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Foraging for Miner’s Lettuce, Perfect for Gourmet Urban Gardens

Posted on Apr 05, 2011 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading – Kevin Hayden

Source: Hank Shaw –

Here in Northern California, our spring has already begun. Manzanita is in flower, and the almonds and wild plums are in full bloom. Everything that’s not concrete is green, greener than anything you can imagine. Ireland green. It is the Time of Salads. 

And no wild salad green is more important than miner’s lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata. I took a walk yesterday near Folsom, and within a mile I saw enough of the plant to feed a small town. It is everywhere, so much so that no one can see it. It’s become wallpaper, an anonymous part of the green world we’re enjoying these days. I watched scores of people pass one of the world’s great salad greens without so much as a second glance. 

I wonder if they just didn’t recognize the plant in its natural setting? After all, next to blackberries and wild fennel, miner’s lettuce is probably the most recognized wild edible in this part of the country. Even dazzling urbanites seem to know it, possibly recalling dim memories of summer camps gone by, or of a fancy Alice Waters salad they might have enjoyed at Chez Panisse back in 1989 or something....

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Health Benefits of Maple Syrup – Fights Diabetes and Prevents Cancer

Posted on Apr 05, 2011 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma – Kevin Hayden

Source: Natural News

Put down the corn syrup-laden Aunt Jemima and reach for some 100 percent pure maple syrup. New research recently presented at the 241st annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in Anaheim, Calif., highlights the amazing health benefits of maple syrup, including its ability to help treat diabetes and prevent the onset of cancer.

Navindra Seeram and her colleagues from the University of Rhode Island last year discovered that maple syrup contains 20 unique health-promoting compounds, 13 of which have never before been identified in maple syrup. And according to a release from United Press International, five of the compounds identified have never been previously identified in nature at all.

“I continue to say that nature is the best chemist, and that maple syrup is becoming a champion food when it comes to the number and variety of beneficial compounds found it in,” said Seeram in a statement. “It’s important to note that in our laboratory research we found that several of these compounds possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which have been shown to fight cancer, diabetes and bacterial illnesses.”

Maple syrup is already known for being rich in vitamins and minerals, but now it has become clear that the natural sweetener is loaded with a host of powerful, disease-fighting antioxidants.


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Gold Over $1,450 – Silver Passes $39

Posted on Apr 05, 2011 in Economic News – Kevin Hayden

Source: Zero Hedge

Nobody could have foreseen this. Nobody. In other news, Ben Bernanke has just ordered an extra absorbent set of Huggies.

Silver price is at 31-year high.

Time for some force majeure announcements from the TBTFs....

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FBI ‘Secret’ Memo Details ABC Reporter as Informant During ’95 OKC Bombing, Saudi Connection

Posted on Apr 05, 2011 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations – Kevin Hayden

Source: Public Integrity

A once-classified FBI memo reveals that the bureau treated a senior ABC News journalist as a potential confidential informant in the 1990s, pumping the reporter to ascertain the source of a sensational but uncorroborated tip that the network had obtained during its early coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing.

The journalist, whose name is not disclosed in the document labeled “secret,” not only cooperated but provided the identity of a confidential source, according to the FBI memo — a possible breach of journalistic ethics if he or she did not have the source’s permission.

The ABC employee was even assigned a number in the FBI’s informant database, indicating he or she was still being vetted for suitability as a snitch after providing “highly accurate and reliable information in the past” and then revealing information the network had obtained in the hours just after the 1995 terrorist attack by Timothy McVeigh.

The journalist “advised that a source within the Saudi Arabian Intelligence Service advised that the Oklahoma City bombing was sponsored by the Iraqi Special Services who contracted seven (7) former Afghani Freedom Fighters out of Pakistan,” an April 17, 1996 FBI memo states, recounting the then-ABC journalist’s interview with FBI agents a year earlier on the evening of the April 19, 1995 bombing....

