January 20, 2017

There is NO free market economy where slave-waged imports are involved


Sweatshop importation made America
poorer.  This is shown in the United
States International Trade Balance
Deficit.  In fact, foreign sweatshop
labor exploitation has been national
economic suicide.
The following was written in 2012.  In 2017,  the pattern remains the same.
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In 1986, when the Reagan administration and the U.S. Congress opened trade
with China, the average Chinese wage was 24 cents an hour.   By 2010, it was
75 cents an hour, for a Cantonese worker.  Today, the wage continues to depend
on the region, and ranges from $1.23 in Guangxi to $2.58 in Beijing, according
to the 2013 law that mandated the Chinese minimum wage to equal to 40% of
the average urban wage.  Yet, there are reports, such as one from Business Insid-
er, which mark the average Chinese salary at 80 cents an hour.  Thus, we again
have inconsistent reporting.

What is known is that there have been worker suicides, threats of collective
suicides, rioting, protests, and physically demanding living conditions.  In
addition, Vietnam, with its low wage rate, has become the new China and/or
Bangladesh.  This is because the Chinese nation is beginning to be a "service
economy," as opposed to a "manufacturing economy."  None the less, it's im-
portant to note that the the Russian minimum wage is approximately $1.04.
Thus, it is projected to become lower than the Chinese wage, should the 2013
Chinese law be observed.  Suicides and rioting caused a drastic change in
Chinese labor policy circa 2010/2011, around the time of the Middle East-
ern revolutions and the worldwide Occupy Wall Street movement which
had no centralized leader.

The minimum wages of other low-waged nations go as follows:

Sierra Leone: 3 cents an hour.   Mali where the French intervened: 27 cents.
Mexico: 61 cents.  Vietnam: $90 to $128 per month depending upon region.
The Philippines: 61 cents.   Pakistan: 51 cents.   Afghanistan: 57 cents.
Armenia: 65 cents.  Nepal: 45 cents.  Nicaragua:  52 cents.  Bangladesh:
Monthly wage went from $38 to $66 recently.  The Ukraine: 91 cents

Other minimum wages go as follows, per hour:

Australia: $16.88.  Luxembourg: $14.24  France: $12.22   Ireland: $11.09
The UK: $10.02.  New Zealand: $11.18  The Netherlands:  $10.99
Spain: $5.57   Portugal: $4.19  Taiwan:  $3.88.   Poland: $2.97 

End of preliminary notes.
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Americans wear clothing made by overseas sweatshop employees.  Americans
buy appliances made in sweatshop nations.  In almost every American home,
you will find the phrase, Made in China, more often than Made in USA, no mat
ter what be the category of not-very-durable durable good found in an American
home.

Sweatshop people don't have lives.  Nor were they given any appreciable identi-
ty.  As a result, sweatshop employees would be found with slit wrists, time and
time again.  Eventually came the implementation of the suicide net.  Americans
hold  sweatshop workers in a living death, be these the workers in Bangladesh,
China, Vietnam, Guatemala, El Salvador, etc.  Now, some Americans keep these
workers lodged in this state of slavery out of cowardice, while others do so out
of selfish negligence.  Yet, others do so out of greed.

Why would anyone want to rule over a humanity that had its humanity stripped
away from itself?  Who wants to rule over a society of humans-made-robot or 
humans-made-animal ... or even humanity-turned-zombie?   The state of the
people ruled is a reflection on  the rulers.  The makers of ghettos are ghettos
within themselves, no matter how plush be their domiciles and how high be
their bank accounts.  Concerning the greed part ...

The United States does NOT make money from importing merchandise made by
low-waged foreign sweatshop workers.  It has been constantly losing through this
type of importation.  While Communist Chinese merchandise comes to America,
American dollars goes to Maoist China.  So too is this the case with other foreign
nations  whose workforce can't afford to buy American products and/or services,
in any type of appreciable, two-way, fair trade, economic traffic.  No foreign na-
tion pays the United States to take its merchandise.  In fact, Chinese Communist
dictators do not even give Americans a commission for selling their merchandise.  

America is not making out like a bandit in a business practice which constitutes
a crime against humanity.  There is only a small percentage of Americans make
out like bandits, often sending their spoils to overseas tax havens.  Meanwhile,
the rest of America finds itself on the losing end of the steadily diminishing cur-
rency flow, in increments.  This chronic loss has been in the trillions of dollars.
This is the trickle-away effect.

A flow of American dollars goes into Communist Dictatorial China, as well to
each of the NAFTA nations, never to return to the States, without America find-
ing itself in an increasing state of treasury bond debt to foreign entities.  The 
money lost in Republican  Party Economics is called the U.S. Trade Balance
DEFICIT.   The total deficit for the past 10 years has been $5.929 trillion
(2003 to 2012).  The accumulative deficit for the 
past 20 years (for goods & services) has been $7.988 trillion (1993 to 2012).  For goods 
only, the 20 yr U.S. International Trade Balance Deficit has been $9.236 trillion.

That's MINUS $9,839,000,000,000.
          MINUS $7,988,000,000,000.
          MINUS $5,929,000,000,000.

All gone.  Bye bye.  No more.  Au revoir.  Not even a post card.  In addition, sweatshop 
workers threatened suicide, on account of the harsh conditions in the compounds that 
manufacture the products which go to the United States.  This means that Americans  
have become unconscionable slave drivers by proxy, all the while destroying their own 
economy.  
This is 1 yi jiao, Chinese Currency, incidentally
Now, foreign trade is fine, if and only if the foreign workers can afford American pro-
ducts.  That is to say, buying foreign is fine, if foreign occasionally buys American, in
return.  Thus, fair trade is a necessity, in order for foreign trade not to result in disast-
er for one of the two trading nations.  Fair trade requires a reasonably balanced two-
way street of import and export traffic.  

Concerning America, Chinese workers would not have been able to have afforded 
American products anyway, beyond wheat products, in Equitable Foreign Trade, ev-
en if America had not ceased being a manufacturer of household consumer products 
in significant quantities.

Imagine the trade balance deficit money as dollars flowing through a tube into a pro-
tectionist dictatorship or two ... or three.  This costs American jobs.  In fact, this en-
tirely prevents the creation of many American mid-size business start-ups.

