Power of the People – From Encaged to Outraged

Gary ‘Z’ McGee, Staff Writer
Waking Times

“Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves.” ~Lord Byron

The system is not improving, it is not progressing. It is precarious and faltering, beleaguered beyond the capacity to fix itself. And with the orange-faced personification of bigotry, intolerance, pomposity, greed, hate and overreaching plutocracy at the top of the unsustainable pyramid, it has been found waiting, covertly fixed and stagnating.

But people are slowly starting to wake up to this fact, realizing that they can no longer wait for the system to fix itself. They must take matters into their own hands, seek solidarity with those who also seek healthy, sustainable, and progressive change, and discover that the door to their cage has always been open. A deepening of the truth is on the other side.

From encaged to outraged, we the people are beginning to break the invisible chains of cultural conditioning and state-driven political propaganda. We are filling the streets, voting with our feet, and pounding the concrete with our wide awake voices screaming “Freedom; Anarchy; Love!” in the face of tyranny, statism, and slavery. We realize that the vertical democracy of statism has utterly failed, and only the horizontal democracy of self-rule can solve the equation of the political human condition. Indeed. As Leonardo DaVinci once said, “Knowledge is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”

Uncaged Citizen

“The way to learn courage is to be afraid of something and then do it anyway.” ~Brandon Stanton

The uncaged citizen is a self-ruling, self-reasoning, courageous individual willing to be unpopularly right despite the popular wrong of the majority. Like Django unchained he is that “one in ten-thousand nigga!” willing to do what it takes in order to bring water to the wasteland, to bring freedom to all tyrannical landscapes, knowing, as Martin Luther King Jr. did, that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Have no illusions, the current system of vertical democracy reeks of injustice. The top-down chain of obedience is profoundly corrupt. It will take bottom-up, courageous, horizontal solidarity to balance things out. Indeed, the uncaged citizen is the bane of the fenced-in corruption of an unjust system.

Uncaged citizens are filling up the streets, pounding their feet against the atrocities of the state. They are mobilizing against intolerance and hate, misogyny and rape, plutocracy and greed. They are transforming their love for humanity into concrete deeds and courageous acts that set a healthy example against the unhealthy machine of the corrupt state. They are tiny Davids with slingshots of justice aimed at an unjust Goliath. They are peaceful warriors attempting to chop the head off an environmentally unsustainable Black Snake. Hell, even the meek are beginning to rise up, digging down deep for that unquenchable courage. As Plato said in The Republic, “There is in every one of us, even those who seem most moderate, a type of desire that is terrible, wild, and lawless.” And in a world that is fast beginning to outlaw freedom and self-rule, such desire is needed more than ever before.

Outraged Solidarity

“The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.” ~Marcus Aurelius

As it stands, the ranks of the insane is the unhealthy chain of obedience run amok within a corrupt vertical democracy that simply does not work well for healthy human beings. The solution is to escape the ignorance of the majority and join the ranks of the informed minority who are joined in solidarity under a flag of horizontal democracy and freedom, void of rulers and masters.

Outrage is merely a side effect of learning the painful truth. It’s the emotion that grips us when we finally stop asking to be kissed with lies and begin asking to be slapped with truth. It’s when we finally pull our heads out of the comfortable sand and begin looking around at the uncomfortable truth. Sure, it pisses us off, but lo and behold, there are others there who are pissed of as well, who are also waking up to the corruption and greed of the plutocratic state. They are willing, as we are, to rise up with love and courage in their heart, despite the hate and indifference of the state and those who kowtow to it. They too want to leave a healthier, more sustainable and just world to their children and grandchildren. We are joined in solidarity toward such a noble cause and outraged against any system and any person who works against it.

Horizontal Democracy

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” ~Ernest Hemmingway

Similarly, as a citizenry, true nobility is being superior to our former political position. Horizontal Democracy, void of rulers and masters, is far superior to vertical democracy, dependent upon a chain of obedience. There is more progressive evolution in a spoonful of horizontal democracy than in an entire ocean of stagnant vertical democracy. Vertical democracy does not work well for healthy human beings precisely because of the fact that power tends to corrupt. Horizontal democracy is robust with checks and balances, so that power rarely has a chance to ever become corrupt. With neither masters, nor rulers attempting to monopolize power, human kind is more likely to evolve into a more progressive and sustainable species.

At the end of the day, the power of the people cannot be found within a vertical form of democracy dependent upon a chain of obedience. This is because power tends to become corrupt at the top of the chain of obedience, thus causing injustice within the entire system, while oppressing the bottom of the hierarchy. The power of the people can only be found within a horizontal form of democracy void of masters and rulers, where the chain of obedience lies broken and discarded and the links in the chain are free to form in solidarity of brotherhood for freedom and justice despite the tyranny and injustice of the state. As Maria Robinson said, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

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Gary ‘Z’ McGee, a former Navy Intelligence Specialist turned philosopher, is the author of Birthday Suit of God and The Looking Glass Man. His works are inspired by the great philosophers of the ages and his wide awake view of the modern world.

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TPP protesters shut down central Auckland as ministers sign controversial deal

by Cherie Howie

All motorway access points are now open after protesters blockaded the Cook St, Wellington St and Hobson St offramps earlier this afternoon.

But the Transport Agency said commuters should expect delays and some diversions as they head into or out of the central city. The Auckland Harbour Bridge has remained open throughout the protests and traffic is free flowing.

The agency is also advising drivers to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings as there are larger numbers of pedestrians on central city roads than usual.

“Many of them have been moving on and off the roads and walking in front of traffic. Some vehicles are also making sudden lane changes and u-turns to avoid delays.”

Earlier, central Auckland grounded to a halt as trade ministers signed the TPP. All streets around Sky City Convention Centre and motorway on and off ramps leading to the central business district were blocked by protesters.

Former Green MP Sue Bradford was in a protest group that had partially blocked access to the Auckland Harbour Bridge from the city.

“We are in a blockade at the corner of Victoria Park and the Harbour Bridge,” she said.

“Just about all of the Harbour Bridge is blocked off.

“But we’ll keep moving. This is our third blockade today.”

A spokeswoman for the New Zealand Transport Agency said only the Fanshawe Street onramp to the motorway, which provides access to the Harbour Bridge from the central city, was blocked. But traffic was free-flowing on the bridge throughout the protests.

Police forcibly removed protesters from the Cook St off ramp.

Pictures show police have been clashing with protesters, using force to remove them from roads.

Protesters clash with police at the Hobson Street entrance to the motorway. Photo / Doug Sherring
Protesters clash with police at the Hobson Street entrance to the motorway. Photo / Doug Sherring

The NZTA for Auckland and Northland recommended that people do not travel into the central city if possible.

Protesters formed blockades on the on and off ramps for the southern and northwestern motorways.

Small groups were blocking traffic in separate areas including the Wellesley and Albert St intersection.

Inside Sky City Convention Centre, a long table stretched along a stage with big bouquets of blue and white flowers displayed in front and a large screen, with photos of the Sky Tower, Southern Alps, and a tui in rotation with TPP logo, behind.

The agreement is designed to free up trade and investment between the countries, but has been a beacon for controversy for several years, mainly due to the secrecy of the deal, lack of public consultation and fears New Zealand’s sovereignty could be diminished.

Many protesters wore anonymous masks. Photo / Dean Purcell
Many protesters wore anonymous masks. Photo / Dean Purcell

Outside the convention centre, they were gathering too.

By 10.20am, up to 1000 protesters were at the scene. Their aim? Disrupt proceedings for as long as possible. By late this morning, they were succeeding in disrupting the city.

Protest group Real Choice planned the non-violent protest and a blockade of the streets leading to the centre, hoping supporters in their hundreds would create a “TPP-free zone” and shut-down the signing ceremony for as long as possible.

The group gathered at Aotea Sq at 9am and made their way to the convention centre about half an hour later.

Real Choice spokesperson Julia Espinoza explained their motives.

“Petitions, marches and lobbying have their place; but now the TPP is being signed on our doorstep, and we feel it is time to try to shut it down and create a TPP-free zone.”

Maraea Clark, dressed in the colours of the New Zealand flag, said the trade deal was a way of controlling people.

“It’s not a better life for the people; it’s a better life for the corporations who are wanting to take over.”

Police formed ranks around the entrance to SkyCity. Photo / Catherine Gaffaney
Police formed ranks around the entrance to SkyCity. Photo / Catherine Gaffaney

A large group soon left the scene to join a blockade on Victoria St, where a young man was singing Bob Marley’s Redemption Song.

