TINFOILHAT: There’s a log tradition of assignation by US Presidents

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/08/jack-perry/martyrdom-mary-surratt/

The Martyrdom of Mary Surratt
By Jack Perry
August 27, 2016

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Look here, Mary Surratt was sentenced to death with no appeal possible. Her lawyer managed to obtain a writ to stay her execution and give her a retrial in a civilian court. But—get this—the President of the United States overruled the writ and sent Mary to the gallows. Seems they were in rather a hurry to murder the woman so they wouldn’t appear to have made a mistake. Or, perhaps, to justify themselves as absolute authority. Mary was executed to make sure the government was not embarrassed. People say, “Hey, we were at war! The president had been assassinated! People were scared!” And so that is an acceptable reason to murder an innocent woman? That’s a good reason to refuse the honor the Constitution that supposedly was the highest law of the land? People will say, “Well, that was the past! We’ve learned from that mistake!” Have we?

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So, BHO is just following in a long line of killers.

I didn’t know that this poor woman was “railroaded”.

Somehow this small “factoid” wasn’t in the history books.

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RANT: Social Security Disability is a joke

Here’s a personal rant.

From PERSONAL experience.

Social Security Disability pays a maximum of a little over 1k$ with a five month “waiting period”.

She earned about 4k$ and paid Soc Sec’s taxes on that.

So, if it was a real “insurance  company”, then that “policy” would have been terrible.

A true disability policy would replace the lost earnings.

The victim in the morality play is screwed. 

And, everyone should NOT depend upon it for anything but “chump change”.

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RANT: Louisiana Officials Demand … … and those demands should be dismissed immediately

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/08/daisy-luther/stop-self-reliance-immediately/

Louisiana Officials Demand That Self-Reliant Locals Stop Surviving the Flood Without Permission
By Daisy Luther DaisyLuther.com
August 27, 2016

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“So as we are headed back home from the River Center in Baton Rouge volunteering our nursing services Dawn and I have come to the conclusion that neither of us WILL EVER volunteer or donate to the RED CROSS. The Red Cross basically takes over the shelters and starts refusing clothes, donations and various volunteer services UNLESS they are previously contracted. So what does that mean….well, 60 boxes of doughnuts were discarded this morning becuase the delivery vendor was not in contract, hot meals were refused becuase the entity providing wasn’t contracted, and medical supplies including medications were trashed for same reason. Clothes that were “donated” needed to be left on the street unless they were “furnished” by Red Cross. As of tomorrow, the shelter we were at will be completely over taken by the Red Cross other than the medical area because they couldnt have the actual room since LSU has a contract with state to provide medical care. Its sad when the military police were helping to “protect” the medical areas from the red cross when there are so many other issues at hand. Anyway, next time to want to donate or volunteer your services, do your homework.”

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Sorry, but “neighbors helping neighbors” is the best fastest most cost effective help that can be delivered.

And, “We, The Sheeple” need to wake up — Gooferment is the problem!

http://preparednessadvice.com/self-sufficiency/youre-right-to-fear-government-interference-during-emergencies/#.V8HWT5MrLsn

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TINFOILHAT: What is the FDA and various politicians role with EpiPen?

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/25/epipen-price-increase-mylan

US healthcare
Opinion
For my daughter, the EpiPen is a lifeline, not a luxury
Liz Richardson Voyles
Thursday 25 August 2016 12.22 EDT Last modified on Thursday 25 August 2016 12.36 EDT 

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The disgraceful 461% increase in the price of this vital medication is a symptom of a system where corporate greed takes precedence over public health 

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This month, pharmaceutical company, Mylan, crowed that they smashed second-quarter expectations; with earnings of $2.56bn, up 8% from the year before. Their CEO’s salary has ballooned 671% over the past eight years. The corporation was able to accomplish this in part, because they are the maker of a medical device called the EpiPen, which delivers a life-saving drug to stop an anaphylactic allergy attack. The company has raised the price of this medication 461% since 2007. Mylan’s latest announcement – that it would offer various new pricing concessions to families on lower incomes and those who have to pay out of pocket, cannot alter this stark fact.

