Printable List of Monsanto Owned “Food” Producers


 

In light of the recent public anger over the Monsanto Protection Act, here’s a simple,

printable list of companies that use Monsanto products.

GMO’s are currently surrounded in controversy, but by avoiding products made by companies on this list,

you ensure your money isn’t going to Monsanto.

The list is up to date as of June 2014, simply click on it and choose Print from your browser’s menu.

Printable Products List 

Real Farmacy & Thanks to Karma Jello

http://higherperspective.com/2014/06/printable-list-monsanto-owned-food-producers.html#kYkZ7g17xVOtdFyP.99

UFO Special Reports – Black Triangles


Harry Howard
General George S. Brown
“I don’t know whether this story has ever been told or not. They weren’t called UFOs. They were called enemy helicopters. And they were only seen at night and they were only seen in certain places. They were seen up around the DMZ in the early summer of ’68. And this resulted in quite a little battle. And in the course of this, an Australian destroyer took a hit and we never found any enemy, we only found ourselves when this had all been sorted out. And this caused some shooting there, and there was no enemy at all involved but we always reacted.

Always after dark, the same thing happened up at Pleiku at the Highlands in ’69.   General George S. Brown, USAF Chief of Staff, Department of Defense transcript of press conference in Illinois, October  16, 1973.

I often briefed General Brown when I was an intelligence officer at 7th Air Force Headquarters in Vietnam. After my first briefing to him, he sent me a note saying. “It’s alright if you choose to wear your glasses.” Later he became Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (1974 to 1978)

Black Triangles: The Worst Kept Secret

Harv Howard writes, “The US tends to typically develop advanced aircraft in fairly full public view in terms of proposals, funding, development, quantities and problems. The current F-22, F-35 and B-2 bomber projects have proceeded in that manner. But when aircraft are extremely top secret, they get buried too deeply to trace, from the initial black budget allotments through to the various, aspects of their development and well into theaters of operation.”
The U-2, SR-71 and the F-117A from the depths of Lockheed’s famed Skunk Works didn’t become known to the public until after years in practical use.  Today the evidence is over whelming, secrets can be kept by aerospace industries and government.  The so-called “black triangles” can be added to the list of secret black budget items.  Funding would have come variously from “Star Wars” money, some of trillion that the Pentagon lost, programs that never were, and typically and easily done, “overruns,” tacked onto other projects built such as the very expensive B-2 bomber and the F-117A.

Thousands of sightings of the triangles make it hard to quibble with that blanket assessment. The triangles exist.  Verification comes continually that these mind-blowing craft exist.  Almost every typical American citizens witness a huge and dark triangle moving low, slow and silently overhead. Some are so shaken by the experience that they pay particular attention to the vehicles, enough to make a decent determinations of the unique characteristics of the craft. The differences between the new method of hovering and moving through the air and that of conventional aircraft of any type are unmistakable and troubling and not forgotten to some witnesses. As a consequence and not so strangely, we know more about triangles, unofficially, than any aircraft ever secretly produced in this country. Most of us interested in the term “triangles” know from regular media accounts that these craft demonstrate uncanny aerial displays to the public in the US and the UK almost daily.  Rarely are these craft reported in any area outside of the US and Europe. Being so publically displayed on Western soil, why is it that after about thirty years of being witnessed these craft have not been revealed to the American public?

What is the point of hiding such remarkable craft if the intelligence agencies of potential enemies and even the man-on-the-street can easily figure out that these fabulous craft are our government’s utility replacement for the dismissed space shuttle and manned rockets?  Why allow the American public to puzzle upon why our leaders and planners have failed us, lost our edge in space to nations using rocket technology that we have abandoned for the most part and yet seemingly have forced us to purchase rides to the ISS for our equipment and crew from others?  It doesn’t make good sense unless there is an ace up Uncle’s sleeve.

There are aspects to the situation that are not so simple to explain.  But first, we need to establish the importance of the triangles to our real world situation.  The triangles (and similarly powered craft) are the greatest development in the history of mechanical devices since the invention of the wheel.  These machines are not true aircraft.  They do not use the atmosphere (air) for lift or propulsion.  Their basic feature sidesteps the effects of gravity.  That totally different method of locomotion will allow us to literally transform human activities on earth and explorations into space.  Basically, there are a mode of quick, reliable and low-cost transportation that will replace several other types currently used in/on the air, land and sea.

In addition, their almost miraculous bending of physics contrary to conventional views automatically gives them the distinction of being the greatest weapon ever placed in the hands of a world power.  That feature alone is enough to explain why they remain top secret devices.
How that secret is handled is something else entirely and seems puzzling on the face of it.  Seeming to move in impossible and unbelievable ways is the key to why we are allowed to see them performing in exactly such a manner.  The secret keepers want us to notice the bizarre shapes and antics.  Yet, why display the triangles so publically and not bring them forth after at least three decades of being reported in our skies?

Because it is all a charade, aided and abetted by all areas of aviation, both military and civilian.  The segments of society that should be most interested in such reports are mum on the triangles, ignoring all incidents and lying about those they cannot ignore.  –Sound familiar?  Haven’t we endured over half a century of the (apparent) lack of official acknowledgment and investigations into the UFO phenomena?

The strategy behind that continued deceit is brilliant, even if a carryover of how officialdom has always dealt with the UFO, but it has another key component.  And that is that the sightings of the triangles dovetail into and help perpetuate the on-going UFO drama that we live with every day.  (Regardless of what many of you want to think, genuine UFOs, alien craft, present a very serious situation to all of Earth that eventually must conclude in some form of publically announced contact with ETs which will only be the beginning of the intervention.)

As it stands, a mysterious triangle exhibiting UFO-like capabilities is understandably labeled as a typical UFO sighting (another non-event) and with that classification assigned; all need for further investigation evaporates.  Broadcast TV news: “Put on your tin-foil hats, folks, another mysterious triangle reported hovering over Boston last night.”  A follow up sentence will advise that the supposed event should not be taken too seriously as government officials showed little interest in the public’s reports of the object.  So it was something or nothing, but definitely not a secret government triangle-shaped craft because they don’t fly them around in public like that.  Right?  After all, allowing a top secret craft to deliberately hover low over Boston on a Saturday night to be seen in all of its glory is totally absurd.  Such an event goes against the basic rules in any playbook for black budget projects.  The damned thing should be out West someplace, Area 51, maybe, not shocking the early night bar crowd in Boston.  And so it goes, a type of UFO is witnessed but only civilians take notice.

Most of the world knows what the English letters of “UFO” represent and what they mean in some fashion.  That understanding, that concept in itself, is a world-wide phenomenon of some note.  Recognition and acceptance of the true meaning behind alien UFOs is a natural and required progressive step for humanity to travel because the triangles (one way or another) were derived from the bizarre physics of the UFOs and that foundation secret must be kept as long as possible even as the triangles become commonplace in our lives.  So we have a rigged paradox surrounding the triangles/UFO relationship saga.

The second reason why the strange ways of the triangles is also strategic is just as important and twisted.  Less than friendly countries will have noted for years now the reports of triangles in the Western media and have pay close attention to the details that clearly eliminate the craft from being conventional, even advanced, true aircraft.  How do they react to such news?  They know full well that UFOs are real alien craft, and they note that our machines mimic UFOs.  Anything but fools, they know that we know, somehow, the secret of the UFO method of power.  They feverishly work on their theories if not prototypes.  They would make bold and varied attempts to steal highly classified data in any way imaginable.  They are masters at it.  If the English hacker Gary McKinnon can learn important but not critical details about our space fleets with a little perseverance and computer skill, so can any country with a decent spy program.  Have they had any luck?  We can imagine that they have obtained a substantial knowledge of our operations.

As a result of our best capabilities being in full view to our potential enemies, the current situation in the world is generally stable because of the existence of the triangles.  However, it is a very unbalance stalemate of course.  As our black secret is known on far shores, it is doubtful that any major effort of any kind will be started by the laggards that could provoke the wrath of a fleet of space-capable, UFO-like triangles carrying a variety of weapons.

With the capabilities inherent in the triangles, without a doubt, we control all near-earth space, off-planet exploration and any serious surface wars that would be directly against us.  Not until a country announces a similar craft will we be forced to make our own admission and display our true dominance for the public to see.  The longer it takes our enemies—and potential competitors–to build their versions of the mass less triangles, the better the odds against their ever gaining parity on that score alone.  Despite what they suspect or know about our triangles, the smart potential adversaries would keep quiet as they do their own intense work.

As stated earlier, the new principles of physics in the triangles is the greatest weapon every developed by man for war…and we must add, also the greatest thing for commerce, as also was true for the wheel.

Any use of the new secret craft would not be left to the whim of military commanders, or even top government officials fueled by their own politician agendas but from a larger, more benign, general strategy of the world not based on old versions and visions of world conquest.  It will be more of a philosophical ideology than being politically based. The so-called “coming of the saucers” in 1947 has disturbed the usually forces that rule Earth.  Initially, the earthlings in control panicked a world war had recently ended and political ideologies were running rampant across the world.  These days, evidently the ETs have told Earth’s leaders what they must do.  We see signs everywhere of the changes and earnest efforts to transform the population of the planet from one state of mind to a more rational state of mine and being.

The New World Order, a dream for some and a nightmare for others, is being social engineered. Done in some countries by their own initiative and forced onto others by the UN to bring to fruition the plan.  The major intent is to save the world from the destructive effects of mankind’s boundless consumption of resources before it sickens and dies as a living planet. Rescuing humanity from its own restless need for war and/or economic conquest is secondary.

The eventual introduction of the triangles and similarly powered craft into commercial avenues and expanded but benign military use will ease many of the approaching burdens around the world.  But as the ships go about their duties carrying aid in those dark days, many fists will be raised and shaken at them in futile anger.  Let it not be more than that display.  Otherwise, a ship with troops will be quickly summoned.  Complete freedom will be remembered as a term briefly used in the foundation of the United States of American, but it was short-lived and was only a dream anyway.  Perhaps a reset of the human apparatus of existence isn’t such a bad plan.  Maybe there is a better way. Thanks to Harv Howard.

New Study Promotes Agenda 21-Style “Land Grabs”


Note: One only has to take a look at the illegal, fraudulent overthrow and subsequent occupation of Hawaii to know land grabs for resources are an age old tactic for wealth redistribution and subverting sovereign nation states into indentured servitude to the occupiers. More here: http://ascendingstarseed.wordpress.com/?s=hawaii+sovereignty&submit=Search 

Kevin Samson
Activist Post

When one thinks of “redistribution of wealth,” one would typically understand that to mean a system designed to take from the wealthy and give to the poor. Controversial in its own right. However, with the United Nations’ Agenda 21 it’s even worse: the redistribution of wealth means taking resources from poorer populations and opening up those resources for wealthy private interests to collude with government – fascism, essentially.

A shockingly honest new study from the Institute of Physics (IOP) journal Environmental Research Letters entitled “Food appropriation through large scale land acquisitions” makes the case for literally disenfranchising local populations in service to the greater multi-national good through “land grabs” – a hallmark of all Agenda 21 propaganda.

Agenda 21′s “Green Mask” of sustainability and rectifying global hunger is being used to hoodwink compassionate people’s interest in the environment, as well as pander to legitimate concerns over dwindling food and water resources. In reality, Agenda 21 is an enormously complex and multi-faceted stealth program that is creeping into every corner of the world, including the U.S., which is thought to be immune from land grabs due to well-established property rights.  However, one look at our Agenda 21 archives is enough to dispel that notion.

Any place where Agenda 21 has arrived under the following snapshot of its methods of intrusion, it has resulted in loss of land, loss of resources and anything but a balanced re-distribution of that which is appropriated:

Smart Growth, Wildlands Project, Resilient Cities, Regional Visioning Projects, STAR Sustainable Communities, Green jobs, Green Building Codes, “Going Green,” Alternative Energy, Local Visioning, facilitators, regional planning, historic preservation, conservation easements, development rights, sustainable farming, comprehensive planning, growth management, consensus. (Source – Agenda 21 in One Easy Lesson)

Nevertheless, the findings which are being published by the Institute of Physics state simply:

Crops grown on “land-grabbed” areas in developing countries could have the potential to feed an extra 100 million people worldwide, a new study has shown.

