Fed To Pump Billions Into The Economy In A Bid To Stimulate Demand

Fed to pump billions into the economy in a bid to stimulate demandThe Federal Reserve announced on Nov. 3 that it will buy long-term Treasury bonds over the next several months in order to stimulate the faltering economy. 

The central bank hopes that pumping as much as $600 billion — but potentially even more than that — into the economy will increase the pace of output recovery and job creation. The general consensus has it that the previous rounds of monetary loosening in the form of interest rate cuts have failed to do the job. The rates are now close to zero.

However, not everyone shares the Fed's belief that the move will resuscitate the economy. In fact, some people have expressed concerns about the possibility of a runaway inflation that may result from flooding the market with excess money.

Paul Ashworth, senior U.S. economist with Capitol Economics, told CNN that he didn't believe the decision will make any difference at all.

"This is a slippery slope. Once you're on it, it's very hard to get off," he added.

In response to the announcement, the stock market had a choppy session on Nov. 3, followed by an early rally on Nov. 4, further underscoring the nation's economic and financial volatility.

Due to these persistent uncertainties, some experts have suggested buying gold as way to protect assets from depreciation. 

Christian Group Appalled By Obama’s Arrogance After Midterm Elections

Christian group appalled by Obama's 'arrogance' after midterm electionsA Christian organization claims that President Barack Obama showed "arrogance" by pushing for the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" a day after voters resoundingly expressed their disagreement with his policies.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, took exception with Obama's post-election speech on Nov. 3, when he urged Congress to pass the defense budget during the upcoming lame-duck session. If passed, the bill would revoke a ban that prevents openly gay individuals from serving in the military.

Democrats hold the majority in both chambers of Congress until Republicans regain control of the House of Representatives in January. The GOP picked up at least 60 seats in the midterm elections, which is the biggest turnover in the House since 1948.

According to The National Journal, Obama said that the Pentagon will complete its review of "don't ask, don't tell" in early December, which will give Congress time to consider the issue before the end of the legislative session.

"The study itself is likely to have problems, and the next natural step would be to have the new 112th Congress hold hearings on the issue," said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. "To force such a drastic change on our military in the middle of fighting two wars is disrespectful of our troops, and should not be tolerated." 

Richard Nixon’s First Retirement

It was 48 years ago this week that a very disgruntled politician told a California press conference that "you won’t have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore." Nixon had just failed in his bid to become Governor of California. He announced that he was retiring from politics.

Not quite. Exactly 10 years later, on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 1972, Richard Nixon was re-elected to a second term as President of the U.S. He won a landslide victory over George McGovern, carrying every state in the union, except Massachusetts.

Nixon’s life of dramatic ups and downs continued, as two years later he became the first person in history to resign the presidency. Remember Watergate?

— Chip Wood

And The Band Played On

Another election is over and the sweet promise of more change in two short years is wistfully blowing. It looks like it will be a humdinger of a Thanksgiving for Republicans.

While I will be giving thanks, I won’t be celebrating. The new Congress, packed with what Bob Livingston correctly calls the Ruling Elite, will be rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.*

Some think the nation took a turn for the worse with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. I disagree. What came after FDR was total victory over Hitler and Tōjō as well as immense new wealth. By the late 1950s America was rich, stable and could call on the most dominant army ever assembled.

From the ashes of World War II the United States was the only major power that became richer rather than poorer. By the early 1950s the U.S. was the world’s largest creditor and was posting unprecedented trade and budget surpluses. America’s immense agriculture base and mineral wealth were just beginning to be exploited, and the country was the number one producer and exporter of crude oil.

Writing for Benjamin M. Rowland’s 1977 book, Balance of Power or Hegemony: The Interwar Monetary System, Charles P. Kindleberger said that in 1950 Washington possessed $20 billion in gold reserves or almost two-thirds of the world’s total of $33 billion.

In 1950 America’s per capita gross domestic product was seven times that of Japan’s and was almost double that of Great Britain’s. Today Japan and Great Britain have per capita GDPs that measure more than three-quarters of America’s. In fact Ireland, home to one of the worst famines of the post-Industrial Revolution, has a higher per capita GDP than does the United States.

America’s economy was also a dynamo that just kept spinning faster. Measured in constant dollars, the nation’s GDP rose tenfold between 1940 and 1969.

A half century later the U.S. was the largest borrower in history, the biggest buyer of fossil fuels and was posting staggering deficits. And by the dawn of the 21st Century the U.S. held slightly more than 25 percent of the world’s official gold reserves, or about $355 billion worth. That won’t even pay down 4 percent of the $13 trillion in U.S. Federal debt.

The onset of the massive decline began in the 1960s under President Lyndon Baines Johnson. It is worth noting that that Democratic President’s agenda was similar to President Barack Obama’s. Both set out to redistribute America’s wealth and both sent young men to fight and die in a losing war halfway around the world.

America was on the brink of revolt following Johnson’s election in 1964. It is worth remembering that things did not get much better after his successor — the deeply conservative President Richard Nixon — was elected four years later. Over the next decade American’s fortunes became progressively worse, and the nation has continued in a state of decline that persists to this day.

It all adds up to America’s grand decline, declared National Affairs earlier this year in an article with the headline, “Complexity and Collapse: Empires on the Edge of Chaos.

“Imperial collapse may come much more suddenly than many historians imagine,” is the summation of that article written by Niall Ferguson. “A combination of fiscal deficits and military overstretch suggests that the U.S. may be the next empire on the precipice.” You can read the article here.

Ferguson cites two troubling trends in America’s decline:

First, that America’s public debt may skyrocket from 44 percent of GDP before the 2008 financial crisis to more than double that figure within a generation.

Second, China will have a larger economy than America in 17 years and India’s GDP will exceed America’s in less than 40 years. If so, the U.S. could soon be a third rate power.

