We have an incredible line up of guests to help us make sense of the insensible tonight!
I will admit economics isn’t my strong point however some of that may be due to the fact that “economics” has been divorced from fiscal realities for a long time. Tonight Howard has lined up an array of guests that will help shed some light on the fiscal realities we are facing on the municipal level, in regards to energy and on the personal level due to increasing constrictions on our freedom imposed by our government struggling to maintain control.
Tulsa County Assessor, Ken Yazel-
Ken Yazel was elected Tulsa County Assessor in 2002 and was re-elected in 2006 and again in 2010.
Assessor Yazel says; “Various public officials promised the taxpayers that taxes would not go up if they voted for the bonds.”
At the same time, I was advising those officials and the public that if they project an overly ambitious valuation growth rate, property tax levies go up in subsequent years to meet their obligations.
“Now that values are not rising as fast as projected, property tax rates must increase. The Excise Board will soon approve tax levies based on an increased demand for property taxes and a leaner tax base. The result can only be higher taxes for the citizens of Tulsa County.”
ECONOMY, Energy and the Environment
Next up-Chief Technology Officer of Merica International, Robert Rapier – Economy and Energy
Mr. Rapier career has been devoted to energy issues. He has worked on cellulosic ethanol, butanol production, oil refining, natural gas production, and gas-to-liquids (GTL). Robert Rapier grew up in Oklahoma, and received his Master’s in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M.
The mission of R-Squared is to foster open discussions of Energy and the Environment. http://www.consumerenergyreport.com/blogs/rsquared/
Articles by Robert Rapier
“The Long Recession” http://www.consumerenergyreport.com/2009/06/09/the-long-recession/
“The Need for a Real Domestic Alternative Energy Policy in the USA” http://www.consumerenergyreport.com/2011/08/04/the-need-for-a-real-domestic-alternative-energy-policy-in-the-usa/
Economic Uncertainty and Freedom
Then we welcome Houston Nations, a Finance and Market Analyst who is currently in the process of concluding 2 years of independent research into the causes of the current economic crisis
And last but certainly not least, Mark Lerner co-founder of the Constitutional Alliance
Mark has testified before many state legislative committees and is in Washington D.C. on a regular basis supporting the rights of citizens.
We will get his insight into current events (including economic uncertainty) and what all of this means for the future of freedom in America.
TC Indymedia Exclusive: Secret ‘Trigger’ & blueprint for emergency domestic military crackdown plan revealed
“It is my belief that Operation Garden Plot and Noble Eagle-like activation was witnessed in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. I was a police officer there at the time and it fulfilled the plan to a T. Joint patrols with civil authorities, checkpoints for major arteries in and out of the city, soldiers and Humvees stationed at major intersections and bridges, assistance in imposing an unlawful curfew against all citizens, gun confiscation, and even business checks. These “patrols” involved the use of thermal image cameras mounted on the Humvees, looking for warm bodies moving through the darkness and debris, riding with various SWAT teams and responding to gun fights, looting and even conducting traffic stops and simple drug enforcement. ” read more
Heads Up! HB 1981 The “Protect Children From Online Pornographers Act” that has nothing to do with online pornographers or children!
From Downsize DC;
A dangerous bill has been approved by the Republican-controlled House Judiciary Committee that would ELIMINATE your online privacy. That’s why I sent a letter to Congress using DownsizeDC.org’s Hands Off the Internet Campaign.
I urge you to send a letter. You may borrow from or copy this…
I insist that you oppose HR 1981, the so-called “Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act.”
The very name of the bill is dishonest and offensive. It misleads the public into thinking the bill gives law enforcement expanded tools to protect children from pedophiles.
But actually, it gives law enforcement broad powers to examine ANYONE’s Internet activities, for ANY reason. According to CNET (http://cnet.co/oU5t35):
* It would require commercial Internet providers “to store… customers’ names, addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and temporarily-assigned IP addresses.”
* Rep. Zoe Lofgren says this would create “a data bank of every digital act by every American” that would “let us find out where every single American visited Web sites.”
* If the law passed, criminals would simply go to libraries or coffeehouses and use the Web anonymously, while law-abiding Americans would have their activities recorded.
* ISP’s will have to reconfigure their systems to accommodate the data retention requirements — an expense they will surely pass on to their customers (to you)
* Combing through mostly irrelevant records of innocent Americans is a highly INEFFICIENT form of catching criminals
As Kevin Bankston of the Electronic Frontier Foundation puts it, HR 1981, “would treat every Internet user like a criminal and threaten the online privacy and free speech rights of every American… Such a scheme would be as objectionable to our Founders as the requiring of licenses for printing presses or the banning of anonymous pamphlets.” (http://bit.ly/rffep9)
The First and Fourth Amendments guarantee my right to anonymity and to privacy. Both disappear if the government tracks my online activities.
Uphold your oath of office to support and defend the Constitution. Oppose HR 1981!
DownsizeDC.org is one of 30 organizations that had sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee concerning HR 1981. You can read that letter here.
Rural Council: It’s about control
There is no justification for the federal government to impose itself into the life and lifestyles of rural America. Nothing in the Constitution can be construed to authorize the federal government to require a farm boy to obtain a federal Commercial Driver’s License before he can drive the family tractor. It’s about control, and nothing but control, over every facet of life. See what else the feds are doing to control rural life in… This week’s newsletter!