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Jun 19 09:48

Woman fined to tune of $1.9 million for illegal downloads

Jammie Thomas-Rasset infringed, says jury; fined $80,000 / song
"Good luck" on collecting $1,920,000 fine, says defendant.

A Minnesota jury has returned its verdict in the Capitol Records vs. Thomas-Rasset retrial, and they found for the plaintiffs. In addition, the group of seven women and five men levied damages of $1,920,000 -- that is, $80,000 for each of the 24 songs admitted into evidence -- against the 32-year-old mother of four.
For her part, Ms. Thomas-Rasset thanked the jury and said she doesn't hold the verdict against them, but she was not sanguine about the damages. "Good luck," one quotes her as saying. "You can't squeeze blood from a turnip."

Jun 18 14:48

US Supreme Court gets it Wrong: No Right to DNA tests after conviction -Videos

The US Supreme Court Thursday ruled that a defendant does not have the constitutional right to demand DNA tests to prove his innocence after his case has already been tried.

Am I naive in my old-fashioned way of thinking that our justice system is based on the protection of the innocent - that it is better to let the guilty free than to punish an innocent person?

Jun 18 11:57

Smokers as Lab Experiments

The new "Fire Safe Cigarettes" just hit Indiana. They are gross. They burn your lungs. They have a vinyl acetate infused in the paper that can't be good. I'm rolling my own from now on.

Jun 18 08:50

Baxter to delivery flu vaccine to WHO by July

Biotechnology

Baxter expects to deliver A/H1N1 vaccine to WHO by July
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 11:00 IST
Deerfield, Illinois

Baxter International Inc. has completed testing and evaluation of the A/H1N1 influenza virus and is now in full-scale production of a commercial A/H1N1 vaccine using its Vero cell culture technology. Baxter received an A/H1N1 strain from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center] in early May and is diligently working to deliver a pandemic vaccine for use as early as July.

Jun 17 05:05

For chemo effects, Etheridge says marijuana ‘amazing’ medicine

Grammy Award-winning musician Melissa Etheridge told CNN that when she underwent chemotherapy following breast cancer surgery, it was not the cocktail of pharmaceutical drugs that helped her recover, but rather medical marijuana, the effects of which she called “amazing.”

Etheridge was speaking to CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday as part of a new “investigation” — introduced with a cloud of smoke, a blue pot leaf and the title “America’s High” — into whether the plant should be legally available as medicine.

Jun 14 20:50

Man robbed by bank using counterfeit cash

Man finds counterfeit cash at the bank
Florida Today
Sunday, June 14, 2009
At the WaMu branch, a teller examined the cash Volpe said he had received there a day earlier and spotted two more phony 20s. She gave Volpe a photocopy of the three fakes, and said the bank would report them to the U.S. Secret Service, which investigates counterfeiting.But the bank wouldn't replace his $60."She said: 'How do we know you got it from this bank? Once you walk out of this bank, you're responsible for the money.' "

Jun 14 07:22

The 18th Brumaire of Barack Obama

When I announce that I am a socialist, I guess it is no surprise because we are all socialists now. We just bought General Motors … The fact is that we now have Marxism realized. We own the means of production and we did not have to fire a single shot. It is really quite phenomenal what went on today.

– Pat Martin, NDP MP for Winnipeg Centre, in the House of Commons, Monday, June 1, 2009

Jun 14 06:59

Who Will Pay for Health Care?

There’s a jumbled, increasingly hysterical tone to the health care debate going on in Washington. On each side of the uproar lie powerful and opposing interests: on one side the giant corporations who make billions of dollars via the status quo; and on the other, the majority of working people who suffer immensely from it.

Creating a health care “compromise” between these two interests is of course impossible, but seeing the politicians in Congress attempt one is at least good entertainment.

Jun 12 07:58

Venezuela bans Coke Zero, cites “danger to health”

The Venezuelan government of U.S.-critic President Hugo Chavez on Wednesday ordered Coca-Cola Co to withdraw its Coke Zero beverage from the South American nation, citing unspecified dangers to health.

Here's a clue:

Jun 11 06:43

Industrialized Farming Endangers World Food Supply

Multi-national food corporations are increasingly using global food insecurity as a tool for political control. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) reports that “land grabbing” by foreign investors in developing countries has resulted in a new form of colonialism. Spanish NGO, GRAIN reports that rich countries are buying poor countries’ fertile soil, water and sun to ship food and fuel back home. IFPRI researcher Joachim von Braun states, “About one-quarter of these investments are for biofuel plantations.”

Jun 10 11:40

Weekly curry 'may fight dementia'

But the theory, presented at the Royal College of Psychiatrists' annual meeting, has been given a lukewarm reception by UK experts.

Jun 09 00:33

Glutathione Accelerator - Any Good?

I wonder how someone who states "Oxygen Burns" can speak on this topic with authority?

n/a
Jun 07 18:17

Sharp practice? The razor heads that cost just 5p to make, but sell for £2.43 each

Men are paying over the odds for a clean shave because of a huge mark-up on razor heads.

The products sold by Gillette and other companies cost as little as 5p to make, industry insiders have revealed.

But consumers are charged up to £2.43 a piece - a mark-up of more than 4,750 per cent.

Jun 03 10:37

What I Learned as a Car Czar

They say history repeats itself. If you are like me and have lived two lives, you have a good chance of seeing the re-enactment with your own eyes. The current takeover of General Motors by the U.S. government and United Auto Workers makes me think back to Romania's catastrophic mismanagement of the car factories it built jointly with the French companies Renault and Citroen. I was Romania's car czar.

