NEWJERSEY: Big Changes To NJ Tolls, Roads Possible To Fix Budget Woes | Patch

New Jersey is taking a big step in trying to find ways to fix its budget woes. And you could find yourself paying more to drive on highways.

Source: Big Changes To NJ Tolls, Roads Possible To Fix Budget Woes | Patch

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Doesn’t take a genius to raise taxes or sell assts.

What the Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee needs is to cut the budget!

Why 600+ Gooferment Skrule Districts when 21 aligned by county would do fine?

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EVLYNN: “Who ever is last will be last.”

2019-Feb-26

Today’s a sad day for me.  Interesting that this flowed into my email today.  I always wondered what rare blood disease that took her from us.  Hopefully, someday someone else will not have to go through it. 

“My love, were it in my power, I would sadly grant thee this boon. But, we have to continue to follow His Plan for us. Let’s go forth and speak no more of this. Who ever is last will be last. It will be His choice; not ours. We’re but humble custodians of His temple on earth. It’s not our place to trump His plan. Whatever that plan be, know that I will be with you to my last breath.” — character “John” in CHURCH 10●19●62 Volume 2 Page 399

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https://events-support.com/events/Rare_Disease_Day/page/1947

RARE DISEASE DAY AT NIH

Overview

Sponsored by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences and Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Rare Disease Day at NIH aims to raise awareness about rare diseases, the people they affect and NIH research collaborations under way to address scientific challenges and to advance new treatments. The goals are to:

  • Demonstrate the NIH commitment to helping people with rare diseases through research.
  • Highlight NIH-supported rare diseases research and the development of diagnostics and treatments.
  • Initiate a mutually beneficial dialogue among public and private researchers, patients, patient advocates and policymakers.
  • Exchange the latest rare diseases information with stakeholders to advance research and therapeutic efforts.
  • Put a face on rare diseases by sharing stories of patients, their families and their communities.

Rare Disease Day at NIH will take place on Feb. 28, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the main auditorium of the Natcher Conference Center in Building 45 on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. 

This year’s event will feature interactive panel discussions and more:

  • Collective research models for rare diseases.
  • Patient registries.
  • Rare cancer research initiatives.
  • No disease left behind, no patient left behind.
  • Posters and exhibits by rare disease groups and researchers.
  • Artwork, videos, and tours of the NIH Clinical Center and National Library of Medicine.
  • New this year will be a presentation of the first ever Zebbie award for the NCATS Rare Diseases are Not Rare! Challenge.

Please note that participants may be photographed or filmed as part of the event for use by the NIH and its designees for all purposes of education, instruction, or public information including publication or broadcast, print, television, radio, the internet, or promotional material. If you do not wish to be photographed, please indicate so on your registration form.

Admission is free, and the event is open to the public, including patients, patient advocates, health care providers, researchers, industry representatives, and government employees. In association with Global Genes®, participants are encouraged to wear their favorite pair of jeans.

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The police used HIDDEN cameras to ‘catch Robert Kraft paying twice for sex’ at Florida massage spa | Daily Mail Online

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was allegedly caught soliciting prostitutes at a Florida massage parlor through the use of hidden cameras, the Jupiter Police Department said.

Source: The police used HIDDEN cameras to ‘catch Robert Kraft paying twice for sex’ at Florida massage spa | Daily Mail Online

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Anyone else think that prostitution should be legal between consenting adults?

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Eating blueberries could reduce heart disease risk by 20 percent

Researchers found consuming 7.5 ounces of blueberries a day for a month improved blood vessel function and lowered blood pressure in healthy people.

Source: Eating blueberries could reduce heart disease risk by 20 percent

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Eat your blueberries; I do!

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EconomicPolicyJournal.com: The Facts You Need To Know That Will Allow You to Destroy Green New Deal Thinking (It’s DOA!)

The dominant source of energy for the foreseeable future for both the United States and the world will be fossil fuels, chiefly in the form of oil, natural gas, and coal. Throughout the world, many groups will push hard for massive subsidies to wind and solar energy. Yet, that attempt, no matter how bold, will fail to shift the overall balance of energy production toward green sources. The fatal drawback of wind and solar is their lack of storability. Solar works when the sun shines. Wind works when breezes blow. Both often provide energy when it is not needed and fail to provide it when required. Any legal diktat that puts these renewable sources first will only produce a prolonged economic dislocation. Pie-in-the-sky proposals like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal, which stipulates 100 percent of energy needs be supplied by “clean, renewable, and zero emissions” sources, should be dead on arrival.

