Posts Tagged ‘occupy’

Monday, Dec. 26th. A friend from my high school soccer days has parents living in Culver City so she was available to meet for lunch today. I rushed my morning swim and weights to bus up to the Carson City mall and hang out a while before heading to work.

Linda helped identify some key branding concepts after we enjoyed some nice lunch conversation and then we went our separate ways. Carson City was full of small specialty shops. It was upscale like Rodeo Drive in some areas and then in another section there were middle class chains like Macy’s.

It was quite a challenge getting from Manhattan to Carson City and then to Boyle Heights for work all by bus. When a person with a scooter needs a ride it takes 5 extra minutes on and off and on this day there were two such riders. Time just seemed to fly by and it was 4 by the time I started working.

The week was full of double duties again as acting CEO while Will enjoyed time with his family in Ohio. I only got to workout 2 days, yoga 2 sessions, and lift one day. Thursday, I got an hour soccer workout in with some 20 something club players. That was the highlight of my personal week.

This was the busiest shopping week and the last of the year so my whole week was full of tallying financial numbers.

On Friday, by the time I did the FedEx drop, open a PO box, eat, transfer payroll payments and pack it was 7:30.  By the time I was on the couch relaxing it was 9:30 and I needed to rest up for a wild NYE at Universal Studios and City.

Sean went to the gym while I swam in our pool Saturday morning and then we headed to Chinatown to park for free. We took the train to Universal Studios but failed to meet any attractive girls. We paid $15 to get in to City walk shopping village and shuttled up the hill. It was another $77 to get into the theme park so we just walked around the free concert stages.

We got in the front row and sat down for an hour waiting for the music to start. I kept noticing some very attractive girls a few rows back and closer to the MTV camera but I didn’t try to push my way to them. I regretted not getting closer to get the Shhmokwear.com name on the jumbo tron more. I did get it on a few times when a camera zoomed in on my phone sticker while a band member stood by me.

Sean had a genius reaction! He put a card in the stiching of Slashes hat and it stayed there for the last hour of the show. The cameras zoomed in on it every few minutes. It was the best marketing ploy ever. We plastered the tables with cards and then I struck up a great conversation with 2 Russian model sisters.

Sean and I talked to them all the way to the train and then on the train to Hollywood Blvd. They didn’t want to get a drink with us but I did get them my numbers and we talked about driving them around the beach for lunch the next day.

The models ended up being the girls I was checking out behind us the whole concert!

As we were walking the stars, two more hot girls asked us to help them get the ones dress out of a purse zipper. We ended up talking for several minutes and gave them my numbers.

If Sean was more confident I would have told the Russians to come swim in our pool and stay the night so they could have breakfast on the beach with us.

As we arrived back to Union station we got separated. Sean ended up going the wrong way on a train while I sat on the platform waiting for him. He got frustrated with me cause I commented his new years resolution was to lose weight while talkin to a girl he liked.

It lead to fait though cause I met a great girl named Ashley on the platform and she told me all about the Rose parade and then offered to meet for lunch after the parade. She even texted me after saying bye to tell me goodnight.

Sunday, I made us blackberry pancakes and then headed to meet the Russian modeling sisters Ana and Lesha at Manhattan pier. We spent the day layin on the beach and playing volleyball and then they had to catch their bus back to Hollywood before sunset.

After they left I mingled with Husker alumni sitting next to me. They just retired in LA from North Platte and their beautiful sorority daughter was wearing her house sweatshirt making it easy for me to profile and pick them out of the crowd.

As I watched them from the pier, the father had an embarassing moment. He was changing behind his towel facing his daughter when the wind blew his towel off…. talk about an image burning in that poor girls memory.

After watching the sunset and completing another weekend without true love I returned home. Sean had prepared the most amazing fresh veggie platter with a cheese samon and brocoli baked in a crosaint. It was my favorite gourmet SP meal yet.

Nov. 14, my “normal” Monday; hot tub yoga, weights, AB workout, swim laps and tanning while eating breakfast. I was feeling extra relaxed after my long weekend stay in Euphoria so I moved about slowly and was behind schedule for work arrival. I took some extra time to unpack the camping gear and looking at the neighborhood thrift for a soccer and basketball and pump.

This week I am going to start doing more solo then just biking around looking for people to workout with.

This week I also need to follow up with the Food program, PO box and my traffic ticket.

Tuesday I jogged in the morning pand spent some time trimming the Guava tree in the garden. I wrote a letter to the Santa Monica Attorney explaining my defense of my pedestrian citation. We closed a $5000 sale and shipped it today, providing enough funds for 2 weeks of operation.

Tuesday night I got a soccer ball for free from the neighbors and went to the neighborhood rec center to kick around.

Wednesday I lifted extra and started screening off the fence so no more dogs would dig in the garden. My work day was filled with posting on forums to draw new traffic to Shhmokewear.com.

Over my lunch break each day I added new areas to the garden and seeded lettuce, Marigolds, cilantro, tobacco, brussels and cantelope. I found several cool marbles.

For the evening I went around the small shops looking for a discounted folding push scooter to get around on. Every few stores in Boyle Heights is a thrift store with great deals. I found an inflateable kayak for under $100 today and the $60 Razor scooter for only $40.

Thursday the attorney’s office replied to tell me I would have to deal directly with the PD to arrange payment for my citation but they did not include a contact so I replied with the request. I did not hear back by Friday so I would have to find the PD’s traffic citation contact myself.

We went and got a $1200 meeting table for free from a guy on Craigslist today.

Friday, I spent the day blacklisting New Galaxy Gifts in Orlando on several review sites like YELP today. They tried to claim that $600 of their order did not arrive and then requested we accept the remaining product back at our cost of shipping. We agreed and sent them the shipping label but the manager avoided 3 additional calls to confirm they were sending it back. After 2 weeks of waiting, it was time to file a theft report and Public consumer warnings.

After Will was done meeting with one our favorite team members (Lisa), we headed off for a nice relaxing night at SP’s.

We picked up some Sailor Jerry’s Rum and pineapple while Sean was fixing the dinner. It was a great night with the boys. SP’s beef and potato meal with salad and bread went perfect with the rum. We were all snookered by the time we finished our meal.

Sean came up with the idea to watch the classic 1939 Wizard of Oz to the sound track of the Dark Side of the Moon. This is always a blast when baked on party favorites. I was passed out 30 minutes in.

When I woke up I repacked my bags for a sleep over at Bellas and took my work bag out to Will’s van. Then I shaved and cleaned the mess from our dinner party. I went out to the pool to do yoga and our local hottie swimmer Eva was out. We talked and I got her number then went to eat breakfast. It was noon by the time I got Will out to work on bleeding his brakes.

After they had the hang of it, I headed to Rodeo Drive to research product brands and their marketing. I took a lot of notes and pictures and then Bella showed up. She was suppose to pick me up to go play tennis but was unprepared. She didn’t know where to play for free at night and did not bring clothes so we were going to lose an hour going to change at her house.

Then she wanted to go to the bathroom and walk around at shops and took me into Victorie Secret. I was getting more frustrated but yet enjoyed giving her pointers on lingerie. As we were picking out some items she acted like price didn’t matter? I soon realized she was trying to get me to buy everything and started lecturing about how she expects her man to pay for her?

