Posts Tagged ‘truth’

During the summer of 2011, I was traveling in a camper van following calls for help. I was focusing on writing a book to document the evolution of our Helping Hands Network (netvibes.com/HelpingHandsNet) when I took a break and started a conversation with my camping neighbor about documentaries. My new friend Erin, was very passionate about The Cove and just deserving with the current Tsunami damage surrounding Japan. Not to mention, she was of Japanese descent.

In our conversation I found myself thinking about recent conversations with another friend who worked in a production studio focused on documentaries and within the coming hours I had begun writing this article to organize all the best doc films in a handy reference. I have also included a few films based on real people and events because of their amazing contributions to a society that refuses to promote documentary films on the same level as those brain cell killing blockbuster films.

It was a great break from my serious writing, but now back to work. I hope you all enjoy the wonderful information I have compiled in the write up. Peace and love ~ tf

 

ANIMAL RIGHTS

 

THE COVE

http://www.thecovemovie.com/

I practice the traditional ways of my ancestors for most of modern living needs. I mostly only eat what I can grow or obtain for myself. I try to use only hand made, natural, organic items in regards to materialistic industry. I focus on harnessing renewable energy as much as possible and I control the amount of needs by following minimal waste practices. I believe if someone wants to risk mercury poisoning by eating a dolphin or whale, then they should have to go hunt it for themselves and practice the ways of our native elders when it comes to using every piece responsibly. Using large nets to cowardly trap thousands of pounds of dolphins is not acceptable. And what about age selection? There should be a limit on size/age to allow for population balance.

Sometimes,  I just wish T-Rex was back in action to keep the human population in balance and remind us how to respect the species we hunt!

Mercury is the most toxic non-radioactive element in the world and it is released when coal is burned. There is no such thing as clean coal. Mercury falls to the ground and is distributed to streams, rivers and lakes and to the oceans where it is consumed by bacteria and becomes methyl-mercury, an organic form that is then easily absorbed by plankton and zooplankton. Mercury is an immortal element; there is no way to get rid of it once it is released in the environment. Once heavy metals and POP’s (persistent organic pollutants like PCB’s or pesticides) are digested they are very difficult to get rid of and they bio-accumulate in all organisms.

As a general rule, every step up on the food chain these toxins are found, they are magnified about 10 times. The result is that at the top of the food chain, apex ocean predators such as dolphins and swordfish have about a million times more pollutants in them than the water surrounding them. When you consume a pound of swordfish you are consuming the equivalent of a million pounds of floating plankton absorbing toxins. Mercury has a half-life in the human body of about 70-90 days but while it is in the human brain it is destroying neurons vital for sensory perception, memory and motor skills. Advanced stages of mercury poisoning in humans look remarkably similar to mental retardation, cerebral palsy or dementia in adults.

 

2011 – QUEEN OF THE SUN

queen of the sun

 

VANISHING OF THE BEES

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Vanishing_of_the_Bees/70166291?trkid=2361637

It’s a phenomenon with a name — Colony Collapse Disorder — but no explanation or solution exists. This documentary details the economic, political and ecological consequences of a dwindling world honeybee population. It also lends a personal perspective to the problem by tagging along with a pair of commercial beekeepers as they struggle to keep their bees hearty enough to fulfill their pollination contracts.

 

EARTHLINGS

EarthLingsEARTHLINGS is a 2005 American documentary film about humankind’s total dependence on animals for economic purposes.  Presented in five chapters (pets, food, clothing, entertainment and scientific research) the film is narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, featuring music by Moby, and was written, produced and directed by Shaun Monson.
NationEarth.com

CHASING CORAL

ChasingCoral.com

 

THE IVORY GAME
TheIvoryGame.com

 

BLOOD LIONS

BloodLions.org

 

2015 – VIRUNGA
VirungaMovie.com

Produced by Leonardo Dicaprio to show the world the destruction of the Congo and the shrinking land of the Gorillas.

 

GIVE ME SHELTER

Give-me-shelter.com

 

THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE
TheGhostsInOurMachine.com

 

PEACEABLE KINGDOM

PeaceableKingdomFilm.org

 

 

COMMUNITY

 

COMMUNE

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Commune/70075790?trkid=2361637

Communes are a great place to establish free thinking but many encounter leadership hurdles over time. Sometimes rule making and breaking gets carried away. Some communes have more focus on spiritual preaching and less on sustainable living.

I travel the world looking for the healthiest of communities which can be more appropriately titled as EcoVillages. I have written about those in my past and many more will be shared with my readers in my current book in progress.

In 1968, Elsa and Richard Marley founded an alternative-living community in the remote Northern California wilderness with the motto “Free Land for Free People.” This film tells the story of that intended utopia. Through archival footage and interviews with former residents, director Jonathan Berman explores the problems and realities of communal living and the evolution of a community that endured FBI harassment, cult leadership and more.

 

A NEW WE

http://fic.ic.org/a-new-we.php

Inside look at the world’s EcoVillages. One of my life’s primary objectives is to live, review and contribute to EcoVillage life.  They are the ideal utopian society where commerce is replaced with barter and sharing.

Sustainable living practices are the focus, taking renewable energy and sharecrop farming to provide the freedom for our inner artistic souls to blossom!

The variety of situations and voices in A New We inspires hope for the future of humanity and all life on the planet. The lives shown here are more motivated by imagination, vision, respect and cooperation than by economic forces and social expectations. In these 10 communities, the creative solutions to many social, environmental and economic challenges exemplify the nearly infinite capacity for human-, community- and self-development.

It’s a film that enlightens, encourages and spreads hope – for a new world and A New We.

 

GARBAGE WARRIOR

http://www.garbagewarrior.com

Renegade architect Michael Reynolds and his green disciples have devoted their time to advancing the art of “Earthship Biotecture” – passive, solar, off-the-grid, sustainable housing.

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ENVIRONMENT & ENERGY

 

CARBON to WATER

http://carbonforwaterfilm.com/

@carmenelsalopez on twitter

 

PLASTIC PARADISE

PlasticParadise

http://PlasticParadiseMovie.com/

 

PLASTIC PLANET

PlasticPlanet.de

 

BAG IT

BagItMovie.com/

 

ADDICTED TO PLASTIC

AddictedToPlastic

TopDocumentaryFilms.com/addicted-plastic/

 

COAL COUNTRY

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Coal_Country/70124294?trkid=2361637#height1290

Increasingly, Big Coal is spelling big trouble for Appalachian communities whose members have worked the mines for generations. This documentary reveals why with its explanation of the effects of mountaintop-removal mining on the region. Miners, coal company officials and area residents weigh in on the high price of “cheap energy” — especially when it involves blowing off mountain summits to expose seams. Journalist Michael Shnayerson narrates.

