EPIC Challenge Of Naked Body Scanners To Proceed

An appeals court has set a briefing schedule for a lawsuit challenging the airport naked body scanner program.

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear arguments in the case of Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) v Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and initial briefs are due Nov. 1.

Epic alleges DHS has violated three Federal laws — the Administrative Procedures Act, the Privacy Act and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act — and claims that the body scanner search itself is unconstitutional based on what the courts have said about the permissible scope of screening procedures. The scanners peer beneath clothing and produce very revealing negative photos that can be easily turned into positive photos with the use of commonly-found computer software and those images — of children and adults — could wind up anywhere.

We have documented before how, despite DHS promises to the contrary, the scanners can be used to store and transmit images. The scanners are also dangerous and ineffective. Some of our reports can be read here, here, here and here.

USA Today/Gallup Poll Shows Democrats Midterm Election Hopes Dim

USA Today/Gallup Poll Shows Democrats Midterm Election Hopes DimWith the mid-term election season getting into full swing following the Labor Day holiday, a USA Today/Gallup poll reveals that Democrat hopes of holding onto both houses of Congress are dimming.

The poll showed that voter dissatisfaction with the party in power is greater than it was in 1994 and 2006 when the party in power — Democrat in 1994 and Republican in 2006 — was swept away in a tsunami of voter backlash.

On the question: “Suppose that after the November elections most of the present members of Congress are replaced with new members. Would it change Congress for better or worse?,” 75 percent of those polled said it would change for the better, USA Today reports. Only 14 percent believed it would change for the worse.

While that would seem to be good news for Republicans, the poll shows that nearly half of those supporting Republican candidates are doing so out of a desire to defeat the Democrats rather than in support of the Republican. By a margin of 2-1 those polled who said they will vote for a Republican indicate they would rather vote for someone other than their current GOP member of Congress, USA Today reported.

“It’s good news for Republicans winning elections in the fall, but it may sow divisions for governing in January,” Lawrence Jacobs, director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota told the news source. “It’s a mandate for change from the Democrats but not a mandate for Tea Party policies” that may divide the GOP later.

Coconut Water Could Be A Lifesaver

Did you know that coconut water — the clear liquid inside a young coconut — is very handy to have around. Coconut water is sterile and it works extremely well as a sports/hydration drink because of its high potassium and mineral content. In fact, one cup-full of coconut water contains more electrolytes than most sports drinks and more potassium than a banana. It is also nearly isotonic to human blood and can be used as an IV hydration fluid when medical saline is unavailable.

High Cholesterol Linked To Increased Coronary Heart Disease Risk In Young People

Cholesterol Linked To Increased Coronary Heart Disease Risk In Young People Young people with high cholesterol may be more likely to develop coronary heart disease, according to findings published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

During a 20-year study conducted at the University of California in San Francisco, more than 3,200 individuals aged 18 to 30 years had their cholesterol measured. The researchers also examined each participant’s coronary artery calcium, which is plaque that accumulates in the arteries, by using CT scans.

The team discovered that those who recorded unhealthy levels of bad cholesterol in their bodies also suffered from an increase in coronary calcium, which is a cause of coronary heart disease. The results of the study also showed that the longer a person suffered increased measurements of bad cholesterol, the more likely they were to be diagnosed with related cardiovascular problems.

“We don’t usually worry too much about heart disease risk until a person is in middle age because it’s rare to have a heart attack in young adulthood,” said Mark J. Pletcher, lead author of the trial. He added that “however, our evidence shows that young adulthood is an important time because lasting damage already starts to accumulate at this age.”

One of the most common heart problems, coronary heart disease was the cause of more 445,000 deaths in the United States during 2005, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Florida Court Strikes Proposed Constitutional Amendment On Healthcare

Florida court strikes proposed constitutional amendment on healthcare Florida Supreme Court has rejected the attempt to consult voters on the Federal healthcare overhaul by striking a ballot initiative that would ask residents to support or oppose the measure.

The justices ruled that the summary of Amendment 9 — which was proposed by the GOP-controlled state legislature and would have blocked the Federal requirement for individuals to purchase insurance — was improperly phrased, according to BusinessWeek.

The decision was condemned by The American Legislative Exchange Council, whose Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act was the basis for the amendment, as well as some lawmakers from across the country.

State Representative Nancy Barto (R-Ariz.) said that "unfortunately, this judge has taken a technicality and used it to throw out what was a fair and constitutional amendment."

She warned that "Floridians will not be able to protect their freedom of choice in healthcare."

The Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act has been proposed in more than 40 states, and has become a statute in Virginia, Idaho, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana and Missouri.

