"A judicial advisory panel Monday quietly approved a rule change that will broaden the FBI’s hacking authority despite fears raised by Google that the amended language represents a “monumental” constitutional concern. The Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules voted 11-1 to modify an arcane federal rule to allow judges more flexibility in how they approve search warrants for electronic data, according to a Justice Department spokesman. Known as Rule 41, the existing provision generally allows judges to approve search warrants only for material within the geographic bounds of their judicial district. But the rule change, as requested by the department, would allow judges to grant warrants for remote searches of computers located outside their district or when the location is unknown."
"China, the world's second largest corn consumer, has booked over 600,000 tonnes of corn from Ukraine this year and more deals are expected as Beijing's stockpiling dries up supplies and boosts domestic prices. China's move to import Black Sea shipments under a loan-for-grain deal is seen as a blow to U.S. corn exporters who are struggling to sell the country's record crop. U.S. corn futures fell for a fourth straight session on Tuesday, trading near a six-week low with additional pressure from China's purchases of Ukrainian corn."
"Avian cholera is suspected in the deaths of at least 2,000 snow geese that fell dead from the sky in Idaho while migrating to nesting grounds on the northern coast of Alaska, wildlife managers said Monday. Dozens of Idaho Department of Fish and Game workers and volunteers at the weekend retrieved and incinerated carcasses of snow geese found near bodies of water and a wildlife management area in the eastern part of the state, said agency spokesman Gregg Losinski. Avian cholera is believed to be the culprit in the deaths mostly because of the way the birds died, he said. “Basically, they just fell out of the sky,” said Losinski. He said biologists were awaiting results from a state wildlife lab to confirm the birds died of the highly contagious disease, which is caused by bacteria that can survive in soil and water for up to four months. Humans face a small risk of contracting the disease but the more immediate threat is to wildlife in the vicinity of contaminated carcasses, Losinski said."
"SilencerCo has picked a fight. The renown suppressor manufacturer has long been opposed to restrictions on the legal ownership of National Firearm Act-regulated guns and accessories, but with this first step, it’s clear they’re taking things to the next level. Starting at the top of this year at the Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade Show 2015, SilencerCo has been committed to “Fight the Noise” with their walled-off, peaceful and quiet and ultimately award-winning “Best Booth” showroom. The Fight the Noise campaign expands their platform, targeting a larger audience to increase suppressor awareness and sales. The idea is to teach people about suppressors, their role in firearms and the laws surrounding NFA-regulated hardware. And in the process, outlay a new demographic: “the Suppressed.”
"Lawmakers in Nevada and Missouri are joining the push to bring lawful concealed handgun carry without a permit to their states. The measures, seen in the Nevada Senate and Missouri House respectively, are in the early stages of the legislative process but should they succeed, could allow each state to become the six and seventh to adopt constitutional carry. Those backing Nevada’s proposal feel that it is redundant for lawful gun owners to have to go through a process that can cost upwards of $200 to obtain a permit to carry a concealed pistol or revolver, when the state already allows open carry without a license for those who are not prohibited from possessing a handgun."
"In the United States, the CDC estimates that about twenty-two people are killed by cows each year, and of those cow attacks, seventy-five percent were known to be deliberate attacks. One third of the killings were committed by cows that had previously displayed aggressive behavior. People know that bulls are dangerous, and it's true. When animal behaviorists analyzed 21 cases that occurred across a four-state area, they found that bulls were responsible for ten of the deaths. Cows were responsible for six deaths. What's really chilling is that, in five cases, people were killed by multiple cows in group attacks."
"According to a new study from England, high levels of fluoride in drinking water appear to be associated with an increased risk for hypothyroidism. This study has raised concerns about the validity of water fluoridation as a safe public health measure."
"(Alexander Panetta) Canadian customs agents could soon work in the U.S. and carry firearms, and the U.S. border guards could do the same in Canada, as a result of a new border agreement between Canada and the U.S. Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson have signed a customs pre-clearance agreement for rail, land and sea travel that was years in the making. The arrangement would allow customs agents to work in each other’s countries, which means they could screen passengers away from the border and ease the choke points. That process already exists in air travel at eight airports. People can clear U.S. customs in cities such as Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal and then, when they land, skip lines in U.S. airports. The countries had signalled their intention to expand that arrangement to land and sea travel as part of the 2011 Beyond the Border deal between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama. But they missed a late-2012 deadline to reach a legal agreement that would let law-enforcement officials operate inside the neighbouring country. A little more than two years later, they have finally reached that deal."
(Sgt Trainer: And the march towards a North American Union continues unabated.)
