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Dear friends,

Below are
one-paragraph excerpts of important news articles you may have missed.
These news articles include revealing information on the first major study
of Morgellons disease, the recent recommendation by the USDA against
marketing of milk and meat from clones, the recent sightings of UFOs in
Texas, and more. Each excerpt is taken verbatim from the major media
website listed at the link provided. If any link fails to function, click
here. Key sentences are highlighted for those with limited
By choosing to educate ourselves
and to spread
the word, we can and will build a brighter

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Bay Area has first major U.S. study of Morgellons

January 17, 2008, San Francisco
(San Francisco's leading newspaper)

Bay Area
researchers are beginning the first major U.S. study into a mystery disease
known for its frightening symptoms - among them, open sores and
unidentifiable objects poking out of the skin - that doctors have long
suspected is all in patients' heads. The study into Morgellons will start
immediately. The research will be funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention [and conducted by Kaiser Permanente]. Researchers
are hoping to come up with a more specific definition of Morgellons and how
prevalent it is in the Bay Area, which has one of the largest
concentrations of ... cases of the disease in the country. The CDC is not
yet agreeing that Morgellons is a medical condition.
Many doctors believe that Morgellons is actually a psychiatric condition
called delusional parasitosis. They say the filaments that patients report
growing out of their skin are actually lint or threads from clothing, and
the open sores are caused by patients scratching at skin when they perceive
a crawling sensation. San Francisco resident Pat Miller has been to more
than a dozen doctors since he first developed symptoms several years ago.
He's been diagnosed with a wide variety of skin conditions, as well as
delusional parasitosis, and few doctors have been willing to consider
Morgellons. "I've developed this lack of love for doctors and
health care systems. You pretty much have to become your own doctor." The
nonprofit Morgellons Research
Foundation says that more than 10,000 families in the United States
have registered with the Web site
, claiming at least one family
member has the disease. About 24 percent of registered families are in
California, and the Bay Area is one of several hot spots in the country.
The research foundation estimates that 150 to 500 people in Northern
California have Morgellons.

Though mainstream science initially claimed Morgellons disease was purely
psychological, much information is challenging this stance. For many
revealing health stories from reliable sources, click here.

USDA Recommends That Food From Clones Stay Off
the Market

January 16, 2008, Washington

The U.S.
Department of Agriculture yesterday asked U.S. farmers to keep their cloned
animals off the market indefinitely even as Food and Drug Administration
officials announced that food from cloned livestock is safe to eat. Bruce
I. Knight, the USDA's undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs,
requested an ongoing "voluntary moratorium" to buy time for "an acceptance
process" that Knight said consumers in the United States and abroad will
need, "given the emotional nature of this issue." Yet even as the two
agencies sought a unified message -- that food from clones is safe for
people but perhaps dangerous to U.S. markets and trade relations --
evidence surfaced suggesting that Americans and others are probably already
eating meat from the offspring of clones. Executives from the nation's
major cattle cloning companies conceded yesterday that they have not been
able to keep track of how many offspring of clones have entered the food
supply, despite a years-old request by the FDA to keep them off the market
pending completion of the agency's safety report. At least one Kansas
cattle producer also disclosed yesterday that he has openly sold semen from
prize-winning clones to many U.S. meat producers in the past few years, and
that he is certain he is not alone. "This is a fairy tale that this
technology is not being used and is not already in the food chain," said
Donald Coover, a Galesburg cattleman and veterinarian who has a specialty
cattle semen business. "Anyone who tells you otherwise either doesn't know
what they're talking about, or they're not being honest."
year, [only] 22 percent of Americans who responded to a major survey said
they had a favorable impression of food from clones.

For lots more reliable information on how big business takes huge risks
with the food we eat, click

Small Texas town abuzz over reported UFO

January 15, 2008, ABC News/Associated

In this
Texas farming community where nightfall usually brings clear, starry skies,
residents are abuzz over reported sightings of what many believe is a UFO.
Several dozen people — including a pilot, county constable and business
owners — insist they have seen a large silent object with bright lights
flying low and fast. Some reported seeing fighter jets chasing it.
"People wonder what in the world it is because this is the Bible
Belt, and everyone is afraid it's the end of times," said Steve Allen, a
freight company owner and pilot who said the object he saw last week was a
mile long and half a mile wide. "It was positively, absolutely nothing from
these parts.
" While federal officials insist there's a logical
explanation, locals swear that it was larger, quieter, faster and lower to
the ground than an airplane. They also said the object's lights changed
configuration, unlike those of a plane. People in several towns who
reported seeing it over several weeks have offered similar descriptions of
the object. Machinist Ricky Sorrells said ... he saw a flat, metallic
object hovering about 300 feet over a pasture behind his Dublin home.He has
seen the object several times. He said he watched it through his rifle's
telescopic lens and described it as very large and without seams, nuts or
bolts. About 200 UFO sightings are reported each month, mostly in
California, Colorado and Texas, according to the Mutual UFO Network, which plans to go to
the 17,000-resident town of Stephenville to investigate. Fourteen percent
of Americans polled last year by The Associated Press ... say they have
seen a UFO.

