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Vanessa Beeley
21st Century Wire



“The Ivy League
bourgeoisiewho sit at the helm of the non-profit industrial complex will one day be known simply as charismatic architects of death. Funded by the ruling class oligarchy, the role they serve for their funders is not unlike that of corporate media. Yet, it appears that global society is paralyzed in a collective hypnosis – rejecting universal social interests, thus rejecting reason, to instead fall in line with the position of the powerful minority that has seized control, a minority that systematically favours corporate interests.” ~ Cory Morningstar

In his recent speech Hezbollah leader, Sayyed Nasrallah, alluded to a multi-phase “soft war” which relies upon the mass media complex to disseminate propaganda and bias, propelling the Middle East into, primarily, a sectarian crisis before descending even further into regionalism and finally a devastating individualism.

Cory Morningstar’s body of work does more than any other to expose the bare bones of the non-profit propaganda industry that governs both our reactions – and inactions, through a network of multi-layered and multi-faceted media manipulation campaigns, of which the end result is mass thought control. She explains:

The 21st century NGO is becoming, more and more, a key tool serving the imperialist quest of absolute global dominance and exploitation. Global society has been, and continues to be, manipulated to believe that NGOs are representative of “civil society” (a concept promoted by corporations in the first place). This misplaced trust has allowed the “humanitarian industrial complex” to ascend to the highest position: the missionaries of deity – the deity of the empire.”

In a paper entitled, Foreign Aid and Regime Change: A Role for Donor Intent, written just prior to NATO intervention in Libya, Prof. Sarah Blodgett Bormeo describes the “democratization” process for target nations. Unwittingly or wittingly, Bormeo perfectly outlines the role played by NGOs in this process. Bormeo even goes so far as to pinpoint the lack of impartiality rife among NGOs large and small, the majority of whom, receive their funding directly from western government and major corporation sources – all of whom have a vested interest in the outcome of their NGO’s activities and ‘intervention’ in a particular location. Bormeo emphasises the importance of “picking winners” in this scenario, as opposed to respecting and supporting the will of the people in any sovereign nation.

 

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Politics and Legislation

 

Lawmakers: Cantor’s $25k controversial donation may come up this week

By Molly K. Hooper

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) this week may face tough questions from disgruntled rank-and-file GOP lawmakers upset with his $25,000 donation to a group dedicated to ousting incumbents in Congress.

When the House convenes on Monday, it will be the first time that members of the GOP conference will gather since Cantor’s contribution to the anti-incumbent Campaign for Primary Accountability (CPA) became public.

More than a half dozen Republican lawmakers, stunned by the news of Cantor’s donation, agreed to speak with The Hill on the condition of anonymity to vent their frustration without fear of retribution. The lawmakers interviewed included both younger and senior members of the GOP conference.

 

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U.S. May Be Winding Down 2 Wars Yet It is Expanding Overseas Military Bases

By Sherwood Ross
BlacklistedNews.com

If the Iraq war is over and the Afghan war is winding down, what is prompting the remorseless expansion of the Pentagon’s vast network of overseas military bases?

Veteran foreign affairs journalist Eric Walberg says the bases are the modern version of colonies. The U.S. has a whopping 1,100 of them in 63 countries so they’re the preferred method by which the Pentagon seeks to dominate the planet.

That’s why President George W. Bush could tell an Abu Dahbi audience on Jan. 13, 2008, “The United States has no desire for territory.”  It doesn’t need any more. The Pentagon’s real estate holdings include 52,000 buildings on gazillions of acres on bases around the world. It already is in a position to intimidate or attack virtually every country with overwhelming firepower, including nuclear weapons.

Since 9/11 alone, the Pentagon has put up new military bases in Poland, Lithuania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Qatar and Bahrain. Many others, however, remain secret even though area residents are only too familiar with them and the hazards they bring, Walberg reports in his book “Postmodern Imperialism”(Clarity Press). The U.S. still operates 268 bases in Germany, 124 in Japan, and—60 years after the end of the Korean War—87 bases in South Korea.

“The U.S. military is keen on establishing military bases in every nation, and new NATO members in Eastern Europe top the list,” writes Lt. Col. Carlton Myer, a former U.S. Marine Corps officer who has made a study of the issue for his G2mil.com web site. He notes that the Czech Republic, recalling the unwanted Soviet presence, rejected a strong push during the Bush administration to build a base on their soil. “Attempts to establish a base in Poland are ongoing, using the bogus ‘missile defense’ sales strategy. That ruse was recently tried on the new NATO nation of Romania. It agreed to an American ‘missile defense’ base and the U.S. military has begun construction of a new permanent military base at Deveselu airbase, near Caracal, Romania.”

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Coalition Works to Free New York Elections From Big Money Influence

By Suzanne Merkelson

Published: Saturday 14 April 2012
The New York Times reports that the group, called New York Leadership for Accountable Government proposed a system modeled after the one adopted by New York City in 1988.

People across the country are angry about the flood of money into politics made possible by the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision and other recent court rulings. This is true in New York, where a broad and influential group of individuals and organizations is working to pass a public financing system for state elections.