The protesters had high-profile support – former All Black Piri Weepu tweeted them “Good luck but also be safe, No need to protest violently. Walk together for Aotearoa.”

A larger group of those against the trade deal are expected to march from Aotea Sq down Queen St to Britomart from noon. The march is organised by anti-TPP group It’s Our Future and spokesman Barry Coates said iwi, health workers, trade unionists, small business owners, actors, musicians, lawyers and academics were expected. Similar protests are planned outside parliament and the Christchurch City Council.

One thing the opposing sides shared was the need for organisation.

In support of law and order, police were outside the convention centre from early this morning; while Auckland Council told staff to work from home in case of disruption.

At the convention centre, in central Auckland, Sir Harawira Gardiner led on the 11 visiting ministers, who were called into the room by Cherie Povey.

As well as signing, the ministers will talk about their respective ratification processes – each have two years to get the deal passed domestically before it comes into law.

The ministers shared hongi in a small welcome party which included Trade Minister Todd McClay, New Zealand chief negotiator David Walker and, representing Auckland iwi Ngati Whatua, Tame Te Rangi.

After a karakia, Mr Te Rangi said he was proud and privileged to be there representing his iwi.

Mr McClay in turn thanked Ngati Whatua for their gracious welcome, as several groups would not take part because they oppose the trade deal.

He then welcomed the ministers for what he said was a “momentous occasions for all of our countries.”

More images and VIDEO from Auckland protest

‘TPP a bad dream, wake up’ say thousands of Kiwis

Note: I absolutely LOVE the Maori warrior spirit, they’re not taking the TPP lying down…Great turn-out, GO KIWI’s!


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URGENT: Geoengineering CALL TO ACTION ~ Michael Murphy & Jolie Diane ~ Sage of Quay (Dec 2015)

oalition Against Geoengineering activists Michael Murphy and Jolie Diane connected with me this afternoon to bring exceptional news to the table regarding the battle to stop the on-going Geoengineering programs and to halt the legalization of geo-engineering via the COP21 Paris Climate Conference currently underway in France.

Jolie’s perseverance to meet with both California and Washington DC legislatures to explain how the COP21 Climate Agreement will usurp the power of State and Federal law makers has caught the attention of many Senators and Representatives who are now taking the issue far more seriously than in the past.

The conversation that follows is a Call To Action for everyone to call their Senator and Representative to voice their concern and position that any documents signed in Paris attempting the bind the US or any State to legalized geoengineering is unacceptable.

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We begin the conversation Michael explaining how Jolie’s efforts have opened up a door of opportunity that until now has been very elusive.


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‘Our Generation, Our Choice,’ Say Youth, Readying for Mass Civil Disobedience

Young people from across the country to sweep Washington, D.C. with direct action ‘to demand justice on race, climate change, and immigration’

Image from the People’s Climate March in New York City in September 2014. (Photo: Shadia Fayne Wood)

Buoyed by President Barack Obama’s fresh rejection of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, thousands of young people from across the country are preparing to unleash on Monday what they say will be the “largest-ever civil disobedience for racial, climate, and immigrant justice.”

Under the Banner of “Our Generation, Our Choice,” the mobilization will sweep Washington, D.C. one year ahead of the 2016 national elections “to demand REAL leadership and make candidates’ agendas work for our movements, and for our future,” according to a group statement.

But the real emphasis, say organizers, will be on grassroots movement-building.

“The choice is clear: politicians are failing to take our country to where it needs to go, so a movement of young people will lead us there,” wrote Yong Jung Cho of 350.org, Waleed Shahid of Working Families, Devontae Torriente of Million Hoodies, and Sara Blazevic of the Fossil Fuel Student Divestment Network in a recent statement.

“[P]oliticians continue to throw away billions of dollars incarcerating people, deporting mothers and fathers, and polluting our people and our planet,” the organizers added. “They continue to saddle us with student debt. They aren’t helping create real jobs that can sustain us. They stand by as many of our friends live in daily fear of police and immigration enforcement. And they continue subsidizing polluting fossil fuel companies who destroy the land we live on and the air we breathe.”

“We take action to tell the American people: let’s get it done together,” the statement continued.

“The energy for tomorrow is really high,” Lindsay Meiman, communications coordinator with 350.org, told Common Dreams from a nonviolent direct action training in Washington, D.C., attended by 400 people.

The mass actions were organized by the climate groups Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network and 350.org; racial justice group Million Hoodies; and immigrant rights group United We Dream. They have garnered support from numerous other organizations, including the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN).

Dallas Goldtooth, U.S. tar sands campaign organizer for IEN, told Common Dreams that the mass action comes at a time when grassroots movements are proving their clout.

“You have the Keystone XL decision, which is victory for a lot of front-line communities along the route that have been fighting this for seven years now,” Goldtooth said. “Look at the Democratic debate in Las Vegas. Not only was Keystone XL mentioned, but also Black Lives Matter. Those are two grassroots-based movements.”

“As Indigenous communities, often our struggle as organizers is not just about fighting for environmental protections, sacred sights, or water—but really fighting for our survival, for the right to exists as we want to exist, for the right to self-determination,” Goldtooth continued. “I am excited that this is really bringing together all of these different social movements that have been gaining traction over the past few years and demonstrating that they all intersect.”


Ed. Note: I’m glad people are finally talking about this subject. From what I’ve learned about the CIA over the last 10yrs and how they operate disinfo campaigns, I always felt Anonymous was a CIA operation. Another psyop aimed at duping the public with false hope. They came out of nowhere with massive promotional campaigns that went global immediately. Not viral from an organic grassroots level, the videos and blogs were everywhere almost overnite..The “video production and marketing” both take a helluva a lot of money in order to “effetively market” the message to the masses. If real activists launched the Anon project, it would’ve taken a lot of people around the world in time, effort and pandering to raise enough crowd funding money to produce and market the video campaigns…Yet, Anonymous was served up all bright and shiny on a silver platter for everyone to gobble up. This same pattern played out with flat earth theory, incoming asteroids, et al. and, individuals like Shane from the Ruiner…another disinfo agent who came out of nowhere and gained immediately popularity with highly skilled marketing techniques. His blog was threaded with the 80/20 truth-disinfo formula and people still lapped it up like kittens at the milkbowl. He stole Corey Goodes intel on Giants, began discrediting and marginalizing Corey’s narrative on the Blue Avians (which is very little of the subject matter he’s disclosing) then Shane ran with the Giants storyline and adopted it as his own. From my observations on reading his energy and following his narrative over several months – he’s a pathological liar. Which perfectly fits the profile of disinfo agent…IMO Anonymous was the one first major CIA launched disinfo campaigns that really sucked people in from the alt community. They also provide major distractions for public consumption and may be setting the internet community up for further restrictions from a false-flag hacking threat.

Published on Nov 5, 2015

Anonymous was created by the CIA as a false flag.
Anonymous is nothing more than controlled opposition in a Hegelian dialectic tactic in order to create internet censorship and tighter security putting more control into the governments hands in the name of “safety.”
Now fake wannabe truther kids put on masks of a Jesuit agent named Guy Fawkes made popular by Hollywood and go to protests that are funded by George Soros thinking they are fighting the new world order but in reality are helping the NWO.
The CIA does all high level and high security hacks that are covered by the media while the gullible kids that are tech savvy who joined anonymous only are responsible for low level hacks like small websites and social media.
All major hacks are done by the CIA, FBI and other government agencies.
Anonymous’ motto was derived from a verse in Mark 5:9 from the bible.
Legion as they call themselves is a collective of demons that were cast out of a man and into several pigs by Jesus Christ.

Massive Fire at Monsanto Facility Likely Arson, Says Investigators

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by John Vibes / The Anti-Media

Earlier this week, a Monsanto research facility in France was burned to the ground. Monsanto and investigators suspect an arsonist was responsible for the blaze.

Monsanto representative Jakob Witten told Reuters that investigators “strongly suspect it was a crime as no electrical or other sources were found.”He added that “No Monsanto sites in Europe have so far been the victim of fires of criminal origin, this is unprecedented violence.”

The fire had multiple points of origin, meaning it is unlikely the fire was caused by an electrical malfunction or other natural causes. Investigators also noticed a strong smell of gasoline in different areas of the site.

France announced in June that it was banning sales of Roundup, Monsanto’s flagship herbicide, amid public pressure and the World Health Organization’s announcement that the product is probably carcinogenic. Further, last month the country announced it was strengthening its ban on genetically modified crops. Monsanto is one of the most hated corporations on the planet and faces particularly strong resistance in France. If the fire is confirmed to have been arson, it is possible this vociferous opposition might have been a motivating factor.

