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The 'Other' Sweetener That's Made from Sugar, but is Closer to DDT
Source: Submitted: 04/26/2011
Since aspartame is clearly bad news, many people have turned to THIS sweetener, believing it's a healthier alternative. Not only does it destroy up to HALF of your GUT flora, it can cause seizures, GI problems, dizziness, blurred vision, an increase in blood sugar AND cause you to pile on unwanted pounds.

--Splenda was approved by the FDA as a tabletop- and general-purpose sweetener in processed foods in 1998. The FDA claims the approval was based on more than 110 animal and human safety studies. However, what they don't specify was that out of these 110 studies, only two were human studies, consisting of a combined total of 36 people, of which only 23 people actually ingested sucralose.

Additionally, the longest of these two human trials lasted only four days and looked at sucralose in relation to tooth decay, not human tolerance!
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Ron Paul on The View (Video)
Source: Submitted: 04/25/2011
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UN Embarrassed by Forecast on Climate Refugees
Source: Candada Free Press Submitted: 04/24/2011
Six years ago, the United Nations issued a dramatic warning that the world would have to cope with 50 million climate refugees by 2010. But now that those migration flows have failed to materialize, the UN has distanced itself from the forecasts. On the contrary, populations are growing in the regions that had been identified as environmental danger zones.

...the website which is maintained by GRID-Arendal, an official United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) collaborating centre, has now deleted the map.
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Into the memory hole!
Ed Griffin on the Left / Right Paradigm (Video-Recommended)
Source: Submitted: 04/24/2011
Ed Griffin discusses how the Establishment creates the illusion of choice (“Left” VS “Right”) to trick voters into “endorsing” their predatory system. (A system designed to continually transfer wealth and power away from the people and into the hands of a select few at the top.) In short: When we vote for Establishment-endorsed candidates ("Left" or "Right"), we lose.  Read full article »
Jim Rogers: Gold & Silver Not Yet in a Bubble
Source: Business Intelligence Submitted: 04/20/2011
--Rogers advises watching the dollar and the price action in deciding when it is time to exit precious metals.

"Maybe the US dollar is going to become confetti in 2011, and if that’s the case and silver goes to US$150, then obviously I wouldn’t sell my silver. It would be the US dollar which is collapsing. But if silver goes up... without currency collapse, I would be very worried," he told Financial Survival Radio

"There’s no question in my mind that all commodities will be a huge bubble someday. But I don’t think that bubble is going to happen in 2011," Rogers added.
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50 Things You Haven't Been Told About Fluoride
Source: Submitted: 04/20/2011
50) The Union representing the scientists at US EPA headquarters in Washington DC is now on record as opposing water fluoridation (Hirzy 1999). According to the Union’s Senior Vice President, Dr. William Hirzy:

“In summary, we hold that fluoridation is an unreasonable risk. That is, the toxicity of fluoride is so great and the purported benefits associated with it are so small – if there are any at all – that requiring every man, woman and child in America to ingest it borders on criminal behavior on the part of governments.”
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Ron Paul Supporters plan May 5 ‘money bomb’
Source: Submitted: 04/17/2011
Ron Paul supporters are kicking off a fundraising drive billed as a debate day “money bomb” for the potential presidential candidate.

The goal of the fundraising push – patterned after the original money bomb that put the Texas congressman on the map in the 2008 race – is to showcase Paul’s strength the day of the first debate of the White House campaign of the season.

“The first nationally televised Republican presidential debate in the 2012 election cycle will be held on May 5, 2011 on Fox News. Because of this, it is imperative to showcase Ron Paul as the leading frontrunner in the race. On May 5, 2011, we will hold an online money bomb in support of Ron Paul for President 2012,” organizers wrote on the website.
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Popular Science Touches on the "Abiogenic" Oil Theory
Source: Submitted: 04/16/2011
Study lends credence to abiogenic petroleum theory, which means there may be more oil in our future than we thought  Read full article »
Google "Peak Oil Myth" and you'll find a lot of interesting information. ...Not the least of which is: Those who control oil benefit greatly from the "imminent threat" of (exaggerated / intentionally created) scarcity.
Jesse Ventura on The View: "The Federal Reserve Runs The Country" (Video)
Source: Submitted: 04/16/2011
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Today Poker, Tomorrow Alternative Media?
Source: Submitted: 04/15/2011
On Friday April 15th, the U.S. government showed again just how easily it can completely “shut down” any website it wants. By seizing a domain name, the Department of “Justice” can cut the public off from access to products, services or information in the blink of an eye. Case in point: Today, the DOJ seized, and  Read full article »
...and regarding the government's claim that it's just trying to "protect us" from ourselves, I've said it before and I'll say it again:

