Welcome to New World Next Week — the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This week:
Story #1: US Allows Ally Turkey to Bomb Only Group Effectively Fighting ISIS
US-Trained Syrian Rebels Refuse to Fight al-Qaida Group After Kidnappings
British Special Forces “Dressing Up” As ISIS…What Could Go Wrong?
SITE Says ISIS Launched Its Own Android App
Moscow Denies Putin Called Erdogan ‘Dictator’
Russian Airborne Troops Chief Says Paratroopers Ready to Help Syria in Combating Terrorism
Story #2: Caution Urged Over Editing DNA in Wildlife
Last Scientist in Congress Has Human Genetic Engineering Warning
UK Company Plans to Release Genetically Engineered Flies in Spain
Agriculture Can Not be Considered Secure Confinement of the Release of Genetically Modified Flies
Genetic Engineering for Our Babies Is Real
The Hidden Politics of Abortion: Genetic Modification
Story #3: #GoodNewsNextWeek: Idaho Rules Anti-Whistleblower “Ag-Gag” Law Unconstitutional
Anti-Whistleblower ‘Ag-Gag’ Law Ruled Unconstitutional
PDF: Idaho Ag-Gag MSJ Decision
Japan’s New State Secrets Law Raise Fears Over Fukushima Reporting
Tech Leaders Urge Ban on AI Warfare
Nestlé India Sales Drop 20% After Maggi Noodle Recall
Miracle Motorbike Goes 500km/300mi On a Liter of Water
Marijuana Found Growing in Vancouver BC Traffic Circle
Hiroshima and Nagasaki – The Worst Terror Attacks in History
PA to Become First State to Use “Precrime” Stats in Criminal Sentencing
George W. Bush Called Up for Jury Duty
Former UK PM Ted Heath Accused by Rape Victim Who Was 12
Bin Ladens Killed in UK Plane Crash
Amy Schumer Joins Her Cousin Chuck’s Call for Gun Control
German Government Launches Investigation of Journalists for Treason
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Nice find Keri! Reblogged from https://followingworldchange.wordpress.com
The 2015 Bilderberg conference is discussed with Daniel Estulin, who explores how the group is facing declining influence and hedging their bets against a global economic collapse. The tools of false flags and unrest that are being employed by the world’s elite, as well as the upcoming documentary on the Bilderbergs, and the possible catastrophic outcomes of the Iran Nuclear deal are explored. Learn about the Tavistock house, the growing power of the BRIC alliance, and if deindustrialization and population control are on the agenda of the elite in this Buzzsaw interview, hosted by Sean Stone.
Daniel Estulin is an award winning investigative journalist and bestselling author of The True Story of the Bilderberg Group, published in 59 countries and translated into 34 languages. He was featured on Jesse Ventura’s Conspiracy Theory television show. He is currently the host of RT TV show, DESDE LA SOMBRA, and has a new documentary on the Bilderberg Group.
Carlita Shaw: The Silent Ecocide – We are living in the sixth mass extinction caused by humans
GEOENGINEERING EARTH CHANGES
Beautiful message, please share. KS
“‘We have reached a crossroads. On an international level we have adopted materialism over conservation of the Earth’s limited resources forgetting that ‘the Earth is not a resource to be used but, rather, the source of life itself’ – Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of Sacred White Buffalo Bundle
Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe. The leader of the Lakota Dakota Nakota Oyate, the great Sioux nation, is a man with a vision.
A Great Urgency: To All World Religious and Spiritual Leaders
Time has come to speak to the hearts of our Nations and their Leaders. I ask you this from the bottom of my heart, to come together from the Spirit of your Nations in prayer.
We, from the heart of Turtle Island, have a great message for the World; we are guided to speak from all the White Animals showing their sacred color, which have been signs for us to pray for the sacred life of all things.
The dangers we are faced with at this time are not of spirit, mistakes that we cannot afford to continue to make.
I asked, as Spiritual Leaders, that we join together, united in prayer with the whole of our Global Communities. My concern is these serious issues will continue to worsen, as a domino effect that our Ancestors have warned us of in their Prophecies.