Nevertheless, the recent fire is merely the tip of the iceberg with regard to Monsanto’s recent problems.

The company recently moved to close three different research facilities to save money in the face of declining profits. As Reuters reported last week, Monsanto research centers in Middleton, Wisconsin, Mystic, Connecticut, and Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, will soon be closed to cut costs.

Last month, the infamous company announced it would be cutting 2,600 jobs — 12% of its workforce — in order to lower costs. Monsanto also announced a loss of 19 cents per share in the most recent quarter. Profits are expected to remain low throughout the year.

The Associated Press reported that Monsanto lost $156 million in the final quarter of last year alone, and this year is expected to be even worse.

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Firsthand eyewitness report of immigration crisis in Germany ~ Anna Brusser

Note: Anna Brusser lives in Germany and is a member of the Unfuckers Unite! FB page, the following report on the German immigration crisis posted today which reveals a most promising situation arising as the masses in European country’s finally begin waking-up to the smell of totalitarianism at their front door step.

Will  keep you posted on further updates from Anna. Have a magical week!

Blessings, Annette

Anna Busser

I am now in Germany checking up on the so called “refugee” situation – today and tomorrow at a conference “Out of the Box Thinking” with the main emphasis on the present situation and solutions. More than 1,000 people were present. Imagine 1,000 people like us or the UU room all together in person !!! It is clear: the government has to go, Germany has to end its status as US military base and get out of Nato, the EU and the Euro. It is also clear that the “refugee crisis” is actually an act of war. Again imagine middle easterners, very many healthy young militarily trained men (80% of the people), not knowing the language or culture stuffed together in former or still occupied US barracks and tents. In the little village I am staying in there is one huge tent filled with 200 beds. In the next larger town there are 10,000. These camps (actually called “warehouses”) are strategically placed with German precision all over the country. I am now in Germany checking up on the so called “refugee” situation – today and tomorrow at a conference “Out of the Box Thinking” with the main emphasis on the present situation and solutions. More than 1,000 people were present. Imagine 1,000 people like us or the UU room all together in person !!! It is clear: the government has to go, Germany has to end its status as US military base and get out of Nato, the EU and the Euro. It is also clear that the “refugee crisis” is actually an act of war. Again imagine middle easterners, very many healthy young militarily trained men (80% of the people), not knowing the language or culture stuffed together in former or still occupied US barracks and tents. In the little village I am staying in there is one huge tent filled with 200 beds. In the next larger town there are 10,000. These camps (actually called “warehouses”) are strategically placed with German precision all over the country, proportionate to the German population. There are no background checks at the border and each person is given an Iphone so that they can both be tracked and given messages. Let us say that there is a nefarious intention behind this situation. Let us say the intention is to bring Germany to its knees. One of two things can happen: Either all ISIS trained men can be activated at a certain time to start a war. Or one can simply cut off suppplies to these people (many of whom are also victims of war) and by the nature of the created situation the people will go in search of food – to farms, houses and stores. Or it could be a lethal combination of a few “sleepers” and a group of men easy to lead. Apparently there are already cases where forced migration has been used as a method of war. A book has been written on the subject “Weapons of Mass Migration” referring to 64 historical cases in which this was the case. When I went to the conference this morning the hall was surrounded by police to protect us !! All the windows had been smashed in two nights ago in demonstration of our Congress. Several of the main speakers had personal body guards because they had already been attacked, like Max Igan. Apparently there was even a demonstration in front of our building which the police kept at bay because someone had leaked information that we were a radical nazi organization.
We are German UUs coming together to expose the truth. Whoever it is doesnt like this at all. Conferences like this are springing up all over Germany right now, big groups in big conference halls. It is like at the airport to get in, everyone is checked for weapons – in case – to protect us from violent demonstrators. There is a call out tfor peaceful mass civil unrest. Some are pushing for a tax boycott (strike). A big demonstration is being called for in Berlin again on November 7. The Germans and other Europeans are waking up and ready to ACT !!! But they know it must be carefully planned, peaceful and effective
I am interviewing one of the clearest speakers, also an author, tomorrow on what we English speakers can do to help Germany at this point.

Rob Kall: Time to think BIG, kill off entire industries that destroy life


This is the kind of big, bold thinking that is required if we are to have any chance at transforming our so-called civilization that has decimated bodies, minds, souls, and that of our Mother Earth. Not piece-meal thinking, merely trimming away at edges leaving the destructive core intact; rather, let us first imagine, discuss, decide, and then put into practice, the elimination or transformation of entire industries. 

October 29, 2015

by Rob Kall


Put killing of industries AND jobs on the table

imgresIndustries are killed, with jobs lost, for different reasons, usually to kill union and middle class jobs. I say it is time to intentionally kill or drastically shrink some big, major industries that hurt the democracy and freedom or damage the environment and, literally, the future of life on earth.

In recent years, the legislators and presidents who have embraced transnational trade deals have chosen to kill industries that employee American workers in manufacturing industries like steel, clothing, furniture, shoes– often, unionized workers.. Those industries had long been protected by tariffs. This article is not about trade deals, which I believe are terrible for 99% of Americans. This article is about deciding to kill industries.

Some of the most egregious abuses of democracy are perpetrated by industries that literally deserve to be killed. These industries are usually old technology or energy companies, or privatized versions of what used to be or should be government owned and operated. They flood congress with lobbyists and flood politics with money. They flood the ecosystem with toxic pollution and threaten the planet.

It’s time that the killing of industries be put on the table. Companies with interests in maintaining the industries that should be killed raise cries of accusation about threats to their industries. I say, lay it out in the open. We don’t want your industry to exist. We want to make it go the way of buggy whips, corsets and plow horse harnesses. Get out of the business you are in. Transition to something else. It’s time for your industry to die.

My picks include health insurers, private prisons, charter schools, privatized military services, coal mining, the oil business, nuclear energy, and monoculture factory farming for starters. And let’s make Libertarians and teapartiers happy and shrink two huge parts of government — the out of control military and the drug war. Finally, we need to start a major war aimed at killing BIG.

When trade deals are proposed, the proponents have, historically, lied, saying that they would help workers, while, in truth, they were designed to kill industries, jobs and unions.

Why not start talking about intentionally killing industries that are not ecologically sustainable, that are predatory, extractive operations inserting added, unnecessary costs for vital services.

The first step is to stop corporate welfare subsidies to the industries. That should be easiest to get bi-partisan support for.

Coal and oil are unsustainable energy sources. Coal is incredibly dirty and should be the first to go. We should be intentionally aiming to put the industries out of business. Shell just reported that it lost billions of dollars in the last quarter. Good. Start by immediately ending all subsidies/corporate welfare for old energy companies. But don’t end the subsidies– re-direct them towards building a native US sustainable energy industry that includes wind, waves, solar, hydrogen… Use some of the money that was used for corporate welfare to re-train coal miners and workers in the oil industry. Encourage new sustainable energy ventures to build operations where old energy workers have lost jobs due to intentional killing of their industry.

The nuclear energy industry has a history of irresponsible operations and it is unbelievably subsidized. End the subsidies and start shutting these operations down, as other nations are doing.

Monoculture farming and factory farming of animals produce unhealthy degraded nutrition food while generating massive levels of greenhouse gases. Many nations have made the use of GMOs illegal. In Russia it’s a crime to grow GMOs. Locally grown food, with crop diversity, is much healthier and does not require the addition of oil to move the food around. Factory farmed meat produces drug and hormone filled products that increase risks of illness– diabetes, heart disease, cancer, infections. And these operations reduce jobs. End subsidies and tax breaks. Give tax breaks to small farming operations. Consider this an investment in health care rather than food marketing

Drastically destroy private health insurance — including the bogus non-profits. Create a single payer health care system like every other first world nation has. The USA’s privatized health care system– the most expensive and inefficient in the world, proves that it is a lie that private industry is more efficient and competitive. Kill the private insurance industry. The money saved will provide health care to millions of uninsured Americans and will produce more jobs than those lost with the destruction of private health insurance. I expect that there will small, boutique health insurers for the wealthy. They should be regulated so they don’t sabotage the single payer system.

