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Month: March 2014

Number 342

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 342 24 March 2014 If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free. The Abuse Of US Governmental Power For Partisan Purposes Is An Artifact Of Obamite Rule Facts: Lois Lerner, a former high official in the federal tax agency (the Internal Revenue Service), claimed, “I have done nothing wrong. I have not broken any laws, I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations.” She lied, as can be proved. When confronted with evidence of a political motive for breaking the rules (for example, forwarding confidential taxpayer information to her own e-mail account), she refused to comment. Lerner has referred to the “wingnut” Tea Party as “very dangerous”. She refuses to give testimony before a Congressional committee investigating IRS’s targeting and persecution of the activist group, preferring instead to make statements (without grant of immunity) to Holder’s Department of Justice, which agency has already declared that it does not expect to prosecute anyone involved in this scandal. You know that this newsletter has referred to the “Becket effect”, according to which bureaucrats, recognizing the partisan preferences of Team Obama, take politically correct but unethical and illegal steps to hinder “wingnut” activism. It’s lickspittle fascism. Of course Holder & Co. won’t prosecute the Obamites who, motivated by partisan loyalty, abuse the mandate of the nation’s...

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Number 341

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 341 19 March 2014 …Muslims hate their women, and any group who hates their women can’t love anyone else. People [then] ask, “But why do Muslims hate their women?” And I reply, “Because their god does.” Crashed Or Captured? Horror There is the distinct possibility that the missing Malaysian airliner is in the hands of would-be mass murderers. Israel is exquisitely alert and willing to take whatever action it considers necessary. The peoples of many nations, meanwhile, can be excused for being puzzled, confused, and hesitant to believe anyone who claims to know what happened. There are excellent reasons for skepticism. Misinformation, errors, disinformation and incompetent nonsense are swirling about; now Thailand has shared with the world the notion that it might have spotted the plane, but did not report it because (this is really good) no one asked. The rational world can only hope that some decision-makers are correctly informed and willing to act appropriately. Communication Thanks go to loyal reader JY for alerting this newsletter to an interesting post that tries to advance the search for answers. It deals with communications from the airplane transmitted by… …two data systems. First, the ACARS. The system has been around since the 70s. It transmits engine data to Boeing/Rolls Royce servers through the Iridium satellite link. But here is the kicker. IT TRANSMITS ENGINE DATA...

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Number 340

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 340 14 March 2014 …what I meant about the fear of freedom was this: many, many people don’t of course want to live under a hellish starvation regime of gulag type…. But they quite like being told what to do. They don’t want to be told that the world doesn’t owe them a living and that they’re on their own… (they) repeatedly vote for parties and sometimes leaders who promise to provide everything as long as they’ll give up just a little bit of freedom, just a little bit. In the tradeoff, you’ll get more security and more welfare. It’s a temptation. The Missing Plane Boeing knew this; who else did? Might it explain the unprecedented instantaneous disappearance of that Malaysian plane? Yes, indeed it could. Think it through. A skilled cracker might be able to shut down all communications — well, almost all radio traffic — from the plane. He would probably not know whether the engines remained in touch with the world. After communication was cut, the plane was flown, the Wall Street Journal has reported, for some hours. (See also this WSJ article.) Evidently the plane did not have enough fuel to reach Iran. (See the map on the first WSJ page linked above.) It could be that someone wanted at least one of the passengers on that plane. If that...

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Number 339

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 339 06 March 2014 Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other…. Not in time is the race progressive. A Fox, A Dog, And The Birth Of A Cause Courtesy of A Tramp Abroad, here’s an amazing story that almost reads like a fairy tale. Can the friendship between a Norwegian dog and a wild fox stop the fur trade? Pretty good translation: A dog enjoyed an idyllic life together with his owner, Torgeir Berge, in the Norwegian forests. One day while they walked together in the woods, they encountered a wild fox named Sniffer. [How did they know the fox’s name?] Despite thousands of years of breeding inequalities and the social circumstances that stood between them, they became best friends. Berge follows the two unlikely friends around while they jump and play together in the woods. Luckily, he brought his camera to capture their beautiful friendship.     The way the two friends are playing reminds us that wildlife, which many of us fear or do not respect, can be far more similar to our domesticated animals than we previously thought. The experience changed Berge’s view of Norway’s fur trade. Now he wants to help ban the hunting of foxes for their fur. He hopes to do this by publishing a book with author Berit...

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