The former White House Deputy Chief of Staff and top Bush adviser was treated to a cadre of protesters Monday, who threatened him with a citizen’s arrest and ultimately succeeded in driving him offstage.

As the local CBS News affiliate described it, “Karl Rove book tour starts out with a bang.”

Maybe not quite the bang he wanted.

A co-founder of the liberal activist group Code Pink, which has repeatedly interrupted both Republican and Democratic political figures’ speeches with questions about the Iraq war, brandished handcuffs at the former Bush adviser during a speech Monday night in Beverly Hills.

“Look what you did — you outed a CIA officer,” co-founder Jodie Evans remarked, referring to former CIA officer Valerie Plame. “You lied to take us to war. You ruined a country.”

A second protester then called Rove a “war criminal.”

“The only comfort I take is that … you’re going to rot in hell,” she said.

“With all due respect, this goes to show the totalitarianism of the left,” Rove replied. “They don’t believe in dialogue. They don’t believe in courtesy. They don’t believe in First Amendment rights for anybody but themselves.”

“If you want to keep interrupting me, you can get the heck out of here,” Rove said, going on to call the Downing Street memos “a complete fabrication” and the man making the charges “a lunatic.”

In the Downing Street memos, the former chief of British intelligence is quoted as saying that American policymakers were “fixing” intelligence around the facts to lead an unwitting public into war.


RFID Technology Coming

Grocery Stores will Love it

Imagine going to the grocery store, picking up your items and then walking out past a scanner that would simultaneously read all the items in your cart, charge you for those items and adjust the store’s inventory without waiting. Korean and American university researchers are currently working on a printable transmitter that can be permanently attached to a products packaging that not only would make this happen, but inexpensively so. Large grocers like Safeway (NYSE:SWY), Kroger(NYSE:KR) and Whole Foods (NYSE:WFMI) would jump at the opportunity to reduce labor costs, manage inventory more efficiently while greatly enhancing the customer experience.

No Longer just Trendy
Mark Roberti, founder of the RFID Journal, a leading publication dedicated to radio frequency identification technology, wrote in a recent column that RFID pilot projects were a thing of the past. He knows of at least three large companies going ahead with enterprise-wide RFID system implementation. First movers gain strategic advantage in their respective industries. You can be sure those still on the fence will be getting off it shortly. There’s too much at stake. (For more on free cash flow, take a look at Analyze Cash Flow The Easy Way.)

Consolidation Ahead
Back in 2008, Checkpoint Systems (NYSE:CKP) bought OAT Systems, an RFID middleware (software integration) company, for $37.2 million. The deal gave it an end-to-end RFID solution for its global customers. For OAT, it gained the infrastructure necessary to compete worldwide. The deal seemingly signaled the beginning of a consolidation push. It never materialized. Two years later, it’s probably on the front burner once again. Who’ll be buying and selling is anybody’s guess. With free cash flow above $100 million for the first time since 2002, I do think Checkpoint will make a small acquisition in 2010, although I’m not convinced RFID-related purchases are on its to-do list.

Other Potential Investments
Besides Checkpoint, several public companies operate RFID-related businesses. By market cap, the biggest isMicrosoft (Nasdaq:MSFT), followed by Danaher (NYSE:DHR), Motorola (NYSE:MOT), Tyco Electronics(NYSE:TEL), Roper Industries (NYSE:ROP) and MeadWestvaco (NYSE:MWV). The smallest of the bunch is MeadWestvaco at $4.4 billion. These are not tiny companies. An investment in any one of them gets you much more than just RFID, making it a good way to dip your toe into the water.

Bottom Line
The potential of RFID is limitless. Having said that, a margin of safety is also important. Therefore, despite good free cash, it’s safe to defer decisions on Checkpoint Systems at this point. It’s not a bad company, but it’s safer to bet on one of its clients instead.


Wiki Leaks Followed By CIA And State Dept

( Is the Pentagon ready to “rendition” members of WikiLeaks in order to silence the whistleblower website? “If anything happens to us, you know why,” a recent Tweet issued by a member of the website states.

WikiLeaks has told supporters not to worry. “To those worrying about us – we’re fine, and will issue a suitable riposte shortly,” a Tweet stated.

WikiLeaks, the web portal of forbidden information that won Amnesty International’s new media award last year, is under fire for its plan to make public unencrypted footage of an air strike in Afghanistan on May 7 last year that killed 97 civilians. WikiLeaks has promised to reveal a “Pentagon Murder Cover-up” at the National Press Club in Washington on April 5, according to the Mail Online.

The Pentagon initially planned to make the footage public, but backed off after it turned out to be more incriminating than at first thought. Now they are gunning for WikiLeaks because they plan to release the video.

“WikiLeaks is currently under an aggressive US and Icelandic surveillance operation,” another Tweet claims. “One related person was detained for 22 hours. Computer’s seized.”

“We have airline records of the State Dep/CIA tails. Don’t think you can get away with it. You cannot. This is WikiLeaks.”

A WikiLeaks editor reported that he was being followed by “State Dep diplomatic cover” in Norway.

WikiLeaks has angered the U.S. government in the past. In 2007, the site posted almost the entire order of battle for American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Earlier this month, the site posted a 2008 report from the Army Counterintelligence Center.


