Government Announces New Transfers Of Guantanamo Detainees

Government announces new transfers of Guantanamo detainees As part of President Obama’s effort to close down the controversial prison at Guantanamo Bay, the government has said two more detainees were recently transferred to France and Hungary, respectively.

The interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a review of the cases and determined that Sabir Lahmar, a native of Algeria, could be transferred to the government of France, which took place on Nov. 30.

According to the Justice Department, a federal court ruled on Nov. 20, 2008, that Lahmar may no longer be detained under the Authorization for the Use of Military Force and ordered his release from detention.

The second prisoner, whose name has not been revealed and who is originally from the West Bank, was transferred to the government of Hungary on that same day.

Just days after taking office last January, Obama signed an executive order to shut down the Guantanamo Bay prison within a year and to ban harsh interrogations techniques. To date, more than 550 detainees have departed for other destinations, ranging from Albania, Algeria and Afghanistan to Australia, Belgium and Maldives.

However, it is now considered unlikely that the facility will be closed by January 2010.
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End the Fed by Ron Paul

During a Republican primary campaign rally at the University of Michigan in October, 2007, Rep. Ron Paul was greeted by supporters who began shouting “End the Fed, end the Fed,” as he began talking about monetary policy.

The cry resonated, and soon the whole crowd had taken up the cheer and some were holding burning dollar bills as if sending a message to the central bank. Almost a year later, at Paul’s counterconvention in Minneapolis, 12,000 people started the chant before Paul even mentioned the Federal Reserve. With that, the title for Paul’s latest book, End the Fed, was written.

Paul is an 11-term congressman from Texas, and a sound monetary policy has been one of his major policy aims. He currently has a bill before Congress that would lead to an audit of the Federal Reserve. The bill has 317 co-sponsors in the 435-member House of Representatives.

The response of his supporters during his campaign and the subsequent support of his fellow members of Congress have encouraged Paul that Americans are beginning to understand the devastating effects the Federal Reserve has had on America’s economy.

End the Fed begins with Paul laying out the argument for why people should care about and question the basis for the Federal Reserve. He writes:

“…the Fed has one power that is unique to it alone: it enables the creation of money out of thin air. Sometimes it makes vast new amounts. Sometimes it makes lesser amounts. The money takes a variety of forms and enters the system in various ways. And the Fed does this through techniques such as open-market operations, changing reserve ratios, and manipulating interest rates, operations that all result in money creation.

“Given that money is one half of every commercial transaction and that whole civilizations literally rise and fall based on the quality of their money, we are talking about an awesome power, one that flies under cover of night. It is the power to weave illusions that appear real as long as they last. That is the very core of the Fed’s power.”

Paul writes that some like the illusion and just want to get back to the time when everything was good. But those “good times” were a mirage—a creation of the appearance of wealth by the Fed.

The book gives a brief history lesson of the origins of the central bank in general in the United States, and the Federal Reserve in particular. The book is also partly autobiographical, as Paul describes boyhood lessons and influences that piqued his interest in money and monetary policy.

While it was formed under the idea that it would be able to protect the monetary and financial system against inflation and violent swings in market activity, the Fed has done just the opposite. Paul quoted a statement from the Comptroller of the Currency in 1914: “…under the operation of this law such financial and commercial crisis, or ‘panics,’ as the country experienced in 1873, in 1893, and again in 1907, with the attendant misfortunes and prostrations, seem to be mathematically impossible.”

Yet Paul points out that the National Bureau of Economic Research says there were recessions in each of the following years in the 20th Century: 1918-1919, 1920-1921, 1923-1924, 1926-1927, 1929-1933, 1937-1938, 1945, 1948-1949, 1953-1954, 1957-1958, 1960-1961, 1969-1970, 1973-1975, 1980, 1981-1982, 1990-1991, 2001 and 2007, which is the current panic of which there is no end yet in sight.

And the Fed has devastated the purchasing power of the dollar, Paul writes. The goods and services you could buy in 1913 for $1 now cost nearly $21. Put another way, the 1913 dollar is now worth less than five cents. We might say the government has stolen 95 cents of every dollar, according to Paul.

Central banks such as the Federal Reserve, Paul writes, prove useful for governments wishing to fund wars. The elastic money supply of a system based on central banking allows governments to pay for their wars without worrying about where the money will come from. Without central banks, governments were forced to economize their resources and they often found diplomatic solutions to their disputes. If wars actually started, countries sought to end them as quickly as possible.

But for European governments in the late 19th Century, fiscal limits were removed because of central banks. Now, governments were free to print what they needed and governments were more willing to pick fights and pull the trigger.

“Might a diplomatic solution have been found for the struggles that led to World War I had the Germans and English not had recourse to the printing press and a lender of last resort?” Paul asks.

After laying historical groundwork of the devastation the Federal Reserve has caused to the American economy and about discussions he has had with Federal Reserve chairmen Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke, Paul begins making the case for abolition of the Fed.

He makes his arguments on philosophical, Constitutional, economic and libertarian grounds. He then explains the consequences and provides a roadmap for the way out of the mess.

End the Fed provides an excellent overview of the nature, origin and result of a central banking system and also opens the doors on Paul’s fiscal views. Anyone interested in economics and monetary policy of the U.S. would benefit from reading this book.

Obama Wants Payback, Calls On Bank Heads To Boost Economy

Obama wants payback, calls on bank heads to boost economy On Monday, President Barack Obama met with the leaders of the nation’s largest financial institutions and demanded that they put forth an "extraordinary" effort to help aid the struggling economy.

