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IOWA: Video cameras now lethal weapons: Republican’s launch another attack on your rights

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Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved

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This works out really well……this way, you are prevented from gathering the evidence, producing the evidence and forcing them to acknowledge the evidence. Perfect scenario: Plausible deniability.

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Iowa!

Iowa is following in Florida’s footsteps and working on passing a bill making it a criminal offense to film or photograph the abuse of animals on farms or in commercial CAFO operations. Apparently it is ok to abuse your animals, to leave them in fetid conditions, or to treat them inhumanely…..Iowa just doesn’t want you documenting that abuse.

Nine House Democrats joined all of the Republicans present to pass the bill in a 66 to 27 vote on Iowa bill H.R. 589.

Turns out your video camera or camera are now considered lethal weapons…the stuff of terrorism!

In an effort to protect industrialized CAFO operations, and unscrupulous corporate growers, Iowa is standing up to those activist citizens who document the abhorrent conditions on industrialized farms and ranches and also in some privately owned operations, claiming this somehow interferes with, or tampers with the property of another.

11A. “Record” means any printed, inscribed,
visual, or audio information that is placed or stored on a
tangible medium, and that may be accessed in a perceivable
form, including but not limited to any paper or electronic
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Granny-knapping: One Iowa family fights to free their mother from a predatory guardianship

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Marti Oakley

Predatory Guardianships

This story recounted below,  is being repeated across the country in every state of the union as predatory guardians, with the aid of banks, attorneys and corrupt courts and police departments,  prey on the elderly.  Using the aid of the courts, and numerous violations of due process, civil rights and violating many laws, the elderly are being virtually kidnapped from their homes, isolated from family and friends and declared incompetent.  Once this process is set in motion with the sanction of the courts, the theft of the estate begins.  Everybody gets a piece of the pie while the victim….now held prisoner in a participating nursing home or other facility, is drugged, isolated and held against their will.

Think this can’t happen in America?  We got laws, right?  Yes we do, but the courts have decided they can make their own and are not obliged to honor those pesky laws or the rights of the people victimized by them.

This is one Iowa family’s short history of the kidnapping and imprisonment of their mother as “the Team”, comprised of bankers, attorneys and a predatory guardian attempt to seize and liquidate the assets of the woman they now hold hostage.

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Dorothy Driesen, a 90 year old widowed Mother, has had her estate taken  away from her by court decree and forced to reside at a nursing home that has had multiple felony accounts charged against it in 2003. 

The judge took our Mother into his chamber, asked her a few questions and then declared her incompetent, fired her son as Trustee,  appointed a bank to be her new Trustee and set a court appointed guardian over her.  All of this happened within one days time upon the filing of court documents by the wannabe guardian and friend of the court. More

States of Emergency

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By Cassandra Anderson
October 21, 2010

“There are 37 Governors’ seats available in the upcoming November election.  The Governor of each of the 32 states that is a member or observer of any of the regional alliances must be pressured to opt out of the unconstitutional alliances or replaced with a candidate who will opt out of the alliance (all but 5 allied states’ governors seats are available in the November elections).”

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Thirty-two states are on the path to UN-inspired carbon reduction, Cap-and-Trade schemes and unconstitutional alliances; the supporting Governors must be held accountable.  Carbon reduction and population reduction go hand in hand.  The United Nations failed to impose their treaties from the top down (the Kyoto and Copenhagen Accords) and the federal government has abandoned its unpopular national Cap-and-Trade scheme for now.  Cap-and-Trade is being pursued on the state level, and one region has even raised over $700 million in carbon auctions.

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The thirty-two states have been divided into three regions; regionalism is a trick that uses re-zoning to establish new jurisdictional authority.  State compacts and agreements, in addition to state treaties with foreign governments, are unconstitutional.  While these regional programs have avoided mention of United Nations Agenda 21, the blueprint for depopulation total control, evidence supports that this is an Agenda 21 Sustainable Development program for the following reasons:

•  Man made global warming deception, based on discredited science from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UN IPCC), is a primary excuse used to implement Agenda 21 Sustainable Development.

•  California’s AB 32 Global Warming Solutions Act  is committed to achieving the targets of the UN Kyoto Protocol (a treaty with mandatory rules to limit carbon).

RGGI (Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative of the Northeastern states) is similar to the UN Kyoto treaty with mandated regulations and a Cap-and-Trade scheme.

THE SCIENCE

Because global warming has been discredited, it is now referred to as climate change, climate disruption and the greenhouse effect.  More

S 510 Would Have Changed Nothing In the Recent Egg Recall

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Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Stop the presses, hold the panic, and stop “Egg-agerating” Congress Critters. Before pushing the American People into panic mode and blindly rushing through yet another “Save the American Consumer From Themselves Bill”, it might behoove legislators to read the law currently in place that is specifically designed to stop the contamination, production, distribution and consumption of tainted eggs. True it took 6 years of kicking and screaming to bring the CFO’s to the table and not all have to comply until 2012, but why rewrite what has already been written?

The FDA’s Egg Safety Rule

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Final Rule on egg safety, Prevention of Salmonella Enteritidis in Shell Eggs During Production, Storage and Transportation (21 CFR Parts 16 and 118), requires shell egg producers to implement measures to prevent Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) from contaminating eggs on the farm and further growth during storage and transportation. U.S. egg farmers have and continue to participate in food safety programs like the SE Final Rule in order to protect against food borne illness and provide a safe, high quality product. The rule was first proposed on September 22, 2004 and after several comment periods, went into effect on September 8, 2009.  The rule requires egg producers with 50,000 or more birds or persons who store and/or transport eggs to comply with all regulations by July 9, 2010.  Egg producers with less than 50,000 birds but more than 3,000 must comply by July 9, 2012.

