Democrats Promise BP's Tony Hayward Tough Grilling On Capitol Hill

Democrats promise BP's Tony Hayward tough grilling on Capitol HillWhen BP CEO Tony Hayward appears in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, he should be prepared for some rough questioning, according to the committee’s chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.).

The California Democrat and his colleague Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) sent a letter to BP in advance of the hearing, outlining some of the questions the CEO will have to answer.

They include inquiries about the alleged low-costs solutions and speed with which some of the elements of the damaged well were put in place.

"BP appears to have made multiple decisions for economic reasons that increased the danger of a catastrophic well failure," the lawmakers wrote in the latter.

They added that "in several instances, these decisions appear to violate industry guidelines and were made despite warnings from BP’s own personnel and its contractors."

In fact, media reports suggest that just days before the disaster one of the oil company’s engineers called the structure in question a "nightmare well."

On April 20, the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers and set off the biggest offshore oil spill in United States history. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19838330-ADNFCR

Obama's Oil Spill Speech Gets Lukewarm Reception

Obama's oil spill speech gets lukewarm reception On the night of June 15, President Obama delivered his first speech to the nation from the Oval Office, addressing the Gulf oil spill disaster. However, the speech garnered a fair amount of criticism.

The president vowed to "make BP pay" for the damage the catastrophe is causing. He also used the opportunity to call again for switching to clean and renewable energy sources, and for a new energy policy for America.

"The tragedy unfolding on our coast is the most painful and powerful reminder yet that the time to embrace a clean energy future is now," Obama said, adding that "now is the moment for this generation to embark on a national mission to unleash America’s innovation and seize control of our own destiny."

His comments were endorsed by Alliance for Climate Protection founder and chairman Al Gore who said that this was the time for the Senate to act.

However, the speech was blasted by some Republicans such as former presidential candidate Gary Bauer who said that Obama’s remarks ignored America’s energy needs.

"To pretend that wind or solar energy can replace oil is to ignore the millions of dollars and many years of research that have proven that these two sources of energy are likely to provide an insignificant percentage of our overall energy needs for decades to come," he stated.

Some commentators have also accused Obama of providing few details on how he plans to stop the ongoing leak. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19842084-ADNFCR

Watchdog Group Urges Congress To Pass DISCLOSE Act

Watchdog group urges Congress to pass DISCLOSE Act Last January the Supreme Court ruled that campaign finance laws should be relaxed to reflect constitutional rights to free speech by allowing businesses, unions and advocacy groups to air political ads. It has been criticized by both Republicans and Democrats, and has been subject to both legal and legislative challenges.

Among the latter is the DISCLOSE Act —introduced by Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), Ron Wyden (D-Oreg.), Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.)—which would impose new disclosure requirements on organizations that spend money on political advocacy campaigns.

However, it has run into trouble in the House of Representatives as a result of the opposition from such diverse interest groups as the National Rifle Association and the AFL-CIO. According to The Washington Post, they believe the bill would require them to identify small donors as well.

As the prospects of the bill passing this year are receding,—a non profit organization—has launched a campaign to persuade Congress to revive the legislation, which it says is "meant to protect public elections and the votes of millions of Americans."

"[We need to] mitigate the corrosive effects of the Supreme Court’s decision allowing unlimited secret funding of elections by corporations," the organization said in a statement. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19836665-ADNFCR

New Documents Show Kagan Backing The Clintons In Whitewater Case

New documents show Kagan backing the Clintons in Whitewater caseAs investigations into the legal writings of President Obama’s latest Supreme Court pick continue, evidence has come to light that suggests Elena Kagan strongly backed former President Bill Clinton in the Whitewater case.

The case involved a congressional investigation into allegations that Clinton and his wife were involved in illegal real estate deals when he was serving as governor of Arkansas.

As a top lawyer in the White House counsel’s office in 1995 and 1996 Kagan wrote several memos and letters in which she contacted Clinton’s supporters asking them to write positive opinion pieces about the president that would appear in national newspapers, according to CNN.

She also argued in support of Clinton’s rights to confidentiality as president in the Whitewater case and in a later sexual harassment scandal.

The revelations came after the Clinton Presidential Library in Arkansas released 42,000 new pages of files.

