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Oct 16 06:35

Health Care Reform Blamed for Huge Hike in Premiums

Bob Conners
NBC Connecticut

The state has given Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield the go ahead to raise premiums by as much as 47 percent for some members, and says health care reform is the reason why.

Oct 16 02:23

PENTAGON AUTHOR EXPOSES ZELIKOW'S KEY ROLE IN 9/11 COVER-UP

Parenthetically, the “Mohammed Atta” identified by Able Danger may have been an imposter operating under a stolen identity, as occurred in the assassination of a senior Hamas official in Dubai. In an interview with a German newspaper, reported by the Guardian, Mohammed Atta’s father claimed that his son had nothing to do with the attacks and was still alive a year after 9/11.

Oct 15 15:31

Flashback: European Court Ruling spells an end to water fluoridation

UK Council Against Water Fluoridation | Fluoridated water must be treated as a medicine, and cannot be used to prepare foods. That is the decision of the European Court of Justice, in a landmark case dealing with the classification and regulation of ‘functional drinks’ in member states of the European Community. (HLH Warenvertriebs and Orthica (Joined Cases C-211/03, C-299/03, C-316/03 and C-318/03) 9 June 2005)

Oct 15 15:28

Flashback: Poisoned horses drank too much fluoride - what's in your water?

Justus' horses are found to be suffering from chronic fluoride poisoning from drinking fluoridated water. Study published in peer reviewed scientific literature.

Raw untreated hazardous waste from the phosphate fertilizer mining industry is being added to 18 million more people's water in Southern California under the guise of public health. The waste is straight from the pollution scrubber systems of the phosphate mines and is highly contaminated with arsenic, lead and a potpourri of other heavy metals...

Oct 15 15:25

Flashback: City Workers Accidentally Dump Hydrochloric Acid into Ohio Water Supply Instead of Toxic Fluoride

Just FYI, it's true that people who handle fluoride have to wear chemical suits, just as shown in this comic. If you drop a bottle of pure fluoride and inhale the fumes or get some on your skin, it can kill you.

When you dump the wrong chemical into the public water supply, it makes people nervous.

Yesterday, chemical treatment plant workers in Bellaire, Ohio, accidentally dumped 40 pounds of hydrochloric acid into the public water supply instead of 40 pounds of toxic fluoride chemicals they were supposed to dump...

Oct 15 05:48

The Case Against Fluoride: Toxifying the Tap

Rady Ananda, Contributing Writer
Activist Post

In July of this year, the United Nations declared access to clean water a human right. The United States was among 41 nations that abstained from supporting the resolution. Since October 15th is Blog for Water Day, a close inspection of a common US practice – fluoridating city water supplies – is in order.

Oct 14 13:45

Flashback: American Cancer Society: The World's Wealthiest "Nonprofit" Institution

No Cancer commercial or marketing material ever says they want to "cure" cancer anymore, only that they want to "manage" your cancer treatment. If they actually worked towards curing cancer, they would be working to put themselves into the unemployment lines... how anti-corporate! We can't have that!!

Oct 14 10:26

Terminal cancer patients routinely exploited by high-profit screening scams even as death approaches

(NaturalNews) Want to know the disturbing truth about the greed-driven cancer industry? I've written about it using blunt language here on NaturalNews, and awareness is spreading. People are sick of pinkwashing nonsense, and they're wising up to the fundraising "run for the cure" scams that only funnel more money into corrupt, Pharma-dominated cancer non-profits.

Now a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association sheds new light on just how cruel and greedy the cancer industry really is. It turns out that even when cancer patients are terminal -- meaning they're expected to die soon -- the cancer industry herds them into yet more screening, mammograms, biopsies and lab tests in order to generate more profits from Medicare before the patient expires.

Oct 13 12:12

Fla's 30-second foreclosure dash hits wall of fraud

Fla's 30-second foreclosure dash hits wall of fraud
By DAVID MCLAUGHLIN • Bloomberg News • October 13, 2010
Florida’s legislature appropriated $9.6 million this year to pay semi-retired judges and case managers to clear the backlog of foreclosures. Some judges have been churning through cases at a rapid clip, such as those last week in Tampa who considered dozens of foreclosures per day, sometimes in as little as 30 seconds.

Oct 13 08:26

Big Ag lobbyists wrote UK government's report on GM foods

Agribusiness lobbyists took an active role in writing a U.K. government report on genetically modified (GM) foods, two former members of the Food Standards Agency's (FSA's) steering group have revealed.

Leaked emails between the Agricultural Biotechnology Council (ABC) and then-FSA head of novel foods Clair Baynton "expose how the Food Standards Agency is acting as a puppet of the GM industry, by colluding with foreign GM companies to undermine people's access to GM-free food supplies in Britain," Wallace said.

"The report fails to represent the vast majority of GM-free farmers, who will have to pay a heavy price if their crops or seed are allowed to become contaminated with GM crops or seed," Wallace said.

Oct 13 08:20

McDonald's Happy Meal shows no sign of decomposing after SIX MONTHS

Looking almost as fresh as the day it was bought, this McDonald's Happy Meal is in fact a staggering six months old.

Photographed every day for the past half a year by Manhattan artist Sally Davies the kids meal of fries and burger is without a hint of mould or decay.

In a work entitled The Happy Meal Project, Mrs Davies, 54, has charted the seemingly indestructible fast food meals progress as it refuses to yield to the forces of nature.

