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TransCanada Keystone Pipeline Spill #21

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Marti —

In case you missed it — TransCanada’s original Keystone pipeline spilled at least 380,000 gallons of tarsands and toxic diluents into wetlands in North Dakota on Oct. 30.

The spill — the twenty-first (21) spill on the Keystone pipeline since 2010 — led U.S. pipeline regulator PHMSA to order TransCanada to shut down the pipeline again via Corrective Action Order — the fourth such order issued to shut Keystone down since 2010 because “continued operation before corrective action would be hazardous to life, property, or the environment.”

Make sure to add your voice and tell the U.S. State Dept. that TransCanada’s safety record is an unacceptable risk to our land, water and climate, and the Keystone XL pipeline should be rejected as not in the U.S. national interest.

Submit a NoKXL comment to the U.S. State Dept. review of Keystone XL. More

Tell the U.S. State Dept: NO Keystone XL pipeline

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Marti —

I traveled to Billings, Montana today to stand in solidarity with landowners, Tribal Nations, and Water Protectors at a rally before the one and only public hearing being held by the U.S. State Department on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Unfortunately, unlike the historic 2013 State Dept. hearing on KXL in Grand Island, Nebraska — where over 1,000 Pipeline Fighters turned out, and hundreds gave public testimony in front of their fellow neighbors and citizens for nearly 12 hours — the scene here in Montana is a sad excuse for a public hearing, where citizens must instead speak their concerns privately one-by-one into a tape recorder, or else write them out to submit on paper.

Despite this attempt to silence the voices of Pipeline Fighters with no true “public hearing,” it’s still crucial that we speak out.

The best way you can make your voice heard right now is to submit a written comment into the State Department’s new draft environmental review of the pipeline. Public comments are due by Nov. 18th.

Add your name: Submit a NoKXL comment to the U.S. State Department.

(Note: We encourage affected landowners living on the proposed KXL route to submit hand-written letters with your public comments on the pipeline directly to the State Department. Include docket number: DOS-2019-0033)

Mailing address:
Ross Alliston, Keystone XL Program Manager
Office of Environmental Quality and Transboundary Issues
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520

I’m proud to stand alongside Water Protectors here in Montana today, and will make sure to relay all the concerns of landowners and Pipeline Fighters from back home in Nebraska when I speak directly to State Department officials at the hearing.

Make sure your voice in opposition to KXL is heard: Submit a NoKXL comment now.

Thanks for standing with us.

Jane Kleeb and the Bold team


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A Foreign Corporation Claiming Eminent Domain?

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Marti —

You may have already heard, but TransCanada just filed new eminent domain claims in court against 90 Nebraska family farmers and ranchers — including my family — who refuse to give up our land for this foreign corporation’s Keystone XL tarsands export pipeline. [1]

TransCanada has been bullying my family and other Nebraska landowners for the past ten years, seeking land that’s been in our families for generations for a pipeline that threatens our farms, our water, and our climate. Now this foreign corporation has filed a lawsuit against my family, and dozens of other farming and ranching families, and intends to abuse eminent domain to take our land for KXL against our wishes.

We have less than a month from today to respond in court, and oppose TransCanada’s eminent domain lawsuits. We need your support in this moment more than ever before.

Give $25 or what you can to support landowners fighting TransCanada’s new eminent domain lawsuits to push KXL through our farms and ranches.

TransCanada is attempting to make some waves and put up a smokescreen to make investors think KXL is a “green-light,” when there remain serious obstacles in this pipeline’s path. The company has said it plans to engage in “pre-construction” activities along the proposed route for KXL, like clearing trees.

Landowners like my family have stood together for ten years, and we intend to fight these new eminent domain lawsuits. Bold supporters like you have also stood with the landowners during this decade-long fight, and we thank you.

Donate to Nebraska landowners’ legal defense against TransCanada’s eminent domain lawsuits for Keystone XL.

Thank you for continuing to stand with us.

Jeanne Crumly, Nebraska landowner in Holt County


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[1] “Eminent domain process for Keystone XL pipeline begins in Nebraska,” Omaha World-Herald, 9/28/19.


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TS Radio Network: Whistleblower’s! The USDA Hour 5/22

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Join us this evening May 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm CST

5:00 pm PST…6:00 pm MST…7:00 pm CST…8:00 pm EST

Listen Live → HERE!

Call in number 917-388-4520

Hit #1 immediately when Blogtalk answers to speak to the host.

Hosted by Marti Oakley with Lawrence Lucas

All shows are archived and available 24/7 so you can listen at your convenience.

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Whistleblower’s! Is brought to you in coordination with Marcel Reid and the Whistleblower’s Summit, taking place July 29, 30, 31 in Washington,D.C

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Join Lawrence Lucas as he hosts Waymon hInson , a long time activist in the battle Black farmers have faced under the mismanagement of the USDA. Mr.  hInson also hosts the “Let Justice Ring” blog, linked below. Joining Lawrence and Mr Henson, will be photographer and documentary maker will be Shoun A. Hill.

Waymon hInson has earned degrees in theology and psychology is licensed as a psychologist and marriage and family therapist in Texas. His history with the Black farmer cause extends back to 1994 when he began to consult with farmers and their legal counsel. He has been affiliated with the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association in Tillery, NC since 2005 and currently is a board member. He has two published articles in the area of Black farmers and land loss and has presented at international, national, state, and regional conferences on racism, the USDA, and Black land loss. His special area of interest is the impact on the health and well being of farmers and families when dealing with the USDA and DOJ. He and Shoun Hill partnered on the Black farmer documentary beginning in 2018 and will complete it in late 2019.

Bio-Shoun A. Hill

Shoun Hill is a photographer based in New York City. Originally from Frederick, MD., Hill began photographing professionally in 1993 for The Gleaner in Henderson, KY., after getting his Master of Arts degree from Ohio University.

