POLITICAL: Hemp, why not?

Friday, August 23, 2013

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-surprising-health-benefits-of-hemp-2.html

5 Surprising Health Benefits of Hemp
Brandi, selected from Diets in Review
August 17, 2013

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Hemp has always had trouble stepping out of the shadow of its dirty cousin marijuana. While it is closely related to whacky tobaccy, hemp has microscopic amounts of THC — the chemical in marijuana that gets you high — and eating hemp foods won’t jeopardize your next drug test. The health benefits of hemp are so vast that people are beginning to abandon the antiquated stereotypes of the versatile plant.

Sharon Palmer, author of The Plant Powered Diet, wasn’t wasting her breath when she said, “I think hemp is the next ‘it’ food — it has been for a while.” The hemp seed is bursting with Omega-6 and Omega-3, essential fatty acids that have heart health and anti inflammatory benefits. Hemp seeds are nutty in flavor and breathe life into salads, desserts, yogurts, cereals, and breads. Hemp seeds can be turned into butter, milk, protein powder, finishing oil, and soap.

Unfortunately, Uncle Sam outlawed hemp farming in 1958, a shame when you consider how amazing a crop it is. The plant thrives without pesticides, purifies the soil around it, and kills weeds. The U.S. is the only country that bans industrial hemp farming, quelling what could be an agricultural and financial boon for our indebted country.

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How about we get the Gooferment out of farming?

Why do we have a “Department of Agriculture” any way?

Oh yeah, that’s right we need to reward “crony farmers” who make contributions to politicians.

Why can’t we feed the world with our exports?

Argh!

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INSPIRATIONAL: Schools kill creativity

Saturday, June 29, 2013

http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html

Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity. 

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.

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Another “don’t miss” TED talk.

I always criticize Gooferment Skrules because they are immoral, ineffective, and inefficient.

Here’s someone saying that what “school” deliver is not right for the future of humanity.

Can “We, The People” change?

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GUNS: “Zero-Tolerance”; “Zero-Sense”

Sunday, June 16, 2013

http://www.nraila.org/news-issues/articles/2013/6/when-zero-tolerance-makes-zero-sense.aspx

When “Zero-Tolerance” Makes “Zero-Sense”
Posted on June 14, 2013

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We’ve been reporting very regularly on ridiculous cases involving over-zealous school officials misinterpreting and wrongly enforcing “zero-tolerance” rules.

In March, we reported on an outrageous case of a seven-year-old Baltimore, Md. student who, according to a March 2, Daily Caller article, was suspended for two days for the nefarious act of shaping a breakfast pastry into what his teacher thought looked like a gun. Yes, a breakfast pastry.

According to the young student, he was eating the strawberry pastry during snack time and was biting off pieces in an attempt to shape it into a mountain. Apparently, the teacher thought the student’s handiwork instead looked like a gun, and escorted him to the principal’s office for prompt disciplinary action.

In a recent follow-up story, the Daily Caller reported on more bad news for the young victim of over-zealous school administrators.

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How dumb are we?

The Sheeple and Clovers don’t get it.

And, the Gooferment Skrules are mindless idiots as well.

There’s a reason that teachers are the lowest rung on the academic ladder.

Those who can do; those who can’t teach; those who can’t teach, teach teaching. Obviously there’s another tier: those who can teach teaching and have no common sense become school bureaucrats!

Why torture children with this type of a system. Remember the Jack in the box model comes from Prussia. The objective was to make cannon fodder for the Army, good factory workers, and a pliable underclass that could be led easily by the elite!

Remind me again where the rich and politicians send their children?

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POLITICAL: Honesty, if Gooferment?

Saturday, June 8, 2013

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WSJ/NBC News Poll: Scandals Prompt Doubts About Honesty
Recent controversies surrounding the Internal Revenue Service and other government agencies have sown doubts about the honesty of the Obama administration, but most people don’t hold the president personally responsible for the agency actions, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds.

A majority of poll respondents, some 55%, said IRS scrutiny of conservative groups raised some level of doubt about the administration’s “overall honesty and integrity.”

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Seriously?

Why is it so low?

I’d have bet it would have been in the high 70′s.

