidable sums on tactical and strategic missile systems.

Establishment Freaks Out That the Greek People Might Get to Vote on Bailout-Austerity Deal
Activist Post - While negotiations took place in Brussels, Greeks took to the streets en masse in what could only be described as pre-gunpowder civil war battles. Riotous scenes erupted of desperately angry citizens fighting the police as smoke bellowed from molotov cocktails and random tear gas grenades that hit their targets. Then the real bombshell was dropped.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

YouTube: Ron Paul Interview On Kudlow Report
Ron Paul Interview On CNBC Kudlow Report talking the Federal Reserve 11/02/2011.

11-02-11 - Ron Paul Interview - Fox News
Fox News Megyn Kelly Interviews Ron Paul.

Ron Paul salutes WikiLeaks
Russia Today - Speaking before a crowd at the National Federation of Republican Assemblies’ (NFRA) Iowa Straw Poll, Paul saluted whistleblowers for helping the rest of America be in-the-know when the government wants otherwise, noting that even when the government says they are in support of whistleblowers, authorities continue to prosecute people who are only trying to bring transparency to the way the country works.

Who Are Herman Cain's Accusers?
ABC - A third woman considered filing a workplace complaint against Herman Cain at the National Restaurant Association over what was termed aggressive and unwanted behavior, with invitations to his corporate apartment, according to a report in the Associated Press.

PICKET: Source - Rahm Emanuel involved in Cain sexual harassment accuser attacks
Washinton Times - According to a source who is friends with the Cain campaign, not only is the Rick Perry campaign involved but also the Mayor of Chicago and former Obama White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is likely involved with the sexual harassment accuser attacks. A friend of the Cain campaign believes a National Restaurant Association (NRA) employee out of the Chicago office leaked the story to the Perry campaign via information and influence from Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office.

Media Ignoring Veterans Call For Impeachment -- 11/11/11 Event at Washington Monument, D.C.
Activist Post - Since the American press has become little more than a bull horn for the Obama administration and the International Left, I suppose it makes sense that thousands of Veterans calling for Obama’s impeachment would not be news worthy in the modern American newsroom. After all, the last time thousands of patriotic Americans stood up to the federal government with veterans at the helm, it turned into the first American Civil War.

Feds Claim Geriatric Domestic Terrorists Planned Attacks “Like Timothy McVeigh”
Prison Planet - Federal officials claim two men from Georgia who are supposedly members of a militia planned a domestic terror attack with the deadly poison ricin. Court documents state that 73-year-old Frederick Thomas told others in the “fringe group” that he intended to fashion his attack on the online novel “Absolved,” which involves small groups of citizens attacking U.S. officials. Fox News expert Mike Vanderboegh wrote the novel.

VIDEO: Herman Cain: Entering Into A Shooting War With Iran “Perfectly Alright”
Prison Planet - Herman Cain’s foreign policy objectives were on show once again last night as the GOP candidate made some bizarre statements that should have even the most ardent Republican hawks worried. During a lengthy interview with Bill O’Reilly on Fox News, Cain suggested that he wouldn’t see it as a problem to enter into full on military confrontation with Iran.

Senate Dem seeks federal funding for diapers
The Hill - Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) on Tuesday introduced legislation that would allow federal block grants that states now use to subsidize child-care services to also allow for the purchase of diapers and "diapering supplies."

DC's homeless to be left in the cold this winter
Russia Today - Residents of the Washington DC metropolitan area make on average the largest annual income of any region in America. The nation’s capital also boasts a homeless population that is unmatched by many locales from coast-to-coast. As wintery weather begins to leave a frost on the banks of the Potomac, the thousands of impoverished citizens in the District of Columbia are trying to find a roof to stay warm in while snow begins to bluster. For many, however, they will be out of luck this season.

Baltimore shelters keep homeless women on the streets
Russia Today - After Baltimore took 100 beds out of the city’s homeless shelters, they’ve responded by opening up a new $8 million facility for the city’s impoverished — but women aren’t allowed in to this exclusive club. Homeless women in Charm City are saying it’s not so charming that men are being offered sleeping space while they are being forced to catch their zs beneath the trees and on the benches of Baltimore’s inner city.

Army engineers need $1 billion to repair damaged levees
Homeland Security News Wire - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is urgently requesting $1 billion to repair flood control systems along the Mississippi and Missouri river basins following damage from record floods this spring; the historic flooding forced the corps to blow up portions of the levee to relieve pressure, flooding thousands of acres of farmland to protect cities along the rivers.

VIDEO: Citizen Spy Recruitment Program Launches in U.S. Hotels
Activist Post - Homeland Security has been working closely with hotels on many levels as private partners in the war on terror, as part of the expanding If You See Something, Say Something program. Manuals such as the 84-page, Protective Measures Guide for the U.S. Lodging Industry (pdf) have been sent out to teach owners and staff how to properly spot potential terrorists. Typical suspicious behavior includes paying with cash and "insisting on privacy" among a plethora of other dangers.

Great Lakes States Soon to Strike Emergency Management Agreement with Canadian Provinces
HS Today - In the coming weeks, DHS hopes to see ratification of an international emergency management assistance compact by the Canadian government, said Andrew Velasquez, administrator of Region V of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Recently, emergency management associations from both countries as well as federal, state and local officials have reviewed the language of the agreement under the Central Regional Emergency Management Advisory Committee (CREMAC), consisting of some US Northern states and the
Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

One Year After Yemen Plot, Lawmakers Tell TSA to Strengthen Air Cargo Screening
HS Today - Tuesday, Democrats led by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, criticized TSA for delaying its deadline for 100 percent screening of all US-bound air cargo traveling on passenger aircraft, as required by the Implementing Recommendations Act of the 9/11 Commission (Public Law 110-53). TSA officials have long said they would not meet the mandate by 2013 at the earliest, but TSA chief John Pistole led efforts to accelerate the cargo screening of international
passenger aircraft by Dec. 31.

Supermarket shocker: Shoppers try to cope with soaring food prices
Grocery shopping is a game of strategy for Roberta Dukette. The 65-year-old Utican said it seems food prices have increased every week. “It’s tough to try to make ends meet,” she said. To compensate for the rising costs, she looks for the best deals and freezes food whenever she can. “I kind of work my meals around whatever happens to be on sale that week,” Dukette said.


YouTube: War veterans marching in support of OWS
On November 2nd, members of the New York City Chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War and other veterans marched to Zuccotti Part announcing their support for the 99%, and calling on other veterans and service members to join the Occupy Wall Street movement.

YouTube: Occupy Wall Street & The TeaParty Unite!?
The OWS movement, the TeaParty movement and the all the rest of us share a common enemy. That enemy is organized and powerful, and it has been playing us against each other for a reason.

US military veterans heed Occupy rallying cry
NEW YORK (AP) -- Thousands of U.S. military veterans are heeding the rallying cry of Occupy Wall Street, saying corporate contractors in Iraq made big money while the troops defending them came home - and can't make a living now.

Clashes erupt at Oakland protest
BBC - Riot police have clashed with demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street group at one of America's busiest ports, Oakland in California. Police fired tear gas as some of the protesters lit a fire and threw stones and bottles at officers. It followed a day of action against "corporate greed", which saw a mass protest march in central Oakland and halted operations at the port.

VIDEO: Occupy Oakland general strike: Blocked port, smashed windows
Russia Today - In the US, all eyes are now on Oakland, where anti-corporate protests see their first casualty after a young man was hit by a car. Thousands took to the streets in the Californian city and shut down operations in one of America's major sea ports.

Occupy Oakland: LIVE Updates
Russia Today

Rule of Law vs. the Forces of Order
OWS - Occupy Wall Street, with its defiant style of non-violent protest, has consistently clashed with the NYPD’s obsession with order maintenance, resulting in hundreds of mostly unnecessary arrests and a significant infringement on the basic rights of free speech and assembly.

The People vs. Goldman Sachs - Trial and March!
OWS - On November 3rd, the People, the 99 percent, will hold A People’s Hearing of Goldman Sachs in Liberty Square Park and march on Goldman Sachs! The people will bring to justice perhaps the single most egregious perpetrator of economic fraud and corruption in the United States. The Hearing will include testimonials from individuals directly affected by Goldman’s fraudulent manipulation of financial markets, including victims of housing foreclosures, pension losses, public lay-offs and untenable student debt.

Bloomberg defends banksters yet again
Russia Today - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg told the press this week that he is listening to the complaints coming from the protesters involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement — he just happens to think that they’re dumb.

New GAO Report Says New York Fed Didn’t Cut Deals On A.I.G., Raises Questions About Geithner's Honesty
Daily Bail - The report, by the Government Accountability Office, says that New York Fed officials have offered inconsistent explanations for their decision to pay other financial companies the full amounts they were owed by A.I.G., and that some of the explanations were contradicted by other evidence.

