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Today In History - Monday - October 31, 2011
1864 - Nevada became the 36th state to join the U.S. .
1914 - The Ottoman Empire (Turkey) joined the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Bulgaria).
1922 - Benito Mussolini became prime minister of Italy.
1926 - Magician Harry Houdini died of gangrene and peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix. His appendix had been damaged twelve days earlier when he had been punched in the stomach by a student unexpectedly. During a lecture Houdini had commented on the strength of his stomach muscles and their ability to withstand hard blows.
1940 - The British air victory in the Battle of Britain prevented Germany from invading Britain.
1941 - Mount Rushmore was declared complete after 14 years of work. At the time the 60-foot busts of U.S. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln were finished.
1941 - The U.S. Navy destroyer Reuben James was torpedoed by a German submarine near Iceland. The U.S. had not yet entered World War II. More than 100 men were killed.
1952 - The U.S. detonated its first hydrogen bomb.
1956 - Rear Admiral G.J. Dufek became the 1st person to land an airplane at the South Pole. He became the first person to set foot on the South Pole.
1961 - In the Soviet Union, the body of Joseph Stalin was removed from Lenin's Tomb where it was on public display.
1968 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered a halt to all U.S. bombing of North Vietnam.
1969 - Wal-Mart Discount City stores were incorporated as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
1983 - The U.S. Defense Dept. acknowledged that during the U.S. led invasion of Grenada, that a U.S. Navy plane had mistakenly bombed a civilian hospital.
1992 - In Liberia, it was announced that five American nuns had been killed near Monrovia. Rebels loyal to Charles Taylor were blamed for the murders.
1993 - River Phoenix died at the age of 23 after collapsing outside The Viper Room in Hollywood.
1994 - 68 people were killed when an American Eagle ATR-72, plunged into a northern Indiana farm.
1998 - Iraq announced that it was halting all dealings with U.N. arms inspectors. The inspectors were investigating the country's weapons of mass destruction stemming from Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990.
1999 - EgyptAir Flight 990 crashed off the coast of Nantucket, MA, killing all 217 people aboard.
1999 - Leaders from the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran Church signed the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification. The event ended a centuries-old doctrinal dispute over the nature of faith and salvation.
2001 - Microsoft and the U.S. Justice Department reached a tentative agreement to settle the antitrust case against the software company.

World News

Obama sending troops to Africa to go after Lord's Resistance Army leader
Earlier this month, President Obama sent a letter to Congress explaining why he had approved sending 100 US military advisers to fight a shadowy rebel group in central Africa. Read more...

NATO ending 7-month campaign in Libya
BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO will end Monday the seven-month bombing campaign that enabled Libyan rebels to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi's regime. Spokesman Col. Roland Lavoie said NATO staff temporarily seconded to the headquarters in Naples, Italy, for the operation are being reassigned to regular duties. The alliance concluded its airstrikes soon after Gadhafi's capture and death on Oct. 20, but maintained regular air patrols over Libya.

US citizen perpetrated Somali suicide bombing: Islamists
MOGADISHU (AFP) - An American citizen of Somali origin was one of the two suicide bombers behind a twin attack on a pro-government military base in Mogadishu, the Islamist Shebab movement said on Sunday. Several pro-Shebab radio stations broadcast what they said were the last words of Abdusalam al-Muhajir who said that he "wanted to die as a martyr" after spending the last two years fighting alongside the rebels. "I am an American citizen who grew up in the United States after my parents took me there at the age of two," he said in the message which was broadcast a day after the attack on an African Union base in the capital.

VIDEO: NATO: 13 killed in Kabul suicide bomb attack
Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Five troops and eight civilians were killed in central Kabul when a suicide bomber struck a vehicle in a military convoy, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said Saturday. One Canadian was killed in the attack, said Lt. Colonel Christian Lemay. A U.S. military official had said earlier that 13 Americans had died, but an ISAF spokesman could not confirm that number. The U.S. official emphasized details are continuing to unfold.

NATO convoy bomb adds urgency to protecting Kabul
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The weekend suicide bombing of a NATO convoy that killed 17 people in Kabul adds urgency to the U.S.-led coalition's work to expand a security bubble around the Afghan capital. With most of the attacks in Kabul blamed on the Pakistan-based Haqqani network, the latest reinforced U.S. and Afghan demands that Islamabad do more to curb militant activity and sanctuaries on its territory.

U.S. Planning Troop Buildup in Gulf After Exit From Iraq
NY Times - MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — The Obama administration plans to bolster the American military presence in the Persian Gulf after it withdraws the remaining troops from Iraq this year, according to officials and diplomats. That repositioning could include new combat forces in Kuwait able to respond to a collapse of security in Iraq or a military confrontation with Iran.

Saudi royal offers $900,000 reward for capture of Israeli soldiers
RIYADH - A Saudi royal offered a $900,000 reward to anyone who captures an Israeli soldier, on Saturday. Prince Khaled bin Talal, the brother of business tycoon Walid bin Talal, told the Saudi-based broadcaster Al Daleel that the captive would then be released in exchange for Arabs held in Israeli prisons. Khaled's offer comes days after the prominent Saudi cleric, Awad al-Qarni, put $100,000 on the head of every Israeli soldier.

Syria's Assad warns of "earthquake" if West intervenes: report
Reuters) - Western powers risk causing an "earthquake" that would burn the Middle East if they intervene in Syria, President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with Britain's Sunday Telegraph newspaper. Assad has drawn repeated condemnation from the United Nations, Arab League and Western governments for the violent manner in which he has attempted to crush a seven-month uprising against his rule.

Iran scoffs at US 'contradictions' in dialogue offer
Breitbart - Iran on Saturday dismissed a renewed US offer of dialogue by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, saying the "contradictions" of pursuing talks at the same time as threats undermined the proposal.

Western Companies See Prospects for Business in Libya
New York Times - Western security, construction and infrastructure companies that see profit-making opportunities receding in Iraq and Afghanistan have turned their sights on Libya, now free of four decades of dictatorship. Entrepreneurs are abuzz about the business potential of a country with huge needs and the oil to pay for them, plus the competitive advantage of Libyan gratitude toward the United States and its NATO partners.

Israeli prisoner swap may be prelude to attack on Iran
Washington Times - ANALYSIS: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to execute a 1,000-for-1 prisoner exchange last week despite his frequently voiced opposition to such lopsided deals is seen by several Israeli military commentators as an effort to “clear the deck” before possibly undertaking an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Europe bailout fund chief courts China
(Reuters) - The head of Europe's rescue fund sought to entice China on Saturday to invest in the facility by saying investors may be protected against a fifth of initial losses and that bonds could eventually be sold in yuan if Beijing desires. Klaus Regling was in China to persuade Beijing to stump up money and help the euro zone beat its two-year-old debt crisis. He said the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) may invest in a special purpose vehicle and absorb the first 20 percent of losses.

VIDEO: Residents in Bangkok struggle to hold back floods
Telegraph - Thai troops are drafted in to help block flood waters surging through a Bangkok residential neighbourhood, even as the country's prime minister remained optimistic about keeping the floods out. Dozens of soldiers and workmen fought the fast flowing floodwaters to lay sandbags. The rupturing of the dyke wall in the Sam Sen district was exactly the type of setback that could turn the tide against the effort to protect the Thai capital.

Shelling in Syria kills 3 after deadly day
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian troops shelled a restive district on Saturday and conducted sweeping raids, killing three people one day after 40 were reported to have died in one of the deadliest crackdowns in months in the country's uprising, activists said. The violence prompted strong criticism from the Arab League, which issued a statement expressing "disgust" at Friday's killings. An Arab League committee was set to meet Sunday in Qatar with a Syrian delegation over ways to solve the crisis stemming from the 7-month uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime.

Israeli airstrike kill 5 Gaza militants
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli aircraft struck at Palestinian militants in Gaza on Saturday who responded with a volley of rockets which rained on southern Israeli towns, Israeli and Palestinian officials said. Palestinian officials said nine militants were killed, while on the Israeli side one civilian was killed and four others were wounded. Exchanges of fire are common between southern Israel and the Gaza strip controlled by the militant Hamas group, but this is the worst in months.

Canadian Measles Outbreak Hits the Vaccinated. Excuses Abound.
Gaia Health - Canada has been experiencing a large measles outbreak. More than half of the cases may be among people who have been “fully” vaccinated—that is, they had received all the mandated doses. Measles is supposed to be a disease of the past, one that’s been wiped out by vaccines. What went wrong? All sorts of excuses are being made, from blaming the unvaccinated to blaming immigrants to suggesting that the vaccine schedule isn’t aggressive enough to wondering if a pool of “susceptibles” has been building up over the years.

Commonwealth leaders raise polio vaccine spending
PERTH, Australia (AP) -- Commonwealth government leaders meeting in Australia agreed Saturday to step up efforts to eradicate polio worldwide, despite the Afghanistan war setting back vaccination efforts there and in neighboring Pakistan. Leaders of Britain, Canada, Australia and Nigeria, as well as billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, committed tens of millions of dollars in additional funding toward the World Health Organization's campaign to wipe out the disabling disease from the four countries where it remains endemic - India, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.

Beautiful Pakistan (Amazing Pictures never seen before)
People who travel across Pakistan know that Pakistan is blessed with the natural beauty. This is the reason that many travelers of the world say Pakistan – A heaven on earth. You have seen many pictures of Pakistan but I am sure these Pictures will be totally unseen for you.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

DHS, Tennessee State Troopers set up Halloween checkpoints to 'keep roadways safe for trick-or-treaters'
(NaturalNews) The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a modern-day Nazi occupying force in America, is on a clear mission to destroy all that remains of the nation's Constitution and Bill of Rights. And it is having a lot of success in the State of Tennessee, where reports indicate that US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials are teaming up with State Troopers to set up warrantless security checkpoints for Halloween.

VIDEO: New Police Drone Near Houston Could Carry Weapons
CONROE, Texas -- A Houston area law enforcement agency is prepared to launch an unmanned drone that could someday carry weapons, Local 2 Investigates reported Friday. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office in Conroe paid $300,000 in federal homeland security grant money and Friday it received the ShadowHawk unmanned helicopter made by Vanguard Defense Industries of Spring. A laptop computer is used to control the 50-pound unmanned chopper, and a game-like console is used to aim and zoom a powerful camera and infrared heat-seeking device mounted on the front.

Eric Holder to testify on Fast and Furious
Politico - Attorney General Eric Holder will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Dec. 8 about the controversial Fast and Furious gun-running program, the Justice Department confirmed Friday. Holder is under fire from Republicans, who have accused him of lying in testimony about when he first learned of the program.

Wake County (N.C.) Superior Court Judicial Review Judge Ridgeway Upholds That Government Agencies & Officials Are "Private Entities"!
Daily Paul - North Carolina Police Departments all over the state have warned their officers to put their personal property (houses, land, cars and other assets) into someone else's name because they may now be subject to lawsuits from the People of North Carolina. The warning was issued in response to the recent ruling that upheld that the local Police Departments in North Carolina are classified as "private entities" and NOT connected to the state of North Carolina.

Americans increasingly comparing Afghan war to Vietnam
Guardian - Latest deaths of US troops in an apparent Kabul suicide attack come as support back home for the war reaches a new low. A poll late last week, by CNN and ORC International, revealed that only 34% of Americans now support the war, one percentage point down on the previous all-time low. It found that 63% of Americans are now opposed to the war. The deaths of yet more Americans in a conflict that has already cost the lives of more than 1,700 American soldiers is only likely to see support fall further. Indeed the poll showed that some 58% of Americans say that the conflict is now similar to the Vietnam war.

Obama to host North American summit in Hawaii
AFP - US President Barack Obama will host a North American Leaders' summit for his counterparts from Canada and Mexico next month in his native Hawaii, the White House said Friday. Obama will hold the event on November 13 when he is in Hawaii to also host the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum summit.

CNN: Ron Paul wins NFRA Iowa straw poll - 10/29
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Ron Paul has won two separate tallies for the National Federation of Republican Assemblies Presidential Straw Poll. Paul won both the Iowa-voters-only count at the Saturday convention in Des Moines as well as a tally of non-Iowans who participated. In the Iowa voters result, Paul took 82%. Following him were Herman Cain with 14.7%, Rick Santorum with 1%, Newt Gingrich with 0.9%, Michele Bachmann with 0.5%, Rick Perry with 0.5%, Gary Johnson with 0.2%, with Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman 0%.

Paul presses campaign themes before mass audience exit
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Ron Paul spoke to a nearly packed hall of about 1,000 Republicans in Iowa on Saturday – reiterating frequent campaign themes of increased individual liberty and reduced government spending and entanglement in foreign wars. Moments after the Republican presidential candidate walked out, over half the audience walked out as well.

Ron Paul targets terrorists ... inside U.S. government
DES MOINES, Iowa – Ron Paul told a group of conservative Republicans today that he fears the terror tactics of America's own government more than Islamist threats from overseas. "Our government, instead of protecting our privacy and protecting our Fourth Amendment rights," Paul said, "they protect the secrecy of government and they invade on your privacy." Paul criticized "50,000 SWAT break-ins without proper search warrants" in the federal government's war on drugs, Obama's decision to assassinate American citizens, including Anwar al-Alwaki, and the Patriot Act of 2001.

Obama Has Even Lost The 'Occupy Wall Street' Crowd
Business Insider - If President Obama is hoping that his support of the Occupy Wall Street movement will help his reelection chances he may want to take a look at this poll. The New York Times reports on a poll done by a Fordham University political science professor that reveals what some have long suspected: Occupy Wall St. is mainly made up of (very) disgruntled Obama supporters.

YouTube: The End Of The Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA)
Aired 10/28/11 on "Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano" on Fox Business Network.

US northern border checks scaled back
SEATTLE (AP) -- The U.S. Border Patrol has quietly stopped its controversial practice of routinely searching buses, trains and airports for illegal immigrants at transportation hubs along the northern border and in the nation's interior, preventing agents from using what had long been an effective tool for tracking down people here illegally, The Associated Press has learned.


Iraq war hero badly wounded by police in Oakland is unable to speak ... as growing number of veterans join the protests
Daily Mail Online - The Iraq veteran who was badly injured at an Occupy Oakland protest on Tuesday night suffered minor brain damage and is unable to speak. Scott Olsen, 24, is able to communicate with his family by writing notes, but his ability to spell has been damaged. Mr Olsen can understand what’s being communicated to him and doctors said on Friday that he will likely be able to make a full recovery in time. Related article here.

VIDEO: Unbelievable, Must-See Video: Heroic Navy Sailor Stands Tall In the Middle of Oakland Tear Gas Firestorm … Holding Up the Constitution and a Flag
Washington’s Blog - Amazing Video: Navy Sailor Stands Tall In the Middle of Oakland Tear Gas Attack Holding the Constitution and a Veterans for Peace Flag … Moments After Scott Olsen Was Hit In the Head.

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

Snowstorm, Cold Makes Life In Zuccotti Park Difficult For OWS Protesters
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Saturday’s snow storm made life in Zuccotti Park miserable for Occupy Wall Street protesters. Demonstrators were left drenched with rain and then snow as the storm moved through the region. Central Park set a record for both the date and the month of October with 2.9 inches of snow. Those camping out in the park have been stockpiling donated blankets, scarves, coats and have been trying to get more tents, cots and tarps.

Urgent: OWS Winter Donation Needs
OWS - It's been dumping snow here in NYC all day, high winds and 3 inches of slush on the ground. With the NYPD and FDNY confiscating six generators on Friday and this unprecedented October snow, those occupying Liberty Plaza in downtown NYC are in need of emergency supplies crucial for cold weather survival (and occupation).

YouTube: Occupy Oakland Rubber Bullet Bruise
Raw video coverage of the Oakland protest tonight 10/26. He is referring to the night before when protestors and police clashed in Oakland.

VIDEO: Denver Police Use Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets, Batons and Pepper Spray On Protesters
WashingtonsBlog - There are reports – just as in Oakland – of police attacking people while they were trying to help the injured: Man being SHOT w/ riotgun while assisting injured persons The problem is militarization of police departments and the use of anti-terror laws to crush dissent. Related article here.

VIDEO: Armed Citizen Militia Shows Up At Occupy Phoenix
Armed citizen militia group US Border Guard is making its presence felt at the Occupy Phoenix demonstration to protect free speech rights, arguing that the second amendment prevents the state from abusing the first amendment. The group has been labeled “neo-nazis” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is usually a demonization tactic, but the individual shown in the clip, “JT Ready” has attended neo-nazi rallies and is closely affiliated with the fringe National Socialist Party.

Occupy San Francisco: the teenager who was refused cancer treatment
As Miran Istina puts it, she has been living on borrowed time since she was 14. Diagnosed with cancer, she was given just months to live after her health insurer refused to provide her with life-saving surgery. Now 18, Istina, from the city of Sisters in Oregon, has spent the past three weeks living in a tent at the Occupy San Francisco protest and says she will stay there indefinitely, despite her illness.

VIDEO: Nashville Judge Tells Cops "You Have NO Lawful Basis To Arrest Occupy Protesters!"
Nashville News 2 October 28, 2011.

VIDEO: Bill Black At Occupy Wall Street Discusses Putting Criminal Bankers In Jail
Daily Bail Oct 29, 2011 - Outstanding interview recorded yesterday.

YouTube: Occupy What? A Short Guide to Real Change
Heretic Productions present: David Icke, in a fine diatribe about what should happen to bring an an end to the current dollartocracy.

MOVE YOUR MONEY - Bank Of America Branch Manager Begs Customer Not To Close Accounts
Daily Bail - She shared that management is nervous, they are seeing money leaking out of the bank and realize that they have made mistakes. She even hinted that there has been high-level discussion on reversing the new fess since there has been so much consumer push-back. They are also aware of the growing momentum behind the November 5th move your money movement. Why do I share all of this with you? For one, I wanted to let people know that it IS still possible to withdraw large sums of cash from BoA and close your accounts - just be ready for them to beg. Two, that management is aware that people are angry (how could they not be!) and have put an ear to the ground.

Wall Street Firms Spy on Protesters In Tax-Funded Center
CounterPunch - Wall Street’s audacity to corrupt knows no bounds and the cooptation of government by the 1 per cent knows no limits. How else to explain $150 million of taxpayer money going to equip a government facility in lower Manhattan where Wall Street firms, serially charged with corruption, get to sit alongside the New York Police Department and spy on law abiding citizens.

YouTube: Ron Paul on State of the Union
CNN News 10/30/11. Ron Paul's plan for the economy.

YouTube: Ron Paul on Lou Dobbs
Ron Paul on Lou Dobbs Radio Oct 28th discussing the economy, his economic plan and foreign policy.

Oakland chief defends officers involved in clash
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Oakland's police chief says he takes responsibility for a crackdown on anti-Wall Street protesters, who have accused police of seriously injuring an Iraq War veteran during a clash earlier this week.... Oakland Interim Police Chief Howard Jordan defended the officers' action in the Tuesday incident, which stemmed from an effort to drive protesters from the encampment. He said in a statement that officers used what they believed to be the least amount of force possible to protect themselves, but that "all allegations of misconduct and excessive uses of force are being thoroughly investigated."

Many cities leaving Wall Street protesters alone
NEW YORK (AP) -- While more U.S. cities are resorting to force to break up the Wall Street protests, many others - Philadelphia, New York, Minneapolis and Portland, Ore., among them - are content to let the demonstrations go on for now.... Still, the city made life a lot harder for the demonstrators: Fire inspectors seized a dozen cans of gasoline and six generators that powered lights, cooking equipment and laptops, saying they were safety hazards. In the span of three days this week, police broke up protest encampments in Oakland, Calif., Atlanta and, early Friday, San Diego and Nashville, Tenn.

VIDEO: Pelosi Defends Obamacare Waivers To 1,800 Firms: 'They're Small Companies'
"They're small. I couldn't speak to all 1,800 of them, but some of the lists that I have seen have been very, very small companies. They will not have a big impact on the economy of our country," Nancy Pelosi said in an interview with CNBC. McDonalds, one of the nation's largest employers in recent years, has received a waiver.

Ron Paul Offers Relief for Small Business
LAKE JACKSON, Texas - This week, 2012 Republican Presidential candidate, Congressman Ron Paul introduced a bill on the House Floor that would alleviate the onerous regulations the federal government imposes on small businesses, which are the backbone of the U.S. economy. H.R. 3267, the Protect Small Business Jobs Act of 2011, would grant small businesses a six-month grace period to comply with federal regulations. Speaking about the bill on the House floor, Congressman Paul said: “At a time of continuing high unemployment and stagnant growth, doesn’t it make sense to give small businesses a reasonable time to comply with federal regulations rather than just hitting them with job-destroying fines and legal bills?

Obama cites income gap to push stalled jobs bill
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is banking on a new report detailing the income disparity in the country as further evidence of the need for his $447 billion jobs bill. A report this past week by the Congressional Budget Office found that average after-tax income for the top 1 percent of U.S. households had increased by 275 percent over the past three decades. Middle-income households saw just a 40 percent rise. For those at the bottom of the economic scale, the jump was 18 percent.

Chase, Wells Fargo drop debit fees, Bank of America to adjust
NEW YORK (AP) -- Chase and Wells Fargo are joining the list of banks that won't be charging customers to use their debit cards, as the backlash over Bank of America's planned $5 monthly fee continues.

Housing Market

#ows and #occupythehood March In Solidarity With Those Foreclosed On By Criminal Banks
Jamaica Queens, NY—On Saturday, October 29th Occupy Wall Street, in solidarity with Occupy the Hood, will take action against the homelessness forced upon innocent Americans through criminal foreclosure practices. At 10:00am we will gather at Liberty Square and march to the J train, which we will take to Jamaica, Queens, the foreclosure capital of New York. Metro fare will be provided for those who need it. On the subway we will hold democratic forums on the intolerable hardships Americans have been suffering because of bank foreclosures.

Employees of Foreclosure Mill Dressed as Homeless for Company Halloween Party
New York Times - Mocking victims foreclosed against. On Friday, the law firm of Steven J. Baum threw a Halloween party. The firm, which is located near Buffalo, is what is commonly referred to as a “foreclosure mill” firm, meaning it represents banks and mortgage servicers as they attempt to foreclose on homeowners and evict them from their homes. Steven J. Baum is, in fact, the largest such firm in New York; it represents virtually all the giant mortgage lenders, including Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo.

Energy & Environment

Journalist Accuses Israel of Fukushima Sabotage
American Free Press - A leading Japanese journalist recently made two incredible claims about the Fukushima power plant that suffered a nuclear meltdown in March 2011, sending shockwaves around the world. First, the former editor of a national newspaper in Japan says the U.S. and Israel knew Fukushima had weapons-grade uranium and plutonium that were exposed to the atmosphere after a massive tsunami wave hit the reactor.

House panel may subpoena White House documents on SOLYNDRA
WASHINGTON (AP) Oct 28 - Officials say the House Energy and Commerce Committee could meet as early as next week to vote on a subpoena demanding White House records relating to a federal loan guarantee that went to a now-defunct California solar company. The Republican-controlled panel asked last month for documents that might shed light on actions by White House officials in connection with the original loan guarantee to Solyndra as well as a restructuring of the deal that took place last year.

“High Concentrations” of Radiation Hit US and Canada
Enenews - Plume Was Rich in Cesium-137 and “Close to the Surface” From Vancouver Southward — See also Hawaii, Florida (MAPS).

2 dead, over 1 million without power as snowstorm slams Northeast, Mid-Atlantic
(CNN) -- Two are dead, more than 1 million households were without power and thousands of air travelers found themselves stranded Saturday after a freak fall snowstorm hit the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

UN: Leaded fuel to be gone by 2013
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Leaded gasoline, once so widespread it was sold at U.S. pumps as "regular" fuel, is expected to be eradicated globally within two years, the United Nations Environment Program announced Thursday.

Study: Japan nuke radiation higher than estimated
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Fukushima nuclear disaster released twice as much of a radioactive substance into the atmosphere as Japanese authorities estimated, reaching 40 percent of the total from Chernobyl, a preliminary report says.


Clean your home naturally
(NaturalNews) Most commercial cleaning products contain hazardous chemicals. These days, it seems like there is a different cleaning product available for each room in the house, not to mention product-specific drain cleaners, toilet cleaners, glass cleaners and cleaning products for just about every item you can think of. The good news is that there are natural (as well as cheaper) products which will do the job just as well.

Max Kane calls out FDA to enforce raw milk law against moms -- will the agency show up on Nov. 1?
(NaturalNews) A caravan of Raw Milk Freedom Riders (RMFR) will be making its way to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in just a few days on Nov. 1 to protest against the agency's irrational ban on the sale and distribution of raw milk across state lines.

UK scientists grow super broccoli that lowers cholesterol
TIME - It's been on sale as Beneforte in select stores in California and Texas for the last year, and hit British shelves this month. Later this fall, the broccoli will be rolled out across the U.S. The super vegetable is part of an increasing tendency among producers to inject extra nutrients into foods, ranging from calcium-enriched orange juice to fortified sugary cereals and milk with added omega 3 fatty acids. In Britain, the new broccoli is sold as part of a line of vegetables that includes mushrooms with extra vitamin D, and tomatoes and potatoes with added selenium. Not enough data exists to know if anyone could overdose on glucoraphanin, but vitamin D and selenium in very high quantities can be toxic.

Officials admit link between nutrition and health, award $6 million contract to study nutrition for US troops
(NaturalNews) Soldiers in the American military are apparently not performing to their full potential. This has prompted the federal government to award a $6 million contract to the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., to study how to improve the quality and nutritional value of military food.

No anthrax vaccine testing on children _ for now
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Should the anthrax vaccine be tested in children? It will be a while longer before the government decides. An advisory board said Friday that ethical issues need to be resolved - but if that can be accomplished the vaccine can be tested in children to be sure it's safe and to learn the proper dose in case it's needed in a terrorist attack.

Hospitals raking in cash from unnecessary surgery for dying seniors
(NaturalNews) Doctors and hospitals in the United States have a financial incentive to perform surgery on dying seniors because Medicare is guaranteed to pay for it, and most of the procedures fail to improve the patients' lives at all.

Chiropractic Under Imminent Threat of Takeover by Allopathic Medicine in the US
Gaia Health - Chiropractic is under threat. Its very nature may soon be destroyed, subsumed under the mantle of conventional allopathic medicine, complete with its pharmaceutical drugs and surgeries. That threat comes from an agency that should support chiropractic principles, but instead is pushing to merge it with allopathic medicine.

How the medical monopoly hides inconvenient vaccine truths
(NaturalNews) Carl Bernstein, one of the journalists of Watergate fame, once cautioned that what isn't printed in the news is as harmful as inaccurate reporting. Lately, much of the mainstream media has indulged in malicious omission. The lack of true vaccination reportage is worse now than before, but it goes back to the beginning of vaccinations.

NaturalNews issues consumer alert about Adya Clarity, imported as battery acid and sold for internal consumption
(NaturalNews) A product called Adya Clarity has been sweeping across the natural health community in the last year or so. It has been sold with recommendations for internal use -- taking "super shots" -- and often accompanied by wide-ranging claims that it treats cancer, kidney stones, hormone regulation, arthritis, and that it removes radiation and heavy metals.

FDA ties newer birth control drugs to blood clots
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Safety concerns with the popular birth control pill Yaz increased Thursday as federal health scientists reported that the Bayer drug and other newer birth control treatments appear to increase the risk of dangerous blood clots more than older medications.

IBD Patients Have Double Risk of Thrombosis and Embolism After Surgery: Implications of JAMA Study
Gaia Health - Surgical patients with IBD are more than twice as likely to develop deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism…How can anyone possibly take conventional medicine seriously, when it’s wrought mass chronic disease that deteriorates into ever worse health as people age and accept their treatments?

SYNTHETIC Alpha Tocopherol Vitamin E Shown to Increase Prostate Cancer Risk
Longtime members of the Life Extension Foundation® have heard our warnings against synthetic alpha tocopherol many times. In 1997, we announced that taking only the alpha tocopherol form of vitamin E displaces critically important gamma tocopherol in the body. By displacing gamma tocopherol, we feared that high doses of alpha tocopherol could increase cancer risks.

The super herb boswellia - de-inflame and heal
(NaturalNews) Herbs that have an incredible array of health benefits that go well beyond just their nutrient value are considered 'super-herbs.' Boswellia is called Indian Frankincense and is known to have originated in the dry areas of India, Africa, & the Mediterranean. Boswellia is a true super-food shown to have remarkable healing and anti-inflammatory properties that are just now being discovered.

Hawthorne berry improves cardiovascular function
(NaturalNews) Hawthorn berry is a grouping of tree plants in the rose family that is native to the temperate regions of Europe, Middle East, Asia, & North America. Parts of the Middle East consider the plant sacred. This medicinal herb is known to be one of the greatest natural agents for improving cardiovascular function.

Corporate marketers now stamping 'artisan' on factory food products to make them appear healthy, unique
(NaturalNews) There is never a shortage of deception in the factory food industry, which jumps on seemingly every marketing bandwagon in order to retain customers and convince them that junk food is healthy and nutritious. The latest marketing absurdity is the food industry's growing use of the word "artisan" on food branding, which deceptively evokes images of hand-made uniqueness in association with products that are really just mass-produced in a factory.

Alaska passes ordinance to end its water fluoridation program
(NaturalNews) For 44 years, the town of Palmer, Ak., has been fluoridating its water supply, which is sourced from natural wells in the area. But thanks to concerted public outcry and growing momentum in Alaska and elsewhere to end the practice, the Palmer City Council has officially passed an ordinance repealing the town's water fluoridation mandate.

Science & Technology

The Brink of Blue Beam
Intel Hub - The fact stands that there are patents and military technologies available to project 3D holograms including light and sound onto a background composed of barium and strontium (the very components that make up chemtrails, or aerosol sprays typically used in stratospheric geoengineering applications).

SOPA: Hollywood Finally Gets A Chance to Break the Internet
EFF - As promised, here’s the first installment of our closer review of the massive piece of job-killing Internet regulation that is the Stop Online Piracy Act. We’ll start with how it could impact Twitter, Tumblr, and the next innovative social network, cloud computing, or web hosting service that some smart kid is designing in her garage right now. Let’s make one thing clear from the get-go: despite all the talk about this bill being directed only toward “rogue” foreign sites, there is no question that it targets US companies as well. The bill sets up a system to punish sites allegedly “dedicated to the theft of US property.”

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Preparing Potatoes for Winter Storage
Mother Earth News - In order to last late into the spring, these potatoes will be stored in our root cellar amongst cool temperatures and high humidity. First, though, they must be dried and their skins cured. Moist and damaged tubers are a set-up for rot, and a careless oversight can ruin a whole passel of work.

How to Roast Squash and Pumpkin Seeds
Mother Earth News - Pumpkin and squash seeds are loaded with protein and fiber, and they make a great energy-boosting snack or crunchy addition to many meals. Save these delicious and nutritious seeds from ending up in the compost heap in five easy steps.

AWESOME: School Farm Yields Produce, Lessons In Nutrition
ABC News - Just eight months ago, a one-acre plot at the Denver Green School was an unused athletic field, but now that land has come to life with food-bearing vegetation. "We have harvested over 3,000 pounds of produce from this ground. Lots of salad greens and root vegetables, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers," said Megan Caley, the programs and outreach coordinator for Sprout City Farms.


Ron Paul Pumpkin 2011
Daily Paul - Hi Folks, Here is my Ron Paul pumpkin for 2011. I hope this inspires others to get carving and show support :) My effort from last year can be found here, with a template too...


YouTube: KITTEN in Hamster Ball stuck in the middle
Tom Tom gets in hamster ball while brother Monkney watches him having a ball. Funny!

Herman Cain Heckled by Ron Paul Supporters
Here is video of Herman Cain being heckled by Ron Paul supporters during a speech in Alabama. Cain asked for “the respect to give my comments.” (Funny)

Today In History - Friday - October 28, 2011
1776 - The Battle of White Plains took place during the American Revolutionary War.
1793 - Eli Whitney applied for a patent for his cotton gin.
1886 - The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor by U.S. President Cleveland. The statue weighs 225 tons and is 152 feet tall. It was originally known as "Liberty Enlightening the World."
1904 - The St. Louis Police Department became the first to use fingerprinting.
1919 - The U.S. Congress enacted the Volstead Act, also known as the National Prohibition Act. Prohibition was repealed in 1933 with the passing of the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
1922 - Benito Mussolini took control of the Italian government and introduced fascism to Italy.
1936 - The Statue of Liberty was rededicated by U.S. President Roosevelt on its 50th anniversary.
1940 - During World War II, Italy invaded Greece.
1958 - Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was elected Pope. He took the name John XXIII.
1962 - Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev informed the U.S. that he had ordered the dismantling of Soviet missile bases in Cuba.
1965 - Pope Paul VI issued a decree absolving Jews of collective guilt for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
1965 - The Gateway Arch along the waterfront in St. Louis, MO, was completed.
1976 - John D. Erlichman, a former aide to U.S. President Richard Nixon, entered a federal prison camp in Safford, AZ, to begin serving his sentence for Watergate-related convictions.
1982 - Soviet premier Leonid Brezhnev condemned the U.S. for arms buildup.
1983 - The U.S. vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution "deeply deploring" the ongoing U.S.-led invasion of Grenada.
1984 - The New York City Marathon was marred by its first fatality when a French runner who collapsed and died.
1985 - John A. Walker Jr. and his son, Michael Lance Walker, pled guilty to charges of spying for the Soviet Union.
1986 - The centennial of the Statue of Liberty was celebrated in New York.
1990 - Iraq announced that it was halting gasoline rationing.
1993 - Ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, called for a complete blockade of Haiti to force out the military leaders.
1994 - U.S. President Clinton visited Kuwait and implied that all the troops there would be home by Christmas.
1996 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained a record 337.17 points (or 5%). The day before the Dow had dropped 554.26 points (or 7%).
1998 - An Air China jet was hijacked and flown to Taiwan by pilot Yuan Bin. He was upset with his pay and working conditions. The plane arrived safely and Yuan Bin was taken into custody.

World News

U.S. drone base in Ethiopia is operational
Washington Post - The Air Force has been secretly flying armed Reaper drones on counterterrorism missions from a remote civilian airport in southern Ethiopia as part of a rapidly expanding U.S.-led proxy war against an al-Qaeda affiliate in East Africa, U.S. military officials said. The Air Force has invested millions of dollars to upgrade an airfield in Arba Minch, Ethiopia, where it has built a small annex to house a fleet of drones that can be equipped with Hellfire missiles and satellite-guided bombs. The Reapers began flying missions earlier this year over neighboring Somalia, where the United States and its allies in the region have been targeting al-Shabab, a militant Islamist group connected to al-Qaeda.

YouTube: Nigel Farage: EU and IMF Hold Member Nations in Prison
Freedom Watch 10/26/11. Farage: IMF in Washington has been hijacked by Euro boosters.

Libya to try Kadhafi killers as UN ends mandate
BENGHAZI, Libya (AFP) - Libya's new leaders vowed on Thursday to bring Moamer Kadhafi's killers to justice in a sharp break with their previous insistence he was caught in the crossfire with his own loyalists. Meanwhile, the UN Security Council unanimously voted to end the mandate for international military action in Libya, ending another chapter in the war against Kadhafi's toppled regime.

Qatar admits they had boots on the ground backing up rebels in all Libyan battles
Activist Post - Qatar, the nation that runs al Jazeera, the network which was carrying water for NATO and the al Qaeda-affiliated rebel forces since the beginning of the uprising, finally admitted they had boots on the ground fighting with rebel forces.

Russia wants guarantees on Libya's loose weapons
Russia Today - Russia has proposed a draft resolution of the UN Security Council to address the threat of weapon proliferation following the collapse of Gaddafi's government. The Foreign Ministry has said that unguarded Libyan weapons, particularly the shoulder-launched surface-to-air-missiles (SAMS), pose a serious threat to regional and international security.

Chinese Military Suspected in Hacker Attacks on U.S. Satellites
Bloomberg - Computer hackers, possibly from the Chinese military, interfered with two U.S. government satellites four times in 2007 and 2008 through a ground station in Norway, according to a congressional commission. The intrusions on the satellites, used for earth climate and terrain observation, underscore the potential danger posed by hackers, according to excerpts from the final draft of the annual report by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. The report is scheduled to be released next month.

From 7 Billion People To 500 Million People – Population Control Agenda Of The Global Elite
BlackListed News - The United Nations has officially designated October 31st as 7 Billion Day. On that day, the United Nations estimates that the population of the earth will hit 7 billion for the very first time. But instead of celebrating what a milestone 7 billion people represents, the UNPF is focusing instead on using October 31st to raise awareness about “sustainability” and “sustainable development”.

Bob Chapman: Europe Wallows In Insolveable Problems
International Forecaster - European debt problems to come to the US, and the usual smoke and mirrors goes on, money and credit expanded further, economies fighting a losing battle, no perfect recovery for Europe, yet another bailout by the Fed, a gap that is isolating Washington from the reality of the rest of the country.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Did Oakland Police Intentionally Shoot Marine Vet Scott Olsen In the Head?
Washington’s Blog - One ex-Marine — a combat veteran — took a rubber round in the head. He is in critical condition and may die. That was not a mistake; that was aimed fire and an intentional assassination. Sorry folks, that’s facts – from 50′ you don’t “miss” and hit someone in the head with these things if you’re shooting for the legs or other non-vital parts. He was shot in the head by someone who aimed for the head. Those projectiles are not “non-lethal” and the bomb thrown by a cop at the people trying to come to his assistance after he fell wasn’t tossed accidentally either.

Louisiana prohibits residents from using cash when buying, selling secondhand goods
(NaturalNews) If you buy or sell secondhand goods and live in the state of Louisiana, you can no longer use legal tender to complete such transactions. Ackel & Associates LLC (A&A), a professional law firm, explains that House Bill 195 of the 2011 Regular Session (Act 389), which was recently passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Bobby Jindal, prohibits anyone who "buys, sells, trades or otherwise acquires or disposes of junk or used or secondhand property [from entering] into any cash transactions in payment for the purchase of [such items]."

VIDEO: Man Faces 75 years as Illinois wiretapping statute on trial
Activist Post - Michael Allison is facing 75 years because a sitting Judge has claimed "privacy" for being recorded in his own courtroom. Is there such a thing as privacy in a public courtroom? Michael Allison's case puts the Illinois wiretapping statute on trial.

Chicago may decriminalize marijuana
Breitbart - Chicago pot smokers may soon be able to light up without fear of jail time. Several Windy City councilmen said Thursday they plan to introduce a local law that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in order to cut costs and free up police to handle more serious crimes. Chicago police make about 23,000 arrests each year for possession of the drug, a misdemeanor which nevertheless carries stiff punishment of up to six months in jail, a $1,500 fine and a criminal record.

VIDEO: Napolitano Knew About Fast and Furious In 2009
Prison Planet - Despite telling a House Judiciary Committee yesterday that she only learned of operation Fast and Furious in December last year when the controversy went public, Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano actually helped launch the previous incarnation of the program, Project Gunrunner, at a White House press conference in March 2009.

US Marines to close brig that held WikiLeaks suspect
Activist Post - WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US Marine Corps said Wednesday it will close a prison in Virginia that came under criticism for its treatment of a soldier accused of passing secrets to WikiLeaks. The commander of the Marine base at Quantico has recommended "that the pre-trial confinement facility be closed" as a cost-saving measure, the Marine Corps said in a statement.

New World Order: Implantable RFID chips capable of remotely killing non-compliant 'slaves' are here
(NaturalNews) Positioned as the solution to eliminating identify theft, lost wallets and purses, and a host of other information breaches, the all-inclusive implantable RFID tracking chip is gaining momentum for widespread implementation. Recent news reports indicate that an RFID tracking chip capable of killing humans (that presumably do not comply with rogue government demands) has already been invented.

Gun Ownership Soars To 18 Year High: 47% Of Americans Admit To Owning A Gun
Zero Hedge - Americans may be fleeing from stocks in droves, but they sure aren’t shy about rotating the resulting meager liquidation proceeds into weaponry. According to Gallup, “Forty-seven percent of American adults currently report that they have a gun in their home or elsewhere on their property. This is up from 41% a year ago and is the highest Gallup has recorded since 1993, albeit marginally above the 44% and 45% highs seen during that period.”


Occupy Oakland Protester Scott Olsen To Undergo Brain Surgery
The Guardian - Scott Olsen, the Iraq war veteran who suffered serious head injuries after being hit by a projectile fired by police during the Occupy Oakland protests, will require surgery to alleviate brain swelling. Doctors at Highland Hospital in Oakland have upgraded Olsen's condition from critical to fair, a source told the Guardian, though they would not discuss whether the 24-year-old had regained consciousness. Olsen's roommate Keith Shannon, who served with him in Iraq, said Olsen would be undergoing surgery "within a day or two".

NBC - Jean Quan is the mayor of Oakland, but she doesn't call all the shots. That was the message the city's chief executive delivered in the wake of Tuesday's violent police eviction of the Occupy Oakland encampment in front of City Hall, in which an Iraq War veteran was severely injured by a police projectile. "I don't know everything," she said to reporters, after completing a flip-flop on the city's stance towards the Occupy protesters, who will now be allowed to stay, she announced.

Unconstitutional Super Committee Proposes $1.3 Trillion in New Taxes
Infowars - Super Committee Democrats have released details on their so-called deficit reduction plan… and it ain’t pretty. In order to pay back the bankers for money created out of thin air by the Federal Reserve and then loaned to Congress so it can continue to wage mass murder campaigns and pay for old ones, the Democrats want – surprise, surprise – to significantly raise taxes.

Republicans Call for $2 Trillion in Spending Cuts
CNBC - Republicans in the U.S. Congress are calling for $2.2 trillion in deficit-reduction cuts, including significant cuts to healthcare programs for the elderly and poor, along with tax changes that they argue would boost the economy, congressional aides said Thursday. The plan offered by Republicans, who serve on a congressional "super committee" tasked with slashing deficits, calls for cuts to the Medicare and Medicaid health programs for the poor and elderly and other health and welfare programs.

Maryland Considering Flush Fee Hike
NBC - A state task force is considering doubling, and maybe even tripling, the state's flush fee.
The fee for the Bay Restoration Fund is now $30 a year for property owners. The task force is considering recommending a doubling of the fee in 2013, and increasing it to $90 in 2015.

VIDEO: Outrageous! - Marine Scott Olsen Moments Before He Was Shot By The Oakland Police, Olsen Now In 'Critical' Condition
Daily Bail - Olsen appears at the 3:30 mark. If the police claim that Scott Olsen attacked them, show them this clip. Olsen remains in critical condition. Officials at Highland Hospital in Oakland are refusing further comment at this time. At first, Doctors told Olsen's friends that he was stable. Now they're being told that his skull has been fractured and his brain is beginning to swell. Neurologists are in the process of determining whether or not he will require surgery.

Business Insider - Marines around the world are outraged by the injuries inflicted by police on Scott Olsen at Tuesday's Occupy Oakland protests. Olsen is in a medically-induced coma after getting hit in the head by a police projectile.... This man is not alone. In the five hours since the thread went up there have been over 600 comments. Here's an email from the man in the picture.

Occupy Oakland prepares for city-wide strike
Russia Today - Following an intense week for Oakland, California’s Occupy movement that saw dozens of arrests, brutal police raids and one US vet suffering a skull fracture thanks to the local police, protesters are organizing a general strike for November 2.

Want To Talk To Vikram Pandit, CEO Of Citigroup? Here’s His Cell Phone Number
Daily Bail - This is a brilliant write-up from Gawker. And shockingly, Pandit has not changed his number since this was published. I just called, and it goes directly to voicemail. Gawker has provided suggestions for discussion material (printed below).

VIDEO: Peter Schiff nails Wall Street Protesters
Daily Paul - " I employ 150 people, Im doing my share why are you not doing yours?"

The One Percent: Gigantic Government + Gigantic Corporations = Massive Wealth Inequality In America
Economic Collapse - Today, there are protests all over America that are targeting "the one percent" and all of the wealth and power that they have accumulated. Unfortunately, many of the solutions that these protesters are advocating simply will not work and will not lead to less wealth inequality. To understand this, you have to understand how we
got to this point.

Top U.S. Tax Writer Releases Overhaul Exempting Overseas Profits
Bloomberg - The top Republican tax writer in Congress explained his plan to create a broad exemption for the profits that U.S.-based corporations earn outside the country, aiming to accelerate the debate over international taxation. The proposed territorial tax system outlined by Representative Dave Camp yesterday would overhaul the way the U.S. tax code intersects with the global economy by adopting a system similar to those in the U.K. and Japan. Companies including Procter & Gamble Co. (PG) and General Electric Co. (GE) are lobbying Congress for a territorial system, and business groups praised Camp’s plan.

Stocks Soar 2% on EU Deal, Dow Above 12,000
CNBC - Stocks jumped sharply Thursday as investors cheered the euro zone's outline of a plan to solve the region's sovereign debt crisis and following a handful of encouraging economic and earnings reports.

FOREX-Dollar falls to fresh record low against the yen
Oct 27 (Reuters) - The dollar, which has hit a string of record lows this week against the yen, fell to a new low on Thursday as investors continued to test the resolve of Japanese authorities who have intervened twice in 2011 to date to stem the yen's strength. The dollar dropped as low as 75.668 yen on electronic trading platform EBS and was last down 0.6 percent at 75.72 yen.

Special report: Harrisburg: a city at war with itself
(Reuters) - For three days last summer, Mayor Linda Thompson joined religious leaders to pray for a "cooperative spirit" among city leaders, the business community and residents here in Pennsylvania's state capital. The prayers have gone unanswered. Looking for a way to resolve $300 million in debt, the city council defied Thompson and voted to file for bankruptcy this month. Not only did a majority of the council go against the mayor's wishes, but the council members also decided not to even tell her of their decision.

Housing Market

Delaware Attorney General files lawsuit against MERS
Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden filed suit against Merscorp Inc. and its Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, claiming the company obscures data from borrowers making it difficult for them to save troubled loans.

Energy & Environment

VIDEO: BP Oil Spill Whistleblowers And Experts Continue To Mysteriously Die
Intel Hub - In the last year and a half at least 10 experts, whistleblowers and BP connected individuals have died under mysterious circumstances. This information was widely reported in an April 10th, 2011 video which at the time listed 9 deaths and 3 imprisonments, disappearances, or attempted assassinations. Now, another BP oil spill connected individual has mysteriously died, moving the number of oil spill connected deaths to at least 10.

Bolivian Volcano Growing at Astonishing Rate
Mail Online - A previously dormant South American volcano is inflating with astonishing speed, scientists have discovered. Researchers from several U.S. universities say Uturuncu, which rises 6,000 meters in southwest Bolivia, is blowing up like a big balloon as its magma chamber grows around 10 times faster than normal. 'It's one of the fastest uplifting volcanic areas on Earth,' said Oregon State University professor, Shan de Silva.

Ousted First Solar CEO Made $30M in 15 Months
Bloomberg - Rob Gillette, who stepped down as chief executive officer of First Solar Inc. this week after boosting panel manufacturing capacity during a slump, may be eligible for an $8.9 million severance package and collected $29.9 million for his initial 15 months on the job.

Mystery of Dying Lobsters Sparks Chemical Debate
Fox News - Twelve years ago, there were more than a thousand people working in the Connecticut lobster industry. Today there are less than 80. Kalaman and his fellow lobstermen are now asking New York to stop using methoprene. “No other state uses it but New York,” explained Roger Frate, owner of Darien Seafood, who also blames methoprene for the decade-long lobster die-off. “It’s a complete disaster.”


Max Kane calls out FDA to enforce raw milk law against moms -- will the agency show up on Nov. 1?
(NaturalNews) A caravan of Raw Milk Freedom Riders (RMFR) will be making its way to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in just a few days on Nov. 1 to protest against the agency's irrational ban on the sale and distribution of raw milk across state lines.

Utah measles outbreak cost $300,000
Vaccine News Daily - According to research presented at the annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, a small outbreak of measles in Utah ended up costing local and state coffers approximately $300,000.

Shock vaccine study reveals influenza vaccines only prevent the flu in 1.5 out of 100 adults (not 60% as you've been told)
(NaturalNews) A new scientific study published in The Lancet reveals that influenza vaccines only prevent influenza in 1.5 out of every 100 adults who are injected with the flu vaccine. Yet, predictably, this report is being touted by the quack science community, the vaccine-pushing CDC and the scientifically-inept mainstream media as proof that "flu vaccines are 60% effective!"

How the CDC really spends your tax dollars
(NaturalNews) Recently the research, practices and spending habits of The Center for Disease Control (CDC) have been under harsh scrutiny, and with good reason. Video and story coverage on CBS proves that the CDC is utterly corrupt, spending YOUR tax dollars in ways that will blow your mind.

U.S. States’ Medicaid Spending Costs to Surge 29% This Year, Survey Shows
Bloomberg - State spending in the U.S. on Medicaid will surge 29 percent this year, even as governors slash the health program’s benefits and payments to hospitals and doctors, a survey showed. States will have to spend more on the health program for the poor to offset the loss of $100 billion in U.S. funds authorized by the 2009 economic stimulus law and to accommodate higher enrollment due to the flagging economy, according to an annual survey of Medicaid officials released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Ovarian cancers caused by IVF infertility treatments
(NaturalNews) In vitro (which means "outside the body") fertilization, better known as IVF, is the joining of a woman's egg and a man's sperm in a laboratory dish. The fertilized egg is placed in the lining of the woman's womb and, if the fetus continues to grow, a baby is born in about 9 months. Although a huge money making part of the infertility industry, IVF has many downsides including the fact it is enormously expensive. A single IVF cycle treatment can cost over $12,000 and it can take many IVF treatments to achieve a pregnancy.

Turmeric spice could have cured pancreatic cancer that killed Steve Jobs, suggests oncologist
(NaturalNews) Though it has the highest mortality rate of all forms of cancer, pancreatic cancer is largely preventable and treatable through simple dietary and lifestyle changes, says Dr. Robert Wascher, MD, a surgical oncologist from California. In a recent interview with Newsmax Health Wascher explained how the simple act of consuming turmeric, a natural spice popular in Asian and Indian food, may be enough to prevent and cure the type of pancreatic cancer that afflicted former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, as well as other forms.

Breast cancer prevention that really works
(NaturalNews) Long before the industrial revolution, ancient doctors of oriental medicine studied and treated breast cancer. So even before the earth was overwhelmed with synthetic, manufactured toxins, breast cancer was still considered a tragic and life threatening disease.

Screening for Lung Cancer With Chest X-Ray Doesn’t Cut Deaths, Study Finds
Bloomberg - Annual lung-cancer screening with a chest X-ray doesn’t reduce deaths from the disease as it offers no benefit for early detection, a study found. The study of 154,901 participants -- smokers, former smokers and people who never smoked -- found similar rates of death from lung cancer between those who received annual chest X-rays for up to four years and those who got their usual medical care. The research, which followed the patients for 13 years, was released today by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Discover the many uses of mullein
(NaturalNews) Mullein, a plant that grows in dry, barren places, has been used for centuries because of its outstanding medicinal qualities. Its healing properties are found in its roots, leaves, and flowers, and it has been effective in treating a variety of health conditions, especially respiratory disorders.

Vitamin D triggers natural immune response against tuberculosis, study finds
(NaturalNews) There is no need to get vaccinated against tuberculosis if you maintain high enough levels of vitamin D, suggests a new study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Researchers found that, in the presence of even minimally adequate levels of vitamin D, the body's own immune system will naturally trigger an immune response against the disease and many others without the need for drug or chemical interventions.

Salad dressings often loaded with corn syrup and other junk ingredients
(NaturalNews) After you wash and chop your fresh vegetables to prepare a delicious and healthy salad, would you pour a bottle of corn syrup over your dish or sprinkle the greens with sugar? You probably think that this sounds like a disgusting idea. Yet that is exactly what many people do by using prepared salad dressings which contain corn syrup and sugar, often among the first four ingredients listed on the label.

Science & Technology

Boeing sees growth in cyber despite defense cuts
Yahoo News - ANNAPOLIS JUNCTION, Maryland (Reuters) – Boeing Co opened a new cyber security center on Tuesday, saying it expected high single-digit or low double-digit growth in the sector in coming years despite major cuts in defense spending. Dennis Muilenburg, chief executive of Boeing's Defense Space and Security, said creation of the new facility was part of Boeing's strategy to offset cuts in defense spending that could total as much as $1 trillion over the next decade.

‘Rogue Websites’ Bill Creates Chinese-Style Ban List
Infowars - The newly introduced ‘rogue websites’ bill that has attracted bi-partisan support in the House will force Internet Service Providers to create a list of banned websites and prevent their users from accessing the sites, creating a Chinese-style ‘ban list’ that could easily be abused to silence free speech. “US lawmakers introduced a bill on Wednesday that would give US authorities more tools to crack down on websites accused of piracy of movies, television shows and music and the sale of counterfeit goods,” reports AFP. Related article here.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Bats’ ‘White-Nose Syndrome’ Is Tied to North American Fungus in USGS Study
Bloomberg - A fungus is at fault for the deaths of 1 million North American bats, according to a study that’s the first to pinpoint the cause for a phenomenon that scientists say may spur agricultural losses of $3.7 billion a year.... A May 2010 report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service identified the number of bats killed, and a study in the journal Science in April said the animals eating habits are worth about $74 an acre in helping farmers suppress pests.

She Literally Eats Out of the Gutter…
Activist Post - …rain gutters, of course! Suzanne Forsling has become somewhat of a celebrity for her ingenuity. Her resourcefulness finds a practical application for re-purposing rain gutters. I am from Iowa, so I have an inherent need to grow vegetables. Each winter, I dream up ways of trying to garden in Juneau, Alaska's environment which, so far, has really frustrated me. Nothing I tried works very well. Like many homes in the Juneau area, our yard has its problems.


If Tomorrow Starts Without Me
A few weeks ago a school teacher was killed in an auto accident. She was very well liked, so the school systems shut down for her funeral and it was on the news, etc. On the day her co-workers returned to work, they found this poem in their e-mail that the deceased woman had sent on the Friday before she left for home.

Today In History - Thursday - October 27, 2011
1795 - The United States and Spain signed the Treaty of San Lorenzo. The treaty is also known as "Pinckney's Treaty."
1878 - The Manhattan Savings Bank in New York City was robbed of over $3,000,000.
1904 - The New York subway system officially opened. It was the first rapid-transit subway system in America.
1925 - Fred Waller received a patent for water skis.
1927 - The first newsreel featuring sound was released in New York.
1938 - Du Pont announced "nylon" as the new name for its new synthetic yarn.
1947 - "You Bet Your Life," the radio show starring Grouch Marx, premiered on ABC. It was later shown on NBC television.
1954 - The first Walt Disney television show "Disneyland" premiered on ABC.
1962 - The Soviet Union adds to the Cuban Missile Crisis by calling for the dismantling of U.S. missile basis in Turkey.
1978 - Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for their progress toward achieving a Middle East accord.
1994 - The U.S. Justice Department announced that the U.S. prison population had exceeded one million for the first time in American history.
1997 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 554.26 points. The stock market was shut down for the first time since the 1981 assassination attempt on U.S. President Reagan.
1998 - A car bomb exploded in the car of a Palestinian leader Mahmoud Majzoub. Majzoub, his wife, and his nine-month-old son, and a passerby were injured in the blast.
1999 - Armenia's Prime Minister and seven other government officials were killed during a parliamentary session. It was the believed that the gunmen were staging a coup.
2002 - Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was elected president of Brazil in a runoff. He was the country's first elected leftist leader.
2003 - Bank of America Corp. announced it had agreed to buy FleetBoston Financial Corp. The deal created the second largest banking company in the U.S.

World News

Report: US, Afghan Troops Forced Locals to Walk Mined Road - Villagers in Afghanistan say they were forced to walk ahead of Afghan and U.S. Soldiers along roads in areas believed to be mined by the Taliban. National Public Radio reports villagers said the Afghan and U.S. troops pulled them from their homes one evening in early September and forced them to walk in front of the troops for more than a mile in the Panjwai district, southwest of Kandahar city. No one was injured, but if the incident happened, it would appear to violate the Geneva Conventions governing treatment of civilians, NPR said.

Moammar Kadafi's family reportedly will sue NATO
LA Times - The family of deceased Libyan dictator Moammar Kadafi reportedly plans to file a war-crimes complaint against NATO for the role they believe the international military alliance played in the former leader’s death, a lawyer for the family told Agence France-Presse news service.

US reaches out to Iranians, warns Iran government
The Obama administration is setting up an Internet-based embassy to appeal to Iranians hoping to broaden their understanding of the United States, while at the same time studying new sanctions to raise the pressure on Iran's government over its disputed nuclear program and alleged ties to terrorism. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in interviews Wednesday with Persian-language media that the U.S. wanted to affirm its friendship to the Iranian people even at a time of rising tensions with the government in Tehran.

Washington’s agenda revealed: US-backed rebels ask NATO to ‘stay in Libya’ - It seems that Libya’s US-backed Rebels don’t quite possess the stomach for regime change that their bosses in Washington DC and London have. The west’s new vichy -style government in Libya, aka the ‘National Transitional Council’ (NTC) have now asked NATO to still until 2012, this allegedly in order ‘to stop Gaddafi loyalists fleeing’.

Panetta pledges 'nuclear umbrella' for S.Korea
Activist Post - SEOUL (AFP) - US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta pledged Wednesday to preserve a "nuclear umbrella" protecting close ally South Korea, a day after the US held talks with Seoul's hostile neighbour North Korea. "I've come here because in many ways this is the frontline," Panetta told some 300 US servicemen at the giant Yongsan base in Seoul. "Six decades later (after the 1950-1953 Korean War), the US remains fully committed to the security of South Korea", he said.

Merkel wins euro fund vote, warns on prosperity
(Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Europe not to be complacent about its peace and prosperity on Wednesday, as German lawmakers approved plans to boost the firepower of the euro zone rescue fund ahead of an emergency EU summit. Addressing a packed parliament before the vote, Merkel urged the lower house Bundestag to fulfill its "historic duty"
and said Europe was in its toughest phase since the end of World War Two.

Euro Zone to Quadruple Bailout Fund: Sources
CNBC - Euro zone leaders intend to scale up their emergency fund, the European Financial Stability Facility, to around 1.0 trillion euros, EU sources said on Wednesday. The sources said the 440 billion euros ($611.4 billion) fund, set up last year, would have about 250-275 billion euros available after amounts are set aside for aid to Greece, Ireland and Portugal and for the recapitalizing the region's banks. That amount would be scaled up around four times, arriving at a headline figure of around 1.0 trillion.

Nazi jokes, wrath at Germans highlight Greek despair
(Reuters) - The dark shadow of German-driven austerity measures squeezing Greece has revived historical enmities and evoked comparisons to the massive destruction of the Mediterranean country at the hands of Nazi Germany over 65 years ago. Cartoons have sprung up depicting the European Union's "troika" as ferocious soldiers in World War Two German uniforms, and some Greeks are beginning to resent the German tourists flocking their ancient sites.

VIDEO: Turkey struggles to shelter thousands after quake
(Reuters) - Turkey struggled to provide shelter on Wednesday to tens of thousands left homeless by an earthquake that killed nearly 500, and rescue teams began taking painful decisions to call off searches for those buried alive.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

A Local Minnesota Company Had Parts In IED’s That Killed Troops  (worth a repeat)
A Minnesota company’s parts ended up in explosive devices that killed and maimed American and Coalition troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The indictment does not name the Minnesota company, referring to it only as “Company A.” CBS News has confirmed that the company is in fact Digi International, based in Minnetonka.

Ron Paul on FOX - 'Special Report' w/Bret Baier 10/26: Paul in the Center Seat
Ron Paul gives get the inside scoop on Liberty, Sound Money and a manageable foreign policy. There will be reaction you didn't hear from the panel and the reporters, and a chance for you to weigh in with your thoughts and questions.

Is This the 'Age of Ron Paul'?
Fox News - GOP candidate joins 'Special Report' All-Star panel

Hot Shower Led to Marine’s Fatal Overdose at Hospital, Navy Says
Veterans Today - The day before a young Marine died of a prescription drug overdose at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center last year, his breathing slowed and nurses grew concerned about giving him additional powerful pain relievers, a Navy investigation found. But in the end, hospital officials say, it was not the dose of medication that killed Lance Cpl. Ezequiel Freire but a hot shower that increased its absorption, causing him to stop breathing. Freire’s family is not satisfied with that explanation.

Promo Video For DHS-Backed ‘Spy Street Lights’ Pulled From You Tube
Prison Planet - The company behind a Department of Homeland Security-funded project to install street lights that double as sophisticated surveillance devices pulled its promo video for ‘Intellistreets’ from You Tube hours after our article drawing attention to the issue was linked on the popular Drudge Report website.

Herman Cain and Ron Paul’s Ads: A Comparison
Ron Paul 2012 by Jack Hunter - Many folks are befuddled by some of the downright bizarre ads Herman Cain’s camp has been producing, including one in which Mr. Cain’s campaign manager Mark Block is touting his candidate as he smokes a cigarette on camera (for the record, Ron Paul 2012 campaign manager Jesse Benton also supports his candidate, as has virtually every other campaign manager in the history of campaigning).

Worst Congress. Ever.
Russia Today - In the 34 years that an ongoing poll has asked Americans for their take on Congress, never in the three-decade span has that number dipped into the single digits. Never, at least, until now. The results of the latest survey from CBS News and The New York Times confirm that Congress’ job approval rating is at an all-time low.... this year’s results mark the first time that Congress’ job approval rating actually dropped to lower than 10 percent. According to the latest poll, only 9 percent of Americans have faith in the current lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Gangs infiltrate US military
Russia Today - The Blood and Crips have found themselves working the same turf, but the bullets being shot by members of the notorious American gangs aren’t being aimed at each other. The unlikely pair, rather, are teaming up within divisions of the US Military. According to a new assessment on ganglife in America issued by the FBI, organized street crime has spread not just across the States but has penetrated the Armed Forces, with gang presence being noted in each one of the military’s divisions.

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan condemns killing of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi
Chicago Tribune - Controversial Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan condemned the killing of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi on Tuesday, warning that America and other Western powers will soon face severe consequences for their support of the uprising that led to the dictator's death. Related video here.

Trade Agreements; CRAPitalism at its best!
PPJ Gazette - In my humble opinion: The ramming through Congress of three more economy busting trade agreements on Wednesday October 12th, 2011 should have the citizens of every state demanding their respective Senators and Representatives who voted to push these corporate agreements through, return home to face ejection from office and possible prosecution. These agreements will cost the US hundreds of thousands more much needed jobs and further reduce our wage base and standard of living.

VIDEO: New Street Lights To Have “Homeland Security” Applications - New street lights that include “Homeland Security” applications including speaker systems, motion sensors and video surveillance are now being rolled out with the aid of government funding. The Intellistreets system comprises of a wireless digital infrastructure that allows street lights to be controlled remotely by means of a ubiquitous wi-fi link and a miniature computer housed inside each street light, allowing for “security, energy management, data harvesting and digital media,” according to the Illuminating Concepts website.

