GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Nuke deal with Iran will not be written down?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Mar 25, 11:17 AM EDT


WASHINGTON (AP) — With an end-of-March deadline days away, Secretary of State John Kerry is heading back into negotiations with Iran, hoping to seal a framework deal to roll back its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

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Now it appears that there is no written agreement?

This violates everything I learned from Judge Judy!

“I wouldn’t believe you, if your tongue came notarized.” … attributed to Judge Marilyn Milian, but may have an earlier history.


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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Who decides what’s safe?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Home > Dr. Greger’s Medical Nutrition Blog > Food Manufacturers Get to Decide if Their Own Additives Are SafeFood Manufacturers Get to Decide if Their Own Additives Are SafeWritten by: Michael Greger M.D. on March 19th, 2015

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In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced their plans to all but eliminate trans fats from processed foods, citing a CDC statistic that the elimination of partially hydrogenated oils from the food supply could prevent more than 10,000 heart attacks and thousands of deaths every year. Up until that point, trans fats enjoyed their so-called “GRAS” status: “Generally Recognized As Safe.” How did these killer fats get labeled as safe?

Who decides what’s safe? Currently, a “generally recognized as safe” determination is made when the manufacturer of a food substance evaluates the safety of the substance themselves and concludes that the use of the substance is safe. In other words, the company that manufactures the substance gets to determine if it is safe or not. This approach is commonly referred to as ”GRAS self-determination.” To make matters worse, not only do companies not have to inform the public, they don’t even have to inform the FDA. A company may voluntarily tell the FDA they just came up with a new food additive that they’ve decided is safe, but are not required to do so.

The cumulative result is that there are an estimated 6,000 current affirmative safety decisions which allow for more than an estimated 10,000 substances to be used in food (See Who Determines if Food Additives are Safe?). In addition, an estimated 1,000 manufacturer safety decisions are never reported to FDA or the public. “Manufacturers and a trade association made the remaining decisions without FDA review by concluding on their own that the substances that they themselves were selling were safe.”

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What could possibly go wrong?


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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: The FDA is an arm of Big Pharma

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Do Antidepressant Drugs Really Work?

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These revelations hit in 2008—Prozac, Serzone, Paxil, and Effexor—they worked, but so did sugar pills, and the difference between the drug and placebo was small. That was 2008. Where were we by 2014? Analyses of the published data and the unpublished data that were hidden by drug companies reveals that most (if not all) of the benefits of antidepressants are due to the placebo effect.

And what’s even worse, Freedom of Information Act documents show the FDA knew about it but made an explicit decision to keep this information from the public and from prescribing physicians. How could drug companies get away with this?

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And, I have the tin foil hat when I say that the Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient?


Why can’t we shut down the FDA?

Make Big Pharma defend themselves in the free market. Underwriters’ Laboratory, Consumers Union, and a bunch of other free market institutions will keep us safer than the FDA has ever done.

And, look at the side effects.


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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Amtrak operating “without official funding authorization”?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Amtrak Bill Continues History of Wasted Subsidies
Matthew Sabas | 03/06/2015 

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Four Decades of Failure

Congressional Republicans were elected on a platform of cutting spending, but taxpayers will continue to pay for Amtrak’s losses for at least 5 more years if a bill that just passed the House becomes law. Can’t Congress do better?

Amtrak has cost the government over $45 billion in subsidies over the last 44 years, allowing it to finance the upkeep of unprofitable routes, overstaffed trains, and the mismanagement of its food services.

The bipartisan Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015 would subsidize Amtrak by an estimated $7 billion from 2016 to 2020. It passed the House by 316 votes to 101 votes on Wednesday and is now headed to the Senate and, presumably, President Obama’s signature. Amtrak has been operating without official funding authorization since the previous bill expired in October 2013.

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How can it operate without an “official funding authorization”?

Why pass anything?

It’s a sad state of affairs just how “law-less” we have become.