I can spend every dollar I have on worthless State Lottery "scratch off" tickets. I can mortgage my house and play $5,000 hands of blackjack in land-based casinos. Hell, I can even bet my kids lunch money at the local CHURCH; but in the "Freest Nation on Earth" I'm not allowed to play nickel slots or low-stakes poker from the privacy of my own home. GIVE ME A BREAK!

The people didn't want this anti-gaming legislation; as a matter of fact they fought for years to stop it from passing. So what did the government do? They took advantage of the fear created by 9/11 and snuck the legislation through under a PORT SECURITY BILL!

Visit the following link if you want to know how truly absurd this legislation is:
Federal Reserve forks over $220 million in bailout money to wives of two Morgan Stanley bigwigs
Source: Submitted: 04/13/2011
--This is where TALF fits into the bailout picture. Created just after Barack Obama's election in November 2008, the program's ostensible justification was to spur more consumer lending, which had dried up in the midst of the financial crisis. But instead of lending directly to car buyers and credit-card holders and students — that would have been socialism! — the Fed handed out a trillion dollars to banks and hedge funds, almost interest-free. In other words, the government lent taxpayer money to the same assholes who caused the crisis, so that they could then lend that money back out on the market virtually risk-free, at an enormous profit.

Cue your Billy Mays voice, because wait, there's more! A key aspect of TALF is that the Fed doles out the money through what are known as non-recourse loans. Essentially, this means that if you don't pay the Fed back, it's no big deal. The mechanism works like this: Hedge Fund Goon borrows, say, $100 million from the Fed to buy crappy loans, which are then transferred to the Fed as collateral. If Hedge Fund Goon decides not to repay that $100 million, the Fed simply keeps its pile of crappy securities and calls everything even.

This is the deal of a lifetime. Think about it: You borrow millions, buy a bunch of crap securities and stash them on the Fed's books. If the securities lose money, you leave them on the Fed's lap and the public eats the loss. But if they make money, you take them back, cash them in and repay the funds you borrowed from the Fed. "Remember that crazy guy in the commercials who ran around covered in dollar bills shouting, 'The government is giving out free money!' " says Black. "As crazy as he was, this is making it real."
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The Real Culture War: the Federal State vs. The People
Source: Submitted: 04/13/2011
"I begin by taking. I shall find scholars later to demonstrate my perfect right." -- Frederick the Great, (1712-1786) King of Prussia, Frederick II

Last Friday, several functions of the Federal State nearly shut down as Democrats and Republicans fought over things like tax funding for abortion providers. It's the usual con game . . .

* Democrats pretend that you must be "anti-choice" if you oppose tax-funded abortion
* Republicans are right to favor choice when it comes to such funding, but they're still just cherry-picking the unconstitutional programs that they can best use to manipulate their base.

In other words, the politicians are still pretending to fight a "Culture War." But are the people following their lead? I think not.

It seems to me that times have changed. People are waking up. They're becoming harder to manipulate. As the letter below indicates, the real Culture War isn't the one being portrayed by the institutional media. It's not the conservatives against the liberals; it's the politicians against YOU.
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Jim wrote a great letter to his "representatives" in Washington. ...Well worth reading.
Justice Dept. to Congress: Don’t Saddle 4th Amendment on Us
Source: Submitted: 04/10/2011
--The Obama administration is urging Congress not to adopt legislation that would impose constitutional safeguards on Americans’ e-mail stored in the cloud.

As the law stands now, the authorities may obtain cloud e-mail without a warrant if it is older than 180 days, thanks to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act adopted in 1986. At that time, e-mail left on a third-party server for six months was considered to be abandoned, and thus enjoyed less privacy protection. However, the law demands warrants for the authorities to seize e-mail from a person’s hard drive.
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Wachovia Laundered Billions in Drug Money
Source: Submitted: 04/10/2011
--More shocking, and more important, the bank was sanctioned for failing to apply the proper anti-laundering strictures to the transfer of $378.4bn – a sum equivalent to one-third of Mexico's gross national product – into dollar accounts from so-called casas de cambio (CDCs) in Mexico, currency exchange houses with which the bank did business.

