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Mar 05 01:47

Shock: Fracking Used to Inject Nuclear Waste Underground for Decades

Unearthed articles from the 1960s detail how nuclear waste was buried beneath the Earth’s surface by Halliburton & Co. for decades as a means of disposing the by-products of post-World War II atomic energy production.

Fracking is already a controversial practice on its face; allowing U.S. industries to inject slurries of toxic, potentially carcinogenic compounds deep beneath the planet’s surface — as a means of “see no evil” waste disposal — already sounds ridiculous, dangerous, and stupid anyway without even going into further detail.

Alleged fracking links to the contamination of the public water supply and critical aquifers, as well as ties to earthquake upticks near drilling locations that are otherwise not prone to seismic activity have created uproar in the years since the 2005 “Cheney loophole,” which allowed the industry to circumvent the Safe Drinking Water Act by exempting fracking fluids, thus fast tracking shale fracking as a source of cheap natural gas.

Mar 04 17:17

The Punishment for Ignoring Obamacare Penalty Might Surprise You

Now that April 15th is on the horizon, many taxpayers are bracing themselves for the inevitable penalty that will hit them if they don’t sign up for Obamacare. It’s estimated that at least 3 million households may have to pony up 1% of their income, or $95 per adult, if they don’t have insurance; a number which is poised to expand to 2.5% for the 2016 tax year.

However, for all its bluster and intimidating language, the Affordable Care Act might not have any teeth. Recently, a tax expert writing for Forbes noticed that Obamacare, while far-reaching and burdensome in terms of what it demands from the American people, offers little to no repercussion for anyone who would be tempted to avoid it.

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Mar 04 15:23

The Company That Made #TheDress Once Faced a Child Labor Scandal

The British retailer of the dress that whipped the internet into a frenzy last week—is it blue-and-black, or is it gold-and-white?—has big plans to cash in on its new-found fame. Roman Originals founder Peter Christodoulou told the Washington Post that the dress—which is actually blue-and-black and available online for about $77—will soon be joined by a gold-and-white version. “We have received so many requests for a white-and-gold version,” he said. “It takes about five months to do such a thing, but we’re not going to disappoint our fans. I expect the white-and-gold dress to come out later this year.” The day after the hoopla broke out, Roman Originals told the Boston Globe that worldwide sales were up 560 percent.

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Mar 04 13:42

Fast Food Nations: Selling out to Junk Food, Illness and Food Insecurity

Colin Todhunter
RINF Alternative News

Western agribusiness, food processing companies and retail concerns are gaining wider entry into India and through various strategic trade deals are looking to gain a more significant footprint within the country. The Knowledge Initiative on Agriculture (KIA) and the ongoing India-EU free trade agreement talks have raised serious concerns about the stranglehold that transnational corporations could have on the agriculture and food sectors, including the subsequent impact on the livelihoods of hundreds of millions. For example, see this on the dismantling of Indian agriculture, this on the KIA and the US neoliberal invasion of India and this on the US-Indo free trade deal.

Mar 04 13:40

Consumers Want GMO Labels, Not Barcodes

On Wednesday last week (February 25, 2015), the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, once again floated the idea of consumers using barcodes to identify foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs), as an alternative to requiring food manufacturers to put a label on products that contain GMOs.

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Mar 04 07:28

What to expect from FCC control of Internet

When it comes to government regulation of the internet, the stake dramatically escalates far beyond simply the cost of service

Mar 04 06:34

France wants companies to make appliances that last longer

France is ordering manufacturers to inform consumers how long they can expect their TV, cell phone or other appliance to last — before they buy it.

A new French government decree that came into effect this week aims at fighting so-called planned obsolescence. That is when companies design strategies to limit the life span of appliances, so that consumers will have to replace them.

The measure requires manufacturers to inform vendors how long spare parts for an appliance will continue to be produced. The vendor is then required to inform the buyer, in writing. Violators face up to 15,000 euros ($16,800) in fines.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We need that here in the US. We won't get it, of course, while this nation remains a fascist economic dictatorship, but we do need it here!

Mar 03 19:02

Apple may soon hold world market with new gold smartwatch; “24 million troy ounces” yearly to produce: Report

| 30% of world's gold market to be held by Apple for production of new smartwatch, says report

Mar 03 17:42

Informed Choice: Who Supports It?

by Catherine J. Frompovich

In various official statements on medical ethics, the right to informed choice is spelled out very clearly, so what's the problem? What doesn’t everyone else understand? Especially practicing physicians and the feds...

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Mar 03 15:59

White House Petition Against Mandatory Vaccination Reaches 100,000 Signature Threshold — Will Obama Respond?

The petition up on WhiteHouse.gov against mandatory vaccinations has, at the time of writing this, reached well over the 100,000 signatures needed by March 6th in order to supposedly garner a response from our president’s administration.

The petition is short, sweet, and to the point:

No human being should be FORCED to be vaccinated against their will and/or personal/religious beliefs. I petition against making vaccinations of any kind mandatory. This includes forcing children to be vaccinated to attend public schools, activities, and daycare centers. This also includes adults working in the public or private sector.

The fact that this even has to be petitioned in the first place, however — that the people so fear their government would take away their basic sense of medical freedom — is a sure sign of tyranny.

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Mar 03 12:12

DEADLY BACTERIA RELEASE SPARKS CONCERN AT HIGH-SECURITY LOUISIANA LAB FOR VACCINE RESEARCH ON PATHOGEN THAT ESCAPED

A dangerous, often deadly, type of bacteria that lives in soil and water has been released from a high-security laboratory at the Tulane National Primate Research Center in Louisiana. Officials say there is no risk to the public. Yet despite weeks of investigation by multiple federal and state agencies, the cause of the release and the extent of the contamination remain unknown, according to interviews and records obtained by USA TODAY.