Ferguson is not the first historian to point out that America is an empire in decline. In 1987, Paul Kennedy’s book, The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict From 1500 to 2000 traced the decline of dominant nations beginning 500 years ago.

Kennedy’s conclusion is that all great powers have a natural progression that starts with a rise to prominence and then an inevitable decline. This erosion of wealth and influence has affected every leading power including Spain, the Habsburgs and Britannia.

“Imperial expansion carries the seeds of future decline,” wrote Kennedy. "If a state overextends itself strategically… it runs the risk that the potential benefits from external expansion may be outweighed by the great expense of it all.”

This phenomenon of "imperial overstretch," says Kennedy, is common throughout history.

Even America’s own regression has long been understood. In the 1960s, Arkansas Senator William Fulbright, the Democratic chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, wrote the book, The Arrogance of Power. He was highly critical of overspending and the Vietnam War. The title became something of a slogan for the antiwar protests of the 1960s.

In the 1980s I started doing my own research into America’s decline. I found that in the 1950s one out of every three cars made worldwide was built by General Motors. At that time, GM sold more than one out of every two cars made in America. By the late 1980s, GM’s share of the domestic market had fallen to around 35 percent, and today it stands at less than 20 percent.

At the height of American power, General Motors President Charles Wilson said, “What’s good for General Motors is good for the country.” I think the converse could also be argued. America’s Ruling Elite seem as arrogant as Charles Wilson and Henry Ford II and if that is the case the nation itself is headed for bankruptcy. The only difference is that General Motors could count on Washington to bail it out. But who can bail out America?

Yes, we have elected a new Congress. And yes, in two years we might have a new President. But how much of a difference will it make? Not much. Consider that America has been in a state of decline for more than four decades. The nation’s multitude of problems — the war in Afghanistan, the energy and debt crisis, illegal immigration and spread of immorality — cannot be cured over the next few years.

My friends, the die is cast for America just as it was for all the great empires. Consider Spain. In the late 16th Century it was the most dominant power in the world. One hundred years later the plague, corruption and sweeping emigration had reduced Spain’s population from 8 million to 7 million. By then it hardly mattered who carried the crown once worn by the laudable Charles V.

A more contemporary example is England. After compiling huge debts and barely surviving the onslaught of Nazi Germany, did it much matter if Conservative candidate Winston Churchill or his opponent, Labour’s Clement Attlee, formed the Government that was elected in 1945? Of course it didn’t; not in the long run. And neither will it much matter who we elected last week or whom we elect two years from now.

Action To Take
It is important to note that when all empires collapse so, too, do their currencies. I believe the dollar is doomed and don’t see much hope for the euro either. Keep the bulk of your assets in physical gold with a sprinkling of silver and only a select group of natural resource stocks.

Yours for real wealth and good health,
John Myers
Myers’ Energy and Gold

* Footnote: The origin of this quotation is The Washington Post, May 16, 1976, when Rogers Morton, an American public relations officer, told the newspaper: "I’m not going to rearrange the furniture on the deck of the Titanic."

Sugary Drinks Increase Risk For Metabolic Syndrome And Type 2 Diabetes

Sugary drinks increase risk for metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetesIndividuals could consider reducing their soda intake to improve their health. Recently, scientists from the Harvard School of Public Health discovered that soda and other sugary beverages play a key role in the risk for developing type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, which is a combination of conditions that include high blood pressure and the risk of coronary artery disease.

Vasanti Malik, lead author of the study, said that, although previous studies have shown that there is a connection between sugary beverages and diabetes, the new findings provide "an overall picture of the magnitude of the risk and the consistency of the evidence."

The researchers discovered that drinking one to two sugary beverages each day increased the risk for developing type 2 diabetes by 26 percent compared to those who consumed less than one of these drinks per month. The risk for metabolic syndrome increased by 20 percent under these same conditions. Drinking one 12-ounce serving of a sugary beverage per day increased the risk of type 2 diabetes by approximately 15 percent.

As a result, the scientists suggested that reducing the intake of sugar-sweetened drinks will likely decrease the risk for developing conditions like metabolic syndrome or type 2 diabetes. Malik said that people should replace sugary beverages like soda with healthy alternatives like water.

Olbermann Returns To MSNBC After Suspension Over Political Contributions

Olbermann returns to MSNBC after suspension over political contributionsMSNBC's Keith Olbermann returned on air on Nov. 9 following a two-show suspension for political contributions he had made without the network's approval.

The Huffington Post reports that MSNBC President Phil Griffin suspended Olbermann last week after discovering that the host of "Countown" had donated $7,500 to three Democrats running for Federal office. The network's policy prohibits any NBC News employee from taking part in activities that could jeopardize his or her standing as an impartial journalist.

Olbermann missed the Nov. 5 and Nov. 8 broadcasts of "Countdown," which Griffin called an "appropriate punishment," according to the news provider. Olbermann, a liberal political commentator, has received support from several media outlets, including the neoconservative magazine The Weekly Standard.

William Kristol, of The Standard, said that Olbermann hosts an opinion show and has the right to put his money behind what he believes. Kristol suggested that General Electric, the company which owns NBC networks, is trying to appeal to the soon-to-be Republican majority in the House of Representatives by suspending a popular liberal voice.

The Wall Street Journal reports that FOX News doesn't prohibit its hosts of opinion shows from making political contributions. For example, Federal Election Commission records reveal that Sean Hannity donated $5,000 to MichelePAC, the committee of Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).

Smoking Could Contribute To The Development Of Other Disease Later In Life

Smoking could contribute to the development of other disease later in lifeLeading a healthy lifestyle may be one way for individuals to improve their overall health. In contrast, people who smoke may be increasing their risk to develop disorders such as Alzheimer's disease or dementia, according to a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

In research conducted at the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital in Finland, scientists analyzed data from more than 21,000 people who had been previously surveyed between 1978 and 1985. The participants were all between 50 and 60 years old.

