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Cybersecurity Act of 2009: End of the Internet as We Know It?

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S.B. 773 and 778, introduced last week by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-West Virginia) and Sen Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and collectively referred to as the “Cybersecurity Act of 2009” appears to be the “legal” last nail in the coffin of the internet.

The language of the act appears to be focused upon protecting the corporate elite’s use of the internet exclusively:

“To secure the continued free flow of commerce within the United States and with its global trading partners through secure cyber communications, to provide for the continued development and exploitation of the internet and intranet communications for such purposes…”

The bill also provides for “…the development of a cadre of information technology specialists to improve and maintain effective cyber security defenses against disruption, and for other purposes.”

This act will also give the Secretary of Commerce new and sweeping powers to regulate the internet. That this power is being invested in the Secretary of Commerce only underscores the emphasis upon reserving the future of the internet for the use of corporate interests, which had been predicted last year.

But, even more chilling is that there appears to be a deliberate program being implemented to carry out false-flag “cyber attacks” to justify the passage of this bill. The bill, itself, states, in Sec. 2. Findings:

“(3) According to the 2009 Annual Threat Assessment, ‘a successful cyber attack against a major financial service provider could severely impact the national economy, while cyber attacks against physical infrastructure computer systems such as those that control power grids or oil refineries have the potential to disrupt services for hours or weeks,’ and that ‘Nation states and criminals target our government and private sector information networks to gain competitive advantage in the commercial sector.

This just so happens to coincide with a report in Computerworld’s Security section, describing alleged “cyber attacks” against “key parts of the U.S. Electrical grid,” which, strangely, isn’t substantiated in any way. There is no mention of where or when this supposed “attack” took place, nor is there any mention of who “the hackers” might be. What is stressed, though, is that “perhaps [it was done] with the intent to cripple the country’s power infrastructure,” and that these undisclosed “hackers” “most likely gained access like any other cybercriminal — by exploiting a bug in software such as Windows or Office…”

This is reiterated by mention, within the Computerworld article, of another such report from the Wall Street Journal. As in the Computerworld article, the Wall Street Journal also makes no disclosure of the identities of these cyber criminals, but says they are “cyberspies” who “…came from China, Russia and other countries…”

So, the stage has been set and the actors are in their places, ready to carry out the elite’s plan to create some sort of “cyber attack” hysteria that will be used to serve as the rationale for some sort of “solution” that will be needed to “protect” us from this sort of thing ever happening again. And, low and behold, concurrent with the supposed “attacks” comes the solution – in the form of the Cybersecurity Act of 2009. How prescient of Jay Rockefeller and Olympia Snowe to have come up with just what we needed and just in the nick of time!

Isn’t it uncanny that these “attacks” happened to occur after months of the media’s calling for the need for “a new internet?” The New York Times has quoted Rick Wesson, the chief executive of Support Intelligence, a computer consulting firm (I wonder if he’ll be one of those among the new “cadre of information technology specialists”?) , as saying, “If you’re looking for a digital Pearl Harbor, we now have the Japanese ships streaming toward us on the horizon.” How convenient.

Mental Screening of Pregnant Women and New Mothers

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Help Defeat  the federal Mother’s Act – (Mental Screening of Pregnant Women and New Mothers) 
 
 
On Monday, the U.S.  House of Representatives passed the “Mothers Act” without any debate whatsoever.  The “plan”  is to have it passed by the Senate and handed to America by Mother’s Day.
 
This is your chance to tell Senators NO to the Mother’s Act – HR 20 before they leave for Easter break.
 
The MOTHERS ACT is a bill which will increase mental health screening of pregnant women and new mothers. This can lead to women being misdiagnosed and put on psychiatric drugs with their dangerous side effects.
 
Please  compose a short letter and FAX as many Senators as you can on the below committee.    Tell them NO to HR 20 – the “Mothers Act” and tell them why you disagree with it.
 
If you don’t have access to a fax, please call as many as you can.
 

 


28,339  Signatures Against TeenScreen. Petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/TScreen/petition.html  

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Antibiotics pose concern for Minn. ethanol producers

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                                                                           The Bismark Tribune                                                                                                   

04-05-2009: news-state            

Antibiotics pose concern for Minn. ethanol producers

WORTHINGTON, Minn. (AP) – Ethanol’s main by-product, which is sold as livestock feed, has raised potential food safety concerns.

