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Wild Horse Freedom Federation joins fight to save historic wild herd from extinction, again

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Wild-Horse-Freedom-FederationPO Box 390, Pinehurst Texas 77362

For Immediate Release: August 24, 2015

Wild Horse Freedom Federation Partners with The Cloud Foundation to Block BLM’s Plan to Zero Out Colorado’s Unique West Douglas Herd

Pinehurst, TX – Since 2010 wild equine advocacy groups Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF) and The Cloud Foundation (TCF) have consistently worked together in a unified effort to thwart the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) attempts to totally remove Colorado’s West Douglas herd from their rightful range for the exclusive benefit of “Welfare” ranchers and special interest groups.

Although this legal battle has been ongoing for almost 20 years the BLM has, as of late, accelerated their efforts to destroy this federally protected, historic herd so that private cattle owners and extraction interests can declare the public land to be their own.

Citing that the wild horses are damaging the range due to over grazing the BLM has failed to acknowledge that the number of horses pale compared to the sizable herd of private, “welfare” cattle that are allowed to graze on the public land for the bulk of the year at mere pennies a day.

“Using the BLM’s own statistics, the wild horses are out numbered by a minimum of 4 to 1 by the welfare cattle allowed to graze on the horse’s range.” states R.T. Fitch, President and cofounder of WHFF, “The concept of the Federal Government destroying this herd to line the pockets of a few of their bedfellows ought to spark outrage in each and every American’s heart and soul. Enough is enough and we are making a stand.”

Renowned equine photographer and Director of Field Documentation for WHFF, Carol Walker agrees; “The BLM must not be allowed to zero out this herd simply because it is ‘inconvenient’ to manage, or because it is pandering to cattle ranchers and extraction companies. This would set a very damaging precedent for our few remaining wild horses and burros.”

The BLM intends to commence with their removal operation next month.

Links of interest:

History of WHFF’s legal Battle with BLM for West Douglas Horses
http://rtfitchauthor.com/?s=West+Douglas&submit=Search

BLM Press Release
http://www.blm.gov/style/medialib/blm/co/field_offices/white_river_field/wild_horse_documents.Par.18152.File.dat/Press%20Release%20WRFO%20Gather%207.29.15.pdf

West Douglas Herd Area Final EA
http://www.blm.gov/style/medialib/blm/co/field_offices/white_river_field/wild_horse_documents.Par.92698.File.dat/Final%20EA%20WDHA%2020150023_7.27.15_withappendices.pdf

Wild Horse Freedom Federation
http://www.wildhorsefreedomfederation.org

Contact:

R.T. Fitch
Wild Horse Freedom Federation
1-800-974-3684

Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF) is a registered, Texas non-profit corporation with 501c(3) status in all 50 states. WHFF puts people between America’s wild equids and extinction through targeted litigation against governmental agencies whose documented agendas include the eradication of wild horse and burros from public, federal and state lands. WHFF is funded exclusively through the generosity of the American public.

Don’t Be Fooled by the Political Game: The Illusion of Freedom in America

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whitehad bokBy John W. Whitehead

August 10, 2015

“The shaping of the will of Congress and the choosing of the American president has become a privilege reserved to the country’s equestrian classes, a.k.a. the 20% of the population that holds 93% of the wealth, the happy few who run the corporations and the banks, own and operate the news and entertainment media, compose the laws and govern the universities, control the philanthropic foundations, the policy institutes, the casinos, and the sports arenas.”—Journalist Lewis Lapham

Being a citizen in the American corporate state is much like playing against a stacked deck: 08-10-2015_Illusionyou’re always going to lose.

The game is rigged, and “we the people” keep getting dealt the same losing hand. Even so, most stay in the game, against all odds, trusting that their luck will change.

The problem, of course, is that luck will not save us. As I make clear in my book, Battlefield America: The War on the American People, the people dealing the cards—the politicians, the corporations, the judges, the prosecutors, the police, the bureaucrats, the military, the media, etc.—have only one prevailing concern, and that is to maintain their power and control over the citizenry, while milking us of our money and possessions.

It really doesn’t matter what you call them—Republicans, Democrats, the 1%, the elite, the controllers, the masterminds, the shadow government, the police state, the surveillance state, the military industrial complex—so long as you understand that while they are dealing the cards, the deck will always be stacked in their favor.

Incredibly, no matter how many times we see this played out, Americans continue to naively buy into the idea that politics matter, as if there really were a difference between the Republicans and Democrats (there’s not).

As if Barack Obama proved to be any different from George W. Bush (he has not). As if Hillary Clinton’s values are any different from Donald Trump’s (with both of them, money talks). As if when we elect a president, we’re getting someone who truly represents “we the people” rather than the corporate state (in fact, in the oligarchy that is the American police state, an elite group of wealthy donors is calling the shots).

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Update on Forest Service plans to annihilate the famous Salt River wild horses in Arizona on Wild Horse & Burro Radio (Fri., 8/7/15)

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Was the Batman Shooter a Victim of Both Medical and Legal Malpractice?

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new-logo25kohlsBy Gary G. Kohls, MD

And How the Aurora Massacre Could Have Been Prevented

The mass murder trial of confessed “Batman Shooter” James Holmes is almost over. The grossly ill-informed jury was somehow convinced by the prosecution that Holmes’s increasingly psychiatric drug-intoxicated brain and the resultant drug-induced insanity had nothing to do with the irrational mass murders at the Aurora, Colorado movie theater on July 20, 2012.

