Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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January 20, 2015

Vol. 16 No. 03

SHOT Show Opens at Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas

INDUSTRY GATHERS AT 37th SHOT SHOW  . . . NSSF's 37th SHOT Show opened this morning at the Sands Expo Center for a four-day run, January 20-23, welcoming an expected 60,000 industry professionals eager to see the latest products offered by the firearms and outdoor industry. SHOT Show is the year's "must-attend" event for industry professionals. Anyone with an interest in the show can follow along online. We'll be posting news, photos and videos from the show throughout the week.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Pricey Pigs Makes the BCFC list of Top Ten Most Egregious Examples of Unfair Government Competition for 2014 - ctnwco860@gmail.com - Gmail

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BCFC To Release Top Ten Most Egregious Examples of Unfair Government Competition for 2014
Advisory
January 14, 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015 marks the 60th Anniversary of the issuance of Bureau of the Budget Bulletin 55-4, in which the Eisenhower Administration established policy that the "government will not start or carry on any commercial activity to provide a service or product for its own use if such product or service can be procured from private enterprise through ordinary business channels."  

To mark the occasion, the Business Coalition for Fair Competition (BCFC) will release its selection of the top ten most egregious examples of unfair government-sponsored competition with private enterprise, including small business, of 2014.

Noteworthy examples of incidents are:
  • Weeks after the Postal Regulatory Commission  promoted its unfair competition complaint process, and notwithstanding $5.5 billion in 2014 losses delivering mail, theU.S. Postal Service unveiled plans to deliver groceries.
  • The city of Somerset (KY) opened a municipal-owned and operated gas station in direct competition with private sector small business operators and retailers.
  • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sought to pre-empt state and local law in order to mandate municipal broadband that competes with private sector telecommunications offerings.
  • Applicable to about 8,000 career training programs at all types of institutions, the Obama Administration promulgated its 'Gainful Employment' rule that  cracks down on private sector education programs, including for-profit colleges, which creates an unlevel playing field vis-à-vis government run and non-profit schools.
  • Without ever putting its requirements out to a competitive bid, New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation entered into a 5 year, $1.5 million contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to kill wild pigs. The government's average cost to kill each feral swine, such as wild boar, was $10,000. This is the same State of New York that hasn't learned "you don't need a weather man to know which way the wind blows" by planning to start its own weather service, believing it can do a better job than the Federal government or private weather businesses.
  • An audit finds a publicly-funded $30 millionMinnesota nonprofit (TIES) is embroiled in mismanagement in its provision of information technology services to school systems.
  • "Bluffing" to win its first contract, St. Mary's University (MN) performs commercially available mapping services for the National Park Service and other clients.
  • Believing government can rent beach chairs and umbrellas more efficiently than a small business, the town of Bethany Beach, Delaware proposed to "insource", or have the town government take-over, a private business beach concession, only to later reverse its decision and keep the small business contract.
  • Believing that bicycle repair is inherent to the success of higher education, Virginia Tech University opened its own shop and hired a mechanic to  pedal services to students in Blacksburg, VA in competition with local small business.
  • Costing $28 billion and intended to find bomb-making patterns, mine intelligence, input surveillance data, build dossiers on the enemy and provide tools that help analysts determine the enemies next move, the Army produced inferior software known as Distributed Common Ground System-Army (D-sigs A) which placed troops at risk in Afghanistan. This was despite widespread knowledge that similar software technology in the private sector was more user-friendly.
We encourage friends, allies and colleagues participate in efforts to promote the Top Ten List, the 60th anniversary, and to promote free enterprise rather than government competition (The 'Yellow Pages Test' -- the common sense guideline that simply states any government activity that can be provided by private enterprise found in the Yellow Pages should be subject to commercial market competition, rather than performance by a government monopoly) through blogs, traditional media, digital media and social media. Post on Facebook and Twitter, engage your members, constituents or stakeholders. Help us get the word out.  

For more information, contact:
John Palatiello, President
Business Coalition for Fair Competition (BCFC)
1856 Old Reston Avenue, Suite 205, Reston, VA 20190

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Fwd: Pricey Pigs Makes the BCFC list of Top Ten Most Egregious Examples of Unfair Government Competition for 2014


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Date: Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 10:33 AM
Subject: Pricey Pigs Makes the BCFC list of Top Ten Most Egregious Examples of Unfair Government Competition for 2014
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Hello

 

The interview I did with a local news station (CBS 6 Albany) regarding a contract that the NYS DEC signed with USDA Wildlife Services for feral pig removal made the national top ten list of Unfair Government Competition. Take a look at the news release below. Please share the list with everyone you know so we can help stop the federal government from competing against private companies.

