Saturday, April 30, 2016

Move soon. No internet yet. Offline!?!?!!!!???

New smartphone does not work at new location.
But old T mobile dumb-phone does well.
Maybe cute Carnegie library has free wifi.

House on 6 acres was horse ranch.
Looks like I move next week.
Closer to 2 universities but need to write more than go to schools.
Need space and quiet. ASAP

Hopefully will have book done by fall and give seminars. Computer security that works.

Raise own organic food.

USA collapsing faster.

I found my acres retreat by wikipedia counties with 100 year history of declining population. 

And maps of quality farming land quality water rainfall with hard working white people. 

Paved road access. 

Kansas is reasonably far south. Gets cold as go north. 

Sw Kansas is all Mexican beef killers. 
SE Kansas is more farming and dairy. 
Oklahoma os OK but oil dependent crashing. 

Kansas is fiberoptic telecommunication backbone

On Apr 29, 2016, at 4:10 PM, Ron wrote:


        Been gone five days at San Simeon Campground. Away from urban blight and computers. More wildlife than people. Raccoons every night and an occasional skunk attempting to cross our camp. German tourists (and a Dutch family) EVERYWHERE in rented RVs. Got to practice my German. Must catch up on news and E mails. 


On Thursday, April 28, 2016 11:47 AM, Bobwrote:

FWIW I've gotten 3 calls now saying "IRS is filing a suit against you" so call this number to resolve it now.  The previous 2 were from 8xx numbers but this one a few minutes ago was a 206 number, female voice.  The scams are coming faster and more frequent so I take that to be desperation in the collapse. Those that can, do and those that can't… well, they either administer (District of Criminals) or they PREY.  There's no longer a sheriff in town who enforces laws. Anybody can attack, assault or demand money or worse. Nobody is arrested or punished.
I don't want to see "Mad Max" or anything like that but I am seeing daily more and more predators in the national neighborhood.

UH student uncovers Walt Whitman's 'Manly Health and Fitness' writings on sex, diet and exercise - Houston Chronicle

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Heroin overdose 22 year old grandson

Vietnam Veteran went to grandson funeral but they decided not to pull the plug left in outpatient intensive care. Tall friendly good looking dark hair got good job and girlfriend in Branson but turned as FBI agent who moved him back to Chicago after drug dealers planned to kill him. Got back with old girlfriend who gave him heroin that killed him. Same girl that got him in trouble with the law in Chicago before he got probation in Branson. Obama and Rahm Emanuel are not doing their job why I do not move to Chicago.

Tornado Thunderstorm season but not a drop so far today. Huge oxygen blast from the green forest

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Study: The Alzheimer's-Aluminum Direct Link

Aluminum has been long known to be neurotoxic, with mounting evidence that chronic exposure is a factor in many neurological diseases, including dementia, autism, and Parkinson's disease.

However, definitive scientific proof is difficult to establish due toth the lack of longitudinal studies, as well as pushback from industries that use aluminum in their products. Despite the shortage of conclusive studies, mounting scientific evidence really leaves little room for doubt.

Philosopher license: Edublock bitcoin reform college

I am thinking along these lines. 
Who knows what?
Apply bitcoin currency block-chain  technology. 

A model for higher education where all learning counts

By Amy Scott
April 19, 2016 | 5:00 AM
Listen to this story

Digital currencies could alter the pathway to education. 

This election year, Marketplace is casting its eyes toward the future, asking how the country can address long-term opportunities and threats — the ones that don't fit into a single federal budget or election cycle. We'll imagine and ask you, if the next president were to appoint a Cabinet member to worry about future generations, what would be job one? Got an idea? Tell us here.

Imagine it's 2026, and you're one of a billion people using a new digital platform called the Ledger.

So begins a new video from the Institute for the Future and ACT Foundation, envisioning a future system that would reward any kind of learning – from taking a course, to reading a book, to completing a project at work.

"Your Ledger account tracks everything you've ever learned in units called Edublocks," the video's narrator explains. "Each Edublock represents one hour of learning in a particular subject. Anyone can grant Edublocks to anyone else."

The Ledger would use the same technology that powers bitcoin, the virtual currency, to create a verifiable record of every learning transaction, said Jane McGonigal, director of game research and development at the Institute for the Future, a think tank in Palo Alto, California.

A new education currency could supplement, or offer an alternative to, the four-year college degree, she said, one that's suited to a rapidly changing economy.

"It's very expensive to get degrees," McGonigal said. "By the time you fi

Sheep how to get started

Lots of info online. 
Roquefort cheese. 
Wool sox 
Turn fields of grass to useful products


By Ulf Kintzel

Let's assume you have a parcel of land. You would like to get started but you don't know how. Here is an outline.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Fwd: Chains of cards, smart phones etc.

Chains of cards, smart phones etc.

A Voltaire Quote that was censored in my last mail !
"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." -VOLTAIRE

Peace, Lothar

Fwd: Slick Evil GAME ? - Are Drudge And Jones in Cahoots With The Globalists To Divide & Conquer ?

Subject: Slick Evil GAME ? - Are Drudge And Jones in Cahoots With The Globalists To Divide & Conquer ?

Most 'Sheeple' have no clue that they are being manipulated !
Is Drudge & Jones a Neocon-trap for 'Patriot gun owners', Trump supporters ?
Is the Revolution being set up to be stolen even before it takes off ?

(~90% of the 'herd' follows blindly, thinking their master/ruler is on their side)
Walking voluntarily into the slaughterhouse !

Chains of cards, smart phones etc.

Peace, Lothar

Bees cure arthritis in 1 day UCLA MD

Also shingles and other diseases.
Chinese have used for 3000 years.
Radio peoples pharmacy
This weekend.
Monday will be downloadable podcast.

Last week smart jew MD avoids bagels. Prefers German black rye bread hard enough to stand on without crushing.
Use meat cutter to slice it.
Like I got in San Francisco. Bakery.

Debunks lo fat diet.

