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Do they even pass basic energy, environmental, economic and human rights tests?

Should Americans follow China in a massive commitment to supposedly eco-friendly battery-electric buses (BEBs)? California has mandated a “carbon-free” bus system by 2040 and will buy only battery or fuel cell-powered buses after 2029. Other states and cities are following suit.

Vehicle decisions are typically based on cost and performance. Cost includes selling price plus maintenance, while performance now includes perceived environmental impacts – which for some is the only issue that matters. But that perception ignores some huge ecological (and human rights) issues.

China today has 420,000 BEBs on the road, with plans to reach 600,000 by 2025. The rest of the world has maybe 5,000 of these expensive, short-range buses. However, the Chinese still get 70% of their energy from coal, so are their BEBs really that green? Are they safe? And are they really ethical?

Battery costs are the main reason BEBs today are much more expensive than buses that run on diesel or compressed natural gas. But bus makers say electric buses require less maintenance, and climate activists say the lower net “carbon footprint” (carbon dioxide emissions) justifies paying a little more. Continue reading

Frank Salvato

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There are a plethora of reasons why Michael Bloomberg shouldn’t be considered for the Democrat nomination to be president, but two stick out with significance: His wealth and the hint that he would restore the Clinton influence in American politics.

The comedy show that is the field of candidates for the Democrat presidential nomination is Emmy worthy. They exist as a mismatch of Marxists and Trotskyites, oligarchic millionaires and billionaires, globalists and anarchists on the main stage talking about how the rest of us should live our lives so as to be benevolent. They preach about how we must sacrifice for the environment as the fly around the country in private jets (but for Sanders who only flies first class). And they thunder on how the Second Amendment is antiquated, even as they pontificate behind walls of armed bodyguards and spend tens of millions for armed security for their upcoming convention.

The entirety of the Democrat slate expects the sheep among their subjects to jettison the things they have come to know (read: reality) so as to embrace their elitist Nuevo-definitions of words, phrases, and events, allowing for the cobbling of a narrative that appears to legitimize their tapestries of bovine feces.

Whether you see their line-up as comedic or macabre, it is a dangerous line-up. One of them will survive the media labyrinth to exist one election away from the ability to make their vision for our country a reality.

Remember, in November of 2008 everyone stood slack-jawed that a nobody from Chicago exploded into the presidency. The eight years of Barack Obama’s Progressive and Marxist policies not only damaged the economy and security of the United States, but it also divided the people in a way not seen since before the Civil Rights Movement.

Bloomberg, 77, isn’t a nobody. He’s a billionaire fifty-times over who controls a significant media apparatus to advance his narrative. This means he can spin fiction that softens, manipulates, and distorts – to his advantage – his anti-Second Amendment, pro-abortion, open borders, tax-happy agenda in an effort to dupe the people into abdicating their freedoms; as he seeks to make the US Constitution irrelevant and the United States a socialist democracy. This is exactly how he was able to politically reinvent himself so many times.

A lifelong Democrat before registering as a Republican in 2001 to ingratiate himself to New York City voters on the heels of the wildly successful tenure of Rudy Giuliani (R), Bloomberg dropped his Republican designation while in office, registering as an Independent in 2007, and again executed a metamorphic change in re-registering as a Democrat in 2018 in preparation for a presidential run. To say that he is a political opportunist would be a grotesque understatement.

If that isn’t enough to expunge Bloomberg from consideration for any public office, there is credible buzz that he is seriously considering allowing the poison of Hillary Clinton’s politics and influence to resurface on the world stage in a vice-presidential bid on his ticket (I guess that would put her one suicide away from the presidency).

For the record, Bloomberg’s spokesperson issued a non-denial denial when asked about a Clinton number-two spot. Non-denial denials are the things of manipulating despots and tyrants, by the by.

Even Bloomberg’s supporters have to question both his political metamorphosis and his questionable judgment in contemplating adding such a divisive in Hillary Clinton to his ticket given her disapproval ratings. His metamorphosis proves his opportunism and his Clinton inclusion proves his willingness to associate with the criminal class to pander to a voter demographic. These are demonstrations of political infidelity and poor decision-making.

There is an old adage that goes, and I paraphrase: just because you can doesn’t mean you should. We have intellectually lumbered into an era where disingenuous opportunists routinely seek elected office, this happening from local to national. Bloomberg and his ilk are a byproduct of this reality. And because of the short-attention-span narrative-mongers of social media and the soundbite Pharisees of the mainstream media, they are getting elected. Our country and the government our Framers bequeathed to us lays mortally wounded because of it.

And truth be told, we have no one to blame for the demise of our country but ourselves. Opportunists only take advantage of opportunities. We the People are guilty of affording those opportunities.