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Japan Seawater Radioactivity Surpasses 7.5 Million x Legal Limit

Posted on Apr 05, 2011 in Global & National News - Kevin Hayden

Source: Business Insider

A fish was caught on Friday midway between Fukushima and Tokyo that contained dangerously high levels of radioactive iodine and high levels of cesium.

This catch has prompted Japan to announce its first legal limits for radiation in fish, according to the AP. Previously Japan had said it was enough to ban fishing in the near proximity of the nuclear plant.

Japan also just announced a huge surge in ocean contamination, as radioactive iodine-131 at 7.5 million times the legal limit was found near the plant, according to Japan Times. Yesterday, levels were only 5 million times the legal limit.

Ocean contamination will probably get worse. Yesterday TEPCO commenced a plan to dump 11,500 tons of radioactive water into the ocean, and it said a leak of even more toxic water could last for months.

Japan, like the Gulf of Mexico during the oil spill, faces a serious economic blow if its fishing industry dries up.


India bans Japan food imports…

Plant radiation monitor says levels ‘immeasurable’…

Gov’t says sorry for releasing radioactive water into ocean… ...

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North Dakota Tells D.C. to Back Off: Delivers 10th Amendment Cease and Desist Order

Posted on Apr 05, 2011 in Political Issues – Kevin Hayden

Source: 10th Amendment Center

The North Dakota legislature has a message to send to Washington DC by passing House Concurrent Resolution 3015 (HCR3015) – cease and desist!

The resolution passed the House in February by a vote of 57-36, and yesterday, the Senate concurred by a voice vote. From the text of the resolution:

this resolution serves as notice and demand to the federal government to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of constitutionally delegated powers

The Plains Daily reports that HCR3015 “will now by signed by the Governor and then delivered by the ND Secretary of State to President Obama, the Supreme Court justices, the President of the US Senate, Speaker of the US House, and the ND Congressional delegation, as well as all the judges of the US 8th Circuit court of appeals.”

Since 2009, 14 states have passed similar resolutions supporting original constitutional principles. These non-binding resolutions do not carry the force of law, but do play an important role.

First, they bring the issue to the public sphere....

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CIA Intel Analyst Blasts US Foreign Policy, Libya; Slams CNN Infobabes

Posted on Apr 04, 2011 in Police, Military, & War – Kevin Hayden

Source: CNN

A U.S. intelligence source has confirmed the presence of CIA operations in Libya. What does an operation like this look like and what does it mean for the U.S.?  Michael Scheuer, former CIA Counterterrorism Analyst who headed CIA’s Bin Laden Unit, says the U.S. should not have gone into Libya.

Hayden’s Note:

Michael Scheur not only says Libya was none of our business, he lays into the “infobabes” and lets them have it towards the end of this interview.  He discusses the false left/right paradigm briefly and then gets booted off the air.   We need more intelligence analysts and former CIA like this guy speaking publicly.  Maybe then, some of the RHINO-types and traditional war-mongering conservatives can hear it from a “reputable source” and understand that this “war effort” is wrong, that the media is lying to you and all of these things are being done in step with a pre-written end game blueprint. 

Watch this short clip –


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Israel Breaks Demolition Record, Accused of Apartheid

Posted on Apr 04, 2011 in Global & National News – Kevin Hayden

Source: Press TV

The United Nations has warned that the demolition of the Palestinian residences by Israelis has been breaking the record for the past three months. “The number of Palestinian buildings in the West Bank demolished by the Israeli authorities has hit a record high for the third consecutive month,” said Chris Gunness, spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees on Sunday, AFP reported.

“The number of people forcibly displaced by these demolitions has also hit a record monthly high with 158 people forcibly displaced in March by demolitions, including 64 children,” he said.

The official said respectively 29, 70 and 76 homes had been razed to the ground each month since January.

The policy clearly aims at “discrimination against one ethnic group,” Gunness noted.

Tel Aviv is accused of implementing an apartheid system, under which it indulges Jews while withholding basic requirements from the Palestinians.

