Federal gas taxes could go up by 50 percent

Gas taxes could be set to riseAs Americans change their driving habits, the federal government has seen a shortfall in the revenue collected from fuel taxes.

This has spurred a discussion about how to make up the shortfall and continue to maintain sufficient funds to repair and build roads, the Associated Press reports.

According to the news provider, the National Commission on Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing is mulling an increase in gas and diesel fuel taxes by around 50 percent.

This measure would raise the gas tax by 10 cents per gallon and the diesel tax by between 12 and 15 cents per gallon.

The American Trucking Associations, which supports the tax, suggested that the government change the label given to the tax to give it a more positive spin.

"Instead of calling it a gas tax, call it a carbon tax," ATA chairman Charles Whittington told the AP.

At the state level, similar steps are being considered to make up lost fuel tax revenue. In Oregon, the governor has suggested taxing people on the number of miles they drive instead of increasing the gas tax.
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In the UK, police can hack private computers

The Home Office says police can access computers without a warrantThe UK’s Home Office has approved new powers for the police and M15 that would allow them to hack into private computers without a warrant.

Apparently, the police have had permission to remotely access home and office computers since the 1990s, but it has been seldom used.

The new proposal, which was encouraged by the European Union council of ministers, relies on the judgment of senior officers to determine whether it is necessary to begin surveillance to investigate a serious crime.

Police would then install a keystroke logger onto the suspect’s computer or use a surveillance van to intercept email traffic.

Shami Chakrabati of human rights group Liberty called the potential to hack personal computers without a warrant "a devastating blow to any notion of personal privacy."

"This is no different from breaking down someone’s door, rifling through their paperwork and seizing their computer hard drive," she added.

In the U.S., the Bush administration has come under fire for its warrantless surveillance program, which gave the National Security Agency unsupervised access to phone, email and internet communications as part of the fight against terrorism.

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Obama considering $300b tax cut

Obama wants to win over Republicans with a tax cutPresident-elect Barack Obama is reportedly considering giving Americans a $300 billion tax cut to help boost the flagging economy.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the move is being mulled as a way to win over Republican support of Obama’s stimulus package, which also includes proposals for billions of dollars of spending on infrastructure and the environment.

One part of the plan involves reductions for those who pay income tax or claim the earned-income credit, which is aimed at helping low and mid-income workers.

This correlates to the $500 Making Work Pay payroll tax credit that was proposed by Obama while he was campaigning for president.

Under the proposals, businesses – including smaller employers – would also receive tax breaks such as a credit for creating new jobs.

Congressional officials said that around 40 percent of the president-elect’s stimulus package could be made up of tax relief measures.

In recent days, top Republican lawmakers have warned Congress not to rush an economic stimulus package without first seeking the approval of the public.
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Oregon considering taxing miles driven

Some states are looking for ways to recoup lost revenueAs a number of states look at ways to increase revenue, Oregon is looking at an unusual measure: taxing the number of miles driven rather than increasing the gas tax.

Governor Ted Kulongoski has suggested that every new car in the state would be given a GPS tracking device that would keep track of the number of miles a motorist drives.

In this way, the driver ends up paying more for driving further – regardless of whether they have a gas-guzzling SUV or an eco-friendly hybrid.

The move is seen as a way for Oregon to recoup money it is losing from the gasoline tax as residents turn to more efficient vehicles.

Some critics have raised questions about the fairness of punishing people for driving, regardless of their vehicle choice.

San Francisco Chronicle columnist Debra J. Saunders says, "My fear is that my tax dollars will be used to bankroll a scheme to punish me for using roads my tax dollars already paid for, because someday I might own an electric car."

Others have raised privacy concerns about using GPS to track vehicles’ habits, citing it as another example of the creation of a "nanny state."

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Cheney denies violating civil liberties

Dick Cheney said the White House has not violated civil libertiesAs the Bush administration enters its last weeks in office, Vice President Dick Cheney has been defending decisions made while he has been in the White House.

Speaking on CBS’ Face the Nation, Cheney told host Bob Schieffer that decisions made by the National Security Agency, CIA and president reflect "one of the great success stories of the intelligence business in the last century."

