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Congress Passes Bill Which Grants “Unlimited Access to Communications of American”

Posted by Anonymous on December 11, 2014

According to Congressman Justin Amash, Congress just passed a bill which grants the government and law enforcement “unlimited access to the communications of every American”.

When the Michigan lawmaker discovered that the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2015 had been amended with a provision that authorizes “the acquisition, retention, and dissemination” of all communications data from U.S. citizens, he desperately attempted to organize a roll call vote on the bill.

However, the legislation was passed yesterday 325-100 via a voice vote, a green light for what Amash describes as “one of the most egregious sections of law I’ve encountered during my time as a representative”.

The bill allows the private communications of Americans to be scooped up without a court order and then transferred to law enforcement for criminal investigations.

The legislation effectively codifies and legalizes mass warrantless NSA surveillance on the American people, with barely a whimper of debate.

Read the full text of Congressman Amash’s letter below, which was sent out before the bill was passed.

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Dear Colleague:

The intelligence reauthorization bill, which the House will vote on today, contains a troubling new provision that for the first time statutorily authorizes spying on U.S. citizens without legal process.

Last night, the Senate passed an amended version of the intelligence reauthorization bill with a new Sec. 309 – one the House never has considered. Sec. 309 authorizes “the acquisition, retention, and dissemination” of nonpublic communications, including those to and from U.S. persons. The section contemplates that those private communications of Americans, obtained without a court order, may be transferred to domestic law enforcement for criminal investigations.

To be clear, Sec. 309 provides the first statutory authority for the acquisition, retention, and dissemination of U.S. persons’ private communications obtained without legal process such as a court order or a subpoena. The administration currently may conduct such surveillance under a claim of executive authority, such as E.O. 12333. However, Congress never has approved of using executive authority in that way to capture and use Americans’ private telephone records, electronic communications, or cloud data.

Supporters of Sec. 309 claim that the provision actually reins in the executive branch’s power to retain Americans’ private communications. It is true that Sec. 309 includes exceedingly weak limits on the executive’s retention of Americans’ communications. With many exceptions, the provision requires the executive to dispose of Americans’ communications within five years of acquiring them – although, as HPSCI admits, the executive branch already follows procedures along these lines.

In exchange for the data retention requirements that the executive already follows, Sec. 309 provides a novel statutory basis for the executive branch’s capture and use of Americans’ private communications. The Senate inserted the provision into the intelligence reauthorization bill late last night. That is no way for Congress to address the sensitive, private information of our constituents – especially when we are asked to expand our government’s surveillance powers.

I urge you to join me in voting “no” on H.R. 4681, the intelligence reauthorization bill, when it comes before the House today.

/s/

Justin Amash
Member of Congress

Welcome to Chinamerica. Listening to a former head of the NSA, a big problem is that they can and do manufacture and insert false incriminating information into anyone’s record that they want to attack.

The end of privacy is the end of democracy.

Why? Because criminals in government can use this power to make it a crime to have knowledge of their crimes. In other words, this is a license to kill, steal from, or frame any American for those few government elite with the keys to this atomic bomb of electronic information gathering.

Don’t let this stand. Take your damn country back and let’s have a democracy once again. Here is the full text, for those of you who can read. Emphasis added below is mine.

SEC. 309. PROCEDURES FOR THE RETENTION OF INCIDENTALLY ACQUIRED 
              COMMUNICATIONS.
(1) Covered communication.--The term ``covered communication'' 
means any nonpublic telephone or electronic communication acquired 
without the consent of a person who is a party to the communication, 
including communications in electronic storage.
... 
The procedures required by paragraph (1) shall apply to
 any intelligence collection activity not otherwise authorized by court order 
(including an order or certification issued by a court 
established under subsection (a) or (b) of section 103 of the 
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1803)), 
subpoena, or similar legal process that is reasonably 
anticipated to result in the acquisition of a covered 
communication to or from a United States person and shall 
permit the acquisition, retention, and dissemination of 
covered communications subject to the limitation in 
subparagraph (B).

Full text: 
https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/4681/text

Why the hell are Americans so stupid and apathetic? Did they stop teaching history in our schools? Do we not all realize that it is our personal responsibility as citizens to watch for and stop government corruption? The government “solution” to illegal spying by the NSA as revealed by inside whistle-blowers was to change the law to make it legal? WTH?? Well, they can’t do this without being traitors because they swore an oath to uphold the US Constitution. Our electronic data is part of our “effects” protected against unreasonable search without probable cause:

Amendment IV
(Privacy of the Person and Possessions)
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Get out your pitchforks and march! Who voted for this? Here’s who, everyone on this list who voted ‘Yea’ should be fired:

MA 7 Not Voting Michael Capuano Democrat
TX 4 Not Voting Ralph Hall Republican
CA 31 Not Voting Gary Miller Republican
FL 1 Not Voting Jeff Miller Republican
WA 9 Not Voting Adam Smith Democrat
CA 45 Not Voting John Campbell III Republican
OR 5 Not Voting Kurt Schrader Democrat
CA 35 Not Voting Gloria Negrete McLeod Democrat
IL 8 Not Voting Tammy Duckworth Democrat