I know in my heart there are millions of people that feel our united prayers for the sake of our Grandmother Earth are long overdue. I believe we as Spiritual people must gather ourselves and focus our thoughts and prayers to allow the healing of the many wounds that have been inflicted on the Earth.
As we honor the Cycle of Life, let us call for Prayer circles globally to assist in healing Grandmother Earth (our Unc¹I Maka), and that we may also seek to live in harmony, as we make the choice to change the destructive path we are on.
As we pray, we will fully understand that we are all connected. And that what we create can have lasting effects on all life.
So let us unite spiritually, All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer. Along with this immediate effort, I also ask to please remember World Peace and Prayer Day/ Honoring Sacred Sites day. Whether it is a natural site, a temple, a church, a synagogue or just your own sacred space, let us make a prayer for all life, for good decision making by our Nations, for our children¹s future and well-being, and the generations to come.
Onipikte (that we shall live),
Chief Arvol Looking Horse sees a great danger threatening “Grandmother Earth” and a great hope for restoring her wholeness. So he is calling all nations to prayer of any kind in an effort to return the planet to balance, the people to spirit. I asked him why this path is the right path to take. “A man or a woman without spirit is very dangerous,” Looking Horse explained in a recent phone interview. According to this Sioux chief, the absence of spirit is causing suffering everywhere. “We are in a time of survival,” he said. “But we don’t want to believe it because we have forgotten our spirits. We have forgotten that Grandmother Earth has a spirit.” Disconnected souls are hurting others without even knowing they are hurting others.” Those being hurt include animals, trees and waterways. The Sioux have an inclusive worldview, but it was not shared by the transplanted Europeans who undertook genocide on Indian land, culminating in the Wounded Knee massacre of 1890. That final brutality broke the “hoop” binding Indians together; however, Sioux prophecy foretold that in a hundred years the people would be reunited. Although surviving tribe members and their descendants were stripped of religious freedoms (returned to them only 32 year ago by the U.S. government), the rituals were kept and the prophecy not forgotten. So the Sioux nations set out on horseback to “mend the broken hoop” of their nation in 1986 at a sacred site known to non-Indians as Devils Tower or the Great Horn Butte; their ritual went on for four years and concluded in 1990, 100 years after Wounded Knee. During the course of that long ritual, Looking Horse was surprised by a vision that came to him of peace and unity that included not only the Indian nations but all the nations of the world, each gathering with ritual plants around sacred fires on every continent. The Sioux chief felt called to oversee a much broader mending. But who was going to listen even to the chief of a people largely ignored in the country where they lived? “It’s everyday life for us that we hold Grandmother Earth sacred, we hold the trees and the plants, everything has a spirit. We need people to be really respectful for each other. The Great Spirit put us here all together. If we’re going to survive, we need to have spirit and compassion. We’re asking people to go to their sacred places or sacred spaces to pray.” “Sioux Indian chief calls all nations to action on June 21″ by Juliane Poirier
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“Dirty Waters, Dangerous Fish,” watch this video about catfish production along the polluted Mekong River.
Mahalo for the link Karen!
Dane Wigington of GeoengineeringWatch.org contends, “Anything we do to alter the natural systems is a form of engineering the planet. Engineering is perhaps too dignified, but it alters the biosphere. Putting a hundred million tons of carbon in the air is a big problem. Cutting down forests is a big problem. Painting the planet is another big problem, but when you look at climate engineering and how it has kept the planet from responding to the damage done, that is a bigger problem than all of them combined. The sea levels are rising 10 times faster than what we are being told. Miami is pumping out sea water every high tide. The streets are flooding underneath every high tide. . . . Even a foot or two of sea level rise is cataclysmic for any costal habitation. The total sea level rise is beyond what most people think that is possible. In official studies, if Greenland melts in its entirety, that is 21 to 24 feet of sea level rise. If Antarctica melts, that is a 197 to 200 feet of sea level rise. It’s not going to happen overnight, but it is happening at exponential speed, and it only take one or two feet to cause cataclysmic damage all over the globe. It is happening right now.”
Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with Dane Wigington of GeoengineeringWatch.org.
All links mentioned can be found on the USAWatchdog.com website in the “After the Interview” section by clicking this link: http://usawatchdog.com/geo-engineerin…
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California oil and gas regulators have refused for nearly a year to release findings of what they termed a “highest-priority” investigation of possible oil field contamination into the water aquifers that serve millions of people in and around Los Angeles.