And now this same ill-informed jury, who rejected the insanity plea a couple of days ago, will decide whether or not this victim of Big Pharma and Big Psychiatry (and the tragic “misdiagnosis and over-medication roller-coaster” that he and millions of others in America are on) will either be put to death or imprisoned for life in a non-psychiatric hospital – without possibility of parole. How the most pertinent facts of the case – and the cause of his obvious insanity have been over-looked or willfully ignored by the legal and psychiatric professionals would be laughable if it wasn’t so serious. One doesn’t laugh at a comedy of errors.

It is highly possible that the most important details in the Batman Shooter trial have been willfully overlooked by the legal and psychiatric professionals involved in the case. Whether or not there is legal malpractice involved I will leave to ethical legal professionals, if any can be found; but a strong case can be made for psychiatric malpractice – or at least medical malfeasance – in the case of Holmes’s prescribing (University of Colorado health center) psychiatrist, Dr Lynne Felton. The possibility of either legal or medical malpractice by the involved professionals has not been raised by the journalists who have been breathlessly covering the emotionally-charged aspects of the case since the crime was committed exactly three years ago.

Tough on Crime Prosecution vs. Ill-informed Defense

The lead prosecuting attorney, District Attorney George Brauchler is, as is the norm for most politically motivated, tough-on-crime DA’s, going for the death penalty. The jury rejected the defense’s assertion that Holmes was insane at the time of the infamous shootings and should not be executed Anybody who saw the dazed and drugged look on Holmes’s face at his first hearing will know that he was intoxicated with some drug at the time. Brauchler was the individual who held back the identity of Holmes’s drugs for as long as he legally could. Apparently he even had possession of the pill bottles that had been taken from Holmes’s apartment, thus derailing the defense’s ability to plea insanity or to understand what had altered Holmes’s mind so drastically.

Holmes’s lead defense attorney was Dan King. As with all court appointed lawyers, King was a poorly-reimbursed court-appointed lawyer who never denied that Holmes was the shooter but he also never had the monetary resources to obtain a well-informed psychiatrist of the stature of Dr Peter Breggin, Dr David Healey or Dr Joseph Glenmullen to testify for the defense. He stated in his closing arguments that Holmes is/was schizophrenic, is therefore “not guilty by reason of insanity” (I prefer the phrase “guilty but insane”) and should not be executed. Holmes’s understandably distraught parents agreed.

King argued throughout the trial that Holmes was insane at the time of the shootings and should have been locked up in a long-term psychiatric facility rather than in a penitentiary, where, unfortunately, he would have been subject to the same “treatment” he received before his shooting rampage. He would have been under the care of prescribing psychiatrists with beliefs and prescribing habits similar to Dr Fenton.

It is common knowledge that virtually all American psychiatrists reflexively “treat” with psychotropic drugs over 95 – 98% of their out-patients (and 100% of their in-patients) in various combinations of neurotoxic and psychotoxic, brain-altering chemicals like Holmes’s sertraline (generic Zoloft {Pfizer}, which is known to cause homicidal impulses, suicidal impulses, agitation, mania, psychosis, etc) and the benzodiazepine clonazepam (generic Klonopin {Roche}, which acts on the same brain synapses that the violence-inducing drug alcohol does).

Either one of those two drugs could have easily caused Holmes’s intoxicated brain to become psychotic and homicidally insane. Fenton had prescribed them for Holmes for the past several months, resulting in a state of chronic inebriation which likely caused his decline from a brilliant neuroscience grad student (he graduated with a 3.94 GPA as an undergraduate) into a paranoid, zombified loner who failed an important oral final exam a few weeks before the killings. His failure caused him to drop out of school, a shameful failure in his eyes and the eyes of others. Intolerable shame induces acts of violence, particularly in the isolated, the drug-intoxicated and the hopeless.

In my research about this case (of court records, media reports or testimony from “expert witnesses”) I have found not the slightest hint of anybody’s awareness of what is commonly known about the cocktail of drugs that Dr Fenton had prescribed for Holmes. In addition to the sertraline and clonazepam, Fenton had also prescribed propranolol [generic Inderal, a “beta-blocker” drug which can cause depression and should be used with extreme caution with psychotropic drugs], drugs that Dr Fenton testified under oath that she had increased (to toxic levels, in the case of sertraline) at Holmes’s last clinic visit a few weeks before he did the deed.

Holmes’s Irrational “Under-the-Influence” Weapons Purchases – a Sure Sign of Insanity

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The Boston Courts: A study in judicial shell games

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Commentary by Doug Kinan

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2courtA recent article in the Boston Globe regarding the case of author Patricia Cornwell, who won a jury verdict only to see it thrown out by Judge George O’toole, is a grand example of the rot at the core of our court system.

O’toole of course leaned on supposed “technical errors” to cast the jury’s vote aside. Technical errors, and other idiotic, mindless nonsensical crap is used in courts across the country to vacate verdicts, dismiss legitimate cases, limit key evidence and refuse to allow it to even be seen or heard: these are just a few tools of the judicial trade.

From the Boston Globe Article:

“The judge acknowledged that some of the claims in the case were not affected by his errors, but still ordered a new trial, saying, “There is no way to assess what the verdict on the remaining claims properly subject to jury evaluation would have been.”

Lukey said Thursday that the decision to limit some of the key evidence in the case effectively dilutes the overall claims that Anchin maliciously wronged Cornwell and her company.”

But then came this comment from Doug Kinan, which needs to be read carefully.

