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STOP POLITICAL CORRUPTION COLD: TERMS LIMITS + LIMITED SIZE SINGLE PURPOSE BILLS

by Stephen Levine on Monday, December 17th, 2012

This is article 428 of 526 in the topic Government Spending

The two greatest catastrophes that can befall a politician are: one, not being elected to the office to which they aspire; and two, not being able to use public money to purchase influence with special interests which will result in campaign funds and voter support. A system that mandates corruption as the rule rather than the exception.

Therefore, the three single actions which could curtail some of the current corruption are:

  • Implement term limits for elected government officials;
  • Implement term limits for appointed government officials and bureaucrats;
  • Implement single purpose legislative bills with a limitation on the number of pages.

Why?

Consider the proposed $60.4 BILLION Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill proposed by President Obama and his fellow travelers. A bill filled with funding for union-related projects and other non-disaster-related uses.

President Obama’s $60.4 billion request for Hurricane Sandy relief has morphed into a huge Christmas stocking of goodies for federal agencies and even the state of Alaska, The Post has learned.

The pork-barrel feast includes more than $8 million to buy cars and equipment for the Homeland Security and Justice departments. It also includes a whopping $150 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to dole out to fisheries in Alaska and $2 million for the Smithsonian Institution to repair museum roofs in DC. An eye-popping $13 billion would go to “mitigation” projects to prepare for future storms. Other big-ticket items in the bill include $207 million for the VA Manhattan Medical Center; $41 million to fix up eight military bases along the storm’s path, including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; $4 million for repairs at Kennedy Space Center in Florida; $3.3 million for the Plum Island Animal Disease Center and $1.1 million to repair national cemeteries.

Budget watchdogs have dubbed the 94-page emergency-spending bill “Sandy Scam.” <Source:Obama Sandy aid bill filled with holiday goodies unrelated to storm damage – NYPOST.com>

Bottom line …

Unless the cycle of political corruption is broken, we are doomed to decay in a death spiral.

— steve

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The Oceans Are Neither Rising, Nor Turning to Acid

by Alan Caruba on Thursday, October 11th, 2012

This is article 204 of 336 in the topic Global Warming

When you consider how deeply in debt the nation is, you might think that scientists from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) would want to avoid wasting taxpayer dollars studying “ocean acidification in the Arctic and what this means for the future survival of marine and terrestrial organisms.” You would be wrong.

Like so many government agencies that were originally established for legitimate reasons, the USGS has been corrupted to advance the greatest hoax of the modern era, global warming, aka climate change. A visit to its website shows that its major concerns these days include “climate and land use change”, “ecosystems”, along with “energy and minerals, and environmental health.”

My dictionary defines geology as “1. Scientific study of the origin, history, and structure of the earth. 2. Structure of a specific region of the earth’s surface.” It says nothing about “environmental health” or “ecosystems.” One might also expect the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to be more interested in the alleged ocean acidification than the USGS geologists.

We have arrived at the sad and dangerous point in our history when our government’s agencies are just as likely to be used to advance the global warming./climate change hoax as to be engaged in the original and actual functions for which they were established.

It gets worse. There is no scientific justification for a bunch of geologists to be studying ocean acidification. According to USGS Director, Marcia McNutt, “Ocean acidification is a particularly vexing problem associated with the release of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels because it interferes with the ability of marine organisms to build hard shells of calcium carbonate.” Wrong, wrong, and wrong.

Why is the USGS worried about “marine organisms”? If the object of geology is to study the structures of the earth’s surface, why are they collecting samples of Arctic water to study the utterly bogus claim that marine creatures are endangered?

The answer lies in aspects of the biggest collection of lies and predictions about the earth, the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations vehicle for the dissemination of the global warming/climate change hoax.

In its Forth Assessment Report (AR4) it pushed the lie that the oceans were rising and would swamp everything by 2100. The rate of sea rise since AR4 has actually decreased by about 25%. Ocean acidification is just another one of its lies.

A team of scientists recently released a report debunking the IPCC prediction that there would be a massive die-off of ocean plankton due to ocean acidification. That’s not happening either.

