Actor In Gun Grab TV Ad Violates Basic Gun Safety

An actor who portrays a hunter in a new pair of ads pushing for Federal gun control doesn’t exactly know how to handle that shotgun he’s holding.

The man, who claims he’s a hunter, sits on the tailgate of a pickup and talks about how hunting is a big part of his family history. He talks about why background checks are a good thing and says no one’s trying to take your guns away. He’s got the requisite mountain-man facial hair, and he’s holding a shotgun.

But critics who’ve paid attention point out the guy is clueless when it comes to gun safety. His onscreen behavior seems to violate the National Rifle Association’s three fundamental rules of gun safety.

He’s holding the gun in a way that suggests the kids in the ad’s background could move into in its line of fire: a no-no. He’s got his finger on the trigger of the gun, even though he clearly isn’t ready to shoot at anything: a big no-no. And he’s holding his pump-action shotgun with the bolt closed, so there’s no way to know if he’s breaking another fundamental rule: keep a gun unloaded until you’re ready to use it.

The ad was paid for by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a project organization partially created and funded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg has committed $12 million of his own money to help push the ads in 13 States where Senators on the fence about gun control might be swayed to vote on a slew of gun restrictions the Senate will take up after Easter.

 

Is Obamacare Application A Democratic Voter Registration Tool?

There is some speculation that the Administration of Barack Obama has set up a scheme to register voters to the Democratic Party after it was revealed that the 61-page online Obamacare draft application for healthcare includes a section to register voters.

Near the end of the application packet is the question: “Would you like to register to vote?” The placement and wording of the question could lead some applicants to the conclusion that voter registration is a requirement for healthcare.

The online application states: “This document-the ‘questionnaire’-represents each possible item that may need to be asked for successful eligibility determinations.”

The voter registration question has drawn criticism from lawmakers such as Representative Charles Boustany Jr. (R-La.) who expressed concern in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

“The draft documents wander into areas outside the department’s purview and links applications for health insurance subsidies to voter registration,” he wrote in the letter provided to Washington Secrets. “The position of the question could lead some to think voter registration is somehow tied to subsidy eligibility,” he added.

Researchers Looking To Create Human Heart

MADRID (UPI) — Medical researchers in Spain say they are close to being able to grow human hearts for transplants outside the body.

Doctors have already grown and transplanted a number of human organs, including windpipes, ears, tear ducts and an artery, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

Now, they want to recreate a heart. Researchers in Spain say although the country has the highest number of organ donors in the world, only about 10 percent of patients in need of a new heart get one.

Dr. Francisco Fernandez-Aviles of the Gregorio Maranon hospital in Madrid said that a lab-made version of a heart may be ready in five or six years, and after passing rigorous regulatory and safety hurdles, may be ready for transplant “in about 10 years.”

U.S. scientist Doris Taylor, who grew a mouse heart in a lab at the University of Minnesota, says she believes it is possible.

“We opened the door and showed it was possible,” she said. “This is no longer science-fiction. It’s becoming science.”

Florida Coast Protected For Sea Turtles

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (UPI) — Much of Florida’s space coast is being declared “critical habitat” to protect the threatened loggerhead sea turtle, federal wildlife officials said.

That means sea walls built below the mean low tide line will face additional scrutiny to preserve habitats for the turtles. Officials said most of the Atlantic coast in central Florida is already under federal control with military installations that already have incorporated plans to help preserve the turtles.

Florida Today said Friday most new construction on the coast won’t be affected much,.

“We expect any changes to be minimal or none at all,” said Sandy MacPherson, national sea turtle coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The loggerhead turtle was first listed as a threatened species in 1978. In total, about 740 miles of Florida’s coast will receive the special designation to help it repopulate.

U.S. Gasoline Prices In Decline

CAMARILLO, Calif. (UPI) — Retail gasoline prices in the United States are on pace to decline in the short term, Lundberg Survey President Trilby Lundberg said.

