INTERESTING: Houses on stilts

http://www.nj.com/education/2015/05/remembering_hurricane_sandy_tcnj_launches_oral_his.html

Powerful stories: TCNJ launches Hurricane Sandy project

By Kelly Heyboer | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

on May 24, 2015 at 8:47 AM, updated May 24, 2015 at 9:37 AM

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Building something bigger

The hurricane ripped a wall off the Beach Bar in Seaside Heights, the popular boardwalk restaurant where the Garofalos worked and owned the food concession. The owner of the building never rebuilt after the storm and the Garofalos remain involved in an ongoing legal dispute over their business losses.

The family opened a new business, Silver Bay Bagels in Toms River, and are still repairing the storm damage to their house. As they were interviewed for the oral history project, they were preparing to move out temporarily so the house could be lifted six feet and put on stilts, like many in their bayside neighborhood.

The Garofalos said the hardest part of Hurricane Sandy has been dealing with the red tape and bureaucracy as they navigated insurance claims and government programs to find money to rebuild. They said they hope their story shows historians the lasting impact of the storm on ordinary families.

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As I strolled around Seaside Heights, I saw many buildings being raised or completely rebuilt on stilts.

They are big robust “trees”.

My concern is “how long do they last”?

How long does a utility pole last and they are not under load?

Termites?

Exposed to the weather?

My guess is twenty years. My house, that I affectionately call “my white elephant”, didn’t suffer any major damage due I attribute to being built on three rows of cinder block as a foundation.

It’s been that way for probably eighty years.

No way those “stilts” will last eighty years.

Than what happens.

Will it be it’s own version of Sandy as the house come crashing down?

I think that’s an interesting question.

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GUNS: NYC judge nixes RKBA for gun dealer; makes us all less safe

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/05/24/judge-nixes-new-york-city-gun-permit-for-firearms-dealer/?intcmp=latestnews

Judge nixes New York City gun permit for firearms dealer
Published May 24, 2015
FoxNews.com

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A judge won’t let a traveling firearms dealer carry a concealed weapon in New York City to protect himself and his wares from “criminals and terrorists.”

Cavalier Knight applied for a gun permit from the New York City Police Department in 2014. He went to court when the application was denied. He claimed the NYPD violated his Second Amendment rights.
But in a decision posted Friday, a judge rejected that claim while upholding New York’s tough gun control law, the New York Daily News reported Saturday.

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Sorry, but that’s “infringement”!

Let’s apply the same rules to the First Amendment?

“An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.” — Robert A. Heinlein

And a crime free one too!

“I particularly like unlimited concealed carry. If the criminal regards the general public as sheep to be shorn, then let’s sprinkle in a few “sheepdogs” with big teeth in the flock.

Guess which gay to bash? Buzz, wrong, you picked a Pink Pistol and you’re dead!

Guess which woman to bash? Buzz, wrong, you picked a Paxton Quigly and you’re dead!

Guess which brown person to bash? Buzz, wrong, you picked a Massad Ayoob and you’re dead!”

https://reinkefaceslife.com/2006/11/02/guns-lets-sprinkle-in-a-few-sheepdogs-with-big-teeth-in-the-flock/
GUNS: Let’s sprinkle in a few “sheepdogs” with big teeth in the flock
Thursday, November 2nd, 2006 at 20:26
Ferdinand John Reinke

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Gooferment Skrules discriminate against the poor kids

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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RANT: FTD takes over ProFlowers?

What happened to ‘anti-trust’?

FTD acquires: ProFlowers, Shari’s Berries, ProPlants, Cherry Moon Farms, Personal Creations, Gifts.com and Sincerely.

Argh!

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Thank you for being an FTD customer. We truly value your business, and we’re reaching out today with exciting news.

Our goal at FTD is to provide our customers with a wide range of high quality, unique products that meet all your gift-giving needs. With that goal in mind, we are thrilled to announce that the FTD Family of Brands has expanded and now includes ProFlowers, Shari’s Berries, ProPlants, Cherry Moon Farms, Personal Creations, Gifts.com and Sincerely . In addition to the full assortment from FTD, you now have access to hundreds of additional gift options from these premier online gifting brands.

