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Theory Conspiracies, or Early Warnings?

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Appearing in today’s news:

Two California state senators announced Friday that they will hold hearings to probe what caused the San Bruno natural gas explosion and how such a disaster can be prevented in the future.

SAN BRUNO, Calif. — California regulators are ordering Pacific Gas and Electric to survey all its natural gas lines in the state in the wake of a devastating suburban San Francisco blast that killed at least four.

Too little? Certainly too late!

Last February, I wrote:

Feb 3, 2010 … A natural gas line installed through a sewer line caused the blast that charred a St. Paul home, according to state investigators.

Feb 24, 2010 … A natural gas explosion blew apart a home located near West 50th Street

Unfortunately, this is a story repeated too many times during every heating season.

If a foreign power mandated that natural gas be piped into virtually every home in the northern half of the contiguous United States, we would be in the streets with torches and pitchforks.

NATURAL GAS IS NOT A SAFE HEATING FUEL. When I’ve had a choice, and certainly when I’ve built my own home, my instructions were to cap the natural gas out in the street, as far away from my lodgings as they could get.

Wake up, fellow citizens. Get some realistic controls over this heating fuel, especially in the “freeze-thaw” parts of our country, or run these captains of corporations off to jail and out of business.

Remember – That conspiracy theory six months ago often becomes today’s headlines.

Dan Martin

‘I’m Not Going to Be Interrogated As a Pre-Condition of Re-Entering My Own Country’

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| September 8, 2010

Reason contributor Paul Karl Lukacs describes a recent experiment in asserting his right to remain silent at the San Francisco International Airport:

“Why were you in China?” asked the passport control officer, a woman with the appearance and disposition of a prison matron.

“None of your business,” I said.

Her eyes widened in disbelief.

“Excuse me?” she asked.

“I’m not going to be interrogated as a pre-condition of re-entering my own country,” I said.

This did not go over well. She asked a series of questions, such as how long I had been in China, whether I was there on personal business or commercial business, etc. I stood silently. She said that her questions were mandated by Congress and that I should complain to Congress instead of refusing to cooperate with her.

She asked me to take one of my small bags off her counter. I complied.

She picked up the phone and told someone I “was refusing to cooperate at all.” This was incorrect. I had presented her with proof of citizenship (a U.S. passport) and had moved the bag when she asked. What I was refusing to do was answer her questions.

While being detained, Lukacs learned that he is listed in a government database as a guy who thinks “there’s some law that says you don’t have to answer our questions.” Ultimately, he reports, “It took half an hour and five federal officers before one of them acknowledged that I had a right not to answer their questions.”

By questioning the demands of government agents, of course, Lukacs was committing the crime of “escalation,” which triggers a summarily imposed penalty of hassle and delay. One Customs and Border Protection officer suggested that Lukacs should be forced to sit  for “two, three, four hours…until he cools down.” READ MORE

When Society Thinks Torture is Funny – Have We Crossed the Line?

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According to Amnesty International USA :

Since June 2001, more than 351 individuals in the United States have died after being shocked by police Tasers. Most of those individuals were not carrying a weapon. Amnesty International is concerned that Tasers are being used as tools of routine force — rather than as an alternative to firearms.

Before I hear another word about how “criminals” should know better – let us look at a two cases which thankfully did not end in death.

Even Blind Old Ladies Terrify The Cops (2004)

Eunice Crowder, you see, didn’t follow orders. Eunice was uncooperative. Worried a city employee was hauling away a family heirloom, a 90-year-old red toy wagon, she had the nerve to feel her way toward the trailer in which her yard debris was being tossed.

Enter the police. Eunice, who is hard of hearing, ignored the calls of Officers Robert Miller and Eric Zajac to leave the trailer. When she tried, unsuccessfully, to bite the hands that were laid on her, she was knocked to the ground.

When she kicked out at the cops, she was pepper-sprayed in the face with such force that her prosthetic marble eye was dislodged. As she lay on her stomach, she was Tased four times with Zajac’s electric stun gun.

And when Nellie Scott, Eunice’s 94-year-old mother, tried to rinse out her daughter’s eye with water from a two-quart Tupperware bowl, what does Miller do? According to Ernie Warren Jr., Eunice’s lawyer, the cop pushed Nellie up against a fence and accused her of planning to use the water as a weapon.

Lesson learned?  Let the Government take away your possessions – or be punished.

Tased in His Own House: California Man Sues Police (2009)

McFarland told ABC’s San Francisco affiliate KGO that he called 911 after slipping and falling on the steps at his house. In the video, his pants are torn. More

“Cabbagegate” In Georgia – Punished for Productive Produce Practices.

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County Sues Farmer, Cites Too Many Crops

Yes – the headline is correct – since 2008 Mr. Miller has been – well – too productive for the local Government.