The incident has raised concerns that bacteria from the lab may have contaminated the facility's grounds and though initial, limited tests didn't detect it, some officials are pressing behind the scenes for more action, records show. The safety breach at Tulane's massive lab complex 35 miles north of New Orleans is the latest in a recent series of significant biosafety accidents at some of the most prestigious laboratories in the country where research is performed on bacteria and viruses that are classified as potential bioterror agents.

Feb 25 11:44

Gas explosion destroys house in New Jersey

A police dashboard camera has caught the moment a house exploded in New Jersey on Tuesday, injuring 15 people.

NJ Gas were aware of a mains gas leak in the area of Route 9 and Oak Avenue and Stafford Township, and were evacuating homes and investigating the source of the leak when the explosion occurred.

No-one was in the house at the time of the explosion, but seven gas company workers were injured in the blast, two critically.

Feb 12 10:05

Stopping a Smart TV From Eavesdropping On You Could Be a Felony

To make matters worse, high-level users who want to take their smart TVs apart to see how they work or to attempt to disable or modify the underlying software—for example, to disable the eavesdropping software, or make modifications to make captions easier to read for the visually impaired—could face felony charges under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. That’s because most smart TVs on the market have taken technological measures to prevent users from accessing or modifying firmware in order to prevent illegal copying and distribution of copyrighted material. But users could technically face felony charges for circumventing lockdown restrictions—even if the modifications they’re trying to make are legal under copyright law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Soon, all televisions will have this wonderful "feature", which is very reminiscent of the "telescreen" in Orwell's 1984; you watched it, and it watched you.

Feb 07 08:29

“Think twice” before buying a car with these features

It’s the “bells and whistles” that get the headlines – and grab your attention. But they might also grab your wallet once the warranty runs out.

A classic example from long ago is the aluminum block four-cylinder engine GM trotted out back in the mid-1970s. It was a revolutionary design based on a high-silicon alloy that eliminated the need for pressed-in cylinder liners. It was also very lightweight, which promised to improve both the fuel economy and the handling of the car it was built for – the Chevy Vega.

Stop me if you know where this is going…

Jan 20 09:05

4k Porn Is Here and Shows You Every. Single. Detail. (NSFW)

There seems to be some backlash online about how "gross" porn would look at 4k, but we big to differ. =)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

While it is amusing to consider 4K porn, my own take is that like 3D TV sets, 4K is a passing fad. Yes, if you shove your nose right up to the screen the added resolution is impressive, but at normal living room distances, HD and 4K look a lot alike, unless you have the eyesight of a superhero.

Jan 16 13:23

McDonald's Just Recalled 1 Million Chicken McNuggets for a Super-Gross Reason

McDonald's Japan is having a rough start to 2015. Last week, the company apologized after a customer found plastic fragments in an order of Chicken McNuggets, which were thought to have been produced at a Cargill factory in Thailand. McDonald's pulled out nearly 1 million McNuggets from the factory in one day. The same week, a customer in Misawa found a piece of vinyl in an order of McNuggets.

In a statement about the plastic contamination, company spokesman Takashi Hasegasa said, "We deeply apologize for the trouble we have caused our customers and we are taking quick measures to analyze the cause of the contamination."

Plastic and vinyl are, sadly, not the only gross items that customers have found in their McDonald's meals over the past year. In August, the company received a complaint from a customer in Osaka who had found the shard of a human tooth in an order of french fries. It was unclear at press time if the customer was in fact "lovin' it."

Jan 13 11:56

BEWARE OF SPAM! - BOGUS E-MAILS SENT TO POSTAL CUSTOMERS

Some postal customers are receiving bogus e-mails about a package delivery or online postage charges. The e-mails contain a link or attachment that, when opened, installs a malicious virus that can steal personal information from your PC.

The e-mails claim to be from the U.S. Postal Service and contain fraudulent information about an attempted or intercepted package delivery or online postage charges. You are instructed to
click on a link, open the attachment, or print the label.

But Postal Inspectors warn: Don't do it!

Dec 10 09:15

U.S. PROTESTERS DEMAND: END SECRECY, RELEASE THE TEXTS ON TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP

Cassidy Regan, trade organizer for Popular Resistance, remarked that after public pressure the European Union recently agreed to release its negotiating proposals for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership to the public. The EU wanted to release the full text of the agreement but was blocked by the United States.

“The trade agreements being drafted in secret threaten everything from worker rights and wages to public health and access to medicines. The negotiators keep texts hidden because these agreements aren’t made with the public in mind — instead, they serve to give transnational corporations further power to exploit people and the planet for the sake of profit. The unprecedented lack of transparency denies communities’ right to know policies that could impact so many aspects of our lives, for generations to come.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That the TPP is negotiated behind the backs of the American people, and with no transparency whatsoever, demonstrates, painfully clearly, that the US government is being run BY the Corporations; OF the Corporations; and FOR the Corporations.

We the People have become irrelevant and expendable to this government, and it is high time that this stops!

Dec 08 09:10

Samsung Galaxy Ace II x explodes causing bedroom fire

Casserly had left her Samsung Ace II x on her night table before falling asleep around 11:30 p.m. She says it was not plugged in and was screen-side up.

She believes the inside of the battery caught fire and exploded — flying off the night table, bouncing off a wall, then landing on her duvet, which started the fire.

Dec 06 09:36

Wall Street Moves to Put Taxpayers on the Hook for Derivatives Trades

Wall Street lobbyists are trying to secure taxpayer backing for many derivatives trades as part of budget talks to avert a government shutdown.

According to multiple Democratic sources, banks are pushing hard to include the controversial provision in funding legislation that would keep the government operating after Dec. 11. Top negotiators in the House are taking the derivatives provision seriously, and may include it in the final bill, the sources said.