He has worked as a staff photographer for newspapers in Memphis, Tenn., and Orlando, Fla. At the present time he is a photo editor on the National Desk of the Associated Press in NYC. While a staff photographer, Shoun photographed Super Bowls, NBA basketball games, and presidential elections. He has also been a part of gallery shows in Ohio, Florida, Illinois and New York.

At the present time, Shoun is filming a documentary on African-American farmers, which debuts in Nov. After the completion on the documentary, Shoun will start a still photo project on the past, present and future of the African-American farmer. Shown is married to Debra Walton-Hill, a Broadway and TV actress and performer.

“I’m a documentary photographer and my goal with every image is to make a connection between the subject in the photograph and the person looking at the photograph. I shoot what is, and let the image speak for itself. People are my ideas and inspiration. That’s what these photographs show.

When people look at my work, I want them to feel a connection. Maybe the subject reminds them of someone or a situation they were in. When they see my work I’d like them to get a feeling of remembrance.”

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Sustainable: The WAR on Free Enterprise, Private Property and Individuals.

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Tom DeWeese, recognized expert on private property rights, has released a new book entitled Sustainable: The WAR on Free Enterprise, Private Property and Individuals. DeWeese’s book describes in detail the process being used at every level of government to reorganize our society through the destruction of private property.

According to DeWeese, the American system of free enterprise, private property ownership and individual liberty is under attack by a political force that, while plainly out in the open for all to see, is little understood and mostly ignored. Yet private non-governmental organizations (NGOs), city planners and federal agencies have teamed up specifically to change human society under the banner of Sustainable Development. It is gaining power in every state, county, and community under the false threat of Environmental Armageddon, demanding that we completely reorganize our economic system, our representative form of government, and our individual lifestyle.

While termed in positive sounding lingo, in reality Sustainable policy imposes massive government regulations enforced through state and local governments. These policies place severe restrictions on energy and water use. Development schemes seek to ban the use of cars, instead forcing ridership on massively expensive and inconvenient public transportation systems. Meanwhile, so-called “Visioning” programs follow enforcement of international policies to reorganize communities into a one-size-fits-all straightjacket.

In Sustainable, author Tom DeWeese clearly makes the case that such policies are a war on free enterprise, private property ownership, and individual choice.

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Whistleblowers!: Lawrence Lucas; USDA planting misinformation

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Rally Against TransCanada XL Pipeline/ abuse of eminent domain

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On Monday morning, the brave collective of Nebraska farmers and ranchers who refuse to sign over their land for TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline will be in court to face down the foreign corporation’s threats of eminent domain — and we will be there to stand with them.

Join us and stand with landowners against TransCanada in court on Monday. Click here to sign up.
•WHAT: Citizens v. Pipeline—Keystone XL eminent domain court hearing
•WHEN: Monday, July 27 at 11:00 a.m.
•WHERE: Holt County Courthouse, 204 N 4th St, O’Neill, NE 68763 (map)

Before the hearing, Bold Nebraska will host a Meetup for all supporters at Westside Restaurant in O’Neill. Coffee and rolls will be served, and Jane Kleeb will provide an update on the case.
•WHAT: MEETUP before Citizens v. Pipeline court hearing
•WHEN: Monday July 27, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
•WHERE: Westside Restaurant, 49134 US Highway 20, O’Neill, NE 68763 (map)
•RSVP: Click here to RSVP so we know how many are coming.

If you can’t make it to stand with us at the hearing, please consider a donation to help cover legal expenses for the farmers and ranchers who are fighting TransCanada and eminent domain to protect our land and water.

This is the lawsuit that stopped Keystone XL in its tracks in Nebraska, and also has the potential to stop the status quo of eminent domain for private gain in our state for the future.

Can’t be with us in court on Monday? Stand with us in solidarity.

Click here to donate to help cover legal costs for landowners fighting Keystone XL.

Thanks for standing with us.

Jane Kleeb and the Bold Nebraska team
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Bundy Ranch – What You’re Not Being Told

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A Devil’s bargain: Pacific Southwest to become UN Bio-region

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While we have been diverted with the governments plan to disarm us, that fine collection of corporatists, new world order advocates and United Nations servants have been busy using the federal register to implement United Nations Bio-regions within the United States.  While these land and resource thefts will be accompanied by some fluffy scripts about how they are saving the planet for future generations and how the federal government and the United Nations are the only ones able and willing to protect these vast resource rich areas, the fact is, the plans they have for these areas are have nothing to do with preservation or protection.  This is all about money and stealing from the states and their communities any and all resources that can be sold to corporations for massive profits.

Operating under the direction of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Forestry Service has begun to establish bio-regions in accordance with United Nations demands, focused now on vast areas of forests in the Pacific Southwest.  These are forests that the government has made off-limits to local timber industry’s except for favored contractors, including timber stands located on private property, decimating many local communities and economies. It has also initiated the closing off of public access roads.

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All of this was done supposedly to protect natural resources and prevent exploitation of the forests.  Yet if you read the Federal Land Management policy, you can clearly see that preserving the forests or the land is not even an issue.  This is land and resource theft from the states themselves, to profit a federally created and unlawful agency that has no real authority to do any of the things it does do.

The Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1715, 1716), as amended, supplements the Weeks Act and General Exchange Acts (sec 20.1). 

Exchanges permit great flexibility to trade anything that is an interest in real property.  The Forest Service can trade land, timber, oil, gas, minerals, road rights-of-way, scenic easements or development rights, buildings, power line rights-of-way, and/or other real property rights, including leasehold interests. More

The Coming Eminent Domain “Heist”

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Dan Peterson, Executive Director info@proprights.com 407-481-2289

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The Coming Eminent Domain “Heist”

The Constitution of the United States gives government the “Power” to take private property “for public use” provided there is “due process of law” and “just compensation.” The most notorious misuse of this power to date is the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Kelo v. City of New London.  But now, certain US cities are promoting a new use of eminent domain that will spell disaster for the housing and financial industries. San Bernardino County and the City of Stockton, California have already crossed over the line of bankruptcy and are in desperate need of revenue. Here’s their plan:

Use eminent-domain powers to buy mortgages where homes are underwater.

