NSA to spy on you through your TV. Millionaires on Medicaid; DHS Scrubs Muslim Terrorist Records; Supreme Court Slows Obama Climate Change Agensda. Helena’s News Roundup.

Yes Mr Orwell, 1984 is here.

Yes Mr Orwell, 1984 is here.

Editor’s notes: On This week’s News Roundup by Helena. Yes, your TV can spy on you and your conversations with voice recording features (as in this ABC news story -wait out the annoying ad before the story). If you have a camera in your smartphone or Computer, it can transmit your images (Huffington Post Story). Now the NSA and CIA want to watch and listen to your personal life at home too. Can you say Big Brother?  Clearly, our government has gotten too large for our own good.

By Helena Nunn

US intelligence chief: we might use the internet of things to spy on you Clapper “has acknowledged for the first time that agencies might use a new generation of smart household devices to increase their surveillance capabilities.As increasing numbers of devices connect to the internet and to one another, the so-called internet of things promises consumers increased convenience – the remotely operated thermostat from Google-owned Nest is a leading example. But as home computing migrates away from the laptop, the tablet and the smartphone, experts warn that the security features on the coming wave of automobiles, dishwashers and alarm systems lag far behind…“In the future, intelligence services might use the [internet of things] for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials,” Clapper said.”

Millionaires Are Qualifying for Medicaid Under Obamacare “Millionaires living in states that expanded Medicaid are benefiting from government-sponsored health insurance, and taxpayers are footing the bill for it.In states that expanded Medicaid, people with high net worths and low monthly incomes qualify for Medicaid because of loosened eligibility requirements implemented under Obamacare. And in rural states like Iowa, Americans who many would consider wealthy are taking advantage of this “loophole” and enrolling in coverage paid for by taxpayers.Jesse Patton, an insurance broker living in Iowa, has had clients with net worths ranging from $2 million to $5 million, which often stem from farmland or assets from divorce settlements. And those clients, he said, are enrolled in Medicaid in expansion states like Iowa.”

Blog: Bernie Sanders’s New Hampshire victory speech: Terrifying “I’ve never in my life heard such full-throated socialism in American politics. Sanders is the real deal. He’s so left-wing he practically makes Obama look like the chairman of the RNC. At least Obama felt compelled to lie about the true extent of his leftism. Sanders doesn’t…True, he’s not advocating nationalizing industries (yet), but he’s cocksure that he can take as much of anyone else’s money as he wants and spend it on just about anything. Free single-payer health care, free college, green energy, no more fossil fuels, $15 minimum wage, end “institutional racism” – Sanders sees no limits on what government can, should, and will do….If Sanders ever read the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee that “property” shall not be taken without due process and just compensation, it sure wasn’t evident in his victory speech.”

Supreme Court freezes Obama plan to limit carbon emissions Good news! “The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked implementation of Obama’s ambitious proposal to limit carbon emissions and reduce global warming while the plan is challenged.The court granted a stay request from more than two dozen states, utilities and coal miners who said the EPA was overstepping its powers. The court’s decision does not address the merits of the challenge, but indicates justices think the states have raised serious questions.The administration’s plan would require a significant shift away from fossil-fuel power plants in favor of alternative forms of energy. It is aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions at existing plants by about a third by 2030.The stay means that questions about the legality of the program will remain after Obama leaves office.”

Progressive Propaganda for Captive Collegians, Study Finds “Hundreds of colleges/universities now assign summer reading to entering freshmen. NAS’s comprehensive study lists and analyzes 377 assignments at 366 colleges and universities for 2014-15, and 361 assignments at 350 colleges and universities for 2015-16. Most assignments were contemporary memoirs and nonfiction that affirmed progressive sentiments about illegal immigration, racial identity, global warming, unjust incarcerations, gay, lesbian, and transgender life, exaggerated fears of terrorism, anti-corporate paranoia, affirmative action, recycling, sexism, or wealth inequality…Politically correct: Racial oppression, environmental catastrophism, and social activism are the most common subject matters of common reading.A lot missing: Almost no colleges assigned classic fiction or nonfiction, good modern literature, or history.”

Senate report: Illegal immigrants benefited from up to $750M in ObamaCare subsidies Just think of all the benefits our citizens were not able to obtain because the money went instead to illegal immigrants.This looks to be our future!! “Illegal immigrants and individuals with unclear legal status wrongly benefited from up to $750 million in ObamaCare subsidies and the government is struggling to recoup the money, according to a new Senate report. The report, produced by Republicans on the Senate Homeland Security and Gov Affairs Committee, examined Affordable Care Act tax credits meant to defray the cost of insurance premiums. It found that as of June 2015, “the Administration awarded approximately $750 million in tax credits on behalf of individuals who were later determined to be ineligible because they failed to verify their citizenship, status as a national, or legal presence.”

Maine Required Childless Adults to Work to Get Food Stamps. Here’s What Happened.  WOW!!”One trillion dollars—that’s how much the government spent last year on means-tested welfare aid, providing cash, food, housing, medical care, and social services to poor and low-income individuals. The food stamp program is the nation’s second largest welfare program.The number of food stamp recipients has risen dramatically, from 17.2 million in 2000 to 45.8 million in 2015. Costs have soared over the same period, from $20.7 billion in 2000 to $83.1 billion in 2014.The most rapid growth in the food stamp caseload in recent years has been among able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs).. In the first three months after Maine’s work policy went into effect, its caseload of able-bodied adults without dependents plummeted by 80 percent, falling from 13,332 recipients in Dec. 2014 to 2,678 in March 2015.”