Corporations Can Be Sued For Violating Human Rights In Foreign Countries
The Consumerist - Thanks to a federal court ruling, corporations that act badly abroad have to face legal repercussions at home. The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals backed up decisions by two other appeals courts that found that corporations can be sued for war crimes and genocide under a 1789 law.

Obama Justice Department Sends Border Agent to Prison for "Violating Rights" of Drug Smuggler
Townhall - After a complaint from the Mexican government, a U.S. Border Patrol agent has been sentenced to two years in prison for "violating" the constitutional rights of a 15 -year-old drug smuggling suspect by not "lifting his arms properly." The Obama Justice Department has accused the agent of using "unnecessary force," in handling the suspect while handcuffed.

Big Brother Considers Tracking Drivers’ Every Move
Personal Liberty Digest - As lawmakers face the facts of soaring deficits and a mountain of Federal debt, they may opt to rethink the way that Americans pay for the roads and highways they use every day. According to POLITICO, the Highway Trust Fund, money set aside for resurfacing and highway infrastructure, will be nearly $100 billion in the red by 2021, and the mass transit account will be about $30 billion short.

American Travelers Continue To Rebel Against TSA Body Scanners - Hundreds more official complaints uncovered. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has obtained 241 pages of passenger complaints filed with the TSA by everyday Americans, dating back to early 2010. EPIC uncovered the documents via a Freedom of Information Act request as part of its ongoing lawsuit concerning the use of the radiation firing body scanners by the TSA.

Drills, Drills, and More Drills – ELE(vin) NIN(e)
Intel Hub October 26, 2011 - To many drills coincide to be random, consider this is an alert. There are to many data points leading up and into the dates November 9 – 10, 2011 suggesting that some type of global event/control system will be implemented, Glenn Beck has now even commented on the FEMA/FCC takeover drill.


Australian Stock Exchange Halted for more than 4 Hours
TRADERS across the nation were left staring at blank screens yesterday after a glitch prompted red-faced Australian Securities Exchange staffers to suspend trade for more than four hours. Related video here.

Obama Taps Taxpayers For Student Stimulus
Fox News - Obama Looks to Wring Stimulus From Saturated Student Loan Market “$1 Trillion”. - Estimated amount of student loan debt owed by Americans. In keeping with his new campaign theme of “we can’t wait,” President Obama today will roll out a plan to put more money in the pockets of some of the nation’s 36 million student loan recipients. Obama has broad latitude in this area – certainly broader than the first two parts of his western campaign trip, underwater mortgages and subsidies for hiring veterans – because one of his early legislative initiatives was to have the federal government take over the student lending business in America.

VETERANS FOR PEACE - Official Statement On U.S. Marine Scott Olsen Shot By Oakland Police
Daily Bail - Veteran For Peace member, Scott Olsen, a Marine Corps veteran twice deployed to Iraq, is in hospital now in stable but serious condition with a fractured skull, struck by a police projectile fired into a crowd in downtown Oakland, California in the early morning hours of today. Other people were injured in the assault and many were arrested after Oakland police in riot gear were ordered to evict people encamped in the ongoing "Occupy Oakland" movement. Olsen is also a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War.

Obama tells Leno he’ll keep bypassing Congress
Raw Story - As violence gripped the streets of Oakland and thousands marched in San Francisco, President Barack Obama sat down with NBC talk show host Jay Leno on his set in nearby Burbank for a wide-ranging discussion. During their conversation, Obama told the late night host that because Republicans in Congress continue to block his efforts to spur job growth in the private sector, he’s begun taking steps through executive order that can bring help to people today.

Exclusive: Democrats seek up to $3 trillion budget savings
(Reuters) - Democrats are proposing up to $3 trillion in measures to slash the U.S. budget deficit, including revenue increases and significant cuts to the Medicare health insurance program for the elderly. The plan was unveiled on Tuesday at a closed-door meeting of a 12-member congressional panel -- the so-called "super committee" that is assigned the task of finding at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction over 10 years, congressional aides told Reuters.

Ex-Goldman director Gupta charged in insider case
(Reuters) - Rajat Gupta, who sat on the boards of some of America's most prestigious companies, was arrested and charged on Wednesday with being the "illegal eyes and ears" for his friend Raj Rajaratnam, the central figure in a broad U.S. crackdown on insider trading at hedge funds.

NSA helps Wall Street banks battle hackers
(Reuters) - The National Security Agency, a secretive arm of the U.S. military, has begun providing Wall Street banks with intelligence on foreign hackers, a sign of growing U.S. fears of financial sabotage. The assistance from the agency that conducts electronic spying overseas is part of an effort by American banks and other financial firms to get help from the U.S. military and private defense contractors to fend off cyber attacks, according to interviews with U.S. officials, security experts and defense industry executives.

EXCLUSIVE: ACORN Playing Behind Scenes Role in 'Occupy' Movement
Fox News - The former New York office for ACORN, the disbanded community activist group, is playing a key role in the self-proclaimed “leaderless” Occupy Wall Street movement, organizing “guerrilla” protest events and hiring door-to-door canvassers to collect money under the banner of various causes while spending it on protest-related activities, sources tell

VIDEO: Marine veteran injured by non-lethal rounds at Occupy Oakland
Raw Story - A Marine veteran at Occupy Oakland was injured Monday night after being shot at point-blank range with bean bags or rubber bullets by police. Scott Olsen was at 14th Street and Broadway when he was shot by either San Francisco Sheriffs deputies or Palo Alto Police, according to RT. “We need medic!” one protester is heard screaming. “Medic! Medic!” “What happened?” another asked. “He got shot!” As Olsen is carried away, he appears unconscious and bloody, unable to even respond when asked his name.

VIDEO: Tear gas turned on Occupy protests
(CNN) -- Authorities made a series of arrests at Occupy Wall Street protests in California and Georgia on Tuesday with clashes in one city that involved tear gas being used on emonstrators. Police said they fired the tear gas on protesters in Oakland, California, after the crowd threw paint and other objects at officers.

Poll Shows Most OWS Supporters Drink Establishment’s Political Kool-aid - A repeat of the tragedy that befell the Tea Party on the false right. A poll conducted by CBS and the New York Times reveals that 43 percent of respondents agree with the aims of the movement, while just 27 percent say they disagree.

The second American revolution has begun
(NaturalNews) There's a sense of desperation in America today. Their jobs are being exported out of the country, their health insurance is being dropped by employers, their dollars are becoming increasingly worthless with each passing day and their futures...

Nurse Makes $270,000 in California
Bloomberg - Jean Keller earned $269,810 last year working as a nurse at a men’s prison on California’s central coast by tripling her regular pay with overtime hours. Keller got more overtime in 2010 than any other state employee. In all, California’s public workers collected $1.7 billion of extra pay last year, more than half of it in overtime, state payroll data show. The rest was for unused vacation and union-negotiated benefits such as clothing allowances, physical-fitness incentives and special compensation in recognition of a “complex work load.”

McDonald's announces nine percent income growth in the midst of ongoing economic turmoil
(NaturalNews) High unemployment, rising inflation, and stagnant economic growth have all apparently had little impact on the world's largest and most infamous fast food chain. In fact, McDonald's recently reported $1.51 billion in net income in the third...

DEAR AMERICA: It's Time To Say A Big "Thank You" To Amazon
Business Insider - Amazon is doing what many more American corporations could and should do: Balance the near-term "profit motive" with a more holistic mission of focusing on the long-term and serving customers, employees, shareholders, and the community at large.

Housing Market

Freddie Mac CEO to resign, regulator says
(Reuters) - Freddie Mac's chief executive, is resigning, the regulator of the company said on Wednesday.

Texas counties consider suing MERS over mortgage assignments, filing fees
Housing Wire - Two Texas counties are contemplating a lawsuit against Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems for an alleged failure to pay mortgage assignment recording fees to local clerks' offices. If Bexar County, which includes San Antonio, and Hidalgo County, which borders Mexico in South Texas, decide to sue, three Texas counties will have brought lawsuits against Reston, Va.-based MERS.

Energy & Environment

VIDEO: Top US nuclear official bursts into laughter after question on deaths of irradiated Fukushima workers
CNS News - ( - The U.S. government's top nuclear regulator said Monday that no one has died as a result of exposure to radiation from Japan's Fukushima Daiiche nuclear power plant, which was hit by a tsunami in March. He did say that some people died at the plant as a result of the tsunami itself. “What we know right now, there have been no fatalities we are aware of that are directly related to radiation exposure," said Gregory B. Jaczko, the chairman of the U.S Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Is She About to Blow? Scientists Investigate Riddle of Rapidly Inflating Volcano
Mail Online - A previously dormant South American volcano is inflating with astonishing speed, scientists have discovered. Researchers from several U.S. universities say Uturuncu, which rises 6,000 meters in southwest Bolivia, is blowing up like a big balloon as its magma chamber grows around 10 times faster than normal. 'It's one of the fastest uplifting volcanic areas on Earth,' said Oregon State University professor, Shan de Silva.


EPA Fines Logitech, Inc. $206,000 for Advertising Antimicrobial Benefits of Nanosilver!
October 20, 2011 - The EPA has given itself regulatory authority over the use of nanosilver in consumer products, and is now running completely out of control, fining companies hundreds of thousands of dollars for merely mentioning the antimicrobial benefits of nanosilver in their advertising.

Gardasil vaccine dangerous, completely useless at preventing cervical cancer - California and Texas have gone for Gardasil vaccines, yet they are dangerous and do not prevent cancer says new study. Dr. Christian Fiala, a general practitioner from Vienna, Austria, told WorldNetDaily(WND) in a recent report that Merck’s Gardasil does not actually work to prevent cervical cancer, and that it is not safe. According to Dr. Fiala, “there is no proof of a causal relationship of HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer, and there is no evidence that HPV vaccine reduces the overall number of cervical cancer (cases).”

Find out more about the amazing nutrient CoQ10
(NaturalNews) Coenzyme Q10, known as CoQ10, is highly regarded as a super antioxidant. But is it for real? CoQ10 gets a lot of good press, but it's not cheap. So to buy and try or not to buy and try is the question. Not all supplements live up to their reputation, and not all supplements are right for everyone. Let's examine CoQ10 a bit.

How and why to take cancer prevention seriously
(NaturalNews) Perhaps the number one reason to take cancer prevention seriously is that cancer often grows in the body for twenty years teens. If they're diagnosed in their forties, it's probably been around since their twenties. This means two things. One, lifestyle habits are both so toxic and off-based for what the human body requires that lots of people are getting sick way before even what we think of as their time. Second, it means that there is plenty of time to address the problem while it's small and manageable. So, what can you do?

Chocolate reduces stroke risk in women, study finds
(NaturalNews) Swedish researchers have contributed the latest glad tidings to a growing number of studies indicating chocolate is beneficial for the cardiovascular system. According to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, scientists found that women, who ate the most chocolate, had a 20 percent reduction in their stroke risk: USA Today reports. In this case, the quantity consumed was approximately two candy bars per week.

Soda consumption linked to teen violence, study finds
(NaturalNews) A new study has found that teenagers who consume high amounts of sugary soda appear to be more prone towards violence than teenagers who consume less or no sugary soda. The more soda a teenager consumes, in other words, the more likely he or she is to show violent aggression towards classmates, a significant other, and even family members.

Bill Proposed To Felonize Selling Fake Maple Syrup As Real
The Consumerist - In order to tamp the scourge of artificial maple syrup being sold as the real deal, New York Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer are sponsoring a bill that would make it a felony.

Women with high cholesterol live longer, have fewer heart attacks and strokes
(NaturalNews) If the diagnosis of high cholesterol sounds like a death sentence to your ears, you may be the victim of cholesterol propaganda. It's not uncommon to believe that lower is better when it comes to cholesterol, but new research shows otherwise. In fact, a recent study in Norway says women with high cholesterol live longer and suffer from fewer heart attacks and strokes than those with lower cholesterol.

Spray Your Food Gold - And They Call This Edible?
The Consumerist - What, chicken for dinner? Again? Turn those blahs! into yays with Food Finish, an edible colorizer that you spray on your food to make it look like it's covered in gold.... Here is the ingredients list: Gold: ethyl alcohol, flavorings, additives: E943a, E943b, E944, Colours: E555, E171, E172. Silver: ethyl alcohol, flavorings, additives: E943a, E943b, E944, Colours: E171, E555. Red: additives E943a, E943b, E944 ., ethyl alcohol, flavors, E555, E172 Blue: additives E943a, E943b, E944, ethyl alcohol, flavors, E555, E171, E133.

Science & Technology

Sky Lights Up Red And Green As Reports Of Fireball Entering Atmosphere Conflict With CME, Northern Lights Report
Intel Hub - Apparent Solar Flare Hits United States The Intel Hub October 24, 2011 Note: During The Bob Tuskin Radio Show Tonight we received a report live from New York. You can listen to the live report here (about an hour and 20 mins in) Survival Bug Out Bag Literally HALF Off! Geomagnetic Storm / Incoming CME Impact Throughout much of the country.

Cellphone Towers EMR Damaging Biological Systems of Birds, Insects, Humans
Activist Post - The study, released by the environment ministry, called for the protection of flora and fauna by law. 'The review of existing literature shows that the EMRs are interfering with the biological systems in more ways than one and there had already been some warning bells sounded in the case on bees and birds, which probably heralds the seriousness of this issue and indicates the vulnerability of other species as well,' the study found.

Feds Order You Tube To Remove Video For Containing “Government Criticism” - The number of takedown orders received by Google from authorities based in the United States rose dramatically over the past year, with demands to remove information, including videos containing “government criticism,” increasing by 70 per cent. “US authorities also called for the removal of 113 videos from YouTube, including several documenting alleged police brutality which Google refused to take down.”

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Corporate foodopoly is heading us toward farmageddon
(NaturalNews) The current model of modern day farming was ostensibly created to produce lots of affordable food. It has succeeded in over feeding a population with high calorie low nutrient foods while making a few multinational corporations rich. But millions still go hungry.

How to fight a grassroots battle against Monsanto -- and win!
(NaturalNews) Writing to congressmen, the FDA and Obama, to stop Monsanto from contaminating the food chain, has proven fruitless. It's no use pretending we have a representative government when we are faced with a corporate plutocracy that owns the government.


Just launched: Surthrival Series features Daniel Vitalis, Health Ranger teaching lifesaving principles of urban preparedness
(NaturalNews) As protests continues to grow in major cities worldwide, those who are paying attention know that a time of rioting and collapse is fast approaching. European banks are on the brink of default, and a collapse in Europe will drag the U.S. even more deeply into its own downward spiral of financial insolvency.


VIDEO: Colbert on Herman Cain’s “999″ plan
So funny!

VIDEO: Stephen Colbert Parodies Herman Cain’s Bizarre Campaign Ad
Herman Cain released an inexplicable campaign ad on Monday featuring his chief of staff smoking a cigarette. But unlike everyone else, Stephen Colbert didn't spend much time on tonight's Report trying to analyze the ad, opting instead to parody it with the three even more extreme versions.

Today In History - Wednesday - October 26, 2011
1774 - The First Continental Congress of the U.S. adjourned in Philadelphia.
1825 - The Erie Canal opened in upstate New York. The 363-mile canal connected Lake Erie and the Hudson River at a cost of $7,602,000.
1858 - H.E. Smith patented the rotary-motion washing machine.
1881 - "Gunfight at OK Corral" took place in Tombstone, AZ. The fight was between Wyatt Earp, his 2 brothers and Doc Holiday & the Ike Clanton Gang.
1905 - Norway gained independence from Sweden.
1942 - The U.S. ship Hornet was sunk in the Battle of Santa Cruz during World War II.
1944 - During WWII, the Battle of Leyte Gulf ended. The battle was won by American forces and brought the end of the Pacific phase of WWII into sight.
1949 - U.S. President Harry Truman raised the minimum wage from 40 to 75 cents an hour.
1951 - Winston Churchill became the prime minister of Great Britain.
1958 - Pan American Airways flew its first Boeing 707 jetliner from New York City to Paris.
1970 - "Doonesbury," the comic strip by Gary Trudeau, premiered in 28 newspapers across the U.S.
1972 - U.S. National security adviser Henry Kissinger declared, "Peace is at hand" in Vietnam.
1975 - Anwar Sadat became the first Egyptian president to officially visit to the United States.
1977 - The experimental space shuttle Enterprise successfully landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
1984 - "Baby Fae" was given the heart of baboon after being born with a severe heart defect. She lived for 21 days with the animal heart.
1985 - Approximately 110,000 people marched past the U.S. and Soviet embassies in London to pressure the two countries to end their arms race.
1990 - The U.S. State Department issued a warning that terrorists could be planning an attack on a passenger ship or aircraft.
1991 - Former Washington Mayor Marion Barry arrived at a federal correctional institution in Petersburg, VA, to begin serving a six-month sentence for cocaine possession.
1992 - General Motors Corp. Chairman Robert Stempel resigned after the company recorded its highest losses in history.
1996 - Federal prosecutors cleared Richard Jewell as a suspect in the Olympic park bombing.
1998 - A French lab found a nerve agent on an Iraqi missile warhead.
2001 - It was announced that Fort Worth's Lockheed Martin won a defense contract for $200 billion over 40 years. The contract, for the "joint strike fighter," was the largest defense contract in history.
2002 - Russian authorities pumped a gas into a theater where separatist rebels held over 800 hostages. The gas killed 116 hostages and all 50 hostage-takers were killed by the gas or gunshot wounds.

World News

Yemen president calls in US ambassador
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's president on Tuesday called in the U.S. ambassador and told him he would sign a deal to step down, a U.S. official said. The embattled leader, who has made that pledge several times before, spoke as violence shook his capital.

US government seeks $70M from African official
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The son of Equatorial Guinea's president plundered his country's natural resources through corruption, spending more than $70 million in looted profits on a Malibu mansion, a Gulfstream jet and Michael Jackson memorabilia, the U.S. government said Tuesday.

Canada's Conservative government to ease gun laws
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada's Conservative government introduced legislation Tuesday to scrap a controversial law that requires the registration of rifles and shotguns. Canada has long required registration of hand guns, but the long-run registry law passed in 1995 faced bitter opposition from rural Canada, the Conservative party's base, which considered it an overreaction to the problem of urban crime.

The War on Libya is a War on Africa (EN/FR)
Global Research TV - Back in the UK, after several months spent in Libya covering NATO war crimes and uncovering mainstream media lies, freelance journalist Lizzie Phelan continues to fight for truth and justice on behalf of the Libyan people.... She said a Western-backed genocide is taking place in Libya and there are no independent journalists left on the ground to cover the story.

U.S.-Syrian relations devolve further as Ambassadors are pulled out
Activist Post - Today the Obama administration said that they pulled U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford out of Syria due to concerns over his personal safety. This prompted Damascus to remove their Ambassador from Washington D.C., clearly showing a further deterioration of relations between the United States and Syria which are already remarkably strained.

2 dead after security forces fire on demonstrators, medics say
CNN - At least two people were killed and 40 others injured when Yemeni government security forces opened fire on thousands of anti-government protesters in the country's capital Tuesday, according to medical officials.

Italy Pressured by EU to Boost Economy
Bloomberg - European leaders increased pressure on Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to say how he will reach budget-reduction targets as German lawmakers prepared to vote on a revamped euro-area bailout package that officials raced to complete before a summit tomorrow.

Europe: Grimmer by the minute
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- European leaders insist they are making progress on a comprehensive plan to tackle the eurozone's debt and banking crisis. But the details are foggy and last-minute delays suggest that significant disagreements remain unresolved. On Wednesday, government heads from all 27 members of the European Union will gather for a second time, following a summit over the weekend that failed to produce a definitive accord.

YouTube: 'US of Europe total disgrace, collapsing as we speak'
Russia Today - The British Parliament has voted overwhelmingly against holding a referendum on leaving the European Union. A petition of over 100 thousand signatures from the public had called for the debate. The government earlier ordered its MPs to vote against the motion - or face penalties. Despite this, dozens of David Cameron's party members defied the order, in what's been the biggest internal challenge he's faced as Prime Minister.

YouTube: Amazing speech by a 15 year old who has had enough!!
15-year-old Barnaby rails against "The Establishment" in an eloquent speech sparked by the recent tuition fee protests in and around London This kid is intelligent, and has guts. I love the honesty.

Wall Street protest plans global rally before G20
Reuters - An activist group that sparked the Occupy Wall Street movement has called for global protests on Saturday to demand G20 leaders impose a “Robin Hood” tax on financial transactions and currency trades. Canada-based Adbusters wants the Occupy Wall Street protest movement against economic inequality to take to the streets to call for a 1 percent tax on such deals ahead of a November 3-4 summit of the Group of 20 leading economies in France.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

A Local Minnesota Company Had Parts In IED’s That Killed Troops
A Minnesota company’s parts ended up in explosive devices that killed and maimed American and Coalition troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The indictment does not name the Minnesota company, referring to it only as “Company A.” CBS News has confirmed that the company is in fact Digi International, based in Minnetonka.

YouTube: Cavuto: Ron Paul Brings In Almost 3 Million Dollars In Money Bomb!
Airing Date Oct.25, 2011. Excellent interview!

VIDEO: CNN’s Anderson Cooper In Desperate Anti-Ron Paul Rant
In a rambling monologue, CNN’s Anderson Cooper desperately attempts to dismiss the accusation that CNN, and the mainstream media as a whole, are unfairly blacklisting Ron Paul’s presidential campaign, despite two scientific studies confirming that very fact.

ALERT: Ron Paul on FOX Tomorrow ('Special Report' w/Bret Baier) 6pm (EST) - Oct 26
Daily Paul - Continuing to break through the post-2pm FOX blackout. Can O'Reilly be next? Will Greta actually stoop to uttering the words 'Ron Paul'? Stay tuned...

YouTube: An INTENSE moment of TRUTH with MAINSTREAM Media
Dylan Ratigan, Mad as Hell: His Epic “Network” Moment.

Anonymous set to destroy Fox News
Russia Today - An attack on Fox News from the hacker group Anonymous has been a longtime coming. Now the collective says that an infiltration on the website for the Fair and Balanced news network will occur next month with Operation Fox Hunt slated for November 5. An operative with the hacktivist group Anonymous narrates a video posted to the Web on October 22 that announces that an all-out attack on the Fox News website will come next month as retaliation for the network’s unjust attack on protesters with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

New York City Police Charged by U.S. With Gun-Running in $1 Million Scheme
Bloomberg - New York City police officers were among 12 men charged by federal prosecutors in an alleged scheme to transport M-16 rifles and handguns with defaced serial numbers across a state line as part of a $1 million conspiracy. The accused, who included eight active duty and retired police officers, also sought to transport stolen cigarettes and slot machines, according to a complaint unsealed today in federal court in Manhattan. Five defendants are employed by the NYPD, the government said. Conversations recorded by an FBI informant revealed the conspiracy, according to the filing.

Obama: Kadhafi death sends message of freedom
Yahoo News - US President Barack Obama said Tuesday that Moamer Kadhafi's grisly death sent a message to dictators around the world that people long to be free. Obama appeared on NBC's "Tonight Show with Jay Leno," as part of a west coast campaign and fundraising swing as he gears up his 2012 reelection bid and pressures Congress to pass his job-creating measures. He said that Kadhafi, someone who for 40 years "terrorized his country and supported terrorism," had been given ample opportunity to leave power and transition his nation towards democracy.

State Department buys $70,000 worth of Obama books
Washington Times - The State Department has bought more than $70,000 worth of books authored by President Obama, sending out copies as Christmas gratuities and stocking “key libraries” around the world with “Dreams from My Father” more than a decade after its release.

Hacked From Above: A DIY Spy Plane Takes Flight
Activist Post - As drone surveillance ramps up worldwide, there is a new threat from above with massive potential to wreak havoc: the Wireless Aerial Surveillance Platform drone.* This modified military drone was put together from parts legally obtained on the Internet by two hackers, Rich Perkins and Mike Tassey, who presented their work at a Black Hat conference back in August.

US Air Force grounds F-22 fighters -- again: officers
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US Air Force has had to ground dozens of F-22 fighter jets for the second time this year after concerns a pilot suffered a lack of oxygen in the cockpit, officers said Monday. Commanders at a base in Virginia and in Alaska ordered a "pause" in flights for the world's most expensive and advanced fighter aircraft as a safety precaution, an Air Force spokesman said.

Most Powerful U.S. Nuclear Bomb Being Dismantled
Fox News - The last of the nation's most powerful nuclear bombs -- a weapon hundreds of times stronger than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima -- is being disassembled nearly half a century after it was put into service at the height of the Cold War.

Air Force Veteran Upset That Daughter Is Asked To Recite Pledge Of Allegiance At Public School
(THE BLAZE) - A 26-year-old single mother and graduate student who served in the Air Force for four years, told the Seattle Times Friday that she is outraged over policy implemented by a new principal at her 6-year-old daughter’s public school regarding the Pledge of Allegiance. Outraged, that is, by the principal’s announcement this week that all students will now be asked to recite the Pledge of Allegiance each day, something that the veteran did not expect at the dual-language immersion John Stanford International School.

VIDEO: The State Can ‘Seize Control’ and ‘There Is Nothing I Can Do’: Glenn Weighs in on Nov. 9th Emergency Broadcast Test
The Blaze - While emergency broadcast tests are typically used by state and local governments to issue severe weather alerts and other emergency information, there has never been a nationwide activation of the system before.... Meanwhile, the thought of the nation’s broadcast systems being completely cut off for nearly four minutes - in addition to broadcasters being stripped of control - has left many, including Glenn [Beck], feeling unsettled over who, exactly, will have power over our airwaves.

Ohio Town Solicits Zombie Volunteers to Test Emergency Preparedness Plan
The Blaze - The Delaware County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Delaware General Health District wants some of its residents to die. Well, become zombies, not really die. And by becoming zombies, it means pretend to be zombies and still not really die. In an effort to engage its community in a hazardous materials emergency preparation exercise, the Office of Homeland Security has put out a petition for 250 volunteers to done their best zombie look this Halloween.

North American Union has arrived: First official Mexican shipping truck to cross US border
(NaturalNews) Beginning this week, Mexican truckers will officially be allowed to bypass border inspections and drive directly into the US to deliver their goods. The pilot program not only complies with provisions set forth in the North American Free Trade Agreement of 1994, but it also ratchets up another notch towards a North American Union (NAU), where borders among the US, Mexico, and Canada are virtually eliminated.

War and Serfdom: Is This The World We Really Want to Live In?
Activist Post - I'm raising three sons in a world that I don't want them to live in. A world of hate, deception, war, injustice, and serfdom. A world that seems out of our control to change. If given a choice, who would want to live in that world?

Congress Expansion of Drug War is an Attack on Free Speech
Activist Post - On October 6, 2011, the House Judiciary Committee passed a bill (sponsored by Judiciary Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith) called the Drug Trafficking Safe Harbor Elimination Act of 2011 (H.R. 313), which will serve to continue the administrative beating of the corpse known as Free Speech in America.


The Fed Bails Out Gaddafi’s Libyan Bank, Arab Banking Corp. of Bahrain, Banks of Bavaria, Korea and Mexico … But Shafts America
Washington Blog - Indeed, it seems as if the Fed has chosen to help everyone but the average American … choosing the big banks and financiers – abroad or in the U.S. – again and again at the expense of the little guy. (The Fed is even intentionally curbing lending by the banks to Main Street.)

Anti-Wall Street demonstrators march in Oakland
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Under cover of darkness early Tuesday, hundreds of police swept into Oakland's Occupy Wall Street protest, firing tear gas and beanbag rounds before clearing out an encampment that demonstrators had hoped would stir a revolution.

New Obama Foreclosure Plan Shifts Fraud Liability From Wall Street To Taxpayers
Huffington Post - The Obama administration is introducing a new program on Monday designed to lower monthly mortgage payments for more troubled homeowners. But a key new condition in the plan would shift the financial liability for refinanced loans from Wall Street banks to the American taxpayer. And by focusing on lower payments, the program does not confront what housing experts view as the core problem in the foreclosure crisis -- borrower debt that exceeds the value of one's home.

Ron Paul says unemployment is 20%
(CNN) – A week after proposing his economic recovery plan, Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul said Sunday that the true unemployment rate in the United States is higher than the 9.1% estimated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. "I think the downturn in the economy occurred in the year 2000," Paul told CNN, adding that there have been no new jobs since then "and yet we've had a 30 million increase in population."

Ron Paul is Not ‘Ending’ Student Loans
Ron Paul 2012 - There are many headlines out there now stemming from his Meet the Press interview yesterday claiming that Ron Paul wants to end student loans. Well no, in fact, though he abolishes the Department of Education along with four other federal departments, the student loan part is taken out and handled elsewhere.

Rick Perry’s “File Your Taxes On a Postcard” Scheme
Kurt Nimmo - Establishment Republican presidential contender Rick Perry has recycled Steve Forbes and proposed modifying the current tax scheme and instituting a flat tax. Perry is set to officially announce his plan today in South Carolina. “The plan starts with giving Americans a choice between a new, flat tax rate of 20% or their current income tax rate,” Perry wrote in an op-ed published by the Wall Street Journal yesterday.

YouTube: Job growth in the US nonexistent?
Russia Today - There have been some startling new numbers released about the job figures in America. According to The New York Times, if an American were to lose their job today, there is a 70 percent chance they would not find a job the following month. Many say these new numbers reaffirm the actions of the Occupy Wall Street movement. David Swanson, author and activist, gives us some insight on the matter.

Call To Defend Occupy Berkeley Camp
Occupy The Planet - On the evening to 10/24, Occupy Berkeley was given a notice by Jim Hynes, the assistant to the city of Berkeley’s General Manager. The notice includes that Occupy Berkeley cease camping, as well as cease it’s kitchen operation. Jim Hynes would not comment as to a time table for an eviction of the camp; the police could come at anytime. The camp’s electricity has been disabled by the city.

Live Blog: Police arrest protesters, tear down Occupy Oakland tent city
Oakland Tribune - Early Tuesday, the city ousted protesters who have camped out for two weeks at the Occupy Oakland tent city on Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in front of City Hall. Police started assembling around the tent city at 14th Street and Broadway at about 3 a.m.

Goldman Sachs Withdraws from Credit Union Fundraiser
Occupy The Planet - People’s Federal Credit Union in New York City held a fundraiser to celebrate its 25th anniversary. It just so happened that this is the credit union many of the protesters at Occupy Wall Street (OWS) were using to store funds — and the protest group became an honoree at the dinner. When Goldman Sachs found out that OWS would be at the dinner, it pulled out of the event, along with its $5,000 donation.

Energy & Environment

BP Gets Gulf Oil Drilling Permit Amid 28,000 Unmonitored Abandoned Wells
Food Freedom - Since BP’s catastrophic Macondo Blowout in the Gulf of Mexico last year, the Obama Administration has granted nearly 300 new drilling permits [1] and shirked plans to plug 3,600 of more than 28,000 abandoned wells, which pose significant threats to the severely damaged sea.

NOAA : 1886 Was The Busiest Hurricane Season On Record
Real Science - CO2 was below 290 ppm at the time. Hansen’s climate team tells us that below 350 ppm we are safe.


Merck’s Gardasil Vaccine Wins U.S. Panel Backing for Routine Use in Boys
Bloomberg - Merck & Co.’s Gardasil vaccine, used to protect girls from a virus that causes cervical cancer, should also be given to 11- or 12-year-old boys to reduce transmission of the infection, a U.S. advisory panel said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s immunization committee recommended routine vaccinations for boys to protect against cancers related to human papillomavirus, or HPV, the Atlanta-based agency said today in an e-mail.... Merck, based in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, won U.S. approval for the vaccine in 2006 for female patients ages 9 to 26; it was cleared for males in that age group in 2009. The shot generated $988 million in revenue in 2010, according to company filings.

Join a Breast Cancer / Vitamin D Study
Vital Choice - Women are invited to enroll in a 5-year breast cancer prevention study … How about turning Breast Cancer Awareness Month into Breast Cancer Prevention Month? We hope that some of you may help do that by participating in a major study designed to shed more light on the potential role of vitamin D in reducing breast cancer risk. This large epidemiological study is being initiated by Grassroots Health, which has quickly become the leading organization advocating vitamin D research and awareness.

Senator Durbin’s Stealth Move against Supplements
Alliance for Natural Health October 25, 2011 - Since he’s having trouble getting his own bill passed, he’s trying a different approach to get the same results. New Action Alert!

NDI Supplement Guidance is Just a Bait-and-Switch—and Time Is Running Out to Stop It!
Alliance for Natural Health October 25, 2011 - Only 38 more days to tell FDA and Congress that the proposed rules for supplements could lead to the elimination of thousands of supplements and make the surviving ones much more expensive. When FDA issued their draft guidance for New Dietary Ingredients (that is, supplements), the agency was perverting congressional intent—the congressmen who wrote the original legislation even told the FDA commissioner before the guidance was issued that it needed to be fully consistent with DSHEA!

One Source: Codex, Tar Sands, and Vaccines
Food Freedom - For those occupying various cities now to protest the bankers, remember that pharma IS the bankers. “The Rockefellers and I.G. Farben worked together before World War II and during World War II. For all practical purposes, the Rockefellers and I.G. Farben were the Third Reich.” The Bushes made their money in Nazi German and are tied closely to pharma and the Rockefellers.

Possible study of anthrax vaccine’s effectiveness in children stirs debate
Washington Post - The Obama administration is wrestling with the thorny question of whether scientists should inject healthy children with the anthrax vaccine to see whether the shots would safely protect them against a bioterrorism attack. The other option is to wait until an attack happens and then try to gather data from children whose parents agree to inoculate them in the face of an actual threat.

CDC Mandatory Vaccine Schedule: 1983 vs 2010 - As of late, I've heard several (well intentioned) grandparents use the following argument in favor of blindly vaccinating with any and all injections available in the United States, "Well, you had all your vaccinations when you were born and you are just fine... Why not give them all to your baby?!" The following chart highlights just one of the reasons that this argument is not logical. Vaccines (and the quantities in which they are given) in the U.S. are dramatically different as we move into 2011 than they were 40, 30, or even 20 years ago.

FDA warns of needle-free flu shots
Vaccine News Daily - The Food and Drug Administration recently warned doctors, nurses and pharmacists about the painless, needle-free shots that many pharmacies are offering for the first time because they have yet to be FDA-approved.

EXCELLENT: How to Cleanse During Colder Months (beautiful food pics too)
Traditional cleansing programs that call for freshly pressed juices, raw foods, and even room temperature water with lemon juice, maple syrup, and pepper may work for most people when the weather is warm, but how does one experience an effective cleanse without feeling exceedingly cold and frail during late fall, winter, and early spring?

Fluoride-free Water Campaign for Halloween: Nifty Free Handouts
Halloween Campaign! The Journal of Natural Food and Health is sponsoring a fluoride-free campaign to increase awareness and education on life-long health effects from fluoride exposures. We have produced very powerful fluoride-free handouts that are 4 x 5” and prints four to a page. The claims are backed up by a link to 500 references to studies and papers. The handouts can be given out during Halloween to trick-or-treaters or given at the door.

Bagged Spinach Recalled for Listeria
Food Safety News - The Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market chain is recalling certain fresh bagged washed spinach sold earlier this month in its stores in California, Nevada and Arizona because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Catnip Uses
Healing From Home Remedies - Everyone knows about cats and catnip but did you know that there are many medicinal catnip uses for humans? In fact, catnip has the opposite effect on people that it does for cats. It has been used for thousands of years as a mild sedative, a digestive aid and much more.

Medical marijuana legal efforts are being crushed by the DEA - who benefits?
(NaturalNews) The state of California agreed on a referendum in 1996 to legalize medical marijuana in their state. A referendum is a citizen generated ballot that is then put to popular vote. So a majority of California's voting citizens agreed that openly selling marijuana for medical purposes is okay. Unfortunately, Big Brother disagrees. Recently, the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) began raiding California state approved medical marijuana outlets and closing them down without warning.

Mental health screening of teens creates a "crisis" where none exists
(NaturalNews) Depression in adolescents appears to be a serious and growing problem in this country, but is mental health screening the answer? Or does the appropriation of a label merely serve to drop a possibly troubled kid into psychiatry's default position of "let's fix this problem with a pill"?

Science & Technology

Google faces more government demands for user info
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google is dealing with more government demands to turn over information about its users as more people immerse themselves online. The mounting pressure on the Internet search leader emerged in a statistical snapshot that Google Inc. released Tuesday of its dealings with authorities around the world. Google provided a country-by-country capsule of its legal sparring with authorities during the first six months of the year.

400-Metre Asteroid Flyby Due In Early November
Irish Weather Online - According to NASA’s Near Earth Object Program: “Although classified as a potentially hazardous object, 2005 YU55 poses no threat of an Earth collision over at least the next 100 years. However, this will be the closest approach to date by an object this large that we know about in advance and an event of this type will not happen again until 2028 when asteroid (153814) 2001 WN5 will pass to within 0.6 lunar distances.”

SLIDESHOW: Rare Northern Lights Paint Skies Deep-Red Across North America
Fox News - A giant mass of plasma spat from the sun on Saturday morning hit the Earth Monday afternoon, causing an unusually colored light show that dazzled skywatchers.

An electric car that never needs to be plugged in can be built today
PRESS Core - You’ve all heard about the saying that “nothing is free” or “you can’t get something for nothing”. Well, you actually can. The biggest problem facing electric car manufacturers today is the battery life of their vehicles. All electric cars today need to be recharged. Recharging electric cars comes at a cost. A cost that is far from being free.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Maine Congresswoman Unveils Bill to Support Small Farms
Food Safety News - Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) announced Monday she will introduce bail that would "significantly change the nation's food policy" by supporting local and regional farmers. The package of reforms and new programs, dubbed The Local Farm, Food, and Jobs Act, would encourage the production of local food by helping farmers and ranchers and by improving distribution systems, building on the success of farmers markets across the country.

California Farmers Plant Bee-Friendly Habitat to Bolster Populations
Beyond Pesticides, October 25, 2011 - Farmers in California and other states have begun planting bee-friendly flowers and shrubs to attract bees, whose populations have been severely declining in recent years under a complex set of circumstances. Farmers hope to sustain native bees and strengthen dwindling honey bee populations as well as lower their pollination costs.


How a Helpful Little Molecule May Be Harming Your Pets (And You)
A recent Environmental Working Group (EWG) study revealed high levels of industrial chemicals in dogs and cats. This post covers one of these, Perfluorinated Compounds known simply as PFCs. PFCs all have carbon "back bones" surrounded by fluorine atoms. The fluorine-carbon bond is very very strong. These tightly bonded chains make stuff shiny and stain resistant. Gortex, Stainguard, and Teflon are all trademarked and patented forms of PFCs.


VIDEO: Colbert: Crucial Time In The Fight For Corporate Civil Rights
Colbert Report - Oct. 25, 2011 "Folks, this is a crucial time in the fight for corporate civil rights. Just look at the hateful signs at Occupy Wall St, ‘Corporations are not people.’ Wow, I thought we were passed the point in this country, just because they have different color skin, or different religion, or were born in the lawyer’s office and exist on paper and were created in the lawyer’s office, have no soul and can never die."

Today In History - Tuesday - October 25, 2011
1760 - George III took the British throne after the death of King George II, his grandfather.
1812 - During the War of 1812, the U.S. frigate United States captured the British vessel Macedonian.
1870 - The first U.S. trademark was given. The recipient was the Averill Chemical Paint Company of New York City.
1888 - Richard Byrd, the first person to see the North Pole, was born.
1917 - The Bolsheviks (Communists) under Vladimir Ilyich Lenin seized power in Russia.
1918 - The Canadian steamship Princess Sophia hit the reef off the coast of Alaska. Nearly 400 people died.
1920 - King Alexander of Greece died from blood poisoning that resulted from a bite from his pet monkey.
1929 - Alber B. Fall, of U.S. President Harding's cabinet, was found guilty of taking a bribe. He was sentenced to a year in prison and fined $100,000.
1939 - "The Time of Your Life," by William Saroyan, opened in New York.
1951 - In Panmunjom, peace talks concerning the Korean War resumed after 63 days.
1954 - A U.S. cabinet meeting was televised for the first time.
1955 - The microwave oven, for home use, was introduced by The Tappan Company.
1958 - U.S. Marines withdrew from Beirut, Lebanon. They had been sent in on July 25, 1958, to protect the nation's pro-Western government.
1960 - The Accutron watch by the Bulova Watch Company was introduced.
1962 - American author John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.
1971 - The U.N. General Assembly voted to expel Taiwan and admit mainland China.
1983 - U.S. troops and soldiers from six Caribbean nations invaded Grenada to restore order and provide protection to U.S. citizens after a recent coup within Grenada's Communist (pro-Cuban) government.
1990 - It was announced by U.S. Defense Secretary Dick Cheney that the Pentagon was planning to send 100,000 more troops to Saudi Arabia.
1994 - Susan Smith of Union, SC, claimed that a black carjacker had driven off with her two sons. Smith was later convicted of drowning her children in a nearby lake.
1999 - Golfer Payne Stewart and five others were killed when their Learjet crashed in South Dakota. The plane flew uncontrolled for four hours before the crash.
2000 - AT&T Corp. announced that it would restructure into a family of four separately traded companies (consumer, business, broadband and wireless).
2001 - It was announced that scientists had unearthed the remains of an ancient crocodile which lived 110 million years ago. The animal, found in Gadoufaoua, Niger, grew as long as 40 feet and weighed as much as eight metric tons.

World News

U.S. Military on 'High Alert'
ABC NEWS has learned that U.S. military personnel in three critical locations have been put on the very highest state of alert after being warned of potential terrorist attacks. At the U.S. Air Force installation at Incirlik, Turkey, officials say “credible” and “specific” warnings have been received. The level of credibility about the warning is so high, that “even the Turks believe it,” one source told ABCNEWS, indicating the threat was very visible and believable.

NTC official: Gadhafi buried along with son
Tripoli, Libya (CNN) -- The body of ousted Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi was buried early Tuesday morning, a National Transitional Council spokesman told CNN. Gadhafi, his son Mutassim and his defense minister Abu Bakr Younis were taken to an undisclosed location for burial five days after he was killed in Sirte, according to Anees al-Sharif, spokesman for the National Transitional Council's military arm in Tripoli.

Novartis to Cut 2,000 Jobs, Close Europe Plants
Bloomberg - Novartis AG, Europe’s second-biggest pharmaceutical company, plans to eliminate 2,000 jobs in Switzerland and the U.S. and add employees in China and India to offset the effect of drug-price reductions.

VIDEO: Aussie Cops Brutalize OWS Protesters
Kurt Nimmo | Australia attempting to show the rest of the world how to deal with pesky OWS protesters. In many ways, Australia is the emblematic police state. In 2003, as if attempting to outdo the United States with its Patriot Act following 9/11, Australia’s parliament unveiled a range of draconian Gestapo-like powers under the ASIO Terrorism Act. In 2008, the Labor Party joined China and drafted a wide ranging internet censorship bill custom-tailored to silence political speech.

Largest ever EU rebellion rocks British PM
Breitbart -David Cameron on Monday suffered his largest parliamentary rebellion since becoming prime minister as around 80 Conservative lawmakers defied their leader to vote in favour of holding a referendum on Britain's EU membership. Cameron's government, which is against holding a referendum, in the end won the House of Commons vote 483-111 due to support from the Liberal Democrats -- the Conservatives' euro-friendly junior coalition partners -- and the main opposition Labour Party.

Vatican Calls for 'Central World Bank'
Reuters - The Vatican called on Monday for the establishment of a “global public authority” and a “central world bank” to rule over financial institutions that have become outdated and often ineffective in dealing fairly with crises. The document from the Vatican’s Justice and Peace department should please the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstrators and similar movements around the world who have protested against the economic downturn.

US pulls envoy out of Syria, Damascus retaliates
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration pulled its ambassador out of Syria over security concerns, blaming President Bashar Assad's regime for the threats that made it no longer safe for Robert Ford to remain. The Syrian government quickly ordered home its envoy to the United States, raising the diplomatic stakes.

Panetta criticizes North Korea for 'reckless' acts
(AP) Panetta, who arrived at this U.S. air base on the second leg of a weeklong Asia tour, spoke out about North Korea and China in an opinion piece published Monday by Japan's Yomiuri newspaper before his arrival. He wrote that Washington and Tokyo share common challenges in the Asia-Pacific. "These include North Korea, which continues to engage in reckless and provocative behavior and is developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, which pose a threat not just to Japan but to the entire region," he wrote.

YouTube: John McCain's veiled threat to China, Russia & everyone else...
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and other "dictators" should feel nervous after the death of Libya's Muammar Qaddafi, U.S. Senator John McCain said.

VIDEO FLASHBACK - Gaddafi gold-for-oil, dollar-doom plans behind Libya 'mission'?
Russia Today - More speculation has been raised on the reasons for NATO's intervention in Libya. As RT's Laura Emmett reports, the organisation may have been trying to prevent Gaddafi from burying the American buck.

NATO in Libya may spark Balkan tinderbox
Russia Today - The threat of inter-ethnic and inter-religious conflict in the Balkan countries, which experts define as "the European tinderbox," could spark another Libyan scenario, says former Russian Intelligence head Evgeny Primakov. Speaking at an international conference in Montenegro, Primakov said the threat of NATO interference in the Balkans is a real possibility that should be avoided at all costs.

Swiss Banks Said Ready to Reveal Clients
Bloomberg - Swiss banks will probably settle a sweeping U.S. probe of offshore tax evasion by paying billions of dollars and handing over names of thousands of Americans who have secret accounts, according to two people familiar with the matter.

NATO: 200 Afghan militants killed, captured
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghan and NATO coalition forces killed or captured about 200 insurgents in eastern Afghanistan during two operations targeting the lethal Haqqani network, which has links to al-Qaida and the Taliban, the U.S.-led coalition said Monday.

Talk of treaty ban on mercury concerns scientists
LONDON (AP) -- Scientists are warning officials negotiating a global treaty on mercury that banning the deadly chemical completely would be dangerous for public health because of the chemical's use in vaccines. The ban option is one of several proposals on the table for a meeting later this month in Nairobi, but a final treaty isn't expected until 2013.

Global fallout of Thai floods
The Nation - Thailand's the worst flooding in half a century has forced a number of parts makers and Japanese manufacturers to halt production in Thailand, raising fears the flooding may affect manufacturing worldwide. Related video here.

UPDATE: Strong earthquake hits Turkey, up to 1,000 feared killed
VAN, Turkey (Reuters) - As many as 1,000 people were feared killed on Sunday when a powerful earthquake hit southeast Turkey, flattening buildings and leaving survivors crying for help from under the rubble.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

What Have We Gotten For The Trillion Dollars We Have Spent On Wars In Afghanistan, Iraq And Libya?
Over a trillion U.S. taxpayer dollars have been spent on wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. Whether you are for the wars or against the wars, it is important for all of us to step back and evaluate what we have really gotten for all of that money.

YouTube: Ron Paul on the Lew Rockwell Show
Aired October 18, 2011.

House votes to reject EU emissions control plan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House voted Monday to exclude U.S. airlines from an emissions cap-and-trade program that the European Union plans to impose on all airlines flying to and from the continent beginning next year.

Saudi envoy murder plot suspect pleads not guilty
NEW YORK (Reuters) - An Iranian-American man who U.S. officials say has links to Iran's security forces pleaded not guilty in federal court on Monday to plotting to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington in a bomb attack. Manssor Arbabsiar, 56, who was arrested on September 29 in New York, faces several charges including conspiracy to murder a foreign official, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism.... Ahmadinejad has said Washington had fabricated the plot to cause a rift between Tehran and Saudi Arabia and dominate the oil-rich Gulf.

Ron Paul LEADS the GOP field in Iowa fundraising.
DesMoines Register - Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney also are favorites among Iowans willing to crack open their checkbooks. They have given Paul more than $77,000 in itemized contributions, compared with just more than $67,000 for Romney.

VIDEO: Paul: We're Witnessing "The Failure Of A Keynesian Economic Model"
Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), sits down with David Gregory on "Meet the Press." "What we're witnessing today is the failure of a Keynesian economic model," Paul said. "And today we have to replace it with something -- we either replace it with more government, more authoritarianism, more controls, or we look toward the free market."

YouTube: G. Edward Griffin: Individualism & Capitalism vs. Collectivism & Monopolies
The difference between free market capitalism and corporate monopoly capitalism.

TSA misses loaded gun in bag at LAX
US Today - Despite all the extra airport security measures installed since the 2001 terror attacks, federal security officials at Los Angeles International Airport, or LAX, missed a loaded gun inside a checked bag on Sunday, the Los Angeles Times and other news organizations are reporting.

Mandatory Sex Ed Details May Be Too Racy for Parents: Report
NBC - The New York Post obtained workbooks that will be used for the new recommended curriculum, which begins in middle schools and high schools around the city next spring. Parents, they say, may be shocked by details of the work.


Obama to announce actions on housing, student loans
(Reuters) - President Barack Obama this week will announce a series of actions to help the economy that will not require congressional approval, including an initiative to make it easier for homeowners to refinance their mortgages, according to a White House official. The actions come as Obama is facing resistance from Republicans to a $447 billion jobs package he has urged Congress to pass.

What Have We Gotten For The Trillion Dollars We Have Spent On Wars In Afghanistan, Iraq And Libya?
Over a trillion U.S. taxpayer dollars have been spent on wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. Whether you are for the wars or against the wars, it is important for all of us to step back and evaluate what we have really gotten for all of that money.

US States Are Facing Total Debt of Over $4 Trillion
CNBC - The total of U.S. state debt, including pension liabilities, could surpass $4 trillion, with California owing the most and Vermont owing the least, a new analysis says. The nonprofit State Budget Solutions combined states' major debt and future liabilities, primarily for pensions and employee healthcare, unemployment insurance loans, outstanding bonds and projected fiscal 2011 budget gaps. It found that in total, states are in debt for $4.2 trillion.

Semper Fi: Non-active Marines called to "Occupy"
(CBS/AP) A new group called Occupy Marines is calling on non-active duty Marines to support the "Occupy" protest movement. The group was formed online to support the Occupy Wall Street protests after videos circulated online of a Marine confronting New York City police, questioning their tactics used against Occupy Wall Street demonstrators.

Exposing the Student Loan Racket (Infographic)
Student loan debt, now at $830 billion, has surpassed credit card debt—a statement unheard of 20 years ago. Student loans, unlike any other form of debt, CANNOT be forgiven via bankruptcy—these loans MUST be repaid. Is this the next bubble to burst?

Chemical bomb tossed into Occupy Maine encampment
PORTLAND — Occupy Maine protesters say Sunday morning's attack with a chemical explosive has left them with a mixture of anxiety and resolve. "We are more motivated to keep doing what we're doing," said Stephanie Wilburn, of Portland, who was sitting near where the chemical mixture in a Gatorade bottle was tossed at 4 a.m. Sunday. "They have heard us and we're making a difference."

YouTube: OWS first salvo in class war US faces
Russia Today - There's a class war brewing in the United States. That's the stark warning from the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement which is into its fifth week - and shows no sign of giving up. For them, the yawning gap between rich and poor is getting far too wide. And that could cost the government dearly, as Gayane Chichakyan explains.

About 130 arrested at Occupy Chicago protest
(Reuters) - About 130 protesters were arrested at an Occupy Chicago demonstration early Sunday after they erected tents and refused to leave a park next to Lake Michigan after its closing time, police said. The breakup of the protest in Grant Park was the second mass arrest of demonstrators from Occupy Chicago in the past week. A week ago, about 175 protesters were arrested.

Mexican truck is first in US under delayed NAFTA program
msnbc - Hours before Friday's ceremony in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico announced it was suspending the tariffs. But the Mexican government warned that they could be reinstated if the U.S. does not honor the accord. The $2 billion worth of tariffs were imposed on 99 U.S. products, including Christmas trees, onions, oranges, apples, juice concentrates, toothpaste, deodorant, sunglasses, among others. Mexico reduced the tariffs after signing the trucking agreement with the U.S. in July and then removed them completely Friday.

Housing Market

YouTube: Ron Paul on Freedom Watch
Aired October 24, 2011. "On Monday, Congressman Ron Paul returned to Fox Business' Freedom Watch, to talk to the Judge about President Obama’s new housing mortgage plans and his proposed new law to only allow people under 30 to vote."

Does Fannie Mae Or Freddie Mac Now Own YOUR Mortgage? Find Out Right Here
Daily Bail - With all the discussion of Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac now originating and owning such a huge slice of the mortgage market, you might have found yourself wondering if they might own yours as well. As it turns out, even if it's being serviced by another mortgage firm, it still might be owned F & F.

U.S. Mortgage Fixes Won’t ‘Shock and Awe’ Economy
Bloomberg - U.S. President Barack Obama, who tours foreclosure-ravaged Nevada and California this week, may face homeowners demanding bolder action as regulators prepare to release details of new housing proposals as early as this week. Lawmakers and analysts briefed on plans by the independent Federal Housing Finance Agency estimate they will help less than 1 million borrowers -- and perhaps as few as 600,000 -- of the 11 million whose mortgages are higher than the value of their homes.

Energy & Environment

$20 Trillion for Urgent Climate Change Action
285 top investors who represent $20 trillion in assets pushed leaders of the world to take urgent climate change and clean energy action in a letter last week.

Serbian ecology leader arrested for openly defying GMOs and chemtrails
(NaturalNews) In October 2011, Nikola Aleksi, leader of Ecological Movement of Novi Sad in Serbia, was arrested and fined. Earlier on his way to a conference in Belgrade, an attempt was reportedly made on his life. And Monsanto has sued him with the threat of removing him and his family from their rented flat as "collateral."


Vitamin B-based treatment may permanently cure vision-robbing eye disease
(NaturalNews) One of 2,000 people in the U.S. is diagnosed each year with keratoconus, a vision-robbing disease usually first spotted during the teenage years. The cause isn't understood, but it is known to damage the collagen fibers that form the structure of the cornea (the outer surface of the eye). It's the cornea that allows the eye to focus properly. As keratoconus worsens over time, the cornea degenerates and becomes thinner, bulges outwards and makes clear vision impossible.

Green tea inhibits extra weight gain and can help prevent obesity
(NaturalNews) Reporting in the research journal Obesity, researchers continue to mount crucial evidence to support green tea as an agent in the war against overweight and obesity. Green tea (and its less refined cousin, white tea) is shown to slow weight gain and may be a key tool in the obesity epidemic impacting the health of millions of children and adults in western cultures.

Max Kane calls out FDA to enforce raw milk law against moms -- will the agency show up on Nov. 1?
(NaturalNews) A caravan of Raw Milk Freedom Riders (RMFR) will be making its way to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in just a few days on Nov. 1 to protest against the agency's irrational ban on the sale and distribution of raw milk across state lines.

VIDEO: Physicians Received 760 Million from Pharmaceuticals in Past Two Years
(CBS News) A dozen pharmaceutical companies have given doctors and other healthcare providers more than $760 million over the past two years - and those companies' sales comprise 40 percent of the U.S. market. The numbers come from the non-profit journalism organization Pro Publica, which assembled and continues to update a database on the payments.

Finnish government to cover lifetime of medical costs for children permanently injured by swine flu vaccine
(NaturalNews) Back in September, officials from the National Narcolepsy Task Force in Finland determined that Pandemrix, an H1N1 / swine flu vaccine developed by drug giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), is responsible for causing narcolepsy in certain individuals, and particularly in children. In response, the Finnish government has agreed to cover any and all costs associated with treating the condition in affected children, that go beyond what insurance companies are willing to pay.

States to sharply limit Medicaid hospital stays
US Today - A growing number of states are sharply limiting hospital stays under Medicaid to as few as 10 days a year to control rising costs of the health insurance program for the poor and disabled. Advocates for the needy and hospital executives say the moves will restrict access to care, force hospitals to absorb more costs and lead to higher charges for privately insured patients. States defend the actions as a way to balance budgets hammered by the economic downturn and the end of billions of dollars in federal stimulus funds this summer that had helped prop up Medicaid, financed jointly by states and the federal government.

Green veggies enhance immunity during the flu season
(NaturalNews) Scientists at the Babraham Institute in Cambridge, working together with the Medical Research Council's National Institute for Medical Research, have recently carried out a new study that looked at how green vegetables influence immunity.

Judicial Watch Uncovers FDA Gardasil Records Detailing 26 New Reported Deaths
Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has received new documents from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), detailing reports of adverse reactions to the vaccination for human papillomavirus (HPV), Gardasil. The adverse reaction reports detail 26 new deaths reported between September 1, 2010 and September 15, 2011 as well as incidents of seizures, paralysis, blindness, pancreatitis, speech problems, short term memory loss and Guillain-Barré Syndrome.

BPA in pregnant women might affect kids' behavior
CHICAGO (AP) -- Exposure to BPA before birth could affect girls' behavior at age 3, according to the latest study on potential health effects of the widespread chemical.

Use of plastic products linked to cancer and impairment of the immune system
(NaturalNews) These days, we seem to be surrounded by plastic products. From the containers we store food in to the interior of the vehicles we drive, these plastics pose serious risks to our health as well as the environment. Side effects of the chemicals used in the manufacturing process of plastic include endocrine disruption, which can result in immune system suppression. This in turn can lead to cancer, birth defects and developmental problems.

Health Ranger interviews Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski about innovative cancer treatment, establishment's suppression of truth about the cure
(NaturalNews) Some of the world's most legitimate and innovative cancer research is currently taking place at the Burzynski Clinic in Houston, Texas. But many people are unaware of it due to the suppression of this important work by the medical-industrial complex, which sees only conventional chemotherapy, radiation, and invasive surgery as viable treatments for the deadly disease.

Study shows negative mindset dramatically increases risk of dementia
(NaturalNews) Loss of cognitive function, most commonly associated with Alzheimer's disease, instills feelings of fear and insecurity more than any other chronic condition, including a cancer diagnosis. Researchers publishing in the journal Neurology, found that people who rate their health as poor or fair appear to be significantly more likely to develop dementia later in life.

Science & Technology

Cyber attacks against Energy Department disclosed
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Energy has been hit by recent successful cyber attacks and needs to do more to protect its computer systems, the department's internal watchdog said in a report on Monday.

Assange: Financial woes may close WikiLeaks
LONDON (AP) -- WikiLeaks - whose spectacular publication of classified data shook world capitals and exposed the inner workings of international diplomacy - may be weeks away from collapse, the organization's leader warned Monday.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Chicken Coops Growing in Popularity in American Backyards
ABC - When Owen Taylor got hired six years ago as the "city chicken intern" at Just Food, some people thought his job title was funny. Today no one in the food world would make a peep. Backyard chicken-keeping is a growing pastime around the country, spurred by the interest in local food and sustainability.

Farmers market vendors fighting fees in St. Louis County - As the number of farmers markets rises — more than doubling nationally to 7,175 over the last decade — regulators are confronting issues related to fees and permitting. In Missouri, the state leaves it up to counties to regulate markets, and that leads to a sometimes confusing patchwork of rules and charges. In an effort to minimize the fees, the market's manager, Deb Henderson, has proposed a sweeping new bill that will lower the fees, which many believe hurt business at the market and beyond.

Genetically modified canola goes wild
Vancouver Sun - Genetically modified canola has escaped from the farm and is thriving in the wild across North Dakota, according to a study that indicates there are plenty of novel man-made genes crossing the Canada-U.S. border.... At some locations there were thousands of GM plants growing. "That was a shock to us," Sagers said. At other spots, the GM canola, which was engineered to withstand herbicides that kill weeds, was the only thing growing.


Ten Unusual Ways to Get in the Top 1% of Happiness
At midnight my door opened and I saw the shadow of someone about 4 feet tall walk into my room and stand by my side of the bed. “I can’t sleep,” she said and she was smart enough to also say, “my mind is racing”. Over the nine years of her life so far she has probably heard me say that many times.

Disarm your inner critic with this Jedi mind trick
(NaturalNews) The Jedi know better than to fight against criticism, as there are better approaches to verbal attacks, especially when they originate from inner voices that have strayed to the dark side. In fact, a properly trained Jedi understands that there are as many tricks as there are problems, for every problem has an underlying structure that holds it in place. When you know how to deconstruct it, the problem unravels right before your mind.

Today In History - Monday - October 24, 2011
1795 - The country of Poland was divided up between Austria, Prussia, and Russia.
1836 - Alonzo D. Phillips received a patent for the phosphorous friction safety match.
1861 - The first transcontinental telegraph message was sent when Justice Stephen J. Field of California transmitted a telegram to U.S. President Lincoln.
1901 - Daredevil Anna Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel. She was 63 years old.
1929 - In the U.S., investors dumped more than 13 million shares on the stock market. The day is known as "Black Thursday."
1931 - The upper level of the George Washington Bridge opened for traffic between New York and New Jersey.
1939 - Nylon stockings were sold to the public for the first time in Wilmington, DE.
1940 - In the U.S., the 40-hour workweek went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.
1945 - The UN was formally established less than a month after the end of World War II. The Charter was ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and by a majority of other signatories.
1948 - The term "cold war" was used for the first time. It was in a speech by Bernard Baruch before the Senate War Investigating Committee.
1949 - The cornerstone for the U.N. Headquarters was laid in New York City.
1962 - During the Cuban Missile Crisis, U.S. military forces went on the highest alert in the postwar era in preparation for a possible full-scale war with the Soviet Union. The U.S. blockade of Cuba officially began on this day.
1989 - Reverend Jim Bakker was sentenced to 45 years in prison and fined $500,000 for his conviction on 24 counts of fraud. In 1991, his sentence was reduced to eighteen years and he was released on parole after a total five years in prison.
1999 - An Israeli court sentenced American teen-ager Samuel Sheinbein to 24 years in prison. The crime was killing an acquaintance in Maryland in 1997.
2001 - The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation that gave police the power to secretly search homes, tap all of a person's telephone conversation and track people's use of the Internet.
2001 - The U.S. stamp "United We Stand" was dedicated.
2001 - NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft successfully entered orbit around Mars.
2002 - Microsoft Corp. and Walt Disney Co. announced the release of an upgraded MSN Internet service with Disney content.
2003 - In London, the last commercial supersonic Concorde flight landed.

World News

Syria: Next for Libya-style 'humanitarian' intervention?
Activist Post - With the destruction of Libya winding down, the Western imperialist machine is looking for the next target for destabilization and exploitation. If John McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, is any indication, it is likely the case that Syria is on the top of the list. Related article here.

Libya's liberation: interim ruler unveils more radical than expected plans for Islamic law
The Telegraph - Libya's interim leader outlined more radical plans to introduce Islamic law than expected as he declared the official liberation of the country. Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, the chairman of the National Transitional Council and de fact president, had already declared that Libyan laws in future would have Sharia, the Islamic code, as its "basic source".

YouTube: Rebel confesses: I shot Gaddafi!
Russia Today - (Warning very graphic) And as the international community tries to get to the bottom of Gaddafi's death, a leaked video could very well provide the answer everyone's looking for. This Libyan says he didn't like the idea of taking the Colonel alive. He also flaunted what he calls Gaddafi's bloodied shirt, and a golden ring he claims to have taken from the dead dictator. The man's comments have not yet been confirmed. Doctor Benjamin Barber, a senior fellow at a U.S. think tank, doesn't expect anyone will be held accountable for the Colonel's death.

