Congress continues to cede its powers to the dictatorship

President Barack Obama appointed an Ebola czar and aside from some GOP caterwauling over the fact that Ron Klain is simply a political hack with no “medical” experience, nothing else was said.

Never mind that, according to the Constitution Article II, Section 2, the president must have the “Advice and Consent of the Senate… [to] appoint… public Ministers and Consuls…” The word “czar” is of Balkan origin etymologically originating from the name “Caesar” and is, therefore, a title of nobility. Never mind that, according to Article I, Section 9, “No Title of Nobility shall be granted in the United States.”

Supposed conservatives like Senator Ted Cruz have called on Obama to formulate a policy for handling the Ebola crisis, particularly in the area of travel restrictions and border security. Never mind that Article I, Section 1 grants all legislative powers to the Congress and Article II, Section 1 only grants the president the power to execute laws passed by Congress. And never mind that it is the job of Congress under Article I, Section 8, to “regulate Commerce with foreign Nations” and “to provide for calling forth the Militia to… repel invasions” and to “establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization.”

Calling a cabinet minister an exotic-sounding name in no way absolves the president of his constitutional requirement to gain the advice and consent of the Senate prior to the appointment. Ceding authority to the president to regulate commerce (travel) and protect the border in no way absolves Congress of its constitutional authority to regulate commerce and protect the border.

The Constitution and the rule of law no longer matter to Congress or the president. They ignore the Constitution without consequence. The result is an increasingly powerful “elected” dictatorship.

A proper diet does more than just keep weight down

Diet is about more than just managing your weight.

Except for the air you breathe, what you eat and drink is what makes up your whole body and makes it run. If you fill your body with junk, expect it to turn into junk. But if you want to keep your body out of the junkyard, try using a little common-sense discipline in what you put into your mouth.

There are lots of choices and variety that you can enjoy even with a healthy diet. Health, youthfulness, vigor, beauty, productivity and long life are the result of a correct diet and correct living habits. The wrong diet results in acidity, disease, suffering, failure in life, misery and an early grave.

Body acidity is the main cause of disease and must be neutralized or we will die young, no matter whether we are doctors or patients. Acid foods are death foods. Death is the end result of acid accumulation.

We must learn what acid foods are and leave them alone. At the same time, we must learn that we require an alkaline diet for health, vigor, efficiency, youthfulness and a long life.

Strive to eat at least 80 percent alkaline foods and no more than 20 percent acid foods. Assuming you’ve been eating something like the typical American diet, it will take a period of adjustment to get your body to a healthy alkaline/acid balance. During that time, you should temporarily avoid or at least drastically limit eating acid-forming foods like meat, fish, poultry, eggs, cheese, fats, white bread, starchy foods, cakes, pastry, candy, white sugar and confections.

These foods are not all necessarily faulty, but they should never be consumed in proportions far beyond the requirements for body need. Pay attention to portions. Eat what you need but no more.

Alkaline foods are whole foods. Your diet should be primarily organic fruits and vegetables (mostly raw), especially dark green leafy vegetables like kale, mustard greens, collard greens, Swiss chard, watercress, spinach and arugula; other green vegetables like romaine, bok choy, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, broccoli, string beans, snow peas and green peas; non-green but nutrient-rich vegetables like beets, eggplant, mushrooms, onions, radishes, bean sprouts, red and yellow bell peppers, radicchio, cauliflower, tomatoes, artichokes and raw carrots.

Beans — fresh and dried — and raw nuts are also alkaline.

If you feel you must eat meat, stick to meat from free-range animals that have not been fed genetically modified foods or subjected to antibiotics. Keep your meat diet heavy on fish consumption, but not farm-raised; those animals usually have been fed GMOs and heavily medicated.

Almost everything you find in the center aisles of the grocery stores are acid foods. This includes all processed foods and foods containing hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup. Soft drinks are particularly acidic and should be avoided at all cost.

An alkaline diet is a key to health for all ages, but especially for seniors. And finally, drink plenty of water. Water flushes our systems of acid. Seniors, particularly, drink too little water. That speeds up the buildup of acid and hastens death.

Why Houston mayor’s attack on preachers was not a 1st Amendment issue

Last week, the Houston mayor and city council attempted a direct assault on religious liberty and speech after they got into a snit when voters revolted against an Orwellian nondiscrimination ordinance that, among other things, would allow men to use women’s public restrooms and women to use men’s.

The voter revolt took the form of a petition drive that generated some 50,000 signatures — almost three times as many as required to put a referendum on the issue on the ballot. Demonstrating that the rule of law in Houston city government has disappeared into the memory hole, the psychopaths ruling the place threw the petition out. This prompted a lawsuit against the city by opponents of the ordinance.

The city responded by attacking preachers, issuing subpoenas that ordered them to submit any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or lesbian Mayor Annise Parker, or else face charges of contempt of court. The preachers were not even part of the lawsuit against the city. However, they are part of a coalition of some 400 Houston-area churches opposing the ordinance.

So the subpoenas were a clear-cut case of religious discrimination and an attempt to quell free speech and Bible teaching. To their credit, the preachers vowed to defy the city.

The subpoenas created quite a stir and not a few charges that the city was violating the 1st Amendment rights of the preachers involved. Texas attorney general, gubernatorial candidate and likely the state’s next governor Greg Abbot got in the act, sending a letter to the city asking the subpoenas be withdrawn, claiming the subpoenas violated the 1st Amendment.

Ultimately, the subpoenas were amended. Now, the city is asking for the preachers’ “speeches” about the ordinance, as if that were different. Parker, in a blatantly political move, crawfished on whether she knew anything about them before they were issued. Of course, her Twitter feed showed she was lying. On Wednesday, Parker tweeted: “If the 5 pastors used pulpits for politics, their sermons are fair game.”

I established all of that background to say this: The city’s actions were not a 1st Amendment violation — at least not as the Founders drew up the Constitution. And if you argue they were and join Abbot and the plaintiffs’ attorneys in fighting the subpoenas on those grounds, you are participating in stripping yourself of your own rights.

The Constitution the Founders drew up was designed as a restraint on general (federal) government. It granted the general government 18 enumerated powers in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution (though the Tenth Amendment Center argues there are 35). There are three restrictions placed on states in Article I, Section 10 (because those are powers held by the general government) and a restriction on all government in the 2nd Amendment. Other than that, all authority belongs to the people or the states (see the 9th and 10th Amendments).

