2018-11-27 14:45:00

Socialism is now cool in some circles. Newly elected Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez praises “Democratic Socialism” and told comedian Stephen Colbert, “in a modern, moral and wealthy society, no person in America should be too poor to live.”

Colbert ate it up. “Seems pretty simple!” he replied, to cheers from his audience.

But socialism shouldn’t be cool. It wrecks economies and leads to government using force against its own citizens.

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2018-11-28 05:01:00

E-cigarettes let people get a hit of nicotine without burning tobacco.

Avoiding burning tobacco is the single greatest preventative health measure human beings can take, given the diseases conventional cigarettes cause.

Unfortunately, our government and media now act as if vaping e-cigarettes is the health crisis.

“Your kids are not an experiment! Protect them from e-cigarettes,” warns former Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy in a CDC PSA.

My former employer, ABC News, which never finds a risk it doesn’t hype, has run more than a dozen scare stores on vaping. A Nightline reporter warned about kids “addicted to nicotine before they even graduate from middle school!”

Yet compared to regular cigarettes, e-cigarettes are “extraordinarily less harmful,” says Michelle Minton of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. In my new newest video she says, “we should really be encouraging people to use vaping.”

Calling vaping safer than smoking doesn’t mean the risks are zero. Vapor contains harmful chemicals, too. But scientists say it’s far less harmful than smoking. If smokers switched to e-cigarettes, that would save millions of lives.

Nicotine is what makes both e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes addictive. But nicotine itself isn’t that bad. Like caffeine, it’s a stimulant.

“On the spectrum of drugs that you can become addicted to,” says Minton, “nicotine and caffeine are very similar.”

The big health risks come from the 7,000 other chemicals generated by burning tobacco leaves.

By contrast, e-cigarette smoke is mostly just flavored vapor, which is less likely to harm anyone.

It doesn’t even smell as bad as cigarettes. “Somebody who’s vaping a huge cloud of Vanilla Cherry Blast, or whatever they’re vaping, is way more pleasant than standing next to somebody exhaling smoke from a combustible cigarette,” observed Minton.

Full disclosure, Minton’s think tank received some money from companies that make e-cigarettes. Nevertheless, she’s right. Vaping is a much safer alternative.

“While there are a few lunatics who say e-cigarettes are more harmful—based on zero evidence—every legitimate scientist who’s investigated this issue has said, ‘We don’t know all the risks, but we can say they are less harmful than smoking.'”

Nonetheless, America’s health police have gone to war against vaping.

Some cities want to ban vaping. The CDC funds ads that say, “young people should never use these kinds of products!”

But kids will. Kids experiment with all sorts of things. Far better that they vape than smoke.

Actually, CDC data show kids had been vaping a little less since 2014, but recently there was a spike.

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2018-12-04 14:46:00

Companies like Google and Facebook collect information about us and sell it to advertisers.

The information they collect and the way they collect it cross the “creepy line” according to a new documentary called “The Creepy Line.”

John Stossel asks the writer of the documentary, Peter Schweizer: “What’s the big deal? They’re giving me information.”

Schweizer responds “to the extent that somebody can do something for you, they can do something to you.” He goes on to make a powerful case that Google and Facebook abuse their power.

The documentary says that Google tracks you even when you are not online. As soon as you connect to the internet, Android uploads to Google a complete history of where you’ve been that day.

Schweizer wants Google and Facebook to be regulated like media companies.

Stossel is skeptical “You want regulation? That’s going to make it better?” he asks.

Schweizer answers: “one of the ways you deal with Google’s market concentration, and its massive control of search is, put it under the same shackles [as] other media companies.”

Stossel doesn’t presume to know what, if anything, ought to be done about Google and Facebook. But he says that the documentary makes a compelling case that these giant companies do creepy things.

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2018-12-04 15:00:00

Companies like Google and Facebook collect information about us and sell it to advertisers.

The information they collect and the way they collect it cross the “creepy line” according to a new documentary called “The Creepy Line.”

John Stossel asks the writer of the documentary, Peter Schweizer: “What’s the big deal? They’re giving me information.”