The development of dementia and Alzheimer's disease was tracked for more than a decade, beginning in 1994 until 2008.

More than 25 percent of the subjects developed dementia during this time, including 1,136 who were diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Approximately 416 of the participants also developed vascular dementia. The diagnosis of these disorders was compared between the smoking and non-smoking individuals.

Researchers indicated that those who had smoked more than two packs each day during their middle-aged years were more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's later in life.

The End of “Olbermania”

With the exception of the occasional troll who bumbles onto our message boards, liberals are few and far between here in the enlightened empire of the Personal Liberty Digest. Therefore, something tells me the number of Bob Livingstonians who bemoaned the indefinite suspension (which NBC has since announced would end today) of MSNBC’s reigning rant-meister Keith Olbermann is lower than the number of transgender census takers working the northwestern Montana survivalist compounds.

As a result, something tells me an NFL-sized crowd is going to object when I say:

MSNBC was wrong to give Keith Olbermann the hook.

To be sure: Olbermann is a supercilious, simpering sleazebag. From his first steps on the national stage as Dan Patrick’s gal Friday on ESPN, to his now-toes-up tenure as the Democrat Party’s high priest of hate on GE’s liberal propaganda outlet, Olbermann has never risen above the minimal standards expected of the shrieking lunatics infesting the mainstream media.

But when did that become a source of concern for MSNBC?

Just days after National Public Radio — the Democrat party’s radio division — gave Juan Williams his walking papers for expressing his opinion, MSNBC announced they were suspending Olbermann indefinitely for donating money to political campaigns in violation of NBC policy. In fact, Olbermann gave the $2,400 maximum to Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) the same day Grijalva appeared as a guest on his Countdown program.

Olbermann evidently failed to report his donations to management, a clear violation of that policy. But Olbermann has been spewing Democrat talking points for seven years; it seems odd that NBC would suddenly decide ethics are important at a network which employs not only a tinfoil hat brigadier like Olbermann, but Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz, none of whom possessed journalistic integrity from the start. As for the donations, Olbermann has been the most partisan commentator on cable news for more than half of the last decade. What has the aggregate monetary value of his shameless shilling for liberals been during that period?

To be fair, Olbermann’s financial largesse merely reminded us that he’s a hypocrite. Of course, he’s a liberal commentator, so calling him a hypocrite is like saying the earth is round, or that Joy Behar is an idiot.       

According to the free-market economic principles most sincerely NOT espoused by the journalism school factory seconds on MSNBC, the network has the right to send Olbermann packing for violations of his contract, common sense or even common decency.

But why start now? If NBC’s reasoning is that Olbermann’s high-volume vituperation is detrimental to MSNBC’s flat-lining ratings, then I would counter that Olbermann has been chained to the network’s stern since 2003. On many nights, the entirety of the MSNBC primetime sideshow can’t equal the ratings for a single episode of Olbermann’s nemesis, Bill O’Reilly on Fox News.

If their concern is a lack of credibility, then they should lock all four of their primetime anchors in the clown car and push it down to the Daily Kos parking lot. Matthews’s election night “interview” with Michelle Bachmann was so overtly partisan and hostile that it embarrassed even Maddow.

Maddow recently slandered former Rep. Steve Stockman, falsely claiming he had advance knowledge of the Oklahoma City bombing. When she was caught in the lie, she offered the weakly transparent excuse of “an editing error.” She lied — and her excuse was thinner than the poor guy behind Schultz in the line at the MSNBC commissary. As for Schultz himself; in the run-up to Scott Brown’s victory in January’s Massachusetts Senatorial special election, Schultz offered his take:

“…if I lived in Massachusetts I’d try to vote 10 times…Yeah, that’s right. I’d cheat to keep these bastards out. I would…”

And the powers that be at America’s least-watched cable news network are concerned about their ethics? If the indefinite suspension of Olbermann is an effort by MSNBC to reclaim journalistic integrity, I’d say that they’re national debt-late and Janet Napolitano-short. And now that Olbermann’s science project, the ridiculous Maddow, is the de facto face of the network, the effort to boost MSNBC out of “fat kid at the Olympic trials” position in the news ratings is deader than Olbermann’s career.

MSNBC decided to snuggle up with liberalism’s lunatic fringe long ago. It was their right to terminate their own credibility, just like it’s my right to watch something more compelling — like “Not Without My Daughter IV — Sharia’s Revenge” on Lifetime.

While I — and everyone with an IQ higher than Play-Doh — recognize that Olbermann and his MSNBC mouth-breathers for the intellectual dandruff they are, allow me to make a suggestion: Keep Olbermann on MSNBC. Then change the channel.

What Type is Your Pain?

Pain is no joking matter… but neither is it something to describe vaguely.

If I had to name the first reason that some people experience faster pain relief than others, I would say it’s because of “specifics.” By this I mean how specifically one is able to describe their pain or condition to a practitioner — or to themselves.

Challenges for healthcare practitioners and take-charge pain relief seekers arise when non-specific words are used to describe symptoms of their condition. Specifics are always what are needed to lead one in the right direction for relief or cure. This is derived in part from an extensive physical examination and patient consultation.

Part of this health history and health assessment is based on types of sensations felt in the body, either as constant pain, throbbing or distension, etc. And each of these holds different meaning in our understanding of the problem and formation of a diagnosis.

Thus, general adjectives like “painful” and “hurting” just don’t give enough insight into what you may actually be suffering. And the type of pain points the way to the type of treatment best used to alleviate it.