"Wachovia's blatant disregard for our banking laws gave international cocaine cartels a virtual carte blanche to finance their operations," said Jeffrey Sloman, the federal prosecutor. Yet the total fine was less than 2% of the bank's $12.3bn profit for 2009. On 24 March 2010, Wells Fargo stock traded at $30.86 – up 1% on the week of the court settlement.

--At the height of the 2008 banking crisis, Antonio Maria Costa, then head of the United Nations office on drugs and crime, said he had evidence to suggest the proceeds from drugs and crime were "the only liquid investment capital" available to banks on the brink of collapse. "Inter-bank loans were funded by money that originated from the drugs trade," he said. "There were signs that some banks were rescued that way."
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Ventura VS George Stephanopolous on covert government operations (Video)
Source: ABC Submitted: 04/09/2011
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Ron Paul: ‘New World Order’ Using Financial Crisis, Wars To Enhance Globalism (with Audio)
Source: Submitted: 04/07/2011
--“The new world order people see it as an opportunity to move one step forward.” Paul stated, alluding to an infamous description of the current US led international coalition of powers.

“Bush senior bragged about that, remember he didn’t want to go to Congress, he came and got a token approval in 1990/91 for the Persian Gulf war, but he got his orders from the UN, he didn’t need to go to Congress… That was the first time I heard a president use the words ‘new world order’, anyone who used that had to be a conspiracy nut, but Bush was saying this is what we need to do for the ‘new world order’.” Paul explained.

“They go to war under NATO and the UN, not by the Congress,” Paul added. “But ultimately the big one is to control the money, so they are making their plans to have a world wide fiat currency through the IMF/World Bank operations.”
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Flashback: Ron Paul: Imagine
Source: Ron Paul Submitted: 04/07/2011
Imagine for a moment that somewhere in the middle of Texas there was a large foreign military base, say Chinese or Russian. Imagine that thousands of armed foreign troops were constantly patrolling American streets in military vehicles. Imagine they were here under the auspices of “keeping us safe” or “promoting democracy” or “protecting their strategic interests.”

Imagine that they operated outside of US law, and that the Constitution did not apply to them. Imagine that every now and then they made mistakes or acted on bad information and accidentally killed or terrorized innocent Americans, including women and children, most of the time with little to no repercussions or consequences. Imagine that they set up check points on our soil and routinely searched and ransacked entire neighborhoods of homes. Imagine if Americans were fearful of these foreign troops, and overwhelmingly thought America would be better off without their presence.

Imagine if some Americans were so angry about them being in Texas that they actually joined together to fight them off, in defense of our soil and sovereignty, because leadership in government refused or were unable to do so. Imagine that those Americans were labeled terrorists or insurgents for their defensive actions, and routinely killed, or captured and tortured by the foreign troops on our land. Imagine that the occupiers’ attitude was that if they just killed enough Americans, the resistance would stop, but instead, for every American killed, ten more would take up arms against them, resulting in perpetual bloodshed. Imagine if most of the citizens of the foreign land also wanted these troops to return home. Imagine if they elected a leader who promised to bring them home and put an end to this horror.
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How Tiny Forces Defeat Large Enemies
Source: Submitted: 04/04/2011
--BJ did something powerful. He hit Price at a weak point, using a public forum to ask Price a question he didn't want to answer.

Remember this point -- To get what you want, you must bring superior force to bear on your adversary's weak points.

You do NOT have to be stronger overall, you just have to be stronger at the point of attack, and choose that point of attack wisely.

It's bad strategy to lead direct assaults against strong points (electoral campaigns come to mind). Attacking strength with weakness is suicide. Instead, find the weak point, and concentrate your forces there.
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Farmers Sue USDA Over Monsanto Alfalfa – Again
Source: Submitted: 04/03/2011
---This is the second time the USDA has been sued over its approval of Roundup Ready alfalfa, which is genetically engineered (GE) to tolerate glyphosate, a popular herbicide commonly sold under the Monsanto brand name Roundup. The latest lawsuit, filed by groups like the Center for Food Safety (CFS) and the National Family Farm Coalition, opens a new chapter in the five-year battle over the GE alfalfa seed developed by Monsanto and Forage Genetics.

