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Oklahoma Joins The Fight Against Obamacare

In early January of 2011, the State of Oklahoma decided to join the fight against Obamacare and join the more than twenty other states in the Florida lawsuit filing as plaintiff against the new regulations. Prior to this time, the former governor of the state was against efforts to sue the federal government and had blocked all attempts made by the Attorney General. With the incoming of a new Governor, the Attorney General is now free to join forces with the other states and move forward with litigation.

The Attorney General of Oklahoma is basing his decision to file suit upon the passage of Oklahoma State Question 756. This question, also known as the Oklahoma Health Care

Obamacare premiums to rise a modest 4.2% in 2015

Obamacare premiums to rise a modest 4.2% in 2015
Defying an industry trend of double-digit rate hikes, California officials said the more than 1.2 million consumers in the state-run Obamacare insurance exchange can expect modest price increases of 4.2% on average next year. On Thursday, Covered …
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Senate documents and interviews undercut 'bombshell' lawsuit against
This argument is based on the language in the ACA that says subsidies go to those using the “exchange established by the state,” which, it is said, cannot apply to the exchange established by the federal government. If this is somehow upheld by the …
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State sits out new Obamacare grants
Although the two actions appear somewhat contradictory, the bottom line is the same: Oklahoma will remain on the sidelines as Washington hands out money to states and health-care groups that apply to participate in Affordable Care Act grant programs.
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UnitedHealthcare service sends out tips and reminders
According to Denise Puskaric, senior director of Quality Management and Performance for UnitedHealthcare, a study found that 79 percent of individuals enrolled in Medicaid send text messages compared to 43 percent of this enrolled in Medicare and 68 …
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Quadrant 4 Announces U.S. Federal Government Agreement With the Centers
Quadrant 4 Health is the only pure technology company to achieve Web Broker Entity Agreement status with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that offers benefits administration, private exchanges for groups, and private exchanges for …
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Health care coverage
Q. I am a federal employee, 66 years old, planning to retire Jan. 3. I now have full coverage under Blue Cross Blue Shield for me and my husband. I understand that when I retire, I must sign up for Medicare Part A, but I am not sure about part B. If I …
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‘The election of Obama would, at a stroke, refresh our country’s spirit’
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OPINION

Guardian.co.uk | The Observer

November 2, 2008

‘The election of Obama would, at a stroke, refresh our country’s spirit’
It has been an epic campaign for the American Presidency and one which has been scrutinised at close quarters by the US’s finest writers on the New Yorker magazine – the country’s leading journal of politics and culture. Here, in their leader column ahead of the election, the editors of the magazine offer a brilliant analysis of the choice facing America, deconstruct the strengths and weaknesses of the candidates and finish with a powerful endorsement of Barack Obama as the man best suited to answer the grave challenges facing the next President

Never in living memory has an election been more critical than the one fast approaching – that’s the quadrennial cliché, as expected as the balloons and the bombast. And yet when has it ever felt so urgently true? When have so many Americans had so clear a sense that a presidency has – at the levels of competence, vision and integrity – undermined the country and its ideals?

The incumbent administration has distinguished itself for the ages. The presidency of George W Bush is the worst since Reconstruction, so there is no mystery about why the Republican party – which has held dominion over the executive branch of the federal government for the past eight years and the legislative branch for most of that time – has little desire to defend its record, domestic or foreign. The only speaker at the convention in St Paul who uttered more than a sentence or two in support of the President was his wife, Laura. Meanwhile, the nominee, John McCain, played the part of a vaudeville illusionist, asking to be regarded as an apostle of change after years of embracing the essentials of the Bush agenda with ever-increasing ardour.

The Republican disaster begins at home. Even before taking into account whatever fantastically expensive plan eventually emerges to help rescue the financial system from Wall Street’s long-running pyramid schemes, the economic and fiscal picture is bleak. During the Bush administration, the national debt, now approaching trillion, has nearly doubled. Next year’s federal budget is projected to run a 0bn deficit, a precipitous fall from the 0bn surplus that was projected when Bill Clinton left office. Private-sector job creation has been a sixth of what it was under President Clinton. Five million people have fallen into poverty. The number of Americans without health insurance has grown by seven million, while average premiums have nearly doubled. Meanwhile, the principal domestic achievement of the Bush administration has been to shift the relative burden of taxation from the rich to the rest. For the top 1 per cent of us, the Bush tax cuts are worth, on average, about a thousand dollars a week; for the bottom fifth, about a dollar and a half. The unfairness will only increase if the painful, yet necessary, effort to rescue the credit markets ends up preventing the rescue of our healthcare system, our environment and our physical, educational and industrial infrastructure.

At the same time, 150,000 American troops are in Iraq and 33,000 are in Afghanistan. There is still disagreement about the wisdom of overthrowing Saddam Hussein and his horrific regime, but there is no longer the slightest doubt that the Bush administration manipulated, bullied and lied the American public into this war and then mismanaged its prosecution in nearly every aspect. The direct costs, besides an expenditure of more than 0bn, have included the loss of more than 4,000 Americans, the wounding of 30,000, the deaths of tens of thousands of Iraqis and the displacement of four and a half million men, women and children. Only now, after American forces have been fighting for a year longer than they did in the Second World War, is there a glimmer of hope that the conflict in Iraq has entered a stage of fragile stability.

The indirect costs, both of the war in particular and of the administration’s unilateralist approach to foreign policy in general, have also been immense. The torture of prisoners, authorised at the highest level, has been an ethical and a public diplomacy catastrophe. At a moment when the global environment, the global economy and global stability all demand a transition to new sources of energy, the United States has been a global retrograde, wasteful in its consumption and heedless in its policy. Strategically and morally, the Bush administration has squandered the American capacity to counter the example and the swagger of its rivals. China, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and other illiberal states have concluded, each in its own way, that democratic principles and human rights need not be components of a stable, prosperous future. At recent meetings of the United Nations, emboldened despots like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran came to town sneering at our predicament and hailing the ‘end of the American era’.

The election of 2008 is the first in more than half a century in which no incumbent President or Vice-President is on the ballot. There is, however, an incumbent party and that party has been lucky enough to find itself, apparently against the wishes of its ‘base’, with a nominee who evidently disliked George W Bush before it became fashionable to do so. In South Carolina, in 2000, Bush crushed John McCain with a sub rosa primary campaign of such viciousness that McCain lashed out memorably against Bush’s Christian Right allies. So profound was McCain’s anger that in 2004 he flirted with the possibility of joining the Democratic ticket under John Kerry. Bush, who took office as a ‘compassionate conservative’, governed immediately as a rightist ideologue. During that first term, McCain bolstered his reputation, sometimes deserved, as a ‘maverick’ willing to work with Democrats on such issues as normalising relations with Vietnam, campaign finance reform and immigration reform. He co-sponsored, with John Edwards and Edward Kennedy, a patients’ bill of rights. In 2001 and 2003 he voted against the Bush tax cuts. With John Kerry, he co-sponsored a bill raising auto fuel efficiency standards and, with Joseph Lieberman, a cap-and-trade regime on carbon emissions. He was one of a minority of Republicans opposed to unlimited drilling for oil and gas off America’s shores.

Since the 2004 election, however, McCain has moved remorselessly rightwards in his quest for the Republican nomination. He paid obeisance to Jerry Falwell and preachers of his ilk. He abandoned immigration reform, eventually coming out against his own bill. Most shockingly, McCain, who had repeatedly denounced torture under all circumstances, voted in February against a ban on the very techniques of ‘enhanced interrogation’ that he himself once endured in Vietnam – as long as the torturers were civilians employed by the CIA.

On almost every issue, McCain and the Democratic party’s nominee, Barack Obama, speak the generalised language of ‘reform’, but only Obama has provided a convincing, rational and fully developed vision. McCain has abandoned his opposition to the Bush-era tax cuts and has taken up the demagogic call – in the midst of recession and Wall Street calamity, with looming crises in social security, Medicare and Medicaid – for more tax cuts. Bush’s expire in 2011. If McCain, as he has proposed, cuts taxes for corporations and estates, the benefits once more would go disproportionately to the wealthy.

In Washington the craze for pure market triumphalism is over. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson arrived in town (via Goldman Sachs) a Republican, but it seems that he will leave a Democrat. In other words, he has come to see that the abuses that led to the current financial crisis – not least, excessive speculation on borrowed capital – can be fixed only with government regulation and oversight. McCain, who has never evinced much interest in, or knowledge of, economic questions, has had little of substance to say about the crisis. His most notable gesture of concern – a melodramatic call to suspend his campaign and postpone the first presidential debate until the government bail-out plan was ready – soon revealed itself as an empty diversionary tactic.

By contrast, Obama has made a serious study of the mechanics and the history of this economic disaster and of the possibilities of stimulating a recovery. Last March, in New York, in a speech notable for its depth, balance and foresight, he said: ‘A complete disdain for pay-as-you-go budgeting, coupled with a generally scornful attitude towards oversight and enforcement, allowed far too many to put short-term gain ahead of long-term consequences.’ Obama is committed to reforms that value not only the restoration of stability but also the protection of the vast majority of the population, which did not partake of the fruits of the binge years. He has called for greater and more programmatic regulation of the financial system; the creation of a National Infrastructure Reinvestment Bank, which would help reverse the decay of our roads, bridges and mass-transit systems and create millions of jobs; and a major investment in the green-energy sector.

On energy and global warming, Obama offers a set of forceful proposals. He supports a cap-and-trade programme to reduce America’s carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 – an enormously ambitious goal, but one that many climate scientists say must be met if atmospheric carbon dioxide is to be kept below disastrous levels. Large emitters, such as utilities, would acquire carbon allowances and those which emit less carbon dioxide than their allotment could sell the resulting credits to those which emit more; over time, the available allowances would decline. Significantly, Obama wants to auction off the allowances; this would provide bn a year for developing alternative energy sources and creating job-training programmes in green technologies. He also wants to raise federal fuel-economy standards and to require that 10 per cent of America’s electricity be generated from renewable sources by 2012. Taken together, his proposals represent the most coherent and far-sighted strategy ever offered by a presidential candidate for reducing the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels.

There was once reason to hope that McCain and Obama would have a sensible debate about energy and climate policy. McCain was one of the first Republicans in the Senate to support federal limits on carbon dioxide and he has touted his own support for a less ambitious cap-and-trade programme as evidence of his independence from the White House. But, as polls showed Americans growing jittery about gasoline prices, McCain apparently found it expedient in this area, too, to shift course. He took a dubious idea – lifting the federal moratorium on offshore oil drilling – and placed it at the centre of his campaign. Opening up America’s coastal waters to drilling would have no impact on gasoline prices in the short term and, even over the long term, the effect, according to a recent analysis by the Department of Energy, would be ‘insignificant’. Such inconvenient facts, however, are waved away by a campaign that finally found its voice with the slogan ‘Drill, baby, drill!’

The contrast between the candidates is even sharper with respect to the third branch of government. A tense equipoise currently prevails among the justices of the Supreme Court, where four hardcore conservatives face off against four moderate liberals. Anthony M Kennedy is the swing vote, determining the outcome of case after case.

McCain cites Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, two reliable conservatives, as models for his own prospective appointments. If he means what he says, and if he replaces even one moderate on the current Supreme Court, then Roe v Wade will be reversed and states will again be allowed to impose absolute bans on abortion. McCain’s views have hardened on this issue. In 1999 he said he opposed overturning Roe; by 2006 he was saying that its demise ‘wouldn’t bother me any’; by 2008 he no longer supported adding rape and incest as exceptions to his party’s platform opposing abortion.

But scrapping Roe – which, after all, would leave states as free to permit abortion as to criminalise it – would be just the beginning. Given the ideological agenda that the existing conservative bloc has pursued, it’s safe to predict that affirmative action of all kinds would likely be outlawed by a McCain court. Efforts to expand executive power, which in recent years certain justices have nobly tried to resist, would be likely to increase. Barriers between church and state would fall; executions would soar; legal checks on corporate power would wither – all with just one new conservative nominee on the court. And the next President is likely to make three appointments.

Obama, who taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago, voted against confirming not only Roberts and Alito but also several unqualified lower-court nominees. As an Illinois state senator, he won the support of prosecutors and police organisations for new protections against convicting the innocent in capital cases. While McCain voted to continue to deny habeas corpus rights to detainees, perpetuating the Bush administration’s regime of state-sponsored extra-legal detention, Obama took the opposite side, pushing to restore the right of all US-held prisoners to a hearing. The judicial future would be safe in his care.

In the shorthand of political commentary, the Iraq war seems to leave McCain and Obama roughly even. Opposing it before the invasion, Obama had the prescience to warn of a costly and indefinite occupation and rising anti-American radicalism around the world; supporting it, McCain foresaw none of this. More recently, in early 2007, McCain risked his presidential prospects on the proposition that five additional combat brigades could salvage a war that by then appeared hopeless. Obama, along with most of the country, had decided that it was time to cut American losses. Neither candidate’s calculations on Iraq have been as cheaply political as McCain’s repeated assertion that Obama values his career over his country; both men based their positions, right or wrong, on judgment and principle.

President Bush’s successor will inherit two wars and the realities of limited resources, flagging popular will and the dwindling possibilities of what can be achieved by American power. McCain’s views on these subjects range from the simplistic to the unknown. In Iraq, he seeks ‘victory’ – a word that General David Petraeus refuses to use, and one that fundamentally misrepresents the messy, open-ended nature of the conflict. As for Afghanistan, on the rare occasions when McCain mentions it he implies that the surge can be transferred directly from Iraq, which suggests that his grasp of counterinsurgency is not as firm as he insisted it was during the first presidential debate. McCain always displays more faith in force than interest in its strategic consequences. Unlike Obama, McCain has no political strategy for either war, only the dubious hope that greater security will allow things to work out. Obama has long warned of deterioration along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and has a considered grasp of its vital importance. His strategy for both Afghanistan and Iraq shows an understanding of the role that internal politics, economics, corruption and regional diplomacy play in wars where there is no battlefield victory.

