Eat Less Salt And Help Your Heart

Cut out the salt from you life for a healthier heartMany people understand the benefits of alternative diets when trying to lose weight, but what about a diet for better heart health? New research published on the British Medical Journal’s official website highlights the fact that decreasing one’s sodium intake may be good for the heart.

Professors from the University of Warwick in England and the University of Naples in Italy reported that a study of 170,000 individuals within 13 different experiments indicated that individuals could benefit from reducing their daily sodium intake by 5 grams.

This move might decrease the risk of stroke by 23 percent and the risk of heart disease by 7 percent.

The professors further wrote that most of the sodium one eats each day comes from processed foods and does not naturally occur.

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Lou Dobbs Loses Support Of Major Anti-immigration Group

Lou Dobbs loses support of major anti-immigration groupIn the wake of Lou Dobbs’ recent comments about immigration in the U.S., which some have interpreted as showing a softening stance, a prominent group that opposes illegal immigration has withdrawn its support for the former CNN anchor.

Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) announced the decision, which includes the suspension of websites calling on Dobbs to run for President, because his words suggest he has moderated his views on the controversial issue.

"[Dobbs’] recent comments on Telemundo and his national radio show [are] inconsistent with positions of ALIPAC and the views of most American citizens," said ALIPAC representative William Gheen.

During the contentious interview, the 64-year-old journalist stressed the importance of a "rational, effective and humane "immigration policy for the U.S., but he added that "we [also] need the ability to legalize illegal immigrants on certain conditions."

Lou Dobbs gained substantial following in recent years as he began to vocally oppose illegal immigration and criticize both the Bush and the Obama administrations for not doing enough to secure America’s southern border.

However, he resigned from his post at CNN last month after the network decided to depart from what its president Jonathan Klein called "advocacy journalism."
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Afghanistan Buildup Continues To Divide Americans

Afghanistan buildup continues to divide Americans On Tuesday, President Obama presented his case for the continuing involvement in Afghanistan, revealing he will send 30,000 more troops but also setting a date for when the units will begin to withdraw. In the days since, numerous politicians, analysts and organizations have offered their take on the new Afghanistan strategy.

However, even those who support Obama’s approach found it hard to agree with the entire plan. For example, the American Legion, an organization comprised of 2.5 million wartime veterans, praised the decision to send in more troops but said it is "troubled" by the attempt to set a timeline for withdrawal.

"[We are] opposed to any exit strategy that takes place before the mission in Afghanistan is accomplished," said national commander Clarence E. Hill, adding that "to do otherwise would more correctly be called a ‘surrender strategy’."

Meanwhile, USAction, a grassroots organization which also led the Americans Against Escalation in Iraq coalition, announced its support of the goal the end to the war, coupled with political and military benchmarks for success, but expressed concern about the plan to send new troops to the area.

"We firmly and resolutely oppose expansion of the war in Afghanistan," stressed USAction program director Alan Charney, explaining that in his view adding 30,000 more soldiers to the effort will make it hard to begin exiting in July 2011.
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What do you mean, “Keep some powder dry?

I want to thank the many thousands of you who have posted comments at the end of my various Straight Talk columns. I really enjoy reading these interesting, intelligent, informed, opinionated, controversial and sometimes downright insulting responses that you all have posted.

If you’ve never read some of the correspondence that my articles have elicited, I encourage you to do so. Just scroll down to the bottom of one of my past columns. (Click here to see the Straight Talk archive.)

One question that’s appeared several times asks what I mean by the tagline at the end of each column—“Until next time, keep some powder dry.” One severely myopic reader wondered if I wasn’t trying to incite violence.

That’s ridiculous. The phrase means keep something in reserve, and protect your ammunition, so you’ll always be ready for the next battle. These days, that’s very good advice for every patriotic American.

The oldest reference I could find to the expression was attributed to Oliver Cromwell, who told his troops, “Put your trust in God, but mind to keep your powder dry.”

That’s a very good sentiment… from a very bad man.

As part of my research, I Googled the expression, “keep some powder dry,” and got 1.1 million hits. (I only checked the first two pages.) But this absolutely amazed me: When I added my name and Googled “keep some powder dry, Chip Wood,” I got 894,000 hits. The vast majority had nothing to do with me, however. They were all about keeping wood and chips dry. Drat!