As soon as the Constitution was agreed upon in the Constitutional Convention but before it had been ratified by the states, a group of men who feared the Constitution was overbroad began an attempt at a do-over. These anti-Federalists — led by Edmund Randolph, George Mason, Elbridge Gerry and Patrick Henry (who declined his election as delegate because he “smelt a rat”) — recognized the danger inherent in some of document’s language that would allow the government to assume powers not granted it. Without the promise of the Bill of Rights, which was ostensibly drafted to further limit the power of the general government, the Constitution would never have been ratified at all. Even with the Bill of Rights there remained a group who were highly skeptical of the new government. Their skepticism was prescient, as all their fears — and then some — have been realized.

The Founders — at least those who were being honest in their intentions — desired a general government that dealt with the large issues but left the states pretty much free to their own devices. They considered the states as individual petri dishes free to govern themselves according to dictates of their citizens. Until the 1820s, some states even had state religions. The states were also voluntary participants in the union, and they knew they could leave the union if and when they desired. They understood that the Bill of Rights applied to the federal government, not the states.

In 1833, the Supreme Court upheld that view in Barron v. Baltimore. In that unanimous ruling, the court determined the Bill of Rights “contain no expression indicating an intention to apply them to State governments. This court cannot so apply them.”

This ruling, along with the possibility (and the implied threat from time to time) of states seceding from the union kept the general government in check until Abraham Lincoln’s unlawful war on the Southern states and the subsequent passage of the 14th Amendment.

It’s into the 14th Amendment’s due process clause that activist judges have reached in order to strip the states and people of their liberty and give almost unlimited power to the general government.

Rep. John Bingham, the principal framer of the 14th Amendment, advocated that one of his purposes in establishing the 14th Amendment was to apply the first eight amendments to the states. But Supreme Court rulings over the next several years did not agree — that is, until 1925 when the due process clause was cited in Gitlow v. New York. In that case, the court applied the 1st Amendment to the states.

Benjamin Gitlow was a communist who was convicted of criminal anarchy for violating New York’s Criminal Anarchy Law of 1902 after writing a document called “Left Wing Manifesto” and publishing it in his newspaper, The Revolutionary Age. His case was argued by the ACLU.

Over the next several decades, the Supreme Court ruled in several cases based on this precedent. The “incorporation doctrine” spread until it eventually applied all the first eight amendments to the states. This stood a century of precedent on its head.

It is the incorporation doctrine that the courts use to throw out state-passed referenda on issues like traditional marriage and immigration. It’s the incorporation doctrine that courts use to restrict religious displays at municipal and state buildings and prayer at public schools. It’s the incorporation doctrine that federal government is using to strip your state of its sovereignty and you of your liberty.

Houston’s attempt to intimidate local preachers was not a 1st Amendment violation under the Founders’ Constitution. The 1st Amendment begins, “Congress shall make no law…” Houston is not Congress.

Abbott did Texans a disservice by claiming a 1st Amendment violation had occurred. Were he a statesman rather than a politician concerned with making political hay, Abbot would have immediately prosecuted Parker and the city council for violations of Texas’ Constitution. Their actions violated both Sections 6 and 8, which read:

Sec. 6. FREEDOM OF WORSHIP. All men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences. No man shall be compelled to attend, erect or support any place of worship, or to maintain any ministry against his consent. No human authority ought, in any case whatever, to control or interfere with the rights of conscience in matters of religion, and no preference shall ever be given by law to any religious society or mode of worship. But it shall be the duty of the Legislature to pass such laws as may be necessary to protect equally every religious denomination in the peaceable enjoyment of its own mode of public worship.

Sec. 8. FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND PRESS; LIBEL. Every person shall be at liberty to speak, write or publish his opinions on any subject, being responsible for the abuse of that privilege; and no law shall ever be passed curtailing the liberty of speech or of the press. In prosecutions for the publication of papers, investigating the conduct of officers, or men in public capacity, or when the matter published is proper for public information, the truth thereof may be given in evidence. And in all indictments for libels, the jury shall have the right to determine the law and the facts, under the direction of the court, as in other cases.

Claiming a 1st Amendment violation has occurred when a state or local government or a business or individual promotes or dissuades speech or religion is to perpetuate a doctrine that has removed from Americans their ability of self-government and has helped grow the leviathan federal government by creating an oligarchy out of our republic.

But it is going to be enjoyable watching the “separation of church and state” crowd as they are hoisted with their own petard.

‘President Ebola’ is quite fitting

 

Commenting on It’s time to remove Obama from office — before he gets us killed,
the American says:
October 16, 2014 at 7:11 a.m.
First, Americans jokingly called him “the food stamp president” and now we know why…and for good reason, now, ” president ebola” is quite fitting…..thanks progressive trash….now we know why you idiots who voted for this fool are so evil and dangerous.
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Commenting on Chaos and noise cover the fraud and crime of the paper money system,
jimships says:
October 13, 2013 at 7:20 a.m.
You are right on all the main points. We lost our storage of wealth. Our storage of production and labor. The only fix is to change your measuring stick. If you store wealth in “real money” silver and gold you have no loss until you convert back to paper. The petro dollar collapse is imminent and so is deflation. I recomend your readers take a look at some of Mike Mohoney’s videos on you tube, or read pricedingold.com.
Every man woman and child should demand that congress confiscate the Fedres gold deposits, give an accounting of ft. Knox and restore the system of states to coin money in gold or silver. Period. The debt based monetary system is a scam to move the wealth of the world to a few (50) banksters. Their storage of wealth is gold and it is the peoples wealth and it needs to be returned. Some 90 percent of it.
If we remove all 535 people in congress we will have a new system. If we keep playing the game we will lose what’s left of our liberty.
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Nashville cops defy the Secret Service, refuse to violate the 4th Amendment

A couple of Secret Service agents took time out last year from soliciting prostitutes and ignoring White House trespassers, deciding instead to spend some their time dismissing the 4th Amendment’s protection against unlawful search and seizure and attempting to lie their way into a man’s home.

Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson recently wrote a letter to members of the U.S. House Oversight Committee describing an incident in which Secret Service agents attempted to convince two Nashville police officers to help them gain entrance to a man’s home even though they didn’t have a warrant. He told the committee he had complained to top Secret Service officials in Washington following the incident, and they did not seem to care.

The incident occurred in January 2013 when the Secret Service went to a Nashville man’s home to investigate comments the man allegedly made on a Facebook post threatening the president. The man suspected of posting the comments refused to let the agents into his home, telling them to show him their warrant.

“He shoved the door in our face and went around the corner. Looks like, we’re not sure if he … possibly he had a gun in his hands,” the agent told a 911 operator, according to a report by NewsChannel 5.

According to Anderson’s letter, when the man demanded a warrant, “one of the agents then asked a [police] sergeant to ‘wave a piece of paper’ in an apparent effort to dupe the resident into thinking that they indeed had a warrant.”

