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Calling for a Congressional investigation of the CDC, IDSA and ALDF

We are experiencing a health crisis here in New Hampshire and across the country with the growing epidemic of Lyme disease. A number of legislators have personally been affected and have introduced legislation to address this problem. Here are just a few recent examples. Massachusetts Representative David Linsky: “The occurrence of Lyme disease has reached near epidemic proportions in Massachusetts. Virtually every family in Massachusetts has been affected by Lyme disease in some way. Lyme disease is a public health crisis in the Commonwealth.” Read more… Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York Senator Richard Blumenthal: "Today for me culminates more than a decade of work and probably a decade more, because I've seen firsthand the devastating, absolutely unacceptable damage done by Lyme disease to individual human beings, Connecticut children and residents whose lives have been changed forever as a result of Lyme disease” Read more…. New Jersey, Pennsylvania Congressman Chris Smith: "It seems everywhere I go, someone comes up to me to talk about how Lyme disease has severely impacted their lives or someone they know," Read more… Virginia Virginia Governor’s Task Force Chair Michael P Farris, Esq: "Doctors here in Virginia are committing malpractice by saying the ELISA test is sufficient." Read more… Texas Sen. Harris says he was severely affected by the disease, but “got a lucky break.” His doctor, constrained by a disciplinary board that limited antibiotic use for tick-borne illness to 1 month or less, arranged for 17 physicians to take turns writing prescriptions for Sen. Harris’s treatment. Read more… Two HoustonTexas physicians tested their chronically ill patients for Lyme disease via CDC Western blot criteria finding all patients positive for the infection in a state where the prevalence of Lyme infected ticks is only about 1-2%. “No history of bull’s-eye rash or illness following tick bite was reported by these patients.” The CDC defines “Lyme disease” exclusively as a zoonotic illness. Congenital and gestational transfer cases have been disregarded for reasons not evident to us”. Read more… Congenital Transmission of Lyme: 28 Peer-Reviewed Studies After spending four years on this subject the following statement from a physician on the front lines treating the late stage Lyme epidemic for a quarter century rings true: “In the fullness of time, the mainstream handling of chronic Lyme disease will be viewed as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of medicine because elements of academic medicine, elements of government and virtually the entire insurance industry have colluded to deny a disease.” We have studies proving persistent infection after antibiotic treatment for mice, dogs, ponies, monkeys, cows, iris biopsy, and ligamentous tissue but if you perform a simple Yahoo search for the following statement, “There is no convincing scientific evidence that chronic Lyme exists” you will find the top search results are connected to “elements of academic medicine” involved in the denial of the late stage Lyme epidemic. Persistent Lyme infection: 273 Peer-Reviewed Studies Circular reasoning: "Suppress all evidence and then proclaim there is no evidence" “One way to stop an epidemic is to redefine it by narrowing the disease's diagnostic criteria so tightly that it's hard for any chronically ill Lyme patient to fit the profile and obtain insurance reimbursement.” Read more… The following CDC letter (Dec 1996) addressed to former Senator Alfonse D’Amato promising to inform the medical community that the CDC’s Lyme case definition was created for reporting purposes only and not intended for clinical diagnosis is yet another failure on the part of the CDC to follow up on their responsibilities. Countless numbers of Lyme patients have been denied treatment and insurance reimbursement as a result of the restrictive case definition.  Read more… Jan 2004 testimony from Paul Mead, M.D., M.P.H. Medical Epidemiologist from the CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases: “No surveillance case definition is 100% accurate. There will always be some patients with Lyme disease whose illness does not meet the national surveillance case definition.”  Read more… Seronegativity in Lyme borreliosis: 103 Peer-Reviewed Studies There has been a combined effort on the part of the CDC, IDSA and ALDF to use the media for propagating the Lyme disease disinformation campaign following Chomsky's propaganda model. They have used Medscape, Family Practice News, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet Infectious Diseases and now The American Heart Association to spread the disinformation. This deliberate campaign is aimed at purposely confusing our medical community to keep case numbers artificially low by omitting the late stage of the disease entirely as there is absolutely no medical training whatsoever for the later stages of this disease (Willful Ignorance) so patients are often ping ponged though the medical community for years or decades before obtaining a late stage Lyme diagnosis. Nine Steps to Deny an Epidemic on a National Level 101 Letter to the editor of Clinical Infectious Diseases questioning the validity of Dr Alan Steere’s research. Read more…. Letter to the editor of Clinical Infectious Diseases questioning the validity of Dr Gary Wormser’s research. Read more…. Dr Alan MacDonald’s letter to the editor of Clinical Infectious Diseases questioning the reality of the abstract by Lantos, Auwaerter, and Wormser: Read more….. Agenda-driven bias:  “People with these types of agendas may be more likely to abuse meta-analysis due to personal bias” NEJM editor: “No longer possible to believe much of clinical research published” When “evidence based medicine” has been spun to fit bias agendas and the patient voice has been intentionally ignored who investigates the dishonest science? Email message sent to the editors of the publications listed above announcing this petition. Read more… It’s all about the VACCINE It has become blatantly obvious that the CDC will go to great lengths to insure that Lyme disease remains within its narrow definition in order to fit the vaccine model. Chronic Lyme does not fit any vaccine model.  