Motor group AAA reports that U.S. consumers paid Monday, on average, $3.66 for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline. That’s 12 cents cheaper than one month ago and 23 cents less than the same time last year.

Lundberg told Bloomberg News that prices were showing a steady decline following an early season spike.

“It seems fairly likely we will see a bit more price-cutting at the pump, another drop from here in the next few days of a similar amount (as in past days),” she said.

U.S. consumers this year paid higher-than-average prices for retail gasoline earlier in the year because of refinery issues, complications from late-season hurricanes and market factors. Gasoline prices in some markets held steady at more than $4 during mid-winter.

The American Petroleum Institute last week said it saw lower demand for petroleum products in February. Gasoline production was up 0.8 percent though deliveries were down year-on-year by 3.1 percent.

‘Tatooine’ Planet Found Orbiting Two Stars

GRENOBLE, France (UPI) — European astronomers say they’ve captured the first image of a planet orbiting two suns, like the fictional “Tatooine” of the Star Wars films.

Philippe Delorme of the Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France, and colleagues took the picture of the massive world, dubbed 2MASS0103(AB)b, using a telescope in Chile, NewScientist.com reported

Astronomers said they aren’t sure exactly how to classify the object orbiting the binary pair of stars at a distance of about 7.7 billion miles

That’s close enough to suggest it may have been born from a disc of dust surrounding them, like a planet forms, but at 12 to 14 times the mass of Jupiter it is near the dividing line between planets and failed stars called brown dwarfs.

“It’s either one of the most massive planets you can form or the lowest-mass star you can imagine,” Delorme said.

The dividing line between the two, based on studies of bodies’ mass, “is more of a working definition, as it is easier to measure the mass of an object than its past formation history,” he said.

Confirming its true nature could yield new clues to how stars and planets form, the researchers said.

Study: Whole World Eats Too Much Salt

NEW ORLEANS (UPI) — Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston say 75 percent of the world’s population eats almost twice the daily recommended amount of salt.

“This study is the first time that information about sodium intake by country, age and gender is available,” lead author Dr. Saman Fahimi, a visiting scientist in the Harvard School of Public Health, said in a statement. “We hope our findings will influence national governments to develop public health interventions to lower sodium.”

Cardiovascular disease is the top cause of death in the world; excess sodium intake raises blood pressure. High blood pressure is one of the major contributors to the development of cardiovascular disease, Fahimi said.

Among women and men, average sodium intake exceeded healthy levels in almost all countries, the study said. Kazakhstan had the highest average intake at 6,000 milligrams per day, followed by Mauritius and Uzbekistan at just about 6,000 mg per day, Fahimi said.

Kenya and Malawi had the lowest average intake at about 2,000 mg per day, while the average intake in the United States was about 3,600 mg a day, the study said.

One hundred eighty-one of 187 countries — 99 percent of the world’s population — exceeded the World Health Organization’s recommended sodium intake of less than 2,000 mg a day; and 119 countries, representing 88 percent of the world’s population, exceeded this recommended intake by more than 1,000 mg a day.

All countries except Kenya exceeded the American Heart Association recommended sodium intake of less than 1,500 mg a day, the study found.

The findings were presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions in New Orleans.

Some Foods Help Fight Inflammation

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (UPI) — Inflammation, the body’s normal response to injury, can lead to disease if it becomes chronic, but U.S. researchers say some foods help fight inflammation.

Lauren Whitt, the University of Alabama at Birmingham Employee Wellness director and adjunct professor of personal health, said inflammation has one goal — to respond immediately to detect and destroy the toxic material in damaged tissues before it can spread throughout the body.

“The trouble with inflammation occurs when the defense system gets out-of-control and begins to destroy healthy tissue, causing more damage than the original issue,” Whitt said in a statement.

Weight loss is related reducing inflammation but Whitt said the right anti-inflammatory foods are the answer.

“I encourage people to focus on eating whole foods and foods that are high in fiber,” Whitt said.