Autopsy: Gadhafi died from shot to head
CNN - Doctors completed the autopsy of Moammar Gadhafi on Sunday, with the chief pathologist confirming the former Libyan leader died of a gunshot wound to the head. Dr. Othman el-Zentani would not disclose additional findings, such as whether the findings revealed if Gadhafi suffered the wound in crossfire or at close-range. Zentani said the report will now go to the attorney general's office before it is released to the public.

Gaddafi's death breached the law, says Russia
The Independent - "We have to lean on facts and international laws," Mr Lavrov said. "They say that a captured participant of an armed conflict should be treated in a certain way. And in any case, a prisoner of war should not be killed."

Gaddafi's eldest son Saif captured 'alive and uninjured' claim Libyan officials
Mail Online October 23, 2011 - Moammar Gaddafi's eldest son Saif al-Islam has been captured 'alive and uninjured' Libyan officials this morning claimed. There had been various reports of Saif's condition following the death of his father, with some reports that he had been shot, and even some claims that he had lost both arms.

Afghanistan to back Pakistan if wars with U.S.: Karzai
msnbc - ISLAMABAD - The remarks were in sharp contrast to recent tension between the two neighbors over cross-border raids, and Afghan accusations that Pakistan was involved in killing the chief Afghan peace envoy, former Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani, by a suicide bomber on September 20. "God forbid, If ever there is a war between Pakistan and America, Afghanistan will side with Pakistan," he said in the interview to Geo television.

Protesters in Pakistan burnt American flags
Reuters - Many Pakistanis are angered by U.S. drone strikes against militants in the northwest, and say the country's army is fighting a war based on American interests. About 90 people staged a protest in the eastern town of Multan against Clinton's visit. In Quetta, capital of the southwestern Baluchistan province, around 150 people burnt American flags and hit Clinton's picture with shoes.

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Inside Air Force 3: Military fortress that takes Hillary Clinton around the globe
Mail Online UK - It is the Mr Versatile of the military transport world. Measuring more than 55ft high and 174ft long, the cavernous Boeing C-17 Globemaster III is equally at home carrying a cargo of Army vehicles, a battle tank or a phalanx of diplomats. On this occasion, it was the mode of choice for U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she arrived unannounced in Libya earlier this week.

Iraq rejects US request to maintain bases after troop withdrawal
The US suffered a major diplomatic and military rebuff on Friday when Iraq finally rejected its pleas to maintain bases in the country beyond this year. The Iraqi decision is a oost to Iran, which has close ties with many members of the Iraqi government and which had been battling against the establishment of permanent American bases. Obama attempted to make the most of it by presenting the withdrawal as the fulfilment of one of his election promises.

President Obama again taking credit for following plan set forth by President Bush
Canada Free Press - “This is shameless politicking with American foreign policy, “said Danny Gonzalez, Director of Communications for MAF. “Obama is taking credit for something his predecessor set in motion, and using it to bolster his re-election campaign. Yet during his campaign for President, Obama criticized every aspect of Bush’s Iraq plan. He now pretends that the framework already set down is in actuality his own changed policies - which have brought the war to an end in Iraq.”

Left behind in Iraq: thousands of contractors
CNN - With the removal of all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the year looking more likely, absent an agreement to extend legal immunity, a large contingent of U.S. contractors will still remain facing their own legal and logistical ambiguities and challenges.

New euro 'empire' plot by Brussels
The Telegraph - European Union chiefs are drawing up plans for a single “Treasury” to oversee tax and spending across the 17 eurozone nations. The proposal, put forward by Herman Van Rompuy, the European Council president, would be the clearest sign yet of a new “United States of Europe” — with Britain left on the sidelines. The plan comes as European governments desperately trying to save the euro from collapse last night faced a new bombshell, with sources at the International Monetary Fund saying it would not pay for a second Greek bail-out.

Merkel Takes Aim at Italy With Demand That Euro Members Live Within Means
Bloomberg - Chancellor Angela Merkel took aim at Italy as typifying profligate government, saying the resolution of Europe’s crisis will only emerge if countries slash their debt and live within their means. Italy’s outstanding debt at 120 percent of gross domestic product can’t be blamed on speculators, Merkel told a group of women in her Christian Democratic Union today.

Gaddafi's murky death: summary execution suspected
Russia Today - The UN Human Rights Office and Amnesty International are calling for a probe into exactly how Muammar Gaddafi died. New authorities say the burial of his body will be delayed so the investigation can be conducted. Concerns over what may be an unlawful killing of a prisoner were raised after the former Libyan leader was shot to death in his hometown Sirte, which anti-Gaddafi forces captured on Thursday. The circumstances of the death are unclear. Amateur video footage suggests that Gaddafi was captured alive. A post mortem examination of the body also confirmed that Gaddafi was alive at the moment of his capture, said Dr. Ibrahim Tika, who performed the procedure.

VIDEO: Clinton Laughs About Murder of Gaddafi - Secretary of State Clinton was unable to keep her professional composure yesterday when told about the alleged murder of deposed Libyan leader Gaddafi at the hands of al-Qaeda. She had a good laugh over the gruesome act. “We came, we saw, he died,” she joked in between formal interviews.

Oil prices fall after Gadhafi's death
NEW YORK (AP) -- The price of oil fell after the death of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, although it should take months for Libya's oil industry to recover and for the full impact to be felt on world markets. Oil fell $1.08 to $85.03 per barrel in New York on Thursday. At the pump, the price of gasoline was flat at about $3.47 a gallon.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: TWO Great New Ron Paul 2012 Ads!
The first one shows the problems and that only one has been right and consistent about for many years. The second one shows the solution. The Ron Paul plan. It is a positive ad. It talks about cutting $1 trillion, ending the wars, the Fed, balancing the budget, cutting spending and that he has predicted the crisis.

FEMA Communication Takeover Test Scheduled for November 9
Kurt Nimmo - FEMA, the FCC, and Homeland Security plan to commandeer the airwaves next month. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) will be tested at 1 PM EST on November 9. EAS alerts are transmitted over radio and television broadcast stations, cable television and other media services. Local and state EAS components are tested weekly and monthly, but this will be the first national test of the system. It is significant that FEMA will conduct the mandatory test.

Defense Dept. Gave $431 Billion to Contractors After They were Convicted of Fraud
BlackListed News - In the nation’s capital, crime does pay for defense contractors. The Department of Defense has admitted that it has rewarded hundreds of companies convicted of fraud with new deals that totaled more than $1.1 trillion. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), who requested the information from the Pentagon, said, “The ugly truth is that virtually all of the major defense contractors in this country for years have been engaged in systemic fraudulent behavior, while receiving hundreds of billions of dollars of taxpayer money.”

Occupy Chicago Being Dispersed / Arrested By Police Presently
OWS Oct. 23, 2011 - Right now our sisters and brothers on the ground are in trouble and need your help! 15 have been arrested so far and 120+ are in the process of being arrested tonight.

VIDEO: STOP & FRISK HAS GOT TO GO! Solidarity with #occupy harlem
OWS Oct. 22, 2011 - A new uncompromising movement against NYPD's notorious Stop & Frisk program began yesterday as hundreds of demonstrators marched from the Harlem State Office Building to Harlem’s 28th precinct. At the station, Cornel West, author and Princeton professor, Carl Dix of the Revolutionary Communist Party, Rev. Stephen Phelps, interim senior minister of Riverside Church, and dozens of others were arrested in an act of non-violent civil disobedience. Among those arrested and protesting was a large contingent from downtown’s Occupy Wall Street.

Corporatism Is Not Capitalism: 7 Things About The Monolithic Predator Corporations That Dominate Our Economy That Every American Should Know
American Dream - Right now, there is a lot of talk about the evils of "capitalism". But it is not really accurate to say that we live in a capitalist system. Rather, what we have in the United States today, and what most of the world is living under, is much more accurately described as "corporatism".

VIDEO: Ron Paul Wins 1st in Ohio GOP Straw Poll with 53%!!!
Daily Paul 10/22/2011 - AMAZING!! I have never seen so many supporters. The local GOP was shocked! Cain came in second with 25%. Related article here.

Central Ohio GOP Party to hold 2012 Ames-style 'straw poll' in October
September 8, 2011 - “The saying goes, 'As Ohio goes, so goes the nation'," Franklin County Republican Executive Committee Chairman Doug Preisse said. With no Republican having ever won the presidency without winning Ohio, Preisee noted Ohio is critical to any candidate who wants to be president of the United States.

VIDEO: Ron Paul Gets Rock Star Reception at University of Iowa
National Journal October 22, 2011 - The 76-year-old Texas congressman says he's seeing a difference of "night and day" between the way his run for the Republican presidential nomination is being received this year and the last time he ran, four years ago. What's particularly striking is the rock star reception he's getting among younger voters, two-thirds of whom voted for Obama in 2008.

Black This Out Money Bomb Raises $2.690 million!
Ron Paul 2012 - The money bomb continues.

VIDEO: CNN’s Anderson Cooper In Desperate Anti-Ron Paul Rant
In a rambling monologue, CNN’s Anderson Cooper desperately attempts to dismiss the accusation that CNN, and the mainstream media as a whole, are unfairly blacklisting Ron Paul’s presidential campaign, despite two scientific studies confirming that very fact.

Ron Paul: 'I Was Tempted To Walk Off' Republican Debate
Huffington Post 10/21/11 - Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) became the latest Republican presidential candidate to criticize the tone of Tuesday night's debate, speaking Friday in Newton, Iowa. "I can tell you that after the first 45 minutes I was tempted to walk off that stage," he said, according to the Des Moines Register.

VIDEO: L.A. vets demand housing at giant VA campus
Los Angeles (CNN) -- The connection seems obvious: nearly 400 acres of land set aside to house veterans and thousands of veterans who need a place to call home. But Los Angeles' estimated 8,000 homeless vets have been barred from living at the sprawling campus for decades. The West Los Angeles property -- some of the most valuable in the nation -- was donated in 1888 to "establish, construct and permanently maintain" a branch of a national home for veterans, according to the original deed.

BBC: Is US Declaration of Independence illegal?
In Philadelphia, American and British lawyers have debated the legality of America's founding documents. On Tuesday night, while Republican candidates in Nevada were debating such American issues as nuclear waste disposal and the immigration status of Mitt Romney's gardener, American and British lawyers in Philadelphia were taking on a far more fundamental topic. Namely, just what did Thomas Jefferson think he was doing?

Gang of Six Briefs Super Committee But Proceedings Remain Secret
ABC - The bipartisan “Gang of Six” today briefed members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, but the content of the closed-door deliberations remain secret as the deadline to come up with a proposal for $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction approaches next month.

Drivers face drug checkpoints on highways in Michigan
Motorists driving on expressways around Flint are getting surprised by a stunning tactic that the Genesee County sheriff has been using to fight the flow of illegal drugs -- one that legal experts said will not withstand a court challenge.... The practice has legal experts on searches and seizures at two law schools in Michigan, a constitutional law expert in Lansing and the American Civil Liberties Union calling the practice out of bounds and out of touch with state and U.S. Supreme Court rulings that ban such practices.

VIDEO: New Radar Can See Through Walls
ABC - The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratory has presented new radar technology that would allow humans to see through a solid wall. The device is 8½ feet long. It consists of an array of antennae arranged in two rows -- including eight signal receiving elements on the top and 13 signal transmitting elements at the bottom. Other components include cabling, a low-power radar transmitter, a sensitive radar receiver, a filoscope (used as a small screen purely for diagnosing problems) and of course a larger screen, similar to the average 24 inch computer screen, where one can actually view images transmitted.


Monster Prediction From BofA: Another US Debt Downgrade Is Coming In Just A Few Weeks
Business Insider - The credit rating agencies have strongly suggested that further rating cuts are likely if Congress does not come up with a credible long-run plan. Hence, we expect at least one credit downgrade in late November or early December when the super Committee crashes.

VIDEO: American Banking Meltdown: CitiBank Kidnaps Customers
Veterans Today - CitiBank of New York, one of the financial institutions targeted for “decapitalization” by American activists has gone rogue. This week, the La Guardia, New York branch of Citibank arrested 25 of its depositors who were in line to close their accounts. Despite statements to the contrary from the bank and NYPD working on a “cash/tax cheat” basis for the bank, there was no disturbance. Soon afterward, bank security guards, using full police powers went onto the streets and illegally detained observers and innocent passersby, pushing them into the bank and detaining them.

STUDY: USA not in top 10 for starting a business
Slideshow: The Best Countries for Starting a Business Now.

Biggest Challenge for Occupy Wall Street Will Be to Prevent Police Infiltrators From Provoking Violence
BlackListed News - A recent article in the New York Observer highlights the ongoing challenge Occupy Wall Street faces in preventing the New York Police Department (NYPD) and perhaps FBI infiltrators from creating acts of violence that will turn the nation against the movement.

CRACK DOWN! Bloomberg: 'We will start enforcing' permit laws on protesters
NY Daily News - Mayor Bloomberg said on Friday that he's going to start turning the screws on the Occupy Wall Streeters. The city is planning to take a harder line on demonstrators camping out in Zuccotti Park - and insist on permits every time they want to march through Lower Manhattan, he said.

Liberty Action Kit for 'Occupy' Protesters (With Videos)
Activist Post - Many disenfranchised people at the 'Occupy Wall Street' protest and protests in other cities are confused about the cause of our crashing economy. If you are interested in sharing this brief summary about the reasons for our failing economy, please download this PDF file to print flyers for the 'Occupy' protests.

VIDEO: David Icke: Essential Knowledge For Wall Street Protesters
Activist Post - How not to be scammed by those you are protesting against.

NYCLU wants cameras off of Occupy Wall Street
Russia Today - There are over 2,000 surveillance cameras, public and private, catching every action throughout Manhattan. The New York Civil Liberties Union is asking the NYPD to rethink two of them — a pair of cameras targeting Occupy Wall Street protesters. In a letter issued Thursday out of the offices of the NYCLU, New York Police Department Commissioner Raymond Kelly is asked to cut the cameras that are monitoring protesters in Lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park, the central hub of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations.

Texas takes away lunch from prisoners
Russia Today - A message to anyone contemplating committing a felony in the state of Texas: don’t do it hungry.... For the last month, inmates in Texas state prisons have been given only two meals a day during the weekend, a move that is affecting around 23,000 prisoners all across the Lone Star State.... “In the economic climate we’re in, you’re asked to do some creative and inventive things,” Sheriff Daron Hall of the American Correctional Association tells The New York Times. This innovative practice of starving prisoners is expected to help cut food-related expenses by around $2.8 million for the 2011 fiscal year.

VIDEO: Rand Paul "Instead Of Calling Us Stupid Perhaps The President Should Come & Talk To Us!"
Revolutionary Politics TV - October 20, 2011 Fox News.

Thanks to the Taxpayer Bailout's Business Week has just reported that GM sold more than 2 million Autos
Lew Rockwell - Business Week has just reported that GM sold more than 2 million cars in China for the second straight year in a row – 2.35 million this year – and now sells more cars in China than it does in the United States. Sales of Cadillacs in China are up a staggering 73 percent; sales of Buicks are up 24 percent and sales of Chevrolets are up 18 percent. GM is also reportedly getting ready to launch a $4,000 price-buster (in China) and company spokesmen say that GM’s near-term goal is to “have 75 percent of its sales” outside the United States. Your tax dollars at work. And, a canary in the coal mine. America is dying.

G.E. Profit Up Despite ‘Volatile’ Economy
The NewYork Time - General Electric, the nation’s largest industrial company, on Friday reported net earnings for the third quarter of $3.2 billion, up 57 percent from the same period in 2010 despite what the chief executive called a “volatile” economic environment.

Underemployed And Hating Life
The Economic Collapse - Today, millions of smart, hard working Americans are flipping burgers, waiting tables or working dead end retail jobs not because they want to, but because they have no other options. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 14 million Americans are currently unemployed and another 9.3 million Americans are currently “underemployed”. During this economic downturn, a lot of Americans have been forced to take part-time jobs because they have been unable to find full-time jobs. For many, this can be a soul-crushing experience.

1,200 line up for free dental care in CA
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Avery Shapiro has had tooth pain for several years. Pat Morris' dental insurance wouldn't cover the tab for a filling. Chenell Bass had to stop driving because her eyesight got so weak. Such stories were typical among the first 1,200 people filing into a huge free medical clinic that opened Thursday at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

'Misery Index' Rises to Highest Since 1983
CNBC - An unofficial gauge of human misery in the United States rose last month to a 28-year high as Americans struggled with rising inflation and high unemployment. The misery index — which is simply the sum of the country's inflation and unemployment rates — rose to 13.0, pushed up by higher price data the government reported on Wednesday.

Housing Market

Potential felony charges make servicers pause Nevada foreclosures
Housing Wire - Many mortgage servicers stopped initiating foreclosures in Nevada because of a new law, which carried threats of criminal penalties for faulty filings. Assembly Bill 284 took effect Oct. 1, making it a felony if a mortgage servicer or trustee made false representations concerning a title. There also will be a $5,000 fine assessed if fraud, such as robo-signing, is detected.

Energy & Environment

Powerful 7.2 earthquake strikes poor eastern Turkey
CNN - Sunday's major quake hit at 1:41 p.m. local time and was followed by at least seven aftershocks, American and Turkish monitoring agencies reported. It took place about 12 miles from Van, the USGS said. An official Turkish monitoring office reported a magnitude of 6.7 for the main quake, plus aftershocks ranging in magnitude from 2.6 to 5.8, all within an hour of the first quake.

Dangerous allegations in the Gulf of Mexico
Al Jazeera - A simple swim in the Gulf of Mexico has complicated Steven Aguinaga's life in ways he could have never imagined. In July 2010, Aguinaga, now 33-years-old, had gone on a vacation with his wife and some friends to Fort Walton Beach, Florida. After he and his close friend Merrick Vallian went swimming in the Gulf, they both became extremely sick from what Aguinaga believes were chemicals in BP's oil and dispersants from the largest marine oil spill in US history that began in April 2010.

220 days later: Radiation levels in San Francisco-area milk remain above EPA’s Max Contaminant Level — Cesium-137 continues steady increase that began in August
BERKELEY, Oct. 18 — The Nuclear Engineering Department at the University of California, Berkeley has posted new test results for store-bought milk from the San Francisco Bay Area. The total amount of radioactive cesium increased slightly since the last test, and has risen steadily since the minimum detectable amount was lowered in August.

VIDEO: German Gov’t Study: Children living near nuclear plants have DOUBLE leukemia rates
LINK TV, Oct. 21 — Dr. Helen Caldicott appeared on the LINK TV program Earth Focus to discuss the Fukushima crisis and other nuclear issues. Caldicott received her medical degree from the University of Adelaide Medical School. In 1977 she joined the staff of the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston, and taught pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School from 1977 to 1978. She worked to establish the group International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985. -Wikipedia

Tokyo to become dumping ground for radioactive rubble from Fukushima disaster
(NaturalNews) Authorities from Fukushima and other disaster-stricken areas in Japan say they do not have the capacity to process and dispose of all the radioactive rubble left over from the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck back in March. A large portion of that waste is going to be transferred to Tokyo, according to a recent report by The Mainichi Daily News, a move that some are concerned may result in additional environmental and human harm.

BP Wins U.S. Deep-Water Gulf of Mexico Drilling Plan Approval
Bloomberg - BP Plc (BP/) received permission from U.S. regulators for oil exploration in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the first approval since the company’s Macondo well caused the nation’s worst offshore spill last year.


Swallowing chemicals from teeth whiteners is common and very dangerous
(NaturalNews) The increasing popularity of coffee and tobacco products has lead to a teeth whitening craze, which includes regular use of whitening trays, toothpastes, mouth rinses, and strips applied to the teeth for extended periods of time. The use of teeth whitening products, including over the counter kits and dentist applied ones, has tripled since the year 2000, and oral cancer statistics have increased at an alarming rate for young people, including those who do not use tobacco products.

Media pushes 'success' of experimental GSK malaria vaccine while ignoring deadly side effects
(NaturalNews) The mainstream media is abuzz with excitement over GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) latest offering, a malaria trial vaccine that the company claims can cut the risk of clinical and severe malaria in children by 56 percent and 47 percent, respectively. But what GSK and the media are failing to report are the deadly side effects that may accompany the vaccine.

Bill Gates Wants Depopulation Through Vaccines and Health Care
Natural News TV October 1, 2010 - Following that, Bill Gates begins to describe how the first number — P (for People) — might be reduced. He says: “The world today has 6.8 billion people… that’s headed up to about 9 billion. Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent.”

Boost anti-cancer properties of broccoli by spicing it up
(NaturalNews) Ample and well-established research has confirmed that consuming broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables is a great way to help prevent cancer. But new research published in the British Journal of Nutrition has revealed that pairing broccoli with other foods and spices rich in myrosinase, (one of the key anti-cancer compounds found in broccoli) significantly increases the vegetable's cancer-fighting abilities.

Organic apples make the perfect health food
(NaturalNews) Organic apples are one of the most perfect health foods you can eat. They contain a very filling and satisfying type of fiber, which helps with weight control. They also have several powerful nutrients that truly will "keep the doctor away" when consumed on a regular basis.

10-Minute Fig and Fresh Apple Cobbler
This is a great no-bake dessert treat that can be prepared in a matter of minutes. And you can also enjoy it for breakfast as well!

VIDEO: The Wonder Vitamin That May Help You Prevent 16 Types of Cancer
Dr. Mercola - Theories linking vitamin D deficiency to cancer have been tested and confirmed in more than 200 epidemiological studies, and understanding of its physiological basis stems from more than 2,500 laboratory studies. Optimizing your vitamin D levels could help you to prevent at least 16 different types of cancer including pancreatic, lung, varian, prostate, and skin cancers. Overall, optimal vitamin D levels can cut cancer risk by as much as 60 percent, according to one large-scale, randomized, placebo-controlled study.

VIDEO: Steve Jobs Cancer Hoax Related article here.

Learn about gluten sensitivity and modern disease (Opinion)
(NaturalNews) Gluten intolerance is highly associated with inflammatory disorders of all kinds. It is also a contributing factor in many autoimmune diseases such as celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, type I diabetes, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, autoimmune cardiomyopathy, lymphoma, and dermatitis herpetiformis (skin disease) among others. It is also linked as a contributing factor in asthma, allergies, & eczema.

Silver may have role in cancer fight
Yorkshire Post - Roger Phillips, of the Institute of Cancer Therapeutics at Bradford, said: “Silver is inherently well tolerated and doesn’t cause the same level of toxicity to normal tissues as other heavy metals. “This project will determine how these compounds work and start to address the key issue of whether they are selectively active against cancer cells.”

Report: Food labels need Energy Star-like ratings to identify healthy choices
Denver Post - Just as that Energy Star tag helps you choose your appliances, a new report says a rating symbol on the front of every soup can, cereal box and yogurt container could help hurried shoppers go home with the healthiest foods.

RMFR - Raw Milk Freedom Riders event to host some of the biggest names in the health freedom movement
(NaturalNews) In less than two weeks, a caravan of raw milk lovers headed by a group of mothers will transport the taboo food from Pennsylvania into Maryland, and stage a "drink-in" in front of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in Silver Spring. And some of the biggest names in the health freedom movement will be there to offer support and speak publicly about important health freedom issues.

Ten acupressure points lead to a healthy wholesome life
(NaturalNews) There are specific points on these meridians through which these energies enter or exit the body. Diseases are caused as a result of imbalance in the energies of the body, and this imbalance can be corrected by application of pressure at these specific points on the body which are the gateways of the five energies. Pressure is applied for 3 to 5 minutes with your finger or a blunt object, which activates these points and balances the energies.

Quality protein is critical for muscle fiber growth and rejuvenation (Opinion)
(NaturalNews) Healthy lean body tissue depends upon an adequate supply of high quality protein. The protein acts to repair damaged muscle tissue and provide growth factors that improve muscle fiber growth and rejuvenation. It is significantly more important to value the quality of the protein source than the quantity of protein provided.

Science & Technology

Defunct German Satellite Hits Earth in Fiery Death Dive - An old German satellite fell to Earth today (Oct. 22), after languishing in a dead orbit since it was decommissioned more than a decade ago, but officials do not yet know where it fell. The 2.7-ton Roentgen Satellite, or ROSAT, slammed into Earth's atmosphere sometime between 9:45 p.m. EDT (0145 GMT Sunday) and 10:15 p.m. EDT (0215 GMT Sunday), according to officials at the German Aerospace Center.

Report: Google mulling role in possible Yahoo bid
NEW YORK (AP) — Google is exploring the possibility of helping to finance a possible deal by others to acquire Internet search company Yahoo, according to a report published by the Wall Street Journal on Saturday.

Scientists Reconstruct Black Death Pathogen that Killed 50 Million People
Activist Post - Scientists have reconstructed the genetic code of the germ responsible for the Black Death, an infection carried by fleas that led to the deaths of around 50 million Europeans. Considered by some experts to be the first pandemic in history, DNA from the 14th Century outbreak was recovered from the teeth of victims buried in a graveyard in London’s East Smithfield.

Cybercom commander opposes UN control of Internet
Some regulations are needed to protect critical networks that control electrical power, banking, transportation and other key elements of society, Army Gen. Keith Alexander, who is also director of the National Security Agency, said after a speech to a security conference. But asked whether the U.N. should have a regulation role, Gen. Alexander said: “No. I’m not for regulating, per se. I’m concerned about it, and this is a tough question. I would say, generally speaking, I’m not into that portion of regulating as you would espouse.”

Steve Jobs was preparing for thermonuclear war with Google
Russia Today - According to a copy of Walter Isaacson’s upcoming biography of the Silicon Valley superstar obtained by The Associated Press, Jobs was out to destroy the search engine giant who in recent years had unleashed Android, the main competitor to Apple’s iPhone operating system. "I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong," Jobs is quoted as saying in the forthcoming book. "I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product,” he says.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Use Low Tunnels to Grow Veggies in Winter: Quick Hoops
Mother Earth News - Using these inexpensive low tunnels, you can protect plants throughout winter for a fraction of the cost of building a greenhouse.


Prebiotics and Probiotics for Your Pets
Healthy Pets - If you're confused by the difference between prebiotics and probiotics, you're not alone. One of the differences is that prebiotics feed intestinal bacteria, while probiotics are one type of those bacteria -- the good type. Prebiotics are billed as feeding only beneficial bugs in the gut, but research indicates they feed both good and bad microorganisms.


YouTube: Ultimate Dog Tease
Dogs... Love.... Food.

YouTube: What Cats Are Really Thinking
How our pets really feel about the ridiculous ways we talk to them.

Today In History - Friday - October 21, 2011
1797 - "Old Ironsides," the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, was launched in Boston's harbor.
1805 - The Battle of Trafalgar occurred off the coast of Spain. The British defeated the French and Spanish fleet.
1849 - The first tattooed man, James F. O’Connell, was put on exhibition at the Franklin Theatre in New York City, NY.
1858 - The Can-Can was performed for the first time in Paris.
1879 - Thomas Edison invented the electric incandescent lamp. It would last 13 1/2 hours before it would burn out.
1917 - The first U.S. soldiers entered combat during World War I near Nancy, France.
1925 - The U.S. Treasury Department announced that it had fined 29,620 people for prohibition (of alcohol) violations.
1927 - Construction began on the George Washington Bridge.
1944 - During World War II, the German city of Aachen was captured by U.S. troops.
1945 - Women in France were allowed to vote for the first time.
1959 - The Guggenheim Museum was opened to the public in New York. The building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
1967 - Thousands of demonstrators marched in Washington, DC, in opposition to the Vietnam War.
1983 - The Pentagon reported that 2,000 Marines were headed to Grenada to protect and evacuate Americans living there.
1986 - Pro-Iranian kidnappers in Lebanon claimed that they had abducted American writer Edward Tracy. He was not released until August of 1991.
1986 - The U.S. ordered 55 Soviet diplomats to leave. The action was in reaction to the Soviet Union expelling five American diplomats.
1988 - Former Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos and his wife, Imelda, were indicted in New York on fraud and racketeering charges. Marcos died before his trial and Imelda was acquitted in 1990.
1991 - Jesse Turner, an American hostage in Lebanon, was released after nearly five years of being imprisoned.
1994 - North Korea and the U.S. signed an agreement requiring North Korea to halt its nuclear program and agree to inspections.
1998 - Cancer specialist Dr. Jane Henney became the FDA's first female commissioner.
2003 - The U.S. Senate voted to ban what was known as partial birth abortions.
2003 - North Korea rejected U.S. President George W. Bush's offer of a written pledge not to attack in exchange for the communist nation agreeing to end its nuclear weapons program.

World News

Welcome to “Democracy”: Gaddafi Summarily Executed Without Trial
Paul Joseph Watson - Libyans get a taste of new found “freedoms” bestowed by NATO and Al-Qaeda rebels. The hard fought “freedoms” that are apparently about to bestowed on Libyans after the NATO-backed overthrow of the Gaddafi regime were in full evidence yesterday when NTC fighters captured Gaddafi alive before summarily executing him with a bullet through the head. Aware of how bad this looked, the interim NTC Prime Minister hastily put out a cover story claiming Gaddafi had died in crossfire.

Gadhafi killed in crossfire, Libya PM says
Gadhafi was captured alive and unharmed as troops from the National Transitional Council overran his hometown of Sirte on Thursday, Jibril said. But a gunbattle erupted between transitional council fighters and Gadhafi's supporters as his captors attempted to load him into a vehicle, Jibril said, leaving Gadhafi with a wound to his right arm.

NATO set to decide when to end mission in Libya
BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO's governing body meets Friday to decide when and how to end the seven-month bombing campaign in Libya, a military operation whose success has helped reinvigorate the Cold War alliance.

Gadhafi's burial delayed for further investigation
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- The burial of slain leader Moammar Gadhafi has been delayed until the circumstances of his death can be further examined and a decision is made about where to bury the body, Libyan officials said Friday, as the U.N. human rights office called for an investigation into his death.

Gaddafi Killing Gets War Criminal Blair Off The Hook
Steve Watson - The assassination of Muammar Gaddafi via a combination of NATO bombs and US-backed al Qaeda affiliated rebels, serves to sweep away a myriad of, shall we say, uncomfortable circumstances. Perhaps the most damning of those are the intimate links shared between Gaddafi and his “good friend” Tony Blair. The former Libyan dictator’s death negates any requirement for a UN International Criminal Court trial, a la Saddam Hussein or Slobodan Milosevic. Thus Blair’s intimate business dealings and multiple secret meetings with Gaddafi during his tenure as British Prime Minister and beyond will be kept away from public scrutiny.

Analysis – Death of Libya’s Gaddafi avoids awkward trial
(Reuters) - Muammar Gaddafi's apparent death from wounds received during the fall of Sirte means a long and complex trial that could have divided Libya and embarrassed Western governments and oil firms will be avoided.

Gaddafi body being taken to secret location: NTC official
MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) - The body of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is being taken to a location which is being kept secret for security reasons, a National Transitional Council official said Thursday. "Gaddafi's body is with our unit in a car and we are taking the body to a secret place for security reasons," Mohamed Abdel Kafi, an NTC official in the city of Misrata told Reuters.

U.S. Predator Drone Fired on Qaddafi Convoy, Official Says
Fox News - A U.S. Predator drone, along with a French fighter jet, fired on the convoy said to be carrying Muammar Qaddafi in the moments before his death, a U.S. defense official told Fox News on Thursday. The official said the drone and French jet fired on a "large convoy" leaving Qaddafi's hometown of Sirte. A French defense official earlier said about 80 vehicles were in the convoy -- the official said the strike did not destroy the convoy but that fighters on the ground afterward intercepted the vehicle carrying Qaddafi.

Obama: Libyans won revolution, opportunity ahead
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Declaring the end of a tyrant's reign, President Barack Obama on Thursday cast the demise of Moammar Gadhafi as a momentous opportunity for Libya and its long-suffering people. "You have won your revolution," he told them. "One of the world's longest-serving dictators is no more," Obama said as news of Gadhafi's death and apparent images of his body took hold across the globe.

In Pakistan, Clinton seeks strong anti-terror push
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- The Obama administration delivered a blunt warning Thursday that the United States will do what it must to go after militants in Pakistan and Afghanistan, whether Pakistan helps or not.

Obama, The Son of Africa, Claims a Continent’s Crown Jewels
Global Research - On 14 October, President Barack Obama announced he was sending United States special forces troops to Uganda to join the civil war there. In the next few months, US combat troops will be sent to South Sudan, Congo and Central African Republic. They will only "engage" for "self-defence", says Obama, satirically. With Libya secured, an American invasion of the African continent is under way.

VIDEO: Greek protestors fight each other
(Reuters) - The Greek parliament approved a painful set of austerity measures on Thursday, defying violent protests in central Athens and a general strike which shut down much of the country.

Franco-German split over bailout fund threatens crisis
(Reuters) - Deep divisions between France and Germany mean they will make scant progress on strengthening the euro zone bailout fund at a summit on Sunday in a sign that Europe's leaders are still some way from getting a grip on the bloc's debt crisis. France and Germany said in a joint statement that European leaders would discuss a global solution to the crisis on Sunday but no decisions would be adopted before a second meeting to be held by Wednesday at the latest.

UK police: We knew of phone hacking back in 2002
LONDON (AP) -- Authorities knew that Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid had hacked into the phone of murdered teenager Milly Dowler nine years before the scandal over the practice exploded, an English police chief said Thursday.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

U.S. Troops Wearing UN Colors
New American - According to a report in World Net Daily, "Troops in the United States' USNORTHCOM ranks appear to have adopted a shoulder patch showing a North American continental design, with an emphasis on United Nations colors, giving evidence of the strength to integrate North America. "The patch reveals the continent of North America in the orange and blue colors typical to the UN.

1st Mexican truck to enter US interior within days
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The first Mexican carrier is set to roll into the U.S. interior within days, but the Teamsters union and two California congressmen haven't given up on stopping the cross-border trucking program that had been stalled for years by safety concerns and political wrangling. U.S. Reps. Duncan Hunter and Bob Filner joined Teamsters President James Hoffa at the border Wednesday to take a bipartisan stand against the pilot project that will allow approved Mexican trucks to come deep into the United States. The first one will enter Texas on Friday.

Ron Paul launches $2M in TV ads taking on GOP field
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican presidential contender Ron Paul is opening his wallet for $2 million of television ads that criticize rivals Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Herman Cain for supporting federal spending while touting his own proposal for drastically shrinking Washington's bottom line.

VIDEO: Buchanan: GOP Risks Third Party Revolt with Romney Candidacy
News Max - The GOP could face a revolt from within its tea party grassroots base if it nominates an establishment candidate without true conservative, anti-big government values, one of America’s leading conservative pundits tells Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview.

VIDEO: TSA Agents Inspect Highway Vehicles In Tennessee
News Channel 5 - PORTLAND, Tenn. – You're probably used to seeing TSA's signature blue uniforms at the airport, but now agents are hitting the interstates to fight terrorism with Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR). "Where is a terrorist more apt to be found? Not these days on an airplane more likely on the interstate," said Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons. Tuesday Tennessee was first to deploy VIPR simultaneously at five weigh stations and two bus stations across the state.

Senator: TSA Forced Me To Go Through Body Scanner
Paul Joseph Watson - Republican Senator Orrin Hatch was forced to go through a TSA naked body scanner against his will, according to testimony heard at the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, as lawmakers complained to DHS head Janet Napolitano about the “baloney” Americans were forced to put up with at the hands of “arrogant” TSA screeners. Despite the TSA’s official policy stating that travelers can select whether to pass through the radiation-firing body scanner or take an “enhanced pat down,” Utah Senator Hatch told Napolitano during the hearing that he wasn’t offered the choice.


Occupy Wall Street: How You Can Help
The "Occupy" website says the most important contribution you can make to the movement is to literally "donate yourself." But the swell of physical support is putting a strain on the basic resources necessary to sustain the anti-establishment protesters. If you can't make the trip to downtown New York and offer a resounding chant of "Hip Hooray, Make the Corporations Pay," there are still ways to help out.

Cash Transactions Banned by Louisiana: Government Takes Private Property Without Due Process - This summer, the State Legislature and Governor of Louisiana passed a law that bans individuals and businesses from transacting in cash if they are considered a "secondhand dealer". House Bill 195 of the 2011 Regular Session (Act 389) broadly defines a secondhand dealer to include "... Anyone, other than a non-profit entity, who buys, sells, trades in or otherwise acquires or disposes of junk or used or secondhand property more frequently than once per month from any other person, other than a non-profit entity, shall be deemed as being in the business of a secondhand dealer.

Ron Paul will be on Meet The Press This Sunday
msnbc - Our Meet The Candidates series continues with Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul. Can the Texas congressman break out of the pack? Where does he stand on the important issues facing our country?

Bank search - Investigative Reporting Workshop
msnbc - There are more than 7,700 banks in the United States and many of them have very similar names. Enter as much of the bank name as you know and then scroll through the list of banks to find the one you are most interested in. This search does not identify branches of main banks, only separate banks. The FDIC data is not reported for local branches. When you choose a bank, you will be taken to a page displaying details about that bank's financial performance.

VIDEO: Energy Dept. Gives Half-Billion-Dollar Loan to Electric Car Company Building Cars -- in Finland
ABC News - With the approval of the Obama administration, an electric car company that received a $529 million federal government loan guarantee is assembling its first line of cars in Finland, saying it could not find a facility in the United States capable of doing the work. Vice President Joseph Biden heralded the Energy Department's $529 million loan to the start-up electric car company called Fisker as a bright new path to thousands of American manufacturing jobs. But two years after the loan was announced, the job of assembling the flashy electric Fisker Karma sports car has been outsourced to Finland.

Senate blocks votes on jobs bills
(CNN) -- Democrats and Republicans tried to force versions of a jobs bill through the Senate late Thursday, but both fell short of the 60 votes they would have needed to bring their proposals to the floor.

An Unprecedented 26 Million Americans Are Now Underemployed
Business Insider - While the number of unemployed workers has held steady at around 14 million in recent months, another telling measure of frustration in the labor market—the number of underemployed individuals—rose for a third consecutive month in September, by almost a half of a million people.

VIDEO: Napolitano: DHS Authorizing Illegal Aliens to Work in U.S.
CNS News - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that under the administration’s policy of exercising “prosecutorial discretion” in the enforcement of the immigration laws, her department is currently authorizing some illegal aliens to work in the United States.

‘Occupy’ May Hold National Assembly In Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Mayor Michael Nutter was reacting cautiously on Wednesday to word that national organizers of “Occupy Wall Street” and similar protests across the country plan to gather in Philadelphia next summer. The plans are found in a document posted online by an “Occupy Wall Street” working group, titled “The 99 Percent Declaration.” The document proposes a National General Assembly to be held in Philadelphia starting on July 4th, 2012 and running through next October.

Poll Declares Majority of Zuccotti Park OWS Would Vote for Obama
Kurt Nimmo - According to the results of Schoen’s poll, most participants do not identify with a political party (33%). A slightly smaller number (32%) identify themselves as Democrats. 6% openly call themselves socialists while an identical number claim to be Libertarians. Sadly, only 1% identify themselves as Constitutionalists. A full 74% of those who claim they voted in the last election (56%) say they voted for Obama. 48% say they would vote to re-elect Obama, while only 25% say no and 27% indicate they are unsure. Remarkably, a full 44% say they approve of the job of Obama’s doing.

Pennsylvania governor signs Harrisburg takeover bill
(Reuters) - Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed legislation on Thursday that allows for the takeover of the state's capital city of Harrisburg, setting up a legal confrontation between the state and the city.... The action immediately generated conflict between the City Council and the mayor, Linda Thompson, the state legislature, and the governor, who dispute the legality of the Council's action in filing for bankruptcy. A U.S. bankruptcy judge set a November 23 hearing date on the legality of the bankruptcy.

Investigator: $3.2 billion in overpaid tax credits
WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than 2 million taxpayers - including some prisoners claiming students as dependents - apparently wrongly collected $3.2 billion in college tax credits last year, according to a report issued Thursday by a federal investigator. The suspect credits represent more than a fifth of the $15.5 billion in college credits the report says went to nearly 8.9 million taxpayers through 2010.

YouTube: No more, Bank of America! Church divests $3M
San Jose churches, organizations and residents are divesting millions of dollars from big banks due to their unethical policies and practices. Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church is moving all of its accounts out of Bank of America. The City of San Jose has moved money out of B of A following its social responsibility investment policy. PACT is divesting from Wells Fargo. Community members are moving their money to follow their values - closing their accounts with big, national banks that caused the economic crisis and have taken no responsibility or action to be part of the solution.

YouTube: Ron Paul Walk the Line Song - End the Fed
Fun video!

Housing Market

BOMBSHELL - Massachusetts Supreme Court Rules That Most Foreclosure Sales From Previous 5 Years Are VOID
Daily Bail - On Oct. 18th, 2011 the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court handed down their decision in the FRANCIS J. BEVILACQUA, THIRD vs. PABLO RODRIGUEZ – and in a moment, essentially made foreclosure sales in the commonwealth over the last five years wholly void. However, some of the more polite headlines, undoubtedly in the interest of not causing wide spread panic simply put it "SJC puts foreclosure sales in doubt" or "Buyer Can't Sue After Bad Foreclosure Sale." In essence, the ruling upheld that those who had purchased foreclosure properties that had been illegally foreclosed upon (which is virtually all foreclosure sales in the last five years), did not in fact have title to those properties.

Announcing retirement, Dem congressman bashes Obama
National Journal - In a statement explaining his decision, Cardoza, a leader of the centrist Blue Dog Coalition, said he was "dismayed" by the administration's "failure to understand and effectively address the current housing foreclosure crisis." "Home foreclosures are destroying communities and crushing our economy, and the Administration's inaction is infuriating," Cardoza said. A former chairman of the moderate Blue Dog Caucus, Cardoza also bemoaned the increasing partisanship in Washington, and blamed the media for fueling the ideological divide in the country, not giving enough attention to moderates.

Energy & Environment

Calif poised to finalize 'cap-and-trade' plan
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California is poised to formally adopt the nation's most comprehensive so-called "cap-and-trade" system, designed to provide a financial incentive for polluters to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. State officials hope other states and Washington D.C. will follow suit with similar plans. "When Washington considers how to address climate change, as I think it will, California's climate plan will serve as a role model for the national program," said Stanley Young, the air board's spokesman.

JUST IN: “Now evidence has emerged that the radiation in Canada was worse than Canadian officials ever let on” — Radioactive coverup?
VANCOUVER, Oct. 20 — “Now evidence has emerged that the radiation in Canada was worse than Canadian officials ever let on,” Canada’s largest urban weekly, The Georgia Straight out of Vancouver, reported today. “Public officials in Japan and Canada alike jumped straight into Chernobyl-style damage-control mode, dismissing any worries about impacts,” writes The Straight’s Alex Roslin. The paper has obtained Canadian government data showing a monitoring station in Calgary detected an average of 8.18 Becquerels per liter of radioactive iodine-131 in rainwater last March. This “exceeded Canadian guidelines” according to the paper.

VIDEO: “We don’t want to create a panic, but it’s good to know” — Radioactive tsunami debris coming to Hawaii “much earlier” than predicted
KITV October 19, 2011 - It could be the first official report of tsunami debris from Japan nearing Hawaii. A new report coming from a Russian ship have UH researchers changing their predictions. Since the March 11th earthquake and tsunami, researchers have been predicting it would take about two years for the debris from Japan to hit Hawaii's west-facing beaches. “We have a rough estimate of 5 to 20 million tons of debris coming from Japan,” said UH computer programming researcher Jan Hafner. An average of 10 million tons of debris, the same amount released into the north Pacific basin in one year, was dislodged and set adrift in one day.

Pilot Speaks Out About Chemtrails And HAARP
Before It's News - The intent of this information is to create a strong interest in Chemtrails and HAARP so that people will want to sit with their government representatives and encourage them to stop both.


Foods, cosmetics and vaccines all widely formulated with toxic smoothing agents (emulsifiers)
(NaturalNews) The greedy corporate strategy of cutting corners to expand profits now means "injecting" toxic smoothing agents into everything from eye drops and yogurt to cosmetics and flu shots. And nothing is being done by the FDA or the CDC to stop.

Why you should choose sodium lauryl sulfate free hair and body care
(NaturalNews) Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is a chemical lathering agent that has come under scrutiny for safety and potential toxicity issues. It is found in a large amount of the products we use every day for personal hygiene and body care.

Which cereal brands are truly committed to producing clean, organic food?
(NaturalNews) The non-profit family farm advocacy group Cornucopia Institute (CI) recently released its Organic Cereal Scorecard, a comprehensive analysis of many popular "natural" and organic breakfast cereal brands that highlight both the best and worst players in the industry.

CVS pharmacy promotes flu shot propaganda using life-sized grim reapers
(NaturalNews) Finally there's some truth in advertising about flu shots. A CVS pharmacy is promoting flu shots using images of the grim reaper, the most widely-recognized symbol of death. In a photo snapped by a NaturalNews reader and sent to us, an adult grim reaper (complete with a scythe blade) holds a sign that reads, "Flu shots HERE! CVS Pharmacy."

Ignore All Organic Labels, Except This One
Dr. Mercola - Are the words written on food packaging honest? Many corporations hire lawyers to carefully craft words that are just barely on the side of being legal. The Yahoo health site has collected eight common package proclamations that are red flags of "crafty" advertising.... It's unfortunate, but reading food labels isn't as easy as you might think. In addition to determining what ingredients are in the food, you also need to have the foundational knowledge of how to decipher certain verbiage used to describe them. The words listed above are just a few of the words that can be used to mislead you.

Infant formulas loaded with corn syrup and sugar
(NaturalNews) Top baby formula brands sold in stores contain alarmingly high levels of corn syrup and sugar. In light of rising rates of childhood obesity and diabetes, parents need to read labels carefully to protect their children's health. Consumption of large quantities of sugar and high fructose corn syrup have been linked to behavioral disorders such as ADD as well as other issues such as anxiety, daytime drowsiness and nighttime insomnia.

Healthy babies being given dangerous, unneeded prescription drugs
(NaturalNews) The American Academy of Pediatrics is now encouraging the diagnosis of so-called Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in preschool age kids and calling for the drugging of those little ones with drugs like Ritalin if they don't respond to "behavior management techniques." Yes, if a four year old runs around too much and doesn't want to sit still and study his or her ABCs, it may well be time to drug the child into submission, according to the new guidelines.

Japan allows triple amount of cesium in food than Chernobyl did - Over 50% of store-bought seafood samples contaminated with radiation
TOKYO Oct. 20, 2011 - Greenpeace called on Tokyo to toughen radiation screening and food labelling rules on Thursday after it said low levels of radiation had been detected in seafood sold at Japanese stores. The environmental pressure group said it tested 60 seafood samples bought at stores in eastern Japan operated by five major supermarket chains and found 34 of them with radioactive caesium-134 and caesium-137. The survey discovered readings of up to 88 becquerel per kilogram with the radiation believed to be from the ongoing nuclear accident.

111 brands of tea leaves were found to contain more than the government safety standard
Bloomberg Oct. 20, 2011 - Two more locations with radiation levels exceeding safety limits were found this week in Tokyo, which is about 220 kilometers (137 miles) from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear station that was wrecked in the March earthquake and tsunami. Local and central government bodies are expanding testing to alleviate public concern over the discoveries.... In Saitama prefecture to the north Tokyo, 111 brands of tea leaves were found to contain more than the government safety standard of 500 becquerels per kilogram of cesium. The highest measurement was 2,150 becquerels per kilogram.

Vitamin E tocotrienols protect the heart and prevent metabolic syndrome
(NaturalNews) Few people pay attention to the importance of vitamin E, much less to the multi-fractioned mirror image versions of the vitamin known as isomers (consisting of tocotrienols and tocopherols). Vitamin E has long been known as a nutrient that may play a role in maintaining heart health, but extensive new research explains that the vitamin in all its potent forms is required to dramatically lower the risk of heart disease and heart attack.

Oil palm trunk fiber increases colon health
The colon is an essential organ that contributes greatly to the proper digestion of foods and the excretion of waste. Without a properly working colon, bacteria, toxins, fats, cholesterol, and other potentially harmful substances could build up in the gastrointestinal tract, causing colon cancer and other illnesses. Oil palm trunk fiber, which is extracted from the trunk of the oil palm tree, has been shown to be an effective weapon in the search for optimal colon health.

The Mattress Which Plays Havoc With Your Hormones
Dr. Mercola - California has strict flammability laws that require all upholstered furniture and bedding products sold in the state to be flame-retardant. The law does not require the use of toxic PBDE chemicals (polybrominated diphenyl ethers) to achieve this, but they are the cheapest way for manufacturers to meet the standard requirements. As a result, upholstery and mattresses sold in California are often pumped full of PBDEs and now future generations may suffer for it.

Science & Technology

More Facebook friends linked to brain structure
(Reuters) - Scientists have found a direct link between the number of "friends" a person has on Facebook and the size of certain brain regions, raising the possibility that using online social networks might change our brains. The four brain areas involved are known to play a role in memory, emotional responses and social interactions. So far, however, it is not possible to say whether having more Facebook connections makes particular parts of the brain larger or whether some people are simply pre-disposed, or "hard-wired," to have more friends.

China rare earths supplier suspends production
BEIJING (AP) -- China's biggest producer of rare earths is suspending production for one month in hopes of boosting slumping prices of the exotic minerals used in mobile phones and other high-tech products. This week's move by Inner Mongolia Baotou Steel Rare-Earth (Group) Hi-Tech might fuel tensions with the United States and Europe. They have questioned Beijing's decision announced earlier to limit exports while it tries to develop its own manufacturers of magnets and other products made of rare earths.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Hunger Strike to Go 'Until Death' Says Raw-Milk Farmer
Food Safety News Oct 20, 2011 - For Canadian raw-milk farmer Michael Schmidt, a citizen's fundamental right to choose what he or she eats is a matter of life or death. Literally. In an Oct. 19 interview with Food Safety News, Schmidt, 57, who was in the 20th day of his hunger strike, said he "had to admit" that he was struggling with "real energy loss" and has had to stop working. He has lost more than 30 pounds and is subsisting on only water. But he made it clear that he'll "keep going until death" if Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty won't agree to meet with him in person about raw-milk issues and what he describes as "responsible food freedom."

GMO takeover: Transgenic canola popping up outside growing areas all over North Dakota
(NaturalNews) A new study published in the journal PLoS ONE proves that it is virtually impossible to contain genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) from pervasively spreading throughout and contaminating the environment. Researchers from the University of Arkansas (UA) have compiled data showing that wild, uncontrolled varieties of transgenic canola plants are turning up all across the state of North Dakota, a state where the crop is heavily cultivated.

Study: Organic farming outperforms conventional in yields, economic viability, conservation, and health
(NaturalNews) A popular myth purports that organic farming is inadequate to feed the growing populations of the world, and that cultivating so-called high yield conventional and genetically-modified (GM) crops is a necessary solution. But data compiled by the Rodale Institute's Farming Systems Trial (FST) shows that quite the opposite is true -- in every single category, organic farming systems proved to be far more viable and sustainable than any conventional or GM system.


No more child labor chocolate: Halloween candy boycott targets Hershey's
(NaturalNews) Fed up with Hershey's continued import of cocoa harvested by children, a group of more than 45,000 consumers, has banded together to call on the company to stop the practice, and to urge consumers to boycott its chocolate this Halloween. Dubbed Hershey: Raise the Bar!, the initiative is calling on Hershey's to live up to its promise to end child labor, forced labor, and trafficking in its cocoa supply chains, which it has failed to do so far.

YouTube: Johnny Cashless Sings, "Obama's Prison Blues" Impeach Obama Campaign.flv
Impeach or fire Obama!


The top ten signs that you might be a zombie
(NaturalNews) If you burn your yard rather than mow it, you might be a redneck, says comedian Jeff Foxworthy. But how might you realize you're a zombie? Here are the top ten signs that you just might be a zombie... Sign #1: If you routinely...

Today In History - Thursday - October 20, 2011
1803 - The U.S. Senate approved the Louisiana Purchase.
1818 - The U.S. and Great Britain established the boundary between the U.S. and Canada to be the 49th parallel.
1827 - The Battle of Navarino took place during the Greek War for Independence.
1892 - The city of Chicago dedicated the World's Columbian Exposition.
1903 - A joint commission ruled in favor of the U.S. concerning a dispute over the boundary between Canada and the District of Alaska.
1930 - "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" debuted on NBC radio.
1935 - Mao Zedong arrived in Hanoi after his Long March that took just over a year. He then set up the Chinese Communist Headquarters.
1944 - Allied forces invaded the Philippines.
1944 - During World War II, the Yugoslav cities of Belgrade and Dubrovnik were liberated.
1952 - The Mau Mau uprising against white settlers began in Kenya.
1957 - Walter Cronkite began hosting "The 20th Century." The show aired until January 4, 1970.
1967 - Seven men were convicted in Meridian, MS, on charges of violating the civil rights of three civil rights workers. Of the men convicted one was a Ku Klux Klan leader and another was a sheriff's deputy.
1968 - Jackie Lee Bouvier Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis.
1976 - More than 70 people were killed when the Norwegian tanker Frosta collided with the ferryboat George Prince on the Mississippi River.
1979 - The John F. Kennedy Library in Boston was dedicated.
1984 - The U.S. State Department reduced the number of Americans assigned to the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.
1986 - American mercenary Eugene Hasenfus was formally charged by the Nicaraguan government on several charges including terrorism.
1993 - Attorney General Janet Reno warned the TV industry to limit the violence in their programs.
1995 - Britain, France and the U.S. announced a treaty that banned atomic blasts in the South Pacific.
2003 - A 40-year-old man went over Niagara Falls without safety devices and survived. He was charged with illegally performing a stunt.
2009 - European astronomers discover 32 exoplanets.

World News

VIDEO: Unconfirmed reports say Gadhafi captured
Revolutionary fighters have captured deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, Libyan television said today, citing the Misrata Military Council. The report could not independently be confirmed.

Libyan fighters capture Gadhafi hometown of Sirte
SIRTE, Libya (AP) -- Libyan fighters drove the last holdouts of Moammar Gadhafi out of his hometown of Sirte in a few hours of fierce gunbattles Thursday, then declared victory over the last major resistance two months after the fall of Tripoli. The ecstatic former rebels celebrated by firing endless rounds into the sky, pumping their guns, knives and even a meat cleaver in the air and singing the national anthem.

Clinton: Pakistan must boost anti-terror fight
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday demanded that Pakistan step up the fight against terrorists within its borders, delivering a blunt message that Pakistanis "must be part of the solution" to the ongoing conflict in neighboring Afghanistan.

VIDEO: 'NATO has bombed Libya back to Stone Age’
Russia Today - Former MI5 agent Annie Machon says that the US wants to reinforce the myths that public has been told about NATO’s ‘humanitarian’ intervention, while Libya is being bombed beyond the point of no return. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waves upon her departure from Muscat airport following a brief visit on October 19, 2011 to Oman for talks with Sultan Qaboos on rising tensions with Iran over its alleged plot to kill a Saudi envoy, according to officials.

American spy drones swarm in droves over Afghanistan
Russia Today - Following a surprise visit in Libya earlier this week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an unannounced stop in Afghanistan today. She's not the only American export people overseas are getting used to seeing, though. In the first nine months of 2011 leading up to the 10-year anniversary of the Afghan War, US-led spy drones operating with NATO conducted nearly 23,000 surveillance missions in the Afghanistan sky. With nearly 85 flights a day, that figure is nearly double the daily amount from only two years earlier.

Anger in Athens: Video of riots at mass Greece protest
Russia Today - In the streets of Greece, arguably the biggest protest in years is now descending into violence.

Is Washington Using Famine in the Horn of Africa to Embark on Yet Another Illegal War?
Global Research - The large troop deployment by Kenya into Somali territory is taking on the form of a full-scale invasion, rather than a temporary incursion as initially reported. What is also emerging – but largely unreported – is that the US appears to be providing coordinated aerial firepower to help the advance of the Kenyan military against Al Shabab Islamic militants who have held power in the southern Somali territory.

AP Interview: US Gen.: New offensive hits Haqqanis
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The U.S.-led coalition has unleashed a new offensive against one of Afghanistan's most lethal militant networks and plans to ramp up operations next year along the border with Pakistan before the American drawdown gathers steam, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan said Wednesday.

Major investors seek new carbon emissions treaty
GENEVA (AP) -- Large investors representing more than $20 trillion (euro14.62 trillion) in assets urged governments on Wednesday to sign a binding treaty on carbon emissions at the U.N. climate talks in South Africa in December. A group of 285 investors say only legally enforceable carbon limits can spur the level of investment needed to keep temperatures from rising further. The group includes three major investor networks in the U.S., Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Now! Black THIS Out Money Bomb - Extended Until Friday Midnight
Donation are still pouring in!

VIDEO: Where Have All the Gold Bars Gone? - Check Underneath The NY Fed
Daily Bail - This 2-minute clip claims that 25% of the global gold supply, approximately $355 billion, is underneath the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's building at 33 Liberty Street in downtown Manhattan. Of course, until we AUDIT THE FED, we can never know for certain if that much is actually there. According to the clip, you can book a tour to see the bars for yourself. In that case, seeing might be disbelieving.

Cain and Romney caught in campaign cash scandal
Russia Today - What would be a race to the role as the Republican nominee for president without a little money scandal? Thankfully Herman Cain and Mitt Romney have taken care of that as things heat up within the GOP. Reports began to circulate on Tuesday that presidential hopeful and former pizzaman Herman Cain has spent tens of thousands of dollars on campaign contribution cash towards purchasing copies of his own books. In all, his campaign transferred over $100,000 in cash to his Herman Cain T.H.E. New Voice company, a firm that publishes and promotes literature penned by the former chair of the Kansas City Fed and Godfather Pizza CEO.

Chicago Sun Times: Ron Paul’s budget cuts put U.S. on right track
The contrast between the so-called super committee’s goal and Paul’s plan shows how pathetic official Washington’s gestures of fiscal responsibility are. Paul’s detailed numbers refute the myth that the budget cannot be balanced without raising taxes while challenging his opponents to put up or shut up.

Top oversight Dem mum on joining GOP effort to have Holder testify again
House oversight committee ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings hasn’t officially followed up on his public calls for Attorney General Eric Holder to testify before the committee on Operation Fast and Furious. “I think that, John, he has to come up [to Capitol Hill] and say what he has said in his letters, and make it clear under oath,” Cummings told CNN’s John King on October 12. “But at the same time, I want to make sure we are not harming any pending cases, we are not putting FBI informants in jeopardy.”

French-Moroccan Muslims arrested with photos of malls, courts
WOAI News - Five men in their twenties, described as French-Moroccan Muslims, are being questioned by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and by officials of the Department of Homeland Security after they were arrested inside the 120 year old Bexar County Courthouse in downtown San Antonio shortly before 2 this morning, 1200 WOAI news reports.

Jack Hunter: The media ignores government's infringements on property rights
Gaily Caller - Last week, Senator Rand Paul hosted an event called “Property Wrongs: A Discussion with the Victims of the U.S. Government’s Assault on Private Property.” The event was held in the same room as the Watergate hearings, but unlike those hearings, Paul’s event went largely unnoticed by the media. That’s a shame, because the stories told there need to be heard. Each represents a greater threat to American liberty than the Watergate break-in.

Senators: V.A. has denied gun rights to more than 100,000 veterans
Daily Caller - They pledged to support and defend the Constitution, but the office of North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr says more than 100,000 U.S. military veterans may be being improperly denied one of the most fundamental rights they swore to protect. Military veterans whose Veterans Affairs benefits are managed on their behalf by appointed fiduciary trustees are deemed “mentally defective” and reported to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), a computerized database which prohibits them from purchasing firearms.

YouTube: Fake Signatures May Mean Obama Didn’t Actually Qualify to Run for President in Indiana
Fox News - A candidacy scandal is growing in Indiana as evidence surfaces that President Obama may not have qualified to be on the Presidential ballot. So far a Democrat County chairman has been forced to resign and the former Democratic Governor Joe Kernan has confirmed that his signature was forged on the petition for candidacy.

Special-ed teacher labeled 'low-life scum' for challenging Giffords now plans Green Party run
Anthony Prowell, a special-ed teacher for the past 22 years, sparked outrage when he floated the idea of challenging Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the 2012 Democratic primary. “It didn’t go over well out here,” Prowell told The Daily Caller in a phone interview Tuesday. “A couple people called me a vulture, low-life scum, things like that. But that didn’t bother me,” he said. “I’m doing this simply because I’m just a citizen who is tired of what goes on in the government.”


A Long, Steep Drop for Americans' Standard of Living
CNBC - Think life is not as good as it used to be, at least in terms of your wallet? You'd be right about that. The standard of living for Americans has fallen longer and more steeply over the past three years than at any time since the US government began recording it five decades ago.

Ironic “Scariest Chart Ever” Redux – America Will Surpass 100% Debt To GDP On Halloween
Zero Hedge - Earlier today we presented Bloomberg’s Chart of the Day which represented the GDP and Debt per capita on a historical and projected basis, and we hysterically, and tongue-in-cheekly, dubbed it “the scariest chart ever” because it confirmed that at some point, very soon, US Debt will surpass GDP and never look back.

'One super-corporation runs the global economy'... and it could be terrifyingly unstable
Daily Mail - A University of Zurich study 'proves' that a small group of companies - mainly banks - wields huge power over the global economy. The study is the first to look at all 43,060 transnational corporations and the web of ownership between them - and created a 'map' of 1,318 companies at the heart of the global economy.

Credit Unions See New Business in Anti-Wall Street Angst
MV News - In the wake of Occupy Wall Street and the general feeling of anti-big bank angst in America right now, credit unions have been seeing an uptick in business activity and interest. No one’s willing to attribute it to Occupy Wall Street, specifically -- big banks have made some unforced errors in the last month, including Bank of America's annoucement that it would charge debit card users a monthly fee starting in 2012 (three years after taxpayers fronted it a $20 billion bailout).

VIDEO: Naomi Wolf arrested at Occupy Wall Street
Russia Today - Author and activist Naomi Wolf has been added to the list now hundreds of names long of protesters arrested during the ongoing Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. Wolf, a popular writer perhaps most known for her book The Beauty Myth and frequent articles in the Huffington Post, was arrested Tuesday night in Manhattan along with a handful of other Occupy Wall Street protesters.

Video: Professor Cornel West arrested in DC
Russia Today - Acclaimed professor and activist Dr. Cornel West was arrested with 18 others on the steps of the Supreme Court building in Washington DC on Saturday during a local demonstration with the growing Occupy Wall Street movement.

OWS Protesters Get Wet In Zuccotti, But May Soon Be Reality TV Stars
CBS NewYork – It was a wet day for the occupiers of Wall Street who are camped out in Zuccotti Park as rain moved through the area. It turns out they weren’t alone. It seems Hollywood is lurking.... According to The Los Angeles Times, Christopher Nolan has reached out to the cast of The Dark Knight Rises and told them to be ready to shoot amid the protest. MTV is also apparently looking to Occupy Wall Street for their cast of the Real World.