Unimaginably painful personal experience taught McCain that war is above all a test of honour: maintain the will to fight on, be prepared to risk everything and you will prevail. Asked during the first debate to outline ‘the lessons of Iraq’, McCain said: ‘I think the lessons of Iraq are very clear: that you cannot have a failed strategy that will then cause you to nearly lose a conflict.’ A soldier’s answer – but a statesman must have a broader view of war and peace. The years ahead will demand not only determination but also diplomacy, flexibility, patience, judiciousness and intellectual engagement. These are no more McCain’s strong suit than the current President’s. Obama, for his part, seems to know that more will be required than will power and force to extract some advantage from the wreckage of the Bush years.

Obama is also better suited for the task of renewing the bedrock foundations of American influence. An American restoration in foreign affairs will require a commitment not only to international co-operation but also to international institutions that can address global warming, the dislocations of what will likely be a deepening global economic crisis, disease epidemics, nuclear proliferation, terrorism and other, more traditional security challenges. Many of the Cold War-era vehicles for engagement and negotiation – the United Nations, the World Bank, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty regime, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation – are moribund, tattered, or outdated. Obama has the generational outlook that will be required to revive or reinvent these compacts. He would be the first postwar American President unencumbered by the legacies of either Munich or Vietnam.

The next President must also restore American moral credibility. Closing Guantánamo, banning all torture and ending the Iraq war as responsibly as possible will provide a start, but only that. The modern presidency is as much a vehicle for communication as for decision-making and the relevant audiences are global. Obama has inspired many Americans in part because he holds up a mirror to their own idealism. His election would do no less – and likely more – overseas.

What most distinguishes the candidates, however, is character – and here, contrary to conventional wisdom, Obama is clearly the stronger of the two. Not long ago, Rick Davis, McCain’s campaign manager, said: ‘This election is not about issues. This election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates.’ The view that this election is about personalities leaves out policy, complexity and accountability. Even so, there’s some truth in what Davis said – but it hardly points to the conclusion that he intended.

Echoing Obama, McCain has made ‘change’ one of his campaign mantras. But the change he has provided has been in himself and it is not just a matter of altering his positions. A willingness to pander and even lie has come to define his presidential campaign and its televised advertisements. A contemptuous duplicity, a meanness, has entered his talk on the stump – so much so that it seems obvious that, in the drive for victory, he is willing to replicate some of the same underhanded methods that defeated him eight years ago in South Carolina.

Perhaps nothing revealed McCain’s cynicism more than his choice of Sarah Palin, the former mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, who had been governor of that state for 21 months, as the Republican nominee for Vice-President. In the interviews she has given since her nomination, she has had difficulty uttering coherent unscripted responses about the most basic issues of the day. We are watching a candidate for Vice-President cram for her ongoing exam in elementary domestic and foreign policy. This is funny as a Tina Fey routine on Saturday Night Live, but as a vision of the political future it’s deeply unsettling. Palin has no business being the back-up to a President of any age, much less to one who is 72 and in imperfect health. In choosing her, McCain committed an act of breathtaking heedlessness and irresponsibility. Obama’s choice, Joe Biden, is not without imperfections. His tongue sometimes runs in advance of his mind, providing his own fodder for late-night comedians, but there is no comparison with Palin. His deep experience in foreign affairs, the judiciary and social policy makes him an assuring and complementary partner for Obama.

The longer the campaign goes on, the more the issues of personality and character have reflected badly on McCain. Unless appearances are very deceptive, he is impulsive, impatient, self-dramatising, erratic and a compulsive risk-taker. These qualities may have contributed to his usefulness as a ‘maverick’ senator. But in a President they would be a menace.

By contrast, Obama’s transformative message is accompanied by a sense of pragmatic calm. A tropism for unity is an essential part of his character and of his campaign. It is part of what allowed him to overcome a Democratic opponent who entered the race with tremendous advantages. It is what helped him forge a political career relying both on the liberals of Hyde Park and on the political regulars of downtown Chicago. His policy preferences are distinctly liberal, but he is determined to speak to a broad range of Americans who do not necessarily share his every value or opinion. For some who oppose him, his equanimity even under the ugliest attack seems like hauteur; for some who support him, his reluctance to counterattack in the same vein seems like self-defeating detachment.

Yet it is Obama’s temperament – and not McCain’s – that seems appropriate for the office both men seek and for the volatile and dangerous era in which we live. Those who dismiss his centredness as self-centredness or his composure as indifference are as wrong as those who mistook Eisenhower’s stolidity for denseness or Lincoln’s humour for lack of seriousness.

Nowadays almost every politician who thinks about running for President arranges to become an author. Obama’s books are different: he wrote them. The Audacity of Hope (2006) is a set of policy disquisitions loosely structured around an account of his freshman year in the United States Senate.

Though a campaign manifesto of sorts, it is superior to that genre’s usual blowsy pastiche of ghostwritten speeches. But it is Obama’s first book, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (1995), that offers an unprecedented glimpse into the mind and heart of a potential President. Obama began writing it in his early thirties, before he was a candidate for anything. Not since Theodore Roosevelt has an American politician this close to the pinnacle of power produced such a sustained, highly personal work of literary merit before being definitively swept up by the tides of political ambition.

A presidential election is not the awarding of a Pulitzer prize: we elect a politician and, we hope, a statesman, not an author. But Obama’s first book is valuable in the way that it reveals his fundamental attitudes of mind and spirit. Dreams from My Father is an illuminating memoir not only in the substance of Obama’s own peculiarly American story but also in the qualities he brings to the telling: a formidable intelligence, emotional empathy, self-reflection, balance and a remarkable ability to see life and the world through the eyes of people very different from himself. In common with nearly all other senators and governors of his generation, Obama does not count military service as part of his biography. But his life has been full of tests – personal, spiritual, racial, political – that bear on his preparation for great responsibility.

It is perfectly legitimate to call attention, as McCain has done, to Obama’s lack of conventional national and international policy-making experience. We, too, wish he had more of it. But office-holding is not the only kind of experience relevant to the task of leading a wildly variegated nation. Obama’s immersion in diverse human environments (Hawaii’s racial rainbow, Chicago’s racial cauldron, countercultural New York, middle-class Kansas, predominantly Muslim Indonesia), his years of organising among the poor, his taste of corporate law and his grounding in public-interest and constitutional law – these, too, are experiences. And his books show that he has wrung from them every drop of insight and breadth of perspective they contained.

The exhaustingly, sometimes infuriatingly, long campaign of 2008 (and 2007) has had at least one virtue: it has demonstrated that Obama’s intelligence and steady temperament are not just figments of the writer’s craft. He has made mistakes, to be sure. (His failure to accept McCain’s imaginative proposal for a series of unmediated joint appearances was among them.) But, on the whole, his campaign has been marked by patience, planning, discipline, organisation, technological proficiency and strategic astuteness. Obama has often looked two or three moves ahead, relatively impervious to the permanent hysteria of the hourly news cycle and the cable news shouters. And when crisis has struck, as it did when the divisive antics of his ex-pastor threatened to bring down his campaign, he has proved equal to the moment, rescuing himself with a speech that not only drew the poison but also demonstrated a profound respect for the electorate.

Although his opponents have tried to attack him as a man of ‘mere’ words, Obama has returned eloquence to its essential place in American politics. The choice between experience and eloquence is a false one – something that Lincoln, out of office after a single term in Congress, proved in his own campaign of political and national renewal. Obama’s ‘mere’ speeches on everything from the economy and foreign affairs to race have been at the centre of his campaign and its success; if he wins, his eloquence will be central to his ability to govern.

We cannot expect one man to heal every wound, to solve every major crisis of policy. So much of the presidency, as they say, is a matter of waking up in the morning and trying to drink from a fire hydrant. In the quiet of the Oval Office, the noise of immediate demands can be deafening. And yet Obama has precisely the temperament to shut out the noise when necessary and concentrate on the essential.

The election of Obama – a man of mixed ethnicity, at once comfortable in the world and utterly representative of 21st-century America – would, at a stroke, reverse our country’s image abroad and refresh its spirit at home. His ascendance to the presidency would be a symbolic culmination of the civil- and voting – rights acts of the 1960s and the century-long struggles for equality that preceded them. It could not help but say something encouraging, even exhilarating, about the country, about its dedication to tolerance and inclusiveness, about its fidelity, after all, to the values it proclaims in its textbooks. At a moment of economic calamity, international perplexity, political failure and battered morale, America needs both uplift and realism, both change and steadiness. It needs a leader temperamentally, intellectually and emotionally attuned to the complexities of our troubled globe. That leader’s name is Barack Obama.

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Q&A: Advantages and disadvantages of obamacare?

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Question by TheKnowItAlllll: Advantages and disadvantages of obamacare?
Please explain this so i can actually understand it! The internet is too detailed and complicated to understand

Also if Romney wins, how would his health care be like?

Best answer:

Answer by Icoulator
Advantage: A government health care bureaucrat will take the decision-making out of your health care issues.

Disadvantage: Unless you are a member of Congress, you will be paying more for less medical care. The federal government has a 100% failure rate with operating any major program. All of which come in at seriously under-performing and excessively over-budget. Obamacare will not be an exception to this rule.

Obamacare is estimated to require at least 33,000 new federal employees. With some estimates as high as 47,000. These individuals will be health care regulators, insurance adjusters, IRS investigators and compliance officers, …
Number of new Physicians created by Obamacare: 0.
Number of Nurses: 0.
Number of Nurse Practicioners:0.
Number of Physical Therapists:0.
Number of Physician Assistants: 0.

Additional initial costs to the federal debt: more than 2.7 trillion. Because all of this funding will need to be borrowed.

The Independent Payment Advisory Board, established by Omanacare, will say which procedures are “cost effective”: Meaning which will be available. Also, which procedures are not cost effective. Meaning they will not be made available to the patient. Expect to wait for months or years for procedures which are rationed. For example, the wait for a hip or knee replacement in Canada is now well over a year.

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Occupy Bohemian Grove: State of the Counterculture Union Address 2012 by Dr. Ryan Bartek
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Follow the Occupy Bohemian Grove PDX Committee and Bohemian Grove Action
Network this July to Monte Rio California and tell the global elite their
party’s over.

OCCUPY BOHEMIAN GROVE: STATE OF THE COUNTERCULTURE UNION ADDRESS 2012 BY DR.
RYAN BARTEK
(Edited by VVV PR for format but not verified as to content.)

It was barely a year after the fall of Wall Street, in February 2010, when I
penned the first SOTCU ADDRESS. I was literally stranded on the Treasure
Island of Pyrate Lore, licking my wounds in Florida, hopelessly treading
water amidst the utter decimation of the American economy.

My secret tropical island paradise had frozen to record low temps – black
ice slicked the pavement, palm trees were brown. I was working 15 hours a
week at minimum wage for one of the most evil corporations in America, only
because there was no other way out. Even hustling like a Crackhead Spainjer
was ironically useless, because here I was in one of the biggest tourist
traps of The South and it was an absolute ghost town. This venerated rich
kid Spring Break Hallelujah Town was Arctic as the ICE PLANET HOTH. Even
the homeless bums migrated like sparrows.

OBAMA had still yet to completely turn heel and was still struggling to pass
"ObamaCare." There was still a thread of hope attached to this man, even if
saturated by mainstream DNC influence. After all, he wasn’t Skull and Bones
or a Freemason; he wasn’t quite tied to old money or The Hidden Hand.
Surely he had a corporate stooge streak (he was a Capitalist President,
after all) – but he wasn’t one of "them." OBAMA seemed to know that by
proxy he was setting an example as a historical figure and tried to live up
to that pressure as humanistic as possible. When I met the man, long before
he was president, I did not get the vibe of pure evil. To be honest, he had
an aura like a powerhouse. I knew he was going to significant.

But then he pushed through the health care plan, and for the GOP it was like
smashing a hornets nest with a baseball bat. He crossed the line and the
propaganda flood was totalitarian in its vengeance. Exactly as I’d said –
the second OBAMA gets in, the avalanche of doom the Neo-Cons manifested
would plow him right under.

And then poking around online, in the dead of frozen night, I found a video
with Obama and John Walsh (of "America’s Most Wanted" fame). Obama
explained how he was trying to put through legislation that would require
every cop to take DNA Samples from anyone they pulled over in traffic
without requiring a warrant or just cause. That this DNA would be logged in
an international database in which all branches of the FBI/CIA/Interpol/ISI
would have unquestioned legal access.

That’s when my extremely cautious and shaky honeymoon with Barack Obama
ended. Soon after that I arrived in Portland, Oregon, the day of the BP Oil
Catastrophe. That’s about the time Obama went gray, when he started looking
as haunted as Mussolini in 1945. Most assumed The Illuminati just flipped
the remote control of a Manchurian Candidate-like microchip in the back of
his head and rendered him a human robot. Or perhaps the Aliens came down
and replaced him with a genetic CloneSlave. Surely that would make more
sense then the incoherent enigma that is his presidency.

Nothing he does adds up, and with the severity that the Lusitania or Gulf of
Tonkin doesn’t add up. Which is to say it isn’t supposed to "add up," but
rather only to contribute to that old world scheme residing behind that all
too familiar curtain of Oz. He’s just another stooge, as they all are.
This is why the Federal Reserve has gone on without penalty or oversight.
This is why the Patriot Act was passed once again without dissent. This is
why he’s aggressively furthered pointless wars which like all American wars
are never meant to be won, only sustained to line the pockets of Dow Jones
profiteers.