Oh yeah, “low information voters”.

Argh!

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RANT: Prefabricated terror plots

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

http://lewrockwell.com/grigg/grigg-w322.html

When Homeland Security Theater Goes Off-Script

by William Norman Grigg

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While police in Watertown, Massachusetts closed in on the boat in which 19-year-old terrorist suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had concealed himself, FBI investigators in Chicago were snapping handcuffs on 18-year-old Abdella Ahmed Tounisi as he attempted to board an airplane bound for Istanbul. He intended to travel to Syria to fight on behalf an Islamic rebel group that seeks to overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

There is reason to believe that the FBI had advance knowledge of the Boston Marathon bombing plot. On the other hand, we know that Tounisi was a pure product of the FBI’s terrorist factory: He was the latest in a long procession of socially alienated teenage Muslim males who have been lured into an FBI-orchestrated plot by the Bureau’s roving troupe of “terrorism facilitators.”

What makes the terrorism charges against Tounisi more remarkable is the fact that he is accused of seeking to enlist in the service of a terrorist group that is presently receiving material aid from Washington.

Tounisi had been targeted by the FBI last fall after a friend named Abdel Daoud was snared in one of the Bureau’s prefabricated terror plots.

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Isn’t this by definition “entrapment”?

Argh!

I don’t know how the Sheeple and Clovers put up with this.

Instead of doing real police work to prevent the Boston Bombing, check processes so when someone tells you something real, you take action.

This is like a little girl’s tea party.

More like the Mad Hatter! 

Argh!

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SECESSION: Laugh, ridicule, and shun

Thursday, March 21, 2013

http://ericpetersautos.com/2013/03/15/fixing-their-wagon/

Fixing Their Wagon
March 15, 2013

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Shun them.

The model for this is easy enough to understand. If the person who owned the house down the road from you was known to be a child sex offender, would you invite him to your summer barbecues? Would you contract with his business to perform work? Would you shake his hand when you bumped into him at the store? You probably – hopefully – would not.

Apply the same treatment to the people who insist on living by doing violence to others. For they are exactly like child molesters in the sense that matters: They victimize people. They manipulate and coerce and threaten. They leverage power – force and its threat – to get what they want. It is only because we’ve been conditioned to accept the unacceptable via euphemism and evasion that we tolerate such people among us. Those reading this column no doubt do not accept it. Hence, they ought not to tolerate it. There may be occasions when we are forced to deal with them. But wherever possible, wherever we have the choice, we ought to elect not to deal with them. And we ought to tell them exactly why we want nothing to do with them. Call them on it. Do not let it – their reliance on violence – go unmentioned. Mention it. Bring it into the open. Make them squirm – those that still have the vestigial capacity to squirm when confronted with their own ethical atrocities. But never, ever, accept them as members of civilized society. Because civilization is dying on account of them.

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Sounds like a great strategy.

Laugh at them, make them absurd, and then turn the other cheek.

Secession takes many forms!

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RANT: The election results sadden me

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Huge unemployment, record numbers not working, welfare at an all time high.

Debt soaring, deficits increasing, fiscal irresponsibility.

Foreign policy in shambles. More wars, less peace.

Lying, cover ups, media bias.

Assault on the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Tenth Amendments.

Corruption and fraud in the elections.

Obamacare fundamentally seizes control of healthcare. Death panels start killing us. Cost exponentially increase.

Pro-Life and Catholic values rejected. Marriage redefined. I am taxed to fund activities I deem abhorrent and immoral.

A second term of even more radical action can be expected.

Sorry, but the American Experiment in Liberty is traveling down the road to ruin.

If anything, this election convinces me more that we have to figure out how to secede.

Looks like, things are going to get much much worse. As the takers have outvoted the makers. And, like the nursery story, The Little Red Hen, the producers have no incentive to cooperate in the theft of the fruits of their labors.

I’d predict that the “productive class” will coast and the economic will get even worse.

I just don’t understand the logic.

But, I will not be abused. I will not be robbed, I will not kneel.

I do NOT consent.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Why is the TSA still around?

