5 things you do on Facebook (because you're too stupid too know better), I remember when people knew that giving out too much information could get you in trouble, maybe even killed. For example, a latch-key kid at home alone would get in trouble if they told a caller or visitor that their parents were gone. The phrase was usually "he/she's in the bathroom" or "he/she's asleep". The idea was to not let people know that they were alone. It was the only time a child was given permission to lie, and it prevented robberies and possible abductions. You see, keeping your information to yourself was a good thing.

Nowadays, as I look through Facebook, I wonder how people are willing give up so much of their personal information. There's so much "tmi" going on, I put together a list of my top five things people should stop sharing on Facebook.

1. Stop complaining about your boss/job/co-workers

If you're lucky enough to be able to get on Facebook at the job, please stop telling us how big of an idiot your boss is. Your boss is a person too, and probably has a Facebook page. And look, we know that your co-worker smells like feet and throw-up. All co-workers smell like feet and throw-up. Finally, don't diss your job's policies. The last thing you want is someone in charge seeing you bash their mission statement online.

2. Stop posting your kids' information

You know, some people you just can't talk to about this. If I had my way, my children wouldn't be on the internet at all. Since that isn't the case, I do have a major caveat for those of you who plaster your babies' faces all over Facebook. Those of you whose young children are old enough to know their name: stop putting their names on Facebook. I know, you gotta have a name to go with the face, but if I were a pedophile, I'd clean up. You not only give me their names, but you tell me what school they go to. Now, all I need to do is go up there armed with a name and a face, and do my thing.

3. Stop checking in everywhere

Really? Do I need to know that you're at T&D beauty supply? You must don't care about people rolling up on you everywhere you go? What if someone on your friend's list hates your guts, and you check into a place that they can get to before you leave? You just might get yourself in some trouble. Oh! and stop checking in at home and calling it "the spot" or "the crib" or something like that. Your home address? Really? Not to mention that pedophile from #2 might be waiting to get that kid whose name and face he already knows.

4. Stop giving home tours

If you're not on MTV doing it, don't do it on Facebook. Yeah, I know it seems cool to show everyone your jewelry and money and televisions and how many rooms you got, but the last thing you want to do is give people a friggin' layout of your home. You might as well invite everybody over to see for themselves.

5. Stop telling everyone the details of your vacation

It doesn't stop there though. Your "I'm going on vacation" is more like this: "okay we're going on vacation everybody! I'm videoing myself walking through my house because I want you to see what I have to go through to get prepared. I'm going to narrate as I walk. After this I have to go to *enter child's name and school* to let them know that *enter child's name* will be gone. I'm not even going to put in for the time at work. I'll just call off Thursday and Friday, use the Saturday and Sunday, and since Monday isn't technically three consecutive days off, I'll be alright. My stupid-ass boss will be none the wiser." Then when you finally hit the road: "ok we're 150 miles from *enter city*. Getting hungry. Gonna stop." Then you check in at *enter restaurant*. Meanwhile everybody knows how far you are from home and destination, everything in your home, oh - and your home address.

Staying clear from these five no-nos could be the difference between safety, danger and your children being stolen from you.

Did I miss anything? Do you know a violator of one of these rules? Are you a violator of one of these rules?

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Juicing to Get Healthy, 1st day of my experiment, Well, Kohl’s had a massive sale over the weekend and I ran by to see if anything piqued my interest. And there it was, a Juice Maker for less than 50 bucks, AWESOME. I snagged one of the last one there. I’ve been lusting for one for years.

I brought it home, read the instructions and started researching on juicing recipes. I found the most awesome and inspiring video. This is a story of two men who went on juice fasts. Very overweight men and the results were absolutely startling, and uplifting, and hope filling. There were a few things in the movie that would be impossible for the average person who has to pay bills and is one step ahead of the debt collectors, but on the whole, this plan is doable.

If you are overweight, and have tried everything except surgery, this is the plan to try. It makes amazing sense and doesn’t require bunches of extra money, group confession meetings, or prepackaged meals.

Watch the video for yourself (video link below), make sure you have an hour and a half to dedicate because you will not want to stop watching. The story is compelling.

Now, a few other things about juicing that I’ve discovered just recently. If you are serious about juicing, don’t settle for a cheapie. But if you want to try it out first then yea, get one on sale, try it out until you are ready to make a commitment. If you decide not to, you’re only out a little bit of cash, and you can still juice oranges and other fruits for special yummy treats. If you decide your a serious juicer then get a good one and hand off your little jobbie to a family member or a friend. I’m still in the experiment stage, so I’m happy to make do with my little $30 dollar Black & Decker. There are a few reasons why I say this.

You want a wide feed chute. Otherwise you will spend bunches of time cutting and squishing your foods to get them down a chute the size of a ½ small lemon.
The pulp bin fills up quickly on smaller less expensive machines
The pulp is moist and still had lots of juice left in it. To really get all that good juice you need a machine that will squeeze the pulp as well as masticate it.
Experiment with juices, but remember greens are very important, don’t just juice fruit. Also fruit and root veggies have lots of sugar in them. But also remember, greens juice is very very thick, trying to drink greens juice is like drinking a semi-melted shake. Use your fruit to sweeten up the greens and lighten up the thickness as well.

When juicing most citrus fruits you normally want to remove the zest (the outside colored part), but leave as much of the pith (white part on the rind) as you can. The zest will make your drink bitter, it contains the citrus oil. Small amounts of zest are used in cooking but too much is very bad for you. The pith is very high in Vitamin C and can be processed by your juicer. But, you can use a whole lemon, rind included, I'm not sure why. It’s not dangerous to have in quantity and will add to the sweetness and lemony flavor (at least that was my experience).

I’ve also found that while I can’t stomach eating raw kale, sprouts or cucumbers they are very sweet as juice. In fact almost sickeningly sweet. I thought they would be totally opposite. I’m currently on a hunt to find something to add that will counteract some of that sweetness but will also lighten up the thick thick juice.

Now I’ve asked around about what to do with the pulp. Here is what I’ve found out:

If you have a garden or flower bed, this stuff makes excellent compost. Put it in your compost heap or just mix it into the ground.
Wild animals love this stuff, put some in feeders and see if the squirrels and other animals come for it.
Freeze it and save it for soups, it will add necessary fiber and thickening.
Use it to make vegetable stock for soups.
Use it as a topper for salads.
Mix it into cookie recipes it will add fiber and bulk
For fruit juicing, save and add to your oatmeal instead of sweetener
Dehydrate little clumps of it for snack time (sort of like rice cakes).
The hero of our movie, Joe Cross has several favorite recipes that he prefers, and if you go to his Facebook page and website you can find some of them. In fact, surfing Facebook today led me to another page that has followers’ recipes that look quite delish. Though I would stay away from the product they market, Skinny Fiber, but the recipes look great and good for you too.

So, I’m always interested in your juicing stories and any great recipes too! As for now, I have one that I threw together today that was very good and sweet, though thick, it produced enough juice for my supper and enough to bottle for my breakfast.

I bought all of this at HEB tonite and it turned out to be fairly inexpensive, I'm going to try out the farmers market near work on Wednesday.

1 bunch Kale

1 cucumber

1 roma tomato

1 apple

1 small lemon

1 bunch of celery tops (only the tops, I saved the hearts for salads and peanut butter)

Make a comment below with some of your favorite recipes and advice!

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Top news: Boston bombing contradictions, more massive bank price fixing, Below are key excerpts of important news articles which include revealing contradictions in the official explanation of the Boston Marathon bombings, new revelations of massive price fixing by big banks, a major push in Congress to pass a GMO labeling law, and more.

Read also wonderfully inspiring articles on an innovative bicycle made from cardboard and a woman without hands who can fly a plane. To skip to the section on inspiring articles, click here.

Each excerpt is taken verbatim from the major media website listed at the link provided. If any link fails, click here. The most important sentences are highlighted. And don't miss the "What you can do" section below the summaries. By educating ourselves and spreading the word, we can and will build a brighter future.

Special note: Could it be that you are more beautiful than you think? Watch this three-minute video to find out. For an interesting, documented examination of the alleged Boston bombers, click here. For an incredibly revealing article on the billionaire brothers behind all the drone planes, click here. For powerful evidence from a respected researcher that the uncle of the Boston bombers was a top CIA official, click here.

Congressman: Boston bombs triggered by remote control
April 24, 2013, CBS News
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57581244/boston-marathon-bombs-possibly-triggered-by-remote...

Two U.S. officials say Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect [in the Boston Marathon bombings], was unarmed when police captured him hiding inside a boat in a neighborhood back yard. Authorities originally said they had exchanged gunfire with Dzhokhar for more than one hour Friday evening before they were able to subdue him. The officials tell The Associated Press that no gun was found in the boat. Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said earlier that shots were fired from inside the boat. Investigators also believe the brothers helped finance their plot through drug sales. Sources say Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was unemployed, made money selling marijuana. Police think the brothers killed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer for his weapon while they were the subjects of last week's massive manhunt. The brothers only had one real gun and one pellet gun when they were on the run Thursday. Investigators now believe that Officer Sean Collier was killed Thursday because the two bombing suspects wanted to take his gun. Investigators believe because the officer's holster had a locking system, they apparently couldn't get the gun out. Collier was shot in the head execution-style while sitting in his patrol car. In his questioning in the hospital, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said they were self-taught and self-radicalized.

