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Mar 12

Michigan D.N.R. Plans To Kill Pigs Based On Their Color

(NaturalNews) The state of Michigan is only days away from engaging in what can only be called true “animal genocide” — the mass murder of ranch animals based on the color of their hair. It’s all part of a shocking new “Invasive Species Order” (ISO) put in place by Michigan’sDepartment of Natural Resources(DNR). This Invasive Species Order suddenly and shockingly defines virtually all open-range pigs raised by small family farms to be illegal “invasive species,” and possession of just one of these animals is now a felony crime in Michigan, punishable by up to four years in prison.

The state has said it will “destroy” these pigs beginning in April, potentially byraiding local farms with government-issued rifles, then shooting the pig herds while arresting the members of the family and charging them with the “crime” of raising pigs with the wrong hair color. This may truly be a state-sponsored serial animal killing spree.

Reality check: You may think this story is some kind of early April Fools prank, but it isn’t. This is factually true and verifiable through the documents, videos and websites linked below. The state of Michigan seriously intends to unleash amass murder spree of pigs of the wrong colorbeginning April 1.

Yet these are the very pigs that farmers and ranchers in Michigan have been raisingfor decades. The state doesn’t seem to care about this, and there are indications thatthis ISO may have been nudged into position by the conventional pork industryas a tactic to wipe out its competition of local, specialty ranching conducted by small families and dedicated farmers who don’t work for the big pork corporations. (The Michigan Pork Grower’s Association.)

Hear the shocking interview and watch the family farm video…

I have recorded an exclusive interview withMark BakerfromBaker’s Green Acres– one of many ranching operations threatened with total destruction by state bureaucrats and this new Invasive Species Order. Listen to that interview here:
http://buzz.naturalnews.com/000025-Michigan-pigs-invasive_species.htm…

The Baker family has also recorded a video explaining their farming operation and how the state of Michigan is threatening to destroy their entire farming operation. Watch that stunning video (and spread the word about it) at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=843yH_0RMIA

Mark Baker, by the way, is a veteran of the United States Air Force. As a veteran of the U.S. armed forces, he served to protect the rights of others, yet he now finds his own rights and freedoms under assault by the state of Michigan. He told NaturalNews he is determined to protect his livelihood at all costs and to take a stand against tyranny in Michigan.

Got the wrong hair color? The state of Michigan will kill you

The state of Michigan has issued a document describing nine “traits” of what they call “feral pigs” which they claim should be destroyed on April 1.

Read the document describing those nine traits at:
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/MDNR_DECLARATORY_RULING_2011-12…

Those traits includehaving the wrong color on the tip of the hairor evenbeing born with striped hair. The traits are written so that virtually all pigs raised by family ranchers across the state of Michigan will be targeted for destruction by the state of Michigan starting April 1. Farmers who defend their livestock may be arrested as felons and charged with multiple felony crimes by the state.


Michigan to kill all blacks

Here’s some of the language from the Michigan document describing which animals are to be destroyed. Remember: For a pig to qualify as “feral” according to state tyrants, it only has to exhibit ONE of these traits, not all of them:

1) Bristle-tip coloration: exhibit bristle tips that are lighter in color (e.g., white, cream, or buff) than the rest of the hair shaft.

2) Dark point coloration: exhibits “points” (i.e., distal portions of the snout, ears, legs, and tail) that are dark brown to black in coloration, and lack light-colored tips on the bristles.

3) Coat coloration: exhibit a number of coat coloration patterns:solid black, solid red / brown, black and white spotted, black and red / brown spotted.

4) Underfur: exhibit the presence of underfur that is lighter in color (e.g., smoke gray to brown) than the overlying dark brown to black bristles/guard hairs.

5) Juvenile coat pattern: exhibit striped coat patterns — a light grayish-tan to brown base coat, with a dark brown to black spinal stripe and three to four brown irregular longitudinal stripes with dark margins along the length of the body.

6) Skeletal appearance: Structures include skull morphology, dorsal profile, and external body measurements including tail length, head-body length, hind foot length, ear length, snout length, and shoulder height.

7) Tail structure: Straight tails.

8) Ear structure: Erect ear structure.

9) “Other characteristics not currently known to the MDNR that are identified by the scientific community.”

Did you catch that last one? So now the so-called “scientific community” can simply invent whatever trait they want and the state of Michigan will legalize the mass murder of all ranch animals displaying that trait.

The state of Michigan plans to bring guns to destroy local food, local farms

What’s clear from all this is that Michigan bureaucrats plan to bring guns and handcuffs to ranches all across Michigan, shooting their family livestock dead and ruining their farming operations. They then plan to arrest these ranchers as felons and separate them from their families, then charge them with felony crimes.

This is all being done under the mantra of “government is good! Government protects you!” It’s being pushed under the guise of protecting people from “invasive species,” yet what the Michigan bureaucrats don’t tell anyone is that now your local food producers have had their own ranch animals placed on that list!

That’s the trick here: Michigan has declaredfarm animalsto be an invasive species!

An epic battle of truth, freedom and justice is being waged in Michigan

We need your help to defend farm freedom in Michigan and across the country. Here are some actions you can take:

1) SHARE this article.

2) WATCH the video:http://youtu.be/843yH_0RMIA

3) LISTEN to the interview at:
http://buzz.naturalnews.com/000025-Michigan-pigs-invasive_species.htm…

4) SUPPORT the Farm-To-Consumer Legal Defense Fund:
www.FarmToConsumer.org

4) DONATE to help support the legal fees of the Baker family farm. Their website is atwww.BakersGreenAcres.com

5) DEMAND farm freedom in your area! No government has the right to tell us what food we can or cannot grow, eat or trade! It’s as simple as that, and any government bureaucrat, tyrant or local dictator who thinks they can trample on your God-given right to choose what kind of food you wish to produce or consume is in desperate need of having a boot shoved deeply and forcefully up their rear ends.

Give tyrants the boot! Defend local farms. Even if you don’t eat pork (I don’t), this is still a farm freedom issue worth fighting for.

Read more at:
www.farmtoconsumer.org/michigan-dnr-going-hog-wild.htm
www.BakersGreenAcres.com

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27
Mar 12

Nations Cocaine Supply May Be Infected With Flesh Eating Disease

(Katie Moisse) Cocaine cut with the veterinary drug levamisole could be the culprit in a flurry of flesh-eating disease in New York and Los Angeles.

The drug, used to deworm cattle, pigs and sheep, can rot the skin off noses, ears and cheeks. And over 80 percent of the country’s coke supply contains it.

“It’s probably quite a big problem, and we just don’t know yet how big a problem it really is,” said Dr. Noah Craft, a dermatologist with Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute.

