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  • President Trump’s Global Change.gov

    During a campaign speech in North Dakota in May 2016, Trump told a cheering crowd, “WE’RE GOING TO CANCEL THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT AND STOP ALL PAYMENTS OF U.S. TAX DOLLARS TO U.N. GLOBAL WARMING PROGRAMS”

    NOV 4, 2016, FOUR DAYS BEFORE DONALD J. TRUMP WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT THE PARIS AGREEMENT ENTERED INTO FORCE

    AND  THEY COULDN’T FIGURE OUT HOW OR WHY DONALD J. TRUMP WON THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION ON NOV 8, 2017. period

    bottom line…

    Global Change.gov Was Mandated by Congress to “assist the Nation and the world to understand, assess, predict, and respond to human-induced natural response to global change”.

    TODAY IS MAY 6, 2017

    AND TODAY, ACCORDING TO THE MEDIAS TOP NEWS STORIES,  THEY ARE STILL TRYING TO  FIGURE OUT WHY TRUMP WON.

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    MAY 6, 2017 SHOULD PRESIDENT TRUMP  KEEP HIS PROMISE TO “CANCEL” THE PARIS AGREEMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE?

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    Global Climate Change.gov?

    The (GLOBAL) Change Research Act 1990 is a UNITED STATES LAW REQUIRING RESEARCH INTO GLOBAL WARMING AND RELATED ISSUES.

    THE UNITED NATIONS (GLOBAL) CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE WILL BEGIN ON

    Monday, November 6, 2017 and ends on Friday, November 17, 2017

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    Since the U.S. (GLOBAL) Change Research Program (USGCRP) started in 1990, scientific understanding of  (GLOBAL WARMING)  global change has increased and the information needs of the nation have changed dramatically. (false news)

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    WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE PARIS ACCORD, aka THE PARIS AGREEMENT AND U.N. CLIMATE CHANGE FUND?

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    snippets from a November 29, 2016 post

    CANCELING THE PARIS AGREEMENT AND U.N. CLIMATE CHANGE FUND

    During a campaign speech in North Dakota in May, Trump told a cheering crowd, “WE’RE GOING TO CANCEL THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT AND STOP ALL PAYMENTS OF U.S. TAX DOLLARS TO U.N. GLOBAL WARMING PROGRAMS”

    The agreement, however, was negotiated and ratified by the global community, so Trump cannot simply call it off. (So far, 193 countries have signed the accord, and 113 have ratified it). BUT TRUMP STILL HAS PERHAPS THE MOST POWER HERE TO FOLLOW THROUGH ON HIS PROMISE, COMPARED WITH HIS OTHER PLEDGES.

    PRES. BARACK OBAMA UNILATERALLY RATIFIED THE PARIS ACCORD WITHOUT THE SENATE, AND TRUMP COULD WITHDRAW THE U.S. FROM THE AGREEMENT NEARLY AS EASILY BY SIGNING AN EXECUTIVE ORDER, even on his first day in office. Experts note that it will take the U.S. four years to fully back out of the agreement, due to the way it is structured: Under the Paris accord, any country that wants to leave must wait three years after the agreement takes force (which happened on Nov. 4) —and then there is an additional yearlong notice period. Yet “as a practical matter, the announcement and paperwork would have the effect of removing the U.S., setting it on a certain course for withdrawal,” says Scott Fulton, president of the Environmental Law Institute.

    TRUMP WILL HAVE ANOTHER OPTION IF HE DOESN’T WANT TO WAIT FOUR YEARS: HE COULD PULL OUT OF THE U.N. FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE (UNFCCC) WITH AN EXECUTIVE ORDER, WHICH WOULD SIMULTANEOUSLY WITHDRAW THE U.S. FROM THE PARIS AGREEMENT. It would take only one year to complete, although it is viewed as a more drastic move. “It would be a very dramatic thing to withdraw from the UNFCCC,” Freeman says, “He could do it, but it would annoy an awful lot of our allies.” Trump, though, has recently appeared to soften his stance on the Paris accord. In a recent interview with the New York Times, he said he had “an open mind” about the agreement.

    THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WILL ALSO HAVE THE CHOICE TO SIMPLY IGNORE U.S. EMISSION TARGETS UNDER THE PARIS AGREEMENT—the accord does not include any formal punishment for countries that do not meet their goals. Pulling out of one or any international treaties or ignoring their mandates would likely damage the U.S.’s relationship with the international community. Experts say that if the U.S. withdraws from the Paris accord, there could be diplomatic and economic repercussions—some countries, such as Mexico and Canada, are reportedly considering imposing a carbon tariff on U.S. products.

    TRUMP HAS ALSO DECLARED THAT HE WANTS TO “CANCEL BILLIONS IN PAYMENTS TO U.N. CLIMATE CHANGE PROGRAMS AND USE THE MONEY TO FIX AMERICA’S WATER AND ENVIRONMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURE.” This funding is meant to provide support to developing countries so they can take action to reduce carbon emissions and adapt to climate change, something they probably could not afford otherwise.

    UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION THE U.S. HAS COMMITTED TO GIVING $3 BILLION TO THE U.N. GREEN CLIMATE FUND, AND AS OF NOVEMBER 4, IT HAD ALREADY HANDED OVER $500 MILLION. WHEREAS TRUMP WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GET THAT MONEY BACK, HE AND CONGRESS COULD WITHHOLD THE REMAINDER OF THOSE FUNDS FROM THE U.N.