US Fed says economy strengthening
Activist Post - WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US Federal Reserve resisted pressure to set specific growth targets as it kept policy on hold Wednesday, saying that the economy had "strengthened somewhat" in the third quarter.

Poorest poor in US hits new record: 1 in 15 people
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The ranks of America's poorest poor have climbed to a record high - 1 in 15 people - spread widely across metropolitan areas as the housing bust pushed many inner-city poor into suburbs and other outlying places and shriveled jobs and income.

Obama: God backs jobs plan
Yahoo - President Barack Obama Wednesday said even God wanted to put Americans back to work, invoking divine blessing for his joust with Republicans over measures designed to slice into high unemployment. Obama also taunted his foes with historic arguments in favor of repairing vital infrastructure once made by conservative icon Ronald Reagan, as he stumped for a $60 billion infrastructure bill being taken up by the Senate.

MISFIRE: Carney quotes passage not in Bible
Politico - MR. CARNEY: Well, I believe the phrase from the Bible* is, “The Lord helps those who help themselves.” And I think the point the President is making is that we should -- we have it within our capacity to do the things to help the American people.

Oakland Police Post Open Letter To City Leadership
Oath Keepers - This letter was posted at the Oakland Police Officer's Association... An Open Letter to the Citizens of Oakland from the Oakland Police Officers’ Association: 1 November 2011 – Oakland, Ca. We represent the 645 police officers who work hard every day to protect the citizens of Oakland. We, too, are the 99% fighting for better working conditions, fair treatment and the ability to provide a living for our children and families. We are severely understaffed with many City beats remaining unprotected by police during the day and evening hours. As your police officers, we are confused....

Stocks Rebound, Commodities Rise
Bloomberg Nov 2, 2011 - U.S. stocks rebounded from a two-day slump and commodities rose, while the dollar fell, as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said the central bank will use monetary tools if necessary to safeguard the economic recovery. Treasuries pared losses.

Lack of MF Global Internal Controls Is Exposed With Missing Customer Money
Bloomberg Nov 2, 2011 - MF Global Holdings Ltd. (MF)’s bankruptcy, the eighth-largest in U.S. history, is exposing a lack of internal controls that may have prevented a last- minute rescue of Jon Corzine’s futures broker. The day it filed for Chapter 11 protection, New York-based MF Global disclosed a shortfall in customer accounts that people with knowledge of the matter said may be about $700 million. CME Group Inc., which has the authority to audit those accounts, said yesterday it didn’t know how much client money was missing.

MF Global Trustee Talks With Brokers to Take Accounts, Buy Pieces of Firm
Bloomberg Nov 2, 2011 - The trustee liquidating broker-dealer MF Global Inc. is in talks with brokerages that may take over customer accounts or buy “pieces of the business,” said Stephen Harbeck, president of the Securities Investor Protection Corp., which is overseeing the liquidation. MF Global customers may wait longer than the 10 days or so most retail brokerage customers of Lehman Brothers Inc. did after it collapsed in 2008, Harbeck said in a phone interview. The trustee’s team is in MF Global’s offices in New York today to examine the company’s books and records, he said.

Energy & Environment

Remember Fukushima? It's Back
Zero Hedge November 1, 2011 The problem with sweeping unresolved problems, especially of the unstable gamma decay variety, is that they tend to pop up at the most inopportune of times. Such as during global coordinated fiat ponzi bailouts. Kyodo reports that according to TEPCO a fresh fission reaction has restarted at Fukushima Daichi, and that boric acid is being injected to control a “possible nuclear reaction.” Hardly the encouraging news that the world needs right about now. Related video here.

Solyndra Got Cheaper U.S. Funds Than Chinese Rivals, Trina Solar CEO Says
Bloomberg Nov 2, 2011 - Chinese solar-panel makers borrow from state banks at higher interest rates than what Solyndra LLC was charged by the U.S. government this year, according to Trina Solar Ltd. (TSL), China’s third-biggest maker of the equipment.

Obama: Pipeline Shouldn’t Risk NE Water
Bloomberg - President Barack Obama said jobs created by TransCanada Corp.’s planned Keystone XL oil pipeline wouldn’t be worth the health and safety consequences if a spill contaminated water supplies. Obama commented on the $7 billion project that would carry oil from Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast in an interview with an Omaha television station yesterday, as Nebraska’s state legislature opened a special session considering ways to force a rerouting of the pipeline away from the state’s largest aquifer.


YouTube: Raw Milk Freedom Riders - The Revolution Will Not Be Pasteurized

Gas pump handles are filthiest surfaces Americans touch
(NaturalNews) Gas pump handles are swarming with loads of bacteria and viruses. They have been identified as the dirtiest surface Americans encounter on the way to work, according to a recently released study by Kimberley-Clark Professional, a unit of personal hygiene giant Kimberley-Clark Corp.

New reasons discovered for supplementing with alpha lipoic acid
(NaturalNews) Alpha lipoic acid - a.k.a., ALA, linolenic acid, or a-lipoic acid - is a potent, versatile antioxidant that also serves to convert blood sugar into metabolic energy. Recent research has shown lipoic acid's power to help repair nerve damage and possibly protect against Alzheimer's as well as declining vision. And there are many more health issues covered by ALA than most know.

Food for the genes - Study reveals link between nutrients and gene expression
(NaturalNews) The influence diet has on human health has been an important subject of scientific focus during recent years. A study conducted by researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NUST) comes to show that eating habits have a more significant impact on the human body, with immediate consequences at a genetic level.

MMMMmmmm: The Invention of the McRib and Why It Disappears from McDonald's
Chicago Mag - Like most American kids who grew up in the absence of fine dining, I enjoyed the reincarnations of the McRib. Then I moved to the big city, and went to fancy restaurants, and made friends who could cook. I even met vegetarians; I remember going to the Chicago Diner in college, unaware that it didn't serve meat (but it's a diner!) and was shocked to discover as I bit into my sloppy joe that it was... not meat.

Protest against feds focuses on raw-milk: 100 Gallons Distributed at FDA
World Net Daily - Protesters distributed an estimated 100 gallons of raw milk in front of the offices of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today during a rally that prompted the federal agency to issue a statement defending its crackdown on the product.

Full-service restaurant serving only 'paleolithic' caveman fare opens in Germany
(NaturalNews) The so-called "Paleo" diet has caught on like wildfire, with millions of people around the world embracing it for both weight-loss and health-promoting purposes. The diet has become so popular, in fact, that a new restaurant in Germany now serves only paleolithic food, which excludes popular modern-day foods like cheese, bread, and sugar.

Amino acid therapy for depression, anxiety, ADHD, addiction and more
(NaturalNews) I've recently learned a lot about amino acid therapy from the medical director of Ranch Creek Recovery, a holistic drug and alcohol recovery facility located near San Diego, CA. Ranch Creek Recovery offers long-term residential treatment for severe addictions and amino acid therapy plays an important role in their success with patients.

My Favorite Salt Bath Recipe
Healing From Home Remedies - The most important ingredient in your salt bath recipe is the type of salt you use! So my favorite salt bath recipe starts with a high quality sea salt and that would be Himalayan Pink Salt. My second choice would be Dead Sea salt. Both of these sea salts contain many minerals which are essential for healthy skin, inside and out. For thousands of years salt has been known as a panacea. Alchemists called it “the fifth element”—besides water, earth, air and fire—because its qualities were comparable only to ether, the actual fifth element. Why are we so drawn to the ocean? Because our subconscious mind instinctively wants to return to the specific vibrational state of the ocean from which we once emerged.

New Study: Many Breast Tumors Will Spontaneously Regress
Green Med Info - A groundbreaking study published this month in The Lancet Oncology shows for the first time that many screen-detected invasive breast tumors spontaneously regress when under-diagnosed and untreated.... This study shows for the first time that women who received the most breast screenings had a higher 6-year cumulative incidence of invasive breast cancer than the control group who received far less.

New drugs used to tackle superbugs INCREASE risk of infection, sepsis
Daily Mail - After certain surgeries, the number of infections in patients given a new regime of drugs was higher than among those on the old regime, a study found. Of 709 patients undergoing a prostate cancer diagnosis operation, those given the new course of antibiotics to fight infections developed five times as many complications. These included a number of cases of sepsis, in which the blood is overwhelmed by bugs, and one case of septic shock needing emergency treatment to prevent heart failure.

Could we face the return of CJD? Experts fear it may lie dormant in thousands
Daily Mail - New evidence collected by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) suggests that one in 4,000 people who were eating meat before 1996 is probably carrying CJD (after that date, cattle infected with mad cow disease were, theoretically, removed from the food chain). That could mean that as many as 15,000 people nationwide could be affected. While this is in line with a previous survey, the latest findings suggest CJD might be more prevalent in older people.