States that permitted ballot initiatives this November on constitutional amendments regarding the healthcare reform are Colorado, Oklahoma and Arizona.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19935841-ADNFCR

Are You Sick Or Are You Tired?

As a person who suffered from excruciating headaches and musculoskeletal pain for the better part of 30 years, let me assure you that sound sleep is a wonder pill nobody can do without.
Sleep is not only a fundamental human need, it is a necessity that no one who experiences aches or pains of any kind should ever take for granted. It is so important, in fact, that we naturally fall asleep when our bodies tell our brains that certain essential chemicals have been depleted and our muscles and ligaments are tired and in need of restoration.

The growing problem is that many of us rely on legal stimulants like coffee, tea, soda and energy drinks to force ourselves to continue plugging away. Work, after all, can’t be held back by pleading. There are just not enough hours in the week. The result? We stay up too late, we get up too early, and to do this we consume unhealthy amounts of toxic substances — night after day after night.

The net result? For the better part of our adult lives we, and our coworkers, believe we are sick when actually we are tired. Tiredness, however, causes sickness. Without sleep the immune system wears down and cannot protect and repair the body. Let’s look at some of the damage we’ve done to ourselves simply by not going to sleep when we were tired.

Lack of sleep causes poor concentration, slower reaction times, decreased performance levels, less ability to learn and compartmentalize new skills and knowledge, more frequent memory lapses, increases in simple injuries and accidents, adverse changes in moods and behaviors, increased frequency of headaches, neck and shoulder pain, backaches, fatigue and an overload of toxic beverage consumption.

Why does this happen? During sleep our body is actually working to repair itself. The liver purifies blood, the muscles repair, serotonin increases. Without ample sleep these things do not happen at optimal levels.

In our natural circadian rhythm — or biological clock — sleep is set to take over during the evening hours. We are genetically programmed to get up and lie down with the sun. It was the invention of artificial sources of light (candles and bulbs) that began our stressed-out drive for more working hours at the expense of much-needed rest.

What’s the big deal, you ask, if you sleep only a few hours per night? You can always drink coffee, swallow energy drinks, take caffeine pills, cat naps… life is good. Well, not really. Did you know that in clinical tests rats die within a few short weeks of sleep deprivation? And it’s not just rats at risk. 

Chronic fatigue, adrenal fatigue, attention deficit disorder, chronic migraine and headache, body aches and pain, mental illness, depression and anxiety are all in part caused — or made worse — by lack of sleep. And no caffeine pill or taurine-laced energy drink can cure these dangerous side effects of our global economy-sized work loads. 

It’s not just office workers at risk, either. Did you know that it has been proven in numerous studies that sleep-deprived children learn at slower rates and are less social than their well-rested counterparts?

And let’s talk about motor accidents. Sleep-deprived drivers — especially truckers — make up 25 percent of all roadway accidents… and are even more likely to result in death or serious injury than drunk driving!

How about those unfortunate people who have attempted suicide in their lives? It has been found that their sleep is fraught with tension and nightmares. These disturbances, of course, lead to further lack of sleep, which causes lower levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin, resulting in greater depression and the return of suicidal thoughts. A vicious cycle.

You say, for you, it isn’t a crazy work schedule? You just have trouble drifting off and staying asleep? Well then, here are some tips for those who may suffer from insomnia. Follow them and see how much better you’ll feel each day as you get your eight hours:

  1. Do not consume ANY sugar or caffeine after 6:00 p.m.
  2. Stop working at least two hours before bedtime.
  3. Turn off the computer and television at least one hour before bedtime.
  4. Make sure your sleeping quarters are as dark and silent as possible. Studies have shown that those in darker and quieter spaces tend to sleep through the night more deeply than others.
  5. Establish a sleep/wake schedule, and stick to it.
  6. Make a set routine out of bedtime. Change into pajamas, brush your teeth, set out clothes for the morning, even jot down any last thoughts, but promise yourself to revisit them tomorrow. Then turn off the light… breathe deeply, relax and sleep tight.
  7. If a racing mind is nagging, slow your breathing and focus on the sensation of air as it passes through your nose. This will derail those busy thoughts to help you drift off.

And for those who exercise at night… flip the schedule. It’s keeping you up by moving blood and energy through your system. Researcher at Stanford University School of Medicine found that adults aged 55 — 75 who engaged in 20-30 minutes of low-impact exercise (like walking) every other day in the afternoon were able to fall asleep in half their normal time. What’s more, their sleep duration increased on average by one full hour.

What does all this mean? Good health begins as easily and naturally as going out for a walk and putting in plenty of sack time. Try, if possible, for a straight eight hours of sleep.