When the Nashville officers on the scene determined the man had not broken the law, was a legal gun owner and had not threatened anyone and that Secret Service had no legal basis on which to enter the man’s home, they left the scene.

Following the incident, Anderson wrote to then-Secret Service Director Julia Pierson and Assistant Director A.T. Smith to complain. Anderson said Pierson did not acknowledge his letter and Smith called, but “his tone, at best, was condescending and dismissive. I realized that I was being told, in a polite manner, to mind my own affairs.”

Anderson said he asked Smith if he thought it was appropriate for agents to wave a piece of paper in the air and claim it was a warrant when it was not. Smith’s reply, according to Anderson, was, “I don’t know. I’m not a lawyer.”

As a result of the incident, Anderson has instituted a policy requiring that before his officers work with the Secret Service they have to gain approval from “the top brass.”

It’s refreshing to read about a police department that remembers that Americans have rights and that is not intimidated by the Feds.

H/T: BenSwann.com

The turning point of the Revolution

On Oct. 17, 1777, British General John Burgoyne surrendered his 5,000 British and Hessian troops to American Gen. Horatio Gates at Saratoga, New York.

It was more than just a military victory for the colonial army. It was the impetus for French King Louis XVI to recognize the independence of the United States and begin providing aid to the patriots’ struggle for independence from Great Britain. Since so much was gained beyond the military victory — which was huge in and of itself, given the losses colonial troops had suffered in recent battles — the Battle of Saratoga is considered the turning point of the Revolutionary War.

Burgoyne’s surrender followed two separate battles at Saratoga. In the first, also called the Battle of Freeman’s Farm, Burgoyne’s troops engaged the colonial forces on Sept. 19 in an attempt to break through and join up with Gen. William Howe’s troops along the Hudson River. While at the end of the day Burgoyne’s troops were still “masters of the field,” they had held it at great loss. The British lost two men that day for every colonial soldier who fell.

On Oct. 7, Burgoyne tried again to break through the colonial force that had by now encircled him. General Benedict Arnold led the colonial troops and beat back and routed Burgoyne’s British forces at what became known as the Battle of Bemis Heights.

Following the second defeat, Burgoyne retreated to Saratoga, where his remaining force was surrounded by about 20,000 colonial soldiers. He surrendered to Gates 10 days later.

Iowa police officer caught on video trying to manipulate motorist into unlawful vehicle search

Police officers are trained liars and manipulators. They will go to great lengths to get you to give up your rights and incriminate yourself.

A citizen in Ankeny, Iowa, demonstrated how to respond to a LEO’s (legally entitled to oppress) manipulative line of questioning in a video secretly recorded and later uploaded to YouTube.

The officer, identified as Aaron King by WHOTV.com, apparently noticed a Frisbee golf equipment bag and began a specious line of questioning by asking, “Why is it that everybody that plays Frisbee golf smokes weed?” From there it deteriorates as King implies that the motorist has something to hide and needs his car searched when he refuses to answer whether he has ever smoked marijuana.

In addition to taking the correct action by videoing the encounter, the motorist correctly responds to the officer’s technique by refusing to answer and refusing to consent to a search.

Interestingly, King is no stranger to controversy. The five-year veteran of the Ankeny force was involved in shooting in July after he and another officer entered the home of a woman said to be intoxicated and suicidal. According to reports, King shot and killed the woman when she wouldn’t put down her gun. King was cleared of any wrongdoing in that incident.

He will likely be cleared in this one as well, even though Ankeny police issued a statement condemning King’s line of questioning.

“The officer engages the driver in a line of questioning that is foolish and not representative of the Ankeny Police Dept.`s training or interactions with the public. This verbal exchange did not meet the level of professionalism expected of Ankeny police officers. Ankeny Police Chief Gary Mikulec respectfully apologizes for the officer`s demeaning statement,” the statement read.

As WHOTV.com reports, there is little likelihood the public will ever know whether King was disciplined for the “foolish” questioning and “demeaning statement.”

Your best bet as a citizen is always to try and avoid police encounters. But if you are unfortunate enough to have an interaction with a LEO, record it, and refuse to answer questions — especially the manipulative ones. And never consent to a search.

Where to start with your health?

My study of health through the years has convinced me that the first priority is to check your own thyroid function. No matter the nature health concern that you might have or think that you have, suspect your thyroid first.

As much as 40 percent of the population has low thyroid function or hypothyroidism. I have written on this subject many times over the years for good reason:

  • Conventional medicine pays little attention to thyroid function. Oh, they routinely run blood tests and report to the patient “normal thyroid.” But if the blood test shows that your TSH is 3 or higher. Action is needed because this may be a flag to alert to problems that you are having. Yes, problems like heart disease or cancer.
  • The treatment of hypothyroidism is too simple and too cheap. Simple and natural medicine is not big bucks.

Modern medicine rarely concerns itself with cause and effect. It is all about suppressing symptoms with drugs (toxic poisons). Low thyroid function can lead to metabolic changes that can raise cholesterol levels and gradually weaken the heart muscle and create heart disease. Voila! What kicks in? The patient has a high cholesterol problem and becomes wide open for a lifetime of statin drugs. This calls for perpetual tests and an ongoing income to the drug houses, when all that may be needed is correct diagnosis of thyroid function.

Why is thyroid function so critical? The answer is that even a slightly underactive thyroid can be a causative factor for heart disease leading to a multitude of health problems and symptoms — symptoms like being overweight or obese, slow heart rate, high blood pressure, heart failure, accelerated heart disease, and a multitude of other health problems.

This is really potentially serious while at the same time simple, and something that anyone can test on himself. Don’t trust the doctors’ blood test as the final authority.

The underarm basal temperature test, as taught by the late Dr. Broda Barnes, is very reliable, extremely accurate and best of all, it is a self test.

Here’s how to perform the self test: For five consecutive days take your underarm temperature at rest. Have a shake-down mercury thermometer (or digital thermometer) on your night stand. This should be done for three minutes before getting out of bed because it has to be basal (at rest) temperature to be accurate. Take five readings over five consecutive days then determine the average. Divide the total of your five temperatures by five. If your average is as much as one degree under 98.6, you need thyroid therapy, to be confirmed by your alternative doctor. He or she will likely write a prescription for Armour Thyroid.

Armour thyroid is a natural product. Do not accept synthroid or any other synthetic. Most conventional doctors prescribe synthroid.

A sluggish thyroid is not on conventional medicine’s radar, but it is very important that you do the self test or go to your alternative doctor. Your alternative doctor will start you out on a very small amount and increase it over months.

If you do have low body temperature, it likely means that you have low thyroid function or hypothyroidism. Even if your thyroid is just slightly underactive it should be corrected for heart health in men and women.

