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Sept. 26 2011 Oklahoma Begins the License Plate Interoperability Hub Pilot

Kaye Beach

Sept. 8, 2011

ALPR or Automatic License Plate Recognition is a technology being used for mass surveillance  You may be familiar with these devices as “spy cams, an accurate nickname for the devices.

License-plate recognition is a function of highly specialized software programs that allow computers to;

1)    take photographs of automobile traffic provided by video surveillance cameras,

2)     focus upon the license plate of each and every vehicle that’s been photographed,

3)    “read” and record the series of numbers and/or letters imprinted on the plate, and  check to see if and how this information is contained in the (various) database(s). Such checks can identify plates/cars/drivers who have arrest warrants, expired registrations, or cars reported as stolen,

4)     can bill ordinary, law-abiding citizens for their use of highways or border-crossings,

5)     can be done in a matter of seconds, and can be done (again) when another camera is encountered

8)    allows the (various) database(s) to keep track of the movements, destinations, and speeds of plates/cars/drivers who have been identified (i.e., all of them). http://www.notbored.org/license-plate-recognition.html

Mass Surveillance is “The pervasive surveillance of an entire population, or a substantial fraction thereof” www.allwords.com

Back in 2010, Oklahoman’s were outraged to find that then Governor Henry had planned on installing some 200 of these spy cams around the state ostensibly to be used to catch uninsured motorists (which nearly everyone detests) and fine them for their lapses.  I say ostensibly because these little spy cams are versatile and there was every indication that plans were being laid for using them for so much more!

As I pointed out in 2010;

Why do we need ALPR???

Uninsured motorists?  Sure but here is where the real money is!  This is why these devices are so important to the state. With interoperability and ubiquitous cameras, our government can charge us every time our wheels roll if they want.

The system will also be great for all sorts of fines and fees.  Really anything that can be attached to your motor vehicle records could be collected through the ALPR system.  Rather like the “deadbeat dad” DMV SSN racket.  In some states they already use these things to collect back taxes.  What are you going to do?  Walk?  No.  This is why state motor vehicle agencies never have a problem with debt.  No pay-no drive.  No work, no visits, no R and R.  We have to have our vehicles!

Beginning this month, Oklahoma will be participating in a License Plate Interoperability Pilot Program.  From Sept. 26-Dec 26 2011 seven to eight tolling authorities will collect and pool all license plate and associated data captured Read more

“The hubs will centralize accessing databases of vehicles and owner addresses and accounts to reduce the costs and improve the efficiency of collecting tolls.”

Here are the participating groups;

E-470 CO, Florida Turnpike, MdTA, NTTA, Oklahoma Turnpike, TCA Orange Co CA, Washington DOT. link

It is worth reiterating what I have said about this in the past;

It is not a new manner of charging for tolls that bothers me so much.  It is the fact that spy cameras are going to be the method of charging and that the data collected for this purpose will be kept and used for a number of other purposes such as intelligence gathering.

. . .the charging will not likely be limited to simply tolling.  Mileage and usage taxes based on zones and time of day, video enabled ticketing and a vast array of other creative revenue enhancement are part and parcel of the ALPR scamera plan.

 

But you are a law abiding person, right?  Why should you worry?

You should worry because these systems track everybody and policing today is not just about catching the criminal.  Now it’s “predictive policing” and in order to predict what individuals may do in the future, you have to have lots of data on everyone.

Elliot D. Cohen, Ph.D who has written a book on where we are fast heading if we don’t snap out of our complacency about technological surveillance. He does a great job at showing us the bigger picture.

