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TV: Emergency survey underway along West Coast, marine life being affected

June 23, 2015

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 “in ways never seen before” — CBS: “Unusual increase in dolphin, sea lion, and seabird deaths” — Thought to be largest toxic bloom “anywhere, ever” — Worry that impacts on fish to last several years (VIDEO)

Posted: 22 Jun 2015 12:51 PM PDT

10 giant whales found dead in Pacific off US coast

June 21, 2015

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— Victims of ‘mysterious affliction’ — Mass die-off of walruses and seabirds reported nearby — Experts: “Something out of the ordinary is happening” — “Really perplexing… We’re at a loss… Maybe whales ran into a toxin” (AUDIO)

Posted: 20 Jun 2015 05:43 PM PDT

NBC: Sea creatures swarming ashore from San Diego to San Fran.

June 20, 2015

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NBC: Sea creatures swarming ashore from San Diego to San Fran. — CBS: Millions of dead blanketing miles of coastline, “like a red carpet… 12-16 inches thick… never seen anything like this” — ABC: We wonder if they’re sick, or it’s something in ocean? Scientists don’t have an explanation (PICS & VIDEO)

Posted: 19 Jun 2015 03:24 PM PDT

Film: Costa Rica Abolished its Military, Never Regretted it

June 4, 2015

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The forthcoming film, A Bold Peace: Costa Rica’s Path of Demilitarization, should be given every possible means of support and promotion. After all, it documents the blatant violation of laws of physics, human nature, and economics, as understood in the United States — and the violators seem positively gleeful about it.

In 1948 Costa Rica abolished its military, something widely deemed impossible in the United States. This film documents how that was done and what the results have been. I don’t want to give away the ending but let me just say this: there has not been a hostile Muslim takeover of Costa Rica, the Costa Rican economy has not collapsed, and Costa Rican women still seem to find a certain attraction in Costa Rican men.

How is this possible? Wait, it gets stranger.

Costa Rica provides free, high-quality education, including free college, as well as free healthcare, and social security. Costa Ricans are better educated than Americans, live longer, are reported as happier (in fact, happiest in the world in various studies), and lead the world in the use of renewable energy (100% renewable energy lately in Costa Rica). Costa Rica even has a stable, functioning democracy with far greater (required) participation, ballot access, diversity of platforms, and popular support than the gerrymandered, Citizen-United, Diebolded, home of widely tuned-out Bush v. Clinton reruns.

How is it that U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders only ever mentions Scandinavia as a place to learn from, and usually not military-free Iceland either? Could it be that military abolition is just not an acceptable topic in U.S. politics?
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Costa Rica has developed a culture of peace, including an educational system that teaches children nonviolent conflict resolution. As someone who grew up being told that we should not use violence, while simultaneously noticing that my society’s biggest public project was the U.S. military, I can only imagine the power of consistency found in an educational curriculum that walks its own talk. Costa Rica has built up a society of low violence and of, as one speaker in the film describes it, “an attitude of non-aggression toward the poor.” The Ticos describe support for the welfare state and for cooperative businesses as “solidarity” and “love.”

 

How did this come to be? The film provides more context than I was previously aware of. Rafael Calderón Guardia, president from 1940 to 1944, began the welfare state in a major way through a unique pre-Cold War coalition of support that included the Catholic church and the communist party. In 1948 Calderón ran for president again, lost, and refused to recognize the results. A remarkable man named Jose Figueres Ferrer, also known as “Don Pepe,” who had educated himself at Boston Public Library and returned to Costa Rica to start a collective farm, led a violent revolution and won.

Figueres made a pact with the communists to protect the welfare state, and they disbanded their army. And after his own troops threatened a rightwing coup, he disbanded his own army, that of the nation of Costa Rica, saying:

“Los hombres que ensangrentamos recientemente a un pas de paz, comprendemos la gravedad que pueden asumir estas heridas en la America Latina, y la urgencia de que dejen de sangrar. No esgrimimos el puñal del asesino sino el bistur del cirujano. Como cirujanos nos interesa ahora, mas que la operación practicada, la futura salud de la Nación, que exige que esa herida cierre pronto, y que sobre ella se forme cicatriz más sana y más fuerte que el tejido original.

“Somos sostenedores definidos del ideal de un nuevo mundo en America. A esa patria de Washington, Lincoln, Bolvar y Mart, queremos hoy decirle: Oh, America! Otros pueblos, hijos tuyos tambien, te ofrendan sus grandezas. La pequeña Costa Rica desea ofrecerte siempre, como ahora, junto con su corazón, su amor a la civilidad, a la democracia.”

