Wise Food Storage Turns Over Purchase Records To Government As Part Of Shocking Class-Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit against Wise Company, a survival and emergency food storage company, was filed on February 15, 2017 for “unlawful, unfair, and deceptive advertising and business practices.” Last year, the company agreed to settle the suit, and is expected to announce the settlement on its website by the end of business today.

The class action, known as Miller v. Wise Company Inc., U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Case No. 5:17-cv-00616-JAK-PLA, alleges that on its website and packaging, Wise made misrepresentations and omitted material information about how long its Long-Term Food Kits would last and how many people they would feed. Customers who brought the case (the “Plaintiffs”) allege that as a result, “customers were induced to pay more for those products than  they otherwise would have.”

The Daily Sheeple can report that, not only did Wise Company allegedly mislead consumers about the nutritional content of their products, it appears that the company handed over highly confidential consumer data to the government – not once, but twice – during the proceedings.

The following phrases were all used in describing the complaint:

False and misleading advertising

Deceptive acts and practices

Likely to deceive members of the general public

HERE ARE THE LAWSUIT’S CLAIMS, DIRECTLY FROM THE COURT DOCUMENTS:

Wise Company fails to disclose that if the consumer in fact eats the number of prescribed servings each day necessary to make the food kits last for the advertised period of time, the consumer will effectively starve or suffer adverse health effects given that the food kits provide drastically fewer calories and nutrients than are needed to adequately sustain adults for the advertised periods of time.

Wise Company’s long-term and emergency food kits provide less than half the daily calories necessary for an average adult to survive.

Consequently, a person who credits Wise Company’s representations and attempts to survive on one of its “Long-Term Food Kits” for the specified period of time faces serious physical and mental health risks, including dehydration, hypothermia, hypotension, impaired renal and liver function, depression, and impaired cognition.

Some of the kits sold have an average as low as only 453 calories per day, a paltry amount of food by any measure, and certainly not enough to sustain an individual in the kind of emergency situation for which Wise Company foods are marketed.

In fact, prisoners in Auschwitz were provided more calories than Wise food storage has consistently given their customers.

WISE COMPANY TURNED CUSTOMER DATA OVER TO THE COURT DURING THE CASE’S PROCEEDINGS

Perhaps worse than the alleged deception regarding the nutritional content of the food is the appearance that proprietary, highly confidential customer sales data has been disclosed in the case. As many as 99,405 purchase records have already been handed over to the government.

Wise insists they have done nothing wrong, however have agreed to settle this claim, turning over their customer information as a result.

Wise claims that because customers have likely not actually had to depend on the food no damages can be claimed in their official respones:

“Wise expects discovery will show that Plaintiffs have not actually consumed any of the products they purchased and, therefore, have suffered no injury in fact whatsoever, but instead merely exchanged one form of property (money) for another (food).”

Wise has produced about 13,000 pages of documents as well as summary sales information (which it has designated confidential) showing the number of individuals who purchased each of the Long-Term Food Kits, the purchase channel (Wise Website, over the phone, through a third party, etc.), the number of products sold, and the price of the products during the relevant years.

While documents submitted during the Discovery phase of the proceedings designated their customer list as confidential, this only prevents members of the general public from accessing it under Freedom of Information – the government still has it.

Members of the class on average are eligible for a refund of $15-$1,400 per eligible product purchased during the class period.

The class website is up and running and can be viewed here: Miller v. Wise Company Inc. Settlement Website

WISE foods will pay $110,000 to the Settlement Administrator, almost $600,000 in attorney’s fees for Plaintiff, and the company’s own attorney’s fees.

If all members of the class request their refund, total liability to Wise is well over $2,000,000 – money that they will ultimately recoup from their customers – the very people whose trust they were alleged to have violated in the first place.

This isn’t the first time Wise food storage has had trouble – a shocking report from 2015 claimed that at that time, Wise foods weren’t being packaged in a manner consistent with long term food storage.

AS OF NOW, WISE IS NOT CHANGING THEIR PRODUCTS OR THEIR ADVERTISING PRACTICES

As part of the settlement agreement, Wise has been allowed to NOT change their advertising practices until they sell all of their existing inventory. We have been told by a Wise ex-employee familiar with the case that Wise has purchased large amounts of food inventory to allow them to “milk it as long as possible.”

As of the time of this story Wise Company is still selling kits by time frame that have unsafe levels of calories.

WISE FOODS CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT – REFERENCE DOCUMENTS:

PLAINTIFFS’ MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF UNOPPOSED MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL

DECLARATION OF NANCE F. BECKER IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFFS’ UNOPPOSED MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL

[PROPOSED] PRELIMINARY APPROVAL ORDER

SUPPLEMENTAL DECLARATION OF NANCE F. BECKER IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFFS’ UNOPPOSED MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL

ORDER RE MOTION FOR CLASS CERTIFICATION (DKT. 24) AND MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT

ORDER GRANTING EXTENSION OF DEADLINES AND RESCHEDULING HEARING DATE: “Defendant shall provide the Eligible Product purchase history of each of its Known Customers”

SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT FOR DAMAGES, RESTITUTION, DECLARATORY AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF

DECLARATION OF SCOTT WHITING IN SUPPORT OF NOTICE OF REMOVAL OF ACTION FROM STATE COURT BY DEFENDANT WISE COMPANY, INC.

DECLARATION OF MARK FALKENHAGEN IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR CLASS CERTIFICATION

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Couple Wins Fight to Keep Their House Painted Like Van Gogh’s Starry Night to Soothe Autistic Son

Turning our eyes to our home, we see Earth. Inside this blue grain of sand and water, creatures are busy.