Obama urged bank directors to boost lending to small businesses and curtail large bonuses for top executives. He also asked banks not to stand in the way of potential financial regulatory reform aimed to safeguard its customers.

"No one wants banks making the kinds of risky loans that got us into this situation in the first place," he said, "but given the difficulty businesspeople are having as lending has declined, and given the exceptional assistance banks received to get them through a difficult time, we expect them to explore every responsible way to help get our economy moving again."

The president had set an ominous tone for the meeting during his Sunday night 60 Minutes interview when he referred to Wall Street bankers as a "bunch of fat cats" whom he did not feel an obligation to help.

Meanwhile, Republican Party chairman Michael Steele warned Obama that he "should recognize that banks aren’t going to lend money to people who won’t pay them back. Banks can open the floodgates of cash, but you have inability of small business owners to pay back the loans."

Steele told NBC’s Today show that less regulation is what would return small businesses to profitability, according to FoxNews.com.
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Vitamin D Can Slow Cancer Progression, Study Concludes

Vitamin D can slow cancer progression, study concludesA recent study conducted by The Mayo Clinic suggests a strong link between vitamin D levels and cancer progression in lymphoma patients.

Researchers studied 374 patients who were recently diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, half of whom had insufficient levels of vitamin D.

Patients who were deficient in the vitamin had a 50 percent greater risk of cancer progression and a two-fold greater risk of death compared to those with optimal levels of the compound.

"While these findings are very provocative, they are preliminary and need to be validated in other studies," said endocrinologist Matthew Blake. "However, they raise the issue of whether vitamin D supplementation might aid in treatment for this malignancy, and thus should stimulate much more research," he added.

The study reinforces previous findings that suggest that vitamin D is critical to the maintenance of overall health. It can be found in many dietary sources including eggs, fortified milk and fish as well as inexpensive dietary supplements. In addition, some 15 minutes in the sun three times a week in the summer may help replenish vitamin D levels.

Recent studies have also found that vitamin D may provide protection from high blood pressure and several autoimmune diseases.
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Is it “Un-American” to Go Offshore? The Thin Line Between Financial Patriotism and Financial Suicide

For an extreme example of offshore phobia, take the case of White House National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers.

When good old Larry was President Bill Clinton’s Secretary of the Treasury in 1994, he went off the deep end referring to American expatriates as “tax traitors.” He was subsequently made to apologize by his boss for that over-the-top comment.

This idea that it is unpatriotic for otherwise good Americans to have foreign bank accounts, own foreign investments and real estate and live in foreign lands has long been the unspoken policy of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and other government agencies. I know this from personal experience.

Specifically, I recall a conference of several hundred lawyers and bankers in Miami. The assistant to the U.S. Attorney General took the stage and publicly stated that anytime an individual had offshore accounts, he or she was assumed—by the Department of Justice—to be engaged in something that was probably illegal.

So much for the rule of law and the presumption of innocence.

But, as they say about us humans, “Old habits die hard.”

Americans Neglect a World of Opportunity

Despite the occasional financial excursion abroad, human nature dictates that most folks prefer to make and save money at home. We tend to be comfortable with the familiar and seemingly less threatening domestic economy of our home nation, even if the government is as near to bankruptcy as America and the United Kingdom.

In 2009, only 74 million, or about 26 percent of Americans, even had passports (and another million Americans living near the Mexican and Canadian borders had "passport cards")—yet this was a historically high percentage.

To be sure, Americans are happy with their home. That happiness—or perhaps complacency—might be the biggest stumbling block when it comes to considering all the possibilities… even when it comes to a simple passport.

But the anti-offshore arguments of the America Left seem to fit into this “America First” theme, and both that and “Buy American” are wrong-headed ideas. I love my country too much to believe such nonsense.

As one who believes in the principle of free international trade and its decided benefits for all parties, the political resurgence of “Buy American” under Obama and the Democrats should concern Americans.

Harry Binswanger, PhD., of the Ayn Rand Institute writes, "According to a recent poll, 80% of Americans think it their patriotic duty to give preference to American-made products. But ‘Buy American’ is wholly un-American in both its economics and its philosophy.

"America’s distinction among all the nations of the world is that it enshrined political and economic freedom.

“Although we have departed greatly from our original laissez-faire principles, to the whole world America still symbolizes capitalism. Americanism means understanding that a free market, domestically and internationally, is the only path to general prosperity."

The Practical Reasons

But beyond the principles involved there are good, practical reasons why Americans who are aware should now “go offshore” financially, with simple financial survival being first among them.

At a time when the U.S. government is deeply in debt (nearly $13 trillion in U.S. dollars)… with Obama’s pending plans for more taxes on high income earners… capital gains and estate taxes looming… and with major and minor banks teetering on the brink, prudence dictates offshore planning and activity.

So-called “patriotism” does not require us to commit financial suicide when there are reasonable escape exits to better places.

When people open their eyes to the rest of the world they find greater asset protection, stronger financial privacy, higher returns in carefully selected markets, more diversification of investments and, among currencies, increased safety and security, both personal and financial and deferred taxes on annuities and life insurance.

In contrast to Bank of America, CitiBank and AIG, the offshore banks and insurance companies recommended by The Sovereign Society aren’t exposed to the risky investments of third-world debt and Wall Street’s esoteric derivatives.

These banks are located in politically neutral countries that don’t employ interventionist foreign policy, making them much less likely to be terror targets.

