Government Activating FEMA Camps Across U.S.

Halliburton subsidiary KBR’s call for FEMA camp service bids arrived right after the Senate overwhelmingly passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which permits the military to detain and interrogate supposed domestic terror suspects in violation of the Fourth Amendment.Section 1031 of the NDAA bill declares the whole of the United States as a “battlefield” and allows American citizens to be arrested on U.S. soil and incarcerated indefinitely. In 2009, the National Emergency Centers Act or HR 645 was introduced in Congress. It mandates the establishment of “national emergency centers” to be located on military installations for the purpose of providing “temporary housing, medical, and humanitarian assistance to individuals and families dislocated due to an emergency or major disaster,” according to the bill. In addition to emergencies, the legislation is designed to “meet other appropriate needs, as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security,” an open ended mandate which many fear could mean the forced detention of American citizens in the event of widespread rioting after a national emergency or total economic collapse.

  • The Feds are systematically preparing to establish detention camps. The question is why? And under what circumstances? The potential for abuse of powers is enormous

FDA Approves Plan B, Then HHS Overrules

On Wednesday, the FDA approved the sale of Plan B One-Step emergency contraception as an over-the-counter medication to girls younger than 17. It was already and will continue to be available to women 17 and older without a prescription. On Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services overruled the FDA decision to allow an emergency morning-after contraceptive pill to be sold to girls younger than 17 without a prescription. “There is adequate and reasonable, well-supported, and science-based evidence that Plan B One-Step is safe and effective and should be approved for non-prescription use for all females of childbearing potential,” FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said in a statement. Sebelius decided 10- and 11-year-olds should not be able to buy the drug “alongside bubble gum or batteries” because it could have an adverse effect if not used properly.

  • Morning after pills to 10-11 year-olds? Over the counter? Seriously? The FDA has become a front for the secular, sex-addled socialists seeking to destroy God’s natural order.

New Deal Forged to Try and Save the Euro

Twenty-three European Union states agreed Friday to set up a new treaty, giving up crucial powers over their own budgets in an attempt to overcome a crippling debt crisis. All 17 countries that use the euro, plus Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria are part of the new deal. The U.K. gave a clear “no,” while Hungary, Sweden and the Czech Republic left the door open to sign up at some point if their parliaments want them too. For the past two years, the countries that share the euro have been rocked by a debt crisis that has recently threatened the survival of the currency. Germany and France in particular argued that only tough rules enshrined in a treaty would convince markets that all countries will be able to repay their debts and a similar crisis will never happen again. All 23 countries commit to keep their deficits below 0.5% of economic output. The European Court of Justice will make sure all states’ debt brakes are effective, with more automatic penalties for deficit sinners.

  • The crisis leads to more globalization, all part of the New World Order’s strategy

‘Temporary’ Tax Cuts Plentiful, and Often Long-Term

President Obama wants to extend this year’s payroll tax cut for another year. But if history is any guide, it could be on its way to becoming a permanent part of the tax code. No fewer than 65 tax cuts are set to expire in 2011, a testament to the scores of temporary reductions that riddle the tax code. Most are extended year after year. The payroll tax cut — from 6.2% to 4.2% for about 160 million workers — is far broader than most of the so-called “rifle shots” aimed at helping one industry or interest group. It costs $112 billion in lost revenue to the Social Security Trust Fund, which must be made up from general revenue. Senior White House officials acknowledge it may be difficult to raise the tax rate back to 6.2% unless the economy improves and average Americans can afford, on average, a $1,000 tax increase.

Tax cuts are often temporary, with expiration dates, because of the arcane way in which Congress budgets. President George W. Bush’s 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, for example, were set to expire 10 years later so they could be approved as part of the budget process with only 51 Senate votes, rather than 60. Still, Bush’s cuts were extended for two years last December, and most of them are almost certain to be extended again in 2012. Many “temporary” cuts from 1998 remain on the books today, including tax credits for research and development and for businesses hiring people from the welfare rolls. One of those coming up for renewal is a steadily increasing income exemption that shields more than 20 million taxpayers from paying more under the Alternative Minimum Tax. The last two-year extension cost more than $136 billion.