Private Prisons and the drug war go hand in hand. We need to kill the drug war– a government operation that is totally out of control at the federal and local levels. Local police depend on drug war money to fund their operations. Legalize marijuana. Decriminalize use of all drugs and treat the use as an illness. Make them available at drug stores. Create jobs in the rehabilitation business. Already, there is a bi-partisan effort to fix the justice system and end mandatory sentencing. Aim to reduce the prison population by 60-80%. Shut down all the private prisons. They’re, in a sense, getting corporate welfare. We now have technologies that allow wireless tracking of convicted felons. Use that technology instead of prison walls. Nowadays, millions of people work at home. Allow convicted felons to work at home, instead of putting them in prison. Create a conservation corps to employ the out of work guards, with the task of rebuilding and renewing our infrastructure.

Fund MORE Police. That’s right. invest in training police to connect, bottom-up, with their communities, so they are trusted and respected, and so they respect the members of their communities. Just as the military is investing more and more in soft power– building schools and bridges, develop ways for police to get to know and connect with the people– bring back cops walking the beat. Destroy the cop culture in which police protect criminal, law breaking, even murderous cops. They don’t deserve to be police. Put them in jail. With a new generation of police being hired, make it clear that the old police ways are dead, deadly and no longer tolerable.

Kill the Big Military, big security/intelligence. Don’t get rid of them, but re-invent them as smaller, more accountable and more controlled. This is the most bloated, most unaccountable part of government. The first step is to, from the bottom up, rebuild the military so it is far more transparent and accountable– one hundred percent accountable. It is insane and criminal that over a trillion dollars in funds are not accounted for. While the military has historically been very top-down, the new military should be more distributed, more bottom-up, especially in the massive and burgeoning parts of the military that are not involved in direct combat. Look at holacracy as a management model that builds smarter, more agile operations with employees who are more empowered. We need soldiers who leave the military without having been indoctrinated into being authoritarianism enablers.

Also, as Ron Paul advocated, drastically reduce —  we maintain. Replace foreign military bases with increased investments in soft-power/smart power diplomacy. Take young people who would have enlisted in the army and train them to operate as envoys and workers for the Department of State.

Eliminate archaic technologies that don’t reflect the realities of asymmetric warfare that is waged in today’s world. Massive naval fleets, battalions of tanks? These are as out of date as the cavalry.

Intelligence and security agencies are out of control unaccountable and well on the way to endangering freedom and democracy. They have proven they are not worthy of our trust by spying on members of congress. If they can do that they can hold every member of congress in thrall. The urge to know everything is a form of hoarding. The intelligence system must be re-built and re-scaled with new leadership who are vetted to respect laws and privacy. Of course, that starts from the top down. We need to replace the commander in chief with someone who understands the dangers of putting obsessive compulsive hoarders who don’t respect laws and who lie to congress in charge of any agency.

Charter Schools — another unaccountable development that is parasitizing funding of education, a business model that hedge funds are rapaciously salivating over. We need to invest more in education, but no to privatization– another way the one percent are ruining America.

A bit further down the road, Killing Big— I’ve written a series of articles along these lines, in my article series, Small is Better than Big; small acts, world, economics, lifestyles, solutions, activism. As a longer term goal, we need to aim to get rid of, kill, eliminate, legislate out of existence, make it immoral, disgusting to be too big– which applies to corporations and people, as in billionaires.

We can start by putting a moratorium on mergers that make giant companies humungous. The goal is to end the existence of too-big to fail companies. These are dangerous in so many ways and they tend to avoid paying taxes or even respecting laws. These companies are no longer American. They are transnational, predatory, psychopathic entities, as the book and movie The Corporation well documented, with no national loyalty. The goal is to make small business stronger, to develop a science of small and to end the existence of too-big-to-fail companies. Can you imagine a world where taxes and regulations make it profoundly disadvantageous to exist as a big company, where regulations and taxes favor small businesses staying small? That’s a bottom-up way to prevent excesses of top-down power. My article, Time To Declare War on BIG; America Needs Giant Killers , gets into this in more detail.

White Protesters Form Human Shield To Protect Black Protesters From Police

Great News: Nestlé To Be Sued For Californian Drought Crimes!

Posted on 2015/10/14

Campaign group The Story Of Stuff Project have just announced they will be pursuing legal action against Nestlé for illegally extracting groundwater in California for its Arrowhead brand, which has been a key contributor to the State’s drought crisis.

Thanks to generous donations from a huge number of furious citizens, The Story Of Stuff Project was able to raise enough money to film a mini-documentary called ‘This land is our land’. It tells the story of Nestlé’s removal of millions of gallons of water from the San Bernardino National Forest- and it details evidence of criminal activity by one of the world’s most unethical corporations.
Campaign group The Story Of Stuff Project have just announced they will be pursuing legal action against Nestlé for illegally extracting groundwater in California for its Arrowhead brand, which has been a key contributor to the State’s drought crisis.

Thanks to generous donations from a huge number of furious citizens, The Story Of Stuff Project was able to raise enough money to film a mini-documentary called ‘This land is our land’. It tells the story of Nestlé’s removal of millions of gallons of water from the San Bernardino National Forest- and it details evidence of criminal activity by one of the world’s most unethical corporations.

The Story Of Stuff Project reports:

“While filming in southern California our team uncovered hard evidence that Nestlé has been operating outside the bounds of the law. When Nestlé’s permit to remove water expired 27 years ago, the U.S. Forest Service should have turned off the spigot. But instead, it has allowed Nestlé to continue operating unabated, in violation of the terms of its own permit.

“So to defend the public resources at stake we’ve joined with two great partners—Courage Campaign and the Center for Biological Diversity—to turn up the heat on Nestlé by filing a federal lawsuit challenging the company’s illegal occupation of these public lands.”

This is great news for campaigners and terrible news for Nestlé’s CEO, who is insane enough to believe that water is not a human right and should be privatized. Activists have already shut down a plant in California, and this is the next step in the fight against greed and corporate ecocide. Please share this (very moving) video to support the campaign, and if you are still buying bottled water, please stop!

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The Story Of Stuff Project reports:

“While filming in southern California our team uncovered hard evidence that Nestlé has been operating outside the bounds of the law. When Nestlé’s permit to remove water expired 27 years ago, the U.S. Forest Service should have turned off the spigot. But instead, it has allowed Nestlé to continue operating unabated, in violation of the terms of its own permit.

“So to defend the public resources at stake we’ve joined with two great partners—Courage Campaign and the Center for Biological Diversity—to turn up the heat on Nestlé by filing a federal lawsuit challenging the company’s illegal occupation of these public lands.”

This is great news for campaigners and terrible news for Nestlé’s CEO, who is insane enough to believe that water is not a human right and should be privatized. Activists have already shut down a plant in California, and this is the next step in the fight against greed and corporate ecocide. Please share this (very moving) video to support the campaign, and if you are still buying bottled water, please stop!

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German people in unprecedented rebellion against government

Note: God bless German protester’s for having the courage, fortitude and bravery to stand up against “evil” NRC psychopaths and nuclear sycophants.

Time to wake-up America…


1,000 injured in nuclear protests, police at breaking point

By Jane Burgermeister – November 8, 2010

Like the Roman legions vanquished in the Teutoburger Wald in Lower Saxony in 9 AD, the 17,000 police officers that marched into the woods around the nuclear storage facility in Gorleben in northern Germany on Sunday morning looked invincible. Police personnel from France, Croatia and Poland had joined in the biggest security operation ever mounted against protestors against a train carrying nuclear waste to a depot in an isolated part of  Lower Saxony’s countryside. Helicopters, water canons and police vehicles, including an armoured surveillance truck, accompanied an endless column of anti-riot police mounted on horses and also marching down the railway tracks into the dense woods. Tens of thousands of anti riot police clattered along the tracks, their helmets and visors gleaming in the morning sun, and wearing body armour, leg guards and carrying batons.

But by Sunday night, those same police officers were begging the protestors for a respite.

Trapped in black, icy  woods without supplies or reinforcements able to reach them because of blockades by a mobile fleet of farmer’s tractors, the exhausted and hungry police officers requested negotiations with the protestors. A water cannon truck was blocked by tractors, and yet the police still had to clear 5,000 people lying on the railway track at Harlingen in pitch darkness. The largest ever police operation had descended into chaos and confusion in the autumn woods of Lower Saxony, defeated by the courage and determination of peaceful protestors who marched for miles through woods to find places to lie down on the tracks and to scoop out gravel to delay the progress of the “the train from hell.”

The police union head Reiner Wendt gave vent to the general frustration when he issued a press statement via the DPA news agency last night saying the police had reached exhaustion point and needed a break. Behind the scenes, a battle seemed to be raging between the police chiefs, tucked up in their warm headquarters urging more action, and the exhausted officers on the ground.

