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Another deal is made, you will pay for it!
January 3rd, 2013 Kansas City - What does the deal mean?
With big theater thunder, House and Senate voted for the deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff". However, what sounds basically good, it has it's catches. Because by cancelling the tax holiday, taxes raise. For the average family by about $700 per year. Now add to this the raising premiums for health insurance, the fines coming up for Obamacare (which are a punishment tax, regardless what President Obama claims) and we end up with easily $3200 additional costs for any two-person household, about $4500 for a family of four. And this isn't hitting the rich, Obama's so artful painted picture of the social enemy, no, it hits the very normal American family. The middle class and the poor, those with underaverage income the hardest.
Now, we are not at the end yet. Several blue states added also VATs and VAT increases to their tax repertoire. That is an indirect tax, so nobody can make a clear estimation how hard it hits which family. But one thing has to be clear: A family of four needs a certain amount of basic goods: Food, electricity, water, clothing, etc, etc. They just need it. Whether they are rich or poor, they need it. And so they pay VAT. Not without reason, VAT is considered the kind of tax most dangerous for an economy and at the same time the most unfair tax because it burdens mostly the poor. To pay a little more for everything, you need, it doesn't bother you if you're a billionaire or even just a millionaire. However, the single mother raising two kids from $1000/month will see things different. Or wait, she will not see them different, she will feel them different. Because at the end of the money is still so much month left.
Not without reason, food banks and soup kitchens have again an imprint on the image, people have of America.

Food lines in Detroit 2009 - just the beginning!

The effect is not new. Since four years the number of those, dependent on these charities, is on the raise. From 30 million Americans, the number raised to now almost 50 million Americans. And it will raise further, the "fiscal cliff" deal will make sure of it. But don't be worried: Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and President Obama, the people a lot of the low income voters voted for, they have their income, they will survive. When Obama's politics make people starve, when it raises the unemployment and fills the foodlines, we can be sure, it's not Michelle standing there with an empty stomach hoping for a meal. Neither are their kids. It will be your kids, it will be your wife, in the end, it will be you.
Now, the national debt ceiling is reached (once more). Of course, Congress will, in the last minute and with even more theater thunder, decide to make another deal. Obama will get the permission to borrow more money and spend on and on.
With $1.5 trillion debt per year of his presidency, he is already the priciest president ever. Here is the problem: Such a debt makes a country less trustworthy to get more loans. In the consequence, everyone from that country has a harder time to get money at a reasonable level of interest. Greece went through it and is still stuck there. So together with higher costs for Obamacare and tax hikes, American small businesses will face also the higher interest rates. Now, add higher energy costs (thanks to Bernie Bernanake's playing with the value of our currency to help out his cronie Obama), the higher costs of living, which will have to find their way into the salaries,and we are back to recession. Founding any kind of business is high risk under these conditions. Keeping employees, it's high risk under these conditions.
And those, who don't react on these risks? A number of them will go out of business. A big number. Every month some of them. There will be no big crash, not on this side. There will be just slow painful economic death. The very same kind of dying, we saw in the last four years. Only more of it. But well, the deal is made, the next show is coming up in February, when the debt ceiling is raised. America voted for that, America got it!

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Tue, May 17, 2016
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Daniel Lee Siebert
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Fri, Dec 18, 2015
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Christman Genipperteinga
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Thu, Oct 22, 2015
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Gerard John Schaefer
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Thu, Sep 24, 2015
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Royal Russel Long
Long was quite messed up in the investigation of the Wyoming Rodeo Murders, but details show, he was another kind of animal, y typeless pedophile serial killer. Now his file is in our collection.

Mon, Aug 17, 2015
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The Wyoming Rodeo Murders
A story of misperceptions and midnless cabinet cleaning by police authorities that ended up with someone getting away with at least two murders on young women. Now in our collection.

Wed, Jul 15, 2015
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Joseph Vacher, the French Ripper
Now new in our collection: Joseph Vacher, the French Ripper. The first case, blood spatter analysis was used in a court trial world wide!

Sat, Jun 20, 2015
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No new addition in June
Usually, we try to bring another case up in our serial killer collection every month, but this month, we simply had no time. Between working open cases and other activities, it was just not possible. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Sat, May 16, 2015
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The Beauty Queen Killer
New in the serial killer collection: Christopher Wilder, the Beauty Queen Killer. A case that shows how nonsensical the disctinction between serial and spree killers really is.

Thu, Apr 16, 2015
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Burton W. Abbott
Abbott killed only one victim, a case that caused some public attention in 1955. But he showed all hallmarks of a fledgling serial killer and thus, we added him to our collection.