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One of the comments under this article was doubt that this study was real, well it is one study that is easily replicated. Take the McDonald's challenge, pick up a plain burger happy meal, put it in a place that will not be disturbed, and photograph it over a six month period. Place a piece of paper next to the dish with the day number on it, before you photograph. -- kdtroxel

Oct 12 21:11

Bed bugs are epidemic. . .

Unknown Author

Bed bugs are epidemic. . .

A bit of information that you might like to know about.

We have friends here in our community and one of their sons is an entomologist (insect expert), and has been telling them that there is an epidemic of bed bugs now occuring in America.

Recently I have heard on the news that several stores in NYC have had to close due to bed bug problems, as well as a complete mall in New Jersey .

He says that since much of our clothing, sheets, towels, etc. now comes from companies outside of America, (sad but true), even the most expensive stores sell foreign clothing from China, Indonesia, etc.

Oct 12 16:08

Best Buy charging $30 for free PS3 firmware update

Best Buy's Geek Squad is generally known as a group that grossly overcharges for services that cost very little to perform, but this one takes the cake. The Staten Island, New York store is offering 120GB PS3 Slims for $329.98, which is an extra $29.99 on top of what the console goes for. Their explanation? The surcharge is for a firmware upgrade, according to Dual Shockers.

A typical system update requires about three button presses (system menu => system updates => update), not to mention if you try to play online or access the PlayStation Store, it will take even less effort because firmware updates are mandatory for those services.

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Buyer beware!

Oct 12 16:07

GULF BLUE PLAGUE: A LETHAL DOSE OF ARSENIC AND LIES (Part III)

Gulf of Mexico coastal residents are civilian casualties of a chemical and biological warfare. We have most of the same toxins in our blood and we share the same symptoms experienced by soldiers who survived and died after exposure to debilitating and deadly chemicals in the European trenches of WWI.

While the rest of the world has been deliberately kept in the dark, the Gulf of Mexico has become a chemical and biological battleground. Our shorelines and coastal areas are now the front lines of this deadly war that will bring an onslaught of casualties during the next decade and beyond. We are all entrenched in a war for our survival and the survival of our families for generations to come.

While the Gulf Blue Plague continues to affect more and more of us each day, our State and Federal governments ignore us, lie to us, and call us everything from mentally ill to conspiracy theorists. Common sense dictates that the only conspiracy evolves from those who deliberately cover-up the truth of what is taking place in the Gulf. The facts dictate that the chemical and biological war taking place here is surely no theory. One can only conclude that the true conspiracy theorists are those who are deliberately concealing the truth.

Oct 12 16:00

Senate Hearing: Seizure of 401k Accounts May Be Reality Soon

Reports over the last couple years have suggested that the U.S. government would move to seize traditional 401k and IRA retirement accounts by rolling them into a government managed Guaranteed Retirement Account, or GRA. For the most part, save in alternative media circles, the reports have been dismissed as nothing more than an “idea” floating around.

But the bill has reportedly already been written and last Thursday, October 7, 2010, Congress held a recess hearing on the matter. The push to bailout union pensions and give more control of individual wealth to the U.S. government is underway.

Oct 11 12:20

Google’s self-driving car

Google announced this weekend that it’s been building robotic cars that have been driving themselves around California — down curvy Lombard Street in San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge, along the Pacific Coast Highway, around Lake Tahoe and from Google’s Mountain View headquarters to Santa Monica (a 350-mile trip). So far, the cars have logged over 140,000 miles.

The company hasn’t said yet what it’s going to do with the cars, but they should be a good business for Google, because they draw heavily on Google’s data centers.

Oct 11 07:59

Hidden health risk in mobiles: Phone giants accused of burying warnings in small print

Mobile phone firms have been accused of concealing warnings about the health risks of using their handsets.

A warning that Apple’s popular iPhone should be kept at least 15mm away from the body is buried deep inside the manual.

BlackBerry goes even further, saying customers should use their devices hands-free or keep them an inch from the body ‘including the abdomen of pregnant women and the lower abdomen of teenagers’. Again, this advice is hidden in the instruction booklet.

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For more information regarding cell phone safety and health issues, see:
“The Cell Phone Poisoning of America” Link: http://thecrowhouse.com/Documents/Cell_Phone_Poisoning_Of_America.pdf

Oct 11 07:52

Toxic coal sludge pollutes Ky. town 10 years later

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- In parts of eastern Kentucky, the pictures coming out of Hungary of the red sludge that roared from a factory's reservoir, downstream into the Danube River, are all too reminiscent of what happened a decade ago this week.

A layer of dark goo still sits under a creekbed on Glenn Cornette's land, the leftovers from when a coal company's sprawling slurry pond burst, blackening 100 miles of waterways and polluting the water supply of more than a dozen communities before the stuff reached the Ohio River.

A torrent as wide as a football field and 6 feet deep covered Cornette's property in Martin County, near the West Virginia line about 175 miles east of Louisville. It killed all manner of plants and cut off his access to the street.

Oct 11 07:32

Banned in Europe for Causing 83,000 Heart Attacks - Are You Taking Avandia?

A September 23, 2010 article in the New England Journal of Medicine announced that, finally, the FDA has stepped forward and decided on regulatory action for Avandia, a diabetes drug that last year claimed 1,354 lives as a result of cardiac-associated problems.

The FDA is restricting access to Avandia by requiring GSK to submit a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy, or REMS.

Evidence linking Avandia to an increased risk of a heart attack or stroke has been building since 2007, and GSK has agreed to pay $460 million in damages to settle about 10,000 lawsuits in America linking its use to patients suffering serious medical setbacks. But the US FDA has chosen only to monitor the drug, rather than ask for a recall.

