Electronic Weaponry Advances Guarantees no Peace

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To a hammer everything looks like a nail, as the U.S. improves its weaponry the inclination for conflict, imperialism, moral interference, perceived threats, superiority beliefs, trampling sovereign nations rights and more will continue to increase. This increasing warfare state, continues to expand as congress is impotent & the Executive Branch sees global events as nails waiting to be hammered.

In this latest technology improvement welcome to the Mobile High Energy Laser (MEHEL) System, which has been greatly improved since the 2015 version which was at 2kW power, here in 2017 it’s now at an astounding 5kW of power. MEHEL will destroy both Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) & ground targets without bullets or sound & can be controlled from a distance making warfare easier.

MEHEL, Anti-UAV Defense System & the Hunter/Killer System are new state of art systems created in part to take out combatant UAS’s and to enhance remote waring capabilities. On the flip side of the UAS coin, the Army Research Laboratory has created a hybrid drone that hovers like a helicopter & while in flight can tilt its wings and begin to fly like a jet mimicking the capabilities of the V-22 Osprey.

With a bigger war hammer, increased defense budget & the war powers act, hardliners, defense contractors & big business are salivating at the endless possibilities for conflict. In fact, in an alleged statement Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis was overheard saying “we need to grow our military ranks because it’s vital we prepare for the upcoming wars we’re going to create. We’ll stir up the masses saying everyone’s a threat and that we must follow the Bush doctrine (preemptive strikes). Our gullible population should fall for this as they’re dumb as bricks”.

More can be found at https://www.army.mil/article/190401/experimental_drone_transforms_in_flight and at https://www.army.mil/article/186025/with_no_bullets_mobile_high_energy_laser_shoots_drones_from_sky

Citizenship for Sale & Free Assimilation Grant $

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Once again it’s the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at it again, crunching the constitution by placing some religions over others and by continuing efforts to sell U.S. Citizenship. USCIS just announced $10 million in grants to organizations helping permanent residents get ready for naturalization (citizenship). This award is part of a larger ongoing USCIS Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program that began in 2009 & since then has awarded over $73 million in grants to help individuals with assimilating into American society.

Thru the 1st three quarters of 2017 over 44 organizations have been financially rewarded by USCIS’s Assimilation Grant program. In reviewing grant winners, several awardees standout namely a handful of Catholic Organizations, a religious Non-Denominational Organization, a handful of Jewish Organizations, a Lutheran & Ministry Organization to name a few. Now somewhere in this list of religious organizations I expected to see the other major religions too, after all they have been buying U.S. Citizenships for eons just like those listed above.

In reviewing locations of grant winning organizations several facts stick out, (1) states with the largest new permanent resident populations include California & New York (2) top metropolitan areas with new permanent residents includes California & New York (3) top ten states having the most naturalization includes California & New York. There’s something else California & New York top the charts at, care to guess, good guess – TAXES. Both states are the kings of taxes and to be honest both states make tons of revenue selling citizenships, rewarding democrats & republicans both politically and personally.

In an alleged private meeting the two governors Andrew Cuomo (NY) & Gerry Brown (CA) could be herd laughing at taxpayers calling them nincompoops and losers. Adding, do what you want we’ll keep getting new voters faster than you can build a coalition to oppose us, we’re in office to stay, keep complaining & we’ll keep replacing you suckers. More laughter then a question between the two, I wonder what it feels like to be an ordinary loser, said one to the other when they both began to laugh, then silence, then in one clear voice the words “they’re the 99% why should we care”, could be heard from a distance, visually it appeared a high five was given, then more laughter could be heard.

More can be found at https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/citizenship-and-assimilation-grant-program and at https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-announces-award-recipients-nearly-10-million-funding-support-citizenship-preparation-programs and at https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/organizations/grant-resources/fy-2017-grant-recipients and at https://www.uscis.gov/us-citizenship/uscis-citizenship-outreach-partnerships

U.S. Streamlines Process to sell Citizenship

The U.S. is back at it again, selling U.S. citizenship which begins as temporary and eventually becoming permanent via legal gymnastics with the support of law makers. The hidden agenda behind many temporary employment stints is U.S. citizenship (pay to play). The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) released its newly updated Form I-765, which combines the streamlining of work authorization and the obtaining of a social security number conveniently in one form. In the past USCIS & the Social Security Administration (SSA) through policy made it clear to temporary hosts the obtaining of social security numbers (SSN) was not needed nor should be pursued (what changed?).

