Ode To The Whistle-Blow


Honor is discreet and helpless and wise,

The guardians – a system we despise,

Under cloak of darkness in the light rise,

The sound of the Whistle-Blow called a lie.

 

The people who know – recalcitrant fear,

No coming forward to hold what is dear,

Accusations and repudiations,

The sound of the Whistle-Blow hits deaf ear.

 

The Whistle-Blow is a very rare sound,

With so much corruption spinning around,

Evil bureaucrats dominate our lives,

The government, Washington, full of lies.

 

Money, corruption, and women who hide,

The truth is obvious before our eyes,

Yet darkness of shadow in the deep state,

Blocks honor and truth, heaven, and our faith.

 

Americans wake up! Stand up and rise,

Hear the Whistle-Blow sound, shout, come alive,

List retaliators who terrorize,

Unveil their retaliation disguise.

 

Disinfect corruptors with bright sun light,

Humiliate, torture, bankrupt their minds,

Bring to their families what they bring ours,

Cruelty, punishment, an eye for an eye.

 

Stand up, be bold, proud, and yell out your door,

“The time has come people, see the real world!”

Lock’em up, toss the key and publicize,

Put them in jail, humiliate, despise.

 

The boldness and power are what must die.

Their jobs, salaries, reputations, will –

Must be sacrificed, mutilated, killed.

To hear the sweet Whistle-Blow one more time.

 

Cruelness, temperament, tempered by steel,

Harshness, shameful, rules, obey make us kneel,

Take into our hands what government not,

The cipher of Whistle-Blow is red hot.

 

Ode to the Whistle-Blow, end the deceit,

Ode to the Whistle-Blow, hear us repeat,

Ode to the Whistle-Blow, it’s a new time,

Ode to the Whistle-Blow, sunlight sunshine.


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Killing Prem Aburvasamy and Eric Marks

If you want to help protect us, please share this story with the U.S. Congress, social media and your local TV and radio stations. If you are an attorney or philanthropist and want to join a civil lawsuit against these corrupt federal executives at the NLRB, please contact me to discuss. Thanks to all our readers for your continuous support. Working together, we will exterminate these parasites and drain the swamp in Washington D.C.


Prem Aburvasamy and Eric Marks are corrupt government bureaucrats who work together at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). This week, they jointly filed a criminal complaint against me with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Today, two law enforcement officers were dispatched to our home in southwest Florida to interrogate me and my wife.1

On December 6, 2017, a DHS agent and Sheriff’s counterintelligence officer came to my home after I published a story about corruption and Whistleblower retaliation at the National Labor Relations Board. The agents told my wife and me that we should “be careful” and contact them if we see anything unusual like our “cats getting killed” or sudden vandalism at our home. They said that they were just, “doing what some SES in Washington ordered,” referring to Aburvasamy.

I recorded the meeting. The two agents asked and I agreed to not publish the recording or reveal their identities online because they said that they fear retaliation if I publish their names together with the details of our conversation. They seemed like good men who were just following ridiculous orders from parasitic bureaucrats in Washington D.C.

In their DHS complaint, Aburvasamy and Marks alleged that they fear for their lives because of a story I published last week.

On November 30, 2017, I published the story, Killing Whistleblower Retaliators at the NLRB using satirical art in which I described the retaliation that my family suffered at the hands of Aburvasamy, Marks and other corrupt federal government employees in Washington D.C.  

In the article, I wrote that, “I believe that [Aburvasamy and Marks] have committed and covered up crimes against the United States of America and should be fired, publicly humiliated and never allowed to work again in any job paid for by taxpayers for the rest of their lives.”

I also explained that, “Working at the NLRB was surreal. At times, I imagined that I was working for the mafia. The NLRB has two classes of employees who work there. The workers who are too afraid to blow the whistle, and the executives who are too corrupt to be held accountable.” 2

For the record, I do not intend to murder Washington swamp creatures Aburvasamy and Marks.

I hope to help inform the public and Congress about their poor character and corruption so that President Trump’s new General Counsel will take action to kill their jobs and #draintheswamp in Washington D.C.

As the law enforcement officers left our home, we recognized the absurdity of the complaint and its purpose. A Senior Special Agent for DHS had to drive many hours from a distant city just to knock on our door to investigate an absurd charge. This latest act of retaliation by Aburvasamy and Marks is just another example of the two conspiring to make ridiculous complaints against a Whistleblower, and then use the investigative resources of a federal government agency to carry it out.