The police on the ground won out. The Castor train – called a “Chernobyl on wheels” because it has been carrying 133 tonnes of highly radioactive waste to an unsafe depot – was stopped in the middle of the countryside and NATO barbed wire was placed around it. Lit by floodlights and guarded by a handful of police, the most dangerous train on the planet was forced to a halt after a 63 hour journey across France and Germany.

The defeat of the legions at Teutoburg marked the end of the attempt by the Roman empire to conquer Germania magna. And the failure of the biggest ever police operation two thousand years later in the woods of Lower Saxony to tame women, elderly people and school children protesting the government’s nuclear policy, could well also go down as a turning point.

The Berlin government can no longer rely on the discredited mainstream media to control the way people see issues. Too many people recognise it to be a tool of propaganda. The government now needs to resort to brute force to bludgeon through decisions that enrich corporations and banks and impoverish everyone else. But the police forces  at its disposal are simply not sufficient given the scale of the protests now gripping Germany. Only 1,500 police reinforcements could be mustered on Morning from the entire territory to deal with road blockades by thousands of protestors aiming to delay the transport of the nuclear waste on the final leg of its journey.

The police officers were exhausted after shifts of 24 hours or more, often without any food or just a cappuccino and snack bar, and they had nothing to look forward to but more of the same drudgery after a night spent four to a room in a Youth Hostel.


A leading figure in a German police police union Bernard Witthaut today even lashed out at the government for trying to drive through unpopular policies using the police.

“Whether in Stuttgart or in Wendland today my colleagues are simply not getting out of their anti riot gear because of the wrong decisions by the government,” he said.

Many police officers also expressed sympathy with the protestors’ aims.

The question now is: how long can the use of police to bludgeon protestors continue when the protests are reaching this scale? How long can Germany be governed by a semi authoritarian regime using brute force when the force at its disposal is so small? The German army cannot be deployed on this kind of mission without sparking even more outrage. A false flag terrorist operation will hardly wash when the people are so fed up with the government lies and the media lies. EU soldiers will find it hard to deal with the Germans. The German and EU secret police cannot infiltrate all of the protestor’s organizations when there are simply so many.

The German people as a whole are on the march.

“Citizens in rebellion,” shouted a TAZ headline.

“Civil war in Wendtand,” fumed Bild.

NGO chief Kersin Rudek spoke for many when she said:

“We have lost faith in the government until they prove that their politics is for the people and not for the corporations.”

She talked about the “anger” among people at the “arrogance of the political class.”

As in the Stuttgart 21 railway protests, it was people from all walks of life,  a genuine grass roots movement, that arrived in Wendland to protest the decision by the CDU/CSU/FDP government to ignore a legally binding deadline to phase out nuclear power. Against the wishes of the majority, Bilderberg Chancellor Angela Merkel announced this autumn that 17 reactors would continue for another 12 years at gigantic cost to the tax payer in subsidies.

The tax payers of Lower Saxony even have to foot the bill of  50 million euro for the police operation to protect the nuclear waste – and not the electricity companies making a fortune from the extravagant energy source while the government keeps investments in ground-breaking new renewable energy technologies such as the third generation solar cells at a negligible amount.

As in Stutggart, the police used savage force against peaceful demonstrators reinforcing the impression of a government out of control and refusing to respect the basic democratic right of people to hold protests without being beaten to a pulp. Videos of the Castor transport on Sunday show police beating people with their truncheons, punching them and throwing them to the ground. Police also used tear gas, pepper spray and water canon.


One clip shows a police officer using his fist to punch a man lying on the railway track in the head.

About a 1,000 people were injured, it is reported. 950 people are reported to have suffered eye injuries due to pepper spray and tear gas, according to a spokesperson of “Castor schottern”. Another sixteen protestors suffered broken bones. There were 29 severe head wounds. Two people had to be taken to hospital.


One person had to be taken by helicopter after suffering multiple bone fractures after being trampled by a police horse.

But as in Stuttgart, the people did not give up in spite of the risk of savage beatings at the hands of the police. They insisted on their civic right enshrined in the constitution to hold peaceful political protests.

More than 50,000 people from all parts of the country and all walks of life attended a rally on a field close to Dannenberg. Thousands then marched through the autumn woods, splitting into small groups to descend into the valley, break through police lines to chain themselves to the rails or remove gravel from the  tracks to delay the train.

According to Spiegel, 7,000 people alone took part in the road and railway blockades.

An armoured police car was set on fire by masked men but it is not clear if this was an agent pravocateur acting to discredit the protestors. A video shows a man able to walk up to the armoured car and set it alight unhindered.

The overwhelming number of protestors were peaceful.

In spite of the sub zero temperatures and ground frost, up to 5000 protestors  lay down on the railway tracks at Harlingen late in the evening and refused to move. Supplies of hot tea, food and blankets were brought to them by mobile kitchens. Fires were lit to help stay warm.

The police worked from midnight until 7 am to clear protestors blocking the track, dragging many to an open air “prison concentration camp” where people were forced to sleep in fields surrounded by police trucks.

This morning, the protestors have regrouped today and thousands are reported to be preparing to block the transport by road of the nuclear waste from Dannenberg to Gorleben.


The organisers of the protest kept journalists and the public informed using live tickers, press releases and at Infopoints so that the whole country could follow the events outside the mainstream media. Radio Wendland is also broadcasting updates on the incredibly heroic resistance of so many people. At great personal risk, tens of thousands of people gave an example of courageous and peaceful non-violent resistance that will surely go down in history.

If this is the resistance for Castor and Stuttgart 21, just imagine what will happen when Germans finally grasp the scale of the banking scam being carried out by their “elite.”

The CDU/CSU/FDP government has already hit record lows in the polls and after Sunday’s savage police operation against peaceful protestors, support for them is sure to plummet further.

The feudal lords without a feudal army to push through their agenda of robbery are facing the end of the road now that their media propaganda apparatus based on the Springer and Bertelsmann empire is falling apart and their strategy of divide and rule through a false left/right political paradigm is no longer working.

A new freedom and power was born in the woods of Wendland. And it belonged to the people who have had enough of the arrogant authoritarian political class.

See also:

German police battle nuclear train protesters


250,000 German Protesters say “NO” TTIP & CETA in Berlin !!! 10.10.2015 !!! Für einen gerechten Welthandel !!!

BIG Mahalo to Daniela for submitting this link to TPP protests in Germany, 250,000 people standing in the power, for one big collective “I DO NOT CONSENT TO THE TPP”…GO GERMANY, YOU ROCK!


Avaaz – End Monsanto’s dream come true

Another great find from “Kiwi” Keri, thanks sistar! Reblogged from https://followingworldchange.wordpress.com/

New Zealand and 11 other countries just sealed a secret deal that gives corporations vast powers over 40% of the world’s economy. But if the Parliament votes no, the Trans-Pacific Partnership dies. The good news is a growing chorus of politicians of all stripes oppose it. Let’s give them the massive public backing they need to bury it. Sign now and share widely: 

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Dear friends,New Zealand and 11 other countries just sealed a secret deal that gives corporations vast powers over 40% of the world’s economy. But New Zealand’s Parliament can stop it.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a monster global trade deal that could massively expand internet censorship, and and is Big Pharma and Monsanto’s dream come true. But to become law, each country has to ratify it, and if New Zealand doesn’t ratify it, this terrible agreement dies. The good news is a growing chorus of Kiwi political leaders oppose it.

Other New Zealand organisations are pushing hard to stop it. But Avaaz can uniquely bring voices from all these countries and the whole world to the table. Let’s give our allies in Parliament the massive public backing they need to protect all our freedoms — join the call and tell everyone:


The TPP will shape almost every facet of our lives, but most of the text was written in secret by negotiators and corporations, without public input. When Wikileaks revealed a portion, we got a sampling of how bad it is:

  • If a nation bans a toxic chemical, or labels genetically modified foods, or tightens environmental regulations, TPP empowers companies to sue governments in secret global tribunals, run by corporate arbitrators. If the government loses, taxpayers could be forced to pay companies billions of dollars for lost profits.
  • Under TPP, pharmaceutical giants could extend their monopolies so far that cheap life-saving drugs for cancer and AIDS patients could be prevented.
  • The deal could criminalise those who sound the alarm on corporate illegal activity through a computer system.

Those are just a small part of the agreement. We have no idea what corporate lobbyists wrote into the bulk of the treaty because governments have refused to release the text to the public. While trade treaties can be critical to a healthy global economy, representatives should never be able to ram through new laws without letting citizens what’s in them — and they certainly should not do it in service to corporate profits at the expense of the public good.

