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Wednesday, 23 April 2014 16:00

Lawmakers Unveil Plan to Liberate Western Lands and Evict Feds

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With the now-infamous federal abuses against the Bundy ranching family and its supporters in Nevada helping to awaken a sleeping giant, liberty-minded elected officials from Western states are coming together with citizens to take action in defense of the Constitution and the West. Their mission: to wrest control over the vast expanses of land and wealth in the region that are unconstitutionally claimed by the Washington, D.C.-based political and bureaucratic classes. Now, a new alliance of lawmakers and citizens has a concrete plan to make those goals a reality.

As The New American reported this week, more than 50 elected officials from nine Western states met on April 18 at the Utah Capitol for the Legislative Summit on the Transfer for Public Lands. Among them were state House speakers, state senators, a U.S. senator, county commissioners, and more. The goal, multiple organizers and attendees explained, is to strip the federal government of the almost 50 percent of land in Western states that it claims to “own” in defiance of the U.S. Constitution and various agreements.

One of the lawmakers who participated, Washington State Rep. Matt Shea, a liberty-minded Republican who also stood with the Bundy family, says that lawmakers from Western states are determined to protect the Constitution and their constituents. “Legislators from across the West are saying enough is enough,” Rep. Shea told The New American after the summit in Salt Lake City. “We are banding together to fight federal overreach wherever it rears its ugly head, not just talk about it.”

To do that, last week, another alliance of lawmakers, citizens, businessman, ranchers, sheriffs, officials, and more came together and created the Coalition of Western States United Against Tyranny, or COWS for short. Already, the network has seen phenomenal growth, with more than 25 lawmakers joining up by April 22, Rep. Shea explained. “COWS has grown massively in just one week and legislators from all over the West are jumping on board,” he said, adding that he was “absolutely” optimistic about their prospects for success.

COWS advocates a five-step process to evict the self-styled federal landlords from the Western United States, Rep. Shea explained. In the short term, county governments should draw up management plans for the land in coordination with state and federal agencies. Already, federal law requires that U.S. bureaucracies work with local officials, though in practice, that rarely happens. At the same time, states should also introduce and pass legislation to prohibit any net loss of private land to government.

In the longer term, federally (mis)managed lands should be transferred over to state authorities, “because government closest to the people is best,” Rep. Shea continued. “The federal government cannot possibly know how best to manage land in the thousands of different locales like the people of those areas could,” the popular Republican lawmaker explained, echoing the sentiments of countless other policymakers and activists who say the federal government needs to be stripped of its vast, unconstitutional land holdings.

“Clearly,” Shea says, “the people of Western states would do a better job managing those lands.” In fact, among the most common complaints on the issue in the West is the fact that the feds have done a terrible job maintaining the land they purport to own — especially when compared with the areas managed by state and local governments, or even private citizens. The COWS lawmakers said an excellent, proven process for transferring federally managed lands into state control has been laid out by the American Lands Council and others.

Then there is the issue of keeping promises. As the Western territories were officially becoming states, like in the East, the federal government agreed to eventually transfer those lands. However, as with so many other promises made by the D.C.-based political class, so far, it has not been fulfilled. “The enabling acts of the Western States make it clear the federal government was meant to be a steward only until such time that the states could manage,” Rep. Shea explained.

 

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A beef jerky recall is in effect over concerns that packages were misbranded and failed to include a potential allergy-triggering ingredient, reports The Associated Press on Feb. 12.

Salt Lake City-based Prime Snax Inc. is recalling all jerky products made before Feb. 2 that have already been shipped around the country. The products were found to be mislabeled on the packaging and did not include the ingredient soy lecithin – an emulsifier or binding agent that some individuals are allergic to.

According to the USDA’s news release, the products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. 18951” inside the USDA Mark of Inspection. The expiration date on the packages will be prior to August 11, 2015, in the format of “mm dd yy.”

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Earth Watch Report  –  Hazmat

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01.07.2013 HAZMAT USA State of Utah, Salt Lake City [Quality Distribution Inc] Damage level Details

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HAZMAT in USA on Monday, 01 July, 2013 at 06:05 (06:05 AM) UTC.