  • Politicians love tax cuts and spending increases because it helps them get elected by a greedy, gullible public. Unfortunately, this has created the current debt crisis which can only be overcome with less spending and tax increases. Since this is unlikely, a second worse recession is on the horizon

Military Bible Ban Rescinded

The Walter Reed military hospital says it has rescinded a ban on Bibles or other religious materials being used or given away during visits to wounded troops. The ban was issued in September but only came to light last week. It said, “No religious items, i.e. Bibles, reading material and/or artifacts are allowed to be given away or used during a visit.” Iowa Congressman Steve King’s office says that when he demanded an explanation, the hospital’s senior officers told him the memo was improperly worded and would be rewritten to affirm that religious items are “welcome in the hospital, if they are welcomed by the patient.” On its website, Walter Reed now apologizes and says the visitation policy has been rescinded, that patients’ families may bring religious materials and that religious groups won’t be barred from visiting.

While rescinding and apologizing, the military also reveals their anti-Christian bias

Studies Show Prayer Improves Mental and Physical Health

An exhaustive analysis of more that 1,500 reputable medical studies indicates “people who are more religious and pray more have better mental and physical health,” Duke University’s Harold G. Koenig told Newsmas. “And out of 125 studies that looked at the link between health and regular worship, 85 shows regular churchgoers live longer.” The proof of the power of prayer is “overwhelming,” says researcher and former atheist Tom Knox, who became a Christian worshiper after doing in-depth study of the medical benefits of faith. “What I discovered astonished me. Over the past 30 years, a growing body of scientific work shows religious belief is medically, socially and psychologically beneficial.” “What’s more,” Koenig adds, believers “experience less depression, less anxiety, and the commit suicide less often. The have stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure.”

Bankruptcies Drop as Corporate Profits & Cash at Record High

Consumers may be struggling financially, but companies are having a great year. While unemployment remains stubbornly high and more consumers are facing serious financial hardship, corporate earnings and cash hordes continue to be at record highs. Another sign of the great shape companies are in is the dearth of corporate bankruptcies. Thanks largely to the availability of low cost loans following the financial crisis in 2008-2010, companies have largely been able to finance their debts. Meanwhile, rampant cost cutting has allowed companies to operate more leanly than they’ve been able to in years. As a result, corporate bankruptcies have declined dramatically. Just 1.9% of companies with the lowest credit ratings have defaulted over the past 12 months, says Standard & Poor’s. That’s well below the long-term average of 4.6%.

  • This is the underlying cause of the Occupy protests as corporations profit at the expense of jobs

Retailers, Small businesses Brace for Postal Cuts

Snail mail is about to trudge even slower, forcing companies dependent on the postal service, such as prescription-medication firm Express Scripts and thousands of small businesses, to revamp fundamental business models. The U.S. Postal Service’s plan to save $2.1 billion a year and fend off possible bankruptcy threatens to end almost all overnight delivery of first-class letters and postcards next year. Everyone from Netflix to timely magazines to the greeting card industry to political campaigns who still rely massively on traditional mail deliveries will be negatively impacted. Online retailers — not to mention small and midsize businesses — that are dependent on timely shipping could feel the pinch. estimates 92% of the specialized T-shirts and apparel it sells are shipped, via a third-party, through the Postal Service. The threat of discontinued Saturday mail service, which would require congressional approval, could add two days.

  • I want everything now and I don’t care what damage it does to the economy

Crowded ERs Help Urgent Care Centers Thrive

Across the U.S., an estimated 3 million patients visit these centers each week, according to the Urgent Care Association of America, a trade group based in Chicago. To meet demand, the number of facilities has increased from 8,000 in 2008 to more than 9,200 this year, the association said. About 600 urgent centers opened this year. Fueling that rise are two longstanding trends — crowded emergency rooms and a lack of primary care doctors. Urgent care operators say another factor is helping to propel business: the drive to lower costs. Urgent care centers’ fees are at least half those charged at a hospital emergency department for the same condition. The savings in ER costs are a big draw for patients without insurance, as well as insured patients facing higher out-of-pocket costs because of rising deductibles.