The bank perks are not a traditional budget item. They would allow financial institutions to trade certain financial derivatives from subsidiaries that are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. — potentially putting taxpayers on the hook for losses caused by the risky contracts. Big Wall Street banks had typically traded derivatives from these FDIC-backed units, but the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law required them to move many of the transactions to other subsidiaries that are not insured by taxpayers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF there was ever a time to call Rivero's Rangers to keyboards, it is now.

Write/email/fax/phone your Congressional Representative and let them know that IF this bill is passed in this form, that you would rather have a goat, or a dog represent you, than this current cache of purchased weasels who allegedly represent you now.

And please remember: Congress no longer represents We the People; they represent Those, the Corporations. We the People have become irrelevant and expendable. That is why these idiots in Congress believe that they can get away with this crud.

Then, be pro-active. Do not have any more money in your bank than you need for paying bills. In fact, and even though it is more expensive, pay your bills with money orders if possible. There are many businesses which will still take cash, and it has not yet been made illegal to do so.

Make sure you have small amounts of gold and silver for barter. Because if Congress is about to pass legislation like this, the excrement is very near to hitting the ventilation shaft, and I mean really, really soon.

Nov 05 08:19

John Oliver on Misleading Labeling of Food Products

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Embedding was disabled for this video so you should watch it at youtube. And since the food labels have scrolled off the bottom of the show's facebook page, here is a copy you can download!

Oct 29 11:47

Definition of Medical Billing Fraud

Medical billing fraud is a big problem in the United States. It costs the American health care industry billions of dollars each year. The trickle-down effect is the insurer passing down the higher costs to the insured through elevated premiums and deductibles. This type of fraud, like many others, can be difficult to prove

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fraud has become the standard mode of business in the United States!

Oct 29 11:45

Always (Always!) Double-Check Your Medical Bills

This past November, my wife had to see a doctor at our local Urgent Care. Unfortunately, when the bill showed up the claim had been denied. The reason? Out of network. The problem? It wasn’t out of network! It’s supposed to be a $20 co-pay with the rest going to insurance. So… I called the Urgent Care billing office on December 15th. They confirmed that it should’ve been covered, and promised to re-submit the claim. Fast forward to this week…

We just got another bill from Urgent Care. Same deal — they want the full balance. This time, however, it seems that our insurance company decided to split the difference and apply it to our deductible instead of flat-out denying the claim, or paying it like they’re supposed to. When I called the Urgent Care billing office, they weren’t sure what went wrong, but promised to re-file the claim. Again.

Oct 23 16:12

SCAM ALERT - 909-271-8377- Did this number call you? If yes, leave your comment/complaint below

BEWARE! Shawn Temple, an 'agent' with the US Treasury Dept of Legal Affairs called stating that there was a warrant out for my arrest. When pressed for details he hung up. He left a message on my business phone as well as called back the next day and harassed my Office Manager threatening immediate legal action. Foreign accent, pitiful, uninformed attempt.

Sep 26 11:21

wehatevonage.com

:My company has contracted vonage as our VOIP provider. Since this happened I have had nothing but problems. Often when I am speaking with anyone internal or external, it constantly, and I mean constantly goes blank during the conversation. So we can talk for a minute, it blanks out, and then comes back while me and the other party are saying "are you there". Its not a good way to conduct business and affects my ability to work with customers. I also constantly have problems calling international. If I'm not getting a fast busy, it is totally dead air and never completes the call. I also have this weird recording that comes on when I try to make a domestic call that says "we are calling your party, please stand by"...and about 60% of the time it comes back on and says "we could not reach your party, please call again later". UGH! I then have to pick up my cell phone and make the call which goes right thru.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We have two Vonage lines here on Oahu, one of which my wife is heavily dependent on. Starting a couple weeks back, she started seeing a problem where calls would not go through. Today the problem was sop bad she had to try every single call two or three times. So I chatted with Vonage customer support, and spent almost an hour going through all the dog-and-pony tricks of resetting the local Vonage modem, unplugging this, cross connecting that, yadda yadda yadda even though it was clear that we had no trouble reaching Vonage, but Vonage was having trouble completing the calls. Finally I demanded to chat with a supervisor who admitted that there is a known issue with a new feature Vonage added some weeks back, "Comfort Calling", which has some voice messages to lull you into a daze during the very long time it takes for calls to get through the Vonage system. So why doesn't the customer service person in the chat START with that known issue instead of implying this is all somehow our fault? The supervisor downloaded a patch to our Vonage modem and now we can't make ANY outgoing calls. None. Zip. Nada. They promise they will fix it "soon."

Isn't life under fascism grand?

Nov 03 08:25

Prop 37 - Argentina's Roundup Human Tragedy

Argentina has become a giant experiment in farming genetically modified (GM) Roundup Ready (RR) soy, engineered to be tolerant to Roundup, Monsanto’s formulation of the herbicide glyphosate. The Argentine government, eager to pull the country out of a deep economic recession in the 1990s, restructured its economy around GM soy grown for export, most of which goes to feed livestock in Europe. In 2009, GM soy was planted on 19 million hectares - over half of Argentina’s cultivated land - and sprayed with 200 million litres of glyphosate herbicide [1]. Spraying is often carried out from the air, causing problems of drift.

Apr 06 14:03

Founder plans to give up Oaksterdam after raid

In some of his most extensive comments since the raid, Lee acknowledged that he was worried he could face major federal drug charges. It’s a risk he has lived with for many years, first as an underground pot grower and then as the leader of a serious legalization effort, which drew vigorous opposition from the federal government.

“I never wanted to be the quote unquote leader of the legalization movement,” he said in a telephone interview. “I saw myself as just one small soldier in a big war. But I look at it as a battlefield promotion.”

Apr 05 12:16

Poland Announces Complete Ban on Monsanto’s Genetically Modified Maize

Anthony Gucciardi
Activist Post

Following the anti-Monsanto activism launched by nations like France and Hungary, Poland has announced that it will launch a complete ban on growing Monsanto’s genetically modified strain MON810.