Grow your own bees rye organic clean safe ripe fresh no fossil fuels.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Garbology door to door

"In this groundbreaking work, Ed Humes shows that we could have fast, reliable and incredibly safe transport, if we only had the political guts to choose it. Hopefully, this fascinating work will prompt long overdue changes. " (Samuel Fromartz, editor in chief of the Food & Environment Reporting Network, and author of the award-winning In Search of the Perfect Loaf.) 

"Humes takes us inside the mammoth transportation systems that move things, and move us, around. Door to Door is an eye-opening account of the massive physical systems that support our increasingly digital world." (Richard Florida, author of the Rise of the Creative Class, University of Toronto & NYU professor) 

"This timely book will inspire many readers to change their habits and their views of the future." (Booklist)

Product Description

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Garbology explores the hidden and costly wonders of our buy-it-now, get-it-today world of transportation, revealing the surprising truths, mounting challenges, and logistical magic behind every trip we take and every click we make.

Transportation dominates our daily existence. Thousands, even millions, of miles are embedded in everything we do and touch. We live in a door-to-door universe that works so well most Americans are scarcely aware of it. The grand ballet in which we move ourselves and our stuff is equivalent to building the Great Pyramid, the Hoover Dam, and the Empire State Building all in a day. Every day. And yet, in the one highly visible part of the transportation world—the part we drive—we suffer grinding commutes, a violent death every fifteen minutes, a dire injury every twelve seconds, and crumbling infrastructure.

Now, the way we move ourselves and our stuff is on the brink of great change, as a new mobility revolution upends the car culture that, for better and worse, built modern America. This unfolding revolution will disrupt lives and global trade, transforming our commutes, our vehicles, our cities, our jobs, and every aspect of culture, commerce, and the environment. We are, quite literally, at a fork in the road, though whether it will lead us to Carmageddon or Carmaheaven has yet to be determined.

Using interviews, data and deep exploration of the hidden world of ports, traffic control centers, and the research labs defining our transportation future, acclaimed journalist Edward Humes breaks down the complex movements of humans, goods, and machines as never before, from increasingly car-less citizens to the distance UPS goes to deliver a leopard-printed phone case. Tracking one day in the life of his family in Southern California, Humes uses their commutes, traffic jams, grocery stops, and online shopping excursions as a springboard to explore the paradoxes and challenges inherent in our system. He ultimately makes clear that transportation is one of the few big things we can change—our personal choices do have a profound impact, and that fork in the road is coming up fast.

Door to Door is a fascinating detective story, investigating the worldwide cast of supporting characters and technologies that have enabled us to move from here to there—past, present, and future.

From the Back Cover

The Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author of Garbology explores the daily miracles and madness behind our have-it-now, same-day-delivery world, revealing just what it takes—and costs—to move us and our stuff door to door.

In ways both glaringly obvious and deeply hidden, thousands, even millions, of miles are embedded in everything we eat, sell, buy, drive, and touch. The capacity to transport a big-screen TV, a vital medicine, or a coffee cup from a factory in Shanghai to a port in California to your local store or front door—and to do so reliably and rapidly 200 million times a day—may be humanity's most towering achievement. It's like building the Great Pyramid, the Hoover Dam, and the Golden Gate Bridge all in a day. Every day. Yet the same system delivers grinding commutes, a death every fifteen minutes, an ER trip every thirteen seconds, and crumbling, overloaded roads, rails, and bridges we can no longer afford to make or fix.

Now, for better or for worse, massive change is coming to our door-to-door mega-machine, transforming the nature of commuting, culture, and commerce in the process. We have reached a fork in the road. The question is whether our path leads to Carmageddon or Carmaheaven.

In Door to Door, acclaimed journalist Edward Humes unpacks the epic amount of transportation embedded in a day in the life of a modern American family. With a vivid, human narrative, he brings readers inside America's busiest port and largest parcel service, details the dough-to-doorbell odyssey of pizza delivery, and rides out a harrowing twenty-four hours on the nation's deadliest battlefield—our roads and streets.

Through extraordinary access and unforgettable characters, Humes constructs a transportation detective story that reveals the surprising triumphs behind every trip we take and every click we make. At the same time, Door to Door overturns the myths behind our wrong turns: why adding freeway lanes actually makes traffic worse, why bigger cars are less safe, and why there are millions of traffic crashes each year but almost none are "accidents."

Door to Door offers a glimpse of a possible future transformed by such new efficiencies as ride-sharing and robots, while examining a very real present where transportation is one of the few big things individuals can change—where personal choices can have a profound impact as that fork in the road fast approaches.

Advance Praise for Door To Door

"So much effort goes into moving our bodies and our stuff around. And as this book makes very clear, it could be done so much better! A fascinating read, from the center of the world's car culture."—Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy

"Humes takes readers on a million-mile journey that crosses intersections of public policy, mega-corporations, and local communities, and ends up at the kitchen counter. By looking across an entire system, he reveals the true impact of our consumer-driven, next-day-delivery economy and the (lack of) infrastructure that ties it all together. Door to Door is a must-read for those who want to understand and solve the biggest social challenges of our day."—Rob Kaplan, co-founder and managing director, Closed Loop Fund, and former director of sustainability, Walmart

"In this groundbreaking work, Ed Humes shows that we could have fast, reliable, and incredibly safe transport if we only had the political guts to choose it. Hopefully, this fascinating work will prompt long-overdue changes."—Samuel Fromartz, editor in chief, Food & Environment Reporting Network, and author of the award-winningIn Search of the Perfect Loaf

"Humes takes us inside the mammoth transportation systems that move things, and move us, around. Door to Door is an eye-opening account of the massive physical systems that support our increasingly digital world."—Richard Florida, professor, University of Toronto and NYU, and author of The Rise of the Creative Class

About the Author

Edward Humes is the author of ten critically acclaimed nonfiction books, including Eco BaronsMonkey GirlOver HereSchool of DreamsBaby E.R.Mean JusticeNo Matter How Loud I Shout, and the bestseller Mississippi Mud. He has received the Pulitzer Prize for his journalism and numerous awards for his books. He has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Magazine, and Sierra. He lives in California.