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Salt Lake City fire and haz-mat crews were involved in a tense situation Sunday night with an unstable chemical that had the potential to explode. Late Sunday night, the department came up with a plan to remove the dangerous chemical and put it in a trench that was being dug overnight by Salt Lake City police. Then sometime Monday about mid-morning, crews plan to safely detonate the explosive material. The incident began just after 9:30 a.m., when Salt Lake City fire crews were called to a small fire at Quality Distribution Inc., 421 N. John Glenn Road (6070 West). The fire was extinguished quickly, but as an investigator was going through the building a few hours later, he found that Trigonox was leaking.By 6 p.m., a full assignment was recalled to the warehouse as well as additional help from other agencies including the U.S. Army and the Salt Lake International Airport. Salt Lake City fire spokesman Jasen Asay said Trigonox is an organic peroxide that can become unstable at 68 degrees, and when the temperature reaches 77 degree the process cannot be reversed at all and the chemical cannot be stabilized. Because of the earlier fire, the refrigeration in the building was not working, he said. Asay said by Sunday night, the temperature of the chemical had surpassed 77 degrees. For the chemical to explode, it needs to be triggered by a “shock,” Asay said. That could be just static electricity or even a piece of metal falling to the floor and creating a small spark. The explosive force would be about the equivalent of a pipe bomb, he said.

Approximately 2,400 gallons of Trigonox are believed to be stored in the building in five gallon drums. Asay said five of those drums were believed to be leaking Sunday. Late Sunday, Salt Lake police helped fire crews and started digging a trench, about 60-feet long and 4-feet deep. The plan, Asay said, was for a couple of haz-mat crew members from Salt Lake City and Murray Fire to enter the building and use a forklift to take the damaged barrels to the loading dock where a second team will use a fork lift to take the barrels to the trench. Once the damaged barrels were in the trench, Asay said crews would detonated the explosive chemical. There was no set time on when that would happen. But Asay said it would likely be about mid-morning Monday.

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KSL.com UTAH

Area evacuated due to chemical spill; crews on scene

By Pat Reavy

 

Shoot water onto the roof of the warehouse in an effort to keep the chemicals cooler. Firefighters and the Military respond Sunday, June 30, 2013 to a chemical spill in a warehouse at 421 north John Glenn road in Salt Lake City. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City fire and haz-mat crews were involved in a tense situation Sunday night with an unstable chemical that had the potential to explode.

As of 10 p.m., a team was being assembled to go inside the building where the chemical was leaking and take pictures before officials figured out their next move of how to dispose of the dangerous items.

The incident began just after 9:30 a.m., when Salt Lake City fire crews were called to a small fire at Quality Distribution Inc., 421 N. John Glenn Road (6070 West). The fire was extinguished quickly, but as an investigator was going through the building a few hours later, he found that Trigonox was leaking.

By 6 p.m., a full assignment was recalled to the warehouse as well as additional help from other agencies including the U.S. Army and the Salt Lake International Airport.

Salt Lake City fire spokesman Jasen Asay said Trigonox is an organic peroxide that can become unstable at 68 degrees, and when the temperature reaches 77 degree the process cannot be reversed at all and the chemical cannot be stabilized. Because of the earlier fire, the refrigeration in the building was not working, he said. Asay said by Sunday night, the temperature of the chemical had surpassed 77 degrees.

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Hazmat crews detonate dangerous Chemical at Salt Lake Business

Updated: 12:41 pm | Published: 12:35 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH  (ABC 4 UTAH)  – A hazmat situation west of  Salt Lake International Airport had firefighters on high alert after a fire at Quality Distribution Incorporated lead to the threat of an explosion.

A plume of black smoke could be seen just after 8 Monday morning after the Salt Lake City Fire Department and several other agencies exploded dozens of containers of Trigonox. Jasen Asay with the Salt Lake City Fire Department says the chemical is a dangerous organic peroxide that was found leaking inside the Salt Lake business. He tells ABC 4 Utah We were able to remove around 40 of these containers which contains five gallons of the chemical put them into a ditch and we were able to do a controlled detonation.”

Asay, says the chemical leak was discovered Sunday while fire investigators were trying to determine the cause of the fire. “We believe the air conditioning system inside this building was not functioning properly so the containers, a couple of the containers were compromised with the chemical inside,” says Asay.

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Crews to ignite 2nd round of unstable chemical at Salt Lake business

By Pat Reavy and Haley Smith

 

SALT LAKE CITY — Fire crews will ignite more drums of a dangerous chemical Monday night outside a warehouse that has kept them busy for more than 24 hours.