Concerns about the safety of oil field injection wells in the region are among many dogging state oil and gas regulators.
California is under orders from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to do more to protect drinking-water aquifers from contamination by the oil and gas industry. California is the country’s No. 3 oil-producing state.
Oil and Gas companies are rethinking traditional approaches to Information Governance.
Home to more than 18 million people, the Los Angeles basin is also the scene of a more than century-old oil industry that peaked in the 1930s but continues today.
A separate, state-commissioned report by the California Council on Science and Technology and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory this month on the safety of the process known as fracking noted that a half-million Los Angeles-area residents live, work or go to school within a mile of an oil well that is being created by the intensive method of hydraulic fracturing. Read more
Published on Jul 11, 2015
EPIC Voyages Radio’s Dr. Laurel B. Tague maps the trends of unusual weather patterns with engineer Dane Wigington. Later in the show, Laurel talks to Mike of The HAARP Report to discuss static and SBX-1 mobile transmitters, triggering the Yellowstone Caldera, and more.
has an extensive background in solar energy. He is a former employee of Bechtel Power Corp. and was a licensed contractor in California and Arizona. His personal residence was feature in a cover article on the world’s largest renewable energy magazine, Home Power. He owns a 1,600-acre “wildlife preserve” next to Lake Shasta in northern California. He focused his efforts and energy on the geo-engineering issue when he began to lose very significant amounts of solar uptake due to what ever-increasing “solar obscuration” caused from the aircraft spraying as he also noted significant decline in forest health and began testing and research into the geo-engineering issue about a decade ago. He is the lead researcher for http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org and has investigated all levels of geo-engineering from chemtrails to HAARP. He assisted Michael Murphy with his production of “What in the World are They Spraying” and has appeared on an extensive number of interviews to explain the environmental dangers we face on a global level.
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Note: Incredible speech! IMO after we reclaim control of the planet from tyrants and psychopathic bloodlines, Dane Wigington deserves to be honored as a global hero for his efforts to help people from all walks of life understand what’s happening in our skies and on the ground.
This is the 2nd installment of a new Northern California commercial free news hour being aired Saturday mornings from 6 am to 7 am on KQMS 1400 AM and 99.3 FM (the first show aired is here http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/ge… ). The information that will be presented on “Global Alert News” is a radical departure from what the North State’s primary radio broadcaster has historically presented from sources like Rush Limbaugh and Fox News. Though some of the KQMS listeners may be initially shocked by the information they will be exposed to on this straightforward presentation of information, reality will prevail as events that are unfolding around us all become impossible to hide. This episode initially covers the fact that all of us are test subjects in the lethal and ongoing climate engineering operations. The discussion then moves on to focus on the fact that US civilians and US military personnel have routinely been exposed to lethal dangers and testing without their knowledge or consent. This is business as usual for our government of criminals and tyrants.
July 21, 2015 by Amanda Froelich
Without bees, the future of Earth looks bleak…
Therefore, with massive bee die-offs (otherwise known as ‘colony collapse disorder’), it has been the plight of many scientists, beekeepers, and educated activists to do whatever it takes to ensure bees survive.
Some theories exist as to what is causing colony collapse, such as Monsanto’s GMO crops, the insecticides used to treat them, and EMF frequencies from excessive technological use… but debate persists.
In wake of all the controversy, the German Beekeepers Association (DIB), which represents almost 100,000 beekeepers, decided to take action by calling for a nationwide ban on GMO cultivation. The news comes from a report published by the German NGO keine-gentechnik.de.
As GMWatch shares, this call for a ban follows controversial legislation allowing EU member states to opt-out of GM cultivation, even though it has been approved at the European Union level.
As might be expected, many pro-GMO advocates are angry about the new law, calling it “unfounded,” and stating that it “lacks scientific justification.” Many non-GMO supporters – especially beekeepers – stand strong in their stance, however, and point to the many documented dangers (and unproven suspicions) of genetically modified foods. They also bring to attention the known damage caused by herbicides and pesticides used to grow them, as well as the decimation of pollinating insects.