With so many more gifts to choose from, we look forward to sending you our very best offers from these new brands. If you prefer to not receive email communications from our new brands, please click here before June 22, 2015 to visit the Customer Contact Preference Center.

As always, we remain deeply committed to protecting your privacy and have combined and updated our Privacy Policy to reflect our new brands. If you would like to review the policy, please click here.

From our new family to yours, we look forward to continuing to serve you for all your gifting needs.

Sincerely,

FTD Customer Service

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Dear Ferdinand,

Thank you for being a ProFlowers customer. We truly value your business, and we’re reaching out today with exciting news.

Our goal at ProFlowers is to provide our customers with a wide range of high quality, unique products that meet all your gift-giving needs. With that goal in mind, we are thrilled to announce that ProFlowers has joined the FTD family of brands! As a ProFlowers customer, you will now have access to hundreds of additional florist-designed bouquets and gifts from FTD, in addition to the full assortment from ProFlowers.

With so many more gifts to choose from, we look forward to sending you our very best offers from FTD. If you prefer to not receive email communications from FTD, please click here before June 22, 2015 to visit the FTD Customer Contact Preference Center.

As part of FTD, ProFlowers remains deeply committed to protecting your privacy and has combined and updated our Privacy Policy. If you would like to review the policy, please click here.

From our new family to yours, we look forward to continuing to serve you for all your gifting needs.

Sincerely,

ProFlowers Customer Service

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INTERESTING: Bear climbs tower for eggs

http://www.rcrwireless.com/20150521/cell-tower-news/tower-bear-and-the-sting-of-indifference-tag8

Cell Tower News: Tower bear 
BY JARAD MATULA ON MAY 21, 2015

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Bear climbs tower for eggs

We’re all doomed. The large hairy killing machines known as bears are now bringing their endless appetites off the ground and into the skies. O.F. Mossberg & Sons captured this surprising video of a bear that managed to climb an electrical tower to feast on eggs in a nest. In the video you can see the mother bird flapping around the bear, obviously unhappy about what is taking place.

While this isn’t the first time we’ve covered a bear on a tower site, that time the bear was on the ground. With this latest development it seems like only a matter of time before climbers are working on a tower and looking down to find a bear dozens of feet in the air after their lunch.

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Probably, like climbing a tree, but easier. 

A nest in a tree is, imho, harder that a nice regular tower frame.

Guess it’s just one more adaption that the bears have made.

Like the one in north Jerzey, that figured out how to open the ‘bear proof’ garbage cans by throwing them against the garage doors. Scratch one can and one grade door on EVERY house on the block!

Laugh.

And we think we’re so smart!

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TINFOILHAT: What is it when a “Conspiracy Theory” turns out to be true?

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/05/no_author/why-are-conspiracy-theories-demonized/

10 Conspiracy Theories That Turned Out To Be True
By Jake Anderson
Oddee.com
May 20, 2015

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In recent years, the mere notion of the conspiracy theory has increasingly been ridiculed by even some of the more liberal mainstream news outlets, but don’t let them fool you: it isn’t always some wackadoodle notion without merit or evidence. In fact, sometimes it turns out to be dead on. Here are 10 you may or may not be familiar with that turned out to be true…

1 The Gulf of Tonkin Incident, escalator of the Vietnam War, never happened

2 Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment: Deliberate Non-treatment of Syphilis-Infected Patients

3 Project MKUltra: CIA Mind Control Program

4 Operation Northwoods: US military had plans for ‘false flag’ Cuban provocation

5 CIA drug trafficking in Los Angeles

6 Operation Mockingbird: Early incarnation of media control

7 COINTELPRO: 1960s Counter Intelligence Programs Against Activists

8 Operation Snow White: The Church of Scientology infiltrated the government and stole information

9 National governments/corporations determine global economic policy in secret (TPP, TISA, etc.)

10 The US Government Illegally Spies On Its Own Citizens

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Of course, it’s nothing much. No big deal. No apologies.