“Basically what I’m saying is that there’s evidence for thinking that we’re moving in a direction of a controlled society, a controlled culture. It isn’t that we’re one hundred percent there, but there are dangerous trends, and if we don’t do anything to offset them, then we really will be in some serious trouble.” link

Another snippet from Dr. Cohen’s writings;

“Unfortunately, the prognosis for the survival of the free world is quite bleak if the stated trends are not stopped very soon.  It is the ever constant creep of a culture of control that presents the most insidious danger.  As we begin to accept increasingly greater and greater restrictions on our civil liberties, the technology to further abridge these liberties continues to expand and lead the way to even greater abridgements.  This process is subtle and we are not likely to notice that our freedom is gone until it is too late, or maybe not even then.  In the end, we may consider ourselves a “free” people but have little understanding of what that even means.” Mass Surveillance and State Control: The Total Information Awareness Project

 

 

Here is a list of questions that need to be asked about your data that is being collected on Oklahoma’s toll roads;

QUESTION TO ASK ABOUT ALPR

  • What specifically will the cameras be used for?
  • What makes using these surveillance devices the best of all possible enforcement options?
  • What other capabilities are inherent with this system?
  • Do any agencies in or state or nation have any plans for future uses of this system?
  • What specific information will be collected through this system?
  • What other data can/will be combined or attached to the data collected by this system?
  • What system is used to transmit or store this data?
  • What other agencies (list) have access to the system used to transmit or store this data?
  • Under what conditions is this information going to be shared?
  • How are funds from fines collected due to this system distributed?
  • What company/companies were the proposal sent to? What and how many databases will the LPR be connected to?
  • Who will have access to the data, and by what means?
  • Should drivers expect this system to be utilized for the purpose of charging them mileage/usage/congestion fees?
  • How long would images/data be retained?

 

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority can be contacted at

Telephone:  405-425-3600
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CST

Fax:  405-427-8246

link

If you have trouble getting answers from the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (which has been my expericence)  your elected state representatives might have better luck.

House members here

Senate members here

If you don’t know who your representative is, click here

 

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America is open for business! US-China Conferences in Utah

Kaye Beach

July 20, 2011

“In welcoming China, Europe is swimming with the tide of history; America is struggling against it.”

That is the most coherent quote from this tail-chasing article from the Economist on Chinese direct investments abroad.  The article mostly seems to argue that Americans ought to get over it like the Europeans have and welcome our communist friends in with open arms.  Of course, the article then goes on to admit the English (that is the people of England!) find getting into bed with China almost as distasteful as their American counterparts.You can read that article, Welcome, bienvenue, willkommen, here

Should we welcome China with open arms?  I remain unconvinced.

After reading this report written by Amanda Teegarden, Executive Director of OK-SAFE (Oklahomans for Sovereignty and Free Enterprise) who was our eyes and ears at  the recent US-China Conferences held last week in Utah, I am even less enthusiastic.

Exclusive reporting by OK-SAFE;

Imagine “The Best Little Whorehouses in…uh, Utah?” U.S.-China 2011 Conferences

“On behalf of the people of Utah, I beg you for your continued partnership with Utah” Utah Governor Gary Herbert to the Chinese officials and business interests present at the U.S.-China 2011 Trade, Education & Culture Conference, 7-14-11

Read the report

Health Exchange/Network Language Found- SB971 Needs to be Stopped

Kaye Beach

April 2, 2011

The following is a slightly abbreviated version of the Action alert issued by OK-SAFE this evening.  To read the entire alert click here

OK-SAFE, 5/2/11 –

The substitute language for the failed HB 2130 (HUB board bill, establishing governance of the health insurance exchange) has appeared in a newly-created appropriations bill, SB 971. 

SB 971 was introduced on 4/27/11 and has been assigned to the Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget. 

Details on who to call are below. The bill’s language is posted on the OK-SAFE blog.

Background

[. . .]Grassroots groups’ research and lobbying helped force the rejection of the $54 Early Innovator Grant, awarded to Oklahoma in February 2011 to implement the technology systems necessary to create such an exchange. (See diagram below.)

HB 2130, as you may remember, established the Health Care for the Uninsured board (HUB) governance over the implementation of a health insurance exchange in Oklahoma.

HB 2130, narrowly passed in the House on 3/17/11, was refused a hearing in the Senate due to the outrage caused by its’ passage.

Oklahomans don’t want an exchange, with or without federal grant money.

However, a few Senators are again attempting to pass the same language that was used in the HUB bill (HB 2130), switching the HUB board to a new board, and replacing an exchange with a “Network.”  