With the new form an applicant can apply for a SSN without ever visiting the social security office. In some cases I guess the government can be efficient, just not where it counts. Starting Oct 2, 2017 USCIS started transmitting form data to the SSA on behalf of applicants who complete form I-765. Applicants receiving an approved Employment Authorization Document (EAD), will receive their new SSN within two weeks, outstanding I didn’t know the SSA could work that fast. In answering the previous question what changed (USCIS & SSA pushing applicants to obtain SSN), I noticed Lee Cissna before his appointment (April 2017) wrote immigration legislation that brought foreign physicians to rural and supposedly underserved areas.

On reflection, Cissna wasn’t a draining of the swamp, his appointment was a filling of the swamp. While touring underserved medical facilities Cissna could allegedly be overheard saying “thank god I won’t be coming to this facility, it’s good enough for these poor sobs, they’re ignorant & dumb, but at least they vote, although I’m appointed I still need these it it’s because they vote, I won’t stop what I’m doing because I want to make America great again, that is no unions & more at will employment”.

More can be found at https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/new-uscis-form-streamlines-process-obtain-work-authorization-document-and-social-security-number-simultaneously and at https://www.uscis.gov/greencard/employment-authorization-document

Technology Drones/Robots and More War

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There are drones that can launch from moving objects, track various movements and targets, protect perimeters, orbit targets, monitor threats and more. In fact, there are drones that swarm and work together like bees, who change their contributions according to the need of the swarm. Essentially, when members of the swarm can no longer perform their duties other drones change their tactics to cover the lost drone’s activities.

There are robots that carry pistols, move freely up & down stairs, can move undetected just like a thief in the night and send reconnaissance pictures while being undetected. In stealth mode, these robots or artificial intelligence (AI) bots can choose & neutralize (kill) targets while being controlled from afar. Welcome to ThunderDrone an event sponsored by Special Operations Command (SOCOM), who chaired & led a prototyping, demonstration event to test robotic & drone limitations and capabilities.

This event held in Ybor City, Florida lasted for over a month, it partnered the military with private industry & academia. Other missions of the event were to allow the military to leverage private technologies with military use. The Department of Defense (DOD) Strategic Capabilities Office, along with the Army Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) and the Science, Technology, Research and Accelerated Capabilities Division of the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) saw great promise in the improved drone & robotics technologies.

RCO is tasked with seeking & bringing in new promising technologies that are likely to meet field commander’s needs. Often the technologies at events such as this are predecessors of more advanced future technologies. During this event thru synergy the teams managed to overcome the challenge of resupplying drone power while in flight.  Because of the positive feedback SOCOM is planning two more similar events for 2018 to be at the SOFWERX facility in Florida.

While talking to field commanders and private industry participants Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis could allegedly be herd saying “our peaceful drone & robotics programs should not give anyone pause as our intentions are wholesome, I mean we’re the good guys, everyone should trust us, I don’t understand why they don’t, it’s so confusing”. Just then as Mattis was concluding an employee of a private firm said what about the innocent people killed by our drones, Mattis replied “they’re all mistakes – we can’t be held accountable for errors”, when the employee laughed & said do you think two more scheduled events is enough, Mattis chimed in, “no we’ll schedule more, we need to work on our excuses too”.

More can be found at https://www.army.mil/article/196515/army_scouts_latest_drone_technology_at_socom_thunderdrone_event

CO2 Catastrophe not Deterrent for Government

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Secretary of Energy Rick Perry is projected to award 36 million in grant money for promising projects linked to advancing Carbon Capture Technologies. The federal financial assistance will be awarded by the Office of Fossil Energy (FE) which will aid in supporting joint private & federal research for the creation of new technologies that will capture carbon dioxide and inject it into the earth. The proposed process will capture carbon dioxide a byproduct of power plants or some industrial process, compress the captured carbon dioxide, transport it, finally it’ll be injected deep underground in rock formations.

