Category: Indigenous People


Peggy Atwood

Published on Jan 30, 2013

A song I wrote when I visited the site after 9/11; always thought a little heavy, but it is time to get it out there. All photos taken from the web, if there is any infringement, please contact me, I will include credits. Included on my CD “Renegade of the Light Brigade” during the remix and urging of the late, great Steve Burgh.

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The Art of Resistance

Originally posted on http://akkaoldfart.wordpress.com.:

Rebel of Oz – March 15, 2013

This is my eighth year as a full time Internet activist. The longer I’m fighting this “War on Evil”, the more I’m concerned with the effectiveness of resistance. No matter what our cause, liberty, false-flag terrorism, free Palestine, debt-free currency, New World Order, Illuminati, chemtrails, vaccination, cancer cures, drug prohibition, or historic revisionism, we must first and foremost make a conscience decision about what’s more important to us, being right or resisting effectively.

In most countries, the ‘ruling elite’ is more than happy for us to say, write and publish whatever we want, as long as nobody that matters listens to us. In facts, it’s a sign of strength and confidence for our self-chosen rulers to let us – figuratively speaking – stand on a box in Hyde Park and scream our head off, while everybody around shakes his head and thinks to…

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Published on Mar 16, 2012

Every day, we use materials from the earth without thinking, for free. But what if we had to pay for their true value: would it make us more careful about what we use and what we waste? Think of Pavan Sukhdev as nature’s banker — assessing the value of the Earth’s assets. Eye-opening charts will make you think differently about the cost of air, water, trees. teebweb.org
TED Talk at TED Global 2011 – Filmed July 2011

No this is not a tangent  about  biblical  prophecy or religious  dogma.  While  I  am a  spiritual  person I  belong to  no organized  religion.  I  have  , however, had  premonitory  dreams where  I have  seen things  like the  Gulf Oil Disaster, The  Fukushima Tsunami and the consequent Nuclear  Disaster.  I  have  even  had  others  that  have  as  of  yet  not  occurred and  I  hope  it  stays  that  way  as  they  were   more  horrible  than  the  two mentioned here.  Those  of  you  who understand that  we  are  all connected to  Source will understand that premonitory  dreams  have  nothing to  do with  religion or  belief  in  a particular faith.    It is rather the  realization of a  connection that  is  expressed to us in a  manner  in  which  we  will understand to a  certain degree.  The  interpretations of the  dreams  are  a  whole  other  matter.  That is  the  responsibility  of the individual who  received the  message, as  I  believe  they are  given ways  to understand  what the  content  of the  message  meant.  Either that  or we  who receive them are  mentally unbalanced  :D

Now , I  am  not  asking  anyone to believe  in  my  dreams  nor will I  go into  detail as  that  has  no  bearing on  what  I  have  put  together  here.  My   question is what if the Planet X theories and the  Mayan  Calendar theories that were disseminated  and became  bigger  than life  were actually  disinfo?  What  if in  actuality  the  truth  were  even  more  sinister?  What  if the  agenda was  one  so  heinous,  so  horrible  that  even  when  confronted  with it  one would recoil and  say that is  not  possible?

The truth is  that  in the  last  few  years and  not  just  during the  Administration  of  Obama.  Just in case  anyone thinks  this is  an  Anti- Obama Agenda.  What  if the  greater  agenda  at  hand  has  never  been  about  a  Cataclysmic  end  but  rather a  more  mundane disaster created  by  men?  What  if the  New  World  Order  Agenda  would  stop at  nothing to  achieve  it’s goal.  No  I’m  not  crazy  although  sometimes  I  wish  I  were just  so I  could  stop worrying about  the  outcome  of the  items I  see falling  into  place for the termination  of life as  we  know it  as a Nation.

I  have  put  together  here articles and  videos  that  I  have  come  across in the  last  few  years that  may hold  some  clues  to the  event that  could be in our  future.  Am I  saying that  it is written in  stone?  No,  of  course  not.  However, anyone  with  discernment would understand that  there is a  disturbing precedent being  set  forth  here.  For  what  purpose?  One  can only  guess.

All I ask is that  you  view  this  with an  open  mind and think for  yourselves.  That is  all I  can  do , that is  all anyone  can  do.  We  cannot  convince  anyone,  we  cannot  force  anyone  to  see  what  we  see.  All  we  can  do  is  set the  information before  you and allow  you to come to your  own  conclusions.  If  you  do not  agree, that  is  your right.  All I  ask is  that those  who  do not and  feel a  need to  comment do  so in a  respectful manner.  Any nasty,  vulgar  or hateful comments  will be  deleted and  go unaddressed.

I have debated  on  whether  I  should  post  this for  sometime now.  I had  not  done  so  because  I  did not  want to  anger  or  offend  anyone.  However,  yesterday  I  saw an  article  that clinched it  for me  and  I  can  remain  silent  no  longer.   That  article had  to do with the  dismantling of the  Air Defense System on U.S./Mexico Border.  You  will find  that  it is  the  last  article   listed on this  post  at the  bottom of the  page.   Do  with  it  as  you  will.  I  have  done  what  my  conscience  has  moved me to do .  I  have  presented   the information that  I  have  here.  There  are  more,  far too many  to  place  on one  blog post.  Items  such as  the  Patriot Act,  Garden Plot, agenda 21, NDAA,  SOPA, PIPA, Waters of The United  States Amendment, The  Food Safety and  Standardization Act , the  constant and  ever  increasing   barrage on our freedoms,  rights  and  Constitution , Codex Alimentarius,  the  legitimization of  poisons in our  foods and  water , the  assault on  alternative  medicine and therapies, the  criminalization of  feeding the  hungry and the  homeless, the  militarization of Police, etc  ., etc., etc.   However, I  believe  that I have  put  together  a  good  bit  of  the information that sets the  wheels in motion  for those  who want  to see.

Stay Safe  and  Be  Well.

~Desert Rose~

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Dimitri Duduman warning america

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL315CAB130DE8CCE8&feature=view_all

Native American Prophecy

Red Elk Prophecy parts 1 – 15

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD4DA7F96FEDD0690&feature=view_all

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AMERICAN JUDGMENT DAY AND THE FINAL BATTLE FOR PLANET EARTH

By Paul McGuire

NewsWithViews.com

Billions of people on planet Earth do not understand that we are now approaching the final battle for our world and that everything we see happening is connected with that battle. The ancient Greek god, Prometheus gave man fire and the destructive forces of that fire have set the world aflame. The god Prometheus was a type of Lucifer, the temporary prince of this world. Prometheus represented human will and the search for scientific knowledge at all costs. For example, the race for the creation of the atomic bomb and modern Transhumanism represent Prometheus.

Mary Shelley used the term The Modern Prometheus as the subtitle to her novel Frankenstein (1818). Frankenstein was the foreshadowing of the dark side of Transhumanism and genetic engineering.

According to the Biblical account, Lucifer was the most powerful angelic being, and in his lust to be God he led a revolution of one third of the angels in a war against God, so that he could seize God’s throne. This multi-dimensional battle began in the Garden of Eden, where the personal God created a man and woman in His image, using His precise DNA code.

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U.S. Army prepares to invade U.S.

Uploaded on Oct 8, 2008

The plans to implement martial law in America have been taking shape for decades, hidden behind “Continuity of Government” contingency planning. Now, with public outcry over the banker bailout bill at fever pitch, all of the pieces are in place for the U.S. Army to start policing American citizens.

For more information and analysis, please visit

http://www.corbettreport.com

Freedoms are disappearing, government powers growing

The idea of suspending the Constitution was first presented in the mid 1980s during the Reagan administration.

No less a thug than the drug-dealing, murder-ordering, terrorist-supporting Oliver North was knee deep in the program.

Since then every US president – George Bush Sr, Bill Clinton, George Bush Jr, and Barack Obama – have steadily created oppressive laws and legal systems to “fight terrorism” while simultaneously violating basic Constitutional rights.

Simultaneously with this, the US military has received training on how to suppress the rights of and even attack US citizens on US soil. US police have been increasingly militarized and new armed federal agencies have spouted like weeds.

Why?

Doesn’t the US have enough serious problems to attend to without the need to laboriously create new “programs” to fight non-existent or government manufactured problems?

Instead the ONLY thing the US government has done consistently over the last 30 years (besides wage illegal wars and give Wall Street criminals a “get out of jail free” card) is create new secret “internal security” laws, bureaucracies, infrastructure and armed bodies.
For more The “War on Terror” is a Fraud: videos, click here

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First Term: Obama Increased Debt $50,521 Per Household; More Than First 42 Presidents in 53 Terms Combined

Barack Obama, George WashingtonPresident Barack Obama speaks in the National Archives beneath a mural of the Constitutional Convention, which depicts James Madison handing the final draft of the Constitution to George Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(CNSNews.com) – During Barack Obama’s first term as president of the United States, the debt of the federal government increased by $5.8 trillion, which exceeds the combined debt accumulated under all presidents from George Washington through Bill Clinton.

The new federal debt accumulated in Obama’s first term equaled approximately $50,521 for each of household in the country.

On Jan. 20, 2009, when Obama was first inaugurated, the total debt of the federal government was $10,626,877,048,913.08, according to the U.S. Treasury. As of the close of business on Jan. 17, the last day reported by the Treasury before Obama’s second inauguration, the total debt of the federal government was $16,432,631,489,854.70.

Thus, from Obama’s first inauguration to his second, the federal government’s debt grew by $5,805,754,440,941.62.

Read Full Article Here

Pretty speeches that show an Agenda way beore Sandy Hook ever happened.

Blame on an assault weapon that has been proven never to have entered Sandy Hook Elementary

Hypocrisy stating that assault weapons should not be allowed on the streets but rather on the battlefield. When his Administration is responsible for how many guns and assault weapons were allowed to be put in the hands of Mexican Cartel members?

Or are drug dealers not criminals now?

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Published on Jan 18, 2013

December 15, 2012 MSNBC News
http://MOXNews.com

Not sure about the date on this one

Barrack Obama on Gun Control and Second Amendment

Obama: AK-47s are for soldiers, not criminals

Published on Jul 26, 2012

President Obama forcefully spoke out against gun violence in a New Orleans speech.

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Investigation: US ATF Secretly Arming Mexican Drug Cartels (Mar 3, 2011 – CBS)

Uploaded on Mar 4, 2011

March 3, 2011. CBS Evening News. Gun Walking. Interview with ATF Federal agent John Dodson. ATF was intentionally sending heavy weaponry to Mexican drug cartels. The secret operation was called Fast and Furious.

Medical Examiner FULL Press Conference – Sandy Hook School Mass Shooting

Published on Dec 17, 2012

12/15/2012

Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver provides an update to the media after he and his team examined the victims’ bodies at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown following Friday’s mass shooting.

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‘Guns are bad!’ CounterThink cartoon reveals hypocrisy of government gun confiscation schemes

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by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com

(NaturalNews) While the U.S. government is desperately attempting to disarm the American population by rolling out Adolf Hitler-style gun control, it is simultaneously arming itself to the teeth, buying up 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition and now stockpiling it at ammo depot stations around the country.

The hypocrisy of it all is stunning. While screaming, “GUNS ARE BAD!” to American farmers, ranchers and citizens, the government is buying up billions of dollars worth of guns and ammo itself. This isn’t ammo to be used in a foreign theater of war, by the way, it’s ammo that can only be used domestically, against the American people. (The hollow point ammo violates international war treaties and so cannot be used in international war actions.)

To help us all visualize the hypocrisy in the government’s gun control schemes, I came up with our latest Counterthink cartoon.

Click here for the Counterthink.com page

Here’s the cartoon:

Feel free to post this cartoon on your own website, but please give credit to the original source, which is NaturalNews.com / Counterthink.com.

In addition to purchasing 450 million rounds of hollow point .40 caliber ammo, the U.S. government has also purchased:

• Over one million rounds of hollow-point .223 rifle ammo
• Over half a million rounds of non-hollow-point .223 rifle ammo
• 220,000 rounds of 12 gauge shotgun #7 ammo (target ammo)
• Over 200,000 rounds of 12 gauge shotgun #00 buckshot ammo (tactical anti-personnel ammo)
• 66,000 rounds of 12 gauge shotgun slugs (tactical anti-personnel, anti-vehicle rounds)
• Over two million rounds of hollow-point .357 Sig JHP (hollow-point) pistol ammo (anti-personnel)
• Over four million rounds of .40 S&W JHP (hollow-point) pistol ammo (anti-personnel)
• Over 60,000 rounds of .308 match grade anti-personnel sniper rounds (BTHP)
• Plus, hundreds of thousands of additional rounds of .38 special, .45 auto, 9mm, 7.62×39 (AK rifle) ammo, and others.