Schweizer responds “to the extent that somebody can do something for you, they can do something to you.” He goes on to make a powerful case that Google and Facebook abuse their power

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Steve Bierfeldt, director of development for Ron Paul’s Campaign
for Liberty, thought he was having a good day. At a regional
Campaign for Liberty event in Missouri, Bierfeldt had sold
thousands of dollars worth of conference tickets, bumper stickers,
T-shirts, and books, and was now in the security line at
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, waiting to catch a flight
back to Washington, D.C. But the federal government had other
ideas.

After discovering a metal box with more than $4,700 in cash and
checks inside Bierfeldt’s luggage, officials from the
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) detained him for
further screening. The TSA, you will recall, is the agency within
the Department of Homeland Security that (according to its website)
is tasked with protecting “the Nation’s transportation systems to
ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce.” Bierfeldt had
an altogether different experience. 

TSA agents interrogated him for more than a half hour with a
series of intrusive questions: “Where do you work?” “What are you
planning to do with the money?” “Where did you acquire the money?”
Although he had nothing to hide, Bierfeldt valued his privacy
enough to refuse to answer the questions. The officers told him he
wouldn’t be able to move on if he continued to clam up. But
Bierfeldt stuck to his guns, and was eventually, if grudgingly,
allowed to catch his flight.

Consider the potential consequences of the TSA’s open-ended
license to hassle travelers. If Bierfeldt had stayed huddled inside
his home rather than risk the whims of armed interrogators, he
would no longer be able to pursue his lawful employment. He would
be less free to express his political views by advocating Campaign
for Liberty’s values. The government in this way can eviscerate
constitutional rights simply by burdening the travel of those whose
ideas it disfavors.

The right to travel enables the free exercise of the other
rights we most cherish. We should not have to check our
constitutional freedoms at the curb simply because we decide to
leave the house. Sadly, freedom of movement has been one of the
most disparaged rights throughout human history, and our country is
no exception. If we are ever to be truly free, then we must possess
an absolute, uninhibited right to travel throughout America and the
world free from interference by government.

The Freedom to Travel in American Law

Of all the inalienable rights we possess as
individuals, none is as basic, fundamental, and natural as the
freedom of movement and travel. As human beings, we enter this
world bestowed with two legs and feet and the muscles needed to
power them. Furthermore, we are given a brain and the undying
yearning to discover, to know the unknown, to see what lies hidden
beyond the horizon. Thus, a fundamental right of movement is
inherent in our very humanity. It is altogether fitting that one of
the universal symbols of freedom is a broken chain.

The freedom to travel is also central to the American national
psyche. Our European ancestors settled here because they had the
right to move freely from their homelands. The very history and
trajectory of the United States are testament to man’s inherent
right to movement and travel, from Lewis and Clark to Armstrong and
Aldrin.

State restrictions on the right to travel connote that the
government is the individual’s master, and not his servant. The
right to own property includes being able to decide which
individuals may enter upon our property, and under what
circumstances. If the government usurps this ultimate right from
property owners, or grants itself a monopoly over certain modes of
travel, then clearly the rights of individuals extend only so far
as the government, and no one else, wills them. Thus, circumvention
of the right to travel is particularly antithetical to the Natural
Law, and to the principle that the temporal is always subject to
the immutable. Freedom subject to the government’s whim is no
freedom at all. Liberty, at its core, is encompassed in the right
of exit. As constitutional scholar Randy Barnett has noted, if one
wishes to discover which nations offer the best protection of
natural rights, one only need observe the directional flow of its
refugees.

American courts have, at least in theory, declared the freedom
to travel to be near absolute. The right to travel is so basic to
our nature that the Founding Fathers did not believe it needed to
be documented in the text of the Constitution. In Saenz v.
Roe
(1999), the Supreme Court stated, “We need not identify
the source of [the right to travel] in the text of the
Constitution. The right of free ingress and egress [to enter and
leave] to and from neighboring states which was expressly mentioned
in the text of the Articles of Confederation, may simply have been
conceived from the beginning to be a necessary concomitant of the
stronger Union the Constitution created.” In other words, the right
to travel is simply implicit in the concept of freedom, and indeed
in the Constitution itself.