The CDC has long known about the virulence and persistence of this spirochete focusing on a vaccine as the cure-all to this world wide epidemic. The late stage/chronic Lyme community has become collateral damage for a vaccine market in the course of a government sponsored initiative as Baxter’s phase III clinical trials are underway. The CDC has aligned itself with institutions/researchers with a bias against persistent infection and has misused its authority by inappropriately allotting government funds to Mass General Hospital (Dr Alan Steere) and New York Medical College (Dr Gary Wormser) as identified in the following communications. Read more…. The Principle Investigators of the two previous Lyme vaccines: Allen C. Steere for SmithKlineBeecham's LymeRix and Gary Wormser for Connaught's vaccine (which never made it to market) have conceptualized a disease that would enable vaccine development. The one-size-fits-all Lyme treatment guideline (lead author: Gary Wormser) matches the conceptualized disease. A preventive vaccine for Lyme disease would not satisfy the FDA if a chronic persistent infection and seronegative disease exist. Post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome is simply a fabricated medical condition disguising treatment failure. Seronegativity in Lyme borreliosis: 103 Peer-Reviewed Studies It remains questionable that a Lyme disease vaccine is practical for an infection that produces a lack of immunological memory (unlike Measles, Mumps etc.) so the Wormser study fabricating a six year strain-specific immunity makes perfect sense for the marketing/acceptance of such vaccine as identified in a letter to Editor in Chief, Ferric C. Fang, M.D. Infection and Immunity.  Read more… The producers of the documentary, “Under Our Skin,” submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to investigate possible conflicts-of-interest of three Centers for Disease Control (CDC) employees who control public health policy for Lyme disease. (Barbara Johnson, Paul Mead and David Dennis) That request was finally fulfilled (May 2012) from the Department of Health and Human Services (five years later!). The information received is highly redacted with approximately half the information cut. What does the CDC know about Lyme disease that requires hiding from the public? The Centers for Disease Control has betrayed the public trust. For more on the FOIA see Poughkeepsie Journal article # 1    article # 2 By Mary Beth Pfeiffer Mary Beth Pfeiffer of the Poughkeepsie Journal highlighted the worst conflicts of interests between federal officials and a core group of researchers receiving government grants in the “ties that bind” page. Read more… Who is responsible for the “highly pathogenic” clone of the Lyme disease bacteria, (Borrelia burgdorferi) found in Europe and North America as reported by the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases? Read more… The following list establishes who knew what and when identifying their contribution to the disinformation campaign aimed at denying persistent Borrelia infection. When subpoenas are issued CDC officials cannot claim conflicts of scheduling issues and must attend to testify under oath regarding the mishandling of Lyme disease. Congressional Investigation Subpoena List 1. CDC Officials DAVID DENNIS (1) (2) (3), C. Ben Beard, Barbara Johnson (1), Paul Mead (1), Joseph Breen     Former NIH Lyme Program Officers Phillip Baker, Edward McSweegan (1)(2) 2. IDSA Lyme Treatment Guideline Authors  (1) (2) (3) (4) Gary P Wormser (1), Raymond J. Dattwyler (1), Eugene D. Shapiro,          John J Halperin (1), Allen C. Steere (1), Mark S Klempner (1),   Peter J. Krause, Johan S. Bakken, Franc Strle, Gerold Stanek,                  Linda Bockenstedt (1), Durland Fish (1) (2), J. Stephen Dumler, Robert B. Nadelman     Academic Medicine Paul Auwaerter, Arthur Weinstein (1) 3. The American Lyme Disease Foundation Phillip Baker, (1) (2) Executive Director Please call your legislator and respectfully urge immediate action from the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to fully investigate the facts surrounding the failures of leadership and management deficiencies by requesting a Congressional investigation of the CDC, IDSA and ALDF (Find your Senator) (Find your Representative) Yolanda Foster on Lyme disease, one of the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” Dr Alan MacDonald on Alzheimer's and Lyme disease, “The Biology of Lyme Disease: An Expert's Perspective” Remarks: World Wide Lyme Rally & Protest Kenneth B. Liegner, M.D. Lyme disease testing flaws and conflicts of interests The Barry Marshall affect on chronic disease Inconvenient truths Bullying of Lyme patients List of abbreviations CDC: Centers for Disease ControlIDSA: Infectious Disease Society of AmericaALDF: American Lyme Disease Foundation Carl TuttleHudson, NH03051 Website: New Hampshire Lyme Misdiagnosis  Letter to the Editor, The Lancet Infectious Diseases Published May 2012 The Tuttle family was featured on New Hampshire Chronicle’s “Living with Lyme” with the program archived on their site in six small segments for viewing on the computer Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

