Alternative breast cancer treatment tested

Cancer patients may soon have a new treatment option to choose from if ongoing studies prove the usefulness of light therapy technology in treating breast cancer.

Media sources report that one London hospital is pioneering photodynamic or light therapy to destroy cancerous breast cancer cells. The patient receives light-sensitive drugs at the tumor site and a directed beam subsequently destroys the cells.

With this method, surrounding tissue is left undamaged and the patient does not have to go through invasive surgery or chemotherapy.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the tumor cells die because they are starved of oxygen, rather than blasted with extremely strong drugs.

Cancer surgeon Mo Keshtgar is conducting the trials at London’s Royal Free Hospital and he described the technology’s benefits to the news provider.

"The key appeal of photodynamic therapy is that it attacks and destroys cancer cells while retaining the viability of the surrounding normal cells, "he said.

"Out treatment will keep the structure of the connective tissue intact meaning the breast does not become deformed or lose shape," he added, providing hope for breast cancer patients who are fearful of a mastectomy. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19244345-ADNFCR

Obama administration’s popularity declines

A new Harris Interactive poll has suggested the initial excitement at America’s new president seems to be wearing off and people are starting to express discontent.

The market research company asked 2,177 adults aged 18 and over how their viewed certain governmental figures and the results were not promising.

This month, Hilary Clinton’s popularity dropped three points to 47 percent and over a quarter or respondents view her in a negative light. However, she fared better than Nancy Pelosi whom 49 percent of Americans rate negatively.

Meanwhile, some 38 percent of respondents indicate they are not happy with Vice President Joe Biden and a further 24 percent felt that Tim Geithner was not doing his job as effectively as he could.

Overall, Harris Interactive reports that 75 percent of Americans feel negatively towards Congress, marking its lowest ratings for the year so far. Only 21 percent of those surveyed feel positive towards the Democrats in Congress.

Respondents also feel that their Republican congressmen and women need to improve their performance as 46 percent negatively rated the congressional GOP.

Modern Warfare Arrives!

Modern warfare arrives with two dimensions. One is still the old war machine and the prizes and prestige still go to the one that has the biggest and most guns.

But modern warfare is seductively esoteric. I will describe it. It goes directly to the psychic

  • It is almost totally invisible to the natural eye.
  • It is almost totally invisible to the human spirit.
  • It cannot be measured and calculated by the human I.Q. because it operates above the threshold of intelligence.
  • It is an organism that suppresses the human intellect.
  • It is not a phenomenon that the natural mind can confront and deal with.
  • But it can be discerned by those prolific readers with background information.

When one comes to understand this cause of human motivation, all frivolity is stripped away and the Emperor has no clothes.

Within the world ruling elite is a death cult. These are simply humanoids who do not reproduce themselves and they worship death. They love warfare and killing. They want to spill blood. “Some men love death more than they love life because their deeds are evil.” John 3:19.

They have survived through the ages and they are modern-day throw backs of Old Testament animal sacrifices. They love death more than they love life.

But the second type of warfare can only be described as above. Let’s expand: The modern-day political and economic arena is a stage and a front for socialism. It is called many things such as democracy, representative government, and a few diehards occasionally refer to modern America as a Republic.

These names (democracy, etc.,) are foolish and child-like frivolity. They are fog, not substance. Their purpose is to cloud the mind and reality.

There are many serious and honest economists and analysts who are very astute at reading the circus of American politics and economics. Many of them, like Marc Faber, see very clearly that the so-called financial and economic “solutions” to the current credit crisis (really a dollar crisis) are made to fail. In fact the bailout “solutions” will move the system further toward collapse.

A thought here on psychological warfare: Since the American system poses as an “open society” with a “free press,” there is the pretension to allow open debate, but only on spurious issues. The effect is that as long as the issues are not real or are spurious they are welcomed and promoted as open debate and commentary. The people do not have a clue that all public commentary is spurious.

Shakespeare wrote in As You Like It, “All the world’s a stage.”

What then is the issue that even very savvy commentators fail to understand or even mention?

The problem is that all of them are trying to see and understand the American system as free enterprise when in fact it has been socialist for a hundred years.

“The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined.” —Benjamin Disraeli.

This is a most sensational testimony of the power of naming government systems something that they are not and imposing it on the public mind and psyche by a long process of “public education” and highly sophisticated and organized propaganda on a world-wide basis. There has never been an equal and even at this moment it is more powerful than ever, deceiving more people than ever.

