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John Stossel Discusses the "Free State Project" (Video)
Source: YouTube.com Submitted: 03/26/2011
.  Watch here »
My wife and I moved to New Hampshire in 2005...love it here, couldn't be happier.
Just Keep Going (Video)
Source: WeAreChange.org Submitted: 03/23/2011
...a unique perspective on freedom and life.  Watch here »
The Libyan war: Unconstitutional and illegitimate
Source: Salon.com 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: mycatbirdseat.com 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: ning.com Submitted: 03/20/2011
.  Watch here »
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: Mercola.com 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: ABC.net.au 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: ActivistPost.com 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."
 Read full article »
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: AOLnews.com 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: NaturalNews.com 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: MediaEd.org 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.
 Watch here »
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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pR-WHTmSMvw
Devastating tsunami hits Japan (Video)
Source: YouTube.com Submitted: 03/11/2011
.  Watch here »
Some amazing / disturbing footage.
Rand Paul: Speaking TRUTH to Government Spending (Video)
Source: YouTube.com 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.
 Watch here »
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.
 Watch here »
Matt Taibbi: "Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?" (Video - Recommended)
Source: DemocracyNow.com 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: Reason.com 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: NaturalNews.com 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: Mercola.com 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: WMUR.com 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 website...as of this writing, 91% (10,000 + ) have indicated they support the legislation VS just 9% against.
Computer Expert: US Was Behind Stuxnet Virus
Source: PrisonPlanet.com 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 about.com "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: LewRockwell.com 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: Reuters.com 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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Ex-CIA Analyst Ray McGovern Battered & Arrested for Silent Protest at Clinton Speech (Video)
Source: DemocracyNow.com Submitted: 02/27/2011
.  Read full article »
This happened at a speech where Clinton, ironically enough, was denouncing the use of violence against protestors seeking / exercising basic freedoms.
Professional Perspectives on Water Fluoridation (Video)
Source: Mercola.com Submitted: 02/26/2011
A 15-minute video exposes the ongoing dangers of fluoridation in a concise and hard-hitting format.

As they outline the science behind fluoridation and the effects it has had on entire generations, a select panel of experts show conclusively why there is no logical or rational reason to continue fluoridating our water supply.
 Watch here »
See also this story: EPA Reverses Itself on Fluoride

--"Nonetheless, here is yet another example of why consumers, especially parents, need to be vigilant, do their own research and understand that sometimes the “experts” and the government can be wrong."
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/02/22/epa-reverses-fluoride/
NEW CAMPAIGN: Abolish All Federal Education Spending
Source: DownsizeDC.org Submitted: 02/24/2011
--The Federal State has no constitutional authority for involvement in education. This alone should be sufficient reason to abolish the Department of Education and all federal education spending. But there are also two other powerful reasons . . .

* Federal education programs don't work. Instead, they actually cause harm.

* The Federal State is headed toward bankruptcy and needs to cut spending.

Statist schools don't work because they have no incentive to perform adequately. Unlike businesses in the Voluntary Sector of the economy, Statist schools can't be fired or replaced by the people they supposedly serve.

--This makes the comparison between the Coercive State and the Voluntary Sector very stark.

The Voluntary Sector constantly does more with less, while the Coercive State constantly does less with more. The incentives dictate that it must be this way . . .

* The Coercive State rewards itself for failure -- the worse schools perform the more money the politicians spend on them. This gives Statist institutions an incentive for INcompetence.

* But businesses and institutions in the Voluntary Sector have to perform well, or consumers reject them. This gives the Voluntary Sector a powerful bias towards competence.
 Read full article »
Ron Paul Moneybomb Progress
Source: LibertyPac.com Submitted: 02/21/2011
Just letting everyone know that Ron Paul is having a "Liberty Pac" Moneybomb today. (He's thinking about running for President next year and will be using today's results to measure his support.)