Public Mass Transit Regains Footing

More people rode public transportation in the first nine months of this year than last, a sign that more people are working and looking for cheaper options to get around. Ridership on public buses and trains increased 2% — from 7.63 billion rides to 7.76 billion. People are turning to public transit as a less expensive option to high gas prices. About 60% of public transit riders are commuters going to and from work. The increase is part of an upward trend in transit ridership that has been taking place since the mid-1990s. The increase in riders comes as almost 80% of public transit agencies say they cut service or increased fares last year or are considering such moves.

Fastest-Growing Urban Parks Are for the Dogs

Urban parks are going to the dogs. Dog parks where canines can romp freely without a tether are the fastest-growing segment of city parks, according to a study by the non-profit Trust for Public Land. There were 569 off-leash dog parks in the 100 largest cities in 2010, a 34% jump in five years. Portland, Ore., has the highest per capita: 5.7 dog parks for every 100,000 residents. The increase mirrors demographic shifts: There are now more households with dogs (43 million) than with kids (38 million). Dog parks have become the equivalent of playgrounds and community centers.

States Expand Lucrative Pensions to More Jobs

Special retirement benefits once reserved for police, firefighters and others with dangerous jobs are now being given to tens of thousands of state workers employed as park rangers, foresters, dispatchers, coroners, even highway laborers, museum guards and lifeguards. The trend will add heavily to the $70 billion that state taxpayers owe state retirement funds each year and is costing states such as Florida and Maryland $15 million to $30 million annually, a USA TODAY analysis shows. Thirty-one states have passed laws since 2000 that expand the range of workers who can retire when they turn 50 or 55 or after working 20 or 25 years, then collect special pensions that will pay some an extra $1 million or more in retirement. People in dangerous public safety jobs have long had enhanced early retirement to encourage them to make way for younger workers as their physical abilities decline, and to compensate them for lasting physical and mental damage.

  • Unfunded pension liabilities are already a noose around state finances. For some inexplicable reason, states are now tightening the noose themselves.

Economic News

The number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in nine months, evidence that the job market is improving. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications dropped by 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 381,000. That’s the lowest number of applications since late February, and a level that can support weak, but sustained job growth.

The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in October to its lowest point of the year as Americans bought fewer foreign cars and imported less oil. Exports of American-made autos also fell. The Commerce Department said Friday that the trade deficit shrank 1.6% to $43.5 billion. Imports fell 1% to $222.6 billion, reflecting a 5% decline in oil imports. Exports slipped 0.8 percent to $179.2 billion, the first drop after three months of gains.

The European Central Bank has cut its key interest rate by a quarter percentage point to 1.0% to help the Eurozone economy as it slides toward recession because of the debt crisis. The bank also cut rates five weeks ago.

Americans have been driving fewer miles every month since March, a decline fueled by factors ranging from the weak economy to high gas prices. The miles driven during the year that ended in September were down 1%.

Middle East

Israeli aircraft fired missiles at militant facilities in the Gaza Strip early Friday, killing a Palestinian civilian and wounding 25 other people, Gaza officials said, as a new round of violence in the area threatened to escalate into a wider confrontation. The airstrikes, confirmed by the Israeli military, followed Israeli air attacks a day earlier that killed two Islamic militants and touched off rocket fire from Gaza on southern Israel. The rockets caused no casualties but further ratcheted up frictions.

As more details emerge from the massive explosion at an Iranian missile base a few weeks ago, the Iranians are heightening their military preparedness. Units, particularly those that would respond to a military assault, have been placed on high alert. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard forces are said to be on a “war footing.” The missile base that was destroyed was home to solid fuel missiles—which can be launched without notice. Israeli special forces are suspected of causing two explosions on Iran’s munitions bases.


Russia and NATO remain deadlocked on a long-running dispute over the alliance’s plan for a missile shield for Europe, officials said Thursday, and Russia warned that time was running out for an agreement. NATO and the United States say the planned missile defense program is meant to protect Europe from threats in the Middle East. Russia has insisted on a treaty that would be binding on the United States and its allies, guaranteeing that the anti-missile system would in no way threaten Russia’s own ballistic missiles. The U.S. has said it’s willing to adopt a nonbinding written agreement, but that a treaty is unworkable.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin blasted U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday for encouraging and supporting the election protesters and warned of a wider Russian crackdown on unrest. By describing Russia’s parliamentary election as rigged, Putin said Clinton “gave a signal” to his opponents. Russian protesters have taken to the streets in Moscow and St. Petersburg for three straight nights despite heavy police presence, outraged over observers’ reports of widespread ballot box stuffing and manipulations of the vote count in Sunday’s parliamentary election. The demonstrations have been some of the biggest and most sustained protests Russia has seen in years, and police have detained hundreds of protesters.


