*NON FOOD RELATED NEWS*Fact check: Texas has both the legal and moral right to secede from a corrupt union

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

(NaturalNews) The reaction to my recent article on why Texas is uniquely positioned to secede from the union and run itself as an independent nation state reveals that very few people on the internet have any real knowledge of history. (Gee, is anyone surprised that people on Facebook have no clue what they’re talking about?)

For the purpose of educating those who simply don’t know these facts, I’m publishing selections from the Texas state constitution that make it perfectly clear: Texas voluntarily joined the union but did not surrender power to the union. It reserves the eternal right to run its own affairs.

From the Texas Constitution, article 1, section 1:

“Texas is a free and independent State, subject only to the Constitution of the United States…”

As TexasSecede.com points out: Note that it does not state “…subject to the President of the United States…” or “…subject to the Congress of the United States…” or “…subject to the collective will of one or more of the other States…”

This means Texas has loyalty only to the Constitution, and when the federal government abandons the Constitution, Texas has no obligation, moral or legal, to recognize any government that has betrayed the law of the land (the Constitution and its Bill of Rights).

Also from the Texas Constitution:

All political power is inherent in the people … they have at all times the inalienable right to alter their government in such manner as they might think proper.

From the Texas Declaration of Independence:

When a government has ceased to protect the lives, liberty and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are derived…[it is] the inherent and inalienable right of the people to… abolish such government, and create another in its stead…

From the U.S. Declaration of Independence:

….governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed…

…whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends [i.e., protecting life, liberty, and property], it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government…

…when a long train of abuses and usurpations… evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.

Ron Paul explains how secession is an important constitutional principle

“Secession is an American principle,” explains Ron Paul. Click here to watch the video. “We came together voluntarily, and a free society means you can dissolve it voluntarily,” he explains.

For those ignorant people who say this is “treason,” the reality is that the current federal government is treasonous in its routine violations of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights! What could be more treasonous than signing the NDAA (Obama) which denies Americans their Fourth Amendment right to due process?

Americans are hopelessly ignorant about the source of government power

Far too many Americans today are ignorant about true history. They literally believe that government is God and that the President must be worshipped and obeyed no matter how insane his actions or his violations of the U.S. Constitution. This is factually incorrect: All government power comes from the People and is granted by the People, and may therefore be revoked by the People if the actions of government betray the People.

The truth of the matter is that the U.S. federal government has no legitimacy today. As it abandoned the limits of government set forth by the U.S. Constitution, it destroyed its own legitimacy. The federal government that operates today in Washington D.C. exists only as a criminal gang that demands obedience only by threatening violence against the People and by threatening to murder Americans with secret kill lists. All due process has been stripped from the People thanks to Obama’s signing of the NDAA.

The federal government recognizes NO limits of its own power and believe that states have no rights whatsoever. In essence, Obama believes he is a dictator, and his followers believe he should be dictator! “He gave us a phone,” after all!

This is a very frightening situation because as history shows, a population that is routinely suppressed, denied its civil liberties, kept economically impoverished and subjected to irrational and unlawful demands will sooner or later rise up against its own government and institute a new form of government. Unless, of course, they are Obama cultists in which case they will worship economic slavery and oppression, begging for more government tyranny and abuse of civil liberties.

Read more facts about the secession of Texas at TexasSecede.com. There, you’ll find a list of several other organizations exploring the same topic:

Texas Nationalist (www.TexasNationalist.com) (formerly Republic of Texas), (President, Daniel Miller)

TexasSecession (www.TexasSecession.com)

United Republic of Texas (www.texas.freecountries.org) Yahoo Group: UtdRepTex, established 2005, functional as of 2007 (Combining the New Republic of Texas and Historical Republic of Texas) active as of 2008

Republic of Texas (www.texasrepublic.info) documents the annexation of Texas as a U.S. state as a having been a fraud in the first place, and reclaims the republic’s sovereignty.

