Archive for November, 2013

As I told you recently, the EPA is writing regulations to expand their authority over ALL water in the United States. The goal, while unbelievable, is to control everything including prairie potholes, wet weather creeks (ditches) and require that it all be safe for full body immersion. Here is a link to the first article on this, and below you will find another article.

Can Congress stop it? If they rescind the establishing act for the EPA, yes. Or if they specifically constrain the EPA from writing or amending any rules. It literally will take an act of congress. It could also be done via Congressional injunction. Will they? I pretty seriously doubt it, but if they get enough pressure, they may put it off for awhile by raising a ruckus with the EPA.

Here’s the latest article:

EPA preparing to unleash a deluge of new regulations

Happy holidays from the Obama administration. Federal agencies are currently working on rolling out hundreds of environmental regulations, including major regulations that would limit emissions from power plants and expand the agency’s authority to bodies of water on private property.

On Tuesday, the White House released its regulatory agenda for the fall of 2013. It lists hundreds of pending energy and environmental regulations being crafting by executive branch agencies, including 134 regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency alone.

The EPA is currently crafting 134 major and minor regulations, according to the White House’s regulatory agenda. Seventy-six of the EPA’s pending regulations originate from the agency’s air and radiation office, including carbon-dioxide-emission limits on power plants.

Carbon-dioxide limits are a key part of President Barack Obama’s climate agenda. The EPA is set to set emissions limits that would effectively ban the construction of new coal-fired power plants unless they use carbon capture and sequestration technology. Next year, the agency will move to limit emissions from existing power plants — which could put more older coal plants out of commission.

“The proposed standards, if finalized, will establish achievable limits of carbon pollution per megawatt hour for all future units, moving the nation towards a cleaner and more efficient energy future,” the agency said in its agenda. “In 2014, EPA intends to propose standards of performance for greenhouse gas emissions from existing and modified power plant sources.”

Hundreds of coal plants that have been closed or slated for early retirement due to Environmental Protection Agency regulations, according to coal industry estimates.

“Already, EPA regulations have contributed to the closure of more than 300 coal units in 33 states,” said Laura Sheehan, spokeswoman for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.

However, the agency isn’t just working on limiting emissions from coal plants. The EPA is also working on a rule that would expand the definition of “waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act to include water on private property.

Republicans have hammered the EPA’s draft water rule as the largest expansion of agency power in history.

“The EPA’s draft water rule is a massive power grab of private property across the U.S. This could be the largest expansion of EPA regulatory authority ever,” Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith. “If the draft rule is approved, it would allow the EPA to regulate virtually every body of water in the United States, including private and public lakes, ponds and streams.”

The EPA’s rule is heavily supported by environmentalists who argue that it’s necessary to protecting water quality. Smaller water sources, they argue, eventually affect larger water sources that people use for recreation or their livelihood.

“It’s taking the way the Clean Water Act works back, so that it works the way water works in the real world,” Bob Wendelgass, president and CEO of Clean Water Action, told Fox News.

The EPA says the rule is needed to clear up uncertainty left in the wake of U.S. Supreme Court decisions on the agency’s regulatory authority over bodies of water.

“The [Clean Water Act] does not distinguish among programs as to what constitutes ‘waters of the United States,’” the agency said. “As a result, these decisions affect the geographic scope of all [Clean Water Act] programs.”