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/01/how-china-stays-stable-despite-500-protests-every-day/250940/


http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/chinas-unusual-riots

http://www.globallabourrights.org/reports?id=0649 

http://economyincrisis.org/content/the-worst-in-the-world-%E2%80%93-the-u-s-balance-of-trade-is-mind-blowingly-bad 

http://www.care2.com/causes/olympic-toys-manufactured-in-chinese-sweatshops.html 

The Economic Downside Effect of
Foreign Slave Labor Profiteering


Foreign slave labor profiteering achieves the following results:

- Increases an offending nation's international trade deficit.
- Reduces the same nation's gross domestic product.
- Deceases the offending nation's per capita income.


At this point, view the United States trade balance deficit through
the past ten years, in its trade of goods (not services) with China,

alone:
                  U.S. IMPORTS                        U.S. EXPORTS
              from sweatshop China                to protectionist China
        (This is money paid to China)   (This is money paid to the U.S.A.)


2013            $440 billion                              $122 billion
2012            $425 billion                              $111 billion
2011            $399 billion                              $104 billion
2010            $365 billion                                $92 billion
2009            $296 billion                                $69 billion
2008            $337 billion                                $69 billion
2007            $321 billion                                $62 billion
2006            $287 billion                                $53 billion
2005            $243 billion                                $41 billion
2004            $196 billion                                $34 billion


10yr total: $3.309 Trillion                             $0.757 Trillion       
 paid to Slave Labor China               paid to an acquiescent U.S.A.


The NET equals: MINUS $2,552,000,000,000 - That's only trade with China.
This is goods only.

The Total Deficit, as is charted below, is MINUS $5,929,000,000,000. 
This comprises trade with all nations.  This comprises goods and services.

The hypocrisy is that trillions of American dollars stayed in the permanent posses-
sion of the Chinese Communist Dictatorship, in the name of Democracy and
Capitalism, as well as Republican Party Values.

See:  http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2012

Now, view the total 10 yr U.S. trade balance acct, concerning trade with all nations,
from 2003 to 2012:

          Concerning GOODS only        GOODS and SERVICES



2012       minus $735 billion                     minus $540 billion
2011       minus $737 billion                     minus $588 billion
2010       minus $645 billion                     minus $500 billion
2009       minus $505 billion                     minus $381 billion           
2008       minus $830 billion                     minus $698 billion
2007       minus $818 billion                     minus $696 billion
2006       minus $835 billion                     minus $753 billion
2005       minus $780 billion                     minus $708 billion
2004       minus $663 billion                     minus $605 billion
2003       minus $540 billion                     minus $490 billion


Total:   minus $7.088 261 trillion         minus $5.929 trillion 

http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/Press-Release/2012pr/final_revisions/exh18.txt                                 
Refer to the following link: 
http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/historical/gands.txt 

In addition, the total/aggregate U.S. Trade Balance Deficit for only the month
of November 2012 rose $6.6 billion, to $48.7 billion (for that one month only.)
This means that the Trade Gap Rate rose by 15.9%.  As I have previously stat-
ed, if this Trade Balance Deficit behavior continues, America will be a political
entity in the history books, compared to the Argentina which, at one time, was
regarded a world power.

rt.com/usa/news/us-trade-deficit-percent-827/

https://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/international/trade/tradnewsrelease.htm

http://www.economicpopulist.org/content/trade-deficit-jumps-159-487-billion-november-2012

Thus ends the mystery as to why millions of Americans had the hardest time
finding employment; especially those of a livable wage.

At this point, repeat after me:  "That's a lot of sweatshops."


A Crime Committed upon the Parent
is a Crime Committed upon the Child
and Visa Versa


An injustice thrust upon adults is one that is equally forced upon the children of those 

adults.  Poverty in the home of the parent is poverty in the home of the child.  Sweat-
shop labor imposed upon adults is an evil that also assails children.

See:  http://www.ilrf.org/stop-child-forced-labor/cocoa-campaign/news/as-profits-soar-chocolate-industry-fails-to-deliver-on-p

http://mediavoicesforchildren.org/?tag=forced-labor

'Forced to stand for 24 hours, suicide nets, toxin exposure and 
 explosions':  Inside the Chinese factories making iPads for Apple

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2092277/Apple-Poor-working-conditions-inside-Chinese-factories-making-iPads.html

And it came to pass, as the first decade of the 21st Century progressed, that right
wing conservative business entities saw to it that religious objects and Christmas 
ornaments would be made in sweatshops.  The people tagged as the hard work-
ing moral majority negated the purpose for the coming of Christ, doing so in the 
name of sacred rites.  All the while,  they made money on interest-bearing instru-
ments and extremely cheap labor, doing absolutely nothing in the process.

And it also came to pass that no Christmas gift was being made at the North Pole 
by elves.  Rather, they were being made in Chinese and Bangladesh sweatshops by 
severely underpaid workers, some of whom applied razor blades to their wrists, in 
order to kill the pain that the Reaganite Moral Majority were collectively inflicting 
upon them.  

And it furthermore came to pass, as the 21st Century progressed, that millions held 
Christianity in contempt, being that millions were deceived into thinking that Ameri-
can Corporate Predatory Greed was the religion of the Nazarene rabbi who was put 
to a Roman death shortly after he drove Money Changers from the Jerusalem Temple.
When the Nazarene entered Jerusalem, the Jews placed palm branches before him.
Within a week, the Romans ended up driving nails into him.  Today, the right wing
masters of hypocrisy and greed crucify the Nazarene anew.

Humanity then became enlightened as to what the Protestant Work Ethic really is.  
It's the incessant practice of using African slaves, Irish Catholic immigrants, East-
ern European immigrants, Chinese sweatshop workers, and similar victims to do 
the Protestants' work for them.  

In the words of the woman who was once the premier expert in student loan con-
solidation, "Now, that labor's cheap, human life has become cheap." (in the eyes
of right wing moral majority conservatives.)  In the Nineteenth Century, the States
that comprised the Confederate South used local chattel slavery to achieve their
hallowed Protestant work ethic.  In the 21st Century, the same States and other 
ones used Slavery by Proxy, as in foreign sweatshop labor profiteering.  It's the
same Jefferson Davis hypocrisy, done in the name of "States' Rights" and the
"Moral Majority" which is neither moral nor a majority.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2011/aug/27/disney-factory-sweatshop-suicide-claims

http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-08-29/news/30018487_1_child-workers-factory-toxic-chemicals

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2092277/Apple-Poor-working-conditions-inside-Chinese-factories-making-iPads.html
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Historic fact:  In the month of August 2011, the Trade Balance Deficit with
China alone, increased  by 7.42%, to $29 billion.  This is the statistic for one
month of trading, in terms of goods and services.  This was a new record at the
time.   In as much, China came out on top for the 304th consecutive month, in
its trading with the United States.