The improved infrastructure brought about by foreign investment could increase the productivity of subsistence farmlands in countries such as Indonesia and Papua New Guinea and could mean these lands can feed at least 300 million people around the world. This is compared to about 190 million people that could be fed if the land was left tended to by the local population.

The following graphic is offered:

Figure 3. Number of people who could be fed by the acquired land in the case of ‘balanced diet’, assuming a 50% biofuel use for oil palm and sugarcane, and considering different yield gap closure scenarios. (Calculations are based on land deals data as reported by Land Matrix 2013 dataset, accessed on 20 June 2013).

On top of the zero respect for the sovereignty of these areas, and the suggestion that they are all but obligated to outsource their production to “foreign governments and business,” we need to consider who might be at the helm of such an initiative.

The press release focuses on the notion that modern techniques, industrialized agricultural methods, and land-grab deals are the potential saviors in the equation to provide food for the planet. Naturally, when we hear about “modern techniques” we are really talking about biotech, and Monsanto primarily. The biotech industry continues to assert that modern-day farming must be driven by genetic modification in order to provide more consistent crop production in ever higher yields, thus we can conclude that this is the direction that will be taken with the stolen acquired land.

When it comes to food production, it is one of the many myths of GMO; GMOs do not provide more food, but do offer Big Ag companies increased profits on the need for more pesticides, herbicides, and patented seeds – all of which are guaranteed to show up on this newly acquired land. For purely propaganda purposes we are often shown images of starving people in Third World countries who presumably need to be saved by corporate conglomerates. However, there are many real-world examples (and studies) illustrating the exact opposite.

If we dig a bit deeper into the IOP statements, we see statistics that form a lot of moving parts showing potentialities and the people who “could be fed,” but it’s the conclusions which unequivocally state the goals hidden in plain sight:

The results also revealed that the most targeted countries for land grabs are Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and the former Sudan. Altogether, these nations account for around 82 per cent of the total food calories that can be produced by acquired croplands worldwide.

It has been reported in previous studies that around 32.9 million hectares of land have been acquired by large-scale international investors for different purposes. A total of 22 million hectares were acquired for agriculture.

The authors, Maria Cristina Rulli from Politecnico di Milano and Paolo D’Odorico from University of Virginia, said: “Our study has provided a comprehensive assessment of the amount of food that can potentially be produced in land acquired by foreign investors in countries such as Sudan and Indonesia.”

Accordingly, “Policy makers need to be aware that if this food were used to feed the local populations it would be sufficient to abate malnourishment in each of these countries even without investments aiming at the closure of the yield gap. Such investments would lead to substantial improvements in crop yields mainly in African countries.

“At the moment there are still open questions which would help inform the debate over what happens to acquired land such as, what happens to food produced? Is it shipped abroad? Were these lands already used for agriculture prior to the acquisition, and (if so) for the cultivation of what crops? With what yields? Answers to these questions would allow us to quantify the decrease in food available to the local communities, and come up with management strategies to mitigate possible negative impacts on the local communities of large scale land acquisition.” (emphasis added)

This is nothing short of an open admission that foreign governments and international investors are seeking the most profitable ways to get their claws into sovereign territories, while using the “Green Mask” to shroud their true intentions.

When this is fully understood, we can look at the U.S. government’s pledge of billions of dollars to boost Africa’s infrastructure in a whole new light. Africa is, in fact, a multi-level resource, as is much of the developing world. The agreements that are being signed by these nations with multi-national corporations are at worst being coerced through UN guidelines, and at best deals with the devil initiated by petty government officials in developing areas.

For additional specific mechanics behind these land grabs, I would refer you to the following articles:

Full Institute of Physics report available here:
http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/9/6/064030/article

Source:
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-06/iop-gc062414.php

Recently from Kevin Samson:

http://www.activistpost.com/2014/06/new-study-promotes-agenda-21-style-land.html

Veterans Today: 01Kingpins and Cutouts, Aliens and Hybrids


by Preston James

 

Who is the Wizard of Oz behind the curtain pulling the strings?

Once a Bright and Rising Star, a great economic engine and the hope of the World, America has been transformed into an International Terror Factory with a collapsing economy.

The USG has become an enemy of the American People and a blight on the World.

How could this happen and where does the real power lie?

Who has been pulling all the strings and taking America apart at the seams, trashing the Constitution, Bill or Rights and everything American Soldiers have fought for since the Declaration of Independence?

How can we make sense out of this confusing mess?

Sometimes the most incredulous things one CANNOT imagine, actually turn out to be true.

How much do you really want to know about who runs the world?

To understand who are the real Powers That Be (PTB), one must be willing to temporarily enter the twilight zone and take a trip deep into a rabbit hole.

True Pyramid Power is the bureaucratic political organizing of society into power control hierarchies, some known and the most powerful ones unknown, it is not the power of the Giza pyramids.

The top Covert Power in the world is referred to by many as ”the top of the pyramid” and these top controllers are always hidden by many layers of Cutouts who are more than willing to do their dirty work.  Such is the nature of hierarchies and bureaucracies which have power funneled upward into a few select individuals who are the Leaders of the World and the true Powers That Be (PTB).  These top controllers are best referred to as Kingpins.

Note:  This is a long article with sections that some readers will find irrelevant, tiring or boring. Bold print subject headings have been provided which can be scanned. Those sections which seem interesting can be read in full.

The Old Black European Nobility (OBN) has been alleged to be the top world controllers and have been reputed to have Third Force or secret alien power, including Psi-power.  

It is generally recognized by top researchers of covert world power that the top of the pyramid are select individuals who are representatives of the “Old Black Nobility”(OBN) of Europe which go all the way back to Venice, Rome and even perhaps even to ancient Babylon.

These folks are known for their secret knowledge and skills in the “Black Arts” using “human alchemy”, the powers of trauma based mindkontrol, numerous “magickal” arts, the power of secret assassinations using poisons, and allegedly deep and conventionally unknown Psi-power. They have been reputed to have a lust for shedding human blood and human sacrifice and it has been alleged that they have been anointed with what has been anecdotally referred to as “teaming power of Lucifer”.

Some have alleged that Vlad the Impaler was the model user of this Third Force pure evil and serves as an historical example of unbridled terror and murder, an illustration of what the characteristics are of those at the top of the pyramid of control that truly run the world today who seem to crave mass death from war and eugenics.

Notice that this print of a painting considered to be an accurate representation of Vlad shows the eight pointed double-cross aka the Mark of Cain on his forehead, identifying him as “evil ruling over evil”.  Those who want to learn more about the Mark of Cain can refer to Tupper Saussy’s infamous book, “Rulers of Evil”.

Certainly this type of evil appears to have infested those who pull the strings of the Secret Shadow Government (SSG) and many other nations as well as the City of London Banksters and the so-called Royal family.

It has also been alleged that these folks have had long term relations with alien trans-dimensional entities which have superior technical knowledge and highly developed mindkontrol skills, but are evil beyond humans normal imagination to fathom.

The Secret Shadow Government (SSG) has allegedly patterned their “Black Operations” on the basis of this hidden knowledge of the secret, occult “black arts” which has been selectively provided to their key Cutouts by top Kingpins of the OBN.

The Old Black Nobility (OBN) are alleged to be the rulers of the covert world which should be considered to be the New Roman Empire. Are they alien/human hybrids and does that explain their extraordinary powers to do immense evil worldwide?

These folks are reputed to be the head of a secret New Roman Empire essentially cast according to the structures of the old Roman Empire and also based on many of its ancient mythical gods and occult practices. Some researchers have suggested that the OBN are actually hybrids and part Draco.  This would certainly explain a great deal of their mastery of the evil, anti-human black arts and psi-power and the various world systems featuring those principals they have set up through their subordinates or cutouts all over the world for many centuries.

One person’s Kingpin is usually another person’s Cutout and vice-verse.

The main or first level of Cutouts of the OBN is believed to the City of London Banksters.  Some say these folks are comprised of the top ranking of the “thirteen satanic bloodlines”, others claim they are part of an interlocked worldwide system of occult based esoteric, Luciferian groups.

The Secret Shadow Government is a main Cutout for the City of London Banksters.

It is generally recognized that the next level of control is the Secret Shadow Government (SSG) (1) which is a direct Cutout for the London Banksters.  So the London Banksters serve as the Kingpins for the SSG which are their Cutouts.

And the SSG serves as Kingpins for the next level of control which is the Intel agencies and the Non-profit foundations and think tanks and their Lobbying groups and Lobbyists which serve to buy and own the American politicians and USG officials for the Banksters.

And the US Administration is also a direct Cutout for the SSG and in turn serves as a Kingpin for the various Cutouts running each USG agency. And so it goes as one climbs the food chain downward.

The use of Cutouts provides layers of insulation and deniability from blame for the Kingpins and is considered essential and basic tradecraft.

By now it should be clear that the use of a Cutout creates an insulating barrier of deniability for the actual string pullers of any USG act.  The more middlemen or Cutouts involved, the greater the degrees of separation from the primary perp who is responsible.

The greater the number of the layers of separation, the greater the deniability of those who are the true string-pullers behind the curtain and the less likely their exposure becomes, nor is it possible to ascertain the true motives for the decisions and actions of the Cutouts doing the dirty work for the PTB.  Instead trite and false cover stories are dispensed as USG propaganda by the six major mass media.

This insulation can become so great that it is almost impossible for ordinary citizens to be able to understand the actual USG actions that are being imposed on them or the base policies behind them which motivate the very top string pullers who have absolute “Cesarian authority”.

Use of Cutouts is just basic intel Tradecraft

Use of cutouts is basic intel tradecraft and helps keep the true motives of those pulling the strings of society secret from the public who would then be able to start asking too many questions about the legitimacy of the authority of the PTB.  The hidden hand prefers to remain hidden because exposure weakens and threatens such entities with eventual erosion and complete loss of power.

Many prominent Cutouts who have the appearance of complete respectability despite the fact they are either owned financially, or victims of human compromise operations such as by sexual and/or pedophile honey traps.  Use of these Cutouts with such a public persona can provide the ultimate front of respectability until the SSG is done with them and releases the photos or videos they always keep on file “for that day”.

The SSG is only serving its own needs and those of the Kingpins who own them and cares nothing about the welfare of anyone else at all. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jQT7_rVxAE&feature=player_detailpage

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It cares nothing for the America People which is in the process of asset stripping and taking their basic constitutionally guaranteed Rights.  Nor does it care a whit about any of its victims of World Terror and unprovoked illegal wars. It has morphed over the years since its inception into a mass murder Terror machine.

And although the SSG claims it is hard at work “protecting the security and well-being” of America, nothing could be more obviously further from the truth.  The SSG is working hard to KILL AMERICA (2) by asset stripping it and trafficking in massive amounts of illegal drugs in order to finance highly criminal and anti-human Black Operations all over the world in order to create a NWO Globalist System.

And obviously all the recent Mideast illegal wars have been waged to protect the Banksters US Petro Dollar (3) and to make massive war profits for offshore corporations at the expense of the American taxpayer, the American Soldiers and the people living in the nations attacked.

One way or another a bad outcome typically awaits Cutouts and Traitors as well as those that live by the sword and make a business or mass murder and war profiteering. 

When the OBN completes their current agenda and “drops the hammer” on the SSG, these SSG top Cutouts will find out they have been set up and conned into being traitors to America they will be shocked beyond belief.

And when they find out that like most other Cutouts they are going to be tossed on the trash heap of history by those they stupidly served, they will be horrified and feel completely betrayed like the way they betrayed America the Republic, American taxpayers and Citizens.

But by the time they come to realize they have been duped, it will be far too late. Their narcissistic sociopathy provided by the power that secrecy and the invocation of national security has provided, will not allow them to see this coming in advance and take steps to redeem or protect themselves.