Impose losses on lenders.

Write down the principal amounts owed by the borrower.

The results are great for the borrower who gets his loan modified.

The results are great for the financial/investment management company to be selected to operate this scheme because of the fees to be received for each loan modified and their share of the profits realized on behalf of their investors.

The results are great for the municipalities which get a financial piece of the deal.

But, what about the lender of the original loan?

Consider the following scenario as laid out by Jann Swanson in an article entitled, “SIFMA Slams Eminent Domain “Scheme” in Letter to FHFA”: More

Rosa Koire “Behind the Green Mask of UN Agenda 21”

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No real debates from “Obomney”

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Marti Oakley

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No real debates from “Obomney”

How many times are we going to have to hear the pointless arguments about which faction of the one party presidential race is going to create jobs (we know they can’t) or which has a better economic plan (they don’t’) or who has a better foreign policy (who are we going to attack next)?  Not one of these issues is important as not one  addresses the actual concerns of the American public which is being asked to cast their vote for one of two political con artists whose personal agenda, private allegiances and alliances, and political monetary obligations likely has nothing to do with what the country needs.  Either way, the subjugation to the UN, the reducing of the US to third world status and the headlong stampede into fascism as corporations wrench final control of the US government away from the country, will continue as planned.

We are a country in the midst of a nearly complete transformation that will render us anything but a free people.  The US corporation that operates as the federal government in the District of Criminals determined that we, the people, were the greatest enemy they faced.  The false flag attacks on 9/11 were what Dick Cheney and his PNAC conspirators hoped it would be, the New Pearl Harbor…..the needed excuse that would be used to bring to an end, finally, to our Constitution including its bill of rights and to our freedom.

Any hopes that any one might have had that the Obama administration was going to repeal, correct and mend the damage done by the Bush/Cheney crime administration were quickly dashed as Obama showed himself to despise and hate us just as much as the neo-cons did and still do. More

Investor State Tribunals and Treason in high places

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Marti Oakley      ©      Copyright 2012 All Rights Reserved

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Investor State Tribunals: The Trans-Atlantic Partnership AGREEMENT

A huge collection of federal corporate agents that we call “senators” and “representatives” will soon be jumping in front of Lame Street Media camera’s just for the chance to tell you how this new agreement will create thousands of new jobs.  And it will!  Only not here in the US.  These same corporate puppets will poo-poo the idea that this corporate government agreement will render our laws null and void against marauding corporations.  They will tell you that it will boost states economies to have foreign investors buying land and exploiting resources.  They will tell you any lie they think will make this sell off of our country more palatable.  And, by the time most of you figure out you just got sold out and sold off, these same liars will have taken retirement so that they can spend more time with their families.  (Oh! be still my heart!)

What this agreement will effectively accomplish is the eradication of national jurisdiction, national laws and protections and put disputes in the hands of lawyers who also expect to profit from their misdeeds.  It will sell off our land to foreign corporations and governments and firmly establish sovereign foreign territories inside the geographical US. akin to the current Free Trade Zones (257 zones) now operating across the states.

How’s that global economy working for ya? More

Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey will host a Constitutional Sheriffs’ Panel

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Feb. 15, 2012

Press Release

 Sheriff Lopey to lead sheriffs’ panel

YREKA – Five county sheriffs will participate in the first 2012 Support Rural America Sheriffs Event on Feb. 25, 2012. Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey will host a Constitutional Sheriffs’ Panel starting at 2 p.m.

The event will be held at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds in Yreka, California at the top of the State. Take exit 773 off I-5 in Yreka. The fairgrounds are on the East side of the freeway. There is plenty of parking and motels nearby. Admission is free. 

Joining Sheriff Lopey on stage will be Modoc County Sheriff Mike Poindexter, Trinity County Sheriff Bruce Haney, Lassen County Sheriff Dean Growden and Oregon’s Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson. These sheriffs recently attended the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Assoc. Convention in Las Vegas with Sheriff Richard Mack and Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpiao.

Sheriffs will share information on the Constitution as it relates to their position as county sheriff and discuss issues in their areas. Time will be available for questions and answers.

The gate to the fairgrounds will open at noon. Groups with info tables will be setting up and available to the citizens. 

This is the first in a series of monthly events that will be hosted by sheriffs in various counties in the North State. For dates of events that have been set, go to Support Rural America.com on the web. Youtubes of Constitutional Sheriffs are also available at that website or on the “sheriffs” page of Pie N Politics.com 

This event is sponsored by Scott Valley Protect Our Water, Yreka Tea Party, Siskiyou Water Users Assoc. and Redding Tea Party.

For more information, contact Liz Bowen at 530-467-3515.

 

UN, Monsanto, mining, oil & gas companies directing BLM plans for our public land

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Debbie Coffey  Copyright 2011  All Rights Reserved.

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Resource management plans (for your land?)

How does the UN, Monsanto, mining, and oil & gas companies get their hands into Bureau of Land Mangement (BLM) Resource Management Plans and Environmental Assessments to dictate the use of our public lands (and our future)?

Well, I found one way.  I noticed that two companies, Tetra Tech and Environmental Management & Planning Solutions, Inc. (EMPSi), are preparing BLM (and Forest Service) Resource Management Plans (RMPs), Environmental Impact Statements (EISs), Environmental Assessments (EAs) and other reports.  (So what do we pay BLM employees to do, just look pretty in their uniforms?)    

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It’s not some small environmental company.  Tetra Tech has 13,000 employees in 330 offices around the world.  Tetra tech owns about 25 other companies  and makes billions of dollars in annual revenues.  They work with developers, nuclear power, energy, mining and minerals processing, etc.  On the Tetra Tech website, it declares: “Our Mission: To be the premier worldwide consulting, engineering, and construction firm.”

Tetra Tech even bought PRO-Intelligent,  an international security and intelligence consulting firm used by the US State Department.  So they seem to have their hands in everything.