As is why he’s filled his cabinet with the same wrecking ball economists
that are behind the switchboards of this blatantly phony "recession" just as
they were during "the great depression" or any other similar pyramid scheme
of "economical calamity." How are we in a great depression when every
Fortune 500 company is making record profits? When we are besieged with a
period of historical, staggering abundance?

We’ve reached a point where their hands are so far into the cookie jar they
don’t even feel the need to mask it anymore. They went whole-hog for the
grand burglary and no one said a god damned word. The people just took it,
buying the careful matrix of propaganda built from the leverage and
participation of the reigning media tycoons. It really isn’t much more
difficult than that. They sunk the Lusitania, they forced the Japanese to
attack us, they fabricated the Gulf of Tonkin, they framed the Bay of Pigs,
they killed 1500+ people at The World Trade Center. The clear evidence does
not support any other view and I cannot even communicate with anyone who
doesn’t see through this.

And people wonder why we are so angry. Why we’re marching in the streets.
Why even after they beat, torture, paralyze and terrorize us we refuse to
give up or go home. Somehow we’ve reached a point where even the most
fever-pitch kook calling in to the Alex Jones show is probably right about
everything.

Most still have no idea about COREXIT 9500, even in the Age of Occupy. In
April 2010, to combat the BILLION GALLONS OF CRUDE OIL that shot from the
Earth’s Crust, Obama allowed BP to dump 50 MILLION GALLONS of Corexit 9500
into The Gulf, which is a chemical 4 times more toxic then the crude oil
itself. Corexit’s function is to literally eat the oil, instantly
obliterating it into minuscule particles. In theory, these particles are
biodegradable and mix into the ocean currents like loose grains of sand. In
reality, Corexit had never actually been used on anything larger then 1000
barrels of oil – which is why all of these globules have accumulated into a
massive jelly blob which is crawling along The Gulf floor.

Furthermore, the chemical immediately releases the most deadly, latent
properties of crude, causing the surrounding water to soak up 3,500% more of
the toxic properties then it would in its natural state. This aquatic
Corexit landmass – this oxygen-deprived, toxic vacuum – has already killed
millions of fish, altering the eco-system and supposedly mutating the
genetics of all ensnared life forms. As this Blob lingers off the coast of
Florida for the next few hundred years, smaller chunks continue to wash
ashore in Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, etc. At a microscopic
level, it’s been continually ingested through skin contact of any and all
swimming those same beaches. Having never been tested at length on human
subjects – and quickly banned in the UK – a 2011 investigation determined
that Corexit is a confirmed carcinogen in all probability worse then Agent
Orange itself. It literally makes red blood cells hemorrhage when ingested.
When the EPA refused to test the seafood for months, Walmart threatened to
pull out of selling any seafood from The Gulf. Then the EPA panicked and
said 300 PPM of COREXIT 9500 on food was fine – and ever since then people
have been devouring this neurotoxic poison en masse. Furthermore, this mix
of Corexit, crude oil and methane gas has for some time been evaporating
and, in turn, raining down upon the region – supposedly all the way into
Canada. This precipitation was (and still is) affecting plant life like an
acidic pesticide. One search on YouTube will bring forth hundreds of
amateur videos of these events throughout 2010, as well as testimonials from
people dizzy/vomiting after heavy rains, sick for days – their homes covered
in oily residue and streets slicked with that distinctive "rainbow film."

I wrote about this crisis extensively and worked closely with journalists
who traveled to New Orleans/Florida to cover this when OBAMA signed an
executive order stating that any journalist or new agency caught filming the
"clean up effort" (i.e. criminal cover up) would be sentenced to 15 years in
prison with a federal felony and charged a ,000 fine. If you don’t
believe me, they shut down Anderson Cooper live on CNN. And then the story
went away. Read my report here:

www.scribd.com/doc/39720625/ACROPOLIS-NOW-The-Great-Ameri…
-by-Ryan-Bartek

Obama has knowingly murdered tens of thousands from chemical poisoning and
given millions more crippling defects which will not be apparent for many
years.

Which brings us to the next point – FUKUSHIMA. When that 9.2 earthquake
rocked Japan on March 11th, it crippled three nuclear power plants in one
blow (the entire Fukushima Diachi complex). All three plants experienced
total nuclear meltdown and have since released staggering amounts of
radiation that are so unfathomably high the highest-tech equipment mankind
possesses cannot gauge it…

These aren’t nuclear meltdowns – they are melt-throughs. Something, you
must understand, which has never happened in all of history. The
radioactive ooze inside the broken reactors is so uncontrollably hot that
it’s burned through the containment units. Just imagine the blood splatter
from James Cameron’s Aliens and insert Mother Earth into the equation. If
these volatile streams of toxic ooze burn their way to underlying volcanic
activity, then the chain reaction could make the entire complex explode –
thus sending a portion of the world into a sort of nuclear winter, rendering
significant parts of Japan/Indo-China uninhabitable…

As the guts of Fukushima hollow their path through Terra Firma, all
groundwater and soil it connects with will be coated with lethal radiation
and genetic mutagens that will last for 12 billion years. In response to
this problem, Tepco (the Corporation which owns these reactors) has admitted
that they cannot in anyway coat these plants with concrete and forge a
makeshift band-aid of lead and cement like the Russians did at Chernobyl.

You may have heard the plant workers were dumping seawater inside the
reactors with fire hoses to keep them from exploding, and this part is true.
What they haven’t explained is that every time they stop, 50 years of spent
uranium catches on fire and releases about 1000 times the amount of
radiation the Hiroshima bomb let off.

At this point, in June, Japan has been coated by an estimated fallout that
is equivalent to 20,000 atomic bombs and that the rain coming down on the
Japanese people clocks in the same as a highly targeted dose of aggressive
chemotherapy. The sewers of Japan are now clogged with raw sewage on par
with near-identical levels. You ask: "Where does radioactive sewage come
from?" Well, from people shitting pure radiation…

What you also don’t know is that the Japanese government – at the behest of
the Obama administration – has dumped this radioactive seawater (which
registers at 7.5 million times the legal limit) directly into the ocean.
This factoid comes from the Chinese government’s official website, who
recently posted this as a warning to their citizens. Their discovery is
that a 250,000 kilometer slick of radiation is now floating in The Pacific
(aka 100,000 square miles). And this lethal, eternal sludge is on a time
frame to coat the beaches of Hawaii and the entire West Coast of the United
States by 2013…

One speck of these radioactive properties (like plutonium or cesium) will
absolutely kill you and could easily be ingested in a piece of fish, seaweed
or rainwater. Once you have one of these particles in your system, this
mutates you a cancer-radiating death totem for all those surrounding you.
When you die the particle lives on, buried with you forever; eventually
flushed out through decomposition into the soil/water supply that in turn
finds its way back into the population…

Researchers are pulling car filters out of vehicles in Seattle and said
filters are setting off Geiger Counters – the data shows everyone in the
Northwest has been inhaling 5 hot particles of radiation a day; the Japanese
30. The data also indicates that the evacuation levels of Chernobyl are now
permanent life in the soil and water supply of Tokyo – in some cases
registering 30 times higher then the Russian calculations…

The US government’s answer has been to stop testing the rain and raise the
"safe levels" of radiation intake by 300% (the Japanese raised it 2000%).
In reality, the rain in San Francisco recently tested at 18,000 times the
normal level, and particles of Plutonium have been discovered in milk as far
East as Vermont. It’s being found in the tap water of virtually every major
USA city and where it’s been strongest the death rate of newborns and
infants (including miscarriages) has shot through the roof…

Amidst this murderous, negligent rampage we view the true face of Barack
Obama – withered and gray, unhinged and desperate, simmering with destitute
hypocrisy. No other character in literature comes so close to representing
his abhorrent duality than Harvey Dent. For the man who once promised the
most transparent administration in history has now sustained and illegally
launched more wars and draconian police state laws then any other President
in USA history. BUSH II was so horrible that he made Ronald Reagan look
good by comparison – but OBAMA somehow making BUSH II seem tame by
comparison? OBAMA beefed up the NDAA, thus making the military and the
police one in the same, rendering the USA a legal battlefield in which
anyone can be assassinated, black-bagged, tortured, erased without a warrant
or even just cause. He extended "Homeland Security" to over million
employees, manned the FEMA camps with armed MP’s, launched the ICE centers,
sold himself wholesale to the Bilderberg mob. He shredded the constitution,
eliminated Habeas Corpus, filled his administration with the same criminal
political mafia that has haunted our country forever. And when the Occupy
Protests started, the Federal Government (under executive directives)
launched a Cointelpro operation where they were coordinating raids against
dozens of our camps throughout the nation and sending Homeland Security en
masse to stalk us, arrest us, beat us, wipe us out. From BUSH nothing
changed – it only got worse.

The recently passed dictatorial order "National Defense Resources
Preparedness Executive Order" does to the country as a whole what the NDAA
did to the Constitution – completely evaporates any form of due process or
judicial oversight for any action taken by the Government in the interest of
"national security." This new Executive Order gives supreme power to the
president and his cabinet. The Secretary of Defense has power over all
water resources; The Secretary of Commerce has power over all material
services and facilities, including construction materials; The Secretary of
Transportation has power over all forms of civilian transportation; The
Secretary of Agriculture has power over food resources and facilities,
livestock plant health resources, and the domestic distribution of farm
equipment; The Secretary of Health and Human Services has power over all
health resources; The Secretary of Energy has power over all forms of
energy. Don’t believe? Read here:

www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/16/executive-…
al-defense-resources-preparedness

What is the alternative? No challenge from the left, and the Republican
role call of candidates is symbolically as disgusting as the reality at
hand. Romney (the Bilderberg stooge), GinGrinch (the Bohemian Grove
puppet), Bachmann (the Tea Party ignoramus), Cain (the Federal Reserve
implant) and Santorum (the anti-gay nut-job literally named after sloppy
queer buck-shot ass-froth).

You know you are absolutely f**ked when Ron Paul is the last true beacon of
hope and rational sanity. But when a situation this critical arises, you
better pray to whatever deity you subscribe that the crazy guy from Texas
whose spent 50+ years ranting about the Orwellian Conspiracy makes it into
office. In terms of Paul, he has as many goofy views as he does legitimate
ones – and as a third party can fairly much give the Tea Party AND Occupy
essentially what they want, or launch us in the direction of clarity. All
Ron Paul really needs is 24 hours in office and he’ll wave his crazy old man
magic wand and undo everything the Bilderberg/Grove mob put into play
through one savage pen stroke.

But reality is reality, and Ron Paul is not going to win. Even if he won
the popular vote (as he actually might in Texas and California – something
no one in the establishment media wants to ponder) they wouldn’t let him
take office. And Romney is not going to win either – there’s no way. A
Mormon will not be allowed in the White House. So get used to it – it’s
going to be 4 more years of Barack Obama and his raised-chin, resurrected
Egyptian Pharaoh bullshit.

And I still haven’t even gotten to my main point – BOHEMIAN GROVE. An old
CIA guy once told a friend of mine: "Believe nothing you read and only half
of what you see." Damn skippy.

When the OCCUPY Protests began – when legitimate dissent was under constant
threat from gangs of riot cops in storm trooper gear – I kept telling people
that we would eventually reach this point. When the charge was led against
the obvious, fathomable targets (banks, corporations, corrupt politicians)
it would eventually lead down the path I was assured it would. Chiefly,
that long, winding road of inescapable conspiracy involving all those scary
esoteric fraternities and royal bloodlines. I knew Occupy would soon find
itself mired in OCCUPY BILDERBERG, OCCUPY FREEMASONRY, OCCUPY AGENDA 21,
OCCUPY GOLDEN DAWN, OCCUPY THULE SOCIETY, OCCUPY SKULL and BONES, OCCUPY
FEDERAL RESERVE – all the way down the line, to OCCUPY HOLLOW EARTH. Which
is why I’ve gone whole-hog to try and maneuver the Occupy zeitgeist at one
target in particular – OCCUPY BOHEMIAN GROVE.

Never heard of this? It’s because you aren’t supposed to know. They’ve
flexed all their muscle to bury this from the public for 123 years, but you
can’t stop a revelation thats time has come. So imagine if once a year the
grand puppetmasters of the 1% all gather together for their own clandestine
Burning Man gathering deep in the redwoods of Northern California.

Bohemian Grove is a super-exclusive encampment/party for the most corrupt of
"The 1%" whose attendees have included every Republican President since 1888
as well as Fox News CEO Rupert Murdoch, Warren Buffet, Colin Powell, Donald
Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Henry Kissinger, Alan Greenspan, Karl Rove, Norman
Schwarzkopf and the Rockefeller Family. Other names include high-ranking
members of ALEC, NATO, NAFTA, Stratfor, Haliburton, The United Nations,
Bilderberg Group, CIA, FBI, Federal Reserve and the 9/11 Commission report
committee. The list continues to spiral with a laundry list of major
players in world politics, big business,the banking industry and the
military industrial complex.

Those involved are either guests or members of "The Bohemian Club." Formed
in the 1870’s as something resembling an artists’ retreat, this 2700 acre
campground (dubbed "Bohemian Grove") exists 75 miles north of San Francisco.
This camp was slowly bought out and became an annual, clandestine party.

Every year from mid-July to the beginning of August, these men hold
secretive "Lakeside Talks." This is the cause of concern – secret seminars
involving unbelievable concentrations of wealth and power. One can ask "if
it’s secret, how do you know about this?" Because while the contents of
these talks remain a mystery, we know for a fact they take place. Also,
program guides which have been leaked contain dubious speeches involving
everything from reshaping the Middle East through NATO involvement, nuclear
energy, prison systems, war strategy, banking cartels, etc.

But here’s where it gets weird – it’s not just a normal camp. You have
entire sectors of industry and government camping together by occupation –
118 of these different camps. A major sector of the worldwide banking
structure have been secretively, annually and historically camping together
as "The Lost Angels." It’s like a virtual world in itself that’s a cross
between an Ewok Village of Endor and a pseudo-mystical, closet queer
"Illuminati bathhouse." They even have "camp valets" which are male
prostitutes who accompany guests for both weeks.

