Nostradamus Predictions for 2015

Nostradamus, born Michel de Nostredame (1503 – 1566), was an apothecary of French origins who foretold a number of prophecies and published them in a world-famous book called The Prophecies or Les Propheties.

The very first edition of the said book became famous about 11 years before he died. Since then,Nostradamus and his book have acquired a huge following that believes he predicted numerous world events, hundreds of years before they occurred.

Check out the following Nostradamus predictions for 2015:

10. Language differences will disappear

Nostradamus wrote that following the invention of what he calls “a new engine,” the world will be “as in the days before Babel.” Nostradamus seemed to have been talking about a kind ofuniversal translating machine – perhaps a computer. He says this development will soon lead to the end of nations.

9. The dead will resurrect

“Not far from the age of the millennium, when there is no more room in Hell, the buried dead shall come out of their graves,” Nostradamus once also warned his readers. This chilling prediction is in keeping with prophecies found in the Book of Revelation.

8. The World Economy will Collapse

Their fortunes gone, “the rich shall die many times over,” Nostradamus says. The world economy has been on the brink of failure since 2009. No surprise there! USA is pushing the envelop withincreasing the debt celing

7. Major eruption of Mount Vesuvius

A major eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the future is certain … and it will be massive. It may well happen in late 2015 or early 20616, which, using this system, should be considered as uncomfortably close. This may be the worst eruption of Vesuvius since either 79 AD or 1631 AD, the two worst eruptions in history and sharing the same base 7 timeline. If it occurs during daylight, it will turn the affected region into a heavy darkness. Earthquakes may occur every five or ten minutes before the dreadful lava and ash flow begins, killing between 6,000 and 16,000 people.

6. People will live to be over 200

Advances in medicine will extend the average human life span to 200 years. An 80-year-old will look just like a 50-year-old, the seer says.

5. Radiation will scorch our world.

“The kings shall rob the forests, the sky will open, the fields shall be burned by heat,” the seer writes. This is a warning that the destruction of the rain forests will lead to a hole in the ozone layer, exposing Earth to harmful ultraviolet radiation.

4. Major Earthquake in Western USA.

This time around I’m not going to suggest that this eruption may be Yellowstone … it might be, but it is impossible to be sure. There have only been two significant eruptions of volcanoes on the US mainland: Lassen Peak, located in California, in May 1915, and Mount St. Helen’s, located in the state of Washington, in May 1980. The Lassen Peak precedent, if it were to repeat again in this century, would have done so in either May 2006 or May 2013. No US volcano erupted at either time, leaving the Mount St. Helen’s precedent for another major volcanic eruption happening in either May 2001, May 2008, or soon in May 2015. Interestingly enough, there was a large earthquake that shook Seattle, Washington in February 2001 (which I predicted on this website). Since 2008 was uneventful, it may be a good idea to be concerned on the 14th anniversary of the Seattle quake.

It may begin as an earthquake, but in very little time it will be all too apparent that it is something much worse: a volcanic eruption or, even worse, a super volcanic eruption.

3. Humans will learn to talk to animals.

Advances in the science of telepathy will make it possible for people to talk with their pets and farm animals.

This will lead to an upsurge in vegetarianism, Nostradamus writes, since “The hog will become a brother to man.”

2. All taxes will be abolished in the Western World.

A major revolt will put an end to all taxation forever. The seer writes, “The people will refuse to pay tax to the king.” That’s the day I will celebrate freedom in a country that taxes us mercilessly.

1. Would-be parents will need licenses.

The days when just anyone could have a baby will become a thing of the past by 2013,Nostradamus predicts. Could this be the world’s effort to stop overpopulation? I think it’s too drastic since kids are their parents’ properties, not the government’s.

You Can’t fight city hall! …Or can you?

How to Fight City Hall, or Your Village or Town

You might need to learn how to fight city hall at some point in the life of your community organization. We hope not, as good relations with your municipal government are an advantage to your group many more times than not.

If you found your way to this page as an individual, Step 1 is to find yourself an organization. Start one if you have to. Don’t try to do it by yourself.

If you exhaust personal face-to-face meetings, petitions, letters to the editor, speaking at council meetings, and so forth, and you decide you need to stand up and fight about an issue that is important to you, here are the steps. 

As a note of caution, take into account the cultural context. Some people around the world reading this may think that we are going teach you literally how to fight city hall, but I assure you we are speaking figuratively. But in New York City, for instance, the habit is contentious meetings in some contexts, so if that’s the culture, you may have adapt these hints.

1. Use your most well-respected supporter as your only or first spokesperson. Keep the discourse civil, rational, and respectful, but state your opinions, and especially facts and evidence, assetively. Explain your case using photographs or video, logs of activity observed, eyewitness accounts, and plenty of examples. Teach all your supporters the facts as best you can.

2. By all means, bring a large crowd of emotional supporters to the meeting. While emotional, inflammatory, and accusatory statements or questions aren’t how to fight city hall, you can bet that the most emotional people will exhibit the most expressive facial and body language too. Their postures will tell the story. Don’t use them as your speakers though, if you can help it.

The exception to using the rational folks, well-respected people, and good speakers as your representatives in a public hearing or comment period is when you have a rare eyewitness account that has surprise value. This is especially effective if the person is a sympathetic figure, and the damage to him or her was significant.

3. Understanding how to fight city hall for money is especially importantand a fairly unique circumstance. Many cities have been forced to make major cuts in services or eliminate grants altogether, and often neighborhood organizations are casualties.

If you need your funding reinstated, a small step toward learning about how to fundraise for yourself would be a good gesture.

In this case, being assertive in a way that acknowledges and even empathizes with the difficulties officials are facing is how to fight city hall.

In all cases, do your homework. Know exactly the city hall process and procedures you will face, and instruct your supporters to be mannerly–whatever that might mean in your community. Know the facts, laws, and numbers about your issue.

For additional tips and a different slant, you might want to look at our page on opposing a rezoning.

You might need to play slightly dirty outside the meetings, taking advantage of the situation if you are friends with the mayor’s wife, for example. (Wherever you are on the planet, however, we hope you don’t make bribery a part of your fight. That practice needs to stop.)

If the stakes are high enough and the government wrong enough, sometimes you must be a little manipulative inside the meetings as well. But usually that’s not how you win with local government relations.

Biggest U.S. casino cuts back on gambling

By Michael Melia, AP

HARTFORD, Conn. — Foxwoods, the largest casino resort in North America, is reducing its number of slot machines and table games to free up space for nightclubs and other new attractions as it adapts to fierce competition, the new CEO said in an interview with The Associated Press.

It’s a transition that CEO Felix Rappaport says probably should have started years earlier, held up perhaps by emotional attachments, and one that reflects a decline in the number of people gambling inside the cavernous Foxwoods Resort Casino on a given day.

“We think we have too much gaming,” Rappaport said in the interview Monday.

The tribal-owned property in southeastern Connecticut has 5,800 slot machines and 350 table games, spread across several individual casinos. Foxwoods is identifying gaming areas that can be converted for other purposes in a process that Rappaport said would likely leave it with closer to 4,800 slot machines and 250 table games.

Foxwoods enjoyed a monopoly on casino-style gambling in the region for years after it opened in 1992 and had 6,300 slot machines and 380 table games before the Great Recession introduced a decline in gambling revenue that has yet to be reversed.

Now, the embattled resort is positioning itself to endure competition that is expected only to intensify in coming years with as many as three casinos in Massachusetts. Foxwoods and its local rival, Mohegan Sun, already have been losing revenue to casinos in the New York City area and Rhode Island’s Twin Rivers Casino, which recently added table games.

At Mohegan Sun, Tribal Gaming Authority CEO Mitchell Etess said on a conference call with industry analysts last week that its gaming floor has shrunk but he does not anticipate more big cuts.

“I think we’ve really done a good job at getting the floor down to what’s manageable and what’s right and then scheduling it for the times when the people are here,” Etess said.

Rappaport, a Philadelphia native, was named CEO last week by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. He joined Foxwoods in February and had been part of a management team focused on expanding the resort experience including new nightclubs, restaurants and an outlet mall expected to open in the spring.