Friday, October 26, 2012

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/334957

Mississippi passenger detained, stranded in Hawaii by No-Fly List

By Elliott Freeman

Oct 17, 2012 – yesterday in Travel

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A Mississippi man flying to visit his wife in Japan on Monday was detained during a stop in Hawaii and has been barred from reboarding his flight – or any other flight – because his name came up on the U.S. No-Fly List, leaving him stranded on the island.

Gulfport resident Wade Hicks, Jr., boarded a military jet at Travis Air Force Base in San Francisco so he could spend time with his newlywed wife, a U.S. Navy lieutenant stationed in Okinawa, Japan, the Canada Free Press reports.

According to Hicks, when the plane stopped for refueling at Hickam Air Base on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, he was escorted from the plane and detained by armed military personnel. After several hours, a representative of U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrived and told him he was pulled off of the flight because he was on the no-fly list.

Why was he put on the list? “They have given me no reason. They just basically are telling me, ‘You can’t fly because we said so,’” Hicks said in an interview with radio talk show host Doug Hagmann. “They didn’t know how I even left Travis Air Force Base.”

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Sorry, but any bureaucratic organization that is this stupid needs to be put out of its misery.

It was a bad idea to start. Made worse over time. Unionized.

Just a waste of valuable human attention, time, and effort.

Close it down now.

The “terrorists” won by changing our way of life and getting us to do stupid things.

How dumb are we?

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POLITICAL: Obamacare is “constitutional”

Thursday, June 28, 2012

FROM RUSH LIMBAUGH

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The chief justice was hell-bent to find a way to make this law applicable, so he just decided, you know what, as a tax increase, it works, because there’s no limit on the federal government’s ability to tax. And it’s right there in the preamble of the Constitution, right there, Article 1, Section 8, the general welfare clause, it’s been established Congress can tax whatever, whoever, whenever, how much they want. Even when they don’t ask for it, the Supreme Court is gonna find a way to make what they want to do legal because John Roberts said it’s not our job here to forbid this. It’s not our job to protect people from outcomes. It’s not our job to determine whether it is right or wrong or any of that. We just get to look at it. We can’t forbid this. This is what the elected representatives of the people want.

No, the elected representatives of the people were deceived. Remember yesterday I asked you, if this decision went this way, what was your initial reaction going to be. And how many of you were deflated as you can be because of the way this was reported? The first thing that came down, the mandate, unconstitutional, that was the first thing everybody reported. Mandate unconstitutional, big sigh of relief. And then within moments, wait a minute, wait a minute, we’re reading further. Hold it just a second. The mandate’s unconstitutional, but the court has decided it’s a tax, and therefore it’s okay.

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The Socialists and Communists have won.

The battle, that began with Wilson and the Income Tax, the Federal Reserve, and World War 1 form the “peace candidate, has culminated in the official End of the American Experiment.

The Republic actually ended with Abraham Lincoln.

The demise of the American Education System, captured by the Social Progressives, enabled by the Women’s Vote, has score another victory for the effort to end American exceptionalism.

For decades, from when I heard it from Harry Browne in the 1970′s, the Gooferment courts can be counted on to find the Gooferment’s abuses “Constitutional”! The Little L Libertarains have long argues that expecting justice from the Gooferment’s “courts” is like expecting mercy from the Sheriff of Nottingham by appealing to King John.

I can’t say that I am surprised.

And, all the bluster that this will energize the Right is just smoke.

“We, The Sheeple” have in Amerika in essence a One Party System that the Communists in the USSR are envious of.

We have to begin, or in the case of us Little L Libertarians, continue the battle for the heart and minds of the Great American Spirit in the young and the class rooms around the country.

The journey of a million miles begins in the classrooms with the minds full of mush. The Communists have robbed these children of their birthright. That is the right to succeed or fail on the sweat of their own efforts.

The drone have taken over the hive. Where will we find freedom and liberty?

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POLITICAL: The Gooferment runs the roads as well as it does the Post Office

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

http://southbrunswick.patch.com/articles/long-awaited-route-27-intersection-upgrade-gets-green-light-from-dot

Long-Awaited Route 27 Intersection Upgrade Gets Green Light from DOT
Davy James | Jun 22, 2012

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Route 27 and Beekman Road intersection to be widened, along with installation of a right-hand turn lane and a new traffic signal.