New Threat Can Auto-Destroy Apple Devices

Harrigan and Kelley said this apparently creates havoc with most of the applications built into the iPad and iPhone
the ensuing bedlam as applications on the device compete for resources quickly overwhelms the iPad's computer processing power
. So much so that within minutes, they found their test iPad had reached 130 degrees Fahrenheit (54 Celsius), as the date and clock settings on the affected devices inexplicably and eerily began counting backwards.

Harrigan, president and CEO of San Diego-based security firm PacketSled, described the meltdown thusly:
"One thing we noticed was when we set the date on the iPad to 1970, the iPad display clock started counting backwards. 
While we were plugging in the second test iPad 15 minutes later, the first iPad said it was Dec. 15, 1968.
 I looked at Patrick and was like, 'Did you mess with that thing?' 
He hadn't. It finally stopped at 1965, and by that time [the iPad] was about the temperature I like my steak served at."

Kelley, a senior penetration tester, said he and Harrigan worked with Apple to coordinate the release of their findings to ensure doing so didn't predate Apple's issuance of a fix for this vulnerability. 

The flaw is present in all Apple devices running anything lower than iOS 9.3.1.

Download the official

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

"Throwaway Youth" Tells Stories of Homeless Teens in Springfield | KSMU Radio

She sat down with eight homeless youth and recorded their conversations.  Those stories have been compiled into the book, "Throwaway Youth:  Stories of Springfield's Homeless Teens," published by Moon City Press.

Two stories impacted her the most.

"A young girl who was pregnant while she was homeless.  That was incredibly difficult for me to imagine--someone going through that set of circumstances.  She faced really severe abuse," Fairbank said.

According to Fairbank, that girl is a fantastic mother now.

"It was really, really heartwarming that she vowed to be everything to that child that her parents were not to her," she said.

Another youth told her about how, as a young boy, he was locked in his room for about two years by "extreme fundamentalist religious parents."

She's inspired by the teens whose stories she gathered because, despite what they've been through, they had a desire to go out and make a difference in the world and to love and trust people.

You are monitored more than you think

to describe or predict their characteristics, habits, or predilections — are a modern day numeric shorthand that

ranks, separates, sifts, and otherwise categorizes individuals and also predicts their potential future actions.

Consumer scores abound today.

Credit scores based on credit files receive much public attention, but many more types of consumer scores exist.

They are used widely to predict behaviors like, spending, health, fraud, profitability, and much more.

These scores rely on petabytes of information coming from newly available data streams.

The information can be derived from many data sources and can contain financial, demographic, ethnic, racial, health, social, and other data.

The Consumer Profitability Score, Individual Health Risk Score, Summarized Credit Statistics that score a neighborhood for financial risk, fraud scores, and many others seek to predict how consumers will behave based on their past behavior and characteristics.

Predictive scores bring varying benefits and drawbacks.

Scores can be correct, or they can be wrong or misleading.

Consumer scores – created by either the government or the private sector – threaten privacy, fairness, and due process because scores, particularly opaque scores with unknown ingredients or factors, can too easily evade the rules established to protect consumers.

The most salient feature of modern consumer scores is the scores are typically secret in some way.

The existence of the score itself, its uses, the underlying factors, data sources, or even the score range may be hidden.

Consumer scores with secret factors, secret sources, and secret algorithms can be obnoxious, unaccountable, untrustworthy, and unauditable.

Secret scores can be wrong, but no one may be able to find out that they are wrong or what the truth is.

Secret scores can hide discrimination, unfairness, and bias.

Trade secrets have a place, but secrecy that hides racism, denies due process, undermines privacy rights, or prevents justice does not belong in a democracy.


Fwd: You are monitored

you are monitored

Monday, April 11, 2016

Fwd: Re: Sunflower seeds. Re: Bought house on 6 acres

> was the most reasonable I found, let me know if you found better; variety is a little scarce;

Sheffields Seeds has perhaps a nearly complete vast assortment , but high prices.

I am interested in little known tree food sources, like from China, they grow good here also; I know of some types to establish; example :

Carpathian English Walnut,



Hazelnuts ,

Paw Paws,



I don't know if you need worry about grains, unless they reseed themselves to feed milk sheep, poultry, ect.

You might raise animals that are rare and sell easy and high price;

I would just rely on lambs to mow around the house close, with a "sheep dog", since if left unguarded most likely will eventually perish along with poultry unless you keep a guard dog near them along with a secure cage like fencing; you only need a few egglayers, probably best for you to buy from neighbors,

I only keep poultry to control weeds and weed sprouts , and for fun , convenience food that is free.

Also You could just rent out the pasture to local cattle breeders,ect for a small fee, and let them take care of the fencing.
> I can move myself easily. I have to do it to get ton of books stacked right. 
> My problem is to decide what animals to get and grow food for them and fix fences defend from big cats and coyotes. 
> Lots of grass needs eating right now. 
> I want state flower sunflower for sunflower seeds. For me. 
> And black walnuts. Etc. 
> Sounds good, glad you found a good home; probably your neighbors will have a place for shelter; I have noticed that country neighbors see there neighbors as assets : security guards, friends, helpers, night watchmen, ect.
> I  thought one could just dig out a place under a concrete slab to take cover in... I can help move some big stuff if you like; I was kinda wanting maybe to go to some Passover event on April 22 in Arkansas, maybe Dad could haul me down there then and load up the heavy items, not sure if it's OK to take anything over to the new place then.

> There is a pond on the back section. I can sell the hay for about $500 per year. Milk $2 per gallon next farm down the road fresh raw! 

Chicks and eggs the next farm the other direction. 6 acres is huge maybe too much to physically plant in next 30 days.