Note: Don't these details released by investigators sound odd? If Dzhokhar was not armed, why did authorities say they exchanged gunfire for an hour? And previous reports claimed Dzhokhar was shot in the throat, so that he could not speak about his version of what happened. High strangeness here. For powerful evidence from a respected researcher that the uncle of the Boston bombers was a top CIA official, click here. This is evidence supporting the theory that the brothers may have been CIA-controlled Manchurian Candidates. For more on this, click here.

Russia alerted US repeatedly about suspect, senators say
April 24, 2013, Boston Globe
http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/04/23/brothers-suspected-marathon-bombing...

Russian authorities contacted the US government with concerns about Tamerlan Tsarnaev not once but "multiple" times, including an alert it sent after he was first investigated by FBI agents in Boston, raising new questions about whether the FBI should have paid more attention to the suspected Boston Marathon bomber. The FBI has previously said it interviewed Tsarnaev in early 2011 after it was initially contacted by the Russians. Following a closed briefing of the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday, Senator Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, said he believed that Russia alerted the United States about Tsarnaev in “multiple contacts,” including at least once since October 2011. Warnings raised by Russia have loomed large in the investigation of how Tsarnaev, a Kyrgyzstan national, and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, a naturalized US citizen, allegedly prepared for the bombing. US officials have faced tough questions for not tracking the older brother’s travels to the Russian provinces of Dagestan and Chechnya, where he spent more than half of 2012 and may have interacted with militant groups or individuals. Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, said ... that the FBI told him it was not aware of the older Tsarnaev’s travels because his name had been misspelled on an airliner passenger list. US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano confirmed the misspelling during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee ... but she said Homeland Security nonetheless was aware of his trip.

Note: For powerful evidence from a respected researcher that the uncle of the Boston bombers was a top CIA official, click here.

Everything Is Rigged: The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever
April 25, 2013, Rolling Stone
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/everything-is-rigged-the-biggest-financial-scandal-yet-20130425

Conspiracy theorists of the world, ... we skeptics owe you an apology. You were right. The world is a rigged game. The world's largest banks may be fixing the prices of, well, just about everything. You may have heard of the Libor scandal, in which ... perhaps as many as 16 ... banks have been manipulating global interest rates, in the process [manipulating] the prices of upward of $500 trillion ... worth of financial instruments. Now Libor may have a twin brother. Word has leaked out that the London-based firm ICAP, the world's largest broker of interest-rate swaps, is being investigated by American authorities for behavior that sounds eerily reminiscent of the Libor mess. Regulators are looking into whether or not a small group of brokers at ICAP may have worked with up to 15 of the world's largest banks to manipulate ISDAfix, a benchmark number used around the world to calculate the prices of interest-rate swaps. Interest-rate swaps are a tool used by big cities, major corporations and sovereign governments to manage their debt, and the scale of their use is almost unimaginably massive. [It's] a $379 trillion market, meaning that any manipulation would affect a pile of assets about 100 times the size of the United States federal budget. It should surprise no one that among the players implicated in this scheme to fix the prices of interest-rate swaps are the same megabanks – including Barclays, UBS, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and the Royal Bank of Scotland – that serve on the Libor panel that sets global interest rates.

Note: For deeply revealing reports from reliable major media sources on the criminal practices of the financial industry, click here.

GMO foods subject of bill in U.S. Senate
April 24, 2013, San Francisco Chronicle (SF's leading newspaper)
http://www.sfgate.com/food/article/Boxer-offers-new-bill-on-GMO-labeling-4460967.php

On the heels of last year's defeat on the issue in California, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., have introduced a bill to order the Food and Drug Administration to mandate the labeling of genetically engineered foods. The legislation, which would require food manufacturers and stores to tag items made with genetically modified ingredients or grown from genetically engineered seeds, has ... more than 20 co-sponsors. It has been hailed by food labeling advocates as a boon for consumers who have repeatedly tried to get such laws passed [and] shows that demand for a genetically engineered labeling law has reached critical mass. "This is big because for the first time in 13 years the U.S. Senate has recognized consumers' right to know," said Colin O'Neil, director of government affairs for the Center for Food Safety, of the federal proposal. Unlike Prop. 37, criticized for giving exemptions to products such as beef and most dairy, the federal bill would include all food items under the FDA's purview. Foods such as beef and poultry, which are overseen by the Department of Agriculture, would also follow the labeling law, O'Neil said. Surveys show that more than 90 percent of Americans support the labeling of genetically modified foods. Genetically engineered foods require labeling in 64 countries, including Russia and China.

Note: For deeply revealing reports from reliable major media sources on risks from GMO foods, click here. For an excellent summary of scientific research showing the major risks and dangers of these foods, click here.

When military law looks the other way
April 22, 2013, San Francisco Chronicle (SF's leading newspaper)
http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/When-military-law-looks-the-other-way-4451872.php

There are few cases that better illustrate why the military needs to create an independent office to investigate rape than that of Lt. Col. James Wilkerson. Wilkerson, a fighter pilot, was sentenced to a year in prison and dismissed from military service after being found guilty of aggravated sexual assault by a jury of his peers. His commanding officer then threw out the conviction and reinstated Wilkerson at full rank. Under the military code of justice ... the commanding officer's discretion and bias may overrule legal decisions. In this case, Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin, the commander of the 3rd Air Force, declined to approve Wilkerson's conviction by a jury of senior officers, all men. His decision suggests the Air Force doesn't take sexual assault seriously. Yet, an estimated 19,000 rapes or sexual assaults occur each year in the military, although just 8 percent of sexual assaults are referred to military court, according to a Department of Defense survey of active-duty members. That compares with 40 percent in the civilian court system. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-[CA], last week reintroduced legislation that calls for overhauling how the military justice system handles rape and sexual assault by taking prosecution, reporting, oversight, investigation and victim care out of the chain of command and putting it in an autonomous office housed in the military but staffed by both civilian and military personnel. "Victims of rape and sexual assault should not have to choose between career-ending retaliation and seeking judicial action against their attackers," said Speier.

Note: For deeply revealing reports from reliable major media sources on sexual abuse scandals, click here.

Combat school must disclose trainees
April 23, 2013, San Francisco Chronicle (SF's leading newspaper)
http://www.sfgate.com/nation/article/Combat-school-must-disclose-trainees-4457786.php

A federal judge in Oakland says the government must release the names of Latin American military leaders it has trained at the installation formerly known as the School of the Americas, where protesters say the United States has nurtured some of the hemisphere's worst human rights abusers. The Defense Department facility at Fort Benning, Ga., now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, provides training in combat and counterinsurgency techniques. The U.S. government, starting in 1994, released the names and military units of trainees who had attended the school since 1946. The list contained more than 60,000 names when disclosure was ended by President George W. Bush's administration in 2004. The Obama administration has defended its predecessor's action in court. But U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton ruled ... that members of SOA Watch, which has protested at the school for more than two decades, were entitled to the names under [FOIA]. She said there was no evidence that any trainees had ever been promised anonymity or had been harmed by the pre-2004 practice of public identification. If Hamilton's decision stands, it will restore an important public safeguard, said Judith Liteky of San Francisco, a plaintiff in the suit and a participant in the protest movement since 1990. Liteky's husband, Charlie Liteky, was awarded the Medal of Honor as an Army chaplain in Vietnam and has served two jail sentences for protests at the Georgia school. Judith Liteky described the school as "an affront to our democracy," saying the opposition movement has compiled more than 500 names of human rights abusers among the graduates.

Note: For deeply revealing reports from reliable major media sources on government corruption, click here.

Despair Drives Guantánamo Detainees to Revolt
April 25, 2013, New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/25/us/guantanamo-prison-revolt-driven-by-inmates-despair.html

A hunger strike is now in its third month [at Guantánamo prison], with 93 prisoners considered to be participating — more than half the inmates. Both military officials and lawyers for the detainees agree about the underlying cause of the turmoil: a growing sense among many prisoners, some of whom have been held without trial for more than 11 years, that they will never go home. While President Obama made closing the prison a top priority when he entered the White House, he put that effort on the back burner in the face of Congressional opposition to his plan to move the detainees to a Supermax facility inside the United States. The prisoners “had great optimism that Guantánamo would be closed,” Gen. John F. Kelly, who oversees the prison as head of the United States Southern Command, recently told Congress. “They were devastated when the president backed off ... of closing the facility.” That disappointment was heightened by Mr. Obama’s decision in January 2011 to sign legislation to restrict the transfers of prisoners. More than half the inmates were designated three years ago for transfer to another country if security conditions could be met, but the transfers dried up. “President Obama has publicly and privately abandoned his promise to close Guantánamo,” said Carlos Warner, a lawyer who represents one of 17 hunger strikers being kept alive by force-feeding through nasal tubes. “His tragic political decision has caused the men to lose all hope. Thus, many innocent men have chosen death over a life of unjust indefinite detention.”