In a case study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Craft describes six cocaine users recently plagued by the dark purple patches of dying flesh. And while they happened to hail from the country’s coastlines, the problem is national.


“It’s important for people to know it’s not just in New York and L.A. It’s in the cocaine supply of the entire U.S.,” Craft said.

Craft is one of several doctors across the country who have linked the rotting skin to tainted coke. The gruesome wounds surface days after a hit because of an immune reaction that attacks the blood vessels supplying the skin. Without blood, the skin starves and suffocates.

Eighty-two percent of seized cocaine contains levamisole, according to an April 2011 report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Why dealers would stretch their stash with levamisole instead of the more traditional fillers, like baking soda, is unclear, although studies in rats suggest the drug acts on the same brain receptors as cocaine. So it might be added to enhance or extend the cocaine’s euphoric effects on the cheap.

Despite the widespread contamination, not all of the country’s cocaine users experience the flesh-rotting reaction. It appears that some are more vulnerable to the tainted cocaine’s effects.

“We don’t know who this is going to happen to,” said Dr. Lindy Fox, the University of California, San Francisco, dermatologist who first connected the gruesome lesions on cocaine users to levamisole. Similarly, some patients have more extreme reactions than others. Fox said she once saw a photo of a man whose entire body, face included, was black with dying flesh.


Once the drug is cleared from the body, the wounds do heal, leaving behind a shiny scar.

Although some people might be more vulnerable to the effects of levamisole, the drug doesn’t discriminate based on race or socioeconomic status.

“Rich or poor, black or white,” anyone who uses cocaine is at risk, Craft said.

As if rotting skin wasn’t enough, levamisole also prevents the bone marrow from producing infection-fighting white blood cells.

“It’s a little bit like having HIV,” said Craft, adding that without medical attention, the condition can be fatal. “About 10 percent of those patients will die from severe infections. They may be walking around like a time bomb.”

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27
Mar 12

Supplement Industry Getting Ready For A Hostile Takeover

(Bill Sardi)  After the Presidential election anticipate what amounts to terrorist attacks upon the dietary supplement industry as regulatory agencies and the news media do the bidding for big business in a predictable industry takeover now that vitamin pills are yielding greater profitability and unit sales growth than the American economy as a whole and drug patent expirations force pharmaceutical companies to search for replacements for their blockbuster drugs.

Proctor & Gamble and Pfizer, two food and drug giants, announced acquisition of two dietary supplement companies, making it clear the vitamin pill business is up for grabs now that it is growing faster than the rest of the economy. One source predicts the supplement industry will grow at the clip of 9% per year during 2011-15. For comparison, the entire US economy is in the doldrums with less than a 2% annual growth rate. This growth is attracting pariahs and predictable pressure from regulatory agencies to rid the industry of competition.


The first part of the strategy has been underway for some time – attack the industry, make false claims products are unsafe, and head off public demand. As big business buys up these supplement companies so they don’t have to pay millions or even billions of dollars for them if sales are hindered by negative publicity. So negative news is generated, unfairly claiming dietary supplements are risky for consumers.

For example, a recent NBC Dateline report, where NBC reporters dug up a 4-year-old case involving a lone derelict company that made a faulty product, was depicted as what is characteristic in the industry. It’s all part of the mud that the news media has been lobbing at the supplement companies for years now.

How big business will swallow the vitamin pill business
It should not be a surprise that big business can get news agencies to do its bidding for them. For example, Proctor & Gamble spends $1 billion a year on advertising. Pfizer spends ~$19 billion a year on marketing and promotion. Ditto for Johnson & Johnson.

These companies have clout and can rub out competition in various ways, including paying off politicians to write legislation that will just make it too difficult for small competitors to survive in the supplement industry.

The New Dietary Ingredient regulations, which the FDA plans to impose, are an example. These regulations require new and existing brands of dietary supplements to undergo costly testing to prove they are safe, even if they have been safely used in the market place for years. Thousands of dietary supplements are likely to disappear from store shelves in the near future due to this requirement.

Another recent example is Rite-Aid drugs stores which hired wellness ambassadors and placed them in white coats to promote the sales of dietary supplements. Apparently drug companies caught wind of this successful strategy that was resulting in consumers purchasing more supplements and fewer drugs. So two US Senators wrote a strong letter to Rite-Aid alleging these wellness ambassadors were wearing white coats, making it appear they are pharmacists. It’s a bogus claim and a clear interference with free trade, but nonetheless any successful strategy to sell dietary supplements instead of drugs is a target for sanctions.

Some attacks against the industry are more direct. Some retail dietary supplement outlets are being raided without justifiable cause and their products confiscated.

As the US becomes less and less of a free market and more of a fascist nation as big business buys off government overseers, the supplement industry can anticipate more pressure from unseen directions.
Big Pharma exerting its will

As a FoxNews report says: “The world’s largest producers of new drugs and medicines are facing an unprecedented time in their history as a record number of patents expire and generic drugs swoop in as more affordable alternatives.” A so-called “patent cliff” has been reached where more and more drug patents are expiring, billions of dollars of blockbuster drugs.

Americans don’t realize the freedoms they have when it comes to dietary supplements. In Europe, dietary supplements are prescription drugs. Once the supplement industry is captured by big business, anticipate legislation that will force vitamin and herbal remedies to be acquired by prescription under the false guise doctors need to monitor use. Many overseas tourists visiting America purchase thousands of dollars of dietary supplements to bring home with them. Foreigners know what it is like for dietary supplements to be restricted.

Why the public continues to take dangerous prescription drugs cannot be easily explained. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more people die from such overdoses than from all illegal drugs combined. Furthermore, accidental prescription drug deaths in the United States each year now outnumber roadway fatalities.

Compare this with the fact there was not a single death associated with a dietary supplement in 2010.

Supplement industry sometimes lives up to its reputation

This is not to say the dietary supplement industry hasn’t gone off in the wrong direction from time to time. The industry has a penchant for selling what is popular, not what works.
Take Sea Silver, a supplement that was avidly purchased by naïve consumers who were desperately searching for natural remedies for a wide array of maladies – 650 of them in all that Sea Silver’s makers said its products cured. The Federal Trade Commission put that company out of business.

Another over-hyped supplement was Coral Calcium, which was no better than a plain calcium carbonate supplement yet it was advertised as a cure-all for many maladies and widely embraced and sold within the dietary supplement industry. Many a health food store posted sidewalk signs outside their establishments saying “Coral Calcium here.” It was an embarrassing moment for the retail supplement industry. For unknown reasons, consumers are susceptible to the most bogus of health claims attached to dietary supplements.

