FBI Releases Cheney’s Testimony In Valerie Plame Affair

FBI releases Cheney's testimony in Valerie Plame affair Newly released details of a May 2004 interview with the FBI show the then-Vice President Dick Cheney repeatedly invoked poor memory when asked about the circumstances of the leakage of the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame to the media in 2003.

In fact, during the course of the lengthy interview Cheney is heard using the phrase "I don’t recall" a total of 72 times, according to media reports. The phrase was in reference to any discussions he may have had about Plame with his chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who was ultimately convicted of perjury, obstruction and lying to the FBI about the leak.

The 28-page summary was released after the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, a watchdog group in Washington, sued the government under the Freedom of Information Act.

The organization’s Executive Director Melanie Sloan commented that Cheney’s "near total amnesia regarding his role in this monumental Washington scandal" explains why special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald famously declared that there is "a cloud over the vice president."

Valerie Plame was the wife of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson who was a critic of the Iraq war. The leaking of her name became the subject of one of the biggest controversies of George W. Bush’s presidency. Libby was the only person convicted in the case, but his sentence was later commuted by President Bush.
ADNFCR-1961-ID-19441608-ADNFCR

Research Shows Why Diabetics Should Avoid Vitamin D Deficiency

Research shows why diabetics should avoid vitamin D deficiency Based on new research, scientists are beginning to understand why people with diabetes should be particularly wary of vitamin D deficiency.

Anyone with low levels of the vitamin may be at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease, but a team of researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has found vitamin D deficiency causes diabetics to be unable to process cholesterol normally.

As a consequence, cholesterol builds up in their blood vessels, which leads to an elevated risk of heart attack and stroke.

Dr. Carlos Bernal-Mizrachi, a Washington University endocrinologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, said that vitamin D inhibits the absorption of cholesterol by cells known as macrophages.

"When people are deficient in vitamin D, the macrophage cells eat more cholesterol, and they can’t get rid of it…They become what scientists call foam cells, which are one of the earliest markers of atherosclerosis," he explained.

Individuals at risk for high cholesterol may consider eliminating red and processed meats from their diet and replacing them with omega-3 fatty acids which have proven heart benefits and which can be found in oily fish and nutritional supplements.
ADNFCR-1961-ID-19441631-ADNFCR

The Results of Our Ignorance

Ignorance is a lack of knowledge, education or awareness.

There are many people today who know little or nothing about the U.S. Constitution. There are many who know little or nothing of U.S. history, let alone world history. There are many who know little or nothing about central banks, and how they are used to steal our wealth.

There are many who buy into the glossed-over news of the day. There are many who take at face value the words of the elected class, the pundits and main stream media talking heads and printed headlines.

There are many who buy into the party line of their preferred political party. There are many who blindly believe the various political parties have a platform on which they base their actions and agendas and are committed to following through on those policies. There are many who believe the president, senator or representative they elected has in their hearts the best interests of the people they supposedly serve.

There are many who are ignorant.

It’s not all their fault—particularly the younger generations. Their education system has been corrupted by 1960s radicalism—the same radicalism that has infected our government.

Public education has become a sad joke. Its downward slide accelerated with the passage of “No Child Left Behind.” None are left behind because none are allowed to get ahead. The intelligent children are left languishing and fending for themselves while extra resources are devoted to those unable to keep up.

In speaking with a seventh grader recently I asked what he had been studying in his U.S. history class. Well, we spent about 20 minutes on World War II, then several class periods on how the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team beat the Russians in the 1980 Olympics, was the reply.

In class they watched Miracle, the 2004 movie about the team and its victory.

How backward is that? Twenty minutes spent learning about a six-year war spawned from the feckless, irresponsible and dastardly policies of the elected and ruling classes that resulted in the deaths of somewhere between 62 million and 79 million people worldwide. Several class periods on a three-hour hockey game that gave Americans a temporarily thrilling victory over a Cold War foe at the tail end of four moribund years of Jimmy Carterism.

Even the seventh grader was perplexed by his teacher’s decision.

Also glossed over in his class was more than 230 years of American history.

Is it any wonder there is so much ignorance?

Lack of understanding of the founding of our great country has led us to where we are now. Lack of understanding of the origins of the Federal Reserve—and other government attempts to establish a central bank—has led us to where we are now. Lack of understanding of the causes of Great Depression and the misguided (deliberately or unintentionally) attempts to head it off, and how government policies affected the country’s financial health for years has led us to where we are now. Lack of understanding of how a president’s policies can affect a country has led us to where we are now.