To further illustrate the point, consider the original meaning
of Congress’s authorization to regulate interstate commerce: to
keep commerce between the states regular. Indeed, the principal
reason for the Constitutional Convention itself was to establish a
central government that would prevent ruinous state-imposed tariffs
that favored in-state businesses and impeded the natural flow of
goods and services across state borders. Thus, the central purpose
of the Commerce Clause was to secure, not inhibit, the free travel
of goods. If this was the Founders’ attitude toward commerce (the
trade of goods owned by individuals), then they most certainly
would have held a similar view on the freedom of individuals
themselves to travel.

In more recent times, the United Nations, of which the United
States is a member, adopted the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights, which provides for a similar right on an international
scale: “Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence
within the borders of each State. Everyone has the right to leave
any country, including his own, and return to his country.” This is
significant for a number of reasons. First, it is further evidence
of the absolute and universal nature of the right to travel.
Second, it imposes upon the United States an international legal
obligation to not inhibit travel within its borders, nor prevent
individuals from leaving or coming back. 

The U.S. Supreme Court formally recognized the freedom to travel
as a fundamental right in Shapiro v. Thompson (1969),
which examined statutes that denied welfare assistance to people
who had not resided within their jurisdictions for at least one
year. The Court held these laws to be unconstitutional because they
inhibited migration and restricted movement. The majority wrote,
“The constitutional right to travel from one State to
another…occupies a position fundamental to the concept of our
Federal Union. It is a right that has been firmly established and
repeatedly recognized.” 

Doctrinally, the right to travel can be separated into three
constituent parts. First, taken from Article IV, Section 2, Clause
1 of the Constitution, a person from State A who is temporarily
visiting State B has the same “Privileges and Immunities” as a
state resident. Second, an individual may move freely between
states. Third, when an individual establishes residency in a new
state, he or she enjoys the same rights and benefits as other
individuals who have been there for years. Together, these
components ensure that the individual can fully enjoy an
uninhibited, natural right to travel. How faithful the government
has been in following these principles is another story.

Physical Restrictions

As Steve Bierfeldt and anyone else who has flown a plane over
the last decade can testify, the federal government impedes travel
by monopolizing the protection of airports. Like monopolies
everywhere, the TSA is overly expensive, customer-unfriendly, and
famously inefficient, hassling grandmothers and toddlers while
missing the open transport of weapons and other dangerous
contraband. Law-abiding U.S. citizens can be put on watchlists and
barred entry on planes without even having the right to know how
and when they got on the list in the first place. And
unfortunately, government intrusion on the freedom of movement long
predates 9/11.

On September 12, 1986, New Jersey law enforcement officials
established a roadblock during the height of rush hour on the
George Washington Bridge connecting New York City to Fort Lee, New
Jersey. The stated purpose was to detect persons transporting drugs
or driving under the influence. As would have been predictable to
even the most casual observer, the roadblock caused massive delays
and traffic stalls. Capt. Robert Herb of the Bergen County Police
Department, the highest-ranking uniformed officer supervising the
roadblock, later testified that more than one million motor
vehicles came to a complete stop; in other words, more than one in
300 of all Americans were blocked by law enforcement—in
some cases for in excess of four hours.

There were plenty of adverse consequences. Infuriatingly, a
woman was forced to give birth that night on the shoulder of the
West Side Highway in New York City. People were prevented from
returning home, from getting to work, and from seeking proper
medical treatment, all so that police could identify individuals
carrying drugs. If we as Americans possess an unconditional right
to travel freely, how are such government actions tolerable?
Shouldn’t mothers in labor have a constitutionally protected
freedom to drive to a hospital? 

