Wednesday Miscellany

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Spreading the news one blog post at a time!

IRS Warns: Obamacare Tax Must Be Paid with Tax Return : “Agency employs Orwellian term “Shared Responsibility Payment” to describe Obamacare individual mandate tax.”

Pure evil: City caps sewer of woman fighting to live ‘off the grid’ : “The fight of Cape Coral, Florida resident Robin Speronis to live “off the grid” has escalated with the city’s recent decision to cap her access to the sewer so she can no longer use it. It’s a move she calls, “pure evil.” Resistance is futile you will be assimilated into the collective. What next… send in the S.W.A.T team?

The Collapse Of Bitcoin : “Bitcoin is a virtual currency that has no intrinsic value. The only thing giving bitcoin value is the faith that people have in it, and now that faith has been shattered. This week, the most prominent bitcoin exchange in the entire world, Mt. Gox, totally collapsed. At one time, Mt. Gox boasted more than a million accounts and it accounted for approximately 25 percent of all global bitcoin trading. But now the website has been taken down, there are rumors of catastrophic losses, and many investors are concerned that they will lose all of their money.”

Supreme Court hands police more power to conduct warrantless house searches : “The US Supreme Court has ruled that police may search a home without obtaining a warrant despite the objection of one occupant if that occupant has been removed from the premises.”

Serious “radiation incident” at NM waste facility has public concerned : “While being played down and barely even reported in the national media, a fairly serious radiological event occurred at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, a federally-operated nuclear waste repository 26 miles northwest of Carlsbad, New Mexico on Feb. 14, 2014.”

US Real Debt is $70 Trillion US Economic Collapse 2013 2014

Comments

  1. i fully supporrt Roboin serinos right to live off grid and i think the “code enfor cers” should have lose thier jobs. However, and i rarely side with government entities of any kind. She chose to live a life off grid. OFF GRID, does not mean you get to use a government service for free,when everyone else has to pay to use it. Thats not off grid, thats theft of services. I was under the impression that she was being responsable wirth her waste and waste water,not stealing the use of the sewer pipes and tyreatment center that we all pay for every month. I dont know how most cities do it. My bill for seage is based on my amount of water used. there is no way around this. Its theft and they had every right to deny her access to free sewage treatment. Boy does my coffe taste differant being on the side of government,,,,,sort of bitter.

    • some day,im going to spell check before hitting post.

      • riverrider says:

        bc, if spelling was so important, why don’t they teach it in college? communication is getting your point across in a clear and concise manner. i understood what “seage” meant, so to hell with the spelling nazis.

        • I agree! My fingers fly on the keyboard but they are not accurate. When I proof myself, I don’t always see the errors.

          bctruck, I look forward to your comments! I don’t care if the words are not spelled correctly! I believe you should never have to worry about spell check among friends!

          Comments are informal communications and therefore, tolerance of errors should be given freely!

        • That is so funny… and unfortunately true. My 5th grade daughter is one of the smartest and best students in her class but, at the parent teacher conference… we were shown a writing assignment with a “4” on it which has replaced an “A”. There were 5 spelling errors in the paper and none of them were graded. I asked why, and was told by the teacher that, she didn’t want to crush her spirit.

          I said, “How’s her spirit gonna take it when she’s 22 and doesn’t know the difference between there, their and they’re?

      • Spell check is not always correct.

        • yep, and spell check does not equal proof read. You can spell a word correctly and it can still be the wrong word. Nothing beats the Mark 1 Mod 0 eyeball for proof reading. Something a lot professional newscasters, journalists, authors, publishers and editors have forgotten.

          • Professional newscasters, journalists, authors, publishers and editors gave up proof reading right about the same time they gave up reporting their integrity on reporting anything factual. After all if the content stinks why not the grammer and spelling to go along with it?

          • tommy2rs,
            Actually, there is a better method than proof reading, and I use it all of the time. Proof listening. I have some vision issues, so for reading large amounts of text (including this forum) I use a text to speech reading program. Select the text, hit a key, and the computer reads it to you, all in a clear naturally sounding voice. Perhaps it’s why in part I am sometimes the grammar Nazi.
            Reading a sentence like, “I received an email form MD” can be read numerous time, reading the word form as from from each time. When it’s read to you with the unbiased computer, you catch it first time, every time.
            Voice output and for that matter voice input, are getting better by the day, and are technologies I have whole heartedly embraced. I know folks with no vision issues that use the speech output as a convenience all of the time.