Kagan is currently serving as United States Solicitor General, and was nominated by President Obama in May to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19836661-ADNFCR

Corporatism: The Secret Government of the New World Order by Jeffrey Grupp

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America is a nation secretly controlled by large corporations and other background entities that terrorize the nation’s citizens in order to establish a fascist-like control. And sadly, the vast majority of Americans have no idea anything of the sort is going on, according to Jeffrey Grupp, author of Corporatism: The Secret Government of the New World Order.

The transformation from a free to a corporatist society actually began in 1870s and continued slowly into the 1970s. But since the 1970s the transformation picked up speed turning the United States into a communist nation—an Orwellian state with all the standard characteristics such as invisible and fabricated terror networks, mass brainwashing, staged war, mass poverty and, eventually, the migration of virtually all citizens into compact, dirty, disease-ridden cities that could more accurately be called labor or concentration camps. And the pace of the transformation really accelerated after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Grupp writes.

For Grupp, the idea of a corporation includes the normal idea of a corporation: General Electric, for example. But it also encompasses the mainstream media and organizations like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Health Organization (WHO), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), United Nations (UN) and a myriad of other alphabet soup organizations that he says work against the people and take on criminalistic and/or genocidal qualities.

He posits that there are actually two governments at work in the U.S. (and around the world for that matter). The visible government is comprised of the President, Senators, Representatives and Supreme Court Justices that you see in action on C-Span, various news channels or in Washington, D.C.

But then there is the invisible government that operates behind the scenes by pulling the strings and pushing the buttons of the visible government. Grupp also writes that many members of the visible government are a part of the invisible government as well.

Grupp knows there are many skeptics to his beliefs. But this book lays out step-by-step his argument of how the secret government controls not only the thoughts and actions of the visible government, but the thoughts and actions of the populace as well. He writes:

“Do you have trouble believing that such a secret corporatist government exists? Do you have trouble believing that it could be as well-coordinated, hidden, savage, and tight-lipped as I am describing it? Is it so hard for you to believe a secret corporatist government exists, that you are inclined to reject the idea as implausible? Well, if you are inclined to reject the idea, then you have forgotten that this sort of group has manifested all throughout history, with the same level of secrecy, savagery, and well-organized functioning. The Nazis are a perfect example, where Nazi media information, medicine, military, government, and so on, were all perfectly controlled and coordinated by a secretive corporatistic government which, it seems, most Germans were oblivious to. You don’t think this is going on here in the United States?”

And Grupp’s argument is that some of the same people involved in the Nazi regime are behind today’s corporatism (for example, George W. Bush’s grandfather, Prescott Bush, was a top Nazi and Hitler’s banker).

Grupp shows how the secret government uses the media and corporations to achieve its goals—that is pushing toward One World Government.

It does so by framing its message to push the people into believing that—as George Orwell stated in 1984—that war is peace and freedom is slavery and ignorance is strength.

He demonstrates the effects that false flag terror and war events have had in molding and shaping the minds of Americans in order to make it easier for the decision-makers to achieve their ends: wars, economic downturns, higher taxes, oppressive government and submission to the nanny state.

Grupp writes that al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden are tools used by the CIA and that the government was complicit in the 9/11 terror attacks and the President, his staff, Congress and the media covered up the facts in order to hide what really happened that day.

He also makes a case that the secret government is using vaccines, faulty medical data, poisonous medicines and dubious research in order to make Americans a docile people that submit to orders and follow instructions without question.

Finally, Grupp posits that the secret government is using chemicals, bioterrorism and nanotechnology to advance its agenda of population reduction and control of American citizens.

The book is well sourced and a fascinating, thought-provoking trip into the major conspiracy theories alive today. If you believe that people and governments are capable of pulling off evil acts to achieve their agendas—particularly in a move toward One World Government—this book will reinforce your beliefs. If you’re not prone to conspiracy theories and don’t think people and governments can be evil entities, then this book will at least give you pause.

What Your Overworked Liver Is Dying To Tell You

Low energy, chronic fatigue, problems sleeping, high blood pressure, unstable blood sugar, digestive problems, muscle and joint pain, headaches and weight gain are symptoms of an overworked and possibly toxic overload in your liver and kidneys.

These symptoms are your body’s way of talking to you and I encourage you to listen to what it has to say.

