Steve King: Ronald Reagan’s Amnesty Act Decision ‘Brought About Barack Obama’s Election’

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) took a stroll down memory lane on Thursday, pointing a finger at a former president for helping Barack Obama get elected.

The Hill notes that King rewinded to the Ronald Reagan administration, criticizing the former president’s decision to pass the 1986 Amnesty Act. NPR noted in 2010 that the bill was designed to impose a crackdown on border security with Mexico, but effectively allowed amnesty to any immigrant entering the U.S. prior to 1982.

The Washington Post added in January that as a result, 2.7 million immigrants were awarded green cards. That prompted King to connect some dots on Thursday, tracing that movement to the last two presidential elections.

“[T]hey have to admit that Ronald Reagan’s signature on the ’86 amnesty act brought about Barack Obama’s election,” King said on the House floor, according to The Hill.

Obama’s 2012 reelection win was heavily aided by a strong Latino voter presence. CNN reported in November that not only did 71 percent of Latinos vote for the president, but they represented 10 percent of the overall electorate for the first time in history.

Here in 2013, King has been a vocal opponent of immigration reform, railing on Tuesday that the Senate’s immigration bill is “far, far worse than Obamacare.” After last month’s Boston bombings, King also cautioned against immigration reform because it could endanger the public.

“Some of the speculation that has come out is that, yes, it was a foreign national and, speculating here, that it was potentially a person on a student visa,” King told The National Review. “If that’s the case, then we need to take a look at the big picture.”

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Skagit River Bridge Collapse: Interstate 5 Span In Washington State Crumbles Into The Water (VIDEO/PHOTOS)

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — An Interstate 5 bridge over a river collapsed north of Seattle Thursday evening, dumping two vehicles into the water and sparking a rescue effort by boats and divers who pulled three injured people from the chilly waterway.

Authorities said it appeared nobody was killed in the bridge failure that raised the question about the safety of aging spans and cut off the main route between Seattle and Canada.

“We don’t think anyone else went into the water,” said Marcus Deyerin, a spokesman for the Northwest Washington Incident Management Team. “At this point we’re optimistic.”

A man and a woman were reported in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries in the emergency room at Skagit Valley Hospital, hospital spokeswoman Kari Ranten said. Another man was reported in stable condition at United General Hospital in Sedro-Woolley, hospital CEO Greg Reed said. He said he didn’t know whether the man would be admitted.

Traffic along the heavily-travelled route could be impacted for some time.

“The I-5 corridor is totally disrupted,” said Gov. Jay Inslee, who went to the scene Thursday night.

He said work has already started to design detour, but state Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson asked people to avoid I-5 in the area for the next several days.

Washington State Trooper Mark Francis said a portion of the four-lane bridge over the Skagit River collapsed about 7 p.m.

Jeremiah Thomas, a volunteer firefighter, said he was driving nearby when he caught something out of the side of his eye and turned to look.

“The bridge just went down, it crashed through the water,” he said. “It was really surreal.”

It was not known what caused the collapse of the bridge about 60 miles north of Seattle in Skagit County, but State Patrol detectives and the patrol’s commercial vehicle enforcement bureau troopers were talking late Thursday night to a commercial truck driver whose rig was believed to have struck the bridge.

“It appears the commercial vehicle made contact with the bridge,” Francis said. “Whether it was the cause” of the collapse or made contact as the bridge was falling “that will all come out in the wash. But it appears it hit the bridge.”

The four-lane bridge was about 50 feet above the water. Deyerin said it appeared that two vehicles – a car and a pickup with the travel trailer attached – fell into the river. He said the water depth was about 15 feet, and that the vehicles were half-visible in the water likely are resting on portions of the collapsed bridge.

Crowds of people lined the river to watch the scene unfold.

“It’s not something you see every day,” said Jimmy O’Connor, the owner of two local pizza restaurants who was driving on another bridge parallel to the one that collapsed. “People were starting to crawl out of their cars.”

He said he and his girlfriend were about 400 yards away on the Burlington Bridge when they heard “just a loud bang.”

“Then we looked over and saw the bridge was down in the water,” he said.

He pulled over and saw three vehicles in the water, including a camping trailer that landed upside-down, he said.

The bridge is not considered structurally deficient but is listed as being “functionally obsolete” – a category meaning that the design is outdated, such as having narrow shoulders and low clearance underneath, according to a database compiled by the Federal Highway Administration.