Furthermore, the United States has not had a trade balance surplus in trading
with the Chinese Communist Dictatorship since April of 1986.  This amounts
to 28 years of money leaking into a dictatorship, by the billions per month.
America is a leaking ship soon to capsize.  It is now the Year 2014.  The
United States has gone over 335 consecutive months accumulating a trade
balance deficit, in commerce with China.

Here is the irony:  In August 2011, corporate greed breaks a new record, to the
detriment of the 90% of the rest of America.  The following month began the
showdown with corporate greed, in the form of the worldwide OWS movement.
FoxNews, in a predictable fashion, defamed the surprisingly peaceful people who
elected to assert their First Amendment Rights.  All the while,  official statistics
prove that the First Amendment people of Zuccotti Park were generally correct.
Greed has been destroying America all along, and sweatshop importation has
been the vehicle doing so.

http://www.economicpopulist.org/content/trade-deficit-august-2011-456-billion

Now, the most current news (at the time of this writing) is that the monthly
Trade Balance Deficit,, in trading with China, has decreased (narrowed) in
February and March 2013.  In fact, the total U.S. Trade Balance Deficit de-
creased.  Yet, it was still woefully significant ... detrimental to the US money
supply.   In January, the trade deficit in trade with China was $27.8 billion.  In
February, it was $23.4 billion lost to the quintessential sweatshop profiteer na-
tion.    In March, the amount lost to a China notorious for its civil rights abuses
was $17.8 billion.  Money lost to China, in unfair trade practices, for the first
three months of the Year 2014, in goods alone, was $153 billion.

http://www.tradingeconomics.com/united-states/balance-of-trade


http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c0015.html
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The Laws Against this Type of Profiteering Were
Already on the Books, in United States Federal Law.


It wouldn't have required any courage for any public figure to have stepped

forth and initiate movements designed to end America's complicity with slave
labor profiteering.  This is because laws against it are already on United States
law books, as in Section 307 of the 1930 Tariff Act, along with the May 2000
amendment  to that act.   Both are found in 19 USC 1307.   How much does
NAFTA conflict with this? 

Despite the Law, Sweatshop Labor
Importation Has Been Rampant


There is a loophole in the 1930 Tariff Act.  The law doesn't prohibit the impor-

tation of indentured/slave/convict/forced labor products "which are not mined,
produced, or manufactured in such quantities in the United States as to meet the
consumptive demands of the United States."  In addition, there are recent trade
agreements that don't require the enforcement of morally needed international
labor laws.  This means that foreign workers stand in direct jeopardy of being
brutally abused, due to no present legal recourse, short of the Nuremberg case
law authority.  Plus, there is the allegation that the 1930 Tariff Act is not being
enforced.  

The evidence is publicly evident.  Sweatshop labor, forced labor, and plantation
labor is rampant throughout the modern world in general.  So, is the use of min-
ors as combat soldiers.  Many products made by laborers defrauded of their
wages have been entering American docks and airports for years.  It's equi-
valent to receiving stolen property on a grand scale.  It has robbed America
of its money supply. 

A 2007 National Labor Committee Report on Sweatshop Crucifixes 
http://www.nlcnet.org/reports?id=0014

A 2007 New York Sun Report on Sweatshop Christmas Ornaments
 

http://www.nysun.com/business/report-sweatshop-workers-made-wal-mart-ornaments/68008/

A 2007 News Report Issued by Reuters India on the Christmas Ornaments

http://in.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idINIndia-30958720071212

Additional Reading Material of Related Topics Includes:


A 2010 MWC News Article Reporting on the
Findings of the National Labor Committee

http://mwcnews.net/focus/analysis/862-global-sweatshop-wage-slavery.html

A 2011 News Article Reporting Disney Factory Sweatshop Suicides
 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2011/aug/27/disney-factory-sweatshop-suicide-claims 

A 2011 News Article Reporting 8 Cent Per Unit Pay for NFL Shirts
Sold at $25 per Shirt:  This Translates into 72 to 92 Cents an Hour

http://www.globallabourrights.org/reports?id=0623

A 2012 News Article Reporting on Apple Iphones Being Made by
the Under-aged, in 16 Hour Daily Shifts, at 70 Cents an Hour
 

http://www.huliq.com/10282/apple-foxconn-electronics-manufacturer-blamed-chinese-child-slave-labor 

A Sweatshop Table of Contents of multiple reports
http://www.globallabourrights.org/reports

When You Liberate Others, You Liberate Yourself

A properly paid foreign worker has a way of increasing product demand for

Amercan products, even from a third party nation.  For example, properly paid
Chinese workers might only buy from Europe.  Increased European revenue
might result in Europe importing more from America, thereby bringing add-
ed income to America.  Such a thing puts American workers back to work,
assuming that the level of manufacturing will increase in the United States,
so that workers will be in demand.  Such a thing can also enable mid-sized
entrepreneurs to either compete in smaller scaled markets or more easily en-
ter the ranks of subcontractor, simply by virtue of increased demand.

Slave Labor Profiteering is Even an Injustice
to the Citizenry of the Nation that Engages in it
 


Foreign slave labor profiteering results in unfair advantages over the citizens
of the nation that practices it.   This is because those who profit from foreign
slave labor steal economic power from the multitudes, and in the process, they
steal multiple advantages from their fellow countrymen.   That is to say, they
cheat in order to get their standing in life, and that is unfair to everyone else.
After all, the average entrepreneur cannot compete with the low wage advan-
tage that these corporations use for their selfish gain, at the expense of the
US Trade Balance Account and the Gross Domestic Product, as well as the
per capita income.  Foreign slave labor profiteering, therefore, is even an
act of violence committed against an offending nation's own citizenry. 

A Coast to Coast Crime 

If you deny that you are part of this practice, simply go into your closet and
read the labels on your clothing.  Then go into your kitchen and read the la-
bels on your appliances.  Go next throughout your house, your place of work,
and elsewhere, reading the labels on the newer merchandise.  If you have any
merchandise from a sweatshop, then the practice of slave labor profiteering
has reached your life.

In addition, if you work for a sweatshop profiteering corporation, you're in-
volved.  You are an accessory to the fact.  This includes what you find un-
der your Christmas tree.

