ZeroHedge ~ Arctic Drilling Future Now Rests On One Well {I DO NOT CONSENT TO ARCTIC DRILLING}


 Note: Now that we know Shell is the only player left, it’s time to voice our Non-Consent and bring PEOPLE POWER against Shell and the psychopathic politicians that enable the prospects of environmental destruction in the Arctic. Love, Blessings and aloha! {~A~}
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Submitted by Charles Kennedy via OilPrice.com,

Royal Dutch Shell is nearing a start to drilling in the Arctic, but has run into some hiccups.

The U.S. government decided that Shell cannot actually drill both of its wells in the Chukchi Sea as planned. The Interior Department said that doing so would run afoul of its rules that protect marine life. According to those regulations, which were issued in 2013, exploration companies cannot drill two wells within 15 miles of each other. Shell had planned to drill two wells in the Burger prospect within a 9 mile range.

Environmental groups hoped that the Interior Department would throw out Shell’s drilling plan altogether, owing to the fact that the environmental assessment the agency conducted was based on the two-well drilling plan, according to Jennifer Dlouhy of Fuel Fix. Environmental groups argued that since the Interior Department didn’t actually conduct an assessment of a drilling plan consisting of just one well, the entire drilling program should be scrapped.

Interior didn’t buy these arguments, but still ruled that Shell can only drill one well this summer. Shell reiterated that it would move forward with drilling the lone well in the Arctic this year, having committed around $1 billion for the program.

Shell announced that it expects to be able to begin drilling by the third week in July after sea ice has melted sufficiently. Shell is still awaiting one last federal permit before it can begin drilling, and it is also awaiting the arrival of its second drilling rig in Alaska.

Separately, several oil companies recently announced that they were putting their Arctic plans on ice. A joint venture between Imperial Oil, ExxonMobil, and BP decided to shelve plans for exploration in the Canadian Arctic. They had permits that will expire in 2019 and 2020, and the group says that they will not be able to drill before then. More research is needed and since the companies are running out of time, they have decided to suspend work and lobby the Canadian government for an extension.

Last year Chevron decided to suspend its plans to drill in the Beaufort Sea after the collapse in oil prices made doing so unattractive. The move by Imperial and its partners likely puts any significant drilling in the Canadian Arctic on hold indefinitely.

As such, Arctic drilling in North America will come down to Shell’s one well in the Chukchi Sea.

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Stop Shell’s devastation


Shell’s ships are on the way to drill in the Arctic as you’re reading this.

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Tell President Obama it is a MORAL OUTRAGE to give Shell access to offshore oil in the Arctic after what they have done in Nigeria.

In the last year alone, Shell reported 204 spills in the Niger Delta.[1]

And that doesn’t even begin to demonstrate the trauma the oil company has inflicted upon the land and local communities.

If Shell still can’t stop one oil disaster after another in Nigeria, how are they supposed to operate safely in the remote Arctic?

After years of denial, Shell was forced to admit last year in court that they had seriously underestimated two oil spill disasters. The company eventually agreed to a $55 million settlement, significantly more than the $4,000 pocket change they offered the local community at first.[1]

And Shell’s damage hasn’t been confined to the land and water, of course. Gas flares, bright and widespread enough to be seen from space, cause toxic particles to clog people’s lungs.[2] Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by oil pollution in the air, soil, drinking water, and fisheries.[3]

That’s to say nothing of the assassinations in which Shell was rumored to have participated. While Shell continues to deny any involvement in the hanging of nine anti-oil campaigners, including prominent author Ken Saro-Wiwa, the corporation ended up paying $15.5 million to the activists’ relatives. Shell settled the case one week before trial was to begin in the United States.[4]

Shell has proven that they cannot be trusted. Tell President Obama not to allow Shell to further their devastation in the Arctic!

The stakes are high as Shell’s drillship “Polar Pioneer” left Seattle this week and is now sailing its way to the Arctic. With a government-estimated 75% chance of a major oil spill, we’re on borrowed time.[5]

The Alaska Native communities of the North Slope depend on the bounty of the Arctic Ocean for their livelihoods-and their lives. Would you trust a company with Shell’s Nigerian record with your food source?

The president’s legacy is on the line-an unsolvable oil spill in the Arctic would forever tarnish his environmental credibility. Remind him of the stakes.

Please join this urgent campaign to get President Obama to turn Shell’s drillships around. We have only days left to convince him.

In it together,

Alexander Rony
SierraRise

P.S. Five signatures are even more powerful than one — after you take action, be sure to forward this alert to your friends, family, and colleagues!

We Stand with the Caretakers of Burnaby Mountain and Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion: Will you join us in taking a stand against corporate tyranny?


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Over eighty community, labour and environmental groups have released an open letter in support of Caretakers of Burnaby Mountain and Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion. Here is the letter.

We, the undersigned, express our support for those who are protecting Burnaby Mountain from Kinder Morgan geotechnical survey work.

Burnaby Mountain is public land (on unceded Indigenous territories) that is used frequently as a recreational area and is a designated Conservation Area.

The City of Burnaby and its residents have been vocal for several years against Kinder Morgan’s $5.4 billion Trans Mountain pipeline and terminal expansion proposal that would transport even more diluted bitumen and bring even more tankers to the Burrard Inlet.

Over 70% of Burnaby residents are opposed to Kinder Morgan’s expansion. (Source: http://is.gd/j79aOJ) Residents have been educating themselves through town halls, teach-ins and personal research and have determined that the risks to public safety and environmental degradation from Kinder Morgan’s proposal are too high. Many residents are no strangers to the harmful health impacts of tar sands crude given that the city was home to a terrible oil spill in 2007.

The City of Burnaby is currently in the process of appealing a National Energy Board decision that grants Kinder Morgan access to the designated Conservation Area. This is a critical constitutional question of whether a regulatory body can grant a corporation the authority to override municipal bylaws.

The Tsleil-Waututh Nation has also launched a legal challenge of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tankers project. This is the first legal challenge by a First Nation against the new pipeline and tanker proposal, citing the federal government’s failure to first consult Tsleil-Waututh on key decisions about the environmental assessment and regulatory review of the project.

The pipeline facilitates Tar Sands expansion on Indigenous territories along the pipeline route and at the source. This would violate numerous Aboriginal Treaty Rights and the overall well-being of these communities, many of whom have already emphatically said no to Kinder Morgan’s expansion. As the Supreme Court of Canada has consistently upheld, it is the federal government’s duty to respect these treaties, as well as the inherent rights of Indigenous peoples living on unceded lands along the pipeline route.

Therefore it should come as no surprise that community members are on Burnaby Mountain. These caretakers and residents should not be facing an injunction or a multimillion-dollar lawsuit by a corporate energy giant. Given the federal government’s failure to respond to residents, to Indigenous communities at the source of Tar Sands destruction and along the proposed pipeline route, and to municipal concerns, we laud these protectors for their bravery in taking a stand against Kinder Morgan.

