Zika

Comment: Amid the talk of how great America is there are a few voices saying, but… And that’s because of histories documented like the following. For other similar historical records of how the US government always sides with corporate elites see Howard Zinn’s The People’s History of the United States.
Keywords: US History, government always sides with corporate elites.

SEO: the historical record of the coal miners strike in West Virginia shows how the US government sided with big business to kill and maim hundreds of striking coal minors, with no legal results for the coal companies. Current analogue is the recent bank fiasco where thousands lost their homes while illegal bank activities went unscathed.

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Hear/see the story that big media is totally ignoring. How over a million voters were taken off the voting rosters to assure a Trump victory; and, earlier, how Bernie was rubbed out by establishment Dems. I know both Greg Palast (from LA work) and Marc Crispin Miller (worked with him to limit the expansion of NYU) and their RT interviews are excellent. What I don’t understand is that knowing what we know about our very problematic voting system, why can’t the election be declared null and void? Don’t miss this:

Lichens in the News | Save the Redwoods League

Comment: lichen info now says many species are also composed of a yeast besides a fungus and a algae or a Cyanobacteria. Science thrives on new information thru research. This belief system is very different than religious beliefs which thinks the older the “truth” the better, and it’s non-changing.
Keywords: lichen, fungus algae yeast symbiosis, science and religion compared.

SEO: A new scientific study has found a new associate – a yeast, so now it’s three organisms cooperating.

Banking and Bank failure

Comment: Amid the talk of how great America is there are a few voices saying, but… And that’s because of histories documented like the following. For other similar historical records of how the US government always sides with corporate elites see Howard Zinn’s The People’s History of the United States.
Keywords: US History, government always sides with corporate elites.

SEO: the historical record of the coal miners strike in West Virginia shows how the US government sided with big business to kill and maim hundreds of striking coal minors, with no legal results for the coal companies. Current analogue is the recent bank fiasco where thousands lost their homes while illegal bank activities went unscathed.

Microcephaly in Brazil

Comment: so the microcephally previously thought to be caused by the Zika virus now is traced to a pesticide added end to drinking water for mosquito control. Another fear blown out of proportion and vast sums spent on spraying mosquitos. Who could be behind this recent scare?

Keywords: Zika virus, microcephally, mosquito control, pesticide causes microscopically.

SEO: pesticide erroneously applied to drinking water causes microcephalic babies, not the Zika virus now being found with a rush vaccine program, another disaster on the way.

 

 

Bill —

My colleague Anthony Samsel had this to say: “I believe the Brazilian Ministry of (NON) Health is responsible for these pin-headed babies afflicted with microcephaly. They added Bayer’s SUMILARV (PYRIPROXYFEN) pesticide to drinking water reservoirs to kill mosquitoes. BAYER’s pesticide label clearly states: “PROTECTION OF WILDLIFE, FISH, CRUSTACEANS AND ENVIRONMENT
Dangerous to fish and other aquatic life. DO NOT contaminate streams, rivers or waterways with the chemical or used containers.
This chemical is an insect hormone growth regulator. It is known to interfere with human cholesterol biochemistry among other effects…”

When will municipalities and other government agencies learn to hire knowledgeable, well-trained people, or (better yet) independent scientists for jobs needing a strong science background? Of course, that might interfere with the ever-present “pay-to-play” policies.

Herbicide Glyphosate (Roundup) in vaccines

Comment: not only has contaminated food chains around the world, soils, water bodies and air it is now been discovered in beer, wine and — get this — vaccines. When a carcinogen gets injected it is more severe than if it is eaten or breathed – so now it’s found in vaccines and many are now mandatory everyone wonders how our regulatory people sleep at night, don’t they have children and loved ones too?

Keywords: glyphosate herbicide found in vaccines.

SEO: the finding that the universal carcinogen herbicide called glyphosate (=Roundup) is now been found in vaccines amounts to a massive public health epidemic.

The future of Trump in America.

SEO: This article provides six rules for dealing with Trumpism in the future. Read it carefully America!!

Watch out America

The following part of an essay has an important view given the current
bullshit about unity as a reaction to the resent election. I call it all bullshit propaganda based on the reasons expressed in this article.

