Saturday, August 12, 2017

Nuclear EMP - Death of a Continent?

Many people - even in Congress - are not fully aware of the consequences of an EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) that occurs when a nuclear weapon is exploded high in the atmosphere. And the same effect occurs when we are hit with a large solar flare, as happened in 1989 when a not-so-large flare hit eastern Canada and knocked out their grid.

In July 1962, the US carried out the Starfish Prime test, exploding a small 1.44 megaton bomb 250 miles above the mid-Pacific Ocean. This demonstrated that the effects of a high-altitude nuclear explosion were much larger than had been previously calculated. The detonation caused electrical damage in Hawaii, 898 miles away from the detonation point, knocking out about streetlights, setting off burglar alarms and damaging a microwave link. A large device detonated at 250 to 312 miles over Kansas would affect all of the continental U.S.

It does not take much for any country with a nuke to end a lot of human life in America. Their missile need not be accurate - just get it over us and detonate it in the atmosphere. The EMP that ensues can knock out the electical grid, if not hardened (and most of it isn't). And it would not be a short-term power outtage. It could last for several years, as we would not have the means (the power) to rebuild everything, transport the materials to the sites and get things running again.

Worse still, the large transformers are only manufactured in China and Brazil. Even if those countries wanted to help, it could take 6 months to 5 years to rebuild the grid. How many people would die in that time? No food. No banking. No way to earn a living. No way to travel to stores, even if there were goods available.

Transformers would be blown, on a large scale. Even car batteries would be destroyed. No power, no communications, no internet. No transporting goods, such as groceries. No large scale farming.

But it gets worse - America would be so weakened, brought to its knees. Our enemies (and the world is full of them) could just walk in and take over. Anyone bringing in food, for example, would be treated as lords. And if you have food, but your neighbor's kids are literally dying of starvation, your "best bud" neighbor will kill you and your family to get food for his own. It's survival of the fittest. Believe it!

Experts have estimated that a large-scale destruction of our power grid would likely result in the deaths of anywhere from 50% to 90% of America's population.

And all it would take is one nuke detonated high in the atmosphere...

Friday, June 23, 2017

Are They Really After Equal Rights?

Feminism. Equal rights for this group or that. Special treatment for different classes of people. Unisex bathrooms.

It's getting crazy! And it is the intentional push by the mainstream media and the left to muddy the waters as much as possible, to cause so much confusion - and guilt - that it becomes easy for them to get their liberal agenda through, because confused people, riddled with the guilt imposed upon them, will throw their hands up and surrender.

The purpose of this post, however, is to make a single point that clears all the mud from the waters.

Let's start with the fact that feminists do not want equal rights - they want more rights. They want equal pay (fair enough) but refuse to accept that Daddy can get custody of the kids, and think women are entitled to special treatment, such as when they break the law and resist arrest, the police should not use physical force to subdue them, if necessary. And feminists do not want equality for all women - not one speaks out against the abuse that some nations impose on women, nor do they stand up for any conservative women. If the woman is not an American, and a liberal, feminists are not interested in protecting their rights. So, feminism is a farce - a creation by a far-left liberal to push a liberal agenda.

The same can be said for other groups that claim they only want "equal rights", when in fact, they want to be recognized and treated as special. Whether its "safe spaces", or a desire to erase history they do not like (i.e. taking down monuments, flags etc.) or stifling free speech that they disagree with, those groups are also pushing a false agenda. They want their free speech, but do not allow for it from others.

So here's a simple point: everyone, regardless of age, gender, religion, race - whatever - everyone should be treated equally. Not better. Not worse. If Martha Stewart goes to jail for lying, so should Hillary. If a Navy recruit goes to prison for a minor infraction of national security, then so should Eric Holder (Fast & Furious). If a man can be physically subdued for breaking the law, then the same should hold true for a woman. And if that is not acceptable, then NEITHER should be physically subdued for breaking the law. What is good for the goose is good for the gander. Equality does not allow for exceptions.

Equality is not always nice - but it is always fair. It is why the statue of Justice wears a blindfold.

Each of us must make a choice - believe that either we are ALL equal, or none of us are. No special treatment due to your class, race, gender etc. Respect the rights of all people, or of none.

That said, equality is a figment of the imagination. It does not exist in nature, nor does fairness - any equality or fairness that exists must be imposed by the strong to protect the weak. Does anyone believe a child born deformed and mentally challenged could ever truly be equal with brainy, athletic people?

And one final point of fact - EQUAL is not synonymous with SAME. Males and females are not the same, and therefore can never be completely equal - at least not until men can experience child-birth, and women no longer have an extra rib. Ethnicities can be equal, but never the same.

Try not to miss the point - we are either equal or we are not. We can't have it both ways. Equality is not a part-time thing that applies over here, but not over there. If you think it is wrong to treat one person a certain way because of their gender, race, religion etc., then it is wrong to treat anyone that way. Always put the shoe on your own foot - would you like to be treated that way?

It's time we stopped letting the left muddy things up by telling us we all need to be not only equal, but the same. We only need to accept each other for who and what we are as individuals.


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Thursday, March 16, 2017

How to Hold Activist Judges Accountable

There have been countless complaints about the current state of our judicial system, with so many activist judges illegally legislating from the bench. And it has been impossible to fix it because judges are appointed for life, and the Constitution allows only one method of removal - for lack of "good behavior".

And while it would appear that illegally legislating from the bench is bad behavior, the  courts have declared (again, illegally) that only "high crimes and misdemeanors"  can constitute bad behavior. Such a declaration by the court is a case of the fox guarding the hen house.

To remove a judge, the judge must be impeached by a simple majority of the House, and a two-thirds majority of the senate.