Does that make you feel warm and fuzzy inside? Or that the campground is
lit by torches, has a mock pagan altar surrounded by a giant pentagram and
an "eternal flame" genie lamp in the middle that’s been lit since the
1930’s?Or that there’s even a 30 foot high Buddha shrine thrown in for good
measure?

That’s just the tip of the iceburg. The reason The Grove has been so
infamous is because the "Cremation of Care" ceremony. You might have heard
something in passing – some weird shit about an owl statue, some occult talk
before shrugging it off. Well, this centerpiece has been infiltrated and
filmed by Alex Jones of Infowars and twice by the BBC:

www.youtube.com/watch?andv=CTVTk3_lttw

www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHeP4OGZO0g

While many conspiracy types have bought this claim as if this is some
literal black magic rite, the more plausible answer is the one given to us
by the Bohemian Club itself. Once they couldn’t hide it anymore, they
released a statement following the BBC infiltration. Basically, this weird
ritual I will describe was part of a larger play that went on in the late
1800’s. The ritual was eventually separated from the larger play and used
as a party-initiating spectacle on the big first night.

So while these people look terrifying in their robes, this is more a "Fred
Flintstone in the Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes" sort of thing. At least
theoretically, until you see some of the more disturbing photographs. In
fact, even in a cartoon vaudeville context, it’s extremely creepy.

To kick-start the two-week party, our leaders gather around a man made lake
in the middle of The Grove. At the shoreline of this lake is a 40 foot
stone owl, which is the mascot of Bohemian Club. Dubbed "Moloch" by
conspiracy types (but actually called "The Owl of Bohemia" by club members)
this owl statue is terrifying looking – ominous, huge and half covered in
moss like some pagan black magic god. While the rest of the clubwatches
from wooden bleachers, about two dozen Grovers march out in druid-like
outfits holding lit torches.

They are cloaked in red KKK-like outfits and are carrying a funeral coffin
that is dubbed "care." Inside this coffin is the dummy of a human that
represents the Club’s pent up "cares." It is placed under this monstrous
and gigantic owl statue. The show then begins. The owl speaks from
recording equipment rigged inside the hollow statue andrecites a creepy
sermon, laughing a mad laugh. Those in the druid hoods then set this coffin
on fire with their torches in what appears to be a mock human sacrifice.
Pyrotechnics then explode everywhere.

Now, perhaps it really is a "Water Buffaloes" thing, but that’s not really
important. They can start wars, destroy the economy, crush our civil
liberties and the general populous expects it. But this thing? If we
convince even a small portion of the Right Wing, God-Fearing, Tea Partyin’
Christian masses that this is real, we have a wildfire on our hands. As
always, they’ll see only what they want to see – namely, Satan incarnate, or
what have you.

Bottom line is it’s freakish and damaging beyond all belief. And once this
thing gets entrenched in the national dialogue in a serious way, the
GinGrinch’s of the world simply cannot talk their way out of it. No way –
it’s the ultimate skeleton in their closet and we’ve built an international
coalition to relentlessly expose this.

Everything Bohemian Grove represents is in one microcosm all that is
inherently wrong about these individuals we’ve collectively deemed "The 1%"
and this is clear evidence of clandestine monopoly through 1% brotherhood.
Until these people are removed from power – until we finally cast off the
ancient, lingering chains of the HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE, the World Bank and the
NWO in the broadest sense possible – we will never know peace. Your
children will never have a future. Natural time will never be restored. The
wars will not cease, because they are only meant to be sustained and never
won. They are not for the issues of terrorism or national security, but
rather highly crafted products of an international criminal cartel. OBAMA
and ROMNEY are the same person and to vote for them is to vote for the
Rothschilds, the Rockefellers, the Bushes.

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party’s over.

OCCUPY BOHEMIAN GROVE: STATE OF THE COUNTERCULTURE UNION ADDRESS 2012 BY DR.
RYAN BARTEK
(Edited by VVV PR for format but not verified as to content.)

It was barely a year after the fall of Wall Street, in February 2010, when I
penned the first SOTCU ADDRESS. I was literally stranded on the Treasure
Island of Pyrate Lore, licking my wounds in Florida, hopelessly treading
water amidst the utter decimation of the American economy.

My secret tropical island paradise had frozen to record low temps – black
ice slicked the pavement, palm trees were brown. I was working 15 hours a
week at minimum wage for one of the most evil corporations in America, only
because there was no other way out. Even hustling like a Crackhead Spainjer
was ironically useless, because here I was in one of the biggest tourist
traps of The South and it was an absolute ghost town. This venerated rich
kid Spring Break Hallelujah Town was Arctic as the ICE PLANET HOTH. Even
the homeless bums migrated like sparrows.

OBAMA had still yet to completely turn heel and was still struggling to pass
"ObamaCare." There was still a thread of hope attached to this man, even if
saturated by mainstream DNC influence. After all, he wasn’t Skull and Bones
or a Freemason; he wasn’t quite tied to old money or The Hidden Hand.
Surely he had a corporate stooge streak (he was a Capitalist President,
after all) – but he wasn’t one of "them." OBAMA seemed to know that by
proxy he was setting an example as a historical figure and tried to live up
to that pressure as humanistic as possible. When I met the man, long before
he was president, I did not get the vibe of pure evil. To be honest, he had
an aura like a powerhouse. I knew he was going to significant.

But then he pushed through the health care plan, and for the GOP it was like
smashing a hornets nest with a baseball bat. He crossed the line and the
propaganda flood was totalitarian in its vengeance. Exactly as I’d said –
the second OBAMA gets in, the avalanche of doom the Neo-Cons manifested
would plow him right under.

And then poking around online, in the dead of frozen night, I found a video
with Obama and John Walsh (of "America’s Most Wanted" fame). Obama
explained how he was trying to put through legislation that would require
every cop to take DNA Samples from anyone they pulled over in traffic
without requiring a warrant or just cause. That this DNA would be logged in
an international database in which all branches of the FBI/CIA/Interpol/ISI
would have unquestioned legal access.

That’s when my extremely cautious and shaky honeymoon with Barack Obama
ended. Soon after that I arrived in Portland, Oregon, the day of the BP Oil
Catastrophe. That’s about the time Obama went gray, when he started looking
as haunted as Mussolini in 1945. Most assumed The Illuminati just flipped
the remote control of a Manchurian Candidate-like microchip in the back of
his head and rendered him a human robot. Or perhaps the Aliens came down
and replaced him with a genetic CloneSlave. Surely that would make more
sense then the incoherent enigma that is his presidency.

Nothing he does adds up, and with the severity that the Lusitania or Gulf of
Tonkin doesn’t add up. Which is to say it isn’t supposed to "add up," but
rather only to contribute to that old world scheme residing behind that all
too familiar curtain of Oz. He’s just another stooge, as they all are.
This is why the Federal Reserve has gone on without penalty or oversight.
This is why the Patriot Act was passed once again without dissent. This is
why he’s aggressively furthered pointless wars which like all American wars
are never meant to be won, only sustained to line the pockets of Dow Jones
profiteers.

As is why he’s filled his cabinet with the same wrecking ball economists
that are behind the switchboards of this blatantly phony "recession" just as
they were during "the great depression" or any other similar pyramid scheme
of "economical calamity." How are we in a great depression when every
Fortune 500 company is making record profits? When we are besieged with a
period of historical, staggering abundance?

We’ve reached a point where their hands are so far into the cookie jar they
don’t even feel the need to mask it anymore. They went whole-hog for the
grand burglary and no one said a god damned word. The people just took it,
buying the careful matrix of propaganda built from the leverage and
participation of the reigning media tycoons. It really isn’t much more
difficult than that. They sunk the Lusitania, they forced the Japanese to
attack us, they fabricated the Gulf of Tonkin, they framed the Bay of Pigs,
they killed 1500+ people at The World Trade Center. The clear evidence does
not support any other view and I cannot even communicate with anyone who
doesn’t see through this.

And people wonder why we are so angry. Why we’re marching in the streets.
Why even after they beat, torture, paralyze and terrorize us we refuse to
give up or go home. Somehow we’ve reached a point where even the most
fever-pitch kook calling in to the Alex Jones show is probably right about
everything.

Most still have no idea about COREXIT 9500, even in the Age of Occupy. In
April 2010, to combat the BILLION GALLONS OF CRUDE OIL that shot from the
Earth’s Crust, Obama allowed BP to dump 50 MILLION GALLONS of Corexit 9500
into The Gulf, which is a chemical 4 times more toxic then the crude oil
itself. Corexit’s function is to literally eat the oil, instantly
obliterating it into minuscule particles. In theory, these particles are
biodegradable and mix into the ocean currents like loose grains of sand. In
reality, Corexit had never actually been used on anything larger then 1000
barrels of oil – which is why all of these globules have accumulated into a
massive jelly blob which is crawling along The Gulf floor.

Furthermore, the chemical immediately releases the most deadly, latent
properties of crude, causing the surrounding water to soak up 3,500% more of
the toxic properties then it would in its natural state. This aquatic
Corexit landmass – this oxygen-deprived, toxic vacuum – has already killed
millions of fish, altering the eco-system and supposedly mutating the
genetics of all ensnared life forms. As this Blob lingers off the coast of
Florida for the next few hundred years, smaller chunks continue to wash
ashore in Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, etc. At a microscopic
level, it’s been continually ingested through skin contact of any and all
swimming those same beaches. Having never been tested at length on human
subjects – and quickly banned in the UK – a 2011 investigation determined
that Corexit is a confirmed carcinogen in all probability worse then Agent
Orange itself. It literally makes red blood cells hemorrhage when ingested.
When the EPA refused to test the seafood for months, Walmart threatened to
pull out of selling any seafood from The Gulf. Then the EPA panicked and
said 300 PPM of COREXIT 9500 on food was fine – and ever since then people
have been devouring this neurotoxic poison en masse. Furthermore, this mix
of Corexit, crude oil and methane gas has for some time been evaporating
and, in turn, raining down upon the region – supposedly all the way into
Canada. This precipitation was (and still is) affecting plant life like an
acidic pesticide. One search on YouTube will bring forth hundreds of
amateur videos of these events throughout 2010, as well as testimonials from
people dizzy/vomiting after heavy rains, sick for days – their homes covered
in oily residue and streets slicked with that distinctive "rainbow film."

I wrote about this crisis extensively and worked closely with journalists
who traveled to New Orleans/Florida to cover this when OBAMA signed an
executive order stating that any journalist or new agency caught filming the
"clean up effort" (i.e. criminal cover up) would be sentenced to 15 years in
prison with a federal felony and charged a ,000 fine. If you don’t
believe me, they shut down Anderson Cooper live on CNN. And then the story
went away. Read my report here:

www.scribd.com/doc/39720625/ACROPOLIS-NOW-The-Great-Ameri…
-by-Ryan-Bartek

Obama has knowingly murdered tens of thousands from chemical poisoning and
given millions more crippling defects which will not be apparent for many
years.

Which brings us to the next point – FUKUSHIMA. When that 9.2 earthquake
rocked Japan on March 11th, it crippled three nuclear power plants in one
blow (the entire Fukushima Diachi complex). All three plants experienced
total nuclear meltdown and have since released staggering amounts of
radiation that are so unfathomably high the highest-tech equipment mankind
possesses cannot gauge it…

These aren’t nuclear meltdowns – they are melt-throughs. Something, you
must understand, which has never happened in all of history. The
radioactive ooze inside the broken reactors is so uncontrollably hot that
it’s burned through the containment units. Just imagine the blood splatter
from James Cameron’s Aliens and insert Mother Earth into the equation. If
these volatile streams of toxic ooze burn their way to underlying volcanic
activity, then the chain reaction could make the entire complex explode –
thus sending a portion of the world into a sort of nuclear winter, rendering
significant parts of Japan/Indo-China uninhabitable…

As the guts of Fukushima hollow their path through Terra Firma, all
groundwater and soil it connects with will be coated with lethal radiation
and genetic mutagens that will last for 12 billion years. In response to
this problem, Tepco (the Corporation which owns these reactors) has admitted
that they cannot in anyway coat these plants with concrete and forge a
makeshift band-aid of lead and cement like the Russians did at Chernobyl.

You may have heard the plant workers were dumping seawater inside the
reactors with fire hoses to keep them from exploding, and this part is true.
What they haven’t explained is that every time they stop, 50 years of spent
uranium catches on fire and releases about 1000 times the amount of
radiation the Hiroshima bomb let off.