Note: For deeply revealing reports from reliable major media sources on civil liberties, click here.

New film looks at ‘War on Whistleblowers’
April 23, 2013, Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal_government/new-film-looks-at-war-on-whistleblowers...

The Obama administration’s approach to federal whistleblowers has been likened to “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” “There’s a schizophrenia within the administration,” said Tom Devine, legal director of the nonprofit Government Accountability Project. “Until recently, there was a virtual free-speech advocacy for whistleblower job rights that’s unprecedented. At the same time,” Devine added, “[Obama] has willingly allowed the Justice Department to prosecute whistleblowers on tenuous grounds.” That last point — the Mr. Hyde side — is the focus of the new film “War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State.” The stories about the government’s aggressive moves against federal employees who worked to uphold the finest traditions of public service are chilling and deserve the notice and outrage the film hopes to generate. Franz Gayl’s is the first case presented. The Defense Department civilian employee was punished for his efforts to save the lives of U.S. troops at war. He was stripped of his security clearance, the lifeline for national security workers, and suspended. “They were using all these personnel actions against me,” he said. “I’m the substandard employee, bottom 3 percent, unreliable, untrustworthy, et cetera. After investigations and after all these personnel actions and reprisals, I was placed on administrative leave." The film makes you wonder how many more trampled, and largely unknown, federal whistleblowers like Gayl are out there.

Note: For deeply revealing reports from reliable major media sources on government corruption, click here.

What would the Koch brothers do to the Los Angeles Times?
April 23, 2013, Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/harold-meyerson-what-would-the-koch-brothers-do...

The [Los Angeles Times] is one of the eight daily newspapers now owned by the creditors who took control of the Tribune Co. after real estate wheeler-dealer Sam Zell drove it into bankruptcy. The Tribune board members whom the creditors selected want to unload the papers in favor of more money-making ventures. Right-wing billionaires Charles and David Koch are looking to buy all eight papers. The Koch boys, whose oil-and-gas-based fortune places them just behind Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Larry Ellison as the wealthiest Americans, have been among the chief donors to the tea party wing of the Republican Party. Their political funding vehicle, Americans for Prosperity, ranked with casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson among the largest funders of right-wing causes and candidates in 2012. Their purchase offer [comes] complete with a commitment to journalism as a branch of right-wing ideology. The staffs at [the Tribune Co.] papers fear that, once Kochified, the papers would quickly turn into print versions of Fox News. A recent informal poll that one L.A. Times writer conducted of his colleagues showed that almost all planned to exit if the Kochs took control (and that included sportswriters and arts writers). Those who stayed would have to grapple with how to cover politics and elections in which their paper’s owners played a leading role. It’s also unclear who in Los Angeles, one of the nation’s most liberal cities, would actually want to read such a paper, but then the Kochs don’t appear to view this as a money-making venture.

Harvard Study Confirms Fluoride Reduces Children's IQ
January 28, 2013, Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mercola/fluoride_b_2479833.html

A recently-published Harvard University meta-analysis funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has concluded that children who live in areas with highly fluoridated water have "significantly lower" IQ scores than those who live in low fluoride areas. In a 32-page report that can be downloaded free of charge from Environmental Health Perspectives, the researchers said: "A recent report from the U.S. National Research Council ... concluded that adverse effects of high fluoride concentrations in drinking water may be of concern and that additional research is warranted. Fluoride may cause neurotoxicity in laboratory animals, including effects on learning and memory. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of published studies on increased fluoride exposure in drinking water and neurodevelopmental delays. Findings from our meta-analyses of 27 studies published over 22 years suggest an inverse association between high fluoride exposure and children's intelligence. The results suggest that fluoride may be a developmental neurotoxicant that affects brain development at exposures much below those that can cause toxicity in adults. Our results support the possibility of adverse effects of fluoride exposures on children's neurodevelopment. There are so many scientific studies showing the direct, toxic effects of fluoride on your body, it's truly remarkable that it's not considered a scientific consensus by now. Despite the evidence against it, fluoride is still added to 70 percent of U.S. public drinking water supplies.

Note: For deeply revealing reports from reliable major media sources on health issues, click here.

Key Articles From Years Past

The Informants
September 1, 2011, Mother Jones
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/08/fbi-terrorist-informants

Ever since 9/11, counterterrorism has been the FBI's No. 1 priority, consuming the lion's share of its budget—$3.3 billion, compared to $2.6 billion for organized crime—and much of the attention of field agents and a massive, nationwide network of informants. After years of emphasizing informant recruiting as a key task for its agents, the bureau now maintains a roster of 15,000 spies—many of them tasked ... with infiltrating Muslim communities in the United States. In addition, for every informant officially listed in the bureau's records, there are as many as three unofficial ones, according to one former high-level FBI official, known in bureau parlance as "hip pockets." The bureau now maintains a roster of 15,000 spies, some paid as much as $100,000 per case, many of them tasked with infiltrating Muslim communities in the United States. The FBI regularly taps all of them as part of a domestic intelligence apparatus whose only historical peer might be COINTELPRO, the program the bureau ran from the '50s to the '70s to discredit and marginalize organizations ranging from the Ku Klux Klan to civil-rights and protest groups. Throughout the FBI’s history, informant numbers have been closely guarded secrets. Periodically, however, the bureau has released those figures. A Senate oversight committee in 1975 found the FBI had 1,500 informants. In 1980, officials disclosed there were 2,800. Six years later, following the FBI’s push into drugs and organized crime, the number of bureau informants ballooned to 6,000, the Los Angeles Times reported in 1986. And according to the FBI, the number grew significantly after 9/11.

Note: For deeply revealing reports from reliable major media sources on the realities of intelligence agency operations, click here.

Watch a Confessed Terrorist Scramble to Save Himself
October 20, 2011, PBS
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/afghanistan-pakistan/david-headley/watch-a-confessed-terrorist...

After years of criminality and deception that included scouting targets for the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks — a slaughter that left 166 people dead — Pakistani-American David Coleman Headley was arrested by U.S. authorities in October 2009. Facing the death penalty and possible extradition overseas, he chose to cooperate. A federal judge yesterday ordered federal prosecutors to make public two video clips of the FBI’s interrogation of Headley shortly after he was arrested. The tapes show Headley ... trying to make the kind of deal that had won his freedom twice before. His first success came in 1988, when his cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) shrunk an eight-year sentence for importing heroin down to four years. When he was arrested again on heroin charges in 1997, he again cooperated with the DEA, becoming an informant and even traveling to Pakistan on the agency’s behalf. He served 15 months in prison, when he had been looking at nine years. From these experiences, Headley knew the more information he gave, the sweeter the deal. Once again, Headley succeeded in getting himself a deal. His plea agreement saved him from extradition and the death penalty, but his cooperation included testifying against his childhood best friend, Tahawwur Rana, who in June was found guilty of conspiring with Headley to attack a Danish newspaper. During Rana’s trial, the defense played these two clips of Headley’s interrogation in court.

Note: Videos of Headley's manipulations are available at the link above. For deeply revealing reports from reliable major media sources on government corruption, click here.


Inspiring Articles

Jessica Cox: Pilot born without arms on flying with her feet
February 17, 2013, BBC News
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21377627

Jessica Cox was born without arms as a result of a rare birth defect. That has not stopped her from living her life to the fullest. In fact, Ms Cox has experienced and achieved more than most people do in a lifetime. She can drive a car, fly a plane and play piano - all with her feet. In 2012 she married Patrick, her former Taekwondo instructor (she has two black belts). They live in Tucson, Arizona. Ms Cox, 30, travels around the world as a motivational speaker, using her own life as an example of what one can achieve if one wants it enough. This month she visits Ethiopia to help promote disability rights.

Note: Don't miss the inspiring video on the BBC webpage. And for another incredibly inspiring man born without arms or feet, learn about Nick Vujicic at this link.

Evian's dancing babies are back!
April 24, 2013, USA Today
http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2013/04/24/evian-dancing-babies-are-back-viral-video/2108939/

Remember the Roller Babies craze in 2009? That Evian video has been viewed more than 65 million times. Now, Evian Natural Spring Water has just launched a follow-up video, Baby & Me, and it's already got nearly 30 million views on YouTube. The new video, which features adults walking on a busy street when they suddenly see their "inner babies" in a storefront window reflection, launched simultaneously in 14 countries on Friday. The adult characters interact with their baby selves, mostly through dance. "You can't not smile watching this," said GMA anchor Lara Spencer this morning during a piece on the video. "This type of commercial is about happiness and energy," the ad's director, Remi Babinet, told GMA. Produced by creative agency BETC, and directed by We are from LA, the Baby & Me video is remixed by electronic music producer, Yuksek, notes Evian in a release about the ad. And the music? The '90s dance hit Here comes the Hotstepper serves as the soundtrack.

