Today’s News: The Riley Report
DECEMBER 2014 (Refresh your browser for newly added news articles added during the program)
Tuesday – December 30, 2014 – Today in History:
1853 – The United States bought about 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico in a deal known as the Gadsden Purchase.
1919 – Lincoln’s Inn, in London, admitted the first female bar student.
1922 – The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was formed.
1935 – Italian bombers destroyed a Swedish Red Cross unit in Ethiopia.
1936 – The United Auto Workers union staged its first sit-down strike, at the Fisher Body Plant in Flint, MI.
1940 – California’s first freeway was officially opened. It was the Arroyo Seco Parkway connecting Los Angeles and Pasadena.
1953 – The first color TV sets went on sale for about $1,175.
1972 – The United States halted its heavy bombing of North Vietnam.
1993 – Israel and the Vatican established diplomatic relations.
1996 – About 250,000 striking workers shut down vital services across Israel in protests against budget cuts proposed by Prime Minister Netanyahu.
1997 – More than 400 people were massacred in four villages in the single worst incident during Algeria’s insurgency.
2006 – Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was hanged.
2010 – Top-ranked Connecticut’s record 90-game winning streak in women’s basketball ended with a 71-59 loss to No. 9 Stanford.
AirAsia plane wreckage found, bodies being recovered (VIDEO)
RT – Over 40 bodies have been recovered from the missing AirAsia flight, the Indonesian Navy said. Objects resembling parts of the plane, as well as what was thought to be the plane’s outline underwater, were seen in the search area.
Afghan ‘kill list’ leak: NATO risked civilian lives by targeting low-level Taliban fighters
RT – Besides targeting top Taliban leaders, NATO forces in Afghanistan included low-ranking fighters and drug dealers on their list of “legitimate” targets, risking civilian lives in a wider airstrike campaign, Der Spiegel reported, citing Snowden archives.
US Military Stockpiling “Massive Amounts” Of Gear Near Iraq
Zero Hedge – Since June, the U.S. military has been slowly stockpiling massive amounts of its gear coming out of Afghanistan at a depot in Kuwait adjacent to a bustling commercial port, in preparation for ultimately shipping it across the border into Iraq for an allied offensive against the Islamic State group, US News reports. Air Force Maj. Gen. Rowayne “Wayne” Schatz admitted, “from June to December, we’ve worked a lot on moving items into Kuwait,” including 3,100 vehicles, most of them MRAPs.
U.S. coalition launches 18 air strikes against Islamic State: task force
(Reuters) – The U.S.-led coalition launched 18 air strikes against Islamic State on Monday, including 12 in Syria and six in Iraq, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement. In Syria, the strikes hit near the border town of Kobani as well as Raqqa and Day az Zawr. In Iraq, the strikes hit near Mosul, Sinjar and Asad, according to the statement.
Ditching US dollar: China, Russia launch financial tools in local currencies
RT – China and Russia have effectively switched to domestic currencies in trading using financial tools as swaps and forwards, as they seek to reduce the influence of the US dollar and foreign exchange risks. The agreement signed in the end of October comes into force Monday, December 29, and provides a currency swap of CNY150 billion (up to US$25 billion).
Disappeared AirAsia Plane Likely “At Bottom Of Sea”; No Signal Detected
Zero Hedge – One would have thought that more than half a year after the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia flight MH-370 airlines would have taken precautions to keep track of airplanes at any given moment. One would be wrong, and as the latest mystery surrounding AirAsia’s missing jet deepens, it has become clear that like with its Malaysian predecessor, nobody has any clue where the plane may be, so the speculation begins.
AirAsia CEO Dumped Shares Days Before Flight Disappeared
Paul Joseph Watson – AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes dumped 944,800 shares in Tune Insurance Holdings Bhd, the organization that provides travel insurance for AirAsia passengers, just days before the disappearance of Flight QZ8501.
* Related: Did Mysterious Chinese Blogger Predict Disappearance of AirAsia Flight?