May 29 08:41

Sotomayor on the Supreme Court: A Gun-grabber’s Dream Come True

Obama Supreme Court pick Sonia Sotomayor believes that suspects captured on the battlefield must receive all rights afforded to American citizens under the Constitution. That’s the good news. Now here’s the bad. She thinks American citizens don’t have the right to own firearms.

Sonia Sotomayor has an extensive track record revealing her hostility toward the Second Amendment.

May 20 13:31

American Academy of Environmental Medicine Calls for Moratorium on All GMO Foods

AAEM’s position paper stated, “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food,” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. They conclude, “There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation,” as defined by recognized scientific criteria. “The strength of association and consistency between GM foods and disease is confirmed in several animal studies.”

May 20 02:13

We'll All Be Driving Obamamobiles

GM used to use the government to try and put burdens on its competition. Once it had the capability for daylight running lamps at relatively low cost GM pushed to make them mandatory on vehicles sold in the USA. That effort failed, but imagine a GM owned by the government it is lobbying. How long could Ford survive in a market competing against a company owned by the people that regulate the industry? How long before BMW, Toyota, Honda, and others are forced out of the market and back to their home countries?

May 18 09:41

GlaxoSmithKline gets order for 60m swine flu vaccines from the UK

GlaxoSmithKline, the UK’s largest pharmaceutical company, has received an order for 60m swine flu vaccines from the UK Government.

The company, which already manufactures one of the key anti-viral treatments for the virus, Relenza, has also received millions of orders from other European governments including France.

Salon 1999 - Consider this: The British and French medical establishments have already rejected Relenza as an essentially worthless drug.

May 16 08:22

Top Irish Banker Pelted with Eggs-Video

Dermot Gleeson, chairman of Allied Irish, ducked to avoid the missiles after addressing an extraordinary general meeting at its Dublin HQ.

May 16 08:14

Blind Airline Traveler accused of faking blindness

When he refused to do so, he was dragged off the plane by three police officers, pinned into a wheelchair, held by the throat, lost the cane he uses to navigate, held at the airport for five hours without food, water, or access to any phone, moved to a 6' x 7' police cell at 3 a.m., questioned by a psychiatrist, and detained for 16 hours. And it was only at the end of this ordeal that the police finally believed he wasn't faking his blindness.

May 13 07:58

Tamiflu Developer: Swine Flu May Have Been Released From A Lab

One of the first scientists to properly analyze the genetic makeup of the so-called swine flu virus that emerged three weeks ago in Mexico and led to fears of a global pandemic states that the virus may have escaped from a laboratory.

“Adrian Gibbs, 75, who collaborated on research that led to the development of Roche Holding AG’s Tamiflu drug, said in an interview that he intends to publish a report suggesting the new strain may have accidentally evolved in eggs scientists use to grow viruses and drugmakers use to make vaccines,” reports Bloomberg News.

The World Health Organization received Gibbs’ report study last weekend and is now in the process of analyzing it.

May 13 07:35

Hawaii prosecutor seeks life in prison for accused identity thief

Susan E. Shaw allegedly stole some $160,000 from at least 11 victims from January 2008 through last month, and an investigation of her activities is continuing, deputy prosecuting attorney Christopher Van Marter said.

Shaw was arrested by Honolulu police detectives Sunday at the airport when she returned from an overseas trip. She is being held on $1 million bail.

May 12 18:27

Is marijuana tax the next revenue stream?

Are Americans really ready to consider legalizing marijuana? This week, California’s governor said it was time to debate the issue, and a new nationwide poll suggests a majority of voters favor decriminalizing the drug.

While legalization advocates say they’ve never seen such widespread public support for reforming marijuana laws, they still don’t expect drug policy to change overnight.
"We are actually talking about historic highs when it comes to public support of taxing and regulating marijuana for adult consumption,” says Paul Armentano, deputy director of NORML.
In Washington, Mr. Armentano says, "politicians are still not ready to rethink US drug policy".

May 10 23:33

Seeds Of Truth

I have learned over the past decade if I want to know what's really going on in the United States, I have to cruise through the foreign media to see what's creating a furor or causing a stink. So, while searching for the status of Spain's on-again, off-again criminal proceedings against six Bush Administration war criminals, this headline in Der Spiegel caught my eye -- "Frankenfood Ban is Neither Populism nor Panic-Mongering."

May 08 12:26

Watch Out for the Scam Double-Bluff!

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And you thought Nigeria was where all the scammers were!

May 08 12:24

Is JamesMakesMoney a Scam

This scam is running rampant let me tell you exactly what happens with this B.S business Ok remember this lil man says get started for a dollar well i’ma let you see the terms and conditions for that supposed $1 this young man is talking about. if you purchased the program or your about to purchase the program read what I TOOK STRAIGHT OFF THIS mans website on the order form. A reminder to all y’all before signing up for anything read the terms and conditions ALWAYS READ THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS I GOT THIS READ BELOW.

May 04 01:43

Feeling notable, but incongruous, -even inconsequential? Maybe you are a Pontiac.

The New York Times This Land - After Lifetimes Spent Selling Pontiacs, Feeling Sold Out - Dan Barry - Pontiac: The Official Car of the 2009 Economic Crisis. As Detroit and Washington work to save the car industry from going over a cliff... Your 1951 Pontiac Chieftain! And yes, that hood ornament lights up! Your 1958 Pontiac Bonneville! America’s No. 1 road car! Your 1968 Pontiac GTO! We call it The Great One!

[Even if we feel like a screaming cruise missile armed with a massive H-bomb warhead inside, -on the outside, -we have every appearance of a crappy new Pontiac Grand Prix with all the broken plastic -common to the breed- hanging off us, -tortured and held together with bailing twine.]

