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Old 1st February 2014, 04:02 PM   #1
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NYCCAN - New NY Ballot Initiative 2014

NYCCAN lives to fail another day!

Just got an email from their dusty old email account.

"The New York City Coalition for Accountability Now (NYC CAN) is excited to announce the launch of the “High-rise Safety Initiative,” a new ballot initiative that will amend the New York City Charter to require the NYC Department of Buildings to investigate all high-rise building collapses occurring in New York City on or after September 11, 2001, except the collapse of WTC 1 and 2. The Initiative will apply to the collapse of WTC 7 on September 11, 2001, as well as any high-rise collapse that occurs in the future.

"As many of you know, the City of New York blocked NYC CAN’s 2009 ballot initiative from going before the voters and becoming law. Five years later, we are sponsoring a new ballot initiative that has been carefully crafted to withstand any legal challenge the City might bring."


High Rise Safety Ballot Initiative


"For the proposed charter amendment to appear on the November 4, 2014 ballot, we need to submit 30,000 signatures from registered New York City voters by July 3, 2014, and a second submission of 15,000 signatures by September 5, 2014. To be sure we have enough valid signatures, the High-rise Safety Initiative is aiming to gather 75,000 signatures for the first submission, and 35,000 signatures for the second submission."

They're expecting they might have a legal battle. Get this:

"The petition drive, which will run from May to July 2014, will cost $250,000. The High-rise Safety Initiative is working with a political consulting firm that specializes in field operations to manage the petition drive – which all but ensures that we will successfully gather enough signatures if we meet our fundraising goal. After that, up to $50,000 may be needed for litigation."

Ted Walter appears to be managing the initiative.

No mention of thermite or controlled demolition in the About page, but stolen steel and "no highrise had ever collapsed from fire" makes it pretty obvious they're not interested in an investigation which confirms what we already know.
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Old 1st February 2014, 04:24 PM   #2
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This should be easy.

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Earlier this month, a petition was created on the White House's "We the People" site calling for the government to deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card. As of this afternoon, there are 223,269 signatures on this position.
30,000? no problem
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Hey...sent us money...and more money...we are the good guys! [dws]
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So they want an investigation of WTC7, basically. Even NYCCAN'T has given up on nanothermite and controlled demolition.
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"As many of you know, the City of New York blocked NYC CAN’s 2009 ballot initiative from going before the voters and becoming law".
If these people were really into the truth this statement would read:

"As you know we screwed up and forgot to read up on state laws. We proposed a law that would have violated the law by side stepping the courts and putting the law in our hands. We know this sounds good but, it's illegal. We appreciate all the money you gave us but, we need more. We will achieve nothing but you will feel good about knowing we can eat tonight. In "truth we trust:. "
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NYCCAN Fail 2009:

http://www.internationalskeptics.com...d.php?t=149614
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IANAL, but I'm betting a court would throw out the retroactive investigation provision. Also, I'll bet they'll get some push-back on the building permit surcharge. Of course, that may be what they want; to a lot of Truthers, there really is no such thing as bad publicity.
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...and claiming success.
They know there’s no success like failure
And that failure’s no success at all




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This group appeals to the naivete of people with no technical understanding whatsoever and a belief that government will always lie whenever they issue official statements about anything. That combination of naive and let's call it distrustful is large enough to raise money to run their organization and to essentially force an official response which will reject the claims and then becomes proof... the self fulfilling prophesy to this group that they were lied to. They can't lose and they return again with the same old same old and more "proof" of conspiracy.

It's pathetic in the face of all the excellent technical analysis which has been done over the years... and which they simply close their minds to.
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Same Project Coordinator as ReThink911, same web developer. Probably other overlaps, too.

This here is an activity that leans heavily towards the lobbying side, though, so they probably couldn't do it under the tax-exempt umbrella of AE911Truth.
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So, how many high rise building collapses have there been since WTC 7? Zero?
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Originally Posted by Foolmewunz View Post
So, how many high rise building collapses have there been since WTC 7? Zero?
Exactly.

And note, they didn't mention any of the smaller WTC buildings that collapsed on 9/11.

Total ignorance.

They couldn't get 30,000 signatures five years ago. It would be a miracle if they get that many by July.
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Originally Posted by Orphia Nay View Post
Exactly.

And note, they didn't mention any of the smaller WTC buildings that collapsed on 9/11.