Company Using Faulty Radiation Detectors Sees 71% Profit Increase
Natural Society – TEPCO claims that its soaring profits in 2014 are due to increased electric fees. But how is it justifiable that the same company which used radiation detectors that gave low readings in order to lie about the true levels of contamination at Daiichi should be nearly doubling its profits as they continue to pollute the world with radioactive waste?
Number of Ebola Cases in West Africa Exceeds 20,000: WHO
Sputnik News – The total number of Ebola cases in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has increased by 386 during the last three days and surpassed 20,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday.
Scottish Government Confirms Ebola Diagnosed In Glasgow Patient
Zero Hedge – After Japan’s stock market slid overnight following reports of Ebola in Tokyo, one wonders what a recurrence of Ebola headlines will do to risk complacency this time? Perhaps, since the Ebola Tzar’s work is done in America, they can lend him out to The Scots?
U.S. News, Politics & Government
Obama Claims Illegal Immigrants Don’t Burden Taxpayers
Breitbart – President Barack Obama claimed that illegal immigrants do not burden taxpayers and are not a drain on public resources. In an interview with National Public Radio (NPR), Obama also slammed and dismissed those who are concerned about the negative impact that illegal immigration often has on American workers (U.S.-born and legal immigrants) as “nativists.”
Kidnappings Near Texas Border Prompt US Warning
Breitbart – A series of kidnappings in the Mexican border city of Matamoros prompted the U.S. Department of State to issue a security warning to American travelers. The short message states that the U.S. Consulate in Matamoros learned of several “express kidnappings” in the Jardin neighborhood which is the same area where their offices are located.
NYPD commissioner: Officers turning backs on mayor at funeral ‘very inappropriate’
RT – New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton criticized the officers under his command for protesting a perceived lack of support from New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. He also defended the NYPD to city residents rallying against police brutality. After the August death of Eric Garner ‒ who died when he was placed in a banned chokehold by NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo ‒ and several other high-profile police brutality incidents and officer-involved shootings, city residents haveprotested the use of force by police officers throughout the Big Apple.
Autopsy reveals LAPD shot unarmed black man Ezell Ford in back, side, arm
RT – An autopsy into the killing of a 25-year-old unarmed mentally ill black man during a scuffle with LAPD officers earlier this year has revealed that Ezell Ford was shot three times at close range, with two wounds being fatal.
Michigan Governor Signs Bill Requiring Drug Testing Of Welfare Recipients
Blacklisted News – The Senate and House bills, which were signed into law Friday, will create a yearlong pilot program in three counties that will screen welfare recipients and applicants to determine whether or not they’re suspected of using drugs.
California Activists Want Sexual Consent Taught to Kindergartners
Patriot Rising – Aiming to address the “rape culture” pervasive at college campuses across the country, a student activist group has proposed teaching children as young as five about sexual consent. An organization called Take Back The Campus, made up of students from three California colleges, has released a list of demands it says will help curb the incidence of campus sexual assaults.
Gold Held In NY Fed Vault Drops To Lowest In 21st Century After Biggest Monthly Withdrawal Since 2001
Zero Hedge – In November some 47.1 tons of gold were withdrawn from the NY Fed, bringing the Fed’s total earmarked gold to just 6,029 tonnes: the biggest single monthly outflow going back to the turn of the century. This is also the lowest amount of gold held at the NY Fed in the 21st century.
The American People Are Utterly Clueless About What Is Going To Happen As We Enter 2015
Economic Collapse – The American people are feeling really good right about now. For example, Gallup’s economic confidence index has hit the highest level that we have seen since the last recession. In addition, nearly half of all Americans believe that 2015 will be a better year than 2014 was, and only about 10 percent believe that it will be a worse year.
Twenty states will raise their minimum wage on Jan. 1
Washington Post – In nine states, the hike will be automatic, an adjustment made to keep the minimum wage in line with rising inflation.
Federal Judge Blocks Minimum-Wage Protections for Home Care Workers
AllGov – The Obama administration sought to expand protections provided under the 1974 Fair Labor Standards Act (pdf) (FLSA), which included an exemption for home care workers who provide “care and fellowship” to their clients. Congress was unwilling to amend the FLSA to provide minimum wages to those workers, so the Labor Department attempted to do it by way of a regulation.