The announcement, made by Agriculture Minister, Marek Sawicki, sets yet another international standard against Monsanto’s genetically modified creations...

Apr 05 08:00

CIA Home Invasion: Smart TVs and the 'Internet of Things'

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

Recently, CIA Director David Petraeus made headlines with a speech given at the summit for In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital firm. In this talk, Petraeus discussed the emerging “internet of things” and the implications it will have for increased levels of surveillance. Petraeus explained that, because of the rise of gadgets which are connected and controlled by apps, intelligence agencies will no longer need to place spy devices inside your home – you will do it for them.

Apr 05 07:50

Dear Media, Please Ask Obama to Explain His Escalating War on Medical Marijuana

Scott Morgan
StopTheDrugWar

Monday morning's DEA raid of Oaksterdam University is making major headlines, but there's one detail missing from the coverage: why the f#$k is Obama at War with Medical Marijuana in the first place? Seriously, why is any of this even happening at all?...

Apr 05 03:08

Flashback: Lithium In Texan Drinkwater

Lithium is used by doctors as a mood stabiliser in the treatment for depression.
Dr Bhamjee said: “A recent article in the British Journal of Psychiatry found the beneficial uses of lithium when it was added to the water supply in parts of Texas.”

He said the Government should consider a pilot project for a town in Ireland where lithium salts could be added to the water in very small doses and examine the results.” He said there was already strong precedent for governments intervening in the operation of public water supply for health benefits by adding fluoride.

Apr 04 19:28

GM Enviro-Pig Won't Go To Market; On To Humanely Solving an Environmental Problem

Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

Last year, the media was buzzing about the possibility of Enviro-pig entering the American and Canadian food markets.

The way our regulatory agencies work is to keep pending approvals for genetically modified animals on file, in secret, until a decision determines if it's suddenly in the stores unlabeled, or no, not yet.

Enviro-pig is a creation from Canada's University of Guelph scientists and hog industry Ontario Pork. Birthed in 1999, with 10 generations since. The DNA of Yorkshire pigs were spliced with DNA from e.coli for phosphorous digestion and mice DNA to promote the e.coli gene. The pigs' make-up was changed to allow the enzyme phytase in their saliva to cut the phosphorous in their manure by about 30 percent.

Apr 04 11:18

Worse Than SOPA: New CISPA Cybersecurity Bill Will Censor The Web

A new cybersecurity bill will allow the government to bypass privacy laws to monitor, censor, and stop any online activity deemed disruptive to the government or private parties.

Apr 04 11:05

Fascism Comes to the Internet: Introducing CISPA

Joe Wright
Activist Post

After nearly unprecedented pushback against bills SOPA and PIPA, their apparent defeat cannot yet be claimed. Most skeptics presumed that the defeat of the aforementioned would only serve to offer a compromised "SOPA light" at some point to circumvent criticism over government censorship. Well, it didn't take long...

Apr 04 09:55

Even worse than SOPA: New CISPA cybersecurity bill will censor the Web

H.R. 3523, a piece of legislation dubbed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (or CISPA for short), has been created under the guise of being a necessary implement in America’s war against cyberattacks. But the vague verbiage contained within the pages of the paper could allow Congress to circumvent existing exemptions to online privacy laws and essentially monitor, censor and stop any online communication that it considers disruptive to the government or private parties. Critics have already come after CISPA for the capabilities that it will give to seemingly any federal entity that claims it is threatened by online interactions, but unlike the Stop Online Privacy Act and the Protect IP Acts that were discarded on the Capitol Building floor after incredibly successful online campaigns to crush them, widespread recognition of what the latest would-be law will do has yet to surface to the same degree.

Apr 04 07:45

Six universities at risk of closure after bond swap

An emergency meeting of university rectors on Tuesday heard that only 33m euros remained of 120m euros that 17 Greek universities had deposited with the Bank of Greece for their operating expenses, while six university accounts were now completely empty meaning they would soon be unable to stay open.

Mar 16 12:27

Ocean Radiation Plume Hits Hawaii From Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown

The latest marine impact simulation shows the radioactive plume of ocean radiation from the Fukushima nuclear meltdown has now hit Hawaii

Mar 14 05:45

Forget Asteroids and Volcanoes: Chemically Induced Infertility Threatens Human Race

Anthony Gucciardi
Activist Post

With the increase in solar flares and expert warnings over the threat of asteroids, volcanoes, and earthquakes, it’s understandable to be concerned about the future of the earth and mankind alike.

What many experts and publications are forgetting, however, is that these disasters may actually be less threatening than the harm being placed on our own bodies.

Known by some as the ‘infertility timebomb’, men are increasingly becoming infertile at an astounding rate that worries many scientists. We can’t control the trajectory of asteroids, but we can control what we put into our bodies...

Mar 13 16:58

European Commission Blames Social Networks For ACTA Failure; Worried About Its Imminent Directive On Copyright Enforcement

He noted that opposition had increased in the run-up to January’s planned vote in the US Congress on two legislative initiatives -- the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) -- aimed at increasing the protection of intellectual property rights on the Internet; in the end the vote had not been held, following a hostile campaign by social networks and the loss of White House support.
It's interesting to see De Gucht linking the growing hostility to ACTA with the storm generated by SOPA/PIPA, and giving the credit for stopping those US bills to a "hostile campaign" waged by social networks. You can tell this really worries him, because he says something similar about social networks and ACTA immediately afterwards:

Mar 13 16:02

The Lost Papers of the Tesla Death Rays

Nikola Tesla died on January 7th, 1943 in Hotel New Yorker, in Manhattan, in room 3327 on the 33rd floor of the hotel. Immediately after Tesla’s death, Tesla scientific papers vanished from his hotel room in Hotel New Yorker. Tesla papers were never found. Tesla papers contained scientific data and information about “Death Rays”, which could be used for military purposes.
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18 Jan 2007 – Regarding the creation of the "Curious George" television monkey ... Regarding information that Daddy Bush is actually named George H. Scherff, Jr., and the son of Tesla's ... Is George H.W. Bush Really Prescott Bush's Son?