Check out more of my cartoons at www.Counterthink.com

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com

(NaturalNews) You can tell a lot about a person by assessing what they purchase. It’s called “consumer profiling,” and corporations do it all the time. That’s how those grocery store loyalty discount programs work, by the way — they profile your psychology by analyzing what you’re buying. From that information, they can target you for coupons, mailers and other marketing campaigns that “magically” speak to your particular interests. It’s not magic, of course; it’s just behavioral profiling.So what happens if we profile the purchasing behavior of the U.S. government? What do we find?Bullets, bullet-proof roadside checkpoint booths, and anti-radiation pills.

450 million rounds of hollow points to be used against the American people

Just a few weeks ago, the federal government initiated a contract for acquiring 450 million rounds of .40 caliber ammunition. “The special hollow point effectively passes through a variety of barriers and holds its jacket in the toughest conditions,” says a press release from the award winner, ammunition manufacturer ATK. (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/atk-secures-40-caliber-ammunition-co…). This ammo is for the Department of Homeland Security as well as ICE.

Question: What does DHS intend to do with 450 million rounds of barrier-piercing hollow point ammunition?

The really important answer is that no one buys hollow point bullets for target practice. They’re too expensive. Practice ammo is always FMJ ammo (Full Metal Jacket), meaning it has a solid tip. But the far more expensive hollow point ammo is ballistically designed to shred internal organs upon impact. It’s the kind of ammo used by police officers who want to shatter the bad guy’s sternum as quickly as possible and thereby bring him to the ground where he bleeds out from internal tissue trauma.

The DHS is a domestic agency. It does not fight wars overseas. It almost exclusively concerns itself with the American people on American soil. That the DHS is contracting to buy 450 million rounds of hollow point ammo can only mean DHS plans to need this ammo to be used against the American people.

Do the math: That’s almost two bullets for every man, woman and child in America — all in the hands of a government agency that says you should spy on your fellow citizens because they might be terrorists. The message is clear: Government is good, citizens are bad. And DHS feels it needs 450 million rounds of hollow point ammo to keep the American people in line, apparently. For what other purpose would so much hollow point ammo be purchased?

Bullet-proof roadside checkpoint booths

If you’re still not convinced that the USA is rapidly devolving into a fascist police state with TSA and DHS goons feeling your genitals at the airport and randomly searching your bags on city busses, DHS has now bought tens of millions of dollars worth of bullet-proof roadway checkpoint booths featuring level-3 bulletproof glass (http://www.prisonplanet.com/after-huge-ammo-buy-dhs-purchases-bullet-…).

It forces us to ask the obvious question: For what purpose does the DHS need thousands of bulletproof checkpoint booths?

Once again, the answer is obvious: To quickly erect “show us your papers” checkpoints on roadways, highways and key traffic points nationwide.

Oh, by the way, DHS is also acquiring monstrous assault vehicles which you can see pictured here:
http://www.prisonplanet.com/homeland-security-unveils-monstrous-swat-…

And in Houston, the TSA has unleashed a network of bus-riding secret agents to spy on citizens and search their bags on city busses. What’s next, are they going to feel your genitals on the bus, too? You might be hiding a bomb in your anus, you know…

Do you think it is a coincidence that DHS is sourcing 450 million rounds of hollow point bullets at the same time it is buying thousands of bulletproof checkpoint booths and hardened armored assault vehicles?

You may have also noticed cable barriers being installed along the medians of roadways across the country, by the way. Where there used to be just open grass, they are now pouring concrete, setting metal posts, and connecting them with multiple strands of high-strength steel cables. Have you figured out the purpose of these yet?

Isn’t it obvious? They’re designed to make it impossible for people to pull a U-turn and avoid the checkpoint booths that will soon be appearing! (And staffed by DHS and TSA agents wielding .40 hollow point bullets, no less.)

Are you starting to see the bigger picture here?

$400,000 in radiation fallout pills

In addition to the hollow point ammo and the bulletproof checkpoint booths, the U.S. government has also purchased $400,000 worth of potassium iodide pills — the kind of pills you take to avoid damage to your thyroid in the wake of radioactive fallout.

This is being done, of course, in anticipation of yet more problems at Fukushima, where just one more explosion or earthquake could unleash a hellstorm of radioactive pollution affecting virtually the entire planet. (http://www.prisonplanet.com/army-stockpiles-anti-radiation-pills-to-p…)

Isn’t it interesting that the U.S. government is purchasing massive quantities of radiation protection pills, but when the Fukushima disaster struck in 2011, President Obama urged the American people to “do nothing” and assured them that they did not need to buy potassium iodide pills?

So here we have yet another case where the U.S. government is getting prepared while urging American citizens to AVOID getting prepared!

Isn’t it time YOU got prepared?

By the way, I’m hosting a LIVE, streaming home defense how-to event on May 8th. Learn more at:
www.HealthRangerLIVE.com

Why would DHS need so many bullets and booths?

It’s obvious that DHS is buying all this gear to be used against the American people. But why?

Here, I reveal a rational list of possible explanations for this behavior. These are what I see as possible situations that would result in DHS activating their plans to take over America’s roadways and set up armed checkpoints across the nation:

• Fukushima disaster followed by radiation wave. This would result in a mass of refugees fleeing the West Coast.

• Grid down. This is a worst-case scenario, actually, which would result in mass death across U.S. cities. Huge outflows of refugees would be met by DHS checkpoints. Admittedly, some of these checkpoint booths might actually be handy for small cities and towns to protect themselves from fleeing desperate refugees from the larger cities.

• Financial collapse followed by social unrest. In this scenario, the checkpoints would be used to limit travel and control a very unhappy population.

• False flag terror attack followed by declaration of Martial Law. The checkpoints would be used like they were in East Germany. “Show us your papers!” Anyone who doesn’t have the right papers gets arrested, beaten, raped, tasered and thrown in one of Obama’s secret prisons authorized by the NDAA.

• Pandemic outbreak and quarantine of cities. In this scenario, the checkpoints would be used to keep people IN the cities, preventing their escape. (Escape from New York, eh?)

• No emergency at all: DHS could decide to just implement all the checkpoints even without any event happening. It could all be put in place merely as part of their prisoner training agenda, which the TSA has been carrying out for years in the airports. Sort of a “get used to living in a police state” psychological tactic. I have no doubt that even if thousands of these checkpoints were put in place right now, all the government-worshipping, boot-licking Americans would bow down and praise the DHS for “keeping them safe” by borrowing a page right out of Nazi Germany.

Some people just love oppression, it turns out. I’m pretty sure they’re vaccine damaged.

Record gun sales across America… what does it mean?

DHS is without a doubt gearing up for something big. Yeah, BIG. At the same time, Americans are buying firearms in record numbers — as in millions of guns a month.

My friend, a deputy Sheriff who runs a gun store, says he has to “pull 20 strings” just to keep rifles in stock. They are flying off the shelves like nothing he’s ever seen before in over two decades of business. Multiple firearms companies in the USA have publicly announced they are REJECTING all new orders from retailers because they are so backlogged in manufacturing guns that they can’t even keep up.

By my estimates, Americans have already purchased over 10 million firearms in just the first four months of 2012. And the numbers just keep growing.

What’s going on with all this?

Regardless of what you think about firearms, the honest answer is that Americans are legally and lawfully arming to the teeth. They are stockpiling ammo like never before. They’re buying emergency medical supplies and stored food. One home builder I know told me he’s working on a luxury subdivision in a major U.S. city where every single homeowner opted to build a “bunker room” inside the house as an add-on. (I had no idea…)

If you don’t run in these circles, you may not be aware of all this. But I’ve got friends in law enforcement, in the military, former intelligence officers, people in the food industry, and so on. They feed me info on a regular basis, and what they’re telling me is that both the government and the (informed) public are all stockpiling like never before, and a lot of people are getting nervous about the possibility of Martial Law or government confiscation of food, farms, guns, gold and more.

If this is all news to you because you’ve never heard this before, you should be even more concerned because it means you’re probably behind the curve on all this. If you don’t own a firearm, rest assured that most of your neighbors probably do by now (depending on where you live, of course). And huge numbers of them are also taking classes and seminars on how to use those firearms in self defense. Just call any of the major instructional schools (Gunsight, Thunder Ranch, etc.) and ask them yourself. You’ll find out that their classes are all sold out, or that they’re added new classes like mad in order to keep up with the demand.

How can we avoid conflict?

You’ve probably already figured out that all this purchasing of guns and ammo could be a disastrous recipe if the government begins to see the American people as the enemy. There are signs this is already under way, with even the Boy Scouts now being trained to target U.S. veterans as if they were enemy terrorists.

In a recent interview on the Alex Jones Show, survival author James Wesley Rawles (www.SurvivalBlog.com) warned that any government attempt to disarm the U.S. public would be disastrous and end in total failure. The American people are already armed to the teeth, and they’re getting even MORE armed by the day. Yet Attorney General Eric Holder has been conspiring with Janet Napolitano to try to outlaw the Second Amendment by running guns into Mexico and blaming the resulting gun violence on lawful gun owners. This is the whole “Fast & Furious” fiasco (http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=50807).

There is also talk that if Obama is reelected, he may seek to ban all semi-auto firearms, which means most ranch rifles, handguns and even many shotguns. This is also driving large numbers of people into the gun shops to buy up the available inventory like never before. In the gun shop I visit in Austin, there’s a poster on the wall of President Obama, labeled, “Salesman of the Year.” Truth be told, no President has resulted in more guns getting into the hands of private citizens than Obama!

Even the parts backlog is getting bad. I’ve run into this myself: Just ordering gun parts has turned into a nightmare, with 2-3 month wait times on many parts. I recently tried to purchase some new holster gear and had to wait 8 weeks for it. When I spoke to the retailer, they told me “Everything is being bought up by returning veterans” who are gearing up at home.

Something huge is taking shape, and my Spidey Sense is getting a really bad vibe about it. I can only hope and pray that whatever comes down does not involve the government making a really bad miscalculation and thinking it can nullify the Bill of Rights and try to disarm the American public. That would be a terrible mistake that could result in a huge loss of life. What government needs to do right now is find some humility and stop destroying the United States Constitution and crushing our rights and freedoms.

Yet, regrettably, that’s not what I see happening. All across the country, I see government (both national and local) becoming more arrogant, more combative, and more thuggish in their behavior. Just look at the inexplicable actions of the Michigan DNR which now unleashes arms “hit squads” of government agents to mass slaughter farmers’ livestock using armed farm raids (http://www.naturalnews.com/035585_Michigan_farms_raids.html).

Or look at Darrin McBreen’s recent visit to Roswell, GA, where brutish-looking local cops warned the InfoWars crew to “stop filming the City Hall” and backed this up by claiming “There is no such thing as public property in Georgia.” (Yeah, seriously. This recording was played on national radio.)

In California, we’ve got the illegal and highly suspect raids against raw dairy farmers, and in Pennsylvania, cops steal children away from mothers in hospitals and have them forcibly vaccinated (i.e. sterilized) as part of a population control agenda.

Government is not getting less arrogant, but MORE arrogant across this nation. And I fear it can only end in something disastrous. The People will not put up with tyranny forever. There is a point beyond which people figure they have nothing left to lose and they take action to restore their fundamental liberties. This is the lesson of history, repeated over and over again, nation by nation, throughout recorded human history.

Where will YOU be in all this?

I urge you to stay safe

I plan to be hunkered down at a ranch in Austin, Texas. Got my chickens, goats, rain barrel and ranch rifle. I’ll be joining forces with the local Sheriff to stop looters, if it comes to that, and I’ll be growing medicinal herbs to use in first aid treatment (I’ve actually already planted quite a collection). Who knows, I may end up running refugee duty, providing emergency medical care to refugees fleeing the city of Austin itself.

Now, you may not agree with my analysis of all this, but these contract numbers don’t lie. DHS is really buying hundreds of millions of ammunition rounds. Private citizens are really buying millions of guns every month. And even if you don’t believe in owning firearms yourself, this is nevertheless the reality of what’s happening around you. I urge you to have a strategy that deals with this reality in an informed, compassionate and yet determined way. Things are shifting rapidly. The government is in mass stockpiling mode. Citizens are convinced something big is about to happen. We’re four months into 2012 and there are a lot of people who think December, 2012 is going to be a chaotic time (I personally don’t believe in all the Mayan calendar stuff, but that’s just my view).

I know I’ll be ready, but I’m concerned that many NaturalNews readers aren’t as ready as they should be. I want you to do well through hard times. I want you to be safe, to have crucial skills, and to be part of the solution rather than the problem. People who fail to get prepared become part of the problem, but people who get prepared in advance can help provide critical supplies and skills to their local community, thereby reducing the burden on law enforcement and emergency services.

Be part of the solution. Get prepared now for whatever might be coming. And think hard about why DHS is contracting to acquire 450 million bullets to be used domestically.

The writing is on the wall, folks. If you can’t read it when it’s all this blazingly obvious, there’s not much else I can say to help ya.