Needles to say, I walked my dancing model to her car, told her good bye and never talked to her again.

I finished my Rodeo research then headed home to change and drop off my night bag so I could go dancing at Hermosa Pier. One of the actors who played a vampire in Cheech’s movie “From Dusk to Dawn” was on the Culver City bus from Beverly to LAX. He kept smiling at me everytime I looked near him to flirt with girls. He was pretty chill.

Once I was home I posted some new singles ads and headed to the bus stop. It was only 10:30 as I sat browsing the LA Weekly for things to do. By 11:30 I realized the bus was not in service and I would have to go to the LAX stop next time I need to get to the club. I budgeted to take the taxi home but not both ways.

I stopped at the market to get some chocolate donuts, milk and ice cream on the way back to the crib so I could bask in my lame evening alone. Going on 2 weeks with out any action so I started chatting online while watching movies and getting sleepy.

Sunday morning I was pumped with excitement in preparation for the MLS Cup final between LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo. I watched “GOAL! The Dream” while eating, chatting with a new neighbor online and planning my bike route to the stadium. I thought it would stop raining so I wore jeans instead of my Adidas gear. I did remember to wrap my stuff in plastic though.

After the first mile of 6 I was drenched. =(

As I approached the stadium I could see the displays from all the major sponsors. I locked the bike by the XBox tent and started making the rounds.

The Xbox group was giving pictures of fans with the stadium in the background in gear of our choice. They also gave wrist sweat bands which had been on my list for years to buy.

The Castrol tent had a dribbling challenge to get a shoe bag or other small stuff. Their main booth gave you a jersey in exchange for providing any info you wanted on a form. I fill them all out with bogus info that I can memorize in case drawn for valuable prizes. Here you could meet Chris Wadolowski who had led the league in goals the last 2 seasons and a chance every 30 minutes for hot models to draw your name for signed team jerseys.

There were a couple small booths like American Airlines giving an iPod to one person who could guess the amount of balls in a phone booth and Bimbo Bread who provided unlimited cup cakes.

The next big swag item was from Continental tires. If you read a bit of facts and marked a quiz sheet you got nice MLS Galaxy Cup Final Scarfs. I went back a few times to get more for friends.

Dicks Sporting Goods was giving out rain ponchos so I detoured there to cover up my sponge jeans. They gave a picture of you with the team in the background away via web login. They also gave $20 gift cards every 30min. and $100 and $200 at 5 and 5:30 before kiick off.

Allstate gave a MLS Cup Beanie in exchange for info and provided meet and greats with Tony Meola. I got my picture taken with him and got a signed promo. Every 30 minutes they gave away $100 visa cards and at 5:30 they gave away 4 field access tickets worth $300 each!

Home Depot had a kids booth for construction and painting. They also had skills challenges for beanies and a skill course for a signed team jersey to the fastest time holder.

El Jimadora Tequila gave a picture with their models and free tequila cones. Yum.

VW had an 11v11 fose table, the MLS Cup trophy pictures, ponchos, Free balls and a meet and great with 2 mvp players.

At&T was giving Sony Ericson towels away and provided juggling demos and live music. They had a QR code that was linked to a drawing app. If lucky it would display winner and you got to choose a team jersey. 2 real lucky fans were suppose to be given signed balls but I check and tried through out the day and only 2 jerseys were awarded. I wrote a complaint letter to At&T that the system was faulty so they could improve it for future promos.

As the fireworks began I headed to the Alpine Lodge to join the dry fans at the club house and get dinner. The Alpine was a german octoberfest village with several buildings, flea market grounds and dance hall. There was only about 15 fans there so it was not a good place to celebrate. Next time I will try another location.

Sung picked me up so I would not have to bike all wet. I didn’t last long watching a movie on the couch.

It was a busy week at work so I didn’t go anywhere other then Occupy LA.

Beside work tasks, we did a grocery trip on Wed and TR Will and I went to the bank.

Friday, I drove big momma and Brian to the DMV to get California IDs. They make out of staters take a written test but only require 2 proofs of ID and no residency proof just like I experienced in Texas.

Friday night I was still weak from a mild Bronchitas and I was going back out first thing in the morning so I stayed home and watched a movie.

Saturday I wanted to help a group clean up Venice Beach so I headed up there. It was sunny when I left south bay but it got cloudy as the bus went further north. I met a nice Australian family that worked for the same company in Dallas as the nice family I met with Bekah at Arkansas’ Albert Pike. Made for a fun chat about a wide variety of topics from the Occupation, IRS, Fed Reserve to talks about our travels. It was a great talk.

Once I arrived in Venice I could not find the group and I did not get a phone number so I rode around all afternoon between the Sana Monica amusement park and Venice. Will and I kept missing each other too even though I spent several hours playing soccer volley in the north green. I broke my toe when I kicked it wrong with my left foot. It would take nearly 4 months to heal.

There was also a Xbox skateboard competition going on that I recorded for awhile before heading back home.

By the time I got home Sung was ready to go out for his birthday. I showered quickly and then Neil, Sung and I headed back to the Sana Monica Del Rio hotel for a party. I almost stayed in from my long workout but it was a good thing they talked me into it because I would meet a special lady this night.

Upon entering the lobby I could see there where far less women and even fewer attractive ones so I picked a seat by the piano and started writing while enjoying the music. In the next section over I noticed a beautiful eastern european woman dressed in detailed fashion that fit her to perfection. Her blue jeans fit her curves like body paint and the array of bright colors of her top ensemble drew the males to her like the tail feathers of the peacock.

I studied how she talked to the men closely through the night and studied how her attention would wander in my direction while in discusions with others. By the end of the night I could tell she was single and not imprssed with the 10+ guys hitting on her so I moved to the seat near her and as she was getting ready to leave she approached me and started a talk. I told her we were moving on and simply asked her how I could get ahold of her and she gave me her number. While I was driving Bella and I exchanged some texts that made it clear she wanted to get to know me so I told her I would come back the next day.

Sunday Oct. 23, I made the boys a nice breakfast and then headed back to the train. From the LAX station I caught the Santa Monica bus and went to north beach. I got to talk to a nice lady and an ex pro baseball pitcher who had been extras in some movies on the way. Once I was at the pier I called Bella to see if she was free and she said she would call me when she made it to the beach.

We spent the next several hours walking the strand from north Monica to Venice. We passed Sung and his lady while watching the gymnasts practice. This father was training his 2 year old by holding him up in the air on one hand to improve the childs balance and confidence. It was amazing! After the cloudy sunset over the ocean we went a few blocks in land onMontana to a bakery for some hot cocoa and talked about dinner options. We decided to pick up some pasta and sauce veggies and go cook at her house. She has gone 11 years in LA without getting hitched or pregnant so I was not expecting any intimacy on the first date so it was easy to keep my hormones in check.

While cooking she explained her only other serious time with a guy and the only guy to visit her house was a pretty famous actor. I deffinately won’t be able to treat her to all the fancy fun that he did so I’m not sure how long she will be interested in me. We got along great and she taught me a lot about Lebanon and her Muslim culture. We cuddled while watching a movie and eventually stopped kissing long enough to force us to get up and take me back to the bike.