In my home state of Florida, I meet a quiet, determined lady named Nancy Nemhauser to interview on my A Neighbor’s Choice radio show. She has good news, but her face is war-weary. Her town of Mt. Dora, Florida, just a few miles from where we meet, has decided to drop its thousands of dollars citation against her home.

After they painted it, they received a city citation claiming the wall art was graffiti.

Mt. Dora is an artsy little hamlet known for its murals and art festivals. A year ago, Nancy and her husband Lubomir decided to paint their house wall in an interpretation of Vincent van Gogh’s famous Starry Night painting. They had no homeowners association, they checked with city code and no issue was raised. Yet after they painted it, they received a city citation claiming the wall art was graffiti—that the wall had to match the color of the house. So the couple decided to paint the whole house to match to avoid any issue.

This gesture—painting their whole home in the style of Starry Night—was not received well by the city magistrates. They began to issue rolling hundred dollar fines for every day the Nemhausers failed to comply with their demands.

Busybodies Who Presume Control

Nancy and Lubomir commissioned the mural as a gift to their son, who has autism. They found that the Starry Night painting was a particular source of comfort and fascination for the young man. Also, in instances in which he might get lost from home, his difficulty in communication could be overcome by saying “the Van Gogh house” to a person looking to help.

They were merely victims of an arbitrarily banal exertion of power by busybodies that presume control.

May I ask your advice? If I do not like the color scheme of my neighbor’s house, do I have a right to come to their door and demand that they pay me a hundred dollars a day until they fix it? If they resist long enough, can I bring men with guns to force them out of their home?

Such behavior sounds insane. Because it is.

However, when we form groups, we start to think we can get away with doing really insane or cruel things. Toxic groupthink can be playground bullies mimicking a child’s unique speech pattern. It can also produce groupthink in governments that maintain the right to do things they would find abhorrent to do individually—just because a majority of voters in a space hired them.

In the case of Nancy and Lubomir, they violated no law. They were merely victims of an arbitrarily banal exertion of power by busybodies who presume control. However, whether such a code existed or not on paper, the principle at stake here is one that arrests the very nature of what our culture should be.

Who Are We to Do This?

Should we ever use the threat of theft—an act of violence—to change a person’s nonviolent behavior or choices? Should we have a culture that produces laws to coerce people’s expression, personal choices, property use, or means of caring for their children? If there is no flesh and blood victim that can be named in a citation or police report about an event, how could we ever accuse a person of a crime or violation?

As long as human beings are not stealing, defrauding, or initiating violence, they should enjoy their lives free from meddling.

Who are we—floating on this magnetic marble of land and water—to assert our domination over someone else’s home by demanding their money—the fruits of their finite time on Earth?

Private contracts are mutually agreed upon covenants that can be enforced if people violate the terms. However, public contracts—the domain of states—are often arbitrarily decided piecemeal based on the ever-changing whims of the people close to power.

No one truly owns a piece of the Earth in any cosmic sense. But so long as we are to live together, humans must live in a way that is harmonious and sustainable, one based on respect for differences and freedom. As long as human beings are not stealing, defrauding, or initiating violence, they should enjoy their lives free from meddling.

Triumph Over Meddlers

It is our job as role models for future generations to never let the law be used in such a farcical way.

Thanks to their courage and the Pacific Legal Foundation, Nancy and Lubomir were victorious. Facing a federal battle over constitutional rights and an onslaught of media attention, Mt. Dora reached a settlement. As part of the agreement, the mayor publicly apologized in a press conference.

Nancy told me the ordeal cost them greatly in health, stress, and many sleepless nights. For painting their house to help their son.

Human busybodies will always exist, but it is our job as role models for future generations to never let the law be used in such a farcical way that bureaucrats without skin in the game can weaponize their monopolies to inflict pain on someone else.

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Parents Share the Spookiest Things Children Have Said – Including Seeing Ghosts, Remembering Past Lives and Predicting Pregnancies

Parents have shared the creepiest things their children have said to them, in an array of chilling stories.

The thread was kicked off by a nursery teacher on Mumsnet, who described how a toddler in her class predicted both her pregnancy, and that of her colleague.

The woman revealed the young girl had placed her hand on her co-worker’s stomach saying ‘babies’, weeks before the woman discovered she was pregnant with twins. 

Other parents quickly shared their own spooky experiences of their own children seeing ghosts and recalling historically accurate memories that happened before they were alive.

Parents have shared the creepiest things their children have said in an array of chilling stories kicked off by a British nursery teacher on Mumsnet whose pupil predicted her pregnancy

 The woman revealed on Mumsnet the young girl had placed her hand on her co-worker's stomach saying 'babies', weeks before the woman discovered she was pregnant with twins

 The woman revealed on Mumsnet the young girl had placed her hand on her co-worker's stomach saying 'babies', weeks before the woman discovered she was pregnant with twins

 The woman revealed on Mumsnet the young girl had placed her hand on her co-worker’s stomach saying ‘babies’, weeks before the woman discovered she was pregnant with twins

Kicking off the thread, a mother asked for other parents to share instances ‘where a child has freaked them out’, writing: ‘I worked in a nursery and there was a little girl from a place in Africa, she barely spoke any English. 

‘Her dad was actually the leader of his tribe back in her home country so she was somewhat deemed a princess of sorts. 

‘She walked up to a colleague of mine, placed both hands on her stomach, kissed it and said BABIES. And walked away. Turns out she was pregnant with twins, she found out a couple of weeks later.’