Unfortunately, relatively few Americans are taking advantage of the fruits of global diversification. I think you owe it to yourself and to your family to at least consider the advantages of global banking and financial services. At the very least, you should hold a portion of your assets offshore… just in case.

For the very good reasons I have enumerated—and for self-interest as well—none of us can afford to be xenophobic in this 21st century.

Sincerely,
Bob Bauman
P.S. You can learn all about the world’s foremost legitimate and legal offshore financial centers in my just published 4th edition of Where to Stash Your Cash Legally: Offshore Financial Centers of the World.

The Ratification of the Bill of Rights

This week should mark one of the most joyous celebrations of the year for every person who loves liberty. Unfortunately, the reason for such jubilation will barely be mentioned.

On Dec. 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights became an official part of the Constitution of the United States of America. Virginia was the 10th state to ratify the first 10 amendments, thus providing the necessary two-thirds votes for approval. (Remember, there were only 13 states back then.)

You probably remember from high school history lessons that the adoption of the Constitution was far from a sure thing. Many legislators were afraid that the framers had not done nearly enough to protect Americans from the danger that frightened them the most—the almost-irresistible tendency of government to grow ever more powerful.

The first 10 amendments were proposed as a way to keep this from happening. The first eight, you’ll recall, enumerated specific things that the new government could not do, no matter the circumstances or excuses that might be used, and specific rights the citizens would always enjoy.

The ninth and 10th amendments were then added, basically to say, "And if we forgot to include anything, you can’t do that either."

How long has it been since you’ve heard anyone refer to either amendment? Would a schoolchild today even know what you were talking about if you were to say, "The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." (Amendment IX)

Or, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." (Amendment X)

Today, every member of Congress, as well as the President and all Supreme Court justices, take an oath of office swearing to "preserve and protect" the Constitution.

Too bad that not one in 100 means it.

—Chip Wood

China’s Century: The Impending Threat to America and the Dollar

“India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border”—Hu Shih, 20th Century scholar.

We are a little more than two weeks away from the second decade of the 21st century. More and more it is beginning to look like China’s century.

It’s been 60 years since the Communists seized power. According to Fareed Zakaria, the host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria’s GPS, “Mao Zedong dragged the country through a series of catastrophic convulsions that destroyed its economic, technological and intellectual capital.”

But in December 1978 Mao’s successor, Deng Xiaoping, gave his famous cat speech which marked the fulcrum upon which the giant nation turned. At a Communist Party meeting he urged economic development over ideology. “It doesn’t matter if it is a black cat or a white cat,” said Deng. “As long as it can catch mice, it is a good cat.”

The question three decades later is what exactly is the Chinese cat hunting? Is it cooperation with the United States and the continued development of the global economy, or is it the relentless pursuit of global power and resource wealth? All the evidence is not yet in, but what we do know seems to indicate the latter with all its chilling ramifications.

But any discussion of China has to be first and foremost about its incredible economy, for the nation has risen towards superpower status in such little time. It is an economy that has doubled every eight years for the past three decades!

Just consider the following:

  • China has foreign exchange reserves totaling almost $2.2 trillion, double the next largest holder, Japan.
  • The number of cars driven in China doubles every three years.
  • China is the world’s largest producer of coal, steel and cement.
  • Twenty of the world’s fastest growing cities are all in China.
  • China manufactures two-thirds of all the world’s photocopiers, microwave ovens, DVD players and shoes.
  • Starbucks predicts that sometime next year it will have more cafes in China than in the U.S.
  • China is the world’s second largest defense spender (behind the USA).

It’s the final item that reveals the claws in China’s carefully crafted Panda Bear self-portrait.

A 2006 U.S. Department of Defense assessment of China was chilling. According to that report the Pentagon viewed China as the next big military threat to the U.S. “There are some real concerns about China’s military modernization,” said Adam Segal, senior fellow for China studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Then in 2009 a report from the Council on Foreign Relations said that China has been steadily building up its strategic and conventional capabilities since the 1990s.

According to U.S. defense experts, in 1990 China had a “bare-bones” military: basic capabilities, but nothing sophisticated or top-of-the-line. But two decades of double-digit spending increases have completely changed that picture.

The Pentagon estimates China’s total military spending for 2007 to be between $97 billion and $139 billion, as compared to $52 billion reported by China.

According to the Council on Foreign Relations most of that spending has gone to building a sophisticated, modern military: a large, increasingly capable fleet, an air force stocked with Russian warplanes, and technical strides which have improved China’s ballistic missile arsenal, as well as satellite surveillance, radar and interception capabilities.

“(U.S.) Hawks insist that the Chinese are seeking to drive the U.S. military out of the Pacific, and make it Beijing’s lake rather than what it has been for decades, an American pond,” said Time Magazine in an April 2009 issue.

China is constructing a nuclear aircraft carrier with a lethal and global reach to support its growing fleet of technologically advanced nuclear submarines.

Why is Beijing arming itself to the teeth? Perhaps for global dominance. Perhaps just for the natural resources it needs to sustain its growth: Core among them being oil.

This year Asia will have consumed about 50 percent of Middle East exported oil. China understands it might have to count on its military to lock-in future supplies.

That could mean another arms race or worse. That is something the U.S. can ill afford.

Another Golden Empire
China is also arming itself with gold.

According to the China Gold Association, Chinese demand for gold could total more than 16 million ounces this year, up from 12.9 million ounces in 2008.