Industry watchdogs and farmers say that Roundup Ready alfalfa will increase reliance on already overused herbicides like Roundup, encourage the spread of herbicide-resistant “superweeds” and contaminate organic and conventional alfalfa with Monsanto transgenes through cross-pollination.

About 93 percent of the alfalfa planted in the US is grown without herbicides, but up to 23 million more pounds of herbicide could be sprayed annually following the introduction of Roundup Ready alfalfa into America’s fields, according to USDA estimates.
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This story originally appeared on's website but apparently their site was hacked. (As of now, TruthOut has a message saying they're trying to restore this and other stories.)
Support Local Organic Farms
Source: Submitted: 04/03/2011
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I buy organic food for a few reasons:

1. I never asked anyone to add GMO, Pesticides, Herbicides, Aspartame, MSG, Animal Hormones / Antibiotics (and who knows what else) to my food. In fact, I resent the "toxification" of our food supply. Buying "organic" helps me reduce my exposure to all of these unnatural / unwanted additives.

2. Buying "organic" puts money into the pockets of those who are creating an alternative (healthy) food supply.

3. Buying organic REMOVES money from the pockets of those who are selling their toxic version of "food" around the country (and around the world.)

I understand that organic food is more expensive…but it happens to be the ONE “luxury item” that everyone should make at least a little room for in their budget.

Even if you "eat organic” just one day a week, that’s 52 days of healthy / nutrient-dense food per year going into your body and 52 fewer days of unhealthy / unnatural chemicals, GMOs, etc.
How Two American "Stoners" Became Big-Time Weapons Traders
Source: Submitted: 04/01/2011
"My main motivator was making money, just like it was for General Dynamics. Nobody goes into the arms business for altruistic purposes."

It didn't take long for AEY to strike cut-rate deals that vastly improved its profit margin. The nine percent planned for in the original bid was soon pushing toward 25 percent — enough to provide Packouz and Diveroli with nearly $85 million in profits. But even such a jaw-dropping sum didn't satisfy Diveroli. He scoured FedBizOpps for even more contracts and landed a private deal to import Lithuanian ammo, determined to turn AEY into a multibillion-dollar company.
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Al-Qaeda created and used by CIA (Video)
Source: Submitted: 03/31/2011
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New Hampshire House passes Tenth Amendment resolution
Source: Submitted: 03/31/2011
"Therefore, whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force."  Read full article »
Anne Tompkins: Tyranny's Whore
Source: Larken Rose Submitted: 03/29/2011
Anne Tompkins is a U.S. Attorney, appointed by Emperor Obama, who prosecuted Bernard von NotHaus of the "Liberty Dollar." In a statement about the case after the conviction, the evil Nazi jackass--I mean, "public servant"--characterized what Mr. NotHaus did as trying to "undermine the legitimate currency of this country." Those who understand anything about currency will see the amazing irony in the comment. For everyone else:

1) The "official" system of counterfeiting run by the Federal Reserve, with the blessing of the maggots in Congress, is about as illegitimate, in every way imaginable, as a currency could possibly be.

2) Being a fiat currency, the counterfeit monopoly money we use is perpetually "undermining" itself. The only way to undermine a currency that is backed by nothing is to print more of it--which is exactly what the Fed does all the time, and what the guy being prosecuted never did.

3) Precious metals are "legitimate" currency--and the only legitimate currency around. You can't delegitimize what is already illegitimate by doing something legitimate.
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...need a little UNcivil discourse every now and then.
GOOD NEWS! REAL ID Delayed Again!
Source: Submitted: 03/28/2011 was the first organization to protest the REAL ID Act, six years ago.

Thankfully, countless other groups took up the charge, and secured nullification in 24 state legislatures.

Because of all that pressure, the Dept. of Homeland Security is once again extending the deadline for states to implement REAL ID.