She continued: ‘About 5 months later she walked up to me, places her hand on my stomach and again announced BABIES , and walked away… lo and behold a couple of weeks later….. (not twins though)’. 

Meanwhile many parents shared the memories of past lives their children appeared to be harbouring, with one mother describing how her daughter told her about her 'other mother' who died in a house fire

Meanwhile many parents shared the memories of past lives their children appeared to be harbouring, with one mother describing how her daughter told her about her 'other mother' who died in a house fire

Meanwhile many parents shared the memories of past lives their children appeared to be harbouring, with one mother describing how her daughter told her about her ‘other mother’ who died in a house fire

And other parents quickly flooded the thread with their own experiences, with one writing: ‘Chum’s little boy, aged about 4, met chum’s work colleague for the first time and said chattily, out of the blue: ‘Are you sad because the tree fell on that man?’

They continued: ‘Colleague had been widowed some years due to exactly that. Chum had never mentioned this or discussed it anywhere near her boy.’

Continuing the theme of children who appeared to have psychic powers, another user told how their four-year-old sister hugged their grandfather and told him she wouldn’t forget him just hours before he passed away unexpectedly.

One woman described how she used to be a nanny and one child she was babysitting told her she would like to 'wear her skin', in the spooky thread posted to Mumsnet

One woman described how she used to be a nanny and one child she was babysitting told her she would like to 'wear her skin', in the spooky thread posted to Mumsnet

One woman described how she used to be a nanny and one child she was babysitting told her she would like to ‘wear her skin’, in the spooky thread posted to Mumsnet

Meanwhile, in another spooky incident, a woman told how her toddler son recounted a historical disaster explained to him by a ‘ghost’. 

She wrote: ‘My son (then 3 he’s now 20) came down from sleep one morning and told me about a boat that had sunk on the Thames hundreds of years ago with lots of names and details. 

‘We were laughing and asked him how he knew that and he said “Connor told me”.

‘We googled the name of the boat and it was indeed an incident. When we questioned him he said Connor was someone who came to talk to him at night from another place. We had lots of other facts “from Connor” over a period of about 18 months then he disappeared and was never heard from again.’

One mother described how a little girl started talking about her 'past daddy' in an influx of parents who revealed that their children appeared to be talking about past lives

One mother described how a little girl started talking about her 'past daddy' in an influx of parents who revealed that their children appeared to be talking about past lives

One mother described how a little girl started talking about her ‘past daddy’ in an influx of parents who revealed that their children appeared to be talking about past lives

Another parent shared a similar incident, telling how their daughter appeared to predict the 9/11 attack.

She wrote: ‘One day when my second daughter was four she seemed to be concentrating very hard and showed me a picture of a long thin rectangle with black curls coming out of it. I asked her what it was and she said it was an aeroplane?

‘I later switched on the television to see the world trade centre towers on fire after 9/11. This was the first I knew about it. That really spooked me out as you can imagine’.

In the creepy Mumsnet thread one mother told how her daughter appeared to be able to see ghosts, admitting that she took the little girl to play in the garden until her husband was back

In the creepy Mumsnet thread one mother told how her daughter appeared to be able to see ghosts, admitting that she took the little girl to play in the garden until her husband was back

In the creepy Mumsnet thread one mother told how her daughter appeared to be able to see ghosts, admitting that she took the little girl to play in the garden until her husband was back

And one mother described how she took her eight-year-old son to her mother-in-law’s house when he described seeing a man walking up the stairs.

She added: ‘He described my husband’s father who had died very suddenly in the house just before we met.’

Meanwhile many parents shared the memories of past lives their children appeared to be harbouring. 

One woman told how her son insisted they used to live in a house which burned down, writing: ‘Up until he was mid teens he used to refer to the ‘house we lived in that burned down, “you remember Mum – with the fire engines and ambulances and Police”. Never happened but he insists still that he remembers it. Creepy!’.

Another said her nephew insisted he had chosen his mum, writing: ‘When he was three nearly four he told his mum that he chose her to be his mum as she looked sad when he visited her and she looked like a nice mummy.’

Another parent shared a similar incident, telling how their son appeared to predict the 9/11 attack, in a collection of paranormal occurrences parents had experienced with their kids

Another parent shared a similar incident, telling how their son appeared to predict the 9/11 attack, in a collection of paranormal occurrences parents had experienced with their kids

Another parent shared a similar incident, telling how their son appeared to predict the 9/11 attack, in a collection of paranormal occurrences parents had experienced with their kids

She added: ‘My sister-in-law had been trying for 5 years for a baby and thought it would never happen’.

And she wasn’t in the minority, with another adding: ‘When my dear daughter was 3 she told me she liked me more than her other mummy! I said something like, that’s nice but you don’t have another mummy. She said completely straight faced – ‘yes I do, you don’t know her, she died a long time ago in a fire!’

Meanwhile another added: ‘My dear son from about two until four, would talk about a previous life. Including names and locations. He would point to buildings and tell us what they used to be. 

‘We checked them out. The names were real and locations etc were correct.’

‘Family had lived in that particular area for a number of generations. I think it’s inherited memory in some way.’

In the eerie thread shared to Mumsnet, many parents shared the memories their children appeared to have from past lives, and one little boy claimed he had a wife and kids

In the eerie thread shared to Mumsnet, many parents shared the memories their children appeared to have from past lives, and one little boy claimed he had a wife and kids

In the eerie thread shared to Mumsnet, many parents shared the memories their children appeared to have from past lives, and one little boy claimed he had a wife and kids

And another mother shared the moment her son recalled a memory from when he was just two weeks old. 