Carl Tuttle
53,129 supporters
Petitioning Donald Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Department of Veterans Affairs, Alabama State Senate, Alabama State House, Alabama Governor, Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Flo...

Congress: Let all children of U.S. military service members unite with their families!

I’m Jenifer Bass, a U.S. Navy veteran, who served for 10 years, one-third in the Asia-Pacific region. It was due to my travel between ports in countries like Japan and Thailand that I first encountered amerasian children, and descendants, of U.S. service members and civilian contractors previously stationed overseas. In the Philippines alone, more than 52,000-plus children were born and left behind after the U.S. Navy withdrew the last of its military personnel in 1992. Right now, the U.S. government won’t legally recognize them as U.S. citizens, despite having been born to an American parent. The Philippine Embassy won't help them either. Today, there are estimated to be more than 250,000-plus children. Many amerasians are caught in a no-man’s land of discrimination and poverty -- most left behind by U.S. service members who are unaware that they’ve fathered children overseas. My friend John Haines is one of these sailors. In 2011, John discovered he was the father of a half-Filipino daughter, Jannette. He attempted to unite with her through the American Homecoming Act -- but was frustrated to learn that the Act did not apply to Filipino children of U.S. service members. Today, all John wants is to  be united with his daughter and grandchildren. He, like so many other veterans are living with a “hole in their hearts” as they search for ways to unite with their children. There is hope. The Uniting Families Act of 2017 creates a specialized visa allowing military veterans and eligible civilian contractors to sponsor their children and grandchildren for U.S. citizenship. Blood relationship must be proven by DNA test and the total number of visas granted will be capped at 5,000 each year. The issue takes on more urgency as so many of our veterans from our wars in Southeast Asia are getting older and dying each day -- without the chance to connect, or in some cases, reconnect with their own children.  John’s daughter Jannette has already undertaken the DNA testing process, conclusively proving her relationship to her American father. All she’s waiting for is the opportunity to permanently unite with her father. There is a PBS documentary, "Left by the Ship" (2010), documenting a day in the  life and the personal struggles as a Filipino amerasian on the never ending search for identity and their struggle to connect to their American military fathers. Please sign this petition to tell Congress that these families cannot wait another day. Pass the Uniting Families Act of 2017 now!

Jenifer Bass
33,250 supporters
Closed
Petitioning New Hampshire State House, New Hampshire Governor, New Hampshire State Senate, Jeanne Shaheen, Kelly Ayotte, Maggie Hassan, Bernie Sanders, U.S. House of Representatives, Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Sen...

