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09/05/10

Great Advice to Men of God

1 Timothy 6

1 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed. 2 And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.

3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. 13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; 14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: 15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; 16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; 19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: 21 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen. (The first to Timothy was written from Laodicea, which is the chiefest city of Phrygia Pacatiana.)


If only men who proclaim to be ministers of the the Gospel would follow this advice, our world would be a much better place. Though I could imagine that men of God who served in this manner would be hated by the majority of the world because they would not want to repent of their sins and move away from their depravity.

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Under Nanny State, we don't feel like dancing
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China requires ID to buy mobile phone numbers
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DMV seeks new photos of 4K customers
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Ex-DMV worker called corrupt
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Oil platform explodes off La. coast, spreading oil
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Ex-GM CEO Henderson to head Sunoco spin-off
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ECONOMIC NEWS

Will Nothing Stimulate This Dead Horse Of An Economy?
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Why Lessons From The First Great Depression Mean The Next 4 Months Will Be Very Painful For Stockholders
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Senators, Missouri officials in China to lure freight hub to St. Louis
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NC newspaper completes sale to Alabama company
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Donations flowing to Tent City Davidson Park
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Cleanup of Reno's tent city marks changes in rules enforcement
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City council mulling its legal options regarding tent cities
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Palmer hears plan for homeless shelter
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Homeless Shelter Closes
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Toledo homeless shelter taken down
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2ND AMMENDMENT

Obama Administration Reverses Course, Forbids Sale of 850,000 Antique Rifles
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North Carolina governor suspends gun rights
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HEALTH NEWS

Metal in formula milk has up to 40 times more aluminium than breast milk
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Facebook adds hacker tracker tool
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Twitter crackdown on hackers posting links to viruses with launch of URL shortening service
http://bit.ly/bzS7Px

Feds Trying to Crack Jason Deli's Virus
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Hackers leak 'Survivor' finalists' names
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Computer outage is another outrage
http://bit.ly/aqSnnm

Cell phone spying: James Bond cool or cyberstalking tool?
http://bit.ly/939ovu

MORAL DECLINE

Dead Hostage-Taker Had Strange History
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Woman Arrested After Daughter Was Found Malnourished And Tied To A Bed
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CELEBRITY NEWS

Lindsay Hits Baby in Stroller With Car
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09/02/10

What Your PC Knows About You

by Mark Nestmann
Sovereign Society

If someone could secretly stand behind you and monitor everything you’ve done on your PC, what would they discover about you that you would prefer to keep private? Thanks to new technologies that secretly track everywhere you go on the Internet, that’s an appropriate comparison of the threat you face unless you take advance precautions.

Perhaps you’ve never visited a Web site you wouldn’t want your spouse, your children, your neighbors, or the FBI to know about. Perhaps you really do have “nothing to hide.” But if you do, you’ll want to understand the threat to your privacy – and what you can do to protect yourself.

The centerpiece of this threat is a tracking technology that records what Web sites you visit, what links you click on, and what types of search engine questions you ask. If you’ve entered personal information into applications that use these technologies, that data is stored as well. All of it is written to hidden directories on your hard disk. And there it stays – permanently – unless you know how to delete it.

Usually what’s recorded is innocuous. You might not mind that your hard disk has a record of the movies you’ve rented, the fact that you’re interested in photography, or that you want to take pilot lessons. And you might not object to the fact that the companies that create these hidden directories sell the information. For instance, a company selling photographic supplies would surely be interested in presenting an advertisement for its services to someone with a proven interest in photography.

However, perhaps your interests are a bit more controversial. Or even if they’re not, perhaps someone with access to your PC has less conventional preferences than you. In that event, the data in the hidden directories could possibly come back to haunt you, should your PC ever be compromised – or searched by law enforcement.