Underground injections (geologic sequestration) will be at a depth of 5,280 feet or one mile. At this depth and only being injected into sandstone, shale, dolomite, basalt, deep coal seams or porous rock, experts are convinced there’s little danger in the concept and eventual underground injection systems that will be deployed throughout the United States. Because the carbon dioxide will be under several layers of rock & will continuously be monitored for seepage the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has dubbed these projects a priority for U.S. leadership in reducing greenhouse gases and in the creation of leading edge carbon reduction technologies.

In an alleged speech Secretary Perry chimed we’re at the forefront of a new age, an age when coal can be used all over the world without harm to the environment. He continued, our sequestration technology will allow us to inject carbon under constituent homes and not risk their health. This is when a reporter asked, isn’t that what was said about fracking, that it was safe and would lead to unlimited sources of natural gas with no environment cost? Secretary Perry and it has, the reporter yelled what about the earthquakes, they’re up fivefold since fracking began. Secretary Perry, well yes it’s up but no one has died from it, so with this new technology no one will die from it either, they’ll just be a little dumber as the seeping carbon dioxide will kill parts of their already dumb brains.

More can be found at https://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/ccs/ccs.htm and at https://www.netl.doe.gov/File%20Library/Research/Coal/carbon-storage/infrastructure/Regional_Carbon_Sequestration_Partnership_Initiative.pdf and at https://19january2017snapshot.epa.gov/climatechange/carbon-dioxide-capture-and-sequestration-overview_.html and at https://www.netl.doe.gov/events/conference-proceedings/2017/2017-mastering-the-subsurface-through-technology-innovation-partnerships-and-collaboration-carbon-storage-and-oil-and-natural-gas-technologies-review-meeting

California’s Creepy Education System

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The California Department of Education has begun work on its pilot system the California Science Test (CAST) which supports California’s state testing program dubbed the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The CAST is still under development, currently field tests are underway for years 2017-2018, after which the program is expected to be fully operational in 2019. CAST will measure student achievement, be administered to all students from grades 5-8 and will also be administered to students attending their last science course of high school.

Administrators find themselves worried some students will miss the pilot assessment due to poor school attendance. California law requires kids 6-18 years of age attend school except in cases when minors have completed school or passed the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE). The School Attendance Review Board (SARBs) helps parents of truant or recalcitrant students find ways of coping and correcting attendance & behavioral problems. SARBs is not intended to be disciplinary, however the Review Boards do have the power to force parents and truant students to court.

In forcing delinquent students to change their behavior the California Department of Education (CADE) has come up with chosen practices & activities designed to encourage students to attend school on a regular basis. CADE recommends holding drawings or special prizes for students showing improved attendance, really…are these some of the tricks they learned in graduate school, reward bad behavior and hope for the best. Another genius recommendation is to personalize relationships between children and various adults, how personal are they talking, home meetings alone, dinners for two, this one’s a bit creepy, as the list of recommended adults to personalize a relationship with said minors is pretty long, maybe someone should rethink this one?

Lastly, if a truant youngster & their parent or guardian can’t be convinced to improve the youths attendance then cases are to be referred to SARB, the district attorney and/or a probation officer mediation program, because jailing troubled youths is preferred. In an alleged staff meeting Tom Torlakson State Superintendent of Public Instruction told his staff our creepy adult dating youth program, scratch that – I mean the adult matched with youth personal program will either get us the results we want or we’ll lock those juvenile undesirables up.

More can be found at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/castfactsheet.asp and at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ai/sb/ and at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ai/cw/attendstrategy.asp and at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ai/sb/sarbhandbook.asp

DOE fighting for the right to be in the Stone Age

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March 2018, President Trump required heads of agencies to review current orders, guidance documents, policies, agency actions and more by signing Executive Order (EO) 13783 which was created & signed to help unravel former energy regulations & to promote U.S. energy independence while spurring economic growth. So, in April 2017 United States Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry directed his staff to form a task force of experts to study & review the reliability of U.S. electricity markets.