Sleight of hand against supplements

Oftentimes the supplement industry is unfairly accused of selling ineffective products. One of the common sleights of hand is to generate studies that are inherently slanted against supplements. For example, a recent review of the effectiveness of B vitamins and vitamin E showed that randomized clinical trials do not reveal a beneficial effect in reducing cardiovascular disease in humans. But the review also showed that these studies failed to consider confounding factors, that drugs like aspirin and statin drugs reduced or abolished any possibility of observed differences in the number of heart attacks between vitamin pill users and non-users.

Whether you believe supplements are good for you or not, a continued barrage of publicity leads people to believe that supplements are not controlled by the Food and Drug Administration and have the potential to do more harm than good.

The FDA does in fact control the manufacture, labeling, and distribution of supplements. Manufacturers of dietary supplements are subject to legal liability if their products are impure, improperly labeled, result in side effects when properly used or when false or unsubstantiated advertising claims are made. And why is it that the unregulated supplements have a better safety record than the FDA-approved drugs?
You can fool the people only some of the time

You can only fool some of the people some of the time. There is scientific evidence that substantiates the widespread use of supplements that cannot be easily refuted.

The most remarkable is vitamin D, a long overlooked sun-produced hormone/vitamin that is producing striking health benefits, including declines in the risk for cancer and diabetes, as well as a reduction in overall mortality. Vitamin D pills are a 10-cent cure for what ails most people, from the winter blues to osteoporosis and the common cold.

When noted New York Times health reporter Jane E Brody gives vitamin D her blessing (she’s penned a number of negative reports about vitamin supplements in the past), you have really convinced a skeptic.


It doesn’t look like anything can hide the plethora of positive scientific reports now being published about vitamin D. As the public adopts vitamin D pills into their daily health regimens anticipate a measurable improvement in health parameters, a decline in overall mortality that cannot be easily hidden and a revelation that modern medicine has for a long time now been gaming a certain rate of disease into the population by limiting intake of essential nutrients.

The tactics used by big business are not new. A similar consolidation effort was made in the retail gasoline market when California required small independent filling stations to dig out their old underground storage tanks and replace them with double-lined tanks. This was too costly for the independent stations and they folded. Gasoline prices then rose dramatically in California without the price competition. Consumers are surely to lose as the supplement industry is taken over by big business.

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Mar 12

Forgetting to Turn Off Cellphone Before Takeoff May Cost You $10,000 or More

(Fox)  The agency that operates the New York City area’s three major airports wants passengers who don’t turn off their cellphones or tablets before takeoff to pay up or go to court.

The executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Monday the agency is considering levying fines that could reach tens of thousands of dollars for behavior that causes flight delays.

“We think that with the economic costs of delays and with the passenger inconvenience and the effect on our airports’ ability to serve 100 million passengers a year, it’s the right thing to do,” Pat Foye said.

The issue of electronic devices on planes received national publicity in December when Alec Baldwin was kicked off a New York-bound flight in Los Angeles for refusing to turn off his cellphone. Baldwin, who stars on NBC’s “30 Rock,” later issued an apology to fellow American Airlines passengers who were delayed but mocked a flight attendant on Twitter.


The use of electronic devices on planes generally is prohibited during takeoffs and landings, and passengers are warned by public announcements. The Port Authority initiative is believed to be the only one of its kind being contemplated at a domestic airport, but it’s unclear whether the agency would have the power to implement it. News of the Port Authority’s plans was first reported in the New York Post.

According to Foye, Port Authority police last year responded to about 400 calls involving passengers who refused to turn off their electronic devices at John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International airports. Foye said he believes for every one of those episodes there may have been dozens more in which police weren’t called but delays may have ensued.

New York has some of the most crowded airspace in the country, and delays at any of its three major airports can cause havoc around the globe, such as in January 2009 when a security breach closed a terminal for six hours. Flight delays caused by storms in New York often have a ripple effect across the rest of the country.

Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration announced it is looking at ways to test devices to see if they are safe for passengers to use during critical phases of flights such as takeoffs and landings.

Foye said the fines would be targeted primarily at repeat offenders and egregious behavior that causes lengthy delays. He didn’t give specifics on how the fines would be calculated but said the airlines would receive some reimbursement.

“The Port Authority legal department has been looking at options we have for bringing civil litigation, and we’re prepared to bring that,” he said. “We wanted to put people on notice that that is a potential remedy.”

Attorney David Stempfler, head of the Air Travelers Association advocacy group, said there could be jurisdictional issues because, while the Port Authority polices the airports, federal agencies such as the FBI and the Federal Aviation Administration govern what takes place inside airplanes.


“It seems like the injured party here is the airline, not the Port Authority,” he said. “It’s the airline that needs to be taking action against the passengers for doing this. The concept needs to be fleshed out more.”

United Airlines, Newark Liberty airport’s largest tenant, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.

Air traveler Jamie Williams, a resident of Portland, Maine, who was typing on his laptop Monday at a Newark Liberty airport coffee shop, said he favored the Port Authority’s plans even though he hadn’t experienced a delay due to an unruly passenger.

“I would have no problem with that,” he said. “I think it’s a good idea.”

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26
Mar 12

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 that these users include many high-ranking US Government officials.
In the wake of the MegaUpload shutdown many of the site’s userscomplained that their personal files had been lost due to collateral damage.

From work-related data to personal photos, the raid disabled access to hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of files that were clearly not infringing.

With most of the news coverage focusing on Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom and the racketeering, copyright infringement and money laundering charges, the fate of these users hasn’t received the attention it deserves.


By taking down Megaupload many of the site’s users were directly harmed. To resolve this matter Megaupload has been talking to the Department of Justice.

“Megaupload’s legal team is working hard to reunite our users with their data. We are negotiating with the Department of Justice to allow all Mega users to retrieve their data,” Kim Dotcom told TorrentFreak.

Over the past weeks Megaupload has been looking into the various options they have to grant users temporary access. Interestingly enough, this quest revealed that many accounts are held by US Government officials.

“Guess what – we found a large number of Mega accounts from US Government officials including the Department of Justice and the US Senate.”

“I hope we will soon have permission to give them and the rest of our users access to their files,” Dotcom told us.

Megaupload itself is not the only outfit concerned about the lost data of the site’s users. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) took up the issue as well and launched theMegaRetrieval campaign to make an inventory of disadvantaged users.

Thus far EFF hasn’t made a decision on how to move forward, which will in part depend on the outcome of the negotiations between Megaupload and the Department of Justice.

“EFF continues to identify more people who have lost access to legitimate personal files. Our goal is to help them get their files back as quickly and efficiently as possible,” EFF staff attorney Julie Samuels told TorrentFreak.


