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Celebrating The 40th Anniversary Of Woodstock: August 15-17, 1969

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Woodstock: 3 Days Of Peace And Music

Written by Steven John Hibbs

August 14, 2009 at 11:23 pm

Blackwater In A Dark Place After Accusations Of Religious Crusading

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“Flawed” Polio Vaccine Causes Widespread Polio Outbreak In Nigeria

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Associated Press / August 14, 2009

LONDON (AP) — Polio, a dreaded paralyzing disease stamped out in the industrialized world, is spreading in Nigeria despite efforts to stamp it out. And health officials say in some cases, it’s caused by the vaccine used to fight it.In July, the World Health Organization issued a warning that this vaccine-spread virus might extend beyond Africa. So far, 124 Nigerian children have been paralyzed this year — about twice those afflicted in 2008.

The polio problem is just the latest challenge to global health authorities trying to convince wary citizens that vaccines can save them from dreaded disease. For years, myths have abounded about vaccines — that they were the Western world’s plan to sterilize Africans or give them AIDS. The sad polio reality fuels misguided fears and underscores the challenges authorities face using a flawed vaccine.

Nigeria and most other poor nations use an oral polio vaccine because it’s cheaper, easier, and protects entire communities.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: “…and protects entire communities.”?!Tonka

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Pentagon Wants Authority To Post 400,000 Military Personnel In U.S.

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Matthew Rothschild / The Progressive – August 13, 2009

The Pentagon has approached Congress to grant the Secretary of Defense the authority to post almost 400,000 military personnel throughout the United States in times of emergency or a major disaster.

This request has already occasioned a dispute with the nation’s governors. And it raises the prospect of U.S. military personnel patrolling the streets of the United States, in conflict with the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878.

In June, the U.S. Northern Command distributed a “Congressional Fact Sheet” entitled “Legislative Proposal for Activation of Federal Reserve Forces for Disasters.” That proposal would amend current law, thereby “authorizing the Secretary of Defense to order any unit or member of the Army Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Navy Reserve, and the Marine Corps Reserve, to active duty for a major disaster or emergency.”

Taken together, these reserve units would amount to “more than 379,000 military personnel in thousands of communities across the United States,” explained Paul Stockton, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and America’s Security Affairs, in a letter to the National Governors Association, dated July 20.

The governors were not happy about this proposal, since they want to maintain control of their own National Guard forces, as well as military personnel acting in a domestic capacity in their states.

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Say No To The Vaccine – I Posted This Last Month: Here It Is Again…

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Florida Authorities In Hysterical Crusade Against First Amendment

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Paul Joseph Watson / Prison Planet – August 14, 2009

Police and media outlets in Florida are hysterically characterizing the placement of Obama Joker posters as some kind of assault on the people of Clermont, creating “victims” and leading to demands for arrests and criminal charges, a shocking indictment of the state of free speech and the evisceration of the first amendment in America.

As we reported earlier this week, in an effort to chill freedom of speech and intimidate people from exercising their first amendment rights, the establishment media is claiming that posting flyers in public places represents vandalism and is a criminal offense, despite the fact that such practice has been commonplace in America for hundreds of years.

Authorities have frenetically seized upon a minority of the posters that were posted on federal property in order to whip up artificial outrage and concoct the perception that the people who posted them have committed some kind of abominable, ghastly and evil criminal deed.

The same overreaction, frothing and hair-pulling over the posters was not evident in Los Angeles, or any of the other hundreds of towns and cities where the flyers have been placed.

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