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  • The NPS Wild Wilderness SCAM Continues..

    The THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS) WILD Wilderness SCAM Continues..

    INDEED, IN AUG, 2016 THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS)  IS CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF THE GROSS MISMANAGEMENT OF MORE THAN 84 MILLION ACRES OF PUBLIC LAND IN 412 AREAS

    THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS) IS $12,000,000,000.00  $12 BILLION DOLLARS BEHIND ON MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR OF AMERICAS NATIONAL PARKS

    Centennial Initiative 2016 – National Park Service

    https://www.nps.gov/nava/learn/…/centennial-initiative-2016.ht…

    NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IN CELEBRATION OF THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IN 2016, … THINGS TO COME AS THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE PREPARES TO CELEBRATE 100 YEARS!

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    THE WILD OLYMPIC CAMPAIGN SUPPORTS THE PROPOSED WILD OLYMPICS WILDERNESS AND WILD & SCENIC RIVERS ACT,

    WHICH WAS REINTRODUCED LAST YEAR BY U.S. SEN. PATTY MURRAY, D-SEATTLE, AND U.S. REP. DEREK KILMER, D-GIG HARBOR.

     SO… THE WILD OLYMPICS SCAM CONTINUES IN 2016

    NINTY FIVE PERCENT 95% OF THE MILLION ACRES OF THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK IS ALREADY WILD. period

    AND, NINTY FIVE PERCENT 95% OF THE MILLION ACRES OF THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK IS NOT MAINTAINED OR REPAIRED. period

    SO…  the National Park Service (NPS) has mismanaged 84 million acres of public parks for 100 years, to the tune of $12,000,000,000.00  $12 BILLION DOLLARS AND,“BECAUSE THAT MONEY DOESN’T EXIST IN THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE.”.

    THINGS TO COME AS THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE PREPARES TO CELEBRATE 100 YEARS?

     U.S. SEN. PATTY MURRAY, D-SEATTLE, AND U.S. REP. DEREK KILMER, D-GIG HARBOR ARE CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF A FAILED NPS BY REINTRODUCING A  BILL THAT WOULD PERMANENTLY TAKE  AND MAKE  MORE THAN 126,000 ACRES OF NEW MISMANAGED WILDERNESS AREAS ON JUST THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA.

    U.S. SEN. PATTY MURRAY, D-SEATTLE IS UP FOR RE-ELECTION

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    NPR: National parks have a long to-do list but can’t cover the repair costs

    www.npr.org/…/nationalparks-have-a-long-to-do-list-but-cant-cover-the-repair-cos…

    NPR MAR 8, 2016 – THERE IS A NEARLY $12 BILLION MAINTENANCE BACKLOG OF WORK THAT NEEDS … SAYS, “BECAUSE THAT MONEY DOESN’T EXIST IN THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE.”.

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    HOW WILD IS THE WILD WILDERNESS ACT?

    THERE ARE OVER 700 FEDERALLY DESIGNATED WILDERNESS AREAS IN FORTY-FOUR STATES, COVERING MORE THAN 107 MILLION ACRES OF LAND, OR AROUND 5% OF THE UNITED STATES LAND BASE.

     AND THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS) IS  RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GROSS MISMANAGEMENT AND NEGLECT OF  MORE THAN 84 MILLION ACRES OF THAT 107 MILLION ACRES OF PUBLIC LAND IN 412  OF OVER 700 AREAS IN FORTY-FOUR STATES.

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    Centennial Initiative 2016 – National Park Service

    https://www.nps.gov/nava/learn/…/centennial-initiative-2016.ht…

    NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IN CELEBRATION OF THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IN 2016, … THINGS TO COME AS THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE PREPARES TO CELEBRATE 100 YEARS!

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    Using statistics from, MAR 15, 2012

    The Wilderness Act is widely known as one of the nation’s preeminent

    preservation statutes.

    FEDERALLY DESIGNATED WILDERNESS AREAS ARE FOUND WITHIN EACH MAJOR CATEGORY OF THE FEDERAL PUBLIC LANDs…….

    1. NATIONAL FORESTS
    2. NATIONAL PARKS
    3. WILDLIFE REFUGES
    4. PUBLIC LANDS MANAGED BY THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT (BLM)

    THERE ARE OVER 700 FEDERALLY DESIGNATED WILDERNESS AREAS IN FORTY-FOUR STATES, COVERING MORE THAN 107 MILLION ACRES OF LAND, OR AROUND 5% OF THE UNITED STATES LAND BASE.11

    THE VAST MAJORITY OF WILDERNESS IN THE LOWER FORTY-EIGHT STATES—ABOUT 75%—IS LOCATED  WITHIN ONLY FIVE ECOREGIONS: one desert ecoregion—the Mojave Desert of

    California—and four high elevation ecoregions—the southern and middle

    Rocky Mountains, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and the Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

    Read more at https://law.lclark.edu/live/files/11181-421zellmerpdf Lewis & Clark Law School

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    July 24, 2016 JUST ASKING?

    WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE REST OF THE GROSSLY MISMANAGED FEDERAL PUBLIC LAND?

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    Wild Olympics | Citizen Review Online

    citizenreviewonline.org/category/wildolympics/

    Olympic Peninsula, WA – The Wild Olympics debate has continued locally. ….. CONSPIRACY EXPOSED Oct. 8, 1992 The notarized document was written on …

    Wild Olympics – Oct. 8, 1992 to Oct. 29, 2012

    Commentary by Pearl Rains-Hewett

    Posted 10/29/2012

    CONSPIRACY EXPOSED Oct. 8, 1992 The notarized document  was written on Oct. 8, 1992 by George C. Rains Sr. when he was 77 years old.

    OVER 20 YEARS AGO George C. Rains Sr. WROTE

    How can a Federal Government of ours pay money for things like this when our government is many trillions of dollars in debt?

    This conspiracy will never end unless you people, property owners and tax payers start fighting back to stop the conspiracy and the taking of all our property on the Olympic Peninsula.

     The Olympic National Park has doubled in size to over one million acres or more.

     Most people have no knowledge of these vast encroachments to take our property and property rights on the Olympic Peninsula, and it is time that the truth be known. Land and Power Grab

     The National Park Service has no respect for private property ownership and rights.

     Attempts are being made to grab land corridors on each side of the major rivers on the Olympic Peninsula. If they succeed here attempts will be made to grab land corridors on smaller streams on the Olympic Peninsula.

     Pearl Rains Hewett

    Read on if you are concerned Continue reading

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    THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN, WILDERNESS, WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS IS MORE THAN A SCAM

    UNDER THE WILDERNESS ACT OF 1964,

    THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN, WILDERNESS, WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS, is not a giving of access of public land to THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    indeed,  IT IS A TAKING OF PUBLIC LAND ACCESS, it is a taking of the full use and enjoyment to over 300 million people

    THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN  is a dishonest scheme; “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage”

     And basically, call it the ignorance, of American citizens or whatever,

    But basically, the ignorance, of American citizens, is really, really critical for  THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN, WILDERNESS, WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS to pass.”

    THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN  is more than a fraud, a thing intended to deceive others, typically by unjustifiably claiming or being credited with accomplishments or qualities.

    THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN  is more than a swindle, using deception to deprive (someone) of money or possessions..

    The Wild Olympics Scam

    www.wildolympicsscam.com/

    stop the wild olympics, agenda 21, land grabs; will devastate rural communities.

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    July 18, 2016

    HOW WILD IS THIS LIBERAL NEWS REPORTING?

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     07.18.16

    Map released in support of Wild Olympics campaign; two outdoor retailers touting Peninsula’s nature, recreation

    Two popular outdoor clothing retailers are encouraging their customers to visit the Olympic Peninsula and support the Wild Olympics campaign.

    REI and Patagonia are promoting the Wild Olympics campaign at REI Seattle and online, encouraging customers to experience the diverse nature and outdoor recreation available on the North Olympic Peninsula.

    THE CAMPAIGN SUPPORTS THE PROPOSED WILD OLYMPICS WILDERNESS AND WILD & SCENIC RIVERS ACT, WHICH WAS REINTRODUCED LAST YEAR BY U.S. SEN. PATTY MURRAY, D-SEATTLE, AND U.S. REP. DEREK KILMER, D-GIG HARBOR.

    The bill would permanently protect more than 126,000 acres of new wilderness areas in Olympic National Forest and 19 Olympic Peninsula rivers and their tributaries as Wild and Scenic Rivers — the first ever on the Peninsula.

    Initiative’s shaping

    The effort comes out of a process involving local communities, businesses and economic leaders of the Olympic Peninsula who helped shape the initiative, organizers said.

    “For those of us that live on the Peninsula, we know about the natural beauty,” said state Rep. Steve THARINGER, A SEQUIM DEMOCRAT who represents the 24th Legislative District. “That’s the advantage of living here.

    “You can choose to walk on the spit or go up in the hills and walk in the Olympics. There’s a lot of folks that don’t know the variety we have here.”

    The North Olympic Timber Action Committee has been looking for a compromise to the legislation for the past several years that would help support the timber industry, said Carol Johnson, executive director.

    NOTAC substantially agrees with the concept of the proposal but wants to remove areas that are routinely logged, she said.

    “What we said is, make some adjustments to the proposal and bring into the plan a timber base that is routinely roaded,” she said.

    “Make that part of the plan so we can have a sustainable harvest level in perpetuity and have our support.”

    Connie Gallant, chair of the Wild Olympics, called the partnership with REI and Patagonia exciting.

    “It is our hope that legislation happens in the near future because it will benefit our economy and environment a great deal,” she said.

    Outdoor recreation groups REI and Patagonia unveiled a new “Destination Wild Olympics” map, highlighting some recreation places in the Wild Olympics proposal.

    To view the map, see http://tinyurl.com/PDN-wildolympicsmap.

    The map highlights some spots on the North Peninsula that locals will know well, including the Dungeness River, Dungeness Spit, Sol Duc River, Sol Duc Falls Trail and local rivers.

    THARINGER SAID one of the goals is to get more people outside the area enjoying the nature that is offered on the Peninsula.

    “It’s a way to highlight the beauty and the wilderness in the park,” he said.

    “When folks are searching on the internet for things to do outside, you’ll never know what will trigger their interest.”

    Port Angeles City Councilwoman SISSI BRUCH SAID she supports the new initiative.

    “The idea of encouraging people who love the outdoors to come to our pristine wilderness areas while supporting their preservation has great synergy,” she said.

    “This, in concert with Port Angeles’ designation as the second-best outdoor town, validates Port Angeles’ status as a world-class outdoor recreation destination and speaks highly of our need to protect this unique and pristine environment.”

    The campaign comes from lawmakers and the outdoor clothing companies’ desires to protect and promote the outdoors, Tharinger said.

    ‘Promoting the outdoors’

    “I served on a GOVERNOR’S TASK FORCE with people from REI, and they are interested in promoting the outdoors,” he said.

    “I think it’s a synergy between PATAGONIA, REI AND THE FOLKS INTERESTED IN GETTING THE LEGISLATION PASSED THROUGH CONGRESS.”

    THARINGER SAID there is concern about the designations regarding logging but that he doesn’t see an impact to the commercial logging industry.

    “Making these designations is not going to impact the timber supply, but it does bolster the tourist industry,” he said.

    Free hard copies of the map will also be available at REI retail outlets in the Puget Sound area.
    By:  Jesse Major
    Source: Peninsula Daily News

    The bottom line….

    Basically, the ignorance, of American citizens, is really, really critical for  THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN, WILDERNESS, WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS to pass.


  • WOW Stop the 2016 WILD OLYMPICS

    WOW STOP THE 2016 WILD OLYMPICS

    SAME WILD WA DC  AGGRESSORS

    SAME WAR ON WILD

    Jun 21, 2012 Dicks, Senators Murray and Cantwell and Rep. Kilmer started the WILD WILDERNESS OLYMPICS  WAR ON Jun 21, 2012. H.R. 5995 (112th). To designate and expand wilderness areas in Olympic National Forest in the State of Washington….

    AND THEY LOST

    Jan 16, 2014 – Dicks, Derek Kilmer, U.S. Senators. Patty Murray and Cantwell . The Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 2014 … Jan 17, 2014. H.R. 3922 (113th). To designate and expand wilderness areas in Olympic National Forest in the State of Washington…. , (also known as WILD OLYMPICS SCAM- WAR ON WILD)

    AND THEY LOST

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    NOW, THE SAME WILD WA DC AGGRESSORS

     ARE BACK IN 2016

    Jun 4, 2015 – WILD OLYMPICS: Senator Murray and Representative Kilmer Renew Push

    The Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act would designate 126,554 acres of existing federal land as wilderness in the Olympic National Forest and designate 464 river miles across 19 rivers and major tributaries on the Olympic Peninsula as Wild and Scenic Rivers.