Of course Costa Rica could abolish its army only because it had no enemies!

 

So you might think, if such a mental process can be called thinking. In reality, Costa Rica was surrounded by enemies, hostile dictatorships all around, not to mention the longstanding Monroe Doctrine U.S. dominance of any Latin American nation that stepped out of line. On top of which Calderón and friends plotted a counter-revolution from Nicaragua and attempted it in 1949 and again in 1955, with the support of U.S.-backed Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio “Tacho” Somoza Garca.

What did Costa Rica do? On the model that Jefferson and Madison envisioned for the United States, Figueres maintained the ban on any standing army but called up a temporary citizens’ militia to fight off the invasion successfully twice.

But what if a more powerful invasion had come? I think there are two answers to that. First, Costa Rica is not occupying nations all over the globe, blowing up families with drones, torturing people in secret prisons, arming dictatorships, defending Israel’s acts of genocide, etc. — that is to say, Costa Rica is not creating enemies. Secondly, if the United States were to attack Costa Rica, no military might on the Costa Rican side could possibly prevail. The best defense against such an attack is, in fact, to possess no military that might be blamed for some incident as grounds for war.

Figueres used a citizens militia and then disbanded it. He expanded the welfare state, extended the right to vote to women and Afro-Caribbeans, and nationalized banks and electricity. Then he retired peacefully, later to be elected president twice more, in 1953 and 1970. He lived until 1990, the victorious general who did what Eisenhower never dared: abolished the military industrial complex.

The U.S. government, under President Reagan, tried to force Costa Rica into military conflict, but Costa Rica proclaimed neutrality. It did not maintain this neutrality as absolutely as one might like, but it never became home to a big U.S. military base as did Honduras.

In 1985, Oscar Arias was elected president on a peace platform, defeating Calderón’s son campaigning on a platform of militarization. Although the U.S. was threatening sanctions, and although 80% of the Costa Rican people opposed the Sandinista government in Nicaragua, over 80% in Costa Rica opposed any militarization. Reagan scared Americans of communists in Nicaragua, but seems not to have scared the Ticos at all. On the contrary, Arias met repeatedly with Reagan, turned him down on at least all the main points, and gathered nations together to negotiate peace in Central America — for which he was given a Nobel Peace Prize that may have actually served an appropriate purpose.

What withstood Reagan’s pressure was not an individual or a political party, but Costa Rica’s culture of peace. A new threat came in 2003, when Costa Rica joined the Coalition of the Willing (to attack Iraq). Costa Rica provided only its name, no actual participation. But a law student named Luis Roberto Zamora Bolanos successfully sued his own government in Costa Rican courts and forced Costa Rica out of the coalition.

While the film doesn’t go into it much, the same lawyer sued Arias and others repeatedly to keep weapons companies and U.S. ships out of Costa Rican territory. In 2010 the U.S. helped overthrow the president of Honduras and flew him to Costa Rica. The U.S. uses its drug war as an excuse to put military ships in Costa Rican waters.

In 2010 Nicaragua took over a Costa Rican island, at least in the view of Costa Rica. Had Costa Rica possessed a military, a war would likely have begun. While Costa Rica did send its “police” to the area, not one bullet was fired. Rather the dispute was resolved in international courts, as all such disputes should be.

Costa Rica has now gone for 66 and a half years without the problems that militaries have brought to other Latin American nations. Militaries in small nations have been used for U.S.-backed coups, but not for anything more beneficial. The film cites statistics: the United States has directly overthrown 41 Latin American governments, and indirectly another 24, between 1898 and 1994.

The idea that Costa Rica needs no military because it is protected under a U.S. military umbrella would be laughable if there weren’t people who believe it. Costa Rica has opposed U.S. militarism and promoted demilitarization around the world, running up against powerful U.S. lobbying on behalf of U.S. weapons dealers. When Arias obtained a U.N. vote on a treaty to ban arms sales to any nation spending more on weapons than on its people, the only No vote was from the U.S.

Costa Rica is also facing the destructive effects of corporate trade pacts, rising inequality, and crushing poverty. Yet it is still far from as unequal as the U.S.