For faster results, you must come to know your pain by “examining” it. Take some time to “feel” it or “listen” to it or “fully experience” it without a distracted mind. Of course, there are many types and causes of pain and stiffness. To give you a hand, let me describe seven of the most common. I sincerely hope this list will better help you understand your own pain… and thus be better equipped to find a reliable therapy.

Inflammation: This generally occurs around the joints and involves stasis (a slowing or stoppage) of fluids (water retention) or reaction to stimuli (sprain or strain). Inflammation can be caused by heat syndromes, blood count changes and fluid deficiencies.

Swelling:  This generally occurs around the ankles or wrists, but can also occur on the face or any part of the body. Its symptom is stasis, or collection of fluids leading to puffiness. The area may be either hot and reddish or cold and whitish… depending on whether the swelling is due to heat or cold. 

Numbness and Tingling: This is caused by a lack of circulation in the body. It will occur when blood flow is deficient either from an external obstruction, or from some anemic or biological blood deficiency. External causes can be from compressed nerves in the spine, from holding a limb in a fixed position too long or from sleeping on or resting against a limb for an extended period of time.

Heaviness and Stiffness: These are characterized by a dull and nagging sensation in the body. It’s an achy feeling that is made worse by cold and damp weather and when circulation in slow… such as in the morning hours. It mostly affects the joints, neck and back, and is often temporarily relieved by hot showers or baths, where blood is able to circulate better.

Distending and Throbbing Pain: These types of pain are like something is pushing from the inside out. It’s a pressing and exploding pain that tends to beat in tandem with the pulse. It is mostly caused by qi or energy stagnation, wherein energy is moving but going nowhere — except up and down in one location. Thus, you get a fixed pain that throbs and causes distension of an area.

Stabbing Pain: This type of pain is caused either by blood stasis or both qi (energy) and blood stasis (sluggishness). Since blood promotes energy and energy is the motive force behind blood, stabbing pain generally includes problems with both. Think about a muscle spasm in the neck or shoulders that feel worse with pressure.

Dull, Lingering Pain: This type of pain is not so severe, yet it doesn’t seem to go away. Migraine sufferers and sciatica sufferers generally describe a dull pain that lingers after their acute symptoms have subsided. Dull pains tend to become worse with exhaustion and when hunger is present, as the body is weakening and the pain tolerance system is low. Dull pain is caused by a general deficiency of energy and/or blood, such as follows a lingering illness or injury.

I hope these descriptions of pain types and their general causes will be useful the next time you try to understand your own trouble and need to find a product or program to help it, or when attempting to describe your condition as specifically as possible to your health care provider.

So now it’s up to you. For your own sake, no more vague generalities. Leave those to the poets and the artists!

— Dr. Mark Wiley

For Added Nutrition, Cook Your Carrots Whole

To help retain more flavor and possibly more health benefits, researchers from Newcastle University in Great Britain advocate cooking carrots whole rather than chopped in pieces. This method will help lock in nutrients and the natural sugars. Besides vitamins and minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium and vitamins A, B1, B6, C, D, E and K, carrots contain the cancer-fighting nutrient falcarinol.

Voters In California Say ‘No’ To Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Use

Voters in California say 'no' to legalizing recreational marijuana useCalifornia voters rejected the latest attempt to legalize recreational marijuana use by rejecting Proposition 19 on Nov. 2. If approved, the ballot measure would have made it legal for state residents 21 or older to grow small amounts of pot for personal use.

The latest totals reveal that approximately 56 percent of California voters opposed the change. Some backers of Prop. 19 said that the election feels like a victory despite a defeat and they plan on raising the question again in 2012.

"This is the first time major elected officials and labor unions and civil rights organizations have endorsed a marijuana legalization measure," Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, told ABC News. "The debate is less about whether to legalize marijuana and increasingly about how to legalize marijuana."

Many opponents of Prop. 19 believe that legalizing marijuana is a threat to public safety and it wouldn't generate much tax revenue. White House drug policy director Gil Kerlikowske was happy with the 'no' decision from voters, saying that marijuana use is associated with voluntary treatment for addiction, fatal drugged-driving accidents and mental illness.

In Arizona and South Dakota, voters shot down measures that would have legalized medical marijuana. In Oregon, voters rejected a law that would have allowed medical marijuana to be sold in dispensaries.

AIG Sells Two Insurance Units In Effort To Repay Government Bailout

AIG sells two insurance units in effort to repay government bailoutInsurance giant American International Group (AIG) says that it has raised nearly $37 billion that will be used to repay the government bailout.

According to The Associated Press, AIG has sold insurance unit American Life Insurance Co. (ALICO) to MetLife for $16.2 billion, which follows last week's $20.51 billion sale of AIA Group Ltd. The New York-based company said the two transactions will be used to further pay off its debt created by the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), which supplied the company with up to $180 billion in aid.

"We promised the American taxpayers we would repay them and the initial public offering of AIA last week and the completion of the ALICO transaction move us closer to delivering on our promise," AIG CEO Robert Benmosche said in a statement, quoted by the news provider.

As part of the repayment, the government holds a bigger stake in AIG and will eventually sell common stocks in the company. The Treasury Department said in a Nov. 1 release that it would make a profit if the value of AIG's stock and other investments remains at current prices, according to the news source.

The New York Times recently reported that the bailout program, which was signed by former President George W. Bush in 2008, may end up costing taxpayers less than $50 billion, rather than the $700 billion that had been set aside originally to pay for it. Matthew Yglesias of the Center for American Progress said the bailout is "one of the most unfairly maligned policy initiatives of all time," the news provider reports.

Home Ownership Rates Remain Stagnant As Obama Administration Changes Tune On Foreclosures

Home ownership rates remain stagnant as Obama administration changes tune on foreclosuresCensus Bureau data reveals that the home ownership rate in the United States remains at its lowest in more than a decade.