    “THE PROSPECT OF THAT MONEY HAS DIMMED, BECAUSE NEITHER TRUMP NOR CONGRESS IS PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN PROVIDING IT,” Freeman says. Although Trump has promised to cancel climate fund payments to the U.N. on his first day, it is more a matter of doing nothing over time—he and Congress simply would not designate any more money for the Green Climate Fund. As for reallocating the U.N. payments to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure, Trump would need Congressional buy in, as Congress determines how federal money is spent.

    DONALD J. TRUMP IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    INDEED…. OUR “AMERICA FIRST” PRESIDENT HAS OPTIONS

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    MAY 4, 2017 Question….

    Should President Trump Keep His Promise to Cancel the Paris …

    reason.com/blog/2017/05/04/should-president-trump-cancel-the-paris

    2 days ago – SHOULD PRESIDENT TRUMP “CANCEL” THE PARIS AGREEMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE? … Under the Paris Agreement, the Obama administration committed to ……. Donald Trump’s Climate Change Executive Order Will Make Energy Cheaper.

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    MAY 6, 2017 same question

    SHOULD PRESIDENT TRUMP  KEEP HIS PROMISE TO “CANCEL” THE PARIS AGREEMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE?

    FOUR DAYS BEFORE DONALD J. TRUMP WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT

    THE PARIS AGREEMENT ENTERED INTO FORCE 4 NOVEMBER 2016.

    PRES. BARACK OBAMA UNILATERALLY RATIFIED THE PARIS ACCORD The Paris Agreement (French: Accord de Paris) WITHOUT THE SENATE

    AND TODAY, ACCORDING TO THE MEDIAS TOP NEWS STORIES,  THEY ARE STILL TRYING TO  FIGURE OUT WHY TRUMP WON.

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    A bumpier road for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change after …

    www.allianzglobalinvestors.de/…/16-2060+A+first+step+with+COP22+ELA0612.pdf?…

    THE AGREEMENT FINALLY, ENTERED INTO FORCE ON 4TH NOVEMBER 2016 after 112 of the …. Funding and adaptive response to climate change are the weak points: … to US records, USD1.29bn was spent on overseas climate assistance in 2016 with …

    HE PLEDGED TO “CANCEL THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT AND STOP ALL PAYMENTS TO UN …

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    HERE’S THE BLAH.. BLAH… BLAH…ON  U.S.A. GLOBAL CHANGE.GOV?

    Legal Mandate | GlobalChange.gov

    www.globalchange.gov/about/legal-mandate

    Jump to SEC. 203. INTERNATIONAL DISCUSSIONSCoordination of (GLOBAL)change research plans with those developed by international organizations ..

    1. 169 (101st): Global Change Research Act of 1990

    The Global Change Research Act 1990 is a UNITED STATES LAW REQUIRING RESEARCH INTO GLOBAL WARMING AND RELATED ISSUES. It requires a report to Congress every four years on the environmental, economic, health and safety consequences of climate change.

    The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is an interagency program, established by the Global Change Research Act (GCRA) of 1990, mandated by Congress to “assist the Nation and the world to understand, assess, predict, and respond to human-induced and natural processes of global change”.

    Since the USGCRP began, SCIENTIFIC UNDERSTANDING OF GLOBAL CHANGE has increased and the information needs of the nation have changed dramatically.

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    ACCORDING TO A SUMMARY BY THE CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE, THE ACT:

    “DIRECTS THE PRESIDENT, through the Federal Coordinating Council on Science, Engineering, and Technology (Council), to establish the Committee on Earth and Environmental Sciences to carry out Council functions under specified provisions of the National Science and Technology Policy, Organization, and Priorities Act of 1976 relating to global change research, to increase the effectiveness and productivity of Federal global change research efforts.

    DIRECTS THE PRESIDENT TO establish an interagency United States Global Change Research Program to improve understanding of global change. Requires the Chairman of the Council, through the Committee, to develop a National Global Change Research Plan for implementation of the Program. SETS FORTH REQUIRED PLAN CONTENTS AND RESEARCH ELEMENTS, INCLUDING THAT THE PLAN PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR COLLABORATION WITHIN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND AMONG NATIONS.

    Requires the Chairman to enter into an agreement with the National Research Council to: (1) evaluate the scientific content of the Plan; and (2) provide information and advice and recommended priorities for future global change research.

     Requires the Committee to provide general guidance each year to each Federal agency or department participating in the Program WITH RESPECT TO PREPARATION OF REQUESTS FOR APPROPRIATIONS RELATED TO THE PROGRAM.

    REQUIRES the Council, at least every four years, through the Committee, to submit to the President and the Congress an assessment regarding THE FINDINGS OF THE PROGRAM AND ASSOCIATED UNCERTAINTIES, the effects of global change, and current and major long-term trends in global change.

    REQUIRES that the research findings of the Committee and of Federal agencies and departments be made available TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY AND ALL FEDERAL AGENCIES AND DEPARTMENTS.

    TITLE II: INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION IN GLOBAL CHANGE RESEARCH – INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION IN GLOBAL CHANGE RESEARCH ACT OF 1990 –

    DECLARES THAT THE PRESIDENT should direct the Secretary of State to initiate discussions with other nations on:

    (1) international agreements to coordinate global change research; and

    (2) an international research protocol for cooperation on the development of energy technologies which have minimally adverse effects on the environment.