Mar 13 15:44

Big Brother Spy Cameras To Prevent Uninsured Drivers From Getting Gas

Government officials are rolling out a hi-tech automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras to crack down on millions of motorists who drive without insurance.

Jan 16 11:22

Cruise disaster: Perfect storm of events caused Costa Concordia crash

The first official inquiry into how one of the world’s most modern and best-equipped cruise liners could capsize began last night as the Italian coastguard recovered the Costa Concordia’s “black box”.

Dec 11 07:19

Business Shamanism: Great Awakening Ushering in New Principles

As I write this, the ruling regime in our rotten republic of Obama-stan is seeking to ignore the pain of the sheeple and extend lavish tax breaks for the wealthy.The financial elite engineered a massive transfer of assets over the last decades, and they are now completing the procedure of creating a two-tier society resembling a serfdom. Champagne glasses are no doubt clinking in fancy hotel rooms and private clubs to celebrate the selling out of the people, as the unemployed and dispossessed roam the streets. We witness, as spectacle,the slow-motion dismantling of the American republic -- though nobody can say how the story will play out this time.

Dec 11 07:16

Report: Swiss Bank Refuses to Release Gold

A client of a major Swiss bank was recently refused access to his physical gold and had to hire attorneys and threaten to expose the bank publicly before finally getting it back in his own hands, according to Jim Rickards of Omnis.

“My inference is that that gold was not there,” Rickards told King World News. “The bank had to scramble, go out and find it somewhere before they could make good delivery.”

Dec 11 01:02

Beekeepers Want Government to Pull Bayer's Pesticide "Poncho" for Causing Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)

Beekeepers and environmentalists Wednesday called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to remove a pesticide that could be linked to colony collapse disorder from the market and to issue an order to stop its use.

The request to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson from the American Beekeeping Federation, headed by Florida beekeeper Dave Mendes, and five other groups follows the leak of a Nov. 2 EPA memo about the product.

The insecticide sold under the brand name Poncho has an active ingredient called clothianidin. Bayer CropScience AG obtained conditional EPA registration for the product in 2003. The leaked memo identified a study that is the basis for the registration as unsound, said Florida beekeeper Dave Hackenberg, who was checking hives Wednesday in Fort Meade.

Dec 11 00:43

Homeland Security Recruiting Neighborhood Busybodies as Informants

Washington, DC—There were the infamous Gestapo, Stazi and Red Guard. They all sought and maintained civilian armies of snitches to help their rogue governments maintain absolute power. These government thugs wanted any information they could use against the victims they selectively targeted.

Today we have the Department of Homeland Security that is quickly stepping into this role in the United States. They are massively expanding their authority, reach and budget to smash dissent, and any resistance to government repression and violation of our Civil Rights.

If you have not noticed, our government has suspended the Fourth Amendment in the name of anti-terrorism. If you haven’t noticed, It’s our own government that has become the terrorist.

Read Homeland Security’s new snitch program press release here: http://www.dhs.gov/ynews/releases/pr_1291648380371.shtm

Dec 10 22:49

Myths and Facts: Study Verifies That There Is No Value In Any Flu Vaccine - Five Busted Myths about Vaccines

A remarkable study published in the Cochrane Libary found no evidence of benefit for influenza vaccinations and also noted that the vast majority of trials were inadequate.

The authors stated that the only ones showing benefit were industry-funded. They also pointed out that the industry-funded studies were more likely to be published in the most prestigious journals...and one more thing: They found cases of severe harm caused by the vaccines, in spite of inadequate reporting of adverse effects.

The study, "Vaccines for preventing influenza in healthy adults", is damning of the entire pharmaceutical industry and its minions, the drug testing industry and the medical system that relies on them.

The authors found that vaccines administered parenterally, that is, outside the digestive tract, usually meaning by injection. reduced influenza-like symptoms by 4%. They found no evidence that vaccination prevents viral transmission! (There goes the whole herd immunity argument!) They also found no evidence that they prevent complications, either.

Dec 10 15:40

An evaluation of airport x-ray backscatter units based on image characteristics

Little information exists on the performance of x-ray backscatter machines now being deployed through UK, US and other airports. We implement a Monte Carlo simulation using as input what is known about the x-ray spectra used for imaging, device specifications and available images to estimate penetration and exposure to the body from the x-ray beam, and sensitivity to dangerous contraband materials. We show that the body is exposed throughout to the incident x-rays, and that although images can be made at the exposure levels claimed (under 100 nanoGrey per view), detection of contraband can be foiled in these systems.

Dec 09 21:29

Top Military Brass Working With BP to Promote Gulf Seafood

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is pushing all members of America's armed service to buy and eat as much seafood as possible.

This is as sinister as it gets! BP has destroyed the gulf and is now working with the U.S. military to get it in the homes of American troops (already poisoned by continued exposure to depleted uranium) throughout the country! Multiple scientists have declared gulf seafood toxic and for good reason. Over 2 million gallons of toxic dispersant has been sprayed in and around the gulf. The facts are so heavily documented that there is no logical way that any literate human being not pushing an agenda could believe otherwise.

To top it off, Ewell Smith, executive director of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, is pushing for this toxic cocktail to be served in in school lunch programs nationwide!

“He expressed what we wanted to hear; he is in favor of the federal government buying seafood from the Gulf,” said Smith, who said he would like to see Gulf seafood as the choice throughout the public domain, “whether it’s the military or prison systems or school systems.”