We invite all individuals to sign this letter that will go directly to Kinder Morgan: http://act.350.org/letter/burnabysupport/

Initial List of Sixty-Five Signatories:

  1. Asian Youth Dialogues Collective
  2. Building Bridges-Human Rights Vancouver
  3. Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion
  4. Café Rebelde Collective
  5. Climate Convergence
  6. Coalition of South Asian Women Against Violence
  7. Colour Connected Against Racism (UBC)
  8. Connective Project
  9. Council of Canadians
  10. Defenders of the Land
  11. Delusions of Development
  12. Dogwood Initiative
  13. Forest Action Network
  14. ForestEthics Advocacy
  15. Georgia Strait Alliance
  16. Global Queer Research Group, UBC
  17. Greenpeace
  18. Heartwood Community Cafe
  19. Idle No More
  20. Latinos in Action
  21. Lead Now
  22. Left Front
  23. Living Oceans Society
  24. LopezNOCOALition
  25. Mainlander
  26. Mexicans Living in Vancouver
  27. Mi’kmaq Warrior Society
  28. Mining Justice Alliance
  29. Missourians Organizing for Reform & Empowerment
  30. Native Youth Movement
  31. No One Is Illegal-Vancouver Coast Salish Territories
  32. Peace Alliance of Surrey
  33. PIPE UP Network
  34. Pivot Legal Society
  35. Portland Rising Tide
  36. RAGA Graduate and Undergraduate Student Network
  37. Rising Tide North America
  38. Rising Tide – Coast Salish Territories
  39. Rococode
  40. Root Force
  41. San Juans Alliance
  42. San Juan Islanders for Safe Shipping
  43. Sanctuary Health
  44. Save Our Shores Gabriola
  45. Secwepemc Womens Warrior Society
  46. Shit Harper Did
  47. Sierra Club BC
  48. Social Housing Alliance
  49. South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy
  50. Streams of Justice
  51. System Change Not Climate Change
  52. Toronto350 dot org
  53. Trikone Vancouver
  54. Unifor
  55. Union of BC Indian Chiefs
  56. Unist’ot’en Camp
  57. Vancouver Ecosocialists
  58. Vancouver Status of Women
  59. WaterWealth Project
  60. We Love this Coast
  61. WildCoast dot ca
  62. Wilderness Committee
  63. Wild Idaho Rising Tide
  64. Wildlife Defence League
  65. 350 dot org

Additional signatories (rolling basis):

1. Friends of the Earth International
2. Beyond Boarding
3. T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation
4. Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group
5. UFAWU-Unifor (United Fishermen and Allied Workers’ Union)
6. Gabriola S-O-S
7. March Against Monsanto – Victoria, BC
8. Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
9. Friends of Lily Lake
10. Wildsight
11. Voters Taking Action on Climate Change
12. Council of Canadians Windsor Essex Chapter
13. Green Shelters Corporation
14. Project Pipeline dot org
15. Friends of the San Juans
16. FORPA Forest Protection Allies
17. Social & Environmental Justice Committee of Vancouver Quaker Meeting
18. SWATT Smart Women Against Traffic Team
19. Clayoquot Action
20. SAFE (Students Active for the Environment – Kwantlen)
21. Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver
22. Chaos Faerie
23. Raincoast Conservation Foundation
24. Global Compliance Research Project
25. Greenpeace – Victoria
26. Polaris Institute
27. System Change Not Climate Change-Dallas/Fort Worth
28. UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
29. SMART CHANGE (Vancouver – Victoria)
30. Marineland Animal Defense
31. Vancouver Community Laboratory
32. Graphic History Collective
33. Rainforest Action Network
34. SFU350
35. Talon – UBC
36. How we Roll Longboards
37. Canada Waking Up the Masses
38. DaDaBaBy Enterprises

 

If you would like to add your support, fill in the form at the bottom of this page: http://peoplesclimateconvergence.org/we-stand-caretakers-burnaby-mountain

http://themainlander.com/2014/11/05/we-stand-with-the-caretakers-of-burnaby-mountain-and-burnaby-residents-opposing-kinder-morgan-expansion/

Man dies in hospital following brutal arrest by Dutch police


Note: As the uber-elite class begins to fear pitchforks and torches are close at hand, in a last gasp effort to maintain control law enforcement officers from many corners of the world have declared war on it’s citizens.

In Holland, another innocent life was snuffed out by police on thuggery patrol at a local protest. His only crime appeared to be baseless “verbal” threats and resisting arrest, which he was beaten to death for.

The world George Orwell wrote about in 1984 has arrived on our doorstep. Even so, there’s still time for humanity to rise against tyranny to reclaim our planet. We are the Savior’s we’ve been waiting for and NOW is the time to take action.

And I have complete faith humanity will rise to the occasion, albeit better late then never!

Much love, Annette

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A 42-year-old Arubian man has died in a Dutch hospital following a violent arrest by The Hague police, local media reported, citing witnesses saying Mitch Henriquez was brutally beaten by law enforcement officers. An investigation has been launched.

The Prosecutor’s Officer (OM) said in a statement that Mitch Henriquez began to feel unwell on the way to the police station, following his arrest at the “Night in the Park” music festival in The Hague, nltimes.nl reported. Video footage shows the man was left without medical aid, lying lifeless and handcuffed on the grass while two agents were sitting on him. Henriquez seemed already unconscious when he was dragged into the police bus.

Witnesses said that Henriquez was making jokes with friends after the festival, shouting he had a weapon, when a group of officers approached him, afadenhaag.wordpress.com reported. Henriquez allegedly resisted his arrest. According to bystanders and his family, police used excessive force to arrest the man, afadenhaag.wordpress.com said.

His sister Lila told masnoticia.com that “his head was completely swollen, he was mainly beaten on his head. How could someone be handcuffed, thrown in the car and then arrive black and blue and unable to breathe?

It’s not the first time Dutch police officers have come under fire for excessive use of force. In 2012, a 17-year-old teenager, Rishi Chandrikasing, was shot dead on a railway station platform as he ran away from the police, according to dutchnews.nl. Police had been allegedly told that an armed man was threatening passengers. The teen turned out to be unarmed.

Comment: And so it begins. People took to the streets today in The Hague to protest against police violence and to demand justice for the death of Mitch Henriquez. Police officers were present as well:

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Kayaktivist Showdown with Shell in Seattle


Other 98% has been working tirelessly on-the-ground with activists and organizations in the Pacific Northwest on the #ShellNo campaign. We want to stop Shell from destroying the fragile Arctic and the Climate.

The kayaktivists’ showdown with Shell’s Arctic rig has been all over the news this week. Please support our work to turn the ShellNo moment into a ShellNo movement.

At 3:30 a.m. on Monday, I helped a Mosquito Fleet of kayaks launch from the deck of our solar powered barge, The People’s Platform. I watched through teary eyes as kayaktivists paddled out to block Shell’s monstrous drill rig from leaving port. Then my daughter Hazel and I joined them.

It was a motley crew of 40 or so small boats; among the paddlers were Seattle City Council member Mike O’Brien, a Lummi canoe family, my wife Genevieve and 10-year old son Sam, and our web developer, Kelly Mears (who may need a new job title after his badassery yesterday).

Other98 has thrown down as hard as we can in Seattle and played a central role in this historic fight with Shell. Please chip in 5 or 50 dollars to keep us going.

US Coast Guard and Seattle Harbor Patrol were out in force making arrests; 24 when all was said and done. Despite the fact that Shell’s presence in the Port was found to be unconstitutional by Washington’s Department of Natural Resources, it was these courageous activists who faced legal action, while Shell continues to operate with total impunity.