     Jun 4, 2015  SENATOR MURRAY HAS INTRODUCED  SENATE BILLS  FOR WILDERNESS AND WILDING, SACRIFICING THE USE OF OUR PUBLIC NATIONAL PARKS, PRIVATE LANDS  AND RIVERS.  PLACING RESTRICTIONS ON PUBLIC AND PRIVATE RESOURCES, OF, AND IN WASHINGTON, IDAHO, CALIFORNIA, AND OREGON STATE

    INDEED, THE  LOSERS ARE BACK

    INSANITY: DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND EXPECTING DIFFERENT RESULTS.” – ALBERT EINSTEIN

    STOP THE WILD INSANITY IN WA DC

    IF  SENATORS  MURRAY, CANTWELL AND REPRESENTATIVE KILMER CAN NOT FUND AND MAINTAIN THE NATIONAL PARK LAND THAT THEY HAVE…

    National parks face $12 billion backlog – Business Insider

    www.businessinsider.com/ap-national-parks-face-12billi

    Business Insider Feb 5, 2016 – THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IS CELEBRATING ITS 100TH ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR, BUT THE SYSTEM FACES A MULTIBILLION DOLLAR MAINTENANCE BACKLOG THAT …

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    TAKE THE TIME TO CONTACT YOUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES IN WA DC AND ASK THEM TO STOP THIS WILD INSANITY,  PERPETUATED BY THE SAME LOSERS, AFFECTING WASHINGTON STATE, IDAHO, CALIFORNIA, AND OREGON.

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    Behind My Back | WOW Opposition to Wild Olympics

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/07/21/wow-opposition-to-wildolympics/

    Jul 21, 2015 – WOW Opposition to Wild Olympics Yesterday, Ross and I, (two 74 year old senior citizens) put up (12) “STOP WILD … The signs read “Stop Wild Olympics $900 Million Land Grab” …. Wild Olympics is More than a Scam » …

    The Wild Olympics Scam

    www.wildolympicsscam.com/

    stop the wild olympics, agenda 21, land grabs; will devastate rural communities.

    The bottom line

    WOW STOP THE 2016 WILD OLYMPICS

    MY RULE ALWAYS PUT THE BOTTOM LINE AT THE TOP.

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    YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A GENIUS TO FIGURE THIS OUT,

    BUT IT’S REASSURING  TO HAVE  EINSTEIN’S OPINION


  • FEMA’S $24 Billion Dollar Debt

    FEMA’S  $24 BILLION DOLLAR DEBT

    BASED ON THE DOCUMENTED  HISTORY OF FEMA

    APRIL 1, 1979 – APRIL 18, 2016

    FEMA manages the National Flood Insurance Program.

    OTHER PROGRAMS Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) PREVIOUSLY ADMINISTERED HAVE SINCE BEEN INTERNALIZED OR SHIFTED UNDER DIRECT DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY CONTROL.

    AFTER FEMA’S CREATION THROUGH REORGANIZATION AND EXECUTIVE ORDERS, CONGRESS CONTINUED TO EXPAND FEMA’S AUTHORITY BY ASSIGNING RESPONSIBILITIES TO IT.

    CONGRESS FUNDED the Federal Emergency Management Agency THROUGH A COMBINATION OF REGULAR APPROPRIATIONS AND EMERGENCY FUNDING IN RESPONSE TO EVENTS

    TODAY FEMA EXISTS AS A MAJOR AGENCY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. THE ADMINISTRATOR FOR FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTS DIRECTLY TO THE Secretary of Homeland Security.

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    bottom line…

    BASED ON THE DOCUMENTED HISTORY OF FEMA

    APRIL 1, 1979 – APRIL 18, 2016

    CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE….. EXECUTIVE ORDERS?

    SO, CONGRESS EXPANDED AND FUNDED FEMA

    CONGRESSIONAL FUNDED THE  $24 BILLION DOLLAR FEMA FINANCIAL DISASTER THROUGH A COMBINATION OF REGULAR APPROPRIATIONS AND EMERGENCY FUNDING IN RESPONSE TO EVENTS

     AND LEFT FEMA WITH A $24 BILLION DEBT, to trickle down to property owners, using the National Flood Insurance Program.

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    FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency as an independent agency (1979–2003)

    FEMA WAS ESTABLISHED UNDER THE 1978 REORGANIZATION PLAN NO. 3, AND ACTIVATED APRIL 1, 1979, BY PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER IN HIS EXECUTIVE ORDER 12127.

    In July, Carter signed Executive Order 12148 shifting disaster relief efforts to the new federal-level agency. Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA absorbed the Federal Insurance Administration, the National Fire Prevention and Control Administration, the National Weather Service Community Preparedness Program, the Federal Preparedness Agency of the General Services Administration and the Federal Disaster Assistance Administration activities from HUD.

    FEMA WAS ALSO GIVEN THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR OVERSEEING THE NATION’S CIVIL DEFENSE, A FUNCTION WHICH HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN PERFORMED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE’S DEFENSE CIVIL PREPAREDNESS AGENCY.

    In 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed James Lee Witt as FEMA Director.

    In 1996, the agency was elevated to cabinet rank. This was not continued by President George W. Bush. Witt initiated reforms that would help to streamline the disaster recovery and mitigation process.

    The end of the Cold War also allowed the agency’s resources to be turned away from civil defense to natural disaster preparedness.

    After Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA’s creation through reorganization and executive orders, Congress continued to expand Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA’s authority by assigning responsibilities to it.

    THOSE RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE DAM SAFETY UNDER THE NATIONAL DAM SAFETY PROGRAM ACT …….

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    JAN 13, 2016 UPDATE

    Dam Safety in the United States: A Progress Report on the …

    https://www.fema.gov/…/16240

    Federal Emergency Management Agency

    JAN 13, 2016 – This report on the National Dam Safety Program (NDSP) for Fiscal Year … The Dam Safety Act of 2006 states that the Administrator of FEMA will …

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    disaster assistance under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act; earthquake hazards reduction under the Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of 1977 and further expanded by Executive Order 12699, regarding safety requirements for federal buildings and Executive Order 12941, concerning the need for cost estimates to seismically retrofit federal buildings;

    EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER UNDER THE STEWART B. MCKINNEY HOMELESS ASSISTANCE ACT OF 1987;

    hazardous materials, under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986;

    IN ADDITION, FEMA RECEIVED AUTHORITY FOR COUNTER TERRORISM THROUGH THE NUNN-LUGAR-DOMENICI AMENDMENT

     UNDER THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION ACT OF 1996,

    WHICH WAS A RESPONSE TO THE RECOGNIZED VULNERABILITIES OF THE U.S. AFTER THE SARIN GAS ATTACK ON THE TOKYO SUBWAY IN 1995.

    CONGRESS FUNDED FEMA THROUGH A COMBINATION OF REGULAR APPROPRIATIONS AND EMERGENCY FUNDING IN RESPONSE TO EVENTS

    FEMA under Department of Homeland Security (2003–present)

    President George W. Bush signs the Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2004

    Following the September 11, 2001, attacks,

    Congress passed the Homeland Security Act of 2002, which created the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to better coordinate among the different federal agencies that deal with law enforcement, disaster preparedness and recovery,

    BORDER PROTECTION

     and civil defense.

     Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA was absorbed into DHS effective March 1, 2003. As a result, FEMA became part of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate of Department of Homeland Security,

    Additionally, upon incorporation into Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA was legally dissolved and a new Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate was established in DHS to replace it.

    Following enactment of the Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006

    FEMA WAS REESTABLISHED AS AN ENTITY WITHIN DHS, ON MARCH 31, 2007.

    EMPLOYING MORE THAN 2,600 FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES.

    IT BECAME THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY AGAIN ON MARCH 31, 2007, but remained in DHS.

    President Bush appointed Michael D. Brown as FEMA’s director in January 2003.

    BROWN WARNED IN SEPTEMBER 2003

     THAT FEMA’S ABSORPTION INTO DHS WOULD MAKE A MOCKERY OF FEMA’S NEW MOTTO, “A NATION PREPARED”, AND WOULD “FUNDAMENTALLY SEVER FEMA FROM ITS CORE FUNCTIONS”, “SHATTER AGENCY MORALE” AND “BREAK LONGSTANDING, EFFECTIVE AND TESTED RELATIONSHIPS WITH STATES AND FIRST RESPONDER STAKEHOLDERS”.

    THE INEVITABLE RESULT OF THE REORGANIZATION OF 2003, WARNED BROWN, WOULD BE “AN INEFFECTIVE AND UNCOORDINATED RESPONSE” TO A TERRORIST ATTACK OR A NATURAL DISASTER.

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    APR 4, 2016

     THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY FEMA HAS A  $24 BILLION DOLLAR DEBT

    CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE….. CONGRESS FUNDED AND EXPANDED  FEMA THROUGH A COMBINATION OF REGULAR APPROPRIATIONS AND EMERGENCY FUNDING IN RESPONSE TO EVENTS

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    Hurricane Katrina in 2005 demonstrated that the vision of further unification of functions and another reorganization could not address the problems FEMA had previously faced. The “Final Report of the Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina”, released February 15, 2006, by the U.S. Government Printing Office, revealed that federal funding to states for “all hazards” disaster preparedness needs was not awarded unless the local agencies made the purposes for the funding a “just terrorism” function.

    Emergency management professionals testified that funds for preparedness for natural hazards was given less priority than preparations for counter terrorism measures. Testimony also expressed the opinion that the mission to mitigate vulnerability and prepare for natural hazard disasters before they occurred had been separated from disaster preparedness functions, making the nation more vulnerable to known hazards, like hurricanes.

    Organization

    During the debate of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, some called for FEMA to remain as an independent agency. Later, following the failed response to Hurricane Katrina, CRITICS CALLED FOR FEMA TO BE REMOVED FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY.

    TODAY FEMA EXISTS AS A MAJOR AGENCY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. THE ADMINISTRATOR FOR FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTS DIRECTLY TO THE Secretary of Homeland Security.

    IN MARCH 2003, FEMA JOINED 22 OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES, PROGRAMS AND OFFICES IN BECOMING THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. The new department, headed by Secretary Tom Ridge, brought a coordinated approach to national security from emergencies and disasters – both natural and man-made.

    FEMA manages the National Flood Insurance Program. Other programs FEMA previously administered have since been internalized or shifted under direct DHS control.

    FEMA is also home to the National Continuity Programs Directorate (formerly the Office of National Security Coordination). ONSC was responsible for developing, exercising, and validating agency wide continuity of operations and continuity of government plans as well as overseeing and maintaining continuity readiness including the Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center. ONSC also coordinated the continuity efforts of other Federal Executive Agencies.

    FEMA began administering the Center for Domestic Preparedness in 2007.

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    BASED ON THE DOCUMENTED  HISTORY OF FEMA

    APRIL 1, 1979 – APRIL 18, 2016

    BROWN WARNED IN SEPTEMBER 2003

     THAT FEMA’S ABSORPTION INTO DHS WOULD MAKE A MOCKERY OF FEMA’S NEW MOTTO, “A NATION PREPARED”, AND WOULD “FUNDAMENTALLY SEVER FEMA FROM ITS CORE FUNCTIONS”, “SHATTER AGENCY MORALE” AND “BREAK LONGSTANDING, EFFECTIVE AND TESTED RELATIONSHIPS WITH STATES AND FIRST RESPONDER STAKEHOLDERS”.

    THE INEVITABLE RESULT OF THE REORGANIZATION OF 2003, WARNED BROWN, WOULD BE “AN INEFFECTIVE AND UNCOORDINATED RESPONSE” TO A TERRORIST ATTACK OR A NATURAL DISASTER.

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    CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE….. CONGRESS EXPANDED AND FUNDED FEMA

    CONGRESS FUNDED THE  $24 BILLION FINANCIAL DISASTER THROUGH A COMBINATION OF REGULAR APPROPRIATIONS AND EMERGENCY FUNDING IN RESPONSE TO EVENTS

     AND LEFT FEMA WITH A $24 BILLION DEBT

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    CFACTS  BELOW, DON’T COVER DFACTS OF FEMA HISTORY

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    CFACT – FEMA is experiencing a disaster of its own making …

    https://www.facebook.com/cfact/posts/10154015097060281

    … a disaster of its own making — a balance sheet that is $24 billion under water. Now it … April 4, 2016 by Larry Bell, 0 Comments Tweet Tweet The Federal …

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    FEMA MANAGES THE National Flood Insurance Program.

    Letters & Testimony

    TCS Testimony on National Flood Insurance Reform

    January 12, 2016

    Today, TCS Vice President Steve Ellis testified at a House Financial Services hearing on “How to Create a More Robust and Private Flood Insurance Marketplace.”…

     

    The Clock is Ticking on Flood Insurance Reform

    April 08, 2016 | The Hill – Congress Blog

    With national flood insurance on the verge of a financial crisis, consensus is growing for reforms that will ensure the program can continue to pay claims and protect people in harm’s way….