The most troubling aspect about Tetra Tech preparing the plans for the BLM can be seen by looking at Tetra Tech’s Board of the Directors: 

Hugh M. Grant is the Chairman, President and CEO of Monsanto.
(on Tetra Tech’s website, this fact was omitted in his bio).  Why would Monsanto’s CEO be on the Board of an engineering and construction company?   More

Dam Liars, Crooks and Killers

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By Cassandra Anderson
September 9, 2011

Agenda 21 is the action plan to implement the UN Sustainable Development for total control and depopulation.  The Wildlands Project is the blueprint to scrape humans off of 50% of America’s landscape through “rewilding”.  Beneficial dams are being destroyed in the name or rewilding or restoration, using phony environmentalism to achieve these UN goals:

  • Human geography: herding humans into areas of water availability, as it   is essential for life
  • Depopulation: when water is cut off from farmers, this affects the food   supply
  • Water rights: massive water rights re-allocation hangs in the balance (the Colorado River may be up for grabs)
  • Hydro power dam destruction: collapse of energy infrastructure to return to a primitive existence
  • Private property: land use & value are drastically changed when property is turned into a swamp or desert
  • Federal control: centralized control over resources follows UN policy
  • Smart Grid: overwhelming and centralized control that is inefficient and open to sabotage

For details on the direct links between Agenda 21 and dam demolition, watch Dr. Michael Coffman’s excellent video here. More

CRapitalism: The Liquidating of America/ Part 1

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Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved

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“we have a system of privileged corporations using the congresses, the presidents and all the alphabet soup agencies to enact and enforce oppressive legislation, regulations, rules, and other enforcement instruments to drive independent competitors from the markets,”

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I had to look up the definition of capitalism just to make sure my understanding of that concept was accurate.  It was.

Capitalism defined by Merriam’s Online

: an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market

While I hear one politician or another extolling the virtues of free markets and while these same corporate hiney huggers along with successive presidents admonishes us that we must participate in the global economy, I find myself wondering just how bad the negative effects of the global economy have to become before someone cries “uncle”!  As in “Sam!”  

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THE QUIET COUP: The implementation of Agenda 21

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Debbie Coffey /Investigative Reporter/PPJ

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More importantly, above this description is the OBJECTIVE, which is “the encouragement of communally and collectively owned and managed land.”

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People have noticed the 25 government agencies on Obama’s new White House Rural Council.  And, they’re questioning what might be the need for all of them.

What people may not have noticed yet, is that the government agencies in this council are also on other councils.  These councils, as well as the individual government agencies, are implementing international laws that have taken effect through Executive Orders, Memorandums of Understanding, agreements and regulations that most Americans don’t even know about.  These have bypassed Congress.  And, it also seems they have completely bypassed the Constitution.

The devil is in the details

These agencies and councils are forming “partnerships” with members and groups other than the American people.  However, our tax dollars pay for their salaries and for the programs.

Some “partnerships” sound innocuous, but as you might guess, the devil is in the details.

I’ll give you an example.  There is a BioEco Working Group ( www.bioeco.gov), which at first glance seems to be part of the Department of Interior’s U.S.Geological Survey, since it is listed as creating the website.  But the actual Charter has National Science and Technology Council in the heading.  (The National Science and Technology Council includes 20 of the same agencies that are on the new Rural Council, but with some additional agencies, including the CIA.  It also includes the Vice-President, Cabinet Secretaries, heads of Agencies and some White House officials.)  More

Executive Order # 13575: The theft of rural and agricultural lands for UN Agenda 21

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Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2011 All rights reserved

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New Council or not, it would be a relatively simple matter to halt the coming terrorism by corporate federal agencies against agricultural property owners. Our governors would have only to refuse any contracting with these federal corporations which would deny them access inside the geographical boundaries of the states.

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Treasured Landscapes: An Act…to steal land from the states

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Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved

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“In the memo, BLM corporation talks extensively about its “ownership” of lands and how this back room deal, meant to facilitate the theft of lands inside the geographical boundaries of the states could be implemented.”

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), a for-profit federal corporation, issued a memo laying out its plans to seize 10 million additional acres across the Western states including, Nevada, Oregon, Wyoming, California, and Utah.  The federal government already claims ownership or control of 84% of Utah and at least 68% of Nevada. The document clearly lays out the propaganda to be used in this land theft, referring to the theft as saving national treasures, pristine areas, treasured landscapes, etc.. Sounds really peachy until you get to the part about mining and natural resources, to be stolen at the same time.

Concealing their identity under the appearance of a “public agency”, BLM uses congress and the executive branch to not only hide what it really is and what it is doing, but to make it appear legitimate; lawful, legal.  It is a deception that has gone on since 1906 when the Antiquities Act was passed, which BLM now is claiming as its enabling legislation.   The 1906 Act was only 296 words long and said nothing about how to perpetrate theft of states lands and their accompanying natural resources. 

The question immediately arises in my mind; “How can the BLM claim ownership of land? Doesn’t the Constitution expressly deny the central government ownership of any land other than insular possessions, territories and the ten square mile parcel of land ceded to it for its existence?” Yes it does, but the Bureau of Land Management is a privately owned corporation and is not bound by constitutional restraints.   More

General Moly’s Mt. Hope mine: let’s hope the “Eureka moment” doesn’t spell disaster

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 Debbie Coffey   Copyright 2011  All rights reserved

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“Mining at the Mt. Hope Project will involve various types of risks and hazards, including environmental hazards, industrial accidents, metallurgical and other processing problems, unusual or unexpected rock formations, structure cave-in or slides, flooding, fires and interruption due to inclement or hazardous weather conditions.” More

Reid’s Back-Alley Tactics Revive Omnibus Land Bill

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    By Fred Kelly Grant | December 21, 2010

As a result of Senator Harry Reids back-alley tactics, both the Food Safety Bill and the Omnibus Public land and water bills are headed for passage by the entire Congress.  The Food Safety Bill was passed by unanimous consent as a substitute for an already passed House bill.  The Omnibus Public Lands and Water bill is headed for passage as “America’s Great Outdoors Act” also as a substitute.