Any Cutout is always potentially disposable and almost always ends up tossed on the trash heap of history when the Kingpins are done with them.

Read more: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/04/10/kingpins-and-cutouts-aliens-and-hybrids/

Report Show Police Using Asset Seizure To Bolster Budgets


Law enforcement can seize property if they suspect it has been involved in a crime. Slowly, though, the ease with which this can be done is changing.

CAF

The rights afforded to people by the U.S. Constitution do not extend to their property. This means that when a law enforcement official suspects that someone’s property — including his or her car, money, home or gun — was involved in a crime, the official can seize that property and keep it.

When this happens, there’s next to nothing that individual can do about it.

Known as civil asset forfeiture, or “policing for profit,” the lawful policing policy is often described as a legal statute that most members of the public are largely unaware of until they or someone they know is affected.

Introduced in the 18th century, civil asset forfeiture was originally intended as a means for the U.S. government to legally claim the rights to items or “loot” left behind by pirates. Today, the law is reportedly used as a tool for dismantling large-scale drug operations, which is why civil asset forfeiture is more common in the Midwest and Southern states than in states with more progressive drug laws, such as California, Oregon and Washington state.

However, the practice is increasingly being seen as a way for police departments to make up for lost revenue. This is because people have had thousands of dollars in cash taken from them without being tried in court or even charged with a crime. The case of Alda Gentile, who was carrying $11,000 that she had planned to use to buy a home, is just one example of this.

According to the Institute for Justice, law enforcement in Minnesota seized more than $6.6 million worth of goods in 2012, 90 percent of which was used to supplement law enforcement budgets. The nonprofit law firm also noted that the police officers were not exactly seizing Ferraris and mansions from drug kingpins, as less than 4 percent of property seized in the state between 2003 and 2010 was worth more than $5,000.

In fact, the average value of property seized by law enforcement was only worth around $1,250, and it costs an average of $2,500 to challenge civil asset forfeiture in court.

Forfeited cash is often just put into the coffers of police departments, while property such as cars, guns or even PlayStations are often put up for auction. In the case of an auction, law enforcement keeps the profits from any sales.

One may assume that the Fourth Amendment would protect Gentile from having $11,000 in cash taken from her after she was stopped for speeding, especially since there isn’t a law dictating how much cash a person can legally carry. But there’s actually a loophole in the law that allows law enforcement to seize cash, stocks, real estate, vehicles, guns and other property, and keep it. Even if an individual is not charged or arrested for their involvement in any sort of crime, his or her property can still be seized lawfully because the property was suspected of having been involved in a crime. was essentially found guilty of being involved in a crime.

Constitutionally-granted rights, such as the right to a trial or a court-appointed lawyer, don’t apply to property, either. If someone wants to fight to get his stuff back, he is stuck paying 100 percent of the court fees. Further, his financial means to do so may have been affected by the fact that he just lost a great sum of money in the form of cash or a vehicle to the asset forfeiture.

Forfeiture laws vary by state in regards to how much a police department can legally seize, the amount of evidence required to prove that the property was used to commit a crime, and whether the burden of proof is on the property owner or law enforcement.

After analyzing the types of forfeiture laws in all 50 states, the Institute for Justice released a report in 2010, rating states based on the level of civil asset forfeiture abuse. West Virginia, Virginia, Texas and Michigan ranked as the worst states, since the burden on the state to prove that the property was involved in a crime was extremely low and police departments were able to keep 100 percent of everything they seized.

In Beckley, West Virginia, police seized $65,000 in cash and six different vehicles in 2008. The department used $10,000 of that money to purchase a new K-9 dog. In Texas, it was discovered that the 10 police departments that seized property the most relied on civil asset forfeiture to supplement about 37 percent of their total budgets.

Civil asset forfeiture is a troubling policy for those who are aware of it, and increased awareness of the practice in recent years has prompted lawmakers in some states to pass laws limiting law enforcement’s ability to seize a person’s assets.

Beginning on Aug. 1, Minnesota’s new legislation requires that before an individual’s property can be seized, law enforcement must either convict the individual or he or she must plead guilty to a crime or become an informant. The law, which received bipartisan support, also shifts the burden of proof onto the government, aligning with the language in the Constitution that says all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Since the amount of forfeiture-obtained revenue grew by 75 percent in the state between 2003 to 2010, even though the crime rate was actually dropping at that time, the general public and civil rights groups have come out in support of the law.

However, law enforcement has openly opposed the legislation. John Kingrey, executive director of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association, argued that more drugs and guns will be on the streets as a result of the law.

In response to arguments put forth by law enforcement, Lee McGrath, legislative counsel for the Institute for Justice’s Minnesota chapter, who advocated for this legislation, argued that law enforcement’s concerns about public safety are “a guise for law enforcement’s refusal to negotiate about reforming the forfeiture laws,” and said this law is actually quite modest.

Bigger Battle, Bigger Boycott ~ The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)—Monsanto’s Evil Twin—is pulling out all the stops to keep you in the dark about what’s in your food.


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It’s time we did the same.

The GMA plans to sue in federal court to overturn Vermont’s new GMO labeling law, H.112. And it’s pushing a bill in Congress that would not only overturn every state’s right to enact a GMO labeling law, but also legalize the practice of labeling GMO foods “natural.”

Monsanto, Dow, Dupont, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Coca-Cola. These are just a few of the 300-plus members of the GMA. Combined, they own more than 6,000 brand name products, including foods, beverages, seeds, home and garden supplies, pet food, herbicides and pesticides.

You probably don’t buy most of those products. But you may not be aware that many of your favorite organic and natural brands, like Honest Tea, Muir Glen, Odwalla, Kashi, Earthgrains, Santa Cruz and others, are owned by corporations that do belong to the GMA. Those corporations spent about $68 million just to defeat GMO ballot initiatives in California (Prop 37) and Washington State (I-522). And they continue to fight against your right to know by supporting the GMA’s latest efforts to overturn states’ rights to pass GMO labeling laws.

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Why Are Four In Ten High-Risk Oil And Gas Wells Not Being Inspected?


By Claire Moser, Guest Contributoron June 23, 2014 

Colorado Fracking Boom Photo Essay

CREDIT: AP Photo/Brennan Linsley

Despite a new report showing that 40 percent of all high-risk oil and gas wells on public lands across the United States did not pass a safety inspection from 2009 to 2012, a powerful oil and gas industry trade group has doubled down on its opposition to the Obama Administration’s proposal to fix the problem.

E&E News reported last week that the Western Energy Alliance (WEA), a Denver-based trade association that represents oil and gas producers in the West, insists that oil and gas companies already pay enough fees and royalties to operate on federal lands and that taxpayers — not companies — should continue to cover the cost of safety inspections and environmental enforcement activities conducted by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

“There’s no need for BLM to come back to industry to get more money,” WEA’s vice president, Kathleen Sgamma told E&E.

Recent reports suggest that the industry’s exemption from paying inspection fees is only one of several subsidies that benefit oil and gas companies drilling on federal lands. The federal royalty rate for oil and gas production, for example, is lower than that of many states, and half of what the State of Texas charges. It also costs less than a cup of coffee to rent an acre of federal land for a year to drill.

The extent to which the federal inspection program has fallen short was uncovered in a recent analysis by the Associated Press, which found that four in ten oil and gas wells drilled between 2009 and 2012 and flagged as high-risk by federal regulators went uninspected by the BLM.

BLM officials are aware of the deficiency in federal inspections for high risk areas, but note that the agency does not have enough staff or sufficient funding from Congress to keep pace with the rapid growth of oil and gas development on public lands in recent years. To address the problem, the Obama Administration has proposed that Congress allow the BLM to charge inspection fees of oil and gas companies operating on public lands, as is required of companies that drill offshore in federal waters.

In testimony before the House Appropriations Committee in April, BLM Director Neil Kornze stated that “the fees will help the BLM to improve production accountability, safety and environmental protection of oil and gas operations, and would parallel a fee system already in place for offshore oil and gas programs.”

As the federal government’s largest land management agency, BLM is responsible for 100,000 oil and gas wells located on public land, primarily in the West. The AP review of BLM records found that 3,468 of these wells are designated as “high-risk” or “high priority” due to their potential for pollution, or location near national forests and vulnerable watersheds, and 1,400 of these had not been inspected by the agency. In Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, almost half of the wells on federal and Indian lands went uninspected.

A May 2014 report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) concluded that the federal government failed to inspect thousands of wells, and, as the AP reported, highlighted “substantial gaps in oversight by the agency that manages oil and gas development on federal and Indian lands.”

Even as oil and gas production on public lands continues to increase, Congressional appropriations for BLM’s oversight program has fallen since 2007. President Obama’s FY 2015 budget request “proposes to expand and strengthen onshore oil and gas inspections and oversight capability through fees comparable to those assessed for offshore inspections.” The Obama administration’s proposal would allow the agency to meet inspection responsibilities without increasing taxpayer burden by shifting responsibility to the oil and gas industry.

“We need to ensure that the oil industry is paying its fair share to drill on public lands,” Senate Environment and Public Works Committee member Edward Markey (D-MA) told the AP. Markey also asserted that the fines BLM charges for safety violations are not a deterrent for oil and gas companies to “put safety ahead of speed” on potentially dangerous wells.

Despite the need for safety inspections, the opposition of the oil and gas industry and its allies in Congress means the Obama administration faces an uphill battle with its proposal.

BLM has included its inspection fee reforms in fiscal budgets over the past five years, but the proposals have not yet been approved. The agency is working to make its case to Congress in the hopes that it will approve the fee this year.

Claire Moser is the Research and Advocacy Associate with the Public Lands Project at the Center for American Progress.

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/06/23/3451919/high-risk-oil-and-gas-wells-not-inspected/

 

The ‘Open Source’ Revolution is Coming and It Will Conquer the 1 Per Cent – Ex-CIA Spy


A businessman tries to break through a line of Occupy Wall Street protesters who had blocked access to the New York Stock Exchange area in November 2011. Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

Stephen: The term ‘Open Source’ is becoming today’s catch cry. Open source is a development model which promotes free and universal access to a product’s design or blueprint, and also allows universal redistribution of that design or blueprint, including subsequent improvements to it by anyone. Thanks to Chris.

By Nafeez Ahmed, Earth Insight – June 19, 2014 – http://tinyurl.com/l5zkdpc

Robert David Steele, former Marine, CIA case officer, and US co-founder of the US Marine Corps intelligence activity, is a man on a mission. But it’s a mission that frightens the US intelligence establishment to its core. With 18 years experience working across the US intelligence community, followed by 20 more years in commercial intelligence and training, Steele’s exemplary career has spanned almost all areas of both the clandestine world.

Steele started off as a Marine Corps infantry and intelligence officer. After four years on active duty, he joined the CIA for about a decade before co-founding the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity, where he was deputy director. Widely recognised as the leader of the Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) paradigm, Steele went on to write the handbooks on OSINT for NATO, the US Defense Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Special Operations Forces. In passing, he personally trained 7,500 officers from over 66 countries.

In 1992, despite opposition from the CIA, he obtained Marine Corps permission to organise a landmark international conference on open source intelligence – the paradigm of deriving information to support policy decisions not through secret activities, but from open public sources available to all. The conference was such a success it brought in over 620 attendees from the intelligence world.

But the CIA wasn’t happy, and ensured that Steele was prohibited from running a second conference. The clash prompted him to resign from his position as second-ranking civilian in Marine Corps intelligence, and pursue the open source paradigm elsewhere. He went on to found and head up the Open Source Solutions Network Inc. and later the non-profit Earth Intelligence Network which runs the Public Intelligence Blog.

Former CIA spy and Open Source Intelligence pioneer, Robert David Steele speaking at the Inter-American Defense Board in 2013

I first came across Steele when I discovered his Amazon review of my third book, The War on Truth: 9/11, Disinformation and the Anatomy of Terrorism. A voracious reader, Steele is the number 1 Amazon reviewer for non-fiction across 98 categories. He also reviewed my latest book, A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization, but told me I’d overlooked an important early work – ‘A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility, Report of the UN High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges, and Change.’