    DIRECTS THE PRESIDENT to establish an Office of Global Change Research Information to disseminate to foreign governments and their citizens, businesses, and institutions scientific research useful in preventing, mitigating, or adapting to the effects of global change.

    TITLE III: GROWTH DECISION AIDDirects the Secretary of Commerce to:

    (1) conduct a study on the implications of growth and development on urban, suburban, and rural communities; and

    (2) based on the study, produce a decision aid to assist State and local authorities in planning and managing growth and development while preserving community character.”

    bottom line…

    Global Change.gov Was mandated by Congress to “assist the Nation and the world to understand, assess, predict, and respond to human-induced natural RESPONSE TO global change”.

    TODAY IS MAY 6, 2017

    AND TODAY, ACCORDING TO THE MEDIAS TOP NEWS TV STORIES,  THEY ARE STILL TRYING TO  FIGURE OUT WHY TRUMP WON.


  • Ignorance – Perversion and Truth

    Ignorance – Perversion and Truth

    HISTORY HAS SHOWN FOR OVER 200 YEARS

    THAT OUR LEGISLATORS HAVE BEEN GUILTY OF NOT POSSESSING ENOUGH INFORMATION TO PERCEIVE THE IMPORTANT TRUTHS

    THOMAS JEFFERSON , 25 NOVEMBER 1817
    DOCUMENTED, JAN 18, 2017

    Pelosi: Pass Health Reform So You Can Find Out What’s In It

    www.usnews.com/…/pelosipass-health-refor…

    U.S. News & World Report

    Mar 9, 2010 – Pelosi: Pass Health Reform So You Can Find Out What’s In It … Add House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the list. Speaking Tuesday to the 2010 …
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    HISTORY HAS SHOWN FOR OVER 200 YEARS

    THOMAS JEFFERSON, 25 NOVEMBER 1817
    DOCUMENTED, JAN 18, 2017

    WHEREAS IT APPEARETH THAT HOWEVER CERTAIN FORMS OF GOVERNMENT ARE BETTER CALCULATED THAN OTHERS TO PROTECT INDIVIDUALS IN THE FREE EXERCISE OF THEIR NATURAL RIGHTS, AND ARE AT THE SAME TIME THEMSELVES BETTER GUARDED AGAINST DEGENERACY, YET EXPERIENCE HATH SHEWN, THAT EVEN UNDER THE BEST FORMS,

    THOSE ENTRUSTED WITH POWER HAVE, IN TIME, AND BY SLOW OPERATIONS, PERVERTED IT INTO TYRANNY….

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    1. A Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge, 18 …

    As part of his work in revising the laws of Virginia during the late 1770s and early 1780s, THOMAS JEFFERSON PUT FORTH A BILL THAT HAS BECOME ONE OF HIS MOST ENDURING WORKS ON THE SUBJECT OF EDUCATION: Bill 79, “A Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge.” Its oft-quoted preamble reads as follows:

    THOMAS JEFFERSON, 25 NOVEMBER 1817

    MY HOPES HOWEVER ARE KEPT IN CHECK BY THE ORDINARY CHARACTER OF OUR STATE LEGISLATURES,  THE MEMBERS OF WHICH DO NOT GENERALLY POSSESS INFORMATION ENOUGH TO PERCIEVE THE IMPORTANT TRUTHS, THAT KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, THAT KNOWLEDGE IS SAFETY, AND THAT KNOWLEDGE IS HAPPINESS.”

    DONALD J. TRUMP AND AMERICAN VOTERS

    DID PERCEIVE THE IMPORTANT AMERICAN TRUTHS ABOUT KNOWLEDGE, SAFETY, POWER,PERVERSION INTO TYRANNY OBAMA CARE, EDUCATION, AND HAPPINESS.

    NO LONGER ARE OUR AMERICAN HOPES KEPT IN CHECK.

    DONALD J. TRUMP IS THE PRESIDENT ELECT AND INAUGURATION DAY IS JAN 20, 2017

    THE CHARACTER OF THE REPUBLICAN LEGISLATORS AND HIS CABINET PICKS

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    For the General Diffusion of Knowledge  and truth.

    Responding to stories of the day (fake news etc.)

    Sean Spicer

    Press Secretary and Special Assistant to the President

    Appointed

    Mr. Spicer was the longtime spokesman for the Republican National Committee and top aide to Mr. Priebus. Mr. Spicer will be the face of the White House, framing messaging, responding to stories of the day and briefing the press.

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    JAN 18, 2017 UPDATING 2015 POST

    Knowledge is Power 1597-1817-2015

    Posted on November 11, 2015 3:00 pm by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    1. A Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge, 18 …

    As part of his work in revising the laws of Virginia during the late 1770s and early 1780s, Thomas Jefferson put forth a bill that has become one of his most enduring works on the subject of education: Bill 79, “A Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge.” Its oft-quoted preamble reads as follows:

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    Whereas it appeareth that however certain forms of government are better calculated than others to protect individuals in the free exercise of their natural rights, and are at the same time themselves better guarded against degeneracy, yet experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms,

    those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny;

    AND IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE MOST EFFECTUAL MEANS OF PREVENTING THIS WOULD BE, TO ILLUMINATE, AS FAR AS PRACTICABLE, THE MINDS OF THE PEOPLE AT LARGE,