 
HARLAN COUNTY USA

http://thepiratebay.se/torrent/3771321/Harlan_County__U.S.A.

 

GASLAND

http://gaslandthemovie.com/

~70% of fracking chemical poisons are not biodegradeable and are left in the ground mixing with drinking water supplies.

~80,000lbs. of chemicals are used to first frack each gas well.

~200 millions gallons of water is used per year per natural gas well.

~100+ water hauling trailers are delivered per well per year.

~Loopholes in the 2005 energy bill relieve Gas companies from the EPA’s Clean Water Act regulation!!!!!!!!

“The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudia Arabia of natural gas” just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown.”

GASLAND will be broadcast on HBO through 2012.

 

GAS HOLE

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/GasHole/70119178?trkid=2361637#height69

Read my comments on GasLand. TBoone Pickens had better come to the defense of the environment and make sure all these companies are drilling safely and respecting the water for the people living in the area. How many earth quake tremors do they need to endure before waking up!?

I am part owner of a natural gas fueling station in Northeast Nebraska ( NebraskaGreenFules.com ) and I am withholding out natural gas committment until these procedures are rectified and included under EPA regulations!!

An unsettling wake-up call to all Americans, this documentary dissects the country’s dependence on foreign pipelines, exposes rich oil companies’ devious dealings, and explores alternative fuels as a viable solution to our global energy crisis. Narrated by actor Peter Gallagher, the film includes interviews with government officials, scientific experts, academics and politicians from both sides of the aisle.

 

FUEL

http://thefuelfilm.com/

Starting in 2006, I have been volunteering with several renewable energy groups. I educated myself on making biodiesel, building wind turbines, and installation of several other related green products.

I drive a green van, fitted with a hydrogen generator and solar panel power station. I consulted and invested in the foundation of the Nebraska Green Fuels Cooperative with 10 Midwest leaders. (www.NebraskaGreenFuels.com)

I am a leading activist in the GREEN FUEL cause so this film is on my DVD pack that you get with any purchase from our Helping Hands Foundation eBay store!

Q: Why is the area that makes gasoline in Louisiana called “Cancer Alley?”
A: There are 150 petro-chemical facilities within 100 miles. The “fallout” (term from the EPA) from these facilities is a toxic cocktail of airborne chemicals that affects food, water and soil. Each refinery puts out hundreds of thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals. There are many studies showing links between these chemicals and the exceedingly high levels of cancer in Louisiana.

Q: What are the only three ways to dispose of the toxic waste produced by oil refineries?
A: Burn it, dump it on land, dump it in water.

Q: What is the difference in fuel economy between diesel and gasoline vehicles?
A: Diesel has better fuel economy by about 30%; avg. 24mpg for gasoline vehicles compared with avg. 45mpg for diesel.

 

Who Killed the Electric Car (Revenge of the Electric Car coming soon!!!)

http://www.whokilledtheelectriccar.com/

With my first book publishing pay check, I am going to go shopping for an electric vehicle. The #1 disappointment I have with my life is that I do not drive an electric vehicle charged by my solar power grid yet.

I ride my bike as much as I can but for daily driving with heavy load requirements, an electric vehicle and an efficient car pool schedule is the ultimate goal.

Currently in wide DVD release, Paine’s film investigates the events leading to the quiet destruction of thousands of new, radically efficient electric vehicles. Through interviews and narrative, the film paints a picture of an industrial culture whose aversion to change and reliance on oil may be deeper then its ability to embrace ready solutions.

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OUT OF BALANCE

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Out_of_Balance/70075223?trkid=2361637#height2020

Documentarian Tom Jackson turns his lens on some inconvenient truths about energy titan Exxon Mobil and its effect on climate change. Spotlighting the company’s efforts to fund skewed media campaigns and support global-warming skeptics, Jackson builds his case in interviews with leading writers and scientists in the field of climatology. The film also explains the science behind global warming, as well as offering up some solutions to the crisis.

 

 

2006 – AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH
http://www.climatecrisis.net/an_inconvenient_truth/about_the_film.php

Some of the facts are not disputed fairly by the opposing data so it was destined to be rediculed. But the core facts regarding the increase in average world surface temperature and ocean temperature of our Earth are undisputable. Nearly all our worlds coral reefs are bleached clean from the combintion of sea life depletion and increased water temperatures.

From director Davis Guggenheim, An Inconvenient Truth is a passionate and inspirational look at former Vice President Al Gore’s fervent crusade to halt global warming’s deadly progress by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it. In this intimate portrait of Gore and his “traveling global warming show,” Gore comes across as never before in the media – funny, engaging, open and intent on alerting citizens to this “planetary emergency” before it’s too late.

Interspersed with the bracing facts and future predictions is the story of Gore’s personal journey: from an idealistic college student who first saw a massive environmental crisis looming; to a young Senator facing a harrowing family tragedy that altered his perspective; to the man who almost became President but instead returned to the most important cause of his life. With an emphasis on hope, An Inconvenient Truth ultimately shows us that global warming is no longer a political issue but rather, the biggest moral challenge facing our civilization today.

After having its U.S. debut at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and international premiere at Cannes, An Inconvenient Truth opened to rave reviews and enthusiastic audiences everywhere. A smash hit, the film went on to win Academy Awards® for Best Documentary feature and Best Song. It also became a global phenomenon, one of the highest grossing documentaries of all time with a worldwide audience estimated at 5 million people.

 

2016 – AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL

inconvenient sequel

 

 

BLUEgreen

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/BlueGreen/70125109?trkid=2361637

LOVE OUR OCEAN PLEASE!

Stunning cinematography and lilting music highlight this exploration of our compulsion to connect with the ocean. Surfers, scientists and those who make their living from the sea discuss why the ocean is vital to our survival and well-being. Pollution, overpopulation and other environmental concerns are examined, as is the spiritual renewal that results from living in touch with the beauty and strength of the ocean.

