“Rush” To Exit The United States?

“I’ll just tell you this, if this [Obamacare] passes and it’s five years from now and all that stuff gets implemented, I am leaving the country. I’ll go to Costa Rica.” Rush Limbaugh

Dear supporters of Personal Liberty,

Rush is right. Our personal and financial freedoms are threatened now more than ever, and smart people are seriously looking for the best loopholes to escape ObamaNation, including the possibility of leaving the country.

Intrade, the political futures market, now shows that Obama’s Deathcare legislation, with all its huge tax increases and regulations, has a 59 percent chance of passing. That’s scary.

We now enter “Phase II” of the Obama regime, and it will be more dangerous than Phase I (the first year). Obama and his radical Democrats are becoming more radical in Phase II. We survived the first year of the Obama administration without much damage, but now the White House has decided to turn up the heat and go all out to push through Obamacare, his unpopular trillion dollar program of socialized medicine.

This radical measure, on top of sharply higher taxes, closing of legitimate deductions and loopholes, draconian regulations on Wall Street, consumer “protection,” increased union power and multiple attacks on business can spell only one thing: more deficits, slower growth and quagmire on Wall Street.

How to profit? Besides buying gold and silver, you might consider getting some of your money outside the country, or even considering leaving the country. Rush might be on to something.

One of our most popular sessions at FreedomFest last year was on the personal and financial benefits of leaving the country and living abroad. Led by such tax and estate planning experts as Vernon Jacobs and Marshall Langer, the room was packed with people who wanted to know more about the financial and personal benefits of moving abroad (without giving up your citizenship).

After all, more than 3 million Americans have already moved abroad and are saving millions in taxes, and enjoying personal liberty. They’ve moved to Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribean, Europe and Asia.

Langer, the world’s foremost tax attorney, asked the audience “How many of you want to know about moving to a low tax state such as Florida?” A few hands went up. Then he asked, “How many of you are interested in moving to a foreign tax haven?” Almost every hand went up!

Moving to a foreign tax haven doesn’t mean giving up your U.S. citizenship, although some have taken that drastic step. I personally lived in the Bahamas, a tax haven, for two years without giving up my citizenship and saved a ton of money in taxes. It was life in living color! (For those who want to read my story, Easy Living: My Two Years in the Bahamas, go to www.markskousen.com.)

Good news; we’re going to repeat those special sessions at this year’s FreedomFest. The session, “The Tax and Financial Advantages of Moving Abroad,” will be led by experts Vernon Jacobs, CPA, and Robert Bauman, president of the Sovereign Society (and former US congressman) and a contributor to Personal Liberty Digest.

By attending this year’s World Economic Summit at FreedomFest you can learn specific ways to protect your business and your investments from the unprecedented onslaught of our freedoms. More details can be found at www.freedomfest.com.

Speakers this year will include Steve Forbes (president and chief executive officer of Forbes, editor in chief of Forbes magazine and a former presidential candidate), John Mackey (CEO of Whole Foods Market) and Greg Mortenson (author of the famous book, Three Cups of Tea, and the most admired American in the Middle East).

An incredible number of top financial gurus will also be speaking at this year’s FreedomFest. Back by popular demand is Donald Smith, the New York money manager who has the best track record—an average annualized return of 12 percent a year since 1980—better even than Warren Buffett! His fund was up 65 percent last year.

He is so impressed with FreedomFest that he is bringing 20 of his friends/colleagues with him this year. Now that’s what I call catching the spirit of FreedomFest.

Yours for peace, prosperity, and liberty, AEIOU,

Mark Skousen

Governor Bob McDonnell Reverses Stance On Gay Discrimination Amid Growing Uproar

Governor Bob McDonnell reverses stance on gay discrimination amid growing uproarVirginia’s new Republican Governor Bob McDonnell has spoken out against his attorney general’s claim that the state’s schools have no right to ban anti-gay discrimination, as the firestorm surrounding the governor’s first executive order continues.

The controversy first emerged when McDonnell, who was sworn in in January, signed his first executive order that, unlike those issued by two previous governors, did not include specific protections for gay state workers.

Soon thereafter, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II, also a Republican, sent a letter to public colleges in which he stated that they had no right to impose their own bans as only state legislature can extend such protections, according to The Christian Science Monitor.

The ensuing uproar has led McDonnell to backtrack on his own order and on Cuccinelli’s interpretation by announcing an extension of protections to homosexuals, citing their constitutional rights.

“The Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution prohibits discrimination without a rational basis against any class of persons [including] based on factors such as one’s sexual orientation,” he wrote, quoted by Falls Church News-Press.

Therefore, “discrimination against any class of persons without a rational basis is prohibited,” he added.

In the meantime, there have been individual acts of defiance across the state, including the City of Falls Church School Board, that voted to add language to its anti-discrimination policy to protect lesbians and gays at its most recent meeting on Tuesday night, the news provider further reported.