We’ve been fighting these types of agreements for years, and have won. Allies in the US Congress just told us ‘this is not a done deal’, but to bury it, they need all the public help they can get. Let’s stop the corporate takeover of our democracies. Join the call and spread the word. This needs all of us:


It can be easy to feel small in the face of big corporate forces driving our governments. But when they tried to push a trade deal that threatened our internet freedom, almost 3 million Avaazers took action, and our community was a key force in stopping it completely. Let’s do it again here and remind our governments that people, not money, are the true source of power.With hope and determination,

Dalia, Nataliya, Alice, Mais, Emma, Danny and the entire Avaaz team


An explainer on Obama’s ‘secret’ trade pact (Guardian)

Who is writing the TPP? (Boston Globe)

Trans-Pacific Partnership is reached, but faces scrutiny in Congress (New York Times)

TPP: What is it and why does it matter? (BBC)

How Harper triggered a First Nations legal war over Northern Gateway

By Mychaylo Prystupa in News, Energy | October 1st 2015
#45 of 56 articles from the Special Report: Tar Sands Reporting Project
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Eight First Nations announce their federal legal challenge to the Northern Gateway pipeline at a Vancouver press conference. Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa.
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The Harper government’s already strained relationship with First Nations that oppose oil sands pipelines is being put on trial this week.

Eight B.C. First Nations are in federal court to launch a legal attack on the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. The coalition hopes to overturn Ottawa’s conditional approval of the project, which would deliver Alberta crude to B.C.’s north coast.

The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs Grand Chief Stewart Phillip pledged to go to jail if necessary to stop the pipeline, and said the federal Conservative government has “completely demonized and vilified Indigenous peoples of this country and has declared all of these [energy] projects in the national interest.”

“[It] has pitted the economy against the environment in a reckless and irresponsible fashion,” he said at a Vancouver press briefing today.
Expect more “Oka” conflicts

If a Harper government is re-elected, Grand Chief Phillip said to expect huge Indigenous clashes to continue and worsen over Northern Gateway— as well as over Trans Mountain expansion and Energy East pipelines.

“We are very quickly headed for another Oka type of conflict across this country,” he said, in reference to a 1990 showdown in Quebec, between Mohawk warriors and Canadian soldiers that caught the world’s attention.

Oka crisis Quebec Mohawk warrior Canadian soldier – CP

Quebec Mohawk warrior confronts a Canadian soldier in the Oka dispute 25 years ago. (CP image.)

Heiltsuk elected chief councilor Marilyn Slett knows about showdowns. She locked herself in a federal fisheries office earlier this year to force the federal government to negotiate regarding the commercial overfishing of herring off the central B.C. coast.

Fighting back tears, she said Thursday to expect more of that kind of drama should Northern Gateway go ahead.

“Whatever decision the court makes, the Heiltsuk are committed to protecting our land and our resources in whatever means necessary,” said Chief Slett.
So how did we get here? A Northern Gateway timeline

How have the actions of Conservatives and Enbridge led to such a sour state of affairs?


The saga began in May 2010, when Enbridge applied to the National Energy Board. The project was pitched as a “gateway” for getting Alberta oil to China. Its backers eventually included Chinese state-owned oil companies and giant Alberta oil sands producers such as Suncor.

But by December, the project had already lost favour with Alberta and B.C. First Nations, who signed the Save the Fraser Declaration. It stated the pipeline represented “grave” and unacceptable risks to ancestral lands and salmon watersheds. Many worried about pipelines bursting, and about how to clean up a catastrophic oil spill in B.C.’s remote far north, where rivers could swiftly carry away spilled toxic bitumen.


In late 2011, Stephen Harper got a disappointing phone call from Obama. The U.S. would delay approval of a different giant pipeline —TransCanada’s Keystone XL. Harper was reportedly furious, and convened a strategy session with cabinet where Enbridge’s Northern Gateway was seen as the “most imminent option” to get landlocked Alberta oil to market, Bloomberg reported.


Indigenous tensions intensified in January 2012 when the federal joint review panel hearings for the project began. But the process saw First Nations speak almost unanimously against it into government microphones —often briefly and with little effect, complained chiefs on Thursday.

“I spoke to my people for years about this project. And I was given 10 minutes [at the hearing]. And then arbitrarily cut off. So that was the extent of my input,” said hereditary Chief Tsodih (Pete Erickson) of Nak’azdli First Nation.
Yinka Dene Alliance chief – Wallace Studios, Vanderhoof, BC

Saik’uz First Nation chief Stanley Thomas with the Yinka Dene Alliance speaking against Northern Gateway. (Photo by Wallace Studios, Vanderhoof, BC)

“We constantly run up against a Canadian government who doesn’t listen to us —who is not interested in true consultation,” added councilor Cheryl Bear with Nadleh Whut’en First Nation. “We say the government acted unlawfully and unconstitutionally.”

Another chief chastised Enbridge officials for disrespectful gestures during community visits.

“They did come, but when the hereditary chiefs were ready to speak, they left. And that left a real sour taste in our mouths,” said Gitxaala hereditary Chief Matt Hill. “There’s no way we can respect people that handle their business that way.”
Pro pipeline laws enacted

2012 was also the year the Harper government launched a wave of pro-pipeline laws and policies. The moves sped National Energy Board (NEB) pipeline hearings, stripped away protections for waterways and endangered species, enabled tax authorities to audit charities that oppose the oil sands, and pushed to identify pipeline opponents as extreme “radicals” and national security threats.
Mike Dufy and Stephen Harper

Senator Mike Duffy embracing Prime Minster Stephen Harper.

Even disgraced Senator Mike Duffy was apparently helping to push Enbridge in 2012 by exchanging notes with Prime Minister Harper about the company’s pipelines. He was also speaking often with two senior Enbridge executives, a National Observer investigation of Duffy’s redacted diary found. The Senator’s communications between the $57-billion pipeline giant and Stephen Harper’s government were never disclosed in the lobbying registry.

Senator Duffy’s black-marker smeared calendar also showed his frequent contact with North Vancouver blogger Vivian Krause, whose controversial theories on the U.S.-funding of anti-oil-sands groups became popular talking points for top Harperites.

Duffy introduced Krause to his speaking agent —who booked her at high-paid oil and mining convention speaking gigs. The senator also cross-examined her at a parliamentary committee hearing to popularize her views.
Spying for Enbridge?


In 2013, a Vancouver Observer investigation uncovered FOI documents showing the National Energy Board was coordinating the Canadian Security and Intelligence Services (CSIS) and the RCMP to keep tabs on First Nations groups and movements, such as Idle No More. [Vancouver Observer is a regional affiliate of National Observer.]

By the close of that year, the Joint Review Panel recommended the pipeline be approved. The Harper government then had six months to make a decision.


Enbridge spy scandal – Chuck Strahl, former head of the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC), was discovered to be also lobbying for Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline. (CBC image.)

In the interim, a bombshell pipeline spy scandal broke. In January 2014, a further Vancouver Observer investigation found that former Conservative cabinet minister Chuck Strahl was chairing a body overseeing Canada’s spy agency, while also lobbying for Enbridge’s Northern Gateway. An uproar led to his resignation.

By March 2014, a surreal political campaign over a plebiscite began in Kitimat — the terminus community for the pipeline on B.C.’s northwest coast. Enbridge officials canvassed door to door, urging citizens to vote “yes” to the pipeline. Their opposition? Ordinary citizens with little money and hand-painted lawn signs. Finally in April, when the vote result was revealed to a Kitimat crowd. Residents and Haisla neighbours reacted ecstatically in a moment captured on video.

“I think Enbridge and the government really don’t understand what happened here tonight,” said former Haisla chief Gerald Amos to the crowd in a megaphone. “What we witnessed was a community-building exercise that should scare the shit out of them.”

By May, anti-Enbridge rallies in Vancouver heated up —and one was met by Sun TV’s Ezra Levant. The broadcaster and author of Ethical Oil walked right into the hornet’s nest of oil protesters with his cameraman to provoke passions for his now-defunct TV program. Sun TV was masterminded by the Prime Minister’s current Conservative campaign manager, Kory Teneycke.

Levant’s rants on Sun that year included tirades against rock star Neil Young whom Levant accused of spreading “lies” about the oil sands during his concert series in support of the Athabasca Chipewyan. The northern Alberta band is fighting to get government to “honour the treaties” that were supposed to protect their health and land from heavy oil sands development.