Say, for instance, that you – or someone with access to your PC – watch a controversial video on the Internet. Guess what? The Web site serving up the video to your browser most likely plants a tracking beacon on your hard drive, where it stays – potentially, forever. Erasing “cookies” in your browser will NOT delete these beacons!

The largest offender in this regard is probably a program called Adobe Flash Player (AFP). Many Web sites use AFP to deliver audio and visual content. But AFP also creates a hidden directory on your hard disk to track the Web sites you visit, especially those with interactive or multimedia features. Companies that plant the beacons use them to personalize your browsing experience, and also sell the data they contain to direct marketing companies.

Since you can’t delete these files from your browser, the most practical way to deal with them is to install a browser add-on program to manage and delete them. One such program is “Better Privacy,” an add-on for Firefox. You can download it here. I’ve configured Better Privacy to delete all AFP beacons when I shut down my browser.

I also suggest that you configure AFP to minimize tracking altogether. You can adjust its settings using a virtual control panel.

I’ve adjusted the settings on my PC to always deny access to my PC’s camera or microphone, never storing any content, and deleting all records of Web sites I’ve visited that use AFP. Those settings, together with the Better Privacy add-on, seem to have rid my PC of “beacons” – at least those from AFP. These settings limit functionality on some Web sites, but so long as you configure AFP to allow programs to ask you for permission to store content, you can control which ones have access to your PC. When you exit your browser, Better Privacy deletes them.

Incidentally, none of AFP’s tracking software violates any U.S. law; at least none of which I’m aware. And don’t look to the government for help – law enforcement agencies surely find beacons on your PC a highly informative tool to track your Web browsing behavior.

With big business and big government collaborating to invade your online privacy, you have only one resource to depend upon – yourself. So if you don’t want permanent records of your online life residing on your hard drive, don’t call your Congressman for help. You alone must take responsibility for protecting your online privacy.

September 2, 2010

Mark Nestmann is a journalist with more than 20 years of investigative experience and is a charter member of The Sovereign Society’s Council of Experts. He has authored over a dozen books and many additional reports on wealth preservation, privacy and offshore investing. Mark serves as president of his own international consulting firm, The Nestmann Group, Ltd. The Nestmann Group provides international wealth preservation services for high-net worth individuals. Mark is an Associate Member of the American Bar Association (member of subcommittee on Foreign Activities of U.S. Taxpayers, Committee on Taxation) and member of the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2005, he was awarded a Masters of Laws (LL.M) degree in international tax law at the Vienna (Austria) University of Economics and Business Administration.

Copyright © 2010 Mark Nestmann

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Dems do not want to talk about ObamaCare
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Police exempt as laws target distracted drivers
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Vin Suprynowicz: It's fine for police to kill people, so long as there's no 'ill will'
http://bit.ly/avD9mU

NC - 8 arrested in high-stakes poker bust
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China requires ID to buy mobile phone numbers
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ECONOMIC NEWS

Homelessness Up 50% In New York City
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Feds eyeing private money to finance deficit?
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Gold Is Surging This Morning, And Within A Rock’s Throw Of A Brand New Record
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Investors Spooked As Glitch Sends Gold To $3400
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Cash-Poor Governments Ditching Public Hospitals
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Young entrepreneur gets some recognition and some help for college
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REAL ID & PRIVACY NEWS

MI Secretary of State explains RFID technology used in enhanced drivers license
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Reports of DMV computer outages around California are exaggerated, official says
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No timetable set for return of VA DMV licensing service
http://bit.ly/9bO1R3

DMV: Still experiencing computer problems
http://bit.ly/bMv3R9

Downed circuit compounds computer problems at DMV
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Wyoming IDs receive makeover
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Welcome Back to School; Here's Your Student REAL ID Card
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Immigrant license surge argues for two-tier system
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Computer problem halts licenses at Virginia DMV centers
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Boston Tea Party National Committee opposes National ID
http://bit.ly/aRm9jn