With the kayaks neutralized, Shell’s rig and its police escorts began slowly moving north – but they weren’t moving for long. A second wave of kayaktivists met them off the coast of Bainbridge Island. Shell’s rig veered into shallow waters during an extremely low tide and ran aground (just as a Shell rig ran aground in the Arctic in 2012). Shell claimed they stopped to “calibrate the rig’s compass.” Yeah right.

Whatever really happened, the rig was delayed off the coast of Bainbridge Island for half a day, costing Shell precious time and significant amounts of money.

Help us permanently slam the door on Shell’s Arctic Drill plans by pitching in a few bucks.

In the last few months, we have made Shell’s Arctic rig an international news story. With every action we take, we delay Shell’s disastrous plans and put more pressure on our elected officials to take real action to protect our climate. We cannot stop using oil overnight, and our transition to clean energy must be done in a way that acknowledges and supports workers whose livelihoods are tied up with carbon emissions. That’s why it’s so crucial that we start the transition now, before it’s too late to do it right. Drilling in the Arctic is a huge step in precisely the wrong direction.

The rig is still making its way North, but this fight is far from over. This week’s action and the huge flotilla action back in May represent a new phase of the climate movement; one with more creativity, more energy, more voices, and more urgency. These kayaktivists have captured the world’s imagination; we have to make sure we can hang onto it.

Other 98% and our friends and allies are going to leverage this fresh wave of energy and attention to build this moment into a powerful movement. Help us go big by chipping in today.

Thank you so much for everything you do. Knowing we have the support of such a big, bold, brave group of people makes even the earliest mornings and the coldest waters all worth it.

-John Sellers
The Other 98%

Spies will spy: Time to take action ~ OffNow.org



Earlier this week, the ACLU announced it obtained documents revealing that the CIA spies on Americans in America.

READ AND SHARE THE REPORT: http://www.offnow.org/aclu_report_reveals_spies_spy_when_do_we_take_action

Of course. we’ve known this for 40 years. The time for investigation has long since passed.

We’ve watched Congress engage in political theater. We’ve sued in federal court. We’ve investigated until we’re blue in the face.

The time has come to take concrete action to protect privacy.

We have a plan, but it’s going to take you getting involved to put it into action.

Click HERE to take action today!

OffNow.org
http://www.offnow.org/

P.S. If you can, please make an investment in your privacy.

Every dollar helps us continue our work. Donate at https://offnow.nationbuilder.com/donate

Jane Fonda takes on ‘big oil’ in Vancouver: ‘Arrest me, I don’t care’


Activist and actress in Vancouver for Greenpeace’s Toast the Coast event

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Actress and activist Jane Fonda is adding her star power to the anti-oilsands pipeline movement in B.C.

The star of Netflix comedy series Grace and Frankie is in Vancouver for Greenpeace’s Toast the Coast event on Saturday, celebrating Canada’s coastline and raising awareness of the environmental issues surrounding oil drilling and pipelines.

Ahead of the free event, she spoke to The Early Edition host Rick Cluff about why she’s fighting the oilsands, the legacy she wants to leave her grandchildren and how older actors may finally be winning out in Hollywood.

Why did you want to take part in this?

I come from Los Angeles. We just had a big spill in Santa Barbara, not to mention all the other spills, including the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Fonda has a long history of activism. In this 1972 file photo, she is surrounded by soldiers and reporters as she sings an anti-war song near Hanoi during the Vietnam War. (Nihon Denpa News/Associated Press)

So the idea that increased tanker traffic bringing the most destructive tar sand oil from Alberta to the coast … it’s horrific to think about what it could do to this most beautiful part of the world … People don’t want to see the world that they love and grew up in spoiled the way so many other coastlines are being endangered and spoiled…

The struggle to stop the pipelines joins together with the struggle to prevent drilling in the Arctic — you don’t have to live in B.C. to be impacted by that. This is a global problem.

If Alberta’s tarsands are expanded and drilling starts in the Arctic, global warming is not going to be able to be stopped at the 2 C that international climate scientists agree is what has to happen…

I feel it’s not just the struggle of people here. It’s my struggle. It’s the struggle of people all over the world.

What do you make of the response from your government and our government to this?

I’m frankly appalled. I’m just appalled.

My president, who I voted for, and who I admire — and who has done some very good things for the environment in the past — by giving Shell permission to drill in the Arctic has undone all the good he did.

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Fonda says she is disappointed by the actions of U.S. President Barack Obama on drilling in the Arctic. (Dennis Brack/Getty Images)

I just don’t understand it. He has children who will have his grandchildren. Does he not realize that this makes it almost impossible for us to slow down global warming? But it’s not too late for him to withdraw the permits. It’s not too late for us to stop Shell from going there …

I’m desperate. I have grandchildren. I want my grandchildren, in 30 years, to be able to look back and say, “Grandma was on the right side of history. Thank you Grandma.”

I wish I could sit down with President Obama right now and say, “Why? Did you think we wouldn’t notice?” I think he was hoping nobody would notice…

My peers, a bunch of angry grandmothers in Seattle, just got arrested the other day, God bless them. And there are people here, in British Columbia who’ve been arrested, putting their bodies in front of the projects to expand pipelines. God bless them …

There’s a history of progressive struggles and standing up for life in this part of the world that I am so honoured to be a part of.

Your Netflix series, Grace and Frankie, just got picked up for a second season. In it, you play Grace, a woman whose husband leaves her for another man. What drew you to this character?

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This photo provided by Netflix shows Jane Fonda, left, and Lily Tomlin in the series Grace and Frankie. (Melissa Moseley/Netflix via AP)

Ever since I was in my 40s, I’ve wanted to give a cultural face to older women and all their juicy complexities. We get stereotyped in the media and I wanted to change that. I’m just so happy it’s a hit series … people are really liking it. We start shooting the second season in July.

Hollywood has a reputation of being young and beautiful, but in this series all the leading actors are above 70. Do you think there’s change afoot on that front, now that older actors are getting more starring roles?

It’s a little too early to claim victory but we’re moving in the right direction. In fact, I’m feeling pretty good. We’re moving in the right direction on all kinds of fronts, in terms of ageism in Hollywood and in terms of stopping big oil … I feel optimistic.

What do you value the most when you look back over your 77 years?

Read more, see VIDEO: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/jane-fonda-takes-on-big-oil-in-vancouver-arrest-me-i-don-t-care-1.3111568

Zen Gardner: “The Media Is A Tidal Wave Of Disinformation. Disconnect From It And Never Look Back.” ~ The Richie Allen Show


Puttin’ on the Writs! National Liberty Alliance Files Mandamus Documents


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For those not aware, John Darash and his teams at the ‘National Liberty Alliance’ have been writing and issuing the documentation necessary to free us from the corruption and illegal tyranny of the dark cabal—the imposters posing as our ‘government’.

The “writ mandamus” documents have now been issued, and there are many of them to cover various aspects of the current “illegal” system.

I love this part:

This document is not for interpretation by BAR attorneys; “Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense. Their meaning is not to be sought for in metaphysical subtleties which may make anything mean everything or nothing at pleasure.” – Thomas Jefferson to William Johnson, 1823 ME 15:450. All respondents took an oath to uphold and protect the Constitution and therefore should understand these documents; if not learn or resign your post.

