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Already bored with the ice bucket challenge? Try this bucket on for size

Posted by 5etester on August 18, 2014

So the ice bucket challenge is everywhere but it’s already getting old, wouldn’t you say? Time to up the ante. People need to step up from a tiny little bucket with a few ice cubes to something a little more visually stimulating. Like this.

 

 

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The Benghazi investigation is officially closed (or should be)

Posted by 5etester on August 16, 2014

There are two kinds of people when it comes to investigating the Benghazi terrorist attacks of 2012. Those who want the truth and those who are playing politics. Determining what category one fits in is easy. Simply utilize the attack timeline. If their focus is the attacks themselves, the response or the aftermath, then the agenda is politically driven. If the focus is the lead up to the attacks and why they ever occurred to begin with, then the truth is the goal.

It’s why the endless charade of committee’s and reports concerning Benghazi are of little value except that of political fodder for the 2016 election. And it should come as no surprise to anyone with even a passing interest in what really happened there. Both major political parties would be indicted should the truth ever come to light. Tis why we’re highly unlikely to ever see it. Sorry to those of you holding out hope that Trey Gowdy is the guy to get it done. Not gonna happen.

That’s not to say that the GOP won’t keep it alive as valuable political points are still at stake simply by showing Obama and Clinton as inept at handling the response. But the entire explanation lies in the covert weapons/Jihadist fighter ops the U.S. had undertaken prior to the attacks. And nobody on either side of the aisle ever wants to see that truth come to light. So it will remain in the midst of conspiracy theorists.

Makes one wonder if the little people (meaning you and I) are even capable of ever wrapping our heads around the truth that it really is us against them. Party affiliation or other various intricacies that would lead one to believe that your side is behind you and really trying to root out the other side is a very functional way to do business. Most of us buy into it.

For those of you who truly see the light, bravo! Congratulations! Resisting to the end is still the best way. I don’t know if our conscience gets left behind at the grave, but I don’t want to find out the hard way if it doesn’t. You can still lead a pretty darn good life here in America just by being sheeple and going along for the ride. I certainly know quite a few people who fit that category. But I won’t be one of them.

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Heed the warnings! Behold the power of lightning

Posted by 5etester on August 12, 2014

If you’re like me, you probably became fascinated with lightning as a child as it was fun to count the seconds between a lightning strike and the bolt of thunder to follow. Or watching a far off storm on a summer night with its display of ‘heat’ lightning. Those were neat experiences that never seemed threatening.

I did, however, listen to my parents to get inside to shelter when the t-storms were near and the possibility existed of getting hit by lightning. I never really knew until now that even the safety of your home or your car with its rubber tire isolation may not be enough.

Recently, my mother experienced this firsthand. Her house was virtually destroyed by lightning and it wasn’t even a direct hit. Lightning struck a tree in the backyard. From there it traveled to her well and blew up the well casing. It followed the water line into the house burning the deck along the way. Siding was blown off the house with insulation strewn about.

She has heavy steel Bilco entry doors leading to her crawlspace underneath the house. Despite being shut, those were blown open. The lightning traveled under the house and blew up her well pump and furnace. The paint cans stored under the house had their lids blown off and the paint spilled all over.

It then actually ruptured the floor supports (later we found out 22 floor joists had been split) and cracked the walls and ceilings. The house had actually been moved 4 inches off the foundation. Everything was knocked off the walls and a heavy china hutch and dining room table were lifted off the floor and slammed back down breaking their legs.

My mother was standing in the kitchen when the lightning hit. She was actually lifted off the floor some inches when the floors ruptured. Luckily, she was fine physically. A neighbor had been watching as it hit and witnessed three fireballs roll across the lawn from the well and travel into the crawlspace.

The fire chief and insurance adjuster that have been out have both said they have never seen anything like it. Her home resembled being hit by an earthquake and was damaged from end to end.

Insurance will take care of the house as it has to be condemned but it could easily have been much worse if she had been standing in the wrong spot.

So make sure you take those warnings seriously. Thinking your safe in a storm by simply standing under a pavilion or overhang just isn’t true.

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Which right is more important than the rest?