It also proves the power and reach that corrupt federal government employees like Aburvasamy, Marks and their bosses have been provided at taxpayer expense to intimidate federal government employees who blow the whistle, leave the federal government and move far away.

What’s next, an IRS audit?

In my opinion, Prem Aburvasamy is an incompetent and worthless federal government Chief Information Officer who needs to be terminated now. Charles Eric Marks is Aburvasamy’s deputy and should be fired for his scandalous participation and breaking the law. Peter B. Robb is their new supervisor who started work at the NLRB on November 17, 2017, after being appointed by President Trump. And, Robb’s deputy is still Jennifer Abruzzo who I think should be fired too.

The whistleblower retaliation story I published last week is not the only reason that federal law enforcement visited my home today. President Trump’s new appointee was involved too.

On December 3, 2017, I emailed NLRB General Counsel Peter B. Robb and offered him congratulations on his new job along with a link to my story. I also wrote, “Your current deputy, Jennifer Abruzzo, was serving a noncareer appointment prior to your arrival there. Sources inside your agency tell me that before your confirmation, Abruzzo was planning to remain at the agency – either as your deputy, or in a career SES position that she created prior to your appointment. As the article explains, I am publishing an investigative series about the corruption that I witnessed at the agency by Abruzzo and her retaliation against me for blowing the whistle. Whether you keep her or not, I would love the opportunity to interview you about your decision before I publish the next article about corruption and whistleblower retaliation at your agency. The focus of that article is either going to be Abruzzo’s retention by you, or her dismissal/departure.”

I followed up with Mr. Robb and the NLRB Public Affairs Office for comment two days later on December 5, 2017, and discovered that my emails to Mr. Robb and Public Affairs were being monitored and blocked by the NLRB CIO [Aburvasamy] and could not be delivered. Using another email account that I verified with Robb earlier, we were able to email this message to him on December 5th and confirm delivery.

“Mr Robb, your CIO has taken actions to block our emails to you, and to your Public Affairs Office seeking comment (on my article). Did Aburvasamy do this at your direction? Does this mean that you are going to retain Abruzzo in the agency and join the technology corruption cartel that has existed there for decades? Let us know how best to contact your agency.”

And the next day, on December 6, 2017, I was ambushed by law enforcement at my home to threaten and intimidate my family.

There is clearly a causal link between communicating corruption to NLRB government employees and swift retaliation by them using taxpayer funded investigative services to carry it out. One year ago, it was the Inspector General David Berry who concocted an investigation for Aburvasamy and Marks when I worked for the government and blew the whistle on them. Now, they are using the same playbook with the Department of Homeland Security because I am a civilian now and outside the reach of their corrupt $275 million per year taxpayer budget.

What’s next, a visit to Guantanamo for interrogation?

As a result of this latest threat by the NLRB corruption cartel who sent a federal agent into our home today, we now fear for our lives. We believe that the NLRB corruption cartel is conspiring to retaliate against us again and bring harm to my family in Florida.

Aburvasamy and Marks are being permitted by their boss to intimidate my family and threaten me using government resources paid for by taxpayers for a second time. Today, more taxpayer money was wasted by sending two law enforcement officers a great distance to intimidate us. What’s next? 

Will a hit man be sent to our home?

If my wife and I die suddenly – please let this story serve as my testament that we knew who murdered us. We fear for our lives now and it was the corrupt federal government swamp creatures who work at the NLRB that made a direct personal threat against us today when they dispatched a federal government agent to our home to investigate a frivolous charge. The DHS case number is N17003708. 3


At 7:30 PM on December 6, 2017 the following email message was delivered to the NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb:

To: peter.robb@nlrb.gov

Mr. Robb, I was visited by federal law enforcement today. I hope you will read my latest article about that. I see you are continuing to block my emails and have no intention of responding to my requests for an interview or comment.

Please direct your staff to stop harassing me. My wife and I feel threatened and fear for our lives. If the threats and retaliation continue, I will report you to the appropriate authorities and post my complaints online. I am a journalist and you don’t have to respond to my requests for information. But the law (5 U.S.C. § 552) does require that you respond to my FOIA requests which your agency still has not done.  And I have rights under the U.S. Constitution that you may be attempting to deny.

