U.N. touts food vouchers sent by text
By Saeed Ahmed, CNN
October 29, 2009 4:45 a.m. EDT
(CNN) -- In what the World Food Programme called a first, relief workers from the U.N. aid agency are using text messages to deliver food vouchers to refugees.
The four-month pilot program kicked off last week in Syria, geared toward 1,000 refugee families from Iraq. If the pilot succeeds, the Food Programme plans to expand it beyond Damascus and to other countries.
Virtual vouchers offer several advantages over direct food distribution, said Abeer Etefa, the Food Programme spokeswoman for the Middle East.
Back in 1997 my brother and I worked together at a bagel shop. Every payday, we would gleefully go back to the local bank to cash out checks. We would gloat over our seemingly massive amounts of "Power Units." We had been told all our lives that our money was backed by GOLD. Wasn't the gold stored in Fort Knox what was providing the power to our "power units"?
When I read the headline to this McClatchy News Service Article I just about blew my top. What is it about those meddling bunglers in Washington that makes them so eager to regulate every activity (including that of the sun)?
The mayor and council of a New Jersey township is calling for a "temporary" (ya, right!) curfew for everyone between 12 and 7 AM! Hey! Aren't those guys the criminals? Why are the residents being imprisioned?
I want to applaud the newsman for reminding the mayor of that "pesky Constitution"!
See the video, "Protecting the People?" at:
Two days ago, it was reported that the Pay Czar wants to "claw back" executive compensation from companies that received bailout money(see http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090817/bs_nm/us_feinberg ). With this precedent, where Czar Feinberg proclaimed, "anything is possible under the law," the powers to control compensation are now being expanded to include targeted businesses. As reported in various sources today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent letters to insurers asking for the following information:
Updated 7/30 - I converted the article, "Principles for allocation of scarce medical interventions", from PDF into text. I also formatted the article a little to make it more readable. Well, it is still absolutely nauseating but worth reading for insight into what is going on in the sick minds of those who are behind the government takeover of healthcare. The article is at the end of this blog.
I thought the cell phone program was outrageous, but check out this article on how states are struggling to find enough homes to weatherize in order to use up their allocation of porkulus funds. Not only does the porkulus steal from the taxpayer, the porkulus is also making it harder and more expensive for those who are not receiving porkulus funds to engage in any area to which these porkulus funds are applied. Those who really do want to increase their homes' energy efficiency, and who make above the $44,100 cut-off for the program, will have to pay much more for materials and labor (if they can get it) as they have to compete against all the money being dumped into this market.
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In a parallel universe, public servents compete to serve the public the best.
Antitrust laws, like nearly all government action, create the opposite effect of what their proponents claim will happen. Antitrust laws over the decades have made healthcare more expensive and less available. Antitrust laws are so convoluted and asinine (as well as unconstitutional) that one can be convicted for pricing a product too high (price gouging), too low (predatory pricing) and the same as others in the marketplace (collusion). In fact, those involved with healthcare now risk prosecution if they attempt to lower healthcare costs as demanded by non-president Obama two weeks ago. (He is one to talk about controlling costs!)
CABAL BLOG! Rokon! -- The Library: A Lesson in Government Mismanagement versus Market Power to Please
I was in e-mail contact with Gard Goldsmith a couple of days ago, and he told me a story that I thought perfectly exemplified the difference between the way markets operate, and the way the government/political world operates. Gard, hope you don't mind me taking your story and running with it!
It starts with him mentioning that he ran into a lady at work who was looking for the book "New Moon, which is the second in the best-selling "Twilight" series, by Stephanie Meyer (you're right G-Man, she's a pretty lady!). Well, this woman told Gard that her daughter loved the series and that they'd called their library to get it, but that there was a TWELVE person waiting list for it!
The government of Gong'an, a county in China, is ordering its employees to smoke 230,000 locally made cigarettes. (Is their pension fund out of money?)
Also, an article on Obama's tax plan, which will PRESUME GUILTY of tax violations anyone who engages in business with a foreign bank that does not "cooperate" with the Treasury Department. Expect other laws that preemptively presume guilt to follow soon...
The following is a three minute speach I prepared for an event.
This is insane! The FBI raided at least two data centres and seized the servers, equipment and data of hundreds of businesses, not just the target of the raid. As a result these businesses lost their data, could not process transactions and could not support their customers. Many businesses and individuals have been ruined by the disruption and loss of data. Just the thing we need right now, eh?
With money so tight and the government spending trillions that it doesn't have, what better way to blow money than to build more spy satellites and take over private satellites during a national emergency:
"Capn' Trade Cereal: Don't Buy It!"
2009 P. Gardner Goldsmith
As Liberty Conspirators have discussed, there is a growing trend among Republidemocans to push something called "Cap and Trade" in energy "policy" (ie fascism and meddling in the energy market). Along with discussions about how the "Obama Plan" will "restore the economy", the Cap n' Trade salesmen claim that this is a "free market alternative" to federal regulations, one which will help reduce "climate emissions", and skirt around the problem of "the commons".
It's about that time again... Snowfall and snow mounds are finally receding in the northern states and spring is creeping its way forward: The birds are singing, the squirrels are at play, and the IRS is excitedly looking forward to bending you over and giving it to you good and hard!
These are their stories:
Story 1: Identity Theft Leads To Tax Fraud Nightmare For Couple:
From the Article:
""Innocently, I was looking for a job, like I've done every day for the last four months," explains Steve Spann.
Last week, the former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, Col. Lawrence B. Wilkerson, admitted what some of us had known for years - that many prisoners held indefinitely at Guantanamo as "enemy combatants" are actually innocent. These prisoners were in some cases captured during sweeps, refugees turned in for a bounty or simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The military continued to hold these prisoners, without trial, knowing that many of their prisoners are innocent. According to Col. Wilkerson, "it did not matter if a detainee were [sic] innocent. Indeed, because he lived in Afghanistan and was captured on or near the battle area, he must know something of importance." (Just how much information on our own government's activities do we know?)
One year ago, on an episode of Gardner Goldsmith's former radio show, Against The Grain, episode titled 'The Many Troubles With Tax Day', which aired 4/15/2008, Gardner ran an audio clip of El Presidente Georges Bush stating "The good news is we anticipated this and took decisive action to bolster the economy by passing a growth package that would put money into the hands of American workers and businesses." (9:40 into the podcast), which I suppose is a step up from Bush's most insightful "working hard to put food on your family" observation, but not by much.
Helen Knowles, 'Political Scientist', and I use that term loosely, makes the argument in her latest book that Justice Anthony M. Kennedy is 'modestly libertarian' for his 'consistent adherence towards "the basic, fundamental principles" of individualism and limited government'. We're referring to the very same Justice Kennedy who sided with the Feds against California's legalization of medical marijuana, or voting in favor of eminent domain in the Kelo versus City of New London case, a more familiar and abhorrent issue to those passionate about the preservation of liberty and property rights.
CABAL BLOG!: Second Hand Books vs. Second Hand Food: The Disparity Between Ideas Protected By Intellectual Property - By Furb
A CABAL BLOG POST!, by FURB:
A while ago I was reading the forums at a very fun book website called bookcrossing.com. I came across a message posted by CynthiaA. In it she talks about how her friend (who works for a Canadian publisher) feels that people that use websites to acquire free books are going to cost her the job she loves. CynthiaA's friend had sent a link to a New York Times piece that contends increases in efficiency in the secondhand book market are causing problems throughout the publishing industry.