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by Gabriella Morrongiello

October 10, 2014

Employers in the San Francisco Bay Area are adjusting to a new regulation this month that requires them to provide commuter benefits to employees.

The Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program mandates private, public and non-profit companies with 50 or more full-time employees to offer commuter benefits in an effort to "improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion." On Sept. 30, employers in the Bay Area Air Quality Management District-which includes nine counties in Northern California-had to comply with the new program or face civil penalties up to $10,000 per day under California's air pollution control laws.

by James Mazars de Mazarin

October 10, 2014

What started off as a measure to hurt drug kingpins and their criminal empires by confiscation of their property has morphed into an often abused law enforcement tactic that harms blameless citizens.

Oliver showcases some of the worst abuses that police departments have engaged in, including seizing cars in Detroit for having been driven to a "funk night" at an art institute where alcohol was being illegally served or taking sums of cash because "common people do not usually carry this much cash." In testimony given before a citizen commission, one police chief was surprisingly frank, referring to assets seized as "pennies from heaven" and said the money acquired was sometimes used to buy "toys" that the department could not usually afford. One example of such a toy is the margarita machine bought by a Texas police department.

by Walter Einenkel

October 10, 2014

Almost 3 billion gallons of oil industry wastewater have been illegally dumped into central California aquifers that supply drinking water and farming irrigation, according to state documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity.

The wastewater entered the aquifers through at least nine injection disposal wells used by the oil industry to dispose of waste contaminated with fracking fluids and other pollutants. High levels of arsenic, thallium and nitrates were also found in water-supply wells around waste-disposal locations. These, of course, have yet to be tested to find out the true nature of their relationship to the waste-management facilities nearby.

October 8, 2014

As impossible as this should be in America, the land of the free and the home of religious liberty, it is happening as we speak in Idaho, one of the most conservative states in the union.

There, in Coeur D'Alene, ordained ministers Donald Knapp and his wife Evelyn are going to spend 180 days in jail and be fined $1000 a day for politely declining to perform a sodomy-based marriage ceremony.

October 4, 2014

Why has Nestlé, who owns a baby-formula producing company called Gerber, removed GMOs (genetically modified organisms) from baby foods and formulas in South Africa and not in the United States?

Perhaps because South African parents are more vocal than Americans. Or it might also be because corporations conducting business in the U.S. are protected by government agencies who don't seem to give a hoot about public health - not even of our most fragile citizens. Maybe it's time we speak out for the sake of children's health.

October 4, 2014

The FDA issued warning letters this week to the two largest distributors of essentials oils in the United Sates, Young Living and dōTERRA. The FDA is claiming that their products are being marketed as unapproved drugs.

According to the FDA, these promotions - especially ones related to Ebola - are inaccurate but not unexpected. "Oftentimes with public health incidences, like Ebola or even during H1n1, we see products that are marketed, often online, that claim to treat or cure the disease...without FDA approval," FDA spokeswoman Stephanie Yao said in an interview, adding that "these sorts of things pop up" in almost any public health crisis.

by Ethan A. Huff

September 25, 2014

After we recently broke the news about the U.S. government's patent on the human Ebola virus, many of our readers asked for more information explaining how this could possibly be the case.

Well, this article will break down the actual patent for so-called "EboBun," which shortly after being identified back in 2007 was deposited with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and claimed by the U.S. government as its own "invention." If you don't believe it, take a look for yourself:

by Mike Adams

September 25, 2014

In furtherance of the medical monopoly that dominates western civilization today, the FDA issued warning letters to three companies over what they call fraudulent health claims regarding Ebola treatments.

The warning letters threaten all three companies with possible criminal prosecutions if they do not immediately answer the FDA and FTC with explanations of how they plan to halt the making of such claims. As of this writing, the e-commerce website of the Natural Solutions Foundation appears to have already removed any mention of Ebola. There is one natural cure for Ebola that has already been proven to work about 50% of the time. It's called the human immune system. Every person who has survived Ebola so far has been saved by it. It is, by definition, a legitimate "cure" for Ebola.

by Nick Meyer

September 23, 2014

The takeover of the American food supply by genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, was done without the consent of the public, and now most of the country is still coming to grips with the fact that 70-80% of its food products contain GMO ingredients.

Several news sources have reported on the private diets of many of the top politicians from across the political spectrum, and - surprise, surprise! - it really does seem as if there's nothing new in the way these politicians go about their business (saying one thing in public and doing the opposite behind our backs).

by Scott Bauer

September 19, 2014

lection clerks around Wisconsin, including the Democratic one in Dane County, have decided not to use a model ballot for the November election that's being challenged by Republicans as confusing and benefiting Democrats.

Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell said Friday that he decided to use a ballot with shading to differentiate the offices and candidates, as has been done for years. The new model ballot offered by the Government Accountability Board no longer has the shading or a line after the title of the office and the name of the first candidate. A lawsuit filed this week by Republican legislative leaders contends the elections board has the power to reject ballots that deviate from that model, and it should redraft the model to make it less confusing.

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