Where are we now? In an economic pit of our own making—suffering the aftereffects of a Fed-created bubble that spurred individuals and businesses to borrow and spend like there was no tomorrow. Now there may not be one.

Where are we now? Exacerbating the problem by dumping money out of helicopters in an attempt to stop it—at least that’s what the elected class tells us they’re trying to do. It’s a policy enacted by a supposed conservative, George W. Bush, and perpetuated on a grander scale by Barack Obama.

Where are we now? Watching as the elected class finds more ways to spend more money and steal the wealth of the individuals through massive tax hikes under the guise of healthcare reform.

Where are we now? Waiting for the other shoe to drop in the form of Cap and Trade, which amounts to more taxes and more spending.

Where are we now? Enduring the Obama presidency, which equals Jimmy Carter to the second power.

Sadly, many are ready to go full steam ahead with such policies.

Never mind that the elected class isn’t even considering whether such things are Constitutional. Forcing Americans to buy a product—health insurance—is okay with the elected class.

Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer said it’s permissible under the general welfare clause of the Constitution. Presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs told the press the president wasn’t even considering whether it was constitutional and no one had brought it up.

Don’t think the elected class is ignorant. They’re not. They know exactly what they’re doing—stealing your wealth and your liberty.

Never mind whether it’s Constitutional, says the elected class. We know what’s best for you.

Never mind whether it’s Constitutional, it’s free, say the ignorant.

Our healthcare system is in terrible shape, we need to have competition, says the elected class. Government can do it better than the free market can.

Yeah. With the compassion of the Department of Motor Vehicles and the efficiency of the Post Office.

Where are we now… really? Many are sitting in front of the television watching Simon Cowell or anxiously awaiting the result of who is getting kicked off the island next or watching some stars in a dance contest.

Some are waking up. The Tea Parties demonstrate that.

But too many are ignorant. And apparently they’re ready to accept anything as long as it’s “free.”

After all: ignorance is bliss and free is good.

Research: Combination Of Light Therapy And Green Tea May Reduce Skin Aging

Combination of light therapy and green tea may reduce skin aging, research findsThose looking for all-natural ways of preserving the skin’s youthful appearance may soon have another option to turn to as researchers have shown light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and a green tea extract-based cream may help reduce wrinkles.

Although phototherapy has been used to treat skin imperfections for many years, scientists from Germany have demonstrated that combining it with antioxidant-rich green tea cream may help eliminate potentially harmful reactive oxygen species produced by light therapy.

During the course of the study, the researchers applied a daily combination of LED light and green tea lotion to the wrinkles of a human volunteer for one month and found that it resulted in "less pronounced wrinkle levels, shorter wrinkle valleys and [a more] juvenile complexion."

Based on these results, they say the experiment has opened a new way to effective, safe and non-invasive rejuvenation process. The study has also contributed to the body of knowledge on the impact of reactive oxygen species on cellular aging.

Individuals interested in boosting their immunity and a preserving youthful appearance may also turn to antioxidant nutritional supplements.
ADNFCR-1961-ID-19434494-ADNFCR

AHAM Offers Safety Tips For Safe Home Heating

AHAM offers safety tips for safe home heating As cold weather arrives in parts of the U.S., so does the risk of fires resulting from faulty heating equipment or practices. That is why the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) has published a list of suggestions that can help Americans heat their homes safely this winter.

The association cites recent figures from the National Fire Protection Association which suggest most injuries from fires involving heating equipment occur when the user is asleep or when a child under 10 is left unsupervised with the equipment.

Hence, they recommend never leaving an operating heater unattended and always unplugging it when not in use.

It is also important to keep flammable or combustible materials, such as gas cans, matches, furniture, pillows, bedding, papers, clothes and curtains at least three feet from the front of the heater and away from the sides and rear, and not to block heater’s air intake or outlet.

Safety experts also advise to check the heater’s cord periodically and never use equipment with a damaged cord. In addition, no other electrical device should be plugged into the same outlet as the heater as this could result in overheating and fire.

Finally, it is crucial to read manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels before using any electrical equipment.
ADNFCR-1961-ID-19441617-ADNFCR

I have heard conflicting information about coffee drinking and whether it is good for your or bad.

Dear Bob,

I have heard conflicting information about coffee drinking and whether it is good for you or bad. What do you think?

A: “It is critical that coffee is completely eliminated from our diet. Coffee raises levels of cortisol and insulin, hormones that accelerate aging and store body fat. Substitute green tea instead, which contains catechin polyphenols, antioxidants that boost metabolism and slow aging.

“Green tea can also block the absorption of bad fats by 30 percent, while the amino acid theonine promotes a sense of calm and improves one’s mood. And, of course, avoid chemical-laden diet sodas.