The New York Times reports that the group, called New York Leadership for Accountable Government, includes Barry Diller, Chris Hughes (a founder of Facebook), former Mayor Ed Koch, investment bankers, unions, MoveOn.org, restauranteur Danny Meyer, and David Rockefeller Sr. The coalition proposed a system modeled after the one adopted by New York City in 1988: “in return for abiding by limits on their spending, city candidates can receive $6 in public funds for each of the first $175 city residents donate,” the Times writes.

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White House Opens Door to Big Donors, and Lobbyists Slip In

Luke Sharrett for The New York Times

Invitations to state dinners and other exclusive White House events have long been a reward to big contributors.

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Last May, as a battle was heating up between Internet companies and Hollywood over how to stop online piracy, a top entertainment industry lobbyist landed a meeting at the White House with one of President Obama’s technology advisers.

The lobbyist did not get there by himself.

He was accompanied by Antoinette C. Bush, a well-connected Washington lawyer who has represented companies like Viacom, Sony and News Corporation for 30 years. A friend of the president and a cousin of his close aide Valerie B. Jarrett, Ms. Bush has been to the White House at least nine times during his term, taking lobbyists along on a few occasions, joining an invitation-only forum about intellectual property, and making social visits with influential friends.

At the same time, she and her husband, Dwight, have donated heavily to the president’s re-election effort: Mr. Bush gave $35,800 on the day of his wife’s White House meeting last year, and Ms. Bush contributed the same amount a month later. In November, they hosted a $17,900-a-plate fund-raiser at their home, where Mr. Obama complained that the nation’s capital should be more “responsive to the needs of people, not the needs of special interests.”

“That is probably the biggest piece of business that remains unfinished,” the president said, as about 45 guests dined under a backyard tent.

 

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Economy

Canada’s aid overhaul ignores the needy: critics

by Staff Writers
Montreal (AFP) April 12, 2012

Canada is radically changing how it doles out foreign aid, funding partnerships with chosen mining giants and development groups while ignoring those most in need, critics say.

Ottawa hands out Can$5 billion (US$5.02 billion) in aid annually, benefiting mostly Haiti, Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Pakistan.

But in late March, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government slashed its development assistance to poorer countries by 7.5 percent or Can$377 million, as part of a bid to balance its budget within three years.

Several aid groups said the cuts to their programs were “excessive,” and the latest blow in an “extreme makeover” of Canada’s foreign aid program lauded by International Cooperation Minister Bev Oda.

Oda says the move aims to make its help “more effective.”

In one of the major changes, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) awarded Can$6.7 million to three groups that have partnered with mining firms IAMGOLD, Barrick and Rio Tinto Alcan to provide job training to youths in South America and Africa, where they have mines.

“The most effective way to reduce poverty is to stimulate a country’s economy, creating more opportunities and jobs for people in need,” said Oda’s spokesman Justin Broekema.

“By helping people acquire the needed skills more people will be able to enter the workforce and increase their household income.”

The aid community is split on the merits of partnering with for-profit firms. Some view the government funding as a subsidy to provide companies with cheap labor, while others say it creates wealth in poor communities with rampant unemployment.

Julia Sanchez, head of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation coalition of non-governmental organizations, conceded that aid groups have partnered with resource companies in the past. But “what’s new is (direct) support from CIDA,” she said.

The government has also demanded more accountability on how taxpayer funds are spent, an approach decried by critics as a heavy-handed and overly structured.

Broekema said “no NGO is entitled to support from Canadian taxpayers.”

Aid groups previously requested funding for their own projects. Now, they must bid on projects that correspond to the government’s priorities in 20 countries, ramping up competition between the groups.

Under the new arrangement, many aid groups saw their funding slashed. Development and Peace had its Can$45 million in funding over five years cut down to a third.

Development and Peace’s chief of international operations Giglio Brunelli said the new arrangement means Ottawa is also choosing which countries receive aid.

“In recent years, Canada’s foreign aid has become a way of asserting its presence in other countries instead of help for those most in need,” he said.

Advocacy groups that promote stances at odds with the Conservative government on such hot-button issues as the Israel-Palestinian conflict or global warming have been slashed.

Rights and Democracy, created by parliament in 1988 to promote human rights around the world, was shut down because it was pro-Palestinian, some alleged.

Meanwhile, a dozen new aid groups that emerged suddenly were funded by the government.

“There is clearly a break with secular NGOs and investment in denominational organizations,” said Francois Audet of the Canadian Research Institute on Humanitarian Crisis and Aid.

Sanchez, of the NGO coalition, pointed to “greater government ties” with socially conservative groups.

“Is it a coincidence that these groups are getting the bulk of aid funding?” she asked. “We’re trying to understand.”

Bank of America Forecloses On Homeowner With Disabled Daughter After Offering Her A Modification

Travis Waldron
Think Progress / News Report
“Thanks to the process known as dual-tracking, banks have thrown thousands of homeowners into foreclosure even while offering those same homeowners loan modifications.”
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A California woman is facing foreclosure from Bank of America after taking out a loan to make her home more accessible for her disabled daughter, shining light on yet another improper foreclosure practice perpetuated by America’s largest banks.