AL 4 Yea Robert Aderholt Republican
AL 6 Yea Spencer Bachus III Republican
TX 6 Yea Joe Barton Republican
CA 34 Yea Xavier Becerra Democrat
UT 1 Yea Rob Bishop Republican
GA 2 Yea Sanford Bishop Jr. Democrat
NY 1 Yea Timothy Bishop Democrat
TN 7 Yea Marsha Blackburn Republican
TX 8 Yea Kevin Brady Republican
PA 1 Yea Robert Brady Democrat
FL 5 Yea Corrine Brown Democrat
CA 42 Yea Ken Calvert Republican
MI 4 Yea Dave Camp Republican
WV 2 Yea Shelley Capito Republican
CA 24 Yea Lois Capps Democrat
TX 31 Yea John Carter Republican
OH 1 Yea Steve Chabot Republican
MO 1 Yea Lacy Clay Jr. Democrat
SC 6 Yea James'Jim' Clyburn Democrat
NC 6 Yea Howard Coble Republican
OK 4 Yea Tom Cole Republican
TN 5 Yea Jim Cooper Democrat
FL 4 Yea Ander Crenshaw Republican
NY 14 Yea Joseph Crowley Democrat
TX 7 Yea John Culberson Republican
IL 7 Yea Danny Davis Democrat
CA 53 Yea Susan Davis Democrat
CO 1 Yea Diana DeGette Democrat
CT 3 Yea Rosa DeLauro Democrat
FL 25 Yea Mario Diaz-Balart Republican
MI 12 Yea John Dingell Democrat
NY 16 Yea Eliot Engel Democrat
PA 2 Yea Chaka Fattah Democrat
VA 4 Yea Randy Forbes Republican
AZ 8 Yea Trent Franks Republican
NJ 11 Yea Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican
PA 6 Yea Jim Gerlach Republican
GA 11 Yea Phil Gingrey Republican
VA 6 Yea Bob Goodlatte Republican
TX 12 Yea Kay Granger Republican
MO 6 Yea Sam Graves Republican
TX 29 Yea Gene Green Democrat
WA 4 Yea Doc Hastings Republican
TX 5 Yea Jeb Hensarling Republican
TX 15 Yea Rubén Hinojosa Democrat
MD 5 Yea Steny Hoyer Democrat
NY 3 Yea Steve Israel Democrat
CA 49 Yea Darrell Issa Republican
TX 30 Yea Eddie Johnson Democrat
TX 3 Yea Sam Johnson Republican
WI 3 Yea Ron Kind Democrat
NY 2 Yea Peter 'Pete' King Republican
IA 4 Yea Steve King Republican
MN 2 Yea John Kline Republican
RI 2 Yea James 'Jim' Langevin Democrat
WA 2 Yea Rick Larsen Democrat
CT 1 Yea John Larson Democrat
IA 3 Yea Tom Latham Republican
MI 9 Yea Sander Levin Democrat
NJ 2 Yea Frank LoBiondo Republican
NY 17 Yea Nita Lowey Democrat
OK 3 Yea Frank Lucas Republican
MA 8 Yea Stephen Lynch Democrat
NY 12 Yea Carolyn Maloney Democrat
UT 4 Yea Jim Matheson Democrat
NY 4 Yea Carolyn McCarthy Democrat
NC 7 Yea Mike McIntyre Democrat
CA 25 Yea Howard 'Buck' McKeon Republican
NY 5 Yea Gregory Meeks Democrat
ME 2 Yea Michael Michaud Democrat
MI 10 Yea Candice Miller Republican
CA 11 Yea George Miller Democrat
VA 8 Yea James 'Jim' Moran Jr. Democrat
PA 18 Yea Tim Murphy Republican
CA 32 Yea Grace Napolitano Democrat
MA 1 Yea Richard Neal Democrat
CA 22 Yea Devin Nunes Republican
NJ 9 Yea Bill Pascrell Jr. Democrat
AZ 7 Yea Ed Pastor Democrat
NM 2 Yea Stevan 'Steve' Pearce Republican
CA 12 Yea Nancy Pelosi Democrat
MN 7 Yea Collin Peterson Democrat
WI 6 Yea Thomas 'Tom' Petri Republican
PA 16 Yea Joseph Pitts Republican
NC 4 Yea David Price Democrat
WV 3 Yea Nick Rahall II Democrat
KY 5 Yea Harold 'Hal' Rogers Republican
AL 3 Yea Mike Rogers Republican
MI 8 Yea Mike Rogers Republican
FL 27 Yea Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican
CA 40 Yea Lucille Roybal-Allard Democrat
CA 39 Yea Edward 'Ed' Royce Republican
MD 2 Yea A. Dutch Ruppersberger Democrat
IL 1 Yea Bobby Rush Democrat
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OH 13 Yea Tim Ryan Democrat
CA 38 Yea Linda Sánchez Democrat
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CA 28 Yea Adam Schiff Democrat
GA 13 Yea David Scott Democrat
VA 3 Yea Robert 'Bobby' Scott Democrat
TX 32 Yea Pete Sessions Republican
CA 30 Yea Brad Sherman Democrat
IL 15 Yea John Shimkus Republican
ID 2 Yea Michael 'Mike' Simpson Republican
NY 25 Yea Louise Slaughter Democrat
NJ 4 Yea Christopher 'Chris' Smith Republican
TX 21 Yea Lamar Smith Republican
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NC 1 Yea George “G.K.” Butterfield Jr. Democrat
CA 16 Yea Jim Costa Democrat
FL 23 Yea Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democrat
GA 6 Yea Tom Price Republican
GA 3 Yea Lynn Westmoreland Republican
GA 12 Yea John Barrow Democrat
IL 3 Yea Daniel Lipinski Democrat
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MO 5 Yea Emanuel Cleaver II Democrat
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NY 26 Yea Brian Higgins Democrat
NC 5 Yea Virginia Foxx Republican
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PA 8 Yea Michael Fitzpatrick Republican
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TX 9 Yea Al Green Democrat
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PA 9 Yea Bill Shuster Republican
NJ 8 Yea Albio Sires Democrat
CA 9 Yea Jerry McNerney Democrat
