Dad Allegedly Calls 911 In Beer Dispute

SEMINOLE, Fla., (UPI) —  A Florida man has been charged with making a false report to police for allegedly calling 911 and saying his daughter was hitting him.

Investigators say the daughter had only refused to get her drunken father another beer, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Sheriff’s deputies who responded Thursday night to Robert Hagerman’s home in Seminole said the 56-year-old was obviously drunk. A report called him “very intoxicated and uncooperative.”

Hagerman had made a 911 call to report his daughter was on drugs and was physically attacking him. Police said the daughter secretly recorded threats he had made, to make false charges against her because she would not get him more beer.

Oktoberfest Off And Running In Munich

MUNICH, Germany, (UPI) —  The mayor of Munich, Germany, Saturday declared the annual Oktoberfest open, tapping the first of many kegs of beer to be drained in the next two weeks.

Christian Ude performed the ceremony for the this year’s edition of the world-famous beer blast, which will draw millions of tourists and locals to the Theresienwiese fairgrounds.

Oktoberfest coincides with the autumnal equinox. It was established in 1810 as a celebration of the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese.

It has been canceled 24 times in its history due to wars and epidemics.

Oktoberfest has morphed into a celebration of beer itself. The event’s centerpiece is a tent that can hold 10,000 people.

The International Business Times said Oktoberfest has been a cause for celebration by local businesses as well. The event fills Munich’s restaurants and beer halls and provides 12,000 temporary jobs.

Last year, nearly 7.5 million liters (1.9 million gallons) of beer were sold even though the price for a stein has gone up 43 percent in the last 10 years, the Times said.

GOP: Romney Will KO Obama In Debates

WASHINGTON, (UPI) —  A Republican U.S. senator predicted Sunday that presidential candidate Mitt Romney would break the campaign open in the upcoming debates with President Obama.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Obama would be in the uncomfortable position of defending his record without the luxury of raising distraction issues.

“We have talked about Mitt Romney’s tax return; we’ve talked about the tape of his speech at a campaign fundraiser and we’ve talked about his dog being on top of the car, but they are not talking about what they have done,” said Graham.

Graham said the stage was set for Romney to break away from Obama in the race for undecided voters. He said the sluggish economy and the historical trend of independents rejecting an incumbent played in the Republicans’ favor.

“During the debates, we’re about to focus on four years of Barack Obama, not everything just about what Mitt Romney may have said or putting his dog on the car,” Graham predicted.

Graham’s prediction was countered by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who told CNN the president was already attracting more independents before the debates begin. “We’re not taking it for granted, but we do have momentum coming out of the convention,” Durbin said. “Some of the problems and mistakes of the Romney campaign have given the president more traction in the battleground states with working families.”

Two Jailed In Chicago For Obama HQ Theft

CHICAGO, (UPI) —  Two suspects were in jail this weekend for allegedly stealing checks from President Obama’s campaign headquarters in Chicago, prosecutors said.

The pair allegedly pinched two checks made out to legitimate vendors and deposited them in bank accounts they had opened under the vendors’ names.

Cook County prosecutors alleged Jessie Adams and Willard Elam allegedly stole around $50,000 earlier this month before they were tripped up when the vendors complained about not being paid.

A campaign spokesman told the Chicago Sun-Times that three checks had been stolen. “We’re pleased that they (police) are dealing with the issue swiftly, and don’t expect this to have any impact upon the campaign,” said spokesman Ben Finkenbinder.

Prosecutors said Adams worked for a general contractor and Elam was a laborer. They allegedly gained access to the campaign offices along with a third suspect who was still at large, by posing as the owners of companies that do business with the campaign organization.

Prosecutors said Adams allegedly instructed Elam and the third suspect to open the illegitimate bank accounts at separate bank branches in the suburbs, the Chicago Tribune said.

Houston Police Kill Wheelchair-Bound Man

HOUSTON, (UPI) —  Houston police shot and killed a mentally troubled, wheelchair-bound double amputee Saturday, authorities said.

Police said Brian Claunch, described as a schizophrenic in his 40s, was waving a writing pen when he was fatally shot about 2 a.m. at a personal care residence, the Houston Chronicle reported.

John Garcia, owner of the home, said Claunch had become upset when his caretaker wouldn’t give him a soda and a cigarette, the newspaper said.