Beekeepers are hoping that the Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt (CSU) will soon administer a nationwide ban. At this point, they – and the rest of the world – need action to be taken to preserve the declining numbers of pollinating bees. So far, the Minister has argued in favor of allowing each state individually decide if they will ban GMOs.
Because bees can fly up to eight kilometers to pollinate and search for food, this is far from the compromise bee advocates are seeking. Even if one state banned GM crops, cross-contamination from crops of a nearby state could occur, further harming bee populations.
Beekeepers state that this would be “environmentally and agriculturally unacceptable.”
In addition, the exposure of bees to biotech chemicals like glyphosate (which was determined to be ‘probably carcinogenic’ by the WHO’s IARC), would no doubt compromise their numbers even more.
We agree with the DIB’s statement: “Bees know no borders.”
For this reason, it is essential individuals recognize the importance of bees and band together to demand a ban on GMOs in their own country. No doubt a ban so large will be tough to uphold, but at this point measures must be taken.
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Published July 25, 2015
By TLB Contributor Dane Wigington
While mainstream media entertains and distracts many Americans with the Donald Trump circus of idiocy, our planet is literally burning to the ground. Though there are a great many anthropogenic factors related to the record number of fires that are incinerating what is left of the Earth’s boreal forests, the most significant factor of all still goes completely unacknowledged by the climate science community and mainstream media, global climate engineering programs. Geoengineering is inflicting record drought around the globe (along with deluge in other locations), destroying the ozone layer, and contaminating soils and waters. Climate engineering is the greatest assault against the natural world ever unleashed by the human race. All are needed to join the fight to raise awareness of this most critical issue. When we reach critical mass, we will have a chance of stopping the insanity in our skies. The article below is the latest update from the front lines of our burning forests.
An Appalling Amount Of The Northern Hemisphere Is On Fire
Source: The Daily Impact, article by Tom Lewis
At the beginning of this month, 314 wildfires were raging in Alaska alone. They have seared 5 million acres so far this year and have torched up to half a million acres in a single day. Meanwhile, to the east in Canada’s Northwest Territory, hundreds of fires were raging in the permafrost zone, having covered over two million acres by the end of June. The forested northern provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan were similarly afflicted — 522 fires in northern Saskatchewan alone by June 30, nearly four times as many as last year in the same period.
Southward from Alaska, at the beginning of this month, wildfires dotted the landscapes of all the western states as far south as southern California and as far east as Colorado. One California fire overran a traffic jam on a freeway, leaving behind a dystopian landscape of burned-out cars (but, remarkably, no serious casualties).
Wildfires were raging across southern Siberia and Inner Mongolia by mid-April. At the moment, more than 50 wildfires are burning in troubled Greece, their smoke casting a dark pall over Athens.
A new study published last week confirms that wildfires worldwide are larger, more numerous, and their season is longer every year; and that it is all a direct consequence of climate change. Hotter and drier conditions, beginning earlier each spring, have over 30 years doubled the area of the planet’s surface that is vulnerable to wildfire; and have lengthened by 18% the average length of fire seasons worldwide.
In addition, climate change has extended northward the range of the mountain pine beetle, which has killed swaths of western pine trees so vast that there is fear of a single wildfire sweeping through dead trees from New Mexico to Alberta.
The effects of these fires go far beyond the immediate danger to homes and persons. Wildfires do not “destroy” the land across which they travel, as is often heard in the lamestream media, fire is an integral and necessary part of natural ecosystems. However, massive fires temporarily denude the land they scorch of the leaves that deflect and slow rainfall, and the root systems that hold topsoil in place. Thus muddy floods and landslides follow the fire until undergrowth is replaced.
The smoke from these titanic fires is becoming a major threat. It contains tiny particles that bypass the body’s defenses against pollution and enter the lungs and bloodstream, aggravating lung and heart diseases. Fire 50-100 miles upwind from a city have been shown to degrade air quality by a factor of 5 – 15 times. Carried into more southerly latitudes by the undulating planetary wave between the polar and temperate air masses, the smoke has been darkening the summer skies and tinting sunsets as far south as Tennessee and West Virginia.