"Originally from Angola, hibiscus is now cultivated throughout tropical and subtropical regions, especially in Sudan, Egypt, Thailand, Mexico, and China. The polyphenols present in hibiscus leaves may inhibit growth of and destroy melanoma cancer cells without damaging healthy human skin cells, scientists from Taiwan have found. Hibiscus leaf is a rich source of polyphenols which are thought to have hypolipidemic (lipid-lowering) and antioxidant effects. Approximately 15-30 percent of the hibiscus plant is made up of plant acids, including citric acid, malic acid, tartaric acid and allo-hydroxycitric acid lactone — i.e. hibiscus acid, which is unique to hibiscus. Other chemical constituents are many; however, some of the most important include alkaloids, anthocyanins, and quercetin. In Ayrvedic medicine hibiscus is used to cure cough and hair loss. Chinese medicine has many uses for hibiscus flowers and roots. A 2011 study shows that hibiscus has potential as a skin treatment and skin protection agent, since it is observed that it absorbs ultraviolet radiation. Some recent studies show that hibiscus tea can lower high blood pressure."
"The immortal words uttered by Prince Hamlet as he contemplates death and suicide, applies for an entire society. The enormous gravity that permeates William Shakespeare’s tragic hero represents the same fate confronting the normal mortals, who make up the ranks of Americans. The rapid decline in intelligence and moral character has approached epidemic levels. The ROT which has seeped into the popular culture has become a metamorphosis Reign of Terror. The transformers from a heritage of principle, courage and honor have sunk to a level of Slouching Towards Gomorrah. Such a fate was feared by our Founding Fathers. Such a band of brothers would be hung together today, for daring to defy the established order. This ageless conflict between those with imposing power and the subjects, who suffer from the rule of tyrannical madmen, never ends. Well before the era of the Bard of Strafford-upon-Avon, the playwrights of the original Greek theater operated as the model for an establishment governance."
"Pau d’arco is cooling, biter, alterative, antibiotic, antifungal, antitumor, antiviral, antineoplastic, digestive, diuretic, fungicidal, antidiabetic, anodyne, analgesic, astringent, parasiticide and hypotensive. Its constituents are lapachol, a quinone and a recognized antitumor agent found in the wood and barely in the bark. According to H. Wagner, head of the Institute of Pharmaceutical Biology at the University of Munich in Germany, much of the basis for pau d’arco’s reputation is its immune-stimulating properties. Quinones are present throughout nature. They are involved in the transference of hydrogen and electrons. Lapachol, found in the inner bark, activates human immune cells (lymphocytes and granulocytes) in low concentrations. Lymphocytes include cells that mediate immunological reactions, such as T-cells. Granulocytes are white blood cells found in the blood that devour foreign cells and bacteria. Lapachol is barely soluble in water."
"On Sunday, the Las Vegas Informer ran an opinion column describing the Second Amendment as “worthless,” suggesting the amendment only continues to be relevant because the Supreme Court breathed life into it in 2008. The column opens with questions for those “who honestly believe the Second Amendment was written 10 years after the end of the Revolutionary War to give people the right to own and carry guns in our neighborhoods, at public events and in public places.” The questions are also directed toward “some members of the Supreme Court,” and that is clearly because of their decisions in DC v. Heller (2008) and McDonald v. Chicago (2010). In both cases, the court reaffirmed the individual right to keep and bear arms. The column then asks the following question of 2nd Amendment supporters and Supreme Court justices alike: “Why, if the writers [of the 2nd Amendment] meant ‘own,’ do they use the word ‘keep’ in the amendment?” Other questions included “Why the word ‘bear’ if they mean ‘carry’?” and “Why the word ‘arms’ if they meant ‘guns?”
"The Texas Senate on Monday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would allow open carry in the Lone Star State. Senate Bill 17 makes open carry legal for gun owners with legal concealed carry permits. Senators voted 20-11 to approve the bill for a final vote. It was a straight party line vote that pitted Republicans against Democrats. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has made it clear that he will sign an open carry bill if it is sent to his desk."
"Earlier this month, General David Petraeus pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge related to his decision to pass on classified secrets to a biographer who also happened to be his mistress. The Justice Department passed on recommending jail time for the former CIA director and instead asked that the architect of the Iraq Surge simply pay a $40,000 fine. The appearance of favoritism offered to the American general has created more problems for the administration than it resolved. “The lawyer for a former State Department contractor imprisoned last year for leaking classified information is asking federal prosecutors for the ‘immediate release’ of his client in light of the relatively lenient treatment of former CIA Director David Petraeus for similar conduct,” read a Yahoo News report. “The issue of the differing treatment of leakers — and especially the relatively light plea deal for Petraeus, who will receive no prison time — is also expected to come up in next month’s sentencing of Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer convicted of leaking classified information to New York Times reporter James Risen.”