Monday morning, more than 40 barrels of Trigonox were safely removed from Quality Distribution Inc., 421 N. John Glenn Road (6070 West), put in a trench and ignited.

Salt Lake City Fire spokesman Jasen Asay said crews need to burn three times that amount Monday night.

An additional 144 drums that were originally moved from Quality Distribution to a refrigerated trailer outside have been determined to be unsafe and need to be destroyed, he said.

Crews were busy Monday afternoon digging a new trench, twice as big as the last one. After the sun goes down about 9 p.m., Asay said the barrels of Trigonox will be moved into the trench.

Hazardous materials crews hope the burning of the chemical will mark the end of an operation that began Sunday.

Around 9 a.m. Sunday, Crews responded to a fire at Quality Distribution. Sprinklers had extinguished the flames, but firefighters found the air conditioning was out and several containers of the chemical Trigonox were leaking inside the warehouse.

About Trigonox
  • Brand name
  • Specific compound involved is Trigonox 21S
  • A liquid that requires temperature control and should be kept in dry, well-ventilated places
  • So volatile that it should not come into contact with direct sunlight
  • Starts to become unstable at 68 degrees
  • At 77 degrees instability cannot be reversed

Source: polymerpds.akzonobel.com

Approximately 2,400 gallons of Trigonox were stored in the building in 5-gallon drums. Early Monday crews used forklifts to move the drums into a 3-foot-deep, 60-foot-wide trench outside the building before igniting them.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquakes

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M3.6 – 23km WNW of Afton, Wyoming

2013-05-16 05:23:52 UTC

 

Earthquake location 42.773°N, 111.207°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-16 05:23:52 UTC
  2. 2013-05-15 23:23:52 UTC-06:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-16 00:23:52 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

42.773°N 111.207°W depth=4.8km (3.0mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 23km (14mi) WNW of Afton, Wyoming
  2. 99km (62mi) SE of Ammon, Idaho
  3. 101km (63mi) E of Pocatello, Idaho
  4. 102km (63mi) SE of Idaho Falls, Idaho
  5. 230km (143mi) NNE of Salt Lake City, Utah

 

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Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquakes

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M2.6 – 30km SSW of Cascade, Idaho 2013-05-05 15:46:34 UTC

Earthquake location 44.284°N, 116.240°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-05 15:46:34 UTC
  2. 2013-05-05 09:46:34 UTC-06:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-05 10:46:34 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

44.284°N 116.240°W depth=6.3km (3.9mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 30km (19mi) SSW of Cascade, Idaho
  2. 64km (40mi) ENE of Ontario, Oregon
  3. 66km (41mi) N of Eagle, Idaho
  4. 73km (45mi) N of Garden City, Idaho
  5. 74km (46mi) N of Boise, Idaho

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M4.2 – 28km W of Soda Springs, Idaho 2013-05-06 03:13:42 UTC

Earthquake location 42.608°N, 111.947°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-06 03:13:42 UTC
  2. 2013-05-05 21:13:42 UTC-06:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-05 22:13:42 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

42.608°N 111.947°W depth=11.3km (7.0mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 28km (17mi) W of Soda Springs, Idaho
  2. 50km (31mi) SE of Pocatello, Idaho
  3. 54km (34mi) SE of Chubbuck, Idaho
  4. 72km (45mi) SSE of Blackfoot, Idaho
  5. 205km (127mi) N of Salt Lake City, Utah

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M3.6 – 29km W of Soda Springs, Idaho 2013-05-06 03:20:56 UTC

Earthquake location 42.620°N, 111.955°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-06 03:20:56 UTC
  2. 2013-05-05 21:20:56 UTC-06:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-05 22:20:56 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

42.620°N 111.955°W depth=4.9km (3.0mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 29km (18mi) W of Soda Springs, Idaho
  2. 48km (30mi) SE of Pocatello, Idaho
  3. 53km (33mi) SE of Chubbuck, Idaho
  4. 70km (43mi) SSE of Blackfoot, Idaho
  5. 206km (128mi) N of Salt Lake City, Utah

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Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquakes

            
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2.7 9km W of Enoch, Utah 2013-02-06 18:47:01 37.783°N 113.128°W 7.5

M2.7 – 9km W of Enoch, Utah 2013-02-06 18:47:01 UTC

Earthquake location 37.783°N, 113.128°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-02-06 18:47:01 UTC
  2. 2013-02-06 11:47:01 UTC-07:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-02-06 12:47:01 UTC-06:00 system time