    Groups Join to Push Flood Insurance Reform

    April 12, 2016 | Property Casualty 360

    Legislators and stakeholders would like to get a bill extending and reforming the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) put together this…

     

    April 17, 2016

    16 Million in Plains States Threatened by Severe Storms …

    www.nbcnews.com/…/16million-plains-states-threatened-…

    NBCNews.com

    14 hours ago – More than 16 million people were threatened by severe weather Sunday … NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) April 17, 2016 … Meanwhile, another 12 million people in the Plains were under flash flood warnings and watches or …

    12 Million Under Flood Warnings in South as Reported …

    www.nbcnews.com/…/12-millionunderfloodwarnings-s…

    NBCNews.com

    MAR 16, 2016 – More than 12 million people were still under flood warnings across the South as the region struggled to recover … Mar 16 2016, 6:07 am ET …

    16 Million in Plains States Threatened by Severe Storms Bringing Wet Snow, Heavy Rain

    NBCNews.com‎ – 14 hours ago

    More than 16 million people were threatened by severe … Meanwhile, another 12 million people in the Plains were under flash flood warnings and watches or severe weather …

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    More than 18 million in 13 states under flood warning – WJXT

    www.news4jax.com/…/floodwarning-for-13-states-including-geo…

    WJXT

    DEC 30, 2015 – More than 18 million people in 13 states-including Georgia are under a flood warning, Wednesday morning. Over the past few days, flooding …


  • How Dam Dumb is the US Government?

    How Dam Dumb is The US Government?

    Drought and Flooding in U.S.A are a DAM  shame.

    APRIL 14, 2016 EMAIL FROM SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL

     She’s Just saying… DROUGHT IS A  SHAME

    An unprecedented drought last year and 15 YEARS OF DROUGHT ACROSS THE AMERICAN WEST have demonstrated the need to rethink U.S. water management for the 21st Century. Since 1980, droughts have cost the United States more than $200 billion. The drought last year caused widespread and serious impacts for communities, agriculture, industry and the environment. As drought is predicted to continue in the coming years and as communities throughout the United States face significant water-security challenges, it is a crucial time to evaluate and develop new strategies at the national level.

    Just saying…Senator Cantwell does not mention the removal of Dams or Flooding, period

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    MAR 24, 2016 – FLOOD IS THE LARGEST CONTRIBUTOR TO CATASTROPHIC LOSS WORLDWIDE.

    Just asking? April 16, 2016

    WHY DOES THE U.S. GOVERNMENT (MEMBERS OF CONGRESS)

    REFUSE TO CONNECT THE COST OF THE REMOVAL OF DAMS?

    WITH LOSS OF HYDROELECTRIC WATER POWER?

    WITH  THE COST OF DROUGHT?

    THE COST OF FLOODING?

    THE COST OF FEMA?

    AND THE COST OF MANDATORY NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE?

    How Dam Dumb do they think American Voting Taxpaying citizens are?

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    Just saying… June 28, 2013,  nearly three years ago

    Flooding is a Dam Shame

    Posted on June 28, 2013 7:31 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    DROUGHT IS A DAM SHAME

    CHINA WAS SO DAM SMART THAT THEY BUILT THE BIGGEST DAM IN THE WORLD.

    The U.S. Government (CONGRESS) IS SO DAM  DUMB THEY HAVE allowed the removal  800/1100 DAMS IN THE USA

    A DAM shame drought and flooding … A Congressional Disaster

    THE USA DAM REMOVAL POLICY CREATES LOSS OF DAM LIFE, DAM MISERY AND DAM SUFFERING FOR MILLIONS OF DAM AMERICANS EVERY DAM YEAR.

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    HE WHO CONTROLS THE WATER CONTROLS THE WORLD?

    Behind My Back | WOTUS “Water Runs Down Hill”

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/09/04/wotus-water-runs-down-hill/

    Sep 4, 2015 – … fields that are fallow, sitting idle this year, because of the drought,” he said. … A Congressional Disaster · A DAM SHAME DROUGHT AND FLOODING …

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    The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is the primary underwriter of flood insurance policies in the United States. The program was established in 1968 through the passage of the National Flood Insurance Act.

    SO?  Congress mandated federally regulated or insured lenders to require flood insurance on properties that are located in areas at high risk of flooding.

    FEMA Flood Map Service Center | Welcome!

    https://msc.fema.gov/

    Federal Emergency Management Agency

    The FEMA Flood Map Service Center (MSC) is the official public source for flood hazard information produced in support of the National Flood Insurance …

    ADDING INSULT TO MANDATORY FLOOD INSURANCE…

    Behind My Back | 2014 FEMA’s Warped Data?

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/03/22/2014-femaswarpeddata/

    Mar 22, 2014 – From Maine to Oregon 2014 FEMA FLOOD MAPS have often been built using outdated, inaccurate data. Homeowners, in turn, have to bear the …

    THE USA DAM REMOVAL POLICY CREATES LOSS OF DAM LIFE, DAM MISERY AND DAM SUFFERING FOR MILLIONS OF DAM AMERICANS EVERY DAM YEAR.

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    Just saying… June 28, 2013,  nearly three years ago

    Flooding is a Dam Shame

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    Just saying… April 16, 2016

    A NON- GOVERNMENT AGENCY CLAIMS THEY ARE THE NATIONAL LEADERS OF/IN  THE U.S. CONGRESS FOR REMOVING DAMS.

    HAS THE CONGRESS OF UNITED STATES GOT A GREEN RING IN IT’S NOSE?

    JULY 6TH, 2009

    WA DC AMERICAN RIVERS CALLED ON CONGRESS TO FULLY FUND THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND (LWCF) THIS YEAR.  UNDER REPRESENTATIVE NORM DICKS’S (D-WA) LEADERSHIP, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PROVIDED AN INVESTMENT OF ALMOST $400 MILLION FOR THE LWCF. 

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    ACCORDING TO AMERICAN RIVERS THEY ARE THE NATIONAL LEADER IN REMOVING OUTDATED AND UNSAFE DAMS, and improving the operations of hydropower dams. Learn More »

    Jun 12, 2013 – According to American Rivers, 65 US dams were removed in 2012, joining the nearly 1,100 dams that have been removed across the US since 1912. Nearly 800 of those dams were removed in the past 20 years. … World Map …

    ACCORDING TO AMERICAN RIVERS WE ARE HELPING COMMUNITIES IMPROVE THEIR FLOOD PROTECTION

    ACCORDING TO AMERICAN RIVERS THEY FIGHT TO PROTECT OUR NATION’S LAST, BEST FREE-FLOWING RIVERS WITH WILD AND SCENIC RIVER DESIGNATIONS.

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    JULY 6TH, 2009

    WA DC AMERICAN RIVERS CALLED ON CONGRESS TO FULLY FUND THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND (LWCF) THIS YEAR.  UNDER REPRESENTATIVE NORM DICKS’S (D-WA) LEADERSHIP, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PROVIDED AN INVESTMENT OF ALMOST $400 MILLION FOR THE LWCF. 

    EASY-TO-SEARCH FEDERAL FUNDING DATABASE FOR SUCH PROJECTS

    This database provides information on

    STATE AND FEDERAL FUNDING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS FOR RECREATION AND CONSERVATION PROJECTS. IT INCLUDING MORE THAN 80 FEDERAL AND 30 STATE SPECIFIC PROGRAMS FOR PROJECTS RANGING FROM NEW RIVER ACCESS POINTS TO HABITAT RESTORATION AND LAND PROTECTION.

    THESE FUNDS WILL BE USED ACROSS THE COUNTRY to protect critical watersheds and, in conjunction with previously preserved waterways, WILL FORM THE BASE OF THE NATIONAL BLUE TRAILS SYSTEM. – October 1st, 2014  American Rivers Launches New Blue Trails Guide

    SINCE 2008, THE CONSERVATION ALLIANCE HAS GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED AMERICAN RIVERS’ WORK to protect 150 miles of the most pristine Wild & Scenic Rivers in the North Cascades.

    THE CONSERVATION ALLIANCE IS A GROUP OF MORE THAN 185 OUTDOOR INDUSTRY COMPANIES THAT DISBURSES COLLECTIVE ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES TO GRASSROOTS ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS, SUCH AS AMERICAN RIVERS.

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    behindmyback.org

      CATEGORY ARCHIVES LWCF $450 MILLION IN 2016

      Obama Plus the LWFC Land Grabs

    Posted on February 22, 2016 1:19 pm by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    OBAMA’S PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LAND GRABS PLUS THE LWFC?

    Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a Federal program

    AS OF OCTOBER 2015, DESCRIBING IT (LWCF) AS A “SLUSH FUND”, ROB BISHOP (R) OF UTAH, CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE, HAD BLOCKED A VOTE ON REAUTHORIZATION.

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     JULY 6TH, 2009

    (Washington, DC) —  A new wide-ranging report released today by the private, bipartisan Outdoor Resources Review Group recommends creating a new nationwide system –

    AMERICAN RIVERS CALLED ON CONGRESS TO FULLY FUND THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND (LWCF) THIS YEAR.  UNDER REPRESENTATIVE NORM DICKS’S (D-WA) LEADERSHIP, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PROVIDED AN INVESTMENT OF ALMOST $400 MILLION FOR THE LWCF. 

    October 1st, 2014

    – See more at: http://www.americanrivers.org/blog/american-rivers-launches-blue-trails-guide/#sthash.wUNCgH58.dpuf and boost river health. Learn More »

    Blue Trails Climate Change Dams & Dam Removal Discover Rivers Floods & Floodplains Fracking Grants Hydropower Most Endangered Rivers National River Cleanup River Restoration Stormwater & Sewage Take Action Urban Rivers Water Pollution Water Supply Wild and Scenic Rivers

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    Flooding is a Dam Shame

    Posted on June 28, 2013 7:31 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    DROUGHT IS A DAM SHAME

    CHINA WAS SO DAM SMART THAT THEY BUILT THE BIGGEST DAM IN THE WORLD.

    HE WHO CONTROLS THE WATER CONTROLS THE WORLD?

    IN THE USA THE GOVERNMENT WAS AND IS SO DAM STUPID THEY DECIDED THAT HYDRO ELECTRIC POWER WAS NOT DAM CLEAN, DAM CHEAP, DAM RENEWABLE DAM ENERGY, NOT DAM FLOOD CONTROL AND NOT DAM DROUGHT AND DAM PROPERTY LOSS PREVENTION.

    THE DAM CHINESE GOVERNMENT IS SO DAM SMART THEY WORK IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE DAM PEOPLE.

    THE CHINESE DAM PREVENTS THE DAM LOSS OF LIFE, BILLIONS OF DAM DOLLARS IN PROPERTY DAMAGE, PROVIDES DAM CHEAP, DAM CLEAN, DAM RENEWABLE, DAM ENERGY AND HELPS KEEP THEIR DAM ECONOMY STRONG.

    THE CHINESE DAM CONTROLS THE DAM WATER RELEASES THE DAM WATER TO ELIMINATE THE DAM DROUGHTS

    WHAT PART OF THIS DAM CHINESE POLICY DOES THE DAM US GOVERNMENT NOT UNDERSTAND?

    THE US GOVERNMENT IS SO DAM DUMB

     THEY WORK FOR THE DAM NON-GOVERNMENT LOBBYIST

    AND THE DAM NON-GOVERNMENT SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS.

     SAVE THE DAM SALMON AT WHAT COST?

    AS DICTATED BY THE DAM US GOVERNMENT

    THE BEST DAM INTEREST OF THE DAM PEOPLE IN THE USA BE DAMMED

    THE DAM PEOPLE IN THE DAM USA ARE FLOODED AND CLEANING UP THE DAM WATER DAMAGE FOR SIX DAM MONTHS OF THE YEAR.

    THE DAM PEOPLE IN THE USA SUFFER THE DAM DROUGHT FOR THE OTHER SIX DAM MONTHS OF THE YEAR

    THE CHINESE DAM CONCEPT IS TO BUILD AND KEEP DAMS TO PROVIDE CLEAN RENEWABLE ELECTRIC POWER, CONTROL THE DAM WATER AND PREVENT THE DAM FLOODING AND RELEASE THE DAM WATER TO PREVENT DROUGHT

    THE USA DAM REMOVAL POLICY CREATES LOSS OF DAM LIFE, DAM MISERY AND DAM SUFFERING FOR MILLIONS OF DAM AMERICANS EVERY DAM YEAR.

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    Flooding is a Dam Shame

    Posted on June 28, 2013 7:31 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    Just saying… June 28, 2013

    Just asking?  April 16, 2016

    How Dam Dumb is The US Government?

    Drought and Flooding in U.S.A are a DAM  shame.

     FLOODING IS A DAM SHAME

    MAR 24, 2016 – FLOOD IS THE LARGEST CONTRIBUTOR TO CATASTROPHIC LOSS WORLDWIDE.

    HE WHO CONTROLS THE WATER CONTROLS THE WORLD?