Action items

1) Read www.SurvivalBlog.com

2) Get a seat at my upcoming LIVE streaming even on May 8th. Details are found at:
www.HealthRangerLIVE.com

3) Keep reading NaturalNews and other top alternative news sites which are really becoming the new mainstream news sites. Infowars.com, NoMoreFakeNews.com, NaturalNewsRadio.com, and so on. At these sites, you’ll learn a wealth of information about what’s really coming down (Fukushima, Martial Law, War with Iran, etc.).

Stay informed and you’ll stay safe. That means you can save yourself from becoming a desperate refugee when the SHTF.

My preparedness philosophy, by the way, is:

1) Get prepared and get out of the big cities.
2) Stockpile now while you still can.
3) Support local law enforcement to restore order.
4) Share resources to help those less fortunate.
5) Grow your own food and medicine, and share seeds!
6) Resist tyranny. Restore the Republic.

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A news report today indicates that the Social Security Administration has purchased 174,000 rounds of ammunition, adding the agency to a growing list of federal agencies that have purchased multithousands of rounds of ammo over the last six months.

The type of ammunition government agencies are buying is troublesome to many observers. The agencies have purchased hollow point bullets which are designed to expand once they enter their target in order to do the most damage to the victim.

Not only has the Social Security Administration purchased multithousands of rounds of hollow point bullets but so have the Department of Homeland Security and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Sources have further indicated that ammunition and firearms have been delivered to multiple agencies of the federal government, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Internal Revenue Service, among others.

The official explanation for the ammunition is preparation for the possibility of civil unrest during a national emergency, such as a natural disaster, a terrorist attack, or a complete economic collapse.

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At the end of July, two of Congress’s most virulent gun haters, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Representative Carolyn “What’s a Barrel Shroud?” McCarthy (D-NY), introduced S. 3458 and the identical H.R. 6241 in their respective Congressional chambers. Called the “Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2012,” S. 3458/H.R. 6241 would not only ban ammunition sales over the internet, but would require federal licensing of ammunition dealers, mandate burdensome record keeping on the part of said dealers, and require them to report sales of more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition within a five day period to any one customer.

The method by which the bills would ban online sales, incidentally, is by requiring would-be buyers to present photo identification at the point of purchase–a requirement that we are told (by the same sorts of people who tend to favor restrictive gun laws) is “vote suppression,” and “racist,” when imposed on would-be voters.

Lautenberg’s and McCarthy’s latest attempt to infringe on that which shall not be infringed came, as is typical for them, right on the heels of an atrocity to exploit–this time the Aurora, Colorado theater massacre, for which the accused shooter had stocked up with 6,000 rounds (not 60,000, as the reliably anti-gun Bill O’Reilly hysterically claimed) of ammunition.

Here’s what Lautenberg and McCarthy said about the legislation in their press release:

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Why Is Homeland Security Buying 450 Million Rounds of Hollow Point Bullets?

Mar. 30, 2012 5:46pm

Department of Homeland Security Purchases 450 Million Hollow Point Bullets From ATKThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has awarded defense contractor ATK with an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) agreement for .40 caliber hollow point ammunition. According to an official ATK press release, U.S. agents will receive a maximum of 450 million rounds over a five-year period.

The following is an excerpt from the press release:

ATK announced that it is being awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) agreement from the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS, ICE) for .40 caliber ammunition. This contract features a base of 12 months, includes four option years, and will have a maximum volume of 450 million rounds.

ATK was the incumbent and won the contract with its HST bullet, which has proven itself in the field. [...]

“We are proud to extend our track record as the prime supplier of .40 caliber duty ammunition for DHS, ICE,” said Ron Johnson, President of ATK’s Security and Sporting group.

The hollow point, of course, features a pitted or hollow tip intended to expand upon entering its target. ATK says its ammunition is “engineered for 100-percent weight retention, limits collateral damage, and avoids over-penetration” — all hallmarks of the hollow point.

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Terror threats appear to be on the rise as FEMA has rushed a $1 Billion order of dehydrated food in the event of attacks on domestic targets in the US.

This is also coming on the heels of one of the largest terror drills performed by the US Navy on American soil, as Operation Solid Curtain is taking place this week.

In an article Tuesday from the Beaufort Observer, many of the largest suppliers of dehydrated foods in the country are dropping their distributors and customers to dedicate their resources to supplying a billion dollar FEMA request and purchase.

One of the nation’s largest suppliers of dehydrated food has cut loose 99% of their dealers and distributors. And it’s not because of the poor economy. It’s because this particular industry leader can no longer supply their regular distribution channels. Why not? Because they’re using every bit of manufacturing capacity they have to fulfill massive new government contracts. Look, the government has always been a customer of the industry to some extent. But according to our sources, this latest development doesn’t represent simply a change of vendor on the government’s part. It’s a whole new magnitude of business.

And that’s not all.

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By Michael,
The Economic Collapse

Can America Survive If Americans No Longer Agree On A Core Set Of Shared Values? - Photo by DrRandomFactorWhat does America stand for?  That question is a lot more complicated than you might think.  Our Founding Fathers established a Republic that was based on a set of shared values that were embodied in the text of the U.S. Constitution.  But today, many of our politicians openly disregard the Constitution whenever they want and it has become fashionable to mock the U.S. Constitution.  For example, the New York Times recently published a piece by Georgetown University Professor Louis Michael Seidman entitled “Let’s Give Up On The Constitution” in which he publicly called the Constitution “archaic” and “downright evil”.  This is a man that has been teaching constitutional law to the next generation of lawyers at one of the top universities in the nation for nearly 40 years.  Unfortunately, Seidman is not an aberration.  The truth is that law schools all over America are absolutely packed with professors that teach that we should consider the U.S. Constitution a “living, breathing document” that must “evolve” as society evolves.  They also teach that when we find something in the Constitution that does not work for us today that we should just ignore it.  In fact, in his New York Times article Seidman insisted that “constitutional disobedience” is “as old as the Republic”.  But if we can just ignore the U.S. Constitution whenever we want, where does that leave us?  Should we be able to ignore all laws when they are not convenient for us?

Personally, I strongly believe that we should follow the U.S. Constitution, and there are millions of others out there that agree with me.  If we want to amend the Constitution, there is a procedure for doing that, but it is not easy.  Our founders did that to try to ensure that any changes to our Constitution would reflect an overwhelming consensus of the American people.

But today America is more divided than ever before.  We can’t seem to agree on much of anything.  We are at a period in our history when we desperately need to come together, but instead we are constantly at each other’s throats.

Is there anything that truly unites us anymore?

In the old days, if you would have asked people to give you a one word definition of America, many people would have responded by naming important values such as “freedom” and “liberty”.

Sadly, much of the country appears not to even value those things any longer.  One poll found that 51 percent of all Americans believe that “it is necessary to give up some civil liberties in order to make the country safe from terrorism.”  Other surveys have found similar results.

Not only that, we continue to elect control freak politicians from both political parties that appear to be obsessed with constantly eroding our freedoms and liberties.  There are literally millions of ridiculous laws, rules and regulations that govern even the smallest details of our lives, and the government is constantly inventing new ways to watch, track, register, monitor and control all of us.  If you doubt this, please see this article and this article.  If we continue down this path, we are going to end up in a very dark place as a nation.

Well, what about economics?

Aren’t we united by a common economic philosophy?

Sadly, no we are not.

In the old days, Americans overwhelmingly believed in free market capitalism and overwhelmingly rejected socialism, but now that is rapidly changing.

According to a stunning Pew Research Center survey, 49 percent of Americans in the 18 to 29 age bracket have a positive view of socialism while only 46 percent of Americans in that same age bracket have a positive view of capitalism.

So what will the future look like if we continue to see this kind of shift among our young people?

And of course we have not had anything even close to a true free market system in the United States in a very, very long time.  Our economy is dominated by a partnership between the federal government and the monolithic predator corporations that dominate our society.  Individuals and small businesses that try to compete are being absolutely suffocated.  Our Founding Fathers were very suspicious of all large concentrations of power, and they sought to greatly limit the power of both the federal government and of the big corporations.  But today we have gone totally in the other direction.

Well, is there anything else that truly unites America?

What about religion?

Of course it is true that the overwhelming majority of the early colonists were Christian, and even 50 years ago it would have been accurate to say that America was a “Christian nation”, but that is definitely no longer the case today.

The number of Americans with no religious affiliation has absolutely exploded in recent years.  It has grown by a whopping 25 percent over the past five years, and meanwhile the percentage of people that identify themselves as “Christians” in America is dropping like a rock.  In fact, one poll found that the percentage of Protestants in the United States has dropped below 50 percent for the first time ever.  For many more shocking numbers that show the precipitous decline of Christianity in America, please see this article.

So what fundamental principles do most Americans actually agree on?

And I am not talking about things like “American Idol is going downhill” or “Justin Bieber gets too much attention”.

Is there still a core set of shared values that the entire nation can agree upon?

If not, where does that leave us?

Unfortunately, I think that it leaves us in a very difficult place.  The divisiveness that we have seen in Washington D.C. in recent years is just the tip of the iceberg.  We are living in a nation today that is more divided than I can ever remember.  A whole host of opinion polls have shown that anger and frustration in America are rising to very dangerous levels, and instead of focusing on the real reasons for our problems we all tend to point the fingers at one another.

In America today, we have been trained to group ourselves together by certain “categories” and to see those on the other side as “the enemy”.  This is a very dangerous thing.  It keeps the American people from coming together to fix the very serious problems that are facing our country.

The truth is that we are being divided in dozens of different ways today.  The following are just a few of the ways we are currently being divided…

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Government :  Security – Disaster Management

English: Seal of the United States Department ...              Federal Emergency Management Agency

FEMA Ordered to Prepare For ‘Mass Fatality Planning’ in Bill Introduced Into Congress

October 6, 2012 by legitgov

Remember Homeland Security’s recent big ammo shopping spree? Well. FEMA Ordered to Prepare For ‘Mass Fatality Planning’ in Bill Introduced Into Congress 06 Oct 2012 H.R. 6566: To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide guidance and coordination for mass fatality planning, and for other purposes. This Act may be cited as the “Mass Fatality Planning and Religious Considerations Act“. Section 504 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 314) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: “(c) PREPAREDNESS FOR MASS FATALITIES. In carrying out this section, the Administrator shall provide guidance to and coordinate with appropriate individuals, including representatives from different communities, private sector businesses, non-profit organizations, and religious organizations, to prepare for and respond to a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster [nuclear melt-downs, CIA false flags, and pharma-terrorists' pandemics] that results in mass fatalities”. Accordig to GovTrack.us, ‘This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on September 28, 2012, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.’ [Why are WE always the guinea pigs for the US government's chemtrail spraying, biological weapons testing, false flags, pandemics, and scopolamine-fuelled shooting sprees? Why not bank on and plan for your OWN demise -- for once -- instead of OURS? --LRP]

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Homeland Security finishing acquisition of millions of rounds of high-powered ammo

Published: 13 August, 2012, 20:17

Reuters / Jason Reed

Reuters / Jason Reed

The Department of Homeland Security is rushing to finish the acquisition of 750 million rounds of high-power ammunition that has already raised many eyebrows. In one week, the DHS should start expecting an arsenal that will make some armies jealous.

The DHS has updated a solicitation originally posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website earlier this year, now answering questions from prospective contractors about an inquiry the agency published back in April. All responses to the DHS’ request for hundreds of millions of rounds of high-power ammunition must still be sent in by August 20, but now the federal agency designated to thwart terrorism on the home front has answered some questions about what exactly they are looking for in terms of being able to blow stuff up.

In April, the DHS first published a solicitation “for commercial leaded training ammunition (CLTA) of various calibers for law enforcement officer firearms training courses” to be used at facilities in the states of Georgia, New Mexico, Maryland and South Carolina, as well as other unnamed DHS offices across the country. At the time the DHS demanded hundreds of thousands of test rounds for an array of ammunition types, including 209,000 rounds of #00 buckshot 8-pellet bullets for 12 gauge guns and more than 2 million shots for a .357 Sig Caliber. With their solicitation set to expire in less than a week, though, the DHS has taken it upon themselves to answer questions from contractors interested in their very pricey proposal.

In the latest amendment, published online over the weekend, the DHS answers such pressing questions as, say, “Would a 223 Rem 64Grain soft point round be acceptable?” in response to their initial request for 1.1 million rounds of .223 Rem Caliber 62.64 Grain JHP. (And, if you’re wondering, the official DHS-authored answer is, “Yes, that would be acceptable.”)

The DHS does not, however, answer why exactly they want to give its federal agents tasked with counterterrorism around 750 million rounds of ammo. On paper the proposal says their request is to fulfill training exercise requirements, but why is the DHS equipping their officers with the know-how to shoot a basketball-size hole in a human body?