When officers arrived at the home, Claunch allegedly acted aggressively, made threats and ignored their commands, Garcia said his caretaker told him. Authorities said Claunch then trapped one officer in a corner.

“He was attempting to stab them with what is now found to be a pen,” police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said.

A second officer, identified as five-year department veteran Matthew Marin, feared for the safety of his partner and himself and shot Claunch at least once, Silva said. He died at the scene.

Marin was placed on desk duty while the shooting is investigated.

Garcia said Claunch had told him he lost his right leg above the knee and his right arm when he was hit by a train.

Curing Anything

Dear Mr. Livingston,

You mentioned “neuropathy” on page eight of the September 2012 issue (of The Bob Livingston Letter™) and I am hoping that you can provide a bit more information on how you were able to cure your neuropathy in a future issue. I have one set of Dr. Fuhrman’s DVDs and I’ll order the “Forks Over Knives” this week. For years, I have been optimizing the factors of exercise, rest and nutrition but my neuropathy (The VA claims that is from exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam) continues.

I attend the Money Show in Orlando every February and have enjoyed an interesting pitch from the Caye Bank in Belize. Do you know anything about the bank or Belize as a safe haven?

Sincerely,
William M.

Dear William,

The diet has to change to cure neuropathy — or anything, for that matter. Get off the Standard American Diet and change to the nutritarian diet that Joel Fuhrman, M.D., promotes www.drfuhrman.com. You have to give it time to work, maybe a year to change your biochemistry.

The Standard American Diet is very high in calories and very low in nutrition. The nutritarian diet is the opposite of the SAD, i.e., very high in nutrition and very low in calories.

I would not consider Belize a safe haven at all. Think Switzerland, if possible.

Best wishes,
Bob

Propagandizing The Masses

Propaganda is the use of words and messages to mold the public mind to accept falsehoods as truths and divert the attention of the masses away from important subjects and toward those with little or no significance. The basis of mind control, propaganda leads to the acceptance of subtle or overt force and collectivism and directs the public to act against its self-interest.

The whole political realm is propaganda. The “truth” is what the handlers and spinmeisters and message crafters and their presstitute media mouthpieces say it is. The recent dustup involving the secret Mitt Romney video is case in point.

The media and President Barack Obama’s campaign message handlers made hay with Romney’s words about “not working for” 47 percent of the electorate. Never mind that Romney was speaking a truth. Almost half of Americans are on some kind of government program. Half of Americans don’t pay income taxes. Romney’s message — whether true or not — of smaller, limited government will not resonate with most of them. If he expends resources on attempts to woo them, he is wasting his time and money.

As usual, rather than focusing on the important takeaway of the story, the mainstream media blew the ancillary issues out of proportion in another feat of linguistic legerdemain. Lost in the hue and cry and Obama’s appearance on “The David Letterman Show,” as well as the subsequent faux outrage of the right’s media mouthpieces when it was revealed that a couple of minutes of tape was missing, was the information Romney revealed about the spinmeisters and message crafters behind the campaign.

They are professional propagandists. They travel the world working for campaigns. Their core value, if they have any, is only to get the candidate elected who bid the highest for their services. As Romney said in a rare moment of political candor that you only get if you’re part of the 1 percent:

I have a very good team of extraordinarily experienced, highly successful consultants, a couple of people in particular who have done races around the world. I didn’t realize it. These guys in the U.S.—the Karl Rove equivalents—they do races all over the world: in Armenia, in Africa, in Israel. I mean, they work for Bibi Netanyahu in his race. So they do these races and they see which ads work, and which processes work best, and we have ideas about what we do over the course of the campaign. I’d tell them to you, but I’d have to shoot you.

How do they determine which processes work best? Romney told the audience:

We speak with voters across the country about their perceptions. Those people I told you—the 5 to 6 or 7 percent that we have to bring onto our side—they all voted for Barack Obama four years ago. So, and by the way, when you say to them, “Do you think Barack Obama is a failure?” they overwhelmingly say no. They like him. But when you say, “Are you disappointed that his policies haven’t worked?” they say yes. And because they voted for him, they don’t want to be told that they were wrong, that he’s a bad guy, that he did bad things, that he’s corrupt. Those people that we have to get, they want to believe they did the right thing, but he just wasn’t up to the task. They love the phrase that he’s “over his head.”