Dirma Rodriguez fell behind on her original loan after spending thousands of dollars installing tile floors and a wheelchair ramp to make it easier for Ingrid Ortiz, her daughter who has cerebral palsy, to move around the house. When Rodriguez fell behind on her original loan, Bank of America offered her a trial modification. Even though Rodriguez kept up with those payments for more than a year, the bank sold her home at auction, and the new owner is pursuing eviction, the Los Angeles Times reports:

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The Latest SEC/Goldman Sachs Sweetheart Deal is the Worst One Yet

By Richard (RJ) Eskow

The sweetheart deals just keep coming. Lawbreakers at one bank after another are let off the hook as their shareholders write a check. And then they go out and repeat the illegal behavior they promised not to do in the last settlement.

It shouldn’t be surprising that this keeps happening over at the SEC – especially as long as Robert Khuzami continues to serve as Director of the Commission’s Division of Enforcement.

But while each of these deals has been shameful, destructive, and outrageous, the $22 million agreement with Goldman Sachs which the SEC announced today – another one in which the guilty party “neither confirms nor denies wrongdoing” – looks like the worst one yet.

The SEC has the power to shut Goldman Sachs down for what it did, and the offenses it describes are felonies. But they just gave out another slap on the wrist – no, make that a pat on the wrist – with today’s announcement.

The Worst Thing

It’s not just the fact that the SEC continues to ignore the public’s outrage by letting bankers off scott-free. And it’s not just that this kind of irresponsible behavior ensures that the law breaking will continue. Its not just that crooked bank executives are allowed to “neither admit nor deny wrongdoing.”

It’s not even the fact that this time around the SEC has worded its announcement in a clumsy attempt to obscure the criminal behavior of Goldman’s employees – although that’s one of this agreement’s worst features.

No, what makes this deal the worst we’ve seen in a long while is the timing. Most of the other recent sweetheart deals dealt with crimes that led up to – and created – the 2008 financial crisis. But this time Goldman Sachs is walking away from crimes its bankers committed as recently as last year.

That’s been the SEC’s pattern under both the last President and the current one. The number of repeat offenses compiled by the New York Times for these SEC deals is mind-blowing.

No wonder the SEC didn’t appear before reporters to announce this latest settlement, choosing instead to announce in an email. Cowardly – but then, would you want to show your face in public after signing a deal like this?

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Wars and Rumors of War

US Attempting to Trigger Color Revolution in Pakistan

As Pakistan reasserts national-sovereignty, the US responds with arming & backing Baluchi terrorists.
by Tony Cartalucci

April 13, 2012 – Carving up Pakistan by fomenting separatist movements along Pakistan’s western border has been on the US geopolitical drawing board for years. As reported in December 2011’s, “The Coming War With Pakistan:”

“In a 2006 report by the corporate-financier funded think tank Carnegie Endowment for International Peace titled, “Pakistan: The Resurgence of Baluch Nationalism,” violence starting as early as 2004-2005 is described. According to the report, 20% of Pakistan’s mineral and energy resources reside in the sparsely populated province. On page 4 of the report, the prospect of using the Baluchi rebels against both Islamabad and Tehran is proposed. In Seymour Hersh’s 2008 article, “Preparing the Battlefield,” US support of Baluchi groups operating against Tehran is reported as already a reality. As already mentioned, in Brookings Institution’s “Which Path to Persia?” the subject of arming and sending Baluchi insurgents against Tehran is also discussed at great depth.

The 2006 Carnegie Endowment for International Peace report makes special note of the fact that above all, the Baluchistan province serves as a transit zone for a potential Iranian-India-Turkmenistan natural gas pipeline as well as a port, Gwadar, that serves as a logistical hub for Afghanistan, Central Asia’s landlocked nations as well as a port for the Chinese. The report notes that the port was primarily constructed with Chinese capital and labor with the intention of it serving as a Chinese naval station “to protect Beijing’s oil supply from the Middle East and to counter the US presence in Central Asia.” This point in particular, regarding China, was described in extricating detail in the 2006 Strategic Studies Institute’s report “String of Pearls: Meeting the Challenge of China’s Rising Power across the Asian Littoral.” Throughout the report means to co-opt and contain China’s influence throughout the region are discussed.

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Syria: Intervention or Mediation? – Center for the Study of Interventionism

Published on Apr 10, 2012 by

After more than a year of turbulence, Syria is still facing both a violent internal opposition uprising and the threat of external intervention.  NATO and the Gulf Cooperation Council have backed the opposition, the Syrian Transitional Council, both politically and militarily.  Calls for humanitarian intervention in the name of the “responsibility to protect” have been made by the same NGOs as those who acted over Libya last year.  Russia and China have vetoed interventionist resolutions in the Security Council, backed by the US, France and the France and a chance for reconciliation has been offered with Kofi Annan’s mediation mission.  But can it succeed?  Will sovereignty remain respected, as provided for by the UN Charter?  What are the real aims of NATO and the Gulf Cooperation Council in Syria?  Do they want peace and reconciliation or regime change and chaos?  Our video provides some answers to these questions, with interviews with Rodolfo Reyes, the Permanent Representative of Cuba to the UN in Geneva; Jean Bricmont, the Belgian political scientist ; John Laughland, Director of Studies at IDC in Paris; and Bahar Kimyongür, the Belgian author of “Syriana, la conquête continue”.

