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December 2007


Happy New Year !!!


Second Annual Lobbying Activity Disclosure HA-1-1-08


This lobbying activity disclosure registers HA with the Clerk of Congress and Secretary of the Senate for the 111th Congress.  Lobbyists have 45 days from the first day of the year to file a disclosure.  2008 is both the International Year of the Potato and the Year for Dignity and Justice for All.  2008 is an election year for the President of the United States, Vice President and Congress.  To uphold the democratic principles of non-use of force, equal rights and the right of all peoples to self-determination the suggested agenda is:  1. secrecy of the ballot, 2. balanced budget 3. human rights and community based corrections 4. re-distribution of wealth from the rich to the poor and 5. copyright royalties.  In 2007 the USA managed to beat the trillion-dollar account deficit for the first time in three years.  The trade deficit has declined to a lucky -$711 billion.  The budget deficit is estimated between -$150 and -$200 billion wherefore the account deficit is between -$861 and -$911 billion.  Between 1980 and 2004 the prison population quadrupled from a healthy 225 per 100,000 in 1981 to 724 per 100,000 in 2004.  To redress this crisis safely a 10 year Community Based Corrections Equality Plan sets a legal limit of 250 prisoners per 100,000 citizens (0.25%) to rediscover our free will.  There are three major lines of taxation to redistribute the wealth from rich to poor.  First, employees must petition for fair wages from their ultra rich executives earning more than 25 times the lowest paid full time employee.  Second, government officials must pay copyright royalties and tort claims.  Third, create a real social security system that guarantees everyone an income above the real poverty of $1,000 a month by eliminating the taxable income limit of $100,000.


Methadone Pills, Diskettes or Death HA-7-12-07


The rate of drug users who fatally overdose on methadone - a prescription that curbs heroin addiction and is also used in pain relief - is reported by a new Department of Justice study to be skyrocketing - methadone-related deaths rose nationwide from 786 in 1999 to 3,849 in 2004 - a 390 percent increase.  Statistics on illicit drug overdoses are almost impossible to find. As a rule from the last century overdoses from all illicit drugs are around 3,000 per year in the United States and over 100,000 die from adverse drug reactions to prescription drugs.  About 20% of the estimated 810,000 heroin addicts in the United States receive methadone.  Every day some 115,000 Americans take the prescribed drug methadone, a synthetic opiate, used as maintenance treatment for heroin addiction.  Heroin is one of the hardest addictive drugs to "kick" for good it is reported to be almost as difficult to quit heroin as tobacco.  With respect to such addictive drugs as cocaine, animals will continue to administer these substances, often choosing them over food and water.  There is therefore great potential for abuse, both by the user and by their supplier.  The FDA is of course the lead researcher in regards to drug purity, across the nation, there is however so much room for misconduct on the part of SAMHSA and state regulators, not to mention the judiciaries these people are in so much trouble with, in regards to drug purity that in conclusion, the liquid mixture may be too risky of a vehicle for corruptible practitioners and the tablet and the pills and diskettes should come into common use.


Jorge Lopez v. Time Warner HA-16-12-07


Jorge Lopez is entitled to be reinstated to his job as an installer with Time Warner.  He has a wife and children to care for.  He was employed in the capacity of installer for three months and was then laid off for, “not speaking English”.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions (EEOC) position on English-only policies that is set forth in its Guidelines on Discrimination Because of National Origin requires such policies to meet a standard of “business necessity”.  Arts. 7, 9 & 55 of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers and Their Families ensures non-discrimination with respect to rights whereas workers who have been granted permission to engage in a remunerated activity, subject to the conditions attached to such permission, shall be entitled to equality of treatment with nationals in the exercise of that remunerated activity and that the right to life be protected by law.  Jorge’s English has not gotten worse since he was hired.  He is perfectly able to perform the duties he was hired to do and is entitled to equal treatment with people who speak only English working for Time Warner.  Unfortunately, the debate in the press regarding Discrimination Because of National Origins had a judicial side and the “indirect discrimination” of this firing is evidently linked to the stabbing deaths of four Mexican workers living in nearby Sharonville and had an unjustified disparate impact upon the Spanish speaking community.  In light of the circumstances it should not be difficult to convince Time Warner of their error whereas it should not take more than one tragedy to have a Feliz Navidad.


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