Megaupload users who’re missing vital data, including US Government officials, can contact the EFF at [email protected]

Aside from securing user data, EFF is extremely worried about the consequences the Megaupload case has on other file-hosting services.

“In general we are very concerned about the implications the ‘Mega conspiracy’ indictment has for the future of cloud computing and file-hosting services, and innovation more generally. It’s hard to imagine how the nature in which this went down won’t have a chilling effect going forward. We hope to come up with processes for future cases that will counteract that,” Samuels said.

It is expected that in the coming week more news will come out about an eventual resurrection of Megaupload, so users can download their personal files.

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Mar 12

Turkish TV Ad Uses Hitler To Sell Shampoo

(Spiegel)  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 are you using woman’s shampoo if you’re not wearing a woman’s dress? Now there’s the hundred percent men’s shampoo Biomen. A real man uses Biomen.”

Media reports said that Turkish state television has so far declined to remove the commercial, despite criticism from Jewish groups in Turkey and abroad. The US-based Anti-Defamation League released a statement saying it was “repulsed” at the commercial.

“The use of images of the violently anti-Semitic dictator who was responsible for the mass murder of 6 million Jews and millions of others in the Holocaust to sell shampoo is a disgusting and deplorable marketing ploy,” Abraham Foxman, the ADL’s national director, said in a statement.

 

“It is an insult to the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust, those who survived, and those who fought to defeat the Nazis. This video is just the latest example of the use of Holocaust imagery in some countries to sell commercial products, which has contributed to the trivialization of and desensitization to the unparalleled horrors of the Holocaust,” it continued.

“There can never be any justifiable purpose for using the images of Hitler, Nazis or any other depiction of the Nazi killing machine to sell products or services.”

Not the First Example

Meanwhile, Turkish newspaper Hürriyet described the advert as irresponsible and tasteless. There have been numerous instances of Hitler and the Nazi era being used in advertizing campaigns in recent years, though.


Earlier this year, a gym in Dubai ran a promotional campaign for fitness classes using an image of Auschwitz under the caption: “Kiss your calories goodbye.” After a storm of protest, it stopped the online campaign and donated money to charity.

In 2011, an Austrian entrepreneur came under investigation for selling “Hitler Schnaps” with a photo of the dictator on the label.

In 2010, a clothing store in Sicily was criticized for showing a photo montage of Hitler dressed in pink with the caption: “Change your style. Don’t follow yor leader.”

And in 2009, a controversial German health education campaign focused on the prevention of HIV/AIDS by featuring Hitler having sex.

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26
Mar 12

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 known in social media so that you know exactly what it is that you’re up against. Hang in there, Uncle Elwood, help is on the way. Here’s a list of ten examples of cults using Facebook:


    1. Scientology – Tom Cruise may beg to differ on this one, but then we aren’t proclaiming Scientology to be a cult while jumping up and down on Oprah’s couch either, so there’s that. Anyway, this group has been brainwashingauditing heads since 1953; all in hopes of helping you remember your true nature.
    2. Heaven’s Gate – We thought this cult had died off (ba-dum-bump), but apparently reports of  its demise were grossly exaggerated and it hasn’t quite kicked the bucket yet. Instead it’s still encouraging members to learn and rise to the next stage of existence. Not surprisingly, its Facebook profile lists the TV show UFO Hunters among its likes.
    3. Unification Church –  Sun Myung Moon’s version of Christianity, this church began in Korea back in the 1940′s. One of the tenets of the Divine Principle for Moonies states that Lord of the second coming must be Korean-born, circa early 20th century.
    4. Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints  (FLDS) – This group splintered from the Mormon church due to its holding to the belief in polygamy, a practice which the Mormon church officially suspended.
    5. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  (LDS) – The official Facebook profile for the Mormon church, a religious movement that began based on visions of Joseph Smith in Upstate New York. This one is very much alive and thriving. The church’s headquarters reside in Salt Lake City, Utah now, but there are locations worldwide for believers to attend.


  1. Desteni – Destonians, as they refer to themselves, are a group that believes there will one day be a world financial collapse. At that time, they will rise to power, and institute an “equal money system”.
  2. Israelite Church of God and Jesus Christ – A religious sect, also known as Black Hebrew Israelites. They claim to be the true Biblical Jews, and to be racially superior to Caucasians, having divine inspiration and destiny.
  3. Ordo Templi Orientis – Let’s be clear, this links to the unofficial fan page of the organization founded in the early 20th century. Aleister Crowley, the English author and proclaimed Satanist, was a member. “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law” is the group’s credo.
  4. Creativity Movement – A white supremacist cult who believe in racial eugenics and deny the Holocaust ever happening. Some members have been involved in terrorist plots against Black and Jewish landmarks in Boston, and murder plots against judicial figures.
  5. Hare Krishna – ISKCON – You may remember this group for their ubiquity at airports across the nation back in the 70′s. Yellow-robed, shaved head devotees of Krishna chanting blissfully while panhandling for their god, Krishna.

26
Mar 12

Top Secret Visa Data Center Banks On Security, Even Has Moat

(Jon Swartz)  Prisons are easier to enter than Visa’s top-secret Operations Center East, its biggest, newest and most advanced U.S. data center.

The 8-acre facility looks like any other industrial park in a sleepy suburb. But the serene setting masks hundreds of cameras and a crack team of former military personnel. Hydraulic bollards beneath the road leading to the OCE can be quickly raised to stop an intruding car going 50 mph. Any speed faster, and the car can’t navigate a hairpin turn, sending it into a drainage pond that functions as a modern-day moat.


The data center resembles a fortress, with dogged attention to detail. It can withstand earthquakes and hurricane-force winds of up to 170 mph. A 1.5-million-gallon storage tank cools the system. Diesel generators onsite have enough power, in the event of an outage, to keep the center running for nine days. They generate enough electricity for 25,000 households.

Once you get clearance from a guard station, get an OK from a roving security guy in a golf cart, and surrender a photo and fingerprint inside, the adventure begins.

There are plenty of reasons for the airtight security. Billions, in fact.

In an era when mobile purchases on smartphones and tablets are expected to grow 73% to $11.6 billion in the U.S. this year, security is a necessary obsession at OCE — and an acknowledgment of the perils posed by profit-minded hackers.

Mobile payments are just a trickle of the more than 200 million daily transactions processed here and at one other Visa data center in North America.

“We’re at the forefront of data centers,” says Rick Knight, head of global systems operations and engineering. “Now everyone has to do it.”

The fortress is home to the facility’s 130 workers, who are entrusted with the arduous task of keeping hackers out and the network up.

OCE is a “Tier 4″ center, a certification from data center research organization Uptime Institute that requires that every mainframe, air conditioner and battery have a backup.