The public lands bill was furtively put into action on the floor of the Senate by Reid late Sunday evening near the end of an unusual Sunday session designed for debate on the Arms treaty. The Bill which pundits said could not and would not be considered in the lame duck session could be voted on this week, or even the week after Christmas.  Reid has threatened that the Senate will stay in session until January 5, 2011 if necessary to get this package and others passed. Read More…

Harry Reid’s latest assault on America: The land theft act

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By Dan Byfield | December 21, 2010 Call Your Senators Today!

This means additional wilderness, wild and scenic rivers and trails designations, the expansion of EPA authority to control ocean beaches through regulations that will adversely affect all farms and ranches, and multiple land transfers, among other significant negative implications for America.

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As feared by everyone, the U.S. Senate and Harry Reid are bringing those the CLEAR Act, fears to fruition and are set to destroy America’s future by taking all the private property they can with one bill, unless we act this week! It used to be called the CLEAR (Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources) Act of 2010, but Mr. Reid pulled a legislative trick and substituted the CLEAR Act for a completely unrelated, bill S. 303, and now calls it the “America’s Great Outdoors Bill of 2010.” More

The New Land Rush: The selling out of America’s farmers

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 Judy Palmer (c)copyright 2010

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If the Chinese acquire large tracts of land here in the United States, food grown will be for import.  This will threaten not only our own independence, but will cause distortions in our food supply and put an end to the local food movement as well. 

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The New Land Rush

The economy continues its slide.  Unemployment remains high, more manufacturing moves overseas with each passing day, the rate of home foreclosures makes the news every hour.  But there is a seemingly bright spot—farm land values have increased 58 percent from their 2000 levels on both a national and global scale.  Because of this, arable land is attracting wealthy investors all over the world.  They hope to profit by either producing crops or leasing the land to farmers.  Mutual funds specializing in the acquisition of agricultural land have been formed to capitalize on the rapidly rising land values, allowing even small investors to reap a share of the rising land values.  In one way, and one way only, this is a good thing.  Beleaguered farmers have ready buyers if they must sell out and may actually realize a profit from the sale of their farms.  But the problems this will cause to society far outweigh any benefits.

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Wisconsin DATCP: A rogue agency and its war on Wisconsins’ farmers

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While Wisconsin politicians turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to the police state actions being carried out by the rogue Department of Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) agents for DATCP kick the efforts to eradicate family and independent farmers into high gear. 

 In an effort to force compliance to the Premises ID program, designed to convey title of property through the use of deception and coercion, to the federal government, agents arrived this morning on the private property of Paul Griepentrog, without warrant or complaint.  The agent for DATCP handed Paul several papers most of which were not applicable under the law, and several of which were in direct violation of Supreme Court rulings.  

DATCP, a rogue agency which has been challenged multiple times for its harassment of Wisconsin farmers and most especially dairy farmers, interfering in the lawful conduct of business, seizing and destroying personal property without cause or authority to do so, have  just met their match.  

A message from Paul Griepentrog:

Folks,

It has come to my attention that DATCP has ramped up enforcement of premises registration.  I received a visit from Randy Niederkorn this morning accompanied by a sheriff’s deputy, informing me that I would have to register in ten days or face prosecution.  I also received a call from Mark Brothen of Viroqua yesterday morning that he had received summons and complaint for failing to register. 

In Mark’s case DATCP refused to grant an administrative hearing twice.  DATCP is entering private property without warrant and complaint as required in the 1967 Supreme Court decision Camara v. Municipal Court were it states “Entry onto property by Public officials unconstitutional without warrant and complaint.” 

 The harassment of the states farmers by DATCP is in clear defiance of legislative intent as exemptions were written into statute however Dr. Ehlenfeldt refused to grant them.  There are others who have been notified of prosecution however have requested I not use their names. 

I personally cannot go against the Word of my God and will endure all, even death, rather than comply. 

Paul M. Griepentrog

W2402 Shady Knoll Rd.

Park Falls, Wisc. [54552]

715-762-1875

skfarms@centurytel.net

NAIS: Still the greatest threat to family ranchers and herders

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In response to the refusal of so many agricultural land owners to enter into the contract with state agencies that had taken bribe money euphemistically referred to as “co-operative funding” from the USDA, the state agencies began a campaign of extortion and coercion against agricultural land owners, withholding licensing, conducting swat team raids and destroying family businesses and lives. 

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The National Animal Identification System (NAIS) proposed by the USDA a few years back, resulted in a bitterly fought battle between government and livestock producers across the country. Most saw the hidden agenda for this theft of agricultural land and the attempts to also create “national herds”; depriving livestock owners of their property and relegating them to the status of “stakeholders”; meaning they owned nothing and only had an interest in, the livestock in question.  USDA, claiming the system was needed if they were to be able to quickly “trace back” the source of contaminated animal products versus, livestock producers who knew there was already a more than adequate system in place across the  country to do this very thing; one that had proven time again to be more than adequate.  It was this knowledge that an efficient system was already in place that tipped off the producers, and even those of us who aren’t producers, that something else was afoot.  Whatever that something was, we all knew that some other issue was at stake and there were those who were waiting in the wings to profit from it.  

Now, don’t get to thinking NAIS went away, because it didn’t.  As we reported last spring:

A March 2, 2010 Agriculture Committee hearing televised live on CSPAN gives a clear picture of what’s ahead for domestic farmers, ranchers and herders in the US..  Deputy Secretary Kathleen A. Merrigan cheerfully announced the “new age of enforcement” citing the intent to increase “risk assessment and better surveillance”.  In other words……based on only their assumption there might be a problem but with no real cause or evidence, the USDA in cooperation with bought and paid for state agriculture departments that took bribe money to implement the USDA business plans for creating a police state, USDA is stepping up its assault on domestic farming and ranching.” More

ECONOMIC AND TRADE THE COMPREHENSIVE AGREEMENT (CETA) PETITION

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  Canada is now under threat of the government, using international treaty and agreement, ending the right of the people to use, own, save or otherwise select, reuse or exchange or sell seeds without government control.  At stake  also is the “with only a reasonable belief” reflected in S.510 here in the US…..allowing seizure of crops, farms, equipment or other assets at government will.  