CA 23 Yea Kevin McCarthy Republican
CO 5 Yea Doug Lamborn Republican
CO 7 Yea Ed Perlmutter Democrat
CT 2 Yea Joe Courtney Democrat
FL 14 Yea Kathy Castor Democrat
FL 16 Yea Vern Buchanan Republican
GA 4 Yea Henry 'Hank' Johnson Jr. Democrat
IL 6 Yea Peter Roskam Republican
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MN 5 Yea Keith Ellison Democrat
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IN 7 Yea André Carson Democrat
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MD 4 Yea Donna Edwards Democrat
LA 6 Yea Bill Cassidy Republican
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LA 4 Yea John Fleming Republican
KY 2 Yea Brett Guthrie Republican
MS 3 Yea Gregg Harper Republican
CT 4 Yea James Himes Democrat
CA 50 Yea Duncan Hunter Republican
KS 2 Yea Lynn Jenkins Republican
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NJ 7 Yea Leonard Lance Republican
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NY 24 Yea Daniel Maffei Democrat
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MN 3 Yea Erik Paulsen Republican
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IN 4 Yea Todd Rokita Republican
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KS 4 Yea Mike Pompeo Republican
LA 2 Yea Cedric Richmond Democrat
MD 1 Yea Andy Harris Republican
MA 9 Yea William Keating Democrat
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MI 2 Yea Bill Huizenga Republican
MS 1 Yea Alan Nunnelee Republican
MS 4 Yea Steven Palazzo Republican
MO 4 Yea Vicky Hartzler Republican
MO 7 Yea Billy Long Republican
NV 3 Yea Joseph Heck Republican
NJ 3 Yea Jon Runyan Republican
NY 11 Yea Michael Grimm Republican
NY 22 Yea Richard Hanna Republican
NC 2 Yea Renee Ellmers Republican
OH 6 Yea Bill Johnson Republican
OH 15 Yea Steve Stivers Republican
OH 16 Yea James Renacci Republican
OH 7 Yea Bob Gibbs Republican
OK 5 Yea James Lankford Republican
PA 3 Yea Mike Kelly Republican
PA 7 Yea Patrick Meehan Republican
PA 10 Yea Tom Marino Republican
PA 11 Yea Lou Barletta Republican
RI 1 Yea David Cicilline Democrat
SD 0 Yea Kristi Noem Republican
TN 3 Yea Charles 'Chuck' Fleischmann Republican
TN 6 Yea Diane Black Republican
TN 8 Yea Stephen Fincher Republican
TX 17 Yea Bill Flores Republican
TX 27 Yea Blake Farenthold Republican
VA 2 Yea Edward 'Scott' Rigell Republican
VA 5 Yea Robert Hurt Republican
WA 3 Yea Jaime Herrera Beutler Republican
WV 1 Yea David McKinley Republican
WI 7 Yea Sean Duffy Republican
NV 2 Yea Mark Amodei Republican
AZ 2 Yea Ron Barber Democrat
NJ 10 Yea Donald Payne Jr. Democrat
AR 4 Yea Tom Cotton Republican
AZ 9 Yea Kyrsten Sinema Democrat
CA 1 Yea Doug LaMalfa Republican
CA 7 Yea Ami Bera Democrat
CA 8 Yea Paul Cook Republican
CA 21 Yea David Valadao Republican
CA 26 Yea Julia Brownley Democrat
CA 29 Yea Tony Cárdenas Democrat
CA 36 Yea Raul Ruiz Democrat
CA 51 Yea Juan Vargas Democrat
CA 52 Yea Scott Peters Democrat
CT 5 Yea Elizabeth Esty Democrat
FL 6 Yea Ron DeSantis Republican
FL 18 Yea Patrick Murphy Democrat
FL 22 Yea Lois Frankel Democrat
GA 9 Yea Doug Collins Republican
HI 2 Yea Tulsi Gabbard Democrat
IL 10 Yea Bradley Schneider Democrat
IL 12 Yea William Enyart Democrat
IL 13 Yea Rodney Davis Republican
IL 17 Yea Cheri Bustos Democrat
IN 2 Yea Jackie Walorski Republican
IN 5 Yea Susan Brooks Republican
IN 6 Yea Luke Messer Republican
KY 6 Yea Garland 'Andy' Barr Republican
MA 4 Yea Joseph Kennedy III Democrat
MD 6 Yea John Delaney Democrat
MO 2 Yea Ann Wagner Republican
MT 0 Yea Steve Daines Republican
NC 8 Yea Richard Hudson Republican
NC 9 Yea Robert Pittenger Republican
NC 13 Yea George Holding Republican
ND 0 Yea Kevin Cramer Republican
NH 2 Yea Ann Kuster Democrat
NM 1 Yea Michelle Lujan Grisham Democrat
NV 4 Yea Steven Horsford Democrat
NY 6 Yea Grace Meng Democrat
NY 8 Yea Hakeem Jeffries Democrat
NY 18 Yea Sean Maloney Democrat
NY 27 Yea Chris Collins Republican
OH 2 Yea Brad Wenstrup Republican
OH 3 Yea Joyce Beatty Democrat
OH 14 Yea David Joyce Republican
OK 2 Yea Markwayne Mullin Republican
PA 12 Yea Keith Rothfus Republican
PA 17 Yea Matthew Cartwright Democrat
SC 7 Yea Tom Rice Republican
TX 20 Yea Joaquin Castro Democrat
TX 23 Yea Pete Gallego Democrat
TX 25 Yea Roger Williams Republican
TX 33 Yea Marc Veasey Democrat
TX 34 Yea Filemon Vela Democrat
UT 2 Yea Chris Stewart Republican
WA 6 Yea Derek Kilmer Democrat
IL 2 Yea Robin Kelly Democrat
MO 8 Yea Jason Smith Republican
LA 5 Yea Vance McAllister Republican
AL 1 Yea Bradley Byrne Republican
FL 13 Yea David Jolly Republican
NJ 1 Yea Donald Norcross Democrat
NC 12 Yea Alma Adams Democrat

