It’s Eight Years since 9/11 and the March on Privacy Continues

Where were you eight years ago today at 8:46 a.m. Eastern time? What were you doing then? Do you remember?

Do you remember when you learned airliners had been used as weapons of mass destruction against America?

Sure you do. That memory is etched into your brain as permanently as if it had been carved into granite, just like other history-changing events: the assassination of JFK, the first moon landing, the Challenger explosion, the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan. It’s tattooed there, with permanent ink.

And so is the feeling you had in the pit of your stomach. Anguish over thousands of lost souls—fellow Americans, mostly, but it didn’t matter where they were from. You knew they were gone… you didn’t know how many but you knew it must be thousands… and you were frightened because you didn’t know if more attacks were coming or when or where they would be.

There was anger, too. Anger that enough evil existed in the world to do such a thing. More anger that some were applauding it, as spontaneous celebrations broke out throughout the Middle East.

There was a resolve that began to form as well. A resolve to do whatever you could to help those affected. It took many forms, like donating blood or sending money to support rescue organizations like the American Red Cross.

There was also the beginning of a resolve to make sure those responsible were punished. That resolve was strengthened by the words of President George W. Bush when he stood in the rubble with his arm around a firefighter and spoke into that megaphone, “I can hear you, the rest of the world hears you. And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.”

And they did. Less than a month later, on Oct. 7, bombs began falling on Afghanistan.

A lot has transpired since then, not all of it good.

There’s the American Patriot Act, passed hurriedly under the guise of helping to find terrorists but now being used more and more on Americans. There’s the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a branch of the Treasury Department, it is the government’s enormous financial data collection arm. It pulls in personal and information from the IRS, FBI, DEA and Secret Service, as well as customs and the postal inspection agency.

According to some experts, FinCEN taps into the National Security Council and the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. FinCEN even gets information from the likes of your friendly banker.

There are Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR) on anyone who engages in any “suspicious transaction relevant to a possible violation of law or regulation.” This includes such things as large money transfers or other activity deemed suspicious by a banker. The information is sent to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), among other places.

There has been the suspension of Habeas Corpus for American citizens. Remember Jose Padilla? He’s the accused “dirty bomb” suspect arrested as he stepped off an airliner at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago in May 2002. He then spent three and half years in a military brig in South Carolina, plus two more in a federal prison before his trial in January 2008.

During his military confinement he was subjected to prolonged isolation and intensive interrogations in conditions a judge called harsh. Still, no evidence of a dirty bomb plot was ever uncovered and Padilla’s conviction was for conspiring to help Islamic jihadist fighters abroad.

There are more onerous regulations on travel and invasive searches of airline passengers. Metal detectors now must be passed through to get into government buildings.

Eight years later our troops are still in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban. Osama bin Laden has not been found—I think he’s been dead a long time—and al Qaeda are hiding in the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The war there is getting deadlier for U.S. troops by the day.

Pakistan, which signed on as an ally, has seen its government change hands and Islamo-fascist terrorists are fighting a war there in an effort to get there hands on the country’s nuclear weapons.

American troops remain in Iraq as well, where we fight a proxy war with Iran.

But we’re no longer fighting a war on terror. It’s an overseas contingency operation, and what used to be called terrorist attacks are now man-caused disasters.

No, the terrorists are now those who oppose government overreach. As reported on The Heritage Foundation website, Obama’s campaign organization, Organizing for America, sent out notice to its grassroots supporters to use today, Sept. 11, to wage a phone campaign calling U.S. Senators to pass healthcare reform. The Obama website—since scrubbed—said, “All 50 states are coordinating this—as we fight back against our own Right-Wing Domestic Terrorists who are subverting the American Democratic Process…” A screenshot of the page and The Heritage Foundation’s story can be viewed here.

Meanwhile, terrorists captured on the battlefield where they were shooting at American and coalition soldiers and setting improvised explosive devices (IED) are going to be removed from the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and brought to the U.S., if the president and attorney general have their way.

They’re not going to be brought to the states just to stand trial. They’re going to be incarcerated here as well.

Not to worry, says Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, the worst of them will not be released on American soil. No, they’ll remain in prison where they can proselytize the American prison population and create real domestic terrorists.

As Americans awoke on that fateful morning eight years ago and began going about the business of their ordinary, workaday lives we were all blissfully ignorant of the catastrophe about to be hoisted upon America.

There were still big arguments over the Supreme Court ruling nine months earlier that cleared the way for a Bush presidency, and those on the left were concerned about the direction country would go politically. They were calling him fascist and Nazi.

Now it’s eight years later. A new president is being called Nazi, socialist and Marxist. And those on the right are worried about the direction the country is going politically.

It’s been eight years. The country is as divided now as it was at 8:45 a.m. that fateful day and the only thing that has progressed is the march against American privacy and freedom.