Posted by 5etester on August 4, 2014

At the risk of alienating every reader this blog has ever had, we have to continue discussing human rights where water is concerned. In the eyes of the United Nations, water is literally at the top of that list.

In November 2002, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights adopted General Comment No. 15 on the right to water. Article I.1 states that “The human right to water is indispensable for leading a life in human dignity. It is a prerequisite for the realization of other human rights”. Comment No. 15 also defined the right to water as the right of everyone to sufficient, safe, acceptable and physically accessible and affordable water for personal and domestic uses. http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/human_right_to_water.shtml

A prerequisite for the realization of other human rights? Well, it’s certainly one of the prerequisites for life. As is food, air and possibly shelter from the elements depending upon where one lives. Beyond that there are far too many variables to make a blanket statement that anything is a requirement to sustain life.

The larger question here is can the various definitions of what is a right coexist? Unalienable rights, social contract, natural rights, etc., etc. According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, “rights structure the form of governments, the content of laws, and the shape of morality as it is currently perceived.”

As it is currently perceived? Can rights be devoid of principle? If a right is changeable based upon the whims of how it is currently perceived, there is no foundational value to it. In other words, it is nothing more than populist opinion.

The Stanford definition would be more appropriate to say the ends justify the means when it comes to rights. For a right to exist in perpetuity in its original unaltered form, it cannot be open to interpretation. It cannot come with a cost, not even an “affordable” one as is the argument concerning clean, safe drinking water. It cannot be implemented by any governing body, nor taken away by one.

Those are commonly called privileges. They may be based in ethics or morals, they may be formed out of compassion or charitable means. Governments may use them as a basis for law, human rights organizations may draw upon them to establish their charters. It doesn’t matter. If any human or group or government, any entity whatsoever, can take it away, then it is not a human right. A human right absolutely must exist for all under any conditions.

This is an extremely important distinction. Understanding the concept of what a true human right would require serves as a reminder that prioritizing the collective above the individual surrenders whatever claim to rights we ever had.

I would challenge you to prove otherwise. This isn’t meant as an attack on the Founders. They simply got it wrong. Not that didn’t debate it thoroughly. They did. Article 9 only came about after a tremendous back and forth for this very reason. Enumerating certain rights comes at the peril of excluding others.

Isn’t that why Thomas Jefferson laid it out in the Declaration of Independence that governments are instituted by men to secure our rights and if they fail, it is our right to abolish them? Securing rights doesn’t mean granting them.

Getting back to the idea that water is some sort of human right. It isn’t the only essential we have to sustain life. Nor is it any more important than the others. The notion that the U.N. should randomly determine that it is a prerequisite to all other rights is presumptive at best and more realistically just flat out wrong.

This argument needs to be debated because it isn’t about insuring the human race isn’t denied its right to water. It is about empowering the collective to decide the rights of the individual. We have already heard the blame game in full effect. Global warming is to blame. Conservatives who wish to disband the EPA are the cause. The farmers and their fertilizer runoff are the culprits.

I’ll give the progressive’s a freebie they haven’t even hit on yet. Blame capitalism. After all, it was the invasion of the Great Lakes basin by the zebra mussel that is behind the recent rise in algae blooms. It was the global economy at fault as European vessels dumping their freshwater ballast in the Great Lakes that brought us the zebra mussel invasion. Bad capitalists!

Blaming zebra mussels isn’t very sexy though. Besides, algae blooms have a long history in the Great Lakes. They were just as big a problem in the 1960’s and 70’s before global warming was even on the radar. Creating fear from water supply toxins is far more effective at getting individuals to hand over their rights and let big government take over. Rallying residents against the big and rich over shutting off their water supply when they don’t pay their bills is another slam dunk.

Ensuring that every human being has access to clean, safe water is a noble cause we should all pursue. Handing over the reins to government to make it happen is probably the surest way to guarantee that cause will fail.

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If water is a human right, shouldn’t it be free?

Posted by 5etester on July 31, 2014

Sometimes you just have to keep beating a dead horse. The water is a human right crowd demands it – http://rinf.com/alt-news/usa-news/americans-demand-president-obama-intervene-detroit-water-crisis/.