(Sgt Trainer: I'm not surprised at this since it has happened before. Folks without the "proper" connections get "fried" for this action. If you needed proof that a double standard still exists, this is it.)
(Sgt Trainer: While this information is common sense and should not surprise anyone, reminders from time to time are usually a good thing.)
"Four years after the multiple explosions and melt-downs at Fukushima, it seems the scary stories have only just begun to surface. Given that Japan’s authoritarian regime of Shinzo Abe has cracked down on the information flow from Fukushima with a repressive state secrets act, we cannot know for certain what’s happening at the site. We do know that 300 tons of radioactive water have been pouring into the Pacific every day. And that spent fuel rods are littered around the site. Tokyo Electric power may or may not have brought down all the fuel rods from Unit Four, but many hundreds almost certainly remain suspended in the air over Units One, Two and Three. We also know that Abe is pushing refugees to move back into the Fukushima region. Thyroid damage rates—including cancer—have skyrocketed among children in the region. Radiation “hot spots” have been found as far away as Tokyo. According to scientific sources, more than 30 times as much radioactive Cesium was released at Fukushima as was created at the bombing of Hiroshima. Some of those isotopes turned up in at least 15 tuna caught off the coast of California. But soon after Fukushima, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration stopped testing Pacific fish for radiation. The FDA has never fully explained why. But now a small amount of Fukushima’s radiation has turned up in green tea shipped from Japan to Hong Kong. This is a terrifying development, casting doubt on all food being exported from the region."
(Sgt Trainer: I've been warning folks since this tragedy happened that ALL items...not just necessarily food items...coming from Japan since this happened would be contaminated with radiation and that it would not be smart to purchase items from there in the future. I also warned that said radiation would eventually migrate across the Pacific Ocean to the West Coast of the U.S. While several folks heeded my warning, a LOT of folks said I was "fear-mongering". Well, I hate to say it...but I will..."I told you so!")
"Those who refuse debt, regardless of the sacrifice, are starving the parasitic, exploitive machine; those with debt are feeding it. We hear a lot about debtors, and very little about undebtors. I define an undebtor as an individual or entity that has sworn off debt or considers debt a necessary evil that must be paid off as quickly as possible regardless of the sacrifices required to do so. There's no mystery as to the low profile of undebtors in the mainstream media: undebtors are the equivalent of the cross to the vampire-parasites peddling debt. How can banks and other financial parasites make money off the undebtors? They can't, and therein lies the problem for the status quo, which lives off the blood of debt extracted from debt-serfs. People talk about starving the machine. You want to truly starve the machine? Get out of debt and stay out of debt, regardless of the sacrifices needed to do so. I personally know many immigrants to the U.S. who paid off 30-year mortgages in four years or less. How did they do it?"
"Hundreds of used syringes and vials of blood were found in the Arkansas River on Saturday. Taylor Smyth says he takes his kids to the river almost every weekend, but after coming across the needles in the same spot that his kids build sand castles, that might change. He says he was out with some friends boating on the Arkansas River Saturday when he saw what he thought was a tackle box. It turns out it was five biohazard containers completely filled with vials of blood and syringes with the needles still attached. “I don’t feel comfortable swimming now,” Smyth said. He thinks someone was dumping them off a bridge upstream. “There’s no telling how long this has happened or if it’s happened more than once,” Smyth said. Pawnee County Sheriff Mike Waters says they have found six other containers spanning over thirty miles of the Arkansas River in the past few weeks."
"The Arizona House of Representatives passed a new bill on Wednesday that stands to completely remove the state from the Obama administration’s plan to provide amnesty and federal benefits to illegal immigrants. House Bill 2368, sponsored by Republican Rep. Bob Thorpe, prohibits Arizona “from funding executive orders issued by the President of the United States and policy directives from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) unless affirmed by a vote of Congress and signed into law as prescribed by the U.S. Constitution.” The straightforward bill only has two provisions:"
"House Democrats will introduce legislation this week that would block handguns from firing any sort of ammunition that can penetrate body armor worn by police officers. The Modernize Law Enforcement Protection Act is expected to be introduced later this week by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.). “The Second Amendment does not give anyone the right to use a bullet that is specifically designed to pierce the protective gear worn by police officers,” Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), who is co-sponsoring the bill, told The Hill. “The Second Amendment, which I support, had well intended 18th century protections, but we live in a world with 21st century criminals and increasingly lethal weapons,” he added. Democrats are offering the legislation after the Obama administration backed down last week from a controversial plan to prohibit certain types of armor-piercing ammunition amid pressure from Republicans and gun rights groups."