May 03 17:42

Can Swine Flu Be Blamed on Industrial Farming in Mexico?

"But what is clear thanks to the hard work of virologists is that this particular strain of flu got its genetic start on U.S. hog farms back in the 1990s. That's according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. How the virus jumped from pigs to humans may have nothing to do with factory farms, but confined animal feeding operations helped to breed the disease."

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=13473

May 03 16:28

Italian premier Berlusconi's wife seeking divorce

Italian premier Berlusconi's wife seeking divorce

Wasn't Berlusconi just 'shaking hands' with Obama , over the Chrystler / Fiat merge ?

"I was forced to take this step," La Stampa newspaper quoted Veronica Lario (* Silvio Berlusconi's second wife , for 19 years) as saying in its Sunday edition.

May 02 11:57

Fordham Law Class Collects Personal Info About Scalia; Supreme Ct. Justice Is Steamed

Except this time Scalia was the subject, the prof explains to the ABA Journal in a telephone interview.

May 02 07:27

US car sales continue to suffer - And for good reasons too - shoddy merchandise - ridiculous price tags, excise taxes and insurance costs - and slimy dealerships -to name a few.

BBC News - Business - US car sales continue to suffer - US car sales continued to struggle in April as cash-conscious consumers remained reluctant to buy new vehicles, and the industry faced turmoil.

Chrysler saw a 48% drop in April sales from the same month a year ago, a day after seeking bankruptcy protection.

Japan's Toyota sales fell 42%, with Nissan seeing a 38% slide. Sales at Ford slid by almost 32%, General Motors lost 34% and Honda were off 25%

May 02 06:13

The Israel Boycott is Biting

"When Companies Begin to Lose Money, They Start to Listen"

On May 4, protesters will greet Motorola shareholders, already disgruntled by the company's losses, as they arrive for their annual meeting at the Rosemont Theater in Chicago, Illinois.

The protest, organized by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, is part of a drive to "Hang Up On Motorola" until it ends sales of communications and other products that support Israel's military occupation of Palestinian land.

Apr 29 06:29

Why YOU cannot sell YOUR house

Bloomberg.com - Courtney Schlisserman - Home Prices in 20 U.S. Cities Declined at Slower Pace - The decline in home prices in 20 major U.S. cities slowed in February for the first time since 2007, amplifying signals that the market may be stabilizing.

The S&P/Case-Shiller index’s 18.6 percent decrease compares with a record 19 percent decline the month before. The gauge has fallen every month since January 2007, and year-over-year.

[But that doesn't tell the true story.]

Apr 29 04:22

Guess Who's Buying Chrylser and GM?

You know things are crazy when a partial takeover of the American auto industry by labor unions and the government is, at best, the day's third biggest story.

But even with swine flu and Arlen Specter grabbing the headlines, it'd be a mistake to ignore what's happening in Detroit.

By the way, are you wondering who becomes GM's majority stockholder under the company's proposed restructuring plan? Then go look in the mirror. The Treasury Department--and, by extension, the country's taxpayers--would end up owning more than half the company.

Apr 28 15:12

Firms Look to Prevent Swine Flu Pandemic, Turn a Profit

Face-masks and hand-sanitizer are flying off the shelves and pharmaceutical stocks are skyrocketing on fears that a swine flu outbreak could go global.

Even as much of the economy took a blow from news of the potential epidemic, some companies with the tools to tackle a wide outbreak have already seen a bump in their share prices and could be poised to profit if the disease continues its deadly spread around the world.

See also: Swine flu panic sweeps UK as public rushes to buy facemasks (but will they actually work?)

Apr 28 06:33

Swine Flu Outbreak Could Be Linked To Smithfield Foods Factory Farm Mexico

Is Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork packer and hog producer, linked to the outbreak? Smithfield operates massive hog-raising operations Perote, Mexico, in the state of Vera Cruz, where the outbreak originated.

http://www.truthout.org/042809K

Apr 21 03:10

When the bottom is reached - You'll know it - Debt Settlers Offer Promises but Little Help

The New York Times David Streitfeld - Tyna Carter, burdened with $25,000 in credit card debt, did not want to be a deadbeat. After looking for help on the Internet, Mrs. Carter, a West Virginia homemaker, wound up in the hands of a sweet-talking “credit specialist” from Texas.

He claimed his company, Credit Solutions of America, could set her on the road to a debt-free life. But what really happened, Mrs. Carter says, is that Credit Solutions pocketed nearly $4,000 of the couple’s income, a little bit each month. Now they are in a deeper hole than ever.

[The bottom will be apparent when the dreamers and the suckers cease to dominate economic activity.]

Apr 20 07:06

Rubber to Decline 35% as Tire Sales Signal Slump - BUT OIL HAS GONE UP 50% SINCE OBAMA TOOK OFFICE!

Bloomberg - Rattaphol Onsanit -- The 42 percent, four-month rebound in rubber prices may be coming to an end as global tire demand plunges the most in three decades.

[duh?]

Apr 19 07:55

Pro-Israel boycott group: Dutch Jewish leadership 'abusing' our postal system

A Dutch consumer rights group promoting a ban on Israeli goods is planning to take legal action against one of the Netherland's largest Jewish institutions for alleged "abuse" of the postal system. The Jewish group denies foul play.

Peace, which is advocating a boycott of Israeli goods from the West Bank, says the umbrella group for the Jewish Orthodox communities in the Netherlands, NIK, deliberately caused it losses of thousands of euros.

Apr 17 20:28

No remittance, no ignition: Auto 'electronic repo' in action

The beeping was a reminder that 24 hours remained before a car-loan payment had to be made — or else the vehicle would fail to start.

