RANT: Ukraine Deploying BUK Missiles In East

Monday, July 28, 2014

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/07/no_author/awkward-questions-for-us-ukraine/

Russia Says Has Photos Of Ukraine Deploying BUK Missiles In East, Radar Proof Of Warplanes In MH17 Vicinity
By Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
July 22, 2014

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7. Why was not completely closed to civilian aircraft airspace over the combat zone, especially because in this area there was no solid field of radar navigation?

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Argh!

Another tin foil hat item.

I don’t think Putin or “the separatists” did it.

Cui Bono!

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RANT: Old credit card details?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/07/ars-editor-learns-feds-have-his-old-ip-addresses-full-credit-card-numbers/#p3

Ars editor learns feds have his old IP addresses, full credit card numbersFOIA request turns up 9 years of records, including plaintext credit card numbers.
by Cyrus Farivar – July 19 2014, 8:00am EDT

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I was most surprised to see my credit card details—full card number and expiration date—published unredacted and in the clear. Fortunately, that credit card number has long expired, but I was nonetheless appalled to see it out there. American Airlines, which had created that particular PNR in 2005, did not immediately respond to my request for comment on how or why such detailed personal information would show up here. (In other instances, the majority of the number was X’d out.)

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We have no clue as to what the Gooferment is keeping on us.

Let alone why.

I think the “carry cost” (i.e., the dollar cost of the electrons in some data center somewhere) has arched the “trivial level”.

Not that if you were paying the bill would YOU think it was trivial, but to those folks, who say “not my money”, it’s trivial.

Argh!

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RANT: The USPS is out of Post Cards

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

2014-Jul-23

Yday, I made a trip to the PO to get some post cars.

Have none. Haven’t had any for months. Don’t know when they will get any.

Interesting.

No wonder they are broke.

Typical Gooferment agency — immoral, ineffective, and inefficient!

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RANT: Don’t ask me to pay!

Friday, July 11, 2014

http://keywestlou.com/fireworks/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fireworks

FIREWORKS!
Posted on July 5, 2014 by keywestlou

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Beware. Contraception is back on the table. More government intrusion. Not from Congress this time. From the Supreme Court.

The case involves Wheaton College. Wheaton College has a lawsuit pending before the Supreme Court. Wheaton does not want to provide insurance for contraception coverage. As with the Little Sisters of the Poor case, they do not want even to sign/self-certify that they are opting out in providing the coverage. They feel doing so makes them complicit in contraceptive activity.

Wheaton will not be heard for some time. Wheaton therefore asked the Court for an injunction allowing them to get off the hook, so to speak. Sign nothing till the Supreme court decides, not be required in any sense in even recognizing contraception. In a 6-3 decision thursday, the six males of the Supreme Court granted the injunction. The three female members dissented.

The gauntlet has been thrown big time!

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Sorry, Lew, but I think you have the issue wrong. 

Can someone — in a personal or corporate form — be FORCED to pay for something that they find “morally objectionable in part for all”?

Pro-lifers view the abortion / conception / mercy killing thru the same lens. Like the Nazi Death Camps.

As a pro-life pro-choice little L libertarian, I think Gooferment with its “monopoly” on force is the problem.

If pro-life OR pro-choice were “such a great idea”, then no force would be required.

Like carrying an umbrella in the rain so you stay dry. Just don’t ask me to pay for the umbrella.

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RANT: Traffic camera ticket

Saturday, July 5, 2014

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/07/03/manhattan-judge-sues-over-traffic-camera-ticket/

Manhattan Judge Sues Over Traffic Camera Ticket
July 3, 2014 8:46 PM

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A driver who just so happens to be a judge has filed a lawsuit against the City of New York for a traffic camera ticket he claimed was unjust.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Wright sued Wednesday in the same court. City attorneys said they would review the suit upon receiving it.

Wright said his family got a notice saying a camera caught his car being driven in a Manhattan bus lane last October.

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Sorry, but it’s all about revenue.

Where is the Police Officer who stops the car and writes the ticket?

Where are the witnesses?

Argh!

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RANT: The “poor” Democrats

Saturday, July 5, 2014

http://nypost.com/2014/06/28/why-democrats-insist-on-lying-about-how-poor-they-are/

Why Democrats insist on lying about how ‘poor’ they are
By Kyle SmithJune 28, 2014 | 10:22am

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It’s all part of the increasingly delusional myth Democrats tell themselves that they are the tribunes of the middle class. In fact, their party is a strange two-headed beast — picture a Cerberus featuring the faces of Barbra Streisand and Lois Lerner.