 

2016 – BEFORE THE FLOOD

before_the_flood_(2016_documentary_film)_posterNational Geographic special on climate control with Leonardo Dicaprio.

BeforeTheFlood.com

 

CHASING ICE

ChasingIceChasingIce.com

END OF THE LINE
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003F8OQUY?ref_=imdbref_tt_wbr_aiv&tag=imdbtag_tt_wbr_aiv-20

 

MINIMALISM  (on Netflix)

minimalism flyer

 

 

FOOD & FARMING

 

PERMACULTURE SHORT VIDEOS

GeoffLawton.com

seedsoffreedom.info

 

FARMLAND

http://www.farmlandfilm.com/

 

2018 – GAME CHANGERS

game changers flyer

http://gamechangersmovie.com/

 

RIVER OF WASTE

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/A_River_of_Waste_The_Hazardous_Truth_About_Factory_Farms/70120370?trkid=2361637

THIS IS WHY I DO NOT PURCHASE/EAT MEAT from sources I do not research!

Learn the shocking truth behind factory farms — gigantic breeding grounds for meat and poultry — in this documentary that details how the practice wreaks havoc on the environment and on consumers’ health. Through disturbing footage and interviews with experts, director Don McCorkell paints a disturbing portrait of a food system that uses hormones, antibiotics and arsenic to increase its output with little regard for the damage it causes.

 

FOOD INC.

http://www.foodincmovie.com

I come from a long history or Midwest farmers and my family is one of the last surviving small farm owners in Nebraska. Most of the farm land has been purchased by one of the big corporations.

There are a lot of small farm homes left on the land but the crop fields are mostly farmed under contract on behalf of the corporations. Companies like Monsanto have secured politicians and new laws allowing genetic enhanced seeds to be required for most crops. This means that few 2nd generation seeds will germinate forcing the farmers to purchase new seeds every season!

Those of us who have survived this long, dodging home invasions and forced farm practices, are now being regulated by the latest S510 law. Less then 1% of the USA farmers will escape the newest regulations unscathed and the last of us will surely be forced to sell out or retreat to EcoVillages. My EcoVillages are protected by our rights to bear arms and we grow and trade our food amongst ourselves, all while respecting the borders of our s510 regulatory goones.

In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.

Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield’s Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms’ Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.

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THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN
http://www.angelicorganics.com

A true fight for food freedom. John Peterson leads a CSA movement that crosses into the realm of an EcoVillage. A pinnacle role model for true wellness and healthy living in todays fucked up world. I plan to visit this CSA north of Rockford IL and volunteer there in 2012.

The epic tale of a maverick Midwestern farmer. An outcast in his community, Farmer John bravely stands amidst a failing economy, vicious rumors, and violence. By melding the traditions of family farming with the power of art and free expression, this powerful story of transformation and renewal heralds a resurrection of farming in America.

The film is a haunting odyssey, capturing what it means to be different in rural America.

Director Taggart Siegel Collective Eye made the film in a most unusual way – shooting farmer John Peterson over 25-years of their evolving friendship, and using multiple media, from 8 mm home movies shot on the farm in the 50’s and 60’s to modern video — allowing him to capture his alternately humorous, heartbreaking and spirited life with raw drama and intimacy.

With the death of his father during the late 60s, a teenaged John takes over the traditional family farm, slowly turning it into an experiment of art and agriculture, making it a haven for hippies, radicals and artists. The Real Dirt on Farmer John charts the end of this idealistic era as the farm debt crisis of the 80’s brings about the tragic collapse of the farm.

As the intricate weave of rural America unravels, vicious local rumors turn John into a scapegoat, condemning him as a Satan-worshipping drug-dealer. Threatened with murder, his home burned to the ground, John forsakes his farm and wanders through Mexico, where he is transformed by the soulfulness and pageantry of this ancient land. Mysteriously, his quest leads him back to his hostile homeland.

Defying all odds, he gradually transforms his land into a revolutionary farming community, a cultural mecca, where people work and flourish providing fresh vegetables and herbs to thousands of people every week.

The Peterson family farm has become Angelic Organics, one of the largest Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms in the United States, a beacon of today’s booming organic farming movement.

Similar Movies:

Farmageddon

 

WASTE = FOOD

http://vimeo.com/3237777

 

WASTED

WastedPoster

WastedFilm.com

FED UP

FedUpMovie.com

 

GMO OMG

GMOGmoFilm.com

 

 

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

 

Nefarious

NEFARIOUS: Discover the global human sex trade facts.

https://www.facebook.com/nefariousdocumentary

 

INDUSTRY & ECONOMY

 

The Hemp Revolution

http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/Hemp-Revolution/60021090

There is just no logical reason why I can not grow hemp for food, industrial and homestead use. I would agree to a compromise and accept a regulated limit on female THC plants that produce smokeable herb buds but there should be no limit on non THC hemp growth!

As my contribution to legalizing Hemp, I have helped build the Shhmokewear.com business that focuses on hand made, smokeables.

Producer-director Anthony Clarke’s documentary explores the hemp plant’s fascinating history and thousands of uses, as well as the economic and cultural forces behind its prohibition. Clarke argues that the hype surrounding hemp, also known as cannabis or marijuana, has overshadowed the plant’s benefits as a source of paper pulp and its uses as a cotton substitute. He comes down hard on chemical and drug companies as well as the U.S. government.

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Similar GREAT films include:

Hemp Hemp Hooray

The Hempire Strikes Back

Hemplands: The Complete Story

Leaves of Green

Hempsters: Plant the Seed

Emperor of Hemp: Jack Herer Story

 

FARENHEIT 9/11

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Fahrenheit_9_11/70000505?trkid=2361637

DON’t EVEN GET ME STARTED! The biggest fuck up and slaughter a country could ever directly impose upon its citizens short of the actual act of deploying soldiers into a deadly battlefield. This act of treason by our own government is no different then Hitler’s forces attacking northern German Polish border villages and blaming the Polish in order to get invasion support.

One of the most controversial and provocative films of the year, Fahrenheit 9/11 is Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore’s searing examination of the Bush administration’s actions in the wake of the tragic events of 9/11.