Just mulling about the concern of food safety, here is a thought for one to ponder. According to the Wright County Egg Recall press release posted on the FDA recall information page, the first Julian Date of eggs believed to be contaminated was 136 (May 16, 2010) and the last known 225 (August 13, 2010). So between three different production CFAO’s involved over an 89 day period potentially 5,617,977 contaminated eggs were produced per day.

So here is where the process becomes interesting. Where does the responsibility lie? The USDA is passing it off to the FDA who is passing it off to the USDA…..I think we see where this is going. If they only had “more cooperation among Agencies”….something like S 510. More

A Summary and Wrap Up of the Iowa Ag Competition Hearings

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ANTI_TRUST & COMPTETITION POLICY BLOG

Posted by Peter Carstensen     March 15, 2010

“Little was said about dairy (the subject of a session in Wisconsin in June), poultry contracts (subject of a session in Alabama in May) or the status of Capper-Volstead”

The DOJ-USDA Session on Agricultural Competition–March 12, Ankeny, Iowa

Farmers were instrumental in forcing the adoption of the Sherman Act and they remain one of the most interested and commitment constituencies for antitrust. The turnout at the session was substantial with estimates of the audience ranging from over 650 to more than 800. As one speaker put in, “I have never seen so many people interested in antitrust law except lawyers getting CLE credits.” Another sign of interest is that interested parties have filed more than 15,000 comments related to these workshops (available at the DOJ web site).

Attorney General Holder and Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack each emphasized a commitment to competition and to addressing competitive issues in markets involving agriculture. This is the first real cooperation between the agencies each of which has significant actual or potential authority to affect competition. Also present was a representation of the CFTC who signaled that agency’s commitment. Conspicuously absent was the FTC which has authority over retail grocery issues as well as all processed food production except meat and dairy products. When, after several comments about competitive issues resulting from retailer and general grocery manufacturer buyers power, the question of FTC absence was addressed the organizers said the FTC would be “invited” to the final meeting in DC in December. Informal conversation suggested to me that the FTC has signaled disinterest in these proceedings. I hope that is not true as it would mean a major gap in enforcement. More

Unleash Food Democracy: Taking on Corporate Power in our Food Supply

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Unleash Food Democracy:  Taking on Corporate Power in our Food Supply

Town Hall Meeting                                                         

Thursday, March 11, 7:00pm

Best Western Hotel, 133 SE Delaware Ave., Ankeny IA

Take I-35 to Exit 92, west on 1st St., south on Delaware  Ave.

Did you know that a handful of multinational corporations – corporate giants like Cargill, Dupont-Pioneer, Monsanto, Smithfield, Swift, Tyson, and Wal-Mart – control our food system and determine what kind of food you can buy and how farmers can produce it? It’s true. Decades of bad farm policy and unchecked corporate mergers have driven independent family farmers out of business and created powerful corporate factory farms and agribusiness giants that dominate the market.

How bad is it?

 –          More than 85 percent of U.S. beef cattle are slaughtered by just four companies.

–          Two companies control more than half of U.S. corn seed.

–          One company controls 40% of the U.S. fluid milk supply.

–          Five corporations dominate the grocery sector, ensuring that low prices paid to farmers aren’t passed along to consumers at the store.

This lack of competition in agricultural markets impacts farmers and consumers.  With fewer players involved at every step in the food chain, consumers pay more, farmers get paid less, and the corporate giants’ share of the retail dollar continues to climb.

Unleash food democracy and take on corporate power in our food system

On Friday, March 12, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) will hold an anti-trust hearing in Ankeny on corporate concentration and lack of competition in agriculture. While their panels seek “balance”, they will be hearing from too many corporate special interests and not enough independent family farmers. That’s why you should join us for the People’s Anti-trust Hearing on Thursday, March 11 at 7pm.

Join us to ensure the voices of family farmers and consumers are heard loud and clear!

Thursday, March 11 at 7 pm (the night before the USDA/DOJ hearing): 

–          Hear from farmers, leaders and experts in the national food democracy movement

–          Special  invited guests include top officials from the USDA and DOJ and Iowa’s Congressional delegation, including Senators Harkin and Grassley

–          Join us at this exciting meeting to demand that USDA and DOJ take immediate action to reduce corporate control of our food system and put people first 

Seating is limited! To reserve your space, follow this link:  http://www.capwiz.com/iowacci/issues/alert/?alertid=14728816  or call the CCI headquarters at 515-282-0484 or email iowacci@iowacci.org.

Unleash Food Democracy:  Taking on Corporate Power in our Food Supply

Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, March 11, 7:00pm

Best Western Hotel, 133 SE Delaware Ave., Ankeny IA

Take I-35 to Exit 92, west on 1st St., south on Delaware  Ave.

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Dave Andrews

Senior Representative

Food & Water Watch

1616 P Street NW, Suite 300

Washington, DC 20036

http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/

dandrews@fwwatch.org

IOWA:Krause Campaign: Statement for workshop on monopolistic practices in agriculture

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3/4/2010

STATEMENT BY BOB KRAUSE

Democratic Candidate, United States Senate

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Senate candidate Bob Krause releases prepared

statement for workshop on monopolistic practices

The following is a statement prepared by Bob Krause concerning Monopoly Practices in Agriculture that he has prepared for submission to the Joint DOJ/USDA Workshop to be held March 12 in Ankeny, Iowa:

Thank you for this opportunity to make a statement concerning the topics of “seed technology, vertical integration, market transparency and buyer power” before this workshop. My direct concern for this workshop is that something be done to curtail monopoly practices that have build up in the agricultural seed business. More

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