Hence, Romney’s message is that Obama is “over his head.” Giving the 5 percent to 7 percent of the Nation’s undecided and disengaged simpletons the truth — that Obama is a collectivist who believes in redistribution and is intentionally trying to crash the Nation’s economy in order to “fundamentally transform” the country — is unacceptable because they don’t want to hear it. They probably wouldn’t understand it anyway.

It is impossible to know what the candidates will do based on their campaign speeches and slogans and advertisements (see George W. Bush 2000 and Obama 2008). The words they use and messages they convey are selected based on focus groups made up of those who claim to be independents or moderates who are malleable, indecisive and disconnected from important issues. Every political utterance is closely scripted and, as even the media now admits, censored by the campaigns, thanks to a complicit presstitute media.

Both Democrats and Republicans use propaganda for their benefit. Their aim is to draft a message based not on what they believe or what is Constitutional or what is good for the country, but to make the targeted audience take the desired action. One dare not speak the truth.

But the propaganda that gets the parties’ rank and file agitated continues unabated. The spinmeisters and propaganda mouthpieces seize on “hot button” issues in order to create division among the populace and to keep the public’s focus away from the Federal Reserve’s money printing and assault on the wealth of Americans, American imperialism and the resulting slaughter of innocents abroad, the exploding Federal regulatory bureaucracy, and the crony capitalism that benefits large multinational corporations that, in turn, benefits the political elites.

The propaganda hides the similarities in the candidates and the parties’ elite: that both are slaves to the military-industrial complex and will continue to wage perpetual war around the globe at the behest of their globalist masters, both are owned by the banksters and will do their bidding, both believe in the imperial Presidency and the ability to govern by fiat executive order, both believe it’s the proper role of the President to incarcerate Americans without due process and hold them indefinitely without trial, both approve of the fear-based burgeoning homeland-security apparatus that violates Americans’ rights with unlawful searches and seizures and is stockpiling weaponry and ammunition as if building up for war, and both are approved by the world’s elites — Obama in 2007 and Romney in 2012 (which may indicate that elites have kicked Obama to the curb).

The propaganda works well.

Party rank and file (that is, the workers in the trenches and party-specific voters) buy the lie that their candidates are going to abide by the party platform — which the elites ignore — and keep the promises their messagers told them to make to whatever audience they happen to be standing before at the time.

When it comes time to govern, those promises are shoved down the memory hole, and the political elites do the will of their corporate and globalist masters. Government grows, liberty is lost and tyranny prevails — regardless of which political party holds power.

The 12 Most Important Food Items To Stockpile

Building a comprehensive food stockpile is a daunting task, to say the least. For that reason, I recommend you begin stocking your home grocery store with basic foods that will enable you to survive during a relatively short-term (two weeks to three months) emergency and then gradually expand your inventory to enable you to survive a long-term emergency (one year or longer) that includes a full array of food and non-food items necessary and tailored to your family’s needs and likes.

When considering what to store, keep in mind young children, babies, elderly family members and your pets. Keep special needs items on hand also such as baby food, formula and pet food. Don’t forget the toilet paper.

The following 12 categories of food items (stored somewhere in your home) could very well save your life and the lives of many others in an emergency situation.

1) Garden Seeds

I suggest you purchase non-hybrid garden seeds. The seed can be harvested from your own garden and saved from year to year. If we have a situation where garden seeds are not available, you will have your own. Garden seeds are a great barter Item. Garden seeds have a shelf life, so check the package for the expiration date.

Basic garden seeds to have on hand that will grow in most climates are: asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, beets, cabbage, cantaloupe, cucumbers, eggplant, endive, green onions, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, melons, mustard greens, okra, pole or bush beans, parsley, parsnips, peas, peppers, pumpkin, radish, rutabaga, spinach, squash, sweet corn, Swiss chard, tomatoes, turnips, and watermelon.

Alfalfa Sprouting2) Sprouting Seeds

Many different whole grains, beans and legumes, as well as seeds, will sprout when soaked overnight. When you sprout these foods, they provide an excellent source of enzymes and nutrients that you would normally eat if you had fresh vegetables. After sprouting these seeds, grains and legumes, their vitamins and minerals increase by 75 percent. Sprouts can be used in place of salads and in stir-frying.

