Basically while the state dries up, ordinary citizens are supposed to reduce water usage while the people who use and pollute the most are allowed to continue business as usual. Score another insanity point for the powers that be, instead of innovation and solutions they cut corners to allow unsustainable practices to persist.
Back in 2006 Alayne Fleischmann witnessed massive securities fraud in banks mortgage operations. JP Morgan Chase and even the US Justice Department made efforts to silence her. Here is a powerful excerpt from this Rolling Stone article:
She was blocked at every turn: by asleep-on-the-job regulators like the Securities and Exchange Commission, by a court system that allowed Chase to use its billions to bury her evidence, and, finally, by officials like outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, the chief architect of the crazily elaborate government policy of surrender, secrecy and cover-up. "Every time I had a chance to talk, something always got in the way," Fleischmann says.
Recently big banks like Citigroup, Chase and Bank of America were able to give "cash for secrecy. The banks paid big fines, without trials or even judges – only secret negotiations that typically ended with the public shown nothing but vague, quasi-official papers called "statements of facts," which were conveniently devoid of anything like actual facts."
Fleischmann could be sued into oblivion by these financial juggernauts but refuses complicity in what she calls "the biggest financial cover-up in history." She had humbler ambitions in her early career but worked in Wall Street to pay off her student loan debt. Seems like corruption has forced her back to her roots. It is unlikely she will be able to work on Wall Street again with the backlash that haunts whistleblowers as she has experienced.
Attorney General Eric Holder gave civil immunity to Chase. Government "investigators" did not contact Fleishmann, the key witness. In 2010 Goldman Sachs paid $550 million to settle one case and get immunity from charges in other crooked mortgage deals where it misled investors about subprime mortgages.
Cases where Fleishmann would make a great witness include the Fort Worth Employees' Retirement Fund. They asked Chase to release documents to her but a Chase attorney told the judge she could not "testify to anything of importance." The Federal Magistrate Judge James C. Francis IV took Chase's lawyers at their word and rejected access for Fleishmann. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh made similar request Chase stalled, then abruptly settled prevented Fleishmann from testifying.
While still hoping to be heard Fleishmann saw a speech by Holder that made her wince. The title "No Company is Too Big to Jail," sounded good in principle but "It was classic Holder: full of weird prevarication, distracting eye twitches and other facial contortions. It began with the bold rejection of the idea that overly large financial institutions would receive preferential treatment from his Justice Department." As the speech went on it evolved into saying generally that "regulators have to agree not to allow automatic penalties to kick in, so that bad banks can stay in business.." At a later speech Holder argued the institutional culture is the problem and responsibility is impossible to pin-point.
Fleishmann is confident in helping facilitate justice and that "the proof is easily there for all the elements of the crime as defined by federal law – the bank made material misrepresentations, it made material omissions, and it did so willfully and with specific intent, consciously ignoring warnings from inside the firm and out." Another investigation is under way but if you can see the trend and if the Holder's will is done, nothing will come of it.
The article concludes grimly:
The people who stole all those billions are still in place. And the bank is more untouchable than ever – former Debevoise & Plimpton hotshots Mary Jo White and Andrew Ceresny, who represented Chase for some of this case, have since been named to the two top jobs at the SEC. As for the bank itself, its stock price has gone up since the settlement and flirts weekly with five-year highs. They may lose the odd battle, but the markets clearly believe the banks won the war. Truth is one thing, and if the right people fight hard enough, you might get to hear it from time to time. But justice is different, and still far enough away.
This rather lengthy article, "The Case Against Rahm," chronicles a well-sourced history of apparently quite corrupt actions under the administration of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Rahm and his friends have been lining their pockets with public money while doing a crap job at whatever service they are supposed to provide for the city. The recipients reciprocate by stuffing cash into Emanuel's campaign funds.
Magic Johnson has a cleaning company with an $80 million contract, pretty funny coming from a guy who got AIDS, and no surprise the schools are disgusting. The company gave to a summer jobs program and tax write-off $10 million and donated a quarter million dollars to Rahm's campaign.
Another somewhat clear political circle-jerk is seen in the management of the cities billion of dollars in pensions. Managers of one firm have given a half million dollars to Rahm's campaign efforts. This breaks Rahm's own rule against taking money from city contractors and the Securities and Exchange Commission rules against bribing public officials.