Top Income in U.S. Is...Gasp!...Wash. D.C. Area
Bloomberg - Federal employees whose compensation averages more than $126,000 and the nation’s greatest concentration of lawyers helped Washington edge out San Jose as the wealthiest U.S. metropolitan area, government data show. The U.S. capital has swapped top spots with Silicon Valley, according to recent Census Bureau figures, with the typical household in the Washington metro area earning $84,523 last year. The national median income for 2010 was $50,046.

Social Security recipients to get 3.6 percent more
WASHINGTON (AP) - Some 55 million Social Security recipients will get a 3.6 percent increase in benefits next year, their first raise since 2009, the government.... The increase, which starts in January, is tied to a measure of inflation released Wednesday morning. The increase, which starts in January, is tied to a measure of inflation released Wednesday morning. About 8 million people who receive Supplemental Security Income will also receive the 3.6 percent cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, meaning the announcement will affect about one in five U.S. residents.

State Department Agitator Advising ‘Occupy’ Movement
Paul Joseph Watson - A US government-backed pioneer of the so-called “Arab Spring” in Egypt that eventually resulted in a military dictatorship is now “advising” the Occupy Wall Street protesters in both Washington DC and New York, in another sign that the movement has been subverted by the establishment. US State Department-funded activist Ahmed Maher “is now giving advice to a new group of protesters: the Occupy Wall Street movement,” reports Wired News. Maher has been “corresponding for weeks” with OWS activists, offering them “practical advice from a successful Egyptian revolutionary,” according to the report.

YouTube: NYPD probed over assault on OWS protesters
Russia Today - New York police officers may be given a sharp rap over the knuckles for allegedly heavy-handed tactics against 'Occupy Wall Street' protesters. And it's this video, taped last Friday, that gave ground for one of the inquiries. The officer, thought to be a deputy inspector, was filmed grabbing an activist from behind, punching him in the face, and knocking him to the ground.

Trenton Mayor To Address State's Unfair Treatment At Tonight's 5:30 City Council Meeting
OWS Trenton NJ - Showdown looms between the State of New Jersey and the City of Trenton as the Trenton Mayor tells Occupy Trenton they can stay, vowing to address the State's unfair and illegal treatment at tonight's City Council meeting. A few days ago, the State Police of New Jersey seized all signs, equipment, media gear, and other equipment at the Occupy Trenton site located at the World War II memorial across the street from the State House in Trenton NJ.

No Money For Street Lights, Roving Packs Of Wild Dogs And Open-Air Drug Markets
The Economic Collapse - If you want to know what the early stages of an economic collapse look like, just walk around some of the downtown areas of our major cities. Today, nearly all large U.S. cities are either flat broke or they are on the way to being flat broke. Yes, New York City and Washington D.C. (and a few others) are still doing fairly well, but for most U.S. cities economic reality is catching up with them very quickly.

Free necklaces and shipping for holiday shoppers?
NEW YORK (AP) - Retailers are so desperate this holiday season that they're willing to lose money to get you to spend yours. Take online jeweler Stauer. It's offering a $249 amethyst necklace for free - provided customers pay the $24.95 it costs to ship it. Stauer will lose money on the deal, but it hopes to reel in new customers who will buy other jewelry.

YouTube: An INTENSE moment of TRUTH with MAINSTREAM Media
Dylan Ratigan, Mad as Hell: His Epic “Network” Moment.

Housing Market

Citigroup to refund investors $285 million for mortgage-related CDO
A Citigroup (C: 30.52 +2.14%) broker-dealer subsidiary sold investors on a $1 billion collateralized debt obligation tied to the housing market, while betting the CDO would default, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Citigroup will return $285 million to investors of the CDO called Class V Funding III. According to the SEC, Citi neither admits nor denies wrongdoing, in misleading investors on the $1 billion structured finance platform.

Energy & Environment

VIDEO: Senior Japanese official on the recently discovered radioactive ‘hot spots’
WSJ Market Watch - In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Masaharu Nakagawa, Japan's minister of education and science, addresses the alarming issue of recently discovered radioactive "hot spots" in Tokyo and other areas far from the Fukushima nuclear plant.

Solyndra’s $25 Million California Tax Break Defended by Lockyer
Bloomberg - California Treasurer Bill Lockyer defended a program that awarded $25.1 million in tax breaks to now-bankrupt Solyndra LLC before a state Senate joint committee looking into the program.


Cellphones Exceed U.S. FCC Exposure Limits by as Much as Double for Children, Study Finds
ScienceDaily - A scholarly article on cell phone safety to be published online Oct. 17 in the journal Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine reports the finding that cell phones used in the shirt or pants pocket exceed the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) exposure guidelines and that children absorb twice as much microwave radiation from phones as do adults.

CDC: Antidepressant use skyrocketed in past 20 years
HealthDay News - The rate of antidepressant use among Americans of all ages increased nearly 400 percent over the last two decades, and 11 percent of Americans aged 12 and older now take antidepressant drugs, according to a federal government report released Wednesday. The analysis of 2005-2008 data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys also showed that antidepressants are the third most common prescription drug taken by Americans of all ages and the most frequently used by those aged 18 to 44.

Exposed: Illinois law financially penalizes public schools when vaccination rates drop below 90 percent
(NaturalNews) One of the primary reasons for the big push among public school districts across the country to vaccinate as many students as possible appears to have a lot to do with maintaining their eligibility to receive local and state funding, at least in the state of Illinois. Section 27-8.1.7 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) Health examinations and immunizations law explains that if a school vaccination rate falls below 90 percent, state aid payments to that school are automatically cut by 10 percent until the school comes into "compliance"

No-Bake Apple Walnut Tart
World's Healthiest Foods - This apple tart is a Reader favorite. The healthy date and nut crust allows you to indulge in a delicious healthy dessert without compromising flavor. And one serving of this tart provides an excellent source of those hard-to-find, healthy-promoting omega-3 fatty acids. Enjoy! See the in-depth nutritional profile of this wonderful recipe here.

BPA may cause severe retardation in future generations
(NaturalNews) Researchers in Barcelona recently took a look at the effects of Bisphenol A (BPA) - a substance that's commonly used in plastics and is also unfortunately found in the blood of most humans on the planet - on ovaries. In doing so, they found the BPA dramatically alters the development of ovarian cells, which probably lowers the fertility of the next generation while also increasing the chance of Down Syndrome in future generations.... The researchers also found that BPA in concentrations permitted by US and European health authorities is harmful to fetuses, once again showing us that government toxicity levels allow us to be harmed.

Splenda Essentials revealed as chemical sweetener containing chlorine atoms
(NaturalNews) Splenda Essentials, the latest marketing venture from the makers of Splenda, includes vitamins, amino acids, and sometimes even fiber. In an attempt to win over uneducated consumers, the half real, half synthetic sweetener now sounds like it might actually be a healthy choice, but if a company sprinkled vitamin C on toothpaste, or added some vitamin K to mint flavored mouthwash, would you swallow it when you were done cleansing your teeth and gums?

Shame on AMA's Archives of Internal Medicine—Part Two
Natural Health - New info about last week’s horribly flawed vitamin study. This story keeps getting worse and worse. A new Action Alert! Last Monday the Archives of Internal Medicine released a study claiming that vitamin use might lead to an earlier death. This set off a major media feeding frenzy, wave after wave of scary stories. Fox’s headline was typical: “Are Your Supplements Killing You?”

VIDEO: Will vitamins really kill you? Health Ranger interviews Dr. David Brownstein about media's latest attack on vitamins
(NaturalNews) The mainstream media has been having a field day with a new study published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine that came to the outrageous conclusion that vitamins may be unsafe and possibly deadly for older women.

Vitamin E increases risk of prostate cancer? More junk science from JAMA
(NaturalNews) A "science skeptic" who routinely attacks vitamins and holistic health therapies recently reported the following in his newsletter: Study questions vitamin E safety.

Healing from Home - If you have restless leg syndrome then there's a good chance you'll find one or more home remedies for RLS here that will give you relief!... Many people have gotten great relief by taking a daily magnesium supplement. Each day take 500 milligrams of magnesium. Magnesium, calcium and potassium work hand in hand with each other so taking 800 to 1000 milligrams of both these other minerals would be beneficial also. (Magnesium deficiency may also be the cause of leg cramps and the painful charley horse!)

Food for thought - Glucose levels affect willpower and mental focus
(NaturalNews) Have you ever wondered why you sometimes lack the ability to make even the simplest decision at certain times of the day, such as minutes before you break for lunch? And upon your return you are able to tackle the same task with ease? A recent study performed by a group of social psychologists revealed that the brain undergoes chemical changes when glucose levels are low, and these fluctuations influence both our focus and willpower.

PA county sheriff race focused on food freedom
Food Freedom - Steven Armbruster is running for Sheriff of Carbon County, Pennsylvania. As an Oath Keeper, he promises to fight for food freedom. Here’s his statement...

Raise awareness of Candida infection
(NaturalNews) Candida infection has been a misunderstood condition, sometimes described as a "myth". However, as the public awareness of chronic candidiasis grows, there`s an increasing number of doctors who can accurately diagnose it, bringing hope for people suffering from constant fatigue, digestive issues, yeast infections, and other symptoms associated with this little known and frequently misdiagnosed problem.

Amazing food fact: Miracle nutrient resveratrol is synthesized by grapes in response to fungal attacks
(NaturalNews) You've probably heard about resveratrol, a miracle antioxidant found in grape skins and some other foods and linked to a lower risk of heart disease and to lessened effects of aging. Unlike other antioxidants such as anthocyanins, which give blueberries their color and are an integral part of the fruit, plants produce resveratrol only in response to fungal or bacterial attack. That's right -- resveratrol is a natural antibiotic and fungicide.

Science & Technology

Military ‘Not Quite Sure’ How Drone Cockpits Got Infected
Wired News - It’s been more than a month since a virus infected the remote “cockpits” of America’s drone fleet. And the U.S. military still doesn’t know exactly how the machines at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada got infected. “We’re not quite sure how that happened yet,” General Robert Kehler told reporters Tuesday. Kehler is the head of U.S. Strategic Command, which is nominally in charge of the military’s Cyber Command and all other online activities.

Son of Stuxnet? Researchers Warn of Impending Cyber Attack
ABC News - A new computer virus using “nearly identical” parts of the cyber superweapon Stuxnet has been detected on computer systems in Europe and is believed to be a precursor to a new Stuxnet-like attack, a major U.S.-based cyber security company said today. Stuxnet was a highly sophisticated computer worm that was discovered last year and was thought to have successfully targeted and disrupted systems at a nuclear enrichment plant in Iran.

SpiPhone: How someone could use your iPhone to find out what you are typing on your computer
Daily Mail - Experts warn if targeted 'the next time you place your phone next to the keyboard and start typing, it starts listening'. An iPhone can be turned into a 'SpiPhone' as it can decipher vibrations to record what is being typed on a nearby computer keyboard, it has been revealed. Millions every day place their mobile on their desk at work but in fact this could be hijacked by hackers to track what they write in e-mails or sensitive documents.

Viacom to NY court: Scrap YouTube copyright ruling
NEW YORK (AP) -- A lawyer for Viacom Inc. warned an appeals court panel Tuesday that there will be greater exploitation of copyright material on the Internet if the court lets YouTube get away with a business built on "rampant copyright infringement.". The lawyer, Paul Smith, told a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan that a lower court judge was wrong to rule that Google Inc.'s popular video service was protected from copyright infringement claims.

Old German satellite hurtles toward Earth
BERLIN (AP) -- A retired satellite is hurtling toward the atmosphere and pieces of it could crash into the Earth as early as Friday, the German Aerospace Center says. Scientists are no longer able to communicate with the dead German satellite ROSAT, which orbits the earth every 90 minutes, and experts are not sure exactly where pieces of it could land.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Roundup Ready Alfalfa Damages U.S. Seed Industry
Activist Post - When Roundup Ready (hereafter “RR”) alfalfa was first suggested I did not think that it would be developed and introduced because most alfalfa fields are never sprayed for weed control. And, if a chemical weed control was needed, there is a long list of off-patent low-cost herbicides that are effective if used properly.

Alaska Senators Seek GE Salmon Ban in Budget
From both sides of the aisle, Senators Mark Begich (D-AK) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) are again taking aim at the genetically engineered salmon, which now may be closer than ever to federal approval. The Alaska senators introduced two amendments they hope to add to the 2012 agriculture appropriations bill being considered on the floor this week. One bill would ban the GE fish from entering interstate commerce, the other would prohibit FDA from spending federal resource on the salmon's approval, essentially banning the fish altogether.


Medieval helpdesk with English subtitles
Helpdesk support back in the day of the middle age with English subtitles.

Today In History - Wednesday - October 19, 2011
1765 - In the U.S., The Stamp Act Congress met and drew up a declaration of rights and liberties.
1781 - British General Charles Lord Cornwallis surrendered to U.S. General George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia.
1812 - Napoleon Bonaparte's French forces began their retreat out of Russia after a month of chasing the retreating Russian army.
1914 - In the U.S., government owned vehicles were first used to pick up mail in Washington, DC.
1915 - The U.S. recognized General Venustiano Carranza as the president of Mexico.
1933 - Basketball was introduced to the 1936 Olympic Games by the Berlin Organization Committee.
1937 - "Woman's Day" was published for the first time.
1944 - The U.S. Navy announced that black women would be allowed into Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES).
1950 - The United Nations forces entered the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.
1951 - U.S. President Truman singed an act officially ending the state of war with Germany.
1960 - The United States imposed an embargo on exports to Cuba covering all commodities except medical supplies and certain food products.
1969 - U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew referred to anti-Vietnam War protesters "an effete corps of impudent snobs."
1983 - The U.S. Senate approved a bill establishing a national holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
1987 - The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 508 points. It was the worst one-day percentage decline, 22.6%, in history.
1989 - The U.S. Senate rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that barred the desecration of the American flag.
1998 - In Washington, DC, Microsoft went on trial to defend against an antitrust case.
1998 - Fires in Nigeria swept through villages killing 500 people.
2001 - Two U.S. Army Rangers were killed in a helicopter crash in Pakistan. The deaths were the 1st American deaths of the military campaign in Afghanistan.
2001 - It was reported that a New Jersey postal worker and a New York Post employee had tested positive for skin anthrax.
2003 - In London, magician David Blaine emerged from a clear plastic box that had been suspended by a crane over the banks of the Thames River. He survived only on water for 44 days. Blaine had entered the box on September 5.
2006 - The Dow Jones industrial average ended the day at 12,011.73. It was the first close above 12,000.

World News

US denies interest in Uganda oil
THE US on Monday denied that its renewed interest in Uganda is a strategy to get hold of the newly found oil in the country. The US government has announced that it will deploy troops to help Uganda fight the rebels of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) who are currently in the Central African Republic. Critics have said that the only reason that America seems to be coming up strongly to offer troops to help in fighting Kony when they did not when he was killing people here was because of the oil.

France And Germany Reach Agreement On $2.8 Trillion European Bailout Fund, EU Diplomats Say
Daily Bail - As large as the figure sounds, it might not be enough, and France can now officially kiss their AAA rating goodbye, according to one think tank who stated that almost $6 trillion will be needed.

U.S. Wants Gadhafi Dead Or Alive
TRIPOLI, Libya - Clinton told students and others in Tripoli on Tuesday that the U.S. wants to see former dictator Moammar Gadhafi killed or captured. Until now, the U.S. has generally avoided saying that Gadhafi should be killed.

Ahmadinejad Says He Doesn’t Expect War Between Iran and U.S.
Bloomberg - Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he doesn’t expect a war with the U.S. despite the “wish” of some in the U.S. government. “I don’t expect such a thing to happen,” Ahmadinejad told the Al Jazeera English-language television in an interview in Tehran yesterday, according to a transcript published on the president’s website today. “Yes, there are certain individuals in the U.S. administration who have such a wish but facing them are some reasonable people in that country who know this shouldn’t happen.”

Greek strike wave grows ahead of austerity vote
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek railway workers and journalists joined ferry crews, garbage collectors, tax officials and lawyers on Tuesday in a strike blitz against yet more austerity measures required if the country is to avoid defaulting on its debts. The protests will lead into a general strike over the coming two days, culminating on Thursday when Parliament holds a crucial vote on the new painful cutbacks that follow nearly two years of austerity.

US forces ‘massing on Afghanistan-Pakistan border’
London Telegraph - US forces are massing on the Pakistan border in eastern Afghanistan amid reports of an imminent drone missile offensive against fighters from the feared Haqqani Network, a Taliban faction which operates from safe havens in Pakistan's North Waziristan Agency, Pakistan Army sources have confirmed.

Pakistani Intelligence Official Says Mossad Gave Supposed Iranian Terrorist Arbabsiar Fake Papers
Intel Hub October 17, 2011 - The so called Iranian terror plot has continued to come apart at the seems. Today, a Pakistani Intelligence official told the Pakistani Urdu-language daily that the Mossad gave Mansour Arbabsiar fake id papers only three months ago. Mansour Arbabsiar is accused of plotting to kill the Saudi Ambassador and his arrest has caused a furry of calls to bomb Iran from the usual war hawks on Capital Hill.

North Korea Celebrates ‘Fall of Capitalism’
Reuters - North Korea is feeling smug about its political system, gloating about how millions around the world have rallied in the biggest protests against capitalism in 300 years.

Filipinos echo 'Occupy Wall Street' movement
GMA News - The "Occupy Wall Street" movement protesting economic inequality and the power of United States financial institutions has spread from New York City to other parts of the world, including the Philippines. Meetups have been held in over 1,300 cities worldwide, as reflected on the online hub "Occupy Together." Filipinos supporting the Occupy Wall Street movement are also utilizing the Internet, organizing their activities on social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

EU bans patents of stem cells if embryo destroyed
AFP - Europe’s top court on Tuesday banned researchers from patenting any process to extract stem cells when it leads to the destruction of a human embryo. In a ruling that could affect medical research, the EU Court of Justice court said the use of human embryos "for therapeutic or diagnostic purposes which are applied to the human embryo and are useful to it is patentable." "But their use for purposes of scientific research is not patentable," the court ruled.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Who do you think won last nights CNN Republican Debate?
Be sure to cast your vote!!!

Anderson Cooper 360° Poll: CNN debate predictions
CNN Poll shows Ron Paul at 91%!!!

Money Bomb for Ron Paul today!!

POLL: CNN Western Republican Debate
ipollnews poll on October 18, 2011 - guess who wins again!

POLL: Who do you think won Tuesday night’s GOP debate?
FOX5 poll - Ron Paul wins again!

VIDEO: TWO Great New Ron Paul 2012 Ads!
The first one shows the problems and that only one has been right and consistent about for many years. The second one shows the solution. The Ron Paul plan. It is a positive ad. It talks about cutting $1 trillion, ending the wars, the Fed, balancing the budget, cutting spending and that he has predicted the crisis.

YouTube: Ron Paul Highlights in 10/18/2011 Presidential Debate
Congressman Ron Paul highlights on the CNN/Western Republican Presidential Debate in Las Vegas, NV October 18, 2011.

Poll: Who Won Tuesday’s GOP Presidential Debate?
CNN/Western Republican Presidential Debate Poll.

VIDEO: Black This Out Starts Today!
Attention: Mainstream Media we are tired of your deceptions and your refusal to give Ron Paul any meaningful coverage. The media BLACKOUT immediately after the Ames Straw Poll and the CPAC, California & Value Voters Straw Poll VICTORIES made clear just how far establishment agents within your ranks are willing to go in order to suppress Dr. Paul's pro-liberty, pro-prosperity and pro-peace message. On October 19th, THOUSANDS of Americans will rise together in defiance of your deceptions and deliver to the one candidate you dare not discuss, enough MONEY to present his message directly to the people and BREAK THROUGH YOUR DISHONORABLE BLACKOUT.

Senate passes amendment to block funding for future Fast and Furious programs
TheDC - The Senate passed an amendment Tuesday to block any federal funding to programs similar to Operation Fast and Furious — the controversial program that allowed guns to be walked across the U.S.-Mexican border and into the hands of violent drug cartels. Introduced by Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the amendment passed with unanimous support. It was tacked onto an appropriations bill for law enforcement funding.

VIDEO: Feds Trafficked Guns To Suspected Criminals Under Bush
Paul Joseph Watson - During an appearance on CBS News’ Face the Nation on Sunday, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa acknowledged that an almost identical program to Fast and Furious, in which the federal government trafficked guns directly to suspected criminals, existed under the Bush administration. Issa’s comments about a similar program being operational under the Bush administration appear at the 3:50 mark.

'The Switchblade': U.S. Army unveils its latest weapon to kill militants - tiny kamikaze drones
Mail Online - It quietly hovers before dive-bombing and blowing up a human target.
This ‘kamikaze’ drone - small enough to fit inside a soldier’s backpack and dubbed the ‘Switchblade’ - will soon be available for use by the U.S. Army. The impressive robotic craft weighs less than 2kg and launches from a tube before its wings fold out as it flies into the air, reported AFP. The U.S. Army is paying manufacturer AeroVironment $4.9million for the drones to help it develop a new way of killing suspected militants.

Osprey: a widowmaker?
Russia Today - Despite a series of deadly crashes and reoccurring reports that it was not safe, an investigation into the controversial Osprey helicopter/plane hybrid was ended by the military so that they could pursue further operations with the aircraft. All of this was largely made possible thanks to big corporate lobbying.

FEMA Communication Takeover Test Scheduled for November 9
Kurt Nimmo - FEMA, the FCC, and Homeland Security plan to commandeer the airwaves next month. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) will be tested at 1 PM EST on November 9. EAS alerts are transmitted over radio and television broadcast stations, cable television and other media services. Local and state EAS components are tested weekly and monthly, but this will be the first national test of the system. It is significant that FEMA will conduct the mandatory test.

Obama opposes repeal of healthcare program suspended last week
The Hill - President Obama is against repealing the health law's long-term-care CLASS Act and might veto Republican efforts to do so, an administration official tells The Hill, despite the government's announcement Friday that the program was dead in the water.

When Obama’s Numbers Start To Tank Here’s The Secret Weapon He’s Going To Rely On
Business Insider - Obama adviser David Axelrod and Joe Scarborough got into a fiery debate this morning over whether Obama was experienced enough to have been elected president. The result was essentially a condensed version of the stump speech we can expect to hear from Obama sometime next year, once the GOP picks their nominee and the election slog gets serious. The last line is the kicker. If the going gets rough this will no doubt be Obama's trump card in the form of an attack ad.

VIDEO: Government Front Group Vows to Abolish Critical Thinking
Government front group Demos, an integral part of the British establishment which was founded by Marxists, is terrified that children are using the Internet to question what they are taught in school, and has vowed to abolish any such critical thinking to reinforce the education system’s role as a tool of indoctrination. A BBC News report reflects Demos’ panic at “conspiracy theories” (ie any critical thought that questions the official consensus) being brought into the classroom.

YouTube: Ron Paul Restoring American Plan on CNBC
Oct 18, 2011 7:00 AM CST Ron Paul goes over his Restoring America spending cut plan on CNBC's Squawk on the Street with Joe Kernan and Andrew Ross Sorkin, which entails cutting $1 trillion in Federal spending within a year's time. Federal bureaucracies such as the Department of Education are on the hit list for cuts or elimination as well as overseas spending. Social security and medicare is not on the chopping block, although Dr. Paul wants to give 25 year old people the opportunity to opt out of the social security program.

YouTube: Ron Paul "Because Of Overseas Spending Last 10 Years Our National Debt Went Up 4 Trillion Dollars!"
Oct 18, 2011 8:40 am EDT - CNN discuss economic plan.

Ron Paul’s Texas Straight Talk 10/17/11: Government is NOT a Business!
Ron Paul 2012 - Businesses create jobs; government is not a business!

Ignoring Ron Paul Has Reached Comic Proportions
Ron Paul 2012 October 17, 2011 - Yesterday, Ron Paul won the Los Angeles County straw poll. He had more votes than Romney and Cain combined. It was a small gathering but a confirmation of Paul’s much larger victory in the California State Straw Poll last month. And like the California Poll, it was virtually ignored by the national media. They prefer to bask in denial and focus on Herman Cain’s showing in the recent Florida straw poll whose delegates were actually chosen last summer.

REX 84 vs. Globalist Shutdown
Activist Post - For many years the globalists, through the federal agencies they control, have treasonously planned to use devastating orchestrated events to suspend constitutional rights and implement martial law. The best-known plan for martial law/continuity of government is called REX 84. Despite their planning efforts, technology, and billions of dollars spent on martial law training, a handful of activists can utilize simple yet powerful tools to ensure martial law is never implemented. This plan is known as Globalist Shutdown.


The Federal Reserve and Bank of America Initiate a Coup to Dump Billions of Dollars of Losses on the American Taxpayer
Washington Blog - If you have any doubt that Bank of America is going down, this development should settle it …. Both [professor of economics and law, and former head S&L prosecutor] Bill Black (who I interviewed just now) and I see this as a desperate move by Bank of America’s management, a de facto admission that they know the bank is in serious trouble.

Kimberly-Clark employees warned they could be laid off; talks with potential buyer continue
EVERETT -- Most of the 750 employees at the Kimberly-Clark Corp. plants in Everett have received a warning that they could be laid off in the next 60 days, but the notice doesn't affect attempts to sell the business.

VIDEO: Sgt. Shamar Thomas Discusses His Experience Confronting the NYPD in Times Square
NBC - Countdown's Keith Olbermann talked to former Marine Sgt. Shamar Thomas about his experience confronting the police in Times Square during the #OWS protests where he defended the occupiers right to assemble and march peacefully. Thomas explained he became inspired to get more involved in the protests after seeing some of the police brutality during the first week in October.

VIDEO: Sen. Rand Paul Questions Treasury Sec. Tim Geithner at Hearing
10/18/11 Small Business Committee.

Obama on Occupy Wall Street: ‘We Are on Their Side’
The Weekly Standard - n an interview that will be aired tonight on ABC News, President Obama continues to express his commitment to the Occupy Wall Street protesters. “The most important thing we can do right now is those of us in leadership letting people know that we understand their struggles and we are on their side, and that we want to set up a system in which hard work, responsibility, doing what you’re supposed to do, is rewarded,”

Egan-Jones Downgrades Goldman From AA To AA-
Zero Hedge - Just out by the only rating agency that is even remotely credible.

VIDEO: Occupy Wall Street: “Enforce the Laws for the 99%”
Washington’s Blog - Top economists and financial experts agree that our economy will never recover unless Wall Street fraud is prosecuted.... But the government has more or less made it official policy not to prosecute fraud, and instead to do everything necessary to cover up for Wall Street. Watch this must-see interview on Occupy Wall Street and the prosecution of fraud.

Bloomberg: First Amendment Doesn’t Apply To Wall St Protesters’ Tents
Prison Planet - After failing to remove occupy Wall Street protesters last week in order to close Zuccotti Park and “carry out cleaning”, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has issued another thinly veiled warning to those still present and protesting. During a Press conference last night, Bloomberg asserted that “the Constitution doesn’t protect tents — it protects speech and assembly.” “I’m 100 percent in favor of protecting — 1,000 percent in favor — of giving people rights to say things,” Bloomberg told those in attendance.

Surprise: US Banks Are Quietly Starting to Make Loans Again
CNBC - Despite all the bleak economic news, a funny thing has been happening in the financial industry over the last few months: the banks have quietly turned on the lending spigot. Loan growth is still modest. And it remains heavily weighted toward the strongest corporate and consumer borrowers. But after several quarters of having their loan balances plunge or flatten out, several of the nation’s biggest banks are reporting increases.

Inflation Pressures Intensify as Producer Prices Jump Higher
CNBC - U.S. producer prices rose more than expected in September to record their largest increase in five months as gasoline prices surged, a government report showed on Tuesday. The Labor Department said its seasonally adjusted index for prices received by farms, factories and refineries, increased 0.8 percent after being flat in August. Economists polled by Reuters had expected prices to increase 0.2 percent.

Bank of America earns $6.2B on accounting gains
Huffington Post -- Bank of America earned billions of dollars in profits last quarter, even as banking officials expressed concern recently about the effects of new regulations on their bottom line. The largest bank by assets reported third quarter gains of $6.2 billion, compared to a $7.3 billion loss during the same quarter last year. The boost in profits came largely from an accounting gain and the pre-tax benefits from the sale of its stake in a Chinese bank.

Goldman Sachs loses $428 million in third quarter
Huffington Post -- Goldman Sachs posted its second quarterly loss as a public company on Tuesday, according to Bloomberg News, in the latest indication that Wall Street has not been immune to the weak recovery. Goldman posted a deeper than expected quarterly loss of $393 million, or 84 cents per share, according to its news release.

Housing Market

Report: Officials Working With Banks On Mortgage Refinancing Plan
Huffington Post -- Officials and big banks are working on a plan that would make refinancing available to some borrowers whose houses are worth less than their loans, so long as they are current on mortgage payments, the Wall Street Journal reported. Such borrowers typically are not able to refinance because they lack equity in their homes. The plan would apply only to mortgages owned by the banks, the Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter.

Energy & Environment

Dust storm roils through Texas Plains
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Winds gusting at more than 70 mph churned up a dust storm that roiled through the Texas South Plains during the Monday afternoon commute. Dust kicked up by westerly breezes ahead of a strong cold front restricted visibility in Lubbock to about 5 miles all afternoon, said National Weather Service Lubbock meteorologist Matt Ziebell.

Alaska voters say no to gold, copper mine
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Voters of a small southwest Alaska borough late Monday narrowly passed a measure blocking a proposed gold and copper mine that critics say would have threatened one of the world's premier wild salmon fisheries in a local election that gained national attention, pitting environmentalists against business interests in a bitter feud.

VIDEO: Provides an Aggregate of the Ongoing Nuclear Meltdown News
Activist Post - Sadly, the deadly radiation still spewing out of the melted down Fukushima reactor in Japan has gotten little media coverage. Perhaps the most devastating environmental issue of our time, Fukushima has lost out to news of more wars, pending economic collapse, global insurrection of angry humans and all the other important stories, as well as some blatant distractions.

Senate passes pipeline bill after hold dropped
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A bill to toughen federal safety regulation of oil and gas pipelines passed the Senate late Monday only a few hours after a Republican senator opposed to government regulation dropped his opposition to the measure. The bill is an attempt to close gaps in federal safety regulations exposed by a deadly gas pipeline rupture near San Francisco last year, as well as a spate of other recent gas explosions and oil pipeline spills.


Infrared saunas safely detoxify the body and help heal injuries
NaturalNews) Thousands of massage therapists are now incorporating infrared sauna sessions into their menu of services, and clients are routinely requesting the new technology for elimination of toxins, healing muscles, increasing circulation, firming skin, erasing sun damage, relieving joint pain and tension, and even for recovering from chemotherapy.

CSPI to file lawsuit against General Mills for selling 'fruit' snacks that contain no fruit
(NaturalNews) Consumers are increasingly holding junk food manufacturers responsible for the false claims they make about their products, especially when such products are labeled as "natural" or as containing fruit when they really do not.

Ginger root supplements may prevent colon cancer
(NaturalNews) Ginger has been used as a natural treatment for a host of illnesses -- especially gastrointestinal problems -- for thousands of years in ancient healing traditions including Ayurvedic medicine, ancient Chinese medicine and western folklore, too.

Women endangered by high rate of false-positive mammograms
(NaturalNews) According to mainstream medicine, mammograms are the key to surviving breast cancer because they supposedly catch the disease early for quick treatment. What this advice invariably leaves out is evidence that exposure to the radiation used in the tests may actually cause breast cancer in some women.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Focus needs to shift to prevention
(NaturalNews) If October were properly devoted to educating women on the causes of breast cancer, this single shift of focus could greatly empower women. Instead, however, the over-hyped campaign of "awareness" simply makes women part of the "big business of cancer," offering only the tools of detection as opposed to the more important information on prevention.

FDA Allowed Unsafe Levels of Contaminants in Seafood after BP Oil Spill
NRDC - The Food and Drug Administration seriously underestimated the cancer risk from contaminants that can accumulate in seafood when the agency allowed commercial fishing to resume in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP oil spill disaster, a new study published today found.... They found that by using flawed assumptions and outdated risk assessment methods, FDA allowed up to 10,000 times too much contamination and failed to identify risks for pregnant women and children.

CDC caught in blatant lies about pandemics and vaccines
(NaturalNews) The CDC relies on an authoritative presence to influence not just USA health policy, but world health policy. This prestigious presence also demands more federal funding, which is being questioned. It seems that the CDC's research, practices, and expenditures have been under scrutiny lately.

Gardasil injury victims hold press conference at GOP debate
(NaturalNews) In response to the discussions surrounding the aggressive mandating of the Gardasil vaccine that have taken place during the Republican debates, the Canary Party is hosting a press conference on the damaging outcomes of this vaccine push featuring families of young women injured by and lost to the Gardasil vaccine, Tuesday, October 18th at 3pm outside the East entrance to The Venetian's Sands Expo and Convention Center at 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South Las Vegas 89109, prior to the GOP debate. All of the Republican candidates have been invited to attend.

Sharks and the Food Safety Scam
Food Freedom - The sharks are the corporations. The blood in the water is from small farms. The sharks are swarming now, seeking an absolute end of farming in the US, a plan of theirs with the USDA since 1972. They were open about it then, with their intent published by U.S. House of Representatives: ”The Young Executives Plan to Liquidate Farmers: Product of an Official Committee Chaired by the Under Secretary of Agriculture.” Congressional Record. June 21, 1972, p. H5907.

Indoor chlorinated swimming pools may damage future fertility of children
(NaturalNews) Recently published research conducted at the Catholic University of Louvain in Brussels, Belgium has shown that exposure to toxins during childhood can have a profound effect on hormone levels later in life. Alfred Bernard and his colleagues recently published a study in the International Journal of Andrology showing that boys, who spent a significant portion of time in indoor chlorinated swimming pools during childhood, had decreased reproductive hormone levels at adolescence.

Ease menopausal symptoms naturally with red clover
Red Clover (Trifolium Pratense) is a plant which is native to Europe as well as parts of Northwest Africa and Western Asia. The flower of this plant is the most commonly used part. Because of isoflavones that it contains, Red Clover has been used for many years as a remedy for menopausal symptoms including mood swings and hot flushes. This makes it a natural alternative to traditional hormone replacement therapy.

High cortisol causes bone loss
(NaturalNews) Cortisol is a glucocorticoid steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands. It is released in response to stress and low levels of blood glucocorticoids. It primarily functions to increase blood sugar through a process called gluconeogenesis. Elevated levels of cortisol and other glucocorticoids cause calcium depletion of bone tissue.

Green tea shown to fight obesity
(NaturalNews) Pennsylvania State University researchers have discovered yet another impressive property of green tea - it can slow down weight gain and counter obesity. This recent study analyzed the health development of a test group of obese mice that were fed a high-fat diet mixed with green tea extracts, and compared it to that of a control group of obese mice that were fed the same diet, without the green tea compounds. The mice in the test group gained weight at a much slower rate than the mice in the control group, and they appeared to be in better health overall.

Report: Antibiotics can permanently destroy gut flora balance, leading to lifelong illness
(NaturalNews) Overuse and overprescription of antibiotic drugs has become a widely known culprit in causing the emergence of antibiotic-resistant "superbugs," as well as the onset of digestive and other health problems, caused by the elimination of beneficial gut flora. But a new review published in the journal Nature suggests that such gut flora alterations could be permanent.

Fearless Revolution - The original work done by John F. Kennedy on the Consumer Bill of Rights was a towering achievement and it was never our intent to start from scratch. In fact, it was our intent to change the original as little as possible while still expanding and updating the rights. Most changes are less of an oversight or lack of vision by the original drafters, and more to cover changes to the consumer landscape that in 1964 did not exist.

Science & Technology

VIDEO: Monsanto’s Crimes Against Humanity with Jeffrey M. Smith
Prison Planet - Host Aaron Dykes interviews Jeffrey Smith about a Bertram Verhaag documentary, Scientists Under Attack: Genetic Engineering in the Magnetic Field of Money, about GMOs and the need for the independence of science.

Vacuum Tube: Kids under 2 Should Not Watch Television
Scientific American - The new statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics warns of possible language delays. Instead, unstructured play is better for linguistic development.

Facebook Is Building Shadow Profiles of Non-Users
Slashdot - ‘This is done by different functions that encourage users to hand personal data of other users and non-users to Facebook…’

BlackBerry maker tries to soothe angry customers
TORONTO (AP) -- The maker of the struggling BlackBerry tried to soothe tens of millions of frustrated customers Monday, offering more than $100 worth of free software to each one and giving some a month of technical support as compensation for last week's massive outage.

Apple sells 4M-plus new iPhone models in 3 days
NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple Inc. on Monday said it sold more than 4 million units of the new iPhone model in three days - meaning it's selling more than twice as fast as the previous model did when it launched last year....

T-Mobile Customer Runs Up $201,000 Phone Bill
Consumerist - A woman in Florida recently bought her brother a phone and put him on her plan. But little did she know that her brother's two-week trip to Canada would result in a 43-page bill for more than $201,000.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Growing Trend: Thieves Raid Vegetable Gardens in Indianapolis, New York and Chicago - As the economy sours, food prices continue to rise, and more people find themselves out of work, it is becoming increasingly difficult to put food on the table. This is evidenced by the record numbers of Americans on food stamps with supplemental nutritional assistance program participation rates quickly approaching 50 million people. As a result, those who have lost everything or can’t afford to buy their own food are now turning to theft to make ends meet.


Logo Trivia!
Interesting bit of Logo trivia...

Today In History - Tuesday - October 18, 2011
1767 - The Mason-Dixon line was agreed upon. It was the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania.
1842 - Samuel Finley Breese Morse laid his first telegraph cable.
1867 - The U.S. took formal possession of Alaska from Russia. The land was purchased of a total of $7 million dollars (2 cents per acre).
1873 - The first rules for intercollegiate football were drawn up by representatives from Rutgers, Yale, Columbia and Princeton Universities.
1892 - The first long-distance telephone line between Chicago, IL, and New York City, NY, was opened.
1898 - The American flag was raised in Puerto Rico only one year after the Caribbean nation won its independence from Spain.
1929 - The Judicial Committee of England’s Privy Council ruled that women were to be considered as persons in Canada.
1931 - Inventor Thomas Alva Edison died at the age of 84.
1944 - Czechoslovakia was invaded by the Soviets during World War II.
1958 - The first computer-arranged marriage took place on Art Linkletter's show.
1969 - The U.S. government banned artificial sweeteners due to evidence that they caused cancer.
1970 - Quebec's minister of labor was found strangled to death after eight days of being held captive by the Quebec Liberation Front (FLQ).
1971 - After 34 years, the final issue of "Look" magazine was published.
1983 - General Motors agreed to hire more women and minorities for five years as part of a settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
1985 - South African authorities hanged black activist Benjamin Moloise. Moloise had been convicted of murdering a police officer.
1989 - Egon Krenz became the leader of East Germany after Erich Honecker was ousted. Honeker had been in power for 18 years.
1989 - The space shuttle Atlantis was launched on a mission that included the deployment of the Galileo space probe.
1990 - Iraq made an offer to the world that it would sell oil for $21 a barrel. The price level was the same as it had been before the invasion of Kuwait.
1997 - A monument honoring U.S. servicewomen, past and present, was dedicated at Arlington National Cemetery.
2001 - In New York, four defendants were convicted for the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.
2006 - Microsoft released Internet Explorer 7.0.

World News

Thieves steal truck with President's equipment
HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – NBC12 has uncovered one of those stories that makes you think: "How in the world does that happen?!" A truck filled with President Obama's podiums and audio equipment was stolen in Henrico just days before his visit to Chesterfield.

Mass Palestinian celebrations for freed prisoners
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Palestinians, many waving green Hamas flags, are celebrating at a mass rally in Gaza for prisoners freed by Israel in a swap for a captured soldier.

VIDEO: Prisoner swap: Palestinians clash with Israeli troops
Israel is transferring the first 477 prisoners to Palestinian territories now that Sgt. Gilad Schalit is back in Israel safe and sound. The Israeli military and Palestinians waiting to greet released prisoners have clashed on the West Bank.

Markets edgy over EU debt crisis resolution
LONDON (AP) -- Skepticism over Europe's ability to deliver a comprehensive solution to its debt troubles weighed on market sentiment Tuesday, as did a warning from Moody's that it could soon review France's cherished triple-A credit rating for possible downgrade.

Mexico says 61 men held captive were migrants
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican President Felipe Calderon said Monday that 61 men who had been kidnapped by a drug cartel before soldiers rescued them were migrants.

Mexican drug cartels recruiting Texas children
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Texas law enforcement officials say several Mexican drug cartels are luring youngsters as young as 11 to work in their smuggling operations. Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, told Reuters the drug gangs have a chilling name for the young Texans lured into their operations.

Middle East Prisoner Swap Is Under Way
Sky News - Vehicles carrying Palestinian prisoners have started leaving jails in Israel in return for the freedom of a captured Israeli soldier. Israel is releasing around half of a total of 1,027 prisoners - hundreds of them serving life sentences for killing Israelis.

UK Kevorkian Politics: Elderly patients condemned to early death by secret use of do not resuscitate orders
Telegraph UK - A charity for the elderly said the disclosures were evidence of 'euthanasia by the backdoor,' with potentially-lethal notices being placed on the files of patients simply because they were old and frail. The orders – which record an advance decision that a patient's life should not be saved if their heart stops – are routinely being applied without the knowledge of the patient or their relatives. On one ward, one-third of DNR orders were issued without consultation with the patient or their family, according to the NHS's own records. At another hospital, junior doctors freely admitted that the forms were filled out by medical teams without the involvement of patients or relatives.

US Supreme Court to hear Nigeria-Shell rights case
Activist Post - The Supreme Court said Monday it will consider a lawsuit accusing Royal Dutch Shell of human rights abuses, a case that could make US firms liable for torture or genocide committed overseas.

Greece heads for standstill before austerity vote
(Reuters) - A ruling Greek Socialist party deputy quit parliament on Monday to protest against austerity, striking a blow at Prime Minister George Papandreou's efforts to secure approval of a deeply unpopular package of measures later this week.Although the resignation does not change the government's majority, it compounds Papandreou's woes. A 48-hour general strike has been timed to coincide with the vote, seen as essential to secure a loan installment and avert bankruptcy.

IMF resources adequate: Lagarde
IMF chief Christine Lagarde said Monday the fund had adequate resources to deal with the debt crisis affecting the world economy. "I believe that today the IMF has adequate resources," Lagarde told Europe 1 radio after some member nations of the G20 meeting in Paris on Friday and Saturday called for increased resources for the world body.

Mexico soldiers rescue 61 people held by drug gang
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's military says soldiers freed 61 men being held captive by the Zetas drug cartel for use as forced labor. The army says the men were found guarded by three Zetas kidnappers in a safe house in the border city of Piedras Negras on Saturday. Soldiers made the discovery during a security sweep in the area that also turned up an abandoned truck filled with 6 tons of marijuana.

GMO, chemtrail opponent arrested in Serbia
Food Freedom - For daring to expose the truth about genocide of Serbs and humanity by poisons sprayed from the planes, the truth about illegal growth and trade with GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in our country, Nikola Aleksić, the leader of Serbian ecologist is facing dire difficulties, and is requesting donations. While on his way to the press conference in Belgrade, they tried to kill him, and this was not the first attempt to do so.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Ron Paul on CNBC 8:00am; CNN 8:40am; Fox News 4pm; Debate 8pm EDT
October 18, 2011 Congressman Ron Paul will take part in the CNN/Western Republican Presidential Debate in Las Vegas, NV on Tuesday, October 18 at 8 pm Eastern today.

Drones to Monitor U.S. Citizens
According to two recent documents circulated by the U.S. Army, the White House is seeking vendors to help it develop “tagging, tracking and locating” technology as part of a network of unmanned drones that would hover over American cities and towns, videotaping people as they go about their daily tasks.

U.S. Debated Cyberwarfare in Attack Plan on Libya
NY Times - Just before the American-led strikes against Libya in March, the Obama administration intensely debated whether to open the mission with a new kind of warfare: a cyberoffensive to disrupt and even disable the Qaddafi government’s air-defense system, which threatened allied warplanes. While the exact techniques under consideration remain classified, the goal would have been to break through the firewalls of the Libyan government’s computer networks to sever military communications links and prevent the early-warning radars from gathering information and relaying it to missile batteries aiming at NATO warplanes.

YouTube: Ron Paul Plan To Restore America Press Conference
Streamed live on Oct 17, 2011. The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign announced the release of Dr. Paul's "Plan to Restore America," an ambitious federal government spending, tax and reform blueprint that as President he will implement. The plan, authored by Paul's campaign staff at his direction, promises to restore the federal government to its former Constitutionally-limited, smaller-government and less-burdensome place. The plan cuts $1 trillion in federal spending during the first year of a Paul Presidency and delivers a balanced budget in year three of a Paul Presidency.

VIDEO: Thousands of fraud cases just 'tip of iceberg'
World Net Daily - A group that monitors elections in Minnesota and roots out fraudulent votes is warning ballot fraud is on the rise across the nation, and if unchecked, the ultimate consequences would be an electorate that simply doesn't believe the system works and refuses to participate – "a total breakdown in the cohesion of American society."

White House insists Obama's next bus tour isn't political
'The message to the American people and to Congress will be clear," said principal deputy spokesman Josh Earnest. "Pass the bill this week to protect the job of a North Carolina teacher, or come down here, look her in the eye...." Well, you get the idea. Obama's message for the next three days will be to challenge Congress -- particularly Republicans -- to support key elements of his jobs plan or explain why they won't.

Blaze Exclusive: TX High School Students Made to Recite Mexican National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance
Students in a Texas public high school were made to stand up and recite the Mexican national anthem and Mexican pledge of allegiance as part of a Spanish class assignment, but the school district maintains there was nothing wrong with the lesson. It happened last month in an intermediate Spanish class at Achieve Early College High School in McAllen, Texas — a city located about 10 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border.

Are Crooks And Thieves Becoming Bolder Or Are They Just Becoming Stupider? You Make The Call
American Dream - Has anyone else noticed that there seems to be a substantial increase in the number of really unusual crimes around the United States lately? As the economy continues to go downhill, it seems like crooks and thieves are becoming bolder and bolder. Previously, I have written about how thieves are taking off with anything that is not bolted down these days. Well, now they are ripping up entire bridges and pulling entire ATMs out of the ground.

VIDEO: "Blessed are the Peacemakers:” Ron Paul’s Christian Foreign Policy
Ron Paul’s Christian Foreign Policy.

VIDEO: Undeniable Proof of Media Bias Against Ron Paul
Fox Exposed: Back to back footage of how different candidates are covered differently when they win straw polls. Very well done.


VIDEO: Dems craft another 'stimulus' package
Daily Caller - Despite the failure of President Obama’s jobs bill in the Senate last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday that Senate Democrats will continue to “pursue” $30 billion in education stimulus spending included in the bill, along with $5 billion to “retain” police, firefighters and first responders.

Four US banks hold a staggering 95.9% of U.S. derivatives: The $600 Trillion Time Bomb That's Set to Explode
Global Research -- Do you want to know the real reason banks aren't lending and the PIIGS have control of the barnyard in Europe? It's because risk in the $600 trillion derivatives market isn't evening out. To the contrary, it's growing increasingly concentrated among a select few banks, especially here in the United States.

Who is the 'one percent' rich in USA?
poorrichards blog - Fortune 500 has issued a list of S&P 500 companies along with their 2010 financial details. Along with American billionaires and millionaires, the 500 companies are believed to form a main part of the “One Percent” rich in America. Recent anti-Wall Street protesters blame the One Percent for their desperate economic situation.

Business Insider - Here's What You Need To Know.

US Hunger Rate Triple That in China
Global Research -- American workers are now three times more likely than Chinese workers to lack the means of feeding their families, according to a startling new report from the Gallup organization. The polling group found that 19 percent of Americans worried about being able to feed themselves or their families, compared to only 6 percent of Chinese.

Dismiss all charges or we will clog up courts, lawyers for Occupy Wall Street protesters say
New York Daily News - Lawyers representing about 800 Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested in the past month demand that prosecutors drop the charges. If not, they say they won't deal and will insist on going to trial - putting pressure on the already overloaded Manhattan criminal courts. "The leverage is, we take them all to trial."

VIDEO: NYPD charges Times Square protesters with police horses
Raw Story - Ryan Devereaux, a reporter with Democracy Now! who accompanied the march, described the police deployment of barricades and kettling nets and the subsequent escalation of tensions in a series of tweets. At 6:21 pm, he tweeted, apparently with reference to a police officer, “He then says, ‘It’s gonna get ugly,’ as he announces they will now be pushing the line back.” A minute later, he added, “They’re using the horses to push us back. People scream, ‘You’re gonna kill somebody!’ ‘There’s no room!’ They’re right!” And shortly after that, “A horse just went down. Crowd is going wild. NYPD says anyone near barricade is going to jail. This is is inexcusable.”

Glenn Beck Says Occupy Wall Street is a Communist Plot to Collapse U.S. Economy
International Business Times - Former Fox News talk-show host Glenn Beck said the Occupy Wall Street protests that have grown in the past four weeks are part and parcel of a communist plan to collapse the U.S. economy. Beck also said the Occupy demonstrations occurring in numerous cities around the world represent a coordinated effort by communists to collapse the capitalist economic system, not reform it.

YouTube: Awesome Marine Takes On 30 Cops In Wallstreet Faceoff 2011
Now, this is awesome: "How do you sleep at night... "United States Marine Corps. Sgt. Shamar Thomas from Roosevelt, NY went toe to toe with the NYPD. An activist in the Occupy Wall Street movement, Thomas voiced his opinions of the NY police brutality that had and has been plaguing the #OWS movement. Thomas is a 24-year-old Marine Vet (2 tours in Iraq); he currently plays amateur football and is in college. He comes from a long line of people who sacrifice for their country: Mother, Army Veteran (Iraq), Stepfather, Army, active duty (Afghanistan), Grandfather, Air Force veteran (Vietnam), Great Grandfather Navy veteran (World War II).

Meet Thomas Ryan - The Guy Who Snitched On Occupy Wall Street To The FBI And NYPD - The Occupy Wall Street protests have been going on for a month. And it seems the FBI and NYPD have had help tracking protesters' moves thanks to a conservative computer security expert who gained access to one of the group's internal mailing lists, and then handed over information on the group's plans to authorities and corporations targeted by protesters.

Barry Ritholtz: Wall Street Protesters Must Occupy Congress, State Attorneys General Offices
Daily Bail - Whatever changes come, they will only be temporary if the current system of spoils is allowed to continue. The Supreme Court has ruled repeatedly on campaign finance reform, finding against voters and in favor of corporate interests. The only way to take the government back is a Constitutional Amendment.

VIDEO: Is Occupy Wall Street about freedom or more tyranny? Health Ranger talks with Bryce Shonka from Tenth Amendment Center
(NaturalNews) Clarifying the intentions and goals of the many Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protests that are now taking place across the country can be somewhat difficult, as individuals from varying persuasions and walks of life continue to join up with the movement.

Lowe's laying off 1,950, closing 20 stores
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Lowe's Cos. /quotes/zigman/232508/quotes/nls/low LOW +1.36% said Monday it will lay off 1,950 employees as part of a plan to close 20 "underperforming" stores. The changes will impact the retailer's earnings by 17 cents to 20 cents a share.

GE's Immelt: Restoring confidence key to recovery
Reuters Oct 17, 2011 10:19 am EDT- Confidence will be key to sparking higher growth in the U.S. economy and easing tensions about the financial system that have sparked a global wave of protest, said General Electric Co Chief Executive Jeff Immelt. Immelt has repeatedly said that GE, which employs some 287,000 people worldwide, expects to hire about 15,000 people this year. Less that half GE's employees work in the United States, a fact that Immelt is unapologetic about, saying that it reflects that the company expects to generate 60 percent of its forecast $148.13 billion in 2012 revenue outside its home country.

VIDEO: Woman's dog being held for ransom
WOODLAND, Wash. – A Washington woman said thieves stole her dog and are threatening to kill him if they don’t get the drugs and money they want. Jennifer Thomas told KATU News she saw a man and a woman in her driveway just before she noticed her English bulldog, “Jaggar”, was missing. That was ten days ago. Since then, Thomas says she’s received disturbing text messages from people claiming to have her dog.

Housing Market

New fears over mortgage delinquencies
Financial Times - Fears about the health of US consumer balance sheets grew on Monday as Citigroup and Wells Fargo joined JPMorgan Chase in reporting new signs that homeowners and credit-card borrowers are falling behind on their payments. The banks’ third-quarter results were hit by expected declines in investment banking, reflecting turbulence in global markets. But the reports also revealed weakness in the consumer side of their businesses – with mortgage delinquency numbers suggesting that record low mortgage rates and government loan modification programmes are failing to help a large swathe of homeowners.

Citi CEO cites mortgage threat to banks
Housing Wire - Citigroup: Chief Executive Vikram Pandit says the housing market and uncertainties plaguing residential mortgage portfolios remain the biggest threat to U.S. banks and the overall economy.

Energy & Environment

Global Warming Update: Britain Faces Mini-Ice Age, Ice Cap Having Major Growth Spurt
The Lid - Poor Al Gore, just when he was trying to become more relevant with a 24 hour global warming filibuster on his Current TV, more bad news about global warming is released. Great Britain, which just went through two record cold winters is in store for some more. Scientists are predicting that Britain may be facing a mini-ice age that may last for decades.

Why The Lake Mead Earthquakes Should Give You Nightmares
I wrote a teaser article about the US Geological Service deleting earthquake data from the Lake Mead area since before March of 2011. The response has been so overwhelming I felt it was time to fill in the blanks and provide even more information.

New Subsea Volcanic Eruption Occurs Near El Hierro (The Canary Islands)
Irish Weather Online - Local Government officials say the decision to close the port and evacuate La Restinga’s estimated 670 residents is a precautionary measure in the event that the ongoing eruption should proceed to shallower levels, at which stage there is a heightened risk of explosive eruptions occurring close to or on the island.

Scientists Believe El Hierro Volcano Has More Magma Than Teneguía
Stan Deyo News - The eruption on La Palma in 1971 blasted 40 million cubic meters of magmatic material to the outside and lasted 24 days. The El Hierro could take up to a month and a 55.5 million cubic meters.

Fukushima disaster can happen here
Miami Herald - South Florida residents should take little comfort in assurances that a Fukushima-type catastrophe could not happen here. Similar claims were made after the Three Mile Island accident in 1979 and the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.... Perhaps, the most damaging criticism comes from Dr. John Ma, the lead structural reviewer evaluating the outer concrete shield for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Dr. Ma submitted a “nonconcurrence statement of dissent” stating that the outer shield could shatter like a “glass cup” in an earthquake or commercial aircraft crash.

Japan cities face growing radioactive ash, troubles ahead
(Reuters) - In the Japanese city of Ohtawara, more than 100 km (62 miles) southwest of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, 400 tones of radioactive ash have piled up at a garbage incineration plant, which will run out of protected storage space in two weeks.


Warn Your Friends and Family: This New Vaccine is Dangerous
Intel Hub - “Fluzone High-Dose” is a new influenza vaccine manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur. The new vaccine was created specifically for seniors, 65 and older. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are quick to reassure seniors that Fluzone is just as safe as regular seasonal flu vaccines. If you read the details on the CDC website, however, you will quickly realize that Fluzone may not be as safe as claimed. Fluzone appears to cause a lot more side effects, including fevers.

PART 2: Vitamins are deadly? Media hoax exposed
(NaturalNews) Yesterday, we published a groundbreaking article exposing the total media hoax that has been running in the mainstream media over the past week or so. The hoax involved a fraudulent study using altered data which claimed to show that "vitamins are deadly!"

Pesticides Are Good for You Big Food's Co-optation of Nutrition Professionals
Food Safety News - The exhibit hall seemed more like a processed food trade show than a nutrition conference. I saw very few booths with actual information, apart from that being peddled by the likes of Nestle, Kraft, and McDonald's, along with (of course), ubiquitous product samples, tastings, and myriad swag. (Oddly, Monsanto's booth featured its branded, soy-based lip balm.) But the worst cooptation came during the "educational sessions," which should have been off limits to marketing. Numerous panels were hosted by industry players, including, "Dairy Innovations," brought to you by (surprise!) the National Dairy Council, which also hosted a media-only session, as did others.

‘No Food Rights’ Judge quits to work for Monsanto law firm
Food Freedom - As courts and bureaucrats continue to assert that citizens have no fundamental right to produce and consume the foods of their choice, we find Monsanto lurking nearby. The Wisconsin judge who recently ruled that we have no right to own a cow or drink its milk resigned to join one of Monsanto’s law firms.

Flu shots often result in delayed side effects and long-term injury
(NaturalNews) You may have seen recent articles on how different retail outlets and pharmacies are pushing in-house flu shots. Maybe you've experienced the push yourself. Lately, even more reasons have been discovered for avoiding flu shots. Getting a flu shot is fraught with health risks.

Protect our children - Teach them how to avoid the onslaught of STD vaccinations
On October 9, 2011, a new California law, AB 499, upgraded children to adult status. This law allows minors to consent to STD vaccinations without their parent's knowledge....The first step is to have your child write a waiver exempting him or her from all STD vaccinations and place it in his/her school file. As young as twelve, children have the authority to grant permission or to decline STD vaccinations. In the waiver, or letter, the child should make it clear that he or she is not to be pulled out of any classes for STD vaccination lectures or the administration of STD vaccinations.

Invasive Breast Cancer Up to 144 Times Greater in Women Who Take Hormone Replacement Therapy
Gaia Health - Breast cancer is one of women’s greatest fears, and invasive breast cancer is its deadliest form. A new, very large study documents an enormous increase in breast cancer in women given hormone replacement therapy. Women taking combination estrogen and progesterone therapies should be especially concerned.

Resveratrol lowers breast cancer risk by blocking estrogen growth factor
(NaturalNews) Researchers from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Calabria in Italy publishing in The FASEB Journal report that resveratrol blocks the effect of estrogen and can help to prevent the malignant growth of breast cancer in women.

Broccoli sprouts - Up to fifty times more cancer fighting benefits than broccoli alone
(NaturalNews) Most of us know something about the health and cancer fighting benefits of broccoli. Sprouting increases the digestion and health benefits of whatever is sprouted. Find out about the health benefits of sprouted broccoli and how to avoid the expense and problems from controversial commercially grown sprouts by spouting your own.

Healing-From-Home-Remedies - Toothache Home remedies that work using herbs and spices!

Healing-From-Home-Remedies - I was so impressed with a couple of these natural insect bite remedies that this was the first page I wrote in the first aid catagory! Probably because it's the middle of summer in Minnesota as I write this and I just happen to be highly allergic to most insect bites. I hope these work as well for you as they do for me. Many of these remedies are also effective for cases of itchy skin or rashes. Use these folk cures for bee stings, chigger bites, spider bites, flea bites, horse fly bites and even bed bug bites! Did I mention these are some of the very best mosquito bites remedies?

Cashless payment bracelet allows access to medical records, personal information
(NaturalNews) If the US government suspects you might be a "terrorist," it already has the ability to access and monitor, in real time, your credit and debit card transactions as they occur, as well as listen in on your landline and mobile phone calls. But if you tie your personal medical records and other information directly to your credit card use through VITAband, imagine just how much more exposed your personal information will be.

Science & Technology

Cell Phone Guide for Occupy Wall Street Protesters (and Everyone Else)
Electronic Frontier - Protesters of all political persuasions are increasingly documenting their protests -- and encounters with the police -- using electronic devices like cameras and cell phones. The following tips apply to protesters in the United States who are concerned about protecting their electronic devices when questioned, detained, or arrested by police. These are general guidelines; individuals with specific concerns should talk to an attorney.

AFA Cadets Designing Stealth Target Drone
Defense Tech - Air Force Academy cadets are designing what could end up being the service’s next stealthy jet. Yup, you read that correctly. Cadets are working on a twin engine, stealthy target drone meant to serve as live-fire targets for F-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter pilots.... The 40-foot long plane would have stealthy angles designed to scatter radar beams but would use old GE J85 turbojet engines taken from retired T-38 Talon trainer jets as a way to keep costs down to about $3.5 million a pop, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

EPA tries to put to rest 'myth' of farm dust rules
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The EPA is trying to put to rest what it calls a "myth" that it is going to crack down on farm dust. In letters to two senators last week, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said the agency won't expand its current air quality standards to include dust created by agriculture. The agency released the letters Monday. Republicans and some farm-state Democrats have used the issue on the campaign trail, arguing that the EPA is set to penalize farmers for everyday activities.


Thank-You Cards From China - Mystery for WWII Vets
A mysterious postcard arrives in a WWII vets mailbox which stated "It takes a strong man to save himself, a great man to save another. Thank you for 1944. From China." He had no idea what would have prompted such a note more than 60 years later. Continue reading...


Remote Control Round Up!

Today In History - Monday - October 17, 2011
1777 - American troops defeated British forces in Saratoga, NY. It was the turning point in the American Revolutionary War.
1888 - The first issue of "National Geographic Magazine" was released at newsstands.
1917 - The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) was formed.
1931 - Al Capone was convicted on income tax evasion and was sentenced to 11 years in prison. He was released in 1939.
1933 - "News-Week" appeared for the first time at newsstands. The name was later changed to "Newsweek."
1933 - Dr. Albert Einstein moved to Princeton, NJ, after leaving Germany.
1945 - Colonel Juan Peron became the dictator of Argentina after staging a coup in Buenos Aires.
1973 - The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) began an oil-embargo against several countries including the U.S. and Great Britain. The incident stemmed from Western support of Israel when Egypt and Syria attacked the nation on October 6, 1973. The embargo lasted until March of 1974.
1978 - U.S. President Carter signed a bill that restored full U.S. citizenship rights to Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
1979 - Mother Teresa of India was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1987 - U.S. First Lady Nancy Reagan underwent a modified radical mastectomy at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.
1989 - An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter Scale hit the San Francisco Bay area in California.
1994 - Israel and Jordan initialed a draft peace treaty.
1994 - The Angolan government and rebels agreed to a peace treaty that ended their 19 years of civil war.
2001 - Israel's tourism minister was killed. A radical Palestinian faction claimed that it had carried out the assassination to avenge the killing of its leader by Israel 2 months earlier.
2001 - Pakistan placed its armed forces on high alert because of troop movements by India in the disputed territory of Kashmir. India said that the movements were part of a normal troop rotation.
2001 - The U.S. Capitol building was closed because of an outside threat. The Capitol building and all House office buildings were closed for inspection following the discovery of anthrax in a Senate office building.
2001 - Italian priest Giuseppe "Beppe" Pierantoni was kidnapped by the terrorist group the "Pentagon." He was released on April 8, 2002.
2003 - In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration approved a drug, known as memantine, to help people with Alzheimer's symptoms.
2003 - In Taipei, Taiwan, construction crews finished 1,676-foot-tall-building called Taipei 101. The building was planned to open for business in 2004.
2003 - In northwest England, the Carnforth railway station reopened as a heritage center.

World News

Afghan lawmakers OK Kabul Bank IMF bailout
The lower house passed a bill to provide up to $825 million over the next eight years to recapitalize Afghanistan's central bank — a move that smooths the way for the International Monetary Fund to extend Afghanistan a new line of credit. Afghanistan has been without IMF backing for more than a year, threatening to choke off billions in aid to the country.