Six Rules for surviving autocracy (resisting the normalization of fascism)

Rule #1: Believe the Autocrat, He means what he says. Whenever you find yourself thinking or hear others claiming, that he
is exaggerating, that is our innate tendency to reach for a rationalization. This will happen often: humans seem to have evolved
to practice denial when confronted publicly with the unacceptable. Back in the 1930’s The New Your Times assured its readers that Hitler’s antiSemitism was all posture. More recently, the same newspaper made a telling choice between two statments made by Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov following a police crackdown on
protesters in Moscow: “The police acted mildly – I would have liked
them to act more harshly” rather than those protesters “livers should have been spread all over the pavement.” Perhaps the journalists could not believet their ears. But they should – both in the Russian case, and in the American one. For all the admiration Trump has expressed for Putin, the two men are very different; if anything, there is ever more reason to listen to everything Trump said. He has no political establishment into which to fold himself following the
campaign, and therefore no reason to shed his campaign rhetoric. On the contrary: it is now the establishment that is rushing to
accommodate him – from the president, who met with him at the White House on Thursday, to the leaders of the Republican Party, who are discarding their long-held scruple to embrace his radical position.

Rule #2: Do No Be Taken In by small signs of normalcy.
Consider the financial markets this week, which, having tanked overnight, rebounded following the Clinton and Obama speeches.
Confronted with political volatility, the markets became suckers for calming rhetoric from authority figures. So do people. Panic can be neutralized by false reassuring words about how the world as we know it has not ended. It is a fact that the world did not end on November 8 nor at any previous time in history. Yet history has seen many catastrophes, and most of them unfolded over time. That time included
periods of relative calm. One of my favorite thinkers, the Jewish historian Simon Dubnow, created a sigh of relief in early October 1939: he had moved from Berlin to Latvia, and he wrote to his friends
that he was certain that the tiny country waged between two tyrannies
would retain its sovereignty and Dubnow himself would be safe. Shortly after that, Latvia was occupied by the Soviets, then by the Germans, then by the Soviets again – but by that time Dubnow had been killed. Dubnow was well aware that he was living through a catastrophic period in history – it’s just that he thought he had managed to find a pocket of normality within in it.

Rule #3:
Institutions will not save you.
It took Putin a year to take over the Russian media and four years to dismantle its electoral system; the judiciary collapsed unnoticed. The capture of institutions in Turkey has been carried out even faster, by
a man once celebrated as the democrat to lead Turkey into the EU. Poland has in less than a year undone half of a quarter century’s accomplishments in building a constitutional democracy.

[…] The national press is likely to be among the first institutional victims of Trumpism. There is no law that requires the presidential
administration to hold daily briefing, none that guarantees media access to the white house. Many journalists may soon face a dilemma long familiar to those of us who have worked under autocracies: fall in line
or forfeit access.
There is no good solution (even if there is a right answer) for journalism is difficult and sometimes impossible without access to information.
The power of the investigative press who’s adherence to fact has already been severely challenged by the conspiracy minded, lie spinning Trump campaign, will grow weaker. The world will grow murkier. Even in the unlikely event that some mainstream media outlets decide to declare themselves In opposition to the current government or even simply to report it’s abuses and feelings, the president will get to frame many issues. Coverage and thinking, will drift in a Trumpian direction, just as it did during the campaign, when for example, when the candidates argued, in essence, whether Muslim Americans bear collective responsibility for acts of terrorism or can redeem themselves by becoming the “eyes and ears” of law-enforcement. Thus was xenophobia further normalized , paving the way for Trump to make good on his promises to track American Muslims and ban Muslims from entering the United States.

Rule #4: Be outraged.
If you follow rule number one and believe what the autocrat – elect is saying, you will not be surprised. But in the face of the impulse to normalize, it is essential to maintain one’s capacity for shock. This will lead people to call you unreasonable and hysterical, and to accuse you of overreacting. There’s no fun to be the only hysterical person in the room. Prepare yourself.

Rule #5: Don’t make compromises.
Like Ted Cruz who made the journey from calling trump utterly amoral and a pathological liar to endorsing him in late September for praising his win as an amazing victory for the American worker. Republican politicians are falling into line. Conservative pundits who broke ranks during the campaign will return to the fold. Democrats in Congress will begin to make the case for cooperation for the sake of getting anything done- or at least, they will say, minimizing the damage. Non governmental Organizations, many of which are reeling at the moment, faced with a transition period in which there is no opening for their input, will grasp at chances to work with the new administration. This will be fruitless – damage cannot be minimized, much less reversed when mobilization is the goal – but worse, it will be soul destroying. In an autocracy, politics as the art of the possible is in fact utterly amoral. Those who argue for cooperation will make the case much as president Obama did in his speech, that cooperation is essential for the future. They will be willfully ignoring the corrupting touch of autocracy, from which the future must be protected.