With his characteristic humor and dogged commitment to uncovering the facts, Moore considers the presidency of George W. Bush and where it has led us. He looks at how – and why – Bush and his inner circle avoided pursuing the Saudi connection to 9/11, despite the fact that 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis and Saudi money had funded Al Qaeda. Fahrenheit 9/11 shows us a nation kept in constant fear by FBI alerts and lulled into accepting a piece of legislation, the USA Patriot Act, that infringes on basic civil rights. It is in this atmosphere of confusion, suspicion and dread that the Bush Administration makes its headlong rush towards war in Iraq and Fahrenheit 9/11 takes us inside that war to tell the stories we haven’t heard, illustrating the awful human cost to U.S. soldiers and their families.

 

FAHRENHEIT 11/9

fahrenheit 119Moore examines the facts on businessman donald trump and his take over of the United States Presidency. See our blog at:  https://freehelpinghands.wordpress.com/2019/01/06/trump-facts

 

 

INSIDE JOB

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Inside_Job/70139555?trkid=2361637

From filmmaker Charles Ferguson comes this sobering, Oscar-winning documentary that presents in comprehensive yet cogent detail the pervasive and deep-rooted corruption that led to the global economic meltdown of 2008. Through unflinching interviews with key financial insiders, politicos, journalists and academics, Ferguson paints a galling portrait of an unfettered financial system run amok — without accountability. Actor Matt Damon narrates.

 

ETHOS:

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/ethos/

ethos-cover-poster

Ethos, a powerful new documentary hosted by Woody Harrelson, is an investigation into the flaws in our systems, and the mechanisms that work against democracy, our environment and the the common good.

With a stunning depth of research and breadth of analysis, this film dives deep into the inter-connected worlds of Politics, Multi-National Corporations and the Media.

Most of us have wondered at some point how we have arrived at a situation where democracy is touted as having created an equal society when all we see is injustice and corruption.

Politicians openly deceive the public with the support of major corporations and the mainstream media. Wars are waged, the environment is destroyed and inequality is on the rise.

But what is the source of these institutional mechanisms which – when we scratch the surface – are so clearly anti-democratic, so contradictory to the values we hold in common and yet so firmly embedded that they seem beyond discussion?

Ethos opens a Pandora’s box that has it’s roots in the cross-roads where capitalism-meets-democracy, implicates every power-elite puts profit before people and finally offers a solution whereby you – the viewer – can regain control using the one thing they do care about – your cash.

SURVIVING PROGRESS

http://survivingprogress.com/

surviving progress

“Every time history repeats itself the price goes up.”

Surviving Progress presents the story of human advancement as awe-inspiring and double-edged. It reveals the grave risk of running the 21st century’s software — our know-how — on the ancient hardware of our primate brain which hasn’t been upgraded in 50,000 years. With rich imagery and immersive soundtrack, filmmakers Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks launch us on journey to contemplate our evolution from cave-dwellers to space explorers.

Ronald Wright, whose best-seller, “A Short History Of Progress” inspired this film, reveals how civilizations are repeatedly destroyed by “progress traps” — alluring technologies serve immediate needs, but ransom the future. With intersecting stories from a Chinese car-driving club, a Wall Street insider who exposes an out-of-control, environmentally rapacious financial elite, and eco-cops defending a scorched Amazon, the film lays stark evidence before us. In the past, we could use up a region’s resources and move on. But if today’s global civilization collapses from over-consumption, that’s it. We have no back-up planet.

Surviving Progress brings us thinkers who have probed our primate past, our brains, and our societies. Some amplify Wright’s urgent warning, while others have faith that the very progress which has put us in jeopardy is also the key to our salvation. Cosmologist Stephen Hawking looks to homes on other planets. Biologist Craig Venter, whose team decoded the human genome, designs synthetic organisms he hopes will create artificial food and fuel for all.

Distinguished Professor of Environment Vaclav Smil counters that five billion “have-nots” aspire to our affluent lifestyle and, without limits on the energy and resource-consumption of the “haves”, we face certain catastrophe. Others — including primatologist Jane Goodall, author Margaret Atwood, and activists from the Congo, Canada, and USA — place their hope in our ingenuity and moral evolution.

Surviving Progress leaves us with a challenge: To prove that making apes smarter was not an evolutionary dead-end.

CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY

http://www.michaelmoore.com/books-films/

The richest in the world hold the power. If you are not connected to the elite or do not succeed in becoming wealthy through a combination of luck, hard work and/or skill then the odds are you will remain just a pawn in the game of life.

I choose to remain a simpleton, a non-materialistic monk; living day to day as if it were my last. Writing, telling stories and creating freedom of expression to make the world a better place. I reach out to help others on a daily basis and find the best way to defeat our oppressing elite, is to simply live in a near zero waste, organic and sustainable EcoVillage where there is no capitalism and our laws are our own.

The rest of you who choose to live in the capitalistic world and live in worry and fear, I wish you the best from my Islands, forest and wilderness paradise.

On the 20-year anniversary of his groundbreaking masterpiece “Roger & Me,” Michael Moore’s “Capitalism: A Love Story” comes home to the issue he’s been examining throughout his career: the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans. But this time the culprit is much bigger than General Motors, and the crime scene is far wider than Flint, Michigan.

 

HEALTH CARE

 

PATCH ADAMS
PatchAdams.org

Free medical help for those in the loving community as well as world wide outreach programs focused on laughter to help ease patients pain. This group is one of my most honored idols.

I plan on visiting the Gesundheit Institute of Patch Adams during my next visit to West virginia. I follow their updates and newsletter and would go to some of their outreach programs once I secure a sponsor.

 

 

 

SICKO

http://sickothemovie.com/index.html

Most of the world power countries provide their citizens with socialized free health care and it works great for far more on average then the capitalist approach in the USA… so why do we put up with putting our loved ones in eternal debt for expensive meds, insurance and treatment???

Michael Moore sets his sights on the plight of the uninsured in this Oscar-nominated documentary that uses Moore’s trademark humor and confrontational style to ask the difficult questions and get to the truth behind the health care crisis. In the world’s richest country, 45 million people have no health insurance, while HMOs grow in size and wealth. Moore also explores the widespread use of antidepressants and their possible link to violence.

 

HUMAN RIGHTS – CIVILIZATION

REEL INJUN

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Reel_Injun/70124584?trkid=2361637#height412

I saw this film at SxSW 2010 and it does a great job of documenting how our native ancestors have been portrayed by film. Up until the 1940s we were viewed as innocent, loving people but then public interest declined and the violent side of conflict and the defense of forced genocide became the focus.