          • Draq wraith says:

            I like the words it adds for spell check.
            Like “)when” and crap like it when your typing correctly and the spellcheck jerks up on you.

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      • Jersey Drifter says:

        BC my coffe tasts funy tooo.
        Mybe I might hav to go for som tyreatments.

        BC.. don’t worry about it. It’s all good.

    • bc:

      Although I don’t fault her for declining city services, she did say she was using the sewer and not paying for it. If you use it, pay.

      • I agree. She admitted to using the sewer system, so she should pay for usage. However, a year of usage costs thousands??

      • Agreed – use it and pay for it.

        Here’s a little hitch though – where I live, if I don’t use the water, they don’t know how much to charge me for sewage since sewage is billed at twice the rate of water usage. Don’t ask me how they came up with that either (and they increased rates by 50% in the last two years). I do think there is a flat rate for being connected to the system though. AND if your house was built with a septic tank originally, you are now required to connect it to the sewer system before you sell it.

    • I agree that she should pay her sewage bill, but yahoo also reported that the city put an eviction notice on her door. I think we’d all agree that a city needs to respect a person’s decision to live off grid. A property owner has rights too. & she should not have to explain how she handles her sewage or water needs, beyond paying her overdue sewage bill.

    • BC,
      I absolutely agree. If she wants to live free off the grid, then she should move out of the city, where she can use, and maintain her own septic system.

      • Hunker-Down says:

        Our county requires that our septic system be inspected every 3 years. There is a charge for pumping the system, and a separate charge for processing the paperwork required by the county.

        On a practical level, throwing a dead cat in the tank every other year will provide all the bacteria needed to keep things running smoothly. :-)

  2. Good point, bctruck. Some might say her paying city sales tax is enough for use of the sewer.
    -Steve

    • I would agrre if city sales taxes are what support the vast structure of proving water and removing/treating waste. Just read your Bio DR. Parker and if you ever need an obese subject to study,Im your man. Im the most active man i personally know, and im the oldest man on my street but even though im at least 100 pounds overweight, i still outwork anyone i know.

  3. Nebraska Woman says:

    Obama wants to make the military pay more for TriCare, cut benefits, etc. while giving those who live off us more and more. Huh? My mom is on TriCare because my father gave over half of his life to this country. He was absent for so many family affairs because he was in Korea, Vietnam, and Germany. I was grateful to God for letting him live long enough for us to get to know him.

    How come when Obama tells other nations that there will be consequences, everyone laughs; when he tells Americans that he’s going to do something, people get scared?

    I love Charles Payne. He tells it like it is. There’s a great article on The Survival Blog.com today about our debt written by an economist that is well worth your time to read.

    bc, my excuse is that I lost my glasses. Works every time.

    • funny you should mention that. In truth, i broke my besty pair of glasses after repairingthem several times already. i carry them in the upper pocket of my bibs and when i bend over the edge of my pickup, to get something out of the bed, i always bend them a little and i have to bend them back before ussing them. well they finally broke beyond repair and the ones im stuck using till i can get back to the vision self medication center. (cheap walmart pharmacy glasses) Im stuck with these that i have to getright up on the screen to see,or stand at the other end of he room to read the screen.Plus i have a dog in my lap and typing one handed is a pain in the a$$. and unicorns and rainbows and,, and ,, and,,, ok,im a bad speller.

      • bc:

        I just got my 2nd pair of glasses from Zenni Optical on line. The first pair were my variable lenses and they got the prescription right (so no return) but I had to were them down my nose some. The second pair I just got my distance prescription in and 50% yellow tint. $35 delivered. Plus, except when the sun is out and we now have snow everywhere, I don’t need my sunglasses. My problem is the glare and they yellow really works for me.

        The old ones were $450+ to replace locally. At $35 for what I really need, I can get several pair.

        • LittleAnniePrepper says:

          Been ordering from Zenni for about 3 years. Since the 4 of us wear glasses, it has saved us a bundle.