Last month, Steele presented a startling paper at the Libtech conference in New York, sponsored by the Internet Society and Reclaim. Drawing on principles set out in his latest book, The Open-Source Everything Manifesto: Transparency, Truth and Trust, he told the audience that all the major preconditions for revolution – set out in his 1976 graduate thesis – were now present in the United States and Britain.

Steele’s book is a must-read, a powerful yet still pragmatic roadmap to a new civilisational paradigm that simultaneously offers a trenchant, unrelenting critique of the prevailing global order. His interdisciplinary ‘whole systems’ approach dramatically connects up the increasing corruption, inefficiency and unaccountability of the intelligence system and its political and financial masters with escalating inequalities and environmental crises. But he also offers a comprehensive vision of hope that activist networks like Reclaim are implementing today.

“We are at the end of a five-thousand-year-plus historical process during which human society grew in scale while it abandoned the early indigenous wisdom councils and communal decision-making,” he writes in The Open Source Everything Manifesto. “Power was centralised in the hands of increasingly specialised ‘elites’ and ‘experts’ who not only failed to achieve all they promised but used secrecy and the control of information to deceive the public into allowing them to retain power over community resources that they ultimately looted.”

Today’s capitalism, he argues, is inherently predatory and destructive:

“Over the course of the last centuries, the commons was fenced, and everything from agriculture to water was commoditised without regard to the true cost in non-renewable resources. Human beings, who had spent centuries evolving away from slavery, were re-commoditised by the Industrial Era.”

Open source everything, in this context, offers us the chance to build on what we’ve learned through industrialisation, to learn from our mistakes, and catalyse the re-opening of the commons, in the process breaking the grip of defunct power structures and enabling the possibility of prosperity for all.

“Sharing, not secrecy, is the means by which we realise such a lofty destiny as well as create infinite wealth. The wealth of networks, the wealth of knowledge, revolutionary wealth – all can create a nonzero win-win Earth that works for one hundred percent of humanity. This is the ‘utopia’ that Buckminster Fuller foresaw, now within our reach.”

The goal, he concludes, is to reject:

“… concentrated illicitly aggregated and largely phantom wealth in favor of community wealth defined by community knowledge, community sharing of information, and community definition of truth derived in transparency and authenticity, the latter being the ultimate arbiter of shared wealth.”

Despite this unabashedly radical vision, Steele is hugely respected by senior military intelligence experts across the world. As a researcher at the US Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute, he has authored several monographs advocating the need for open source methods to transform the craft of intelligence. He has lectured to the US State Department and Department of Homeland Security as well as National Security Councils in various countries, and his new book has received accolades from senior intelligence officials across multiple countries including France and Turkey.

Yet he remains an outspoken critic of US intelligence practices and what he sees as their integral role in aggravating rather than ameliorating the world’s greatest threats and challenges.

This week, I had the good fortune of being able to touch base with Steele to dig deeper into his recent analysis of the future of US politics in the context of our accelerating environmental challenges. The first thing I asked him was where he sees things going over the next decade, given his holistic take.

“Properly educated people always appreciate holistic approaches to any challenge. This means that they understand both cause and effect, and intertwined complexities,” he said. “A major part of our problem in the public policy arena is the decline in intelligence with integrity among key politicians and staff at the same time that think tanks and universities and non-governmental organisations have also suffered a similar intellectual diminishment.

“My early graduate education was in the 1970′s when Limits to Growth and World Federalism were the rage. Both sought to achieve an over-view of systemic challenges, but both also suffered from the myth of top-down hubris. What was clear in the 1970s, that has been obscured by political and financial treason in the past half-century, is that everything is connected – what we do in the way of paving over wetlands, or in poisoning ground water ‘inadvertently’ because of our reliance on pesticides and fertilisers that are not subject to the integrity of the ‘Precautionary Principle,’ ultimately leads to climate catastrophes that are acts of man, not acts of god.”

He points me to his tremendous collection of reviews of books on climate change, disease, environmental degradation, peak oil, and water scarcity. “I see five major overlapping threats on the immediate horizon,” he continues. “They are all related: the collapse of complex societies, the acceleration of the Earth’s demise with changes that used to take 10,000 years now taking three or less, predatory or shock capitalism and financial crime out of the City of London and Wall Street, and political corruption at scale, to include the west supporting 42 of 44 dictators. We are close to multiple mass catastrophes.”

What about the claim that the US is on the brink of revolution? “Revolution is overthrow – the complete reversal of the status quo ante. We are at the end of centuries of what Lionel Tiger calls ‘The Manufacture of Evil,’ in which merchant banks led by the City of London have conspired with captive governments to concentrate wealth and commoditise everything including humans. What revolution means in practical terms is that balance has been lost and the status quo ante is unsustainable. There are two ‘stops’ on greed to the nth degree: the first is the carrying capacity of Earth, and the second is human sensibility. We are now at a point where both stops are activating.”

Former CIA officer's matrix on the preconditions for revolution

It’s not just the US, he adds. “The preconditions of revolution exist in the UK, and most western countries. The number of active pre-conditions is quite stunning, from elite isolation to concentrated wealth to inadequate socialisation and education, to concentrated land holdings to loss of authority to repression of new technologies especially in relation to energy, to the atrophy of the public sector and spread of corruption, to media dishonesty, to mass unemployment of young men and on and on and on.”

So why isn’t it happening yet?

“Preconditions are not the same as precipitants. We are waiting for our Tunisian fruit seller. The public will endure great repression, especially when most media outlets and schools are actively aiding the repressive meme of ‘you are helpless, this is the order of things.’ When we have a scandal so powerful that it cannot be ignored by the average Briton or American, we will have a revolution that overturns the corrupt political systems in both countries, and perhaps puts many banks out of business. Vaclav Havel calls this ‘The Power of the Powerless.’ One spark, one massive fire.”

But we need more than revolution, in the sense of overthrow, to effect change, surely. How does your manifesto for ‘open source everything’ fit into this?

“The west has pursued an industrialisation path that allows for the privatisation of wealth from the commons, along with the criminalisation of commons rights of the public, as well as the externalisation of all true costs. Never mind that fracking produces earthquakes and poisons aquifers – corrupt politicians at local, state or province, and national levels are all too happy to take money for looking the other way. Our entire commercial, diplomatic, and informational systems are now cancerous. When trade treaties have secret sections – or are entirely secret – one can be certain the public is being screwed and the secrecy is an attempt to avoid accountability. Secrecy enables corruption. So also does an inattentive public enable corruption.”

Is this a crisis of capitalism, then? Does capitalism need to end for us to resolve these problems? And if so, how?

“Predatory capitalism is based on the privatisation of profit and the externalisation of cost. It is an extension of the fencing of the commons, of enclosures, along with the criminalisation of prior common customs and rights. What we need is a system that fully accounts for all costs. Whether we call that capitalism or not is irrelevant to me. But doing so would fundamentally transform the dynamic of present day capitalism, by making capital open source. For example, and as calculated by my colleague JZ Liszkiewicz, a white cotton T-shirt contains roughly 570 gallons of water, 11 to 29 gallons of fuel, and a number of toxins and emissions including pesticides, diesel exhaust, and heavy metals and other volatile compounds – it also generally includes child labor. Accounting for those costs and their real social, human and environmental impacts has totally different implications for how we should organise production and consumption than current predatory capitalism.”

So what exactly do you mean by open source everything?

“We have over 5 billion human brains that are the one infinite resource available to us going forward. Crowd-sourcing and cognitive surplus are two terms of art for the changing power dynamic between those at the top that are ignorant and corrupt, and those across the bottom that are attentive and ethical. The open source ecology is made up of a wide range of opens – open farm technology, open source software, open hardware, open networks, open money, open small business technology, open patents – to name just a few. The key point is that they must all develop together, otherwise the existing system will isolate them into ineffectiveness. Open data is largely worthless unless you have open hardware and open software. Open government demands open cloud and open spectrum, or money will dominate feeds and speeds.”

Robert Steele's vision for open source systems

On 1st May, Steele sent an open letter to US vice president Joe Biden requesting him to consider establishing an Open Source Agency that would transform the operation of the intelligence community, dramatically reduce costs, increasing oversight and accountability, while increasing access to the best possible information to support holistic policy-making. To date, he has received no response.

I’m not particularly surprised. Open source everything pretty much undermines everything the national security state stands for. Why bother even asking vice president Biden to consider it? “The national security state is rooted in secrecy as a means of avoiding accountability. My first book, On Intelligence: Spies and Secrecy in an Open World – which by the way had a foreword from Senator David Boren, the immediate past chairman of the Senate Select Committee for Intelligence – made it quite clear that the national security state is an expensive, ineffective monstrosity that is simply not fit for purpose. In that sense, the national security state is it’s own worst enemy – it’s bound to fail.”

Given his standing as an intelligence expert, Steele’s criticisms of US intelligence excesses are beyond scathing – they are damning. “Most of what is produced through secret methods is not actually intelligence at all. It is simply secret information that is, most of the time, rather generic and therefore not actually very useful for making critical decisions at a government level. The National Security Agency (NSA) has not prevented any terrorist incidents. CIA cannot even get the population of Syria correct and provides no intelligence – decision-support – to most cabinet secretaries, assistant secretaries, and department heads. Indeed General Tony Zinni, when he was commander in chief of the US Central Command as it was at war, is on record as saying that he received, ‘at best,’ a meagre 4% of what he needed to know from secret sources and methods.”

So does open source mean you are calling for abolition of intelligence agencies as we know them, I ask. “I’m a former spy and I believe we still need spies and secrecy, but we need to redirect the vast majority of the funds now spent on secrecy toward savings and narrowly focused endeavors at home. For instance, utterly ruthless counterintelligence against corruption, or horrendous evils like paedophilia.

“Believe it or not, 95% of what we need for ethical evidence-based decision support cannot be obtained through the secret methods of standard intelligence practices. But it can be obtained quite openly and cheaply from academics, civil society, commerce, governments, law enforcement organisations, the media, all militaries, and non-governmental organisations. An Open Source Agency, as I’ve proposed it, would not just meet 95% of our intelligence requirements, it would do the same at all levels of government and carry over by enriching education, commerce, and research – it would create what I called in 1995 a ‘Smart Nation.’

“The whole point of Open Source Everything is to restore public agency. Open Source is the only form of information and information technology that is affordable to the majority, interoperable across all boundaries, and rapidly scalable from local to global without the curse of overhead that proprietary corporations impose.”

Robert Steele's graphic on open source systems thinking

It’s clear to me that when Steele talks about intelligence as ‘decision-support,’ he really does intend that we grasp “all information in all languages all the time” – that we do multidisciplinary research spanning centuries into the past as well as into the future. His most intriguing premise is that the 1% are simply not as powerful as they, and we, assume them to be.

“The collective buying power of the five billion poor is four times that of the one billion rich according to the late Harvard business thinker Prof C. K. Prahalad – open source everything is about the five billion poor coming together to reclaim their collective wealth and mobilise it to transform their lives. There is zero chance of the revolution being put down. Public agency is emergent, and the ability of the public to literally put any bank or corporation out of business overnight is looming. To paraphrase Abe Lincoln, you cannot screw all of the people all of the time. We’re there. All we lack is a major precipitant – our Tunisian fruit seller. When it happens the revolution will be deep and lasting.”

The Arab spring analogy has its negatives. So far, there really isn’t much to root for. I want to know what’s to stop this revolution from turning into a violent, destructive mess. Steele is characteristically optimistic.

“I have struggled with this question. What I see happening is an end to national dictat and the emergence of bottom-up clarity, diversity, integrity, and sustainability. Individual towns across the USA are now nullifying federal and state regulations – for example gag laws on animal cruelty, blanket permissions for fracking. Those such as my colleague Parag Khanna that speak to a new era of city-states are correct in my view. Top down power has failed in a most spectacular manner, and bottom-up consensus power is emergent. ‘Not in my neighborhood’ is beginning to trump ‘Because I say so.’