Deputy Guns Down Decorated Army Sergeant After Responding to Medical Emergency
Mikael Thalen – A Utah sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a 28-year-old Army sergeant this weekend while responding to a medical emergency call. According to Tooele County Sheriff Frank Park, police were called to Purple Heart recipient Nicholas McGehee’s home early Sunday morning after the Iraq war veteran cut his foot on a piece of broken glass.
Obama’s Golf Game Disrupts Soldiers’ Wedding
Zero Hedge – Natalie Heimel and her fiancé, Edward Mallue Jr., a pair of captains in the Army, received two letters from President Obama in less than 24 hours as they prepared for their wedding ceremony at Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course in Hawaii. The first, a nicely worded regretful but congratulatory RSVP to their wedding invite… and the second, as Bloomberg reports, informing them that their wedding would have to be moved since President Obama wanted to play through.
Scientist terrified of geoengineering technology being developed under guise of halting global warming
(NaturalNews) Dr. Matthew Watson from Bristol University in the UK told the media recently that he’s “terrified” by many of the geoengineering projects currently in the works to thwart man-made climate change, which is still being hawked by many in mainstream science as a threat to humanity.
Colorado locks down water supply, promising “not a drop more” to California
(NaturalNews) Recent storms dropped torrential rains across much of California, causing flooding and mudslides across many areas, leaving some residents homeless and killing at least two people. There was even a tornado in Los Angeles. Despite record rainfall on December 10 of between 1.54 inches at Long Beach Airport and 2.36 inches in Oxnard, the amount of rain that fell was a mere drop in the bucket for this drought-stricken state. A milder storm December 12 added to the rainfall total.
NSA Waits until Christmas Eve to Release Documents Admitting Illegal Spying
AllGov – The National Security Agency (NSA) took full advantage of the holiday, issuing reports on 12 years of overreaches and mistakes by its employees at 1:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Because the released reports have been heavily censored, it is impossible to tell if any of the admissions by the NSA involved serious wrongdoing.
Step Aside North Korea: According To New “Theory” Sony Hackers Are In Fact Russians
Zero Hedge – […] And sure enough, here comes the Seattle-based cyber security firm Taia Global, which according to the NY Daily News as cited by the Mail has analyzed the “data” and concluded that not so Lil’ Kim was right (the FBI was wrong) and it wasn’t North Korea after all. So who was it? Why the evil Russians of course.
Hackers claim to have exposed Sony, PlayStation personal data
CNBC News – A group of hackers who may have had a hand in taking both Sony’s PlayStation and Microsoft’s Xbox offline on Christmas Day appears to have released a repository containing 13,000 user passwords and credit cards.
Can’t-Do Generation: “Expect Everything to Just Work,” and Throw Out What They Can’t Fix
Mac Slavo – The net effect of technology is a mixed bag, with one major side effect: An entire generation of youth have become inept, largely helpless and dependent upon gadgets and devices that ‘just work’ with no knowledge of how they work. And most have no clue whatsoever about what to do if these high tech things break – or God forbid, if things go “dark” in society.
Researchers: We can detect life on other worlds through its vibrations
Ars Technica – Now, a collaboration of European scientists argues that we don’t have to rely on chemistry; life has a distinctive hum. Vibrations associated with basic metabolism can be detected using a sensor that’s easy to make and extremely compact.
Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
Farmers Brace for Labor Shortage Under New Policy
EPJ – I always thought Obama’s new executive order to stop the deportation of many illegals was to flush them out and drive them into legal jobs that will force them to become union members. That is going to be a problem for the agricultural sector, which hired many illegals.
New Level: Monsanto Tries Patenting Natural Tomatoes
Patriot Rising – Many individuals are aware that biotech has developed a seed monopoly largely by patenting genetically modified organisms, but not everyone realizes that Monsanto tried to patent a tomato that had no biotech traits.
Top-earning doctors milk their patients for every dollar possible, research shows
(NaturalNews) After examining what Medicare was billed versus what it paid to clinicians, researchers from the UCLA Department of Urology and the Veterans’ Health Administration discovered what has been described as “very surprising.” Based on their findings, it would appear that they’ve stumbled upon the reason why some high-earning physicians are making top dollar: Quite simply, it is because they’re pushing more services per patient than they are actually treating them or seeing new patients.