Why stop at pensions? The Chicago Public School system is over a billion dollars in the hole and a $20 million no-bid contract was given for the purpose of helping school principals. One board member of CPS appointed by Rahm tripled their CPS contracts with companies they own. One board member started discounting bills to less than $25,000, the ceiling at which board approval is needed. Shady?
There are a few other examples of poor manage but I will skip to Rahm's reduction of the police force budget by $190 million, a 25% reduction in detectives and the resulting massive drop in solved cases from 70% in 1991 to 30% today.
As part of a strategy to help China's image the National Tourism Administration will record misdeeds of tourists for up to two years. "Bad behaviour included violating customs, destroying public infrastructure and historic sites, causing disturbances on public transport and participating in gambling and prostitution, the agency said." I am sure the sweatshops, massive environmental degradation, the cultural destruction and governmental control of Tibet are all civilized actions. Best prioritize getting a handle on them tourists.
In another clear example of the crap leadership in government, Governor Jerry Brown announced a billion dollars will be used to deal with the drought while doing nothing to fix the problem. The majority of these funds, $700 billion, will pay farm workers to not do farm work. Some funding will go towards enforcement actions leading to micromanaging of peoples shower time, prohibiting water offered in restaurants unless asked and monitoring lawn watering. I think lawns should be illegal, at least before a slew of other ridiculous laws that exist. A victory garden type strategy would do some good and teach people self sufficiency. No actual solutions are in the works in the bureaucracy like making a more efficient farming method than monocrops like permaculture, desalination plants for coastal cities or justice for the aquifers poisoned by fracking. Instead we will be inefficiently importing carrots from China and whatnot to subsidize out failures in leadership and water management.
The lamestream media unquestioningly parroted falsified data from FBI crime statistics showing an increase in mass shootings and deaths associated with them. “I have been reading FBI reports for 30 years and I have never seen anything like this," says John Lott, President of the Crime Prevention Research Center. The author of "More Guns, Less Crime," Lott is a second amendment scholar and criminologist. Lott noted that there would be half the deaths from mass shootings if the reports were reflected accurately.
“Since 1976, there have been ups and downs in incidents but there has been no trend upward or downward in mass shootings,” according to Prof. James Alan Fox, Northeastern University.
This discrepancy certainly seems conducive to an agenda from the government to inhibit the second amendment. Operation Fast and Furious, where the ATF was giving weapons to drug cartels. This was only broken as a story when a whistleblower, John Dodson, revealed a fellow ATF agent was killed with one of those guns. 2,000 weapons were sold to "track" them, only 710 were recovered. The resulting scandal led to Attorney General Eric Holder being the only person in his position to be held in contempt of Congress. Obama cockblocked the resulting investigation of the executive branch by invoking Executive Privilege. That is like busting out a draw four in Uno or a Day of Peace Magic the Gathering instant card against Congress.
Here is a video below showing Eric Holder proclaiming his agenda to brainwash people into getting rid of guns.
The insanity of DEA headquarters based sex parties with prostitutes funded by local drug cartels is illustrated in a Justice Department report 131 pages long. Seven of ten agents admitted attending these parties allegedly in Columbia. Columbia being the epicenter of a recent Secret Service Agent prostitution scandal.
Justice will be done for these DEA agents though, two to ten day suspensions loom over their heads. I've had worse suspensions in school for taking too many straws in the lunchroom. Previous reports were passed up the command chain with no action being taken.
Drones have become a predisposed style of warfare today for the US military despite their clear shortfalls. An article by Paul Craig Roberts summarizes the book "Kill Chain: The Rise Of The High-Tech Assassins," by Alexander Cockburn.
Drones lead to indiscriminate murder of innocent civilians and even our own troops. Roberts defines the military strategy as more of assassination than combat.
The book contains failed reconnaissance provided by a drone in Afghanistan leading to waves of Navy Seals and Army Rangers taking fire despite a drone reporting no enemy presence. Older troop support spy planes have been phased out and when used outperform expensive drones, "The Air Force admitted that the 50-year old U-2 could fly higher and in bad weather and take better pictures." Lucrative military contracts and decreased personnel danger promotes the perpetuation of this failed strategy of drones. Pentagon data reveal a 75% mission failure rate, nonetheless the Air Force is forced to buy them.
Another twisted strategy is the use of assassination to attempt drawing high value target leadership to funerals which are then targeted assuming success of eliminating valued targets. The book opens with a group of innocent people willfully defined as enemy troops en route to attack US personnel, as revealed by drone operators conversation, thus they were blown to pieces. As far back as Vietnam an indigenous tribe was relentless bombed since motion sensors were placed in their territory.