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How about a series of synchronous lights from Henderson Road to Beekman Road say every 200 feet. When North South is red, they are all red. This would give the (imho very dangerous) “cross traffic” a chance to enter the roadway safely. The pedestrians might not have to play “you bet your life” to cross.

And if some one was really an “engineer” there would left turn arrows in advance of the green northbound and trailing the green south bound.

And, let’s get really wild and crazy, and expect all the Gooferment traffic planners to turn the durations longer during the midnight to 6am period and shorter during the other hours.

Then let’s do some tuning for special conditions accident on RT1 and everyone diverts to 27.

Yeah, I know, I’ve lost my head. Remember the Titanic was designed by experts and Noah was an amateur.

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RANT: Multiple DUIs

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Instead of focusing on the average joe who has a beer with dinner, this is the problem! 4 DUIs. Why is he out of jail?

Of course, then the problem would be solved and no need for “checkpoints” as revenue raising.

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CHIEF RAYMOND J. HAYDUCKAAdvisory: Cops catch drunk driver after near collision and chase

Hi fjohn reinke,

A drunk driver, who had been convicted four times previously for driving while under the influence, was arrested Saturday morning after nearly striking a police car and leading officers on a chase. The incident began at 1:30am as Sergeant Frank Lombardo was driving east on Route 522. William Campbell age 52 of Franklin Park was operating his 1994 Ford pickup truck south on North Umberland Way. He entered the intersection of Route 522 without stopping and nearly ran into Sergeant Lombardo’s marked patrol car. The sergeant had to slam on his brakes to avoid a collision.

The sergeant then activated his lights and siren attempting to stop the vehicle. The pickup truck accelerated and struck two curbs as it winded through the South Ridge Townhomes development. Campbell then pulled onto New Road and headed east. He turned off of New Road into a commerical development accelerating behind some buildings. Sergeant Lombardo pursued him behind the buildings where Campbell made a U-turn and came back at the officer. Sergeant Lombardo was able to get his vehicle out of the way as Campbell pulled pass. Campbell then pulled up to the rear of one of the commercial buildings and parked his vehicle. He stumbled out of the driver’s seat without explanation. Sergeant Lombardo was able to arrest Campbell without further incident.

Campbell, who in addition to four driving while under the influence convictions has ten license suspensions, was charged with driving while under the influence and eluding. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. His bail was set at $25,000. He was lodged in the Middlesex County Correction Center in default of bail.

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RANT: Gooferment protection is nonexistent; circular reasoning

Thursday, May 24, 2012

EXCERPT FROM AN EMAIL ABOUT Gooferment!

But, see there is the “key fact”, the Gooferment ENABLES that bad product to make to the market in the first place. Then you think the Gooferment should “protect” us from it. It’s ineffective and inefficient. If makers were exposed to the FULL BRUNT of their mistakes, then they would be infinitely more careful.

The marketplace exacts a SWIFT and TERRIBLE justice on the “offenders”. Think Corvair. Think Thallidomide. Think Enron. Think … any good disaster. Yeah, the Gooferment got involved long after the train left the station. I remember TIME magazine breakign the Thallidomide story and had women stopping that drug LONG before the actual link was formally recognized in Europe. Which PRECEEDED the FDA by a while.

Yes, my little L libertarian “paradise” my be only in my dreams now. But it’s coming. Because humans NEED to be free. And, you can only surpress it for so long before it erupts. My exemplar is “drugs in prisons”. Humans are irrepressible; you can only kill them.

Good point about the the seat belts. But it was one passionate committed man who dragged Gooferment along kicking a screaming. Even some good things result from a big bad thing.

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RANT: Mangled flags

Monday, March 19, 2012

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/star-mangled-banner-wait-until-you-see-the-decrepit-flag-flying-over-a-harlem-school/

‘Star-Mangled Banner’: Wait Until You See the Decrepit Flag Flying Over a Harlem School
Posted on March 19, 2012 at 9:02am
by Jonathon M. Seidl

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Given Villaverde’s outrage over the tattered flag hanging high above PS 28 for all to see, you would think the school would have done all it could to replace the eyesore, if not out of respect then for aesthetics. But not so. Even though the school’s principal quickly responded to Villaverde and said “We didn’t mean to be disrespectful” and pledged to fix it, the flag apparently still remains.