I lost track of time so I missed the last 2am bus and had to bike 15 miles home. Going around the marina Del Ray and the airport is such a hastle it took me until nearly 4am to get home. I then had to sleep on the bench and wait until someone came out of the condo entrance so I could get in. It was 6am by the time I finally got to bed but it was well worth it!

Everywhere there was song and celebration: 30,000 Foodstockers fight the mega-quarry

By Meg BorthwickRabble.ca

Imagine you are walking through a gold, orange and red canopied autumn woodlot. You’ve got a fragrant, steaming mug of cider to ward off the chill, and as you wander, eating and drinking, local buskers serenade you as you make your way through crowds of friends to a stage where your favourite Canadian musicians are playing live. Nice dream, eh?

Sometimes these dreams become reality. On Sunday, Oct. 16th, more than 28,000 people drove (or were bussed) from all over Ontario, through shifting rain and sun, howling winds and chill air, to a woodlot in the middle of Lennox Farms, about 90 minutes north of Toronto.

Their reason for confronting the weather, and the inevitable mud is Foodstock — a culinary adventure with dozens of contributing chefs, and Canadian recording artists and activists on the main stage. More than 40 acoustical bands and individual artists played in the woods along the muddy trails that led from one food station to another.

This was an event in the planning for several months with farmers, activists and even township councillors pitching in to create a fundraising and awareness event in support of the courageous efforts by locals to stop the building of a mega-quarry on prime food-producing farmland. Melancthon Quarry

Chef Michael Stadtländer convinced about 100 chefs from across Ontario and Canada to volunteer their time and food for the cause. As Footstock volunteer co-ordinator David Waters said so succinctly, “you can’t eat gravel.”

The theme was, “think global, eat local” and so the event featured chefs using locally grown food and ingredients to create gastronomic treats for rockin’ Foodstockers to sample. Clearly the food was good — I saw lineups at tents so long it was hard to tell where they began. Despite standing in queue for long stretches, knee-deep in cold squelchy mud, everyone continued to chatter energetically with their neighbours, talking about the politics of food, about what an environmental obscenity the proposed mega-quarry is, about Occupy Toronto, etc.

Along the pathways leading through the woods were buskers and artisans — painters, sculptors, carvers — who were selling their wares, with a percentage going to the Stop the Mega Quarry campaign. I spoke to a local wood carver and asked him how and why he became involved with Foodstock.

“I’m here to stop this, just like we all need to stop this,” says local carver Jim Lethied. “A friend of mine who organized the buskers also connected to some artists, so I jumped on board… I’m going to take a percentage of my sales and hand it over so we can pay for some lawyers.” I asked Jim if he thought it would really come down to that. “I hope not!” he replied, “but they have a too much money invested for them to not do anything and everything to make this quarry happen.”

Lethied lives in Dunedin, about 15 minutes away from the Foodstock site, on the Noisy River. “I can’t think of anything that would piss me off more than to wake up one morning and not have that river running. I would lose it!” He adds, “you have to remember that, for them, this is just about money. It’s a bunch of rich people, highly rich people who want even more money.”

Everyone — from volunteers in the local farming community to speakers like Mohawk activist Danny Beaton, musical artists Ron Sexsmith, Jim Cuddy, Barenaked Ladies members and Sarah Harmer, to the tens of thousands who attended — all passionately expressed how they felt about the proposed quarry and the water and agricultural land it would destroy.

All visitors were treated to the products of agricultural land; we ate potato risotto, wood fired pizza, pancakes with wild berry compote, Hungarian goulash served in a locally grown cabbage leaf bowl, elk stew (I was picking elk out of my teeth for hours), lobster risotto, numerous soups, pastas and veggies, and many more tasty food samples that we dutifully heaped on the bowls, plates and mugs we were required to bring with us to the event.

Of the attending chefs, I can only mention a few: Jamie Kennedy from Jamie Kennedy Kitchens, Albert Ponzo from Le Select Bistro, Carole Ferrari from Locale Café, Fawzi Kotb from Veloute Bistro and Catering, Rob Fraser from Fraser Café (Ottawa), Stefan Czapalay from Culinary Design Solutions in Nova Scotia, and Moe Mathieu from Saskatchewan.

At we left the farmer’s field that served as one of several parking lots, we were astonished by how little garbage and waste were left in the wake of 28,000-plus visitors. Hard-working volunteers definitely kept things in order, but I noticed everyone consciously using recycling bins that were numerous throughout the site.

As the Occupy movement grows, and I see events like Fookstock grow (hopefully it will become an annual event), it strikes me that we — all of us who share in this economy — have been pushed to the wall, and are now fighting back. Regardless of the particular issue, we are all fighting the good fight that builds a more balanced and equitable future for our children and ourselves.

Meg Borthwick is one of the moderators of babble, rabble.ca’s online forum.

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For another report with several pictures, see Foodstock draws thousands against mega quarry

To follow the activism against the Melancthon Quarry, seehttp://miningforthetruthinmelancthon.blogspot.com/

1 vs. 99: Keystone XL seizes private US land for oil to China

Posted on October 20, 2011 by Rady

CANADIAN OIL FIRM SUES TO SEIZE US LAND FOR KEYSTONE XL OIL HEADED TO CHINA

By Rady Ananda

The NYTimesreports that TransCanada, a Canadian oil company, promises to confiscate private land from South Dakota to the Gulf of Mexico, and has already filed nearly 60 lawsuits against private US citizens who refuse to allow the Keystone XL pipeline on their property, even though the controversial project has yet to receive federal approval.

“Randy Thompson, a cattle buyer in Nebraska, was informedthat if he did not grant pipeline access to 80 of the 400 acres left to him by his mother along the Platte River, ‘Keystone will use eminent domain to acquire the easement.’”

In an email, Vince Wade comments:

“One of my frequent preaching topics is why NAFTA is bad for our economy and our nation and how it is a tool of the robber baron globalists who have destroyed the Middle Class of the industrialized world–which is why we have a global recession/depression.

“For those of you who worry about U.S. Sovereignty, let’s think about this: a Canadian company–that is, a foreign company, which is part of NAFTA, is threatening Americans who are refusing to surrender their property to build a pipeline to carry highly toxic tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to the refineries of Texas.

It will cross the Ogallala Aquifer, the prime source of water for about 11 states. In some places the aquifer water table is 5 feet below ground. The oil fat cats tell us with a straight face that there’s nothing to worry about. By the way, a branch of the Tar Sands pipeline project is responsible for the massive spill in Michigan’s Kalamazoo River last year. It’s still a mess.

“Would you be surprised to learn that much of the Canadian tar sands oil to be pumped into the Keystone XL pipeline is owned by the People’s Republic Of China?

“Communist China has invested billions in the Canadian Tar Sands oil industry, and Keystone XL is intended to transport China’s oil. In other words, Keystone XL is intended to transport Canadian oil to Texas so Communist China can recoup its investment in Canadian natural resources. The Obama Administration doesn’t see a problem with this pipeline and it is leaning toward giving the pipeline the full go-ahead. Obama hopes approval will mean a campaign contribution windfall from the oil barons.