Looks like he's already raised well over $500,000. Not too shabby. If you want to help push him over the $600,000 mark, you can donate here.

http://www.libertypac.com/

I'm only giving him a little for now ($20.) He'll get more out of me when he announces his candidacy!

Thanks,
Joe
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UPDATE: As of now (5:00 pm EST 2.22.11) looks like he raised just under $750,000. That's pretty damn impressive. ...A lot of people have learned about Ron Paul since the last Presidential campaign. I think it's going to cost the media dearly if they try their "marginalize / discredit" BS again. ...we'll see.
Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail?
Source: RollingStone.com Submitted: 02/20/2011
---The deal looked like a classic case of insider trading. But in the summer of 2005, when Aguirre told his boss he planned to interview Mack, things started getting weird. His boss told him the case wasn't likely to fly, explaining that Mack had "powerful political connections."

Aguirre also started to feel pressure from Morgan Stanley, which was in the process of trying to rehire Mack as CEO. At first, Aguirre was contacted by the bank's regulatory liaison, Eric Dinallo, a former top aide to Eliot Spitzer. But it didn't take long for Morgan Stanley to work its way up the SEC chain of command. Within three days, another of the firm's lawyers, Mary Jo White, was on the phone with the SEC's director of enforcement. In a shocking move that was later singled out by Senate investigators, the director actually appeared to reassure White, dismissing the case against Mack as "smoke" rather than "fire." White, incidentally, was herself the former U.S. attorney of the Southern District of New York — one of the top cops on Wall Street.

Pause for a minute to take this in. Aguirre, an SEC foot soldier, is trying to interview a major Wall Street executive — not handcuff the guy or impound his yacht, mind you, just talk to him. In the course of doing so, he finds out that his target's firm is being represented not only by Eliot Spitzer's former top aide, but by the former U.S. attorney overseeing Wall Street, who is going four levels over his head to speak directly to the chief of the SEC's enforcement division — not Aguirre's boss, but his boss's boss's boss's boss. Mack himself, meanwhile, was being represented by Gary Lynch, a former SEC director of enforcement.

Aguirre didn't stand a chance. A month after he complained to his supervisors that he was being blocked from interviewing Mack, he was summarily fired, without notice. The case against Mack was immediately dropped: all depositions canceled, no further subpoenas issued. "It all happened so fast, I needed a seat belt," recalls Aguirre, who had just received a stellar performance review from his bosses.
 Read full article »
It's a long piece and has some profanity, but provides some priceless insight into how things actually work "at the top."
DEATH SQUADS
Source: NewsWithViews.com Submitted: 02/19/2011
--So, in its fullest statement, the President’s contention is that he enjoys judicially unreviewable discretion—acting either by his own hand or by the hands of his minions—to assassinate, anywhere in the world and presumably by whatever means may prove effective, any American citizen whom someone in the Executive Branch, whose identity may never be disclosed, has identified as a dangerous “terrorist” by some process and on the basis of some purported evidence that in its most important particulars may forever remain secret.  Read full article »
Do You Eat Soy? Read This.
Source: Mercola.com Submitted: 02/19/2011
--Sadly, most of what you have been led to believe by the media about soy is simply untrue. The sudden upsurge in the recommendation of soy as a health food has been nothing more than a clever marketing gimmick to further reduce the cost and nutritional content of your food.

For you vegetarians out there staring at the screen in open-mouthed shock, fear not. There are plenty of other healthy vegetarian alternatives, which I will discuss later in this article. What was once considered a minor industrial crop back in 1913 now covers over 72 million acres of farmland. But first, let's examine the dangers and side effects of soy protein isolate and GMO foods.

GMO -- MAKING SOY EVEN WORSE

One of the worst problems with soy comes from the fact that 90 to 95 percent of soybeans grown in the US are genetically modified (GM), and these are used to create soy protein isolate.

Why the genetic tinkering?