“Not only is it not supposed to be up in that condition, but it’s supposed to be disposed of in a respectful way,” he told the Post, which noted the flag is not illuminated at night, which is required for those who do not take the flag down every day.

His repeated calls to the city’s all-purpose hotline, 311, have also yielded no results. And when he contacted the Department of Education, it told him the issue was the local janitor’s problem.

That itself seems to point to a larger problem, however.

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If Vets don’t take action, who will?

Certainly not politicians or bureaucrats.

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RANT: ‘Pink Slime’ for your kids?

Friday, March 9, 2012

[TIP 'o' the HAT to: Mike Elgan Weekly]

US government buys 7 million pounds of ‘pink slime’ for America’s children. Pink slime is when th…
Mar 07, 2012 10:05 pm

US government buys 7 million pounds of ‘pink slime’ for America’s children.

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Pink slime is when they take all the cow parts left over after everything usable has been removed from a cow, grind it up, sterilize it with ammonium hydroxide (which may not work), then shape it into burgers and other food-like products.

Pink slime is so nasty and controversial even McDonald’s, Burger King and Taco Bell have stopped using it. But a new report says the US government is buying 7 million pounds of it to feed to America’s school children.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/blogpost/post/pink-slime-in-school-lunches-government
-is-buying-7-million-pounds-worth/2012/03/07/gIQAKIzRxR_blog.html

 

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Argh!

Everyone who reads my stuff or talk to me knows that I think the Gooferment is the problem.

Anyone doubt that is true after reading this story.

Can there be any redeeming value in “pink slime”?

Sure, if some private company wants to risk their own money to provide a budget product and consumers buy it, then there’s the value.

Unfortunately, when the Gooferment buys you a steak, pink slime is what you get.

Separation of Gooferment from EVERYTHING!

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LIBERTY: Conservatives should run for school boards?

Friday, February 3, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VxHfYNTrnic

On Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 10:24 AM, LUDDITE wrote:

“If you saw this on Fox sorry about the repeat…wow, what an eye-opener….and does “

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If you haven’t seen the below short video please, take a moment and watch it… see what a college professor learned about students’ expectations from government. Scary!!! This is what is wrong in our country and why we must work hard to get more conservatives to run for local school board and in the class rooms.

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I think the problem is Gooferment Skrules. We should be seeking to correct this mistake. The Gooferment is propagandizing future voters. And, indoctrinating them into the “Big Gooferment” meme. End Gooferment Skrules! That’s the answer.

Not putting the “right” people on the Skrule Board. That just propagates the mistake.

Argh!

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POLITICAL: What the government is not

Thursday, January 5, 2012

http://lewrockwell.com/napolitano/napolitano34.1.html

The Case for Austerity
by Andrew P. Napolitano

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Government is not a jobs program, and government is not your caretaker. Government is an arrangement made by free individuals to protect their rights and their property.

It doesn’t take $3.6 trillion a year to do that effectively in America today. I doubt it takes a trillion. We must swallow the bitter pill of austerity now, on our own terms, while we are still the undisputed leader of the free world and while we still have a Constitution, so that we can restore our prosperity in a way consistent with personal liberty.

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Certainly seems that the 15T$ national debt is OUR problem.

If we were all on the same page, then we could amortize that over generations.

Bet we could sell 50 year bonds!

But we’re not even on the same planet as some people.

The Tea Party and the Occupy folks were all screaming about the same thing. Crony Capitalism, Regulatory Capture, and Rule by the Effete Elite. (imho)

Time to cut spending. And get everyone back to work.

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TECHNOLOGY: Test identity; not for drugs

Friday, July 29, 2011

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Man-with-nine-different-names-created–massive-benefits-fraud-from-Thailand-126005948.html

Man with nine different names created massive benefits fraud from Thailand
Dublin man jailed for social welfare fraud
By CATHAL DERVAN, IrishCentral.com Staff Writer
Published Friday, July 22, 2011, 8:04 AM

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An Irish emigrant has been jailed for orchestrating a massive social welfare fraud across the border counties – while living it up in Thailand.