Make Drug Treatment More Available in New Hampshire

Hello, all. My name is Kerry Anne Garnick. I am a New Hampshire native and a recovering drug addict. In March of 2016, I was on death's door. I couldn't stop getting high despite overdoses, brushes with the law, and multiple attempts to stop using. On March 28, I finally decided that I needed to go to treatment. I told my parents and we started calling different treatment centers all around New England. My first day clean was extremely rough. I was vomiting all day and could not hold down solid food. This was made worse by the fact that I knew that my misery could be temporarily staved off by just getting high "one more time". Because of intense parental supervision, however, I managed to stay clean until I found a treatment center in New Hampshire that had a bed for me. As I was leaving my house, they called me and told me that even with my mother's federal employee insurance, my insurance would not cover the cost. At this point, I was ready to give up. Had it not been for my crying mother, I would probably have left my house that day and gotten high. Eventually, after days of calling and staying on long wait lists, I finally found a treatment center in Pennsylvania that would take me immediately and be covered by my insurance, but the fact that I had to go to Pennsylvania in the first place is extraordinarily dangerous. I think back and see how lucky I am. Had my parents not been able to afford to take time off from work to take me to Pennsylvania, or if they had not been available to supervise me 24 hours a day while I was waiting for a bed, I would have probably died from an overdose. Many of my friends, however, weren't so lucky. During the time that they were waiting to get into treatment, some continued to use and are still using today; others were found dead of an overdose. In 2015, 428 people died in New Hampshire as a result of a drug overdose. This means that per capita, we have one of the worst overdose rates in the country. In a situation this dire, we don't have time to be placed on waiting lists. We don't have the luxury of waiting to find a place that will be covered by the insurance that we have. My plan is simple: Make treatment more available by giving tax incentives for people to open up treatment centers in New Hampshire, allot more revenue to help fund these treatment centers, and make the insurance plans cover more treatment centers around the state. These are necessary, common sense reforms that will save an untold number of lives. Please sign this petition so that we can finally do something about this horrible epidemic. Thank you for your time.

Kerry Anne Garnick
16,049 supporters
Victory
Petitioning New Hampshire Governor

Tell New Hampshire Lawmakers: Helping Animals Is Not A Crime!

My name is Declan. I’m an 11 year old 6th-grader from New Hampshire. I love animals and believe that we have a responsibility to protect them from cruelty and abuse. I need your help to stop the dangerous “Ag Gag” bill that would cause more animals to suffer.New Hampshire’s government is considering a bill that pretends to help animals, but actually protects animal abusers!For years, animal protection charities have been conducting investigations that expose terrible cruelty in the meat, egg and dairy industries. Can you imagine locking chickens in tiny cages where they can’t even spread their wings for their whole lives? Or putting pigs in crates where they can’t turn around or move more than a step forward or backward? I get bored just sitting in my room sometimes when I can't go out and play with friends, so it must be so miserable in these 'factory farm' conditions where they treat animals like commodities instead of living beings.The companies that own the factory farms and slaughterhouses don’t like these videos coming out. You’d think they’d respond by being less cruel to animals so there would be nothing bad to videotape. But instead of doing the right thing, these factory farmers want to just keep us all in the dark about animal abuse and punish those who would expose it!The legislation the meat companies (factory farms) are pushing to try and trick people that they care about the animals, is called House Bill 110. The good news is that we have a chance of stopping this terrible bill. My mom and I are doing this petition because we know our governor, Maggie Hassan, and other lawmakers in New Hampshire care about animals. We need to remind them that animal cruelty is the real crime, not exposing it! I'm just a kid, but I know what's right and what's wrong. And you don't even need to be in school to know that being honest is important. Please join me in standing up for animals by signing my petition – we’re their only voice!

Declan and Stacie Gregg
7,626 supporters
Petitioning President of the United States

Remove the penalty that prevents people with disabilities from marrying!

When we think of marriage equality, we think about the ongoing fight LGBT couples face, but another minority group must deal with the stark reality that they are better off living in long-term committed relationships, without marriage. Like LGBT couples, these couples are denied the right to over 1,100 rights afforded to married couples. They have been denied access into their loved ones hospital rooms, faced family disputes over wills and have been denied spousal benefits from their partners workplace or the government in the event of their partners death. These are people with disabilities. Many people rely on the government for medical and financial assistance. Without medical insurance they would have no way to live independently. They would be forced into nursing homes (some already are), which would cost the government significantly more than getting Medicare and/or Medicaid does. At the same time, this assistance comes with a price. The government expects married couples to share income and that affects any assistance the couple receives. For many, their spouse makes too much (even if they make meager SSDI payments). This cuts into the healthcare services these couples receive. For some, their able-bodied partners make too much to allow them to qualify for medical assistance, if married, but not enough to pay out of pocket for costly medical equipment, medicine, or any other needs the disabled partner has. Add in the fact that even when a person with a disability can work, the opportunity for quality medical insurance is hard to find, due to their pre-existing condition and you will understand why many couples with disabilities are forced to live in domestic partnerships. Also, if two people with disabilities marry and they are on SSI or SSDI, their payments are CUT significantly, making it hard for them to maintain independence and afford their own food, shelter, clothing or other necessities. The time to stand up is now!! Let your Senators and Representatives know you want to remove the income caps placed on individuals with disabilities, so they can keep the government assistance and still be able to get married. Every loving couple deserves the right to marry. No one should have to choose between their wheelchair and their love, their therapy and their love, their medication and their love, their ability to eat or have a roof over their head and their love!! Those are not choices!! Help make it possible for those with disabilities to share their love without being penalized!Join our fight for marriage equality for people with disabilities:https://www.facebook.com/MarriageEqualityForPeopleWithDisabilities