  4. The link on the Supreme Court decision wouldn’t work for me. In case anyone else has the same problem, here’s a different version of the story:

    http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-supreme-court-scotus-lapd-search-20140225,0,5078277.story#axzz2uRLWif6d

  5. bctruck,
    my wife the optician,will say”BC, put them in a case!” and not as loud for sure I will agree, I used to be terrible about my glasses, but I have learned my lesson!;-)
    I do not mind spelling mishaps in post responses, after all it is supposed to be ,well a quick response medium, If you are writing an article, it requires a little more attention to details, I for the most part gloss over the spelling unless it is so bad I have no idea what the word is, then I look it up. To heck I say, you spelling Nazi’s! Phil awaits!(apologizes to Scott Adams)
    My own experiences with the flu virus this year makes this part of the post very personal, with only a week break, I have been sick since New Years, the symptoms come and go, and with a side of sinus infection to boot!
    As to the woman living off the grid, hey you use it you have to pay, you really want to be off the grid, go rural.
    Bitcoin scared me from day one, but it has been useful, it shows how worthless our own monetary system is,
    and no surprise on the Supreme court, pretty soon it will be similar to the world of the “Fifth Element” the police come to your door, you MUST place your hands on the appropriate yellow circles on the wall, and allow them to search you and your domicile, or you are taken away with extreme force.

    • Yeah but if you say “I am a meat popsicle” they move along to the next guy…..lol.

    • rjarena ,
      If you kept your Bitcoin wallet on your personal device and not in the cloud, then you have lost no Bitcoins . As to the value of each Bitcoin , the market will determine that going forward.

  6. I agree with BC’s Comments. But this is exactly why it is desirable to live where you have your own well and septic and not subject yourself to the problem. I have pay to have my septic pumped out every couple of years, and that is my service fee. The county I where I used to live in in Wisconsin sent reminders every 3 years to get the septic pumped out. If you didn’t comply and the notice was not sent back as completed, you got a visit from the health department which you had to pay for. I don’t know what else they could do but it seemed like me and all my neighbors complied.

    • Seriously? I’m surprised NY hasn’t found a way to cash in on something like that. I’m willing to have the shit hearse come out, but for it to be required and verified every 3 years?
      My neighbors went years without a working septic system, and always played the race card when the health department came down on them about it. Finally, the state bought them a septic tank. Still no leach lines, but the smell is gone!

    • There are special cases where I live that the county or municipality is allowing people to “experiment” with being more self-sufficient in terms of water and electricity, but it takes LOTS of special permitting. They are doing rainwater and gray water collection for household use, but complaints have been made that they are putting added stress on the sewer systems by not allowing the gray water to go back into the sewer system until it is black water.

      In commercial construction, many places are allowing and/or requiring underground water storage for rainwater run-off that is in turn used for irrigation and/or sprinkler systems. Lots of “green initiative” building going on in the city too. Commercial use of solar panels is becoming more common, including a covered parking lot for transit buses that is made with solar panels.

      • GA Red, sounds like typical big govt approach -to “allow” things like that if one pays extra fees & is required to meet extra rules/regulations – which seems to under-mind the taxpayer’s “rights”.

  7. #1. Well you have to “vote for it to find out what’s in it”. Now we are finding out that something the government promised isn’t what “we were lead to believe” it was. In my world that’s lying.

    I have a friend who runs a major brand tax return service. On the form that you get when they do your taxes is the estimated penalty for 2014, 2015, and 2016. It shows the ever increasing penalty. Most are shocked at how much it is.

    Personally I thing that payroll deduction of taxes was the greatest scam pulled on the American people. If once a year, you had to right a check for your taxes, you wouldn’t be so quick to vote for those who promise you someone else’s money. You’d see it’s yours.

    • JP,
      Amen on payroll deduction; however, you should have to file quarterly so we can keep peoples attention.

      • OP:

        I can see the merits of a quarterly FILING, but only annual payments. Earlier payments would be accepted, but the requirement would be annual. The Feds can just wait and get their money all at once, kind of like farmers.

        This would also have one nice benefit. You could pay only the income taxes you owe, and possibly avoid any additional “fee and assessments” that the government would/could/has tacked on.

  8. The radiation leak in NM is going to be a serious problem. And that is just our waste. What about the other nuclear power plants, where’s there stuff?

  9. for me, the biggest fear of a collapse is the failure of the infrastructure regarding power plants, and huge chemical facilities. you can prep all you want, and if one of these babies go, and you are down wind, you are toast. the fallout to water(both surface and aquifer), chemical fires, and the like will be something we in small groups or alone can not control or deter.

    • Down stream, too. West Virginia was a problem in the best of times. Imagine what the rivers would taste like a year or two into a total collapse. Seems to me the Twin Cities aren’t the only ones with major chemical plants and storage tanks upriver of population areas.