The task force was directed to review three aspects of the current electricity market:

  1. The extent regulations interfere with the markets efficiency
  2. If wholesale, capacity & government handouts are adequately compensating coal electricity producers
  3. The extent tax policies & mandates are limiting handouts to coal electricity producers

The task force produced a 187 page document that unveiled startling discoveries such as:

  1. The U.S. electricity market will face global competition and challenges from renewable energy providers (no way, says who?)
  2. Energy is getting cheaper (really?)
  3. Electricity is crucial to modern society (when wasn’t it crucial?)
  4. Electricity helps people see at night & promotes safer streets (why weren’t they embarrassed to write this stuff?)
  5. Natural gas replaced coal as main source of electricity (I got tired of hearing this on the news, why didn’t they know it?)
  6. There’s more you’ll have to read for yourself

The reports data for the study was primarily gathered by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) which places blame on five primary drivers of the coal industries demise:

  1. Unconventional natural gas production (shale)
  2. The 2008 recession
  3. Wholesale electricity markets (Regional Transmission Operators (RTOs) and Independent System Operators (ISOs)
  4. Government interference through environmental regulations, taxes, mandates, state & federal policies
  5. Variable renewable energy resources (VRE) such as wind & solar energy

Conclusion, the coal industry must survive, government subsidies are required while new energy providers should be forced to subsidize coal as well. Lastly, regulations controlling coal pollution and environmental damage must be rolled back to make the dying industry sustainable and possibly profitable. In a press conference Secretary Perry said we learned a lot from the task force work such as which way is up or down and which way is left or right. He continued, before renewable energy without coal there would of been nothing but darkness at night, coal changed that reality, thank you. No one clapped, the audience waited for the punch line but that was it.

More can be found at https://www.energy.gov/articles/statement-secretary-energy-rick-perry-doe-s-regulatory-review-report-president and at https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2017/10/f38/EXEC-2017-003431%20Final%20EO%2013783%20dated%2010-24-17.pdf and at https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2017/08/f36/Staff%20Report%20on%20Electricity%20Markets%20and%20Reliability_0.pdf

Antibiotic use not slowing as Needed

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Pre 1996 new animal drugs were dispensed one of two ways, either over-the-counter (OTC) or by prescription. That same year Congress created the Animal Drug Availability Act (ADAA) which gave new drugs faster distribution & entry points into the animal feed market. Contrary to belief ADAA was also used to control & limit the use of medicated feed by moving those controls under the supervision of licensed veterinarians. The intent was to have licensed veterinarians reduce antimicrobial use thereby reducing the likelihood of further drug resistant bacteria. To enforce this change a new category of products was created dubbed the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) drugs.

In 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published 21 CFR 558.6 a final ruling which revised the VFD regulation. This change linked the VFD with the Small Entity Compliance Guide (SECG), which helped small business to comply with VFD regulations. By aligning the SECG with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (Public Law 104-121) controls were put in place to limit industry control over drug feed usage, thus moving those controls to licensed veterinarians.

In December 2016 the FDA implemented Guidance #213 which made it illegal to use some antibiotics without the consent of a licensed veterinarian. To go one step further, farmers must have a veterinarian client patient relationship (VCPR) as a requirement to obtaining permission to order & use certain feed drugs. Within the rule guidelines agriculture industry experts and the healthcare industry have concerns that current controls aren’t stringent enough to control antibiotic use in feedstock animals.

As an example some small farmers and all commercial farmers have licensed veterinarians on their staff payrolls, because of this reality the last two decades have shown there are no controls over antibiotic use in the agriculture industry. In a press conference given by FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb when asked isn’t humanity at risk if we don’t control antibiotic use? Dr. Gottlieb allegedly replied, there are 18 drug resistant threats to the U.S., 3 of which are urgent, 12 are serious and 3 are concerning threats.

