Judge Rules Obama Healthcare Law ‘Unconstitutional’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge in Florida on Monday struck down the landmark healthcare law backed by President Barack Obama, finding that the Congress exceeded its authority to require individuals to buy insurance.

In a challenge by 26 states, Judge Roger Vinson ruled that “because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire Act must be declared void.”

WASHINGTON | Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:15pm EST

Source: Reuters

In other news:

Judge rules health care law unconstitutional (Politico)

Obama Health-Care Reform Act Ruled Unconstitutional (Bloomberg)

Judge rules Obama healthcare law unconstitutional (Los Angeles Times)

Barack Obama’s health care reform ‘unconstitutional’ (Telegraph)

Organic Panic: Obama Administration Green Lights Mutant Alfalfa

Before you write a nice, polite and useless letter to Tom Vilsack you should know where he is coming from first:

– Flashback: Obama appoints Monsanto shill Tom Vilsack to USDA chief

“Washington lobbyists haven’t funded my campaign, they won’t run my White House, and they will not drown out the voices of working Americans when I am president”.
– Barack Obama

See also (Thanks Jeremy!):

Monsanto back in court: Center for Food Safety challenges GMO alfalfa ruling

Stonyfield Farm Takes a Swing at Monsanto (and the OCA)

Before the organic elite has been accused of ‘treason’:

The Organic Elite Surrenders to Monsanto

More change from President Obama bin Bush!

Related article:

Obama Administration Allows Unrestricted Planting of GMO Alfalfa. Bye-Bye Organic Milk and Beef


Organic Panic: Obama Administration Green Lights Mutant Alfalfa (ABC News):

USDA Deregulation of Genetically Modified Hay Threatens Organic Foods, Critics Say

The nation’s organic farmers are sounding the alarm after an Obama administration decision they say could destroy their supply chains and drastically limit the choices and availability of some popular consumer foods.

The Department of Agriculture decided last week to allow the widespread, unregulated use of genetically modified alfalfa, commonly known as hay, which is the primary feed for dairy cows and beef cattle across the country.

Opponents argue that he mutant crops, engineered to survive being sprayed with insecticide, could escape from their fields and eventually cross-pollinate with and contaminate neighboring organic crops. That could mean less organic feed for the organic cows that produce a range of organic products.

“Consumers don’t eat [genetically modified] alfalfa, of course,” said Michael Pollan, author of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” which examines the U.S. farming and food industry. “But it’s the main feed for dairy cows. And organic milk, one of the most successful and popular organic foods, could be compromised if the organic cows eat non-organic feed.”

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Top Bank Manager Stefan Törnqvist: The Euro Will Fail Within 2 Years

… which is why high ranking EU officials have been told, a few days ago, to BUY GOLD and prepare for the collapse of the euro.

I’ve been constantly telling you to protect your assets with gold AND SILVER.

These are the original articles:

“Om två år kan vi ha ny valuta” (Hufvudstadsbladet):

‘In 2 Years We Will Have The New Currency’

“Euron försvinner om två år” (Svenska YLE):

‘The euro will disappear within 2 years’

I could not find any article in English, so use ‘Google Translate’.

I have only found an  article in German.


Stefan Törnqvist, Topmanager einer finnischen Bank, glaubt, dass der Euro binnen zwei Jahren scheitern wird. Als Vorbild für eine neue Währung sieht er die Idee einer neuen “Krone” für Skandinavien.

Der Topmanager einer finnischen Bank gibt dem Euro noch zwei Jahre und sinniert über verschiedene Möglichkeiten zu einem nordeuropäischen Währungszusammenschluss, darunter eine “nordeuropäische Hanse-Valuta”. Der Kapitalverwaltungsdirektor der “Alandsbanken”, Stefan Törnqvist, schrieb am Freitag im schwedischsprachigen “Hufvudstadsbladet”, er glaube mit 80 Prozent Sicherheit, dass der Euro zusammenbrechen werde. Er sei sich jedoch dessen bewusst, damit eine Minderheitsmeinung zu vertreten.