The Dems are a coalition of ultra-rich cultural-elite donors on the one hand and government employees and their clients on the other. In 2012, President Obama carried those earning under $50,000 by a wide margin. But Romney easily bested him among those over that threshold.

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Yet even for Democrats, the Clintons got rich in an exotic way. They accumulated something like $100 million not by building a business or inventing something or even writing some hit songs. Their entire fortune came from political celebrity. (Their daughter has even accumulated $15 million by being the offspring of political celebrities. Or did you think NBC News paid her $600,000 a year because of her obvious broadcasting ability?)

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It’s all about power and control.

These folks aren’t “poor”. Nor are the interested in helping the poor. Maybe at one time, but Crony Capitalism is toxic.

And, the liberal media plays their “songs”.

“The trouble with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” –Margaret Thatcher

And, this is a symptom.

With a (French style) Revolution to come.

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RANT: Something to “celebrate” on Independence Day

Friday, July 4, 2014

http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2014/07/the-final-trip-home-of-pfc-aaron-toppen/100768/

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The Final Trip Home of Pfc. Aaron ToppenJul 2, 2014 | 17
On June 9, 2014, during a security operation in southern Afghanistan, a unit of U.S. and Afghan soldiers was hit by a friendly fire airstrike, killing five Americans and one Afghan. One of the Americans was 19-year-old Private First Class Aaron Toppen, of Mokena, Illinois. A series of memorials and transfers then began, to return his body home to the U.S. for burial — a sequence of events carried out some 2,200 times since the start of the war in Afghanistan. Once his remains arrived in Chicago, Getty Images photographer Scott Olson stayed with the family through the processions, visitations, services, and burial, documenting the final journey of one of the most recent soldiers to have died in Afghanistan. Pfc. Toppen, who had always wanted to join the Army, signed on last July, and had only arrived in Afghanistan this March. 

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Bring all the girls and boys home now!

Put them on “border duty”.

Ours!

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RANT: Ahmed Abu Khatallah aka “political theater”

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Suspect in Benghazi Attacks Pleads Not Guilty
Ahmed Abu Khatallah pleaded not guilty to U.S. allegations that he helped carry out the 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that led to the deaths of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

At a hearing on Saturday afternoon, lawyers for the Justice Department said they intend to bring a superseding charge, which could result in Mr. Khatallah being eligible for the death penalty.

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Anyone else think this is “political theater”?

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RANT: Give me my $1600?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

http://online.wsj.com/articles/obama-proposes-500-million-to-aid-syrian-rebels-1403813486?mod=djemalertNEWS

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Obama Proposes $500 Million to Aid Syrian Rebels
Program to Train and Equip Moderate Opposition Would Expand U.S. Role in Civil War

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Argh!

Like “we” have a ½ BILLION to blow.

Give every taxpayer, (.5 * 10 ** 9 / 300 * 10 **6 = 500 / 300 * 10 ** 2 = 1.6 * 10 ** 2) 1600 $ back?

sigh!

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RANT: Yesterday’s graduation ceremony

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Yesterday, I went to a graduation ceremony.

No, not mine. Thankfully so. 

A Gooferment High Skrule graduated almost 300 children.

There were so many things I could talk about.

OBSERVATIONS

  • The Gooferment bureaucrats speaking flowery phrases.
  • The lack of the crowd to follow a few simple rules for the enjoyment of others.
  • The Gooferment fire truck that broke those rules for certain individuals.
  • The flag with the fringe.
  • Numerous speakers extolling how “special” the graduates were. (Aren’t at least half below average?  “Well, that’s the news from Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.”)
  • The propaganda about how much the collective had accomplished in the last four years.
  • The large number of Gooferment bureaucrats earning big bucks with similar sounding titles.
  • The complete lack of acknowledgement to the Taxpayer who are all robbed to pay for this “education”.
  • The Pledge and the National Anthem. With some silent protests.
  • The pandering to a returning vet who’s cousin was graduating. And the dias encouraging the fire truck to break their own rules on decorum.
  • The calling out the six youngsters who were going into the military. (I was filled with sadness at that!)
  • The decorated mortar boards where members of the graduating collective tried to express their individuality.
  • The young faces who are so naïve.
  • The valedictorian taking a selfie. 
  • The strange behavior of one politician when the mayor gave a speech. (He walked off the dais and faced away towards one of the bleachers. Maybe he was her security. But why that direction. Very strange.)