“It has been shown that drinking just two cups of coffee can increase levels of the stress hormone cortisol. An elevation of this hormone can have adverse effects on the immune system, brain cells, sugar metabolism, and weight gain.

“In addition, coffee drinking has been reported to cause increased body fat. Although it is not clear why coffee affects weight gain, clinical studies show that by reducing coffee intake, body fat goes down. When coffee drinkers substituted tea, especially green tea, they discovered that it has the opposite effect and helped them to lose weight.” (From the book, The Perricone Prescription by Nicholas Perricone, M.D.)

Best Wishes,
Bob

Bipartisan Opposition To Senate Climate Bill Growing

Bipartisan opposition to Senate climate bill growingThe climate change bill that was scheduled to be marked up in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is facing growing opposition not only from Republicans but also from some Senate Democrats.

The "cap and trade" bill is sponsored by Democratic Senators Barbara Boxer of California and John Kerry of Massachusetts, and would require U.S. manufacturers, utilities and refineries to reduce their carbon pollution output 20 percent by 2020, from 2005 levels.

However, many lawmakers have expressed concerns about the possible impact of the bill on their regions’ utilities and consumers.

Democratic Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska told CNBC that he believed that "at the end of the day, the people who turn the switch on at home will be disadvantaged."

Meanwhile, a more powerful opposition is coming from the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Max Baucus of Montana who said that while "we cannot afford the unmitigated impacts of climate change … we also cannot afford the unmitigated effects of legislation."

The developments come against the backdrop of calls from President Obama for the Senate to pass climate change legislation.

Speaking at the DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center in Arcadia, Florida, the president also warned that "the closer we get to this new energy future … the more we’re going to hear from special interests and lobbyists in Washington whose interests are contrary to the interests of the American people."
ADNFCR-1961-ID-19439281-ADNFCR

Election Day Sends Mixed Message To GOP

Election Day sends mixed message to GOP Although many expected Tuesday’s elections to clearly express the voters’ disapproval of the direction the country is taking under the Democrats, the message sent by voters appears to be more nuanced.

On the one hand, the conservative Republican Bob McDonnell’s victory in the gubernatorial race in Virginia and moderate Republican Chris Christie win in New Jersey may be seen as a triumph for a party that appeared to be in disarray after two national electoral defeats in 2006 and 2008.

However, in the closely watched special election in New York’s 23rd congressional district, the conservative candidate — endorsed by such GOP heavyweights as Sarah Palin and Dick Armey as well as by Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck — was defeated by retired Air Force Captain Bill Owens, a Democrat.

In the run up to the vote, the liberal Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava withdrew under pressure from the party’s right wing, a development some interpreted as indicative of an ongoing feud between the far right and moderates for control of the party.

On Wednesday, GOP leaders sought to diminish the meaning of Hoffman’s defeat, with Republican Party chairman Michael Steele stressing the local nature of the election and suggesting the gubernatorial races were a better indicator of the party’s success.

However, President Obama’s campaign chairman David Plouffe suggested the Republicans were still divided as conservatives keep pushing for "purging moderates from the party," something the voters appear to disapprove of it.
ADNFCR-1961-ID-19443954-ADNFCR

Gun Rights Advocates File Lawsuit Against Seattle Over Ban

Gun rights advocates file lawsuit against Seattle over banFollowing up on a promise made several weeks ago, The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), the National Rifle Association (NRA) and five local residents filed a lawsuit late last week challenging a new Seattle parks regulation that bans firearms.

The new parks and recreation administrative policy prohibits firearms in parks, community centers and other city-owned buildings, but the plaintiffs argue that it violates Washington State’s long-standing preemption statute, adopted more than 25 years ago.

"It essentially impairs the right of law-abiding citizens to bear arms for personal protection, which is explicitly protected by Article 1, Section 24 of the state constitution," says SAF executive vice president Alan M. Gottlieb.

He also expressed his satisfaction that the NRA has joined in the lawsuit, saying "our successful collaboration in the past stopped illegal gun confiscations in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina and nullified an illegal gun ban in the city of San Francisco."

The two organizations are joined by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and the Washington Arms Collectors and filed their lawsuit in the Superior Court of Washington State in King County.

ADNFCR-1961-ID-19439287-ADNFCR

What Obama Should Do and Shouldn’t Have Done, a Deficit and Ted Turner

*What Barack Obama should do. A Straight Talk salute to Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, for the best suggestion I’ve heard regarding Obama’s acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize. Here’s what she said: “What he ought to do, frankly, is send the mother of a fallen American soldier to accept the prize on behalf of the U.S. military, to remind the Nobel committee that each one of them sleeps soundly at night because of the greatest peace-keeping force in the world today.” Right on, Liz. Too bad there’s not a chance in a million he’ll do it.