Oct 11 02:07

Does Your Food Contain Genetically Modified Organisms?

Okay, here’s your chance, with a new way for you to know that your food does not contain genetically modified organisms. The Non-GMO Project, a collection of top suppliers and advocates in the organic industry, and the only no-GMO certifier in North America, has kicked off a GM-free month.

Ruh-roh — October includes Halloween. Since half of the refined sugar in the US is genetically modified, coming from GM sugar beets, finding GM-free candy might be a little hard. Though GM beets are now illegal until further notice, what’s on the shelves today is most likely made from last year’s crops.

Oct 09 07:29

Bank of America Halts Foreclosures in All States

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bank of America on Friday halted foreclosures on homes across the country so it could review paperwork in tens of thousands of cases for flaws, expanding a crisis at a perilous time for the housing market.

The move came as PNC Financial Services became the fourth major bank to announce that it would stop foreclosures in at least some states. It added to growing concerns that mortgage lenders have been evicting homeowners despite flawed court papers.

Oct 08 21:52

FBI Busted Stalking Student, Demands COINTELPRO GPS Stasi Gear Returned

After Web uproar, feds reclaimed magnetic tracker found under car

Several days ago a 20-year-old student discovered a GPS tracking device hidden on his car. After his friend posted a picture of it online, speculating about its ties to a secret FBI investigation, the feds themselves came a-knockin', according to Wired.com. They wanted their toy back.

Photo:FBI's Own Self Gratification "Global Penetration Sensual" Device - "The Backdoor Hoover" For the Bored Agent

Oct 08 10:14

Laughable Propaganda: GM Corn Helps Nearby Fields, Study

Julie Steenhuysen
Reuters

Corn that is genetically modified to resist pests benefits neighboring crops as well, U.S. researchers said Thursday.

Oct 07 16:47

Social Micro-Engineering Begins: NYC May Ban 'Sugary Drinks' From Food Stamp Buys

John Galt
Activist Post

The Associated Press reported today that under a new government plan to battle obesity in New York City, food stamp recipients would be banned from purchasing "sugar-sweetened beverages:"

Oct 06 18:38

The Cost of Telling the Truth in the United States

By firing the Cuban-American news anchor and host, CNN demonstrated that those who assert that the United States is a “beacon of freedom” just make baseless and unfounded claims.

Oct 06 08:48

Big Brother's food safety fear-mongering lays groundwork for "new global food safety agency"

Actually, I wrote an article about the recent Shirley Sherrod Debacle as I was disgusted by the news that the U.S.D.A. has tens of thousands of discrimination suits pending against them. Now I realize that I had taken the bait – hook, line, and sinker – immediately concluding that the U.S.D.A. is completely incompetent and the politicians and news media were merely irresponsible and stupid. I’m beginning to see it a little differently now…I absolutely believe the entire event was staged, but only time will tell. The new oversight agency will be proposed or it won’t – not a lot of gray area there.

Oct 06 06:11

Palestine boycott committee calls on US pension fund to divest from Israel

The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), on behalf of its constituent organizations and unions representing the majority of Palestinian civil society, calls upon the US non-profit pension fund TIAA-CREF to live up to its motto of providing "Financial Services for the Greater Good" by divesting its funds from companies that profit from Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories and violation of Palestinian rights. As in the struggle to end South African apartheid, divestment from wrongdoing companies is not just a moral obligation; it is a time-honored, particularly effective, non-violent form of pressure that can significantly contribute to ending Israel's occupation, racial discrimination and denial of refugee rights.

Oct 06 01:03

After Growth, Fortunes Turn for Monsanto

As recently as late December, Monsanto was named “company of the year” by Forbes magazine. Last week, the company earned a different accolade from Jim Cramer, the television stock market commentator. “This may be the worst stock of 2010,” he proclaimed.

Bags of Asgrow Roundup Ready soybean seeds sit inside a Monsanto lab in St. Louis. Monsanto, the world’s biggest seed company, plans to complete most of its $800 million stock buyback plan more than a year ahead of schedule after the shares dropped to the lowest since 2007.

Monsanto, the giant of agricultural biotechnology, has been buffeted by setbacks this year that have prompted analysts to question whether its winning streak of creating ever more expensive genetically engineered crops is coming to an end.

Oct 05 17:19

Warning: Internet Crisis!

The internet is one of the last few aspects of modern America that is relatively free from government control. The main reason being is that it is protected by the First Amendment. In Addition, the internet has become an invaluable aspect of society through which we have transformed our entire way of life and the way in which we interact. Through the internet, we are able to live free from government interference, from both a social and economic standpoint.

Given the level of importance that we place on the internet, the consensus remains that Americans are not willing to let the government begin to control our precious internet freedom--similar to the way in which Americans cherished freedom in everyday life, prior to the presidency of Herbert Hoover/Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1929-1945). These presidents were able to gain control over American society in the midst of "crises". In the event of a crisis, citizens have a tendency to surrender their freedom in exchange for "security" as offered by the government. It is through this very same means that the government will begin to infiltrate, and gain control over, the internet.

Oct 05 17:14

Government collusion in human medical experiments no longer just a conspiracy theory

"Is the U.S. government still conspiring with Big Pharma today to achieve some particular agenda?"