At this point, in June, Japan has been coated by an estimated fallout that
is equivalent to 20,000 atomic bombs and that the rain coming down on the
Japanese people clocks in the same as a highly targeted dose of aggressive
chemotherapy. The sewers of Japan are now clogged with raw sewage on par
with near-identical levels. You ask: "Where does radioactive sewage come
from?" Well, from people shitting pure radiation…

What you also don’t know is that the Japanese government – at the behest of
the Obama administration – has dumped this radioactive seawater (which
registers at 7.5 million times the legal limit) directly into the ocean.
This factoid comes from the Chinese government’s official website, who
recently posted this as a warning to their citizens. Their discovery is
that a 250,000 kilometer slick of radiation is now floating in The Pacific
(aka 100,000 square miles). And this lethal, eternal sludge is on a time
frame to coat the beaches of Hawaii and the entire West Coast of the United
States by 2013…

One speck of these radioactive properties (like plutonium or cesium) will
absolutely kill you and could easily be ingested in a piece of fish, seaweed
or rainwater. Once you have one of these particles in your system, this
mutates you a cancer-radiating death totem for all those surrounding you.
When you die the particle lives on, buried with you forever; eventually
flushed out through decomposition into the soil/water supply that in turn
finds its way back into the population…

Researchers are pulling car filters out of vehicles in Seattle and said
filters are setting off Geiger Counters – the data shows everyone in the
Northwest has been inhaling 5 hot particles of radiation a day; the Japanese
30. The data also indicates that the evacuation levels of Chernobyl are now
permanent life in the soil and water supply of Tokyo – in some cases
registering 30 times higher then the Russian calculations…

The US government’s answer has been to stop testing the rain and raise the
"safe levels" of radiation intake by 300% (the Japanese raised it 2000%).
In reality, the rain in San Francisco recently tested at 18,000 times the
normal level, and particles of Plutonium have been discovered in milk as far
East as Vermont. It’s being found in the tap water of virtually every major
USA city and where it’s been strongest the death rate of newborns and
infants (including miscarriages) has shot through the roof…

Amidst this murderous, negligent rampage we view the true face of Barack
Obama – withered and gray, unhinged and desperate, simmering with destitute
hypocrisy. No other character in literature comes so close to representing
his abhorrent duality than Harvey Dent. For the man who once promised the
most transparent administration in history has now sustained and illegally
launched more wars and draconian police state laws then any other President
in USA history. BUSH II was so horrible that he made Ronald Reagan look
good by comparison – but OBAMA somehow making BUSH II seem tame by
comparison? OBAMA beefed up the NDAA, thus making the military and the
police one in the same, rendering the USA a legal battlefield in which
anyone can be assassinated, black-bagged, tortured, erased without a warrant
or even just cause. He extended "Homeland Security" to over million
employees, manned the FEMA camps with armed MP’s, launched the ICE centers,
sold himself wholesale to the Bilderberg mob. He shredded the constitution,
eliminated Habeas Corpus, filled his administration with the same criminal
political mafia that has haunted our country forever. And when the Occupy
Protests started, the Federal Government (under executive directives)
launched a Cointelpro operation where they were coordinating raids against
dozens of our camps throughout the nation and sending Homeland Security en
masse to stalk us, arrest us, beat us, wipe us out. From BUSH nothing
changed – it only got worse.

The recently passed dictatorial order "National Defense Resources
Preparedness Executive Order" does to the country as a whole what the NDAA
did to the Constitution – completely evaporates any form of due process or
judicial oversight for any action taken by the Government in the interest of
"national security." This new Executive Order gives supreme power to the
president and his cabinet. The Secretary of Defense has power over all
water resources; The Secretary of Commerce has power over all material
services and facilities, including construction materials; The Secretary of
Transportation has power over all forms of civilian transportation; The
Secretary of Agriculture has power over food resources and facilities,
livestock plant health resources, and the domestic distribution of farm
equipment; The Secretary of Health and Human Services has power over all
health resources; The Secretary of Energy has power over all forms of
energy. Don’t believe? Read here:

www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/16/executive-…
al-defense-resources-preparedness

What is the alternative? No challenge from the left, and the Republican
role call of candidates is symbolically as disgusting as the reality at
hand. Romney (the Bilderberg stooge), GinGrinch (the Bohemian Grove
puppet), Bachmann (the Tea Party ignoramus), Cain (the Federal Reserve
implant) and Santorum (the anti-gay nut-job literally named after sloppy
queer buck-shot ass-froth).

You know you are absolutely f**ked when Ron Paul is the last true beacon of
hope and rational sanity. But when a situation this critical arises, you
better pray to whatever deity you subscribe that the crazy guy from Texas
whose spent 50+ years ranting about the Orwellian Conspiracy makes it into
office. In terms of Paul, he has as many goofy views as he does legitimate
ones – and as a third party can fairly much give the Tea Party AND Occupy
essentially what they want, or launch us in the direction of clarity. All
Ron Paul really needs is 24 hours in office and he’ll wave his crazy old man
magic wand and undo everything the Bilderberg/Grove mob put into play
through one savage pen stroke.

But reality is reality, and Ron Paul is not going to win. Even if he won
the popular vote (as he actually might in Texas and California – something
no one in the establishment media wants to ponder) they wouldn’t let him
take office. And Romney is not going to win either – there’s no way. A
Mormon will not be allowed in the White House. So get used to it – it’s
going to be 4 more years of Barack Obama and his raised-chin, resurrected
Egyptian Pharaoh bullshit.

And I still haven’t even gotten to my main point – BOHEMIAN GROVE. An old
CIA guy once told a friend of mine: "Believe nothing you read and only half
of what you see." Damn skippy.

When the OCCUPY Protests began – when legitimate dissent was under constant
threat from gangs of riot cops in storm trooper gear – I kept telling people
that we would eventually reach this point. When the charge was led against
the obvious, fathomable targets (banks, corporations, corrupt politicians)
it would eventually lead down the path I was assured it would. Chiefly,
that long, winding road of inescapable conspiracy involving all those scary
esoteric fraternities and royal bloodlines. I knew Occupy would soon find
itself mired in OCCUPY BILDERBERG, OCCUPY FREEMASONRY, OCCUPY AGENDA 21,
OCCUPY GOLDEN DAWN, OCCUPY THULE SOCIETY, OCCUPY SKULL and BONES, OCCUPY
FEDERAL RESERVE – all the way down the line, to OCCUPY HOLLOW EARTH. Which
is why I’ve gone whole-hog to try and maneuver the Occupy zeitgeist at one
target in particular – OCCUPY BOHEMIAN GROVE.

Never heard of this? It’s because you aren’t supposed to know. They’ve
flexed all their muscle to bury this from the public for 123 years, but you
can’t stop a revelation thats time has come. So imagine if once a year the
grand puppetmasters of the 1% all gather together for their own clandestine
Burning Man gathering deep in the redwoods of Northern California.

Bohemian Grove is a super-exclusive encampment/party for the most corrupt of
"The 1%" whose attendees have included every Republican President since 1888
as well as Fox News CEO Rupert Murdoch, Warren Buffet, Colin Powell, Donald
Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Henry Kissinger, Alan Greenspan, Karl Rove, Norman
Schwarzkopf and the Rockefeller Family. Other names include high-ranking
members of ALEC, NATO, NAFTA, Stratfor, Haliburton, The United Nations,
Bilderberg Group, CIA, FBI, Federal Reserve and the 9/11 Commission report
committee. The list continues to spiral with a laundry list of major
players in world politics, big business,the banking industry and the
military industrial complex.

Those involved are either guests or members of "The Bohemian Club." Formed
in the 1870’s as something resembling an artists’ retreat, this 2700 acre
campground (dubbed "Bohemian Grove") exists 75 miles north of San Francisco.
This camp was slowly bought out and became an annual, clandestine party.

Every year from mid-July to the beginning of August, these men hold
secretive "Lakeside Talks." This is the cause of concern – secret seminars
involving unbelievable concentrations of wealth and power. One can ask "if
it’s secret, how do you know about this?" Because while the contents of
these talks remain a mystery, we know for a fact they take place. Also,
program guides which have been leaked contain dubious speeches involving
everything from reshaping the Middle East through NATO involvement, nuclear
energy, prison systems, war strategy, banking cartels, etc.

But here’s where it gets weird – it’s not just a normal camp. You have
entire sectors of industry and government camping together by occupation –
118 of these different camps. A major sector of the worldwide banking
structure have been secretively, annually and historically camping together
as "The Lost Angels." It’s like a virtual world in itself that’s a cross
between an Ewok Village of Endor and a pseudo-mystical, closet queer
"Illuminati bathhouse." They even have "camp valets" which are male
prostitutes who accompany guests for both weeks.

Does that make you feel warm and fuzzy inside? Or that the campground is
lit by torches, has a mock pagan altar surrounded by a giant pentagram and
an "eternal flame" genie lamp in the middle that’s been lit since the
1930’s?Or that there’s even a 30 foot high Buddha shrine thrown in for good
measure?

That’s just the tip of the iceburg. The reason The Grove has been so
infamous is because the "Cremation of Care" ceremony. You might have heard
something in passing – some weird shit about an owl statue, some occult talk
before shrugging it off. Well, this centerpiece has been infiltrated and
filmed by Alex Jones of Infowars and twice by the BBC:

www.youtube.com/watch?andv=CTVTk3_lttw

www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHeP4OGZO0g

While many conspiracy types have bought this claim as if this is some
literal black magic rite, the more plausible answer is the one given to us
by the Bohemian Club itself. Once they couldn’t hide it anymore, they
released a statement following the BBC infiltration. Basically, this weird
ritual I will describe was part of a larger play that went on in the late
1800’s. The ritual was eventually separated from the larger play and used
as a party-initiating spectacle on the big first night.

So while these people look terrifying in their robes, this is more a "Fred
Flintstone in the Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes" sort of thing. At least
theoretically, until you see some of the more disturbing photographs. In
fact, even in a cartoon vaudeville context, it’s extremely creepy.

To kick-start the two-week party, our leaders gather around a man made lake
in the middle of The Grove. At the shoreline of this lake is a 40 foot
stone owl, which is the mascot of Bohemian Club. Dubbed "Moloch" by
conspiracy types (but actually called "The Owl of Bohemia" by club members)
this owl statue is terrifying looking – ominous, huge and half covered in
moss like some pagan black magic god. While the rest of the clubwatches
from wooden bleachers, about two dozen Grovers march out in druid-like
outfits holding lit torches.

They are cloaked in red KKK-like outfits and are carrying a funeral coffin
that is dubbed "care." Inside this coffin is the dummy of a human that
represents the Club’s pent up "cares." It is placed under this monstrous
and gigantic owl statue. The show then begins. The owl speaks from
recording equipment rigged inside the hollow statue andrecites a creepy
sermon, laughing a mad laugh. Those in the druid hoods then set this coffin
on fire with their torches in what appears to be a mock human sacrifice.
Pyrotechnics then explode everywhere.

Now, perhaps it really is a "Water Buffaloes" thing, but that’s not really
important. They can start wars, destroy the economy, crush our civil
liberties and the general populous expects it. But this thing? If we
convince even a small portion of the Right Wing, God-Fearing, Tea Partyin’
Christian masses that this is real, we have a wildfire on our hands. As
always, they’ll see only what they want to see – namely, Satan incarnate, or
what have you.

Bottom line is it’s freakish and damaging beyond all belief. And once this
thing gets entrenched in the national dialogue in a serious way, the
GinGrinch’s of the world simply cannot talk their way out of it. No way –
it’s the ultimate skeleton in their closet and we’ve built an international
coalition to relentlessly expose this.

Everything Bohemian Grove represents is in one microcosm all that is
inherently wrong about these individuals we’ve collectively deemed "The 1%"
and this is clear evidence of clandestine monopoly through 1% brotherhood.
Until these people are removed from power – until we finally cast off the
ancient, lingering chains of the HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE, the World Bank and the
NWO in the broadest sense possible – we will never know peace. Your
children will never have a future. Natural time will never be restored. The
wars will not cease, because they are only meant to be sustained and never
won. They are not for the issues of terrorism or national security, but
rather highly crafted products of an international criminal cartel. OBAMA
and ROMNEY are the same person and to vote for them is to vote for the
Rothschilds, the Rockefellers, the Bushes.

Please join us this July:

OCCUPY BOHEMIAN GROVE: July 2012 // Monte RIO, CA // FAQ
c/o The Occupy Bohemian Grove PDX Committee ( @occupybhgrove )
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ENEMY OF THE ECONOMY
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The Obama Watch
Chamber Music in the Key of Big G
By Ross Kaminsky on 2.8.11 @ 6:08AM

President Barack Obama’s speech to the Chamber of Commerce (video & transcript) on Monday morning offered the latest example of a man who wants to appear to be moderating while remaining "same guy" he’s been for two years (or for his whole adult life), to support business while refusing to back away from Obamacare, the most job killing legislation in generations, and to want to cut government spending while offering reductions in discretionary spending that over the course of a decade save barely a quarter of this year’s federal budget deficit.

It was a speech full of the internal contradictions necessary from a man whose mindset has always been anti-capitalist and anti-compromise, and who is trying to reconcile those traits with the "shellacking" his party took in November.

The president began by acknowledging his tense relationship with the Chamber: "Maybe we would have gotten off on a better foot if I had brought over a fruitcake when we first moved in." Polite but unimpressed laughter ensued, as if the attendees knew what was coming next.

After two years of leaving business out in the cold during every major policy discussion costing a few hundred billion dollars or more, Obama claimed to have "exchanged ideas" and "sought advice from many" of the Chamber’s members. He claimed to have found "common cause" with the Chamber on the "Recovery Act" aka the "Stimulus" aka "Porkulous," but couldn’t name any other legislation passed under his Administration that the nation’s leading business organization supported, noting that "on other issues, we’ve had some pretty strong disagreements." You don’t say.

Obama lapsed into a brief history of economic competition and globalization, noting that "these forces are as unstoppable as they are powerful" before injecting the first evidence that he was telling the truth to Bill O’Reilly when he said "I haven’t" when asked whether he’s "moving to the center": "[Americans] see a widening chasm of wealth and opportunity in this country, and they wonder if the American Dream is slipping away." While recent polls emphasize huge declines in public satisfaction with both government and major corporations, there is no evidence of the sort of class warfare jealousy regarding a "chasm of wealth" that Barack Obama himself has currently accepted (as demonstrated by his words to Joe the Plumber and a later statement that "at a certain point you’ve made enough money").

Obama’s anti-capitalist view informs every policy preference and tinges even his most blatant attempt at economic "moderation" on his part.

It’s also worth noting that the decline in satisfaction with government is down more than satisfaction with corporations, and that much of the current fad of bashing companies comes from the anti-business cheerleaders at the White House and within the Democratic caucus in Congress.

The president then lapsed into the primary theme of the speech: a bland rehashing of the State of the Union address with another call to "out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build our competitors" in order to "win the future" — a phrase which Charles Krauthammer suggests will be Obama’s 2012 campaign bookend to "Yes, we can!" and the acronym for which, WTF, Sarah Palin cleverly appropriated.

