Wednesday, March 4, 2015

RECAP TOWN COUNCIL MEETING – MARCH 3, 2015 --- by Larry Fillmore

Last night the Town Council met and the council chambers were filled. A TV with chairs had been setup in the hallway but there still was't enough room to seat everyone present.  The citizens turned out to protest the council requiring the School Department to cut $600,000.00 out of the 2015-2016 school budget.

Before Superintendent Green presented the school budget, the council conducted their normal business.  The following agenda items were approved by a vote of 6-0 because Councilor Lunt was excused:

1. Public Works Addition – The Council approved and gave permission to go forward on  the 25x80 addition to the current garage.
2. FY 2013 Homeland Security Supplemental Funds – The Council approved Chief Brooks to use $5,666.61 of forfeiture funds for the Voter Repeater System and $9,234.00 of forfeiture funds for two (2) mobile computers (MDTs) for the two new cruisers.    This leaves approximately $19,930.51 of forfeiture funds available.
3. Downtown Omnibus Municipal Tax Increment Financing District Development Program – This was a conditional TIF and the Council approved it.
4. Non-Storm Water Discharge Ordinance (First Reading) – Was approved as provided.
5. Post-Construction Storm Water Management Ordinance (First Reading) – Was approved as provided.
6. Section 47-4 Street Excavation Amendment (First Reading) – Was approved as provided.

Under Other Business – The Town Manager asked the council to hold off on replacing the Parks Director until April to give her time to look at all the options.  The Council agreed.  The Town Manager’s report revealed that there is a listing of unclaimed properties on the town web site under the Town Clerk’s section.  Also, the Police Department study will begin next week and will take 30-90 days.
Superintendent Green presented a preliminary 2015/2016 budget to the council.
This budget did not include the $600,000.00 cut directed by the Council.

During Audience Participation, approximately 25 citizens spoke in support of Mr. Green and against the school budget cuts.  This lasted until approximately 09:20 PM.  

The final order of business was that Mr. Edward Karass was appointed as the new Finance Director for the town of Lisbon.

Larry Fillmore

Public Health Officials Know: Recently Vaccinated Individuals Spread Disease

Recently vaccinated children a threat to public health: Evidence shows they can SPREAD disease and CAUSE outbreaks

Wednesday, March 04, 2015
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

(NaturalNews) The following announcement appeared on via Globe Newswire. It is extremely well cited and it shatters the lies and propaganda of the vaccine industry -- an industry that's losing the P.R. on every front due to their verbal abuse of vaccine-damaged children, strong-arm intimidation tactics and attempted government coercion to demand vaccine obedience.

Public Health Officials Know: Recently Vaccinated Individuals Spread DiseasePhysicians and public health officials know that recently vaccinated individuals can spread disease and that contact with the immunocompromised can be especially dangerous. For example, the Johns Hopkins Patient Guide warns the immunocompromised to "Avoid contact with children who are recently vaccinated," and to "Tell friends and family who are sick, or have recently had a live vaccine (such as chicken pox, measles, rubella, intranasal influenza, polio or smallpox) not to visit."(1)

A statement on the website of St. Jude's Hospital warns parents not to allow people to visit children undergoing cancer treatment if they have received oral polio or smallpox vaccines within four weeks, have received the nasal flu vaccine within one week, or have rashes after receiving the chickenpox vaccine or MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine.(2)

"The public health community is blaming unvaccinated children for the outbreak of measles at Disneyland, but the illnesses could just as easily have occurred due to contact with a recently vaccinated individual," says Sally Fallon Morell, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation. The Foundation promotes a healthy diet, non-toxic lifestyle and freedom of medical choice for parents and their children. "Evidence indicates that recently vaccinated individuals should be quarantined in order to protect the public."

Scientific evidence demonstrates that individuals vaccinated with live virus vaccines such as MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), rotavirus, chicken pox, shingles and influenza can shed the virus for many weeks or months afterwards and infect the vaccinated and unvaccinated alike. (3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10.11.12)

Furthermore, vaccine recipients can carry diseases in the back of their throat and infect others while displaying no symptoms of a disease. (13,14,15)

Both unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals are at risk from exposure to those recently vaccinated. Vaccine failure is widespread; vaccine-induced immunity is not permanent and recent outbreaks of diseases such as whooping cough, mumps and measles have occurred in fully vaccinated populations.(16,17) Flu vaccine recipients become more susceptible to future infection after repeated vaccination. (18,19)

Adults have contracted polio from recently vaccinated infants. A father from Staten Island ended up in a wheelchair after contracting polio while changing his daughter's diaper. He received a 22.5 million dollar award in 2009. (20,21)