Lacking the Resources: The Drain in Real Assets & How to Profit From it

“The Golden Age of American capitalism is over… In the space of half a century it passed from gold, to silver, to paper, and now it is somewhere between plastic and naval lint.” Bill Bonner and Addison Wiggin, The New Empire of Debt.

“The only thing the States is pumping these days is money.” A Calgary-based, multi-national oil executive.

I use to love to ski. But one March morning a couple of years ago it left me feeling pensive and depressed. I stood at the top of Silver Mountain Ski Resort, east of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and watched the lower clouds disperse.

I saw how Interstate 90 snaked through Idaho’s once-famous Silver Valley. But that day the only silver I would see was the giant reflective sign that stood over my shoulder.

Fresh snow had only dusted the mountain. Down below the Silver Valley was black and barren, closer to what you would see on the moon than to what you would experience in the Alps.

My research as a metals analyst reminded me that Silver Valley was the only place on earth where more than a billion ounces of silver have been mined. Since 1884 some 1.2 billion ounces of silver have been harvested in Shoshone County.

I left for home in the afternoon and looked at road signs. The towns along the valley proclaim you can revisit the past and see how it was in the days of the silver barons. But with the sun setting the surroundings looked more like they were from the days of the Jurassic than from the days of Hunt and Getty.

The landscape has been dug, drilled, mauled and mined, and whatever silver was in the region has been long since spent. In a way the Silver Valley is a microcosm for America’s over-harvest of its once-bountiful natural resources.

Fifty years ago the United States was the largest producer of oil and a net exporter. Today its number one import is crude oil. Each year the United States spends nearly $300 billion on foreign petroleum. But oil is not the only resource in shortage.

In 2007 five of the 10 fastest growing imports were: nickel (up 47 percent), feedstuff and food-grains (up 34 percent), precious metals (up 34 percent), tin (up 27 percent) and food oils and oilseeds (up 26 percent).

This year the United States will run a trade deficit of about $350 billion. More than 80 percent of that deficit will be for the purchase or raw materials.

Meanwhile America’s insatiable thirst for natural resources has some Canadians nervous.

“Could the U.S. takeover Canada?” asks the Aug. 20, 2009, Vancouver Sun. Perhaps not anytime soon the newspaper says, but there are reasons to be concerned.

The Sun concludes that Canadian politicians will become more protective of this nation’s sovereignty, “if Americans relentlessly continue their unsustainable consumption patterns even as U.S. resources keep on depleting.”

Given the 100-year trend, it is hard to imagine anything else.

America has always been relentless in its consumption of raw materials and it’s hard to see how that will change. The nation’s whole way of life is based on the excessive consumption of oil, land and minerals. It was the harvesting of those resources that made America great and at the same time addicted the country to a resource-intense lifestyle. But now the nation’s resources are running low.

For example, U.S. experienced peak oil production way back in 1970. Since then domestic oil production has been in a steep decline.

Today Canada funnels more than half the 3.4 million barrels of oil it produces daily to the U.S. and provides 82 percent of all U.S. natural gas imports.

Canada also sells a third of its hydroelectricity to U.S. markets and supplies a third of the uranium used in U.S. nuclear power plants.

Water, of course, is another resource soon to be in shortage. Earlier this year, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said at least 36 states are anticipating water shortages within five years. Again, Canada has excess water it can sell to the U.S. (not because Canadians have been better stewards of the land but because Canada has a richer inheritance and one-tenth the population.)

But even Canada does not have the wherewithal to meet all of America’s resource needs, never mind the needs of a thirsting world.

“In the 1960s most countries lived within their ecological resources,” writes guardian.co.uk. “But the latest figures show that today three-quarters of the world’s population live in countries which consume more than they can replenish.”

While Western economies have slowed to a crawl, China’s economy will grow by more than 8 percent this year. Each new day brings tons of new consumption of raw materials—everything from alfalfa to zinc. And as 1.3 billion Chinese continue to satisfy their growing Western tastes for everything from cars to washing machines, the finite supply of natural resources will get smaller and smaller.

According to guardian.co.uk, “The natural resource crisis is proving worse than the global financial crisis. We are using up the earth’s resources very fast; and as a result, we are heading for an ‘ecological credit crunch.'”

That is certainly an exaggeration from the Liberal left. But there is no denying that real assets are getting used up and at a record rate. If you don’t believe me, just look at some commodity price charts. Rising prices reflect growing scarcity or fears of scarcity.

Commodity markets are one of the only true free markets left, and if you ignore them it is at your own peril. Right now the CRB Index tells me that the commodity bull, while wounded in 2008, is very much alive and getting stronger. That means even higher prices for real assets across the board.

Action to take: A conservative but profitable way to play the commodity bull market is with a real asset fund. There are plenty of good real asset funds out there so talk to your stock broker. Just remember, when you invest in a real asset fund you are betting the price of commodities is going to go up. Given the recent weakness in the U.S. dollar and the continued global demand for commodities, I think this is a safe bet.