The most common seeds and legumes for sprouting are alfalfa; broccoli; lentils; radish; red clover; salad blends; sprouting peas; sunflower; wheat; and legumes such as adzuki, garbanzo, kidney, mung, pinto, red, beans and soybeans.

3) Grains

Wheat is the most common grain and the main constituent of bread. In many cultures, whole grain bread is considered the staff of life.

If you are allergic to wheat, there are other grains that you can use such as barley, buckwheat, amaranth, Kamut®, millet, quinoa, rye, spelt, triticale corn, farina, germade, oats and rice.

White rice stores much longer, but brown rice is much more nutritious. Brown rice can be stored in the freezer to extend the shelf life.

4) Beans And Legumes

A wide variety of beans are available, such as black beans, great northern beans, lentils, navy beans, pinto beans, or dried split or whole peas. Beans are a great source of protein. When combined with rice, they become a complete protein. They can be cooked whole in soups, stews or by themselves. They can also be sprouted. Beans can be ground into flour and used to make refried beans or thicken soups. Dried beans and legumes last at least 15 years if kept sealed and in a cool storage area.

5) Spices And Bouillons

With grains, rice, beans, pasta and other staples, you will need spices to make the bland food more palatable. Dried or granulated bouillons, gravy mixes and dried soup bases are very important and can be mixed with canned meat to flavor any rice or pasta dish.

6) Canned And Dried Soups

Canned soups that your family enjoys should be part of your emergency food. These soups are easy to fix and ready to eat. Canned soups can be great starters for a larger pot of soup or stew. Cream-based soups can be used as a gravy or sauce. Purchase soups you normally eat and rotate them.

Dried soup mixes will last much longer than canned soup. They are very important to store. And let’s face it: In a stressful situation, anything that’s easy to fix will be great.

Butter Powder7) Dried Eggs And Dairy Products

Dehydrated eggs are considered a protein food. Dried eggs are great for long-term storage because you can add a small amount of water to the powder and it reconstitutes into the equivalent of fresh eggs. They can be used in scrambled eggs and omelets or in any recipe calling for fresh eggs.

Dried dairy products are also great to store because they last a minimum of five years and can be reconstituted to the equivalent of fresh milk, chocolate milk, butter, buttermilk, sour cream and cheese similar to mac and cheese sauce. Dried dairy products last a minimum of five to 15 years if kept cool.

Tomato Powder8) Canned Or Dehydrated Fruits And Vegetables

I suggest you store dehydrated, freeze-dried and commercially canned fruits and vegetables.

Dehydrated food weighs less and is much easier to store than wet-pack food. It requires far less space than wet-pack canned food. Dehydrated food will yield at least double and triple its dry weight and is less expensive. Add water to restore it to its natural state. The taste is still great, and the food value is excellent. Dehydrated foods store from five to 20 years, depending on the product. Dried fruits and vegetables are great for snacks. These dehydrated or dried foods are available here.

9) Protein Foods And Canned Meats

Protein foods are one of the most important foods to stockpile. Canned meats are an excellent food to store. I suggest you store tuna, salmon, Spam, beef dices, beef stew, chicken dices, beef, ham and sausage. Canned meats with a canned cream soup for the sauce are great over any rice or pasta dish. I stockpile canned ham so I can add it to my beans along with some dehydrated vegetables. It makes a great ham and bean dish.

Freeze-dried meats are available on the market and come in gallon-sized cans as well. They can be rehydrated and used in any dish calling for meat.

10) Baking Ingredients

Basic ingredients for baking include things like wheat for grinding into flour, powdered milk, whole dried eggs, baking powder, soda, salt and yeast. Sweeteners include sugar, honey, maple syrup and stevia. Fats and oils include butter powder, shortening, olive and vegetable oil.

11) Fun Foods

Fun Foods are foods such as canned juices, drink mixes, jams, jellies, condiments, olives, pickles, popcorn, pudding, salad dressings and anything else that would be considered extras. You might not consider putting these items in your storage, but they are a nice supplement to the food you already have. It makes a meal more interesting if you have some fun foods on hand. I keep several gallons of popcorn in my food storage.

3-Chees Alfredo with Chicken12) Pre-Made Meals (Just Add Water)

I’ve been testing a line of nutritious fast-and-easy gourmet meals by GoFoods Global that will store for a minimum of 15 years. You just add water, cook for 15 minutes and eat. It reminds me of the pre-packaged food from the grocery store like soup mixes, Hamburger Helper® and Rice-A-Roni®.