CONCLUSIONS

  • The complete lack of candor by the adults to the children about the “facts of life”. They are faced with a terrible economy, a staggering national debt, and a political elite that are out of touch and out of control.
  • The inability of people to control themselves. Behaviors I would expect at a football game. Attire that I wouldn’t allow at a garage sale. And, language by young women that even a sailor wouldn’t use in mixed company.
  • The inability of Gooferment to do anything right was reinforced. Names were mispronounced. Songs were amateur. And, the band was out of tune. 
  • The traffic in the area was messed up by the Gooferment scheduling two graduations of nearby high schools on the same night.

  • AND finally, my recognition that I am old and crotchety. Sadly burdened with paradigms and memes that will not allow me to “go with the flow”. Probably because I see where “going with the flow” as brought us to.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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RANT: Gooferment program defrauded

Thursday, June 12, 2014

2014-Jun-10

Taxpayers Face Big Tab for Unusual Doctor Billings

More than 2,300 providers earned $500,000 or more from Medicare in 2012 from a single procedure or service, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis.

A closer look at a few of the doctors who make most of their money from just a few procedures reveals that they are operating outside their areas of expertise or deviating from standard medical practice.

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What a surprise! A Gooferment program that is defrauded?

“I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!” Captain Renault in Casablanca

I’m shocked that there is corruption going on!

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RANTING: Does anyone remember?

Friday, June 6, 2014

6 June 2014  – D Day, WWII

http://youtu.be/eEIqdcHbc8I

Normandy Speech: Ceremony Commemorating the 40th Anniversary

President Reagan’s Address at the Ceremony Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, D-day at Point-du-Hoc – 6/6/84.

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RANT: Taxpayer cost?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

And I wonder what this cost the taxpayers?

Donald Sterling Agrees to Sell L.A. Clippers, Drop Lawsuit

Donald Sterling, the L.A. Clipper’s embattled owner, has agreed to sell the basketball team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and is dropping a lawsuit against the NBA, his lawyer said.

Mr. Sterling initially vowed to fight a deal struck last week by his wife, Shelly Sterling, to sell the team to Mr. Ballmer for $2 billion. The NBA in April set out to force him from the league after racist comments he made became public in a recording.

The league’s board of governors must approve any sale.

 

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RANT: Good for NewEgg.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

http://blog.newegg.com/patent-trolls-learn-mess-newegg/

When Will Patent Trolls Learn Not to Mess with Newegg?
By Ivan B. on May 22, 2014 in Newegg News
Lee Cheng wins again.

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Lee Cheng wins again.

It’s no secret that Newegg is adamantly against patent trolls and everything they stand for. Not only are we not shy in proclaiming this to the world, we even sell t-shirts that show our disgust for these “companies” that think it’s OK to extort legitimate businesses. You would think that patent trolls would take the hint, yet there are still those that want to mess with Newegg.

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“At Newegg, we’ve always believed paying off extortionists only encourages more extortion, and there had to be a negative consequence of suing Newegg without just cause. We insisted on seeking a return of our legal fees from Site Update Solutions.

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We care too much about our loyal customers to subject them to paying these trolls.

Don’t settle.

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Good for NewEgg.

Everyone should stop “settling”.

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RANT: War in the Middle East

Monday, May 26, 2014

http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2014/05/war-is-peace-freedom-is-slavery-and-ignorance-is-strength/

War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, and Ignorance Is Strength
by Washingtons Blog – May 14th, 2014, 1:30am

American Public Turns Anti-War … Warmongers Desperately Reply, “But War Is GOOD for Us!”

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In reality, security experts – conservative hawks and liberal doves alike – agree that waging war in the Middle East weakens national security and increases terrorism. See this, this, this, this, this, this and this. So it doesn’t make us safer.

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So when do the Sheeple wake up?

Never!