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So, as a staunch supporter of business & property rights, let me remind you that I don’t believe in any sort of government intervention or regulatory action here. But just in case you didn’t think FB is a front for specific political & social agendas – backed by the deep state, big pharma & left wing control ideology…

Well, take a look at this list, and let me know what you think 😉

Recently Deleted Facebook Pages:

  • Collectively Conscious (915K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
  • Natural Cures Not Medicine (2.3M followers) – Deleted on June 11th, 2018.
  • I Want to Be 100% Organic (700K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
  • Viral Alternative News (500K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
  • Organic Health (230K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
  • Natural Cures From Food (120K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
  • Heart Centered Rebalancing (3.9M followers) – Deleted a few years ago.
  • Awareness Act (1.1M followers) – Deleted in mid-2017.
  • Conscious Life News (1.1M follower) – Deleted on June 5th, 2018.
  • Wake The Fuck Up (550K followers) – Deleted about a year ago.
  • Living Traditionally (570K followers) – Unpublished on June 5th, 2018.
  • Organic Wellness (600K followers) – Unpublished on June 5th, 2018.
  • Chocolate Socrates (608K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
  • Earth We Are One (1.7M followers) – Deleted on June 5th, 2018.
  • Meditation Masters (2.3M followers) – Unpublished on June 5th, 2018.
  • People’s Awakening (3.6M followers) – Deleted on June 5th, 2018.
  • Nikola Tesla (1.7M followers) – Deleted on June 5th, 2018.
  • Interesting Stories (1.5M followers) – Deleted on June 5th, 2018.
  • The Warrior (1.7M followers) – Unpublished on June 5th, 2018.
  • Natural Health Warriors (140K followers) – Unpublished on June 5th, 2018.
  • Tech Explorers (270K followers) – Unpublished on June 5th, 2018.
  • Universe Explorers (1.5M followers) – Unpublished on June 5th, 2018.
  • Area 51 (1.5M followers) – Unpublished on June 5th, 2018.
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  • Video Explorers (780K followers) – Unpublished on June 5th, 2018.
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  • Flower of Life (670K followers) – Unpublished on June 5th, 2018.
  • EWAO (30K followers) – Unpublished on June 5th, 2018.
  • Global Freedom Movement (27K followers) – Deleted on June 19th, 2018.
  • Health & Alternative Medicine (550K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
  • Pure Nature (1.7M followers) – Deleted on June 3rd, 2018.
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  • Nature Magic (33K followers) – Deleted on June 20th, 2018.
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  • My Own Little World (1.5M followers) – Deleted on June 20th, 2018.
  • Brighten Your Soul (100K followers) – Deleted on June 20th, 2018.
  • Essence of Spirit (12K followers) – Deleted on June 20th, 2018.
  • Jesse Ventura Fan Page (750K followers) – Deleted a few years ago.
  • Exposing the Truth (800K followers) – Deleted on June 5th, 2018.
  • Learning the Truth (1M followers) – Deleted on June 5th, 2018.
  • Latruth (7M followers) – Unpublished on June 5th, 2018.
  • Healthy Life Box (1.8M followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
  • Healthy Food House (3.4M followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
  • Health Awareness (2.5M followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
  • Healthy Life And Food (350K followers) – Deleted on May 23rd, 2018.
  • Check These Things (80K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
  • Health Care Above All (90K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
  • Health and Healthy Living (450K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
  • Health & Alternative Medicine (550K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
  • Healthy Living Motivation (644K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
  • Alternative Health Universe (420K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
  • Natural Medicine Corner (411K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
  • Organic Health Team (490K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
  • Global Health Care (130K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
  • Healthy Alternative Medicine (140K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
  • Natural Healthy Team (190K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
  • Organic Food Medicine (30K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
  • Love, Health and Happiness (10K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
  • Healthy Organic Life (25K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
  • Healthy Lifestyle (55K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
  • Guardian of Health (160K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
  • Daily Health Keeper (190K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
  • Health & Love Page (720K followers) – Deleted on June 5th, 2018.
  • Diabetes Health Page (180K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
  • The Beauty of Power (170K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
  • Nutrition Facts and Analysis (170K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
  • Deeper Perspectives (32K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
  • Healthy Living (1.8M followers) – Deleted on June 5th, 2018.
  • Organic Planner (1.5M followers) – Deleted on June 5th, 2018.
  • Healthy Lifestyle (1.4M followers) – Deleted on June 5th, 2018.
  • Just Natural Medicine (1M followers) – Deleted on June 5th, 2018.
  • Great Remedies – Great Health (650K followers) – Deleted on June 5th, 2018.
  • Nature is Beautiful (1.1M Followers) – Deleted on June 3rd, 2018.
  • Amazing World (872k Followers) – Deleted on June 6th, 2018.
  • Pure Nature (425k Followers) – Deleted on June 6th, 2018.
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Once upon a time in Yankee Stadium, bottom of the 9th, Game 7 of the World Series, Dodgers are up 2-1 with Kenley Jansen on the mound trying to save this game for Clayton Kershaw.