—Chip Wood

Scientists Describe Diet That Boosts Brain Power

Scientists describe diet that boosts brain power According to new research conducted by Spanish scientists, a diet rich in polyphenols and polyunsaturated fatty acids (called LMN diet) may boost neurological function, brain health and mental performance.

The team from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona found that the compounds in question help boost the production of the brain’s stem cells and strengthen their differentiation into different types of neurons.

Specifically, when the researchers fed mice a LMN diet they noted greater cell proliferation in the two areas of the brain where neurogenesis is produced—the olfactory bulb and the hippocampus.

Since both areas become severely damaged in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, the experiments provide evidence that a diet rich in these antioxidants could delay the onset or slow down the progress of this neurodegenerative disease.

The study will be published in the December issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Polyphenols can be found in tea, grapes, wine, olive oil, cocoa, nuts and other fruits and vegetables, while polyunsaturated fatty acids are derived from vegetables such as corn, soybeans, sunflowers and pumpkins as well as blue fish.

They can also be obtained via nutritional supplements
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House Passes Partisan Medicare Payment Reform Bill

House passes partisan Medicare payment reform bill Over the objections of all but one Republican, the House of Representatives passed the Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act of 2009 which replaces the current Medicare physician payment formula with a new system.

H.R. 3961 would repeal a 21.2 percent fee reduction that is scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2010, and replace the sustainable growth rate formula with a new system designed to end the cycle of increasingly larger annual fee cuts that Congress had to prevent with short-term legislation.

According to Representative Tom Perriello (D-VA), "[the] permanent reform of physician payments in Medicare will help guarantee that Medicare beneficiaries continue to enjoy the excellent access to care that they do today," quoted by Augusta Free Press.

However, Republicans have blasted the measure, with House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio suggesting it would add nearly $300 billion to the federal deficit.

"This irresponsible ‘doc fix’ proves once again that out-of-touch Washington Democrats simply cannot help themselves when it comes to piling debt on our kids and grandkids," he said.

The Senate must still approve the legislation before it can head to President Obama’s desk, and the chamber has already rejected one version due to its projected cost.

Representative Michael Burgess of Texas—a medical doctor—was the only GOP member who voted in favor of the act.
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Ron Paul on “Repeal 1913!”

As promised, here is part two of our exclusive interview with Rep. Ron Paul, the maverick Republican/Libertarian from Texas who created such a stir in last year’s primaries. Here is last week’s column, Ron Paul on “End the Fed” (The Campaign and the Book) in case you missed it.

The main thrust of our discussion was the status of legislation Ron has introduced in every session of Congress for the past dozen years or so. He wants to see an audit of the Federal Reserve. When that happens (and he is convinced it will some day), so much damaging information will be revealed that it will make it far more likely that the second part of his campaign—to abolish the Federal Reserve System—will become a reality.

Ron says the Fed itself is helping his cause, both by their unbelievable largesse and also by their incredible secrecy. He told me that the Fed has issued more than $2 trillion worth of loans and loan guarantees in the past year and won’t even tell Congress where the money has gone!

“If Congress can pass $700 billion of bailout funds and not know where the money is going,” Ron said, “what about all the trillions of dollars in loans and guarantees the Fed has issued since the crisis hit? Not only did the Federal Reserve help cause the (economic) problems, they are perpetuating them. But we have absolutely no idea how much the Fed has spent or promised to spend. That’s why an audit is so important.”

Ron says the latest survey shows that three out of four Americans—some 75 percent—support his demands for an audit of the Fed. So it’s no surprise that a majority in Congress has seen which way the wind is blowing and has signed up as sponsors of his bill.

But getting a majority to support it doesn’t mean it will pass. The congressman said he expects House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to do everything in her power to prevent the bill from ever coming up for a vote.

“Won’t this make people even angrier?” I asked him.

“The people are already angry,” he replied. “And rightfully so. I think it’s healthy that they are directing their anger toward Washington. That’s beneficial.” But then he issued an important warning: “If it gets out of hand, if violence erupts, that would be a dangerous thing. Our civil liberties are not all that well protected any more, thanks to the Patriot Act and other incursions on our liberties. The important thing is to make sure we direct that anger in such a way that there will be positive change.”