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Mexico Launches ID Cards for Children, Carrying Fingerprint And Iris Scan

Related article:

Russia To Adopt Universal ID Card in 2012



Kathy Fernandez Davalos (holding a giant version of the I.D. card) and her second-grade classmates at Miguel Hidalgo Elementary in Tijuana marked the launch of Mexico’s new identification document program for minors Monday.

TIJUANA — Tijuana was the setting Monday for the launch of an identity card program aimed at minors across Mexico, a move that authorities said would reduce paperwork as well as protect against child trafficking, prostitution and other forms of abuse.

As hundreds of uniformed students from Miguel Hidalgo Elementary School watched, sixth-grader Leslie Carolina García became the first person in Mexico to register for the card.

Mexico’s interior minister, José Francisco Blake Mora, called it a “historic day” for Mexico. “This is not an option for authorities or for the government,” he said. “It is a constitutional obligation to offer this identification card.”

The card is aimed at minors from ages 4 to 17, and by the end of 2012, Mexico’s federal government is hoping that as many as 25.7 million children will be signed up.

Read moreMexico Launches ID Cards for Children, Carrying Fingerprint And Iris Scan

Police Use Tear Gas on Boots Tax Protesters

THREE people were taken to hospital after police used CS gas on protesters who had occupied a branch of Boots.

Campaign group Uncut claims the pharmacist is cheating the UK out of millions by being registered in tax haven Switzerland.

Around 20 people dressed in bloody bandages stormed the store in Oxford Street, London, yesterday forcing it to close shortly after 1pm.

Police moved in and used CS gas as they arrested a female protester on suspicion of criminal damage.

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Jim Rickards From Davos: Fourth Alternative Now to a Dollar Collapse, Besides Gold, SDR’s And Chaos

Just that all these wonderful potential reserve currencies will also fail soon.

And the solution will be a new world (order) currency.



Jim Rickards: Senior Managing Director for Market Intelligence at Omnis, Inc. – Jim has been a direct participant in many of the most significant financial events over the past 30 years including the 1981 release of hostages from Iran and was also the principal negotiator for the government sponsored bailout of LTCM. His clients include private investment funds, investment banks and government directorates in national security and defense. He is an advisor to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States and Support Group of the Director of National Intelligence and recently testified before Congress on the causes of the financial crisis. Follow Jim Rickards on Twitter at twitter.com/JamesGRickards

With events at Davos taking place, King World News interviewed Jim Rickards of Omnis to get his take on what is happening.

When asked about discussions regarding the dollar Rickards remarked, “We’ve talked a lot about a gold standard, we’ve talked about SDR’s.

It’s obvious that the international monetary system is breaking down. Nobody’s happy with the dollar, but nobody can quite figure out what the alternative is so they sort of get forced into staying with the dollar…and we keep printing more.”

Rickards continues:

“So there is a search for an alternative and again I’ve identified gold and SDR’s as two alternatives. The third path that I’ve talked about is just chaos…People put off decisions or don’t come up with a good alternative for too long and things just kind of break down.

There is a new entry if you think of this as a horse race. You know I had three horses in the race, gold, SDR’s and chaos. There’s a fourth horse that has entered the race. I think the main advocate for this is Professor Barry Eichengreen of University of California Berkley. He is a leading intellectual student and author on the gold exchange of the 1920’s. So at least in academic circles when you talk about the failure of the gold exchange standard in the ’20’s and 30’s all eyes point to Barry Eichengreen, he’s the leading scholar in that area.

What he is saying and what a lot of people in Davos are talking about is this idea of multiple reserve currencies. Right now the dollar is far and away number one. There are other reserve currencies, stirling, yen, Swiss francs and of course the Euro all play a roll, but the US dollar is between 65% or so, somewhere in that range of all reserves held around the world, not counting gold.