And for those not keeping score, already this year the DHS has asked for upwards of 150 sets of full-body armor specifically to prepare law enforcement for any protests at the 2012 Democratic and Republican National Conventions, the 2013 Presidential Inauguration and other events of national significance. Oh, and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano has admitted that she wants the agency to accumulate more surveillance drones to conduct domestic surveillance for the sake of “public safety.”

But don’t worry: millions of rounds of high-powered ammo, stealth surveillance craft and an army of heavily armored federal agents is all for your own security.

According to the 2001 Executive Order that established the DHS signed by then-President George W Bush, the agency “will coordinate the executive branch’s efforts to detect, prepare for, prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from terrorist attacks within the United States.”

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FEMA To Mobilize For “Mass Fatality Planning”

Bill mandates federal agency to respond to “funeral homes, cemeteries, and mortuaries” being “overwhelmed”

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
October 5, 2012

The United States Congress has passed a bill which mandates the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to prepare for “mass fatality planning” and funeral homes, cemeteries and mortuaries being “overwhelmed” in the aftermath of a mass terror attack, natural disaster or other crisis.

FEMA To Mobilize For Mass Fatality Planning FEMA church

The bill, H. R. 6566 or the Mass Fatality Planning and Religious Considerations Act, was posted on the govtrack.us website this morning having been approved by the House on September 28.

The legislation amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct FEMA to “provide guidance and coordination for mass fatality planning, and for other purposes.”

Noting the necessity for emergency preparedness in relation to terror attacks, natural disasters and man-made disasters, the bill instructs FEMA to be sensitive to the fact that Jews and Muslims require bodies to be buried within 48 hours of death.

“Funeral homes, cemeteries, and mortuaries could be overwhelmed should mass fatalities arise from a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster,” states the legislation.

Should the bill be given the green light by the Senate, the full amended text to the Homeland Security Act will state;

“Preparedness for Mass Fatalities- In carrying out this section, the Administrator shall provide guidance to and coordinate with appropriate individuals, including representatives from different communities, private sector businesses, non-profit organizations, and religious organizations, to prepare for and respond to a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster that results in mass fatalities.”

“This is just one of those things that makes the stomach turn: the people who brought us the National Defense Authorization Act (authorizing the detention of US citizens on US soil) now deem it prudent to prepare for mass fatalities on US soil,” writes Simon Black.

“FEMA, as you may recall, is the same organization that couldn’t get bottles of water delivered to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina… and held up hundreds of seasoned volunteer emergency service workers from entering the city for several days of mandatory sexual harassment training.”

The legislation will only serve to stoke more paranoia that the federal government is preparing for mass civil unrest that could lead to a declaration of martial law and require lethal force to be used, as it was during Hurricane Katrinawhen police were ordered to shoot looters.

The Department of Homeland Security has been arming itself to the teeth over the course of the last six months, purchasing ammunition in jaw-dropping quantities.

As we reported last month, following controversy over its purchase of around 1.2 billion bullets in the last six months alone, the DHS has put out a new solicitation for over 200 million more rounds of ammunition, some of which are designated to be used by snipers.

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Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show and Infowars Nightly News.

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While Fukushima Poisons And Sets Us All Up For A Slow Death And Not a Damn Thing Is Being Done About It. The Tragedy Of Colorado Is Being Used To Fast Forward An Unconstitutional Agenda. Can Anyone Say Psy-Ops?

Problem is the Fukushma disaster and its ramifications do not serve to further t he unconstitutional agenda of Gun control and Disarming the People. therefore we and our children are left in the dark being poisoned by the very air we breath and the food we eat, even the water that we drink because of Fukushima Radiation and not a word is said.

Why are so many allowing their attention to be misled? Yes the deaths are a tragedy no one is denying that. However , history has a way of repeating itself and if the Agenda of Gun Control is rammed down our throats the Tragedy in Colorado will seem like a walk in the park. Our Sovereignty, Our Way Of Life, Our very existence is on the line and no one wants to see it. Why the Apathy towards a disaster that can clearly affect us all Globally , not just locally? Why is no one more concerned? Are we asleep or just kidding ourselves?

Wake up people and smell the bacon burning because we are way past the cooking phase.

~Desert Rose~

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  • Eugene area radiation
  • March 24, 2011
  • By: Dave Masko
A piece of a building believed to have washed onto Newport's beaches from Japan's recent quake and Tsunami is something both tourists and locals are viewing with concern as more dead sea life and other junk from Japan's crisis continues to wash ashore.
A piece of a building believed to have washed onto Newport’s beaches from Japan’s recent quake and Tsunami is something both tourists and locals are viewing with concern as more dead sea life and other junk from Japan’s crisis continues to wash ashore.
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EUGENE, Ore. — The crisis in Japan has spawed new warnings about radiation effecting drinking water and food Tokyo, while local environmentalists here in the Eugene region think there could be ramifications here along the West coast if Japan’s nuclear reactors are not fully reparied.

Meanwhile, this post-Tsunami period along the nearby central Oregon coast – in Newport and other communities that depend upon “Spring Break” business as a boost after a long winter — “has been very quiet, with no Spring Break crowds in sight,” said one Newport business owner.

Tsunami’s wrath continues along area beaches

The never ending recession and nuclear radiation crisis in Japan is still felt along the central Oregon coast where Spring Break is way down, while tourist seem wary of just how “clean” the beach air and Pacific; meanwhile, post-Tsunami waves – blown in on currents from Japan — bring in all sorts of stuff with news, to include chilling images of people in Tokyo under a water ban due to high radioactive iodine levels that are also causing vegetable contamination and “infection” fears.

The U.S. government has also reacted to Japan’s nuclear reactors leaking radiation, and has ordered new safety checks of all nuclear reactors in the United States, after it was disclosed that 14 American nuclear reactors had “problems.” As Japan’s radioactive crisis continues so do fears along America’s West coast that more ill wind — in the form of new earthquake triggered Tsunami’s or even radiation from the Fukushima nuclear plant – will continue to put radioactive particles into the atmosphere. On Thursday morning, Japan’s public television station “NHK” reported “spreading radiation levels worldwide.”

For example, the United Kingdom’s Health Protection Agency says the recent radiation levels that are usually around 2.7 millisieverts (mSv) is now over 8.0mSv in some parts of the West coast of Britain in Cornwall and other regions that receive air current flows from the Japan region. Moreover, high 7, 8 and 9 mSv along the West coast, with a report from British Columbia that radiation is “not normal.”

Moreover, both the BBC and Japanese national television reports out Thursday note how “the tap water alert in Tokyo is anxiety levels soaring over the nation’s food and water supply. Residents in Tokyo are reportedly clearing the supermarket shelves of tap water. Also, milk, spinach and other vegetables from areas near the Fukushima plant were found to have radiation levels higher than regulated standards.”

Radiation drives people from homes, as they also lose water and food

In addition, NHK broadcasts on Thursday morning included news from the Fukushima prefecture – where the nuclear plant began a meltdown after the recent quake in Japan – that the Japanese government has order people to not eat “certain vegetables” because they may be contaminated. Fear of “infection” from the many horrors of radiation sickness is also spreading, reports the NHK.

Meanwhile, there’s a black lash against nuclear reactors when people ask ‘is nuclear energy worth a devastating accident that takes away one’s water and vegetables?’ According to a recent CBS News poll about 50 percent of Americans are against nuclear energy and say they want a cleaner environment and safe energy sources.

Smoldering nuclear reactors and high cost of food and gas hurt locals

Accidents can be devastating, “just look what happened in Japan,” said one Spring Break tourist along Newport’s trendy Nye Beach Wednesday while the lack of whale sightings – due to the gray whales’ northward migration being disrupted by the recent Tsunami – has bummed-out the kids who look forward to this whale watch week along the central Oregon coast.

The whale’s migration is a serious to whale watch fans who come to the central Oregon coast this time each year to enjoy the gray whale pods that sometimes put on a show with a dozen or more huge whales jumping up out of the sea and splash down.

Now, there’s a clear and present danger that whales, other sea life and man may be in real danger as people who once lived in Japan’s Fukushima prefecture area – that was famed for its lush and beautiful surroundings and many organic gardens and ancient nature centers, are now “latterly banned from Paradise, because the earthquake proved that nuclear accidents can happen without any way to prevent it,” said a local mother and teacher during a Spring Break whale watching visit Wednesday.

News from Japan’s NHK public television Thursday noted that the government is warning residents of Tokyo – and millions of visitors, to included many Americans – not to give babies “less than a year old, to drink any tap water.”

The warning has caused massive stockpiling of bottled water throughout Tokyo with stores, vending machines emptied while panic Japanese people wearing soiled face masks and shocked looks in their eyes, scurry home to seal themselves in their homes with duct-tape due to fears that radiation may be reaching their lungs and other vital organs.

Also, NHK TV in Japan reported “regular release of radiation” has been reported over the past 10 days with engineers risking their own lives to cool down the damaged nuclear reactors where spent fuel rods are spewing dangers radioactive radiation and contamination.

NHK also noted there fears of “infection” have entered the hearts and minds of not only Japanese people – that were interviewed on NHK TV – but also here along the Oregon coast that’s seen a dramatic drop in Spring Break tourism due to the recent Tsunami and its continuing after-shocks with news from the Japanese government that they’ve received reports of radiation coming from their reactors being measured along America’s West coast. NHK has broadcast numerous reports about their country’s earthquake having a devastating impact on other country’s that report high health and economic concerns.

Post-Tsunami period an “after-shock” for coastal people

“It doesn’t help that we get radiation from Japan, but gas is now over $4 and the year before last was bad, last year was really bad and so far this year with the Tsunami and all, it’s getting ridiculous to do business,” explained Steven, a seller of antiques and collectables in the trendy Nye Beach area of Newport that faces the Pacific and far off Japan.

On Wednesday, for example, a large slab of concrete measuring nearly 14 feet across and 11 feet high – as it rocked under the pressure of curious seagulls – there were few Spring Break fans who usually cram this popular beach that features a lighthouse and miles of free beaches where the dogs were out again after a nearly two weeks of being kept indoors due to Tsunami and post-quake radiation fears from Japan.

“It’s good to be out again, and breathing the air. The dogs needed it,” said one Newport local on Wednesday.

World Health Organization issue radiation warning signs

According to a BBC report Thursday morning, there’s new World Health Organization and United Nations health advisories that have been sent out in special message and news release with guidance on how to detect “infection” from radiation.

The BBC reports: “Exposure to moderate levels of radiation – above one gray (the standard measure of absorbed radiation) – can result in radiation sickness, which produces a range of symptoms. Nausea and vomiting often begin within hours of exposure, followed by diarrhea, headaches and fever.

“After the first round of symptoms, there may be a brief period with no apparent illness, but this may be followed within weeks by new, more serious symptoms. At higher levels of radiation, all of these symptoms may be immediately apparent, along with widespread – and potentially fatal – damage to internal organs. Exposure to a radiation dose of four gray will typically kill about half of all healthy adults.

For comparison, radiation therapy for cancer typically involves several doses of between one and seven gray at a time – but these doses are highly controlled, and usually specifically targeted at small areas of the body.”

Japan’s nuclear reactor crisis spawned by the Manhattan Project 70 years ago

Here in Eugene at the University of Oregon, there’s been numerous recent lectures on the Japanese nuclear meltdowns, via programs such as the Environmental Law Conference and “Nuke Info Night” that call for a transition from nuclear to solar and other safe energy sources. In addition, April marks the 70th anniversary of the “Manhattan Project” that was partiality developed at universities and nuclear plants in the Pacific Northwest and California in the Spring of 1961.

At the same time, the University of Oregon’s “Japanese Student Organization” has put up a website SendaiEarthquakeRelief.org to coordinate information sharing, nuclear radiation education and fundraising efforts.

Today, the memory of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is no longer repressed, but “transfigured with what’s happening now in Japan,” said one University of Oregon exchange student involved with the school’s Japanese Student Organization.

Moreover, students here are more concerned about what will be happening once Spring Break is over than just having fun while school is out with no cares in the world. “This issue of nuclear bombs and radiation is a shadow hanging over all human endeavor right now. I can’t think of anything more important that our futures under the cloud of radiation that’s now hurting so many people in Japan,” said one student who’s volunteering over Spring Break.

Looking back at the Manhattan Project’s terror and legacy

What’s chilling about the Manhattan Project documents are views from the project’s leader, J. Robert Oppenheimer and the pilot of the aircraft “Enola Gay” that dropped the first atomic bomb on the people of Japan.

Visitors to the Air and Space Museum in Washington can view a special exhibit about the Enola Gay and read words from its pilot Paul Tibbetswho, on Aug. 5, 1945, formally named his B-29 bomber “Enola Gay” after his mother. On Aug. 6, the Enola Gay left its base on Tinian Island in the Marianas with Tibbets at the controls, headed for history over Hiroshima. The atomic bomb, codenamed Little Boy, was dropped over Hiroshima at 8:15 a.m. local time. It produced a vast mushroom-shaped cloud that rose into the stratosphere. This haunting image would soon become the definitive marker of nuclear explosions.