To meet such lofty standards, Visa has poured hundreds of millions of dollars annually into developing state-of-the-art risk-management technology. VisaNet’s services include transaction risk scoring, data encryption and transaction alerts. It all adds up to highly accurate models to identify and address potential fraudulent deals before they’re concluded. That has contributed in great part to global fraud rates of just 6 cents per $100 spent, according to Visa.


Visa’s core-transaction network is private, immune — the company says — from Internet dangers such as denial-of-service attacks by the likes of Anonymous. When hackers took down Visa’s corporate website in 2010, for example, it had no impact on the core network.

Data about data centers

More than half of the world’s 13,000 large data centers are in the U.S., according to market researcher Gartner. It estimates $22 billion will be spent on new centers worldwide this year, after growth sputtered during the recession.

Data centers are increasingly in vogue as demand for digital data explodes with the popularity of cloud computing, tablets and smartphones. Google, Facebook and Apple are among the large tech companies that built their data centers in rural areas to save on land and power.

“Physical security is the foundation where you start,” says John Thielens, chief security officer of Axway, a business-software vendor. “If you can afford it, build a data center. The big guys build their own.”

At the same time, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and others have plunged into the business of managing data centers for corporate clients, says Philip Russom, a research director for The Data Warehousing Institute. Amazon.com says it offers cloud-based “data centers for rent.”

“The growth in data center construction is very much tied to the growth in the amount of data which needs to be stored and delivered to businesses and consumers,” says Rakesh Shah, director of product marketing and strategy at data-security firm Arbor Networks.

Visa is loath to say how much it spent to build its data center, but a conservative estimate is probably hundreds of millions of dollars, based on construction costs and equipment housed at the facility.

Once inside, visitors encounter a “mantrap” portal, which requires a badge and biometric image of the right index finger to gain access to the data center. The digital image is necessary to pass through a phalanx of shatter-resistant glass doors.

A NASA-like command center, with a 40×20-foot wall of screens and 42 firewalls, monitors the company’s worldwide network, which Visa says processes 2,500 transactions per second.

Inside the fortress

The data center’s main corridor is about three football fields long, connecting seven 20,000-square-foot rooms called pods.

Two pods contain Visa’s core network, a third its corporate networks, and the fourth, development work. A fifth pod handles Visa’s new mobile platforms, such as the recently acquired Fundamo, a mobile financial services platform. Two dormant pods await expansion.


Pods 4 and 5 are the brains of the network, a blur of hard drives spinning and fans whirring amid rows of IBM mainframes, Cisco Systems switches and EMC and Hitachi storage arrays. They’re all connected by 3,000 miles of cable — enough to traverse the country.

“Yeah, this place is pretty impressive, but there’s a lot at stake (in terms of security),” Knight says. “We need to keep things safe.”

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Mar 12

Another Teen Allegedly Shot, Killed By Apartment Security Guards In Atlanta

(WSBTV) DeKalb police are investigating the overnight shooting of an 18-year-old allegedly killed by apartment security guards.

The family of Ervin Jefferson said they don’t believe their loved one was killed by the guards at a nearby apartment complex because the teen was not only shot, but he was run over by a car, Channel 2’s Sophia Choi reported from the scene.

The guards, who were on duty at The Village at Wesley Chapel Apartments, told police they were checking out a suspicious car at about 10:30 p.m. when they heard gunfire coming from Jefferson’s home on Pleasant Wood Drive, just a short distance away from the complex.


The guards told police they saw Jefferson exit the home, and walk toward them aggressively, while making threats to kill.  That’s when the guards drew their weapons and fired at the teen, hitting him in the chest, police said.

The guards told police they heard more gunfire coming from the house, so they ran back to the complex, where they met police.

Investigators are still interviewing those guards, but the victim’s family insists that the so-called shooters did not kill the teen, whose family said was unarmed when the incident occurred. The family said if the guards actually did kill Jefferson, they are lying about what happened.


“For one thing, the car was completely on top of him covered,” Jefferson’s uncle, Dana Davis said.  “His whole body was covered.  We have yet to see his body.  No body.”

Return for updates at WSBTV.com and Channel 2 Action News Sunday.

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26
Mar 12

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 pimp. Sex workers were allegedly inked with the distinct marks after escape attempts to denote their “owners” and how much money they owed their pimps, the paper writes. The freed woman claims to have been whipped, chained to a radiator and having had her hair and eyebrows shaved off as punishment from her illicit proprietor, according to the AP.


Police are referring to the gang as the “bar code pimps,” according to reports, and 22 suspected pimps have been arrested, all of Romanian nationality. In addition to the arrests, police seized more than $185,000 in cash, illegal firearms, swords, machetes, gold jewelry and luxury vehicles, CNN notes.

One of the ring leaders, by the name of Iancu T., was also wanted in his country for crimes related to prostitution, La Razón reports. Iancu allegedly made false promises of legitimate work to women to ensnare them, only to force the women into prostitution in various clubs throughout the community of Madrid as well as along Calle Montera, a street in central Madrid. According to Spanish newspaper ABCCalle Montera holds an infamous reputation for hosting dozens of prostitutes at all hours in the heart of Spain’s capital.

Iancu and the two clans implicated in the bust often called their sex slaves “packages,” “suitcases” and “bicycles,” according to CNN. The pimps monitored their “packages” on Calle Montera from a number of apartments they owned and used for turning tricks, La Razón notes.


AP reports sex trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry in Spain, where the legalities of prostitution fall into a legal grey area. Pimping is outlawed, while prostitution is not regulated. Most of Spain’s sex laborers are poor immigrants from South America, Africa and Eastern Europe.

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25
Mar 12

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!

Facebook ID Card

Facebook ID Card

Explains FB Bureau:

With more than 800 million users Facebook is the dominant identity system on the web. When signing-up for new services around the open web it’s quite common to use Facebook Connect instead of creating a new user account. People stop ranting on blog comments because they only allow comments connected to your “real name” aka “Facebook Identity” (till the end of time). For the good or bad we are losing anonymity and Facebook Inc. is establishing order in this “world wild web” (for profit, not necessarily for the good of society).

 

Governments like Germany have released new passports that offer online identity checks as well, but they will likely never succeed with their technologies given the already existing structure of Facebook, powered by laziness (or convenience). The other way around though – A future where a Facebook Identity becomes more important than any governments’ doesn’t seem unrealistic.

You can pick these up in Berlin on March 2 and Amsterdam on March 16.

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25
Mar 12

Google Wants To Listen To Your Phone Calls To Promote Ads

(Drew Olanoff)  Just when you think that we’re pretty tech savvy, companies like Google and Nokia file outlandish “forward-thinking” patents that make you feel like we’re all in a Star Trek episode. In the case of Google’s latest patent, it makes us feel like we’re in a police state.