Most important properties of water
(NaturalNews) Perhaps now that I am living in Sanctuary surrounded by two rivers, which envelop us on three sides, I will get back to my Waters of Life book and finally finish it. Here we are reminded every day the importance of water and what it's like to drink it as it comes out the top of a mountain. We do have a village water system for our little valley of perhaps 70 simple homes but it is for collection and no treatment is done.

Science & Technology

US Marshals turned loose to collect $63,720.80 from Righthaven
The US Marshal for the District of Nevada has just been authorized by a federal court to use "reasonable force" to seize $63,720.80 in cash and/or assets from the Las Vegas copyright troll after Righthaven failed to pay a court judgment from August 15. Righthaven made a national name for itself by suing mostly small-time bloggers and forum posters over the occasional copied newspaper article, initially going so far as to demand that targeted websites turn over their domain names to Righthaven.

Governments using hacking techniques to spy on citizens
Raw Story - Many governments are now conducting domestic surveillance using the same techniques employed by hackers, according to a new report. The Guardian revealed Tuesday that law enforcement and intelligence agencies from governments across the world came to the Intelligence Support Systems (ISS) World Americas last month where they were offered the latest spying technology to use against their own citizens. The conference, which is off-limits to the public and the media, featured technology to intercept cell phones, skype, and email. GPS tracking and traditional hacking were also popular products.

Cyberterrorism - The weapon of choice a decade after 9/11
Homeland Security News Wire - Scott Schober, the president and CEO of Berkeley Varitronics Systems, warns of the growing threat from cyberterrorists; he writes that in ten years, "the terrorists' weapon of choice may not necessarily be a 187,000 pound 767 jet loaded with fuel targeting" New York’s skyline, instead it will be pajama-clad hackers taking down an electrical grid, causing mass confusion in the aviation system, or targeting a nuclear power plant’s SCADA control system to create mass panic and chaos for millions.

Suitcase sized device can remotely disable phones, intercept communications, record unique IDs and track you in real time
Activist Post - Governments around the world are increasingly taking control of civilian communications – especially cellular telephone networks – usually for nefarious purposes. We have seen this occur in the Middle East on multiple occasions during the so-called Arab Spring, and now these control systems are being implemented in full force in the West as well.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Weekend DIY Project: How to Build a Cold Frame
Mother Earth News - Use these step-by-step instructions to build a cold frame and extend your growing season. If self-sufficiency is one of your goals and gardening is one of your passions, building a cold frame is a great way to take a step forward in both areas. You can extend your growing season to harvest more fresh food more months of the year, and also have a new place to start seeds and harden off seedlings instead of buying plants in pots each spring.


Top 10 Reasons America Depends On Survivalists And Preppers
Personal Liberty Digest - At the core, that’s what survivalists and preppers are. They are people who are aware that life is full of uncertainty and who have decided to put things into place for when bad times happen. With that, here is the top 10 list of why America depends on survivalists and preppers:

Today in History - Wednesday - November 2, 2011
1776 - During the American Revolutionary War, William Demont, became the first traitor of the American Revolution when he deserted.
1783 - U.S. Gen. George Washington gave his "Farewell Address to the Army" near Princeton, NJ.
1867 - "Harpers Bazaar" magazine was founded.
1883 - Thomas Edison executed a patent application for an electrical indicator using the Edison effect lamp (U.S. Pat. 307,031).
1889 - North Dakota and South Dakota were admitted into the union as the 39th and 40th states.
1920 - The first commercial radio station in the U.S., KDKA of Pittsburgh, PA, began regular broadcasting.
1930 - The DuPont Company announced the first synthetic rubber. It was named DuPrene.
1947 - Howard Hughes flew his "Spruce Goose," a huge wooden airplane, for eight minutes in California. It was the plane's first and only flight. Today, the Spruce Goose is housed at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon.
1948 - Harry S. Truman defeated Thomas E. Dewey for the U.S. presidency. The Chicago Tribune published an early edition that had the headline "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN." The Truman victory surprised many polls and newspapers.
1959 - Charles Van Doren, a game show contestant on the NBC-TV program "Twenty-One" admitted that he had been given questions and answers in advance.
1960 - In London, the novel "Lady Chatterly's Lover," was found not guilty of obscenity.
1962 - U.S. President Kennedy announced that the U.S.S.R. was dismantling the missile sites in Cuba.
1963 - South Vietnamese President Ngo Dihn Diem was assassinated in a military coup.
1966 - The Cuban Adjustment Act allows 123,000 Cubans to apply for permanent residence in the U.S.
1983 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan signed a bill establishing a federal holiday on the third Monday of January in honor of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
1985 - The South African government imposed severe restrictions on television, radio and newspaper coverage of unrest by both local and foreign journalists.
1986 - American hostage David Jacobson was released after being held in Lebanon for 17 months by Shiite Muslims kidnappers.
1993 - The U.S. Senate called for full disclosure of Senator Bob Packwood's diaries in a sexual harassment probe.
1993 - Christie Todd Whitman was elected the first woman governor of New Jersey.
1995 - The U.S. expelled Daiwa Bank Ltd. for allegedly covering up $1.1 billion in trading losses.
1998 - U.S. President Clinton gave his first in-depth interview since the White House sex scandal to Black Entertainment Television talk show host and political commentator Tavis Smiley on the network's "BET Tonight with Tavis Smiley."
2001 - The computer-animated movie "Monsters, Inc." opened. The film recorded the best debut ever for an animated film and the 6th best of all time.
2003 - In the U.S., the Episcopal Church diocese consecrated the church's first openly gay bishop.

World News

Greece's Papandreou heading to EU showdown
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou will try to win over irate European leaders later Wednesday, hours after persuading his cabinet to back a hugely-controversial referendum on the debt-crippled country's latest rescue package. Papandreou's gamble to put the hard-won euro130 billion ($177 billion) deal to his austerity-fatigued electorate caused market turmoil Tuesday as investors fretted over the prospect of a disorderly Greek debt default and the country's exit from the euro.

Greece faces meltdown after bailout vote bombshell
(Reuters) - The Greek government faced possible collapse on Tuesday as ruling party lawmakers demanded Prime Minister George Papandreou resign for throwing the nation's euro membership into jeopardy with a shock call for a referendum.

Israel to speed up settlement building in West Bank
(Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for the accelerated construction of some 2,000 housing units in areas in the West Bank and around Jerusalem, an official statement said on Tuesday. The statement came after Netanyahu called a special cabinet session to discuss the granting of full membership to the Palestinians by UNESCO, the U.N. cultural agency, a move opposed by Israel and the United States.

Resistance is fertile: Palestine's eco-war
Al Jazeera - "Guerilla gardening" has its roots among the Levellers and the Diggers of mid-17th Century England, but today has branches spanning the globe. From Toronto to Moscow, cabals of city-dwelling horticulturalists have sprung up in most population centres with any form of urban anarchist presence.

Iran, in "rant" to U.S., rebuts plot allegations
(Reuters) - Iran has sent the United States a formal diplomatic note disputing U.S. allegations that Tehran was behind an alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States, the State Department said on Tuesday.

Exclusive: Obama planning next steps in Afghan drawdown
(Reuters) - The White House has asked the Pentagon for initial recommendations for the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan in 2014, a first step in planning the final U.S. drawdown there despite a bleak security outlook.

‘Arab Spring is about controlling Eurasia'
Russia Today - The ultimate goal of the US is to take the resources of Africa and Middle East under military control to block economic growth in China and Russia, thus taking the whole of Eurasia under control, author and historian William F. Engdahl reveals. The crisis with the US economy and the dollar system, the conduct of the US foreign policy is all a part of breakdown of the entire superpower structure that was built up after the end of WWII, claims Engdahl.

‘Gulf countries conspiring to topple Assad'
Russia Today - There is a conspiracy involving regional powers that is aimed at overthrowing the Assad regime in Syria, warned Beirut-based political analyst Kamel Al Wazne. He argued that Syria’s neighbors are getting involved in the country’s political process out of a personal vendetta again President Bashar al-Assad.

US envisions NATO of the Gulf
Russia Today - The end of the Iraq war will do little to sway America’s desire to strengthen its foothold in the Middle East. As the US seeks to beef up its military presence in the Persian Gulf via a NATO-style military alliance, Iran has much cause for alarm.

China-US Energy Geopolitics: The Battle for Oil in the South China Sea
Global Research - A new area of potential confrontation is developing between China and the U.S. According to reports, Exxon Mobil which has acquired exploration and production rights from Vietnam has discovered substantial gas reserves in the South China Sea off the coast of North Vietnam.

Globalists Using London Cyberspace Summit to Push for Global Internet Treaty
Activist Post - For the next two days, leaders from around the globe will collude with tech giants to discuss how to respond to the challenges and opportunities of the Internet. Translation: they'll be negotiating a global Internet treaty. It's reported that officials from 60 countries will join Google, Facebook, Microsoft and (Chinese video sharing site), as well as cyber crime agencies, and computer security firms at the London Conference on Cyberspace.