Note: Click on the link above to watch the video. For a video diving deeper into this by ABC, click here. For a treasure trove of great news articles which will inspire you to make a difference, click here.

Izhar Gafni invents a cardboard bicycle that may revolutionize transportation
December 7, 2012, Christian Science Monitor
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Making-a-difference/2012/1207/Izhar-Gafni-invents-a-cardboard-bicycle...

Izhar Gafni smiles and shakes his head in wonder when asked about the whirlwind of events that have taken place since news of his revolutionary cardboard bicycle first made international headlines a few weeks ago. As an amateur cycling enthusiast, Gafni was inspired to create a bicycle using common cardboard following a visit four years ago to a local cycling store, he says. "We were all chatting in the store, and somehow started discussing how someone had built a canoe out of cardboard," he recalls. "It was this canoe that was sitting in the back of my head when it suddenly struck me: Why not make a bicycle out of cardboard, too?" Even though friends and experts warned him that it could not be done, Gafni refused to give up, growing ever more determined to take on what appeared to be an impossible challenge. "There is really no knowledge of how to work with cardboard except for using it to make packages," he explains, describing how he started to explore the material, which is essentially made from wood pulp, folding it in a variety of ways like origami and adding a mixture of glue and varnish to get it to the strength he desired. "It is still a work in progress, and we are still looking at how to create a design that can be mass-produced," says Gafni, who ... hopes to sell the bicycle to markets in Africa in the near future. "There is no doubt that cheap bikes at $20 a pop could really transform the lives of people living in poor countries who need to walk ... to get to a clinic for medical treatment or find work," says Karin Kloosterman, founder and editor of the Middle East's premier environmental news website, Green Prophet.

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A good Samaritan travels the freeway
July 28, 2008, Boston Globe/Los Angeles Times
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/07/28/a_good_samaritan_travels_the_freeway/

Christin Ernst was in a fix. An errant screwdriver punctured her tire on a San Diego freeway, leaving her stranded. That is when Thomas Weller - also known as the San Diego Highwayman - arrived in his monstrous white search-and-rescue vehicle, complete with emergency lights flashing. A surprised Ernst watched as Weller slapped on her spare, inflated it and handed her a card. It reads: "Assisting you has been my pleasure. I ask for no payment other than for you to pass on the favor by helping someone in distress that you may encounter." She was lucky. Because of wallet-busting fuel prices, Weller has cut back his good Samaritan runs to once every three days. Weller's aging rescue rig, which weighs more than 5,600 pounds, is a world-class gas-guzzler. "I sit home on the front porch a lot," he said. "It's killing me." Weller started his volunteer highway rounds in 1966. Now 60, he figures he has helped more than 6,000 motorists. Mostly, he helps people whose vehicles are out of gas, or have a flat tires or overheated engines. For those, he carries gas, water, compressed air, and jacks capable of lifting an ambulance or a low-rider. Weller estimates the rig has gone 600,000 miles - the odometer broke 10 years ago. To make a living, he has been a roofer, car repair manager, and security guard. These days, he fixes cars for a select group of customers. He said his job provides enough money for his modest lifestyle. It also covered his daily drives - until gas prices went up.

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Plane crashes near L.A.: Midair collision leaves one dead, three injured, One person is dead after a plane crashed near L.A. Monday. The Associated Press via TwinCities.com shared the details on April 29. The incident happened when two small planes collided midair. The pilot of one of the aircrafts died when the plane veered into the rocky ridge after the two planes collided.

The pilot of one plane died, while the pilot of the other plane was able to survive by managing a belly-flop landing of the plane on a nearby golf course. There were three people aboard that plane, while it seemed only the pilot was on the plane that crashed into the ridge. Golfers were stunned when the small aircraft landed just yards away from them.

Both planes involved were Cessna 172 models. Officials are still investigating what happened in the incident. Those on-board the aircraft that landed on the golf course were quite lucky, as those on-board had only minor injuries. Though there are many details yet to be uncovered, sources indicate that the plane that crashed into the ridge was on an engine test flight.

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Newborn left on beach: Baby girl unidentified but doing well at hospital, A newborn left on a beach in Hawaii is doing well thanks to one woman who found the baby and took her to the hospital. The incident happened at Sandy Beach in Hawaii and the Associated Press via ABC News shared the details on April 29. At this time nobody has come forward for the child.

The baby was an 8-pound full-term baby girl who was left on the beach shortly after her birth. The baby was in the sand crying when she was found shortly after midnight. Luckily the child is doing well at the hospital and the Department of Human Services is handling the details. If nobody comes forward identifying the baby, the state will try to get permission from the court to release a photo of the newborn left on the beach.

Hawaii, as is the case with most states, does have a baby safe haven law. The state put the law into place in 2007, and so far nobody in Hawaii has taken advantage of it. Those following the story are glad to hear the newborn left on the beach is doing well, but hope that those responsible for leaving the baby girl where she may not have survived will be found and held responsible.

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Would you trust Jodi Arias around your children, As the Jodi Arias trial nears its end, and the accused murderess comes closer to her fate (whatever it may be), there are still tons of details being shared with the media -- keeping this story at the top of media interests. On April 29, 2013 HLN reported that one of Travis Alexander's friends expressed discomfort with Jodi -- in particular, regarding his children.

Would you trust this woman around your children -- the woman accused of stabbing Travis Alexander 27 times before shooting him in the face? Chris Hughes certainly did not trust the woman, and during his interview with Dr. Drew he recollected his discomfort with Arias around his own kids. His memory involves he and his wife and children sleeping in the same home as Arias and Travis, and how they caught Jodi eavesdropping on them outside their bedroom door.

"We were so freaked out," said Hughes. "We laid there in bed, my wife and I, wondering, 'Are our children safe?'"

It seems that the awkward Jodi Arias made an impact on this family, so they must feel really uncomfortable with knowing that she killed a close friend of theirs -- even if she does claim it was out of self defense. There's no doubt that they must wonder if Jodi had also spied on their children that night, or if she had entered their rooms. How frightening of a thought!

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Ponytail stunt death: ‘He was desperately trying to move forward’, Sailendra Nath Roy’s ponytail stunt death was not what the 48-year-old Indian Guinness World Record holder had in mind when he promised his wife that this would be his last stunt. “A friend, who preferred to remain anonymous, said: ‘His wife used to urge him to quit doing dangerous stunts. Mr Roy convinced her that crossing the Teesta river would be his last. Unfortunately, that became his last stunt," reported BBC News India on April 29, 2013.

In 2007, Sailendra Nath Roy tied his ponytail to a rope and flew from one building to another in front of television cameras. In 2008, he pulled the Darjeeling toy train with his ponytail and in March of 2011, Guinness World Record named Sailendra Nath Roy the record holder for being able to travel the farthest distance on a zip wire by using his hair.

When not hanging by his ponytail, Sailendra Nath Roy was working as a driver for the police.

On Sunday morning, after having promised his wife that this would be his last stunt, Sailendra Nath Roy and some of his friends arrived at the Coronation Bridge which spans over the Teesta river near the Siliguri town in West Bengal, India.

Together with his friends, Sailendra Nath Roy set up a 600-foot-long zip wire (180 meters long) at a height of 70 feet (20 meters) above the river.

According to police, Sailendra Nath Roy was wearing a life jacket but he had not obtained a permission to do the stunt so there were no doctors or emergency services at the bridge.

The hundreds of spectators watching Sailendra Nath Roy’s ponytail stunt noticed that about half way along the zip wire, Sailendra Nath Roy appeared to be stuck.

"’He was desperately trying to move forward. He was trying to scream out some instruction. But no one could follow what he was saying. After struggling for 30 minutes he became still,’ said Balai Sutradhar, a photographer, who was covering the stunt.”

Sailendra Nath Roy was hanging by his ponytail for almost 45 minutes until officials were able to bring him down from the zip wire.

According to police officials, the Guinness World Record holder had suffered a massive heart attack.

While there are no words to diminish the pain that Sailendra Nath Roy’s wife must feel, maybe the old saying “you die the way you live,” might be of some minor comfort for her. Her husband died the way he loved to live.

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Deltona shooting victim dies, as Volusia deputies continue search for man's car, A Deltona man found shot in Sanford last week died Monday, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. Volusia County Sheriff’s spokesperson Gary Davidson says 25-year old Christopher Jemery died at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Davidson adds that the shooting investigation continues, and deputies are still looking for Jemery’s car, a 2013 four-door silver Nissan Altima with a Florida tag of BPDW87. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office at (386) 736-5999.

The Deltona man was found “…gravely injured by gunfire…” in a wooded area of Sanford Friday, but Sanford Police could not immediately identify Jemery because he was not carrying ID and was unconscious. Volusia County Investigators became involved after Jemery’s girlfriend went to his apartment late Friday afternoon and found “…obvious signs of a struggle…” inside. The investigation is being handled by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office Major Case Unit, assisted by the Sanford Police Department.

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Commercial spaceship completes first rocket-powered flight, Virgin Galactic, which hopes to operate the world’s first commercial spaceline, has completed the first rocket-powered flight of its SpaceShipTwo space vehicle.