The Common Sense Property Rights Coalition will meet Monday December 9   at 6 pm at the River Bend Restaurant  in Mammoth Springs according to board member Kevin Jotz. The regular location, The Spring Dipper is closed for remodeling in December.
The speakers at this meeting will be Duane Lester, editor of the Missouri Torch, an online newspaper dedicated to providing full coverage of news in Missouri; and Robyn Gilbert, a well known health living expert on foods that heal and improving health through diet. The group will also discuss the US Park Service new rules restricting public use of the Ozark Scenic Riverways and efforts underway to encourage the federal government to return the Scenic Riverway land to state control. Information on public hearings concerning the Scenic Riverways and car pool information for those wishing to attend will also be discussed.
“This is an organization concerned with protection of private property rights. The group believes that without protections of private property rights nothing else is secure. The right to own and reasonably use private property is a cornerstone of the U.S. Constitution, differentiating our country from others around the world. As John Adams, one of our nation’s Founding Fathers and our second president, said: ‘The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence.’” “
Mike Evans, talk show host of Americas Voice Now will update the group on his plans to return to terrestrial radio and his current television project.
 “The PRC has fought for the rights of landowners against government intrusions for years, including fighting against the National Animal Identification Act, which would have bankrupted many farmers. The Commonsense PRC  believes that landowners are the real conservationists. Since the land makes their living they take care of it in a better way than government agencies such as the EPA  and NGOs. We welcome all area residents interested in private property rights, food freedom and protection of constitutional rights to attend, or to call us for more information at 417-264-2435 or 417-270-1724.” Jotz said.

Embracing big brother: How facial recognition could help fight crime

(CNN) — From fighting terrorism to processing payments in the blink of an eye, facial recognition is set to change our ideas on privacy.

A number of exciting developments in the field could even push its toughest critics to reconsider.

“The more people get out of it, the more they’ll surrender to it,” says Manolo Almagro, senior vice president of digital for TPN Inc. Almagro believes that people will only embrace a technology if the benefits outweigh privacy concerns.

Facial recognition is a computer-based system that automatically identifies a person based on a digital image or video source — which is then matched to information stored in a database.

Often used in fictional TV-series such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, it is soon set to become a real-life tool for fighting crime. In 2014, the FBI will roll the technology out across the U.S. after pilot testing is completed in some states.

The more people get out of it, the more they’ll surrender to it.
Manolo Almagro, TPN Inc.

Facial recognition is a key part of the agency’s ambitious $1 billion Next Generation Identification System (NGI) — a state-of-the-art biometric identification system that also includes iris scans, DNA analysis and voice identification. The mission is to reduce terrorist and criminal activity by improving and expanding biometric identification as well as criminal history information services.

UK-based Dr. Chris Solomon is an advocate for the technology too. A professor at the University of Kent, Solomon has created an “electronic sketch artist” system that has changed how UK police identify criminals. His method is currently used by 90% of British police and in more than 30 countries.

He explains: “The key advantage here is that it allows people to respond to faces they see rather than having to break it down into component parts.”

 

Credited with helping to solve hundreds of crimes, his facial composite software identifies suspected criminals in a new way. The system, EFIT-V, allows victims and witnesses to select the best and worst matches from a group of computer-generated faces. Based on their responses, the computer eventually “learns” what type of face they are after and displays options accordingly.

Read: Internet gains are serendipity’s loss

But facial recognition technology isn’t always so straightforward. Identifying faces from closed-circuit-television (CCTV) footage can be challenging — as demonstrated after the Boston Marathon bombings earlier this year.

Marios Savvides, Director of the CMU CyLab Biometrics Center, told CNN’s Tom Foreman that low resolution can be especially challenging.

“When you look at images collected from standard CCTV footage, the faces are way too small,” he said in May.

Savvides explained that it is especially difficult matching off-angle images to frontal facial photographs.

The solution Savvides’s team has created is a system that transforms flat photos into 3D. He argues the ability to recreate a suspect from all angles will improve the reliability of facial recognition and also help police track down suspects faster.

The luxury retail sector appears to see potential in facial recognition too. According to the Sunday Times, dozens of stores and hotels are testing the technology in the U.S., the UK, and the Far East.

UK-based company NEC IT Solutions, which also specializes in identification of terrorists and criminals, has created a system that analyzes the faces of potential customers as they enter shops.

The system then checks this information against a database with celebrities and valued customers — to help stores identify potential big spenders. Once a match is made, the software alerts staff via computer, tablet or smartphone. It can even provide details such as clothing size and shopping history.

Almagro believes that consumers are likely to volunteer information about themselves online if it enhances their shopping experience and helps provide recommendations that “make sense.”

Read: How to turn your phone into a biometric scanning machine

A Finnish company, meanwhile, aims to streamline sales by using facial recognition technology for payments. Helsinki-based Uniqul has patented a system allowing payments to be made without wallets or smartphones.