Woman says mother's eyes taken in DMV mishap
http://bit.ly/9mwhyn

MASS SHOOTINGS IN NEWS

Police: Gunman inside Discovery building
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Environmental Militant Takes Hostages at Discovery Channel Headquarters
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TERRORISM USA

Suspicious luggage sparks questioning
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HEALTH NEWS

Why you should NEVER trust labels on food
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India Rejects H1N1 Shots After Vaccines Kill Children
http://bit.ly/c6njrT

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Hackers based in Russia Blamed in Jason's Deli Case
http://bit.ly/bUNb5v

Quantum Hackers Use Lasers to Crack Powerful Encryption Without Leaving a Trace
http://bit.ly/9qxksT

Invisible Bracelet Launches Nationwide Emergency Medical Notification Text Messaging Service
http://bit.ly/dvkMqY

Cars: The next hacking frontier?
http://bit.ly/b9sYfA

Threats Permeate Wi-Fi Hotspots
http://bit.ly/bURvTc

Pentagon breached by foreign hacker
http://bit.ly/cnvD9T

Hackers Steal Army Secrets From South Korea
http://bit.ly/a4D1D2

08/25/10

500 Million Sensitive Records Breached Since 2005

San Diego, CA, August 25, 2010 -- The most recent total from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse’s Chronology of Data Breaches shows more than a half billion sensitive records breached since 2005, leaving Americans vulnerable to identity theft.

Employees losing laptop computers, hackers downloading credit card numbers and sensitive personal data accidentally exposed online -- the Chronology of Data Breaches shows hundreds of ways that the personal information of consumers is lost, stolen or exposed.

The Chronology of Data Breaches, a project of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse since 2005, lists incidents involving breached consumer information, such as personal medical records, credit card numbers and Social Security numbers.

The most recent total, published last night, is a wake-up call to consumers who think identity theft can’t happen to them.

The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse estimates that the Chronology shows only a fraction of the total number of data breaches.

"This is a conservative number," says Director Beth Givens, "We generally learn about breaches that garner media attention.
Unfortunately, many do not. And, because many states do not require companies to report data breaches to a central clearinghouse, data breaches occur that we never hear about.
Our Chronology is only a sampling."

Data breaches of sensitive information, especially Social Security and credit card numbers, make consumers vulnerable to identity theft. According to a 2009 Javelin Research & Strategy, individuals are four times more likely to be the victim of identity theft in the year after receiving a data breach notification letter.
https://www.javelinstrategy.com/brochure-158

The recently expanded Chronology provides consumers and researchers the ability to perform rapid searches to identify trends in data breaches. It also allows visitors to look up businesses, agencies and organizations by name.

Unfortunately, consumers cannot completely protect themselves from a data breach. It is up to organizations that collect data on consumers to take the steps to ensure the privacy
and security of the data they collect and maintain.

Visit the Chronology now - http://www.privacyrights.org/data-breach

Try the custom sort feature - http://www.privacyrights.org/data-breach#CP

Learn how to take advantage of the Chronology’s interactive features - http://www.privacyrights.org/data-breach-how-to

Resources:
Open Security Foundation’s DatalossDB http://www.datalossdb.org Office of Inadequate Security http://www.databreaches.net Personal Health Information Privacy http://www.phiprivacy.net National Association for Information Destruction, Inc http://www.naidonline.org


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Two GOP attorney general candidates websites attacked, Bondis untouched
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POLICE STATE NEWS

The Government's New Right to Track Your Every Move With GPS
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The facial recognition software that will put a name to every photograph in the internet
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4th Amendment Violating Mobile X-Ray Scanners Hit The Streets
http://bit.ly/cHmkZr

After Hurricane Katrina, NOLA cops told to shoot looters
http://bit.ly/d9OLUe

Following EPIC FOIA Lawsuit, US Senators Raise Questions About Retention of Body Scanner Images
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EPIC v. DHS (Suspension of Body Scanner Program)
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Protesters demand withdrawal of G20 charges
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Pentagon Teaches Kindergarten Kids As U.S. Schools Are Militarized For Martial Law Conditioning
http://bit.ly/dB2cnZ