The Bureau reported that the percentage of households that owned their homes was at 66.9 percent during the July-September quarter, which was unchanged from the April-June quarter, according to The Associated Press. The last time the rate was lower was in 1999, when it was 66.7 percent.

Of the 131 million housing units nationwide, roughly 19 million were vacant. The Bureau states that 10.3 percent of year-round rental units were listed as vacant or for rent.

CNN reports that President Barack Obama and his administration have changed their stance on the housing market recovery. In February 2009, Obama signed off on a foreclosure prevention program, claiming that loan modifications would help curb the housing crisis. Recently, Obama officials have said that foreclosure, which allows homes to be resold to families that can afford them, is an important part of long-term stability in the market.

The change in rhetoric signifies that the Obama administration is realizing that the loan modification program is failing, the news provider reports.

Healthy Foods Can Help Prevent Gum Disease

Healthy foods can help prevent gum diseaseHaving a healthy diet could help fight future diseases. In fact, new research conducted at Harvard University suggests that polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), which are found in fish oils, may help individuals prevent dental problems, such as periodontitis, also known as gum disease.

More specifically, the investigators discovered that the n-3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic (EPA) were associated with periodontitis.

The scientists studied data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of over 9,000 patients and discovered that PUFAs contributed to a decreased prevalence of periodontitis.

Overall, the study indicated that the the risk of developing periodontitis was reduced by 20 percent in the subjects who consumed the highest amount of DHAs. Although it was smaller, there was also a reduction in the prevalence of this disease for those who consumed EPA.

The researchers noted that n-3 fatty acids may also help in preventing other problems which are associated with inflammation, such as stroke. The findings also indicated that this may be a safer and less expensive method to help in preventing periodontitis.

People that would like to increase their intake of n-3 fatty acids could consume foods such as salmon or nuts.

QE2 And The Death Of A Nation

Check those green slips of paper in your wallet. If they look a little smaller today, it’s because they are.

Helicopter Ben Bernanke announced last week he’s throwing more money out of the sky — $75 billion a month — as he tries to spur inflation to “save” the economy. It’s called QE2, for the second round of quantitative easing.

That’s a fancy term for printing more money… or, to be more factual, pushing a computer button that says the Federal Reserve has $600 billion more to buy “government debt.” This government debt is in the form of U.S. Treasuries that the Fed will buy over the next eight months. This is akin to your paying off one credit card with another.

According to The Wall Street Journal, “The Fed’s first $1.75 trillion bond-buying program, which ran from Dec. 2008 to March 2010, is credited with helping the economy when the U.S. was hit by a financial crisis and a deep recession…

“By buying government bonds, the Fed aims to keep long-term interest rates low, hoping it will lead consumers to spend and companies to invest more, thus helping to propel the economy forward… The Fed said it expects to buy between $850 billion to $950 billion Treasuries through the end of the second quarter of 2011,” The Journal writes.

The Fed says the current inflation rate is at 1.2 percent for the year, but would like to see inflation near 2 percent, and Helicopter Ben believes he can manipulate the currency just enough to raise inflation to a manageable level then cut it off when it gets just right.

Not everyone is on board. Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker told The Associated Press the U.S. central bank’s plan to buy hundreds of billions of dollars in government bonds probably won’t do much to boost the economic recovery. It will boost the portfolios of Bernanke’s bankster buddies, however.

Kansas City Fed President Thomas Hoenig believes the risks outweigh any potential benefits.

"Hoenig also was concerned that this continued high level of monetary accommodation increased the risks of future financial imbalances and, over time, would cause an increase in long-term inflation expectations that could destabilize the economy," according to the Fed’s statement.

Higher inflation drives down the value of the dollar which makes our exports more competitive. However, it makes our imports more expensive. What do we import? Just about everything.

It also makes China, the holder of much of our debt, angry.

“China’s commerce ministry fired an irate broadside against Washington on Monday (Nov. 1). ‘The continued and drastic US dollar depreciation recently has led countries including Japan, South Korea, and Thailand to intervene in the currency market, intensifying a ‘currency war’. In the mid-term, the US dollar will continue to weaken and gaming between major currencies will escalate,’ it said,” writes Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, in The London Daily Telegraph.

Inflation also lowers the amount of interest that savings earn, hurting savers and those on a fixed income. It drives up prices, further hurting those on fixed incomes — and all consumers. Already, inflation exceeds the amount that “safe” investments earn, meaning if you have your money in a bank, money market or certificate of deposit, you are losing money — quickly.

Inflation is a transfer of wealth from the producers and savers to the government. It is theft and a crime just as much as if by the point of a gun.

Anyone who shops knows inflation is real… and it’s higher than 1.2 percent — or 2 percent. The price of gasoline at the pump is up about 20 cents since the beginning of September. Groceries have become incredibly expensive. But Government hedges its figures and makes them say what it wants them to say. It conveniently excludes food and energy — the things that Americans consume most — from the equation.

Inflation affects prices across the board, not just those in the Fed’s “basket of goods.”

In the past 60 days alone, cotton prices are up 54 percent, corn prices are up 29 percent, soybean prices are up 22 percent, orange juice prices are up 17 percent and sugar prices are up 51 percent, reports the National Inflation Association. In the last month crude oil is up more than $4 a barrel, and it’s projected to climb another $15 by year’s end. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones has only gained 10 percent.

According to the N.I.A., “When our government creates inflation with the goal of generating higher incomes, the real incomes of Americans always decline dramatically. Inflation never creates wealth, but instead misallocates resources that would have went (sic) towards productive purposes if the free market was allowed to operate.”

Few Americans realize that American finance is nothing more than a double Ponzi scheme. It is already widely known that the U.S. is creating debt and “financing” this debt with newly created debt. But can you believe that debtors (Governments) are now simultaneously creditors with so-called “intragovernmental bonds?” This is the extreme opposite of intrinsic value. It is without value and only pretense or Ponzi. This is no joke, folks. It is the world that Americans live in.