Several studies have linked the byproduct, known as distillers grain, to elevated rates of E. coli in cattle. And now, distillers grain is facing further scrutiny because the Food and Drug Administration has found that it often contains antibiotics left over from making ethanol.

Ethanol production relies on enzymes, yeast and sugar to convert corn into fuel. And just as the wrong bacteria in the body can sicken people, it can also cause a variety of ailments in a batch of ethanol.

Mark von Keitz with the University of Minnesota’s Biotechnology Institute said in ethanol production, the main enemy is a bacterial bug that makes lactic acid.

“What these organisms do is they also compete with the yeast for the sugar,” said von Keitz. “But instead of making alcohol, they make primarily lactic acid.”

If enough of the bacteria are present, von Keitz said fermentation can be ruined.

“It gets acidified to the point that the yeast is no longer able to properly produce ethanol, and then you’re stuck with a big batch of corn mash,” said von Keitz.

If that happens, there’s no ethanol and no profit. To prevent the problem, producers rely on medicine.

“What people operating these plants are trying to do is to keep these lactic acid bacteria in check,” said von Keitz. “And one way of doing that is with the help of antibiotics.”

Ethanol producers use penicillin and a popular antibiotic called virginiamycin to kill bacteria. And that raises two potential concerns.

One is that these treatments might promote the growth of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. The development of these “superbugs” is a major concern in health care because they reduce the effectiveness of medicines.

Von Keitz found some bacteria that were, in fact, resistant when he sampled bacteria at four Midwest ethanol plants several years ago.

The second concern is that the antibiotics could find their way to humans through the food chain.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has taken a mostly hands-off approach to the use of antibiotics in the ethanol industry. But amid increasing concerns over food safety in recent years, the agency is taking a closer look.

“A year ago we put a survey out to the FDA field people to collect samples of those distillers grains, and start analyzing for antibiotic residues,” said Linda Benjamin, a chemist with the FDA’s Center of Veterinary Medicine.

Samples were requested from 60 ethanol plants, including some in Minnesota. She said testing showed that many contained antibiotics, mainly four types.

“Penicillin, virginiamycin, erythromycin and tylosin,” said Benjamin.

At this point the story gets murky. Benjamin won’t say if any of the antibiotics exceeded federal guidelines.

Those guidelines are part of the problem; they’re a patchwork and far from definitive on what levels of antibiotics in distillers grain are safe.

If the FDA decides to restrict antibiotics in the ethanol industry, it could have far-reaching consequences.

Distillers grain is a major source of low-cost livestock feed. Any restrictions on its sale and use as feed will hurt the profit-scarce ethanol industry and the livestock farmers who rely on it.

Texas jumps on the sovereignty band wagon

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First, see it for yourself.

Gov. Perry Backs Resolution Affirming Texas’ Sovereignty Under 10th Amendment

HCR 50 Reiterates Texas’ Rights Over Powers Not Otherwise Granted to Federal Government
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today joined state Rep. Brandon Creighton and sponsors of House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 50 in support of states’ rights under the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitutio

BTC OPINION/ EDITORIAL

While HCR 50 is the idealogical new darling legislation of the 81st session, it has been gathering dust in the State Affairs office. No legislators were available for comment today at the Captiol due to Good Friday. There has bee no legislative action on HCR 50 since February, 23 2009; the date it was filed. The show and tell we witnessed on Thursday is a heavy cloud. We can wait until Tuesday for any word on the rain.

There are 69 co-sponsors, 4 sponsors and the author, Rep. Brandon Creighton. Amid the approbation of 76 legislators is: the Vice Chair of the Calendars Committee, 6 co-sponsors on the Calendars committee, 5 State Affairs Committee members – 2 of which are also on the Calendar’s committee. With the level of collaborative and incestuous support – why hasn’t HCR 50 actually passed by now?

That is something you will have to ask your Texas Legislators.

To track HCR 50 visit:
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=81R&Bill=HCR50


Posted By Beat The Chip to Beat The Chip at 4/10/2009 04:43:00 PM

Wisconsin farmers work to end mandatory Premises ID and NAIS

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We have until the 15th to get more cosponsors for the legislation that would restore the mandatory premises registration program to the original intent of voluntary.  I was in the capital yesterday and most of the legislative staffers were not aware of the lawsuits against farmers… None were aware of the database being held in Canada,  well they do now.  But with rural areas lacking in legislative impact anything that can be done to reach suburban consumers would be helpful.
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***ACTION ALERT***
WHAT: Bill to Make Premises Registration Voluntary in WI

State Representative Scott Suder (R-Abbotsford) has introduced at the state Assembly a bill, LRB-2259/1, to make premises registration voluntary in Wisconsin.  The bill needs more cosponsors immediately and your support as it goes through the Assembly.