John Stuart Edwards / Journalist


On the evening of December 8, 2017, an official complaint was filed by Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) with the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Peter B. Robb, Prem Aburvasamy and Charles Eric Marks for abuse of authority and for violating my Fourth Amendment Rights when they dispatched federal agents into my home to threaten and intimidate my family with the intent of violating my First Amendment Rights for exercising free speech when I published an article about them.

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Killing Whistleblower Retaliators at the NLRB

This is the first article in a series that explains why the Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board appointed by President Obama is leaving the federal government despite being asked by President Trump to serve another term.

Read the second article in this series Killing Prem Aburvasamy and Eric Marks for the latest information about corruption and retaliation at the NLRB.


“‘They will level you to the ground — you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God’ (New International Version, Luke 19:44).”


I am a retired United States Marine Corps Mustang. That means I enlisted in the Marines before becoming an officer. I am also a professional killer. After I left the military, I worked for small companies and large corporations where I achieved a comfortable level of prosperity. I built a reputation for being an honest, results-driven leader with high skills in software development and continuous improvement. You can read my full biography here

After learning that the U.S. federal government was planning to waste more than one trillion dollars of taxpayer money during the next decade on technology spending, I decided to leave the “sanity” of the private sector in order to serve my country again in the federal government. I believed that I could help create a government that is more secure, works better and costs a fraction of what it costs today to operate. I even created a promotional YouTube video to explain my call to public service. I was told that this video helped me get hired for my first government job at Homeland Security to modernize the national E-Verify system.1

WASHINGTON IS A DEADLY SWAMP

During my short career working at the Washington D.C. headquarters of the National Labor Relations Board, a.k.a. NLRB, I exposed more than $10 million in wasteful spending by the technology department. I uncovered extensive contract fraud by long-tenured federal government bureaucrats. I was discriminated against for being a Veteran when I reported these crimes. And I witnessed the falsification and tampering with official government records by senior officials including the Inspector General and FOIA Officer.

Working at the NLRB was surreal. At times, I imagined that I was working for the mafia. The NLRB has two classes of employees who work there. The workers who are too afraid to blow the whistle, and the executives who are too corrupt to be held accountable.2

WHISTLEBLOWER RETALIATION

Anyone who stands up against corrupt federal government bureaucrats will be obliterated.

After blowing the whistle on Prem Aburvasamy and Eric Marks, I was threatened and harassed. In a meeting about my complaints, Eric Marks told me that “military veterans and their styles of leadership are not welcome at the NLRB” and “directness and honesty at this agency is not part of the culture.” Marks knew that I was hired by the agency under the veteran’s preference program as a disabled veteran.

Eric Marks has worked in the NLRB technology department as a contractor or federal employee for more than two decades. In my opinion, Marks has the technology skills and leadership ability of an admin clerk who should be paid a salary of about thirty thousand dollars. Marks gets paid $162,000 per year plus federal benefits by the NLRB, and he has been paid over $2 million in compensation from U.S. taxpayers during his tenure there.

Aburvasamy joined the NLRB in 2014 as deputy CIO, and was promoted to the CIO position and Senior Executive Service by Chairman Miscimarra in May 2016.

On November 30, 2016, I made a written protected whistleblower complaint to the General Counsel, the Inspector General and the entire Board at the NLRB, including the current Chairman Philip A. Miscimarra. In an email with the subject “Request for Help,” I complained that my current working environment was hostile. I literally “begged” them to halt the active retaliation that was being carried out against me by Aburvasamy and Marks for making protected whistleblower complaints.

The next day, on December 1, 2016, the Inspector General launched an investigation against me, not my complaints. My co-workers, peers and some of my employees were interviewed. The entire investigation was sloppy and a farce. On December 19, 2016, I met with the Inspector General David Berry who told me, “I don’t do investigations when there is no wrongdoing involved which is the case here,” referring to his investigation of me. This is substantiated by the fact that on January 3, 2017, Berry issued a memorandum stating that he did not substantiate any of the false allegations made against me – including those that I ended up being fired for that are described below. 

None of my whistleblower complaints have ever been investigated by the NLRB Inspector General or anyone else who works in the federal government.