The bridge was built in 1955 and has a sufficiency rating of 57.4 out of 100, according to federal records. That is well below the statewide average rating of 80, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal data, but 759 bridges in the state have a lower sufficiency score.

According to a 2012 Skagit County Public Works Department report, 42 of the county’s 108 bridges are 50 years or older. The document says eight of the bridges are more than 70 years old and two are over 80.

Washington state was given a C in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2013 infrastructure report card and a C- when it came to the state’s bridges. The group said more than a quarter of Washington’s 7,840 bridges are considered structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.

Democratic Rep. Judy Clibborn, who leads the transportation committee in the state House, said the bridge wasn’t one that has been a focus for lawmakers.

“It is shocking that I-5 would have something happen like this,” she said.

Clibborn said the collapse will call attention to the issues facing bridges – especially the old bridge over the Columbia River that connects Vancouver and Portland, Ore.

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Top 10 reasons to join the March Against Monsanto tomorrow! (Saturday, May 25, 2013)

(NaturalNews) The global March Against Monsanto happens tomorrow! Nearly three hundred cities will host what’s sure to be hundreds of thousands of protesters and activists around the globe who are taking a stand against Monsanto and GMOs.

YOU can join in the activities, too! Check this site to see if there’s a march planned near you:

And learn more about the event at this FB page:

Here are my top 10 reasons to attend the March Against Monsanto!

It’s hard to get your voice heard these days. But now’s your chance! Bring your protest sign, wear a shirt with a message, speak to news crews or even give a speech to the audience. This is your chance to have your voice heard on an issue of crucial importance to the future of life on our planet.

Beyond the media watching this event, Monsanto will also be very closely monitoring what happens. (Look out for “Monsanto spies” at every event!)

When you show up and march with determination and passion, you help send a message to Monsanto that they will never stop the resistance against GMOs. We want to tell them they should find a way to transition out of the market while they still have time. Let Monsanto know that We the People won’t tolerate their genetic poisoning of the planet and the food supply!

By attending these rallies, you’ll also learn a huge amount of valuable information about GMOs and why they’re so dangerous to us all. You might even learn something so powerful you feel compelled to share it with others.

And that’s how this works: Gathering knowledge and sharing it with the people around you so that they, too, can learn to avoid GMOs. Let knowledge be open-source!

At every city, speakers will be sharing their wisdom and rallying the crowd with inspiring, informative live speeches. Listen to these speakers and you’ll learn a lot!

Want to meet informed, intelligent, health-conscious people who aren’t dumbed-down like everyone else? Meet them at the March Against Monsanto!

Think about it: What kind of people come to these marches? The top 1% of the most informed, “awake” and environmentally-aware individuals on the planet. That’s my kind of crowd!

Food retailers will also be watching this event, and as more and more people protest GMOs, more pressure will be placed on retailers to either label GMOs or drop them altogether.

And that’s what we want! At minimum, we want mandatory GMO labeling across the board. That way, shoppers can make an informed choice of what they’re buying at the grocery store.

Joining the march will give you a fantastic opportunity to get some healthy exercise while marching for a worthy cause. It’s not every day that you get to march with a group of fun, intelligent, informed people who truly represent the future of humankind (because they care about genetic integrity).

If for no other reason than this, join the March Against Monsanto and enjoy the stroll!

Need a little help in the karma realm? Marching against evil is always a good thing; especially when you’re taking a stand for universal justice: food freedom, farm freedom and the integrity of seeds on our planet.

The time to do something good is now!

Bring an awesome protest sign and show it off to the crowd! I’ll be marching with my own sign, and I can’t wait to see what everybody else comes up with, too.

Make your sign large enough to be easily read in photos and news cameras. If your sign is awesome enough, it will get major play on the ‘net!

This entire event has come into existence organically, with no central planning or coordination. I don’t even know who put this together in the first place. And it doesn’t matter, you see, because as long as we each continue to do our part on this, we can feel hugely rewarded in knowing that millions of other people are also doing their part for the same common goal: the global outlawing or labeling of GMOs.

Join us in this march for the sole reason that it is the right thing to do. Become part of a peer-to-peer, decentralized movement of justice against a terrible evil that threatens our planet. Feel the power of the People as you join in this meaningful, grassroots effort to banish corporate evil from our food and farms.