Dec 09 19:16

S 510 Food Safety bill is still alive and may unleash a new army of FDA agents

(NaturalNews) The U.S. government wants to know where your greenhouse is. Under Senate Bill 510 -- which is now back in the hands of the U.S. Senate after the House hid an amendment in an appropriations bill and passed it last night -- American food producers would be required to register their facilities with the U.S. government. The feds, it seems, want a database of food growers so they know who to target for surprise inspections (show me your papers!).

"The registration shall contain an assurance that the Secretary will be permitted to inspect such facility at the times and in the manner permitted by this Act."

What this language shows is that the point of registration is so that government agents can conduct surprise inspections of food facilities. At least 4,000 new FDA agents will need to be hired if this bill becomes law, greatly expanding the FDA's agent presence in much the same way the TSA expanded over the last few years.

So essentially what we have here is a food tyranny bill that would hand a group of un-elected bureaucrats who answer to no one the power to control virtually the entire U.S. food supply.

Dec 09 18:04

Keiser Report No.102: Markets! Finance! Gold & Silver!

This time Max Keiser and co-host, Stacy Herbert, talk about Americas most dangerous banker being sued by trustees for aiding and abetting the Madoff ponzi scheme and about the U.S. administration suffers from the Stockholm Syndrome. In the second half of the show, Max Keiser talks to Dr. Kiriakos Tobras about his campaign to stop financial terrorists attacking the Greek economy.

Dec 09 11:36

Remember $4 gasoline? Oil speculators are back

WASHINGTON — Despite weak demand in the U.S. and Europe, oil prices climbed this week to near $90 a barrel and gasoline prices have passed $3 a gallon on the West Coast and parts of the Northeast.

Why? If demand is down and supplies are plentiful — and they are — why would prices be going up?

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Oil speculation might be one aspect that is causing oil prices to climb, but there are other factors to consider as well. Refinery slow down, very harsh winter season, and dollar devaluation by the Federal Reserve Bank, would be prime causes of gasoline price increases. - kdtroxel

Dec 09 11:08

BPA Found On 95% Of Dollar Bills

Apparently consumers don't have as much control as they thought over avoiding products with bisphenol A (BPA), a hormone-disrupting chemical. What are two items that consumers cannot avoid? Dollar bills and receipts. And that's exactly where BPA is being found, according to a new study conducted by nonprofit groups Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and the Washington Toxics Coalition.

Dec 09 11:06

Hacktivist Army Engages in Cyber War to Free Internet, Assange

LONDON – The website attacks launched by supporters of WikiLeaks show 21st-century cyber warfare evolving into a more amateur and anarchic affair than many predicted.

While most countries have plowed much more attention and resources into cyber security in recent years, most of the debate has focused on the threat from militant groups such as al Qaeda or mainstream state on state conflict.

Dec 09 09:59

AMERICA: Y UR PEEPS B SO DUM?

Ignorance and courage in the age of Lady Gaga

If you hang out much with thinking people, conversation eventually turns to the serious political and cultural questions of our times. Such as: How can the Americans remain so consistently brain-fucked? Much of the world, including plenty of Americans, asks that question as they watch U.S. culture go down like a thrashing mastodon giving itself up to some Pleistocene tar pit.

Dec 09 05:29

Here's A Message The TSA May Find More Difficult To Ignore

4th Amendment Printed On Underwear, tees, socks In X-Ray-Visible Ink. Other styles and messages;; all send a clear message.....

What I want to know is.... Why not just wear a hospital gown, or a sheet, and voilà ! No need to scan! No need to pat! Get your hands off of me, you filthy TSA!

Dec 09 01:05

WHY NGO MONITOR IS ATTACKING THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA

NGO Monitor’s attack on The Electronic Intifada is part of a well-financed, Israeli-government endorsed effort to silence reporting about and criticism of Israel by attacking so-called “delegitimizers” — those who speak about well-documented human rights abuses, support boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS), or promote full equality for Palestinians.

Dec 09 00:50

Jordan Maxwell conversation with Alan Steinfeld

“Jordan Maxwell 1 -The Power of Symbols and The Way the World really Works”
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vT7Aq4iACOM&feature=channel

“Jordan Maxwell 2 -Nothing Operates the way you think it Does”
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6f6AC99Br-8&feature=channel

“Jordan Maxwell 3 -Maritime Law Rules the World Commerce and Courts”

“Jordan Maxwell 4 -Maritime Law rules Religion and Economic”
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cIe-wE9ngo&feature=channel

“Jordan Maxwell 5 -UNDERSTANDING the Power of Words”
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ou3jRa9xF4&feature=channel

“Jordan Maxwell 6- The United States is a Privately owned Corportation”
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSk3uRRgijE&feature=channel

“Jordan Maxwell 7- The Vatican Rules the World”
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3RgDd78ndg&feature=channel

Dec 08 14:55

Assange Prosecution: A Brazen Effort to Kill Alternative Media

Now that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is in custody, we can expect the U.S. government to request his extradition and prosecute the Australian for espionage. “Any such proceedings would set up a test of whether the First Amendment’s protection for a free press extends to a website with a worldwide audience,” notes McClatchy today.

In 1917 the United States enacted the Espionage Act, a law that has made it a crime to “willfully communicate” secret government information that could expose national secrets held by officialdom. Since the law was passed, however, the government has avoided prosecuting journalists for publishing classified information.

Dec 08 12:42

WikiLeaks: U.S. Military Contractors In Afghanistan Hired Child Prostitutes

Anything interesting to be had at the intersection of the WikiLeaks cache of diplomatic cables and those military contractors that cart off many millions of taxpayer dollars to facilitate their profit-seeking misadventures in the world's zones of forever war? Glad you asked! Here on these pages is the latest news of one of my favorite private military contractors, courtesy of David Isenberg:

Dec 08 12:40

Ron Paul: In a Free Society, We're Supposed to Know the Truth

Dr. Ron Paul
Campaign For Liberty

We may never know the whole story behind the recent publication of sensitive U.S. government documents by the Wikileaks organization, but we certainly can draw some important conclusions from the reaction of so many in government and media.

