Thomas Paine

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

6 November - Quick Notes

FARMINGDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 03:  U.S. Army sold...
FARMINGDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 03: U.S. Army soldiers secure portable meals from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) onto delivery trucks in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy on November 3, 2012 at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, New York. With the death toll currently over 100 and millions of homes and businesses without power, the U.S. East Coast is attempting to recover from the effects of floods, fires and power outages brought on by Superstorm Sandy. New Jersey has begun rationing gas and the Department of Defense will be setting up mobile gas stations in New York City and Long Island. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
FARMINGDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 03:  A truck loaded...
FARMINGDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 03: A truck loaded with boxes of food from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is readied in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy on November 3, 2012 at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, New York. With the death toll currently over 100 and millions of homes and businesses without power, the U.S. East Coast is attempting to recover from the effects of floods, fires and power outages brought on by Superstorm Sandy. New Jersey has begun rationing gas and the Department of Defense will be setting up mobile gas stations in New York City and Long Island. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
FARMINGDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 03:  Evanti Hill of...
FARMINGDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Evanti Hill of Missouri loads boxes with portable meals from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on to delivery trucks in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy on November 3, 2012 at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, New York. With the death toll currently over 100 and millions of homes and businesses without power, the U.S. East Coast is attempting to recover from the effects of floods, fires and power outages brought on by Superstorm Sandy. New Jersey has begun rationing gas and the Department of Defense will be setting up mobile gas stations in New York City and Long Island. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
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US Navy 050903-N-5319A-011 An Air National Guard MH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter drops off water and Meals Ready-to-Eat (MRE^rsquo,s) to stranded New Orleans citizens after the city was devastated by Hurricane Katrina (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
FARMINGDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 03:  Workers load b...
FARMINGDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Workers load boxes with portable meals from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on to delivery trucks in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy on November 3, 2012 at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, New York. With the death toll currently over 100 and millions of homes and businesses without power, the U.S. East Coast is attempting to recover from the effects of floods, fires and power outages brought on by Superstorm Sandy. New Jersey has begun rationing gas and the Department of Defense will be setting up mobile gas stations in New York City and Long Island. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)



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In addition to the National Guard and FEMA, one of the more active relief efforts in New York City has been a volunteer effort organized by alumnae of Occupy Wall 





www.democracynow.org
In addition to the National Guard and FEMA, one of the more active relief efforts in New York City has been a volunteer effort organized by alumnae of Occupy Wall 



Baltimore announces city-wide surveillance roll out that records passenger conversations on city buses

The surveillance society continues to grow unabated, as the city of Baltimore becomes the latest governmental entity to trample civil rights in the name of "public safety."

According to the Baltimore Sun, city officials have now authorized the recording of private conversations on
public buses "to investigate crimes, accidents and poor customer service."

Marked with signs to alert passengers that open mics are picking up every word they say, the first 10 buses with the new surveillance equipment began operation towards the end of October. Eventually, officials say they will expand the program to 340 buses, or about half the fleet, by next summer.

'We want to make people feel safe...'

The paper said the audio surveillance will be incorporated into the video surveillance systems already on board the buses (no plausible explanations on how an audio capability is supposed to enhance video surveillance, either).

"We want to make sure people feel safe, and this builds up our arsenal of tools to keep our patrons safe," said Ralign Wells, the Maryland Transit Administration chief. "The audio completes the information package for investigators and responders."

At this point, it's appropriate to remind readers that "public safety" is the excuse of choice for authoritarians who no longer feel constrained by the Constitution. But then, why would they, considering they are being enabled by a federal court system that, time and again, upholds such blatant violations as "reasonable?" The MTA said it first checked with the state Attorney General's office on the legality of adding audio surveillance; the AG's office said it was, based on a 2000 appeals court decision, in which a panel ruled such surveillance did not violate state wiretapping laws (no word on how public eavesdropping applies to a law regulating wiretapping, but the use of tortured logic to implement unconstitutional measures is not a new tactic to authoritarians).

The American Civil Liberties Union does not always come down on the right side of the Constitution either, but in this case, the organization has it right.

David Rocah, a staff attorney with the Maryland chapter of the ACLU, said he was "flabbergasted" by the plan, which he says is being implemented under the guise of a pilot program after a similar proposal was rejected by the state's highest-ranking transportation official and the General Assembly three times in 2009.

"People don't want or need to have their private conversations recorded by MTA as a condition of riding a bus," Rocah told the paper. "A significant number of people have no viable alternative to riding a bus, and they should not be forced to give up their privacy rights."