For a succinct summary of UFO evidence presented by highly credible
government and military professionals, click here.

'Eco-Patent Commons' hopes to improve
environmental innovation

January 14, 2008, San Francisco
(San Francisco's leading newspaper)

Corp., Nokia, Sony and Pitney Bowes are expected to announce Monday that
they have put 31 inventions into an "Eco-Patent Commons" designed to make
these Earth-friendly manufacturing and waste-reduction processes more
widely available. "This is an open source effort along the lines of the Creative Commons," said IBM
assistant general counsel David Kappos, who is responsible for the
company's intellectual property. The open source movement, symbolized by
the free Linux operating system, believes that innovation occurs
more quickly when new ideas and processes are open to the public for anyone
to troubleshoot and improve. The Eco-Patent Commons adopts this activist
tactic in certain fields - like waste reduction
- where the
participating firms have decided that the societal benefit of having every
willing manufacturer adopt these cleaner processes outweighs any potential
advantage they might gain by keeping the idea close to the vest. One of the
newly freed eco-patents is an IBM invention for using a specially folded
piece of corrugated cardboard to cushion electronic components against
shock during shipping - replacing the Styrofoam products that can easily
become an environmental headache. Likewise, Nokia is giving away a patent
designed to help safely dispose of mobile phones by reusing their
components in other gadgets such as digital cameras. Kappos said the
Eco-Patent Commons would be run by an independent, nonprofit group, the World Business Council for Sustainable
Development, and expressed hope that other companies would follow the
lead and add real clout to what is more a symbolic than substantive effort
to make global business a little greener.

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Ricki Lake in 'Business of Being Born,' about
birth in America

January 13, 2008, San Francisco
(San Francisco's leading newspaper)

did not exactly go as planned when Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein conceived
the idea of working together on an expose of America's delivery rooms.
Called "The Business of Being Born," the documentary examines the politics,
economics and history of how and where most Americans take their first
breaths. This includes the births of Epstein's and Lake's own babies - Lake
delivered at home aided by a midwife. Although they were longtime friends,
Epstein had written off Lake's interest in home birth and midwifery as a
"reckless" crusade that she admits she "totally didn't get." That all
changed in 2004 when Lake showed Epstein a home video of [Lake] giving
birth to her second son in a bathtub in 2001. "Ricki's video was so
inspiring. I didn't know you could have a baby like that - with no blood,
in her own home," Epstein says. "It was clean. It was beautiful. She looked
so powerful and so in control." While "The Business of Being Born"
clearly takes a stance in defending the craft of midwifery, Epstein and
Lake insist that their mission is more about empowering women with
knowledge and reminding them that they may have more choices than they
"The film is not advocating anything but choice. I'm not
at all telling people to have a home birth like me," says Lake, who after
reading a book called Spiritual
decided she wanted to give birth to her second child at
home. Citing statistics that show home-birthing rates declining from 95
percent in 1900 to less than 1 percent by 1955, the film questions whether
American women today have been convinced that they are not responsible for
the births of their children or simply don't know how to give birth on
their own.