And maybe think about buying a new set of sheets to celebrate the new healthier happier sounder-sleeping you.

 — Dr. Mark Wiley

Reduced Cancer Risks Found In Men With Asthma, Eczema

Reduced Cancer Risks Found In Men With Asthma, EczemaMen who have been diagnosed with asthma or eczema may be at a lower risk of developing certain types of cancer, according to findings published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

During a recent trial, a team of investigators examined the results of a previous study that monitored air quality in various work environments. A total of 3,300 men aged 35 to 70 years who had been diagnosed with cancer were observed during this research, and compared to 512 people who were cancer-free.

The researchers discovered that those with a history of asthma were less likely to develop stomach cancer, while men with eczema had a lower risk of suffering from lung cancer.

Marie-Claude Rousseau, co-author of the trial, stated that “asthma and eczema are allergies brought about by a hyper-reactive immune system — a state that might have enabled abnormal cells to have been eliminated more efficiently, thereby reducing the risk of cancer.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that in 2008, an estimated 16.4 million people in the United States had developed asthma.ADNFCR-1960-ID-19913366-ADNFCR

The Fat Lady Won’t Sing

It may not have packed the emotional punch of the last chopper off the roof of the embassy in Saigon, but the word has come down from on high: The last combat troops have left the building.

Actually, I’m going to amend that last remark. A Stryker Brigade crossed the Southern Frontier between Iraq and Kuwait, marking the departure from our Mesopotamian quagmire of the last troops we’re actually CALLING “combat troops.”

We still have plenty of guys with guns in Iraq—more than 50,000—but they’re not “combat troops,” they’re “advisors.” Not to accuse the President of militaristic duplicity, but so were about a quarter million of our boys and girls who visited fabulous downtown Saigon in the 1960s.

But we’re not supposed to be treating the anointed savior with the same scrutiny with which George W. Bush and Richard M. Nixon (but not Bill Clinton) dealt. Since Barack Obama ascended the people’s throne, the corporate media doesn’t use words like “quagmire” anymore, nor do they refer to the “Vietnam of the Middle East.” Obama promised a swift withdrawal from Iraq, and he has thusly delivered—more or less. All right, less.

Nonetheless, calling everyone in digital desert camo an “advisor” means Obama gets to claim victory. And while The Associated Press noted that Obama didn’t actually claim victory in his speech last week; given that he hasn’t come out ahead in so much as a game of checkers with Bo the First Dog since he took office, hanging the metaphorical “Mission Accomplished” banner off the White House balustrade is as close as he’s going to get anytime soon. Considering the corporate media’s continued adherence to the Obama-as-savior mantra, the irony of the situation is that this undeclared “victory” was planned and executed during the demonized Bush Administration.

Perhaps that’s why Obama noted in his recent televised remarks that he called Bush prior to the telecast, and why he offered him praise during the speech. And perhaps that’s why wingnut hacks like Rachel Maddow and Bill Press (yep, he’s still alive) launched anti-Bush invective from their MSNBC pulpits in the wake of Obama’s address. If you only saw Keith Olbermann’s failed television science experiment, you might not know that the decisive troop surge which Bush put into action had ever occurred.

As House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) pointed out in the wake of Obama’s performance:

“Over the past several months, we’ve often heard about ending the war in Iraq but not much about winning the war in Iraq,”

Boehner went on to point out that the same Democrats who fought Bush tooth and nail on every facet of the Iraq War (once they stopped supporting it) were now trying to portray themselves as latter-day Churchills, as opposed to modern-era Chamberlains.

Or perhaps Obama has finally realized what Bush knew all along. To put a fine point on it: This ain’t over. Iraq remains enough of a junkyard to make North Jersey look like the south of France. Their most recent elections are fading into memory and their government appears to be stretched to the limit catching stray dogs—and stray bullets.

Meanwhile, Obama is steeling himself to raise the proverbial roof in Afghanistan. He said during his speech that American troops could now “apply the resources necessary to go on offense” in Afghanistan, as if our troops currently engaged with al-Qaida and the vestiges of the Taliban were playing Wii and drag-racing their Bradleys before now.

No doubt our current Commander-in-Chief would love to spend the remaining time between now and Nov. 2 discussing America’s supposed Baghdad bon voyage. But as Bush knew, there’s no rest for the West Wing.

Obama must now convince a skeptical nation—and military—that not only is Iraq either in the bag or out of our shopping cart, but that the War Obama Wanted in Afghanistan is winnable under Democrat direction. Add to that the sorry state of our economy under his laughable lack of leadership and the sorry state of his party headed into what may well be an electoral Waterloo come November, and Obama may spend his fall wishing he’d saved up some sick days.