Location

37.783°N 113.128°W depth=7.5km (4.7mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 9km (6mi) W of Enoch, Utah
  2. 13km (8mi) NNW of Cedar City, Utah
  3. 69km (43mi) NNE of Hurricane, Utah
  4. 79km (49mi) NNE of Washington, Utah
  5. 347km (216mi) SSW of Salt Lake City, Utah

3.1 7km WNW of Enoch, Utah 2013-02-07 19:29:55 37.804°N 113.106°W 2.4

M3.1 – 7km WNW of Enoch, Utah 2013-02-07 19:29:55 UTC

Earthquake location 37.804°N, 113.106°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-02-07 19:29:55 UTC
  2. 2013-02-07 12:29:55 UTC-07:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-02-07 13:29:55 UTC-06:00 system time

Location

37.804°N 113.106°W depth=2.4km (1.5mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 7km (4mi) WNW of Enoch, Utah
  2. 14km (9mi) NNW of Cedar City, Utah
  3. 71km (44mi) NNE of Hurricane, Utah
  4. 82km (51mi) NNE of Washington, Utah
  5. 344km (214mi) SSW of Salt Lake City, Utah

3.5 8km W of Enoch, Utah 2013-02-07 20:02:21 37.788°N 113.124°W 2.1

M3.5 – 8km W of Enoch, Utah 2013-02-07 20:02:21 UTC

Earthquake location 37.788°N, 113.124°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-02-07 20:02:21 UTC
  2. 2013-02-07 13:02:21 UTC-07:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-02-07 14:02:21 UTC-06:00 system time

Location

37.788°N 113.124°W depth=2.1km (1.3mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 8km (5mi) W of Enoch, Utah
  2. 13km (8mi) NNW of Cedar City, Utah
  3. 69km (43mi) NNE of Hurricane, Utah
  4. 80km (50mi) NNE of Washington, Utah
  5. 346km (215mi) SSW of Salt Lake City, Utah

3.5 8km W of Enoch, Utah 2013-02-07 20:02:21 37.788°N 113.124°W 2.1

M3.5 – 8km W of Enoch, Utah 2013-02-07 20:02:21 UTC

Earthquake location 37.788°N, 113.124°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-02-07 20:02:21 UTC
  2. 2013-02-07 13:02:21 UTC-07:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-02-07 14:02:21 UTC-06:00 system time

Location

37.788°N 113.124°W depth=2.1km (1.3mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 8km (5mi) W of Enoch, Utah
  2. 13km (8mi) NNW of Cedar City, Utah
  3. 69km (43mi) NNE of Hurricane, Utah
  4. 80km (50mi) NNE of Washington, Utah
  5. 346km (215mi) SSW of Salt Lake City, Utah

2.8 9km W of Enoch, Utah 2013-02-08 03:19:52 37.786°N 113.125°W 4.7

M2.8 – 9km W of Enoch, Utah 2013-02-08 03:19:52 UTC

Earthquake location 37.786°N, 113.125°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-02-08 03:19:52 UTC
  2. 2013-02-07 20:19:52 UTC-07:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-02-07 21:19:52 UTC-06:00 system time

Location

37.786°N 113.125°W depth=4.7km (2.9mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 9km (6mi) W of Enoch, Utah
  2. 13km (8mi) NNW of Cedar City, Utah
  3. 69km (43mi) NNE of Hurricane, Utah
  4. 80km (50mi) NNE of Washington, Utah
  5. 346km (215mi) SSW of Salt Lake City, Utah

Tectonic Summary

Earthquakes in the Intermountain Seismic Belt (Southern Utah)

Intermountain Seismic Belt, Southern UtahThe Intermountain seismic belt (ISB) is a prominent north-south-trending zone of recorded seismicity in the Intermountain West. A modern catalog of instrumentally located earthquakes in Utah begins in mid-1962, and historical earthquake records date back to the 1850s. The ISB in southern Utah is characterized by scattered seismicity with locally dense clusters of small- to moderate-sized earthquakes. The largest earthquake in the ISB in southern Utah was a M6.5 earthquake in 1901 in Richfield. A group of three M5 and 6 earthquakes occurred in Elsinore in the Sevier Valley in 1921. To the south in southwestern Utah, a damaging earthquake (M5.9) occurred in 1992 near St. George. Earthquake swarms (clusters of earthquakes with no outstanding main shocks) of maximum magnitude 3 to 4 are common in the area.