The idea is that it doesn’t have to be a world where the dollar dominates or the dollar goes to zero…But you could have a world where you have maybe four reserve currencies and they all have maybe 25 or 30% of the action, give or take…Something like that did exist in the 1920’s where the dollar and the stirling were side by side, neither one totally dominated…so it’s a plausible hypothesis.

…..

(Infinite: No this is not a plausible hypothesis. If you take dollar confetti and replace it with with a dollar, euro, yen, pound and yuan confetti mixture, then it is still worthless confetti.)

Full article here: King World News

Monsanto’s Roundup Triggers Over 40 Plant Diseases and Endangers Human and Animal Health

And now:

Organic Panic: Obama Administration Green Lights Mutant Alfalfa



Wheat affected after 10 years of glyphosate field applications.

The following article reveals the devastating and unprecedented impact that Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide is having on the health of our soil, plants, animals, and human population. On top of this perfect storm, the USDA now wants to approve Roundup Ready alfalfa, which will exacerbate this calamity. Please tell USDA Secretary Vilsack not to approve Monsanto’s alfalfa today. [Note: typos corrected from Jan 16th, see details]

While visiting a seed corn dealer’s demonstration plots in Iowa last fall, Dr. Don Huber walked past a soybean field and noticed a distinct line separating severely diseased yellowing soybeans on the right from healthy green plants on the left (see photo). The yellow section was suffering from Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS), a serious plant disease that ravaged the Midwest in 2009 and ’10, driving down yields and profits. Something had caused that area of soybeans to be highly susceptible and Don had a good idea what it was.

Don Huber spent 35 years as a plant pathologist at Purdue University and knows a lot about what causes green plants to turn yellow and die prematurely. He asked the seed dealer why the SDS was so severe in the one area of the field and not the other. “Did you plant something there last year that wasn’t planted in the rest of the field?” he asked. Sure enough, precisely where the severe SDS was, the dealer had grown alfalfa, which he later killed off at the end of the season by spraying a glyphosate-based herbicide (such as Roundup). The healthy part of the field, on the other hand, had been planted to sweet corn and hadn’t received glyphosate.

This was yet another confirmation that Roundup was triggering SDS. In many fields, the evidence is even more obvious. The disease was most severe at the ends of rows where the herbicide applicator looped back to make another pass (see photo). That’s where extra Roundup was applied.

Don’s a scientist; it takes more than a few photos for him to draw conclusions. But Don’s got more—lots more. For over 20 years, Don studied Roundup’s active ingredient glyphosate. He’s one of the world’s experts. And he can rattle off study after study that eliminate any doubt that glyphosate is contributing not only to the huge increase in SDS, but to the outbreak of numerous other diseases. (See selected reading list.)

Read moreMonsanto’s Roundup Triggers Over 40 Plant Diseases and Endangers Human and Animal Health

Paul Craig Roberts: The Enumerated Rights Are Hanging By A Thread

See also:

Paul Craig Roberts – It’s Official: The US Is A Police State

Paul Craig Roberts: Death of the First Amendment – The Nazification of the United States


Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan’s first term. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

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While people in Tunisia and Egypt have taken to the streets in attempts to gain their liberty, Americans are losing their liberty with minimal protest. Even the American Civil Liberties Union seems unfocused. At a time when we are being surrounded by a police state and the federal judiciary is being taken over by the Federalist Society and unitary executive theory that places the president above the law, we need a heightened appreciation of civil liberty and the Constitution on the part of the American people. The American people need to come together and to take a united stand against the police state and unaccountable executive branch power.