These people can keep their jobs for voting Nay

OR 3 Nay Earl Blumenauer Democrat
TX 26 Nay Michael Burgess Republican
MI 13 Nay John Conyers Jr. Democrat
MD 7 Nay Elijah Cummings Democrat
OR 4 Nay Peter DeFazio Democrat
TX 35 Nay Lloyd Doggett Democrat
PA 14 Nay Michael 'Mike' Doyle Jr. Democrat
TN 2 Nay John 'Jimmy' Duncan Jr. Republican
CA 18 Nay Anna Eshoo Democrat
CA 20 Nay Sam Farr Democrat
NJ 5 Nay Scott Garrett Republican
AZ 3 Nay Raúl Grijalva Democrat
IL 4 Nay Luis Gutiérrez Democrat
FL 20 Nay Alcee Hastings Democrat
NJ 12 Nay Rush Holt Democrat
CA 17 Nay Michael 'Mike' Honda Democrat
TX 18 Nay Sheila Jackson Lee Democrat
NC 3 Nay Walter Jones Jr. Republican
OH 9 Nay Marcy Kaptur Democrat
GA 1 Nay Jack Kingston Republican
CA 13 Nay Barbara Lee Democrat
GA 5 Nay John Lewis Democrat
CA 19 Nay Zoe Lofgren Democrat
MN 4 Nay Betty McCollum Democrat
WA 7 Nay Jim McDermott Democrat
MA 2 Nay James 'Jim' McGovern Democrat
FL 7 Nay John Mica Republican
NY 10 Nay Jerrold Nadler Democrat
NJ 6 Nay Frank Pallone Jr. Democrat
NY 13 Nay Charles 'Charlie' Rangel Democrat
CA 48 Nay Dana Rohrabacher Republican
IL 9 Nay Janice 'Jan' Schakowsky Democrat
WI 5 Nay James Sensenbrenner Jr. Republican
NY 15 Nay José Serrano Democrat
MA 6 Nay John Tierney Democrat
NY 7 Nay Nydia Velázquez Democrat
CA 43 Nay Maxine Waters Democrat
AZ 5 Nay Matt Salmon Republican
SC 1 Nay Marshall 'Mark' Sanford Republican
TX 1 Nay Louie Gohmert Jr. Republican
TX 2 Nay Ted Poe Republican
WI 4 Nay Gwen Moore Democrat
CA 6 Nay Doris Matsui Democrat
TX 36 Nay Steve Stockman Republican
KY 3 Nay John Yarmuth Democrat
NY 9 Nay Yvette Clarke Democrat
OH 4 Nay Jim Jordan Republican
TN 9 Nay Steve Cohen Democrat
VT 0 Nay Peter Welch Democrat
GA 10 Nay Paul Broun Jr. Republican
CA 14 Nay Jackie Speier Democrat
FL 9 Nay Alan Grayson Democrat
WY 0 Nay Cynthia Lummis Republican
CA 4 Nay Tom McClintock Republican
CO 2 Nay Jared Polis Democrat
FL 8 Nay Bill Posey Republican
TN 1 Nay David “Phil” Roe Republican
CA 27 Nay Judy Chu Democrat
CA 3 Nay John Garamendi Democrat
GA 14 Nay Tom Graves Republican
AL 5 Nay Mo Brooks Republican
AZ 4 Nay Paul Gosar Republican
CA 37 Nay Karen Bass Democrat
CO 3 Nay Scott Tipton Republican
FL 11 Nay Richard Nugent Republican
GA 7 Nay Rob Woodall Republican
GA 8 Nay Austin Scott Republican
HI 1 Nay Colleen Hanabusa Democrat
ID 1 Nay Raúl Labrador Republican
KS 1 Nay Tim Huelskamp Republican
MI 3 Nay Justin Amash Republican
NY 19 Nay Christopher Gibson Republican
SC 3 Nay Jeff Duncan Republican
SC 4 Nay Trey Gowdy Republican
SC 5 Nay Mick Mulvaney Republican
TN 4 Nay Scott DesJarlais Republican
VA 9 Nay Morgan Griffith Republican
WI 8 Nay Reid Ribble Republican
CA 44 Nay Janice Hahn Democrat
OR 1 Nay Suzanne Bonamici Democrat
KY 4 Nay Thomas Massie Republican
WA 1 Nay Suzan DelBene Democrat
CA 2 Nay Jared Huffman Democrat
CA 15 Nay Eric Swalwell Democrat
CA 41 Nay Mark Takano Democrat
CA 47 Nay Alan Lowenthal Democrat
FL 3 Nay Ted Yoho Republican
FL 26 Nay Joe Garcia Democrat
MI 5 Nay Daniel Kildee Democrat
MI 11 Nay Kerry Bentivolio Republican
NC 11 Nay Mark Meadows Republican
OK 1 Nay Jim Bridenstine Republican
PA 4 Nay Scott Perry Republican
TX 14 Nay Randy Weber Republican
TX 16 Nay Beto O'Rourke Democrat
WA 10 Nay Denny Heck Democrat
WI 2 Nay Mark Pocan Democrat
MA 5 Nay Katherine Clark Democrat
FL 19 Nay Curtis 'Curt' Clawson Republican
VA 7 Nay David 'Dave' Brat Republican

Source: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/113-2014/h558#

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Patients being disappeared from hospitals in US?

Posted by Anonymous on October 24, 2014

A Missouri medical professional disclosed on today’s episode of the Alex Jones Show that doctors he’s friends with at other hospitals have seen patients exhibiting … symptoms, such as extreme hemorrhagic bleeding, and that those patients were promptly ushered away to “God knows where.”

… Dr. James Lawrenzi, who holds a medical degree in Medicine and Biosciences, says it’s his duty to notify the public about the information he’s garnered behind the scenes.

The physician says he’s heard from other doctors that … patients have been “disappeared,” and that at least one patient has been witnessed “bleeding out of all of his orifices.”

A short transcript of Dr. Lawrenzi’s interview with Alex Jones follows:

“About four weeks ago, when Ebola started kicking off here in the US, and all of a sudden you started hearing about patients possibly having Ebola and hospitals beginning to test for it… Well a friend of mine that’s a resident at Truman Medical Center, which is where I did my residency at, called me and said, ‘Hey, we got a possible Ebola patient here and he’s bleeding out of all of his…,” Well, I’m not gonna use the language he used but, ‘He’s bleeding out of all of his orifices, he’s in septic shock, hypotensive, high fever, he was visiting Africa, or he was from Africa, and had recently been here in the Kansas City area.

“And they took care of him in the ICU [Intensive Care Unit]. Of course, there’s not a rapid test so they weren’t sure, but they ordered the test and… they moved him to the ICU and they put him in isolation, from what my friend had told me.

“The following day he called me back and, cause I told him let me know – I wanted to call your show. I wanted to let people know, ‘Hey we got a case here in Kansas City’ – Well he called me back the next day and said they ‘disappeared’ the patient.

“I said, ‘What do you mean they ‘disappeared’ him?’

“He said, ‘The patient’s gone.’

“They were told he left AMA which means ‘Against Medical Advice.’ But the guy was… he wouldn’t have been able to leave he was in that bad of a shape.

“I said I’ll look for a ‘John Doe,’ which is a name they use in hospitals in case somebody’s admitted that they don’t know who you are. And there was no ‘John Does’ in the hospital, so the patient disappeared.

“So, the following day they had a meeting with anybody that had contact with that patient and said that he did not have Ebola, he had malaria.

“All of a sudden, that’s when we heard that all these other cases in other cities… They were coming back and saying, ‘No, they didn’t have Ebola, they had malaria.’ It seemed like that’s what they were told to tell everybody.

“Well then we had a second patient at Research Medical Center that was rumored to have, because I have friends there too, and they called me and said we have a possible Ebola patient. That patient disappeared.