To overcome these threats and to keep further drugs from becoming drug resistant we’re asking industry experts and companies to please limit their antibiotic use (FDA guidelines aren’t legally enforceable). When a reporter asked why doesn’t the FDA just create laws to control usage instead of guidelines? Dr. Gottlieb further replied, are you insane, only the poor are dying and or will die from having drug resistant bacteria in their food supply & bodies. The rich myself included only eat at organic restaurants & buy our food from small organic farmers, not from commercial farmers that fill supermarket shelfs with that poison, all I ask is that the rest of you folks die on time.

More can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/antibiotic-use/stewardship-report/index.html and at https://directorsblog.nih.gov/2017/06/22/creative-minds-rapid-testing-for-antibiotic-resistance/ and at https://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/index.html and at https://www.gao.gov/assets/690/683691.pdf and at https://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/biggest_threats.html

Government to Advertise within Private Property

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The Major & City Council of Baltimore along with 9 states are combining to fight a challenge to a law that gave local lawmakers the right to mandate Private Religious Organizations advertise the government’s message within the premises of said entities. The ordinance requires Private Religious Organizations post the governments message even if contrary to the charter of such private institutions. Law makers justify the ordinance saying it protects consumers from one sided religious & pro-life practices of misinforming the public based on the beliefs and moral convictions of such organizations.

In a speech the Major of Baltimore Catherine Pugh allegedly said this is a foot in the door law, what we really want is Uncle Sam’s Poster in every bed room in the country. We want couples to know even while engaging in bedroom sports Uncle Sam is allowing the activity free of taxes. In addition, we want private religious institutions & soon to be private businesses to advertise the government as if it’s a product to be bought & sold, our mission is to increase the governments brand then we can profit from it.

More can be found at https://ago.wv.gov/Documents/2017.04.04%20Baltimore%20Amicus.pdf

Regulatory Integrity Shunned by Uncle Sam

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February 2017 legislatures of the 115th Congress had a weak moment, they thought to themselves sunlight is the best disinfectant for this polarized government. So, a few legislatures such as Representative (Rep.) Tim Walberg (R-MI), Rep. Earl Carter (R-GA, not related to Jimmy), Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) & others set out to make the government more transparent. By requiring executive agencies post proposed rule changes on the agencies website or in the Regulations.gov rulemaking docket.

This proposed rule change will cover all pending regulatory actions proposed by an agency & requires rule timelines, descriptions, status, related actions, intended audience, the allowance for public feedback and more be disclosed on the agencies website for public viewership and/or comments. H.R. 1004 introduced by Rep. T. Walberg began February 2017, was altered again in February 2017, was further amended in March 2017. As the bill made its way through congress Rep. Pete Sessions created a sister bill (H.Res.156) intending to amend parts of H.R. 1004.

Later H.Res.156 also married H.R.1004 with H.R.1009, intending to amend title 44, of the United States Code requiring “Regulatory Affairs review regulations, and for other purposes” I’m not sure what this means but ok. But wait there’s more; companion bill S.676 was introduced dubbed “OIRA Insight, Reform, and Accountability Act” which married all four bills. Now collectively no one knows what they mean or which agency will have jurisdiction.

In a private conversation Rep. Walberg could be herd saying, these clowns messed up my bill. I was trying to make the government better by saying disclose your actions and intentions to the public thus minimizing government secrets & hopefully improving the partisan politics paralyzing the government. Rep. Walberg continued I even gave the agencies choice to post the required information on their website or the federal register. When a reporter said sorry to interrupt, but I have one question. What is it said Rep. Walberg, the reporter replied I noticed you also cosponsored one of the bills that hijacked your H.R.1004 bill. Why would you do that asked the reporter?

The Rep. replied people are dumb, even though my names listed as a cosponsor on the other bill my constituents won’t believe it, they’ll think it’s fake. The dummies deserve it, I’ll keep giving them the fantasy & they’ll keep electing me. It’s a beautiful symbiosis; I rule they follow what could be better asked the Rep.?