Mostly flowers and honey bees and food for me.
> Really good weather today cool sunny 60s tail wind 2 hour drive home.
> She said great hip replacement clinic in Galena set up because Joplin is not so good. Serves restaurant food not hospital junk. Guarantee out in 2 days.
> I will keep Cox health in Springfield and use VA in Parsons KS or Branson or Mt Vernon whichever is best. Avoid doctors!
> Nice small Mercy hospital dental 3 optometrists in Columbus. All county services and K-12 schools still can walk everywhere in 10 minutes.
> Ford dealer half mile from my house hiway intersection North end of town
> Tornado shelter dug underground will cost $2000 they say.
>  wrote:
>> Well good, now you can have some fun raising animals and just need to plant seeds for trees,ect. I think it may be a drought this year, but don't let that stop you, there are a lot of species that can take it. If you like hedges, Buford Holly outperforms a lot. Just keep farm animals like pets, and a lap dog raised with chicks works well to keep the varmints away. Have fun ! Welcome to the Land of Ahs! Just in time for Tornado season. There may be oil or natural gas there, hope it comes with mineral rights

john cochrane run free bank - Google Search

Obviously a great first step to a safe bank system.

1930 obscure university of Chicago paper document.

Still needed. But who reads the relevant literature?

Would not need FDIC or Federal Reserve! Or so much debt.

My classmate in Monetary Economics bringing back common sense.

Fwd: God loves rich 1% San Francisco. Long life. Chinese food. Vegetables.

Homeless in San Francisco may be healthier and happier than many elsewhere. Especially if they got a hammock, smart car, some $, and no drugs or gay diseases. 

If you got $ Eat in Chinese French restaurants every day.

Or learn to cook and garden.

Study medicine.

Run. Walk. Bike. Swim. Ski. Tennis.

In Kansas I saw big fat slobs shop at $ store. Huge display of soda pop drinks. Cost more than 2$ gallon of milk from poor local farmers and free eggs from own hens and free water. Grow your own vegs for exercise.  Fresh. Raw.

Kansas seems a little heathier than Missouri but many of the same problems. Especially Ozarks hillbillies moonshine whiskey culture.  The rich families who kept big family farms are doing fine. 

A new study from the Brookings Institute shows that the disparity in the life expectancy of the rich and the poor is widening.

Life expectancy gap for rich and poor is widening

Not only are the poor getting poorer but they're also living shorter lives than the rich.

A new study by the Brookings Institute shows a surprising trend -- the gap in life expectancy is widening based on income level.

That the rich outlive the poor isn't surprising since they've historically enjoyed better access to medicine, resources, education and food.

But the gap has been getting worse -- much worse.

On average, a rich man born in the U.S. in 1920 could expect to live about six years longer than a poor man born in the same year.

By 1940, this gap had more than doubled. Among rich and poor men born in 1940, the difference in life expectancy was 12 years.

This same trend was also seen with women's life expectancies.

The gap between rich and poor women widened from 3.7 years for women born in 1920 to 10.1 years for those born in 1940.

The researchers examined variables such as smoking, obesity, education, nutrition and exercise, but were unable to find a definitive cause for the growing disparity.

Related: Is $250,000 middle class? Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders think so
Gary Burtless, one of the study's researchers, said the findings have big implications for Social Security.

As people live longer, concerns that Social Security benefits will run out have prompted some officials to consider trimming benefits. 

However, Burtless says blindly cutting benefits would disproportionately hurt the poor.

Lower-income workers tend to claim their pensions at a younger age than higher-income workers. Because working longer and waiting to claim benefits entitles workers to higher payouts, tapping into Social Security earlier is a disadvantage. Since they work less time over all, these lower-income workers receive lower monthly payments.

Add to this a shorter life span and lower-income workers end up getting less of the Social Security pot. That's why Burtless says making cuts across the board would end up hurting those who need these benefits the most

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Fwd: Senior DARPA Scientist Warns of Widespread LETHAL ATTACKS Upon the Public Coming From Microwave Towers - Dave Hodges - The Common Sense Show

Dangerous even in normal operation!

Senior DARPA Scientist Warns of Widespread LETHAL ATTACKS Upon the Public Coming From Microwave Towers 

Fwd: Obama Reassures Hollywood: ‘Mr. Trump Is Not Succeeding Me’ » Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!


Get outside in sun fresh air during the day

Sleep at night


"I recognize that there is a deep obsession right now about Mr. Trump"

President Obama reassured some of his biggest Hollywood supporters that Donald Trump would not be his presidential successor.

"I recognize that there is a deep obsession right now about Mr. Trump," he said last night. "And one of you pulled me aside and squeezed me hard and said, 'Tell me that Mr. Trump is not succeeding you' — And I said, 'Mr. Trump is not succeeding me.'"

Obama made his remarks during a Hollywood mega-fundraiser for [the 1% Jewish Ruling Elite] Democrats who paid up to $66,800 per couple to attend.

According to Deadline, Disney CEO Bob Iger, Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Roberts. J.J. Abrams and wife Katie McGrath, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Norman Lear and Lyn Lear, Barbra Streisand and James Brolin all attended the fundraiser.

But Obama couldn't resist a little bit of trolling of both Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Trump for voicing the more controversial ideas in the Republican party.

"Mr. Trump has actually done a service, as Mr. Cruz is doing a service,and that is laying bare unvarnished some of the nonsense that we've been dealing with in Congress on a daily basis," he said.


Hitlery for prison and Trump for president. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.

This is precisely why we should never mix hollyweird with politics. I will never watch a movie with Julia Roberts or Gwenyth Paltrow again. I don't really watch TV anyway. All we do is make the rich wealthier and the dumb dumber.

Hollywood is the tool of the elites to brainwash Americans in to what is acceptable. The media has a strong impact on the weak minded. These sheeple will believe anything they hear.

Peace, Lothar

Re: ONLY little people PAY TAXES - Thousands of protesters storm Downing Street calling on David Cameron to quit amid Panama Papers row

How about all the other crooks?  Other corrupt law firms?  1000s of crooks.  100s of law firms books still hidden. These crimes have been thriving for decades. Open secret anybody can do. 