Specifically, SB 971 would create a 7-member Health Insurance Private Enterprise Network board, to be chaired by the Insurance Commissioner: 3 members appointed by the governor, one member by the Speaker, one member by the Senate Pro-Tem, and includes the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Terry Cline.  This board would pick an Executive Director for the Network.

This 7-member board can end up being the same people who would have been on the 9-member HUB board as defined in HB 2130, minus two.

[. . .]SB 971 further states: Funding for the Network shall come from state and private sources.

We’ve been told the state is facing a budget shortfall – where will the funding come from? What/who are the private sources?

There is no reference in the bill for how the Network website is to be set up, which opens the door for passing this right back to the system shown in the diagram above.

“Oh”, one Senator has said, “but this bill is completely different. You’ll like it.”  Huh?

Please Call [and or email] the following legislators and ask for NO vote on SB 971:

Senate Member Directory

1) Senate Appropriations Committee group email list: (Note- Sen. Myers and Sen. Sykes’ emails go to their executive assistants, Ingraham and Lewis, respectively)

ingraham@oksenate.gov, jolly@oksenate.gov, ballenger@oksenate.gov, branan@oksenate.gov, brinkley@oksenate.gov, burrage@oksenate.gov, crain@oksenate.gov, fordj@oksenate.gov, halligan@oksenate.gov, ivester@oksenate.gov, justice@oksenate.gov, marlatt@oksenate.gov, newberry@oksenate.gov, nichols@oksenate.gov, paddock@oksenate.gov, rice@oksenate.gov, stanislawski@oksenate.gov, lewis@oksenate.gov, wilson@oksenate.gov, wyrick@oksenate.gov

2) House Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget: group email:

earl.sears@okhouse.gov, scott.martin@okhouse.gov, donarmes@okhouse.gov, lisajbilly@okhouse.gov, gusblackwell@okhouse.gov, mikebrown@okhouse.gov, dougcox@okhouse.gov, david.dank@okhouse.gov, leedenney@okhouse.gov, daledewitt@okhouse.gov, joedorman@okhouse.gov, chuck.hoskin@okhouse.gov, guyliebmann@okhouse.gov, jerrymcpeak@okhouse.gov, ronpeters@okhouse.gov, danielsullivan@okhouse.gov, purcywalker@okhouse.gov

Oklahoma Senate won’t hear health insurance exchange bill —-BALONEY!

Kaye Beach

March 31, 2011

Transformation! It’s going to get ugly…..

As eported March 31, 2011;

The Senate won’t hear a bill championed by Gov. Mary Fallin that would help create an online state health insurance exchange, Senate Pro Tem Brian Bingman said today.

House Bill 2130 would set up a board to oversee development of a website for Oklahomans to shop for health insurance policies. The website is commonly referred to as a health care exchange.

Read more: http://newsok.com/oklahoma-senate-wont-hear-health-insurance-exchange-bill/article/3554149#ixzz1ID67VAFV

The following information is provided by OK-SAFE;

The press release by Sen. Brian Bingman mentioned today on 1170 KFAQ is noted below.  Without mentioning any bill numbers, the release implies that the state is not moving forward in developing the health insurance exchange. This is incorrect – the legislature is just changing tactics.

HB2130, creating the HUB board governance over the implementation of the health insurance exchange, is reportedly ‘dead’.  HOWEVER, according to Sen. Bill Brown’s office the “language they like” in HB 2130 is going to be put into another bill.  This language is going to be added to HB 1996, by Rep. Dan Sullivan.

Link to HB1996 current status:

HB 1996 is assigned to the Retirement and Insurance committee, chaired by Sen. Bill Brown. (See committee members below.)

SB 411, by Sen. Bill Brown/Moore of the House – creates a comprehensive health care information system and website.  This is a key component of the exchange and so needs to be stopped. This bill is currently in the House waiting to be put on the House calendar.

SB960, by Sen. Bill Brown, a redundant bill creating an insurance exchange is dead.  This bill never had a third reading in the senate and has missed the deadline to be heard.