More can be found at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1004 and at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1009 and at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/676 and at https://www.regulations.gov/

Profitable Government Health Surveillance

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Non-Government health surveillance of public data is and has been conducted by many organizations including but not limited to faith based organizations, trade associations, industry groups, academia, non-profit organizations, funding agencies, research institutions, private for profit companies, professional agencies, rogue non-government entities, international world organizations, international & domestic government co-ops and more.

Typical government agencies collecting, surveilling & mining public health data are agencies such as The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), National Institutes of Health (NIH), World Health Organization (WHO, aka U.S. Government?), USAID, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Departments of State or Local Health Services Organizations (DSHS), US Military, Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) & other more obvious governmental groups not listed.

More & more personal data must be freely given to corporations by consumers when interacting; the same applies when the public interacts with the government. As this data is aggregated, disseminated, traded & made profitable many ethical questions have been raised regarding public safety, acceptable risk, stigmatizations, trust & public support for government surveillance. As a matter of recourse the public has little knowledge of the big data & profits generated from their personal data, but that’s half the story. When data is incorrect the public has little knowledge to this fact & if known has little chance getting the data corrected in the various databases warehousing the misinformation.

Additional resources & new ethics standards or laws have been the cry of many institutions, researchers and citizens as the mantra for big data & analysis continues to grow. There’s no doubt big data has made predicting outbreaks & minimizing their harm easier, the question is at what cost to personal liberties. Warning some of the following comments are graphic in nature & not appropriate for minors. Director of The Fogarty international Center Dr. Roger Glass allegedly said in a press conference as we move into areas hit by devastation we must have people’s personal data in order to help.

As an example, in the last disaster for each piece of personal data freely given the citizen would be given a grain of rice. So, for a family of four if they pooled their resources they could make an adequate meal of the rice, supporting them for a day. And, if the ailing family or families didn’t have enough sellable data making them profitable they wouldn’t be given shit, said the director. Emphasizing goodness & help only goes but so far, explaining the organization must be maintained & that’s done by obtaining & selling personal data.

More can be found at http://www.who.int/ethics/publications/public-health-surveillance/en/ and at https://www.fic.nih.gov/News/GlobalHealthMatters/july-august-2017/Pages/global-health-briefs.aspx and at https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2017-164/default.html

Tackling the Nations Homelessness Epidemic

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE), United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), American Institutes for Research (AIR), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and more are some of the agencies tasked with monitoring, improving and eliminating the homelessness problem plaguing the country. In a 2014 HUD report, on any given night nearly 600,000 people are homeless, with nearly 25% being children. Recently, the growing opioid epidemic is making the task of controlling & eliminating homelessness much more difficult.

Because of the vast numbers of homeless, the geographies involved, revolving incarceration, individual rights, addictions, drug cartels improving supply chain, family dynamics & complications, law enforcement, contrary laws for and against homelessness, many jurisdictions are finding it difficult to come up with coherent strategic and tactical plans for tackling homelessness. Jurisdictions are searching for plans that won’t bankrupt taxpayers, keeps city streets safe, makes cities competitive and gives all residents a place to live has been elusive because the diplomatic will hasn’t been there to improve the homelessness situation.

In an alleged speech USICH Executive Director Matthew Doherty spoke of the need to end “racial inequities and other disparities” contributing to the nations homeless problem. As Matthew gave his speech the eyeballs of his staff could visibly be seen rolling in circles which disturbed some reporters. As Matthew neared the end of his presentation a reporter asked, is your staff aligned with your goals? Mr. Doherty, chimed my staff is completely aligned with me, in fact we’re all moving our residence to the streets to show anyone can become homeless, our homeless encampment will be known as “Homeless Hall”.

After the presentation a contingent of reporters set out to find “Homeless Hall” but a new tent city was nowhere to be found. Many days went by when a reporter said there’s a new building in skid row, maybe we should check it out, so a contingent checked it out, sure enough the building was named “Homeless Hall”. It’s a splendid building with a red carpet entry runway guarded by homeless guards. It has an Olympic size swimming pool with homeless lifeguards, a world class restaurant with homeless waitresses & busboys. The four story luxury building even has homeless centuries on each floor and homeless elevator operators to safely move Matthew, his staff & guests around within the building.