Apr 17 07:15

Domino’s Pizza’s (DPZ) Special Ingredients [Video]

Video footage of Domino’s Pizza employees adding their “Special Ingredients” to the sandwiches. This video led to the dismissal and arrest of the two employees along with a YouTube apology issued by Patrick Doyle, President, Domino’s U.S.A..

Apr 16 05:29

Video Prank at Domino’s Pizza Taints Brand - Draws Felony Charges - "Defaming a Pizza Franchise"

The New York Times - Stephanie Clifford -When two Domino’s Pizza employees [Kristy Hammonds and Michael Setzer] filmed a prank in the restaurant’s kitchen, they decided to post it online. In a few days, thanks to the power of social media, they ended up with felony charges [...]

[Expressing their solidarity with Hammonds and Setzer, Domino's Pizza employees nationwide promised to defecate in every pizza they make for the next five weeks, or until the two young pop-culture Youtube celebrities are exonerated of the spurious felony charge of defaming a pizza franchise. BOYCOTT DOMINO PIZZA! FREE HAMMOND AND SETZER!]

Apr 15 04:13

With Guilty Plea Pension Fund Thefts Peer out from behind Closed Doors - Hedge Fund Executive Pleads Guilty of Securities Fraud

The New York Times - Danny Hakim - ALBANY — A hedge fund executive has pleaded guilty to securities fraud and is cooperating with New York State Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo’s investigation of corruption at the state pension fund, according to court records unsealed in Manhattan on Tuesday.

Hank Morris [...] -New York Comptroller Alan Hevesi’s top political consultant, was accused of selling access to the state’s $122 billion pension fund and reaping millions of dollars.

Apr 13 02:10

Islands at Risk - Genetic Engineering in Hawaii video

Experimental “genetically modified” and “biopharm” crops have been grown in open fields across the nation. When bees, wind, rain, or birds spread pollen and seeds across the landscape, the drugs and chemicals travel right along with them to pollinate other plants or be eaten by wildlife. They could even end up in your breakfast.

Despite the threat of contamination, the consequences of experimenting with our food supply and environment are being hidden like the crops themselves. The biotech industry downplays the dangers and refuses to share any information – such as the location of test fields. Likewise, the government has been more interested in protecting these companies’ profits than in protecting residents, the environment, or our food supply.

Apr 11 21:27

Best Buy Sells 9-Year-Old Discontinued Hard Drive As Brand New Western Digital, Refuses Refund

Jon spent $250 on a Western Digital VelociRaptor but what he received from Best Buy was a Quantum Fireball, a discontinued hard drive that hasn't been sold for nine years. Best Buy, of course, took no responsibility for the odd swap, and said that Western Digital must have accidentally sold a competitor's discontinued drive. Western Digital, of course, said that a Best Buy employee stole Jon's hard drive.

Apr 10 06:17

Neurosurgeon warns of Aspartame danger to pilots

In the light of deaths of American Airline pilots who heavily used aspartame Dr. Blaylock gives this warning.

We continually receive complaints from pilots about seizures, cardiac problems, vision loss, vertigo, confusion, disorientation, etc. associated with consumption of Equal/ aspartame/NutraSweet/Spoonful/Canderel/E951, etc Aspartame is a compound of phenylalanine, aspartic acid and a methyl ester which converts to methyl alcohol in digestion: wood alcohol, 1 ounce is a fatal dose, then into formaldehyde! Mission Possible Aviation.

I have reviewed reports from airline and private pilots concerning effects of aspartame on various physiological systems. Several of these are related to the nervous system, which puts this in category of great concern to the pilot as well as the general public. The more common complaints include disorientation, difficulty thinking and concentrating, visual blurring or even monocular blindness, seizures and heart failure. It is well known that the ingredients in aspartame, as well as its breakdown products, have deleterious effects on the nervous system and retina.

Apr 07 20:03

Surge in Abandoned Horses Renews Debate Over Slaughterhouses

The New York Times Katie Zezima - As the economy continues to falter, law enforcement officers in Kentucky and throughout the country are seeing major increases in the number of unwanted and neglected horses, some abandoned on public land, others left to starve by their owners.

Apr 05 12:50

The complete Joe Horn 9-11 call

This is what happens to an innocent person who is looking out for a neighbors property that involves crimes that involve illegal immigrants!

This man was forced to move from this property due to being harassed by protesters!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLtKCC7z0yc

Apr 02 11:43

House approves FDA regulation of tobacco products

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation on Wednesday that would for the first time give the Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate tobacco products.

Mar 28 09:16

Do New Bulbs Save Energy if They Don’t Work?

It sounds like such a simple thing to do: buy some new light bulbs, screw them in, save the planet.

But a lot of people these days are finding the new compact fluorescent bulbs anything but simple. Consumers who are trying them say they sometimes fail to work, or wear out early. At best, people discover that using the bulbs requires learning a long list of dos and don’ts.

...

Consumers are supposed to be able to protect themselves by buying bulbs certified under the government’s Energy Star program. But experts and some environmental groups complain that Energy Star standards are weak, permitting low-quality bulbs with too high a level of mercury, a toxic metal contained in all compact fluorescents.

Mar 27 07:33

US Government: Nearly Four In Ten Admitted To "Treatment" For Marijuana Haven't Used Pot

These statistics make it clear that it is not marijuana use per se that is driving these treatment admission rates; it is marijuana prohibition that is primarily responsible

Mar 23 04:08

16 Tons, And Wadya Get? Another day older and Deeper in Debt- Selling the credit economy

The New York Times Tara Siegel Bernard - With Eyes Bigger Than Their Wallets, Homebuyers Are Forced to Revisit Old Rules At the height of the housing boom, many borrowers had to stretch to afford a house, in some cases agreeing to spend half their monthly earnings on their home. We all know how that turned out.