Prescription drug and alcohol use, pesticides and chemicals in your air and water and a high-fat, junk food diet all wreak havoc on your liver and kidneys and cause serious health problems. To make matters even worse, most doctors don’t even think of checking your liver and kidney health when they treat you.  So the damage continues until one day you’re facing a fate almost worse than death—non-functioning liver or kidneys.

Your liver is that “often-forgotten” four-pound organ located on the right side of your body that performs more than 500 bodily functions and chemical reactions every single day to keep you alive. In fact, your liver is so important, medical experts agree that if your body was a corporation, your liver would be the president.

Your liver is under constant abuse from over-the-counter and prescription medications, air and water pollution, alcohol use, chemical food additives, stress hormones and a host of other toxic weapons that are out to destroy it.

And the fact is that if your liver breaks down, then your body breaks down and you could die.

Your liver removes toxins and impurities from your body before they can cause you harm. But there’s a very good chance your liver is not performing at its maximum ability. And if you’re over age 40, you may already have the beginnings of a sluggish liver that can lead to an exhausted body.

In fact, by the time you reach age 40, the tubes and ducts leading to and from your liver can start to get clogged with undigested fats, environmental toxins, gallstones, scar tissue and metabolic wastes. And by age 50 you may only be producing a quarter of the bile your body needs to break down the fats from all the foods in your diet.

When your liver can’t make enough bile to remove the toxins, it encapsulates and stores the toxic materials, which will affect and harm your body for years to come. Some of these toxins become hard mineralized stones stored in your gall bladder—commonly known as gallstones.

As time goes by these stones accumulate and can block normal bile flow from your gallbladder to your liver. So if you have gallstones, you have a clear warning of a possibly serious liver problem.

But you can improve the condition of your liver with simple and natural ways that safely help remove dangerous toxins from your liver, unclog your liver cells and boost your liver function.

There are herbs, antioxidants, super-nutrients and amino acids that can help you detoxify and promote proper liver function. Some of these are milk thistle, soy lecithin and artichoke leaf. Other nutrients such as n-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC), alpha lipoic acid (ALA) and trimethylglycine can also help contribute to a well-functioning liver and a healthy body.

For more information about liver and kidney detoxification, visit this website.

—Dr. Michael Cutler

Obama Asks Congress For $50 Billion In Aid To Avoid State Layoffs

Obama asks Congress for $50 billion in aid to avoid state layoffs President Obama has requested that Congress quickly approve nearly $50 billion in emergency aid to help prevent states from being forced to lay off more workers.

In a letter written to congressional lawmakers, Obama suggested that last year’s $787 billion Federal stimulus package will not be enough to avoid the "massive layoffs" of teachers, firefighters and law enforcement personnel.

"The lingering economic damage left by the financial crisis we inherited has left a mounting employment crisis at the state and local level that could set back the pace of our economic recovery," he wrote.

Obama’s proposal came as a surprise to lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, who said the president failed to mention the plan during a White House meeting late last week, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Republican members of Congress spoke out against the request on Monday, noting that previous Federal spending contributed to the mounting deficit while doing little to reduce the nation’s near 10 percent unemployment rate.

"Democrats are showing either that they just don’t get it on this issue of the debt, or that they just don’t care," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). "You can understand the American people’s skepticism when they’re told that simply adding more government is the solution to government’s previous failures."

Healthy Eating Can Help Women Lower Their Risk Of Developing Cataracts

Healthy eating can help women lower their risk of developing cataracts Older women may be able to lower their risk of developing cataracts by consuming a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals, according to a new University of Wisconsin study.

For the research, lead author Julie Mares and her colleagues examined 1,808 women over the age of 55 who took part in both the Women’s Health Initiative study—which had them complete food frequency questionnaires—and an age-related eye disease study.

Participants were assigned scores based on their adherence to the 1992 food guide pyramid. High marks were given to those who consumed more than the recommended amount of fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins, while low scores were handed out to individuals who ate foods rich in fat, cholesterol and sodium.

The investigators found that the women with the highest dietary scores had, by far, the lowest risk of developing cataracts.

"Results from this study indicate that healthy diets, which reflect adherence to the United States dietary guidelines at the time of entry in the Women’s Health Initiative study, are more strongly related to the lower occurrence of nuclear cataracts than any other modifiable risk factor or protective factor studied in this sample of women," wrote the authors.