Some of the features of GoFoods pre-packaged meals are:

  • The food is dehydrated from premium-grade, fresh raw fruits, vegetables, dairy products, grains, beans and legumes.
  • All meals are complete with everything in them. All you do is add water.
  • These meals can be used every day for fast, convenient and healthy food.
  • There are no genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in GoFoods.
  • There is no added monosodium glutamate (MSG).
  • No ingredients are imported from countries using illegal fertilizers and insecticides.
  • They contain no hydrogenated oils.
  • They are packaged for long-term storage in Mylar® pouches.

The company lets you try before you buy; simply go to www.peggylayton.mygofoods.com. Click on “sample” to receive three packages of sample meals that will feed two to four people per package. All you pay is $9.95 for shipping.

Emergency Food Storage & Survival HandbookMeals include soups like cheddar broccoli, Italian chicken, vegetable beef, tortilla, corn chowder, minestrone, chicken noodle, chili and potato cheddar. Entrées and other baking items include chicken pasta Alfredo, cheesy chicken rice casserole, beef stroganoff, au gratin potatoes, instant seasoned potatoes, pancake mix, corn muffin mix, cornmeal dumplings, granola, powdered milk, wheat bread mix and buttermilk biscuit mix. Check it out at www.peggylayton.mygofoods.com or email me at splayton@sisna.com.

This information came from the book Emergency Food Storage and Survival Handbook. To purchase any of my seven books or other products including dehydrated food, water storage, water purification and preparedness products, go to www.peggylayton.com.

–Peggy Layton

Ventura: Obama, Romney Putting On A Show

In an interview with RT last week, former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura summed up the upcoming Presidential election in his own words as one that leaves voters without a choice.

Ventura, who recently suggested that he may begin preparing for a 2016 Presidential bid, says that he doesn’t feel there is much difference between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney because the two are simply putting on a show for voters. Behind the scenes, Ventura suggested, it’s simply all business between the two.

Ventura, a former professional wrestler, had this to say about the election campaign:

I think what you are seeing is them finally rising up to the level of professional wrestling. In Pro Wrestling, in front of the cameras, we all hate each other. Behind the scenes, it is a business.

And it is the same way it is for them. It is a sham.

In front of the cameras and the public, they hate each other and they are on different sides of the fences. Behind the scenes, they are going out to dinner together. They are ensuring their two-party dictatorship maintains its power.

There is no difference between these two. Don’t kid yourselves.

Ventura, a Navy veteran and former SEAL reservist, also decried the Federal government’s penchant for claiming to peddle democracy in the Mideast while quashing various forms of democratic protest at home.

Is Obama Using Nixon Tactics?

Representative Darrel Issa (R-Calif.) likened President Barack Obama to former notoriously paranoid President Richard Nixon last week because Obama reportedly keeps an “enemies list.”

“Not since Richard Nixon have we seen a president who puts together an enemies list and has a whole team pursuing it,” Issa told the cast of “Fox and Friends.” “That’s what’s happened in this administration. It’s sad. It’s not the America I want to see going forward. I sincerely hope that after the election, regardless, the American people will have made a statement that they won’t tolerate this.”

Issa was referencing collusion between the left-wing political advocacy group Media Matters and the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice. The Daily Caller brought the relationship to light earlier this month reporting that Attorney General Eric Holder’s communications staff has collaborated with Media Matters for America “in an attempt to quell news stories about scandals plaguing Holder and America’s top law enforcement agency.”

The publication provided dozens of emails between Justice and Media Matters to support its revelation.

As of deadline of this article, Media Matters and Justice were both mum on the issue. There is a possibility, however, that the House Committee on Oversight and Government reform, which Issa chairs, will probe the relationship.

“I think the important point is, these people represent the culture that President Obama brought into Washington, a culture of division, a culture that embraces the concept of, the 1 percent is evil and somehow the rest of America just needs to…punish the 1 percent,” Issa said. “I guess I’m part of the 1 percent for purposes of their attack. So are you.”

New Jersey Bans ‘Big’ Smiles

If you go to get your driver’s license in New Jersey, put on your sad face. The State has banned “big” smiles, saying they interfere with facial-recognition technology.

