RANT: Attkisson on her FOIA on an epidemic

https://sharylattkisson.com/u-s-govt-routinely-breaks-freedom-of-info-laws/

U.S. Govt. “Routinely Breaks Freedom of Info. Laws”
by sattkisson on July 3, 2015

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Federal bureaucrats paid tax dollars to act on our behalf routinely break the law with impunity, treating public material as if it’s confidential, secret information to be controlled by a chosen few. They withhold it from us, its rightful owners, while sharing it with select partners such as corporations or other so-called “stakeholders.”

In October, I filed a FOIA request when the CDC was not forthcoming about the epidemic of Enterovirus EV-D68 possibly linked to the deaths of 14 children and 115 paralyzed children.

In December, long past the supposed 20-day response time, I asked about the status. CDC answered incredibly that officials were just too busy with the Ebola crisis to fulfill my FOIA on EV-D68. Even now with the excuse of the Ebola crisis over, I still haven’t been given any EV-D68 information eight months after I asked.

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The Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient!

And, sometimes downright dangerous.

Why should the CDC be any different?

Anyone who expects the Gooferment to protect you will be sadly mistaken. 

How do we get it back?

Secession. Self-reliance. Supportive communities of interest.

Support only private for profit “small” business.

Argh!

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GUNS: A Backyard Bear

http://patch.com/new-jersey/longvalley/family-dogs-save-child-backyard-bear-morris-county

Family Dogs Save Child From Backyard Bear
One canine sustains bite to face, leg after scaring off bruin in Long Valley, NJ.
By JASON KOESTENBLATT (Patch Staff)
July 2, 2015

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A pack of family dogs intervened when a bear began approaching a three-year-old in her own backyard Wednesday morning, with one canine sustaining injuries to the face and leg before scaring off the wild animal.

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Wagner’s daughter was outside with one of the family dogs, a rescue pup named Chief, when the mom heard her child scream.

“I looked up and the bear was about 15 feet from her and walking right toward her,” she said. “The bear was between us. Chief heard her scream and immediately grabbed the bear’s back leg, at which point the bear turned and bit Chief’s face and leg.”

It was then the other three dogs, all Pit bulls and also rescues, ran to assist Chief while Wagner grabbed her daughter. The bear was chased off, back over the fence and ultimately up a tree in the woods.

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After discussions with Washington Township’s Mayor Bill Roehrich, and the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, Wagner learned it may take a while before the neighborhood bear is no longer climbing her fence.

“We’re not allowed to kill the bear – not that we want to – and if he injures a dog they give the bear the benefit of the doubt and say it’s in self-defense,” Wagner said. “They won’t trap and relocate the bear, but will shoot it with rubber bullets and then release it back into the area.”

In order for the bear to be taken away and euthanized, it must commit a “category one” offense, where it tries to enter a home or shows aggression like charging or attacking, and even then it’s only if the action is done toward humans, not pets.

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Seriously, are you kidding me?

Mom needs a 380 and a rifle. Then, “shoot, shovel, and shut up.”

{Sargent Shultz says “I know nuthin, Nuting, Nothing at all”!}

This country has gone INSANE. It’s a dangerous animal. 

Sorry, but it’s not “nature”!!! It’s life and death.

Another example of how the Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient!

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MONEY: Unfunded and underfunded liabilities

http://charleshughsmith.blogspot.com/2015/07/the-coming-era-of-pension-poverty.html

WEDNESDAY, JULY 01, 2015
The Coming Era of Pension Poverty
Assuming “growth” will fund all promised pensions and entitlements is magical thinking.

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Promises made in flush times cannot be kept in lean times. Common sense suggests that public employee pension benefits should be tied to the revenues required to pay them and the rate of low-risk returns on pension funds. If common-sense is “union bashing,” then we not only have a pension-funding problem, we have a propaganda problem.

Regardless of what was promised, what can’t be paid won’t be paid. The federal government can print money, but state and local governments cannot print money to pay soaring pension and healthcare costs. Push taxes and junk fees up enough and you will spark a taxpayer rebellion. If you doubt this, check out the origins of Prop 13 limits on property taxes in California.

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Unfunded and underfunded liabilities about in the Zero Interest Rate Environment set up by the FED.

The estimates are staggering.

And yet the corruption continues. Politicians give Gooferment Unions big ‘benefits’ and Gooferment Unions give politicians big ‘campaign contributions’. And the taxpayer is on the hook.

Argh!

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GOLD: Gold and Armageddon

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-07-01/gold-shrugs-off-armageddon

Gold Shrugs Off Armageddon
13 JUL 1, 2015 9:00 AM EDT
By Barry Ritholtz

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This was the week Greece inched closest to chaos, as a bank holiday and a technical default caused markets around the world to erupt in turmoil. They recovered somewhat Tuesday, and futures looked stronger Wednesday morning, but on Monday, the NASDAQ Composite Index lost 2.4 percent, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index lost 2.09 percent and the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.95 percent. Volatility exploded, as the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index surged 35 percent, its biggest increase in two years, to 18.85.