She said: ‘He was born extremely prematurely and had a lot of very invasive treatment in his early days to keep him alive. He is quite severely autistic. 

‘Not long after he became verbal, aged around 4, he startled us and completely creeped us out by starting to talk about things that had occurred when he was extremely young, including asking ‘why did they put those things in my back when I was two weeks old?’. 

‘He’d had four lumbar punctures at exactly two weeks old, which we’d never mentioned to him.’

Joining the spooky thread, one user wrote: 'Chum's little boy, aged about 4, met chum's work colleague for the first time and said chattily, out of the blue: 'Are you sad because the tree fell on that man?' They continued: 'Colleague had been widowed some years due to exactly that.'

Joining the spooky thread, one user wrote: 'Chum's little boy, aged about 4, met chum's work colleague for the first time and said chattily, out of the blue: 'Are you sad because the tree fell on that man?' They continued: 'Colleague had been widowed some years due to exactly that.'

Joining the spooky thread, one user wrote: ‘Chum’s little boy, aged about 4, met chum’s work colleague for the first time and said chattily, out of the blue: ‘Are you sad because the tree fell on that man?’ They continued: ‘Colleague had been widowed some years due to exactly that.’

And in a final spooky tale a woman described how her boyfriend’s young cousin was haunted by ‘scratching sounds’ at night which in a real life horror story turned out to be his mentally ill neighbour plotting his death. 

She said: ‘He used to complain of this horrible scratching noise coming from his wall just behind the headboard of his bed at night, he used to cry and refuse to go to sleep. 

‘Fast forward a few years later, the police showed up at their door and asked them if they had ever had any problems with their elderly neighbour.

‘Basically she had died and when house was being cleared out they also discovered that this lady had some suspected mental health issues and for years believed my boyfriend’s cousin was Satan and convinced herself she had to kill him to save herself.’

She continued: ‘Her bedroom was on the other side of the wall and the scratching noises had been her trying to claw through the wall to get to him at night. T

‘She had kept a very detailed diary of how she could hear him playing through the wall so knew that was his room, time stamps of when he had been out playing in the garden as she watched him through the window and what he was doing.

‘His cousin’s parents still live in that house miraculously and his daughter who is only 7 told him she didn’t like playing in that house anymore as the scratching noises scared her having no knowledge of the previous events.’ 

Continuing the theme of children who appeared to have psychic powers, another user told how their 4-year-old sister hugged their grandfather and told him she wouldn't forget him just hours before he passed away unexpectedly

Continuing the theme of children who appeared to have psychic powers, another user told how their 4-year-old sister hugged their grandfather and told him she wouldn't forget him just hours before he passed away unexpectedly

Continuing the theme of children who appeared to have psychic powers, another user told how their 4-year-old sister hugged their grandfather and told him she wouldn’t forget him just hours before he passed away unexpectedly

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‘Stay Home & Make Babies’: Man With ‘Dim’ View of Women Arrested for Shooting Female Drivers… Again

A man in Texas has been arrested a second time for shooting female drivers because he doesn’t believe women should be allowed to get behind the wheel. Authorities say the man has a “dim” view of the opposite sex.

Nicholas D’Agostino was initially arrested for shooting a mother as she drove to a car wash in Katy, Texas, on July 10. The bullet went straight through her arm, lodging just millimeters from her heart.

The 29-year-old claimed the shooting was in “self-defense,” saying the woman swerved into his lane twice and was trying to commit “vehicular manslaughter,” ABC 13 reported.

D’Agostino posted a $75,000 bond last week. He was free for just 48 hours before he was re-arrested for an incident that occurred in March, in which he reportedly shot a woman while leaving a Shell gas station in Katy.

Authorities say D’Agostino confessed to the July shooting and five similar shootings while he was behind bars the first time.

He is now locked up on two bonds totaling $400,000, and faces two counts of aggravated assault.

Investigators asked for the bond to be significantly higher this time around, saying in court records that he “presents a continuing threat to the community and in particular, to female motorists in Katy.”

Investigators who examined D’Agostino’s Facebook page said he “rants and rambles on about female motorists and how incompetent they are and that their sole purpose is to give birth to male children.”

D’Agostino is due to face a judge over the charges in September, with defense attorney Ken Mingledorff calling the new charges a“shock.”

“The family is just as sorry as they can be. They’re wonderful people and they’re very, very sorry for any problems or pain this has caused anyone,” he told ABC 13.

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Cop Turns Off Heat Alarm, Leaves Dog in Hot Car Until He Dies, Not Charged Because He’s a Cop

Columbia, SC — Columbia police announced this week that a police dog handler who left his own K9 in a hot car until it died will not faces charges of animal cruelty, despite being entirely responsible for the animal’s death. The officer left the K9 in the hot car for over six hours until it died from the heat.

Police K9 vehicles come equipped with special alarms that will roll notify the officer if the air conditioner goes out or the car becomes too hot. However, on that day, for reasons he was unable to explain, Master Police Officer David Hurt turned that alarm off. He also left the poor Labrador retriever mix named “Turbo” in the car for over six hours without returning to even let him use the bathroom. Had he done so, Turbo would be alive today.

Police Chief Skip Holbrook said in a news conference on Thursday that the officer’s behavior and negligence to keep the dog alive was shocking.

“He didn’t give any logical reason,” Holbrook said at a news conference. Yet despite turning off the alarm and creating a ticking time bomb of death for the K9, the department chose not bring charges against one of their own. Instead, Hurt was given just five days of unpaid leave.

“It was a mistake of the heart he will have to deal with the rest of his life,” said Holbrook, who added he didn’t fire Hurt because he immediately took responsibility for his grave error, according to the AP.