I spend about 30 days a year on native reservations with my elders and at leadership peace conferences preserving and teaching the traditional ways. If this topic is close to your heart, you should follow my feeds and come visit an event with me this summer.

For more than a century, the film industry has depicted North American native people in a variety of ways — many of them wildly inaccurate. Recently, however, that’s begun to change. Director Neil Diamond captures both sides of the coin here. Through interviews with a gallery of actors and directors, including Clint Eastwood, this documentary reveals the film industry’s impact on the experiences of native people in the United States and Canada.

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BarbershopPunkBARBERSHOP PUNK

http://barbershoppunk.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JU3Z6hYF58I&feature=youtube_gdata

This film discusses Human Rights focused on Freedom of Press and Speech. The main message is to inform us all about the facts on internet control. Companies limit our access to information based on who pays them the most to alter how the internet speeds and access work. The above youTube video shows a few minutes of my interview with the director at SxSW 2010. We talked for a long time before and after the film about my ventures and we have stayed in touch since. I also follow Robb Topolski’s blog and his programming work with the Measurement Lab team projects.

http://measurementlab.net/

http://www.savetheinternet.com/

http://funchords.livejournal.com/

Keeping the independent/punk spirit alive, barbershop quartet fan Robb Topolski takes on the nation’s largest cable company, only to find himself at the center of a federal investigation, inspiring a larger story of censorship, individual voice and access.

Is “The Man” controlling the vertical, the horizontal, and the channel you’ll be on?

In a privatized American Internet, is big business “Big Brother” or does the free market protect and serve the needs of the average citizen with its invisible hand? With the simple act of swapping files, barbershop quartet baritone Robb Topolski finds himself at ground zero of a landmark case whose outcome will affect the rights of every American citizen.

Following one man’s personal quest to defend what he believes to be his inalienable rights, BARBERSHOP PUNK examines the critical issues surrounding the future of the American Internet and what it takes to challenge the status quo.

Contemplating the future of the American Internet and the inalienable rights under review, the film features discussions with Ian MacKaye, Damian Kulash of OK Go, Henry Rollins, Janeane Garofalo, EFF’s John Perry Barlow, U.S. Congressman Chip Pickering, Congressman Marsha Blackburn, Free Form DJ Jim Ladd, Clinton White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry, Michelle Combs of the Christian Coalition, Songwriters Guild President Rick Carnes, NARAL’s Ted Miller, lobbyist Jack Burkman, and FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein, among others.

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AMERICA: FREEDOM TO FACISM

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/America_Freedom_to_Fascism/70057518?trkid=2361637#height1528

This is one of my favorite films. It does an amazing job to provide links and factual documentation against illegal seizure of your hard earned money for INCOME TAX.

It also gives a clear picture of the history of the Federal Reserve. By the time you are done watching this, you should be buying silver and gold like most of my friends and family!

Acclaimed filmmaker Aaron Russo directs this thorough investigation into the creation of the Federal Reserve and the controversial legislation (or lack thereof) that requires all American citizens to pay income taxes. Through revelatory interviews with key members of Congress, a former IRS Commissioner, tax attorneys, agents from the IRS and FBI, and various authors, Russo demystifies federal income tax and the creation of money.

 

THE CONTROL ROOM

This documentary peers into the controversial and often dangerous operations of the Al Jazeera news network, an outlet that’s become the most accepted informational resource in the Arab community — even though it often enrages its own people. Egyptian-American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim gains extraordinary access to Al Jazeera journalists and examines the risks they confront on a daily basis by simply doing their jobs.

 

 

Honorable Mention: (Many of these influence our artistic expression but have a bit less affect on improving the world and our survival.)

ONCE IN A LIFETIME

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Once_in_a_Lifetime/70052416?trkid=2361637#height1383

Capturing the true story of the team that almost changed how America defined its national pastime, this documentary chronicles the rise of sports sensations the New York Cosmos, the crown jewel of the North American Soccer League in the 1970s. Backed by TV mogul Steve Ross, the phenomenal Cosmos boasted star players such as Pele and Franz Beckenbauer, whipping U.S. fans into a frenzy with their exploits on and off the field.

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PELADA

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Pelada/70134649?trkid=2361637

I saw this film at SxSW 2010 and it kicked ass. The crew spent a year traveling the world playing pickup soccer games and documenting the cultural impact. They put themselves in harms way several times to get into a game, for the love of it. They bribed their way into a prison game, the girl (Gwendolyn Oxenham) played in a Muslim game where women were not allowed and they almost got evicted from the country and had their tapes taken away; they even played as Jews vs. Muslims in Jerusalem.

After the film I hung out with the crew all night and shared our traveling soccer stories. We even discovered that we had met in passing when Gwen’s UNC team played my girlfriends Husker team.  I am absolutely delighted to see they made it into Netflix’s rotation.

*Two Americans who love soccer but didn’t make it in the pros travel to 25 different countries, where they find people of all backgrounds, races and classes who play the game for the sheer joy of it, regardless of their surroundings or equipment. A pelada, or pick-up game, is spontaneous, serious and fun, and anyone can join in. In exotic locales such as Bolivia, Kenya and Iran, the filmmakers celebrate the camaraderie generated by soccer.

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THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME

The pioneers of hard rock take the stage — and blow your mind. Led Zeppelin storm Madison Square Garden in this collection of footage taken from their legendary performances at the New York venue in 1973. Adding to the musical power and drama are hallucinatory fantasy sequences meant to illustrate each band member’s mental state. Songs performed in this swirl of sound and vision include “Black Dog,” “Stairway to Heaven” and “Whole Lotta Love.”

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THE KING OF LUCK

Willie Nelson story directed by Billy Bob Thorton

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IT MIGHT GET LOUD

Davis Guggenheim, creator of the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth, directs this fascinating profile of three contemporary guitarists: Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, U2’s The Edge and Jack White of the White Stripes. Each talks about their creative process, technique and influences as cameras follow them to key locations in their own music history. A jam session featuring all three musicians is woven into their discussions.