The destructions have been carried out coincidental with Israel’s building of illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem). Tel Aviv occupied the two Palestinian territories in 1967 and later annexed them, in a move not recognized by the international community....

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Sarkozy in Favor of an International Currency of Reference (SDR)

Posted on Apr 04, 2011 in Economic News, Federal Reserve & Bankers – Kevin Hayden

Source: Asia News

Ahead of the G20 finance minister summit in Nanjing scheduled for today, the French president proposes to boost the capacity of the International Monetary Fund to supervise currency markets. He also wants Special Drawing Rights to become the currency of reference.

Hong Kong – French President Nicolas Sarkozy wants to enlarge the G7 to better manage currency markets, expand the International Monetary Fund’s oversight capacity in the field, and to the IMF’s currency basket, Special Drawing Right (SDR), the currencies of emerging economies, like the Chinese yuan. The SDR is monetary unit of international reserve assets defined and maintained by the IMF itself. The French leader made the proposal at a G20 meeting of finance ministers in Nanjing, China.

“Greater supervision by the IMF” of nations’ balance of payments and reserves “appears indispensible,” Sarkozy said yesterday at a one-day seminar ahead of the summit.

For him, the proposal can become operative right away. “France supports modifying the IMF’s status to expand its oversight capacity,” he noted. This can counter what he views as a “proliferation of unilateral measures during crises resulting in a new financial protectionism in which all economies suffer”.


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What America Has Become – State Sponsored Theft

Posted on Apr 02, 2011 in Constitutional & Liberty Issues, Political Issues – Kevin Hayden

Source: YouTube

A Delaware couple is played tough defense against authorities trying to remove their family’s basketball hoop.

Transportation workers and state police converged on a Wilmington neighborhood to remove several basketball goals that officials say violate a law prohibiting objects from being too close to the roadway.  In many states, this area is known as an easement – belonging to the municipality or even the utility companies.  Look out your front door, and if you live in a city, you’ll likely see that the sidewalk is typically 4-6 feet into your property.  This is a common-ground and requires free access and right-of-way in most jurisdictions.

But John and Melissa McCafferty are fighting back.  The issue at hand is a simple basketball goal that has been in neighborhood use for decades at the back of this sleepy cul-de-sac.  Melissa parked her van underneath the goal and perched herself behind the backboard, risking arrest.  McCafferty says she could only think about how sad her 10-year-old daughter would be if she came home to find the basketball hoop gone....

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The Great Thimerosal Cover-up: Mercury, Vaccines and Autism

Posted on Apr 02, 2011 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: Natural News

Originally published on Aug 12, 2010 but felt like sharing it again.

The Great Thimerosal Cover-up: Mercury, Vaccines and Autism

You have probably seen your nurse insert a syringe into a large vial, extract some liquid, and then leave a substantial amount of vaccine in the original container. If you’ve witnessed this seemingly benign procedure, you’ve seen how vaccine manufacturers are saving money at the expense of public health. In order to store larger amounts of vaccine at a lower cost, companies began offering “multi-dose units” while adding preservatives to prevent contaminations. That way doctors can open and close a vaccine container, inviting germs into the once-sterile solution, while assuring the public that those contaminants are quickly killed by the preservative.

Sound familiar? It’s the same story of corporate America’s love affair with preservatives. It saves them money, while posing an undue risk to your health. But like many toxic preservatives found in food, a vaccine preservative kills more than just bacteria and fungi; it can lead to extensive neurological damage in your children, and has even been implicated in autism....

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US Orders Media Silence on Bahrain’s Current Regime Crackdown and Violence

Posted on Apr 01, 2011 in Featured Articles, Police, Military, & War – Kevin Hayden

Source: Press TV

President of Bahrain’s Center for Human Rights Nabeel Rajab says the US media have been ordered not to cover news on the government’s brutal crackdown on Bahraini people.

Reports from the Center’s colleagues in the United States say “In the US some news agencies and TV stations were asked not to report on Bahrain and not to embarrass [President Barack Obama’s administration,” Rajab told Press TV.