Yours for real wealth,

John Myers
Myers’ Energy and Gold Report

Poll finds Romney, Huckabee the strongest contenders against Obama

Poll finds Romney, Huckabee the strongest contenders against ObamaA new survey compared leading Republican politicians’ strength as potential challengers to President Obama in the 2012 general election, and found Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee to be leading the pack.

The study conducted by Clarus Research Group (CRS), a nonpartisan research firm in Washington DC, shows the former Massachusetts governor with 38 percent of support among Americans against Obama’s 47 percent, with 15 percent undecided. A total of 38 percent would also vote for former Arkansas governor Huckabee, with 48 percent voting for the incumbent under that scenario.

"The fact that Obama falls below 50 percent against two possible Republican opponents should be troubling for him," says Ron Faucheux, president of CRS.

"It also shows that the electorate is increasingly divided on Obama, with significant partisan polarization," he adds.

CRS also says Obama’s support among swing voters has fallen since November 2008, when exit polls showed he won over John McCain by 52 percent to 44 percent among that group. Today, both Romney and Huckabee beat Obama among independent voters.

The Clarus poll furthermore found Romney is the most popular candidate among Republicans and independents who lean Republican for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, with 30 percent intending to vote for him. Meanwhile, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin can count on 19 percent support, followed by Newt Gingrich at 15 percent and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal at a mere 4 percent.

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Bicarbonate Maple Syrup Cancer Treatment (International Medical Veritas Association)

The bicarbonate maple syrup cancer treatment focuses on delivering natural chemotherapy in a way that effectively kills cancer cells, but significantly reduces the brutal side effects experienced with most standard chemotherapy treatments. In fact, so great is the reduction that the dangers are brought down to zero. Costs, which are a factor for the majority of people, of this particular treatment are nil.

Though this cancer treatment is very inexpensive, do not assume it is not effective. The bicarbonate maple syrup cancer treatment is a very significant cancer treatment every cancer patient should be familiar with, and it can easily be combined with other safe and effective natural treatments.

This cancer treatment is similar in principle to Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT). IPT treatment consists of giving doses of insulin to a fasting patient sufficient to lower blood sugar into the 50 mg/dl. In a normal person, when you take in sugar, the insulin levels go up to meet the need of getting that sugar into the cells.

In IPT they are artificially injecting insulin to deplete the blood of all sugar, then injecting the lower doses of toxic chemo drugs when the blood sugar is driven down to the lowest possible value. It is said that during the low peak the receptors are more sensitive and take on medications more rapidly and in higher amounts.

The bicarbonate maple syrup treatment works in reverse to IPT. Roman oncologist Dr. Tullio Simoncini acknowledges that cancer cells gobble up sugar, so when you encourage the intake of sugar it’s like sending in a Trojan horse. The sugar is not going to end up encouraging the further growth of the cancer colonies because the baking soda is going to kill the cells before they have a chance to grow.

Instead of artificially manipulating insulin and thus forcefully driving down blood sugar levels to then inject toxic chemo agents, we combine the sugar with the bicarbonate and present it to the cancer cells, which at first are going to love the present. But not for long!

This treatment is a combination of pure, 100 percent maple syrup and baking soda and was first reported on the www.CancerTutor.com site. When mixed and heated together, the maple syrup and baking soda bind together. The maple syrup targets cancer cells (which consume 15 times more glucose than normal cells) and the baking soda, which is dragged into the cancer cell by the maple syrup, being very alkaline, forces a rapid shift in pH—thereby killing the cell.

The actual formula is to mix one part baking soda with three parts maple syrup (pure, 100 percent) in a small saucepan. Stir briskly and heat the mixture for five minutes. Cancer Tutor suggests taking 1 teaspoon daily, but one could probably do this several times a day.

"There is not a tumor on God’s green earth that cannot be licked with a little baking soda and maple syrup." That is the astonishing claim of controversial folk healer Jim Kelmun who says that this simple home remedy can stop and reverse the deadly growth of cancers. His loyal patients swear by the man they fondly call Dr. Jim and say he is a miracle worker.

"Dr. Jim cured me of lung cancer," said farmer Ian Roadhouse. "Those other doctors told me that I was a goner and had less than six months to live. But the doc put me on his mixture and in a couple of months the cancer was gone. It did not even show up on the x-rays."

Dr. Jim discovered this treatment accidentally somewhere in the middle of the last century when he was treating a family plagued by breast cancer. There were five sisters in the family and four of them had died of breast cancer. He asked the remaining sister if there was anything different in her diet, and she told him that she was partial to sipping maple syrup and baking soda.

Since then, reported by a newspaper in Asheville, N.C., Dr. Jim dispensed this remedy to more than 200 people diagnosed with terminal cancer. Amazingly, he claims of that number, 185 lived at least 15 more years and nearly half enjoyed a complete remission of their disease.

When combined with other safe and effective treatments—like transdermal magnesium therapy, iodine, vitamin C, probiotics and other things like plenty of good sun exposure, pure water and clay treatments—we should expect even higher remission rates.