U.K. surveillance system can turn off phones
Raw Story - Police in London possess a surveillance technology that sounds like something straight out of science fiction: a mobile GSM device that pretends to be a cellular tower, tricking nearby phones into connecting to it, then intercepting all their communications. The system was developed by the British firm Datong plc, according to The Guardian, which noted that the U.S. Secret Service and a number of Middle Eastern regimes also patronize the company.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Lawyer: Cain May Have Violated Confidentiality Of Harassment Settlement
NPR - Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain spoke about the harassment allegations at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Monday. The lawyer for a woman who settled a sexual harassment complaint against Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain in the late 1990s says that Cain may have violated the confidentiality terms of the agreement by commenting on its specifics over the past 24 hours.

VIDEO: Northwestern Sheriffs Stand TALL for the Constitution
Activist Post - Here are eight county sheriffs from Northern CA and Southern OR speaking on at panel at the Defend Rural America event October 22, 2011 in Yreka. Despite the low media coverage there were about 700 people in attendance from all over California, Oregon and as far away as Wyoming. The sheriffs made it perfectly clear that they are the last line of defense for their citizens and given authority by the 10th Amendment.

YouTube: Rep. Ron Paul - A Republican Presidential Forum On Manufacturing
November 1, 2011 Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) answers questions about monetary policy, taxes, regulation, jobs, trade agreements, energy policy and other issues facing the business and manufacturing industry.

Sheriff: Fast and Furious Bigger Scandal Than Watergate
Infowars- Over two dozen Republicans call for Holder to resign. Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu joined over two dozen Republican lawmakers in calling on Attorney General Eric Holder’s to resign over Operation Fast and Furious, the gunrunning program that saw the ATF deliver some 2,000 guns directly into the hands of Mexican drug gangs, labeling the scandal worse than the Watergate cover-up that brought down the Nixon White House.

YouTube: Gerald Celente Predicts Ron Paul Can Win The Election

YouTube: Operation Stump for Paul in Iowa - Jan. 3rd
We are trying to organize a group of volunteers for the Iowa Caucus on January 3rd and the weeks leading up to it. If you are interested, please email us at:

What Are Unalienable Rights?
I don't think I've ever seen an expansive article about unalienable rights. We all seem to just refer to the Declaration of Independence and what Jefferson wrote, and then defer to it. But natural law and unalienable rights are where it all starts.

VIDEO: Hugging a jug of maple syrup does not look presidential
MSNBC - Over the weekend in New Hampshire, Texas Governor Rick Perry gave the speech of his political career -- in the sense that it might well be the speech that comes to define his political career. It was, in a word, weird. Rachel argued that after you watch the clips from it, you can no longer envision Rick Perry as president. He simply can't be both the man hugging that jug of maple syrup and the leader of the free world.

Senate passes slimmed-down spending bills
(Reuters) - The government would spend less on law enforcement, housing, scientific research and a range of other activities under a trio of bills approved on Tuesday by the Democratic-controlled Senate. Tuesday's 69-30 vote was a rare moment of progress after months of partisan budget battles that brought the government to the edge of a shutdown and the brink of default.

Holder dumps new Fast and Furious docs as 11 more congressmen call for his resignation
Daily Caller - The Obama administration appears to be attempting to defend Attorney General Eric Holder as the Justice Department dumped more than 650 pages worth of Operation Fast and Furious documents on congressional investigators late Monday.

Holder sues South Carolina over immigration reform
Daily Caller - The Obama administration has boosted its efforts to bar state-level enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws by suing South Carolina over its new immigration reform law. The Monday announcement by the Department of Justice follows the news that the Department of Homeland Security has quietly canceled long-standing checks of transportation hubs for illegal immigrants.

Senator: Appropriations bill promising $1B cut will increase spending by more than $9B
Daily Caller - Despite claims that an appropriations bill the Senate is expected to pass Tuesday will cut spending from last year by $1 billion, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Budget Committee, contends that the bill will in fact increase spending by nine times that amount.

NPPA Asking DC To Change Policy That Can Be Used To Target Photographers
Even though the Washington Post assured we had nothing to worry about regarding a policy that allows police to arrest photographers who spend more than five minutes at a single location taking pictures, the National Press Photographers Association wasn’t too convinced.

Big Sis To Monitor Twitter For Signs Of Social Unrest
Paul Joseph Watson - The wave of civil unrest that has swept the globe over the past year has prompted the Department of Homeland Security to step up its monitoring of Twitter and other social networks in a bid to pre-empt any sign of social dislocation within the United States.

VIDEO: Federally-Funded Street Lights Capable of “Recording Conversations”
Prison Planet - Federally-funded high-tech street lights now being installed in American cities are not only set to aid the DHS in making “security announcements” and acting as talking surveillance cameras, they are also capable of “recording conversations,” bringing the potential privacy threat posed by ‘Intellistreets’ to a whole new level.

Gov’t Funded Apartments Run ‘Teens Going Green’ Program; Teens ‘Policing Their Parents’
CNS News - A non-profit affordable housing developer that spent $33 million for “green upgrades” to an Alexandria, Va., apartment complex, also administers a “Teens Going Green” program at the site where, among other things, teens take the green agenda “back home,” and are “policing their parents” to be more environmentally conscious.

Anonymous goes after deadly Mexican drug cartel
Russia Today - In an attempt to save one of its own, the hackivist group, Anonymous threatens one of most notorious Mexican drug cartels, Los Zetas. News Nation video report here and Anonymous video here.


Lawyer Tells Bankruptcy Judge: All MF Global Funds Accounted For, Held by Brokerage
Bloomberg - MF Global Holdings Ltd. (MF), run by former New Jersey governor and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) co- chairman Jon Corzine, has accounted for all its customer funds, said Kenneth Ziman, a lawyer for MF Global, citing the company’s management. “To the best knowledge of management, there is no shortfall,” Ziman told U.S. Bankruptcy judge Martin Glenn in Manhattan, who inquired about whether a shortfall in customer accounts would affect the case, citing media reports that hundreds of millions of dollars were missing. Most of MF Global’s U.S. assets are held at its brokerage unit, Ziman said.

Oakland prepares to be Occupy movement epicenter
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Oakland prepared Wednesday to again become the epicenter of Occupy Wall Street movement as local organizers aided by labor unions and advocacy groups finalized plans for a broad-based call to action that was expected to include marches, pickets outside banks, school shutdowns and an attempt to close the nation's fifth-busiest port.

Obama traveling to Europe for economic summit
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama heads to France on Wednesday evening for a summit of world leaders, but before he does he'll make another push for passage of a piece of his jobs bill.

VIDEO: Occupy Oakland City-Wide General Strike Scheduled Today
OWS - We as fellow occupiers of Oscar Grant Plaza propose that on Wednesday November 2, 2011, we liberate Oakland and shut down the 1%. We propose a city wide general strike and we propose we invite all students to walk out of school. Instead of workers going to work and students going to school, the people will converge on downtown Oakland to shut down the city. All banks and corporations should close down for the day or we will march on them.

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Denver police spill protesters' blood
Russia Today - Eyewitnesses accused police of using brutal force and fabricating evidence against activists. “We showed up kind of ready for it, but when [police] came up totally armed to the teeth and ready for war, so to speak, they moved very quick,” recalls activist Mitch Shenassa.

YouTube: Loan Rangers: OWS raise alarms over $1 trillion student debt
Russia Today - The ever growing Occupy Wall Street Movement in the U.S. is drawing more jobless and dissatisfied university students into its ranks. The record cost of national student loans and high unemployment are putting an unbearable burden on the backs of young people. RT's Liz Wahl spoke to some of those already facing a future in debt.

Bank of America Calls Off Debit-Fee Plan
Wall Street Journal - Bank of America Corp. is dropping its plan to charge customers $5 a month for making purchases with their debit cards, a person familiar with the situation said. The move is a dramatic retreat following decisions by several rivals in recent days to drop customer tests of the new fees. SunTrust Banks Inc. and Regions Financial Corp. also said Monday that they will stop charging customers for debit-card transactions.

You're Not Going To Believe Obama's Latest Jobs Plan
Business Insider - President Barack Obama's 'We Can't Wait' jobs plan has found its next target — naming Virginia's Fort Monroe as a national park, The Virginian-Pilot reported. Naming the park is expected to draw tourists to the site — and create an undetermined number of jobs in the coming years.

VIDEO: DEAR 99%: Here's What You Should Do With All That Junk Mail Offering You Credit Cards
Business Insider - We found this video on YouTube and had to share it with you. Why?
Because you'll laugh. In the video below, this neatly dressed gentleman explains a new way for the 99% to communicate with the 1%. And we have to admit, it's something basically anyone can understand.