After two quick outs, Jansen gives up a single to Aaron Judge and then walks Didi Gregorius on a full count.  Now he’s got three balls and two strikes on Giancarlo Stanton.  Both runners have good speed and will be going on the pitch.

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Right-hander Kenley rears back and fires his cutter and Stanton lines it towards the right-center gap!  Judge is heading home as it’s fielded cleanly by Puig after it bounces off the wall.  Gregorius rounds third as Puig’s laser throw is coming home!  Dodger catcher Yasmani Grandal is ready to block the plate while awaiting the throw.  The Yankee crowd stands and gasps as Grandal prepares for his oncoming collision with Gregorius.

The two speeding objects arrive nearly simultaneously as Grandal grabs the perfect throw a foot off the ground and jams his mitt in the way of Gregorius.  The home plate umpire hesitates for a moment before signaling the winning run SAFE!

The crowd erupts in victory celebration and barely notices the third base umpire signaling OUT while running to home plate!  How can that be?  The plate umpire was right there for the call?  Dodger Manager Dave Roberts rushes out on the field towards the plate, shouting and pointing at third base.  Dodger third-baseman Justin Turner is jumping up and down signaling OUT!

The umpire crew chief calls the third base ump over for a private conference as the crowd slowly quiets down.  The spectators can’t believe that their beloved Yankees’ World Championship may be decided by two conflicting umps.

After some time, the umpires call for a video review, meanwhile, the television booth announcers realize that the play in question was not at the plate, but at third base, where Turner appealed the non-call of a runner missing third base.  In the replay, it is obvious that Aaron Judge missed the base on the way to home, which Turner immediately noticed.  Since Judge then came home and Gregorius rounded third base, according to the rules, Judge should be called out.

 The two umpires listen to the Replay Command Center on headphones, where the video review is made, and after another few minutes, the crew chief puts down his headphones and makes the SAFE sign, giving the Yankees yet another World Series Championship.  The crowd hysterically overruns security as they invade the field in triumph.

 The TV announcers are shocked by the decision and cannot fathom what has happened.  Days later, Major League Baseball’s official statement merely reads: “The New York Yankees are World Champions and the 7th Game’s final score of 3-2 shall not be appealed.”

People across the nation, especially in Los Angeles, protest the decision, saying that the umpires had no power to ignore the rules and allow Judge to be safe and that they were somehow biased in the Yankees’ favor.  When asked about the decision, Judge himself only smiled and said, “That’s baseball”.

 After that, MLB becomes quite controversial, as game after game is decided by umpires that ignore the rules, seemingly on a whim.  Fans and teams, unless favored by the umpires’ decisions, lose confidence in the process and see the system as becoming corrupt, since the umpires have so much control over the outcome of games and have disdain for the same rulebook that they should be upholding.

Members of the Supreme Court of the United States now repeatedly ignore the intent of the Constitution and various laws throughout the nation and legislate from the bench to change those laws to suit their own personal beliefs.  The United States Constitution was to be altered only by the people through the amendment process, not by judges or presidents or legislators.

The Supreme Court is to protect and defend the integrity of the Constitution, not undermine it through judicial activism.

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Can citizens ever trust a system that has become so politicized and corrupt that a Constitutionally-aligned verdict is almost shocking?  We, the People, lose control over our government when those in power are never held accountable for their destruction of the Constitution and the duly legislated laws of the land.