He went on to say that the US and the Western governments have chosen to keep silent over ongoing atrocities in Bahrain due to their support for the country’s authoritarian regime.

According to unconfirmed reports, over 420 people have been arrested during ongoing protests in the kingdom, Rajab pointed out.

The Bahraini protesters continue to demand the ouster of the 200-year-old-plus monarchy as well as constitutional reforms.

At least 25 people have been killed and about 1,000 others injured during the government-sanctioned crackdowns on peaceful demonstrators.

Joined recently by police units and troops from Saudi and the United Arab Emirates, the Bahraini government forces have launched a deadly crackdown on the popular revolution that began to sweep the Persian Gulf island on February 14....

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Goldman Raises Corn Price Forecast By 30% Just as Corn Surges to Highest Since 2008 Food Crisis

Posted on Apr 01, 2011 in Economic News – Kevin Hayden

Source: Zero Hedge

Unprecedented strength in corn continues, with futures rising by 4.5% on Thursday, following strong demand for corn to make food and fuel. That demand has whittled down the corn supply, which was already at its lowest level in 15 years in the United States, the world’s top exporter of the grain. Per Reuters: ” Demand has been strong from the livestock and ethanol sectors, and from importing nations, including China which is believed to have purchased 1.25 million tonnes last week.

Hayden’s Note:

Just a quick, hectic sidenote – The “ethanol” demand is ONLY due to the Govt subsidies involved.  Corn is a horrible choice for ethanol.  Furthermore, we feed MOST of our corn supplies to livestock because it’s cheaper than grass.  Ironic, huh?  Corn actually kills cows, thus the requirement for constant, low-dose antibiotics in your meat supply.  This also means most of your processed foods, ie 95% of everything on the shelf, will go up in price due to using High Fructose Corn Syrup.  Brace for impact, people.

This week’s rally, triggered by the U.S....

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Small Urban Gardener Threatened with $5,000 Fine for Growing Chard

Posted on Mar 31, 2011 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading – Kevin Hayden

Source: Ghost Town Farm – Novella Carpenter

I thought I was just being paranoid, but it looks like the City of Oakland workers do read my blog (hi guys!) and will be coming to the pop up farmstand to bust me for illegal activities.

(Ghost Town Farm is a blog about a girl living in California that grows her own vegetables, receives donations from neighbors for picking through the garden and keeps a few rabbits and chickens. She also wrote a book detailing her urban gardening adventures, entitled “Farm City” – FYI)

Here’s the deal: After getting off the plane from Salt Lake City and making my way home to a cup of tea, I sit down at my kitchen table and I see this guy in a City of Oakland car taking photos of my garden. I go down and he said I’m out of compliance for “agricultural activities”. I’m supposed to get a Conditional Use Permit for growing chard. The annual fee: $2,500.
Last year, when I bought my lot, I went to the planning department to find out what I needed to get a business license and all that stuff....

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Japan Radiation Detected in 15 States, in Milk Samples From Washington State

Posted on Mar 31, 2011 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma – Kevin Hayden

Source: Natural News

Radioactive isotopes unique to the Fukushima disaster are now being detected in at least 15 US states, according to recent reports from CNN (…). And the Associated Press (AP) has issued a report claiming that milk samples taken in Washington state have tested positive for low levels of the same radioactive component, Iodine-131, raising concerns about the true widespread effects of the Fukushima nuclear fallout (…).

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and various state and local authorities continue to repeat the same empty reassurances that all detected levels of radiation — whether they be in air, water, or food — are far below levels of concern, and that people do not need to worry or do anything in response. But is this sound advice?

Earlier in the week, several nuclear facilities in North and South Carolina, as well as in Florida, reportedly detected low levels of Iodine-131 in the air (…). That same radiation has also been detected across the West Coast, as well as in northeastern states like Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, which clearly indicates that Fukushima radiation has made its way throughout the US, at least in very low levels.


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