The patent discusses the technology to analyze the background noise during your phone call and serve up ads for you based on the environmental conditions Google picks up on. Yeah, that’s creepy.


While Google isn’t technically “listening” to your calls, meaning there isn’t someone on the other line listening to your conversation, the fact that the company could unleash technology that monitors our calls in real-time is weird. Here’s some of the information on the patent, titled “Advertising based on environmental conditions”

Information about an environmental condition of a remote device is received, the environmental condition being determined based on a signal output from a sensor of the remote device or a sensor coupled to the remote device. An advertisement is identified based on the environmental condition, and the advertisement is provided to the remote device.

A pretty basic example of what Google could do with this technology is that it could serve you ads if you’re making a phone call in a place where there’s inclement weather. If Google were to pick up on rain in the background of your call, they could serve you ads for umbrellas.

In addition to this patent including the background noises of phone calls, it also talks about the backgrounds of photos and videos you’ve taken as well. So if you took a picture in the snow, you might be shown ads for snow shovels. That’s not as creepy sounding as the phone call portion, though:


A computer-implemented method comprising: receiving, from a computing device, a search request comprising (i) information about a first environmental condition of the computing device, and (ii) one or more search terms; parsing the search request; selecting, from the search request based on parsing, the information about the first environmental condition; identifying an advertisement based on the first environmental condition and at least one of the one or more search terms; providing the advertisement to the computing device; receiving one or more of an audio signal, an image signal, or a video signal from a sensor of the computing device; and determining a second environmental condition based on the one or more of the audio signal, the image signal, or the video signal.

As you know, submitting patents doesn’t necessarily mean that the company will do anything with the technology, however, Google is the undisputed king of online advertising, so I wouldn’t put it past them.

What do you think? Is Google taking our privacy too lightly? Let us know what you think about all of this in the comments.

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25
Mar 12

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 latest move by the White House to mend relations with the Afghan people after the killings threatened to shatter already tense relations.

Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is accused of sneaking off his base on March 11, then creeping into houses in two nearby villages and opening fire on families as they slept.

The killings came as tensions between the U.S. and Afghanistan were strained following the burning of Qurans at a U.S. base in February. That act – which U.S. officials have acknowledged was a mistake – sparked riots and attacks that killed more than 30 people, including six American soldiers.

There have been no violent protests following the March 11 shootings in Kandahar province’s Panjwai district, but demands for justice on Afghan terms have been getting louder since Bales was flown out of the country to a U.S. military prison. Many Afghans in Kandahar have continued to argue that there must have been multiple gunmen and accused the U.S. government of using Bales as a scapegoat.



U.S. investigators believe the gunman returned to his base after the first attack and later slipped away to kill again.

That would seem to support the U.S. government’s assertion that the shooter acted alone, since the killings would have been perpetrated over a longer period of time than assumed when Bales was detained outside his base in Kandahar province’s Panjwai district.

But it also raises new questions about how the suspect could have carried out the pre-dawn attacks without drawing attention from any Americans on the base.

Bales has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and other crimes and could face the death penalty if convicted.

The families of the dead received the money Saturday at the governor’s office, said Kandahar provincial council member Agha Lalai. He and community elder Jan Agha confirmed the payout amounts.

Survivors previously had received smaller compensation payments from Afghan officials – $2,000 for each death and $1,000 for each person wounded.

Two U.S. officials confirmed that compensation had been paid but declined to discuss exact amounts, saying only that the payments reflected the devastating nature of the incident. The officials spoke anonymously because of the sensitivity of the subject.

A spokesman for NATO and U.S. forces, Lt. Col. Jimmie Cummings, said only that coalition members often make compensation payments, but they are usually kept private.

“As the settlement of claims is in most cases a sensitive topic for those who have suffered loss, it is usually a matter of agreement that the terms of the settlement remain confidential,” Cummings said.

However, civilian death compensations are occasionally made public. In 2010, U.S. troops in Helmand province said they paid $1,500 to $2,000 if a civilian was killed in a military operation and $600 to $1,500 for a serious injury. The Panjwai shootings are different because they were not part of a sanctioned operation, but it is a distinction lost on many Afghans who see any civilian deaths as criminal.


The provided compensation figures would mean that at least $866,000 was paid out in all. Afghan officials and villagers have counted 16 dead – 12 in the village of Balandi and four in neighboring Alkozai – and six wounded. The U.S. military has charged Bales with 17 murders without explaining the discrepancy.

The 38-year-old soldier, who is from Lake Tapps, Wash., is accused of using his 9mm pistol and M-4 rifle to kill four men, four women, two boys and seven girls, then burning some of the bodies. The ages of the children were not disclosed in the charge sheet.

Bales is being held in a military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. The mandatory minimum sentence if he is convicted is life imprisonment with the chance of parole. He could also receive the death penalty.

Families of the dead declined to comment on any payments by U.S. officials on Sunday, but some said previously that they were more concerned about seeing the perpetrator punished than money.

Kandahar is the birthplace of the Taliban and remains a dangerous area despite several offensives.

In the latest violence, a bomb struck a joint NATO-Afghan foot patrol in Kandahar’s Arghandab district late Saturday, killing nine Afghans and one international service member, according to Shah Mohammad, the district administrator.

Arghandab is a farming region just outside Kandahar city that has long provided refuge for Taliban insurgents. It was one of a number of communities around Kandahar city that were targeted in a 2010 sweep to oust the insurgency from the area.

The Afghan dead included one soldier, three police officers, four members of the Afghan “local police” – a government-sponsored militia force – and one translator, Mohammad said.

NATO reported earlier Sunday that one of its service members was killed Saturday in a bomb attack in southern Afghanistan but did not provide additional details. It was not clear if this referred to the same incident, as NATO usually waits for individual coalition nations to confirm the details of deaths of their troops.

 

Associated Press Writer Robert Burns contributed to this report from Washington

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Mar 12

Gay Court Case Could Destroy Freedom Of Speech

(Bob Unruh)  One of the nation’s leading legal organizations is defending an evangelical pastor who was sued over his speech by a foreign group under a law that usually is used to target torture, genocide, war crimes and summary executions.

“This lawsuit against Rev. Scott Lively is a gross attempt to use a vague international law to silence, and eventually criminalize, speech by U.S. citizens on homosexuality and moral issues,” said Mathew Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel.

Liberty Counsel will represent Lively in the case brought in federal court in Massachusetts by a foreign group called Sexual Minorities of Uganda.

The premise for the lawsuit is the Alien Tort Statute, which provides a cause of action for violations of international laws that are “specific, universal, and obligatory.”