An audit of the Federal Reserve is a good start. But what we really need to achieve, the congressman told me, is to undo two great mistakes this country made nearly 100 years ago.

“We need to Repeal 1913!”
Then the congressman said something that I hope becomes a powerful new slogan for all of us working to restore Constitutional liberties. “What we really need to do,” he said, “is repeal 1913. That way we could get rid of the income tax and the Federal Reserve at the same time.”

Most Americans are probably not aware of what a disastrous year 1913 was for our historic freedoms. The very same year that saw the Federal Reserve System foisted on a gullible Senate by lies and deception also saw the enactment of the first graduated income tax in our nation’s history.

I don’t have the space today to go into detail on either of these nefarious schemes and how a group of elitists in New York and Washington conspired to bring them about. Suffice it to say that our would-be tyrants delivered a one-two punch that year from which freedom has never recovered.

I could tell Ron was getting as excited about the idea as I was. “You know, if you repeal Big Government, you get rid of government intrusion in our lives.” I could tell he was getting more and more enthusiastic. “You stop the hemorrhaging of the dollar. You repeal inflationary conditions. You restore a sound currency, which would go a long way to restoring a sound economy.”

My next question was obvious: How are we going to do this?

“The most important thing is to become as knowledgeable as possible,” he replied. “Education is the key to victory.”

The congressman is adamant that we need to understand why we are in favor of free markets, sound money, and personal liberty. “We must be able to answer the liberal do-gooders who claim they have the moral high ground, that they are the only ones who care about the poor.”

The next step, he insists, is to do something with the knowledge you have gained. And don’t feel that everyone has to do the same thing.

“What you do will be different from what I do. Some people write. Some get involved in politics. Others join and promote various organizations,” he said.

The important thing, Ron says, is to take a stand. “I think everyone should invest some time and money in the preservation of liberty.”

Speaking of organizations doing something, I should mention the one that grew out of Ron’s own run in the Republican primaries last year, his Campaign for Liberty. “I serve as honorary chairman,” he explained. “I don’t run it on a day-to-day basis; I wouldn’t have the time.”

Ron’s Campaign for Liberty is a 501(c) 4 organization. That means it can take sides on legislation and lobby for changes in Washington. It can urge passage of specific bills, such as Ron’s demands to audit the Fed. And it can oppose others. To learn more about it, go to www.campaignforliberty.com.

My final question to Ron concerned his own political future. I told him that I had twice had the pleasure of voting for him for President—in the Republican primary in Florida last year and on the Libertarian Party ticket two decades earlier. So I asked him, “When will I have the pleasure of voting for you again?”

He laughed and replied, “No one knows whether it will ever happen again, including me. I have no current plans. But I’ve never taken the position that I will absolutely never run again. Some very good things came out of our last campaign and much of the momentum we built up last year is continuing.

“I’m actually getting more optimistic about what’s happening in our country. To be honest, I can’t say that a lot of good things are coming out of Washington. But there is no question in my mind that the American people are waking up; they’re demanding that spending be brought under control; they want to get government off their backs.

“I can’t tell you what will happen in the next couple of years. All I can do is to urge you and your readers to continue to spread the word. Tell the truth. And hope that we wake up enough people to make government our servant once again, and not our master.”

I couldn’t think of a better way to end our interview, so I simply said, “Thank you, Congressman. We appreciate everything you are doing.”

Until next time, keep some powder dry.

And for an explanation of why I chose this as my sign-off phrase, see Chip Shots at the bottom of today’s Personal Liberty Alerts.

—Chip Wood

Federal Reserve To Keep Interest Rates Low, Citing Uncertain Job Market

Federal Reserve to keep interest rates low, citing uncertain job market Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee’s meeting which took place earlier this month have been released and they suggest that the Federal Reserve believes the effects of the recession will be felt well into 2012, although it has trimmed its unemployment forecast.

Fed governors and regional bank presidents now predict the unemployment rate will range from 9.3 percent to 9.7 percent in next year’s fourth quarter, down from the June projection of 9.5 percent to 9.8 percent, according to Bloomberg.

However, the central bank believes the jobless rate will still be higher than that of a healthy economy, hovering around 7 percent during the next two years.

The news provider also reported Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said that the bank will keep interest rates "exceptionally low" for an "extended period," as the labor market weakness continues.