The policy has been in effect all year, but it has not been talked about much. That is, until Velvet McNeil spoke to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

She told the newspaper that she stormed out when she was told not to smile, but not given a reason.

“Your picture means a lot,” she said. “It’s who you are.”

But the smile police are a little lenient. Raymond Martinez, commission of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, says a “neutral smile” is OK.

Elyse Coffey, a spokesperson for the Motor Vehicle Commion, said that a slight smile is acceptable, but people should not smile as if they won a lottery.

“The digital photos allow us to conduct a facial recognition scrub, which allows us to check the photos of our 19 million faces to make sure each driver has only one driving record and you are who you say you are,” Coffey said. “We’re asking customers not to make exaggerated facial expressions.”

Group Attacks University Of Tennessee For Praying Before Game

Praying before a game is a tradition in many football programs. But the University of Tennessee recently re-evaluated the process after a group complained.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote a letter to Chancellor Jimmy Cheek, urging the school to stop the ritual. The letter cites surveys, court cases and even the Sermon on the Mount in an attempt to convince Cheek that praying before a game is unConstitutional.

Earlier in the year, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga started having a moment of silence before games, instead of a prayer. The FFRF wanted the University of Tennessee to volunteer to do the same.

Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the foundation and author of the letter, said: “This is a public university, not a Christian club. It’s open to all comers and should be welcoming. When you’re not religious or are of another faith and you get prayed at during events, it’s really very grating. It’s a sock in the gut for you to go for a sporting event and then be told to conform to someone else’s religion.”

Presently, Tennessee officials have no intention of changing the ritual.

Ann Romney To GOP Critics: ‘Stop It’

CLIVE, Iowa, (UPI) —  Republicans who are criticizing Mitt Romney should “stop it” and realize “how lucky we are” he is the presidential nominee, Ann Romney told an Iowa interviewer.

Speaking Thursday on Radio Iowa — a statewide radio news network — Ann Romney was asked about criticism from high-profile Republicans and conservatives, who have called her husband out this week for his comments at a Florida fundraiser in May.

Mitt Romney was caught on a hidden camera saying 47 percent of Americans who don’t pay income taxes “are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to healthcare, to food, to housing, to you-name-it — that that’s an entitlement — and the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what.”

The nominee’s critics have included several GOP nominees in U.S. Senate races.

“Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring,” Ann Romney said when asked about the criticism. “This is hard and, you know, it’s an important thing that we’re doing right now and it’s an important election and it is time for all Americans to realize how significant this election is and how lucky we are to have someone with Mitt’s qualifications and experience and know-how to be able to have the opportunity to run this country.”

She had spoken earlier Thursday to about 200 people at a campaign rally in Iowa, where her husband was proclaimed winner of the Iowa Caucuses by 10 votes over former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, although the final result was unclear.

“Wow, back in Iowa. Here we are again,” she said, to cheers and applause. “However, I don’t want it to be a 10-vote margin again. I want to have a bigger win, so let’s make sure in Iowa we win big in November.”

U.S. On-The-Job Deaths Lower In 2011

WASHINGTON, (UPI) —  The number of work-related fatalities in the United States fell in 2011 from 2010, the Labor Department said.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said 4,609 workers died from “occupational injuries” in 2011, a decrease from 4,690 workplace deaths in 2010.  The number is considered a preliminary total, the bureau said.

Using current data, the rate of fatalities at work was 3.5 per 100,000 full-time workers, an improvement over the 2010 rate of 3.6 per 100,000.

In a report released Thursday, the bureau said fatalities in private construction declined from 774 in 2010 to 721 in 2011.

Construction worker deaths have dropped nearly 42 percent since 2006, the bureau said.

Fatalities were down 10 percent year-to-year in the mining industry.

The most dangerous job in terms of the number of deaths is driving, with private truck transportation work fatalities up 14 percent year-to-year, the second consecutive year of increases. Overall, two out of every five fatalities at work involved transportation incidents, with 1,898 incidents reported — 1,075 of them traffic accidents — the bureau said.

In addition, 780 workers died at work due to violence — including suicide, which accounted for 242 worker deaths in 2011.

Among the violent deaths, most involved shootings, although 37 involved animal- or insect-related injuries.

Falls, slips or trips accounted for 666 worker deaths in 2011.

The report uses a new incident reporting system that includes data on the height of falls that resulted in worker deaths. One fourth of the falls were from less than 10 feet high, while another quarter were from heights of over 30 feet, the bureau said.