Sorry, but “Conspiracy Theory” doesn’t scare people off as much as it used to. Call me a tin foil hat; I don’t care.

CT’s are “credibile” until they are factually disproven. And, even then, they deserve the respect for asking the hard questions.

Keep digging. 

My theory is these all start from a germ of truth. Instead of ridicule, let’s ALL dig for the truth.

Argh!

“Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Whose gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.” Colonel Jessep in A Few Good Men played by Jack Nicholson

I think “We, The Sheeple” are ENTITLED to the “Truth”!

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RANT: Saudi Arabia executioners and we their ally?

Saudi Arabia advertises for eight new executioners as beheading rate soars | World news | The Guardian: “Saudi Arabia is advertising for eight new executioners, recruiting extra staff to carry out an increasing number of death sentences, usually done by public beheading.”

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Makes you wonder?

What are “we” thinking, were the politicians and bureaucrats thinking at all?

And we still haven’t gotten down to the bottom of their involvement in 9/11!

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POLITICAL: The relentless dishonesty of modern Democrats

https://www.newsmax.com/NewtGingrich/baltimore-riots-freddie-gray/2015/05/17/id/645106/

What’s Behind the Collapse of Baltimore
Sunday, 17 May 2015 10:13 AM
By Newt Gingrich

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As Archbishop of Baltimore William Lori points out, the Catholic schools cost $6,000 a year and have a 99 percent graduation rate. Yet the Democrats are committed to locking poor children out of those schools if it takes a dime away from funds for failing, unionized public schools.

With school choice policies, we could save children’s lives while saving money. Instead the left wing unions and bureaucracies ruthlessly exploit children, ruining their lives while the Democratic leadership in the Maryland House blocks school choice bills that would give children a chance to attend better schools and would force schools to compete for students by actually being good schools.

There is no greater example of the relentless dishonesty of modern Democrats than their willingness to destroy children’s lives while blaming others. President Obama could quit blaming Fox News and simply demand school choice (which of course he opposes) and he would radically improve the lives of millions of trapped poor children.

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I have always liked Newt’s brains. His morals cost him the Presidency.

But read this article and he factually pounds home the immoral, ineffective, and inefficient government by one party.

It’s hard to imagine the lives that have been lost, the possibilities missed, and the trees lost by the terrible Gooferment Skrules.

Further, after ending the Fed, I can’t think of a more important step to improve America than to Separate Education and the State.

We wouldn’t think of the Gooferment running food so why do we let it “ruin” Education and Health Insurance?

Argh!

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POLITICAL: Gooferment Skrule now determines what’s “a driving hazard”?

http://controversialtimes.com/issues/constitutional-rights/school-bans-teen-from-flying-american-flag-quickly-regrets-it/

School Bans Teen From Flying American Flag. Quickly Regrets It.
By Hunter Roosevelt on May 14, 2015

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Peyton Robinson, a senior at York Comprehensive High School in South Carolina, was flying an American flag and a POW-MIA flag on the back of his truck – until the school took them off his truck

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The community has rallied around Robinson and his flags and staged a demonstation. As many as 70 cars full of students and adults arrived at the school with people waving flags along the street.

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Under overwhelming public outcry, the school gave in. An announcement on the school district says:

Due to the outstanding display of patriotism through peaceful demonstration, it is apparent to us that many are not happy about this policy. School officials have reviewed the standing policy regarding flags and have decided that an exception will be made for the American flag, as long as the size of the flag(s) does not create a driving hazard.

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So now the Gooferment Skrules are the traffic police. How do they determine it creates “a driving hazard”? Ask the drivers ed teacher!

Argh!

Close the Gooferment Skrules. Defund the Department of Education. And, return the education of children to their parents. And, btw, the parents had ‘em, let them pay to educate them.

Bet all those international measures of education for the USA compared to the world get blown off the scales.

There’s a reason that homeschoolers rock!

