Little Marco wants to improve Terror Intelligence

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Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) wants to improve terror intelligence for the nation’s law enforcement community & specifically for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Senator Rubio submitted S.151 a Bill requiring federal departments and/or agencies to disclose all and any information about a person or people who have been under some type of investigation for terrorism or terrorism related incidents within the past ten years. This broad definition could be stretched to include all citizens, allies, enemies & any other governmentally targeted groups.

By legislating and creating the “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001” America greatly expanded government power while curtailing that of citizens and wood be terrorists.  This act otherwise known as the Patriot Act along with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) gave the government unprecedented power to spy on citizens, terrorists and grandma without any proof of wrong doing.

The Federal agency responsible for data mining innocent American’s data for possible transgressions is the National Security Agency (NSA), which presumes guilt before innocence as it unconstitutionally data mines citizen’s private records without cause & with little judiciary oversight.  With this additional granted power stemming from 9/11, little Marco accessed the situation (lucky for us) determining law enforcement agencies need more power (maybe we’re not so lucky).

During his Bill presentation to congress little Marco made a compassionate speech, hoping to rally his supporters and congress. As he spoke he asked who will stand with me on this bill, when his speech was concluded all of congress had left, the only company in the hall with Marco was crickets. Since its introduction the bill has not moved forward, there are no cosponsors and now little Marco is afraid to look up at fellow Senators as the giggles have given him a complex.

More can be found at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/151?r=1 and at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/151/text?r=1

Governor Scott Sticks it to Taxpayers Again

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House Bill 155, better known as the “docs vs glocks” bill from 2011 prohibited doctors from talking to their patients about guns or gun safety. Medical privacy was one of the primary drivers for enacting HB 155 according to Floridian law makers. Under the terms of HB 155 a licensed health care facility or practitioner could not enter into a conversation discussing firearms, firearm safety, ammunition and more used by a patient or any relatives.

So, if a patient needs holes plugged from a firearm incident the doctors responsibility was only to plug the holes keeping the patient alive so that more holes could be made at a future date. Tired of bearing the brunt of this law Florida doctors and medical organizations sued to overturn HB 155. Through successful litigation HB 155 has finally been overturned (July 2017) with Florida Governor Rick Scott agreeing to reimbursing the doctor and medical organizations attorneys.

In his office talking to the press after the decision, the governor pointed to a bust of his cousins foot, saying I want to tell yawl a story. While out hunting my cousin accidentally shot his foot off. Upon feeling the searing pain he accidently released another round, hitting his wife, dislodging one of her breasts. Seeing, her breast flying away, she screamed in horror lost her balance & plunged face first into a strangers groin lodging two teeth in his private part.

Upon returning home the man’s wife shot him for loss of consortium. According to Governor Scott “had this law not been overturned everyone would of thought twice about their part in this tale, as they would of been shot for retribution not stupidity & for that the governor said this law needs to be overturned”.

More can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/phlp/news/current.html and at http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Documents/loaddoc.aspx?FileName=_h0155er.docx&DocumentType=Bill&BillNumber=0155&Session=2011 and at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/24/us/florida-doctors-guns-lawsuit.html?module=WatchingPortal&region=c-column-middle-span-region&pgType=Homepage&action=click&mediaId=thumb_square&state=standard&contentPlacement=1&version=internal&contentCollection=www.nytimes.com&contentId=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2017%2F07%2F24%2Fus%2Fflorida-doctors-guns-lawsuit.html&eventName=Watching-article-click&_r=0

More Abortion Laws Needed to Stop Citizens

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Lawmakers in South Carolina (Jr. Senators) just realized the July 4, 1776 Declaration of Independence exists. In General Bill S.217 Senator Rex Rice, Cromer, Verdin, Davis, Peeler, Gambrell and others make startling revelations.  Article 5 of S.217 not only acknowledges the Declaration of Independence but it goes on to reveal other gems. Such as “all persons are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, who would of thought?