"Legislation in Oregon and Washington state that would have made it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children failed last week in the wake of the recent measles outbreak that began in nearby California. The Washington bill, which would have outlawed parents from citing personal or philosophical beliefs to exempt their children from vaccine requirements, failed in the state House on Thursday after its author missed a key deadline, according to the Sacramento Bee. A similar bill in Oregon, which also would have banned parents from using religion as an exemption, died Wednesday after its author, state Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (D), said she didn't have enough votes. Steiner Hayward expressed frustration that vaccine effectiveness continues a subject of intense debate. "She is disappointed that the conversations have largely revolved around who is right or wrong about science and the benefits vs. risk of vaccines, rather than about the health and well-being of Oregon’s children," said a statement from Steiner Hayward's office emailed to Seattle radio station KPLU."
"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants hotels to monitor how much time its guests spend in the shower. The agency is spending $15,000 to create a wireless system that will track how much water a hotel guest uses to get them to “modify their behavior.” “Hotels consume a significant amount of water in the U.S. and around the world,” an EPA grant to the University of Tulsa reads. “Most hotels do not monitor individual guest water usage and as a result, millions of gallons of potable water are wasted every year by hotel guests.” “The proposed work aims to develop a novel low cost wireless device for monitoring water use from hotel guest room showers,” it said. “This device will be designed to fit most new and existing hotel shower fixtures and will wirelessly transmit hotel guest water usage data to a central hotel accounting system.” The funding is going toward creating a prototype and market analysis for the device. The goal of the project is to change the behavior of Americans when they stay at hotels. “This technology will provide hotel guests with the ability to monitor their daily water online or using a smartphone app and will assist hotel guest in modifying their behavior to help conserve water,” the grant said. The project was filed under “Water conservation,” “Urban water planning,” and “Sustainable water management.”
"A new study finds that feeding goats the genetically modified (GM) glyphosate-tolerant soybean MON4-3-2 changes the composition of colostrum, the nutrient-rich first milk produced during pregnancy. Colostrum is ordinarily packed with proteins, vitamins as well as antibodies to protect the new-born against disease. Offspring from conventional and GM-fed mothers weigh the same at birth but those from GM-fed mothers weigh significantly less 30 days after birth. The researchers also discovered transgenic DNA in the milk of mothers fed the GM diet."
"Let's get two things straight.
1. Banning guns does not reduce crime. Crime goes UP when the law abiding citizen is disarmed.
2. The Second amendment is not about hunting and it's not about target shooting. It's about giving the government good reason to leave the citizen alone."
(Sgt Trainer: I recommend reading this complete article.)
"Ignorance can kill. That sounds extreme, but if you don’t know what sources of food exist around you, you could starve in a worst case scenario. Therefore, it’s wise to get acquainted with your backyard cuisine. But could it keep you alive? Eating weeds or even insects doesn’t sound very appealing. But in a survival situation, you and I will need to think twice about that. Eating food sources we’re unfamiliar with will take some getting used to. You will likely have to get your taste buds acquainted with new and different offerings. That’s why it’s a good idea to start now, rather than wait until necessity dictates it. Start with an edible plant identification guide. Better still, get to know someone who knows about foraging where you live. Take foraging classes if they’re offered in your area. Sooner or later you’ll need to know how to prepare these alternate food sources to put on your dinner table. One resource I invite you to consider is Backyard Cuisine, by Steve Fonnesbeck. It contains over 70 recipes for main meals to making milk substitute."
"Aren’t hormones fun? NOT! I am going to be a tad transparent here. I have been in peri-menopause since I was about 38 years old. So roughly 7 years. yes, super early in life. I really like to not follow the status quo so why not, right? Symptoms of peri-menopause per Web MD: Women in perimenopause have at least some these symptoms:"
"There is nothing more enjoyable than hiking with friends in the backcountry. However, preparation is essential for any wilderness trek. When hiking in a group, it’s important for everyone to be on the same page regarding our navigation. Agree in advance to some simple parameters before heading out. The following recommendations can be done at home and take little time to accomplish."
"The end is finally in sight for Microsoft’s long-fraught Internet Explorer. At the Microsoft Convergence conference yesterday in Atlanta, Georgia, Chris Capossela, Microsoft’s head of marketing, said that the new flagship browser for Windows, which was announced in January and is codenamed Project Spartan, will not be associated with the Internet Explorer brand. While Internet Explorer will still exist on Windows 10 for compatibility purposes, it will take a back seat to the new browser."