The answer to that seems obvious to those who are paying attention: YES it is! You see this quite blatantly on two significant issues:

#1) Vaccines
#2) Public water fluoridation

In both of these cases, the government conspires to exploit the American people as if they were human guinea pigs. For both vaccines and fluoridation, there is absolutely no hard science to support these toxic chemical interventions as medically beneficial for the masses, and in fact both the fluoride suppliers and seasonal flu vaccine manufacturers will readily admit there have been no legitimate scientific studies conducted that show their products to be either safe or effective. Instead, they are being dumped onto the population as some sort of grand medical experiment to see what happens (and to make a buck).

Oct 05 09:45

5 Key Principles that Unite Populist Progressives and Tea-Party Libertarians

Activist Post

The establishment must do everything it can to suppress unity among the growing herd of angry citizens. However, victory for the people is within our grasp. In a dangerous scenario for the establishment, populists from the left and the right are increasingly finding common ground. A recent Mother Jones article titled "Tea Party or Pot Party?" revealed to progressives that they can actually agree with Tea Party libertarians on issues such as legalizing marijuana. With an honest look at each other's principles we may find that what unites Populists is far more powerful than what divides us.

Oct 04 10:24

Verizon Wireless plans $50M refund to customers; admits wrong charges

Verizon Wireless admitted on Sunday it had erroneously charged customers for data services they didn't want and said it would refund more than $50 million to those cellphone users.

Verizon said that over several years, 15 million customers were charged from $2 to $6 for data services they didn't initiate. A source close to the company said Verizon Wireless will pay refunds to current and past customers for the error.

Oct 03 13:21

RealityReport - Jeffery Smith: Exposing the Risks of GMO Foods

Gary Franchi sits down with the author of 'Genetic Roulette', Jeffery Smith. He expands on the GMO subject and lets us know the risks of eating these foods and what you can do to take action against them as an individual.

Oct 03 13:07

Army embeds active-duty PSYOPS soldiers at local TV stations

The U.S. Army has used local television stations in the U.S. as training posts for some of its psychological-operations personnel, The Upshot has learned. Since at least 2001, both WRAL, a CBS affiliate in Raleigh, N.C., and WTOC, a CBS affiliate in Savannah, Ga., have regularly hosted active-duty soldiers from the Army's 4th Psychological Operations group as part of the Army's Training With Industry program. Training With Industry is designed to offer career soldiers a chance to pick up skills through internships and fellowships with private businesses. The PSYOPS soldiers used WRAL and WTOC to learn broadcasting and communications expertise that they could apply in their mission, as the Army describes it, of "influenc[ing] the emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of foreign audiences."

Oct 02 22:09

Genetically Modified Corn Polluting Streams, Rivers and Lakes With Pecticides

So they genetically modified almost 90% of the U.S corn so it automatically produced pesticides... and now those pesticides from the corn are polluting our waters.

Oct 02 17:30

TYT: X-Ray Van Sees Through Homes

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I have a few questions:

1- How long do they sit in front of a residence to spy with x-rays?

2- How long does the exposure to x-rays increase the rate of cancer to the recipients?

3- Do they target people of known dissidence or racial groups?

4- Does the community cancer rate increase in areas these vans are used in?

5- Does big Pharmacia have an investment or interest in promoting this type of surveillance?

6- How can a government restrained by constitutional rules pertaining to rights and privacy, justifies this type of invasive espionage upon citizens without due process?

7- Is this a new form of public weapon, a targeted cancer van?

8- Should I paint my house with lead paint, just to have some privacy from a government gone mad? - kdtroxel

Oct 02 12:56

Cured: A Cannabis Story (A film by David Triplett)

Make it viral! The world needs this now! A story of how cannabis extract oil cured David Triplett's cancer after he watched RUN FROM THE CURE: The Rick Simpson Story.

Oct 02 12:36

U.S. apologizes for Guatemala STD experiments

U.S. government medical researchers intentionally infected hundreds of people in Guatemala, including institutionalized mental patients, with gonorrhea and syphilis without their knowledge or permission more than 60 years ago.

Many of those infected were encouraged to pass the infection onto others as part of the study.

About one third of those who were infected never got adequate treatment.

On Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius offered extensive apologies for actions taken by the U.S. Public Health Service.

"The sexually transmitted disease inoculation study conducted from 1946-1948 in Guatemala was clearly unethical," according to the joint statement from Clinton and Sebelius. "Although these events occurred more than 64 years ago, we are outraged that such reprehensible research could have occurred under the guise of public health. We deeply regret that it happened, and we apologize to all the individuals who were affected by such abhorrent research practices."

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"This shows that the USA govt. has a long history of illegal medical experimentation upon the populations of the world. Right now, every American is also partaking in illegal experimentation with modified food (GM), fluoridation of the water, monosodium glutamate, high fructose corn syrup, and aspartame. These substances have extensive evidence that they are unhealthy for human consumption, but industry buries this evidence with private funded counter studies and massive disinformation advertisements. Don't take my word for it, research these substances online and disregard the propaganda there that tells you different. For a healthier you." -- kdtroxel

Oct 02 12:04

The Big Secret Commercial Water Companies Hope You Never Discover…

There are many problems with bottled water, but the most obvious is the fact that you’re paying a premium for something that is in many cases indistinguishable from regular tap water.

Bottled water typically costs more than $1.50 per bottle, which is 1,900 times the price of tap water. But, about 40 percent of bottled water IS regular tap water, which may or may not have received any additional treatment.

Most municipal tap water must actually adhere to stricter purity standards than the bottled water industry. The EPA requires large public water suppliers to test for contaminants as often as several times a day, but the FDA requires private bottlers to test for contaminants only once a week, once a year, or once every four years, depending on the contaminant.

So if you think water that comes in a bottle is automatically pure, think again.