Source: EconomicPolicyJournal.com: The Facts You Need To Know That Will Allow You to Destroy Green New Deal Thinking

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The “democratic socialists”, who are backing this looney tune idea, should be laughed out of the public arena for their stupidity.  Any that are left should explain the economic misery of Venezuela and the genocides of Communist / Socialist countries.

Yeah, “capitalism” may be the worst economic system for allocating scarce resources but it’s better than all the other ones.

Now if we could just get the Gooferment, politicians, bureaucrats, “celebrities”, and media talking heads out of the way, then imagine the “miracles” we’d see.

“People Who Say It Can’t Be Done … … should not interrupt those who are doing it.” — attributed to George Bernard Shaw

Maybe, just maybe, “We, The Sheeple” should embrace more Capitalism — not Crony Capitalism — solve our problems.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Will Eliminate Air Travel With Green New Deal

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her Green New Deal aim to eliminate air travel and replace it with high-speed rail systems. (Photo Credit: Scott Eisen/Getty Images) Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) wants to eliminate air travel and fossil fuel-powered vehicles as part of her “Green New Deal.” Notably, she does not make those demands publicly.

Source: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Will Eliminate Air Travel With Green New Deal

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How can she be taken seriously?

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QUOTE: Ignorance

2019-Feb-18

“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.”
— Charles Darwin “The Descent of Man”

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Family says pet lease left them with $7,200 bill, no puppy | KIRO-TV

Puppyland’s owners told KIRO 7 they don’t benefit when customers finance pets. They work with a third party company that collects interest or leasing fees. The owners also said they strongly encourage customers to make more than the minimum payment so they pay less interest and fees.

Source: Family says pet lease left them with $7,200 bill, no puppy | KIRO-TV

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Seems like the animal equivalent of a payday, car title, or rent-a-center loan?

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A Closed-Loop Delivery Service Will Soon Pick Up Old Packaging To Reuse | Care2 Healthy Living

Loop will deliver staples like shampoo, deodorant and ice cream to your door and pick up the empty container up when you’re done, like a modern milkman.

Source: A Closed-Loop Delivery Service Will Soon Pick Up Old Packaging To Reuse | Care2 Healthy Living

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Sounds like a good idea to me.  I’d try it.

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INTERESTING: Findings in human nature … (but not me. I hope?)

2019-Feb-13

https://aeon.co/ideas/the-bad-news-on-human-nature-in-10-findings-from-psychology?__s=12xy3otbpaqaeckpabvz

The bad news on human nature, in 10 findings from psychology

  • We view minorities and the vulnerable as less than human. 
  • We experience Schadenfreude (pleasure at another person’s distress)
  • We believe in karma 
  • We are blinkered and dogmatic. 
  • We would rather electrocute ourselves than spend time in our own thoughts. 
  • We are vain and overconfident. 
  • We are moral hypocrites. 
  • We are all potential trolls. 
  • We favour ineffective leaders with psychopathic traits. 
  • We are sexually attracted to people with dark personality traits. 

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HEALTH: Neurosurgeons have a higher rate of Alzheimer’s?

2019-Feb-11

🧠 “The case for transmissible Alzheimer’s grows” (Scientific American). Genuinely a little frightening. Also consider this: neurosurgeons have a higher rate of Alzheimer’s than the general population.

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/artful-amoeba/the-case-for-transmissible-alzheimers-grows/?__s=12xy3otbpaqaeckpabvz

The Case for Transmissible Alzheimer’s Grows
What separates a lethal prion from dementia-inducing amyloid plaque? Maybe not much
By Jennifer Frazer on February 7, 2019

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Alzheimer’s is not the only neurodegenerative disease in which aggregating misfolded host proteins – a class referred to as amyloid — seem to propagate and wreak havoc either. In Parkinson’s Disease, misfolded alpha-synuclein proteins spread through the brain, and in Amylotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), the misfolded, accumulating protein is TDP-43. We should investigate the transmission potential of these diseases as well.

The only thing that seemed to separate these conditions from classic prion diseases was transmissibility. But now that that barrier has been breached for at least one, I also wonder: What is the difference between amyloid and prions? Are they part of a spectrum? Are they one in the same? If not, what is the difference? Can what we’ve learned about the biology of prions help our efforts to fight amyloid dementias? Of course, since we still can’t cure prion diseases, it may not be much help even if so.

The realization that the peptides involved in some of the most common and feared dementias on Earth may be transmissible under even limited conditions is a sobering and humbling reminder of how very little we still understand about them. Given what we know about prions, I think we would be wise not to underestimate their abilities.