Tea Party Candidate Wins GOP Nod In Alaska Senate Race

Tea Party candidate wins GOP nod in Alaska senate raceIn a race that was too close to call up until the final hours, Senator Lisa Murkowski ended her bid for re-election Aug. 31, conceding the Republican nomination to Tea Party-backed candidate Joe Miller.

Alaskan election officials were still counting absentee ballots, early votes as well as disputed ballots, but Murkowski said she saw no scenarios that would allow her to overcome the lead that Miller had built, according to CNN.

Miller said in a statement that it would have been difficult for him to secure the Republican nomination without endorsements from other, more prominent figures in the world of conservative politics, including Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee and the Tea Party Express, the news source reports.

Many are calling Miller’s victory a major upset win for the Tea Party movement because he is a virtual unknown on the national political scene. Sarah Palin told ABC News that she expects him to work towards restoring constitutional values.

"I think a lot of common sense, constitutional conservatives — that’s what Americans are ready for, that kind of change where we get back to protecting our constitution and limiting government," she said.

Study Finds High Levels Of Antioxidants In Black Rice

Study finds high levels of antioxidants in black rice Black rice may not be the first thing that health-conscious consumers think of when they are looking for a food that is packed with antioxidants. However, a recent study revealed that the rice may be more nutritious than traditional superstars from the plant world like blueberries.

Researchers from Louisiana State University said that, in addition to high levels antioxidants, black rice may have other benefits compared to many fruits. It is high in fiber and low in sugar. Professor Zhimin Xu, who led the study, said that this makes the rice variety an ideal health food.

"If berries are used to boost health, why not black rice and black rice bran? Especially, black rice bran would be a unique and economical material to increase consumption of health promoting antioxidants," he said.

He added that it would be especially beneficial for makers of breakfast cereals, cakes, cookies and beverages to begin using black rice bran. This could help individuals increase their intake of healthful antioxidants, which have been shown to reduce the risk of many chronic diseases.

GOP Blasts Obama Over ‘Insufficient’ Border Security Boost As Additional Troops Start Arriving

GOP blasts Obama over 'insufficient' border security boost as additional troops start arrivingDue to the ongoing plague of drug violence in Mexico, which is sending immigrants and traffickers across the United States southern border, the Federal government has begun to beef up security by deploying first contingents of additional National Guard troops.

Many politicians, commentators and ordinary citizens have criticized the Obama administration in recent months for making little headway on curbing illegal immigration or a comprehensive immigration reform.

In an effort to address some of this criticism, the president committed earlier this year to sending 1,200 additional National Guards to California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. On Aug.30, the first contingent of 30 troops began their deployment in Arizona, and 72 others started in New Mexico on Sept.1. More will continue to arrive over the next two months, according to media reports.

However, the government’s effort has been criticized as insufficient by some politicians, with Representative Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) reminding viewers on Fox News that he — and some of his fellow lawmakers from the Grand Canyon State, such as John McCain (R-Ariz.)— argued for as many as 6,000 additional troops.

"This administration continues to refuse to secure our border and weaken our missile defenses," he said, quoted by the news source.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19935272-ADNFCR

Research Firm Blows Hole In Big Pharma Vaccination Lie

A study by the independent research firm The Cochrane Library (TCL) reveals that the idea that a person can avoid the flu by taking a flu vaccine is just another big lie to enrich Big Pharma and physicians and clinics administering the drugs.

Two TCL researchers reviewed 50 reports of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) or quasi-RCTs that compared influenza vaccines with a placebo or no intervention in adults and concluded that the vaccines are ineffective 99 percent of the time.

The researchers warn that even that may be an optimistic assessment of the vaccine’s success as they relied on 15 trials funded by the pharmaceutical industry and noted that “reliable evidence on influenza vaccines is thin but there is evidence of widespread manipulation of conclusions and spurious notoriety” of the data in industry-funded reports. In other words: Big Pharma manipulates its data.

According to the report, the average vaccine — which is produced before the onset of flu season and based on the previous year’s strains — must be administered to 100 adults to prevent one case of influenza. If the exact strain is matched, 33 adults must be vaccinated to prevent one case of the disease.

The report also stated the vaccination didn’t affect the number of people hospitalized or the number of work days lost but did result on one case of Gillian-Barré syndrome for every 1 million vaccinations.

Already this year Australia, India and Finland have suspended their flu vaccination programs after seeing an increase in convulsions, seizures, incidences of narcolepsy and deaths after vaccines were administered. Australia’s vaccine has been approved for use in the United States.

But it’s not just flu vaccines causing problems. India has suspended a trial of two human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines following the death of six young girls. They died after receiving either Merck & Co.’s Gardasil® or GlaxoSmithKline’s Cervarix®.