January 18, 2017

The U.S. Constitution's Establishment Clause and the actual dynamics between Church & State

      If there were absolute separation of Church and State in America, 
      there would have never been chapels on United States military bases.
      In light of this, consider the following commonly encountered scenarios.


1]  The police officer hired by the State directs traffic solely for the benefit of parish-
      ioners leaving a Sunday church service.  If there were the absolute separation of
      Church and State, there would be

              no police officers directing church traffic anywhere in America, and there
              would be chaos on State roads on Sundays, until the churches themselves
              provided traffic police, thereby taking over State functions.

2]  The detective hired by the state investigates the allegations of clergy abuse com-
      mitted upon parishioners.  If there were absolute separation of Church and State
      in America, the molestation of altar boys would have gone unchecked and have
      become an unstoppable pandemic.

3]  In 1844, Philadelphia-area Protestants, in their paranoiac hatred of a pope they
     never met, torched a Catholic Church.  In fact, they literally fired a canon at it.
     In response, soldiers employed by State rallied to the protection of  Catholics
     who, at the time, were hated with seething ferocity by certain Protestant sects.
     If there were the absolute separation of Church and State, there would have
     been either a massacre in Philadelphia or the start of a literal civil war there.

     The Conclusion is that the First Amendment Establishment Clause requires the
     State to make sure that its citizens are able to freely practice religion. 
     In the alternate:

1] Catholic, Quaker, and Episcopalian schools fulfilled the job of the State in edu-
     cating students in non-religion subjects such as mathematics, science, history,
     art, and literature.  This means that thereare religious institutions functioning
     as the State five days a week.  After all, the State enacted mandatory school
     laws, and religious institutions fulfilled said laws by educating many youth
     above and beyond the topic of religion.

                                                      Added note:

            When a private entity acts as the government, in being the surrogate
             of said government, it's known as  "acting under the color of law."
             You can sue the federal government for a civil rights violations com-
              mitted by a private institution acting under the color of law.

2] Catholic and Protestant charities of varying sort fulfill the job of the State in going
     to the aid of hurricane victims, even to the point of receiving federal dollars in the
     process.  In fact, the Catholic Church, for years, received taxpayer dollars through
     social service government contracts.  In this capacity, churches have acted under
     the color of law.  Churches have become the surrogate of the government.

3] Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant medical facilities act under the color of law each
     time their facilities treat a patient sponsored by the medicaid program.

4] Catholic, Jewish, Moslem, Protestant, Hindu, Wicca, etc, chaplains are hired by
     the U.S. government, to care for the spiritual well-being of U.S. military person-
     nel.  They are not hired to establish any one religion.  Rather, they are paid to se-
     cure the religious rights of the military personnel who need chaplains, in order
     for their religious rights to be something real to them.

     During WWII, there were priests at the war fronts giving last rites to mortally
     wounded American soldiers and to anyone else caught in the line fire.  The gov-
     ernment of the United States funded the priests and the chaplains behind the
     front line, as well as the military chaplains in the States.  These chaplains
     were given military ranking.  They were a part of the government.
 
    Other observations involving the relationship between Church and State:

1] The television broadcast of Midnight Mass somewhere on Earth is governed by
     the FFC in America.  If there were the absolute separation of Church and State,
     the church would have to intrude on frequencies designated by the government,
     in order to broadcast to humanity.

2] The private jet which flew John Paul II and Benedict XVI throughout portions of
    America flew solely under the law of the FAA.  If there were the absolute separa-
    tion of Church and State, the jet carrying a pope would have crashed into another
    jet liner eventually, or else such a jet would have created aerial havoc.

3] The priests and nuns made homeless by a hurricane have the right to seek help
     from FEMA.  If there were the absolute separation of Church and State, then
     priests and nuns would freeze to death during blizzards, drown during floods,
     and remain without shelter after tornadoes. 

In addition:

It is a well known practice to begin a congressional session with a chaplain praying
before the session.  If there were the absolute separation of Church and State, then
no prayer of any kind would be heard in a congressional chamber.  It's simply that
the religions take turns in delivering the opening prayer in American congressional
chambers, because there is no established religion in America.

The Federal Judiciary Conclusion:  The phrase "Separation of Church and State"
is a misnomer.  Mention of it does NOT appear anywhere in the United States Con-
stitution.  Rather, the United States Bill of Rights has the Establishment Clause
which forbids the federal government or any State to establish an official state re-
ligion.  The same clause protects a citizen from having his religion outlawed, un-
less the religion involves criminal activity.

The First Amendment Establishment Clause guarantees that NO person will have
to support or adhere to a religion to which he does NOT want to belong.  It also
guarantees that a person willing to adhere to a specific religion will not be re-
quired by the government to violate his conscience in matters of faith & morals,
provided that the matter of conscience is in the religion's official doctrine. 

One more thing:

If the practice of a religion involves doing something illegal, then the religion is not
permitted to practice it.  The example classically used in federal court was the practice
of bigamy.  If a religion allows bigamy, members of that religion are not permitted to
practice bigamy in the United States.

In the inverse, if an activity mandated by the State is NOT permitted by a person's
religion, then the individual has the right to not be a part of the activity declared
sinful in his religion.  The most obvious example is war and the Quakers. 

In conclusion:

The much controverted United States First Amendment clause is NOT referred to as
the Separation of Church and State Clause, being that there is no absolute separation
of Church and State.  The operative phrase is the Establishment ClauseThis means
that you do not have to join a religion that you don't want to join.  This also means
that you can't force someone to stop practicing his/hers.
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January 16, 2017

American Farm Subsidies in Review: Required reading, even for city slickers.


In the modern world, a phenomenon occurred where abundant harvests effected price
decreases to such a degree that the cost of production exceeded any fair market income
from the harvested produce.  There was too much supply for the domestic market, show-
ing how Supply Side Economics is utterly worthless when gauging a national economy.
Thus came the subsidy.  None the less, leftover produce can perhaps find a foreign mar-
ket.  However, the price would be based on demand in the foreign market, in relation to
whatever supply is not demanded in the American market.   Thus, produce surpluses
have a number of remedies.

But first, as an introduction to farm subsidies ...

... the primary purpose for any farm subsidy is to prevent price instability ... to safe-
guard consumers from wildly fluctuating prices ... to hinder drastic and sudden price
changes.