Rule #6: Remember the Future.
Nothing lasts forever, Donald Trump certainly will not and Trumpism, to the extent that it is centered on trumps persona will not either. Failure to imagine the future may have lost the Democrats this election. They offered no vision of the future to counterbalance trumps all too familiar white populist vision of an imaginary past. It also won’t ignored the strange and outdated institutions of American democracy that call out for reform like the electoral college which has now cost the Democratic Party two elections in which Republicans won with the minority of the popular vote. That should not be normal, but resistance-stubborn, uncompromising and outraged.

Taken from an article by Marsha Gesen

William Olkowski
Sep 9

Comment: At last the tide seems to be turning and the idiocy of keeping “weed” as an illegal substance. This article argues for legalization as helping solve major social problems. To the list should be added the down sizing of police forces. With fewer police the crime rate will decrease.
Keywords: Legalization of marijuana, social benefits of legalization.
SEO: Legalization of marijuana will provide major social benefits and make money for state governments. The stupidity of continuing the status quo shows how backward the federal government really is.

U.S. Denies Entry to former British Ambassador Craig Murray

U.S. Denies Entry to former British Ambassador Craig Murray

The U.S. government, for no stated reason, and after having approved his entry in the past, has denied Craig Murray the usual approval to enter the United States without a visa that is given to UK citizens. Craig Murray was British Ambassador to Uzbekistan from 2002 to 2004.

Murray was forced out of the British public service after he exposed the use of torture by Britain’s Uzbek allies. Murray is scheduled to chair the presentation of this year’s Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence to CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou, and to speak about diplomacy as an alternative to war at a World Beyond War conference planned for September 23-25 in Washington, D.C.

Please sign this petition to the State Department.
In 2006 Murray was himself awarded the Sam Adams Award, and the citation included the following: “Mr. Murray learned that the intelligence authorities of the UK and the US were receiving and using information extracted by the most sadistic methods of torture by Uzbek authorities. He protested strongly to London, to no avail. He was forced out of the British Foreign Office, but has no regrets. There are more important things than career…Mr. Murray’s light has pierced a thick cloud of denial and deception. He has set a courageous example for those officials of the ‘Coalition of the Willing’ who have first-hand knowledge of the inhuman practices involved in the so-called ‘war on terror’ but who have not yet been able to find their voice.”

Shocked by the denial of approval to enter the United States without a visa, Murray stated: “I shall apply for a visa via the State Department as suggested but I must be on a list to be refused under the ESTA system, and in any event it is most unlikely to be completed before the conference.”

“It is worth noting,” Murray added,” that despite the highly critical things I have published about Putin, about civil liberties in Russia and the annexation of the Crimea, I have never been refused entry to Russia. The only two countries that have ever refused me entry clearance are Uzbekistan and the USA. What does that tell you?

“I have no criminal record, no connection to drugs or terrorism, have a return ticket, hotel booking and sufficient funds. I have a passport from a visa waiver country and have visited the USA frequently before during 38 years and never overstayed. The only possible grounds for this refusal of entry clearance are things I have written against neo-liberalism, attacks on civil liberties and neo-conservative foreign policy. People at the conference in Washington will now not be able to hear me speak. Plainly ideas can be dangerous. So much for the land of the free!”

The following joint statement has been signed by members of the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence listed below:

News that former British Ambassador Craig Murray has been denied entry to the United States under the regular visa waiver program is both shocking and appalling. We Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence (SAAII) had invited Craig to be Master of Ceremonies at our award ceremony honoring John Kiriakou, the CIA torture whistleblower (more details at samadamsaward.ch ), this September as part of the ‘No War 2016’ conference.

Now we’re wondering which agency’s long arms have reached out to disrupt our ceremony and to try to silence Craig.

Whatever they intend, it will be bound to backfire, since it only makes the US government look like some sort of monolithic repressive apparatus out to mimic the world’s worst despotic regimes. Ambassador Murray notes in his blog that Uzbekistan — whose government apparatchiks are notorious for torturing its citizens — is the only other country to have barred his entry. Even Russia – which Ambassador Murray criticizes freely – allows him to travel there trouble-free. What are the implications for US democratic values?

We strongly urge the State Department to reverse its decision and allow Ambassador Murray freedom of travel and freedom of expression without hindrance in the United States of America.