But in the U.S., those HPV vaccines continue to be administered to young girls even though at least 67 deaths have been attributed to the drugs, according to NaturalNews.com. These drugs are supposed to prevent cervical cancer, but have even been approved for use in boys, too. Absurd!

Childhood vaccinations — especially those in the very young — cause problems as well and have been linked to the rise in the number of autism cases in the U.S. Autism cases increased from 15,580 in 1992 to 292,816 in 2008. It now affects one in every 100 children.

We’ve reported that the primary beneficiaries of vaccines are not the patients but Big Pharma and advisors at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. Those reports can be read here, here, here, here, here, here and  here.

Big Pharma creates poison, calls it human vaccines and sells it for billions. They cover their crime with political and legal immunity. This by itself is a dead giveaway that it is high crime.

These merchants of death experiment with our bodies. The long-term effect is to make us subservient vassals of the State.

To view the TCL report, click here.

Hat Tip: NaturalNews.com

Perception of Reality: It’s Not What It Is, It’s What We Think It Is

Almost everyone believes that they see things as they are. Almost no one does.

Our perception of reality rules our lives no matter what we think. Propagandists know the very high manipulative value of peoples’ expectations based on their perception of reality.

The American people are manipulated into serfdom with semantic trickery. Word twisting and semantic trickery is used around the clock to control and manipulate the population’s perception of reality. Public perception is channeled wherever the political establishment wants it to go.

So the difference in people is the way they think. Our individual perception of reality controls our thought processes. Our thought processes control our lives. Word manipulation and semantic trickery controls our thoughts and our total being.

I have written to you that the United States system is in its final stages of collapse. The system can last a short while, any time from a few months to a few years. But the signs and symptoms of collapse are increasingly coming into focus and in plain view.

There is evidence that concern is growing with more and more people. The price of gold and silver tells us this. Gold is a tell-tale indicator of a failing system.

Although I am sure that the elite own tons of gold, including the power to manipulate and steal our national gold, they do not want a rush into gold by the population. They have an organized system of suppressing the gold price. Price suppression keeps down the number of people buying gold.

Gold price suppression extends the life of the system under the present political order. Holding down the price of gold tempers public perception of the collapsing system. The more gradual the rise of the price of gold, the fewer people can discern the decay of the economic and political system. Confidence in the system can be extended. Chaos can be disguised longer.

As long as perception and expectation can be controlled, governments can carry on stealth war against their own people. They can dilute and depreciate the currency and most won’t know it until they wake up impoverished.

Whole populations can be organized and motivated to go to war to protect their possessions, yet their own government can steal their assets and wealth simply by turning on the printing presses and calling the process of theft “quantitative easing.” It seems so simple. Did we lose anybody?

Go look at your paper money. It looks the same but it buys a lot less.

The government is extending the present order by depreciating the currency. It is controlled depreciation and controlled collapse. A gradual collapse keeps more people asleep longer.

The political order desires to control the population by controlling their perception of reality. But in the last stages of collapse the government moves from benevolent totalitarianism (invisible control) to more overt aggression toward its own people.

Remember that government produces nothing but bureaucracy. It only consumes wealth. Therefore, as government grows it consumes more of the people’s production and savings. Couple this with a depreciating currency and the paper money syndrome kicks in. What’s that? It’s that there is never enough for government or the person.

So government under many “emergency” pretexts starts wars, increases taxes (a value-added tax — or VAT — is coming) especially on the “wealthy,” passes new healthcare as a disguise for transfer payments to the insurance companies and the pharmaceutical houses, increases exchange controls and creates stepped-up fear propaganda to intensify people control etc., etc.

This overt and perceptible change triggers more people to wake up. So the system has moved into high gear of self-destruction but it has no options but to try desperately to slow the process of collapse.

The people? Well some are buying gold and silver, some are developing a mindset for revolution. Some start a “Tea Party.” Wealth leaves the country. Many people leave the country. Some store food (I hope).

Government is not asleep. It continually creates myths and counter myths to maintain peak confusion. It creates straw conservatives or “populist” talking heads like Sarah Palin. Anybody or anything that appears to be taking antigovernment root is quickly twisted, diluted or taken over by government propagandists and provocateurs.

Only the hard core, like you readers, see the whole picture of the end game. The politicians turned your stomach long ago.

The Final And Great Deception
As economic and social breakdown appear certain, the government and its politicians pull their ace from their bag of tricks. They start talking about backing the depreciated dollar with gold.

Unless there is an absolute change of regime (not a phony populist movement) any move to restore gold-related paper money will be false and phony — just more of the same.