Natural or food grade iodine in your diet is important in the production of thyroid hormone. Since our soils are mostly depleted of necessary nutrients, daily iodine supplementation is crucial.

There are several natural food iodines. I take four to six drops of Lugol’s Iodine in water almost daily. It is very safe. I have bought Lugol’s iodine at Walgreens.

According to Dr. David Brownstein, iodine deficiency is a major cause of breast cancer and other diseases of the reproductive organs such as ovarian, uterus, and prostate cysts and cancer.

Brownstein has excellent research on the seriousness of iodine deficiency in his book Iodine, “Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It.” It is available on Amazon or at Dr. Brownstein’s website.

In his most recent blog, Brownstein notes that because of a shortage of Iodoral, Optimox’s Lugol solution, unscrupulous people and companies have been selling it at a highly marked up price; sometimes as much as hundreds of dollars over retail.

If you have been taking Iodoral then switch to Lugol’s 5 percent solution. Brownstein also recommends Lugol Tabs from Hakala Nutritionals and Iodozyme HP from Biotics Research, available at your local pharmacy or health food store and online.

Chaos and noise cover the fraud and crime of the paper money system

Every person in the U.S. and in the world is now face-to-face with impoverishment at the hands of the paper money creators.

All paper currencies throughout history have become worthless. They are created to eventually become worthless. The only periods in history when paper money is stable for any length of time is when it is backed by gold at a set exchange rate. U.S. currency was completely and finally removed from the gold standard by President Nixon, who created the “Nixon shock” by ending the Bretton Woods agreement in August 1971.

Banksters, governments and politicians love paper money simply because it is a means of aggrandizement, wealth and power at the expense of the people. The people produce and save. The banksters, the government and the politicians steal the peoples’ savings and production with paper money. Every new dollar the banksters create is a dollar stolen from you.

You know that the government creates money through the Federal Reserve by printing money. And I described to you last week how the banks create money out of thin air in my column “How banks and the government rob you blind.”

This deception has gone on for years, and the people are unaware. Why and how can this deception work to the destruction of millions and billions of people for so long? The answer:

  1. We are born into the system. Most people never question the system that they are born into.
  2. The destruction of paper money is gradual. Anything can be accomplished over time. Only a very few people become alert to what is happening.
  3. Noise: What is noise? Noise is constant bombardment by the system on the human psyche. Anything that keeps the mind from focusing is a form of noise. There are many distractions like war, pandemics, terrorism, political noise, weather, political scandals, etc.

For example, the current Ebola “crisis” is noise and a scam. Ebola cases are currently confined to a specific area of Africa — an area that has experienced decades of war and the detonation of chemical and possibly small-scale nuclear munitions and that has inadequate infrastructure, unsanitary conditions and little food. It is also the location of manufacturing facilities that are leaching toxins into the air, ground and water.

Malnourished, immunity-compromised people constant exposed to toxins are subject to a host of ailments that mimic the symptoms attributed to Ebola. The test that is used to diagnose Ebola is not even a reliable test. Who says? The Department of Defense said so in a manual titled “Joint Project Manager Medical Countermeasures Systems,” produced Aug. 14:

[The PCR test] should not be used as the sole basis for patient management decisions. Results [of the PCR] are for the presumptive identification of the Ebola Zaire virus (detected in the West Africa outbreak in 2014).

In other words, the PCR test may detect Ebola and it may not.

The inventor of the test says the same thing. Kary Mullis won the Nobel Prize in 1993 for inventing the PCR test. He says the test cannot determine how much Ebola is in the body. (Source: “Questioning the HIV-AIDS hypothesis: 30 years of dissent,” by Patricia Goodson; published in Frontiers in Public Health on Sept. 23, 2014.)

So we have Ebola, ISIS, Ukraine, illegal immigration and numerous Obama scandals. Dozens of things are occurring all at once to keep the people from reality: all noise. These diversions keep the public mind off the super fraud and crime of paper money. The crowd never wakes up.

  1. Finally, it is not credible to the public mind that government is organized crime supported by its monopoly of paper money. Government runs on paper money and deception. But people are indoctrinated from the beginning of life to trust the system.

But, Bob, you ask, why do you write so much about “money” when there is so much else going on in the world?

Discussion of the U.S. dollar is timely because there is so much paper money being created. This affects every man, woman and child. The policy of the U.S. government is to inflate (depreciate) the U.S. dollar. There is nothing that you could know or understand as important in your life and your finances as this.

Currencies can be destroyed by official and announced devaluation. They can be destroyed by unofficial and unannounced devaluation or depreciation. The public understands this as inflation or rising prices.

You readers who have been following us understand inflation as depreciation of the currency. Governments can steal and confiscate from the people more through the depreciation (printing paper money) of the currency than through military conquest.

Depreciation of the currency is done gradually and silently. The public is unaware until the final stages of inflation (depreciation). It is then too late to save their assets.

Not one person in a million suspects that his dollars are melting every day and that his dollar assets — his savings and retirements — are evaporating. Because it is gradual, no one gets upset.

The constant confusion and noise diverts the public mind away from government theft of our assets. Underneath lies that deep dark secret that the government gets everything for nothing. It’s all so simple.

The money creators “buy” with money that costs them nothing. But you can take these depreciating dollars and buy real assets like silver and gold while there is still time.

The source of all world chaos today is the escalation of the creation of paper money (credit). This is central to our thinking and planning. All that we do or all that we should plan to do is directly related to the systematic depreciation and destruction of the U.S. dollar and all dollar-denominated assets.

Our personal survival depends solely on our advanced knowledge and understanding of government’s scheme of inflating the currencies. We think dollars in everything we do. We need to transfer our thinking and our finances into gold, silver and commodities.

We have been through a long paper money era. We are now reverting back to hard money and a store of wealth.

We are seeing the inflationary expansion of the currency and the world of chaos being spun. Stability is giving way to quicksand. Morality is diminished and replaced by humanism. Politics is a mode of deception. This is what paper money finally does to the human experience.

I want to be perfectly honest with you. I wish I could tell you that events and history are random and political chance. I wish I could tell you that you should vote for political candidates and that you should believe in “democracy.”

But history is not chance or accident. It is organized crime parasitizing on millions of human pawns who live in fiction.

We have a great country but an illegal government that does not abide by the Constitution and the laws of the land.

Note: To better understand the true nature of the Ebola “crisis,” I urge you to go to nomorefakenews.com and read Jon Rappoport’s excellent series on Ebola.

I believe in God, liberty and the Constitution

Dear Bob,

How can I communicate with you? I want to know which party do you belong to: Libertarian?

Bobby

Dear Bobby,

I can be reached by email at freedomwatch@personalliberty.com.

