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Armed Federal Agents Raid a Health Food Club, Drag Volunteer to Jail

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The government is powerless over corporate criminals like Cargill, but is instead cracking down on small businesses selling healthy food to willing consumers.

August 3rd was a telling day for the U.S. government's role in controlling our food safety and food security. In Los Angeles, the Rawesome raw food club was raided by armed federal and state agents who arrested a club volunteer and seized computers, file folders, cash, and $70,000 worth of perishable produce. The bail for volunteer James Stewart, 64, was set at $121,000 - higher than the bail amounts assessed to narcotics dealers and domestic abusers in the courtroom that day. And, in a rare move, Stewart was denied the right to use a bondsman.

Of the thirteen counts against Stewart, 12 regarded raw milk and products made from raw milk that were distributed to club members in a Rose Avenue warehouse. (The other count involved unwashed, room temperature eggs). No illnesses have been reported in the club's 12-year history. And if a problem were to occur with the club's food, members say, they would be able to quickly figure out the source. This was the second such raid on Rawesome, the first having happened in June of 2010.

Chess

Syria: Region Steps up Pressure on Assad Regime, Ambassadors Recalled

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Amateur video purporting to show Syrian armoured vehicles in Deir al-Zour
Syria's neighbours are increasing diplomatic pressure on the country as the regime continues a violent crackdown on anti-government protests.

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain have all recalled their ambassadors while Jordan has called for dialogue.

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US: 81 congressmen to visit Israel in coming weeks

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Eighty-one congressmen, or about 20 percent of the US House of Representatives, will visit Israel over the next three weeks during Congress's summer recess, with the first group of 26 Democrats scheduled to arrive on Monday.

The Democratic delegation will be followed by two Republican ones, bringing a total of 55 Republicans.

Most of the representatives are freshmen congressmen, with 47 - or fully half of the freshmen Republicans voted into office in 2010 - making the trip.

Vader

Bush 2.0: 100 Ways Barack Obama Is Just Like George W. Bush

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The election of President Obama was in no small part, a referendum on the administration of George W. Bush, and his victory was interpreted as a sound rebuke to eight years of open ended warfare, a vast and growing police state, the destruction of civil liberties, disregard for the Constitution, unchecked executive power, lies and broken promises, hypocrisy and arrogance, a lack of transparency in government, out-of-control federal spending, fever-pitch fearmongering, rampant corruption, and some really stupid gaffes. But what have we gotten instead?

More of the same. A LOT more of the same. In fact, every negative aspect of the Bush Administration has come back with a vengeance in the presidency of Barack H. Obama. Everything the American people detested so strongly about Bush has not only characterized the presidency of his successor, it's gotten much worse. Don't believe me? The following is a list of 100 ways President Obama is just like President Bush. We might as well consider it a third Bush term on steroids, or call Mr. Obama "Bush 2.0." If you honestly didn't like Bush, you can't possibly justify liking Obama, not unless you ignore the facts:

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Dollar to Be 'Discarded' by World: China Rating Agency

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The man who leads one of China's top rating agencies says the greenback's status as the world's reserve currency is set to wane as the world's most powerful policy makers convene to examine the implication of S&P's decision to strip the United States of its triple "A" rating.

In comments emailed to CNBC, Guan Jianzhong, chairman of Dagong Global Credit Rating, said the currency is "gradually discarded by the world," and the "process will be irreversible."

Dagong made headlines last week when it became the first rating agency to cut its U.S. credit rating from "A+" to "A" after policymakers in Washington failed to act in a timely manner to lift its debt celing.

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Six Percent Psychopaths

Psychopaths rule our world
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Were people consciously aware something was about to change in a very bad way just before Lenin and Trotsky appeared on the scene in Petrograd in the Spring of 1917? Did the German people realize accepting the 'hope' of Hitler would result in something so hideous and evil that tens of millions of people would die and a permanent blood stain would appear on the history of Germany? What was life like months or years before the Armenians suffered genocide at the hands of the Turks, did they know that government imposed gun control was really disarmament before extermination? How about the Chinese before the tyrant Mao,or the North Koreans before the Kim Jung Il family infestation, did these people know what was coming, but didn't know what they could do?

Most of written history is written on pages of blood - peaceful times of happiness, love and the recession of trauma doesn't survive the filter of condensed history.

I think today, right now, is another one of those moments just before something very bad is about to happen. And, this time, we have the proclivity of written historical records for storing bad news to learn potentially lifesaving, culture rescuing information before we slip into the blood and carnage of insanity.

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Explosive Jackie O tapes reveal how she believed Johnson killed JFK

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In the tapes, Jackie allegedly blames President Lyndon Johnson for the death of JFK, who took over the post from her husband after his assassination
Jackie Onassis believed that Lyndon B Johnson and a cabal of Texas tycoons were involved in the assassination of her husband John F Kennedy, 'explosive' recordings are set to reveal.

The secret tapes will show that the former first lady felt that her husband's successor was at the heart of the plot to murder him.

She became convinced that the then vice president, along with businessmen in the South, had orchestrated the Dallas shooting, with gunman Lee Harvey Oswald - long claimed to have been a lone assassin - merely part of a much larger conspiracy.

Texas-born Mr Johnson, who served as the state's governor and senator, completed Mr Kennedy's term and went on to be elected president in his own right.

Attention

Syrian Government Forces Attack Houleh and Deir Ezzor

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Syrian students demonstrate after news of further government crackdowns emerged.
Syrian activists say at least four killed in military raids on town in Homs province and eastern city

Syrian security forces have attacked a central town and parts of an eastern city, killing at least four people in renewed fighting, activists said.

The developments came as President Bashar al-Assad's government struggled to crush a five-month long uprising.

Attention

Financial crisis: Full Force of US Downgrade is Felt Around the World

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Recent events have changed the US as an unassailable economic superpower.
US decline leaves China tipped as next economic superpower while pressure on US bonds is set to affect eurozone crisis

When India joined China in criticising America's chaotic handling of its hefty debts this weekend, describing the challenges facing the White House as "grave", it was the clearest indicator yet that the old order had been swept away.

Until recently the United States was the unassailable economic superpower, and the prospect of the White House being bossed about by the bond markets - let alone by Beijing or New Delhi - was unthinkable.

Arrow Down

Israeli Shares Fall 7% After U.S. Downgrade, Local Protests

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Sunday retreat is steepest intraday fall since the global economic crisis erupted in 2008
Tel Aviv stocks plunged across the board on Sunday, losing more than 7% in reaction to America's loss of its perfect credit rating late last week and a sharp selloff in world markets Thursday. The Sunday retreat was the steepest intraday fall since the global economic crisis erupted in 2008.

An opening loss exceeding 5% triggered circuit-breakers, causing a series of brief suspensions in trading. But stocks started off almost six percent in the red and by the close, blue chips had lost more than 7%.

Not a single large-cap stock escaped the rout, which had household investors pulling a billion shekels out of mutual funds on Sunday. Sunday's session was marked by sharp drops in stocks associated with Nochi Dankner's IDB group of holding companies and a pullback in oil and gas exploration stocks and biomed shares.