    AND MORE ESPECIALLY TO GIVE THEM KNOWLEDGE OF THOSE FACTS, WHICH HISTORY EXHIBITETH, THAT, POSSESSED THEREBY OF THE EXPERIENCE OF OTHER AGES AND COUNTRIES, THEY MAY BE ENABLED TO KNOW AMBITION UNDER ALL ITS SHAPES, AND PROMPT TO EXERT THEIR NATURAL POWERS TO DEFEAT ITS PURPOSES;

    And whereas it is generally true that that people will be happiest whose laws are best, and are best administered, and that laws will be wisely formed, and honestly administered, in proportion as those who form and administer them are wise and honest; whence it becomes expedient for promoting the publick happiness that those persons, whom nature hath endowed with genius and virtue, should be rendered by liberal education worthy to receive, and able to guard the sacred deposit of the rights and liberties of their fellow citizens, and that they should be called to that charge without regard to wealth, birth or other accidental condition or circumstance; but the indigence of the greater number disabling them from so educating, at their own expence, those of their children whom nature hath fitly formed and disposed to become useful instruments for the public, IT IS BETTER THAT SUCH SHOULD BE SOUGHT FOR AND EDUCATED AT THE COMMON EXPENCE OF ALL, THAN THAT THE HAPPINESS OF ALL SHOULD BE CONFIDED TO THE WEAK OR WICKED:
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    The Bill was presented in the House of Delegates in 1778 and 1780, but was not passed; James Madison presented the bill several more times to the state legislature while Jefferson was serving in Paris as Minister to France. A much-revised version was finally passed into law in 1796 AS AN “ACT TO ESTABLISH PUBLIC SCHOOLS.”
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    Federal Role in Education – US Department of Education

    www2.ed.gov/about/overview/fed

    United States Department of Education

    Feb 13, 2012 – This page discusses the role of the U.S. Department, providing a … About ED OVERVIEW. The Federal Role in Education Overview. Education is primarily a State and local responsibility in the United …. Welcome to ED.gov …

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    The Federal Role in Education 2011-2012
    EDUCATION IS PRIMARILY A STATE AND LOCAL RESPONSIBILITY IN THE UNITED STATES. It is States and communities, as well as public and private organizations of all kinds, that establish schools and colleges, develop curricula, and determine requirements for enrollment and graduation.

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    The bottom line

    IT IS BETTER THAT “SUCH” SHOULD BE SOUGHT FOR AND EDUCATED AT THE COMMON EXPENCE OF ALL, THAN THAT THE HAPPINESS OF ALL SHOULD BE CONFIDED TO THE WEAK OR WICKED.

    NO LONGER ARE OUR AMERICAN HOPES KEPT IN CHECK.

    DONALD J. TRUMP IS THE PRESIDENT ELECT AND INAUGURATION DAY IS JAN 20, 2017

    AND, BY THE CONFIRMATION AND CHARACTER OF THE REPUBLICAN LEGISLATORS AND TRUMPS CABINET PICKS


  • How many People In Calif. have flood ins.?

    I watch the news, there is a woman being rescued from the 2016-2017 flooding, she’s sitting in a rowboat crying “I LOST EVERYTHING”

    MAJOR STORMS 2016-2017 IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA HAS CAUSED THE WORST FLOODING IN A DECADE.

    How much does it cost a homeowner to replace everything?

    FEMA REPORTS THAT AS LITTLE AS 2 INCHES OF FLOODWATER IN A 1,000 SQUARE FOOT HOME CAN CAUSE AS MUCH AS $10,000 IN DAMAGE.

    I research online, document and post on this website

    How many people have flood Insurance in California and Nevada?

    California, Flood Risk, and the National Flood Insurance Program …

    https://californiawaterblog.com/…/californiaflood-risk-and-the-national-floodinsura

    DEC 14, 2016 – The US National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is an imperfect framework … Since 1994, NFIP damage payouts in California have totaled just 14% of … annual policies since 1994, and records of properties with multiple payouts … Statewide, roughly 7 million people and $580 billion in buildings, public …

    The US National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) IS NOW $20 BILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT. The last time I researched NFIP  circa 2012, it was $18 BILLION DOLLARS UNDERWATER.

    NFIP IS SCHEDULED FOR CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION IN 2017

    ANOTHER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR DISASTER FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CONGRESS TO CLEAN UP.

    AND WITH A CHALLENGING CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION DISCUSSION LOOMING IN 2017 – WE RECOMMEND A CAREFUL LOOK AT CALIFORNIA’S PLACE IN THE NFIP.  IN PARTICULAR, CALIFORNIA SHOULD NOW EXPLORE A STATE FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM, WITH SAVINGS INVESTED IN LONG-TERM RISK REDUCTION.

    NFIP IS SCHEDULED FOR CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION IN 2017, and this debate promises to be lively.  The Natural Hazards Research and Mitigation Group at UC Davis has been analyzing NFIP DATABASES, EXAMINING PATTERNS OVER THE HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM AND FOCUSING ON FLOOD LOSSES AND FLOOD INSURANCE, PARTICULARLY IN CALIFORNIA. (the sanctuary state?)

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    CALIFORNIA FROM ONE EXTREME TO THE OTHER

    Water Conditions: Declaration – California Department of Water …

    www.water.ca.gov/waterconditions/declaration.cfm

    California’s ongoing response to its five-year drought has been guided by a series of … PROCLAMATION OF A CONTINUED STATE OF EMERGENCY, April 25, 2014:

    Executive Order B-36-15, November 13, 2015:
    This executive order called for additional actions to build on the State’s ongoing response to record dry conditions and assist recovery efforts FROM 2015’S DEVASTATING WILDFIRES.