Approximately $30 billion in farm subsidies are targeted for elimination, over the next
ten years.  However, do not be deceived into thinking that the humble sized family farm
is what has been benefiting by agricultural subsidies.  We live in the era of the corporate
farm, and between the Years 1995 and 2010, 10% of the farms were given three quarters
of the $194 billion in farm subsidies that the U.S. federal government appropriated.

Specifically, it was 74%.  The other 26% of subsidies went to 28% of the other American
farms.  In as much, 62% of American farms received zero subsidies ... according to the  Environmental Working Group.

http://www.ewg.org/agmag/2012/01/farm-subsidy-research-and-analysis/

The Equation of Near-Economic Disaster, in review

The Trade Balance Deficit had damaging consequences upon America, to the tune of
$500 billion yearly for the past ten years.  In addition, the George WMD Bush tax rate
cuts cost the U.S. federal government $1.8 trillion in lost revenue, between 2002 and
2009.  Plus, Bush incompetently executed two costly wars, one of which was entirely
unnecessary.  Meanwhile, the former employer of Vice President Dick Cheney, name-
ly Halliburton, received no-bid government contracts, despite the conflict of interest.

Add to the equation the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act which used to protect pensions
and the such.  Toss in Phil Gramm's unconscionable Enron Loophole, and throw in the
fad of predatory house loan processing, and voila,  you have the 2008 economic crisis.
In fact, there is something known as the 2007/2008 World Food Price Crisis.  U.S. farm
subsidies didn't prevent food prices from rising more quickly than yeast.  After all, farm
subsidies firstly seek to prevent price crashes.  It then seeks price stability.  The contra-
diction was in the Corn/Ethanol subsidy which resulted in fructose corn syrup replacing
more expensive sugar.  The feds pay the difference in the price discrepancy., none the
less.  Now, it is always important to have safety nets for small business operators and
private citizens.  However, a certain type of corn subsidy had a dominoes effect which
hindered economic growth in the agro department.  When you are hindering markets,
you are preventing a Renaissance from transpiring.

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http://farm.ewg.org/region.php

The Types of Agricultural Subsidies  

Direct Payments, aka Market Transition Payments

This type began in 1996, as part of the Freedom to Farm bill.  It's presently targeted for
extinction.   It has cost approximately $5 billion per year.  It was intended to replace the
traditional subsidies which began in the 1930s, and then, it was intended to be phrased
out in the Year 2002.  It never phrased-out.  In addition, the payments made under this
program were not in parity with any production or market conditions.  It was to be the
subsidy to end all subsidies.  It then became yet another subsidy.

Counter-Cyclical Payments, aka Market Loss Payments

Very simply, the federal government calculates recent historic crop yield and price
averages, followed by it setting a projected price for a commodity.  The farmer then
plants and harvests the commodity.  If the actual market price is less than the deter-
mined average price, the farmer is paid the difference.  For example, if the average
price for a bushel of wheat was determined to be $8.40, and the market price drops
 to $7.20, then the farmer is paid $1.20 for each bushel of wheat sold.

Marketing Loans

These are cash advances for harvests to be sold in the future.  Without this type of
subsidy, a farmer would have to sell a harvested crop immediately, regardless of the
price.  If a farmer can wait, perhaps he can sell his grains or non-perishable crops
at a higher price.  Thus, a marketing loan lets the farmer wait.

Disaster Payments

Self-explanatory, be the crop-destroying disaster a tornado, drought, pestilence, etc.
This subsidy had yearly payments in the approximate $1 billion range.

The Crop Insurance Program

Only certain crops in the locale in question apply, being that some crops in some
locales don't stand much of a chance to grow in healthy proportion.

Average Crop Revenue Election, cleverly called ACRE.

This was vetoed by Bush in 2008, yet his veto was overridden.  It serves as an alter-
native to the Counter-Cyclical Payments.  Electing to be part of this program results
in lower direct payments, by 20 or 30%.  This program guarantees a set revenue for
a farm, based on the average crop yields for the State where the farm is located and
the national market price.  Yet, the payments are based on the average crop yield of
the farm combined with the average State yield.  It's known a State-level and Farm-
level planted yield times the national market price for the crop in question.
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There are many creative solutions to the present economic situation of the United
States.  The congress, if it's members were not owned by lobbyists, could do much
better, even to the point of bringing forth new ideas.  However, a politician ultimate-
ly votes for whatever gets him re-elected.  A politician only votes for the benefit of
those who fund his/her campaign.  So, they will implement and perpetuate the same
old thing, even if it caused severe damage to the nation, because the ones in financi-
al power want the process to remain which made them the principle holders of the
wealth.  There are much better way to remedy the financial jeopardy where Ameri-
ca finds itself.  The congress put America in its state of jeopardy.  The congress, the
congress, the congress IS at fault.  NAFTA and the repeal of Glass-Steagall are con-
gressional products which caused a lot of damage to the United States.
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January 14, 2017

The greatest feats of humanity were all government projects.

In Marco Rubio's counterpoint
speech, spoken after the 2013
State of the Union address on
behalf of the Republican Party,
he asserted the post-Nixon-era
postulation that a national econ-
omy rooted in government will
inhibit technological progress;
and that government regulation
only suppresses creativity, while
stifling the economy.
The definitive response to his declarative statement is simple:

1} the Hoover Dam, 2} the Panama Canal, 3} NASA,  4} the Manhattan Project,
5} the Tennessee Valley Project, 6} the Great Wall of China,  7} the B-2 Bomber,
8} the Trans-Siberian Railway, 9} the English Channel Tunnel, 10} the Pan Amer-
ican Highway, 11} the Oresund Bridge that makes a dry road connection between
Denmark & Sweden,

12} the Erie Canal, 13} Christopher Columbus' rediscovery of America, funded
solely through the Spanish government, 14} Lewis & Clark's Corps of Discovery
Expedition, 15} the ARPANET which is now called the Internet, 16}  the micro-
chip, 17} Global Positioning System satellites, 18} the Apollo moon landings,
19} the Mars Exploration Rover, 20} vaccines,  21} Magellan's Pacific Passage
Voyage, 22} the discovery of the tectonic plates,  23} the discovery of RADAR,

24} the Human Genome Project which was a joint venture between two sovereign
nations, namely the U.S. & the U.K.,  26} the Lighthouse of Alexandria,  27} the
National Radio Astronomy Observatory,  28} the entire CERN operation (Conseil
Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire) which happens to be a twelve nation pro-
ject,  28} the United States 6th Army,  29} the United States 7th Fleet,  29} the
United States 8th Air Force,  30} the United States 9th Marine Regiment, 31} the
Hubble Space Telescope,  32} the Voyager 1 Spacecraft which has reached inter-
stellar space, 33+} much more.