Such a twisted strategy sounds effective only to breed hatred towards the US. Which is great if you want to promote business demand. Like how a dentist invented cotton candy. Roberts sums it up by saying: "What the US military has done in Afghanistan and Iraq is to create far more enemies than it has killed. Every time high-tech killing murders a village gathering, a wedding or funeral, or villagers on the way to the capital, which is often, the US creates hundreds more enemies. This is why after 14 years of killing in Afghanistan, the Taliban now control most of the country. This is why Islamist warriors have carved a new country out of Syria and Iraq despite eight years of American sacrifice in Iraq estimated by Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes to have cost Americans a minimum of $3 trillion. The total failure of the American way of war is obvious to all, but the system rolls on autonomously.
There is a great story of retired general used to fight a supposedly fixed fight with a high-tech deck stacked against him. The high-tech forces suffered a massive defeat. The battle was refought with further one-sided rules until the hi-tech forces could not lose, these details of the fixed fight were classified. Reminds me of the movie Pentagon Wars, based on a true story, where the failure that is the Bradley Tank became an overbudget joke in itself with a slew of insane and contradictory add-ons, originally being a light armored personnel carrier. The fixed testing was a fraud to make it "success on paper".
Merck whistleblowers, Stephen Krahling and Joan Wlochowski, accused their former employer of falsified findings to promote their MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. They claim Merck "falsely verified that each manufacturing lot of mumps vaccine would be as effective as identified in the labeling; falsely certified the accuracy of applications filed with the FDA; falsely certified compliance with the terms of the CDC purchase contract; and mislabeled, misbranded and falsely certified its mumps vaccine, among other violations." This was in the interest of maintaining their monopoly in the US and other markets. A class-action lawsuit on this will follow.
I personally would opt for a healthy immune system, good diet and a healthy lifestyle rather than injecting yourself with who-the-hell-knows-what to fill the pockets of the medical industrial complex. Merck went so far as to make statements to the Wall Street Journal that the department of justice absolved them of guilt.
The article ties in how the whooping cough outbreak in California happened despite vaccinations and in response those who opted out of the vaccine were blamed for it. "A scare campaign was launched in the California by Pharma-funded medical trade associations, state health officials, and national media. ... [A] study showed that 81 percent of 2010 California whooping cough cases in people under the age of 18 occurred in those who were fully up to date on the whooping cough vaccine." Thus the vaccine provides little if any immunity! It may decrease the severity of symptoms.
The article ultimately leads to CDC whistleblowers who came out against the initial study that launched production in the first place! They "omitted statistically significant information" and that "the final study protocol was not followed."
The article ends on the alleged autism-vaccine connection. An interview with the CDC Director of Immunization Safety Dr. Frank DeStefano leads to denial of a causal link but admits vaccines can "trigger" autism. Also noteworthy is the potential link of autism and cancer to fetal tissue used in DNA, "According to the authors, autism rates rose sharply each time a vaccine manufactured with human fetal cell lines containing fetal and retroviral contaminants were released."
Well have a nice day, if you read this it can be your vaccine against pharmaceutical bullshit. I cannot help adding a clip of Lewis Black ranting about the small pox vaccines.
The job a firefighter in my neck of the woods is not so cut and dry. You cannot generalize every scene the firefighters will stumble upon, whether paranoid and illegal polluting cannabis grows or mellow organic and legal ones. I am pretty sure people would care about their livelihood, whatever it is, threatened by fires. You can't roundup plants like cattle either. Even if it were legalized it is still a cash crop needing to be tended to and not likely to be covered by insurance due to bogus federal illegality. Just watch the documentary Grass narrated by Woody Harrelson if you have an it's-illegal-to-hell-with-them attitude. I think office space is a growhouse for morons on a corny nutrient line with fluorescent light ballasts, or as the indigenous have referred to the Western World as the "termite people."
Never saw this type of noble action from Rollin Richmond, former president at Humboldt State University where I studied. He got numerous pay raises while tuition went sky high. This more honorable president Raymond Burse at Kentucky State University allowed a 40% increase in pay for 24 custodial workers, from $7.25 to $10.25 an hour.