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    Emergency crews rush to rescue people stranded in Nev., Calif. flooding

    www.cbsnews.com/…/floodingcalifornia-nevada-emergency-crews-rush-to-rescue-pe…

    3 days ago – … NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA HAS CAUSED THE WORST FLOODING IN A DECADE. … to stay home Monday after he declared a state of emergency.

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    States of Emergency Declared for Several Areas in Northern Nevad …

    www.ktvn.com/story/…/local-leaders-discuss-preparations-for-potential-flooding4

    6 days ago – Governor Sandoval has declared a state of emergency due to the severe … Please check http://www.nevadafloods.org for more flood safety …

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    HOW MANY PEOPLE IN NEVADA HAVE FLOOD INSURANCE?

    NEVADA IS THE DRIEST STATE IN THE NATION.

    2012 Nevada Flood Insurance Facts as Reported by FEMA

    • There are currently about 14,300 flood insurance policies in effect in this state.
    • Less than 2% of Nevada residents have flood insurance.
    • NV residents filed only nine flood insurance claims in 2012.
    • These claims resulted in $51,651 in compensation paid to policyholders.
    • That equates to an average of about $5,739 per claim.

     Find Flood Insurance Savings in Nevada | Trusted Choice

    https://www.trustedchoice.com/l/nevada/floodinsurance/

    LESS THAN 2% OF NEVADA RESIDENTS HAVE FLOOD INSURANCE. … BECAUSE NEVADA IS A VERY DRY STATE, many people assume it has no risk of floods. However, floods …

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    El Dorado County declares state of emergency due to weather

    www.abc10.com/news/local/el-dorado-county…state-of-emergency…/384925053

    2 days ago – A local state of emergency has been declared by El Dorado County(California) Tuesday evening due to … Kyburz Drive – Closed road with debris blocking the culvert and creating flooding

    Major storm hits California and Nevada, significant flooding expected

    https://watchers.news/2017/01/09/storm-floodcalifornia-nevada-january2017/

    MAJOR STORM HITS CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA, significant flooding expected. Posted by TW on JANUARY 09, 2017 in categories Featured articles, Floods, Landslide, Severe …. 72 hours of rainfall accumulation ending 12:00 UTC on JANUARY 9, 2017.

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    History matters.

    UPDATED: JANUARY 7, 2017

    With one of the biggest storms in years set to hit Northern California this weekend, we headed to The Chronicle’s archive to find photos and stories from the infamous New Year’s storm of 1997 that walloped the region 20 years ago.

    The flooding’s toll came to eight dead, $1.8 billion in economic losses, 23,000 homes destroyed, and 2,000 businesses damaged or decimated. FORTY-EIGHT COUNTIES WERE DECLARED DISASTER AREAS, INCLUDING ALL 46 IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.

    Stunning photos from Northern California’s great flood of 1997 – San …

    www.sfchronicle.com/…/Stunning-photos-from-Northern-California-s-10840843.php

    Stunning photos from NORTHERN CALIFORNIA’S GREAT FLOOD OF 1997. By Bill Van Niekerken. January 7, 2017 UPDATED: JANUARY 7, 2017 7:00am. Home owners on their …

    More than 100,000 Central Valley residents fled towns and farms, bracing for a wall of runoff flowing down from the Sierra. The National Weather Service ranks this as one of the five most disastrous weather events to hit California in the 1900s.

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    I research online and document

    History matters.

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    DEC 14, 2016

    CALIFORNIA SHOULD NOW EXPLORE A STATE FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM, WITH SAVINGS INVESTED IN LONG-TERM RISK REDUCTION

    “THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF LEVEES … “THOSE THAT HAVE FAILED AND THOSE THAT WILL FAIL”

    Which begs the question….

    HOW MANY DAMS HAVE BEEN REMOVED IN CALIFORNIA?

    NATIONWIDE, MORE THAN 1,300 DAMS HAVE BEEN REMOVED AS OF 2015.

    MOST OF THOSE DAMS (NEARLY 850) WERE REMOVED IN THE PAST 20 YEARS

     JUST SAYING AND ASKING?

    WHERE IS THE EXTENSIVE LIST OF THE DEVASTATION FOR FLOODING AND DROUGHT TO PUBLIC, PERSONAL AND PROPERTY AND LOSS OF HUMAN LIFE CAUSED BY THE REMOVAL OF THOSE DAMS?

    THIS APPROACH HAS MAJOR CHALLENGES, WITH IMPLICATIONS BOTH FOR CALIFORNIA AND NATIONWIDE THAT SHOULD BE EXPLORED.

    A full list of dams removed from 1999 to 2015 can be found here.

    AMERICAN RIVERS IS THE ONLY ORGANIZATION MAINTAINING A RECORD OF DAM REMOVALS IN THE UNITED STATES.

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    Klamath River Dam Removal: A Glimpse into the Future – OARS

    https://www.oars.com/blog/klamathriverdamremoval/

    The Klamath River dam removal project is poised to be the largest in history. Here’s what that means for the future of the river

    THE FUTURE OF PEOPLE AMERICAN CITIZENS BE  DAMNED…

    JUST RIP DOWN FOUR MORE DAMS ON THE KALMATH RIVER

    This Will Be the Biggest Dam-Removal Project in History

    news.nationalgeographic.com/…/160411-klamath-glen-canyon-damremoval-video-a…

    APR 11, 2016 – Federal officials, the states of Oregon and California, and the utility PacifiCorp

    NATIONWIDE, MORE THAN 1,300 DAMS HAVE BEEN REMOVED AS OF 2015. … “Many people have benefited from the development and changes at the …

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    AND MANY PEOPLE HAVE NOT. period

    The removal of  two dams on the Elwha River in WA State  2011-2014 “WAS”  previously the biggest dam removal in History.