The geniuses go on to communicate personhood is God-given & that all men are created in the image of God, you don’t say, I wonder what side of the bed they got out of when they wrote this bill. While reading the senators revelations they definitively state “a human being vests at fertilization” I thought that was like a fish thing pickpocketing an egg, but ok maybe it is a person, who’s to say.

For a group that thinks the country has too many laws, republican senators seem to be at ease creating more laws. In H.R. 1192 Republican Representative Christopher Smith, aptly named his bill “Dismemberment Abortion Ban Act of 2017 which puts a stop to dismemberment abortion but doesn’t adequately define what it is, or maybe I missed that part. So, is it legal or not legal to dismember that swimming fish thing, inquiring minds want to know?

More can be found at http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/217.htm and at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/7 and at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1192?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22anti+abortion%22%5D%7D&r=4

Cotton Quality to Improve, Public Pays, Corps Profit

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For over a decade U.S. farmers have been looking for ways to level the field when it comes to cotton exporting and importing. From 2006 thru 2015 U.S. cotton exports decreased while imports increased coming from nations such as China, Vietnam and Bangladesh. U.S. farmers and the farming industry place the blame for this change on employees. They claim wages are too high to be competitive against foreign cotton imports.

Because of this perceived constraint, the farming industry has spent this past decade working on improving cottons environmental potency, by testing ways to improve its yield and to make it more resistant to environmental changes, easier to grow and easier to cultivate without human intervention by modifying its DNA. In a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Research, Education & Economics Information System (REEIS) document summary the responsibility of creating improved cotton should rest with public institutions.

Many politicians agree with this sentiment, publicize losses and privatize profits. This phenomenon was made clear during the great recession of 2008, when businesses were dubbed too big to fail requiring taxpayer bailouts to survive. Many politicians suggest this is how many industries have survived & grown thru pubic intervention, making America great. In a press conference USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue said we sent the immigrants home, now we need cotton that’ll pick itself. Taxpayers should pay for this, because with further development the new cotton may wash itself saving them money.

More can be found at https://www.ers.usda.gov/amber-waves/2017/august/us-upland-cotton-exports-and-mill-use-projected-to-improve/ and at https://portal.nifa.usda.gov/web/crisprojectpages/1012279-development-of-genetically-improved-cotton-germplasmcultivars.html and at https://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/crops/cotton-wool/ and at https://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/adoption-of-genetically-engineered-crops-in-the-us/

Government Sanctioned Worker Servitude

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The use of non-compete, post-employment restrictions, non-compete clauses, non-compete contracts, non-competition agreements, trade secret protection agreements, restrictive covenants and more have the same objective, to limit an employee’s future job opportunities. The stated employer goal is to limit exposure to the possible loss of trade secrets and to prevent employees from stealing customers only to begin new startups using those same customers. To curb this perceived problem employers increasingly require employees sign restrictive agreements that come into effect after an employee voluntarily or involuntarily leaves a company.

This corporate practice is a growing phenomenon in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury (DOT), this practice stagnates wages, forces employees to stay in unwanted jobs, limits entrepreneurial startups, and helps corporations profit from suing former employees who have broken the terms of the employment contract. Because of this growing trend (14% of U.S. workers) many jurisdictions and legislatures are creating laws to strengthen employee’s rights, however at the same time lawmakers across the country are reluctant to put forth legislation to end or curtail this practice.

Instead lawmakers are trying to walk the line of appeasing both employers and employees. This non stance will help to ensure employees are on the losing end of current & future litigious battles with previous employers. Utah Republicans Representative Mike Schultz and Senator Stuart Adams (Majority Whip) in a press conference moved to ensure constituents signing non-compete clauses wasn’t tantamount to servitude, they said “you’re already owned by government and corporations, you just don’t know it, now we’re making it obvious, just sign the agreements because you’re chattel, now get back to work losers, while you still have a job”.