Dominick Evans
6,491 supporters
Closed
Petitioning New Hampshire State House, New Hampshire State Senate, Jeb Bradley, Maggie Hassan, Jeanne Shaheen

NH needs a law to have someone committed involuntary to treatment for drugs or alcohol

Please read this story to understand why we need a law In New Hampshire that allows a person to request a court order requiring someone to be civilly committed and treated involuntarily for alcohol or substance abuse.  On July 16, 2016 John C. "Bubba" Carter died of a drug overdose. Bubba was first introduced to drugs at the young age of 13. He began drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana. His addiction rapidly progressed into heavier drugs such as, pills, cocaine, and heroin. Through the years, Bubba fought hard to live a life of sobriety, and attended his first rehab at the age of 15. As he continued to struggle, he again entered his second rehab at the age of 16. After leaving his second rehab he attempted to attend AA, and NA meetings weekly. Battling with his anxiety he had a fear of not being accepted by his peers. The stigma of drug addiction surrounded him everywhere he went. While he was dealing with his own demons, he lost friends along the way to this horrible disease. This effected him greatly. During this time his family and friends continued to reach out and offer love and support. On March 17,2016, Bubba with the help of family and friends entered his final detox and rehab before he died. After three weeks there he left the facility and returned home where he continued to spiral out of control. At some point, which we learned later, he maintained 30 days of sobriety on his own between March and April. He was very proud of himself. We then learned he relapsed in May of 2016. Two weeks prior to his death on June 30, 2016, his family and friends attempted an intervention. At this time Bubba was no longer living at his mother's home. Although his family kept in contact with him, they had decided to stop enabling him hoping he would choose recovery again. During this intervention the police were also involved and tried to help him but because Bubba knew all the "right" words to say to the police their hands were tied. We then learned Bubba had been using heroin intravenously.  In Massachusetts and other states they have a section 35 which allows a family member, police officer or doctor to have a person civilly commited struggling with addiction commited for treatment for drugs or alcohol. A judge then can have that person committed to a detox for up to 30 days or more. New Hampshire has a civil commitment for mental illness but it does not cover alcohol or drugs. Maybe if we had that option the police or us as family could have had him commited. Things may have been different if we had a law in New Hampshire. We don't know if it would have saved his life but we wish we did have that option as a tool to at least try.  Families need more options to help their loved ones who need it!    Sign this petition! We need to help save those who are struggling with addiction like Bubba was! Some of us have lost family members and friends to this horrible disease and it needs to stop! Sign this petition to make  a NEW HAMPSHIRE law like this available to families! 

Kailynd Biggar
6,326 supporters
Petitioning Muriel Bowser (D. C. - Mayor), Dannel Malloy, Asa Hutchinson, John Hickenlooper, Rick Scott, Nathan Deal, David Ige, Bruce Rauner, Eric Holcomb, Kim Reynolds, Sam Brownback, John Bel Edwards, Paul ...

Stop The Statute of Limitations (SOL) on Sex Crimes - Sexual Assault, Pedophilia, Rape