    Behind My Back | WOTUS “Water Runs Down Hill”

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/09/04/wotus-water-runs-down-hill/

    SEPT 4, 2015 – … fields that are fallow, sitting idle this year, because of the drought,” he said. … A Congressional Disaster · A DAM SHAME DROUGHT AND FLOODING …

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    MAR 24, 2016 – FLOOD IS THE LARGEST CONTRIBUTOR TO CATASTROPHIC LOSS WORLDWIDE. … Agency and the US Congress to determine how the National Flood Insurance Program … and the inertia around the status quo could endure until loss events occur that force reactionary funding from the public sector

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    ‘Catastrophic damage’: Midwest flood death toll rises to 24 …

    www.theguardian.com › US News › Missouri The Guardian Jan 3, 2016

    Spate of storms and flooding results in $3.5bn loss to U.S. …

    aon.mediaroom.com/2016-04-06-Spate-of-storms-and-flooding-results-i… Apr 6, 2016 – The report reveals that seven severe U.S. convective storm events

    Nat Cat | GCCapitalIdeas.com

    www.gccapitalideas.com/tag/nat-cat/

    March 22nd, 2016

    Risk Financing for Flood: Emerging Opportunities

    Posted at 1:00 AM ET

    Flood is the largest contributor to catastrophic loss worldwide. Recent initiatives from Guy Carpenter and Marsh & McLennan Companies, both involving the peril of flood, demonstrate the diversity of approaches that can be brought to bear. In the United Kingdom, we are involved in a project where the insurance industry is working in concert with the government to adjust the industry’s approach to the peril of flood and maintain the private sector’s role as the source of insurance protection without a resultant increase in the public sector’s liability.

    IN THE UNITED STATES, A PROJECT IS BEING SPONSORED BY THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY AND THE US CONGRESS TO DETERMINE HOW THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM MIGHT BE PRIVATIZED AND HOW IT MIGHT UTILIZE REINSURANCE TO SUPPORT ITS RISK MANAGEMENT EFFORTS, AND THEREBY MOVE POTENTIAL LOSS EXPOSURE OFF THE PUBLIC BALANCE SHEET.

    Continue reading…

    March 24th, 2016

    US Flood – The Road Ahead

    Posted at 1:00 AM ET

    The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is the primary underwriter of flood insurance policies in the United States. The program was established in 1968 through the passage of the National Flood Insurance Act.

    Continue reading…

    March 29th, 2016

    Risk Analytic Tools, Part I

    Posted at 1:00 AM ET

    Public sector-related data can be expansive, containing census data, property risk characteristics, historical loss information, risk rating matrices and natural hazard event scientific tracking. In order to facilitate packaging the sometimes unwieldy data in a way that is useful for risk decision making, utilizing outside resources to improve data transparency can be valuable. Public sector resources devoted to building tools that measure risks that are perceived as “uninsurable” can unlock private sector funding.

    Continue reading…

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    Risk Analytic Tools, Part II

    Posted at 1:00 AM ET

    In addition to internal risk management, models are typically used in risk transfer negotiations. Both traditional and alternative risk markets require extensive analysis of portfolios when considering risk transfer. Sharing a portfolio’s standardized model output is critical to imparting the loss potential of a particular portfolio from which risk-capital can be unlocked to support the risk financing needs of a reinsurance buyer. Using technology is critical when partnering governments with the private sector. Whether partnering with developed or emerging economies, these tools bring together the risk knowledge and historical data of the public sector with risk management techniques of the insurance industry. The result is an enhanced understanding of risk that provides stability and attracts partners.

    Continue reading…

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    March 28th, 2016

    Closing the Protection Gap

    Posted at 1:00 AM ET

    We have identified seven preconditions essential in the movement towards resiliency and de-risking public sector exposure.

    Continue reading…

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    April 7th, 2016

    US Residual Markets, Part I

    Posted at 1:00 AM ET

    The US residual property insurance market segment is comprised of Fair Access to Insurance Requirements (FAIR) Plans, Beach and Windstorm Plans and two state run insurance companies – Florida Citizens Property Insurance Company (Florida Citizens) and Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (Louisiana Citizens). These insurance facilities grew out of the civil strife in the 1960s to ensure continued access to insurance in urban areas. Over time they have evolved and their mandate has grown beyond their urban focus. Today these facilities are significant providers of some of the most wind- and earthquake-exposed property insurance in the country.

    Continue reading…

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    April 11th, 2016

    US Residual Markets, Part II

    Posted at 1:00 AM ET

    The recent 2015 reinsurance renewals in this area demonstrated further expansion in the manner and means by which these insurance providers utilize private-sector capital to support their businesses. Traditional reinsurance remains a core component of most residual market risk financing programs. Typically these risk financing plans will also rely on retained profit, assessments and debt facilities in concert with the various forms of reinsurance to manage their exposures. The utilization of alternative risk financing capital through catastrophe bonds and/or collateralized reinsurance continues to grow with eight of 12 facilities that utilize traditional reinsurance also accessing risk transfer capacity through catastrophe bonds and/or collateralized reinsurance to help manage their loss exposures. The chart below details the increasingly diverse set of risk financing approaches employed by 11 coastal markets.

    Continue reading…

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    MAR 24, 2016 – FLOOD IS THE LARGEST CONTRIBUTOR TO CATASTROPHIC LOSS WORLDWIDE. Agency and the US Congress to determine how the National Flood Insurance Program … and the inertia around the status quo could endure until loss events occur that force reactionary funding from the public sector (1). … February 25th, 2016 …

    In the United States, a project is being sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the US Congress to determine how the National Flood Insurance Program might be privatized and how it might utilize reinsurance to support its risk management efforts, and thereby move potential loss exposure off the public balance sheet.

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    WHAT HAS THE WORLD BANK AND THE WORLD COMMISSION ON DAMS REPORT GOT TO DO WITH  DAMS IN THE U.S.A.?

    WHAT HAS THE UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE, TRUTH COMMISSION: COMMISSION FOR HISTORICAL CLARIFICATION (COMISIÓN PARA EL … UNITY (URNG),

    AND THE U.N. SECRETARY GENERAL ON FEBRUARY 25, 1999.

    GOT TO DO WITH  DAMS IN THE U.S.A.?

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    the world bank & the world commission on dams report q&a

    siteresources.worldbank.org/INTWRD/…/WB&WCDQ&A.p…

    World Bank

    The World Bank believes that the World Commission on Dams Report has made a great contribution in framing many of the major issues in this contentious and …

    The World Bank Versus the World Commission on Dams

    www.water-alternatives.org/index.php/allabs/99-a3-2-22/file

    by R Goodland – ‎2010 – ‎Cited by 9 – ‎Related articles

    KEYWORDS: World Bank, hydropower, big dams, oustees, displacement, …..

    Truth Commission: Guatemala | United States Institute of …

    www.usip.org/…/truth-commissionguate

    United States Institute of Peace

    Truth Commission: Commission for Historical Clarification (Comisión para el … Unity (URNG), and the U.N. Secretary General on February 25, 1999. The report …

     


  • What’s Upstream? in Olympia and Bellingham

    EPA: What’s Upstream is a misuse of federal funds …

    www.capitalpress.com/…/epawhatsupstream-is-a-misuse-of…
    Capital Press

    3 days ago – In a turnaround, the Environmental Protection Agency says a media campaign to link farmers with water pollution has been a misuse of EPA …In a turnaround, the Environmental Protection Agency says a media campaign to link farmers with water pollution has been a misuse of EPA funds.

    Don Jenkins Capital Press Published on April 5, 2016 11:31AM

    Last changed on April 5, 2016 6:12PM

    Photo courtesy of Save Family Farming
A billboard near Bellingham, Wash., promotes a campaign funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Kansas Republican Pat Roberts, calls the billboards a disturbing and malicious attack on farmers. On Tuesday, the EPA said it was withdrawing its support for the campaign.

    Photo courtesy of Save Family Farming A billboard near Bellingham, Wash., promotes a campaign funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Kansas Republican Pat Roberts, calls the billboards a disturbing and malicious attack on farmers. On Tuesday, the EPA said it was withdrawing its support for the campaign.

    The Environmental Protection Agency today reversed course and said EPA funds should not have been used to finance What’s Upstream, a media campaign to arouse public support in Washington state for stricter regulations on agriculture.The campaign, a collaboration between a tribe and environmental groups, raised the ire of farm groups and drew a rebuke Monday from Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan…….. (read full text on link))

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    EPA’s reversal on What’s Upstream rings hollow to ag groups

    www.capitalpress.com/…/epas-reversal-on-whatsupstream-ri…
    Capital Press
    3 days ago – The Environmental Protection Agency says grant recipients misused federal funds in waging media campaign against farmers, but agriculture …
    The Environmental Protection Agency says grant recipients misused federal funds in waging media campaign against farmers, but agriculture groups say the agency needs to explain why the grant was awarded in the first place.
    Don Jenkins Capital Press Published on April 5, 2016 6:16PM

    Last changed on April 6, 2016 10:55AM

    Don Jenkins/Capital PressA billboard in Olympia advertises a website that advocates for stricter regulations on farmers. A tribe and environmental groups put up this billboard and one in Bellingham with a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The billboard fails to dislcose the funding source, as required by the terms of the grant.

    Don Jenkins/Capital Press A billboard in Olympia advertises a website that advocates for stricter regulations on farmers. A tribe and environmental groups put up this billboard and one in Bellingham with a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The billboard fails to disclose the funding source, as required by the terms of the grant.

     

    The Environmental Protection Agency reversed course Tuesday and said EPA funds should not have been used to finance What’s Upstream, a media campaign to arouse public support in Washington state for stricter regulations on agriculture.The change in position pleased farm advocates, but also left them asking why EPA allowed the campaign in the first place.

    “It’s nice EPA recognized what seems obvious,” said Washington State Dairy Federation policy director Jay Gordon. “But who … decided this was acceptable for federal funding?”

    What’s Upstream, a partnership between the Swinomish Indian tribe in northwestern Washington and environmental groups,

    has been funded with nearly $600,000 in EPA grants.

    The tribe used some of the money to hire a public relations firm, Strategies 360, and kept EPA informed as the firm crafted a campaign to influence a “malleable” public.

    Until Tuesday, the EPA had refrained from commenting on the campaign’s substance other than to say it did not violate prohibitions on using federal funds to lobby, even though What’s Upstream sought to organize a letter-writing campaign to state lawmakers.

    In a statement, the EPA took to task the grant’s original recipient, the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, and the Swinomish tribe.

    The commission, a consortium of 20 tribes, “sub-awarded” the money to the tribe.

    “The consortium made a sub-award for a campaign which should not be using EPA funds. We are in the process of correcting that,” an EPA spokesman said in a written statement.

    Efforts to reach the commission and tribe were unsuccessful.

    Two U.S. senators Tuesday sent a letter to EPA Inspector General Arthur A. Elkins Jr. requesting an investigation into how the grant funds were used.

    “We are troubled to learn that EPA’s financial assistance appears to improperly fund an advocacy campaign in Washington state that unfairly targets and demonizes farmers and ranchers,” wrote Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts and Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, both Republicans.

    Roberts, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, and Inhofe, who chairs the Environment Committee, zeroed in on whether the letter-writing campaign amounted to illegally funded lobbying and political activities.

    “The fact that the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission campaign website fully or partially funded by the EPA enables the public to use a script criticizing agricultural producers in an effort to influence lawmakers deserves immediate legal scrutiny,” the senators wrote.

    An Inspector General spokesman Tuesday said the agency doesn’t confirm or deny the existence of any ongoing investigation.

    IG investigators have already had a preliminary telephone conference call with farm groups, though it’s unclear whether the office will conduct a full investigation.

    “Based on our conversations with the people from the inspector general’s office, we think it is a pretty significant issue for the EPA,” said Save Family Farming director Gerald Baron, who participated in the call.

    Save Family Farming, based in northwestern Washington, was recently formed to respond to critics of farming practices.

    Baron said EPA should be held accountable.

    “I think it’s dishonest for them to try to put the responsibility for this on the grantee,” he said. “The record shows they were very closely involved in the content.”

    The tribe submitted regular reports to EPA over several years as Strategies 360 polled voters and met with focus groups. The polling found that voters were largely unconcerned about water pollution and held farmers in high regard, though the public relations firm reported that opinions could be changed with the right message.

    EPA distanced itself from the campaign one day after Roberts rebuked EPA for funding it.

    “The tone and content of this outside campaign does not represent the views of the EPA,” the EPA spokesman said.

    In a statement issued Monday, Roberts directed his ire at What’s Upstream billboards put up in Olympia and Bellingham, Wash., calling them “disturbing” and “malicious.”

    The billboards, which advertise the campaign’s website, picture dairy cows standing in a stream. The words say: “Unregulated agriculture is putting our waterways at risk.”

    The billboards do not disclose that they were funded by the EPA, a standard requirement for all EPA-funded materials.

    Gordon, himself a dairy farmer in Western Washington, said he was especially pained to see the billboard on a busy street in Olympia.

    “Seeing that right in the middle of Olympia, knowing it was paid for by taxpayer dollars, that was the one that hit me the hardest,” he said. “When you see it, you just go, ‘It’s just not fair.’”