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This is really scary stuff to this old fart.  It isn’t the Walking Dead where a bite turns you into a zombie, but a “sticky infectious prion” can wipe out your mind, life, and wallet.  Hope a lot of someones are researching this.  If I was a neurosurgeon, I be really concerned.

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Ex-CIA and FBI director threatened by scammer, then helps put him in prison – WHNT.com

“We are lucky that we have a few friends that could be helpful to us.”

Source: Ex-CIA and FBI director threatened by scammer, then helps put him in prison – WHNT.com

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Guess he picked on the wrong sucker.

The Gooferment can only protect the “connected”?

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ECONOMICS: Elizabeth Warren cheers AOC’s Green New Deal as she launches 2020 run | Daily Mail Online

The 69-year-old Democrat officially launched her campaign at a rally on Saturday in Lawrence, Massachusetts, one of New England’s poorest and most heavily Latino communities.

Source: Elizabeth Warren cheers AOC’s Green New Deal as she launches 2020 run | Daily Mail Online

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These SOCIALISTS are going to ruin the USA.

First, IMMORALITY “the rich” pay most of the taxes already.  How much more do they think they can pay?  If we think that tithing to God at 10% is holy, then what percentage doe the “god” of Gooferment demand.  IMHO, any tax is an immoral taking.

Second, INVESTMENT “the rich”, unlike Scrooge McDuck, don’t have a basement full of gold goins that they swim in.  They invest their wealth in productive higher order goods that improve productivity.  if the Gooferment takes that wealth, then where is the investment going to come from.

Third, WASTE the Gooferment already wastes so much.  It’s estimated, that for every dollar taken by Gooferment, more than half is wasted.  Over and above that, since the Gooferment produces little if anything of value for real people, why would anyone want to give them more wealth.

The SOCIALISTS want us to ignore the real world examples of East and West Germany, North and South Korea, Venezuela, the Stalin’s Russia, Mao’s China, Pol Pot’s Cambodia, Hitler’s Germany, and on and on through out history.  Countries that have been seduced by Socialism’s sirens song of “free stuff” have paid the price of death, poverty, starvation, and disease.  Capitalism may not be the “best system”, but it’s better than all the others that have been tried.

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: The Federal Gooferment should impose the same accounting standards on State Gooferments

2019-Feb-07

https://nypost.com/2019/02/05/why-the-public-pension-timebomb-is-growing-even-more-deadly/

Why the public-pension timebomb is growing even more deadly
By Steven Malanga
February 5, 2019 | 7:24pm

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The study found that, on average, female teachers were living 90 years, while male teachers lived 87.7 years. Female government workers in the general public-pension plans lived to 88.5; male government workers, 85.5.

By contrast, the Social Security Administration’s life expectancy tables show that men who reach 65 can expect on average to live 84.3 years, and women 86.7 years. A Society of Actuaries study of private-sector pension plans shows that members live longer than the general public but shorter than many government workers: men in these systems live on average to about 85.6 years old, and women to slightly more than 87.6 years old.

Workers’ life expectancy is an important factor, of course, in a pension fund’s financial picture. In the private sector, defined-benefit pensions must follow mortality tables issued by the federal government. No such strictures bind public pensions, and as the society’s study suggests, the rates used by government pension systems vary widely.

In 2014, several communities in Illinois discovered that officials were using mortality tables from 1971, when life expectancy was much shorter, which vastly underestimated pension costs. The resulting outcry forced those communities to update their calculations, and led to average increases in costs by about 20 percent.

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As a little L libertarian, I have little use for the Gooferment. But if I am forced to live under their tyranny, then I’ll try to make it “better”.

As an fat old white guy retired injineer who’s a poor old senior citizen on a fixed income, I am concerned for myself and our posterity by the the current 121T+ national debt and the guesstimated 200T+ in unfunded liabilities.

Perhaps, the Federal Gooferment should impose the same accounting standards on State Gooferments as it does on corporations. I’m not sure that aligns with the idea that States have rights. It would seem that requiring all actors to use the latest statistics would at least help define the problem.

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Staten Island bar puts lids on drinks after women say they were drugged

A popular Staten Island bar is putting a new twist on nightlife safety — by serving cocktails with lids after women were drugged at the hot spot, the owner told The Post on Tuesday.A woman in her

Source: Staten Island bar puts lids on drinks after women say they were drugged

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Sounds like a great response.  Business, most of them, want to protect their Customers.

Despite what liberals, politicians, and bureaucrats claim.