Socialism in America today is seen as a raving success because its hidden handlers call it by other names. Hitler indeed made an attempt to call Nazi Germany “the great democracy.” Through his effort to put a pretty face on an ugly system, he certainly must have understood the propaganda significance of the sensational power of people persuasion with names, fronts, and high-sounding human freedom terms.

Alas, for the record, you historians will not, I hope, see national socialism as any different from American democracy today or even at the time of World War II when the two (U.S. and Germany) were locked into mortal combat.

In fact, except for their different names bestowed upon each by their hidden elite masters, they are more identical than identical twins. The bad guys versus the good guys propaganda was meaningless and ridiculous but served well to drive millions to their deaths on all sides as well as motivated parents to sacrifice their young in total ignorance of reality.

All is a disgrace before God, as my mother used to say, that the human race will allow itself generation after generation to be twisted and perverted like animals to the slaughter and precious few ever question “why” about anything.

In fact the more learned and “educated,” the less capacity to think outside the prescribed system.

Few ever conclude that the system that they grew up in is neither legal nor illegal as taught by the system itself. It is manipulated fraud in which the owners of the system do not live within their own law but above the law. The law is for you! Things may not be nice just because they have a pretty face.

The major combatants of World War II were identical, making the Nuremberg Trials a sham and a disgraceful spectacle. Of course this perspective bears directly on the current financial crisis.

The world systems hide their dirty deeds by hiding the issues. They don’t dare let the real issues arise. All kinds of stupid and meaningless debates are fostered to throw sand in the eyes of the uninitiated. This satisfies the people that they are in the know because they saw it on Bloomberg. My friends, it is the esoteric that runs the system. Frustrate not yourself with crass frivolity and ridiculous drivel. This nonsense is for the crowd who loves deception and who gets mad at the truth.

Back to the issue of World War II, for it is the issue today: WorldWar II was prosecuted and carried out with fiat paper money on all sides. It would never have happened otherwise.

There would have never been any Hitler Germany or four-term Franklin Roosevelt without paper money. This should have been the issue at the Nuremberg Trials with all sides on trial as equal defendants, including the money creators. This issue was oblivious to everyone without exception at the Nuremberg Trials. These deceptions carry forward to generation after generation.

It carries to this very day as it lies at the heart of the so-called “debt bailout.” This drama could not be more deceptive or more satanic. It is difficult to find a nice or polite word to fit any of this monumental fraud and deception.

This is the grandstand and easily qualifies as fraud, theft, and deception without historical precedent.

Here is what has happened to the American people: The money creators, the Federal Reserve, and the U.S. Treasury as symbiotic partners, are creating non-substance (fiat money) and “buying” (stealing) substance with it.

Has anyone wondered why “Federal money” never gives out? As admitted in Congressional testimony and in Federal Reserve publications, the Federal money creators can create any amount of “money.” Of course this money is non-substance fiat. It is imaginary numbers that appear either on green pieces of paper called dollars, or as computer symbols.

The key word to describe fiat non-substance is infinity. This imaginary money system can be created to infinity and indeed is on its way. The American people (and the world) believe that this non-substance is real money. This is an exercise in an unbelievable and unimaginable delusion that is accepted by the mind as real.

This is socialism at its most perfect creation and it is doing exactly socialism’s work of transferring the wealth and savings of the American people to the state without payment.

My friends, you may have title to your home, your savings, and your accumulated wealth but the state is the owner without compensation to you.

Why? Everything that you “own” is denominated in fiat U.S. dollars. As the Fed creates fiat to buy up America (euphemism for bailout), the nominal dollar ownership of your property diminishes. This system allows no escape from its fiat. Remember I said that if you buried your pile of fiat 40 miles deep in a concrete vault, the Fed system can diminish your purchasing power and real savings by simply multiplying the dollars (numbers) in circulation.

The Fed is creating fiat to buy up (bailout) the American bankrupt system. All this wealth flows to the system for FREE without payment. This dilution of fiat money equally diminishes your personal savings and retirements.

What about this scenario causing a huge government debt? Listen and read closely my friends. Remember the key word used above to describe the nature of fiat creation? That key word is infinity. This word defies, voids, and cancels the word debt. Now how can the system have debt (as advertised and propagandized) when it creates fiat money to infinity as revealed in the Federal Reserves’s own publications.