*And what our president shouldn’t have done. I’ll admit this could be a very long list. But I’m thinking specifically of his decision to renege on a commitment to attend ceremonies in Germany next week, marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. This was one of the greatest symbolic victories of freedom over communism in my lifetime. I’m sorry and a bit ashamed that our president thought going to Copenhagen to lobby for the Olympics in Chicago was more worthy of his time.

*The biggest deficit in 60 years. The U.S. Treasury Department reported that the budget deficit for fiscal 2009, which ended Sept. 30, hit the astronomical total of $1.4 trillion. The number is the most red ink we’ve incurred since World War II and represents 10 percent of the gross domestic product of this country. That’s our money they’re using to buy those votes, friends.

*The “Mouth of the South” on getting by. Ted Turner says things just aren’t the same for him anymore. He’s lost CNN, the Atlanta Braves, Jane Fonda and much of his money. But he adds, “You know, if you economize and don’t buy new airplanes or long-range jets, or that sort of thing, you can get by on a billion or two.” Thanks for the inspiring advice, Ted.

Chip Wood

Common Vine May Become A New Nutritional Supplement

Common vine may become a new nutritional supplement Researchers suspect that kudzu, a vine that covers millions of acres in the southeastern U.S., contains a compound that may be useful in treating metabolic syndrome, and may therefore become a source of valuable dietary supplements.

Scientists from Alabama have found evidence that a compound called puerarin regulates glucose metabolism by directing it to muscles, where it helps generate energy, and away from fat cells and blood vessels. They have also discovered that it is found in abundance in root extracts from kudzu, which has long been used as nutritious food by people in China and Japan.

The scientists arrived at the conclusion by studying animals which received kudzu extract supplementation and experienced lower cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and insulin levels after a period of two months.

In the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry they wrote that kudzu root "may provide a dietary supplement that significantly decreases the risk and severity of stroke and cardiovascular disease in at-risk individuals."

Puerarin is an antioxidant isoflavone that is also believed to have protective properties against cancer, including certain types of breast and prostate cancers.

Metabolic syndrome is associated with excess body fat, high blood pressure, sugar and lipids levels. If untreated, it may increase the risk of heart disease, stroke or diabetes.
ADNFCR-1961-ID-19439283-ADNFCR

Barack Obama’s Corrupt Cronies

Thank you, Michelle Malkin.

Thank you for reminding us that it’s not just Barack Obama’s policies that are often wrong; it is the people who surround him that are a large part of the problem.

Thank you for writing the bestselling book, Culture of Corruption, to give us the documented proof, as you put it, of the “tax cheats, crooks and cronies” with whom he has chosen to associate.

And thank you for granting an exclusive interview to Personal Liberty Digest, so we can remind our 500,000 subscribers of just how dangerous many of those people and programs are.

One of the first things Michelle and I discussed when we spoke was the mainstream media’s fawning favoritism toward Barack Obama and his administration and their relentless bias against anyone and anything to the right of Nancy Pelosi.

As just one example, Michelle described how the New York Times sold millions of dollars worth of Obama memorabilia during and after the campaign. I asked her, “Isn’t it a little unusual for a major media to profit so directly from a candidate?”

“You would think so,” was her sardonic reply. “But if you’ll take a look at my blog ( www.michellemalkin.com ), you’ll be able to see some of the actual merchandise, which really, literally deifies Barack Obama. There are glorious, glowing photos of the president with halos behind him. All sorts of political swag promoting his campaign and then the inauguration.”

And then she made this very telling point: “Imagine if a newspaper out there had been doing this during the Bush years—selling merchandise that glorified George W. and his candidacy. Why, the New York Times would have been all over it.”

By the way, one of the things the Times has not been all over is Michelle Malkin’s book. When we spoke, Culture of Corruption had been riding atop the NYT’s own bestseller list for almost two months. But the paper itself has never published a review of it. Imagine that. The newspaper’s own survey ranked her book No. 1 in sales across the country yet refused to even review it!

We talked for a while about the incredible bias and intellectual dishonesty of the left. Then I asked her if she detected a growing tone of desperation in their attacks on conservatives.

“I certainly do,” she said. “The left simply cannot help itself. They degenerate into ad hominem attacks and very ugly language, bigotry and intolerance. Even with their control of the White House and both branches of Congress they can’t contain themselves.