This entire debacle is easily fixed - Congress, the only body with the authority to do so - should pass a law that clarifies what constitutes bad behavior of judges, and should include "legislating from the bench" as an impeachable offense.

Today, the difficult part would be getting the law passed through the Senate, and getting 60 votes for any impeachment. But thanks to Harry Reid, the "nuclear option" could be used, and only a simple majority would be required in the senate.

The law should state that a judge shall be reprimanded for a first offense. A second offense within three years would result in impeachment.

While this would not fix all the issues with rogue judges, it would certainly provide the People with a method for protecting themselves from them.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A Better, Affordable Health Care Plan

A REAL healthcare bill would include the following:

1) No mandates or credits (see below)

2) Ability to cobble together the health care each person wants or needs, even across state lines. Would create lower costs through competition

3) Price transparency, so people can shop for the least expensive service. Would create lower costs through competition

4) Tort reform - cap malpractice suits to a reasonable level, so providers would not be forced to push unnecessary tests & procedures just to cover their butts

   4a)  Eliminate class action suits for "bad drugs" approved by the FDA unless there is intent of wrongdoing. Would severely reduce cost for prescriptions

5) The government should increase the FICA contribution by employers and employees by 2.5%, and use those funds to provide catastrophic coverage to everyone in a household earning less than 250% of poverty level ($50/year from each, for each $10,000 of income)

6) Those whose household income is at or below poverty level would already have catastrophic coverage (see above) and medicaid for other health care costs. Since medicaid now only needs to cover non-catastrophic costs, the medicaid is less expensive, allowing states to provide more coverage for less

Whereas payroll deductions would provide catastrophic coverage for lower & middle income, and current medicaid would cover most of any balance for the poor, and whereas costs for health care and/or insurance costs have been significantly reduced, anyone earning over 250% of poverty level could well afford their own insurance. Hence, no mandates or credits are necessary.



Wednesday, March 1, 2017

What President Trump Should Do With "Dreamers"

Immigration - particularly illegal immigration - has been a top concern of Americans for decades. Former president Obama issued an executive order called "The Dream Act" that allows those brought here illegally, as children, the right to stay, work and go to school.

To begin, I do not approve of rewarding those who break the law. On the other hand, I am a firm believer in second chances for those who earn them.

One question president Trump is wrestling with is what to do about the "Dreamers". Naturally, I have a suggestion.

First, any Dreamer who has been convicted of any crime should be deported - NOW. The rest would have the next seven years to prove their allegiance to our country and laws - if they break any crimnal laws, they get deported. But if they stay clean, learn English, work hard and show they are an asset, at the end of seven years they can be granted citizenship. They will have earned it.

One other option: they can serve in the United States military for a minimum of 4 years. Upon completion of four years of honorable active service, they may be granted citizenship.

I know a lot of hard right and hard left people will find fault with such a plan, but the truth remains that it is fair. And what is America if not fair?

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Why the Stock Market is Important to Non-Investors

I was talking with a fellow at the coffee shop this morning and I happened to mention the economy has grown almost $3 trillion since Trump was elected, and the stock market keeps breaking record highs every day. I also mentioned that the media, including the "venerable" New York Times, has failed to mention any of it, as their agenda does not include giving Trump credit for anything.

He said, "So what. I don't invest in the markets, so it doesn't affect me."

Too many uninformed people believe that. They think the market growth only benefits those that play the markets. Not true. Not even close to true.

When people invest in the markets, they are "loaning" their money to businesses. With $3 trillion being pumped into businesses across the country, and even around the world, those businesses can hire more people (job creation), research, develop and produce more and newer products (consumer goods). This increase in production and hiring results in more taxes being paid into the United States Treasury, which helps fund Social Security, Medicare and many other programs.

The hiring also removes people from food stamps and welfare, saving taxpayers a bundle.

And, of course, as companies grow, the investors on Main Street receive a profit they can spend in their communities.

So the next time you hear someone complain that a growing stock market has no effect on him or her, you can set them straight.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Real Truth Behind Health Care Costs

There are almost as many "health care replacement plans" as there are people in Congress. And not one of them attacks the real problem. The problem is not insurance - it's health care PRICING.

Health care lobbyists have succeeded in bullying our lawmakers into allowing "secret pricing" that can vary from place to place, and even person to person. Unlike any other product, where every consumer pays the same price in any given store, health care providers can charge almost anything they want, according to what they think they can get someone to pay.

As an example, when I scheduled a colonoscopy at Exeter NH hospital, I asked the cost. At first they did not even want to tell me the cost. When I threatened to go elsewhere, I was told it would cost "about $1500". When I told them I did not have insurance, the cost suddenly collapsed to $650. The way I see it, if I could get it for $650, then everyone should be charged the same.

As another example, I went to GoodRx.com to get pricing for a prescription. As you can see by this screenshot, the exact same prescription was a different price in several different pharmacies. And worse yet, the NON-DISCOUNT price was much higher. In other words, John Doe would pay up to $75, while I could get the same prescription for $26.85. Again, if one person pays $26.85, that should be the price for everyone, without having to get some "coupon".

Because of secret pricing, and variable pricing, health insurance is far more expensive than it needs to be, and deductibles are far greater than necessary.

The way I see it, the entire health care debacle could be easily solved and made affordable by government intervention to standardize pricing (after negotiating the best deal) and allowing people to shop around for the various parts of insurance they want, even across state lines. And if tort reform is included, that would bring costs down even more - we've all seen the thousands of "lawyer" ads suing for every drug ever created, driving up prices. And by setting caps on malpractice, doctors could charge less.

Every person who wants to see the best health care at the lowest costs should contact their representatives and senators and send them a link to this post, or, at the very least, demand they buck the lobbyistys and standardize health care costs for every drug, every service, every procedure.

Then perhaps we will finally have the best health care system in the world.

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