      • So for all of you with no well and septic of your own, maybe it’s time.

        • Wish I could. I do think the original septic tank is still in the ground and would have to reconnect to it. County regulations prevent people from having wells but have been getting better about allowing them for irrigation purposes. There’s just a LOT of red tape to go through. I’d like one now as a “just-in-case” down the road.

  10. 70 Trillion Buck$!
    Dam, Barry had better check under all of the cushions on the Vice Houses’ sofas.

    Really, the reason I didn’t answer the “Conflicted” question yesterday is I believe that we are beyond conspiracy theory and into deep do-do !

    You want to know America’s future, look at Mexico, ( Socialist since the 1920’s ), Cuba (Communist since 1957) of Venezuela , (Marxist since the late 1990’s). No Middle Classes, just The Poor and a small Ruling Class.

    God’s wrath is upon the United States. God has weighed America and found us in need of correction. God is a God of Justice, He will/must always punish the breaking of His laws to remain good/holy.
    There is only one way to avoid this wrath, Jesus Christ. As He said, “I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life”.

    Seek Him today, make your life a prayer.

    • For all of us “meat eaters”; when shopping today I noticed that Corned Beef is on sale in the meat dept. of my local Target store. (St. Pat’s?) This is a great prepping meat as it can be canned, or turned into hash and then canned.
      There is nothing like a good corned beef sandwich on rye either.

      • Dang it Ghost, you just flung a craving on me for corned beef on rye…lol. Only thing that would be better is a ruben with homemade kraut.

      • Zaycon is offering hamburger again. It went up 70 cents per pound. I just don’t know how folks who haven’t been stocking up for a while can make it with these prices.

        • I don’t they they’re eating meat anymore unless it comes from the dollar menu. Real meat is expensive now. Even if you buy in bulk meat seems to be up by dollars since two years ago.

        • Hunker-Down says:

          Wednesday we paid $4.49 per lb for 19 pounds at a local grocery. It was a “deal”!. Regular price for 90% is $5.49 lb. I showed the manager a one pound package from his display case and asked, “Can you make me 18 pounds of this and give us a deal?”. He said ‘no deals’.
          I responded, I need the meat. He asked if I wanted it packaged in 1, 2 or 3 lb packages. I said, put it in one box if that works for you. Suddenly his demeanor changed and he said he would sell it to us for a dollar per pound off.
          We canned 24 pints at a cost (minus the onion soup mix, jars and fuel) of $3.48 per pint jar. DANG! We should have done this 9 months ago.

          If anyone is thinking of getting a deal from their local store, maybe making a point of not needing retail packaging may get you a better deal.

          Zaycon is 50 cents cheaper and 3% less fat but it would have cost us $30 in gas to make the trip to their drop off point.
          We haven’t seen the real scarcity of beef yet. Western drought and polar vortex killing Montana and area cattle will cause great harm in the near future. Processing plants may go out of business.

  11. Thank goodness for remote areas :)

  12. Jersey Drifter says:

    #5…If we defund the EPA, the money we save could be used to clean up the mess around this country.

  13. Donna in MN says:

    I won’t be paying that fine if I don’t get money back that they didn’t withheld. In four years when it gets to 2.5% of my income they force it by executive order (unconstitutionally), I will take that money back in one form or another from that tyrant.

    Speronis has a history of stealing and using public sewer without paying is stealing. Disconnect and dump waste water into a contained tank and have pumped regularly may be a good reason not to pay, but ordinances may not allow that. The city government is a socialist government, that’s why I live far away from them. I will not assimilate, I am not Borg.

    I never trusted Bitcoin as a currency. It was a few months ago a Bitcoin expert advisor on CNBC news said it was doing well and was a great alternative to the dollar, now look at it. Like our dollar that has little to back it up except trust which is lacking now, it was doomed to fail.

    Supreme court ruled to enter a home when laws were obviously broken in sight and upon hearing the beating as a “reasonable search”. This has been happening for a long time.

    Tyrany has struck again. eric the beholder told attorney generals in us states they can break their own laws if they want to = There are no laws. A caucus of black religious leaders are gathering a petition to have him impeached.

    • Yes, but I’m certain that all of those African Americas who want Holder impeached are racists and members of the KKK, aren’t they?

    • This is for all the Trekies here – If Trip and T’Pol had Facebook pages, their relationship status would read “complicated”.