He worked previously as president of the casinos Excalibur, New York-New York and Luxor in Las Vegas, where he saw each property have a “golden era” and then have to adapt and sometimes contract with changes in the marketplace. Rappaport said Foxwoods is evolving in the same way, adding attractions with the goal of stirring excitement and keeping visitors on the property for longer periods of time.

“The industry in general has become less gaming centric,” he said. “I think in Foxwoods’ case we have exactly the same opportunities.”

He said he expects Foxwoods will move toward earning 65 or 70 percent of its revenue from gambling — down from 80 percent — as it leans more on entertainment and other offerings.

Associated Press writer Stephen Singer contributed to this report.

How to increase public approval for the police state

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Source: The Burning Platform

If someone were to design an event to bolster public support for a militarized police state, what would that event look like? Let us imagine:

  • The event involves a controversial use of force by police.  The event generates a national controversy and debate — a debate which the government has sufficient evidence to win in the end.  After facing criticism, the police demonstrate to the country that they were right and opponents were wrong.
  • The “victim” is as unsympathetic as possible; a suspect fleeing from an assault and robbery that took place on camera.
  • All the physical evidence supports the official version of events — illustrating how witnesses lie to condemn innocent cops.
  • Protests emerge and come off as unlikeable as possible, leaving a trail of theft, violence, arson, and destruction.
  • The media ends its silence on police brutality long enough to repetitively lionize the police…

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The Drumsticks of War

TIME

The average American couldn’t be blamed for missing, over the long Thanksgiving weekend, the growing evidence that the deaths of the 6,841 U.S. troops in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq may have been in vain. The nation is weary of war, and holiday news media coverage—fallout in Ferguson, Mo., Black Friday gluttony and football—reflected America’s growing disinterest.

But for anyone paying attention, the news over the weekend was decidedly bleak.

Suicide attacks have been averaging one a day in the Afghan capital of Kabul over the past two weeks. On Saturday, the Taliban attacked a guesthouse, killing a South African father and his two teenage children. After detailing the carnage Sunday, Kabul’s police chief quit in despair. The same day, President Ashraf Ghani, unable to form a new government, fired most of the ministers he inherited. The Taliban overran what used to be the biggest British army base in…

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FBI Investigating After Denver Police Beat Unarmed Man, Trip His Pregnant Girlfriend, Attempt To Delete Footage Filmed By Bystander

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating an alleged incident of police brutality after video surfaced that appears to show Denver police repeatedly punching an unarmed man, then tripping his pregnant girlfriend, then attempting to delete the video of the incident that was recorded by a passerby, KDVR is reporting.

The incident in question took place on August 14 at a parking lot in Denver, according to WDAF. As a passerby records the incident on his electronic device — police unaware at first — several Denver police officers swarm suspected drug dealer David Flores. Flores had allegedly stuffed a sock containing heroin into his mouth, and police repeatedly shout at him to spit the drugs out, while one officer punches him in the head at least six times. Seconds later, Flores’ seven-months-pregnant girlfriend, Myra Lazos-Guerrero, 25, approaches the officers, then one of them appears to kick her, causing…

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Uber executive ‘disciplined’ for privacy violation after tracking the journey of a journalist took using ‘God View’ tool

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  • Josh Mohrer, the New York manager, allegedly tracked Johana Bhuiyan
  • Buzzfeed claims Mr Mohrer did this twice using a tool called ‘God View’
  • It is available to all employees and allows them to see customer activity
  • This week, another employee said he wanted to ‘dig up dirt’ on journalists
  • Emil Michael, senior vice president, made comments at New York dinner
  • Mohrer has now been disciplined, Uber confirmed, but would not say how 

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Charles Lawson: Move forward on projects for water storage

Charles Lawson, Special to the Mason Valley News9:10 p.m. PST November 29, 2014

I attended the latest meeting of the Carson Water Sub Conservancy District to express my concerns over the seeming lack of interest of the board to press forward with water storage projects. After doing so, I stuck around to see what was on the agenda for my own information. It was a study of the need for storage not only for existing agencies but to meet extended droughts in the future.

Embedded in that report was a subtle warning I’m not sure the board members picked up on.

It seems federal agencies are preparing a study on what steps should be taken toward storage of water on not only the Truckee River basin but the Carson River basin as well. Having been around the block a couple of times I have observed that federal studies have a habit of turning into federal actions. If the board of the CWSD wants to have a great amount of say in this process, it had better take some serious steps to initiate a move to address water storage on its own.

One thought that was mentioned in a report by the general manager of the district was someone is considering raising the height of the Lahonton dam 100 feet. I would suspect most Silver Springs residents are residing in areas that would be flooded if that happened. Apparently, there is a substantial number of homes that have been built in flood zones in Fallon and if a flood of proportions equal to the 1985 event were to occur again they would suffer the consequences. This scenario would suggest it is time to consider alternative storage strategies before someone else, not local, makes the decision for the CWSD board. In fact, Govs. Brown and Brian Sandoval are getting together to address the drought situation, which is in its third year, and ways to increase water supplies.

I would think this would be a good time to bring up storage problems on the Carson River and ways to address our particular situation.

Perhaps someone will be listening. It wouldn’t hurt for the folks in the Walker River basin to speak up either. Why, when a proposal is reintroduced, so we have to conduct additional in depth studies to go over the same subject. Could it be people like to hear themselves talk?

Abowd’s plan

I had a chance to talk to Karen Abowd when the meeting broke up and congratulated her on her reelection as a Carson City supervisor. I also mentioned I really like her position about a makeover of the downtown section of Carson Street. One person who was running for a supervisor position and won is opposed, saying Abowd would profit from such a makeover. I doubt that would happen because of the existing popularity of her husband’s restaurant. I would compare the opposition to such a makeover to the opposition of the train trench in Reno. Everybody opposing the project in Reno sure shut up in a hurry when it was done.

AT&T pay back

I read part of the article regarding the county and Central Lyon Fire District having to pay thousands of dollars back to AT&T because the board of equalization reduced the valuation of their property in Lyon County and 11 other counties. After talking to the Lyon County Assessor’s Office and the Lyon County comptroller, it appears both entities got the shaft from the state of Nevada. The assessor assessed AT&T’s property based on guidelines issued by the Nevada Department of Taxation.

After paying the assessment, AT&T then appealed the assessment to the state Board of Equalization, which decided the assessment was too high which meant the two entities, Lyon County and the Central Lyon Fire District, had to pay back the over assessed amount, which had already been spent. Not only did this add an additional burden on the two entities’ budgets, but they have to revise the upcoming budget to reflect income they had anticipated coming in now being lost.

One wonders how the Nevada Department of Taxation can just sit back and say, oh well, even when it was its guidelines that were used to make the initial assessment. It would appear to me the state should be responsible for mitigating the income loss as they were at fault in the first place.

Obamacare repeal?

The Republicans ran on one item that is going to cost them in the long run. That item is the reversal of Obamacare. I suppose that was because they promoted how bad the law was and what they are going to do about it. There is a big but involved here and that big but is the fact so many folks decrying Obamacare are now using it in the form of Medicaid. When that is taken away, those folks are going to be back in the position of having no insurance. I can imagine the hue and cry that will cause.

Me, I opposed Obamacare for selfish reasons, of course. Insurance companies are not in the business of losing money, and when Medicaid took effect, my benefits were downgraded. I now have to pay more to get the same benefits I had because all of the people now with Medicaid are creating a loss which I have to pay for to make up the insurance companies’ bottom line deficit.

Charles Lawson is a native Nevadan, retired contractor/project manager and longtime Lyon County resident who is involved in Lyon County. To communicate with Charles, e-mail him at cel@ableweb.net.

Walmart protests reach across nation and into Reno

RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) — People visiting Walmart off Kietzke Lane on Friday might have noticed less people carrying shopping bags and more carrying protest signs.

Video: http://www.mynews4.com/news/local/story/Walmart-protests-reach-across-nation-and-into-Reno/sz6XL7IM9EeUAMCRQo-9aA.cspx

Demonstrators stood outside the retail giant, demanding $15 dollars per hour and full-time positions. One organizer said the problem is bigger than Nevada. “It’s a culture of greed that has actually taken over the whole country,” said Claude Cronkite. “I would call it worshipping money. For some people, they never get enough.”