The Bush administration has repeatedly come under fire for instituting a surveillance program that utilizes warrantless wiretapping. Many groups and individuals have claimed this violates privacy and personal liberties and the legality of the program is still being debated today.

However, the vice president sees it differently, saying that the program is "one of the main reasons we’ve been successful in defending the country against further attacks."

He added, "And I don’t believe we violated anybody’s civil liberties."

Cheney cited various situations throughout history in which presidents took extraordinary actions under the banner of protecting the country against enemies, including those which may be seen as going against the Constitution.
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Unpublicized Long-Term Themes for the United States

Weak Currency—falling exchange value of the U.S. dollar. No U.S. politician or government bureaucrat will talk about this nor admit it.

Purpose of weak paper currency:

1. Bail out derivatives and default swaps created by Wall Street.

2. Evaporate what the public believes to be federal debt, which never existed.

3. Evaporate Social Security and all fixed government obligations.

4. Crashing currencies always transfer wealth to central power. This is why governments want unfunded paper money. The printing presses always transfer wealth to the State, the rich and the super rich.

Unintended consequences not spoken:

1. Destroy the dollar savings of all who hold U.S. dollar assets.

2. Escaping assets out of the U.S. to be blocked.

3. Military and economic crises used to hide chicanery and install more people controls.

Conclusions:

All countries want depreciating (inflating) currencies, but this fact is a secret among thieves who live and prosper at the expense of their people. The mode is gradualism to keep the people asleep.

Another present and long-term unannounced U.S. policy is immigration. The United States is importing a young population. We are ahead of the rest of the world on this.

Now we include a most revealing outline explaining the destruction of fiat currency by inflation. Please read and reread it carefully. Then clip it and paste where you will read it often. It is a summary by Ludwig von Mises quoted from James Turk, Dec. 3, 2007: (www.tgmr.com)

"The course of a progressing inflation is this: At the beginning, the inflow of additional money makes the prices of some commodities and services rise; other prices rise later. The price rise affects the various commodities and services… at different dates and to a different extent. This first stage of the inflationary process may last for many years. While it lasts, the prices of many goods and services are not yet adjusted to the altered money relation. There are still people… who have not yet become aware of the fact that they are confronted with a price revolution which will finally result in a considerable rise of all prices. These people still believe that prices one day will drop. Waiting for this day, they restrict their purchases and… increase their cash holdings.

“But then finally the masses wake up. They become suddenly aware of the fact that inflation is a deliberate policy and will go on endlessly. The crack-up boom appears. Everybody is anxious to swap his money against ‘"real" goods, no matter whether he needs them or not, no matter how much money he has to pay for them. Within a very short time… the things which were used as money are no longer used as media of exchange. They become scrap paper.”

Since we are now well aware that we and our U.S. dollar assets are hurtling headlong toward a Weimar dollar, what must we do? Shall we wait for impoverishment or take action before the crowd rushes for the exits—no, it is not too late!

1. Buy gold and silver to store in your possession. I favor junk silver coins pre-1964 U.S. 90 percent silver.

2. Store basic storable foods now before prices skyrocket even higher. This has always been an important long-term theme. The public does not understand this vital concept—do it quietly. If you talk, fools scoff.

3. Buy a commodity fund. This is the same as getting out of U.S. dollars. I own the Rogers Raw Materials Fund (312-264-4360) and the Global Investors Funds (1-800-873-8637.)

4. Buy a Swiss annuity in Swiss francs. Call 1-800-331-0996. Clearly and slowly leave your name and mailing address for information. Export some of your paper U.S. dollars.

5. Read your heads off! Folks, this is the only way to be free in an unfree world and the only way to separate fact from fiction. If you are a serious reader, you are the elite of the elite. Few can understand this. I hope that you are the chosen few. Discard the frivolity and small conversation in your life and spend it on expanding your mind. Yes, it is entertainment on a very high plane.

What I’m Currently Reading:

There is a lot more to pasteurized processed milk than just killing the live enzyme (alkaline phosphatase enzyme) with heat. When the milk protein is cooked with sugar (milk lactose) the result is high toxicity to human biochemistry. When any protein is cooked with sugar, our health goes south fast!