I’ve discussed this before but if you’re not aware, the ORIGINAL 13th Amendment to the US Constitution—before it was slipped out by the corrupt parties—stated that no one of “nobility” or individuals of title were to be part of the government. That referred at that time to those such as “esquire”, which were barristers, solicitors, lawyers, attorneys at law.

We know why that was intended to be part of the Constitution, and why it was removed. Most of the US government we interact with are lawyers, and they are responsible for drafting up documents, bills and laws that only they can understand and are far too large for our representatives to want to read in full, and they use a language that has an entirely different meaning than we lay people were taught.

They have corrupted the system, and we didn’t realize it. But now we know, and the illegalities of government are being addressed.

They pass laws to control us; we are playing by their rules. We’re taking them down legally—and peacefully, and this just may be our saving grace.

The corrupt courts are being served, and now the Common Law Grand Juries are in place to take the criminals to task—thanks to people like John Darash and his teams who have put years of work into this and seem to have pulled a rabbit out of a hat. I don’t know how they did this in the short time they’ve had. They must eat, sleep and breathe this stuff.

It’s incredible what they have accomplished, and I heartily applaud them for their dedication. The People of the Republic of the United States owe them a debt of gratitude. I trust other countries are following suit.

Legal documents have never been interesting for most of us to read (by design), but I think you’ll find these vastly different from what you might expect. They speak our language. Here’s a sample:

                                              LIBERTY RISING

The purpose of this Mandamus is to expose foreign and domestic tyrants posing as Americans that have infiltrated our government at all levels in a concerted effort to overthrow the fifty governments of the united 40 States by seizing their seat of power our Federal City a/k/a Washington DC. Thereby these tyrants have covertly erected a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific, political operations and through courts of fiction, contrary to the authority by which they claim, Article I Section 8 clauses 17 and 18, prevent the execution of the Law of the Land resulting in the enslaving of the 45 sovereign People of America;

I find this terribly exciting. We’re puttin’ on the writs!

Here is an excerpt from the writ mandamus for “Subversion”.

On June 6, 2015 We the People filed Writ Mandamus concerning subversion revealing Jade Helm, a Trojan-horse to take America, and exposing foreign and domestic tyrants, posing as Americans, who have infiltrated our government at all levels in a concerted effort to overthrow the fifty governments of the united States. These tyrants have seized their seat of power (our Federal City a/k/a Washington DC) and thereby have covertly erected a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific, political operations; through courts of fiction, contrary to the authority by which they claim (Article I Section 8 Clauses 17 and 18), prevent the execution of the Law of the Land resulting in the enslaving of the sovereign People of America;

“Now is the time to pay attention, take a stand and prevent these tyrants from building their dark cities. Become empowered. Read the Writs because we must “educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” Thomas Jefferson; and then join NLA as we take this battle to the courts and our federal city.”

If you can do nothing else, I heartily encourage you to take part in this battle. Take their advice and read the writs. It’s your duty as an American citizen of the Republic, and it’s truly interesting reading. Share them!

Click here to access the mandamus documents. Scroll down the home page until you see the mandamus links, beginning with May 20th. You can then access each PDF separately.

One of our readers is deeply involved in the NLA and shared a link to an upcoming interview segment. Looking forward very much to listening on Saturday.  ~ BP

As You Wish Talk Radio with James Gilliland

Laura says…

James Gilliland interviews my partner and I on his “As You Wish” radio show Saturday night 6/13/15 8pm PST and it is all about what to do and what is being done by National Liberty Alliance. NLA is making huge strides and the fraudulent court system is freaked. The Joint Chiefs of Staff have “The Unified Common Law Grand Jury” mandamus documents on Jade Helm as well. There is one little bit about my Blue Avian experience too. http://bbsradio.com/asyouwishtalkradio

Billionaire Johann Rupert Says The Thought of the Poor Overthrowing the Rich Keeps Him Awake a Night.


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Multi-billionaire owner of luxury jewellery company Cartier has revealed his greatest fear that keeps him awake at night. Cartiers biggest fear is the poor rising up to overthrow the rich.

Speaking at the Financial Times Business of Luxury Summit in Monaco (obviously), the fashion tycoon told his fellow elite that he can’t sleep at the thought of the social upheaval he thinks is imminent.

According to Bloomberg, Johann Rupert told the conference to bear in mind that when the poor rise up, the middle classes won’t want to buy luxury goods for fear of exposing their wealth.

He said he had been reading about changes in labour technology, as well as recent Oxfam figures suggesting the top 1 per cent of the global population now owns more wealth than the other 99 per cent.

“How is society going to cope with structural unemployment and the envy, hatred and the social warfare?” he said. “We are destroying the middle classes at this stage and it will affect us. It’s unfair. So that’s what keeps me awake at night.”

He returned to his chairman role at Compagnie Financiere Richemont in September 2014 after a one-year sabbatical which, according to Forbes, he spent reading and fly-fishing. And, it seems, contemplating a global social revolution.

South African Rupert is estimated to have amassed a fortune of around $7.5 billion from brands including Cartier, Chloe and Vacheron Constantin.

http://undergroundresistancenews.com/2015/06/10/billionaire-johann-rupert-says-the-thought-of-the-poor-overthrowing-the-rich-keeps-him-awake-a-night/

Billionaire: ‘Wake Up My Fellow Billionaires, There Are Pitchforks In Our Future’


Nick Hanauer is one of the richest men in America, and he’s written a compelling letter to all the other super rich people out there about the state of America’s income inequality, which was published in Politico. You might think he’s writing to all his rich friends to warn them about Democrats talking more and more about wealth redistribution, or about U.N. initiatives to prevent privatizing things like fresh water. You might think he’s one of the people behind calls to start making plans to go hide in New Zealand. This letter could read like that, if you don’t read the whole thing, but it turns out, he’s a rich person who gets it.

Rich people aren’t always the best, brightest, hardest workers

Hanauer starts off his “memo” talking about how he got super rich. Then he says:

But let’s speak frankly to each other. I’m not the smartest guy you’ve ever met, or the hardest-working. I was a mediocre student. I’m not technical at all—I can’t write a word of code.

Right off the bat, he acknowledges that not all the super rich got that way through the sweat of their brow, or because they were unusually intelligent. Yet we hear all the time from Republicans that higher taxes on the rich punishes people for hard work – the backbone of American culture. They never talk about the real backbone of America, which is the middle class, and how they’re punished not just by policy, but also by the super rich.

What’s in store for the super rich, if things keep going the way they are?

Hanauer believes that what sets him apart from others is his ability to see the future. That enables him to know what risks to take, and when, and he profits off them. What does he see for the future of the super rich? He said:

I see pitchforks.

There are pitchforks, and possibly torches, because while he and his super rich friends are “thriving beyond the dreams of any plutocrats in history,” the other 99.99 percent of America is struggling. The French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, even Arab Spring, had their roots in extreme inequality of one type or another. Hanauer warns his friends:

I know you fellow .01%ers tend to dismiss this kind of argument; I’ve had many of you tell me to my face I’m completely bonkers. And yes, I know there are many of you who are convinced that because you saw a poor kid with an iPhone that one time, inequality is a fiction.

Here’s what I say to you: You’re living in a dream world. What everyone wants to believe is that when things reach a tipping point and go from being merely crappy for the masses to dangerous and socially destabilizing, that we’re somehow going to know about that shift ahead of time.