And a swath of homeowners was even more thinly stretched. In 2007, nearly 9.17 million homeowners, or about 12 percent of all owners, spent more than half of their gross income on housing costs, according to tabulations of Census data by the Joint Center for Housing Studies [...]

HOW MUCH CAN I AFFORD? - DO THE MATH - DOWN PAYMENT - TAXES - RESERVES

Mar 22 11:11

Seeds - How To Criminalize Them

This year, 2009, one item on the "sources of seed contamination" list is suddenly illegal in some parts of this country - seed cleaning equipment.

To get the drift, perhaps you need to know that the people who clean seed are being wiped out, as well.

How can they make such vital equipment illegal? Quietly, first of all, so as not to alert organic farmers who have a lot of political ties. And by saying it contaminates food. And by applying their innocent and reasonable sounding "minimum standards."

Mar 21 01:19

Is Organic Farming Killer Rep. Rosa DeLauro Becoming the Most Hated Woman in America? (I Hope So)

Seems that Congresswoman Rosa De Lauro, the sponsor of HR 875, the (so called) Food Safety Modernization Act, has a husband employed by Monsanto, a company that would directly benefit from the provisions in her bill that threaten to destroy organic farmers and even backyard gardiners via threats of gigantic fines and massive red tape....

Please utilize the info below to raise bloody hell with De Lauro and your own member of Congress, and if you happen to live in the state of Connecticut, and can help me contact every organic gardening club in the state about this, please let me know your phone number.

We'll organize a Tsunami of opposition to this bill from De Lauro's constituents especially so it can be dutifully buried and De Lauro's congressional career appropriately ENDED.

Mar 16 20:20

Safe juice, or a bug-colored poison?

Monday, March 16, 2009
Product Review: Tree Top Trim Strawberry Kiwi
"Ingredients: Water; Concentrated Juices of Apples Pears and Watermelons; Dextrin; Natural Flavors; Citric Acid; Kiwifruit Juice Concentrate; Orange Juice Concentrate; Strawberry Juice Concentrate; Garcinia Cambogia Extract; Cochineal; L-Carnitine Fumarate; Acesulfame Potassium; Sucralose; Chromium Polynicotinate"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cochineal
Cochineal (Dactylopius coccus) is a scale insect in the suborder Sternorrhyncha, from which the crimson-colored dye, carmine, is derived.

http://www.acsh.org/factsfears/newsID.164/news_detail.asp
June 12, 2002
Bugs in Your Food
By Karen Schneider

Mar 15 14:46

Apple Adds Still More DRM to iPod Shuffle

Even as it attacks DRM on music, Apple is continuing to add more DRM to its own hardware (we recently documented all of Apple's various hardware DRM restrictions). The latest example is the new iPod Shuffle. According to the careful reviewers at iLounge, third-party headphone makers will have to use yet-another Apple "authentication chip" if they want to interoperate with the new Shuffle.

Normally, of course, independent headphone makers could simply reverse engineer the interface. The "authentication chip" is there so that Apple's lawyers can invoke the DMCA to block those efforts. So this shows us, yet again, what DRM is for -- not stopping piracy, but rather impeding competition and innovation.

Mar 15 08:59

Partial list of corporate lickspittles who are allowed to know what s in the secret copyright treaty the Obama administration claims is a matter of "national security"

Mar 11 20:06

Codex Alimentarius

Very good speech about an insidious agenda creeping along few have heard about. When you mention it by name, you really sound "in the know", too. ;-)

Mike has been talking about health and nutrition and so I thought I would offer this.

Mar 11 10:12

Pepsi Products Get a Sweet Makeover with Real Sugar

Members of the original Pepsi Generation are about to get a sweet trip down memory lane. The company announced on Thursday that three new "retro" sodas will be hitting beverage aisles beginning in March and April. ... The big difference? Packaging and sweetener. Pepsi Natural, touted as a "premium" cola, replaces the brand's standard sweetener -- high fructose corn syrup -- with natural cane and beet sugar, shaving four grams of sugar per 12-ounce serving. ... High fructose corn syrup has come under fire from opponents who claim that the substance -- chemically identical to sugar -- promotes obesity, though no scientific causality has been found.

Mar 09 13:15

Maine's, New Hampshire's and Vermont's RBOC Appears Headed into Bankruptcy.

Yahoo! Finance AP - FairPoint posts 4Q loss amid higher costs FairPoint posts 4th-quarter loss as expenses weigh on results, company suspends dividend

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Communications service provider FairPoint Communications Inc. posted a fourth-quarter loss Thursday as higher expenses weighed on results. The company also suspended its quarterly dividend to preserve cash and bolster its balance sheet.

For the full year, FairPoint posted a loss of $68.5 million, or 85 cents per share, on sales of $1.27 billion.

Mar 05 04:48

Markets: Your Odds of Winning Are Worse Than The Lottery Because We're Thieves

The New York Times Diana B. Henriques March 4, 2009

14 Trading Firms Settle Charges for $69 Million

More than a dozen Wall Street trading firms systematically cheated their customers of millions of dollars by improperly slicing bits of profit from countless trades, federal regulators said on Wednesday.

Mar 04 13:35

Investors Return to the Market After Heavy Selling - Lies from AP and Yahoo! Finance

Yahoo! Finance - Sara Lepro, AP Business Writer Wed March 4

Stocks move higher after 5 days of heavy selling

NEW YORK (AP) -- The stock market is showing signs of life as investors find glimmers of hope for an economic turnaround.