Debt implies that there are limits to money and spending. This applies to government at all levels except the Federal Government. Debt is not a concept that can be applied to Fed Government so-called accounting. This is one of the system’s deep dark secrets. The whole Federal System is a fiat paper Ponzi.

What Should You Do?

Stop thinking conventional thoughts. They are not your own. If you will digest completely what is in Personal Liberty Digest or subscribe to The Bob Livingston Letter, you will be catapulted into the real world. You will not spend your life with frivolity and off point. In fact this column should alert you to know how far from reality you really are and have been.

Preserve your labor, savings and retirement with gold and silver in your possession.

You will know what to do with your precious metals when the time comes, and it will come.

Precious metals don’t pay interest, you say? This is conventional thinking backed by the paper money myth. Gold and silver are the only real money in existence. They are real money as well as intrinsic wealth. Moreover, gold and silver appreciate in purchasing power as paper money depreciates. That is your real interest.

All understanding of hard money has been lost down the memory hole of the fiat paper world money regime.

I am proud to be an American but I know that my government and my country have been stolen by the money creators.

Coyers’s wife accepted bribes, resigns from city council

Democratic Congressman John Coyers’ wife, Monica, has handed in her letter of resignation from Detroit’s City Council amid corruption allegations.

While the letter simply stated her choice to vacate her position, the media reports that she was motivated by her recent poor decision to accept bribe money.

Media sources revealed that Mrs Coyers admitted to taking money from a company in exchange for her vote on a sludge cleanup contract.

Council president Ken Cockrel called for Coyers’ resignation, according to Detroit news ratio station WWJ 950. It was further reported that Cockrel said, "I am glad she did the right thing and resign from the Detroit City Council."

He concluded, "We as a council and a city can move on and forward in focusing on the vital issues our city faces – and we will."

The news source further indicates that Cockrel was confident that the council’s operations would not be interrupted even with this vacant position.

Meanwhile Congressman Coyers was quoted as saying he had nothing to do with his wife’s actions. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19241823-ADNFCR

Supreme Court rules Connecticut can’t scrap test

Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama’s nominee to be the next Supreme Court justice, has found her opinion overruled today on the constitutionality of a New Haven job discrimination case.

Media sources report the city annulled a firefighter’s exam on which non-white participants scored significantly lower. This means that the white firefighters did not receive promotions of which they were deserving due to their higher scores.

In a 5 – 4 vote, the highest court deemed scrapping the test to be an act of racial discrimination because it overturned a component to the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

The Los Angeles Times reports Justice Anthony M. Kennedy was one judge who felt that the New Haven council was wrong to deny the white firefighters their promotions that they earned through knowledge and job expertise.

"No individual should face workplace discrimination based on race," he stated, indicating that had this ruling been upheld, there would have been wider implications for employers across the country.

For example, Daniel Westman who is a Washington-based lawyer told theNew York Times how this case and its decision affected more than firefighters.

"Some companies may have thought this was just a public sector firefighter case that would not apply outside the government employment context, but that is not the case," he told the news provider.

How may vitamin D deficiency lead to cancer?

How may vitamin D deficiency lead to cancer?Scientists have proposed a model that attempts to explain the long-established empirical link between vitamin D deficiency and a higher cancer risk.

The model, presented by a team from the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, is based on the loss of cancer cells’ ability to stick together.

Dr Cedric Garland, professor of family and preventive medicine at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, explains the origins of cancer can be traced to a loss of communication abilities among cells which can be a result of low vitamin D and calcium levels.

"[We] propose that this loss may play a key role in cancer by disrupting the communication between cells that is essential to healthy cell turnover, allowing more aggressive cancer cells to take over," Garland adds.

Health practitioners have been alarmed by recent studies which showed the average blood levels of vitamin D appear to have decreased in the U.S. between 1994 and 2004.

This has prompted experts to call for an upward revision of the daily recommended dose of 200 IUD to as much as 2,000 IUD depending on an individual’s lifestyle and geographical location.


CCRKBA warns about Seattle mayor’s gun agenda

CCRKBA warns about Seattle mayor's gun agendaCitizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) has expressed concerns about the election of Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels as the new president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors due to his anti-gun stance.

Last year, Nickels held a widely televised press conference announcing his intention to pursue a ban on legally-carried firearms on city property.

Now, CCRKBA representatives worry he will use his new position to push an anti-gun agenda at a White House meeting planned later this summer.