There were similar scenes outside Walmart in cities across the country. Dozens of union workers and Occupy Wall Street activists took part in Walmart protests in New Jersey. In the nation’s capital, some protestors prevented shoppers from going inside.

Walmart said in a statement that the majority of protesters do not work for the company.

Don’t use Ouija boards this Christmas warns Catholic priest who compares it to Ebola

Metro

oujiA priest experienced in exorcism has warned people to be wary of playing with Ouija boards over the Christmas period due to them unwittingly unleashing evil spirits into the home.

An updated version of the classic seance equipment has been tipped by Google to be a big seller this Christmas in the wake of the recent release of the film, Ouija starring Olivia Cooke.

The Catholic priest, who is based in Dublin spoke anonymously to the Irish Independent: ‘It’s easy to open up evil spirits but it’s very hard to get rid of them.

‘People, especially young people and teenagers who are likely to experiment with Ouija boards on a whim, can be very naive in thinking that they are only contacting the departed souls of loved-ones when they attempt to communicate with the dead using the boards.

‘It’s like going to some parts of Africa and saying I’m personally immune…

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Government agents ‘directly involved’ in most high-profile US terror plots

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Human Rights Watch documents ‘sting’ operations
Report raises questions about post-9/11 civil rights

By Spencer Ackerman
November 30, 2014
The Guardian

FBI-Created-17-False-Flag-Terrorist-Attacks-Nearly all of the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States since 9/11 featured the “direct involvement” of government agents or informants, a new report says.

Some of the controversial “sting” operations “were proposed or led by informants”, bordering on entrapment by law enforcement. Yet the courtroom obstacles to proving entrapment are significant, one of the reasons the stings persist.

The lengthy report, released on Monday by Human Rights Watch, raises questions about the US criminal justice system’s ability to respect civil rights and due process in post-9/11 terrorism cases. It portrays a system that features not just the sting operations but secret evidence, anonymous juries, extensive pretrial detentions and convictions significantly removed from actual plots.

“In some cases the FBI may have created terrorists out of…

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The Coming Arctic War

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Part One of this series detailed how the Russians are preparing to win World War III, while America continues to dismantle her military power. The question that many are asking is where will the next great war to end all wars take place? Many speculate that it will take place in either Syria or Ukraine. However, mounting evidence would suggest elsewhere. Please consider the following quote from one of my military sources.

 “Probably not in Ukraine or in Syria and certainly not in Iran, will we see the commencement of World War III. One of my most trusted sources has informed me that the United States has secretly brokered a deal with Canada and Norway to militarize the North Pole as a proxy military force. The two nations will provide some of the manpower and forward bases of operations while the U.S. provides the weaponry and funding. I have said…

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UNR Recaptures Cannon

CBS Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV (SportsNetwork.com) – Cody Fajardo completed just
five passes in the contest, but three went for touchdowns as he led
his Nevada Wolf Pack to a dominant 49-27 win over the UNLV Rebels
in the Mountain West Conference’s Battle for the Fremont Cannon at
Sam Boyd Stadium.

Fajardo completed 5-of-13 passing for 46 yards, three touchdowns
and an interception. He also added 13 carries for a game-high 143
yards and a score for Nevada (7-5, 4-4 MWC), which ended a two-game
losing skid.

Blake Decker completed 21-of-39 passing for 171 yards, two
touchdowns and three interceptions for UNLV (2-11, 1-7), which
ended the season on a six-game losing streak. Shaquille
Murray-Lawrence carried the ball 21 times for 135 yards and a
touchdown in the loss.

Nevada gained an eye-popping 408 yards via the rushing attack in
the game, compared to 205 yards for UNLV’s run offense. The four

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California government elites use 500% more water than citizens

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(NaturalNews) At at time when water conservation should be a high priority in drought-plagued California, it would appear that something else has been deemed a high priority: an elitist mind set whereby people self-appoint themselves as an exception to the rule.

In the drying up state, this disturbing way of thinking is taking place at the Los Angeles mayoral mansion, Getty House, where it’s been reported that approximately 2,100 gallons of water are used per day.

You read correctly.

Over 2,000 gallons of water is being used at Mayor Eric Garcetti’s residence on a daily basis in a state that’s in desperate need of the resource.

California can’t afford excessive, unnecessary water use

Indeed, the events unfolding in the state are alarming, causing agricultural, societal and economic balances to unravel quickly. The Sacramento and San Joaquin River basins have been impacted the most; between 2011 and 2014, 4 trillion gallons…

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Jeb Bush’s Four Mysterious Companies Share The Same Address And Have Never Done Any Known Business

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“ThinkProgress searched through state registration sites in Florida and Delaware, the EDGAR database of all SEC filings, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s databases, Nexis, federal court records, and multiple Internet search engines for each.”

The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, FL is home to Jeb Bush’s business empire

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Ferguson Update: Oath Keepers Prevented From Defending Ferguson Businesses

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Last night, a number of us monitored police communications in St. Louis by listening to the local police (Ferguson) radio traffic on the Internet at WWW.BROADCASTIFY.COM

It would seem that POTUS, through Valerie Jarret, who is in direct communication with MO. Governor Nixon, the Feds have had their way. The police chatter indicates that the Oath Keepers have been forced to “stand down”.

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This fact has been confirmed by the St. Louis Post Dispatch as they ran the following headline this morning.

“Police shut down mysterious ‘Oath Keepers’ guarding rooftops in downtown Ferguson”

It is becoming increasingly clear that the DOJ and POTUS want Ferguson to burn.

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Who are they? Reno Council finalists on the issues

On Wednesday, the Reno City Council will fill the at-large seat left vacant by Hillary Schieve when she was elected mayor.

Seventy-four people applied for the position, which earns more than $100,000 in salary and benefits a year. Last week, Reno City Council members selected their top five applicants, winnowing the list to 13.

At 3 p.m. on Wednesday, the Council will interview its top finalists and pick the winner.

Although voters don’t get a pick in this process, they can lobby their Council members for a selection. To help in that endeavor, the Reno Gazette-Journal sought to interview each of the 13 finalists on their background and stances on the important issues facing the Council. Ten candidates called back.

Candidates Britton Douglass, David Ward, and Nita Losoponkul did not return a reporter’s phone call.

Name: Pat Lynch Barrett

Age: 70

Occupation: Former ad executive and founder of Women’s Online Media and Education.

Education: Bachelor’s degree.

Voter registration: Democrat.

Political experience: First time seeking political office.

Nominated by: Mayor Hillary Schieve.

Should the city enter into an automatic aid agreement with Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District?

“I don’t know every issue surrounding this, but I do know two groups of people head out to the same call at the same time. Part of the discussion is we ought to look at being more efficient and empowering our firemen to do whatever is necessary. I’m a fiscal conservative, and with the safety of the people in mind, we need to find the most effective and efficient ways of providing services.”

Rank the following in terms of prioritizing how you would spend the city’s money: Debt, public safety, parks and recreation, economic development, downtown redevelopment.

“Public safety, economic development, downtown redevelopment, parks and recreation, paying off the debt. Safety is always important, I’m a mom, and safety always came first to me.”

The Reno City Council voted to lay off 35 firefighters. A judge has put a temporary halt on that decision. Would it put the city at risk to follow through on it?

“I think that the fire department should be empowered to handle a lot of the calls if they are being sent out because of a heart attack or whatever and act as a paramedic. Since the firemen can do so much in terms of being there when we need them for fires it would make more sense to empower them to do other services rather than laying off and closing down stations.”

When should the city spend general fund money on incentives for private developers or projects such as the Aces Ball Park?

“My background in business gives me a lot of experience in looking at a plan to determine whether it’s really got merit and how risky it is. I think that you have to look at every opportunity and then try to diminish cost and risk, and increase return on investment.”

Should the state Legislature increase property taxes on older homes by resetting the depreciated value when a property is sold?

“That’s a job for the Legislature and I’m not sure how influential I would be, but it’s certainly a method used in other states. Our state is hard pressed to raise any money and there’s got to be some changes made. I think that (resetting the value) is fair.”

If elected, will you run for election in two years?

Absolutely.

Name: David Bobzien

Age: 41

Occupation: State lawmaker and non-profit program director.