Free Texas Constitution (http://freetexasconstitution.wordpress.com) aims to provide an outline for concepts to be incorporated in the new Constitution for the independent Republic of Texas.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nhQ31b_dbnM

 

FEMA shelters in northeast resemble police state prison camps

by J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) Doom, gloom and despair is growing in the Northeast in the weeks following Superstorm Sandy, as winter sets in with thousands of New Yorkers and New Jersey residents still reeling from the loss of their homes and property.

For many, the despair has grown into an intense anger, as tent cities set up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency begin to resemble prison camps. Moreover, the aftermath of Sandy is a story the mainstream media is largely ignoring, unlike Hurricane Katrina. (http://www.alternet.org)

Stressed residents who spoke to the Asbury Park Press talked bitterly about the cold, harsh conditions in tent cities with Blackhawk helicopters buzzing overhead.

“Sitting there last night you could see your breath,” Brian Sotelo, a Seaside Heights resident who was at Pine Belt Arena in Toms River with his wife and three kids a half-hour before the shelter opened as superstorm Sandy approached last week, told the small press. “At (Pine Belt) the Red Cross made an announcement that they were sending us to permanent structures up here that had just been redone, that had washing machines and hot showers and steady electric, and they sent us to tent city. We got (expletive).”

This is where people start falling through the cracks

Sotelo is at a makeshift shelter that is called – ironically – “Camp Freedom.” But no one there feels free or secure – or comfortable.

“The elections are over and here we are. There were Blackhawk helicopters flying over all day and night. They have heavy equipment moving past the tents all night,” he said, an apparent reference to the difficulty he and his family – and other camp dwellers – have in trying to relax and get some rest.

Reported the paper: “Welcome to the part of the disaster where people start falling through the cracks.

We suppose the paper was lucky to get any interview at all; no media is allowed inside “Camp Freedom,” which also serves as a base of operations for power company workers who are not from the area. Until recently, the camp was also a shelter where first responders, construction and utility workers could take a break, though the compound now contains a full-time shelter that is being maintained by the state Department of Human Services.

During the interview with the Asbury Park Press, Sotelo scrolled through pictures he took inside the camp as his wife, Renee, huddled for warmth inside their late-model Toyota Corolla which was stuffed with personal belongings, as they drove through the snow and slush to talk about what they have been through. Images he showed the paper included lines of outdoor porta-potties, of snow and ice penetrating the bottom of a tent, and of an elderly woman sitting alone, huddling beneath a blanket.

“All the while, a black car with tinted windows crests the hill and cruises by, as if to check on the proceedings,” the paper reported.

‘Everybody is angry over here’

Sotelo said “residents” of the tent city have recently become so frustrated with their situation, they are doing all they can to let the outside world know – but are being thwarted at every turn by the powers that be.

For instance, he says, officials have tried to stop camp dwellers from taking pictures, turned off the WiFi and have told residents they can’t charge their cell phones due to a lack of power.

“My six-year-old daughter Angie was a premie and has a problem regulating her body temperature,” Sotelo said. “Until 11 (Wednesday) night they had no medical personnel at all here, not even a nurse. After everyone started complaining and they found out we were contacting the press, they brought people in.”

“Every time we plugged in an iPhone or something, the cops would come and unplug them. Yet when they moved us in they laid out cable on the table and the electricians told us they were setting up charging stations. But suddenly there wasn’t enough power,” he continued.

Sotelo said there was a foot of water in his home when he was forced to leave. Now, he wonders why he isn’t allowed to return.

“Everybody is angry over here. It’s like being in prison,” he said.

Sources:

http://washingtonexaminer.com

http://www.alternet.org

http://www.infowars.com

 

City of Orlando threatens man who planted a front yard vegetable garden

by J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) In a bid to perpetuate a growing culture of dependency, authorities in Orlando, Fla., are trying to force a resident to dig up a vegetable garden he planted in his front yard, saying the plot of produce is a violation of city ordinances.