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Now before we take the “capitalist pigs” out and lynch them, can we make some inquiries?

1. Is this the only epi pen on the market?

2. Is it patented? If so, how many years left?

3. How is the FDA involved in this process? How much did / does Mylan spend on regulatory compliance?

4. Has there been any “political” involvement?

5. Does a corporation have to “justify” it’s prices? (In a truly free market, the “invisible hand” would prompt supply from competitors very quickly!)

I’d like answers before “we” “hang” them!

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INTERESTING: Do planning boards keep up with technology?

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2016/08/25/mathmetician-solves-puzzle-parking-lots/

AUTO TECH
Mathmetician solves puzzle of parking lots
The Sun
Published August 25, 2016

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All planners need to do is place the bays at a 45 degree angle, which cuts down the turning circle required and therefore needs a smaller access lane, freeing up more space for parking.

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I find this fascinating.

Large?

Peplos Republic of Nu Jerzee has some HUGE ones.

I’d imagine that this would be an easy update.

Wanna bet that it’s not permitted by zoning codes!!!

Argh!

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LIBERTARIAN: Secession is the answer

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/08/jim-cox/50-state-solution/

The Fifty State Solution
By Jim Cox
August 20, 2016

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Disgusted by the prospect of Hillary Clinton and/or Donald Trump having the power of the presidency? I certainly am. And for full disclosure here, I don’t think any individual should have the powers that have accrued to the president over this country’s development. As has often been stated, “It’s not the abuse of power, it’s the power to abuse” that we should worry about. Even with some substitute candidates we’d still face the power to abuse problem.

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I am a firm believer in “secession” as a solution to all our political problems.

Of course, unwinding the Federal Gooferment’s knots would be a challenge, if the political elite would permit it. Argh!

Clearly imho Texas, Alaska, Hawaii, Utah, North Dakota, and New Hampshire have substantial support and have taken some steps to facilitate it.

Who will be the first out?

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RANT: “Academic Zika Virus”

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/08/thomas-dilorenzo/beware-academic-zika-virus/

Beware the Academic Zika Virus
By Thomas DiLorenzo
August 20, 2016

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By now just about everyone has heard of the zika virus, transmitted by mosquitos, which is said to cause brain damage in children.  As worrisome as this is, an even bigger brain damage threat to young people is what I call the academic zika virus, transmitted by left-wing, politically-correct “educators.”  There are exceptions, but undergraduate education in America has become one big socialist indoctrination academy that fills students’ heads with cultural Marxist myths, superstitions, and falsehoods while inculcating an infantile culture that teaches students to run crying to “safe rooms” if a dissenting voice should somehow appear on campus.  All of this can be yours for a mere 50 grand a year at many universities.

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Yup, it’s a meme. An idea that spreads like gene. And the American “Universities” are the mosquito that transmits it.

The fact that people send their children to these “schools” to be infected is another parallel with Zika.

Argh!

Wonder when people will smarten up or it’s already too late.

Sigh!

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TINFOILHAT: A false-flag candidate?

http://www.thedailysheeple.com/is-trump-deliberately-throwing-the-election-to-hillary-clinton_082016

IS TRUMP DELIBERATELY THROWING THE ELECTION TO HILLARY CLINTON?
AUGUST 15, 2016 | TYLER DURDEN | ZERO HEDGE

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Donald Trump is a false-flag candidate. It’s all an act, one that benefits his good friend Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party that, until recently, counted the reality show star among its adherents. Indeed, Trump’s pronouncements – the open racism, the demagogic appeals, the faux-populist rhetoric – sound like something out of a Democratic political consultant’s imagination, a caricature of conservatism as performed by a master actor.