Three stocks rose for every one that fell on the New York Stock Exchange, where volume came to a light 1.1 billion shares.

Mar 04 06:08

The debt economy has no shame

The New York Times David Streitfeld March 3, 2009

You’re Dead? That Won’t Stop the Debt Collector

Dozens of specially trained agents work on the third floor of DCM Services here, calling up the dear departed’s next of kin and kindly asking if they want to settle the balance on a credit card or bank loan, or perhaps make that final utility bill or cellphone payment.

The people on the other end of the line often have no legal obligation to assume the debt of a spouse, sibling or parent. But they take responsibility for it anyway.

Mar 04 05:19

Prison Spending Outpaces All but Medicaid

The New York Times March 2, 2009 Solomon Moore

One in every 31 adults, or 7.3 million Americans, is in prison, on parole or probation, at a cost to the states of $47 billion in 2008, according to a new study.

As states face huge budget shortfalls, prisons, which hold 1.5 million adults, are driving the spending increases.

One in 11 African-Americans, or 9.2 percent, are under correctional control, compared with one in 27 Latinos (3.7 percent) and one in 45 whites (2.2 percent).Only one out of 89 women is behind bars or monitored, compared with one out of 18 men.

Mar 03 08:05

JPMorgan Derivatives Group Earned $5 Billion in Wall Street's Worst Year - It's not honest work, but it pays well.

Bloomberg Matthew Leising and Elizabeth Hester

March 3 (Bloomberg) -- JPMorgan Chase & Co. managed to generate $5 billion in profit during the worst year in Wall Street history by trading over-the-counter fixed-income derivatives, two people with knowledge of the results said.

The unit was among the most profitable at the New York-based company, said the people, who declined to be identified because they weren’t authorized to divulge the figures. JPMorgan spokeswoman Kristin Lemkau declined to comment.

Mar 01 06:30

Big Dividends, in a Dangerous Terrain OMFG LOOKOUT YOU FOOLS!

The New York Times VIVIAN MARINO Feb 28, 2009

Exchange-traded funds specializing in real estate can offer some tantalizing returns — or the bottom could fall out of them.

Feb 26 09:00

Brain Training Games Are Not Effective Say Researchers

A team of scientists brought together by the consumer watchdog Which? has disproved the claims that Brain Enhancing devices like Nintendo's Dr Kawashima's Brain Training help in enhancing the memory of their users.

They have asserted that the results with these devices are only as good as with those of conventional methods, such as solving crosswords and searching the web.

A group of experts, comprising renowned neuroscientists, asserted that there were no evidences to back a number of manufacturers’ claims that the devices can help in improving the memory skills or minimizes the chances of various diseases, such as dementia.

Feb 25 18:20

ASU Scientists Develop World’s First Flexible Touchscreen Display

Scientists from the Arizona State University have announced that they have developed world’s first flexible touchscreen display. After they designed flexible displays, and glass touchscreen, the scientists from ASU’s Flexible Display Center in collaboration with military and industry partners, have designed a touch-based flexible display which, at first, will be used in the battlefield by the U.S. Army.

Feb 24 11:23

Prepare Yourself for Higher Gas Prices

Feb 24, 2009 - Aaron Task - Yahoo Finance

With the economy tumbling, joblessness rising, and the stock market at 11-year lows, about the only positive thing for Americans' pocketbooks lately has been (relatively) lower gas prices. But this too shall pass, according to James Cordier, president of Liberty Trading Group in Tampa. Cordier, whose firm specializes in selling options on commodities, notes that while oil supplies are at a 16-year high, gasoline inventories are at a 5-year low.

Feb 23 07:02

How Aspartame Became Legal - The Timeline

In 1985 Monsanto purchased G.D. Searle, the chemical company that held the patent to aspartame, the active ingredient in NutraSweet. Monsanto was apparently untroubled by aspartame's clouded past, including a 1980 FDA Board of Inquiry, comprised of three independent scientists, which confirmed that it "might induce brain tumors."

The FDA had actually banned aspartame based on this finding, only to have Searle Chairman Donald Rumsfeld (currently the Secretary of Defense) vow to "call in his markers," to get it approved.

Feb 23 04:44

After Huge Losses, a Move to Reclaim Executives’ Pay

The New York Times GRETCHEN MORGENSON Feb 21, 2009

As the financial crisis deepens, what might have been a philosophical question is now the topic of the day. With losses mounting at the nation’s largest financial institutions, years of earnings have been erased, investors have lost billions, thousands of employees have been let go, and taxpayers have been tapped to rescue the financial system. But executives who helped set the problems in motion, or ignored them as they mounted, are still doing fine. Humbled, perhaps, but well paid for their anguish.

Feb 18 09:21

Sky to replace 90,000 HD boxes

Thousands of Sky+ HD customers are to have their boxes replaced after a fault was discovered by manufacturer Pace.

Ninety-thousand people, about one in 10 HD customers, will be affected.

Sky says the fault involves the internal cabling and the quality of the connections between components but is not a safety risk.

Anyone affected is also being given three months' free subscription to Sky's HD pack, worth £29.25, when they have their box replaced.

Feb 18 04:06

Would a G.M. Bankruptcy Save Taxpayer Money?

The New York Times Business Michael J. de la Merced Feb 16, 2009

It is a stance that Mr. Altman, who is the director of N.Y.U.’s credit and debt markets research program, has publicly espoused for some time. Chief among his concerns now, however, is not only reaching a way to restructure G.M. and Chrysler in the least painful way for the companies, but also to protect the billions of dollars in government money lent to the companies.