Once again, the so-called "Fed Debt" is one of the greatest propaganda pull-offs of the ages. People just can’t grasp the ruse. Come now, if the government announced that there really is no federal debt and never has been, you might conclude that the government is printing money to transfer wealth to the rich and the super rich who own the U.S. government corporation. And what’s next? You wouldn’t want to pay your "fair share" of taxes. Naughty, naughty! The government pays for nothing, not even wars.

6. Learn today the difference between nominal and “real dollars.”

Nominal dollars are inflating paper money that we think of every day as money. We put our trust, our savings and retirements into nominal-inflating, depreciating paper. We grab it like it is gold or manna from heaven. It is really toxic waste with innocence as a cloak. It fools hundreds of millions of people around the world.

”Real dollars” are dollars with a base going back 60 years that do not inflate with nominal dollars. In real dollars, my home cost $16,500. In nominal dollars my homeowners’ insurance policy says it has a replacement value of $250,000. My house in real dollars should be worth less as it is 47 years old. But the world hooked on nominal paper dollars really values my house at $250,000. That is the illusion of going backwards as you really think that you are going forward.

Georgia sex offender law raises privacy concerns

Sex offenders in Georgia must surrender passwordsThe difficulty of balancing privacy issues with the need to protect the public has been highlighted by a new Georgia law.

Beginning on January 1st 2009, convicted sex offenders in the state are required to submit their internet passwords, screen names and email addresses to law enforcement officials.

The rule will make it easier for police to track the online activities of sex offenders and make sure they are not behaving inappropriately, said Georgia state senator Cecil Stanton, who authored the bill.

But others question if this is one measure too far. "There’s certainly a privacy concern. This essentially will give law enforcement the ability to read emails between family members, between employers," Sara Totonchi of Southern Center for Human Rights told the Associated Press.

According to the AP, at least 15 states have laws that obligate sex offenders to turn over email addresses and user names to the police, but Georgia and Utah are the only places where passwords are also included.

One criticism that has been leveled at such laws is that they are too broad, as those who have been arrested for crimes including public nudity or underage consensual sex may still be classified as sex offenders.
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News anchor criticizes big government intervention

Stossel supports small governmentCan economic recovery be achieved while the government is attempting to enact social and economic changes?

That is the question posed by 20/20 co-anchor John Stossel, writing on the Constitution Party’s website to raise questions about the effectiveness of President-elect Barack Obama’s stimulus plans.

Stossel raises doubts about the ability of the government to "impose a utopian vision based on the belief that an economy is a thing to be planned from above."

Instead, he describes an economy and a society as being made up of different individuals striving to meet their goals, which cannot be controlled by a larger force.

Stossel points to FDR as an example of another president who opted to reform central tenets of the economy during a time of economic challenge, saying that the result was "long years of depression and deprivation."

During periods in which the government takes a strong role in the economy, investors may back off from risk due to uncertainty about having their efforts undermined, he says.

"Grand interventionist reforms go in precisely the wrong direction," Stossel concludes.

His comments come as some analysts have predicted the cost of Obama’s stimulus package could reach $1 trillion.
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Bone drug may raise risk of esophageal cancer

Fosamax linked to cancerFosamax, which is commonly prescribed to treat osteoporosis, may raise a person’s risk of developing cancer of the esophagus, according to an FDA warning.

More research should be done to explore a potential connection between bisphosphonate medications and cancer, the FDA’s Diane Wysowski wrote in a letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Fosamax is manufactured by Merck and is used to increase bone mass among patients who have osteoarthritis.

According to Wysowski, a total of 23 people taking Fosamax in the U.S. have developed esophageal tumors and eight have died since the drug hit the market in 1995. Similar numbers have been noted in Europe and Japan.

Meanwhile, a separate study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association this week linked bisphosphonates to osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ).

Those with ONJ suffer from pain, swelling, infection, loose teeth and exposed bone. Dr. Parish Sedghizadeh of the University of Southern California School of Dentistry said that the condition is much more common than was previously thought among people taking drugs similar to Fosamax.
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We Are Acid Machines

It’s not "where’s the beef."  It’s where’s the acid?  It’s kind of important.  No, it’s all important—like life or death. And doctors pay no attention.