Anti-inflammatory food Whitt suggested include citrus fruit because vitamin C and vitamin E are essential antioxidants; dark, leafy greens are high in vitamin K; tomatoes because their red pigment, lycopene, is a potent antioxidant; and wild-caught salmon, which contains a rich concentration of omega-3 fatty acids.

“Eating to minimize inflammation doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task,” she said. “Take baby steps by incorporating leafy greens into a salad at lunch, or add a piece of whole fruit to your breakfast.”

In addition, Whitt said to consume more foods straight from the farm, as well as fewer processed and fried foods.

Blinking Combats Computer Vision Syndrome

DALLAS (UPI) — Working all day in front of a computer screen can result in eye fatigue but a U.S. optometrist says breaks and blinks helps combat computer vision syndrome.

The American Optometric Association defines computer vision syndrome as the complex of eye and vision problems related to near work that are experienced during or related to computer use.

Dr. Edward Mendelson of the University of Southwestern Medical Center’s Department of Ophthalmology said there is a healthcare strategy to combat the problem called 20/20/20 — computer users should take a break every 20 minutes, for at least 20 seconds, and look at objects that are 20 feet away.

However, Mendelson suggests adding another 20 to the mix.

“Give yourself 20 good blinks,” Mendelson said in a statement. “Blinking is nature’s way of keeping the eyes moist, and those blinks help to lubricate and refresh.”

Mendelson, whose clinical interests include the study of computer ergonomics, said offices are commonly cool and dry, which is nice and comfortable, except for the eyes.

“If you use eye drops periodically — and a drop just before you begin is a good way to start — then you can slow some of the drying of the eye that takes place naturally in a cool, dry work environment,” Mendelson said.

Egg Substitutes For Easter And Passover

MCLEAN, Va. (UPI) — About 1.5 percent of U.S. children are allergic to eggs but families can use egg substitutes for Easter and Passover traditions, an allergy specialist says.

Nancy Sander, president and founder of Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics, said it is fairly easy to follow Easter and Passover traditions without the threat of egg exposure.

“A little planning and creative thinking is what’s required to have a fun and tasty celebration,” Sander said in a statement.

She said it is OK for allergic children to color East eggs, since touching the hard shell poses no threat.

Sander said families can use a plastic eggs instead of a hard-boiled egg on a Seder plate, and plastic eggs cane be filled with toys, money, stickers or candy for egg hunts. Plastic eggs can substitute for the real thing in “egg in a spoon” races.

When cooking, instead of using eggs, Sander said it’s OK to use several substitute mixtures — 1 1/2 tablespoons water, 1 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil and 1 teaspoon of baking powder; 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 tablespoon water and 1 tablespoon vinegar; 1 teaspoon apricot puree; or 1 packet of plain gelatin mixed with 2 tablespoons of warm water.

“Easter and Passover celebrations should be fun and inclusive,” Sander said. “But everyone with life-threatening food allergies should be prepared for the unexpected accidental exposure. Preparation includes always carrying two doses of your prescribed epinephrine auto-injector and knowing what the signs and symptoms are of an anaphylactic reaction.”

U.S. Military Diet Changes Boost Nutrition

NATICK, Mass. (UPI) — The U.S. military is following the general population in getting heavier, with obesity within the military at 13 percent, a researcher says.

Maj. Aaron Crombie of the Military Nutrition Division, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, in Natick, Mass., and colleagues at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center staged an intervention within five dining facilities on Fort Bragg, N.C.

Following the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the researchers recommend increased availability of fresh fruit, a variety of vegetables and whole-grain foods, and reduced availability of foods with high dietary fat and sugar.

The recommendations include offering one main lean meat or vegetarian entree at lunch and dinner with no added fat, and the placing of color-coded “Go for Green” nutritional information cards at the point of service.

Five other dining facilities served as a control during the first half of the yearlong study. Researchers collected data using a combination of survey questionnaires and digital photography of the diners’ plates before and after meals were consumed.