Lesley Barton’s WWII hero father once said to her, “You should never take advantage of someone that is weak or vulnerable just because you can." Little did he know how much his simple words would one day mean to his beloved daughter as the 1st survivor of 10 (4 in SOL 6 outside of it) known victims to report a 15 yr active and violent serial rapist who continuously got off with slaps on the wrist. The time is NOW to Stop The Statute of Limitations on Sex Crimes for children and adults. Please click the link below to learn more about her and her sisters’ fight against sadistic and emboldened rapist Marc Winner and to really understand the gravity of predators like him who are able to use the statute of limitations against their victims to their advantage. http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/December-2016/Marc-Winner/__________________________________________Lesley’s story... Over 16 years, she’d hoped and prayed this day would actually never come, because although she knew he couldn’t stop-it was her greatest wish that he would, so no one else would be violently raped by him again. Painfully, that was not the case with 4 in the Statute of Limitations and 10 known total in a 15 year period. The continuous promises made to her when they wanted her to be okay with the plea deal, were not kept. Woman after woman reported him only to be disbelieved and disregarded, because of archaic belief systems even within the justice system and Chicagoland Cook County City and Suburbs being on different computer systems. How senseless is that? This has not been an easy road for her and her sisters. It’s actually been harder than any victim survivor could ever be able to explain. Our msister and brother survivors understand why sexual assault is the most under reported crime, because coming forward in order to protect others from a monster has no upsides due to the revictimization of stigma, harassment, a pretty inept and broken system, and those who want to make rape of all things about politics or shaming and blaming the survivor rather than stopping the perp. It’s been a long 16+ years for Lesley Barton who was the first to report Marc Winner for criminal sexual assault. Even after she came to terms with the unthinkable by finding some joy again she was really thrown for a loop that invasion day almost two years ago now when she found out he was back or actually never left. For he remained active and her reporting him, going to all their trial dates, and his slap on the wrist plea deal didn’t keep him from continuing his proclivity to do irreparable and permanent harm. Lesley no lomger feels any of the unfounded shame or blame any longer. She could really careless what the ignorant callous bullies towards survivors of rape think or say either. She does however feel an immense responsibility to her sisters who survived him, all sister and brother survivors, and the community at large to see this through to the end-to finish this-and to help convict him anyway they lawfully can so he never hurts another living soul again. Many confusingly mock and attack survivor activists who put it all on the line to stop criminals by using the term social justice warrior as a negative connotation on the internet and elsewhere. However, what they don’t seem to understand is that this is NOT a political issue and a violent despicable crime such as rape can never be referred to as “social.” It’s a matter of stopping a violent criminal from seriously hurting others in a way that the survivors receive a life sentence. Rape is actually a CRIMINAL JUSTICE issue-always has been, always will be. As a Criminal Justice issue, one way to end the emboldening of predators like Marc Winner, Brock Turner, Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, James Toback, Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, Louis CK, USA Gymnasts Dr. Larry Nassar, Thad Alton, and Denny Hastert (to name only a small few) is to Stop the Statute of Limitations Clock. Predators know very well that they have a time clock they can easily run out during the often decades of time it takes a victim to come forward and be a survivor. The time is NOW to #StopTheStatute of Limitations on Sex Crimes in every state for children and adults, once and for all. There are no statutes in different states on Forgery, types of Fraud, Murder, Manslaughter, Attempted Murder, Arson, types of DUI accidents, and even in a few on Rape, but a few isn’t good enough-Rape is a life sentence, so should be the time period it takes to report it (which remember does not mean the lack of burden of proof) in order to help deter. The system needs to give survivors the time they need to come to terms with the heinous violation to their body and spirit in order to get closure and justice-How can’t everyone have some common sense, reasonably understand, and get behind that? #metoo#Ibelieveyou#stopthestatute

Lesley Barton
2,687 supporters
Petitioning Alabama State Senate, Alaska State Senate, Arizona State Senate, Arkansas State Senate, California State Senate, Colorado State Senate, Connecticut State Senate, Delaware State Senate, Florida Stat...

Require Amazon to Collect and Remit Sales Tax For All FBA (Fulfilled By Amazon) Sales