During Q&A at the luxurious media center of “Homeless Hall” a reporter chimed living here is not living as if homeless, explain your behavior. Matthew exclaimed I needed a command post to manage my official duties and yes to live as a homeless person. While living here at “Homeless Hall” I’ve found it’s not so bad being homeless. Because of this I’m ending programs meant to eliminate homelessness because it’s not so bad. During working hours each day I would spend several minutes living as if homeless & not once was I depressed nor did I have thoughts of suicide or any other dangerous thoughts. For these reasons & more I’m advocating for more homelessness. In fact, I’m urging other officials to take actions to ensure homelessness grows.

As a result of my advice redistribution from lower income Americans to the top earners will soon be a reality. Because, taxes on ultra-high income earners will be reduced with the proposed tax cuts of the Trump administration. Of course the middle class will have to pick up the delta, by giving up mortgage & personal deductions, losing the child credit deduction, and by having more low income families fall into the Alternative Minimum Tax bracket (AMT). But wait there’s more, itemized deductions for most will be eliminated, also people living in high tax state & local government areas will lose those deduction claims on federal forms.

But wait there’s still more, when interest rates were low these past few years since the great recession mostly the wealthy, banks and Wall Street benefited from barrowing & loaning to each other at tax payer’s expense because they (government) guaranteed the loans against default. Now that interest rates are going up from historic lows, taxpayers (Main Street) will experience higher mortgages, auto, student and other loan rate increases. This change will in turn increase loan defaults leading to increased loan indebtedness for taxpayers benefitting the one percent. So, to come full circle once again we’ve proven privatizing profits & socializing loss is good for the country. To continue summarizing because of these actions there will be more homelessness while the ultra-rich get richer, we really are making the country great again.

More can be found at https://www.samhsa.gov/homelessness-programs-resources and at http://nche.ed.gov/ibt/aw_statistics.php and at http://www.air.org/resource/americas-youngest-outcasts-report-card-child-homelessness and at https://www.childstats.gov/ and at https://www.usich.gov/news/calling-for-your-voices-strengthening-the-federal-strategic-plan-through-confronting-and-addressing-inequity and at https://www.usich.gov/news/our-core-values-and-truths-as-we-work-to-strengthen-the-federal-strategic-plan

Newsflash Coal needed for Future Competitiveness

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The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has & is spending millions on investing in coal which the agency says is part of the U.S. Strategic vision towards being energy independent and competitive in the near and distant future. NETL which operates under the Department of Energy (DOE) announced nine projects intended to develop technologies to extract Rare Earth Elements (REEs) from coal byproducts.

REEs are a group of 17 elements found in the periodic table. REEs can be found in light rare earth (LREEs) or in heavy earth (HREEs). These elements are used in high technology and as substitute materials for other elements. To extract REEs coal mining will have to continue, but because REEs will be extracted during the coal mining process the environmental impact will be reduced because secondary mining won’t occur making mining for REEs a win-win says NETL.

Once as a kid I learned double negatives weren’t practical, in logic I  learned they were good for spinning facts & confusing the easily confused to get support for an idea or cause. NETL goes on to say mining for REEs will stimulate the economy which is music to most American ears. In an alleged press conference Director Grace Bochenek held a handful of dust saying these REEs are the future, she furthered just look at this extracted gold, noting its value as $200 dollars.

As Director Bochenek continued to speak an angry reported shouted didn’t it cost ten thousand to extract the gold dust, asking how does that help in anyway asked the reporter? Director Bochenek replied, sure it seems disparaging until you realize the people are easily fooled, I just told them it was patriotic to do this mining, so they agreed, more mining is needed. After the press conference Director Bochenek started to walk away when a reporter said why is that gold on your pants, blushingly Grace said, oh it’s leftovers from my gold plated shitter funded by taxpayers.