China has also become the world’s largest gold producer, having surpassed South Africa in 2007.

“China is likely to become the number-one supplier and consumer of gold this year,” said Rozanna Wozniak, investment research manager at the World Gold Council.

On Nov. 31, China’s Economic Information Daily published remarks by a senior Chinese official indicating that Dubai’s debt crisis could be a good opportunity for China to purchase gold and oil assets.

Ji Xiaonan (Chairman of the Supervisory Committee overseeing large state-owned enterprises) was quoted as saying that the Dubai debt crisis "could give China an opportunity to put some of its foreign exchange reserves into gold or oil."

Just two weeks ago Ji Xiaonan said that China should increase the amount of gold it holds in reserves to reduce potential losses from a depreciating dollar. Currently China has relatively small gold reserves, just 1,200 metric tons or about 7 percent of the world total.

But Ji Xiaonan wants to change that. He wants China gold reserves to reach 6,000 metric tons within three-to-five years and possibly to 10,000 metric tons in eight to 10 years. (Ten thousand metric tons represents 350 million ounces of gold or about four years of global gold production.)

Money is Not a Problem
China has a lot of money to invest in gold and other real assets. It has foreign currency holdings of $2 trillion which include $800 billion in U.S. Treasury debt. With that kind of dollar exposure it is little wonder that China wants to increase its gold reserves 10-fold.

This will be an unprecedented national build-up of official gold reserves (in fact for the past 50 years most nations have been net sellers of gold). China’s radical increase in its bullion reserves is likely a harbinger for much higher prices for the Midas metal. How high is anyone’s guess, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see gold above $1,500 by next spring.

Action to take: Don’t be surprised by a correction in the price of gold going into January. I think that over the very short-term the bull is tired. Over the long-term the bull market in gold is very much alive. I recommend you use any correction to add to your physical gold holdings in anticipation of considerably higher prices in 2010.

Yours for real wealth and good health,

John Myers
Myers’ Energy and Gold Report

GOP 'truth Squad' Plans To Greet Obama At U.N. Climate Conference

GOP 'truth squad' plans to greet Obama at UN climate conferenceWhen Barack Obama arrives in Copenhagen, Denmark this week to take part in the United Nations (U.N.) conference on climate change, his political adversaries will be there waiting for him.

A GOP counter-delegation labeled the "truth squad" by Matt Dempsey, spokesman for Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) will consist of approximately a half-dozen Republican House and Senate members, according to FoxNews.com.

The purpose of the group’s trip is to remind other international delegations that the United States Congress needs to sign off on any binding global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

"I will not be one of the sycophants that say climate change is the biggest problem facing the world and we need to do all these draconian things that cost jobs," said Representative Joe Barton (R-Texas) quoted by the Environmental News Service.

"The truth is the truth. The facts are the facts," he said. "This whole theory of man-made global warming is just that. It is a theory."

A climate bill passed the House earlier this year, but is currently stuck in the Senate and won’t be discussed until 2010.

Last Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officially declared carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases a threat to public health and safety, granting itself the authority to mandate carbon emissions policy without the approval of Congress.
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Study: Most 401(k) Participants Have Made Money Since 2007

Study: Most 401(k) participants have made money since 2007The Vanguard Group, a provider of company-sponsored retirement plans, has recently announced that the typical 401(k) participant currently has more money in their account than they had before the market declined in September 2007.

According to the study, approximately 60 percent of Vanguard participants who stayed invested have an account balance that is equal or higher than it was at the market’s peak in 2007. Roughly 40 percent of continuous participants have lower balances, although the majority of them are less than 20 percent below their peak value.

The Pennsylvania investment management company said that the meaningful improvement in retirement holdings is due to continued investing, balanced portfolio construction and a sharp increase in stock prices from their March 2009 lows.

"Our evidence suggests that ongoing contributions plus improvement over time in the capital markets may restore many more of these individuals to their pre-October 2007 wealth levels, perhaps more rapidly than previously anticipated," said retirement research head Steven Utkus.

Meanwhile, Fidelity Investments released a report last month that said that their average account had increased 28 percent between March and September of 2009, the Associated Press reports.
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Gingko Biloba Improves More Than Just Memory, New Study Suggests

Gingko biloba improves more than just memory, new study suggestsIn a comprehensive review of current scientific data, a clinical neuropsychologist has found that gingko biloba not only improves declining memory, but also offers considerable benefits for other cognitive functions.

Dr. Reiner Kaschel of the University of Osnabrueck, Germany, analyzed the findings of 29 published clinical trials and found that patients who took gingko extract showed significant positive effects compared to those who took a placebo.

The study concluded that the compound improved memory, concentration, attention and executive functions of respondents showing the first signs of cognitive decline.

Kaschel estimated that those who took gingko extract were between four and eight times more likely to experience improved brain function when compared to those in the control group.

He concluded that "there is consistent evidence that chronic administration [of ginkgo extract] improves selective attention, some executive processes and long-term memory for verbal and non-verbal material."

Gingko biloba has also been used to help patients recover from eye problems including glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and age-related macular degeneration.

Gingko extract has been linked to the improvement of blood circulation, which may help the brain, eyes, ears and legs function properly.
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Despite Climategate, Republicans Remain Divided On Global Warming

Despite Climategate, Republicans remain divided on global warming As the controversy surrounding the leaked emails from environmental scientists casting doubt on the validity of the data behind global warming continues, there are signs that there is substantial disagreement on the issue within the GOP.