Obamacare causing massive wave of hospital closures across USA
(NaturalNews) A number of acute-care hospitals closed across the United States last year — 18 to be exact — and experts who see a raft of new regulatory processes being heaped upon the healthcare industry in the coming years, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, believe that a wave of additional closures are ahead.
Obamacare cuts Medicaid doctor pay 42 percent in 2015
Patriot Rising – Thousands of Medicaid doctors are bracing for a tough start to 2015: a 42 percent pay cut.
REPORT: Vaccine Court Keeps Thousands of Injured Families Waiting for Compensation
Ben Swann – A recent report by the Associated Press has found that thousands of families with claims with a special vaccine court are left to wait for years, sometimes decades before receiving help. The AP examined hundreds of court decisions, performed more than 100 interviews, and studied a database containing more than 14,500 cases. The database was last updated in January 2013 with the government refusing to release any new updates.
School teachers forced to wear scarlet letter flu masks, gloves when they refuse flu shots that don’t even work
(NaturalNews) The vaccine mafia is upping the stakes in its endless war against free thinking and personal choice. A shocking new report indicates that some daycare workers in Texas are now being forced to wear face masks and gloves throughout the duration of “flu season” if they refuse to be injected with live viruses and mercury.
Dr. Andrew Moulden: Every Vaccine Produces Harm
Health Impact News – Canadian physician Dr. Andrew Moulden provided clear scientific evidence to prove that every dose of vaccine given to a child or an adult produces harm. The truth that he uncovered was rejected by the conventional medical system and the pharmaceutical industry. Nevertheless, his warning and his message to America remains as a solid legacy of the man who stood up against big pharma and their program to vaccinate every person on the Earth.
A guide to balancing our omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid intake
(NaturalNews) There’s a good reason why nutritionists consider omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to be “essential” acids. These polyunsaturated fats, which are responsible for building cells and maintaining nerve and brain function, cannot be manufactured by our bodies. This means that we must obtain them from food sources in order to remain healthy.
Mushrooms and onions contain immune-enhancing polysaccharides and phytonutrients
(NaturalNews) Nature provides an amazing array of resources to improve our health and boost our immunity. Mushrooms and onions are a tasty combination in a dish and contain an array of phytochemicals that have a profound impact on human physiology.
3 Big Reasons Why You Actually Need Butter in Your Diet
Natural Society – Are you still trying to decide on the butter vs margarine debate? Don’t. Whether you’re baking goodies or eating your morning toast, butter is clearly the better choice because of its health benefits and delicious taste. It was the choice of our ancestors when heart disease and high cholesterol were virtually unknown, and today research is documenting what those folks instinctively knew.
Monday – December 29, 2014 – Today in History:
1812 – The USS Constitution won a battle with the British ship HMS Java about 30 miles off the coast of Brazil. Before Commodore William Bainbridge ordered the sinking of the Java he had her wheel removed to replace the one the Constitution had lost during the battle.
1813 – The British burned Buffalo, NY, during the War of 1812.
1837 – Canadian militiamen destroyed the Caroline, a U.S. steamboat docked at Buffalo, NY.
1845 – U.S. President James Polk and signed legislation making Texas the 28th state of the United States.
1890 – The U.S. Seventh Cavalry massacred over 400 men, women and children at Wounded Knee Creek, SD. This was the last major conflict between Indians and U.S. troops.
1934 – Japan renounced the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 and the London Naval Treaty of 1930.
1940 – During World War II, Germany began dropping incendiary bombs on London.
1972 – Following 36 years of publication, the last weekly issue of “LIFE” magazine hit the newsstands. The magazine later became a monthly publication.
1975 – A bomb exploded in the main terminal of New York’s LaGuardia Airport. 11 people were killed.
1996 – The Guatemalan government and leaders of the leftist Guatemalan National Revolutionary Union signed a peace accord in Guatemala City, ending a civil war that had lasted 36 years.