The study found, over time, minimal changes in food service practices and menus produced significant improvement in soldiers’ nutritional intake, including decreases in fat.

The findings were published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Higher Retail Salaries Boost Bottom Line

BOSTON (UPI) — A Harvard case study finds retailers QuikTrip, Trader Joe’s and Costco, which pay their workers well, have better bottom lines, a researcher says.

“Retailers start with this philosophy of seeing employees as a cost to be minimized,” Zeynep Ton of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management told the National Journal. “That can lead businesses into a vicious cycle. Under investment in workers can result in operational problems in stores, which decrease sales and low sales often lead companies to slash labor costs even further. Many employers have turned full-time jobs into part-time positions with no benefits and unpredictable schedules.”

QuikTrip, a convenience-store and gas-station chain; Trader Joe’s, a grocery chain and Costco, a warehouse discount chain operate on a different model, Ton said.

“They see employees as assets to be maximized,” Tom said.

For example, the average U.S. cashier makes $20,230 a year, but at QuikTrip, entry-level employees make around $40,000, plus benefits, a year.

Yet, QuikTrip sales per labor hour are two-thirds higher than the average convenience-store chain and sales per square foot are more than 50 percent higher, Ton found.

During the recession, QuikTrip’s competition was laying off staff and shuttering stores, but QuikTrip expanded to its current 645 locations, Ton said.

Those hired at QuikTrip are trained for two weeks before they start work on every job from from ordering merchandise to cleaning the bathroom.

Although the approach seems like common sense — training and paying employees to help customers effectively — is more profitable than under valuing staff, Ton said.

Look no further than Borders or Circuit City, Ton said, both had sales plummet after staff cutbacks, and both ultimately went bankrupt.

Report: Cyprus, EU Deal Reached

BRUSSELS (UPI) — Eurozone finance ministers in Brussels have agreed to a deal to keep Cyprus in the eurozone and prevent the collapse of Cyprus’ banking system, officials said.

Cypriot leaders and eurozone bankers scrambled Sunday to come up with a bailout deal ahead of a Monday deadline for Cyprus to secure a $13 billion bailout. A deal reached last week collapsed when the Cypriot Parliament rejected a plan for a one-time tax on all bank deposits so the government could raise matching funds to secure the bailout.

Officials in Brussels agreed to a deal calling for a levy on bank deposits of more than 100,000 euros ($130,000), and some reports indicated the levy on deposits at Cyprus’ second-largest bank — Laiki Bank — could be as great as 40 percent, the BBC reported.

The deal may also call for Laiki to be divided into “good” and “bad” banks. Citing an EU official, the BBC said earlier Sunday a draft agreement called for Laiki Bank to be wound down.

It was unclear whether the Cypriot Parliament would agree to a tax on deposits of more than $130,000, the report said, but the BBC reported the provision on deposit taxes will, at the insistence of the IMF, not be subjected to a parliamentary vote.

Asian financial markets were up on news of the agreement.

The Nikkei average was up 1.38 percent to 12,508.71 in early trading and the HangSeng was up .97 percent to 22,330.16.

The Bank of Cyprus — the nation’s biggest lender — said Sunday it would further restrict depositors’ ability to take cash out of ATMs, limiting daily withdrawals to 120 euros ($155). Laiki Bank said it would limit daily ATM withdrawals to 100 euros ($130), the Cyprus News Agency reported.

Banks have been closed for a week and many retailers are refusing to accept payment in anything but cash, the BBC said.

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades flew to Brussels for the meeting with Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, and other financial officials, The New York Times said Sunday.

If no deal is made and no extension is offered, European funding essentially propping up Cyprus’ two main banks will stop and they will collapse, officials said.

“The situation is very difficult,” Anastasiades said in a statement.

It is estimated the banks need about 10 billion euros ($12.9 billion) to recapitalize.