According to Liberty Counsel, courts have found torture, cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment; genocide; war crimes; crimes against humanity; summary execution, prolonged arbitrary detention; and forced disappearance to be actionable under the ATS.

The Ugandans allege that beginning in 2002, Lively preached in Ugandan churches and shared his opinion on homosexuality and pornography.

“It further claims that as a result (albeit a convoluted one), some members of the so-called LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex) community faced discrimination, and one (SMUG Advocacy Director David Kato) was killed on January 26, 2011,” Liberty Counsel reported. “The suit leaves out the fact that the suspected killer is a male prostitute with which Kato had sex and refused to pay.”

Everything you think you know about Nazis and homosexuals is wrong. Read Scott Lively’s controversial bestseller, “The Pink Swastika.”

“This suit should cause everyone to be concerned, because it is a direct threat against freedom of speech,” Staver said.

Liberty Counsel’s announcement said the suit “is a direct attempt to silence Rev. Lively because of his speech about homosexuality and pornography.”

The Supreme Court recently heard Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum on the issue of whether the ATS allows corporations to be sued. Following oral argument, the court ordered a new briefing and will rehear the case in the fall on the broader question of whether and “under what circumstances the Alien Tort Statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1350, allows courts to recognize a cause of action for violations of the law of nations occurring within the territory of a sovereign other than the United States.”

Liberty Counsel said the case against Lively “is an example of why the ATS should not be used to allow a foreigner to file suit against a U.S. citizen in the United States, claiming a violation of some vague international norm allegedly committed in the foreigner’s home country.”

“I am an American citizen [being targeted] over the persecution of homosexuals as they define it as a crime against humanity – for speaking the truth of the Bible in a foreign country,” Lively, of Abiding Truth Ministries, told WND shortly after the action was filed.

It was brought by lawyers with the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, which the New York Times described as left-leaning.

The New York lawyers claim Lively contributed to a “conspiracy to persecute LGBTT persons in Uganda.”

The lawyers claim Lively “and co-conspirators, [Ugandans Stephen] Langa, [Martin] Ssempa, Minister of Ethics and Integrity James Buturo and Member of Parliament David Bahail coordinated a dramatic, far-reaching” campaign.

“Frankly, I don’t think this is actionable,” Lively told WND. “They make it clear that this suit is … premised on speeches or writings.

Lively said he spoke to members of Parliament in their assembly hall and advised them to focus on therapy and not punishment for homosexuality.

“What they’re suggesting here is that the duly elected legislative representatives of Uganda, the cream of Ugandan society, cannot be responsible for their own [legislative] actions – that they adopted legislation because a white evangelical came and said something to them,” he said.

An attorney for the Ugandans alleged in an interview with the Times that the case is based on Lively’s conduct, not Lively’s speech. Cited in the case are a number of Lively’s comments and statements.

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Mar 12

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 this era of poor health makes it difficult to know what is truly healthy and unhealthy. Food has drastically changed since decades ago, and so parents often aren’t aware of the severe decline in food quality. Fast food in particular is one of the primary reasons for the drastic health decline seen today.

 

If you haven’t already, take a couple of hours to watch the documentaries Super Size Me or Fast Food Nation. After watching these films, you can see first hand how fast food causes severe damage to your body – even if you don’t consume it for every meal of every day like in one of the films. Fast food is nothing but a concoction of harmful and health-damaging chemicals which can easily be understood if you were to think for a moment how any restaurant could offer a double cheeseburger for only $1.



Most recently it was uncovered that these $1 cheeseburgers, along with the rest of McDonald’s’ beef and chicken, were actually harnessing ‘pink slime’ scrap meat covered with ammonium hydroxide. Not only does this fake meat provide no nutritional value at all, but it is chemically contaminated from ammonia, the toxic cleaning agent found under the sink. The meat is actually fat trimmings and connective tissue that are separated from the bone – scrap meat that is not fit for human consumption. The ammonia treatment is in response to the danger of contamination from salmonella or E. coli, but the scrap meats themselves are more likely to contain pathogens. Despite the chemical treatment, the meat is still in the line of fire for contamination.

Additionally, McDonald’s McNuggets contain 7 different ingredients making up the ‘meat’, many of which contain sub-ingredients. Instead of using real meat, the ingredient list utilizes sodium phosphate, safflower oil, wheat starch, dextrose, and autolyzed yeast extract – a particularly dangerous substance very similar to the toxic MSG. Along side with these ingredients comes the use of dimethylpolysiloxane, a silicon substance used as an anti-foaming agent and often found in breast implants and silly putty.

Of course the use of these ingredients is not limited only to McDonald’s. In fact, all of the fast food restaurants are guilty of using them. The worst part? They are aware of the destructive nature behind these ingredients, but truly couldn’t care any less. The truth behind such a statement can be exemplified by Taco Bell’s attempt to create a drive-thru diet where individuals would supposed to lose weight by eating fast food. It was only a few years ago when Taco Bell announced the “Drive-Thru Diet”, where they showcased their foods low in fat. But what they don’t tell you is that even if their food has 9 grams of fat, it is still made up of numerous ingredients contributing to the global health decline.

While the reasons for the influx of fast food consumption are many, one primary one is the usage of psychological advertising. Being one of the most powerful tools to reach both the conscious and subconscious, advertising plays a huge role in how society is ran today, and that includes which foods we eat. What’s more, children are much more influenced by what they see and hear, and research proves it. A study conduced late in 2011 showed that 71 percent of children will choose junk food like french fries over apple slices when given coupons for each of them. The number dropped only to 55 percent when parents encouraged children to choose the apple slices. But the desired reach does not stop at direct advertising and influence.


new children’s educational book has recently been launched by the Council for Biotechnology Information, educating young children on the ‘numerous benefits’ of genetically modified food. Of course genetically modified food has time and time again been shown to cause human and environmental harm, but still the attempt to brainwash young children is carelessly made. The advertising for such food is also heavily tied in with fast food, as virtually all fast food is constructed with genetically modified food and ingredients.

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Mar 12

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 spending on mansions in California, Tennessee and Florida, private jets and even a $100,000-mobile home to house the dogs of Crouch’s flamboyant wife, Janice.

The network, which claims to broadcast in every continent except the Antarctic and has 18,000 affiliates, was set up by Crouch in the 1970s and preaches a so-called “prosperity gospel” which promises material rewards to those who give generously.

 

Two years ago it declared a net worth of over $800m (£504m) although in recent years it has faced increasing financial problems.

Details of the claims are contained in cases filed with the California courts by McVeigh, who says he was targeted by the network, and 26-year-old Koper, who was fired in September.