The April 29 test began in Mojave, Calif., when SpaceShipTwo took off mated to carrier aircraft WhiteKnightTwo. At an altitude of 47,000 feet, the space vehicle was released from the aircraft and its rocket motor was ignited. SpaceShipTwo propelled forward, reaching an altitude of 55,000 feet and exceeding the speed of sound. The space vehicle cruised about 10 minutes before returning to Mojave.

“For the first time, we were able to prove the key components of the system, fully integrated and in flight,” said Richard Branson, whose Virgin Group co-owns Virgin Galactic with Abu Dhabi’s aabar Investments PJS.

More flight tests are planned in the coming months.

“Today’s supersonic success opens the way for a rapid expansion of the spaceship’s powered flight envelope, with a very realistic goal of full space flight by the year’s end," Branson said.

SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo are both manned and were developed by Scaled Composites, whose SpaceShipOne was the world’s first privately developed manned spacecraft.

Virgin Galactic said it has accepted $70 million in deposits from about 580 people who are waiting for the chance to ride its vehicles into space. The company aims to serve space tourists and microgravity researchers.

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14-year-old forced to get pregnant: Mom pregnancy crime goes viral, A 14-year-old who was forced to get pregnant by her own mother is criminal news of the worst kind, and it’s a story that’s gone viral online. On Tuesday, April 30, the world learned that a mother of a young teenage daughter forced her own child to get pregnant for her after learning that she would be denied the opportunity to adopt another child.

The unspeakable crime in question occurred in Britain, where a mother who had already adopted three children was hoping to be allowed the chance to adopt a fourth. But unfortunately for her, she was denied that chance.

So what did the mom do? Rather than be content with the kids she had, she decided to hatch a plan: she would force her own daughter to get pregnant, carry the child for 9 months, and essentially birth her new daughter-sister.

While the mother didn’t force the daughter to have sex with a teenage boy, she did make her daughter impregnate herself with a syringe full of sperm. And according to the Associated Press, the mother purchased the sperm online through a Denmark-based company called Cryos International.

So, ultimately, what’s going to be the mother’s punishment for her crime? Well, we won’t know the exact details for some time, but we do know that the judge in the case was disgusted by the mother’s actions.

Calling out the mom for acting in "a wicked and selfish way," High Court judge Peter Jackson set the tone for what may be a very disturbing case.

While the mom forced the daughter, whose name has not been released, to get pregnant at 14, she did not successfully carry a baby to term and give birth until she was 17-years-old.

For more on the 14-year-old forced to get pregnant story, please return to the Crime Examiner column later today.

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Woman found guilty of chopping off husband’s penis and then chopping it up, Catherine Kieu, 50, from Orange County, Calif., was found guilty and convicted on April 29 in a Southern Calif. courtroom of drugging her husband with Ambien, tying him up with ropes to her bed, and then cutting off his penis with a kitchen knife when he awoke from his drug induced slumber.

She also tossed his severed penis into her garbage disposal and then turned it on, thereby “mutilating the organ.”

According to FOX News, Kieu was found guilty on charges of torture and aggravated mayhem for the attack which occurred on July 11, 2011.

During trial, the 60-year-old victim testified that his penis could not be reattached and that he felt as though he had been murdered.

Reportedly, Catherine Kieu was overcome with a combination of rage and jealousy at the prospect of her husband wanting a divorce and resuming relations with his former ex-girlfriend.

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Children forgotten often caught up in the legal system of today, One Florida Judge in the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit appears to be working toward setting a new standard in the way the legal systems treats children. Judge Charlie Crawford, a judge in Brevard County, has made note to all parties involved when it comes to family litigation. Children are the center of focus when it comes to custody litigation and often the litigants must leave the child outside the court room sitting on a waiting bench. The reason why children must come to the court house vary at the least for a multitude of reasons. The parent or custodian may have been ordered to appear with the child or possibly for the lack of finding a baby sitter.

Judge Charlie Crawford has much experience in the realm of children not only because of his legal career but by being a family man himself. Charlie Crawford is married to Kerry Crawford skilled in physical therapy, due to her career at Health First, and the mother of four children named Mack, Chris, Austin and Kathryn. According to an article published by space Coast Living “the best part about motherhood is raising people you enjoy being with,” says Kerry Crawford the mother of the four. According to that article Judge Charlie Crawford stated “I feel certain all my boys will serve their community in some capacity" and "they have grown up helping the special needs children in this area since their sister has Down Syndrome and have seen their dad work tirelessly with people who are in need.” The conclusion can be drawn that Charlie Crawford has a deep and personal care for children.

Judge Crawford with the help of his courtroom deputies and countless volunteers maintained a playroom at the Courthouse for children forced to go to court along with a toy and bicycle room making sure every child had some form of comfort while awaiting the outcome of the hearing, litigation or current judicial business. Judge Crawford's Judicial experience includes many areas of family law, civil litigation and domestic violence. Currently he serves on the felony criminal bench in the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Court. Since beginning his Judicial Career, Judge Crawford has instituted several innovative and thoughtful programs in the 18th Circuit including a Special Needs Docket for children allowing their case to be reviewed twice as often.

While Judge Charlie Crawford sat the Family Law Bench he instituted Brevard County's only supervised visitation program with the help of Brevard Family Partnership. Furthermore, he set trials within 90 days of any request, litigants no longer had to wait a year for trial, as delays can be catastrophic for the best interests of a child.

Will Judge Charlie Crawford's legacy and example to the Family Court, on how children are the center of focus and deserve much diligence, concern and care, carry on in the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Court?

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Federal funding fraud at the expense of abused, abducted and exploited children, A local father speaks out for children and families everywhere from Brevard County Florida. The current conditions of the system and its abuses of discretion appear appalling to say the least. When individuals improperly use the system for personal financial gain and kickbacks at the expense of children it is clear that the children suffer the most.

It is astonishing the amount of Title IV-E Funding, and all the money that comes along with it, is made off the backs of children who are sold into slavery. As you read this you will see the States are rewarded for adopting out children. They make a bonus and they make a bigger bonus when they adopt out older kids.

Previously the Government Accountability Office conducted a test with 5 states. The five states GAO tested lacked controls over child care assistance application and billing processes for unregulated relative providers, leaving the program vulnerable to fraud and abuse. Posing as fictitious parents and relative providers, GAO successfully billed for $11,702 in child care assistance for fictitious children and parents. In most cases, states approved GAO's fictitious parents who used Social Security numbers of deceased individuals and claimed to work at nonexistent companies. One state also approved a fictitious child care provider with a deceased person's Social Security number, creating the possibility that a criminal using a stolen identity could obtain federal subsidies to care for children.

So at this time it appears the funding fraud has moved from the fictitious and deceased to real live families and their children being destroyed and exploited. According to a study by the Government Accountability Office Funds authorized under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act make up the large majority of federal child welfare funds, but are designated for purposes such as providing room and board payments for children in foster care and subsidies to adoptive parents, and generally cannot be used for child welfare services. However, 14 states have waivers allowing them to use these funds more flexibly to improve child and family outcomes. Among GAO's selected states, Florida had a waiver allowing it to use some Title IV-E funds for in-home services designed to prevent foster care placement.

Although these funds are supposed to be used to prevent children from being removed they are often removed while individuals pretend to provide those services. The average individual in an everyday family setting would not know who to turn to if their child were taken by simulated legal process. Furthermore, how can they compete when the other party has an unlimited supply of financial resources?

The federal government is a vast money transfer machine. It spends hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars each year on subsidy programs—from the massive Medicare to hundreds of more obscure programs that most people have never heard of. There are more than 1,800 federal subsidy programs.

With such a huge array of handouts, the federal budget has become victim to large-scale fraud and abuse—that is, people taking government benefits to which they are not entitled. Just about every subsidy program suffers from fraud and abuse. Losses to federal taxpayers from fraud, abuse, and other types of improper payments are in the ballpark of $100 billion a year or more. Here we can see that the dollars and cents are adding up quickly, being waged upon the backs of America's youth.

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UK BBC reports attempt to pass snooping bill was there more, What the big guns already do...

Don’t the big corporations contract that they will not share your information in their signup agreements?

Home Office plans to store details of Britons’ online activity will not happen while the Liberal Democrats are in government, Nick Clegg has said. -BBC NEWS UK

Its intriguing the insurmountable endless piles of knowledge and technology we have today and yet their are few who truly understand it. Have the lawmakers been blind sided? Who advises them on technology? Are they up to date? Can they keep up? Does anyone know how, when or why they cannot keep up? Is it their job to speak geek? Has anyone set aside the endless rhetoric and stated things in Plain English? Why not? What are they hiding?

Hackers, crackers, coders, law makers and every day civilians alike have to learn to speak as if attending international negotiations between more countries than there are in the entire world. This task seems impossible as at first approach it is overwhelming. The language of technology changes as the technology changes and its hard to keep up for most ‘end users’ (the people who use the technology and programs people make).