Democrats Won’t Negotiate With Stupak, Will Move Forward With Reconciliation On Healthcare Bill

Democrats won't negotiate with Stupak, will move forward with reconciliation on healthcare bill As the deadline approaches for the Senate vote on healthcare reform, Democratic leaders have confirmed their plan to move forward on the bill using a fast-track legislative tactic known as budget reconciliation.

They have also said they will stop trying to work out a deal with Representative Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) regarding federal funding for abortions.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), made the reconciliation announcement—which will allow Democrats to pass the bill with 51 votes, instead of the usual threshold of 60—in his letter to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday.

“We will finish the job,” Reid said in the letter, adding that “we will do so by revising individual elements of the bills both houses of Congress passed last year, and we plan to use the regular budget reconciliation process that the Republican caucus has used many times.”

As federal funding for abortions remains a sticking point, and as the latest round of negotiations with the proponent of an amendment that would ban it have come to a naught, Democratic leaders have said they will no longer try to negotiate with Stupak.

Commentators have said this suggests the Democratic leadership believes there aren’t enough pro-life Democrats that will follow Stupak in voting against the bill, something the latter disputes.

Judicial Watch Reveals Details Of CIA Interrogation Memorandum

Judicial Watch reveals details of CIA interrogation memorandum Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, has announced it has received a top secret memorandum from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that appears to detail the extent of congressional knowledge about alleged torture of foreign terrorist suspects in United States custody.

The memo is said to include a report of a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence closed hearing, conducted in July 2004, regarding the subject of enhanced interrogation techniques.

The organization has released several excerpts from the hearing, including a summary of testimony by a Department of Defense official who reportedly asserted that “interrogation is a critically valuable tool, and … the most [important] factor in the capture of Saddam Hussein.”

Another top official was quoted as saying that methods such as diet and sleep “management,” as well as “segregation,” are among the most important techniques that were—or were planned to be—employed at that time.

After the memo was made public last week, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said it proved what the group had long suspected, namely that intelligence officials repeatedly informed members of Congress that enhanced interrogation techniques were effective.

“We are now beginning to get a very clear picture of what members of Congress knew and when they knew it,” he added.

The Ides of March: What Obama’s Woes Will Do to Gold

“Sic semper tyrannis” (Thus always to tyrants). —Brutus, during the assassination of Julius Caesar.

In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, a soothsayer warns Caesar to “beware the Ides of March.” The warning did nothing to help Caesar, who was stabbed to death on the Senate floor. The principal conspirator against Caesar was Marcus Junius Brutus, Caesar’s most trusted ally.

Fast forward two millennia and we see another great empire is in trouble, and so, too, its leader.

Thankfully, democratic rulers aren’t murdered, they are voted out of office. Yet this President has almost three more years left in office, plenty of time to do more economic damage for a country and to lose every shred of confidence in a man once hailed as a visionary and a redeemer; the exact qualities that were bestowed upon Julius Caesar.

Caesar came to political prominence in 67 B.C. when he was elected to the Roman Senate. Over the next two decades he would become one of the most renowned of all generals. Eighteen years later he established himself as the sole dictator of the Roman Empire.

Caesar declared himself a man of the people and in 46 B.C. drafted a public letter outlining his goals. They included: “tranquility for Italy, peace for the provinces, and security for the Empire.”

History has declared Caesar did not have the time or means to complete his overly ambitious agenda which included resolving foreign conflicts, strengthening the middle class and resolving the debt crisis. It sounds all too familiar, with the exception that I find nothing about Caesar instituting Roman healthcare.

Historians do point out that Caesar’s goals and methods of governing alienated many of the nobles. For a time, that did not stop Caesar’s lackeys in the Senate from constantly voting him new honors. Unfortunately for Caesar, the Nobel Prize was not one of them, as it was created some 2,000 years later.

On March 15, 44 B.C., Caesar attended his last meeting. He ignored a warning and went to the Senate. Sixty conspirators, most of them Senators who had lost faith in his vision for rebuilding Rome, were waiting for him with concealed daggers. He was stabbed 23 times.

March Madness
What exactly the House and Senate will do to Mr. Obama’s grand plans remains to be seen. But one thing is certain: Mr. Obama has faced a winter of discontent.

According to a survey done by Rasmussen in March, only one in four Americans think the country is heading in the right direction. Other surveys this month show expectations for the nation’s short- and long-term economic future are gloomier than they have been at any time since President Obama took office.

Still, Obama supporters continue to harp on some silver linings among the dark economic clouds. Earlier this month, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called the latest job numbers proof that the economic recovery is underway, even though the unemployment rate is a whopping 9.7 percent and the true jobless number is close to double that.

“Today is a big day in America,” said Reid earlier this month. “Only 36,000 people lost their jobs today; which is really good.”

Reid seems like the kind of cheerleader the Titantic could have used: “Good news passengers! The ship isn’t sinking as fast as we feared!”