Reminds me of Brownie, the equestrian buttplug that ran FEMA under GW Bush. I would expect a similar dismal performance in the handling of this Ebola outbreak. This Ebola "Czar" actually has a character who dies in the movie Outbreak! What a trip. Also, he is played by Kevin Spacey in the movie recount, a pretty wild movie version of the 2000 Florida election.
I would think basic safeguards should prevent travel of people who have been exposed directly to Ebola patients, that is if government was even remotely functioning. At least for the 21 day incubation period. The nurse has contracted Ebola and flew with well over a hundred people, telling them "I love you guys." WTF?
A Carnival Magic cruise ship has a confined lab tech who handled the now deceased Ebola patient's samples. They have been denied port in Belize and Mexico. And people got pissed cause I delayed a flight with free speech, this guy has an epic virus potentially and is undermining a cruise ship itinerary.
Great article subtitle, "People Will Pay a LOT of Money to Live Near the Money Spigot." DC is apparently the most expensive city in the US.
This is, in my opinion, what people need to be doing. Do it yourself! I've seen mountain roads taken care of by locals. Huge trees that fell in a storm cut up and pulled out of the way with 4x4 vehicles. The idea of bureaucrats having the nerve to undo what they should have done is staggeringly insane! Would these same morons put the tree back in the way?
The road looked like hell, kicked up a ton of dust, massive potholes filled with water that damaged cars and the local "authorities" claimed it was not their responsibility after many years of complaints. ‘The council have always said it is an unadopted road and not their responsibility." Now they used taxpayer money to undermine their work.
"Say your name after the tone for DMV callback." DMV sucks balls.
So I registered my truck planned non-operational since it was unclear when it would be repaired. The fee was $19, but was bumped up to a whopping $43 since I missed the registration deadline. As if getting pulled over potentially harassed and lose your vehicle, they have to fine you monetarily and charge 226% or so what they asked.
So on top of that suck, today I find out that planned non-operation is pointless unless you register like that all year. Otherwise your vehicle has a "birthday" according to the DMV employee I spoke with on the phone. This is the date when you are supposed to renew. When you register it as "operational" the fees are the same as you would pay for the entire year. So instead of saving money I am spending more and have to visit the DMV twice.
I had it registered as planned non-operational for nearly three months. Now I can make the half-hour trek each way to the DMV or pay an extra $25 on top of this wasteful endeavor to an old lady who will save me the trouble.
Jordan Maxwell breaks down some interesting knowledge about vehicle registration here. How the tag on your plates says "for official use only" and how you don't own the vehicle and have to check it in with the state once a year. Look up more of this guys stuff, pretty mind-blowing.
"Interestingly, though, the APA (American Psychiatric Association) does not list 'psychopathy' as a mental condition in its definitive manual DSM-V, though they have 'identified' over 400 neuroses since climbing in bed with Big Pharma. The first thing a psychopath would do is squash any attempts to identify psychopathy in a medical diagnosis."
Makes perfect sense, who wants a position of power most, one who will do good or somebody who wants to exploit it for sick and twisted desire? A decent person just doesn't have the same drive and motivations.
"Americans should be deeply skeptical of government power," Comey told CBS News' Scott Pelley in an interview for "60 Minutes" that will air on Sunday. "You cannot trust people in power."
We are pretty screwed when we have such a massive, consolidated power structure. A focal point for corruption, as I like to say. With the power to spy on everyone and know everything about them.
The family has a suit against the government that argues in a previous discovery of this rare coin, the government split the value of the coin. They are appealing a prior decision that gives nothing for bringing the coins in. The government argues the coins were not legally released from the mint. That is one hell of an up and down, going form rich to robbed by the man.
Have any faith in government competency, let alone when threatened by Ebola outbreak? While the government tooted its own horn, an EMT who transported the Dallas Ebola patient came forward to call bullshit. He was not told about the diagnosis of the man and the ambulance was used for two days after being exposed to Ebola. While European nations have banned flights from the epicenter of the outbreak, the US has yet to do so. Many were exposed to infection in Dallas. Here is some of what the EMT had to say:
“Three days after the fact, I had to demand exposure testing and they are reporting following up with all the people in the ambulance??? Bull crap!!! They haven’t even followed up with the ten firefighters that were on duty Sunday.”
“None of them have been contacted. None of the paramedics that were on that shift and went in the ambulance were contacted. I’ve been off three days now. No one contacted me and I was in and drove that ambulance after it was infected.” [Geoffrey] Aklinski adds.