Total ignorance.

They couldn't get 30,000 signatures five years ago. It would be a miracle if they get that many by July.
Didn't they have a running on-line count going last time? I checked the site and there was nothing. They usually show the first few hundred signatures and fake couple of thousand in donations when they start these things up, don't they?
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"Mistakes in the details" IS THE STORY.

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That would be the story in some other thread. The story in this thread is about the liars at NYCCAN playing a little fancy free with the law and using sophistry to try to get their pet project on the ballot again. Did you have something to say on this important ballot initiative, or just like NYCCAN are you trawling the old fishing lanes hoping for a nibble?

If they spent several years studying the law, I don't think they did a very good job of it. Any New York lawyers in the house? Does a ballot initiative that has taxation as part of it have any standing under law? In short, are they just hoping for a Pyrrhic victory in getting it on the ballot so they can claim they've done something?
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Originally Posted by Foolmewunz View Post
If they spent several years studying the law, I don't think they did a very good job of it. Any New York lawyers in the house? Does a ballot initiative that has taxation as part of it have any standing under law? In short, are they just hoping for a Pyrrhic victory in getting it on the ballot so they can claim they've done something?

IANAL, but, as was discussed in regard to NYCCAN's previous failed initiative, basically, any proposal that costs money is required to include a funding mechanism. This is black-letter law, and is one of several major reasons that said previous initiative was unable to pass judicial muster; the court did not accept that donations would provide a legitimate basis for supplying revenue.

ETA: As I mentioned up-thread, I expect there will be some push-back from building contractors who don't want to pay more for building permits, but that's probably just fine with NYCCAN.
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Didn't they have a running on-line count going last time? I checked the site and there was nothing. They usually show the first few hundred signatures and fake couple of thousand in donations when they start these things up, don't they?
You can see their fundraising tally at the Donate page:

http://highrisesafetynyc.org/donate/

$2,075 so far.

Haven't seen a signature tally, but I believe they're being collected on paper.
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Ah, memories. Good times, good times.
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Hmmm, no mention yet of this on Flogger or 9-11Truth dot org. Could it be that they're learning from the past debacles?

Just kidding. I expect some posting activity at both sites soon.
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Ah, memories. Good times, good times.
They were, indeed.

This petition does appear to be better-written than the other one was. However, it's still obviously agenda-driven, and the ballot process in NYC is designed to make things very difficult indeed for agenda-driven people. We'll see what develops.
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Here's the heart of the petition:

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5. Investigatory Authority. Provided that the Department’s powers under this Act shall be limited solely to the City, and that
the Department shall not be authorized, under this Act, to exercise subpoena power over any non-City public official or to enter or
inspect any building, structure, enclosure, or premises located outside the City, in the Commissioner’s discretion, the Department
and its Employees and Agents, to the extent permitted by and in compliance with the Law, shall have the following authority:


a) To compel, through subpoena, the attendance of witnesses, the taking of oaths, the examination of witnesses, and the
production of books, papers, and other documents;
b) To enter and inspect any building, structure, enclosure, premises or any part thereof, anything therein, or anything
attached thereto;
c) To consult and coordinate with other City departments and agencies; and
d) To exercise all other investigatory powers authorized by Law.
A) So they don't have subpoena power under 5, but they have subpoena power under 5a.
B) Any building? You mean they could come in my house? Got a Fourth Amendment problem here, guys.
C) But WTC7 has already been investigated. They just didn't like the results.
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B) Any building? You mean they could come in my house? Got a Fourth Amendment problem here, guys.
Why do you hate freedom?
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Wouldn't be the ultimate slap if this gets passed and the department votes unanimously to adopt the NIST findings.
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A) So they don't have subpoena power under 5, but they have subpoena power under 5a.
I think 5 is outside the city, and A is meant to be inside the city, but it isn't written properly.
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Originally Posted by Orphia Nay View Post
I think 5 is outside the city, and A is meant to be inside the city, but it isn't written properly.

It seems clear to me, but maybe I'm mentally filling in what should be written.
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It seems clear to me, but maybe I'm mentally filling in what should be written.
I'd love to know what that would be. Can a non-judicial body inside a city government be granted judicial powers by ballot vote?