Rally In Chicago Supports Saturday Mail

CHICAGO (UPI) — Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill, said at a Chicago rally for U.S. postal workers that it was “un-American” to pare back Saturday mail deliveries.

“It is really bad policy to try to shrink to survive. I feel this is un-American,” Schakowsky said, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday.

The downtown rally Sunday at Chicago’s Federal Plaza drew several hundred protesters, the newspaper said.

The Postal Service under Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has proposed cutting back on mail delivery for Saturdays. A congressional vote last week ensured Saturday mail service through Sept. 30 of this year.

But the issue is sure to resurface, the Sun-Times said.

Letter carrier union spokesman Michael Caref said that the bulk of the problem lay in a a congressional mandate for the Postal Service to pay more than $5 billion to a fund for healthcare benefits for future Postal Service retirees.

“Eighty-five percent of the losses the Post Office has incurred over the past five years,” was due to the mandated payments, Caref said.

‘Octomom’ Target Of Welfare Fraud Probe

LOS ANGELES, (UPI) — Los Angeles County investigators have opened a welfare fraud probe into Nadya Suleman, the so-called octomom, who started receiving assistance in January.

The Los Angeles County Department of Welfare Fraud Prevention and Investigation is looking into Suleman, 37, who became infamous in January 2009 when she gave birth to eight children, ABC News reported Friday.

Suleman, who has 14 children, is entitled to welfare assistance if she makes less than $119,000, E! online reported. She originally stopped accepting welfare last summer.

Gina Rodriguez, a representative for Suleman, said in January the mother was going back on assistance because she had spent all of her income from strip dancing, a pornographic film and other publicity appearances and sought out “state assistance for a brief period of time.”

Rodriguez said Suleman’s savings were depleted when she entered rehab in October for “anxiety, exhaustion and stress.”

Suleman faces as much as three years in prison if convicted of fraud.

Caretaker Allegedly Drank $102K In Whiskey

SCOTTDALE, Pa., (UPI) — The caretaker of a Pennsylvania mansion is accused of drinking 52 bottles of whiskey appraised at a total $102,400.

Patricia Hill, who purchased the Scottdale mansion in 2012, said caretaker John Saunders, 62, helped her remove and dust off nine cases of Old Farm Pure Rye Whiskey that were apparently concealed in the walls of the home by industrialist J.P. Brennan, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Monday.

“My guess is that Mr. Brennan ordered 10 cases … pre-Prohibition,” Hill said. “I was told by his family that family members used to greet him at the door each day with a shot of whiskey.”

Hill said she discovered after Saunders moved out that he had apparently drank 52 of the 108 bottles of the whiskey, which was bottled in 1912 at the West Overton Distilling Co. She said the missing booze was appraised at a total $102,400 by New York auction house Bonhams.

“This whole experience has shocked me,” Hill said. “I was shocked when I found them, shocked to find Mr. Saunders drank them, and shocked when I received the appraisal. I had just planned to preserve them.”

Saunders was arrested and is now charged with receiving stolen property and theft. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Opa-Locka Mayor Orders Underwear Removal

OPA-LOCKA, Fla., (UPI) — The mayor of Opa-locka, Fla., has asked that residents of an apartment building stop hanging their underwear to dry on a city guard rail.

Residents of the apartment building on Ali Baba Avenue in Opa-locka have officially been asked to take their underwear inside, The Miami Herald reported Saturday.

During a recent City Council meeting, Mayor Myra Taylor asked City Manager Kelvin Baker for the second time to have residents at the building to remove their underwear from the rail. She first asked Baker to talk to the owner of the apartment building on Feb. 27.

“Tell the people their underwear must come down,” she said. “I could say the drawers must come down.”

Taylor suggested putting up a fence to prevent the building residents from using the guard rail to air their laundry.

Jim Carrey Sings Anti-Gun Song On Funny Or Die Website

LOS ANGELES, (UPI) — Canadian-born comic actor Jim Carrey sings a satirical anti-gun song called “Cold Dead Hand” in a new Funny Or Die video posted online Monday.