Happy Meal Sits For One Year And Still The Same

Glancing at the two McDonald’s Happy Meals pictured here, you may feel they look pretty much identical.

Astonishingly, however, this is the same meal, photographed 12 months apart.

Where any other food might be a mouldy, decomposing mess after a year, the McDonald’s meal shows few signs of going off apart from the beef patty shrivelling and the stale burger bun cracking.

Proof, says the American nutritionist who took these photographs, that it contains so many preservatives that it is bad for the children it is aimed at.

Joann Bruso said: ‘Food is supposed to decompose, go bad and smell foul eventually. The fact that it has not decomposed shows you how unhealthy it is for children.’ Continue reading

Health Care Reform Bill Dooms America To Pharma-Dominated Sickness And Suffering

(NaturalNews) Today the medical mafia struck another devastating blow to the health and freedom of all Americans. With the support of an inarguably corrupt Congress that has simply abandoned the real needs of the American people, the sick-care industry has locked in a high-profit scheme of disease and monopoly-priced pharmaceuticals in a nation that can ill afford either one.

And this Pharma-funded betrayal, it turns out, was led by the Democrats. Passed on a 219-212 vote that was only accomplished thanks to closed-door, last-minute secret meetings among the last holdouts, this new legislation puts America under the stranglehold of the medical mafia while doing absolutely nothing to address real health care reform. There is no mention in the bill, for example, of vitamin D for preventing cancer, or orthomolecular medicine for preventing degenerative disease. There’s not even a word about protecting health freedom or ending the century of oppression that has been waged against naturopathic practitioners by the AMA, FDA and FTC. Continue reading

Proposed Vitamin Supplement Limits Scientifically Flawed

(NaturalNews) The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Commission (EC) have been working on establishing dosage limits on vitamins and supplements within the European Union (EU) using flawed toxicology risk assessment methods to make such determinations. A recent paper published in the journal Toxicology exposes the approach as “fatally flawed,” citing the junk science being used to try to limit access to effective doses of nutritional supplements. Continue reading

Could America Collapse Overnight?

It has become very popular among “alternative thinkers” in today’s times to theorize that a return to centralized, “public” banking is the solution to today’s woes with “private banks” controlling the monetary supply in countries like the US or Canada. Here might be something one of these people have said:

“.. if money is controlled by banks we will never be out of debt. Government needs to control the money supply, because when they do, throughout history, things always have fared better because there is no “profit” or interest to be paid freeing the people from the shackles of international bankers. Simple.” Continue reading

Confirmed: Virginia Suing To Block Health Care Reform

Can’t block health care reform in Congress? Sue.

That’s the strategy that’s been outlined by Virginia state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who confirmed Sunday that he will sue to block health care reform from becoming law. Reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Virgina will file suit against the federal government charging that the health-care reform legislation is unconstitutional, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s office confirmed last night.

Cuccinelli is expected to argue that the bill, with its mandate that requires nearly every American to be insured by 2014, violates the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution. The attorney general’s office will file suit once President Barack Obama signs the bill into law, which could occur early this week. Continue reading

100 Percent Of Fish In U.S. Streams Found Contaminated With Mercury

(David Gutierrez) In a new study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), every single fish tested from 291 freshwater streams across the United States was found to be contaminated with mercury.

“This study shows just how widespread mercury pollution has become in our air, watersheds and many of our fish in freshwater streams,” said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that builds up in the food chain at ever higher concentrations in predators such as large fish and humans. It is especially damaging to the developing nervous systems of fetuses and children, but can have severe effects on adults, as well. The pollutant enters the environment almost wholly as atmospheric emissions from industrial processes, primarily the burning of coal for electricity. It then spreads across the plant and settles back to the surface, eventually concentrating in rivers, lakes and oceans, where it enters the aquatic food chain.

The number one cause of human mercury poisoning in the United States is the consumption of fish and shellfish.

Researchers tested the water, sediment and fish of the 291 streams between 1998 and 2005. Fish tested were mostly larger species near the top of the food chain, such as largemouth bass. Continue reading

Open Wi-Fi ‘Outlawed’ By Digital Economy Bill

(David Meyer)The government will not exempt universities, libraries and small businesses providing open Wi-Fi services from its Digital Economy Bill copyright crackdown, according to official advice released earlier this week.

This would leave many organisations open to the same penalties for copyright infringement as individual subscribers, potentially including disconnection from the internet, leading legal experts to say it will become impossible for small businesses and the like to offer Wi-Fi access.

Lilian Edwards, professor of internet law at Sheffield University, told ZDNet UK on Thursday that the scenario described by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in an explanatory documentwould effectively “outlaw open Wi-Fi for small businesses”, and would leave libraries and universities in an uncertain position. Continue reading

Texas County Restricts Well Water

A few county water suppliers are concerned that water-pumping restrictions being set by the county’s groundwater management district will prevent them from being able to serve future water consumers.

Well owners will have to apply for permanent historic-use-production permits through the Southern Trinity Groundwater Conservation District.

The permits will grant each well owner a maximum amount of water that may be pumped each year based on the well’s historic water use and the total number of wells in McLennan County.

The county’s combined water usage must not exceed 20,194 acre-feet — about 6.6 billion gallons — of water each year, an allowance set by the Texas Water Development Board. Continue reading