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MONEY: Save the penny; it’s educational

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/keep-using-cash-support-killing-penny/

If You Want People To Keep Using Cash, Support Killing The Penny
By Justin Pot on 15th May, 2015 

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There’s quote you might have heard.“A penny saved is a penny earned” -Ben Franklin

First: Franklin never said that. Second: adjusting for inflation, an early 1800’s penny is worth about 25 cents today. With these points in mind, I propose the following update: “A quarter saved is a quarter earned” -Unknown

My point is simple: when the penny was worth more, no one saw the need for a piece of currency valued at 1/25th of a penny. Creating something like that would have been stupid, because you couldn’t have bought anything with it.penny-bucketToday, it’s nearly impossible to find anything that costs one cent. Anywhere.Seriously: try to find anything that costs a penny. You’ll have to resort to a single nail at the hardware store, but when you try to pay for it with your penny the clerk will probably tell you not to bother – saying to just take the nail and leave. 

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I disagree. The penny is an in your face constant reminder that the Gooferment, specifically the FED (i.e., Ferderal Reserve Bank) … …

— The Federal Reserve Bank is a misnomer. IT ain’t “federal”. It reserves nothing. And, it ain’t a “bank”. It is a private cartel of the elite banks run for their benefit and that of the entrenched politicians. —

… … stolen the wealth of the world by inflation. I insist on ranting every time some wants to get rid of the penny, by pointing to Ron Paul and the evils of fiat currency. 

Without the Fed’s fiat currency, WW1 and WW2 could not have been fought and the current welfare / warfare state would be impossible. 

The penny is the “canary in cage” for the national debt, the deficit, the unfunded liabilities, and the out of control spending.

Keep the penny and let’s not forget WHY it’s worthless!

If you doubt any of this rant, listen to the Tom Woods podcast http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-397-the-fed-the-lifeblood-of-the-empire/ and how the FED enables war.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Vaccine Excise Taxes?

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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INSPIRATIONAL: Our gut microbes are the key to the obesity epidemic

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3077507/Everything-think-know-diets-wrong.html

Everything you think you know about diets is WRONG: Counting calories is a total waste of time, it’s bacteria in your gut that make you fat and finally, cheese, alcohol and chocolate can all help

  • Professor Tim Spector, a leading genetics expert, finds compelling evidence as to why calorie-controlled diets don’t work
  • He believes with the right regimen of diet and exercise, we can be happy, healthy – and lean – and keep the pounds off for life
  • Author of new book The Diet Myth: The Real Science Behind What We Eat

By JOHN NAISH FOR THE DAILY MAIL
PUBLISHED: 18:46 EST, 11 May 2015 | UPDATED: 07:30 EST, 12 May 2015

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Calorie-controlled diets don’t work.

Many of us may have suspected as much for years — but now there’s compelling evidence in a new book by Professor Tim Spector, a leading genetics expert at King’s College London.

What’s more, he’s offering a tantalising new theory about what really makes us fat — which could revolutionise our approach to weight loss.

As one of the scientists leading worldwide research into the trillions of bacteria living in our stomachs, Professor Spector believes they hold an amazing power over our health and moods — and that our modern diet may be having a negative effect on them.

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I agree about calorie counting. I watched my Aunt struggle with weight. Calorie counting all the way. Yet, her sisters were all “normal”; one was down right thin.

There has to be more to regulating weight than a simplistic input = output equation.

The body is a complex interrelated system that’s evolved over a gazillion years.

Sigh!

No hope for me. Since I’m the one in the family most like her. Some said we looked alike or that I was her kid.

Argh!

Doomed, I say. Doomed.

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RANT: Hillary Clinton’s payola

http://www.againstcronycapitalism.org/2015/05/washington-post-hillary-clinton-was-paid-millions-by-tech-industry-for-speeches/

Washington Post: Hillary Clinton was paid millions by tech industry for speeches
By Editor on May 19, 2015

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While it is common for former presidents to receive top dollar as paid speakers, Hillary Clinton is unique as a prospective candidate who received large personal payouts from corporations, trade groups and other major interests mere months before launching a White House bid. In some cases, those speeches gave Clinton a chance to begin sounding out themes of her coming campaign and even discuss policy issues that a future Clinton administration might face.