Add to this the Rickenbacker Causeway, the Melbourne Causeway, the Courtney
Campbell Causeway, the Sanibel Causeway, the historic Appian Way, the Cassian
Way, the Flaminian Way, and every inch of the 160,955 miles of U.S. highway that
neither the easily deceived Marco nor the pushy Sean Hannity nor Rush Oxycontin
Limbaugh would have at their trickle-down disposal, if it weren't for federal govern-
ment intervention.  Ironically, man landed on the moon under Republican Richard
Nixon.  Of course, today's Republican Party is no longer the party of Nixon, Ford,
Eisenhower, and Lincoln.  It's now the Dixiecrat Party;  the Southern Democrats in
another venue, being that they could not reconcile with the late 1960s' Democratic
advances in civil rights legislation.
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Now, the one criteria absolutely essential for a great economy is flowing currency.
This refers to currency not being horded in overseas tax havens.  In as much, the
overseas tax haven system, coupled with foreign sweatshop labor profiteering, is
what causes a bleeding economy, as well as causing the Multiplier Effect to go in
reverse, thereby causing the money supply to constrict.  It's air being let out of a
tire.

All foreign trade needs to be a two-way street.  When one trading nation imposes
tariffs on the other trading nation, while the other trading nation allows low-waged
labor merchandise to flood its market places, the slave merchandise nation bleeds
money into the tariff-imposing nation.  Thus was the system that lead to the 2008
economic crisis.

Jump slightly back in time, to the 2013 State of the Union Address.  The president
made mention of manufactured economic crises.  Concerning the state of America
in recent years, Obama expressly stated, "... rebuilding from one crisis, to see elect-
ed officials cause another."  He acknowledged that certain players orchestrated the
economic crises that has defined the modern world.  After all, oil futures speculators
and Phil Gramm were the causes of the drastic and sudden rise in petroleum prices.
The Phil Gramms of  this world betrayed the rule of seeking the Common Good, in
preference to line the pockets of a select and corrupt few.

This brings us to the president's proposal on the minimum wage which Ronald Rea-
gan kept frozen throughout his presidencyBarack proposed a $9 an hour minimum
wage.  His thesis statement behind his proposal was, "No one who works full time 
should  have to live in poverty."  Barack additionally stated that United States feder-
al law should "tie minimum wage to the cost of living, so that it finally becomes a 
wage you can live  on."

Raising the wages of workers will put dollars into the economyNo one will lose if
the workers of the United States all get paid a livable wage.  It will result in  more of
of those wage dollars ending up in cash registers throughout America.  This money is
known as disposable income, and the increased circulating dollars is known as an in-
jection into the circular flow of currency.  The added wages will result in added tax
revenue and added FICA payments.  All in all, this increases the Multiplier Effect.

Thus, the Republican policy of NAFTA and Asian sweatshop labor exploitation is
the #1 factor that is continuing to destroy the American economy.  The Republicans
kept causing the multiplier effect to go in reverse.  Republicans are misers, constrict-
ing the money supply, and hording the money for themselves.  This is why, in the cir-
cular flow of history, there regularly occurs Nuremberg type trials.

Obama additionally pointed out that there will be far less need of government wel-
fare and food stamp programs if American workers make a livable wage.  This takes
the economic pressure off of all of America.  The One Percent have been causing this
pressure and grief all along.

Let us go to the Reaganomic thesis statement of "trickle down economics."  Recent
history proved it to be entirely erroneous.  As was explained previously at this site,
Reaganomics was a prediction of wealthy persons' behavior, based on the subjective
Laffer Curve.  Reagan claimed that, if you  make the rich richer, they would take the
extra wealth and invest it in businesses that would create many new American jobs.
This was referred to as the Trickle Down Effect.

As recent history has shown, the added wealth did NOT trickle down to the Ameri-
can people.  It trickled out, into overseas tax havens and those foreign nations that
allowed the exploitation of labor.   The American infrastructure suffered greatly
from all the tax loopholes that deprived the federal government of revenue.  None
the less, tax incentives which reward companies for creating livable waged Ameri-
can job are needed.  The return of some type of manufactury to America in signifi-
cant proportions is needed.  What was reported in Barack's 2013 State of the Union
Address was that a handful of American corporations were bringing back manufac-
turing operations to the United States.  This is essential for America in a larger scale.

NOW ... the important point to this article is that the trickling out of American cur-
rency is still in progress.  It's the previously mentioned musical chairs game where
chair after chair after chair after chair is pulled out from under worker after worker
after worker after worker.  The bath tub draining is still occurring.  That drain must
stop or else it will eventually get to a point where too many people are left out in the
cold.  Economics is not rocket science.  Beware of those who pretend it's based on
magicians' tricks.
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January 8, 2017

Corporate Welfare: Government Paying
for Illnesses Caused by Corporations

Concerning the woman whose medical records contain the following
findings, would the reasonably minded person conclude that she has
a psychosomatic illness or a physical one?

  1 - Wheezing.
  2 - Tachycardia.
  3 - Hypopotassemia.
  4 -
Rales and crackles.
  5 -
Gruntled breathing.
  6 - Erythematous uvula.
  7 - Grossly enlarged turbinates.
  8 - Erythema of the oropharynx.
  9 - Edema of the true vocal cords.
10 - Adenopathy in the left postauricular region.
11 - Productive response in Spiriva challenge testing.
12 - A circumscribed nodule in the left occipital region.
13 - Thickened coating over the dorsum of the tongue.
14 - A firm 1x1 cm nodule in the right postauricular region.
15+ A couple additional findings consistent with Rhinitis.


Unless you are an avowed liar, the answer to that question is beyond
obvious.  Therefore, what right do corporate-funded attorneys and an
independent medical examiner have in asserting that the woman found
to have these objectively observed ills is mentally ill?  What gives them
the right to claim that she has no objective medical findings that would
validate her symptoms?  Her symptoms have included:

[1]  a stinging tongue.
[2]  shortness of breath.
[3]  burning nasal passages.
[4]  a metallic taste in the mouth.
[5]  an adrenal-like stream throughout her solar plexus.
[6]  headaches accompanied by the bruised feeling at the
      cheekbones and temples.
[7]  ice-like numbness pervading her upper-respiratory
      tract (on specific occasion.)