“The one unlimited resource we have on the planet is the human brain – the current strategy of 1% capitalism is failing because it is killing the Golden Goose at multiple levels. Unfortunately, the gap between those with money and power and those who actually know what they are talking about has grown catastrophic. The rich are surrounded by sycophants and pretenders whose continued employment demands that they not question the premises. As Larry Summers lectured Elizabeth Warren, ‘insiders do not criticise insiders.’”

But how can activists actually start moving toward the open source vision now?

“For starters, there are eight ‘tribes’ that among them can bring together all relevant information: academia, civil society including labor unions and religions, commerce especially small business, government especially local, law enforcement, media, military, and non-government/non-profit. At every level from local to global, across every mission area, we need to create stewardship councils integrating personalities and information from all eight tribes. We don’t need to wait around for someone else to get started. All of us who recognise the vitality of this possibility can begin creating these new grassroots structures from the bottom-up, right now.”

So how does open source everything have the potential to ‘re-engineer the Earth’? For me, this is the most important question, and Steele’s answer is inspiring.

“Open Source Everything overturns top-down ‘because I say so at the point of a gun’ power. Open Source Everything makes truth rather than violence the currency of power. Open Source Everything demands that true cost economics and the indigenous concept of ‘seventh generation thinking’ – how will this affect society 200 years ahead – become central. Most of our problems today can be traced to the ascendance of unilateral militarism, virtual colonialism, and predatory capitalism, all based on force and lies and encroachment on the commons.

“The national security state works for the City of London and Wall Street – both are about to be toppled by a combination of Eastern alternative banking and alternative international development capabilities, and individuals who recognise that they have the power to pull their money out of the banks and not buy the consumer goods that subsidise corruption and the concentration of wealth. The opportunity to take back the commons for the benefit of humanity as a whole is open – here and now.”

For Steele, the open source revolution is inevitable, simply because the demise of the system presided over by the 1% cannot be stopped – and because the alternatives to reclaiming the commons are too dismal to contemplate. We have no choice but to step up.

“My motto, a play on the CIA motto that is disgraced every day, is ‘the truth at any cost lowers all other costs’”, he tells me. “Others wiser than I have pointed out that nature bats last. We are at the end of an era in which lies can be used to steal from the public and the commons. We are at the beginning of an era in which truth in public service can restore us all to a state of grace.”

Nafeez Ahmed is an international security journalist and academic. He is the author of A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save It, and the forthcoming science fiction thriller, ZERO POINT. ZERO POINT is set in a near future following a Fourth Iraq War. Follow Ahmed on Facebook and Twitter.

http://goldenageofgaia.com/2014/06/22/the-open-source-revolution-is-coming-and-it-will-conquer-the-1-per-cent-ex-cia-spy/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-open-source-revolution-is-coming-and-it-will-conquer-the-1-per-cent-ex-cia-spy

Internet Gurus – sharing misinformed propaganda about the RV?


Blind Leading the Blind

Judge Dale: Remember the old PROVERB: ‘Knowledge is power?’

Well all of you Dinarians need to ‘power-up’ and understand a few things that these Internet Guru’s obviously do not! The RV [re-value] isn’t just about Iraq and the Dinar or Vietnam and the Dong.

The RV is an international matter, which does NOT necessitate, require or focus upon Maliki or Shabbi’s permission or the United Nations approval or acknowledgment.

For those of you who do not research history, government, law and politics: The Puppet Master pulls the strings and call the shots of the Criminal Cabal and have been in control of the United States Corporation since 1913.

‘Those who do not know their past are condemned to repeat it.’ George Santayana

The Chinese have NO designs on World Domination and still they are responsible for championing the RV internationally. Seventy-one Countries opposed the RV because it meant the destruction of their FIAT based currency and government. All of those Countries are United Nations members. Now isn’t that curious?

The balance of the 194 Countries who are not United Nations members, voted in favor of the RV because they are tired of selling their goods and services internationally in exchange for worthless paper [or] script, a/k/a FIAT currency!

The RV is all about forcing all Countries who wish to trade internationally, to make their currency [asset backed] or BASIL III compliant!

BASIL III means currency guaranteed by gold, silver or some other measurable asset accountability: [e.g.] NO MORE Bonded Promissory Notes drawn against government issued birth certificates [or] currency backed by counterfeit Liens [or] Bonds simply created out of thin air, which is the reason why the Euro is on the verge of collapsing right now!

You all know about America’s NATIONAL DEBT and heard the arguments about how our government leaders have squandered the labor and assets of future generations for centuries to come!

Now here’s the truth about that argument: America is a FIAT or debt based government and economy, and in order to stabilize a FIAT system, it is necessary to PERPETUATE DEBT and never pay it off! Hence, the reason why Congress refuses to be held to a balanced budget and the reason for our military involvement in so many foreign wars!

Even a high tax structure helps to perpetuate debt, Especially when 100% of your tax dollars are exported out of the United States! And I bet you thought your taxes ran the government and wars were all about stopping Communist aggression! In the minds of our government leaders: ‘War and taxes are good for business!’ Spoken like a true sociopath!

Debt represents a negative number and in America, debt is perpetuated with the use of promissory notes called: ‘Federal Reserve Notes.’ The Federal Reserve is neither Federal nor is it a Reserve. It is a privately owned foreign corporation and is also known by the name: The Bank of International Settlements. The Federal Reserve Corporation is owned and controlled by a group of Sabbatean Bankers based in Israel.

The NATIONAL DEBT is a trick bookkeeping entry, which does not involve any real assets because a real asset entry would immediately cancel the debt. Under the Uniform Commercial Code(UCC), promissory notes such as a Federal Reserve Note, is defined as a: ‘Negotiable Debt Instrument’ and so the National Debt of America is based entirely upon these negotiable debt instruments.

In retrospect, America’s National Debt can be canceled at any time with an asset bookkeeping entry and the payment of one dollar of solid gold or silver!

A positive cancels a negative, even when the negative is in the trillions. It’s basic Algebra!

I sent this to a friend of mine and he questioned my math because he is old school and my math didn’t make sense to him! So I wrote back to him with this example and explanation:

IF you add -1 and +1 what is the sum? The answer is 0 because each cancels out the other.

Now if you add -34,000 and +1 what is the sum? The answer is still [0] because each cancels out the other.

Here’s the trick: -I can be broken up into -35,000 pieces or more but when all those pieces are glued back together, you still have nothing more than the original +1. In Mathematics, 0 = 0 and anything less than 0 is still 0. Algebra on the other hand, dissects that result and theorizes the possibility of negative numbers having values. The National Debt represents negative numbers that appear to have values!

The Federal Reserves bookkeeping system conceals this simple truth, which is also known as ‘debt slavery’ and to complete their circle of fraud and slavery, the American public must be trained to believe that ‘Federal Reserve Notes’ have real value!

This was accomplished by and through forced public education! Our government officials concluded that under these conditions the American public could be taught to believe anything we choose and our Licenses and Diplomas are proof of their success!

PS/ Don’t look in Fort Knox for that gold dollar because there isn’t any gold there! America’s gold was embezzled by previous federal government leaders during their planned Great Depression of 1933, however one dollar of any currency that is BASIL III Compliant can cancel the American National Debt and this is why the United Nations membership is so vehemently opposed to the international re-value of currency.

Many member Countries have attempted to instigate WWIII in the middle east and Asia, in an attempt to head off the RV. [e.g.] The tsunami in Japan was created by the detonation of an under water A-bomb. Japan’s political structure is in revolt and the new faction supports the RV and desires to sever Japan’s alliance with the United Nations.

This new FIAT based government for the United States is the real reason why Franklin Roosevelt, issued a Presidential Order in 1933, that directed all American citizens to surrender their gold during the Great Depression and why under the Federal Banking Act, the Constitutional control of America’s currency and the US Mint was surrendered to the Federal Reserve Board and why under the Federal Coinage Act, it became unlawful for American citizens to own solid gold and silver and why all American coins are now plated with mixed alloys and filled with charcoal.

Only jewelers can own solid gold, if related to his trade and numismatists are permitted to collect and trade Silver Certificates; solid gold and silver, but the moment they offer any of these in payment of a Federal debt; they have committed a Federal Crime!

BASIL III shall eliminate the debt based strangle hold over America and shall cause all of the Federal Reserve Notes that our politicians and industrial leaders have stolen and or accumulated to instantly become as worthless as used paper.

Imagine Bill Gates and Mitt Romney being as poor as you and me!

The Iraqi Dinar and the Vietnam Dong have received the greatest amount of attention by and from currency speculators because both currencies have the greatest potential to generate huge dividends with the international RV. Both of these currencies had previously been devalued by the World Bank; the IMF and CBI by virtue of the international influence wheeled by the United States Corporation (government)!

The devaluation of currency is a military strategy designed to defeat a Country economically while attacking them physically. Iraqi Dinar’s were previously worth 3.22 US prior to their devaluation but I’m not certain what the Dong was worth prior to its devaluation.

Iraqi History: When the new government for Iraq was installed and approved by the United Nations around 16 months ago, the very first action by the Iraqi government was to petition the United Nations to be released from Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and request permission to freely Contract with other Countries once again.

The United Nations agreed to both requests pending the submission and approval of a repayment plan for Kuwait and repayment of all other debts Iraq has accumulated during their occupation and reconstruction. Iraq submitted a plan, which was approved and the Bankruptcy was released and Iraq’s first new Contract was with the Soviets, to supply Russia with ten trillion dollars worth of crude over the next five years!

All of the internal politics about Iraq that these Internet Guru’s have been writing about has no bearing on the worldwide RV. Their recent comments and Intel about Iraq’s Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and their repayment plan holding up the RV is old news and incorrect news.

This is all Cabal propaganda and rhetoric being used to transfer attention from the Cabal to Iraq, while the Cabal re-groups and grabs at straws to block the RV and save their thousand year plan for World Domination!

None of this mis-direction will do the Cabal any good but does explain what the RV delay is really all about!

The WHITE HATS have a different plan and schedule in mind, which first involves the collapse of the FIAT governments by and through the international RV; the mass arrests of Cabal members for crimes against humanity; the installation of temporary governments and lastly the release of technology that has been withheld from us under the guise of TOP SECRET!

This technology will destroy the oil industries strangle hold on all Countries foreign and domestic and will eliminate their lies and arguments to drill more oil wells in environmentally dangerous and protected venues.

PS/ Oil wells never go dry because Mother Earth methodically refills them as crude is pumped out! Wells can be pumped out faster than the Earth can refill them but they will all eventually be refilled just the same!

The WHITE HATS plan requires that the international RV occur first because the BASIL III compliance regulation will cause the eventual collapse the worlds FIAT governments and cancel their worthless counterfeit currency. So if you’re eagerly waiting for the RV to occur, be comforted by the fact that 194 Countries are just as eager for the RV as you!

Keep in mind that the Cabals mercenaries are not patriotic souls and do not work for free! If the Cabal cannot hire or pay for their mercenaries, who is left to protect them?

Speculation about the Dinar and Dong have caused most of these Internet Guru’s to concentrate only on these two international currencies, absent any real knowledge or understanding about the RV.

Their Internet Blog; member following and their personal ignorance, make them an easy mark for disinformation agents who frequently feed them useless Intel about the internal politics of Iraq and Vietnam. Have you ever witnessed any of these Internet Guru’s discuss any of the historic; political; monetary or international facts or details I have just elaborated on?

Since the world wide RV is certain to collapse all FIAT based governments, why would any of these Internet Guru’s ever recommend setting up any kind of bank account or trust at any of the Federal Reserve Banks?

If they had any real intellect, these Guru’s, should be recommending off-shore accounts in safe foreign venues. I believe one of these Guru’s, actually used the term FDIC insured. For those of you who don’t know, the FDIC went Bankrupt around 2006 and not one deposit entered into any Federal Reserve Bank has been insured after that date!

I even recall reading about some Guru recommending a special non-taxable, non-interest bearing, secured account created by Congress, called: ‘Tag Accounts.’

Well, isn’t that special because when the Federal Reserve and the United States FIAT government collapses; so does the monetary system and their regulatory laws called Statutes! i.e. Statues are actually corporate regulations and NOT law!