I suspect that Reid and other Obama loyalists will find that most Americans think such talk cheap. In the second half of March, 2010, The Fates may have already determined the President’s plight. The big question is: who will deliver the blow and what will be the result?

Bernanke Obama’s Brutus
In March Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke promised to end Quantitative Easing (a fancy term for stimulating the economy and funding deficits by running the printing presses). Some think that the Fed Chairman only wants to ensure his Senate reconfirmation. Others think it is a real commitment; that Bernanke is more loyal to the dollar than the President.

I don’t blame you if you are skeptical about Bernanke. Still, there is precedent for the Fed to put the country first. It happened in 1979 when President Carter appointed Paul Volcker as chairman of the Federal Reserve.

The economy then was much as it is now. Unemployment was soaring, confidence was disappearing and the dollar was in crisis. Yet Volcker put the nation first and the presidency second. He raised interest rates through the roof purposefully putting America into a terrible recession.

Volcker’s actions eventually saved the American economy and cost Jimmy Carter his bid to be reelected. But it was tough sledding. The Fed funds rate, which had averaged 11.2 percent in 1979, was raised by Volcker to a peak of 20 percent in June 1981. That same year inflation topped out at 13.5 percent, a fundamental which drove the price of gold from $280 per ounce when Volker was appointed to $850 per ounce just 18 months later.

Yet I am dubious that Bernanke will betray Obama. The Fed chairman seems much more like Arthur Burns than Paul Volcker.

Richard Nixon hurt the dollar primarily because he removed any link between the dollar and gold. After 1971 not even countries could exchange greenbacks for bullion. That gave Nixon, and all later presidents, the freedom to spend away. Because the dollar was the world’s international reserve currency, Washington basically believed that other countries had to like it or lump it.

Arthur Burns came along when it was still expected for the Fed to carry out its primary mission—to protect the integrity of the dollar. Instead, Burns acquiesced to Nixon’s war on poverty, the war in Vietnam and bid for reelection in 1972. It was a cavalcade of spending that carried on throughout the decade of the ‘70s.

“After finally winning the presidential election of 1968, Nixon named Burns to the Fed chairmanship in 1970 with instructions to ensure easy access to credit when Nixon was running for reelection in 1972,” wrote Mercury Rising.

“Later, when Burns resisted, negative press about him was planted in newspapers and, under the threat of legislation to dilute the Fed’s influence, Burns and other Governors succumbed. Inflation resulted.”

According to American Thinker, it matters not if Bernanke is loyal to the President like Burns, or the dollar like Volcker; either way he “will be Obama’s Brutus.”

That is because like Rome, America is a weakened empire with no easy choices. Two trillion dollars that the Federal government needs this year underscores this truth.

Where such funds will come from remains very much in question. Foreigners are having second thoughts about financing America’s deficit, and China—the largest owner of Treasuries—has become a net seller of Uncle Sam bonds.

Very soon Treasury yields will have to rise to get the world to continue to finance Washington’s spending spree. So whether or not Bernanke wants it, or even likes it, interest rates are heading higher. That is bad news for the economy and for President Obama who will almost certainly not be re-elected.

Rising rates are, however, good news for the nation for bullion investors. Rising rates ensure falling stock and bond prices and a rush to gold. It happened during the Carter administration and it has already begun during Obama’s term.

Action to take: Sell all bond instruments and Big Board stocks and use the funds to buy bullion, either in physical form or blue-chip gold mining stocks.

As Shakespeare’s soothsayer warned, “Beware the ides of March.”

Yours for real wealth and good health,

John Myers
Myers’ Energy and Gold Report

Study: Vitamins Should Not Be Stored In Bathrooms Or Kitchens

Study: Vitamins should not be stored in bathrooms or kitchensResults of a new study suggest that the majority of people taking vitamins may want to store them in a different place. Researchers from Purdue University have found that the high humidity present in bathrooms and kitchens may seriously degrade vitamins and other dietary supplements.

Lead study author Lisa Mauer, an associate professor of food science at the university, and her colleagues found that crystalline substances—which include vitamin C, vitamin B and other natural supplements—are susceptible to deliquescence, a process by which humidity forces water-soluble solids to dissolve.

“You might see salt or sugar start to cake in the summer, start to form clumps, and that’s a sign of deliquescence,” said Mauer.

“You can also get chemical instabilities, which are a little more problematic if you’re consuming a dietary supplement with vitamin C,” she added.

The researchers found that even a minimal amount of moisture can significantly decrease the nutrient delivery and shelf life of vitamins.

Specifically, they discovered that vitamin C can degrade within one week when high amounts of moisture are added to a bottle that is regularly opened and closed.

Nutrient degradation is commonly marked by brown spots on vitamins or small amounts of liquid in the container.