Based on the leak, the United Nations (UN) announced a probe last week that will look into the allegations that some of its climate change research has been manipulated. Some lawmakers in Washington have called on the Obama administration to do the same, but it has so far refused to follow suit.

Among those pushing for an investigation in the United States is Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) who said the government is failing in its responsibility to "ensure that U.S. policies are not driven by corrupted science and data," quoted by TheHill.com.

However, Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) has said the content of the emails has not changed her views on global warming. She added that "[scientists she consulted] tell me it does not change their own conclusions or their own research [showing that global warming is a man-made phenomenon]," according to the news source.

Meanwhile, Roger L. Simon and Lionel Chetwynd, who are both conservatives and members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, have demanded the Oscar that former Vice President Al Gore won two years ago for the environmental movie An Inconvenient Truth be rescinded.
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Obama Lays Out Job Creation Strategy, Fires Back At Political Foes

Obama lays out job creation strategy, fires back at political foesLast week, President Obama delivered a much-anticipated speech where he outlined his job creation proposal, while also taking a few shots at some of his political adversaries.

Obama proposed a one-year elimination of the capital gains tax on small business investment in an effort to promote economic expansion in the private sector. He also plans to offer business owners tax credits to boost hiring and unused Wall Street bailout money to increase lending.

Two other programs that the president discussed include a substantial investment in infrastructure and a government sponsored "green" initiative that will give people rebates to retrofit their home to become more energy efficient.

Before Obama spoke of future plans for economic growth, he pointed the finger back at those who opposed his previous recovery plan.

"We were forced to take those steps [to jump-start the economy] largely without the help of an opposition party which, unfortunately, after having presided over the decision-making that had led to the crisis, decided to hand it over to others to solve," he stated.

Meanwhile, Republicans have been fuming over the decision to take unused Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) money and spend it on another stimulus program.

"Any [money] left over was meant to go to the deficit," said Congressman John Boehner (R-Ohio). "The idea of taking this money and spending it is repulsive," he added.
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Senators Make Progress On Healthcare Bill, Talk Of Discarding Public Option

Senators make progress on healthcare bill, talk of discarding public optionLast week, after months of impassioned debate and public derision, liberal and conservative members of the Senate seemed to have come closer to a compromise on the proposed healthcare bill.

Several Democratic officials said that the deal now includes a proposal that would replace the public insurance option with a not-for-profit private option that would be overseen by the federal Office of Personnel Management, according to CNN.com.

The plan would also allow people 55 years of age or older to buy into Medicare coverage that is currently only available to people who are 65 years and above.

However, Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) one of the senators working on the deal, said that he would not support any proposal that would replace the public option with a purely private insurance program.

"We need to have some competition for the insurance industry to keep rates down and save taxpayer dollars," he said.

Meanwhile, Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) expressed concern over the idea of broadening the Medicare program to include people over the age of 55.

"I want to make sure we’re not adding a big additional burden to the Medicare program, which we need to figure out how to save, because it’s going bankrupt," said Lieberman.
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Watch Your Workouts To Avoid Arthritis

Too much vigorous exercise might hurt jointsWe often hear about the benefits of exercise, but new information from the University of California, San Francisco, indicates that an excess of physical activity might be a bad thing.

Older men and women who run or exercise vigorously on a regular basis might be harming their knees and other joints. The team learned that this increases their risk for osteoarthritis as they age further.

"Our data suggest that people with higher physical activity levels may be at greater risk for developing knee abnormalities and, thus, at higher risk for developing osteoarthritis," explained Dr. Christoph Stehling, a research fellow at the university.

Study participants had MRI scans taken of their knees, and individuals who had higher activity levels—as indicated via the Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly test scores—had greater knee damage. Researchers observed knee problems such as cartilage lesions, bone marrow edema and ligament lesions in those who were most physically active.

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Eggs, Butter, Whole Raw Milk, Cheese and Fatty Meats

The cholesterol myth has led the public to reject foods like eggs, butter, whole raw milk, cheese and fatty meats, and that myth is the foundation for the multi-billion dollar cholesterol (statin drug) industry. The ploy is to create a crisis and give a profitable solution.
 
The public is told that these foods are the major sources of cholesterol. What the public is not told is that these foods also carry the best antidote for cholesterol. The phospholipids and lecithins are always naturally associated with cholesterol. The loss of these phospholipids, by omitting the above foods, is more certain to cause serious trouble than any excess of cholesterol. You must have a balance of good high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol for optimum heart and brain function.

The natural phospholipids in natural food which include lecithins are a part of the vitamin E complex. The E complex loses as much as 99 percent of its potency if the associated phospholipids are removed as is done with synthetic and manufactured foods.

Cholesterol is not a health issue and is not a marker for heart disease or cancer if natural foods such as those listed above are eaten. They carry their own antidote phospholipids and lecithins.

Seven Ways to Prevent Chronic Headaches

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) there are two headache types and 13 headache classifications. If you have been seeing a doctor for treatment or have been doing some research then you’ve probably come across a number of terms, like migraine headache, cluster headache, tension-type headache, allergy headache, sinus headache and so on.

Despite the advances in medical science, an astonishing 25 million Americans suffer from migraines! And a whopping nine out of 10 suffer from other headaches as part of their daily lives! The headaches are accepted as inevitable parts of life and sufferers swallow prescription drugs as a matter of habit, just as they brush their teeth without giving the action a second thought.