More can be found at http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1967&Year=2017 and at http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2017-18/Pdf/Bill%20Reports/House/1967%20HBA%20LAWS%2017.pdf and at https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/103/465 and at https://le.utah.gov/~2016/bills/static/HB0251.html and at http://www.oregon.gov/boli/TA/Pages/ta_faq_noncompete.aspx and at https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/economic-policy/Documents/UST%20Non-competes%20Report.pdf and at https://www.treasury.gov/connect/blog/Pages/The-Economic-Effects-of-Non-compete-Agreements-.aspx

More Government is Boon for Republican Senators

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In an era when neither major political party can be seen as traditional, two Republican Senators move to lower the alcohol limit regarding driving under the influence laws. Junior Utah State Senators Norman Thurston and Stuart Adams cosponsored H.B. 155 “Driving Under the Influence and Public Safety Revisions” Bill. The proposed law will lower the blood or breath alcohol limit from .08 to .05 which if enacted will have a devastating financial impact on those that’ll be subject to this change.

Traditionally, Republicans are for repealing laws and getting the government out of its citizen’s lives. But this proposal gets the government more involved and will confiscate money mostly from citizens that won’t be able to afford legal representation. Statistics show American prisons are full of prisoners that couldn’t afford legal counsel, the issue of guilt is secondary to the accused being able to afford legal representation. Usually, if they can afford council – fines and penalties are dropped and/or greatly reduced and if council cannot be obtained, the accused is forced to plea bargain, resulting in jail time, massive fines and some form of recompense or restitution for alleged victims.

While in a press conference the two cosponsoring congressmen said now it’ll be practically illegal to have a glass of wine and drive, we want everyone in prison but our constituents, this way we’re sure to be reelected. With smirks the pair said we need to criminalize the population that way cronyism, vote rigging and kickbacks can continue to grow. The two continued we want all citizens to use Uber and lyft because it’ll make our roads safer, that’s why this bill is needed. When questioned how do they justify the increased financial burden on citizens the law makers said its better than a democrats new taxes, those can’t be avoided, but this expense can be, just don’t drink and there won’t be any financial penalties until we come up with one for thinking.

More can be found at https://le.utah.gov/~2017/bills/static/HB0155.html

Gullible U.S. Pays $535m for Virtual Training

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Traditionally U.S. armed forces focused on insurgency, counterinsurgency (COIN) and stabilizing operations. Only since the turn of the century has the U.S. military began to focus heavily on COIN as a major strategy for combating 21st century enemies. In dealing with its enemies and potential enemies the U.S. has the luxury of knowing its military capability is vastly superior to that of any other military power on the planet. Because of this superiority foes have chosen to use unconventional warfare combining ancient frontal war, and modern technology with insurgency and terrorism when confronting American forces or allies.

Because war and conflict are inevitable, military leaders have recommended preparing their troops for nonconventional warfare. And to pivot military focus from the Middle East to Asia because competition, tensions and the changing economic situation of nations will likely lead to war and conflict in that region. With the possibility of soldiers having to operate in two theatres of war the military is looking to broaden its members training because skillsets needed in the middle east would be vastly different than those needed in Asia. Because of the changing dynamics of war, required training in both the Army & Marine Corps will include gaming and virtual training.

In an effort to decrease training costs the Army decided to move from live combat training to that of virtual training. During a recruitment session recruits were treated to virtual & gaming training, while engaged some recruits said the training was like being high, invincible and Rambo at the same time. One recruit said I never knew killing could be so much fun, do heads really splatter like that when you shoot them in the head asked one recruit? The response was try this set, it has virtual families, see what you can do to them, mow the grass or trim the bushes. Either way you can become an expert with this half a $ billion set of virtual tools we just purchased from Hussein Virtual Express Game Makers.

More can be found at http://www.navair.navy.mil/nawctsd/pdf/TSIS-JUN-2017.pdf and at http://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1182871/civilians-gain-leadership-warfighter-support-skills-through-program/ and at http://www.eielson.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1173704/believe-the-unbelievable-exercise-northern-edge-17-enhances-interoperability-wi/ and at http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-16-636 and at http://www.gao.gov/duplication/action_tracker/Army_and_Air_Force_Virtual_Training/action1#t=3 and at http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/679104.pdf

The U.S. Pushes to Increase Global Coal Use

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Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee Representative Rodney P. Frelinghuysen said “This bill will target funding to where it’s needed the most, ensure U.S. dollars are being put to good  use to expand democracy and peace and provide critical humanitarian assistance in war-torn, disaster-affected, and impoverished areas of the world”. That’s nice, high five for the words.