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Eating Fats Really Doesn’t Make You Fat

Why Eating Fats Really Doesn’t Make You Fat

Plus a list of suggested fats
Barbara Minton

Does eating fat really make you fat? Is butter bad for you? Store shelves are still loaded with low-fat and-fat free products, so it seems that many people are on board with this notion. But recent evidence is showing that we’ve been told a big fat lie, and that eating fat does not cause weight gain or disease anymore than eating chicken can turn you into a bird.
Dr. Mark Hyman, the physician called in to help President Clinton recover from his bypass surgery, warns that it isn’t the fats, but rather processed carbohydrates that make us fat and sick. He points to a review of data from the British Journal of Medicine that shatters the myth that fat causes obesity and heart disease. Researchers found that while lowering saturated fat in the diet may lower total cholesterol, it’s actually lowering the good kind of LDL cholesterol, and not the bad kind.
The green light on eating fat given by Dr. Hyman even includes saturated fat. Another of the studies he notes refuted the idea that reducing dietary saturated fat improves cardiovascular health. Researchers summarized the evidence related to dietary saturated fat and risk of coronary heart disease, stoke, and cardiovascular disease. They found that there was no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease or coronary heart disease.
One of the characteristics of dietary fat is its ability to make people feel satiated and complete after eating a normal-sized meal. When there is less fat consumed, the tendency is to try to find the feeling of satiety by eating more starchy and sugary foods. But since these cannot match the feelings produced by fats, the outcome is to eat even more and more starches and sugars, which can lead to tremendous weight gain.
Interestingly, a study from the University of California found that most people who have a heart attack also have normal overall cholesterol levels. But Type 2 diabetes is prevalent in this cohort, probably the result of eating so many processed carbohydrates.

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Organic Farmer Grosses $100K an Acre Could he have found the most effective way to grow food?

Sustainability on Steroids: Organic Farmer Grosses $100K an Acre
Could he have found the most effective way to grow food?


We need GMOs to feed the world like a fish needs dry land. A controversial farmer in California is proving that a veritable bumper crop can be had using new farming methods that don’t require GMO pesticides, herbicides, or even weeding, and require 10 times less water than the average farm. The best part – he earned $100K per acre last season without even harvesting all of his land.

What kind of super-fertilizer allows Paul Kaiser to grow so much food on a mere 8 acres? Lot’s of rotten food scraps and rotten plants – otherwise known as compost. And he uses loads of it.

He uses farming practices both old, and cutting-edge-new so well that agricultural specialists from University of California at Davis who have tested his top soil can drive a four-foot steel pole all the way through his fields. This, as opposed to most parts of California, where it would hit infertile hard-pan in less than 12 inches.

Last year, Kaiser’s farm located in Sonoma Valley, CA grossed more than $100,000 an acre, too. This is ten times the average for most farmers of this area, even in lucrative wine-country.

His farm is no mega-farm, either. At just under 8 acres, he is beating even other large organic farms because the soil is still so damaged in other conventional and organic farms alike. He is certainly out-performing Big Ag methods of farming as his unique farming practices have turned the soil into a goldmine.

Kaiser follows what he calls the 3 main rules of soil health: Keep roots in the ground as much as possible, keep the soil covered as much as possible, and disturb the soil as little as possible.

Kaiser also doesn’t plow his fields (which means a lot less work) and he uses around 10 times less water than his peers. His neighbors still run sprinklers, but he waters for about an hour a week, using almost exclusively drip irrigation. This means that while California is still recovering from a drought, most farmers are watering the air – since most of the water is lost to evaporation. Kaiser is watering – how novel an idea – just his plants.

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Police say Obama bullet ban isn't needed, AR-15 round isn't a threat

BY PAUL BEDARD | MARCH 3, 2015 | 3:06 PM

A top police representative on Tuesday said that there is no history of criminals using a round popular among AR-15 rifle shooters against officers, undermining the Obama administration's argument for banning the 5.56 M855 "lightgreen tip."
"Any ammunition is of concern to police in the wrong hands, but this specific round has historically not posed a law enforcement problem," said James Pasco, executive director of the Washington office of the Fraternal Order of Police, the world's largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, with more than 325,000 members.

He told Secrets that the round used mostly for target practice "is not typically used against law enforcement."

While he said that he is "not finding fault" with the surprise move last month by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to classify the round as "armor piercing" and then ban it, Pasco added, "While this round will penetrate soft body armor, it has not historically posed a threat to law enforcement."