    The environmental groups involved in What’s Upstream defend the campaign as public education, a permissible use of the EPA grant.

    “I still contend its use was for public education and was not a misuse of funds,” said Trish Rolfe, director of the Center for Environmental Law and Policy. “It (whatsupstream.com) is an educational website. It doesn’t lobby for or against a particular piece of legislation.”

    The EPA did not elaborate on what its next step will be.

    The agency should act quickly, Baron said.

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    Two billboards that violate federal rules governing EPA funding, which appear to lobby for …

    By Rich Keller, Editor, Ag Professional

    Two billboards that violate federal rules governing EPA funding, which appear to lobby for new state legislation to limit farmers activities that environmental groups claim pollute waterways, has caused quite a stir in Washington state and Washington, D.C.

    A coalition of environmental groups in Washington state put up two billboards with the same photo and headline promote “What’s Upstream,” a campaign developed by a public relations firm to link agriculture with water pollution. It appears that a large amount of the money for the campaign and billboards are being financed by an EPA grant to the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission and controlled by the Swinomish Indian tribe.

    According to regulations, the billboards should mention financial support from the EPA, but they don’t, and EPA officials have agreed it was a mistake. The second concern is that money is being used for political lobbying, which is also contrary to use of federal grant funds. Of course, the EPA says the What’s Upstream campaign isn’t strictly political lobbying. Third, farmers and legislators from agricultural districts see the EPA aligning itself with anti-agriculture forces of environmental activists, and this isn’t appropriate for an agency that should be unbiased before evaluating specific regulations.

    The billboards show three cows standing in a stream with the headline: “Unregulated agriculture is putting our waterways at risk.” The environmental groups along with the Indian tribe—Puget Soundkeeper, Western Environmental Law Center and Center for Environmental Law and Policy—say the What’s Upstream is simply of educational nature.

    This whole situation about the billboards and the EPA handing out of grant money was first uncovered by Capital Press, but this has grown into more than a state issue.

    The chairmen of two Senate committees are calling for an investigation into billboards in Washington state that blame agriculture for polluting waterways because they apparently were funded by a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.

    Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), chairman of the Agriculture Committee are requesting an audit and investigation of the EPA grant.

    Sen. Roberts released a statement regarding the anti-agriculture billboard. “This disturbing billboard is a bold example of exactly what America’s farmers and ranchers complain about all the time: the EPA has an agenda antagonistic to producers. Whether it’s overly burdensome and costly regulations or something as obvious as this malicious billboard, the EPA has much to answer for in maligning those that grow the food and fiber to feed the world. Our farmers and ranchers are stewards of the land and want to see our natural resources protected as much as any other American.

    “While there are legal concerns with the lack of disclosure of EPA’s involvement, the billboard is another example of EPA’s improper practice of encouraging the lobbying of legislators. How and why the EPA has allowed taxpayer dollars to be used to attack any industry, including our vital agriculture producers, demands answers.”


  • Exceptionalism Made American Great

    Exceptionalism Made American Great

    American Exceptionalism stems from the United States emergence from the American Revolution.

    Political scientist Seymour Martin Lipset called it “THE FIRST NEW NATION” DEVELOPING A UNIQUELY AMERICAN IDEOLOGY, “AMERICANISM”, BASED ON LIBERTY, EGALITARIANISM, INDIVIDUALISM, REPUBLICANISM, DEMOCRACY AND LAISSEZ-FAIRE FOR BUSINESS.

    As Abraham Lincoln put it in the Gettysburg address (1863),
    Americans have a duty to see that “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

    It is our obligation to our dead—it is our sacred obligation’ to their children and to our children-

    THAT WE MUST NEVER FORGET WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED.

    AMERICAN PEOPLE FOUGHT AND WON THE REVOLUTION, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT ACTED, WROTE, SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE,THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE BILL OF RIGHTS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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    AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM IS ONE OF THREE RELATED IDEAS.
    THE FIRST IS THAT THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES IS INHERENTLY DIFFERENT FROM OTHER NATIONS.
    SECOND IS THE IDEA THAT AMERICA HAS A UNIQUE MISSION TO TRANSFORM THE WORLD.
    THIRD IS THE SENSE THAT ITS HISTORY AND ITS MISSION GIVE THE UNITED STATES A SUPERIORITY OVER OTHER NATIONS.

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    MR TRUMP IS AN EXCEPTIONAL CANDIDATE FOR AMERICAN PRESIDENT.

    THE GOP HIGH COMMAND SEEMS INCAPABLE OF STOPPING HIM.

    A HOSTILE TAKEOVER OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY BY DONALD TRUMP?

    A hostile takeover is the acquisition of one company (called the target company) by another (called the acquirer) that is accomplished not by coming to an agreement with the target company’s management, BUT BY GOING DIRECTLY TO THE COMPANY’S SHAREHOLDERS or fighting to replace management in order to get the acquisition …

    ON SUPER TUESDAY DONALD TRUMP’S HOSTILE TAKEOVER

    NOT BY COMING TO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE GOP’S ESTABLISHMENT

    BUT BY GOING DIRECTLY TO THE COUNTRY’S SHAREHOLDERS

    THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT MUST BE AN EXCEPTIONAL DEAL MAKER.

    TRUMP MADE AN EXCEPTIONAL DEAL WITH WORKING  AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    TRUMP- SHALL “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN”

    THE GOP HIGH COMMAND SEEMS INCAPABLE OF STOPPING HIM.

    Mar. 3, 2016, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s dominant start to the presidential primary process looks LIKE IT COULD CONTINUE OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS, ACCORDING TO POLLS surveying upcoming state’s contests.

    Thirteen states hold primaries or caucuses over the next two weeks. Of them, TRUMP IS LEADING POLLS IN NINE, according to the RealClearPolitics average, including some of the most important, winner-take-all states.

    Polls were accurate in predicting Trump wins in New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada, Vermont, Virginia, Alabama, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Tennessee.

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    Brewer: GOP Establishment’s Attacks on Trump Will Backfire

    Fox News Insider2 days ago She said she’s disappointed that the GOP establishment has their chosen candidates and …
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    THE HARDEST TUMBLE A PARTY CAN TAKE IS TO FALL OFF HIS OWN BLUFF

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    Beyond Distrust: How Americans View Their Government …

    www.people-press.org/…/beyond-distrust-how-americans-view-their-gov

    Nov 23, 2015 – A year ahead of the presidential election, the American public is deeply … Currently, just 19% say they can trust the government always or most ….

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    American Presidential Candidate Marco Rubio, a member of the GOP Establishment actually said…..

    You know what they say about men with small hands — you can’t trust them.”

    81% OF AMERICAN PUBLIC  SAID,

    “YOU CAN’T TRUST THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT”

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    THE HARDEST TUMBLE A PARTY CAN TAKE IS TO FALL OFF HIS OWN BLUFF

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    MR TRUMP IS AN EXCEPTIONAL CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT.

    THE POLITICO ESTABLISHMENT’S 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN HOPEFULS DISCUSS?

    1. GREAT MINDS DISCUSS IDEAS
    2. AVERAGE MINDS DISCUSS EVENTS
    3. SMALL MINDS DISCUSS PEOPLE

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    WHAT KIND OF CRUDE MINDS DISCUSS THE SIZE OF A MAN’S HANDS?

    THE CBC TV NATIONAL REPORTER SMIRKED AND SAID SPECIFICALLY, “YOU ALL KNOW WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT MEN WITH SMALL HANDS? THEY HAVE A SMALL PENIS. ” AND SENT THE WHOLE WORD LAUGHING.

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    American Presidential Candidate Marco Rubio was in full attack mode on Donald Trump Sunday night. Rubio said at a rally in Roanoke, Virginia, on Sunday “Have you seen his hands? You know what they say about men with small hands “Little Marco,” did a short bit about what he called Trump’s short digits during his rally in Roanoke, Virginia. “He’s like 6-2, which is why I don’t understand why his hands are the size of someone who is 5-2,”. “Have you seen his hands?

    You know what they say about men with small hands — you can’t trust them.”
    Indeed, and even A FORMER GOP CANDIDATE and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker got into the action on Tuesday afternoon sending out a picture of his hand.

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    ON March 3, 2016 FOX NEWS TV 2016 REPUBLICAN DEBATE HAD THREE MODERATORS MEGYN KELLY, BRET BAIER AND CHRIS WALLACE.

    THE FOX REPUBLICAN DEBATE DISCLOSED THREE PRESIDENTIAL MIND RELATED MENTALITIES

    I WATCHED, RUBIO, CRUZ, TRUMP AND KASICH DEBATE

    1. GREAT MINDS DISCUSSED IDEAS
    2. AVERAGE MINDS DISCUSSED EVENTS
    3. SMALL MINDS DISCUSSED PEOPLE

    I watched Trump’s response to Rubio’s attack on his man hands.
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    The March 3, 2016 FOX NEWS REPUBLICAN DEBATE
    THE GRAVE RESPONSIBILITY OF PUBLIC MEDIA, ALL RADIO STATIONS, NEWSPAPERS AND TV

    TO ALL NEWSPAPERS AND RADIO STATIONS—ALL THOSE WHO REACH THE EYES AND EARS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE—I SAY THIS: YOU HAVE A MOST GRAVE RESPONSIBILITY TO THE NATION NOW AND FOR THE DURATION OF THIS (ELECTION) WAR.

    If you feel that your Government is not disclosing enough of the truth, you have every right to say so.

    BUT—IN THE ABSENCE OF ALL THE FACTS, AS REVEALED BY OFFICIAL SOURCES—YOU HAVE NO RIGHT IN THE ETHICS OF PATRIOTISM TO DEAL OUT UNCONFIRMED REPORTS IN SUCH A WAY AS TO MAKE PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT THEY ARE GOSPEL TRUTH.
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    I’m just asking? Just saying…
    WHAT IS THE GRAVE RESPONSIBILITY OF FOX NEWS TV 2016 REPUBLICAN DEBATE MODERATORS ON MEGYN KELLY, BRET BAIER AND CHRIS WALLACE?

    WHAT IS THE  GRAVE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE March 3, 2016 DEBATING PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES?
    RUBIO? CRUZ? TRUMP? KASICH?

    IN THE ABSENCE OF ALL THE FACTS, AS REVEALED BY OFFICIAL SOURCES—YOU HAVE NO RIGHT IN THE ETHICS OF PATRIOTISM TO DEAL OUT UNCONFIRMED REPORTS IN SUCH A WAY AS TO MAKE PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT THEY ARE GOSPEL TRUTH.
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    THE ELECTION OF A PRESIDENT IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA?

    FOX NEWS CHANNEL (FNC), ALSO KNOWN AS FOX NEWS, is an American basic cable and satellite news television channel that is owned by the Fox Entertainment …

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    The March 3, 2016 FOX REPUBLICAN DEBATE PROVIDED SOME REALLY CRUDE ENTERTAINMENT
    (If you like Pee Wee Herman)

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    Stay connected with the most-trusted name in cable news through exclusive videos, show highlights and behind-the-scenes details.
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    CAMPAIGN SLOGANS FOR CANDIDATES?
    TRUMP- MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN
    CRUZ – Reigniting the Promise of America
    RUBIO – A New American Century
    KASICH – K for US

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    The bottom line….

    AS A HARDWORKING AMERICA CITIZEN

    WHO DO YOU TRUST TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN?


  • An Endangered Gopher Tax?

    The Thurston County Commissioners in collusion with the US Fish and Wildlife Service have created a novel method of extracting additional tax dollars from prospective new homeowners in Washington State.  According to public documents, Thurston County staff has proposed a new gopher tax, up to $42,000 for new homeowners who might consider building a home on or near land that might be inhabited by a rodent called the Mazama Pocket Gopher.  This gopher tax (called “mitigation” in planner-speak) would be in addition to any other fees, permits, taxes, or other costs that might be imposed on the construction of a new home in Thurston County, Washington.  For direct links to the concept files written and presented by Thurston County planning staff go here and here.

    For Whistleblowers, please go here to learn more 

    The $42,000 gopher tax is likely to become law later this year.   Two of the three Commissioners (Sandra Romero and Cathy Wolfe) have been supportive of the plan and the process for many years now.  In addition, the Thurston County Planning Department has been largely controlled by the US Fish & Wildlife Service for years – many of the county employees are entirely subsidized by USFWS grant money.  This has been a concern of property rights advocates for many years because local county staff won’t question their orders from USFWS when their jobs depend on grant dollars from that federal agency.

    Another aspect of the gopher tax that has local observers concerned is the current plan for much of this money to be transferred to an out-of-state nonprofit organization.  Some of these gopher tax monies would stay in Thurston County, but it appears that after insiders get their cut, most of these funds would be sent to an out-of-state organization to manage local taxpayer-purchased land that could be set aside as bonus pocket gopher habitat.

    The Pocket Gopher – Endangered Animal or Convenient Excuse?