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This is certainly not beyond the realm of plausibility.

Given his flip flop on NATO.

And, his avoidance of hitting HRC on the issues that resonate with Joesixpack — it’s the economy stupid.

One can only wonder.

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POLITICAL: Early voting is a bad public policy

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/08/no_author/early-voting/

Ongoing Efforts at Stealing Elections?
AmmoLand.com
August 16, 2016

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Early voting is a bad public policy that increases costs, increases the likelihood of fraud, and confuses voters – leading to depressed voter turnout. It is absurd and dishonest to suggest racism being behind the sensible reform of cutting early voting down from a ridiculous 35 days before Election Day.

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“If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it.” ― often incorrectly attributed to American humorist Mark Twain ― but very very true imho!

Unfortunately, an election is “an advanced auction of stolen goods”.

And, if we “must” participate in this fraud and theft, then let’s make it “honest”.

I’m beginning to think that the “democratic process” is not the best way to come to intelligent “pubic policy”.

I don’t understand how in India everyone has a photo id to vote. But we can’t have that here.

I seen cases in the press, when every once in a while, the truth leaks thru, that at least one person voted for BHO several times in at least three states.

Argh!

Never mind the TV shows, like Leno’s Jay-walkings, where the average voter is plain old dumb and ignorant and happy to be that way.

There has to be a better way!

Argh!

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SOCIALISM: … brings back malaria

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2016/08/socialism-in-real-time-venezuelas.html

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14, 2016
SOCIALISM IN REAL TIME: Venezuela’s Economic Turmoil Has Brought Malaria Back

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With Venezuela’s economy in tatters, at least 70,000 people from all walks of life have been streaming into a mining region to hunt for gold in watery pits. It is a perfect breeding ground for the mosquitoes that spread malaria.

Then, with the disease in their blood, the miners return home to cities where there is often no medicine and little fumigation, and they have passed the disease on to tens of thousands more people and left entire towns desperate for help.

Venezuela was the first nation in the world to be certified by the World Health Organization for eradicating malaria in its most populated areas, beating the United States and other developed countries to that milestone in 1961.

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When it’s said that “Socialism kills”, that is MORE than just an editorial about personal responsibility and incentives.

In this particular example, it was about a disease that had been beaten but came back with the poor economy.

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: DEA and the FDA are OTL

http://www.forbes.com/sites/emilywillingham/2016/08/13/deas-marijuana-decision-is-hypocrisy/#69cf92ad8c33

AUG 13, 2016 @ 08:42 AM
DEA’s Hypocritical Marijuana Decision Ignores The Evidence
Emily Willingham,   CONTRIBUTOR

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Relying on the fear tactics and uninformed attitudes of a century ago, the DEA—reportedly leaning heavily on the FDA’s conclusions about cannabis—has rejected a 5-year-old petition to reclassify the drug from Schedule I, which lists drugs like heroin, to Schedule II, which includes oxycodone.

Whether or not the decision helps or harms patients in the long run remains unclear, but it certainly reflects a dangerous and hypocritical throwback attitude about cannabis that will only add to distrust of governmental oversight agencies, making their decisions look like political or moral judgments rather than being evidence based.

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The “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” is basically dishonest.

Intellectually, legally, and morally.

How can anyone say that Marijuana has no medicinal value?

How can they ban (some) “drugs” when they had to pass Constitutional Amendment to ban and urban alcohol?

How can they deny people the freedom to put whatever they want into their own bodies?

Argh!

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POLITICAL: Maybe Trump can avoid a war with Russia?

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/08/fred-reed/hillary-trump-war-russia/

Hillary, Trump, and War with Russia: The Goddamdest Stupid Idea I Have Ever Heard, … …
… … and I Have Lived in Washington
By Fred Reed
August 13, 2016

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A good reason to vote for Trump, a very good reason whatever his other intentions, is that he does not want a war with Russia. Hillary and her elite ventriloquists threaten just that.  Note the anti-Russian hysteria coming from her and her remoras.