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RANT: Gooferment is a walking disaster

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/05/20/are-all-veterans-now/

We are all veterans now
By Wayne Allyn RootPublished May 20, 2014FoxNews.com

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We didn’t know government employees kept secret waiting lists to cover up the long delays — even though they knew patients had life-threatening illnesses. That sounds like murder to me.

What a surprise! Conservatives like Sarah Palin and I screamed about “death panels” and “death by rationing” under ObamaCare years ago.

Government is a walking disaster. Government screws up everything it touches, while losing billions of dollars in other people’s money.

How could putting government in charge of health care for 330 million Americans possibly work out?

All the wars in America’s history have cost about $7 trillion. Yet the war on poverty has cost $20 trillion and counting (adjusted for inflation)…and poverty is still at a record high. What a massive failure and waste of taxpayer money.

The Federal Reserve has one main job — to protect the value of our dollar. Yet the dollar has lost 98% of its value since the Fed was founded.

The same government that brought you failing post offices, failing trains, and pretty much failing everything else is now in charge of your health care (as well as 17% of the U.S. economy).

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What can I possibly say or do to wake people up?

Argh!

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RANT: Dookhan’s fake evidence

Monday, May 19, 2014

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/05/paul-craig-roberts/call-the-cops/

Call the Cops at Your Peril
By Paul Craig Roberts
PaulCraigRoberts.org
May 10, 2014

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Americans who trust the criminal justice (sic) system are completely stupid. A case ofmass wrongful conviction that I wrote about years ago finally came to trial last November. Annie Dookham, a Massachusetts state chemist who falsified drug tests, thus sentencing thousands of innocent people to years in prison, destroying their lives and the lives of their families, was sentenced to 3 to 5 years in prison. Dookhan sent thousands of innocents to prison in order to aid prosecutors in attaining high conviction rates and in order to achieve her own rise as a highly productive state employee. The judge noted that Dookham had cost the state millions of dollars in settling wrongful convictions and had shaken to the core the integrity of the criminal justice (sic) system.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2013/11/22/annie-dookhan-former-state-chemist-who-mishandled-drug-evidence-agrees-plead-guilty/lhg1mwd9U3J8eh4tNBS63N/story.html

State officials say that Dookhan’s fake evidence could have tainted 40,000 cases. Askyourself, what kind of person would destroy so many people in order to advance herself? And progressives think that the public sector is the answer.

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Argh!

How can you not get upset after reading this?

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RANT: Three excellent questions?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

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From a SurvivalBlog Reader:

We are told to not judge all Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge all gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics.

We constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out of money. Why do we never hear about welfare or food stamps running out of money?

We are cutting benefits to veterans, giving no pay raises in the military, and reducing the armed forces to a level lower than before WWII. Why are we not stopping payments or benefits to illegal aliens?

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Three excellent questions?

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RANT: Gasoline fairy!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

http://youtu.be/n3wK1z569HM

Laff!

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RANT: Anyone remember?

Thursday, May 8, 2014

May 8 – VE Day, WWII

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RANT: Anti-DRM 5/6/14

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

http://www.defectivebydesign.org/what_is_drm_digital_restrictions_management

It’s immoral, ineffective, and inefficient.

Dadrm 2014 block

Argh!

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RANT: Life, without parole

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

NBA Bans L.A. Clippers Owner for Life
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the NBA in response to racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also says he will try to force a sale of the Clippers and fined Mr. Sterling $2.5 million. Mr. Silver called Mr. Sterling’s comments and views “deeply offensive and harmful.”

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For some reason, I find this abhorrent on a number of levels.

In no particular order:

  1. Cui Bono Why now? Why in this venue? And for who’s eventual good?
     
  2. With “evidence” that would probably not be admissible in court. (I’m no lawyer. But I’d never stipulate anything.)
  3. Using language that’s not appropriate, but there’s racism even within the Black community.
  4. Where is the outrage when other’s do the same. I remember Byrd, the Grand Wizard of the KKK, who was “rehabilitated”. There are a ton of other examples. 
  5. Did he not employ the best? If our private thoughts and words can be used to condemn us, who is immune?
  6. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. I think the speed that it went from disclosure to “execution” is amazing. When a capital case takes decades, this was “done” in minutes. Why?
  7. How fast they changed the team’s website? Minutes after the NBA decision. Pre-planned?
  8. Interesting: “zero tolerance for institutional racism”. OK? But be careful what you say. Are Jewish people going to demand quotas in the NBA. (And, BTW why is the NBA, MLB, and the NFL “non-profit”?)
  9. As an “owner”, how can he be tossed to the curb without due process? A “majority of the owners” is an interesting term of art. I’d say cartel or monopoly. Isn’t that a per se violation of Federal law? MLB has the “baseball exemption”; what does the NBA have?
  10. And, finally, “protest held by several civil rights groups including the NAACP”. Is this the same group that gave him a “lifetime achievement award” and was going to give him another? They have a lot of “gravitas”.
Bottom life: I think he got screwed?