“We’ve seen this in their attacks and their rhetoric against the townhall protestors and the TEA Party movement. Their knee-jerk resort to things like the race card. It belies the promise that under Obama we were heading into a post-racial era in this country. We certainly are not. The first thing they do is accuse us of racism, whether it’s our criticism of healthcare legislation or Joe Wilson’s calling out of the president during his speech to a joint session of Congress. There is more than a smidge of desperation in their tactics.”

There are nine chapters in Culture of Corruption and every one of them is loaded with facts and anecdotes that need to be more widely known. But if there is one chapter that, by itself, is worth the price of the book and then some, it’s the second one, which she calls “First Crony Michelle Obama.”

As author Michelle puts it, “Star-struck liberal journalists swoon over Michelle O.’s bare arms, but it’s her bare-knuckles they should be watching.”

Here’s how the bestselling author put it during our discussion: “The mainstream media pays a lot of attention to Michelle Obama’s toned arms and what shoes she’s wearing. I pay a lot more attention to the political muscle she has flexed over the years. There’s been a lot of white-washing of her own political history. But what she does is marry a lot of the hard-left ideology—the class warfare, the politics of racial resentment—with the Chicago way of hardball tactics, cracking heads and cracking knuckles.”

Her book is loaded with carefully documented exposés of activities by both Obamas that will shock even the most cynical observer. If you doubt that, just turn to page 52 of Culture of Corruption and read the section that begins “Mrs. O. Screws the Poor.” I have to confess, even I didn’t realize what a sordid history the First Lady has.

Bring any of this up publicly, of course, and you can count on Obama’s defenders to smear you mercilessly. As Michelle Malkin put it when we talked, “These are the folks who called their opponents ‘political terrorists.’ That phrase was used not just by Democrat leaders, but of course by all their satellite organizations as well.”

One of the most powerful and dangerous of those satellites is the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)—a group that poured $60 million to $80 million into Democrat coffers to get Barack Obama elected. Their investment is paying off handsomely, as their legislative agenda is on the front burner of the White House. In fact, we just learned that SEIU president Andy Stern has been the most frequent visitor to the White House thus far this year.

“The SEIU not only uses these bully tactics,” Michelle told me, “they specialize in them. It wasn’t until some of their henchmen showed up at various town hall meetings that we saw actual violence.”

She then continued: “The SEIU, which calls itself the purple shirts of the purple army, has a long and proud history of thug tactics. Their president is quoted in my book about his organizing philosophy, where he says they prefer to use the power of persuasion. But if that doesn’t work, they will use the persuasion of power. That’s not just an idle threat, that’s a guarantee.

“It’s not just healthcare they want. Their holy grail is the card-check bill. If they get it, it will radically transform the political landscape. They now have 1.8 million members and they see card check as the way to vastly inflate their membership rolls and subsequently, of course, their campaign coffers.”

Bad as it has been, Michelle expects the use of terror and intimidation to get worse.

“Team Obama is notorious for that,” she explained, “going back to the campaign days of trying to stifle dissent through shear intimidation. Now they are using the power of government to try to silence their opponents as well.”

As we came near the end of our interview, I asked Michelle about the dedication of her book. “The book is dedicated to the whistleblowers,” she explained. “Many of them worked in the trenches for Barack Obama’s satellite organizations. They saw the raft of broken promises that he’s left over the past several months on transparency, ethics and accountability; core issues that transcend partisanship and ideology.”

And then she concluded, “If Barack Obama can’t deliver on these, what does it tell you about the era of hope and change? It tells you that it was a complete farce. That is what my book documents, extensively and comprehensively.”

As I said, there’s lots of scary stuff between the covers of Culture of Corruption. Michelle Malkin has done us all a huge service in compiling the sorry, shoddy record of the Obamas and those they have invited into their inner circle.

Since we spoke, her book has slipped a bit on the bestseller lists. If you don’t already own a copy, do yourself and your country a favor and order one. In fact, order several and loan the extras to some less-alarmed friends. Believe me, if they’ll read it, Culture of Corruption will act like a very loud alarm bell going off alongside their head.

Go wake them up! And until next time, keep some powder dry.

—Chip Wood

Report Deems Death Penalty ‘a Waste Of Money’

Report deems death penalty 'a waste of money'A newly released report from the Death Penalty Information Center has concluded that states could save hundreds of millions of dollars by abolishing the death penalty and diverting the funds to more effective anti-violence programs.

Accompanying the report was a nationwide poll of police chiefs, conducted by RT Strategies, that found that most law enforcement officials do not believe the death penalty deters violent crime, and they see it as the least efficient use of taxpayer money.

"With many states spending millions to retain the death penalty, while seldom or never carrying out an execution, the death penalty is turning into a very expensive form of life without parole," says Richard C. Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center and the report’s author.