They can only be enforced against sub-corporations, which is why all of our names are all spelled out in capital letters! Still these people who claim to be Internet Guru’s continue to offer other investors such irresponsible and ruminant counsel !

Worse still is the fact that there actually are Dinarians in our society who are prepared to blindly follow their stolid advice and risk losing it all!

The only positive comment I can write about these Internet Gurus is that they do perpetuate the American dream and daily bring a small ray of hope into the lives of a people and culture who certainly deserve something better.

http://theiraqidinar.com/chats-posts/internet-gurus-sharing-misinformed-propaganda-about-the-rv-256530

Putin declares war on Monsanto and GMOs, Putin Tells Obama: “Stop Monsanto, Or We Will”


By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers
An ominous memorandum from the Office of the President (OP) circulating in the Kremlin today states that President Putin ordered Russian military forces on “full combat alert” yesterday after a nearly two-hour long conversation with President Obama early Saturday morning wherein the Russian leader told his American counterpart: “Stop Monsanto, or we will.”
 
According to this memorandum, Putin, while visiting the Stavropol State Agrarian University this past Thursday (18 June) was advised by top scientific experts that the ongoing bee apocalypse occurring in the United States is now entering its “gravest stage” and has the ability to threaten the entire global food supply, which in turn could lead to unprecedented unrest around the world.
After receiving this information, this memorandum continues, Putin ordered it to be conveyed to Obama with an “urgent notice” that Russiaexpected the United States to act on these “grave concerns” immediately.
 
In their subsequent telephonic conversation on Saturday relating to this matter, this memorandum says, Obama “advised” Putin that late Friday afternoon (19 June), upon his receiving the information, he signed an Emergency Executive Memorandum ordering his regime to develop a plan for protecting pollinators such as honey bees, butterflies, birds and bats.
Obama’s emergency order also shockingly states that the number of bee colonies in the United States has declined from 6 million in 1947 to 2.5 million today, and with pollinators such as bees having such a profound economic impact as they contribute more than $24 billion dollars to the US economy could lead to an agricultural apocalypse for America should they disappear entirely.
Though Putin was appreciative of Obama’s immediate action regarding this “grave situation”, this memorandum further notes, he became“enraged” after Obama failed to give assurances that the US-EU backed regime in Ukraine would forbid the introduction of GMO crops into that nation, and which at that point Putin stated, “Stop Monsanto, or we will”,  and within the hour ordered tens-of-thousands of Russian military forcers to immediately go on full combat alert.
Important to note is that Russia shares a 2,295 kilometer (1,426 miles) border with Ukraine and Putin has previously deemed as a “threat to Russian national security” any GMO crops being planted in Ukraine due to the possibility of their “infecting” Russian crops too.
In our 10 May 2013 report “Russia Warns Obama: Global War Over “Bee Apocalypse” Coming Soon”, in fact, we had related Russian leaders “extreme outrage” over the Obama regimes continued protection of global seed and plant bio-genetic giants Syngenta and Monsanto in the face of this growing “bee apocalypse” that the Kremlin warned “will most certainly” lead to world war.
Conclusive scientific proof that the current bee apocalypse occurring in the US is being caused by GMO’s has been known since 2008, this memorandum says, leading to the draft law submitted to the Russian parliament last month seeking to impose punishment up to criminal prosecution to producers of genetically-modified organisms harmful to health or the environment like Monsanto.
Also to note, this memorandum says, is that Prime Minister Medvedev this past April ruled that Moscow will not allow any GMO foods into Russia and earlier this month Russian lawmakers advocated the creation of an international UN agency not only to strictly control the turnover of GMO products worldwide, but with a top priority mission to scrutinize how consuming GMO foods would affect human health in the long run.
Co-author Kirill Cherkasov, member of the State Duma Agriculture Committee, of the bill to criminalize all GMO crops and products in Russiafurther stated: “When a terrorist act is committed, only several people are usually hurt. But GMOs may hurt dozens and hundreds. The consequences are much worse. And punishment should be proportionate to the crime.” [Note: Russian criminal code allows for a punishment starting with 15 years in jail and up to a life sentence for terrorism.]
As to how Obama is protecting his American people from the grave dangers of GMO’s, this memorandum says, is “appalling” as just last March he signed a bill into law that was written in part by the very billion-dollar Monsanto corporation that will benefit directly from the legislation called the “Monsanto Protection Act” that  effectively bars US Federal Courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of controversial genetically modified (aka GMO) or genetically engineered (GE) seeds, no matter what health issues may arise concerning GMOs in the future.
Opposing Obama on the dangers of GMO’s along with Russia, this memorandum concludes, is the European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility (ENSSER), who in an open letter signed by nearly 300 experts in February warned the world:
 
To those Westerners disbelieving that Putin would launch a war to protect Russia’s environment against GMO’s one can only say that their lack of knowledge of Russian character has been what has doomed them for centuries in their wars against these peoples, and why they’ve never been conquered.
June 22, 2014 © EU and US all rights reserved. Permission to use this report in its entirety is granted under the condition it is linked back to its original source at WhatDoesItMean.Com. Freebase content licensed under CC-BY and GFDL.

133 G77 Nations vow to destroy America’s New World Order


Ed. Note: Question for the New World Order paragraph: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon is totally cabal, and surely these people know this. So, the question is, “How much influence do these nations actually have, or is there a hidden agenda”.

June 17, 2014. Bolivia. The American and European media are doing everything they can to black this news out. But it’s not going to stay a secret for long. As of this weekend, there’s a new New World Order on Earth and its enemy is the United States, the EU, the UN Security Council and the world’s shadow government led by the IMF and WTO. This new alliance of poor countries wouldn’t be much of a threat, except it includes two-thirds of the world’s nations including China and India.

UN Sec. Gen. Ban Ki-moon (center) with host country Bolivia’s President Evo Morales and 133 other world leaders this weekend. Image courtesy of the UN.

It’s a sad day for the American people when their government and state-sponsored news industry blacks out such an important news story. Americans actually have to rely on outlets like the Havana Times in Cuba, The Times of India, and United Nations press releases. There’s a reason this news is being censored across the West. And it’s only the latest global news story over the past two weeks on this subject blacked out from the American people.  Read on to find out why.


 

End of the New World Order

When the richest and most powerful nations on Earth formed the G7, G8, G20 and the like, they united to combine their dominance over the remaining 175 countries that make up humanity. And for decades, the wealthiest 20 countries led by the US have gotten exponentially more wealthy at the expense of the poorest 175 nations, who in turn have gotten even poorer. That’s been the result of the West’s ‘New World Order’, led mainly by self-appointed global governments like the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization.

133 of those 175 countries have had enough of the New World Order’s rigged global financial system based in New York and London. They’ve seen their economies destroyed by corrupt corporations and global governments that create a cycle of never-ending dependence and poverty.  They’ve seen their nations’ vast resources stolen by multinational corporations. Their agriculture landscape has been poisoned. Their citizens bankrupted by the IMF and Wall Street. And their democratically elected leaders overthrown by foreign agents from countries like the US.

They’ve had enough of the New World Order. And an alliance of 133 countries, two-thirds of the nations on Earth, signed an agreement this weekend to end the West’s New World Order and replace it with a fair, honest and legitimate World Order – one that lets everyone participate and benefit, not just the super rich.

The Next World Order

The organization is officially called the ‘Group of 77 and China’, but the alliance actually includes 133 nations. Showing just how much influence they have, their meeting this weekend in Bolivia was opened with a keynote speech by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. In the audience were over 30 heads of state from around the world and official representatives from over 100 more governments. Also illustrating the organization’s growing influence, China isn’t even a member of the G77, but insisted on participating anyway in a show of unity with the globe’s Next World Order.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro participated, telling the gathered nations they had to unite to, “fight for fair and sustainable economic growth and for a new world economic order.” Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa went one step further, telling the gathered national leaders and representatives, “Only when we are united across Latin America and united around the world will we be able to make our voice heard and change an international order that is not just unfair, it is immoral.”

A report from AFP on Yahoo News, about the only report found in Western media, describes how Cuban President Raul Castro also participated, but reserved his comments for a call to help their top ally Venezuela. Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia and a number of South American countries have insisted they are currently under attack by the United States and the CIA, who they insist are desperately trying to orchestrate coups to overthrow their democratically elected, pro-socialist governments the same way they are accused of doing in the Ukraine recently.



Iran and the UN

An announcement published by the United Nations this weekend touts UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s enthusiastic participation in the G77 meeting. It discusses how important this massive alliance is to the goals of the UN, particularly with regard to reversing the world’s growing economic inequality among nations. Moon and the UN are also sponsoring a separate but related meeting of nations in September to draft new climate resolutions to be enacted in 2015.

The announcement describes a private meeting between the UN Secretary General and Iran’s Vice President, ‘On the margins of today’s summit, Mr. Ban met with the First Vice President of Iran, Eshaq Jahangiri, to discuss development issues, as well as the potential role that Iran could play in restoring stability in Iraq and Syria. The Secretary-General added that he looked forward to Iran’s positive involvement on climate change and said he very much hoped that President Hassan Rouhani would attend the climate summit this September.’ The report also says the two leaders discussed Iran’s nuclear ambitions and the coming July deadline for compliance with past mandates.

Threats of America’s “second Vietnam”

Many of the government leaders in attendance took the opportunity to strike a blow against what they consider to be the biggest enemy of world peace, democracy and economic freedom – the United States. One leader even went as far as calling out President Obama by name and threatening the United States with a second Vietnam.

As reported by the Times of India, the G77 conference’s host this weekend – Bolivian President Evo Morales – threatened the United States and the American President telling the gathered heads of state, “If Mr. Obama keeps assailing the people of Venezuela, I am convinced that, faced with provocation and aggression, Venezuela and Latin America will be a second Vietnam for the United States. Let us defend democracy, natural resources, our sovereignty and our dignity.”

Cuba’s President Raul Castro was possibly the most pointed and focused in his remarks regarding the agenda of the participating countries. As reported by the Havana Times, Castro told the alliance of 133 nations, “It is necessary to demand a new international financial and monetary order and fair commercial conditions for producers and importers from the guardians of capital, centered in the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, and from the defenders of neoliberalism grouped in the World Trade Organization, which are attempting to divide us. Only unity will allow us to make our ample majority prevail.”



UN Civil War – dissolving the UN Security Council

One of the more ambitious goals of the G77 and its 133 participating countries is the elimination of the United Nations Security Council. World leaders insist it is little more than a five-nation tyranny over the full UN body. With five permanent members of the UN Security Council having veto power over the rest, UN policies and actions have been dictated by those five countries – US, UK, Russia, France and China. Members of the G77 want the Security Council eliminated so the UN can go back to being a purely democratic body.

The Cuban leader went on to describe a global economic system run by American hypocrisy and financial corruption, “The principles of International Law and the postulates of the New International Economic Order are brazenly violated, concepts that attempt to legalize meddling are imposed, force is used and threats of force are made with impunity, the media are used to promote division.”

Dominoes beginning to fall

This is just the latest organized attack on a global financial system rigged by corrupt governments and the multinational corporations that control them. Just last month, Russia and China signed a long term trade alliance that represents the first major crack in the US Dollar bubble. The two countries agreed to stop using US Dollars in their transactions and instead use their own two currencies. The two largest banks from both countries immediately announced they would be dumping the US Dollar as well.

On top of that, the world’s ‘BRIC’ countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China – have publicly declared their goal of replacing the corrupted US Dollar with some other global default currency. Now that Russia and China have finally taken actual steps to do that, the remaining two-thirds of the world will most likely begin making preparations to stop using the US Dollar as well. It was only this weekend that 133 of them pledged to do just that.

The scary part for Americans is that both Washington and Wall Street have promised this would never happen, because if it did, it would destroy the US economic system and possibly the US itself. Read the Whiteout Press article, ‘Russia-China Deals move US Dollar closer to Collapse’ for more information.

To view a full list of the 133 nations that make up the G77, visit the Group of 77 website.