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180 DEGREE SOUTH

Inspired by pioneering outdoorsman Yvon Chouinard’s freewheeling 1968 van trip to Patagonia, South America, a band of bliss-seeking surfer-mountaineers sets out — in 2007, by boat — to remake the journey in this adventure documentary. Jeff Johnson and his buddies hug the coast, stopping at the Galapagos Islands and Easter Island before arriving in Patagonia — a region that’s still breathtaking but is now besieged by environmental threats.

 

 

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Here is a great site focused on Documentaries!

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/medicinal-cannabis/

Increasingly, Big Coal is spelling big trouble for Appalachian communities whose members have worked the mines for generations. This documentary reveals why with its explanation of the effects of mountaintop-removal mining on the region. Miners, coal company officials and area residents weigh in on the high price of “cheap energy” — especially when it involves blowing off mountain summits to expose seams. Journalist Michael Shnayerson narrates.

The list below (from http://lifehackery.com/2008/07/22/home-4/) is the best organized I have found so I am including it. As I find more, they will be added below.

 

Baking soda is a chemical compound that appears as a fine powder. It releases bubbles of carbon dioxide when it interacts with an acid and a liquid. It’s most commonly used in baking, where it acts as a leavening agent. The following are 75 other uses for baking soda aside from making muffins soft and fluffy.

Health Uses

1. Use it as an antacid.

2. Use it as underarm deodorant by applying it with a powder puff.

 

deodorant

3. Mix half a teaspoon with peroxide paste and use it as toothpaste.

4. Use it as a face and body scrub.

5. Add a cup to bathwater to soften your skin.

6. Relieve skin itch from insect bites and pain from sunburn.

7. Remove strong odors from your hands by rubbing them with baking soda and water.

8. Put two tablespoons in your baby’s bathwater to help relieve diaper rash.

9. Apply it on rashes, insect bites, and poison ivy irritations.

10. Take a baking soda bath to relieve skin irritations.

11. Heartburn? Take a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with one-half glass of water.

12. Freshen your mouth by gargling half a teaspoon of baking soda mixed water.

gargling

13. Relieve canker sore pain by using it as mouthwash.

14. Use it to relieve bee stings.

15. Use it to relieve windburns.

16. Apply it on jellyfish sting to draw out the venom.

17. Unblock stuffy nose by adding a teaspoon of baking soda to your vaporizer.

In the Home

flower vase

18. Keep cut flowers fresh longer by adding a teaspoon to the water in the vase.

19. Put out small fires on rugs, upholstery, clothing, and wood.

20. Put an open container of baking soda in the fridge to absorb the odors.

21. Sprinkle it on your ashtrays to reduce bad odor and prevent smoldering.

22. Sprinkle it on your slippers, boots, shoes, and socks to eliminate foul odor.

23. Turn baking soda into modeling clay by combining it with one and 1/4 cups of water and one cup of cornstarch.

24. After feeding your baby, wipe his shirt with a moist cloth sprinkled with baking soda to remove the odor.

25. Wipe your windshield with it to repel rain.

26. Improve the smell of dishrags by soaking them in baking soda and water.

27. Suck it in with your vacuum cleaner to remove the odor.

28. Freshen the air by mixing baking soda with your favorite perfumed bath salts. Put the mixture in small sachet bags.

29. Restore stiff brushes by boiling them in a solution of 1/2 gallon of water, 1/4 cup of vinegar, and a cup of baking soda.

30. Put it under sinks and along basement windows to repel cockroaches and ants.

31. Scatter baking soda around flowerbeds to prevent rabbits from eating your veggies.

32. Sweeten your tomatoes by sprinkling baking soda on the soil around your tomato plants.

33. Sprinkle it onto your cat’s litter box to absorb the bad odor.

34. Sprinkle it on your pet’s comb or brush to deodorize their fur and skin.

In Cooking

35. Use it as a substitute for baking powder by mixing with it with cream of tartar or vinegar.

36. Wash fruits and vegetables with it.

washing vegetables

37. When boiling a chicken, add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water. Feathers will come off easier, and the flesh will be clean and white.

38. Soak dried beans to a baking soda solution to make them more digestible.

39. Remove the distinctive taste of wild game by soaking it in a baking soda solution.

40. Make a sports drink by mixing it with boiled water, salt, and Kool-Aid.

41. Remove the fishy smell from your fillets by soaking the raw fish in a baking soda solution for an hour inside the fridge.

42. Make fluffier omelets by adding half a teaspoon of baking soda for every three eggs used.

omelet

43. Reduce the acid content of your tomato-based recipes by sprinkling them with a pinch of baking soda.

Cleaning Purposes

44. Add a cup to the toilet, leave it for an hour, and then flush. It will clean the toilet and absorb the odor.

flushing toilet

45. Use it to scrub sinks, showers, plastic and porcelain tubs

46. Spray it on walls, mirrors, and countertops.

47. Add a spoonful to your dishwasher to make scrubbing dishes easier.

48. Remove grease from pots and pans.

49. Dry clean carpets and upholstered furniture by sprinkling baking soda over the fabric and gently brushing it. Leave it for an hour or overnight, then vacuum.

50. Boost your laundry detergent’s cleaning power by sprinkling a handful on dirty clothes.

51. Combine it with water to make a paste for polishing stainless steel and chrome.

52. Remove scratches and crayon marks from vinyl floors and walls.

53. Clean your shoes with it.

cleaning shoes

54. Clean garbage cans with it.

55. Use it to wash diapers.

56. Clean the fridge with it.

57. Soak brushes and combs in a baking soda solution.

58. Mix it with water to wash food and drink containers.

59. Put three tablespoons of baking soda to a quart of warm water, then use the mixture to wash marble-topped furniture.

60. Absorb it with a damp sponge, then clean Formica countertops with the sponge.

61. Use it to get rid of stale odors from cooling containers and thermos bottles.

62. Run your coffee maker with a baking soda solution, then rinse.

63. Combine with hot water to clean baby bottles.

64. Sprinkle it on barbecue grills, then rinse it off.

65. Scatter it on your greasy garage floor, scrub the floor, and rinse.

66. Remove burned-on food from a pan by soaking it in a baking soda solution for 10 minutes before washing.

67. Clean your ashtrays with a baking soda solution.

68. Keep your drains clean by putting four tablespoons of baking soda in them each week. Flush it down with hot water.

69. Clean your shower curtains by soaking them in baking soda and water.

70. Put it on a small brush to rub canvas handbags clean.

71. Use it to remove melted plastic bread wrapper from a toaster. Sprinkle baking soda on a damp rug, then use the rug to clean the toaster.