Paul Murray swindled the Irish taxpayer out of half a million dollars using nine different names in an elaborate international hoax.

The 63-year-old emigrated to Thailand in the 1970s but returned home every three months to collect his fraudulent social welfare payments.

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Interesting.

The gang known as the State of Florida wants to test welfare recipients for illegal drugs.

Here’s an idea. DNA test all welfare recipients to establish identity.

Here’s another. Eliminate the dole. Period.

The Gooferment: Immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. In example after example.

Let’s use technology to solve problems?

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TAGONIST: Wrong door raid in the Hudson Valley

Friday, January 28, 2011

The DEA has apologized for the wrong door raid in the Hudson Valley. John P. Gilbride, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, issued a statement Friday clearing Spring Valley resident David McKay and his family of anything to do with the series of drug raids that took place early Thursday in Westchester and Rockland counties. “We sincerely regret that while attempting to execute an arrest warrant for a member of this drug trafficking organization, the innocent McKay family was inadvertently affected by this enforcement operation,” Gilbride said. “Though we take many precautions to prevent this type of incident from happening, drug investigations are very complex and involve many fluid factors,” Gilbride said. “DEA will continue to pursue these criminal organizations to protect the public from the scourge of drug trafficking.”

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PRO-TAGONIST: I’m just glad they were working to stop drug traffickers. Collateral damage is often a byproduct of good yet dangerous work. It’s not like math, 2+2=4, it has many variables, is very risky and uncertainty. But in the end, the more criminals we can stop…some collateral damage along the way is acceptable, to me anyway. It’a like a drone that takes out Al-Qaida terrorists planning an attack. Sometimes there is collateral damage there too, but when compared to the potential loss of lives the terrorists could have done, it is a win. No loss of life or liberty is a good thing…but it’s a mean world out there.

AN-TAGONIST: Little hard if you’re the “collateral damage”! Argh, makes me sick. The family in the Hudson Valley had Fourth Amendment rights to be secure in the home. Sorry, but I’d PUBLICLY discipline folks. If I was the Head of the DEA, I’d put at least a Letter of Reprimand in every single file of ANYONE involved in the raid. Including my own! I’d probably reassign the “Special Agent In Charge” to where ever the North Pole office was located. Nothing will send a message to bureaucrats as a threat to their beloved livelihood of “lifetime employment”. I’d put every other SAIC that a repeat blunder will result in termination. That’s what happens in the real world. One strike and you’re out! Argh! Legalize drugs; we’re all the “collateral damage” in the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”.]

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SOFTWARE: DROPBOX and TRUECRYPT

Thursday, January 13, 2011

http://www.lewrockwell.com/rounds/rounds15.1.html

How To Use Dropbox and TrueCrypt To Securely Transfer Files Privately
by Bill Rounds

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USING DROPBOX AND TRUECRYPT

Using Dropbox and TrueCrypt should appear fairly self-evident by now. For example, you can travel with a laptop that contains no information across borders and when you arrive at your destination just install Dropbox and sync with your files from the cloud. Because Dropbox has control of the encryption key you can use TrueCrypt for an added layer of protection. That way if the Dropbox servers were compromised for whatever reason the your files would still be encrypted.

Another wonder aspect of setting up your information architecture to use TrueCrypt and Dropbox is that you no longer need to worry about backing up the files. This can save lots of time and headache.

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So much for the child pornographers being caught at the border crossing.

I’m advising that all international travelers NOT carry ANY computing platform through “security”. (Not that it makes us any more secure; it’s just theater to amuse the rubes.)

That means phone, ipads, netbooks … … nothing.

You can’t know what they will “find” when they do their “data proctology” exam. Or, what they will place on your hardware when it’s outside of your control.

Come to think of it that’s good advice even inside the US.

Argh!

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MONEY: Pensions are an attractive pot of money

Monday, January 10, 2011

http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/01/europe-starts-confiscating-private-pension-funds#ixzz1A4bDsXPq

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The article goes on to detail other pension grabs in Bulgaria, Poland, France and Ireland. Obviously, this is a cautionary tale for America. If fiscal austerity becomes a real issue in the U.S. the way that it’s been reaching critical mass in Europe — don’t think that U.S. lawmakers regard your either your personal wealth or money they might owe you as sacrosanct. Government has a habit of looking out for itself.