ACTION: Please call and fax your state representative immediately and ask him/her to cosponsor “LRB-2259/1, Voluntary Livestock Premises Registration.” 


1.  When you call, ask to speak to the representative or the legislative aide for agriculture.  Form a positive relationship with the aide.  Educate him or her about NAIS.  Be RESPECTFUL and POLITE.  Remember, who would the aide rather speak with, someone who is courteous or someone angry and resentful?

2.  Please send this to everyone you know in Wisconsin.

NOTE: After the bill gets cosponsors, it goes to a subcommittee or committee.  We need to call committee members as soon as it is assigned.

View the bill:  http://wicfa.org/ (scroll down below the Mission Statement).

C.J. Cordell, President
Wisconsin Independent Consumers and Farmers Association
(715) 418-0424
Our purpose is to promote and preserve unregulated direct farmer-to-consumer trade 
that fosters availability of locally grown or home-produced food products.

WICFA opposes any government funded or managed National Animal Identification System.

Codex meeting: One huge threat to US sovereingty

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Doesn’t this all sound all warm and fuzzy?  Never mind that Codex has been the catalyst for hunger and starvation around the world, or that it is funded and controlled by multi-national corporations.  Just tack the United Nations on it and all of our laws and protections fall by the way side.   Our right to alternative health treatments, vitamins and supplments are about to go up in international smoke.  Rather than protecting quality of food or access to it, Codex facilitates the lowering of standards and regulations easing the way for higher multi-national corporate profits.  This isn’t about food safety, quality or access……its all about MONEY!   Marti

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http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/NR_041009_01/index.asp

 

Congressional and Public Affairs
(202) 720-9113
Roger Sockman

 

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2009 – The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration, (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced a public meeting to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft U.S. Positions that will be discussed at the 18th Session of the Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods (CCRVDF), to be held in Natal, Brazil, May 11-15, 2009.

 

The public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 29, from 10 a.m. To 1 p.m., Room 107-A, Jamie Whitten Federal Building, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C. Attendees must pre-register and present photo identification at the door. To pre-register, please send your name, organization, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address to Jasmine Matthews by e-mail touscodex@fsis.usda.gov, by phone at (202) 690-1124 or by fax at (202) 720-3157.

 

Documents and agenda items related to the 18th Session of CCRVDF will be available on the Codex Alimentarius Web site at www.codexalimentarius.net/current.asp.

 

Codex was created in 1963 by two United Nations organizations, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization. Codex develops food standards, guidelines and codes of practice in order to protect the health of consumers, and ensure fair food trade practices and promote coordination of food standards undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations.

 

The CCRVDF is responsible for determining priorities for the consideration of residues of veterinary drugs in foods, to recommend maximum levels of such substances, to develop codes of practice as may be required, and to consider methods of sampling and analysis for the determination of veterinary drug residues in foods. The Committee is hosted by the United States.

 

Written comments may be submitted by interested parties by e-mail to the U.S. Delegate to the CCRVDF, Dr. Steven Vaughn, FDA, at Brandi.Robinson@fda.hhs.gov. For further information concerning the 18th Session of the CCRVDF, contact Dr. Steven Vaughn, D.V.M., by e-mail atSteven.Vaughn@fda.hhs.gov, by phone at (240) 276-8300, or by fax at (240) 276-8242.

 

For further information about the public meeting or to request a sign language interpreter or any other special accommodation, contact Jasmine Matthews, U.S. CodexOffice, Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA, by e-mailuscodex@fsis.usda.gov, or by phone at (202) 690-1124 or fax at (202) 720-3157.   

Plan B: Prepare to attack American’s

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http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/598.html

Plan B

 

In case the bailout doesn’t work…

The US has a Plan B.

If it’s not possible to paper over the vast multi-trillion dollar looting that took place during the changing of the guard (Bush to Obama), then the US will be ready with an iron fist for its own people.

Battle hardened troops are in place in the US being trained to “deal” with disgruntled Americans – in a “non-lethal” way of course.

 

The new mission for the US military:

Dealing with civil unrest and crowd control in the US.

A battle-hardened infantry unit is already trained and ready to go.

They hit the ground last October.

Details:

 

http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/598.html

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