Crude Oil Moves Back Above $93 A Barrel

NEW YORK,  (UPI) —  Crude oil prices turned higher Friday morning, topping $93 per barrel as equities rose in Asia and Europe.

West Texas Intermediate crude oil for October delivery has had an up and down week, making a run toward $100 per barrel Monday, then sliding to less than $93 Thursday.

In the latest correction on the New York Mercantile Exchange, crude oil added 88 cents to $93.30 per barrel.

Natural gas added 7.1 cents to $2.868 per million British thermal units. Home heating oil gained 1.86 cents to $3.1116 per gallon. Reformulated blendstock gasoline added 3.01 cents to $2.812 per gallon.

At the pump, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was $3.833 per gallon, down from Thursday’s $3.846, AAA reported.

Bank Of America To Cut 16,000 Jobs

CHARLOTTE, N.C., (UPI) —  U.S. financial giant Bank of America has plans to cut 16,000 jobs by the end of the year in an effort to become a sleeker company, an in-house document says.

The document sent to top managers at the bank indicate that BofA is ready to give up its bragging rights as the country’s largest financial company in terms of the number of employees.

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that BofA would end the year with 260,000 employees, which would mean JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup Inc. and Wells Fargo would each have more people on their payrolls.

BofA plans to cut back on its mortgage business in favor of the investment business it purchased when it bought Merrill Lynch in January 2009 during the financial system meltdown.

BofA has already sold off several businesses under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Brian Moynihan, who has broken away from the bank’s previous track record of expansion.

1,230 Madoff Victims To Receive Checks

NEW YORK, (UPI) —  The trustee handling the case of New York Ponzi scheme operator Bernard Madoff said he mailed $2.5 billion in checks to 1,230 victims this week.

Convicted swindler Madoff is serving a 150-year sentence in a federal prison in North Carolina. With $17.3 billion in losses, the fraud that lasted for more than a decade is often reported to be the largest in history.

Court-appointed trustee Irving Picard said he sent checks averaging $2 million to some of the victims in the scheme.

The smallest check in the batch is for $1,784, while the largest is for $526.8 million, Picard said.

With this week’s distribution of funds, Picard has sent out $3.6 billion to victims, CNNMoney reported Thursday.

He has recovered a total of $9.15 billion.

With the latest payment, 182 more victims will have recovered their losses in full, bringing the total number of closed claims to 1,074.

Another 1,048 claims remain open.

First-Time Jobless Claims Drop By 3,000

WASHINGTON, (UPI) —  The U.S. Labor Department Thursday said first-time jobless benefits claims fell by 3,000 in the week ending Saturday.

Initial unemployment benefits claims for the week came to 382,000, down from the revised figure of 385,000 for the previous week.

The four-week rolling average was 377,750, up 2,000 from the previous week’s revised average of 375,750.

The advance number of unadjusted actual first-time jobless benefits claims under state programs totaled 327,797 for the week, an increase of 28,068 from the previous week, the Labor Department said.

There were 353,820 initial benefits claims in the comparable week in 2011, the department’s Employment and Training Administration said in a release.

Exercise May Reduce Anxiety

COLLEGE PARK, Md., (UPI) —  Moderate exercise may help people cope with anxiety and stress for an extended period of time after the workout, U.S. researcher say.

J. Carson Smith of the University of Maryland School of Public Health compared how moderate intensity cycling versus a period of quiet rest — both for 30 minutes — affected anxiety levels in a group of healthy college students.

Smith and colleagues assessed their anxiety state before the period of activity or rest, 15 minutes after and after exposing them to a variety of highly arousing pleasant and unpleasant photographs, as well as neutral images.

At each point, study participants answered 20 questions from the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, which is designed to assess different symptoms of anxiety.

The study, published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, found exercise and quiet rest were equally effective at reducing anxiety levels initially. However, once they were emotionally stimulated by being shown 90 photographs used in emotion research for about 20 minutes, the anxiety levels of those who rested went back up to their initial levels, while those who had exercised maintained their reduced anxiety levels, the study said.

“We found that exercise helps to buffer the effects of emotional exposure,” Smith said in a statement. “If you exercise, you’ll not only reduce your anxiety, but you’ll be better able to maintain that reduced anxiety when confronted with emotional events.”