A Rare Admission From Israel

By Teymoor Nabili Information Clearing House Was it a momentary lapse of concentration or an honest admission?Last week, in an interview with Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor in Jerusalem, I heard something I have not heard before.Let’s start with the background. With the P5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany) talks on Iran’s nuclear program about to kick off, and the air thick with talk of a military attack on Iran, it seemed appropriate to try to gain some perspective from the Israeli establishment.As Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy with a background in Iran issues, Meridor was the perfect man to talk to to.An able and experienced politician, Meridor was mostly happy to skirt the direct questions and recite approved talking points.It’s when I challenged him on the biggest talking point of all, Iran’s supposed determination to “wipe Israel off the face of the map,” that Meridor seemed to stumble outside the lines of the agreed narrative.

Meridor:[Iran’s leaders] all come basically ideologically, religiously with the statement that Israel is an unnatural creature, it will not survive. They didn’t say we’ll wipe it out , you are right, but [that] it will not survive, it is a cancerous tumor, it should be removed;

Nabili: Well, I am glad you acknowledged they didn’t say they will wipe it out, because certainly Israeli politicians…

The minister spent much of the ensuing conversation arguing that for Iran to simply question Israel’s long term future amounts to an existential threat; there are many who agree with him.
But it’s his acknowledgement that there’s nuance in Iran’s position that’s so significant, and so rare.Politicians from Binyamin Netanyahu through Britain’s William Hague and most of the US congress won’t do it; they have invested a great deal of political capital in arguing just the opposite, claiming incessantly that Iran will launch a nuclear weapon on Israel because, in their minds, Iran’s president has more or less said so.

 

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Articles of Interest

Guidebook to False Confessions

In this explosive interview, Scott Horton of Anti War Radio
discusses with journalist Jason Leopold, the release of the
“Pre-Academic Laboratory (PREAL) OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS.”

This once secret document is a 37-page instruction manual detailing
torture techniques “designed” to extract false confessions thereby
lending credibility to bogus terror threats.

The interview starts with the fact that another news agency
received the document some time ago, but did NOTHING with the
story. With the document now released by the DoD, the story comes
out.

Bush- Era war crimes revealed in “Guidebook to False Confessions…”

Behind Closed Doors, Broadcasters Battle Online Disclosure of Political Ad Buys

By Justin Elliott

The Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote April 27 on whether to require TV stations to post online public information about political ad buys. Some form of the rule seems likely to pass, but the industry and others are lobbying the FCC to alter the nature of the final rule.

(With the help of readers around the country, ProPublica is collecting stations’ public paper files containing data on political ads and posting them online because the information is generally unavailable elsewhere. See “Free the Files.”)

Right now we only know the broad thrust the proposed FCC rule: That broadcasters would have to electronically send the commission updates to its political file — in other words, information about what political ads are being purchased, by whom, and for how much money — instead of merely maintaining paper files at the stations, the current practice. The information would be made public on an FCC website.

The rule would apply initially to affiliates of the four major networks — ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX — in the top 50 markets. All other stations would have another two years before they’d have to begin filing electronically.

But the FCC won’t release the exact text of the rule until after the panel votes to finalize it later this month. Meanwhile, the wording is subject to change based on input from interested parties.

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Former U.S. Officials Investigated for Receiving Payments to Promote a Designated Terror Group

Published on Apr 12, 2012 by

Jeremiah Goulka, former RAND expert on the Mujahedin-e Khalq, says war hawks from Bush admin. and some Democrats were paid by the group to advance its interests in DC

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Insidious  Scheme or  Conspiracy Theory?  –  Agenda 21

By Desert Rose :  Family Survival Protocol

Agenda 21

What is it  and  exactly  what  role does it play  in the  “Big Picture” of America’s future?

Many  have said  that this is  simply a  conspiracy  theory.  Well the  greatest  ally for  dispelling   ignorance  and  misconceptions is  knowledge.  So, is it  possible  that  the  conspiracy theory is actually  conspiracy fact?

Now  there is a  question that  makes  you  go  hmmmmm……….  Well let’s see what it’s all about  shall we?

According to  Oxford Dictionary of Geography:

Agenda 21

“A set of proposals, made at the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development for the furtherance of world-wide, sustainable development. Agenda 21 sets out environmental strategies for the management of coasts, oceans, and water, the monitoring and reduction of chemical waste, the eradication of radioactive waste, and the conservation of natural vegetation and soils. This last proposal links with plans for the development of sustainable farming, and other socio-economic proposals include measures to improve health care, to reduce poverty, and to develop fair and environmentally friendly trade policies.