Companies that paid her to speak include industry giants such as Xerox, Cisco Systems and Qualcomm, as well as start-ups and trade groups focused on biotechnology and medical technology.

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No, no corruption here. Any more than the contributions to the “Clinton Foundation” by foreigners when she was Secretary of State.

Argh!

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POLITICAL: Michigan Voters Smash Tax Hike Referendum

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/05/gary-north/michigan-voters-smash-tax-hike-referendum/

Michigan Voters Smash Tax Hike Referendum
By Gary North
The Tea Party Economist
May 12, 2015

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Proposal 1 suffered the worst defeat Tuesday of any Michigan ballot measure since the current Constitution was adopted more than a half-century ago, as 80 percent of voters rejected the sales tax increase and road funding plan. . . .

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Saginaw County businessman Paul Mitchell set up an opposition group and began lambasting the proposal for directing $700 million to areas unrelated to repairing roads, such as education, cities, public transit and an expanded tax break for the working poor.

Mitchell called the non-road spending a “a $700 million toll to special interests,” defining the issue before the “yes” campaign could respond on the airwaves.

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Nice to see that the Michigan voters ain’t buying the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association, representing road builders, $5.4 million Safe Roads Yes propaganda.

Pretty good. Put in 5.4 to get 700 back.

With the appropriate payoffs to the politicians and astroturf groups.

No wonder “We, The Sheeple” are bankrupt.

Morally and fiscally.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Putin carried a photograph of his father

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/05/anne-williamson/a-bright-sunny-day-in-moscow/

A Bright, Sunny Day
By Anne Williamson
May 12, 2015

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But there are still living veterans, who, like me, saw the Russian president leave the post-parade luncheon for visiting heads of state to plunge into a stream of three hundred thousand Russians marching in memory of “The Immortal Brigade.”  Each participant carried a picture of a family member, who had served in the struggle to defeat the mighty Huns.

A relaxed and upbeat Putin carried a photograph of his father, a submariner. (A U.S. president in similar circumstances would have been accompanied down the stairs and into the square by a crowd of 40 Secret Service thugs, a motorcycle police escort and several detachments of armed marines.)

Maybe it was a publicity stunt, but I don’t think so. Only two body guards were visible, and each kept a close but discreet distance while Putin mingled freely with crowds of ordinary Muscovites.

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This certain puts a different spin on the evil Putin. (And, I have no doubt the KGB officer in him has much to atone for.)

“The Immortal Brigade”!

“27 million dead” fighting the Nazis.

That’s huge.

And, they should have a parade.

For peace.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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INTERESTING: Better addressing

http://what3words.com/about/#what

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Better addressing will make the world a better place. A simple 3 word address can help people meet more easily, enables aid to reach those who need it most and ensures packages arrive and business are found. We are hugely excited to have created this platform and grateful for your interest. From time to time we will send you updates on how we are growing, features and new partners.

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Feel free to drop by foods.libraries.patio or filming.thanks.rearranged!

Laugh!

It is easy.

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GOLDBUG: The allure of gold in a fiat currency world

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-05-09/russell-napier-explains-whats-store-gold-if-cash-outlawed

Russell Napier Explains What’s In Store For Gold If Cash Is Outlawed
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 05/09/2015 19:45 -0400

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However, in such a world, zero-yielding gold would be a high-yielding instrument. If the authorities ever sought to restrict access to banknotes, then gold would suddenly find itself enfranchised as money for the first time in many decades. So, given the scale of these competing forces, it is just too early to say what might happen to the gold price, but the allure of gold will grow the more it becomes clear that central bank fiat has failed and the age of government fiat is dawning.

The time is ever nearer when the price of gold will rise in an era of deflation. In due course, though no time soon, the full force of government fiat will engineer a reflation, albeit one replete with the misallocations of savings and capital so beloved by the bureaucrat. Then the PhD standard, in which the value of money is linked only to the words of the over-educated, will have ended. The gold price will rise even further, ‘And the words that are used for to get the ship confused will not be understood as they’re spoken, for the chains of the sea will have busted in the night’. And that’s ‘The hour when the ship comes in.’