The problem is chronic headaches and migraines take their toll, not only on the body’s ability to maintain a state of homeostasis or wellness, but on the ability to think logically, see clearly and to feel and act appropriately. The impact all of this has on one’s quality of life is shattering: jobs lost, relationships ruined, motivation diminished and happiness disintegrated.

Not all headaches are the same. Not everyone experiences headaches and their symptoms the same way. The same trigger does not always trigger the same type of headache. What’s more, headaches encompass physical, physiological and emotional dimensions. In short, headaches are complex conditions that need a comprehensive approach to achieve their banishment.

Despite what you may have been told, the particular label you place on a headache is less important than taking a multi-pronged approach to returning your body to its natural, balanced state in which headaches are less likely to occur.

After personally suffering from painful migraines for nearly 30 years, I devised an “integrated mind/body approach” to prevent headaches of all kinds from taking hold in the body. Indeed, the key to ending headache pain is proactive avoidance of its causes rather than reactive treatment of its symptoms.
 
Major headache triggers include chemicals in food and beverages and even toxins in the body and air, as well as harboring stress and missing sleep. In order to reestablish cellular balance, one must remove the toxins and stressors that tax the body or learn to deal with them in new ways. For most people, this means a major lifestyle change. Here are seven ways to start:

Be Mindful of Dietary Choices
Eat more fresh items and fewer processed foods. Also, try eliminating suspected food triggers one by one from your diet for two to three weeks and monitor what happens with your headaches. Common culprits include cheeses (such as Brie, feta and Gorgonzola), pickles, chocolate, dairy products (goat as well as cow), alcohol (beware the notorious red wine headache), processed meats (bologna, pepperoni, salami, hot dogs, etc.), raw onions, peanuts, raisins and products that contain MSG.

Stay Hydrated with Plenty of Water
When we become dehydrated, the digestive system, lungs, liver and kidneys can no longer do their jobs as effectively, and this can lead to headaches.

Drink plenty of water every day to help your body expel hazardous chemical residues and toxic build-up. Water cleanses the colon, flushes the liver and kidneys and empties the bowels. I recommend two quarts of bottled or filtered water daily. Please note: caffeinated coffees and teas, carbonated sodas and sugar-filled fruit drinks don’t count toward that total!

Break the Patterns of Stress
Stress, in its many forms, is a leading cause of headaches. So to control headaches, you must break the pattern of stress. Fortunately, there are many ways to go about doing this.

To reduce tension and tightness in the shoulders, neck and back, which can lead to headaches, see a massage therapist or do daily gentle stretches. A chiropractor can work with misalignments that can occur as a result of constantly tensed muscles. I also recommend meditation and deep breathing to quiet the mind and relax the body’s nervous system. Many people benefit from tai chi, yoga, qigong or other gentle exercises that stretch the body and soothe the soul. Find whatever stress relievers work for you—it could be walking, biking, ice skating or whatever.

Taking a multiple B vitamin at least twice daily also helps fight the stress reflex. For many, a magnesium supplement may be useful as well.

Take Deep Breaths
In addition to stress relief, deep breathing ensures a continuous flow of fresh oxygen into the body. Many people’s breathing is too shallow, which means they don’t take in enough oxygen. To get more oxygen into your system I recommend progressive relaxation.

Lie down comfortably with your arms at your sides, and inhale as you tense your toes. Hold for a moment and then exhale as you consciously relax them. Gradually and slowly continue up the rest of the body, mindfully tensing and relaxing the feet, calves, thighs, etc., as you inhale and exhale.

Get Sufficient Sleep
Everyone knows we get cranky and headachy when we don’t get enough sleep. To prevent headaches it’s essential to establish deep and constant sleep patterns.

If you must drink caffeine, avoid it six hours before bed. Also avoid overly stimulating activities such as intense exercise. Stop working at the computer at least an hour or so before bed. Instead, establish a regular, soothing routine, such as taking a warm bath and reading a good book before retiring.

Engage in Regular Exercise
Exercise reduces stress, releases endorphins and dopamine, improves blood flow, works through muscle tension and keeps the body firm and supple. Engaging in simple, regular activities such as brisk walks and simple stretches will go a long way toward preventing headaches, as well as improving health overall.

Exercise at the same time every day, buddy up with a friend or group for accountability and support, and consider a trainer (if only for a few sessions) to help you establish a safe, personalized program. Even very easy, do-it-yourself stretches are beneficial for headache prevention. For example, try the chin-to-chest exercise. To stretch and release tension in the shoulders and upper back, use your hands to gently push the back of the head forward until your chin touches your chest. Repeat several times daily.

Know Your Number
Most chronic headache sufferers can’t seem to find definitive relief from their pain by simply adhering to the above-mentioned suggestions. Unfortunately, the problem is more complex and what I tell patients is that the problem is compounded by multiple trigger combinations.

For me, my trigger number is four within a 24-hour period. I can have coffee, milk and sweetener with no problem, but if I get stressed: Bang! I can eat a hotdog on a white bun, drink a beer and I am fine. But get up with less than eight hours sleep and a headache will show itself. So, when living a lifestyle based on prevention it is important that you know your number… that magic digit that indicates how many triggers you can have in a day or week before the headache returns. And with that knowledge and the right amount of discipline you can keep the pain away forever.

With the above lifestyle changes you can reduce the frequency and severity of your headaches. The time to make the change is now. I wish you the best in this life-changing endeavor.

Yours in self-directed wellness,

—Dr. Mark Wiley

Obama's Human Rights Record Criticized Before Nobel Ceremonies

Obama's human rights record criticized before Nobel ceremoniesAs he prepared his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, the advocacy group Amnesty International began questioning President Barack Obama’s human rights record.