    The Thurston County Mazama pocket gopher was listed as a threatened species by the USFWS in April,  2014.  The listing process was controversial, and generated a lot of local citizen backlash as well as open ridicule by rural Thurston County residents directed at the Commissioners, USFWS, and others who championed the original listing process.  Most casual observers could see that something was very wrong in Thurston County.

    Protesting pocket gopher listing
    A pirate might know it is stealing, but Thurston County calls it a tax or a “fee.” It is all about the money.

    Pocket gophers are considered pest rodents throughout most of the United States where they live.  They are prolific and resilient creatures, often found in areas that have been heavily disturbed by agriculture or forestry efforts.  In fact, the two largest concentrations of pocket gophers in Thurston County were found at the Olympia Airport and the surrounding industrial park and at the nearby Fort Lewis Firing Range.  Interestingly, the very gophers who USFWS claims are threatened, thrive in the middle of the artillery impact range on a piece of land that has been repeatedly pulverized, destroyed, and burned for most of a century.  Now, both USFWS and the Thurston County planning department argue that building a home on 5 acres will so harm the gophers that a prospective homeowner must pay $42,000 for permission to apply for a home – maybe.

    Few observers accuse the USFWS of staying true to science or the facts when it comes to listing endangered species.  On the east side of Washington State, USFWS attempted to list the “White Bluffs Bladder Pod” as an endangered species certain that this plant was so rare that it justified land restrictions.  However, a local agricultural organization took samples of the “endangered” plant, conducted DNA tests, and determined that it was a very common weed found in many Western States.  USFWS still plans to list the plant as endangered regardless of the truth or science.  This wouldn’t be the first time USFWS has listed an animal on the Endangered Species list that wasn’t endangered.  In some cases, the listed animals haven’t even been proven to exist.

    The pocket gopher listing process has become just as silly.  No USFWS employee is willing to say how many of these endangered pocket gophers actually exist.  In fact, they tend to become angry if anyone dares ask.  Partly, this is because past population counts have proven to be wildly inaccurate.  Another reason government staff requires forced ignorance of the gopher population numbers is that it would lead to a logical question which they also refuse to answer – how many gophers do you need for them to no longer be considered threatened?  None dare even think these thoughts, at least not if you want the grant gravy train to continue.  Solving a real problem has never been the goal.

    Gophers can be killed, just not by humans
    Gophers are a natural part of the food chain, but Thurston County is the ultimate predator and plans to profit from the gopher tax they impose on new home owners.

    Interestingly enough, the DNA samples for this “endangered” gopher exist at the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife, but they refuse to allow an outside organization to take samples for an independant DNA test.  It is illegal for someone to trap a gopher and take independent samples – you could be arrested and get a criminal record like this guy.  Willful ignorance appears to be the order of the day in Thurston County and at the USFWS.  Science and the facts are entirely irrelevant.  The process is the point and the punishment.

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    Thurston County Invents $42,000 Gopher Tax for New …

    https://www.wethegoverned.com/thurstoncountyinvents42000gopher

    We the GovernedThurston County Invents $42,000 Gopher Tax for New Homeowners. March 1, 2016 Glen Morgan 2 Comments. The Thurston County Commissioners in collusion with the US Fish and Wildlife Service have ….. gallup poll results, they are here: http://www.gallup.com/poll/5392/trust-government.aspx.

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    Subject: County Gopher Tax??

    BRILLIANT! These greenies in Thurston County have outdone themselves here. Is this coming to all WA Counties in the future? Great article by our CAPR Director, Glen Morgan:

    Glen Morgan – Short Bio | We the Governed

    https://www.wethegoverned.com/glenmorgan-short-bio/

    Jan 10, 2016 – Glen Morgan was the Grassroots Director and the Property Rights Director … Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR) “for exemplary performance in …

    https://www.wethegoverned.com/thurston-county-invents-42000-gopher-tax-for-new-homeowners/

    You can all learn a LOT from Glen’s website at: www.wethegoverened.com

    Stevens County CAPR,Chapter 15
    Rene’ Holaday
    www.capr.us/STEVENS/
    email: mrromantico@earthlink.net…don’t send anything to: rholaday7@hughesnet.com -I never open it. 😉
    509-935-8377

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    bottom line

    Just asking? Just saying….

    MORE PETTY LARCENY IN WASHINGTON STATE?


  • Mandated EPA Stormwater Fee

    The Unfunded Unaffordable Mandated EPA Stormwater Program

    Thereby, In other words, the EPA’S going rate for falling rain, causing stormwater run off.

    Do any of our federal state and local elected representative care if cities, communities and families are being  nickel-and-dimed to into poverty by these unfunded Unaffordable federal mandates?

    Do any of our federal state and local elected representative care we the people are to expose to financial hardship or bankruptcy by the accumulation of unfunded Unaffordable mandates imposed by the EPA? 

    Are our federal, state and local  elected representative totally clueless ? EPA mandates could weaken municipal finances … with an unaffordable unfunded mandate, to be imposed via new stormwater management requirements.

    If a  citizen senior, or other, want water and heat for thir home, they must pay their utility bill.

    If a citizen senior or other, wants to keep their home, they must  pay their county property tax.

    Authority for Storm Water Fees/Unfunded Federal Mandates

    attorneygeneral.tn.gov/op/2012/op12-96.pdf

    Oct 9, 2012 – Authority for Storm Water Fees/Unfunded Federal Mandates. QUESTIONS. 1. Is the “storm water fee” charged to customers by some water utility …

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    Stormwater program an unfunded state/federal mandate …

    www.albanyherald.com/…/stormwaterunfundedfe
    The Albany Herald

    Aug 30, 2013 – That’s an additional $4.8 million.” The stormwater program comes to the city as an unfunded mandate from the state’s Environmental Protection …

    EPA mandates could weaken municipal finances … with an unaffordable unfunded mandate, to be imposed via new stormwater management requirements.

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    City of Port Angeles WA Utility Bill

    I’ve been watching the City of Port Angeles, nickle and dime its residence into poverty, for the last year or so, with inflated utility bills.

    City Manager | Port Angeles, WA – Official Website

    https://waportangeles.civicplus.com/130/CityManager

    Find out about the Port Angeles city manager, including their roles and responsibilities and contact information. … The city manager operates as the chief executive officer of the city, and is responsible to the City Council for … 321 E 5th Street

    THE CITY MANAGER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR AND TO THE CITY COUNSEL.

    AND IN TURN THE CITY COUNSEL IS ACCOUNTABLE TO THE CITIZENS OF PA

    The city manager and city counsel have some valid excuses

    “Federal mandates are driving most of our decision making, and we are having to …. EPA’s proposed Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning …

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    OK So, what was the city’s excuse for going to a 28 day billing cycle?

    Please refresh my memory?

    Where we end up paying a comparatively higher monthly amount for every 28 days.

    And, we end up with two utility bills from the city in our hands before we have had time to pay the last one… Their 28 day cycle totally screwed up my bill paying due dates around the 10th of every month.

    As these two cycles overlap, many customers are confused by when a bill is actually overdue, coupled with the arrival of a new bill.

    Then they, the city,  did some 35 day cycle mumbo jumbo so we wouldn’t get 13 utility bills in one year?

    In discussions  about the affordability of ever increasing utility bills, the average middle class working citizens in Port Angeles really don’t get it……

    This is a common comment  “I don’t understand, I keep conserving like the say, cutting back water and cutting back on electricity and still end up paying more and more”

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    I GET IT… IT’S JUST ANOTHER FEE..

    I’m a senior citizen on low income Social Security. I have owned my home in Port Angeles for 40 years.  I live alone in my home with an 8 pound dog.

    I’ve been watching the City of Port Angeles, nickle and dime its senior citizens into poverty, for the last year or so, with inflated utility bills.

    I GET IT… IT’S JUST ANOTHER FEE.

    If I want water and heat in my home, I must pay the utility bill, no matter how unaffordable the EPA Wastewater Mandate Fee  becomes.

    IF I WANT TO KEEP MY HOME.. I CAN KEEP MY  HOME

    I must  pay the county property tax, no matter how unaffordable the attached EPA Wastewater Mandate Fee becomes.

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    In addition… research indicates that…

    Property Taxes/General Fund
    Many communities fund stormwater management through property taxes paid into their general funds?
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    I see a charge of $168.00 has been added, for CITY STORMWATER RUNOFF  on my Clallam County property tax, for my home in Port Angeles WA

    My total assessment/fees Clallam County Property Tax are only $169.93.

    I see my Clallam County Tax/fee statement has doubled in cost.

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    My City of Port Angeles Utility bill for Jan 2016?

    Here’s how water related charges are reflected on my statement

    SPECIFICALLY,  I’M ASKING THE CITY OF PA FOR AN ACCOUNTING, BREAK IT DOWN,  EXACTLY WHAT DOLLAR AMOUNT AM I BEING CHARGED ON MY  UTILITY BILL FOR  THE EPA UNFUNDED MANDATED  STORM WATER FEE?

    Double- lined charges reflect increases effective January 1, 2016

    WATER BASE  $3.14

    WATER BASE $26.85

    WATER CONS 0-000 $.11

    WATER CONS 0-000 $.92

    SEWER USAGE 0-429 CF $46.10

    SEWER USAGE 0-429 CF $5.18

    CSO USAGE 0-429 CF $17.17

    CSO USAGE 0-429 CF $1.93

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    Every water related amount on my bill is a doubled lined increase.

    So, my dog and I have the following total amounts

    WATER CONS 0-000 of $1.03 worth of water.

    And, we have a WATER BASE of $29.99

    And, we have a SEWER USAGE 0-429 CF of $51.28

    And, we have a CSO USAGE 0-429 CF of $19.10

    So, my dog and I have been billed $100.37 dollars in one month for water related costs, and paying for unfunded mandates? for WATER CONS 0-000 of $1.03 worth of water.

    And, every other line on my Utility bill has been double-lined as well  to reflect increases on my electricity, garbage, and yard waste….

    Plus a SW UTILITY TAX..

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    And don’t forget…  the EPA UNFUNDED MANDATED  charge of $168.00 for CITY STORMWATER RUNOFF  on my Clallam County property tax for my home in Port Angeles WA.

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    Who knew, the attorney general had defined it as a STORM WATER FEE

    Fee Fie Foe Fum

    The (ARCHAIC) PHRASE has no allusory meaning and, apart from when quoting Shakespeare or Jack the Giant Killer.

    THERE’S LITTLE REASON EVER TO USE IT?

    INDEED! FEE, FEE? FIE, FIE? FOE, FOE? FUM?
    (By archaic definition and word origin)

    EVEN IN ARCHAIC ENGLISH FEE MEANS, “GETETH THE TAX”

    OCT. 26, 2013 IF THE GOVERNMENT CAN’T FORCE US TO PAY MORE TAXES?

    WHAT CAN THE GOVERNMENT DO TO TAKE MORE MONEY FROM US?

    The bottom line
    REMEMBER A “FEE” IS NOT A TAX
    AND, A TOLL IS JUST A FEE
    AND, A SERVICE IS JUST ANOTHER FEE
    AND, A CHARGE IS JUST ANOTHER FEE
    AND, A FARE IS JUST ANOTHER FEE

    bottom line…

    WHAT ELSE CAN THE GOVERNMENT DO TO TAKE MORE MONEY FROM US?

    THEY REDUCED MY SOCIAL SECURITY BY $5.00 FOR 2016


  • Where There’s a Won’t They Don’t

    Where There’s a Will there’s a Way.

    Where There’s a Won’t They Don’t

    In a reelection campaign speech, our Clallam County Commissioner Mike Chapman  said “If we don’t want you to do it, we will make it as difficult as possible”

    Go figure… With this attitude against what our local citizens want, Mike Chapman was reelected.

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    WHAT CITIZENS WANT AND WHAT WE’VE GOT….

    WITH “THEY” BEING DEFINED AS THE ELECTED FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THEY WILL FIND A WAY TO TAKE OUR WORKING TAXPAYERS MONEY. BY TAXING, TOLLING, FEES, PERMITTING, FOR ENTRANCE…

    THEY WON’T AND DON’T BOTHER WITH FINDING A WAY  FOR WORKING AMERICAN CITIZENS TO PUT FOOD ON THEIR OWN TABLE AFTER FEDERAL DEDUCTIONS. (LIKE SUBSIDIZING OBAMACARE)

    THEY ARE MUCH TOO BUSY DIVING UP TAXPAYERS MONEY TO GIVE FREE  ENTITLEMENTS  TO ILLEGALS AND IMMIGRANTS, ETC.

    THEY WILL FIND A WAY TO TAKE OUR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LAND.

    THEY WILL FIND A WAY BY ACTS, LEGISLATION, REGULATION, RESTRICTION, RULES,  TO TAKE OUR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LAND USE AWAY FROM WE THE PEOPLE.

    THEY WILL FIND A WAY BY ACTS, LEGISLATION, REGULATION, RESTRICTION, RULES, TO TAKE OUR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LAND USE AWAY FROM WE THE PEOPLE. (IN FACT, ALL LAND USE, GRAZING, RECREATIONAL AND EVEN BUILDING A HOME ,)

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    If congress doesn’t… Obama will..

