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The Great Texas Wind Hoax

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 Copyright © 2011 by Sam Pakan. All Rights Reserved.

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“Without discussion, the Public Utilities Commission chose an alternate route automatically subjecting those properties not represented to eminent domain. The landowners on the route selected had received a notice that their lands could, at some point, be affected, but all assumed that only the preferred route would be considered at the hearing. None realized they would not have an opportunity to intervene specifically for their properties should the preferred route be rejected.

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The eastern Texas Panhandle, a land of rolling sand hills, tree-lined creek beds and tall grass vistas, may seem a desolate place to outsiders. Still, it has its beauty, especially to the cattle ranchers and wheat farmers who work and live on it. But not for long. 

Much of this land, the fragile habitat of the Lesser Prairie Chicken and the Whooping Crane, is scheduled to become industrialized if the Texas PUC, the DOE and FERC have their way. Incongruously, the demolition of this mostly native grassland is being proposed in the name of green energy. More

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Reverse mortgages…exploitation of the elderly

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We’ve all see the ads for reverse mortgages aimed at elderly persons who have managed to pay off their homes and remain in them.  Here is the part of the advertisement they don’t tell you.  All of our elderly are at risk of exploitation not only from predatory guardianships, but also from predatory lenders.  

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Live Link:   elderfinancialterrorism.com

Our story is about my parents, Patricia and Richard Hickerson who were sold a reverse mortgage that was not needed or appropriate for their circumstances.  It’s a tragic story of deceit, fraud and purposefully targeting vulnerable seniors to deprive them of their property, retirement, dignity and quality of life.MOM AND DAD’S HEALTHIn April of 2002 Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and could no longer balance a checkbook or manage the family finances as she had all her married life.  By 2003 mom was unable make change for a twenty dollar bill.  She required assistance in basic activities of daily living.      REVERSE MORTGAGE TIMELINE:The Reverse Mortgage my parents received was:One time lump sum payment           $  81,000                  Financial Freedom and Pacific Reverse Mortgage prey on vulnerable seniors by never doing the “right thing” to make sure the consequences of their loans will do no harm.  They did nothing but  gain my parents trust, and steal their home.    HOW THE REVERSE MORTGAGE AFFECTED OUR FAMILY
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One month after signing the reverse mortgage contract Dad passed away.  It breaks my heart that Dad’s dying wish to care for mom for the rest of her life, was stolen from him.  If the terms were explained simply and honestly that for a one time payment of $81,000 (15% *of their property value) they would pay $25,000* in fees and costs in exchange for their home, dad would never have agreed.  Let’s be real – who in their right mind would
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Please help us fulfill Dad’s dying wish to provide care for mom.  Please donate today to help
provide the care mom needs at the end of her life.

Mom and Dad were good, caring, and trusting  people who worked all their lives to provide for each other and their family.  They lived in a modest home they took pride in for 25 years.  Mom and Dad volunteered together delivering  “Meals on Wheels” and Mom volunteered for the city and thrift shop.  They enjoyed giving back to the community where they lived.

Dad had been suffering from 9 major illnesses for more than 10 years, including heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes.  By 2004 he also had metastatic cancer in his head and advanced liver cancer.  Dad knew he was dying but  he never told anyone.  He never complained or told us how much he was suffering.   More

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Are American Calls For Internet Freedom Two-Faced?

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

David Makarewicz is a lawyer specializing in Internet law concerning privacy rights and copyright defense for websites and blogs.  Visit his new blog to keep up with breaking Internet news.

David Makarewicz, Contributing Writer
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It was so nice to hear Hillary give a speech, claiming that America stands against global Internet oppression. Words, words, words.  But aren’t her words empty if America is going to act like a digital dictatorship itself?

Dutch blogger Willemien Groot calls the Secretary of State’s words “two-faced.”  Recent evidence suggests that she has a point.

Congress is once again considering modeling itself after bastions of freedom like Egypt by arming the government with an Internet kill switch that continues to draw the ire of free speech advocates.  Also, the Department of Homeland Security has also been on quite the rampage lately, seizing domain names and shutting down websites for merely linking to sites accused of infringing copyright.  Then, as recently as this past weekend, DHS mistakenly suspended 84,000 websites when the government cast too wide a net as it seized domain names accused of child pornography.  No decent person is in favor of child porn, but if the U.S. government continues to play it fast and loose with due process rights, American warnings about Internet oppression will continue to crumble under the weight of their own hypocrisy.

David Makarewicz is a lawyer specializing in Internet law concerning privacy rights and copyright defense for websites and blogs.  Visit his new blog to keep up with breaking Internet news.

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Social Security is not an “entitlement” program

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Marti Oakley(c)copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved

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Social Security is an investor funded program that has also been used to fund the government, it is NOT an entitlement program nor was it intended to be any form of welfare.  The “entitlement” the government speaks of would be more aptly applied to them; they feeling they are entitled to avail themselves of our investments and use that money for whatever they choose to. 

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A long coveted cut to Social Security and Medicare is going to happen.  This will occur for reasons none of the politicians in the District of Criminals will ever speak about publicly.  There is far more at stake here than what the District terms an “unfunded liability”.  When you hear those in the District speak about this liability, you need to understand what they are really saying.  This is an intra-governmental debt, meaning; a debt accrued within the government. It is a liability to the federal government because it is owed to “you” and they have no way of paying it back without taxing you more heavily.  You are the “full faith and credit” of the United States corporation.  That means government runs up the bills and we pay it. 

The federal government now includes Social Security in its debt portfolio, not because the program is insolvent or ever was, and not because the Federal government has to fund it in any sense (SS is funded by your investments) but because the Federal government has stolen so much money from the fund, then sold special treasury securities on those stolen funds to countries like China to finance the massive debt accruing across the board.  Since there is no chance the national debt can ever be repaid, the Fed is now in the position of finagling the discharge of internal debt from the books.  Look at it as a form of back door bankruptcy. 

The federal government DOES NOT fund Social Security!  Social Security funds the federal government.  More

S 230 / HR 521 : GMO Salmon Unsafe Bills

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Is this in our future?

Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

I completed my morning perusal of “things that really matter but most of the American public are too distracted by the “Unexpected numbers” out of the MainStream Media (MSM) to give a flying leap” and found this most interesting little Bill sitting on Thomas.gov.:

A BILL

To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to prevent the approval of genetically engineered fish.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. PREVENTING THE APPROVAL OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FISH.

    Section 512(a) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 360b(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
    • `(7) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, a genetically engineered fish shall be deemed unsafe under this section, including for purposes of section 402(a)(2)(C)(ii).’.

Curious I wandered over to see what the companion Senate language was and lo-and-behold, here it is:

A BILL

To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to prevent the approval of genetically-engineered fish. More

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