Please require Amazon to collect and remit sales tax for all FBA (fulfilled by Amazon) purchases. Requiring the hundreds of thousands of small businesses to register in every state and collect and remit in all applicable states is not practical -- it is a complex, heavy financial burden on small businesses and it is causing states to lose billions of dollars in tax revenue each year. With E-commerce now playing such a big role in the local economies, and with Amazon being THE major player, it is time for new legislation to be passed so that these matters can be properly addressed, removing any doubt regarding State sales tax liability and nexus -- especially as it relates to Amazon FBA and similar programs. If Amazon FBA was recognized as consignment, from a sales tax perspective, as it should be, then this would solve a lot of the associated issues that we are currently seeing. Laws vary from state-to-state, but most states require that the consignee (the store, or, Amazon in this case) should collect and remit sales tax. Arguments regarding consignment, who the seller really is and who the 'supplier' is: 1. FBA 'Suppliers' (as they should be called, and not FBA 'sellers') do not choose how/where their products are stored/shipped. 2. Commission is paid to Amazon on each unit sold. 3. FBA 'suppliers' must adhere to Amazon policy. Suppliers do not have the right to refuse sale/shipment without consequence and do not collect any money on transactions (all transactions are handled and controlled by Amazon, the store owner, with the supplier having no participation in said transactions). 4. FBA 'suppliers' have no real relationship with the customer as nearly all communication is prohibited as per Amazon (this relationship is owned and controlled by Amazon, the real seller). 5. Amazon provides advertising for products that they sell, including FBA products. Suppliers have no say in that message or how it's presented. 6. Amazon charges a 'monthly, rental fee' (FBA subscription fee) to display FBA products at their property, as well as additional fees for special exposure (e.g. special ad types or brand page vs. window or end-cap at front of store), as well as additional fees for how the product may be presented (e.g. videos on listing vs. in-store display). 7. Product ownership does not transfer to Amazon (the store owner), but sits on Amazon's shelves until a buyer is found...at which point, the buyer should pay the appropriate sales tax (Amazon/the store owner, is responsible for collecting and remitting this, as they handle all transactions with the end-buyer and own the property where all merchandise is stored and sold). 8. et al. Amazon should be charging and then remitting the sales tax to all applicable states -- not the FBA seller. Not only would this eliminate any argument about complexity or what constitutes nexus amid the varying, questionable and ever-changing interpretations that each state has established, but convincing the States to get behind it should be easy if they only had to pursue one entity (Amazon), in lieu of the hundreds of thousands of small businesses that currently operate within the US marketplace. It is estimated that the majority of the FBA sellers that sell on the Amazon-US marketplace are operating on foreign soil, and do not have a legal entity that is locally established inside of the United States. How are the states going to force compliance if a foreign seller, using a foreign bank account, is operating outside of the jurisdiction of local law? This poses serious problems and creates an environment of unfair competition if foreign sellers can offer products 10% cheaper due to not having to collect and remit sales tax. If Amazon were required to collect and remit on all FBA sales, not only would this reduce costs, man hours and complexity etc., but it would be a lot easier to ensure compliance and remittance. States could get the tax dollars that they desperately need, instead of missing out as they do now. If things continue as they are, States will waste tons of money auditing individual sellers and pursuing legal action, all, unnecessarily. Since Amazon has decided to take full custody of its customer base and is essentially acting as consignment, this should put sales tax liability on Amazon's shoulders, not on FBA sellers. Since FBA sellers are currently required to collect and remit for all states where they are deemed to have a substantial nexus, then, in order to do that, they must first register their business in that State, apply for permits etc., and admit to having a substantial nexus. Just having a single box of inventory in one of Amazon's warehouses will be sufficient for establishing nexus for most applicable states. Amazon may move inventory around, however they see fit, and in doing so, will force FBA sellers to have nexus in those states, oftentimes, unknowingly. Once nexus is established for a particular state, it applies to ALL subsequent sales to that State -- so, if a seller wants to sell something on Ebay, and the buyer is located in the nexus state, then that seller would need to collect and remit sales tax, even if that inventory was stored in and shipped from their home. If FBA sellers are required to register in all of the applicable states and admit that they have a substantial nexus, they would then potentially be subject to Corporate/State income taxes for that state, use-tax for all products/services, franchise taxes, non-resident taxes, opportunity taxes and other, associated fees/taxes etc.. If non-local businesses have to admit that they have substantial nexus due to a single box of inventory, and if they have to remit in the same way (or worse) as a local business that is actually operating out of that state, then what other tax implications and responsibilities will they be subjecting themselves to? And wouldn't this put undue burden on FBA sellers? And isn't that illegal? Please require Amazon to collect and remit sales tax for all FBA (fulfilled by Amazon) purchases. Thank you.

American Citizen
2,447 supporters
Petitioning United Nations, President of the United States, Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations), United Nations Security Council, United Nations Development Program, Angela Merkel, Justin Tru...

Formally Acknowledge That Extraterrestrial Intelligences Are Engaging the Human Race