    Obama signs executive order, bypasses Congress, and …

    https://investmentwatchblog.com/obamasignsexecutiveorderbypasses-…

    1 day ago – Obama signs executive order, bypasses Congress, and legalizes all BLM land grabs. … order, bypass Congress, and do a massive BLM land grab. … http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/22499-behind- …

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    OOPS, TO THE GROUPS WITH THE GREAT SUGGESTION…

    THEY BEING THE ELECTED FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, WON’T BE BOTHERING WITH REFORMING THE (LWCF) any time soon..

    UPDATED Dec 16, 2015

    Conservation fund gets 3-year lifeline in spending bill | TheHill

    thehill.com/…/263424-conservation-fund-gets-3-year-lifeline-in-…
    The Hill

    Dec 16, 2015The reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund … is a sign of the ineffectiveness of this Congress and deep dysfunction in …

    The NEW spending bill also gives the LWCF fund $450 million for the coming fiscal year, a near 50 percent increase over the previous level.

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    New post on Pie N Politics

    Group: Fix the national parks we have, don’t create new ones
    by Liz Bowen
    PNP comment: I don’t know who is behind this group, but this certainly sounds like a good idea. — Editor Liz Bowen
    Summary
    A group behind “free market environmentalism” said the nation’s nearly $12 billion backlog of deferred maintenance at national parks could be in part solved by taking care of the ones that already exist, instead of spending money on new ones.

    By Amy Joi O’Donoghue,
    Deseret News
    Published: Sunday, Feb. 21 2016 3:10 p.m. MST
    SALT LAKE CITY — A new report issued by a group promoting “free market environmentalism” said the national park system will observe its 100th anniversary this year with a nearly $12 billion backlog of needed maintenance — something it says seven key strategies would help reduce.
    Consider:
    • A leaky wastewater system dumped raw sewage into the streams in Yosemite.
    • Frequent ruptures in an 83-year-old pipeline system at the Grand Canyon causes water shortages and facility closures.
    • And nearly half the roads in national parks are in fair or poor condition.
    The Property and Environmental Research Center founded 35 years ago in Bozeman, Montana, issued “Breaking the Backlog,” detailing deferred maintenance projects that are five times higher than the National Park Service’s budget.
    Over the past 10 years, Congress has funded 4 percent of the agency’s total backlog, while discretionary spending to address the problem has decreased 40 percent.
    The group founded on property rights principles and markets said it is unrealistic to expect Congress to fix existing problems at national parks like roads, campgrounds, wastewater treatment systems or failing bridges because conserving new land has broader appeal and more political punch.
    The federal government, however, should stop acquiring land for national parks and instead prioritize taking care of the land it already has, the group says.
    “By focusing on land acquisition, limited conservation dollars are spent at the expense of properly maintaining existing lands,” the report notes. “Moreover, adding more public lands can exacerbate the problem because the federal government incurs even more liabilities, often with little or no means of maintaining the additional lands.”
    The group recommends reforming the (LWCF) Land and Water Conservation Fund

    —  which it said has allocated $100 million to acquire 100,000 acres from 2011-2014 — and instead dedicate the federal dollars to maintenance at existing parks.
    That idea is likely to draw cries of protest.
    Multiple key environmental organizations across the country consider the fund’s ability to facilitate the federal government’s acquisition of more public lands sacrosanct, skewering Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, when he proposed reforms last year.
    Paul Wilkins, chief conservation officer for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, a coalition of sportsmen’s organizations, said there is no need to come up with new strategies to address the maintenance backlog at national parks.
    MORE
    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865648262/Group-Fix-the-national-parks-we-have-dont-create-new-ones.html

    In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107, any copyrighted material herein is distributed without profit or payment to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving this information for non-profit research and educational purposes only. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
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    Behind My Back | Pie N Politics page (1)

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/07/27/pienpolitics-page-1/

    Jul 27, 2015 – Pie N Politics page (1) Pie N Politics. Like many areas of the United States, citizens in Siskiyou County are finding government regulations are …
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    BY HOOK OR BY CROOK, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, “IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOESN’T WANT YOU TO DO IT,  THEY WILL MAKE IT AS DIFFICULT AS “IMPOSSIBLE”

    This is a long standing systemic violation of an American constitutional government, FROM THE FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LEVEL.

    LET’S START HERE…

    FOLLOW THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS MONEY?

    As our elected government representatives, Congress acts, Congress votes, and Congress funds Congress passes the buck, our taxpayers money, through one appointed federal agency to another appointed agency, to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) a Federal program, to the (DOI) to a military contractor, to the (EPA) to (NOAA) ETAL. using a bit of nepotism here and a bit, political cronyism there, a bit of insider trading, real estate contracts, etc….

    SHALL I GO ON?

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    CONGRESS JUSTIFIES THE COMPROMISED SPENDING OF TAXPAYERS MONEY?
    AFTER OUR ELECTED CONGRESS HAS ACTED, ENACTED, PASSED THE LAWS, ENABLED AND EMPOWERED APPOINTED FEDERAL AGENCIES?

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    OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE SAY..

    WELL, GOLLY GOSH AND GEE WHIZ… THE SPENDING OF TAXPAYER MONEY IS OUT OF OUR HANDS. THE REGULATION OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LAND… WE HAVE WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES (WOTUS)… THE TRIBES HAVE THEIR TREATY RIGHTS….

    OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE SAY..
    OUR HANDS ARE TIED? WE HAVE FEDERAL LAWS.. THE (EPA) THE CLEAN WATER ACT, THE CLEAN AIR ACT, THE (DOI) USE OF PUBLIC LAND, INCLUDING THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT (ESA) THE WILD, WILDERNESS, SCENIC WILD RIVERS ACT, SCENIC HI WAYS AND BYWAYS, (NOAA) etal.

    INDEED, OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE HAVE TO FOLLOW THE LAWS THAT THEY COLLECTIVELY ENACTED..

    SHALL I GO ON?

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    THE TAXPAYERS MONEY IS OUT OF CONGRESS’S HANDS?

    OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE ARE NO LONGER RESPONSIBLE OR ACCOUNTABLE TO THE AMERICAN CITIZENS THAT ELECTED THEM?

    AFTER CONGRESS HAS APPROPRIATED, AND FUNDED THE APPOINTED SELF SERVING GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, THOSE AGENCIES  ARE NOT ACCOUNTABLE OR RESPONSIBLE TO AMERICAN CITIZEN.

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    WHAT’S EVEN WORSE? HOW COULD IT BE ANY WORSE?

    AS WE FOLLOW THE TAXPAYERS MONEY TRAIL?

    OUR TAXPAYER MONEY IS ALL GONE,

    WHERE OUR TAXPAYER MONEY HAS GONE TO, IT HAS BEEN DIVERSIFIED TO FUND AND THE GRANT THE GLOBAL AGENDA 21, SELF SERVING NON-GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS (NGO) THAT HAVE ZERO ACCOUNTABILITY TO ANYONE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

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    DO TAXPAYERS HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THEIR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES IN CONGRESS?
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    WE THE PEOPLE ARE MAD AS HELL, FOR BEING “COMPROMISED AND DIVERSIFIED” OUT OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, AND, OUR TAXPAYERS MONEY, BY THE ACTS AND ACTIONS OF THE LEFT AND RIGHT WINGS OF OUR ELECTED GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES.
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    HOW STUPID DOES THE WA DC POLITICO ESTABLISHMENT THINK VOTERS ARE?

    WE HAVE HAD IT..

    WITH THE ECONOMY
    THE $19 TRILLION DOLLAR DEBT
    THE 15 YEAR WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST
    THE IMMIGRATION CRISIS
    THE ISIS AND ALQIDA TERRORISTS CRISIS
    THE GOVERNMENT TAKING OF OUR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LAND
    TAKING OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS
    THE TOP PRIORITY OF HOMELAND SECURITY
    KILLING A PEACEFUL PROTESTER
    TAKING CITIZENS GUN RIGHTS
    ARMED CONFLICT WITH RANCHERS
    OBAMA’S JUSTICE FOR ALL
    THE UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL AGENDA 21
    THE UNITED NATIONS VETTING OF U.S. IMMIGRANTS
    THE MISTREATMENT OF OUR VETERANS
    LETTING VETERANS DIE AND GETTING A BONUS FOR IT
    JOHN KERRY’S DIPLOMATIC FAILURES
    THE LIARS CATCH AND RELEASE JUSTICE PROGRAM
    THE IRS TARGETING
    THROWING GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES UNDER THE BUS WITH A GOLDEN PARACHUTE
    OBAMA’S PEN AND PHONE
    OBAMA’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS
    OBAMACARE COST
    FAST AND FURIOUS

    WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE HAD IT

    THE ESTABLISHMENT POLITICO PARTY’S ARE OVER.

    TRUMP IS WINNING AND WINNING AND THE ESTABLISHMENT DOESN’T GET IT

    HOW STUPID ARE THEY?


  • Obama Plus the LWFC Land Grabs

    OBAMA’S PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LAND GRABS PLUS THE LWFC?

    Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a Federal program

    AS OF OCTOBER 2015, DESCRIBING IT (LWCF) AS A “SLUSH FUND”, ROB BISHOP (R) OF UTAH, CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE, HAD BLOCKED A VOTE ON REAUTHORIZATION.

    The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has been America’s most important conservation “SLUSH FUNDING” tool for nearly 50 years. Since 1964, the fund has …

    For nearly 50 years taxpayers income has been diverted to fund the (LWCF)?

    Who knew?

    THE PRIMARY SOURCE OF INCOME TO THE FUND IS FEES PAID TO THE BUREAU OF OCEAN ENERGY MANAGEMENT, REGULATION AND ENFORCEMENT BY COMPANIES DRILLING OFFSHORE FOR OIL AND GAS.

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    THE GOOD NEWS WAS…

    Oct 1, 2015

    Congress lets sun set on Land and Water Conservation Fund

    www.hcn.org/…/congresslets-sun-set-on-land-and-w
    High Country News

    Oct 1, 2015Congress lets sun set on Land and Water Conservation Fund … The sunsetting of the LWCF was greeted with dismay by conservationists and …

    CONSERVATIVE Sen. Daines (R)  told the breakfast meeting that reauthorization has “a higher probability if we attach it to another piece of legislation,”

    so they’ll be looking for some piece of must-pass legislation before the end of the year, like the omnibus spending bill or a HIGHWAY and transportation bill.

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     CONSERVATIVE Sen. Daines (R) has also lent his vote to bailout the HIGHWAY Trust Fund, despite ample evidence the Fund is only “bankrupt”

    Hmmm…  Sen. Daines (R) said….
    because of Congress’ appetite for spending on projects completely unrelated to HIGHWAY
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    Oct 1, 2015 ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE,
    CONSERVATIVE?   CONSERVATIONIST?  Sen. Daines (R) SAID…
    ATTACH THE LWCF RE AUTHORIZATION TO A  MUST-PASS LEGISLATION BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR….  The like the omnibus spending bill or a HIGHWAY and transportation bill.
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    THE BAD NEWS IS..
    UPDATED Dec 16, 2015….Thanks to Sen. Daines (R)
    The NEW spending bill also gives the LWCF fund $450 million for the coming fiscal year, a near 50 percent increase over the previous level.
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    CONSERVATIONIST? Rep. Grijalva (D) and CONSERVATIVE Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R) co-sponsored a LWCF permanent reauthorization bill

    Rep. Grijalva (D)  said…We should make it permanent, avoid prolonged budget battles and get back to the business of protecting our natural spaces.

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    Find Your Park – Centennial (U.S. National Park Service)

    www.nps.gov/subjects/centennial/findyourpark.htm
    National Park Service

    Go to FindYourPark.com to share your heritage. Find Your Park logo … Find Your Park is about more than just national parks! It’s about the National Park Service …

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    THIS IS ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE…

    Land and Water Conservation Fund – National Park Service

    www.nps.gov/ncrc/programs/lwcf/funding.html
    National Park Service

    Oct 26, 2015 – find LWCF in your neighborhood … Current Funding for GrantsSally Jewell signed the 2015 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) …

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    Some CONSERVATIVES, complain that THE LWCF  FUNDING allows the federal government to expand its reach by buying up private land and that it helps fund environmental groups that sell land to federal officials.
    INDEED… TO NAME JUST FIVE…
    National Parks Conservation Association, Environment America, The Wilderness Society, the Land Trust Alliance, and the Nature Conservancy.
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    Sen. Daines (R) has been a member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee as well as the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He has also been a member of both the Commerce and Indian Affairs committees.   – See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/members/steve-daines/#sthash.WxWSWNP3.dpuf

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    HOW THING WORK ON THE HILL

    With Bipartisan Support

    Americans’ current 11% job approval rating of Congress is its worst rating so far this year

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    UPDATED Dec 16, 2015

    Conservation fund gets 3-year lifeline in spending bill | TheHill

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    The Hill

    Dec 16, 2015The reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund … is a sign of the ineffectiveness of this Congress and deep dysfunction in …

    The NEW spending bill also gives the LWCF fund $450 million for the coming fiscal year, a near 50 percent increase over the previous level.

