Month: March 2012

Starbucks Admits To Using Beetle Extract In Popular Drink Coloring

(NaturalNews) For being a multinational corporate food and beverage giant, Starbucks has actually been among the most proactive in ridding its offerings of toxic additives and artificial colors, and switching to natural alternatives. But the company’s recent decision to change its Strawberries & Creme Frappuccino blended beverage formula has the vegan community in an uproar,

Canada Kills The Penny

There may still be pennies from heaven, but they won’t be coming from the mint much longer. The humble one-cent piece is set to disappear from Canadian pockets, a victim of inflation. Thursday’s federal budget said the Royal Canadian Mint will strike the last of the little coins this fall. The budget says the cost

Department Of Homeland Security Is Buying 450 Million Rounds Of Bullets

(Eloise Lee)  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office is getting an “indefinite delivery” of an “indefinite quantity” of .40 caliber ammunition from defense contractor ATK. U.S. agents will receive a maximum of 450 million rounds over five years, according to a press release on the deal. The high performance HST bullets are designed for law enforcement and ATK

Displaced C.I.A. Spy Uses Twitter To Blast Agency

(Eli Lake)  The Twitter feed belonging to Lynnae Williams at first glance looks like most Twitter feeds. There are tweets about what she is reading (“Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” “Madame Bovary”); tweets about politics (leans towards the Occupy movement); and tweets about food (tuna casserole, carrot-cake muffins). But on closer inspection, the feed features something rare for Twitter

‘KillZimmerman’ Twitter Advocates Violence Against Martin’s Killer

(David Martosko)  On March 24 a “KillZimmerman” Twitter account began publishing calls for violence against George Zimmerman, the self-appointed neighborhood watch captain who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26. Five days later, the account is still on its crusade to avenge Martin. The sender’s initial tweets made his or her aims clear:

Scientists Suggest That Eating Placenta Is Good For You

(Jamie Condliffe)  The entire animal kingdom does it, but most humans become squeamish and pull their faces at the very notion. But now, scientists are suggesting that mothers—and perhaps even fathers—would benefit from eating parts of the placenta following child birth. Yum. A team of researchers from the University at Buffalo has been studying afterbirth ingestion

Leaving Your Apartment To Take Out The Trash May Get You Arrested In N.Y.

(Andrew Jones)  The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) filed a lawsuit against the New York City Police Department (NYPD) Wednesday, alleging that in addition to stopping primarily black and Latino residents in public spaces as part of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program, officers are illegally searching people in private buildings. According to a press release,

George Zimmerman, Son Of A Retired Judge, Has 3 Closed Arrests

(Rolling Out) That’s the question that’s being asked now that more information on Trayvon Martin’s 28-year-old killer is being revealed. Robert Zimmerman, a former Orange County magistrate judge, recently wrote a letter to The Orlando Sentinel defending his son, who’s been dragged through the mud for shooting the unarmed 17-year-old last month. In the letter, the senior Zimmerman asks

FBI Taught Agents They Could Bend Or Suspend The Law

(Spencer Ackerman)  The FBI taught its agents that they could sometimes “bend or suspend the law” in their hunt for terrorists and criminals. Other FBI instructional material, discovered during a months-long review of FBI counterterrorism training, warned agents against shaking hands with “Asians” and said Arabs were prone to “Jekyll & Hyde temper tantrums.” These

Money Moves 5 Doomsayers Are Making Now

They are sentries at the stock market’s wall of worry, warning investors to prepare for another epic crash for debt-laden economies. Yet with U.S. equity markets on a tear since early October, hitting levels not touched in several years, most of Wall Street isn’t seeing much cause for alarm. But investors should be very afraid,

U.S.Trial Program Would Spy on Internet Users To Prevent Animal Abuse

(Stephen C. Webster)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offered an unusual contract (PDF) this month, soliciting bids from private software developers for a trial program that would scour the Internet for detailed information on all animal sales, potential animal welfare abuses and other unlawful economic activities relating to animals within the U.S. In other

Kim Dotcom: US Government Used Megaupload

(Torrent Freak)  Aside from preparing the cases of the Megaupload defendants, a team of lawyers is working hard to grant the site’s users access to their personal data. The cyberlocker is working out a deal with the Department of Justice to allow users to download their personal files. Interestingly enough, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom reveals

Turkish TV Ad Uses Hitler To Sell Shampoo

A Turkish cosmetics company is under fire for featuring Adolf Hitler in a television advert for men’s shampoo, but it continues to run on the country’s state television network despite widespread outrage. The 12-second commercial shows black-and-white footage of Hitler delivering an impassioned speech, dubbed with a high-pitched voice screaming the following words in clipped Turkish: “Why

10 Cults On Facebook

 (Melaine Slaugh)  If your taste in religion or spirituality tends to lean toward the more unconventional side, or if perhaps you’ve misplaced an impressionable, quasi-delusional uncle over the holidays who is likely to get wrapped up in one cult or another, you may be interested in gathering a list of the cults making their presence