Striking the Double Eagle

The first U.S. $20 gold piece was authorized by Congress 159 years ago this week. Exactly one year later, on March 12, 1850, the first of the famous “double eagles” was struck by the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia. It contained .9676 ounce of gold, which was then valued at $20.67 an ounce.

March 15 is the infamous “Ides of March.” As you’ll remember from reading “Julius Caesar” in high school, Caesar ignored the soothsayer’s warnings to stay in bed that day. He was stabbed to death in the Roman Senate by a gang of 60 conspirators, led by Marcus Brutus (“Et tu, Brute?”) and Caius Cassius.

This is also the week when everyone becomes Irish, at least for a day. That day, of course, is St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. Interestingly enough, the first St. Patrick Day’s parade was held, not in Ireland, as you might suppose, but in New York City 23 years before we became a country. Yep, the first parade took place in 1753. I didn’t even know that New York City had policemen that far back. Erin go bragh.

And finally, my favorite history story of this week took place in 1930, when the New York Yankees signed the legendary batsman Babe Ruth to what was then the largest contract in baseball history—$80,000 for two years. That sum will barely cover an inning of work by one of today’s all-star pitchers. Reporters asked Ruth how he could possibly think he was worth more than the President of the United States, whose two-year salary back then came to $75,000. “I had a better year,” the Babe replied. (1929 was definitely not a good year for President Herbert Hoover… or the country.)

—Chip Wood

Expert: Federal Law Will Hamper States’ Efforts To Tax Marijuana

Federal law will hamper states' efforts to tax marijuana, expert says As the debate continues on legalizing and taxing marijuana in the climate of growing budget deficits, a Vanderbilt University Law School professor has said that although the proposal sounds simple, there are too many legal hurdles for it to work.

In a new paper, professor Robert Mikos wrote that the federal ban on marijuana would cripple a state’s ability to collect taxes because it encourages marijuana distributors to remain small and continue to operate underground. Moreover, it prevents states from being able to monitor or tax the distributors.

Mikos also pointed out that even if states could successfully monitor marijuana distributors, any information they collected could be used by federal law enforcement to prosecute dealers.

"Federal law enforcement officials could use any information the states gather to track down and sanction marijuana distributors," he said, adding that "the federal ban would thus encourage distributors to evade state tax collectors."

According to Vanderbilt University, activists in states such as California who advocate legalizing marijuana claim the move could generate more than a billion dollars and save millions more by reducing law enforcement costs on prohibition enforcement.

Report: Pelosi’s Office Knew Of Massa’s Questionable Conduct In October

Report: Pelosi's office knew of Massa's questionable conduct in OctoberJoe Racalto, the chief of staff for former Representative Eric Massa (D-N.Y.), informed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office of his boss’s inappropriate behavior toward several unmarried male staffers in October of 2009, an unnamed source told The Washington Post last week.

Earlier in the month, Pelosi indicated that her staff had only learned in February of the concerns regarding Massa, who recently resigned from the House amid an Ethics Committee investigation into his conduct, Fox News reports.

According to the Post, Racalto called Pelosi’s director of member services because he was troubled that Massa, 50, was living in a townhouse with numerous young male staffers and had been using explicit language in front of them. Moreover, Racalto was concerned about a lunch date that the congressman—who is married with two kids—had set up with an aide in his 20s who worked in the office of Representative Barney Frank (D-Mass.).

Although the Ethics Committee has concluded its investigation into Massa’s conduct—as his resignation put him outside the reach of any punishment it could impose—House Republicans are calling for an inquiry into the manner in which Pelosi’s office handled the accusations.

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said that the committee should continue to investigate, as there are "an awful lot of questions" that have been left unanswered.

Observers Discount Impact Of Tea Party On Texas Primary Outcomes

Observers discount impact of Tea Party on Texas primary outcomes After the recent round of primary elections in Texas some commentators have suggested that victories of fiscal conservatives are an indication of the growing strength of the Tea Party movement. However, others have cautioned that the claims may be overblown.

They point out that although Governor Rick Perry resoundingly won the Republican gubernatorial primary by advocating small government, opposing the federal deficit as well as tax increases, there was also a Tea Party candidate in that race who finished a distant third.

In fact, despite Tea Party challengers, all 11 of the incumbent House Republicans facing challengers in the state won their primary battle in the end, according to CNN.

"[These] candidates complicated things at the lower level of the tickets, but they didn’t quite overwhelm the better-established dynamics in a lot of these districts," said James Henson, director of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas, quoted by the news provider.

As far as the Tea Party impact, he added, "there was a lot more flash than bang."

The grassroots movement was launched last year in response to the massive stimulus package passed by Congress and signed by President Obama. Its website specifies that Tea Party Nation is a group of people who want to preserve God-given individual freedoms introduced by the Founding Fathers and who believe in limited government, free speech, the Second Amendment, the military and secure borders.


No Difference: How Marketing Claims Don’t Hold Up

You heard the news and you bought the product. The promise of a liquid soap that can kill bacteria—99 percent of bacteria—was too good to pass up. Billions of consumer dollars later, and now experts say the claim is false.