Let's build on the momentum. Tell Congress to kill REAL ID.
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Ed Griffin Analyzes The Zeitgeist Movement and the Venus Project
Source: Submitted: 03/27/2011
---The profit motive is neither good nor bad. It can be applied either way depending on social and political factors. The desire for profit is merely the desire to be compensated for our labor, our creativity, our knowledge, or even for our risk. Without profit, very little would be accomplished in the world - not even if everyone spent a few years in labor camps to be re-educated. It is a basic part of man's nature and is the mainspring of human progress, as Henry Grady Weaver described it in his book by that same title. Throughout history, whenever man lived in a system that allows him to be rewarded for his work, there has been great productivity and abundance. By contrast, where social engineers gained control of the state and restricted people from receiving the fruits of their labor, productivity fell, and scarcity was the norm.  Read full article »
The Return Of Precious Metals And Sound Money
Source: Submitted: 03/27/2011
---JP Morgan’s fraudulent naked short positions designed to artificially hold down silver markets have been publicly exposed and well documented for years by this site among many others. Their issuance of paper ETF’s representing gold and silver they don’t actually have has also been fully uncovered. Global bankers have been manipulating precious metals markets down for decades. This is undeniable. Why would they do this? To prevent exactly what is happening in Utah and a dozen other states today; the rebirth of gold and silver as a competing currency alternative to the fiat dollar.

As long as PM’s were seen as poor market performers or relics of a bygone era, no state would ever consider them as a viable substitute for the thoroughly controlled Greenback. Globalization operates on the principles of centralization, and the purpose of centralization is to take options away from the citizenry until they have no other choice but to use your system. Gold and silver represent a powerful option that cannot be duplicated out of thin air to infinity, and cannot be easily dominated by a central bank. COMEX manipulation is an inherent extension of the centralization process. But, as communities and states begin the acceptance of metals based trade and the issuance of gold and silver currency, you will see the manipulations by big banks begin to unravel.
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John Stossel Discusses the "Free State Project" (Video)
Source: Submitted: 03/26/2011
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My wife and I moved to New Hampshire in it here, couldn't be happier.
Just Keep Going (Video)
Source: Submitted: 03/23/2011
...a unique perspective on freedom and life.  Watch here »
The Libyan war: Unconstitutional and illegitimate
Source: Submitted: 03/21/2011
There is no doubt that U.S. participation in the Anglo-French-American attack on Libya is completely unconstitutional. As Glenn Greenwald has pointed out, before becoming president Barack Obama, a graduate of Harvard Law School and a former law professor, accurately described the limits of a president’s authority to initiate a war in cases where the U.S. has neither been attacked nor is in imminent danger of attack...

--The U.S. stayed out of the League of Nations after World War I in part because critics argued that it transferred the power to send the U.S. to war from Congress to an international body. Critics of U.S. participation in the United Nations after World War II similarly argued that the result would be presidential wars authorized by the U.N. but not by Congress.

By taking part in a war unrelated to American defense on the basis of a U.N. Security Council resolution, without asking the House and the Senate for a joint resolution as the basis of his authority, President Obama has validated the fears of the critics that U.S. participation in the United Nations would informally amend the Constitution, by transferring authority to initiate all kinds of wars from Congress to the president. The argument that Congress, merely by funding the military, approves of wars initiated without congressional authorization, cannot be taken seriously.
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PlayBoy Interviews Helen Thomas About Being Fired for "Anti-Semitic" Comments
Source: Submitted: 03/20/2011
For more than half a century, Helen Thomas owned the most valuable piece of real estate in the White House briefing room. Her front-row seat at presidential press conferences and its attendant benefits—she was often called on first and usually ended the gatherings with a signature “Thank you, Mr. President”—made her the unofficial dean of the White House press corps. Her bold, irksome questions were like hot pokers to 10 U.S. presidents, and her fearless approach rattled press secretaries and set a tone for generations of straight-shooting, badgering reporters.  Read full article »
George Galloway on Libya intervention (Video)
Source: Submitted: 03/20/2011
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The "humanitarian" angle is so terribly old. Is anyone still falling for that?

If Gandhi himself was the democratically elected leader of a country, but his leadership interfered with the geostrategic "interests" of the Establishment, they would overthrow him and install a “monster” in a minute.
Osteoporosis Drug Found to CAUSE Leg Fractures
Source: Submitted: 03/20/2011
“The case reports first surfaced about two years ago -- orthopedists reported that women taking osteoporosis drugs called bisphosphonates to prevent broken bones were showing up with rare and serious fractures of their thighbones,” The New York Times reports.

“The bone was snapping like a twig, sometimes splintering. Often there was no trauma, such as a serious fall, to bring it on. And some of the women were younger, in their 50s, with pre-osteoporosis but without the extremely fragile bones of people with the full-blown condition,” the NYT continues.
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Vaccines may have increased swine flu risk
Source: Submitted: 03/18/2011
"Some interesting data has become available which suggests that if you get immunised with the seasonal vaccine, you get less broad protection than if you get a natural infection," he said.