According to the lawsuit, reported in a number of US newspapers, Paul Crouch Sr obtained a $50m luxury jet for his personal use through a “sham loan”, while church funds – many of which come from donations during events like its “Praise-a-thons” – paid for the mobile home housing his wife’s dogs.

The suit filed by Joseph McVeigh makes the most damning allegations claiming: “unlawful and unreported income distributions to Trinity Broadcasting’s directors” including “multiple jet aircraft, including a $50m Global Express luxury jet aircraft purchased for the personal use of the Crouches through a sham loan … as well as an $8m Hawker jet aircraft purchased by Trinity Broadcasting for the personal use of director Janice Crouch.”



It also describes the purchase of “multiple motor vehicles, including a $100,000 motor home purchased by Trinity Broadcasting as a mobile residence for director Janice Crouch’s dogs”.

Directors of the network are also accused of misusing funds to cover up sexual scandals.

The sexual scandals listed in court papers include the alleged “cover-up and destruction of evidence concerning a bloody sexual assault involving Trinity Broadcasting and affiliated Holy Land Experience employees; the cover-up of director Janice Crouch’s affair with a staff member at the Holy Land Experience; the cover-up of director Paul Crouch’s use of Trinity Broadcasting funds to pay for a legal settlement with Enoch Lonnie Ford (a former TBN employee who said he had a homosexual affair with [founder] Paul Crouch).”

Brittany Koper, the network’s former finance director, was fired last autumn – she claims after she discovered the extent of the financial wrongdoing at the network.

Brittany Koper’s lawsuit follows one launched by the church against her – later dismissed – which alleged that Koper and her husband used forged documents to embezzle funds to buy cars, jewellery and a fishing boat.

“She blew the whistle and got terminated,” Koper’s lawyer Tymothy MacLeod, told the LA Times. “Brittany has done the right thing. It’s admirable that someone on the inside of TBN has come forward and is revealing to the world exactly what is going on behind those closed doors.”

“These large ministries, they do become family enterprises … and in many ways that can be a most precarious problem for them,” David E. Harrell, a professor emeritus of American religion at Auburn University, who has written about well-known televangelists told Associated Press. “Business squabbles, if they’re complicated with family squabbles, can get nasty indeed.”

TBN is no stranger to outside scrutiny.

In 1998, the elder Crouch secretly paid an accuser $425,000 to keep quiet about allegations of a homosexual encounter. Crouch Sr has consistently denied the allegations, which were first reported by the Los Angeles Times, and has said he settled only to avoid a costly and embarrassing trial.

In 2000, after a five-year battle, a federal appeals court overturned a ruling by the FCC that found Crouch had created a “sham” minority company to get around limits on the number of TV stations he could own.

The network’s lawyer has denied the allegations calling the McVeigh lawsuit a “tabloid filing” accusing McVeigh and the Kopers of working together to steal from the ministry.

He added that the Crouches travel by private jet because they have had “scores of death threats, more than the president of the United States”.

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Mar 12

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 been instilled by the government through the Department of Homeland Security and their allied entities.

Perhaps the only system that can compete with this blazing fast technology is the facial recognition systems being developed for military drones, which incorporate three-dimensional models of the target’s face. This method allows for even less of the target’s face to be visible while still being able to positively identify them.

The novel system developed by Hitachi Kokusai Electric of Japan is able to process video footage faster and more flexibly any previous technology could allow, thus enabling an even faster response to positive identification.

The system was displayed at the Security Show Expo in Japan and it is capable of processing a wide range of information including both still images and video footage.

It is capable of recognizing faces in real-time, or at least as close to real-time as possible, as it is able to compare a target’s face to a stunning 36 million different faces every second.

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Mar 12

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 implantable “nanosensors” on March 15. Such tiny sensors would be based on nanoparticles thousands of times smaller than the width of a human hair — a watchful swarm of molecules inside soldiers’ bodies that could monitor their health around the clock and keep them healthy on the most remote battlefields.

Solving the problem of sickness could have a huge impact on the number of soldiers ready to fight, because far more have historically died due to illness rather than combat. Even in modern times, battle injuries have accounted for only 20 percent of medical evacuations from Iraq — the U.S. military had to evacuate four times as many troops because of disease and nonbattle injuries.

The futuristic idea might prove especially helpful for U.S. Special Forces who must operate far from any immediate medical help. Nanosensors could alert Special Forces operators if they become exposed to an infectious disease or simply push their bodies beyond their physical limits.



“For military Special Forces the practical realization of implantable nanosensors capable of monitoring multiple indicators of physiological state could be a truly disruptive innovation,” according to DARPA’s announcement.

This first announcement focuses on creating nanoparticles capable of diagnosing diseases, but DARPA expects to launch a second effort focused on treatment in late 2012. Once it gathers proposals from private companies and academic researchers, it can begin moving forward with animal trials that might eventually lead to human clinical trials.

DARPA’s announcement also emphasizes that any tiny sensors based on nanoparticles must avoid harming their hosts because of any unknown material or particle effects on the human body. That issue of nanoparticle safety and the perils of small stuff are still being studied by researchers.

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Mar 12

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 a few weeks prior that all private insurance companies would be required to provide contraceptive services, including sterilization, to patients as part of Obamacare (http://www.naturalnews.com), the new sterilization guidelines will reportedly apply to all women of college age, regardless of whether or not they are enrolled in college, and to all health plans.

Even private or religious colleges that morally object to providing abortion drugs and procedures, which are also included in the mandate, will be required to provide access to these services under their health insurance plans. According to HHS, forcing this mandate somehow constitutes “consumer protection,” and the agency actually claims that requiring Christian colleges, for instance, to provide health care coverage that includes these questionable services constitutes “religious liberty.”

The mandate, which was published in theFederal Registeron March 21, 2012, was crafted by IOM and reportedly adopted verbatim by HHS. As to the reason for the mandate, HHS has stated that “the HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) Guidelines require coverage, without cost sharing, for ‘[a]ll Food and Drug Administration [(FDA)] approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity,’ as prescribed by a provider.”

When questioned about the legitimacy of the mandate at a recent meeting with reporters at the U.S. Capitol, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) claimed ignorance on the matter. In a statement, Hoyer said he did not know anything about the sterilization mandate, but also stated that he did not support such an idea (http://cnsnews.com).

In protest of the mandate, defenders of religious freedom plan to hold simultaneous rallies at 140 cities across the country on March 23, 2012 at noon. The cities involved with thisNationwide Rally for Religious Freedominclude St. Louis, Missouri; Davenport, Iowa; Redding, California; and Las Vegas, Nevada. You can view a complete list of cities here:http://standupforreligiousfreedom.com/locations/

Sources for this article include:

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2012pres/03/20120316g.html

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