1997 – Hong Kong began killing 1.25 million chickens, the entire population, for fear of the spread of ‘bird flu’.
1998 – Khmer Rouge leaders apologized for the 1970s genocide in Cambodia that claimed 1 million lives.
CBR launches SWIFT alternative for domestic payments
RT – The Central Bank of Russia (CBR) has launched a new SWIFT-style payment service aimed at moving away from Western financial dominance. The system is already operating, and will be fully functional within six months.
Russia-n SWIFT, BRICS Bank, China defends ruble: Revolt has begun. Independence from West’s global financial slavery, blackmail at hand
Investmentwatchblog.com – The Central Bank of Russia (CBR) has launched a new SWIFT-style payment service aimed at moving away from Western financial dominance. The system is already operating, and will be fully functional within six months.
“The new service was launched in order to ensure smooth and safe transmission of financial messaging within the country, and is another step towards improving the system of services provided by the Bank of Russia,” said the bank statement Friday.
The regulator said the new service will allow credit institutions to transmit messages in a SWIFT format through CBR to all Russia’s regions without restrictions.
Russia says to supply coal, electricity to Ukraine
(Reuters) – Russia has agreed on a new deal to supply coal and electricity to Ukraine, which is struggling with a lack of raw fuel for power plants due to a separatist conflict in the industrial east, Russian officials said on Saturday. The move comes a day after Kiev said it would suspend train and bus services to Crimea, effectively creating a transportation blockade to and from the region annexed by Moscow in March this year. Kiev has briefly cut off electricity to Crimea before.
Airstrikes against Islamic State top $1bn, kill over 1,100 people
RT – US and coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria have killed nearly 1,200 people ‒ including 52 civilians ‒ and wounded at least 800 others at a cost of more than $1 billion since the bombings began in September.
US Armed Rebels Gave TOW missiles to Al Qaeda
NEO – US supplied TOW anti-tank missiles have ended up in the hands of Jabhat Al Nusra, Syria’s branch of Al Qaeda. The US provided the missiles to CIA vetted Syrian rebel faction Harakat Hazm in May. A video posted by Al Nusra shows the weapons being used to take over Syrian military bases, Wadi Deif and Hamidiyeh in Idlib province.
More stable & prosperous than ever’? NATO officially ends 13-yr mission to Afghanistan
RT – After over 13 years, the US and NATO have formally ended their war in Afghanistan. As the Taliban expands its power in the region, fears are growing over whether Afghan forces will be able to maintain security…The symbolic ceremony marking the end of ISAF was held under tight security and was closed due to a high terror threat.
Search for missing AirAsia flight halted till morning as relatives gather at airport
RT – Anxious family members of the missing AirAsia flight have gathered at the airport in Surabaya to await news of their loved ones. Meanwhile, air search for the missing plane has been suspended for the night as darkness fell…The passenger jet, carrying 162 people, went missing during a flight between Indonesia and Singapore on Sunday morning after losing contact with air traffic control at 7:24am. Before disappearing, the pilot had asked for permission to deviate from the flight path due to storm clouds, said the Malaysian based airliner. Live Updates
Ukraine’s Largest Nuclear Power Plant Suffers 2nd Emergency Shutdown In 3 Weeks
Zero Hedge – Following a reported “minor” accident three weeks ago, Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest and the 5th biggest in the world, was shutdown. The ‘glitch’ it appears has reoccurred as RT reports, one of the reactors at the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant has automatically shut down. Causes are still being investigated.
U.S. News, Politics & Government
Western Nebraska Law Enforcement Cheers Colorado Pot Lawsuit
Denver.cbslocal.com – Some western Nebraska law enforcement officials are cheering a new state lawsuit that seeks to thwart Colorado’s legalization of marijuana, even as Colorado vows to fight it in court.
Another Fabricated Jobs Report
Paul Craig Roberts – Friday’s payroll jobs report is another government fairy tale or, to avoid polite euphemisms, another packet of lies just like the House of Representatives Resolution against Russia and every other statement that comes out of Washington.