He adds that "at a time of budget shortfalls, the death penalty cannot be exempt from reevaluation alongside other wasteful government programs that no longer make sense."

The center also cites Police Chief James Abbott of West Orange, N.J., who says the state spent $250 million on death penalty-related expenses over 25 years "with nothing to show for it," and added that New Jersey’s murder rate has dropped since capital punishment was abolished.
ADNFCR-1961-ID-19432202-ADNFCR

Former Administration Official Criticizes New Marijuana Policy

Former administration official criticizes new marijuana policyIn October, the Obama administration eased the long-standing marijuana policy which made its use subject to prosecution even in states where it was legal for medicinal purposes. Although the move was praised by many, there have also been critical voices, some of them coming from former administration officials.

One of them is Bob Weiner, a former drug policy spokesman who left the White House in 2001. He recently stated that the new law—which instructs federal prosecutors to stop prosecuting those who use marijuana for medical purposes in the 13 states where it is legal—may lead the administration to get "more than they bargained for."

"Prescription marijuana use may explode for healthy people," he said, adding that as many as 90 percent of purchases at clinical distribution centers are based on false pretenses, according to some law enforcement statistics.

He also questioned the effectiveness of smoking marijuana for conditions such as pain and nausea.

The new approach to marijuana is expected to attenuate the consequences of the 2005 Supreme Court ruling stating that the federal government could continue to enforce U.S. law barring the cultivation, possession and use of marijuana, even in states that had legalized it.

However, Attorney General Eric Holder stressed that law enforcement will still go after traffickers who are hiding behind claims of compliance.
ADNFCR-1961-ID-19429972-ADNFCR

Monopoly Monopolizing the Board Game Industry

Out of the depths of the Great Depression came the most popular board game in history. More than 750 million people have played some version of Monopoly since the game made its debut on Nov. 5, 1935.

Among various special editions that have been issued, Neiman Marcus offered one in their 1978 Christmas Wish Book where every element—board, tokens, cards, dice and money—was made of chocolate. Then in 2000, F.A.O. Schwartz toy company produced a “One of a Kind” Monopoly set. The department store topped the hotels and houses with emeralds and sapphires. It also made the tokens of solid gold, and the money was real currency. For $100,000, you could take it home.

Before the collapse of communism you could buy a version of Monopoly in Russian, which strikes me as pretty ironic. And Mad Magazine once created an anti-Monopoly game, where the objective was to lose all of your money as quickly as possible.

The best-known edition of Monopoly is the original “Atlantic City” version. The city’s streets, railroads and utilities were chosen by Charles Darrow, the game’s inventor, long before Donald Trump and numerous casinos transformed the town. Boardwalk and Park Place were the most valuable properties, with Baltic and Mediterranean Avenues the least desirable.

If you managed to buy up all properties of one color (or all railroads, or utilities), you had a monopoly and could jack up the rents. The goal of the game, after all, was to bankrupt your opponents and grab all of their money. (Bet you never thought about the anti-capitalist philosophy behind the game, did you?)

One of the problems with Monopoly is that the game can take forever to play. (Hasbro, the game’s current owner, says the longest one on record lasted 1,680 hours.) Most contests today have a time limit—two hours at the national championships.

—Chip Wood

Big Providers Unhappy With FCC Internet Regulation Decision

Big providers unhappy with FCC internet regulation decision The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided to begin developing open internet regulation, a move that is upsetting big internet providers such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast.

Dubbed "net neutrality," the measure is intended to put in place regulations that would prevent these companies from restricting access to internet content, applications and services offered by competitors.

According to TheHill.com, these special interest groups argue they "need to manage internet traffic to keep services running smoothly to all subscribers," and are spending much time and money lobbying politicians in Washington to prevent the proposed regulations from being implemented.

However, the step was greeted with praise by five pioneers involved in development of early internet technologies, including ARPANET and TCP/IP communications protocol.

They released a public letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski in which they say that "as individuals who have worked on the internet and its predecessors continuously beginning in the late 1960s, we are very concerned that access to the internet be both open and robust."

Analysts say that applications such as Google, Skype and Facebook would be among the biggest beneficiaries of "net neutrality."
ADNFCR-1961-ID-19434492-ADNFCR

Study Shows Lemon Juice Boosts Health Benefits Of Green Tea

Study shows lemon juice boosts health benefits of green teaAccording to new research, the beneficial antioxidant ingredients of green tea called catechins are better absorbed when the tea is mixed with lemon juice.