Facing growing GOP opposition, Democrats scramble to back a proposed bullet ban, calling them 'cop killers.'

Hillary Clinton conducted business on a private email account when She Was Secretary Of State.

Revelation About Hillary Clinton Emails Catches Democrats Off Guard


Hillary Rodham Clinton at an event for Emily's List in Washington on Tuesday. CreditJabin Botsford/The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The revelation that Hillary Rodham Clinton conducted government business entirely on a private email account as secretary of state has blindsided the Democratic establishment.
It was a bracing reminder of the risks entailed in the party’s all-but-all-in bet on Mrs. Clinton so early in the presidential nominating process. And it left Democrats contemplating the prospect of yet another long cycle of dramatic Clinton flare-ups — the type that President Obama obliquelycampaigned against in 2008.

The report on Mrs. Clinton’s emails, published by The New York Times late Monday night, left many Democrats privately expressing wonder as late as Wednesday morning that Mrs. Clinton and her aides had not anticipated the political problems that this could create.

In a testament to Mrs. Clinton’s political strength — and underscoring the scarcity of other potential White House hopefuls — senior Democrats spoke in her defense without fully explaining why she had avoided using a government account during her four-year tenure in the Obama administration.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Lisbon vs Standish The Facts Not The Hype

Does Lisbon need and can it afford its Large Police Force?
Warning Politically Incorrect Meme to Follow

When I ask this question I often get the response,"without our  Police Department Lisbon would be overrun with crime". When I ask the same people for supporting data to back up their claims they are always silent.

Lets look at the actual data and compare two Maine towns about the same size and both close to a larger city that has a much higher crime rate.

Lisbon Maine
Population 8957 ---Violent crimes-5 --- property crime-107 ---  crime index 65.

Standish Maine
Population 9901 --- violent crimes-4  --- property crime-138 ---  crime index 61.

Both of these towns seem to be relatively crime free but that is where the similarities end.

Lisbon has a 33 member Police force and has a tax mil rate of $20.98 per $1000 valuation.

Standish has the "County" police the Town and has a tax mil rate of  $12.15 per $1000 valuation.

Lets translate this information into meaningful numbers. If you  own the average Maine home worth $150,000 dollars, 
and live in --

Lisbon You pay  $3,147 in real estate taxes.
Standish you pay $1823 in real estate taxes.  

If you look at the 11 communities, our size, on Maine's "50 most dangerous places in Maine" you will discover that 9 of these 11 communities have large police forces.

Large Police Forces don't necessarily reduce crime rates.

Given the above FACTS can anyone tell me why our Councilors insist on spending money, we don't have, to support a Police Force that doesn't statistically make us any safer?  

Why is this expensive Police Department so important to our Councilors that they are willing to Foreclose on the homes and dreams of Lisbon's financially less fortunate, in order to keep this Police Force?

Don't take my word for this, do the research yourself.
Police staff and Mil rates can be found on town web sites or by calling the towns.
Crime index numbers can be found here 

Joe Hill

Editors Note: Don't be misled by those that try to confuse the issue by saying tax base and spending aren't equal in the two towns so the comparison is invalid. 

These people just don't understand that the difference in tax base and revenue is due to the reduction in mil rate. If you drastically cut spending/Mil rate by going to a County sheriff based Police Force the other numbers inevitably follow. 


Replaced all cops with private security

Image Credits: Elvert Barnes / Flickr


A Texas town has proven that there is a solution to out of control cops after it replaced the entire police department with private security officers and saw a remarkable drop in crime by 61%.

Sharpstown, located southwest of Houston, decided in 2012 that regular public policing was proving wholly ineffective, and opted not to renew a contract with the constable’s office.

Instead the town’s civic leaders hired private security agents with the company SEAL Security Solutions, and devised a more effective policing strategy.

“Since we’ve been in there, an independent crime study that they’ve had done [indicates] we’ve reduced the crime by 61%” in just 20 months, James Alexander, Director of Operations for SEAL told reporters with

That is an estimated slashing of criminal activity of almost two thirds in just over a year and a half.

Alexander believes that the reason for such a dramatic drop has come with more sensible policing in areas that need it the most.

“We do directed patrols, meaning we don’t just put an officer out there and say ‘here, go patrol.’ We look at recent crime stats, and we work off of those crime stats.” he states.

“So if we have hotspots in those areas say for that month, we focus and concentrate our efforts around those hotspots.”

He also believes that officers should spend less time filling in paperwork and more time engaging effectively for a safer community.