What is all this? What does it mean? How do I find out? Where can I research this? How do I begin? Where do I begin? Yet the answer is still simple. As the world embraced technology the technology embraced the people and people may have forgotten how to interact or merely socialize as human beings.

Mr Clegg said he would be willing to accept changes to take account of new technology – such as ensuring each mobile device had its own unique IP address.
However, has Mr Clegg seen a phone be copied spoofed or even clone another Phone’s ID numbers which include mac addresses ESN’s and etc? A mac number is the number assigned to a device and an ESN is another number assigned to the device. In simple terms its like a phone number assigned to a device except the device such as a cell phone has more than one.

But, he said: “What people have dubbed the snooper’s charter – I have to be clear with you, that’s not going to happen. -BBC NEWS UK

Let us review:

Google has a quite successful business selling its core apps gmail, calendar, drive, docs etc to businesses, with professional support and features. Scary? All of those services allow us to almost painlessly export the data and take it to another app, web-app or desktop-based application. Data collection and portability. In fact, go ahead and do it now as a backup.
Facebook collects browsing data to provide content and ads more relevant to your interests. This makes the Facebook experience more appealing. Where the user does not have to manually browse for the information while he or she satisfies their curiosity.The applications designed to make everyday life easier on the User.

The almighty like buttons or remove or untaq buttons tell the database where your information is stored what to display and what not to. Describing who you are and what your interests are. What the informed people are trying to do is pull the wool over people and law makers eyes to get a hold of that information. It would be the most horrid invasion of privacy ever known to mankind.

What of curiosity and new ideas? What about free thought? While people follow the pre-programmed and marketed response to their already known likes and dislikes how will they develop new ideas being lead by a machine? Where is the spontaneity needed for new ideas to be born, developed and brought to life?

“What people have dubbed the snooper’s charter – I have to be clear with you, that’s not going to happen. In other words the idea that the government will pass a law which means there will be a record kept of every website you visit, who you communicate with on social media sites, that’s not going to happen. It’s certainly not going to happen with Liberal Democrats in government.” said Mr. Clegg according to the BBC NEWS UK.
Is there a treasure trove of data which you can dip into if you need to?Are there doubts whether it was even technically feasible?

They do it everyday as there are even artificially intelligent call bots, Chat bots and virtual assistants which learn how to serve you better by observing your habits and interests.

They can market products, things and ideas based on your interests and either over indulge one or filter one out depending on the market for today. Like technological heaven for the corporate pioneer but their are groups that want that information to use it against you to try and predict or control your experience to derive their outcome according to some technological enthusiasts.

“This has been an objective review about bills and laws around the world such as this that appear to be questionable at the least.” ~Correspondent Joseph Kirk

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Gun control or second amendment infringement, Correspondent Joseph Kirk - It would seem to infringe upon an entire society’s rights based on the actions committed by a singular person would be not only significant but intrusive far beyond the extent of usurping the procedural protections of due process and and the constitutional provisions of the rights the people ...

Gun owners across America are unsettled at the tactics and propaganda being pursued to circumvent the second amendment of the United States Constitution. Propaganda comes in many forms and is defined as chiefly derogatory information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view. It was a low blow for politicians to use a singular incident of a school house shooting to push their private agenda by sensationalizing the suffering of those families and their lost loved ones.

How ever as always The Objective Review has decided to take a closer look. It is written as if in stone and enshrined in the United States Constitution that the actions of another cannot be used to punish another. To punish another by depriving them of their rights, but specifically the right to defend themselves, their families and their homes is constitutionally unsound and cruel and unusual.

Moreover, courts must be mindful of the Article III proscription that they may not exercise “executive or administrative duties of a nonjudicial nature.”- in Almurbati v. Bush, 2005 and 33 similar citations. To be of Judicial nature it must be of, relating to, or proper to courts of law or to the administration of justice, decreed by or proceeding from a court of justice, or appropriate to the office of a judge.

The Preamble of the United States Constitution clearly defines Judicial Nature and the authority behind it. As it states, “We the People of the United States”, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Furthermore, the Declaration of Independence provides clearly the intent behind the Preamble. The Declaration states in part, We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed...
There is no doubt the government must have a compelling interest in protecting the rights of the people as it is the people who have employed them to do just that. “The principle of separation of powers was not simply an abstract generalization in the minds of the Framers: it was woven into the document that they drafted in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787.”- in US v. Moussaoui, 2004 and 150 similar citations.

The Court held that a “significant interference” with association rights could be sustained only if the defendants “demonstrated a sufficiently important interest and employed means closely drawn to avoid unnecessary abridgment of constitutional freedoms.”- in Nat. Black Police v. Dist. of Col. Bd. of Elections, 1996 and 34 similar citations. It would seem to infringe upon an entire society’s rights based on the actions committed by a singular person would be not only significant but intrusive far beyond the extent of usurping the procedural protections of due process and and the constitutional provisions of the rights the people instituted the government to protect.

An essential principle of due process is that a deprivation of life, liberty, or property “be preceded by notice and opportunity for hearing appropriate to the nature of the case.”- in IN RE APPEAL OF GALATAS, 2008 and 443 similar citations. The essential requirements of due process… are notice and an opportunity to respond. The opportunity to present reasons, either in person or in writing, why proposed action should not be taken is a fundamental due process requirement.” – in Mitchell v. Beaumont Independent School District, 2006 and 145 similar citations.

It is well founded throughout American history, culture, liberty and constitutional law that you can not usurp the entire American people’s individual rights by the acts of one person without giving each American Citizen the right to be heard.

As for the regulation of fire arms in United States v. Miller, 307 U.S. 174 (1939) – The Court stated in part:

“In the absence of any evidence tending to show that possession or use of a ‘shotgun having a barrel of less than eighteen inches in length’ at this time has some reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia, we cannot say that the Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear such an instrument. Certainly it is not within judicial notice “that this weapon is any part of the ordinary military equipment or that its use could contribute to the common defense…”

The signification attributed to the term Militia appears from the debates in the Convention, the history and legislation of Colonies and States, and the writings of approved commentators. These show plainly enough that the “Militia comprised all males physically capable of acting in concert for the common defense. ‘A body of citizens enrolled for military discipline.’” And further, that ordinarily when called for service these men were expected to appear “bearing arms supplied by themselves” and of the kind in common use at the time.”‘

District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008) – The Court ruled the Second Amendment to reference an individual right, holding:

“The Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.”

The United States Constitution states clearly in Article VI that the constitution is the supreme law of the land and the court has confirmed it is an individual right. Therefore an individual right cannot be deprived for the actions of another individual.

In McDonald v. Chicago (2010) – The Court ruled that the Second Amendment was incorporated against state and local governments, through the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. In the decision, the Court said: In Heller, we held that the Second Amendment protects the right to possess a handgun in the home for the purpose of self-defense. Unless considerations of stare decisis counsel otherwise, a provision of the Bill of Rights that protects a right that is fundamental from an American perspective applies equally to the Federal Government and the States.

We therefore hold that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment incorporates the Second Amendment right recognized in Heller. To have standing to sue in federal court, a plaintiff must allege ” `such a personal stake in the outcome of the controversy’ as to warrant his invocation of federal-court jurisdiction and to justify exercise of the court’s remedial powers on his behalf. “ - in Thomas v. Mundell, 2009 and 303 similar citations.

Deciding whether a matter has in any measure been committed by the Constitution to another branch of government, or whether the action of that branch exceeds whatever authority has been committed, is itself a delicate exercise in constitutional interpretation, and is a responsibility of this Court as ultimate interpreter of the Constitution. – in Plato v. Roudebush, 1975 and 343 similar citations.

The second aspect of mootness, the personal stake requirement, is similar to standing in that the named plaintiffs must show “a personal stake in the outcome of the controversy,”- in Davis v. Ball Memorial Hosp. Ass’n, Inc., 1985 and 32 similar citations. First, as to justiciability: “The Court’s inquiry necessarily proceeds to the point of deciding whether the duty asserted can be judicially identified and its breach judicially determined, and whether protection for the right asserted can be judicially molded.” - in Rose v. Council for Better Educ., Inc., 1989 and 85 similar citations. The right to bear arms has long been asserted, protected and molded.

It is in the opinion of the people, as they have been unsettled, by the propaganda tactics laid upon them in recent events that sensationalized the suffering of individuals due to the acts of one man and such acts could even be interpreted as malicious. A statement is made with “actual malice” if it is made “with knowledge that it [is] false or with reckless disregard of whether it [is] false or not.”- in Mata v. Anderson, 2010 and 2,003 similar citations.

To infringe upon the individual right of a gun owner in any way without their due process and chance to be personally heard, can also be interpreted as violating their First Amendment right of free speech and their right to redress their grievances. It would be impossible to appeal an order or policy depriving them of their individual gun rights not to be infringed as in cases implicating the First Amendment, it is the responsibility of the appellate court to “make an independent examination of the whole record.”- in Zold v. Township of Mantua, 1991 and 37 similar citations.

It would be difficult to examine the record that doe not exist against an individual depriving him this right and therefore due process of law has been violated.