According to local reports, Jason Helvingston, who planted a 25 x 25 foot micro-irrigated garden of radishes, wax beans, kale and other veggies, is so far defying the city, saying he doesn’t see any problem in trying to grow his own food. Nevertheless, city officials have given him a deadline to dig up the garden, or suffer the consequences.

“I said, ‘You’ll take my house before you take my vegetable garden,'” he told WKMG. “There’s nothing wrong here, there’s nothing poisonous here. This is a sustainable plot of land.”

The TV station reported that city code requires any ground cover to be planted in such a way that it gives off a finished appearance. The city says that is so neighborhood lawns appear clean and inviting, so as to preserve property values.

‘We love it’

None of that matters to Helvingston; he’s decided he won’t listen to the city’s demands and has kept his garden intact – so far. In the meantime, he says he will try to get the code changed to allow residents to grow vegetable gardens in their front yard. In support, he’s gathered more than 200 signatures, including one from Shelly Snow, a neighbor.

“(I’m) definitely not bothered by it. As a matter of fact, we love it,” she told the TV station.

There’s no indication yet from the city whether officials will budge, but Helvingston says he hopes the city will reconsider the rule when he meets with a code board in December.

For him, the issue is about private property rights and preparedness.

“This is another example of the government telling us what we can do with our own property — that should never happen,” he said. “In any economic downturn in the past history of the United States, the government has always encouraged the people to grow their own food, and so we want to continue with that movement.”

The city’s stance has other residents worried that they, too, will soon be targeted. Some of them told the local TV station they are also growing gardens and don’t want to have to give them up.

One resident, Greg Clifton, said he has planted a quarter-acre of vegetables in his backyard.

“But I have every intention of using my front yard as a garden and I think the more I can grow the better it is,” he said.

Reclaiming sustainability and self-sufficiency

City codes in Orlando mirror those in scores of other communities around the country; despite the fact that owners may keep their house payments current and pay their taxes in full and on time, they never really have control over their own property.

They are told by micromanaging bureaucrats that they are not permitted to fend for themselves. Jason Helvingston’s is a case in point. It’s not as if he’s trying to raise livestock on his front yard; all he wants to do is grow some of his own food, but that kind of self-sufficiency and preparedness mindset is against the rules.

Some communities; however, are bucking that trend. Consider Buffalo, N.Y., where city leaders have long encouraged residents to turn vacant lots into vegetable gardens.

A growing number of residents who, as the Buffalo News reports, “a taste for local food, a passion for living sustainably and a devotion to ensuring everyone has access to healthy, affordable food,” have started urban farms in several once-empty lots on both the city’s East and West Sides.

Investors are trying to do the same thing in Detroit, once the auto manufacturing capital of the world – buying up abandoned properties around the city and turning them into farming operations.

Sustainability, self-sufficiency and non-dependence – all attributes of a truly free people.

Sources:

http://www.clickorlando.com

http://www.naturalnews.com

http://www.naturalnews.com/028451_detroit_farmland.html

 

*non food related *Marc Faber: Watch for massive market meltdown as corporate profits sink

by J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) A noted expert says it’s not the tsunami of tax hikes and spending cuts coming down the pike that will bludgeon the nation’s economy in the coming weeks, but rather a raft of poor corporate performances and a lack of global growth that will take their toll on the markets.

Marc Faber, author of the Gloom, Boom and Doom report, told financial network CNBC this week that the markets are set for a meltdown soon and could lose as much as 20 percent of their value.

“I don’t think markets are going down because of Greece, I don’t think markets are going down because of the ‘fiscal cliff’ – because there won’t be a ‘fiscal cliff,'” said Faber – referring to mandatory spending cuts and tax increases that are set to take effect Jan. 1, barring congressional action – told the network’s Squawk Box program.