The clip shows Carrey first doing a mocking impression of the late actor Charleston Heston, who was president of the National Rifle Association, then singing a country western-style song with a band, under the name of the band Lonesome Earl and the Clutterbusters, warning of the dangers of gun possession.

The video can be seen at http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/0433b30576/cold-dead-hand-with-jim-carrey?playlist=featured_videos=

“I find the gun problem frustrating and ‘Cold Dead Hand’ is my fun little way of expressing that frustration,” Carrey said in a statement.

Fatal Airport Sign Collapse Unexplained

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., (UPI) — Officials at an Alabama airport said they were still looking into what caused a sign to fall on a family, killing a 10-year-old boy.

Luke Bresette, 10, was walking through the pre-security concourse at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport in Birmingham Friday when a large electronic arrivals and departures sign fell on him and his family. The boy was killed and his mother remained in serious condition with two broken ankles and a broken pelvis. Two siblings, ages 8 and 5, were in good condition.

The Bresette family was traveling back home to Kansas following a spring recess vacation to the Gulf Coast, AL.com reported.

Airport officials held a closed-door meeting with representatives of several construction firms that recently renovated the concourse. The airport is undergoing a $209 million renovation, officials said.

Relatives: Newtown Families Should Get Aid

NEWTOWN, Conn., (UPI) — Some $15 million donated after the Newtown, Conn., school shootings should go directly to the victims, say relatives of those killed in mass tragedies.

In a weekend statement, 50 parents and family members directly affected by incidents such as Columbine and the World Trade Center said that in the past charities had failed to distribute aid to those most in need, The New York Times reported Sunday.

Virtually all the money donated since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School three months ago remains unspent. Most of the money, $10.2 million, was donated to the United Way of Western Connecticut, which transferred the funds to a local foundation that will decide who will receive the money and when.

Some family members expressed concern the donated money would benefit existing charities and causes not related to the shooting more than the victims.

Donors had the option of giving to funds set up specifically for family members affected by Newtown, said Kim Morgan, chief executive officer of the United Way of Western Connecticut. The main fund is unrestricted, however, to deal with far-reaching and unseen effects of such tragedies, she said.

More than 40 local funds were set after the shootings, Morgan said. She suggested some of them could be included in the local foundation that would be controlled by local residents would could decide how to distribute the money.

Scott Larimer, whose son was killed in the Aurora shootings, said he feared the current structure in Newtown would force the families of victims to plead for aid “hat in hand.”

He said a nationwide protocol should be created to establish guidelines for everything from who receives aid to whether contributions are tax exempt.

Bloomberg’s Anti-Gun Blitz, DHS Buys More Bullets, IRS Wastes Your Money And Jim Carey Hates Charlton Heston: Monday Morning News Roundup 3-25-2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories that Personal Liberty staffers will be keeping an eye on throughout the day. Click the links for the full stories.

  • Ney York City Nanny Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched a $12 million ad blitz against Senators who do not support gun control.

 

  • Your tax dollars at work: The Internal Revenue Service spent about $60,000 to produce a ridiculous “Star Trek” parody for training.

 

  • The Department of Homeland Security is making yet another big ammo purchase. This time the agency announced it plans to purchase another 360,000 rounds of hollow point ammunition.

 

  • Jim Carrey is no longer funny, if you ever thought he was. And, oh yeah, he hates guns.

 

  • The Federal government spends more money each year on cash payments for disabled former workers than it spends on food stamps and welfare combined. Every month, 14 million people now get a disability check from the government.

 

  • Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced an amendment that would prevent the United States from entering into the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty in order to uphold the 2nd Amendment. His amendment passed on a 53-46 vote.

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Never Again Go Where Your Guns Are Banned

Do you refuse to patronize establishments that ban guns? Well, thanks to a new app, you can avoid places that are posted gun-free zones and find gun-friendly alternatives.