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Blatant Pro-War Propaganda Appears Everywhere, as State Indoctrination Crumbles

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For years no some very blatant pro-war propaganda is popping up in every place imaginable, and its starting to get worse…

by Cassius Methyl
May 24, 2013

“One strong indication that the “great awakening” or “truth movement” is accelerating, is the noted increase of pro-war propaganda appearing in more and more places , like statist advertisements.

For instance, yesterday the logo for on the homepage that regularly changes, depicted several middle eastern girls holding tiny American flags, in line to give hugs to an American solider. In addition, on the back of some newer Netflix DVDs, there are poems describing the honor of dying to protect poppy fields.

There’s just so much honor in guarding poppy fields, hmm? Poppy fields that produce most of the worlds heroin, and almost all opiates.

Whoops, it looks like they accidentally admitted that the U.S. military protects Afghan poppy fields , in an attempt to reinforce the morally and logically foundation less pro-war philosophy.

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The blatant hypocrisy and lack of any foundation for this blindly pro-war mentality they wish to cultivate, is getting almost comically obvious. Those who sponsor pro-war propaganda , like Bilderberg Group associated ‘Google’, seem to be doing nothing but accelerate this awakening, and further illustrate the dysfunctional nature of this vague pro war philosophy.



And oh wait, this pro war philosophy does have a bit of a foundation – fear, and the indoctrination matrix that mainstream media, and Bilderberg group associates, have helped build. An ideological foundation for a broken philosophy with truth and morality against it, barely worth recognizing, as it crumbles before our eyes with the help of activists. “


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Mark Passio Detained for Handing out Flyers About the Federal Reserve (Update)

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Mark Passio was detained in the historic district of Philadelphia for handing out flyers about the Federal Reserve System.  In his first interview since the incident he talks about how was assaulted, detained, cited and threatened with a warrant.  As a final insult they also stole 20$ from his wallet, which they took without his permission. 

Police Presence at Smokedown Prohibition 5

Police Presence at Smokedown Prohibition 5

By JG Vibes
May 24, 2013

On 5/22/2013 Mark Passio appeared on the Bob Tuskin show to share his recent experience with police at the now infamous smokedown prohibition protest in Philadelphia.

Mark was illegally detained, cited, assaulted and even stolen from by federal park police.

This was the same event where N.A Poe and Adam Kokesh were arrested on trumped up, imaginary charges of “assaulting an officer”.

The audio from the show can be found below:

(the following post was made on Mark Passio’s facebook page)

I was walking with Barb from Arch Street to Market Street between 5th and 6th Streets, and handed out a few fliers about how the Federal Reserve Bank is de-valuing our nation’s currency to people standing in the line at the Liberty Bell location (something I have done almost 20 times in the past).

I briefly spoke to a couple of them who asked me for more information. We then proceeded to continue to walk to Market Street when we were stopped by two Park Police who said that I could not hand out fliers without a permit (I had already finished handing them out actually; I had a few left in my hand, and was in the process of leaving the area).

They began citing some obscure federal regulation that I had never heard of and quite frankly, do not care what it states. I told them that I was peacefully engaging other people in Free Speech and Free Press as I was walking through the area, which is a Natural Right which can not be granted by man, nor alienated from man, and which they do not have the right, regardless of what the terms of their “job” many state, to usurp from me or stop me from exercising.

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Mark Passio

I informed them that the unalienable Rights to Free Speech and Free Press were also guaranteed and protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, which trumps any regulation which they were quoting to me, even under their legal system. I calmly informed them that they were violating those Natural Human Rights by even attempting to stop people from exercising them and claiming that Natural Rights can be invalidated by some obscure regulation. I then proceeded to attempt to walk away toward fifth street on Market Street, when these Park Police told me that I was NOT FREE to walk away from them, even though I had long since finished handing anyone any fliers.

They appeared to be viciously angered at my declaration that I had engaged in a peaceful activity that was a Natural Right, and that they had no right to attempt to stop me from exercising it. Along with many other Park Police who had gathered while I was speaking to the original two officers, they followed me and Barb onto Market Street, violently stopped us from proceeding on our way, put handcuffs on us so tight that I have lost feeling in a large portion of the top of my left hand and will need to see a doctor tomorrow about possible nerve damage, detained us unlawfully for over 20 minutes, illegally searched my person when I told them that I did not consent to any searches, stole my property in the form of the remaining fliers which I paid to print, and, adding insult to injury, also stole a $20 bill from my wallet, which I discovered was missing when they returned it to me, after releasing us.