The aim is to promote global sustainable development at a more fundamental level than traditional aid programmes, based on common needs and interests, and on collective responsibility. Agenda 21, as agreed by national governments at Rio de Janeiro, is an action plan at all scales, requiring local governments to develop their own ‘Local Agenda 21’ in order to spread understanding of, and action for, sustainabledevelopment. ”

According to Wikipedia:

Agenda 21 is an action plan of the United Nations (UN) related to sustainable development and was an outcome of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992. It is a comprehensive blueprint of action to be taken globally, nationally, and locally by organizations of the UN, governments, and major groups in every area in which humans directly affect the environment.

According to  members  of the Tennessee House Of  Representatives

in the  wording  of their “House Joint  Resolution 587” which  states  as  per The New American Article  :

“The non-binding measure, House Joint Resolution 587, recognizesthe “destructive and insidious nature” of the controversial UN scheme — “a comprehensive plan of extreme environmentalism, social engineering, and global political control.” The bill easily sailed through the House on March 15 with 72 votes in favor, including at least six Democrats, and 23 votes against. “

The  consensus being that the controversial plans are usually disguised using a variety of innocent-sounding terms such as “Smart Growth, Wildlands Project, Resilient Cities, Regional Visioning Projects, and various ‘Green’ or ‘Alternative’ projects,” the resolution points out. But Agenda 21 is dangerous nonetheless.

The UN Agenda 21 also describes “social justice” as “the right and opportunity of all people to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment,” the Tennessee bill points out, adding that such a radical vision would have to be accomplished “by socialist/communist redistribution of wealth.” Meanwhile, the legislation observes, Agenda 21 considers national sovereignty a “social injustice.”

As such, the measure recognizes the threat of the “insidious” UN plot and aims to expose Agenda 21’s “dangerous intent” to both the public and policymakers across America. “We hereby endorse rejection of its radical policies and rejection of any grant monies attached to it,” the resolution concludes.

“This United Nations Agenda 21 plan of radical so-called ‘sustainable development’ views the American way of life of private property ownership, single-family homes, private car ownership and individual travel choices, and privately owned farms all as destructive to the environment,” the resolution explains, echoing a measure adopted earlier this year by the Republican National Committee (RNC).

Republican state Rep. Glen Casada goes on to say:

“I think this planet carries me and the eight billion people that are here right now, just fine. And what these individuals want to do, they want to cap the number of people that this planet can have,”; “one-child” policy and its enforcement through forced abortions as among the many reasons why the UN plot to limit population is dangerous.“It is insidious and it should scare you if you love freedom,” Rep. Casada warned. “I’m sorry, but humans are not enemies to the planet. We need to be creating more energy, not consuming less.”

UN Earth Summit Secretary-General Maurice Strong claimed,

“Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class — involving high meat intake, the use of fossil fuels, electrical appliances, home and work-place air-conditioning and suburban housing — are not sustainable,”

Two decades ago as Agenda 21 was  ushered in.

Rep. Kevin Brooks stated to the press,
“It really is a problem that many Tennesseans do know about,”
“The responses we’ve received — emails, letters, phone calls, petitions signed by hundreds of Tennesseans saying, ‘Please protect us’ — that’s what we were elected to do.”
State House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner admitted,
“I didn’t know what Agenda 21 was, to be honest with you,”
“I had never heard of it before.”
Rep. Rick Womick referred to Agenda 21 as-
“a step-by-step methodical process that denies United States citizens their property rights.” He also blasted UN-inspired government overreach rearing its head in the state.

“And what we’re saying in this resolution is: No, you cannot come in our country, in our backyard, on our property and tell us what we can and cannot do with our private property,” Womick added on the House floor.

The Tennessee resolution will now go to the Senate for approval. At least two other state legislatures — New Hampshire and Georgia — have introduced similar measures this year.   Others are expected to join the battle in the coming months as pressure continues to build. There  have  also been a growing number of local governments that have been dropping their controversial membershipsin ICLEI, saving taxpayer money and ensuring that UN “sustainability” schemes do not take root in their communities. More local governments will be joining the fight this year, as well.

Here  we  have  an  example  with Texas  Mayor Beth Van Duyne and  City Manager Tommy  Gonzalez have canceled their Agenda 21  memberships as  can  be seen here in this Activist  Post Article :

Texas Mayor Officially Cancels Agenda 21 Membership

ICLEI — click to enlarge propaganda

Joe Wright
Activist Post

The city of Irving, Texas has officially withdrawn its membership from ICLEI — the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives.  This NGO was established in 1990 and is the action division of the policies laid out under the UN’s Agenda 21 plan — the globalist initiative to usher in a post-industrial world for the 21st century through the creation of local laws and requirements for city planning that essentially erase personal property rights and even steal land under a “sustainable” umbrella.

The UN, meanwhile, is seeking to build more support for its agenda at an upcoming “sustainability” summit in June. The summmit, dubbed Rio+20, will be led by Secretary General Sha Zukang of the communist dictatorship ruling mainland China, and Executive Coordinator Brice Lalonde, a “Green” socialist from France.

Agenda 21 And The UN (Elites) Plan For YOUR Future – “Plannedopolis”

Uploaded by on Jul 19, 2011

It beats a death camp, I guess, but the really scary part of this is that this was developed by an “eco” organization that thinks this is a good idea and that it would appeal to people.