Education: Master’s degree

Voter registration: Democrat

Political experience: Four-term Assemblyman

Nominated by: Mayor Hillary Schieve and Council members Neoma Jardon, Naomi Duerr, Jenny Brekhus, Oscar Delgado and Paul McKenzie.

Should the city enter into an automatic aid agreement with Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District?

“I have been working on legislation with Sen. Keickhefer to try to keep the discussion moving forward. I’ve heard from my constituents time and time again how important fire service is. What is the best arrangement ultimately? That has to be a product of the conversation between all the entities. Ultimately, as a Reno lawmaker, I represent Reno property taxpayers and they pay more. They expect a higher level of service. So I would take that into account when looking at any of the different models.”

Rank the following in terms of prioritizing how you would spend the city’s money: Debt, public safety, parks and recreation, economic development, downtown redevelopment.

“First and foremost, we have to pay down debt. Then, public safety, downtown redevelopment, parks and recreation and economic development. Ultimately though, all of these are important and I have been a strong supporter of all of them, particularly parks and recreation.” Bobzien added that the city should work closely with the other agencies responsible for economic development in the region.

The Reno City Council voted to lay off 35 firefighters. A judge has put a temporary halt on that decision. Would it put the city at risk to follow through on it?

“Certainly that’s a matter for the courts and part of the negotiations that’s happening with the group. I think it’s always a precarious position when having to rely on the constancy of federal grants to provide for public safety. I wouldn’t want to second guess the actions of a previous Council, but I’d certainly be trying to find other sources to make sure we’re providing public safety.”

When should the city spend general fund money on incentives for private developers or projects such as the Aces Ball Park?

“That should always be a last resort. I certainly have a record of dealing with economic development packages that are accountable, that have benchmarks and accountability. We saw that with Tesla. Despite the size of the total package, it’s actually one of the most accountable packages the state has ever done. I love having baseball in Reno. It’s certainly a benefit to the city. That said, we have an opportunity to revisit that agreement and make it more accountable.”

Should the state Legislature increase property taxes on older homes by resetting the depreciated value when a property is sold?

“It is something I have been studying for many sessions and have been engaged with all sorts of perspectives on it. It is a unique situation that we face with depreciation and I think it’s time to look at it. This is why I think my legislative experience is very valuable. Given how tenuous the city’s financial position is, we will have to be closely engaged with the Legislature this next session so we can continue to improve our menu of options to move the city forward and not have options taken away from us.”

If appointed, will you run for election in two years?

“My intention would be, if appointed, to do as fantastic of a job as I can for my constituents with the intent of possibly running again in two years.”

Name: Kasey Christensen

Age: 35

Occupation: Owner of a restaurant in Midtown

Education: Some college.

Voter registration: Non-partisan

Political experience: First time seeking political office.

Nominated by: Councilwoman Neoma Jardon

Should the city enter into an automatic aid agreement with Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District?

“I probably have to do a little more research, before could agree to anything. I would want to have the whole aid package in front of me. But I do feel you get a lot more done when you collaborate.”

Rank the following in terms of prioritizing how you would spend the city’s money: Debt, public safety, parks and recreation, economic development, downtown redevelopment.

“I feel like really we really have to work on reducing our debt, but in order to reduce our debt, we have to work on getting economic development in place. So, economic development, public safety, debt, parks and recreation, downtown redevelopment.”

The Reno City Council voted to lay off 35 firefighters. A judge has put a temporary halt on that decision. Would it put the city at risk to follow through on it?

“That’s a tough issue for me because I feel like we really should do some restructuring as opposed to just laying off.” Christensen said she would like to renegotiate the salaries of the higher ranking fire personnel so the city could afford more firefighters.

When should the city spend general fund money on incentives for private developers or projects such as the Aces Ball Park?

“I like those developments and what those things have done for the city, but I don’t believe we should be pulling as much out of the general fund for those types of private developments. We have to be more careful how we use those general funds. That money is meant to serve all and by using it to serve some, is a little picky and choosy.”

Should the state Legislature increase property taxes on older homes by resetting the depreciated value when a property is sold?

“That’s the first I’ve heard of that. I can understand how that would be a good source for them and that makes sense in way, trying to protect older folks. But I understand resetting it. I would have to look at it a little more and understand the bill.”

If appointed, will you run for election in two years?

Yes, I will.

Name: Andrew Diss

Age: 30

Occupation: State director for a non-profit education group.

Education: Bachelor’s degree. Working on master’s degree.

Voter registration: Democrat

Political experience: Ran unsuccessfully for county commission in 2012.

Nominated by: Councilmembers Paul McKenzie, Jenny Brekhus, Naomi Duerr and Mayor Hillary Schieve.

Should the city enter into an automatic aid agreement with Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District?

“Yes. The community expects it at this point. With term limits fully taking effect with some commissioners leaving, I think it’s doable. With the new personalities, I hope everybody can sit down and get it figured out.”

Rank the following in terms of prioritizing how you would spend the city’s money: Debt, public safety, parks and recreation, economic development, downtown redevelopment.

“Public safety has got to be No. 1. Paying down the debt is two; economic development is three; parks and recreation and downtown redevelopment.”

The Reno City Council voted to lay off 35 firefighters. A judge has put a temporary halt on that decision. Would it put the city at risk to follow through on it?

“There are some things the city can do so that we can avoid the layoffs. No. 1 is restructuring the current fire contract. We got to come up with something fair and equitable for both sides. It has to be fair to the fire guys, and it has to be fair to the long-term financial health of the city… With the layoffs looming, both sides will be willing to come together with some give and take.”

When should the city spend general fund money on incentives for private developers or projects such as the Aces Ball Park?

“I don’t. Ever. It doesn’t have to be money from the general fund. We could find some other ways to do it. But the general fund should be dedicated solely to some specific city services such as fire, police and parks.”

Should the state Legislature increase property taxes on older homes by resetting the depreciated value when a property is sold?

“I would have to wait and see what it looks like. In theory, I think it’s a good idea. The original intent behind that law would be to help out elderly people on a fixed income. It’s changed over the years and everybody is locked into it. But I would want to see what final bill language looks like.”

If appointed, will you run for election in two years?

Yes.

Name: Scott Kelley

Age: 38

Occupation: Public Information Officer

Education: bachelor’s degree journalism

Voter registration: Democrat

Political experience: Run unsuccessfully for Reno City Council twice. Served one term on the Washoe County School Board.

Nominated by: Mayor Hillary Schieve, Councilwoman Neoma Jardon,

Should the city enter into an automatic aid agreement with Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District?

“Yes. I think the city should pursue that with the county. How exactly that looks can be hashed out but I think that’s what best for the citizens.”

Rank the following in terms of prioritizing how you would spend the city’s money: Debt, public safety, parks and recreation, economic development, downtown redevelopment.

“They’re all important, but public safety would be number one. Then economic development, debt, downtown redevelopment and parks and recreation.”

The Reno City Council voted to lay off 35 firefighters. A judge has put a temporary halt on that decision. Would it put the city at risk to follow through on it?

“I don’t think it would put the city at risk because the city does have a really great fire department with a lot of trained fire personnel that I think could maintain services if layoffs had to occur. But to me the big issue is whether the city of Reno can come to an agreement with their collective bargaining units. The people who work for the city deserve a fair contract. People who pay taxes deserve a financially manageable contract.”

When should the city spend general fund money on incentives for private developers or projects such as the Aces Ball Park?

“Well, every project is unique but the city’s finances don’t have a lot of money. I don’t think it’s appropriate to give incentives to private developers until the city can get a stronger handle on its finances.”

Should the state Legislature increase property taxes on older homes by resetting the depreciated value when a property is sold?

“I would have to see the details. Something like that probably would help local government, but maybe hurt people buying older homes. I would have to see the details before I could say I support it or not.”

If appointed, will you run for election in two years?

Yes.

Name: Paul Klein

Age: 34

Occupation: City of Reno’s creative services manager, co-founder of the Biggest Little Group.

Education: Master’s in Business Administration

Voter registration: Republican

Political experience: First time seeking political office.

Nominated by: Council members Neoma Jardon, Naomi Duerr and Oscar Delgado.

