Category Archives: Travel

TSA will require “Real ID” with background checks to board all commercial flights next year

On May 11, 2005, exploiting Americans’ fear of terrorism after 9/11, Congress and the Bush administration enacted the Real I.D. Act in the name of national security. (See “National ID card for every American“)

Real I.D. is an effective National ID card. All 50 constituent States in America are required to federalize their driver’s licenses by making them conform to national federal standards. Even non-drivers will be issued an ID card, thereby putting the lie to Real ID being just a driver’s license. That ID card contains all sorts of information on you which are entered into a national database and accessible and shared by the 50 state authorities. The information includes:

  • Information that’s on your driver’s license now: birthdate and address;
  • Your Social Security number;
  • Proof of citizenship or immigration status;
  • Reportedly, biometric security features and RFID (radio-frequency identification) chips.

Real ID cardThis is Nevada’s Real ID card — an “enhanced” driver’s license. The star in a gold circle in the top right indicates DMV has “checked out” your background.

After a yearlong period of deferred enforcement, implementation of Phase 1 of the Real ID Act began on January 20, 2014, with at least 21 states now fully compliant. There are four planned phases, three of which apply to areas that affect relatively few U.S. citizens—e.g., DHS headquarters, nuclear power plants, and restricted and semi-restricted federal facilities.

Phase 4 applies to boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft. The TSA recently announced that Phase 4, requiring a Real ID to board domestic flights, will be implemented in a year — by 2016.

Activist Post reports, Feb. 1, 2015, that by then, the Real IDs will have already performed extensive background checks on everyone who receives them and will feature stars and other markings to indicate good behavior. No word on markings for troublemakers.

Since its inception, civil liberties advocates have had concerns that those without these intrusive new IDs will be excluded from basic human rights like working or traveling. The KTVN news report below appears to confirm this agenda.

KTVN reporter Ellen Breen states that by July 2016, Nevadans must present either a passport or a Real ID card to board a commercial airplane.

“It’s a choice,” says Nevada DMV official David Fierro, “you don’t have to get a Real ID card, but if you want to get on an airplane after 2016, you’re going to have to have a Real ID card.”

Nevada’s Real ID card looks like a regular driver’s license but with a white star in a gold circle in the top right corner. The star indicates the DMV has checked out your background.

Welcome to 1984!

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~Éowyn

It’s Official. Norad Has Confirmed Santa On Radar. Here Is Link To Track.

Friends, please if you have little ones go to http://www.noradsanta.org/ and track Santa. Also lot’s of other cool things to do. You have to go to the Big Red Link. The pic below is only a screen grab. I can’t figure out how to put it up live. Merry Christmas Friends Of  the Fellowship.   sangels_100-123sangels_100-110sangels_100-125

 

PS.  You might find this interesting. This is the story of how NORAD and Santa got hooked up in the first place . It all started in 1955, with a misprint in a Colorado Springs newspaper and a call to Col. Harry Shoup’s secret hotline at the Continental Air Defense Command, now known as NORAD. Here is the link. Kinda heart warming.

http://www.npr.org/2014/12/19/371647099/norads-santa-tracker-began-with-a-typo-and-a-good-sport

 http://www.noradsanta.org/

 http://www.noradsanta.org/

These stats were just taken at 11:45 EST
GIFTS DELIVERED
1,745,345,282
LAST SEEN
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
HEADING FOR
Thimphu, Bhutan in 2 minutes, 21 seconds.
~Steve~

And Now For The Rest of The Story…

I’ll take  Things that make you go hmmm  for a thousand Alex. It sounds good to me. Wanna argue? Bring it.  LOL————————————

Railroad tracks.

The US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. That’s an exceedingly odd number.

Why was that gauge used? Because that’s the way they built them in England, and English expatriates designed the US railroads.

Sounds good to me.

Sounds good to me.

Why did the English build them like that? Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and that’s the gauge they used.

Why did ‘they’ use that gauge then? Because the people who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they had used for building wagons, which used that wheel spacing.

Why did the wagons have that particular odd wheel spacing? Well, if they tried to use any other spacing, the wagon wheels would break on some of the old, long distance roads in England, because that’s the spacing of the wheel ruts.

So who built those old rutted roads? Imperial Rome built the first long distance roads in Europe (including England) for their legions. Those roads have been used ever since.

And the ruts in the roads? Roman war chariots formed the initial ruts, which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying their wagon wheels.

Looks like wheel ruts to me.