In early February 2017, I was physically removed from my job, placed on administrative leave at home, and then I was fired in an email I received from Aburvasamy that he sent like a coward to my personal email address at 5 p.m. on April 4, 2017. My termination from federal employment was effective immediately.

According to the termination letter attached to the email, I was being fired by the federal government for two reasons.

First, it was alleged that I violated the leave policy by initially denying a leave request for an employee named Hari Sharma before I approved it.

My response to this charge stated, “According to the NLRB leave and attendance policy PER-10 pg. 16, management has the primary responsibility for determining when and the extent to which annual leave is to be granted. I denied Sharma’s leave so that I could check on his well-being, and I approved the leave he requested after I spoke with him.” 

Federal employee Hari Sharma had submitted a leave request to me after working hours at about 10 p.m. in early November 2016, for the following day. I denied his request using an online leave request system at about 11 p.m. Early the next morning, I called Sharma at home and asked if he was OK. Sharma said that he had contractors working at his home and so I suggested that he telework for a few hours so that he could dial into a meeting that I wanted him to attend. He said he didn’t want to attend the meeting, so I approved his leave.

In his termination letter firing me, Aburvasamy stated that he was sustaining this charge because he said “this conduct was improper and inappropriate.” Sharma and Aburvasamy both immigrated to the United States from India and are close friends.

In the second charge, it was alleged that during mid-year performance reviews in January 2016, for employees Ying Xing and Hari Sharma, I told them that I would keep their ratings confidential and not share my feedback about their performance with other employees.

My response to this charge explained in detail my method for conducting performance reviews and stated, “This charge is ridiculous.”

In his termination letter, Aburvasamy wrote that he was sustaining the charge because “this practice flies in the face of the efficient functioning of the federal service and there is no rational basis for you to tell employees that you will keep their ratings confidential.”3

Miscimarra, Abruzzo, Rothschild, Aburvasamy and Marks wanted me out of the agency because I was the only employee who worked there that took steps to curtail the wasteful spending that had plagued the organization for many years.  I did this by re-structuring a contract that was going to be awarded in March 2017.  The new contract would have significantly reduced licensing, maintenance and labor costs for taxpayers, and that is not what they wanted to happen.  

The NLRB is a small government agency with about 1,600 employees and obviously it was no secret that I had blown the whistle loud and clear.

During a meeting in October 2016, an Assistant General Counsel named Elizabeth Kilpatrick warned me that her boss, long tenured NLRB bureaucrat Deputy General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo, had a long history at the agency of covering up corruption. She said, “Jennifer feels that the changes you are implementing to remove waste, fraud and abuse will reflect poorly on her past performance.” In other words, Kilpatrick was sent as an envoy to tell me that Abruzzo – a government attorney and career bureaucrat, did not want to be held accountable for wasting taxpayer money and allowing contract fraud. In my dealings with Abruzzo, I found her to be a liberal narcissist who put herself above others and acted very irrational at times.

Peter B. Robb was appointed by President Trump and sworn in as General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board on November 17, 2017 for a four year term. If Abruzzo remains at the NLRB under Robb, that should be a clear signal to the world that the corruption cartel that is embedded at the NLRB will continue to be protected and allowed to work there.

Another Abruzzo comrade at the agency who played a major role in my retaliation was NLRB Deputy Executive Secretary Roxanne Rothschild. Rothschild and her husband, Bryan Burnett, together managed the team that was in charge of the NLRB’s technology investment portfolio from 2006 through December 2015. This Washington D.C. power couple managed about $16 million per year on average in taxpayer spending for technology. That comes to approximately $10,000 per employee each year for a phone, laptop computer, software applications and internet connection. And the quality of the products they purchased and implemented totally sucked. It was not hard for me or any rational outsider with business IT experience to see that there was something dreadfully wrong with the technology spending at the NLRB that Marks and Aburvasamy wanted covered up. 

In addition to the wasteful spending they carried out during Burnett’s time at the agency, another reason Rothschild took actions to have me fired was to protect her husband from being prosecuted for his poor stewardship of taxpayer money. Burnett had left the NLRB and took a job, coincidentally, as the CIO of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission where claims of discrimination are reported. Insiders at that agency who work for him told me that his performance has been lackluster at best. Burnett and his wife are clearly swamp creatures who make a living feeding off government largesse in Washington D.C.