I do not belong to any party. I paraphrase Groucho Marx: I would not belong to any party that would have me as a member. I believe in God, liberty and the Constitution. It is upon those beliefs that I couch my philosophy. For a more thorough understanding, go to “Bob Livingston Is A ‘Liberal Jackhole.’”

Best wishes,
Bob

Now this is Rich

In an email to Democratic donors, President Barack Obama claimed Republicans were more interested in the “interests of billionaires” than the “needs of the middle class.”

He then promptly headed to a fundraiser at the home of real estate mogul Rich Richman in Greenwich, Connecticut — a fundraiser that cost $32,400 a person. I doubt there were many “Obamaphone” users in attendance.

This is the same Obama who, as the Democrat candidate for president, joined then-Republican candidate Senator John McCain to suspend the campaign and negotiate a bailout for the banksters to the tune of $700 billion. It’s the same Obama who used hundreds of millions of stimulus funds to prop up failing “green” energy companies. It’s the same Obama whose has overseen trillions of dollars of money printing that has further depressed the economy, killed jobs and stolen the wealth and savings of the poor and middle class. It’s the same Obama who forced a healthcare bill onto the people that raised their taxes and turned their full-time jobs into part-time while ensuring a steady income stream from the federal treasury to the medical-industrial complex. It’s the same Obama whose top bundlers are Hollywood moguls Jeffrey Katzenberg and Barry and Wendy Meyer, software developers, investment bankers and more real estate tycoons. It’s the same Obama who is currently presiding over the greatest number of food stamp recipients in the nation’s history and greatest number of people not in the workforce in almost 40 years.

Yeah, the Republicans love the “rich.” But Democrats do, too. Don’t be fooled. Both parties are part and parcel of the fascist system. Neither party puts the “needs of the middle class” on their radar until they want their vote.

The real-life effects of government policies

President Barack Obama continues his hackneyed call to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour from its current $7.25. If one didn’t know better, one would think all Obama cares about is using election-year rhetorical poppycock to elect more Democrats — the economy be damned.

“Let’s give America a raise and make our economy stronger,” is the key line from his stump speech. It sounds good. Too bad it doesn’t work in real life.

The common argument for a higher minimum wage revolves around the need for the chief family wage earner to make a “living wage,” whatever that is. “Living wage” is just an altruistic code word for the elites. What constitutes a living wage is never defined.

Only about 15 percent of all minimum-wage earners are the primary “breadwinner” for their family. More than half of all minimum-wage workers are under age 24.

Minimum-wage jobs serve primarily as entry-level positions, allowing young people to gain work experience or work their way through school. Secondarily, they serve as second or third jobs — for those few enterprising enough to tackle such rather than live off the government dole.

Profitable companies can’t pay workers more than the worth they provide to the company. If forced to pay more, said company is no longer profitable and must either raise prices or reduce expenses — often by eliminating jobs. With almost 1 in 4 Americans in their prime working years currently unemployed, raising prices isn’t feasible. So cutting jobs becomes a priority.

A great number of minimum-wage jobs are found in the restaurant industry. In a piece published in The Wall Street Journal, CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Pudzer predicts more businesses will follow the restaurant industry and rely on more automation or technology if the minimum wage is raised.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that a 40 percent minimum wage hike will result in 500,000 fewer jobs. An analysis from economists at Miami and Trinity University — reported on by Minimumwage.com — calls the idea to raise the minimum wage a 1 million-job disaster. The study uses updated Census Bureau data from 2012 and 2013 to provide state-level estimates on the number of jobs that would be lost as a result of a $10.10 wage hike. Across all 50 states, the updated analysis shows that at least 360,000 jobs — and as many as 1,084,000 jobs — would be lost.

And there is this truism: Those without a job never get a raise.

Wal-Mart workers are also seeing the result of government policies — Obamacare, to be specific. Beginning next year, Wal-Mart employees working less than 30 hours a week will no longer be eligible for the company’s health insurance plan. Wal-Mart joins Target, Home Depot and other large employers in eliminating health insurance benefits for part-time employees.

It doesn’t matter what “orders” come down from on high (Washington, D.C.). The laws of economics will always win.

Suffering with swollen feet? You may be protein-deficient

If you are suffering with swollen feet and don’t have an obvious medical problem, you could be short on protein.

Why are so many American seniors low on protein? One answer is that we live on a very high-acid diet of processed foods, grains and sugar. Another reason is that we lack sufficient stomach acid. Read this many times because it is, in my opinion, a form of population control. People with low stomach acid are headed for trouble in time, most often this manifests in stomach cancer.

Didn’t I just say that Americans live on a very high-acid diet? So what goes here? Is this a contradiction? The answer is that human beings have two kinds of acid, stomach acid and acid in the rest of the body, as measured by the pH.

Stomach acid to digest our foods — including protein — must be very low pH, about 3 or 4. In the rest of the body, the pH should be slightly alkaline but is very often acid instead because of our diets.

Remember that stomach acid is specially created to digest foods, including protein. It must be low pH or very acid, that is 3 or 4 pH. Ironically, when our stomach acid gets very low or weak, we have a strong signal of too much acid, which we consider to be acid indigestion.

Unfortunately, Big Pharma has played this controversial deception to the tune of many billions of dollars — if not trillions!

Yes, the body signals “acid stomach,” creating a false demand for antacids. Here comes the parade of antacids to prey upon the people, a great hoax to deceive millions into buying something to ruin their health. It’s the perfect crime. Do you think the government knows this?

What to do? When you sense “acid indigestion,” be aware that you have low stomach acid, not high stomach acid. So “acid indigestion” is a false signal. It is actually telling you that you need more stomach acid. This is all-important for life and health. The pharmaceuticals are lying to you!

So “acid indigestion” says that you need more acid. If that’s the case, you should be taking Betaine Hydrochloride from Standard Process Company.

Antacids kill protein. If you’ve been taking antacids and have swollen feet and legs, you are likely protein-deficient. So for that need for more protein to reduce leg and feet swelling, take Protefood, also from Standard Process Company.

How banks and the government rob you blind

Theft comes in many forms.

The most obvious occurs when a thug sticks a gun in your face or a knife in your back and demands you hand over your wallet or when a burglar enters your property and absconds with your valuables while you are away.

It also happens much more covertly. A person or a business may commit fraud. One of the greatest fraudsters of all was Bernie Madoff. His scheme made Charles Ponzi’s look like penny-ante poker.

Ponzi offered investors an opportunity to earn profits of 50 percent to 100 percent by buying discounted postal reply coupons in other countries — primarily Italy — and redeeming them at face value in the United States.