“It’s absurd that, in the twenty-first century, we have to argue about whether or not Americans have the right to water,” said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America, a national progressive political organization with one million members nationwide.

Progressives are infamous at wordsmithing. Treated water delivered through a public infrastructure has never been a human right. Neither is a living wage as the $15 per hour minimum wage crowd is. Minimum thresholds of what is considered essential for life are determined by society. In other words, by our peers. A right isn’t open to interpretation or subject to a law or voted on by a democracy.

Should a desert dwelling Bedouin tribe also possess this perceived “right to water”? After all, it’s the 21st century there as well. If you say no because they choose to live where water isn’t readily available, then it isn’t a right. If you say no because they don’t live in an advanced society such as America, it isn’t a right. Rights aren’t concerned with geography or the status of a society’s development.

Therein lies the key point. Clean, safe water delivered directly to your household is a result of entrepreneurs operating in an industrialized nation. Modern plumbing didn’t come about as a right. That came with a cost. Rights don’t come with a cost.

In fact, cost is completely overlooked by the water is a human right crowd. In 2009, the EPA estimated that $335 billion in infrastructure costs would be required over a 20 year period to maintain our water systems – http://www.bna.com/epa-releases-survey-n17179874350/. The American Water Works Association paints a much more dire scenario estimating $1.7 trillion would be necessary over 50 years – http://www.awwa.org/legislation-regulation/issues/infrastructure-financing.aspx.

Think the residents of Detroit can’t afford their water bill now? Imagine if they are tapped to cover the costs to maintain their water system over the next half century. Those reports are only for upgrade and replacement costs, not operating costs.

The good folks over at the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization even developed a Water Affordability Program for the city of Detroit to adopt – http://mwro.org/water_affordability_program.htm. This is simply a wealth transfer system in which the higher income pay for the lower income water bills.

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) will provide annual funding for a water affordability program for income-eligible Detroit residents, funded solely by customers in Detroit.

Again, no accounting for the true cost of maintaining the “basic human right” of water delivered to your tap, just a straight up welfare program.

The entire argument is nothing more than thinly disguised collectivism. Create a dependency and enable big government to be the only entity capable of delivering it. If it is truly the duty of society to deliver all of lifes essentials to every man, woman and child, than communism is your only alternative. However, even communism comes with a cost, doesn’t it?

Air, food, water, energy, shelter, health care, education, etc. All are required and all should be equally important. All should be human rights under this logic and if so, all should be free for the taking. After all, isn’t eliminating wealth inequality a hot topic? Why not take the financial aspect right out of the equation? Oh, that’s right, you can’t because somebody always has to pay for it. Even when it’s a basic human right which should never cost a penny.

Perhaps this should be their anthem.

BTW, the water is a human right crowd have valid points about the need for clean, safe water. And wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could ensure that every human had all of their basic needs satisfied? The collectivists believe forced wealth redistribution is the way to go about it. This makes it more than clear that this isn’t a debate over rights. It’s simply another attack on individualism.

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Yet another paid Obama mouthpiece defects

Posted by 5etester on July 20, 2014

MSNBC Anchor Resigns; Admits to Spreading “Lies on Behalf of Obama”

According to inside sources, MSNBC host Alex Wagner, host of “NOW with Alex Wagner”, resigned from her post today after 2 1/2 years with the network citing ethical and moral concerns.

In a resignation letter obtained by National Report, Wagner claims she has been spreading “lies on behalf of Obama” and using her position with MSNBC to “falsely promote a brutal dictator.”

Wagner goes on to say, “I have spent my entire professional career working toward a position based on false pretenses. I have worked hard to obtain a position with a major news network and expected to be reporting on serious issues. Instead, I am handed Pro-Obama scripts and asked to be a mouthpiece for the administration.”
– See more at: http://nationalreport.net/msnbc-anchor-resigns-admits-spreading-lies-behalf-obama/#sthash.qxTS44O7.dpuf

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How free water leads to even less rights

Posted by 5etester on July 15, 2014

In a previous post we established that unalienable rights as endowed by our Creator only apply to those who have the capability to exercise them. An unalienable right in no way guarantees that each and every one of us will have such a right without exception. That goes against the grain of what supporters generally believe but there simply is no other rational way to interpret it. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness have never and will never exist for all people regardless.