And in June, 300 scientists wrote a “Dear Prime Minister” letter stating that the federal review of Northern Gateway was deeply “flawed,” “biased” and excluded important science on oil impacts.
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip Enbridge decision day June 2014 – Mychaylo Prystupa

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip Enbridge announces “the war is on” in Vancouver on the day federal government conditionally approved Northern Gateway on June 17, 2014. (Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa.)

On June 17, 2014, the national media awaited a highly anticipated moment —a Harper cabinet member taking the podium to announce the government’s decision on the pipeline. The moment never came. A simple government press release was issued on one of the country’s biggest industrial decisions in generations. Northern Gateway was a go with 209 NEB conditions. Passions erupted in Vancouver where thousands protested and First Nations drummers took to the streets.

Many promised to “punish” Conservatives in B.C. in the next federal election. Grand Chief Phllip told a large downtown crowd, “The war is on.”


Enbridge attempted to meet the NEB’s 209 conditions, and those of B.C.’s government— which include a rapprochement with First Nations over the pipeline. But if the company’s silence has been any indication, negotiations have not gone very well.

In May 2015, the pipeline lost a major political supporter —an Alberta premier. A stunning provincial election replaced former Enbridge consultant Jim Prentice with Rachel Notely in an historic NDP routing of the 44-year-ruling Progressive Conservatives. Premier Notley said the pipeline stood little chance of gaining approval from First Nations.

The late Janet Holder, Enbridge’s vice president for Northern Gateway, at a Kitimat, B.C. pipeline forum in April 2014. (Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa.)

And tragically, on Aug.31, Northern Gateway’s stalwart smiling spokesperson and vice president, Janet Holder, died of leukemia.
Enbridge speaks

Regarding Thursdays’s launch of the eight First Nations lawsuits, Enbridge’s manager of communications Ivan Giesbrecht said:

“Despite this litigation, we remain committed to working collaboratively with the applicant First Nations and would be very pleased to develop mutually beneficial solutions with them.”

“Our ongoing priority is to continue to build trust, engage in respectful dialogue, and build meaningful partnerships with First Nations and Metis communities. We know we have more work to do in this regard and we are committed to doing this work.”

“Northern Gateway accepts and recognizes the traditional land use rights and practices of First Nations and Metis peoples.”

“The project proponents believe First Nations and Metis communities should share in the ownership and benefits of Northern Gateway. Their input will make the project better and we are open to change.”

“The project proponents remain committed to Northern Gateway and building this critical Canadian infrastructure. We are continuing to work towards meeting the conditions set by the Joint Review Panel and the BC government.”

“As we’ve said many times, we remain confident in the rigor and thoroughness of the Joint Review Panel process. Its careful examination of the Northern Gateway project was one of the most exhaustive of its kind in our country’s history. Northern Gateway’s submission to the JRP was the most comprehensive application ever submitted: 30,000 pages, 180 days of hearings, and 80 expert witnesses including some of the foremost scientists and engineers in their respective fields from around the world.”


Sacred Ponca “Resistance Corn” Again Planted in Path of Keystone XL Pipeline, Sept. 26: Harvest of the Ponca Sacred Corn


The Cowboy & Indian Alliance joined Pipeline Fighters on the Tanderup farm north of Neligh, Nebraska to harvest sacred Ponca corn planted on the tribe’s ancestral homeland for the second year in a row — following an absence of 137 years after the Ponca were forcibly removed from Nebraska.

This sacred “resistance corn” is planted on land that crosses both the historic Ponca Trail of Tears, and the proposed path of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The day included a surprise for Art & Helen Tanderup, who were honored with the wrapping of a buffalo hide designed by Sicangu artist Steve Tamayo and painted by volunteers in Omaha before last year’s “Harvest the Hope” concert on the Tanderup farm. Willie Nelson and Neil Young were also honored with wrappings of buffalo hides designed by Tamayo on the day of the concert — one year ago today.

Steve explained the significance of all of the elements of the buffalo hide artwork, and words to honor Art & Helen were spoken by Taylor Keen of the Omaha & Cherokee; Gary Dorr of the Nez Perce; Wayne Frederick of the Rosebud Sioux; Greg Grey Cloud of the Crow Creek Sioux & Wica Agli; and Aldo Seoane of Wica Agli.

Greg Grey Cloud then sang a beautiful song he wrote to honor the Tanderup family.







Sacred Ponca “Resistance Corn” Again Planted in Path of Keystone XL Pipeline

by Jane Kleeb


A seed of corn means many things–food, bio-fuel, coating for medicine, bio-plastic, feed for cattle.  A seed of corn has also become a cherished symbol of our collective resistance to tarsands and the irresponsible oil production that is risking our land, property rights, climate and water.

Last weekend, members of the Camp family from the Ponca Nation of Oklahoma returned to their ancestral homeland in Nebraska for a second year to plant rows of sacred Ponca “resistance corn” on Art and Helen Tanderup’s farm in Neligh — this land also lies directly in the path of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and is sacred ground to the Ponca.

“Once again we made the journey to the Tanderup farm from Oklahoma to Nebraska on the Ponca Trail of Tears to plant the sacred Ponca seeds of resistance,” said Mekasi Camp Horinek, son of Native American activist Casey Camp. “Not only in the soil of our ancestors’ homeland, but also in the hearts and minds of all the people that honor, respect and protect Mother Earth as the roots of these resistance seeds spread across the continents. So does the awareness of fight to stop keystone XL pipeline and protect mother earth for our future generations.”

Mekasi drove through the night to be at Art and Helen’s farm by sunrise. He walked into the field with a strong heart, offered tobacco and sang the corn planting song for a good harvest. This sunrise ceremony is personal for Mekasi and the Ponca Nation. A gift handed down by generations before him continues to live on to this day.

There were no large crowds and no TV cameras. Just two families bonded forever by their shared love of the land and water, respect for the lives of Ponca that were lost at the hands of our government and the resolve to stop Keystone XL.

“We are humbled to plant our second crop of Ponca sacred corn. The partnership with our southern relatives honors those who were forced to leave their homeland, said farmer Art Tanderup. “As we prepared to plant, Mekasi spoke of his young grandfather who walked in treacherous conditions across this farm. The spirit of White Buffalo Girl lives in this community.”


Art and Helen Tanderup’s farm sits both on the historic “Ponca Trail of Tears,” the tragic journey faced by tribal members forcibly removed from Nebraska 138 years ago, and in the path of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Helen Tanderup is the backbone of the family farm. She grew up on this land and knows every tree and blade of grass. Helen assisted with the planting and will be out there, as she was last year, tending to the corn. Women may be overlooked in some environmental and energy fights, but with our work to stop the pipeline, women are the heart and the workers who always stand ready to lead.

helen corn 2015


In addition to the Ponca corn planted in Neligh, the Ponca Nation planted the sacred corn harvest from last year in Oklahoma. In an image of the “four winds,” the Ponca Nation has planted four 20-acre plots using the corn that was harvested from last year’s crop. A powerful action by the Ponca since the corn they planted had not touched their ancestral roots of Nebraska soil for over 130 years.

Art Tanderup certified the corn with the USDA to ensure there is a formal record. Our actions have deep personal meaning to our families and now the action of the corn is also documented in our government’s formal record.

Resistance Corn

Casey Camp–a committed Ponca leader, actress and environmentalist–grabs anyone’s attention when she walks in the room. Her strength is felt immediately and her words stay with you long after they are spoken. It is Casey who had the idea to bring the Ponca corn to other families across the globe to share our grit and resolve to stop risky oil and tarsands pipelines.

“The Ponca Corn has continued to be shared throughout the Northern and Southern Americas,” explained Casey Camp. “I have gifted the corn to other Indigenous people’s throughout my travels, and have received words of encouragement, gratitude and prayers for the blessing of the corn.  Those who I have gifted in South America refer to it as ‘The Seed of Resistance.’ Tangible in it’s growth and harvest of the fight against Environmental Genocide.”

Garth Lenz_Camp family

A Protected and Sacred Place

In addition to the sacred Ponca corn, the Tanderups’ — who refuse to sign with TransCanada for the pipeline and are now in court over eminent domain by a foreign corporation — hosted the September 2014 “Harvest the Hope” #NOKXL benefit, where Willie Nelson and Neil Young headlined a concert on the farm, as well as the world’s largest Crop Art installation, which spanned 80 football fields with the Cowboy Indian Alliance icon and the message “Heartland #NOKXL” and most recently the largest Presidential Seal etched into the land sending Pres. Obama a clear message that his climate legacy is tied to rejecting Keystone XL.