According to the Associated Press (AP), a federal advisory panel found anti-bacterial soaps to be no more effective than regular soap and water.

Companies manufacturing these hand soaps are now being warned: Prove your claims or remove them from the packaging.

Hard to believe, isn’t it? Years of promoting liquid anti-bacterial soap as the answer to killing disease-causing germs—and now without the need for water! Some brands offer the type that is loaded with alcohol and dissolves dry right on your hands!

Yet an 11 to 1 vote by the panel that advises the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded that they “saw no added benefits to anti-bacterials when compared with soapy hand washing.”

The irony? The advisory board also said that these anti-bacterial soaps are made from synthetic chemicals that could actually contribute to the growth of a strain of bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics.

That’s right; the soap that bills to kill 99 percent of germs is causing new super germs that our antibiotics can’t handle! Each year the flu virus gets worse and “anti-bacterial” soaps and cleaners just may be one of the causes.

Yet the advisory panel made no suggestion to the FDA to remove the products from consumer shelves. Their argument for allowing the products to remain is that their true risks versus benefits have not yet been determined.

But Dr. Alastair Wood, chairman of the Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee, said: “There’s no evidence they are a good value.”

And Dr. Mary E. Tinetti, another panelist, said unless these products can show benefits over soap and water there could be a strong movement to remove them from the market.

For now the FDA is considering what action to take. The so-called anti-bacterial soaps actually do clean your hands. And they are just as effective in doing so as regular soap and water. Yet, whether they kill 99 percent of bacteria and whether they are safe isn’t the problem. So, the FDA may vote to have such claims simply removed from the packaging for now.

You see, where anti-bacterials kill germs on the spot, soap and water separates them from the skin for rinsing down the drain. But they both do the same job of cleaning. Neither is more effective than the other.

And while the manufacturers of such products state that their benefits are better than soap and that consumers at home and at work need “choices” when deciding on what they clean with, they offer no proof to substantiate their claims.

And so the FDA is awaiting industry members to present substantial evidence that the anti-bacterials do as they claim and are not harmful to the consumers using them.

Until then, the choice is yours. And here’s another choice: mass produced vs. organic food.

A recent study suggests that organic food is no better than mass produced food… at least in terms of nutrients.

According to the latest long-term study of organic food versus mass-produced food, it seems there is no nutritional difference. It seems consumers in London have been complaining about the huge financial disparity between ordinary food and organic food and wanted to know if there was true health value for their financial investment.

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine conducted a systematic review of more than 160 scientific papers and studies published in the leading journals over the past half-century.

Their findings showed that “a small number of differences in nutrient content were found to exist between organically and conventionally produced foodstuffs, but these are unlikely to be of any public health relevance,” said Alan Dangour, one of the report’s authors.

Dangour went on to say: “Our review indicates that there is currently no evidence to support the selection of organically over conventionally produced foods on the basis of nutritional superiority.”

So what do I think of this? It makes no difference at all.

Sure, their research shows that the nutritional content of normal food is almost the same as organic food. So what? The reason I (and others) turned to organic food was to avoid the herbicides and pesticides that commercial farmers use to improve crop output and kill crop-eating insects.

We choose organic so that we won’t get cancer from eating an apple or salad that was grown in chemically-heavy soil or sprayed with toxic chemicals that will then enter our blood stream.

Recent reports showed that children who ate fruit grown with everyday commercial chemicals presented with traces of pesticides in their urine! And after a mere five days of switching to organic fruit, the toxic levels dropped drastically from their blood.

So you can save a few bucks by consuming commercially grown foodstuffs and you may actually receive the actual nutrients found in their organic counterparts.

But beware: having money in your pocket and nutrients in your system in no way reflects the toxic chemical levels you are also living with. Life is too short and too valuable to play games with. Again, the choice is yours.

What’s it gonna be?

—Dr. Mark Wiley

Calcium, Irritability and Convulsions

Convulsions in infants and small children occur when plasma calcium (ionic form, calcium lactate) is decreased by 50 percent. Evidence is irritability and twitching, leading to convulsions and a trip to the emergency room where a sedating drug is given—instead of ionizable calcium which is required to correct the condition.

Growing children need calcium lactate constantly to offset the excess phosphoric acid in cereal foods in order to promote bone building and muscle function. Low calcium bicarbonate in children results in excessive nervous energy—the type of child that cannot sit still. Acute deficiency of calcium bicarbonate results in fever and convulsions.

Can Seaweed Help Fight Lymphoma?

Can seaweed help fight lymphoma?Seaweed extract may one day have the potential to treat the immune system cancer known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a new report has suggested.

In the study, lead researcher Mohammad Irhimeh, an assistant professor of oncology and stem cells at the Hashemite University in Jordan, and his colleagues experimented with a seaweed compound called fucoidan, which has been reported to fight tumors in mice and in some cell lines, according to the researchers.