The quote is taken from the July 2017 press release of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations. In reviewing the fiscal year 2018 State and Foreign Operations Bill it becomes obvious where U.S. priorities lie. What gets funded is important whereas what doesn’t get funded is unimportant. So, let’s take a quick snapshot of what’s unimportant.

The bill cuts Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding, Operations funding for the State Department and global diplomatic funding. Reduces funding to the United Nations (UN) and various other affiliated organizations. The bill continues reductions for OCO international security assistance, funding to the USAID Office of the Inspector General and programs regarding proper management & review of the appropriate use of U.S. funding.

The bill continues with reductions in OCO funding for bilateral economic assistance to foreign countries, cuts funding to international organizations and banks and doesn’t include funding for Green Climate, International Debt Relief, Panel on Climate Change and The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and more. The bill does provide funding for rolling back coal regulations allowing coal-fired projects to be conducted by U.S. companies in foreign communities with the justification of taking cost effective, good quality technology to developing nations.

Alas the bill continues funding Israeli projects while cutting funding to Palestinian causes. These changes can be viewed as good or bad depending on who’s doing the viewing. It seems funding for good causes are down while funding for war, occupations, criminalizing commoners, reducing education, protecting state & corporate rights is up. Aside from buying coal stock, I’d like to know where do I sign up to benefit from the other changes that are to the detriment of other nations?

More can be found at https://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=394988 and at https://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/bills-115hr-sc-ap–stateforop-fy2018stateforeignoperationsappropriations.pdf

2020 Census Gerrymandering is set to Begin

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Census Bureau (CB) preparations for the 2020 Decennial census are and have been underway for several years. Planning for the constitutionally mandated country wide event takes years to plan and billions of dollars in expenses. Every ten years the official count of United States citizenry is published by the CB and reported to Congress & the president. The data shows population demographics, economic & social statistics, and helps with the apportioning of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and because of the population data gathered the Census results often gives credence to congressional redistricting efforts.

Because the costs of conducting the census are reaching a breaking point, several changes in counting practices are under review for immediate implementation. Proponents of change want survey takers to complete required surveys on-line while dismissing privacy concerns of those against it. CB wants to continue the practice of boosting congressional seats for exclusive neighborhoods that boost their numbers by including prisons in certain gerrymandered districts that count inmates as residents even though the inmates are from other often minority communities. This practice diminishes the voting & congressional representation of these target communities, while boosting the power of certain targeted affluent communities.

In a similar manner population engineering has been reported by residents with the culprit being government representatives. In an impromptu chance gathering, Ashley & her sister who are both full of curiosity noticed a census worker questioning their neighbor & friend across the street. So, the two of them went over to make inquiries, they listened for a while then asked an innocent question. Ashley said “Sir, my grandmother is a White European & my granddad is an Afro-American. And, my mother is Indian while my dad is both Spanish and Asian. What race do I claim on the electronic form” asked Ashley. The man without pausing to think said you’re “White” put that down.

Ashley, looked confused when her sister chimed in saying that doesn’t sound right, we don’t want to omit the other lineages in our family line. The man chuckled and said that’s ok your black, be sure to put that down. Looking more confused than before the two said, how can that be? When the man replied we can never have too many whites in the neighbor, because this is such an exclusive neighborhood it must be preserved. Still confused and looking irritated Ashley asked why are you telling my sister to put down she’s black?