It is very important not to use baking soda which has had aluminum added to it. The Cancer Tutor site reports that the Arm and Hammer® brand does have aluminum, but the company insists that is not true. One can buy a product which specifically states it does not include aluminum or other chemicals. (e.g., Bob’s Red Mill, Aluminum-Free, Baking Soda).

Sodium bicarbonate is safe, extremely inexpensive and unstoppably effective when it comes to cancer tissues. It’s an irresistible chemical—cyanide to cancer cells for it hits the cancer cells with a shock wave of alkalinity—which allows much more oxygen into the cancer cells than they can tolerate. Cancer cells cannot survive in the presence of high levels of oxygen. Studies have already shown how manipulation of tumor pH with sodium bicarbonate enhances some forms of chemotherapy.

"The therapeutic treatment of bicarbonate salts can be administered orally, through aerosol, intravenously and through catheter for direct targeting of tumors," says Dr. Simoncini. "Sodium bicarbonate administered orally, via aerosol or intravenously can achieve positive results only in some tumors, while others—such as the serious ones of the brain or the bones—remain unaffected by the treatment."

The maple syrup apparently enables and increases penetration of bicarbonate into all compartments of the body, even those which are difficult or impossible to penetrate by other means. These compartments include the central nervous system (CNS), through the blood-brain barrier, joints, solid tumors and perhaps even the eyes. IPT makes cell membranes more permeable and increases uptake of drugs into cells.

The maple syrup will make tissues more permeable, too. It will transport the bicarbonate across the blood-brain barrier and every other barrier in the body for sugar is universally needed by all cells in the body.

The essence of IPT is that it allows cancer drugs to be given in a smaller dose, far less toxic to normal cells, while building up lethally toxic concentrations in cancer cells. Both IPT and bicarbonate maple syrup treatments use the rapid growth mechanisms of the cancer cell against them.

Dr. Jim did not have contact with Dr. Simoncini and did not know that he is the only oncologist in the world who would sustain the combining of sugar with bicarbonate. Dr. Simoncini always directs his patients to dramatically increase sugar intake with his treatments, but has never thought to mix the two directly by cooking them together.

Because his treatments depend on interventionist radiologists who insert catheters to direct the bicarbonate as close to the affected area as possible, or physicians willing to do expensive intravenous treatments, I pushed bicarbonate up into the number six slot in the IMVA cancer protocol. With the discovery of Dr. Jim’s work, bicarbonate comes back into our number three spot right behind magnesium chloride and iodine.

That number three slot for a brief time was held by hemp oil containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The great advantage that maple syrup and bicarbonate treatment has over this type hemp oil is that it is legal, thus easily obtainable. The two together, backed by a solid protocol of other nutritional substances, make winning the war on cancer almost a certainty.

When using these substances it is safer to change one’s vocabulary and not say one is treating and curing cancer. Far better to conceptualize that one is treating the infectious aspect of cancer, the fungus and yeast colonies and the yeast-like bacteria that are the cause of tuberculosis (TB).

Dr. Simoncini says that, "In some cases, the aggressive power of fungi is so great as to allow it, with only a cellular ring made up of three units, to tighten in its grip, capture and kill its prey in a short time, notwithstanding the prey’s desperate struggling. Fungus, which is the most powerful and the most organized micro-organism known, seems to be an extremely logical candidate as a cause of neoplastic proliferation."

The pH of the blood is the most important factor to determine the state of the microorganisms in the blood.

"Sodium bicarbonate therapy is harmless, fast and effective because it is extremely diffusible. A therapy with bicarbonate for cancer should be set up with strong dosage, continuously, and with pauseless cycles in a destruction work which should proceed from the beginning to the end without interruption for at least seven or eight days. In general, a mass of 2, 3 or 4 centimeters will begin to consistently regress from the third to the fourth day, and collapses from the fourth to the fifth," says Dr. Simoncini.

There are many ways to use sodium bicarbonate and it is a universal drug like iodine and magnesium chloride. Raising pH increases the immune system’s ability to kill bacteria, concludes a study conducted at The Royal Free Hospital and School of Medicine in London. Viruses and bacteria that cause bronchitis and colds thrive in an acidic environment. To fight a respiratory infection and dampen symptoms such as a runny nose and sore throat, taking an alkalizing mixture of sodium bicarbonate and potassium bicarbonate will certainly help.

The 1/4 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda taken two times or more a day is another treatment, as is lemon and baking soda, or lime and baking soda formulas. Perhaps honey could be substituted for maple syrup for those who live in parts of the world where maple syrup is not available, but to my knowledge no one has experimented with this. —Mark Sircus Ac., OMD

As dollar slips, gold rises more than 2 percent

As dollar slips, gold rises more than 2 percent Precious metal prices rallied on Wednesday as U.S. economic data caused the dollar to weaken again and prompted investors to look for safety.