"Some forms of B-cell lymphoma are especially resistant to standard treatment and thus new therapies are needed," said Irhimeh, quoted by Health Day News.

After testing human lymphoma cells with fucoidan, which is sold commercially, the researchers found that it inhibited growth of cancerous cells while not affecting healthy tissue. Furthermore, they discovered a positive level of activity in the genes associated with cell death in lymphoma.

The next step for the research team is to analyze the physiological mechanism responsible for the biological effects seen in the study.

Additionally, there are a variety of nutritional supplements on the market that may slow cancer progression, including vitamin D.

Massa To Resign Due To Ethics Committee Probe, Blasts Democratic Leaders

Massa to resign due to ethics committee probe, blasts Democratic leadersRepresentative Eric Massa (D-NY) announced last week that he will resign from his post amid an Ethics Committee inquiry into inappropriate remarks that he made to a male staffer during a wedding reception at the end of December.

Massa had previously announced that he would not run for reelection in November due to a recurrence of cancer, but will now leave Washington this week due to the ongoing investigation.

Meanwhile, the New York representative said over the weekend that the Democratic "forces that be" have pushed him out of the House of Representatives to prevent him from voting against healthcare reform.

"Mine is now the deciding vote…and this administration has said they will stop at nothing to pass this healthcare bill, and now they’ve gotten rid of me and it will pass," said Massa, who was one of the 39 Democrats to vote against the House version of the healthcare bill in November. "You connect the dots."

Massa did acknowledge that he made an "inappropriate" remark to a male staffer at a New Years Eve wedding ceremony, but that the employee "never said to me that he felt uncomfortable," and that the harassment charges were filed by another staffer, according to CBS News.

Paterson Claims Innocence, Will Not Resign

Paterson claims innocence, will not resign In the face of immense pressure to resign his post, embattled New York Governor David Paterson has told reporters that he has no plans to quit, as he doesn’t think that he has "been accused of anything."

Paterson has remained defiantly mum regarding growing questions concerning his alleged intervention in a domestic abuse complaint involving his close aid, David Johnson. According to a New York Times report, the Governor’s office improperly contacted Johnson’s girlfriend, Sherr-una Booker, to try to get the domestic violence case to "go away."

Late last year, Booker called the police and said she had been beaten by Johnson, but later decided not to press charges, creating speculation that she had been coerced into the decision, according to ABC News.

"I have trouble with even calling the police because the state troopers kept calling and harassing me to drop the charges," she told a judge in court transcripts obtained by the news source. Various media reports have indicated that Paterson had spoken to Booker personally.

The fallout from the scandal has been widespread. Three members of the Paterson administration have resigned, including Johnson, and the governor recently announced that he would not run for reelection in November. Still, Paterson claims his innocence.

"I give you my personal oath I have never abused my office, not now, not ever," he declared. "I believe that when the facts are reviewed, the truth will prevail."

Conservatives Are Among The Critics Of Karl Rove’s New Book

Conservatives are among the critics of Karl Rove's new book Former top George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove’s defense of his boss’ presidency has been facing criticism not only from Democrats, but also from Rove’s own party members.

Last week, the former aid’s new book Courage and Consequences hit the bookshelves, and in it the man who was dubbed "Bush’s brain" set out to defend the administration’s key decisions, including the war in Iraq.

Speaking with NBC’s Matt Lauer, Rove emphasized that 110 Democrats voted for the war, and that there was a "worldwide consensus" on the existence of weapons of mass destruction with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair being listed among the believers.

He added that given the subsequent "attacks" on Bush by major Democratic figures, and their accusations of lying to the American people, Rove’s only regret is that the administration did not "[respond] stronger than we did."

However, The Dallas Morning News reports that as Rove continues his publicity tour, former Texas GOP chairman Tom Pauken offered a different assessment of Bush’s eight years at the helm.

Pulken said that the Bush-Rove team "hijacked" conservatism and nearly destroyed it. "[As a result] Republican politics is barely recognizable to many of us who were grassroots activists in the early days of the conservative movement," he told the news provider.

He specified that Bush spent too much, increased the national debt and conducted a "reckless" foreign policy.

Swine Flu A Dud—Unless You’re Big Pharma

The great swine flu hoax is finally fizzling out.

Aside from an occasional public service announcement there is almost no mention of swine flu—or H1N1—in the media today. No more Kathleen Sebelius telling you to cough into your bent arm, no more government hucksters urging you get vaccinated.

And curiously, in the mainstream media there is no reflection on the “pandemic” as we approach the one-year anniversary of the first reports coming out of Mexico. Or maybe it’s not so curious after all.

It was last April that the outbreak began in Veracruz, Mexico. The mainstream media went nuts, providing daily tallies of infections and deaths from around the globe as it followed the spread of the so-called deadly disease. There were quarantines in Hong Kong and people wearing surgical masks in South America, China and Japan.