The film presents a fair portrait, flaws included. I watched it with my 9-year-old son who now wants to move there. The film includes video of past and current presidents, activists, professors, and journalists. It even includes extensive commentary from Luis Guillermo Sols Rivera as a long-shot presidential candidate seeking to uphold Costa Rica’s pacifist traditions in a manner that Japan’s president is of course not attempting. Then we see Sols surge ahead and win. He is now president.

Costa Rica is an inspiration to those of us seeking to abolish war.

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TV: Scientists warning of mass die-off along California coast

June 3, 2015

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TV: Scientists warning of mass die-off along California coast — Official: Seafloor littered with dead fish, washing up “as far as I could see” — Toxin has spread all up and down West Coast — Experts: “Very, very unusual… Really extraordinary” (VIDEO)

Posted: 02 Jun 2015 08:59 PM PDT

Surge in whale deaths along West Coast

May 30, 2015

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Surge in whale deaths along West Coast — Experts: “So many in such a small area is setting off alarms… We really don’t know what’s going on” — Professor: “I’m not sure this is just a natural event… There may be a disease in ocean” — Gov’t: “We’re not even concerned about it” (VIDEOS)

Posted: 29 May 2015 06:15 PM PDT

Japan volcano violently erupts without warning — Gov’t issues highest level alert for first time — Reuters: “Smell of sulfur, smoke blacked out sky… Officials warn of more big eruptions” — Expert: “I don’t think this is finished… We could see a more powerful eruption” — Upsurge in volcanic activity linked to 3/11 quake (VIDEO)

Posted: 29 May 2015 08:50 AM PDT

An Open Letter To All In Pursuit Of Truth

May 24, 2015

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After a discussion that I had with a Canadian friend of mine, regarding this article — http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/05/michael-morell-bush-cheney-iraq-war — he later emailed me this question:

” If the article is reliable, why could not the Obama white house expose these guys as crooks or imbeciles to be more generous? Or, are they all the same?”

Being quite an astute observer of the US political environment, during our conversation he was alarmed that he hadn’t heard of this revelation and even more astounded that it wasn’t being used as a basis for serious legal action.

Fancying myself to be a student of contemporary history, I decided to delve into this question to a greater degree than I had in the past. Why is there not a demanding movement to prosecute our home-based war criminals? After all, we seemed to feel no compunction to avoid chasing down, trying and sentencing to death German and Japanese war criminals after WWII.

Could the blame again be placed on the media, specifically the corporate controlled Main Street Media? After all, it has been repeatedly pointed out that, as opposed to just three TV channels, we now have access to multiple news channels, the radio as well as the Internet and an array of social media. Rather than the majority of us all gathering around the information “campfire” every night to have our opinions formed en masse by trusted reporters like Edward R. Morrow or Walter Cronkite. Instead, we all slink off at various times to receive our self-selected voices of our own particular concept of reason in isolated privacy. These great new tools of communication are fragmenting us instead of unifying us. We are almost secretly delving deeper into the competitive modes of thought development, rather than the critical cooperative concepts related to unification. It seems as though we have forgotten the vital last part of the phrase, “United we stand …”

Additionally, I don’t think that we realize how infantile we are behaving in our rather primative use of these new communication tools. Instead of putting them to work, saving ourselves and our planet from ourselves, we are instead playing with them like children. Seeking entertainment instead of solutions. Using them to assuage our deep-seated fears, insecurities and lost sense of control; the same as our children, with their own addictions to video games.

Perhaps these rationalizations can be readily applied to the younger members of our crowd, but what about us older folks? What has happened to my generation? The ones who had our minds opened up and expanded by the likes of Bob Dylan, Howl, Woodstock, Civil Rights, Viet Nam, and yes — Timothy Leary? I have a sense that the bulk of my contemporaries feel beaten, since I certainly do! Looking back at my personal history, I believe that I started to object, resist, complain and fight back when, at some point, I was shocked into realizing that the vital bond of trust, between my government and myself, had been broken. Prior to that moment, from the time I was born, I had a yet unrealized sense of security that I could only appreciate after it was gone. That trust was shattered, the day I realized that my government was lying about this particular event:

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Perhaps the only way to fully appreciate the mind-drilling degradation of a broken trust is to experience it. Similar to what is said about death — in that it tends to, “” focus the mind” — so it is with lost trust. It is like a sudden vacancy or painful hole where there was once a secure feeling. The compass is spinning and the previously clear path is now a maze of doubt and gnawing pain.