And here is where the real Obama comes through.

He claims that "winning the future" is "a job for all of us," completely missing the point that what most businesses really want is for government to get out of the way, not "help" as it did with, for example, the residential real estate market or with Obamacare’s massive cost and impending regulatory burdens, or with his EPA’s desire to control most of the economy through regulating carbon dioxide, a non-toxic substance almost entirely naturally occurring, the primary use of which is as plant food.

Strangely, for a man who just a few minutes earlier had said that "businesses can now open up shop, employ workers and produce their goods wherever there is Internet connection," Obama then proposed "connecting 80 percent of the country to high-speed rail," a boondoggle so large that it could dwarf even the massive money pit that is "green energy." He also wants to "make it possible for companies to put high-speed Internet coverage in reach of virtually all Americans." Perhaps he doesn’t realize that that possibility already exists — and that government had almost nothing to do with it (except for our undying gratitude to Algore for inventing the Internet). As always with Obama, the answer is government.

But the worst part of Barack Obama’s speech was his attempt to channel President John F. Kennedy — the man who gave America its single largest federal income tax cut as a percentage of GDP (1.9%) and as a percentage of the federal budget (8.8%).

Warning businesses that they "also have a responsibility to America," Obama patronized: "But ultimately, winning the future is not just about what the government can do to help you succeed. It’s about what you can do to help America succeed."

It’s a telling statement, so desperately wrong in its underlying premises that the assembled CEOs must have wondered whether an American president could actually be so clueless. Well, they might have wondered had they not lived through the past two years.

First, future success should be as little about government as possible; Obama’s phrasing makes it clear that he believes government is at least as important as business in national economic success. Second — and I know our liberal friends and even some conservatives won’t like to hear this — businesses have a responsibility to their shareholders and employees. They don’t have a duty to the nation other than to abide by its laws. Instead, the actions of government should be such that they engender rational economic loyalty to the nation, much as Hong Kong and Singapore have among businesses domiciled there.

Obama spent minutes lecturing the CEOs that they should start spending the cash they’ve been hoarding due to regulatory and economic uncertainty that Obama has made much worse, not better. He jawboned them to hire more workers, implying that his efforts to rationalize America’s self-destructive corporate tax code would be conditioned on business acquiescence. After all, Obama knows that if the unemployment rate is 8% or higher in November 2012, our next president is very likely to be a Republican.

In speaking about lowering the corporate income tax rate, Obama specified that it would be in a deficit neutral way, meaning that many current loopholes would be closed. Eliminating the crony capitalism embedded in our tax code is a worthy goal. The problem is that the static modeling used by the CBO and all Democrats when discussing taxes means that they’ll ignore the economic growth — and thus the additional tax revenue — caused by lower corporate tax rates and thus not cut the rate as much as it should be cut. Given the power of each industry group’s lobby and the different treatment of each industry in our tax code, it will take a heroic effort to accomplish serious reform of the corporate tax system. It is, however, one of the few areas in which we should wish Obama success.

The president also spent time talking about "remov[ing] outdated and unnecessary regulations," continuing his sad-if-it-weren’t-so-damaging missing the point that nobody has contributed more damaging regulation in such a short period of time as he has (not that George W. Bush has anything to be proud of in this area).

But continuing to prove that he is indeed "the same guy," after giving a few examples of potential streamlining of regulation, Obama touted the virtue of regulation, from air and water rules to financial markets to "buying groceries" and essentially demonizing anyone who opposes regulation as ignorant child abusers. In other words, regulations should be simpler, but not that many fewer, and claimed good intentions trump all else.

A point that supporters of capitalism must keep in mind is that big business is not always, and perhaps not even most often, a champion of free markets. Unlike small businesses, which survive based on delivering a superior product or service for a given price — in other words, by competing — big businesses work hand in glove with government to crush competition (e.g. Net Neutrality) or funnel taxpayer money to themselves (e.g. the government’s ban on incandescent light bulbs, so that Obama’s friend Jeff Immelt of General Electric can sell us more overpriced, underperforming, toxic-if-they-break compact fluorescent bulbs). In short, do not assume that Chamber of Commerce or a major corporation’s approval of a government policy makes it a good idea — although it’s likely to be a better idea with their approval than without it if it originated in the Obama Administration.

Finally, as if to prove not only that he is economically clueless but that he idolizes such ignorance, the president closed his speech by lauding President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s "new partnership with business." Roosevelt is the second-most anti-capitalist president in our nation’s history (second only to our current president). His willingness to experiment (an approach he took explicitly) with the nation’s economy is, according to many who study economic history, what made the Great Depression so "great." Had Roosevelt not attacked corporations at every turn, the U.S. would likely have come out of the Depression much faster — as most of Europe did.

If Barack Obama’s economic role model is FDR, then we really are lost — for two more years. Given that Obama has said explicitly that he is not moving to the center, that he is "the same guy" he’s been all along, betting odds are strong that if the Administration does anything right in economic policy it will be despite, and over the objections of, the developed world’s most economically illiterate chief executive.

While Barack Obama probably intended his speech "to be seen over there [as] moderating," instead he simply proved to everyone that his rhetoric is mostly insincere and completely uninformed by history or economic common sense

MEANWHILE THE UNITED STATES DEBT CLOCK KEEPS RUNNING
www.usdebtclock.org/

spectator.org/

The projected cost of Obamacare

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by SS&SS

Since the last elections, the continuing political story has been about the deficit. The more strictly conservative representatives have come to Washington with what they claim is a mandate to slash government spending so that the deficit can be reduced. This is producing an unhelpful form of brinkmanship in which the parties and the President decide whether to compromise or close down the government. It seems the main political players prefer to put their own doctrinaire beliefs ahead of the interests of the electorate since it helps no one if the government does in fact shut down.

While all this posturing has been going on, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has

Heartland Institute Experts React to President Obamas State of the Union Address


(PRWEB) January 29, 2014

The following statements reacting to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night from staff, fellows, and policy advisors at The Heartland Institute – a free-market think tank – may be used for attribution. For more comments, refer to the contact information below. To book a Heartland guest on your program, please contact Director of Communications Jim Lakely at jlakely(at)heartland(dot)org and 312/377-4000 or (cell) 312/731-9364.

“The president displayed a remarkable lack of gravitas in his State of the Union address. For a while, he was crouched over the lectern leaning on his elbows, like a college professor leading a discussion rather than the Leader of the Free World addressing the nation.

“There was so much else wrong with this speech. Taking credit for things he’s done so much to prevent (like rising oil production), the repetitive call-outs to sad sacks in the gallery in order to cite anecdotes instead of making credible arguments, the incredibly insulting and condescending notion that Congress should ‘give America a raise’ by raising the minimum wage. Do we all work for government? Would we not make more than $ 10 an hour unless government told our employers to pay us at least this much? That line – ‘give America a raise’ – should appear in dictionaries as part of the definition of ‘pandering.’

“His line about Obamacare – ‘come on guys, voting to repeal it 40 times is enough’ – trivialized an effort by a co-equal branch of government to keep promises its members made to voters back home, to repeal and replace legislation that was passed under false pretenses. He mocked his critics when he should have been apologizing for telling lies to the American people in order to get that legislation passed. The right thing to have said is: ‘I apologize for misleading members of Congress and the American people to get a piece of flawed legislation enacted. Let’s work together to repeal and replace it with something that can work.’”

Joseph Bast

President

The Heartland Institute

jbast(at)heartland(dot)org

312/377-4000

“The president continues to place his faith in government programs as a means to promote growth and prosperity. Economic history shows government efforts to direct and control the economy tend to detract from growth and impoverish people. America’s historical success is due to an alternative – faith in the freedom of individuals and markets.

“By replacing individual freedom with government control and direction, the president’s policies have produced the weakest recovery in over a century. Had our forefathers placed their faith in government instead of individuals, the U.S. today would be a third world nation. By moving to replace our precious individual freedoms with progressively more government control over the economy and markets, the president opts for policies that will continue to erode the living standards of most Americans.”

Robert Genetski

Policy Advisor, Budget and Tax Policy

The Heartland Institute

rgenetski(at)classicalprinciples(dot)com

312/565-0112

“The president says that the economy is improving substantially. Sadly, the average worker does not believe that. As President Barack Obama enters his sixth year in the White House, 68 percent of Americans say the country is either stagnant or worse off since he took office, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

“There is good reason for the pessimism. In 2007, 66 percent of Americans over age 16 either had a job or were looking for one. Today, that is down to 62.8 percent, the lowest labor-force participation rate since 1978.”

Ronald D. Rotunda

The Doy & Dee Henley Chair and Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence

Chapman University

rrotunda(at)chapman(dot)edu

714/628-2698

“In his meandering mess of a speech, President Obama managed to completely gloss over the relevant facts regarding the failures of his signature health care law. Rather than admit the problems and apologize for them, the president chose to ignore the millions of Americans who’ve learned that even if they like their plan they can’t keep it, or even if they like their doctor they can’t keep him. Instead, he based his metric of success on the number of Americans signed up for Medicaid, an already overburdened and failing entitlement system which offers the false promise of care to millions of Americans.

“President Obama has made health care unaffordable for millions of citizens while needlessly disrupting our economy. At most, his health care exchanges are signing up 15 percent of the uninsured Americans they were supposed to enroll. And why? Because the American people are finding that the promises he made about bringing down the price of health insurance for individuals and families were complete and utter lies. If all the promises he’d made about Obamacare had come true, the president’s speech would’ve been a victory lap. Instead, it’s a grim insistence that his broken policy will endure, despite how much it has hurt Americans across the country.”

Benjamin Domenech

Senior Fellow, Health Care Policy

The Heartland Institute

bdomenech(at)heartland(dot)org

703/509-1741

“President Obama dares to say ‘research shows government preschool is a great investment’ just a few months after yet another highest-quality study shows it’s fool’s gold. The president apparently prefers only the poor-quality research that supports his agenda of saddling kids with debt while failing to equip them to pay it off.

“The president is quite bold to claim his micromanaging, dictatorial education policies are already improving student achievement when the statistics show his penchant for making laws without Congress has slowed poor and minority kids’ achievement growth. The Common Core education standards and tests his administration has illegally pushed on schools still have no positive track record despite millions spent, and millions more to come.”

Joy Pullmann

Research Fellow, The Heartland Institute

Managing Editor, School Reform News

jpullmann(at)heartland(dot)org

312/377-4000

“Claiming credit for Common Core by name is problematic for President Obama because many parents and teachers (including even the largest teachers’ union in New York State) are rebelling against this nationalized, cookie-cutter model of education. However, by boasting of his administration’s Race to the Top bribes to bring states on board – plus its funding of the linked national assessments and curricular materials – Obama implicitly took full ownership of Common Core last night. To call it ObamaCore is no exaggeration. Indeed, its implementation is proving to be every bit as productive for education as ObamaCare is for health care.”

Robert G. Holland

Senior Fellow, Education

The Heartland Institute

rholland(at)heartland(dot)org

312/377-4000

“I sat down at my television set with a yellow legal pad and a mechanical pencil to take notes and jot down comments I’d like to make. My legal pad is blank. I fell asleep and might still be asleep if my daughter hadn’t nudged me awake. I’m not sure how long I was asleep, so maybe I missed something important but I doubt it. I didn’t hear anything inspiring, uplifting or amusing, aside from his quip about how mothers might appreciate a phone call from their kids to help them sign up for Obamacare.

“It seems to me if there was a theme that ran through his talk, it’s that executive orders will drop from his pen like leaves from trees on a breezy day in late fall. Congress should grow a spine and remind the president that its job is to make the laws, and the president’s job is to see that the laws are faithfully executed. That’s why Congress is called the legislative branch of government and the presidency is called the executive branch.”

Steve Stanek

Research Fellow, Budget and Tax Policy

The Heartland Institute

Managing Editor

Budget & Tax News

sstanek(at)heartland(dot)org

815/385-5602

“As a society, it is high time for us to recognize and embrace the truth. Contrary to President Obama’s misguided assertion, carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. Its increasing concentration only minimally affects earth’s climate, while it offers tremendous benefits to the biosphere. Efforts to regulate and reduce CO2 emissions are simply ludicrous. They will hurt far more than they will help.”

Craig D. Idso

Senior Fellow, Environment

The Heartland Institute

Co-editor, Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change

cidso(at)co2science(dot)org

312/377-4000

“The president said ‘climate change is a fact’ and vowed action via the Environmental Protection Agency in his State of Union Speech, but he did not ask for any new legislation such as the cap-and-trade bill he touted a year ago. As a scientist who knows without a doubt there is no significant man-made global warming, perhaps I should be pleased the president took a softer stance on the issue, But I am far from happy about the state of affairs on the issue.

“It has become purely a rock-solid, lock-step political position of the Democrat Party to believe in global warming, and of the Republican Party to disbelieve. I see no hint that the leadership in either party is truly interested in opening their minds to a scientific debate — to study the evidence and reach a reasoned non-politically motivated position and take actions accordingly.

“Science and politics do not match well. Science is not settled by a vote, and slogans and platform planks are not scientifically significant. It is my deepest regret this has become a political issue. I think we will make little progress in obtaining an open hearing from the public as long as the political leaders line up their followers on one side or the other.”

John Coleman

Meteorologist, KUSI-TV San Diego

Policy Advisor, Environment

The Heartland Institute

coleman(at)kusi(dot)com

312/377-4000

“President Obama seems to have toned down his climate rhetoric this year given the obvious reality of no rising global temperatures for 17-plus years and the current cold snap gripping the nation. Saying the phrase ‘climate change is a fact’ is meaningless.