“I’ve always been fascinated with how people purchase things and started thinking about the ideal way to pay as you walk into a store,” says Ruslan Pisarenko, the inventor of the idea.

Anticipating potential customer concerns, Pisarenko says that he isn’t too concerned the technology could be marred by security risks.

“We’ve been thinking about this from day one. Facial recognition is secure by nature and is fundamentally a biometric technology since you need to be in the store to use the technology.”

No matter how much a company attempts to protect your privacy … [your] information is vulnerable to government search.
Amie Stepanovich, Electronic Privacy Information Center

But not everyone has embraced facial recognition with open arms. In 2011, Facebook introduced a controversial feature which automatically identifies faces in uploaded photos by comparing them to other tagged pictures.

It was rolled out without warning — a move that backfired in the EU as regulators and privacy campaigners forced the social networking site to turn off the functionality.

In spite of this, Facebook recently announced plans to extend facial recognition to profile photos in other parts of the world.

“Our goal is to facilitate tagging so that people know when there are photos of them on our service,” Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan told Reuters.

Amie Stepanovich, the director of the domestic surveillance project at the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington D.C. argues that Facebook has the largest biometric database in the world, which could eventually compromise its users.

In an interview with NPR, Stephanovich said:

“No matter how much a company attempts to protect your privacy, if they’re collecting information about you, that information is vulnerable to government search.”

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend one or more of these  meetings and make your voice heard.
  6-9 P.M. December 10th 2013 @VAN BUREN YOUTH & COMMUNITY CENTER (intersection of business 60 &D hwy)
   6-9P.M. December 11th 2013 @ POWDER VALLEY CONSERVATION NATURE CENTER  11715  Cragwold rd. Kirkwood Missouri  63122
 10am-Noon DECEMBER 11th- SALEM CITY HALL  This will be a Q and A meeting.
 Or make a comment online – as detailed as possible by going to
he Ozark National Scenic Riverways  (National Park Service) seeks to dramatically curtail your use of the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers.  Their desire to place a stranglehold on your traditional uses has led to the drafting of a new 20 year plan which places restrictions that will lessen recreational opportunities and cause economic hardships on the communities in and around the two rivers:
1.     ELIMINATES 65 MILES OF HORSE TRAILS ADJACENT TO THE RIVERS!
2.     ELIMINATES UNAUTHORIZED RIVER CROSSINGS!
3.     REQUIRES PERMITS FOR HORSEBACK RIDING!
4.     ELIMINATES MOTOR VEHICLE ACCESS TO GRAVEL BARS!
5.     ELIMINATES ALL ATV, UTV, AND FOUR WHEELER USE!
6.     ELIMINATES OUTBOARD MOTORS IN SOME AREAS!
7.     PASS REGULATIONS THAT WILL REDUCE BOAT MOTOR HORSEPOWER!
8.     NONE OF THEIR FINDINGS SUBSTANTIATING THESE CHANGES ARE SUPPORTED BY ANY EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE
The National Park Service, at the prompting of the Sierra Club and other environmental groups wishes to turn a Scenic Easement into an Environmental Park inaccessible to everyone but the environmentalists!
It is vitally important that we let them know we do not want their new rules.
Car pools are being organized. Please coordinate with other patriots by emailing or calling
Or post on the Americas Voice Now Facebook page

This is an early meeting notice to let folks know where we will meet in December, and if we like the place and it works out maybe permanently.

We will meet lord willing at 7:00 pm Tues. Dec. 3rd at:

 “That Crazy Red Head’s Bakery”. The address is  218 S. Hickory, Mt. Vernon Mo.
The directions are from exit 46 go west on the business loop to the 1st stop light (Hickory)(By Subway), turn right and go approx. 5 blocks,
the bakery will be on your right just before you reach the Square.
If you are coming from the West, then go East on Business loop to 2nd Stop light (Hickory)(By Subway), turn Left and go approx. 5 blocks,
the bakery will be on your right just before you reach the Square.

And remember that this month our good Sheriff Brad Delay, has graciously agreed to be our Guest for an “ask the Sheriff” type discussion.