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Letting dilettantes, grifters, con men, pasty Neocons, bottle-blonde ruins, and corporations decide on war is insane. We have pseudo-masculine dwarves playing with things they do not understand. So far as I am aware, none of these fern-bar Clausewitz’s has worn boots, been in a war, seen a war, or faces any chance of being in a war started by themselves. They brought us Iraq, Afghanistan, and Isis, and can’t win wars against goatherds with AKs. They are going to fight…Russia?

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For all Trump’s flaws — not the least of which is that he’s a Northeastern Rockefeller republican who might actually be a Democratic operative, at least he doesn’t seem to want to start yet another war.

Amazing all the chicken hawks that we have in the “District of Corruption”!

Those “goat herders with Aks” have a pretty good track record of draining the blood and treasure of Empires for decades. 

Argh!

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RANT: New Jersey Among Most Lax On Drunk Driving In Nation, Analysis Says – South Brunswick, NJ Patch

New Jersey Among Most Lax On Drunk Driving In Nation, Analysis Says – South Brunswick, NJ Patch

http://patch.com/new-jersey/southbrunswick/s/funus/n-j-among-most-lax-on-drunk-driving-in-nation-heres-why?

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Not in my opinion, I know several folks who have been snagged.

And as a little L libertarian, unless you cause damage or injury, many of these “arrests / convictions” are about raising revenue; not protecting the public.

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POLITICAL: What happens to these companies if Trump wins?

http://observer.com/2016/08/tech-companies-apple-twitter-google-and-instagram-collude-to-defeat-trump/

Tech Companies Apple, Twitter, Google, and Instagram Collude to Defeat Trump
There is no such thing as Pro-Trump free speech as Clinton corporate allies serve up a carefully curated view of the campaign
By Liz Crokin • 08/12/16 8:30am

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Apple isn’t the only corporation doing Clinton’s bidding. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said Clinton made a deal with Google and that the tech giant is “directly engaged” in her campaign. It’s been widely reported Clinton hired Eric Schmidt—chairman of Alphabet, the parent company of Google—to set up a tech company called The Groundwork. Assange claims this was to ensure Clinton had the “engineering talent to win the election.” He also pointed out that many members of Clinton’s staff have worked for Google, and some of her former employees now work at Google.

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For shame, Google, for shame!

I hope people remember this and “do no evil”.

Argh!

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GUNS: Gun Prohibition will be done like Drug Prohibition

 
 
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3 hrs · 

Indeed. Any constitutional scholars out there who have a different point of view?

I am NOT  “constitutional scholar”; nor do I play one on TV.

That being said … … …

Unfortunately, the ATF makes the diktats that take guns away. There was a Constitutional Amendment to have alcohol prohibition. BUT NONE was required to have drug prohibition. Why should guns be any different than drugs?

The only defense is for juries to nullify on non-violent drug and gun cases. That’s what ended alcohol prohibition.

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Unfortunately, the ATF makes the diktats that take guns away. There was a Constitutional Amendment to have alcohol prohibition. BUT NONE was required to have drug prohibition. Why should guns be any different than drugs?

RANT: The Clinton Foundation is evil!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3733958/Clinton-s-aide-Huma-CLEARED-ethics-breaches-despite-emails-revealing-took-orders-open-doors-Foundation-donors.html

Clinton’s top aide Huma CLEARED of ethics breaches – despite emails revealing how she took orders to open its doors to Foundation donors

  • Rudolph Giuliani said the emails should form the basis of a RICO investigation – the same legislation he used against the Mafia

By ALANA GOODMAN FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 18:03 EST, 10 August 2016 | UPDATED: 18:59 EST, 10 August 2016

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In 2010, it was discovered that Chagoury had been added to the U.S. No-Fly terror list and barred from boarding a private jet in New Jersey. He was able to obtain a ‘waiver’ to fly, and was later removed from the list and received a written apology from the U.S. government.