Should the city enter into an automatic aid agreement with Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District?

“Yes. There’s a (bill draft request at the Legislature) now to basically make that happen whether the city likes it or not. I think it’s a good opportunity for the city and TMFPD to work that out before being forced or mandated.”

Rank the following in terms of prioritizing how you would spend the city’s money: Debt, public safety, parks and recreation, economic development, downtown redevelopment.

“Public safety, paying down the debt, economic development, downtown redevelopment, parks and recreation.”

The Reno City Council voted to lay off 35 firefighters. A judge has put a temporary halt on that decision. Would it put the city at risk to follow through on it?

“I don’t think so. I think the city will be able to sustain those 33 (positions). With the rise in (the consolidated tax), if that keeps going up, I think we’ll be able to keep those guys on and then go from there.”

When should the city spend general fund money on incentives for private developers or projects such as the Aces Ball Park?

Klein said he would favor “investing in some of those projects” once the city gets a handle on its debt payments, as well as paying off the unfunded liabilities for retirement health benefits and workers compensation.

Should the state Legislature increase property taxes on older homes by resetting the depreciated value when a property is sold?

“I’m not a big proponent of any type of tax increases, but I do believe in equity… A change in the deprecation clause could help align property value vs. the cost of public services. I do want to examine the financial impact on home buyers further.”

If appointed, will you run for election in two years?

Yes.

Name: Hilary Lopez

Age: 42

Occupation: Affordable housing finance consultant

Education: Doctorate.

Voter registration: Democrat

Political experience: First time seeking political office.

Nominated by: Council members Jenny Brekhus, Oscar Delgado, Naomi Duerr, and Paul McKenzie.

Should the city enter into an automatic aid agreement with Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District?

“Fire service is an essential service so we do need to figure out a way to continuously provide the level of services needed in an efficient and sustainable way. I would have to review the agreement prior to saying whether or not I would support moving into that agreement.”

Rank the following in terms of prioritizing how you would spend the city’s money: Debt, public safety, parks and recreation, economic development, downtown redevelopment.

“Obviously they are all important, but I would go with economic development as No. 1 because I think the more economic development we have the more revenue we are generating and that will help us with some of the issues we face in terms of shortage of funds for paying down the debt or public safety. Then, paying down the debt so have sustainable government over time; then public safety; parks and recreation; and then downtown redevelopment.”

The Reno City Council voted to lay off 35 firefighters. A judge has put a temporary halt on that decision. Would it put the city at risk to follow through on it?

“I would have to better review the data on response times. Obviously, it’s an essential service. I know that if my house is on fire and I make the call that I want to have fire respond and respond within a timely manner so they can assist my family. I’d have to look at and get better information on how many firefighters there currently are, what are response times (etc.)”

When should the city spend general fund money on incentives for private developers or projects such as the Aces Ball Park?

“I think that when the benefits outweigh the cost in terms of the revenue generated or the jobs they would generate and other assets that they are bringing to the community, then it is worthwhile for the city to look at whether or not to use some of its funding to incent those projects.”

Should the state Legislature increase property taxes on older homes by resetting the depreciated value when a property is sold?

“I would favor looking at that. Obviously we would want to continue to protect seniors or others living in their properties for a long time so they don’t get pushed out as property values increase. At the same time, exploring that for new homeowners and whether that makes sense is something I would look at.”

If appointed, will you run for election in two years?

“At this point in time, yes that is something I would be interested in.”

Name: Nita Losoponkul

Age: 35

Occupation: Education consultant

Education: Master’s degree.

Voter registration: Non-partisan.

Political experience: First time seeking political office.

Nominated by: Councilman Oscar Delgado.

Should the city enter into an automatic aid agreement with Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District?

“I do. I haven’t run all the numbers on it, but given that we live in a tinder box and have had a drought for many years, whatever is going to get people the fastest and most available service is in the best interest. I do recognize it comes at a cost.”

Rank the following in terms of prioritizing how you would spend the city’s money: Debt, public safety, parks and recreation, economic development, downtown redevelopment.

“Economic development, public safety, downtown redevelopment, parks and recreation and the debt.”

The Reno City Council voted to lay off 35 firefighters. A judge has put a temporary halt on that decision. Would it put the city at risk to follow through on it?

“Personally, I do, just because we live in such a high-wind high-drought area, we need the most resources available.”

When should the city spend general fund money on incentives for private developers or projects such as the Aces Ball Park?

“I think we’d really have to run the numbers on it and see the return on investment for those funds and whether it will bring the proper amount of future revenue and jobs to the community to make it worthwhile.”

Should the state Legislature increase property taxes on older homes by resetting the depreciated value when a property is sold?

“I don’t think so. Just from the very little I know, I don’t think so, but I could be persuaded to change once I see all of the information.”

If appointed, will you run for election in two years?

“I think that’s something I’ll have to take a look at when the time comes.”

Name: Chris Rasmussen

Age: 28

Occupation: State regulation compliance officer for a local elevator company.

Education: Finishing course work on his bachelor’s degree.

Voter registration: Republican.

Political experience: First time seeking political office.

Nominated by: Councilmember Paul McKenzie.

Should the city enter into an automatic aid agreement with Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District?

“Yes. I think it would uncomplicate a lot of things.”

Rank the following in terms of prioritizing how you would spend the city’s money: Debt, public safety, parks and recreation, economic development, downtown redevelopment.

“Downtown development, economic development, debt, public safety, parks and recreation. I would do that because I believe that is the order to achieve all of those things. If we work on downtown and economic, we would build enough to help get out of debt, which would help us put in things to create public safety make parks and recreation better.”

The Reno City Council voted to lay off 35 firefighters. A judge has put a temporary halt on that decision. Would it put the city at risk to follow through on it?

“It would hurt the city. Firefighters and police officers are pretty important, especially for public safety. I don’t ever think laying off is the correct answer. I would search every valley to know that’s the last resort.”

When should the city spend general fund money on incentives for private developers or projects such as the Aces Ball Park?

“Anytime you have that type of situation, I think that’s going to help us become a better city. You have to spend money to make money. I think the Aces was a great idea. It cleaned up that area a little bit and now it’s a safe place for families to go to have a good time.”

Should the state Legislature increase property taxes on older homes by resetting the depreciated value when a property is sold?

“No. I just think, it’s kind of like registration with cars. I just think that if the house has been there and it’s old, it’s got its problems. Just think it would be kind of unfair to do that.

If appointed, will you run for election in two years?

Yes.

Name: Julie Wilson

Age: 51

Occupation: Sign contractor.

Education: High school diploma, some trade technical training.

Voter registration: “I think Republican, but I’m more of an independent.”

Political experience: First time seeking political office.

Nominated by: Councilman Paul McKenzie.

Should the city enter into an automatic aid agreement with Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District?

“I haven’t researched that. I’ve been so focused on wanting to help the community. I don’t really know much about that, but if it’s for keeping the firefighters, then I’m all for it.”

Rank the following in terms of prioritizing how you would spend the city’s money: Debt, public safety, parks and recreation, economic development, downtown redevelopment.

“Public safety, paying down the debt, economic development, then downtown redevelopment, then parks and recreation.”

The Reno City Council voted to lay off 35 firefighters. A judge has put a temporary halt on that decision. Would it put the city at risk to follow through on it?

“It’s hard to say unless I can see the statistics. What are the statistic on how many firefighters we have now? How many calls do they take? How many are just sitting around waiting for a call. I don’t’ know if we’re overstaffed. If we don’t have enough people to cover our population, then we should find a way to keep them.”

When should the city spend general fund money on incentives for private developers or projects such as the Aces Ball Park?

“I do work for the Aces and I know they struggle. A lot of people love to take their families. I really, honestly feel like I’m more of a conservative when it comes to spending money. If we don’t have the money to take care of our community, then any sort of upgrade coming our way needs to wait until we have the money to take care of our community.”

Should the state Legislature increase property taxes on older homes by resetting the depreciated value when a property is sold?

“I’m for that. I think we have to keep with the times. If it’s an older home and older people live in it, they’re usually on a fixed income. We don’t want to take food out of their mouth. But if the house is sold and a new person is going to come in there it should be brought to value, the new person responsible for the new taxes.”