Extraterrestrial Intelligences Engaging the Human Race - Disclosure Petition to the United Nations, World Governments, and the International Media and PressTwo decades after the end of the Cold War it is no longer acceptable for any nation, organization, or media/press outlet to withhold from our world's citizens the truths confirming that we are not alone in the universe. Indeed we are being visited by extraterrestrial lifeforms and have been for decades, as evidenced by unexplained phenomena world-wide. Until this "truth embargo" is ended, governments, organizations and world citizens will not engage, the universities will not teach, the media will not properly cover, and granting institutions will not fund the myriad of profound issues relating to extraterrestrial phenomena and their impact on humanity. Building upon previous Disclosure efforts by Paradigm Research Group and The Disclosure Lobby, we are petitioning for the following: "We, the undersigned, strongly urge the United Nations, World Governments, and the international media to formally acknowledge an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race and encourage the immediate release into the public domain all files from all agencies and military services relevant to this phenomenon. We also petition the United Nations and United States Government to investigate and hold public hearings on these matters and for the international media and press to cover these stories without bias." Evidence of an Extraterrestrial PresenceHundreds of military and government agency witnesses from around the world  have come forward with testimony confirming this extraterrestrial presence. There have been, to date, thousands of eyewitness sightings of unexplained aerial phenomena (UAP).  The last significant effort to document these phenomena in the US ended in 1969, with Project Bluebook.  More recent efforts, like MUFON, have been citizen led, and have documented thousands of UAP sightings, crop and earth circles, and experiencer accounts.  >See Evidence Why Disclosure is the Key Issue of Our TimeThere are several reasons why disclosure of the extraterrestrial presence is so important at this time and, in fact, critical to our nation’s security.  Citizens of the U.S.and the world need to be briefed on these matters as it is highly possible other foreign governments will disclose. It is widely known that there is a significant phenomenon at work across the globe.  World cItizens must be informed of our governments' knowledge and accumulated evidence. Common Knowledge of Our Extraterrestrial Visitors and Their IntentionsAs noted above, most citizens are aware of the UAP phenomenon, and the majority know that our governments are not telling us the truth.  What is not widely understood is who these neighbors are, and what their intentions are, positive or negative.  Releasing historical documents and current research and engagement with extraterrestrial life is necessary at this time. Governmental TransparencyWe need an end to the truth embargo and we need our governments to reveal the full history of extraterrestrial engagement with our citizenry, both positive and negative.  We need full knowledge of secret space programs and other military activities in this arena. Suppressed Technologies That Can Aid HumanityWe are aware that there are a number of suppressed technologies, including free energy, that have been withheld from our citizenry. We know that extraterrestrial craft have been reverse-engineered and that our military and space programs have craft of their own.  These craft, we acknowledge, are part of the unexplained aerial phenomena our citizens have observed.  However, we know that they are not all man-made.The truth embargo is blocking the availability of extraterrestrial derived technologies to address the growing challenges facing the human race.  Whatever has been learned from the study of retrieved extraterrestrial craft - particularly the propulsion and energy systems - is held hostage within deep black projects. The Truth Embargo Must EndThis is not the first time that we, the citizens of the world, have called for this disclosure.  We have been told repeatedly that our governments have little knowledge of the extraterrestrial phenomenon, but we know this is not true, as the truth has been leaking out for some time now  Despite extensive media coverage of these emerging testimonies in the United States, the Obama administration made no comment whatsoever regarding this evidence and the national security implications.  We expect the United Nations and the United States to take this Disclosure matter seriously and engage with its citizens transparently.  This is the most important issue of our time and we deserve to know the truth.  References The Disclosure Activists: https://medium.com/we-are-not-alone-the-disclosure-lobby  Nuke tampering media coverage:  http://tinyurl.com/87x6ldj Rockefeller Initiative:  http://tinyurl.com/8x7k9lfConfirming Documents:  http://tinyurl.com/8x7k9lf  /  www.presidentialufo.com/bill-clinton More quotes: http://www.paradigmresearchgroup.org/QuotesPage.htm Presidents and UFOs: http://www.ufoevidence.org/topics/Presidents.htm Previous Petition to White House: http://www.neonnettle.com/features/412-new-white-house-petition-could-see-full-government-disclosure-of-e-t-s  

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Petitioning U.S. Governors, Florida State Senate, Texas State Senate, Pennsylvania State Senate, Ohio State Senate, Ohio State House, Florida State House, Texas State House, Pennsylvania State House, North Car...

Replace the Electoral College with a National Popular Vote

It is fundamental to democracy: the candidate with the most votes wins. Yet twice since 2000, the candidate with the most votes for President has lost. The good news is that we can make 2016 the last election in which the popular vote loser wins the presidency – and we can do it without amending the Constitution.   We can replace the Electoral College with a national popular vote through the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Under the Compact, states agree to cast their electoral votes for the national popular vote winner - instead of the winner of their state. Once states with a total of 270 electoral votes approve, the Compact becomes effective. Through the National Popular Vote Compact, the United States can elect a President by popular vote as early as 2020. This is not a pipe dream – states with a combined 165 electoral votes have already enacted it. But in order for the Compact to take effect, and a truly national election to take place, additional states with a combined 105 electoral votes must sign on.   If you live in one of the 40 states that have not yet joined, tell your state legislators and governor that you support the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. 

One Nation One Vote
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