By this time a big percentage of the people will come to understand that sovereign debt (Government debt) was a Ponzi scheme from the beginning. The bond market will collapse.

People forget or never study history. Governments never pay debts. The people who thought they got paid only received created fiat paper money which cost the money creators nothing.

But many of the readers of Personal Liberty Digest know all of this. So let’s swing out on the ballroom floor!

Cayman Island’s Financiers Reject Tax Evasion Claims

Cayman Island's financiers rejects tax evasion claimsWealthy individuals and corporations seeking to protect their assets have long sought offshore opportunities to ensure that their money can be invested with maximum profit. This has often put them in conflict with United States authorities, who accuse them of tax evasion.

One of the most popular places for those seeking offshore opportunities is Cayman Islands, which has been accused by American politicians such as Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and then-Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill.), co-authors of the "Stop Tax Haven Abuse" bill, of facilitating such practices.

Recently, the island nation’s financial services industry set out to reject what it called "false claims" by Business and Investors against Tax Haven Abuse, an American business group, which said that low or no-tax jurisdictions hurt the American economy.

Cayman Finance specifically emphasized the country’s compliance with international regulation and transparency legislation and its income tax transparency agreement with the U.S. It also referenced The International Monetary Fund and the Financial Action Task Force reports, which testify that Cayman Island’s anti-money laundering regime is among the most robust in the world. Moreover, the nation’s International Organization of Securities Commission (IOSCO) membership guarantees regulator-to-regulator disclosure.

It concluded that far from harming the U.S. economy, the environment offered by Cayman Islands facilitates cross-border business and provides liquidity to global markets, fuelling job creation and poverty reduction.

IOSCO Chairman Anthony Travers called the allegations a "deliberate misrepresentation of lawful tax structuring," and stated that it "should be a source of real concern to the U.S. Congress and the public it represents."ADNFCR-1961-ID-19935842-ADNFCR

Whose Side Is He On?

The Barack Obama administration has sided with the world against Arizona. That’s essentially what he did when the United States State Department referred the Arizona immigration law to the United Nations Human Rights Council for review.

So first Obama has his Justice Department sue a sovereign state for seeking to uphold existing Federal immigration laws, and then he submits the law for international review by a committee on civil rights that boasts China, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Russia, Cuba, Pakistan, Tunisia and Egypt as members.

You know, those countries that make dissidents disappear into the bowels of gulags — if not graves — that demand its women stay covered from head to toe, that imprison political prisoners without trial, that mutilate women’s genitals, that forbid women from being in the company of men that aren’t blood relatives or their husband, that beat or stone criminals and that persecute Christians. Yeah, those countries.

That begs the question. Just whose side is Obama on?

Approaching Hurricane Necessitates A Review Of Survival Strategies

Approaching hurricane necessitates a review of survival strategies The Atlantic hurricane season is in full swing, and with Earl barreling up the East Coast, it might be worth reviewing some safety and survival tips.

First of all, experts advise to start preparations as early as possible to avoid last minute rush and the possibility that stores will run out of supplies.

Therefore, families should take time to sit down and review their emergency plans, including where to go when a disaster strikes and how to reunite afterwards.

Each household should have enough water and non-perishable food supplies — such as canned and dried meats, fruits and vegetables — to last for a minimum of three days. A battery-powered radio to listen to announcements, including evacuation orders, and flashlights should also be part of every survival kit.

Experts also recommend locating important documents, especially insurance policies, ahead of a storm and putting them in a safe, water-tight place.

Finally, property owners should take time to protect what is often their main asset by boarding windows and doors, sandbagging around the premises and trimming bushes to avoid exterior damage.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 36 million people living in the coastal areas from North Carolina to Texas are threatened by Atlantic hurricanes.

The north Atlantic hurricane season ends on Nov. 30.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19934606-ADNFCR

Obama Address Marks The End Of Combat In Iraq

Obama address marks the end of combat in IraqMarking the end of combat missions in Iraq, President Barack Obama addressed the nation Tuesday, saying that it is time for the country to "turn the page," and begin focusing more attention on domestic issues.

Obama spent much of the address speaking about the troubled economy, saying that the war in Iraq had pulled many resources away from this issue, and that the U.S. could now initiate an economic commitment equal to the scale and determination of a military campaign, according to The Associated Press.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that the move to end combat missions in Iraq shows that Obama has kept his campaign promise to end the war. "In doing so, we are moving closer to the day when Iraq’s future rests solely in the hands of the Iraqi people."

However, not everyone agreed with these sentiments. House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) criticized the President’s leadership. He said that there had been a lot of talk in recent months about ending the military phase of the operation, "but we haven’t talked much about winning the war in Iraq," according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The Conspiracy That Is The Federal Reserve

How much money do you have in your wallet?