To Isolate Iran, U.S. Presses Inspectors on Nuclear Data
New York Times - President Obama is pressing United Nations nuclear inspectors to release classified intelligence information showing that Iran is designing and experimenting with nuclear weapons technology. The president’s push is part of a larger American effort to further isolate and increase pressure on Iran after accusing it of a plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States.

Iran demands access to accused U.S. plotter
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran demanded consular access on Sunday to a man held in the United States over a suspected plot to kill the Saudi ambassador and vowed to respond robustly to any "inappropriate measure" by the West. Manssor Arbabsiar, who holds U.S. and Iranian citizenship, was arrested in September over the plot which Tehran called a fabricated "comedy show" but which U.S. lawmakers said was "very real" and showed the need for tougher sanctions on Iran.

VIDEO: 'Israelis, Saudis' behind Iran terror plot - Press TV News
Freedom Watch October 15, 2011.

U.S. abandons plans to keep troops in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. is abandoning plans to keep U.S. troops in Iraq past a year-end withdrawal deadline, The Associated Press has learned. The decision to pull out fully by January will effectively end more than eight years of U.S. involvement in the Iraq war, despite ongoing concerns about its security forces and the potential for instability.

Rome protest against corporate greed turns violent
Police were out in force as some 100,000 protesters were expected a day after Premier Silvio Berlusconi survived a confidence vote in Parliament. Italy is rapidly becoming a focus of concern in Europe's debt crisis. Protesters nicknamed "the indignant" also marched in other European cities.

Photos: Even the SWISS are protesting!
The whole world is watching and participating.

'US' air strikes take out top Yemen Qaeda leaders
Yahoo News - Suspected US air strikes took out a raft of top Al-Qaeda leaders in Yemen barely two weeks after a drone killed US-born jihadist cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi, provincial and tribal sources said on Saturday. The nine killed in Friday evening's triple raid included a son and cousin of Awlaqi, as well as three other members of his tribe and the media chief of Al-Qaeda's feared Yemen arm, the sources told AFP.

New Fighting Breaks Out In Heart Of Libyan Capital
BlackListed News - A gunbattle erupted Friday between hundreds of revolutionary forces and Moammar Gadhafi supporters in the capital for the first time in more than two months after loyalists tried to raise the green flag that symbolizes the ousted leader's regime.

U.N. rights chief urges 'immediate' international steps to protect Syrians
(CNN) -- The top U.N. human rights official deplored the "devastatingly remorseless toll of human lives" in Syria and exhorted the world community on Friday "to take immediate measures" to protect citizens. More than 3,000 people, including 187 children, have been killed in the Syrian unrest, according to the U.N. -- a toll expected to rise as Syrians take to the streets again Friday.

VIDEO: Press TV taken off air in UK – war for freedom of speech now on
BlackListed News - In case you are not yet aware, OfCom, Britain’s Office of Communications, decided to take Press TV off air in the UK this week. The significance of this move by the state regulator should not be underestimated. The battle for free speech is definitely on.

RAW VIDEO - Italian Students Rampage Goldman Sachs, Unicredit And Fininvest Headquarters (Berlusconi's Bank)
Daily Bail - A demonstration of affection for those who do God's work in Europe. This is a phenomenal clip. Protesters in Europe know how to party and wreak havoc. The kids in New York should pay attention and learn a thing or two from their amici Italiani. Take the protests directly to the guilty banks.

VIDEO: Whoever you are you made my day! IMF official ducks eggs during student protest in Turkey
BlackListed News - The International Monetary Fund's senior representative to Turkey is pelted with eggs during a university lecture. Mark Lewis was delivering a keynote speech to economics students at Uludağ University in the north west of Turkey when he was suddenly interrupted by a demonstration. One student shouted "IMF get out" as another hurled an egg, which Mr Lewis just managed to avoid.

Is the New World Order unraveling?
With Greece on the precipice of default and Portugal and Italy approaching the ledge, the European monetary union appears in peril. Should it collapse, the European Union itself could be in danger, for economic nationalism is rising in Europe. Which raises a larger question. Is the New World Order, the great 20th century project of Western transnational elites, unraveling?

PHOTOS: Flooding submerges most of Thailand
msnbc - Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra tried to reassure residents of Bangkok on Friday that the capital should largely escape the flooding that has covered a third of the country since July and caused damage of at least $3 billion.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

U.S. deaths in drone strike due to miscommunication, report says
LA Times - A Marine and a Navy medic killed by a U.S. drone airstrike were targeted when Marine commanders in Afghanistan mistook them for Taliban fighters, even though analysts watching the Predator's video feed were uncertain whether the men were part of an enemy force. Those are the findings of a Pentagon investigation of the first known case of friendly fire deaths involving an unmanned aircraft, the April 6 attack that killed Marine Staff Sgt. Jeremy Smith, 26, and Navy Hospitalman Benjamin D. Rast, 23.

US worries over China's underground nuclear network
Breitbart - A leading US lawmaker who fears budget cuts could delay modernizing the US nuclear arsenal voiced concern Friday about an extensive tunnel complex designed to house Chinese nuclear missiles. "This network of tunnels could be in excess of 5,000 kilometers (3,110 miles), and is used to transport nuclear weapons and forces," said Michael Turner, who chairs a House Armed Services Committee panel focusing on strategic weapons and other security programs.

Obama and the Iran “Terror Plot Thriller”
Veterans Today - For Barack Obama to take a prominent role in announcing the case may prove to be a serious political and diplomatic mistake. Even the senior law enforcement official involved in the investigation admitted that “the alleged plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the US did not fit with what was known about the methods and practices of the supposed perpetrators, the Al Qods force of the Revolutionary Guards.”

Pelosi Left Out of Leaders Meeting on Super Committee
Roll Call - A House Democratic leadership aide said Pelosi’s office had no advance knowledge of the super committee leadership meeting, and it was not clear why she was not included.... If Pelosi is being shut out of Congressional leadership meetings, it would not be the first time. In April’s negotiations to pass a continuing resolution and avert a government shutdown, Pelosi was not in the mix with Reid, Boehner and President Barack Obama, who ended up negotiating the deal.

U.S. military purchases Gulf of Mexico seafood, boosting an industry battered by oil spill
Washington Post - Sales of Gulf of Mexico seafood are getting a boost from the military after being hammered by last year's BP oil spill, which left consumers fearing that the water's bounty had been tainted. Ten products, including fish, shrimp, oysters, crab cakes, and packaged Cajun dishes such as jambalaya and shrimp etouffee are being promoted at 72 base commissaries along the East Coast, said Milt Ackerman, president of Military Solutions Inc., which is supplying seafood to the businesses.

NYPD planted drugs on the innocent
Russia Today - Stephan Anderson, a former New York police detective, has testified saying planting drugs on innocent citizens was a common occurrence for NYPD officers to meet their quota for arrests. The former detective admitted to having planted cocaine on innocent victims to help fellow officer Henry Tavarez reach his arrests target. The testimony stems from an incident that happened back in 2008 where Tavarez and Anderson were involved in operation “buy and bust,” a task force that investigated suspected drug dealing at Club Delicioso in Queens, New York.

Louisiana prohibits residents from using cash when buying, selling secondhand goods
(NaturalNews) If you buy or sell secondhand goods and live in the state of Louisiana, you can no longer use legal tender to complete such transactions. Ackel & Associates LLC (A&A), a professional law firm, explains that House Bill 195 of the 2011 Regular Session (Act 389), which was recently passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Bobby Jindal, prohibits anyone who "buys, sells, trades or otherwise acquires or disposes of junk or used or secondhand property [from entering] into any cash transactions in payment for the purchase of [such items]."

School Bans Halloween
BostonHerald - School frowns on Halloween, Columbus Day – and maybe Thanksgiving. A Somerville principal has opened fire on cherished American holidays, blasting legendary explorer Christopher Columbus for “atrocities” and saying “we need to be careful” about celebrating Thanksgiving in a scathing email to teachers — who are already under orders not to let the kids dress up for Halloween.

Obama sends 100 US troops to Uganda to help fight rebels
Activist Post - WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama said Friday he is sending 100 "combat-equipped" troops to Uganda to help and advise forces battling Lord's Resistance Army rebels accused of grievous human rights abuses. The US troops, subject to the approval of national authorities, could also deploy from Uganda into South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of the Congo, Obama said in a message to Congress.

US team seeking missing missiles in Libya
Activist Post - BRUSSELS (AFP) - The United States has a team of contractors on the ground in Libya to help the authorities find missing surface-to-air missiles that could threaten civil aviation, a US official said Friday. Andrew Shapiro, assistant secretary of state for political and military affairs, said 14 contractors were on the ground helping the authorities and 50 more were on the way because "we are concerned about the threat that's posed."

Pentagon error suspends anti-narcotics programs worldwide
Washington Examiner - Pentagon counternarcotics and counterterrorism operations around the world were abruptly suspended this month when the Defense Department officials overseeing the programs failed to ensure they were funded by congressional authorizations, according to documents obtained by The Washington Examiner. The lapse has caused serious national security and diplomatic problems for the U.S. military, according to Defense Department officials.

VIDEO: New Ron Paul Ad "LIFE"
Ron Paul 2012 - "Every generation deserves to live free." - Ron Paul

Scientific Study Confirms Ron Paul Being Given LEAST Face Time In Debates
Prison Planet - Despite being consistently ranked in the top three in GOP presidential candidate preference polls, Ron Paul has been given the least time to speak OUT OF ALL THE CANDIDATES at the debates that have taken place thus far. Confirmation of this fact comes in the form of a study from the University of Minnesota, published to the Smart Politics blog. The study has tallied the total face time that candidates were afforded during the last three debates. The results speak for themselves.

VIDEO: Revolution PAC "Plastic Men" Ad To Air Before Next Debate on CNN!
Daily Paul - Press Release: Revolution PAC has secured three 60-second national prime time spots to air its acclaimed ad "Plastic Men" in conjunction with next week's CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate. Featured by USA Today and The Wall Street Journal when it launched in mid-September and logging more than 100,000 YouTube views since that time, the video sharply differentiates limited government champion and fiscal hawk Congressman Ron Paul from his establishment-driven GOP rivals. The CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate will be broadcast live from Las Vegas at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on October 18.

House Bill Would Criminalize Satire of TSA
Kurt Nimmo - On September 22, 2011, H.R. 3011 was introduced in the House. It is entitled the “Transportation Security Administration Authorization Act of 2011” and it contains some curious language. The language [in the bill] states that it would be illegal to “convey the impression” that you are representing the TSA, but this interpretation would likely be left to federal prosecutors. In the past, satire was protected under the First Amendment, but it may soon be illegal to poke fun at the TSA or use its logo or even utter its name.


PHOTOS: Occupy Wall Street protests
Yahoo News - 51 photos. As “Occupy Wall Street” spreads around the world – now in more than 185 locales, and counting – everyone from politicians to media pundits is scrambling to identify the protest movement’s leadership.

VIDEO: The Jobs Czar: General Electric's Jeffrey Immelt
CBS News 60 minutes - Can General Electric Chairman Jeffrey Immelt, whose company has been racking up big profits overseas, help create jobs in America? Lesley Stahl interviews the man President Obama chose to lead the crucial quest for more American jobs. Read the story here.

Obama: King 'stirred our conscience'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama urged Americans Sunday to draw energy and lessons of peace and patience from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the slain Baptist minister honored among presidents with a memorial on the National Mall.

Halliburton boosts 3Q profits by 26 pct
NEW YORK (AP) -- Halliburton says profits rose 25.6 percent in the third quarter as North American drilling projects continue to boost revenue.

Ron Paul's plan being announced Monday. Cutting $1 trillion. Cutting his pay to $39,000
CBN News - Ron Paul is coming out with his detailed plan on Monday. Will be specific on what he will cut. Ron Paul’s detailed agenda for America will be disclosed next week and a senior official with his campaign tells The Brody File that it includes eliminating five governmental departments, cutting one trillion dollars in spending and Dr. Paul would take a presidential salary of just $39, 336, which is the median salary of the American worker (The President’s base salary is normally $400,000).

Obama Is Tip Of Wall Street Iceberg
Veterans Today - President Obama is in deep re-election trouble, for not only do the majority of Americans not trust the global elite and Wall Street but that mistrust also extends to Obama ~ whose re-election campaign pockets are lined with ongoing donations from his corporate base. In essence, American taxpayers are being ripped off by Wall Street and Obama is being paid off to look the other way. It was Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn who wrote ~ “You can have power over people as long as you don’t take everything away from them. But when you’ve robbed a man of everything, he’s no longer in your power.” Related Video here.

VIDEO: Big Banks Refuse to Let People Close Accounts
Washington Blog - I’ve long supported the campaign to “Move Your Money” from the giant, insolvent banks who take billions in bailouts and use the money to speculate and to corrupt the system to smaller banks. See this and this. The Occupy Wall Street protesters have announced that November 5th is “Bank Transfer Day”, a targeted day to “Move Your Money”. The big banks are trying to preempt the efforts of their customers to move their money to smaller banks. This week, protesters were arrested when they tried to close their Citibank accounts.

Cartoon from 1912, one year before the creation of the Federal Reserve… amazing
The Octopus - "Aldrich Plan".

Alert: Federal Reserve Tries to Censor Infowars Video
Now the Fed wants to take down the video where we prove the Federal Reserve is a private bank impersonating a Federal agency. The Fed is the fraud that gives the globalist their power.” Alex Jones.... We have received a privacy claim by agents of the FED. They are threatening to remove the video and take down the channel within 36 hours if we don’t bow down to their demands.

OWS freeze frame: ‘The US could end up like Egypt or Libya’
Russia Today - As the protest movement spills out from the US and takes over the world, one award-winning director cuts the long story down to a short film, highlighting the double standards of US leaders. “I’m Not Moving” is a brilliant title for this seven-minute edit of speeches by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – and protests across the US and in countries like Egypt and Libya. The short film shows both the unmoving position of US authorities when it comes to domestic matters, and the hypocrisy people in the US and all over the world are trying to fight. Director Corey Ogilvie says his main goal was to showcase one constant between these seemingly different events.

VIDEO: Record-breaking OWS demo hits NYC
Russia Today - Up to 90 arrests have been made in New York as police tried to contain the largest Occupy Wall Street demonstration in the US. Thousands of demonstrators crowded into Times Square on Saturday during the ongoing city camp-out against big banks.... The police officers appeared very strained. Police helicopters were also at the scene, hovering above the crowd. The NYPD was overwhelmed by the unprecedented number of people out on the streets of New York. The protestors however were not provoking the police in any way. Crowds of protesters, including entire families, chanted “shame” at law enforcement officers, who repeatedly told protesters, “if you leave now, you won’t get hurt.” The protesters, for their part, appeared determined to continue.

VIDEO: Mass arrests at ‘Occupy’ protest in Chicago
Russia Today - An estimated 175 people were arrested by police in Chicago early on Sunday, a day that saw protests spread out from the US to Australia, Asia and Europe. In Chicago, roughly one-tenth of the 2,000 protesters were arrested after refusing to leave Grant Park after it closed for the day. The park famously served as the site for anti-Vietnam War protests during the 1968 Democratic convention.

Daily Mail October 14, 2011 - Violence erupted on Wall Street this morning with hundreds of protesters clashing with police as they marched in Manhattan - jumping over barriers, pushing over police scooters and blocking traffic.

VIDEO: OWS TV breaking mainstream silence
Russia Today - United States, New York : Members of Occupy Wall Street are arrested as they clash with police during a celebration march after learning that they can stay on Zuccotti Park in New York, October 14, 2011.

Rand Paul and other Senators Unveil Jobs Through Growth Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Rand Paul today unveiled a Republican jobs plan with Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Rob Portman (Ohio) and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.). The Republican jobs plan takes a different approach, trying to remove the government-imposed obstacles to job creation this Administration has imposed. Click HERE for an in-depth outline of the Jobs Through Growth Act.

Using “Junk” Silver In Your Survival Strategy
Off the Grid - Silver and gold are well-known choices for building up a safety net in times of economic crisis. However, one concern that many people have is the usefulness of gold coins or silver bars with high values. After all, you’re not really going to want to use an ounce of gold to pay for a few loaves of bread. You want something smaller and easier to use as a unit of trade, like junk silver.

Political Payback at the Expense of American Jobs
Off the Grid - As unemployment continues to be problematic and the nation’s GDP falls, Washington has proven once again to be no friend of American enterprise. Two successful American manufacturers continue to be targets, not of international interests, but of the Justice Department of the United States.

Clashes as Occupy protesters march on Wall Street
msnbc October 14, 2011 - Clashes broke out between bottle-throwing demonstrators and police on horses and scooters as Occupy Wall Street protesters marched on the Stock Exchange on Friday, NBC News reported. Police told NBC News that 14 people were arrested amid what was initially described as a celebratory march by a crowd that WNBC put at about 500 people. At least one person was injured.

VIDEO: Despite pressure, anti-Wall Street movement stands ground
USA Today - DENVER – Dozens of police in riot gear began herding Wall Street protesters out of a tent camp outside the state Capitol on Friday as demonstrators around the country fought to keep their movement alive.

Move On Tries to Take Over Occupy Wall Street Protests
Washington's Blog - Top MoveOn leaders / executives are all over national television speaking for the movement. fully appreciate the help and support of MoveOn, but the MSM is clearly using them as the spokespeople for OWS. This is an blatant attempt to fracture the 99% into a Democratic Party organization. The leadership of MoveON are Democratic Party operatives. they are divide and conquer pawns. For years they ignored Wall Street protests to keep complete focus on the Republicans, in favor of Goldman’s Obama and Wall Street’s Democratic leadership.

VIDEO: Donny Deutsch: Occupy Wall Street Needs A "Kent State" Moment
Real Clear Politics - Donny Deutsch discusses the Occupy Wall Street movement on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

Vaccine industry receives government financial bailouts via Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
(NaturalNews) Ever wonder why vaccine related injuries reported by parents get so little mass media attention? It's easy to understand when you realize that although a federally decreed reporting system does exist for vaccine injuries, the agency itself simply stores them in a data base that doesn't influence most medical professionals, vaccine manufacturers, and mainstream media.

Housing Market

Ohio county sues MERS over mortgage recording fees
Housing Wire - Geauga County in Ohio filed suit against Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Thursday, claiming the electronic mortgage registry bypassed the recording of mortgage assignments in local registry offices, thereby depriving numerous Ohio counties on revenue from filing fees.

Fed adds another $5.2 billion in MBS from Operation Twist
Housing Wire - The Federal Reserve Bank of New York purchased another $5.2 billion in mortgage-backed securities guaranteed by the government as part of its latest effort to keep borrowing costs low.

Energy & Environment

White House refuses to turn over ALL SOLYNDRA documents
Washington (CNN) - Congress isn't getting a glimpse of what's on President Barack Obama's Blackberry - or any more internal White House communications related to the bankrupt solar company Solyndra, which received a $535 million loan guarantee from the federal government. House Republicans investigating the loan controversy had requested all internal White House documents about the issue. House Energy and Commerce subcommittee chair Rep. Cliff Stearns said that includes emails on the President's Blackberry.

Mexico's newest export to US may be water
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Mexico ships televisions, cars, sugar and medical equipment to the United States. Soon, it may be sending water north. Western states are looking south of the border for water to fill drinking glasses, flush toilets and sprinkle lawns, as four major U.S. water districts help plan one of two huge desalination plant proposals in Playas de Rosarito, about 15 miles south of San Diego. Combined, they would produce 150 million gallons a day, enough to supply more than 300,000 homes on both sides of the border.

Plants absorb carbon dioxide 25 percent faster than previously thought, say scientists
(NaturalNews) The so-called climate change "experts" that still cling to the mythical theory of man-made global warming are having an increasingly difficult time defending this flailing position. New findings published in the journal Nature reveal that plants, which absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) and release oxygen, actually absorb CO2 about 25 faster than previous estimates assumed they did.

Study: Md. trash-burning power plants pollute more than coal
Examiner - Maryland's two major trash-burning power plants produce more pollution than the state's four largest coal-fired plants, according to a new study. Maryland's trash-burning plants -- which the state considers sources of renewable energy -- generated up to five times the amount of mercury and up to 18 times the amount of lead than its coal-fired plants between 2007 and 2009, according to the study by the Environmental Integrity Project, an anti-pollution nonprofit.

New Brominated Chemicals Detected In Gull Eggs
Although designed to be more environmentally friendly, new polybrominated flame retardants may accumulate in living tissues just like older ones, according to a study in Environmental Science & Technology (DOI: 10.1021/es201325g). Researchers have detected chemical signatures consistent with these products in herring gull eggs collected around the Great Lakes.


FDA Trilateral Cooperation Charter - the end of health freedom as we know it
(NaturalNews) As horrific as the recent US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) guidelines are for health freedom (, they are not necessarily the worst threat currently on the regulatory horizon. Far off the radar of most in the natural health community is the quietly-developing North American Trilateral Cooperation Charter (TCC), which threatens to merge the dietary supplement regulation guidelines of the US, Mexico, and Canada into a single, highly-restrictive regulatory paradigm.

Grocery stores give food discounts to customers who agree to receive flu shot vaccines
(NaturalNews) Walgreens, CVS and other pharmacies all over have been "harassing customers" with their vaccine push. But that's just the beginning. Other food retail companies with pharmacies such as Randalls, Safeway, Winn Dixie, and the huge retail food chain Kroger have been offering customers incentives and rewards for agreeing to receive flu shots.

Media hoax exposed: Recent attack on vitamins a fabricated scare campaign
(NaturalNews) TIME, USA Today, MSNBC, NPR, CTV, the LA Times and numerous other mainstream media outlets have all been running a juvenile hoax over the last week. Through various misleading headlines, they're all claiming that vitamins might kill you.... There are literally hundreds of headlines from mainstream news sources that essentially say the same thing. There's only one problem with all this: The whole thing is a HOAX! And NaturalNews is stepping forward to expose this hoax using data from the published study itself.

YouTube: California's Medical Marijuana Industry Getting Stoned - Ron Paul 2012
Fox News - Medical marijuana dispenser Lynnette Shaw discusses the recent push by the federal government to shut down the industry. Shaw discusses the recent push by the federal government to shut down the industry.

Exposed: Out-of-control Medicare program subsidizing drug habits of tens of thousands of abusers, drug dealers
(NaturalNews) One of the primary reasons why prescription drug abuse in the US has become so rampant is that milking the government's corrupt Medicare system for a virtually unlimited supply of prescription drugs is relatively easy. The New York Times (NYT) reports that, thanks to lax accountability standards by the program's administrators, tens of thousands of Americans are now openly abusing Medicare to support their drug habits, or to sell lucrative, high-demand painkiller drugs like OxyContin to others for profit.

The HPV vaccine - what do you really know about it?
(NaturalNews) If you are considering vaccinating your child with an HPV vaccine, what information have you read, and what questions have you asked?What do you KNOW about the human papillomaviruses (HPV) which the medical profession says causes cervical cancer?

Why daily low dose aspirin for heart attack protection should be discouraged
(NaturalNews) Many of us are aware of some negative side effects from low dose daily aspirin use to prevent heart attacks. But lately, more side effects, serious ones, of daily aspirin doses are making the risks outweigh the advantages completely. Fortunately, there are natural substitutes without side effects that match or surpass the daily aspirin for heart attack protection.

Know the real milk story (Opinion)
(NaturalNews) Throughout history, other mammals have supplied mankind with delicious, nutrient dense dairy foods. These included fresh cream, milk, curds & whey, yogurt, kefir, cheeses & butter. Man-made refineries that manipulate these animals and process their milk products have highly altered these once superfoods. Well educated consumers choose raw, grass-fed milk and dairy products.

YouTube: Vegetable Miso Ramen
Cook healthy and fast homemade miso broth with fresh noodles.This one is a winner!

Are Americans starting to slim down? Gallup poll shows more normal weight people than overweight
(NaturalNews) For the first time in over three years, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index poll has found that there are now more "normal weight" Americans than there are "overweight" Americans, which may signify a positive trend towards a national slimming down. However, more than 61 percent of Americans are still either "overweight" or "obese," which means that only about one third of all Americans currently have a healthy weight.

Cleanse your digestive system the easy way by eating kitchari
(NaturalNews) If you're a foodie wanting to clean your system out, but can't stand the thought of a strict fast, try eating some kitchari. Ayurvedic doctors swear by this hearty dish made of basmati rice, mung dal, and aromatic Indian herbs; because it is super easy to digest, highly nourishing, and purifying, it is the ideal food for cleansing an overworked digestive system clogged up by fats and chemical-laden processed foods.

Science & Technology

Gov't cameras -- in your car?
msnbc - Imagine that you couldn't drive on major highways without agreeing to put a camera in your car -- one that could film either the occupants or the vehicle’s surroundings and transmit the images back to a central office for inspection. You don't have to read George Orwell to conjure up such an ominous surveillance state. You just have to skim through filings at the U.S. Patent Office.

Verizon will soon begin spying on your web habits, here’s how to opt out
Yahoo News - Don't want your location data and web history monitored? All it takes is a click If you're a Verizon wireless customer, your online identity is about to take another privacy hit. The company just revealed that its new service agreement will include language that allows the monitoring of your web habits, including websites you visit and even the location data of when and where you use your wireless browser.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Listeria outbreak devastates Calif. cantaloupes
USA Today - Instead of picking the melons and supervising a work crew, Dora and David Elias of Mendota were unemployed — laid off along with hundreds of others as the cantaloupe listeria outbreak traced to Colorado rippled across the nation. The pangs were particularly felt here in the top cantaloupe-producing state. Sales of California cantaloupes plummeted, even though their fruit was perfectly safe to eat. Farmers abandoned fields. Farmworkers lost jobs.


The Cost of a Pet Food Recall
Truth About Pet Food - Edie Lau of VIN News provided a breakdown of the money disbursement from the 2007 pet food recall. A little over $12 million went to pet owners, $8 million went to attorneys, and $3.6 million went to claims administration and to pay for public notices. That was the official breakdown, but my question is what did this horrible recall really cost?

Take the NO EXCUSES One-Day Challenge
(NaturalNews) People use excuses to justify wrongdoing or acting against their own value system. If I neglect to take out the trash after I have agreed to do so, I may make an excuse to justify the wrongdoing (this is wrongdoing according to me when I am in "non-excuse" mode). Excuses are a kind of blame that can take three forms. Let's review these and discuss how they pervasively affect our emotions, perceptions and physiology.


VIDEO: Baby Boomers
Baby boomers start collecting social security...

Photo: The Coolest Hot Dog In A Bun EVER

YouTube: Epic Rescue of Ron Paul Sign
Do you want to smile today? Watch this hilarious video and enjoy. A true story recounting the kidnapping of a Ron Paul yardsign, and one man's heroism as he stops at nothing to free it. It's a (perhaps somewhat over- dramatized) story of love and loss, tragedy and triumph as man and sign come togather to carry forth the noble and just fight against the bureaucratic gangsters that rule their city with an iron fist...

Today In History - Friday - October 14, 2011
1887 - Thomas Edison and George E. Gouraud reached an agreement for the international marketing rights for the phonograph.
1912 - Theodore Roosevelt was shot while campaigning in Milwaukee, WI. Roosevelt's wound in the chest was not serious and he continued with his planned speech. William Schrenk was captured at the scene of the shooting.
1922 - Lieutenant Lester James Maitland set a new airplane speed record when he reached a speed of 216.1 miles-per-hour.
1933 - Nazi Germany announced that it was withdrawing from the League of Nations.
1936 - The first Social Security Board office opened in Austin, TX. The Board's local office took over the assigning of Social Security Numbers.
1944 - During World War II, the Second British Parachute Brigade liberated the city of Athens.
1947 - Over Rogers Dry Lake in Southern California, pilot Chuck Yeager flew the Bell X-1 rocket plane and became the 1st person to break the sound barrier.
1960 - U.S. presidential candidate John F. Kennedy first suggested the idea of a Peace Corps.
1962 - The Cuban Missile Crisis began when U.S. reconnaissance aircrafts photographed Soviet construction of intermediate-range missile sites in Cuba.
1964 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent resistance to racial prejudice in America.
1968 - The first live telecast to come from a manned U.S. spacecraft was transmitted from Apollo 7.
1970 - Anwar el-Sadat became president of Egypt following the death of President Nasser.
1979 - The first national homosexual rights march took place in Washington, DC, involving over 100,000 people.
1986 - Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev charged that the U.S. wanted to "bleed the Soviet Union economically" with the arms race in space.
1987 - Jessica McClure, 18 months old, fell down an abandoned well in Midland, TX. The rescue took 58 hours.
1992 - In Russia, Andrei Chikatilo, was sentenced to death after being convicted of 52 serial killings.
1993 - In Haiti, Justice Minister Guy Malary was assassinated by gunmen who were supporters of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
1998 - The FBI charged Eric Robert Rudolph with 6 bombings including the 1996 Olympic bombing in Atlanta.
2000 - A Saudi Arabian Airlines flight was hijacked just after takeoff from Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. The plane was taken to Baghdad, Iraq, where the two men surrendered peacefully after negotiations.
2002 - Britain stripped power from the Catholic and Protestant politicians of Northern Ireland. Britain resumed sole responsibility for running Northern Ireland.

World News

VIDEO: Mr. President, We Believe Holder Lied on Iran Terror
Veterans Today - Within 24 hours of the announcement of a new Iranian plot, the truth started leaking out. That leak is now a flood. The FBI made up the whole thing, invented it and they aren’t going to get away with it. Why something this outrageous, this incompetent? We know you have sold your soul to Israel, agreed to veto Palestinian statehood, a trade for election money. You are an idiot!

VIDEO: Obama says Iran to face toughest possible sanctions
(Reuters) - Saudi Arabia on Thursday accused Iran of fomenting instability but pledged a "measured response" over the alleged conspiracy that has heightened tensions between OPEC's two top oil producers. Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, on a visit to Austria, said that the evidence showed "Iran is responsible" for the suspected assassination plan and said Tehran had tried to "meddle" in the affairs of Arab states before. In Washington, Obama told a news conference that the United States would not take any options off the table in dealing with Iran, a phrase U.S. officials regularly use toward Tehran that is diplomatic code for the possibility of military action.

Preparing for World War III, Targeting Iran
Global Research - Humanity is at a dangerous crossroads. War preparations to attack Iran are in "an advanced state of readiness". Hi tech weapons systems including nuclear warheads are fully deployed. This military adventure has been on the Pentagon's drawing board since the mid-1990s. First Iraq, then Iran according to a declassified 1995 US Central Command document. Escalation is part of the military agenda. While Iran, is the next target together with Syria...

Will Israel bomb Iran without notifying the US?
Gulf News - The danger is that Netanyahu may seek to break out of the current political isolation by mounting a spectacular attack. In recent weeks, intense discussions have taken place in Israeli military and intelligence circles about whether or not to launch a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Probe finds no U.S. fault in Afghan chopper crash
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A military investigation found no U.S. personnel at fault in the August crash of a Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan that killed all 30 Americans on board, the deadliest incident for U.S. forces in the decade-old war, officials told Reuters on Wednesday. The investigation, according to an executive summary obtained by Reuters, confirmed...

NTC officials say Gaddafi son Mo'tassim caught in Sirte
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Three officials representing Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) told Reuters on Wednesday that Muammar Gaddafi's son Mo'tassim was captured in Sirte on Tuesday, trying to escape the town in a car with a family. He was taken to Benghazi on Wednesday morning where he was questioned, they said. They gave no further details.

Libya official: No confirmation Gadhafi son caught
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A Libyan spokesman said Wednesday that revolutionary forces have captured some fighters close to one of Moammar Gadhafi's sons in the fugitive leader's hometown but that he has no information that the son himself has been seized. Jalal el-Gallal, a spokesman for the National Transitional Council in the eastern city of Benghazi, said his office has called commanders in the besieged city of Sirte and "so far as we are concerned there is no confirmation that Mutassim Gadhafi has been captured."

Syrians rally in support of Assad
Press TV - More than one million Syrians have rallied in the capital, Damascus, in support of President Bashar al-Assad and his reform program. Waving Syrian flags and pictures of Assad, hundreds of thousands of government supporters converged in a main square in the capital on Wednesday to show the level of support that the Syrian president enjoys. ''The army and people with you, Bashar al-Assad" and "Syria is our country and Assad our president," read some banners held by demonstrators.

SLIDESHOW: Unrest in Syria
(AFP) Thousands of people rallied in the Syrian capital Oct. 12 in support of President Bashar al-Assad's regime, which has been shaken by mass protests for nearly seven months, as a court freed a top dissident.

In China, Russia's Putin calls US a parasite
BEIJING (AP) — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is likening the U.S. to a parasite following his meetings with Chinese leaders to push ahead energy deals and draw the once wary neighbors closer. In an interview with Chinese state media released Tuesday, Putin said that the U.S. itself is not a parasite for the world economy but that its dollar monopoly is. Putin said his criticism was meant to help find a solution to problems in the world economy.

Canada Pursues U.S.-Style Security and Foreign Policy
Intel Hub - In a news release, Minister Mackay praised the Canada-U.S. partnership as unique and explained, “Our binational command in NORAD, as well as the daily operation between our military and defence teams is a tangible demonstration of how we stand shoulder to shoulder with the United States in the defence of North America and in addressing common global challenges.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

FBI Records Talk Radio
Kurt Nimmo - FBI awards $524,927 contract to record internet broadcast talk radio. If you call in to the Alex Jones Show or hundreds of other talk radio stations around the country that maintain a web presence, there is a good chance the FBI will recorded you. Mark Weaver, writing for WMAL talk radio in Washington, D.C., reports that the FBI has awarded a $524,927 contract to a Virginia company to record all the internet broadcast talk radio it can find. “This doesn’t give us any enhanced capability, prying into or any ‘big brother’ concerns because this is information that’s being put out on the airwaves,” FBI spokesman Paul Bresson told “Its very important to our investigators to know what’s being reported.”
* Related Article: FBI Monitoring News Talk Radio for Investigations

Terror backers should lose US citizenship: lawmakers
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Americans who support or engage in acts of terror against the United States should have their citizenship revoked, said a group of lawmakers who on Thursday introduced legislation to that effect. The bill submitted to both chambers of Congress by hawkish independent Senator Joe Lieberman, Republican Senator Scott Brown and Republican congressmen Charlie Dent and Jason Altmire come fresh on the heels of the killing of US-born radical cleric and Al-Qaeda militant Anwar al-Awlaqi in Yemen by a suspected CIA drone.

VIDEO: Judge Napolitano Accuses FBI & Our Govt Of Being The Real Terrorist! & Creating Terror Plots In America!
Freedom Watch October 12, 2011.

Putting a price on US democracy
Russia Today - Investing in politics has proved to be good business in America. Just a few million dollars in contributions and a spot o f lobbying can bring a company billions in bailouts, loan guarantees, tax refunds and other perks. In the end, though, the expenses of both government and business land in the lap of the average American taxpayer. Little wonder then, given that the White House and Congress are so heavily influenced by unpopular and powerful corporations, that public distrust of the US government is growing fast.

MUST READ: 545 People by Charlie Reese - (1995) One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices -- 545 human beings out of 235 million -- are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

Insane Louisiana Law
Daily Reckoning - “Is this just stupid? Or sinister by design?” We couldn’t help asking the question when confronted by a law that took effect in Louisiana on Aug. 15, 2011. The short of it: In Louisiana, if you sell clothes or toys that your kids have outgrown for cash — more than once a month — you’re now breaking the law.

Firing squad executions could come back to Florida
Russia Today - GOP Rep. Brad Drake says that he is so “sick and tired of this sensitivity movement” that the state of Florida should revert back to the good old days when a prisoner could be berated with an onslaught of bullets instead of this silly “lethal injection” tomfoolery. So convinced is Drake that death by firing squad be reinstituted in the Sunshine State, he penned himself a bill that would bring that barbaric method of execution back to Florida.

VIDEO: Republicans Adopt Obama’s “Bad Movie” Iran Terror Plot
Kurt Nimmo - Despite the fact experts on Iran and its Quds force have responded with skepticism to an alleged plot and many have dismissed it as fantasy, a number of establishment politicians are demanding the Obama administration take action. Iran’s alleged plot a “bad movie.” Arizona Senator John McCain lost little time exploiting the unproven plot.

Sources: US Gives Israel Green Light For Iran Strike
Paul Joseph Watson - The Obama administration’s fabricated terror plot blamed on Iran represents the green light for an Israeli attack on Iran set to take place within the next two weeks, according to confidential military sources who spoke with Alex Jones. Israel is concerned that major powers like Germany are moving closer to smoothing relations with Iran and allowing Iran to continue its nuclear enrichment program unimpeded.

Internal Memo: (Oct. 17 – 20, 2011) Historic ‘Surge’ Exercises Airlift Crisis Contingency Response
Intel Hub - As the gears of war are turning with the recent staged terror plot, one must wonder what is looming on the horizon. The following memo released the other day to some Air Force and Lockheed Martin employees indicates some type of military surge in day-to-day workload from October 18 – 20;

Sen. McClain accuses Iran of 'reckless behavior'
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. John McCain is calling Iran "a threat" to the Persian Gulf, saying an assassination plot allegedly hatched in Tehran dramatizes how closely the government must be watched.

White House used Mitt Romney health-care law as blueprint for federal law
msnbc - The records, gleaned from White House visitor logs reviewed by NBC News, show that senior White House officials had a dozen meetings in 2009 with three health-care advisers and experts who helped shape the health care reform law signed by Romney in 2006, when the Republican presidential candidate was governor of Massachusetts.

Christie Straps on the RINO Horns: It’s “Intellectually Dishonest” to Compare Romneycare and Obamacare
Weasel Zippers- Hey, it’s not like Romney’s own advisers met repeatedly with White House policy officials when they were writing Obamacare . . . no, wait?

Four New York politicians propose eliminating First Amendment, turning 'free speech' into a government-granted privilege
(NaturalNews) A proposal put forth by four members of the New York State (NYS) Senate have surely caused the Founding Fathers of the US to roll over in their graves. Hinged upon the stated goal of protecting children against "cyberbullying...

Anti-war protesters disrupt US defense budget hearing
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Anti-war protesters repeatedly disrupted a congressional hearing Thursday on US defense spending, with one demonstrator shouting "You are murdering people!" as police dragged him out of the room. One by one, protesters clad in pink shirts stood up and voiced their opposition to US military action...

2012 GOP Race shaped entirely around ignoring Ron Paul
Daily Paul - The entire GOP Race and media coverage of it is focused around one thing, that is ignoring Ron Paul. They have to manufacture multiple candidates just to keep him down. It started with Bachmann, she imploded. Ron moved up. So they introduce Perry. Perry imploded Ron moved up. Then they try to get Christie to run...

YouTube: Doug Wead on the importance of the BTO moneybomb
Sam Antonio sits down with Doug Wead, the Senior Advisor for the Ron Paul for President Campaign, to discuss what we've learned from our past and our country's history, and how it's going to change the future.


Senate Republican jobs bill urges tax reform and cuts
(Reuters) - Senate Republicans, having rejected President Barack Obama's jobs bill, offered a sweeping and largely repackaged plan of their own on Thursday. Their "Jobs Through Growth Act" features a fresh call for tax reform and cuts as well as a number of components previously proposed, but stalled in the Democratic-led Senate. They include steps to: require a balanced budget; repeal Obama's overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system; lift prohibitions on offshore energy exploration and promote U.S. trade.

Dollar bill could be ditched
Russia Today - Lawmakers in Washington introduced a legislation last week that would aim to tackle the massive American deficit by eliminating the paper bill featuring George Washington’s mug and replacing it with a metal coin that would last for ages longer. Bill backer Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona says that once the transition from bill-to-coin is complete, the US could save “billions of dollars.”

Bank of America Plans to Eliminate 324 Jobs in NYC
Bloomberg - Bank of America Corp., the lender seeking to reduce expenses after losing half its market value, plans to eliminate 324 jobs in New York starting next month, including investment bankers and equity traders. Most of the cuts, 250, may start Dec.14 ...

JPMorgan’s Profits Decline 33%
Bloomberg - JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), the second- largest U.S. bank by assets, fell as much as 6.9 percent in New York trading after the company reported that profit declined on a slump in investment banking and trading

It could be a very interesting scene at Occupy Wall Street this Friday
Business Insider - Azi Paybarah at Capital New York reports that the owners of Zuccotti Square, Brookfield Properties, has sent a letter to the NYPD asking for help in clearing and cleaning the park for "sanitation" purposes. And though Bloomberg doesn't want to forcibly remove everyone, he has asked that the protesters leave Friday for "cleaning" the park, after which they can return.... According to Gothamist, the protesters have no plans to leave for the cleaning, and say they will clean it themselves.
UPDATE: NYC official: Protest cleanup is being postponed
NEW YORK (AP) -- The cleanup of a plaza in lower Manhattan where protesters have been camped out for a month was postponed early Friday, sending cheers up from a crowd that had feared the effort was merely a pretext to evict them.

Wall St. Protesters Can’t Return Gear to Park
Bloomberg - Wall Street protesters won’t be allowed to return gear such as sleeping bags to Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan after the privately owned space is closed for cleaning beginning tomorrow, New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said....

Housing Market

US foreclosure activity edged higher in 3Q
LOS ANGELES (AP) — More U.S. homes are entering the foreclosure process, but they're taking ever longer to get sold or repossessed by lenders. The number of U.S. homes that received a first-time default notice during the July to September quarter increased 14 percent compared to the second quarter, RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday.

Energy & Environment

VIDEO: Texas Commissioner Smitherman: EPA Will Turn Off Power to Air Conditioners
Texas Conservative News - Texas Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman spoke at the State Republican Executive Meeting in Austin, TX on October 1st, 2011. His message was clear. Obama’s New EPA Rules will cause Texas to shut down power plants, which will mean that homes could go without power. .

Strong earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon, no damage
COOS BAY, OREGON (BNO NEWS) -- A strong earthquake struck off the coast of Oregon on early Wednesday evening, seismologists said, but there were no reports of damage or casualties and no tsunami warning was issued.

Quake shakes Indonesia's Bali, tourists run from hotels
DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia's resort island of Bali was struck by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake on Thursday, injuring dozens and sending tourists running out of hotels. The Red Cross said 44 people in the south of the island suffered injuries, some with head injuries and broken bones from falling ceilings, with one person in a critical condition. It said one school and house collapsed.

Iceland's Katla volcano is getting restless
VIK, Iceland (AP) — If Iceland's air-traffic paralyzing volcanic eruption last year seemed catastrophic, just wait for the sequel. That's what some experts are saying as they nervously watch rumblings beneath a much more powerful Icelandic volcano — Katla — which could spew an ash cloud dwarfing the 2010 eruption that cost airlines $2 billion and drove home how vulnerable modern society is to the whims of nature.

Veteran News

Vets touched by Gulf War illness fret over research funds
USA Today - – A congressional move to shift control of the flow of money to research a mysterious Gulf War illness has alarmed veterans of that conflict who fear the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have little interest in uncovering the true causes of their ailments.


It's Pumpkin Time!
LiveStong - Not just a seasonal decorative item, the pumpkin yields a truly tasty and healthy food. You can use baked pumpkins for various recipes, such as pumpkin pie, bread, muffins, soup or even smoothies! Everything you will ever want, or need to know about pumpkins is found right here.

House GOP Proposes So-Called ‘Let Women Die’ Bill That Lets Hospitals Deny Life-Saving Care
Think Progress - In their latest assault on women’s health, this week House Republicans will take up HR 358, the ironically titled “Protect Life Act.” Opponents have rechristened the measure the “Let Women Die” bill because it would allow hospitals that receive federal funds to turn away a woman seeking an abortion in all circumstances, even if an abortion is necessary to save her life:

Study: Unvaccinated children far less prone to allergies and disease than vaccinated children
(NaturalNews) It is commonly assumed that vaccinations are responsible for bringing about substantial improvements in public health, and that humans were much more prone to developing serious disease prior to their advent. But a new survey released by debunks this myth...

CDC official arrested on charges of child molestation, beastiality -- legitimate case or conspiracy setup?
(NaturalNews) A top-level administrator at the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Ga., was recently arrested, along with her live-in boyfriend, on charges of child molestation and beastiality. But some of the information that has been made public about the case is somewhat suspicious, and may be indicative of a possible conspiracy setup situation.

Antibiotic widely prescribed for decades has dangerous side effects which can kill
(NaturalNews) You often hear that older prescription drugs are pretty safe. After all, if countless people have been taking them for many years, doctors would know by now if they were dangerous, right?

Soy Protein Found In Egg Yolks & Chicken Tissue
Health Freedoms - Do you go out of your way to avoid soy? Do you have soy allergies? Did you ever find yourself allergic to eggs? You might actually be allergic to the under-the-radar soy found in eggs and chicken, even organic.

Denmark taxes avocados, butter, eggs, nuts, chocolate and coconut oil
(NaturalNews) Citizens of Denmark who don't count saturated fat grams can count on an increase in their grocery bill this fall. In early October, Denmark officials placed a tax on foods which contain saturated fat. The new tax charges the equivalent of $1.29 per pound on all foods which contain 2.3 percent or more saturated fat. The Danish government says it's necessary to place a tax on saturated fat to increase the lifespan of its citizens.

How to heal a cavity naturally and nutritionally without the need for 'drilling and filling'
(NaturalNews) Having a dentist drill out a tooth and fill it with composite, ceramic, or toxic amalgam is not the only way to deal with the onset of a cavity. Sarah Pope, a mother and Nutrition Education and Chapter Leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation, tells the story on her blog of how her young son's cavity was completely healed through one simple dietary, as well as supplementation with a combination of two powerful healing oils.

Teenage smoking is on the rise but the right services can save these young lives
(NaturalNews) Being a teenager is a time young adults attempt to learn and discover who they are. Along the way teenagers make good and bad decisions that help shape who they become. Many of these experiences can be mild in scope but some cases of poor judgment can have a far reaching effect on future health.

Florida’s Underground Surge In Raw Milk Demand – Sold As Pet Food
Health Freedoms - Even in just the last six months, Florida’s underground milk demand has gone through the roof. Floridians enjoy a special loop hole; buying it as commercial animal feed. Legally speaking, consumers are allowed to drink raw milk, it’s just the access, distribution, and transfer of it that often receives a blow from the FDA police.

Did Merck buy off California legislators who voted to pass AB499 vaccination consent bill?
(NaturalNews) After months of quietly making its way through both the California House of Representatives and the Senate, Assembly Bill 499 (AB 499) has now officially been signed into law by California Gov. Jerry Brown. The bill allows for children as young as 12 to be vaccinated against sexually transmitted diseases like Hepatitis B and human papillomavirus (HPV) without parental knowledge or consent.

Exposing the fraud and mythology of conventional cancer treatments
(NaturalNews) Treating cancer is BIG business in America -- in fact, it's a $200 billion a year business. Yet 98 percent of conventional cancer treatments not only FAIL miserably, but are also almost guaranteed to make cancer patients sicker. What's worse: The powers are suppressing natural cancer cures that could help tens of thousands of people...

Science & Technology

BlackBerrys buzz back to life after long outage
NEW YORK (AP) -- BlackBerrys across the world buzzed back to life Thursday, leaving customers outraged and threatening to cost the granddaddy of all smartphones more business when it's already struggling to keep up in a crowded marketplace. The three-day blackout interrupted email and Internet services for tens of millions of frustrated users and inflicted more damage on an already tarnished brand.

Securing smartphones in battle
Homeland Security NewsWire - As the military moves to incorporate smartphones on the battlefield, critics worry that the inherent security flaws in the devices could result in major data breaches or cybersecurity attacks on the military's networks. “The military is opening themselves up to serious problems,” said Chris Soghoian, a privacy and security researcher at the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research at Indiana University. “It seems stupid to use a platform that thousands of people are trying to hack.” “It’s a recipe for disaster,” he added.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Best Chicken Breeds for Backyard Flocks
Chickens are the perfect starter livestock for your homestead — whether you have a small backyard in an urban area or 20 acres in the boondocks. Chickens provide eggs, meat and fertilizer, plus they’re small and easy to manage. Several chicken breed charts are available online and in books, but their information is often based on old data. So, to get current information on the best chicken breeds, we developed a survey of our readers who have lots of experience with various breeds.


Wall Street as seen by Calvin & Hobbs
Calvin & Hobbs Comic strip

Today In History - Thursday - October 13, 2011
1775 - The U.S. Continental Congress ordered the construction of a naval fleet.
1792 - The cornerstone of the Executive Mansion was laid in Washington, DC. The building became known as the White House in 1818.
1812 - American forces were defeated at the Battle of Queenstown Heights. The British victory effectively ended an further U.S. invasion of Canada.
1843 - B'nai B'rith, the Jewish organization, was founded by Henry Jones and eleven others in New York City, NY.
1854 - The state of Texas ratified a state constitution.
1943 - During World War II, Italy signed an armistice with the Allies and declared war on Germany.
1944 - American troops entered Aachen, Germany, during World War II.
1944 - During World War II, British and Greek advance units landed at Piraeus.
1951 - In Atlanta, GA, a football with a rubber covering was used for the first time. Georgia Tech beat Louisiana State 25-7.
1953 - An ultrasonic burglar alarm was patented by Samuel Bagno.
1957 - Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra introduced the Ford Edsel on an hour long special.
1967 - The first game of the new American Basketball Association was played.
1977 - Four Palestinians hijacked an Lufthansa airliner to Somalia. They demanded the release of members of the Red Army Faction.
1981 - Egyptian voters elected Vice President Hosni Mubarak as the new president one week after Anwar Sadat was assassinated.
1989 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush called for an overthrow of the Panamanian ruler Manuel Antonio Noriega.
1992 - A commercial flight record was set by an Air France supersonic jetliner for circling the Earth in 33 hours and one minute.
1999 - The U.S. Senate rejected the ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).
2010 - Near Copiapó, Chile, 33 miners were trapped underground in San José Mine. The miners were rescued after 69 days underground.

World News

UN extends Afghan force amid terrorist concerns
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday to authorize the 130,000-strong NATO-led force in Afghanistan for another year, expressing serious concern over ongoing terrorist and criminal activities in the country and the increase in civilian casualties.

Saudis say Iran must 'pay the price' for alleged plot as US resists retaliation
Guardian News - The threat from the Saudis came as the Obama administration resisted calls from within the US, mainly from the conservative right, to retaliate against Iran with military action. But Iran denied it was behind the alleged plot, with officials claiming Washington had fabricated the story to divide Sunni Muslims – the dominant group in Saudi – and Shias, the dominant group in Iran. Tehran's leadership claimed Barack Obama was using the story to divert attention from the Occupy Wall Street protesters.

Smuggled Libyan weapons flood into Egypt
Washington Post - Large caches of weapons from Libya are making their way across the Egyptian border and flooding black markets in Egypt’s already unstable Sinai Peninsula, according to current and former Egyptian military officials and arms traders in the Sinai. Surface-to-air missiles, most of them shoulder-launched, have been intercepted by Egyptian security officials on the road to Sinai and in the smuggling tunnels that connect Egypt to the Gaza Strip since Libyan autocrat Moammar Gaddafi fell from power in Tripoli in August, a military official in Cairo said.

EU speeds up capital rules for big banks
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Europe's biggest banks must raise billions of euros in capital to better withstand market turmoil, the European Commission proposed Wednesday, as it embarked on a major push to contain the continent's escalating debt troubles and avert a second recession.

YouTube: Putin: US feeding off global dollar monopoly
Russia Today - Pushing through energy deals and boosting cooperation with the aim of balancing out the economic and political dominance of the West. Russia’s Prime Minister is on a visit to China where an important agreement on the price of oil is already in place. RT’s Marina Kosareva reports from Beijing.

Iran calls US terror allegations an 'evil plot'
Telegraph - Iran's US ambassador accused Israel of carrying out the murders of Iranian nuclear scientists with US support, in a letter sent to UN leader Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council. "Iran categorically and in the strongest terms condemns this shameful allegation by the United States authorities and deplores it as a well-thought evil plot in line with their anti-Iranian policy," Mohammad Khazaee said in the letter.

Arrest Bush for rights abuse, Amnesty tells Canada
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Amnesty International urged Canada on Wednesday to arrest former U.S. President George W. Bush for human rights abuses when he visits the province of British Columbia later this month. Alex Neve, head of Amnesty's Canadian branch, said Bush had authorized the use of torture techniques such as waterboarding during his time as President, which ran from 2001 to 2009.

Russia says U.S. Afghan policy stokes AIDS problem
(Reuters) - The United States is aggravating the HIV/AIDS problem in Russia and the West by refusing to use its forces to destroy opium crops in Afghanistan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday.

Australian parliament passes historic carbon tax law
Telegraph - The Australian parliament has passed a controversial bill to tackle climate change with a price on carbon, after more than a decade of debate over the contentious issue.

Migrants from Central America crossing Mexico to US drops 70 per cent in five years
Telegraph - Mexican migration to the United States has also fallen sharply the last five years. Tough economic conditions in the United States and the costs and dangers of crossing the border have deterred migrants, experts say.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

10 Arizona Sheriffs Call For Eric Holder to Resign or Be Fired
Sheriff Paul Babeu led a press conference with 9 other Arizona sheriffs today, to blast Attorney General Eric Holder and the Administration for the disastrous ‘Operation Fast and Furious’, calling it a a “betrayal of state law enforcement”.

Switch Party Affiliation to Republican to Vote for Ron Paul! NY & NH deadline FRIDAY October 14TH!! - Check your state here.
If your state is listed below then you live in a CLOSED PRIMARY STATE! This means that you will not be able to vote for Ron Paul in the Republican primaries unless you switch your party to Republican. Please use the links below and GET TO IT! YOU CANNOT REGISTER ONLINE, YOU PRINT THE FORM, FILL-OUT, MAIL OR WALK IT TO YOUR LOCAL BUREAU OF REGISTRATION OFFICE ASAP.

Kurt Haskell Says He Will Sue Feds in Underwear Bomber Case
Kurt Nimmo - Michigan attorney Kurt Haskell said he plans to file a civil lawsuit against the government in the underwear bomber case now that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has suddenly reversed course and decided to plead guilty. “Abdulmutallab’s reversal now means that Detroit Attorney Kurt Haskell’s contention that the plot was, as in almost every other terror case made public, a product of government entrapment, and that the US intelligence establishment was involved in the aborted attack, will now remain buried, at least for the time being,” Paul Joseph Watson wrote earlier today as news of the reversal was reported.

With Florida moving its primary earlier than originally planned to January 31st, and South Carolina making a move to set its primary ten days earlier to January 21st, that began to limit options for setting our date in January. When officials in Nevada set their caucus for Saturday, January 14th, that left Tuesday, January 3rd as a possibility for us, but Iowa officials tentatively decided that their caucus would be on that day.

Bilingual voting ballots ordered in 25 states
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the run-up to the 2012 elections, the federal government is ordering that 248 counties and other political jurisdictions provide bilingual ballots to Hispanics and other minorities who speak little or no English

Fremont Orders Teen To Dismantle Haunted House Over Permit Issue
CBS - Halloween is still weeks away, but already a popular Haunted House in Fremont is being forced to close its doors after the city called it a public safety hazard.

VIDEO: Republican strategist: "Ron Paul could win the GOP nomination"
Freedom Watch October 11. 2011.

'Underwear bomber' pleads guilty to all charges
CNN - Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, the Nigerian man accused of trying to detonate an explosive device in his underwear aboard a Christmas 2009 flight to Detroit, pleaded guilty to all counts in court Wednesday. He had been indicted on charges including attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism, and possession of a firearm or destructive device in furtherance of an act of violence. AbdulMutallab had previously pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Underwear Bomber Guilty Plea Shields Government Complicity
Paul Joseph Watson - Abdulmutallab’s reversal now means that Detroit Attorney Kurt Haskell’s contention that the plot was, as in almost every other terror case made public, a product of government entrapment, and that the US intelligence establishment was involved in the aborted attack, will now remain buried, at least for the time being. Haskell was an eyewitness to the fact that Abdulmutallab was helped through security, despite him being on a terror watchlist with no passport, by a well dressed Indian man, on Christmas Day 2009.

VIDEO: Will U.S. Exploit Dubious Terror Case and Attack Iran?
Kurt Nimmo - The Obama administration plans to use an unproven accusation leveled against Iran to mount a new international sanctions campaign and possibly attack the country. On Tuesday, the Justice Department announced it had uncovered a plot by Iran to enlist a member of a Mexican drug cartel to kill Saudi Arabia’s envoy in Washington, D.C. The FBI and the DEA uncovered the plot, according to officials. The FBI has a long track record of using informers and agents provocateurs to entrap dupes who are then described as dangerous terrorists.

Rep. Peter King still flogging bogus Iranian plot to launch Israel's war against Iran.
NewsMax - House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King says the Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador and blow up the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington “crossed a red line,” and had it been successful “basically you are talking about an act of war.” The New York Democrat also told CNN’s Erin Burnett Tuesday the plot has raised the relationship between America and Iran to “a very precipitous level” and there is a need for “significant action.”

Hillary: "Nobody Could Make That Up, Right?"
Before It's News - "The idea that they would attempt to go to a Mexican drug cartel to solicit murder-for-hire to kill the Saudi ambassador? Nobody could make that up, right?" Clinton said shortly after U.S. prosecutors accused two suspected Iranian agents of trying to murder Saudi envoy Adel Al-Jubeir. Since you asked, yes. Someone could make that up, and did. This is the same reverse psychology your neocon predecessor Rice used, Hillary. "Who could have imagined planes flying into the twin towers or Pentagon?"

AUDIO: Ex-CIA warns US 'dangerously wrong' on Iran
ABC News - The former intelligence analyst, Robert Baer, joins The World Today and warns the Obama adminstration to step back from blaming Iran for the foiled assasination plot against the Saudi ambassador in Washington. The former CIA case agent says the attack doesn't appear to have been planned by Iran, and that the US may have got its assessment dangerously wrong. He says the US must open a direct diplomatic channel with the Iranian regime .. or risk igniting an uncontrollable war.

Iranian Terror Plot: Fake, Fake, Fake - Not even good propaganda. The key to understanding just how fake this story is can be found in the New York Times report, which informs us: “For the entire operation, the government’s confidential sources were monitored and guided by federal law enforcement agents, Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District, said in the news conference. ‘So no explosives were actually ever placed anywhere,’ he said, ‘and no one was actually in ever in any danger.’” Translation: the whole thing is phony from beginning to end.

YouTube: Washington calls Pakistan a safe haven for terrorists
Russia Today - Washington has recently accused Pakistan for being a safe haven for terrorists. Leon Panetta has been speaking out against Pakistan, where he says members of the Haqqani Network attack US forces in Afghanistan then flee back. Some fear this blame game will turn to full blown aggression.

VIDEO: Austin Airport To Get TSA Body Scanners Before Year End
Steve Watson - Just months after a concerted campaign to drive the TSA out of Texas airports fell short, the Department of Homeland Security has announced that one of the State’s busiest airports is to be fitted with radiation-firing full body scanners. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is among 29 airports that will get the TSA scanners before the end of the year, according to the federal agency.


Occupy Wall Street Backs a Nationwide Boycott Against Banks
CNBC - In an effort to send a message to big banks, some organizers, who are supported by the protestors of the Occupy Wall Street movement, have organized an event to remove all funds from banks and into credit unions. Organizers are calling the event "Bank Transfer Day" and are encouraging people nationwide to participate November 5.

Bank Transfer Day: A Protest With Your Money
NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- Occupy Wall Street has dominated headlines for the past few weeks, with advocates and critics jaw-boning over whether it was government or Wall Street that fueled the financial crisis (here's a vote for both). But even critics can't argue about the growth prospects of the "occupations" taking place in urban centers across the U.S. Now comes an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street that takes aim at banks where it hurts them most -- in their vaults.

YouTube: November 5, 2011 Bank Transfer Day!
Freedom Watch Oct 12, 2011.

VIDEO: 32 Arrested At Occupy Des Moines (Including An 80 Year-Old Grandmother Fighting For Democracy!)
Daily Bail - Occupy Des Moines Oct. 10, 2011 -Thirty-two people were arrested Sunday night in Iowa while participating in an “Occupy” protest on public land, after police warned that the proper permits had not been issued. The Iowa State Patrol began arresting the peaceful demonstrators, including two juveniles, after 11 p.m. They gave protesters several warnings that they would be removed, but the 32 locked arms and determined to stay.

Only 10% of U.S. Population Now ‘Middle-Class’
Having made a point of closely monitoring mainstream economic propaganda, a number of obvious tactics are used again and again. One of the most popular of these tools of deception is to lie by “redefining” terms. In this case, the propagandists at Reuters are endeavouring to hide the annihilation of the U.S. middle-class through their very clumsy effort at redefining the word “affluent”. The context of the article was an attempt by Reuters to continue to portray the U.S. as the world’s “most affluent” nation. However, any realistic examination of their data must lead to a nearly opposite conclusion.

CHART: U.S. Corporate Profits Vs. Employee Wages
Daily Bail - In Japan the ratio of pay for a CEO compared to an average worker is……11 to 1. In Germany that ratio expands to a dizzying……12 to 1. And in the United States…’s 475 to 1.

'Insane' even by Illinois standards? Union official to get $500,000 in pensions
NBC - A labor leader in Chicago is expected to receive pension payments of nearly $500,000 a year, while another could get about $438,000 a year, according to reports Wednesday. The Chicago Tribune and WGN-TV, which obtained information about union pension benefits during a joint investigation, said at least eight union officials in Chicago were eligible for what were described as inflated city pensions on top of union pensions for the same period of employment.

Warren Buffet May Owe A Billion Dollars In Back Taxes
Obama’s favorite billionaire isn’t quite ready to practice what he preaches. Warren Buffett, President Obama’s pet billionaire, spends a great deal of time calling for tax increases on wealthy people. He began a recent New York Times op-ed, entitled “Stop Coddling the Super-Rich,” as follows: OUR leaders have asked for “shared sacrifice.” But when they did the asking, they spared me. I checked with my mega-rich friends to learn what pain they were expecting. They, too, were left untouched.

Vote On Trade Pacts Will Shape Our Economic Future
Economy In Crisis - Today both houses of Congress plan to vote on the free trade pacts with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. If these agreements are passed it will mean more economic hardship for our country at a time that it already has enough. Previous trade agreements have done considerable damage to our economy. NAFTA is perhaps the most notable example. Since NAFTA went into effect in 1994 it has been nothing but a siphon for American jobs.

YouTube: Occupy Wall Street: What's the latest?
Russia Today - There is a lot going on with the Occupy Wall Street movement. Our very own Lucy Kafanov is in the epicenter of the movement with the very latest and hottest news.

It’s now been three weeks since the “Occupy Wall Street” protests began in New York City’s Financial District, and the movement has grown, spreading to other cities in the U.S. Protesters have organized marches, rallies, and “occupations” from Boston to Boise, Los Angeles to New Orleans, Seattle to Tampa. Using social media, handmade signs, and their voices, they are voicing anger at financial and social inequality and protesting the influence of corporate money in politics.