 

Agenda 21 For Dummies

Uploaded by on Jan 23, 2009

Agenda 21 explained very well. Including implications it will have on humanity. Opinions within the video come in some cases from those that were in on the negotiations. Truly an interesting watch.

 

Agenda 21 – Sustainability or Slavery?

Uploaded by on Jul 8, 2011

Read the Agenda 21 document below, the Agenda for the 21st Century, also known as the Millenium Project of the United Nations: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/documents/agenda21/english/Agenda21.pdf

 

Administration of Barack Obama, 2011
Executive Order 13575—Establishment of the White House Rural Council
June 9, 2011

You  can read  the Executive   Order  in it’s  entirety at the  following  link:

Click to access DCPD-201100431.pdf

 

 

It seems  that  according  to all the  sources  quoted  here.,save one.   The  documentation  presented  and the  opinion  of  many well informed and  reasonable people this is  indeed a calculated  attempt at control.  The  slippery  slope  of lost  rights  and  decaying freedoms of a  once  great  nation?  It  seems that the road  to ruin in this  case  is  that  of  complacency and  trust.  Some  would  say  laziness of the  population at large  to  be  vigilant  and  protective  of those  freedoms and  rights  we supposedly  hold  so  dear.

Question is  will the  American  people  simply  sit  idly  by  and  allow   this  to  continue?  Is it too late to  correct?  Do the people   still have the  strength of  spirit  and character  to  stand  up and  say  no more.  Agenda 21  is  not the  only scheme  out there we  have  Codex  Alimentarius,  Rex 84, Garden Plot and a  myriad  of  others that  are  out  there.  Some  may well be   conspiracy  theories.  However, just  as in the  case of  Agenda  21 there  are many  who disavow  the  worries of those who saw  the  writing on the  wall.  I  would  venture  to say  that  in  these  times it is  not  prudent to  laugh simply  because  we  do not understand  or cannot fathom the  evil intent  behind  these supposed  theories.

The  time has  come  to  stop trying to  be  so  damned  intellectual , get  off your high  horses  and understand  that this  will not  get  itself  done.  Someone  has  to stand  up  for the  values  that  once  made  this  Nation  Great.  What  is  happening  now  is  heartbreaking  to watch and  yet  no one  sees.  Why is that?  No one  worries.  Is  that  possible?  No one  understands.  The  dumbing down caused  by  fluoride, aspartame, mercury, vaccines?  I cannot  say  for  sure,  I can  however  say  that  I  see it  and it  pains  me that  so  many are  so  deeply  asleep  that they  cannot  see that  which is  right  under their  noses.  Bickering back and  forth  about the  right  left  paradigm.

Republican  against  Democrat instead  of American  standing  alongside  American  in a  fight  for  our  very  way  of  life.  Have  we  forgotten  what that  is?  Are  we  so  far  gone  that we  are   no longer  able to  appreciate  the  wonderful Nation  we  once  were.  Not this  police of the  world and  drone  killer  of  women and  children.  Does that offend  you?  What  offends  me  is  that  no one  is  offended  by the  innocent lives  that  are taken on a  daily  basis.  Not offended  by the wheeling  and  dealing that takes  place  behind   closed  doors, everyday.   Deciding  the  future of the  American  people  without  their  consent  or  input.  The  AUDACITY  of those who are supposed to  represent  us  ignoring  our  wishes  and  spreading  hatred  and  resentment  toward  America  throughout the  world. That is  what  offends  me.

I  would  wonder  what  people  would  do  with  this information.  If  knowing that  Agenda 21  and  others like it  are  real .  Real and  working  everyday  to  erode  and  corrupt  the  very  nature  of all that  we  as  Americans  hold  dear.  Will this  knowledge  be  enough to make you  stand  up and  say  “NO MORE, ENOUGH” and  “NOT IN MY NAME”!  Would  we  once  again  be able to do that  as  a  Nation  as  our   forefathers  did  once  so  very  long  ago?  Or  will  we  let  all they  sacrificed go for naught because  we  simply could not be  bothered to  care  enough to  stand  up and  be  counted?  For  all our  sakes  I truly  hope  America can  find  it’s  voice  and it’s  strength  once  again.  To retrieve and  reignite  the  fire  that lived  within  all of  us .  So that  once  again  those  stars  and  stripes  flowing in the breeze  will remind  us just  how blessed  we  are and  how much  good we  can  do  when  we  put  our  minds  and   our  hearts into it.

The  sad  truth is if this is all real those  who tried to warn us will not  have the heart to say  , “I told you  so “, and those who did not  listen  will have no one to blame but themselves……….

God Bless America!

Politics

 

The Hill: Specter says Obama ditched him after he provided 60th vote to pass health law

By Alexander Bolton

Former Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) writes in a new book that President Obama ditched him in the 2010 election after he helped Obama win the biggest legislative victory of his term by passing healthcare reform.