The man replied we must show we’re not a segregated neighborhood or the do-gooders will get involved. More can be found at https://www.census.gov/2020census and at http://www.gao.gov/highrisk/2020_decennial_census/why_did_study#t=0 and at http://www.gao.gov/key_issues/2020_census/issue_summary#t=0 and at https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/programs-surveys/decennial/2020-census/2015_FRN_summar.pdf

Oregon DoGooders Strike Again, Taxpayers Lose

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HB 2321 the Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program gives the Department of Fish & Wildlife (DOFW) a new tool for obtaining revenue from Oregonians. The 2017 HB 2321 bill has been amended to remove any ambiguity small kids may have regarding their obligation to obtain proper water permits when interacting with Oregonian public water facilities. The law gives authorities power to write citations when drain plugs aren’t removed from boats when exiting water facilities. And, in the event a driver does not stop for inspection, law enforcement is authorized to make vehicle owners return for inspection if within 5 miles of the evading offense.

Not only are boaters required to remove drain plugs, they can also be sited for allowing water to gather in their ballast tanks, motorwells, bilges and more. Because of this, inspections are required to ensure no water vehicle leaving any facility has any standing water. HB 2321 applies to the young beginning at age 14. The Act requires all non-motorized craft users to pay permit fees along with an agent fee for the permit. The law was created and will be enforced as the State of Oregon wants to ensure invasive species of aquatic life remain in their native pastures & aren’t transported or moved to non-indigenous areas.

Oregonians not familiar with mudsnail facts, Quaqqa mussel facts and others can read the published documentation on why such species should not be allowed to spread giving readers more confidence in understanding why the new law is needed. Punishment for failing to comply carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and/or a $ 1,250 fine. Because of this new law the Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB) is expecting new revenues to exceed 300K to 500K Biennium during the onset of the program. Because of this financial boon the state is requesting an additional law enforcement position be approved to help with enforcement activities.

During a scuffle at a waterway a child with a soda cap full of water was interrogated by local authorities for not obtaining permission for having an-uninspected cap of standing water. When the kids parents came over to intervene the officer said Mam you have water in your mouth I’m going to have to site you for a violation. Then the officer said Sir you have water in your pants, I’ll have to site you as well. Then the mother reached over grabbed her husband’s private parts and said he’s hung, that’s not water, don’t write him a ticket for that you prick.

More can be found at http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Agency-Bills-for-2017.aspx and at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/conservationstrategy/invasive_species/quagga_zebra_mussel.asp and at http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/boater-info/Pages/Aquatic-Invasive-Species-Program-Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx and at https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureAnalysisDocument/38585 and at https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB2321/B-Engrossed and at https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB2321/House%20Amendments%20to%20Introduced

Severe Weather Events Coming to a Town near You

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The federal government over the past few decades has conducted many studies on earth’s changing climate. These studies include Atmospheric Science Work, Meteorological Research, Environmental Pollution Panels, Weather and Climate Modification Panels and more. In fact, during the Vietnam War of the 1970s, the U.S. government experimented with artificial rainmaking to be used as a weapon against the Vietnamese army.

Since the turn of the century the government has acknowledged global warming, charted the trends and made predictions on outcomes. Some of its conclusions are obvious, such as a warmer climate, increased rain, more intense storms, reduction of old weather patterns with introductions of new patterns across the globe. The government also concludes there will be more war as regions fight for dwindling resources, famine and drought. Economically, the government predicts there will be economic winners & losers as nations fight to maintain themselves.

The Department of Defense (DOD) estimates climate change will affect its infrastructure to the tune of almost one trillion dollars. This figure does not speak to other governmental agencies. In further analysis the government goes on to say money must be budgeted to help the government replenish infrastructure and to help businesses with lost revenue and property. Sounds good, but what about the little guy paying for all of this needed funding.

Governmental mitigation plans suggest large federal budgets be created & maintained to ensure the government can adequately deal with situations as they arise and to replenish business loss. In fact, there are several mentions of reimbursing businesses for possible & likely losses in the coming climate change scenarios. However, there is no mention of taxpayers and their potential losses, and why should there be? Taxpayers are dumb as stumps, fight each other at every turn, get distracted easily and generally want to be taken advantage of. Just ask the political party leaders.