Based on my experience, it appears that legal jujitsu and legal manipulations designed to wear out Ms. Cornwell, change the subject or vacate the award may be alive and well in this case.

In my view, many high dollar cases can be legally rigged, depending on how much money is involved to afford the “legal insurance” necessary, which may reduce the fiduciary’s exposure along the many years it takes to litigate a given case. The possibility of behind the scene bribes, unsaid promises and/or fraternity connections can be very persuasive.

There are numerous cases in probate courts across America to demonstrate that the formula for using the court to steal from the weak, defenseless and/or elderly is standard operating procedure in many cases, and especially in large estates.

Here is how one method works:

1. A fiduciary and/or a predator attorney may have the intention to defraud their client(s)out of a huge sum of money, depending on the case, the amount of money involved and who and/or how weak or defenseless the plaintiff is. If the fiduciary and/or predator attorney believes the plaintiff will not fight or has limited resources to fight, the theft is on and the fiduciary and/or predator attorney has the authority to steal as much as possible, and in some cases the majority of the estate. NOTE: Most lawyers are honest and decent. However, predator attorneys have mastered “gaming of the system” and/or have the necessary connections to achieve their desired result in one form or another. There is almost no penalty or significant consequences involved – Board of Bar Overseer oversight is pitiful.

2. During what I call the “defraud period”, the fiduciary uses some of the “misappropriated” funds (“walking around money”) to “buy off” and/or prolong the administrative/legal manipulations that follow. It’s done in many ways, but usually the fiduciary changes the subject to obfuscate the matter by the pound. The legal manipulations are designed to cloud the primary issue, wear down the plaintiff and increase legal fees.

3. After a period of years, there is either a forced settlement, a “compromise” or the judge in the case can make up any rule to “deliver justice” the way he or she sees fit. You never know what happens behind the scenes.

So long as the “triumvirate” (lawyer, judge, Board of Bar Overseers) can make up and/or ignore any rules they want, essentially there is no oversight and the amount of money determines where and how the case proceeds and ends.

Another way to look at legalized theft is:

1. Fiduciary and/or attorney steals $50,000 in a probate matter.

2. Plaintiff files an objection with the court and files a complaint with the Board of Bar Overseers, not necessarily in that order.

3. Plaintiff learns that retaining an attorney would be cost prohibitive and the gamble to litigate is too risky. NOTE: Most honest lawyers will tell a prospective client that the law, the facts and the evidence mean almost nothing in comparison to the “connections” and/or oversight failure to follow and apply the plain language Rules of Professional Conduct.

4. After years of litigating the case, the fiduciary and/or predatory attorney may offer a “take it or leave it” settlement of less than the “misappropriated” amount of $50,000 (court euphemism for stealing). The plaintiff almost has no choice but to accept, accept a “bench” decision or go to trial. The judge closes the case and simultaneously the Board complaint is a closed matter.

The possibility also exists that a “settlement” can be imposed, even if there is no settlement agreement.

We are at a stage in America where two tiered justice operates in plain sight, the “rule of law” is not the rule of law, that “equal justice under the law” is just a slogan and the reasonable conclusion is that the law can be negotiated, not obeyed.

America talks the best justice in the world. The reality is much different.

dougkinan@yahoo.com
Community & Good Government Advocate
Sworn & Commissioned Officer – Massachusetts Trial Court (Retired)
Member – Board of Directors, Boston State Hospital Project

9/11: Why Chroniclers Demur

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new logoby James Hufferd, Ph.D.

911 Coordinator, Truth Grassroots Organization

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Let’s face it – America is fantasyland and always has been.

The ancestors of 98% of us, and in some cases we ourselves, came to this country (and those of you elsewhere, please understand) in the firm belief that they (we) would soon be well-to-do, respected, and trouble-free full citizens of this land of plenty, this virtual Heaven, where the good will always come out on top. The meaning of things here isn’t what it is, but what you would like it to be. “Liberty and justice for all? We already have that! Don’t tell me we don’t! Sure, there are problems!” 9/11? “I don’t need to look at the evidence! I know it had to be those foreigners, because no Americans would do or allow anything that evil, even if they were in the hapless joke of a government. It’s not conceivable, I don’t care what you say your evidence shows.”

On the other hand, my friend Dante Vignaroli wrote in Facebook: “Amazing that in the history of aviation airplanes crashing into things like buildings and the ground left no debris, like wings, tails, jet engines, seats, bodies, wheels on 9-11-2001. I remember another dark day in America, it was 11-22-1963. And there are many other similar days in the past and more will continue to happen until the people finally say enough is enough and refuse to be lied to by our government.”

If only far more Americans would summon the will to use and trust their own minds instead of internalizing the constant inane narration overriding their honest, unimpaired, amply demonstrated (in other venues) ability to think!

But the incredible response to 9/11 of A-list public intellectuals and informants down the line, from (yes, sadly) Oliver Stone to Charles Lewis, the well-reputed top-level “investigative” journalist who wrote the brand new book, 935 LIES, uniformly neither affirm nor deny the government’s and media’s 9/11 lies. They just leave either mention or anything more than passing reference to the whole, key stupendous and era-transforming episode out, as if it never really happened!

After I checked the content and carefully examined the table of contents and index of the distinguished Mr. Lewis’ heralded book, astonishingly finding nary the slightest mention of 9/11 nor of the JFK atrocity amid the hundreds of certified lies and deceptions he deigned to document, I shot the author an email inquiring how that could happen, what with more abundant evidence of more and far more-consequential lying in those two cases than for any of the instances actually cited to illustrate the argued depravity of decades of successive administrations? Maybe he planned a second volume, with 9/11 lies as its singular focus?