If appointed, will you run for election in two years?

“I will.”

Name: Allyson Denby Wong

Age: 39

Occupation: Architect

Education: Bachelor’s degree.

Voter registration: Democrat.

Political experience: Ran unsuccessfully for Reno City Council in 2012.

Nominated by: Councilwoman Jenny Brekhus.

Should the city enter into an automatic aid agreement with Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District?

“I think that the city needs to do whatever we can to work with the other jurisdictions. I would have to look at the details of an automatic aid agreement to be sure it would be fair to the city.”

Rank the following in terms of prioritizing how you would spend the city’s money: Debt, public safety, parks and recreation, economic development, downtown redevelopment.

“Paying down the debt, public safety, economic development, parks and recreation, downtown redevelopment.”

The Reno City Council voted to lay off 35 firefighters. A judge has put a temporary halt on that decision. Would it put the city at risk to follow through on it?

“I don’t think I’m the right person to answer if it would put the city at risk. The fire chief has the best handle on if it puts the city at risk. To me it’s an issue that’s been ongoing for several years in terms of finding the balance of what the city can afford and what the city needs. It’s the job of the Council to find that balance.”

When should the city spend general fund money on incentives for private developers or projects such as the Aces Ball Park?

“Right now, I don’t think the city is in any position to provide incentives. The city needs to look at other creative ways of encouraging development.”

Should the state Legislature increase property taxes on older homes by resetting the depreciated value when a property is sold?

“Yes. If it’s done when the property is sold. There is a huge discrepancy in the property taxes between older properties and newer ones. Property tax revenue is an important area for the city.”

If appointed, will you run for election in two years?

“Yes, that would be my plan.”

Ira Hansen’s tough days are not over yet.

Hagar: Hansen’s columns puzzle Assembly colleague

Ira Hansen’s tough days are not over yet.

Ira Hansen’s tough days are not over yet.

Last week, he lost the speakership of the Assembly, one of the highest offices in state government, when the Reno News & Review published parts of Hansen’s opinion columns from the Sparks Tribune. It caused the Reno-Sparks chapter of the NAACP to call for his ouster, calling his writings “racist, bigoted and homophobic.”

A day or so later, Gov. Brian Sandoval asked Hansen to resign. And with the governor’s clout, “asking” is really demanding.

Hansen, however, has been adamant he will not resign from his Assembly District 32 seat, which covers much of rural Nevada and parts of Sparks.

So far, no one has asked him to. So Ira Hansen will be there in February, the day after the Super Bowl, when the 2015 Nevada Legislature opens.

Ironically, Hansen received a larger percentage of the vote in his Assembly race (71.96 percent), than Sandoval got in his landslide gubernatorial victory (70.58 percent).

The opening day of the Legislature could be uncomfortable for all.

Many of Hansen’s colleagues are black, gay or female. They may have felt insulted or shocked at some of the things Hansen wrote as a columnist.

State lawmakers may have difficulty welcoming him, even though Hansen has made his apologies, some more sincere than others. Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson, D-Reno, is one of those who could feel insulted. She has a hard time thinking that the kind and polite Hansen she has worked with could write that despicable trash.

“In the past, I worked really well with Ira,” said Benitez-Thompson, the former chairwoman of the Assembly Government Affairs Committee. “Last year, he successfully moved two bills out of government affairs. And working with him on those bills, he was really enjoyable to work with.

“That is why I find it so hard to reconcile in my mind, knowing Ira as a person then seeing these statements that Ira, as a columnist, made,” she said.

“It’s perplexing to me,” Benitez-Thompson said. “I have to ask, which is the real Ira? Is it the Ira who has shown me respect and has been kind to me, especially last session when I was pregnant? I never experienced a hint of misogyny (dislike of women). I mean, it really floored me and hurt my feelings. I respected him a lot more until I saw some of his deeper thoughts.”

Benitez-Thompson, however, seems willing to forgive.

“They were disappointing,” she said of Hansen’s columns. “And actually, I look forward to talking to him about it to help me understand this a little bit better.”

WE MIGHT HAVE SEEN the last of Assemblyman David Bobzien, D-Reno, at the Nevada Legislature. Bobzien applied for the open Reno City Council seat vacated when Hillary Schieve won the election as mayor. Bobzien has already told colleagues in the Democratic Assembly caucus that he was applying as a “professional courtesy,” said Benitez-Thompson.

Bobzien was the only candidate nominated on all six ballots of the current Council members, who will make their final choice on Wednesday. If he leaves the Assembly, he would vacate his spot on the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, the money committee of the lower house. Without Bobzien, Washoe Democrats only have one member on Ways and Means, Assemblyman Michael Sprinkle, D-Sparks.

ITS NO SECRET that construction-defects legislation and collective bargaining reform are part of the agenda for the Republican majority at the Legislature.

Tray Abney, the director of government affairs for The Chamber of Reno, Sparks and Northern Nevada, called construction defects, “the lowest hanging fruit” of the GOP agenda. His comments came during a taping of Nevada Newsmakers that will be seen Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. on Reno’s KRNV News-4.

“We have actually gotten that through the Senate before but it got held up in the Assembly,” Abney said of construction-defects legislation. “Now (with a GOP Assembly majority), we now have a real chance to get this through.”

During his brief time as the “Speaker designate,” Hansen said the GOP is not trying to dismantle collective bargaining but thought the first thing the GOP could pass in 2015 is a law that would open collective-bargaining sessions to the public.

“That’s a good idea,” Abney said. “But I think we can go farther than that. Again, we are not trying to get rid of collective bargaining but what we need to do is make some reforms. This is bankrupting our local governments.”

Pot and gun petitions pass first hurdle

Advocates collected more than twice the number of signatures needed to make the Legislature consider petitions legalizing recreational marijuana and requiring background checks to buy a gun in Nevada.

The petitions were submitted to county clerks in each of Nevada’s four Congressional Districts earlier this week, then forwarded to the Secretary of State’s Elections Division.

On election day, two organizers spent the day at the Fallon Convention Center asking voters if they would sign either or both petitions.

That division has now directed the county clerks/voter registrars across the state to begin randomly checking those signatures against their voter rolls to determine whether there are enough valid signatures to certify the petitions to the 2015 Legislature.

Linda Rothery, deputy clerk for Churchill County, said a program assists the staff in verifying the signatures on the rolls. She said the voter petitions need must be verified by the end of the first week in December.

In order to qualify, each petition had to raise at least 101,667 valid signatures statewide and a minimum of 25,417 signatures in each of Nevada’s four congressional districts.

Both petitions easily cleared that first hurdle in the process.

For the background check initiative, supporters collected a total of 246,197 signatures, ranging from 49,286 in District 2 to 78,125 in District 1.

Backers of the marijuana initiative collected 203,227 signatures, ranging from 46,246 in District 3 to 60,095 in District 1.

To initially verify there are enough registered voters among the signers, elections division officials directed county officials to randomly examine 5 percent of the signatures in each county and compare them to voter rolls. The number each county must verify depends on the number of signers from that county and ranges from just one name in eight of Nevada’s rural counties to 8,838 in the three congressional districts that have voters in Clark County

After that, it’s up to the Secretary of State’s Elections Division to decide if the number of valid signers is high enough that a full review of all signatures is not needed.

Under state law, the clerks have nine days to complete the process and submit the results for both petitions to the elections division by 5 p.m., Dec. 4.

12 Secrets From People Who Found Their Own Paths To Success

People Who Found Success Despite Failures. Believe it + Go for it = it will happenAlena Hall | Huffington Post

At one point or another, most of us will arrive at a moment that forces us to take a good, hard look at our careers, habits and relationships, and ask ourselves if something is missing.

In her new book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, Arianna Huffington shares the story of her own wake-up call, the moment she realized she needed to make a change in her life in order to truly thrive, and not just survive. In conjunction with the launch of her book on March 25, Huffington created a “Moment I Knew” series, asking her Facebook followers to share the stories of their personal wake-up calls, the life lessons they learned, and how they went about creating change. The voices behind the resulting blog posts are real and powerful — and they offer valuable advice for the rest of us as we work to thrive in our own lives.

Here are 12 insights from those who embraced their wake-up calls and decided to redefine their ideals of success.