"Greg Nickels knows he will find a sympathetic ear in the Oval Office for his illegal gun control scheme," says CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb.

"However, pushing an agenda to disarm law-abiding citizens is not the way to [eliminate violent crime]," he adds.

In the meantime, Seattle Weekly reports the mayor’s office has been vague on the ban proposal in recent months and speculates the seeming inaction may be due to a range of issues from his focus on the difficult economy to a looming lawsuit from the Second Amendment Foundation.

CCRKBA is a non-profit gun rights organizations dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the U.S.


Vitamin D3 and Ultraviolet Therapy

If I knew that I had cancer of any kind or any other intractable disease, I would think first about detoxification of my blood. Life is in the blood.

I believe that the benefits of ultraviolet therapy—detoxification of the blood—can be received through massive doses of vitamin D3 daily. Even a short-term loading dose of 50,000 units per day for a week should be considered (under medical supervision). It is not toxic but uninformed people will tell you that it is.

The shortest route to blood detoxification would be ultraviolet sterilization. It is also called blood irradiation or photoluminescence. The alternative doctor draws a small amount of blood, places it for a few seconds under UV light and then re-injects it into the patient. The history of this procedure and its success goes back to the 1920s, according to Jonathan V. Wright, M.D.

Now, of course, any alternative success which is not under the controlled medical system is forbidden and risks the medical license of those doctors who actually put their patients’ health first. I myself had photoluminescence treatments and I think they were beneficial to me and others that I witnessed.

The doctor was well aware of the risk from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) et al. He would remove his equipment at night from his office in case of a raid.

Let me inject here that doctors—or anyone else—do not come into conscious reality until and unless they have inquiring minds and never, never cease questioning the modus operandi of "authority." One must always suspect that money and power motivates authority, and the very last thing would be an interest in the welfare of the public.

Now my doctor (can’t reveal his name) was savvy about alternative medicine. I would drive a few hundred miles to see him. But like so many intelligent people, he had a black hole in his thinking. He served a Federal sentence for "failing to file and pay his income tax." He protested his income tax on the grounds of refusing to "support the Vietnam War."

Come now, would any of you have been so foolish? I hope not.

The truth is that the Vietnam War and all wars were and are funded with NOTHING— called fiat. There is no such thing as income tax funding anything. This is the big deception and my good well-meaning doctor went to jail. How sad! I said nothing as this subject goes beyond the parameters of conventional thought. He would not have understood that fiat means that there is no payment, only exchange simulating payment.

As long as we believe that fiat is money, we will be grossly deceived. We cannot know reality.

The Need for Natural Progesterone

The great need for natural progesterone for women has become acute in the last 50 years because of the widespread use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) prescribed by physicians, causing estrogen dominance. HRT is synthetic and it leads to cancer and death. It is still widely prescribed in spite of the fact that synthetic estrogens cause blood clots, strokes, epilepsy and heart attacks, and is a source of breast and uterine cancer.

Natural progesterone levels begin to decrease around age 35 and the decrease is associated with many health problems. These mostly affect women, and include: uterine fibroids, fibrocystic breast, breast and uterine cancer, PMS, osteoporosis, depression, water retention, decreased libido, irregular and/or excessive menstrual bleeding, cravings for sweets and excess deposition of fat, especially around the hips and thighs. Estrogen dominance and progesterone deficiency promotes these conditions.

The remedy for progesterone deficiency is natural progesterone cream. The many great benefits of natural progesterone include anti-aging, increases body supply of oxygen, improves circulation, improves brain structure and function, helps regulate edema, prevents PMS, promotes pregnancy, increases libido, assistance in the metabolism of fat for energy, increases oxygen to the cells and stimulates bone growth. Progesterone normalizes the immune system and is very effective in autoimmune problems.

Progesterone is a major regulator of estrogen and is the most versatile hormone in the human body. It is very important for both women and men as it causes neither feminization nor masculinization. Use only natural progesterone cream, about one-quarter teaspoon per day for men and women.

Law would boost gays’ job security

Law would boost gays' job security Lawmakers have introduced a draft law that would prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

An inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), whose lead sponsors include Massachusetts Representative Barney Frank and IIeana Ros-Lehtinen, a Florida Republican, would make it illegal to fire, refuse to hire or refuse to promote an employee based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

"Employment should be based on who is the most qualified person for the job, and not on the personal prejudices of those who are doing the hiring," says Jody M. Huckaby, executive director of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

"LGBT Americans, like their straight co-workers, go to work each day to contribute to their communities, support their families and keep our economy running," he adds.