A Ponzi scheme goes on as long as its growing fragility does not prick public trust. As we know, Bernie Madoff’s scheme only collapsed when individual creditors had liquidity problems and needed to withdraw funds. Of course Madoff didn’t have a printing press to keep the Ponzi scam going. But the printing press makes the U.S. financial system at far greater risk and deception because economic collapse may be extended into a later holocaust of Biblical proportions.

Helicopter Ben’s quiver is out of arrows. He’s learned nothing from history and obviously doesn’t really understand economics. However, Obama thinks he’s found a way out. His eyes are on the billions of dollars in Americans’ individual retirement accounts and 401(k)s. His National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform is eyeing a European-style valued-added tax (VAT). It’s European, so Obama is bound to like it.

And then there is the Debt Free America Act (HR 4646). It’s a bill that would put a tax on all transactions involving a payment instrument — check, cash, credit card, bank transfer, stock, bond or other financial instrument. This bill is in committee, and would be one of the means a lame duck Congress could use to try and cut the deficit.

To add insult to injury, two days after Bernanke and the Fed announced they’re further devaluing the dollar — on Nov. 5-6 — we learned that there was a Fed celebration happening on Jekyll Island, where the Fed was spawned 100 years ago. Bernanke, former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, Goldman Sachs manager director E. Gerald Corrigan and the heads of the regional Federal Reserves attended a conference called, “A Return to Jekyll Island: The Origins, History, and Future of the Federal Reserve.”

It’s like the criminals going back to the scene on the crime’s anniversary date.

Formed to better manage our nation’s economy and prevent boom and bust cycles — at least that’s what Americans were told at the time — the Fed is responsible for every boom and bust cycle since.

So Helicopter Ben is trying to start a new boom cycle, hoping through inflation to artificially generate more spending by businesses and drive money into the stock market. He wants a new bubble — like the one Greenspan created in housing when he first lowered interest rates in an effort to paper over the Fed-induced recession.

The U.S. middle class is being impoverished by dollar depreciation. This will have to end one day. It will not end well.

How To Protect The Family From Lead Poisoning

How to protect the family from lead poisoningThe last week of October was marked as the National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. This may serve as a good reminder for Americans — especially those who have small children — of the ways in which they can protect their families from the severe consequences of lead exposure. 

Experts say that exposure of infants and small children to high levels of lead, which is commonly found in paints used in buildings built before 1978, may lead to neurological problems, delayed development, and, in the most extreme cases, may even endanger their survival.

Richard Geller, M.D., executive medical director for the California Poison Control System, said that protection begins with nutrition. Children whose diets are rich in iron and calcium absorb less lead from the environment.

However, parents should also take other protective measures and report to the landlord if the paint in older buildings is chipping or cracking. Until it is removed, the peeling surface should be covered with duct tape.

When cooking or preparing infant formula, it is a good idea to run the cold water tap for a few minutes, which helps flush out any lead that can accumulate in sitting water. Moreover, individuals should not consume foods canned outside the United States or imported folk medicines, especially from Asia or the Middle East.

Finally, Geller warns that certain candy and children's jewelry items such as necklaces, bracelets and religious jewelry produced in Mexico have been found to contain lead, and should therefore be avoided. In general, parents and caregivers of small children should also discourage them from chewing on painted toy surfaces. 

Black Leadership Group Slams Liberal Group For Trying To Silence Andrew Breitbart

Black leadership group slams liberal group for trying to silence Andrew BreitbartA group that promotes freedom of speech for African-Americans has expressed disgust following liberal backlash against the television appearance of a conservative commentator.

Project 21 claims that left-wing professionals showed contempt for the First Amendment by opposing the appearance of Andrew Breitbart, who is white, on ABC News' election night coverage. The liberal group Media Matters for America said that the network was putting its credibility on the line by associating with Breitbart.

Leaders of Project 21, which is an initiative of The National Center for Public Policy Research, accused the liberal organization of being hypocritical by claiming to be champions of openness and decency while, at the same time, trying to suppress Breitbart's views.

"Silencing speech is the consistent theme used by progressives," said Project 21 full-time fellow Deneen Borelli. "Progressives will conveniently play the race card or launch smear campaigns in their desperate attempt to control conservative thought."

Borelli said liberals also disregarded the First Amendment when NPR, a left-wing media organization, fired Juan Williams for expressing his feelings about Muslims during an appearance on FOX News.

An editorial in The Watertown Daily Times urged citizens to demand that Congress halt all funding for NPR following the termination of Williams, who was the only African-American news commentator on the public broadcasting network. The news provider claimed that Williams was fired for being honest and expressing views that were not liberal enough for NPR.

How And Where To Store Water

What would you do if your water supply became contaminated? Natural disasters can interrupt the flow of clean water. Following a disaster, some people may not have access to food and water for days or weeks. You can live for days without food, but you must have water or you will dehydrate. Whenever there is a crisis, water is the first thing to go.

Amount Of Water To Store
Each person in your family will need a 72-hour emergency supply of water. This is approximately one gallon per person per day, or three gallons, plus an additional three gallons for washing, cooking, sponge bathing, laundry, dishes etc.

I recommend a three-month supply of water if possible. This is approximately 90 gallons per person for drinking and 90 gallons for extra cooking and washing. Children, nursing mothers and sick people may need more. Store a little extra for them. There are several ways to store this much water.

Containers
Many types of containers can be used for water storage. My favorite way to store water is in heavy plastic or glass containers.

Make sure all containers used for water storage are food grade with a high quality PET rating and have never previously held chemicals or poisons. All containers need to be cleaned thoroughly because whatever was in the container will leach into the water and make it taste bad. Bottled juices or soda etc… should be rinsed thoroughly.