The gold price finished near the high of $979.35, a gain of 2.2 percent, while silver rose to $15.46, marking a 1.9 percent increase on the New York Mercantile Exchange, as investors appeared nervous after a monthly unemployment report showed 298,000 jobs were lost in the private sector in August.

In addition to that, factory orders for July ended below most analysts’ expectations, and inflation fears were revived as the dollar slid as much as 0.6 percent against the euro.

"If inflation is going to rear its head, and there’s some economic data to support that, then we could see [gold prices move higher]," said Michael Khouw, director of equity derivatives for Cantor Fitzgerald LP, quoted by the Wall Street Journal.

As Wednesday’s closing price of gold was at a near three-month high, trading in shares of metals companies such as Gold Fields and Yamana Gold was strong in the options market.
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Study: Muscle density predicts risk of hospitalization

Muscle density predicts risk of hospitalization, study says Experts are saying the elderly with low muscle density have a higher likelihood of being hospitalized than those with a more moderate ratio.

Muscle density is the ratio of lean tissue to fat contained within muscle, and the study conducted at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute suggests it may be a better predictor of the risk of hospitalization than muscle mass or size.

The team analyzed more than 3,000 healthy seniors aged between 70 and 80 for an average of five years and looked at factors such as their walking speeds, ability to stand up repeatedly and leg strength. They found that the largest number of hospitalizations occurred among those with the least dense muscles.

Dr. Peggy Cawthon, the study’s lead author, says the findings are important because they suggest non-pharmacological and non-surgical approaches such as enhanced physical activity or moderate exercise may help keep vulnerable seniors out of hospital.

A high-protein diet or appropriate supplementation may also be useful for some seniors at risk of low muscle density.
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Experts offer heart health tips for hunters

Experts offer heart health tips for hunters With the hunting season approaching in some parts of the country, University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center has recently held an event to highlight the heart risks associated with the activity.

Doctors say hunters die every year from strenuous exercise and bursts of activity that hunting often requires. According to University of Michigan cardiologist Dr. Eric Good the combination of sitting for long periods and sudden rushes of adrenaline when prey is spotted can result in a heart attack.

The Heart of the Hunter Health Fair was therefore organized in response to the growing need to educate the public about the risks and preventive measures, and doctors and nurses were on hand to advise participants on safe outdoor practices.

Good stresses that hunters should treat the season as if they were training for a major sporting event like a marathon because the physical exertion can be intense.

"Even a 30-minute fast walk several times a week can help – anything that gets your heart pumping at 60 to 80 percent of your maximum heart rate, which is calculated by subtracting your age from 220," he suggests.

Supplements with vitamin B or omega-3 fatty acids are also recommended by health practitioners to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
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NIA warns Bernanke’s second term will bring ‘disaster’

NIA warns Bernanke's second term will bring 'disaster'President Obama has nominated Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke for the second term, but the National Inflation Association (NIA) is not happy with that decision.

In announcing the nomination two weeks ago, Obama praised Bernanke’s performance during the most acute phase of the financial crisis saying he acted with "calm and wisdom."

"[His] bold action and out-of-the-box thinking has helped put the brakes on our economic freefall," Obama said.

However, NIA believes Bernanke’s recent actions – in particular taking the worthless mortgage -backed securities, auto loans and student loans onto the Fed’s balance sheet – are giving the economy what they call "an artificial high" and will lead to an even bigger crash later.

"It’s unfortunate how forgetful Washington is and how the media fails to talk about how Bernanke has simply taken Alan Greenspan’s mistakes and made them bigger," says NIA, referring to the fact that in 2001 the former Fed chairman lowered interest rates to 1 percent, which is widely credited with creating the real estate bubble at the heart of the current crisis.

NIA has long sought to warn Americans about impending hyperinflation due to the government’s level of spending which has led to a massive federal budget deficit. The White House Office of Management and Budget has estimated the deficit to reach $9 trillion over the next 10 years.
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As opposition to healthcare reform mounts, Obama prepares address

As opposition to healthcare reform mounts, Obama prepares address President Obama has come under fire from all sides for some of the provisions of the proposed healthcare reform, and he will appear before Congress to restate his case.

One of the critical voices has been raised by Americans for Tax Reform which says there are tax hikes in the House Democrat bill that would violate the President’s promise made during the electoral campaign not to raise taxes on families making less than $250,000 a year.

For example, page 167 of the proposed legislation talks about imposing a 2.5 percent tax on individuals who are not enrolled in health insurance.

Similarly, certain businesses that do not offer insurance would be compelled to pay a new payroll tax of 8 percent.

The organization may soon get an answer, as Obama is set to address lawmakers tonight in an effort to lay out his plan to overhaul healthcare and provide details many feel have been missing thus far. In fact, a new CBS News poll found that 66 percent of Americans are confused by the reform proposals.

However, most polls also show a majority agree the nation’s healthcare system needs major change.