Looks like wheel ruts to me.

Since the chariots were made for Imperial Rome, they were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing. Therefore the United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived from the original specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot.

Bureaucracies live forever.

So the next time you are handed a specification/procedure/process and wonder ‘What horse’s ass came up with this?’, you may be exactly right. Imperial Roman army chariots were made just wide enough to accommodate the rear ends of two war horses.

Now, the twist to the story:

Couldn't  find shuttle thru tunnel. But found a horses arse. They'll work.   hehehhehe

Couldn’t find shuttle thru tunnel pic. But found a horses arse. They’ll work. hehehhehe

When you see a Space Shuttle sitting on its launch pad, there are two big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank. These are solid rocket boosters, or SRBs. The SRBs are made by Thiokol at their factory in Utah

The engineers who designed the SRBs would have preferred to make them a bit fatter, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site. The railroad line from the factory happens to run through a tunnel in the mountains, and the SRBs had to fit through that tunnel. The tunnel is slightly wider than the railroad track, and the railroad track, as you now know, is about as wide as two horses’ behinds.

So, a major Space Shuttle design feature of what is arguably the world’s most advanced transportation system was determined over two thousand years ago by the width of a horse’s ass. And you thought being a horse’s ass wasn’t important? Ancient horse’s asses control almost everything…

even today, in places like Washington, DC.

I’ll buy it. Sounds good to me.   :)

~Steve~                                   H/T   I_Man

 

U.S. State Dept memo on bringing foreign Ebola patients to America

Dr. Eowyn:

We now have the actual State Department memo recommending the “expeditious” importing of Ebola-infected non-citizens into the United States for medical treatment.

It would cost $300,000 to treat each patient and another $200,000 for transportation — expenses that the State Dept. claims will be borne by the patient or their parent organization, and NOT by U.S. taxpayers. But do you actually believe the Obama administration? I don’t.

Since when has Obama actually told the truth about anything? Or have we forgotten his grand promise of “If you like your health insurance, you can keep your insurance,” or “your health insurance premium will actually go down with Obamacare”?

Then there is the graver matter of intentionally bringing into the United States even more people who are Ebola-infected — as if the case of “Patient Zero” Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan isn’t enough — and thereby increases the likelihood that the deadly hemorrhagic virus contaminate and infect more Americans.

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

Barack Ebola logoTwo weeks ago, on October 17, 2014, Judicial Watch, the non-partisan D.C.-based citizens watchdog group, claimed that the Obama administration is actively formulating plans to admit Ebola-infected non-U.S. citizens into the United States for treatment within the first days of diagnosis.

Doing so would require special waivers of laws and regulations that currently ban the admission of non-citizens with a communicable disease as dangerous as Ebola.

Judicial Watch’s source said the Obama administration is keeping from Congress this illegal plan that endangers the public health and welfare of Americans.

Now, the watchdog group’s initial report is confirmed to be true.

From Judicial Watch, Oct. 29, 2014:

This several media outlets have confirmed JW’s story, attributing the information to an unclassified State Department report. It spells out a plan to rush foreigners into the U.S. for Ebola treatment […] It would cost $300,000 to treat each patient and…

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The Hobbit goes flying: Air NZ’s epic safety video

New Zealand is and will always be the closest we’d ever get to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth.

Epic!

I can hardly wait for December 17, when the 3rd of The Hobbit movie trilogy, “The Battle of the Five Armies,” comes to our movie screens.

It’ll be bitter sweet — probably our last visit to Middle-earth as the Tolkien Estate has not given screen rights approval to Tolkien’s other literary works beyond The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

H/t GoodNewsNetwork and FOTM’s CSM

~Eowyn

Obama to import Ebola-infected foreigners into America

President Ebola

Thomas Eric Duncan, an Ebola-infested Liberian whom U.S. Customs allowed into the U.S., had managed to transmit the virus to two nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas before he died from the terrible hemorrhagic fever. Now Obama means to import in more Thomas Eric Duncans into the United States.

As President Ebola continues to refuse closing America’s borders to travelers from West Africa — the epicenter of the Ebola epidemic — Judicial Watch, the non-partisan D.C.-based citizens watchdog group, reports on Oct. 17, 2014 that the Obama administration is actively formulating plans to admit Ebola-infected non-U.S. citizens into the United States for treatment.  Specifically, the goal of the administration is to bring Ebola patients here for treatment within the first days of diagnosis.