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Interesting change of the interest rate perception.

“Gold doesn’t earn interest.”

That was the common complaint. It just sits there. And, there is a negative opportunity cost.

Now for gold bugs like me, it’s insurance. 

The Gooferment can’t tax it when I die because it doesn’t exist.

The FED, the banking cartel’s, “man in the Gooferment”, can’t inflate it.

And, no one can track it.

With the FED’s zero interest rate policy — screw you senior citizens living on a pension and some savings —, there doesn’t seem to be quite the argument about not paying interest. Compare zero to, as Ric Edelman puts it, zero point nothing, doesn’t seem so bad now does it?

Also, when you think about Cyprus and their “bail in” solution that turns depositors into creditors of the bank, or worse shareholders with non-tradeable shares — think non-traded REITs, another of Ric Edelman’s “favorites” — gold doesn’t compare badly.

I go back to my two favorite … … examples.

  • In Roman times, two ounces of gold got a custom man’s outfit with cloak and sandals; today, those same two ounces translates to about 3,400 FRB “dollars”. Pretty equivalent.
     
  • And, in my yute, gas at the old Hess station was 30¢ a gallon with trading stamps, a glass, and the attendant pumped it — also cleaned the windshield; today those same three SILVER dimes could be sold for about 6 FRB “dollars”, which would buy more than TWO gallons of “better gas”, but no glass, stamps, or attendant (except in the Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee). Pretty equivalent. 

SO WHAT’S DIFFERENT?

The value of the currency!

Argh!

I’ll keep my nonexistent gold, silver, and nickels. Thank you very much.

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RANT: ‘Deflategate’ is hot air. Fuhgeddaboudit!

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/05/07/holes-in-nfls-deflategate-report/

Holes in NFL’s ‘Deflategate’ Report
May 7, 2015

Exclusive: A high-profile NFL probe into the champion New England Patriots concluded that “it is more probable than not” that quarterback Tom Brady’s footballs were intentionally deflated prior to a January playoff game, but the report sloughs off scientific evidence that undercuts the finding, writes Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry

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A key assertion by people accusing Brady was that it made no sense that the footballs used by the Patriots in the AFC championship game last January – when tested at halftime – would have lost significantly more air pressure than those used by their opponents, the Indianapolis Colts. But scientists hired by the NFL discovered that measurements varied sharply depending on when at halftime the balls were tested.

According to a study by Exponent, a California-based testing firm, footballs lose air pressure during games in chilly, rainy weather, the conditions that existed on Jan. 18, 2015, in Foxborough, Massachusetts, but when returned to the warmth of a climate-controlled room, their air pressure rapidly rises close to the original internal pressure.

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At the end of the game, four balls from the Colts and four from the Patriots were tested again. Three of the four Colts’ balls were underinflated while none of the Pats’ balls were. In other words, while the Patriots’ footballs were deflated in the first half, the Colts’ balls were deflated in both the first half and second half.

Another possible factor why the Pats’ balls tested relatively lower in psi could have been the way the balls were prepared before the game. The Pats’ balls were rubbed down to remove any slickness while the Colts’ balls were left slicker or more water resistant. One of the findings by the Exponent scientists was that wetter balls recovered their psi more slowly than drier balls when brought into a climate-controlled environment.

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I “have no dog in this fight”, BUT, (and there is always a BIG butt), this seems like a lot of “hot air” with out “evidence”. (You know that stuff that fair minded people demand before anyone goes running their mouths off about stuff they have no knowledge of!)

As a baby fat old white guy injineering student in Brother Barry Austin’s “Measurements” class, we was taught that there are “errors and blunders”. But at no time do you get to just throw stuff away or throw stuff around. 

It appears that in this case, there were plenty of blunders to muck up any findings.

Two gauges — one is “not accurate”. So how does one certify that the gauge your using is correct and in proper working order?

And wet balls regain pressure due to temperature faster than dry ones.

