Monday, June 27, 2016

TransCanada Sues US Over Keystone XL Pipeline

Here's what can happen to countries that sign "free trade" deals:

TransCanada Corp. is seeking to recoup $15 billion for the Obama administration’s rejection of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, in a legal claim that highlights how foreign companies can use trade deals to challenge U.S. policy.

The Calgary-based pipeline operator filed papers late Friday seeking arbitration under the North American Free Trade Agreement, arguing that TransCanada had every reason to believe it would win approval to build Keystone XL. Instead, President Barack Obama last November determined that the pipeline, which would have carried Canadian oil sands crude to the U.S. Gulf coast, wasn’t in the national interest. In response, TransCanada in January vowed to use arbitration provisions in Chapter 11 of Nafta to recover costs and damages.

The company said the U.S. spent seven years delaying a final decision on the project with multiple rounds of “arbitrary and contrived” analyses and justifications.

You can read the rest @
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-25/transcanada-files-15b-nafta-claim-on-keystone-xl-rejection

Our Liar-in-Chief, Obama ad-Dajjal, has made the following claim:

"No trade agreement is going to force us to change our laws."

Source - https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/05/08/remarks-president-trade

That's a very sneaky way to lie about the reality of these so-called "free trade" deals. Here is a better explanation of that reality:

The [Democratic Party Platform drafting] committee rejected an effort to defeat the Trans Pacific Partnership (‪TPP‬). This trade agreement destroys the first three articles of the US Constitution which created the legislative, the executive, and the judicial branches. It does so by transferring the sovereign powers of the US government to an anti-democratic Investor State and to international tribunals run by private attorneys.

The TPP turns the US treasury into an ATM for every foreign investor who wishes to challenge and get compensation for any health, safety and environmental rule deemed obstructive by the foreign trade tribunal. It can even sue the US for creating a trade barrier through maintaining public employment.

Source - Facebook page of former US Representative Dennis Kucinich

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Waiting For The Rapture In Texas

The Texas Supreme Court sided Friday with a family accused of not teaching its children anything while waiting to be "raptured," but failed to answer larger constitutional questions about whether home-schooled students must be properly educated.

The 6-3 decision by the all-Republican court on technical grounds means nothing was decided regarding a showdown between religious liberties and educational requirements in America's largest conservative state, though it will live on in lower Texas courts.

Texas doesn't require parents who home-school their children to register with state authorities. While families must meet "basic educational goals" in reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics and citizenship, they don't have to give standardized testing or otherwise prove student progress is made.

Problems for Laura and Michael McIntyre, who once educated their nine children in an empty office at the family's motorcycle dealership in El Paso, arose after an uncle told the school district that he never saw the children do much of anything educational. According to court filings, he also overheard of the children tell a cousin "they did not need to do schoolwork because they were going to be raptured," or blessed by the second coming of Jesus Christ.

The family's eldest daughter, 17-year-old Tori, ran away from home in 2006 so she could return to school. The El Paso district put her in the ninth grade because officials weren't sure she could handle higher grade-level work — a claim her parents' dispute.

Attempting to investigate accusations of non-learning, school district attendance officer Michael Mendoza sought proof the children were being properly educated. That prompted the McIntyres to sue, arguing that their equal protection rights under the 14th Amendment had been violated and that the school district was anti-Christian.

The family said it used a religious curriculum similar to one offered in El Paso's Christian schools, and noted the uncle invented claims of waiting for the rapture because he was embroiled in a dispute over ownership of the since-defunct motorcycle dealership.

You can read the rest @
http://www.chron.com/news/texas/article/Texas-Supreme-Court-sidesteps-key-home-school-8323191.php

I have faith in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, so I have a soft spot for these parents.

On the other hand, what can these children learn that is of value which they could not pick up by surfing the Internet and watching TV? Unless they want to go to medical, dental, law, or some other professional school, spending twelve years in public school is more or less a waste of their time and the public's money.

And according to this survey, 90% of people agree:

http://www.debate.org/opinions/is-school-a-waste-of-time

Steven Seagal Speaks On Second Amendment

Steven Seagal suggests that mass shootings in the US are "engineered":

https://youtu.be/m0F2uB__6ec

Steven, you are right on the money. There is a HUGE power grab underway, and "gun control" is definitely a part of it.

Political Corruption Wrecked US Healthcare

Here is what a former hospital president has to say about the US healthcare (sic) system:

I am going public to reveal the astonishing truth. There is a simple way to instantly, with ease, end our nation's health cost misery!

When the founder of a Miami area hospital, who was a longtime friend and client died, I became interim president. The insider's view of the healthcare system is enough to make anyone sick.