Like all pyramid schemes, promised profits materialized for initial investors. Because of that — along with a favorable article about his scheme printed in the Boston Post — new investors were flocking to his door at such a pace that he was raking in $250,000 a day. But he was paying initial investors with money from his new ones. The scheme collapsed, costing his “investors” $20 million ($237 million in today’s dollars).

Madoff’s scheme involved computer programs creating phony trades and manipulated account statements. He later told investigators that he was depositing client money into a bank account rather than investing it and paying clients who wanted to cash out with money from the new deposits. Estimates of his total fraud range from $17 billion to $65 billion, depending on who is estimating.

Government/banker paper money (now mostly computer symbols) is just another Ponzi scheme, a system of organized theft. Paper money/credit was created to transfer wealth to the government/banker establishment without payment. Every new dollar put into circulation dilutes your dollars and your imagined savings. But the process is so slow. When coupled with a steady saturation of propaganda about our high-sounding democracy, few people ever catch on.

The crowd has been dumbed down. Even most bank employees don’t understand they are engaged in theft. They, like most of the rest of Americans, don’t understand and they don’t care as long as they have bread and circuses.

Fractional reserve banking is a government-approved Ponzi scheme. Banks hold only a fraction of your money in an account, and they do not have reserves on hand to cover all the debt owed them by their customers and all the savings customers have deposited. In other words, banks are bankrupt, except for their ability to “create” money.

Here’s how the Federal Reserve explains it:

The fact that banks are required to keep on hand only a fraction of the funds deposited with them is a function of the banking business. Banks borrow funds from their depositors (those with savings) and in turn lend those funds to the banks’ borrowers (those in need of funds). Banks make money by charging borrowers more for a loan (a higher percentage interest rate) than is paid to depositors for use of their money. If banks did not lend out their available funds after meeting their reserve requirements, depositors might have to pay banks to provide safekeeping services for their money. For the economy and the banking system as a whole, the practice of keeping only a fraction of deposits on hand has an important cumulative effect. Referred to as the fractional reserve system, it permits the banking system to “create” money.

Here is what else the Fed says about reserve requirements:

Reserve requirements are the amount of funds that a depository institution must hold in reserve against specified deposit liabilities. Within limits specified by law, the Board of Governors has sole authority over changes in reserve requirements. Depository institutions must hold reserves in the form of vault cash or deposits with Federal Reserve Banks.

Those reserve amounts are set by complicated formulas depending on the net transaction amounts of the bank in question. Based on the formula, a new bank can open with a small amount of invested capital, have zero net transaction accounts (no money on deposit) and immediately “lend” up to $9.3 million by simply creating new money on a computer.

In a column he wrote in 1995, the late economist and author Murray N. Rothbard explained a bank’s operation this way:

I set up a Rothbard Bank, and invest $1,000 of cash (whether gold or government paper does not matter here). Then I “lend out” $10,000 to someone, either for consumer spending or to invest in his business. How can I “lend out” far more than I have? Ahh, that’s the magic of the “fraction” in the fractional reserve. I simply open up a checking account of $10,000 which I am happy to lend to Mr. Jones. Why does Jones borrow from me? Well, for one thing, I can charge a lower rate of interest than savers would. I don’t have to save up the money myself, but can simply counterfeit it out of thin air. (In the 19th century, I would have been able to issue bank notes, but the Federal Reserve now monopolizes note issues.) Since demand deposits at the Rothbard Bank function as equivalent to cash, the nation’s money supply has just, by magic, increased by $10,000. The inflationary, counterfeiting process is under way.

So let’s say that you borrow $200,000 at 5 percent interest on a 25-year note from the bank mentioned above (the one with no money on deposit) to buy a house. You make a monthly payment of $1,169.18 to the bank in the form of your mortgage payment. By the time you have paid off your loan, you have paid the bank a total of $350,754.02. In other words, the bank has now profited to the tune of $350,000 from you on money that never existed. And should you have defaulted on your loan, not only would you have lost whatever money you had paid prior to the default, the bank would own your home outright through a repossession.

The Federal Reserve (which is neither a federal agency nor does it hold any reserves) works this way, by “lending” money to other banks, through either a mark on a ledger sheet or by computer transfer. Real money never changes hands.

But rather than create actual wealth (except for themselves), central bankers, as money creators, always destroy the currency. This is inflation. Inflation is not rising prices, which most people are led to believe. Rising prices are a symptom of inflation, not the cause. Inflation is an expansion of the money supply, i.e., the creation of money out of thin air.

So how does inflation steal your wealth? It is the perfect crime. It is as simple a concept as supply and demand. With more money chasing fewer goods, more and more money is required to make a purchase. And if you put your money in a certificate of deposit in the bank that pays less interest than the rate of inflation, then your bank savings lose money. It is like pouring water into milk. The more water you pour, the less milk is left.

Everyone is hurt, particularly those on a fixed income. The more money that is spewed out, the more worthless each one of those paper dollars is. In the past 100 years, the dollar has lost 95 percent of its value. Put another way, it now costs $1 to buy what once cost 5 cents.

Since your pension or Social Security comes in U.S. dollars, what happens during a period of hyperinflation as we certainly expect to occur as a result of the massive Fed money-printing adventure? It loses value because it is nominal dollars, not real money (dollars) like precious metals.

Social Security represents a “debt” of the federal government. Governments get rid of “debt” by inflating it away (printing more money).

In short, the government can and will kill the Social Security liability by inflating it away. Ditto for savings.

A study of monetary history shows that hyperinflated currency destroys the purchasing power of savings accounts and Social Security.

That is why I recommend you preserve your labor, your savings and retirement with gold and silver in your possession. Precious metals don’t pay interest, you say? This is conventional thinking backed by the paper money myth.

Gold and silver are the only real money in existence. They are real money as well as intrinsic wealth. Moreover, gold and silver appreciate in purchasing power as paper money depreciates. That is your real interest. All understanding of hard money has been lost down the memory hole of the fiat paper world money regime.

Look at it this way. If you had taken two silver half dollars and a $1 bill in 1964 and placed them in a box for safekeeping, what would they purchase today?

With the silver coins you could buy about $16 worth of goods or services, say four gallons of milk or six loaves of bread. With the dollar you could buy only $1 worth of goods. So which is real money?

I love my country, but I hate my government. I know that my government and my country have been stolen by the money creators.

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There is life after age 75

Commenting on Propaganda is force!,
Jana says:
September 30, 2014
In the article above it says,
“By the time I reach 75, I will have lived a complete life,” Emanuel writes in the magazine. “I will have loved and been loved. My children will be grown and in the midst of their own rich lives. I will have seen my grandchildren born and beginning their lives. I will have pursued my life’s projects and made whatever contributions, important or not, I am going to make etc etc.”