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POLITICAL: Her “green new deal” is most radical legislation in decades to further enslave the USA

2019-Feb-06

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/green-new-deal-details-emerge-as-ocasio-cortez-preps-big-reveal

‘Green New Deal’ details emerge, as Ocasio-Cortez preps big reveal of WW2-level mobilization
By Gregg Re | Fox News

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New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday unveiled new details on the so-called “Green New Deal” she plans to introduce in a matter of days, as she worked behind-the-scenes to rally congressional support for the proposal that could cost as much as $7 trillion.

Ocasio-Cortez, who is set to unveil the plan with Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Ed Markey, told her fellow representatives in a letter that the Green New Deal calls for a “national, social, industrial and economic mobilization at a scale not seen since World War II.”

“Next week, we plan to release a resolution that outlines the scope and scale of the Green New Deal,” Ocasio-Cortez said in the letter, adding that the country’s near-total economic transformation should take approximately ten years.

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The Green New Deal proposal would lead to national net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, according to Ocasio-Cortez’s letter, “through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers,” while also generating millions of “good, high-wage jobs.” Details of the letter were first published by Bloomberg.

Through it all, the Green New Deal would additionally “promote justice and equity by preventing current and repairing historic oppression to frontline and vulnerable communities,” according to Ocasio-Cortez.

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But what about the the current 21T+ national debt and the guesstimated 200T+ in unfunded liabilities that our posterity will have to deal with?  Add on another 7T$?

Remember when someone says “green”. think “watermelon”.   Green on the outside; red inside. These are always thinly disguised plans to push into socialism or communism.  “Democratic”, of course. Like Venezuela.  It’s working so well there.  Only the Joesixpacks are starving.

GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Better that the homeless and needy starve?

2019-Feb-05

https://www.theadvocates.org/2019/02/california-charity-becomes-casualty-city-regulators/

A California Charity Becomes a Casualty of City Regulators
Remso Martinez•February 3, 2019

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Charity is a beautiful thing that everyone tends to support, regardless of creed or partisan slant. However, there is a strange concept of “forced” charity that both Republicans and Democrats try to enforce in their own various ways. Whether it is through entitlements, bailouts, or pork spending, some in government think that their involvement makes everything better, but in reality, those good intentions more often than not have adverse consequences.

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The primary change for Deliverance is the requirement that no food may be prepared in a volunteer’s home, which has been our primary method of food preparation. The Board of Directors discussed options for utilizing an existing food prep facility, but due to the distributed nature of the organization, this option would prove to be cumbersome and perhaps only a short term solution to the problem. As a result, Deliverance, San Diego can no longer prepare hot meals for distribution to the homeless population of downtown San Diego without incurring significant logistical and financial costs.

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If the government can create laws that restrict free people from providing a home cooked meal to the homeless, what is there to stop them from crafting a law that prohibits me from giving a pan of brownies to a neighbor? Or an office potluck where everyone brings a meal? This example might sound exaggerative but this whole situation creates a slippery slope for more state intervention in consensual and voluntary exchanges.

While the intentions of the regulators might be good, the homeless and needy probably would prefer a free meal instead of going hungry.

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Remember this “homelessness” crisis was caused, at least in part, by the Gooferment closing mental institutions while promising community support, high property taxes, rental regulations, and the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”.

So naturally we can’t have any solution other than a Gooferment one!

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Stem cell breakthrough could help cure type 1 diabetes

If the research continues to bear fruit, though, it could offer a much more realistic solution for type 1 diabetes. Pancreas transplants can help, but they frequently fail and still require drugs that suppress your immune system. There are tests for safer and more targeted islet implants, but they still tend to require organs from dead donors. This breakthrough could lead to on-demand implants and make it relatively easy to gain (or regain) healthy insulin levels.

Source: Stem cell breakthrough could help cure type 1 diabetes

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Good news but wish it was a decade sooner.  :-(

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TECHNOLOGY: Tech whiz-turned-criminal stole $500K in 10 days: officials

A fresh-faced tech whiz used a sophisticated “SIM swapping” scheme to steal half a million dollars in 10 days from more than 50 people across the US — without ever leaving the comfort of his

Source: Tech whiz-turned-criminal stole $500K in 10 days: officials

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That’s why you should NOT rely on a phone for your two factor authentication.

I use AUTHY a free multi-platform authentication program.

https://authy.com/

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VETERANS: An outrageous push to mutilate a war memorial

It looks like America’s next big religious-freedom case could center on the war memorial known as the “Peace Cross.” The Supreme Court justices recently agreed to hear the case this year.God

Source: An outrageous push to mutilate a war memorial

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To find this is “religious” is absurd!

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