Source: http://www.whiteoutpress.com/articles/2014/q2/133-g77-nations-vow-destroy-americas-new-world-order/

The Koching of America — and of PBS


PBS’ withdrawal of funding for a documentary on the Koch Brothers shows how public broadcasting has fallen under corporate influence.

A few months back the filmmakers Carl Deal and Tia Lessin got some bad news. The PBS funding that they had counted on to complete their documentary on campaign financing was being withdrawn. This setback came not long after PBS took the unusual step of warning David Koch (of right-wing billionaire donors “the Koch Brothers” fame) that he had been negatively portrayed in another of the networks documentaries, and giving them a chance to respond.

Lessin and Deal had good reason to believe that their setback was closely related to that incident. The name of their film? “Citizen Koch.”

Lessin and Deal found other funding and completed their movie, which was released on Friday, June 6. It’s a highly watchable and engaging documentary that uses Koch-funded Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s calculated war on unions – which was straight out of the Koch Brothers playbook – as the narrative thread for a broader exploration of the corrupting influence of money in politics.

 

Tia Lessin told us about their experience with PBS on “The Zero Hour” last month, and also gave us some background on the film. The video of that interview can be seen above.

Jane Mayer of The New Yorker used the tale of Lessin and Deal, and that of fellow documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney, to tell the tale of corporate wealth and its growing influence on the inner workings of PBS.

That is an important story that more Americans need to hear. After decades of seeing it attacked by the right wing, most Americans probably consider PBS a bastion of liberal thought – that is, if they think about it at all. The truth is that years of funding cuts have led to an increasing reliance on billionaires and their foundations. As a result, PBS (and its radio equivalent, NPR), while continuing to broadcast a great deal of fine programming, has increasingly come to reflect the agenda of “the one percent.”

This troubling development is also reflected in David Sirota’s reporting on wealthy investor John Arnold’s funding for a PBS program that repeated disproved talking points from billionaires who are hostile to public pensions and other publicly funded retirement systems. (Anti-Social Security billionaire Peter G. Peterson is married to Joan Ganz Cooney, who founded the Children’s Television Workshop.) Sirota’s article, amusingly entitled “ The Wolf of Sesame Street,” led to the network returning Arnold’s money.

But the problem still persists. The Public Broadcasting System isn’t really public anymore – at least, not to the extent it once was. Tia Lessin and Carl Deal have made an excellent documentary that is well worth seeing. (The trailer can be viewed here.) They have also, unintentionally, cast a spotlight on the fact that yet another independent news source is falling under corporate influence.

Richard (RJ) Eskow is a blogger and writer, a former Wall Street executive, a consultant, and a former musician.

http://www.alternet.org/media/koching-america-and-pbs?akid=11944.321917.RDNPCK&rd=1&src=newsletter1005442&t=23

California Senate passes bill to pull the plug on illegal NSA spying, 29-1


SACRAMENTO, May 19, 2014 – A bipartisan bill which creates a mechanism to turn off all material support and assistance, including water and electricity resources, from California to the NSA passed the State Senate today. The vote was 29-1.

Dubbed the 4th Amendment Protection Act, Senate Bill 828 (SB828) would ban the state from participating in, or providing material support or resources to any federal agency engaged in the “illegal and unconstitutional collection of electronic data or metadata, without consent, of any person not based on a warrant that particularly describes the person, place, and thing to be searched or seized.”

Sponsored by Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) and Sen. Joel Anderson (R-San Diego), SB828 represents a growing opposition to NSA spying on a state and local level, and across the political spectrum.

“The NSA’s program is an unreasonable search and seizure of Californian’s electronic data and communications,” said Lieu. Anderson took a similar position on the Senate floor today. “We want to protect against terrorism, but it should never be at the cost of our liberty or freedom,” he said.

THREE AREAS

Practically speaking, SB828 addresses three major areas where NSA and other federal agencies rely on local support to carry out their surveillance programs. This includes resources such as water and electricity for physical facilities, university research partnerships, and sharing of warrantless data.

While the NSA does not currently operate a data or “threat operations” center in California, OffNow spokesman Shane Trejo said states around the country need to pass similar legislation to make NSA expansion more difficult.

“We know the NSA has aggressively worked to expand its physical locations because it maxed out the Baltimore area power grid in 2006.  They’ve built new locations in Utah and Texas, and expanded in several other states,” Trejo said. “Since the NSA is expanding so wildly, it’s not unlikely that they’re planning to build new data centers and ‘threat operations centers’ in other locations. California’s high-tech industry makes it a likely candidate.  We can’t wait until the NSA opens up shop. This act yanks away the welcome mat and tells the NSA, ‘We don’t want you in California unless you follow the Constitution.’”

Six California state universities have partnerships with the NSA.  These university partnerships provide critical research which helps the NSA expand. The California Fourth Amendment Protection Act also addresses the status of these schools as NSA “Centers of Academic Excellence.”  Continuance of such programs would be banned after passage of SB828 should NSA surveillance be determined as illegal and unconstitutional.

Finally, the bill would address the use of warrantless data from the federal government in state or local criminal proceedings.

As reported by Reuters in Aug. 2013, the secretive Special Operations Division (SOD) is “funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans.”  Documents obtained by Reuters show that these cases “rarely involve national security issues,” and that local law enforcement is directed by SOD to “conceal how such investigations truly begin.”

Reports in the Washington Post and USA Today last fall documented how “the FBI and most other investigative bodies in the federal government” are regularly using a mobile device known as a “stingray” to intercept and collect electronic data without a warrant. Local and state police “have access through sharing agreements.”

PRACTICAL EFFECT

Passage of the bill would be the first step in a process to ban resources to the NSA. If signed into law, once an official determination is made that a federal agency is engaging in illegal and unconstitutional collection of electronic data or metadata, the state ban on resources would immediately go into effect.

Trejo said that passage into law will result in a strong foundation being set.  “California could set a serious precedent with this law,” he said.  “Violate the Constitution and we’ll turn off the water and power. This could be the mantra for privacy-advocates across the country.”

SB828 is now moves to the State Assembly, where it will first be assigned to a committee for majority approval before the full Assembly has an opportunity to concur.

ACTION ITEMS

If you live in California, take action in support of this legislation HERE

All other states, take action HERE

http://offnow.org/2014/05/19/california-senate-passes-bill-pull-plug-nsa-spying-29-1/

GMA To File Suit Against Vermont To Eliminate New GMO Label Law


05/09/2014

Vermont

by Long Island Attorney Paul A. Lauto, Esq.

The GMO battle between the people and corporate greed rages on.  In the glaring absence of a federal GMO label law to uphold the peoples’ right to know what is in our food, the state of Vermont has led the way by passing our country’s first state GMO label law.  Certainly one would think that it is reasonable for a state to take action to protect its people, when our President fails to stand by his promise to do so.  But reasonableness does not necessarily apply when it comes to corporate greed.

As anticipated, the Grocery Manufacturers’ Association (GMA) has formally announced their plans to undo the good work of the state of Vermont.  The GMA issued a statement yesterday on May 8, 2014, declaring,

“Today, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed into law HB 112, a bill that is critically flawed and not in the best interests of consumers.  It sets the nation on a costly and misguided path toward a 50-state patchwork of GMO labeling policies that will do nothing to advance the safety of consumers.”

The statement continued, “Consumers who prefer to avoid GM ingredients have the option to choose from an array of products already in the marketplace labeled ‘certified organic.’  The government therefore has no compelling interest in warning consumers about foods containing GM ingredients, making this law’s legality suspect at best.  In light of this fact, in the coming weeks GMA will file suit in federal court against the state of Vermont to overturn the law.”

As part of their statement, the GMA encouraged policymakers in Vermont to support the so called Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which would require GMO foods to be labeled only if the FDA determines there is a health or safety risk.  The GMA purported that it is in this way that, “Any labeling of GM ingredients would therefore be based on science, not fear… .”

It appears that the only fear present, is the GMA’s fear of a lowered profit margin.  Perhaps that is why they support the so called Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which makes GMO labeling contingent on the FDA determining a health or safety risk.  GMO proponents believe that waiting for the FDA to find a  health risk with GM foods, is tantamount to waiting for Christmas to arrive in July.

Unfortunately, our President failed to honor and keep his campaign promise to the people, that he would make sure that we would know whether or not our food was genetically modified.  Had Obama kept his promise, upon being elected he would have taken steps to enact a federal GMO label law.  A federal GMO label law would have obviated the need for the long and costly battle on the state level that has ensued and continues to this day.  But alas, once again it seems to be politics as usual.  However, it is the people and not the politicians, that will pay the price.

Long Island Lawyer
Paul A. Lauto, Esq.
www.liattorney.com

The American Empire will collapse like all others before it


u.s. empire

© © Screenshot: Youtube

A faded American pride.

Here is my sense; like all empires before it this American one reached its apex after WWII. It’s on a downward trajectory and will eventually fall or be overtaken.

And I believe most Americans will be taken by surprise as in “How could this happen”?

That’s because most Americans are in the words of Paul Craig Roberts “insouciant”, without a care, too passively indifferent, too besotted with technological gadgetry, have feelings of entitlement and believe in American exceptionalism to bother to notice their government has become sinister-which most others in the world recognize, but their governments too intimidated or blackmailed into following us or they will be demonized. Think Iran, Iraq under Saddam-though earlier an ally in his war with Iran in the 80′s-now the newly announced new cold war with Russia and soon to be China.

As for us Americans take an honest look at what passes for our modern American “culture” nowadays-and contributes to maintaining domestic tranquility at all costs. In no particular order:

Consumerism-excessive and beyond all need.

Corporatism and commercialization of the public square i.e. the “mallization” of America.

Sports mania, particularly over Pro football and its marketing.

Popular movies featuring gore, crashes, mayhem, aliens, illusion, “virtual” characters replacing real people.

Celebrity gossip as “news”.

Government surveillance by way of technological gadgetry-cell phones, ipods, computers, email, GPS, EZ pass, toll cameras.

MSM becoming complicit in government actions and its propaganda.

Addiction with drugs and alcohol.

Incarceration-the highest rates of all 1 st world industrialized democracies.

Militarization of local and state police.

A trillion dollars in college student debt.

Though certainly not contributing to maintaining domestic tranquility, throw in the bailouts of the big banks too big to fail, income inequality worse than the 1920′s and clearly articulated in the 2011 occupy movement that coined the disparity between the 1% and the 99%, no single payer universal health insurance coverage for all, ignoring global warming and the further despoiling of the environment, the demise of domestic manufacturing, the outsourcing of jobs, home foreclosures and bankruptcy stemming from unscrupulous lenders et al and domestically its an America becoming unrecognizable to these old eyes.

As for the policies and actions of our government that unmistakably reveals its true nature, here again in no particular order are:

  • The war industry-the trillion dollar military/corporate/political complex and its revolving door of key players that move seamlessly between each to maintain its control. The other key element is the creation of,
  • “Enemies” contrived such as the “global war on terror”, and the new “cold war” with Russia.
  • Initiating unnecessary and illegal wars and occupations in Afghanistan and Iraq
  • CIA coups, assassinations to create instability to promote endless war
  • NSA surveillance of everyone in the world through “back doors” of computers and software
  • Absolute control of the political agenda and the enacting of laws, regulations oversight and enforcement to the benefit of corporate interests
  • Justice Department lawyers writing memos “legalizing” all executive actions but kept secret for reasons of national security with no oversight by the Congress or the courts
  • Exercise hegemony worldwide, surround Iran, Russia with “allies”, NATO, a thousand military bases worldwide and a floating armada of carrier task forces
  • Initiate cyberwarfare as was done in Iran in 2010 and its enrichment of uranium
  • Engage in extraordinary rendition, indefinite detention and torture of suspects
  • Targeting and prosecuting whistleblowers, hounding Edward Snowden for exposing the NSA‘s illegal surveillance practices.

These domestic and foreign policies and actions are not those of a government that is representative of the people in a democratic republic. These are policies and actions of a plutocracy of oligarchs and an empire willing to go to any length to maintain its hegemony worldwide and control domestically.