“The market is going down because corporate profits will begin to disappoint, the global economy will hardly grow next year or even contract, and that is the reason why stocks, from the highs of September of 1,470 on the S&P, will drop at least 20 percent, in my view,” he told the program.

Some degree of fiscal pain is needed

In fact, he noted, the market decline has already begun. To underscore his concerns, Faber, known for his bearish views, cited technology giant Apple, a company that has posted disappointing earnings in recent months, causing its stock to tumble 20 percent from September highs. Apple’s stock has fallen 14 percent in the last month alone.

Additional figures from other companies show similar dismal results. Corporate giants Amazon, McDonald’s, and Google have all damaged investor sentiment in the past few weeks.

Faber went on to argue that the fiscal cliff would actually involve some minor tax increases in “five years’ time” and some spending cuts “in 100 years.”

The reality is the U.S. needed some fiscal pain, said Faber, as demonstrated by the eurozone’s austerity measures that government leaders there are attempting, with mixed success, to close gaping budget gaps.

“There will be pain and there will be very substantial pain,” Faber said. “The question is do we take less pain now through austerity or risk a complete collapse of society in five to 10 years’ time?”

He also noted that there was simply no political will in the White House or Congress to seriously tackle overspending and the shredding of the U.S. budget.

“In a democracy, they’re not going to take the pain, they’re going to kick down the problems and they’re going to get bigger and bigger,” he said.

‘We’ll be lucky to have 50 percent of the assets we have today’

The economic guru said there were several issues hampering an economic recovery. One of them was the nation’s real estate market, which he said was way “overbuilt.” In addition, he said there was much more deleveraging of debt ahead.

According to Investopedia:

Companies will often take on excessive amounts of debt to initiate growth. However, using leverage substantially increases the riskiness of the firm. If leverage does not further growth as planned, the risk can become too much for the company to bear. In these situations, all the firm can do is delever by paying off debt. …Any sign of deleverage shown by a company is a red flag to investors who require growth in their companies.

“In the Western world, including Japan, the problem we have is one of too much debt and that debt now will have to be somewhere, somehow repaid or it will slow down economic growth,” Faber said. “I think we lived beyond our means from 1980 to 2007, and now it’s payback period.”

He went on to say that stimulus funding provided by central banks was useless and that allowing markets to implode was about the only real way to restructure the financial system.

“I think the whole global financial system will have to be reset and it won’t be reset by central bankers but by imploding markets – either the currency markets, debt market or stock markets,” he said. “It will happen – it will happen one day and then we’ll be lucky if we still have 50 percent of the asset values that we have today.”

As always, prepare.

Sources:

http://www.cnbc.com/id/49802535

http://www.investopedia.com/terms/d/deleverage.asp

http://www.naturalnews.com

Resveratrol could be key to curing aggressive prostate cancer

by Sherry Baker, Health Sciences Editor

(NaturalNews) Resveratrol, a natural compound found in red wine, grape skins, blueberries, pomegranates and several other plants, has been found to benefit health in a myriad of ways. For example, as Natural News previously reported, scientists have found evidence showing it prevents heart disease, helps keep weight under control, normalizes cholesterol levels and may prevent diabetes and even help treat neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia. Now, a University of Missouri (MU) scientist has uncovered ways resveratrol might be used to create a cure for even the most aggressive prostate cancers.

“Other studies have noted that resveratrol made tumor cells more susceptible to chemotherapy, and we wanted to see if it had the same effect for radiation therapy,” Michael Nicholl, an assistant professor of surgical oncology in the MU School of Medicine,” said in a press statement. “We found that when exposed to the compound, the tumor cells were more susceptible to radiation treatment…” In fact, Nicholl found that when resveratrol was used along with radiation, up to 97 percent of all cancer tumor cells completely died — an extraordinarily higher percentage than treatment with radiation alone.

“It’s important to note that this killed all types of prostate tumor cells, including aggressive tumor cells,” Nicholl stated.