Genetically modified soybeans are designed to be "Roundup ready." That's right, they are chemically engineered to withstand heavy doses of herbicides without killing the plant! What does this mean for your health and the health of your unborn or yet-to-be-conceived children? Read on.
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Fox uses old CPAC footage - Trying to undermine Ron Paul...again (Video)
Source: YouTube.com Submitted: 02/18/2011
.  Watch here »
The video above is just a couple minutes...for many more examples of Fox "mistakes" regarding Ron Paul, click here:
http://www.prisonplanet.com/fox-news-dirty-tricks-against-ron-paul-no-mistake.html
McGovern Bloodied and Arrested at Clinton Speech (with Video)
Source: PrisonPlanet.com Submitted: 02/17/2011
--As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave her speech at George Washington University yesterday condemning governments that arrest protestors and do not allow free expression, 71-year-old Ray McGovern was grabbed from the audience in plain view of her by police and an unidentified official in plain clothes, brutalized and left bleeding in jail. She never paused speaking. When Secretary Clinton began her speech, Mr. McGovern remained standing silently in the audience and turned his back. Mr. McGovern, a veteran Army officer who also worked as a CIA analyst for 27 years, was wearing a Veterans for Peace t-shirt.

--Mr. McGovern is being represented by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF). “It is the ultimate definition of lip service that Secretary of State Clinton would be trumpeting the U.S. government’s supposed concerns for free speech rights and this man would be simultaneously brutalized and arrested for engaging in a peaceful act of dissent at her speech,” stated attorney Mara Verheyden-Hilliard of the PCJF.
 Watch here »
TSA Workers Admit To Stealing + Busted for Other Crimes
Source: PrisonPlanet.com Submitted: 02/16/2011
---Michael Arato faces a maximum potential sentence of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for stealing up to $700 per day from passengers for eight years.

Arato also allowed another worker to steal up to $30,000 in cash from traveller’s bags over a 13-month period, pocketing a share of the ill gotten gains himself. The court heard that the pair specifically targeted foreign travelers, mostly Indian women, who could not speak English and discussed how they should not feel bad about stealing from them because they were leaving the U.S. with “our money”.
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Wow, it only took 8 years to catch the guy. That's some "security" you got there!
Judge Jim Gray on The Six Groups Who Benefit From Drug Prohibition (Video)
Source: Reason.TV Submitted: 02/16/2011
"The government has as much of a right to control what I, as an adult, put into my body as it does to control what I put into my mind...it's none of their business."  Watch here »
...Amen.

And just for the record, I stopped drinking and doing drugs decades ago.
Power, Propaganda and Alien Eyes! (Video)
Source: YouTube.com Submitted: 02/14/2011
--“33 percent of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives…neither do 42% of college graduates. In 2007, 80% of the families in the United States did not buy or read a book.”  Watch here »
An "expert" has the answers...all of the others are to sit down, shut up, absorb and regurgitate those answers. Daring to THINK about what is being forced into your head, or challenging "why" you should listen to a word of it, provides ZERO benefit. Why? Because those who simply "repeat" what they're told are praised and offered steady advancement up the ladder; the dissenters are punished and ostracized. THAT is the real lesson you're meant to learn in "public" school.
Mexico rejects Monsanto's GMO corn
Source: NaturalNews.com Submitted: 02/13/2011
(NaturalNews) Mexican officials seem to have more common sense than American officials, with their continued denouncement of Monsanto's genetically-modified (GM) corn. Mexico has kept in effect a moratorium on Monsanto's GM corn since 2005, citing a lack of safety studies and evidence showing the "Frankencorn" is safe, and that it will not cross-contaminate non-GM crops. The Mexican government recently denied Monsanto's request to expand a pilot program for its crops in Northern Mexico as well.  Read full article »
Suzanna Gratia-Hupp: What the Second Amendment is REALLY For (Video - Recommended)
Source: YouTube.com Submitted: 02/13/2011
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US trade chief urges Europe to open market to GM foods
Source: RawStory.com Submitted: 02/11/2011
BRUSSELS – A top US trade official said she will bang down the door of the European Commission Thursday in a bid to break a long-standing impasse blocking the march of genetically-modified foods.  Read full article »
I picked up the story above from Ed Griffin's newsletter. I like the comment that went with it:

"Do you suppose that Monsanto being a US based company with a powerful Washington lobby may have some bearing on why the US Trade Chief is spearheading a move that will generate billions of profits for the company?"
A New & Dangerous Sweetener For Your Food
Source: Mercola.com Submitted: 02/08/2011
Since 2002 an artificial sweetener called neotame has been approved for use in food and drink products around the world, although so far its use appears to be very limited.