The Dead Old White Guys must be rolling over!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Government Labs need pruning

Friday, March 13, 2015

I’m From A Government Lab, And I’m Here To Help You
By Felix Bronstein
March 5, 2015

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Among other things, FBI’s handling of evidence in such cases as the Oklahoma City and the 1993 World Trade Center bombings was criticized.  The investigation came about as a result of a whistleblower, Frederic Whitehurst, Supervisory Special Agent in the FBI Crime Lab.  In 2003, an investigation by the Associated Press showed that “the FBI lab, which reformed itself after a mid-1990s scandal over bad science, is grappling with new problems that have opened its work on lead bullets and DNA analysis to challenges … .”  The IG began an investigation, which eventually broadened to the FBI’s DNA analysis unit.  In May of 2003, a man who spent 10 years in prison had his conviction overturned “because an FBI scientific expert gave inaccurate testimony and withheld evidence.”  In the summer of 2003, the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility began investigating its crime lab’s chief of scientific analysis, Steven Burmeister, regarding his conduct in the Oklahoma City bombing case.  Burmeister initially claimed that the crime lab mishandled evidence, but then retracted that statement, allegedly under pressure.  In July of 2014, it was revealed that the task force the Department of Justice created in 1996 to identify cases involving “fabricating evidence and reaching conclusions unsupported by science” and other mishandling by the FBI acted very slowly.  A number of defendants were never informed that their convictions were based on such evidence, and at least 3 death row inmates were executed before they could be informed of this.  “Nearly every criminal case reviewed …  as part of [an] investigation started in 2012 of problems at the FBI lab has included flawed forensic testimony from the agency.”  The FBI then stopped the review of its hair and fiber analysis unit until the July 2014 report came out.

In November of 2014, charges against several defendants were dismissed and prison sentences were vacated as a result of an FBI agent allegedly “tampering with drug and gun evidence.”  In December of 2014, an audit revealed that “F.B.I. agents in every region of the country have mishandled, mislabeled and lost evidence.”  Also in December, a General Accounting Office inquiry found that the “FBI’s genetic tests didn’t nail anthrax killer.”  This corroborated prior investigations that found problems with how the FBI and its lab concluded that Bruce Ivins was the Amerithrax killer.

Perhaps the next time someone states that we must always only look to the federal government when truly important matters of science, safety, objectivity, justice, national security and transparency are concerned, one may take a pause, and consider these (and other similar) cases.

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I have long ranted that the Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient.

Here’s another example.

How do we shut this stuff down?

Does anyone believe anything that comes from them?

I don’t.

I used to. 

But, they have lost ALL credibility.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Where’s the Grand Jury for HRC’s email?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

I’ve deleted all my personal emails and the server will remain private: Hillary Clinton reveals HALF her inbox has not been handed over and says she used one account for convenience
Clinton made peace with the public after her speech to the U.N.
Only acknowledgement of the email controversy had been through a spokesman and a single tweet
Former Secretary of State’s spokesman said Clinton had complied with in ‘both the letter and spirit of the rules’
Her tweet called on the State Department to make public the 55,000 pages of messages her team turned over
Even after the presser questions lingered about Clinton’s use of a private server, which she said would remain out of the government’s grasp
Clinton is reportedly looking to launch her presidential campaign on April 1
PUBLISHED: 08:31 EST, 10 March 2015 | UPDATED: 14:59 EST, 10 March 2015

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Hillary Clinton addressed her use of a private email system during her four years at the State Department during a news conference today in New York City, ending her days long silence on the issue.Clinton explained that she used a personal email address so that she didn’t have to carry around two phones or two devices.’I saw it as a matter of convenience, it was allowed, others had done it,’ she said during a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.Clinton insisted that she had turned over all of her work-related emails to the State Department  – which constituted about half of her inbox – and suggested that she deleted messages that were strictly personal in nature so that they did not become public.  She later made it sound as her personal communications remain on a private server that she shares with husband Bill, however, and told reporters that she would not give the government access to her personal property.

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Sounds like she has committed two felonies and perhaps perjury.

Federal Records Retention Act — twice.

Swear on the State Department exit form under oath?


If David Petraeus convicted for classified leaks, then it’s only fair to treat HRC the same?

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Obama to Propose Tax Increases

Sunday, January 18, 2015

WSJ: Obama to Propose Tax Increases on Investments, Inherited Property

President Barack Obama will call on the new Republican-led Congress to raise taxes on investments and inherited property and to create or expand a range of tax breaks for middle-income families, laying out an opening position in a debate over taxation that both parties see as a potential area of compromise.

Mr. Obama will outline the measures in his State of the Union address Tuesday night. He will propose using revenue generated from the tax increases–which would fall mainly on high-income households–to pay for a raft of new breaks aimed at boosting stagnant incomes for low- and middle-income households.

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What an idiot!

Do you want less investments?

Do you want fewer family farms?

Do you want smaller inheritances? 

Tax something and you get less of it.

AND, the “fat cats” will still figure out loopholes.

Dumb, dumber, and dumbest.

Shrink the bloated Federal Gooferment.

Reduce taxes on EVERYONE!


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