“We the people”, sounding out through history in America employed and instituted its government to uphold, preserve and protect individual rights, life and liberty as a free and independent nation. The right to defend one's personal interests, property, life, liberty and happiness cannot and should not be infringed without due process based upon the cold, cruel and reckless actions of another. No man nor woman can be held accountable for the crimes of another nor suffer any infringement upon their rights without due process of law.

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CPS takes child after parents request a second medical opinion, On April 27, The Healthy Home Economist shares the story of Anna and Alex Nikolayev who tried to do nothing but give the best to their baby, Sammy, when he came down with some flu like symptoms that quickly became a nightmare situation that every parent dreads.

As the story goes, the couple took their five month old baby to Sutter Memorial Hospital after the baby's flu like symptoms started requiring antibiotics, then emergency heart surgery. Anna and Alex took the baby to Kaiser Permanente, a rival medical facility for a second opinion before Sutter was able to give any further care. The couple claim that they went from one hospital to the next where doctors at Kaiser said that the baby was fine to go home. Police showed up to the hospital at the request of Sutter Memorial and left satisfied that the baby was fine after talking to the attending physician as well as reviewing medical charts.

The next day, CPS showed up at the home with police and forcibly removed the baby because they claim that the baby was unsafe after the family took Sammy for a second opinion once there was talk of heart surgery and the nurse began administering antibiotics but wasn't sure why.

Currently, a hearing is set for April 29, and Sammy is being held in protective custody at Sutter Memorial, the very same hospital that the family didn't feel safe with after crazy allegations that the couple's baby was practically dying in their arms. When CPS was contacted, they said that they rely heavily on the medical opinion of professionals and didn't feel that the child was safe in the home. It seems clear that they didn't contact Kaiser for an assessment of Sammy's medical needs otherwise the baby would still be with his parents.

Alex seemingly summed it up correctly when he stated that he feels that parents have no rights whatsoever. When a medical facility can simply take your child because they don't agree with you, and CPS will enforce the ruling because they didn't thoroughly check out the situation makes many parents hesitant. These sorts of situations can ultimately scare parents away from doing things that are in the best interest of their child to begin with. The family is still wondering why their baby was taken to begin with.

An attorney for the Nikolayev family says about the situation;

“It’s absolutely amazing to me how a government can reach out and snatch a child after a doctor said there’s not an issue. As we've seen, there is no emergency situation in this case...I can’t imagine having my baby ripped from my arms. They [police and CPS] were provided with medical evidence that said that the baby was fine to be taken home and despite this, they manufactured an excuse to take this baby away. I think what it comes down to is that parents didn't appreciate the opinion of the doctor in a hospital and wanted to seek a second opinion. The mistake that they made was without signing out the child, they left the hospital and went to a different hospital and in my opinion what they did upset the initial physician and he decided to make a call to the Child Protective Services and say that there’s a child who is in imminent danger of death. What he did not know at that time was that they had gone to a second hospital and a different doctor said- no, it is not an issue.”

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3 abalone divers killed off California coast over weekend, Three abalone divers were killed in separate incidents over the weekend in California. The Press Democrat detailed the news on April 29 of the tragic deaths that have those in the area in quite a bit of shock.

Two of the abalone diver deaths happened in Sonoma County while the third was near Fort Bragg. A fourth diver was rescued from the water and luckily was not harmed. It has been a busy abalone season along the coast of California, but it seems many divers are underestimating the strength of the water.

Tim Murphy, a lifeguard with the state parks, notes that abalone divers need to carefully watch the water for a bit before going in, as there have been rapidly changing conditions and strong rip currents. Divers are encouraged to having buddies with them, stick close together, and have a plan for when trouble arises.

California Diver notes that one of the three abalone divers killed was a 66-year-old Pacifica retired firefighter, while another was a 36-year-old. Few details have been released regarding the third victim.

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Bait from Lake Winnibigoshish banned in Minnesota, Sam Cook reported in the Sunday, April 28th sports section of the newspaper that fishermen would have to do without the popular spotted shiner minnow. Because velagers, the immature spawn of zebra mussels, have been found in the lake it's waters is contaminated and will spread the invader species. Since many area residents, both First Nation and white, make spring seed money from netting the minnows, and bait shops stock mainly from this source in the spring, it is going to be felt in the local industry.

Lake Winnie sits right between Cass and Leech Lake and carries the flow of the Mississippi River south to Grand Rapid and the Twin Cities. This is the center of walleye country and fishing is the second major religion in the north of the state. It is important to both those who live there and the countless anglers who travel yearly to this area for a tradition of ice out fishing. The tribes are searching for ways to cleanse the bait and make it suitable for market. All realize the devastation these aquatic strangers may cause and the Duluth harbor has been fighting them from the beginning.

The temporary problems of the bait industry can be overcome. The greater threat, that these may contaminate other waters in the region, is the fear of fishery workers in the region. Due to the nature of the creature, all water downstream is open habitat for explosive reproduction. What if anglers from the region, unfamiliar with invader species drill, decide to try a few other spots in a day? Sportsmen, sportswomen, and especially teach the little fry how we must become knowledgable, active stewards of our environment.

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Stem cell treatment may help circulation, A new treatment being tested could help get your blood flowing, the ABC7 News website reports today. This new treatment, which is being tested at the University Of Miami School Of Medicine, involves using stem cells from a patient’s hip bones and injecting them into their legs and feet.

Doctors believe this treatment could help many with circulation problems, like Buerger’s disease and peripheral artery disease. Hopefully this treatment will prove to be successful because poor circulation in the legs and feet can lead to the loss of limbs or even death.

Scientists and health experts are always doing valuable research on medical treatments for illnesses, like HIV and Buerger’s disease. May they be successful in finding the right treatments for these conditions in the near future. For more information on this story and other related research stories, you could always find the ABC7 website at http://abclocal.go.com.

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Ponytail stunt death: Indian stuntman dies hanging on a wire with his ponytail, The Guinness Book of World Records is full of individuals who have put their lives at risk in order to gain notoriety as the ‘best.’

An Indian man named Sailendra Nath Roy, who already holds a Guinness World Record for the category of ‘traveling the farthest distance on a zip wire attached to hair’ died Sunday after trying to recreate the stunt, according to a One News Page report from April 29.

Roy was performing the feat in front of spectators over the Teesta River in West Bengal Sunday. He was suspended from a 180-meter-long zip wire at a height of 20 meters.

Witnesses say that Roy had progressed about halfway across the wire, but suddenly began to struggle and was unable to go any further. After a few moments, he went still.

It took approximately 45 minutes to bring Roy down from the wire. No emergency personnel were standing by for his stunt.

The 48-year-old daredevil was pronounced dead at the hospital with doctors saying he suffered a massive heart attack.

Roy received his Guinness World Record in March 2011. He also made headlines for pulling the Darjeeling toy train with his hair.

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Ponytail stunt death horrifies onlookers: Sailendra Nath Roy has heart attack, A ponytail stunt death horrified onlookers at the Teesta river in West Bengal, India. Sailendra Nath Roy, 48, was attempting a stunt where he crossed the river suspended by a zip wire attached to his ponytail. According to the BBC on April 29, Roy died after suffering a heart attack.

Roy was trying to cross the Coronation Bridge, and sources indicate this was one of many dangerous stunts like this he had attempted over the years. In fact, he did a similar ponytail stunt in 2007 when he was filmed by television cameras flying from one building to another. Police say that Roy did not have permission to be on the bridge doing this stunt.

The ponytail stunt death happened as Sailendra Nath Roy walked across a zip wire 70 feet above the river. It seems he had made it approximately half the distance across when he started to struggle. About 30 minutes later, he became still. He was reportedly hanging for about 45 minutes before police could get him down from the zip line. Doctors indicate he had a massive heart attack.

Roy held a Guinness World Record after a March 2011 stunt where he travelled the farthest distance doing his signature trick with the zip wire and his hair. The ponytail stunt may have made him famous, but it also seems to have lead to his death. Hundreds watched as the ponytail stunt death transpired, but there were not emergency personnel on the scene to get to him quickly enough to save his life.

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14-year-old forced to get pregnant for 2 years with sperm bought on internet, A 14-year-old girl was forced to get pregnant by her mother. “Over two years the daughter had to inseminate herself seven times, ‘alone in her bedroom, using syringes of semen and douches prepared by the mother’.” Since the mother wanted a girl, she also forced the 14-year-old adopted daughter to use painful acidic douches with vinegar, lemon, or lime juice and to eat a special diet in order to get the desired pregnancy result, reported The Guardian on April 28, 2013.

After the 14-year-old miscarried the first time, the mother’s scheme to get her daughter to give birth finally worked when the girl was 16 years old.

The mother who was an American divorcee living in Britain had already three children that she had adopted as babies. Two babies were adopted when she was married and the third baby was adopted after her divorce. Because of her health condition and an elective sterilization, the mother was unable to have a fourth child and when a fourth adoption was denied, she forced her 14-year-old adopted daughter to get pregnant.