Bernanke’s interest rate policy has come under fire in recent years from advocates of tighter monetary policy, such as the National Inflation Association (NIA).

In its latest effort to draw America’s attention to the danger of inflation, the NIA has released The Dollar Bubble, a 30-minute documentary which it says discusses "the upcoming collapse of the U.S. dollar and how the Federal Reserve’s destructive policies could bring the U.S. financial system to an end."

Among featured speakers is Representative Ron Paul, a libertarian from Texas.
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Gay Marriage Legislation Stalls In New York And New Jersey

Gay marriage legislation stalls in New York and New Jersey In the wake of Maine’s recent repeal of same-sex marriage laws, legislatures in New York and New Jersey have stalled on the issue, and the long expected votes to legalize gay marriage in both states have been postponed.

Although the two states have Democratic governors who are eager to sign bills legalizing gay marriage, it is not clear if the legislation will ever get to their desk.

Earlier this month, the New York State Senate failed to vote on a bill that would have allowed same-sex couples to wed. Advocates and opponents of the legislation said that the Senate lacked the necessary votes to pass the measure, The Huffington Post reports.

This shift in momentum comes after New York’s highest court recently ruled that gay couples married elsewhere are entitled to some government benefits.

A similar situation exists in New Jersey where supporters of gay marriage are fighting hard to pass the legislation before Republican Governor Chris Christie, who promises to veto the bill, takes office in January.

"If they are unable to pass gay marriage in New York and New Jersey, combined with the loss in Maine, it will confirm that gay marriage is not the inevitable wave of the future," said Maggie Gallagher, president of the National Organization for Marriage, which mobilizes the fight against same-sex marriage, quoted by the Associated Press(AP).

However, Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, stated that "in any civil rights struggle there are going to be periods of creeping and periods of leaping."

As of this posting, there are no votes planned in either state.
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Senator Heavily Criticizes Ohio Workers' Compensation Policy

Senator heavily criticizes Ohio workers' compensation policyRepublican State Senator Bill Seitz of Cincinnati recently condemned the nation’s largest state-run injured worker insurance program due to a loophole in the legislation that allows illegal aliens to collect benefits, the Associated Press (AP) reports.

Seitz said the he was stunned to learn that the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation doesn’t require injured workers to document their status before receiving benefits.

He is planning to introduce a bill to the State Senate to amend the current policy; a change that he believes will lower business premiums.

"We are going to provide a mechanism for those claims to be investigated and if the people turn out to be unauthorized, there will be no coverage," said Seitz, quoted the news source. "We will try to wring costs out of the system," he added.

David Leopold, president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, claims that Seitz is conducting a publicity stunt and that there are no statistics to back up his claims.

Dennis Smith, president of the American Association of State Compensation Insurance Funds, told the AP that while workers’ compensation policy differs from state to state, most states allow injured illegal immigrants to receive benefits.

Meanwhile, a separate debate is raging on over illegal aliens’ inclusion in the proposed healthcare bill. In the most recent version, scheduled to be discussed in the Senate in the coming weeks, illegal immigrants would not receive public assistance in purchasing health coverage.
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Slaying Leviathan: The Moral Case for Tax Reform by Leslie Carbone

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Slaying Leviathan: The Moral Case for Tax Reform by Leslie Carbone

America’s income tax system is a visionless policy that has reduced a free people to moral slaves, squabbling over goodies. This is Leslie Carbone’s view as posited in her book, Slaying Leviathan: The Moral Case for Tax Reform.

The book is a history lesson of American tax policy. Beginning with the Stamp Act and other oppressive taxes the British foisted upon the colonies that spawned the Revolutionary War, Carbone describes the abusive tax systems that government has used to suppress, create disincentives and exploit its subjects.

She pulls no punches in describing the unconstitutional nature of the income tax system and the effect it has had on all aspects of life. While she notes the first income tax and the first Internal Revenue Service (IRS) were created in 1862, she lays the blame for the unconstitutional attack on freedom at the feet of Congress. She falls into the politically correct trap of blaming Congress rather than placing blame where it belongs: President Abraham Lincoln and his efforts to centralize government.