Oil Spill Cleanup Fund Up In The Air

Oil spill cleanup fund up in the airEarlier this week, the Obama administration vowed to press BP to set up an escrow account to pay for the oil spill damage along the Gulf Coast, but recent reports suggest the deal appears to be stalling.

Still at issue are the size of the fund, the question of a third-party administrator and whether BP shareholders would have to approve the transfer of money, according to BusinessWeek, which cited anonymous sources.

The news comes as President Obama is scheduled to meet today with BP CEO Tony Hayward and Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg at the White House, but there are indications he is planning to pursue the matter further.

In last night’s speech from the Oval Office, Obama said that he will tell Svanberg "that he is to set aside whatever resources are required to compensate the workers and business owners who have been harmed as a result of his company’s recklessness."

The administration’s moves are being closely watched by environmental and civil rights groups. In a recent letter to Obama, the Environmental Defense Fund called for allocating money within the escrow account explicitly for habitat restoration along the coast.

Meanwhile, the American Association for Justice urged the government to find a solution that will "protect Gulf coasters, not shield BP."ADNFCR-1961-ID-19841119-ADNFCR

Between A Rock And A Slippery Place

It’s taken the biggest environmental crisis in American history to drive home a simple point—Washington’s energy policy has been reckless and could yet be the ruination of this once great United States.

The latest polls show that 38 percent of Americans approve of President Obama’s handling of the Gulf oil crisis. Which makes one wonder, what would it take for these people not to support the President?

Of course there is the latest success that appears to be working almost seamlessly above the Deep Horizon oil well 5,000 feet below the Gulf of Mexico. The containment dome is now trapping more than 15,000 barrels per day of spewing oil, up from just 6,000 barrels per day when it was first placed over the ruptured hole. That’s amazing; the Obama administration said that the ruptured well was only leaking 5,000 barrels per day to begin with!

The President has promised that the U.S. will bounce back from this cataclysm. “We will get through this crisis,” said the President, echoing the words of President Carter who declared that he would bring the American hostages home from Iran, even as the daily calendar on that catastrophe clicked forward endlessly. Will this one reach day 100, day 150, perhaps even day 200?

Better Than Ever
Last week Obama said that the people of the Gulf coast "are going to need help from the entire country," but that he is determined to see that the region will be restored to a condition better than it was before the BP well blew up.

Better? That is like saying Vietnam is better after being raked with Agent Orange?

It is estimated that BP is on the hook for $14 billion but that will never make things better. Not for them (The BP brand has been tarnished for decades); not for the wildlife and certainly not for the people along the coast that make their living from those waters. And that is if we don’t get another “incident.”

But wait! The Deepwater Horizon is not the only well spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico. According to a Federal document a nearby drilling rig, the Ocean Saratoga, has been leaking since at least April 30. While much smaller than the BP spill it has nevertheless produced a 10-mile-long slick that can be seen on satellite images. Diamond Offshore, which owns the drilling rig, said that they could not comment on the ongoing spill but it appears as if a boat is putting dispersants on the slick.

It all adds up to one thing—even after BP antes up billions you can bet the Federal government is going to be on the hook for a substantial part of the tab. The President promises that he is going to squeeze every penny for the cost of this problem out of BP but Obama has a pretty poor record when it comes to holding companies accountable for their mistakes. Just ask bank executives who threw the economy into a tailspin then collected billions in bailouts and then gave themselves millions in bonuses.

Regardless of the cost, the Gulf of Mexico is not the real problem. The 2 million barrels of crude oil that will have spilled into the Gulf of Mexico is a symptom of a much bigger problem; one that is getting progressively worse. I am talking about America’s unrequited addiction to oil which has been drilled dry within our borders.

The U.S. is now pumping less than 5 million barrels of oil per day. We pumped almost twice that much oil 30 years ago during the first Iranian crisis.

That leaves the U.S. dependent on harvesting petroleum wherever it can, including 5,000 feet deep in the Gulf of Mexico. It also leaves the U.S. importing more than two out of every three barrels we burn, much of that from countries that hate us.

Oil discoveries have been declining since 1964

As the graph above shows, the discovery rate for oil in the United States has fallen off a cliff. The U.S. is tapped out and drilled out. You have to go back to the 1920s to find a decade where less oil was discovered in the U.S. than will be discovered this decade. In case you are wondering, in 1920 there were 7.5 million automobiles in the U.S. Today there are about 250 million registered vehicles on the road.