Please note, this petition is posted on the NFU website in pdf format, at the following link: http://www.nfu.ca/petitions/CETA.pdf More

HR 5088: Minnesota gears up to fight land and water theft

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NATIONAL WATER & CONSERVATION ALLIANCE

St. Paul, Minnesota – Vancouver, Washington

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St. Paul, Minnesota
October 6, 2010
(612) 558-2859     
don@nationalwaterconservation.org


A Clean Water Fallacy
by
Don Parmeter

(498 words)

     There are several disturbing aspects about H.R. 5088, America’s Commitment to Clean Water Act, authored by Minnesota Congressman James Oberstar and introduced in April.
There’s the bill itself, arguably the biggest federal power grab in American history, given the proposed change in language to the 1972 federal Clean Water Act.  Mr. Oberstar’s bill would replace the term ‘Navigable’ with ‘Waters of the U.S.,’ which would include: all waters currently used, used in the past, or susceptible to use in future commerce; all interstate and international waters; and all other waters and their tributaries, including intrastate lakes, rivers, streams, mudflats, sandflats, wetlands, ponds, meadows and sloughs. More

Environmentalism: Once a good cause, now just Agenda 21

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The idea behind the “Best Practices” barrage is to end the knowledge that has been passed from one generation to the next about how to manage lands, crops and animals and/or how to harvest, store and preserve food supplies.  This is a collective knowledge, the possession of which is invaluable if we are to survive. Our farmers and ranchers know far better how to manage their land, crops and animals than some desk jockey in the UN or in Washington D.C.

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Environmentalists, the Green movement, and various other groups dedicated to protecting and preserving the earth and its inhabitants, was, initially begun as a result of the plunder and destruction resulting from the willingness of governments around the world to allow the decimation of the environment for corporate profits.  The environmentalist movement has been virtually taken over.  What it represents now in many areas is the facilitation of the decimation of our rural communities and is the UN Agenda 21 plan for seizing all lands, water and food production to be owned and operated by the corporate state.  

While those involved in this movement believe they are working to protect the earth, the environment and its wildlife, the catalyst behind the movement has become Agenda 21 from the UN. This Agenda specifically sites land ownership as a source of wealth and one that should be held only by the state.  The rationale for this is that land ownership signifies wealth of some level, and this level can vary radically from one individual to the next and that is, for some reason, not fair……so the state should own everything and that way no one but the state has any wealth.  One of the cleverest and most successful coup’s ever implemented was the co-opting of true environmentalists into the “sustainability/Smart growth” Agenda 21 program.

While I do believe that we should take care of our environment, our wildlife and our waterways; handing these assets over to the government to sell off to corporations to plunder and abuse while simultaneously and falsely claiming they are protecting the environment, will produce nothing but devastation.  All across our country we can see the rapid deterioration of land under government control now exploited and plundered; the water systems polluted beyond reclamation from endless strip mining, gas and oil drilling and rendered unfit for any further use.  More

S.510: Manager’s Amended Version..The corporate “coop”…the chicken shit’s come home to roost.

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                                           ” What remains as a “bill” is the actual assault on domestic agriculture hidden behind euphemistic terms such as “food safety”, “food security” and other deceptive language meant to deceive the reader into thinking the safety of food in this country was at risk from family and independent producers   ”                                                                    

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The fight to maintain control of our food production and supply must begin in the states.  Your governor, according to this bill, will appoint the agency that will contract with USDA/FDA for access to your state.  It is your governor who will make this federal theft of domestic agriculture possible; and it is your governor who must be pressured to refuse to negotiate with corporate federal agencies.  The betrayal of America’s farmers and ranchers will begin with each state governor granting corporate federal agencies access to your state and will be enforced by state agencies under the color of law.  These agents will be your friends, neighbors and maybe even family members who will put on an agency badge and suddenly forget the Constitution and individual rights. 

For years multi-national corporations have raided and plundered third-world countries, stealing land, raping the environment and causing the starvation and abject misery of untold millions of people.   The efforts to steal farmland, to grow gmo crops for biofuels while human beings starved next to fields full of grain, is nothing new.  The world wide efforts to seize control of the world’s food supply, dictating what people would eat and if they would eat, is coming full circle. The US along with Canada is now about to fall victim to the absolute takeover of food production and supply in both counties, by corporations who have orchestrated the greatest theft ever perpetrated.   They could not have done it without the corruption of career politicians who sold their integrity, honor and office for corporate favors and campaign donations, increasing their own personal wealth along the way, and selling out the very people they swore to represent. 

We are about to see congress come back into session; never have we as a country been in such danger from our own government.  Democrat or Republican, we have no support within our own congress. 

Below is a break down of S.510.  As pages 1 thru 104 were struck, the provisions contained in those pages were written into broad and vague language, open to interpretation and abuse by corporate federal agencies.  This was intentional.  What was taken out in one place was inserted elsewhere under ambiguous language.  What remains as a “bill” is the actual assault on domestic agriculture hidden behind euphemistic terms such as “food safety”, “food security” and other deceptive language meant to deceive the reader into thinking the safety of food in this country was at risk from family and independent producers.

Here are just some of the highlights of S.510.  There have been several versions of this bill, so for expediency, we have simply listed the sections by number.  More

Prepare for the Most Dangerous Session in Congress

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    Liberty Matters | Sept 1, 2010 –

    The final weeks of the 2010 second session of the 111th Congress could be the most dangerous in our history.  In view of the current outlook for mid-term elections, this may be the last chance Senator Reid has to push through Cap ‘n Trade, the Clean Water Restoration Act, the Wildlife Corridors Act, the CLEAR Act, and Food Health bills that will strangle the farming industry. 

    The Senate will reconvene September 13th and adjourn October 8th.  They return after the election recess on November 15th and work until the week of Thanksgiving.  Then work continues in December.  While these bills can be brought up any time during the critical days ahead, our property rights and interests are most vulnerable during the sessions following election. 