The “Gun Free Zone” app was released last month for Android, Apple and Amazon devices for free. The app’s developers claim it has the ability to identify the “nearest 20 commercial locations, including businesses, churches and schools, as either firearm friendly or gun free.” The app depends on user input to determine where guns are welcome and where they are not.

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The app’s makers say in a press release that both gun advocates and anti-gun Americans can use the app to feel safer:

In some states, a gun free zone sign on the front door of a business has the effect of law. The GunFreeZone app can clearly identify these gun free zones on a map to alert people with concealed weapons, helping avoid those locations to shop elsewhere and avoid an unintentional offense. At the same time, people concerned about the proliferation of guns in society can easily identify gun free zones where they might feel safer.

When a user opens the Gun Free Zone app, GPS is used to determine location and the nearest 20 establishments. A simple click on a store’s name brings up the page where users can select to mark the store as either a gun-free zone or firearm friendly. The app tracks how many people have marked the location as either firearm friendly or a gun-free zone and the information is shared with every other user of the app.

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“We realized that people wanted to know where gun free zones are so that they could either avoid or support those locations and there wasn’t an easy way to get that information,” says John Peden, another founder of GunFreeZone. “We just released the app and already over 3000 people from every state in the US have downloaded the app and have marked almost 10,000 locations so far. At this rate, we expect every commercial location in the country to be marked in short order, allowing people to stay compliant with their state’s gun laws and also effectively support or boycott businesses according to which side of the gun coin they are on.”

CVS Demonstrates Your Future Under Obamacare

The consequences of the big lie that is Obamacare and the U.S. deathcare system continue to come to light. From layoffs to hour reductions to business closures to companies being dragged into court over abortion and contraceptive coverage to doctor shortages to rising deathcare costs, Obamacare is a building disaster of rising premiums, doctor shortages and rationing death panels. Now, legal drug pusher CVS Caremark pharmacy is telling its employees they must report specific personal health information or pay an extra $600 per year for their health insurance coverage.

Among the measures employees are required to report are their weight, body fat, cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Employees must also be tobacco-free or enroll in an addiction program.

“These changes aren’t just about costs, they’re about us, each of us taking personal accountability for our own health,” said Lisa Bissacia, CVS senior vice president and chief human resources officer, in a recorded video released by the company.

The irony that a company that peddles to an unsuspecting public pharmaceuticals with a list of side effects as long as your arm and responsible for millions of adverse reaction events and 106,000 deaths annually would actually be concerned about their employees’ health is no doubt lost on Bissacia. On top of that, such a policy is an egregious violation of the employees’ rights.

Employment lawyer Richard Schramm told KPIX 5 News: “(CVS Executives) better get some pretty good legal counsel and decide whether your policy is really legal, because the policy as announced is not legal.”

Schramm told KPIX 5 the company is trying to tell employees what they can and can’t do on their off time.

“If we granted that right to employers, employers could tell employees who to date, who to see, what kinds of foods to eat, what to drink, all kinds of behavior off site could be controlled. And that’s absolutely not the law in California,” he said. Nor anywhere else, except maybe Florida.

“The approach they’re taking is based on the assumption that somehow these people need a whip, they need to be penalized in order to make themselves healthy,” Patient Privacy Rights founder Deborah Peel, M.D., told ABC News.

For the company’s many low-wage in-store employees, it’s essentially blackmail. There’s no way they can absorb an additional $50 per month increase in premiums, so they’ll have to comply.

And what will CVS do with the information? Not to worry; CVS won’t have access to the personal information. It will be given to WebMD.

And therein lies another rub. WebMD is a major propaganda arm of Big Pharma, and Big Pharma and the health insurance cartel wrote the Obamacare law. Drug criminal Eli Lilly was an original investor of WebMD. Eli Lilly has repeatedly been cited, fined and successfully sued for illegal and deceptive marketing, covering up the harmful effects of its drugs and buying the influence of doctors and regulatory agencies (as have all the major drug manufacturers).