Resveratrol is available in foods and over-the-counter supplements. While Nicholl’s research doesn’t delve into whether the natural compound could prevent or treat any malignancies on its own, his findings do suggest that ingesting resveratrol might have an anti-cancer impact. In his press statement, he noted that the dosage needed to have an effect on tumor cells is so great that many people would experience uncomfortable side effects if they consumed that much resveratrol. Note that he doesn’t say “all people” might experience side effects or that those effects would be dangerous.

“It’s very attractive as a therapeutic agent since it is a natural compound and something that most of us have consumed in our lifetimes,” Nicholl said.

“We don’t need a large dose at the site of the tumor, but the body processes this compound so efficiently that a person needs to ingest a lot of resveratrol to make sure enough of it ends up at the tumor site,” he noted. “Because of that challenge , we have to look at different delivery methods for this compound to be effective.”

Nicholl’s studies were recently published in the Journal of Andrology and Cancer Science. He plans to move on to animal tests and, if successful, conduct human clinical trials within a few years with the hope of using resveratrol in the development of new treatments for cancer.

Sources:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-11/uom-cig110912.php
http://www.naturalnews.com
http://www.naturalnews.com/029199_resveratrol_blindness.html
http://www.naturalnews.com
http://www.naturalnews.com/027420_resveratrol_diabetes_brain.html
http://www.naturalnews.com/resveratrol.html

About the author:
Sherry Baker is a widely published writer whose work has appeared in Newsweek, Health, the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Yoga Journal, Optometry, Atlanta, Arthritis Today, Natural Healing Newsletter, OMNI, UCLA’s “Healthy Years” newsletter, Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s “Focus on Health Aging” newsletter, the Cleveland Clinic’s “Men’s Health Advisor” newsletter and many others.

Hundreds of marijuana possession cases already dismissed in Washington

by J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) There is a legal showdown brewing between the federal government and two states whose residents voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana earlier this month, as local prosecutors in one of those states – Washington – have already begun dismissing hundreds of cases involving persons who were caught with the illegal substance prior to Election Day.

Prosecutors in King County – which includes the cities of Seattle and Bellevue – and Pierce County, directly to the south, have dismissed more than 220 misdemeanor pot cases following voter approval Nov. 6 of Initiative 502, or I-502, which makes possession of one ounce of marijuana legal after Dec. 6. Though technically the law does not take effect for a couple more weeks, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg decided to apply I-502 retroactively.

“Although the effective date of I-502 is not until December 6, there is no point in continuing to seek criminal penalties for conduct that will be legal next month,” he said in a statement.

Local papers said the dismissed cases involved arrests in unincorporated King County, as well as the state highways and the University of Washington. About 40 of the cases had already been filed as criminal charges but those will be dismissed. Another 135 were pending charging decisions; they will now be returned to the arresting police agency, the Seattle Times said.

‘The people have spoken’

Meanwhile, in Pierce County, Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said he was dismissing “about four dozen” cases involving misdemeanor possession of pot as the only offense. He said his office would continue to prosecute cases where marijuana possession was a secondary offense to a more serious charge, like drunk driving.

“The people have spoken through this initiative,” said Lindquist. “And as a practical matter, I don’t think you could sell a simple marijuana case to a jury after this initiative passed.”

Satterberg told the Times his office will continue prosecuting marijuana possession cases above the one ounce limit, which will allow for “a buffer for those whose scales are less than accurate.”

He said he routinely allows his staff to let defendants who were initially charged with felony pot possession – those who are caught with more than 40 grams – to plead down to a misdemeanor.

“I think when the people voted to change the policy, they weren’t focused on when the effective date of the new policy would be. They spoke loudly and clearly that we should not treat small amounts of marijuana as an offense,” he told the paper.

The campaign manager for I-502, Alison Holcomb, said she was “incredibly moved” by Satterberg’s decision, adding he showed “incredible courage.”