Among the opponents of the measure are Southern Baptists, who have expressed concern the proposed law could threaten Christian organizations from hiring in accordance with their religious beliefs, according to Christian Post.

Current federal law provides legal protection against employment discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, age and disability, but not sexual orientation or gender identity.

Windy City Times reports that in 30 states it is still legal to fire someone based on his or her sexual orientation, and in 38 states it is legal to fire someone for being transgender.

Report: ‘Authorized generics’ contribute to market distortion

'Authorized generics' contribute to market distortion, report says A new report from the Federal Trade Commission has said "authorized generics" lead to pharmaceutical companies striking deals at the expense of patients.

An authorized generic exists when a pharmaceutical manufacturer sells a drug under both a brand-name and generic label, and the commission says it has become increasingly common for brand-name drug makers to begin marketing authorized generics at the same time the generic firm is beginning its 180-day marketing exclusivity period.

Authorized Generics: An Interim Report has found that drug prices are on average 4.2 percent lower when authorized generics are marketed against a generic drug.

Their introduction also substantially reduces the revenues of a first-filer generic firm, with declines ranging from 47 to 51 percent. As a result, some generic firms are willing to agree to defer their market entry in return for a brand’s promise not to launch an authorized generic during the marketing exclusivity period.

The report concludes that such deals can harm consumers by making the drugs available in the branded-only version for longer.

Consumers may also lose the benefit of price discounts from authorized generic competition during the 180-day marketing exclusivity period, because the brand has agreed not to compete against the generic drug during that time.

Government and pharma reach Medicare drugs deal

Government and pharma reach Medicare drugs dealThe White House has announced a deal reached over the weekend with pharmaceutical companies that will lead to lower medication costs for the elderly and the disabled.

Senator Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, spearheaded the negotiations with Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), which resulted in the industry agreeing to spend $80 billion over the next decade to improve drug benefits for Medicare patients.

The key provision of the agreement is the 50 percent discount on branded drugs for patients who fall in the so called doughnut hole – the gap in coverage by Medicare part D after drug costs reach $2,700 but before they meet the threshold for catastrophic coverage.

President Obama has said that "[t]he agreement to lower prescription drug costs for seniors will be an important part of the [healthcare] legislation I expect to sign into law in October," suggesting the expected cost savings will lower the estimated $1 trillion price tag for the healthcare reform.

Meanwhile, pharmaceutical industry representatives have hailed the deal as a "win" given that the $80 billion is considerably less than the $130 billion originally sought by legislators as the negotiations began, according to Pharma Times.

Media reports suggest the deal could take effect in July 2010.

DC changes handgun laws

DC changes handgun lawsIn order to avoid a lawsuit, the Washington DC government has issued new regulations that expand the number of models of handguns that residents can own.

The federal lawsuit was filed in March by the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) on behalf of three individuals who wanted guns that were not on the city’s existing list. Those who had been previously denied an opportunity to register their handguns will be invited to reapply under the new guidelines, SAF says.

"[T]he city had been disqualifying certain handguns based on such factors as color, even though they functioned identically to approved models," commented SAF founder Alan Gottlieb. "This [ruling] ends that nonsense."

According to the Washington Post, the expanded list contains at least 1,000 additional types and models of handguns. In addition to permitting guns in the District that are legal in California, the city will also allow residents to apply to register handguns that are permissible in Massachusetts and Maryland.

Last year, in the District of Columbia v. Heller the Supreme Court voted 5 to 4 to strike down the city’s three-decades-old handgun ban as unconstitutional.

Switzerland appears to succumb to pressure on banking regulations

Switzerland appears to succumb to pressure on banking regulations Media reports have suggested Switzerland is close to an agreement on double taxation with the U.S. and Germany as pressure has been mounting on the country to relax its banking secrecy laws.

However, Swiss Finance Minister Hans-Rudolf Merz said his government’s support for the agreement will ultimately depend on how the stalemate over Switzerland’s largest bank UBS is resolved.

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service is pursuing a civil lawsuit against UBS seeking access to data on 52,000 wealthy Americans it claims are hiding nearly $15 billion of assets in Swiss bank accounts.

Meanwhile, the Swiss minister and his German counterpart have reportedly agreed on a revision of their double taxation agreement ahead of a summit of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development finance ministers today.

