GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Isn’t “price-gouging” satisfying the neediest?

Friday, July 31, 2015

http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2015/07/24/feds-open-probe-into-whether-airline-price-increased-in-wake-amtrak-crash/?intcmp=hplnws

AIRLINES
Feds probe possible price-gouging in wake of Amtrak crash
Published July 24, 2015FoxNews.com

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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Friday the government has opened a price-gouging investigation involving five airlines that allegedly raised airfares in the Northeast after a deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia in May disrupted rail service.

The Transportation Department released letters to five airlines — Delta, American, United, Southwest and JetBlue — seeking information on Friday.

“The idea that any business would seek to take advantage of stranded rail passengers in the wake of such a tragic event is unacceptable,” Foxx said.

DOT is exploring whether the price hikes violated federal regulations prohibiting airlines from engaging in unfair and deceptive practices and asked the airlines provide information of pricing and seat availability for a time period before and after the crash.

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The Gooferment’s “price-gouging” is the free market allocating scarce resources to those who need it the most.

If the price is artificially low versus the demand, then there are shortages, queues, and rationing.

If the price is unacceptably high, then the consumer will seek alternatives — driving for one thing, the bus for another, or delay / change / cancel your trip. Perhaps even carpool. 

The free market will allocate based on price to the “neediest”.

That’s the “fairest” way to handle any allocation of a scarce resource; not with a Gooferment investigation.

And, doesn’t Amtrak belong to the Gooferment!

Argh!

Perhaps they are trying to distract us from their immoral, ineffective, and inefficient “running of a railroad” to the evil private airlines.

Argh squared!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: More Gooferment involvement in “education”

Sunday, July 26, 2015

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/07/gary-north/take-a-federal-nickle-get-the-federal-noose/

S-1177: Common Core Will Be Imposed on Private Schools That Get Fed Funds
By Gary North
The Tea Party Economist
July 20, 2015

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Senate bill 1177 is a bipartisan measure to federalize education, all in the name of preserving local control.

It will be imposed on charter schools and all private schools that accept a nickel of aid.

As I said 30 years ago, “If you take the government’s nickel, you also take its noose.”

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This is the last thing that “We, The Sheeple” should permit.

There is no Constitutional authorization for this centralization.

Where in the enumerated powers is it?

Argh!

“Inasmuch as the Constitution was never signed, nor agreed to, by anybody, as a contract, and therefore never bound anybody, and is now binding upon nobody; and is, moreover, such an one as no people can ever hereafter be expected to consent to, except as they may be forced to do so at the point of the bayonet, it is perhaps of no importance what its true legal meaning, as a contract, is. Nevertheless, the writer thinks it proper to say that, in his opinion, the Constitution is no such instrument as it has generally been assumed to be; but that by false interpretations, and naked usurpations, the government has been made in practice a very widely, and almost wholly, different thing from what the Constitution itself purports to authorize. He has heretofore written much, and could write much more, to prove that such is the truth. But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.” Lysander Spooner (1808-1887), No Treason (1870) http://praxeology.net/LS-NT-6.htm#no.6 

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: FBI reports are often admitted as evidence

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

http://whowhatwhy.org/2015/07/08/fbis-amazing-trick-to-avoid-accountability/

JULY 8, 2015 | MATT CONNOLLY
FBI’S AMAZING TRICK TO AVOID ACCOUNTABILITY

Though FBI reports are often admitted as evidence, they are sometimes so unreliable that even a federal judge once refused to be interviewed unless he could review the report first. 

Matt Connolly is a former Deputy District Attorney of Norfolk County, Massachusetts

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How credible are the reports of interviews filed by FBI agents working a case? In fact, such reports are known to be so unreliable that in one case, a federal judge refused to be interviewed by agents unless he was allowed to review their report and make corrections.

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The FBI’s process for handling 302s is hardly an ideal one for accurate recording and transmittal of what was said during an interview.

The process is thus: two FBI agents ask questions and listen to the answers—without tape recording or obtaining a certified transcript. Instead, they return to their office and, based on their recollection and any notes they may have taken during the interview, write up a summary of what transpired. Summaries are, in most cases, written hours later, sometimes even the following day.

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It would be easy to remedy this ancient system of conducting interviews that has existed since J. Edgar Hoover became FBI director in 1924. Why not establish a rule that all interviews be electronically recorded? In this high-tech age it’s hard to conceive of valid arguments against mandatory electronic recording, except in instances where circumstances make it impracticable. Other than such exceptions, the most trustworthy evidence—the person’s voice—would be preserved.

The FBI did recognize the pressure to change it in 2006. Its reasons are specious, boiling down to it likes the way things are now done so why change? It also states there are no federal laws requiring it to record the conversations which allows it to refuse to do it.

The issue is straight forward: do we want the best evidence—a record of the words spoken between an FBI agent and another person—or would we rather continue with the evidence the FBI agent looking to solve a case figured she heard and decides to write down. It is time that Congress acts to require federal agents to do the same thing when they interview witnesses and suspects as they do when listening to intercepted communications… which is to record them.

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Consequently, NEVER make any statement to any bureaucrat without making your own recording.

If you can’t, then just repeatedly assert your Fifth Amendment right.

Argh!

I remember a story back when a lawyer would not let his Client make any statement to the FBI that he wasn’t recording. Hence that interview never took place.

Trust no one in the criminal gang that calls itself “the State”!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Streamline permit process means less bureaucrats needed?

Friday, July 10, 2015

http://www.economics21.org/commentary/energy-advantage-keystone-natural-gas-oil-07-09-15

Eleven Reforms to Extend America’s Energy Advantage
Oren Cass | 07/08/2015 

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Now may seem an odd time to emphasize the importance of increasing U.S. oil and gas production. Domestic output has reached an all-time high, prices have plummeted, and drilling activity is slowing in response. Job cuts in the industry are approaching 100,000. Headlines announce that the boom has already gone bust.