72. Use it to clean your retainers and dentures.

cleaning dentures

73. Make a thick paste of baking soda and water, and used it to scrub enameled cast iron and stainless steel.

74. Mix four tablespoons of baking soda with a quart of warm water, and use it to clean the inside part of an oven.

75. Use it to unclog gas stoves.

The most amazing thing about baking soda is that it’s very cheap. You can do all these things for a very small cost. Baking soda is truly a miracle product, whether it’s used for baking or not.

The Laundering Machine: How Fraud and Corruption in Peru’s Concession System are Destroying the Future of its Forests

This multi-year investigative report reveals evidence that, since 2008, over 20 US companies have imported millions of dollars in illegal wood from the Peruvian Amazon. This trade appears to be in violation of US and international endangered species laws as well as the US-Peru free trade agreement.

EIA’s report analysed official documents which demonstrate that at least 112 illegal shipments of cedar or mahogany wood – laundered with fabricated papers and signed off on by Peruvian government officials – arrived in the US between 2008 and 2010. These shipments account for over 35% of all trade in these protected species between the US and Peru.

Twenty-two US companies were found to have imported at least one shipment of this illegal wood. At least 45% of the shipments exported by Peru’s largest timber trader, Maderera Bozovich, most of which were received by Alabama-based affiliate Bozovich Timber Products, Inc, appear to have contained laundered wood. EIA believes that these figures are conservative, and would increase with access to more complete data from field verifications.

Click here to access the report (38.6MB).

Here is a great group to get involved with if you want to help protect the rainforest.

http://www.projects-abroad.org/projects/conservation-and-environment/peru-amazon-rainforest-conservation/

 

 

 

Monday (April 10)

I woke up to the mountain top birds and sun lit sky light of Jasons yurt. While Jay made breakfast I went out and enjoyed a nice open forest solar shower.

I then drove Jasons backup vehicle down the mountain so it would be there for his sister to drive up later that day.  After my normal morning yoga workout in the sunshine and breakfast I went to meet Seth. He took me out to the hops field to cut trees for a trellis system he was erecting.  I enjoyed cutting them with hand saws and then helping drag them around to the holes they would be placed in. This took most of the day.

After we were done I was invited to the community meeting and dinner. It was great to see them so organized. The meeting was led by a coordinator with a timed agenda and a minute taker by her side. When a subject went over the time aloted there was a vote to adjust the agenda. When community feedback was wanted there was a selection of thumb signals to show levels of tsupport. When someone agreed with what was being said you would snap or shake fingers. The topics for the night included the organizing of a May Day and Beltrane festival and updates to the extended guest policy. After the meeting, Jason gave me a ride back over the Cric house.  I turned on a video about the illegal formation and acceptance of the federal reserve and irs income tax as I drifted to sleep.

 

Tues. (4/11)

Most days here it is partly cloudy because the warm dry desert air collides with the cool wet air from the ocean rain clouds build up. During this time in spring it will sprinkle at some point most every day.

Today we went out to the field and I used an antique hand drill to put bolts in all the poles. It would rain hard at the end of the day so I switched back to the garden.  The night was just like the others with the exception of a large dumpster find. They brought back a crate of pickle jars, 2 boxes full of 10 pizzas and a box of produce.

Wed. (4/12)

The rain clouds decided to open up to day so most of the day I was running back and forth between writing on the porch and shoveling compost on the garden bed.

I took advantage of the down time to shadow the dairy experts Scott and Aubre to learn about making butter and cheeses.  The night was filled by my normal Cric house routine except I made everyone a nice pasta soup for dinner.

 

Thur. 4/12

It continued to rain so today was a repeat of yesterday with the exception that tonight there was a social gathering to celebrate passover.  Around 6, about half of the village got carpools to the south side Vic house for the party. The rest didn’t want to walk in the pooring rain.

Once Jason and I got there we helped set up the food. We used blankets around the floor to eat on which had some stressing out about spilling their wine with 10 children running around wild. Somehow no wine was ever spilt though.   The event started with some Jewish members projecting the story of passover on the wall and then we shared matsa dipped in horseradish and a sweet dip made to offset the spice.  After that the hosts led us in some singing and then passed some breaded fish dishes and breaded soup around.

After dinner we helped with the dishes then we said our good byes and I had Jason drop me back off at the Cric house.

 

Friday 4/13

It was my last day so I offered to help a few random people outside of my Cric group. When I wasn’t working on the gardens I was helping move big redwood lumber planks.

Towards the end of the day I started handing out thank you tokens to those who gave me the most of their time and said my good byes. Jason had an appointment in Santa Rosa so it worked out he could give me a ride to the Farm House cafe.

 

Sat 4/14

I woke up at 7 and had enough time to get a quickworkout in and breakfast before catching my ride to town. I left my hiking shoes for Jason or Seth since I was done with them and off we went. I had Jason drop me off at the cafe where this adventure all started at.  The Farm House cafe was right across the street from where my friend that invited me actually lived, so it was the perfect spot to have her visit me.

 

While I waited for her to show up I helped the owner and staff bring in supplies and then ordered breakfast in exchange for loitering there 3 hours. I was only going to be able to mingle with Kai for about 20 minutes before my carpool would arrive. What little time we did have we took advantage of.

As 10:30 came and went my nervousness grew that my carpool would not show up.  Before I got too worked up, here came Ben around the corner. He looked just like the normal nomad, scruffy and full of self expressionist character.  All 3 of us continued in conversation a few minutes until Kai needed to return a phone call. We concluded our good byes and loaded up in B’s van which was crammed full of gear.

 

Our drive was a long 11 hours but we managed to keep the conversation going between talks about his classical guitar career, travels to Cuba/Venzuela/Spain and the relationships that transpired. It was enjoyable to get time with a 27 yearold that had experienced the world.

His stories about being raised on a sustainable farm with no materialism was especially enlightening.  I really appreciated that he was willing to accept a trade worth exactly the amount of fuel I was costing him ($50) to go out of his way which was 250 miles and 4 hours.  As I approached sin city, one of my best friends, Ryan, sent me his location to be dropped off. About 50 of my dart friends were at Ballys casino.  B and I exchanged blessings and I was on my way for another chapter of adventure in Las Vegas.