Moreover, diagnoses given to her have included:

(1)  Allergic and Irritant Asthma (Reactive Airways).
(2)  Glossitis (inflammation of the tongue).
(3)  Rhinitis and Turbinate Hypertrophy.
(4)  Chemical and Irritant Sensitivities.
(5)  Reactive Hyperplasia.

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Introduction

The corporation involved in the following account is one whose 2005
financial report marked its stockholder equity value at $11.2 billion.
Net tangible assets were marked at $4.2 billion.

December 2006 one-line addition/update:

Until mid-2006, the corporation involved was legally known as the
Cendant Corporation, of  Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ.  In addition,
the geographic region involved in the following account is Elizabeth-
ton, Tennessee.  Cendant Corporation once operated business there.

The apex of  the following account concerns a year when the corpora-
tion's CEO received $17 million in salary and bonus income.   During
that same year, $1.02 million was placed into the CEO's pension fund.
An additional $4.54 million of  stockholder  money was used to pay
the premiums on his $100 million life insurance policy.

The place of work involved in the following account is a former coal tar
pitch research center.  The corporation no longer uses it.  It was found
to have minute sized monfilament fibers pervading the employees' work
areas.  And needless to say, the smaller the molecular agent, the greater
is its potential to infiltrate and afflict the complex human anatomy.  After
all, this was the case with a number of  WTC cleanup crew members
exposed to the Manhattan site's pulverized concrete dust. It resulted in
Small Airways Disease.

This account highlights a former employee of that corporation.  She
was in the process of  loosing the sum total of  everything during the
same year when the corporation's CEO was amassing a multimillion
dollar income. Throughout the account, she is simply referred to as
"the woman."  That is to say, her name will not be used.  In addition,
other persons who worked in the former research center reported
symptoms similar to hers.

The corporation was advertised as the world's largest real estate brok-
erage franchiser, the world's largest vacation ownership organization,
and the world's largest "provider of outsourced corporate employee
relocation services," as well as one of  the largest hotel franchisers in
the world and one of  the world's largest car rental operators.  Opera-
tions included the telemarketing of its services.

                      Not Even a Get Well Card


During her six months with the corporation, the woman highlighted in
this account generated approximately $500,000 in sales revenue.   In
fact, her sales of hotel room reservations averaged $2,777 per four
hour shift.  In return for her services, she was rewarded with a chron-
ic disability.  To this day, the corporation has offered her no apology,
while thecorporation's insurer has offered her no compensation.  She
was not even sent a Get Well card.  Instead, the defense attorneys and
independent medical examiner involved in her workman's comp case
sought to have her tagged with a psychiatric label which can conveni-
ently serve as an excuse for the severe illness which developed during
her time of work at the former coal tar pitch research center.

She Had to Fire Her Attorneys, in their Gross Negligence
       That is to say, she had to file a voluntary dismissal


The woman won her Social Security disability case a year ago. But, in
December 2005, she had to fire the legal counsel involved in her work-
man's comp case.  Technically speaking, she filed a voluntary dismissal.
Her attorneys refused to enter into evidence recent medical findings that
resulted from an October rhinolaryngoscopy.  And in the refusing there-
of was mention of  the cost of entering the new evidence.

The attorneys furthermore refrained from emphasizing the woman's pri-
or medical findings.  In fact, they accepted as uncontroverted truth the
averments (assertions/allegations) of  the defense counsel.  Such aver-
ments would have resulted in the woman loosing her case, and those
averments contradict her medical records.  Therefore, the woman had
to dismiss her attorneys and start anew.

HER OBJECTIVE MEDICAL FINDINGS

The defense counsel in her workman's compensation case asserted that
she had no objective medical findings to support her symptoms.  In fact,
a mental health person diagnosed her as having agoraphobia, along with
panic anxiety.  Yet, she has over a dozen objective medical  findings at-
tached to her medical records.  Such findings indicate the presence of a
physical illness, and not a psychiatric one.

Furthermore, three board certified physicians diagnosed her outside of
emergency room settings.  And those diagnoses are much different than
the one given by the "mental health person."

One of the diagnosing physicians is an allergist & immunologist, while
another one is a cytopathologist (a cytopathologist diagnoses illness at
the cellular level.) And the third diagnosing physician is an Ear, Nose,
& Throat specialist who is also a fellow of  the American College of
Surgeons.  The diagnoses given to the woman came predominately
from the fine-needle biopsy, the fiberoptic rhinolaryngoscopy, and
ER room records.  In examinations and testing performed outside of
emergency room settings, the woman was found to have:

(1)  Grossly enlarged turbinates
(2)  Erythematous uvula.
(3)  Edema of the true vocal cords.
(4)  Adenopathy in the left postauricular region.
(5)  Thickened coating over the dorsum of the tongue.
(6)  A firm 1x1 cm nodule in the right postauricular region.
(7)  A circumscribed nodule in the left occipital region.

Plus, attending ER physicians recorded the following findings:

(1)  Wheezing.
(2)  Tachycardia.
(3)  Hypopotassemia.
(4)  Gruntled breathing.
(5)  Rales and crackles.
(6)  Erythema of the oropharynx.
(7+) A couple additional findings consistent with Rhinitis.

Her diagnoses were:

(1)  Allergic and Irritant Asthma (Reactive Airways).
(2)  Glossitis (inflammation of the tongue).
(3)  Rhinitis and Turbinate Hypertrophy.
(4)  Chemical and Irritant Sensitivities.
(5)  Reactive Hyperplasia.

Upon certain environmental exposures, her symptoms reproduce them-
selves in a predictably reoccurring pattern.  Nothing about her symp-
toms is random.  In fact, due to the predictability of  her condition, she
quit keeping a diary of  her ills as far back as June 2003.  Furthermore,
she has been in need of filtered masks and air cleaners, as well as ready
access to oxygen.  In addition, prescription medications posted in her
medical records are consistent with one who has severe asthma.  Her
medications have included Albuterol,  Ipratropium Bromide, Xopenex,
Levalbuterol Hydrochloride, and Salmeterol, as well as intravenous
steroids.

Keep in mind that she was exposed to obscenely inordinate amounts
of dust at her place of work (as is described in her exposure history
account.)  Well, she tested severely positive for dust mites (in RAST
testing, I believe), while having tested negative for every other type of
high weight molecular agent (such as ragweed.)  In as much, a person
can become sensitized to dust mite proteins as much as he/she can be-
come sensitized to formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, phthalic anhydride,
etc.  In fact, barn workers have been documented as having become
sensitized to storage mites.