More can be found at https://history.aip.org/climate/Govt.htm and at https://toolkit.climate.gov/ and at http://www.globalchange.gov/ and at https://www.data.gov/climate/ and at  http://www.gao.gov/highrisk/limiting_federal_government_fiscal_exposure/why_did_study#t=0 and at https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/national-climate-201702 and at http://www.gao.gov/key_issues/climate_change_funding_management/issue_summary#t=0 and at http://www.gao.gov/key_issues/climate_change_response/issue_summary and at https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/national-climate-201706

Boston Bright Ideas Scheme takes Scalps

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Rentsmart, Boston 2030, Analyze Boston, Imagine Boston, City Score & the Open Source toolkit are Government programs and initiatives designed to enhance the Bostonian experience. Officials such as Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, City Inspectional Services, Department of Innovation & Technology, Governor Charlie Baker, State Legislature and many others have conspired to improve Boston’s outlook. Recent and future changes are designed to address the city’s pain points. Such as immigration, health coverage, housing shortages, transportation safety, ever increasing higher education costs, stagnant wages, incarceration, failing schools and more.

With the stroke of his pen Mayor Walsh increased his 2018 budget to fund initiatives designed to overcome city challenges. This includes programs such as the implementation of the new default 25 mph speed limit. Meaning, if speed limit signs aren’t posted, drivers are to assume a speed limit of 25 mph thus avoiding traffic citations. How convenient, for the city and law enforcement, score one for the officials and zero for Joe public.

In a speech Mayor Walsh mentioned how he passed a new Lamborghini that was stalling & creeping up a big incline while adhering to the new speed limit. The mayor continued he was on crutches and still passed the vehicle. After arriving at his destination, then returning to the same route the mayor noticed the Lamborghini hasn’t made much progress. Just then he said to the owner don’t you feel safer & less rushed? When the driver turned, looked him dead in the eye & said please step in front of my vehicle.

More can be found at https://www.boston.gov/news/city-releases-rentsmart-new-tool-renters and at https://www.boston.gov/news/bostons-new-default-speed-limit-25-mph-effective-jan-9-2017 and at https://www.boston.gov/departments/neighborhood-development/housing-changing-city-boston-2030 and at https://www.boston.gov/cityscore and at https://www.boston.gov/news/cityscore-recognized-part-2017-bright-ideas-government-initiative

FBI Moves to Strengthen Reduce Homegrown Terrorism

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According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) homegrown terrorism is around the corner in every American city. In a “Combating Homegrown Extremism” report (July 2017) according to Chairman Ron DeSantis the U.S. is experiencing dramatic homegrown terrorism growth. Because of this perceived threat due diligence, 24 hour legal & illegal surveillance is needed to keep Americans safe (allegedly). In the pursuit of keeping Americans safe programs such as “Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), “Campus Liaison Initiative” (CLI), “Private Sector Liaison” (PSI), “Corrections Initiative” (CI) and others have been created to assist the FBI in its efforts to reduce homegrown terrorism.

Currently, there are FBI homegrown terrorism investigations underway in every state of the union. Constant investigations & surveillance has created tension & communication breakdowns in many immigrant communities. To combat the tensions law enforcement including the FBI has opted to use “Outreach Coordinators” and/or “Joint Terrorism Task Force” (JTTF) specialists to smooth relations with at risk communities. In a speech Director George Selim who leads the “Office Community Partnership” (OCP) on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) claims tensions are rising. He also noted community leaders are concerned terrorism & lawlessness are growing in their appeal to immigrants & the young to the detriment of their communities.

In an effort to appeal to immigrant & impressionable young, cookie day will be held every Friday to keep the young from becoming terrorists. After being falsely accused, arrested and/or detained without ever being charged, the accused will be allowed to bake cakes, ice skate & eat ice cream, demonstrating law enforcement’s good will. While many immigrants & the young will have bruising from their arrests they will be allowed to put ice cream on their bruises, this kind act will keep those young from converting to terrorists? With one eye laying on the floor and the other closed from interrogation, an immigrant with two scoops of ice cream in his bleeding hands said “I just watched the best movie with my girlfriend, even though I could only see silhouettes of people – I loved it, to show my gratitude I’ll never become a terrorist concluded the young man.