Chagoury pledged $1 billion to the Clinton Global Initiative in 2009 and has contributed between $1 million and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation.

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How can this be possible?

Why isn’t everyone up in arms about this fraud?

It’s outrageous!

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RANT: The Olympics in the shadow of the poor

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/08/jack-perry/olympic-sized-scam/

The Olympics: An Olympic-Sized Scam
By Jack Perry
August 11, 2016

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So, no, I’m not watching the Olympics. And I don’t care about them. The world should be embarrassed by them. Especially holding them in a city with an astonishing poverty problem. So, stop lecturing. Haven’t you guys got another music video you can make millions off of and donate that money to a charity where the CEO makes a $500,000 per year salary? Didn’t think I knew about the “compassion scam”, did you? Oh, yes, I know what you liberals pay yourselves to guilt us into giving you money to “help” people you exploit the very real suffering of. I won’t name names, but there are several charities that are supposed to help the poor but help themselves even more as far as salaries go. Who do you think you are? The Pentagon?

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What a shame. For TV ratings and “national pride”?

It’s an idea who’s time has past.

There is no peace during the “games”. No honesty — see doping and bribery. And, no “pride” in our pros beating their pros.

Or, how you can explain to the poor boy, who was in the opening parade, can’t get a ticket.

Or to the poor who see the opulence while they live in squalor.

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POLITICAL: Is HRC physically fit to server as President?

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/08/daisy-luther/whats-hillarys-health/

Nothing to See Here: Mainstream Media Dismisses Concerns About Hillary Clinton’s Health Issues
By Daisy Luther
The Organic Prepper
August 9, 2016

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Regardless of the coverup, we do have the right to know the truth about Hillary Clinton’s health, but truth and HRC never seem to be close companions. Not only is the campaign itself covering for her, but the mainstream media is as well. Aside from a few influential media outlets like Drudge Report, Zero Hedge, and Breitbart, you are only hearing this from bloggers who are screaming it from the rafters.

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This could make Kaine the President!

“We, The Sheeple” have a right to know about her health, BEFORE the election.

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TECHNOLOGY: A cardboard small house

https://youtu.be/si6fjHuCj7Q

Published on Feb 28, 2016
A special little house, made out of cardboard. Sustainably built to last. And suit all your needs.

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Most impressive. Cheap, small, and apparently long lasting.

Could solve a lot of “housing issues”.

Better than a shanty or a mcmansion!

imho.

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FUN: Sir Paul @ Metlife

2016-Aug-07

Mccartney

AFTER ACTION REPORT

Concert scheduled for 8PM. Traffic getting in SOOoo bad, I assume Sir Paul delayed until 8:30. (Lot of complaints about the traffic, patterns, and drop off points.

Made it at 8:15PM.

Great seats! (Anna Marie Henno is a great seat picker.)

They make you always go up 35+ rows instead of down 2 to the floor level concessions. Argh!

Traffic from shore disaster. 1015 traffic was late saying that 33 was closed. GSP, 9, and 34 were all mess. Argh.

And despite $11 beer and $10 wine, everyone was having a great time.

I think that Metlife stadium bureaucrats need to reexamine their traffic planning.

  • Taxis and limos had to drop in the K lot 15 minute walk from the stadium.
     
  • Buses were only a few step closer.
     
  • Tailgaters had the close in lots “occupied” with each taking several spots.
  • Seems like taking the train in is the best strategy with the least walking.

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TECHNOLOGY: I just refuse to buy anything that’s “locked”

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/08/drm-you-have-right-know-what-youre-buying

AUGUST 5, 2016 | BY CORY DOCTOROW
DRM: You have the right to know what you’re buying!

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Today, the EFF and a coalition of organizations and individuals asked the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to explore fair labeling rules that would require retailers to warn you when the products you buy come locked down by DRM (“Digital Rights Management” or “Digital Restrictions Management”). 