Yet failing to press America’s current energy advantage would be an enormous mistake. Demand forecasts indicate that any oil and gas glut is temporary. Further, U.S. energy policy, still based on an assumption of resource scarcity, is ill equipped to manage the new abundance. Indeed, America’s private sector has driven an oil and gas revolution in the face of an ambivalent federal policy.

A new report released today presents 11 reforms to help craft a smarter U.S. energy policy. Reforms 1-5 would amplify the boom, by enacting regulatory reforms to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of U.S. energy markets. Reforms 6-11 would extend the boom, by opening federal land and waters to energy development to replicate the extraordinary growth of tight oil.

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4. Streamline permitting for natural-gas and crude oil export terminals. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has specifically cited the “number of permits and reviews required by federal and state law” as a cause of delays. Designate these natural-gas and crude oil export terminals in the public interest, without a need for case-by-case review, and enact a single approval process with clear timelines.

5. Exempt new and expanded natural-gas plants, new and expanded refineries, and new drilling sites and export terminals from the Clean Air Act’s and Clean Water Act’s new-source requirement. These heightened standards discourage refineries from retooling or expanding to accommodate new volumes and types of crude, weakening America’s energy advantage. Instead, existing standards should be applied to new energy projects.

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Like that is ever going to happen.

The Keystone pipeline was entangled in a permitting process that made no sense to me as a Business Process engineer. Unless it was designed to slow, confuse, and frustrate.

How many bureaucrats does it take to say “hell, no”.

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Gooferment Skrules discriminate against the poor kids

Friday, May 29, 2015

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/05/24/no-pay-no-play-poor-kids-banned-from-ny-school-carnival/?intcmp=latestnews

EDUCATION
No pay, no play! Poor kids banned from NY school carnival
Published May 24, 2015New York Post

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No party for the poor.

PS 120 in Flushing held a carnival for its students on Thursday, but kids whose parents did not pay $10 were forced to sit in the auditorium while their classmates had a blast.

Close to 900 kids went to the Queens schoolyard affair, with pre-K-to-fifth-grade classes taking turns, each spending 45 minutes outside. The kids enjoyed inflatable slides, a bouncing room and a twirly teacup ride. They devoured popcorn and flavored ices. DJs blasted party tunes.

But more than 100 disappointed kids were herded into the darkened auditorium to just sit or watch an old Disney movie while aides supervised — the music, shouts and laughter outside still audible.

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So much for the Gooferment Skrules as the great equalizer.

I can’t imagine them doing worse.

And, for those of you who thought “free Gooferment education” was a great idea, this should come as big wake up call.

Can you imagine a parent funded student focused achievement oriented school doing such? I can’t.

Separation Education and State!

The Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient and here’s another example.

How do you think those children felt?

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Vaccine Excise Taxes?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

http://www.thedailysheeple.com/what-does-u-s-treasury-do-with-vaccine-excise-taxes-it-collects_052015

What Does U.S. Treasury Do with Vaccine Excise Taxes It Collects?
Activist Post
May 13th, 2015

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Earlier this year I started to research what’s known as the “Vaccine Injury Trust Fund,” a “stash” of cash collected on every vaccine sold and given to children and adults in the USA.

That Trust Fund is “financed” by a $0.75 excise tax on each vaccine active recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On multi-valent vaccines, i.e., those containing more than one disease active e.g., trivalent vaccines like MMR, DTaP, etc., then 75 cents is paid for each valent, or a total of $2.25 for a 3-valent vaccine.

Now, here’s an interesting aspect: The U.S. Department of Treasury collects those excise taxes and also manages the Trust Fund’s investments. Investments? Sounds like there should be quite a stash in that Trust Fund portfolio since the U.S. Vaccine court has paid out just over $3 Billion [$3,159,410,649.38] [1] in claims and attorneys’ fees as of June 30, 2015. That got me to wondering what the Vaccine Injury Trust Fund is valued at; where the money is invested; and that there should be an accounting of public record posted on the Internet.

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However, this foray into vaccine excise taxes has left me with wondering what the real reason is behind having all adults receive ‘catch-up’ children’s vaccines. Are vaccines more of a hidden money-maker for Uncle Sam than anyone ever suspected? But, how is that money used? Off-budget?

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Catherine J Frompovich is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.

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Cut to the chase, bottom line, obvious to anyone who isn’t blind, it went into the “trough”!

It’s humorous to read what the researcher went thru to find this out.

And, of course, there are conflicts of interests all over the place.

Wonder why there is an “anti-vax-er” movement among “We, The Sheeple”?

Perhaps, it’s not about “health”, “health care”, “health care insurance”, BUT something else?

Crony Capitalism between Big Pharma and the Gooferment? Enriching the politicians and bureaucrats at the expense of the victims.

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee “wins”

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

http://www.northjersey.com/news/casinos-forfeit-12-000-in-winnings-by-underage-patrons-1.1326438

Casinos forfeit $12,000 in winnings by underage patrons
May 6, 2015, 1:01 PM    Last updated: Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 1:04 PM
By WAYNE PARRY
Associated Press

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Four Atlantic City casinos have forfeited more than $12,000 won by underage gamblers.

The casinos seized the money from patrons found to be under the legal gambling age of 21. The state Gaming Enforcement Division ordered them to forfeit the winnings to a state fund for seniors and the disabled. The forfeitures were made public this week.

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So why does the Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee “win”.

Did they restore the money to the “underage gamblers”?

I remember a time when in Vegas there was no drinking age, no gambling age, no speed limits, and prostitution was legal.

How far we have fallen!

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