As the AP reports:

Hurt also will be suspended from the bomb squad and can never handle a police dog again.

Turbo was the first dog given to Hurt, who was selected to be a handler and went through hundreds of hours of training. The 22-month-old explosive-sniffing dog had been with Hurt for seven months.

Hurt was at a high school July 26, getting active shooter training, and didn’t take the dog inside because of the loud noises and crowd, Holbrook said.

Other handlers also left dogs inside vehicles because they could be needed for a call on a moment’s notice but they all checked on their animals frequently, the chief said.

When Hurt returned to his vehicle at the end of the day, Turbo had white foam around his mouth and was listless. Hurt immediately recognized the dog was suffering from heat stress and took it to a veterinarian. The dog was put to sleep two days later after suffering organ failure, Holbrook said.

“It’s like losing a partner or a family member,” the chief said. “It is devastating.”

Holbrook estimates that the cost of losing the dog, considering that it went through days of extensive training, was around $25,000. Yet still, the officer was not charged.

This lack of charges is also in spite of the fact that Hurt clearly broke the law. According to  South Carolina Code of Laws, Title 47 – Animals, Livestock and Poultry, Section 47-1-40:

(A) A person who knowingly or intentionally overloads, overdrives, overworks, or ill-treats an animal, deprives an animal of necessary sustenance or shelter, inflicts unnecessary pain or suffering upon an animal, or by omission or commission knowingly or intentionally causes these acts to be done, is guilty of a misdemeanorand, upon conviction, must be punished by imprisonment not exceeding ninety days or by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars nor more than one thousand dollars, or both, for a first offense; or by imprisonment not exceeding two years or by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars, or both, for a second or subsequent offense.

Just last month, a woman in Alabama was charged for doing the exact same thing. In June, a man in Florida was charged after his dog died in a hot car. And, this month, a woman was arrested in New Mexico for leaving her dogs in a hot car. All of these people were deeply sorry about what they did, but they were all charged. Coincidentally, none of them were cops.

While charging the cop with a crime will certainly not bring the dog back, it would show that the department is concerned about holding their own accountable. However, this is apparently not an issue for them as he wasn’t even fired.

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Watching America’s Collapse

In the 1950s and 1960s the United States was a vibrant society. Upward mobility was strong, and the middle class expanded. During the 1970s the internal contradiction in Keynesian demand management resulted in stagflation. Reagan’s supply-side economic policy cured that. With a sound economy under him, Reagan was able to pressure the Soviet government, which was unable to solve its economic problem, to negotiate the end of the cold war.

This happy development was not welcomed by powerful forces, both in the US and Soviet Union. In the US the powerful military/security complex was unhappy about losing the Soviet Threat, under the auspices of which its budget and power had soared. Right-wing superpatriot conservatives accused Reagan of selling out America by trusting the Soviets. The American rightwing portrayed President Reagan as the grade-two movie actor dupe of “cunning communists.”

In the Soviet government Gorbachev faced a larger problem. With trust established between the two nuclear powers, Gorbachev released the Soviet hold on Eastern Europe. Hardline elements in the Soviet Communist Party saw too much change too rapidly and concluded that Gorbachev had sold out the Soviet Union to Washington. This conclusion resulted in Gorbachev’s arrest, and the consequence of his arrest was the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Communist Party.

With communism departed, the Russians forgot all of Marx’s lessons about capitalism and naively concluded that we were all now friends. The Yeltsin government opened to American advice and, by naively accepting American advice, Russia was looted and reduced to penury. Russia under Yeltsin became an American puppet state, and the Russian people paid for it with a great reduction in their living standard.

The collapse of the Soviet Union is usually attributed to Reagan and represented as one of his victories. This is a fabrication. I was in Reagan’s government, both as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury and afterward as a member of a secret Presidential Committee with subpeona power over the CIA. Reagan told us many times that his purpose was not to win the Cold War but to end it.

He told everyone involved that all respect had to be shown to the Soviets as the purpose was to end the threat of nuclear war, not to have an insulting triumphal victory.

Unfortunately, the trust Reagan established with the Russians was betrayed by the corrupt and criminal Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama regimes. Because of these utterly corrupt regimes, today the distrust between the US and Russia is far higher than ever existed during the long decades of the Cold War. What the criminal Clinton, Bush, and Obama regimes did was to resurrect the possibility of nuclear war that Reagan and Gorbachev had terminated.

As I have explained at length and as all available evidence supports, the attack on Trump rests on an orchestration called “Russiagate,” for which no evidence exists. It is an orchestration concocted by John Brennan, James Comey, Clapper, Rod Rosenstein, Mueller, and the Democratic National Committee. The transparent lies on which “Russiagate” is based are repeated continually by the presstitute media in an effort to create in the public mind a case for the removal of Trump from the Oval Office. See for example: The Brennan-Rosenstein-Mueller–Comey-Presstitute Witch Hunt

Also see: Cohen’s plea deal is prosecutor’s attempt to set up Trump

Mueller is part of the plot against Trump as is Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who appointed Mueller special prosecutor. Both are guilty of sedition as they are active participants in an organized coup to overthrow the President of the United States. But Trump is too powerless to have them arrested and put on trial for the conspiracy against democracy that they are conducting. President Trump is making a terminable mistake in trusting to facts and truth, neither of which is respected in the scant remains of Western Civilization.

Once there was hope that information available on the Internet would serve as a countervailing power to the lies told by the Western print, TV, and NPR presstitutes. But this was a vain hope. There are some good and reliable websites, increasingly being closed down by the ruling elite. The ruling elites have most of the money and can finance most of the online voices, all of which are employed for the purpose of contradicting truth.