He goes on to say that “revolutions, like bankruptcies, come gradually, and then suddenly.” He’s right, too. One moment it’s a few disaffected people, with movements that seem to fizzle. That can go on for years, like what’s happened to the Occupy movement, and what people believe will happen to the movements wrought from Ferguson and Baltimore. But then the masses are increasingly disaffected, and increasingly angry about having no voice. When they figure out how to find that voice, they will take it, quickly, painfully, and violently if they have to. History has bore this out repeatedly.

What should we do? What should the rich do, besides run away?

In the face of this, what does Hanauer recommend we do? Is he really, quietly recommending that all the rich people get the hell out of Dodge so they don’t have to face the consequences? No, actually he’s not. He wants us to adjust our policies so they’re more favorable to everybody, not a select, rich few. He says:

The model for us rich guys here should be Henry Ford, who realized that all his autoworkers in Michigan weren’t only cheap labor to be exploited; they were consumers, too. Ford figured that if he raised their wages, to a then-exorbitant $5 a day, they’d be able to afford his Model Ts.

What a great idea. My suggestion to you is: Let’s do it all over again. We’ve got to try something. These idiotic trickle-down policies are destroying my customer base. And yours too. [emphasis mine]

He also points out one salient fact that those who tout labor costs as a market price subject to the laws of supply and demand tend to ignore: Pay for CEOs, hedge fund managers and other investment banker-types, and people in those sectors has skyrocketed, and yet, we have more of them, not less. If rising wages and salaries mean less employment, then why do we have so many more of these people than we used to?

Guess the “fact” that rising wages means less employment only applies to the unwashed masses, and not the super rich in their ivory towers. The unwashed masses, he says, are the engine of the economy, not the super rich. Yet, the Republican-pushed trickle-down theory would have us believe that the rich getting richer is good, while the poor getting any richer at all will destroy us. It’s flat-out wrong, and Hanauer knows it. More of the super-rich need to know it, too, and stop lobbying Congress to shrink government by letting the “free market” work, and gutting the social safety net.

Republican cries for shrinking government would be part of a sound solution, if they were interested in shrinking it the right way.

How does the size of the government fit into Hanauer’s ideas? Do we need more, or less, or is the current size good? Republicans want to shrink the government, and he actually agrees. Before you burn him at the stake as a sham, though, consider this: He says you shrink the government the way you shrink an industry – by reducing demand for it. Why do we have so much government that the Republicans hate? Because we have so much need for it, but all that demand is not going to the right places. Therefore, calls to shrink it are not going to the right place, either. Hanauer says:

The only way to slash government for real is to go back to basic economic principles: You have to reduce the demand for government. If people are getting $15 an hour or more, they don’t need food stamps. They don’t need rent assistance. They don’t need you and me to pay for their medical care. If the consumer middle class is back, buying and shopping, then it stands to reason you won’t need as large a welfare state. And at the same time, revenues from payroll and sales taxes would rise, reducing the deficit. [emphasis mine]

He does blast Democrats for pushing the message that we need to treat workers better because we feel sorry for them. He’s right when he says that doesn’t help the conversation. What can help convince the plutocrats to give it a rest is looking at it from business and economic standpoints. The proper standpoints are correctly defining who creates the jobs, and who boosts the profit margins, around here. It’s not the rich. It’s the middle class.

Hanauer’s warning to other greedy billionaires:

Hanauer says, to his super rich friends: “Capitalism left unchecked tends toward concentration and collapse.” Unchecked, unfettered capitalism, this idea that the so-called “free market” can take care of everything if we’d just let it, is catapulting us toward ruin, not prosperity.

The super rich, and their Congressional Republican friends, would do well to learn this, and learn it soon. Or, as Hanauer puts it, “We could sit back, do nothing, enjoy our yachts. And wait for the pitchforks.” What he didn’t say is, “Your choice.”

You can watch his TED Talk here:


 

Featured image via YouTube screen capture

Source: http://www.ifyouonlynews.com/…/billionaire-wake-up-my-fell…/

Nobel Laureate Backs a New Report Which Describes Animal Experiments as Morally ‘Unthinkable’


 
More than a hundred and fifty academics, intellectuals, and writers, including Nobel Laureate J. M. Coetzee, have backed a new report calling for the de-normalisation of animal experimentation.

By BUAV / buav.org

Titled ‘Normalising the Unthinkable’, the report is the result of a working party of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.

Other signatories to the report include the Rt Revd John Pritchard, former Bishop of Oxford, Professor Keith Ward of Oxford University, Professor Stanley Hauerwas of Duke Divinity School, and Professor Conor Gearty of the London School of Economics.

The report finds that ‘The deliberate and routine abuse of innocent, sentient animals involving harm, pain, suffering, stressful confinement, manipulation, trade, and death should be unthinkable. Yet animal experimentation is just that: the ‘normalisation of the unthinkable’.  ‘It is estimated that 115.3 million animals are used in experiments worldwide per annum. In terms of harm, pain, suffering, and death, this constitutes one of the major moral issues of our time.’

Comprised of 20 leading ethicists and scientists, the working party concluded that animal experiments are both morally and scientifically flawed. The report of more than 50,000 words is probably the most comprehensive critique of animal experiments ever published.

Commissioned by the BUAV and Cruelty Free International as an independent ethical review, members of the working party are keen to point out that the BUAV in no way influenced its conclusions.

‘The moral arguments in favour of animal testing really don’t hold water’ says Professor Andrew Linzey, co-editor of the report and a theologian at Oxford University.  ‘We have looked at the central arguments in official reports and found them wanting.  If any of them were morally valid, they would also justify experiments on human beings.’

The report concludes that the ‘normalisation’ of animal experiments:

  • flies in the face of what is now known about the extent and range of how animals can be harmed. The issue of the complexity of animal awareness, especially animal sentience (the capacity to experience pain and pleasure), cannot be ignored. Unlike our forebears, we now know, as reasonably as we can know of humans, that animals (notably, mammals, birds, and reptiles) experience not only pain, but also shock, fear, foreboding, trauma, anxiety, stress, distress, anticipation, and terror.
  • is based on the discredited idea that animals are just tools for human use, means to human ends, fungible items, and commodities who can be treated and dispensed with as humans think fit.
  • is challenged by new moral thinking which holds that sentient beings are not just things, objects, machines, or tools, but have value in themselves and deserve respect.
  • is augmented by a range of regulations and controls, which in reality do very little to protect animals and indeed often do the reverse.
  • is justified by the oft-repeated assertion that human interest requires such experiments, whereas it has to be questioned whether humans are ever benefited by the abuse of animals.

BUAV and Cruelty Free International CEO, Michelle Thew, said‘We greatly welcome this new report, which should spur on new ethical thinking about animals and question some of the lazy assumptions about how animal research benefits humans. This independent report is a milestone in ethical thinking about animals and puts the ethics of animal research back on the agenda.’

Academics are invited to debate the report at a special Summer School on the Ethics of Using Animals in Research at Oxford on 26-29 July 2015. Details about the Summer School can be found here.

The full report can be found here.

The executive summary can be found here.

The full list of signatories can be found here.