Bar Code’s Used To Tattoo Prostitutes In Spain

(Harold Heckle)  Spanish police have arrested 22 alleged pimps in connection with a prostitution ring in Madrid — and some even allegedlytattooed their prostitutes as a sign of “ownership,” the Associated Press reports. The Daily Mail notes one 19-year-old woman held against her will had a bar code and an amount of money tattooed on her wrist by her

Facebook Issues ID Cards For Users

(Cyriaque Lamar)   Given how absurdly ubiquitous Facebook has become (and how they ultimately give fuck-all about your privacy in the grand scheme of things), the folks at FB Bureau have gone ahead and begun printing Facebook identification cards. Quick, jump on the bandwagon before the Like Police come a-knocking! Explains FB Bureau: With more

Blood Money-U.S. Reportedly Paid $50,000 To Families Of Afghanistan Shooting Victims

(Heidi Vogt)  The U.S. paid $50,000 in compensation for each villager killed and $11,000 for each person wounded in a shooting rampage allegedly carried out by a rogue American soldier in southern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said Sunday. The families were told that the money came from President Barack Obama. The unusually large payouts were the

Facebook Condemns Companies That Demand User Logins

(Caleb Garling)  Facebook has spoken out against businesses that demand Facebook usernames and passwords from their employees and prospective hires. “In recent months, we’ve seen a distressing increase in reports of employers or others seeking to gain inappropriate access to people’s Facebook profiles or private information. This practice undermines the privacy expectations and the security

Why You Should Avoid Fast Food At All Costs

(Mike Barrett)  It is no secret that the average American diet is in completely in the slumps. Consuming packaged foods, fast food, artificially enhanced products, and especially low quality cheap food is the norm, but is it any wonder that being overweight while also falling victim to a host of illnesses is also the norm. Being raised in

Trinity Broadcasting Network ‘Funds Owners’ Exorbitant Lifestyle’

(Peter Beaumont)  The world’s largest Christian TV channel, the California-based Trinity Broadcasting Network, has become embroiled in a multimillion dollar financial scandal after members of the family that founded it alleged widespread embezzlement. The claims – by Brittany Koper, whose grandfather Paul Crouch founded TBN, and by Joseph McVeigh, another family member – describe exorbitant

Big Brother Facial Recognition System Scans 36 Million Faces A Second

(Madison Ruppert)  A new system has emerged to process surveillance footage for facial recognition, and it makes much of the previous technology seem like it belongs in the Stone Age, further empowering the Big Brother surveillance state. This is just another front in the rapidly growing surveillance industry which preys upon the fear and paranoia of the American people which has

Military Wants to Implant Tiny ‘Doctors’ In Soldiers’ Bodies

(Live Science)  Disease has stalked battlefields since the dawn of war and continues to plague even the ranks of the modernU.S. military. That’s why the Pengaton’s scientists want to implant tiny particles inside the bodies of soldiers that could diagnose or even treat illness from within. The military’s DefenseAdvanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced its vision for

Obamacare Regulation Calls For Free Sterilization For All College Women

(NaturalNews)  At the prompting of theInstitute of Medicine(IOM), which has already been exposed as playing a covert role in promoting the interests of the military-medical complex , the U.S.Department of Health and Human Services(HHS) has issued new guidelines mandating that all college-age women have free access to sterilization procedures. Building upon the agency’s announcement just

Trayvon Martin Shooter Expelled From Seminole State College

(David Ferguson)  The accused gunman in the shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin has been asked not to return to Seminole State College, where he is currently enrolled, according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel. The Sentinel quotes college officials as saying, “Due to the highly charged and high-profile controversy involving this student, Seminole State has taken the

2012 Pole Shift Data Cover Up

(Modern Survival Blog)  The NOAA National Geophysical Data Center has updated (revised – massaged) their magnetic north pole-shift positional data and has projected the location of the pole through 2015. The pole shift, if you will, continues to race along in the same direction since it dramatically accelerated back in the mid 1990′s. But… NOAA

The Giant, Underestimated Earthquake Threat to North America

(Jerry Thompson)  Just over one year ago, a magnitude-9 earthquake hit the Tohoku region of northeastern Japan, triggering one of the most destructive tsunamis in a thousand years. The Japanese—the most earthquake-prepared, seismically savvy people on the planet—were caught off-guard by the Tohoku quake’s savage power. Over 15,000 people died.  Now scientists are calling attention

Is Someone Trying To Set Off The New Madrid Fault With Tulsa Super Bolt?

(Dan Potter)  It woke up sleepy Tulsans, set-off car alarms and freaked out the family pet. Many people thought it was an earthquake that hit Tulsa at 3:33 this morning. Instead, says National Weather Service Meteorologist Steve Amburn, is was a “Super Bolt.” Amburn says a super bolt is a positively-charged cloud-to-ground stroke of lightning.