“Radiation sickness would nearly double the initial death tool to well over 100,000 people during the subsequent years, and that was out of a population of 350,000 in Hiroshima at the time. To this day, there are more people dying in Japan from radiation sickness,” states the Smithsonian’s records.

The pilot, Paul Tibbets (who died in 2007 at age 92) who dropped the bomb on Hiroshima, later commented:

“When I level out (after dropping the bomb) the nose is a little bit high and as I look up there the whole sky is lit up in the prettiest blues and pinks I’ve ever seen in my life. It was just great. I tell people I tasted it. ‘Well,’ they say, ‘what do you mean?’ When I was a child, if you had a cavity in your tooth the dentist put some mixture of some cotton or whatever it was and lead into your teeth and pounded them in with a hammer. I learned that if I had a spoon of ice cream and touched one of those teeth I got this electrolysis and I got the taste of lead out of it. And I knew right away what it was.”

Experts explained that “what it was” was the impact of the atomic bomb exploding. With a temperature at its core of around 60 million degrees Celsius — far hotter than the surface of the Sun – the bomb’s after action reported noted that “the initial flash vaporized some of the Japanese people and turned everyone openly exposed to it for around half a mile around into a fused carbon relic.”

As with the Tsunami “shock wave” after the recent massive quake in Japan, so too was a shock wave after the bomb hit Hiroshima, say experts, and “that initial flash killed more than 100,000 more people and flattened nearly as many buildings in the process.”

Even more strange is the reaction to the bomb’s devastation by visitors to the Air and Space Museum today, say media analysts today who view “Americans as too comfortable in their own lives to even consider or imagine what it must have been like to be there in Japan when the bombs dropped, and even today as radiation from next generation atomic bomb technology is killing and forcing people to leave their homes.”

Even more chilling is J. Robert Oppenheimer’s view on what he and his team of scientists created with the Manhattan Project some 70 years ago next month.

“If atomic bombs are to be added as new weapons to the arsenals of a warring world, or to the arsenals of nations preparing for war, then the time will come when mankind will curse the names of the Manhattan Project and of Hiroshima,” said Oppenheimer in his “Letters and Recollections.”

Nukes and nuclear reactor radiation a clear and present danger today

In a world where the United States and Russia still have more than 20,000 nuclear weapons — and Iran, North Korea and terrorists want to get their hands on nukes— what President Obama’s arms control and recent arms reduction treaties with Russia is all important.

“China, the only major nuclear power adding to its arsenal, is estimated to have 100 to 200 warheads. The treaty being negotiated says nothing about the nearly 15,000 warheads, in total, that the United States and Russia keep as backups — the so-called hedge. And it says nothing about America’s 500 short-range nuclear weapons, which are considered secure, or Russia’s 3,000 or more, which are chillingly vulnerable to theft,” stated a recent editorial in Washington after the recent meltdown of nuclear reactors spewing radiation into the atmosphere in Japan.

At the same time, recent congressional testimony from Homeland Security, the FBI, CIA and other agencies that monitor nukes what may be in the hands of terrorists, note that “we can’t ignore dirty bombs as a threat.”

In brief, dirty bombs are a kin to what’s happening now at the leaking nuclear reactors in Japan. A bomb destroys a nuclear reactor and causes a meltdown resulting in radiation being released. Thus, radiation is “dirty” because it can’t be cleaned-up and it goes on killing human life for long periods of time.

“Think of the dangers of radioactivity like glow-in-the-dark paint,” states an exhibit at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in nearby Portland. “Unlike modern luminous paint, which has to be activated by bright light, storing up energy to release later, radium lows constantly from its natural radioactive energy.”

The vast power of the nuclear Genie out of the Bottle

Also, there’s the problem of nuclear fusion that some scientists say is a clear and present danger at vulnerable nuclear reactors today.

For example, experts say that the Manhattan Project atomic bombs that were dropped on Japan at the end of WW II were “the equivalent of around 20,000 tons of TNT, while today’s nuke’s average about one million tons of TNT.”

Meanwhile, radioactive materials have been detected throughout Japan, China, in Europe and even here in Eugene and up and down the West coast, say experts who monitor the nuclear energy industry for radioactivity.

The ongoing nuclear reactor disaster and crisis that’s still going on in Japan is a reminder of Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, say experts who worry about the nuclear “Genie getting out of the Bottle.”

Three Mile Island, for example, caused concern about the concept of the “China Syndrome,” that was also portrayed in the movie of the same name.

During a “China Syndrome,” say scientists, “the overheating reactor eats through the land beneath it and goes on to melt is way into the Earth’s core while releasing massive amounts of radiation into the atmosphere.”

At the same time, a “Nuclear Winter” occurs when global nuclear war or even a series of nuclear reactors impact the climate.

The famed American atmospheric chemist Richard P. Turco coined the term Nuclear Winter in 1983 when explaining to the United Nations that it’s “manifested by significant surface darkening over many weeks, subfreezing land temperatures persisting for up to several months, large perturbations in global circulation patterns, and dramatic changes in local weather and precipitation rates creating a harsh ‘nuclear winter’ in any season.

Not surprisingly, scientists today are fearful of the same sort of nuclear winter in the wake of the recent and ongoing crisis in Japan.

Fukushima & now Nebraska Nuclear update 6/21/11

Uploaded by on Jun 21, 2011

Note, I am going out of town until Sunday June 26th so I will not be reporting until then. I plan to continue reporting when I return.

Rising Missouri River and Radiation detection
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCEweyj_XsE&feature=email

Japanese, West Coast Americans = You Are Most Screwed! (warning shit loads of profanity)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXEoic7BSVI&feature=feedf

Notification of Unusual Event at the Cooper Nuclear power plant june 19 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LimOeDCAL0Q&feature=email

Radiation Readings From East Coast for 2.5 Months!!! ☢☢☢
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNioPiOTfno&feature=uploademail

32 No Fly Zones In USA In 2 Days.wmv
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtjMOsSdlqE&feature=uploademail

Nebraska Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station Fire Left Plant’s Spent-Fuel Pool in Danger – Alex Jones Tv
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9UC1hBJkZs&feature=email

WARNING!!!! Horrific UNRELEASED Video Footage from Fukushima
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGTsAUvqdFk&feature=uploademail

Two-thirds of hot nuclear fuel remains in Calhoun Reactor Core
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRe8DMlMrbo&feature=uploademail

FUKUSHIMA – Its much worse than you think
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNgHw7F_ifk

Arnie Gundersen – Nebraska Nuclear Plant: Emergency Level 4 & About to Get Worst (worse)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHJ6C35fcwA&feature=uploademail

Japan: Dr Iven Mareels — “Engineers Likely Understood Containment Breached Immediately”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07lcHo1pO1E&feature=feedu

Japan’s deadly game of nuclear roulette
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fl20040523x2.html
thanks to manekinekotattoo for sending that link!

US Radiation Soars 20 Times From Japan Fallout
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Otq3nA2PY4o

Emergency Alert : Nebraska Nuclear Plant: Emergency Level 4 Getting Worst June 14 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPs1BrQmouY

ALERT OMG Fort Calhoun and Cooper Nuclear Power Plants What is Coming Alert!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_kE3kxHdCE&feature=uploademail

Fukushima Live Cam anomaly or at moon?? 14.06.2011-15.06.2011.wmv
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fh5LIDe1KJM&feature=uploademail

check this out too:
fukushima Live Cam radiate? anomaly! 14.06.2011-15.06.2011.wmv
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klMVOr2O5Ro

I WILL NOT TAKE THIS SHIT ANYMORE! NEBRASKA IN DANGER MIRROR AND SHARE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxUTCff0c-E&feature=uploademail

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BP7pAPad0G8

Radiation Check Portland Oregon 14 Jun 2011.mp4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAuqfMUzMIw&feature=uploademail

Italians Vote Overwhelmingly To End ALL Use Of Nuclear Power In Italy!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLPX8Yb1DVo

Arnie Gundersen – Nebraska Nuclear Plant Emergency Level 4 About to Get Worse – June 14, 2011.flv

Repost as needed !
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sTmzUzruu8

Fort Calhoun near Omaha, Nebraska

“On June 6, 2011, the Fort Calhoun pressurized water nuclear reactor 20 miles north of Omaha, Nebraska entered emergency status due to imminent flooding from the Missouri River. A day later, there was an electrical fire requiring plant evacuation.

Then, on June 8th, NRC event reports confirmed the fire resulted in the loss of cooling for the reactor’s spent fuel pool. The discussion includes specific details of the technical failures at Fort Calhoun, the risks of coolant loss at overcrowded “spent” fuel pools, and the national hazards of nuclear facilities along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, and other water sites during the current period of floods and climate change.”

I may or may not post the other parts to this, as it was exceedingly strenuous on my comp for some reason, I guess because of all the overlays and whatnot I added. Incase I don’t post the rest, here is the link to watch it on youtube:

(full 40 minutes) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHZdub3n0mI

download the audio podcast here:
http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/52367

Arnie Gundersen’s Updates on Fukushima: http://www.fairewinds.com

KETV News’ Piece on the Nuclear Plant: http://www.ketv.com/news/27392766/detail.html

July 15th, 2012
Infowars.com

July 14, 2012

Globalist United Nations moving to undermine and kill off Second Amendment. See more in Alex’s addendum and even more evidence/explanation of the gun ban intent.

Fast & Furious Staged to Pass UN Gun Treaty

United Nations’ Office for Disarmament Affairs
http://www.un.org/disarmament/

United Nations Disarmament Treaties Timeline

GENERAL AND COMPLETE DISARMAMENT: SMALL ARMS – 12 December 1995 United Nations report on small arms (Published 1997)

Secretary-General’s report on small arms (2011) [PDF]

Secretary-General’s report on small arms (2008) [PDF]

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Death by “Gun Control”: The Genocide Chart

Controlling Guns, Controlling People: A new history shows how gun control goes hand in hand with fear of black people—and The People.

Obama Administration Participates in Finalizing UN Gun Grabbing Treaty

Soros Promotes UN Control Over Gun Ownership

Obama Seeks US Congressional Ratification of UN Global Gun Control Treaty

UN Arms Treaty Would Impact Second Amendment Rights

U.N. Agreement Should Have All Gun Owners Up In Arms

UN arms treaty could put U.S. gun owners in foreign sights, say critics

U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Negotiations Underway

France, UK, Germany and Sweden call for binding UN arms trade treaty

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre Stands Up for American Gun Owners at United Nations

UN Dispatch: No, the Arms Trade Treaty STILL is Not a “UN Gun Grab”

The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty: Are Our 2nd Amendment Rights Part Of The Deal?

Global gun control? Critics warn U.N. treaty would undermine U.S. gun rights

Mexican President Wants to Disarm Americans

Fast and Furious Scandal Gives Rise to Gun Regulation Debate

“If the American people learn that the motivations for all of this was to make a case to deprive them of their Second Amendment rights or to make a case to further the (Justice) department’s ability to further regulate gun rights within the United States, that would make them very angry,” said Rep. Trent Franks.

“We have an administration that has said ‘don’t let a good crisis go to waste’ and you wonder if this was actually a manufactured crisis,” Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) said on Fox News back in the summer.

Bill Clinton speech at the 1995 United Nations 50th anniversary

Fast and Furious, Beyond Gun Control

House Dems focus on gun control in Fast and Furious hearing

Earth Watch Report  -  Extreme Weather

CLIMATE SCIENCE

Dry spell projected for southwest US

by Staff Writers
Paris (AFP)

Southwestern areas of the United States, reeling from its worst drought in 50 years, may have 10 percent less surface water within a decade due to global warming, a study said Sunday.

While rainfall is forecast to increase over northern California in winter and the Colorado River feeding area, warmer temperatures will outstrip these gains by speeding up evaporation, leaving the soil and rivers drier, a research paper said.

Texas will likely be dealt a double blow with declining rainfall and an increase in evaporation, said the paper based on weather simulations and published in Nature Climate Change.

Overall for the area, “annual mean runoff in 2021-2040 is projected to be 10 percent less than in the second half of the 20th century,” co-author Richard Seager of Columbia University told AFP.

This “is a very significant decline given the stress on Colorado River-based water resources” for agriculture and household use, he added.

Runoff is rainfall not absorbed by the soil, running overland or in rivers.

According to the paper, California obtains most of its water from snow on the Sierra Nevada mountain range, while the Colorado River is fed from tributaries created by melting winter snowfall and summer rainfall.

The river provides water to seven US states and Mexico.

Texas, for its part, uses water from rivers and groundwater within its own borders, said the paper.

Average annual runoff for the region overall should drop by about 10 percent, and about 25 percent in spring for the Colorado tributary headwaters.

“Drying intensifies as the century advances,” added the paper.

“These projected declines in surface-water availability for the coming two decades are probably of sufficient amplitude to place additional stress on regional water resources.”