Dec 08 01:27

The "Hi Tech" Corporate Police State: "Reengineering" the Internet ... for Persistent Surveillance

The secret world of "cyber situational awareness" is a spymaster's wet dream, made all the more alluring by the advent of ultra high speed computing and the near infinite storage capacity afforded by massive server farms and the ubiquitous "cloud."

Lost in the debate surrounding privacy invasion and data mining however, is the key role that internet service providers (ISPs) play as intermediaries and gatekeepers. From their perch, ISPs peer deeply into and collect and analyze the online communications of tens of millions of users simultaneously, in real-time.

Concerted efforts to eliminate online anonymity, in managed democracies and authoritarian regimes alike, are greatly enhanced by the deployment of deep packet inspection (DPI) sensors and software on virtually all networks.

"To unpack this a little" they aver, "all data traffic that courses across the 'net is contained in individual packets that have header (i.e. addressing) information and payload (i.e. content) information. We can think of this as the address on a postcard and the written and visual content of a postcard."

All of which is there for the taking, "criminal evidence, ready for use in a trial," Cryptohippie chillingly informs.

Dec 08 00:31

Dr. Russell Blaylock: Fluoride's Deadly Secret

“Dr. Russell Blaylock: Fluoride's Deadly Secret 2/5” Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P3G_5u8aug&feature=related

“Dr. Russell Blaylock: Fluoride's Deadly Secret 3/5” Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvNNpv0_OQc&feature=related

“Dr. Russell Blaylock: Fluoride's Deadly Secret 4/5” Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzWreYp1qHA&feature=related

“Dr. Russell Blaylock: Fluoride's Deadly Secret 5/5” Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qu63c02qG_Y&feature=related

Dec 07 14:29

Three Years Later: Pyrex Dishes Still Go Boom [in 2010, too]

Three Years Later: Pyrex Dishes Still Go Boom
Government safety agency mum, company blames victims for cuts, burns
By Joseph S. Enoch
August 20, 2008
"It's not just Pyrex that is exploding. Anchor Hocking, which makes similar dishes that can be found at Wal-Mart and other stores,"
“Soda lime glass is less expensive to produce than a borosilicate glass and it starts with the raw materials,” said Day, who also owns a company that manufactures glass medical products. “The raw materials in a borosilicate glass, particularly the boron component, are more expensive than the components in a soda lime. Also, it can take a higher temperature to melt the composition so there's expense there.”

Dec 07 11:20

Popular Gaming Device Can be Used to Spy on You - Kinect is in Kontrol (VIDEO)

Jason Bermas in his first vlog breaks down the good the bad and the ugly of Microsoft's Kinect device

Dec 07 10:15

Boycott Wal-Mart If You Want to Help Save America From Big Brother

John Galt
Activist Post

America is in trouble on so many fronts that it is sometimes difficult to know where to begin. The forces of tyranny are increasing the pressure exponentially as they head toward their endgame of complete control over society. This has become most obvious with the directives of Homeland Security which, by its very name, has Orwell rolling in his grave . . .

Dec 06 09:46

DR. ELIAS AKLEH: THE HIDDEN WAR

After the collapse of Communism the power elite committed the 911 terror attack (911 truth seekers) to incite Islamophopia and war against global terrorism mainly in the Islamic World. Islam is the last obstacle against the creation of the New World Order.

Dec 06 07:44

ACLU Sues Over Threats to Medical Marijuana

Marilisa Kinney Sachteleben
Yahoo News

The manufacture and sale of medical marijuana has been legal in California since the 1990s and in Michigan as the of the 2008 election. Several cities in Michigan and California have created city ordinances banning medical marijuana and the ACLU is suing . . .

Dec 05 16:44

Marijuana Cuts Tumor Growth by 50%

The active ingredient in marijuana cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread, say researchers at Harvard University who tested the chemical in both lab and mouse studies.

They say this is the first set of experiments to show that the compound, Delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), inhibits EGF-induced growth and migration in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) expressing non-small cell lung cancer cell lines. Lung cancers that over-express EGFR are usually highly aggressive and resistant to chemotherapy.

THC that targets cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 is similar in function to endocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids that are naturally produced in the body and activate these receptors. The researchers suggest that THC or other designer agents that activate these receptors might be used in a targeted fashion to treat lung cancer.

Dec 05 16:23

The Cancer Report

This documentary explains the Rockefeller influence on the health care industry, and particularly how safe alternatives have been silenced in favor of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Going back to the early twentieth century, this movie explains how it all got started, and why we are in our current health care predicament. It then provides cures for those suffering with cancer.

“The Cancer Report (Part 2 of 6)” Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VuNNOzWC2o&feature=related

“The Cancer Report (Part 3 of 6)” Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCEIryILSXE&feature=related

“The Cancer Report (Part 4 of 6)” Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5NX7HvB0d8&feature=related

“The Cancer Report (Part 5 of 6)” Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fniHkKAttE&feature=related

“The Cancer Report (Part 6 of 6)” Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjN5jwYMbBg&feature=related

Dec 04 20:08

Cap-and-Trade Market Spanning North America Weighed by States

California, New Mexico and 10 U.S. Northeastern states may try to create a North American carbon market on their own now that President Barack Obama has given up on cap-and-trade legislation that stalled in Congress.

The emissions-trading system would be based on a planned carbon market in California, the most populous state, and an existing regional cap-and-trade program for power plants in the Northeast, according to state environmental officials. Three Canadian provinces have also shown interest in a cross-border carbon-trading system, the officials said.

“The key is to have as large and as liquid a market as possible,” John Yap, British Columbia’s climate-change minister, said in a telephone interview. Under cap-and-trade, the government creates a market for pollution rights by issuing a limited number of carbon-dioxide permits, which companies can buy and sell.