I saw 1 huge bison near Oronogo MO Missouri hwy 96. 

Near Israel flag. Near Some scientific company

While hearing pleas for money on Radio to help poor jew soldiers in Israel draftees who need toothpaste, soap, essentials. Mandatory military service to defend their tiny democracy. 

Much such media around here. 

How about debt to native Americans 500 years back rent owed by invaders? 

Great weather. Lots of happy campers and big v-8 boats burning fossil fuels. 

On Apr 9, 2016, at 11:38 PM, Lothar 

Peace, Lothar
Date: April 9, 2016 at 21:34:42 PDT
Subject: ONLY little people PAY TAXES - Thousands of protesters storm Downing Street calling on David Cameron to quit amid Panama Papers row 






Thursday, April 7, 2016

Alec exposed. Rich 1%.

50 super rich deflate both the rich 1% and the poor 99%

Why so much bullshit hits the fan so often that benefits nobody, almost. 

Through ALEC, Global Corporations Are Scheming to Rewrite YOUR Rights and Boost THEIR Revenue
Through the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, global corporations and state politicians vote behind closed doors to try to rewrite state laws that govern your rights.

 These so-called "model bills" reach into almost every area of American life and often directly benefit huge corporations.

In ALEC's own words, corporations have "a VOICE and a VOTE" on specific changes to the law that are then proposed in your state. DO YOU? 

Numerous resources to help us expose ALEC are provided below. We have also created links to detailed discussions of key issues, which are available on the left

Lisa Graves is CMD's Executive Director and the Editor-in-Chief of PRWatch; she led CMD in launching its investigation. 

She previously served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice and as Chief Counsel for Nominations for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. 

She also worked as the Deputy Chief for the U.S. Court system in the division for lifetime-appointed judges, as an adjunct law professor, as the Senior Legislative Strategist for the ACLU on national security issues, and in other posts. 

She was Managing Editor of the Cornell Law Review

Re: Did You Know That Possums Eat Almost All Your Yard Ticks?

Probably hens and frogs will eat ticks, mosquitos, etc. stop Zika, Lyme, West Nile,  malaria,  many diseases. 

Make good food work for you. 

On Apr 7, 2016, at 11:22 AM, Jeffrey 

Glad to hear that, got more love and respect for them now, even though they attack my egg layers.

On Tuesday, April 5, 2016 6:27 PM, John wrote:

Did You Know That Possums Eat Almost All Your Yard Ticks?

At night, when you catch sight of an opossum in your car headlights, you are allowed to think, "That is one ugly little animal."

But what opossums lack in looks, they make up in originality.

They're America's only babies-in-the pouch marsupial.

They're a southern species -- proper name Virginia opossum -- that's adapted to New England winters.

They're one of the oldest species of mammal around, having waddled past dinosaurs.

They eat grubs and insects and even mice, working over the environment like little vacuum cleaners.

"They really eat whatever they find," said Laura Simon, wildlife ecologist with the U.S. Humane Society.

And they're an animal whose first line of defense includes drooling and a wicked hissing snarl -- a bluff -- followed by fainting dead away and "playing possum."

"They are just interesting critters," said Mark Clavette, a wildlife biologist with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

And now ecologists have learned something else about opossums. They're a sort of magnet when it comes to riding the world of black-legged ticks, which spread Lyme disease.

"Don't hit opossums if they've playing dead in the road," said Richard Ostfeld, of the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y.

Ostfeld is forest ecologist and an expert on the environmental elements of infectious diseases like Lyme disease.

Several years ago, scientists decided to learn about the part different mammals play in the spread of the ticks and the disease.

They tested six species -- white-footed mice, chipmunks, squirrels, opossums and veerys and catbirds -- by capturing and caging them, and then exposing each test subject to 100 ticks.

What they found, is that of the six, the opossums were remarkably good at getting rid of the ticks -- much more so that any of the others.

"I had no suspicion they'd be such efficient tick-killing animals," Ostfeld said.

Indeed, among other opossum traits, there is this: They groom themselves fastidiously, like cats. If they find a tick, they lick it off and swallow it. (The research team on the project went through droppings to find this out. All praise to those who study possum poop.)

Extrapolating from their findings, Ostfeld said, the team estimated that in one season, an opossum can kill about 5,000 ticks.

What ecologists are learning is how complex the interaction of ticks and mammals can be.

For example, foxes probably serve as a host for ticks seeking a blood meal. But foxes are great at killing white-footed mice -- the species in the environment credited with being the chief reservoir of the Lyme bacteria.

Likewise, Ostfeld said, opossums, waddling around at night, pick up lots of ticks. Some ticks end up getting their blood meal from the possum. But more than 90 percent of them ended up being groomed away and swallowed.

"They're net destroyers of ticks," Ostfeld said.

For Simon, of the U.S. Humane Society, the Cary Institute research is a welcome justification to just leave opossums be.

"People are so hard on them," she said.

That's in part because people think oppossums might be rabid when they drool and hiss and carry on when threatened. In fact, opossums are resistant to rabies.

Meanwhile, they are not particularly pretty. People who "ooh" and "aah" over fawns and bluebirds may not extend the same love to pokey animals with triangular heads, white faces and naked tails.

"I tell people 'We can't all be beautiful,' " Simon said.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Two sales taxes pass with overwhelming support in Springfield

Check out this article from Springfield News-Leader:

Two sales taxes pass with overwhelming support in Springfield

Controversial preacher faced off with topless protesters, Satanist at MSUniversity

Computers smartphone are a puzzle and buggy. Emails disappear without a trace before I hit send. Good emails go to trash junk spam (yes all 3). Spam lands in inbox.

Photos disappear from computer.

Not my fault!

But I will use deflation to set up 10 or 20 more websites last blast using PayPal. Politics and vanity. Easy.