    • Most economic advisers don’t truly understand Bitcoin and what it represents. Never treat Bitcoin as currency because it isn’t. Treat it like a commodity if you want, but that is far as I’d go with it.

      This ‘cryptocurrency’ is an electronic medium that permits customers and businesses to conduct transactions without paying the exorbitant fees accompanying credit cards.

      I have used bitcoin to buy food, clothes, and electronics.

  14. On the warrantless house search, in this case, it seems justified to me b/c the woman answered the door “bruised & bloody” & she, as a person who lived there, gave the police permission to search the house.

    • And she gave permission after the guy who had refused it had left.

      I wonder what the court would have decided if the guy had a big sign posted at each entrance prohibiting entry by police without a warrant- like a No Trespassing sign. Those have force of law even when the owner isn’t present.

      • Shades of Green says:

        If the guy who was beating her was still there even I would have went in without permission to help her. Standing by and doing nothing to help someone who needs it is just plain wrong.

  15. Rider of Rohan says:

    Supreme Court case on searches.

    To me the case of warrantless entry hinges on who owns, rents, leases, or sub-leases the dwelling. If the woman in fact lived there, it was within her rights to allow a search. If not, then the police should have obtained a warrant. And I don’t see how it could be so hard to obtain a warrant in this case given the actions of the guy under arrest. It just seems to me that authorities are getting lazy and don’t want to have to go through the procedural requirements the Constitution put in place to prevent tyranny. And by the way, those procedures ARE the very things that guarantee your rights, people. Substantive rights are worthless without procedural rights.

  16. Hunker-Down says:

    IRS WARNS: This stinks of having a nationalized health insurance industry. If I don’t pay Blue Cross I get fined by my government. Sounds like Hugo Chavez is in charge.

    CITY CAPS SEWER: If she used the utility, she should pay for it. All the utilities I do business with will shut off service if it is not paid. She needs an Obamaphone, we taxpayers pay for those.

    SUPREME COURT. I must be having an off day. I agree with the ruling. If one occupant says no to the police, and another says yes, they have permission to enter.

    BITCOIN. Didn’t the Dutch pull the same scam with tulip bulbs? Doesn’t anyone study history (I hated it) anymore?

    RADIATION INCIDENT: quote, “At this time there is no concern”.
    Bull Puckey. How about the children in California who are suddenly partially paralyzed? They live closest to Japan. Connect the dots.

    $90,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 we cant pay. First it was “we wont monetize the debt (Bernanke) “, now its “off the books accounting”. Maybe Bitcoin is more honest.
    Buy a wheelbarrow to haul your money in before the price gets too high.

    • Yes the Dutch got stupid with tulips back in the day, but look at it now. Tulips are a billion dollar industry. Everyone seems to forget that.

    • Donna in MN says:

      What mystifies me the health dept of Ca says it is a virus, not a condition of radiation for this polio type virus. But I will say a report went out 2 days ago there is a cloud of radiation heading 200 miles off the west coast and expected to move up BC and Alaska. It is best to get your canned north atlantic salmon on store sheves now, because what they catch to can now may be too dangerous to eat or cause a salmon shortage.

  17. Chuck Findlay says:

    I have family members that invested in Bitcoin (if invested is the right word?) and tried to talk me into it when silver dropped from $30.00 down to $20.00. I stayed with silver and will continue to do so. I never saw Bitcoin as a stable thing to use. I didn’t see any real value there. It seems others are figuring it out.

    • Rider of Rohan says:

      Bitcoin doesn’t have intrinsic value, which is one of the basic requirements of money. That’s why it will never work long term, it depends on the greater fool theory.

      • Donna in MN says:

        Even E-gold had a back up with trust in currencies like the dollar.. They said it was backed by gold, but if you paid US dollars for it, it wasn’t backed by gold…why I got out of it. Our government seized e gold right afterwords, saying it was used for money laundering.

        • I thot about buying bitcoin as a small investment, but never completely understood how it worked. & one basic rule of investing is: Invest ONLY in things u understand. For ex, I had the impression that only a limited amount of bitcoin had been & would ever be created (similar to availability of gold), but since then, I’ve read reports of more bitcoin being “mined.” Was also a bit suspicious that the original creators were anonymous, until the last year or 2.

  18. MD, was this last line – “US Real Debt is $70 Trillion US Economic Collapse 2013 2014″ meant to be a link?

    THANK YOU MD, for providing & maintaining this forum/news/site.