Is this guy nuts or what? My 72 year old grandfather lives on the farm with us and I just got back from checking a section of the fences with him. Half way through I was holding on to him panting and out of breath. He kept telling me come on you can do it, this will build up your endurance. By the way he will be 73 in Nov.

I came in the house got a glass of water and an aspirin and he went out and is welding on a piece of machinery building a hay mover for our Bob Cat so we don’t have to go out and buy one.He also makes most of our machinery and spends hours outside doing so. He knows more about metal, welding, using a lathe, building barns and other types of buildings and, outworks all of us every single day. Plus he can still move 100 pound blocks all day and just got through doing so making a walkway and patio.

He has a reputation in our family. To say that he should be let die at 75 is crazy!!!

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Is Ebola Obama’s October surprise?

Curious timing, this announcement that the U.S. now has Ebola patient No. 1.

Five weeks before a national election.

First case in Texas, where President Barack Obama’s de facto amnesty policy for illegals allowed for an influx of tens of thousands of immunity-compromised, disease-carrying, individuals from the Central American backwaters. People rife for “catching” the Ebola virus.

The first patient, Thomas E. Duncan, was allowed to travel freely into the U.S. from Liberia, despite, as we have learned, having hand-carried a convulsing 19-year-old woman to an Ebola clinic in Monrovia — a woman who died from the disease the next day. And despite being told two times that Duncan had been to Liberia, hospital workers sent him home with antibiotics. Home to a residence with three children. Children who then went to school.

But it’s worse. Much worse. Duncan traveled through Dulles International Airport, where he had a layover of nearly three hours, and then to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

We were initially told that 12 to 18 people — now including a total of five children who went to four different schools — had come into contact with Duncan after he had become symptomatic. By the next day, that list had expanded to a total of 80 to 100. Those initial contacts are being isolated for 21 days.

“It’s a constant process of interviews and locating as many contacts as are out there,” Dallas County health official Erikka Neroes said. “We expect daily that there could be more people added.” Others could fall off the list as time passes and they show no symptoms. “It’s constantly evolving,” she said.

Those initial contacts are being isolated for 21 days, the purported incubation period for the disease. Twenty-one days, and as another case pops up, those concentric circles grow until you have more being isolated for 21 days and more being isolated for 21 days…

And with hundreds upon hundreds and perhaps thousands upon thousands being isolated; well, what about the Nov. 4 election?

And is it not just a little curious that the government ordered 160,000 hazmat suits in response to a disease that is said not to be airborne? And is it not just a little curious that a large government supplier of emergency response products specializing in “high risk events” said in a public tweet that Disaster Assistance Response Teams were told weeks ago to prepare to be activated in the month of October?

“What we are now hearing is just the tip of the iceburg as we enter October,” noted the company’s Twitter spokesperson. “Ebola virus will cripple EMS and hospitals.”

The government has assumed the authority to lock down and/or quarantine areas at will. Don’t think it won’t exercise that presumed authority “for the greater good.”

The fear hysteria will also lead to a public outcry for a vaccine. It’s a vaccine U.S. drug manufacturers hold the patent on. Millions of willing medical slaves ripe for the picking.

The masters in the dark rooms of the pharmas know exactly how to conjure up mass fear hysteria so that the people clamor for vaccinations. So we have another multibillion-dollar hoax — like the great swine flu “pandemic” — to bring in a demand for more vaccinations. Vaccinations that are worthless for people’s health but that further enrich Big Pharma.

Now comes the great Ebola epidemic. Obama’s October surprise.

Here’s how you prepare for and avoid Ebola and any other disease. Load up on vitamin D3. The key to avoiding disease is immunity and the key to strong immunity is vitamin D3. The power of immunization protection comes from within. It is a healthy internal environment that protects the individual and the population.

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The difference between Ron Paul and Rand Paul

The difference between Ron Paul and Rand Paul boils down to one character trait: principle. Ron Paul has it. Rand Paul does not.

This becomes increasingly evident the longer Rand Paul attempts to position himself as the Republican candidate for President.

Ron Paul ran for the Republican nomination twice and as the Libertarian candidate once. In that time, he always told the truth, regardless of the audience and the consequences. Ron Paul had a principle that he stood by day in and day out. At the heart of that principle was liberty.

Rand Paul has none. He shows day in and day out that he will say and do anything to get elected. He has even gone so far as to throw his father’s friends under the bus and has stood by as his political operatives pushed his father off a cliff in an article in The New Yorker.

In the article, Rand disavowed ever knowing Walter Block, a libertarian icon who has been repeatedly smeared by the mainstream media, including The New York Times. The New Yorker article quotes a Rand Paul aide (likely Jesse Benton, who is quoted elsewhere in the article) as believing Ron Paul was undercutting Rand’s campaign, remarking sarcastically: “It’s good to see that the old man is still out there speaking his mind.”

Benton (who is married to Ron Paul’s granddaughter and served as his political director in the 2012 campaign) said this about Ron Paul to The New Yorker, “Ron was always content to tell the truth as best he understood it, and he saw that as the point of his politics. Rand is the guy who is committed to winning.”

Even if it means betraying everything his father has stood for and turning his back on the principle of liberty his father has so long espoused.

In other words: Ron Paul is a statesman; Rand Paul is a politician.

H/T: Economicpolicyjournal.com

Crisis!

I began publishing my monthly newsletter The Bob Livingston Letter™ (subscription required) in 1969. The following is an excerpt from the October 2007 issue in which I warned — for the umpteenth time — of the coming housing, collateral and derivatives collapse. No mainstream economists, and certainly not the Federal Reserve, saw it coming. In May 2007, then-Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke told Fed officials, “Do not expect significant spillovers from the subprime market to the rest of the economy.” Current Fed Chairman Janet Yellen, who then was a Fed official, also did not see it “coming until it happened.” Yet not only did I tell my readers it was coming, I told them what to do to preserve their wealth.

What we are seeing is a first in world history.

Number one, we are in a global world and most stock markets were recently hit. Number two, we are facing a credit and collateral collapse. It appears that collateral behind the derivatives doesn’t exist or if at all, at a greatly reduced value.

There is no easy way out of this credit and liquidity collapse unless the big central banks create a lot of fiat money. And they must do it fast if there is any chance at all.

Now you do know that the Fed’s biggest concern is the big banks and the big broker banks like Goldman Sachs and Bear Stearns. They are first on the Fed’s agenda. The 2 million or 3 million “homeowners” who face loss of their homes will be thrown a crumb as a political move more than a serious financial solution. In fact there is no financial solution.

There will be 50- and 100- year mortgages. This of course is a sham. Nobody will ever own anything except in name.