The case of the forced pregnancy came to light when the 16-year-old girl’s baby was born. British midwives noticed that the 16-year-old girl’s mother was “pushy and insensitive” and that she tried to prevent her daughter from breastfeeding the baby. “"We don't want any of that attachment thing.”

The 16-year-old girl, however, was reluctant to hand over the baby to her mother and midwives alerted child protection workers when the mother tried to take the baby from the ward.

In a private, week-long hearing, High Court Judge Peter Jackson listened to the case in utmost disbelief.

“The adoptive mother, who cannot be identified for fear of identifying her daughter and grandchild, is now serving a five-year prison sentence after admitting child cruelty.”

On Monday, the judge’s ruling was reported for the first time by The Guardian and other news outlets and the case was made public. More details of the case in which a 14-year-old was forced to get pregnant are scheduled to be published next month.

The details that are known so far are that the mother is described as “highly articulate” and someone who “loves the children and they undoubtedly love her."

With her “motherly love,” the mother kept the children isolated from the outside world and away from the adoptive father of the first two children. He did not know where the mother and his two adopted children lived and had not seen them in 10 years. Besides the father, the mother also successfully kept neighbors and social service workers away by homeschooling the children and not allowing them to have friends.

“On the first occasion, semen was provided by a donor who came to the house. The others involved sperm purchased from Cryos International, an international sperm-bank network based in Denmark.”

The girl who was forced by her mother to get pregnant for the first time as a 14-year-old told investigators that she was "shocked, pretty shocked" when her mother initially asked her to get pregnant but that she thought “if I do this … maybe she will love me more."

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The Importance of Being Earnest…about a Will!, Writing a will is something many adults avoid for as long as possible. A will is one of those things our parents always intend to do to pass on assets, but do not always find the time to do. There are excuses and too many other things “to do”.

Waiting until one is faced with having to write a will creates stress and undue pressure. Some parents and seniors never create a will and in those cases, their children and heirs are often left with much administrative work and complications in trying to obtain the inheritance their parents planned for them.

When you are taking care of a parent and you know they do not have a will, it is often a sensitive topic to begin to discuss. The best thing is to encourage them to begin thinking about their wishes once they are gone, and then move to support them in doing some estate planning and to write a will. T

his can be done easily with the help of an elder law attorney. If you do not have a will yourself, one way to approach the situation is to suggest that you each have a will written.

And, if you are the primary caregiver of a parent or other vulnerable adult, it is extremely important that you have procedures in place that will assure that your loved one is taken care of if you are no longer able to do so.

A will not only plans for your heirs’ inheritance, it can also plan for one’s own care and medical choices because along with a will, a durable power of attorney and perhaps a living will and healthcare power of attorney can be prepared in conjunction with the will.

Having a will enables an individual to designate exactly how he or she wants property to be distributed and who he or she wants to administer the estate.

This person is known as the executor. After a person’s death, the person’s estate is "probated," a court proceeding in which the debts of the estate are settled and legal title to the property is passed to the heirs.

Note that certain "jointly owned" property and assets such as life insurance, retirement plans and employee death benefits may not be part of the probate estate.

It’s important to have in-depth discussions with your parent regarding his or her finances, so you have a clear understanding of his or her estate and wishes regarding distribution of the estate.

Sometimes these discussions do finally take place but the parent still resists having a will written.

That makes things difficult for the family and other individuals involved later and may lead to problems with family relationships. A written will avoids these possibilities.

In drafting a will, you or the attorney will have your parent think about and decide on the following:

Who will inherit real property and other financial assets
Who will inherit jewelry, art work and other personal property
Choose an executor or executrix
Sign the document in front of two witnesses who also sign and date the document
Sign the document a second time, along with the witnesses, and have those signatures notarized
Store the will in a safe place
Wills can range from the very simple, prepared by the individual himself to those which are quite complex and drafted by an attorney.

When there are significant assets and property, you and your parent will likely want an attorney to prepare the will so that both family and tax objectives can be met.

These documents need to be kept in an easily accessible place, such as a file cabinet and they need to be organized in a way that the information can be retrieved when necessary.

Make sure a trusted family member, your intended executrix or executor or other family members know where important documents are kept.

Laws regarding wills vary by state, so be sure to understand what rules apply in your state. Your local Agency on Aging can help you with the information you require.

Although most lawyers can assist you with a will, elder law attorneys are normally the most experienced specialists to handle wills and other health related documents for senior citizens and/or their grown children.

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Free smog checks in Bakersfield this Saturday, Bakersfield and Kern County residents can take advantage of another free smog check this Saturday, courtesy of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (APCD). Additionally, if the vehicle fails the test, the first 525 participants will be provided a voucher worth up to $500 that can be used for repairs at participating smog repair shops.

Part of the San Joaquin Valley APCD's Polluting Automobile Scrap and Salvage (PASS) program, the "Tune-In & Tune-Up" event will be held at the Kern County Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To be eligible, you must be a resident of the San Joaquin Valley and have owned your car for more than six months.

Although no smog certificates will be issued, the event offers a free way to determine if your car needs repairs to pass the test and a way to pay for those repairs.

Free food and drink will also be available while supplies last. For more information, please contact the APCD's program partner; Valley Clean Air Now at 1-800-806-2004.

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Gun makers leaving Connecticut, Colorado over tougher gun laws, Gun manufacturers in Connecticut and Colorado are packing up and heading for gun-friendlier states, and one place that is welcoming them is Texas, Fox News reported April 29.

Gun manufacturers in states that are enacting strict new gun laws had threatened to take their operations — along with jobs and hefty payrolls — to states that are more welcoming to gun makers. Some gun makers contend that gun reform laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings will have a detrimental effect on their business.

Now the gun makers are making good on their threats to leave states that are enacting gun control legislation.

In Connecticut, high-end rifle manufacturer PTR Industries announced on its Facebook page on April 9 that it would be taking its 40 jobs and $50,000 weekly payroll to a new state that has less restrictive gun laws. The new location has not been announced.

“Although PTR has not decided upon a specific relocation site at this time, over the coming weeks the company will be actively considering offers from states that are friendly to the industry,” PTR said.

This month, Connecticut lawmakers approved a wide-ranging bill that includes new restrictions on weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines.

AR-15 manufacturer Stag Arms LLC, based in New Britain, Conn., could follow PTR out of state, Fox News said. Stag Arms also has been critical of Connecticut gun laws and rushed guns to customers before the stricter gun laws were enacted.

“In the shadow of extremely restrictive gun control legislation being implemented tonight against our second amendment rights, Stag Arms has infused thousands of guns into Connecticut over the last few days. We want every law abiding citizen to be able to purchase our rifles before it is too late,” Stag Arms posted on its Facebook page on April 3.

There’s a similar backlash by gun manufacturers in Colorado, where tougher gun laws also were recently signed by the governor.

Magpul Industries Corp., which makes a variety of gun products, apparel and accessories, apparently is leaving Colorado in the wake of the tougher gun laws but has delayed the announcement specifics because of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings.

“We had some communications regarding our pending move and the process of choosing our new locations to put out this week, but the events in Boston make this a poor time for that, and we will hold off those announcements until later,” Magpul announced on its Facebook page April 19.

Magpul employs more than 200 people and generates about $85 million in annual taxable revenues, Fox said.

Meanwhile, other states, like Texas, Alaska and Alabama, are trying to lure the gun manufacturers.

“There is still a place for freedom that is very much alive and well,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry said. “That place is called Texas.”

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Phil Jackson cancer, During a time where Phil Jackson is supposedly "itching" for an NBA return, we're finally beginning to get a good idea of why he stepped away in the first place.

In the legendary coach's upcoming book Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success, Jackson admits publicly that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in March 2011. Jackson kept the information private after hearing the news, and doctors told him the condition could be dealt with via drugs initially.

Eventually, though, the Hall of Famer did tell his players—doing so in the most Jacksonian way possible—as a motivational ploy during the 2011 NBA playoffs. According to the Orange County Register's Kevin Ding (membership required), Jackson saw his players slipping and hoped telling them would spark a renaissance.

Forward Pau Gasol spoke with Ding about his feelings when hearing the news, saying:

Shocking. But then you also could understand certain moments of his demeanor, energy and involvement because of what he was going through health-wise. It explained certain things. It was a shock. A difficult moment for the team.

Long renowned for his ability to manipulate his superstars, Jackson's motivational ploy did not work in 2011. The Lakers, going for their third consecutive NBA championship, went on to get swept by the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference semifinals. The embarrassing defeat marked the end of Jackson's coaching career—at least, what most thought was the end.

There is no word on Jackson's current prognosis, though Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk notes he did have surgery in hopes of curing the condition. Reports last year said Jackson was in better health but did not specify anything cancer-related.

That will definitely be a storyline if, as reported, Jackson is interested in a return to the NBA.

Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reported earlier this week that the Raptors were considering making a run at Jackson, and the Brooklyn Nets made him a target for their head-coaching vacancy during the season.

While there is no word on whether Jackson will return to the bench or a front office, our hopes are first and foremost with the legendary coach's good health.

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