"It is particularly relevant for children because it is a condition they call original antigenic sin, which basically means if you get infected with a natural virus, that gives you not only protection against that virus but similar viruses or even in fact quite different flu viruses in the next year.

"We may be perversely setting ourselves up that if something really new and nasty comes along, that people who have been vaccinated may in fact be more susceptible compared to getting this natural infection."
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Industrial Animal Farms Want Laws Against Filming Abuse
Source: Submitted: 03/18/2011
Strangely, consumers may actually want to know if their meat is being electrocuted, beaten, or ground up alive as some recent videos have exposed. Consumers may also want to know what the animals eat, if they ever see sunlight, if they are injected with chemicals, or even genetically cloned. Since the FDA does little to shine light on these and other concerns, activists have been the only source of this information. Now, they will face jail time for doing so if this measure passes.

Bradley Miller, director of the Humane Farming Association, had this to say to the AP:

"They're trying to intimidate whistleblowers and put a chill on legitimate anti-cruelty investigations. Clearly the industry feels that it has something to hide or it wouldn't be going to these extreme and absurd lengths."
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From the 'comments' section of the page above:

"I have personally been in large commercial hog barns, feedlots and poultry barns and every time I have come away with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. No animal deserves to live in these conditions and these intensive livestock operations exist only because profit supersedes moral and ethical obligations. There is a complete lack of empathy and concern for quality of life.

All animals that are raised under our care and control deserve a certain quality of life. It sickens me that these agribusiness operations have lasted this long. Many of them are a disgrace and a return to small family farms and organic operations would be better for the environment, better for the animals, and better for us psychologically."
Japanese Ordered Indoors Amid New Radiation Leak
Source: Submitted: 03/14/2011
--In a nationally televised statement, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said radiation has spread from four reactors of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Fukushima province, one of the hardest-hit in Friday's 9.0-magnitude earthquake and the ensuing tsunami that has killed more than 10,000 people.

"The level seems very high, and there is still a very high risk of more radiation coming out," Kan said. "We are making utmost efforts to prevent further explosions and radiation leaks."
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Maine town declares food sovereignty
Source: Submitted: 03/13/2011
(NaturalNews) The town of Sedgwick, Maine, currently leads the pack as far as food sovereignty is concerned. Local residents recently voted unanimously at a town hall meeting to pass an ordinance that reinforces its citizens' God-given rights to "produce, process, sell, purchase, and consume local foods of their choosing," which includes even state- and federally-restricted foods like raw milk.

---In addition to simply declaring food sovereignty, the ordinance also declares it a crime for state and federal authorities to violate ordinance provisions in any way. The law specifically states that "[i]t shall be unlawful for any law or regulation adopted by the state or federal government to interfere with the rights recognized by this Ordinance." This includes, of course, any attempt to enforce the unconstitutional provisions of the S 510 the HR 2751 food tyranny bills that were recently passed.
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Big Bucks Big Pharma (Video)
Source: Submitted: 03/13/2011
Big Bucks, Big Pharma pulls back the curtain on the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry to expose the insidious ways that illness is used, manipulated, and in some instances created, for profit.

Focusing on the industry's marketing practices, media scholars and health professionals help viewers understand the ways in which direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical advertising glamorizes and normalizes the use of prescription medication, and works in tandem with promotion to doctors. Combined, these industry practices shape how both patients and doctors understand and relate to disease and treatment.
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I found the info on how "kickbacks" to doctors (to influence their RX drug recommendations) are illegal, but "educational expenses" are not. (They start covering this topic at 3:30 of clip #4)

Example, Clip 4 at 7:05: “You can hide anything under ‘education.’ You can hide 18 holes of golf for 50 people under an ‘educational event’ and during those 18 holes you can give a case of scotch that cost a thousand dollars to each one of the recipients of this free golf round. You can give golf clubs to individuals…it’s all under ‘educational.’”
U.S. Secretly Arming Mexican Drug Cartels (Video)
Source: CBS Submitted: 03/12/2011
ATF Federal agent John Dodson goes public: ATF intentionally approving heavy weaponry to "walk" into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.  Watch here »
Here, yet again, you have high-ranking "policy makers" in government creating carnage, then using that carnage to further another agenda.