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Clearly, it’s a “devil’s bargain” to buy anything that has “DRM” on it.

At the very least, this has to be disclosed well in advance of the purchase of “crippled wares”.

Argh!

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GUNS: Gooferment Skrules are idiotic too

2016-Aug-07

FROM FACEBOOK

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Greg Morin
12 hrs

So my 9th grade son is taking AP government and his coy teacher says she won’t reveal her political leanings…but then gives it away with her idiotic opinion of the 2nd amendment is being used wrong because it means only people in a militia can have guns. Sigh.

So in providing my son with the basis for an argument to proffer to her as to why that is wrong it suddenly dawned on me how truly absurd that position is. A militia by definition must be armed. An unarmed militia is like an orchestra with no instruments. Why would you create an amendment to protect a right that is implied in the nature of the thing. It would be like guaranteeing all doctors the right to keep and bear scalpels, or fireman the right to keep and bear hoses.

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We have to de-federalize the military and get back to state militias and troops under the control of their governors and funded by the individual States. 

Military Industrial Complex, that Ike warned us about, leads to a military run amok.

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RANT: Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee seeks to further restrict the RKBA

2016-Aug-06

Even more the gas tax protest, I think that any infringement on anyone’s Second Amendment right is priority one. There’s a well established connection between “gun control” and genocide. Can’t happen here? As the American Indians, those poor souls at Waco, and any black American.

Just today, I learned of a fellow Jasper jogger raped and killed in Howard Beach. It may be “un P C” but I wondered in my post on it if “Makes me want to rethink capital punishment. And, makes me wonder if she’d had a 380 in addition to an iPhone, then would thinks have been different. Dona Nobis Pacem.”

“Victim disarmament is the view that it is somehow better to see a woman raped in an alley and strangled with her own pantyhose, than see her with a gun in her hand.” — T.D. Melrose

I’d like to see every woman who wants to defend herself to have that RIGHT. Notice that the elite, politicians, and bureaucrats manage to exempt themselves from the “diktats for the little people”. All the liberals in Hollywood can be anti-gun because they have their own security, usually armed. 

My fellow Jasper was fit, young, healthy woman who foght her attacker and lost. Hence the following quote:

“God made men and women; Sam colt made them equal.” — Unknown

Make a call to “your” politician and let them know your wishes.
Sadly,
fjohn

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: NRA-ILA <admin@nramedia.org>
Date: Fri, Aug 5, 2016 at 5:22 PM
Subject: New Jersey: Legislature Attempting to Unilaterally Block Gov. Christie’s “Justifiable Need” Improvements

NRA-ILA: Institute for Legislative ActionNew Jersey: Legislature Attempting to Unilaterally Block Gov. Christie’s “Justifiable Need” Improvements

On Monday, August 8, at 10:00 a.m. in Committee Room 1 of the State House Annex, the New Jersey Senate Law and Public Safety Committee is scheduled to hold a procedurally required hearing on the legislature’s maneuver to kill incremental improvements in the “justifiable need” standard to qualify for a handgun carry permit that were recommended by Governor Christie and implemented by the State Police earlier this year.

There will likely be no vote taken by the committee on Monday, but the NJ Constitution (Article V, Section IV, paragraph 6) requires that a transcript of the hearing be provided to all members of the legislature before the entire legislature can take a final vote, so it is important that all members of the legislature hear from gun owners right now.

New Jersey’s “Justifiable Need” standard is one of the strictest in the nation and is preventing law-abiding citizens from being able to carry a firearm for self-defense in times of emergency.  Governor Christie’s improvements to the right to carry caused anti-gun legislators to panic.  They subsequently decided to use this procedural legislative maneuver in order to prevent these improvements from being implemented.  Anti-gun legislators in New Jersey do not want you to be able to defend yourself, and they are going all out to make sure of it.