Rothschild gets paid $162,000 per year and Burnett is paid $170,000. Together, they rake in over $332,000 per year plus federal benefits, and have been paid over $10 million in compensation from U.S. taxpayers during their tenures.

THE CORRUPTION STARTS AT THE TOP

To instill fear of retaliation across the entire organization and continue the culture of corruption there, NLRB Chairman Phillip Miscimarra ordered what amounted to a public lynching of me, and then he directly supervised each and every step of the retaliation carried out against me by his executive team.

On January 23, 2017, Philip A. Miscimarra was named Acting Chairman of the NLRB by President Trump. Just two weeks after his appointment, I was escorted out of the building by an armed uniformed security guard like a criminal. Senior executives, my peers, junior staff and contractors were all gathered while I was still in my office in order to watch my departure. They formed a gauntlet of shame in the hallway to watch. This blatant public display of retaliation was planned and cruelly carried out by Prem Aburvasamy and Eric Marks to defame my character and diminish my credibility as a witness against them. This final act of public humiliation sent a clear message to the entire workforce that if you blow the whistle, you will be targeted and assassinated from your job.4

During my administrative leave, I remained in constant email contact with Miscimarra. Each time I informed Miscimarra of violations of the law and retaliation by his staff, which he acknowledged, the retaliation intensified.

Here are some quotes from an email that provides some context for my communications with Chairman Miscimarra.

“Chairman, I requested your help in an email to you dated Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 9:03 AM. Two days later, on Friday, December 02, 2016, at the direction of (Abruzzo) and (Aburvasamy and Marks), NLRB Special Counsel Elizabeth Bach told me that “former military personnel are not a good fit at the NLRB” and that “certain adverse action” will be carried out against me by the agency for notifying you of my concerns. Ms. Bach carried out her threat against me within days after you were appointed Chairman by the President of the United States. The retaliation she (and the Inspector General) ordered against me was formulated in secret with Deputy CIO Eric Marks and is fully documented and explained in the attachments to this email. In 25 years of exemplary military and civilian federal service, I have never seen retaliation to destroy a distinguished veteran’s career, reputation and family’s financial security so deceptively and cruelly carried out in full view of an organization’s senior leaders and junior staff. I served in the Marines for two decades, and in that organization which is the best in the world, my Generals cared more about accomplishing the mission and the welfare of their troops than their powerful positions. That is the hallmark of real leadership in public service. These people who work for you have obviously never been held accountable in the past, so I guess there is no reason for them to expect that they will be held accountable by you now.”

CORRUPT AND INCOMPETENT MANAGEMENT

The NLRB is an independent U.S. federal government agency with responsibilities for enforcing U.S. labor law. I was hired in April 2016, as Associate CIO to fix a portfolio of failing software applications that suffered for many years because of the incompetent management and corrupt practices of Abruzzo, Rothschild, Burnett, Aburvasamy and Marks.

In just two months, I had implemented many solutions to the problems that had plagued the agency for many years. I was modernizing software applications and migrating software from high cost on premise hosting to more economical commercial cloud hosting. At the time of my firing, key metrics were already showing results that included reduced system down time and increased access to applications by mobile devices. Also, many new application features for customers were being delivered without any increased costs. Productivity by my federal staff and contractors had more than quadrupled, and mission application users were delighted by the changes we made and the projects we had undertaken. 

At great personal expense, I hired an attorney and provided comprehensive material evidence to the Merit Systems Protect Board judge.  I was easily able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that senior NLRB officials made false official statements and conspired to fabricate frivolous charges against me in retaliation for blowing the whistle.

Chairman Miscimarra, Inspector General David Berry, Deputy General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo, Special Counsel Elizabeth Bach, Roxanne Rothschild, Bryan Burnett, Prem Aburvasamy, Eric Marks, FOIA Officer Synta Keeling, and employees Hari Sharma and Ying Xing were all named as co-conspirators in my lawsuit filed with the MSPB on April 25, 2017.

I believe that all these people have committed and covered up crimes against the United States of America and should be fired, publicly humiliated and never allowed to work again in any job paid for by taxpayers for the rest of their lives.

THE SETTLEMENT

Despite being ambushed and tossed from the building, I managed to obtain copies of all the reports, documents, and emails that I needed to prove my case in court from sources at the NLRB. I also made recordings of some key meetings that support everything you have read in this article, and I made several Freedom of Information Act requests.