MF Global accounts shock leaves clients scrambling
(Reuters) - Bankrupt brokerage MF Global Holding Ltd failed to protect customer accounts by keeping them separate from its own funds, a top U.S. exchange regulator said on Tuesday.

JPMorgan Seeks Lien on All MF Global Assets
Bloomberg - MF Global, which filed for bankruptcy with assets of $41 billion, has five operating accounts, all with JPMorgan. The bank may have a lien on the entire balance because of so-called setoff rights related to a credit line to MF Global where it acts and agent and lender, the New York-based bank said in a filing.

Wall Street slides on Greek referendum call
(Reuters) NEW YORK - Stocks tumbled 2 percent on Tuesday after a surprise proposal that Greeks should vote on a EU bailout plan threatened to upend weeks of painstaking negotiations and unleash the region's sovereign debt crisis with renewed force.

Housing Market

CNN MOney: Home Prices Heading for Triple-Dip
The specter that those foreclosed homes could flood the market at any time and drive prices significantly lower is a huge concern, said Mark Dotzour, an economist for Texas A&M University. "That's the elephant in the room," he said, noting that there are 6 million home currently in shadow inventory.

Bank forecloses on homeowner ... three years after his house destroyed by a hurricane
Daily Mail - In one man's world, your house can be destroyed, you can continue to make its mortgage payments, yet it can still be foreclosed. That's the situation for Brad Gana, a Texas man whose home was washed away in 2008 by Hurricane Ike who continued to make its mortgage payments, before the bank arrived, confiscating whatever items they could get. Hiring an attorney to stop the procedure, which was successful, Bank of America still arrived at his property, removing any personal items that were available like his tools and collectibles, all of which are now gone.

US files $834 million lawsuit against Allied Home Mortgage
Housing Wire - Federal officials filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Allied Home Mortgage Capital and two of its senior officials, seeking to recover $834 million in damages stemming from allegedly fraudulent mortgage insurance claims.

AG settlement targets 5 largest mortgage servicers
Housing Wire -The state attorneys general are closing in on a settlement figure with the five largest mortgage servicers over faulty foreclosure practices that surfaced one year ago.

Foreclosure reviews of largest servicers begins
Housing Wire - Independent third-party reviews of foreclosure cases at the 14 largest mortgage servicers began Tuesday.

Sharga: Several more years with nearly 1M foreclosures per year
Housing Wire - The housing market faces several more years with 800,000 to 1 million new foreclosed properties per year, according to Rick Sharga, an executive vice president with Carrington Mortgage Services.... According to RealtyTrac, there have been 8.9 million homes lost to foreclosure since 2007, the height of the credit crisis.

Energy & Environment

Off the Grid and Thriving!
More than a decade ago, my wife, Michelle, and I moved from a busy suburban street to 150 acres in the Ontario bush, where our nearest neighbors are three miles away. Ditto for the nearest utility pole. We moved off the grid with little knowledge about renewable energy — or electricity, for that matter — and had to quickly put into practice our home-schooling mantra of “lifelong learning.”

Japan reactor restarts; new glitch hits Fukushima
TOKYO (AP) — Radioactive particles associated with nuclear fission have been detected at Japan's tsunami-damaged atomic power plant, officials said Wednesday, suggesting one of its reactors could have a new problem. The fresh concerns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear facility came as a reactor in southern Japan was restarted and brought back online, marking a first since the March 11 disaster created an outcry over the safety of Japan's nuclear power sites.

VIDEO: Fukushima: More Frightening Details
Prison Planet - Today Scientist Marco Kaltofen of Worchester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) presented his analysis of radioactive isotopic releases from the Fukushima accidents at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Mr. Kaltofen’s analysis confirms the detection of hot particles in the US and the extensive airborne and ground contamination in northern Japan due to the four nuclear power plant accidents at TEPCO’s Fukushima reactors.

UN : Earth Passed Away Eleven Years Ago
Real Science - San Jose Mercury News (CA) - June 30, 1989 – 3F General News GRIM FORECAST: A senior environmental official at the United Nations, Noel Brown, says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the earth by rising sea levels if global warming is not reversed by the year 2000. Coastal flooding and crop failures would create an exodus of “eco-refugees,” threatening political chaos, said Brown, director of the New York office of the U.N. Environment Program. He said governments have a 10-year window of opportunity to solve the greenhouse effect.

Polarbeargate father must take polygraph test
Russia Today - If you’re going to make claims that an environmental catastrophe is killing the lives of polar bears, you better pray to god that he has your back. Facing skepticism from within the scientific community, the US is asking leading researchers responsible for Polarbeargate to undergo a polygraph test.


Exposed: CDC deliberately manipulated, covered up scientific data showing link between vaccines containing mercury and autism
(NaturalNews) Deniers of the link between mercury-laden vaccines and autism are going to have a hard time denying the latest findings by the Coalition for Mercury-Free Drugs (CoMeD). The nonprofit group has obtained critical documents via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that exposes the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) role in deliberately lying about and manipulating a key Danish study that showed a clear link between vaccines containing mercury and autism.

CSC announces boycott against J&J for continuing to needlessly add cancer-causing chemicals to baby shampoos
(NaturalNews) A new report put together by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) reveals that, despite numerous petitions from consumers and consumer advocacy groups, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) continues to produce baby shampoos that contain two known cancer-causing chemicals. And perhaps the worst part about the whole thing is that J&J has reformulated these products for some countries, but continues to use the toxic versions in North America.

Children's vitamins largely made of sugar and corn syrup
(NaturalNews) Those brightly colored gummy or chewable vitamins you give your children in hopes of providing them with more nutrients may actually harm their health. The sweetening ingredients added to make vitamins more attractive to children also put them at risk for obesity, diabetes, asthma, diarrhea and other ailments. Take a look at what our label research turned up about these products.

New trials show naked body scanners have up to 40% error rate
(NaturalNews) Recently trials of the naked full-body scanning machines in Australia have revealed that the highly invasive technology has a huge error rate of up to 40%, but Australian government officials plan to set up the scanners in airports regardless.

Green vegetable consumption stimulates immune system signaling to support optimal health
(NaturalNews) We all know that our immune system is the first line of defense against a wide array of potentially deadly pathogens, bacteria and viruses. Yet many people take this crucial defense barrier for granted and do little to ensure that they are adequately protected against a multitude of microscopic invaders. Researchers publish the result of a research body performed at the University of Cambridge in the journal Cell, and they demonstrate that compounds found in green vegetables, from bok choy to broccoli, are the source of a chemical signal that is important to activate a fully functioning immune system.

Amino acid therapy for depression, anxiety, ADHD, addiction and more
(NaturalNews) I've recently learned a lot about amino acid therapy from the medical director of Ranch Creek Recovery, a holistic drug and alcohol recovery facility located near San Diego, CA. Ranch Creek Recovery offers long-term residential treatment for severe addictions and amino acid therapy plays an important role in their success with patients.

IQ can be increased with mental exercises, lifestyle, diet and supplements
IQ stands for Intelligence Quotient. Contrary to common misconception, IQ does not measure a person's actual intelligence, but rather is measurement of one's problem solving abilities. It has long been thought that a person's IQ remains fairly stable from very early in life. However, new studies have found just the opposite, indicating that IQ can be increased by as much as 20% or more with proper diet, lifestyle, mental exercises and more.

Merck’s Profits Explode as Government-Backed HPV Shot Gardasil Sales Skyrocket
Activist Post - Mega drug manufacturer Merck & Co. is reporting a major increase in third-quarter profits due in part to the skyrocketing sales of death-linked HPV shot Gardasil – up 41 percent to $445 million thanks to government backing and a hugely successful yet deceptive ad campaign targeted at unsuspecting parents and children.

Understand and treat hyperactivity naturally
(NaturalNews) According to a report released by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), nearly one in ten of all U.S. children are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is time a more natural approach was implemented.

Johnson & Johnson Is Selling Carcinogen-Laced Baby Shampoo Despite Outcry
Business Insider - Moms who buy special shampoo for their babies probably assume that they aren't rubbing carcinogens into their precious child's head during every bath. If they live in the U.S., there's a good chance they're wrong. Health and environmental groups have been pressuring Johnson & Johnson to remove two potentially cancer-causing chemicals from its popular baby shampoo, and for some unfathomable reason, they're dragging their feet.

Science & Technology

WikiLeaks Editor, Assange loses fight against extradition
CNN - London (CNN) -- WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange lost a court battle to stay in the United Kingdom Wednesday and will be extradited to Sweden to face questioning over sex charges, a court ruled. Appeals court judges Lord Justice John Thomas and Justice Duncan Ouseley rejected all four of the arguments Assange's defense team used to fight the extradition. They will hold another hearing later this month to determine whether he can appeal.