I received today an email from RootsAction urging me to donate money to speed Trump’s impeachment. The website has even prepared the Articles of Impeachment and proclaims that “Trump’s Fixer Says the President Engaged in a Criminal Conspiracy to Sway the 2016 Election.”

This accusation comes from one of Trump’s former lawyers, Michael Cohen. They are allegations that most defense attorneys understand is Michael Cohen’s effort to gain a light sentence for his income tax evasion by “composing,” to use the term of Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, evidence against the man Mueller really wants—President Trump.

I will be unequivocal. RootsAction, as is the NY Times, Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, NPR and the rest of the media whores, is lying. To pay off two women, who might have been paid by the military/security complex, or Hillary & Bill Clinton, or the Democratic National Committee, to bring such charges or who simply saw an opportunity to collect a bunch of dollars from Donald Trump, is most certainly, most definitely not, as RootsAction claims, “the high crime and misdemeanor of attempting to fraudulently influence the outcome of a US presidential election. This is an impeahable offense warranting removal from office.”

Whoever advises RootsAction is a totally incompetent attorney. Moreover, to show the utter stupidity of RootsAction’s ignorant assertion, a “misdemeanor” cannot be a “high crime.” A “high crime” is a “felony.”

I have posted on my website statements from legal experts that there is nothing unlawful about paying off claimants. Corporations do it continually. It is much cheaper to pay off a false claim than to finance a court case to refute it. There is no reason whatsoever for a political candidate competing for a party’s nomination for the presidency to be distracted by fighting court cases brought to extort money from him.

Moreover, considering the dire straits in which the American population between the two coasts has been left by decades of jobs offshoring, the government’s inability to provide assistance to those millions of Americans whose living standard is dissolving because the military/security complex appropriates $1,000 billion annually from America’s resources, and the Trump public’s awareness that provoking Russia into war is in no one’s interest, RootsAction and the rest of the imbeciles have to be crazy beyond all belief to think that that anyone who voted for Trump cared if he had sexual encounters with two women. Considering the dire straits of Americans, the last thing they would do is to vote against their champion because he had sex with two women, assuming that he did.

Yet, an unsubstantiated claim by a lawyer who did not pay his income tax, a claim made for the purpose of a light sentence in exchange for providing false evidence against the President of the United States, is now, according to RootsAction, the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, CNN, MSNBC, etc., and so on, grounds for impeaching the President of the United States who hopes to defuse the extremely dangerous tensions between Washington and Russia.

The military/security complex wants to impeach Trump because he wants peace with Russia, thus taking away the essential enemy that justifies their budget and power.

Are Americans too stupid to notice that there is not a shred of evidence of the “Russiagate” accusations? What we have in their place is income tax evasion charges, not against Trump, but against an attorney and a Republian campaign manager. More convincing charges could be brought against Democrats, but have not. The Hillary crowd of criminals has proven immune to prosecution.

No one has to approve of Trump in order to have the intelligence to see that Trump’s intention to normalize relations with Russia is the world’s main hope of continued existence. Once nuclear weapons go off, global warming will take on new meaning.

After three eight-year terms of US presidents, relations between the US and Russia stand at a far more dangerous level than ever existed during the Cold War. I know this for a fact, as I was directly involved in the Cold War.

The security that insouciant Americans find in the belief that only the US is a superpower is ignorant beyond all belief. A new book by Andrei Martyanov published by Clarity Press proves that, at best, the US is a second rate military power that can be utterly destroyed at will by Russia along with the entirety of the stupid NATO countries, every one of which is militarily impotent. In the present correlation of forces, nothing whatsoever can be done to save a square inch of the Western world if Russia ever has enough of the absurd accusations, absurd threats, absurd postering of a totally inferior military power drunk on its own ignorant hubris.

Americans are too insouciant to know it, but they are living day by day only at the mercy of Russia.

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Blueberries And Grapes Combined Equal Dramatic Decline In Memory Loss And Aging

Building on proof that fruit is a life-saver (and not the danger that other media would have you believe), researchers have found an amazing synergistic effect on the brain when grapes and blueberries are combined. So, grab your spoon and fire up your favorite compote recipe as we take a look at this new discovery!

A lot of people obsessively focus on the vitamin content in fruit but they forget that it’s the unique combination of flavonoids, polyphenols, anthocyanins, tannins and other bio-compounds that have a dramatic effect on the body.

For instance, oranges prevent macular degeneration. It is the polyphenols in the fruit that perform this feat, not necessarily the vitamin content.

GNN reports:

…a new study published last month by an international team of researchers from Bordeaux and Quebec gives us new insight into better options.

The team performed a number of randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials that tested memory, spatial recognition, and learning on four separate groups of both young and old mice. Half of the mice in each group received a diet rich in polyphenol extracts from grapes and blueberries, while the other half were given a regular diet.

They found that the beneficial effects of a polyphenol-rich extract from grapes were aided significantly by pairing it with a polyphenol-rich extract from blueberries; and that the combination produced a far more robust effect than either one on its own.

The researchers believe that well-being is closely linked to the rate of aging and strength of memory.

They continue [emphasis mine]

Over the course of the trials, the research demonstrated that the aged mice fed the polyphenol-rich diet spent far more time examining objects they had never seen before, while ignoring those they had, could remember where the exit was in their swimming pool despite the start point changing each swim session, and lived a longer sharper life in general during the trials. Strikingly, 52% of the mice who were fed the normal diet died before a single mouse had died from the control-diet group.