Image: Fu Yongiun / WENN.com

http://www.filmsforaction.org/articles/nobel-laureate-j-m-coetzee-backs-a-new-report-which-describes-animal-experiments-as-morally-unthinkable/

Anti-G7 protests ahead of summit in Germany LIVE UPDATES


June 06, 2015

Anti-G7 protestors march during a demonstration in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, June 6, 2015. (Reuters / Hannibal Hanschke)

Anti-G7 protestors march during a demonstration in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, June 6, 2015. (Reuters / Hannibal Hanschke)

Protests against the G7 summit are growing in southern Germany with thousands expected to rally throughout Saturday against the gathering of seven world leaders in a luxury Bavarian hotel.

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The meeting is being held in a “remote citadel,” as the leaders are retreating further from the public, geopolitical analyst Patrick Henningsen told RT.

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Police in Garmisch-Partenkirchen have told RT’s Peter Oliver that protesters used pepper spray against them. One officer had to receive medical treatment. At least one protester was seen carried away on a stretcher as well.

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Police have used tear gas against anti-G7 protesters in the Bavarian town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. At least one man was seen being detained, and several others were taken away by ambulances.

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The G7 has long promised to solve many international issues, but it is currently acting as a “concerted power bloc to plan their policies that will benefit elites in Western countries,” Nick Dearden, Director of the NGO Global Justice Now, told RT.

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Police currently estimates the crowd at 2,000, and organizers say the number is twice as high.

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Around 17,000 police have been deployed near the summit location, and 2,000 Austrian security forces supported them at the nearby border.

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The protesters carried banners which read “Fight G7 for Revolution” and “G7 go to hell! I like Putin”, and gathered near the railway station at the foot of Germany’s highest peak.

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More video and tweets here: http://rt.com/news/265438-g7-summit-bavaria-protest/

Hawaii Supreme Court Grants Transfer Of TMT Court Case


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HAWAII – On Friday, the Hawaii Supreme Court ordered the Thirty Meter Telescope court case be transferred from the Intermediate Court of Appeals (ICA) to their review, and opponents of the $1.4 billion observatory planned for Mauna Kea called the announcement “good news”.

The Mauna Kea Hui is challenging the state Board of Land and Natural Resources’ decision to grant a conservation district use permit (CDUP) to the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo for construction of the TMT. The state Third Circuit affirmed the BLNR decision, which the Mauna Kea Hui appealed to the ICA, and on May 10 the Hui filed an application to transfer the case to the Hawaii Supreme Court. The University of Hawaii at Hilo opposed the transfer in a May 15 filing.

The Mauna Kea Hui members – Kealoha Pisciotta of Mauna Kea Anaina Hou, Deborah J. Ward, Clarence K ū Ching, the Flores-Case ʻOhana (E. Kalani Flores and Pua Case), Paul Neves, and KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance – are encouraged by the Hawai`i Supreme Court’s decision. The Hui is being represented by attorney Richard Naiwieha Wurdeman. They issued a media release on Friday.

One of the criteria that the Supreme Court considers in granting an application for transfer is whether the matter involves a question of imperative or fundamental public importance. Wurdeman said UHH, on behalf of TMT, had strenuously objected to his clients’ application for transfer of the appeal from the ICA to the Hawaii Supreme Court for review. Mauna Kea Hui

The State Department of Land and Natural Resources issued a Notice to Proceed to TMT on March 6th, but the project remains in a state of delay as opposition has managed to perpetually block construction crews from the Mauna Kea Access Road. A round of arrests on April 3 only galvanized the resistance. The situation forced the governor to take action.

The grant of transfer comes in the wake of UH’s public concessions of its mismanagement of Mauna Kea and agreements to Governor Ige’s plans for purported “improvements” on Mauna Kea, all of which fall short because they were premised on continued support of the TMT project. “These are interesting, to say the least,” said Wurdeman, “given the University’s vigorous opposition in legal battles.”Mauna Kea Hui

The Mauna Kea Hui noted the legal parallel to another observatory project being carried out on Maui’s Haleakala.

In a separate case, the ICA had earlier ruled against the Kilakila o Haleakal ā ’s similar appeal concerning the University ’s CDUP for an Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST) to be constructed on the Haleakal ā summit. The Hawaiʻi Supreme Court subsequently granted a request for review and oral arguments were held in April in that case. Now, appeals from both the TMT and ATST CDUPs are under review by the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has not yet issued an order on whether oral arguments will be held in the Mauna Kea case.

Deborah Ward said the court’s decision to hear the case is “heartening” and Kealoha Pisciotta stated, “This is good news and recognizes the importance of our case for all of Hawaiʻi.” Both cases may bear on the ways conservation districts islandwide will be treated. CDUPs are essentially variances for construction in conservation districts and can be granted only if a project meets eight criteria, including an absence of substantial adverse impact, preservation of natural beauty, and consistency with conservation district purposes.

“The transfer signals that the Hawai’i Supreme Court, in unanimity, believes that the so-called TMT Conservation District Use Permit deserves the utmost legal scrutiny and priority,” stated K ū Ching.Mauna Kea Hui

http://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2015/06/05/hawaii-supreme-court-grants-transfer-of-tmt-court-case/#sthash.MtdRwq6O.dpuf

Victory Against Monsanto – Federal Judge Rules in Favor of GMO Ban


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Source: Revolution News

The Center for Food Safety, a nonprofit critical of biotech crops, considers the ruling a “big win” but expects the plaintiffs will challenge it before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, said George Kimbrell, senior attorney for the group.

The judge has recognized that genetically engineered crops pose a significant commercial threat to non-biotech growers, which was a key issue in the litigation, Kimbrell said. “This case is a resounding affirmation of the right of farmers to protect themselves from Genetically Engineered contamination.”

The lawsuit brought by two local farmers backed by Monsanto opposed the anti-GMO ordinance and cited the Oregon Right to Farm Act that protects farmers from neighbors who might complain about noise, smells, dust and other farming practices. Judge Clarke said “While farming practices may not be limited by a suburbanite’s sensitivities, they may be limited if they cause damage to another farm’s crops”

Under the ordinance, farmers who already have genetically engineered crops can harvest this year but must remove the crops within 12 months.

While Clarke has dismissed the farmers’ arguments regarding “right to farm,” their claim seeking $4.2 million in compensation from Jackson County remains alive in the case.

The growers argue that forcing them to remove about 300 acres of herbicide-resistant “Roundup Ready” alfalfa amounts to the county condemning their property for public use, which requires just compensation.

Case History

On May 20, 2014, 66% of Jackson County voters cast their votes to ban the growing of genetically engineered crops in Jackson County. Backed by more than 150 family farms, six local granges and hundreds of local businesses, the bi-partisan campaign to protect family farmers from contamination by genetically engineered crops was approved by voters in every part of the county. The victory came despite almost $ 1 million in spending by Monsanto and other chemical corporations that have engineered GMO’s to withstand heavy herbicide spraying or produce their own insecticides.

On November 18, 2014, two alfalfa growers raising Monsanto’s “Round-up Ready Alfalfa” filed suit against Jackson County arguing the Jackson County GMO ban (“the Ordinance”) violated Oregon’s Right to Farm Act. Media statements released when the farmers filed suit admitted the suit is being backed by a host of industrial interests.