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    WE ALL KNOW HOW OBAMA’S PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LAND GRABS WORK

    REFLECTED IN THE ANTI-PUBLIC-LAND AND ANTI-FEDERAL SENTIMENTS AFOOT IN SOME QUARTERS OF THE WEST.

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    (THE CENTER FOR WESTERN PRIORITIES CREATED AN INTERACTIVE MAP SHOWING

    HOW LWCF HAS MADE NATIONAL PARKS WHOLE

    BY PAYING TO BUY INHOLDINGS FROM PRIVATE LANDOWNERS.)

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    NATIONAL PARK SERVICE INHOLDER WILLING SELLERS (LWFC) PROGRAM.

    Using diverted taxpayers income to pay for INHOLDERS private property.

    Congress regularly diverts…..

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    WHICH HAS CONSERVED MORE THAN SEVEN MILLION ACRES SO FAR. LWCF PURCHASES WILDLIFE HABITAT, BUYS PRIVATE INHOLDINGS WITHIN WILDERNESSES AND NATIONAL PARKS, PRESERVES

    But action on LWCF was derailed by far-right opposition, led by Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, House Natural Resources chairman.

    The United States’ Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a Federal program that was established by Act of Congress in 1965 to provide funds and matching grants to federal, state and local governments FOR THE ACQUISITION OF LAND AND WATER, AND EASEMENTS ON LAND AND WATER,

    for the benefit of all Americans
    THE PRIMARY SOURCE OF INCOME TO THE FUND IS FEES PAID TO THE BUREAU OF OCEAN ENERGY MANAGEMENT, REGULATION AND ENFORCEMENT BY COMPANIES DRILLING OFFSHORE FOR OIL AND GAS.

    Congress regularly diverts most of the funds from this source to other purposes, however. ADDITIONAL MINOR SOURCES OF INCOME INCLUDE THE SALE OF SURPLUS FEDERAL REAL ESTATE AND TAXES ON MOTORBOAT FUEL.

    The program is divided into two distinct funding pools: state grants AND FEDERAL ACQUISITION FUNDS.
    (THE CENTER FOR WESTERN PRIORITIES CREATED AN INTERACTIVE MAP SHOWING HOW LWCF HAS MADE NATIONAL PARKS WHOLE BY PAYING TO BUY INHOLDINGS FROM PRIVATE LANDOWNERS.)

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    Mapping the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF …

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    The Wilderness Society

    The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has been America’s most important conservation funding tool for nearly 50 years. Since 1964, the fund has …
    WHICH HAS CONSERVED MORE THAN SEVEN MILLION ACRES SO FAR. LWCF PURCHASES WILDLIFE HABITAT, BUYS PRIVATE INHOLDINGS WITHIN WILDERNESSES AND NATIONAL PARKS, PRESERVES
    FUNDS FROM THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND HAVE BEEN UTILIZED OVER THE YEARS ON PROJECTS BOTH LARGE AND SMALL. LWCF HAS HELPED STATE AGENCIES AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES

    ACQUIRE NEARLY SEVEN MILLION ACRES (28,000 KM²) OF LAND AND EASEMENTS

    CONTROLLING FURTHER LAND

    Though LWCF is authorized with A BUDGET CAP OF $900 MILLION ANNUALLY
    THE PRESIDENT MAKES RECOMMENDATIONS TO CONGRESS REGARDING FUNDING FOR SPECIFIC LWCF PROJECTS.
    But action on LWCF was derailed by far-right opposition, led by Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, House Natural Resources chairman,

    REFLECTING THE ANTI-PUBLIC-LAND AND ANTI-FEDERAL SENTIMENTS AFOOT IN SOME QUARTERS OF THE WEST.

    AS OF OCTOBER 2015, DESCRIBING IT AS A “SLUSH FUND”, ROB BISHOP OF UTAH, CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE, HAD BLOCKED A VOTE ON REAUTHORIZATION.
    CONGRESS FAILED TO TAKE ACTION TO REAUTHORIZE IT.

    THAT MEANS THAT OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS PRODUCERS WILL NO LONGER BE PAYING INTO THE CHEST THAT FUNDS THE PROGRAM —
    CONGRESS. INSTEAD, LAWMAKERS WILL BE DICKERING OVER HOW TO DIVVY UP FORMER LWCF APPROPRIATIONS, WHICH WILL NOW BE GOING INTO THE GENERAL TREASURY.

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    Land & Water Conservation Fund Grant – National Park …

    www.nps.gov/lwcf/
    National Park Service

    Nov 3, 2015 – The LWCF Program provides matching grants to States and local … protection and maintenance of recreation resources across the United States. … of $42.8 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to all 50 States, …

    The United States’ Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a Federal program that was established by Act of Congress in 1965 to provide funds and matching grants to federal, state and local governments for the acquisition of land and water, and easements on land and water, for the benefit of all Americans.[1]

    The main emphases of the fund are recreation and the protection of national natural treasures in the forms of parks and protected forest and wildlife areas.

    The LWCF has a broad-based coalition of support and oversight, including the National Parks Conservation Association, Environment America, The Wilderness Society, the Land Trust Alliance, and the Nature Conservancy.
    The primary source of income to the fund is fees paid to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement by companies drilling offshore for oil and gas. Congress regularly diverts most of the funds from this source to other purposes, however. Additional minor sources of income include the sale of surplus federal real estate and taxes on motorboat fuel.

    Funds from the Land and Water Conservation Fund have been utilized over the years on projects both large and small. LWCF has helped state agencies and local communities acquire nearly seven million acres (28,000 km²) of land and easements controlling further land, developed project sites including such popular recreational areas as Harper’s Ferry in West Virginia, California’s Big Sur Coast, and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in Montana, helped maintain Yellowstone National Park, and helped to build and maintain “thousands of local playgrounds, soccer fields, and baseball diamonds.”
    Though LWCF is authorized with a budget cap of $900 million annually, this cap has been met only twice during the program’s nearly four decades of existence.[citation needed] As of 2015 the program generated about $2.5 million a day from leases on offshore oil and gas drilling.
    The program is divided into two distinct funding pools: state grants and federal acquisition funds. The distribution formula takes into account population density and other factors.
    On the federal side, each year, based on project demands from communities as well as input from the federal land management agencies,

    THE PRESIDENT MAKES RECOMMENDATIONS TO CONGRESS REGARDING FUNDING FOR SPECIFIC LWCF PROJECTS.

    In Congress, these projects go through an Appropriations Committee review process. Given the intense competition among projects, funding is generally only provided for those projects with universal support.

    Initially authorized for a twenty-five-year period, the LWCF has been extended for another twenty-five years, its current mandate running until January 2015.

    As of October 2015, describing it as a “slush fund”, Rob Bishop (R)  of Utah, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, had blocked a vote on reauthorization.

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    Congress lets sun set on Land and Water Conservation Fund

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    High Country News

    Oct 1, 2015 – Congress lets sun set on Land and Water Conservation Fund … The sunsetting of the LWCF was greeted with dismay by conservationists and …
    Oct 1, 2015 – But action on LWCF was derailed by far-right opposition, led by Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, House Natural Resources chairman, reflecting the …In July, Montanans celebrated the addition of 8,200 acres, known as Tenderfoot Creek, to the Lewis and Clark National Forest.

    MOST OF THE $10.7 MILLION COST WAS PAID FOR BY THE FEDERAL LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND, WHICH USES OIL AND GAS ROYALTIES FOR CONSERVATION AND RECREATION PROJECTS.
    But action on LWCF was derailed by far-right opposition, led by Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, House Natural Resources chairman,

    REFLECTING THE ANTI-PUBLIC-LAND AND ANTI-FEDERAL SENTIMENTS AFOOT IN SOME QUARTERS OF THE WEST.
    Bishop is floating his own reforms to the program, which include redirecting most of the money to state and local projects

    (IN THE 1970S, CONGRESS REMOVED A REQUIREMENT THAT STATES GET 60 PERCENT OF LWCF FUNDING).
    (THE CENTER FOR WESTERN PRIORITIES CREATED AN INTERACTIVE MAP SHOWING HOW LWCF HAS MADE NATIONAL PARKS WHOLE BY PAYING TO BUY INHOLDINGS FROM PRIVATE LANDOWNERS.)

    Congress lets sun set on Land and Water Conservation Fund
    The nation’s most successful conservation program is in jeopardy.

    Jodi Peterson Oct. 1, 2015 Web Exclusive

    In July, Montanans celebrated the addition of 8,200 acres, known as Tenderfoot Creek, to the Lewis and Clark National Forest. Most of the $10.7 million cost was paid for by the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, which uses oil and gas royalties for conservation and recreation projects.
    But yesterday, the 50-year-old fund, widely viewed as one of the nation’s most popular and most successful land conservation programs, was allowed to expire completely. Despite broad bipartisan support, and despite a deadline that was no surprise to anyone, Congress failed to take action to reauthorize it.

    That means that offshore oil and gas producers will no longer be paying into the chest that funds the program —

    and now that the funding connection has been broken, reinstating it will be very difficult, especially given the tone of this CONGRESS. INSTEAD, LAWMAKERS WILL BE DICKERING OVER HOW TO DIVVY UP FORMER LWCF APPROPRIATIONS, WHICH WILL NOW BE GOING INTO THE GENERAL TREASURY.

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    Earlier this summer, dozens of representatives on both sides of the aisle had signed a letter in support of the perpetually underfunded program, WHICH HAS CONSERVED MORE THAN SEVEN MILLION ACRES SO FAR.

    LWCF PURCHASES WILDLIFE HABITAT, BUYS PRIVATE INHOLDINGS WITHIN WILDERNESSES AND NATIONAL PARKS,

    PRESERVES cultural heritage sites, provides public access for fishing and hunting, and pays for urban parks, playgrounds and ballfields.

    (The Center for Western Priorities created an interactive map showing how LWCF has made national parks whole by paying to buy inholdings from private landowners.) And if put to a straight-up vote, reauthorization would pass both the House and Senate with bipartisan majorities.
    The sunsetting of the LWCF was greeted with dismay by conservationists and by many of the legislators from both parties who have long supported it, including Republican Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana. At a Tuesday breakfast organized by the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers in support of LWCF, Daines said, “I personally don’t think Rob (Bishop’)s view, and others have said this, necessarily reflects probably where most of the conference is now.”
    Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Arizona had some scathing words for the House in a statement: “You can see just how extreme some House Republicans really are when a popular conservation program with a spotless, fifty-year history of bipartisan reauthorization expires thanks to their partisan games. They can’t pass a highway bill, they can’t fund the government, they’re still struggling with a defense bill, and now they insist that LWCF funding has to stop.”
    Congress is authorized to allocate up to $900 million annually to LWCF, not from taxpayers’ dollars but from royalties paid by energy companies drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf.

    It rarely gives the fund anywhere close to that, though, and in recent years has sent about two-thirds of the allocation to the general treasury. As a result, the program has accumulated a $20 billion IOU, which Rep. Bishop cites as a reason not to continue funding it. But that money isn’t just lying around waiting to be spent, explains Mary Hollow, executive director of Montana-based Prickly Pear Land Trust, in the Helena Independent Record: “This is a paper account with nothing in it — there are only cobwebs,” she said. “The $20 billion has already been spent — diverted to fund other things … it’s inaccurate and unrealistic to think that if LWCF expires and we lose our authorization and revenue source that it would be business as usual.”
    So what’s likely to happen next? “This is a sad day for everyone who cares about our national parks and outdoor conservation, recreation and wildlife.

    Congress has broken an enduring promise to the American people,” said Alan Rowsome, senior director at the Wilderness Society and co-chair of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition, in a statement.

    But the coalition, the outdoor recreation industry, other conservation groups, and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers aren’t just mourning the program’s loss — they’ll be kicking efforts into high gear to get the LWCF reauthorized as quickly as possible.
    And Congressional supporters are looking for those opportunities. Sen. Daines told the breakfast meeting that reauthorization has “a higher probability if we attach it to another piece of legislation,”

    so they’ll be looking for some piece of must-pass legislation before the end of the year, like the omnibus spending bill or a highway and transportation bill. He and Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, have also cosponsored legislation introduced by Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, that permanently reauthorizes the program, and Tester cosponsored a bill that goes farther, locking in the full appropriation of $900 million so it can’t be siphoned off for other uses.

    Rep. Grijalva and Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick co-sponsored a permanent reauthorization bill as well. When introducing it, Grijalva said, “Drawing out the uncertainty over the program’s funding every few years serves no one, especially when our constituents so strongly believe in the LWCF’s mission and value to the country. We should make it permanent, avoid prolonged budget battles and

    get back to the business of protecting our natural spaces.

    Anything less is a disservice to the legacy of Teddy Roosevelt and the generations of Americans who gave us the many beautiful American landscapes we enjoy today.”
    Jodi Peterson is a senior editor at High Country News. Follow @peterson_jodi