“That legislation was the most comprehensive, far-reaching tax measure up to that point in United States history,” Carbone writes, “Every manufactured article was subjected to excise taxes, as were gross receipts of railroads, ferryboats, steamships, toll bridges and advertisers. It imposed an inheritance (death) tax, license fees and stamp duties. Finally, it raised and graduated the income tax, imposing a rate of 3 percent on annual incomes from $600 to $10,000 and a marginal rate of 5 percent on amounts about $10,000.”

Carbone does an excellent job of laying out an argument that the tax system of the 20th Century destroyed justice in the name of fairness. She also provides examples of IRS abuses, such as violating the privacy of unconvicted people through “economic reality audits”—enacted in 1995—in which taxpayers, rather than their tax returns, were audited.

Today’s system is designed to—in President Barack Obama’s famous words—spread the wealth around through higher taxes on the wealthiest wage earners and reducing or eliminating the tax burden on lower income Americans through tax breaks and credits.

But what the system has done, she says, is lead to a breakdown of America’s moral society.

“Progressive taxation and redistributed spending policies encourage laziness among both those who are taxed and those who are given,” Carbone writes. “Those who are taxed at increasing rates are discouraged from work because they receive diminishing fruits from their labors. Those who receive are discouraged because they receive without having to work at all. Beyond the daily laziness of simply not working, or working less, there is the more dangerous moral laziness of not taking responsibility for one’s own life. Finally, there is the disincentive to marriage, as it can leave beneficiaries ineligible for so-called entitlements.”

Indeed, the marriage penalty—in which married couples are taxed at a higher rate than if the couple filed individually—is cited by Carbone as one of the primary causes of the breakdown of the familial unit and a scourge on American society.

Finally, Carbone presses her case that the tax system cannot be reformed, but must be torn down and rebuilt.

She then lists the reform plans that have drawn the most interest in recent years: flat income tax, national sales tax (also called the Fair Tax) and the value-added tax. She lists the pros and cons of each, and also covers other areas that need reform.

If you are of either a conservative or libertarian bent and need an argument against tax increases and liberal tax policies to use on your progressive friends, Carbone’s book provides you with lots of ammunition. If you are a progressive seeking a way out of the wilderness in which you find yourself, you need this book as well.

Dobbs For President In 2012?

Dobbs for president in 2012?Former CNN host Lou Dobbs, whose abrupt resignation earlier this month sent shockwaves throughout the media world, further fueled speculation of a potential career in politics last week.

When asked on former Republican Senator Fred Thompson’s radio show if he might make a run at the White House in 2012, Dobbs responded matter-of-factly, "yes is the answer."

Dobbs’ political future, however, remains uncertain. The former anchorman’s spokesman, Robert Dilenschneider, told The New York Times that Dobbs might make a 2012 run at a Senate seat in his home state of New Jersey before entertaining a bid for the White House.

Dilenschneider also hinted to the news source that Dobbs, who is affectionately known to fans as "Mr. Independent," would at least leave the possibility open of returning to the Republican Party.

"It’s just too early to come to a conclusion on that," he quoted Dobbs as saying.

Meanwhile, Dobbs seems to be softening his controversial stance on illegal immigration, stating the he now supports a plan to legalize millions of undocumented workers, The Wall Street Journal reports.

In an interview with the Spanish language network Telemundo, Dobbs said, "I can tell you right now that I am one of your greatest friends and I mean for us to work together. In this national debate, we should turn [toward] a solution rather than a continuing debate and factional contest."

Telemundo anchor Maria Celeste was open to the idea, but warned, "trust me, in the Hispanic world, you are viewed by many people as a No. 1 enemy, maybe because of the many inflammatory and misleading statements about undocumented immigrants that you’ve made throughout the years," quoted the news source.
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A New Paradigm

I have written lately about the stealth system and law and order in an effort to spark a thought process that goes below the surface, beyond the conventional.

A few understand, but most don’t. It’s obvious from many of the comments posted that people continue to look only for us versus them, Obama versus Bush, Republican versus Democrat.

Facts are dismissed outright if they don’t conform to the reader’s perception, formed through 12 or more years of government-controlled education, years of listening to the government propaganda-spreading media and from toeing the party line.

No legitimate criticism of Obama policies can be made without a Bush derangement syndrome-like “but Bush…” response. No legitimate criticism of Republican ideas can be made without a corresponding “Obama is a non-American socialist because…” response. If this is what you do you are caught in their trap.