YouTube: Police arrest Veterans for Peace at Occupy Boston protest
Russia Today - Early Tuesday morning, over 50 people are reported to be arrested at the Occupy Boston protest, one of the latest extensions of the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests sweeping the nation.

SHOCK RESULT - Fox News Poll On Occupy Wall Street - 70% Say They Agree With Protesters
DailyBail - Here's a screenshot of the current poll results:

ATTENTION CONGRESS: CLOSE THE LOOPHOLE: Hedge Fund Manager John Paulson Earned $5 Billion In 2010, Paid Only 15% Tax
DailyBail -Last year was very lucrative for some of the biggest and best-performing hedge funds’ chiefs. Wealth was so concentrated that a mere 25 people pocketed a total of $22.07 billion, according to this year’s annual ranking by AR Magazine, which tracks the hedge fund industry. At $50,000 a year, it would take the salaries of 441,400 Americans to match that sum.

VIDEO: Harrisburg, PA files for bankruptcy
CNN Money - The city council of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, voted to file for bankruptcy protection Tuesday night. The state capital of Pennsylvania, with just under 50,000 residents, was facing a possible takeover of its operations by the state government under a receivership. It had been designated as "financially distressed" by the state in December. The vote was 4 to 3 in favor of the bankruptcy.

7 banks that are still awesome
CNN Money - While other banks are busy hiking fees, these financial institutions are bucking the trend by offering free checking and other perks.

Housing Market

VIDEO: Solution to Real Estate Mess: Burn Down Homes
CNBC October 12, 2011.

Senators press for mass mortgage refi plan
A group of 13 senators sent a letter to regulators Tuesday, pressing for a plan to boost mortgage refinancing for more homeowners as soon as possible. Such a plan is being widely discussed admittedly, and now the lawmakers are ready to see some action.

Energy & Environment

BP, 2 other companies cited over Gulf oil spill
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Federal regulators on Wednesday cited oil company BP PLC and two other companies - Transocean Ltd. and Halliburton - for alleged safety and environmental violations stemming from last year's rig explosion and massive Gulf oil spill. The companies have 60 days to appeal the citations issued by the Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

John Malone Now Biggest Landowner in the U.S.
According to the newly released 2011 Land Report 100, which ranks the top land barons, John Malone is now America’s biggest individual landowner. The 70-year-old cable pioneer and chairman of Liberty Media now owns 2.2 million acres, after purchasing more than 1 million acres of timberland in Maine and New Hampshire earlier this year. The purchase, which drew fire from plenty of environmentalists in New England, vaulted him past the longtime number one, Mr. Turner, who owns slightly more than 2 million acres

VIDEO: Gundersen: NRC wants radiation exposure limit 100 times higher than EPA
October 12th, 2011 - Fairewinds chief engineer Arnie Gundersen discusses three nuclear safety problems uncovered during the Fukushima accident that nuclear regulators and the nuclear industry wish they could ignore.

10,000 Free Round-Trip Tickets to Japan
ABC News Blog - If you’ve ever wanted to visit Japan, this may be your chance. In a desperate attempt to lure tourists back to a country plagued by radiation fears and constant earthquakes, the Japan Tourism Agency‘s proposed an unprecedented campaign – 10,000 free roundtrip tickets... The number of foreign visitors to Japan has dropped drastically, since a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Power plant in March.

Containers spill from stricken ship leaking oil off New Zealand
Telegraph - Seventy containers have created a hazard at sea after tumbling from a ship that is grounded on a reef off New Zealand and leaking large amounts of oil into the ocean.


Stop the Walgreens flu shot harassment! Employees rewarded with iPads for meeting vaccination recruitment goals?
(NaturalNews) Accounts are pouring in to NaturalNews that Walgreens customers feel they are being verbally harassed by Walgreens employees at the checkout counter over flu shots. Multiple accounts from NaturalNews readers describe aggressive verbal harassment by Walgreens employees who appear to be "over the top" in pushing flu shots, even onto pregnant women!

Vaccine Induced Inflammation Linked to Type 2 Diabetes Epidemic
Activist Post - Vaccine induced inflammation could be partly responsible for the type 2 diabetes epidemic, as well as soaring metabolic syndrome rates. In a little-known press release, Dr. J. Barthelow Classen found a 50% decrease in type 2 diabetes following the discontinuation of the tuberculosis vaccine. The findings note that the reduction was observed after a single vaccine was removed from the equation.

Microbes may play crucial role in human health, researchers discovering
Washington Post - Consider this: The average person’s body contains about 100 trillion cells, but only maybe one in 10 is human. This isn’t the latest Hollywood horror flick, or some secret genetic engineering experiment run amok. This, it turns out, is nature’s way: The human cells that form our skin, eyes, ears, brain and every other part of our bodies are far outnumbered by those from microbes — primarily bacteria but also viruses, fungi and a panoply of other microorganisms. That thought might make a lot of people lunge for the hand sanitizer, but that impulse may be exactly the wrong one.

Hundreds of brave dentists speak out against water fluoridation
(NaturalNews) It takes a special kind of humility for a medical professional to admit that something he or she was taught in medical school, and has long since clung to as fact, is actually false. But a growing number of dentists from around the world, many of whom formerly supported water fluoridation, are now boldly speaking out against it as a long-held, unsubstantiated medical dogma purported to prevent tooth decay, but that actually damages health and provides no legitimate oral health benefits.

NCI STILL using synthetic Vitamin E in SELECT study; then condemns poor results stating vitamin supplements dangerous
(NaturalNews) The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) SELECT study (Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention ­Trial) for prostate cancer in men was halted this week after initial data analysis showed that selenium and vitamin E, taken alone or together for an average of five years, did not prevent prostate cancer. Since the goal of SELECT was to prove a 25% risk reduction, and since early data suggested such a result was unlikely, the trial was stopped.

Pink ploy? Breast cancer charity motives doubted
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The country is awash in pink for breast cancer awareness month - and some women are sick of it. While no one is questioning the need to fight the deadly disease, some breast cancer advocates are starting to ask whether one of the most successful charity campaigns in recent history has lost its focus.

Your personal cancer prevention program
(NaturalNews) Do you have relatives or friends who have received a diagnosis of cancer, and now you are really worried? Are you upset by the death of Steve Jobs? Or have you or your loved ones gone through cancer treatment and personally seen the dire effects of conventional treatment?

Vinegar technique used in rural villages helps prevent cervical cancer
(NaturalNews) While industrialized nations like the US push human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines like Gardasil and Cervarix as a preventive measure in the fight against cervical cancer, rural villages in Thailand and other areas are taking a different, more natural approach. The New York Times (NYT) reports that many clinics in poorer villages are successfully preventing and treating cervical cancer using simple vinegar.

The answer to cancer is found in the cancer stem cell
(NaturalNews) Cancer stem cells are what drive cancer growth and spread. To heal cancer you must cause the cancer stem cells to differentiate back into normal cells. This can only be accomplished if the proper internal environment is produced. This environment must address both physical and mental/emotional factors. When chemicals and toxins are introduced into the body, this makes cancer stem cells develop more cancer cells even quicker. Only when an environment that produces health is achieved will the cancer stem cells revert back to normal healthy cells.

Eating certain foods alters expression of heart disease genes
(NaturalNews) Did your mother or father have a heart attack? Did your grandfather and a couple of aunts and uncles or maybe a brother or cousin die from heart disease? Do you feel doomed that having a bad ticker "runs" in your family? Actually, you may have good reason to worry if several of your relatives have suffered from cardiac problems. There is a gene passed down in families that researchers say is the strongest marker for heart disease. But now there's breaking news that shows you can actually change that genetic heritage.

Science & Technology

BlackBerry outages spread to North America
NEW YORK (AP) -- BlackBerry users across the world were exasperated Wednesday as an outage of email, messaging and Internet services on the phones spread to the U.S. and Canada and stretched into the third day for Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa.

More Than 93,000 Sony Customers Affected in New Breach
Sony announced on Tuesday that hackers broke into the accounts of more than 93,000 customers by trying to log in to Sony using a large list of usernames and passwords. Sony said it believed the intruders collected the log-in credentials from another source, not from Sony’s networks, and were able to gain access to the Sony accounts because customers used the same credentials with their Sony accounts.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Robots being developed for farms to prevent human exposure to harmful chemicals
Discovery News - As scientists in Israel and Europe get closer to this goal, experts say the work has a number of potential benefits. Autonomous agricultural robots could protect human workers from the harmful effects of handling chemicals by hand. And through a system of highly selective spraying, robots could reduce a farm's use of pesticides by up to 80 percent.

Grow Cover Crops for the Best Garden Soil
Mother Earth News - Consider cover crops your most important crops, because the requirements for abundant food crops — building soil fertility, improving soil texture, suppressing weeds, and inhibiting disease and crop-damaging insects — can be best met by the abundant use of cover crops, season after season.

How to save threatened heirloom livestock breeds
Grist - As heirloom produce gains a growing cult following among eaters, the more under-the-radar interest in heritage livestock breeds may see a resurgence, too. The first National Heirloom Exposition in California last month featured heritage farm animal breeds in addition to the fruits, veggies, and seeds that get foodies excited. Cheese devotees, especially, should take note -- buying and enjoying cheese made from the milk of certain rare breeds of cattle helps ensure their survival.

Secure Power: Three Key Issues for Choosing and Using Home Generators - It’s now more practical than ever for individual householders to meet their own emergency power needs, and success begins with understanding your options.


FDA approves dangerous new antidepressant drug for dogs
(NaturalNews) The pet products industry is burgeoning, as 2011 figures released by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) show that Americans now spend more than $50 billion a year on food, supplies, and veterinarian care for their pets -- up nearly 300 percent since 1994. And now Big Pharma wants a piece of the pie, with drug giants Elanco and Eli Lilly and Company having recently gained approval for their dangerous new antidepressant drug Reconcile, the equivalent to Prozac designed specifically for dogs.

Today In History - Wednesday - October 12, 2011
1792 - The first monument honoring Christopher Columbus was dedicated in Baltimore, MD.
1810 - Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The royalty invited the public to attend the event which became an annual celebration that later became known as Oktoberfest.
1892 - In celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Columbus landing the original version of the Pledge of Allegiance was first recited in public schools.
1915 - Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt criticized U.S. citizens who identified themselves by dual nationalities.
1920 - Construction of the Holland Tunnel began. It opened on November 13, 1927. The tunnel links Jersey City, NJ and New York City, NY.
1933 - John Dillinger, bank robber, escaped from a jail in Allen County, OH. The sheriff was killed by his gang as they helped Dillinger escape.
1933 - The U.S. Department of Justice acquired Alcatraz Island from the U.S. Army.
1942 - During World War II, Attorney General Francis Biddle announced that Italian nationals in the US would no longer be considered enemy aliens.
1950 - The Kefauver Crime Commission convened in New York to investigate interstate organized crime.
1960 - Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev pounded a shoe on his desk during a dispute at a U.N. General Assembly.
1961 - The first video memoirs by a U.S. president were made. Walter Cronkite interviewed Dwight D. Eisenhower.
1972 - During the Vietnam War, a racial brawl broke out aboard the U.S. aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. Nearly 50 sailors were injured.
1976 - China announced that Hua Guo-feng was named to succeed the late Mao Tse-tung as chairman of the Communist Party. 
1988 - Prosecutors announced that the Sundstrand Corp. would pay $115 million dollars to settle with the Pentagon for overbilling airplane parts over a 5 year period.
1989 - The U.S. House of Representatives approved a statutory federal ban on the destruction of the American flag.
1998 - The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Online Copyright Bill.
2000 - In Aden, Yemen, the USS Cole, a U.S. Navy destroyer, experienced a large explosion while refueling. The explosion was the result of a terrorist attack using a small boat. 17 crewmembers were killed and at least 39 were injured.
2000 - In Denver, CO, the U.S. District Court denied Timothy McVeigh's request for a new trial.
2001 - A special episode of America's Most Wanted was aired that focused on 22 wanted terrorist which was specifically requested by U.S. President George W. Bush.
2001 - A car bomb exploded in Madrid, Spain, that injured 17 people. Basque separatists claimed responsibility.
2002 - In Bali, Indonesia, over 180 people were killed and over 300 were injured when a bomb was detonated in a nightclub district.
2006 - The Dow Jones industrial average advanced over 11,900 for the first time.

World News

Israel, Hamas announce swap for captured soldier
JERUSALEM (AP) -- In a much-anticipated prisoner exchange that could have broad implications, Israel and Hamas on Tuesday announced that an Israeli soldier abducted to Gaza five years ago would be swapped for about 1,000 Palestinians held by Israel and accused of militant activity.

Myanmar to give amnesty to 6,300 prisoners
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar's newly elected civilian government was poised Wednesday to release more than 6,300 prisoners in an amnesty that could help patch up the country's human rights record and normalize relations with Western nations.

Afghanistan shuts down graft probe
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A major investigation into an influential Afghan governor accused of taking bribes has been shut down and its top prosecutor transferred to a unit that doesn't handle corruption cases, Afghan and U.S. officials said.

Not a single Christian church left in country
( -- There is not a single, public Christian church left in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. State Department. This reflects the state of religious freedom in that country ten years after the United States first invaded it and overthrew its Islamist Taliban regime.

REPORT: German push for Greek DEFAULT
Germany is pushing behind the scenes for a "hard" default in Greece with losses of up to 60pc for banks and pension funds, risking a chain-reaction across southern Europe unless credible defences are established first.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Media Blackout: Underwear Bomber set to call truth telling lawyer witness at trial
The trial for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the alleged Nigerian underwear bomber terrorist, is underway but there is more to the case than the government wants the people to know. Friday, October 7th, Kurt Haskell, from Detroit, appeared on the Power Hour with Joyce Riley, as a guest, to give his witness testimony about what he witnessed as Umar Abdulmutallab tried to board Flight 253 on Christmas Day, 2009. Will this case be the one that blows the government lies and deception out of the water?

Ron Paul 2012 Black THIS Out Money Bomb - Oct. 19th
We the people demand an end to your lies and refusal to admit Ron Paul is a 2012 GOP Frontrunner. On October 19th, 2011, tens of thousands of Americans shall stand together to send you a very clear message. We stand as one with Ron Paul and his mission to change the course of history. This noble struggle is one we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained.

VIDEO: AWESOME Ron Paul Video -- from Bloomberg
As part of its pre-debate coverage, Bloomberg posted this video entitled "Republican Candidates' Own Words: Ron Paul." Honestly, it's awesome -- a tightly edited, rousing montage of Ron Paul clips. This should be an ad. Official campaign and PAC, take note!

VIDEO: Bloomberg / Washington Post GOP Debate - Ron Paul Highlights
Ron Paul Highlights in 10/11/2011.

New satellite imagery shows Iranian nuclear sites, watchdog group says
(CNN) -- New imagery posted on Google Earth shows evidence Iran continues to build out its nuclear sites, according to a group focused on stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and related technology. The Institute for Science and International Security said Tuesday it had examined updated commercial satellite imagery of Iran and found evidence of slow, but continuing, build-out of nuclear facilities.

GOP senators vote to defeat Obama's jobs bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- United against Barack Obama, Senate Republicans voted Tuesday night to kill the jobs package the president had spent weeks campaigning for across the country, a stinging loss at the hands of lawmakers opposed to stimulus-style spending and a tax increase on the very wealthy. The $447 billion plan died on a 50-49 tally that garnered a majority of the 100-member Senate but fell well short of the 60 votes needed to keep the bill alive.

US Senate passes China currency bill
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Defying Chinese anger and White House warnings, the US Senate on Tuesday passed legislation to punish Beijing for alleged currency manipulation widely blamed here for costing American jobs. Lawmakers voted 63-35 to approve the measure, which faced a gloomy future in the Republican-led House of Representatives amid warnings from leaders there that it could spark a trade war between the two economic giants.

Rumsfeld urges Taiwan to make known defence needs
TAIPEI (AFP) - Former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld insisted on Tuesday that further United States arms sales to Taiwan were needed as China continued with its ambitious military modernisation plans. Rumsfeld, who considers himself "a longtime friend of Taiwan", urged the island to keep seeking weapons from the US, and said it should not be upset by Washington refusing to sell it advanced fighters.

VIDEO: Iran 'Directed' Washington, D.C., Terror Plot, U.S. Says
ABC News - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in an announcement today that the plan was "conceived, sponsored and was directed from Iran" by a faction of the government and called it a "flagrant" violation of U.S. and international law. "The U.S. is committed to holding Iran accountable for its actions," Holder said.

Iranians charged in U.S. over assassination plot
Reuters - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said one of two men charged in the plot, both originally from Iran, had been arrested and confessed. The other, who was still at large, was described in the criminal complaint as being a member of the elite Quds Force, which is part of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

LIVE BLOG & VIDEO: FBI, DEA thwart terror plot in U.S. involving Iran, officials say
October 11th, 2011 - Editor's note: The FBI and the DEA have disrupted a plot involving Iran to commit terrorism inside the United States, a senior U.S. official told CNN Tuesday. The official said the alleged plan was directed by elements of the Iranian government and involved a plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States. [Posted at 2:19 p.m. ET] FBI Director Robert Mueller said the alleged terror plot involving Iran "reads like the pages of a Hollywood script."

U.S.: Iran Plotted With Mexican Drug Cartel to Assassinate Saudi Ambassador
Kurt Nimmo - The United States has accused Iran of plotting to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States and bomb the Saudi embassy in Washington, according to the embattled U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Holder and the Justice Department claim the plot was hatched in Mexico last May.

YouTube: AG Holder dodges & ignores questions on Fast & Furious
Fox News October 11, 2011

White House used Mitt Romney health-care law as blueprint for federal law
Newly obtained White House records provide fresh details on how senior Obama administration officials used Mitt Romney’s landmark health-care law in Massachusetts as a model for the new federal law, including recruiting some of Romney’s own health care advisers and experts to help craft the act now derided by Republicans as “Obamacare.”

Downplaying Ron Paul’s Values Voters Victory
I’ve often joked that when Ron Paul gets to the White House, the media will declare the presidency irrelevant and focus on how Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and other establishment candidates represent the future of the Republican Party. A creative contributor at Ron Paul Forums put together an interesting collage of headlines showcasing how the mainstream media is spinning or downplaying Ron Paul’s Values Voters Summit straw poll victory on Saturday.

The allure of an Obama-Hillary ticket
Hillary to the rescue? That rumor-theory-speculation-spin-Hail Mary pass has been circulating around the political hustings for the last year. The Washington mouths are blabbering that Vice President Joe Biden will take a political bullet for his president and step off the 2012 presidential ticket. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama’s archrival-turned-secretary of state, is tired of the international fly-arounds and serving as red meat for America’s attack dogs.

VIDEO: Orlando Unveils Barack Obama Parkway
ORLANDO, Fla. -- On the same day President Barack Obama will visit Orlando, the city unveiled the first part of a roadway project named after him. Phase I connects President Barack Obama Parkway north of Conroy Road to Metrowest Boulevard, a mile-and-a-half stretch that includes lighting, sidewalks and on-street bike lanes. Shingle Creek Trail, used by pedestrians and bicyclists, was also extended. [Orlando Mayor] Dyer said 150 jobs were created in Phase I of construction, which cost $10.5 million. The city will hire 150 more workers when Phase II begins, he said.

VIDEO: Belafonte: Herman Cain is a 'bad apple'
CNN - Harry Belafonte tells HLN's Joy Behar why he thinks GOP candidate Herman Cain was "denied intelligence."

SHOWDOWN: China currency bill set to clear Senate
Defying Chinese anger and White House warnings, the US Senate was set Tuesday to approve legislation to punish China for alleged currency manipulation widely blamed here for costing American jobs. The proposal, powered by a tide of US voter frustration at a sour economy and high unemployment ahead of November 2012 elections, envisions retaliatory duties on Chinese exports if the yuan's value is unfairly "misaligned."

The murder of Americans: Existence of secret kill lists now admitted by lawless White House
(NaturalNews) You know things are bad in the realm of tyranny when even Reuters runs a story that admits the White House openly engages in the outright murder of U.S. citizens whom the White House deems "enemies." In an article entitled, Secret panel can put Americans on "kill list", Reuters reported:

US crime predicting technology tests draw Minority Report comparisons
London Telegraph - The US Department of Homeland Security has begun testing crime predicting technology that is drawing comparisons to the science fiction film Minority Report. Using cameras and sensors the "pre-crime" system measures and tracks changes in a person's body movements, the pitch of their voice and the rhythm of their speech. It also monitors breathing patterns, eye movements, blink rate and alterations in body heat, which are used to assess an individual's likelihood to commit a crime. The Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST) programme is already being tested on a group of government employees who volunteered to act as guinea pigs.


Is It the End of College Radio?
As Americans tighten their belts and the government looks to cut the nation's budget wherever it can afford to, college campuses are being forced to do the same -- and that means making sacrifices. For some schools, student-run college radio is one of the first programs to go. Several universities have already sold their facilities. Rice University in Houston recently sold its KTRU-FM radio tower, along with its accompanying FM bandwidth and license, for $9.5 million.

Socialists Exploit OWS to Push “Millionaires March”
Kurt Nimmo - Groups steal OWS thunder to push “tax the rich” agenda in New York. It appears many OWS supporters have fallen under the sway of professional socialists and Marxists who last week descended on the movement encamped on the outskirts of Wall Street. As we noted last week, the Working Families Party is a spin-off of the New Party, a now defunct organization founded by the Democratic Socialists of America. It gets support from SEIU, a labor union that has used violence against its opponents. The former boss of SEIU, Andy Stern, is an Obama confidant.

Boston police impose curfew for protesters
10/11/2011 2:53 AM - Boston police moved in and began arresting scores of Occupy Boston protesters who refused to leave a large part of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway early this morning. At 1:20 a.m., the first riot police officers lined up on Atlantic Avenue. Minutes later, dozens of sheriff vans and police wagons arrived and over 200 officers in uniforms and riot gear surrounded the Greenway.

#OWS Stands In Solidarity With 100 Arrested At Occupy Boston
We condemn the Boston Police Department for their brutality in ordering their officers to descend upon the Occupy Boston tent city in full riot gear to assault, mass arrest, and destroy the possessions of these peaceful women and men. We condemn them for ordering this attack in the middle of the night. These people were not simply protesters holding a rally, it was their home, it was their community and it was violated in the worst possible way by the brutal actions of the BPD.

VIDEO: ‘Occupy’ Agitators Attempt to Ban First Amendment
It seems as though some of the agitators who have latched on to the ‘Occupy’ movement are only happy with people expressing their First Amendment right if the participant completely agrees with their point of view. Two foul-mouthed leftists attempt to block independent journalist Adam Kokesh from filming a public protest taking place in a public square, making inane arguments about the participants feeling threatened by appearing on camera, despite the fact that they are demonstrating in the middle of America’s capital city.

YouTube: End to Fed: ‘US to see more violence as protests spread’
Russia Today - Hundreds of demonstrators have been arrested since the campaign began last month. Christopher Greene, a blogger and founder of an independent media channel, says there’s going to be more violence on U.S. streets as the protests gather momentum.

Street lights removed from city that can't pay light bill
Highland Park— Most of the city's street lights have been repossessed because officials failed to pay a multimillion-dollar utility bill, giving rise to concerns about safety and crime in darkened neighborhoods. DTE Energy crews have removed about 1,400 light poles from Highland Park as part of a settlement that allowed the city to avoid paying $4 million in unpaid bills going back several years. DTE, which says the work will be completed by Oct. 31, has replaced 200 lights with newer models on street corners, but most neighborhoods remain in the dark.

Dems scramble to save face on Obama's jobs bill
A lack of Democratic unity on the president’s bill would be embarrassing for the White House, which has been scolding House Republicans for refusing to vote on the measure. Obama has been touring the country, aiming to put pressure on the GOP to act. But Senate Democrats have indicated they are feeling some heat. Last week, Democratic leaders revised Obama’s bill, scrapping his proposed offsets. Instead of raising taxes on families making more than $250,000 annually, Senate Democrats lifted that figure to $1 million.

Even The CEOs On Obama’s Job Creation Panel Are Shipping Jobs Out Of The United States
There are 27 members on Barack Obama's job creation panel, and most of them are corporate executives. The formal name of the panel is the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, which is kind of ironic considering the fact that many of the CEOs on the panel have been rapidly shipping jobs out of the United States. So what hope is there that things are going to turn around if many of the folks that are supposed to be helping Barack Obama create U.S. jobs are actively destroying them instead?

LOL – This Stock Market Rally Is For Suckers
Hey, have you heard? The stock market is absolutely soaring right now. The Dow was up 330 points on Monday, and overall the Dow has risen by more than 10 percent since October 3rd. So should we all be throwing our money into the stock market in order to take advantage of this tremendous rally? Well, if you actually believe that the sovereign debt crisis has passed and that we are no longer on the verge of a massive worldwide financial crisis then I have a bridge that I would like to sell you.

MUST READ: How to Build a Made in America Home (inc. entire list/part # of American parts used)
In Bozeman, Montana, Anders Lewendal is hard at work building a home he hopes will be a blueprint for creating jobs in America. Lewendal, an economist turned builder, is constructing a house made entirely from American-made products. Everything from the nails, screws and bolts, to the steel, staples and bathtub is made in the United States.

Housing Market

AGs, banks move closer to settling robo-signing, mortgage servicing issues
The office of Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said state AGs and banks are inching closer to resolving mortgage servicing and foreclosure issues at big banks. When asked about reports suggesting bank officials laboring toward a settlement, a spokesman for Miller's office said, "I can't confirm that bank officials worked over the weekend. They did not meet with us over the weekend."

Axelrod calls for fairer mortgage finance, support of Cordray for CFPB
David Axelrod, former senior adviser to President Obama, said repairing housing and a creating fairer mortgage finance system would help ease the anger and frustration the country has with Wall Street as the economy remains stagnant. "America and the American people need a strong financial system — a need you provide," he said, making his comments Tuesday at the Mortgage Bankers Association annual conference in Chicago.

Energy & Environment

Canary Islands residents evacuated amid fears of seabed volcano eruption
The regional government of the Canary Islands has begun evacuating the small town of La Restinga, on the island of El Hierro, and raised its earthquake warning level amid evidence that a volcano is erupting deep on the nearby seabed. Approximately 600 inhabitants of the fishing port on the island's south coast were being told to congregate at a local sports field for evacuation on Tuesday.

YouTube: [MAXIMUM ALERT] Persistent Long Half Life Radiation Detected In Saint Louis
Oct 10, 2011 - Twenty Six days after the initial radioactive rainfall on 9/14/11, the radioactive sample swipe taken from our truck still shows radioactivity at approximately 6 counts per minute above background levels. Based on the decay data, the POTRBLOG team strongly suspects that a primary component of this persistent long half life fallout is the Neptunium 239 , Plutonium 239 series; and, that it is highly prudent to take risk mitigation actions.

NRC could expand emergency zones; Va. awaits decision as agency responds to quakes this year
In a worst-case nuclear accident at the North Anna or Surry power stations, the state has plans to evacuate people from within 10 miles of the plants. Now, though, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is wondering if that's enough. In the wake of March's Fukushima nuclear-power-plant disaster in Japan, the NRC recommended that American citizens in Japan evacuate out to 50 miles from the accident site.

A sad day for Australia – government approvals for world’s worst practice uranium mine
76% foreign owned, BHP Billiton made such huge profits that it’s almost an embarrassment. How to spend all that money? Why let’s dig the world’s most gigantic toxic status symbol! Let’s spend $20 billion of BHP’s huge profits, and untold billions of Australia’s tax-payers money – over the long life of a dirty great mountain range of radioactive dust. Related video here.


3 Fast Food Ingredient Secrets: Industrial Chemicals, Synthetic Meat
Most health-conscious individuals avoid fast food restaurants like McDonald’s at all costs, and for good reason. Fast food chains often use genetically modified ingredients, artificial sweeteners in sodas, heavy metals across the board, high-fructose corn syrup as a cheap yet deadly sweetener, and a variety of other toxic chemicals. In fact, oftentimes fast food ‘meat’ products are comprised of synthetic meat ingredients — it even says so on the official recipe.

Shame on AMA’s Archives of Internal Medicine
Did you hear the breaking news last night—that multivitamins may shorten your life? Here’s how junk science from the AMA set off the media frenzy. Bloomberg phrased it this way: “Multivitamins and some dietary supplements, used regularly by an estimated 234 million US adults, may do more harm than good, according to a study that tied their use to higher death rates among older women.” The study’s authors outrageously concluded, “We see little justification for the general and widespread use of dietary supplements.”

Treating Drug-Induced Diseases
With more—and worse—drugs? Mainstream medicine too frequently relies on pharmaceuticals to solve problems that FDA-approved medicines caused in the first place. Take, for example, delirium—a kind of mental confusion that’s a common complication of hospital admission, especially among people over 65. It is one of the biggest drains on the healthcare system, costing between $38 and $152 billion per year in the US alone. Patients who become delirious are more likely to die while hospitalized and in the months after leaving, and many suffer permanent loss of their mental faculties.

Vt. Sen. Leahy to seek maple protection law
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy says he's planning to introduce legislation to make it a federal crime for people to mislabel products as containing maple syrup. Leahy said Tuesday the legislation is needed to protect Vermont's maple crop from fraud.

'Natural' breakfast cereals loaded with pesticides and GMOs
(NaturalNews) For far too long, breakfast cereal makers have carried out highly deceptive product labeling and positioning campaigns through the use of the term "natural." Consumers are easily misled by this term, believing it to mean the product is free from pesticide chemicals and genetically engineered ingredients. But an explosive new investigation by the Cornucopia Institute ( -- the same group that exposed the widespread use of hexane solvents in soy protein -- is set to send shockwaves through the "natural" products industry by revealing which so-called "natural" brands actually contain high levels GMOs and toxic chemical pesticides.

Eat Right, Pay Up: Government Gets It Wrong Again
“Fat taxes” are tariffs on what governments feel are unhealthy foods. If only they had an inkling about which foods are truly unhealthy! The big problem is that the scientific evidence, honestly evaluated, simply does not support the assertion that saturated fats cause heart disease or are generally bad for us. In fact, as Joseph M. Mercola, MD, recently wrote on his website, saturated fats from animal and vegetable sources provide a number of important health benefits—and our body actually cannot function without saturated fats!

Susan G. Komen for the Cure openly denies science by claiming BPA exposure has no connection to breast cancer, insists chemical is safe
(NaturalNews) The breast cancer research group Susan G. Komen for the Cure seems more interested in keeping its chemical industry donors happy than it is in actually finding a cure for breast cancer. A recent story in Mother Jones explains that, despite the more than 130 scientific studies that demonstrate a clear connection between bisphenol-A (BPA) exposure and breast cancer, the group continues to deny any link between the two, and insists that BPA is safe.

Whole Foods Market supports 'pink' breast cancer awareness campaigns that fund drug industry
(NaturalNews) There is a small endorsement on the company's main website, but it has come to our attention that at least some Whole Foods Market stores in California, Florida and certain other areas have been openly endorsing Breast Cancer Awareness month, as well as a specific group called Pink United that funds the same "breast cancer research" initiatives promoted by groups like Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

How vaccines are made: Monkey kidneys, spinal material, animal pus and more
(NaturalNews) The issues surrounding the dangers of vaccines require a look into how they are made and to what we are exposing ourselves to. So, what are vaccinations exactly? Generally speaking, vaccinations are inoculations that attempt to confer immunity against a specific disease. Our anti-body defenses are stimulated when weakened versions of bacteria or viruses are injected into our system.

Five exercises to boost colon health
Staying fit and active is obviously important for overall health, but few people know that exercise can decrease the risk of colon cancer. Exercise creates an overall more efficient gastrointestinal system that has an enhanced amount of circulation and blood flow, allowing the colon to perform at an optimal level.

Second Brain - Manage your gut and gut flora
(NaturalNews) Your mind is your most important asset, but it can become your worst enemy. And your gut may be your most important organ when it comes to mental health. The awareness of intestinal flora deficiencies as the root causes of a wide spectrum of mental problems is constantly expanding. The gut is often called the "second brain". This is something you can easily manage.

Anti-caking food additives lower nutritional content of foods
A team of researchers from Purdue University recently published a study in the Journal of Food Science showing that the addition of anti-caking additives to powdered food products increases the rate at which vitamin C degrades. Anti-caking agents are frequently added to powdered foods to prevent the breakdown of certain nutrients, especially vitamin C.

Jerry Brown legalizes 12-year-old children giving 'consent' to Gardasil vaccine injections, but bans tanning beds for those under 18
(NaturalNews) Insanity prevailed in California once again today as Governor Jerry Brown signed bill AB499 allowing 12-year-old children the ability to consent to being injected with Gardasil vaccines without their parents' knowledge; yet at the same time time the Governor banned the use of tanning beds by anyone under 18 unless they received parental consent, Reuters reported.

Science & Technology

Can a blood test really tell you when you'll die?
The test is based on the idea that biological ageing grinds at your telomeres. And, although time ticks by uniformly, our bodies age at different rates. Genes, environment and our own personal habits all play a part in that process. A peek at your telomeres is an indicator of how you are doing. Essentially, they tell you whether you have become biologically younger or older than other people born at around the same time.

VeriSign Demands Power To Kill “Abusive” Websites
Paul Joseph Watson - Manager of all .com internet addresses seeks authority to terminate domains on government order without legal oversight. The global authority over all .com domain names, VeriSign, is demanding the power to terminate websites deemed “abusive” when ordered to by government without a court order or any kind of oversight whatsoever. “The company said today it wants to be able to enforce the “denial, cancellation or transfer of any registration” in any of a laundry list of scenarios where a domain is deemed to be “abusive,” reports the UK Register. Not only is VeriSign seeking the power to kill websites when ordered to by governments, but also by “quasi-governmental agencies,” which could extend as far as lobbying organizations and special interests.

DEATH CERT.: Steve Jobs 'died of respiratory arrest'
AN JOSE (CBS / AP) — A copy of Steve Jobs’ death certificate made public Monday indicates that the Apple Inc. co-founder died of respiratory arrest resulting from pancreatic cancer that had spread to other organs. Jobs died last Wednesday at age 56. Apple did not disclose his cause of death, but Jobs had been in poor health for a number of years.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Outdoor Root Cellars
Five easy ways to store fresh food for winter right in your garden — it’s as easy as tossing a bagful of leaves over a patch of carrots! You can harvest crisp veggies through snowy, wintry months using the plans in this article. You don’t need an underground room to have an effective root cellar — you can easily use soil, mulch and a few other tools to store vegetables and fruits without ever leaving your garden. Based on your winter weather and your available space, choose from these five ideas for outdoor root cellars to store your harvests through the snowy winter months.


WATCH AND SHARE: New Car Tires: How 'New' Are They?
ABC News went undercover and found retailers selling aged tires as brand new.


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Today In History - Tuesday - October 11, 2011
1776 - During the American Revolution the first naval battle of Lake Champlain was fought. The forces under Gen. Benedict Arnold suffered heavy losses.
1809 - Meriwether Lewis committed suicide along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee at an inn called Grinder's Stand.
1811 - The Juliana, the first steam-powered ferryboat, was put into operation by the inventor John Stevens. Traveled between New York City and  NJ.
1881 - David Henderson Houston patented the first roll film for cameras.
1890 - The Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in Washington, DC.
1929 - JCPenney opened a store in Milford, DE, making it a nationwide company with stores in all 48 states.
1932 - In New York, the first telecast of a political campaign was aired.
1939 - U.S. President Roosevelt was presented with a letter from Albert Einstein that urged him to develop the U.S. atomic program rapidly.
1942 - The Battle of Cape Esperance, during World War II, began in the Solomons.
1958 - Pioneer 1, a lunar probe, was launched by the U.S. The probe did not reach its destination and fell back to Earth and burned up in the atmosphere.
1968 - Apollo 7 was launched by the U.S. The first manned Apollo mission was the first in which live television broadcasts were received from orbit.
1971 - Hugh Downs left the "Today" show and "Concentration". He later became the host of ABC's "20/20".
1975 - "Saturday Night Live" was broadcast for the first time. George Carlin was the guest host.
1975 - Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham were married in Fayetteville, AR.
1976 - The "Gang of Four" of China was charged with plotting a coup and were arrested and imprisoned.
1983 - The last hand-cranked telephones in the U.S. went out of service.
1984 - American Kathryn D. Sullivan became the first female astronaut to space walk. She was aboard the space shuttle Challenger.
1994 - U.S. troops in Haiti took control of the National Palace.
1994 - Iraqi troops began moving away from the Kuwaiti border.
1994 - The Colorado Supreme Court declared that the anti-gay rights measure in the state was unconstitutional.

World News

VIDEO: World Unites October 15th 2011
On October 15th people from all over the world will take to the streets and squares. From America to Asia, from Africa to Europe, people are rising up to claim their rights and demand a true democracy.

Iran arrests 14 more in bank fraud probe: reports
Iranian officials have arrested 14 more people as part of a probe into a vast, recently uncovered bank scandal and announced they had recovered a quarter of the 1.6 billion dollars allegedly embezzled, reports said on Monday. "In the past three days, 14 more people, including bank managers and others linked to the case, have been temporarily detained," Iran's prosecutor general, Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei, was quoted as saying by the ISNA news agency.

Libya government forces corner Gaddafi loyalists in Sirte
SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) - Libyan transitional government forces said they had cornered Muammar Gaddafi loyalists in the center of the deposed leader's hometown on Monday, but many desperate civilians were still trying to flee the fierce street fighting.

Al-Qaeda joins those questioning legality of U.S. killing of citizen Anwar al-Awlaki
Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen has confirmed the deaths of American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, the young American propagandist killed alongside him in a U.S. drone strike late last month. Al-Qaeda has also criticized the Obama administration for killing U.S. citizens, saying doing so “contradicts” American law. “Where are what they keep talking about regarding freedom, justice, human rights and respect of freedoms?!” the statement says, according to a translation by SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist Web sites.

Yemen al Qaeda wing confirms death of U.S.-born cleric Jason Benham
DUBAI (Reuters) - Al-Qaeda's Yemen-based wing confirmed on Monday the death of U.S.-born militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who it warned had trained a new generation of followers to carry out his mission.... He was buried in Yemen on October 4, according to a member of his family, after Awlaki's father travelled from the Yemeni capital of Sanaa to the northern province of al-Jawf and identified his son's dagger lying among scattered body parts.

Egypt Coptic church decries attacks on Christians
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Coptic church blasted authorities Monday for allowing repeated attacks on Christians with impunity as the death toll from a night of rioting rose to 26, most of them Christians who were trying to stage a peaceful protest in Cairo over an attack on a church.

Egypt May Be Forced to Seek $3 Billion IMF Loan It Rejected: Arab Credit
Bloomberg - Egypt, grappling with sectarian violence, labor strikes and the highest borrowing costs since 2008, may be forced to ask the International Monetary Fund for the $3 billion loan it spurned in June.... “They must go to the IMF and the World Bank,” Mona Mansour, co-director of research at Cairo-based investment bank CI Capital, said in a telephone interview. “The government will resort to foreign borrowing because this can’t continue.”

‘We may need to print even MORE money’, Bank of England economist warns just days after £75billion cashflow is sanctioned
UK Daily Mail - One of the Bank of England’s leading economists has warned it may need to print even more money to bolster the sickly economy. In a sign of growing fears over a double-dip recession, Dr Martin Weale signalled that it will step up its money-printing scheme if growth does not pick up soon.

Thousands plan protest camp in London’s financial centre inspired by ‘Occupy Wall Street’ campaign
UK Daily Mail - Protesters inspired by the growing ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement in the U.S are planning to establish a tent city in London’s financial district next weekend. A Facebook page titled 'Occupy London's Stock Exchange' has already amassed over 3,000 people who have agreed to attend the event on October 15 while 'Occupy London' on Twitter has over 1,000 followers.

Brussels bans toys: Party blowers and other stocking fillers are barred in EU safety edict (and prices are set to rise for Christmas)
UK Daily Mail - Christmas stockings look likely to be a little lighter this year because of a new EU edict on toy safety. Many traditional filler toys are being banned because they do not conform to tough regulations imposed by Brussels.... Under the rules, children under the age of eight are no longer allowed to blow up balloons, if they are unsupervised.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Tonight: Bloomberg / Washington Post GOP Debate - Tue, Oct 11, 8pm ET - Dartmouth  (Ron Paul will be there!)
The Washington Post and Bloomberg TV, in partnership with WBIN-TV and host Dartmouth College, present the first debate of the 2012 campaign focused exclusively on the issue that matters most to American voters: the economy. Charlie Rose will moderate, with co-moderators Washington Post political correspondent Karen Tumulty and Bloomberg White House correspondent Julianna Goldman. Related link here.

NAACP Covers George Washington Statue at MLK Day Event
The annual MLK observance at the state house in Columbia SC had an interesting twist this year. The event is held on the north side steps of the statehouse. Prominent at that location is a large bronze statue of George Washington. This year, the NAACP constructed a "box" to conceal the Father of His Country from view so that participants would not be offended by his presence.

Where was Sheriff Dupnik?
Last Friday, ten Arizona sheriffs, five Democrats and five Republicans representing most of Arizona's 15 counties, met in Phoenix to call Fast and Furious, the ATF/DOJ gun-walking operation, “a betrayal of state law enforcement.” The Sheriffs called Attorney General Holder to account. Sheriff Clarence Dupnik of Pima County was not there. Since Fast and Furious crossed and re-crossed Pima County, and because Sheriff Dupnik has not been shy with opinions in the past, many in Tucson were surprised at his notable absence from the spotlight.

Pentagon Struck By A Missile NOT An Airliner on September 11 2001
Since September 11 2001 there has been a great controversy as to whether the attacks on America were those of terrorists using commercial airlines as flying bombs or if the attack on America and Americans was actually perpetrated by agents and or agencies working within the government. In this video which was produced by REL-MAR McConnell Media Company - News Division - a frame by frame analysis is done from video taken from a camera with a direct view of the Pentagon when the September 11 2001 attack took place. What you are about to see is real - there are no special effects whatsoever.

VIDEO: People will Rise: Black THIS Out!
So many reasons to do this, and only a few are “political” – In General we have Censored ourselves (using our web header) to put light on how millions of Americans self censor themselves everyday. You censor yourselves so you can stay at your job. You censor yourselves so you can be in a “movement”. To worship. For Family. To communicate… We have been our own shepherds and sheep dogs. Our own persecutors, judges, and hangmen for too long. The Cycle must end.

Iowa Sets Caucuses for Jan. 3; Saves Christmas for Politicos
Iowa will not ruin Christmas for political campaign staffers and reporters, having tentatively set the date of its caucuses for January 3, instead of the day after the holiday, as many had feared.

World Authority On Anthrax Disputes Government Explanation Of 2001 Attack
Three leading scientists, one a world authority on the composition of Anthrax, have produced a paper that presents evidence that directly calls into question the FBI’s version of events surrounding the 2001 anthrax mail attacks. The paper by Coordinator of the World Health Organization (WHO) Working Group on Anthrax Research and Control, Martin E. Hugh-Jones, biologist Barbara Hatch Rosenberg, and chemist Stuart Jacobsen is to be published in the peer reviewed Journal of Bioterrorism & Biodefense.


The 25 Documents You Need Before You Die
Most experts recommend creating a comprehensive folder of documents that family members can access in case of an emergency, so they aren't left scrambling to find and organize a hodgepodge of disparate bank accounts, insurance policies and brokerage accounts. You can store the documents with your attorney, lock them away in a safe-deposit box or keep them at home in a fireproof safe that someone else knows the combination to.

Declaration of the Occupation of New York City
Here is ‘Occupy Wall Street’s’ Declaration of the Occupation of New York City. Please take a few minutes to read and reflect upon the truths that lie within these words. There’s a video version below, if you prefer. And please, set the record straight when you hear people mocking this movement as having no purpose. You may not agree with everything ‘Occupy Wall Street’ stands for, but it does stand for something very powerful, just and true.

Financial Giants Put New York City Cops On Their Payroll
Who Do the White Shirt Police Report to at Occupy Wall Street Protests? Videos are springing up across the internet showing uniformed members of the New York Police Department in white shirts (as opposed to the typical NYPD blue uniforms) pepper spraying and brutalizing peaceful, nonthreatening protestors attempting to take part in the Occupy Wall Street marches. Corporate media are reporting that these white shirts are police supervisors as opposed to rank and file. Recently discovered documents suggest something else may be at work.

Occupy Wall Street... mansions
Organizers are planning a march on Tuesday that will visit the homes of JP Morgan Chase (JPM, Fortune 500) CEO Jamie Dimon, billionaire David Koch, hedge fund honcho John Paulson, Howard Milstein, and News Corp (NWSA, Fortune 500) CEO Rupert Murdoch. The millionaires and billionaires are being targeted for what event organizers called a "willingness to hoard wealth at the expense of the 99%."

CNBC Talking Heads: Wall Street Protesters Are 'Freaks'
CNBC is getting frightened so they resort to ridicule... CNBC talking heads — including Larry Kudlow, Jim Cramer, and Joe Kernen — have found nothing but scorn for the protestors, deriding them as “bizarre,” “freaks,” and “law-breaking” “anti-American” “anarchists” who are “more aligned with Lenin.”

VIDEO: Rick Santorum Smears Occupy Wall Street: "A Bunch Of Leftover Hippies From The 60s"
The GOP continues their attempt to discredit the Wall Street protests, as they run scared from the truth.

15 homeless shelters set to close Monday
Spending cuts are forcing a Seattle organization to close 15 indoor shelters Monday, putting about 300 homeless people on the streets, the group said. SHARE/WHEEL, the organization that runs the shelters, said it has run out of money. The homeless-run shelters rely heavily on government spending, but this year they lost a giant chunk of federal money, which came through a FEMA grant.

Cash-strapped Topeka, Kansas, has decided to stop prosecuting domestic violence cases in order to save money
Cash-strapped Topeka, Kansas, has decided to stop prosecuting domestic violence cases in order to save money. The City Council announced the proposal Oct. 4, after the Shawnee County District Attorney's office announced it could no longer prosecute misdemeanors, including domestic violence cases. The city's maneuver may even require repealing the part of the city code that bans domestic battery.

YouTube: Ron Paul Signs Books & Marches to Federal Reserve Bank of NY
Ron Paul holds a book signing for his latest masterpiece, "End The Fed", in downtown New York City. On a whim, he then decides to visit the belly of the beast, the Federal Reserve Bank of NY, as a multitude of patriots march behind him chanting "END The FED!"

The Primary Pillars Of ‘Occupy The Fed Now’
1) ‘Occupy The Fed Now’ is a non-partisan movement dedicated to transparency and accountability in Central Banking, corporate activity, as well as government. Our foremost purpose is to fully support the utilization of the First Amendment to the Constitution and the right of any American, regardless of their economic, political, religious, or social beliefs to redress grievances publically, and peacefully, while also defending the Constitution by directing attention to the primary sources of the ongoing destruction of our country. We are NOT a counter-movement in opposition to Occupy Wall Street....

VIDEO: Eric Cantor Calls Occupy Wall Street A 'Mob'
If you have any longevity on this site, you know we detest Obama and his support for illegal wars and Wall Street, but the GOP continues to mistakenly discredit the protests, so we will continue to discredit the GOP. Cantor: "If you read the newspapers today, I, for one, am increasingly concerned about the growing mobs occupying Wall Street and the other cities across the country. And believe it or not, some in this town have actually condoned the pitting of Americans against Americans."

General: Combat brigades could face cuts
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army's top general says plans to slash Pentagon spending by $450 billion will force the Army to consider cutting combat brigades. He says that will mean the military won't be able to fight two conventional wars simultaneously — as it has done for the last decade.

Thousands expected at Chicago financial conferences protests
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A coalition called "Stand Up Chicago" is planning a protest against economic inequality on Monday at meeting of the Futures Industry Association and the American Mortgage Bankers Association. The coalition, representing a variety of community and worker groups, expects thousands of people marching from five different downtown locations Monday afternoon "to reclaim our jobs, our homes and our schools," according to its web site.

VIDEO: Police Know The Federal Reserve is Private!
Police Departments in two of Texas’s largest cities are aware the Federal Reserve Bank is a private run for profit bank.

God, Gold, Groceries, and Guns
The four G's are important for reducing our concern against unforeseen negative events. Instead of worrying about them, we take concrete steps to deal with them. Most of them will not occur. But if they do occur, we will be in a position to deal with them in the short term.

WISE: Hiding Gold in All the Unusual Places
Bloomberg - If you’re looking for a safe place to put your investments, Chad Venzke has a suggestion: Dig a hole in the ground four feet deep, pack gold and silver in a piece of plastic PVC pipe, seal it, and bury it. The 30-year-old central Wisconsin resident trusts no one but himself to store and protect his gold and silver—not banks, not investment funds, and certainly not the government. It’s precisely because of this suspicion of institutions that he invests in those metals to begin with. In case of emergency, "you always want to have your precious metals within arms reach," he says.

VIDEO: History Channel Program Questions Fort Knox Gold Mystery, Absolute Must Watch
"GATA and your secretary/treasurer figure heavily in a new edition of the television program "Brad Meltzer's Decoded," which examines the question of whether the U.S. government really still has any gold in the vault at Fort Knox, Kentucky. The program, to be broadcast on the History Channel, stresses the secrecy and unaccountability of the government in regard to anything related to gold. All of us at GATA have been sitting on this story, wondering if the program was ever going to get made...and if made, actually allowed to air. But here it is at last.

Housing Market

Baron & Budd investigates Wells Fargo over mortgage fees
Baron & Budd P.C. launched an investigation to determine whether the mortgage lending arm of Wells Fargo [[WFC]] is inappropriately charging excessive fees on delinquent mortgage holders. Dallas-based Baron & Budd said it wants to know if the bank added extra fees to the accounts of clients who are either in default or more than 20 days past due on their mortgages. The firm alleges the lender charged "inappropriate fees" even if the customer gets current on payments.

VIDEO: REALLY? Banks foreclose homes, then ALSO sue the people for sport
CNN's Lisa Sylvester reports on the growing number of people who lose their homes, and then get sued.

Energy & Environment

Massive Japanese Earthquake Altered Earth's Gravity
The magnitude 9.0 Tohoku-Oki temblor in March was the most powerful earthquake to hit Japan and the fifth-most powerful quake ever recorded. To see how the temblor might have deformed the Earth there, scientists used the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites to analyze the area's gravity field before and after the quake.


Mass. may get vaccine registry
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Massachusetts may soon institute a statewide registry to track who gets vaccinated. State lawmakers previously faced opposition from insurers because the proposed plan would assess a fee on health insurance plans to raise the estimated $1 to $2 million a year needed to run a registry. Now that insurers have dropped the opposition, supporters have ratcheted up their lobbying for the state's financial support, the Boston Globe reports.

The US Cancer Program and Specific Types of Cancer, 1975-2007: A Failure
Townsend Letter - With regard to assessing the program of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in preventing cancer, the criteria used were the incidence rate and the numbers of Americans afflicted by a cancer. A constant or increasing incidence rate over time, along with increased numbers of those afflicted, indicates a failure of the program of the NCI in the prevention of a cancer.

PBS documentary highlights marijuana's amazing ability to treat disease
(NaturalNews) Though mostly positive in its portrayal of cannabis, the PBS report does contain some sound bytes from Dr. Eric Voth, Chair of the Institute on Global Drug Policy, a longtime, and very outspoken, opponent of medical marijuana. But all in all, the documentary is a compelling and highly-informative piece that may help to eventually turn the stigmatic tides of fear and superstition that surround this taboo plant. PBS video here.

Thyroid madness
(NaturalNews) Most of us today understand the often total madness of allopathic doctors and the institutions that support them. Nowhere is this more evident than in how contemporary medicine views and treats thyroid cancer. Overtreatment of thyroid cancer with radioactive iodine is rampant even though there is substantial uncertainty about the indications for radioactive iodine for thyroid cancer. Radioactive iodine absorbed by the thyroid can injure the gland.

Mustard compound helps build muscle, increase strength and performance
(NaturalNews) The simple mustard plant and its seeds have been in the news a lot lately because of their ever-expanding list of known health benefits. And yet another new study has found that mustard and certain types of vegetables naturally contain a steroid-like compound that can help increase appetite, promote the development of muscle mass, and boost overall athletic performance.

Lady finger herb provides colon health
(NaturalNews) Damage to the mucous membranes of the colon and the rest of the digestive tract can cause the entire gastrointestinal system to slow down and function at a reduced level of efficiency. To naturally heal the colon and the mucous membranes of the digestive system, many people turn to Lady Finger -- more commonly known as okra or Chinese okra and also called gumbo, bhindi, bindi, or bamia. Not only is nutrient-rich okra a delicious vegetable that can be prepared in many ways, but it also provides a multitude of benefits for your body and, in particular, your colon.

New law makes tanning beds off-limits to most California teens
CNN - California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Sunday a bill that prohibits most teenagers from getting bronzed in tanning beds, making the Golden State the first to do so. State Sen. Ted Lieu said he first tried, and failed, in 2007 to make it illegal for people between the ages of 14 and 18 to walk into a facility and use ultraviolet beds to tan. Four years later, his effort finally paid off.

Science & Technology

BlackBerry outage hits Europe, Middle East, Africa
The maker of the BlackBerry smartphone said Monday that all services had been restored to users in Europe, the Middle East and Africa after widespread service outages. Many users had reported not being able to receive or send email, use instant messaging or browse the Internet, though the problems did not appear to be the same for each user, or affect all users.

Steve Jobs’ Biological Father: Some Contact (Maybe), But No Facetime
Steve Jobs’ birth father, Abdulfattah “John” Jandali, learned the identity of his son only very late in life. Then it took years for Jandali to gently reach out to the grown man to whom he bears an unmistakable likeness and whom he gave up for adoption as an infant a half-century earlier.

43,381 Viruses Found in Sewage, Many Unknown to Scientists
Sewage samples obtained by scientists in Pittsburgh, Barcelona and Addis Ababa were found to contain 43,381 viruses — of which only 3,000 are currently charted by mainstream scientists. Among the viruses found in the sewage samples were the human papilloma virus (HPV), the diarrhea-causing Norwalk virus, and the common cold virus. There were 16 total known disease-causing viruses out of the 3,000 known viruses present in the sewage samples.

Brace for impact: Scientists warn ANOTHER out-of-control three ton telescope is hurtling towards the Earth at high speed
UK Daily Mail - ROSAT, a German X-ray telescope built with British and American technology, has been orbiting the Earth since 1990 and has provided invaluable data on stars. But they lost contact with it in 1999. It is now predicted to re-enter Earth's atmosphere at the end of this month.

U.S. Government Obtains Secret Court Order for Email Data of WikiLeaks Volunteer
The Wall Street Journal - The U.S. government obtained a controversial type of secret court order to force Google Inc. and small internet provider Inc. to turn over information from the email accounts of a WikiLeaks volunteer. Sonic said it fought the government's order and lost, and was forced to turn over information. Challenging the order was "rather expensive, but we felt it was the right thing to do," said Sonic's chief executive, Dane Jasper.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Very Cool 'Hobbit House' for $6000
Daily Mail UK - Fed up with huge mortgage payments, Simon Dale decided to take matters into his own hands – literally. Armed with only a chisel, a chainsaw and a hammer, the 32 -year-old moved his family to a hillside in Wales and started digging. The result is a wooden eco-home – constructed in four months and costing just £3,000 – which would look perfectly at ease alongside the Hobbit houses in The Lord Of The Rings.

Hiring Locally for Farm Work Is No Cure-All
New York Times - John Harold found himself short of workers to harvest his corn and onions after he decided to try to hire more local residents and fewer foreign laborers for his 1,000-acre farm.

Winter's Coming: Are Your Home and Property Ready?
For experienced preppers, some of these tips might seem a little obvious, but for newbies to this way of life, hopefully you’ll find this information useful.


Designing Your Death Dossier
WSJ - It isn't enough simply to sign a bunch of papers establishing an estate plan and other end-of-life instructions. You also have to make your heirs aware of them and leave the documents where they can find them. Consider: At least 10 states have been investigating whether some of the country's largest insurers are failing to pay out unclaimed life policies to beneficiaries. California and Florida have held public hearings on the issue in recent weeks. Insurers say they are behaving lawfully. Under policy contracts, they aren't required to take steps to determine if a policyholder is still alive, but instead pay a claim when beneficiaries come forward.


HILARIOUS - Geraldo Driven From Occupy Wall Street By Protesters Chanting: "Fox News Lies, Fox News Lies!"
From Russia Today- Brilliant. Democracy in action. This is what happens when your coverage of the protests is biased and absurd. "NA NA NA NA, NA NA NA NA, HEY HEY HEY GOODBYE".

YouTube: TSX - You're more broke then you think!
This message brought to you by the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Today In History - Monday - October 10, 2011
1845 - The United States Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, MD.
1886 - The tuxedo dinner jacket made its U.S. debut in New York City.
1913 - U.S. President Woodrow Wilson triggered the explosion of the Gamboa Dike that ended the construction of the Panama Canal.
1933 - Dreft, the first synthetic detergent, went on sale.
1943 - Chaing Kai-shek took the oath of office as the president of China.
1957 - U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower apologized to Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, the finance minister of Ghana, after the official had been refused service in a Dover, DE, restaurant.
1959 - Pan American World Airways announced the beginning of the first global airline service.
1965 - The Red Baron made his first appearance in the "Peanuts" comic strip.
1973 - U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned after being charged with federal income tax evasion.
1973 - Fiji became independent after of nearly a century of British rule.
1978 - The U.S. bill authorizing the Susan B. Anthony dollar was signed by U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
1985 - U.S. fighter jets forced an Egyptian plane to land in Italy so that the hijackers of the Italian cruise ship Achilles Lauro could be arrested.
1987 - Tom McClean finished rowing across the Atlantic Ocean. It set the record at 54 days and 18 hours.
1991 - The United States cut all foreign aid to Haiti in reaction to a military coup that forced President Jean-Claude Aristide into exile.
1994 - Lt. Gen. Raoul Cedras resigned as Haiti's commander-in-chief of the army and pledged to leave the country.
1994 - Iraq announced it was withdrawing its forces from the Kuwaiti border. No signs of a pullback were observed.
1997 - The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, opened to the public. Architect Frank Gehry designed the 450 ft. long and 98 ft. wide building.
2001 - U.S. President George W. Bush presented a list of 22 most wanted terrorists.
2003 - Rush Limbaugh announced that he was addicted to painkillers and that he was going to check into a rehab center.

World News

Special ops, CIA first in, last out of Afghanistan
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - Special operations forces and the CIA are girding for the moment when Afghanistan's security rests once again with them, working together with Afghan forces against the Taliban. That's how they started out, the first U.S. forces in just after the Sept. 11 attacks, and top military officials see the war evolving that way once again, as most American troops withdraw in 2014. The next stage could keep the CIA and special operators at war for up to another decade.

Wal-Marts in Chongqing closed for pork mislabeling
SHANGHAI (AP) -- Wal-Mart has been ordered to temporarily close some stores in the Chinese city of Chongqing and to pay 2.7 million yuan ($421,000) in fines following an investigation into the mislabeling of tons of regular pork as "organic."... China still is reporting constant problems with mislabeling, repackaging of expired food, counterfeit and substandard food and other issues despite long and repeated efforts to improve enforcement of food safety rules. Such cases are common in markets and smaller stores, but alleged violations by big foreign stores tend to draw more attention.

24 dead in worst Cairo riots since Mubarak ouster
CAIRO (AP) -- Flames lit up downtown Cairo, where massive clashes raged Sunday, drawing Christians angry over a recent church attack, Muslims and Egyptian security forces. At least 24 people were killed and more than 200 injured in the worst sectarian violence since the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in February.

Moderate leftist tops French presidential primary
PARIS (AP) -- A moderate French leftist once dismissed as soft as a strawberry dominated nationwide primary voting Sunday, and emerged the top likely challenger to the divisive and impulsive Nicolas Sarkozy for the nation's presidency.

Germany, France reach agreement on Europe's banks
BERLIN (AP) -- The leaders of Germany and France, the eurozone's two biggest economies, said Sunday they have reached an agreement about how to strengthen Europe's shaky banking sector amid the region's debt crisis.

Quartet tries to restart Israeli-Palestinian talks
BRUSSELS (AP) -- An international group of envoys will contact the Israelis and the Palestinians shortly to try to restart Mideast peace talks on hold since 2008. Envoys from what the Quartet — the United States, the European Union, the United Nations and Russia — met Sunday in Brussels to hash out a strategy as international pressure to reach a peace deal mounts.

Turkey Accused of Killing Kurd Leader – Trying to Trigger Civil War in Syria
Murderous gambit aimed at provoking Kurdish militants – who have until now stayed out of US-backed unrest in Syria. Turkey, NATO member and notorious butchers of the Kurdish people, not only within their borders but well beyond them including multiple incursions into Iraq in 2007, 2008, and 2010, with tank battalions as well as air strikes on “suspected” militant targets on both sides of the border, has played a role in the assassination of Syrian-Kurdish leader Mashaal Tammo according to Kurdish activists.

VIDEO: Moody’s Cuts Rating on 12 UK Financial Institutions
CNBC - Moody’s ratings agency lowered the rating of 12 U.K. financial institutions on Friday, saying it sees a decreased likelihood of government support for smaller institutions in particular but specifying the move does not reflect a deterioration in the financial strength of the banking system.

VIDEO: Fitch Slices Spain, Italy Credit Rating As EU Crisis Deepens
Fox Business - Fitch on Friday cut Italy's sovereign credit rating by one notch to A+ from AA-, saying the move reflected the worsening of the euro zone's debt crisis and an erosion of market confidence caused by the government's initially hesitant response to the rise in its bond yields.... The ratings agency cut Spain's credit ratings to AA-minus from AA-plus. It kept a negative outlook on the new rating, in a sign more downgrades are possible in the next couple of years.

YouTube: Message From Muammar Gaddafi, October 6, 2011
"The great tribes of Bani Walid, Sirte, Warshfana and Nawhi are strong and well armed. They will never be defeated because honorable people cannot and will never be subjugated!..."

France Upholds Soros 2002 Criminal Conviction for Insider Trading, Market Manipulation
George Soros, the hedge fund billionaire, has failed in his latest attempt to overturn an insider dealing conviction handed out in France 23 years ago. The European Court of Human Rights rejected his argument that French law on insider trading was not sufficiently clear to provide grounds for a conviction. Soros's lawyer, Ron Soffer, said that he would appeal the ruling. "Mr Soros has maintained that he did not commit any act of insider dealing," he said, adding that "many issues" were still unresolved and that he was confident the ruling would be over turned on appeal.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Air and space museum reopens after DC protests
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Air and Space Museum was open for business and crowded with visitors a day after demonstrators swarmed the building to protest a drone exhibit.

VIDEO: House Committee to Subpoena Holder in 'Fast and Furious' Probe
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is planning to subpoena Attorney General Eric Holder this week to determine who in the Justice Department knew about "Operation Fast and Furious" -- the plan to let thousands of guns sold in the U.S. get into Mexican drug cartel hands -- and when they knew it.

Long pursued, arms suspect faces trial in NY court
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For nearly two decades, Viktor Bout ruled an empire of the air. He dispatched a private fleet of long-haul cargo planes that spanned the globe, shipping heavy machinery, frozen chickens and more. The Russian businessman is grounded now, facing trial this week in a New York federal courtroom for what Western governments insist was his real specialty - arranging delivery of tons of weapons that inflamed violence across the world's war zones.