Remember these three points:

  • Acid in your stomach—good.
  • Acid in your tissue—bad.
  • Acid water to cleanse your face—good.

Acid in the Stomach is Good
The pharmaceutical companies and TV advertisers tell Americans that stomach acid is bad. It is bad indeed if we don’t have any. And if we take their antacids as they insist, we won’t have any stomach acid and we eventually wind up with stomach cancer.

Without proper stomach acid somewhere around a pH of 3 to 4, our food rots—causing putrefaction and backup poison. This is serious and leads to disease, most likely cancer. Your digestive process breaks down if you don’t have enough stomach acid. Hydrochloric acid (HCl) is the only inorganic acid our body makes.

Ever wonder why your dog can eat all kinds of compromised food and thrive? The answer is that dogs have lower pH stomach acid levels – they are about 1.5 to 2.  They can digest and process much better than human beings and they don’t take antacids.

Adequate stomach acid becomes ever more critical as we get older because we have less of it. This means that we get less nutrition assimilation, which in turn causes a lowering of immunity.

But once again, pharmaceuticals and doctors are practicing symptomology.  Symptoms of acid indigestion in the absence of ulcers are actually symptoms of lack of acid. Ever heard of a doctor prescribing acid for an "acid stomach"?

Without enough hydrochloric acid we cannot absorb minerals or digest protein.

Our digestive capacity diminishes as we age, but it’s easily compensated for with betaine hydrochloride, which we should take with our meals. Another good habit is taking one or two teaspoons of whole apple cider vinegar in a glass of water before meals.

Speaking of hydrochloric acid, I by chance found some anecdotal evidence of the high efficacy of hydrochloric acid by injection. The dosage ranged from 1-250 to 1-1000 in 10cc of distilled water without any toxic or inflammatory reaction no matter if it was given orally, intravenously or intramuscular. The results were astounding. 

Generally, the oxygen content of the blood doubled within 30 minutes and
a significant stimulation of phagocytic (white cells) system was also noted. In one instance, phagocytosis increased the white blood cell count from 7,800 to 2,600,000 within 48 hours. 

This is not the effect of drug activity. This is the injection of the basic acid of the human body. What a stimulation of the forces of resistance!

The conclusion here is that hydrochloric stomach acid needs to be adequate at all times!

Acid in the Tissue is Bad
The ideal situation is for the body to be slightly alkaline, but due to our very high acid diet from commercial foods, our acid build up is getting worse with time. With the progressive accumulation of acid we come closer to death. New babies are highly alkaline. Acid in the tissue is very different from acid in the stomach.  The difference is the pH. Tissue acid should range around 7.2 to 7.4 pH as measured by pH paper or test strips using saliva.

Acid in the stomach is inorganic acid. Acid in the tissue is organic acid. One is life and assimilation and one is pollution.

As we age we get more acid accumulation. This means a shortage of oxygen and a shortage of breath. Most cells die in an acid environment but some cells survive by becoming abnormal cells. This is cancer.

To get more oxygen and to dispose of acid waste, we drink alkaline water and eat an alkaline diet. The amount of organic acid accumulation is directly related to the amount of oxygen we have. The more acid you have, the less oxygen your body has—and the more potential for disease.

When the environment for the cells becomes too acidic, there isn’t enough oxygen to go around.  In order for some cells to survive, they selectively change some cells to plant cells so that they take in CO2 and give off oxygen, O2.  This sets the stage for cancer.

But when we drink alkaline water, we are drinking water with excess oxygen, not in the form of O2 but in the form of OH, which is very stable because it is mated with positively ionized alkaline minerals.

Two of these hydroxyl ions can form a water molecule (H2O) and give off one oxygen atom. The alkaline mineral is used to detoxify poisonous acid compounds while supplying excess oxygen to the cells preventing the development of cancer.

Acid on the Face is Good!
Acid water should be used on the face. It will keep the face skin fresh and clean and will protect the face from acne and discoloration. So-called pH balanced cosmetics are acid. Soft water is acid.