But the most ominous thing about these fires is that they are not merely an effect of climate change, they are a cause. The burning of the forests and tundra is releasing astounding quantities of carbon, stored for centuries in the wood and the permanently frozen subsoil. Melting permafrost releases methane, a greenhouse gas many times more destructive of the world’s climate than carbon dioxide. The fires are in fact a feedback mechanism, accelerating climate change as climate change accelerates them.
In one of Ray Bradbury’s searing, never-to-be-unread short stories, an astronaut in a space suit is floating languidly in space, musing on his existence and the wonderful perspective he has on the blue planet Earth below him. Shortly we learn that these are the musings of a doomed man, as he is in fact hurtling toward that earth and will die a fiery death when he hits the atmosphere. Just before that happens, we leave him, and join a mother and small child taking an evening walk as the child looks up in wonder and says, “Look, Mom! A shooting star!”
Somewhere in the northern hemisphere tonight, a small child will look up in wonder and say, “Look, Mom! What a pretty sunset!”
Source: The Daily Impact, article by Tom Lewis
Read featured article here: http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/climate-engineering-fuels-raging-forest-fires-across-the-northern-hemisphere/
Low altitude chemplanes are actively hiding what they are doing. Having filmed chemplanes and chemtrails since 2011 I am very familiar with the tactics and effects of spraying aerosol from planes. For months now I have been unable to film the moon do to chemtrails, yet filming the low altitude planes has become near impossible – why? Drones? Something else? Film low altitude chemplanes and post what you get. This is all happening in plain sight.
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Here’s a story that intrigues me immensely, and it’s in that “sudden animal death” category that every now and then we hear stories of, until the news drops them. We’ve all heard of these stories too: seals or whales or some form of aquatic life washes up (or in some of the more fanciful versions of these stories, beaches itself) on the beaches in vast numbers, and suddenly. One of my favorite versions of this type of story occurred a few years ago in Tennessee as birds appeared simply to drop out of the sky, more or less all at once. Usually, we’re given explanations that run to the “ordinary and mundane” such as that these flocks of birds or schools of fish or gaggles of geese suddenly, and more or less simultaneously, all succumbed to the same disease at more or less the same time. We’ll get back to that in a moment.
Well… it appears to have happened again, in Idaho this time, according to this article that was shared by many readers here:
Now you’ll note that in this version of the story, in the comments section, there’s a brief exchange between two commenters, one of whom notes strange intereference with his bluetooth signal as he was driving through Idaho, and another commenter who downplays the possibility of microwave interference.
What bothered me about this article was that it mentioned specifically Kuna county, and was datelined July 9, but it sounded like, and appeared to be to perhaps be based upon, these articles from earlier this year, in March:
There are some notable differences between the first story on the one hand, and the second and third stories on the other, in that the first story seems to suggest that various types of birds, including songbirds, were involved, while the second two are focused on snowgeese. But look at the explanation being offered in the USA Today version of the story:
MUD LAKE, Idaho (AP) — Some 2,000 migrating snow geese have died recently in eastern Idaho, likely from a disease that comes on quickly and can kill birds in midflight, wildlife officials say.
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says staff and volunteers collected the dead birds over the past several days at wildlife management areas near the towns of Terreton and Roberts.
The cause of death likely was avian cholera, which can cause convulsions and erratic flight, the agency said.
And here’s the Washington Post’s version of the “sudden avian cholera” theory, which notes it can cause strange behavior:
“Early symptoms can include lethargy, convulsions, a discharge from the mouth, matted feathers and erratic movements on the ground and in the air — including flying upside down, according to USGS. But many outbreaks of the disease are spotted only after the birds have died from it.”
I recall a similar incident, years ago in Tennessee, involving dead birds – of all types – just dropping out of the sky, stone cold dead, as if they had all suddenly died in flight. In that instance, as I recall, there were even some astonished witnesses that gave a few sound bites for the news. The story ran for a brief period, then,like such stories do, just disappeared. In that instance, I do not recall discussions of the mechanism of death, or of avian cholera, though such discussions may have occurred.