“When our children look us in the eye, we want to tell them that our generation rejected the belief that regulating emissions alters our climate and weather. We want to tell our kids that we rejected the belief that acts of Congress or the U.N. or the EPA could alter storms or global climate. We want to say ‘Yes we did’ to our kids when they ask us if we stopped bureaucrats at the EPA and in our government from attempting to restrict our energy choices based on the belief politicians can change the weather.”

Marc Morano

Publisher

Climate Depot

morano(at)climatedepot(dot)com

312/377-4000

“Mr. Obama is fortunate to be president during America’s energy revolution. Extraction of oil and natural gas from dense shale is occurring with no help from the administration. It is occurring on private or state-controlled lands and driven by private initiatives. According to 2012 statistics compiled by the Energy Information Administration, the production of oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids, and coal from federal lands and waters all fell. The difference between what is occurring on non-federal lands and federal lands demonstrates the economically punitive policies of this administration.

“The president correctly stated that climate change is a fact. It has been ongoing for hundreds of millions of years and there is little governments can do to stop it. The great fear of global warming was artificially contrived. For a president to declare that he will expand executive powers, without Congressional approval, to fight this non-threat is a drastic step towards authoritarian government. Already, the administration has contrived an artificial concept called the social cost of carbon. All life on the planet is carbon based. Is life a pollutant? Does life have a social cost? The concept is an insult to logic, language, and science.

“The Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) has produced reports reviewing appropriate scientific papers and concluded carbon dioxide emissions are not a major cause of global warming or climate change. Also, the reports cited thousands of studies in laboratories and in the field that demonstrate increased atmospheric carbon dioxide promotes growth of virtually all forms of green plants and is a tremendous boon to agriculture and the environment. Three decades of satellite observations confirm these findings.”

Kenneth Haapala

Executive Vice President

Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP)

Ken(at)Haapala(dot)com

312-377-4000

“Last night’s State of the Union Address reminds me of the idiom ‘on one hand, on the other hand.’ On one hand, President Obama extolled efforts to increase fuel efficiency to ‘help America wean itself off foreign oil.’ He touted the new reality of ‘more oil produced at home than we buy from the rest of the world, the first time that’s happened in nearly 20 years.’ On the other hand, he promised to use his ‘authority to protect more of our pristine federal lands for future generations’ – which is code for more national monuments and endangered species designations that will lock up federal lands from productive use.

“He took credit for his ‘all of the above’ energy strategy, which he claims has ‘moved America closer to energy independence than we have been in decades.’ And, regarding natural gas, Obama said he’ll ‘cut red tape to help states get those factories built and put folks to work.’ He also proclaimed: ‘I’ll act on my own to slash bureaucracy and streamline the permitting process for key projects, so we can get more construction workers on the job as fast as possible.’ Yet, the Department of Energy has dozens of permits for liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities languishing on some bureaucrat’s desk. One of the few approved terminals – Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass LNG Terminal Project in Cameron Parish, Louisiana – created more than 2,000 jobs in 2013 and looks to create another 2,000 jobs in 2014. Let’s get those permits issued.

“On one hand, the president says he wants to help. On the other hand, everything he does hinders.”

Marita Noon

Executive Director

Citizens Alliance for Responsible Energy

marita(at)responsiblenergy(dot)org

505/239-8998

“In his State of the Union Address, President Obama asked whether we will leave our children’s children with a safer, more stable world with respect to the ‘settled’ issue of climate change. Why doesn’t Obama apply the same standard when it comes to government spending?

“Reckless overspending in Washington is creating an unsustainable mountain of debt that will be passed on to our children’s children. Yet throughout his speech, Obama outlined additional spending initiatives with no consideration of how they will be paid for. One such proposal would create a new ‘minimum wage’ for federal contractors. This gimmicky proposal will have little impact other than to force the federal government to pay more for goods and services – additional costs that will no doubt be passed on to future generations.

“If Obama is truly concerned about leaving our children’s children with a safer, more stable world, he should start by cutting government spending and reducing the tax burden on American workers so that the economy will finally begin to grow and the private sector will create jobs.”

Jonathan Steitz

Policy Advisor, Budgets and Taxes

The Heartland Institute

jonathan.steitz(at)gmail(dot)com

262/308-8885

“President Obama seems hell-bent on dismantling America and its system of government one day at a time. He continues, in my opinion, to cavalierly jettison the constitutional system of checks and balances which was the genius of the Founding Fathers. First came the unauthorized czars, and now we have the proclamation of anticipatory end runs around the legislative branch through executive fiat using the moniker of executive orders.

“These unilateral acts are those of a man who would be king, which he is not. As I recall we fired the king more than 200 years ago. Jefferson, Madison, and the legions who staked and gave their lives on creating this republic to operate as a democracy are surely turning in their graves.”

Kurtis B. Reeg

President/Managing Partner

Reeg Lawyers, LLC

Policy Advisor, Legal Affairs

The Heartland Institute

kreeg(at)reeglawyers(dot)com

314/446-3350

“Apart from throwing a few crumbs to his base, President Obama produced nothing novel or interesting in his speech. But he did sadly reaffirm his commitment to a virtually Utopian society in which government takes the initiative on nearly all fronts. And that is plainly not in the spirit of what is distinctively American or just.

“I had hoped for some learning from the president – to the effect that the private sector is where solutions lie to nearly all our real problems. Government’s only role must be, as Jefferson said, to ‘secure [our] rights’ – not to train Americans for anything other than, perhaps, defending the country from potential aggressors. It is not the job of government to ‘give us a chance,’ since our form of government doesn’t include some monarch handing out favors to subjects.”

Tibor R. Machan

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

Auburn University

R. C. Hoiles Endowed Chair in Business Ethics and Free Enterprise

Argyros School of Business & Economics

Chapman University

tmachan(at)gmail(dot)com

312/377-4000

“From the SOTU, you’d never guess that we have a record low in number of people employed, record levels of debt, abysmal international standing in education, chaos in the Middle East, and millions losing their health insurance. But we’re going to the Olympics, finding natural gas (on private lands only), and planning (still) to close Gitmo (thereby upholding our constitutional ideals). Amanda in Arizona got health coverage, a small business opened in Detroit, and carbon emissions are way down (no attribution given to our dismal economy). All we need to do now is extend unemployment insurance, raise the minimum wage, and end gun violence. That last bit is one of a number of things Obama promises to do single handedly if Congress won’t cooperate.

“Now that ObamaCare has fixed health care, and reduced al Qaeda to a mere remnant, we can move on to fixing education.

“From the enthusiastic applause, it would appear that Congress is persuaded by this fantasy, though a few audience shots showed some dour-looking Republicans. They’re the ones getting blamed for ‘creating crises.’ Otherwise, all is well, and God bless America.

“How can anyone take this charade seriously?”

Jane M. Orient, M.D.

Executive Director

Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

janeorientmd(at)gmail(dot)com

520/323-3110

“What Obama delivered was a list of the same policies that have ill-served the nation. After five years, we know that what he cannot do is provide leadership sufficient to govern America. Foreign or domestic, his policies have been marked by failure.

“On the long roster of issues he addressed, he placed an emphasis on putting Americans to work again, but that remains a difficult goal to achieve when his administration is scaling new heights in the production of regulations that choke the nation’s business community, from large corporations to small businesses. There was no mention of the Keystone XL pipeline, which his own State Department estimated could produce 42,000 jobs.

“He advocated raising the minimum wage when all that will accomplish will be to reduce jobs and drive up costs to consumers.

“He dramatized Obamacare by using examples of people he said benefitted from it, but made no mention of the millions who have or will lose their health care plans and even their choice of a personal physician.”

Alan Caruba

Founder, The National Anxiety Center

Policy Advisor, The Heartland Institute

acaruba(at)aol(dot)com

312/377-4000

“President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night was all about ‘micro-management.’ It was micro-management at one level since he realizes that a divided Congress will not pass any ‘grand’ legislation that he might try to submit. Thus, he proposed a series of small changes that he hopes that either Congress would go along with, or that he can try to impose through ‘executive order’ without Congressional approval.

“But the other level of his focus on micro-management highlights the inescapable political paternalistic mindset in which he thinks:

He knows what wage government contractors should pay their workers;

He knows how pre-kindergarten children should be taught;

He knows how businesses should organize their use of energy in their manufacturing of products;

He knows how long people should be financially able to be unemployed between jobs while looking for employment;

He knows how divergent income inequalities should or should not be in America;

He knows how to create career opportunities for young people and the type of education they should have available;

He knows the type and quality of health insurance and medical care people should receive.

“This is why he has faced much of the congressional opposition, over which he is clearly frustrated. Many people in the United States, and their elected representatives, believe that these are not matters for the government. These are matters that should be left up to the judgment, planning, and decisions of individuals, families, and voluntary agreements among people themselves in their communities and in the workplace.

“The president’s government-imposed ‘one-size-fits-all’ solutions to what he considers to be America’s ‘problems’ are in stark contrast to the diversity of America, and the more reasonable and common-sensical view that people in their own circumstances and with their own knowledge can far better handle their own problems than someone in a far-away national capital with none of the real micro-knowledge of people’s lives. This partly explains the president’s low poll ratings. People come to resent the arrogant ‘do-gooder’ who presumes to know better how people should live than those people themselves.”

Dr. Richard Ebeling

Professor of Economics

Northwood University

ebelingr(at)northwood(dot)edu

914/ 564-7030

“President Obama mentioned his desire to see election reforms, including ‘reforms so that no one has to wait more than a half hour to vote.’ For all its conveniences, early voting threatens the basic nature of citizen choice in democratic, republican government.

“In elections, candidates make competing appeals to the people and provide them with the information necessary to be able to make a choice. Citizens also engage with one another, debating and deliberating about the best options for the country. Especially in an age of so many nonpolitical distractions, it is important to preserve the space of a general election campaign — from the early kickoff rallies to the last debates in October — to allow voters to think through, together, the serious issues that face the nation.

“The integrity of that space is broken when some citizens cast their ballots as early as 46 days before the election, as some states allow. A lot can happen in those 46 days. Early voters are, in essence, asked a different set of questions from later ones; they are voting with a different set of facts.”

Eugene Kontorovich

Professor of Law, Northwestern University

Policy Advisor, Legal Affairs

The Heartland Institute

e-kontorovich(at)law.northwestern(dot)edu

312/377-4000

“President Obama does not seem to grasp the fact that in a free-market economy an employee gets a raise by showing his or her employer that their value has increased through more training, skill acquisition, education, or productivity gains. Workers who are currently paid less than $ 10.10 are so because their contribution to total revenue is less than $ 10.10 per hour.”

Jack A. Chambless

Economics Professor

Valencia College

jchambless(at)valenciacollege(dot)edu

312/377-4000

“I fully support the president’s proposal to increase the minimum wage. However, if this will work as the president believes to increase employment and reduce income inequality in America, would it not do the same for other countries as well? Therefore, America should eliminate foreign aid and tell our former aid recipients to simply raise their minimum wage. If it works for us, it will work for them as well.

“Our aid recipients are likely more savvy than our president and I would expect few to accept the advice.”

Barry Keating

Professor, Mendoza College of Business

University of Notre Dame

barry.p.keating.1(at)nd(dot)edu

574/631-9127

The Heartland Institute is a 30-year-old national nonprofit organization headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Its mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. For more information, visit our Web site or call 312/377-4000.







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Better Business Bureau Names BBB Top Ten Scams of 2013


Arlington, VA (PRWEB) February 11, 2014

Every year, Better Business Bureau receives thousands of calls and emails from consumers who have been scammed… or from the lucky ones who have dodged scams by being wary. Some scams are widespread, getting a lot of people for small amounts. Others are more narrowly focused, but take people for thousands or tens of thousands of dollars. The Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Data Book estimates that Americans lost $ 1.4 billion to scams in 2012.

The Council of Better Business Bureaus, the umbrella organization for the 113 local BBBs across the U.S. and Canada, culls its annual “Top Ten Scams” list from a variety of sources, including reports from consumers, some of whom have been victims of scams; from federal agencies; and from other reliable information sources.

“These are not necessarily the scams with the biggest losses, or those with the most victims, as many people don’t report scams or even know they’ve been victimized,” said Katherine Hutt, CBBB spokesperson. “These are the scams that seemed to be the most widespread, aimed at the most vulnerable, growing in popularity, or just plain audacious. Scams are every-changing, but we want to help people recognize them and be prepared the next time they get a suspicious call, email, text or solicitation.”

BBB Top Ten Scams of 2013

Medical Alert Scam – A new twist to the telemarketing scam hit 2013 hard. With promises of a “free” medical alert system, the scam targeted seniors and caretakers and claimed to be offering the system free of charge because a family member or friend had already paid for it. In many cases, seniors were asked to provide their bank account or credit information to “verify” their identity and, as a result, were charged the monthly $ 35 service fee. The system, of course, never arrived and the seniors were left with a charge they had trouble getting refunded. Easy rule of thumb – be wary of “free” offers that require your personal information upfront and always verify with the supposed friend or family member that the caller says paid for the service.

Auction Reseller Scam – Many people turn to Ebay and other online auctions sites to sell used items they no longer need, and relatively new electronics seem to do especially well. But scammers have figured out a way to fool sellers into shipping goods without receiving payment. Usually the buyer claims it’s an “emergency” of some sort – a child’s birthday, a member of the military shipping out – and asks the seller to ship the same day. The seller receives an email that looks like it’s from PayPal confirming the payment, but emails are easy to fake. Always confirm payment in your Ebay and PayPal accounts before shipping, especially to an overseas address.

Arrest Warrant Scam – This one seemed to really take off last autumn. In this scam, con artists are taking advantage of technology that can change what is visible on Caller ID, and allowing them to pose as the office of the local sheriff or other law enforcement agency. They call to say there is a warrant out for your arrest, but that you can pay a fine in order to avoid criminal charges. Of course, these “police” don’t take credit cards; only a wire transfer or pre-paid debit card will do. Sometimes these scams seem very personal; the scammer may refer to a loan or other financial matter. It may just be a lucky guess, but don’t be fooled into thinking you are about to be arrested.