Please invite as many of your neighbors as possible, and you can tell them that he was the only Sheriff in the State who was willing to attend our Firearms Freedom Symposium!
That says much about his character, so let us continue to develop a mutually supportive relationship with him, and to introduce him to as many friends as we can.
I don’t mean to imply that he can’t handle the hard questions that these times require, on the contrary I believe he can and will.

in Freedom,   Eric Vimont,  417-366-0999

 

This shouldn’t come as any kind of surprise to people who have been somewhat keeping up on news and court rulings about parental rights. There are some pretty alarming precedents that have been set.

While I understand that not everyone can home school their children, it must certainly be weighty decision now.

Cumberland County parent outraged by his arrest

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

CROSSVILLE (WATE) – A Cumberland County father didn’t want to wait in a long line of traffic to pick his kids up from school. That led to a series of encounters last week at South Cumberland Elementary, and now the dad’s facing charges.

“I’m going to call some help down here and we’re going to take you up to the jail right now. I’m not putting up with this today. You’re being childish and it’s uncalled for,” Sheriff Deputy and School Resource Officer Avery Aytes said in the YouTube video.

The video goes on to show the dad arguing with the school security officer over state law, then the dad winds up in handcuffs.

“I’m not raising my voice, I’m not confrontational, I want my kids,” Jim Howe said in the YouTube video.

The video was taken by Amanda Long Thursday afternoon as she and her fiance, Jim Howe, were trying to pick up Howe’s two children from school. It shows Howe arguing with Deputy Aytes.

Howe says, because of a new policy that started last week, the only way parents can get their children after 2 p.m. is to wait in a line of cars until everyone is released at 2:35. He says not only is this time consuming, it’s illegal.

“You don’t need a reason as a parent to go get your children. They are our children,” Howe said.

As the video shows, Howe was arrested by Aytes for disorderly conduct. Deputy Aytes tells 6 News he’s unable to comment because this is an open case. Cumberland County Sheriff Butch Burgess says he hasn’t seen the video and doesn’t need to, because it won’t tell the whole story. He says Aytes was just doing his job.

“The resource officers are there to enforce the law,” Burgess said.

The sheriff says he agrees with Howe on principle. Both men say the new policy is creating safety concerns, mainly because there is line of cars that along the highway outside of the school. Burgess says parents should take any policy concerns to those in charge of the policy, not the school resource officer.

“On the other hand, the school system needs to realize you can’t make a black and white law,” Burgess said.

“If not for policy, we would have chaos, and we don’t need chaos at the schools, but we also don’t need an over zealous deputy setting an example in front of kids,” Howe said.

We were unable to get in contact with school officials for comment on the issue. The sheriff says he’s reviewing the system and will make recommendations this week as to what changes should be made to ensure student safety.

My apologies for the late notice about the meeting tomorrow night. I missed the first notice about it, and for those near West Plains, this is a must attend meeting if you are concerned about property rights at all.

Campaign for Liberty Meeting November 21st on Ozark Scenic Riverways Plan

The Ozark Scenic Riverways proposed 20 year plan and new rules are the topic of the Campaign for Liberty meeting in West Plains tomorrow night. Mike Slack will speak, relaying information gathered from discussions with the Park Service and the office of Congressman Jason Smith, and outlining an action plan. New information includes the Park Service decision to treat approximately 3,000 acres as though they were designated Wilderness areas with restricted access despite Congressman Smith’s opposition to the plan. The approval of the Congressman representing the district is required before the area can be officially designated Wilderness area. The Park Service appears to be following the lead of the rest of the Obama administration in issuing executive orders in place of rule by law, and ignoring laws they disagree with.
The Park Service Superintendent for the area, Mr. Black, was invited to attend and answer questions. He declined due to prior commitments according to his office.
Slack recently spoke with Ryan Hart, chief of staff for Congressman Jason Smith. He emphasizes that ALL substantive comments made to the Park Service MUST be answered, so making statements online or in person with alternate plans will tie up their resources.
The Campaign for Liberty will meet at 7 pm (6pm if you are eating) at Chin’s Garden restaurant in West Plains. All are invited to attend.