They attempted to give me a citation for exercising Free Speech, which I refused to take from them, because I will not admit that I did anything morally wrong or have my time wasted to have to “defend” myself, as my actions harmed no other being, and I was doing my duty to warn people about the de-valuation of their earning and savings, and in doing so exercising a Natural Right which is “allegedly” Constitutionally protected in America.

They told me that a warrant will be issued for my arrest if I did not take the citation from them, and I still refused. Free Speech is being shut down in America, and if you do not agree with that statement after reading the above, def-friend me immediately because you are no friend of mine, no friend of Freedom, and certainly no friend of Truth and Goodness.

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Who is Compromising “South Stream” in Europe?

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The third and fourth sections of Russia’s “South Stream” will be completed by 2018. However, supranational structures in Brussels and their representatives in Berlin still cannot set forth a predictable and unified position on this project of undisputed geopolitical importance. 

European Courtby Igor Alexeev
May 24, 2013

Bureaucratic hurdles like “Third Energy Package” or even more mysterious “Southern Gas Corridor” create non-competitive and non-transparent advantage to the EU initiatives on the energy market. “We will not impose any unreasonable or unjustified level of administrative or regulatory requirements. We will act as fair partners”, promised EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger in May, 2011. Two years after this speech one can clearly see quite an opposite situation.

“Third Energy Package” is a direct attempt to implement retroactive legislation thus driving down natural gas prices. It is absolutely inconsistent with the principles on which the whole European legal framework is based. Another notorious example of arbitrary behavior on the part of the European Commission is its indirect support to the alleged “virtual” reverse gas supplies from Poland to the Ukraine. There is every reason to believe that this natural gas is Russian. One can hardly call it fair play (any partner would consider such actions fraudulent), but after the Cyprus affair it is very hard to predict how far the EU can go in denying market realities.

On a long-term horizon this strategy may harm German national interests as a major natural gas importer and create unnecessary credibility gap between Russia and the European Union. Germany needs to get over its love/hate relationship with “South Stream” and return to thinking in terms of realpolitik. After all, it’s just a pipeline, not some ad vitam Doctor Faust’s contract as some analysts with Atlantic orientation often assume. European double-game seems especially illogical if we consider the scope of economic problems which Merkel and Oettinger have to solve in their own backyard. Global natural gas demand growth should be treated as an opportunity, not a “threat”. 

The European leaders are very well aware of “Nabucco West” and “TAP” project limitations (lack of solid resource base and insufficient infrastructure to name a few). These pipelines may contribute to the diversification of supplies although even if completed they cannot be a game-changer. Recent talks of Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliev in Austria have shown that “OMV” and other key European shareholders prioritize “Nabucco-West” over other pipeline blueprints. Unfortunately “South Stream” remains on the periphery of European energy policy, despite the fact that it is a very advanced project. In comparison, “Nabucco West” is yet to meet environmental goals and objectives in Romania. Nabucco Gas Pipeline International, the consortium to develop, build and operate the “Nabucco West” pipeline, has spent less than 5% of the total value of the investment on the development of the project.

There are clear differences of opinion among the EU regulators. EU Energy Directorate’s wavering position on “South Stream” sends contradictory signals to the non-EU transit states. Serbia, for instance, has officially announced it is ready to start building its section of the South Stream pipeline. “All problems are solved”, announced “Srbijagas” Director-General Dusan Bajatovic. At the same time “Nabucco” and “Southern Gas Corridor” lobbyist Zorana Mihajlović (Serbian Minister of Energy and Washington-backed ISAC Fund zealot) has recently been very active in her meaningless crusade against Russia’s “South Stream”. Many experts also remember her “brave” attempt to change the final draft of agreement between Gazprom and Srbijagas not that long ago. Although an old Serbian proverb says: you can’t have both goatling and money. Politically motivated red tape will not undermine Serbia’s energy self-sufficiency on the Balkans.