After the trials, the mice were found with much higher levels of polyphenols in their blood plasma and brains. The data presented exciting conclusions that daily supplementation of blueberry AND grape extract together improved memory and brain function, as well as neurogenesis – the creation and repair of new brain cells – particularly in the hippocampus, as well as neuro-plasticity, a key marker of age-related neuro-decline.

In an unrelated study, it was found that the anthocyanins in blueberries ward off Alzheimer’s. Anthocyanins are what make fruits and vegetables purple, and it’s also the substance responsible for aiding weight loss.

To the researchers above, results proved that “optimized preventive nutrition may promote the maintenance of a satisfactory cognitive state in elderly subjects and may thus prevent or delay dementia, and contribute to healthy aging.”

What do you think? Can this fruit duo help your memory? This writer has seen dramatic improvement in memory since eating blueberries! Tell us your health results below!

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Before Public Roads, Private Companies Did It Better

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Before Public Roads, Private Companies Did It Better

By Joe Jarvis – August 15, 2018

American Roads Started as Private Businesses

Even the U.S. Department of Transportation has to admit, the first major U.S. roadways were not built by the government:

The privately built Philadelphia and Lancaster Turnpike Road was the first important turnpike and the first long-distance broken-stone and gravel surface built in America according to formal plans and specifications. The road’s construction marked the beginning of organized road improvement after the long period of economic confusion following the American Revolution.

The road opened the territory northwest of the Ohio River and provided cheap transportation between the coast cities and the new Republic’s “bread basket” region surrounding Lancaster.

In the early days of the United States, the government certainly saw the benefit of roads. But most politicians didn’t think it was their place to raise taxes to pay for them.

State governments laid claim to all unoccupied land. So state governments would grant charters to private companies to build, improve, and maintain roads on “public” land.

The companies sold stock in the routes to investors, which funded the development of these roads. Tolls made the companies profitable so they could pay back investors.

The government’s only role was granting ownership of certain public pathways to these companies, under the condition that they improve them.

The best roads at the time were privately funded, for-profit businesses. Travel for leisure was not as common. People tended to work at home, or close to where they lived. Therefore merchants moving their goods to market paid most of the tolls. This surely brought down the price for other travelers.

Of course, the price of the toll would make it into the price of the goods. In that sense, everyone contributed to the roads. No taxation necessary.

Great Britain Started the Trend and brought it to America

During the 1700s, the British started experimenting with paved roads for the first time since the Romans built some roads after conquering the island.

During this same time period, the growth of turnpikes was resulting in much improved road conditions across England. Private individuals built roads themselves and then charged for their use, usually blocking passage by setting a long pole (pike) across the road. Once the toll had been paid, the pole would be swung (turned) out of the way, allowing the travelers access to the road (turnpike). By 1829, 3,783 different turnpike companies operated 20,000 miles of highway throughout England. However, during the latter half of the 19th century, canal building and the growth of railroads outstripped the turnpikes, and roads in general became less important until the turn of the century.

As European settlers migrated across the Atlantic to the U.S., they found themselves faced with an almost total lack of roads… in Europe they had at least had the Roman roads to use as a foundation for rebuilding. In America there were only Indian trails, and while they were long and quite extensive, they were also very narrow, allowing only for single file passage of foot traffic. Like their Inca counterparts, the natives of North America did not invent a wheel, and so did not develop roads that would accommodate wheeled vehicles. Initially, America’s early roads were no more than widened Indian trails which had been leveled and filled, most of them full of tree stumps that tripped horses and halted wagons. The expression, “I’m stumped,” derived from this era, when vehicles were frequently hung up on tree stumps and could go no further until they’d been freed… America, like England, went through a period of turnpike development, and for many years, turnpikes were the best roads in the U.S.

Toll roads solved many of these problems. The roads naturally served larger population centers, since that is where there would be enough travelers to pay back the tolls. And they were ultimately paid for by the people who traveled the roads or bought the goods moved on the roads.

The governments in the U.S.A. were actually not responsible for building roads until “1891, when New Jersey became the first state to take responsibility at the state level for improving roads and formed a State Highway Department. Massachusetts followed this example in 1892, and by 1917 all the states had adopted similar programs.”

But the truth is, states only started caring about roads when everyone else stopped caring. Railroads and canals became the transportation of choice during the Industrial Revolution. And roadways would remain lightly traveled until the automobile became popular.

In the Future Who Will Build the Roads?

Could you imagine a post-road world? Not a Post Road for mail, a world after roads.

The U.S. government’s vast investment in highways has really altered the development of transportation.

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It is hard to tell what better methods of transportation would be invented, used, and improved if government funded roads were not available.

But you can bet that it would be more efficient, since companies, investors, and users would be responsible. The government doesn’t have much incentive to keep costs down, improve road conditions, reduce traffic, or serve market demands.

And then in a post-road world, roads could be reclaimed for walking, bike riding, and short distance travel with less serious vehicles. Think of how wonderful cities and neighborhoods could become. Think of the vast improvement in the quality of life. Think of the reduction of roadway deaths and injuries.

Comment and tell me what you think transportation would look like today without publicly funded highways. And tell me your vision for the future of transportation.

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This Liberal Carried an American Flag to Protest Fascism in Portland. Antifa Cracked His Head Open With a Bat.

AntifaScreenshot via Youtube / Mike BivinsPaul Welch is not a fascist. He is a liberal who voted for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary, and for Hillary Clinton in the general election. On August 4, he attended a far-right rally in Portland, Oregon, as a counterdemonstrator intent on signaling his opposition to the “tacitly fascist event,” he told The Oregonian.

