The IRS needs MORE POWER?
Submitted by: Veronica Coffin
Written by: L.J. Devon
Taking money from people is called theft, but to the US government, it’s called raising revenue. The 16th Amendment of the US Constitution, passed in 1909 and ratified in 1913, granted Congress sweeping new powers to take the fruits of the people’s labor. America now operates on a system of taking, where the most successful politicians are the ones who convince the masses to give up the fruits of their labor for new government programs.
Americans supposedly live in the land of the free, but the bald eagle soaring high is now just a facade, because Americans are trapped in a birdcage. This is especially true now that Congress is granting the IRS the authority to rescind personal passports to keep citizens confined in the country. People from anywhere in the world are free to cross the border and come in, but many Americans might be targeted, fined, and now restricted from leaving the country, because the IRS has the power to ruin their lives.
That’s right: the Internal Revenue Service will soon be prohibiting people from traveling as free human beings. If an individual is unable or unwilling to pay the amount of money the IRS has determined to take from them, then that individual may not be allowed to travel outside the U.S. This measure has been passed by Congress as part of the highway bill. The bill is intended to force individuals to pay their “seriously delinquent tax debts.”
Restricting travel: the IRS really wants Americans to feel intimidated
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced the bill, which is expected to raise an additional $388 million in revenue over the next decade. Hilariously, this new power-trip granted to the IRS will only cover .1% of the revenue needed for the new highway expenditures that Congress has pledged to fund. This is the third time Congress has tried to sneak this travel restriction provision into the highway funding bill. The amount of revenue collected by restricting travelers until they pay up will only scratch the surface of what is needed to fund the highway bill.
Obviously, this new power granted to the IRS is really just a way to show the American people who is in control. If the IRS says you owe $50,000 or more to their coffers, then you won’t be able to travel outside the US. It’s all about control, as the IRS tests the will of the people.
The new bill allows the IRS to communicate with the State Department, which will be tasked with revoking citizen’s passports. Many Americans won’t be fazed by the law, but it would affect roughly 8 million Americans who live abroad and rely on their passports for travel in and out of the country.
The tax code is so complicated that it makes it easy for IRS agents to catch people making mistakes. Individuals who make a mistake reporting a foreign account are immediately fined $10,000 that year and $10,000 more for every year they cannot afford to pay the fine. The IRS can even bill someone $10,000 a month after the agency has notified the individual of their accounting issues. The fines add up quickly and can be crushing. It doesn’t take long for the IRS to dock a person $50,000 or more in fines and interest.
Now this “debt” could restrict people from traveling to other countries. The US is literally being turned into a prison, and the IRS is becoming the guard, extorting money from the people they target. If the bill is signed by Obama, the law will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016.
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FDA approves controversial drug to beef up farm animals despite being reported as the most dangerous livestock drug on market and being banned in 150 countries
Submitted by Veronica Coffin
Written by Jennifer Lea Reynolds
If it’s been deemed bad in other countries, that’s often when the United States comes in and welcomes it with open arms. In this case, we’re talking about the fact that a California judge recently dismissed two lawsuits that claimed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) illegally approved a harmful drug additive – ractopamine hydrochloride – used in animal feed.(1)
Indeed, despite having information about the weight gain inducing drug’s detrimental effects on animals, and that the active ingredient, found in the brand Paylean, is banned in 150 countries, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers turned a blind eye.(1)
FDA records revealed that pigs in particular have suffered horrific consequences from being given the drug, which is designed to make them gain weight without having to consume a great deal of feed. While cost effective for the farming industry, it’s been found to have rendered 160,000 pigs unable to walk, to experience hyperactivity and broken limbs, and even to die.(1)
In fact, a Food and Environment Reporting Network (FERN) investigation determined that ractopamine is fed to “an estimated 60 to 80 percent of pigs in the United States” and has “resulted in more reports of sickened or dead pigs than any other livestock drug on the market.” Over the years, farmers and veterinarians have repeatedly expressed concern over ailing pigs.(1)
Still, the judge feels it’s appropriate to dismiss the lawsuits while these horrors continue to unfold.
Judge’s unbelievable reason for dismissing lawsuits
A portion of the judge’s explanation for the motion to dismiss reads as follows:
Due to statutory and regulatory requirements that applications to FDA for new drugs remain confidential… plaintiffs only became aware of the approvals, and FDA’s associated decision-making, when they were final and published in the Federal Register… Thus, plaintiffs were not able to participate in the administrative process prior to the FDA approvals at issue… Central to defendant-intervenor’s motion to dismiss, plaintiffs do not allege that they pursued any administrative remedies with the FDA relating to their NEPA grievances following the FDA approvals.(2)
So there you have it. The FDA is protected by secrecy, able to approve harmful drugs under a cloak of application confidentiality, knowing full well that participation in approval processes is limited. Not everyone is in on it, of course, especially those who the FDA knows would be likely take issue and dare to ask questions.
Organizations who take issue with this additive include the Center for Food Safety, the Sierra Club, the United Farmworkers of America and the Animal Legal Defense Fund, all of whom – along with others – originally filed the suit in 2014. They maintained that it violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Administrative Procedure Act when the animal feed additive containing ractopamine hydrochloride was approved. They are also adamant that the FDA did not properly test the feed additive, which is manufactured by Elanco, a division of Eli Lilly.(1)
What this means for you
What does this mean for your food and for those who advocate the humane treatment of animals? It means that animals will continue to be given drugs that severely compromise their health. They are dying, trembling and living in a constant state of fear.
It also means that the food you eat involves an additive – ractopamine hydrochloride – which has actually been deemed “not for human use,” yet has turned up in tested meat samples. This doesn’t just pertain to pigs, either; it’s been found that ractopamine is fed to turkeys and cattle as well.(3)
If this has you shaking your head in disbelief and disgust, it should. Once again, greed enters the picture – one that’s well-framed by loopholes and hush-hush regulatory processes.
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John Albrecht, Jr., reports for Examiner.com that a law enforcement officer from the state of Georgia made available to Coast To Coast AM an image of an angelic figure that was captured on a wildlife camera in the woods of northern Georgia. The photo was posted on Coast To Coast AM’s website on June 28, 2013.
Coast To Coast AM guest Dingo posted the image under the headline “Strange Figure on Wildlife Camera”. According to Dingo, he and another officer responded to a call about hunters trespassing on private property, but the officers were unable to locate the suspects.
The next day the property owners set up a infrared wildlife camera in an attempt to catch the trespassers. Instead, the camera captured this — an angelic figure of light, wielding a sword.
Dingo said about the incident: “After a number of reports from the complainant and unable to locate any hunters in the area, the property owner put a wildlife camera up. The property owner checked the camera the next day and contacted us to take a look at the pictures. The property owner wouldn’t tell me what he thought it was and I wouldn’t express my opinion of what I thought it was, for fear that we didn’t want the other to think each other was crazy.”
The two officers said they think it was a hunter. They claim to have access to other similar photos collected nearby from a Ranger of the Department of Natural Resources.
Dingo stated in his report, “We (law enforcement officers) believed the light source were in fact coon hunters during the night (very common for the area).”
I cropped and enlarged the light figure:
Light figure next to a statue of St. Michael the Archangel:
Here’s a video of the light figure:
What do you think?