Attached please find the Oklahoma Health Benefits Overview Logical Model (the IT support structure necessary to make the health benefit exchanges work, to be develop with the federal grant money).  This diagram was in a packet of information handed out by the OK Health Insurance Exchange Steering Committee on March 3, 2011.

This IT model is the template for the exchange.  Note the creation/linking of a National Health Identification Card to one’s bank. (Bottom middle of diagram.)

Republican-led OK House passes HB 2130, an “ObamaCare” Enabler

Kaye Beach

March 17, 2011

OK-SAFE updates:

Hypocrisy is defined as “the state of pretending to have beliefs, opinions, virtues, feelings, qualities, or standards that one does not actually have, or applying a criticism to others that one does not apply to oneself. Hypocrisy involves the deception of others and is thus a kind of lie.”

Most, if not all, of the current crop of OK Republicans campaigned in 2010 against what the public often calls “ObamaCare” (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or PPACA).  Oklahomans opposed this bill in its entirety, not just the individual mandate. That opposition included the development of state-run exchanges.

Today, however, the OK House passed, albeit narrowly, a controversial piece of enabling legislation authored by Speaker Kris Steele; HB 2130, paves the way for the further implementation of “ObamaCare” in Oklahoma via health care exchanges.

The Republican arguments in support of this idea included citing the Heritage Foundation,  OCPA, and Sen. Tom Coburn as supportive of the creation of these health care exchanges.*

Rep. Glen Mulready, presenting the bill for Steele, claimed at one point that the idea of health insurance exchanges was “highjacked” by ObamaCare.  (The flaw in this logic is that if the exchanges are so “conservative” how did they end up being the cornerstone of the entire PPACA socialized medicine Act, being mentioned 278 times and funded through federal grant money?) Something doesn’t compute, Rep. Mulready.

HB 2130, defining the governance of the HUB responsible for planning and implementing the Health Insurance Exchange in Oklahoma, included an amendment created at a “facilitated” meeting of the Health Information Exchange Stakeholder meeting held at Shepherd Mall the day before the vote.

The state recently accepted $54 million to develop the IT support system necessary to “reinvent” the health care delivery system, which includes the health insurance exchange.  (The HIE enables the transfer of electronic medical records – called EMRs- between health care providers.)

The Grim Future

The future of medical care is this: The Health Insurance Exchange will eventually be connected to the “other” exchange – the Health Information Exchange (HIE). [The HIE enables the transfer of electronic medical records – called EMRs – between health care providers.]

We will live with both Managed Care and Managed Competition in an e-health system where invisible “Navigators” help consumers (not customers, consumers) make “appropriate” health care choices online; where actually visiting a real doctor is limited to “qualified” consumers; where everyone has a health ID card tied to their bank; where people are indirectly forced to participate in state-run exchanges in order to qualify for the tax credits necessary to offset their new $24,000/person annual health insurance premiums; and where no single insurance carrier will be burdened with too many sick people.

(“Navigators” are part of the PPACA law, too.)

Oh, and medical advise and/or treatment will be offered online, issued by a software program that has determined your treatment based on analyzing your accumulated electronic health “data”.

A grim future indeed.

The 51 Yes Votes (italics=Democrat, bold=Tulsa county):

Armes, Banz, Billy, Cannaday, Casey, Cockroft, Coody, Cooksey, Denney, DeWitt, Farley, Grau, Hall, Hardin, Hickman, Jackson, Johnson, Jordan, Joyner, Liebmann, Martin (Sc.), Martin (St.), McAffrey, McCullough, McDaniel (J.), McNiel, Mulready, Nelson, Newell, Nollan, Ortega, Ownbey, Peters, Peterson, Pruett, Quinn, Richardson, Roberts (D.), Russ, Sanders, Scott, Sears, Shannon, Stiles, Sullivan, Thomsen, Tibbs, Virgin, Watson, Wright, and Mr. Speaker (Steele).

The 34 No Votes (italics=Democrat, bold=Tulsa County):

Bennett, Blackwell, Brumbaugh, Christian, Condit, Derby, Dorman, Faught, Fourkiller, Glenn, Hamilton, Hilliard, Holland, Hoskin, Inman, Kern, Key, Kirby, Kouplen, Lockhart, McDaniel (R.), Moore, Morrissette, Murphey, Proctor, Reynolds, Ritze, Rousselot, Schwartz, Sherrer, Terrill, Vaughan, Wesselhoft, Williams.