As for acidification, the alleged increase in the pH factor—the measurement of the amount of hydrogen ion concentration in a solution—has long since been debunked because for at least the last 600 million years, if it were true it would have dissolved the ocean’s limestone deposits, none of which have been dissolved through all of that time.

In fact, as Cliff Ollier, an emeritus professor of geology, has noted, “Marine life flourishes where CO2 is abundant. Over geological time enormous amounts of CO2 have been sequestered by living things, so that today there is far more CO2 in limestone than in the atmosphere or ocean.

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Armed Weather Forecasters

by Bob Livingston on Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

This is article 6 of 16 in the topic Weather/Storms
Armed Weather Forecasters

PHOTOS.COM
The Department of Homeland Security is purchasing another 750 million rounds of ammunition.

Weather forecasting must be dangerous work. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is buying bullets and paper targets — and lots of them.

It needs, according to solicitation for bids, .40 cal. 180-grain hollow point ammunition and .40 cal. 125-grain ammunition. It’s ordering a total of 42,000 rounds of ammo for delivery at its offices in Ellsworth, Maine; New Bedford, Mass.; St. Petersburg, Fla.; and Wall, N.J. Paper targets go to the Maine, Massachusetts and New Jersey offices.

People in Florida can be comforted by the fact that weather forecasters there don’t need to practice with paper targets.

On the heels of its purchase of 450 million rounds of ammo, now the Department of Homeland Security is purchasing another 750 million rounds. DHS is also in the market for large quantities of high-density ammonium nitrate and A-5 flake RDX.

Ammonium nitrate was used in the false flag Alfred P. Murrah Building bombing on April 19, 1995. Ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer, requires a boosting agent to make it explode. Racing fuel was used in Oklahoma City. A-5 flake RDX is a boosting agent fare more explosive than racing fuel.

DHS says the fertilizer and RDX are for training dogs. That’s a lot of dogs.

Something’s afoot.

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Cold Comfort

by Alan Caruba on Thursday, July 5th, 2012

This is article 183 of 336 in the topic Global Warming

Unless you live in Seattle, you likely did not know that the National Weather Service just announced that the city endured its third coolest June on record. As much of America swelters through a heat wave, it’s not surprising that the usual suspects are telling everyone that it’s because of “global warming.”

I have a longtime friend, Ron Marr who has a Jack Russell Terrier and in a recent commentary for Missouri Life magazine, he wrote that, “Jack doesn’t believe in global warming in the least; he does not believe the recent atmospheric hellfire results from ozone holes or aerosol cans or giant leprechauns with a big magnifying glass. We share the same views on the topic and have discussed them often. Our considered opinion is that this streak of blazing nonsense stems from the fact that—to put it in scientific terms—it’s summer and the sun is hot.”

On July 3rd Seth Borenstein, a reporter for the Associated Press, a newswire service that has been reporting global warming lies for decades, wrote that “If you want a glimpse of some of the worst of global warming, scientists suggest taking a look at U.S. weather in recent weeks.”

IT’S SUMMERTIME, SETH! IT GETS HOT IN THE SUMMER!

It did not take long for the high priests of global warming to proclaim the current WEATHER to be CLIMATE. There’s a very big difference. Weather is what is occurring now while climate is measured in terms of centuries. It’s about trends and cycles.

It surely has been a hot summer thus far. Reuters reported that “more than 2,000 temperature records have been matched or broken in the past week as a brutal heat wave baked much of the United States.” The announcement was made by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on July 2nd.

Meteorologist Joe Bastardi took another reporter to task for coupling the heat wave with global warming, pointing out that “The US is less than 10% of the globe” while ignoring that “Scandinavia had coldest June on record and that Australia is having a bad winter.”

What we should all know by now is that the Warmists all use trickery to advance their hoax.

The simple fact is that heat waves are nothing new. In 1936 a North American heat wave was the most severe in the modern history of the continent. It occurred in the middle of the Great Depression, killing more than 5,000 Americans and desiccating vast amounts of crops. To put it in perspective, there were no home air conditioning appliances at the time. People depended on fans to circulate the air.