Obama is widely expected to reveal whether the administration will push for including a public option in the final draft of the bill. He is also likely to highlight the elements most lawmakers agree on, including preventing insurance companies from denying coverage for preexisting conditions or dropping coverage when a person gets sick as well as capping out-of-pocket expenses and eliminating caps on lifetime coverage, according to the Christian Science Monitor.
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Recovery funds to support Texas communities in the fight against illegal immigration

Recovery funds to support Texas communities in the fight against illegal immigration Attorney General Eric Holder has said more than $4 million in Recovery Act funds will be devoted to combating crime and drug trafficking in Texas border communities.

The project is part of the Justice Department’s Southwest Border Strategy aimed at controlling the activity of Mexican drug cartels that are responsible for escalating violence on both sides of the border as well as drug addiction in these communities.

"The Recovery Act funding is helping to target these very real threats to our communities, boosting resources for local law enforcement and giving greater protections to our citizens," says Holder.

For example, the city of Arlington will receive nearly $1.1 million to hire law enforcement personnel and purchase equipment to intercept contraband and drug trafficking operations in the North Texas area.

President Obama has come under growing pressure to step up the efforts to remedy the illegal immigration problems. In particular, groups such as the Federation for American Immigration Reform have criticized the administration for insufficient commitment to E-Verify, after a recent Department of Homeland Security announcement that federal contractors would only be required to check the work authorization of new employees instead of all workers.

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How Barack Obama Will Destroy Liberalism

I’ve got great news for you. In case you haven’t noticed, Barack Obama’s honeymoon with a trusting, gullible public is over.

For the first time since last November, a majority of Americans say they don’t like his policies. Many of them are concerned that he is going to bankrupt the country. Can you believe it? Where would they get such a crazy idea?

Before I get into the specific policy mistakes—and the Obama Administration has made a ton of them—let’s take a brief look at the numbers. The Angry Left likes to take all of the credit for Obama’s election (and thus demands that he implement every far-left scheme they can propose). But the truth is vastly different.

Last November, Barack Obama won the election with 53 million votes. John McCain finished second with 46 million votes. That’s a margin of 7 million.

Who were those voters? Almost without exception, they came from the middle of the political spectrum. They are neither Republicans or Democrats. They describe themselves as independents.

And here’s the amazing thing: Some 10 million of them now say they don’t like what President Obama is doing.

At the beginning of his term, President Obama enjoyed the support of more than 80 percent of the people who described themselves as independents. Today that number has fallen to under 50 percent. That’s an amazing reversal in just a few months.

How did Obama do it? Let me count just a few of the ways.

  1. A stimulus program that didn’t stimulate. While the street cleaners in Washington were still cleaning up the confetti from the inauguration, the Democrats rammed through an $800-billion stimulus bill. The measure was supposed to solve our employment crisis, bail out state and local governments, get the economy moving again and make flowers grow in the desert.

Okay, I’m kidding about the last one. But you remember all the extravagant promises this massive spending bill was supposed to achieve. Instead, unemployment has continued to climb, California was forced to issue IOUs, the housing crisis took a turn for the worse and the economy barely limps along. To paraphrase an old country song, Congress got the gold mine (the bill had so much pork it squealed) while the taxpayers got the shaft.

  1. Next, Obama set out to nationalize just about everything. The Feds took $100 billion or so to bail out their buddies on Wall Street. The insurance industry was next, with $80 billion going to prop up just one company, American International Group (aka AIG). Then the national banks were coerced into taking loads of federal moola—and all the “oversight” that would mean. The car companies were the next takeover target, as Uncle Sam became the new boss at Chrysler and General Motors.

And now the Obama Administration wants to make health care in this country more “fair” and “efficient.” I’ll have more to say about the absolute ludicrousness of such proposals at some other time. For now, let me just note that a whole lot of Americans have gotten so fed up, they’re saying “no more!”

  1. Massive new spending, and exploding deficits, as far into the future as we can see. What will all of this incredible largesse cost? In less than six months the Obama Administration has racked up the biggest deficit this country has ever witnessed. And the red ink will continue to pour over us for as far into the future as we can see.

The administration claims that its cost over-runs will “only” amount to a trillion dollars a year for the next 10 years or so. They base this number on incredibly optimistic estimates of how much their programs will cost. And even more generous guesses of how much tax revenue they can take from us.

Of course, anyone who believes these projections won’t go a whole lot higher probably also believes in the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny. Every sensible American knows that spending will get worse, taxes will get higher—and the deficits will multiply faster than maggots in a dumpster.

Along with all of these big issues, there have been dozens of smaller ones that have damaged Obama’s poise and credibility. How stupid was it for him to call the police in Cambridge, Mass., stupid? I was shocked and shamed to see the President of the United States use his bully platform to side with a black professor who lost his cool. So were a lot of other Americans, both black and white. Obama responded like a knee-jerk racist.

Then there was his 180-degree turnabout regarding the interrogation of terrorists. At first Obama promised there would be no prosecution of the CIA agents who, in the words of a Washington Times editorial, “produced life-saving intelligence that disrupted numerous terrorist plots.” Now our President has torn up that pledge. In an effort to placate the extremists on his left he has authorized Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the matter. Can anyone doubt that prosecutions will be far behind?