REAL ID & PRIVACY NEWS

Germany to roll out ID cards with embedded RFID
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Ex-DMV Employee Sentenced For Issuing Fake IDs
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Universities Endanger Students' Privacy
http://bit.ly/cBOxNN

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY NEWS

Bad flash drive caused worst U.S. military breach
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Hackers see opportunities in the cloud
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Facebook Uses RFID to Track Users' Locations for Advertising Promotion
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Facebook "Places" Embeds Privacy Risks, Complicated and Ephemeral Opt-Out Unfair to Users
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Almost one in four security breaches affected health centers in 2010
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Hackers steal iTunes accounts, make bogus purchases
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Hackers Drain Users PayPal Accounts Through iTunes
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DEF CON Survey Reveals Vast Scale of Cloud Hacking
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ECONOMIC NEWS

Home Sales Drop 27 Percent In July And Things Are Only Going To Get Worse For The U.S. Housing Industry
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Let the Housing Market Normalize!
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Eight Banks Collapse Last Week As Questions Arise On FDIC
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HEALTH NEWS

Eggs from Iowa farms could come to table near you
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Electromagnetic pulse can be used to disrupt morality in the human brain
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52% Concerned About Safety of Vaccines
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Study Links Chronic Fatigue to Virus Class
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08/18/10

Your children would be safer in Portugal

Quote of the Day: "Even if you don't like drugs, you really, really don't like murder, rape, robbery, and so forth." - Ted Balaker

An important video by Reason.tv and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) succinctly addresses how the War on Drugs cripples police work and endangers children. DownsizeDC.org would like to express our gratitude to Reason's Ted Balaker and LEAP's Neill Franklin for laying out the facts.

We urge you to . . .

* Watch the video
[video:youtube&#58;&#68;zOHQdKRANA]

* And then tell Congress to watch it too, using our End the Mexican Civil War campaign

You may borrow from or copy this letter . . .

The Mexican government reports that its War on Drugs has killed 28,000 people over the past four years. This ongoing tragedy is undermining Mexico's stability, which is bad news for the United States.

But that's not the only way drug prohibition is hurting us. I urge you to watch this interview with Neill Franklin, the Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (under 9 minutes) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzOHQdKRANA

The video reveals that the Mexican drug cartels have expanded into 230 U.S. cities. Unsurprisingly, the overwhelming majority of police 911 calls are related to this illegal drug trade. And yet, as our police go from one drug-related 911 call to the next, most violent crimes go unsolved, including . . .

* 60% of rapes
* 73% of robberies
* 88% of auto thefts
* And 37% of murders

Whereas, in 1963, before the War on Drugs, only 9% of murders went unsolved!

Repealing drug prohibition would put an end to narcotics units and place more cops on the street to "do the work that is supposed to be done."

But unsolved crime is not the only danger caused by the Drug War. Our children are particularly at risk . . .

* Criminals don't ask for ID's to verify the age of their customers
* This means that powerful drugs are more available to kids than cigarettes and alcohol
* Criminals don't care about quality control, so the black market substances that lure our kids are more dangerous than they would be if prohibition didn't exist
* And urban, African-American children are at special risk. They are heavily recruited to the drug trade because juvenile offenders get lesser sentences

Whereas in Portugal, which legalized personal drug possession ten years ago . . .

* There was a double-digit drop in drug use by school-age children
* As well as a double-digit drop in AIDS cases
* The stigma has been removed for people seeking treatment
* And there is MORE MONEY for treatment

Even so, President Obama still wants to increase funding for the War on Drugs!

But the facts are clear. Drug prohibition doesn't work. Repeal the federal drug laws. Our communities will be safer and our children will be better off.

END LETTER

You can send your letter through DownsizeDC.org's Educate the Powerful System.