More can be found at https://www.energy.gov/articles/doe-invests-174-million-projects-advance-recovery-rare-earth-elements-coal-and-coal and at https://www.netl.doe.gov/newsroom/news-releases/news-details?id=dd4ab477-77da-4bf0-8a33-0d0733534794 and at https://netl.doe.gov/newsroom/news-releases/news-details?id=55360995-ae95-4722-8370-58d0b58fb82f

Corporations Ok’d to Contaminate, Taxpayers Billed

Picture of Governor Scott Walker

The Department of Health Services (DHS) Wisconsin through its Environmental Public Health Tracking Program (July 2017) warned the public and officials of the growing water contamination epidemic plaguing the state. In Wisconsin two of every five households have private wells to meet their water needs. In the state, well water owners are responsible for testing, maintenance, cleanup and identifying hazardous contamination if present. If hazardous materials are found, homeowners are faced with the prospect of doing nothing or facing a large decontamination bill from contractors.

In notification brochures distributed to the public, officials communicated there concern for the increasing levels of contaminants such as Molybdenum, Aluminum, Strontium, Arsenic, Bacteria, Sodium, Nitrates and more in the publics drinking water sources. The Rock County Health Department (RCHD) sought additional funding from the Wisconsin Environmental Public Health Tracking Program after identifying locations with heightened levels of Nitrates and other carcinogenic chemicals. Armed with additional funding, RCHD set out to determine the sourcing of the chemical contamination in specific locations.

RCHD found the contamination was caused by locations such as industrial waste sites, municipal waste sites, commercial irrigation systems, commercial crop chemical systems, manure chemical runoff and more. Essentially, RCHD found the contamination to originate in small part from the natural environment in Wisconsin but in large part from big business commercial operations in the state. After detecting sourcing for the chemicals DHS sought to make the situation better presenting the public with guidelines to overcome their individual water contamination problems.

The 1st suggestion called for the public to boil their water before use. 2nd encourages the public to test their water more often, 3rd encourages the public to use rain gardens & bio retention systems, 4th suggests the public match nutrients to crop needs and 5th RCHD recommends the implementation of multicomponent groundwater management systems. However, nowhere in its written direction does RCHD hold corporate polluters accountable nor name them as part of the cleanup effort. Allegedly Governor Scott Walker said over the past two decades citizens have gained a 1% pay raise, they should be able to handle the expenses, if not we’ll lock them up for polluting.

 

More can be found at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p01830.pdf and at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p01795h.pdf and at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p0/p00150.pdf and at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p4/p00292.pdf and at https://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/watershed/Pages/WellWaterViewer.aspx

Rep. Babin Delays ELD to Save Small Business

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In 2015 the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) made a rule requiring commercial drivers use Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) to replace manual log sheets. Manual logs have been used since 1938 for drivers to log on duty and off duty hours. The use of ELD was instated to reduce business and government compliance costs, remove company coercion to keep drivers on the road, to strengthen compliance laws & to reduce traffic accidents and avoidable death resulting from driver fatigue.

Federal regulations dictate the number of hours commercial drivers can safely operate a vehicle. The rules control driving and non-driving on duty hours which are meant to prevent bus & truck driver fatigue. According to the Commercial Motor Vehicle Fact sheets compiled by FMCSA, commercial vehicle accidents over the past few years are up for Police-Reported Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes, Traffic Crash Victims injured or killed, Fatalities and injury rates per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled, Costs of Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Crashes and more.

Fast forward to July 2017, Republican Representative Brian Babin of Texas introduced “H.R. 3282, the ELD Extension Act of 2017”, this legislation would delay ELD implementation for all. Under the old rules ELD had an out if drivers or companies could show hardship with the implementation, with this proposed change the delay would be broadened. When asked about this move and the increasing accidents Babin allegedly replied, I have a security car in front & back of my car when on the road. If a driver falls asleep crashing into my motorcade its ok, my escorts will die not me, so it’s all good.

More can be found at https://babin.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=1428 and at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/data-and-statistics/large-truck-and-bus-crash-facts and at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/faq/what-exceptions-are-allowed-electronic-logging-device-rule and at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/hours-service/elds/eld-manufacturers