    Battered by Dam Removal – Elwha Bridge

    Posted on January 11, 2017 4:26 pm by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    Battered by Dam Removal Elwha Bridge Destroyed

    A DAM TRAGEDY THE ELWHA RIVER BRIDGE

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    THE FUTURE OF TAXPAYING HOME OWNING AMERICAN CITIZENS?

    THE FUTURE OF PEOPLE AMERICAN CITIZENS BE  DAMNED…

    JUST RIP DOWN FOUR MORE DAMS ON THE KALMATH RIVER

    California’s Flood Future – California Department of Water Resources

    www.water.ca.gov › Flood Topics › FloodSAFE California › Newsletters

    As part of the public comment period for California’s Flood Future, DWR and USACE … In addition to tragic loss of life, flooding in California can have a serious …

    Key findings from California’s Flood Future include:

    • CALIFORNIA IS AT CATASTROPHIC RISK FOR DEVASTATING FLOODS.California’s diverse geography contributes to the state’s significant flood risk. In many regions, peak flows — the largest volume of water flowing per second through a water system — occur in a very short time frame, which spells disaster.
    • Flooding is a statewide problem. Every California county has experienced a federally declared flood disaster in the past 20 years. Counties with relatively low risk for a major flood event would be impacted by the results of a catastrophic flood elsewhere in the state, when employment centers, transportation facilities, utilities and the economy are affected.
    • THE IMPACTS OF A MAJOR FLOOD WOULD BE DEVASTATING TO CALIFORNIA AND TO THE NATION.In addition to tragic loss of life, flooding in California can have a serious impact on its economy and environmental resources. A major flood in California, which has one of the world’s largest economies, will have an unprecedented impact on the national economy as well. With many more people and structures per square mile in California’s urban areas, the state would likely see much higher recovery costs from a major flood than the $110 billion that has been spent on recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita or the $60 billion that has been appropriated for recovery from Superstorm Sandy.

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    California, Flood Risk, and the National Flood Insurance Program …

    https://californiawaterblog.com/…/californiaflood-risk-and-the-national-floodinsura

    DEC 14, 2016 – The US National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is an imperfect framework … Since 1994, NFIP damage payouts in California have totaled just 14% of … annual policies since 1994, and records of properties with multiple payouts … Statewide, roughly 7 million people and $580 billion in buildings, public …

    by Nicholas Pinter, Rui Hui, and Kathy Schaefer

    ACROSS THE US AND WORLDWIDE, FLOODING IS THE DEADLIEST AND MOST COSTLY NATURAL DISASTER.  The US National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is an imperfect framework for reducing flood losses, but currently the best we’ve got.  NFIP IS SCHEDULED FOR CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION IN 2017, and this debate promises to be lively.  The Natural Hazards Research and Mitigation Group at UC Davis has been analyzing NFIP DATABASES, EXAMINING PATTERNS OVER THE HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM AND FOCUSING ON FLOOD LOSSES AND FLOOD INSURANCE, PARTICULARLY IN CALIFORNIA.

    Over the history of NFIP, California is one of a few states that has – through dry years and wet – received only a small fraction of payments from NFIP compared to the premiums it has paid in.  Since 1994, NFIP damage payouts in California have totaled just 14% of premiums collected (compared to 560% for the biggest recipient state, Mississippi).  For California, this imbalance exceeds $3 billion (2015 dollars) over 21 years, funds that could have been invested in risk-reduction, floodplain management, and reduced premiums.

    California has unparalleled expertise and a culture of progressive solutions for managing its flood risk; the state also has unique needs and intense pressures looking forward.  WITH THE US NFIP FACING AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE – >$20 BILLION IN DEBT, AND WITH A CHALLENGING CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION DISCUSSION LOOMING IN 2017 – we recommend a careful look at California’s place in the NFIP.  In particular, CALIFORNIA SHOULD NOW EXPLORE A STATE FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM, WITH SAVINGS INVESTED IN LONG-TERM RISK REDUCTION.  Properly implemented, a state-based insurance program and proactive flood mitigation strategies could synergistically benefit the environment, agriculture, recreation, and water resources.  THIS APPROACH HAS MAJOR CHALLENGES, WITH IMPLICATIONS BOTH FOR CALIFORNIA AND NATIONWIDE THAT SHOULD BE EXPLORED.

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    THE GREAT FLOOD IN CALIFORNIA.; Great Destruction of Property Damage $10,000,000.

    The destruction of property was terrible. The water came so rapidly that most people had not more than an hour’s warning of the danger.

    Men, women, and children had stayed in houses thinking there was no danger; and when the flood rose they could not get away. Some of these houses were carried off, and boats were sent after them to rescue the human freight.

    And now, on the morning of the 9th of November,

    HERE CAME “THE AMERICAN RIVER” WITH A FLOOD THAT COVERED THE WHOLE COUNTRY.

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    HMMM… WHAT’S IN A NAME?

    “AMERICAN RIVERS” IS THE ONLY ORGANIZATION MAINTAINING A RECORD OF DAM REMOVALS IN THE UNITED STATES.