Driven To Disaster
“Over the last 25 years, opportunities to head off the current crisis were ignored, missed or deliberately blocked, according to analysts, politicians and veterans of the oil and automobile industries,” wrote The New York Times.

The Times pointed out that as politicians heatedly debate opening new regions to drilling, corralling energy speculators, or starting an Apollo-like effort to find renewable energy supplies, analysts say the real source of the problem is closer to home. In fact, it’s parked in our driveways.

A whopping 70 percent of the 21 million barrels of oil the U.S. consumes every day goes for transportation, with the bulk of that burned by individual drivers. Americans’ daily use of oil is nearly twice the combined consumption of the Chinese and Indians.

Our nation’s dependence on imported oil has only kept growing in recent years, undermining the trade balance and creating a perfect storm for environmental disasters like the one happening in the Gulf of Mexico.

From Gaza To The Gulf Of Mexico
There has been no summer lull for the Obama administration. Consider:

  • June is turning out to be one of the bloodiest months in the Afghan war.
  • More than seven years after the U.S.-led invasion of the country in March 2003, bombings and shootings still remain common across Iraq.
  • Much of the world is outraged about events in Gaza, which may or may not have been provoked by America’s largest aircraft carrier also known as Israel.

The common denominator between these events and the Gulf spill is oil. If not for oil and America’s strategic need to secure the world’s last rich pools—most of which lay under Arab lands—Washington could pull its armies out of the Middle East, be an honest broker of peace between Israel and her Arab neighbors. That would not only save American lives but also hundreds of billions of dollars that are being spent on a foreign occupation. It would also restore the reputation of the U.S. which would help usher in a new age of prosperity.

But don’t expect peace to break out anytime soon. The President has a lot to say about the need to go Green, but there are two realities:

  • The technologies needed to replace oil are not here nor are they on the horizon.
  • The only Green that this President seems to understand is the kind of green that BP gave him when he was running for office. After all Obama was the largest recipient of BP campaign contributions.

It seems that if you give the President enough mulla, he is willing to let all of us deal with the Mullahs.

Yours for real wealth and good health,

John Myers
Myers’ Energy and Gold Report

The Magna Carta Established

It was nearly 800 years ago this week that King John of England, under pressure from a group of barons, agreed to put his seal on a document that, for the very first time in English history, limited the king’s powers by law.

King John was one of Britain’s most unpopular monarchs. He devised numerous ways to extract more money from his subjects, including the country’s first income tax. By 1215 many of the most important barons in England had had enough. They entered London in force on June 10, 1215. The citizens of the city showed their sympathy with the barons by throwing open the gates to the city and cheering them as they entered.

Five days later, on June 15, 1215, King John acquiesced to the barons’ demands. He agreed to meet them at Runnymede where he placed his Great Seal on the document they presented. It became known as the Magna Carta Libertatum, or the Great Charter of Freedom.

After King John’s death the Magna Carta would be revised numerous times, including three times during the rule of his successor, Henry III. It is the version approved in 1297 that remains in force in England and Wales to this day.

The Magna Carta is generally accepted as the most significant early influence that led to the rule of constitutional law today. So, thanks, barons.

—Chip Wood

Report Shows Hispanics Leaving Arizona In Droves

Report: Hispanics leaving Arizona in drovesArizona’s recently passed immigration bill has prompted many Hispanic families to leave the state before the controversial law goes into effect in late July.

While state authorities have yet to release any official statistics, many schools and businesses have indicated that a large number of legal and illegal residents of Hispanic descent have packed up and left Arizona in the last few weeks, USA Today reports.

Jeffrey Smith, superintendent of the state’s Balsz Elementary School District, told Fox News that 95 students have left the system since the law was signed by Governor Jan Brewer in late April. In contrast, only seven children dropped out of the district during the same period last year. More than 75 percent of Balsz Elementary School District students are Hispanic.

Smith noted that the majority of migrating Hispanics—both legal and illegal—may be headed for a neighboring state where immigration laws are less strict.

"The statement is something like New Mexico is the way Arizona used to be," he told the news source. "I heard one lady say she might go back to Mexico."

Brewer’s spokesman Paul Senseman said last week of the exodus, "If that means that fewer people are breaking the law, that is absolutely an accomplishment."