“There’s a patient recently a KU Medical Center, which is just across from the Kansas side, about 20 minutes from here. And that patient, I don’t know what the status of that patient is, but they came out and said that he didn’t have Ebola, he had typhoid.

“So something very, very strange is going on. And I wouldn’t have thought much about it, but this happened in other areas of the country, not only Kansas City. These patients are disappearing, they’re doing something with the patients and God knows where they’re going.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “bleeding out of every orifice,” as Dr. Lawrenzi described, is not a symptom of malaria:

“Symptoms of malaria include fever and flu-like illness, including shaking chills, headache, muscle aches, and tiredness. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may also occur,” the CDC states.

Patients exhibiting typhoid fever symptoms, also according to the CDC, “feel weak, or have stomach pains, headache, or [experience] loss of appetite.” However, hemorrhagic bleeding does not appear to be a symptom of the bacterial disease.

Dr. Lawrenzi’s intel, which arrives straight from inside the medical industrial complex, mirrors statements made earlier this month by former Border Patrol Agent Zach Taylor and other sources, who confirmed that illegal aliens caught crossing the southern US border who were exhibiting any Ebola symptoms were being escorted away by teams of officials in Hazmat suits and vans.

“The agents are telling us that they’re seeing some people who are obviously sick, with shivering type illnesses, with possible dehydrating illnesses like diarrhea and vomiting,” said Taylor.

“Those people are disappearing, we don’t know what they have, where they’re going, where they’re taking them – surely they’re being quarantined somewhere we just don’t know where and even the agents don’t know what the diagnosis is of these illnesses,” Taylor said.

Given the preponderance of testimony disseminated from medical and government whistleblowers regarding possible Ebola cases evidently not being reported to the public, it’s entirely possible that more potential cases throughout the country exist, but are being kept under strict confidentiality – either to stave off public panic, or more nefariously, to allow the virus to spread.

Might be something else…but avoid hospitals if you can. And all bodily fluids of sick people. Get ready. Good luck.

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Monkeys killed by Airborne Ebola

Posted by Anonymous on October 21, 2014

Ebola can spread by air in cold, dry weather common to the U.S. but not West Africa, presenting a “possible, serious threat” to the public, according to two studies by U.S. Army scientists.

After successfully exposing monkeys to airborne Ebola, which “caused a rapidly fatal disease in 4-5 days,” scientists with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) concluded Ebola can spread through air but likely hasn’t in Equatorial Africa because the region is too warm, with temperatures rarely dropping below 65°F.

“We… demonstrated aerosol transmission of Ebola virus at lower temperature and humidity than that normally present in sub-Saharan Africa,” the 1995 study entitled Lethal Experimental Infections of Rhesus Monkeys by Aerosolized Ebola Virus reported. “Ebola virus sensitivity to the high temperatures and humidity in the thatched, mud, and wattle huts shared by infected family members in southern Sudan and northern Zaire may have been a factor limiting aerosol transmission of Ebola virus in the African epidemics.”

“Both elevated temperature and relative humidity have been shown to reduce the aerosol stability of viruses.”

The study also referred to the 1989 Ebola outbreak at a primate quarantine facility in Reston, Va., in which the virus rapidly spread between unconnected rooms.

“While infections in adjacent cages may have occurred by droplet contact, infections in distant cages suggests aerosol transmission, as evidence of direct physical contact with an infected source could not be established,” the study added.

It is interesting to note this outbreak occurred in December 1989, when temperatures in Reston were usually below freezing, and it’s unlikely the indoor temperature in the vast quarantine facility was much higher.

A 2012 study also by the USAMRIID, which exposed monkeys to an airborne filovirus similar to Ebola, reached a similar conclusion to the 1995 study.

“There is no strong evidence of secondary transmission by the aerosol route in African filovirus outbreaks; however, aerosol transmission is thought to be possible and may occur in conditions of lower temperature and humidity which may not have been factors in outbreaks in warmer climates,” the study entitled A Characterization of Aerosolized Sudan Virus Infection in African Green Monkeys, Cynomologus Macaques and Rhesus Macaques stated.

The study pointed out that filoviruses, which include Ebola and the Sudan virus used in this particular study, have stability in aerosol form comparable to influenza.

“Filoviruses in aerosol form are therefore considered a possible, serious threat to the health and safety of the public,” it added.

And the Pentagon took this threat of airborne filoviruses so seriously that it organized a Filovirus Medical Countermeasures Workshop with the Department of Health and Human Services in 2013.

“The DoD seeks a trivalent filovirus vaccine that is effective against aerosol exposure and protective against filovirus disease for at least one year,” the executive summary of the workshop stated.

The Pentagon’s concern with airborne Ebola runs contrary to health officials who claim the disease can’t spread through coughing and sneezing, but according to the Army studies, that may only be true in tropical climates.

“How much airborne transmission will occur will be a function of how well Ebola induces coughing and sneezing in its victims in cold weather climates,” the web site potlblog.com suggested. “Coughing and nasal bleeding are both reported symptoms in Africa, so the worst should be expected.”

Via infowars

Thought you should know. No doubt governments are weaponizing it.

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Ebola virus outbreak, epidemic is out of control

Posted by Anonymous on June 24, 2014

http://img.rt.com/files/news/24/9b/50/00/000_was8471186_copy.si.jpgThe deadly Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has hit “unprecedented” proportions, according to relief workers on the ground.

“The epidemic is out of control,” Dr. Bart Janssens, director of operations for Doctors Without Borders, said in a statement.

There have been 567 cases and 350 deaths since the epidemic began in March, according to the latest World Health Organization figures.

In April, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta traveled to Conakry, Guinea, to report on what was being done to treat patients and contain the outbreak.

“It took only moments to feel the impact of what was happening here,” Gupta wrote after landing in Conakry. “There is a lot we know about Ebola, and it scares us almost as much as what we don’t know.”

Ebola outbreaks usually are confined to remote areas, making it easier to contain. But this outbreak is different; patients have been identified in 60 locations in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Officials believe the wide footprint of this outbreak is partly because of the close proximity between the jungle where the virus was first identified and cities such as Conakry. The capital in Guinea has a population of 2 million and an international airport.