Bible belt people nice but strange. Mostly interested in sex music religion cars boats sugar fast food. Some go on to drugs alcohol tobacco and die young

Controversial preacher faced off with topless protesters, Satanist at MSUniversity

Fwd: France - THOUGHT-CRIME ~$33K Fine, again - Jean Marie Le Pen muss wegen Holocaust-Leugnung 30.000 Euro zahlen - SPIEGEL ONLINE

THOUGHT-CRIME ~$33K Fine, again - Jean Marie Le Pen muss wegen Holocaust-Leugnung 30.000 Euro zahlen - SPIEGEL ONLINE


Tyranny in Europe ! No Freedom of Speech/Thought/Press !
Laws are in place not to question anything the rulers dictate !
Revolution coming eventually !

30.000 Euro Strafe: Le Pen wegen Holocaust-Verharmlosung verurteilt

Er nannte die deutschen Gaskammern zur Judenvernichtung ein "Detail" der Geschichte. Jetzt ist der französische Politiker Jean-Marie Le Pen dafür verurteilt worden - nicht zum ersten Mal.

Jean-Marie Le Pen (Archiv)Zur Großansicht

Jean-Marie Le Pen (Archiv)

Peace, Lothar

Monday, April 4, 2016

Hide wealth dealings in Nevada

Great State for crooks! with money to hide, launder, etc.

Nevada's tax structure is also a large benefit to incorporation in Nevada.

Nevada has no franchise tax.

It also has no corporate income tax or personal income tax.

While Nevada likes to promote that there are "no corporation taxes" in the state, there is an annual $200 "Business License Fee" which is paid to the Secretary of State's Office at the time of formation or renewal of the corporation.

Nevada additionally applies a 1.17% tax on gross wages to most businesses with a payroll over $62,500.

Nevada and Texas are the only two states that do not have information sharing agreements with the Internal Revenue Service.

In addition there are,

• No state corporate income tax, franchise tax, personal income tax, or taxes on corporate shares

• No IRS information-sharing agreement (although other states' incorporation laws often supersede Nevada law in certain cases)

• Low annual fees and minimal reporting/disclosure requirements

• Stockholders, directors, and officers are not public record, not required to reside or hold meetings in Nevada, and are not required to be US citizens

• Directors not required to hold stock

• Officers/directors are protected from personal liability for lawful acts of the corporation

• Corporations may purchase, hold, sell, or transfer shares of its own stock

• Corporations may issue stock for capital, services, personal property, or real estate, including leases and options

• Directors may determine the value of any transactions; their decision is final once determined

$8T Hidden Wealth Berkeley Professor Zucman book

Worth reading.
I have always been interested but not found the data good enough.

We are well aware of the rise of the 1% as the rapid growth of economic inequality has put the majority of the world's wealth in the pockets of fewer and fewer. One much-discussed solution to this imbalance is to significantly increase the rate at which we tax the wealthy. But with an enormous amount of the world's wealth hidden in tax havens—in countries like Switzerland, Luxembourg, and the Cayman Islands—this wealth cannot be fully accounted for and taxed fairly. No one, from economists to bankers to politicians, has been able to quantify exactly how much of the world's assets are currently hidden—until now. Gabriel Zucman is the first economist to offer reliable insight into the actual extent of the world's money held in tax havens. And it's staggering.

In The Hidden Wealth of Nations, Zucman offers an inventive and sophisticated approach to quantifying how big the problem is, how tax havens work and are organized, and how we can begin to approach a solution. His research reveals that tax havens are a quickly growing danger to the world economy. In the past five years, the amount of wealth in tax havens has increased over 25%—there has never been as much money held offshore as there is today. This hidden wealth accounts for at least $7.6 trillion, equivalent to 8% of the global financial assets of households. Fighting the notion that any attempts to vanquish tax havens are futile, since some countries will always offer more advantageous tax rates than others, as well the counter-argument that since the financial crisis tax havens have disappeared, Zucman shows how both sides are actually very wrong. In The Hidden Wealth of Nations he offers an ambitious agenda for reform, focused on ways in which countries can change the incentives of tax havens. Only by first understanding the enormity of the secret wealth can we begin to estimate the kind of actions that would force tax havens to give up their practices.

Zucman's work has quickly become the gold standard for quantifying the amount of the world's assets held in havens. In this concise book, he lays out in approachable language how the international banking system works and the dangerous extent to which the large-scale evasion of taxes is undermining the global market as a whole. If we are to find a way to solve the problem of increasing inequality, The Hidden Wealth of Nations is essential reading.

"Zucman's work on tax havens is the first serious economic research in this area. His evaluation of the share of global household wealth that is located in tax havens has become the standard in the profession. Most importantly, this is the first work offering credible estimates of the kind of economic sanctions that would make tax havens give up the financial opacity that allows them to prosper. The conclusions are powerful."
(Thomas Piketty, author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century)

"Zucman seems to have little ambivalence about how to interpret the data, as his book is subtitled The Scourge of Tax Havens. He acknowledges that some view tax havens as perfectly legal and legitimate. But whatever the politics, for anyone who cares about understanding the economy, it's clear a dramatic shift is under way."
(Wall Street Journal)

"With his book, The Hidden Wealth of Nations, Zucman is positioning himself as this year's Piketty, whose opus renewed a debate about inequality last year. . . . There has never been as much wealth sitting in tax havens as there is today, Zucman says, whether it's Apple Inc. funneling billions in profits through a tiny Irish unit or a French cabinet minister using secret accounts to cheat on his taxes. . . . What is to be done? Zucman said there needs to be a central global register of the owners of the world's wealth, similar to various registries for real estate holdings. Such a database doesn't have to be public, but it must be available to regulators."
(Bloomberg Business News)

"Zucman has built his career remarkably quickly, and in the process has made a place for himself among the most influential economists working today. . . . Stitching together data sets that chronicle roughly a century of offshore banking, Zucman shows how wealth in tax havens has grown to account for roughly 8% of total global household financial wealth, or roughly $7.6 trillion in 2014. . . . Armed with those figures, he makes the case that tax avoidance and evasion are at the core of the issues such as inequality and financial stability."