So I’ll come right out with what bothers me here, and it might bother some of you, I don’t know. Avian cholera apparently causes erratic behavior in birds, including flying upside down. And apparently it can bring on sudden death. But what bothers me is that this might not be adequate to explain why flights of geese appear to be dropping from the sky in one apparently specific region of Idaho, and do so apparently more or less simultaneously(we’ll get to that in a moment). Even if one assumes these geese all feed from the same pond or area, surely they would fall from the sky at slightly different periods. Note this statement in the Washington Post article, which to my mind, raises, rather than resolves, this point rather directly:
That’s because once birds become sick from the disease, they usually don’t have very long to live. Some contracting the acute form of the disease die within 6 to 12 hours of exposure, but more often, it takes 24 to 48 hours. Birds drop from the sky in otherwise “good body condition,” USGS says, “Death may be so rapid that birds literally fall out of the sky or die while eating with no previous signs of disease.” (Italicized emphasis added)
So one has an incubation-to-death time period of 6 to 48 hours, and this would mean, if one thinks about it, two things:
- The flock of geese concerned should be dropping from the skies individually, and possibly stretched out along the flight path of their migration from the source of infection to the moment of death. They would not be likely to be concentrated in one area of Idaho, but scattered linearly along their migration path from the point of infection; and,
- Even if they stayed put in one area, they would not be dropping out of the skies at more or less the same time, which is the impression created in the articles, though please note, in the second two articles there are no statements of any witnesses actually saying this. The impression of “simultaneity” is created by the articles’ headlines themselves. However, weirdly, if one looks at the first artcle allegedly from July 9, the picture of the birds in the road(if genuine) suggests a more or less simultaneous event, as many of the carcasses have apparently not been flattened by passing vehicles nor has the road been cleared by local law enforcement. The picture, in other words, suggests simultaneity, though certainly does not prove it. Granted the road appears to be in a remote section of Idaho, and may not get much traffic, and the birds might have dropped over time. But surely, in even the remotest areas, there would be at least one vehicle per hour, and with it, some smashed bird carcasses. We don’t seem to see that here.
What we’re left with, I suspect, is a mystery, and perhaps one which is being obfuscated by the “avian cholera” story, because the real mechanisms are known and disturbing. Avian cholera might explain birds, but sudden deaths of aquatic life won’t apply to that mechanism. Are we looking at unified phenomena? I don’t know. Are we looking at avian cholera in some of these cases? Well, probably, but it’s that prospect of “simultaneity” that makes that mechanism of explanation a bit wobbly in my opinion. Two high octane speculation alternatives might present themselves: is there some other cause of these events, and is avian cholera being put forward as the best explanation of the data in lieu of having the public look more closely at the data that doesn’t seem to fit that explanation(like the suggestion of simultaneity in the pictures in the first article)? Is planetary physics or environment being affected in such a way as to cause these events? And if so, are they being obfuscated by “disease” explanations because “they” don’t want to cause a “panic”? Maybe. Again, I don’t know. I find this possibility disturbing, to say the least, but not very likely. Could these events be caused by some sort of secret human technology, or could they be the unintended consequence of its use or other secret activity? Maybe. Again, I don’t know. The bottom line for me is that I find the avian cholera explanation a bit disquieting as well. It seems, if I may state it simply, a bit too convenient. The bottom line here, is that there may or may not be a mystery here, even on the avian cholera version, for that version, plus similar events from the oceans and other places around the world, might suggest that diseases themselves are mutating and species-jumping in odd and unpredictable ways.
See you on the flip side…
ABOUT an hour east of Phoenix, near a mining town called Superior, men, women and children of the San Carlos Apache tribe have been camped out at a place called Oak Flat for more than three months, protesting the latest assault on their culture.
Three hundred people, mostly Apache, marched 44 miles from tribal headquarters to begin this occupation on Feb. 9. The campground lies at the core of an ancient Apache holy place, where coming-of-age ceremonies, especially for girls, have been performed for many generations, along with traditional acorn gathering. It belongs to the public, under the multiple-use mandate of the Forest Service, and has had special protections since 1955, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower decreed the area closed to mining — which, like cattle grazing, is otherwise common in national forests — because of its cultural and natural value. President Richard M. Nixon’s Interior Department in 1971 renewed this ban.