Cameron: Internet Crackdown Ahead
Kurt Nimmo - Objective of mostly over-hyped cyber war threat – long sought after crackdown on internet. On Monday, David Cameron went before an international cyberspace conference in London and said it was “essential to strike a balance between the needs of online security and the right to free expression.” “We cannot leave cyberspace open to the criminals and the terrorists that threaten our security and our prosperity but at the same time we cannot just go down the heavy-handed route,” he said.

Video: The Latest in Terminator Tech
Defense Tech - Enjoy this video of the latest in creepily-human robot tech from Boston Dynamics. It’s their Petman Robot and its lifelike walking made me cringe almost as much as I did when I first saw video of their four legged DARPA Dog robot walking through the woods of New England a few years ago.

NJ Transit Ushers in Cashless Society with Google Wallet App for Smartphone Payment
Activist Post - Just a few weeks ago, the New Jersey transportation authority announced the most recent Orwellian Big Brother policy under the guise of greater traveler convenience; a cover story for privacy intrusion that is becoming more and more popular when attempting to introduce the hi-tech police state security grid.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Top 9 Foods the Government is Paying for You to Eat
Activist Post - The United States federal government paid American farmers $12.3 billion in 2009 to boost crop production. While this number may seem high, it is actually nearly the lowest amount paid to farmers in the past 10 years.

Today in History - Tuesday - November 1, 2011
1755 - At least 60,000 people were killed in Lisbon, Portugal by an earthquake, its aftershocks and the ensuing tsunami.
1765 - The British Parliament enacted The Stamp Act in the American colonies. The act was repealed in March of 1766 on the same day that the Parliament passed the Declaratory Acts which asserted that the British government had free and total legislative power of the colonies.
1800 - U.S. President John Adams became the first president to live in the White House when he moved in.
1848 - The first medical school for women, founded by Samuel Gregory, opened in Boston, MA. The Boston Female Medical School later merged with Boston University School of Medicine.
1861 - Gen. George B. McClellan was made the general-in-chief of the American Union armies.
1864 - The U.S. Post Office started selling money orders. The money orders provided a safe way to payments by mail.
1870 - The U.S. Weather Bureau made its first meteorological observations using 24 locations that provided reports via telegraph.
1879 - Thomas Edison executed his first patent application for a high-resistance carbon filament (U.S. Pat. 223,898).
1894 - "Billboard Advertising" was published for the first time. It later became known as "Billboard."
1911 - Italy used planes to drop bombs on the Tanguira oasis in Libya. It was the first aerial bombing.
1936 - Mussolini made a speech in Italy, in which he described the alliance between Italy and Nazi Germany as an "axis" running between Berlin and Rome.
1949 - In Washington, 55 people were killed when a fighter plane hit an airliner.
1950 - Two Puerto Rican nationalists tried to assassinate U.S. President Truman. One of the men was killed when they tried to force their way into Blair House in Washington, DC.
1952 - The United States exploded the first hydrogen bomb on Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
1954 - Algeria began to rebel against French rule.
1963 - The USSR launched Polyot I. It was the first satellite capable of maneuvering in all directions and able to change its orbit.
1968 - The movie rating system of G, M, R, X, followed by PG-13 and NC-17 went into effect.
1973 - Leon Jaworski was appointed the new Watergate special prosecutor in the Watergate case.
1979 - Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini urged all Iranians to demonstrate on November 4 and to expand their attacks against the U.S. and Israel. On November 4, Iranian militants seized the U.S. embassy in Tehran and took 63 Americans hostage.
1981 - The U.S. Postal Service raised the first-class letter rate to 20 cents.
1989 - Tens of thousands of refugees to fled to the West when East Germany reopened its border with Czechoslovakia.
1989 - Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega announced the end of a cease-fire with the Contra rebels.
1993 - The European Community's treaty on European unity took effect.
1995 - In Dayton, OH, the Bosnian peace talks opened with the leaders of Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia present.
1998 - Iridium inaugurated the first handheld, global satellite phone and paging system.

World News

Greek Vote Threatens Bailout in Europe
Bloomberg - Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou called a referendum and a parliamentary confidence vote, raising the prospect of derailing Europe’s bailout effort and pushing Greece into default. Stocks and the euro tumbled. Papandreou’s gambit risks pushing the country into default if rejected by voters, and raises the ante with dissidents in his own party.

European Banks Sink on Greek Vote Bombshell
CNBC - French banks and other lenders exposed to Greece and other weak euro zone countries slumped on Tuesday after Greece's leader said he would put a bailout plan to a referendum, raising the risk of a disorderly default.

Fury in Germany after Greek referendum call
(Reuters) - Germans expressed fury and frustration at Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou's shock decision to call a referendum on the latest aid package, with some saying the gamble would push Greece out of the euro zone. Related article here.

China to Play Big Role at the Upcoming G20 Summit
CNBC - Efforts to coax China into throwing the euro zone a lifeline will dominate this week's G20 Summit and leave Beijing holding the cards as world leaders try to restore market confidence with pledges to reduce economic imbalances. Heads of state and finance chiefs from the 20 leading economies want to use the Nov. 3-4 meeting in Cannes, France, to send a message that Europe has its debt crisis under control and any risks to the world economy are being taken care of.

Washington fears unilateral Israeli strike on Iran
Washington concerned Israel will mount military operation against Islamic Republic without coordinating move first, State Department official says. US consequently putting greater pressure on Security Council to impose harsher sanctions on Iran.

Report: Israel improving nuclear abilities
The Guardian quotes report claiming Israel extending Jericho III missile's range, developing ICBM capabilities, expanding nuclear-tipped cruise missile enabled submarine fleet.

Palestinians aim to join 16 other UN agencies
GENEVA (AP) -- It's not just UNESCO: The Palestinians' top envoy in Geneva said Tuesday he believes that joining the U.N. agency for culture, education and science will "open the door" to joining 16 other U.N. agencies within weeks.

Russia Ready to Offer Europe $10 Billion in Aid Through IMF
Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Russia is prepared to help Europe cope with its debt crisis by making as much as $10 billion available through the International Monetary Fund and hasn’t ruled out offering bilateral help to European Union nations.

Unesco grants Palestine full membership – US threatens to cut off UN funding
Guardian - Palestine full membership in a move that Israel and the United States say could harm Middle East peace efforts Link to this video The United States has cut off funds to Unesco as a punitive action after the Palestinian Authority was accepted into the UN agency as a full member in defiance of American, Israeli and European pressure. The Palestinians won overwhelming backing for their bid to be admitted to the UN educational, scientific and cultural organisation with members voting by 107 votes to 14 in favour – to loud cheers from delegates in Paris.

U.S. halts UNESCO funding over Palestinian vote
(Reuters) - The United States said on Monday it had stopped funding UNESCO, the U.N. cultural agency, following its vote to grant the Palestinians full membership. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters the United States had no choice but to halt funding because of U.S. laws passed in the 1990s, saying Washington would not make a planned $60 million transfer that was due in November.

UN Warns Of Sharp Increase In Social Unrest
Prison Planet - A prominent UN agency has issued a warning that the globe is hurtling toward a long recession, a 40 million worldwide job shortage and an increase in large scale social unrest.

UN Pushes to Vaccinate for Cholera in Haiti, Not Provide Clean Water
Food Safety News - Haitians have suffered the worst cholera outbreak in the world as a direct result of fouled water. The originating cause is well documented, even specifying the UN peacekeeping troups whose sanitation was so poor that water was widely polluted. The obvious cure is to stop the pollution of drinking water. So, what does the United Nations want to do? Vaccinate!

Japan intervenes in currency market to weaken yen
TOKYO (AP) -- The dollar jumped about 5 percent against the yen Monday after Japan intervened to weaken the Japanese currency, whose recent appreciation has hurt the country's vital exporters. The dollar shot above 79 yen in late morning trading in Tokyo after earlier touching a post-World War II low of 75.32 yen.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

What Would Really Happen If Ron Paul Were To Be Elected President? - So what would really happen if Ron Paul were as elected President? President Paul would immediately push for $1 trillion cut in federal spending (per year, not the $3 trillion that Democrats proposed over 10 years with half of that from increased taxes).

VIDEO: Ron Paul is 99.9999% Sure He Won’t Run Third Party
Daily Paul - Rep. Ron Paul is "99.9999, decimal over the nine" percent sure he won't run as a third party candidate, says his national campaign chairman Jesse Benton. Paul said yesterday on CNN's State of the Union that he has "no plans whatsoever to do it," yet some media outlets channeled Lloyd Christmas from Dumb & Dumber in their response: So you're tellin' me there's a chance!

CNN October 30, 2011 - "Oh my gosh! Ron Paul is making sense."

Ron Paul Supports the Military and the Military Supports Ron Paul
Total Donations By Active Military - Q2 and Q3 (2011): There's no denying the Military's support for Ron Paul.