“Once again–a bi-partisan shafting of the American people. Hey-the 1% globalists of NAFTA want this, so our for-rent politicians in both parties stand ready to oblige.”

CHINA IS DEEPLY INVESTED IN THE ENBRIDGE GATEWAY PROJECT, AS WELL.

 

The Globe and Mail reports:

“Enbridge Inc. has quietly garnered support from a powerful group of foreign interests for its controversial Asian export pipeline, as Chinese investors in Canada’s oil sands become increasingly bold in their ambitions to bring Canadian crude across the Pacific.

“The company is in the midst of a multiyear effort to gain approval to build Northern Gateway, a $6.6-billion proposed project that would take crude from the oil sands to the British Columbia coast, where it could be loaded on ships and sent to Asia and California.

“To date, only one company, China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec), has been identified as a financial backer of Gateway, after Enbridge raised a total of $100-million in funding from 10 Canadian producers and Asian refiners that agreed to help backstop the cost of gaining regulatory approval.

“… [A]s Chinese companies pour billions into Canadian energy investments, it’s increasingly clear their interest extends to bringing barrels across the Pacific. Those firms have long argued that their interest in Canadian oil is aimed purely at profit, not simply fueling Chinese cars with Alberta crude.

“But their statements to Canadian regulators show that exporting barrels is a key motivator. Earlier this year, for example, five companies signed up for so-called firm service, or guaranteed access, to a portion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, which carries oil from Edmonton to a port at Burnaby, B.C. Among them is PetroChina International (America) Inc., a subsidiary of Chinese energy giant China National Petroleum Corp.

“In testimony before the National Energy Board, Stephen Dove, senior crude oil trader with the firm, said: ‘at PetroChina International office, one of our main concerns, of course, is supply back to China.’”

In the last ten years alone, Enbridge spilled oil 700 times, as documented in this film short, Risking it All – Oil on our Coast, from BC filmmaker Twyla Roscovich andCallingFromTheCoast.com:

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Once again, we have the 1% dictating how private land owned by the 99% will be seized and contaminated for the enrichment of the 1%.

Related:

Who Are the Top 1%?
One Super Corporation Runs The Global Economy
STUDY: The network of global corporate control, Stefania Vitali1 James B. Glattfelder, and Stefano Battiston (2011)

 

On Wed Sept. 28th, Will and I went to the LA Galaxy Champions league game against Monselia. We picked up 2 $40 tickets for $15 each in case we couldn’t jump a fence. It ended up being a waste because we found a spot on the press box.

I got careless and rushed my technique. The was a railing to catch my foot on the stadium side of the fence but it was just out of reach while holding on to the fence so I grabbed a cement rafter to turn around. My grip slipped and I almost fell which I would have resulted in my leg getting caught as I catapulted the back of my head straight into the cement. Fortunately, my angel caught my finger tip on the edge and guided me safely down.

Once inside we sat with the press on the first row of the 50 and got in some of the tv and media shots. Then we were asked to stay above the front section so we got some lounge chairs for the 2nd half.

It was tied going into injury time as LA scored in the last minute off a corner to avoid elimination from the tournament.

Thursday night I stopped at the Lawndale soccer fields to get a workout in and met some Turkish friends to play with on the winter league.

Friday the 30th, Sung/Sean and I went to a Dead cover band in Long Beach called Cubansis. On the way Sung got pulled over and fined $500 for tossing a burning item out of a moving vehicle.

Saturday was the beginning of the Occupy LA march and protests so I spent the day downtown. I met several wonderful new friends, including a few cute girls who would later dance the night away with me at the LA Decompression Burningman festival until the sun started rising over historic park.

I went back to the rally after the girls went home and Will was up playing cards still. It was almost 5 by the time I laid down in the van and then I got up at 7 to take the train home.

As soon as I got back Sung was ready to go to an Art walk event. An old brewery was closed down and remodeled into an artist commune. The place was amazing with all the self expression covering over 100 unique studios. There was a studio open for rent to consider for Shhmokewear but it was not available for viewing. It took us 4 hours to visit all the studios and then it was time for dinner. We stopped at a restaurant in Chinatown where a lot of movie scenes have been filmed in front. It was nice to have authentic sweet and sour pork and Saskatchewan chicken and $10 a plate was fair for L.A.

The next morning, Monday, I headed back to Shhmokewear to get the business plan done. After work Will and I went to City Hall to protest again with Occupy LA. We made several new friends each time we went over there. It was basically a big festival with media around. There is a tent for everything from general store to food and recycling. There are compost bins and drum circles and everyone barters and shares.

It is basically a temporary unitopia of traditional life like the old west gold towns. Unfortunate that there is not a continuous string of such events in more local areas for others to experience. The Occupy rallies would continue on in most major US cities for several months of 2011.

We went to the rally Monday and Tuesday but then Wednesday I went to the Further Fest at the Greek Theatre. You can take the train 15 blocks from the theater near Vermont and Hollywood and then bike up to the park. The first night I went straight to the Hyde Observatory above the theater to watch the show for free. I went in the wrong entrance and took an extra 20 minutes hiking up the Hyde trail.

Once I got to the top I discovered you could park for free at the top vs. Paying 15 down below. The trail by Hyde has several spots to put a chair or blanket down to watch the show plus you get an amazing view of the LA and Hollywood sky lines.

The temps dropped to 40 and I started shivering so I rode down to the theater to scope out ways to get in. The fence top was flat in front but extra security was on duty to stop jumpers. You could climb the hill in back and get over but you need a spotter on the inside to let u know a good time to come over. Once over you need to remove your hat and mix into the crowd to avoid being chased.

The next night Will, Brian and I rode with Scott and his lady to Furthur. This time I was in the lot 3 hours ahead of the show to experience the touring  flea market. It was quite an experience seeing all the colorful characters and their art creations they sell to survive on the tour.

We spent too long promoting Shhmokewear and waiting for scalpers to sell cheap before deciding to hop the back fence so the cross lot was taped off and being secured by security. I ran diversion while Brian and Will snuck around. After that I waited for 20 minutes before giving up. I went by the front gate so I could see the screen and hand out with the other members of Shhmoke that were there.

After the show we set up our merch in the path leading everyone back to their cars and we put Shhmoke cards on the luxury cars. It is a great way to break the ice with attractive people you want to meet.

Friday Will and I went camping. He showed me the sacred Oaji hot springs and hiking trails. We camped and cooked some grub about midnight after several hours of full moon yoga and hot springs rituals.

Saturday we hiked all day and swam in a freezing fresh spring water hole and then returned to Occupy LA.

The weekend group was 2x the size of the week day groups. All areas of the block and park were completely covered and there were now tippis and plywood walls for graffiti art in true Venice skater form. This night there was a community projector theater and we contributed Russo’s Freedom to Fascism.

After meeting several more new activist friends we headed back to the pad around 2am.