All stored water needs to be checked occasionally for cloudiness and leakage. If the water looks or tastes bad then change it. If you have any questions about the purity of the water, then purify or boil it before using. If the water tastes flat, you can pour it back and forth between containers to aerate it or whip it to introduce more oxygen into the water.

Heavy Glass Or Plastic: Glass canning jars, glass containers and two liter soda bottles work the best. Gatorade, apple juice or cranberry juice bottles are great also. I save every heavy plastic jug that comes into my house and I store them in my basement as well as the garage. I fill them with water to about one inch from the top to allow for expansion in case the bottles freeze. I seal them with tight-fitting lids.

Bleach Bottles: Plastic bleach bottles can be used by filling the bottle with water and sealing it with a tight fitting lid. It is recommended that you do not drink the water stored in bleach bottles. You can use the water for cleaning or washing hands. Label it with a black marker. Keep these away from children so they don’t accidentally confuse the real bleach with water and drink it. Bleach will dissipate after a certain amount of time if the lid is taken off the container and it is left exposed to the air.

Bottled Water: Bottled water can be purchased in grocery stores. They come in boxes and can be stacked. You can purchase larger quantities at discount prices.

Tap Water: Tap water that comes from a municipal water system contains enough chlorine to be safe for long term water storage. Just fill your containers with tap water and store then away from sunlight, preferably in a cool dark place like a basement or garage.

Polyethylene Barrels: Commercial water storage barrels are available and they come in several sizes. To store a large amount of water, 55 gallon drums made from plastic polyethylene can be obtained at most food storage companies. If you use a 55 gallon drum, and fill it with water, it will be so heavy that it cannot be moved, so it will need a permanent location. You will also need a pump or spigot to get the water into smaller containers.

There are smaller drums that hold five to six gallons of water. They weigh about 40 pounds and need a pump also. These are nice because they can be moved more easily that the 55 gallon drums.

Glass Containers: Water can be stored in quart size jars sealed by the water bath canning method. Fill the jars with water leaving a head space of about one inch, then tighten the lid and ring onto the jar. Boil the jars in a water bath or use a steamer canner. Store the jars with cardboard in between so they don’t break. If you are using a boiling water bath be sure to put a wire rack on the bottom of the kettle so the jars do not touch the bottom and break. Pint jars require 20 minutes boiling time, quart jars require 25 minutes. You can also pour boiling water into a canning jar and seal it with a lid and ring that has been boiled in water. Let it set on the counter until it cools off and it will automatically seal itself.

Assorted Water Storage Tanks250 gallon super tanker: This large cylinder shaped water tank is ideal for tucking away in a corner of a garage or room. You will feel safer with having a larger quantity of clean safe water to use. This 250-gallon or 125-gallon water tanker is shaped to easily fit through doors or set on the floor of your garage. With two locations for nozzles and being set up to be gravity fed, there is no need to worry about pumps. The larger tanker is equipped for 250 days of water storage (based on one gallon per person per day).This super tanker is sold on my website www.peggylayton.com and is shipped from Salt Lake City, Utah.

Milk Jugs: Milk jugs are not good containers to store water in. After about six months they start to biodegrade, collapse and leak. Even the 1 gallon blue containers that you can fill up at grocery stores don’t last for very long. They are not heavy duty enough. You will have a big mess. I’ve tried this method and I don’t like it.

Where To Store The Water Supply
Store your water supply in several locations so you can get to it easily. I like to store most of my water in smaller containers because it’s much easier to carry around. Just recently, we had an opportunity to use our stored water. A main line up the road from our house broke and the water was shut off for most of the day. We put two-liter bottles of water in every bathroom for brushing teeth and washing hands. We put several in the kitchen for cooking and cleaning. The towns’ people were calling each other to warn everyone about this problem. As my friends all called me, I was happy to report that I had plenty of water stored and our family would be fine.

I can’t emphasize enough the importance of storing clean water for emergencies. If you use contaminated water for drinking or cooking, it can cause many different symptoms like stomach aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever and even death. Life threatening illnesses include hepatitis, cholera, amebic dysentery, viral infections and typhoid fever. It’s much better to take precautions and disinfect your water before you use it.

After A Disaster
In an emergency situation, immediately shut off the water supply to your home. It’s a good idea to locate the shut off valve before you need it and teach everyone in the family to do it immediately after a disaster. The main gas valve must be shut off also. You can drain the pipes and collect the water that is left in your water lines. Just turn on the faucet that is located in the highest room of the house to let air into the lines. Draw the water from the lowest faucet of the house.

Supplemental Sources of Water
The water in the hot water heater is available for use. Be sure to shut off the incoming water or intake valve to prevent the contaminated water from mixing with the safe water. To take water out of the tank, open the drain valve. A hose can be attached to this valve and the water drained into containers.

The water in the tank of the toilet, not the bowl, can be scooped out and used if needed.

Liquids for drinking can be obtained from canned fruits, juices, vegetables and soft drinks, or anything that has been water-packed in the canning process.

Snow can be melted and rain water can be used, if you have a collection barrel. Be sure to disinfect the water before drinking. Boiling it vigorously for five minutes will kill all bacteria.

Swimming pools or spas contain treated water. Boil it before using. Lakes, streams, ponds, rivers and ditches contain water that can be used if it is clarified and treated with one of the methods I’ll describe below. To clarify, strain the water through a cloth placed over a bowl or pot. This will take out impurities.

As water sits over time, disease organisms tend to die. So the longer it is stored the safer it becomes and the less chance it contains bacteria, if it has been safely stored using one of the following methods. But remember, there is no way to purify water that has been contaminated with radioactivity.