People are traveling without realizing they’re carrying the deadly virus. It can take between two and 21 days after exposure for someone to feel sick.
Ebola outbreak not under control
Inside an Ebola isolation ward in Guinea

Ebola is a violent killer. The symptoms, at first, mimic the flu: headache, fever, fatigue. What comes next sounds like something out of a horror movie: significant diarrhea and vomiting, while the virus shuts off the blood’s ability to clot.

As a result, patients often suffer internal and external hemorrhaging. Many die in an average of 10 days. …

The good news is that Ebola isn’t as easily spread as one may think. A patient isn’t contagious — meaning they can’t spread the virus to other people — until they are already showing symptoms.

There is no cure or vaccine to treat Ebola, but MSF has shown it doesn’t have to be a death sentence if it’s treated early. Ebola typically kills 90% of patients. This outbreak, the death rate has dropped to roughly 60%. …

via CNN

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A map of human problems

Posted by Anonymous on June 21, 2014

20140621-135253-49973427.jpgI want something I can’t find on the net, something big and important. I want a visual interactive map of human problems and where we are along the various paths to solutions. I want everyone to be able to interact with it, add to it, vote on it!

We have all this information, so organize it! Who can help? Google? I want a globe where the continents are categories.

Here is a great planet maker: http://planetmaker.wthr.us/# I’d like something like terrestrial planet X.0 with randomly generated continents like this:
http://www-cs-students.stanford.edu/~amitp/game-programming/polygon-map-generation/demo.html

I want to zoom in on a problem to see the bleeding edge technology with details explained so anyone could understand it.

Update:

“At this year’s CeBIT exhibition, the team from Fraunhofer IGD / Fraunhofer IDM@NTU, Singapore, presents a new, exciting, X3DOM-based prototype for fast, intuitive exploration of information, which is entitled InfoLand. Information is presented on a multi-touch interface through a graphical representation, serving as an information or marketing tool for industry partners and collaborators, researchers, and students. Information is presented in the form of text, images, videos and 3D models, which can be accessed intuitively.”

Sounds like the InfoLand engine is close to being capable of what I’m imagining, but it doesn’t seem to be available for anyone to use.  What are the big categories?

Here’s a nice model as a start, but replace the Earth continents with the human problem continents, let them take different shapes as people add content and as old ideas erode.

http://workshop.chromeexperiments.com/projects/armsglobe/

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Can cutting carbohydrates from your diet make you live longer?

Posted by Anonymous on May 8, 2014

It’s an extraordinary claim. But scientists say you can extend your life AND stay fit throughout old age – just by a change of diet that switches on your youth gene…

Professor Kenyon has found out why drastically reducing calories has such a remarkable effect

For centuries man has dreamed of being immortal, fixated on tales of magic fountains that restore youth, the rejuvenating power of a vampire’s bite or asses’ milk.

More recently came claims that injections of monkey glands or hormone supplements would make us live longer.

But so far, what’s actually worked are medical advances such as vaccines and better living conditions. Over the past century these have boosted average life expectancy by far more than 50 per cent, from 50 to 88.

The problem is that this longevity does not mean a healthier life. Indeed, thanks to chronic diseases such as diabetes and arthritis, we’re becoming like the Struldbruggs — the miserable characters in Gulliver’s Travels who were immortal, but still suffered from all the ­diseases of old age.

Gradually they lost their teeth, their hair, their sense of smell and taste. All their diseases got worse and their memory faded, so they had no idea who their friends and relations were. At funerals they wept because they couldn’t die.

But now a U.S. geneticist is thought to have discovered the secret to a long life, full of health and energy. And the answer might be as simple as cutting down on carbohydrates.

Professor Cynthia Kenyon, whom many experts believe should win the Nobel Prize for her research into ageing, has discovered that the carbohydrates we eat — from bananas and potatoes to bread, pasta, biscuits and cakes — directly affect two key genes that govern youthfulness and longevity.

She made her remarkable breakthrough after studying roundworms, specifically the C.elegans, a worm just a millimetre in size that lives in soil in temperate climates all over the world.

By tweaking some of their genes she has been able to help these worms live up to six times longer than normal. ‘Not only that, but we also know how to make them stay healthy all that time as well,’ she told an audience at the Wellcome Collection in London earlier this month.

So, what do worms have to do with us?

A great deal, it seems. Professor Kenyon’s work has been successfully repeated in labs around the world — the genes she found controlling ageing in worms do the same thing in rats and mice, probably monkeys, and there are signs they are active in humans, too.

This work has revolutionised our understanding of ageing, explains Jeff Holly, professor of clinical sciences at Bristol University.

‘Ten years ago we thought ageing was probably the result of a slow decay, a sort of rusting,’ he says. ‘But Professor Kenyon has shown that it’s not about wear and tear, but instead it is controlled by genes. That opens the possibility of slowing it down with drugs.’

So how does a worm hold the key to human ageing?

At 18 days old the average roundworm is flabby, ­sluggish and wrinkled. Two days later it will probably be dead.

The carbohydrates we eat directly affect two key genes that govern youthfulness and longevity
However, Professor Kenyon, based at the University of California, San Francisco, found that damping down the activity of just one of their genes had a dramatic effect.

‘Instead of dying at about 20 days, our first set of mutant worms carried on living to more than 40 days,’ she says.

‘And they weren’t sluggish and worn out — they behaved like youngsters. It was a real shock. In human terms it was the equivalent of talking to someone you thought was about 30 and finding they were actually 60.’

With more sophisticated genetic manipulation, she now has some worms that have lived for an astonishing 144 days. An increase of that proportion would allow humans to live to 450.

Scientists already knew how to make laboratory animals live longer and healthier lives — you just cut back their calories to about three-quarters of their normal amount.

It’s not a practical solution for humans, because you feel cold and hungry all the time.

But what Professor Kenyon found out was why ­drastically reducing calories has such a remarkable effect.

She discovered that it changed the way two crucial genes behaved. It turned down the gene that controls insulin, which in turn switched on another gene, which acted like an elixir of life.

‘We jokingly called the first gene the Grim Reaper because when it’s switched on, the lifespan is fairly short,’ she explains.

The ­second ‘elixir’ gene seems to bring all the anti-ageing benefits — its proper name is DAF 16, but it was quickly nicknamed ‘Sweet Sixteen’ because it turned the worms into teenagers.