It wasn’t long before the World Health Organization (WHO) was proclaiming it a crisis in the making and predicting deaths in the millions worldwide—2 million in the United States alone.

Billions of tax dollars were sent to the largest drug manufacturers—GlaxoSmithKline, Roche and Novartis—to develop a vaccine. Governments quickly passed legislation absolving Big Pharma from any liability if people were harmed in the taking of the vaccines. And then Big Pharma foisted a harmful vaccine on the public.

Officials from all levels of government went to the media first encouraging, the suggesting and, finally, threatening to order people to take the vaccines. Early on people lined up hoping to get vaccinated but became frustrated when manufacturers failed to meet their quotas. Later, people stayed away in droves. In the end, more people stayed away than were vaccinated.

If you invested in GlaxoSmithKline, Roche or Novartis a year ago, pat yourself on the back. Either you were lucky, prescient or in on the scheme. You and your companies have made a killing. The stock prices of these companies were in a precipitous slide at the end of March 2009, and have each almost—or even more than—doubled since, thanks to the multi-billion dollar injections they received from government.

If you were one of the gullible public that subjected yourself to the harmful vaccine and came away unscathed, thank your lucky stars. Some weren’t so lucky and contracted Guillain-Barré syndrome and other afflictions. Many who had the vaccine saw no deleterious effects, but contracted swine flu anyway. However, the consequences of the harmful materials contained in the vaccines may not be known for years.

Here’s what we do know. The total number of swine flu-related deaths worldwide is around 14,000. And the number is only this high because WHO and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) changed the way the deaths were classified. To put that in perspective, about 36,000 die in the U.S. each year from seasonal flu. And about 100,000 a year die in this country from the effects of Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drugs.

And here’s something else to consider—and something the U.S. mainstream media isn’t telling you. In January 2010, Professor Ulrich Keil, the director of the WHO’s Collaborating Centre for Epidemiology told the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) “governments wasted huge amounts of money by investing in pandemic scenarios whose evidence base is weak.”

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PACE’s Health Committee Chairman, Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg, a former German lawmaker, medical doctor and epidemiologist, called the swine flu pandemic one of the greatest medical scandals of the century. Speaking on the Alex Jones radio program, Wodarg called it a hoax manufactured by the pharmaceutical companies in league with the WHO to make vast profits while endangering the public health. (prisonplanet.com)

And Wodarg told the U.K Daily Mail, “The governments have sealed contracts with vaccine producers where they secure orders in advance and take upon themselves almost all the responsibility. In this way the producers of vaccines are sure of enormous gains without having any financial risks. So they just wait until WHO says ‘pandemic’ and activate the contracts.”

Wodarg also told the Daily Mail that to further push their interests, leading drug companies placed “their people” in the “cogs” of the WHO and other influential organizations.

To its credit, Time magazine ran an article in January 2010, that touched on Wodarg’s comments. So its couple of thousand subscribers—and a few thousand more patients in doctor and dentist offices—had access to the truth. But the magazine also included the typical government propaganda that people should still be vaccinated and a third wave of the “pandemic” could be in the offing.

The Time article also contains this curious tidbit:

“The current glut of vaccines in rich nations may at least prove useful to the 95 countries in the developing world that have no access to vaccines, 86 of which have written to the WHO requesting help obtaining supplies. The WHO already has 200 million doses for such countries, and the first doses of that stockpile arrived in Mongolia and Azerbaijan this month. These doses will be supplemented by bilateral deals: France, for example, plans to sell 2 million vaccine doses at cost to Egypt and 300,000 to Qatar, according to a report in the Parisien newspaper.

It appears that even in developing nations, however, the need for vaccines is not overwhelming. Despite fears that H1N1 would hit developing nations hardest, the pandemic is unfolding in those countries “in a similar pattern” to that in the developed world, says (WHO’s special advisor on pandemic influenza Dr. Keiji) Fukuda—which is to say with relatively few deaths. In fact, some developing countries, particularly in West Africa, are reporting lower rates of infection than in the developed world.

Which begs the question: why would developing countries waste what little money they have on a useless vaccine to treat a disease that’s not infecting or killing people as predicted?

The scam has been a boon to at least one British official and one CDC official. The Daily Mail reports that Sir Roy Anderson, a scientist that advises the British government on swine flu, holds a well-paying job on the board of GlaxoSmithKline.

Dr. Julie Gerberding, the former head of the CDC, recently left that organization for a lucrative job as president of Merck’s global vaccine operations. With that in mind, watch for the announcement of the next pandemic and, when it comes, consider jumping on Merck stock. That company obviously doesn’t want to get caught out of the loop again.

Just don’t take the vaccine next time. As we’ve told you before, vaccines are useless, inefficient and dangerous.