And, the whole controversy over pressure in the locker room versus pressure in the game conditions.

It all sounds like there is a lot of opinionating going on and not much evidence or factual understanding.

Hence, imho, fuhgeddaboudit! (translation from the Brooklyn dialect: “forget about it” with a sneer.) 

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TINFOILHAT: “Jade Helm” is training for what?

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/05/brandon-smith/when-the-power-elite-wage-war-on-americans/

When The Elites Wage War On America, This Is How They Will Do It
By Brandon Smith Alt-Market.com
May 8, 2015

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I would further note that Jade Helm exercises are also joint exercises with domestic agencies like the FBI and the DEA.  Again, why include domestic law enforcement agencies in a military exercise merely meant to prepare troops for foreign operations?  I often hear the argument that the military would never go along with such a program, but people who take this rather presumptive position do not understand crisis psychology.  In the event of a national catastrophe many military personnel and government employees may determine that they will do what is “best for them and their families”.  And if following orders guarantees the security of their families (food security, shelter, etc), then they may very well follow any order, no matter how dubious.  Also, a large scale crisis could be used as a rationale for martial law; otherwise well meaning military men and women could be convinced that the loss of constitutional freedoms might be for the “greater good of the greater number”.  I believe some military will indeed resist such efforts, but of course, Jade Helm may also be a method for vetting such uncooperative people before any live operation occurs.

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This stinks to high Heaven.

I wouldn’t believe anything that the Gooferment says. Or its politicians and bureaucrats.

This type of “training” makes no sense, UNLESS it is training for civil unrest like Baltimore on a much larger sale.

I think the Governor of Texas is correct to be concerned.

How often lately is the Gooferment doing un-Constitutional things?

The IRS is political. The DoJ is political. Everything is political.

And, as one who doesn’t care for either of our “political parties”, as if there was any difference between them, I have a feeling that Jade Helm is an attempt to intimidate me.

Molon labe!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee “wins”

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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SECURITY: Why not require photo id?

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150506/NEWS03/150509580&source=RSS

Woman advocates vigilance after thieves took wallet and spent $20,507 in 2 hours
By CASSIDY SWANSON
Union Leader Correspondent

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BEDFORD — After having her wallet stolen out of her shopping cart at the Bedford Mall and more than $20,000 charged to her credit cards, a Manchester woman is cautioning women and seniors to be more vigilant about their belongings while out shopping.

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“Why isn’t it mandatory to ask for an ID? You know, we’re talking 15 seconds here,” she said.

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Fellbaum said at Best Buy, the thieves tried to use Fellbaum’s Chase Visa card for the two transactions. It was declined, so the store allowed them to use her Bank of America card.

The thieves also paid in two transactions at the Apple Store.

The Bank of America card was denied at the Apple Store, and that store allowed the thieves to use Fellbaum’s Citizens Bank card. On the second transaction, the thieves used her Sam’s Club MasterCard.

At Finish Line, Fellbaum’s Bank of America card was declined, but the store allowed the thieves to use her Citizens MasterCard.

“Nobody asked for ID,” she said. Fellbaum also said she was told by a manager at Best Buy that credit card companies prohibit the store from asking customers for identification when paying with a card.

“I don’t believe that’s true,” she said.

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It would seem that this type of crime would immediately be reduce by requiring photo id.

Need it to get on a plane.

So why not to vote or to charge?

And, I’m sorry, after a decline, why not take some extra precautions.

Multiple declines?

Argh!

“Photo id required” goes on all my cards!

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INTERESTING: Does “diversity” include age?

Doing more on diversity
Posted: 05 May 2015 02:00 PM PDT
When we released the composition of our workforce almost a year ago, it confirmed what many people suspected: the tech industry needs to do a lot more when it comes to diversity. Since then, the question I get asked most is—so what are you doing about it?

You may have heard about some of the work we’ve been doing: embedding engineers at Historically Black Colleges and Universities; partnering with Hollywood to inspire girls to pursue careers in computer science; building local initiatives to introduce coding to high school students from diverse communities; and expanding our employee unconscious bias training.