"After risking their lives in the hopes of making it into the United States, migrants from Central American are demanding safer ways to cross the border. Thousands of immigrants jump on a freight train called the “La Bestia” — which means “The Beast.” and the name holds true meaning."
"Definition of LIBERTY:
Liberty. 1. Exemption from slavery, bondage, imprisonment, or control of another. 2. Freedom from external restraint or compulsion (Webster”s New Collegiate Dictionary). Liberty. Freedom; exemption from extraneous control. The power of the will to follow the dictates of its unrestricted choice, and to direct the external acts of the individual without restraint, coercion, or control from other persons. (Black”s Law Dictionary – 3rd Edition)
Beginning with the Magna Carta, the governments in Britain and later the United States of America have recognized the right of the people to forcefully resist unlawful arrest by the government agents (including police), using deadly force if necessary."
"France, Germany and Italy have confirmed they’ll join China’s new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Participation in the rival to the US-led World Bank is seen as a setback for the Obama administration. The decision of the three European countries comes after Britain last week became the first Western country to agree to become a founding member of the AIIB, FT reports. The UK government said the decision was in the country’s national interest, but it got a negative reaction from the United States. The new China-led bank is expected to challenge the Washington-based World Bank, so the US is increasing pressure on its allies not to join the institution. The US’ concern is that the new investment bank might not have high standards of governance and environmental and social safeguards. The new bank is expected to challenge the Western dominance of the US-led World Bank and IMF in global infrastructure projects, which experts believe will create healthy competition."
"One of the many weapons seen on AMC’s smash hit TV series “Walking Dead” is a unique pump-action shotgun called the “Ultimate Tactical Shotgun” or UTS-15. The weapon has also been spotted in video games like “Battlefield 4” and “Call of Duty: Ghosts.” The UTS-15 is built by the Turkish firearms manufacturer, UTAS-Makine. The distinctive weapon is the subject of a field test review from sharpshooter Kirsten Joy Weiss. In a 4:30 video, Weiss puts the UTS-15 through some rigorous paces while explaining the many features of the shotgun. The UTS-15 loads like many pump-action shotguns:"
"A common ingredient in many processed foods might increase the risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and metabolic syndrome, a new study in mice suggests. Emulsifiers are used to improve food texture and to extend shelf life. In experiments with mice, researchers found that emulsifiers can alter the make-up of bacteria populations in the digestive tract. This can lead to inflammation that may contribute to the development of IBD and metabolic syndrome, the researchers said. IBD -- which includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis -- affects millions of people and is often severe and debilitating, according to the researchers. Metabolic syndrome is a group of obesity-related conditions that can lead to diabetes, as well as heart and/or liver diseases."
"Rick Simpson has dedicated his life to helping suffering patients (with all types of diseases and disabilities) with the use of natural hemp oil. Rick Simpson states that hemp oil rejuvenates vital organs, and that it is not uncommon for people to report the oil making them feel 20 to 30 years younger a short while after beginning treatment. In a message from Rick on his website, he proclaims, “Once the public becomes aware of the fact that properly made hemp medicine can cure or control practically any medical condition, who is going to stand up against the use of hemp?” “We are at the dawn of a new age in medicine and a new day for mankind. Not only can hemp save the world, it can eliminate a great deal of human suffering and can even put an end to starvation. What are we waiting for?” –Rick Simpson"
"How emotions affect health and what researchers are discovering about alternative healthcare."
"There is something about NDEs that makes them scientifically intriguing. While you can’t rely on an alien abduction or a spiritual visitation taking place just when you’ve got recording instruments handy, many NDEs happen when a person is surrounded by an arsenal of devices designed to measure every single thing about the body that human ingenuity has made us capable of measuring."
"Lawmakers in Congress who remain wary of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement are raising further objections this week to the degree of secrecy surrounding briefings on the deal, with some arguing that the main reason at least one meeting has been registered "classified" is to help keep the American public ignorant about giveaways to corporate interests and its long-term implications. With a briefing set between members of Congress and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and the Labor Department for Wednesday, the lack of transparency and the inability to discuss openly what they learn in the meetings has especially drawn the ire of progressive Democrats who say the TPP is being jammed through without a full airing of its negative consequences."
"In effort to prove once and for all that owning guns puts Americans in danger, States United to Prevent Gun Violence set up a fake gun store and shamed first-time gun buyers into foregoing their purchase."