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)

 

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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https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150400729317165.409660.515817164&type=3

https://picasaweb.google.com/105683280714000582860

AND VIDEO at:

http://www.youtube.com/user/tfrentz

Water Or Coke?

WATER

#1.
75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (Likely applies to half the world population)

#2.
In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is mistaken for hunger.

#3.
Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as 3%.

#4.
One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington   study.

#5.
Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

#6.
Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

#7.
A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.

#8
Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%., and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water you should drink every day?

COKE

#1.
In many states the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.

#2.
You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke and it will be gone in two days.

#3.
To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the ‘real thing’ sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous China .

#4.
To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.

#5.
To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.

#6.
To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.

#7.
To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.

#8
To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke into the load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.

FACTS:

#1
the active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. It will dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis.

#2.
To carry Coca-Cola syrup! (the concentrate) the commercial trucks must use hazardous Material place cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.

#3.
The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean engines of the trucks for about 20 years!

Now the question is, would you like a glass of water? or Coke?


Dallas Earth Day Review

The first attempt at an Annual Earth Day Festival in Dallas was a success. The weather was perfect and the attendance was high! Parking was readily available and the location in the newly renovated green spaces of downtown was perfect.  If you were not there in the first hour, skip the crammed parking lot and head straight to a $1.50/hr. meter that is enforced until 6pm. THERE WAS A LACK OF RECYCLING DROP STATIONS and FOOD Vendors DID NOT PROVIDE COMPOST BINS!

Vending booths were located in a central parking lot with a beer garden and entertainment stage #1 by the Art Museum. In this location there were shade umbrellas, green plants/flowers on the tables and plenty of seating.

The center park walkway was only 2 blocks long so they blocked off 1 extra block on both ends for a total of 4 blocks of events. Area #2 had great information booths, shady trees, clean park benches and performing Pirates!

Area #3 had a Live Theater on one side and an Opera House on the other with more information booths and a water fountain. The grass was fresh new sod and silky to the touch. It was an enjoyable bare foot walk and nap in this area for us. Playing in the fountain and then following our ears to some good live blues music. The stage was a permanent outdoor amphitheater with extractable speakers and weather proof sliding closures for the stage. There was a lack of shade and the freeway was hard to drown out on the other side of the wall. Fresh air flow had to be sacrificed for the sound proofing features.  😦  Sitting by the sound control booth or by the walls were the only shade options. On a hot day you will need to play in the water to cool down. You will find clean bathroom access in the Opera House and there are 20 port-o-pots in a dedicated lot as well in area #3.

Area #4 was the after party area. Volunteers gathered with the rest to party to the sounds of DJ LucyWrubel.com. The area was centered around another water feature and restaurant square offering 4 varieties of food and tv’s to watch the Mavs blow a 23 point fourth quarter lead! We laid on some rocks with our feet in the water while reading books, sipping margaritas and then ate some dinner.

The festival closed at 5pm but many vendors were caught breaking festival etiquette by taking down their booths hours earlier. Apparently this was another area of improvement for the festival rules committee. You always take a deposit and and enforce a clause for early departure stating that the deposit will not be returned in case of leaving early. When a booth tears down early they lower the morale of the festival not to mention that their workers get in the way of traffic flow by moving equipment around. The festival was 25% empty by 3pm and 40% by 4pm!!!

End your night with some big name concerts! We ended our night with a great George Thorogood concert at Billy Bob’s in historic downtown Ft. Worth! The standing room tickets were only $15! The location on the sides of the dance hall were worth $15 but don’t be surprised there is no dance section open in front of the stage. It was all assigned seating for the floor goers! Thumbs down.

Over all it was a great festival with minor areas of improvement.
1. GREEN festivals must operate on renewable energy and this was not the case for Dallas.
2. There was ONLY 1 demonstration of renewable energy offered by YourGreenPath.com. It was a bicycle generator powering a booth with a video/tv demo and loud speaker  of the unit. This was good but I was not offered info on the product quickly and thus have to search YourGreenPath.com for more info. It was great to see this small reminder that all workout gym’s should have bike generators running energy back into their grid. There needed to be solar, wind, bio-fuel and other misc. demos!!!
3. There was a major lack of recycling drops and compost bins.
4. THERE was no digital information solution in place! Digital information options saves TONS of paper waste, trash expenses and unneeded recycling. Well established Green Festivals use QR solutions! Vendors create their QR code with an app such as QR DROID and then have their QR code printed on booth displays so visitors can quickly scan their info. NO PAPER IS NEEDED other then the display this way. For those without a smart phone, vendors have a small business card to hand out with the code on it! Limited prints of visual flyers are printed for showing examples to those interested on site and then kept by the vendor for the next demo! FRENTZ’s Consulting (TJF.8k.com) can train your festival team how to use and setup this system. Email tim Frentz @ tfrentz@hotmail.com today for help!
5. There was a lack of attendance at the after hours party. More incentive needed to be offered then just the 25% of the tab being reinvested into sustainability solutions!
6. THERE was limited partnering. There was free entry into the museums which was great but there were some big shows in town and there was no use of their shows in advance advertising to draw more traffic to the Earth Day festival. We went to George Thorogood but only after finding out about the show from another lead!

THE TOP LINKS from Vendors:

BOB@ http://thegreenestlittlehouseintexas.org/
1003 Windsong Trail Richardson, TX 75081 – 469-233-6767

http://recycledplasticblockhouses.com/
email: Harvey@ HarveyLacey.com  –  Partners: Grisb.org

http://AtticBreeze.net
Home Cooling Solar Powered Vents

Robert@ http://CompostMania.com

Responsible Recyclers are listed on:
http://e-Stewards.org and http://BAN.org
http://TexasTakeBack.org and http://TexasRecyclesComputers.org

http://YourGreenPath.com
http://my.nature.org/forms/santa-cruz.html

Dallas GREEN Social Group
http://CarrotMob.org

Healthy Food Movement of North Texas
http://SlowMoneyDFW.org and http://BigBangTX.org

Good Info on World Food Movements
http://CoolYourDiet.com

Texas Energy Audit
http://www.txu.com/en/residential/energy-savings-solutions/pea-introduction.aspx

Take Care of Texas  (A great GREEN Internet Community)\
http://TakeCareOfTexas.org

http://www.gofundme.com/1w9oxo

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/