"A short and lively investigation into the global effects of tax avoidance. . . . As Zucman argues, 'Financial secrecy—like greenhouse gas emissions—has a costly impact on the entire world, which tax havens choose to ignore."
(The Week)

"A provocative new book. . . . In Piketty's forward, he urges all those interested in inequality, global justice and the future of democracy to read the book. The wealthy among them might want to take particular note. Attacking tax havens is a crucial first step to ratcheting up taxation on the rich. The more information there is about offshore assets, the harder they will be to defend."
(Financial Times)

"Tax havens are by design secretive and opaque. The entire point of their existence is to conceal the wealth hidden within them. And a new book by Zucman, The Hidden Wealth of Nations: The Scourge of Tax Havens, reveals, as never before, the extent of their role in the global economy. . . . If we are ever to combat inequality effectively, truly progressive taxation will have to be a part of the policy mix. But unless we eliminate tax havens now, we are likely to find that we lack the ability to implement it."
(Project Syndicate)

"Zucman writes crisply and is forthright in his scorn for tax fraud. He also briefly addresses solutions to corporate tax manipulation, whereby multinationals shift income to tax havens. . . . Zucman's eye-opening study will be of interest to all readers concerned about growing wealth disparity and is a fitting supplement to Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty."
(Library Journal, starred review)

"Zucman is a sometime co-author with Thomas Piketty and his new book The Hidden Wealth of Nations is set to do for tax havens what his colleague's did for wealth inequality: define and popularize the problem."

"One of the most thorough books on the topic."
(Le Monde)

"A small book worth ten volumes on financial globalization. . . . Zucman dares to suggest to the leaders of democratic states 'a concrete and realistic plan of action' to fight against the fiscal hemorrhaging that is bleeding their public coffers and economies dry."
(La Croix)

"In this small, yet brilliant and tightly argued book, Zucman unravels the mechanisms of tax secrecy and evasion during the past century, an always lucrative activity but probably never as lucrative as it is today. The amounts involved are staggering: one out of every ten dollars of financial assets is hidden in tax havens. Zucman proposes a whole gamut of measures to put an end to this scourge, and indeed those who benefit from financial secrecy must feel uncomfortable to have to face such a formidable opponent."
(Branko Milanovic, City University of New York)

"Offshore tax evasion is an outrage. Preventing it should be a major objective of international cooperation. This important book documents the problem and addresses what can be done. It is actionable economics at its finest."
(Lawrence H. Summers, Harvard University)

"Drawing on his recent pathbreaking research, Zucman offers a short, lively, and non-technical discussion of tax heavens. He presents the most rigorous measurement to date of the wealth hidden in tax heavens and proposes a clear and feasible set of recommendations to fight evasion through tax heavens and restore the ability of our democratic societies to tax their wealthiest residents in this globalized world. His recommendations are already having a significant policy impact."
(Emmanuel Saez, University of California, Berkeley)

"The book's argument—that the rich steal from the rest of us by secreting their money away in tax havens—will please Bernie Sanders fans."
(Wall Street Journal)

"It is because Zucman takes the courageous step of moving beyond academia to being an activist committed to promoting a new and radical solution that he has unambiguously (even if cautiously) identified, that I welcome this book. Far too few academics are willing to take on the role of the public intellectual who steps up and demands action to address a problem that they have identified. Zucman deserves full marks for doing so."
(Times Higher Education)

"Zucman's main achievement in this slim volume is to have quantified these thefts: $200 billion in state revenues lost through private individuals' use of tax havens, plus another $130 billion in losses created by U.S. firms booking their profits offshore. . . . Zucman showcases this remarkable feat in unusually lucid and elegant prose—particularly for an economist—complemented by an admirable grasp of history. His review of the ways that efforts to combat tax evasion have stalled for the past century makes the book a worthwhile read in and of itself. But perhaps the most ambitious aspect of Zucman's work is his claim that, despite the immense scale of the problem, there are ways to solve it and thereby put a stop to the recurrent economic and political crises triggered by the use of offshore finance. . . . Zucman is still at the beginning of what promises to be a brilliant career."

"Zucman, a young French economist now at the London School of Economics and the University of California at Berkeley, has written a masterful survey of the origins, importance, and dangers of tax havens. The Hidden Wealth of Nations is a tremendously important contribution to the current discussion of how to adjust the world's income-tax systems, which are over a century old, to the realities of the 21st century."

"Zucman has produced an important book, above all because of his effort to calculate the magnitude of the world's hidden wealth. . . . A strong virtue of Zucman's book is that it puts a bright spotlight on an area in which significant reforms might appeal to people who otherwise disagree on a great deal. You might believe that the tax system should be made more progressive, or you might believe that it should be made less so. But whatever you think, you are unlikely to support a situation in which trillions of dollars are hardly taxed at all."

Ever been burdened by IRS foreign reporting forms? This little book will give you the global picture needed to understand why. Oct. 30 2015

Zucman's book is very short. It's under 200 pages double-spaced and so only takes about a half-hour to read. It is easy to understand -- no complex concepts even though written by a UC Berkeley economist who himself was taught by the famous French economist Thomas Piketty. (Piketty in 2014 wrote a 700-page tome on capital in the twenty-first century, which I have not read.)

Zucman's book is organized into 4 general sections:

(1) How much wealth is being hidden in tax-havens by the wealthiest families and how much it is costing their countries (and, by extension, the rest of us, who have to make up for the difference by paying more taxes or suffer fewer services in education, medicine, infrastructure, etc.). I had thought that the vast majority of hidden family wealth consisted of non-US and non-European foreigners who are forced to hid their financial assets because they reside in countries beset by government corruption, kidnappings, dictatorships, etc. However, Zucman shows that this is not generally the case.

(2) The history of how these tax havens arose and their current growth trends. It is quite eye-opening to learn, not only about the incredible cheating that Swiss banks have been engaged in over the years (recently fined billions of dollars by the U.S. government), but also to discover how Luxembourg (another major tax haven) blocks most attempts at tax reform by other European nations.