In April, 2013 Prime Minister of Slovenia Alenka Bratusek confirmed that Russia’s gas pipeline remains a priority for her country, which pursues economic development and foreign investments. Slovenia’s investments in the project will total some 1.1 billion euros ($1.4 billion). Bulgaria has also expressed its deep interest in Russia’s pipeline. A look on the map of the Southern Europe reveals that political contradictions in Belgrad will cause nothing but a short delay in “South Stream” realization. Hardly the same could be said about “Nabucco”.

Igor Alexeev is a Russian journalist and blogger for Strategic Culture Foundation and Route Magazine. He writes on the oil and gas sector, Eurasian energy security and shipping industries in the Arctic.

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Portland Voters Reject Water Fluoridation for the Fourth Time

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Late Tuesday night over 60 percent of Portland area voters rejected a proposal to begin fluoridating the city’s water supply.

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by Derrick Broze

May 24, 2013

Mayor Charlie Hales expressed his disappointment in a statement. “The measure lost despite my own ‘yes’ vote.That’s sure disappointing, but I accept the will of the voters.”

Portland voters first turned down fluoridation when the process began in the 1950′s, and again during the 1960′s. It was briefly approved in 1978, however that plan was overturned two years later, before any fluoride was ever added to the water.

After rumors of backroom deals between the City Council and fluoridation supporters emerged, clean water activists sprung to action. In response to last years city council vote to begin fluoridating water serving 900,000 citizens, protestors organized efforts to bring the issue to the public for a vote. After gathering over 40,000 signatures the measure was brought forth.

The issue also wound up politicizing a statewide health report  that showed falling cavity and tooth decay rates in the state over the past five years. One of the report’s authors said she felt pressure by Upstream Health, the group spearheading fluoridation efforts, to present the findings in a certain way.

Oregon Live covered the details  of the report:

“The percentage of children who already had a cavity fell from 64 to 52 statewide, according to the survey. That represents a drop of nearly one-fifth.

The percentage of children with untreated decay also declined from 36 to 20 statewide, the survey found. That’s down by nearly half.
And the other major measure, rampant decay — which is defined as seven treated or untreated cavities — fell from 20 percent to 14 percent statewide. That’s down by about one-third. “

With this latest rejection Portland becomes the largest city in the United States that does not add fluoride to the water. Speaking to the Portland Tribune, Kim Kaminski, leader of Clean Water Portland said, “At a very fundamental level, people understand that we don’t want more chemicals in our water.”

This year marks the 68th anniversary of fluoridation – the first U.S. city to adjust the fluoride levels in its water supply was Grand Rapids, Mich. on January 25, 1945, according to the American Dental Association.

Despite the fact that most mainstream health organizations, including the American Medical Association, endorse fluoridation over 200 communities have rejected the practice in recent years. Opponents of fluoridation in Portland worry by adding fluoride to the water it will ruin the city’s famously pristine water supply, as well as violate an individuals civil liberties, by forced medicating through the water.

Portlands stance against water fluoridation has become an attacking point for many publications around the country. Accusations of being anti-science, or a conspiracy theorist abound for those opposing the controversial practice.

Despite a recent Salon article that claims the Fluoride Free movement is “Without a study to stand on” there are a number of studies that show a variety of health concerns . The article also states, “The (fluoride) ion occurs naturally in ground water in varying levels, some that are in fact too high.” While this claim is true it is also misleading.

When a city chooses to add “fluoride” to the water supply they are actually adding the toxic substance hydrofluorosilic acid. Hydrofluorsilic acid is a by-product of phosphate mining, and if not for cities purchasing the substance for millions of dollars, it would have to be disposed of at a heft cost to the producer.

The history books are filled with examples of medical and scientific practices that were seen as safe at one point only to be demonized later. The early critics of any common practice are often ridiculed until new evidence creates a shift in understanding and future practices. When it comes to water fluoridation we are dealing with a similar situation.

For more information on the dangers of water fluoridation and how you can get involved please check out the Fluoride Action Network. (





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Gross Hypocrisy From Google: ‘We Have To Fight For Privacy’

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Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen of Google Ideas bizarrely made hypocritical statements at the company’s Big Tent event this week about the increasing need to protect our privacy, while conveniently ignoring the fact that they profit from destroying it.

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by Mick Meaney
May 24, 2013

Consider then, the audacity of Eric Schmidt’s proclamation that:

“We have to fight for privacy or we’re going to lose it.
Because it’s so easy to lose.”