 

Take Care,

Cody L. Baciuska

Wildlife Biologist

Loomacres Wildlife Management

PH (800)243-1462

Cell(607)760-8748

Fax (518)618-3129

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From: John Palatiello - BCFC [mailto:john@jmpa.us]
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BCFC To Release Top Ten Most Egregious Examples of Unfair Government Competition for 2014

Advisory

January 14, 2015

 

Thursday, January 15, 2015 marks the 60th Anniversary of the issuance of Bureau of the Budget Bulletin 55-4, in which the Eisenhower Administration established policy that the "government will not start or carry on any commercial activity to provide a service or product for its own use if such product or service can be procured from private enterprise through ordinary business channels."  

 

To mark the occasion, the Business Coalition for Fair Competition (BCFC) will release its selection of the top ten most egregious examples of unfair government-sponsored competition with private enterprise, including small business, of 2014.

 

Noteworthy examples of incidents are:

  • Weeks after the Postal Regulatory Commission  promoted its unfair competition complaint process, and notwithstanding $5.5 billion in 2014 losses delivering mail, theU.S. Postal Service unveiled plans to deliver groceries.
  • The city of Somerset (KY) opened a municipal-owned and operated gas station in direct competition with private sector small business operators and retailers.
  • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sought to pre-empt state and local law in order to mandate municipal broadband that competes with private sector telecommunications offerings.
  • Applicable to about 8,000 career training programs at all types of institutions, the Obama Administration promulgated its 'Gainful Employment' rule that  cracks down on private sector education programs, including for-profit colleges, which creates an unlevel playing field vis-à-vis government run and non-profit schools.
  • Without ever putting its requirements out to a competitive bid, New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation entered into a 5 year, $1.5 million contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to kill wild pigs. The government's average cost to kill each feral swine, such as wild boar, was $10,000. This is the same State of New York that hasn't learned "you don't need a weather man to know which way the wind blows" by planning to start its own weather service, believing it can do a better job than the Federal government or private weather businesses.
  • An audit finds a publicly-funded $30 million Minnesota nonprofit (TIES) is embroiled in mismanagement in its provision of information technology services to school systems.
  • "Bluffing" to win its first contract, St. Mary's University (MN) performs commercially available mapping services for the National Park Service and other clients.
  • Believing government can rent beach chairs and umbrellas more efficiently than a small business, the town of Bethany Beach, Delaware proposed to "insource", or have the town government take-over, a private business beach concession, only to later reverse its decision and keep the small business contract.
  • Believing that bicycle repair is inherent to the success of higher education, Virginia Tech University opened its own shop and hired a mechanic to  pedal services to students in Blacksburg, VA in competition with local small business.
  • Costing $28 billion and intended to find bomb-making patterns, mine intelligence, input surveillance data, build dossiers on the enemy and provide tools that help analysts determine the enemies next move, the Army produced inferior software known as Distributed Common Ground System-Army (D-sigs A) which placed troops at risk in Afghanistan. This was despite widespread knowledge that similar software technology in the private sector was more user-friendly.

We encourage friends, allies and colleagues participate in efforts to promote the Top Ten List, the 60th anniversary, and to promote free enterprise rather than government competition (The 'Yellow Pages Test' -- the common sense guideline that simply states any government activity that can be provided by private enterprise found in the Yellow Pages should be subject to commercial market competition, rather than performance by a government monopoly) through blogs, traditional media, digital media and social media. Post on Facebook and Twitter, engage your members, constituents or stakeholders. Help us get the word out.  

 

For more information, contact:

John Palatiello, President

Business Coalition for Fair Competition (BCFC)

1856 Old Reston Avenue, Suite 205, Reston, VA 20190

john@jmpa.us 

703-787-6665

www.governmentcompetition.org 

 

BCFC Logo Competition Watch

 

1856 Old Reston Avenue,
Suite 205

Reston, VA 20190

www.governmentcompetiton.org 

 

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Business Coalition for Fair Competition (BCFC)

1856 Old Reston Avenue, Suite 205

Reston, VA 20190

 www.governmentcompetition.org

703-787-6665  

 

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fwd: Industry Alert: Bed Bugs as Vectors of Trypanosoma cruzi


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Subject: Industry Alert: Bed Bugs as Vectors of Trypanosoma cruzi
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INDUSTRY ALERT
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Bed Bugs as Vectors of Trypanosoma cruzi

Prepared for NPMA Members by the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA)

November 19, 2014 

 

Background

In a study published online yesterday in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, researchers from Penn Medicine's Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics found that bed bugs are able to transmit Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease, a parasitic infection, in a laboratory setting. Researchers conducted a series of laboratory experiments that demonstrated bi-directional transmission of T. cruzi between laboratory mice and bed bugs, showing that bed bugs can both acquire and transmit the parasite.