Drought Conditions Threaten Mississippi River Transport

By Shar Adams
Epoch Times Staff

A buoy used to help guide barges rests on the bank after the water level dropped on the Mississippi River near Wyatt, Mo., this year. Some barge operators have lightened their loads or stopped running altogether because of low water levels. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A buoy used to help guide barges rests on the bank after the water level dropped on the Mississippi River near Wyatt, Mo., this year. Some barge operators have lightened their loads or stopped running altogether because of low water levels. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Persistent drought conditions in the upper Midwest are threatening the nation’s waterways, with the mighty Mississippi River so low that barge traffic has been affected and may be forced to halt.

Over 90 barges have been either stranded or grounded due to low water in recent weeks, according to the Waterways Council Inc. (WCI), a public policy organization representing shippers and ports.

Low water levels are also likely to increase due to continuing dry conditions, compounded by the actions of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who have orders to reduce water flow from the Missouri River into the Mississippi.

“This could be a major, major impact at crisis level,” said Debra Colbert, senior vice president of WCI, according to Associated Press. “It is an economic crisis that is going to ripple across the nation at a time when we’re trying to focus on recovery.”

The main river in America’s largest river system, the Mississippi cuts through, or borders, 10 states, incorporating both the Missouri and the Ohio rivers as it travels from Minnesota in the north to the Gulf of Mexico in the south.

The Mississippi’s rich silt plains form one of America’s richest agricultural regions, spawning a comprehensive inland river transport system replete with ports, shipping lanes, locks, and levees.

According to Veronica Nigh, an economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), the impact on freight is critical. Around 60 percent of U.S. corn and 45 percent of soybeans travel down the Mississippi for export. Coal, fertilizer, gas, and oil go up the river on the return journey.

“We’re experiencing water levels that have really been unprecedented for the last 50 or 60 years,” Nigh said on the AFBF website. “We’re getting close to the record low for the Mississippi that was set in 1940.”

It is an economic crisis that is going to ripple across the nation at a time when we’re trying to focus on recovery.

—Debra Colbert, senior vice president of Waterways Council Inc.

“With these low water levels, barges are only being loaded to 70 to 75 percent of their normal capacity,” she said.

According to Nigh, transportation by barge is cheaper and more efficient, one barge moving as much tonnage as 70 trucks.

It “saves consumers money, because they pay less for their products. It helps farmers. It helps businesses stay competitive in an export market,” she said.

Missouri Inflow Reduced

The National Weather Service has predicted “drier than average conditions” over winter for upper Midwest states. This will particularly impact the critical 180-mile stretch of river between the mouth of the Missouri River just north of St. Louis and the mouth of the Ohio River, an area that will be impacted by Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) plans.

The USACE, which manages the waterways, will reduce the amount of water released into the Mississippi from Gavins Point Dam on the Missouri River in South Dakota. The Missouri River provides around 60 percent of the water into the Mississippi but it is also impacted by the drought, and the Army corps says it is obliged, under orders from Congress, to ensure the smaller river remains at a certain level.

Maj. Gen. John W. Peabody, commander of the Mississippi Valley Division of the USACE, said the corps has been dredging continuously since July in an attempt to keep waterways clear, and has also been storing water where it can. Water stored in an area north of Iowa will be released, and the impact noticeable in about 3 weeks, he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“We have to start thinking that we may not be able to have the water we are accustomed to for an extended period of time,” Peabody said. “That means we are going to have to husband our resources for when the situation gets truly dire. And in my personal estimate, we are not there yet.”

Last year the Mississippi River region was in crisis because of floods, water levels lapping at the top of flood walls. A year later the area is enduring an exceptional drought. According to a report by the Mississippi River Commission, river water levels have plunged to “near historic levels”, dropping over 50 feet in some areas over the course of the year.

“Such wide variations in stages over successive years have never before been witnessed,” the report states.

Dr. Jeff Masters, meteorologist with the Weather Underground, says the drought impacting the United States this year is the worst since 1954. While damage costs from the impact of Hurricane Sandy are likely to be high around $50 billion, Masters says the cost of the 2012 drought will be higher, with estimates ranging between $75 and $150 billion.

More than 2.5 million acres of pinyon pine and juniper trees in the American Southwest during the past 15 years,  killed by drought and mountain pine beetles

Dying trees in Southwest set stage for erosion, water loss in Colorado River

by Staff Writers
Corvallis OR (SPX)


Pinyon pine forests near Los Alamos, N.M., had already begun to turn brown from drought stress in the image at left, in 2002, and another photo taken in 2004 from the same vantage point, at right, show them largely grey and dead. (Photo by Craig Allen, U.S. Geological Survey).

New research concludes that a one-two punch of drought and mountain pine beetle attacks are the primary forces that have killed more than 2.5 million acres of pinyon pine and juniper trees in the American Southwest during the past 15 years, setting the stage for further ecological disruption. The widespread dieback of these tree species is a special concern, scientists say, because they are some of the last trees that can hold together a fragile ecosystem, nourish other plant and animal species, and prevent serious soil erosion.

The major form of soil erosion in this region is wind erosion. Dust blowing from eroded hills can cover snowpacks, cause them to absorb heat from the sun and melt more quickly, and further reduce critically-short water supplies in the Colorado River basin.

The findings were published in the journal Ecohydrology by scientists from the College of Forestry at Oregon State University and the Conservation Biology Institute in Oregon. NASA supported the work.

“Pinyon pine and juniper are naturally drought-resistant, so when these tree species die from lack of water, it means something pretty serious is happening,” said Wendy Peterman, an OSU doctoral student and soil scientist with the Conservation Biology Institute. “They are the last bastion, the last trees standing and in some cases the only thing still holding soils in place.”

“These areas could ultimately turn from forests to grasslands, and in the meantime people are getting pretty desperate about these soil erosion issues,” she said. “And anything that further reduces flows in the Colorado River is also a significant concern.”

It’s not certain whether or not the recent tree die-offs are related to global warming, Peterman said. However, the 2007 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change projected that while most of the United States was getting warmer and wetter, the Southwest will get warmer and drier.

Major droughts have in fact occurred there, and the loss of pinyon pine and juniper trees would be consistent with the climate change projections, Peterman said.

Pinyon pine and juniper are the dominant trees species in much of the Southwest, routinely able to withstand a year or two of drought, and able to grow in many mountainous areas at moderate elevation. The trees are common in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona, and may have expanded their range in the past century during conditions that were somewhat wetter than normal.

In some places up to 90 percent of these trees have now died, many of them during a major drought in 2003 and 2004. The new research concluded that most of the mortality occurred in shallow soils having less than four inches of available water in about the top five feet of the soil column.

Most of the tree mortality, the scientists said, was caused by trees being sufficiently weakened by drought that opportunistic bark beetle epidemics were able to kill the pinyon pine, and the vascular system of the juniper ceased to function.

Traditionally, pinyon pine and juniper were not considered trees of significant value. They were occasionally used for firewood, but otherwise small and not particularly impressive.

They perform key ecosystem functions, however, not the least of which is stabilizing soils and preventing erosion. They also provide some food in the form of pine nuts and juniper berries, and store carbon in their biomass, and in the soils beneath their canopies.

 Obama Closing Air Defense System on U.S./Mexico Border: Texas & America Vulnerable to Attack from Low Altitude Missiles and Aircraft

Call your Congressmen and Senators immediately and demand that the recent budget cuts do not affect the security of America’s borders. The Federal Government wastes billions of dollars on things they should not even be involved in, but securing our country’s borders is one of the jobs that the federal government is actually supposed to do!

Obama has always pushed massive cuts in the military as part of any budget cuts he will accept in fiscal deals. Obama seems to be getting what he wants, and it will leave America’s borders vulnerable to attacks and other infiltrations.

Air Force’s Air Defense Radar Systems along U.S./Mexico Border will SHUTDOWN on March 15th, 2013

On January 17th, 2013, Exelis Systems Corporation sent out an email (see email below) to all of its employees informing them that on March 15th, 2013 all TARS Air Defense Mission Operations will permanently cease. These TARS Air Defense sites were under the control of the United States Air Force. On January 15th, 2013, the Air Force informed Exelis (the defense contractor running the TARS sites) that the TARS sites will be shut down. Exelis tried to then negotiate with the Department of Homeland Security to see if they would take over the vital project, but it seems as though those negotiations have failed. What does this mean?

This means the southern border of the United States of America will be more vulnerable to attack from low flying aircrafts, low altitude missiles, and other infiltrations such as smuggling.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, one Exelis employee had this to say about the announced closure of the TARS sites:

Read Full Article Here

First Nations chiefs, demonstrators threaten to escalate protest movement

CBC News

Hundreds of chanting Idle No More demonstrators are marching on a rainy Parliament Hill this afternoon, waving flags and briefly blocking the main entrance to the Prime Minister’s Office, as members of the government and the First Nations community meet.

The protests are part of the larger Idle No More demonstrations organized across the country on Friday.

In rural Nova Scotia, members of the Millbrook First Nations set up wooden palettes and a car on railway tracks, delaying passenger and freight trains.

Chief Bob Gloade says the blockade of trains that travel through the reserve’s land has been planned for 1 p.m. to 5 p.m AT.

In brief remarks to the media on Victoria Island on Friday morning, Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence remained firm on not attending the “working meeting” later with Prime Minister Stephen Harper unless the Governor General is also in the room.

Spence has been living on the Ottawa River island during her month-long hunger strike.

Questions lingered ahead of the meeting over which First Nations chiefs would meet with Harper after the Governor General said he would not be there as the Crown’s representative.

Demonstrations across country

Demonstrations are expected in major cities across Canada as part of the Idle No More movement, including Winnipeg, Calgary and Lethbridge, Alta., and Charlottetown, P.E.I.

 

Read Full Article Here

 

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by Anthony J Hall

Veterans Today

 

From the Royal Proclamation of 1763, to the American Declaration of Independence, to the Indian Act, to Dan George and Canada’s Centennial Year, to the White Paper of 1969, to Section 35 and Canada’s constitutional Recognition and Affirmation of Aboriginal and Treaty Rights, to Idle No More, to the Case of Kwitsel Tatel: Explorations in the Contextualization of History

Dan George as an Icon of Aboriginal Resistance. Dan George as Law Giver.

 

 

It is Boxing Day, 2012, as I begin this essay introducing Dan George’s speech at the Vancouver Coliseum on July 1st, 1967, the day billed as the main birthday celebration of Canada’s Centennial Year. By highlighting a First Nations perspective on law and legitimacy I seek to draw a contrast with the jurisprudence of the Supreme Court of Canada as articulated, for instance, in its rulings on the Sparrow and Van der Peet cases.

Dan George’s words have particular poignancy in this context because he was the head of the family that adopted Kwitsel Tatel after she was orphaned at the age of thirteen. I have been publishing in Veteran’s Today a running report on the case of Kwitsel Tatel, a proceeding that resumes in the Law Courts of Chilliwack British Columbia on January 14. Many of the major arguments being brought forward in this case of Kwitsel Tatel, which began in 2004, add background and depth to the major contentions of the Idle No More movement.

To this day Kwitsel Tatel, whose Christian name is Patricia Kelly, still refers to Dan George as “grandpa.” She often speaks, for instance, of her grandpa’s all-night guitar strumming sessions. These sessions were sometimes interspersed with avid political debates, as happened when the Shuswap scholar and sage of the Fourth World, George Manuel, dropped by for a festive visit.[1]

A stage and screen actor of considerable accomplishment, Dan George would become in the 1970s one of the most recognizable Indian men in North America. This Coast Salish actor from the Vancouver area received an Oscar nomination after co-starring with Dustin Hoffman in Arthur Penn’s blockbuster Hollywood hit, Little Big Man. The movie perfectly captured the changing attitudes of the times in an era when old orthodoxies began to break down.

As Dan George moved into the spotlight of popular attention, public opinion was turning hostile towards, for example, the US military intervention in Vietnam. Changing perceptions on the expansionary character of US wars of aggression in southeast Asia tended to alter attitudes about many things, including the place of the Indian wars in US history.[2] As a Hollywood icon embodying the downtrodden but indomitable spirit of Aboriginal America, Dan George adeptly used his celebrity to challenge power and alter public consciousness. His main theme was the contemporary dilemmas arising from the oppression of Indigenous peoples under the weight of a North American society engineered primarily to serve the needs and wants of immigrants and their descendants.