An independent test performed by the Environmental Working Group revealed 38 low-level contaminants in bottled water, with each of the 10 tested brands containing an average of eight chemicals including disinfection byproducts (DBPs), caffeine, Tylenol, nitrate, industrial chemicals, arsenic, and bacteria.

Fluoride (a highly toxic bone poison that should be avoided at all costs) is usually present in both tap water and filtered bottled water. Many bottled waters actually make a point of adding fluoride back into the water, so if you are drinking bottled water please make sure yours is fluoride free. The toxic metal antimony (a silvery white metal of medium hardness) has also been found in many commercially bottled water brands.

Oct 01 18:55

A Liberal’s Awakening to the Reality of ObamaCare

S. Paul Forrest
Activist Post

On December 24, 2009, H.R. 3590 -- Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law. Liberals around the world rose up in appreciation that Health Care Reform was finally coming to America. The Bill was touted as a major victory for Americans without health care coverage and was ushered through the legal process in an expeditious way. As the Bill now moves into action, many peripheral Bills and Executive Orders are being issued to emphasize the underlying methodology of the Bill. One action in particular -- the regulation of organic foods and supplements, is coming to the forefront, awakening many Liberals to the realities of this Bill’s damaging course.

Oct 01 01:08

Pacific Northwest Corporate Grocery Stores Setting Up Fake Farmers Markets

From the kickass FoodWorldOrder/grist: Without a doubt, farmers markets have got a good thing growing.

Unfortunately, sneaky copycats have been cropping up as they try to get their paws on the green that comes with that success. In June, Safeway supermarkets in Seattle set up stacks of fruits and veggies outside of their own stores with signs announcing a "Farmers Market." The mangos on display, however, didn't stack up with Washington weather and pressure from local groups prompted the stores to change the posters to read "Outdoor Market" instead.

Sep 30 21:31

S. 510: 12 Reasons Why The Food Safety Bill From Hell Could Be Very Dangerous For The U.S. Economy

The following are 12 reasons why S. 510 could be absolutely disastrous for small food producers and for the U.S. economy....

#1 All food production facilities in the United States will be required to register with the U.S. government. No food will be allowed to be grown, distributed or sold outside this bureaucratic framework unless the FDA allows it.

#2 Any food that is distributed or sold outside of U.S. government control will be considered illegal smuggling.

#3 The FDA will hire an army of new inspectors to enforce all of the new provisions in the bill.

#4 The FDA will be mandated to conduct much more frequent inspections of food processing facilities.

#5 The fees and paperwork requirements will be ruinously expensive for small food producers and organic farms.

#6 S. 510 would place all U.S. food and all U.S. farms under the Department of Homeland Security in the event of a major "contamination" or an "emergency". What exactly would constitute a "contamination" or an "emergency" is anyone's guess.

#7 S. 510 mandates that the FDA facilitate harmonization of American food laws with Codex Alimentarius.

#8 S. 510 imposes an annual registration fee on any facility that holds, processes, or manufactures food. It also includes draconian fines for paperwork infractions of up to $500,000 for a single offense. Just one penalty like that would drive a small food producer out of business.

#9 S. 510 would give the FDA tremendous discretion to regulate how crops are grown and how food is produced in the United States. Basically, small farmers and organic farmers will now be forced to farm exactly how the federal government tells them to. It is feared that the U.S. government would soon declare that many organic farming methods are "unsafe" and would outlaw them. In addition, there is the very real possibility that at some point the U.S. government could decide that the only "safe" seed for a particular crop is genetically modified seed and would require all farmers to use it.

#10 S. 510 will give the FDA the power to impose a quarantine on a specific geographic area. Basically the FDA would have the power to stop the movement of all food in an area where a "contamination" has been identified. This would be very close to being able to declare martial law.

#11 S. 510 will give the FDA the power to conduct warrantless searches of the business records of small food producers and organic farmers, even if there has been no evidence at all that a law has been broken.

#12 Opponents of S. 510 believe that it would eliminate the right to clean and store seed. Therefore, control of the U.S. seed supply would be further centralized in the hands of Monsanto and other multinational corporations.

Sep 29 17:12

Genetically Modified (GM) maize 'has polluted rivers across the United States'

An insecticide used in genetically modified (GM) crops grown extensively in the United States and other parts of the world has leached into the water of the surrounding environment.

The insecticide is the product of a bacterial gene inserted into GM maize and other cereal crops to protect them against insects such as the European corn borer beetle. Scientists have detected the insecticide in a significant number of streams draining the great corn belt of the American mid-West.

The researchers detected the bacterial protein in the plant detritus that was washed off the corn fields into streams up to 500 metres away. They are not yet able to determine how significant this is in terms of the risk to either human health or the wider environment.

"Our research adds to the growing body of evidence that corn crop byproducts can be dispersed throughout a stream network, and that the compounds associated with genetically modified crops, such as insecticidal proteins, can enter nearby water bodies," said Emma Rosi-Marshall of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York.

Sep 29 16:44

FBI agents seek the right to tap texts, emails and websites

US intelligence services would be allowed to tap text messages, emails and networking websites under new powers being considered by Barack Obama's administration.

The FBI says extremists and drug cartels are increasingly communicating online rather than using telephones, leaving US investigators struggling to keep track of them.

A new bill requesting the additional powers to investigate suspected criminals and terrorists will be presented next year. It is likely to face stiff opposition from civil liberties advocates who say the security services have historically abused extensions of power.

James Dempsey, of the pressure group Centre for Democracy and Technology, said: "They are really asking for the authority to redesign services that take advantage of the unique architecture of the internet."