Despite these protections, in December 2014, Congress promised to hand the title for Oak Flat over to a private, Australian-British mining concern. A fine-print rider trading away the Indian holy land was added at the last minute to the must-pass military spending bill, the National Defense Authorization Act. By doing this, Congress has handed over a sacred Native American site to a foreign-owned company for what may be the first time in our nation’s history.
The Apache are occupying Oak Flat to protest this action — to them, a sacrilegious and craven sell-off of a place “where Apaches go to pray,” in the words of the San Carlos Apache tribal chairman, Terry Rambler. The site will doubtless be destroyed for any purpose other than mining; Resolution Copper Mining will hollow out a vast chamber that, when it caves in, will leave a two-mile-wide, 1,000-foot-deep pit. The company itself has likened the result of its planned mining at Oak Flat to that of a nearby meteor crater.
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 07/17/2015 17:10 -0400
“In the water world, the pre-1914 rights were considered to be gold,” exclaimed one water attorney, but as AP reports, it appears that ‘gold’ is being tested as California water regulators flexed their muscles by ordering a group of farmers to stop pumping from a branch of the San Joaquin River amid an escalating battle over how much power the state has to protect waterways that are drying up in the drought. As usual, governments do what they want with one almond farmer raging “I’ve made investments as a farmer based on the rule of law…Now, somebody’s changing the law that we depend on.” This is not about to get any better as NBCNews reports, this drought is of historic proportions – the worst in over 100 years.
The current drought has averaged a reading of -3.67 over the last three years, nearly twice as bad as the second-driest stretch since 1900, which occurred in 1959.
Other studies using PDSI data drawn from tree-ring observations reaching even further back in time reveal similar findings. One such study from University of Minnesota and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute researchers showed the current drought is California’s worst in at least 1,200 years.
The State Water Resources Control Board issued the cease and desist order Thursday against an irrigation district in California’s agriculture-rich Central Valley that it said had failed to obey a previous warning to stop pumping. Hefty fines could follow.
The action against the West Side Irrigation District in Tracy could be the first of many as farmers, cities and corporations dig in to protect water rights that were secured long before people began flooding the West and have remained all but immune from mandatory curtailments.
“I’ve made investments as a farmer based on the rule of law,” said David Phippen, an almond grower in the South San Joaquin Irrigation District. “Now, somebody’s changing the law that we depend on.”
Phippen said his grandfather paid a premium price in the 1930s for hundreds of acres because it came with nearly ironclad senior water rights.
Phippen said he takes those rights to the bank when he needs loans to replant almond orchards or install new irrigation lines. He fears that state officials are tampering with that time-tested system.
Several irrigation districts have filed unresolved legal challenges to stop the curtailments demanded by the state.
Among them is the West Side Irrigation District, which claimed a victory in a ruling last week by a Sacramento judge who said the state’s initial order to stop pumping amounted to an unconstitutional violation of due process rights by not allowing hearings on the cuts.
Superior Court Judge Shelleyanne Chang also indicated, however, that the water board can advise water rights holders to curtail use and fine them if the agency determines use exceeded the limit.
West Side is a small district with junior water rights, but the ruling also has implications for larger districts with senior rights.
West Side’s attorney Steven Herum said the order issued Thursday was prompted after the judge sided with his client.
“It is clear that the cease-and-desist order is retaliatory,” Herum said. “It’s intended to punish the district.”
Still the farmers face an uphill battle…
Buzz Thompson, a water rights expert at Stanford Law School, expects California to prevail in the fight to pursue its unprecedented water cuts because courts have consistently expanded its authority.
“It’s only when you get into a really serious drought that you finally face the question,” he said.
California is an anomaly among Western states in the way it treats water rights. Thompson said other states use widespread meters and remote sensors to measure consumption or don’t provide special status to those with property next to natural waterways.
“In any other state, this wouldn’t be a question,” he said.
California rights holders are going to have to abide by more strict measurement requirements starting next year after fighting several attempts to overhaul the rules for decades, said Andy Sawyer, a longtime attorney at the water board.
“They long thought it’s nobody else’s business,” said Lester Snow, executive director of the California Water Foundation, which advocates for better measurement of water consumption to improve management.
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The Water Wars are just beginning and, it appears, with big oil still exempt, the small businessman and average joe face the costs…