Caffeine Consumption May Help Stave Off Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease

Report: Caffeine consumption may help stave off Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease The consumption of moderate daily amounts of caffeine may help individuals prevent the onset of several cognitive decline disorders including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, according to a recent comprehensive review of previous studies.

For the report, editors of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease brought together a collection of studies conducted by a group of experts in the fields of brain pathology and neurophysiological function.

Guest editors Alexandre de Mendonça and Rodrigo Cunha recognized several new studies that identified a direct link between caffeine consumption a lower incidence of Parkinson’s disease. These findings were paralleled by numerous animal trials that confirmed the inverse connection between caffeine intake and neurodegeneration.

"Later a few epidemiological studies showed that the consumption of moderate amounts of caffeine was inversely associated with the cognitive decline associated with aging as well as the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease," said Mendonça and Cunha.

"Again, this was paralleled by animal studies showing that chronic caffeine administration prevented memory deterioration and neurodegeneration in animal models of aging and of Alzheimer’s disease," they added.

The editors also noted that caffeine consumption may help improve the daily lives of Alzheimer’s disease patients by moderately augmenting their memory performance and acting as a mood stabilizer.

NIA: U.S. Stocks ‘Extremely Overvalued’

NIA: U.S. stocks 'extremely overvalued'Despite recent pronouncements from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke that he was cautiously optimistic about economic recovery, and despite official reports indicating that the labor market is stabilizing, the National Inflation Association (NIA) has continued to warn against the threat of the United States dollar becoming worthless due to accumulating national debt.

In particular, the NIA has criticized the mainstream media’s focus on the debt crisis in Greece—a small economy that the organization calls "irrelevant"—while ignoring a potential catastrophe at home in the form of impending hyperinflation.

It has also attacked the media for putting too much stock in credit rating agencies, which downgraded Greece’s bonds to junk, but still give U.S. bonds an AAA rating.

"The only thing separating U.S. debt from Greece debt is the Federal Reserve’s printing press," the organization said in a statement, adding that "[we believe] monetization is even worse than default, and U.S. debt already deserves to be rated junk right now."

Finally, given the volatility of the stock market, the NIA has once again reiterated the importance of investing in "real money," namely precious metals. In its view, a sharp decline in the Dow/Gold ratio from 9.3 to below 7 is among its top predictions for 2010. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19833152-ADNFCR

As Politicians Argue About Wall Street Reform, Americans Appear Open To More Regulation

As politicians argue about Wall Street reform, Americans appear open to more regulation With congressional negotiations on the Wall Street reform bill heating up a new poll has found that many Americans support some form of regulation, but it also depends on who or what is regulated.

A new Harris Poll found that 40 percent of respondents favor stricter regulation of businesses and only 19 percent would rather see fewer rules.

Among the top sectors Americans would like to see regulated are food safety (73 percent), executive pay and bonuses (70 percent), pharmaceuticals (70 percent), banks (69 percent) and environmental safety (66 percent). More than 60 percent would also like to see big business be subject to tighter oversight.

The poll also found that Democrats are generally for more regulation than Republicans, even though the latter came out strongly in favor of imposing rules of the food sector, executive compensation and banks.

On the other hand, among self-declared Tea Party supporters, a clear majority (48 to 21 percent) favor less strict regulation overall.

The survey was released just hours before Democrats and Republicans met among partisan bickering on June 10 for conference negotiations to finalize new Wall Street regulations. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19833195-ADNFCR

Amenorrhea And Chinese Herbal Medicine

Amenorrhea is one of the common health concerns for young ladies and women. There are two main classification of amenorrhea. Primary amenorrhea is the lack of menstruation over reproductive age. Secondary amenorrhea refers to a break in the menstrual cycle for at least three months at a time.

According to the holistic theories of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), amenorrhea has three general causes. It is most predominantly the result of insufficient transformation of blood from the spleen and stomach. The spleen and stomach are paired yin/yang organs (for more on how TCM links organs together read How “Chinese” Organs Are Different), and are responsible for the transformation and transportation of blood and nutrients in the body derived from the food one eats.

Another cause is known as the severe consumption of yin blood and exhaustion of blood source. This refers to the depletion of the yin (nurturing) aspect of energy and the energetic source of blood, wherein enough blood or strength of hemoglobin is deficient.

