Featured Image: A typical toy cap gun display. CREDIT: Netspotz2 This work has been released into the public domain by its author, Netspotz2 at the wikipedia project. This applies worldwide. SOURCE:Wikipedia Commons. The anti-gun propaganda aimed at out kids by the “free” government school system continues. It’s time to return the control of educating our children back to their local districts. Get the federal government out
From: empiresports.co With the new laws in effect in Colorado, major sports organizations are looking for ways to cash in on the newest legal cash crop in the state. Sources are reporting that Major League Baseball’s Colorado Rockies plan to sell food items which contain marijuana at concession stands during games next season. The first
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Greenpeace Co-Founder: ‘No Scientific Proof’ of Manmade Global Warming IMAGE: global-cooling-SOURCE-NASA-Public-Domain.jpg From Newsmax In Senate Testimony, 25 February, 2014 In eye-opening testimony before a Senate subcommittee, the co-founder of the environmental activist group Greenpeace refuted assertions that carbon dioxide emissions from human activity are responsible for global warming. “There is no scientific proof
More Lego Coolness – This Time Talking to A Cell Phone and Setting Records for Real World motion: Solving Rubik’s Cube From Electronic Products At LEGO World 2014 in Copenhagen, the third edition of the CubeStormer robot was unveiled, solving the Rubik’s Cube at a lightning pace. The LEGO Mindstormes kit bricks are intelligent and programmable, powered by
Legos are much more than just toys; now they can help the visually impaired. Image:The toy company has supplied the world with more than 600 billion tiny plastic bricks—about 80 for each inhabitant of the Earth. Used under terms of “Fair Use“ Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-lego-is-constructing-the-next-generation-of-engineers-37671528/#ixzz2uFscVIvJ Shubham Banerjee, a seventh-grade student from California, has developed
How the NSA uses SIM cards to mistakenly kill civilians
The president’s opinion
Despite the operator’s claims, the Obama administration insists that terrorists are killed with high precision. The president iterated during his speech at the National Defense University last May that a high degree of certainty is employed when target selection, ““by narrowly targeting our action against those who want to kill us and not the people they hide among, we are choosing the course of action least likely to result in the loss of innocent life.” Yet the increased reliance on phone tracking is contrary to this claim
Former drone operator’s testimony echoes information in leaked NSA documents
When speaking about his former colleague, the JSOC operator says “people get hung up that there’s a targeted list of people, it’s really like we’re targeting a cell phone. We’re not going after people — we’re going after their phones, in the hopes that the person on the other end of that missile is the bad guy.” His testimony of JSOC mission policies echo information revealed in the NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden along with the criticism made by former drone sensor operator with the U.S. Air Force, Brandon Bryant.
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So the next time you’re at a stop light, riding a bus, at the mall, and someone near you is using a cell phone (or pad), just hope that person, even if innocent, isn’t using a phone targeted by the NSA.
Solar Energy Project Killing Wild Birds and Future Use of Similar Tech
Image: Public Domain, “Razmnama” aka the Firebird, from Hindu Epic, Mahabharata
This is a case of big government and the “controllers” conspiring in ramming another bad idea through. It includes secret dealings, withheld critical information, ignoring public debate, and vulgar expenditures of public funds. And the conspiracy will live on, even after being discovered.
The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, is a solar thermal power project in the California Mojave Desert, 40 miles (64 km) southwest of Las Vegas, with a planned gross capacity of 392 megawatts (MW). It deploys 170,000 heliostats each with two mirrors focusing solar energy on boilers located on centralized solar power towers. The project attracted some controversy because of its location on desert habitat considered by wildlife officials and environmentalists to be important for the threatened desert tortoise. Unit 1 of the project was connected to the grid in September 2013 in an initial sync testing. The facility formally opened on February 13, 2014.
The project has been developed by BrightSource Energy and Bechtel. The project cost $2.2 billion and the largest investor in the project is NRG Energy, a generating company based in Princeton, N.J., that has put in $300 million. The project has received a $1.6 billion loan guarantee from the United States Department of Energy. The estimated construction costs for this CSP project ($5,561.00 per KW) fall between the construction costs for coal and nuclear power plants per Synapse Energy Economics.
Wall Street Journal
The $2.2 Billion Bird-Scorching Solar Project
At California’s Ivanpah Plant, Mirrors Produce Heat and Electricity—And Kill Wildlife
A giant solar-power project officially opening this week in the California desert is the first of its kind, and may be among the last, in part because of growing evidence that the technology it uses is killing birds.
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is scheduled to speak Thursday at an opening ceremony for the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station, which received a $1.6 billion federal loan guarantee.
“ Experts have estimated that electricity from giant solar projects will cost at least twice as much as electricity from conventional sources. But neither the utilities that have contracted to buy the power nor state regulators have disclosed what the price will be, only that it will be passed on to electricity customers.”
Read the Rest of the WSJ story HERE
“President Obama and the Department of Energy are committed to ensuring that all sources of energy are competitive in a carbon constrained economy,” Moniz continued, citing the more than $24 billion in loan guarantees the department has made for clean energy programs as well as the over $8 billion for fossil fuel projects that lower emissions.
“The Department of Energy provided the Ivanpah project with a $1.6 billion loan guarantee, which helped attract investors such as NGR Solar and Google, which invested $168 million,according to Peter Davidson, executive director of the DOE’s Loan Program Office.” SOURCE
(Google officially pulled out of the project in 2011)
(1) The order for the first turbine for Ivanpah was announced (by Siemens) on December 10, 2008
(2) Neither the State of California, the Bureau of Land Management, nor the US Department of Energy had yet approved the project as of July 2009 (SOURCE)
(3) DOE (US Taxpayers) co-signed a US$ 1.6 Billion loan to make sure this plant was built, but zero money for maintenance (with 300,000 mirrors, 600,000 motors, and 600,000 jackscrew actuators, if the assumed 10,000 hours mean time between failures is accurate, then over the expected 30 year life of the facility, some 1,642,500 repairs will be required in the array fields alone, each repair will cost an average of at least several hundred dollars, paid by consumers). The federal taxes on the delivered power will eventually payback any failed loans, adding to the consumption cost.