3,000 expected at local Ron Paul rally on Nov. 5th
Republican Ron Paul’s presidential campaign in Minnesota will get a formal liftoff in St. Cloud next weekend. The Paul campaign expects a crowd of as many as 3,000 people Saturday at St. Cloud Civic Center for what the campaign calls a “celebratory launch” of its Minnesota operations. Former GOP gubernatorial nominee Tom Emmer will emcee the event. It is Paul’s first visit to Minnesota during the 2012 campaign.

Ron Paul Leads All Republican Candidates in TV Ads For The State Of Iowa
DesMoines Register - The king of presidential advertising so far this year in Iowa’s largest television market is Ron Paul, a Des Moines Register review of public records shows. The Texas representative has spent more than $230,000 on TV ads, more than six times that of any other candidate still in the race.

New poll reveals massive distrust of Washington, New York Times uses the opportunity to call Ron Paul “second-tier”
Activist Post - Mistrust and disapproval of our so-called representatives in Washington is at staggering levels according to a poll conducted by The New York Times and CBS News via telephone between October 19th and 24th, incorporating the views of 1,650 adults. While only 9% of those polled across the nation approved of how Congress is handling its job, this is far from the only surprising result. In an article covering the poll and the implications it carries, The New York Times continues to pretend that Ron Paul isn’t a legitimate choice in the Republican primary.

Ron Paul won't rule out a run as an independent
Russia Today - Though he is still polling well with Republican voters, Texas Congressman Ron Paul told Fox News this week that he wouldn’t rule out running for president in 2012 as an independent candidate.

VIDEO: Kenyan, Keynesian? We’re in Big Trouble
Kurt Nimmo - If the video below in any way reflects the mental capacity of the average American, we’re in big trouble. The folks interviewed appear to be incapable of reading English. Well, one guy can – and he still doesn’t know if Obama is a Keynesian.

Herman Cain accused by two women of inappropriate behavior
Politico - During Herman Cain’s tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, at least two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain, ultimately leaving their jobs at the trade group, multiple sources confirm to POLITICO. Cain's response on Fox News (video) here.

VIDEO: Coulter Defends Former Fed Mob Boss and Insider Cain
Kurt Nimmo - It looks like Ann Coulter is trying to sell another book. She made a few choice comments recently about sketchy allegations that Herman Cain sexually harassed a couple women.

IT’S OVER: Cain Is Done
Business Insider - The scandals swirling around Herman Cain today – that two women accused him of sexual harassment in the 90s, and his campaign may be in violation of federal campaign and tax laws – will be fatal to his presidential ambitions. It’s over folks. There were reasons to believe that conservatives would stand behind their man – and if he comes up with a good story, they still might.

Sheriff: Time For Citizens To Arm Themselves
SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. -- The Spartanburg County Sheriff is known for speaking his mind, and at a news conference on Monday, he didn't hold back his anger and frustration after a woman was attacked in a park over the weekend... Sheriff Chuck Wright opened his news conference by saying, "Our form of justice is not making it," and he said, "I'm really aggravated." He said, "Carry a concealed weapon. That'll fix it."

Landmark Case Highlights Pre-Crime Prosecution for Acts of Terrorism
Activist Post - On October 27, 2011, Dina Temple-Raston of NPR’s Morning Edition reported on a case regarding a Boston man brought up on charges of terrorism whose trial is expected to begin today (October 27). According to the report, Tarek Mehanna, the defendant, was arrested in 2009 and charged with seven different crimes, including “conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization and conspiracy to kill in a foreign country.”

Drones : Killing For Sport?
Activist Post - Each time that I hear of a new drone strike by America in some distant foreign land, by some video game player wielding a computer joystick in Nevada, I get an uncomfortable feeling in the pit of my soul that my country has committed a cowardly act of murder, simply because it’s virtually risk-free and so easy to do so.

Lawmakers seek to protect NY’s growing nanotech industry from terrorists
Homeland Security NewsWire - Last week during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Senator Charles Schumer (D – New York) strongly urged DHS secretary Janet Napolitano to secure New York’s growing nanotechnology industry against a Mexican terrorist group that has attacked nanotechnology firms around the world. The group, which calls itself “Individuals Tending to Savagery,” has sent package bombs to nanotechnology research facilities in South America and Europe injuring employees, students, and professors when opened.


Regulators Investigating MF Global for Missing Money -
Federal regulators have discovered that hundreds of millions of dollars in customer money has gone missing from MF Global in recent days, prompting an investigation into the brokerage firm, which is run by Jon S. Corzine, the former New Jersey governor, several people briefed on the matter said on Monday.

Scott Bergstresser - ANONYMOUS Identifies Cop Who Shot Marine Vet Scott Olsen
Daily Bail

VIDEO: Despite Scott Olsen's Cracked Skull, DoJ And Eric Holder See No Evil In Occupy Crackdown
Daily Bail - After Scott Olsen, a two-tour Iraq war veteran, suffered a skull fracture Tuesday when police shot Occupy Oakland protestors with rubber bullets and threw flash bang and tear gas grenades at them, you might think that the Justice Department would investigate. After all, the Justice Department has the power and responsibility to investigate state and local police violations of Americans’ constitutional rights. Sorry, Scott Olsen. Sorry, Occupy. No such luck.

YouTube: OCCUPY OAKLAND - A Message To The Police
The words from David Icke may well be over a year old but they are timeless. Our thoughts go out to Scott Olssen, the ex marine who served 2 tours in Afghanistan/Iraq and lived, only to come home and be brain damaged by these so called police. I say so-called because they are not true police, they are just robots in uniform, and they must remember, its only a uniform.

YouTube: Nashville Judge Tells Cops: "You Have NO Lawful Basis To Arrest Occupy Protesters!"
October 28, 2011 Nashville News 2.

VIDEO: Police use bulldozers to break up Occupy Richmond
BlackListed News - Virginia State Police brought in bulldozers at about 1 a.m. Monday morning to clear out an encampment of Occupy Richmond protesters. At least 15 protesters who choose not to leave Kanawha Plaza after a 45 minute warning were arrested, according to Richmond Times-Dispatch. Demonstrators had been occupying the plaza since Oct. 15. Democratic Mayor Dwight C. Jones visited the site Thursday to warn protesters they were breaking a city ordinance that forbids camping on public property.

VIDEO: Tucson citizens respond to the choice by mayor and council to defy U.S. and state constitutions #ows
Alexander Higgins Blog - Must watch testimony from citizens blasting the mayor and the city council for openly defying the U.S. and Arizona constitution to suppress the Occupy Wall Street movement. Watch this entire video, as it definitely gets good as Tuscon citizens touch on a wide range of issues that have motivated them to occupy.

Dozens of Occupy protesters arrested in Texas, Oregon
(CNN) -- The arrests occurred thousands of miles apart, but the scenes were similar in Oregon and Texas early Sunday: In the dark of night, police told Occupy demonstrators to leave protest sites. Those who refused were handcuffed and arrested. Authorities in Portland, Oregon, and Austin, Texas, say protesters were trespassing and violating city rules. Demonstrators say authorities were infringing on protesters' rights to assemble.

VIDEO: Chicago traders taunt ‘Occupy Chicago’ protesters with ‘We are Wall Street’ leaflets
Alexander Higgins Blog - Someone in the Chicago Board of Trade dropped leaflets on top of “Occupy Chicago” protesters Wednesday afternoon as they rallied alongside unions in the city’s financial district. “We are Wall Street,” the leaflet said. “It is our job to make money.” “Go ahead and continue to take us down, but you’re only going to hurt yourselves,” it continued. “What’s going to happen when we can’t find jobs on the Street anymore? Guess what: We’re going to take yours.”

MF Global: Likely Among the 10 Biggest Bankruptcies Ever
Wall Street Journal - MF Global, the brokerage run by former Goldman Sachs chief Jon Corzine, today filed for bankruptcy protection, becoming one of the highest-profile U.S. victims of bad bets on European government debt. With the Chapter 11 filing, MF Global also is likely to be added to the ignominious list of the 10 largest bankruptcies in U.S. corporate history. Here is that list, according to research firm, and based on the value of each company’s assets before its bankruptcy filing.

War profiteering: a cancer upon America
Activist Post - The Occupy Wall Street protesters and those marching in solidarity with them throughout the nation are attempting to fight back against the top 1% of earners who have hijacked our nation and turned what is claimed to be a democracy into a plutocracy rife with corruption and corporatist policies. While the Occupy Wall Street movement seems to be focusing mostly on the banking interests that have run our economy into the ground while raking in staggering profits, there remains a sub-set of the 1% that needs to be identified and exposed.