‘It sends out instructions to a whole range of repair and renovation genes,’ says Professor Kenyon.

‘Your supply of natural anti­oxidants goes up, damping down damaging free radicals.’

These are the ­compounds produced by our body and the environment, which are linked to a host of diseases from ­cancer to Alzheimer’s.

The Sweet Sixteen gene also ‘boosts compounds that make sure the skin and muscle-building ­proteins are working properly, the immune system becomes more active to fight infection and genes that are active in cancer get turned off,’ she adds.

Kenyon had stumbled on the genetic equivalent of Shangri-La, the fictional valley where people could live for years without really ageing.

Discovering the Grim Reaper gene has prompted the professor to ­dramatically alter her own diet, ­cutting right back on carbohydrates. That’s because carbs make your body produce more insulin (to mop up the extra blood sugar carbs ­produce); and more insulin means a more active Grim Reaper. …

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1323758/Can-cutting-Carbohydrates-diet-make-live-longer.html#ixzz314XIcZys

This was interesting enough to bring me out of blog hibernation for a new post. Time to start exercising again. Less sitting every day too! I picked up a blood sugar meter and my fasting level is 114 on my last test. My dad says the safe range used to go up to 120 but they changed it to sell more drugs. That may be, but after reading the above article, I’d like to work on getting down to 90 or so.

A normal fasting blood glucose target range for an individual without diabetes is 70-100 mg/dL (3.9-5.6 mmol/L). The American Diabetes Association recommends a fasting plasma glucose level of 70–130 mg/dL (3.9-7.2 mmol/L) and after meals less than 180 mg/dL (10 mmol/L).

9//25/14 Update: It turns out I have an “incurable” autoimmune disease that will destroy my pancreas and lead to type 1 adult onset diabetes where I’ll have to inject insulin to stay alive for the rest of my life. Good thing I stopped blogging because I’ve needed all the spare time to research options. Even if I can’t win, I can put up a hell of a fight. My fasting blood sugar was 111 this morning. Not great, but not horrible. Over the past few months I’ve had some really bad days where I’m over 150. I’ve learned so much, and will be sharing it in book form if possible. Do what you can to get your blood sugar down if it is high, because high blood sugar causes a lot of damage, and some of this damage causes even higher blood sugar.  In other words, high blood sugar causes high blood sugar.

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Doctors implant women with lab-grown vaginas

Posted by Anonymous on April 11, 2014

20140412-072528.jpgTo implant the lab-grown vaginas, surgeons first had to create a canal in the women’s pelvic areas. The surgeons then sutured the biodegradable scaffold to the patients’ already existing reproductive structures. In the weeks following the operation, the women’s nerves and blood vessels gradually expanded and started integrating themselves into the engineered tissue. As this was happening, the women’s bodies were slowly absorbing the scaffolding. By the time the scaffolding had completely disappeared, it was no longer needed — the cells had laid down their own permanent support structure.

More about the announcement:

… a miraculous scientific advancement was announced: The long-term success of lab-made regenerative human tissue! Between June 2005 and October 2008, laboratory generated vaginas were implanted in four teenage girls born with a rare genetic disease. The results of the procedures were published yesterday in the science journal the Lancet, and it was announced that up to eight years later, the women are doing quite well. The patients can now have painless sex and even orgasm!
The women were all born with the genetic disease Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome, which affects one in 4,500 girls. The syndrome causes women to be born with either an underdeveloped or absent vagina and uterus. The lab-grown vaginal organ was implanted in women ages 13 to 18. Eight years later they all have normal organ function, according to Atlantida-Raya Rivera, who was a lead author of the study.
“Tissue biopsies, MRI scans and internal exams using magnification all showed that the engineered vaginas were similar in makeup and function to native tissue,” Rivera said. Dr. Rivera is also the director of the HIMFG Tissue Engineering Laboratory at the MRKH in Mexico City, the location of the surgeries….

http://www.salon.com/2014/04/11/miraculous_medicine_lab_grown_vaginas_successfully_implanted_in_4_women_born_with_rare_genetic_condition/

More:

Scans of the pelvic region were used to design a tube like 3D-scaffold for each patient
Four women have had new vaginas grown in the laboratory and implanted by doctors in the US.

A tissue sample and a biodegradable scaffold were used to grow vaginas in the right size and shape for each woman as well as being a tissue match.

They all reported normal levels of “desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction” and painless intercourse.

Experts said the study, published in the Lancet, was the latest example of the power of regenerative medicine.

In each woman the vagina did not form properly while they were still inside their mother’s womb, a condition known as vaginal aplasia.

Current treatments can involve surgically creating a cavity, which is then lined with skin grafts or parts of the intestine.

The scaffold is made of a biodegradable material
Doctors at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre in North Carolina used pioneering technology to build vaginas for the four women who were all in their teenage years at the time.

Scans of the pelvic region were used to design a tube-like 3D-scaffold for each patient.

A small tissue biopsy was taken from the poorly developed vulva and grown to create a large batch of cells in the laboratory.

Muscle cells were attached to the outside of the scaffold and vaginal-lining cells to the inside.

The vaginas were carefully grown in a bioreactor until they were suitable to be surgically implanted into the patients.

One of the women with an implanted vagina, who wished to keep her name anonymous, said: “I believe in the beginning when you find out you feel different.

“I mean while you are living the process, you are seeing the possibilities you have and all the changes you’ll go through.

“Truly I feel very fortunate because I have a normal life, completely normal.”

All the women reported normal sexual function.

Vaginal aplasia can lead to other abnormalities in the reproductive organs, but in two of the women the vagina was connected to the uterus.

There have been no pregnancies, but for those women it is theoretically possible.

The scaffold is placed in an incubator
Dr Anthony Atala, director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest, told the BBC News website: “Really for the first time we’ve created a whole organ that was never there to start with, it was a challenge.”

He said a functioning vagina was a “very important thing” for these women’s lives and witnessing the difference it made to them “was very rewarding to see”.

This is the first time the results have been reported. However, the first implants took place eight years ago.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-26885335

Are the cells, and thus tissues and organs, grown this way the same biological age (in terms of number of times the cells can divide) as the donor or younger? Next up: replacement organs to prolong life.

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Reminder of Yellowstone threat: Animals Fleeing the Park?

Posted by Anonymous on April 2, 2014

Are you ready?