And if you don’t believe me, maybe the words of Dr. Shiv Chopra will convince you. Chopra has worked for European drug companies and served for 20 years as an advisor to the Canadian equivalent of the FDA. He recently told Dr. Joseph Mercola (mercola.com):

“No flu vaccine has ever worked. Swine flu, we don’t even know there is such a thing. It’s a misnomer. Avian [bird] flu, these are all made-up things. The whole thing is a hoax. It has been for the last 10 years. First they started with the avian flu, and then swine flu.”

“Who is the Directorate General of the WHO to say that ‘I’m raising it to pandemic level No. 6?’ Based on what? At the same time, from the same sources, we’re receiving information that we think sooner or later, the virus is going to mutate. We don’t know when but it is going to. How did they know that? How do they come to that conclusion?

“Then we hear the new virus H1N1 has components: the bird flu, H5N1, or the other way around. When you use these kinds of numbers and technical words, it frightens people because they don’t understand what H or N stands for. They take people’s words for it and the media picks it up and then starts to say, ‘This is very different. This is entirely different. This has components of the 1918 flu and the bird flu. It also has the swine flu.’

“And you go around in Mexico and you get H1N1 in the swine right now. So you make six, eight or 10 different drugs, different vaccines as many as the companies, and then you say, ‘Some will be live and they’ll be given in the nose, some will be killed, some will have adjuvants like squalene oils.’

“…And some people are being given nasal vaccine, so that means a live virus. If you’re putting a drop in the nose like you put the drop of polio in the mouth, then those are the portals of entry that obviously mean this is a live virus. If it’s a live virus, then you actually may be creating a pandemic with whatever you manufactured in the laboratory. If it’s a live virus then that’s what could happen.”

How is that for government incompetence? They predicted a pandemic, they hyped it in order to scare people into taking an untested vaccine, they enlisted government hacks, celebrities and a willing media to spread their propaganda, they deliberately infected people with a live virus and still they couldn’t make their pandemic meet their goals.

Tea Party Leaders Descend On Washington To Lobby Against Healthcare Reform

Tea Party leaders descend on Washington to lobby against healthcare reformLocal Tea Party movement leaders travelled to the nation’s capital last week to kick off the Take the Town Halls to Washington project at a press conference on Capitol Hill on March 9.

The event is designed to bring activists to Washington, D.C., during the month of March to meet, question and review the positions of approximately 50 Democratic members of the House of Representatives whose vote on the proposed healthcare legislation has not yet been publicly announced.

Mark Skoda, chairman of the Memphis Tea Party, is among the assembled leaders, and he said that their first goal is to stop this bill from passing by March 18, the deadline reportedly set by the White House.

"We encourage tea party activists from around the country to come to Washington today, tomorrow, this week,and next week," he said. "We have a ‘war room’ set up on Capitol Hill, and every tea party activist in the country is welcome to use that location as a base of operations."

Chief Justice Roberts Calls State Of The Union ‘a Political Pep Rally’

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said last week that President Obama’s actions during his first State of the Union address were "very troubling," noting that the atmosphere surrounding the annual event has "degenerated to a political pep rally," according to media reports.

During his speech, Obama openly criticized the high court for its decision regarding campaign finance regulations, an act that visibly seemed to bother Roberts and other Supreme Court justices attending the address.

While speaking to a crowd of law students from the University of Alabama, Roberts questioned whether justices should even attend the increasingly political televised speech.

"The image of having the members of one branch of government standing up, literally surrounding the Supreme Court, cheering and hollering while the court—according the requirements of protocol—has to sit there expressionless, I think is very troubling," he said. "I’m not sure why we are there."

Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs quickly responded, stating that the only thing troubling the administration was the 5-4 Supreme Court ruling that will allow corporations to spend unlimited resources while advocating on behalf of candidates in elections, according to Fox News.

Pine Bark Extract Helps Counteract Kidney Damage

Pine bark extract helps counteract kidney damageResults of a newly released study suggest that the antioxidant pycnogenol, a plant extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree, is capable of counteracting kidney damage caused by high blood pressure, decreasing urinary problems and improving blood flow to the kidneys.

In the study, researchers from the Gabriele D’Annunzio University in Italy divided 55 hypertensive patients who showed early signs of impaired kidney function into two groups. Each faction was treated with the anti-hypertensive medication Ramipril, with one of the groups also receiving pycnogenol. All patients included in the study had an average urinary protein level of 89 mg per 24-hour period, considerably surpassing the 30 mg measure that is associated with healthy kidney function.

After six months of follow-up, the researchers found that the average protein level decreased to 64 mg per day, while the pycnogenol group had a mean of only 39 mg per 24-hour period.

"While Ramipril represents an effective treatment for hypertension and its interrelated effects on kidney function, pycnogenol as an adjunct to the medication produced significantly greater results, particularly for kidney function restoration," concluded lead researcher Gianni Belcaro.

An earlier study by the same research team found that pycnogenol also improves circulation, reduces swelling and boosts visual acuity in diabetic patients.