William Binney, former Technical Director, World Geopolitical & Military Analysis, NSA
Thomas Drake, former Senior Executive, NSA
Philip Giraldi, CIA, Operations Officer (ret.)
Matthew Hoh, former Capt., USMC, Iraq & Foreign Service Officer, Afghanistan
Larry Johnson, CIA and State Dept. (ret.)
John Brady Kiesling, former US diplomat
John Kiriakou, Former CIA Counterterrorism Officer
Karen Kwiatkowski, Lt. Col., US Air Force (ret.)
David MacMichael Ph.D., CIA, US Marine Corps captain (ret.)
Elizabeth Murray, Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Middle East, CIA (ret.)
Todd E. Pierce, MAJ, JA, USA (ret.)
Diane Roark, former staff, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (ret.)
Coleen Rowley, retired FBI agent and former Minneapolis Division Legal Counsel
Peter Van Buren, U.S. Department of State, Foreign Service Officer (ret.)
J. Kirk Wiebe, Senior Analyst, NSA (ret.)

World Beyond War has created a petition appealing to the State Department

World Beyond War, the organization behind the No War 2016 conference at which Murray is scheduled to speak, has created an online petition to the State Department.

David Swanson, Director of World Beyond War, said “This attempt to prevent a truth-teller from speaking in support of nonviolence is absolutely shameful. This is not a policy created to represent any view of the U.S. public, and we are not going to stand for it.”

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US Abandons Chemical Antibiotics In Soaps

Comment: at last a glimmer of sanity
from the FDA. They have banned 19 antibacterials
used in hand soaps. Studies showed no
Benefit with these soaps over regular hand
washing. And one of the most common antibacterials
Tricosan is a world wide contaminant
so it was deemed to not be worth contamination
the world for no benefit. Further there is evidence
tricosan may interfere with various hormones.
Imagine, this decision took 40 years and was
triggered by a suit, not logical thinking
by our chief regulator – the FDA.
And these are the same people looking
over a whole slew of other poisons. Along
with the corruption in our democracy, and domination
of decision making by profit making mega corporations
we need to redesign the poison regulation
systems to prevent widespread exposure to
any possible poison.

Keywords: tricosan, FDA, banning ingredients in
antibacterial soaps.

SEO: The FDA has banned 19 active ingredients
used in antibacterial soaps, pointing out
that any benefits were not worth exposing
everybody to antibacterial substances.

Don’t do anything for pleasure that you don’t enjoy

Begin forwarded message:

What is 11,000 times more dirty than a toilet

Hint: when you stop at a gas station, the grossest thing may not be the bathroom.
By Larry Schwartz / AlterNet