I’m not trying to be nosey. I want to make a very important point about what is wealth — and why what we call “dollars” have lost 80 percent of their purchasing power since I came kicking and screaming into the world.

Let’s begin today’s lesson by reading what a dollar bill says it is. On the front, under that heroic portrait of George Washington, you’ll see that what you’re holding is “one dollar.” Above and to the left it declares, “This note is legal tender for all debts, public and private.”

That seems pretty clear. It means that I can buy things with this smallish black-and-green piece of paper. And if I owe you any “money” for something, by law you must accept the equivalent amount of these “dollars” in payment.

But we still haven’t determined what a “dollar” is or what gives it any value. There are a bunch of other numbers and symbols on the front and back that we can ignore for today’s discussion. I’m not going to get into any Dan Brown mystical symbolism here. Not even to mention the Illuminati’s all-seeing eye on the back. Nope, let’s stick with the plain and simple words on the front. We’ll quickly learn that they aren’t so plain or simple after all.

Above the legal-tender phrase, in the largest type of all, it says “The United States of America.” That helps. Now we know we’re talking about a form of currency for this country, not Bratislava or Bangladesh.

Of all the words on our currency, however, the most important are the three at the very top: “Federal Reserve Note.” And here, as the mystery writers like to say, is where the plot thickens. What is the Federal Reserve? Why are its “notes” the mandatory legal currency of the U.S.? And probably the most important question of all, when it comes to you and me providing for our families today and in the future — why has the value of this monetary unit fallen so far and so fast?

The reality is pretty horrifying. Since the formation of the Federal Reserve in 1913, the purchasing power of the monetary unit it creates and controls has fallen by more than 90 percent. To put it another way, most things you could buy for “a dollar” back then will cost you at least 10 times more today.

You would think that after nearly a century of managing our money the masters at the Federal Reserve would have learned some lessons, wouldn’t you? But no, their record in the past decade isn’t any better than it was 90 years ago. Consider: 10 years ago, a “dollar” was worth 1/265th of an ounce of gold. That is, if you had 265 of the things, you could buy one ounce of the Midas metal.

Today an ounce of gold will cost you around 1,240 “dollars.” Has gold gone up 4.67 times in value in the past 10 years? No. I would argue that its “value” hasn’t changed at all; it’s just the price that has skyrocketed.

But no, that isn’t true, either. Gold hasn’t climbed 367 percent in price; rather, the U.S. dollar has dropped in value. When you think about it, it’s easy to understand why: When you produce more of anything, the price of each individual unit usually goes down. Produce an extra 10 trillion “dollars” and what happens to the value of each one? Think of dropping a rock from the top of the Empire State Building.

So with all of that as background, let’s now turn to the most important questions of all. What is the Federal Reserve and why has the value of its most important creation — the currency of the United States of America — fallen so much since it took over?

And here we come to an end to easy answers. I have less than 1,000 words left for today’s column. A friend of mine spent more than 20 years researching this subject and then wrote a 500-page book explaining what he discovered. The book is called The Creature from Jekyll Island and the author is G. Edward Griffin. If you are not familiar with the book or the author, you should be.

In fact, I’ll go further: I’ll argue that understanding what has been done to our money, and what it will take to make it sound once again, could be the most important issue our country will face in the next 50 years. Your life may not depend on the answer; but your quality of life surely does.

What is the Federal Reserve? Ed Griffin says the bottom line is that the Federal Reserve is a banking cartel. It was formed in secret, at a private meeting of the nation’s top bankers and financiers, far away from the glare of publicity such a meeting would receive in Washington, D.C., or New York City.

After the scheme was hatched it was then necessary to get it approved by Congress. The conspirators knew that if their role in the Fed’s creation became public there was no chance it would be approved. So they simply denied they had anything to do with it. In fact, a couple of them were selected to appear to oppose it.

The measure was presented to Congress as a way to control Wall Street bankers who were blamed for all of the country’s prior financial problems. The schemers told a gullible public they didn’t need no stinkin’ Federal Reserve. “Please don’t create a new agency to control us,” they begged. Talk about audacity!

Uncle Remus understood the ruse very well. “Please, Br’er Bear, puh-leeze don’t throw me into that briar patch.”

For more than 20 years the founders of the Federal Reserve lied about their participation in the plot. But once they knew they had gotten away with it, secrecy gave way to hubris. They started bragging about what they had done. They were actually proud of how they pulled the wool over the eyes of Congress and a trusting public. The details in Ed’s book of this duplicity will shock you. At least I hope they will.