We also urge you to spread this common-sense message to your friends and Digg it on our blog.

James Wilson
Assistant Communications Director
DownsizeDC.org

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President goes for a swim in the Gulf – or does he?
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Scathing Congress report slams Obama's 'covert, criminal activity'
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Obama uses Ramadan dinner to endorse NY mosque
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MAINSTREAM MEDIA

According to Poll Only 25% U.S. Have Confidence in Newspapers and TV News
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CENSUS 2010

Personal Census Questions Upset Hawaii Residents
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POLICE STATE NEWS

Charges Against Ice-T Dismissed in Criminal Court Due to DMV Clerical Error
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NYPD Knows About Your Secret Underwear Drug Stash!
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Russia's New Police State
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Denver officials clash over police discipline after brutal video released
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New Vending Machines Require Thumb Print, Retina Scan
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Army accused of threatening to 'Taser' officer
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NFL Considers Ball-Tracking Chips for Accuracy
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YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK

Workmen paint over dead hedgehog
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Councils pay for prostitutes for the disabled
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ECONOMIC NEWS

22 cities in danger of a double-dip recession
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POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Fidel Castro fascinated by book on Bilderberg Club
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Mass exodus planned away from the two major political parties
http://exm.nr/aQ3rvw

Pivotal Senate primary in Washington decided
http://bit.ly/9DrPhA

Blagojevich Convicted on Only 1 of 24 Corruption Counts
http://bit.ly/cDw8dQ

Foreman James Matsumoto: Holdout Blagojevich Juror Argued Politics as Usual
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Acronyms that accidentally turned naughty
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Report: Fed Could Be Forced Into $1 Trillion Emergency Rescue
http://bit.ly/atQeEE

Homeownership to decline further, housing analyst predicts
http://bit.ly/bddrrN

Debts Rise, and Go Unpaid, as Bust Erodes Home Equity
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Fed's Hoenig: Keeping Rates Too Low 'Dangerous Gamble'
http://bit.ly/csirDk

J.C. Penney cuts outlook on consumer weakness
http://yhoo.it/d6H348

Democrats Plain to Raise Taxes on Middle Class Earning $20,000 - $200,000
http://bit.ly/94qdLC

New unemployment claims hit 6-month high
http://bit.ly/bVeXJ3

East Point residents line up again to turn in Section 8 applications
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British schoolboy entrepreneur celebrates making his first million at 16...
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POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Kelly had heart attack, says pathologist
http://bit.ly/9ccR9f

How many socialists sit in Congress today?
http://bit.ly/dzXNsY

70 avowed socialists in U.S. Congress DSA lists members of the 111th session
http://bit.ly/beHIgC

Are you a true Tea Partier?
http://bit.ly/9d7wSi

WND's Miami conference dumps Florida Tea Party
http://bit.ly/blML0Q

Watchdog panel cites global impact of US bailout
http://bit.ly/bbB1PQ

Second New Hampshire Dem. under fire for joking about Sarah Palin's death, resigns from state House
http://bit.ly/ca5PR8

WikiLeaks preparing to release more Afghan files
http://bit.ly/cqMLZq

Real or Imagined? A Critical Review of the SPLC's List of Conspiracies
http://bit.ly/aPogOp

Lockerbie families raise new questions over bomber
http://bit.ly/a08NSi

Bomber freed to die is now being given 'miracle cure' drug
http://bit.ly/abdsQt

HEALTH NEWS

Drug companies accused of 'conning' the public
http://bit.ly/dldLov

Genetically Manipulated Crops: The GMO Catastrophe in the USA
http://bit.ly/aNytR9

Sugar Beets- Monsanto Wins Again
http://bit.ly/cGWqXT

US breast cancer drug decision 'marks start of death panels'
http://bit.ly/aP4UOz

Free school milk: the white stuff might not be the right stuff
http://bit.ly/cMaItL

EPA May Give First Approval of Nanosilver for Fabrics
http://bit.ly/bZeUqi

Poultry fingered as No. 1 food poisoning culprit
http://yhoo.it/9cFmfy

Judge's ruling uproots use of biotechnology beets
http://bit.ly/ad70zZ

Fruit Pulp in Smoothies Linked to Rare U.S. Typhoid Outbreak
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SURVIVALIST NATION

The 12 Rules of Survival
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08/12/10

Can you protect your endangered dollars?