I almost immediately began to look for clues to the happy ending. Certainly the calvary will ride in with guns blazing to save the day and our country will come back to healthy life again. But the picture hasn’t ended that way. In fact, unlike the books and movies I was raised on, it has turned into a long, drawn out, accelerating descent into a darkening abyss. Not only was the trust shattered, but in the aftermath the shards are slowly being ground into my very psyche.

When, in December of 2000, the Supremes took away our failing attempts at democracy by selecting G.W. Bush (Shrub) as our Chief Executive Officer — I knew that the game was over. What REALLY slammed the Jackboot down was when Gore rolled over, handed it to them and then walked away to seek his fortune! What had been a dull but expanding ache, suddenly turned into panic as I looked around and suddenly realized that there wasn’t even any way out, as “They” had taken over the theater and locked all the doors! All that we can now do is watch “their” movie play out; other than being extras, there were no parts in this movie ” we are now only invested spectators — Consumer Units.

When Obama came on the scene, I got a bit of hope I could believe in. I started examining his trail and tracking his progress. During his duel with Hillary, the Senate was getting ready to vote on the FISA Bill that was going to pull some of the rug out from under the domestic spying. BO proclaimed at every opportunity that he was going to vote “no” on that bill. Finally, Hillary pulled out of the race and opened the door for Obama to walk into the Presidency.

The next weekend, after she quit her bid for President, she and Obama snuck off to Chantilly, VA for a quick, but very secret visit, with the members of the Bilderberg Group . After that visit, BO marched onto the Senate floor and voted to support the FISA Bill — in spite of the fact that it was going to pass without his vote, anyway. What that said to me, was that he received his pass into the White House from the Bilderberg bunch — but there would always be secret strings attached. Now, before you write this observation off, just keep in mind that not all “Conspiracy Theories” are JUST theories!

So, here we all sit. Some of the more fortunate ones of us get to prop ourselves up in front of our big flat screens, pack our gullet with more food than we need, play our games on our smart phones and chat among ourselves about ourselves and whatever else that doesn’t matter too much. The rest of us are scrambling around everyday trying to put enough energy together in order to KEEP putting enough energy together in order to just barely survive another day and keep out of the way of those who have the means to play — on our behalf but for their benefit — the only game that REALLY matters.

What can be done? How do we get out of this trap that was originally set in 1886 — when corporations began their long, slow legal liberation — and has been increasingly become more deadly ever since? How do we regain the massive power that the psycho/sociopaths have methodically taken from us? How do we extricate ourselves from the all encompassing and deadly embrace that apathy has wrapped around our majority? How do we all look at each other and deeply realize that it is us against “them” and NOT us against us? Don’t bother answering any of these questions I just poised in this paragraph until you can include an answer to the first question. There are wonderful answers to all of these puzzles. However, answers and solutions are useless without viable means of achievement and dedicated leaders to plot the way.

As I have already acknowledged, I feel beaten. Beaten, but not disengaged or completely without hope. While the sparks and ideas are still coming and I feel thwarted at every prospect of an actionable solution I believe that I now understand what the salve for broken trust is. It is so simple and obvious that I amaze myself for not having realized it sooner. The ONLY way to restore a broken trust is with truth. But only a certain kind of truth will work. It has to be truth that is in the forefront of a long train of previous valid truths. Truths with a broken record of truths are not valid truths. Truths that are not forthcoming and volunteer themselves may conceal untruths or half-truths and are therefore not REAL or valid truths, either.

So, when I look to our barely functioning political system and the various candidates who are offering their truths to me, who do I perceive to be the most truthful? So far, I only see one person who proffers a pure record of truth.

As for you, my patient reader, who do YOU perceive to be in pursuit of truth, do you see more than one? Perhaps, if we could match them up with a Movement Of Movements (MOM) , we could regain control of our country ” as well as our world!

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My father was a career military man and, while I was born in Texas, we moved six months later. In fact, we kept moving to the point where I lived in 38 states and several foreign countries, before I got out of high school. Since my father was a life-long Republican and my mother was a Democrat, there always seemed to be a political undercurrent going on in my family. My earliest political memories were trying to convince my father that Adlai Stevenson would be the better President ” both times that he ran.

In the late seventies I went into computers and haven’t come out, yet. When The Net went graphical, I learned HTML and the second website I ever put up (which is still going) had to do with what corporations are doing to degrade our existence. In the process of putting up that site, I found, what I believe to be, the ULTIMATE and worldwide source of all of our major problems — unidentified and unrestrained psychopathic/sociopathic people in extremely powerful positions of power.