Housing Market

Nevada Makes Illegal Foreclosures A FELONY
Housing Predictor - The Nevada law makes it a felony for a mortgage servicer or trustee of a mortgage to make false representations concerning a title such as claiming that they are an executive of a bank or mortgage servicer, which was the case in at least hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of robo-signings. A $5,000 fine will also be assessed if fraud is found.

Freddie Mac calls for $100 billion in annual multifamily investment
The head of Freddie Mac's multifamily division projects that the asset class needs $1 trillion in capital over the next decade. That is $100 billion every year earmarked to build 10 million additional apartment units over the next 10 years.

YouTube: Mortgage-Free in 320 Square Foot Shotgun Home Cost $15,000
For those who are thinking about downsizing to a smaller house, but not necessarily a really tiny home, there are some inspiring ideas to be seen in this remodeling of a "shotgun house" -- a long, narrow and hall-less housing type found primarily in the southern United States (so-called because you could supposedly shoot a bullet straight through its open doors).

Energy & Environment

Louisiana Must Produce Documents or it Could Lose Right to Make Oil-Spill Claims
Activist Post - NEW ORLEANS (CN) - Louisiana must produce documents for the Deepwater Horizon oil-spill litigation or it could be fined up to $10,000 a day - and it could lose its right to any claims at all, for failure to prosecute, a federal judge ruled.

Second Energy Department-backed company goes bankrupt
A Massachusetts company that received a $43 million Energy Department loan guarantee last year filed for bankruptcy Sunday, a step certain to fuel criticism of federal green energy financing in the wake of the solar company Solyndra’s collapse.

Occupy Fukushima: The Fukushima Legislature votes to Close Ten Nukes
Veterans Today - Starting Oct 27 the women of Fukushima organized a demonstration in the capitol city of Tokyo at the controlling government ministry for the nuclear industry, The Ministry of Economy. Their demands are but two: 1. Evacuate children in Fukushima to a safer place. 2. Do not restart nuclear power plants that are currently shut off. The Legislature for Fukushima promptly passed a resolution calling for the immediate closure of all ten (10) reactors in Fukushima. The decision on their future is up to the Governor of Fukushima.

Greenpeace puts pressure on Japan to tighten radiation restrictions after more than half of tested seafood shows up positive for radioactive cesium
(NaturalNews) Recent tests conducted by the environmental advocacy group Greenpeace have found that more than half of all seafood being sold across eastern Japan is contaminated with radioactive cesium. And because there is no mandatory labeling of food products that have been screened for radiation, Japanese consumers have no idea whether or not the food they continue to purchase and eat is safe.

Large rare earth deposit discovered near California mine
Homeland Security NewsWire - Molycorp Minerals recently announced that it had discovered significant deposits of heavy rare earth minerals near its mine in Mountain Pass, California and production could begin in as little as two years. The company believes the latest discovery could help break U.S. dependence on China, the world’s largest supplier of rare earth metals.

YouTube: The Future of Nano-Electric Power Generation
Justin Hall-Tipping CEO of "Nanoholdings" Explains how nanotechnology is set to change the future of energy and replace fossil and nuclear fuels.

Is your washing machine contributing to the 'microplastic' pollution problem in the world's oceans?
(NaturalNews) Much of the clothing people wear today is made with polyester, acrylic, rayon, and various other synthetic textile materials. And a new study published in the American Chemical Society (ACS) journal Environmental Science & Technology has found that, when washed, such garments release high amounts of "microplastic" fibers that end up polluting the world's oceans.


Raw milk 'crimes' are taking place today in front of FDA headquarters; live broadcast coverage by Robert Scott Bell
(NaturalNews) The much-awaited Raw Milk Freedom Riders event is here! It's happening today, November 1, and it's being covered with a live broadcast by Robert Scott Bell on the NaturalNews Radio Network. You can listen in to the live broadcast at Check out the breaking news and videos from the event at

Heal with honey
(NaturalNews) Honey is known for its many healing properties. Many believe that adding unfiltered, unprocessed, unheated honey to your daily diet can alleviate arthritis, reduce heart disease, lower cholesterol and reduce allergies. Honey has also been known to calm an upset stomach, lessen cold symptoms, strengthen the immune system and provide extra energy during a workout. As one of nature's natural anti-biotics, honey also heals wounds while minimizing scarring.

Flaxseeds can reduce cholesterol and blood lipid levels
(NaturalNews) Folk stories had it that flaxseeds were blessed - that they could bring good fortune, restore health, and protect from the evil witchery. Nowadays, it's really no different. Bringing flaxseeds into your diet will definitely bring you good fortune, restore health, and protect you from the evils that your own body can produce.

Clearing the Way for Irradiation
Food Safety News - Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began clearing irradiated foods for sale in 1963, few such foods have attained much prevalence within grocery store aisles. In fact, most markets still do not carry irradiated meats like beef, pork and poultry, despite those products becoming cleared for sale in the 1980s and 90s. Several hurdles -- from shipping logistics to anti-radiation stigmas -- stand between food irradiation and greater public acceptance. As reported in Food Safety News in late September, sale of irradiated beef, for example, accounts for less than one-tenth of one percent of the U.S. beef market.

Do You Supplement with Vitamin D? Please Remember This...
Food Consumer - Vitamin K is frequently called the "forgotten vitamin" for a good reason -- it's often not fully appreciated, considering its immense value to your health. One of these oft-overlooked benefits is in relation to your insulin sensitivity, which has implications for a slew of potentially life-threatening chronic diseases.

Ginger root reduces digestive inflammation markers to lower colon cancer risk
(NaturalNews) Since ancient times, ginger has a long tradition of being very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects.

Iron supplements cause more harm than good
(NaturalNews) For the last several decades, iron supplements have been routinely handed out like candy. Because iron is a basic requirement for cell growth and longevity, it is often assumed that people should supplement with extra iron. However, this faulty belief may carry serious health risks.

Is Processed Fast Food Really Food?
Food Freedom - McDonald’s is the poster child for the modern Western diet, and I’m pleased that people are finally starting to wake up and ask some questions. Such as: Is processed fast food really food? I would argue that anything processed to the point of being everlasting is NOT actually food and should not be consumed.

Raw Vegan Recipe: “Cheesecake”
Really Raw Food - This is an amazing “cheesecake” in anyone’s book. When I was in Seattle over a year ago, my good friend, Shari, made it and I was hooked! Not only did she make it once but she made it twice. When merm tried it, the reaction was, “This could be in any restaurant anywhere! It is excellent!”

Science & Technology

FCC Cracks Down on Religious Broadcasters
If a church broadcasts the word of God on TV without closed captions, it risks incurring the wrath of the FCC. Some 300 small- to medium-sized churches can expect letters from the commission within the next few days explaining why their closed captioning exemptions were lifted for TV shows like “Power in the Word” and “Producing Kingdom Citizens.”

New cyber attack targets chemical firms
(Reuters) - At least 48 chemical and defense companies were victims of a coordinated cyber attack that has been traced to a man in China, according to a new report from security firm Symantec Corp. Computers belonging to these companies were infected with malicious software known as "PoisonIvy," which was used to steal information such as design documents, formulas and details on manufacturing processes, Symantec said on Monday.

We’re closer to mind-reading than you may think
If you thought mind-reading was impossible, think again. Recent discoveries by the University of Minnesota show that it is within reach. The Economist reports that Prof. Bin He and his colleagues were able to give test subjects the ability to control a digital helicopter through a virtual, three-dimensional space using the power of thought. The brain control was registered using electrodes attached to the subjects’ scalps. The discovery was originally published in the Public Library of Science.

Electronic cotton: smart cloths made from conductive cotton fiber
Homeland Security NewsWire - The latest breakthrough in cotton fiber research may soon make possible hospital gowns that monitor medical patients and jerseys that test athletic performance, according to Cornell University fiber scientist Juan Hinestroza, co-author of a new study that reveals how everyday cotton can be turned into high-tech fabric.

Laser keeps an eye for spoiled food
Homeland Security NewsWire - Minced meat, bread, fruit juice, and many other foods are packaged in a protective gas which extends their shelf life; there is currently no good method to check whether the packaging has the correct gas content -- and thus, whether the content is spoiled or not; researchers have developed a new laser instrument which could solve the problem.

U.S. government issues more takedown requests than China, including one for “government criticism”
Activist Post - It is now an indisputable fact that the United States is attempting to control the internet through censorship; in fact the U.S. issued more “content removal requests” to Google than China, which is regularly criticized in America for their draconian internet policies.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Quail Hollow Organic Farm raided without a warrant
Food Freedom - An elaborate harvest feast was tossed on Oct. 21 when regulators raided Quail Hollow Farm in Moapa Valley, Nevada, without a warrant.... Not only were we denied the use of the food for any purpose, to ensure that it truly was unfit for feed of any kind we were again threatened with police action if we did not only throw the food in the trash, but then to add insult to injury, we were ordered to pour bleach on it.



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