Because moderate and large earthquakes are likely, expected levels of strong ground shaking are relatively high. Ground shaking from a M5 earthquake can cause significant damage at distances up to 10 km (6 miles), and a M7 at distances up to 50 km (30 miles) and more. Geologic site conditions such as deep sediment-filled basins may locally amplify and prolong ground shaking.

Faults

The ISB in southern Utah coincides with a transition between east-west-directed stretching in the Basin and Range to the west and more stable crust of the Colorado Plateau to the east. Tectonic movement on generally north-trending, east- and west-dipping range- and plateau-bounding normal faults, which results in horizontal extension, characterizes this part of Utah. The Sevier Valley is an area of variable and complex deformation involving significant components of folding and both normal and strike-slip faulting. The most prominent geologically young faults in southwestern Utah are the Hurricane and Sevier faults. The Hurricane fault forms the west-facing Hurricane Cliffs, which define the eastern edge of the Basin and Range within the ISB. Faults in the ISB in southern Utah locally show evidence of displacement younger than 10,000 years, but average recurrence intervals are generally longer than those on faults in the ISB in northern Utah. Recurrence intervals for surface faulting on the most active segments of ISB faults in southern Utah are generally many thousand to tens of thousands of years.

Moderate to large earthquakes in the Sevier Valley area and other small to moderate earthquakes in the ISB in southern Utah generally cannot be correlated with particular mapped faults, although the 1992 M5.9 St. George earthquake may have occurred on the west-dipping Hurricane fault.

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Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

While many concerned Americans express their worries regarding the direction of the country by repeating the tired warnings of “creeping” Fascism, the reality is that predictions of our dissolve into total tyranny are no longer appropriate. This is because what once was “creeping” has finally reached its destination. Now, it is only beginning to show itself more and more openly.

In all honesty, when one wishes to begin a conversation regarding Fascist elements in the United States, it would be hard to know where to start, given the developments that have accelerated since 9/11, each Presidential election, and, indeed, every passing year.

Yet, while many Americans, brainwashed by years of television and intellectual obsolescence, expect Fascism to rush in riding waves of tanks, parading soldiers, and dictators on megaphones, the fact is that Fascism has arrived in a slightly less advertised form.

However, while it may not have arrived in the United States in the way that Americans believed it might, there are at least two developments that have indeed followed the traditional track of the Fascism that emerged in Europe during the 1930s.

One of these forms was recently detailed by Susanne Posel of Occupy Corporatism in her article “DHS Are Militarizing Local Police to Create Federalized Law Enforcement Agencies,” where she discusses the ongoing agenda of consolidating and merging local and state police forces into one all-encompassing national police force structure.

In this regard, much of the consolidation agenda is being accomplished by virtue of private security firms, a topic which I have been forced to cover for similar reasons in the past.

In her article, Posel begins by mentioning the 2011 consolidation of police forces in Utah where an entirely new agency, the Unified Police Department (UPD) in the Salt Lake City area, was created. She writes that the UPD merged various jurisdictions and municipalities that were previously under the purview of the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Department and placed all of these jurisdictions under the authority of the UPD. Very soon after, Posel claims, the UPD became the standard for other police departments across the country.

Utah is by no means the only state with a private police force problem. States such as Florida, Minnesota, California, Louisiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Arizona, and Massachusetts, have either replaced or attempted to replace local police departments with private security firms in at least some capacity over the last two decades.

Many may remember the case of Hardin, Montana which was essentially occupied by American Police Force, a private security firm that paraded itself around town as Hardin’s police force in 2009.

In 2012, Delaware introduced legislation that would have removed the power of the Sheriff and stripped the deputies and Sheriff Departments of their arrest powers. Thankfully, H.B. 290 was not passed.

Likewise, a move was made in Kershaw County, South Carolina to remove power from the county Sheriff and create a countywide police force which was not directly accountable to the citizens. Ironically, because this move required approval from Kershaw County voters, Sheriff Jim Matthews and his position were saved by the very activists whom he labeled “domestic extremists” only months prior. Clearly, these activists were more adept at perceiving danger where it actually exists than the Sheriff himself.

Nevertheless, Horry County, South Carolina has already created a countywide police force. It should be noted, however, that the Horry County version exists (and has existed for at least 50 years) alongside the Horry County Sherriff’s office so the consolidation that has taken place in Salt Lake has not yet been fully realized in Horry.