The third cause of amenorrhea is blood stasis (slowing of blood flow) due to exterior cold (e.g., the weather, air conditioner) or from excessive consumption of cold food and beverages. While there are three primary causes of amenorrhea, the primary and secondary classifications present with several syndromes.

Primary Amenorrhea Syndromes
The main symptoms of primary amenorrhea are the gradual reduction of menstrual flow to eventual stoppage for a period of time. There are two manifestations of this: 1) weakness of qi and blood, and 2) liver and kidney deficiency.

Weakness of qi (energy) and blood (essential yin nutrient) presents with sallow complexion, emaciation, vertigo, heart palpitations and a tongue that is light in color.

Deficiency of liver and kidney presents with vertigo, tinnitus, aching weakness of the loins and knees, feverish sensation in the five centers (palms, soles of the feet and chest), tidal fever, night sweating and a tongue that is darkish-colored.

Secondary Amenorrhea Syndromes
The main symptom of secondary amenorrhea is the stoppage of menstruation for several months or more. In terms of TCM there are three manifestations of this: 1) qi stagnation and blood stasis, 2) cold coagulation and blood stagnation, and 3) phlegm damp obstruction.

A woman suffering from amenorrhea due to qi stagnation and blood stasis has pain in lower abdomen that is worse with pressure, restlessness, is easily angered, distending fullness in the chest and hypochondria and a tongue that is blackish in color.

Amenorrhea caused by cold coagulation and blood stagnation presents with a cold body and limbs, cold pain in the lower abdomen and a tongue that is blackish in color.

A woman with amenorrhea due to phlegm damp obstruction usually presents with obesity, fullness and oppression in the chest and hypochondria, lassitude, lack of spirit, anorexia, profuse sputum, leukorrhagia and a tongue with a greasy fur coating.

Chinese Herbal Patent Medicines
Although the causes and syndromes of amenorrhea are varied and specifically outlined, a single syndrome is rare. The following herbal formulas work well when combined as needed, and are for the following presentations.

  • Nu Ke Ba Zhen Wan (Women’s Precious Teapills) for amenorrhea presenting with qi and blood deficiency.
  • Si Wu Tang (Four Substances for Women) for amenorrhea presenting with blood deficiency.
  • Shi Chuan Da Bu Wan (Ten Flavor Teapills) for amenorrhea presenting with qi and blood deficiency and cold accumulation.
  • Tong Jing Wan (Calm in the Sea of Life) for amenorrhea presenting with severe blood stagnation.
  • Shao Fu Zhu Yu Wan (Stasis in the Palace of Blood) for amenorrhea presenting with blood stagnation with cold accumulation.
  • Tao Hong Si Wu Tang for amenorrhea presenting with blood stasis and blood deficiency.

There are only three things that engender life force (energy) after birth. They are oxygen, water and food. Without these we will die. And each of these affects the blood. So dehydration, malnutrition and low oxygen levels in the blood may also be a cause of your amenorrhea. There is a natural cure for amenorrhea with these herbal formulas, especially so when combined with a change in diet and lifestyle.

–Dr. Mark Wiley

Natural Relief For Acid Reflux And Heartburn

Big Pharma likes to peddle the purple pill, and other “antacids” as a means of relieving the symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux. These drugs are proton pump inhibitors that shut down production of stomach acid. But most acid reflux and heartburn is caused by lack of stomach acid. The lack of stomach acid prohibits proper digestion and allows food to ferment in the stomach, causing gas symptoms.

What the stomach really needs is more acid, not less. Here’s one suggestion: Try sea salt. Mix 1/2 teaspoon in a glass of water once a day.

S.C. Democrat Who Faces Felony Charges Will Not Drop Out Of Senate Race

S.C. Democrat who faces felony charges will not drop out of Senate race South Carolina’s Democratic Senate nominee Alvin Greene said last week that he will reject his party’s request that he drop out of the November election race.

The state’s party chairwoman Carol Fowler asked Greene to withdraw from the race after news surfaced that the 32-year-old unemployed veteran faces felony obscenity charges for allegedly showing graphic internet photos to a college student. If convicted, Greene could face up to five years in prison.

"I believe strongly that the Democratic voters of this state have the right to select our nominee," said Fowler. "But this new information would certainly have affected the decisions of many of those voters."