Lemon fruit abounds in ascorbic acid—which is the scientific name for vitamin C—and scientists from Purdue University showed that catechins can be absorbed up to three times as fast by intestinal cells and get into the bloodstream when the vitamin is present.

Connie Weaver, head of the National Institutes of Health Purdue University-University of Alabama at Birmingham Botanical Research Center for Age-Related Diseases, which funded the study, explains that there is much interest in studying bioactive materials that might protect people from disease and promote better health and well-being.

She adds that "what’s been totally ignored is the way these materials are found in foods in combination with other ingredients."

Catechins are a class of antioxidant polyphenols that scientists believe reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes, and in addition to tea they can be found in cocoa and grapes.
ADNFCR-1961-ID-19432200-ADNFCR

Price Inflation on the Horizon

As we noted last time in Gold Defying Expectations…and Gravity, we’ve seen gold and U.S. stocks marching in lockstep, in perfect opposition to the moves of the dollar.

So why does a weaker dollar translate to strength in gold and equities? Because, on balance, a weaker dollar is a lubricant for a U.S. economy saddled with debt and low growth. It eats away at debts; it helps boost trade, and generally makes for a more ebullient economic environment.

But I believe that one of the primary reasons behind this relationship has escaped most analysts. Namely, the fact that economic growth will help burst open the dam holding back enormous U.S. bank reserves.

Investors are watching closely for any signs of an economic recovery because such a recovery could unlock the U.S. credit market… and unleash a flood of liquidity that—so far—remains safely dammed.

U.S. bank excess reserves have skyrocketed to truly unprecedented levels. (Essentially, excess bank reserves are reserves on deposit with the Fed over and above what the bank needs to meet its reserve requirements.)

Now, these reserves don’t impact the money supply—as long as they aren’t loaned out by the banks and thereby put into commerce. And these funds by and large have not yet been put into commerce, and therefore have had no effect on the supply of money or the prices of goods and services.

That may not last for long, however, as economic growth in the U.S. would, eventually, lead banks that are now risk-averse to begin lending. This, in turn, could quickly burst the dam holding back the enormous excess reserves of the U.S. banking system.

Some argue that the Fed’s newly gained power to pay interest on banks’ reserves will forestall any unwanted increase in lending. In practice, however, this will have little effect, unless the Fed is willing to pay interest at rates far above the Fed funds target rate.

As Frank Shostak, chief economist of M.F. Global, notes, “We… suggest that paying interest on bank reserves is not going to stop banks from expanding credit… After all, there are always opportunities to lend money at much higher interest rates than the federal-funds rate.

“We can thus conclude that the massive increase in banks’ excess reserves is a potential threat for an explosive credit creation some time in the future. Contrary to popular thinking, we suggest that the new setup, which gives the Fed total freedom to pump money, can only destabilize the financial system and the economy.”

Of course, this isn’t the last word. Only time will tell how we exit the precarious monetary situation that the crisis, and the Fed’s response to it, have created.

But those who argue that the Fed will be able to mop up the massive liquidity they’ve poured onto the economy ignore the fact that this institution, and governments in general, have never been able to escape from a monetary expansion without significant inflationary after-effects.

And because the Fed is now treading new ground in many ways, they cannot rely on past experiences to clearly guide them.

If we pull back from the economic intricacies and simply look at the big picture, does it seem remotely feasible that the U.S. and the world can employ such monetary and debt expansion without considerable inflationary consequences?

While I have many reasons to be doubtful that we’ll see 70s-era price inflation as measured by the consumer price index (CPI), I am absolutely confident that we will see price inflation in commodities and other assets.

And that will be good news for investors in gold and resource stocks.

Fed Admits Hiding Gold Swap Arrangements
Our friends at the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee (GATA) have scored another huge coup. In response to a freedom-of-information (FOI) request, the Fed has essentially admitted that it has gold swap agreements with foreign banks that it doesn’t want publically acknowledged.

GATA had requested from the Fed any information or correspondence on gold swaps, which are transactions in which monetary gold is temporarily exchanged between central banks or between central banks and bullion banks.

But GATA’s request was denied, and the organization’s appeal was answered by a Sept. 17 letter from Federal Reserve Board member Kevin M. Warsh, who was formerly a member of the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets.

Warsh wrote that, “In connection with your appeal, I have confirmed that the information withheld under Exemption 4 consists of confidential commercial or financial information relating to the operations of the Federal Reserve Banks that was obtained within the meaning of Exemption 4. This includes information relating to swap arrangements with foreign banks on behalf of the Federal Reserve System and is not the type of information that is customarily disclosed to the public. This information was properly withheld from you.”