“On a constable patrol contract, it’s either a 70/30 or an 80/20. Meaning they say they patrol your community 70 percent of the time, [while] 30 percent of the time they use for running calls out of your area or writing reports.”

According to the report, Sharpstown is saving $200,000 per year over their previous contract with the constable, and they now have more patrol officers for less money.

Of course, a further incentive for employing private police is that there are less bureaucratic black holes to hide within, and there is more accountability. A claim against an officer means a claim against them personally and against the entire company, rather than against faceless government pen pushers.

In addition, companies like SEAL operate as businesses, and as such are profit driven to provide the most efficient service. It is highly inefficient to police with brute force and to incur endless lawsuits. Taxpayer dollars would simply not be available to fund them.

Thirdly, private security companies are less likely to be handed, and also less willing to receive, hordes of unwanted and outdated military equipment, as so many police departments around the country have in recent times.

The report notes that over 70 communities in Harris County now have contracts with SEAL. “They’re less expensive, better at crime prevention, they do not target citizens for revenue, and, best of all, each officer is personally accountable for his or her actions.” the report states.

“The rest of the country would do well to closely examine the success of Sharpstown’s implementation of private security.” it concludes.

TED Talk on Legalizing Medical Marijuana Will Break Your Heart

How Root Canals Could Spark Autoimmune Diseases

Here is the surprising connection

Robert Harrington

Are root canals safe? Dr. George Meinig, author of Root Canal Cover-Up, was a founding member of the American Association of Endodontics. He quit the association later in his career after he saw firsthand the adverse affects that root canals have on the immune system. Dr. Meinig also witnessed the irreparable damage to the jaw bone caused by the infected cavitation sites where root canaled teeth once sat.

What exactly is a root canal?

The standard root canal procedure effectively kills the tooth by removing all the dental pulp. The dental pulp contains the blood supply, nerves, and connective tiss
ue. Once the pulp chamber in the center of the tooth is emptied of these vital tissues, it is incapable of carrying on necessary functions.

The filling materials such as gutta-percha, which are used to fill the pulp chamber, are chosen for their properties to expand into the tiny spaces, cracks and crevices of the voided roots. Gutta-percha, a common dental product, is the rigid natural latex produced from the sap of the Palaquium gutta tree. This type of filling material has been the cause for many root canals that have gone bad.
Truth be told, every root canal is problematic because once the tooth has been devitalized, it can no longer perform the critical functions of cleansing, repair, and growth. A root-canaled tooth is in fact a dead tooth. The introduction of toxic and/or allergenic filling materials sets up an environment that invites infection. Therefore, every root-canaled tooth ultimately becomes infected; albeit, most are low grade, subclinical infections.

How does a root canal affect the tooth?

Because a root canal will always eliminate the tooth’s capacity to properly cleanse itself, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. Many root-canaled teeth develop infections right at the root. These infections are called focal infections which can ultimately cause disease and illness in different parts of the body far removed from the infected cavitation sites.
It is the systemic nature of these focal infections that often causes them to evolve into various autoimmune disorders. Since many root canals sit in the mouth for decades, there exists ample opportunity for various target organs and organ systems to be undermined by these undetected and often subclinical focal infections.
The thousands of dentin tubules which form the matrix of the dentin become permeated with bacteria which cannot be adequately addressed by the incapacitated tooth. As the toxins accumulate over time, the dead tooth can no longer properly detoxify itself. This often leads to an abscessed tooth of which the only healthy remedy is extraction.

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Consumers Boycott Kellogg’s GMOs, and Now Retailers Do Too!

GMOs don't belong in 'all natural' foods

Christina Sarich

Championing consumers of the United States who refuse to eat GMO foods, Sunshine Natural Foods and Vitamins is boycotting Kellogg’s, including the Kashi brand which was touted as ‘organic’ by the company, but was exposed as fraud. Sure, it’s a small natural foods store in Grants Pass, Oregon, but it counts!
Kellogg’s recently faced an enormous class-action lawsuit over Kashi and the fact that its products contains sugar which is not derived from ‘juice’ as they claim. In addition to this, 100% of the soy used in Kashi products is GMO-derived. This is anything but ‘all natural’ as the company claimed.
Another New England grocery store decided to remove Kashi brand from its shelves just as sunshine Natural Foods did. They won’t sell the public toxic ingredients that they don’t want.
Perhaps ahead of the curve, they also realize that selling GMOs is not a good way to conduct business. Who wants to alienate millions of possible customers who have made it clear they don’t want genetically modified ingredients in their food?
Furthermore, Kashi donated hundreds of thousands to keep consumers from knowing what is in their food by contributing to the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association’s bid to deny GMO labeling in several states.
It was a small Rhode Island grocer that exposed Kashi for what they really were, and now the public has admirably acted in accord – boycotting anything made by Kellogg’s, and not just the Kashi brand.
Consumers felt duped, but they didn’t act like victims to biotech companies and mega food manufacturers. This, even though consumer complaints were initially brushed off by Kashi general Manager David DeSouza, who told USA Today that since the FDA doesn’t regulate the term “natural,” the cereal maker has done nothing wrong by defining “natural” as minimally-processed with no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, or sweeteners.
There they go again – the public relations teams of these companies must stay up long nights trying to come up with the lies they tell their executives to push.