Please attend the hearing on Monday and voice your opposition to this egregious attempt to prevent the strengthening of New Jersey’s self-defense laws.  Also, contact your lawmakers and politely urge them to oppose this ridiculous procedural maneuver.

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“And when we die, and you are sent to heaven for doing your conscience, and I am sent to hell for not doing mine, will you come with me, for fellowship?” Paul Scofield as Thomas More in “A Man for All Seasons” (1966)
——Ferdinand John Reinke… now a Granite Stater and early Free State Project mover as of 01-Sept-1563 Emerald St PMB#361Keene, NH 03431 http://www.reinkefaceslife.com (Blog)

GUNS: Yes, what happens when 100 million gun owners go to war with the Feds?

FROM “Unintended Consequences” by John Ross

Recounting the infamous 4/11/86 FBI “felony car stop” in Miami FL of two known murdering bank robbers in 1970

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If this is what happens when the feds go after a couple of bank robbers who know they’re in the wrong,what’s going to happen to the feds when they go after a couple million trained, motivated, heavily armed citizens who haven’t done anything worse than exercise their Constitutional rights?

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Self answering question!

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TECHNOLOGY: Comcast service plans — worthless according to WA

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/08/washington-state-sues-comcast-says-it-sold-near-worthless-service-plans/

Washington state sues Comcast, says it sold near-worthless service plans
Comcast defends $5-per-month service plans, will fight $100 million lawsuit.
JON BRODKIN – 8/1/2016, 1:42 PM

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Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced a $100 million consumer protection lawsuit against Comcast, alleging that the nation’s biggest cable company “engag[ed] in a pattern of deceptive practices constituting more than 1.8 million individual violations of the Washington Consumer Protection Act.” Comcast’s conduct affected about 500,000 customers who purchased service protection plans in Washington, Ferguson said.

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It’s amazing that corporation would be so … … rapacious … …  as to sell basically worthless service plans.

Where’s the FCC and the other 49 states?

And Comcast can’t be the only one.

How about these “extended warranty” products? Where three years equals the cost of the product!

Makes me think that the product is so poorly built that it won’t last three years.

Argh!

That’s why I advocate for chromebook for the average User. Something goes wrong, buy a new one. It’s so cheap. Of the 8 that I am aware of the only failure was from a wine spill over it. My oldest is 4 years old (I think) and has only barfed  up the OS once requiring a reload. (So now all the chromebooks I support have the rescue USB velcroed to the power cord.)

That’s what technology and technology offerings should be like — how Western Electric used to make telephone handsets. 

Sigh!

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TECHNOLOGY: SSA goes to two factor authentication

BY EMAIL

Interesting that the industry is moving AWAY from cell phones as a form of two factor authentication.

Clearly, there is a spectrum of added risks that may NEGATE this additional control.

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Starting in August 2016, Social Security is adding a new step to protect your privacy as a my Social Security user.  This new requirement is the result of an executive order for federal agencies to provide more secure authentication for their online services. Any agency that provides online access to a customer’s personal information must use multifactor authentication.

When you sign in at ssa.gov/myaccount with your username and password, we will ask you to add your text-enabled cell phone number.  The purpose of providing your cell phone number is that, each time you log in to your account with your username and password, we will send you a one-time security code you must also enter to log in successfully to your account.

Each time you sign into your account, you will complete two steps:

  • Step 1:  Enter your username and password.
  • Step 2:  Enter the security code we text to your cell phone (cell phone provider’s text message and data rates may apply).

The process of using a one-time security code in addition to a username and password is one form of “multifactor authentication,” which means we are using more than one method to make sure you are the actual owner of your account. 

If you do not have a text-enabled cell phone or you do not wish to provide your cell phone number, you will not be able to access your my Social Security account. 

If you are unable or choose not to use my Social Security, there are other ways you can contact us.  To learn more, please review the Frequently Asked Questions found here.

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