Listen to your body.

Business consultant Nalini Mani was the queen of compartmentalizing her life and various sources of stress in an attempt to keep everything under control. But when her hectic work lifestyle finally got the best of her and she was experiencing extreme exhaustion, Mani knew it was time to do something about her compromised health.

“I’m still learning,” said Mani. “I have however learned to say no; learned to say I don’t know; learned to ask for help; learned to take a step back; learned to address issues as they come vs. putting it in a little box at the back of the closet; learned to take care of myself. And I am happier for it.”

Taking time off can give you the perspective you need.

After failing to get rid of a mysterious, fist-sized rash on his chest, the otherwise healthy and physically fit Christian Richards took his first vacation away from Washington, D.C., in eight years. He abandoned technology completely during his hiatus, and the condition that doctors had been unable to treat during the previous 18 months disappeared within three days of his trip. Upon returning home, he was diagnosed with depression and an anxiety disorder.

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From Miner to Governor: Tasker Oddie

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Tasker Oddie
Born in Brooklyn, New York, October 24th, 1870, he lived in East Orange, New Jersey, where he attended school. And from the age of sixteen to nineteen, Tasker Oddie lived on a ranch in Nebraska.

After returning to New York City from Nebraska he attended night law school, from which he was graduated, and in 1895 was admitted to the New York Bar. Then in 1898 Oddie came to Nevada in the interest of his New York employers to investigate conditions in their mining, railroad, banking and other interests in that State.

He uncovered frauds which were being perpetrated on his employers, and as a result they recovered large sums of money which they had lost.

The following year Oddie headed for the mining field, going into the most inaccessible, sparsely inhabited and mountainous districts of Southern Nevada. He underwent hardships, working the most difficult manual labor, learning the practical…

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Trouble in the ‘Hood’

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There was all sorts of commotion going on Sunday morning in our neighborhood. Mary and I were awakened first by sirens and then the heavy thump of a low flying helicopter.

Evidently, a man armed with a rifle, called the Sparks Police saying he was suicidal. They located Robert Brunsvold near Spanish Springs High School, jus’ off Eagle Canyon, but when they tried to talk with him, he drove into the hills behind the school.

Authorities decided did not follow him. Instead they called in the Washoe County Sheriff’s Raven helicopter, which was able to find the  Brunsvold.

Raven personnel were able to get the license plate from Brunsvold’s vehicle, which lead to his identity. Once they knew who he was, they were able to get his cell phone number and talk to him.

For over six-hours as they talked, he shot at rocks, trees and his vehicle, prompting Sparks Police call in the…

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Texas Monthly magazin: The “Conspiracy Theory” That Alex Jones Is Actually Legendary, Long-Dead Texas Comedian Bill Hicks

ALEX JONES ADMITS HE’S BILL HICKS
Texas Monthly magazine dedicated an entire article to fleshing out a conspiracy theory

In likely one of the most bizarre pieces ever run in the publication, the popular Texas Monthly magazine dedicated an entire article to fleshing out a conspiracy theory that has managed to entrench itself into popular culture. http://www.infowars.com/twilight-zone…
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Alex Jones is no stranger to conspiracy theories, obviously, but here’s a really good one that doesn’t come from him—rather, it’s about him: Have you perhaps heard that he is actually legendary Texas comedian Bill Hicks, who allegedly died in 1994, but who was actually “recruited by the CIA to become the controlled opposition by the mainstream media” who was “continuously fed approved intelligence by his CIA handlers”?

If you haven’t heard that, fret not. There is a 33-minute long video on Vimeo, created by a user who goes by the name “CastleJenniferBassett” with the catchy title of “IRREFUTABLE PROOF that Alex Jones IS Bill Hicks.”

Thirty-three minutes is a long time to spend watching a conspiracy video, but with the promise of “irrefutable proof,” it’s hard not to at least be a little curious what the argument involves.

It begins with a bit from Hicks that opened his final comedy record, Rant In E Minor, in which Hicks—whom the sheeple would like you to believe was dying of pancreatic cancer at the time—claimed he had just sold a television series. After the audience cheers, he explains that the series is called Let’s Hunt and Kill Billy Ray Cyrus, who spent the early nineties as a mild country star before going on to his true purpose of raising his daughter, Miley, into the defining pop culture figure of 2013.

“Does this sound like a man who is DYING… Or a man who is planning for the FUTURE?!” the video asks.

If you ignore the most obvious answer (it sounds like a man who is making a joke, which is appropriate behavior for a professional comedian performing his act in front of a paying audience), it really does make you think—as does the fact that, if you photograph the two of them from the same angle, they do look a bit similar.

Leaving aside the fact that two kinda doughy white guys photographed from the same angle, with their hair parted in the same way, might bear a superficial resemblance, the video goes on to explore the similarities in Hicks’ and Jones’ teeth, which are not dissimilar, but we’re not experts. Their noses, meanwhile, don’t look all that much alike, but that’s probably intentional misdirection on the part of the conspirators. How easy is it to get a nose job to throw people off the scent? (Fine, pun intended.)

All of this is actually the fun of conspiracy theories—if and when you decide that they’re true, every fact that supports the theory is gospel, while every fact that contradicts it is proof of just how deep it runs. Jones, for example, is forty years old, while Hicks would be 53 today—but that’s probably just what they want you to think, in order to further throw you off the scent. How simple it is to plant fake identification, if you’re backed by the CIA, after all?

There are plenty of good ways to refute this theory, ultimately, but “Bill Hicks died in 1994” is all we really need. (The fact that we both believe this and are publishing it, presumably, makes us part of the conspiracy—can’t wait for the CIA kickbacks, y’all!) But there’s a question or two worth considering that this video raises nonetheless. When the AV Club wrote about it yesterday, one of the points they make in their refutation of of the theory is that:

Hicks and Jones admittedly do share a passing similarity in looks, and both are given to passionate oratory, but Hicks existed on a wildly different side of the political divide than Jones.

That’s true, in many ways, but it’s also true that Hicks’ brand of political commentary is the sort that, had he not died of pancreatic cancer in 1994, might have evolved in its viewpoint from a left-leaning “the government is out to turn you into blindly accepting sheep who question nothing and do as you are told” to Jones’ rather more right-leaning perspective on “the government is out to turn you into blindly accepting sheep who question nothing and do as your are told.” Bill Hicks (it bears repeating one more time) died in 1994, so he did not become Alex Jones. But it’s worth considering—given that their shared passion is less about any particular political party, and more about a shared distrust of state power—if, had he lived to 2014, he might have grown to look and sound like him.

At the end of the 1994 documentary about Hicks, It’s Just A Ride, Jay Leno—whom Hicks was fond of attacking unsparingly—talks about what Hicks might have developed into, had he lived. “It would have been a wonderful thing,” Leno says, “To see him as a sixty-year-old curmudgeon, still smoking and drinking, and looking terrible and talking about losing weight and never doing any of this.” And it’s possible that Hicks, who would be 53 if he were alive today, would have mellowed with age. But it’s also not impossible that had he lived, he’d take his passion for berating people who offended him and anti-government conspiracies on a sharp right turn.

In any case, all of this is an interesting thought-exercise, but nothing more. Bill Hicks died of pancreatic cancer in 1994, at the age of 33. Alex Jones may have similar teeth (we guess?), and some similar ideas about how power in the world works, but their journeys are pretty different—conspiracy theories to the contrary be damned.

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GUN SALES SKYROCKET ON BLACK FRIDAY

Gun sellers had a huge Black Friday according to the FBI, which said requests for background checks were coming in at three per second

Gun Sales Skyrocket on Black Friday

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by TRUTH REVOLT | RIP CURL | NOVEMBER 30, 2014


Gun sellers had a huge Black Friday according to the FBI, which said requests for background checks were coming in at three per second.

More than 144,000 background checks will need to be performed after the the Friday sales, CNN reported Friday. The three-requests-per-second number is three times the daily average. Some 600 FBI and contract call center employees now must work 17-hour workdays to complete the background checks in three business days, as required by law, FBI spokesman Stephen Fischer said.

“Traditionally, Black Friday is one of our busiest days for transaction volume,” Fischer told CNN.