The sun surely is hot, but its heat—solar radiation—has not been sufficient to avoid cyclical ice ages and short term periods of intense cold because the sun itself goes through cycles of increasing and diminishing solar radiation.

There was a “Little Ice Age” that lasted between 1550 and 1850. Temperatures dropped to the point that the Thames River in England froze over and “frost fairs” were held on its surface. It was felt through Europe and parts of North America.

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Out: ‘US Government’ — In: ‘Federal Family’

by Doug Powers on Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Kith and kin

“The good hands people” and “like a good neighbor” were already taken, so it was the next obvious choice:

But before Irene fizzled, the Obama White House wanted to make sure that Irene was no Katrina and that, in fact, the president and his aides would be seen in compassionate command of the situation.

Hence the introduction of what may be the most condescending euphemism for the national government in its long history of condescending euphemizing: “federal family.”

This new phrase was supposed to, Power Play supposes, make anxious East Coasters feel the love of a caring federal government — tender squeeze from the Department of Homeland Security, a gentle embrace from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The phrase was a centrally distributed talking point, appearing in op-eds, press releases and statements from across the administration.

So keep in mind that even if the storm is a category 1, you can expect a caring category 5 embrace from your federal family:

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If my “family” was $14 trillion in debt I’d put myself up for adoption. Oh, and the “federal family” member who would have normally caught the spelling error in “preperations” was out tending to family, so we can forgive that oversight.

This has helped soften the image of the federal government to such a degree that the IRS is now considering referring to themselves as America’s “little audit buddies.”

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Magnetic superstorms could turn American homes into ‘high-tech tombs’

by Terrence Aym on Thursday, February 24th, 2011

This is article 2 of 13 in the topic Doomsday Theories

The danger year of 2011 has arrived and scientists in-the-know are worried sick.

Space experts began worrying about the sun several years ago…and for good reason. They made dire predictions concerning the approaching solar maximum occurring from 2011 to 2013. They believed the sun’s unleashed fury could be the worst ever seen.

Now the danger years are here and their voices are rising louder.

The American, European, and Russian space agencies all agree…the world and it’s fragile high-tech information systems are at very high risk.

Recently, scientists gathered for a nail-biting meeting addressing the potential horror that a sun gone wild would cause. And what it could cause is near Apocalyptic havoc.

Our technology is vulnerable

“We have to take the issue of space weather seriously,” said Sir John Beddington, the UK’s chief scientist at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. “The sun is coming out of a quiet period, and our vulnerability has increased since the last solar maximum.”

The previous solar maximum occurred about a decade ago. What happened then scared scientists as the sun exploded, producing mammoth flares with a far greater intensity than any that had ever been measured.

Earth escaped the sun’s wrath back then only by pure, dumb luck.

“Predict and prepare should be the watchwords,” agreed Jane Lubchenco, head of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “So much more of our technology is vulnerable than it was 10 years ago.”

“Our technology is vulnerable…” is a vast understatement. If the sun’s escalating activity catapults a dagger of super-charged particles into the heart of our civilization the USA will be sent tumbling back into the 19th Century in a handful of hours—maybe minutes.

High-tech tombs

American homes, businesses, institutions, are all supported by an intricate network of highly technological systems. The systems work like an electronic symphony, together creating a masterpiece of commerce and energy.

Lives depend on this symphony, a mosaic of trillions and trillions of bytes of information traveling at the speed of light to facilitate everything at every level that enables Americans’ daily lives.

If that electronic symphony were suddenly silenced, the silence would be deafening. The American economy, lifestyle, and very culture would come crashing down leaving bitter ruin in its place.

The cities would become deathtraps.

The cities little more than towering monoliths of useless, empty stone and glass. Most automobiles would cease to function—as would many trucks, the transportation backbone of America’s goods.

Houses, town homes, condominiums and apartment dwellings will become dark, inhospitable, gloomy tombs bereft of power, water, indeed any kind of utility or service.

America as a national technological graveyard could go on for weeks, even months.