And he answered without hesitation: “9/11 is a massive subject, yes, which has been heavily covered and analyzed by the local, national and international news media, by academics and by government institutions and commissions. And despite that, it will still take decades for the full truth to emerge, as with all major historically significant and complex subjects.

“However, as especially in the case of presidential assassinations and UFOs, I generally avoid sensational but uncertain assumptions and curiosities which have not and cannot be proven authoritatively. Life’s too short. Some of us choose to walk on firm ground. That includes me. I generally try to avoid quicksand and quagmires [but am happy to point out and document nearly a thousand other blatant government lies to the American people by their sleazy controllers. I just can’t venture to look into anything that might rile anybody too much, especially my sponsors. You understand.”]

It’s like the Soviets’ scrubbing inconvenient non-persons out of official photos. Those – and I think all of those who are approved to depict our common histories and paint approved limited hangouts into all of our probing minds are doing just that with 9/11, permanently creating false consciousness instead of arguing niggling points of honest protest and answering arrays of impossible questions, by focusing the discussion precisely everywhere else. And the real sources, meanwhile, not being approved, exist only as scraps in our own cut-off non-minds, and being non-sources, don’t exist, are beneath the slightest notice. The world goes on without reality being noted.

Our pipeline to everyone everywhere needs to expand exponentially.

Greece Says “NO MORE” to Austerity and Their Global Loan Shark Predators are Pouting About it

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new-logo25kohls Gary G. Kohls, MD

 

 

Predatory lenders “work to bankrupt the countries that received those loans so that they would be forever beholden to their creditors, and so they would be easy targets when we needed favors, including military bases, UN votes, or access to oil and other natural resources.” – John Perkins, author of “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man”

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I’ve been on the side of underdogs ever since I heard the biblical story about little David and the giant Goliath. My support for underdogs was strengthened during my childhood when I found myself always cheering for whichever baseball team was playing against the powerful New York Yankees in the World Series (usually the Dodgers) during the era when thepredaaots Yankees dominated major league baseball. And when I first read Lord Acton’s famous aphorism, something resonated with me. Acton said: “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” To me the saying wasn’t just about brutes, bullies, dictators, the “divine right of kings”, drill sergeants, tyrannical politicians or fascist military’s.

To me, Acton was talking about every kind of dominative power one could think of (as opposed to the non-dominative power of love, mercy, forgiveness and compassion), which would include economic, corporate, racial, religious, and sexual powers that are wielded by therapists, exploiters and assorted tyrants of this world, goliaths who invariably use their often illegitimately-acquired power to oppress those who are unable to defend themselves.

That is why I have opposed violent military power like the United States Pentagon and CIA wields. That is why I think that true patriots should be working hard to overturn Citizens United and why I am heartened by the courageous truth-telling of presidential candidate upstarts like the Green Party’s Dr Jill Stein and the Democratic Socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, both of whom are willing to raise issues that threaten the powerful and the entrenched powers-that-be.

Why Real World Citizens Should be Rooting for Greece

So I suppose it was only natural for me to be cheering for Greece’s courageous little anti-fascist Syriza Party when it said no to more of the austerity that has been inflicted against little Greece by powerful Germany, the giant (Frankfurt-based) European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and various other predatory investors (including hedge funds) various investor class factions have been furiously and incestuously bailing each other out with nothing in the negotiations for the people in the streets.

Over the last 6 years the real issues that have created the Greek Debt Crisis have been intentionally mis-characterized by the super-wealthy oligarchy that owns and controls most of the Greek media outlets (both the issues and the media are very similar to what has been happening in Greece). But last weekend the crisis finally came to a head when a truly democratic referendum, called by the left-wing, mainly anti-fascist coalition parties, resulted in an landslide rejection (61%) against further austerity for the little people.

It is easy to understand why right-wingers, corporatists, militarists, fascists, monarchists and the greedy 1% try so hard to undermine democracy and discourage voting. When there are honest referendums, honest elections, honest voter registration, honest vote-counting and honest political campaigns, the wealthy few can’t out-vote their victims, especially when the 99% finally stop voting against their self-interest.

That is why militarists, colonialists, slave-holders, racists, segregationists and greedy capitalists prefer fascist governments (or a monarchy) over true democracy. Fascists are better at suppressing uncertainty and unrest, and investors abhor uncertainty and unrest.

The Tax-evading Greek Corporations are a Large Part of the Debt Crisis, as it is in America

Very little media attention in America has been given to the notoriously tax-evading giant corporations and the parasites among Greece’s 1% who prefer that the middle and lower classes pay more than their fair share of taxes. It should come as no surprise to understand that the filthy rich are the ones who own the media outlets in both countries. The ugly propaganda and lies from right-wing pro-corporate Greek media outlets this past week put even Fox News to shame.

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The Nightmare Years

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new-logo25kohls By Gary G. Kohls, MD

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Such pseudo-patriotism can be easily generated by the telling of heroic war stories, the playing of rousing patriotic anthems, the application of constant and cunning propaganda, the total control of the mainstream media’s message by the ruling elites, and the support of (or silence from) the nation’s religious leadership Good Christian Germans and good Christian Americans are not much different in their susceptibility to brain-washing techniques and pledges of allegiance to the flag, whether Swastika or Stars and Stripes.