Boiling Method: The safest method of purifying water is to boil it vigorously for five minutes. To improve the taste of the water after it has been boiled, pour the water from one container to another and aerate the water. Do not use cloudy water if you have a choice between clear or cloudy. Cloudy water is caused by bacterial growth. Cloudy water must be strained through a cloth to remove the particles. Then boil or treat the water with chemicals.

Chemical Sterilization Using Bleach: You can purify water by adding any household bleach that is not more than 1 year old. Bleach loses its effectiveness after a year. The most common bleach solutions contain 5.25 percent sodium hypochlorite. Add the bleach solution to the water and mix thoroughly by stirring or shaking it. Then let it stand for 30 minutes so the bleach can do its job. Do not use lemon scented or perfumed bleach.

The following table shows the proper amount of bleach to add to the water.

Amount of water
to Purify

Amount of bleach to add to clear water

Amount of bleach to add to cloudy water

1 Quart
1 Gallon
5 Gallons

2 Drops
8 Drops
½ Teaspoon

4 Drops
16 Drops      
1 Teaspoon

Tincture Of Iodine: You can use ordinary 2 percent tincture of iodine, which you may have in your medicine cabinet. To purify small quantities of water add three drops of tincture of iodine to each quart of clear water or six drops to each quart of cloudy water. Stir well and let it stand for 30 minutes. This water will be a brownish red color and will have a slight taste of iodine. Pregnant women and people with thyroid problems should not use this method.

Water Purification Tablets: Water purification tablets release chorine or iodine to purify the water. You can purchase them at most sporting good stores or drug stores. These tablets have a shelf life of five years unopened.

Halazone Tablets: Halazone tablets for emergency water disinfection are commonly carried by emergency medical technicians or paramedics. They can be purchased in drug stores. The shelf life of these tablets is only two years, so check the label to see how long it has been on the drugstore shelf before you purchase it. Keep these tablets tightly sealed. If the tablets turn yellow or smell bad, do not use them. Again allow the water to stand at least 30 minutes before using it. This gives the chemicals time to work.

Home Purification Devices: Do not rely on water purifiers to substitute for stored water. If you use a water filter or home purifier you must still purify the water by boiling or using a chemical. Reverse osmosis devices and home distillers cannot be relied upon to remove grossly contaminated water. Even though these devices are not reliable to remove contamination, they can remove chlorine or iodine after the water has been safely disinfected. Using a water purifier will greatly improve the taste of the water.

ION is a stabilized oxygen product
ION: ION is a stabilized oxygen product that I have found to be very effective in water treatment. Many studies have been done on this product and it is concluded that ION will kill giardia, cholera and dysentery within a few minutes. It doesn’t have any of the harmful side effects that are associated with chlorine or Iodine. ION is a high concentration of oxygen.

High levels of oxygen will kill harmful bacteria. The name ION stands for ions of oxygen with a negative charge. By removing the positive charge from the water the process creates stabilized nontoxic oxygen. Anaerobic pathogens or infectious microorganisms in the water cannot survive in the presence of oxygen. ION will not harm the normal flora in our bodies. ION can be taken every day (five drops per 8-ounce glass of water). This will help boost the immune system by introducing stabilized oxygen into the bloodstream.

My husband and I take ION to Mexico and other countries when we go on vacation. We use it in all of our drinks. We do not get sick while others in our group do.

Because ION is nontoxic, it can be used medicinally and can be used every day to prevent illness. It can also be applied topically on wounds to kill any harmful bacteria. It’s great to put in the medical kit. One bottle of ION will treat 110 gallons of water. To use, add 20 drops of ION to a gallon of water. It’s small enough to carry in a purse and use every day.

There are many kinds of toxins that ION will neutralize. Bee stings and bites from spiders or snakes are all toxic. Dropping ION on the injuries will neutralize them almost immediately. ION can be mixed with Tea Tree Oil or as a carrier to help drive it deep into the skin.

ION should not be used full strength. Diluting it down with water (five drops of ION to 8 ounces of water) is the best way to use it. If you water your plants with the diluted ION water, they will thrive and grow bigger.

It can also help you if you suffer from a bacterial or viral infection. During times of sickness caused by a bacterial or viral infection, take 50 drops every three hours diluted in a glass of water. The ION goes into the stomach and fights the bacteria or virus.

To purchase ION go to my website www.peggylayton.com Click on ION water purification. Double click on the picture of the ION and all the information will come up on the many medicinal uses as well as water treatment. If you purchase 10 bottles at a time you can get a discount. If you purchase 25 or more bottles you can buy it wholesale.

This information was taken from my books Food Storage 101. Where do I begin? and Emergency Food Storage and Survival Handbook. To purchase any of the seven books I have written or purchase dehydrated food that has been sealed for long term storage in 1-gallon cans or 5-gallon buckets, please check out my website at
www.peggylayton.com. My next article will cover dehydrated food, what to store how much to store and why you should make dehydrated food part of your long term storage plan.

— Peggy Layton

Poll Shows That Many Americans Are Unfamiliar With Top Government Officials

Poll shows that many Americans are unfamiliar with top government officialsA recent survey reveals that many Americans are not well-informed about some of the major players in the Federal government and legislature.

More than 50 percent of those surveyed in a new Harris Poll said that they did not know enough about five prominent political figures to give a positive or negative review about their job performance. Those officials are Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Chief Justice John Roberts, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and House Minority Leader John Boehner.

The majority of individuals had a negative opinion about both the Democratic and Republican members of Congress. Only one politician, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, had substantial positive reviews. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi fielded the worst feedback, with 52 percent of negative and only 19 percent of positive opinions.

Vice President Joe Biden received 46 percent negative reviews and 26 percent positive.

Harris Interactive, the custom market research firm that conducted the poll, believes that the survey suggests that many people hold strong views about government officials without actually following the proceedings. The company said that the negative ratings for the top leaders reveal an overall sour mood about the current state of American politics.