George Soros Controls All Arms & Ammo Makers In The U.S.
I was able to verify the story below and it is true. "The Freedom Group has been buying up American gun and ammunition manufactures The Freedom Group is control by Cerberus Capital Management which is controlled by George Soros which controls all arms & ammo makers in the US.

More than 100 Fast and Furious guns found in Mexico cartel enforcer's home
Reporting from Washington - High-powered assault weapons illegally purchased under the ATF's Fast and Furious program in Phoenix ended up in a home belonging to the purported top Sinaloa cartel enforcer in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, whose organization was terrorizing that city with the worst violence in the Mexican drug wars.

UPDATE: Secret U.S. Memo Made Legal Case to Kill a Citizen
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s secret legal memorandum that opened the door to the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born radical Muslim cleric hiding in Yemen, found that it would be lawful only if it were not feasible to take him alive, according to people who have read the document. The memo, written last year, followed months of extensive interagency deliberations and offers a glimpse into the legal debate that led to one of the most significant decisions made by President Obama — to move ahead with the killing of an American citizen without a trial.

Video: When is it Legal to Kill an American?
Freedom Watch interviews Kristen Powers about the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki.

YouTube: Ron Paul Predicts American Death
Ron Paul predicts the death of an American citizen without due process. Ends with the obumuh administrations plans to provide evidence. NOT

VIDEO: Ron Paul Wins Straw Poll at Values Voter Summit in DC
Huffington Post - Texas Congressman Ron Paul has been declared the winner of the 2011 Values Voter Summit Straw Poll, garnering 37 percent of the vote. Herman Cain finished in second place with 23 percent, while Rick Santorum took third at 16 percent. Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann finished in a dead-even tie for fourth at eight percent. The rest of the field saw Mitt Romney net four percent, Newt Gingrich at three percent and Jon Huntsman in dead last with zero percent.

YouTube: Ron Paul's full speech at the DC Values Voter Summit Straw Poll
Ron Paul giving his speech on the morning of October 8th, 2011 at the Values Voter Summit in Washington DC. Part 1. Part 2 here.

Democrats Introduce Bill to Seal Obama’s Presidential Records
According to Judicial Watch, Rep. Edolphous Towns (D-NY) has introduced the Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2011. That bill would do with Obama’s presidential records what Obama has already done to his personal and collegiate records: Seal them up.

Department Of Homeland Security Research Grant Aims to New Find Ways to Get the Public to Accept a Police State
Intel Hub - The Department of Homeland Security, in conjunction with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in England, is funding a study to gauge new and innovative ways to get the public to accept so called “identify management” techniques.

Homeland Security moves forward with 'pre-crime' detection
An internal U.S. Department of Homeland Security document indicates that a controversial program designed to predict whether a person will commit a crime is already being tested on some members of the public voluntarily, CNET has learned.... The latest developments, which reveal efforts to "collect, process, or retain information on" members of "the public," came to light through an internal DHS document obtained under open-government laws by the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

YouTube: 9 US Sheriffs Announce Press Conference to Call for Holder’s Resignation
Fox News October 6, 2011 - Nine US sheriffs will hold a press conference on Friday morning and call for Attorney General Eric Holder's resignation.

Exclusive: Computer Virus Hits U.S. Drone Fleet
A computer virus has infected the cockpits of America’s Predator and Reaper drones, logging pilots’ every keystroke as they remotely fly missions over Afghanistan and other warzones. The virus, first detected nearly two weeks ago by the military’s Host-Based Security System, has not prevented pilots at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada from flying their missions overseas. Nor have there been any confirmed incidents of classified information being lost or sent to an outside source. But the virus has resisted multiple efforts to remove it from Creech’s computers, network security specialists say. And the infection underscores the ongoing security risks in what has become the U.S. military’s most important weapons system.

FBI to launch nationwide facial recognition
The FBI by mid-January will activate a nationwide facial recognition service in select states that will allow local police to identify unknown subjects in photos, bureau officials told Nextgov. The federal government is embarking on a multiyear, $1 billion dollar overhaul of the FBI's existing fingerprint database to more quickly and accurately identify suspects, partly through applying other biometric markers, such as iris scans and voice recordings.

AP: The NYPD spied on its anti-terror partners
The Associated Press has published yet another stunning expose about the long and sinister reach of the New York Police Department's COINTELPRO-style mosque surveillance program. After breaking the news that the NYPD has teamed up the CIA to spy on Muslims in and around New York City, that it created a secret Demographics Unit to oversee spying and hired "mosque crawlers" to infiltrate and "rakers" to eavesdrop, the AP now tells us that many of the people who were spied on thought they were working with the city to fight terrorism.

The shocking truth of America’s secret, unaccountable, unlegislated death panels
he killing of American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, suspected of having links to al Qaeda but never charged with any crime, signaled a new era in the U.S.’s “war on terror” in which even American citizens were fair game for extrajudicial executions. This execution, carried out by a CIA controlled drone in Yemen without any due process whatsoever, pales in comparison to a revelation so significant, even the mainstream media was forced to cover it.

'Fast and Furious' scandal grows as tone-deaf White House facilitates Justice Dept. denials
(NaturalNews) In 2008, Sen. Barack Obama was vying for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination and the soon-to-be chief executive made a pledge that, if elected, he would preside over the most open, transparent administration in history. He promised to support an outright ban on gifts, to ensure that people working for his administration were prohibited from lobbying the same administration. He also vowed to have more open meetings and a five-day public review for legislation.

VIDEO: Ron Paul Campaign Announces Newest 2012 Ad Buy
10/7/11 - The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign announced today the release of a new national security-themed television ad that is part of a seven-figure ad push that began two weeks ago. The 30-second ad titled “Secure”cements Dr. Paul’s reputation as a leader who is fully prepared to deal with authentic threats to U.S. national security and ready to be the nation’s commander-in-chief. The spot will air beginning today on cable and broadcast television in the key early states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.


The Depression: If Only Things Were That Good
If anything, though, the lesson of the 1930s may be the opposite one. The most worrisome aspect about our current slump is that it combines obvious short-term problems — from the financial crisis — with less obvious long-term problems. Those long-term problems include a decade-long slowdown in new-business formation, the stagnation of educational gains and the rapid growth of industries with mixed blessings, including finance and health care.

Silver’s 2nd Most Oversold Reading in a Decade
Silver (SLV) just completed its second major correction this year after its parabolic rise and peak in April. The second decline that occurred over the last month has led silver to shedding nearly half its value. The decline over the last six months has pushed our silver indicator to the second most oversold value in a decade. Is this a major buying opportunity or are investors now catching a falling knife? The answer to that question hinges on what the dollar (UUP) does over the next several weeks.

Herman Cain steps up attacks on Occupy Wall Street protests
Republican presidential contender Herman Cain amplified his criticism Sunday of the growing Occupy Wall Street movement, calling the protesters “jealous’ Americans who "play the victim card” and want to “take somebody else’s” Cadillac. GOP politicians in recent days have stepped up their criticism of the protesters, with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) calling them "mobs" who have pitted “Americans against Americans.” But Cain, surging in popularity among many conservatives, seems to have had among the most virulent responses to the protests.

Ron Paul Slams Obama Over 9.1 Percent Unemployment Rate
Texas Congressman and GOP candidate Ron Paul slammed Obama over the September unemployment report. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reported that the unemployment rate remained steady at 9.1 percent for the third month in a row. While the economy added 103,000 jobs, 45,000 of those jobs were due to the return of striking Verizon workers to the telecommunications company’s payroll.

VIDEO: US turmoil: Mayor Bloomberg lashes out at protesters
Russia Today - The ‘Occupy Wall Street' protests are gaining momentum and have spread to more than a dozen cities across the US. The protesters have come under attack by politicians, with NY mayor Michael Bloomberg claiming they are trying to destroy people’s jobs. Helicopters and heavy police presence have been brought to keep the turmoil under control in New York. According to NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly, the protests have already cost the city $2 million in extra security costs.

Wall Street cop faces probe over pepper spray
Russia Today - As protesters cry foul over the NYPD's violent acts perpetrated at Occupy Wall Street demonstrators, the cop that infamously sprayed down a group of women in Manhattan last week with mace will become the subject of an internal investigation.

VIDEO: Occupy The Fed Hits Austin: Nightly News on The Street Report
October 8, 2011 Aaron Dykes shows us the people’s response to out of control government with interviews from occupy the fed in Austin, Texas. Awesome interview with an Austin's Chief of Police. "...I'm really proud of the people out here."

VIDEO: Occupy The Fed: Dallas – All The Videos From Last Night’s Protest
Alex Jones Chanel - All of the protest videos and the police response from last night’s Occupy the Fed in Dallas. Next stop – Houston!

Obama's "Millionaire Tax" Collected Over Next Ten Years Will Plug 4 Months Worth Of Deficit
According to the Budget Office, said tax which is the source of substantial consternation among the population, would generate, over the next decade, a grand total of... drum roll... $453 billion. Why the drum roll? Because as we pointed out a few days ago, the US closed the 2011 fiscal year having added $1.23 trillion in debt (a number which would have been $1.4 trillion absent some year end settlement gimmickry).

GRAPHIC: How The Too Big To Fail Banks Were Born
This is how the U.S. banking monopoly was created after more than two decades of unbridled bank mergers endorsed, and in some cases, encouraged the by the OCC, the FDIC, the FTC and the elimination of Glass-Steagall.

Former CEO John Reed Apologizes For Creating Citigroup 'Monster'
John S. Reed, who helped engineer the merger that created Citigroup Inc., apologized for his role in building a company that has taken $45 billion in direct U.S. aid and said banks that big should be divided into separate parts. “I’m sorry,” Reed, 70, said in an interview yesterday. “These are people I love and care about. You could imagine emotionally it’s not easy to see what’s happened.”

Payrolls Beat Forecast as Concerns Ease
Oct 7, 2011 - Payrolls rose by 103,000 after a 57,000 gain in August, the Labor Department said today in Washington. The median forecast in a Bloomberg News survey of economists called for an increase of 60,000. The figures reflected the end of a strike at Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) that brought 45,000 people back to work.

VIDEO: Rand Paul: Obama’s Rhetoric Could Turn ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Violent
During a Fox Business interview with Judge Andrew Napolitano, Senator Rand Paul warned that Barack Obama’s implicit support for the grievances of the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protesters could provoke them to turn into a violent mob.

OATH KEEPERS (and Volunteers From Other Liberty Orgs) To Occupy The Occupation!
Our initiative is to place Oath Keepers’ message of Constitutionality in front of the demonstrators who show up at the rallies.... Oath Keepers is not involved in the leadership of “Occupy Wall Street”, but we have a keen interest in some subtle forces at play in all this, and we have a plan for countering those forces.... Our new initiative, Occupy The Fed Now!, will have its own website up and running by Friday morning, October 07, 2011. We are also using a Meetup calendar system, and are doing a facebook page for this new initiative.

WWII Vet to Wall Street Protesters: “I Am So Proud Of All You People”
I am so proud of all you people who are showing your back bones, to stand up and put a stop to the Banking cartel, who is defining History, by insisting that We The People, use their Fiat Money system. Our Constitution states, that Only Gold and Silver shall be used as lawful Money.

YouTube: Press of Force: 'Police squash us like terrorists'
Russia Today - The aftermath of years of financial strife are causing people's patience to run out and they're angry at the banks for triggering it in the first place. Journalists who joined the campaign say the protesters will not stop demanding social and economic justice.

Occupy Portland hits town with cast of thousands (10,000?) for massive, peaceful demonstration
At the beginning of the march, police estimated the crowd at about 4,000, but it reached critical mass at Pioneer Courthouse Square by mid-day. The square -- which holds about 10,000 people -- was elbow-to-elbow full with people spilling out onto surrounding streets.

S.F. police break up Occupy SF camp
San Francisco police and Public Works crews dismantled a Financial District encampment early Thursday that had been occupied for nearly a week by activists protesting economic inequality. Protesters with the group Occupy SF said about 80 officers wearing riot helmets confronted 200 campers and their supporters at about 12:45 a.m. The officers guarded city workers who removed tents, lean-tos, sleeping bags and other belongings from outside the Federal Reserve Bank building at 101 Market St. near Main Street.

Obama and Congress ARE Wall Street, Geithner IS the Federal Reserve - Now What?
Barack Obama and his 2008 presidential challenger John McCain both received more money from Wall Street donors than their combined lifetime government salaries. It was a billion-dollar-plus campaign. In fact, all of Congress makes more from Wall Street and corporate campaign contributions than their public salaries. It is the nature of the modern political system. And Timothy Geithner, despite cheating on his own taxes, was plucked from the New York Federal Reserve to serve as U.S. Treasury Secretary. So who can the People turn to for solutions?

Koch Brothers Flout Law Getting Richer With Secret Iran Sales
In May 2008, a unit of Koch Industries Inc., one of the world’s largest privately held companies, sent Ludmila Egorova-Farines, its newly hired compliance officer and ethics manager, to investigate the management of a subsidiary in Arles in southern France. In less than a week, she discovered that the company had paid bribes to win contracts.

Housing Market

GMAC to pay select veterans to remain current on mortgages
GMAC Mortgage, the origination and servicing arm of Ally Financial (GJM: 20.06 +0.70%), will begin paying negative equity borrowers in the military to stay current on their mortgage and not strategically default. The Loan Value Group, a mortgage services firm based in New Jersey, launched its Responsible Homeowner Reward Program as a pilot in 28 states earlier this year. GMAC plans to offer a pilot of the program to 4,000 military borrowers and their families. While the mortgage can be underwater to qualify, it must also be current.

Energy & Environment

VIDEO: Obama Fundraiser Pushed Solyndra Deal From Inside
ABC News - An elite Obama fundraiser hired to help oversee the administration's energy loan program pushed and prodded career Department of Energy officials to move faster in approving a loan guarantee for Solyndra, even as his wife's law firm was representing the California solar company, according to internal emails made public late Friday.

VIDEO: White House adviser on Solyndra: '*#~@ show'
When Solyndra hit the fan in August, White House energy adviser Heather Zichal may have summed it up best. Zichal’s email is one of dozens showing Obama administration officials were planning on how to handle a Solyndra bankruptcy days before the solar company went under.

VIDEO: The NRC Knew Possibility of Elevated Thyroid Dose in Midway Island and Alaska By March 22nd – Worked to keep it away from FOIA
October 7, 2011 - The Bounding Plausible Analysis, which needs peer review, would indicate elevated child thyroid to those in Midway Island and Alaska, [sic] This assumes 1 core and 2 SFPs released.... It was later revealed that Reactors No. 1, 2, and 3 all suffered full meltdowns -CNN.

VIDEO: Winter 2011-2012 Forecast: Another Brutal One
The Long-Range Forecasting Team is predicting another brutally cold and snowy winter for a large part of the country, thanks in large part to La Niña... yet again.

Mosquito Pesticide Suspected in Lobster Deaths
Beyond Pesticides, October 7, 2011 - Commercial lobster fishers operating in Long Island Sound off the coast of Connecticut have begun to suspect that the mosquito killing chemical methoprene, sprayed by neighboring New York State as part of its West Nile virus (WNv) control program, is contributing to widespread deaths of lobsters in the sound. Judge rules in favor of coal in Obama mine crackdown. A federal judge dealt a blow Thursday to the Obama administration's crackdown on mountaintop removal coal mining, ruling that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's more detailed permit reviews overstepped the agency's Clean Water Act authority. Charleston Gazette, West Virginia

Dissent Rocks Final Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Hearing
The 1,700 mile pipeline would, as you likely know, carry exceptionally dirty tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to the US Gulf Coast -- endangering local environments and the stability of the global climate along the way. The hearing was a spirited, colorful event: Farmers, students, union workers, religious leaders, and indigenous people all turned out to plead with Obama to stop the pipeline.


Conclusive link now admitted: swine flu vaccine causes chronic nervous system disorders
(NaturalNews) The nation of Finland has now openly admitted that the swine flu vaccine "conclusively" causes narcolepsy, a chronic nervous system disorder that makes people uncontrollably fall asleep. The Finnish government, in acknowledging this link, says it will pay for "lifetime medical care" for 79 children who have been irreparably damaged by the swine flu vaccine.

U.S. Drug Policy Would Be Imposed Globally By New House Bill
The House Judiciary Committee passed a bill yesterday that would make it a federal crime for U.S. residents to discuss or plan activities on foreign soil that, if carried out in the U.S., would violate the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) -- even if the planned activities are legal in the countries where they're carried out.

Feds cracking down on California medical marijuana dispensaries
Federal prosecutors in California are threatening to shut down medical marijuana dispensaries throughout the state, sending letters to warn landlords to stop sales of the drug within 45 days or face the possibility that their property will be seized and they will be sent to prison.

A Death, A Miscarriage and Another Cantaloupe Recall
The multistate outbreak of listeriosis linked to cantaloupes now includes another death -- this one in Wyoming -- and a miscarriage in Iowa, along with another melon recall by a western New York distributor supplied by Colorado's Jensen Farms.

Ashwagandha is the super adaptogen
(NaturalNews) Life in the 21st century is full of stress in the form of emotional setbacks, environmental toxins, physical trauma & poor nutrition. This stress depletes the body of critical nutrients and causes oxidation of various cellular elements. Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that helps the body successfully adapt to stressful conditions. Ashwagandha is also called Indian ginseng, winter cherry, & Withania Somnifera.

Milk thistle saves your liver and your life
(NaturalNews) Over 1,000 new synthetic food agents have been approved for consumption in the United States in 2011, and the human liver is the body's primary detoxifier, bearing the brunt of filtering these chemical agents out so cancer cells don't develop and multiply. Milk thistle, also known as Silymarin, prevents the metastatic process, stopping the spread of cancer in its tracks.

Useful information on apple cider vinegar (opinion)
(NaturalNews) For ACV to be really beneficial it is essential that it is organic, unfiltered and the apples used, fully ripened. If the ACV is distilled enzymes are destroyed as is the potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, sulfur, iron, copper, silicon, trace minerals, and essential amino acids. Distilling also destroys natural acids that fight body toxins and inhibit unfriendly bacteria.

The dark side of energy drinks - risking your health for temporary stimulation
Energy drinks have become a modern day phenomenon, with tens of millions now being consumed daily. What's not to like about having more energy and alertness, particularly if it comes from beverages which often tout herbal and other "natural" ingredients? As it turns out, there is a very great deal not to like - including unhealthy ingredients and potentially dangerous health consequences.

Five short videos from Jeffrey Smith provide sharable introduction to GMOs for your friends who need to know
(NaturalNews) Jeffrey Smith from the Institute for Responsible Technology has released five short videos that are perfect for sharing with friends who might be new to GMOs. These short videos tell powerful, hard-hitting stories about GMOs in just two or three minutes, and they're easy to forward to others who need to know the truth about what's happening to our food supply.

Science & Technology

Biotech's dirty tricks exposed in new documentary: 'Scientists Under Attack'
(NaturalNews) "One question means one career." This was the harsh warning of UC Berkeley Professor Ignacio Chapela for those daring to conduct independent research on genetically engineered foods and crops. "You ask one question, you get the answer and you might or might not be able to publish it; but that is the end of your career." Both he and biologist Arpad Pusztai dared to asked questions and do the research. And then all hell broke lose.

NY State Senators Say We’ve Got Too Much Free Speech; Introduce Bill To Fix That
We’ve been pointing out a variety of attempts to push back on the First Amendment lately. One fertile ground for such attacks are local politicians carrying the “cyberbullying” banner, in various attempts to magically outlaw being a “jerk” online, usually by making it illegal to offend someone online.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Court documents reveal LA County prosecutor Kelly Sakir used infiltration agents, hidden cameras, extreme surveillance to target Rawesome Foods
(NaturalNews) Examples of government-sponsored terrorism against innocent Americans continue to pour in to NaturalNews, and no case better demonstrates it than the Rawesome Foods raid and the ongoing persecution of its organizers. In court proceedings last Thursday, LA County prosecutor Kelly Sakir turned over 1,097 pages of "discovery" documents to the defendants' attorneys, revealing an utterly astonishing campaign of spying, surveillance, and entrapment that has targeted Rawesome Foods for at least the last two years.

AP IMPACT: Foreign insects, diseases got into US
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Dozens of foreign insects and plant diseases slipped undetected into the United States in the years after 9/11, when authorities were so focused on preventing another attack that they overlooked a pest explosion that threatened the quality of the nation's food supply. At the time, hundreds of agricultural scientists responsible for stopping invasive species at the border were reassigned to anti-terrorism duties in the newly formed Homeland Security Department - a move that scientists say cost billions of dollars in crop damage and eradication efforts from California vineyards to Florida citrus groves.

How to go Green at home
(NaturalNews) Many people are under the impression that it has to cost a lot to go green at home. While fitting solar panels, skylights and LED lights may be an expensive outlay, there are many other ways to go green by simply changing the way you do things around the house.

Today In History - Friday - October 7, 2011
1765 - Nine American colonies sent a total of 28 delegates to New York City for the Stamp Act Congress. The delegates adopted the "Declaration of Rights and Grievances."
1777 - During the American Revolution the second Battle of Saratoga began.
1949 - The German Democratic Republic (East Germany) was formed.
1950 - The U.S.-led U.N. forces crossed the 38th parallel and entered North Korea. China in November proved their threat to enter the war by sending several hundred thousand troops over the border into North Korea.
1951 - The Western Hills Hotel in Fort Worth, TX, became the first hotel to feature all foam-rubber mattresses and pillows.
1956 - A U.S. House subcommittee began investigations of allegedly rigged TV quiz shows.
1963 - U.S. President Kennedy signed a nuclear test ban treaty with Britain and the Soviet Union.
1985 - The United States announced that it would no longer automatically comply with World Court decisions.
1989 - In Budapest, Hungary's Communist Party renounced Marxism in favor of democratic socialism.
1992 - In Peru, a secret military tribunal sentenced Abimael Guzman to life in prison without parole. He was the leader of the Shining Path guerrilla movement.
1993 - U.S. President Clinton sent more troops, heavy armor, and naval firepower to Somalia.
1994 - U.S. President Clinton dispatched an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf when Iraqi troops were spotted moving toward Kuwait. The U.S. Army was also put on alert.
1998 - The U.S. government filed an antitrust suit that alleged Visa and MasterCard inhibit competition by preventing banks from offering other cards.
1999 - American Home Products Corp. agreed to pay up to $4.83 billion to settle claims that the fen-phen diet drug caused dangerous problems with heart valves.
2001 - The U.S. and Great Britain began airstrikes in Afghanistan in response to that state's support of terrorism and Osama bin Laden. The act was the first military action taken in response to the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on September 11, 2001.
2003 - In California, Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor in the recall election of Governor Gray Davis.

World News

World facing worst financial crisis in history, Bank of England Governor says
The world is facing the worst financial crisis since at least the 1930s “if not ever”, the Governor of the Bank of England said last night. Sir Mervyn King was speaking after the decision by the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee to put £75billion of newly created money into the economy in a desperate effort to stave off a new credit crisis and a UK recession.

VIDEO: IMF Advisor: Global Financial Meltdown in 2 to 3 Weeks
Robert Shapiro: "If they can not address [the financial crisis] in a credible way I believe within perhaps 2 to 3 weeks we will have a meltdown in sovereign debt which will produce a meltdown across the European banking system. We are not just talking about a relatively small Belgian bank, we are talking about the largest banks in the world, the largest banks in Germany, the largest banks in France, that will spread to the United Kingdom, it will spread everywhere because the global financial system is so interconnected. All those banks are counterparties to every significant bank in the United States, and in Britain, and in Japan, and around the world..."

US tells Latin America to help poor get richer too
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Poised to expand its free-trade network in Latin America, the United States on Wednesday pressed governments of the region to ensure that all of their citizens benefit from the increased prosperity that expanded commerce offers. The Obama administration offered $17.5 million in American assistance toward that goal.

Afghans rally in Kabul, demand NATO troops leave
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Hundreds of people marched through the streets of the Afghan capital on Thursday, demanding the immediate withdrawal of international military forces ahead of the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion. The peaceful demonstration in downtown Kabul was meant to mark the Oct. 7 invasion of Afghanistan 10 years ago, following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against the United States.

War in Afghanistan... 10 years on
After 10 years of fighting in Afghanistan, Western forces and their Afghan allies are finding no simple answer to a seemingly straightforward question: Who, exactly, is the enemy?

Faces and stories of 10-year Afghan war
At least 1,700 American soldiers have died over the past decade, according to a tally by The Associated Press. NATO has lost 954 soldiers, with Germany supplying the biggest contingent after the U.S. and Britain. The Afghan National Army has suffered more than 1,500 deaths. And while there are no reliable figures for how many insurgents have been killed, the estimate is more than 10,000. In the meantime, the Afghan people are caught in the middle. About 2,930 civilians have been killed in bombing raids by the U.S. and NATO, while another 7,686 have been killed by insurgents, according to estimates from the United Nations and Human Rights Watch.

VIDEO:10 Years in Afghanistan -- War No More
This Friday, October 7, 2011, marks 10 years since the United States invaded Afghanistan in the name of the "War on Terror." Sadly, this summer President Obama announced he'll continue our military presence in the country until 2014, and Congress has agreed to follow his lead.

Palestinians near UNESCO membership
Palestinians moved a step closer to full membership of the U.N. cultural agency on Wednesday when its board decided to let 193 member countries vote on admission this month... At UNESCO, the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 40 representatives of the 58-member board voted in favor of putting the matter to a vote, with four -- the United States, Germany, Romania and Latvia -- voting against and 14 abstaining, a source at the agency told Reuters.

Saudi silence on Israeli-seized islands
Saudi Arabia and the Western states have kept silent for decades regarding the occupation of two Saudi western islands by the Israeli regime.

Hundreds of Nazi probes reopened
In a final quest to bring Holocaust participants to justice, German authorities have reopened hundreds of dormant investigations of Nazi death camp guards — men who are now so old that time has become "the enemy" for prosecutors hurrying to prepare cases. The efforts could result in new prosecutions nearly seven decades after World War II.

Return to real money: China to install more than 2,000 gold ATMs
(NaturalNews) The return to real money is making swift gains as public distrust and uncertainty about the viability of fiat currencies continues to grow. And according to a recent report in Digital Journal, some countries, including China, are actually installing automated teller machines (ATM) that dispense gold bullion rather than paper currency.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Harry Reid triggers 'nuclear option' to change senate rules, prohibit filibusters
The Democratic leader had become fed up with Republican demands for votes on motions to suspend the rules after the Senate had voted to end a filibuster. Reid said these motions, which do not need unanimous consent, amount to a second-round filibuster after the Senate has voted to move to final passage of a measure. The surprise move stunned Republicans, who did not expect Reid to bring heavy artillery to what had been a humdrum knife fight over amendments to China currency legislation.

Campaigns at Christmas looking more possible
Nevada's jump ahead in the GOP presidential nominating calendar has prompted new rounds of finger pointing, insider wrangling and political threats. But some Republicans worry the biggest losers may turn out to be voters. Republicans in the Western state announced earlier this week that they would hold their caucuses on Jan. 14, a shift that triggered a domino effect forcing other states to rethink the timing of their own contests.

Secret panel can put Americans on "kill list'
American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions, according to officials. There is no public record of the operations or decisions of the panel, which is a subset of the White House's National Security Council, several current and former officials said. Neither is there any law establishing its existence or setting out the rules by which it is supposed to operate.

Federal agents target USVI legislature in raid
U.S. federal agents raided the legislature of the U.S. Virgin Islands on Wednesday, targeting a senator's office and the building's central computer system, according to government officials. Agents removed all employees from the St. Thomas office of Sen. Alvin Williams Jr. while they conducted their search, said Senate Majority Leader Celestino White.... White said he did not know why federal agents requested the search warrants, but he said everyone was cooperating.

Obama: 'Darn Tooting,' 'No More Out-Of-Pocket Costs' For Contraception
( - Bantering with the audience at a fundraiser in St. Louis yesterday, President Barack Obama bragged about a new regulation, proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services, that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has denounced as an “unprecedented attack on religious liberty.”... The proposed regulation, designed to implement part of Obamacare, will require all private health plans in the United States to cover sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives--including those that cause abortions—without charging any fees or co-pay.

Ron Paul Interview with Dylan Ratigan Today MSNBC
Congressman Ron Paul was interview with Dylan Ratigan on MSNBC Wednesday, October 5th at 4:00 pm Eastern.

TSA celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness month by fondling survivor's breasts
(NaturalNews) October is Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) month, which means millions of people and businesses worldwide are now donning pink clothing and those little pink ribbons in support of the massive campaign. But US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents at John F. Kennedy airport in New York recently raised awareness in their own unique way by forcing a breast cancer survivor who had recently been through intense surgery to undergo an aggressive and humiliating pat down of her breasts.

Giffords returning to Washington for husband's event
The visit will mark only the second visit to Washington for Giffords since she was shot in a January 8 shooting spree in Tucson that killed six people and wounded 12 others. The Arizona Democrat has been undergoing long-term rehabilitation therapy in Houston. "This is just a private visit for her to support her husband and she will return to Houston shortly after the ceremony," the congresswoman's spokesman, Mark Kimble, told Reuters. "It will be a quick trip."


AUDIO: City Hall OK With ‘Occupy LA’? Mayor Hands Out Rain Ponchos To Protesters
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Protesters camped out on the lawn outside City Hall said Thursday that — rain or shine — Los Angeles officials are starting to show signs of support for the movement that has spawned demonstrations in multiple U.S. cities.

Occupy Dallas forms an amorphous protest
Protesters organized in downtown Dallas Thursday morning, marching toward the region's Federal Reserve headquarters, demonstrating their frustrations with what they say is out-of-control greed on Wall Street and malaise in Washington. The intial crowd of an estimated 400 or so protesters is calling for economic change, but many could not suggest how this might best be possible.

Occupy Wall Street Protesters Sue New York City
After the New York Police Dept. arrested over 700 protesters on the Brooklyn Bridge last Saturday, six of those arrested filed a class action lawsuit on Oct. 4, alleging constitutional violations for intentional entrapment and false arrest. “The NYPD engaged in a premeditated, planned, scripted and calculated effort to sweep the streets of protesters and disrupt a growing protest movement in New York,” plaintiffs charged in the complaint. Video showing barricade and arrests here.

VIDEO: Unbelievable protest footage
NYPD drags girl across the street. Protester speaks to the NYPD (at 11:41 sec.).

VIDEO: Democrats Tap Into Occupy Wall Street Protests, Attack Republicans For Bank Ties
Democrats are ramping up their criticism of Republicans by tying them to Wall Street, launching a "coordinated attack" combining national and state party resources, as well as interest groups. Building off the Obama administration's criticism of banks — including President Barack Obama's shot at Bank of America's decision to impose a $5 fee on checking account customers — they will stress the importance of a strong Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and try to tap into the publicity given to the Occupy Wall Street protests.

VIDEO: The Revolution Against the Federal Reserve Starts Now
The Federal Reserve banking system is at the root of that problem and a perpetual impediment towards ending the global economic crisis that continues to grow. Join Alex Jones to “occupy” the Dallas Federal Reserve, or take the message to a Fed branch near you [see dates and times below]. We must start now by focusing media and political attention on this issue, and through our presence at these banks, start brushfires in the minds of men that will tip the momentum in favor of liberty and independence for all.

VIDEO: NYPD and Seattle Police Beat Up Protesters
New York Police beat up protesters AGAIN and Seattle Police rough up protesters

YouTube: Luke Rudkowski Attacked by Police, Rumors Cops Using Provocateurs
Journalist Luke Rudkowski was attacked by police Wednesday night while trying to document the Occupy Wall Street arrests in NY. NYPD used pepper spray, batons, and brute force to move protesters away from the entrance to Wall Street after many tried to push through police barricades. Rumors immediately circulated that police provocateurs dressed as protesters were to blame for the incident.

Thousands Begin Moving Toward City Hall As ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Protest Gains Momentum
The hundreds of protestors who have taken over Zuccotti Park for more than two weeks are getting reinforcements Wednesday when they’re joined by and other community groups... The group also called for a student walk out at college campuses across the country to protest “against unforgivable student debt and soaring tuition rates.” “Professors are asking their classes to take the day to actually go to this rally,” Rivera said.

Occupy Wall Street ‘Stands In Solidarity’ With Obama Front Group
Fears expressed by some that the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement is being hijacked by the Democratic Party establishment have intensified after the official OWS website announced that it “stands in solidarity” with, a lobbying group for the Wall Street-backed Obama administration. The front page of the proudly announces that numerous union groups will be present in New York today to join demonstrators in marches taking place this afternoon.

VIDEO: Herman Cain To #OccupyWallStreet 'If You Don't Have A Job And You're Not Rich, Blame Yourself'
Herman Cain: “I don’t have facts to back this up, but I happen to believe that these demonstrations are planned and orchestrated to distract from the failed policies of the Obama administration. Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks, if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself! … It is not a person’s fault if they succeeded, it is a person’s fault if they failed.”

VIDEO: The Kucinich Report 10/05/11: Keep Occupying Wall Street
A new America is being born in the streets of our nation.

VIDEO: Biden Propagandizes 5th Graders: ‘Things Got Really Bad Before We Came Into Office’
Vice President Joe Biden "educates" the 5th graders at a Tampa Bay school that the horrible economy is President Bush's fault.

Since Obama, Debt Increased By $35,835 Per Household
( - The Obama administration passed another fiscal milestone this week, according to new data released by the Treasury Department. As of the close of business on Oct. 3, the total national debt was $14,837,099,271,196.71—up about $44.8 billion from Sept. 30. That means that in the less-than-three-years Obama has been in office, the federal debt has increased by $4.212 trillion--more than the total national debt of about $4.1672 trillion accumulated by all 41 U.S. presidents from George Washington through
George H.W. Bush combined.

Bank of America and the U.S. Army Make Jobless Numbers Worse
Lesson learned: If you're the nation's largest bank or the main branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, your hiring decisions can have quite an impact on the economy. Case in point, the number of announced firings jumped 212 percent last month largely because of reductions made by Bank of America and the U.S. Army, reports Bloomberg.

Occupy Wall Street: How You Can Help
The "Occupy" website says the most important contribution you can make to the movement is to literally "donate yourself." But the swell of physical support is putting a strain on the basic resources necessary to sustain the anti-establishment protesters. If you can't make the trip to downtown New York and offer a resounding chant of "Hip Hooray, Make the Corporations Pay," there are still ways to help out.

Housing Market

IT'S OFFICIAL: Housing bust worst since Great Depression
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The American dream of homeownership has felt its biggest drop since the Great Depression, according to new 2010 census figures released Thursday. The analysis by the Census Bureau found the homeownership rate fell to 65.1 percent last year. While that level remains the second highest decennial rate, analysts say the U.S. may never return to its mid-decade housing boom peak in which nearly 70 percent of occupied households were owned by their residents.

Energy & Environment

Environmentalists in arms over border decision
Yesterday, House Natural Resources Committee 26-17 vote to approve H.R. 1505, the National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act; the proposed legislation would waive thirty-six environmental and other laws for U.S. Customs and Border Patrol activities on public lands within 100 miles of U.S. borders; environmentalists are angry... The bill’s reach is unprecedented. It would allow a single federal agency the authority to waive clean air and water laws, as well as those that protect parks and other public lands.

News: Actual Fukushima worker warns to get out of Japan before Spring comes
Children have already started to have thyroid problems “even though they evacuated”. It was assumed to take 5 years but the symptoms are showing up much faster than we ever thought. Now it’s known that most part of the plume is stuck to the trees or soil in the mountains, where you can hardly decontaminate.


Panel advises against prostate cancer screening
WASHINGTON (AP) - Those PSA blood tests that check for prostate cancer do more harm than good and healthy men should no longer receive them as part of routine cancer screening, a government panel is recommending. The recommendation by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, being made public on Friday, will not be a surprise to cancer specialists.

Feds to design health insurance for the masses
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal government is taking on a crucial new role in the nation's health care, designing a basic benefits package for millions of privately insured Americans. A framework for the Obama administration was released Thursday. The report by independent experts from the Institute of Medicine lays out guidelines for deciding what to include in the new "essential benefits package," how to keep it affordable for small businesses and taxpayers, and also scientifically up to date.

FDA Rejects Merck’s Attempt to Expand Deadly Gardasil to Older Women
The FDA stated that clinical data presented by Merck, the creator of the vaccine, failed to show that Gardasil effectively prevented infections in women 27 to 45 years old. This is particularly shocking due to the fact that pharmaceutical companies oftentimes illegally alter the numeric turnouts of studies regarding the effectiveness and safety of their drugs and immunizations.

Risky pregnancy drug raised daughters' cancer odds
A drug that millions of pregnant women took decades ago to prevent miscarriage and complications has put their daughters at higher risk for breast cancer and other health problems that are showing up now, a new federal study finds. Many of these daughters, now over 40, may not even know of their risk if their mothers never realized or told them they had used the drug, a synthetic estrogen called DES. The new study suggests that infertility is twice as common and that breast cancer risk is nearly doubled in these daughters.

CDC awards contract for worldwide flu virus fight
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded a five year, multi-million dollar contract to New Zealand's Institute of Environmental Science and Research to combat the flu virus around the world. The project is known as SHIVERS, or the Southern Hemisphere Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Research and Surveillance.

Ninety-seven percent of Arizona children vaccinated
Approximately 97 percent of Arizona children are up to date on their shots, but health officials are concerned about the growing number of parents who refuse to get their kids vaccinated. Arizona Health Director Will Humble said that there are a variety of reasons for parents failing to get their children vaccinated, including economic reasons, being "socially aware" and believing that they are reducing their carbon footprint and those who simply choose not to get their kids a vaccination, KTAR reports.

Flu Vaccine Pushed Despite Nerve Disease Link
The H1N1 vaccine scourge is in full force and so is the push. What isn’t emphasized among the government and medical community is the strong link between the vaccine and a rare, debilitating nerve disease. The Guillain-Barre Syndrome and death link is well known, but that doesn’t keep doctors from administering them even though 50 percent of doctors are refusing them. HFA has reported this deadly link two years ago as well as with other vaccines such as Menactra, which is pushed for babies.

VIDEO: Daily Aspirin Linked to Vision Loss by Len Saputo, MD
Natural News TV - Seniors who take daily aspirin have twice the risk for wet macular degeneration (not for the dry form). The risk increases from 2 cases per 100 people to 4 cases per 100 people. The authors stated that they felt the benefits of fewer heart attacks and strokes outweighed the visual issues. However, no mention of other forms of anticoagulation were considered such as nattokinase, lumbrokinase, ginkgo bliloba, and fish oil. We desperately need comparative clinical trials.

Flood of food imported to U.S.,ONLY 2% INSPECTED FOR SAFETY!
Critics, including the U.S. Government Accountability Office, say the FDA is simply not up to the task of ensuring the safety of food imports, which are entering this country in ever-growing numbers. The FDA expects 24 million shipments of FDA-regulated goods to pass through the nation’s ports of entry this year, up from 6 million a decade ago.

Raw organic foods have stronger 'energy field' than cooked or pasteurized conventional foods
(NaturalNews) A recent report from Activist Post explains that, based on analysis using a technique known as Kirlian photography, researchers have discovered that the energy fields surrounding raw, organic produce are stronger and more uniform than the energy fields surrounding cooked, conventional produce.

Students denied education because of disabilities
(NaturalNews) If you have a disability that could be interpreted as disruptive or distracting to others -- and you lack the means to deal with it on your own -- you just might be denied an education. This is exactly what happened to Channing Seideman, a former student at Colorado Mountain College, when she had an unexpected seizure during an emergency medical technician class at the school.

YouTube: Cashew Cheese
This vegan cheese is Cooked Healthy Fast. And it tastes great!

Science & Technology

California Appeals Court Approves Cell Phone Searches During Traffic Stops; No Warrant Necessary
This is not the first time such a law has been under scrutiny. In April, the Blaze told you about the extraction devices police were using in Michigan to download the entire contents of your phone. Florida and Georgia are among the states that give no protection to a phone during a search after a violation has been committed. In particular, Florida law treats a smartphone as a “container” for the purposes of a search, similar to say a cardboard box open on the passenger seat, despite the thousands of personal emails, contacts, and photos a phone can carry stretching back years.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Monsanto Buys Beeologics, Claims to be Working to Save Bees
Beeologics, a research company founded in 2007 with headquarters in Florida and Israel, has developed a product called Remembee, which is an anti-viral agent that the company's researchers believe could stem the impact of colony collapse disorder. The mysterious disorder has decimated honeybee populations around the globe, with far-reaching implications for agriculture.

EXCELLENT PRIMER: Low Maintenance Animals That Work For You: Chickens, Rabbits, and Goats
When I began to plan my families survival food stores, it quickly became apparent that if/when we lose our suburban grocery store lifestyle, my stores are only going to last a limited time. I also realized that there is a point at which more food is pointless without more trucks to move it and more people to drive them and more mouths to feed requiring more food.


140 Ways to Change the World
Doing something nice for someone can change the world. Maybe not the whole world, but their world. Start small. Start now. "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." -William James

Today In History - Thursday - October 6, 2011
1683 - The first Mennonites arrived in America aboard the Concord. The German and Dutch families settled in a neighborhood in Philadelphia, PA.
1847 - "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte was first published in London.
1848 - The steamboat SS California left New York Harbor for San Francisco via Cape Horn. The trip took 4 months and 21 days.
1857 - The American Chess Congress held their first national chess tournament in New York City.
1866 - The Reno Brothers pulled the first train robbery in America near Seymour, IN. The got away with $10,000.
1880 - The National League kicked the Cincinnati Reds out for selling beer.
1884 - The Naval War College was established in Newport, RI.
1889 - The Kinescope was exhibited by Thomas Edison. He had patented the moving picture machine in 1887.
1890 - Polygamy was outlawed by the Mormon Church.
1949 - Iva Toguri D'Aquino was sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $10,000 for war crimes. The conviction was for being Japanese wartime broadcaster "Tokyo Rose."
1949 - U.S. president Harry Truman signed the Mutual Defense Assistance Act. The act provided $1.3 billion in the form of military aid to NATO countries.
1954 - E.L. Lyon became the first male nurse for the U.S. Army.
1961 - U.S. president JFK advised American families to build or buy bomb shelters to protect them in the event of a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union.
1973 - Egypt and Syria attacked Israel in an attempt to win back territory that had been lost in the third Arab-Israel war. Support for Israel led to a devastating oil embargo against many nations including the U.S. and Great Britain on October 17, 1973. The war lasted 2 weeks.
1979 - Pope John Paul II became the first pontiff to visit the White House.
1981 - Egyptian president Anwar-el Sadat was assassinated at a military rally in Cairo. Muslim extremists were responsible the other eight deaths that occurred during the attack. Hosni Mubarak became president.
1986 - A Soviet nuclear submarine sank in the Atlantic Ocean about 1,200 miles from New York.
1989 - Two workers for the Swiss Red Cross were kidnapped by terrorists in Lebanon.
1991 - Elizabeth Taylor married Larry Fortensky. The ceremony was held at Michael Jackson's estate near Los Angeles, CA. It was Taylor's 8th marriage and Fortensky's 3rd.
1991 - Cable News Network aired a videotape of American hostage Terry Anderson that had been made in Beirut, Lebanon.
1992 - Ross Perot appeared in his first paid broadcast on CBS-TV after entering the U.S. presidential race.
1998 - Imelda Marcos was acquitted by the Philippine Supreme Court on the charge of graft. The ruling overturned the guilty verdict that had been found in 1993.

World News

NATO preps for new war
TEL AVIV – NATO troops are training in Turkey for a Turkish-led NATO invasion of Syria, a senior Syrian diplomatic official claimed to WND. Separately, informed Middle East security officials said Russia has been inspecting Syrian forces and has been advising Syria about possible Syrian military responses should NATO attack the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The officials said Russia recently sold Syria a large quantity of Iskander ballistic missiles, and that, in light of the NATO threat, the Russian government renewed its pledge to sell Syria the advanced S-300 anti-missile system.

'Outraged' US leads Security Council walkout
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The United States expressed "outrage" at the UN Security Council's failure Tuesday to pass a resolution on Syria and its ambassador walked out of the chamber in protest at a speech by Syria's envoy. US ambassador Susan Rice demanded "tough, targeted sanctions" by the international community against President Bashar al-Assad for his deadly crackdown on opponents.

IMF Considers Buying Distressed Bonds Of Italy, Spain
New threat from Europe using U.S. taxpayer cash. Pause to remember that U.S. taxpayers fund almost 20% of the IMF war chest, which could now be used to buy up the debt of weak Euozone members, a move that would end in massive losses as we enter 2012 and bond yields soar in Italy and Spain as it becomes clear that neither country will meet deficit targets, just like Greece. Since when does the IMF's charter allow for government bond purchases?

Bloodied but defiant: 10,000 Greek strikers and police in running battles as debt-ridden country starts a 24-hour walkout
Greek riot police have fired teargas at petrol bomb throwing youths and charged them wielding batons as 10,000 public sector workers marched to protest against budget cuts and high taxes. The country is today in the grip of a 24-hour national strike which has seen flights grounded, schools shut and people on the streets trying to storm the Athens parliament of its bankrupt government.

Russia, U.S. Reaffirm Pledges to Destroy Chemical Arsenals
Russia and the United States on Monday reaffirmed their commitment to completely eradicate their world's-largest stockpiles of chemical weapons, even as both nations have declared they will not be able to do so before the deadline set by an international accord. Under the Chemical Weapons Convention, Moscow and Washington have received an extended deadline of April 29, 2012 to complete disarmament operations. The United States does not expect to finish disposal work before 2021, while Russia says its chemical arsenal will not be eliminated before 2015.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Sources In Washington Say IMF’s Pot Of Cash Could Be Expanded From $350 Billion To $3.5 Trillion
It is no secret that IMF head Christine Lagarde wants a massive increase in the size of the IMF's bailout fund. She's been lobbying publicly along those lines for the past month. What is new is the dollar figure now being floated. ...U.S. taxpayers contribute roughly 18% of all IMF funds, so the $3.5 trillion headline figure means $700 billion from the United States. Any IMF funding increase would have to be approved by Congress, and judging by the blistering response below from Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rogers (the leading U.S. anti-IMF advocate), it will not be an easy sell.

US Puts $10 Million Bounty on Iraq Al Qaeda Leader
The Department of State Tuesday designated Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali Al Badri, the senior leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and offered a $10 million reward for information on his whereabouts.

Celente: Obama Will Win If Republicans Pick Establishment Candidate
Should the Republicans nominate one of the three current frontrunners – Mitt Romney, Rick Perry or Michelle Bachmann – Barack “Back-on-track” Obama wins (despite polls showing him with just a 41 percent approval rating) by playing the populist card he’s already begun to deal, forecasts Gerald Celente, Trends Journal publisher. The President is already calling the bluff of his Republican foes, demanding a millionaire’s tax and daring a gridlocked Congress not to pass it.

YouTube: Stossel Discusses Ron Paul on Tuesday's O'Reilly Factor
Aired October 3rd 2011- In this Interview John Stossel does very well sticking up for Ron Paul up against Bill O'Reilly extremely arrogant remarks.

Ron Paul's third-quarter haul: $8 million
A Ron Paul campaign official tells POLITICO's Dan Hirschhorn that Paul will announce he raised $8 million in the third quarter. Paul will make the announcement shortly during his appearance at the National Press Club. He'll also note that the campaign has more than 100,000 donors — five times as many as Rick Perry.

We Stand with Gibson
Rally and free Concert to show support for Gibson Guitar is being held on Saturday October 8th. This event is being organized by concerned citizens and groups across Tennessee, and in fact across the US, who are concerned about the extraordinary abuse of power represented by the raid of the Gibson Company by federal agents.

YouTube: Federal & Local Law Enforcement Agencies Try to Take Family Motel from Innocent Owners
Imagine you own a million-dollar piece of property free and clear, but then the federal government and local law enforcement agents announce that they are going to take it from you, not compensate you one dime, and then use the money they get from selling your land to pad their budgets—all this even though you have never so much as been accused of a crime, let alone convicted of one. Related article here.

D.C. Cops Throw Drivers in Jail for Expired Tags
To the frustration of forgetful drivers, Metropolitan Police Department officers are throwing people in jail for letting their tag renewals lapse. The practice provoked somewhat of a backlash last year after a local mother from Maryland was jailed for what in many places would be a routine traffic offense punishable by fine. But the department continues to reserve and exercise the right to throw drivers in the clink for missing the DMV deadline, no matter where they're from.


YouTube: Bank of America refuses to let customers close accounts
At a rally in St. Louis on August 12, 2011, several people with savings and checking accounts at Bank of America tried to walk into the building to close their accounts. The suits and the police they had there to back them up wouldn't allow it.

YouTube: Incredible Speech By Wall Street Protester "End The Fed" 2011

VIDEO: Ron Paul Leads Hearing On First Ever Audit Of Fed
Texas Congressman and 2012 presidential candidate Ron Paul held hearings Tuesday into a recent and rare one off audit of the Federal Reserve’s crisis-response emergency lending programs of 2008. In his role as chairman of the Domestic Monetary Policy subcommittee, Paul relished the glimmer of transparency that was afforded as part of the Dodd-Frank Act, signed into law last year. Congressman Ron Paul also appeared on Freedom Watch (video) yesterday to discuss the economic situation, urging that politicians in Washington are “not offering a prescription”.

YouTube: Behind the Scenes: Ron Paul Discusses "Audit the Fed" Hearing
On Tuesday, October 4th, 2011, the Domestic Monetary Policy & Technology Subcommittee, chaired by Congressman Ron Paul (TX-14), held a hearing entitled ""Audit the Fed: Dodd-Frank, QE3, and Federal Reserve Transparency." Congressman Paul shares his thoughts on what discoveries were made as a result and what the next steps are in guaranteeing a full audit of the Federal Reserve. Related article here.

CONGRESSIONAL VIDEO - Bernanke Discusses Occupy Wall Street: "I Don't Blame Them for Protesting"
Bernie Sanders Questions Bernanke Before Congress - Oct. 4, 2011.

VIDEO: Soros Publicly Supports Occupy Wall Street
“He said he understood the anger at the use of taxpayers’ cash to prop up stricken banks, allowing them to earn huge profits,” the BBC reported on Monday. ”Research conducted by and the alternative media reveal that much of the Occupy Wall Street movement is financed by foundations and organizations connected to Soros, so it is natural that he sympathizes with the movement.

Occupy Wall Street ‘Stands In Solidarity’ With Obama Front Group
Why is the official OWS website in league with lobbying fronts for the Wall Street-backed Obama White House? Fears expressed by some that the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement is being hijacked by the Democratic Party establishment have intensified after the official OWS website announced that it “stands in solidarity” with, a lobbying group for the Wall Street-backed Obama administration.

YouTube: Occupy Wall Street Protestor on Federal Reserve
(One strong Word at 2:22) Protestor vents about the Federal Reserve, fractional banking system and FIAT currency.

Republicans Trying to End Small Business Programs Again
Well, it looks like they are at it again in Washington. Republicans in the Senate are once again trying to end all small business programs for women, minorities and veterans. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) has sponsored S.1116, the "Department of Commerce and Workforce Consolidation Act," which would combine the Small Business Administration (SBA) with the Commerce Department.

Nearly Half of U.S. Lives in Household Receiving Government Benefit
Families were more dependent on government programs than ever last year. Nearly half, 48.5%, of the population lived in a household that received some type of government benefit in the first quarter of 2010, according to Census data. Those numbers have risen since the middle of the recession when 44.4% lived households receiving benefits in the third quarter of 2008.

VIDEO: Starbucks Launches ‘Jobs For USA’ PR Stunt With Wall Street Front Group
Starbucks has gone on a charm offensive with the launch of its ‘Let’s Create Jobs For USA’ initiative, which will encourage people to donate $5 dollars every time they buy a coffee towards a fund aimed at helping poor people get loans. However, the group running the scheme is funded by the very same big banks who received trillions in bailout funds that are still deliberately withholding loans from struggling Americans in order to make money off the interest on deposits held with the Federal Reserve.

Housing Market

Bank of America to shut down lending division
NEW YORK (AP) — Bank of America is closing down one of its mortgage units. The Charlotte, N.C. bank put its "correspondent lending" business up for sale on Aug. 31. It couldn't find a suitable buyer and has decided to close the business by the end of the year, said bank spokesman Terry Francisco. The division financed mortgage loans from small lenders such as credit unions.

Energy & Environment

SOLYNDRA e-mails: Obama admin was poised to approve another loan of $469 million
The Energy Department was actively pushing to provide the second loan guarantee to the troubled solar-panel manufacturer in April and May 2010, when Solyndra’s auditors warned the company was in danger of closing due to its rapidly mounting debts and expenses, according to complete e-mails just released by a House committee investigating the original loan.

VIDEO: Chromium 6 Going Airborne Through Dust Particles From Government Solar Projects
Intel Hub - "MAJOR HEALTH CONCERN" - Laboratory tests commissioned by Environmental Working Group have detected hexavalent chromium, the carcinogenic “Erin Brockovich chemical,” in tap water from 31 of 35 American cities. The highest levels were in Norman, Okla.; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Riverside, Calif.

NASA Goes Full Stupid About Sea Level
They claim that flooding rivers are causing sea level to decline. Had anyone there actually passed pre-school level geography, they might know that rivers flow into the sea and return the water which fell as rain and snow. These same geniuses also claim that glaciers were melting at a record rate in 2010. What sort of drugs are these people smoking?

APNewsBreak: Obama to step up power line projects
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration wants to speed up permitting and construction of seven proposed electric transmission lines in 12 states, as it moves to create jobs and modernize the nation's power grid. The projects are intended to serve as pilot demonstrations of streamlined federal permitting and improved cooperation among federal, state and tribal governments. The lines will provide electricity in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

1 dead, several hurt in Arizona dust storm pileups
PHOENIX (AP) -- A blinding dust storm rolled across the Arizona desert Tuesday, causing three pileups involving dozens of vehicles on a major interstate. A 70-year-old man was killed and at least 15 other people were injured, authorities said.


Steve Jobs dead at 56, his life ended prematurely by chemotherapy and radiotherapy for cancer
(NaturalNews) Visionary Steve Jobs died today, just months after being treated for cancer with chemotherapy at the Stanford Cancer Center in Palo Alto, California. In recent months, he appeared in public photos as a frail shadow of his former self. The thin legs, sunken cheek bones and loss of body weight are all classic signs of total body toxicity observed in chemotherapy and radiotherapy patients.

Stress 'is top cause of workplace sickness' and is so widespread it's dubbed the 'Black Death of the 21st century'
Stress has become the most common reason for a worker being signed off long-term sick, a report reveals today. Experts said the psychological condition had become so widespread that it was the ‘21st century equivalent of the Black Death’. Stress has even eclipsed stroke, heart attack, cancer and back problems, according to the report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

IRS Hits Oakland Medical Marijuana Dispensary With $2.4M Tax Bill
A San Francisco Bay area medical marijuana dispensary that promotes itself as the world's largest has been hit with a $2.4 million tax bill following an audit by the Internal Revenue Service, the dispensary founder said Tuesday. The back taxes, penalties and interest levied against Harborside Health Center came after the IRS examined its returns for 2007 and 2008 and determined a 1982 tax code prohibiting cost deductions for businesses that traffic in illegal drugs applies to the dispensary.

Where does all the Komen for the Cure money really go?
(NaturalNews) During October, there will be runs, walks, and other fund raising schemes for "curing cancer." The most notorious fund raiser is the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. They display the most pink within the pink ribbon culture. Their mission statement is a world without breast cancer. So why are they ignoring actual existing cancer cures? Woe to any other non-profit fund raising group that uses their event or activity linked to the phrase "... for the cure." Komen threatens them with lawsuits.

BPA exposure before birth linked to breast cancer
(NaturalNews) To many people interested in healthy living, the term BPA is nothing new. It stands for bisphenol A, an industrial chemical used in many hard plastic bottles and metal-based food and beverage cans since the 1960s... Now there's breaking research news showing how BPA could be doing harm inside the bodies of babies even before they are born. Another modern day plague is also associated with prenatal BPA exposure -- breast cancer.

California Requires Ridiculous Warning Labels on Bioidentical Hormones DHEA and Pregnenolone
They’re safe, effective, and backed by decades of solid research. So why has California made their sale illegal unless accompanied by a scary and verbose warning label? A state Action Alert!

Many 'natural' foods are loaded with GMOs
(NaturalNews) Weed killer is thriving biologically inside most conventional crops as they grow in the fields of America, only to be sprayed with more heavy doses of Roundup, and then shipped to the world's supermarkets as "all natural," with absolutely no GMO disclaimer or warning. Even vegetarian products have been infiltrated by this cancer-causing "Trojan horse." Corn and soy based products infiltrate the American "norm" for daily general consumption, and the healthcare industry loves the results.

NaturalNews pledges $15,000 to the IRT in matching fund donations to help end GMOs
(NaturalNews) We are on the verge of achieving a significant milestone in the fight to eradicate GMOs from the U.S. food supply. A California ballot initiative has just been launched that seeks to put a mandatory GMO labeling requirement in place. This, in turn, would result in nearly all U.S. food producers discontinuing the use of GMOs to avoid the embarrassment of having to admit GMOs on their labels.

Bad for baby - Hazardous hidden chemicals lurk in the personal care products of children
Many parents these days are aware that spotlighting nutrition early in a baby's life can set the stage for lifelong health. A wide array of jarred baby foods at stores now come in organic options, and the word "natural" has been added to the packaging on many child products to stifle parental suspicions that what we buy for our little ones could be unhealthy for them. While nutrition becomes a prime focus for many parents, we rarely hear about what is lurking in the products used daily on their skin. Human skin is our largest organ and entrance to our bodies.

Lavender - Find out about these pretty flowers that heal
(NaturalNews) That lovely group of lavender blossoms can do more than look pretty. For centuries lavender has been used to calm nerves, eliminate insomnia and headaches, and reduce gastrointestinal ills. And during this century and the last, there have been more dramatic medicinal uses discovered with lavender, including balancing menopause symptoms.

Science & Technology

VIDEO: Public Outpouring Over Jobs' Death
From President Obama to celebrities, people around the world send condolences.

Daniel Shechtman wins Nobel chemistry prize
Israeli scientist Daniel Shechtman won the 2011 Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for his discovery of quasicrystals, a mosaic-like chemical structure that researchers previously thought was impossible. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said Shechtman's discovery in 1982 fundamentally changed the way chemists look at solid matter. It initially faced strong objections from the scientific community, and even got him kicked out of his research group.

New law requires radiation warnings for cell phones
A trade group representing the cell phone industry said Tuesday it will file a federal lawsuit challenging San Francisco's new law to provide radiation information. The suit comes the week The City's new controversial ordinance went live and after months of debate and publicity. The ordinance requires cell phone retailers to display information about the amount of radiation emanating from cell phones and to provide fact sheets to customers who ask for them.

Introducing Siri: DARPA’s Ghost in Apple’s Machine
SRI International is leading the development of new software that could revolutionize how computers support decision-makers. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), under its Perceptive Assistant that Learns (PAL) program, has awarded SRI the first two phases of a five-year contract to develop an enduring personalized cognitive assistant.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Scientific studies conclude GMO feed causes organ disruption in animals
(NaturalNews) A new paper reviewing data from 19 animal studies shows that consuming genetically modified (GM) corn or soybeans leads to significant organ disruptions in rats and mice, particularly in livers and kidneys. "Other organs may be affected too, such as the heart and spleen, or blood cells," stated the paper. In fact some of the animals fed genetically modified organisms had altered body weights, which is "a very good predictor of side effects in various organs."


Motivation by crisis: the global epidemic of consciousness
(NaturalNews) Please compare the scenarios below and determine which one would cause you to act more quickly and decisively. If you are a normal human with a functioning nervous system, the answers won't be difficult. However, the dilemma that arises because of the answers may well represent the consciousness epidemic of our age.


COMEDY - Media Makeover Tips For Occupy Wall Street
Comedian Andy Cobb visits the crowd at Occupy Los Angeles and dresses the protesters as Tea Partiers.

Today In History - Wednesday - October 5, 2011
1813 - Chief Tecumseh of the Shawnee Indians was killed at the Battle of Thames when American forced defeated the British and the allied Indian warriors.
1877 - Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Indians surrendered to the U.S. Army after a 1,000-mile retreat towards the Canadian border.
1892 - The Dalton gang was nearly wiped out while attempting to rob two banks simultaneously in Coffeyville, KS. Four members of the gang and four citizens were killed. The only survivor of the gang, Emmett Dawson, was sentenced to life after surviving his wounds.
1902 - Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald's, was born.
1919 - Enzo Ferrari debuted in his first race. He later founded the Auto Avio Construzioni Ferrari, an independent manufacturing company.
1921 - The World Series was broadcast on the radio for the first time. The game was between the New York Giants and the New York Yankees.
1930 - Laura Ingalls became the first woman to make a transcontinental airplane flight.
1937 - U.S. President Roosevelt called for a "quarantine" of aggressor nations.
1947 - U.S. President Harry S Truman held the first televised presidential address from the White House. The subject was current international food crisis.
1955 - The play "The Diary of Anne Frank" opened at the Cort Theatre in New York.
1969 - Dianne Linkletter jumps to her death from her apartment in West Hollywood. Art Linkletter, her father, claimed that she was under the influence of LSD at the time of her death.
1969 - A Cuban defector landed a Soviet-made MiG-17 at Homestead Air Force Base in Florida. It entered U.S. air space and landed without being detected.
1970 - Anwar Sadat took office as President of Egypt replacing Gamal Abdel Nassar. Sadat was assassinated in 1981.
1986 - Sandinista soldiers captured American Eugene Hasenfus after shooting him down over southern Nicaragua.
1988 - In a debate between candidates for vice president of the U.S., Democratic Lloyd Bentsen told Republican Dan Quayle, "You're no Jack Kennedy."
1989 - Jim Bakker was convicted of using his television show to defraud his viewers.
1993 - China set off an underground nuclear explosion.
1995 - A 60-day cease-fire was agreed upon by Bonsian combatants. The civil war had lasted 3 1/2.
1998 - The U.S. paid $60 million for Russia's research time on the international space station to keep the cash-strapped Russian space agency afloat.
1999 - MCI Worldcom Inc. and Sprint Corp. announced plans to merge.
2006 - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. rolled out its $4 generic drug program to the entire state of Florida after a successful test in the Tampa area.

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World News

NATO says kills senior Haqqani commander in Afghanistan
KABUL (Reuters) - NATO-led forces fighting in Afghanistan said on Wednesday that an airstrike had killed a senior commander of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network and two of his associates in eastern Khost province, near the Pakistan border.

Strike by Greek civil servants shuts down govt
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Angry and frustrated, Greek civil servants walked off the job Wednesday, paralyzing the government and public transport to protest ever-deeper austerity measures and seemingly ineffectual financial policies. As Greece struggles to avoid a catastrophic default, demonstrators in Athens expressed outrage over their misfortune and bewilderment at a crisis that shows no signs of easing.

