Archive for November 2nd, 2011


Still Fewer “Credible” Answers About 2.3 Million With No Power

posted by Jael Ever @ 17:29 PM
November 2, 2011

 Thousands of Americans sleeping on cots in shelters as they have no heat in their homes; others staying in shelters by day and returning to cold houses to wear ten layers of clothes as they huddle together at night; some 23 deaths caused by last weekend’s unbelievable October snow storm; state governors expressing their anger about slow responses from utility companies; and a million homes and businesses without power––and no one is telling the truth as to why!

 As if in one chorus, various governors from the Northeast say that utility companies are responding slower to this disaster than they did to Hurricane Irene.    They are of course under constant haranguing from very irate citizens.  And what does the federal government say in response?  The Department of Energy (DOE) sends out a non-high ranking “deputy assistant secretary” named Bill Bryan to visit distressed areas.  His excuse for such unbelievable lack of service?  The utility companies didn’t have enough time to get workers from other regions in place.

 Bryan told the Associated Press:  “When you know you’ve got a hurricane coming, part of the mutual assistance package is to pre-stage crews. So after the hurricane has come and gone, you already have crews on the outskirts ready to come in and start working.  This storm hit, and these crews were not mobilized.” His answer is both inadequate and incomplete.

 Don’t these people have telephones and computers?  How could weather services announce three days beforehand that this massive storm was coming, and utility companies not know?  Did the need to pay rescue crews coming from other states double time to work nights and weekends affect the slow responses?
 
 How much did individual utility companies accept or decline to pay for timely repair costs affect which states or areas would be served first?  Why is it that some homes and businesses will not have their utilities on until next week––which means they will have been without power for 10 days or more?  Why won’t the President or at least the Secretary of Energy respond to such an emergency?

 Ten years ago, then DOE Secretary, Bill Richardson told the truth!  “The deregulation process has changed the most fundamental concept of power generation in America. In the monopoly scheme, a utility has a clearly defined service area, and can identify the electrical demand and plan for generation accordingly. Investing in building new capacity to meet anticipated demand growth was one of the responsibilities that the utility incurred . . . Deregulation has abandoned this concept.”
 
 The LORD Jesus says in Bible prophecies that the truth sets people free (John 8: 32).  But He also says that truth must be acted upon (John 3:19 – 21).  Americans must demand truth about power to have governments to act upon it.

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The Lucrative Business of Unguarded Exotic Animals in the U.S.

posted by Jael Ever @ 1:39 AM
November 2, 2011

The incident of uncaged wild animals from a private zoo in Zanesville, Ohio, roaming neighborhoods and hillsides exposes several ‘dirty little secrets’ about wild animal ownership in the United States:

1)  Private zoos are actually filled by breeding and dumping animals from public zoos and other well-known businesses; 2) Exotic wild animals provide fodder for private hunting lodges; 3) Animals can auctioned, traded or privately exchanged; 4)  They are purchased by zoos, individuals, circus acts, party entertainers, etc.  5)  They can be kept in very unsafe conditions, endangering themselves and the public; 6)  They can carry infectious diseases transferable to people; 7) There are more of some species in the U.S. than in their native habitats.

And, in many states, most of this activity is perfectly legal.  Some of these exotic pets live in people’s homes and backyards.  Some individuals collect them to such an extent that they then convert the collection to private “for profit” zoos.

Even the federal government doesn’t interfere with wild animal businesses, except to mildly regulate interstate transport.   Only a few states totally unrestrict ownership of exotic animals.  Unfortunately one of them is Ohio.  Others are North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, West Virginia, Nevada and Wisconsin.  And in most states, these exotic “pets” maul or fatally attack children and adults.

According to bornfreeusa.org, “Across the United States, millions of exotic animals are kept captive in private homes and in roadside zoos and menageries. The trade in exotic animals is a multi-billion dollar industry, and exotic animals are bred, sold, and traded in large numbers.”  That site says that such animals include:  “lions, tigers, cougars, wolves, bears, monkeys, alligators, and venomous snakes and other reptiles”––all of which are extremely dangerous to the public.

There are over 7,000 tigers born and bred in this country.  That is more than the total number of tigers in all the rest of  the world.  Over a year ago, Earthend  published stories about tiger farms in this country, where animals are bred for dismemberment and shipment to China and other Asian areas.  To prevent such slaughter, the World Wildlife Fund called for a ban on private ownership of tigers.

Also, the: American Veterinary Medical Association, United States Department of Agriculture, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Animal Control Association, and American Zoo and Aquarium Association––constantly petition state and federal governments to stop private exotic animal ownership.  But apparently this multi-billion dollar industry has more clout.

Such refusal to act can bring down a nation.  Bible prophecies speak often of people who behave as brute beasts (Psalm 73: 22; 2 Peter 2: 12; Jude 1: 10). And Isaiah sanctions national leaders who become ignorant, blind, dumb, sleepy dogs (56.10).

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