The United States is in discussions with Libya over ways to help rebuild the country’s military, which the U.S. military considers essential to unify the country and bring rival militias under national control. If the two countries do establish a relationship, it would not be the scale of U.S. efforts to rebuild the militaries of Iraq and Afghanistan. Libya’s military mostly disintegrated over the course of the revolt that began with protests in February. Some units defected to the rebel side, some fought alongside foreign mercenaries and indiscriminately bombed cities, and others broke under pressure from rebel forces and NATO airstrikes. Libya had an impressive arsenal for a small country, according to a report of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, with more than 4,000 tanks and other armored vehicles and 400 combat aircraft.

  • How long are we going to continue to arm our enemies who ultimately turn our own equipment against us?


Data obtained by Amnesty International shows that the US has repeatedly transferred ammunition to Egypt despite security forces’ violent crackdown on protesters. A shipment for the Egyptian Ministry of Interior arrived from the US on 26 November carrying at least seven tons of “ammunition smoke” – which includes chemical irritants and riot control agents such as tear gas. It was one of at least three arms deliveries to Egypt by the US company Combined Systems, Inc. since the brutal crackdown on the “25 January Revolution” protesters.


Afghanistan’s president vowed Wednesday to confront the government in Pakistan over a devastating suicide bombing against a Shiite shrine in Kabul that he said originated on Pakistani soil. At least 56 people were killed in Tuesday’s bombing at a shrine where hundreds had gathered to mark the Shiite holy day of Ashura. One American citizen was among the dead. A man claiming to be from Lashkar-e-Jhangvi al-Alami, a Pakistan-based splinter group of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi that has carried out attacks against Shiite Muslims in Pakistan, has called various media outlets to claim responsibility for the Kabul bombing. Pakistan dismissed any suggestions that the violent sectarian group has links to the country’s intelligence agencies.


Assailants torched more than 20 tankers in Pakistan carrying fuel for U.S. and NATO troops in neighboring Afghanistan on Thursday, in the first reported attack since Islamabad closed the border to protest coalition airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani troops last month. Several hundred trucks have been stranded at poorly guarded terminals around the country as they wait for Pakistan to reopen its two border crossings into Afghanistan. Around 40 percent of the non-lethal supplies for U.S.-led troops in landlocked Afghanistan travel across Pakistani soil. Rockets were fired at a terminal for the tankers close to the southwestern city of Quetta. At least 23 tankers were set ablaze.


The USA endured 12 billion-dollar weather and climate disasters in 2011, breaking the record of nine set in 2008. The aggregate damage from these 12 events is approximately $52 billion. The breakdown for the 12 disasters: six severe weather/tornado outbreaks; the spring and summer river flooding along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers; the ongoing Southern drought; the blizzard in February in the Central and Eastern USA; Hurricane Irene in August; and the Southwestern wildfires. In these 12 disasters, 646 Americans have been killed, the weather service says. Including other weather events that didn’t reach the billion-dollar threshold, more than 1,000 people have lost their lives because of weather and climate events this year.

this year’s U.N. climate negotiations are poised to end without a new binding accord to reduce the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. The 12-day U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban, South Africa, is likely to end today or Saturday much as it began — without a definitive successor to a 1997 global warming treaty, the first phase of which expires next year. The Kyoto Protocol obligates 37 industrial nations to lower their greenhouse gas emissions, compared with 1990 levels, an average of about 5% between 2008 and 2012. It does not require cuts of developing countries, including China and India. The United States never ratified the treaty because of its exemptions for the developing world but has made voluntary efforts to cut emissions. Now, the European Union says it will not renew its pledges to reduce emissions for another five-year period unless all countries — rich and poor alike — agree to negotiate a new binding treaty. India and China are also playing hardball.

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