The Effect of Senate Bill 863: After the Jackson County Ordinance was proposed, the Monsanto front group, Oregonians for Food and Shelter, and other GMO-backers went to work in the Oregon Legislature attempting to prevent counties from voting to protect farmers growing traditional crops from banning GMO’s. The Legislature ultimately passed SB 863 to try to pre-empt other counties from banning GMO’s. But at the insistence of Sen. Bates and Rep. Buckley, a specific exemption for Jackson County was added into the law.

Our Family Farms Coalition (“OFFC”), Center for Food Safety and farmers Chris Hardy and Elise Higley (Oshala Farm) were allowed to join the case as “Defendant-Intervenors” to help defend the Ordinance. Both the family farmers and Jackson County argued that the Right to Farm Act does not prohibit the Ordinance since it was adopted to protect traditional crops from being damaged by GMO’s.

Sources
Our Family Farms Coalition
Capital Press

https://followingworldchange.wordpress.com/2015/05/30/victory-against-monsanto-federal-judge-rules-in-favor-of-gmo-ban/

World stands up against Monsanto: Over 400 cities protest GMOs


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Thousands of people across the world have joined together in a global movement, protesting against American biotech giant Monsanto. Activists from over 400 cities are speaking out against GMOs and Monsanto’s monopoly over the food supply.

Saturday marked the third global annual March Against Monsanto (MAM). According to the organizers, 48 countries were scheduled to participate in a massive global turnout.
A total of 452 rallies have been registered with the MAM organization.
Activists accuse the agricultural corporation of selling toxic chemicals, which are bad for people’s health, water supplies, vital crop pollinators and environment in general. The giant is also criticized for its attitude towards food safety regulations and a staunch opposition to GMO labeling. Meanwhile, small farmers blame Monsanto for monopolizing the seed market.
One of the first protests of the day took place in Sydney, Australia, with the demonstrators holding up placards saying: “Sick of lies” and “GMO is killing our children slowly.”
An activist at the rally told RT’s video agency Ruptly that corporations like Monsanto must be held accountable for the damage done to the planet. “This company has repeatedly committed, I would say, crimes against the Earth and what we are trying to show is accountability for corporations,” the action’s organizer said. “Also we want to promote clean food. Food that’s free of pesticides, which our grandparents just called food.”
There were also great turnouts at rallies in Asia, Africa, and Europe.
Demonstrators in Bangladesh formed a human chain around the faculty of fine arts at Dhaka University in the country’s capital. In India, thousands of farmers suffering the monopolistic push of the biotech giant have been protesting against Monsanto. A documentary on the rising suicide rates among Indian cotton farmers struggling to reap profits after GMO cotton replaced their crops is coming soon on RT.
Meanwhile, crowds of activists in South Africa braved the rainy weather in Cape Town during their march against genetically engineered products.
In France over 20 cities participated, with some central Parisian streets coming to a complete standstill. France is one of the biggest markets for Monsanto.
Germany’s capital Berlin saw a big turnout even though Germany does not use Monsanto’s seeds. However, activists say local farmers still use Monsanto’s pesticides and herbicides, which end up leaving traces in breast milk of feeding mothers, the water supply and even urine of people who have not eaten GMO products.
“The changes to the food supply are irreversible. And that is for the rest of human history. We are losing choice because it will all become GMO,” protester in Paris, Heidi Osterman, told RT.

“I think the general population will not wake up until they realize that they are getting seriously ill from this,” activist and Vice President True Food Foundation, Dietrich Wittel said.

Demonstrators in London, UK said they are concerned with GMO crops taking over their island given its isolation and size, which can potentially encourage a faster ‘takeover’ of GM crops.
What we believe is that GMOs are untested. These kind of pesticides and fertilizers infects our food and is going to affect us in a very negative way. This is why we profoundly disagree with GMOs,” a protester at the London rally told RT’s Laura Smith.
Americas demand GMO labeling, end to biotech monopoly

A wave of marches against Monsanto and GMO food hit the United States. Among the cities to join the protests were New York; Washington, DC; Los Angeles; San Franciso; Chicago; Indianapolis; Portland, Oregon; Oakland, California and dozens of others. Activists decried Monsanto’s control of 90 percent of the US seed market.
Hundreds of protesters marched on the White House and Monsanto’s Washington, DC headquarters as part of the anti-GMO action. People in New York also seized the opportunity to voice their concerns.
Chicago protesters have marched against Monsanto and GMO food, blocking off traffic in several streets.
“Monsanto is the reason why GMOs are in most of our food and we are one of the countries that haven’t banned them. It is a really big deal and people need to speak out in order to make a change,” a protester from New York told RT.
One of the central issues in the US is the battle over labeling GMO products. “Our biggest concern is that they are not labeling to begin with,” another activist stressed.

America’s northern neighbor also showed its opposition to the agriculture giant. Toronto, Canada’s most populated city, was the center of action. Hundreds of people began their rally at Queens Park and marched through the city’s streets with banners saying: “Ban GMOs.”

“People are here to take back control of the food system,” activist Jodi Koberinski told CBC. “We want government to hold these corporations responsible for the damage they are creating.”

Demonstrators from the city of Kelowna in British Columbia, Canada, shouted: “Hey hey, ho ho, GMOs have got to go!” Protesters in London, Ontario, Canada shouted they want “Real food” – and that they want it “now!” Ontario beekeepers have also symbolically dumped a coffin full of dead honey bees, which they gathered from farms across the province, CBC News reported.

Both the Hawaii and the Caribbean were protesting Monsanto’s power, with Hawaiian activists demanding “GMO-free” islands and Puerto Ricans marching along to music with signs saying “No more venom.”

South America has seen powerful anti-GMO protests with some striking imagery on placards carried by demonstrators. Many protesters chose to stress they believe Monsanto’s pesticides and genetically modified products have been causing neurological diseases and cancer.

Protesters in Brazil dressed up in gas masks and white uniform, carrying anti-Monsanto signs seemingly covered in blood. In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Guy Fawkes masks and placards against the biotech behemoth mixed with demands for green and real food.
The first annual MAM action was held in 2013. It saw over two million protesters from around the globe taking to the streets to demonstrate.

Monsanto was founded in 1901 and originally produced food additives. In over a century, it has become the world leader in the production of genetically engineered seeds and chemical herbicides. It currently employs over 22,000 people in factories across 61 countries.
Monsanto spokesperson, Charla Lord, issued a statement in response to the global movement today: “The company is committed to making a more balanced meal accessible for everyone.”
In light of thousands of people opposing Monsanto on Saturday, a few individuals came out in support of the agricultural giant, gathering outside Monsanto’s headquarters, with banners in favor of the use of GMOs. The pro-Monsanto demonstrators said protesters are spreading “myths” about genetically modified products.

http://rt.com/news/261573-monsanto-global-protests-gmo/

Grassroots Movement in Alaska Kills Agenda 21


I recently reported on the Solutions Institute, which has developed a networking system for those who want to build a coalition of like-minded, grassroots activists to advance their cause. While this can work for the wrong reasons in some cases, if good people, who advance good ideas use the tool, much can be accomplished. For example, a recent victory occurred in Alaska involving Agenda 21 and the people involved stood together because one person took a stand.

The people of Borough of Kodiak, Alaska shot down a zoning bill, which would have greatly restricted their property rights and made a terrible transformation to their community.

According to the Solutions Institute issued a press release:

Many residents were deeply concerned, but a coalition did not exist. Activism brought these people together, and all who contributed to the bill’s defeat are to be commended for defending long-standing property rights. SI provided assistance, but the individuals who devoted their time and resources to the cause carried the day for Kodiak.