The $13.4 billion that G.M. received in December was made in a way that ensures that the government is what is known as a senior secured lender, with assets backing up the loan.

Feb 17 13:06

U.S. charges Stanford Financial with "massive" fraud

Anna Driver and Simon Evans | Reuters | Feb 17, 2009

HOUSTON/ST JOHN'S, Antigua (Reuters) – U.S. authorities charged Texas billionaire Allen Stanford and three of his companies with "massive ongoing fraud" on Tuesday as federal agents swooped in on Stanford's U.S. headquarters.

The SEC said it was seeking to freeze the assets of the company and appoint a receiver "to take possession and control of defendants' assets for the protection of defendants' victims."

"Recently, as the market absorbed the news of Bernard Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme, SIB has attempted to calm its own investors by claiming the bank has no "direct or indirect" exposure to Madoff's scheme," the SEC said. "These assurances are false."

Feb 16 07:08

Mercury Found in High Fructose Corn Syrup

Quantities of mercury have been found in high fructose corn syrup, the ingredient that has replaced sugar in many of our processed foods. Reports have also come out that the FDA knew about traces of the toxic substance in food, and sat on the information. This news comes out just as we've learned that the peanut butter factory responsible for the salmonella outbreak has a storied history of health violations. What a week for food safety.

Mercury in high fructose corn syrup affects many of the most popular foods in America, including yogurt, soda, candy, juice and jelly. Even a small amount of it can be seriously unhealthy.

Feb 15 09:20

Tinnitus time-bomb for iPod generation

MUSIC lovers who listen to their iPods or MP3 players at too high a volume could be creating a tinnitus time-bomb, it has been warned.

Health experts and charities have said that there is a real danger that youngsters in particular are running the risk of incurring permanent damage to their hearing by exposing themselves to sustained loud noise.

Feb 14 17:53

MS sued for charging for Vista-XP downgrade

Microsoft has been sued this week over claims that the necessity to pay for its Vista-to-XP downgrade program abuses the company's Windows monopoly. Filed in a Seattle federal district court, the lawsuit found by the Seattle Times accuses Microsoft of violating Washington state business and consumer protection laws by creating an unfair license that cost plaintiff Emma Alvarado $59.25 to revert from Windows Vista Business to XP Professional when she bought a Lenovo notebook in June 2008.

She believes Microsoft has knowingly exploited Vista's poor reputation and created a captive audience which has no choice but to pay a significant amount to use an operating system it believes is more compatible and reliable.

Feb 13 06:39

Shortage of Critical Commodities Seen Already

Maybe you thought that less trade with China would mean fewer choices of lawn gnomes at Walmart this summer. And since you've recently sworn off, who cares anyway. Turns out China is also a leading provider of the raw materials used to make critical pharmaceutical drugs. We'll have fewer of those too and, in some cases, none at all.

Feb 13 05:49

I.R.S. Study Tries to Assess if Hospitals Earn Non-Profit Tax Breaks

The New York Times | Stephanie Strom | Thu- Feb 12, 2009

Over the last several years, members of Congress have raised concerns over whether nonprofit hospitals provide enough free care and other community benefits to justify their tax exemptions.

The average compensation paid to the top executives of the hospitals responding to the I.R.S. survey was $490,000. But among a subset of 20 hospitals reporting higher levels of compensation for their top leaders, the average was $1.4 million.

Ms. Lerner said that the I.R.S. had identified at least one hospital among those 20 that it believed had paid its leader excessively.

Feb 12 04:34

Millions 'opt for DIY dentistry'

BBC News | Thu- Feb 12, 2009

Millions of people in England have resorted to DIY dentistry, a survey by consumer magazine Which? suggests.

The poll, of 2,631 adults, found 8% had tried to fix their own dental problems - and a similar number knew somebody who had tried.

Of those who admitted trying the DIY approach, one in four had tried to pull out a tooth using pliers.

Feb 11 10:46

India to launch cow urine as soft drink (no, we're not taking the p***)

Does your Pepsi lack pep? Is your Coke not the real thing? India's Hindu nationalist movement apparently has the answer: a new soft drink made from cow urine.

The bovine brew is in the final stages of development by the Cow Protection Department of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), India's biggest and oldest Hindu nationalist group, according to the man who makes it.

Om Prakash, the head of the department, said the drink – called "gau jal", or "cow water" – in Sanskrit was undergoing laboratory tests and would be launched "very soon, maybe by the end of this year".

Feb 11 09:37

9 Humiliating Ways Cell phones Injure People

Despite their usefulness, cellular phones get a lot of negative press. Excessive and improper cell phone use accounts for hundreds of thousands of injuries and deaths around the world every year. A recent study showed that a coordinated 20 year-old has the same reaction time as that of a 70 year old when talking on a cell phone. This waned concentration can lead to many dangerous situations. And while most of us have made it this far without the need of protective shoulder pads or helmets, the risk of cell phone injury still exists. The following is a list of cell phone injuries, ordered in their likeliness to occur, from most to least.

Feb 10 21:47

Is Stupidity Killing America’s Productivity?

When a society makes it a huge priority to protect people from their own stupidity, it will eventually grind to a slow, bureaucratic halt. I have to show my ID to buy Sudafed, spray paint or glue because someone has decided I might use these items to do something stupid. However, I can buy bullets without an ID. I was talking to a policeman the other day and discovered I could be thrown in jail for the amount of decongestant I had in my house. Seriously!