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/215379-specter-says-obama-ditched-him-after-he-provided-60th-vote-to-pass-health-law

The Hill: Opinion: Moderation out of fashion on Capitol Hill

By Juan Williams

Even as more Americans identify themselves as independents — not Democrats or Republicans — there is a painfully sharp decline in moderate and independent voices in both houses of Congress.

http://thehill.com/opinion/columnists/juan-williams/215377-moderation-out-of-fashion-on-capitol-hill

 

The Hill: Tea Party groups pressure House GOP leaders to rev up Fast and Furious probe

By Jordy Yager

Local Tea Party activists are pressing House Republican leaders to pursue their investigation into the Operation Fast and Furious gun-tracking effort more aggressively.

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/215363-tea-party-steps-up-heat-on-house-gop-leaders-over-fast-and-furious-probe

 

The Wall Street Journal: GOP loses sure grip on some Senate seats

By Janet Hook

Republicans’ campaign to win control of the Senate this year— once seen as an smooth drive down a broad path—has hit some unexpected speed bumps.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304537904577275650654864484.html?mod=ITP_pageone_2

 

The New York Times: Health care act offers Roberts a signature case

By Adam Liptak

Considered likely to join the Supreme Court majority either way the case is decided, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. may never encounter a more important ruling.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/12/us/health-care-act-offers-roberts-a-signature-case.html?_r=1&ref=politics

 

Russia Boots out Biggest NGO – Paper

Russian Justice Initiative (RJI), Russia’s largest foreign non-governmental organization providing legal assistance to Russians in the European Court of Human Rights, was excluded from the list of authorized NGOs, the Kommersant daily said on Monday.
Since 2001, Russian Justice Initiative won about 10 million euros (almost $13 million) in Strasbourg Court actions on complaints from residents of Chechnya. In late 2010, it won a record lawsuit of 1.72 million euros (about $2.3 mln) against Russia over the killing of at least 24 Chechen villagers in an operation against militants in 2000.

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20120312/172109488.html

 

Economy

 

How Public Sector Layoffs Are Holding Back the Recovery

Heather Boushey, ThinkProgress:

“The current economic recovery is going well if one looks at private sector job creation. The pace of private sector job creation is slower than in the recovery from the early 1990s recession … Since early 2009, governments at all levels have shed nearly 700,000 jobs, most of them at the state and local level. Since August of 2008 state and local governments have shed a total of 647,000 workers, of which 64 percent were women workers.”

http://www.truth-out.org/how-public-sector-layoffs-are-holding-back-recovery/1331475605

Canadian Government Targeting Opponents of New Oil Sands

Lisa Song, InsideClimate News:

“As US environmental groups renew their battle against the resurrected Keystone XL oil pipeline, their counterparts in Canada are facing a deeper problem – a government campaign to limit their influence over Canada’s Northern Gateway pipeline…. As environmental groups have stepped up their campaigns against the project, key figures in the Harper administration have publicly denounced them as extremists, and a federal finance committee has announced plans to audit all of Canada’s charities.”

http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20120301/northern-gateway-pipeline-canada-harper-tar-oil-sands-forestethics-first-nations-charities-nonprofits-keystone-xl?page=2

 

The Hill: Dodd-Frank panel faces pushback on rules for naming vital Wall Street firms

By Peter Schroeder

Federal regulators are facing opposition from business groups as they try to develop a system to ensure that large institutions do not cause another financial crisis.

http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/banking-financial-institutions/215373-dodd-frank-panel-faces-pushback-on-rules-for-naming-vital-wall-street-firms

 

Wars and Rumors of War

The Washington Post: Amid anger over Afghan killings, U.S. faces growing public weariness on war

By Craig Whitlock and Jon Cohen

The massacre of at least 16 Afghan civilians, apparently by an American soldier, forced the Obama administration Sunday to confront yet another nightmare from the war zone and fresh evidence that patience back home is increasingly wearing thin.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/amid-anger-over-afghan-killings-us-faces-growing-public-weariness-about-war/2012/03/11/gIQAtDQ25R_story.html

Obama is also a problem

The blame for the situation in Syria does not lie with Russia alone; one of the biggest problems is also the Obama administration, which has squandered a golden opportunity to get rid of a significant obstacle to security in the region — and by extension US national security, Bashar Al-Assad.

However, it is clear that Obama is not concerned with the security of the region — even though it impacts upon international security as a whole, especially with the chaos in Syria overlooking the Mediterranean — rather Obama is preoccupied with his re-election bid.

http://arabnews.com/opinion/columns/article586289.ece

 

Environmental

Environmental Protection Agency Puts Greenhouse Gas Rules for Oil Refineries on Backburner

Elizabeth McGowan, InsideClimate News:

“Election-year politics, $4-a-gallon gasoline and an anti-regulatory fervor on Capitol Hill have aligned to thwart EPA’s vow to issue final carbon emissions standards for oil refineries this year…. The pullback on refineries – combined with an earlier and separate delay on regulating greenhouse gases from fossil fuel power plants – means EPA has yet to control emissions from a pair of sizable industrial sources.”

http://www.truth-out.org/epa-puts-greenhouse-gas-rules-oil-refineries-backburner/1331479260

 

One year after catastrophe, Fukushima remains a threat

While the Japanese authorities promise to get residents of Fukushima prefecture home “as soon as possible”, the crippled nuclear plant remains a danger zone. Two specialists tell FRANCE 24 why it could still explode.

http://www.france24.com/en/20120306-one-year-later-fukushima-still-threat-radiation-explosion-tepco-residents-corium

 

Misc

 

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says President Barack Obama’s birth certificate is not authentic

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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said President Barack Obama’s birth certificate is not authentic.