DeKalb County is suing a local farmer for growing too many vegetables, but he said he will fight the charges in the ongoing battle neighbors call “Cabbagegate.”Fig trees, broccoli and cabbages are among the many greens that line the soil on Steve Miller’s more than two acres in Clarkston, who said he has spent fifteen years growing crops to give away and sell at local farmers markets.

So Mr. Miller bows before the Government and gets “permission” through re-zoning to use his own land in the way he has for the past 15 years . Think the story is over? Of course not – the Government is not giving up their $5,000:

Two weeks after approval, however, his attorney said the county began prosecuting the old charges, saying he was technically in violation before the rezoning.“It should go away. I think it borders on harassment,” said Miller’s attorney Doug Dillard. Miller faces nearly $5,000 in fines, but he said he plans to fight those citations in recorders court later this month.

The nerve of DeKalb County – which touts itself as “The Greenest County in America” – is sickening. If one were to agree, why not contact the Director of DeKalb County Planning and Development  @  404-371-2155? Or maybe contact  State Senator Steve Henson, a resident of DeKalb County for over 30 years, and ask : “When did DeKalb County decide to harass small farmers?”

Or here is a different spin on things – vote them out. Vote out the idiots who would tout their “Greenness” while squeezing their constituents for a few greenbacks.

Milk recall: Is your milk on this recall list?

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  • And they want us to believe fresh raw milk is dangerous!

Midland Farms has announced a voluntary milk recall affecting these three brands as well as a fourth one, Corrado’s Market. The recalled milk has a “sell by” date of Sept. 24 and was sold in five northeastern states.

Courtesy of New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

The failure of a pasteurization equipment at a milk plant in Menards, N.Y., has led to a voluntary milk recall in five northeastern states.

Consumers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island should check their milk cartons to see if they’ve been recalled, according to New York State’s agriculture department.

Continue www.csmonitor.com/Business/2010/0910/Milk-recall-Is-your-milk-on-this-recall-list

2010 Farmers Almanac Predicts Extreme Cold

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Hey, Al Gore! Add this to your “global warming” fraud list of things to ignore. The Farmer’s Almanac is right 80-85% of the time, and is predicting extreme cold.

Dreaming of a white Christmas?

Source: Farmer’s Almanac

Dreaming of a white Christmas? According to the world-famous Farmers’ Almanac, many Americans just may get that wish this year.

One of the most common questions the editors of the Farmers’ Almanac field each year is whether or not a given location will have a white Christmas. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the overall chances of a white Christmas are statistically quite slim for most areas of the United States. Mid-Atlantic cities like New York City and Philadelphia get snow on Christmas only about 10 percent of the time, while Bostonians see snow on Christmas less than 23 percent of the time, and even snowy locales like Chicago and Denver stand only a 50 percent chance of having a white Christmas.

Though winter officially begins on Monday, December 21, some areas have already seen their share of wintry weather, with icy temperatures and heavy snow descending earlier than usual along portions of the East Coast and central Plains. The 2010 edition of the Farmers’ Almanac’s frigid forecast for the rest of the season offers no respite in sight, especially for states in the center of the country. While that prognosis may sound bleak to some, the good news is that a white Christmas may be on tap for many regions this year, including New England, the Great Lakes, Plains states and the Rocky Mountains.

Old Man Winter’s grip will be tight this winter, but that hold will be mostly isolated on the middle of the country. This colder area at the center of the country will act like the ice-cold filling sandwiched between the relatively warmer coastal regions, says Peter Geiger, Philom., editor of the 193-year-old publication.

“Very cold and bitterly cold” is how the Farmers’ Almanac describes the winter in the Great Lakes, Plains, and South Central states, while temperatures on the East and West Coasts will be more in line with average to normal winter conditions. For residents of the East Coast, who bore most of the brunt of last winter’s fury, this may be good news, but the prediction of an “ice cold sandwich” is sure to send chills down the spines of Midwesterners.

The Farmers’ Almanac is calling for heavy snow in the Great Lakes and Plains regions this winter, with a rainy season in the South, and close to normal precipitation in most other regions of the country.

While nearly three-quarters of the country is expected to see near or below average precipitation this winter, significant snowfalls are forecast for parts of every zone. Residents of Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states can expect some a major snowfall in mid-February, with possible blizzard conditions in New England.

“People on the coasts shouldn’t think they’re off the hook just because we’re predicting milder winter weather for them. Shovelry is most certainly not dead,” warns Geiger.

The Farmers’ Almanac bases its long-range weather forecasts on a top-secret mathematical and astronomical formula that figures in sunspot activity, tidal action, the position of the planet in relation to the Sun, as well as a number of other factors. Faithful readers of the Farmers’ Almanac estimate that its annual weather forecast is accurate between 80 and 85 percent of the time.

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