Greene, a virtual unknown in the political realm, shocked Democratic leaders by garnering 59 percent of the vote to defeat veteran legislator Vic Rawl, who had already begun to plan for the general election, The Washington Post reports. Apparently, Greene had done little campaigning, did not raise any money and does not even have a website.

In response to his unexpected victory, Representative James Clyburn (D-S.C.) speculated whether Greene was a "Republican plant," and openly questioned how the unemployed veteran obtained the $10,400 filing fee.

"There were some real shenanigans going on in the South Carolina primary," Clyburn said on the liberal Bill Press radio show. "I don’t know if he was a Republican plant; he was someone’s plant. Somebody gave him that $10,000 and he who took it should be investigated, and he who gave it should be investigated."

Red Wine, Green Tea Slow Cancer Progression

Red wine, green tea slow cancer progressionIn a potentially groundbreaking new study, American researchers have identified the manner in which the compounds found in red wine and green tea inhibit cancer growth. The findings not only confirm the health benefits of consuming moderate amounts of each beverage, but may also allow scientists to one day develop medications capable of slowing cancer progression.

Using an animal model, the researchers found that the polyphenols in red wine and green tea were able to disrupt a specific cell-signaling pathway—known as sphingosine kinase-1/sphingosine 1-phosphate (SphK1/S1P)—that is often responsible for cancer growth.

The investigators implanted a group of lab mice with human prostate cancer cells, and then assigned them to receive either drinking water or a beverage loaded with the green tea compounds EGCg and polyphenon E. The subjects that consumed the polyphenol-rich drink developed much smaller tumors than those who were only given water.

"The profound impact that the antioxidants in red wine and green tea have on our bodies is more than anyone would have dreamt just 25 years ago," said Gerald Weissmann, editor-in-chief of The FASEB Journal, which recently published the study.

"As long as they are taken in moderation, all signs show that red wine and green tea may be ranked among the most potent ‘health foods’ we know," he added.

Issa Calls For Special Prosecutor To Investigate Emanuel, Messina Over White House Job Offers

Issa calls for special prosecutor to investigate Emanuel, Messina over White House job offersRepresentative Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has requested that an independent prosecutor look into whether White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and his deputy Jim Messina violated Federal laws by interfering with two recent congressional primaries.

Emanuel allegedly asked former President Bill Clinton to persuade Representative Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) to drop out of Pennsylvania’s Democratic Senate primary by offering him an unpaid advisory position with the White House. The move was an apparent attempt to save the seat for incumbent Senator Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), who eventually lost the election to Sestak after the latter declined the offer.

Messina allegedly inquired in September 2009, whether Colorado Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff would be more interested in a Federal position than in running against incumbent Senator Michael Bennett in the state’s Democratic primary. Romanoff also won the election after turning down the alleged White House offer.

"Averting divisive primary campaigns and protecting a Democratic seat in the United States House of Representatives are purely political concerns and, as such, Federal officials are prohibited from using their official authority or influence to address them," wrote Issa in his letter to the acting U.S. Special Counsel William Reukauf.

He noted that both instances are direct violations of the Hatch Act, which states that Federal officials cannot use their "authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election."

Federal employees who violate the Hatch Act can be removed from their positions.

Reports Finds Negative Correlation Between Immigration And Education Levels

Reports finds negative correlation between immigration and education levels A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) has found that California has the least-educated labor force of any state in the United States, and this may be due to the high levels of immigration in recent decades.

According to the study, 9 percent of California’s population was comprised of immigrants in 1970, but by 2008 it was 27 percent. Forty years ago, the state had the 7th most educated workforce of all U.S. states in terms of the share of workers who had completed high school, but by 2008 it ranked 50th.

The researchers now estimate that one in six workers in the Golden State have not graduated high school.

The report, titled A State Transformed: Immigration and the New California, concludes with the warning that without a comprehensive immigration reform and enforcement, other parts of the country may follow in California’s path.

CIS has also defended the new Arizona immigration law against critics who claim that it could lead to racial profiling of minorities, saying that the law stipulates that police "may not solely consider race, color or national origin" when implementing SB 1070.

It also pointed out that when the state’s governor, Jan Brewer, signed the new law, she also issued an executive order requiring additional training for police officers on what does and what does not constitute "reasonable suspicion."ADNFCR-1961-ID-19830954-ADNFCR