Sep 29 15:25

Is The Federal Reserve Out Of Control?

What in the world is going on over at the Federal Reserve? Has it gotten to the point where the Federal Reserve is completely and totally out of control? There is increasing speculation in the financial community that the Federal Reserve is on the verge of unleashing another round of quantitative easing. In fact, at their September meeting, Federal Reserve officials hinted very strongly that quantitative easing is very much on their minds when they stated that the Federal Open Market Committee "is prepared to provide additional accommodation if needed to support the economic recovery and to return inflation, over time, to levels consistent with its mandate." You might want to reread that quote a couple of times just to let it sink in. Do you see what the Fed is saying there? The Fed is actually saying that it has a mandate to maintain a certain level of inflation. Not that this is a secret to anyone that has seriously studied the Federal Reserve. Since 1913, inflation has constantly gone up, U.S. government debt has increased exponentially and the U.S. dollar has lost over 96 percent of its value. But for Federal Reserve officials to openly state that a certain amount of inflation is part of their mandate is absolutely stunning.

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Who owns and operates our Federal Government, it's not the elected representation. Whomever controls the currency controls the government, aka the Federal Reserve Bank. Our government is selling it's power cheaply for a few created out of thin air dollars. The real tax to the citizens is a currency system that buys less and less, every year. - kdtroxel

Sep 28 23:34

Fluoride: Not to Be Taken Into the Body!

Studies of 480,000 children have confirmed that fluoride DOUBLES DECAY! by destroying the enzyme which allows flexible enamel to form. Fluoride has been linked to over 61,000 (cancer) deaths annually. In addition, there are some sixty-six (66) enzymes (important to bodily functions) that are decreased by fluoride, and there are many aliments caused by inducing fluoride into our systems.

Fluoride has been known to cause: Baby Death, Miscarriage, Headaches, Eczema, Down's Syndrome, Alzheimer's, Cancer, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cataracts, Birth Defects, Fluorosis Tooth Decay.

Sep 28 22:42

“The Cell Phone Poisoning of America” - PDF

“Electromagnetic pollution may be the most significant form of pollution human activity has produced this century, all the more dangerous because it is invisible and insensible.”

Facts About Cell Phone Use

Talking on a cell phone as little as 500 minutes a month can increase the probability of brain cancer by 140% to 300%

Cell phone radiation has been shown to damage and break living DNA

Cell phone radiation causes leakage of the blood-brain barrier allowing toxins to damage sensitive brain tissue

Cell phones worn by men on a belt clip can reduce sperm count by 30%

After using a cell phone for six years the risk of developing an acoustic neuroma ( tumor of the auditory nerve) increases by 50%

Cell phone radiation increases estrogen and adrenaline levels in the body disrupting hormonal balance

A two-minute cell phone call alters a child’s brain function for an hour

Cordless phones have even higher cancer risks than cell phones

Sep 28 19:21

Censorship of the Internet Takes Center Stage in "Online Infringement" Bill

Senator Patrick Leahy yesterday introduced the "Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act" (COICA). This flawed bill would allow the Attorney General and the Department of Justice to break the Internet one domain at a time — by requiring domain registrars/registries, ISPs, DNS providers, and others to block Internet users from reaching certain websites. The bill would also create two Internet blacklists. The first is a list of all the websites hit with a censorship court order from the Attorney General. The second, more worrying, blacklist is a list of domain names that the Department of Justice determines — without judicial review — are "dedicated to infringing activities." The bill only requires blocking for domains in the first list, but strongly suggests that domains on the second list should be blocked as well by providing legal immunity for Internet intermediaries and DNS operators who decide to block domains on the second blacklist as well. (It's easy to predict that there will be tremendous pressure for Internet intermediaries of all stripes to block these "deemed infringing" sites on the second blacklist.)

And it's not clear what a user would see in this situation — would it look like a "404 message," that simply says a site or page could not be found, without explaining why? Would users receive some kind of notice clarifying that the site they were seeking was made inaccessible at the behest of the government? Generally speaking, the bill forces all the Internet "middlemen" to act as if a part of the Internet doesn't exist, even though that page may otherwise be completely available and accessible.

Sep 28 15:59

Mizzou scientists: BPA exposure much higher than previously thought

BPA can be found in a wide variety of consumer products, including hard plastic items such as baby bottles, food storage containers, the epoxy lining of canned foods, and dental sealants.

Despite decades of research, questions about BPA have lingered. The chemical has been under the microscope for possible links to diabetes, cancer, sexual dysfunction, obesity and heart disease, along with brain and development problems in babies and young children.

Back in July, vom Saal and University of Missouri colleague Julia Taylor partnered with the Environmental Working Group for a study that found high amounts of BPA in cash register receipts.

Sep 27 08:40

JPMorgan Based Foreclosures on Faulty Documents, Lawyers Claim

JPMorgan Chase & Co. faces a legal challenge next month that could cast doubt on thousands of foreclosures after a mortgage executive at the bank said she didn’t verify documents used to justify home seizures.

Lawyers for a Palm Beach County, Florida, homeowner asked a judge to throw out a foreclosure as a penalty for misleading the court, according to attorney Tom Ice of Ice Legal PA. They’re citing a May 17 deposition in which the JPMorgan executive said she signed thousands of affidavits and documents supporting the New York-based bank’s claims without personally checking loan records. The court is scheduled to hear arguments Oct. 19.