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I have in my library dozens of books that were written about the history of fascism and its politics, economics, religious affiliations and psychology that makes it succeed so often.

1476159_634395409937481_1193924902_nThat includes the varieties of fascism that were studied in Italy, Germany, Spain, Japan, Britain and America, among others. To my recollection, none of the lessons I learned from my books had been even mentioned during my high school education or even my college careers. I don’t recall hearing any of my teachers talk about American-style fascism. And none of my teachers led me to doubt the validity of the anti-democratic, pro-fascist and very unethical Monroe Doctrine, Manifest Destiny, Laissez Faire capitalism, the Dred Scott decision or any of the wartime atrocities that were so commonly perpetrated by American troops in any of its wars (ex: inventing water-boarding on innocent Filipinos and then massacring them during the Spanish-American War).

The “Nightmare Years” (in Germany): 1930 – 1940

I started on my path of trying to de-mystify fascism, ultra-right-wing conservatism and authoritarian nation-states after reading “into” William Shirer’s “the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich”. (I say “into” with no shame because I don’t know anybody who has actually read the entire 1500 pages of that seminal work.) Shirer was to later write a book titled “The Nightmare Years: 1930 – 1940” about his experiences as an American correspondent in Berlin during the run-up to WWII. (I was later to become interested in the dynamics of a nation’s authoritarian parenting styles, a reality that correlates nicely with a nation’s militarism, war-mongering, racism, fascism, and imperialism.)

At the beginning of the Nightmare Years (for Shirer) was the phenomenon of Horst Wessel and the song that he was said to have written (the “Horst Wessel Lied”). Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda and Public Enlightenment, cunningly took an unknown Brown Shirt street fighter (and alleged pimp) and turned him into a martyred hero for the far right-wing extremist political party: the Nazis. (Robert Welch, Jr, the founder of the John Birch Society was to do the same thing for his hero John Birch exactly 30 years later – read on.)

Wessel was a member of the SA and the son of a conservative Protestant chaplain. He had been killed in 1930 by anti-fascist, pro-communist street fighters and then was memorialized by Goebbels. With a beautiful German folk tune accompanying the lyrics (and with the obligatory Hitler salute during the singing), the Horst Wessel song was sung by uber-patriotic Germans at Nazi rallies. Wessel’s song was more popular than the official Nazi anthem, “Deutschland Uber Alles”.

The lyrics of the song were quite pathetic but, because of the melodious tune, the song, especially when sung by a male chorus, easily aroused the patriotic fervor of rallying Nazis to more eagerly follow the psychopathic Hitler anywhere he desired. The song’s lyrics went like this:

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NSA makes medical intelligence operations a priority

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Original post:  Strategic Culture Foundation

Wayne MADSEN 05.06.2015 00:00
In yet another worrying sign that the U.S. National Security Agency has completely gone off the rails, a June 2010 PowerPoint slide, titled «Medical Pattern of Life: Targeting High Value Individual № 1, subtitled SIGINT [signals intelligence] Enabling HUMINT [human intelligence] / Targeting, describes how NSA is using medical intelligence (MEDINT) to target medical patients. The PowerPoint presentation is classified TOP SECRET/COMINT [Communications Intelligence]. By misusing medical information and data to target patients for either surveillance or assassination, NSA is on shaky ground with regard to abiding by the privacy and data protection acts of dozens of nations, as well as international law on human rights and warfare.

If «targeting» includes using medical intelligence to assassinate individuals, NSA and its military and civilian analysts are in violation of not only the Geneva Conventions, which prohibit attacks on medical personnel and hospitals, but also war crimes statutes. The abuse of MEDINT is also a clear violation of the conclusions of the Nuremberg Tribunal, which concluded that the use of hospitals and mental institutions to carry out murder are clearly war crimes.

As witnessed by the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of psychiatrists in its torture program, the NSA has used clinical psychologists in its MEDINT operations. The CIA doctors who were involved in torture have been accused of violating professional standards, in addition to the Hippocratic Oath, and the NSA clinical personnel are no different. One individual identified as part of the NSA MEDINT program has the title of «Clinical Psychologist to Operations (SSG13)».

NSA’s MEDINT operations, according to the slides revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, include «extracting pattern of life (PoL) from MEDINT; identification of all recurring, and therefore predictable, patterns of behavior that constitute the specific treatment regimen for a target’s medical illness; medications, medical tests, medical surgical treatments, hospital, and doctor visits».

Although the NSA slide show refers to Osama Bin Laden as a target because of his «middle stage renal disease; recurrent urinary tract infections, and kidney stones; and intestinal problems», it is clear that any world leader could be subjected to the same type of NSA medical intelligence surveillance. A 2010 State Department DNA collection operation indicates that many world leaders have been «targeted» by the NSA MEDINT program.

The NSA program has involved its British partner, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), Sandia National Laboratory in New Mexico, Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, the CIA, the Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the University of Maryland, and the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI-6). The MEDINT operation also involves NSA’s ultra-secret RX branch, which is involved in «special access research.

The MEDINT program even involves placing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags on prescription packages and the use of pharmaceutical honey pots» to deliver possibly poisoned medication and sabotaged equipment, including intravenous (IV) bags and epoetin injection bottles, to targets. Honey pots in espionage are females or males who lure operatives of the opposite or same gender by providing sexual favors. The sexpionage targets are then prompted to carry out specific tasks through the pressure of blackmail.

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The Green Party: A Third Political Party for Disillusioned Altruists – and it Refuses to Accept Corporate Money!