(4) The facility will use as much as 60% of the power it produces, very similar to coal-fired plants
(5) Despite a Congressional investigation into the loan guarantee, no force seemed capable of stopping the “green stimulus” from securing tax-based funding to some of the largest corporations on two continents. (SOURCE)
(6) The California Energy Commission announced Monday that it would be blocking the construction of Brightsource’s proposed 500 MW Palen Solar Electric Generating System’s project, a concentrated solar power (CSP) project, the fourth such project Brightsource has attempted to construct, of which only the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System project has been developed.
Read more at cleantechnica.com/
Gibson guitars made with government-seized wood are sold outThe Les Paul, Explorer, SG and Flying V six-string guitars have fingerboards made of wood that federal agents seized in Gibson factory raids and then returned.
Author w/ his repro 1959 Les (in Chicago Blue finish). image copyright Possum Holler Entertainment. If opportunity knocks, there will be a “Gov’t Series” Les next
Read the rest of this LA Times story HERE
“…the government acknowledges that Gibson has cooperated with the Government and the investigation conducted by the Fish and Wildlife Service”, Gibson was subject to two hostile raids on its factories by agents carrying weapons and attired in SWAT gear where employees were forced out of the premises, the production was shut down, goods were seized as contraband, and threats were made that would have forced the business to close.
CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz commented, “We feel that Gibson was inappropriately targeted, and a matter that could have been addressed with a simple contact [by] a caring human being representing the government. Instead, the Government used violent and hostile means with the full force of the US Government and several armed law enforcement agencies costing the tax payer millions of dollars and putting a job creating US manufacture at risk and at a competitive disadvantage. This shows the increasing trend on the part of government to criminalize rules and regulations and treat US businesses in the same way drug dealers are treated. This is wrong and it is unfair. I am committed to working hard to correct the inequity that the law allows and insure there is fairness, due process, and the law is used for its intended purpose of stopping bad guys and stopping the very real deforestation of our planet”.
Read more at www.antimusic.com
From infowars.comThis new facility at Fort A.P. Hill, VA, a “fake city” looks a whole lot like many a small town in America Happy Valentine’s Day, America. “Capital Death” image courtesy David Dees
The recently opened site is located in Virginia and was built at a cost of $96 million dollars, taking just two years to complete.
While the city was ostensibly built to prepare U.S. troops for the occupation of cities abroad, some will undoubtedly fear that the real intention could be closer to home. Although the site includes a mosque, the town looks American in every other way, with signs in English.
Read the rest at infowars
SOUTH PARIS, ME (WMTW/CNN) – A man used his camera phone to record a giant fireball in the sky.
He’s not sure what it was, but plenty of other people are willing to take a guess.
“I just happened to catch something out of the corner of my eye,” Bruce York said.
He said he was just driving along Route 26 at 5 p.m., when he noticed what looked like a fireball in the sky.
He grabbed his mobile phone and started recording.
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Mock News Channel, The Onion,
will use its usual satirical approach to real world news to help sell Obamacare to the good (young) people of Illinois. Oh the irony.
Illinois partners with The Onion to push Obamacare enrollment
Catherine Engelbrecht’s Testimony
She needs to run for office herself to remind them why they (Congress) are there in the first place, to safeguard the people from enemies foreign and domestic.
When this lady was invited to testify to this particular sub-committee, she brought with her the wishes of millions of Americans: Keep illegal Big Government intrusions away from freedom loving citizens. Although the main focus of her testimony is “targeting” of her business and personal life by the IRS, her case shows, quite clearly and undeniably, a concerted effort by various federal agencies to actively suppress her political activism. What is the legal definition of the difference between inter-agency cooperation and conspiracy?
Watch the CSPAN3 coverage of this no nonsense testimony
Cops Say Legalize Drugs
Image and some content Copyright Indiana NORML used under terms of Fair Use
Lt. Tony Ryan, board member for L.E.A.P. (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) and retired Denver police officer after 36 years of service, says;
“The War on drugs is a disaster for law enforcement. A total failure at reducing use or crime, that costs billions of dollars while making the problem worse and enriching drug dealers.”
One or more representatives of L.E.A.P. will present the case against pot prohibition (and other drugs) this weekend in Merrillville, Indiana.
Radisson Star Plaza, 800 East 81st Street – Merrillville, Indiana, Sunday, February 9, 2014
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central Time
Read Indiana NORML event page HERE
We here at THEI hope this is a productive session leading to a community consensus that ultimately is a positive influence on government..
Police State USA: Officer cleared after going to wrong address, shooting innocent grandpa in his garage
image: Police State, courtesy David Dees
Officer cleared after going to wrong address, shooting innocent grandpa in his garage
“FORT WORTH, TX — An elderly man was slain in his own garage because police “inadvertently began searching” the wrong address while investigating a burglary call. Spotting a man who appeared “standoffish” in his own garage, police opened fire, killing a 72-year-old grandfather. After months of investigation, the officer has been cleared and is back on the streets.”
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This type of incident is why the Indiana law makes sense and will save innocent lives. It forces officers, on fear of death, to identify themselves both audibly and visibly to avoid being shot justifiably. And it just might save the lives of every day citizens, although that doesn’t seem to be a concern of nearly enough cops.