For more info, here is some background / analysis:
Devastating tsunami hits Japan (Video)
Source: Submitted: 03/11/2011
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Some amazing / disturbing footage.
Rand Paul: Speaking TRUTH to Government Spending (Video)
Source: Submitted: 03/11/2011
Quote taken from 2 minutes and fifteen seconds in:

We had an election and in the election the people said "We're concerned about out-of-control spending. We're concerned about massive deficits. We're concerned about passing this debt on to our kids and our grandkids.

The president recently proposed a 10-year budget, a 10-year plan for spending. He proposes that we spend 46 TRILLION dollars...that means they aren't getting it. In Washington, official "Washington," is not getting what the people are saying and they're not getting how profound the problems are. Spending 46 Trillion dollars?

The president's plan will add 13 Trillion to the debt, and the Republicans say "Oh, well ours is a lot better." Theirs will add 12 Trillion dollars to the debt! I think it's out of control and neither plan will do anything to significantly alter things.

We're spending 10 Billion dollars a day. In order to reform things, in order to change things around here, we will have to have to come to grips with the idea of "what SHOULD government be doing?" What are the Constitutional functions of government? …What powers did the Constitution give to the federal government; and then examine what we’re actually doing. What are we spending money on that’s not constitutional or shouldn’t be done here…or should be left to the states and the people respectively.
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Also, the chart at 9:30 in provides a great "visual representation" of how ridiculous the currently proposed "cuts" are.
Obama claims power to detain people found “NOT guilty” (Video)
Source: FreedomWatch Submitted: 03/10/2011
Quote taken from 2 minutes and 48 seconds in:

Yesterday, president Obama signed an executive order claiming the right to incarcerate persons in the Guantanamo Bay military prison for the rest of their natural lives even AFTER acquittal.

--Following upon what president Bush proclaimed, president Obama claimed the power to punish people even after a jury has found them not guilty. NO western government has ever claimed the power to do this. Not the king of England, not Hitler, not Stalin, not even the Russian and Chinese communists.
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Matt Taibbi: "Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?" (Video - Recommended)
Source: Submitted: 03/06/2011
--"Mary Jo White was the former U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York. She was basically Rudy Giuliani for a few years. This is the top cop on Wall Street, basically. And she, at the time, was representing Morgan Stanley for the defense firm Debevoise & Plimpton. Again, this is what all these investigators do. When you leave a high-ranking position from the SEC or the U.S. attorney’s office, they all jump to these lucrative partnerships at corporate defense firms, where they make, you know, $2, $3, $4 million a year. So the incentives to really prosecute these guys are all backwards. And they all leave, and they take these jobs. Mary Jo White had left the U.S. attorney’s office. She’s representing Debevoise & Plimpton."  Watch here »
While the guy who tried to conduct a legitimate investigation -- the investigation Mary Jo blocked -- was fired.

As noted in Ed Griffin's newsletter:

"Unfortunately, this scheme is not limited to the financial sector but is common throughout collectivist structures, including the FDA, EPA, USDA, and the Department of Energy."

There is also some good info on Obama's connection / loyalty to Wall Street (about 16 minutes in.)
Losing the Brains Race
Source: Submitted: 03/06/2011
---But throwing more money at poorly performing schools has not moved the needle on performance. During the last 40 years, the federal government has spent $1.8 trillion on education, and spending per pupil in the U.S. has tripled in real terms. Government at all levels spent an average of $149,000 on the 13-year education of a high school senior who graduated in 2009, compared to $50,000 (in 2009 dollars) for a 1970 graduate.

Despite the dramatic increase in spending, there has been no notable change in student outcomes. Using data provided by Andrew Coulson, an education policy analyst at the libertarian Cato Institute, Figure 2 shows National Assessment of Educational Progress scores in reading, math, and science, along with per pupil spending. The only trend line with a pulse is the amount of spending.
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Who benefits from an electorate that "can't learn" and avoids the very thought of "thinking" about anything beyond consumption and entertainment?
Capsaicin could stop a heart attack in progress
Source: Submitted: 03/06/2011
--New research just published in the journal Circulation concludes that a common, over-the-counter pain salve containing capsaicin rubbed on the skin during a heart attack could serve as a cardiac-protectant -- reducing or even preventing damage to the heart. The researchers found an amazing 85 percent reduction in cardiac cell death when capsaicin was used. This is the most powerful cardioprotective effect ever recorded, according to Keith Jones, PhD, a researcher in the UC department of pharmacology and cell biophysics.
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The Controversy Surrounding Genetically Modified Alfalfa
Source: Submitted: 03/05/2011
---As you've probably heard by now, the USDA recently approved planting of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa, the fourth-largest crop in the USA, without restriction.