The Excused Votes (italics=Democrat; bold=Tulsa County):

Brown
, Cox, Dank, Enns, McPeak, Morgan, Osborn, Pittman, Renegar, Roan, Roberts (S.), Shelton, Shoemake, Shumate, Trebilcock, Walker. (That’s a lot of people off the floor for a vote.)

The 51 who voted for this bad bill need to hear from every Oklahoman; the 34 who voted No need to be thanked.

Call OK House Members:1-800-522-8502, 405-521-2711
Email OK House Members: Current List here.

HB 2130 now moves to the Senate where the ‘spin’ on this bill will continue.

More info on this bill here

Calls needed! HB 2130 HUB, Health Care Exchanges

March 14, 2011

Currently, HB 2130 by Steele, is a key piece of enabling legislation dealing with the HUB board and the development of the Health Insurance Exchanges.  HB 2130 removes the Insurance Commissioner from oversight of the exchange and puts in place Dr. Terry Cline, OK Sec. of Health and Human Services, appointed by Gov. Fallin.

To recap:

On Friday, Feburary 25, 2011 OK Governor Mary Fallin issued a press release announcing “Oklahoma Will Accept $54 M “Early Innovator Grant” to Support Oklahoma-Based Health Insurance Exchange.”

Noticeably missing from the announcement is the fact that the “Early Innovators” grants are to fund implementation of the Information Technology (IT) infrastructure needed to operate Health Insurance Exchanges, a cornerstone of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka “ObamaCare.”  More

OK Republicans Implementing “Obama Care”

Exchanges – Cornerstone of the PPACA

The creation of Health Insurance Exchanges is a cornerstone of  PPACA (ObamaCare), without which there would be no socialized health care plan.  The plan requires an IT infrastructure to be in place in order to function.  No Exchanges, no ObamaCare.

Read more

OK2A has this to say about HB 2130:

HB2130
This is not a gun bill, but it has implications of which gun owners need to be aware. This bill implements sections of ObamaCare in Oklahoma. The people of this state voted overwhelmingly last year to opt out of ObamaCare, which contains several provisions that are nothing more than backdoor attempts to register guns and gun owners. Not to mention, there are several provisions which would infringe upon the God-given Second Amendment rights of certain individuals.

HB2130 would implement the insurance exchanges that are provided for in ObamaCare. The talking points of proponents of this bill include claims that the Heritage Foundation said that these exchanges are okay. If that is true, perhaps we need to rethink whether we should listen to anything the Heritage Foundation says. The bill would also take control of the exchanges away from the elected State Insurance Commissioner and give it to an appointed bureaucrat that does not answer to the people of the state. It is a bad bill and needs to be defeated. Please call or email your Representative and remind them that we voted against ObamaCare last year and that you expect them to vote this measure down.

House contact information:
House Switchboard: (405) 521-2711 or (800) 522-8502

Find your Representative’s email address: http://www.okhouse.gov/Members/Default.aspx

Unsure who your Representative is? Go to http://www.okhouse.gov/ and fill out the form in the lower left corner of the page.

 

HB 2130 is likely to be heard on the House floor tomorrow.  Please call your representatives and tell them NO means NO!

They should vote NO!

Oklahoma Legislators Contact Information 

Info/Contacts:
OK House Members 2011-12 – Click here.
OK Senate Members 2011-12 – Click here.

The Oklahoma Legislature website: www.lsb.state.ok.us/
The OK State Court Network: www.oscn.net

Warning. The following Post is Rated R

Kaye Beach

March 8,2011

This post was given an R rating due to its sensitive subject matter.

This post may not be suitable for all readers.

 

It contains material that some might consider objectionable.

Post has been Rated R for Radical, Relevant and Revealing Republican content.

 

Proper discretion is advised.