Arpaio revealed the findings of a investigation into the president’s birth certificate at a 1 hour and 20 minute news conference Thursday, calling the certificate “suspect.”

Arpaio’s team of investigators said they found that the long-form birth certificate was created electronically and never existed in paper form.

The president’s Selective Service card was also questioned.

Arpaio’s investigators claimed the document has “failed every test we put it through.”

At Thursday’s news conference, investigators said they will request a criminal investigation. They also said they have identified a person of interest in the forgery of the birth certificate.

Arpaio said he is not accusing the president of the crime. He said they will investigate who is behind the “possible forgery and fraud.”

“I haven’t decided where to go with this yet,” Arpaio said. “I just wanted to get the facts of this situation. We haven’t accused anyone of anything.”

The controversy over the certificate has been widely debunked, but it remains alive in the eyes of some conservatives, namely members of the Tea Party who urged Arpaio to look into the matter.

For the past six months, Arpaio’s “Cold Case Posse” has been investigating the authenticity of those documents to see if there’s been any fraud or forgery involved.

“We conducted a very professional investigation; we have come up with I feel some probable cause, some evidence,” Arpaio said Wednesday.

Arpaio said the investigation was done at no cost to taxpayers.

“Just let me say the results may be interesting without using the word ‘shocked,'” Arpaio said prior to the conference. “I think it will reveal some information no one else has really developed in a professional law enforcement manner.”

The Cold Case Posse comprises volunteers who are former police officers and lawyers.

Arpaio is facing problems of his own, including a federal grand jury probe over alleged abuse of power and Justice Department accusations of racial profiling.

Rather than seek cover, Arpaio is moving into the spotlight in a fashion that has helped boost his career as a nationally-known law officer. http://www.kpho.com/story/17053035/arpaio-to-reveal-results-of-birther-probe

MCSO: Obama Eligibility Cold Case Investigation (Full Press Conference) http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6Qm7Idz3OY8

PROOF!!! Obama Birth Certificate Fraud http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3g30VCl_cgk&feature=player_embedded

Trailblazing Journalist Mysteriously Dies Before Releasing Damaging Obama Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IldGbAWwD-I&feature=share

The Obama Deception HQ Full length version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAaQNACwaLw

Thanks to http://www.youtube.com/user/NWONEWS666 for the video

 

Politics  and  Legislation

Will Greece Be Ruled by the Bankers – or Its People?

http://www.truth-out.org/will-greece-be-ruled-bankers-or-its-people/1330717929

The Often Forgotten Downside to Accepting Corporate Contributions

http://www.nationofchange.org/often-forgotten-downside-accepting-corporate-contributions-1330879141

Economy

Towards a Creditor State – One in Seven Americans Pursued by Debt Collectors

http://www.truth-out.org/towards-creditor-state-one-seven-americans-pursued-debt-collectors/1330796809

On the News With Thom Hartmann: Time to Cut the Oil Barons Off, and More

http://www.truth-out.org/news-thom-hartmann-time-cut-oil-barons/1330708440

Gazprom ‘mulls joining Israel’s gas boom’

Gazprom, Russia’s biggest energy conglomerate, is reported looking to work with Israel on the Jewish state’s vast offshore natural gas reserves.

Senior RBA men face fresh scrutiny over bribe scandal

Chicago Residents Win Closure of Two Coal Power Plants After Health Ailments Spark Campaign

Environmental

How “Drill, Baby, Drill” and “Yes We Can” Got Married

http://www.truth-out.org/how-drill-baby-drill-and-yes-we-can-got-married/1330791118

Genetically Modified Food Labeling Initiative Gains Momentum

http://www.nationofchange.org/genetically-modified-food-labeling-initiative-gains-momentum-1330877516

BP Settlement Leaves Most Complex Claims Unresolved

http://www.nationofchange.org/bp-settlement-leaves-most-complex-claims-unresolved-1330871305

Protesters Occupying Monsanto Corp. Arrested

http://www.nationofchange.org/protesters-occupying-monsanto-corp-arrested-1330870187

 Wars and Rumors of Wars

Israel’s Assassins and Tehran’s Killers

http://www.truth-out.org/israels-assassins-and-tehrans-killers/1330713278

New Map Shows Location of Nation’s Most Toxic Industrial Boilers

http://www.truth-out.org/new-map-shows-location-nations-most-toxic-industrial-boilers/1330714223

Obama says he has ‘Israel’s back,’ urges patience on Iran sanctions

By Amie Parnes – 03/04/12 12:31 PM ET

North Korea Has Allegedly Tested Nuclear Warheads For Iran

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 03/04/2012 00:19 -0500

Misc

NGOs: The Missionaries of Empire

http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=29595

Hackers Elect Futurama’s Bender to the Washington DC School Board

http://www.pcworld.com/article/251187/hackers_elect_futuramas_bender_to_the_washington_dc_school_board.html