But these programs represent only a sampling of all the work that is going on behind the scenes. If we’re really going to make an impact, we need a holistic plan. Today, we want to share our diversity strategy, which is focused on four key areas:

Hire diverse Googlers: In the past, our university-focused hiring programs have relied heavily on a relatively small number of schools. But, we know those schools aren’t always the most diverse. For example, while 14% of Hispanic college enrollment is at 4-year schools, Hispanics make up just 7% at the 200 most selective schools. In the past two years, we’ve doubled the number of schools where we recruit, to promote student diversity. This year, nearly 20 percent of the hires we make from a university are from these new campuses.

Foster a fair and inclusive culture: We want to ensure that we have an environment where all Googlers can thrive. We’ve raised awareness around unconscious bias—half of all Googlers have participated in our unconscious bias workshops—and we’ve now rolled out a hands-on workshop that provides practical tips for addressing bias when we see it. We’re also drawing on the idea of 20 percent time to enable employees to use their time at work to focus on diversity projects. In 2015, more than 500 Googlers will participate in Diversity Core, a formal program in which employees contribute—as part of their job—to the company’s diversity efforts.

Expand the pool of technologists: Making computer science (CS) education accessible and available to everyone is one of our most important initiatives. Our CS First program is designed to help anyone—a teacher, a coach, or volunteer—teach kids the basics of coding. And since research tells us that to inspire more girls, we need to show them that computer science isn’t just for boys, we started Made with Code—and we’re working with the entertainment industry to change the perceptions around CS and what it means to be a computer scientist.

Bridge the digital divide: We also want more underrepresented communities, including women and minorities, to share the benefits of the web, and to have access to the economic engine it provides. The Accelerate with Google Academy helps business owners get online, grow and drive economic impact.

With an organization of our size, meaningful change will take time. From one year to the next, bit by bit, our progress will inch forward. More importantly, our industry will become more inclusive, and the opportunities for currently underrepresented groups will grow. We’ll share our updated diversity data for 2015 soon. We’re gradually making progress across these four areas, and we’re in it for the long term.

Posted by Nancy Lee, Vice President, People Operations

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Note bene: doesn’t say anything about us old people!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: “Memphis Belle” was not the first heavy bomber to survive 25 combat missions; she was the third.

http://airforce.togetherweserved.com/usaf/dispatches/0415.html#article5

Military Facts and Legends: First WW II Aircraft Crew to Reach 25 Missions 

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So why did the U.S. Army Air Force promote the “Memphis Belle” as the first heavy bomber to fly 25 combat missions?

According to Warbird News, our government was anxious to report uplifting and inspiring stories of the war that would capture the American public’s imagination. For the USAAF it was heavy bombers crews that successfully reached 25 combat mission in defiance of actuarial norms. Because the “Memphis Belle” hit that momentous milestone without a crewman’s death made her the likely candidate to be first to return home for a War Bond tour.

Americans, for better or worse are conditioned to respond to a happy ending, especially when it goes against all probability.

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So, the Gooferment can’t even tell the truth in little things.

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INTERESTING: Maybe there’s some money to be made in solar after all?

http://readwrite.com/2015/05/01/tesla-energy-powerwall-backup-battery

Tesla‘s Powerwall: Why You Should Care Even If You Don’t Have Home Solar
Greater energy independence at a smaller cost.
BRIAN P. RUBIN MAY 1, 2015

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The U.S Energy Information Administration says that the average American home consumes about 11,000kWh per year, or about 30kWh per day. So if an average user wants to get completely off the grid, it would only take three 10kWh Powerwall units—at a total of $10,500, not counting the cost of installation, solar cells and a pricey DC/AC inverter—for that to become feasible. It may sound like a lot of money on paper, but considering the long term energy saving benefits, it’s a steal.

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Interesting concept and idea.

Maybe for my shore house? 

Put the solar panels on the roof. It gets a lot of sun year round. If you can sell the power back to the township /JCPL, then maybe the old “white elephant” could pay for some of its “freight”.

Heaven forbid, maybe it could even show a profit?

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