More can be found at https://www.fbi.gov/news/testimony/combating-homegrown-terrorism and at https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/07/27/statement-record-ope-house-oversight-and-government-reform-subcommittee-national and at https://democrats-oversight.house.gov/sites/democrats.oversight.house.gov/files/documents/Lynch_2.pdf and at https://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Chairman-DeSantis-Opener-FINAL.pdf

Arbitrations End Alarms Politicians

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For years consumers, consumer advocate groups & bipartisan politicians have sought to remove binding contractual Arbitration Agreement power from corporations. The practice has reduced consumer power to litigate with big business and in turn has given corporations legal advantage over the citizenry in disputes. One of the latest pushes for change was the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed rule (May 2016) to eliminate arbitration agreements between corporations and customers in specific areas of business & services.

The proposed Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 1040 will restrict provider’s rights to include arbitration requirements in its contracts with consumers. Which is a move many think will restore the balance of power between corporations and its customers. On its final ruling July 2017 the CFPB has made the proposed restrictions law. The change has angered many politicians including the Acting Comptroller of the Currency Keith Noreika and Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton.

In a press release Tom Cotton “said consumers need no rights, my buddies in their corporate offices are doing a fine job rewarding me”. He further added, “I acknowledge the law has its supporters but they’re do-gooders, there’s no place for them in congress. We need businesses to keep ripping of consumers this is how wealth & jobs are created”. A valid concern of Senator Cotton is that the CFPB doesn’t get its funding from Congress which is the main tool used by Congress to keep control of government bureaucracies.

Because of this lack of power some in Washington believe the director of the CFPB is too powerful, that his/her unilateral power rivals that of the President and should be checked not strenghtened. More can be found at https://www.occ.gov/news-issuances/news-releases/2017/nr-occ-2017-86.html and at https://www.cotton.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=756 and at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/24/2016-10961/arbitration-agreements and at https://www.consumerfinance.gov/policy-compliance/rulemaking/final-rules/arbitration-agreements/ and at https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/newsroom/cfpb-issues-rule-ban-companies-using-arbitration-clauses-deny-groups-people-their-day-court/ and at https://www.consumerfinance.gov/arbitration-rule/

Is Rat Infestations the New Normal?

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New York, Virginia, Maryland, Milwaukee and other states are experiencing rampant pest growth. Pests such as rats, cockroaches, mice, snakes & more are propagating without constraint in many cities across the country. This growth is happening to the detriment of renters, landlords, governments & their economies. The Census Bureau has obtained infestation information from homeowners and tenants from the administering of its American Housing Survey.

The Survey speaks to over 10% of households saying within the past year they’ve seen signs that rodents are present. With many states and cities having twice the percentage of citizens seeing signs of infestation. Because of this many jurisdictions are implementing rodent reduction programs. In New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is committing $32 million towards rodent reduction efforts.

Across the country cities are acting with a sense of urgency, as the number of citizens contracting Leptospirosis (Lepto) a bacterial disease caused by animal urine is growing. Lepto has been documented to take one life and endanger other lives. Lepto doesn’t spread from human to human, however given time it may jump species. This reality has given many politicians the incentive to budget money for the eradication of this growing infestation.

In a press conference Mayor de Blasio said many poor are losing benefits in the current political climate, maybe they (the poor) can be convinced to share room & board with rodents removing the pests from more affluent areas. As reporters took in his statement, de Blasio added maybe we should build a wall around the poor restricting the vermin to living with the sick & under represented. After all, these people are used to abuse and famine, also now’s the time for these needy people to contribute. We need to make this country great again off the back of these poor people, why would they think anything has changed? In fact, I want to put exploitation on overdrive until this problem is eliminated, said the mayor.

More can be found at http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/472-17/de-blasio-administration-32-million-neighborhood-rat-reduction-plan/#/0 and at http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/085-17/leptospirosis-cluster-fact-sheet