The developments stem from the consensus reached earlier this year during the the G20 summit in London. Blaming offshore tax havens as contributing to the current financial crisis, the leaders of the world’s most industrialized nations vowed to crack down on tax evasion by introducing cross-border regulation.

The OECD has estimated that $1.7 trillion to $11.5 trillion dollars are being held in tax havens around the world.

An agreement with the U.S. is considered crucial to Switzerland’s removal from the list of tax havens.

Obama signs tobacco regulation bill

Obama signs tobacco regulation bill President Obama signed a bill yesterday giving the Food and Drug Administration new power to regulate the manufacturing, marketing and sale of tobacco.

The tobacco products industry is expected to see major changes under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

The law mandates lowering the nicotine levels in cigarettes, bans flavorful additives that are believed to attract younger smokers, requires every chemical ingredient to be detailed on the label and prohibits deceptive marketing and advertising that target the young.

"[D]espite the fact that tobacco is one of the deadliest products in America, the FDA has had no authority to regulate it," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said following the signing ceremony. "[T]his new law corrects that wrong."

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has also hailed the step as a "historic victory" for American kids and health.

For their part, tobacco companies have expressed concerns, including First Amendment reservations about provisions that could restrict their ability to communicate information about tobacco products to adult consumers.

Meanwhile, a newly released Gallup poll suggests 52 percent of Americans disapprove of the new law.

Cereal and milk touted as the next sports supplement

Cereal and milk touted as the next sports supplementA new study has compared the consumption of whole grain cereal and milk with carbohydrate-based sports drinks and found the former may provide the same recovery and rehydration benefits after exercise.

Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin studied 12 trained cyclists and analyzed the physiological effects of different foods after a typical exercise session.

They found the replenishment of glycogen, a muscle fuel, was just as good after whole grain cereal consumption and that some aspects of protein synthesis were actually better than after sports drinks.

Exercise physiologist Lynne Kammer, who led the research team, says "The milk provides a source of easily digestible and high quality protein, which can promote protein synthesis and training adaptations, making this an attractive recovery option for those who refuel at home."

She adds that both cereal and non-fat milk are also a less expensive options than sports drinks.

Another recent study of college soccer players found that chocolate milk provides equal or superior muscle recovery, repair and body rehydration compared to high-carbohydrate beverages with the same amount of calories.

Milk also provides minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium that get depleted during physical activity.

The study was published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.


Obama slips, Cheney gains in popularity, poll suggests

Obama slips, Cheney gains in popularity, poll suggests A new poll released jointly by NBC and the Wall Street Journal has shown President Obama’s favorability ratings falling, while former vice president Dick Cheney appears to be gaining in popular opinion.

Since January, Obama’s ratings fell from 66 percent to 60 percent. This is how many respondents now have a very or somewhat positive view of the president, according to USA Today.

Meanwhile, Cheney’s ratings rose from 21 percent in December to 26 percent today.

Since leaving office, Cheney has made several high-profile comments criticizing the new administration and suggesting its policies are endangering the nation’s security.

While some have welcomed the former vice president’s statements, others suggested they are damaging to GOP’s image as the party still grapples for leaderships in the wake of a devastating defeat in last year’s general elections.

Gallup poll results, released earlier this month, suggested 9 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents see Cheney as "the main person who speaks for the Republican Party today," just behind Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich, at 10 percent each.

Meanwhile, 47 percent of respondents could not name a single person who in their view acts as the spokesperson for the GOP.

Energy efficiency tax credits to benefit homeowners, environment

Energy efficiency tax credits to benefit homeowners, environment Those who make energy efficiency home improvements may qualify for a tax break, and the Tax Incentives Assistance Project (TIAP) has set out to remind Americans to take advantage of them not only to cut their bills but also to help the environment.

The federal income tax credits of up to $1,500 for specific home improvements are available through 2010, under the provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy, a TIAP founder, says this credit, that is more generous than the one offered in 2006-07, puts energy- and money-saving home improvements within reach of more American families.

"[H]omeowners [have] more than a year to plan and budget for the more costly energy efficiency upgrades, which will then provide a terrific return on investment in lower energy costs for years to come," she adds.

Improvements that qualify for the break include a range of building envelope products, such as storm windows, storm doors, skylights, select ENERGY STAR asphalt and metal roofs, insulation, and other sealing products.