As GATA secretary and cofounder Chris Powell notes, “The disclosure contradicts denials provided by the Fed to GATA in 2001 and suggests that the Fed is indeed very much involved in the surreptitious international central bank manipulation of the gold price particularly and the currency markets generally.”

GATA has the right to further appeal through the legal system, and plans to do exactly that. A federal lawsuit will be quite expensive, but well worth it for gold investors who need market transparency to unlock gold’s true value in today’s uncertain world.

As you may know, I’ve never been a big believer in day-to-day manipulation of the gold market by the “powers that be.” But I do believe that governments have and are acting over the long term to keep gold in chains. They’ve done it before, both covertly and openly. And they currently manipulate every other investment market. So why wouldn’t they also do it in gold, the very measuring gauge of their performance?

So I urge all serious gold and resource stock investors to help GATA out. It’s not just their cause—it’s a cause for all of us. GATA is recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a nonprofit educational and civil rights organization and contributions to it are federally tax-exempt in the United States.

Just as important, you can help by bringing this issue to the attention of news organizations and other investors. With the U.S. dollar at a crucial turning point, and with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other official organs needing to keep the gold price suppressed, it has never been more important to make the gold market open, transparent and honest again. To learn more about GATA, this issue and how to donate, visit www.gata.org.

—Brien Lundin

Your Brain Is Related To Your Sex Life

What do your brain and your sex life have in common? It’s testosterone.

There are ways to increase testosterone as we get older. Testosterone decreases with age. This causes an avalanche of other problems.

Testosterone is truly the elixir of youth. With the exception of health enthusiasts, few people are even aware of the great importance of testosterone in total health, and this certainly includes most doctors.

Of course, the trouble is that the line between the natural hormone and the synthetic, or steroids which are illegal, is blurred. This may be done on purpose to keep natural hormones out of the mental awareness of the people.

The pharmaceutical companies consider hormones to be their domain—and this includes testosterone. But they deal in synthetics or steroids which they extract and sell as prescription drugs. This blurring and confusing of steroids with natural hormone has worked with the people and most doctors.

Pharmaceuticals are masters of deceit. They create confusion that they channel in their favor. Yes, it is psychological propaganda and confusion.

Anything that we lose as we age needs to be replaced if possible. I can think of nothing more important than testosterone. When natural testosterone is not replaced with age, men’s testosterone gets so low that their bodies can’t make much estrogen at all. In both sexes the body makes estrogen by converting testosterone to estrogen.

I have written about acquiring testosterone 5 percent cream from a compounding pharmacy. This is what I use. But there are other non-prescription precursors that produce natural testosterone.

The sex hormones come from cholesterol and the pharmaceuticals are trying to stamp out cholesterol under the pretext of heart health.

It is commerce and actually the lowering of cholesterol is extremely negative for heart health. And the doctors won’t come off of this anti-cholesterol phobia.

The first cause of skyrocketing cholesterol is insulin imbalance. Testosterone and the other sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone, are produced from cholesterol as are the sex hormone precursors DHEA and androstenedione.

As we age we seem to get insulin resistant, causing us to be overweight and leading to diminished testosterone and DHEA levels.

Pharmaceuticals don’t say much about insulin because any honest insulin studies lead to the subject of the high U.S. consumption of fructose corn syrup and the health hazard it is causing, resulting in a pandemic of diabetes.

Sugar causes high insulin levels and medical problems. Low insulin correlates with higher DHEA levels and higher testosterone levels and normal cholesterol levels.

Well, we started with the direct relationship of the brain and sex life or sexual potency. I, like most people, think of testosterone as it relates to enhanced sex life, or diminished sex life if testosterone is low.

But Dr. Jonathan Wright, in his October 2008 newsletter Nutrition and Healing (www.wrightnewsletter.com), states that testosterone levels are directly related to cognitive function. He writes “The sex part is important, no doubt, but who cares about sex if you can’t remember who you’re with or what you’re doing with her?”

Dr. Wright writes that natural “testosterone replacement for men is extremely important for significantly reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline.”

Also, “higher serum (natural bio-identical) estrogen levels in women in their 60s are directly correlated with lower incidence of Alzheimer’s in those same women decades
later.

“Testosterone for men and estrogen (that’s real, bio-identical estrogen—not horse estrogen as used in conventional medicine) for women is very protective for the entire cardiovascular system, including the blood supply to the brain.”

Seniors, we all need to be aware of declining levels of nutrients and hormones with aging. We need iodine, DHEA, coenzyme Q10, glutathione, etc. Above all, let’s try not to become insulin resistant.

Watch all sugars or sweeteners, especially high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). It is more dangerous to the people than a standing army.