Frank Salvato is a managing partner at TR² Consulting Group, LLC. He is the host of The Underground podcast as heard on iHeart Radio, Pandora, Spotify, and anywhere podcasts are heard. His writing has been recognized by the US House International Relations Committee and the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention. His analysis has been published by The American Enterprise Institute, The Washington Times, and Accuracy in Media, and is nationally syndicated. Mr. Salvato appeared on The O’Reilly Factor on FOX News Channel and is the author of six books examining internal and external threats facing our country. He can be heard twice weekly on “The Captain’s America: Third Watch” radio program syndicated nationally on the Salem Broadcasting Network and Genesis Communications affiliate stations.

 

 

 

Rachel Dawson, Policy Analyst, Cascade Policy Institute

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), the agency charged with building and maintaining the city’s transportation system, is shifting the responsibility of improving traffic congestion away from itself and onto individual residents.

This was made apparent in a recently released 2018 report provided by Bloom Communications that surveyed Portland residents’ attitudes and perceptions of the Bureau. The contents of the survey are unsurprisingly critical of PBOT and demonstrate Portlanders’ increasing frustration with the region’s transportation system.

Of the themes that emerged, survey participants were generally concerned with safety on public transit, potholes and degrading roads, increasing traffic congestion, and PBOT’s lack of vision.

People want safe and efficient commutes. 81% of participants said that driving their car was the safest way for them and their families to commute, as they have greater control over who they come in contact with and what happens to them. Another 64% said they would consider taking transit if they were sure they “could reliably get to [their] destination faster or in the same amount of time as driving [their] personal car.” However, the current transportation system is seen as an inconvenience for many participants, and it is quicker for them to drive their car due to the frequency at which the MAX and city buses make stops. Continue reading

If by sovereign you mean that God is above everything else, with no one having authority over Him, then yes.

If by sovereign you mean that God decrees, or decides, everything that happens, then NO. God is not to blame for murders, rapes, human trafficking. He is not to blame for bribery or lies or extortion or a multitude of other sins. The Bible clearly says, “When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed” (James 1:13-14). Man is the problem. None of us can say, “God made me do it.” God is NEVER an accomplice to our sin.

Some would ask, “If God is at the top of the heap, then how can anything happen without His permission?” Giving permission and causing something to happen are two different things. God has sovereignly made the decision to give people the freedom to make their own choices. From grabbing someone else’s toy to grabbing a package off someone’s porch, people are accountable for their wrongs. God is not to blame. Just because God KNOWS everything that will happen, it doesn’t mean that He DECREES or FORCES it to happen. Continue reading

Secretary of State Bev Clarno

Travel Oregon should strengthen controls over contracting procedures and take steps to share more information regarding the compensation of agency leadership to better inform the Legislature, according to an audit released today by Secretary of State Bev Clarno.

The findings are outlined in the report entitled: “Travel Oregon Should Strengthen Controls over Contracting and Improve Accountability of Compensation to Inform Decision Makers.”

Travel Oregon has generally demonstrated a commitment to ensuring contracts are in place to provide for the needs of the agency. However, the audit makes recommendations to further strengthen contracting procedures. Additionally, the audit highlights the fact that Travel Oregon’s managers are some of the highest compensated managers in state government. Auditors found the agency lacks detailed documentation to support the decisions that led to these high levels of compensation.

“Travel Oregon should improve its transparency and accountability in how it spends taxpayer money,” said Secretary of State Clarno. “Travel Oregon receives funding courtesy of the lodging tax, which is paid by taxpayers in Oregon and visitors alike.”

Read the full audit on the Secretary of State website (https://sos.oregon.gov/audits/Pages/default.aspx).

In the heartland of America, there is corruption. At Indiana University last week they celebrated the 4th Annual “Sex Fest.” They defended this foray into degrading sex by saying, “Our public health researchers have found some evidence to suggest that people are engaging in a broader range of sexual activities and as a result, it is the IU Health Center’s mission to make sure they practice it safely.”

Campus Reform noted (2/6/20), “The second night offered…demonstrations, including a man whipping a tied up woman in public.”

It was reported that students could choose from an appalling list that included bondage, exhibitionism, and a host of other deviant behaviors.

These things took place at Indiana University – the headquarters of the Kinsey Institute. This is the school where Dr. Alfred Kinsey taught, until he died in 1956.

Kinsey’s research and books launched the sexual revolution. His research is taken as gospel by many. While in college, a virgin Methodist, Hugh Hefner, thought Kinsey’s work was scientific, so he abandoned his religion and enthusiastically became “Kinsey’s pamphleteer.” Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

Transgenderism, which normalizes mental illness about sexuality, has taken a sleeping nation by storm. What not too long ago was categorized as a mental disorder by every psychiatrist and psychologist has now been redefined as a perfectly normal alternative to, well, normal sexuality.