The Lost Archive
January 12, 2008, Wall Street

1944, British air force bombers hammered ... the Bavarian Academy of
Among the treasures lost, later lamented Anton Spitaler, an Arabic scholar
at the academy, was a unique photo archive of ancient manuscripts of the
Quran. The 450 rolls of film had been assembled before the war for a bold
venture: a study of the evolution of the Quran. The wartime destruction
made the project "outright impossible," Mr. Spitaler wrote in the 1970s.
Mr. Spitaler was lying. The cache of photos survived, and he was
sitting on it all along.
"He pretended it disappeared," says
Angelika Neuwirth, a former pupil and protégée of the late Mr. Spitaler.
Ms. Neuwirth, a professor of Arabic studies ... now is overseeing a revival
of the research. The Quran is viewed by most Muslims as the unchanging word
of God as transmitted to the Prophet Muhammad in the 7th century. The text,
they believe, didn't evolve or get edited.
The earliest manuscripts of the Quran date from around 700 and use a
skeletal version of the Arabic script that is difficult to decipher and can
be open to divergent readings. Mystery and misfortune bedeviled the
Munich archive from the start. The scholar who launched it perished in an
odd climbing accident in 1933.
An experienced climber ... his body
was never given an autopsy; rumors spread of suicide or foul play. His
successor died in a 1941 plane crash. Mr. Spitaler, who inherited the Quran
collection and then hid it, fared better. He lived to age 93. The photos of
the old manuscripts will form the foundation of a computer data base that
Ms. Neuwirth's team believes will help tease out the history of Islam's
founding text.

General Clears Army Officer of Crime in Abu
Ghraib Case

January 11, 2008, New York

The only
United States Army officer to face a court-martial over the scandal at
Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing in the
case. A court-martial convicted Lt. Col. Steven Jordan in August of
disobeying an order not to discuss the investigation of abuse at the jail
and issued him a criminal reprimand as penalty. But Maj. Gen. Richard Rowe,
commanding officer for the Army Military District of Washington,
disapproved of both the conviction and the reprimand. The decision by
General Rowe wipes Colonel Jordan’s record clean of any criminal
responsibility. Colonel Jordan had once faced a maximum punishment of five
years in prison and dismissal from the Army over the Abu Ghraib scandal,
which unleashed a wave of global condemnation against the United States
when images of abused prisoners surfaced in 2004. The photos included
scenes of naked detainees stacked in a pyramid and other inmates cowering
in front of snarling dogs. Colonel Jordan, who was in charge of an Abu
Ghraib interrogation center, said he had played no part in the abuse and
complained that the military was trying to make him a scapegoat. His
defense team also argued that he held no command authority at the prison.
The judicial panel of 10 officers that convicted him in August of
disobeying the order also acquitted him of any responsibility for the cruel
treatment of Abu Ghraib detainees. Eleven lower-ranking soldiers
have been convicted in military courts in connection with the physical
abuse and sexual humiliation of Abu Ghraib detainees. Two other officers
have been disciplined by the Army, but neither faced criminal charges or

New rules on licenses pit states against

January 11, 2008, CNN

of at least 17 states are suddenly stuck in the middle of a fight between
the Bush administration and state governments over post-September 11
security rules for driver's licenses -- a dispute that, by May, could leave
millions of people unable to use their licenses to board planes or enter
federal buildings. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who
unveiled final details of the REAL ID Act's rules on Friday, said that if
states want their licenses to remain valid for air travel after May 2008,
those states must seek a waiver indicating they want more time to comply
with the legislation. Chertoff said that in instances where a particular
state doesn't seek a waiver, its residents will have to use a passport or a
newly created federal passport card if they want to avoid a vigorous
secondary screening at airport security. Chertoff spoke as he discussed the
details of the administration's plan to improve security for driver's
licenses in all 50 states -- an effort delayed due to opposition from
states worried about the cost and civil libertarians upset about what they
believe are invasions of privacy. Under the rules announced Friday,
Americans born after Dec. 1, 1964, will have to get more secure driver's
licenses in the next six years. The American
Civil Liberties Union has fiercely objected to the effort, particularly
the sharing of personal data among government agencies. In its
written objection to the law, the ACLU claims REAL ID amounts to the
"first-ever national identity card system," which "would irreparably damage
the fabric of American life."

2008 Tata Nano Is the $2500 Car That Might Change
the World

January 10, 2008, Popular

blossomed on giant video screens, the 2001: A Space Odyssey theme reached
its brassy peak, and the world’s most affordable car—the $2500 Tata
Nano—rolled out onto the stage. Ratan Tata, chairman of the Tata Group,
parked and got out as hundreds of camera flashes speckled the darkened
convention hall. Here at the 2008 AutoExpo in India, the Nano’s debut was
about much more than a car. The Nano, many tradeshow attendees seemed to
believe, would transform the country and then, maybe, the world. The Nano
looked underwhelming, [like] a golf cart crossed with a jelly bean. Its
journey onto the stage and into history was powered by a 2-cylinder, 33-hp
engine, and the spec sheet is best given as what the car has not: no air
conditioning, no radio, no power steering, no sun visors. But it
carries four people, gets 50 mpg, and costs less than a trendy motor
. The Nano is no solution to the traffic problem in big
[Indian] cities; a prominent Indian environmentalist called the prospect of
these ultra-affordable vehicles flooding the roads a “nightmare.” But the
Nano represents both national pride about India’s ingenuity and the promise
that the benefits of middle-class life will reach more people. “What can
you get for $2500 in the U.S.?” a young man ... asked. “You can’t carry
your family for $2500 in a [new] car. But in India we have done this.” His
friend, Rajesh Relia, agreed. He makes 6000 rupees a month, about $150. He
doesn’t own a car, and carries his family of four, dangerously and
cumbersomely, on a motor scooter. The Nano is a car he can actually
afford, and he said he will buy one as soon as it becomes available in late
2008. “This is my dream,” he said, beaming toward the stage. “I am very
happy today.”
Pentagon Won't Probe KBR Rape