Amnesty’s executive director Larry Cox stated that Obama’s human rights record is still a "work in progress" and that he must make it a "constant priority—not just when it is convenient."

While Cox gives Obama credit for a pragmatic foreign policy style and a willingness to open talks with countries like North Korea and Iran, he also faults him for not doing enough to address specific human rights violations, according to Reuters.

"He has spoken out on some cases… but he has not raised enough issues of human rights in China, for example, where it would have demonstrated real commitment on our part not to let other needs prevent us from speaking out very forcefully," said Cox.

Amnesty’s director also encouraged the president to use his acceptance speech as a platform for change.

"[He should say that] the U.S. after many, many decades has failed to provide that kind of leadership [on human rights] and now wants, once again, to provide that leadership," he stated, quoted by the news source.

Meanwhile, President Obama has faced criticism after he acknowledged last month that he will not meet his original January deadline for shutting down the notorious military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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EPA: Greenhouse Gases A Global Hazard, Stricter Regulations To Come

EPA: Greenhouse gases a global hazard, stricter regulations to comeLast Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officially declared carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases a danger to public health and welfare. The announcement gives the EPA the authority to mandate policy that would regulate carbon emissions, regardless of whether or not Congress passes the long awaited cap-and-trade bill.

The "endangerment" finding will allow the agency to regulate carbon emissions from all sources including factories, utility plants as well as pedestrian and commercial vehicles.

"These long-overdue findings cement 2009’s place in history as the year when the U.S. government began addressing the challenge of greenhouse gas pollution and seizing the opportunity of clean-energy reform," said EPA administrator Lisa Jackson.

Meanwhile, critics believe that the agency has granted itself unrestrictive power, and that the already troubled economy will become a casualty of an imminent climate war.

"It’s going to have consequences that are very significant for our economic recovery," said Republican Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire. "A lot of economic expansion is going to be put on hold pending what happens with these regulations. And we really can’t afford that right now," he added, quoted by NewsMax.com.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue said that the new regulations would stall economic growth and that the EPA, whose top administrator is chosen by the White House, was basing its findings on "shaky, cherry-picked data," quoted by Bloomberg.com.
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Supreme Court Says Releasing Detainee Photos Would Endanger Troops

Supreme Court says releasing detainee photos would endanger troopsThe U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the ruling of a lower court that allowed the disclosure of photographs of detainees allegedly being abused by their U.S. investigators. The decision was criticized by civil rights groups but praised by lawmakers in Washington.

Representatives of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which brought the lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act, have said the organization will continue to fight for releasing the photos which it says show the U.S. engaged in acts of torture and other illegal activities to obtain information.

Steven R. Shapiro, the ACLU’s legal director, commented that "no democracy has ever been made stronger by suppressing evidence of its own misconduct."

However, in announcing its decision, the highest court referred to the recent enactment of the Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2010. The Act contains a provision allowing the Secretary of Defense to issue a certification preventing the release of any photograph whose disclosure may endanger U.S. citizens, members of the United States Armed Forces or employees of the U.S. government deployed abroad.

The decision was applauded by Senators Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, and Joe Lieberman, an Independent from Connecticut, who called it an "important step to protect the safety of Americans who place themselves in harm’s way to defend our security and liberty."
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The Morality of Paper Money

Government printing press money distorts economic reality and dilutes morality. Financial speculation rises with the increase in paper money and the general work ethic deteriorates. The something-for-nothing mentality pervades society.

Paper money promotes the “quick buck” syndrome like narcotics peddling and hookers on the streets. Hookers, incidentally, were widespread in the Weimar Republic in Germany in 1923 because the women had to sell their bodies for food for themselves and their families. The social order visibly deteriorates. The morality of the stable gold standard gradually changes to the amorality of fiat. Few people see the cause and effect and the politicians try to legislate human behavior. They always fail as the system is overrun with jails and prisons.

Fiat promotes an illusory reality where non-substance such as financial speculation and gambling replaces the substance of industrial production and long-term value.

When consumption surpasses income, as the government and the politicians promote, distorted human emotions replace stable behavior. Social breakdown increases and real values are forgotten.

Prices of labor and craftsmen escalate beyond all reason when there is never enough money. Service repairmen charge like medical doctors.

When labor and supplies are valued in fiat, everything becomes distorted. In the final stages of hyperinflation there is no anchor to sanity and common sense.

Paper money expands consumption way beyond income. This eventually guarantees debt collapse and social breakdown. The foundation of the household collapses and the middle class is destroyed. Paper money is an illusion because it is non-substance and can be created by the government to infinity. When the people accept numbers on green strips of paper or computer symbols for money, they accept illusion for reality. They accept non-substance for substance. Real money (gold and silver) comes from the earth and human production. It is no illusion.

Future generations are cheated out of life because working mothers give up newborns for fiat paper money. They unwittingly exchange new life for paper money, and more paper money and consumption. This is what the system promotes.

What Comes Next?

I believe that I can assure you that three years from now the dollar purchasing parity will be about 30 cents as compared to the present. I don’t know why it is not obvious to people who have dollar savings.

There are many controls coming. As paper currencies come to their end, governments greatly step up suppression of the people. They start foreign wars. They attack their own population with high-sounding hypocrisy. Government makes criminals out of honest men—“in the public interest,” of course.

What then?