From the Paul’s Valley Daily Democrat

March 1, 2011

Bill Would Help Citizens Search for Health Coverage

Oklahoma is one of seven states to receive an early innovator grant


 

Relevant

There is one small fact that Paul’s Valley Daily Democrat neglects to mention;

From OK-SAFE’s Blog

Exchanges – Cornerstone of the PPACA

The creation of Health Insurance Exchanges is a cornerstone of PPACA (ObamaCare), without which there would be no socialized health care plan.  The plan requires an IT infrastructure to be in place in order to function. No Exchanges, no ObamaCare.

These insurance Exchanges are mentioned 278 times in the Act.

Read More

 

Oklahoma House of Representatives Tue Mar 01, 2011, 04:29 PM CST

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma — The Legislature continued taking steps forward to reduce the number of uninsured Oklahomans. House Speaker Kris Steele authored House Bill 2130, which defines the membership and appointments to the Health Care for the Uninsured Board (HUB). (Emphasis mine)

“Oklahoma has made tremendous strides in developing initiatives for those needing health coverage,” stated House Speaker Kris Steele, R-Shawnee. “Because of cutting-edge technology, we have the opportunity to take this initiative to the next level and develop a plan to reduce Oklahoma’s uninsured population.”

The seven-member HUB consists of representatives from the Insurance Commissioner’s Office, the Oklahoma Healthcare Authority, insurance companies, agents and also consumers. The purpose of the HUB is to implement a market-based insurance exchange.

 

 

The HUB (Health Care for the Uninsured Board) is being described as a Market-based insurance exchange but independent brokers beg to differ;

From OK-SAFE’s Blog

Health Insurance Exchange Impact on Independent Brokers

Several independent insurance brokers in Oklahoma are concerned about the impact the exchanges will have on their businesses.  The exchanges operate contrary to the free enterprise system and most likely will put the independent insurance broker out of business.(Emphasis mine) Click here to hear the 2/27/11 interview with Mark Croucher of WHY-Insurance.

Back to the talking points memo…I mean news article:

“Healthcare coverage is not a one-size-fits-all issue,” said Steele. “We need to make all options available to the people. The goal is to equip Oklahomans with the information necessary to make wise decisions. The exchange will provide a user-friendly tool intended to help people find a health plan that best fits their individual needs.”

The HUB is comprised of appointees from the Governor, Speaker, and Senate Pro Tempore. The foundation and framework of the Oklahoma exchange were established in 2009. The actual concept of the exchange model was developed several years ago by the Heritage Foundation.

Hey!  That is just what Obama says!




Such generosity.  Since when are politicians in such a hurry to give credit away?

Strangely, the Heritage Foundation rejects the honor.

President Obama this morning cited The Heritage Foundation’s research in an attempt to sell his health care package as a “middle of the road, centrist approach.” We take great exception to this misuse of our work and abuse of our name. This is but the latest act in a campaign to sell this big-government program as a moderate law that incorporates conservative ideas. Americans should not be fooled.

Let’s be very clear: We oppose this new law because it is a radical new intrusion into the daily lives of all Americans and a massive takeover of one-sixth of the U.S. economy. We view the President’s health care law as inimical to our national interests and offensive to the historic American dedication to the principle of self-government.

Our research has shown that President Obama’s health approach is financially unsustainable and will ultimately lead to health care rationing, a lower quality of care and a greater degree of dependence on government. We deplore those outcomes and are committed to making the intellectual case for this law’s repeal.

Read More

PolitiFact disagrees, says the statement by Obama is “mostly true”

The truth?

These days, it all seems relative. . .

Rock solid conservative values….

Steele concluded, “I applaud Representative Mark McCullough and Representative Glen Mulready’s leadership on this issue. Because of their hard work, we have an opportunity to build a premiere healthcare exchange constructed on rock solid conservative values.”

Oklahoma is one of seven states to receive an early innovator grant with Oklahoma receiving the largest amount of $54 million.

OK-SAFE points out one small omission.

On Friday, Feburary 25, 2011 OK Governor Mary Fallin issued a press release announcing ”Oklahoma Will Accept $54 M “Early Innovator Grant” to Support Oklahoma-Based Health Insurance Exchange.”

