What Is Palestine?

WHAT IS PALESTINE? WHO ARE THE PALESTINIANS?

A video depicting exactly what is Palestine and who are the Palestinian people, and how they have no right to the ancestral home of the Jews, Israel.

Marijuana Legalization Problems

In Colorado, revenue from retail marijuana sales is helping communities address homelessness, send children to college, patch potholes, secure water rights and fund an array of projects.[1] However Colorado did not make as much money as originally estimated off pot. Last year, they brought in 44 million dollars in new taxes. The estimate was about 30 million off.[2] Furthermore that doesn’t take away the cause for concern or inherent problems of marijuana.

Colorado’s Chief of Police for the Town of Erie, Marco Vasquez stated, “I would say ultimately it isn’t good for our society.” Chief Vasquez said law enforcement has had challenges identifying drugged drivers.[2] And considering The half-life of it for an infrequent user is 1.3 days and for frequent users 5-13 days[3] it would be hard to identify drugged drivers who believed they were completely clean while driving.

Chief Marco Vasquez also stated, “I will tell you I think it is more complex for law enforcement because there is a lot more gray area for officers to contend with,” Once anyone over 21 could get pot in the state, another concern was how easy could kids get it. The state now requires all edible products such as pot gummies and marijuana candy bars to be put in a specific type of package.[2]

“Youth Violence, Guns, and the Illicit-Drug Industry” from The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, says, “Because those {drug} markets are illegal, the participants must arm themselves for self-protection, and the resulting arms race among young people results in more frequent resorting to guns.”[4] The answer posed to the question by the Eastern Economic Journal “Is Marijuana a Gateway Drug? was, “Marijuana intoxication may spawn curiosity or diminish apprehension about trying more dangerous drugs.”[5]

The following map details the wave of legalization of marijuana sweeping across the United States.

State Legalization Marijuana Map[6]

After the legalization of marijuana in the State of Washington, “Across the country there has been a decreased perception of risk and an increase in marijuana use among adolescents,” lead author Magdalena Cerda, of the University of California, Davis School of Medicine in Sacramento, told Reuters Health by email.[7]

From a macro ecosystem marijuana has no significant impact to the water supply system as shown by the two graphs below relative to other crops.[8] However from a micro ecosystem marijuana could possibly be destroying the Redwoods and rare wildlife of Humboldt County.[9] Much of the cultivation in California is done in sensitive watersheds where the effects can be devastating, via siphoning off scarce water resources, poisoning wildlife, eroding fragile soils, and overloading waters with nutrients.[10]

Water Consumption Chart for Single Servings[8]

Water Consumption Chart for Single Servings[8]

Marijuana appears to be another war on drugs that’s being lost. And legalization appears to be the populist answer to the problem, but it may not be the best. This blog didn’t delve into the long term health effects of marijuana use, but it’s definitely negatively effects the body. Unless there is a substantial medical reason to use it, prudence suggests to “Just say no.” If not for society or the environment, abstain for yourself.

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Odds of Dying By Government & Islam

Both governments and Islam have been deadly forces to civilians. R.J. Rummel produced a table of all the deaths that occurred from Democide between 1900 to 1987 and totaled 169.2 million people.[1] The odds of dying by Government is 1 in 37.

Bill Warner did a rough estimate of deaths as a result of Islam in his 2005 blog Tears of Jihad and came up with 270 million,[2] since it’s founding in 610 A.D.[3] The odds of dying by Islam is 1 in 65. Bill Warner did state that he wanted a “Tears of Jihad” Museum dedicated to the truth about Islam and all the victims. He felt that his number was a rough estimate, but it was a start.[4]

By using both these values of 1:35 and 1:65, the odds of dying by either government or Islam is 1 in 27, you are more likely to die from either your government or Islam than you are from the following:[5]

The Calculations

According to the CIA World Factbook it’s estimated that the birthrate in 2016 is 18.5 births per 1000 people of the world population.[6] If that number is extrapolated to the year 610. Although there were a lot more births back then, the infant mortality rate was higher; so for purposes of this blog the CIA’s birth rate number is accurate enough for a rough estimate.

There is two tables from the US Census Bureau that had historical data of the World population dating back to at least 600 AD.[7][8] This was put into Table I below.  An average between the population between the years was used and multiplied by the change of years.  For instance there was 90 years between 610 AD and 700 AD, and the average population 206,025,000 people.  Then that number was multiplied by 18.5 births / 1000 people to give the world births for that time period.