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RANT: Unelected bureaucrats kidnap a child

Sunday, April 20, 2014

http://www.wnd.com/2014/04/snatched-girls-parents-launch-new-offensive/?cat_orig=health

WND EXCLUSIVE
‘SNATCHED’ GIRL’S PARENTS LAUNCH NEW OFFENSIVE
Supporters accuse Boston Children’s Hospital of ‘psychological experiment’
BOB UNRUH

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BCH then presented the family with a new treatment plan to discontinue all medical care and medications and which forbade any second opinions, Liberty Counsel explained. When the parents refused to sign the new treatment plan and requested that Justina be discharged so they could take her back to Tufts Medical Center, BCH called DCF, and DCF prevented the family from discharging Justina. Fourteen months later, DCF still retains custody of Justina.

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Bujoreanu is researching Somatoform under a grant from the federal National Institutes of Health. Any ward of the state is subject to research being performed on them without their consent, even if the research is not primarily for the ward’s benefit.

Sources have reported Justina has spent most of her time in state custody locked in a psychiatric ward.

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Talk about a conflict of interest.

NIH has a lot of explaining to do.

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RANT: Newark Airport AirTrain service temporarily suspended

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Newark Airport AirTrain service temporarily suspended

We want to notify our members that Newark Liberty International Airport’s AirTrain service will be partially shut down for much needed repairs through May 1 and completely suspended from May 1 – July 31, 2014. During the closure, free shuttle buses supplied by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey will serve as an alternate mode of transportation to/from the Hertz rental location and between terminals. Please make an allowance for possible delays when planning your travel.

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Nice of them not inconvenience anyone.

Gooferment!

No private enterprise does that.

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RANT: Are things really heading “south” economically?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

http://readychimp.com/2014/04/06/preppers-prepare-more-16-major-retail-chains-closing-stores-across-america/

Preppers, prepare more: 16 major retail chains closing stores across America
by Ready Chimp
April 6, 2014

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Recent news stories show that American retail is in dire straits. Here are 16 big retail companies that have closed or will close stores soon:
Office supply company Staples has announced plans to close 225 stores by 2015, which is about 15% of its chain. Staples already closed 40 stores last year.

Office Depot, Staples’ main competitor which bought Office Max last year, isn’t in good shape either. Industry analysts expect Office Depot to announce its own round of store closings soon.

Radio Shack has announced plans to close 20% of its stores or as many as 1,100 stores this year. The company, which operates around 4,000 stores, reported that its sales fell by 19% last year.

Albertsons supermarket closed 26 stores in January and February this year. Analysts expect many more Albertsons to be closed down because Albertsons’ owner hedge fundCerberus Capital Management just bought Safeway Inc. Some Safeway stores could soon shut down as well.

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Argh!

How can there be such a disparity of opinion?

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RANT: Congress Is Underpaid? NO!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

http://www.thedailysheeple.com/do-you-think-congress-is-underpaid-at-174000yr-benefits-congressman-moran-does_042014

Do You Think Congress Is Underpaid at $174,000/yr + Benefits? Rep. Moran Does
Melissa Melton
The Daily Sheeple
April 4th, 2014

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As Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse Blog recently pointed out, America is now a nation where the nine of the top ten job positions earn a grand total of less than $35,000 a year. That means if you earn at least that much, you are now squarely in the country’s lap of luxury compared to the other 59% of Americans surviving on less.

Before taxes, that amount comes out to less than $3,000 a month earned. You would think Congress would be doing a lot better than the average American then, considering they make that much per week at $174,000 a year, even though Congress will only be in session for 113 days total this year.

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Argh! to the Nth power.

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http://www.thedailysheeple.com/do-you-think-congress-is-underpaid-at-174000yr-benefits-congressman-moran-does_042014


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