(3) What to do about the problem. Zucman first covers earlier attempts -- that have failed -- before proposing his solutions (which include a general registry of financial wealth to be maintained by multiple nations). Zucman's solutions become more reasonable after first seeing how (and why) earlier attempts at curtailing these massive tax-cheating havens have failed.

(4) Tax havens and loop-holes being used by corporations (such as Apple and Google) and what it is costing the rest of us, along with what can be done to eliminate the problem.

As I read this book I became more and more incensed at the arrogance of the ultra-wealthy and also at high-tech companies and how they have gotten away without paying taxes, while the rest of us end up with a higher tax burden.

As to the title of my review: I happen to know someone whose family is split between the US and a foreign country and they have been aghast at the many IRS foreign reporting forms they have had to fill out (costing thousands in CPA fees because these forms are both complex and nearly incomprehensible). This acquaintance also knows expats whose foreign bank accounts were closed on them because their foreign bank did not want to have to comply with what it considered onerous reporting requirements set by the US government under what is called FATCA.

Well, Zucman's book refers to FATCA and why it came about. Zucman applauds the US government's attempts at using FATCA as a first step in reining in wealthy tax cheaters. In fact, if Zucman's main solution is put into effect -- a multi-national registry of who actually owns what, after all those shell companies, foreign trusts and fake foundations have been stripped away -- then hopefully, in the near future US citizens with foreign assets will never again need to fill in those onerous foreign reporting forms because that information will be automatically collected and used in creating a world in which persons and corporations pay their fair share of taxes to their affiliated countries.

In just under 200 pages Zucman gives us the basics we need to understand to tax dodging, whether legal or illegal. It's clearly written and argued. So much so in fact that one almost wishes the book was longer! It's a mandatory read for anybody who is concerned with the way tax havens work to erode our modern democratic societies.

Tax havens represent one of the ugly by-products of capitalism. They are places where the super-rich (individuals and corporations) keep their money. They are kept in secret accounts so that they cannot be accounted for as part of the taxable income of the individual or corporation. The consequence is that the super-rich pay less taxes than others, and the burden of public expenditure falls on those others. The rich call it tax planning, but Zucman attempts to persuade the reader that keeping money in tax havens is unfair to those who do not have the money to do so. Recently, the International New York Times (23 October 2015) reported that the European Commission ordered Starbucks to pau up 30 million euros in back taxes to the Dutch government. Starbucks had channelled large amounts of profits from payments for its coffee roasting recipes. The payments were not made to Starbucks but to an entity known as Alki LLP, a 'mysterious and opaque box' that was not required to file financial statements and which has since shut, but 'Alki was folded into a new company, Starbucks EMEA Holdings' which has yet to file any financial statements, according to the INYT.

In this book, Zucman shows how tax havens come about, where they are (Virgin Islands, Luxembourg, Switzerland among the main ones), who goes to them, and the inequality between the super-rich and the rest that results from placing money in tax havens. Zucman says that 55% of $650 billion 'foreign profits' of corporations is made in six countries with low or no taxes and where little or no production or sale is done to generate that money in those countries. He named the countries as 'Netherlands, Bermuda, Luxembourg, Ireland, Singapore, and Switzerland'. He proposes three major actions to rectify this. First, he thinks that there should be an open register of financial wealth of every wealth-owning entity. Secondly, he calls for adequate sanctions against tax havens, and thirdly, he thinks that tax structures should be revamped. For example, not allowing profits to be accounted separately in different countries. Only when the world can see the true global profit and loss accounts of any given company, can the taxation be fair and equitable.

A great deal has been packed into this slim 113-page book that is extremely thought provoking. It also calls into debate the age old issue of not penalising entrepreneurs so that their motivation to create greater wealth will be maintained. Is capitalism taking another knock?

HASH(0x9c30b798) out of 5 stars Zucman is a very accomplished economist that has creatively and ... Nov. 6 2015

Zucman is a very accomplished economist that has creatively and persistently created a giant and rare data base on financial flows among nations. His creative accounting of portfolio investment solves many problems that have eluded the plodding efforts of governments and international financial institutions. His data and analysis is probably the closest we will ever come to a snapshot of offshore money.
USA money in Luxembourg is a huge finding. The fact that caribbeans are just a conduit and not a tax shelter or a secret cache is another finding.
A must read for investigators wondering where this money is resident. Don't look to Bermuda - look at Europe.

Canvases a wide range of issues relevant to offshore tax avoidance, providing a good summary. However, the book does not go into much dept and provides only a brief explanation of recommendations. Worth reading as a introduction to the area.

Hidden wealth Berkeley Professor Zucman

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WEBSITE: World Wealth and Income Database (with Facundo Alvarado, Tony Atkinson, Thomas Piketty, and Emmanuel Saez).

BOOK: The Hidden Wealth of Nations, University of Chicago Press, September 2015.

FINAL: Wealth Inequality in the United States since 1913: Evidence from Capitalized Income Tax Data (with Emmanuel Saez), October 2015, forthcoming Quarterly Journal of Economics. [Appendix & data webpage].

Taxing Across Borders: Tracking Personal Wealth and Corporate Profits, Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2014, 28(4): 121-148. [Appendix]. [Data].

Wealth and Inheritance in the Long Run (with Thomas Piketty), Handbook of Income Distribution, vol. 2, 2015. [Data].

Capital is Back: Wealth-Income Ratios in Rich Countries, 1700-2010 (with Thomas Piketty), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2014, 129(3): 1255-1310. [Appendix & data webpage].

The End of Bank Secrecy? An Evaluation of the G20 Tax Haven Crackdown (with Niels Johannesen), American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2014, 6(1): 65-91. [Appendix]. [Data].

The Missing Wealth of Nations, Are Europe and the U.S. net Debtors or net Creditors?, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2013, 128(3): 1321-1364