Yet consolidation of traditional law enforcement agencies into an organization that no longer has elected officials as the head of operations is not a situation that exists only in the states mentioned above. Denver County, Colorado, for instance, maintains the Denver County Police Department, with the Sheriff’s Department assuming responsibility over mere care, custody, and transport of prisoners and detainees.

Indeed, one need only search the Web to find numerous cases of police departments and Sheriff’s offices that have been merged together to effectively remove the power of the electorate (for what it is worth) and enable larger-scale ramifications in the event that the County police department is privatized.

Of course, in reality it is obvious that the privatization of police forces has its roots in a much more sinister agenda than mere corporate greed and a desire to escape accountability.

For instance, in early 2012, a document was released by the Aspen Institute Homeland Security Group, an organization closely tied to the Department of Homeland Security and co-chaired by former DHS chief Michael Chertoff, entitled, “Homeland Security and Intelligence: Next Steps in Evolving the Mission,” which states the desire of DHS and its related federal police state agencies to consume and centralize control over state and local law enforcement agencies as well as to infiltrate and co-opt the private sector. The report reads,

Partnerships and collaboration will be a determining factor in whether this refined mission succeeds. As threat grows more localized, the prospect that a state/local partner will generate the first lead to help understand a new threat, or even an emerging cell, will grow. And the federal government’s need to train, and even staff, local agencies, such as major city police departments, will grow. Because major cities are the focus for threat, these urban areas also will become the sources of intelligence that will help understand these threats at the national level, DHS might move toward decentralizing more of its analytic workforce to partner with state/local agencies in the collection and dissemination of intelligence from the local level.

This new approach to intelligence — serving local partners’ requirements, providing intelligence in areas (such as infrastructure) not previously served by intelligence agencies, and disseminating information by new means — reflects a transition in how Americans perceive national security. For this reason, state/local agencies, as clients for DHS intelligence, should also be involved in the development of requirements for what kinds of intelligence on emerging threats would be most helpful, from changing tactics for smuggling aliens into the United States to how to understand overseas terrorist incidents and translate them into analysis for the US.

Similarly, different private sectors in the United States, from the hospitality industry to
transportation, should drive requirements for DHS, in addition to serving as sources for information about what emerging vulnerabilities these industries are seeing. DHS should utilize existing public private partnerships to both drive requirements and aid distribution.

Indeed, one can easily see the agenda coming into view by virtue of the emergence of fusion centers infiltrating state and local law enforcement agencies all across the country, only furthering the federalization of police.

Without a doubt, the privatization of police forces is only one method of converting local and state law enforcement agencies to federally-controlled DHS public management organizations that are themselves interchangeable to the point of being one and the same as the U.S. military.

The evisceration of the rule of law (except for the force of law aimed at keeping the “little people” in check) is indeed one of the hallmarks of Fascism. But, while this may be seen in the privatization of police forces, nowhere is it more obvious than in the context of the “Emergency Manager” dictatorship being established in Michigan.

In what can easily be described as an openly Fascist law, Michigan’s Emergency Financial Management Law which was passed in March, 2011, essentially gives the Governor the authority to take over local governments and municipalities and appoint his own directors in place of elected leaders.

Although the concept of an “Emergency Manager” is not entirely new since Michigan has had a form of the Emergency Manager in place since around 1988 by virtue of a law which was passed and signed by then Governor James Blanchard, a Democrat, Republican Governor Rick Snyder has taken full advantage of both the Emergency Manager concept and the new powers of the Financial Management Law. It should also be noted that Emergency Managers have since been utilized by both Democrat and Republican administrations.

 

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Earth Watch Report  –  Extreme Weather

11.01.2013 Snow Storm USA State of Utah, [Utah-wide] Damage level
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Snow Storm in USA on Friday, 11 January, 2013 at 04:52 (04:52 AM) UTC.