WebMD uses subliminal sales tactics to peddle drugs, including harmful psychotropics, according to research by OpEdNews.com.

Lilly is not the only pharma company receiving unmarked product placement on WebMD.

Last summer, a video featured a woman patient confessing she was fearful of life while a voice over said she needed treatment for “general anxiety disorder” and the camera showed bottles of Forest Pharmaceuticals’ antidepressant Lexapro moving down the manufacturer’s assembly line. Get it? No disclaimer on the video or “sponsored content” appeared.

Another unsponsored WebMD video last summer urged people on antidepressants to remain on their therapy “despite side effects” and a third suggested women concerned about cancer, heart attack and stroke risks of postmenopausal hormone therapy should continue their treatment at lowered doses. Hang in there, valued customers.

Also on WebMD is a “depression test.” The test is rigged and the questions framed to elicit “yes” answers to all the questions. But even after answering “no” to all the questions, you are told, “You may be at risk for major depression.” So everyone taking the test is depressed, according to test sponsor Eli Lilly.

As Joseph Mercola, M.D., writes on his site, WebMD and its subsidiaries claim to be independent, but how independent and objective can a company be with its health recommendations when one of its major investors is a drug company?

For example, (WebMD subsidiary) drugs.com has the following statement at the bottom of every web page:

“Drugs.com provides free, accurate and independent advice on more than 24,000 prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines & natural products.”

And yet drugs.com is owned by WebMD, which has close ties to Big Pharma, and recommends drugs for their advertisers and pharmaceutical partners…

Also counted among its financial backers are producers of harmful processed foods — the type that contain artificial “fruits” that can be, according to the Food and Drug Administration, peddled as fruits. Curiously, or maybe not, there is no mention of natural alternatives and supplements. So much for preaching a healthy lifestyle.

WebMD also has a partnership with the FDA, the first-ever public-private partnership for the agency. Why? To be the agency’s major propaganda arm. WebMD and its subsidiaries are four of the top 10 most-visited health information sites on the Internet.

WebMD’s own announcement stated:

The partnership will enhance the FDA’s ability to get crucial information to the American public, FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach, MD, said in a news conference.

… “WebMD has been a leader with regard to innovation in the use of the web as a form of communication and service to the public,” von Eschenbach said. “What we will do by virtue of this partnership … is to really be able to present online … content material we at FDA feel is extremely important for consumers to be aware of as they are making critically important decisions for themselves and for their families about their health and the products that they use to ensure their health.”

Of course, the FDA is co-opted and owned by Big Pharma and regularly provides cover for the pharmaceutical companies to peddle drugs with harmful side effects — sometimes for a period of years — until the lawsuits mount to such an extent that the agency is forced to require them be pulled from the market. The drug manufacturers then pay a big fine and/or settlement and move on to the next case, raking in billions of dollars in the meantime on drugs that treat symptoms and create more diseases in a never-ending cycle.

Now, back to WebMD and how it might use the information obtained on CVS’s 161,500 employees.

According to WebMD’s privacy policy, it won’t share any of the information it has on you, with the following exceptions:

  • To comply with legal requirements, such as a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena, or court order;
  • To our vendors and suppliers in the course of their provision of products or services to WebMD;
  • In the event of a corporate change in control resulting from, for example, a merger, a sale of assets, or bankruptcy; or
  • In special cases, such as in response to a physical threat to you or others.

So CVS employees can expect their personal information to be shared far and wide. There can be no expectation of privacy and the data can be used by anyone — government included.

With government running healthcare, expect programs like this to expand and the information to be used to force behavior modifications for everyone forced to buy into Obamacare.

But look on the bright side. Nanny Mayor Michael Bloomberg could head the new Federal Agency of Behavior Modification. Telling people how to live their lives seems right up his alley. He’ll be available come November.