Sunday I toured Mariachi plaza shops for hand-made leather crafts then biked with 100,000+ at CiclaVia.org. The city of LA closed downtown and 40 other blocks to biking only to promote green living and transportation. It was amazing. There were events and bands on several streets and parks and it joined with the Long Beach south bay tri-athalon. I rode most of the route and then spent the afternoon making new friends playing volleyball and Manhattan beach.

I especially enjoyed meeting 8 new lady yogi friends who are in LA for a 9 week training by the airport. They were very friendly and added our LA Fun facebook group to keep in touch for future gatherings.

When I finally made it home for a night, Sung’s friend Neil was temporarily staying with us because the job we helped move him to San Diego for, had fallen apart. He was staying with us while lining up a new Dr. position.

We caught up on the weeks events and then passed out. Monday morning (10/7) I hit the hot tub, swam some laps, pumped some iron, did my yoga and then headed back to the Shhmokewear head quarters.

LA Blog

Skipped Burning Man to make sure I had everything packed perfect and all of networks business organized. I also took my time because I was having fun with new friends while hoping Allison would want to see me before leaving.

A week later on Sept 12 Christy Hamlin offered to take me to the airport on Saturday the 17th, so I scheduled the cheapest flight with only 1 day in advance. My final night in town, Alli needed to sleep early to get up at 5 for the Tyler Rose Triathalon so I never got to see her again.

We did text back and forth while she was on the way to the race and I was on the way to the airport and we continue to update each other.

On my first flight I sat with a executive for FuelReliefgvAid.org and
She offered to help some of the Network when possible. I then emailed her Opal Lewis’ story.

On my next flight from Phoenix to L.A. I met Jenny. She was coming home a day early because her air show in Reno was canceled when a plane crashed into the crowd. She also told me about Project Health Waters which her dad was a part of.

 

My buddy Sung was waiting to pick me up and then we rushed straight to a Shhmokewear appearance at a John Lennon musical at the Hayworth Theater.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/09/20/national/main20109115.shtml

It was the perfect initiation for Sung into the Shhmokewear family. The production did an amazing job portraying the life of Lennon.

http://thehayworth.com/justimagine.html

After the musical we stopped by the warehouse Shhmoke is considering moving into which was also the site for the Harvest Cup.

Next, Sung dropped us all off at Shhmokewear’s headquarters so we could go to the Harvest Cup and sell our art all day Sunday soon as we woke up.

http://www.klubkushmedia.com/?p=229

The Harvest Cup was an amazing experience. I’m all for respecting and returning to the Industrial hemp standard and the freedom of adults to medicate without regulation but the absence of such booths at the event showed room for improvement.

The vendors were all medicinal focused. The stage had continuous rap artists and the finale was a bikini contest! It gave me a great opportunity to study the key players in the Canabis industry.

The 10 member hipppie Shhmoke team has an amazing chemistry so we started filming to promote a video series for YouTube.

Monday, I took the rail 1.75 hrs. 25 miles from the downtown warehouse district to Sungs in Redondo. I worked with Sung Monday and Tuesday to build customers for his car sales business.

Wednesday I went back downtown to Incorporate Shhmoke with Will. At the end of the night 3 of us went to a freestyle club like the one seen on 8 mile until 3 am. I stayed until TR night building the biz plan then went to the Kaiser Permanente protest for fair health benefits before landing back in Redondo.

Friday, we helped a friend move from Catalina Harbor to San Diego then hit the Boardwalk.

The BooGaloo Club was hoping with a blues band until 11 then shoulder to shoulder honeys as it converted to a happening dance club. The guys from the move, Lee and Brian and Sung, fed me drinks while watching me bust some moves.

We crashed at 2 and then got right back out at 7 to do a group hike of Malibu’s Solstice State Park trails. The drive along Malibu is one of my favorites. You pass Sana Monica Amusement Park then drive PCH along the ocean and pass tons of million dollar celebrity homes. There are several fresh sea food shacks and the Topanga Canyon hippie town along the way to the park.

The trails lead you to the Roberts home remains at the stream in the base of the canyon. You have to look at my pictures and see the full beauty. They had 3 different fire places and 2 were built with stone ovens and stoves for cooking. Everything but the roof was set in stone and a water pump system was set to keeulapiap it wet and fire proof when needed!

After the 7 mile jog over several steep ridges everyone met back up at the nearest sea shack. We got this combination platter that must have come straight from heaven itself. Stuffed breaded shrimp, oysters, tulapia, samon, iced shrimp and potato wedges of pure ambrosia flavor.

We chilled at the pad the rest of the night working.

Sunday Sept. 25th, was the Abbot Kenniy festival in Venice. I strolled the 200+ vendors along with 150000 others and then rolled out my blanket by the stage to promote Shhmokewear while writing. I met with the Venice community association and look forward to promoting the boardwalk on their facebook page.

Will and Alejandra showed up about 4 and we srolled some more and will introduced me to several artists until 9 and then I bused back home.

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The United States of America UNDER Repair!

WHAT IS WRONG with the U.S.A.!

The OCCUPY movement is all about bringing light and awareness to the sleeping ignorant citizens of the country by educating them on the wrongs that the government is doing to them and on their behalf.

Here are a few summaries and links to what is wrong with the USA right now and why I lead the restoration efforts everywhere I travel! Fight now if you want to restore the original Constitution of the United States and retain your freedom and Bill of Rights!

First let’s say WHAT IS RIGHT! The Constitution and the Bill of Rights. It IS THAT simple! I love it and honor and cherish it. Anything that oposes the founding fathers will find difficult obstacles surrounding my friends. Democratic governing provides the people freedoms and rights but what happens when the politicians are forced into corruption? Some give in easier then others while some just dissapear with no trace.

World power and dominance has been achieved beyond reason. Our borders are safe and secure and the people live in comfort but the US has expanded too far and enforces power beyond the reach of peaceful intention.

Here is a list of FACTS that are challenging the worlds respect for the United States of America and its citizens.

Department of Homeland Security
More like the Department of Privacy Invasion! The U.S.A. has invaded lands on foreign continents to prosper off their natural resources. After out growing our countries resources due to irresponsible reproduction and wasteful resource management, we use our media and scare tactics like 911 to influence the votes of our citizens and convince them we NEED TO Invade the privacy of selective citizens because THEY COULD BE A TERRORIST. We are already a world super power and are borders are safe and secluded. Regardless of how many defensive preventions we may have, a terrorist organization is not bombing inside our borders. We should not have military personel in foreign continents beyond the minimum security needed for our peace keeping Embassys and United Nations partners.

On our land we have a system that has become TOO DETAILED. We have over optimized our systems! In the early days we believed in our neighbors and took care of ourselves. Now we have placed too much power in others and we have alienated the peasants from the aristocrats.