Neotame is a chemical derivative of aspartame, and judging by the chemicals used in its manufacturing, it appears even more toxic than aspartame, although the proponents of neotame claim that increased toxicity is not a concern, because less of it is needed to achieve the desired effect.

Neotame is bad science brought to you by the Monsanto Company.
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Retired CIA Officer Discusses Bush Jr.'s Fear of Arrest (Audio)
Source: PrisonPlanet.com Submitted: 02/07/2011
Alex welcomes back to the show retired CIA officer and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, Ray McGovern. Ray presented morning intelligence briefings at the White House for a number of presidents during nearly three decades in government.

Ray talks with Alex about George Bush's cancellation of a visit to Switzerland amid concerns that he could be arrested for allegedly authorizing the torture of prisoners and other war crimes.
 Listen here »
This is a 10-minute clip. The full interview is available to PrisonPlanet.TV members.

Reuters covers the story here:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/05/us-bush-torture-idUSTRE7141CU20110205
Who’s Afraid of a Free Society?
Source: LewRockwell.com Submitted: 02/06/2011
---We know these myths by heart. Government acts on behalf of the public good. It keeps us safe. It protects us against monopolies. It provides indispensable services we could not provide for ourselves. Without it, America would be populated by illiterates, half of us would be dead from quack medicine or exploding consumer products, and the other half would lead a feudal existence under the iron fist of private firms that worked them to the bone for a dollar a week.

--But let’s suppose that the federal government has in fact been an enemy of the people’s welfare, and that the progress in our living standards has occurred quite in spite of its efforts. It pits individuals, firms, industries, regions, races, and age groups against each other in a zero-sum game of mutual plunder. It takes credit for improvements in material conditions that we in fact owe to the private sector, while refusing to accept responsibility for the countless failures and social ills to which its own programs have given rise. Rather than bringing about the "public good," whatever that means, it governs us through a series of fiefdoms seeking bigger budgets and more power. Despite the veneer of public-interest rhetoric by which it camouflages its real nature, it is a mere parasite on productive activity and a net minus in the story of human welfare.
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Ron Paul Clarifies How the 20-Year Iraq War Began
Source: PrisonPlanet.com Submitted: 02/06/2011
Ron Paul: Mr. Speaker, how did the 20-year war get started?

It had been long assumed that the United States Government, shortly before Iraq invaded Kuwait in August of 1990, gave Saddam Hussein a green light to attack. A State Department cable recently published by WikiLeaks confirmed that U.S. Ambassador April Glaspie did indeed have a conversation with Saddam Hussein one week prior to Iraq’s August 1, 1990, invasion of Kuwait.

Amazingly, the released cable was entitled,

“Saddam’s Message of Friendship to President Bush.” (published below)