Of the six states in the Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord -- Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin -- Democrats lost the governor’s race or control of the legislature to Republicans in five, according to data from the National Conference of State Legislatures. Many Republicans in national and state politics have opposed cap-and- trade, which they say is an energy tax in disguise.

Dec 04 15:21

Electronic Pickpocketing with RFID Readers (VIDEO)

News 3 exposes $100 technology that can read RFIDs and steal credit card information or from any other items storing personal information via Radio Frequency Identification simply by waving the device near the victim's wallet.

Dec 04 09:46

Lights Out for Incandescents: Nanny-State America Strikes Again

Holly Deyo
Millennium Ark

This is a reminder if you want to continue using incandescent light bulbs, now is the time to stock up. More nanny-state America is about to descend on us.

When first reading World Net Daily's article four years ago, 2014 seemed light years away, if you'll pardon the pun. Now phasing out incandescent bulbs is a few short months from kicking in . . .

Dec 03 23:28

TYT: Slap In The Face Of The Middle Class - Deficit Commission Proposal

Cenk Uygur (host of The Young Turks) breaks down the official proposal of the Deficit Commission and concludes that it helps the rich and corporations while screwing the average middle class American.

Dec 03 22:38

Bank of America busted lying about bailout money. By Ryan Dawson

They never stop lying. We should not have counterfeiters supporting illegal gambling and fraud as a basis for economics. By the way they also got TARP funds! And gave themselves 100% bonuses with it!

See this quick video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJtTtY2svTI

and this one which a bit of was on the daily show
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlNN8SZMmYo

Dec 03 00:29

Feds Warrantlessly Tracking Americans’ Credit Cards in Real Time

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/12/realtime/

Federal law enforcement agencies have been tracking Americans in real-time using credit cards, loyalty cards and travel reservations without getting a court order, a new document released under a government sunshine request shows.

The document, obtained by security researcher Christopher Soghoian, explains how so-called “Hotwatch” orders allow for real-time tracking of individuals in a criminal investigation via credit card companies, rental car agencies, calling cards, and even grocery store loyalty programs. The revelation sheds a little more light on the Justice Department’s increasing power and willingness to surveil Americans with little to no judicial or Congressional oversight.

Dec 02 21:26

“Unconstitutional” food bill driven by Big Food lobby dollars

Rady Ananda, Contributing Writer
Activist Post

While over 200 organizations lobbied on the Food Safety Modernization Act (S.510), no one seemed to notice an unconstitutional section in the bill until after it passed on Tuesday.

That day, Roll Call advised that the bill contained a provision, Sec. 107, allowing the Senate to raise revenues. This violates Article I, Section 7, of the U.S. Constitution, granting that power exclusively to the House. S.510 opponents now celebrate the House’s use of the “blue slip process” to return the bill to the Senate.

The Alliance for Natural Health figures that . . .

Dec 02 15:40

Madison County Man Being Evicted Off His Own Land for Living Too Simply (VIDEO)

Madison County officials are forcing a man out of his home — a recreational trailer — because they say he's breaking several ordinances.

Dec 02 12:36

Fed wants to strip a key protection for homeowners

Americans continue to lose their homes in record numbers, the Federal Reserve is considering making it much harder for homeowners to stop foreclosures and escape predatory home loans with onerous terms.

The Fed's proposal to amend a 42-year-old provision of the federal Truth in Lending Act has angered labor, civil rights and consumer advocacy groups along with a slew of foreclosure defense attorneys.

Since 1968, the Truth in Lending Act has given homeowners the right to cancel, or rescind illegal loans for up to three years after the transaction was completed if the buyer wasn't provided with proper disclosures at the time of closing.

Attorneys at AARP have used the rescission clause for decades to protect older homeowners stuck in predatory loans with costly terms. The provision is also helping struggling homeowners to fight a wave of foreclosure cases in which faulty and sometimes-fraudulent disclosures were used.

The violations must be of a material nature to invalidate a loan under the extended-rescission clause. To do so, homeowners — usually those facing financial problems or foreclosure — hire an attorney to scour their mortgage documents for possible violations regarding the actual cost of the loan or payment terms.

Dec 02 09:11

The Austerity Hammer Starts to Fall on United States as Debt Consumes Europe

Problem, Reaction, Solution: Derivatives, Crash, Too Big To Fail, Bailout, Nationalization, Budget Crisis, Privatization, Debt Slavery, Austerity, Evaporating Pensions, Central Banks, Big Government, World Government. It’s been quite a saga, but this economic crisis has been planned sabotage by design. The age of the Offshore Global Cartel is the age of economic warfare with the wealthy Western world. The 3rd World has largely already been brought to its knees. The remaining vestiges of national sovereignty must be eliminated and the middle class consumer society must be swept back to the feudal age by way of a tidal wave looting of living standards, cut wages & pensions, and the bread and circuses of cheap plastic goods and entertainment.

Dec 02 09:07

Structure of Health Tyranny: Codex Alimentarius, Part 3

Brandon Turbeville -- Activist Post

The history of Codex is important, but one should also understand the structure of Codex Alimentarius in order to understand how it arrives at its decisions.

Dec 02 07:16

Institute of Medicine Report on Vitamin D Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!

If you believe anything the government says you are a fool!

Dec 01 21:31

CDC knowingly used false data - D.C. water may still be contaminated by dangerous levels of LEAD

Thanks, Centers for Disease Creation... from my WP email alert and to think I just finished showing a friend moments ago History International's The Crumbling of America about our failing infrastructure, saved on the DVR. Important Doc even with the global warming part and that jackass Meigs using it as a vehicle for street cred in the science sector after managing the Popular Mechanics hit piece on 9/11 researchers so long ago now.

...The water in almost 15,000 D.C. homes that were repaired during a massive effort to remove lead pipes may still be contaminated by dangerous levels of the metal, according to a report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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