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Regardless, gold seems to going nowhere fast. Feel free to send me an e-mail explaining how wrong and stupid I am. I have an archive of all the messages warning me that gold would teach me a lesson in humility. “You’ll see” these e-mails smugly assure me, “your comeuppance will be here any day now.” My plan was to respond to each on its fifth-year anniversary with a chart showing the performance of gold versus all other asset classes and the details of how much money has been lost.

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I’d never call anyone names.

And, I’m a gold bug. But most of my money is in the “casino”.

One has to think, that the Greeks stuffing euros under their mattress to avoid confiscation and the Swiss fund managers wanting to take physical possession of their Swiss francs to avoid negative interest rates, there is some merit in keeping small amounts of bullion coins at home as a hedge.

The “prepper” movement always says: “Store water, beans, bandaids, bullets, and bullion. Two is one; one is none.”

When you see the political corruption of Crony Capitalism, the large proportion of folks permanently on the dole, and the expansion of the welfare / warfare state, you must see that the balloon has to pop eventually.

Eventually, like the Little Red Hen in the children’s story, the makers will stop making and what do the takers take then?

I don’t know when the music will stop, but one best have a chair then.

And, I am POSITIVE that there is manipulation in the markets.

That being said, I’m content to average in to gold if they are selling it at a discount. As long as I take delivery. 

Ya ain’t gonna Corzine me. 

Argh!

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POLITICAL: GUNS (Virtual State of the Union 2013)

2015-Jul-04 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_T-F_zfoDqI

Published on Feb 21, 2013

In this segment of his Virtual State of the Union, the Virtual President talks about why politicians want to talk about gun control rather than crime control, and delivers the factual evidence and historical truths that make the case for the Second Amendment self-evident.

For the latest from The Virtual President go to http://www.mrvirtualpresident.com

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A bonus post on “Independence Day”.

I wonder how many people can watch this about 8 minute video and not be swayed.

Stand up to the political elite and say “I do NOT consent”.

If not, now when? “Then you can sing about the land of the free

[TIP ‘o’ the HAT to: my Luddite old friend.]

“…if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” -Churchill, The Second World War, vol. 1, The Gathering Storm (London: Cassell, 1948, 272, on the British guarantee to Poland in Spring 1939.

“America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can’t just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the “land of the free”.” — President Andrew Shepherd played by Michael Douglas in “The American President” (1995)

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GUNS: Support Constitutional Carry by Gun Owners of America on Independence Day

2015-Jul-04

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Happy Independence Day!

“GOA [has] proven itself as a uniquely effective ‘no-compromise’ national leader in the gun rights advocacy community.” — David Codrea, formerly of The Examiner

Not a GOA member yet? You can join Gun Owners of America today for a mere $20!

Gun owners should take heart because freedom is advancing!

It has been a good year for freedom.

More state legislatures are passing GOA-backed laws, enabling citizens to carry firearms concealed WITHOUT permits — laws that are known as Constitutional Carry.

More states are enacting GOA-backed laws to veto federal restrictions within their borders. The Brady Campaign even lost a case against Kansas last month, when a judge threw out a lawsuit challenging the state’s pro-gun law (from 2013) imposing felony penalties on anyone enforcing gun control. to get more information on these polls.

Finally, more and more people are converting to the pro-gun position. Polls show that the number of people who favor gun rights — and oppose gun control — is dramatically increasing.

Sure, our rights don’t depend on what the majority thinks. But it’s nice when you have the bulk of the American people on your side! Click here to get more information on these polls.

Americans are increasingly pro-gun and are mobilizing

Your involvement with Gun Owners of America is helping make a difference. GOA is educating the public and is mobilizing the grassroots to put the heat on their elected legislators.

Just yesterday, our Facebook page hit one million “likes.” Our email activist list continues to grow dramatically.

Our numbers are increasing, and that means YOUR VOICE is getting louder and louder inside the halls of Congress.

Gun Owners of America wants to thank you for your activism, because we couldn’t do what we do without your support.

No wonder that National Public Radio was able to say, “Gun Owners of America showed with one email alert that it could help flood the phone lines on Capitol Hill days before the Senate vote.” (December 26, 2013)

GOA: Saturating the media

In addition to “flooding” the Congress with grassroots activism, Gun Owners of America is helping to shape the gun rights debate around the nation.

In the two weeks following the tragic shooting in South Carolina, GOA representatives appeared in almost 1,000 different media outlets to defend 2nd Amendment rights. At some points, we were literally communicating with the American people around the clock.

Some of the more notable appearances can be listened to or viewed here:

(1) GOA Director of Communications Erich Pratt goes “mano a mano” with a British TV anchor over the subject of self-defense and gun rights.

(2) Inside the country, GOA representatives appear on CNN and an ABC NewsTalk stations to reject calls for gun control and to demonstrate how law-abiding citizens can (and have) stopped mass shootings.