In it, Ambassador Glaspie affirmed to Saddam that “the President had instructed her to broaden and deepen our relations with Iraq.” As Saddam Hussein outlined Iraq’s ongoing border dispute with Kuwait, Ambassador Glaspie was quite clear that, “we took no position on these Arab affairs.”
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Several Items of Good News, Including a VICTORY!
Source: DownsizeDC.org Submitted: 02/01/2011
Congratulations! You've had another victory! The House passed one of the bills in our Downsize DC Agenda, the Enumerated Powers Act. Every House bill must now cite its Constitutional authority.  Read full article »
Flashback: More Money for the "Goldman Connected" (Video)
Source: YouTube.com Submitted: 01/31/2011
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FDIC seizes IndyMac, renames the bank "OneWest," then sets up a deal for some well-connected investors that you'll have to hear for yourself.
Hundreds Of ARMED Egyptian Riot Police Run From Protesters (Video)
Source: DailyBail.com Submitted: 01/30/2011
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Remember the Underwear Bomber? (Video)
Source: PrisonPlanet.com Submitted: 01/30/2011
--Respected lawyer and community leader, Kurt Haskell, has nothing to gain from pointing his finger at the federal government. He witnessed the underwear bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, being whisked past security and led onto NorthWest Airlines flight 253, by a well-dressed man with an American accent- all without the passenger’s proper visa and passport documentation. What the news piece doesn’t mention is that the State Dept did indeed put Mutallab on the plane, at the behest of “an unnamed US intelligence agency.” Undersecretary Patrick F. Kennedy (Detroit news article was removed from web!).  Watch here »
News piece aired January 25, 2011 – FOX 2 WJBK Detroit, Michigan
An Assassination’s Long Shadow
Source: NewYorkTimes.com Submitted: 01/30/2011
--The would-be poisoners could not get close enough to Lumumba to do the job, so instead the United States and Belgium covertly funneled cash and aid to rival politicians who seized power and arrested the prime minister. Fearful of revolt by Lumumba’s supporters if he died in their hands, the new Congolese leaders ordered him flown to the copper-rich Katanga region in the country’s south, whose secession Belgium had just helped orchestrate. There, on Jan. 17, 1961, after being beaten and tortured, he was shot.  Read full article »
Are We Witnessing the Start of a Global Revolution?
Source: GlobalResearch.ca Submitted: 01/29/2011
--Zbigniew Brzezinski is one of the chief architects of American foreign policy, and arguably one of the intellectual pioneers of the system of globalization. Thus, his warnings about the 'Global Political Awakening' are directly in reference to its nature as a threat to the prevailing global hierarchy. As such, we must view the 'Awakening' as the greatest hope for humanity. Certainly, there will be many failures, problems, and regressions; but the 'Awakening' has begun, it is underway, and it cannot be so easily co-opted or controlled as many might assume.

The reflex action of the imperial powers is to further arm and support the oppressive regimes, as well as the potential to organize a destabilization through covert operations or open warfare (as is being done in Yemen). The alterantive is to undertake a strategy of "democratization" in which Western NGOs, aid agencies and civil society organizations establish strong contacts and relationships with the domestic civil society in these regions and nations. The objective of this strategy is to organize, fund and help direct the domestic civil society to produce a democratic system made in the image of the West, and thus maintain continuity in the international hierarchy. Essentially, the project of "democratization" implies creating the outward visible constructs of a democratic state (multi-party elections, active civil society, "independent" media, etc) and yet maintain continuity in subservience to the World Bank, IMF, multinational corporations and Western powers.
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The article above is pretty long. If you're looking for something shorter, this one provides a good summary and also has a video of Brzezinski. In the video, he warns that the "global awakening" threatens the current global hierarchy.

http://www.prisonplanet.com/brzezinskis-feared-global-awakening-has-arrived.html
Repeal the Patriot Act
Source: DownsizeDC.org Submitted: 01/28/2011
Forty-five days after 9/11, Congress passed the USA PATRIOT Act without reading it. This new law was supposed to protect you from terrorism, but it has really left you unprotected against lawless federal agents.

The Patriot Act contains numerous violations of the Fourth Amendment. It gives federal agents vast new powers that have been abused to investigate innocent Americans.

In 2001 and 2006 concerned members of Congress urged expiration dates on some of the Patriot Act's most controversial powers. Regrettably, Congress has constantly renewed those powers, despite a multitude of FBI abuses. Last year, the extension was passed with just a voice vote!
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TSA Files Charges - TSA loses (Video)
Source: YouTube.com Submitted: 01/27/2011
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