Somebody’s Watching Me

LOL. This song by Rockwell is dedicated to our friends at Big

If video is missing, click here:

or here:


Three times I have tried to embed the video with lyrics to Rockwell’s Somebody’s Watching Me from YouTube. I copied the code from three separate videos, thinking the first one was corrupted. The second one I assumed was a fluke. After the third video code failed, I am considering it enemy action.


Why We Stick Our Heads in the Sand

How often do we witness or know about the uncomfortable or unlawful, but do nothing?

I just saw a photograph of a man choking his wife in a restaurant, yet the diners around the couple did nothing. Have you heard a couple arguing, followed by the sounds of potential physical violence on the other side of a wall? Did you keep quiet and cringe? Or walk away?

Fear is the emotion that freezes the brain. Fear shuts down critical thinking. Fear lets you be controlled.




Court and Senator Say NSA Has Violated Constitution

Historically, the NSA prided itself on its internal code of conduct. Something happened to this once moral agency. It crossed a line from following the law to violating it.

So says Senator Ron Wyden, talking about domestic intelligence collection by the NSA and the findings of the court (FISC) charged with overseeing NSA’s collection program:

“… on at least one occasion the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court held that some collection carried out pursuant to section 702 minimization procedures used by the government was unreasonable under the Fourth Amendment.”

We don’t know the details of the classified order, but it’s clear that it’s a very important aspect of the domestic spying apparatus that even the court overseeing the program found it straying into illegal territory, says Business Insider.

Here’s the relevant text of the amendment:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Business Insider has written an article on this topic, including other sources of information about intelligence collection by the agency. You may read it by clicking the link below.

He Stole $ But Won’t See Criminal Charges

Federal Regulators will go easy on Jon S. Corzine, who was MF Global’s chief executive when the company went bankrupt and customers’ funds went missing.

In a rare move against a Wall Street executive, the agency has informed Mr. Corzine’s lawyers that it aims to file a civil–not criminal– case without offering Corzine the opportunity to settle.

Perhaps there will be a form of justice anyway. The court battle could wage on for years. Wouldn’t it be lovely if Corzine were left as penniless as the people whose money he took?

Rumor Has It the Fed Has Pulled the Plug on QE–Permanently

A stock trader sent this tidbit to me. It’s a quote from a research analyst:

It’s worth noting that central banks in the developed world pride themselves on preparing the markets for their actions so as not to cause excess volatility. The Fed has failed at this as their QE tapering communication has gone awry, causing markets to take a swoon. Bernanke’s chief job next week is to get control of the QE3 conversation and remind markets that the Fed will not do anything too hasty as it exits its massive stimulus programme.

Sleeplessness Is Linked to Cancer

Excerpts from a lengthy article on the relationship between sleeplessness and cancer, authored by Lisa Collier Cool, are below. The full article can be seen here:


Researchers have found surprising links between lack of sleep and several types of cancer, including prostate, breast, and colon cancer, among others.


Men who reported trouble sleeping were up to twice as likely to develop prostate cancer as those who slept well, according to a new paper published in the journal, Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. This association was even stronger in cases of advanced prostate cancer, and the risk increased relative to the severity of the sleep problems. (This study was done in Iceland.)


Too little sleep may also contribute to the recurrence of breast cancer among women, according to a recent study published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.


The researchers surveyed 412 women diagnosed with pre-menopausal breast cancer about their average length of sleep each night. Their analysis of participants’ responses and medical records uncovered a link between duration of slumber and cancer recurrence, as well as aggressive tumors. Women who slept an average of six hours or less each night were more susceptible to cancer recurrence than women who caught more z’s.


Another recent study from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine found that people who snooze for less than six hours each night are at 50% greater risk of developing colorectal adenomas than those who sleep for seven hours or more . . . Even after adjusting for other risk factors, including family history, waist-to-hip ratio (a measure of obesity), and smoking, there was a clear link between sleep deprivation and adenomas.


Li Li, M.D., a family physician and Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, theorized that, “less sleep may mean less production of melatonin, a natural hormone that in animals has been linked to DNA repair.” In animal studies samong mice and rats, melatonin has been shown to prevent and delay cancer growth.


Li also suggests that, “insulin resistance may underlie the link between sleep disturbance and cancer development.” This hypothesis is supported by previous research findings, which have identified potential links between chronic sleep loss, insulin resistance, obesity, and cancer.