I wish Daniel Webster, the early American statesman and Senator, had been around when they pulled off this stunt. He would have understood the machinations very well. “Of all the contrivances for cheating the laboring classes of mankind,” he wrote, “none has been more effective than that which deludes them with paper money.”

Want more? Here’s an exchange that hits a lot closer to home. It took place in 1941 when Representative Wright Patman (D-Texas) demanded that Marriner Eccles, the governor of the Federal Reserve System at the time, testify before the House Committee on Banking and Currency. Patman was the committee chairman and he wanted to know where the Federal Reserve got the money to purchase $2 billion worth of government bonds. That led to the following exchange:

ECCLES: We created it.
PATMAN: Out of what?
ECCLES: Out of the right to issue credit money.
PATMAN: And there is nothing behind it, is there, except our government’s credit?
ECCLES: That is what our money system is. If there were no debts in our money system, there wouldn’t be any money.

Back in 1941, $2 billion was a lot of money. But it’s a drop in the bucket, literally, compared to what the Federal Reserve has done recently. To put it in plain language, the Fed has consciously and deliberately engaged in the most massive financial fraud in history. Through the creation of literally trillions of dollars of debt it has saddled our children and our children’s children with astronomical financial obligations. I, for one, doubt if they will ever be paid.

For a while the money manipulators got away with it through the specious argument that “we owe it to ourselves.” No, we don’t. We owe it to every person and every government on earth that holds any form of U.S. debt, whether dollars or Treasury bills.

Through the creation of money and the resulting inflation of our currency the masters of the Federal Reserve have stolen trillions of dollars in wealth from us. The theft continues every hour of every day.

So what can we do about it? As every military vet knows, you can’t fight what you don’t understand. Before you can take effective action against the Fed you need to know the enemy.

Do yourself and your country a favor. The next time you use a dollar for anything, from a package of gum to a loaf of bread, pause for a moment and reflect on what it really is — a symbol of a 100-year-old conspiracy to seize your wealth.

Then vow to help stop it.

Until next time, keep some powder dry.

— Chip Wood

Experts Recommend Antioxidant-Rich Diet To Protect Heart Health

Experts recommend antioxidant-rich diet to protect heart healthObesity has become a problem that many in the United States say has become an epidemic. The number of individuals who are significantly overweight has grown exponentially, causing many to call for improved efforts to address the situation.

Some health experts say that a diet rich in antioxidants, similar to what is commonly known as the Mediterranean diet, may provide heart health benefits that could lessen the burden of the growing obesity epidemic on nation’s healthcare system.

"All research suggests that the healthiest diet is the traditional Mediterranean diet," Tricia M. Sinek, manager of the Community Cancer Program at the Franciscan Health System in Washington, told the Tacoma News Tribune.

"Every state in the United States reports that 30 percent of their population is obese."

She added that she recommends this diet — which is rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts and fish — to patients who are concerned about their weight or who have gained an unhealthy amount of fat.

Studies from the U.S. Agriculture Research Service have shown that carotenoids — a type of antioxidant commonly found in plants associated with the Mediterranean diet — may play a significant role in heart health.

Peaceful “Protest,” Obamacare’s Cost, Competition And A Great Job

*The most peaceful “protest” in years. Congratulations to the hundreds of thousands of caring, concerned Americans who gathered on the Washington Mall last Saturday, for Glenn Beck’s huge rally on behalf of God and country. Even the liberal media had trouble making you folks look bad. Not only were you the best-behaved gathering Washington has ever seen, you were also the neatest. The grounds were actually cleaner when you left than when you arrived. Nice going!

*The price of Obamacare continues to climb. A friend just sent me this note: “Six months after healthcare ‘reform’ was signed into law, my company received its renewal on its company health program. Our rates have more than doubled due to the various new requirements in the measure.” And he added sarcastically, “Thank you, Obama.” I’m afraid this is just the first of many thousands of shoes that will be falling. Wait ’till you hear about next year’s tax increases.

*So that’s what competition means. The Wall Street Journal ran a lengthy analysis a few days ago of the incredible variation in the price of airline tickets. The range was from nine cents per mile flown to 99 cents. Why are some routes 11 times higher than others? Here’s the Journal’s not-so-surprising conclusion: “It’s the number of competitors and the quality of the competition.” Can we all say “duh”?

*Try to annualize that paycheck. When Jonathan Chadwick was made the new chief financial officer at McAfee three weeks ago his deal included stock options on more than 200,000 shares of the company’s stock. Two weeks later, when Intel bought the company, his options jumped in value by more than $4 million. Congratulations, Jonathan. That was certainly a good day’s work.

— Chip Wood