As The Daily Telegraph recently wrote, “National power grids could overheat and air travel severely disrupted while electronic items, navigation devices and major satellites could stop working after the sun reaches its maximum power…” And that’s an optimistic scenario.

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The Great ‘Climate Change’ Taxpayer Rip-Off of 2011

by Alan Caruba on Sunday, January 16th, 2011

This is article 47 of 336 in the topic Global Warming

The Great ‘Climate Change’ Taxpayer Rip-Off of 2011

By Alan Caruba

Unless I am seriously mistaken or misinformed, the rate of unemployment in the U.S. remains high and the foreclosure rate on homes is approaching the level of the Depression years. Two major bond rating companies, Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s just warned that, if the federal government doesn’t stop spending and borrowing, America’s Triple-A highest ranking will be down-graded.

Along with all the other things in the federal budget wish list for 2011 are millions to be spent on climate change.

It helps to understand how obscene this is if you pause to consider (1) there is not one damn thing anyone can do about climate change, (2) climate change has been researched and studied since the late 1980s, enough to fill an entire wing of the Congressional Library to hold all the reports, and (3) the only climate change Americans really need to know about is what the weather will be tomorrow.

With a tip of the hat to Climatequotes.com and the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) report on “research development, fiscal year 2011”, let me share just a few of the ways the Obama administration intends to squander your money.

The magic number is $2,481,000 and it represents specific amounts devoted to “climate change” research or other programs requested for the 2011 budgets by an alphabet soup of federal agencies that include the Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, Department of Energy (DOE), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of the Interior (DOI), and the Department of Agriculture (DOA).

The figures cited all come from chapter 15 of the AAAS report and you can access it via Climatequotes.com

NOAA’s total budget request is for $5.6 billion, an increase of 17%. It intends to devote $437 million for climate research funding, an increase of $77 million over last year.

Over at the National Science Foundation (NSF), its budget of $7.4 billion (that’s a lot of science!) includes a request for $480 million for Atmospheric and Earth Sciences, $765.5 million for NSF’s Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability program and $19 million for a joint program with DOE “to promote education in clean energy research. An additional $10 million would fund “Climate Change Education” in the nation’s schools. It’s not education, it’s indoctrination.

The Department of Energy which currently is projecting that permits for deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico won’t be forthcoming until, maybe, June. DOE seems oblivious to the fact that the price of oil is set to hit $100 a barrel and higher costs will hit everyone driving anything using gasoline or diesel fuel. Fuel oil prices will rise and any business that uses oil or anything made with oil will be forced to raise its prices. In short, everything.

DOE, however, is in no hurry and, of course, the Obama administration is dead set against ANWR or off-shore exploration and extraction of the BILLIONS of barrels of crude oil projected to exist.

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Honest, Open, Government? Not When It Comes to Gulf Oil Spill!

by John Lillpop on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

As the American people have learned over the past 23 months, the CHANGE that Barack Obama promised most emphatically does not include transparency.

In fact, the Obama regime is one of the most secretive, closed-door, anti-transparency administrations in U.S. history.

Consider the latest revelations about how Obama handled scenarios concerning the Gulf oil spill this spring.

As reported at Yahoo.com, in part:

“WASHINGTON – The White House blocked efforts by federal scientists to tell the public just how bad the Gulf oil spill could have been, according to a panel appointed by President Barack Obama to investigate the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

In documents released Wednesday, the national oil spill commission’s staff reveals that in late April or early May the White House budget office denied a request from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to make public the worst-case discharge from the blown-out well. The Unified Command — the government team in charge of the spill response — also was discussing the possibility of making the numbers public, the report says, citing interviews with government officials.”

Why, one might wonder, would the White House deliberately block important news from the American people?

The obvious answer: Politics!

Disclosing the potential gravity of the oil spill would make Obama’s reckless dithering look even more dangerous, which would not be good for the polls of a president already battered by a disgusted electorate.

How many other important revelations about the deficit, the Afghanistan war, illegal aliens, national security and similar issues is the White House covering up to protect a president whose presidency is wobbly at best?

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