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kohlsBy Gary G. Kohls, MD

 

 

News release: The Green Party of Minnesota will be holding its annual meeting in Duluth this Saturday, June 13, 2015, 11 am – 3 pm. Location: Coppertop church , 230 East Skyline Parkway.
Most Americans have their own simplistic methods of evaluating candidates for political office during America’s seemingly perpetual campaign seasons, but truly progressive proponents of true democracy have come to realize that the so-called “Two Party System” (often logically parodied as America’s “One Party System” when it comes to the corrupting influences of Wall Street and War Street [Big Finance, Big Military, Big Media, Big Food, Big Pharma, etc]) has been increasingly co-opted by the wealthy ruling elites who have been “purchasing” the blind allegiance (and later voting patterns) of both Republicans and Democrats. But the stench from this system is getting over-powering and sooner or later real patriots will have to stand up and start choosing candidates that are the least influenced by money and power and the most committed to a sustainable future for our increasingly poisoned nation, planet and children, not to mention all the other victims of global American imperialism, militarism, racism and economic destabilization.

However the candidates and their billionaire paymasters win their seats, they are the ones that will shamelessly be making life or death decisions for the lowly 99 Percenters wherever they are in the nation or the world.

These essentially amoral elites (the wealthy campaign contributors/bribers who are in the game for the money and power) are the ones who will be deciding the fate of the earth (and the fate of our innocent progeny) as they repeatedly fail to do the right thing for humanity. A dogmatic principle for conservatives is to “never change the status quo if the status quo is making a lot of money for the investor classes and is creating a lot of power that could be lost if reforms in favor of the common good are made”.

American NeoConservatives in the Republican Party (and the NeoLiberals in the Democratic Party) refuse to acknowledge that unbridled, unregulated capitalism is poisoning the planet’s climate, water, air, soil and food supplies (and therefore dooming the public health) and, in order to continue duping the sickened public, are investing billions of dollars in the raft of well-paid, well-tutored, lapdog politicians and spokespersons that will allow the corporate gravy train to continue unimpeded, with little or no concern for the 99%.

Telephone Surveys as a Propaganda Tool

Every week or so during campaign season, corporate-controlled media groups do telephone surveys that ask skewed questions of a small number of allegedly “statistically significant” landline phone owners that happen to answer the phone calls (cell phone owners seem to be excluded, a serious flaw that makes the results suspect). Select results of the surveys are dutifully reported on the corporate-controlled media, often stating that “most Americans view the country as moving in the wrong direction” – with the implication that the political party currently in power (rather than the corporate elites that control the agendas of both parties) is responsible for the lack of public confidence and therefore deserving of being thrown out of office.

The pollsters never do surveys asking people to evaluate the job performance of the leadership of America’s corrupted capitalist system and its exploitive and extractive economy that is systematically devastating the environment. If such a survey were ever taken, I suspect that the Wall Street and War Street profiteers and the other captains of industry (those that are so obscenely rich that they can afford armed bodyguards, private chauffeurs and live in mansions in more than one gated community) would have trouble getting much more than a single-digit job approval rating.

Ratings for their corporations, despite the billions of dollars spent “green-washing” their images on TV, would be similar to the 9 % approval rating of the US Congress (and nowhere near the supposedly disastrous 46 % job approval rating for President Obama. Most of us 99 Percenters would testify, if we were ever asked, that it is the unelected 1 Percenter misleaders and their corporations that are leading America in the wrong direction, laughing all the way to their off-shore tax-evasion banks.

I would like to see an unbiased poll of mental healthcare folks and others who have witnessed up close and personal the tortured bodies, psyches and souls of America’s suicidal and homicidal combat veterans (not to mention their traumatized battlefield “enemy” victims, most of whom were innocent non-combatant civilians, especially women and children) who were wasted in the illegal and stupid Cheney/Rumsfeld/Bush wars for oil in Afghanistan and Iraq. I suspect that such folks would denounce, if asked to be entirely truthful, the corporate war profiteers and their Congressional lobbyists that have been keeping the military/industrial/congressional/media complex’s gravy train going full steam ahead. Isn’t it obvious that it is those unelected 1 Percenters behind such immoral activities that need to be resisted, shunned and thrown out of power?

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URGENT: A Shot at Saving American Manufacturing Jobs

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You wouldn’t wait until you needed life support to go to the doctor, right?

Well, that’s what it’s like for U.S. manufacturers and workers facing trade cheating from countries like China. They have to wait until factories close and thousands of people lose their jobs before they can even begin to fight back.

It makes no sense. But there’s something you can do right now to help.

A new, bipartisan bill would level the playing field for U.S. workers by strengthening our enforcement laws against unfair trade practices. Please tell your Member of Congress to cosponsor this legislation.

You and I have worked together in recent months to fight for U.S. jobs and against unfair trade. The introduction of the American Trade Enforcement Effectiveness Act shows we’re making progress.

Thousands of American workers have faced layoffs this year because there’s been a surge in trade cheating and imports from countries like China. The new bill seeks to make it easier for companies and workers to seek remedy against trade cheating like this — before the layoffs and plant closures begin.

With Congress currently debating fast-track trade legislation and new free trade agreements, now is the time for action. Join me in telling Congress to stand up for American workers and manufacturers.

Thanks,

scottPaul

Scott Paul
President
Alliance for American Manufacturing

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Free Speech, Facebook and the NSA: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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This commentary is also available at www.rutherford.org.