Crazier still, Obama’s plans include special waivers of laws and regulations that currently ban the admission of non-citizens with a communicable disease as dangerous as Ebola.

Judicial Watch’s source says the Obama administration is keeping from Congress this illegal plan that endangers the public health and welfare of Americans.

Well, all you Congress critters in the House and Senate, now you know! So what are you gonna do about this travesty?

Meanwhile, to add to the cheery news [sarc], scientist Peter Jahrling of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease warns that the Ebola virus may have already mutated into an even more virulent and contagious variant than previous strains.

Jahrling has dedicated his life to studying some of the most dangerous viruses on the planet. In 1989, he helped discover Reston, a new Ebola strain, in his Virginia lab.

Julia Belluz reports for Vox, Oct. 13, 2014, that Jahrling’s team discovered from tests on Ebola patients in Liberia that the virus appears to carry a much higher “viral load.” In other words, Ebola victims today have more of the virus in their blood — and that could make them more contagious.

Jahrling describes the current Ebola virus as burning “hotter and quicker,” which means it’s more contagious and easily spread. As he puts it, “If true, that’s a very different bug.”

On the Ebola virus being air-borne, Jahrling says, “You can argue that any time the virus replicates it’s going to mutate. So there is a potential for the thing to acquire an aerogenic property but that would have to be a dramatic change.”

There are five strains of Ebola, four of which have caused the disease in humans: Zaire, Sudan, Taï Forest, and Bundibugyo. The fifth, Reston, has infected nonhuman primates only. Though scientists haven’t been able to confirm this, the animal host of Ebola is widely believed to be the fruit bat, and the virus only seldomly makes the leap into humans.

The current outbreak involves the Zaire strain, which was discovered in 1976 — the year Ebola was first identified in what was then Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). That same year, the virus was also discovered in South Sudan.

The Ebola virus is extremely rare. Among the leading causes of death in Africa, it only accounts for a tiny fraction. Africans are much more likely to die from AIDS, respiratory infections, or diarrhea.

H/t FOTM reader America UNITE and The Extinction Protocol

~Eowyn

Remember All Those Kids Coming Across Our Open Border?

Well they’re  still coming , and bringing some nasty virus’s. I don’t know why, but with everyone watching Ebola it seems we forgot about this junk. Hmmmm You know Skippy. Always have to watch the left hand while he waves the right.

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WND EXCLUSIVE

CDC DENIES ENTEROVIRUS LINK TO ILLEGAL-ALIEN KIDS

Disease common in Latin America was rare in U.S.

JEROME R. CORSI

NEW YORK – The CDC denies a causal link between the surge of illegal-alien children from Latin America and the enterovirus D-68 outbreak in the United States, but government data show the virus was rare in the U.S. before this year.

“There is no evidence that unaccompanied children brought EV-D68 into the United States; we are not aware of any of these children testing positive for the virus,” the CDC emailed WND in response to a request for comment.

The CDC argued EV-D68 is not new to the U.S., having been identified in California in 1962.

“In previous years, it has not been as commonly identified as other enteroviruses,” CDC said. “This year’s increase in confirmed cases is not due to a recent introduction in the United States.”

However, evidence buried in peer-reviewed medical journals provides support for the argument enterovirus D-68, or EV-D68, in the United States was a relatively rare disease. The EV-D68 epidemic occurred only after the surge this year of unaccompanied alien children illegally crossing the border from Latin America, a region where the virus is more prevalent among young children.

The CDC records nearly 700 people who have been diagnosed with the virus this year. Five children have died while infected.

As WND reported Tuesday, EV-D68, believed to cause polio-like paralysis in addition to flu symptoms, is widely suspected to have a direct connection to the Obama administration policy of placing across the U.S. tens of thousands of minors who have been allowed to enter without a health screening.

D-68 surge coincides with illegal aliens

The surge in EV D-68 in the U.S. became evident in mid-September when the CDC first reported it had reached epidemic levels in six U.S. states: Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky and Missouri.

The surge in unaccompanied minors was also evident in September, with the numbers jumping from 16,067 apprehended in Fiscal Year 2011 to 24,481 in FY 2012 and from 38,833 in FY 2013 to 47,017 in the first eight months of FY 2014.

Currently, a page on the CDC website dedicated to “Enterovirus D68 in the United States, 2014″ discloses, “The United States is currently experiencing a nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) associated with severe respiratory illness.”
Rest Of WND Story HERE!

~Steve~