Report: Assad threatens to attack Tel Aviv in case of NATO strike
Syrian President Bashar Assad on Tuesday threatened to set fire to the Middle East, and especially to Israel, if NATO attacks Syria, the Iranian Fars news agency reported.n a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Assad said: "If a crazy measure is taken against Damascus, I will need not more than six hours to transfer hundreds of rockets and missiles to the Golan Heights to fire them at Tel Aviv."

WRAPUP 2-China warns of trade war if U.S. bill passes
BEIJING, Oct 4 (Reuters) - An angry China warned Washington on Tuesday that passage of a bill aimed at forcing Beijing to let its currency rise could lead to a trade war between the world's top two economies. China's central bank and the ministries of commerce and foreign affairs accused Washington of "politicising" currency issues and putting the global economy at risk after U.S. senators voted on Monday to start a week of debate on the bill.

Honduran Farmers Slaughtered In Name Of Global Warming
Paul Joseph Watson - 23 farmers in Honduras were slaughtered in cold blood by hired mercenaries as they tried to protect their land from being seized by a corporation who wanted to use the land to produce biofuels as part of a United Nations-accredited EU carbon trading scheme. “Protests erupted in July when six international human rights advocacy groups presented a report to the EP detailing what they called murders and forced evictions of peasants in El Bajo Aguán Valley of northern Honduras, ” reports the New American.

Euro zone considers making banks pay more for Greece
LUXEMBOURG - European finance ministers consider making banks take bigger losses on Greek debt and have delayed a vital aid payment to Athens until mid-November, setting up a crunch point in the euro zone's sovereign debt crisis.

Iran Puts University of Texas Student on Trial
A lawyer says an Iranian graduate student studying at the University of Texas has gone on trial in Tehran on charges of having "relations with a hostile country" and receiving "illegitimate funds." Saeed Khalili says his client, Omid Kokabee, pleaded not guilty to both charges at the opening session of his trial Tuesday.

Koch Brothers made deals with Iran
Even a decade after former President Bill Clinton banned US companies from trading with Iran, Koch Industries continues to cut deals with a nation that was considered by America to be a threat to national security. Even a decade after former President Bill Clinton banned US companies from trading with Iran, Koch Industries continues to cut deals with a nation that was considered by America to be a threat to national security.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Liberty, freedom and Ron Paul to be embraced at new Norman meeting spot
NORMAN, Okla. – For liberty-minded people in the Norman area, there will soon be a place downtown where ideas can be swapped, films screened and information shared. And it’s all being generated as part of the explosive growth an interest in libertarian-leaning Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul of Texas.

The DEADLINES to Register (R) for Primaries are NOW!
COMING UP SOON: NH Deadline: October 14th, NY Deadline: October 14th, SC Deadline: December 21st, FL Deadline: January 3rd.

House Republicans Request Special Counsel to Probe Holder on 'Fast and Furious'
House Republicans are calling for a special counsel to determine whether Attorney General Eric Holder perjured himself during his testimony to the House Judiciary Committee on Operation Fast and Furious, Fox News has learned. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, was sending a letter to President Obama on Tuesday arguing that Holder cannot investigate himself, and requesting the president instruct the Department of Justice to appoint a special counsel.

McCain lashes out at Holder over Fast and Furious memos
Top Republicans blasted Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday after reports surfaced that he might have known about the controversial “Fast and Furious” gun-tracking operation earlier than he previously claimed. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) tweeted, “What part of Q, ‘When did you first know about the program known as Fast and Furious?’ didn't AG Holder understand?”

AUDIO: The White House is screaming mad over Fast & Furious
The gunwalking scandal, that is. Are they mad that it happened? Are they mad that people have been murdered as a direct result, including U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry?
No, they’re mad that we’re paying attention. Here’s CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson talking to Laura Ingraham this morning. Transcript included.

AUDIO: The Fed Twists, The Market Shouts
Ron Paul: Last week the Federal Reserve began the second incarnation of “Operation Twist”, an attempt to drive down interest rates by purchasing long-term Treasury debt and selling short-term debt. This is just the latest instance of the central bank desperately flailing around doing something merely for the sake of doing something. Fed officials still do not understand– or admit– that the Fed itself caused the financial crisis by driving interest rates too low and relentlessly expanding the money supply. Thus, this latest action will just exacerbate the problem.

Ron Paul success scares establishment
The mainstream might not consider him a top-tier candidate but his fanbase knows the truth. Sure enough, more Americans are learning that Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul is a likely choice for the GOP come 2012, and his influence now has the other candidates running scared. On Friday Ron Paul’s campaign spokesman revealed that the congressman’s campaign for president has managed to once again rake in millions of dollars in campaign contributions, and expects that figure to exceed $5 million by the time the campaign has to file paperwork for the third quarter.

Ron Paul Makes Little Girl Cry!
Warning! You might cry too.

VIDEO: Obama May Cancel 2012 Elections: Dr. Jerome Corsi Reports
Infowars Nightly News - Dr. Jerome Corsi joins Alex Jones to discuss the possibility of Obama canceling the 2012 elections under the cover of economic collapse.

Mexico envoy rejects Perry idea of sending US troops
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Mexico's ambassador to the United States rejected a suggestion by Republican White House hopeful Rick Perry that US troops could be sent over the border to quell Mexico's escalating drug wars. "The issue of participation, or the presence of, US troops on Mexican soil is not on the table," the ambassador, Arturo Sarukhan, told reporters on Monday.

Homeschoolers emerge as GOP foot soldiers
KALONA, Iowa - After decades on the margins of political life, homeschoolers have become some of the most valued Republican grass-roots activists in Iowa, where a few thousand activists can wield an outsize influence in the first nominating contest in the 2012 presidential election.

Cheney wants Obama to say he's sorry
Former Vice President Dick Cheney has saluted Barack Obama over the drone attacks that killed two American citizens on Friday, but at the same time is asking the current commander-in-chief to say he’s sorry to the Bush administration.


The #OccupyWallStreet Guide
Change will not come until we understand and rewrite the entire balance of power in America. Below you will see a growing list of these names, companies, corporations, institutions, their agendas and how they interrelate. One thing that should be abundantly clear as one reaches the bottom, is that most of these names are reoccurring and the solution is self-evident. Many of these names are corporations, banks, and institutions we pay into on a daily basis. The solution of course, should we conclude they are indeed the problem, is to no longer pay into them with our time, money, energy, and attention.

Audit The Fed Phone Bomb This Week
All this week we’re calling our representatives to let them know we want them to co-sponsor and support H.R. 459 [full text] and S. 202 [full text], the legislation that will give the American people a full audit of the Federal Reserve system. The momentum is on our side. There are already over 182 Congresspersons and 8 Senators onboard, but we need more. That’s an increase of 14 sponsors for the bill during the past month.

APNewsBreak: Obama seeks debt collector proposal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- To the dismay of consumer groups and the discomfort of Democrats, President Barack Obama wants Congress to make it easier for private debt collectors to call the cellphones of consumers delinquent on student loans and other billions owed the federal government.... "Enabling robo-calls (to cellphones) is just going to lead to more harassment and abuse, and it's not going to help the government collect more money," said Lauren Saunders of the Boston-based National Consumer Law Center. "People aren't paying their student loans because they can't find a job."

Bernanke Says Economic Recovery Close to Faltering
The economy is growing more slowly than the Federal Reserve had expected, Bernanke said Tuesday before the congressional Joint Economic Committee. He said the biggest factor depressing consumer confidence is poor job growth. "We need to make sure that the recovery continues and doesn't drop back and that the unemployment rate continues to fall downward," Bernanke said.

VIDEO: Durbin to Bank of America Customers: ‘Get the Heck Out of That Bank’
Holding up a plastic debit card on the Senate floor this afternoon, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., had some advice for Bank of America customers angry about the new $5 monthly fee: leave.

Bank of America Debit Card Fees Slammed as "Durbin Tax"
It turns out that there may be a method to Bank of America’s madness. The bank claims that the move is in response to a pretty big anticipated loss in profit as a result of the so-called “Durbin Amendment.” The Durbin Amendment is an add-on to the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Public Law No. 111-203), signed into law by President Barack Obama on July 21, 2010. The Act was meant to protect us from all of those banks that were too big to fail – you know, the whole banking/financial sector meltdown that we just lived through.

Senate Republicans tried to make Democrats hold a quick vote on President Obama's jobs-stimulus bill Tuesday, but were blocked by Senate Majority Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who is sponsoring Mr. Obama's bill but who said other matters take priority. Mr. Obama has traveled the country calling for Congress to pass his plan immediately — including most recently Tuesday afternoon in Texas — but the tax increases included in his bill are opposed by Republicans and even many Democrats.

YouTube: MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan on The Federal Reserve, Media Censorship, Bilderberg @ #occupywallstreet
Warning strong language: It's Time to GET MONEY OUT of politics!

VIDEO: It's time to get Money Out of Politics
MSNBC Dylan Ratigan - It’s time to get things done and finally get money out of politics. Our Washington insider Jimmy Williams is now preparing a Constitutional amendment to get big money from special interests out of our political system. We all know that they buy access and influence through campaign contributions, and benefit from the big payoffs (examples: Wall Street, health care, banking) and, of course, provide a lucrative revolving door to soften the blow when elected officials leave office.

VIDEO: CNN Defends TARP, Paints Wall Street Protesters as a Joke
October 03, 2011 CNN

NYPD Takes Over Public Buses To Use In Mass Arrests, Union Fights Back
Transportation Workers Union Local 100 has asked U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer to stop the NYPD and the New York City Transit Authority from forcing drivers to transport protesters. Jim Gannon, a spokesman for the 38,000 member union said that a court hearing is set for Tuesday during which they will make the case that the police need to be stopped from forcing transit workers to abandon their routes in favor of assisting in the transport of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators.

VIDEO: Police Leading #OccupyWallStreet Protesters Onto The Brooklyn Bridge Traffic Lane
NYPD leads thousands of protesters into the traffic lane of the Brooklyn Bridge, before halting the procession halfway across, setting up barricades in front and behind, and arresting hundreds.

VIDEO: Guardian Reports On Brooklyn Bridge Video Showing Police Violence Then It Disappears
The Guardian newspaper has done two articles on the Brooklyn Bridge arrests. Both articles reference a YouTube video which has now been removed from YouTube but reported to show inappropriate police action.

11 Reasons Why Occupy Wall Street Protesters Are Hypocrites If They Do Not Call For Barack Obama To Resign
If the Occupy Wall Street protesters truly believed in the things that they are proclaiming, then they would be calling for the immediate resignation of Barack Obama and his entire cabinet. The truth is that the Obama administration is responsible for most of the things that Occupy Wall Street is supposedly complaining about. If the Occupy Wall Street protesters were intellectually honest, we would see a flood of anti-Obama signs during these demonstrations. But instead we have barely heard a peep of criticism for Obama.

Firearms Microstamping Threat In Massachusetts
State Sen. Anthony Petruccelli’s microstamping legislation (S.835) will be heard in the Joint Judiciary Committee this Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Room A-1. Microstamping is a patented, sole-sourced concept that independent studies have proven to be flawed and easily defeated by criminals. Smith and Wesson, Kahr Arms and Savage Arms and their nearly 2,000 jobs would be impacted by this legislation. The companies would most likely have to abandon the state. The firearms industry in Massachusetts contributes more than $1.1 billion dollars in economic activity yearly.

Emanuel to City Employees: Pay Tickets or Lose Job
In his effort to balance the city’s budget, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has now reached the digging-for-change-under-the-car-seat level: he’s threatening to fire city employees with unpaid parking tickets, red light camera tickets and water bills. City workers owe nearly $3 million in fees and fines. They have 30 days to pony up or enter a payment program that can last as long as a year. If they don’t, the Department of Revenue will garnish their wages, and they can be suspended from their jobs. Those who owe more than $1,000 could be fired.

Housing Market

Report: Fannie Mae knew of robo-signing in 2003
(AP) WASHINGTON - Mortgage giant Fannie Mae knew about allegations of improper foreclosure practices by law firms in 2003 but did not act to stop them, a government watchdog says. Similar allegations are the subject of a probe by state attorneys general into how lenders and law firms ignored proper procedures to handle a crush of foreclosure paperwork.

Want lower property tax rates? Ask for them
This is the time of the year when local assessors send out notices of your home’s assessed value. Note, however, that this is not your real market value. It’s a base value that’s used to calculate your property taxes. If you want to reduce your real estate taxes, start with paring your assessed value. You have a reasonably good chance of winning a challenge to your assessed valuation. It’s estimated that some 60 percent of residential properties are over-assessed, although only a handful of home owners appeal, according to the National Taxpayers Union.

Energy & Environment

'Green jobs' farm sheds jobs after receiving $200M in stimulus funds
President Barack Obama’s “green jobs” initiatives suffered another major blow late Monday, as the nonprofit National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colorado, announced a plan to lay off roughly 10 percent of its staff through a voluntary buy-out plan. According to the Denver Post, the lab plans to eliminate between 100 and 150 of its 1,350 jobs. The Obama administration supported the NREL in 2009 with roughly $200 million in stimulus grants. Energy Secretary Stephen Chu visited Golden in May 2009 to promote the NREL as a beneficiary of those funds.

GE Hitachi: 35 U.S. reactors could fail during quake — Problem with control rods
GE Hitachi, which made First Energy Corp.'s Perry, Ohio, plant on Lake Erie, about 120 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, and Exelon Corp.'s Oyster Creek plant in New Jersey, is recommending testing to determine what level of friction would prevent control rods from fully inserting into the reactor core during an earthquake, according to filings with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

US tried to conspire with Japan to dump nuclear waste into world's oceans, reveal documents
(NaturalNews) When nuclear energy production technology first began to emerge in the US in the 1950s, neither scientists nor the US government considered what would be done with nuclear reactors once it was time for them to be put out of commission. And recently-released documents reveal that, in an effort to hastily deal with this problem after the fact, the US government actually tried to conspire with Japan to gain secret approval for dumping decommissioned nuclear reactors into the world's oceans.

Winter Wonderland in October?
Parts of the Appalachians looked like a winter wonderland during the few two days of October with snow and gusty winds howling. Elevations of 3,000 to 3,500 feet in West Virginia got 1-3 inches of snow Saturday night into Sunday morning. Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia picked up nearly 4 inches of snow through Sunday afternoon!


Report on Medicare Cites Prescription Drug Abuse
Medicare is subsidizing drug abuse by thousands of beneficiaries who shop around for doctors and fill prescriptions for huge quantities of painkillers and other narcotics far exceeding what any patient could safely use, Congressional investigators say in a new report. The investigators, from the Government Accountability Office, said Medicare officials had been slow to recognize and act on the evidence of abuse, which is to be presented at a Senate hearing on Tuesday.

AMA losing members in droves, less than 20 percent of US doctors support its agenda
(NaturalNews) The significance and credibility of the American Medical Association (AMA), an organization that allegedly backs physician interests and the promotion of public health, is quickly deteriorating. It is a fact that a mere 17 percent of US doctors are even members in the group anymore. Droves of current AMA members are now resigning, because of the group's open support for "Obamacare."

Montana Medical Marijuana Initiative Makes Ballot
An initiative that would let Montana voters undo legislative changes that gutted the state's medical marijuana law will be on the ballot in November 2012. According to the Montana Secretary of State, organizers for I-124 have collected enough signatures to make the ballot.

AUDIO: Jeffrey Smith says we can win the fight against GMOs, but grassroots support is needed to achieve victory
(NaturalNews) In a recorded interview now posted on, Institute for Responsible Technology director Jeffrey Smith updates listeners with the latest developments on the GMO front. He also says significant victories against GMOs are within our reach, but powerful grassroots support is needed to defeat the biotech industry once and for all.

The apple - Boost your brain power with a common almost forgotten fruit
(NaturalNews) The outdated apple a day keeps the doctor away adage has been replaced with fresh apple juice three times a week. This new routine was discovered after a ten-year study determined it helped Alzheimer's patients by greatly reducing the chance of Alzheimer's disease (AD) from even occurring. Another study uncovered heart health benefits.

Fruit and vegetable consumption effectively lowers colon cancer risk
(NaturalNews) Health-minded individuals are well aware that a diet high in natural fruits and vegetables equate to vibrant health and dramatically lowered risk of many chronic diseases. The result of a new study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association provides details on how specific fruit and vegetable consumption lowers the incidence of many types of colon cancer, the third most prevalent form of the disease.

There's wood in my food? Wood-derived ingredients common in processed food
(NaturalNews) Lately there have been rumors about sawdust used as fiber filling in processed foods. Well, not quite sawdust. The cellulose used in many foods is processed powder or pulp from virgin wood. It's becoming more common. Though not toxic, what good is it?

Science & Technology

Pentagon Wants to Cover Its Drones With Insects’ Tiny Hairs
For years, the military has turned to the birds and the bees for inspiration, churning out mechanical hummingbirds and remote-controlled insect cyborgs. Now the Pentagon wants its mini-drones to have hairy wings and bug eyes, too. It’ll help the tiny machines spy on — and creep out — any enemies, military researchers promise.

VIDEO: How NASA Will Harpoon an Asteroid
You can't simply land on an asteroid; it's gravity isn't strong enough. So, if NASA follows through on its plan to send a crew to one of these chunks of space rock by 2025, it will have to come up with a creative way for the astronauts to hook on when they get there.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Organic Farming: Real Skills, Real Cheap
Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms is better known as the “Willing Workers On Organic Farms” or WWOOF program. Pronounced like a dog barks, the program is designed to connect organic farms with volunteers. The loose international collaboration includes more than 99 countries across the globe where organic and sustainable farms are looking for help. In exchange for unskilled manual labor, they offer lodging, training, and the chance to walk away with skills that could truly be useful someday.

Today In History - Tuesday - October 4, 2011
1648 - The first volunteer fire department was established in New York by Peter Stuyvesant.
1777 - At Germantown, PA, Patriot forces and British forces both suffer heavy losses in battle. The battle was seen as British victory, which actually served as a moral boost to the Americans.
1876 - The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas formally dedicated by Texas Gov. Richard Coke. It was the state's first venture into public higher education. The college opened for classed two days earlier.
1881 - Edward Leveaux received a patent for the player piano.
1887 - The Paris Herald Tribune was published for the first time. It was later known as the International Herald Tribune.
1927 - The first actual work of carving began on Mount Rushmore.
1940 - Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini met in the Alps at Brenner Pass. Hitler was seeking help from Italy to fight the British.
1965 - Pope Paul VI addressed the U.N. General Assembly and became the first reigning pontiff to visit the Western Hemisphere.
1976 - Barbara Walters joined Harry Reasoner at the anchor desk of the "ABC Evening News" for the first time.
1981 - Bruce Jenner and Harry Belafonte debuted in their first dramatic roles in NBC-TV's "Grambling's White Tiger".
1985 - The Shiite Muslim group Islamic Jihad announced that they had killed American hostage William Buckley. Later another American hostage said that he believed that Buckley had died four months earlier from torture.
1989 - Fawaz Younis, a Lebanese hijacker, was sentenced in Washington for commandeering a Jordanian jetliner with two Americans aboard in 1985.
1990 - The German parliament had its first meeting since reunification.
1992 - The 16-year civil war in Mozambique ended.
1993 - Russian Vice-President Alexander Rutskoi and Chairman Ruslan Khasbulatov surrendered to Boris Yeltsin after a ten-hour tank assault on the Russian White House. The two men had barricaded themselves in after Yeltsin called for general elections and dissolved the legislative body.
1993 - Dozens of Somalis dragged an American soldier through the streets of Mogadishu. A videotape showed Michael Durant being taken prisoner by Somali militants.
1994 - South African President Nelson Mandela was welcomed to the White House by U.S. President Clinton.
1997 - Hundreds of thousands of men attended a Promise Keepers rally on the Mall in Washington, DC.
2001 - NATO granted the United States open access to their airfields and seaports and agreed to deploy ships and early-warning radar planes in the war on terrorism.
2001 - A Russian airliner blew up as it flew over the Black Sea. There were no survivors of the 76 people on the plane. U.S. intelligence sources stated that they likely cause of the accident was a missile strike from a Ukrainian military exercise.
2001 - In Washington, DC, Reagan National Airport re-opened. The airport had been closed since the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.
2004 - SpaceShipOne reached an altitude of 368,000 feet. It was the first privately built, manned rocket ship to fly in space twice within a two week window. The ship won the Ansari X Prize of $10 million dollars for their success.

World News

Russia's Putin says wants to build "Eurasian Union"
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said he wants to bring ex-Soviet states into a "Eurasian Union" in an article which outlined his first foreign policy initiative as he prepares to return to the Kremlin as the country's next president. Putin said the new union would build on an existing Customs Union with Belarus and Kazakhstan which from next year will remove all barriers to trade, capital and labor movement between the three countries.

Greece Falls Into 'Death Spiral': Rising Debt, No Growth
Drowning in red ink, Greece has nowhere to turn to revive the economic growth that might put its debt on a sustainable trajectory, reassure angry foreign creditors and offer hope to its recession-weary citizens. Instead, the country finds itself in a vicious circle—a death spiral, some would say—in which it is borrowing ever more to keep up on its existing debts, crushing growth in the process and thereby worsening its all-important ratio of debt-to-gross domestic product.

Anwar Awlaqi Most Likely Alive
More than 25 leaders from the Awaliq tribe, the tribe of Anwar Awlaqi, reached Jawf on Sunday to see the remains of the body of Anwar, however, no body resembling his was found.... Tribes in the province say there is no proof that Awlaqi was amongst the killed and DNA tests on the remains of the five killed can prove that. An al-Qaeda senior leader also denied the claims that Awlaqi was killed and said that he will soon come out with a statement to prove that.

Russia 'gave agents license to kill' enemies of the state
The Russian secret service authorized the “elimination” of individuals living overseas who were judged to be enemies of the state and ordered the creation of special units to conduct such operations, according to a document passed to The Daily Telegraph.

U.S. met with Egypt Islamists: U.S. diplomat
(Reuters) - U.S. officials have met members of the Muslim Brotherhood's political party, a U.S. diplomat said, after Washington announced it would have direct contacts with Egypt's biggest Islamist group whose role has grown since U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak was ousted.

YouTube: Manchester March: Over 30,000 protest UK govt cuts push
Russia Today - Tens of thousands have marched through the northern British city of Manchester in another protest at austerity cuts to public services and pensions. The rally, in opposition to the governing coalition and organized by trade unions, coincided with the ruling Conservative Party's Conference in the city.

British documentary uses fake video game footage to allege connection between Gaddafi and IRA
(NaturalNews) When British television channel ITV was recently caught trying to peddle fake video game footage as if it was actual footage of Irish Republican Army (IRA) fighters shooting down a British helicopter, the network claimed it was an"accident." But to the rest of the world, the stunt represents either a complete lack of competence, or a poorly-wrought indictment of the mainstream media's obvious use of propaganda to promote an agenda.

'Til 2013 do us part? Mexico mulls 2-year marriage
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico City lawmakers want to help newlyweds avoid the hassle of divorce by giving them an easy exit strategy: temporary marriage licenses. Leftists in the city's assembly -- who have already riled conservatives by legalizing gay marriage -- proposed a reform to the civil code this week that would allow couples to decide on the length of their commitment, opting out of a lifetime.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Anonymous - Operation-Invade-Wall-Street-A-Message-To-The-Media
A new Anonymous statement to the media regarding a DDOS attack set forth to take place October 10th. DDOS information is annotated.

Trial to begin for man accused in underwear attack
The prosecution of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab carries high stakes. His failed attack was the first act of terrorism in the U.S. during the Obama administration, and it could have implications in the debate over whether terrorism suspects should be tried in civilian or military courts. The case, which starts Tuesday with jury selection, also revealed the rise of a dangerous al-Qaida affiliate and the growing influence of a radical Islamic cleric who was killed by a CIA-U.S. military strike only last week.

Accused Pentagon plotter pleads not guilty
(Reuters) - A Massachusetts man accused of plotting to attack U.S. targets using model aircraft, in a case that reignited concern about the risk of a home-grown militant attack, pleaded not guilty on Monday to the charges.

Obama impeachment a possibility, says Ron Paul
Asked at a Manchester, N.H. town hall meeting about last week’s killing of the American-born Al Qaeda leader, the Texas congressman said impeachment would be “possible,” but that he wants to know more about how the administration “flouted the law.” Paul called the killing a movement toward “tyranny.” “I put responsibility on the president because this is obviously a step in the wrong direction,” Paul said. “We have just totally disrespected the Constitution.”

Supreme Court won't review gun rights outside of home
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court refused Monday to consider whether an individual's right to own guns includes carrying a firearm outside the home, staying out of one of the nation's most divisive social, political and legal issues. The justices let stand a ruling by Maryland's highest court that upheld a state law prohibiting the carrying of a handgun without a permit outside of one's home.

Appeals court to decide whether shooting suspect may be drugged
PHOENIX (Reuters) - A federal appeals court will consider an emergency plea by lawyers for Tucson shooting suspect Jared Loughner to overturn a ruling ordering four more months of psychiatric treatment. A three-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco agreed on Sunday to decide on the motion challenging Loughner's return to a Missouri federal prison facility, where he is being forcibly medicated. Defense attorneys sought the emergency order and appealed the September 28 decision by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns, claiming it would cause Loughner "irreparable harm" if carried out.

The Secret Memo That Explains Why Obama Can Kill Americans
Months ago, the Obama Administration revealed that it would target al-Awlaki. It even managed to wriggle out of a lawsuit filed by his father to prevent the assassination. But the actual legal reasoning the Department of Justice used to authorize the strike? It's secret. Classified. Information that the public isn't permitted to read, mull over, or challenge.

Ron Paul's Editorial in the NY Daily News: An Unconstitutional Killing
On Feb. 3, 2010, Dennis Blair, then the country's director of national intelligence, admitted before the House Intelligence Committee that "Being a U.S. citizen will not spare an American from getting assassinated by military or intelligence operatives." This open admission by an Obama administration official, not even attempting to keep it classified or top secret, sets a dangerous new precedent in our history.

YouTube: Jake Tapper vs. Jay Carney on President Killing U.S. Citizens.
The due-process-free assassination of U.S. citizens is now reality

The Day America Died: The only Future for Americans is a Nightmare
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts - Many expected President Obama to re-establish the accountability of government to law. Instead, he went further than Bush/Cheney and asserted the unconstitutional power not only to hold American citizens indefinitely in prison without bringing charges, but also to take their lives without convicting them in a court of law.

New Hampshire Party Change Deadline 10/14!
The deadline for New Hampshire Democrats to register Undeclared or Republican is Friday, October 14. Only Undeclared and registered Republicans are eligible to vote in New Hampshire's Republican primary.


Occupy DC shuts down Bank of America branch
On the 3ed of October, Occupy DC detached a team of six protesters to protest outside the 17th and I st branch of Bank of America. This small "raiding party" was enough that the bank pulled down their security grate and closed the lobby. On top of all else, someone inside the bank called in a false police report, claiming that someone was inside the bank yelling on a bullhorn. There was a bullhorn, but both it and all the protesters stayed outside for the duration of the protest. Only two cops responded, and they acted in a quite friendly manner to people protesting banking and Wall Street outrages.

Occupy the Federal Reserve Movement Launched
The Occupy Wall Street crowd has become predictably focused on issues like taxing the middle class and moderately “rich,” ending capitalism and even re-electing Obama to ‘fight’ the very elites who pushed him into power. Focus should instead be on the real source of power for the out-of-control bankster class- the private, unaccountable Federal Reserve bank that creates money out of thin air, issues secret loans to insiders and foreign governments and systematically institutes debt on the American people through their undue powers.

Occupy Wall Street: Mass Economic Riots Are Now Here And America Will Never Be The Same
Is Occupy Wall Street going to represent a major turning point in U.S. history? Over the past several years, many people have been warning that we would see mass economic riots in the United States if the economy continued to get worse. Well, the economic riots are now here and America will never be the same. The Occupy Wall Street protests are starting their third week and now similar protests have sprung up in major cities all over the United States.

Obama Machine Prepares To Hijack ‘Occupy Wall Street’
The leftist juggernaut, a Democratic Party front which vehemently backed Obama’s 2008 election campaign, is set to hijack the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protests this week, which is pretty ironic given the fact that the Obama administration is a creature of Wall Street itself. After largely staying out of the protests thus far, “ is expected to mobilize its extensive online regional networks to drum up support for the effort,” reports Crain’s New York Business.

American Airlines parent company AMR Shares Plunge on Bankruptcy Talk
The stock of American Airlines parent company AMR tumbled Monday, at one point falling nearly 40 percent, on renewed concerns that the carrier could be headed for bankruptcy protection. The company quickly denied to CNBC that it is considering a pre-packaged bankruptcy filing.
Housing Market

‘Occupy Wall Street’ Tax Proposal Is Backed By Wall Street Itself
Paul Joseph Watson - The “Buffett tax rule” being promoted by Occupy Wall Street protesters is exactly what the Wall Street-owned Obama administration wants. There’s no better way of deciding an outcome than owning both sides of the debate. That’s why the Wall Street-owned Obama administration must be licking its lips at the fact that ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protesters have been conned into advocating new tax policies backed by billionaires like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates that will do nothing to touch Wall Street, but everything to sink what’s left of the American middle class.

Democrats and Establishment Unions Plan to Hijack OWS This Week
Kurt Nimmo | Occupy Wall Street movement quickly becoming a catch-all for socialists and large unions. Despite the sincerity of most Occupy Wall Street protesters and their desire to close down Wall Street and even the Federal Reserve, the movement is quickly becoming a catch-all for socialists and large unions determined to tax millionaires out of existence.

Blaming Wall Street Is Wrong
To get at the root of the problem, one should be protesting, say, in London’s City where central banking originated. Or protesting in front of the Federal Reserve in Washington DC. These are real seats of power. But the shadowy and excessively powerful and wealthy individuals who have created the modern economic system are quite satisfied no doubt to have Wall Street take the blame. It suits their purposes.

Occupy Wall Street: A Globalist Op Designed to Destroy Efforts to End the Fed
Kurt Nimmo - How can a movement originated and funded by globalists end the globalist scheme to enslave the world? “There is one major inaccuracy in all the coverage that has been bothering me, and that is the focus on Anonymous as the architects and organizers of the event,” an email received September 23 states. “The initial call for the protest was put out by the magazine Adbusters.”

VIDEO: Van Jones Warns Of A Progressive "October Offensive" Against Tea Party
Van Jones, president of the progressive organization Rebuild the Dream, joins The Last Word to discuss what Washington should be doing about jobs. Jones calls the US' deficit problem "phony" and made up. "Hold on to your hats, we're going to have an October offensive to take back the American dream and rescue America's middle class," Jones told MSNBC's "The Last Word." Jones warns of an "American Fall" like there was an Arab Spring. Jones was President Obama's "green jobs czar" until he resigned in fall of 2009.

VIDEO: Occupy Wall Street Protesters Call For Totalitarian Government, Re-Election Of Obama
Paul Joseph Watson - Despite their honest intentions, many of the Occupy Wall Street protesters are being suckered into a trap and calling for the very “solutions” that are part of the financial elite’s agenda to torpedo the American middle class – higher taxes and more big government. Watch the clip below in which journalist Adam Kokesh talks to Occupy Wall Street protesters.

Mayor Bloomberg: "We'll See" If The City Will Let Occupy Wall Street Continue
New Yorkers need "to help the banks" was Mayor Michael Bloomberg's message to the Occupy Wall Street crowd in his weekly radio appearance on the John Gambling show. "The protesters are protesting against people who make $40-50,000 a year and are struggling to make ends meet. That's the bottom line," Bloomberg said.

Exclusive: Democrats push tax hikes first in deficit talks
(Reuters) - Democrats want tax hikes to be the first item negotiated in "super committee" deficit-reduction talks, trying to force Republicans to confront an issue at the heart of this year's budget fights, sources told Reuters. The tough stance by Democratic members of the powerful 12-member congressional panel reflects the party's wariness that Republicans might try to sideline the issue of revenue increases in the negotiations.

Housing Market

AFTER slowing down in the first half of the year, the rate of homes entering foreclosure is rising again. First-time default notices were served on 78,000 homes in August, a 33 percent increase from July. A $1 billion federal program to help jobless and underemployed homeowners ended Friday. Foreclosure notices were filed against a record 2.9 million properties last year, and an additional 1.2 million in the first half of this year. Foreclosure is not just a metaphorical epidemic, but a bona fide public health crisis. When breadwinners become ill, they miss work, lose their jobs, face daunting medical bills — and have trouble making mortgage payments as a result.

Energy & Environment

Los Alamos under renewed environmental scrutiny
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) The three-year, $212 million excavation project on the six-acre site was completed last month, and lab officials boast that environmental conditions there will soon be suitable for residential development. That's the good news. But cleaning up the greater 40-square mile lab complex, situated 25 miles northwest of Santa Fe at the top of a series of canyons whose storm waters run into the Rio Grande, is far from complete. And this summer's massive Las Conchas fire that singed lab property heightened environmental and safety fears associated with more than 70 years of nuclear production and experiments.

VIDEO: Nuclear Oversight Lacking Worldwide
Fairewinds disagrees with a recent New York Times Opinion that claims that Fukushima was caused because Japanese regulators did not properly oversee Tokyo Electric. Fairewinds shows that in the United States, the same cozy relationship exists between the NRC and the nuclear industry. Proper regulation of nuclear power has been coopted worldwide by industry refusal to implement the cost to assure nuclear safety. Video transcript included.


Physicians sue Washington state for limiting emergency room visits
The American College of Emergency Physicians is suing the state of Washington over its new policy of paying for only three non-emergency trips to the emergency room per year for low-income Medicaid patients, ABC News reports. The state has defined 700 symptoms as non-emergencies, including difficulty breathing, dizziness, early-pregnancy hemorrhage, gall stones, abdominal pains and chest pains not related to a heart attack, ABC News reports. Patients with these symptoms should visit a regular doctor's office instead, the
state suggests.

How to Improve Vision Naturally
Contrary to popular belief, your vision doesn't have to decline over time. With regular exercise of the muscles that control your eye movements and visual acuity, you can reduce eyestrain and maintain or even improve your vision. Utilization of a few acupressure points can also help your vision by encouraging healthy blood flow to your eyes.

Winner of Nobel Prize in Medicine Dies Before Learning of Prize
Canadian-born Ralph Steinman, 68, had been treating himself with a groundbreaking therapy based on his own research into the body's immune system but died on Friday after a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer. His colleagues at Rockefeller University in New York called it a "bittersweet" honor.... The work of all three scientists has been pivotal to the development of improved types of vaccines against infectious diseases and novel approaches to fighting cancer. The research has helped lay the foundations for a new wave of "therapeutic vaccines" that stimulate the immune system to attack tumors.

New study - Whole food vegetarian diets reverse and eliminate many serious illnesses
(NaturalNews) Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, who led the study, said: "We are potentially on the cusp of what could be a seismic revolution in health. This will never come about from another pill, another procedure, another operation, or construction of another cardiac cathedral. It will come about when we are able to show the public the lifestyle that will halt and eliminate 75% of these common, chronic killing diseases. The most essential component of this lifestyle is whole food plant-based nutrition."

Cannabis oil is a highly efficient natural cancer cure
(NaturalNews) Laboratory tests conducted in 2008 by a team of scientists formed as a joint research effort between Spain, France and Italy, and published in The Journal Of Clinical Investigation, showed that the active ingredient in marijuana, known as tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, can function as a cure for brain cancer by inducing human glioma cell death through stimulation of autophagy.

AUDIO: Death blow to GMOs? California ballot initiative calls for mandatory labeling of all genetically engineered foods
(NaturalNews) In what is perhaps the most significant breaking news we've heard on the GMO front in a long time, an effort has just been announced in California that seeks to gather enough signatures to put an historical initiative on the ballot which would require the labeling of GMOs in foods.

Good News! Texas city puts an end to water fluoridation
(NaturalNews) A city of roughly 100,000 people and home of Texas A&M University, College Station, Tex., is definitely no backwoods town. In fact, Money magazine named the city, which is located in a metropolitan area populated with more than 200,000 people, the 11th most educated city in the US. And now that city officials have decided to axe fluoride from the water supply, people everywhere are taking notice.

States begin cracking down on drug companies buying patient history records
(NaturalNews) Big Pharma uses prescription drug purchase records from pharmacies for marketing. Not to track sales, but to locate doctors who need visits from pharmaceutical sales reps. Vermont passed a law restricting Big Pharma's reach into doctors offices by banning the use of pharmacy prescription records for marketing. But Big Pharma recently challenged the State of Vermont's statute in the Supreme Court. Pharma won. Vermont's law was declared unconstitutional.

The Truth About Medicine Expiration Dates for Preppers
Expiration dates have been mandated for medications since 1979. This is what they mean: The expiration date is the last date that the pharmaceutical company will guarantee that the drug is at 100% full potency. There is nothing, except in very rare cases, that suggests that there is anything harmful about that medication if used after that date.

Three ways apple cider vinegar benefits weight loss
(NaturalNews) Vinegar is a traditional folk remedy long valued for its many health benefits. Recent research shows at least three ways in which the traditional healers were on the right track at least when it comes to weight loss. A 2006 review article in the "Medscape Journal of Medicine" concludes vinegar may have a role in blood sugar control and appetite suppression. Other studies show vinegar may also promote weight loss by preventing fat accumulation through its impact on insulin secretion.

Powdered mushrooms build immunity
(NaturalNews) Western medicine cannot make money if you don't get sick and visit doctors regularly. So why would a doctor tell you what organic food to buy? For many Americans, if you mention taking medicinal mushrooms, they look at you like you're some kind of witch doctor, or a traveling medicine man with a covered wagon carrying little vials full of potions and concoctions.

Grape seed extract emerges as anti-cancer powerhouse thanks to pro-active supplement users
(NaturalNews) The therapeutic potential of grape seed extract (GSE) as anti-oxidant, anti-hypertensive and anti-inflammatory is so well established that this natural supplement is now being used in seven on-going clinical trials, only one of which is on cancer (of the breast). But the spotlight may soon shift to GSE's anti-cancer potential as recent landmark studies on human patients have just uncovered remarkable protective effects of GSE against three major cancers: squamous cell carcinoma and prostate and hematologic malignancies.

Science & Technology

Facial-recognition technology comes to mobile phones
Scientists at the University of Manchester have developed software for mobile phones that can track your facial features in real time; eventually it will be able to tell who the user is, where they are looking, and even how they are feeling.

Newspapers to disappear by 2040: UN agency chief
GENEVA — Newspapers will disappear and be replaced by digital versions by 2040, the UN intellectual property agency's chief said in an interview published on Monday.... In the United States, it will end in 2017.

Verizon sues to overturn 'net neutrality' rules
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Verizon Communications, the largest U.S. cell phone carrier, is suing to overturn new government regulations governing the flow of Internet traffic. The lawsuit filed Friday in Washington's U.S. Court of Appeals contends the Federal Communications Commission overstepped its authority in setting its so-called "net neutrality" rules last year. The regulations are scheduled to go into effect in two months. They prohibit Internet service providers from discriminating against or giving special treatment to particular online services or content.

Today In History - Monday - October 3, 2011
1863 - U.S. President Lincoln declared that the last Thursday of November would be recognized as Thanksgiving Day.
1893 - The motor-driven vacuum cleaner was patented by J.S. Thurman.
1906 - W.T. Grant opened a 25-cent department store.
1922 - Rebecca L. Felton became the first female to hold office of U.S. Senator. She was appointed by Governor Thomas W. Hardwick of Georgia.
1941 - Adolf Hitler stated in a speech that Russia was "broken" and they "would never rise again."
1942 - The Office of Economic Stabilization was established by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He also authorized controls on rents, wages, salaries and farm prices.
1944 - During World War II, U.S. troops broke through the Siegfried Line.
1952 - Britain became the third nuclear power in the world when they successfully detonated their first atomic bomb.
1962 - The Sigma VII blasted off from Cape Canaveral for a nine-hour flight.
1981 - Irish Nationalist in Maze Prison in Belfast, Northern Ireland called off their hunger strike. The strike had lasted 7 months and ten people had died.
1988 - The space shuttle Discovery landed safely after its four-day mission. It was the first American shuttle mission since the Challenger disaster.
1989 - An unsuccessful coup was attempted against Panamanian Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega.
1989 - East Germany suspended unrestricted travel to Czechoslovakia in an effort to slow the flow of refugees to the West.
1990 - The Berlin Wall was dismantled eleven months after the borders between East and West Germany were dissolved. The unification of Germany ended 45 years of division.
1990 - Iraqi President Saddam Hussein made a visit to Kuwait since his country had seized control of the oil-rich nation.
1994 - The headquarters of the Haitian pro-army militia was raided by U.S. soldiers.
1995 - O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the 1994 murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald L. Goldman. Simpson was later found liable in a civil trial.
1997 - U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno said she had found no evidence that U.S. President Clinton had broken the law with White House coffees and overnight stays for big contributors.
2003 - Ray Horn, of the duo "Siegfried & Roy," was attacked by tiger during a performance. Roy survived the attack after being dragged offstage. The tiger, a 7-year-old male named Montecore, was debuting in his first show.
2006 - North Korea announced that it would conduct a nuclear test as a key step in the manufacture of atomic bombs that it viewed as a deterrent against a U.S. attack. A date for the test was not announced.
2006 - The Dow Jones industrial average closed at a new high ending the day at 11,727.34. Earlier in the session, the Dow had risen to 11,758.95. Both previous records had been set on January 14, 2000.

World News

YouTube: Bombed-out Sirte is a humanitarian disaster zone
Russia Today - Thousands of civilians are fleeing the city of Sirte in Libya, as fighting between pro and anti-Gaddafi forces there rages. Dubeh Sakhr from the international Committee of the Red Cross, says with the city critically short of water, food and medicine, the refugees have little choice but to head into the desert.

US Congress freezes $200 million in aid to Palestinians
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Key US lawmakers are blocking about $200 million in Palestinian aid in response to the territories' UN statehood bid, congressional aides said Saturday. Members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have frozen the funding "until the Palestinian statehood issue is sorted out," one of the aides told AFP.

Thousands rally in Portugal to protest austerity plans
Thousands demonstrated in Portugal Saturday against the government's austerity measures amid projections that the economic situation is far worse than expected. Government and private sector workers rallied in Lisbon and Porto, following a call by the country's largest trade union federation to speak out against policies it says have devastated "jobs, workers, pensions and social rights."

35,000 protesters march on Conservative Party conference
The huge protest swamped the city centre, marching past the heavily guarded venue where Prime Minister David Cameron's Tory party is gathered... Organised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), it was billed as a march and rally for "The Alternative - jobs, growth, justice" in opposition to the coalition's axing of public services and pensions.

Canadian version of Wall Street occupation planned
Organizers in Toronto and several other Canadian cities say they plan to follow the example of anti-Wall Street activists in the United States by taking to the streets later this month to protest the global financial system.

Denmark Introduces ‘Fat Tax’ on Foods High in Saturated Fat
Denmark has introduced what’s believed to be the world’s first fat food tax, applying a surcharge to foods with more than 2.3 percent saturated fats, in an effort to combat obesity and heart disease. Danes hoarded food before the tax went into effect Saturday, emptying grocery store shelves. Some butter lovers may even resort to stocking up during trips abroad.

China's population police hunt down pregnant women who lack birth permits and forcibly abort their fetuses
Pregnant women lacking birth permits are hunted down like criminals by population planning police in China and forcibly aborted. The degree of monitoring and coercion of ordinary women in their reproductive lives in communist China is shocking to persons living in the free world.

Yemen says they killed al Qaeda-linked cleric who dined at the Pentagon
Early Friday morning, Yemeni forces announced that they killed Anwar al-Awlaki, the American Muslim cleric directly linked to al Qaeda who infamously dined at the Pentagon in the wake of the attacks on September 11th, 2001, even though he had known terrorist ties. This attack was unconfirmed by American officials and this is not the first time he has been reported killed.

A ‘proud traitor’: Samir Khan reported dead alongside Aulaqi
A Saudi-born American of Pakistani heritage who was raised in Queens, N.Y., was reportedly among those killed in a U.S. drone strike targeting radical cleric and fellow U.S. citizen Anwar al-Aulaqi.

US drone kills three Taliban in Pakistan: officials
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) - A US drone strike on Friday killed three Taliban fighters in Pakistan's tribal badlands bordering Afghanistan, blowing their vehicle into a ball of flames, local officials said. It was the first deadly missile strike in a week and comes as Washington appeared to ease pressure on Islamabad demanding action against the Al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network based in the North Waziristan tribal district.

Collapse Of Entire Global Banking System Is Underway Signals CEO of World’s
PIMCO CEO signals the collapse of entire global banking system underway as a panic driven institutional bank run drains French banks of nearly all their capital. PIMCO’s CEO tells the Financial Times that the institutional bank run on French Banks has left them with as little as 1% capital against the total assets reported on their balance sheets and institutional panic in the global financial system is underway.

Canada: Internet hate speech censorship code could face repeal
A Tory MP plans to introduce legislation as early as Friday calling for the repeal of a section in the federal human rights code banning hate speech over the Internet. Despite being a backbencher, Brian Storseth is convinced the bill will succeed because nearly every Tory MP opposes Section 13, and he believes the Harper government wants to see it repealed. “Section 13 suppresses the basic right to freedom of speech in our society that is guaranteed under the Charter of Rights & Freedoms,” said Mr. Storseth, who represents the Alberta riding of Westlock-St. Paul.

9,000 Mexican migrants repatriated from Arizona
Mexico's government says nearly 9,000 Mexicans caught as illegal migrants in Arizona have been flown to Mexico City the past two months under a voluntary repatriation program. The Interior Department says in a Thursday statement that the migrants returned in daily flights from Tucson between July 11 and Wednesday.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

White House quietly releases new documents on secret gun-running operation
WASHINGTON - Late Friday, the White House turned over new documents in the Congressional investigation into the ATF "Fast and Furious" gunwalking scandal. The documents show extensive communications between then-ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix office Bill Newell - who led Fast and Furious - and then-White House National Security Staffer Kevin O'Reilly.

YouTube: US State Dept bans free speech
Russia Today - Peter Van Buren has become one of the newest targets of the US Department of State. What did he do? He blogged. Van Buren posted a link to a publically available WikiLeaks diplomatic cable, but even after nearly a quarter of a century with the US government, they are opening up an investigation on him. Following the release of a new book from Van Buren, he talks to Lauren Lyster about what you can and can't say in the land of the free.

Florida officially moves 2012 primary calendar date to Jan. 31
It's official — Florida has now moved the date of its primary to Jan. 31. There will be more reaction in the coming hours, but the first out of the gate was from Iowa GOP chairman Matt Strawn, who was displeased and made clear that his state will follow suit — resulting in a very compressed race to the first votes: "The arrogance shown by Florida's elected leadership is disappointing, but not surprising.

Ron Paul: US-born al-Qaida cleric 'assassinated'
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is condemning the Obama administration for killing an American born al-Qaida operative without a trial. Paul, a Texas congressman known for libertarian views, says the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki on Yemeni soil amounts to an "assassination." Paul warned the American people not to casually accept such violence against U.S. citizens, even those with strong ties to terrorism.

Values Voter Summit Oct. 7-9, 2011
Values Voter Summit and Straw Poll takes place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, October 8th, from 9:00am to 1:00pm Eastern. To RSVP for this event please follow this link here.

YouTube: Freedom Watch: Is Ron Paul's Foreign Policy Gaining Traction At the Polls?
The Judge speaks with former CIA operative Michael Scheuer.

Comparing 2012 Campaign Contributions For Obama, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney - Goldman Sachs Dominates
Check out this list and see where Goldman Sachs and other banks appear for Obama and Mitt Romney, but of course they are nowhere to be found on Ron Paul's list.

Fmr. Clinton Adviser: 'Very Possible' Obama Will Bow Out of Presidential Race - For Now
In an interview with conservative radio icon Sean Hannity, former President Clinton adviser and campaign manager Dick Morris stated that, after speaking with a Democratic strategist, he thinks it is “very possible” that President Obama might acquiesce to requests from the Democratic leadership in Congress and bow out of the 2012 race, leaving the door open for him to return sometime in the future.

Obama's former campaign funders on Wall Street turn against him
The race is on to tap one of the most vital sources of campaign cash — Wall Street — and the early results are not looking good for President Obama. Wall Street appears to be lining up behind Republican Mitt Romney, who became Massachusetts governor after founding private-equity firm Bain Capital. He held a sold-out breakfast fundraiser at the exclusive Essex House hotel Tuesday. That was preceded by a breakfast with one of the biggest names on Wall Street, JPMorgan Chase & Co. CEO Jamie Dimon.

VIDEO: DUI Charges Dropped Against Drunk Cop Who Killed Motorcyclist
Indianapolis—As citizens you want to believe in the justice system and the police who are supposed to uphold the law. Case in point, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police. But 28-year-old Ryan Wells says he's finished believing in anything IMPD does after learning the blood draw on Officer Bisard was botched and all DUI charges against him dismissed. Wells' brother, 30-year-old Eric Wells, died after Bisard plowed his squad car into him August 6th.

Feds to Gibson: Hand over more wood
Federal authorities are pressuring Nashville-based Gibson Guitar to hand over an additional 25 bundles of Indian wood that the company allegedly planned to use in its famous guitars.


Dozens arrested after foreclosure protesters target Bank of America
The Boston Herald reports that the event was an act of civil disobedience that the organizers intended to send the message that the lender’s practices were unfair.... Organizers say about 3,000 people joined the protest. Bank of America spokesman T.J. Crawford dismissed the demonstration as a publicity stunt.

OccupyWallStreet - 'The Marines are Coming to PROTECT the Protestors'
October 1, 2011 - TAMPA, FL - United States Army and Marine troops are reportedly on their way to various protest locations to support the movement and to protect the protesters. Army serviceman Ward Reilly posted the following on Facebook: “I'm heading up there tonight in my dress blues. So far, 15 of my fellow marine buddies are meeting me there, also in Uniform. I want to send the following message to Wall St and Congress: I didn't fight for Wall St. I fought for America.

More than 700 arrested in Wall Street protest
(Reuters) - Police reopened the Brooklyn Bridge Saturday evening after more than 700 anti-Wall Street protesters were arrested for blocking traffic lanes and attempting an unauthorized march across the span.

Police use dirty tricks to round up hundreds of peaceful Occupy Wall Street protesters as Wall Street criminals bribe NYPD
Roughly 500 peaceful protesters marching in opposition to the corporatist takeover of America and the robbery of the United States by the banking and Wall Street elite were rounded up and arrested thanks to suspect tactics employed by the NYPD... One important fact to note is that the NYPD just received a massive donation from none other than the Wall Street criminal oligarchs themselves: JPMorgan Chase (bribe) - Press release here.

YouTube: Occupy Wall Street Protesters Take Brooklyn Bridge
"Protesters who used the Brooklyn Bridge walkway were not arrested," said the head police spokesman, Paul J. Browne. "Those who took over the Brooklyn-bound roadway, and impeded vehicle traffic, were arrested." But many protesters said that they thought the police had tricked and trapped them, allowing them onto the bridge and even escorting them across, only to surround them in orange netting after hundreds of them had entered.

Occupy Chicago - March to Millennium Park - General Assembly
9/30/2011 - On Friday, about 2,000 anti-corporate demonstrators marched from a protest camp near Wall Street to the headquarters of the New York Police Department. Activists remained camped out near a small park in lower Manhattan on Saturday, Reuters reported. Related article here.

YouTube: Occupy Wall Street Protest Hits Seattle!
October 01, 2011 NBC News

Economic protesters take to the streets in L.A.
The protesters began marching toward City Hall from Pershing Square about 10 a.m. and were accompanied by Los Angeles police officers who briefly stopped traffic at intersections for the marchers.

VIDEO: 'Occupy Denver' speaks out against Wall Street
DENVER - A national protest movement moved from the streets of New York to Denver on Saturday.

October 1, 2011 - Early last night an estimated 5,000 people, the Wall Street occupiers and their allies, marched from their site in Zuccotti Park near Wall Street to the New York Police Department Headquarters at 1 Police Plaza... The march was organized in response to the police action last Saturday when they brutally and violently attacked Occupy Wall Street marchers without provocation near Union Square.

Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Citigroup Left TARP Early To Avoid Restrictions On Executive Pay says report
In the wake of the financial crisis, a number of the nation's largest banks were excused from the government's rescue program before they had returned to a position of complete financial security -- in part because they wanted to avoid restrictions on how much their executives would get paid, according to a new report from the program's government overseer.

Google Joins Apple in Push for Tax Holiday
As a coalition led by Apple Inc. (AAPL), Google Inc. (GOOG), and Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) presses for a tax holiday on more than $1 trillion in offshore profits, it is turning to a well-positioned lobbyist: Jeffrey Forbes, once chief of staff to Max Baucus, chairman of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee. Data compiled by Bloomberg News show that Forbes is part of an army of more than 160 lobbyists, including at least 60 who once worked for a sitting member of the House or Senate, pushing for the repatriation holiday. Their job is to persuade Congress to establish a tax break estimated to cost the U.S. government $78.7 billion over the next decade.

VIDEO: 'Occupy Lexington Kentucky’ protests in front of JPMorgan Chase
A small group of demonstrators on Thursday joined in solidarity with the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters by assembling outside a JPMorgan Chase bank in Lexington, Kentucky. “We are union members, students, teachers, veterans, families, the unemployed and underemployed,” the group said. “We are all races, sexes and creeds. We are the young and the old. We are the majority! We are the 99 percent. And we will no longer be silent.” Occupy America Protest/Link Director here.

US media blackout of protest is shameful
China Daily - More than 1,000 people protested on the first day, September 17, marching and chanting slogans. Yet the demonstration, known as Occupy Wall Street, did not appear on the major networks' evening news or in major newspapers the next day. The protest, now in its 14th day, only got limited coverage last Saturday when heavy-handed police arrested close to 100 people and pepper-sprayed several female demonstrators. But most coverage that day was not in-depth.

VIDEO: Dumb TV Reporter ‘Brings The Stupid’ On Gold
Is it really any wonder why distrust in corporate media recently reached an all time high? Watch this TV news clip in which the reporter claims that the U.S. dollar is a safer investment because it is backed by “the American government,” whereas gold is backed by nothing at all.

Pioneer investor Jim Rogers clarifies that US in much deeper trouble than Europe
Global markets have been whipsawed in recent weeks as uncertainty over Europe's debt situation persisted. But renowned investor Jim Rogers says the U.S. economy has more serious problems than Europe. "Europe has a few bad, bankrupt states, so does America. We've got Illinois which is bigger than Greece, we've got California, we've got New York, you know those are pretty big states that have serious economic problems. We have pension plans in America that are terribly under water," Rogers told CNBC on Tuesday.

YouTube: TheTinyDot
A situation too weird for 99.999% of people to adequately explain.

Housing Market

UPDATE - Foreclosure Fraud Settlement Talks
The state of California is pulling out of multi-state negotiations with large U.S. banks to resolve allegations of mortgage abuses, according to a letter obtained by Reuters, dealing a sharp blow to long-running efforts to secure a broad settlement.

Energy & Environment

Bayer agrees to pull worst pesticides — finally!
Bayer CropScience - announced on September 15 that it will withdraw its most hazardous pesticides from the global market. This is huge victory for the PAN International network and other NGOs from Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa who have campaigned for years for Bayer to take this step.

Hairy, 'crazy' ants invade from Texas to Mississippi
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It sounds like a horror movie: Biting ants invade by the millions. A camper's metal walls bulge from the pressure of ants nesting behind them. A circle of poison stops them for only a day, and then a fresh horde shows up, bringing babies. Stand in the yard, and in seconds ants cover your shoes.

Climatologist Says Texas Drought Could Last Until 2020
State climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon tells the Austin American-Statesman says water planning is often based on standards set by the previous record drought of the 1950s, which lasted nearly 10 years. Nielsen-Gammon, who also is a Texas A&M professor of atmospheric sciences, says the present drought could be significantly longer-lasting than what has been planned for.

Chemtrail article in Project Censored’s Top 10 most censored stories
Activist Post - For the past 35 years, Project Censored has published an annual collection of the top 25 censored news stories. In the 2012 book edition, just released this September, my article, Atmospheric Geoengineering: Weather Manipulation, Contrails and Chemtrails, ranks as the 9th most censored story in the United States.

Troubling Emails Reveal Federal Scientists Fear FDA Approval of Genetically Modified Salmon
Some of the information within the documents revealed that the FDA did not consult with both FWS and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to determine whether or not the genetically modified fish would impact wild, endangered Atlantic salmon. By not consulting with these groups, the FDA dodged requirements under the Endangered Species Act which was signed into law in the '70s in order to protect animal species from extinction.


Pentagon Refuses to Stop Using Seroquel on Troops Despite Expert Warnings
The U.S military is refusing to stop prescribing Seroquel, a powerful antipsychotic, to treat insomnia in troops fighting overseas, even though a panel of experts has recommended it do so. Medical officials in the Department of Defense have approved low doses (25 milligrams) of the drug to treat sleep disorders. Seroquel has been linked to adverse effects, including heart failure.

George Orwell’s Animal Farm & Big Pharma
Alfred Adask - There’s another cloud on the pharmaceutical horizon that is so far unseen by all but a handful of people. Nevertheless, that “cloud” may ultimately devastate the drug business. That cloud is a growing awareness that the legal definitions of drugs presume the people to be “animals”. For example, here’s the federal definition of “drugs” found at 21 U.S.C.A. §321(g)(1), which provides in pertinent part...

Mike Tawse's Serrapeptase Adventure: Time To Resist The Vaccination Industry… Again

Many popular organic brands now owned by large industrial food processors
(NaturalNews) Since the initial release of the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) draft of organic standards in 1997, large industrial food processors have been gradually acquiring or forming strategic alliances with organic food brands. And a series of detailed charts assembled by Philip H. Howard, an assistant professor at Michigan State University (MSU), provides a visual glimpse into how the organic industry has changed over the years.

Gardasil mother speaks out: SANEVAX vaccine injury victim support line
(NaturalNews) When vaccine injury occurs and the medical community fails to recognize or diagnose the injury, parents all over the world turn to SANEVAX, INC. for support and guidance. The SANEVAX Vaccine Injury support line is a lifeline to parents of victims of Gardasil and other vaccines. One mother tells her experience regarding the support she received during this very frightening time in her life.

Is that a robot on your head? Robotic surgeon does hair transplants
(NaturalNews) Robotics is used in surgical procedures, now even for cosmetic dermatology. Concerned about balding? Hair transplant procedures have been revolutionized to take less time, less medical staff, less cost, and without stitching or sutures. Now all you need to do is trust a robot for your hair transplant procedure. Oh the price of vanity!

Omega-3 fats DHA and EPA lower risk of premature death by more than eighty percent
(NaturalNews) Many people make the potentially fatal presumption that aging, chronic diseases and premature aging are natural events that come with advancing years. A plethora of current research studies confirm that nothing could be farther from the truth. In addition to super-nutrient (such as resveratrol, curcumin and vitamin D) optimization, researchers publishing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Clinical Cardiology provide documented evidence that beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids from dietary sources and supplementation slash the overall risk of an early death.

Nutritionists rebuffs JAMA hit piece on saw palmetto efficacy
Statement by Duffy MacKay, N.D., vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs, CRN: In this study, both the placebo group and the treatment group saw improvements in their symptoms, creating some limitations for interpreting results. Although there is no clear explanation as to why the placebo group showed some improvement without intervention, it is possible that both groups may have included men whose urinary tract symptoms were not actually related to an enlarged prostate.

Attacking the "root" of Raynaud's Phenomenon
(NaturalNews) It is no surprise that the medical community cannot establish a root cause for Raynaud's, referring to it as either idiopathic, or more commonly, a phenomenon. Also known as RS, Raynaud's is a vasospastic disorder, or constriction of blood vessels, which severely decrease blood supply to the extremities, causing discoloration of the fingers and toes, and sometimes the nose and ears. RS is basically an exaggerated response to cold or emotional stress, or both. It affects up to 160,000 Americans, most of which are female.

Sleep influences glucose levels and diabetes risk
Most people know that regularly getting a good night sleep is essential for both health and mental well being, and new research also shows that a good night sleep can influence diabetes too. Researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia recently found that obese teenagers getting too much or too little sleep have disruptions in insulin secretion and higher blood sugar levels, which are contributing factors to type II diabetes. According to pediatric endocrinologist and study researcher, Dorit Koren, M.D., the association between sleep deprivation and having an increased risk of type II diabetes is consistent with research in adults too.

Science & Technology

Bank of America website crashes after revealing $5 monthly debit card charge
The Bank of America website crashed yesterday after being overwhelmed by angry customers following the decision to charge them to use $5 a month if they use their debit cards. The site went down for hours in the morning and hours later service was still intermittent. The breakdown came less than 24 hours after the bank revealed it will roll out the fee early next year.

Revealed: How cell phone companies keep data on users for up to seven YEARS
A document obtained by the ACLU shows for the first time how the four largest cellphone companies in the U.S. treat data about their subscribers' calls, text messages, Web surfing and approximate locations. The one-page document from the Justice Department's cybercrime division shows, for instance, that Verizon Wireless keeps for one year information about which cell towers subscriber phones connect to.

Internet firms co-opted for surveillance says experts
The ease and cost of surveillance are at an all-time low, Soghoian said, with Google charging an administrative fee of $25 to hand over data, Yahoo charging $20, and Microsoft and Facebook providing data for free. "Now, one police officer from the comfort of their desk can track 20, 30, 50 people all through Web interfaces provided by mobile companies and cloud computing companies," he said. "The marginal cost of surveilling one more person is now essentially approaching zero."

Wall Street Journal Changes Privacy Policy To Track Users' Browsing Data Without Consent
Because News Corp. has apparently given up any pretensions to respecting the privacy of others, it recently updated the privacy policy for the Wall Street Journal website to allow the company to connect personally identifiable information with Web browsing data without user consent... And it's not just The change is being made to all member sites in the Journal's Digital Network, including,, and

Google Censors Our #OccupyWallStreet Report
After we published it late yesterday afternoon, when we checked Google and typed in the full headline, it was featured at the top of their search results . However, as of this morning, Google has removed our post from their results. As you can see from the screenshots below, our source post is not listed, only sites that have linked to it or mentioned it are.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Millions Of Honey Bees Mysteriously Die In Florida
Florida officials are abuzz as to how millions of honey bees were killed in Brevard County. Several beekeepers in the county have reported lost colonies this week. Charles Smith of Smith Family Honey Company told Stuart News Thursday he lost 400 beehives. He says the bees appeared to have been poisoned.... Experts say pesticides might be behind the lost beehives.

Dan Rather on pesticides & bees
Dan Rather's investigative reporting team has produced a follow-up to their 2006 inquiry into Colony Collapse Disorder. Five years later, the situation remains substantively unaddressed by EPA. Honey bees are still dying off at an average rate of 34% year, and the millions of dollars Congress set aside to investigate the issue has yielded no actionable findings for the federal agencies charged with stemming the tide of honey bee decline. The report zeroes in on EPA's failure to adequately assess the toxicity of neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides widely considered by beekeepers to be a causal factor in the recent honey bee declines. Related article here.

How the media films Ron Paul.




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