 

A series of experiments conducted in controlled laboratory settings exposed bed bugs to mice infected with the parasite, and of the 2,000 bed bugs used in the experiment, the majority acquired T. cruzi after feeding on the mice. Another experiment found 9 out of 12 or 75 percent of uninfected mice acquired T. cruzi after cohabitating with infected bed bugs. A third experiment infected mice by placing feces of infected bed bugs directly on the animals' skin that had either been inflamed from bites or scraped with a needle. This exercise found 40 percent of mice acquired the parasite from a skin scrape and 20 percent were infected when the skin was only broken by the insects' bites.

 

Chagas disease, one of the most prevalent and deadliest diseases in the Americas, is a growing problem in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates there are approximately 300,000 human cases of Chagas disease in the U.S. As bed bugs have more frequent contact with people than kissing bugs, the current perpetrator and known vector of Chagas, this new discovery raises the alarm and speaks to the need for more research to be conducted.

 

The Penn Medicine report is important because it adds to the case of bed bugs being of significant public health importance. However, it's important to also note that the study did not examine or indicate any direct transmission of disease to human hosts. More research is needed into these transient pests to fully understand the applications of this study to human health. It is important for people to understand the biology and habitats of bed bugs and to be vigilant to help protect against the spread of bed bugs by routinely inspecting and monitoring for this pest and contacting a pest management professional where bed bugs are suspected or confirmed.

 

In an effort to communicate true and accurate information, not based on speculation and fear, the NPMA and PPMA feel it is important to provide NPMA members with industry talking points should companies be contacted for comment by the media. These may also be helpful and serve as a communications tool when fielding customer inquires on the topic.

 

Industry Talking Points

  • The findings of this study by researchers at Penn Medicine are important and intriguing because they show for the first time a bi-directional transmission of a parasite between a host and bed bugs. Although conducted in a controlled, laboratory environment, this indicates that bed bugs can both acquire and transmit a parasite, making them a plausible vector of disease.
  • The laboratory experiments in this study were conducted entirely between mice and bed bugs, and did not examine or indicate any direct transmission of disease to human hosts.
  • To date, there is currently no research or medically documented cases of humans contracting disease from the direct bite of a bed bug.
  • More research is needed to better understand bed bugs' role in disease transmission and their role in the epidemiology of Chagas disease.
  • Bed bugs are a transient pest and are extremely difficult to control. Limiting contact with these blood sucking pests and preventing infestations is vital to mitigating your risk of exposure. As the busy travel season is near, it is important for Americans to be vigilant and protect themselves by practicing prevention tips:
    • When traveling, pull back the sheets and inspect the mattress seams of the beds in rooms in which you'll be staying. Pay particular attention to the corners for telltale stains or spots.  If you see anything suspect, notify management and change rooms/establishments immediately.
    • Thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking, including behind the headboard and in
      sofas/chairs.  If any pests are spotted, change to a non-adjacent room immediately.
    • Consider placing your suitcase in a plastic trash bag or protective cover during the duration of your trip to ensure that bed bugs cannot take up residence there prior to departure.
    • Remember: bed bugs travel by hitching rides. After your trip, inspect your suitcases before bringing them into the house. Vacuum your suitcase thoroughly before storing away. Consider using a garment hand steamer to steam your luggage, which can kill any bed bugs or eggs that may have hitched a ride home.
    • Dry all fabric items (washed or unwashed) in a hot dryer for at least 30 minutes to ensure that any bed bugs that may have made it that far are not placed into your drawers/closet.]
  • Bed bugs cannot be effectively controlled with do-it-yourself measures and require the help of a pest professional. If you suspect you have a bed bug problem, contact a qualified pest professional to thoroughly inspect your property and implement a treatment plan.
Additional Resources:

Penn Medicine press release: http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_Releases/2014/11/levy/     

Study published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene: http://www.ajtmh.org/content/early/2014/11/13/ajtmh.14-0483.full.pdf+html    

NPMA's consumer site for bed bug prevention tips and resources: allthingsbedbugs.org 

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