The argument is not about Democrat versus Republican. It’s about freedom- and liberty-loving American patriots versus the control-seeking, socialist elected class.

People ask, “They’re spending money like there is no tomorrow. How can they be so dumb?” Or, “They’re passing this bill that can’t be constitutional. Don’t they read the constitution?”

The answers: They aren’t dumb, and they may or may not have read the constitution. But it doesn’t matter. They don’t care what it says.

Their efforts are directed toward total control. They seek your compliance and nothing more. Dissent? Not tolerated.

Consider the response of the elected class to the Taxed Enough Already (TEA) Party protests. They showed their disdain, calling a group of people exercising their right to petition government names like un-American, Nazi or terrorists.

In town hall meetings they tried to show the people they represented who was boss. As Rep. Baron Hill (D-Ind.) told a constituent in explanation for why the congressman’s remarks couldn’t be videotaped, “This is my town hall meeting. Let me repeat that one more time; this is my town hall meeting for you and you’re not going to tell me how to run my congressional office.”

Arrogance!

How do they control the people?

By stealing their wealth—A fiat money system, in which dollars can be created by a keystroke on a computer, puts more money in the system thereby making the dollars worth less. This is combined with a system of taxation where they take ever-increasing amounts of money from the highest achievers while exempting a growing number of lower wage earners, all the while convincing an ignorant public it’s done for the public good—or will be saved for retirement (Social Security).

By feeding them propaganda—A complicit state-run media that feeds off the government and willingly passes along government messages in order to remain relevant and to gain access to those in power. An example: ABC will have Oprah Winfrey interview Barack Obama for a Christmas special to be aired Dec. 13. Expect probing questions from Oprah, the Obama sycophant.

By keeping them sick—We don’t have a healthcare system in America, we have a sickness care system. It’s the most sophisticated killing machine that demented minds can create. Modern medicine is now the third largest cause of death. This is a Malthusian dream to reduce the population under the pretense of doctoring for sickness and disease. Modern medicine implies sickness is a drug deficit. Modern medicine pushes harmful vaccines to keep the people sick and provide a sop for big pharmaceuticals. And now it pushes toward a socialized healthcare system of Obamacare. A review of socialized healthcare programs in Canada, the U.K. and Europe reveals Sarah Palin’s “death panels” were no exaggeration: Government bureaucrats in those countries routinely deny healthcare based on abstract determinations of “quality of life,” rather than of medical necessity.

By drawing them into a political party—There’s no difference between the two main parties. Oh, yes, there are differences in the platforms on some issues: abortion, taxation, foreign policy, etc. But those are just clever ploys to draw people in and get them to conform. “I’m a Republican” or “I’m a Democrat” gets people arguing among themselves over minor issues while both parties continue to push toward socialism. Don’t believe it? Think back over the last few years about how government has grown when one party is in power. And look at the legislative process. When one party introduces a bad bill, rather than kill it, the other party tries to amend it. A pig doesn’t become a cow if you glue on a set of horns and udders. Likewise, an amended bad bill remains a bad bill, and the march toward socialism ebbs and flows. Republicans or Democrats—no difference. But you argue amongst yourselves believing there is a difference.

So, again, it’s time for a new paradigm.

Protect yourself against the fiat money system—Gold or silver, and stocks in companies that mine gold and silver, are your protection. Keep your savings in the fiat money system and you might as well be setting your paper dollars on fire one at a time.

Reject the propaganda—Divest yourself of the mainstream media. Understand that what they are feeding, you don’t need. Search out the alternative media. Read books and publications that enlighten and challenge conventional wisdom. Some of them can be found in Personal Liberty Digest under the link: Latest Book Reviews. Others have been mentioned from time to time in my previous writings here and in my newsletter, The Bob Livingston Letter. They include: The Fat Resistance Diet by Dr. Leo Galland; How to Hide Anything by Michael Connor; Trust Us, We’re Experts (about how industry manipulates science and gambles with your future) by Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber; Propaganda by Edward Bernays; Manufacturing Consent by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky; Good-bye Germ Theory by Dr.William P.Trebing; Rethinking Pasteur’s Germ Theory by Nancy Appleton; and The Miracle of Magnesium by Carolyn Dean M.D., N.D. Read with an open mind. Only then will the wisdom sink in. Then, share with others what you’ve learned.