Chief Dan George, Native American Icon, Native American Law Giver

 

Something New and Something Old,

Idle No More in Historical Context

 

I embark on this project as a new year is about to dawn. As I write, momentous events are underway with major implication for the relationship between the Canadian state and the Aboriginal peoples of Canada. These events give contemporary context and resonance to the historical processes I want to highlight. As in the era of Canada’s Centennial celebrations, the contemporary stirrings of Indigenous peoples are once again beginning to capture the attention of an aroused and restive public. The ideas and imagery of Idle No More have spilled into many venues including the byways of commerce in shopping malls across Canada and in similar installations in the United States.[3]

For short periods of time the businesses in these citadels of consumerism come to a standstill as assemblies of drummers, singers, and round dancers burst into expressive celebration. Sometimes the round dances are accompanied by sit-ins and brief blockades of road or railway thoroughfares. The emphasis on drumming, singing, and dancing invokes memories of the long period in Canadian history ending in 1951 when the Parliament of Canada made it illegal for Indian people to take part in such activities.

During the era when Canada outlawed overt expressions of Aboriginal spirituality, prairie sun dancing or West Coast potlatching were treated as retrogressive deviations leading away from the assimilationist project led by Christian missionaries empowered through federal funding of their Indian residential schools. The round dancing of Idle No More has been bursting forth in places big and small, from Vancouver, to Lethbridge, to Regina, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Brantford, Ottawa, Cornwall, and Toronto to mention only a few. One of the largest displays took place in the massive Mall of America in Minneapolis Minnesota, the metropolis from which the American Indian Movement arose to prominence in the early 1970s. From Hawaii, to Columbia, to Washington DC, to the Palestinian Diaspora, support events have rapidly proliferated. All over the world those who have suffered the incursions of colonization, by far the largest portion of humanity, can easily identify with the transformation of Native Americans into marginalized underclasses in their own Aboriginal territories.

These celebratory displays of Aboriginal affirmation resonate with some of the same energy that must have permeated the circle dancing that swept through the remaining Indian Country of the North American mid-west in 1890.[4] Some have compared the circle dancing phenomena of 1890 with the contemporaneous so-called Boxer Rebellion of Chinese patriots who opposed through direct action the onslaughts of European imperialism in their mother country.

In Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Dee Brown famously captured literary snapshots of this time of transition in what former US president Theodore Roosevelt tellingly described in his ethnocentric history texts as The Winning of the West.[5] As Brown explained, in 1890 the era of systematic military suppression of Aboriginal peoples culminated in the US Armed Forces’ massacre of Big Foot’s band at Wounded Knee in South Dakota. The US soldiers killing spree of largely unarmed elders, women and children was meant as revenge for the Aboriginal defeat of Colonel George Armstrong Custer’s Seventh Cavalry division at the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876.

Buffy Sainte-Marie Singing Her ballad, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. In 1973 the American Indian Movement took sovereign control of land at Wounded Knee, the site of the Seventh Cavalry’s revenge killing of Big Foot’s band. AIM’s stance was met with the intervention of the US Armed Forces. To this day Leonard Peltier is a political prisoner in US penitentiary. Peltier was framed, first in Canada and then in the United States, to advance the FBI’s War on AIM. The Seventh Cavalry committed the massacre in 1890 as revenge for the Aboriginal defeat of Colonel George Armstrong Custer’s unit at the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876. This historical and contemporary milieu formed the stuff of Buffy’s extremely popular repertoire of her own folk music. Truly Buffy Sainte-Marie is a powerful writer, arranger, and performer of anthems advocating rights and dignity for Native Americans and humanity in general. Buffy has proudly held up the musical assertions of Red Power with style and verve for many decades. She has long reigned her field.

This pivotal display of massive military superiority and the willingness to deploy it unrelentingly signaled the shift that saw the targeted First Nations tightly contained within the confines of reserves and within the special laws and bureaucracies treating registered Indians in both Canada and the United States as the disenfranchised wards of federal authority. The circle dancing of 1890 signaled that many Native North Americans would not succumb to the assimilationist policies of their colonizers. They would do what was necessary to adapt outwardly to the conventions of their oppressors even as they would hold tenaciously to remnants of their own Aboriginal inheritances of culture and spirituality.

This Fourth World resistance to the hostile incursions of colonization speaks of key facets of indigenous self-determination. It is the same spirit of resistance that inspires the Idle No More movement. It is the same spirit of decolonization that ignited the flame of human dignity as expressed in the initial phases of the Arab Spring movement, especially as it took hold in the massive and disciplined displays of citizens’ solidarity in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. The round dancers of Idle No More demonstrate the same attitudes of noncompliance with bankers’ tyranny that spread to the Indignados of Europe and then gave rise to the international reach of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Idle to More builds on the blossoming in Quebec of the Maple Spring movement. In the spring and summer of 2012 Quebec citizens took to the streets proclaiming their identity as makers of Le printemps érable—the Maple Spring. In flexing their muscles they changed the provincial government in North America’s primary French-speaking jurisdiction. They cultivated, nurtured and directed popular opposition to the top-down cult of “austerity.” Like the Maple Spring, the Idle No More movement combines targeted criticisms of particular policies with more general analysis of the prevailing political economy of ecological and social mayhem. The Maple Spring movement and the Idle No More movement converge in the importance placed on universal access to post-secondary education as a basic right of citizenship.

The Idle No More movement began in a series of information gatherings organized in late November of 2012 in the Saskatoon-Prince Albert-Regina area of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. The organizers included Jess Gordon, Nina Wilson, Sheelah Mclean, and Sylvia McAdam. While the list of inter-related topics addressed was wide ranging, the core of the initial critique was the content of the so-called Omnibus Bill, C-45, a sweeping expression of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s zeal to bring about dramatic transformations in some of the core structures of Canadian federalism.

A group calling itself Lawyers’ Rights Watch has described the anti-democratic character of C-45 as follows:

Protests have been triggered by Bill C-45, which violates the rule of law as it has traditionally been defined through the democratization movement of the 19th and 20th centuries. Lumping together more than 550 provisions on more than 30 topics in a 443 page omnibus bill foreclosed the open public discussion and consultation that are essential according to both the Canadian constitution and the internationally defined democratic standard of prior informed consent. As such, the manner in which Bill C-45 was presented and passed fails to measure up to Canadian or international standards.[6]

Stephen Harper, who once advocated putting a “fire wall” around the legislative powers of Alberta, seeks with his ambitious legislative agenda to diminish the role of the national government. Harper wants to hand over federal powers to provincial governments, deregulate the national economy to facilitate the enhanced commercial traction of transnational corporations, and remove federal and Aboriginal obstacles to environmentally-menacing projects like the Northern Gateway pipeline and Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion. Both proposed projects point across the mountains and valleys of British Columbia.

In order to advance this agenda, Bill C-45 includes provisions that withdraw the federal government from much of its responsibilities to protect navigable waters, to protect fish habitat throughout the many millions of swamps, creeks, rivers and lakes that are so integral to Canada’s Aboriginal geography and natural heritage. Harper is taking much of his lead from Professor Tom Flanagan, a US-educated political scientist who sought to replace the more moderate agendas of the Canadian Progressive Conservative Party with the more radical tactics and philosophy of Reagan Revolution in the United States. Borrowing wholesale from Flanagan’s inflammatory text, which characterized the Indigenous peoples of Canada as an earlier class of immigrant, Harper seeks to continue the privatization and municipalization of the Indian reserves that still adhere to Canada’s 640 or so Indian bands. Collectively all of Canada’s Indian reserves cover about ½ of 1% of Canada’s enormous land mass.[7]

Harper’s termination policies run contrary to that facet of the rule of law that has its centre of gravity in the deceptively simple wording of the constitutional provision that resides at the very core of the case that has been dubbed The Queen and Kwitsel Tatel versus the Government of Canada. Section 35 of Canada’s Constitution Act, 1982, proclaims that “the existing Aboriginal and treaty rights of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada are hereby recognized and affirmed.” Some Aboriginal peoples in Canada are parties to the ninety or so treaties mostly with the British imperial sovereign. Others, such as those First Nation communities throughout most of British Columbia, are living on territories where the Aboriginal title remains uncompromised in any way. In much of British Columbia the requirements of the Royal Proclamation’s Indian provisions have never been met.[8]

These provisions require the Crown officers to obtain Aboriginal consent for the expansion of non-Aboriginal settlements. The result is that Canada’s westernmost province has developed outside the rule of law—imperial law, constitutional law, international law and national law. This lapse is slowly being addressed, however problematically, in the establishment of about 60 tables for Crown-Aboriginal treaty negotiations covering much of British Columbia. These so-called negotiations, however, are being sapped of substance by Crown criminal proceedings such as those directed at Kwitsel Tatel and other Aboriginal individuals in similar positions. Such criminal proceedings led by Crown prosecutors assume the outcome of negotiations before the terms of agreement are actually reached. The charges against Kwitsel Tatel signal that Crown officials representing the two levels of federal government involved in the litigation do not acknowledge the true nature of their unsound legal positions in treaty talks with the First Nations of British Columbia. Crown officials jump the gun by using the criminal courts to assert powers and jurisdictions that should be the subject of reciprocal give and take rather than unilateral assertions of authority based on nothing more than the presumption that might makes right.

By invoking the rights and titles and treaties with the Crown of all the Aboriginal peoples of Canada, section 35 helps to transcend legal distinctions that for far too long have been exploited in the ongoing renewal of divide-and-conquer strategies. As the main body of Kwitsel Tatel’s letter to Judge Thomas Crabtree should make abundantly clear, those Aboriginal peoples with treaties and those without treaties face a common onslaught of federal hostility from Stephen Harper’s so-called Ministry of Justice whenever Aboriginal and treaty rights are made subject to judicial arbitration in court. What the Supreme Court of Canada has referred to as “the honour of the Crown” has consistently been besmirched because federal lawyers representing the Queen of Canada consistently take positions in court that deny and negate rather than recognize and affirm the existence of Aboriginal and treaty rights as federal Crown officials are legally required to do.

This effort to undermine and diminish the federal and Aboriginal aspect of Canada according to imported models of divide-and-conquer neoliberalism repeats some of the same assimilationist themes attempted by the Liberal government of Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau with his notorious White Paper on federal Indian policy in 1969.[9] My impression is that the Aboriginal rejection of Bill C-45 and all it portends for Canada’s future has far more depth in the grass roots of Indian Country than did the Indian rejection of Pierre Trudeau’s and Jean Chretien’s White Paper policy of 1969. Where the latter was largely led by the federally-funded chiefs that drew their authority primarily from the federally-legislated Indian Act, Idle No More is mobilizing a more diverse constituency with spokespeople that tend to be disproportionately female.

The rapid spread of Idle No More’s contentions into, for instance, trade unionism, the Israel-Palestine question, and the assertions of indigenismo in Latin America, make it clear that the movement’s emerging leadership holds the capacity to engender extensive networks of alliance, domestic and transnational. As I write these words alliances are cutting across many sectors of civil society. From its Aboriginal base the movement as presently constituted seems to be becoming an effective conduit for more general opposition to Stephen Harper’s radical and polarizing policies. Indeed, the very legitimacy of Harper’s mandate is unclear. Ongoing revelations about widespread cheating in the Conservative Party’s capturing of a majority of seats in the Canadian House of Commons has left the Harper group with a tainted mandate.[10]

Attawapiskat as a Marker of Failed Aboriginal Policies in Canada

Chief Theresa Spence gave a clear centre of gravity to the initial phase of the Idle No More movement. The elected chief of the Attawapiskat reserve on the western shores of James Bay, Chief Spence began on December 11 a principled pilgrimage into hunger and want. Chief Spence’s ritual of self-sacrifice through fasting is, as I write, taking place in a teepee on Victoria Island in the Ottawa River just across from Parliament Hill. My son Sampson was able to visit Chief Spence personally on Christmas Day.

As I write, the Chief of Attawapiskat will join a group of fellow chiefs elected by the terms of the Canadian Indian Act to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and a representative of Queen Elizabeth II in Her capacity as the primary trustee of the Aboriginal and treaty rights of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada. Historically the Queen’s ancestors invested the royal family with the ultimate responsibility for upholding the Crown’s side of treaty agreements with the Aboriginal peoples of Canada. Unfortunately, the heavily-politicized Governor-General’s Office has little remaining credibility among First Nations or many other discerning Canadians. The Office of the Queen’s representative in Canada was severely sabotaged in 2008-2009 when Prime Minister Harper bludgeoned the Queen’s Representative in Canada who illegally adjourned Parliament just as he was about to lose a confidence vote and thereby open the way for the leaders of other parties to form a majoritarian coalition.

The very setup of this meeting of January 11, 2013 brings out into the open the growing divide between those individuals and family voting cliques who work within the Indian Act system and those grass-roots community activists in Indian Country who have put at the forefront their unwillingness to comply any longer with a system of institutional assimilation that inherently denies and negates section 35. This long-developing schism promises to ignite a serious national debate on the Indian Act and the representation structure of the Assembly of First Nations, an association composed of Canada’s 650 elected chiefs chosen according to the provision of the Canadian parliament’s Indian Act. These Indian Act chiefs maintain their monopolization over the process of electing the AFN’s National Chief. The National Chief’s very narrow constituency of electors seriously limits the representational effectiveness of Canada’s most high-profile Aboriginal organization. This lack of effectiveness was put on clear display in 1992 in the national referendum on a proposed constitutional amendment. This amendment failed to receive voter support on most Indian reserves in spite of the fact that so many provisions were negotiated with the direct involvement of AFN National Chief, Ovide Mercredi.