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The storm caused several closures Friday night. Weber Applied Technical College reported they would not be holding classes and all Salt Lake City library locations were closing at 7 p.m. State Road 92 was closing between US189 and Sundance from 7 p.m. to about 8 p.m. for avalanche control. People charged with clearing the freeways and roads started preparations well before the first snowflakes started flying to minimize possible problems. Road crews have been resting up for what is expected to be an extra long shift. Once they’re on, it’s all hands on deck until the storm stops and the roads are clear. UDOT driver Derek Donivan is one person in charge of the freeways. He is part of a plan that involves treating the pavement with a brine solution ahead of time, allowing snow plows to more easily clear the fallen snow. It’s science and manpower together, fighting Mother Nature. “Pre-treating the roads allows us to have a slight edge in ways that as the snow hits the road, if we have pre-treated correctly, that snow will not bond to the roadway, allowing us to push it faster,” said UDOT Spokesman Adan Carillo. Overall Gandolf storm is considered moderate, but roads and traffic are a concern for UDOT plows and emergency responders alike. Earlier Thursday, the winds alone caused some damage ahead of the storm. A giant KFC bucket sign was blown off its pole in Sandy along 9400 South and 700 East. The bucket landed on the pavement and no one was injured. Workers hooked the bucket up to a truck and pulled it away to get it out of the front entrance.

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Utah teachers get free gun training in response to Newtown shooting

 

By Laura Zuckerman

 

(Reuters) – Kasey Hansen, a special education teacher from Salt Lake City, Utah, says she would take a bullet for any of her students, but if faced with a gunman threatening her class, she would rather be able to shoot back.

On Thursday, she was one of 200 Utah teachers who flocked to an indoor sports arena for free instruction in the handling of firearms by gun activists who say armed educators might have a chance at thwarting deadly shooting rampages in their schools.

The event was organized by the Utah Shooting Sports Council in response to the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, this month that killed 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The council said it has typically attracted about 16 teachers each year to its concealed carry training courses. But Thursday’s event near Salt Lake City, organized especially for educators in the aftermath of Newtown, drew interest from hundreds, and the class was capped at 200 for space limitations.

“I feel like I would take a bullet for any student in the school district,” Hansen, a special education teacher in a Salt Lake City school district, told Reuters after the training session.

“If we should ever face a shooter like the one in Connecticut, I’m fully prepared to respond with my firearm,” she said, adding that she planned to buy a weapon soon and take it to work.

The Newtown massacre reignited a national debate over gun safety. President Barack Obama signaled his support for reinstating a national ban on assault-style rifles and urged Congress to act. The National Rifle Association has called for posting armed guards at schools and rejected new gun-control measures.

 

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Earth Watch Report  –  Epidemic  Hazards

 

EPIDEMICS

by Staff Writers
Salt Lake City UT (SPX)


This is a helmeted guineafowl. A Turkish biologist at the University of Utah questions Turkey’s use of the birds to control ticks that spread Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, contending the birds instead may help spread the disease.

Turkey raises and releases thousands of non-native guineafowl to eat ticks that carry the deadly Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus. Yet research suggests guineafowl eat few ticks, but carry the parasites on their feathers, possibly spreading the disease they were meant to stop, says a Turkish biologist working at the University of Utah.

“They are introducing a species that is not eating many ticks, based on studies of stomach content, and is carrying the ticks, which are the best conduit for spreading Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever,” says Cagan Sekercioglu (pronounced Cha-awn Shay-care-gee-oh-loo), an assistant professor of biology at the University of Utah.

“They should stop these introductions immediately because there is a risk they may be doing the opposite of what they intended,” says Sekercioglu, an ornithologist or bird expert and founder of the Turkish environmental group KuzeyDoga Society. “They want to stop this disease, but they may be helping spread it.”

In a paper, set for publication soon in the journal Trends in Parasitology, Sekercioglu reviewed existing scientific literature. He concluded that the idea guineafowl eat ticks and thus control disease is based on unconvincing evidence even though it achieved “cult status” after a 1992 study suggesting the birds could control ticks that carry Lyme disease bacteria in the U.S. Northeast, at least on lawns.

Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever was identified as an emerging disease in Turkey in 2002. Between then and last May, the tick-borne virus infected 6,392 people in Turkey and killed 322 of them, according to statistics cited by Sekercioglu.

It was first identified in Crimea in 1944 and then in the Congo in 1969, and now it is found in Eastern and Southern Europe, the Mediterranean region, the Middle East, northwest China, central Asia and the Indian subcontinent, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Cases of the disease did drop in 2011, leading some officials to call the guineafowl program a success. But Sekercioglu says, “There is no published study in Turkey showing guineafowl are effective.” He cites news reports in which doctors attributed the decline to increased public awareness that prompts patients to get to a hospital faster and obtain better diagnosis and treatment.

 

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