Tell that to Antifa: One of the masked militants attacked Welch, striking him over and over again with some kind of metal rod concealed in black cloth. One blow landed on his head, which caused Welch to immediately crumple to the ground. He would eventually need four staples to close up the gaping wound.

How did Antifa misidentify Welch? He had brought an American flag with him in an attempt to take the symbol back from Patriot Prayer, the group holding the rally. According to The Oregonian:

“The right and certainly a lot of smaller groups like Patriot Prayer might rush to things like the flag and try to take it up as, ‘This is our symbol exclusively,'” [Welch] said. “Part of my thinking was to take it back.”

Aside from a few odd looks, Welch did not encounter any problems when he joined hundreds of other counter-protesters who gathered at City Hall late that morning.

In fact, Welch said, he saw several other people with American flags sprinkled among the group of progressives, union members and social justice activists.

But then, two members of Antifa confronted him and demanded he hand over the flag, which they characterized as a “fascist symbol.” When Welch resisted, they attacked him. The concussion landed him in the hospital for two days.

It was, of course, wrong to attack Welch regardless of his political views. Even if Welch had been a Trump-worshipping alt-right troll, the masked man still had no right to try to take Welch’s flag and club him over the head when he resisted. This was an ill-founded and immoral initiation of violence, full stop.

But it’s also a good reminder of why Antifa’s resistance strategy, punch Nazis in the streets, wherever and whenever they appear, is deeply misguided. Not everybody who attends a protest is a Nazi. Not everyone who waves an American flag is a fascist. Not every Republican is racist (Queer Eye‘s Jonathan Van Ness is right). A group that endorses political violence while claiming that everyone who isn’t with them is against them, and that centrists are essentially fascist collaborators, is not a group that is making careful distinctions or thoughtfully considering its tactical approach. A broad endorsement of violence as a resistance tactic is certain to result in innocent people getting hurt, and to turn the moderate masses away from whatever it is Antifa supposedly represents. As a general matter, civil resistance works and violent protests backfire.

It’s easy to abuse the whole “See, this is why Trump won!” thing. But beating the crap out of a liberal because he committed the sin of carrying an American flag does in fact seem like it belongs in the win-for-Trump column. If the left wants to defeat Trump, the worst thing it can do is make people fear Antifa more than they fear the administration.

Update: This post initially gave the wrong first name for Welch. I reget the error.

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Study: You Need to Keep on Taking Probiotic Supplements for the Effects to Last

Your body has trillions of bacteria, but not all of them are bad. A surprisingly large percentage of your bacteria population lives in your gut, and most of them are good for you. They’re called probiotics or “good” gut bacteria. You tend to lose them over time because of one reason or another, so keeping their population replenished is a good, solid step toward better health.

The bacterial populations that call your body home perform different functions, some of which make you sick in the process, while others boost your well-being. Part of “good” bacteria’s role is to keep the “bad” ones outnumbered and in check, so it is important that you have more of the former than the latter.

However, probiotics don’t last forever. Because of factors like diseases, bad habits, and the uncontrolled use of antibiotics, their numbers get depleted over time. As their population dwindles, so do their positive effects. Additionally, losing too many of them puts you at risk of getting sick from the bad bacteria in your system.

Fortunately, a simple visit to the supermarket will give you access to plenty of probiotic supplements, usually in the form of yogurt, capsules, and drinks. These contain a live bacteria culture which, when ingested, will repopulate the probiotics in your gut, improving your gut health and digestion.

An article in The Conversation looked into the health claims related to probiotic supplements and found the following benefits for healthy adults:

  • They can increase the population of good bacteria – This helps restore the balance between friendly bacteria and those that make you sick.
  • They can help reduce abdominal discomfort – By improving your digestive function, they help reduce constipation and make bowel movements more regular.
  • They may help prevent urinary tract infections – Studies suggest that probiotic supplements and suppositories increase the number of good bacteria in and surrounding the vagina. Apart from preventing UTIs, it can also prevent bacterial vaginosis.
  • They help improve the immune system – It is believed that probiotics enhance the function and production of your immune cells, which boosts your protection from common diseases like colds and the flu.

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The article adds that the supplements are great for those who have a poor diet and who tend not to exercise regularly. It further emphasized that probiotic supplements tend to have short-lived effects, so you’ll have to keep on taking them to experience their full, lasting benefits. (Related: Probiotics prevent asthma.)

Natural sources of probiotics

If taking supplements is not your cup of tea, you can still have the probiotics you need from natural sources. Live bacteria exist in many food items, usually fermented ones so that you won’t lack options. Here are some of the most common natural probiotic sources:

  • Yogurt – This is milk whose lactose has been converted by bacteria into lactic acid, turning it sour. Because it does not contain lactose, you can take yogurt even if you have lactose intolerance and enjoy its many health benefits. Be sure to choose only those that have actual live bacteria cultures.
  • Sauerkraut – This is fermented cabbage and is a popular dish in many parts of Europe. Aside from probiotics, it is rich in antioxidants that are essential to your overall health.
  • Tempeh – This fermented soybean product is a great substitute for meat, thanks to its rich protein content. It also has chemicals that boost your body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food.
  • Kimchi – This Korean dish is like sauerkraut, but it can be made using other vegetables, too. Thanks to its added pepper, ginger, scallions, and garlic, it is notably spicy. It contains the bacteria strain Lactobacillus kimchii.
  • Kombucha – This drink is black or green tea fermented using bacteria. It is popular in Asia but has gained notoriety in other parts of the world because of the many health benefits linked to it.

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