    This issue of Liberty Matters has been prepared to give you a heads up on the key anti-private property bills we expect to come up for passage during the final quarter of this critical year.

Read the list of the most threatening bills including the CLEAR Act and the Fake Food Safety bill, S.510 here…. More

The BP Oil gusher was only the “crisis” used to shove another land grab bill through the House

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Clients lobbying on H.R.3534

61 unique organization(s) has/have registered to lobby on this bill. Click on a client’s name to view all the bills on which they reported lobbying. Click on the number of reports to view all the client’s reports that mentioned this bill. Moving to the Sponsors tab (above) will show you the members of Congress who sponsored this legislation.  READ THE LIST HERE: More

The ClEAR ACT: They are stealing it all: Land, water, minerals and the air we breathe

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“to be used exclusively to curtail the emission of non-carbon greenhouse gases and other climate-affecting substances, such as black carbon or to fund domestic and international projects to reduce, avoid, or sequester emissions through agriculture, forestry, and land use practices (emphasis mine)” _______________

Another assault on the American public is under way; this one will enlarge and increase the power of the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management to such a degree that none of us will be safe from these corrupted and unlawful corporate federal agencies operating under the public deception; “a public service agency”. These are in fact, duly authorized and chartered private corporations which have long since ceased to function as public services, if in fact they ever did.

Those who ramble through the halls of the District of Criminals, who claim they have no time to write the bills; no time to read the bills, somehow found the time to vote to pass this federal, land, asset and natural resource grab, including water rights, through the House.  The bill now rests in the Senate, where there is little chance that the property rights of individuals or states, will survive. 

HR.3534, Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources Act of 2010 (Reported in House – RH)  will effectively render a greater amount of land as owned and/or controlled for profit, by the federal government along with minerals and water rights to now be controlled by the federal government and enforced through the BLM and other newly created enforcement agencies. More

Opposition Grows for California Roundup of 2,500 Wild Mustangs and Burros

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Contacts:                
Makendra Silverman 
Tel: 719-351-8187
Anne Novak
Tel: 415-531-8454
“Despite growing public outrage over BLM’s continuing massive roundups, which condemn wild horses to a life of confinement at taxpayer expense, BLM is expected to select alternative A (removing the maximum number of wild horses and burros) while allowing thousands of head of livestock to dominant the range. “
For Immediate Release:
Opposition Grows for California Roundup of 2,500 Wild Mustangs and Burros
Northern CA Twin Peaks herd is targeted for a destructive multi-million dollar summer roundup
San Francisco, CA (July 7, 2010)—The Cloud Foundation opposes and is calling for a stop to the proposed roundup of over 2,500 mustangs and burros from one of the last viable herds in California. To avoid conflicting with deer hunting season, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to unleash contracted helicopters in the August heat to round up 2,500 mustangs and burros, including their young foals, from the Twin Peaks Range near Susanville. Vastly outnumbered by thousands of corporate-owned destructive livestock, the public’s wild horses and burros are the BLM’s scapegoats for damage on the range. Over 2,000 are now slated for removal despite healthy range conditions and an outdated census.  More

Agenda 21: multiple acts intended to implement UN plans for the US

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Freedom Advocates on Wildlife Corridor Act and July 17 Event

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Politicians and other agents of Agenda 21 are inundating us with overlapping schemes that quietly and deliberately drown our property rights and freedom. For surefire evidence, take a look at the plot that is outlined in the U.S. Congress – H.R. 5101 Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2010. This bill includes transboundary tax-payer funded projects for wild animal bridges and tunnels, increasing roadless areas and other means to capture more natural resources and private property for government and its partners.

Sample projects already in existence:

   
 Wildlife Overcrossing at Easton Hill, WA     www.chattoogariver.com Roadless Conservation

                                            H.R. 5101 states that “The Secretary, in cooperation with the States and Indian tribes, shall develop a Habitat and Corridors Information System, that shall include maps and descriptions of projected shifts in habitats and corridors of fish and wildlife species in response to climate change; and to assess the impacts of existing development on habitats and corridors.” The System is charged with identifying, prioritizing and describing “key parcels of non-Federal land (i.e. state lands and private property) located within the boundaries of units of the National Park System, National Wildlife Refuge System, National Forest System, or National Grassland System that are critical to maintenance of wildlife habitat and migration corridors.” This is way over and above what the federal government has already swallowed up under other guises.

Congress and other elites are desperately clinging to the fraud of man-made global warming in an attempt to illegitimately wrest control of private property. Many people still nominally own and pay taxes on their private property but if their property is even slightly proximate to the imagined wildlife corridors, then animals rule as “new habitat” is created for them in response to “climate change” and other “threats” (meaning people).  It doesn’t matter that grandma’s house has been there for 100 years and she and the animals get along fine. Not anymore, with this bill government will determine what if any use might be made of land that falls in or near corridors invented ostensibly to protect animals (in truth this is done to take private property and to control the human population).  

The difference between this bill and previous wildland’s programs is that this one doesn’t just have teeth, it has fangs. Not only does it have “strong language calling on agencies to actually take steps to protect corridors” but it also calls for a funding mechanism (more taxes) to support “such protective action.” In short, we will be footing the bill for the global elite to further control our property and diminish our freedom under the guise of habitat protection. And “the Secretary of the Interior may transfer funds to the Foundation under this subsection in advance, without regard to when expenses are incurred.” How many of us can get paid whenever we want, even if we haven’t yet done the work?

Here are a few examples of Wildlife Corridor Program across the United States. Once again they are bad programs hiding behind pretty pictures and phony words. Rim of the Valley Los Angeles Basin, California, Buffalo Commons Plains States, USA and Yellowstone to Yukon or “Y to Y”  plus there are many more.

Norman MacLeod of Washington explains that HR 5101 incorporates the legislative provisions of Section 481 of HR 2454 (the House version of the climate bill) and Section 6009 of the Kerry-Lieberman climate bill draft.  These sections authorize a wildlife corridors information system.  HR 5101 builds on this with implementation programs, mostly to be housed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Funding mechanisms and public-private structures are included.  The bill has been referred to the House Natural Resources Committee.