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/12/illegal-wiretapping/

http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/fahrenheit-911-facts/faq-about-the-facts-of-fahrenheit-911

WE RIG OUR ELECTIONS!
“With information provided from the Voter News Service, NBC was the first network to project Gore the winner in Florida at 7:48 pm.? At 7:50 pm ,CNN and CBS project Gore the winner in Florida as well.” By 8:02 pm , all five networks and the Associated Press had called Gore the winner in Florida. Even the VNS called Gore the winner at 7:52 pm. At 2:16 am, Fox calls Florida for Bush, NBC follows at 2:16 am. ABC is the last network to call the Florida for Bush, at 2:20 am, while AP and VNS never call Florida for Bush. At 2:16 a.m., the call was made: Fox News Channel, with Bush’s first cousin John Ellis running its election desk, was the first to project Florida — and the presidency — for the Texas governor.
CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2001/ALLPOLITICS/stories/02/02/cnn.report/cnn.pdf

A Fox News consultant, John Ellis, who made judgments about presidential ‘calls’ on Election Night admits he was in touch with George W. Bush and FL Gov. Jeb Bush by telephone several times during the night, but denies breaking any rules.? CNN, November 14, 2000; http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2000/11/14/politics/main249357.shtml.

“The vote total was certified by Florida’s secretary of state, Katherine Harris, head of the Bush campaign in Florida, on behalf of Gov. Jeb Bush, the candidate’s brother.” Mark Zoller Seitz, “Bush Team Conveyed an Air of Legitimacy,” San Diego Union-Tribune, December 16, 2000.

The Florida Department of State awarded a $4 million contract to the Boca Raton-based Database Technologies Inc. (subsidiary of ChoicePoint).? They were tasked with finding improperly registered voters in the state’s database, but mistakes were rampant. “At one point, the list included as felons 8,000 former Texas residents who had been convicted of misdemeanors.” St. Petersburg Times (Florida), December 21, 2003.

Database Technologies, a subsidiary of ChoicePoint, “was responsible for bungling an overhaul of Florida’s voter registration records, with the result that thousands of people, disproportionately black, were disenfranchised in the 2000 election.? Had they been able to vote, they might have swung the state, and thus the presidency, for Al Gore, who lost? in Florida. Oliver Burkeman, Jo Tuckman, “Firm in Florida Election Fiasco Earns Millions from Files on Foreigners,” The Guardian, May 5, 2003 http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,949709,00.html. See also, Atlanta-Journal-Constitution, May 28, 2001.

In 1997, Rick Rozar, the late head of the company bought by ChoicePoint, donated $100,000 to the Republican National Committee. Melanie Eversley, “Atlanta-Based Company Says Errors in Felon Purge Not Its Fault,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 28, 2001.? Frank Borman of Database Technologies Inc. has donated extensively to New Mexico Republicans, as well as to the Presidential campaign of George W. Bush. Opensecrets.org, “Frank Borman.”

[A] consortium [Tribune Co., owner of the Times; Associated Press; CNN; the New York Times; the Palm Beach Post; the St. Petersburg Times; the Wall Street Journal; and the Washington Post] hired the NORC [National Opinion Research Center, a nonpartisan research organization affiliated with the University of Chicago] to view each untallied ballot and gather information about how it was marked. The media organizations then used computers to sort and tabulate votes, based on varying scenarios that had been raised during the post-election scramble in Florida. Under any standard that tabulated all disputed votes statewide, Mr. Gore erased Mr. Bush’s advantage and emerged with a tiny lead that ranged from 42 to 171 votes.? Donald Lambro, “Recount Provides No Firm Answers,” Washington Times, November 12, 2001.

“Shouting slogans like ‘Hail to the Thief’ and ‘Selected, Not Elected,’ tens of thousands of protesters descended on George W. Bush’s inaugural parade route yesterday to proclaim that he and Vice President Dick Cheney had ‘stolen’ the election while pelting them with eggs and tomatoes.” The parade and walk to the White House was cancelled. Michael Kranish and Sue Kirchhoff, “Thousands Protest ‘Stolen’ Election,” Boston Globe, January 21, 2001.

“Mr. Bush remained in the elementary school for nearly a half an hour after Andy Card whispered in his ear that the nation was under attack.” Michael Kranish, “Bush: US To Hunt Down Attackers,” Boston Globe, September 11, 2001.

WE PLOT and COVER-UP Scare Tactics on our Citizens.

We even accept innocent lives as collateral damage for the greater good of the corrupt!

http://www.wikileaks.ch/w/index.php?search=9%2F11&ns0=1&title=Special%3ASearch&fulltext=Search&fulltext=Search

Government officials were instructed to ignore Terrorism updates by Richard A. Clarke who was the head coordinator of National Security from 1992-2003. Here are some of his comments before resigning.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_A._Clarke

(after requesting a meeting with the Principal cabinet members in the months leading up to 9/11)
MR. CLARKE: I did get a response. The response was that in the Bush administration I should, and my committee, the counterterrorism security group, should report to the deputies committee, which is a sub-cabinet level committee, and not to the principals, and that therefore it was inappropriate for me to be asking for a principals meeting. Instead, there would be a deputies meeting.

MR. ROEMER: So, does this slow the process down to go to the deputies rather than to the principals or a small group, as you had previously done?

MR. CLARKE: It slowed it down enormously, by months. First of all, the deputies committee didn’t meet urgently in January or February. Then, when the deputies committee did meet, it took the issue of al Qaeda as part of a cluster of policy issues, including nuclear proliferation in South Asia, democratization in Pakistan, how to treat the problems, the various problems, including narcotics and other problems in Afghanistan, and, launched on a series of deputies meetings extending over several months to address al Qaeda in the context of all of those interrelated issues. That process probably ended, I think, in July of 2001, so we were readying for a principals meeting in July, but the principals’ calendar was full, and then they went on vacation, many of them, in August, so we couldn’t meet in August, and therefore the principals met in September.

“The Aug. 6, 2001, document, known as the President’s Daily Brief, has been the focus of intense scrutiny because it reported that bin Laden advocated airplane hijackings, that al-Qaida supporters were in the United States and that the group was planning attacks here.” Clarke J. Scott, “Clarke Gave Warning on Sept. 4, 2001; Testimony Includes Apology to Families of Sept. 11 Victims, Associated Press, March 25, 2004.

“There is ample documentation demonstrating that the Reagan and Bush administrations supplied critical military technologies that were put directly to use in the construction of the Iraqi war machine. There is also strong evidence indicating that the executive branch’s failure to crack down on illegal weapons traffickers or keep track of third party transfers of U.S. weaponry allowed a substantial flow of U.S.-origin military equipment and military components to make their way to Iraq.” William D. Hartung, Weapons at War; A World Policy Institute Issue Brief, May 1995. See also, Alan Friedman, Spider’s Web: The Secret History of How the White House Illegally Armed Iraq, (Bantam Books, 1993); Kenneth R. Timmerman, The Death Lobby: How the West Armed Iraq, (Houghton, Mifflin, 1991).

“The 27 classified pages of a congressional report about Sept. 11 depict a Saudi government that not only provided significant money and aid to the suicide hijackers but also allowed potentially hundreds of millions of dollars to flow to Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups through suspect charities and other fronts, according to sources familiar with the document. One U.S. official who has read the classified section said it describes ‘very direct, very specific links’ between Saudi officials, two of the San Diego-based hijackers and other potential co-conspirators ‘that cannot be passed off as rogue, isolated or coincidental.’” Of all the hijackers, 15 of the 19 were Saudi. Josh Meyer, “Report Links Saudi Government to 9/11 Hijackers, Sources Say,” Los Angeles Times, August 2, 2003.