HER EXPOSURE HISTORY
(transposed from her diary)

THE FIRST 3 MONTHS

April 10th 2002 Health:  Perfect
Mental Health:  "Optimistic, inspired, forward looking".


She moved from Tuscaloosa, AL to Johnson City, TN.  Jogged and
walked everyday. Could go up and down the entire complex; a span
of about four miles.  Went to the library, to Bristol Stores and malls.
Explored the local university and the book stores.  She generally did
what one does when one moves to a new city.

May 2002 Health:  Perfect


She was hired by the previously mentioned corporation, and put into
a two week training program.  Near the end of the two weeks, she de-
veloped what appeared to be the flu.  This included a sore throat and
fever, along with body aches and headaches.  She did not complete
the training at that time.

After her health improved, her training restarted.  Shortly afterward,
she was hired as a temporary and part time employee.  During the
last few days of training, one of her fellow trainees had an asthma
attack.  She noticed some stuffiness in the corridors, along with a
strange chemical odor.  But, she did not pay attention to this at the
time.

Late June/July 2002 Health:  Perfect (for the final time)


Her group was assigned to work downstairs, at the main call center.
During her first day there, she noticed a stuffy stale smell.  The chemi-
cal odor downstairs was more far intense than the smell on the floor
where she was trained.  She also noticed an inordinate amount of dust
everywhere.  Plus, on the cubicle walls were tiny and transparent fibers
the width of a human hair.  They were embedded into the cubicle walls'
fabric.  In fact, the cubicle partitions had a visible layer of brown dust
on them.  Upon a slight tap,  a cubicle wall would spew out dust.

The agent resource books were laden with dust, also.  Picking one of
them up would result in dust spewing out from the pages.  The carpet-
ing was dirty, also.  Pesticides were sprayed indoors, even with call
center employees on duty.  Some of the ceiling titles had the marks of
water damage attached to them, and within time, her fellow employees
would point out blackened mold to the woman.

THE NEXT 11 MONTHS

July/August 2002
Health:  Alternating between well and ill


She began to get a dry cough.  Things then worsened, and it became
very difficult for her to talk on the phone.  Yet, she was expected to
take a new phone call every three minutes.  She soon felt a degree of
tension in her lungs and bronchi, due to the dust and the continual talk-
ing.  She resorted to throat lozenges, Tylenol, and Robutussin.

While the HVAC system was being fixed, her crew was often told to
sit upstairs.  The chemical odor was still present upstairs, and in addi-
tion to that, free-standing fans were run at the far end of the call cen-
ter.  She preferred to sit at that end, being that the other end was an
entranceway crowded with smokers and cigarette butts.  Every time
the door opened, smoke would waft into the room.

During the hot summer months, whenever the air conditioning was not
functional, this same door would be left open.  Because of the obvious
air quality issues there, she requested to sit upstairs.  Her supervisor
agreed.  However, another supervisor spoke of having almost passed
out when training new employees upstairs.

While working downstairs, the former employee had trouble breath-
ing.  It initially started off as a “choking” episode each time the free
standing fans were turned on.  The fans were laden with dust, and
they were turned on frequently.  The blowing air would agitate the
dust in the room and propel it directly into the employees' breathing
space.  Many fellow employees began to complain about choking.

August 2002 Health:  Quite Ill

When upstairs, the sensation of burning eyes was very much prevalent,
as was the dry cough and the choking.  Dust was on the cubicle walls
upstairs, also.  The woman developed sinus congestion, a runny nose,
headaches, and a continual low grade fever.  She would arrive home
from work exceptionally fatigued.  Many of her fellow employees who
were stationed upstairs had the same symptoms.

On one occasion, as she was going upstairs to clock in, her heart be-
gan to palpitate furiously.  The staircase had not been cleaned, or if it
had been, the cleanliness had not lasted long.  Furthermore, the heavy
chemical odor was present.  In addition, there was a strong musty and
greasy smell.

Her hands began to sweat, her knees started to shake, and a tightness
in her chest was making it hard for her to take in a breath.  She was al-
so dizzy.  She went to her work area and clocked in.  She then realized
that if  she didn't get fresh air soon, she would pass out.  She went out-
side and then walked to a nearby gas station, getting a package of Ben-
adryl and something to drink.

September 4th, 2002.  First ER Visit.
Health:  Declining


She was now starting to feel fairly bad on an everyday basis.  She no-
ticed that she felt better at home.  It was only when she was at work
when her symptoms were induced.  This included the dry cough, the
burning eyes, the choking, and the palpitations that would begin soon
into the shift.  In addition, her nasal passages, throat, and lungs felt as
if they were filled with grittiness.

This was the time when she first went to an ER.  She was prescribed
Claritin and Biaxin, having been diagnosed as having Allergic Rhinitis.
The doctor noted on her records that she had a fever, rhinorrehea, and
erythema of the oropharynx, along with post nasal drip.  He also noted
abnormal constitutional signs.

She continued to treat herself with Benadryl, as it was getting progress-
ively difficult for her to work.  After twenty minutes into a work shift,
she would start coughing.  She could now hardly speak on the phone
and the Benadryl made her sleepy.  Her throat hurt and her voice now
squeaked, breaking-up frequently.  The heart palpitations continued.

A co-worker told her that he had begun to have these same types of
symptoms soon after he had started working there.  He also said that
it seemed to be getting worse for him in 2002.  Another employee told
her that he had frequent heart palpitations when at work, in addition to
the dry cough.

September 8th 2002 Second ER Visit

She began work at 8 p.m and worked until 2 am. Throughout this time
she felt a tightness forming in her chest area.  She was taking Children's
Benadryl and thought that this anti-histamine would be sufficient.  Due
to these exposures, she had a lot of congestion, along with dry cough-
ing.  She completed the shift with much difficulty.

After work, as she was driving out of the parking lot when she began to
choke.  She tried to cough but no phlegm emerged.  She pulled over at
a gas station and called Emergency Medical Services.  The EMS crew
gave her an albuterol breathing treatment in the vehicle.  She was then
taken to a hospital.  The treating physician prescribed Volmax and an
inhaler.  In fact, he stated in her medical records that she was allergic to
the work environment.  He noted the following: "Constitutional signs:  
abnormal; Tachycardia."
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