For Government democide, this birthrate process was done between the years 1900 to 1988, and then the population at 1900 was added to the total yielding the total amount of people existing during the time frame.   169.2 million people died[1] during that time, yielding a 1 in 35 chance of dying from government.

For Islam, this birthrate process was done between the years 610 AD to 2005, and then the population at 610 AD was added to the total yielding the total yielding the total amount of people existing during the time frame.  270 million died[2] during that time yielding a 1 in 65 chance of dying from Islam.

Adding the fractions 1/35 and 1/65 yields 1/27 or a 1 in 27 chance of dying from either your government or Islam.

Table I

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Entitlement Spending 101

Entitlement spending includes programs like Social Security, Medicare, and other welfare programs.  Whoever is on Social Security is usually on Medicare.  Medicaid is sometimes provided to people on welfare.  The following pie chart shows what is discretionary and what is mandatory federal spending for the latest year this was done, which was 2014.[1]

Federal Spending 2014

As stated before, Social Security and Medicare go together and account for approximately 40% of the budget.  The Social Security Act was signed into law by President Roosevelt on August 14, 1935.[2] Social Security has been defined as a Ponzi scheme by many. A Ponzi scheme is defined as:[3]

a fraudulent investing scam promising high rates of return with little risk to investors. The Ponzi scheme generates returns for older investors by acquiring new investors. This is similar to a pyramid scheme in that both are based on using new investors’ funds to pay the earlier backers. For both Ponzi schemes and pyramid schemes, eventually there isn’t enough money to go around, and the schemes unravel.

Although there was a high infant mortality rate, life expectancy at birth in 1930 was 58 for men and 62 for women with the retirement age of 65.  It looks like Social Security was designed to be a Ponzi scheme to enrich Washington, DC.  On the Social Security website, there’s a Table that shows the amount of people who were age 65 and over annually based on the decade and are as follows:[4]

Americans Age 65 or Older 1880-2000

In his January 1964 State of the Union address, President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed, “This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America.”[5] It was the beginning of most of the government programs related to welfare. After 50 years and $21.5 trillion more people, percentage-wise, are now in poverty.  In 1967 about 27% of Americans lived in poverty, but that number increased in 2012 to 29%.[6]

There are many problems that need to be addressed. First from the pie chart, entitlement spending is mandatory and cannot be touched by law, even though laws are written that effects the spending. For instance Obamacare cut $716 Billion over a period of time from Medicare shortchanging providers.[7]

The debt when President George W. Bush left office was $10.6 trillion[8], but under President Obama it almost doubled.  According to the US Debt Clock, the US National Debt is $19.9 Trillion. Social Security liability is $15.6 Trillion and Medicare liability is $27.7 Trillion with a total of $104.5 Trillion in unfunded liabilities, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.[9] This is unsustainable debt.

This means there’s substantial deficit spending. The Tea Party Patriots proposed a “Penny Plan” that reduced spending by one penny on every dollar spent per a year for six years. They stated within five the budget could be balanced and then the debt could begin to be paid off with the rest. They also stated that the cuts could be discretionary as somethings should not be cut.[10] In any event it’s a start to control the deficit spending and the national debt.

There has been a lot of news about raising the age of Social Security and Medicare to age 67 to 70. There’s an article written by Social Security in the year 2000 that goes in great detail on the annual savings of doing this. The authors explore keeping Medicare at age 65, and slowly raise Social Security benefits to the age 70 by the year 2040.[11]

29% of Americans are considered below the poverty line. There’s no simple solution; but spending $22.5 trillion every 50 years providing no incentive to work maintaining the same level of poverty isn’t working. And most of the poor in America have air conditioning, a vehicle, cable or satellite television, a DVD player, a computer, a video game system, and a microwave. And nearly half have internet access, a wide screen plasma or LCD TV, and digital recorder system like TIVO.[5]

56% of the budget for 2014 was entitlement spending and fell under the category of mandatory spending. It would be absolutely acceptable if the US wasn’t in serious debt or had serious deficit spending. But the US is in a dire debt and deficit situation, and it’s not sustainable. There are think tanks working on solutions to soften the blow to the beneficiaries of entitlement spending. And it’s high time that America listens to to them and heeds their advice, because either America will go bankrupt and entitlements for the poor, the elderly and the disabled will one day stop.

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