(3) On both radio and in print, GOA Executive Director Larry Pratt discusses the Pope’s response to the Charleston shooting when he declared that gun makers (and by inference, gun owners) can’t be Christians.

There are a lot more media appearances that we have posted, and you can catch up with these on the GOA website, YouTube and Facebook pages.

GOA: Big wins for gun owners at the Supreme Court

Finally, Gun Owners of America is defending our gun rights in the courts. And this includes lawsuits challenging California’s waiting period and restrictive concealed carry requirements.

Not only that, while the Supreme Court’s major decision from last Friday has dominated the news, there have been several cases before the high Court that have advanced gun owners’ rights.

Gun Owners of America has been involved in all of these cases, and we are happy to report that we have enjoyed a stream of victories and are steadily reclaiming lost ground in the courts. Click here to get more information on these GOA victories at the Supreme Court.

Again, none of this is possible without you.

We know that the media is frequently dominated by “bad news.” But as you commemorate Independence Day this weekend, realize that there are a lot of good things happening that we can celebrate, as well.

Gun Owners of America
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102
Springfield, VA 22151 703-321-8585
http://www.gunowners.org

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I’m a member.

And remember, the real purpose of the Second Amendment is to keep the Gooferment in check.

Don’t think a few guns can make a difference?

* Think back to the Warsaw Ghetto where a handful of antiques held the SS a bay for more than a month.

* Review the Russian and American experiences in Afghanistan against “irregulars”.

* Ask yourself why the first thing Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and PolPot did was to disarm the people.

Argh!

Independence Day in a country of secret laws, diktats, and courts.  

Who’s kidding who?

Secession is required to cut the Leviathan down to size.

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RANT: I don’t consent to be governed

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/07/eric-peters/celebrating-the-freedoms-we-dont-have/

Changing of Our Guards
By Eric Peters
Eric Peters Autos
July 3, 2015

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The “long train of abuses” (as Jefferson described them 239 years ago this Saturday) is extensive. Far more so today than it was back then. And yet, we – most Americans – continue to play their part in the annual July Fourth kabuki theater. We pretend we’re “free” – and the government pretends it has the “consent of the governed.”

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Peaceful civil disobedience?

The time has come to send the political class a message.

Non-cooperation.

“Yes. In the end, you will walk out. Because 100,000 Englishmen simply cannot control 350 million Indians, if those Indians refuse to cooperate.” — movie Gandhi (1983)

Argh!

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POLITICAL: “The problems we face don’t have anything to do with the flag”

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/06/30/civil-rights-icons-tough-message-to-black-community-about-confederate-flag-if-black-lives-matter/

Civil Rights Icon’s Tough Message to Black Community on Confederate Flag: ‘If Black Lives Matter…’
Jun. 30, 2015 9:16pm Jason Howerton

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Civil rights icon and former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young is imploring the black community to focus on addressing actual racism and the problems negatively impacting blacks rather than the Confederate flag, which is a merely a “symbol that means a lot of things to a lot of people.”

“The problems we face don’t have anything to do with the flag,” Young said in an interview with WAGA-TV in Atlanta. “The fact is that 93 percent of the black people killed are killed by other black people. So if black lives matter, let us start believing that we matter.”

Young, who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., said the “challenge” facing the country is “not to wipe out our past history but to learn to live together in the future.”

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Here’s a leader that understands what’s important.

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INTERESTING: Las Vegas Oceanfront was always a joke

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3143818/Helium-LEAKING-massive-earthquake-fault-LA-raising-fears-big-one-devastating-thought.html

Could LA’s Big One be even bigger than we thought? Helium leaking from massive earthquake fault under Los Angeles reveals giant rift

  • Indicates Newport-Inglewood fault more important than previously thought
  • Risk in the next 30 years of ‘big one’ increased from about 4.7% to 7.0%
  • However, study says risk of smaller quakes has actually gone down 

By MARK PRIGG FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 17:15 EST, 29 June 2015 | UPDATED: 18:19 EST, 30 June 2015

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A huge fault in the Earth’s crust near Los Angeles is leaking helium, researchers have found.
They say the unexpected find sheds new light on the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone in the Los Angeles Basin.

It reveals the fault is far deeper than previously thought, and a quake would be far more devastating.

It follows a report from the U.S. Geological Survey has warned the risk of ‘the big one’ hitting California has increased dramatically.

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You’d think that folks would be taking action. As a IT Disaster Recovery SME, I’d be planning, testing, and conducting exercises.

While the recent movie “San Andreas” was hyperbole, there is a grain of truth in it.

<synonym for excrement> happens!

And, humans are very fragile creatures as individuals.

Water, bean, band aids, bullets, and bullion!

Give how the “We, The Sheeple” ignore everything except for celebrity gossip, sports results, and who’s dirty pictures are on the inet, this will be a real smack in the face.

Argh!

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