Healthcare is the only industry exempt from the rigors of the U.S. free market system. Ask the price of any healthcare service and you will always receive the same answer: "What insurance do you have?" Billing is determined by how much can be extracted from each patient on a case by case basis. It is a predatory system that is built on destruction of free market economics through political influence.

Value and market price are entirely irrelevant concepts. Patients who are out of network or uninsured are routinely charged 10X more than "normal" rates. This is fraud in any business -- except healthcare.

Because there are no actual prices for medical services, there is no price competition. Without price competition, there is little resistance to charges that continually skyrocket far in excess of the inflation rate.

Price gouged consumers have no practical way to defend themselves against unreasonable medical bills. Litigation entails retaining an attorney plus an expert witness to testify regarding the reasonableness of the amount billed. In virtually every case, the cost of litigation makes defense against medical price gouging impractical. The result is health costs are the leading cause of personal bankruptcy.

Last summer, the New York Department of Consumer Affairs made national headlines when it forced Whole Foods to admit the company short-weighted customers. Our government employs thousands to protect consumers from being bamboozled on an ounce of ham, gasoline or for a fraction of a percent on a mortgage or credit card loan. However, when it comes to healthcare pricing, consumers are abandoned and health providers are shielded from free market competition.

How did we end up with predatory healthcare pricing? Pricing has been rigged by the industry that pumps, by far, the most cash into Washington. The healthcare industry spends more on lobbying than the defense, aerospace, and the oil and gas industries combined. Morally corrupt politicians have allowed the industry to foist upon our nation the highest cost medical care on earth, by a margin of at least 50% per-capita, while providing significantly lower quality than exists in other wealthy nations.

The currently fashionable concept of price transparency will not ameliorate the health cost crisis. A simple blood test for cholesterol can range from $10 to $400 or more at the same lab. Hospitalization for chest pain can result in a bill from the same hospital for the same services ranging anywhere from $3,000 to $25,000 or more. Transparency would merely show that each healthcare provider charges extraordinarily wide-ranging different prices for each service it provides and continue to sow price confusion.

Laws requiring health providers to publish price ranges or average prices are growing in popularity. Such so called "price transparency" serves as a public relations gimmick to relieve ever mounting public pressure on elected representatives. Simply put, each of us is entitled to know the actual price we will be charged for our healthcare. Limiting disclosure to price ranges or averages, while permitting providers to predatorily bill each person a different amount, unfairly benefits providers at the expense of all patients.

You can read the rest @
http://www.opednews.com/articles/Former-Hospital-President-by-STEVEN-I-WEISSMAN-Consumer_Economics_Health_Healthcare-160624-243.html

Amen.

China Going To Mars

China on Sunday recovered an experimental probe launched aboard a new generation rocket, marking another milestone in its increasingly ambitious space program that envisions a mission to Mars by the end of the decade.

Space program authorities said the spaceship's landing on the vast Inner Mongolian steppe keeps China on schedule to place its second space station into orbit later this year.

The launch of the spaceship aboard the newly developed Long March 7 rocket on Saturday was hailed as a breakthrough in the use of safer, more environmentally friendly fuels. The launch also marked the first use of the massive new Wenchang Satellite Launch Center on the southern island province of Hainan.

Since launching its first manned mission in 2003, China has sent up an experimental space station, the Tiangong 1, staged a spacewalk and landed its Yutu rover on the moon.

You can read the rest @
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/4c73dc21c41b49e3986a5effd4e1d197/china-schedule-launch-2nd-space-station

That's in four years! But it sounds like an unmanned mission.

Congratulations anyway.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

List Of Mass Animal Deaths

Here is a website which lists global mass animal deaths for the past six years:

http://www.end-times-prophecy.org/animal-deaths-birds-fish-end-times.html

Unfortunately, it does not estimate whether the overall mass of the biosphere is decreasing. Perhaps it is just diversity which is changing during this sixth great extinction.

The Book of Revelation predicts deaths of one-third of all living things. I don't think we're there yet, but we may be well on the way.

Who Will Defend The US ???

It’s not only illegal aliens who are escaping enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws.

Under the Obama administration’s expansive interpretation of executive authority,  legal immigrants seeking citizenship through the nation’s Naturalization process are now exempt from a key part of the Oath of Allegiance.

Immigrants seeking to become citizens no longer have to pledge to “bear arms on behalf of the United States.” They can opt out of that part of the Oath. Nor do they have to cite any specific religious belief that forbids them to perform military service.

You can read the rest @
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/06/25/obama-invites-18-7-million-immigrants-avoid-oath-allegiance-pledge-defend-america/

Although alarming, this also is misleading. Very few people are ACTUALLY going to defend the US ... ever.

If you want to confirm my claim, just start up the military draft. The resulting outcry will burst your eardrums.