Mon, Mar 16, 2015
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Darren Deon Vann
Ha is basically the usual garden variety strangler case if it wouldn't be for the early warnings statistical data cretated about serial killer activity in Gary/Indiana. Now he is in our collection.

Wed, Mar 4, 2015
12:00 AM CT

Due to technical problems, the March article was up late. Take my apologies for this glitch.

Mon, Feb 16, 2015
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Affaire of the Poisons
We have added the infamous Affaire of the Poisons to our collection. With more than 80 offenders, it breaks a little the format, but well, it's one of the biggest cases of "organized" crime ever, so how can we let it out?

Mon, Dec 8, 2014
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Joseph Bryan
Once he made the FBI Ten Most Wanted list, now nobody remembers the case anymore. Nevertheless, the father of all allegedly schizophrenic serial killers has entered our collection.

Fri, Nov 7, 2014
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The Trailside Killer
David Joseph Carpenter has now become also part of the Serial Killer Collection ... complete with profile.

Tue, Oct 7, 2014
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The Vampire of Duesseldorf
Peter Kuerten aka The Vampire of Duesseldorf roamed the city at the River Rhine for more than two years and left behind a trail of bodies-

Fri, Sep 12, 2014
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The Grim Sleeper
Lonnie Franklin aka The Grim Sleeper has been added to our serial killer collection

Thu, Aug 14, 2014
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Michael Lee Lockhart
... and with a little delay, another serial made it into the serial killer collection. Michael Lee Lockhart, not so much interesting for his "achievements" but because his case appears as if he became a psychopath only after a serious head injury.

Tue, Aug 12, 2014
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A Game of Daggers
Diane's new novel A GAME OF DAGGERS is now available at Amazon for Kindle. A story of murder, mayhem and political intrigue set up in the year of the Lord 1096.
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Sat, Jul 5, 2014
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Ivan Hill
Ivan Hill, as the first of the many serial killers, who haunted Los Angeles in the 80s and 90s, is now added to our serial killer collection.

Sun, Jun 8, 2014
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Raya and Sakina
The famous Egyptian serial killers have become part of our collection. And as so often, things are not as simple as the urban legend tries to tell us.

Thu, May 1, 2014
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Dagmar Overbye
The infamous Danish baby farmer has been added to our Serial Killer Collection.

Thu, May 1, 2014
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Pharaoh Djoser added to the Egyptian Collection
I finally came around to add a new pharaoh to our collection: Djoser, 1st Pharoh of the 3rd Dynasty.

Fri, Apr 4, 2014
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The Green River Killer
This month, we added Gary Ridgway to our serial killer collection, a case, not so much interesting for the profiling but for the lessons about case organization to be learned from it.

Tue, Mar 4, 2014
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Manson Family
The "Manson Family&quo; has been added to our serial killer collection. Especially interesting for those who think, brain washing isn't possible.

Fri, Feb 7, 2014
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Hans van Zon
Dutch serial killer Hans van Zon joined our serial killer collection. Not entirely voluntarily though.

Mon, Jan 6, 2014
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The Syracuse Dungeon Master
John T. Jamelske aka the Syracuse Dungeon Master has been added to our Serial Killer Collection. While not a seria killer but a serial rapist, Jamelske represents a similar psychopathology as some OCD type serial killers, for example Dahmer and therefore is some valuable object for studies.

Thu, Jan 2, 2014
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The last of the 2nd dynasty pharaohs, the man who re-united Egypt, is now also in the Egyptian collection.

Thu, Dec 12, 2013
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Pharaoh Sekhemib added to the Egyptian Collection
I finally came around to add Pharaoh Sekhemib to the collection, the sixth of the 2nd Dynasty. So, with some luck, I can finish this year the 2nd dynsty, only one, Khasekhemwy is left.

Tue, Dec 10, 2013
12:00 AM CT

The Riha disappearance
In 1969, Dr. Thomas Riha disappeared and in the subconsequent series of events, Gloria Tannenbaum was arrested for forgery and under suspicion of two other homicides. She plead not guilty by reason of insanity and got away with it. The case has now been added to our serial killer collection.

Mon, Nov 4, 2013
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Richard N. Clarey jr.
Clarey is one of the lesser known serial killers, skirting the definition a little. Still, for some reasons an interesting case.

Wed, Oct 2, 2013
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Now in the collection: William E. Cosden
A garden variety sexual predator, notable only because his existence shows, how wrong the idea of 1 monster at 1 time in 1 area is.

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