Invisible Home Improvements – Home improvement scams vary little from year to year, and most involve some type of shoddy workmanship from unlicensed or untrained workers. The hardest for homeowners to detect, and therefore the easiest for scammers to pull off, are repairs or improvements to the areas of your home that you can’t see: roofs, chimneys, air ducts, crawl spaces, etc. Scammers may simply knock at your door offering a great deal because they were “in the neighborhood,” but more and more they are using telemarketing, email and even social media to reach homeowners. Helpful videos on YouTube can add legitimacy to a contractor, but consumers have no way of knowing if the video is real or “borrowed” from a legitimate contractor. Check out home contractors at bbb.org before saying yes.

Casting Call Scam – This is not as widespread as some other scams, but it seems to have really been on the increase in recent years, thanks to the popularity of television talent shows like “American Idol” and “Project Runway.” Scammers pose as agents or talent scouts looking for actors, singers, models, reality show contestants, etc., and use phony audition notices to fool aspiring performers into paying to try out for parts that don’t exist. There are several ways this plays out. It can simply be an unscrupulous way to sell acting lessons, photography services, etc., or it can be an outright scam for things like fees for online “applications” or upcoming “casting calls.” Even worse, the information provided on an online application could be everything a scammer needs for identity theft.

Foreign Currency Scam – Investments in foreign currency can sound like a great idea, and scammers frequently use real current events and news stories to make their pitches even more appealing. They advertise an easy investment with high return and low risk when you purchase Iraqi Dinar, Vietnamese Dong or, most recently, the Egyptian Pound. The plan is that, when those governments revalue their currencies, increasing their worth against the dollar, you just sell and cash in. Unlike previous hoaxes, you may even take possession of real currency. The problem is that they will be very difficult to sell, and it’s extremely unlikely they will ever significantly increase in value.

Scam Texts – With online and mobile banking skyrocketing, it’s not a surprise that scams quickly follow. One major tactic recently is the use of scam texts, known as “smishing,” to steal personal information. They look like a text alert from your bank, asking you to confirm information or “reactivate your debit card” by following a link on your smart phone. Banks of all sizes have been targeted, and details of the scam vary, but the outcome is the same: scammers get your banking information, maybe even your ATM number and PIN. You may even inadvertently download malicious software that gives the scammer access to anything on your phone.

Do Not Call Scams – The National Do Not Call Registry (U.S.) or the National Do Not Call List (Canada) offer consumers a free way to reduce telemarketing calls. Scammers call anyway, of course, and they’ve even found a way to scam consumers by pretending to be a government official calling to sign you up or confirming your previous participation on the Dot Not call list! In one variation, scammers ask for personal information, such as your name, address and Social Security/Social Insurance number. In another, scammers try to charge a fee to join the registry. Either way, just hang up. These services are free, but sharing personal information with a scammer could cost you a lot.

Fake Friend Scam – Did you ever get a Friend Request on Facebook from someone you already thought was your Friend? If you hit Accept, you may have just friended a scammer. A popular recent scam has been the theft of people’s online identities to create fake profiles, which can be used in a variety of ways. A new Friend can learn a lot about you to scam you later, “recommend” sketchy websites that download malware, use your account to scrap information on your other Friends, even impersonate a military officer or other trustworthy person to perpetrate a romance scam. Be careful on social media, keep your privacy settings high, and don’t share confidential information. You can’t always be sure that your Friends are really your friends.

Scam of the Year: Affordable Care Act Scam

Scammers had a field day with the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), using it as a way to fool Americans into sharing their personal information. Scammers would call claiming to be from the federal government and saying the would-be victim needed a new insurance card or Medicare card. However, before they can mail the card, they need to collect personal information. Scammers do a lot to make their requests seem credible. For example, they may have your bank’s routing number and ask you to provide your account number. Or, they may ask for your credit card or Social Security number, Medicare ID, or other personal information. But sharing personal information with a scammer puts you at risk for identity theft.

For infographic, click here.

More information for consumers:

    For more information on these and other scams, go to BBB Scamstopper. Sign up for our Scam Alerts and learn about new scams as soon as we do.
    For more information on investment scams, go to BBB Smart Investing, a partnership with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.
    To search for a business in the U.S. or Canada, or to find your local BBB, go to BBB.org.
    For information on charities, go to Give.org.
    For information on U.S. government services, go to: USA.gov.
    For information on Canadian government services, go to Service Canada.

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ABOUT BBB:

For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping consumers find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2012, consumers turned to BBB 124 million times for Business Reviews on more than 4.5 million companies and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for 113 local, independent BBBs across the United States and Canada, as well as home to its national programs on dispute resolution and industry self-regulation.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

For more information, journalists should contact Katherine Hutt at 703-247-9345 or khutt(at)council(dot)bbb(dot)org or Kelsey Owen at 703-247-9376 or kowen(at)council(dot)bbb(dot)org. After hours, use the BBB Media Hotline at 571-422-3584.







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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Federal officials are declaring a fishery disaster for Florida’s oyster industry in the Gulf of Mexico.

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The announcement comes a day before both U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson are scheduled to be in Apalachicola for a field hearing by the Senate Commerce Committee. The committee will take testimony about the impact of water flows in Apalachicola Bay.

The collapse of the oyster industry last year followed a drought that reduced freshwater into the bay. But state officials have also blamed the lack of freshwater flow due to increased consumption in Georgia.

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today declared a commercial fishery failure for the oyster fishery along the west coast of Florida. The fishery resource disaster resulted from excessive drought conditions in Apalachicola Bay and elsewhere in the Florida panhandle during the 2012 – 2013 winter fishing season.

“We understand the economic significance this historic oyster fishery has for fishermen and related businesses in the panhandle of Florida,” said Secretary Pritzker. “Because the drought caused such a decline in oyster landings and a rather significant drop in revenue, the fishery qualified as a resource disaster under the nation’s fishing law.”

Under the Interjurisdictional Fisheries Act and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Commerce Secretary can declare a fishery disaster which makes it possible for Congress to appropriate funds to provide economic assistance to fishing businesses and communities, including oyster fishermen, affected by the disaster and to support other activities addressing the disaster.

If Congress appropriates funds to address the Florida oyster fishery failure, the Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will work closely with members of Congress and the state of Florida to develop a spending plan and distribute the funds to help coastal communities and the fishing industry, should funds be appropriated.

Within the last year, landings on the Florida west coast oyster fishery have declined nearly 60 percent, with a 44 percent reduction in revenues. This decline in revenues is an unusual occurrence in this fishery and is not part of a cyclical downturn in revenues. The state of Florida projects that with the continued decline in landings, revenue losses are only expected to increase and remain lower than the historical average until the oyster population begins to rebound.

“It takes three years for oysters to reach marketable size, so we are concerned about this depleted oyster resource that has traditionally supported a viable fishery,” said Sam Rauch, acting assistant NOAA administrator for NOAA Fisheries. “We will continue to work with Congress, the state and oyster fishermen through this challenging time.”

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TALLAHASSEE – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has approved the Governor’s September 2012 request for a commercial fisheries failure declaration for the ongoing fisheries disaster in Apalachicola Bay.

Governor Scott said, “The federal government did the right thing in approving this commercial fisheries failure declaration. Now we need the support of Congress to provide the dollars necessary to support this region’s recovery. Congress should move with a sense of urgency to provide much needed support for families in the region, so they can get back on their feet and continue providing our nation with the world’s best oysters.”
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"Not much out here right now, I don’t know what needs to be done, but something needs to be done," said an oystermen, while out in the bay. " The marine patrol is around us, hard timing us, it’s just a hard time right now."

"If we are here we are harassing them, If we are not here we are not doing enough about enforcement, so it puts law enforcement, the FWC, in a lose, lose situation," said Captain Rob Beaton from The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

FWC set out for a two-day patrol to make sure harvesters are following regulations.

"Some harvesters are facing some tough economic times and they are saying they are being forced because of the financial situation," said Beaton.

Captain Beaton says some harvesters are not shading the oysters, which causes them to grow bacteria. He has seen many cases where the oysters were too small to be snatched from the waters. The requirement is three inches minimum.

Captain Beaton says his team is trying to preserve the waters for the future

"We want to ensure that there is consumer confidence on oysters coming from this bay and that people look at this area as a top place to get oysters," said Beaton.

For more information about rules and regulations on commercial fishing or oyster harvesting log on to: www.myfwc.com
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CBS News has learned more than two million Americans have been told they cannot renew their current insurance policies — more than triple the number of people said to be buying insurance under the new Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.
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There have been estimates about hundreds of thousands of people losing coverage, CBS News’ Jan Crawford reported on "CBS This Morning." CBS News has reached out to insurance companies across the country to determine some of the real numbers — and this is just the tip of the iceberg, Crawford said. The people who are opening the letters are shocked to learn they can’t keep their insurance policies despite President Obama’s assurances to the contrary.

The White House is on the defensive trying to explain it, after Mr. Obama repeatedly said, "If you like your doctor or health care plan, you can keep it."

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, "What the president said and what everybody said all along is that there are going to be changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act to create minimum standards of coverage."

It’s an unexpected reality of Obamacare being told through anecdotes in local papers and on social media. But the hard numbers reveal the evidence is far more than anecdotal. CBS News has confirmed with insurance companies across the country that more than two million people are getting notices they no longer can keep their existing plans. In California, there are 279,000; in Michigan, 140,000; Florida, 300,000; and in New Jersey, 800,000. And those numbers are certain to go even higher. Some companies who tell CBS News they’ve sent letters won’t say how many.

Industry experts like Larry Levitt, of the Kaiser Family Foundation, say the insurance companies have no choice. "What we’re seeing now is reality coming into play," he said.

Obamacare forces them to drop many of their plans that don’t meet the law’s 10 minimum standards, including maternity care, emergency visits, mental health treatment and even pediatric dental care.

That means consumers have to sign on to new plans even if they don’t want or need the more generous coverage. Industry experts say about half the people getting the letters will pay more — and half will pay less, thanks to taxpayer subsidies. Levitt said, "The winners outnumber the losers here, but because of all the website problems, it’s hard to find out who the winners are because they don’t even know it themselves."

And for the people who’ve gotten the letters, the broken website is a real problem, Crawford added on "CTM." They don’t know what to do. They don’t know if they get subsidies. And then there are others getting the letters who have very good insurance but are being told they can’t keep it. Industry experts CBS News talked to say for everyone, the best bet is to just call their insurance companies to get the information.
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— Rainydaygrrl • 26 minutes ago −

Many of us who didn’t vote for abomination are just sadly nodding right now. It’s exactly what we expected. That is; a much, much, worst economy, and lies and more lies, from him, and his many puppet lieutenants. It’s really sad to me just how God Smacked many were with this man, eating up his lies like it was candy, fooled, and sucked in, to his many promises of, "We need change, and we are gonna change!", B.S talk. His high ranking followers were/are the likes of: Sean Penn, Puff Daddy, Kayne, Rap artists, Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan, Madonna, Al Sharpton, Bill Clinton, etc, etc. All people who DO NOT value good morals, integrity, truth, honesty, and God.
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— Leo • 7 hours ago −

It should be called YO-MAMA CARE
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— Death_Star • 7 hours ago −

You can’t make an omelet without first breaking some eggs, get over yourselves.
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— GeniusOne Death_Star • 3 hours ago −

Keep your omelet. I did not ask for one, and I most certainly never agreed to pay for yours.
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— Steve Death_Star • 4 hours ago −

Yea people who work for a living on the right and low life freeloaders on the left.
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— Alex Edwards Death_Star • 6 hours ago −

Actually, that’s the Democrat vision, Where everyone is dependent on government housing, wellfare, foodstamps, ETC while politicans live in luxury.
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— Steve Glenn • 5 hours ago −

My main issue with A.C.A is the fact that people are going to be fined if they do not carry minimum health insurance. Those that can’t afford the health insurance will be allowed to ride on the tax payers to cover their costs i.e. Medicaid. So this tells me that all people on Welfare will now get a free ride on Medicaid costing the tax payers even more. Like a freaking vacuum just sucking the low income people into the system.

"Starting January 1, 2014, if someone doesn’t have a health plan that qualifies as minimum essential coverage, he or she may have to pay a fee that increases every year: from 1% of income (or per adult, whichever is higher) in 2014 to 2.5% of income (or 5 per adult) in 2016. The fee for children is half the adult amount. The fee is paid on the 2014 federal income tax form, which is completed in 2015. People with very low incomes and others may be eligible for waivers. See "What if someone doesn’t have health coverage in insurance in 2014?" for more information."
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— robert h siddell, jr Glenn • 5 hours ago −

Hold your horses a bit. Obama will sign an Executive Order in Feb 2014 (after the companies establish their new rates on 1Jan2014); his order will declare that the greedy company’s exorbitant rates now require Washington to save Americans by nationalizing ACA and making it single payer like SS and Medicare; the Treasury will deduct premiums from everyone’s pay. This will work so well that in Mar2014, Washington will nationalize all remaining private enterprise and begin deducting student loans, credit cards, mortgages, car payments, utilities and child support (unions, politicians, banksters and welfare recipients will be exempted). He will rename the Statue of Liberty as the Statue of Equality and after having solved all of liberal America’s problems, Obama will take a much needed 6 month vacation at his "official" birthplace while the low IQ voters prepare his coronation ceremony.
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— Repubtallygirl • 9 hours ago −

Obama administration knew millions could not keep their health insurance

President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.

Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC News that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience “sticker shock.”

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— 62nitro • 9 hours ago −

"You can keep your existing coverage" and "You can keep your doctor" ranks right up there with "The check is in the mail" and "Of course I’ll respect you in the morning".
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