Can the Fed solve the credit/debt crisis? The answer is impossible as they created it. What we see now, I have been expecting for many years. This is a primary reason for owning gold and silver.

Will we pull out this time? I am not at all sure as this debt/credit crisis will last a long time. There is a lot of rumbling under the surface. The people who do know, don’t know what all will collapse.

All this sub-prime lending and collateralized debt was a scam from the beginning. There is no added value anywhere. Everything in America is paper shuffling. It’s a paper bubble empire backed by paper fiat money. It has to eventually collapse. If not this time it will come later, during most of your lifetimes.

A hundred years ago the industrial leaders in the United States produced tires, machinery, steel, chemicals, etc,. etc. Now corporations make money on money, debt and leverage. One half of GM earnings last year were from finance. GE’s biggest income is financial.

Money-printing central banks have created a paper bubble world economy. This has caused the global financial sector to grow disproportionately large compared to the real economy. There is no added value. It is all hot air. It will all collapse.

Illinois proves gun laws are racist

Under Illinois law, a person seeking to obtain a concealed carry license — and, thus, be “legally” entitled to protect himself in that state — has to first fork over $650, plus take a 16-hour training course that requires time on a range.

Illinois has the most expensive registration fee in the country. Getting a license is an expensive and burdensome proposition. And even then, obtaining “approval” is a tricky proposition, at best. The Cook County Sheriff has said he would object to as many applications as possible so as to send them to a panel that can deny them without explanation. But it’s easier to get a license if you’re white.

The Washington Times has dug into license data. It shows that if you are black and live in a violent and dangerous neighborhood, you are very unlikely to be able to obtain a permit.

Demographic data shows that 90 percent of Illinois’ 73,714 active concealed carry licenses are held by whites who live in middle-class, predominately white neighborhoods with low crime rates. Only 8 percent went to blacks statewide. Of those, fewer than 1 percent went to people living in the poorest ZIP codes.

Illinois residents told The Times that the disproportion boils down to cost. “In these gangbang neighborhoods, people can’t afford the license. They’re making choices between food and medicine, and they can’t even guarantee they’ll get even that,” said Shawn Gowder, 49, who lives in Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the South Side, where two homicides have taken place in the past 30 days. “We need to arm ourselves and protect ourselves from these gangbangers, but we just can’t afford to do it.”

In crime-ridden neighborhoods of Chicago — where the most homicides, robberies, assaults, thefts and drug charges are recorded and where the populations are 98 percent black and the median income is at or below the poverty line — concealed carry license holders almost nonexistent.

But if people living in those neighborhoods are able to overcome the prohibitive cost of the permit, they likely rely on public transportation to get around. That makes the training portion of the process unattainable. It’s against Illinois law to carry an unlicensed gun on public transportation.

So Illinois, home to Chicago — which carries the dubious title of the nation’s “Murder Capital” after tallying the most homicides in the U.S. in 2012 — has set up barriers that deny poor black people an option of legally defending themselves. Were there laws similarly denying low-income blacks the option of performing any other legal act in this manner, there would be a huge outcry from the political elites. But because the elites want low-income blacks to remain dependent slaves, they don’t say a word about this discrepancy.

It’s likely that you don’t know that the first U.S. gun laws sprang up in the South following the Civil War in an attempt to bar blacks from possessing guns. Today’s gun control laws do much the same thing.

Superman taken down by bedsores

In the end, Superman was brought down by bedsores.

Christopher Reeve, the actor who played the superhero in four movies, died in 2004 of complications from infected bedsores that led to blood poisoning and heart failure, more than nine years after a horseback-riding accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. He also had an allergic shock reaction to the drug used to treat the systemic infection from the sores, which may have sent him into cardiac arrest. Reeve’s death underscored the danger of bedsores (more properly called pressure sores), one of the most common and most dangerous complications facing people with limited mobility.

Nursing homes and healthcare workers have long recognized the importance of preventing pressure sores, and now family caregivers everywhere are taking up the cause. If you’re caring for a relative who spends much of the day in bed or in a wheelchair, you too will have to join the fight.

The word “sore” hardly captures the seriousness of the problem. “It’s a huge quality-of-life issue,” said Catherine D’Amico, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing in New York City. Pressure sores can turn an already unpleasant situation into pure agony, she said, and can permanently damage skin and bone. As Reeve’s case of illustrates, they can also be fatal.

According to a report from Harvard Medical School, several thousand Americans die each year from complications associated with pressure sores. It may take diligent care to prevent pressure sores, D’Amico said, because a seriously ill person can develop bedsores very quickly. In other cases, avoiding the sores is a relatively simple task. But in all situations, a well-informed, dedicated caregiver will be the best defense.

Has PL’s comment moderation changed?

An Open Letter to Mr. Bob Livingston;

I would like to fully understand why you have been strongly regulating posts for the past 2 months and changed the format so it’s all but impossible to contact Personal Liberty any longer. I understand that at times I get extremely vitriol. That happens when I have a liberal and/or progressive attack me, persons, or what I stand for. That I fully understand. But when you start suppressing peoples Freedom of Speech and/or Thoughts in the name of a ‘Benjamin’ you begin to tread a rice paper thin sacred ground. I believe it’s because of the federal gov’t & your sponsors regulating your website now. And yes Mr. Bob you do have sponsors & do make an income off of this website. You do not do this from the goodness of the bottom of your heart. I’ve watched other sites become as Personal Liberty is, “Catering to the PC Police & Liberal Progressives” who can make or break a business anywhere in the world at this current time. I guess I’ll have to resort to, The Drudge Report once again.

Doug James, Abilene, KS

Dear Doug,

Our comment policy is clearly stated above the comments and has not changed, nor has its enforcement. We always try to be as lenient as possible, but sometimes conversations degenerate to the point that we have to step in. Only the most egregious offender is ever “blacklisted” without first receiving a warning or three. The commenter’s response to that warning goes a long way toward the tolerance level afforded future policy violations. I have not been “suppressing peoples (sic) Freedom of Speech and/or Thoughts in the name of a ‘Benjamin’” or for any other reason. First, I cannot do so. Only government is capable of suppressing Freedom of Speech and I am likewise incapable of getting inside your head and suppressing your thoughts. Second, whether you or anyone else comments here has no effect on our bottom line.

Your comment about “Catering to the PC Police & Liberal Progressives” is specious. As can be plainly seen in my commentaries, I am not now nor have I ever been concerned with being “PC” or catering to the wishes of the conventional wisdom crowd. As far as being difficult to contact, there is a “Contact Us” link at the bottom of every page that provides an email address, mailing address, three telephone numbers and office hours. I have also provided from time to time an email address that comes straight to me. It is freedomwatch@personalliberty.com.

Best wishes,

Bob