The land which is now protected and farmed by the Tanderup family has deep, sacred roots to the Ponca Nation. Mary Anne Andrei, a gifted writer and photographer, told the story of the White Buffalo Girl, Cheif Standing Bear and the struggle of families that walked before us. Her full story is further below and deserves everyone’s attention. TransCanada may look at this land as another plot on a map they plan to take with eminent domain. We–the pipeline fighters and Sandhills lovers–will protect this sacred ground with everything we have in us.

The resiliency of farmers, ranchers and Native families can not be put into words. Perhaps that is why a seed of resistance corn speaks for us.

Jane Kleeb and Casey Camp at the Reject and Protect event in Washington, DC. Photo by Mary Anne Andrei.

First Nation News: Surveyors conducting unauthorized work for Petronas escorted off Lelu Island

– WCNativeNews on September 29th, 2015 4:08 am
Five surveyors conducting unauthorized work for Petronas on Lelu Island were stopped and escorted offUnauthorized workers escorted off Flora Banks.

The Lax U’u’la Warriors are of all Nations, Tsimshian, Nisga’a, Haida, and non indigenous. After they hiked across Flora banks at low tide, and made it back to their skiffs, they interrupted the Stop Pacific NorthWest LNG - Petronas on Lelu IslandDrill boat who commenced drilling on Flora Banks at approximately 840am.

They threatened the Lax U’u’la Warriors with arrest and RCMP, but the Tsimshians have inherit rights to to stop all drilling activity on Flora Banks if they want their Rights and Title over Lax U’u’la & Flora banks to be successful in the courts.

5 surveyors conducting unauthorized work for Petronas on Lelu Island were stopped and escorted off from idle no more on Vimeo.

So far Tsimshian villages have been only releasing press releases over the area, but do not come out to support. Today Lax Kwalams Fisheries stepped in to document, record, GPS their location of the drillers. Which is what hereditary leader Yahaan has been asking for, their own boats out there to observe them.

“Our Traditional ways of life and the resources which have sustained our people are not to be pawns in the Christie Clark Government’s LNG dreams. Development within our Traditional territories must have our Free, Prior and Informed consent. The people of Lax’walams spoke very clearly in their rejection of the 1.25 billion dollar offer from Petronas, and this camp builds upon that rejection. This issue is not just a First Nations issue but one that will affect all British Columbians, especially those who rely upon healthy and abundant Fish stocks, of a variety of species at the mouth of the Skeena River.
– Lax Kw’alaams Hereditary Chief Yahaan (Donald Wesley) 

The end goal is to stop the drillers, and to save Flora banks.

*port Simpson band office and the Lax Uula camp are both separate entities, and the Mayor Gary Reece does not speak for the camp. The Lax Uula warriors are all working together to protect the salmon habitat. Prince Rupert has 3 proposed LNG facilities, all have the potential to collapse the salmon run up the Skeena and the Nass River.

How did we get to this point? 

Via – laxuula.com

What is the plan for the LNG plant?

A consortium led by Petronas is planning to build an $11 Billion dollar liquified natural gas (LNG) plant on our traditional Lax Kw’alaams territory Lax U’u’la (Lelu Island) at the mouth of the Skeena river near Prince Rupert, BC. The marine section consists of a 1.6 km bridge that would extend over part of Flora Bank, followed by a 1.3 km trestle with pilings alongside Flora Bank to a tanker berth, requiring hundreds of piles deep into soft sediment. A 48″ diameter submarine pipeline would be dredged into estuary sediment for 9.4 km toward the southwest corner of the island to supply fracked gas from Treaty 8 territory in NE BC.

Our fish are worth more than money.

The shallow eelgrass beds of Flora Bank directly southwest of Lax U’u’la are the most important juvenile fish habitat in the entire Skeena river system for salmon, steelhead, and numerous other species of seafood. Out-migrating smolts use Flora and Agnew Banks in the spring to undergo the physiological changes required to adjust from fresh to salt water, to feed, and to hide from predators. Upon leaving the river, smolts instinctively turn north and travel through Inverness Passage to Flora Bank, and then continue to Alaska. 88% of all migrating salmon from the Skeena river, or 330 Million every year, rely on Flora Bank. 10 Nations and 60 000 people in the Skeena watershed rely on these fish for food, commercial fishing, and cultural identity. Eelgrass is highly sensitive to light levels, and juvenile fish are incredibly sensitive to noise. The silt sediments that make up Flora and Agnew Banks are in a balance of constant erosion and deposition, and changes to the complex tidal and river flows that govern this process due to the proposed bridge supports, pilings, and pipeline dredging could sink or render Flora Bank dry.  Click here to learn more about Flora Banks and their importance to wild salmon.

We voted 100% NO to the project.

Without any warning, in early May 2015, Petronas offered Lax Kw’alaams $1.25 Billion dollars to allow them to build their plant on our Lax U’u’la territory. This offer took our small community by surprise. In three rounds of voting, our community voted 100% unanimously NO to this offer, as the risk to salmon in Flora Bank is not something that can be bought. We stated clearly that Flora Banks is off-limits to industrial development.

The government and industry ignored us.

After the vote, the BC government and Petronas have acted as if the vote did not happen. Without changing their plant design, Petronas gave their conditional Final Investment Decision on June 11, 2015 for the project, making it the first LNG project in BC to get to final investment. On July 13, 2015, BC passed the LNG Project Agreements Act to allow Petronas to build on Lax U’u’la, and also locking in an incredibly low corporate LNG tax rate (3.5%) for 25 years that is only collectable after full capital cost payback, a hefty tax break.

In lat August 2015, we heard rumours that Petronas would be conducting test drilling near Lax U’u’la and on Flora Bank.

At this point, we had enough.

So we are now occupying our territory Lax U’u’la.

On Aug.25, 2015, Sm’yooget Yahaan (Donald Wesley) and other Tsimshian members set up camp on Lax U’u’la. Despite clear direction from our nation to stay away from Flora Bank, contractor companies under the direction of the Prince Rupert Port Authority began test drilling near Lax U’u’la on Sept.11. They were turned away on multiple occasions over the following days, including when workers were caught walking on Flora Bank at low tide.

Multiple nations and many people, native and non-native, are getting behind us on this cause, including the Nine Allied Tribes of the Lax Kw’alaams, who announced Title litigation to Lax U’u’la on Sept. 16, 2015.

We are standing with Madii Lii campAt camp on Lax U'u'la with Gitxsan supporters.

We are also backed by the Gitxsan House group of Luutkudziiwus, who have been operating a camp on their traditional Madii Lii territory since Aug. 2014 to block construction of the proposed PRGT pipeline that would supply fracked gas to the PNW LNG plant. We are standing together with Madii Lii camp to stop the same project, and to save Skeena salmon. Click here to visit Madii Lii webpage.

We are also in support of the Unist’ot’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en who are protecting their traditional Yintah from proposed oil and gas projects.
We cannot trust Petronas.

Petronas is a Malaysian government-owned oil company that provides 45% of the national income of Malaysia, and is currently tied up in a financial scandal in their country. The president of the company, Najib Razak, who is also the Prime Minister of Malaysia, is accused of stealing $700 Million and covering up $11 Billion in debt. The company has a record of human rights abuses against indigenous people in Indonesia. On Sept. 10, 2015, a leaked safety audit from Petronas revealed that they had been operating offshore oilrigs in incredibly dangerous states of disrepair in the Indian Ocean up to 2013. Routine safety inspections were overdue by 20 years. Some equipment was deemed at risk of causing human death.

We cannot trust this company to build a safe LNG plant anywhere.


TPP: The Dirtiest Trade Deal You’ve Never Heard Of ~ Call to Action

Ed. Note: It’s my understanding the TPP didn’t make it thru negotiations that were held in Hawaii this summer, apparently some of the Asian countries didn’t see the deal as “fair”. Corporations are still trying to railroad this legislation thru Congress to strip humanity of our rights. Learn more about taking action below.

Thanks for the link Karen!
Blessings of magical wonder to ALL! {~A~}

Find out more, speak up and spread the word:
http://www.StopFastTrack.com; http://www.ExposeTheTPP.org; http://www.sumofus.org/tpp

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could cost us our internet freedom, labor rights, access to affordable medicine, the safety of our food, and protections that keep our water and air clean.

MSM Chooses Silence on Massive Protests in Spain (PHOTO)

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This is from Valencia, Spain, about an hour ago. But you wouldn’t know from watching the media, they’ve already made the decision to not televise the revolution.

Share this widely if you stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Spain, who continue to fight the culture of banking corruption and greed that rules governments worldwide.