I won’t even get into all of Obama’s foreign-policy blunders. Everywhere you look it seems to be his intention to treat our friends as enemies and our enemies as friends. South of our border, the good people and legitimate government of Honduras used legal and constitutional means to rid themselves of a Hugo Chavez crony. Instead of applauding them for protecting their liberties, Obama’s State Department seems determined to reinstall a budding Marxist tyrant there. Shame on them.

To put it as succinctly as possible, Barack Obama seems determined to preside over the most radical transformation of the Federal Government this country has ever seen.

And the American people don’t want it.

The American people don’t want trillion-dollar deficits. They don’t want huge new government agencies to supervise our health care. They don’t want the people who defended us from terrorism persecuted or prosecuted.

They don’t want our friends penalized or our enemies pandered to. They don’t want more of their hard-earned money taken from them and given to people who didn’t earn it and don’t deserve it.

And when they’ve had all they can stand, they really don’t want to be called “un-American” and “evil mongers” when they finally decide to speak out.

So what do I think will happen?

I think we are witnessing the beginning of the end of liberal domination in Washington. I think Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank and Barack Obama have badly underestimated the American people. They lied about what they’d do and they badly misjudged how much we would endure.

The counter-revolution has begun. You can see it at town hall meetings and tea parties. You can hear it in conversations with your neighbors. You can feel it as the left becomes more hysterical, more abusive, and … yes, I’m delighted to say it … more frightened.

We won’t win every battle over the next year or two. But we’ll win a bunch of them. And before too much more time passes—by the time Barack Obama’s successor is getting ready to leave the White House—I predict that the Obama era will be seen as the last gasp of liberalism. The dinosaurs of the left may not become extinct. But they are about to lose their fangs.

Yes, the era of big government will soon be over. And we’ll have Barack Obama and all of his over-reaching cronies to thank for it.

Until next time, keep some powder dry.

—Chip Wood

Research probes the benefits of zinc

Research probes the benefits of zinc A new study has sought to explain the exact mechanism behind the long known role of zinc in fighting infections and boosting the immune system.

The work done at the Center for Nutritional Sciences at the University of Florida focused on testing healthy volunteers who were divided into two groups – one which took nutritional supplements containing zinc and the other which was given placebo.

The investigators then analyzed T cells from the participants’ blood samples and simulated infection in laboratory conditions. They found that T cells from the zinc-supplemented group had a higher activation rate than those from the control group.

T cells are responsible for destroying viruses and bacteria and are at the forefront of the body’s immune system response.

Dr. John Wherry, deputy editor of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology which published the results, says that "studies like this help shed light on how zinc may enhance the ability of our immune systems to fight off foreign invaders."

He adds that the value of the research lies in the fact that it may lead to new treatments for infections, many of which are becoming increasingly resistant to traditional antibiotics.
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Obama may send more troops to Afghanistan

Obama may send more troops to AfghanistanA new report from the commander of the U.S. troops in Afghanistan may force President Obama to increase troops levels in Afghanistan for the second time this year, according to media speculation.

Although its details are classified, the report written by General Stanley McChrystal is believed to contain an assessment of the situation in Afghanistan that many see as deteriorating, according to MercuryNews.com.

Queried by reporters on Monday, White House secretary Robert Gibbs said that "there’s broad agreement that for many years our effort in Afghanistan has been under-resourced politically, militarily and economically," which has been widely interpreted as leaving the door open to sending in more troops, in addition to the 21,000 the administration ordered earlier this year.

However, Obama may also face fierce opposition as anti-war groups have started to voice their discontent once again, after having been relatively silent since his election.

Nancy Lessin, a founder of Military Families Speak Out, says many feel betrayed by Obama who promised to scale down U.S. involvement in the Middle East during his electoral campaign.

She believes "there are powerful forces pushing the president to stay on this course and we have to build a more powerful movement to change that course."

Kansas City Star reports the anti-war movement is preparing a nationwide campaign this fall to challenge the administration’s policies on Afghanistan.

According to iCasualty.org, August was the deadliest month for U.S. soldiers since the beginning of the war, with 49 losing their lives.
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Beetroot juice boosts endurance, experts say

Beetroot juice boosts endurance, experts say As there is growing evidence of the link between physical fitness and health at all stages of life, it may be welcome news that people can boost their exercise capacity by drinking beetroot extract.

Researchers from the University of Exeter in England found that beetroot juice can help boost stamina and may allow some people to exercise up to 16 percent longer while reducing the risk of muscle pain and soreness.

The scientists explain that compounds in the extract help reduce oxygen uptake, a major factor behind muscle fatigue, probably because nitrate in the juice turns to nitric oxide in the body, thereby lowering the amount of oxygen needed to perform energy-intensive exercises.