Noticeably missing from the announcement is the fact that the “Early Innovators” grants are to fund implementation of the Information Technology (IT) infrastructure needed to operate Health Insurance Exchanges, a cornerstone of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka “ObamaCare.” (Emphasis mine)  From the OK-SAFE Blog

House Bill 2128 passed the House Public Health Committee this afternoon and will proceed to the floor of the Oklahoma House of Representative.

Read more talking points

Still find it hard to believe that our valiant Republicans are pulling a fast one?  Read on.

“Among its provisions, the law provides grant funding to assist States in implementing parts of the Affordable Care Act.”

Page 5 of the grant application cites Section 1311 of the PPACA.

“C. Background
The Affordable Care Act includes a wide variety of provisions designed to expand coverage, provide more health care choices, enhance the quality of health care for all Americans, hold insurance companies more accountable, and lower health care costs. Among its provisions, the law provides grant funding to assist States in implementing parts of the Affordable Care Act. From the OK-SAFE Blog

Radical!


People who aren’t afraid to face the truth

OK-SAFE should be commended for their excellent research and willingness to simply tell the painful truth.

OK Republicans Implementing “Obama Care”

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OK GOP Strip Enforcement to Nullify Obamacare

Edmond Oklahoma’s Green Infrastructure Vision

Green Infrastructure Initiative Report to Stakeholders
City of Edmond and Edmond Land Conservancy
Facilitated Meetings Summary
March 27th – 28th, 2009
March 26th, 2010

(The graphics are from a power point presentation based on “Green Infrastructure: Linking Landscapes and Communities” which is the book used by the Edmond Land Conservancy to guide their “vision”  You can see the power point here.  *Note* this is not the power point used by Edmond)

Excepts from the City of Edmond and Edmond Land Conservancy Green Infrastructure Initiative Report to Stakeholders:

Definition of Green Infrastructure
Green Infrastructure is defined as a “strategically planned and managed network of natural lands, working landscapes, and other open spaces that conserves ecosystem values and functions and provides associated benefits to human populations.”
The network consists of Hubs, Links, and Sites.

The Green Infrastructure Initiative Vision

Create a plan and process that commits Edmond to preserving, protecting, and restoring its interconnected natural resources. . .

. . . the priorities for the Edmond Land Conservancy were established before the facilitated meeting..(Emphasis mine)
ELC Top Priorities for the Green Infrastructure Initiative

  • Conserve forest lands in Edmond through a combination of regulations and incentives.
  • Educate landowners and promote use of conservation easements through educational materials and ongoing public awareness efforts.
  • Preserve floodplain and watershed lands through acquisition of conservation easements or, when necessary, whole properties.
    • Continue implementation of the City’s trails plan, with specific suggestions on how to expedite and enhance implementation.
    • Conservation easements for forest lands or open space protection should include provisions for trail access whenever necessary.
    • Protect watershed lands through acquisition of conservation easements or whole properties.
    • Protect important natural areas through acquisition of easements or whole properties.
    • The Edmond Land Conservancy should plan and oversee ongoing public awareness efforts promoting parks, trails, and open space and coordinate with the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Authority to recruit “green” development and businesses.
    • The Edmond Land Conservancy should research and, when appropriate, pursue various public and private funding sources for trails plan implementation and acquisition of conservation easements.
    • The Edmond Land Conservancy and/or the City should provide recognition opportunities for major donors who support parks, trails, and protected open space efforts.

The Green Infrastructure Initiative Vision
Create a plan and process that commits Edmond to preserving, protecting, and restoring its interconnected natural resources for the future development of the community.
The long term vision in creating a plan will accomplish the following:
1.It will create a GIS layer for the city that can be used by staff, planning commission, and the city council to make decisions and guide policy.
2.It will allow the ELC to better focus their efforts in acquiring conservation easements.
3.It will create changes in city code to provide approaches to construction that are environmentally sensitive, economically viable, and that comply with federal requirements.
4.It will make specific recommendations that lead to more sustainable practices and a more livable community for the long-term.

If you would like to see what the “participants'”  input into this development project was, you can download the entire report here

alternative link