Enter social rights. Otherwise known as socio-economic human rights, they fall under the concept of social contract theory. Supporters believe that all humans have a right to things such as health care, housing, education, etc. In the case of Detroit and the water supply shutoffs, social right supporters believe residents have a right to free water as well.

And yes, they mean free. Not just a moratorium on the bill, but 100% free. And you can’t stop at water for free, all of life’s necessities must be added into the mix.

The provision of water, electricity and other utilities and the guarantee of decent-paying and secure jobs, health care, housing and education aresocial rights over which there can be no compromise. Access to water must be freely available to everyone. All shutoffs must be immediately stopped, and those whose water has been turned off must have access to this basic necessity restored immediately.

As far as I know, the only socialist utopia theoretically capable of providing all of life’s necessities is communism. That’s certainly been a tried and failed experiment. Yet the indictment as causation for what ails us is capitalism.

These conditions are an indictment of capitalism, a system that guarantees billions of dollars to banks and big corporations while depriving workers and young people of the most basic necessities of civilized life.

This only underscores the fact that the capitalist system is attacking the entire working class in the US and around the world and that this can be stopped only by uniting all workers—black, white, native born and immigrant.

Everyone shares in the blame.

The entire political establishment—from President Obama, Governor Rick Snyder and Mayor Mike Duggan, to the City Council, the trade unions and the media—are guilty of a premeditated crime, which everyone knows will lead to devastation and even death.

He goes on from there to blame virtually everyone for the water shutoff victims so no one will accuse him of being a partisan hack.

Here’s the problem. If you support the workers paradise of communism, this author openly promotes the Socialist Equality Party, you can’t have it both ways. You want a democracy in which the workers unite of their own free will to discard capitalism. Once communism is implemented, democracy goes by the wayside.

Isn’t this always the problem with avowed communists? They can’t openly promote what they believe just as Obama couldn’t be clear of just what he meant by fundamentally changing America. It won’t sell. Thus the attack on capitalism and the standard us vs. them rhetoric. Attempting to garner support from the right by attacking Obama and the democrats is thinly veiled.

Capitalism doesn’t guarantee anything to anyone. Certainly doesn’t stop the opportunistic from exploiting it, however, this is true of any economic system. My advice would be for the author to join an anarchist group. At least then he will have the satisfaction of denying the same old rich folks benefitting regardless of the economic or class system in play.

But isn’t that the point? This author just employs a different slant of deceit in attempting to empower the little guy. The Socialist Equality Party employs their own standards for crony rewards and it certainly won’t be the little guy ending up with the spoils.

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Was I totally wrong in yesterday’s post?

Posted by 5etester on July 15, 2014

In light of my previous post about our endless wars over natural resources, I give you the opposing opinion. In what could be a propaganda piece directly out of the White House, wars are apparently so yesterday.

The 3 reasons?

1. The democratic peace
2. Nuclear deterrence
3. Sovereignty

Really? The current occupant of the White House is moving fast-forward to derail all 3 reasons.

There are endless examples of our Dictator-in-Chief expressing his desire to “act where Congress won’t” and other catch phrases he uses. Flagrant violations of the rule of law, trampling of our citizen’s rights, etc., etc., etc. A democracy is hardly at the top of his agenda.

Nuclear deterrence? The President has made no secret of his desire to disarm America. Our history of exceptionalism and being the only superpower left is what’s wrong with America if you listen to his rhetoric. A nuclear free world is a centerpiece of the progressive agenda.

Sovereignty is laughable as our country’s southern border has evaporated. Breaking down borders and expanding the collective is also at the top of the progressive agenda.

Wars and the manner in which they are fought have always been dynamic and they will continue to change over time. However, the core reasons behind them are in our DNA. No amount of propaganda pieces such as this video will change that.

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Black Gold behind the latest Middle East uprising?

Posted by 5etester on July 14, 2014

Regular readers of Spellchek know we regularly post links to those who’ve figured it out. ‘It’ in this case being the fact that natural resources make the world go round. We live in a world driven by energy wars. You generally won’t see it on the headlines which may blare religious war or political ideology war or some other distraction. But make no mistake, there is a clear path of evidence if you’re willing to look at it.