Photo Credit: Phovoir / Shutterstock
America is a gas-guzzling, car-obsessed, open-road nation. Few things appeal to Americans more than a (traffic-free, ideally) leisurely drive to a fun, kick-back-your-heels destination, all the while enjoying the passing scenery. Of course, in order to achieve this bucolic vision of paradise, we need to fuel up the car, and in order to do that, we have to stop at the gas station. A study by Kimberly-Clark in 2015 investigating bacterial hot spots in the workplace fingered gas pumps as one of the unhealthiest things you can handle, and a new survey recently corroborates those findings.
Admittedly, it’s probably no great surprise that gas pumps are not exactly pristine. Never mind the chemical contamination that comes from gasoline itself, think about the sheer number of people endlessly grabbing the pump, often after returning from a pit stop at the not-so-hygienic gas station bathroom. You get the idea. Still, the new study gives one pause and suggests a bottle of sanitizer might not be a bad glove compartment staple.
It’s not just the number of germs present on gas pump handles, but the quality of those germs. The earlier Kimberly-Clark study, led by a University of Arizona microbiologist named Charles Gerba (whom colleagues know as “Dr. Germ”), found that 71 percent of the pumps were highly contaminated with germs associated with disease. The new survey, conducted by Busbud, studied samples from three different gas stations, as well as three different charging stations, to see what we may be exposing ourselves to. The sample size is small, but the results mirror the larger earlier study and are eye-opening.
Based on laboratory results from swabs from the sample gas pumps, handles on gas pumps had an average of 2,011,970 colony-forming units (CFUs), or viable bacteria cells, per square inch. Worse, the buttons on the pumps (where you select the grade of gas you want), had 2,617,067 CFUs per square inch. To put that in perspective, money, which is considered quite dirty since it changes hands often, has only 5.2 CFUs per square inch. A toilet seat has 172 CFUs per square inch. That makes a gas pump handle about 11,000 times more contaminated than a toilet seat, and a gas pump button 15,000 times more contaminated.
OK. So there are over two million CFUs dancing around on the gas pump. What kind of germs are they? Luckily, about half of them are usually harmless. These are the CFUs known as gram-positive rods. (I say usually because gram-positive rods can sometimes cause some types of infections, but are not considered unusually worrisome.) But those other million or so CFUs are mostly of the gram-positive cocci variety, and these are nasty critters that can cause skin infections, pneumonia and toxic shock syndrome.
Does the type of gas you select safeguard you in any way? It would seem so, to some small degree. The sampling showed that the buttons for regular gas contained 3,255,100 CFUs per square inch, about a third of which were the gram-positive cocci (bad germs), and another third of which were bacilli, another type of bad-guy bacteria linked to food poisoning and infections in newborn babies. The other third were mostly the safer gram-positive rods, with a smattering, about 5 percent, of gram-negative rods. These latter germs are especially worrisome as they are linked to antibiotic resistance as well as meningitis and pneumonia. The premium gas button had about 2,022,034 CFUs per square inch, divided about half gram-positive rods and half yeast (and we all know about yeast infections).
Since a typical visit to the gas station involves pressing the gas grade button as well as lifting the pump handle, that means, for regular gas, exposure to about 5,267,070 CFUs per square inch, and for premium gas about 4,034,004 CFUs per square inch.
Tesla and Volt owners, rejoice! If you own an electric car, and use a charging station, you can breathe a lot easier. The typical car charger has only 7.890 CFUs per square inch.
If you want to minimize your exposure to these germs, use a paper towel to hold the handle and push the button, or keep that hand sanitizer around and wash your hands after filling up.
Read the full survey.
Larry Schwartz is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer with a focus on health, science and American history.

Elanor Roosevelt

On this date in 1884, Eleanor Roosevelt was born in New York City. At 15, Eleanor had the privilege of becoming a student at Allenwood, a progressive prep school in Wimbledon, England, run by French headmistress Mlle. Marie Souvestre, an avowed agnostic. The influence that Marie Souvestre had on Eleanor’s life was testified by the fact that Eleanor kept a portrait of her mentor on her desk throughout her life. Eleanor married her distant cousin Franklin in 1905, bore him six children, one of whom died in infancy, and settled into her role as a political helpmeet as he pursued his political career. After Franklin was struck by polio in 1921, Eleanor became his “eyes and ears.” As First Lady from 1933-1945, Eleanor threw herself into reforms including the championing of social justice. She sat in the “black section” at an auditorium in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1938, and resigned from the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1939, after it barred singer Marian Anderson from its hall. She personally insisted her husband ensure that African Americans were not shut out of New Deal projects. Eleanor broke tradition by holding press conferences, traveling, lecturing, giving radio broadcasts, and writing “My Day,” a six-day-a-week syndicated column of 500 words that ran until 1962. After FDR’s death in 1945, Eleanor continued her activism. Whatever her personal beliefs, as author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, she championed freedom of conscience: “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief. . .” (Art. 18). The declaration was adopted by the United Nations in 1948. D. 1962.

“The Bible illustrated by Dore occupied many of my hours–and I think probably gave me many nightmares.”

—Eleanor Roosevelt, This Is My Story (1937)
Compiled by Annie Laurie Gaylor

© Freedom From Religion Foundation. All rights reserved.

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Hear/see the story that big media is totally ignoring. How over a million voters were taken off the voting rosters to assure a Trump victory; and, earlier, how Bernie was rubbed out by establishment Dems. I know both Greg Palast (from LA work) and Marc Crispin Miller (worked with him to limit the expansion of NYU) and their RT interviews are excellent. What I don’t understand is that knowing what we know about our very problematic voting system, why can’t the election be declared null and void? Don’t miss this:

Today’s selection — from Birdology by Sy Montgomery. The flight of birds is an extraordinary feat, requiring a miraculous combination of attributes. The king of flight is the hummingbird:

“Bird flight is a confluence of miracles: Scales evolved into feathers. Mar­row gave way to air. Jaws turned to horny, lightweight beaks bereft of teeth. (This is why many birds swallow stones: to grind their food since they can’t chew lt.) Hands grew into wingtips. Arms became airfoils. ‘The evolution of flight has honed avian anatomy into an extreme and remarkable adaptive configuration,’ anthropologist Pat Shipman writes in her wonderful book Taking Wing: Archaeopteryx and the Evolution of Bird Flight. But while most birds are made to fly, and the urge to fly is instinctual, flight itself must be carefully and painstakingly learned — a task of impressive complexity.