The Lawless Manipulation of Bullion Markets by Public Authorities
Paul Craig Roberts and Dave Kranzler – The Federal Reserve and its bullion bank agents are actively using uncovered futures contracts to illegally manipulate the prices of precious metals in order to keep interest rates below the market rate. The purpose of manipulation is to support the U.S. dollar’s reserve status at a time when the dollar should be in decline from the over-supply created by QE and from trade and budget deficits.
The Destruction Of The Middle Class Is Nearing The Final Stages
Infowars.com – The events of the past few months seem astounding when taken in all at once. The plan to destroy the U.S. dollar and the American middle class is moving at an ever increasing speed.
Congress to face issue of cops’ militarization
WND – According to a Buzzfeed report online, Paul’s staff members said he will reintroduce a bill that “goes after the federal programs that send military-grade equipment to local police departments.” “Paul will be trying to force a Republican-controlled Senate to examine federal programs that funnel millions in grant money and surplus to arm local police forces with weapons and vehicles designed for the battlefield,” the report said.
1000s take to streets across US protesting police brutality
RT – A wave of peaceful protests, aimed at denouncing police violence, swept across the US on Saturday, with the number of protesters peaking in Los Angeles, where there were over 5,000 in the “Millions March for First Amendment Rights.”
Supreme Court Rules Police Can Violate The 4th Amendment (If They Are Ignorant Of The Law)
Zero Hedge – In a blow to the constitutional rights of citizens, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in Heien v. State of North Carolina that police officers are permitted to violate American citizens’ Fourth Amendment rights if the violation results from a “reasonable” mistake about the law on the part of police. “By refusing to hold police accountable to knowing and abiding by the rule of law, the Supreme Court has given government officials a green light to routinely violate the law,”
Bush-Clinton Dynasty Dominates Presidential Poll
Kurt Nimmo – Americans more interested in brand name than political change. If the 2016 presidential election was held today, Jeb Bush would square off against Hillary Clinton. At least, that’s what a CNN poll states.
Civil Asset Forfeiture: The Final Stage Of Collapse Of Empire
Zero Hedge – This is the final stage of the collapse of the Roman Empire. When the state runs out of money, it historically attacks the people. In Rome, whole armies began sacking their own cities to get paid. The police are doing just that. Whatever they can confiscate goes to funding their own pensions. This is a national problem that will only get much worse going into 2020. We have nobody in Washington representing the people any more.
Billionaire Warns Of Massive Crash That Will Wipe Out America’s Colleges: “You’re Going To See A Repeat Of What We Saw In The Housing Market”
Mac Slavo – For years the federal government has been subsidizing loans, much like they did with houses ahead of the 2008 crash. This has led to increased tuition costs and lending to individuals who will more than likely never be able to pay back their student loans. The end result, according to Mark Cuban, will be a bursting of the debt bubble, a significant drop in college tuitions, and an outright collapse of America’s institution of higher learning…
The 2.6 Billion Dollar Welfare Payment That The U.S. Government Gives To Wal-Mart
Economic Collapse – Should the federal government be spending billions of dollars to pump up Wal-Mart’s profits? I know that question sounds really bizarre, but unfortunately this is essentially what is happening. Because Wal-Mart does not pay them enough money, hundreds of thousands of Wal-Mart employees enroll in Medicaid, food stamps and other social welfare programs. Even though Wal-Mart makes enormous profits, they refuse to properly take care of their employees so the federal government has to do it.
North Korea Not Responsible for Sony Pictures Hacking: US Cyber Experts
Sputnik News – US cyber experts have expressed skepticism about the FBI’s conclusion that North Korea was behind the notorious attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, citing lack of evidence. “It’s clear to us, based on both forensic and other evidence we’ve collected, that unequivocally they are not responsible for orchestrating or initiating the attack on Sony,” said Sam Glines, the head of the cybersecurity company Norse, as quoted by CNN.
DARPA’s Autonomous Microdrones Designed to Enter Houses
Activist Post – As drone expert, P.W. Singer said about microdrones, “At this point, it doesn’t really matter if you are against the technology, because it’s coming.” According to Singer, “The miniaturization of drones is where it really gets interesting. You can use these things anywhere, put them anyplace, and the target will never even know they’re being watched.”