The following video was inspired by local activist Jamie Fagan’s own words about how the people shutdown Agenda 21 in their town.

Fagan had heard the founder of Solutions Institute, Dan Johnson, speak and began a local chapter to fight against the National Defense Authorization Act’s Indefinite Detention. Rosa Koire’s book Behind the Green Mask: UN Agenda 21 also was being read by Fagan at the time.

Though Fagan was able to put an anti-NDAA resolution before the city council, it ultimately failed to pass by a vote of 3 to 4.

However, Fagan had Johnson and Koire come in and give presentations for both causes and it panned out that a network of supporters totaling just 150 were brought together via email.

After the defeat of the resolution, Fagan said that his core group, which amounted to around 6 to 8 people, would have to wait another year to present the resolution again to the city council, and so they didn’t know what else to do at the time. But that soon changed.

“It came to our attention in October that many sections of the proposed code revision were absolutely horrific,” Fagan wrote. “I also learned that Rosa Koire knew our Community Development Director, Bob Pederson, during his stint as CDD in Island County WA. She made no bones about how she felt about him. She feels he ought to be locked up for the horrible things he did as CDD in Island County. Many others in Island County feel the same way.”

“Some of the other people who had been loosely following Kodiak PANDA, whom I did not know at the time, got in touch with me about the code revision,” Fagan added. “Many people worked very hard reading and scrutinizing the 340 pages of bureaucrat-speak. It turns out that many people had been fighting this code for a few years, but they did not have the organization or numbers to make much of a difference. Thanks to a lot of hard work, we were able to put together a list of the worst parts of the proposed code revision and mail them out to all 5500 Kodiak addresses. Also, several people ran radio and newspaper ads pointing out the worst of the code. Many others were handing out flyers and collecting signatures on a petition to defeat this code. The combination of all of these things, plus the fact that many people in Kodiak has already been aware of the horrific nature of this new code, lit off an unbelievable and unprecedented firestorm of support to defeat it. People who have lived in Kodiak over 50 years and who are very politically active say they have never seen anything like it!”

From these small efforts, Fagan and his group grew to over 400 people! That’s roughly 3% of the population of the island, and between 20-30% of the voting population.

Though some members of the Borough Assembly spoke about resurrecting the code revisions, Fagan believes it will be all talk. On the other hand, I am not one that is so optimistic. However, the people do believe that those in office will not stay in office in the next election.

Here is a perfect example of what can be accomplished when the people put their feet to the ground and fight against the corruption in government. They not only take a stand, but they retain their freedoms in the midst of that stand and noticeably others join in.

Well done Kodiak!

 http://freedomoutpost.com/2015/05/grassroots-movement-in-alaska-kills-agenda-21/#CqYtpPoCKTHvrb7X.99

Milan Expo, Rioters in Milan shout “Eat the Rich”, smash shopfronts, throw smoke bombs as Expo opens


Note: This is what they’re preparing for in America, “they” know it’s coming….

Clashes overshadow start of Milan Expo

Milan has been waiting since 2008 for this day and now it has finally come—but takeoff for the World Expo 2015 looks to be overshadowed by violent protests.
The turnstiles and doors officially opened on Friday in Italy’s commercial and fashion capital.

But opening day excitement for the six-month-long commercial event wasn’t necessarily present among the crowds on Friday. The wet weather may have dampened the number of visitors to the event on its first day—with noticeably empty entrances and security checkpoints.

Meanwhile, thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Milan behind a banner reading “No Expo, Eat the Rich,” according to Reuters.

The No-Expo movement has been critical of the amount of money the government has poured into the event, when there are fears of austerity and cuts to public services.

A large anti-expo march through the center of Milan was overtaken by anarchists groups that smashed shopfronts and clashed with police.

There were several banks with smashed-in doors and windows and the streets were strewed with detritus.

Teargas was used by riot police to try and disperse parts of the crowd. Although most of the march was peaceful, around 200 demonstrators threw rocks, in addition to setting off flare and smoke bombs,

“The Barricades Are Down” Syriza Is Already Rolling Back Austerity “Reforms”


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It didn’t take long for Syriza to start making changes in Greece. While these may be minor at the margin compared to the debt “issues”, as KeepTalkingGreece reports, Alexis Tsipras and his junior coalition partner Panos Kammenos pushed the Fast Forward button to restore a series of so-called “reforms”, that is austerity measures imposed by the country’s lenders, the Troika – among the left-wing reforms are: scrapping planned privatizations, scrapping fees in public hospitals and prescriptions, restore “the 13th pension” for low-pensioners and other actions that SYRIZA had promised before the elections. And the iron barricades in front of Parliament have been removed.

 

Via Keep Talking Greece,

Iron Barricades

The first revolutionary move was conducted by alternate Minister responsible for Citizens’ Protection and Public Order. Yiannis Panousis removed the iron barricades in front of the Greek Parliament. The barricades were installed to protect the lawmakers from angry demonstrators after the huge anti-austerity protests from 2010 onwards.

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Panousis, who is Professor for Constitutional Law, made the announcement Wednesday morning. Right after the first meeting of the new cabinet concluded, the barricades were removed.

Health sector

Alternate minister Andreas Xanthos announced the “targeted enhancement of the health sector”, scrapping the 5-euro fee at public hospitals and the 1-euro fee per prescription as well as reductions in the patients’ economic participation on drugs.

The unprecedented financial burden imposed on patients had quite some people stop taking their medication or seek charity organizations for life-saving drugs. KTG has reported many times about the plight in the Greek health sector.

Pensions

Alternate Minister for Social Funds, Dimitris Stratoulis announced a stop in pension cuts and to restore the “13th pension” for pensioners receiving below €700 per month. He also said that “uninsured farmers will receive again the €360 per month.

Minimum Wage

Minister for Labor and Social Solidarity, Panos Skourletis, announced that the minimum wage will be raised to €751 gross, while the collective bargains will be restored.

Under Troika pressure in the name of so-called “competitiveness”, the minimum wage plunged down to €580 gross and €490 gross for those below 25 years old in 2012 with the effect that households could not even cover their monthly basic needs.

Rehiring in Public sector

Alternate Minister for Administrative Reform Giorgos Katrougalos announced the re-hiring of those who were laid-off from the public sector in the scheme of “mobility”. According to Katrougalos, the lay-offs were against the Constitution.

School guards, cleaners and teachers were laid-off in masses, after the Greek government decided to fire over night some 10,000 people in order to meet Troika’s demands for a lean public administration. The lay-offs were not according to meritocracy criteria, the measure affected whole groups of employees.

Greek nationality to migrants’ children

Alternate Minister for Migration policy Tasia Christodoulopoulou announced that migrants’ children born and raised in Greece will be granted Greek nationality, probably also children that came here in very young age.

Taking into consideration the SYRIZA program as announced by Alexis Tsipras on January 2oth in Thessaloniki, more anti-austerity changes are on the note book of the new government. So far all ministers made their announcements in television programs. The official announcements are expected next week in the Greek Parliament when the coalition will seek vote of confidence.

So far we heard no ministerial announcement on TV regarding the painful issue of over-taxation.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-28/barricades-are-down-syriza-already-rolling-back-austerity-reforms

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