Feb 10 07:52

Desperately seeking $4 gasoline

The New York Times | Tue- Feb 10, 2009 | Stephen Labaton and Edmund Andrews

Geithner Set to Make Public Case for Bank Bailout Plan Google article title Citing ‘Lost Faith’ in Banks, Geithner to Push Bailout NY Times article title

Feb 09 10:57

VIDEO: Merck’s HPV Vaccine Ruins Girls Life

There have been numerous accounts of young girls becoming very ill and even a few who've died after receiving the HPV vaccine from Merck. This is one girls story.

Feb 09 10:45

Illinois River Closed Due to Caterpillar "Oil Sludge" Spill

The US Coast Guard is reporting that 6,000 gallons of “Oil Sludge” spilled into the Des Plaines River from a container at Caterpiller’s hydraulics plant in Illinois. It is estimated that the Caterpillar container spilled 65,000 gallons of the sludge while 6,000 made its way into the river.

Feb 06 13:58

Toys With Banned Toxin Must Go, Judge Decides

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS on The New York Times | Thur- Feb 5, 2009

The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission may not let toys containing toxic manufacturing chemicals remain on store shelves after a ban takes effect next week, a judge ruled Thursday.

Manufacturers have said they would have to take products worth hundreds of millions of dollars off store shelves to comply, but consumer advocates called the ruling a victory for children’s health.

[...] phthalates, chemicals used to soften plastics. They are commonly found in bath toys, books, teethers, bibs, dolls and plastic figures.

Phthalates can be absorbed through the mouth or skin, interfering with reproductive hormones.

Feb 05 19:47

Privacy international identifies major security flaw in Google’s global phone tracking system

One day after the global launch of Google’s “Latitude” phone tracking system, Privacy International has identified what appears to be a fundamental design problem that could substantially endanger user privacy.

After studying the system documentation, PI has determined that the Google system lacks adequate safeguards to protect users from covert opt-in to Latitude’s tracking technology. While it is clear that Google has made at least some effort to embed privacy protections, Latitude appears to present an immediate privacy threat.

Feb 03 17:31

Exploding cellphone kills Chinese man

Here's the thing about batteries: they store energy. Lots of it. Channeled correctly, that energy does really awesome things for us -- but channeled chaotically, and... well, you know where this is going, don't you? A man shopping in a Lenovo store in mainland China has been killed after the phone in his chest pocket exploded, severing arteries and leading to massive blood loss. The make and model of the phone and battery have yet to be identified, but seeing how this is the seventh high-profile case of an exploding phone in China in the last six years, it really gives you pause before installing that shady off-brand juice, doesn't it?

Jan 29 00:17

Anti-Terrorism Law used for Peanut salmonella records

Anti-Terrorism Law Used to Open Peanut Company's Records
Posted By: Cal Callaway
Posted By: Paul Crawley
Updated 1/28/2009 5:59:54 PM

ATLANTA --- Another bombshell was revealed Wednesday morning as Georgia lawmakers heard testimony regarding the ongoing peanut salmonella crisis.

State Agriculture Deputy Commissioner Oscar Garrison told members of the House Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee that the Food and Drug Administration had to force a South Georgia company to turn over its own inspection records using the Federal Anti-Terrorism law.

The F.D.A. announced Tuesday that the Peanut Corporation of America plant in Blakely, Georgia, had a history of problems it failed to correct.

Jan 26 09:13

Microsoft misses memo, launches DRM-laden mobile music store

Retailers from Amazon to Real have launched their own DRM-free MP3 music stores in recent years. Faced with the competition, Apple finally put the last nail in the coffin of á la carte music DRM earlier this month with the iTunes Store, but don't tell Microsoft. The world's largest software maker just launched a mobile phone-based music store in the UK that charges nearly twice the price for media while offering even fewer rights.

Jan 25 15:53

Zsa Zsa Gabor Victim of Bernard Madoff Scheme “Facing Financial Ruin”

Wed- Jan 21, 2009 | PopCrunch | Castina

“We’re mad as hell. We want our money back. We might be forced to sell our Bel Air home, cars, artwork and even our jewellery because of this sick man,” Zsa Zsa’s ninth husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt, laments in Thursday’s edition of The National Enquirer.

“This scam artist should be dragged through the streets and flogged,” he adds.

Jan 18 17:18

As Salmonella Recall Expands, FDA Warns Consumers To "Postpone Eating" Many Peanut Butter Products

No, this doesn't mean the jar of Skippy on your shelf, but it does seem to cover cookies, cakes, and ice cream; pretty much any shrink-wrapped peanut butter snack.

Jan 17 18:24

Device helped ensure US Airways plane would float

Planes can float, but the US Airways Airbus A-320 that crashed into the Hudson River Thursday had a better chance than most.

Jan 13 11:06

No need for condoms – GE corn can do the job

India — New research from Austria shows that a commercial strain of Monsanto-made GE corn causes mice to have fewer and weaker babies. What is this doing to human fertility?

Regulators around the world said Monsanto’s GE corn was as safe as non-GE strains.

It has been approved in many countries and regions including the US, the EU, Argentina, Japan, Philippines and South Africa.

China approved the GE corn for animal feed back in 2005.

Until this research, under the Austrian Ministries for Agriculture and Health, none of the regulators had seriously questioned the safety of Monsanto's GE corn.

The biotech industry is playing a game of genetic roulette with our food and with our health.

Jan 13 10:37

Using mouthwash could increase risk of cancer by nine times, claim scientists

MOUTHWASHES containing alcohol can cause oral cancer and should be removed from supermarket shelves, a dental health study claims.

Scientists say there is now "sufficient evidence" that such mouthwashes contribute to an increased risk of the disease.

The ethanol in mouthwash is thought to allow cancer-causing substances to permeate the lining of the mouth.

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