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Too arms! To arms! Bad ideas have a way of flowing over “the pond”. Where will politicians find a lot of quick easy money? Sure, your retirement! And, the politicians and bureaucrats only have to strong arm about 2200 “custodians”. Who happen to be the very people that were “bailed out” with taxpayer money last year. So how much of a bonus did you get, Taxpayer? Mine must have gotten lost in the mail. I’d suggest that everyone take keyboard to hand and share this story. Then, get to your congress critter with a stern warning — keep your mitts off my retirement! Argh!!!

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POLITICAL: USPS, an idea who’s time has past

Monday, January 3, 2011

http://www.downsizinggovernment.org/usps

Privatizing the U.S. Postal Service
by Tad DeHaven
November 2010

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Although the law says that postal employees should receive wages and benefits comparable to what they could earn in the private sector, the majority of economic studies examining the issue have concluded that a postal pay premium of 20%– 25% exists if just wages are counted and about 35% if the Service’s very generous benefits are also included. {33}

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The USPS is in a financial death spiral because of the myriad factors discussed. It faces a projected $238 billion in losses over the next 10 years under the status quo. To avoid a large and growing burden from being foisted on taxpayers in coming years, the USPS should be privatized and postal markets open for competition from FedEx, UPS, and upstart entrepreneurs.

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Policymakers resistant to reform often depict the USPS as a “national asset” that “binds the nation together.” But these days, it’s the Internet and our telecommunications networks that bind families and businesses together across the nation. It’s time to let go of the nostalgia for the USPS and bring America’s postal services into the 21st century with privatization, open competition, and entrepreneurial innovation.

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Of course, “Con”-gress gives itself free mail privileges. And, it is up to its “elbows” in local post office placement and such.

I can’t imagine what the free market will provide, but I’m sure it will.

Think about UPS and FEDEX released.

I’m sure they can do better.

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POLITICAL: So how do we apply the calculation problem today

Saturday, November 6, 2010

http://www.lewrockwell.com/north/north900.html

The Police State Is Doomed
by Gary North

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In 1920, Ludwig von Mises wrote a short essay, “Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth.”

He argued that socialist economic planning is inherently blind. Without free market prices that are based on private ownership, the government’s central planners have no way of knowing where to allocate scarce resources. This is especially true of capital goods. The planners are forced to copy prices in the non-socialist societies. This was his theory. It turned out to be correct in practice.

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Today, in the Gooferment, they don’t know how to use capital or expense dollars? It’s obvious every time you look at their pronouncements. Real people make decisions about trade offs all the time: If I do X, it precludes Y. Does the Gooferment even have the concept of capital and expense? Look at New Jersey’s version of the Big Dig, the new trans-Hudson tunnel. The Guv is expecting a cost overrun. And, how does that get paid for? But the bigger question is: does it make economic sense? A private entrepreneur investing his own capital would say: does the roi exceed the cost of capital? The Gooferment can’t even phrase the question. They don’t know the answer and because it’s the taxpayer’s money. Or the posterity of the taxpayer who will pay. The politicians and bureaucrats just don’t care.

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RANT: Cut the Gooferment; taxes will follow

Sunday, October 3, 2010

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704483004575524340160716872.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_sections_opinion

* DECLARATIONS
* OCTOBER 1, 2010
The Twister of 2010
America’s political landscape will never be the same.
*  By PEGGY NOONAN

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The primary reason is the severity of the moment. But another is that negative ads worked so well in the past. For a generation, the American people have been told their politicians are lowlifes. You know what they now think of them? They think they’re lowlifes! People don’t really expect high character from their political figures anymore. “Congressman Smith cheated on his wife.” That’s her problem. Cut my taxes.

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I think Ms. Noonan understates the demand.

It’s no longer JUST “cut my taxes”. I think the Tea Parties are now on to the game. It’s cut spending, cut taxes, and cut out all the other “barbara streisand”.