By John W. Whitehead
June 2, 2015
“A person under surveillance is no longer free; a society under surveillance is no longer a democracy.”—Writers Against Mass Surveillance

THE GOOD NEWS: Americans have a right to freely express themselves on the Internet, including

ABOUT JOHN WHITEHEAD  Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. His new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People (SelectBooks, 2015) is available online at www.amazon.com. He can be contacted at johnw@rutherford.org.

ABOUT JOHN WHITEHEAD
Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. His new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People (SelectBooks, 2015) is available online at http://www.amazon.com. He can be contacted at johnw@rutherford.org.

making threatening—even violent—statements on Facebook, provided that they don’t intend to actually inflict harm.

The Supreme Court’s ruling in Elonis v. United States threw out the conviction of a Pennsylvania man who was charged with making unlawful threats (it was never proven that he intended to threaten anyone) and sentenced to 44 months in jail after he posted allusions to popular rap lyrics and comedy routines on his Facebook page. It’s a ruling that has First Amendment implications for where the government can draw the line when it comes to provocative and controversial speech that is protected and permissible versus speech that could be interpreted as connoting a criminal intent.

That same day, Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, the legal justification allowing the National Security Agency (NSA) to carry out warrantless surveillance on Americans, officially expired. Over the course of nearly a decade, if not more, the NSA had covertly spied on millions of Americans, many of whom were guilty of nothing more than using a telephone, and stored their records in government databases. For those who have been fighting the uphill battle against the NSA’s domestic spying program, it was a small but symbolic victory.

THE BAD NEWS: Congress’ legislative “fix,” intended to mollify critics of the NSA, will ensure that the agency is not in any way hindered in its ability to keep spying on Americans’ communications.

The USA FREEDOM Act could do more damage than good by creating a false impression that Congress has taken steps to prevent the government from spying on the telephone calls of citizens, while in fact ensuring the NSA’s ability to continue invading the privacy and security of Americans.

For instance, the USA FREEDOM Act not only reauthorizes Section 215 of the Patriot Act for a period of time, but it also delegates to telecommunications companies the responsibility of carrying out phone surveillance on American citizens.

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Congressional Criminals Selling Off Apache Holy Land to a foreign corporation…

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NYT OP-ED

Lydia Millet is the author, most recently, of the novel “Mermaids in Paradise,” and a contributing opinion writer.

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ABOUT an hour east of Phoenix, near a mining town called Superior, men, women and children of the San Carlos Apache tribe have been camped out at a place called Oak Flat for more than three months, protesting the latest assault on their culture.

Three hundred people, mostly Apache, marched 44 miles from tribal headquarters to begin this occupation on Feb. 9. The campground lies at the core of an ancient Apache holy place, where coming-of-age ceremonies, especially for girls, have been performed for many generations, along with traditional acorn gathering. It belongs to the public, under the multiple-use mandate of the Forest Service, and has had special protections since 1955, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower decreed the area closed to mining — which, like cattle grazing, is otherwise common in national forests — because of its cultural and natural value. President Richard M. Nixon’s Interior Department in 1971 renewed this ban.

Despite these protections, in December 2014, Congress promised to hand the title for Oak Flat over to a private, Australian-British mining concern. A fine-print rider trading away the Indian holy land was added at the last minute to the must-pass military spending bill, the National Defense Authorization Act. By doing this, Congress has handed over a sacred Native American site to a foreign-owned company for what may be the first time in our nation’s history.

The Apache are occupying Oak Flat to protest this action — to them, a sacrilegious and craven sell-off of a place “where Apaches go to pray,” in the words of the San Carlos Apache tribal chairman, Terry Rambler. The site will doubtless be destroyed for any purpose other than mining; Resolution Copper Mining will hollow out a vast chamber that, when it caves in, will leave a two-mile-wide, 1,000-foot-deep pit. The company itself has likened the result of its planned mining at Oak Flat to that of a nearby meteor crater.

The land grab was sneakily anti-democratic even by congressional standards. For more than a decade, the parcel containing Oak Flat has been coveted by Rio Tinto, Resolution’s parent company — which already mines on its own private land in the surrounding area — for the high-value ores beneath it.

The swap — which will trade 5,300 acres of private parcels owned by the company to the Forest Service and give 2,400 acres including Oak Flat to Resolution so that it can mine the land without oversight — had been attempted multiple times by Arizona members of Congress on behalf of the company. (Among those involved was Rick Renzi, a former Republican representative who was sent to federal prison in February for three years for corruption related to earlier versions of the land-transfer deal.) It always failed in Congress because of lack of support. But this time was different. This time, the giveaway language was slipped onto the defense bill by Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake of Arizona at the 11th hour. The tactic was successful only because, like most last-minute riders, it bypassed public scrutiny.

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Add your 2 cents against leasing public lands for as little as $2 an acre for oil & gas

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Please submit a comment to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in your own words, asking that the minimum rate per acre for oil and gas leasing be MUCH higher than $2 an acre, and ask the BLM to remove caps established by current regulations on civil penalties that may be assessed under the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act.

Most importantly, be sure to demand that the BLM NOT approve any more land for oil & gas development/leasing on Wild Horse & Burro Herd Management Areas (HMAs) (since there supposedly isn’t enough water and forage for wild horses and burros on their federally protected HMAs).

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BLM Extends Public Comment Period to June 19, 2015 on Oil and Gas Royalty Rulemaking

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May 29, 2015- WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today that it is extending the public comment period on its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to seek public comment on potential updates to BLM rules governing oil and gas royalty rates, rental payments, lease sale minimum bids, civil penalty caps and financial assurances.