ETA: I could be wrong but, doesn't it require a judge to issue a subpoena?
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I'd love to know what that would be. Can a non-judicial body inside a city government be granted judicial powers by ballot vote?

If the ballot initiative passes, and is found not to violate any provisions of the initiative law, or of the NY State Constitution, it will become law just as if the NYC Council had passed it.

Many non-judicial investigative bodies have subpoena power, e. g., the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
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How much of a boost did they get from the Truther who crashed the post Superbowl News Conference shouting Truther Slogans?
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Wouldn't be the ultimate slap if this gets passed and the department votes unanimously to adopt the NIST findings.
But not before they exercise their rights and inspect the NYCCAN building to make sure it's not in danger of imminent collapse. It could take weeks. And they better take out some walls and ceilings to inspect the beams and joists.
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How much of a boost did they get from the Truther who crashed the post Superbowl News Conference shouting Truther Slogans?
Well, they've only raised $3,103 so far ($1,027 in the past 33 hours) so not much.

They're averaging around $1,034 a day. Let's see if they can keep this up.

Donation tally here:
http://highrisesafetynyc.org/donate/

They say they need $250,000 to $300,000.

There are 152 days between Feb 2 when they began, and when the fundraising drive is due to end (July 3).

Even if they keep this up, they'll only raise $157,168 and they won't make it.
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Hmmm, no mention yet of this on Flogger or 9-11Truth dot org. Could it be that they're learning from the past debacles?

Just kidding. I expect some posting activity at both sites soon.
Still nothing on http://www.911truth.org/

But there seems to have been an article a day or two ago on Flogger by someone called "Joe".

http://911blogger.com/news/2014-02-0...ety-initiative

One pathetic comment (unrelated to the initiative) so far, by "Orangutan".
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They say they need $250,000 to $300,000.

They don't seem to mention anywhere what they are planning to do with the money.

Looks trustworthy.
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Old 5th February 2014, 01:36 AM   #35
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They don't seem to mention anywhere what they are planning to do with the money.

Looks trustworthy.
Paid gunslingers. They're not going to mis-manage the signatures themselves this time, but hire a public relations consultancy to do it for them. See the OP. They say that if they raise the money, this virtually guarantees them enough signatures. That's about ten bucks a signature which is rather on the high end of the costs for collecting signatures (yes, this is a common practice - there are companies whose business is doing just that).
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Looks like a lucrative business.

So they are literally buying the signatures?
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Originally Posted by Foolmewunz View Post
Paid gunslingers. They're not going to mis-manage the signatures themselves this time, but hire a public relations consultancy to do it for them. See the OP. They say that if they raise the money, this virtually guarantees them enough signatures. That's about ten bucks a signature which is rather on the high end of the costs for collecting signatures (yes, this is a common practice - there are companies whose business is doing just that).

Just a side note on this: if a company employs enough reasonably attractive young women (generally college students) as signature gatherers, it's virtually guaranteed to meet its quota, no matter how outrageous the petition.
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Originally Posted by Muc View Post
Looks like a lucrative business.

So they are literally buying the signatures?

No. They employ paid signature gatherers. If you have enough people collecting, you're virtually guaranteed to meet your quota. To expand on my previous post, if a company hires attractive young women, there will be lots of men who will at least listen to the pitch, and probably go along in an attempt to curry favor with the signature taker, or at least spend more time enjoying the eye candy.
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Originally Posted by Orphia Nay View Post
Well, they've only raised $3,103 so far ($1,027 in the past 33 hours) so not much.

They're averaging around $1,034 a day. Let's see if they can keep this up.

Donation tally here:
http://highrisesafetynyc.org/donate/

They say they need $250,000 to $300,000.

There are 152 days between Feb 2 when they began, and when the fundraising drive is due to end (July 3).

Even if they keep this up, they'll only raise $157,168 and they won't make it.

Erm, last time didn't they claim they had donors ready to pony up millions of dollars to fund their new investigation?
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Originally Posted by jhunter1163 View Post
They were, indeed.

This petition does appear to be better-written than the other one was. However, it's still obviously agenda-driven, and the ballot process in NYC is designed to make things very difficult indeed for agenda-driven people. We'll see what develops.

I agree that it's better written than the previous one (which was a complete clusterfail from start to finish) but I think that this do-over still has some fatal problems. I will hold off on pointing those out until the group is beyond the point where the wording of the petition can be changed, though.

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