On average, more than 500 gun background checks a day fail because of incomplete information required for a decision, according to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which is responsible for checks on firearm purchases from federally licensed shops.

“We are averaging three checks per second,” he said. “The challenge is to have staff keep up with this volume. We do that by limiting personal leave, asking employees to work extra shifts and re-utilizing former … employees to serve in NICS during this busy period.”

CARVEY: COMICS ‘AFRAID’ TO JOKE ABOUT OBAMA

CARVEY: COMICS ‘AFRAID’ TO JOKE ABOUT OBAMA

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Carvey: Comics 'Afraid' to Joke About Obama

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by TREY SANCHEZ | TRUTH REVOLT | NOVEMBER 30, 2014


Comedian Dana Carvey says many comics are “afraid” of aiming jokes at President Obama, fearing they will be “labeled” for criticizing the first black president.

Carvey, on the other hand, comes from a different school of thought. In a recent interview, he said:

I always grew up with ‘question authority.’ I’m from the old school. You go where the power is and you try to make fun of it. When it becomes off-limits to say or do certain things without being brutalized or censored or whatever, it’s unfortunate.

The Saturday Night Live alum, who has mocked presidents and politicians for decades, said attitudes have shifted in his industry. “If you live in New York or L.A. and you’re liberal and you’re playing to a liberal crowd, it’s almost like a rally — it’s not edgy,” Carvey said.

A self-professed “centrist radical moderate with libertarian strains,” Carvey has come to the defense of his conservative friend Dennis Miller and fellow comedian Jon Lovitz, who criticized Obama back in 2012, as Western Journalism notes.

Carvey said he takes pride in having both conservatives and liberals in the audience at his shows. Which is a far cry from the neighborhood he lives in, of which he said, “where I live… if you have an American flag or anything like that, you’re definitely ostracized.”

Las Vegas hooker poo

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Las Vegas, Nevada.  A town I am very familiar with.  After the Army, I moved there for a few years.  The hellish heat and gambling issues caused me to move back home to California.  Several years later, I had a great job making 6 figures.  My work schedule was 4 days on, 4 days off.  This enabled me to take spontaneous trips on my days off to anywhere I pleased.

At the end of one particular work week, I was home alone.  I was drinking and bored.  It was about 6pm.  I was pretty buzzed and said to myself… Screw it, I’m going to Vegas.  I went online and booked a first class flight on Virgin Airlines, departing in about 2 hours.  I drove to the Long Term Parking, took the shuttle to the terminal, and eventually boarded the flight.  I spent the flight reclined, watching TV, and drinking.  I…

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A Third Of Americans Now Delaying Medical Treatments Due To Cost … Change

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Cost Still A Barrier Between Americans And Medical Care

Percentage of Americans Putting Off Medical Treatment Because of Cost

” One in three Americans say they have put off getting medical treatment that they or their family members need because of cost. Although this percentage is in line with the roughly 30% figures seen in recent years, it is among the highest readings in the 14-year history of Gallup asking the question.

  Since 2001, Gallup has asked Americans each November if they have put off any sort of medical treatment for themselves or their families in the past 12 months. Last year, many hoped that the opening of the government healthcare exchanges and the resulting increase in the number of Americans with health insurance would enable more people to seek medical treatment. But, despite a drop in the uninsured rate, a slightly higher percentage of Americans than in previous years report having put off medical treatment, suggesting that the…

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‘Turn off the lights during sex’: German govt on web crusade to save climate

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Out with boring public information leaflets and in with flashy TV ads. The German Ministry of Environment has come up with a series of commercials on the problems of climate change, featuring sex and zombies in the message.
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Police Departments Have Budget Lines For “Expected” Asset Forfeiture Revenues

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DC Police Department Budgets Its Asset Forfeiture Proceeds Years In Advance

” Asset forfeiture may be the greatest scam perpetuated on the American people by their government — and it’s all legal. For the most part, assets seized translate directly to monetary or physical gains for the agencies doing the seizing, an act often wholly separated from any American ideals of due process.

  The New York Times recently obtained recording of asset forfeiture conferences which showed prosecutors advising cops on how to best exploit these programs to obtain additional funds and goods for their respective law enforcement agencies. In short, it appears that many agencies use asset forfeiture to fill departmental shopping lists, rather than as the criminal syndicate-crippling action it was intended to be.

  The Washington Post has been digging into the oft-abused programs for the last six weeks. The latest article in this series

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Civil Rights and the Militarization of Police: Lessons from the Gestapo, America’s Path to Tyranny

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The world is watching what is happening in Ferguson, Missouri.  After the announcement by the grand jury that Officer Darren Wilson was acquitted for the shooting death of Michael Brown, angry residents took to the streets of Ferguson and other ?

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Why Putin Is Winning The New Cold War?

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There are 7.2 billion people on this planet but the United States fears only one man — Vladimir Putin. That’s because on virtually every front of the new Cold War, the Russian president is walloping the collective challenge of the?

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Ferguson: Prosecutor Manipulates Grand Jury Process to Shield Police Officer

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You know the fix is in when a suspect who shot an unarmed man voluntarily provides four hours of un-cross examined testimony to a grand jury without taking the Fifth.
On August 9, Ferguson, Missouri Police Officer Darren Wilson gunned?

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‘I saw men walking on Mars in 1979’: ‘Former Nasa employee’ claims there was a secret manned mission to the red planet

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Conspiracy forums have been set ablaze this week after a lady claiming to be a former Nasa employee claimed she has seen humans on Mars.

The woman, named ‘Jackie’, called into American radio station, Coast to Coast AM, with a ‘confession’ that she had witnessed suited men running on the red planet in 1979.

Jackie said she was working as part of a ‘downstairs’ team downloading telemetry from a Viking Lander when she saw the humans via live feed.

‘I wonder if you could solve a 27-year-old mystery for me,’ she asked the presenter. ‘That old Viking rover was running around.

‘Then I saw two men in space suits – not the bulky suits we normally used, but they looked protective. They came over the horizon walking to the Viking Explorer.’

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EPA Proposes Extreme Air Quality Standards

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Source: The Daily Signal, by Daren Bakst, 11/2014

The Environmental Protection Agency just released its proposed new standard on ground-level ozone, which is a component of smog.

Every five years, the EPA is required by law to review and, if appropriate, revise these standards.

In 2008, the EPA issued an ozone standard of 75 parts per billion (ppb). The new standard proposed by the EPA would decrease that level to 65–70 ppb, though the EPA is still openly considering an even lower standard of 60 ppb.

The EPA will use every reason under the sun to explain why this new standard is necessary for public health and safety. But here are a few things to keep in mind as the nation begins to discuss what such a standard could mean.

  • EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy expects you to take her word for it. Announcing the proposal, McCarthy wrote:…

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WASHINGTON: ‘ RAND PAUL SLAMS WHITE HOUSE OVER CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITIES ‘

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#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – Nov.29 – Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Friday slammed the White House for relying on “absurd” arguments in justifying the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) The Hill reported. 

Paul told Fox News that right now Obama has “no statutory authority and no constitutional authority” for fighting the Islamic extremists.

“The Constitution, I think, would allow, and most people say, for the repelling of an imminent attack. But once an attack goes on for months and months and you are actually not defending anything, you are actually going out and offensively trying to either conquer territory or conquer an opponent, I don’t think that’s a defensive maneuver, nor is that temporary or an imminent attack,” he said.

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FIRST AMENDMENT: ‘ SUPREME COURT TO RULE ON LANDMARK FREE SPEECH CASE ‘

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#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – Nov.30 – The Supreme Court is preparing to weigh in on a landmark free speech case that raises crucial questions about the First Amendment in the age of the Internet The Hill reported. 

The high court next week will sit down to decide whether or not police need to prove that people posting threats online actually intend to carry them out.

Free speech groups warned ahead of Monday morning’s arguments that a ruling in favour of the government “runs the risk of punishing protected First Amendment expression simply because it is crudely or zealously expressed.”

 As more and more speech moves onto the Internet, the constitutional protections afforded to on-line speech will increasingly determine the actual scope of First Amendment freedoms enjoyed by our society,” the American Civil Liberties Union, the Centre for Democracy and Technology and other organizations warned in a friend-of-the-court brief.

The court needs…

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