Incredibly, what’s propping up this edifice of domestic indulgence and propaganda and foreign villainy is the FED printing money, selling billions in treasury notes to China, Japan, even Russia underpinned by what else, our previous debt in the trillions and all based on the assumption these countries will continue to buy our debt. But it’s a form of blackmail these other countries have accepted, at least for the present. That can’t last forever.

For sure one can’t predict the actual demise of an empire, even the American one. But hubris, American exceptionalism, the sense of entitlement and the idea of it being the “indispensible nation” surely won’t save it from the trash heap of other empires long gone. Such illusions may contribute, even hasten that inevitable collapse.

http://www.sott.net/article/279155-The-American-Empire-will-collapse-like-all-others-before-it

About time: World Court to target UK for war crimes in Iraq


British soldiers take Iraqi prisoners in Basra.

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British soldiers take Iraqi prisoners in Basra.

Eleven years after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, not a single high-level official has been held accountable for the numerous war crimes perpetrated throughout the war. Yet, a Tuesday announcement that the International Criminal Court is re-opening a “preliminary” investigation into charges that British troops systemically perpetrated atrocities in Iraq raised the faint possibility that this could change.

“It is good news is that the ICC is finally going to look at the extraordinary and serious war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Iraq War and the lead-up to it,” said Phyllis Bennis, senior fellow at Institute for Policy Studies, in an interview with Common Dreams. “The bad news is that this is very late and the U.S. is not in the docket.”

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda came to the decision after being presented with new evidence alleging the “responsibility of officials of the United Kingdom for war crimes involving systematic detainee abuse in Iraq from 2003 until 2008,” according to an ICC statement.

In 2006, then-ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo turned down an investigation into UK abuses in Iraq after determining the acts did not have sufficient “gravity” – citing a supposed lack of victims, among other factors.

Yet new evidence presented by Germany-based human rights group European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights and UK law firm Public Interest Lawyers indicates hundreds of Iraqi people have been abused by the UK military as a matter of policy stemming from the chain of command.

ECCHR and PIL evaluated testimony from more than 400 former detainees and selected for ICC review 109 of them – which together expose more than 2,000 inhumane acts from March 2003 to December 2008. Charges of abuse, including sexual assault, hooding, and food, water, and sleep deprivation, are summarized in a video produced by ECCHR:

In a statement following the ICC’s announcement, the British government rejected the allegations of war crimes and indicated it is thoroughly investigating the charges, so ICC jurisdiction is unnecessary.

Yet, ECCHR argues, “UK officials have been all too reluctant to prosecute or investigate the high ranking officials for the systemic abuses committed in Iraq.”

“The reopening of the investigation represents a milestone for Iraqi victims and for international criminal law,” said ECCHR General Secretary Wolfgang Kaleck.

Bennis says that it is far from certain that the ICC will press war crimes charges against top UK officials, but nonetheless, the possibility is “hugely important.”

The UK is the only Western country that has faced a preliminary investigation by the ICC – a global body that the U.S. has refused to participate in.

“The refusal of the U.S. to put itself under jurisdiction of international law is a huge impediment to the court’s capacity to function as a global court,” said Bennis. “It’s not the only example. We see this in decisions to go to war despite UN opposition, as well as blatant violations of international law and war crimes, including attacks on civilians, torture, imprisonment without trial and assassinations.”

Said Kaleck, “Those who violate human rights must be brought to justice regardless of how powerful they may be.”

http://www.sott.net/article/279167-About-time-World-Court-to-target-UK-for-war-crimes-in-Iraq

Russia Retaliates: Blocks GPS, Bans US Use Of Its Rocket Engines


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Just as Russia had promised, sanctions were not effective and so they went straight to targeted bans. On the heels of The Pentagon admitting that they had “no solution” to replacing Russian rocket engines in the launch systems for US military satellites (as we have covered extensively), Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin this morning announced:

  • *ROGOZIN: RUSSIA TO HALT U.S. GPS BASES IN RUSSIA ON JUNE 1:IFX
  • *RUSSIAN BAN ON ROCKET USE FOR US MILITARY SATELLITE LAUNCHES: IFX

He further added that Russia will not extend its partnership in the International Space Station beyond 2020 (which suggests Russia does not expect a quick resolution to the current tensions).

As RT reports,

Moscow is banning Washington from using Russian-made rocket engines, which the US has used to deliver its military satellites into orbit, said Russia’s Deputy PM, Dmitry Rogozin, who is in charge of space and defense industries.

According to Rogozin, Russia is also halting the operation of all American GPS stations on its territory from June 1.

Russia currently hosts 11 ground-based GPS stations, the Deputy PM said.

The move comes after the US refused to place a signal correction station for Russia’s own space-based satellite navigation system, GLONASS, on American territory, he explained.

This is a major problem for the US military because (as Bloomberg reports),

The Pentagon has no “great solution” to reduce its dependence on a Russian-made engine that powers the rocket used to launch U.S. military satellites, the Defense Department’s top weapons buyer said.

“We don’t have a great solution,” Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, said yesterday after testifying before a Senate committee. “We haven’t made any decisions yet.”

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the Air Force to review its reliance on the rocket engine after tensions over Russia’s takeover of Ukraine’s Crimea region prompted questions from lawmakers about that long-time supply connection.

United Launch Alliance LLC, a partnership of Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co., uses the Russian-made RD-180 engine on Atlas V rockets.

As Putin warned – apparently correctly

“The US is certainly one of the world’s leaders. At some point it seemed that it was the only leader and a uni-polar system was in place. Today it appears that is not the case. Everything in the world is interdependent and once you try to punish someone, in the end you will cut off your nose to spite your face,” he said.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-05-13/russia-retaliates-blocks-gps-bans-us-use-its-rocket-engines

“Adventures Into Reality” Veronica Keen and Andrew Bartzis, the Galactic Historian, FULL 3-Part SERIES


Great series!! Loaded with layers of multi-dimensional info on Cern, ley-lines, Earth history, sovereignty, current events, Ireland, Tara and much more! Enjoy!
Part 1
Galactic Historian Andrew Bartzis and Veronica Keen first round on deep subjects about our past, present and future.

Part 2
Galactic Historian Andrew Bartzis and Veronica Keen delve deeper into the hidden history of the Earth and our Galaxy

Part 3
Galactic Historian Andrew Bartzis and Veronica Keen continue in this amazing exponsé of the current situation and their call to action this Summer.

Break Original Music courtesy of Frank Pisciotti

Weakened US Unable To Fight More Wars


 

Years of war have left the US military exhausted and depleted, Gordon Duff writes.

Years of war have left the US military exhausted and depleted, Gordon Duff writes.

By Gordon Duff and Press TV

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While America talks going to war in Europe, those who follow the real condition of America’s military forces, active duty, reserve and veterans, they know it to be nothing but empty talk.  Over a dozen years of war has left America’s military manpower exhausted, physically, mentally and “politically.”

Any new war will have to be fought without experienced non-commissioned officers or top special operations professionals.  Studies now show that they haven’t simply given up on military service, but that an entire generation of American military is dead, dying or disabled.

War Hoax

Fewer Americans are willing to believe, willing to blindly follow, willing to die for what more and more now clearly see as wars for Wall Street.

Perhaps the most carefully hidden impact on America’s ability to wage war is the epidemic of military/veteran suicides, numbers far more than anyone imagined.  Current suicide numbers actually exceed the total combat deaths from both the Vietnam and Korean wars.

Current “Epic Failure”

There is a reason that American troop deployments into Poland and Latvia are so pitiful, despite the fact that nearly all US troops are out of the Middle East.  America’s “war games” deployment meant to intimidate Putin’s Russia accentuates a frightening fact few are aware of.  America’s trained military “inventory” is nearly totally depleted.

They aren’t just “quit” or retired, in truth, America has had well over 100,000 combat related deaths tied to  Desert Storm and the Global War on Terror that it has failed to report.  Some, well over 10,000, are from mysterious “Gulf War Syndrome,” reputed to be a “cocktail” of radiation and chemical exposure along with experimental vaccines.

However, the majority are suicides.  In 2009, a press release from the Department of Veterans Affairs cited 30,000 “veteran suicides” among those who served post 9/11.  Within a day, that figure was never to be seen again and the machinery of disinformation went into high gear.  For the past five years there have only been reports of so many “deaths per minute” or fractional counts from active duty personnel.

Astounding Numbers

Two weeks ago, Russia Today did an analysis of census data from the year 2010.  They found that 116,000 Americans had committed suicide that year.  Of that number, 82,000 had reported whether or not they had served in the military.  Of that 82,000, 27,000 were veterans.

Were one to factor in the remaining 34,000 who failed to report status and factor a statistical mean, between 18,500 and 22,000 younger veterans died, all attributable to Bush 41/43 “wars of convenience.”

Thus, wars the public has been told account for no more than 6,000 dead actually account for 6000 direct combat deaths, over 100,000 “indirect” combat deaths and over 1 million permanent and totally disabled trained military age “veterans.”

What remains with this kind of manpower loss places the idea of a multi-front war, as described in America’s new Pacific Rim strategy, as pure fantasy.  Is this, perhaps, the rationale for billions spent on drones?

Vietnam Lesson

Another figure was released to the public in 2009, released and quickly “evaporated” from the public eye.  A charity raising money for veteran’s causes gleaned the real number of survivors from the Vietnam War.  Of the 2.9 million that had served in Vietnam, some only a few days or weeks, only 780,000 could be verified by both the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs as having survived.

After this, figures were no longer released to the public.  However, the damage had been done and statisticians had extrapolated some interesting information from what little was leaked.  American combat veterans have a life expectancy of 46 years.

Government Complicity/Public Apathy

At the end of every war, the American people generally tire of hearing about it.  With Vietnam, a war the American people came to oppose en masse, blaming those who fight in wars for the failures of American society and culture became the rule.

“War heroes” quickly became “baby killers” or “fear crazed vets.”  Veterans were denied employment, subjected to public scorn and the hundreds of thousands suffering from Agent Orange poisoning and combat related stress were looked on as a burden to society.

It became a Conservative cause to label veterans as “deadbeats” and a drain on society.  The service organizations, with their tremendous political power, were still dominated by World War II veterans and saw younger vets as threatening their “ride on the gravy train.”
This policy has not only continued but in the divisive political climate in the US, veterans are being targeted.  Videos of police killings of veterans, typically an angry veteran in a wheel chair holding a mobile phone that police claim is “mistaken” for an assault rifle or bomb, fill YouTube.

Recently, a 95-year-old World War II veteran was shot by a SWAT team for attacking police with a machete.  The weapon turned out to be a “shoe horn,” and police, only 5 feet away, were unable to tell the difference.

Last week, a report by CNN cited the Department of Veterans Affairs, tasked with providing medical care for veterans, as having secret waiting lists.  In one hospital, Phoenix, Arizona, they found that 40 veterans had died awaiting treatment for what turned out to be easily diagnosed “life ending” conditions that could have been treated.

It is assumed that veterans needing expensive medical care were lied to and sent home to die.  Moreover, those veterans who complain, the “whistleblowers” face another fate.  According to attorney Robert Walsh of the Veterans Pro-Bono Legal Project, as many as 200 veterans are now imprisoned illegally, having been wrongfully prosecuted after complaining of fraud in government veterans’ programs.

Nobody Left to Fight Wars of Aggression

America has violated a “sacred trust.”  When “shock and awe” became a decade of war with no more talk of “Al Qaeda” but rather of “extremists” and “insurgents,” it became increasingly clear that America’s wars for “security” were colonial wars of conquest.  No rational person could believe otherwise although years of social engineering intended to breed a generation of compliant acolytes, trained from birth to never question even the most absurd and baseless propaganda.

Simply put, the idea of America reassuming the role of NATO protector is absurd.  What few European bases remain have only skeleton forces.  Barracks stand empty, bowling alleys closed, civilian contractors guarding the empty shell of what NATO had once been.

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/05/10/weakened-us-unable-to-fight-more-wars/

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