January 8, 2008, ABC News

Defense Department's top watchdog has declined to investigate allegations
that an American woman working under an Army contract in Iraq was raped by
her co-workers. The case of former Halliburton/KBR employee Jamie Leigh
Jones gained national attention last month. An ABC News investigation
revealed how an earlier investigation into Jones' alleged gang-rape in 2005
had not resulted in any prosecution, and that neither Jones nor Democratic
and Republican lawmakers have been able to get answers from the Bush
administration on the state of her case. In letters to lawmakers, DoD
Inspector General Claude Kicklighter said that because the Justice
Department still considers the investigation into Jones' case open, there
is no need for him to look into the matter. "We're not satisfied with
that," a Nelson spokesman said. Jones' lawyers also professed
disappointment. Despite deferring to the Justice Department, Kicklighter's
office told Nelson it was willing to pursue other questions Nelson raised
about Jones' case. Kicklighter agreed to explore "whether and why"
a U.S. Army doctor handed to KBR security officials the results of Jones'
medical examination, a so-called "rape kit," which would have contained
evidence of the crime if it had occurred.
In a separate letter,
Kicklighter's office said that the State Department had said its security
officials had Jones' rape kit in their possession at one point.

For a treasure trove of reliable reports on government corruption from
major media sources, click

Exclusive Club Has One Rule: Just

December 23, 2007, ABC News

set a new record for generosity last year. We gave a total of nearly $300
billion. But few of us could match the generosity of Richard Semmler.
Semmler is a 61-year-old math professor at Northern Virginia Community
College. He's also a maintenance man, and a book editor. His hard work
earns him more than $100,000 per year, but he lives very modestly. Even
with three jobs, Semmler lives in a tiny apartment. He's not working so
hard to get more -- he's working to give more. Semmler has donated nearly
$1 million -- between 50 percent and 60 percent of his income each year --
to six charities, and his money helps to feed the homeless and build houses
for families in need. Semmler's not just writing checks -- he's getting his
hands dirty, building those homes with Habitat for Humanity, and handing
out food in soup kitchens. "I prefer to live in a small apartment.
I prefer to drive an old car," he said. "I get a lot of satisfaction out of
that. I get a chance to see my dollars at work. For me, it's a personal
satisfaction in seeing the house built, but more important, it's personal
satisfaction in seeing a family that truly needs this,"
Semmler. [He] belongs to a very exclusive club that anyone can join. It's
called the Fifty Percent League. Members give away at least half their
income to charity. Not all of the donors have big incomes. One woman earned
just $16,000 dollars last year, and gave half of it away to help newly
arrived immigrants. The group is made up of about 100 people and growing.
Collectively, they have given away more than $1 billion over the past
decade. Millionaire David Ludlow is a fifty-percenter, who funds an
after-school program in Boston's inner city. "This has made me a truly
happy man, being able to do this. It's been magnificent. It's totally
turned my life around," Ludlow said.

One of the wonderful people featured in this article, David Ludlow, is a
supporter of our work in the form of a large monthly donation (
This is a powerful example of how one inspired individual can make a big
difference in the world. Let us all do our best to use our money in
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For two inspiring media clips of David and this great organization, click here
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Special note:
Amazingly, the 9/11 cover-up was recently discussed
in the Japanese parliament by top cabinet and parliament members. To read
about this historic event, click
here. To read a highly revealing list of the national security and
foreign policy advisers to the leading presidential candidates from both
parties, click
here. For those interested in the indigo children phenomenon, you will
love a piece on Borishka in Russia available here. The
entire Project Camelot website is filled with fascinating, deep
information. Don't miss it at And for
those who are interested in how Diebold is editing Wikipedia, click

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