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International Protest Against GMO Trees Coming March 3rd

Don't let GE trees be approved again


It is time to take action in solidarity with activists in Brazil trying to protect their forests from biotech meddling. On March 3rd, Brazil will make a decision about genetically modified trees that could change the planet. Without enough pressure from local movements as well as from people around the world, these GE trees will pollute the planet. We need you to send a resounding message to the makers – No GE trees!

The push for genetically modified trees by biotech, paper, lumber, and energy companies does not have our environment, nor human health in mind, though they make promises of sustainability. ArborGen is just the first to try to get their genetically modified trees into the ecosystem.

Arbor Gen already petitioned the USDA successfully for approval of their GE trees in the US, but don’t let them spread their biotech lies (and seed) anywhere else! Protection groups from around the globe have unified to publicly condemn the US government for allowing the first genetically modified tree to be legalized with zero government or public oversight and zero environmental risk assessments. What’s more, the decision was made despite overwhelming public opposition.

The company already plans to seed the entire South, from Texas to South Carolina, with hundreds of thousands of GE trees. Once these trees are planted, their pollen can drift for up to a hundred miles, affecting other non-GE trees and plants.Image from

Plantations of genetically modified eucalyptus trees are not forests – and the biodiversity of our planet is in danger if GE trees are allowed to be planted in Brazil. GE trees are meant to accelerate large-scale mono-cropping, totally dimissing the profound diversity of the forest.

If GE trees are allowed by international governments, then we can expect the legacy of deforestation, pollution of ecosystems, and the further violation of human rights to continue as they have with plantations of eucalyptus, poplar, palm, and other mono-culture trees. GE trees are an untested and unregulated danger, and should not be allowed.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

6 Cops appear to Execute Man In Broad Daylight in LA ------ This is beyond Brutality

LOYALTY OR COMMUNITY? ---- by Larry Fillmore

This is the situation that faces each and every member of the Town Council.  Councilors are elected by the people to make major decisions that affect the community.  The people are relying on each councilor to vote what is best for the community and not a hidden agenda of their own.  In a perfect world, this is the way it is supposed to work.

Previous councils have proven that councilors voted to support loyalty instead of doing what is best for the community and the people who elected them.  Loyalty is a strong emotion that cannot be easily dismissed.  

Aside from a few councilors on the present Town Council, this is an excellent council who has managed to put the community first on the majority of votes.  However, there is an area that has been a political nightmare for everyone and that is the Police Department budget.  Previous councils and this council are extremely reluctant to make any cuts to the Police Department for whatever reason.  Councils have no remorse cutting every other department on the municipal side.

An option that no council or councilors has looked into is the possibility of outsourcing the Police Department to the County.  This is an option other towns have taken to save money and it has worked very well, such as Standish.  So the real question is why has our Town Council NOT looked into this as an alternative solution?  Not looking into ALL options is truly an injustice to the people and to our community.

Lisbon currently pays more than $500,000.00 tax dollars to the County for services.  The taxpayers are supporting a redundant service by paying close to an additional $300,000.00 for the operation of the Communication Center which can be provided by the County.  The town would have to pay for ONLY the service it uses above the current County tax.  Androscoggin County Dispatch receives directly all 911 calls and can dispatch Police, Fire and Medical from that location instead of having to relay the information to our Communication Center to dispatch First Responders.  This puts our lives at risk and for what?  This is another area where loyalty comes before the best interest of the community.

Now let’s look at the roll the Town Manager plays in this.  The Town Manager works DIRECTLY for the Town Council and must take direction from the Town Council.  Mrs. Barnes is doing an excellent job cleaning up the mess left by the previous Town Manager Stephen Eldridge.  Our current Town Manager is working well with the Town Council on matters pertaining to the municipal side.

In this budget season, it is critical that the Town Council and our Councilors, forget loyalty, and explore all options which are in the best interest of this community and the taxpayers.

Larry Fillmore