Scientists create artificial human sperm, eggs from stem cells
RT – Scientists from Cambridge University have created artificial human eggs and sperm for the first time, using human embryonic stem cells and skin cells.
Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
Monsanto’s Pesticide May Kill $2 Billion Wine Industry
Christina Sarich – Dow and Monsanto’s failed glyphosate-resistant crops have caused cotton farmers in Texas to reach for a new concoction of chemicals, namely 2,4-D and dicamba. They are threatening the viability of vineyards across Texas. The $2 billion wine and grape industry won’t be able to compete with the pesticide-heavy farms that surround their vineyards if wine lovers and GMO-free supporters don’t act. Due to the prevalence of superweeds created by Monsanto’s RoundUp, farmers are trying to eradicate them with new chemicals that create pesticide drift, often mutating vines on neighboring vineyards for multiple seasons of wine growing.
The Myth of Safe Pesticides
Dr. Mercola – In the US, there are about 80,000 registered chemicals used. Of these, only a few hundred are actually tested for safety, and even that testing is considered to be inadequate by most toxicologists. Part of the problem is that most chemicals are tested in isolation. In real world application however, most of them are using combination, and no one’s testing for the synergies between the chemicals.
FDA seeks to ban donut and cake sprinkles as latest wave in big-government war against trans fat
Poor Richard’s News – Although the amount of trans fats Americans consume has declined significantly in recent years, the FDA’s quest to completely eliminate a particular type of trans fat threatens to eliminate the noble “sprinkle,” used to decorate holiday treats and donuts. Even a small amount of joy is suspect in the FDA’s brave, new, food-monitored world.
Chickenpox Vaccine When Mandated INCREASES Disease Outbreak, South Korean Study Finds
Green Med Info – Why, if the vaccines work, is South Korea experiencing year after year increases in chickenpox (varicella) outbreaks as their mandated vaccine uptake (97%) reaches close to universal compliance?
Herd Immunity: Flawed Science and Mass Vaccination Failures
Green Med Info – The oft-parroted sound bite – “we need herd immunity”- implies that if ninety five percent of the population can become “immune” to a disease via vaccination, target immunity levels will be met and diseases will either be eradicated or controlled. This sound bite is the most commonly pulled weapon used by the vaccinators, only second to “smallpox and polio were eradicated by vaccination.”
MIT Researcher: Glyphosate Herbicide will Cause Half of All Children to Have Autism by 2025
Health Impact News – Why? Evidence points to glyphosate toxicity from the overuse of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide on our food.
Phthalates and BPA Linked to IQ Reductions in Children, but FDA Reasserts the Chemical’s Safety
Dr. Mercola – Prenatal phthalate exposure may lead to reduced IQ in children. It also impairs working memory and perceptual reasoning skills. According to a randomized, controlled trial, BPA from cans or plastic bottles can raise your blood pressure within just a few hours of ingestion.
Black Seed Oil for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Green Med Info – Black seed oil and its components are showing promise as therapy for a range of autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis.
10 Foods You Must Know About For Skin Health
A.McCarthy – There are many foods beneficial for our skin, but few match the nutrient capabilities of the following in terms of cleansing, moisturizing, regeneration, antioxidant, UV protection, strengthening and rejuvenation.
Surprising? Major Fast-Food Chain Will Start Selling Grass-Fed Burgers
Natural Blaze – On Dec. 17, the California-based chain will roll out the All-Natural Burger at all of its 1,150 stores, most of them on the West Coast. It contains no hormones, no antibiotics, no steroids—and it’s sourced from free-range, grass-fed cows for the affordable price of $4.69 for a single patty and $6.99 for a double. Carl’s Jr. will be the first major fast-food chain to feature a “natural” burger on its menu, according to USA Today.
Food Irradiation Supports Agribusiness, Harms Health
Green Med Info – Agribusiness is polluting and destroying the food on which we depend . Irradiation destroys nutrients and creates poisons. Despite claims, it’s largely hidden from us. It exists for the benefit of Agribiz, not for our health