Nineteen states have made it a crime for a mental health professional to help a confused teenager adopt a healthy and time-tested view of his own sexuality. But no amount of redefining words can change the tragic reality that among those who have completed the wholly imaginary transition from male to female (or the reverse) the rate of attempted suicide is a heartbreaking and astonishing 41%, nine times higher than the national average.

(A study from Sweden — a nation known for its “affirmation” of transgender individuals — showed that gender-affirming treatment actually does not reduce the suicide rate for these patients. “In fact, their rate of completed suicide was found to be 19 times the rate for the general population.”)

Accompanying this twisted embrace of sexual perversity is egregious and grotesque medical malpractice. It is now standard operating procedures to put mixed-up teenagers on puberty blockers, drugs which stop a teens perfectly normal sexual maturation. These puberty blockers are actually forms of chemical castration, which is a great idea if we want to inject it into pedophiles, but is criminal when injected in a healthy 13-year-old. Continue reading

Eric Fruits, Ph.D.

Transparency is critical as Metro asks voters to trust the agency with billions in new taxes

Cascade Policy Institute has raised concerns with Metro Council that the regional government’s Parks and Nature program may be violating Oregon’s Public Meetings Law.

In a letter to Metro President Lynn Peterson and Metro Council, Cascade Policy Institute has identified two meetings of the Parks and Nature Oversight Committee that were held without public notice.

One of these meetings was last Tuesday, February 4, 2020. At an afternoon work session, Councilor Sam Chase informed the rest of Council that he had met with the Oversight Committee earlier that day. At the meeting Councilor Chase and the committee discussed issues Cascade Policy Institute’s Eric Fruits had raised regarding the Parks and Nature program in testimony to council on January 23, 2020. Councilor Chase says he and the committee discussed the administrative costs of the Parks and Nature program, which skyrocketed last year. There was no public notice of the public meeting of the Oversight Committee. Continue reading

Dr. Nalini Rajamannan

For years Northwestern University has operated in non-compliance with Federalwide Assurance 1549

Dr. Rajamannan presented definitive evidence to the Senate Finance Committee after years of investigation dating back to December 2008, and including investigations by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Senate Committee has been reviewing all evidence submitted by Dr. Rajamannan over the past 10 years. Senator Charles Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and President Pro Tempore began an investigation into the FDA/the hospital/University and the device manufacturer, regarding the research and development of a new heart valve Model 5100.

The evidence demonstrates for the first time, the conflicting statements regarding the FDA status at the time of the “surprise FDA study” between the FDA, the hospital/University and the device Manufacturer Edwards Lifesciences:
  1. Device Manufacturer states that the device is “FDA approved” as of September 2007 in a 2 line email, and the hospital/University confirms this status in statements to the Illinois Supreme Court as of December 2019.
  2. FDA states to Senate Committee that the device is not “FDA approved” as of March 2009 and is on recall.
  3. FDA confirms to Congress that there are no plans to inform any of the 667 patients that the device was not approved during the surprise FDA study.
  4. Senator Grassley’s Senate Finance Committee has oversight over use of Medicare and Medicaid Funding, and has maintained follow up of the new evidence brought forth to the Senate this week for the failure to investigate pre-authorization from Medicare for the FDA study to test the device.
  5. Northwestern University never reverses their position from the 2007 email claiming “FDA approval” despite receiving the status of the FDA decision not to approve the device as of July 16, 2009.

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Frank Salvato

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I always find it eyebrow-raising (if not comical) how Progressives arrive late to the party and then try to dictate how the party should be run. The most recent example of this particular brand of self-important narcissism comes in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her cuckold, metrosexual boy-toy, Riley Roberts, attempting to lecture “white people” on their “racism.”

“…I think a lot of people, they don’t want to be racist,” Roberts said, Ocasio-Cortez at his side with her puppeteer’s hand up his backside. “They don’t think that they’re racist, but they also don’t know some of the things they believe or say are and can be racist.” Roberts went on to suggest that people tell “racist white friends” that they were not, in fact, racist, but merely held “wrong opinions.”

Lost in all of this is the fact that Ocasio-Cortez and her boyfriend – as well as the rest of her Justice Democrat, hyper-left, social engineering comrades – have their own definition for racism. As is always the case with the Progressive Left (and AOC and her ilk are the extreme in this already extreme group), they provide their own definitions to words; their own meaning to phrases and events, in an effort to rewrite history and advance their version of how the world should be. Continue reading

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