An ancient staple of Chief Spence’s home community is geese. Geese and wild rice make up an abundant renewable resource that has long fed the Muskego Crees in the swampy borderlands of Canada’s arctic tundra. The richness of the indigenous food sources on the shores of James and Hudson’s Bays has been matched in every Aboriginal territory across the land. For instance seafood formed, and in some cases still forms, the main staple along Canada’s coastal waters whereas corns, beans and squash gave the people of Iroquoia their main sustenance in what is now southern Ontario and the St. Lawrence Valley. Across the prairies buffalo offered the two-leggeds an incredibly prolific means of earning livelihoods. On the Canadian Shield a cornucopia of wild mammals, fish, berries, together with the produce of small Aboriginal gardens kept the people strong and healthy. The natural medicines of herbs, clean water, clean air, pure foods, and rich weavings of interpersonal, intergenerational, and interspecies relationships thrived, offering all that was needed for good mental health as well as hardy physical health.

Through the agency of federal control, however, Indian people have been largely stripped from their Aboriginal lands and waters and stripped from their Aboriginal polities, belief systems, and lifeways. In the process many Indian communities in Canada were transformed from sites of thriving wellbeing into gateways leading to hell on Earth. As with too many of Canada’s Indian reserves, plagues of homelessness, malnutrition, addictions, unemployment, medical malfeasance, and domestic violence have been allowed to rage throughout Attawapiskat’s imperiled population.

The festering of these lethal conditions at Attawapiskat and on many other Indian reserves and urban ghettos stand as markers of despair that rightfully hold Canada up to international infamy. Such disfiguring wounds in our blighted body politic shames a resource-rich country that has made a small minority very rich from the industrial-scale exploitation of nature’s Aboriginal bounty. The result is that swelling millions of critics the world over are pointing fingers of sharp condemnation at Canada’s federal government. The evidence is mounting that the federal government is quickening the pace of its violations of fundamental human rights through the rapid acceleration of its notorious regime of dispossession and subjugation of the country’s original inhabitants, the First Nations of Canada.

One of the systemic problems is that the scope of the rights and titles of Aboriginal peoples is almost never subjected to genuine third-party adjudication when assertions of Aboriginal sovereignty and ownership of resources come up in court. In Canada judges owe their appointments to federal and provincial politicians even as they frequently own land title and draw paychecks that depend on maintaining the status quo in the jurisdictions where they and their families reside. As a rule, therefore, Canadian judges are not in a position to render genuinely disinterested verdicts on Aboriginal matters because they have large personal stakes in the very issues they must decide. This bias puts the whole judiciary in positions of institutionalized conflict of interest. This dilemma is not unique to Canada. Indigenous peoples in most countries that began as settler colonies are almost universally subject to regimes of extreme injustice where the bias of power is pronounced even when it comes to the supposedly disinterested venue of litigation.

Canada Before and After 1867

 

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By Tobold Rollo

[This post first appeared on Tobold Rollo's website.]

As Chief Theresa Spence continues her hunger strike, her request that Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Governor General meet with Chiefs to discuss treaties has many Canadians wondering what relevance treaties could possibly hold today. Anticipating this uncertainty, I wrote a pamphlet with the Mohawk scholar, Taiaiake Alfred, which was widely distributed both in the US and in Canada during recent ‘Idle No More’ events. The pamphlet laid out in clear and concise language the concrete practical and legislative steps necessary to advance the goal of reconciliation. The outline was based on the recommendations laid out in the 1996 Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. This Royal Commission, the most comprehensive and expensive in Canada’s history, determined that achieving the goal of reconciliation necessarily entails the restoration of a ‘treaty relationship’.

I recall being a bit confused but mostly just ambivalent the first time I heard Indigenous peoples in Canada invoke the concept of a ‘treaty relationship’. I was twelve years old and it was the height of what would come to be known as the Oka Crisis. To me, treaties were boring relics – artifacts excavated from Canadian history – of interest to history teachers. As I grew older, I was fairly certain that treaties were irrelevant to modern Canada and to modern citizens like myself. What relevance they might hold did not seem to bear on my life in the same way as did taxes or elections. That youthful confusion and ambivalence was displaced over the years by a realization in my adult life that if Canada was to claim legitimacy as a nation as opposed to a complex colonial encampment, that legitimacy must derive from the founding treaties that made Canada possible. Accordingly, I recognized that my identity as a Canadian, as opposed to a mere occupier or colonizer, was dependent on the status of those treaties. The stakes couldn’t be higher.

I had always understood that agreements made before I was born formed the conditions of my Canadian citizenship and identity. I am Canadian by pure accident of birth, yet still I recognized that I was born into a society constituted by certain historical events, acts, and agreements that more or less structure the obligations we have to others. Take our relationship to the United States and to Americans, for example. I acknowledge that Canada has no right to impose any territorial, political or cultural arrangement upon them. Likewise, they have no right to impose theirs upon us. Why? Because of treaties and agreements, some old and some new. Specifically, because of the 1814 Treaty of Ghent, the Convention of 1818, the Webster-Ashburton Treaty of 1842, and the Oregon Treaty of 1846, which established the territories and borders of Canada. Within this context, Canada was constituted as a nation through various acts and declarations, e.g., The Royal Proclamation of 1763, the British North America Act of 1867, and the Constitution Act of 1982.

These treaties and constitutional events reflect historical compacts between peoples – agreements that established our right to exist autonomously as Canadians rather than as British subjects or Americans. Of course, there are still a handful of disagreements over the details of the treaties between the US and Canada (e.g. the Dixon Entrance), but the lack of precise territorial borders, or cultural borders for that matter, does not take away from the spirit of the agreement. A number of international agreements detail our right to cultural integrity as well. The US is obliged by virtue of being a signatory to various international treaties and UN declarations not to organize any political assault on other cultures. We are distinct nations – our covenants are nation-to-nation. Our disagreements – including our very borders – are not settled, even after centuries of dialogue. Yet we respect each other as legitimate and autonomous in the absence of perfect borders.

 

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Founder and Director, Culture Collective

What started as a murmur in early October from First Nations People in Canada in response to Bill C45 has become a movement that echoes the sentiments of people all over the world, a battle cry of love for the planet, “Idle No More.” At first glance it might appear that this movement is isolated and doesn’t effect you if you are not native or if you don’t live in Canada, yet it does. It may appear that this resistance is not related to The Occupy Movement, The Arab Spring, The Unify Movement, Anonymous, or any of the other popular uprisings sparked by social unrest, but it is.

At its very core, all of these movements have very common threads and are born from common issues facing people everywhere. Those who represent financial interests that value money over life itself, that are devoid of basic respect for human decency, and for nature have dictated the future for too long and people everywhere are standing up to say, “No more.” This non-violent social uprising is viral in the minds and hearts of everyone across the planet determined to bring healing to our troubled communities, our planet, and the corruption that is eroding the highest places of governments around the world.

Image by Andy EversonFlashmobs with dancing and drumming at a malls in Olympia, Wash. Tempe, Ariz., Denver, Colo., a giant circle dance blocking a large intersection in Winnipeg, rail blockades in Quebec, this movement is using cultural expression combined with modern activism to get attention, and it is working. From their website, “Idle No More calls on all people to join in a revolution which honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water. Colonization continues through attacks to Indigenous rights and damage to the land and water.”

Idle No More was started in October by four ladies; Nina Wilson, Sylvia McAdam, Jessica Gordon & Sheelah McLean who felt it was “urgent to act on current and upcoming legislation that not only affects First Nations people but the rest of Canada’s citizens, lands and waters.” On December 11 Attawapiskat Chief, Theresa Spence, launched a hunger strike requesting a face-to-face meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to discuss broken treaties and protection of natural resources. Spence is staying in a tipi on the frozen Ottawa River facing Parliament Hill and has gained the support from many natives and non-natives who are in solidarity with this movement.

Chief Arvol Lookinghorse from South Dakota recently expressed his support in a letter posted on Facebook that states, “As Keeper of our Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe, I would like to send out support for the efforts of Chief Theresa Spence of the Attawapiskat First Nation, for giving of herself through fasting with prayers for the protection of Mother Earth.” He goes on to say,

This effort to protect Mother Earth is all Humanity’s responsibility, not just Aboriginal People. Every human being has had Ancestors in their lineage that understood their umbilical cord to the Earth, understanding the need to always protect and thank her. Therefore, all Humanity has to re-connect to their own Indigenous Roots of their lineage — to heal their connection and responsibility with Mother Earth and become a united voice… All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer.

Society and nature work in similar ways to our own body’s immune system. We are given a symptom that causes us to be aware that there is an illness that needs to be addressed. We can try to suppress the symptom, but that does not heal the illness. Popular uprisings with very core commonalities are spreading all over the planet. Exploitation of our environment, as well as the exploitation of people and cultures for the sake of financial gain is immoral and must be stopped at the highest levels of our governments. It is possible to have a thriving economy and environmental ethics.

Here in America, the response to Occupy is tucked into NDAA as Washington prepares ways to suppress the symptoms of social discord. Without addressing the illness at its root nothing will change. It is like the mythical Many-Headed Hydra, if you cut one head off, two more will grow back. Popular uprisings will continue here and all over the world until leaders understand that people want real fundamental change in policy. Governments should lead by example if they want to be respected.

 

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Apology to American Indians Unacceptable

Too Little, Too Late

Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Currents. Discussion »

WASHINGTON – Navajo Mark Charles, who has been on a one-man mission without any noticeable tribal support for past year as he attempted to bring widespread recognition of the apology to Native people that was buried in an defense appropriations bill in December 2009, on Wednesday stood near the reflecting pool outside the US Capitol and refused to accept the apology.

Apology to American IndiansThe crowd formed on the early cold morning.

Perhaps, it was a case of too little, too late.

The Apology to American Indians is on page 45 of the 67 page-long 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, HR 3326.

On Wednesday, a changing crowd that numbered over 200 during the course of the event that lasted for over three hours, there were people in the crowd who traveled to Washington from numerous states throughout the United States to be part of the ceremony that included reading of the appropriations bill.

Mark Charles, Apology to American Indians“I take all these things as evidence that our country was not ready to apologize,”

No one from the White House, Congress or any other federal attended the event in any official capacity, though someone from an US Government issued vehicle was seen taking pictures on an iPad.

The apology was read in Ojibwe by American Indian author Jim Northrup and in Navajo by Reverend Ben Stoner.

Yesterday marked the third anniversary of the passing of HR 3326 – and the apology – that was passed on December 19, 2009.

The generic, non-binding apology, found in subsection 8113, was inserted by then Senator Brownback, R-Kansas, who is now the Governor of Kansas. This apology to American Indians on behalf of the citizens of the United States was not publicized by the White House or Congress at the time it was passed, nor has it been read publicly by President Obama.

Mark Charles, Apology to American IndiansMark Charles – Navajo

“spent the last year studying and reading about this… I have come to the conclusion, I don’t think our country was ready to apologize,”

said Charles.

“I have deep respect for Governor Brownsback …who spent four years of his time in the Senate to work on getting substantial language to get into a bill that stood on its own.”

“I take the fact that this apology has existed for three years and it has not been read publically been read by our president or by our Congress. I take the fact it was buried in an appropriation bill. I take the fact that language in draft after draft was turned back. I take all these things as evidence that our country was not ready to apologize,”

 

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Native group urges PM to end Chief's hunger strikeCredits: ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY

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Chief’s hunger strike fuels Canada aboriginal drive

by Staff Writers
Ottawa (AFP)

A native chief’s hunger strike in view of Canada’s parliament has inspired an aboriginal rights movement and massive protests across Canada and far beyond its borders.

Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike on tiny Victoria Island on the Ottawa River, which flows past parliament perched atop a hill, is in its second week.

She refuses to eat until Prime Minister Stephen Harper or Governor General David Johnston, who is Queen Elizabeth II’s representative in this former British colony, agrees to meet with her.

Spence sleeps in a teepee, warming herself by an open fire and drinking a bit of fish broth to keep up her strength.

Her breath crystallized in the cold winter air, as a severe storm blanketing the capital city with snow.

Beyond the island, Spence’s strike has become the focal point for Idle No More, an aboriginal rights movement strung together last month by four native women who met online.

The campaign has since exploded into dozens of small protests and highway blockades, and has inspired thousands to demand their treaty rights.

Several solidarity hunger strikes were also launched last week and a man was arrested in easternmost Canada on Tuesday after chopping down a hydro pole to support Idle No More.

“Chief Theresa Spence is not alone, the chiefs of… indigenous people across this country support her efforts to bring our treaty partners to the table,” said Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Yesno.

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