At the time of publication for this article, none of my FOIA requests have been legally fulfilled. In her latest email update to me dated October 19, 2017, Synta Keeling said she was still processing my requests made earlier this year.  

After I filed my lawsuit with the Merit Systems Protection Board, Miscimarra quickly settled with me and met all my demands in order to avoid accountability and publicity. I told Miscimarra that there was no way on earth that I could ever return to an agency that is so evil and corrupt. Everything that I asked for in my first settlement offer, Miscimarra agreed to without a counter offer. I was awarded a settlement by the NLRB that was ratified on May 18, 2017. I was reinstated as a federal employee, paid back pay and leave, and reimbursed for all my legal expenses. I resigned from the agency on June 6, 2017 with exactly five years and one month federal service. Miscimarra considered it a win because he did not want this case to go to court. And I agreed in the settlement to not file another complaint against the NLRB in exchange for me being allowed to publish my story.

MISCIMARRA’S LEGACY 

“‘I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself’ (New American Standard Bible, Genesis 3:10).”

On August 9, 2017, it was reported that Miscimarra would not seek reappointment to the Board for family reasons despite being encouraged by the Trump administration to do so. Coincidentally, that same day I received a phone call from an attorney who works in the NLRB Inspector General’s office who said that he was interested in investigating Aburvasamy for concealing official government records.

You can listen to that voice message here (audio starts at 9 seconds):


About an hour later, I received a call from the NLRB Inspector General David Berry and he told me that he was finally going to investigate the allegations that I had made that caused me to be fired. I told Berry that under the settlement, “I agreed to not file any additional cases, claims, grievances, or complaints regarding my employment with the Agency, except regarding enforcement of the settlement should I believe the Agency has not fulfilled its obligations.”

The next day, I received the following email from Elizabeth Bach stating that I could speak with the Inspector General.

After receiving this email from Bach, I never heard back from the Inspector General’s office or anyone at the NLRB about an investigation into my complaints.

In late August, I contacted some of my sources inside the NLRB. They told me that my predecessor, who had left the NLRB for a higher paying job at the U.S. Patent Office, mysteriously returned to the NLRB for much lesser pay – ostensibly so that he could help Aburvasamy, Marks and Berry continue to cover-up the matter. Sivaram Ghorakavi was rehired by the NLRB and he is paid $162,000 per year plus federal benefits. Based on the disastrous state of the organization that I inherited from this guy when I arrived there, I’d characterize him as a loser with all caps. Ghorakavi is from India of course, and just like his buddy Sharma, is close friends with Aburvasamy. 

This article explains why Phillip Miscimarra, who was appointed by President Obama is leaving the federal government at the end of his term as the Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board on December 16, 2017, despite being asked by President Trump to serve another term.

If the victims of sexual assault are whistleblowers, then I was gang-raped by Phillip Miscimarra. Please share my story. Help expose Whistleblower Retaliation @NLRB

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Bowflex Max Trainer M5 Review

My wife bought a Bowflex Max Trainer M5 a couple of years ago that we had in the basement and rarely used.  I retired a few months ago and started a new workout routine that involves this machine and I really loved it.  It is a great concept and produces excellent results.

After about 35 total lifetime uses, over the weekend it started to make some obnoxious noises so I watched a bunch of YouTube videos and diagnosed the ‘area’ of the noise without a fix. Online, I found a lot of frustrated users who had the same noise issue and no fix. I called customer service but they don’t work on weekends so I waited until they were open.

Today I re-read the owner’s manual and called Nautilus Customer Care. What a nightmare!

1 (800) NAUTILUS (628–8458)

To make a very long story short, after successfully navigating their tedious voice commands, the technician I finally reached basically had me take the entire machine apart – which by the way is incredibly difficult to do.

After about three hours of ridiculous disassembly, the woman on the phone said that I may need some new parts and Bowflex could mail them to me – for $150 plus shipping – and we could try that.  “Try?” I said. The technician said she wasn’t sure that mailing me new parts would solve the problem – but she did say that is what we should try next.

I asked her, “What if that doesn’t work?” and she said, “Well, there isn’t anything else we can do because your warranty has expired.”

Anyway, you get the point. While putting the thing back together I discovered it is much more difficult than taking it apart.

