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He who would be free must strike the first blow.

Find out just what the people will submit to and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.

Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want rain without thunder and lightning.

The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.

To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.

(NaturalNews) CDC researcher Poul Thorsen, who famously headed up the “Denmark Study” that many claim disproved any link between autism and vaccines, has been indicted in Atlanta by a federal grand jury on charges of wire fraud, money laundering and defrauding research institutions of grant money.

Poul Thorson is a scientist who formerly worked for the CDC, and over the last several years, he oversaw millions of dollars in grant money that was used to conduct research to “prove” that vaccines have no link to autism. Dr. Thorson’s research papers include the famous “Danish Study” entitled Thimerosal and the occurrence of autism: negative ecological evidence from Danish population-based data.

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A radioactive isotope of strontium has been detected in American milk for the first time since Japan’s nuclear disaster—in a sample from Hilo, Hawaii—the Environmental Protection Agency revealed yesterday.

“We have completed our first strontium milk sample analysis and found trace amounts of strontium-89 in a milk sample from Hilo, Hawaii. The level was approximately 27,000 times below the Derived Intervention Level set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,” EPA said in a statement emailed to me yesterday afternoon. EPA posted the test result at epa.gov in a pdf.

EPA found 1.4 picoCuries per liter of strontium-89 in a milk sample collected in Hilo on April 4.

Forbes Article

The IMF in its analysis looks beyond exchange rates to the true, real terms picture of the economies using “purchasing power parities.” That compares what people earn and spend in real terms in their domestic economies.

Under PPP, the Chinese economy will expand from $11.2 trillion this year to $19 trillion in 2016. Meanwhile the size of the U.S. economy will rise from $15.2 trillion to $18.8 trillion. That would take America’s share of the world output down to 17.7%, the lowest in modern times. China’s would reach 18%, and rising.

Just 10 years ago, the U.S. economy was three times the size of China’s.

Full WSJ story

By Louise Radnofsky

If the federal government kept its books like a private company, the deficit would be $2.1 trillion, not $1.3 trillion, a congressional panel is hearing today.

The federal government usually runs on a cash accounting system, as opposed to accrual accounting, which includes liabilities and assets, and is the system used by businesses.

It’s pretty straightforward for corporations to produce an annual report with accrual accounting, but less so for the federal government, which has liabilities such as Medicare and Social Security, veterans benefits and black lung payouts, and federal assets including everything from gold reserves to timber lands.

Accrual accounting aficionados get one chance a year to consider the books of U.S.A. Inc., when the Treasury releases an annual report known as the Financial Report of the United States Government. With entitlements and federal property added to the balance sheets (but not national monuments such as Mount Rushmore, which the Treasury assumes could never be sold) the deficit ends up looking bigger by $800 billion.

Only a handful of congressional champions pay much attention to it. Tennessee Democrat Jim Cooper has been arguing for a decade with officials and reporters — including the Wall Street Journal — to try to persuade them to use the findings of this report as the main standard by which they judge the deficit.

He’s repeating those arguments this morning, holding up a copy of the Journal to make his point, while a panel of the House Oversight Committee takes testimony on the report from the Treasury, the Government Accountability Office and the Office of Federal Financial Management.

“Cash accounting is the money in your pocket or in your checking account. Accrual accounting is what’s on your credit card. America is refusing to count what’s on our credit card, and our credit card is totally maxed out,” said Mr. Cooper, a former corporate attorney who says he became interested in the topic after hearing a passing mention to the Treasury report. “They are using numbers that would send people to jail in the private sector.”

Skeptics of accrual accounting for the federal government say that it’s silly to devote much attention to a hypothetical scenario which assumes that policymakers never change the current system of entitlements and taxation at all.

Derek Colling might be the most dangerous (active) cop in the united states. In less than 5 years as a police office Colling has killed two, including one 15 year old boy, and was just caught on film beating a man for filming him – great write up and back story at Carlos Miller’s site. Of course Colling charged Mitchell Crooks with assault on a police officer, a complete lie as the video shows.
Please call the LVMP and ask why they would continue to employ such a violent person. LVMP Office of the Sheriff: 702.828.3231


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