During my many years of writing in defense of law as a shield of the people instead of a weapon in the hands of the state, I have identified two important reasons that Americans are losing the protection of the legal principles that made them free. One reason is that a significant portion of the population, especially among those who think of themselves as conservative, there is indifference and even hostility to civil liberties. The other reason is that Benthamite thinking has made inroads into the Blackstonian conception of law that is the basis of the Constitution. Jeremy Bentham argued for pre-emptive arrest before a crime is committed, for torture in order to obtain confession, and for subverting the attorney-client privilege. Bentham’s views, fiercely hostile to those of our Founding Fathers, are now represented on the federal bench (federal appeals court judge Jay S. Bybee, for example) and in prestigious law schools (John Yoo, UC Berkeley, for example).

In chapter 3 of The Tyranny of Good Intentions, Larry Stratton and I contrast Bentham’s views with those of William Blackstone and our Founding Fathers. This article is about the division of the American public on the matter of civil liberty.

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Russia To Adopt Universal ID Card in 2012


For all those conspiracy theorists out there, 2012 just got a little more ominous. As required by legislation passed this last summer, Russia will adopt a universal ID card starting next year. The Universal Electronic Card (UEC) is intended to eventually replace all local, regional, and national forms of ID, providing a central database through which Russians can access everything from medical insurance to ATMs. According to the official website, the UEC will be adopted by around 1000 national and regional services along with about 10,000 commercial enterprises. The mayor of Moscow has already declared it will be able to handle public transportation there, and we can expect similar adoptions throughout the nation. Will all Russians be carrying a single form of ID that is their only passport to all public and private services? Looks like it. A similar project has started in India, and there are experiments for related concepts in Mexico. Universal ID is starting to catch on around the globe. Where will it spread to next?

Ostensibly, the UEC is designed to push the Russian ID system into the 21st century. Not only is the card to provide a way for citizens to easily make electronic purchases (in person and online) it is supposed to cut down on fraud. While it doesn’t seem to include any biometrics, the card has other security measures. All information (whether for public or commercial use) will be stored in a database, not on the card. The UEC will have a number, a ‘passcode’, that points the user to the appropriate record in the database. It’s unclear what kind of readers (RF, magnetic strip, etc) will be able to access the UEC, but the site says that at least one (perhaps the only one ) will be contactless. For financial transactions users will be able to set predefined limits so that the card can only withdraw a restricted amount of funds over a period of time. Each use of the UEC will require the entry of a personal identification number, and get this, everyone will be granted a fake PIN as well! If someone is coercing you into using your UEC, then enter the fake PIN. Authorities will be notified surreptitiously while the transaction appears to be continuing regularly. I’m sure we can think of a dozen ways to get around that, but still, pretty cloak and dagger there, Russia.


Examples of how the UEC will work. Translations welcome.

Starting in 2012, Russians will be able to carry the UEC and start connecting it to their bank accounts, credit cards, bus passes, etc. Due to the legal mandate most of the businesses and all of the local/regional/national services will be required to accept it. Convenient, yes. Potentially disastrous? Maybe so, but Russia’s not going to be alone in this. India is adopting a universal ID for national identity, and is going to encourage public institutions and commercial enterprises to accept it. That UID, however, will contain some pretty thorough biometrics. Programs in Mexico (powered by a company in the US) will experiment with iris-based identification for public and commercial purposes, albeit on a smaller scale. Universal ID, especially those with advanced security features, seem to be a rising trend on the global stage.

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Federal Reserve US Treasury Holdings Pass The $1 Trillion Mark

Quantitative Easing Explained


Jan. 30 (Wall Street Journal) — The Federal Reserve has passed yet another milestone on its journey into uncharted territory: Its average holdings of longer-term Treasurys have passed the $1 trillion mark.

Prior to the financial crisis, the Fed tended to hold up to $700 billion in Treasurys, two-thirds of which typically had a longer term than a year. But thanks largely to its $600 billion bond-buying program, left unchanged at the Fed’s meeting last week, Treasury holdings have ballooned. Earlier in January total Treasury holdings, including short-term bills, passed the $1 trillion mark. Last week the Fed’s holdings of longer-term U.S. debt, notes and bonds—those with a term of more than a year—averaged $1.022 trillion.

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