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NASA Study: Civilization collapse difficult to avoid on current course

Posted by Anonymous on March 18, 2014

20140319-213029.jpgA new study sponsored by Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.

Noting that warnings of ‘collapse’ are often seen to be fringe or controversial, the study attempts to make sense of compelling historical data showing that “the process of rise-and-collapse is actually a recurrent cycle found throughout history.” Cases of severe civilisational disruption due to “precipitous collapse – often lasting centuries – have been quite common.”

The research project is based on a new cross-disciplinary ‘Human And Nature DYnamical’ (HANDY) model, led by applied mathematician Safa Motesharrei of the US National Science Foundation-supported National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, in association with a team of natural and social scientists. The study based on the HANDY model has been accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed Elsevier journal, Ecological Economics.

It finds that according to the historical record even advanced, complex civilisations are susceptible to collapse, raising questions about the sustainability of modern civilisation:

“The fall of the Roman Empire, and the equally (if not more) advanced Han, Mauryan, and Gupta Empires, as well as so many advanced Mesopotamian Empires, are all testimony to the fact that advanced, sophisticated, complex, and creative civilizations can be both fragile and impermanent.”

By investigating the human-nature dynamics of these past cases of collapse, the project identifies the most salient interrelated factors which explain civilisational decline, and which may help determine the risk of collapse today: namely, Population, Climate, Water, Agriculture, and Energy.

These factors can lead to collapse when they converge to generate two crucial social features: “the stretching of resources due to the strain placed on the ecological carrying capacity”; and “the economic stratification of society into Elites [rich] and Masses (or “Commoners”) [poor]” These social phenomena have played “a central role in the character or in the process of the collapse,” in all such cases over “the last five thousand years.”

Currently, high levels of economic stratification are linked directly to overconsumption of resources, with “Elites” based largely in industrialised countries responsible for both:

“… accumulated surplus is not evenly distributed throughout society, but rather has been controlled by an elite. The mass of the population, while producing the wealth, is only allocated a small portion of it by elites, usually at or just above subsistence levels.”

The study challenges those who argue that technology will resolve these challenges by increasing efficiency:

“Technological change can raise the efficiency of resource use, but it also tends to raise both per capita resource consumption and the scale of resource extraction, so that, absent policy effects, the increases in consumption often compensate for the increased efficiency of resource use.”

Productivity increases in agriculture and industry over the last two centuries has come from “increased (rather than decreased) resource throughput,” despite dramatic efficiency gains over the same period.

Modelling a range of different scenarios, Motesharri and his colleagues conclude that under conditions “closely reflecting the reality of the world today… we find that collapse is difficult to avoid.” In the first of these scenarios, civilisation:

“…. appears to be on a sustainable path for quite a long time, but even using an optimal depletion rate and starting with a very small number of Elites, the Elites eventually consume too much, resulting in a famine among Commoners that eventually causes the collapse of society. It is important to note that this Type-L collapse is due to an inequality-induced famine that causes a loss of workers, rather than a collapse of Nature.”

Another scenario focuses on the role of continued resource exploitation, finding that “with a larger depletion rate, the decline of the Commoners occurs faster, while the Elites are still thriving, but eventually the Commoners collapse completely, followed by the Elites.”

In both scenarios, Elite wealth monopolies mean that they are buffered from the most “detrimental effects of the environmental collapse until much later than the Commoners”, allowing them to “continue ‘business as usual’ despite the impending catastrophe.” The same mechanism, they argue, could explain how “historical collapses were allowed to occur by elites who appear to be oblivious to the catastrophic trajectory (most clearly apparent in the Roman and Mayan cases).”

Applying this lesson to our contemporary predicament, the study warns that:

“While some members of society might raise the alarm that the system is moving towards an impending collapse and therefore advocate structural changes to society in order to avoid it, Elites and their supporters, who opposed making these changes, could point to the long sustainable trajectory ‘so far’ in support of doing nothing.”

However, the scientists point out that the worst-case scenarios are by no means inevitable, and suggest that appropriate policy and structural changes could avoid collapse, if not pave the way toward a more stable civilisation.

The two key solutions are to reduce economic inequality so as to ensure fairer distribution of resources, and to dramatically reduce resource consumption by relying on less intensive renewable resources and reducing population growth:

“Collapse can be avoided and population can reach equilibrium if the per capita rate of depletion of nature is reduced to a sustainable level, and if resources are distributed in a reasonably equitable fashion.”

The NASA-funded HANDY model offers a highly credible wake-up call to governments, corporations and business – and consumers – to recognise that ‘business as usual’ cannot be sustained, and that policy and structural changes are required immediately.

… a number of other more empirically-focused studies – by KPMG and the UK Government Office of Science for instance – have warned that the convergence of food, water and energy crises could create a ‘perfect storm’ within about fifteen years. But these ‘business as usual’ forecasts could be very conservative.

Continuity of Government, if the elites want it, is not going to be had by digging underground cities, stockpiling food, gas and water and waiting out the storm. The current fragile pyramid will not be maintained by the persecution of whistleblowers. Instead, the way to fix things is to get everyone to understand that we all fail if we don’t pull together. Teamwork or die.

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Obamacare Surcharge Appearing on Restaurant Bills Across the Country

Posted by Anonymous on March 7, 2014

20140307-002324.jpgThe small business mandate doesn’t go into effect until 2015, but restaurants across the country are already passing the extra costs associated with having to offer healthcare to their employees on to consumers.

Double D’s Sourdough Pizza in Denver recently started adding a five percent charge to customer’s bills in order “to pay for half of the health care costs of all employees, both full- and part-time,” according to CBS Denver.

Double D’s owner Ted Dorr says he isn’t trying to make a political statement by subjecting patrons to the extra charge. He just wanted to be able to offer health care to his employees.

A restaurant chain in Florida also recently began adding a one percent surcharge to its customer’s bills.

According to CNN:

The Gator Group’s full-time hourly employees won’t actually receive health insurance until December. But the company said it implemented the surcharge now because of the compliance costs it’s facing ahead of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate kicking in in 2015…

http://www.infowars.com/obamacare-surcharge-appearing-on-restaurant-bills-across-the-country/

Obama care sounds like a great idea, but who is going to pay for it?

“It is already paid for.”

Apparently not.

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