Take charge of your health—True healthcare is in the foods you eat and in understanding that there are alternative treatment options for your ailments. Conventional medicine pushes drugs and the cut-and-burn method to treat disease and cancer. It treats the symptoms but not the cause. True health lies in prevention through diet and treatment through diet and non-conventional means. Reject the move toward socialized medicine. The elected class claims it’s good for you but they have rejected every effort to have them included in the Obamacare system. But you can’t opt out. If you decide it’s not for you then you face a fine and jail term.

Ignore the party line—The parties are only interested in building their power base and collecting your money. They are two heads of the same dragon. The Democrats currently in power push for a take-over of industry, socialized medicine, huge stimulus bills and talk of coming tax increases. Before them, Republicans in power pushed a huge stimulus bill, a huge war bill and power-grabbing anti-liberty legislation in the USA PATRIOT Act. Government grew under Republicans, it’s growing exponentially under Democrats. Don’t believe they’re the same? See: Arlen Specter (Democrat to Republican to Democrat), Joe Leiberman (Democrat to Independent to ?), Dede Scozzafava (Republican to Democrat), Newt Gingrich (Republican who has supported Specter and Scozzafava and sided with Nancy Pelosi in the global warming hoax), George W. Bush (supported Specter, joined with Edward M. Kennedy on No Child Left Behind), John McCain (beyond supporting amnesty to illegals, prohibiting more oil drilling and supportive of cap and tax, who knows from one day to the next where he stands?), Lindsey Graham (supports amnesty, working on cap and tax bill, says Republican Party is not party of Ron Paul).

Overturning years of an entrenched line of thought is difficult, but you now know there is another direction. There is another paradigm.

Vigorous Exercise May Help Prevent Stroke

Getting a workout might help prevent strokeA new study reveals that if men want to decrease their stroke risk, they would benefit from a few intense workout sessions each week.

Recently published in the American Academy of Neurology’s journal, Neurology, the study followed 3,298 Manhattan residents over the course of nine years. The average age of the participants was 69.

The study’s author, Dr. Joshua Z. Willey, of Columbia University Medical Center, determined that men were 63 percent less likely to suffer from a stroke if they were able to get moderate to intense exercise on a regular basis.

Willey also believes that vigorous exercise decreases the risk of stroke more efficiently than lighter exercise, such as walking or playing golf. "Taking part in moderate-to-heavy intensity physical activity may be an important factor in preventing stroke," he said.

However, any exercise can benefit heart health, as can taking some supplements like vitamin E. According to the National Institutes of Health, several studies indicate that including vitamin E in one’s diet may help prevent heart disease and other complications.

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Try Crystal Therapy For Balance And Rejuvenation

Crystal therapy may also aid relaxation - like yogaIf the holidays have you a little stressed out, new reports indicate that crystal therapy might be a good alternative treatment. This natural therapy may have a wide range of benefits, from aiding relaxation to being an alternative healing therapy.

The New York Times recently drew readers’ attention to how crystals can be used for healing. Some use warmed jade as part of a body massage. Others, particularly in Asia, reportedly use crystal "wands" to promote healthy skin and positive energy.

Crystal therapy has even made its way to Hollywood, according to InStyle magazine. Sienna Miller reportedly enjoys a massage by Neom Organics because it incorporates crystal therapy into a massage treatment that uses organic products along with aromatherapy practices.

According to the site peacefulmind.com, crystals can be used for a range of therapeutic purposes. They are believed to have a certain kind of power, and this is then transferred to the sick individual. He or she is "healed" by the crystal’s energy.

Energy in a crystal can be replenished when the object is cleaned. For example, the news source explains that to "clean" agate, it must be rinsed and "cleared" under warm water and placed in the sun to absorb this energy.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19477433-ADNFCR

Presidential Deal-making

On Dec. 1, 1824, the United States Presidential election was thrown into the House of Representatives for the first time. With four candidates running for President that year, no candidate won a majority of votes or enough delegates to win in the Electoral College.

Andrew Jackson won more popular votes, more electoral votes and more states than any other candidate, but it didn’t matter. According to the Constitution, it was up to the House to pick the winner. And the fix was in.