Quote of the Day: "I've been hearing that 40 is the new 20. I don't believe that. But I do believe that $40 is the new $20." - Jay Leno

First, the Federal Reserve created money out of thin air to buy so-called toxic assets. This action . . .

* Decreased the value of every dollar you hold by increasing the money supply
* Was taken without your consent
* Was dictatorial, in that it was subject to no outside check or balance by the electorate, or any other branch of government

Since then the Fed has been promising to withdraw the funny money it created to fund these bailouts, so as to protect you from inflation. This promise has not been kept. To be sure . . .

The Fed tells us it's still too early to re-absorb the funny money, because the economy is still weak. But the re-absorption may actually be harder once the economy recovers. To retire the funny money the Fed must be able to sell its assets back into the market, and then "destroy" the dollars it gets in return, but . . .

* People will have better things to do with their money when the economy is booming again
* The Fed may have to sell its assets at a steep discount in order to compete with these better investment alternatives
* These factors could make it very difficult to re-absorb the funny money

Sadly, the Fed has taken a step that will make things even worse. The Fed board voted on Tuesday to spend $10 billion buying government debt.

Just to be clear, it does NOT appear that the Fed is creating new funny money for this purpose. Rather, it has received some income on some of the "toxic" assets it purchased, and is using that money to buy government debt. Even so, this sends a bad message on several fronts. The Fed is . . .

* Signaling that it will not begin re-absorbing its funny money any time soon
* Trying to make it cheaper for the Federal government to borrow money, thereby encouraging more borrowing
* One small step away from doing something very bad -- creating new funny money to buy government debt

We think the Fed is moving in the wrong direction. It should be taking steps to protect the value of your dollars. Instead, it remains committed to policies that carry a high risk of future price inflation that could destroy the value of your savings. Please take action to protect yourself.

One way to do that is to break the Fed's monopoly control over what you can use for money by passing Ron Paul's "Free Competition in Currency Act." Please send a letter to Congress asking for this.

You can copy or borrow from my sample letter . . .

I strongly object to the fact that the Federal Reserve is going to spend $10 billion buying government debt. This is wrong on many levels . . .

* The Fed should be re-absorbing the new money it created during the recent crisis. It should retire this $10 billion instead of spending it.
* The Fed should NOT be doing anything to encourage more borrowing by the Federal government. You guys have spent trillions already, so if the economy is still sluggish it should be perfectly clear that government spending isn't the cure.

But sadly, neither I nor you have an control over the Fed. You guys can't even manage to audit them, even when a majority in Congress favors legislation for that purpose. This makes two things clear to me . . .

* The Fed is a dictatorial institution, beholden to no one
* Congressional leaders control YOU, meaning that I cannot rely on you to represent me

I want you to provide me with evidence to the contrary on this last point. Instead of only doing what your party leaders want, how about doing something that I want, for a change. What do I want? I want it to be legal for me to do business with forms of money other than Federal Reserve Notes. Please break the chains that tie me to the Federal Reserve!

Please represent me. Please serve my interests. Please show a little independence by co-sponsoring the "Free Competition in Currency Act." And please know that I am paying close attention to what you do, and do not do.

END LETTER

You can send your letter to Congress using DownsizeDC.org's Educate the Powerful System: https://secure.downsizedc.org/etp/campaigns/85

And please tell your friends. Forward this message and retweet it.

Perry Willis
Vice President
DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

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