This bill is intended to lead to the formal creation of several continental-scale wildlife corridor systems that include core habitat, connectivity, and buffer systems that will impact livelihoods, homes, ranches, farms, access to resources, outdoor recreation and more.

The bill can be tracked at www.thomas.gov

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Not 1 More Acre! Colorado fights back against Army invasion

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Our three separate and equal branches of government – legislative, executive and judicial —  absolutely oppose any aspect of expansion at Piñon Canyon.   
 
“If there is one basic element in our Constitution, it is civilian control of the
military.”         
                                                                                              President Harry Truman 

He wrote, “a belief that it is OK to condescend to civilians is breeding a ‘culture of contempt’ for those not in uniform. It has really become a pandemic in the Army.”
                                                                                              COL Andrew Bacevich (RET)

Fort Carson, critics fight over heavier Pinon use

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   Fort Carson will be sending two battalions of the 4th Infantry Division to the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site in August for several weeks of training – signaling an Army effort to increase its use of the 238,000-acre training ground, even as critics argue that effort defies a U.S. federal court ruling last year. More

BLM to Hold Public Hearing on use of Motorized Vehicles, Aircraft to Manage Wild Horses, Burros

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**note:The BLM…..after having been charged twice by the courts for having violated the very laws it is supposed to be following and protecting, is holding public hearings to get the public’s comments on its intended use of vehicles and aircraft (a federal violation and felony per the Wild Horse and Burro Act) to manage the few remaining horses BLM has not managed to slaughter and sell for profit, yet.   Someone alert “Slaughterhouse Sue” in Montana….dinner is about to be served!  Calen Jacobs

BLM to Hold Public Hearing on use of Motorized Vehicles, Aircraft to Manage Wild Horses, Burros

Elko, Nev.—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will conduct a public hearing to discuss the use of motorized vehicles and aircraft in the monitoring and management of wild horses or burros on public lands in Nevada. The hearing will be held on Thursday, July 1, at 6 p.m. at the Bureau of Land Management Elko District Office, 3900 East Idaho Street, Elko, Nev. in the main conference room. More

GRAIN: Land grabs threaten Anuak

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Live link: GRAIN interviews Nyikaw Ochalla

Ethiopia is one of the main targets in the current global farmland grab. The government has stated publicly that it wants to sell off three million hectares of farmland in the country to foreign investors, and around one million hectares have already been signed away. Much of the land that these investors have acquired is in the province of Gambella, a fertile area that is home to the Anuak nation. The Anuak are indigenous people who have always lived in Gambella and who practise farming, pastoralism, hunting and gathering. Nyikaw Ochalla, an Anuak living in exile in the United Kingdom, is trying to understand what this new wave of land deals will mean for the Anuak and other local communities in Ethiopia.

How will these large-scale projects affect the agriculture of the Anuak?

The Anuak are a distinct people who have always had close ties to their environment. As an indigenous population, they have been marginalised by the government for many years. They sustain themselves mainly through farming, hunting and fishing, while some Anuak are also pastoralists.

The attraction of Gambella for foreign investors is its fertile lands. But the area is fertile because the local people have nurtured and maintained its ecological systems through their agricultural practices. They may not have had access to modern education but they have a traditional means of cultivation, which includes rotation. When the rainy season comes, they move to the drier areas and when the dry season comes they go along to the river banks, making sure that they manage their environment effectively. So all of the lands in the region are used. Each community looks after its own territory, and the rivers and farmlands within it. It is a myth propagated by the government and investors to say that there is waste land or land that is not utilised in Gambella. More

The World Bank in the hot seat

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New from GRAIN | 4 May 2010

 

GRAIN
May 2010

The World Bank is marching ahead with plans to facilitate global land grabs, while refusing to release a report that confirms the negative impacts of these deals for local communities. At its annual land conference last week, where the report was supposed to be launched, the Bank tried to redirect the land grab discussion towards “win-win” solutions. But its strategy failed, given the Bank’s staunch corporate bias and the growing public rejection of its “principles” for socially responsible land grabbing.

Read this new issue of Against the grain in English here:
http://www.grain.org/articles/?id=64. The Spanish and French versions will be online shortly.

Turning African farmland over to big business

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“MCC African partner countries are open for business”
Ambassador John Danilovich, CEO of the MCC, June 2008

When the European powers invaded Africa they brought with them their systems of private property. Laws were established based on these systems, in order to justify, entrench and facilitate the takeover of lands from local communities. But such laws were hardly ever applied or respected beyond the boundaries of the European farms and plantations. With independence, although the Western laws often stayed on the books, the African states assumed ultimate and often sole ownership of all lands in their territories. But in practice they did not have the power to manage these lands. So the vast majority of land in the African countryside, through the colonial period and up until today, has been governed according to local communities’ customary land practices. 1

These customary practices are often complex and rarely static. They have evolved over time, shifting with local power politics and adapting to new pressures, such as urbanisation, migration, deforestation or the fragmentation of lands. They are based on varied and overlapping rights and responsibilities, and profoundly integrated with local farming, fishing and pastoral practices. In official circles, these systems of land management have been marginalised and condemned for years, but today they are under unprecedented attack.2

Africa has become the new frontier for global food (and agrofuel) production. Billions of dollars are being mobilised to create the infrastructure that will connect more of Africa’s farmland to global markets, and billions more are being mobilised by investors to take over that farmland to produce for those markets. To get a sense of the extent of what is transpiring, one need only look at the massive oil-palm plantation planned for Liberia by the world’s largest palm-oil companies, or the joint Japanese–Brazilian project to transform vast areas of Mozambique into Brazilian-style soya plantations.3 There is no place for Africa’s millions of small farmers in this new vision. And, like the colonial powers that came before, the new wave of invaders needs a legal and administrative structure to justify and facilitate the takeover of these lands. More

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