    Map of U.S. Dams Removed Since 1916 | American Rivers

    https://www.americanrivers.org/threats-solutions/…damaged-rivers/damremoval-map/

    We have been creating a running inventory of all dam removal projects we can find, and this map is a graphic representation of our long-standing research.

    A full list of dams removed from 1999 to 2015 can be found here.

    “AMERICAN RIVERS” WANT THIS MAP TO BE A GREAT TOOL, SO IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION TO UPDATE ANY PROJECT (OR TO ADD A MISSING PROJECT), let us know.

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    History matters… HISTORY REPEATS ITS SELF

    THE GREAT FLOOD IN CALIFORNIA.; Great Destruction of Property Damage $10,000,000.

    www.nytimes.com/…/the-great-flood-in-california-great-destruction-of-property-dam…

     Published: January 21, 1862

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    NORTHERN CALIFORNIA’S GREAT FLOOD OF 1997

    More than 100,000 Central Valley residents fled towns and farms, bracing for a wall of runoff flowing down from the Sierra. The National Weather Service ranks this as one of the five most disastrous weather events to hit California in the 1900s.

    The flooding’s toll came to eight dead, $1.8 billion in economic losses, 23,000 homes destroyed, and 2,000 businesses damaged or decimated. FORTY-EIGHT COUNTIES WERE DECLARED DISASTER AREAS, INCLUDING ALL 46 IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.

    UPDATED: JANUARY 7, 2017

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    HISTORY REPEATS ITS SELF 1862 – 1997

     MAJOR STORMS 2016-2017 IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA HAS CAUSED THE WORST FLOODING IN A DECADE.

    Powerhouse storm to blast California, catastrophic floods possible

    www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2017/01/06/california-rain…floods…/96251880/

    6 days ago – Record flooding is possible this weekend across drought-plagued California due to a powerhouse storm that’s forecast to slam into the state. … Much more than usual rain will pelt the state: The amount of rain that’s predicted …

     


  • $10 Billion From the Judgment Fund

    SUE AND SETTLE FOR BILLIONS FROM THE JUDGMENT FUND

    BETWEEN 2013 AND 2015, THE (OBAMA) FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PAID MORE THAN $10 BILLION IN JUDGMENT FUND AWARDS WITH SCANT TRANSPARENCY OR OVERSIGHT.

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    A $5 billion lawsuit filed by a NON PROFIT  insurer against the Obama administration for a program implemented under Obamacare is raising questions about the use of a fund available for settlements with the government and

    whether Congress can, and should, intervene.

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    Who knew? I’d never heard of “THE JUDGMENT FUND” until I read the September 16, 2016, Lankford Letter on the Iran settlement. Click here to open this e-mail in its own browser window

    “The Obama administration has a history of using “THE JUDGMENT FUND ” Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal. “They cannot be trusted to properly defend the lawsuit.”

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    The Judgment Fund: History, Administration, and Common Usage

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    “THE JUDGMENT FUND ” was established in 1956 to relieve Congress of the burden of appropriating money for judgments on a case-by-case basis.

    Initially, the fund had a payment limit of $100,000.

    Since 1977, however, there has been no limit on payment size. Congress has amended the judgment fund numerous times since, according to the testimony of Neal Kinkof, professor of law at Georgia State University.

    Jan 8, 2017 Whether the GOP Congress can, and should, intervene?

    Good Lord, Mr. Ford…. WHAT THE DEMOCRAT’S U.S. CONGRESS CREATED IN 1977, LET THE REPUBLICAN’S 2017  CONGRESS PUT ASUNDER.

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    Von Spakovsky, who worked at the Justice Department during President George W. Bush’s administration, specifically warned of the White House’s history of “SUE AND SETTLE CASES,” which he said allows parties to circumvent federal statutes and regulations and receive large sums of money through settlements with the government.

     Jeffery Axelrad from George Washington University said in written testimony that the identity of fund recipients is not available when judgment fund statistics are compiled.
         “Likewise, the amount paid to attorneys and the identity of the attorneys is not currently available,” he added. “This information is central to knowing whether THE JUDGMENT FUND is, or is not, being abused.”

    A $5 billion lawsuit filed by a nonprofit insurer against the Obama administration for a program implemented under Obamacare is raising questions about the use of a fund available for settlements with the government and whether Congress can, and should, intervene.

    The $5 billion it’s seeking, the money would come from THE JUDGMENT FUND an indefinite appropriation created by Congress and administered by the Department of Treasury.

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    April 12, 2012 The federal government will pay more than $1 billion to settle a series of lawsuits brought by American Indian tribes over mismanagement of tribal money and trust lands, under a settlement announced Wednesday.

    MONEY FOR THE TRIBES’ SETTLEMENTS ALREADY HAS BEEN APPROPRIATED UNDER A CONGRESSIONALLY APPROVED JUDGMENT FUND

    Negotiations continue on dozens of other cases.

    An appeals court this week upheld a $3.4 billion class action lawsuit settlement concerning the mismanagement of government trust funds for hundreds of thousands of Native Americans, ruling that it was fair, reasonable and adequate.

    The Cobell v. Salazar settlement is one of the largest class actions ever filed against the United States, and accused the federal government of mismanaging money owed to Native Americans under trust funds. The alleged mismanagement dated as far back as the 1880s.

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    “They’re getting political friends to sue them and settle without going to Congress,” he said.