See we were fooled under Reagan, who cut taxes, but not spending. The tax and spend Democrats were repelaced by the borrow and spend Republicans.

So, the meme has changed.

Reduce Gooferment and taxes will come along naturally.

I always find it interesting that the Gooferment “cuts” (what I would call) Customer facing services. They want the Taxpayer and Taxconsumer to say I want that. (When I was on Wall Street if I’d done that, I’d have been looking for a job. The challenge was always to cut your budget WITHOUT cutting services. Figure it out.)

“We, The People” seem to be on the warpath to cut everything.

Is this a glacial shift? Yes. Will it last? Yes. (Our parent’s generation was scared by the Depression; we’ll be too.)

Will it be enough to save the Republic? I don’t know!

When the Gooferment shuts down the Federal Department of Education, then we will be on the road to recovery.

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MONEY: “Unemployment Insurance”, a Gooferment scam

Saturday, September 4, 2010

http://irisheagle.blogspot.com/2010/08/govteu-funds-hard-to-find-for-laid-off.html

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the EU’s much heralded relief for Waterford in the wake of the crystal factory closing down has not worked out the way the workers thought it would.

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Perhaps, “unemployment compensation” is a scam played on “We, The People” for the benefit of the “caring” politicians and bureaucrats, who need an excuse for a public paycheck.

Why is it that, in the free market, you can buy: car, fire, life, disability, homeowners / renters, and even umbrella insurance? But not “unemployment”???

(Why would anyone insure one’s umbrella?)

The answer is that it’s not a relatively random rare event that hits a pool of people who can pool the risk.

Like “social security insurance”, Obamacare (Which is socialized medicine), Medicare, Medicaid, or FDIC bank insurance, NONE of these is TRUE insurance. These, like “unemployment insurance” are really welfare programs in disguise.

Insurance companies serve several very useful functions: find people for the pool, estimate the risks, collect all the premiums, invest the money so it’s available when needed, investigate claims, and pay off as needed.

All done at a reasonable cost for administrative and profit. When you think in terms of taxes paid versus funds dispense, you have to wonder how much “unemployment insurance” costs. See what is deducted form every paycheck everywhere is no way the true cost. And, when you consider that the bureaucrats are earning hefty salaries with life time benefits and pensions that can be “stuffed” at the end (i.e., bureaucrats work “overtime” in their last years to score an enhanced, often obscene, pension).

Of all the insurances, “life” insurance is the perfect model. Everyone probably wants to share that catastrophic risk. In large populations, the risk is easily estimated. Fraudulent claims are few and far between. Premiums are low by any measure. Especially when bought young.

So, “We, The People” have to resist politicians going into the “insurance” business and embrace the “evil” insurance companies for their ability to cheaply pool our risks.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: More fraud reported

Thursday, September 2, 2010

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/economic-stimulus-cash-clunkers-feds-investigate-car-dealers/story?id=11498464

Feds Investigate ‘Cash for Clunkers’ Car Dealers
Government Auditors Find $94 Million in Rebates May Be Ineligible Due to Faulty Documents
By Gregory Korte, USA TODAY
Aug. 28, 2010

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The government is investigating at least 20 car dealerships it claims violated the rules of last year’s cash-for-clunkers program. Government auditors say up to $94 million in rebates may be ineligible because they lack the proper documentation.

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Argh!

It was a bad idea form the start — destroying perfectly “good” cars — would be good enough for someone who doesn’t have a car or needs a cheap replacement — which “stole” future sales guaranteeing that future sales would crater!

Figure the handling costs of all the bureaucrats and now add the cost of fraud.

A disaster from end to end.

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MONEY: Fan and Fred “leaking” wealth

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

http://biggovernment.com/publius/2010/08/09/freddie-mac-posts-6-billion-quarterly-loss/

Freddie Mac Posts $6 Billion Quarterly Loss by Publius

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Fannie Mae said last week it lost 3.1 billion dollars in its second quarter, and needed 1.5 billion dollars from the US Treasury to wipe out its deficit as of the end of June.

Freddie has sought more than 60 billion dollars in federal aid so far while Fannie’s bill has ballooned to more than 85 billion dollars.

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This can’t be good and needs to be addressed asap.

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