Sep 27 08:39

FTC files complaint against makers of POM juice

Associated Press

NEW YORK — Federal regulators have filed complaints against the makers of POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice, alleging they have made false or unsubstantiated claims about the drink's ability to treat or prevent certain diseases.

Sep 26 00:05

Obama Health Care Reform Imposes 3.8% Tax on All Income from Home Sales and Home Rental Income (update 2)

The news about Obama's health care reform just keeps getting worse -- and we only find these things long after the bill has passed, of course. The newest revelation concerns a 3.8% tax on income from home sales and home rentals which will go into effect in 2013. (Note: This story has been updated to clarify who the 3.8% tax impacts, see below.)

Depending on your income level, this could end up costing you thousands of dollars from the sale of a home (even if you're a middle-class income earner). It would also place a tax burden on all rental income from any home you might rent out to others.

Sep 25 10:30

‘Troubled Waters’ overcomes censor troubles; more must-see Ag films

Rady Ananda, Contributing Writer
Activist Post

After controversy erupted when the University of Minnesota yanked the opening of Larkin McPhee’s new film, "Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story," U of M officials gave the go-ahead for the October 3rd screening. The film explores agrochemical runoff and growing dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico.

Molly Priesmeyer of the Twin Cities Daily Planet exposed a conflict of interest between U of Minn. and Big Ag:

Sep 25 09:21

Nearly 30,000 Americans Get Cancer From This One Procedure EVERY Year: Will You?

CT scans yield higher-resolution images than regular medical X-rays. Unfortunately, they also expose the patient to hundreds and sometimes thousands of times the amount of radiation.

The routine use of CT scans has vastly increased. In 1980, there were roughly 3 million CT scans performed. By 2007, that number had increased to 70 million. CT scans are now being promoted to healthy people -- even whole body CT scans.

According to Life Extension Magazine:

“The problem is that the explosion in unnecessary CT scans has been going on every year. If we carry this back just ten years, this means that 150,000 Americans are facing horrific deaths from CT scan-induced cancers.”

Sep 25 09:05

Clinton to unveil US funds for clean cookstove push - Costing USA Taxpayers $50 Million

NEW YORK, Sept 21 - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will announce on Tuesday a U.S. contribution of more than $50 million toward providing clean cooking stoves in developing countries to reduce deaths from smoke inhalation and fight climate change.

The U.S. funding, which will be spread over five years, is part of a Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves being started to combat a problem officials equate with malaria and unclean water in terms of their health impact worldwide.

Sep 25 08:59

Obama Endorses Global Taxes on Eve of U.N. Summit

In a classic case of misdirection, while the media are preoccupied with the fate of the Bush tax cuts, President Obama is preparing to attend a United Nations summit next week to endorse "innovative finance mechanisms"-global taxes-to drain even more wealth out of the U.S. economy.

A draft "outcome document" produced in advance of the September 20-22 U.N. Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) commits the nations of the world to supporting "innovative financing mechanisms" to supplement foreign aid spending.

The term "innovative financing mechanisms" is a U.N. euphemism for global taxes. But the document actually goes further, praising the "Task Force on International Financial Transactions for Development" for its work on the subject of mobilizing additional "resources" for countries to achieve the MDGs. This is a body tasked with proposing and implementing global tax schemes.

Sep 24 17:21

Coverage Now for Sick Children? Check Fine Print

WASHINGTON — Just days after President Obama signed the new health care law, insurance companies are already arguing that, at least for now, they do not have to provide one of the benefits that the president calls a centerpiece of the law: coverage for certain children with pre-existing conditions.

William G. Schiffbauer, a lawyer whose clients include employers and insurance companies, said: “The fine print differs from the larger political message. If a company sells insurance, it will have to cover pre-existing conditions for children covered by the policy. But it does not have to sell to somebody with a pre-existing condition. And the insurer could increase premiums to cover the additional cost.”

Sep 24 10:32

Rep. Weiner: Glenn Beck's Goldline ‘grossly overcharges’ for gold coins

Talk show host Glenn Beck and Goldline International, a California-based gold retailer, have colluded to use fear mongering tactics to bilk investors, according to a stinging report issued Tuesday by Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.).

The report alleges that Goldline grossly overcharges for the gold coins that constitute the bulk of its business, uses misleading sales techniques and takes advantage of fears about President Barack Obama’s stewardship of the economy – which are stoked by its stable of paid conservative endorsers including Beck, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham and Fred Thompson – “to cheat consumers.”

“This industry goes beyond Goldline, but the Goldline circle has been particularly cynical in its cultivation of these conservative commentators,” he said. “There are two industries that are intertwined here in this cynical play: the media industry and the online gold industry, and there is a lot of blame to go around.”

Sep 24 10:18

This "Miracle Drug" Could Nearly Double Your Risk of Cancer

Oral bisphosphonate osteoporosis drugs, which include such Actonel, Boniva, and Fosamax, could be associated with an approximately twofold increased risk of esophageal cancer.

A new study showed that long-term users of the drugs had nearly double the risk for the rare but deadly cancer.

Sep 23 21:22

Swine Flu Deception - The Complete Idiot's Guide

The Swine Flu is an orchestrated attempt to spread fear and chaos into the population and to try to get people vaccinated, which everyone should know contains mercury that damages your nervous system. Mercury, of course, is one of the most toxic substances you can put in a human body. It is a heavy metal known to contribute to neurological disorders, including autism, dementia, and even Alzheimer's disease. Mercury also tends to build up in tissues in the human body and is not easily removed, so even small exposures to mercury can accumulate over time and end up compromising the health of the person involved. Baxter, the makers of the flu vaccines was caught putting live bird flu in the vaccines and making people get more sick with the help of the World Health Organization.