WE AIDED the Deportation of the hired Terrorists! (aiding the debate that the corrupt politicians were calling the shots)

“Now, what I recall is that I asked for flight manifests of everyone on board and all of those names need to be directly and individually vetted by the FBI before they were allowed to leave the country. And I also wanted the FBI to sign off even on the concept of Saudis being allowed to leave the country. And as I recall, all of that was done. It is true that members of the Bin Laden family were among those who left. We knew that at the time. I can’t say much more in open session, but it was a conscious decision with complete review at the highest levels of the State Department and the FBI and the White House.” Testimony of Richard Clarke, Former Counter terrorism Chief, National Security Council, before The Senate Judiciary Committee, September 3, 2003.

“I was making or coordinating a lot of decisions on 9/11 and the days immediately after. And I would love to be able to tell you who did it, who brought this proposal to me, but I don’t know. Since you pressed me, the two possibilities that are most likely are either the Department of State, or the White House Chief of Staff’s Office. But I don’t know.” Testimony of Richard A. Clarke before the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, March 24, 2004.

After the airspace reopened, six chartered flights with 142 people,mostly Saudi Arabian nationals, departed from the United States between September 14 and 24. One flight, the so-called Bin Ladin flight, departed the United States on September 20 with 26 passengers, most of them relatives of Usama Bin Ladin. National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, Threats and Responses in 2001, Staff Statement No. 10, The Saudi Flights, p. 12; http://www.9-11commission.gov/hearings/hearing10/staff_statement_10.pdf

It should be noted that the US Customs and Border Protection document released by the Department of Homeland Security under the FOIA, Feb 24, 2004 lists 162 Saudi Nationals who flew out of the country between 9/11/2001 and 9/15/2001, departing from New York’s Kennedy airport, Washington’s Dulles, and Dallas Fort Worth. http://www.judicialwatch.org/archive/2004/homelandsecurity.pdf.

The U.S. shows Racist / Religious persecution against Muslims and others
“In the days, weeks and months following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, hundreds of American immigrants were rounded up and detained, often under harsh or abusive conditions, in the name of keeping America safe. Not because of evidence (or even sound hunches) that they were involved in the terrorist attacks that brutally ended the lives of more than 3,100 people. Not because they were found to have ties to – or even knowledge of – terrorist groups who might threaten American security in the future. Instead, hundreds of immigrants were arbitrarily snared in this dragnet, marked for arrest and thrown (literally, at times) in jail. The exact number is unknown, because the government refuses to release that information. They had one thing in common: Almost all were Arab or South Asian men, and almost all were Muslim… Once arrested, many immigrants were labeled “of interest” to the September 11 investigation and thrown into legal limbo – detained for weeks or months in connection with a criminal investigation, but denied the due process rights that they would have been entitled to had they actually been charged with crimes.” ACLU, “America’s Disappeared: Seeking International Justice for Immigrants Detained after September 11,” January 2004.

In 1972, two airmen were suspended for failing to take their medical examination. One was George W. Bush and the other was James R. Bath. James R. Bath was the Texas money manager for the Bin Laden family and they invested in BUSH.

“According to a 1976 trust agreement, drawn shortly after [George H. W.] Bush was appointed director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Saudi Sheik Salem M. Binladen appointed Bath as his business representative in Houston. Binladen, along with his brothers, owns Binladen Brothers Construction, one of the largest construction companies in the Middle East.”? Jerry Urban, “Feds Investigate Entrepreneur Allegedly Tied to Saudis,” Houston Chronicle, June 4, 1992.

Mr. Bath invested in Mr. Bush’s first major business venture, Arbusto Energy, in the late 1970’s after Mr. Bath began working for Salem bin Laden. Jim Rutenberg, “A Film to Polarize Along Party Lines,” New York Times, May 17, 2004.

Bath’s business relationship with Salem bin Laden, and other wealthy Saudi businessmen, has been well documented.? See, e.g., Mike Ward, “Bin Laden Relatives Have Ties to Texas,” Austin American-Statesman, November 9, 2001; Jerry Urban, “Feds Investigate Entrepreneur Allegedly Tied to Saudis,” Houston Chronicle, June 4, 1992; Thomas Petzinger Jr., et al., “Family Ties: How Oil Firm Linked to a Son of Bush Won Bahrain Drilling Pact,” The Wall Street Journal, December 6, 1991.

“[E]arly 1980s tax records reviewed by TIME show that Bath invested $50,000 in Bush’s energy ventures and remained a stockholder until Bush sold his company to Harken in 1986.” Jonathan Beaty, “A Mysterious Mover of Money and Planes,” Time Magazine, October 28, 1991

Bush was investigated by the S.E.C.? The James Baker law partner who helped Bush beat the rap from the SEC was a man by the name of Robert Jordon, who, when George W. became president was appointed ambassador to Saudi Arabia.?

“A week before George W. Bush’s 1990 sale of stock in Harken Energy Co., the firm’s outside lawyers cautioned Bush and other directors against selling shares if they had significant negative information about the company’s prospects.? The sale came a few months before Harken reported significant losses, leading to an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission.? The June 15, 1990, letter from the Haynes and Boone law firm wasn’t sent to the SEC by Bush’s attorney Robert W. Jordan until Aug. 22, 1991, according to a letter by Jordan.? That was one day after SEC staff members investigating the stock sale concluded there was insufficient evidence to recommend an enforcement action against Bush for insider trading.” Peter Behr, “Bush Sold Stock After Lawyers’ Warning,” Washington Post, November 1, 2002.?

Congress did not read the Patriot Act before voting on it.
“The morning [of October 12], the House voted 337-79 to pass the bill.? The outraged dissenters complained that no one could possibly have had the time to read the enormously complex 342-page law that amended fifteen different federal statutes and that had only been printed out hours before.” Steven Brill, After; How America Confronted the September 12 Era, (Simon & Schuster, NY: 2003).

On March 19th, 2003, George W. Bush and the United States military invaded Iraq, which had never attacked or threatened to attack the United States.? A nation that had never murdered a single American citizen.”

“Iraq never threatened the US, let alone Australia. The basic consideration was and remains the perception of America’s wider strategic interest in the Middle East.” Richard Woolcott, “Thread bare Basis To The Homespun Yarn That Led Us Into Iraq,” Sydney Morning Herald, November 26, 2003—(Woolcott was Australia’s Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs And Trade during the first Gulf War.)

For definition of murder of civilians (as opposed to combatants), see Article 3 of the Geneva Convention . (“For persons taking no active part in the hostilities, the following acts are and shall remain prohibited at any time (a) Violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds.”)

The Bush administration announced that it would roll-back ‘modest’ increases of benefits to troops. The Army Times noted, “the administration announced that on Oct. 1 it wants to roll back recent modest increases in monthly imminent-danger from $225 to $150 (a cut of 33%) and family-separation allowances from $250 to $100 (a cut of 60%) for troops getting shot at in combat zones.”
http://www.armytimes.com/story.php?f=1-292259-1989240.php?