Default of the United States? Not formally but by stealth, depreciation of the currency (inflation). Will the U.S. world system hold? Yes, as long as world fear factor dominates as a result of superior military power.

Much press about vast U.S. debt? Yes, but sober people understand monetary realism, to wit, that fiat implies stealth (slow) default. No payment is ever intended and impossible even if intended. The main feature or attribute of sovereign debt default is gradualism. The public cannot grasp gradualism even as they are impoverished. The debt propaganda is a cover for the fiat regime. It’s a hoax!

Scarcity of gold? Already evident.

New taxes? A value-added tax (VAT) as in Europe, income tax increases on the American “rich,” currency controls, strict rules on cash transfers and withdrawals, more reporting requirements on asset wealth. These are some of the controls alluded to earlier.

The system will try to defeat all attempts by individuals (and collectively) to protect their savings and personal security.

Destruction of the middle class? It’s already begun. It is impoverishment through currency depreciation and class warfare between the perceived haves and have nots, i.e. the politics of envy. A huge percentage of population will be pushed below the poverty line.

Savings and pension fund assets? They will be forced conversion into treasury bonds. There is plenty of precedence for this, Argentina being the most recent example.

Martial law? Yes, at some point.

Will confidence deteriorate in the banking system? Yes, by stealth (quietly) resulting in restrictions of withdrawals and frozen bank accounts.

Price of gold? When all is said and done it will be measured in U.S. dollars to about $4,000, then in Swiss francs because of the nebulousness (no meaning) of the U.S. dollar.

First Rule of Government—control its own people. America is occupied by government.

Possible good news? The current economic depression will extend the system (via nationalization) and the precious metals market and gold stocks. I foresee inflationary prosperity for a while with massive infrastructure rebuilding. If so, get your house in order for the final deluge. Do all the things you know to do such as long-term food storage. Inflationary collapse creates shortages of everything.

The stock market turns up before the economy. Sentiment is black, getting close to time to buy stocks. Never stop buying gold!

Don’t wait for exchange (currency) controls to transfer some funds into Swiss francs via Swiss annuities.

Take delivery of all your stock certificates. Soon you will not be able to. This cuts brokers out and takes your stocks out of the system. They will tell you anything to stop you. They will not tell you that they loan your stocks out for shorting and make income on them. Also they fear the loss of re-sales when you decide to sell, perhaps through another broker. They get directions from above to stop the delivery of stocks. Don’t be dissuaded!

My friends, the “change” promised by politicians should remind us that some power, both political and economic, is built upon destructive forces. We have reminded you many times of the destruction of the middle class in the U.S. now going on.

When a segment of the population becomes impoverished they clamor for “change.” This is exactly what happened to bring about the rise of Adolph Hitler. The German population was largely impoverished as a result of depreciating paper currency. No U.S. politician would dare mention depreciating paper money, as Hitler did not. He had his own paper mark.

The destructive forces in America are in full appearance for the few who can see. But for the majority, they are blind to the biggest and greatest transfer of wealth in the history of the world. Yes, there is change for exactly the same reason as the destructive change that gave rise to Hitler.

Inflation they call it, but it is really depreciating currency in all forms. And depreciating currency is the system used to transfer wealth from the savers and producers to the money creators.

In the early phase of paper currency the people go to work and accumulate wealth. In the final stage of the speedup of depreciating currency, wealth and savings is returned to the source, i.e., the money creators. And all appears to be natural economic forces. There is no bloodshed.

Yes, the people can be economic slaves without chains, without the rack or the thumbscrew, but with depreciating paper money. Alchemy is a reality. Non-substance (depreciating currency) is used to steal substance.

“Whoever controls the volume of (paper) money is the master of all industry and commerce,” said President James A. Garfield.

People who understand depreciating currency will do as necessary to survive and maybe prosper under the nose of despotism.

Do you know of anything that will treat skin cancer?

Dear Bob,

Do you know of anything that will treat skin cancer?

A: I recommended a skin cancer salve available from International Anti-Aging Systems in England (www.antiaging-systems.com).

The name of the cream is BEC5 Curaderm Topical Cream. It was developed by Dr. Bill Cham, who claims it to be “virtually 100 percent effective.” The cream is for non-melanoma skin cancers such as: basal cell carcinomas (BCC), squamous cell carcinomas (SCC), keratoses, keratoucanthomas, sun spots and age spots.

A 20 ml tube of BEC5 sells for $129.99. This is enough to last a very long time in my experience.

Best Wishes,
Bob

Tai Chi Can Reduce Knee Pain, Research Concludes

Tai chi can reduce knee pain, research concludesA new study, conducted by researchers from Tufts University, has found that patients over 65 years of age with knee osteoarthritis (OA) can improve their physical function and experience pain relief through regular tai chi exercise.

The study, published in the November issue of Arthritis Care and Research, followed 40 patients over a 12-week period with confirmed knee OA who were in otherwise good health.

Researchers split the participants into two sections; the study group was asked to participate in 60 minute Yang style tai chi sessions twice weekly, while the control group attended standard physical therapy and education classes.

At the end of the 12 weeks, patients practicing tai chi reported a significant decrease in knee pain compared to those who went through ordinary knee therapy.

"Our observations emphasize a need to further evaluate the biologic mechanisms and approaches of tai chi to extend its benefits to a broader population," concluded Chenchen Wang, author of the study.

The Mayo Clinic reports that tai chi can reduce anxiety and depression, improve balance, flexibility and muscle strength as well as lower blood pressure.
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