Sep 23 19:20

5 Reasons to IGNORE Collection Agencies, The Henchmen of the Banking Mafia

John Galt
Activist Post

I wrote an article a while back titled "5 Reasons NOT to Pay Your Credit Cards." Understandably, many e-mails came in asking, "But what happens if I don't pay?"

Just as the Mafia has their collections department, so do the banks. A Mafia enforcer might employ a pipe to the knee, threats to your family, or other nefarious means of collecting debts for the boss. Much the same, collections agencies use guilt, the credit rating system, threats of legal action, and many tools of harassment and deceit from their bag of tricks.

Sep 23 18:40

BP Ends Clean-Up Operations in the Gulf of Mexico

P2S is BP's oil spill clean-up company in Alabama and Florida. All employees have been terminated effective immediately. From their website:

Effective immediately P2S's beach cleanup work has come to an end. This includes the Qualified Community Responder program, which involved providing job opportunities for local, unemployed residents of counties directly impacted by the oil.

Sep 23 17:21

Massive Baby Formula Recall Due to Bug Contamination

Matthew Perrone
Associated Press

WASHINGTON – Drugmaker Abbott Laboratories said Wednesday it is recalling millions of containers of its best-selling Similac infant formula that may be contaminated with insect parts.

Sep 23 07:23

A dirty great wrap of Big Food news

Unhappy meals (for when “happy meals” make you sick)

Junking up carrots Do we really need to market carrots as junk food to get people eating them? Apparently so, in the US, at least.
Health-washing the junk Meanwhile, on the other side of the same sorry coin, the junk is being health-washed.
World hunger – a marketing solution for obesity-promoting companies? It’s interesting how many of the companies whose products are implicated in contributing to globesity are so very keen to tackle world hunger.

Sep 23 05:17

Manufacturing’s decline threatens national security, House panel hears

US can't produce enough ammo to supply police, troops: expert

The hollowing-out of the US's industrial base means the country is risking its national security by being dependent on foreign contractors, experts told a congressional panel Wednesday.

The House National Security Oversight Subcommittee heard from a number of economists and labor leaders who argued that the long, slow erosion of American manufacturing has led to the US losing its edge in numerous industries that are vital to national security.

Sep 23 01:35

Cap and Trade: A License Required for your Home

* A year from now you won't be able to sell your house. Yes, you read that right.

The caveat is (there always is a caveat) that if you have enough money to make required major upgrades to your home, then you can sell it. But, if not, then forget it. Even pre-fabricated homes ("mobile homes") are included.

* In effect, this bill prevents you from selling your home without the permission of the EPA administrator.

* To get this permission, you will have to have the energy efficiency of your home measured.

* Then the government will tell you what your new energy efficiency requirement is and you will be forced to make modifications to your home under the retrofit provisions of this Act to comply with the new energy and water efficiency requirements.

Sep 22 17:08

The First Rule of the Apple Store: Don't Talk About the Apple Store.

This American Life: Right to Remain Silent (podcast)

A disgruntled and dissatisfied customer watches "Fight Club" [to wind-down] after leaving the Apple store and paraphrases a quote from the movie on his FaceBook Status:

"Joe Lipari might walk into an Apple store on Fifth Avenue with an Armalite AR-10 gas powered semi-automatic weapon and pump round after round into one of those smug, fruity little concierges. It may be someone you've known for years -- someone very very close to you."

An hour later, there were plain-clothed police officers at the door -- one brandishing a machine gun. For several months, Joe faced felony terrorism charges . . . over a broken cell phone.

Sep 22 13:09

Genetically altered salmon? It doesn't stop there

Seth Borenstein and Malcolm Ritter
Associated Press

WASHINGTON — We've always played with our food – even before we knew about genes or how to change them.

For thousands of years, humans have practiced selective breeding – pairing the beefiest bull with the healthiest heifers to start a new herd. That concept was refined to develop plant hybridization and artificial insemination. Today we've got tastier corn on sturdier stalks, bigger turkeys and meatier cattle.

Sep 22 11:32

One Wisconsin Now Exposes Voter Suppression Plans Between Republican Party of Wisconsin, Americans for Prosperity, Tea Party Groups

Madison - A coordinated plot by the Republican Party of Wisconsin, Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin and organizations in the so-called Tea Party movement targeting minority voters and college students in a possibly illegal "voter caging" effort for voter suppression has been uncovered in evidence obtained by One Wisconsin Now, a statewide advocacy organization in Madison, Wisconsin.

"Based on what we have heard, the Republican Party of Wisconsin, the Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin and leading Tea Party organizations are in collusion in an effort to suppress the ability of minorities and university students in Wisconsin to exercise their right to vote this November," said Scot Ross, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director. "We will be providing all of the evidence we have received on this wrongdoing to federal and state authorities so that they can investigate to ensure justice and democracy prevail."

Voter caging is the practice of sending mail to addresses on the voter rolls, compiling a list of the mail that is returned undelivered, and using that list to purge or challenge voters registrations on the grounds that the voters on the list do not legally reside at their registered addresses. Supporters of voter caging defend the practice as a means of preventing votes cast by ineligible voters. Voter caging, however, is notoriously unreliable. If it is treated (unjustifiably) as the sole basis for determining that a voter is ineligible or does not live at the address at which he or she registered, it can lead to the unwarranted purge or challenge of eligible voters. ...Moreover, the practice has often been targeted at minority voters, making the effects even more pernicious.

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