Heating and cooling equipment, such as furnaces, boilers, ground source or geothermal heat pumps, gas or propane water heaters, central air conditioning systems and biomass stoves also qualify.

The Alliance to Save Energy is a coalition of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders who promote the efficient and clean use of energy to benefit consumers, the environment, economy and national security.

Money is Scurrying Away From the Dollar

It seems like every month brings up a new opportunity to point out how dramatically the world of gold is changing, and this month continues the trend.

It was only recently that we were fretting over proposed IMF gold sales, concerned over the metal’s inability to break out of a trading range with a low end of around $870, and wondering how the world could have so quickly forgotten about quantitative easing and the dollar destruction it would engender. Fast-forward a few weeks and we see a gold price about $90 higher and the dollar in a free-fall.

I’ve often employed a seesaw analogy to illustrate the relationship between gold and the U.S. dollar. As one rises, the other falls, and charts of gold and the dollar index show that this inverse relationship has reasserted itself over the past few weeks. The only break in the dollar’s fall has come amidst North Korea’s muscle flexing in the form of a nuclear test and assorted missile launches.

It’s ironic that “safe haven” investing now means a flight to the dollar, and the return of normalcy means flight from the dollar. We can take comfort in the fact that things eventually do return to normal… and today that means a far-sighted recognition of the tidal wave of dollars headed our way.

But it has also come to mean something else — something that is even more disturbing than an inflation-spawned dollar destruction. It has now become clear that the new regime in Washington is intent on inserting itself into every aspect of the economy and private business, without regard to the consequences, the rule of law, or even common sense.

It was bad enough when Congress tried to run roughshod over the law in their attempts to rescind the bonuses of AIG execs. But then the Obama administration decided the big banks that took TARP money—some which never wanted or needed it in the first place—wouldn’t be allowed to give it back.

Then it sacked the head of a private company (GM). Then it ignored the legal rights of secured creditors to hand over the lion’s share of Chrysler to a key political supporter, the United Auto Workers union. Then it set about to determine what is and isn’t reasonable compensation for executives in the financial services industry…and no one in the White House thought the idea was the least bit controversial!

It hasn’t ended there: Now we will be told what types of cars we can drive. Now we will be told, by statisticians ensconced in some shrouded Washington bureaucracy, what kind of health care we can have. And we’ll be forced to pay for all of it, in fortune and lives.

Now, obviously, many Americans agree with these political moves. And you might be among them. But there is no argument that the U.S. government is becoming increasingly invasive in relation to the economy, the markets and private business. And this can’t be good for America’s economic future.

What does all this have to do with the dollar and gold? Quite simply, we have to live with the consequences of the leftward tilt in American politics. But foreign capital doesn’t…and it won’t.

Simply put, capital flows to where it feels secure. Where free markets and the rule of law are respected. That’s why you don’t see investors flocking with fat wallets to Zimbabwe. They know that their capital would be subject not to law, but to whim. In short, their funds would be quickly and efficiently confiscated.

America is not Zimbabwe, of course. But we have seen some frightening similarities in recent weeks, as pure political power has repeatedly steamrolled the rule of law.

True, as an investment venue, America doesn’t present nearly the same level of risk as Zimbabwe. But it doesn’t have to be that risky to send capital flying away; it only has to present more risk than the alternatives.

And America currently represents greater political risk than, say, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Switzerland. Even France can now be regarded as friendlier to capital and wealth formation than the United States.

In a world replete with better options, it doesn’t take much to send money scurrying away from America and the dollar. And that’s precisely what’s happening now.

As my friend and world-renowned trader Dennis Gartman ( recently noted, “We do indeed fear that the U.S. dollar is in jeopardy of falling materially in the coming days, weeks and months in light of the actions taken, and likely to be taken in the future, by the Obama Administration…. “In other words, the tide has shifted. In other words, the tectonic plates are moving. In other words we’ve no choice but to err upon the side of dollar bearishness henceforth. In other words, the game has changed, with new rules to guide us from this point forward. In other words, money will flow from the US to other harbors, and we shall say yet again that the most logical harbors are those that look the most like the U.S. but which are not suffering from the same left-wing, ill advised policies of the present Administration.”

Which brings me back to the same point I’ve been making for months: We will have to endure a sometimes-painful transition from fear of financial catastrophe to fear of inflation. But once through it, we will see gold embark on the most powerful leg of its bull market.

From all appearances, that transition is progressing nicely.