MTA police dispatchers say they receive anywhere from 45 to 100 calls daily from bus drivers reporting everything from unruly passengers to criminal activity. Capt. Burna McCollum, commander of the MTA police technical services division, said that while video is a very useful tool in helping to solve crimes, the audio is needed because, essentially, he wants to take away a witnesses' choice not to get involved.

State senate willing to get involved?

As reported by the Sun, "Video is a critical tool for investigators sorting out the details of an incident, but when witnesses walk away, are reluctant to cooperate or give conflicting accounts, an audio recording can fill in missing information," McCollum said.

Translation: Police will now be able to force city residents to get involved in criminal investigations, even if they would otherwise choose not to for, say, personal safety reasons (no word on whether police are prepared to provide such unwilling witnesses 24/7 protection for as long as necessary).

Other area transportation systems have chosen the correct constitutional route and have decided against audio surveillance, the paper said.

"It's an end run and ripe for a court challenge," Sen. James Brochin, a Baltimore County Democrat and member of the state Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. "They have absolutely no grounds to do this. If we can't get them to listen and change their minds, we'll deal with this ... and make them defend what's indefensible."

Here's hoping that isn't just bluster.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/037841_Baltimore_surveillance_city_buses.html#ixzz2BLsZC7xI

 How International Voting Methods Differ From US
Top 10 dire predictions for Obama's second term: More GMOs, vaccines, tyranny and government "kill lists" http://www.naturalnews.com/037872_Obama_election_predictions.html

CMD's state rep. and ALEC sleuth Mark Pocan was elected to represent Madison in the U.S. Congress today. Mark dubbed ALEC as a "dating service" for corporate lobbyists and lonely legislators. He makes history as the nation's first married, openly gay legislator. Plus, Maryland made history voting to uphold same sex marriage rights tonight, according to MSNBC.

Iggy Comes Clean, Redeems Self - a Bit

Michael Ignatieff has a warning - parliamentary democracy is in big trouble and may fall victim to today's authoritarian prime ministers.

I think something really bad has happened to parliamentary democracies all over the world — not just in my country, Canada. What’s happened is increasing power to the prime minister, increasing power to the bureaucracy, and the legislature — parliament — is a kind of empty, pointless debating chamber because it’s all stitched up in advance by party leaders,” Ignatieff said during a weekend panel discussion, aired by the BBC during its annual Free Thinking Festival.

Ignatieff told Postmedia News by email that his message at the Free Thinking Festival was that, “what is in a party leader or prime minister’s interest is not always in the interest of democracy.”
Disgraceful and disgusting. People in these states need to stop putting up with it and raise holy heck! You have four years before the next big event. Get busy NOW.
The Empire State Building is lit blue after Obama wins the presidential election on election night November 6, 2012 in New York City - FULL STORY http://on.rt.com/71s77z

(AFP Photo / Allison Joyce)
The Empire State Building is lit blue after Obama wins the presidential election on election night November 6, 2012 in New York City - FULL STORY http://on.rt.com/71s77z

(AFP Photo / Allison Joyce)

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Prop 37 update: Although the proposition was a HUGE victory for awareness (and the GMO issue isn't going away!), early results show the measure failing at the ballot box. Monsanto funded massive fraud to defeat this. More updates coming later...



Vaccine Autism Cover-up Exposed by Fraud

by Tim Bolen - Nov 6

The “Danish Study” has been used as the foundation of the vaccine industry’s claim that “there is no relationship between vaccines and Autism.”
  • Jocelyn Boyle Not exactly. First off I'm saying that since vaccines were already in use for thirty years in 1975 that we should be exploring other reasons. Diagnoses plays a huge role, in 1975 when you were diagnosed as autistic there was something immediately recog...See More
    I actually have done some research on this and studies have shown that autism is genetic!!! I have a few friends with children who have autism and it has been in their families..ever wondered why we don't have polio anymore or severe cases of chicken 

  • Jocelyn Boyle It infuriates me that conspiracy theory nuts have made this their cause. I want to hurt people who say things like big pharmaceutical companies are the bad guys making a killing on selling bad vaccines. Big pharma is really going to have their payday curing diseases like small pox and polio, diseases that they already wiped out once.
     Aint no secret if you just stay informed. My daughter didnt have any vaccinations until she was 5. There are ways. Information has to be sought.
  •  http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/SafetyAvailability/VaccineSafety/UCM096228
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    Thimerosal is a mercury-containing organic compound (an organomercurial). Since ..
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    John Farnham I've run into more sites Red flagged because of their views against profligate use of vaccines than enough. They have their place and proper utility. The problem is we are nowhere near that state of affairs. I became p.o.'d enough to flag info for those willing to check it out. http://oldephartte.livejournal.com/4649.html
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    I received an email at Care2. It contained 3 links to Brasscheck TV Image via Wi...See More
     

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