Obama’s oil-barrel tax latest in war on the poor “Obama never ceases to amaze, with an economic understanding matched only by Sanders’s most ardent supporters.For those who believe that electricity comes from the wall, food comes from the grocery store and clean water comes in a recyclable plastic bottle, Obama’s latest tax proposal to put a $10-per-barrel tax on oil consumed in the US must seem like a peachy idea.Here’s the problem that these liberal arts majors don’t understand: They are taxing themselves. One of the few great things happening in the U.S. economy is the lower price of oil, which is giving Americans of all incomes an equal break at the gas pump. Wealthier Americans who can afford Teslas or other exotic electric vehicles notwithstanding, the average American driver saved $550 at the gas pump in 2015, a free-market boost to the wallet and the national economy.”

Obama bullied bank to pay racial settlement without proof: report Why is this shakedown allowed to continue?? “Newly uncovered internal memos reveal the Obama administration knowingly exaggerated charges of racial discrimination in probes of Ally Bank and other defendants in the $900 billion car-lending business as part of a “racial justice” campaign that’s looking more like a massive government extortion and shakedown operation.So far, Obama’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has reached more than $220 million in settlements with several auto lenders since the agency launched its anti-discrimination crusade against the industry in 2013. Several other banks are under active investigation.That’s despite the fact that the CFPB had no actual complaints of racial discrimination — it was all just based on half-baked statistics.”

DHS ordered me to scrub records of Muslims with terror ties Must Read!! “..I can no longer be silent about the dangerous state of counter-terror strategy, our leaders’ willingness to compromise the security of citizens for the ideological rigidity of PC and our vulnerability to devastating, mass-casualty attack… in early 2009, I was ordered by my superiors to delete or modify several hundred records of individuals tied to designated Islamist terror groups from the fed database..These records are the basis for any ability to “connect dots.” Every day, DHS officers watch entering and exiting individuals associated with known terrorist affiliations, then look for patterns. Enforcing a political scrubbing of records of Muslims greatly affected our ability to do that. Even worse, going forward, my colleagues and I were prohibited from entering pertinent info into the database.”

So it begins here: U.S. city ‘overrun’ with criminal refugees “Amarillo is overrun with refugees,” said Sherman and described it as a city of rampant crime and cracking social fabric, thanks to the heavy influx of refugees.“We have 22 different languages spoken in our schools. We’ve got 42 languages being fielded by our 9-1-1 call centers, and crime is just through the roof. …Amarillo was recently named the fifth most dangerous city in Texas… And it has been nationally recognized as having one of the highest rates of rape in the nation.The rape epidemic in this world is becoming pandemic. It’s not confined to one location. 15 years ago in Norway, rape was unheard of. Now it’s an epidemic,” Sherman said. “The perpetrators are 100 percent Muslim males. In Sweden, rape has gone up by 500%. Stockholm recently had the dubious honor of opening their very first rape center for men and boys.”

Attention, parents: Sample score reports unveiled for 2016 statewide assessments “Education Commissioner Pam Stewart first discussed the new score reports with the State Board of Education in early January, and her department rolled them out officially Friday afternoon so parents will know what to expect when they get their children’s scores.There’s also a new website to help teachers, parents and students understand the information presented on the score reports.“Our goal is to ensure Floridians have access to an education system that prepares all students for future success,” Stewart said in a statement. “The standardized statewide assessments and the corresponding score reports are critical to achieving that goal because they provide students, parents and educators insight into what students have learned.”

Florida Gets Ready to Fight Zika Virus as Rick Scott Declares Emergency in Four Counties Glad to see Scott take action!! On Wed, Scott ordered state Surg Gen Dr. Armstrong to declare a public health emergency in Hillsborough, Lee, Miami-Dade and Santa Rosa counties due to the Zika virus. Issuing an exec order, Scott noted there were 9 cases in Fl, all of which were the result of travel to S.America. In parts of that continent mosquitos have transmitted the virus which has caused birth defects by biting pregnant women. 4 of the 9 cases are in Miami-Dade while Hillsborough and Lee counties reported 2 apiece and the remaining case taking part in Santa Rosa County. “.. we have to ensure Fl is prepared and stays ahead of the spread of the Zika virus in our state. Scott’s order ensures Armstrong contacts Fl Agriculture Commissioner Putnam to ready mosquito spraying in the 4 impacted counties.”

It is Time to Free Professionals and Technology to Provide Better and More Affordable Health-Care for Floridians  “Lawmakers are considering 2 TaxWatch recommendations to help Floridians… One change would reduce the limits on “telehealth” – the use of technology to expand access to all Floridians. More and more health-care providers are offering everything from routine visits to critical post-operative check-ups via computers, telephones, and smartphone apps.,, The 2nd proposal ..is expanding the scope of practice for the state’s 15,000 advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs). Freed from short-sighted legal barriers, ARNPs could provide up to 80% of the primary care needs for Fl patients. These nationally certified professionals have extensive training, and allowing them to provide efficient and thorough care for basic health-care needs would provide quicker, more accessible pathways to health for all Floridians.”

Gallup: More GOP states than Democratic — for first time ever Good News!! “Obama will spend 2016 trying to define his legacy. Gallup’s analysis of party affiliation cements his long-term legacy on the Democratic Party, at least. In his 7 plus years at the forefront of American politics, Obama’s legacy is one of record Republican affiliation at the state level:Gallup’s analysis of political party affiliation at the state level in 2015 finds that 20 states are solidly Republican or leaning Republican, compared with 14 solidly Democratic or leaning Democratic states. The remaining 16 are competitive. This is the first time in Gallup’s eight years of tracking partisanship by state that there have been more Republican than Democratic states. It also marks a dramatic shift from 2008, when Democratic strength nationally was its greatest in recent decades.”