Henry Clay, the fourth-place candidate, agreed to throw his support to John Quincy Adams, who came in second. As a result, Adams got a majority of votes in the House and later reciprocated by naming Clay his Secretary of State. Interesting how often political deals determine who sits in the White House, isn’t it?

"Old Hickory," the hero of the Battle of New Orleans, got his revenge four years later. Jackson was elected President in 1828 and went on to serve for two terms. But his real claim to fame is that his stern visage appears on the $20 bill.

—Chip Wood

Remain Naturally Slender This Holiday Season

Watch your waistline with these holiday tipsAs the holidays approach, some people worry about how they can best stick to their diets. With so much temptation around, you might be looking for a little extra help on how to keep your waistline.

Those who attend many holiday parties might want to consider snacking wisely and sticking to a normal eating routine, HealthDay advises. Take a balanced sample from any holiday buffet, and add some kind of vegetable, protein and complex carbohydrates to your meal.

Another way to stay lean is to try sipping green tea instead of eggnog. This all-natural beverage may promote weight loss and help people maintain their weight. If you don’t enjoy the taste, consider taking a look at green tea vitamin supplements.

Concerned about holiday party foods? Try to bring your own healthy dishes where possible and stick to the simpliest foods on offer. While it may not be the season for salads, pickled veggies and casseroles can be hearty and low calorie.

A recent National Institutes of Health (NIH) study indicates that vinegar may aid feelings of satiety and help stabilize blood sugar levels. This may help avoid the blood sugar crash—and subsequent desire to eat more. For those who don’t like a vinegary taste, look for supplements or pills instead. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19477403-ADNFCR

Cheney Blasts Decision To Try 9/11 Suspects In Civilian Court

Cheney blasts decision to try 9/11 suspects in civilian courtFormer Vice-President Dick Cheney heavily criticized the Obama administration and Attorney General Eric Holder last week over their handling of the five alleged 9/11 conspirators who are set to be tried in a civilian court in New York City, according to Newsmax.com.

Cheney referred to the decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-confessed architect of the 9/11 attacks, in civilian court as a "big mistake" and accused the administration of treating the acts of terror as "law enforcement problems."

"We had 3,000 dead Americans that day," Cheney said in an interview with talk radio host Scott Hennen on WFZN. "That is not a law enforcement problem. That’s an act of war. And you need to treat it as an act of war," Cheney added, quoted by the news source.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama has taken additional criticism for his strong defense of the decision to try the suspects in such a venue.

"I don’t think it will be offensive at all when he’s convicted and when the death penalty is applied to him," the president said in an interview with NBC, quoted by the Daily Telegraph.

Charles Stinton, a lawyer and former Pentagon official, believes that the president’s words could backfire and adversely affect the government’s case.

"The defense will file a pre-trial motion seeking to have the charges dismissed," Stinton told the news source. "It will say ‘what juror is not going to want to now fulfill the president’s and the attorney general’s desire?’"
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Chamber Of Commerce Pushes Hard For Free Trade Agreements

Chamber of Commerce pushes hard for free trade agreements Last week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the largest business lobby group in the country, urged the Obama administration to advance three free trade agreements that have been pending since the president took office earlier this year, Reuters reports.

The organization said that trade agreements with Panama, South Korea and Colombia, which were all negotiated by former President George W. Bush’s administration, have been left on the table for the past year.

John Murphy, the chamber’s vice president of international affairs, said that failing to move forward on these agreements would put approximately 500,000 jobs at risk, the news source reports.

President Obama has planned a job creation forum for next week that the chamber hopes will lead to more trade talks and the possibility of getting agreements in front of Congress.

"We are absolutely convinced that on all three of the trade agreements, the votes would be there. We just need to have the chance to hold that vote," Murphy said.

The president recently visited Seoul and reopened trade talks with South Korea President Lee Myung-bak.

The sticking point on a possible agreement continues to be the auto industry’s demand for wider access to the South Korean marketplace, but Presidents Obama and Myung-bak both agreed to continue talks.

South Korea signed an agreement with the European Union last month that would make 99 percent of commerce duty-free in the next five years, leaving the U.S. at risk of losing market share, Bloomberg.com reports.
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