SOOOOO… my advice to anyone thinking of purchasing one of these machines is – DON’T! 

Go to the gym if you have access to one and use that equipment. Run if you don’t have a gym. That’s what I’m going to do now.

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The Make America Great Again Tax Plan

Every responsible American Citizen knows that the United States federal government spends too much money and has a tax system that is out of control. Any rational person knows that before you can develop a spending plan to pay your bills, you have to know what your revenue is going to be. Except of course in Washington D.C. where somehow the Republicans in Congress have convinced Americans through the media that the opposite is true. Republicans said they needed to pass a budget first – a.k.a. spending plan – which they did last week before telling us the details of their major tax reform plan. That should be a big red flag for everyone to expect business as usual in Washington Establishment Heaven after the GOP makes its announcement tomorrow.

The U.S. “Business and People” Tax Reform Proposal

Our current tax system is complex and incentivizes powerful special interest groups. The U.S. tax system today funds a government that is out of control. Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives say they will release their new tax plan to the public this week. The House Ways and Means Committee is slated to release its tax bill on Wednesday and then the games begin.

Like it or not, the window is closing to fix the fiscal troubles in the United States. American Citizens have one opportunity now to point the nation in a better direction by first reforming the tax system and then fixing government spending that is spiraling out of control.

Here is a bold tax reform proposal – simplified – that keeps the current progressive system of taxation that politicians want and enriches all lower and middle income working families and small businesses.  This proposal improves business investment, strengthens Social Security, incentivizes retirement savings and will trigger massive economic growth while supporting better government oversight and reform by improving Whistle-blower protections.

Tax Simplification 

  • two filing statuses -businesses and people- for all income, dividends, rents and capital gains.
  • two filing options for people – individual (I) / family (F).
  • eliminate all federal tax deductions and incentives and penalties for businesses and people.
  • eliminate all federal inheritance taxes for people.
  • eliminate the IRS and automate all business and people tax collection requirements.
  • modernize compliance methods and penalties for tax evasion and fraud. 

For businesses, permanently enact the following:

  • eliminate all federal taxes for the first $25,000 of business income, dividends, rents and capital gains.
  • reduce the top federal ‘business tax’ rate to 15 percent of total earnings over a billion dollars. Bracket business income to incentivize small business formation and entrepreneurship by not taxing the first $50,000 of earnings.
  • allow the depreciation of all business capital expenditures in the year in which they occur.
  • eliminate all federal government ‘incentives’ and special interest tax ‘breaks’ and leave those options to the states to implement as a tool to compete for businesses. In other words, eliminate all business central planning in Washington D.C. and allow the states to offer incentives – not politicians in Washington D.C. The federal tax system should be an equal opportunity playing field for businesses while funding our nation’s needs.
  • eliminate the national minimum wage.
  • eliminate the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
  • make other adjustments as needed to implement this framework.

For people, permanently enact the following:

Individual Brackets

  • eliminate all federal taxes for the first $25,000 (I) / $50,000 (F) of income, dividends, rents and capital gains.
  • tax at 15 percent income, dividends, rents and capital gains over $25,000 (I) / $50,000 (F).
  • tax at 20 percent income, dividends, rents and capital gains over $50,000 (I) / $100,000 (F).
  • tax at 30 percent income, dividends, rents and capital gains over $100,000 (I) /$200,000 (F).
  • tax at 35 percent income, dividends, rents and capital gains over $200,000 (I) /$400,000 (F).
  • index all tax brackets for inflation every two years.

Social Security / Medicare 

  • eliminate the taxable earnings cap for Social Security to apply the same tax treatment to Social Security that now applies to Medicare.
  • exclude all dividends, rents and capital gains from Social Security and Medicare taxes.
  • keep the earnings caps for calculation of Social Security benefits.
  • exclude all social security retirement pensions from federal taxes.
  • automatically calculate and adjust Social Security COLAs every two years on anniversaries of start date vs. annually.

Retirement Savings

  • eliminate all tax penalties for early withdrawals of retirement savings accounts (IRA’s, 401k’s, etc).
  • tax early withdrawal amounts from retirement savings accounts as income, dividends, rents and capital gains in the year in which a withdrawal is made.
  • eliminate all taxes on withdrawals from all retirement and other savings or investment accounts after full current social security eligibility – currently 67 years old – begins.
  • make other adjustments as needed to implement this framework.