Professor Andy Jones of the University of Exeter’s School of Sport and Health Sciences says their work is the first to show that nitrate-rich food can improve exercise endurance.

"I am also keen to explore the relevance of the findings to those people who suffer from poor fitness and may be able to use dietary supplements to help them go about their daily lives," he adds.

The study was published in the Journal of Applied Physiology.
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Internet security bill continues to cause uproar

Internet security bill continues to cause uproarA new draft of the Cybersecurity Act of 2009, which may give the President greater powers over the internet, appears to be causing as much controversy as the original proposal.

The bill seeks to determine when and how the President could intervene in public and private information systems by limiting internet traffic to critical networks for national security reasons or in the case of an emergency.

It has come under scrutiny from a range of first amendment advocacy groups, such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which have raised alarm about government interference. The new draft drops certain specific language, instead allowing the president to direct a "national response" to the cyber threat.

Meanwhile, Larry Clinton, president of the Internet Security Alliance, which represents a cross-section of IT companies including Verizon and Nortel, has criticized what he calls vaguely worded language in the latest version.

"It is [still] unclear what authority … is necessary over the private sector. Unless this is clarified, we cannot properly analyze, let alone support the bill," he states.

However, there are those who say the recommendations make sense. James Lewis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies compared the provisions to President Bush’s decision to shut down airlines after the 9/11 attacks.

"It seems foolish not to have the same authority for cyberspace," he said, quoted by TheHill.com. "It’s not that the president will wake up in a bad mood one day and implode Yahoo. This would apply only to severe national emergencies. … This is a great opportunity to blast us into a new level of discussion about cybersecurity."

The bill was first introduced four months ago by Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, and Republican Olympia Snowe of Maine.

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Specter may have to send a refund to disillusioned donors

Specter may have to send a refund to disillusioned donors Many of his supporters and donors were disappointed when Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania switched aisles earlier this year, and now they may be eligible for a refund.

That is because the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has given the green light for the lawmaker’s donors’ information to be used to inquire whether they would like to ask the senator to return the money they had spent to help him get reelected.

Spearheading the effort to obtain the permission from the FEC was a group called Club for Growth, and now it plans to use Specter’s campaign finance reports to contact his donors, inform them that the senator is now a Democrat and remind them he has pledged to refund campaign donations upon request, according to Politico.com.

Executive director of the Club David Keating says Specter "continues to face doubts about his loyalties, and I expect many of his donors will want their money back," quoted by the Hill.com.

Despite the media storm surrounding Specter’s decision to switch party allegiance, and the outcry among his more conservative supporters, the FEC was reportedly split in its decision, with the lawyers who make recommendation to the commissioners reaching two different conclusions on whether the move would violate the donors’ privacy.

The FEC’s agreement was required because federal law prohibits using information in campaign finance reports to contact donors for commercial or solicitation purposes. However, the commission decided that since the Club is not going to solicit money, it will not break the law.
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Gold Quietly Marshalling Strength

The gold market is just exiting the summer slowdown.

Simply put, the world has been on vacation. Yet, despite the inattention, gold has been quietly building strength throughout much of the summer. The month of July, for example, was quite good for gold, as the metal steadily rose before meeting resistance at around $955.

Still, as we enter the fall, it seems as if gold is sitting tight on a very strong foundation. The market continues to anticipate the return of physical demand in September, along with the impact of America’s loose-money policies and stimulus spending.

Some forward-looking speculators have already entered the market in anticipation of these factors kicking in, but there is still plenty of room left for more longs before the market could be considered crowded.

In the meantime, the large commercials, as our talented associate Gene Arensberg has been reporting in his “Got Gold Report” for Gold Newsletter readers, have been piling up their short positions during gold’s summer rally. But once the dollar begins rolling over again, these commercials will be in an increasingly dangerous position.

As I’ve noted before, these guys are usually right. But when they are wrong, they are spectacularly wrong.

In the past, when the commercials have been forced to cover large-scale short positions, gold has exploded higher to a new price plateau. As an example, consider late 2005, when the commercials were caught badly offsides, and gold catapulted from $450 to over $700.

I’m not saying this will happen anytime soon, but, with federal deficits now measured in trillions of dollars, with deficit- and debt-to-GDP ratios rising to levels that presage at least a doubling in long-term interest rates, and with proposed nationalized health care programs that would further inflate the national debt, the prognosis for the dollar is not good.

The federal debt is already far beyond manageable levels. The only way to control it at this point is to inflate it away. And investors know it.

As I said months ago, it seems we’re on a collision course to repeat the mistakes of the 1970s. But this time, “it will be like the ’70s on steroids.”

In the meantime, many of the resource companies we’re following are making news with their summer exploration programs. At the same time, there have been significant developments on the mergers and acquisitions front, as challenged companies merge to build strength through synergy, and as weak companies are consumed by the strong. Our readers have already multiplied their money on a number of these stocks, and there will undoubtedly be more to come.

It all adds up to an uncommonly interesting—and potentially profitable—market ahead.