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Volume 1, January 2012
The Top 10 Stories
1. More US Soldiers Committed Suicide Than Died in Combat
For the second year (2010) in a row, more US soldiers killed themselves  than died in combat
2. US Military Manipulates the Social Media
The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet.

3. Obama Authorizes International Assassination Campaign
Court documents by Human Rights Watch and a special United Nations report allege that U.S. citizens suspected of encouraging “terror” had been put on “death lists.”

4. Global Food Crisis Expands
 44,000,000 people have joined the 925,000,000 people already suffering from lack of food. If prices continue to rise, the food crisis will push the numbers of hungry to 1,000,000,000. Another 2,000,000,000 will suffer from “hidden malnutrition."

5. Private Prison Companies Fund Anti–Immigrant Legislation
CCA and GEO Group are America's two largest for-profit companies that design, build, finance and operate prisons. They are the main forces in organizing behind-the-scenes anti-immigrant legislative efforts

6. Google Spying?
The FTC investigated Google for illegally collecting personal data from Wi-Fi networks in homes and businesses across the U.S. and world  While this is clearly an invasion of public privacy, the FTC has done nothing about it.
Does the Obama administration have a conflict of interest in handling Google's civil rights violations
?

7. U.S. Army and Psychology’s Largest Experiment–Ever
The APA and US Army created a new training, Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF). CFS is meant to reduce or prevent psychological damage in soldiers who endure combat. Is it ethical and healthy to train soldiers to be desensitized to traumatic events?

8. The Fairytale of Clean and Safe Nuclear Power
 We insult science and common sense when we call Nuclear Power "clean energy."  Nuclear power is a security threat of catastrophic proportions.  An accident could kill hundreds of thousands of people and poison our planet for thousands of years.  Why are some government leaders and the nuclear industry calling for a “Clean Energy Standard” that promotes nuclear power?

9. Government Sponsored Technologies for Weather Modification
The U.S. has conducted experiments with weather modification for over 50 years. Now the military and industry hope to capitalize on these discoveries. This technology can potentially trigger floods, droughts, hurricanes, earthquakes, and create clouds.

10.  Real Unemployment: One Out of Five in US
A BLS report claimed unemployment rates  dropped to 9% from 9.4% in January 2011. According to Shadowstats.com, the real unemployment rate was 22.2%, more than double what corporate media claims.
Why is the government keeping people in the dark?

Some of the other stories:

Pacific Garbage Dump—Did You Really Think Your Plastic Was Being Recycled?
315,000,000,000 pounds of plastic has traveled along ocean currents to the Great Pacific Garbage Dump. The Dump is larger than the U.S. mainland.
How can we put a stop to this disaster that's killing our waters, fish, and ocean life?

 Will a State of Emergency Be Used to Supersede Our Constitution?
The government has removed constitutional protections while giving the military more power in local law enforcement. The Army now has an active-duty brigade to manage civil unrest and crowd control. This is illegal.
Is the government taking power away from local authorities and preparing for martial law?

Big Polluters Freed from Environmental Oversight
Washington gave billions of stimulus dollars to some of America's biggest polluters and  Companies that applied were asked for voluntary disclosures about their stimulus project and its environmental impact. Corporate polluters often omitted health, safety, and environmental violations on their applications. Some administration officials ignored this in making grant decisions.

Sweatshops in China Are Making Your iPods While Workers Suffer
Apple’s Chinese suppliers  routinely violate China’s workplace laws. Several manufacturers use n-hexane to clean parts. N-hexane has, and continues to, poison workers. Apple is the only IT company which uses n-hexane and refuses to work with green groups.

17. Superbug Bacteria Spreading Worldwide
Lethal superbugs are emerging that do not respond to any known drugs.

US Agencies Trying to Outlaw GMO Food Labeling
Major health concerns about GMOs [genetically modified organisms] include antibiotic resistance, gene transfer,  GM genes introduced into the wild population, susceptibility of non-target organisms (insects), and loss of biodiversity as potential issues of using GM seeds.

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