Government Accountability and Reform

Exclude from taxation all money spent by individuals for legal fees and medical expenses incurred after disclosing information which the employee reasonably believes evidences a violation of any law, rule, or regulation; or gross mismanagement, a gross waste of funds, or an abuse of authority, if such disclosure by the employee is not specifically prohibited by law and if such information is not specifically required by Executive order to be kept secret in the interest of national defense or the conduct of foreign affairs.  Also, eliminate from federal taxation the sum of any monies received by individuals who blow the whistle for back pay, compensatory and punitive damages.

Examples: 

All business and individuals will pay flat rate taxes for Social Security, Medicare and pay all applicable State and Local Taxes in addition to federal taxes.

For annual federal taxes:


Business income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $25,000 = $0 in federal taxes (0%)

Individual income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $25,000 = $0 in federal taxes (0%)

Family income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $50,000 = $0 in federal taxes (0%)


Business income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $50,000 = $3,750 in federal taxes (7.5%)

Individual income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $50,000 = $3,750 in federal taxes (7.5%)

Family income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $100,000 = $7,500 in federal taxes (7.5%)


Business income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $100,000 = $11,250 in federal taxes (11.25%)

Individual income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $100,000 = $13,750 in federal taxes (13.75%)

Family income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $200,000 = $27,500 in federal taxes (13.75%)


Business income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $200,000 = $26,250 in federal taxes (13.125%)

Individual income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $200,000 = $43,750 in federal taxes (21.875%)

Family income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $400,000 = $87,500 in federal taxes (21.875%)


Business income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $400,000 = $56,250 in federal taxes (14.06%)

Individual income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $400,000 = $113,750 in federal taxes (28.44%)

Family income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $800,000 = $227,500 in federal taxes (28.44%)


Business income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $1,000,000 = $146,250 in federal taxes (14.625%)

Business income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $5,000,000 = $746,250 in federal taxes (14.925%)

Business income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $10,000,000 = $1,496,250 in federal taxes (14.9625%)

Business income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $20,000,000 = $2,992,500 in federal taxes (14.9625%)

Business income, dividends, rents and capital gains = $1,000,000,001 = $150,000,000 in federal taxes (15%)


This plan will significantly strengthen financial security for our poor, middle class and retirees while incentivizing businesses to hire and pay people more. It is just an idea, but I think it can serve as a point of reference from which “We The People” need to start engaging each other and our politicians in Washington D.C.

Now, for the rest of you who may disagree with this plan for no other reason than because you are one of our “special citizens,” you may return to kneeling during the national anthem and screaming helplessly at the sky. This is a conversation for adult Citizens who want to solve real problems in our world. It is not a discussion about made up problems that politicians and celebrities alike have brainwashed you into believing while wearing your tin foil mainstream media-reception hat and staring at your phones.

For the rest of us, I think we need to stop waiting for politicians in Washington to tell us what they are going to do, and we need to start telling them what they need to do. Republicans had eight years to come up with a tax proposal and just like health care, we’re still waiting for them to tell us what it is. The Democrats – who are just haters – have no plan. They never have, and probably never will.

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University of Florida President Hoping for Violence to Build Movement

Warning to Readers: This article is satire – a parody on fake news. A sense of humor is advised.


GAINESVILLE – University of Florida President Kent Fuchs said he wants Richard B. Spencer’s speech today to spark violence that will gain sympathy for the Marxist Leftard movement Fuchs represents.

Fuchs warned that he and his supporters will thrive on any confrontation brought by the gangs of leftist protesters he has incited at UF. He said his army of leftard students hope to provoke the same violent clashes that broke out during an August rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one woman dead.

“Now, for the first time in the history of our nation, racist college students and the NFL are coming together to deny Mr. Spencer his constitutional rights and accuse white people of racism,” Fuchs said. “We’re coming to our campus today with the intentions of creating riots and destruction with the goal that everyone in this country adopt our view of the world or be called a racist.” He went on to say in a celebratory tone that “This is a media bonanza for us!”  

When asked why Mr. Spencer should be silenced, Fuhs responded, “Well, I have to admit that I never actually listened to any of Mr. Spencer’s speeches or read his blog, but CNN and MSNBC are reporting that he is a racist so that’s good enough for me.”

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