    A $5 billion lawsuit filed by a nonprofit insurer against the Obama administration for a program implemented under Obamacare is raising questions about the use of a fund available for settlements with the government and whether Congress can, and should, intervene.

    According to legal experts, if the Obama administration decided to settle its class action lawsuit with Health Republic Insurance of Oregon, one of 23 co-ops started under Obamacare, and other insurers for all or part of the $5 billion it’s seeking, the money would come from THE JUDGMENT FUND an indefinite appropriation created by Congress and administered by the Department of Treasury.

    Health Republic Insurance of Oregon’s lawsuit was filed on behalf of insurers participating in Obamacare’s risk corridor program, and specifically those who did not receive the full amount of money requested through it.

    “In this case, the argument is the statute requires the government to pay out for the risk corridors, but Congress refused to appropriate the money to do that and therefore the court is going to have to award a judgment since the administration, under the direction of Congress, is violating the law,” Timothy Jost, a law professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law, told The Daily Signal of the lawsuit.

    “And therefore the money has to come out of THE JUDGMENT FUND that the Court of Claims has to award a judgment against the federal government, which is appropriated money,” he continued.

    The Obama administration’s use of THE JUDGMENT FUND has come under fire in recent years, particularly after it was reported the Justice Department used the fund to pay billions to farmers who alleged discrimination by the Department of Agriculture, circumventing Congress.

    (Really? Just asking, using THE JUDGMENT FUND to settle discrimination lawsuits from black, Native American, Hispanic and female farmers is a valid use of the fund. )

    “The Obama administration has a history of using THE JUDGMENT FUND,” Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal. “They cannot be trusted to properly defend the lawsuit.”

    Von Spakovsky, who worked at the Justice Department during President George W. Bush’s administration, specifically warned of the White House’s history of “SUE AND SETTLE CASES,”” which he said allows parties to circumvent federal statutes and regulations and receive large sums of money through settlements with the government.

    “They’re getting political friends to sue them and settle without going to Congress,” he said.

    A spokeswoman for the Justice Department said the agency is reviewing the complaint, but had no further comment.

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    Reported Sep 8, 2016 Iran Settlement

    The $1.3 billion came from a fund administered by the Treasury Department for settling litigation claims. THE JUDGMENT FUND IS TAXPAYER MONEY THAT CONGRESS HAS PERMANENTLY APPROVED IN THE EVENT IT’S NEEDED, ALLOWING THE PRESIDENT TO BYPASS DIRECT CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL TO MAKE A SETTLEMENT. The U.S. previously paid out $278 million in Iran-related claims by using the fund in 1991.

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    Lankford Letter The Judgment Fund to Iran

    Sep 16, 2016 – The Judgment Fund: History, Administration, and Common Usage. https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42835.pdf. Federation of …. In 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed James Lee Witt as FEMA Director. In 1996, the agency …

    Sept 16, 2016 Lankford Letter The Judgment Fund to Iran

    Who knew? I’d never heard of “THE JUDGMENT FUND” until I read the Lankford Letter.

    HOW DOES THE JUDGMENT FUND OPERATE TODAY?

    BY DEFINITION, IT REQUIRES NO FURTHER CONGRESSIONAL ACTION AND DOES NOT EXPIRE AT THE CLOSE OF ANY FISCAL YEAR.

    THE APPROPRIATION MAKES AN “UNLIMITED AMOUNT OF FUNDS” AVAILABLE FOR PAYMENT OF CERTAIN JUDGMENTS AGAINST THE UNITED STATES.

    NEGOTIATED AND AGREED TO BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE.

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    Senators Fischer and Lankford Introduce Bill to Expose Taxpayer Funds Transferred to Iran

    http://www.fischer.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2016/7/senators-fischer-and-lankford-introduce-bill-to-expose-taxpayer-funds-transferred-to-iran

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    CNS – Legal Experts Defend Big US Payment to Iran

    www.courthousenews.com/2016/09/…/legal-experts-defend-big-us-payment-to-iran.h…

    Sep 7, 2016 – Congress has amended THE JUDGMENT FUND numerous times since, according to the testimony of Neal … 5, to account for $1.3 billion in interest.

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    Behind My Back | FEDERAL ISSUES AND REFORM

    www.behindmyback.org/category/federal-issues-and-reform/
    Sep 16, 2016

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    Obamacare Insurers Could Get Money From Government Fund

    dailysignal.com/…/obamacare-insurers-could-get-billions-from-controversial-govern…

    Mar 16, 2016 – The Obama administration’s use of THE JUDGMENT FUND has been the subject of … Health Republic Insurance of Oregon filed a $5 billion class action lawsuit … If the lawsuit leads to a settlement, the money could come from THE JUDGMENT FUND ….. It was upheld by the Supreme Court on June 28, 2012.

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    Good grief, we live in a country where anybody can sue anybody for “whatever”

    When everybody in the world sues the US government for  “whatever” reason in the world….

    And, congress won’t appropriate funds to pay for “whatever”

    The billions and billions of dollars are  paid out of  THE JUDGMENT FUND for “whatever”

    For the last 40 years 1977-2017 the billions of dollars in settlements for  “whatever” came out of  AMERICAN TAXPAYERS POCKETS

    The bottom line

    IF CONGRESS BROKE IT…

    THE 2017 REPUBLICAN CONGRESS CAN FIX “WHATEVER” WE THE PEOPLE WANT

    AND THAT INCLUDES OBAMACARE