Today’s link goes to Michael Klare of TomDispatch.com. He does an excellent job of weeding through the media driven headlines to get to the real back story. Energy. Enjoy.

Twenty-First-Century Energy Wars
Global Conflicts Are Increasingly Fueled by the Desire for Oil and Natural Gas — and the Funds They Generate
By Michael T. Klare

Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, South Sudan, Ukraine, the East and South China Seas: wherever you look, the world is aflame with new or intensifying conflicts. At first glance, these upheavals appear to be independent events, driven by their own unique and idiosyncratic circumstances. But look more closely and they share several key characteristics — notably, a witch’s brew of ethnic, religious, and national antagonisms that have been stirred to the boiling point by a fixation on energy.

In each of these conflicts, the fighting is driven in large part by the eruption of long-standing historic antagonisms among neighboring (often intermingled) tribes, sects, and peoples. In Iraq and Syria, it is a clash among Sunnis, Shiites, Kurds, Turkmen, and others; in Nigeria, among Muslims, Christians, and assorted tribal groupings; in South Sudan, between the Dinka and Nuer; in Ukraine, between Ukrainian loyalists and Russian-speakers aligned with Moscow; in the East and South China Sea, among the Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Filipinos, and others. It would be easy to attribute all this to age-old hatreds, as suggested by many analysts; but while such hostilities do help drive these conflicts, they are fueled by a most modern impulse as well: the desire to control valuable oil and natural gas assets. Make no mistake about it, these are twenty-first-century energy wars.

It should surprise no one that energy plays such a significant role in these conflicts. Oil and gas are, after all, the world’s most important and valuable commodities and constitute a major source of income for the governments and corporations that control their production and distribution. Indeed, the governments of Iraq, Nigeria, Russia, South Sudan, and Syria derive the great bulk of their revenues from oil sales, while the major energy firms (many state-owned) exercise immense power in these and the other countries involved. Whoever controls these states, or the oil- and gas-producing areas within them, also controls the collection and allocation of crucial revenues. Despite the patina of historical enmities, many of these conflicts, then, are really struggles for control over the principal source of national income.

Read more – http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175865/tomgram%3A_michael_klare%2C_fighting_for_oil/#more

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Rev. Jackson wants $2B for Chicago violence – here’s how to solve it for less than half that!

Posted by 5etester on July 10, 2014

The good Reverend Jesse Jackson appears to have a tinge of jealousy when it comes to redistributing the wealth. President Obama has thrown his support behind a proposal to send nearly $4 billion to deal with the problem of illegal immigration at our southern border. The Reverend supports this but would like us to spend a little more.

“If we can find $4 billion for those children — and we should — we can find $2 billion for Chicago. There are more children involved, and more have been killed, and more have been shot,” said Jackson.

It’s a typical government solution. Throw money at a problem and make it go away. Jackson supports forcing taxpayers from one end of the country to the other to pay for Chicago’s violence problem.

We here at Spellchek always like to promote what is in the best interest of the public. Accordingly, here is a solution to the Chicago violence problem and guess what the best part is? It’ll cost less than half of what Jackson proposes!

The solution? Have the feds provide a handgun to every resident of Chicago. The population of Chicago is roughly 2.7 million people. The average cost of a handgun is likely between $300 to $600. Of course you can spend more or less, but that would be a fair average. And if we award a government contract to a gun supplier for millions of handguns, certainly we can secure a fair price for a government issued handgun.

For example, 2.7 million handguns at $300 a pop is $945 million, a relative bargain compared to the $2 billion the Rev. Jackson wants to throw down the sewer hole.

The best part? It would work! Violent crime would plunge. The gang’s of Chicago which currently rule the city would disintegrate as their members are picked off one by one.

Deterrence is a dirty word to big government supporters because it empowers the individual to protect themselves without having to rely upon big brother to do it for them.

Heck, we could arm the entire country for less than $100 billion. That’s less than a couple of weeks of spending at the federal government level. Seems like a bargain to save countless thousands of lives, doesn’t it?

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