EPA plan blocked by Supreme Court; Putin’s State Syndicate; The real way of freedom then is

EPA policy advisor Amanda Brown asserted that between 130,000 and 320,000 Americans died prematurely in 2005 due to small particle pollution, an incredible 6 to 15 percent of total US deaths….The EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan, which will force closure of coal-fired power plants across the nation, is an example. The EPA claims that implementation of the CPP will prevent up to 6,600 premature deaths and $93 billion in climate and public health benefits. But the monetized climate benefits are essentially zero….

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Today, our nation’s air is remarkably clean, especially when compared to 50 years ago. Incidents of serious air pollution are rare….

The result is a massive, costly, and growing burden on American citizens in the name of clean air. NERA Economic Consulting estimates that the Clean Power Plan will cost US citizens some $400 billion in compliance costs over the next 15 years. But the savings from “prevention of premature deaths” from particle pollution are likely imaginary.  http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/07/01/with-pollution-levels-dropping-is-small-particle-air-pollution-really-killing-americans/

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WASHINGTON – A narrowly divided Supreme Court on Monday blocked federal clean air regulations on coal- and oil-fired power plants that have been on the drawing board for a quarter century.

The 5-4 ruling stops the Environmental Protection Agency, at least for now, from imposing new rules designed to reduce the amount of mercury and other toxins that pollute the nation’s air, at an unknown net cost to companies and consumers.

It was a defeat for the Obama administration, which had been on a roll at the high court on environmental matters lately. It was a victory for a coalition of 20 states, along with major electric utilities and coal producers, which argued that the agency should have considered costs before issuing the regulations.   http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/06/29/supreme-court-clean-air/28366777/

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6-30-2015        Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty wrote that it has become something of a cliche to call Vladimir Putin’s Russia a “mafia state.” But cliche or not, the term actually fits. Not just because the Kremlin and organized crime groups are closely linked. And not just because Moscow uses gangsters as instruments of policy. The term is most apt because the Putin regime actually operates like a crime syndicate.  It uses threats, intimidation, and extrajudicial violence to achieve its goals.  It has teams of enforcers to harass, harm, and — if necessary — kill its enemies. It is even structured like a crime syndicate.  It is run by a tight cabal of “made men” who oversee their own crews of capos and underbosses. The made men are led by a godfather-like figure whose main function is to settle disputes among them. The Putin Syndicate has its code and its rituals. It has a team of respectable consiglieres, who, like good little mafia lawyers and accountants, give it a facade of respectability. In this sense, Tom Hagen has nothing on Sergei Lavrov. And its goal is simple. Self-perpetuation and self-enrichment.

But just as La Cosa Nostra adorned itself in age-old Sicilian traditions and the venerable rites of Roman Catholicism (recall the chilling baptism scene from The Godfather), the Putin Syndicate cloaks itself in Russian nationalism and Orthodox Christianity.     http://en.censor.net.ua/n342093

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After a briefing by Grinda, one of the prosecutors, in Madrid in 2010, U.S. officials concluded that Putin runs a “virtual mafia” state where the activities of criminal networks are indistinguishable from those of the government, according to a classified cable from the U.S. embassy in the Spanish capital that was published by WikiLeaks.

Russian security services control criminal groups and use them to do things the government “cannot acceptably do,” Grinda was cited as telling U.S. officials at the time. One mafia leader in Spain was actually a Russian intelligence officer tasked with “selling weapons to the Kurds to destabilize Turkey,” the embassy said in the cable.     http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-29/putin-allies-aided-russian-mafia-in-spain-prosecutors-say

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating rose to a record high of 89 percent in June, a new opinion poll shows.

Putin’s support increased by three percentage points from 86 percent in May, overtaking the previous record of 88 percent last reached in October, according to the survey published on thewebsite of the Moscow-based Levada Center. The independent polling organization questioned 1,600 people in 46 Russian regions June 19-22, with a margin of error of not more than 3.4 percentage points.  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-24/putin-s-public-approval-rating-rises-to-record-89-poll-shows

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248.   One should reflect sometimes how much the fertility of the planet is diminishing in spite of all the artificial measures taken at times by governments.  It is possible to plant a grove of trees and, at the same time, poison and destroy entire forests.  People marvel at the remains of primeval forest giants, but they do not ponder whether such giants can grow up nowadays. People strip away the virgin covering of the planet and then are astounded at the spread of sandy wastes.        -Morya:  Brotherhood 1937

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Simply because an individual may yet abide in the deceits from which you have escaped does not mean that you should identify with that one to the point of excusing his defection from justice and truth but rather should you in the full measure of divine grace and understanding extend to him a helping hand out of the barrenness of human concepts into the exalted vision of the Son of God….the power of man’s ability to understand the divine is enhanced with each succeeding generation and each trek around the cosmic cycles of the eternal spiral.                      -Gautama Buddha:  Pearl 8:1

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Let courage mount and in this age let the yoke of tyranny be thrown off by hearts that can meet life with joy and the clasp of eternal friendship!….

Yours is the opportunity of service, to serve with Me in the regeneration, to gird yourselves round about as masters do….

We are not contaminated by the hopeless attitudes of mankind nor are we affrighted by the terrors which men produce.  Our is the calm knowing that the victory is God’s.    -Jesus the Christ:   Pearl 9:19

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to those of you who see in nature the hand of God and understand that if God so graced nature He left thee also with a greater print–the print of His hands around thy heart, the print of His thought upon thy mind, the print of His hope upon thy memory and the gift of His faith upon thy hand and the crown of His love upon thy head and the purpose of His security as the fulfillment of His intent and purposes.    -Gautama Buddha:  12-31-1967 at Colorado Springs via Messenger Mark Prophet

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The real way of freedom then is for the individual to absorb within the flame of his own heart that tremendous God-joy which reaches out into the universe and bears good tidings of great things which shall be to all people….Do you think it (victory) is an exclusive formula that one man is given and that another is denied?…

If you will call to me I will anchor a flame of victory right within your own forehead.  I will anchor it through your spiritual eye that it may rise and pulsate and give you a glimpse of your infinite/cosmic future.      -Mighty Victory:   Pearls of Wisdom 11:33

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Be wise then in the simplicity of God.  Be content not to judge men but to inspire them to that coagency of marvelous reality–the will of God.  Blest be the tie that firmly binds that holy link. For when men do otherwise, seeking in their own way to express the vagaries of the human will, a vain expression of whimsy and discontent is always the outcome.

The will of God is not so, for it represents the original archetypal thought of God that identifies uniquely with the soul of the individual….Holding ties with universal man it maintains its own personal vital Unity.  Like a refreshing breath of pine the ideas of God fill the air with a raising hope that destroys the personal illusion while bestowing the real crown of life upon victorious man….

Does life seem so wonderful and the prospect of the future based upon human trends so grand that you are fearful of submission to the will of the Eternal?  I hope not, for in His will is comfort and strength for the ages as well as for today.     -Morya:  Pearl 12:12

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