As you can see, this has created quite the controversy, so rather than go with the original story posted by the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), I decided to weigh in with all the participants and delay the story until I had a chance to interview all of them. Here, I will present several sides, including that of:

* Jeffrey Smith -- the Institute for Responsible Technology
* Michael Besancon -- Whole Foods
* George Siemon -- Organic Valley
* Ronnie Cummins -- The Organic Consumers Association

---You probably don't realize it but alfalfa is the fourth most grown crop in the US. Farmers plant millions of acres of alfalfa to produce forage seed and hay to feed cows and other livestock. It really is shocking that Monsanto pushed so hard for GMO alfalfa approval and received it, because over 93 percent of the current alfalfa crop is NOT being treated with herbicides, so there's really no need to make it Round Up resistant.

Alfalfa is also a major pollinator, which means that the likelihood of it cross-pollinating and transferring genetic material is very high, if not guaranteed. It's also a natural forage for pastured (organically-raised grass-fed) animals. Contamination would be disastrous for organic dairy- and cattle farmers as federal organic standards forbid them from using GM crops, and organic food manufacturers will reject a food ingredient if found to be contaminated with GM material -- not to mention Monsanto's history of suing both conventional and organic farmers for patent infringement should their crops be cross-contaminated.
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Bill Would Make Some Airport Screening Sexual Assault
Source: Submitted: 03/04/2011
CONCORD, N.H. -- Lawmakers and residents engaged in heated debate Tuesday over a bill that would make random airport security pat-downs and body scans criminal in New Hampshire.

The bill (HB628-FN) "makes the touching or viewing with a technological device of a person’s breasts or genitals by a government security agent without probable cause a sexual assault," according to the introductory text of the bill.
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There is a survey at the of this writing, 91% (10,000 + ) have indicated they support the legislation VS just 9% against.
Computer Expert: US Was Behind Stuxnet Virus
Source: Submitted: 03/04/2011
--Back in September 2010, we wrote several articles in which we identified “Israel and the United States….as the prime suspects behind the Stuxnet worm attack,” following the revelation that the virus was “created by experts working for a country or a well-funded private group.”

At the time, debunkers labeled the claim that the US and Israel had launched the worm attack as a “ridiculous” conspiracy theory.
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The "conspiracy / debunking" article contained a post (in the comments section) from somebody who referred to himself as a "Conspiracy REALIST." ...That's a keeper!
The New Geometry and the New Math
Source: Submitted: 03/02/2011
--Not only is the geometry of our world being transformed, so is the mathematics. Decentralizing information makes it much easier for more individuals to communicate with millions of other individuals. One source estimates that the number of Internet websites in the world rose from 100,000 in 1996 to 234,000,000 by 2009. The capacity of the millions to generate information and ideas heretofore confined to the thousands, has proven discomforting to members of the institutional order. Each one of us now enjoys the technological means to directly communicate with every person on the planet, provided (a) they have a computer linked to the Internet, and (b) desire to communicate with us. In other words, mankind enjoys what the political establishment regards as that most destabilizing influence: a genuine marketplace in ideas.

What this has done is to unravel the mindset upon which the state has depended to maintain its control over people: the belief that political change could only come about through the so-called "democratic process." "Democracy" – the illusion that my wife and I, combined, have twice the political influence of David Rockefeller! – is premised on the proposition that any meaningful political reform must secure the electoral support of tens of millions of individuals, a situation most unlikely to occur.
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Scientist warns on safety of Monsanto's Roundup
Source: Submitted: 02/27/2011
--Huber coordinates a committee of the American Phytopathological Society as part of the USDA National Plant Disease Recovery System. He is a long-standing critic of biotech crops, such as Monsanto's "Roundup Ready" soybean and corn, which have been genetically altered to withstand treatments of Roundup herbicide.

In his letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Huber said the organism has been found in high concentrations of Roundup Ready soybean meal and corn, which are used in livestock feed. He said laboratory tests have confirmed the presence of the organism in pigs, cattle and other livestock that have experienced spontaneous abortions and infertility.
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