Notice of the two-week extension, which extends the comment period deadline to June 19, 2015, will be published in the Federal Register on June 3, 2015.

Modernizing the BLM’s royalty rate structures can provide greater flexibility, especially given the dramatic growth of oil development on public and tribal lands, where production has increased in each of the past six years, and combined production was up 81 percent in 2014 versus 2008. Potential changes to BLM’s regulations would also respond to concerns expressed by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Interior’s Office of Inspector General, and others that the BLM’s existing rules lack flexibility and could be causing the United States to forgo significant revenue to the detriment of taxpayers.

The GAO has repeatedly concluded that the BLM’s regulations do not provide a reasonable assurance that the public is getting appropriate fair share of the revenue from these resources. The BLM’s current rules lack the flexibility to offer new competitive leases at higher royalty rates.

The ANPR also addresses the value of these resources by inviting comment on how the BLM might update its rules regarding the minimum acceptable bid that must be paid by parties seeking a lease at auction, and the annual rental payments that are due after a lease is obtained. The current minimum acceptable auction bid is $2 per acre, which is well below the rate at which most parcels sell, suggesting that the rate could be higher. After obtaining a lease, a lessee is currently required to make annual rental payments until the lease starts producing oil or gas. These rental rates currently are $1.50 per acre for the first five years and $2 for years five through 10. The ANPR invites comment on how rental payments might be better structured to incentivize diligent development of leased areas.

The BLM encourages the public to be actively engaged in this process by submitting comments on the revised proposed rule before June 19 in one of the following ways:

Mail: U.S. Department of the Interior, Director (630), Bureau of Land Management, Mail Stop 2134 LM, 1849 C St. NW, Washington, DC, 20240, Attention: 1004-AE41.

Personal or messenger delivery: Bureau of Land Management, 20 M. St. SE, Room 2134 LM, Attention: Regulatory Affairs, Washington, DC 20003.

Online at the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments at this Website.

To read the original advance notice of public rulemaking go to: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-21/pdf/2015-09033.pdf

Surface and Depth: 911 Truth Grassroots Organization

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new logoby James Hufferd, Ph.D. Coordinator, 911 Truth Grassroots Organization

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The great ocean of waters figuratively and with consistency represented by the global narrative reported in the American and western media since the watershed date of 9/11/01 displays a surface appearance fundamentally unchanged from that of the post-World War II era and long before: There are the western democracies with their patriotic combined citizen militaries defending and promoting alleged rationalism, democratic decision-making, and rule of law, belligerently aligned now against terrorist totalitarian and irrational, hateful and destructive potentates and hordes, just as they were formerly aligned against irrational and totalitarian world communism and before that wrongheaded vicious totalitarian fascism.

People who don’t delve beneath the surface headlines or seek multiple or additional sources via the Internet or critically assess the basically unchanging narrative and explanations as they are so fervently spread necessarily view the world in the same way their frontier ancestors arrayed against an “irrational” and irredeemable “savage” Indian enemy, ostensibly bent on destroying them and “civilization” all but unanimously did three hundred years ago. Just fill in the blanks with the name of the current irrational and savage foe-designate and support as a necessary defensive act his annihilation or pacification and appropriation of his resources. Then set up those you fail to kill physically in a puppet state, region, or reservation under your control to enjoy the choice of leaders you choose to permit and approved values you control and choose to promulgate.

And if some impertinent outsider – say, a Putin – comes along disputin’ your pacification or eradication process with target nations in mid-procedure – which is (as distinct from the subservient media’s bland reporting of it) literally like making sausage, then pox and blood-curdling threats on him! Because, and I quote: “If you’re not with us, you’re with the terrorists”.

So, basically, those of our fellow citizens who don’t or won’t delve beneath or beyond the visible, changeless, endlessly-presented surface or assess matters critically for themselves subscribe to that still-predominant view themselves. And, naturally enough, they tend to consider those of us who dispute with however powerful evidence that 9/11 and a bevy of other atrocities mainly (but not all) committed since 9/11 were put-ups committed or commissioned by the U.S. and its western allied governments or secretly-supported terror groups to provide a pretext and justification for continual marauding and pacification operations, off our rockers. Is that any wonder, from people who consume mainline (or who mainline) news exclusively and take it raw?

In the roiling subsurface extending to depth reported by a number of more-or-less reliable alternative primary investigators, on whom we alternative synthesizers rely, on the other hand, the relatively changeless basic image of the good settler and his upright community versus the dirty, rotten savage ever menacing force is revised through our facilitated seeing far more clearly and from various angles. Our more penetrating independent view reveals who, from facts and leaks, is the system-driven aggressor in case after case and which contender appears to be most consistently misrepresenting facts and at times fabricating the whole story. We can see it, and we report as we do not to be perverse, but because we look beneath the surface, or behind the curtain. If others see otherwise, so be it!

And the purpose and goal of some of us is never to maintain a particular line or narrative, but to urge the creation of a world truly observing in practice the very precepts that were expounded if not practiced by the most eloquent of our forefather ancestors: that “all [persons] are created equal”, “a government of, by, and for the people”, and to achieve in reality the practice of “a decent respect for the opinions of mankind” wherever they are held. To which we can properly add the blessings of “liberty and justice for all,” anti-theft and murder, and a robustly-restored, unabridged respect for full and open truth. Amen.

And so, I submit that this is how the particular point of view represented and urged on you by this web site can be explained, to the best of my ability.

JH: 5/25/15

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