“Thanks to a law passed this year, troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and other high-risk areas now receive $225 a month in supplemental pay. That’s an increase of $75 from the previous amount for combat pay. Under that same law, soldiers who have been forced to leave behind spouses and children receive $250 a month in additional separation pay to help cover child care and other additional expenses caused by assignment overseas. That’s an increase of $150 over the previous supplement. … In its 2004 budget request, the Pentagon asked Congress to cut both combat pay and separation pay back to the previous levels.”
“Our Opinions: Proposal to Reduce Pay No Way to Salute Military,” Atlanta Journal Constitution, August 15, 2003.

“Only four of the 535 members of Congress have children in the military; only one, Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., has a child who fought in Iraq.” Kevin Horrigan, “Hired Guns,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 11, 2003.

We process 95% of our food production!
Organic and home grown food is considered a trait of the past for most of our citizens!

OUR Food and Drug Administration SAYS:
“there is no absolute right to consume or feed children any particular kind of food [because] comprehensive federal regulation of the food supply has been in effect at least since Congress enacted the Pure Food and Drugs Act of 1906

“fundamental privacy interest in obtaining ‘foods of their own choice’ for themselves and their families is without merit.”

Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund argues 2010 policy deprives consumers and a food buying group owner “of their fundamental and inalienable rights of (a) traveling across State lines with raw dairy products legally obtained and possessed; (b) providing for the care and well being of themselves and their families, including their children; and (c) producing, obtaining and consuming the foods of choice for themselves and their families, including their children.”

http://www.naturalnews.com/031934_FDA_food_freedom.html#ixzz1ITgvIO00

We enforce paperwork and permits to grow a garden IF we sell/barter the extra produce. (BILL s.510).

Suppliers used to provide restaurants with meat that was slaughtered and ground a few hours earlier, the same day. Instead, they must now submit a sample of their meat to a lab where, in a few days, they’ll be advised if it’s safe to sell. Large industrial operations, which use meat glue to blend meat from different countries, send a sample from a million pounds of meat, giving them a huge competitive advantage over small producers who don’t glue their meat together. The meat they sell to restaurants and grocers, Callicrate advised, is two weeks old.

Wisconsin Dept. of Ag held seminars the beginning of April to educate produce growers and packers as to what will be involved in inspections.  The supporters of locally grown have been co-opted by the new slogan ‘Buy local-Buy safely’ – that unless the produce is inspected, it isn’t safe.

Bed and breakfast operations cannot as institutions use their own eggs because of salmonella concerns and must buy federally inspected eggs. Even though they can sell the eggs at the farmers markets, they can’t serve them to borders.

GOOGLE “raid on Maxam Nutraceutics” and “Rawesome Foods” for details on the latest enforcing actions.

Most recently, the FDA shut down Pennsylvania AMISH farmer Dan Algyer, though no one became ill from his natural milk.  Morningland Cheese and Estrella Family Creamery are but two more in a long line of victims of the corporate war on natural food, though their products sickened no one. And most of the nation knows of the armed raid on Rawesome Foods last year. (Also see David Gumpert’s book, The Raw Milk Revolution: Behind America’s Emerging Battle Over Food Rights.)

http://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/2011/04/29/another-fda-shut-down-of-raw-milk-that-sickened-no-one/

A family teaching their child a lesson in Capitalism by selling bunnies AT A LOSS is attacked by the USDA and forced to pay up to $10,000 per bunny sold in FINES!

http://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/2011/05/22/family-faces-4-million-in-usda-fines-for-selling-bunnies/

We are dependent on Public Utilities!

Most the world lives sustainably with renewable energy and home grown food but not the U.S.A. We suck up 25% of the world’s fossil fuel resources while draining farm chemicals into our Gulf and polluting our entire southern border with oil and natural gas spills.

We require automotive licensing and titling.

What is the purpose really? Used vehicles are not worth transfering titles. We are talking about an asset worth less then 1% of our net worth. It is not a home worth hundreds of thousands of dollars! We can pay road tax by a simple registration process matched with VIN #s. When was the last time your car was stolen and you had to have it pulled over on the road by identifying it with a license plate number? We pay insurance because a vehicle is a dangerous and causes death and bodily harm often in accidental form. That is why the concept of insurance was created.

We promote selective insurance!

So, you just bought a cheap electronic. Our current cultural society will recommend and strongly influence you to get insurance on it and that the seller must get liability insurance in case you slip on your way out. Then you will be solicited to get more insurance in case someone tries to steal your items. By the time you total up all the insurance you could just have replaced the items multiple times! INSURANCE IS OUT OF CONTROL IN THE U.S.A.

We try to require HEALTH insurance!

You can not seriously believe that is justified. IT IS PURE ANAL RETENTIVE! Health insurance was a ploy by Keiser Calimentae with President Nixon to increase the gap between the rich and the poor. It was a way to avoid a govermentally supported health care system and to help control population growth by denying millions of sick the care they needed to live.

www.phillipsandcohen.com/CM/FalseClaimsAct/

Internal Revenue System enforces unlawful “rules” on income tax.

Constitution supports that income taxation is a moral obligation to be decided by the people to support the government but t can not be DEMANDED! There is no INCOME TAX LAW for citizens! The 16th Amendment was ruled as a CORPORATION TAX Amendment, yet people in poverty have been held against their will and robbed by the regulation agency. READ my blog titled “The Story of Income Tax“.

In the begining, Congress (the true Law and Real Branch of Government) tried to stop the IRS but the power and reach of the agnecy had gotten out of control. The IRS grew too large to stop and future politicians would be too scared of the chaos that would arise if the rules were amended. I do not think a formal presidential statement, informing the United States citizens that “IRS income tax enforcement is hereby ended” would cause chaos. Large corporations would continue the recommended rules as their obligation to improve the economy and a status symbol amongst peers would influence most to do the same. The main difference would be that true patriots following the Constitution, would not be in jail and people like me, would not have had my life and banks accounts stolen from me!

WE ARE CENSORED and INVADED and OUR RIGHTS are INFRINGED!

Just a couple examples of Censorship
– In 2004, North Carolina ISP Madison River blocked their DSL customers from using any rival web-based phone service (like Vonage, Skype, etc.).

– In 2005, Canada’s telephone giant Telus blocked customers from visiting a website sympathetic to the Telecommunications Workers Union during a labor dispute.

– In 2007, Rob Topolski created data Packet tracking on Comcasts network and found them controlling his bandwidth based on KEY WORD algorithyms. (measurementlab.net / http://funchords.livejournal.com )

– In 2010, Time Warner’s AOL blocked all emails that mentioned www.dearaol.com – and advocacy campaign opposing the company’s pay-to-send email plan.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-files-civil-suit-against-bp-for-gulf-spill-2010-12-15?siteid=rss&rss=1

POLITICAL NOTES: (more coming soon!)

In the year 2000, [John Ashcroft] was running for re-election as Senator from Missouri against a man who died the month before the election. The voters preferred the late Gov. Mel Carnahan.

Our Pharma and Medical System is Corrupt & FULL of GREED

http://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/2011/10/25/one-source-codex-tar-sands-and-vaccines/