A study conducted by a group of academics found that in the state of Washington there had been 241,000 misdemeanor marijuana possession cases over the past 25 years, with 67,000 of them in the past five years alone.

“If 502 hadn’t passed,” said Holcomb, “we’d see the same amount of marijuana possession cases every year. What makes a difference is changing the law.”

I-502 campaign manager Alison Holcomb said she was “incredibly moved” by Satterberg’s announcement, which she said showed “incredible courage.”

Satterberg is the first county prosecutor to change his agency’s charging policy in the wake of 502’s passage, but other prosecutors are considering similar changes as well.

Tom McBride, of the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, told the Times his office was “just starting to work through those issues.”

City of Seattle Attorney Pete Holmes, meanwhile, has never prosecuted misdemeanor possession cases since taking office.

Will Washington continue to pick sides in state legal issues?

Not all prosecutors are taking such a lax approach. Spokane County prosecutor Jack Driscoll told the Spokesman-Review newspaper that, even after the Dec. 6 date, the only marijuana that could be possessed legally would have to come from state-licensed stores called for in I-502, and those won’t be created for at least a year.

“The only thing that is legal is selling marijuana through those stores,” Driscoll said. “That will be regulated by the state. You can’t under this initiative have an ounce of marijuana that doesn’t come from a state-issued provider. You still can’t have black-market marijuana.”

At the moment, possession of, or use of, marijuana remains against federal law, so the passage of I-502 and a similar measure in Colorado sets these states up for a legal clash with the U.S. Justice Department.

It wasn’t clear yet whether the Obama administration would make the initiatives as much of an issue as, say, suing the state of Arizona over its recent immigration reform law (which was modeled after federal law) or going after several other states whose citizens passed initiatives like the one in Washington that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

That’s the trouble with picking sides in legal issues; justice is no longer blind.

Sources:

http://blogs.seattletimes.com

http://www.huffingtonpost.com

http://www.cnn.com

 

New Jersey health coach and Natural News reader describes Sandy’s devastation in her neighborhood

by Mike Bundrant

(NaturalNews) Health coach, Natural News subscriber and New Jersey resident Julie Felsher joins me on Mental Health Exposed this week, November 14, 2012, to give us an eyewitness description of the devastation brought on by Hurricane Sandy in her own neighborhood.

Around the time Sandy hit, my family and I were running from the tsunami that hit Hawaii. On the last night of our stay near Hilo (on the big island) we evacuated and headed for higher ground, just in case. By the way, more than 100,000 people were evacuated from Hawaiian shores that night.

So, I had lost track of Sandy, until Julie missed an appointment in which we were to begin designing a new NLP-based training for health coaches. At that point I woke up and realized Julie was probably without power.

A week later, she came back online and told me the amazing story, which we recorded for this week’s episode.

Julie describes what she and her husband saw when they walked their neighborhood for the first time after the storm. A week without power, with parents and neighbors suffering lost homes and navigating fallen power lines, Julie describes the scene.

In one amazing anecdote, Julie tells about a confrontation between an angry homeowner and a power company (PSEG) employee. The PSEG driver had been camping out at Julie’s parents’ house for several days, away from his own endangered family, with orders to protect residents from a live power line that had fallen across the front yard. Suddenly, an angry homeowner from a different community showed up to give the PSEG worker a piece of his mind.

Throughout the week, Julie describes feeling empowered as she had several personal breakthroughs about the meaning of personal power, how to handle confrontations, how to prepare yourself for whatever life offers, and more.

During times like these, people lose perspective. Some NJ residents were complaining that the milk in their refrigerator had spoiled, while others’ homes were swept away. In Julie’s neighborhood, one home is now being demolished after four huge oak trees fell on it, for example.

Join us as we discuss how to be prepared and empowered in difficult times, and what makes the difference between victims who complain and people who choose to take charge of their lives.

Julie Felsher supports the Restore our Shore campaign.

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