Yes Schmidt, you’re right! Because you’re part of a small cabal that’s invested heavily in taking it away from us!

The duo also attempted to blame younger generations for the dramatic loss of privacy – despite research that continues to prove the contrary.

Bilderberg regular Eric Schmidt said:

“As you age, more and more of your digital identity is determined by others and that indelible record is something new generations will live with for the rest of their lives.”

Sidekick Cohen interjected:

“Kids are coming online and saying things that will follow them round for rest of lives, faster than the physical maturation process.
Parents should talk to them about privacy years before the birds and the bees.”

Schmidt Continued:

“Each of you completely expects Google to maintain the integrity of data you share with us. It would be a huge problem if data
was leaked or inappropriately given to governments. [But it’s] very difficult to delete things. It’s unlikely posted things will be deletable
and that’s a problem for parents.”

I’ll leave the obvious hypocrisy to one side for a moment and point out that the latest research figures demonstrate that children and teenagers are concerned about their privacy and actively take steps to protect it.

A joint study by the Pew Research Center and the Berkman Center for Internet Society has shown that teenagers take “a variety of technical and non-technical steps to manage the privacy of that information” with only 8% believe that setting privacy controls is “somewhat difficult”.

But Schmidt, who once said: “We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less know what you’re thinking about,” chose to ignore this at his Big Tent event.

Google’s privacy issues and law suits are well documented, less reported
however are the companies ties to the NSA and its connections to the CIA.

In 2008, a disturbing video produced by Consumer Watchdog demonstrated how Google’s web browser, Chrome, records what a user types into the web address field, and then sends that information to Google servers.

Sounds like a step too far? Well watch this video and make up your own mind:

In 2007 the rights group Privacy International rated Google as “hostile to privacy,” its lowest rating in their report.

When questioned about Google’s privacy track record, Schmidt attempted to defend the company:

“We try to be as transparent as possible… We publicly said these are the things we can do with your data, and it was discussed for months. From our perspective, we disclosed what we were doing, now we’re criticized for not disclosing what we’re doing.

“If we were to violate your privacy that would be material — we would lose you. Independent of whether you like us, we have a clear business perspective to protect your privacy because if we don’t we’ll lose you, governments will write laws that restrict this. We’ll suffer penalties and get sued to death because we get sued for everything.”

No Schmidt, you have violated our privacy, repeatedly and you frequently get sued because your company has a complete and total disregard for users privacy, violating laws in horrendously unethical ways. You’ve intentionally developed systems that are designed to stripaway our basic human right to privacy.

But I suppose what else can we expect from a man who once said:

“If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.”

<i>Mick Meaney is an independent journalist who works exposes the crimes and misdeeds of the ruling elite. He founded the RINF Alternative News website in 2004 as a response to increasing levels of corruption, lies and control from the government and mainstream media.


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A breath of salty air for patients with cystic fibrosis

The innovative nebulizer turns salt water into deep-penetrating aerosol mist.

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In a seemingly random but nevertheless important discovery, scientists watching surfers with cystic fibrosis in Australia several years ago found that inhaling sea water mist reduced lung problems associated with the inherited disease.

So Cambridge Consultants in the U.K. paired with pharma firm Parion to develop and design a type of aerosol delivery systemt, called trans-nasal pulmonary aerosol delivery (tPAD), that brings the benefits of salt water treatment to the comfort of patients’ homes, working overnight while they sleep.

The big deal about this device? Its long cannula that keeps droplets small enough to travel deep into the lungs.

“We immediately recognised the potential of this project to transform the lives of CF patients,” said Matthew Allen, programme director at Cambridge Consultants, in a news release. “The challenge was to build an aerosol nebulizer system that could be comfortably used by patients overnight — with the saline mist traveling down a long cannula to the sleeping patient without forming the large droplets that often occur in a standard nebuliser system. The size of the saline droplets is crucial to the success of the treatment as they need to be small enough to penetrate deep into the lungs.”

Cystic fibrosis is a chronic disease affecting more than 70,000 people worldwide, and while there is no cure, inhaling a super salty solution — twice as salty as water in the Atlantic Ocean — can bring great relief by rehydrating the layer of unusually sticky mucus lining their lungs. The new nebulizer delivers the aerosol mist through the nose for eight hours and is safe and effective in children as well as adults.

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