“Consider the three basic methods of bird flight. The simplest, gliding flight, demands exquisite balance and judgment. Gliding flight exploits pas­sive lift to counteract the pull of gravity. Vultures, hawks, and eagles ride the currents within thermals, rising columns of warm air. Albatrosses and petrels exploit different layers of wind speed above waves. Birds can glide for hours, expending very little energy.

“Flapping flight — the way most birds fly — is more demanding still. Achieved by flexing wings at joints in wrist, elbow, and shoulder, it is pow­ered by extraordinarily strong breast muscles. The wings move forward in a downward arc, propelling the bird forward and up. It is similar to the oars­man’s power stroke or the action of a swimmer doing the butterfly. Move­ment then flows into the upward stroke, a recovery stroke, to start the process anew.

“And finally, there is hovering, unique to hummingbirds. No other bird really hovers –kites, storm petrels, kestrels, and kingfishers appear to do so, but only hummingbirds can sustain this method of flying for more than a few moments. Instead of flapping the wings up and down, the wings move forward and backward in a figure eight. During the forward and back strokes, the wings make two turns of nearly one hundred and eighty degrees. The upstroke as well as downstroke require enormous strength; every stroke is a power stroke. Like insects and helicopters, hummingbirds can fly back­ward by slanting the angle of the wings; they can fly upside down by spread­ing the tail to lead the body into a backward somersault. Hovering becomes so natural to a hummingbird that a mother who wants to turn in her nest does it by lifting straight up into the air, twirling, then coming back down. A hummer can stay suspended in the air for up to an hour.

“Hummingbirds are specially equipped to perform these feats. In most birds, 15 to 25 percent of the body is given over to flying muscles. In a hummingbird’s body, flight muscles account for 35 percent. An enormous heart constitutes up to 2.5 percent of its body weight — the largest per body weight of all vertebrates. At rest, the hummingbird pumps blood at a rate fifteen times as fast as that of a resting ostrich, and that blood is exception­ally rich in oxygen — carrying hemoglobin. ‘There can be no doubt it reigns supreme over all the other birds of the world,’ writes Esther Tyrrell, ‘and truly deserves to be called the champion of flight.’

Birdology: Adventures with Hip Hop Parrots, Cantankerous Cassowaries, Crabby Crows, Peripatetic Pigeons, Hens, Hawks, and Hummingbirds
Author: Sy Montgomery
Publisher: Free Press
Copyright 2010 by Sy Montgomery
Pages: 78,79, 90, 91

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Warren Buffet Knows the Economy.

Comment: the ideas in this list will
Do more for the US than any president.
But how do we get the means to
intact them? There are lots of
solutions, it’s a matter of getting
enough agreement state by state.
SEO: Warren Buffet has a great
list of improvements for our government.
Read them and think about how
to get them implemented.

The BUFFETT Rule

Let’s see if these idiots understand what people pressure is all about.

Salary of retired US Presidents .. . . . .. . . . . .. . $180,000 FOR LIFE.

Salary of House/Senate members .. . . . .. . . . $174,000 FOR LIFE. This is stupid

Salary of Speaker of the House .. . . . .. . . . . $223,500 FOR LIFE. This is really stupid

Salary of Majority / Minority Leaders . . .. . . . . $193,400 FOR LIFE. Stupid

Average Salary of a teacher . . .. . . . .. . . . . .. .$40,065

Average Salary of a deployed Soldier . . .. . . .. $38,000

Here’s where the cuts should be made!

Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:

“I could end the deficit in five minutes,” he told CNBC. “You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election”.

The 26th Amendment ( granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds ) took only three months and eight days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971 – before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year or less to become the law of the land – all because of public pressure.

Warren Buffett is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

Congressional Reform Act of 2017

1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman / woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they’re out of office.

2. Congress (past, present, & future) participates in Social Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 3/1/17. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.

Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and go back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people, then it will only take three days for most people in the U.S. to receive the message. It’s time!

THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!

If you agree, pass it on.

RT has uploaded ballot measure presented to state AG

RT America has uploaded ‘CALEXIT’ 2018: Ballot measure calling for secession presented to state AG

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