I now live in Canada and relish every day that I’m not spending in the US. I’m amazed at how rapidly EVERYTHING around me seems to be deteriorating. However, I do what I can to alert, inform, educate and seek solutions to what I see quite clearly happening all around us. My latest thoughts lead to the formation of a singular movement of movements — with just one primary goal — to confront and subdue the insane people at the top, by the rest of us at the bottom.

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An Open Letter To Anyone Seeking A MOM Using movements to counter the powers of the two party system.

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Open Letter To A Failing Republican Through their highly effective use and control of what is referred to as the “Main Stream Media” and the various voting processes, a relatively small group of sociopathically insane, but excessively rich, individuals have been able to manipulate the thinking and votes of a large enough percentage of the public to achieve effective political control.

Nuclear Experimentation: Year 70 – Playing with M.A.D.ness

May 24, 2015

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The recent “news” on the nuclear situation in Iran brings to light the madhouse of cards on which the postmodern world is built. Or rather, it would bring the madness to light if the major media outlets of the world were not bought up and sold out to the military industrial complex, and therefore completely misinformed on the actions and dangers of the nuclear experimentation industry.

The story is not just about how Iran wants to join the club of failed nuclear experimentation states, though that is certainly worthy of raising an eyebrow. This story is not just about the threat to nearby states, or the implications to global relations. The story is not just about how they could be so ill minded, and short sighted as to look for solutions in a dirty technology”
The real story is that playing with nuclear fire — the Pandora’s Box of nuclear experimentation — is a threat to all life on Earth, and yet today the rise of the nuclear state has become just another part of our collective ‘energy’ and ‘war’ narratives. The real story is that, in our collective madness, we fail to recognize that Iran’s engagement in nuclear experimentation is no different than our own — and that the sum total of all this nuclear madness is mutually assured destruction.

Total M.A.D.ness
Used to describe the inevitable outcome of any military nuclear action, the acronym M.A.D. stands for mutual assured destruction. The M.A.D. theory is that a balance of apocalyptic armament puts opposing nuclear nations in a stalemate, where it would be impossible for one to annihilate the other with nukes without facing annihilation themselves. If the accepted narrative is to be believed, the understanding of ‘mutually assured destruction’ on both sides is why the Cold War never went Hot.

Is it any coincidence that the industry acronym for the inevitable outcome of any military nuclear action is M.A.D.? By their own reckoning, mutual destruction is assured on all sides of the nuclear war machine in the event of a nuclear strike — yet nations continue to arm themselves, writing conventions to mitigate their liability while provoking other nations that arm themselves. In their ‘fight for peace’, they are scrambling down the rabbit hole to mutually assured M.A.D.ness.

If this M.A.D. balance was at all sustainable, one might even wish to see Iran armed, and believe that arming Iran would bring M.A.D. balance — because after all it is well known, though not officially recognized — that Israel already has nuclear weapons. But therein is the opening into the madness of the situation; the reality is already so twisted that one might see it as a “solution” that an individual or institution possesses a mechanism that instantly kills, maims and deforms en masse, and poisons ecosystems for countless generations to come, just because the institutions that threaten them have those same mechanisms, which kill and maim and deform and poison.

Make no mistake, this is a contrived polarity. The only way to end the M.A.D.ness is to disarm, not arm the opposition.

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When we investigate the reality of M.A.D., and the propaganda that accompanies nuclear experimentation (both military and power generation) we soon realize it IS absolute madness.

Firstly, the notion that nuclear experimentation is regulated is a fallacy. While eight States have detonated nuclear weapons, only the five member nations of the United Nations Security Council (the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, and China) are considered to be “nuclear-weapon states” under by the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. [1] However three other States that were not parties to the Non-Proliferation Treaty have conducted nuclear tests since the NPT was enacted in 1970 (India, Pakistan, and North Korea).

Meanwhile Israel remains the nuclear white elephant in the room. Widely believed to have nuclear weapons, Israel continues to deny its nuclear status, casting further unknowns into the nuclear mix.

According to the Federation of American Scientists’ report Status of World Nuclear Forces:

More than two decades after the Cold War ended, the world’s combined inventory of nuclear warheads remains at a very high level: approximately 15,700. Of these, around 4,100 warheads are considered operational, of which about 1,800 US and Russian warheads are on high alert, ready for use on short notice.

Despite significant reductions in US, Russian, French and British nuclear forces compared with Cold War levels, all the nuclear weapon states continue to modernize their remaining nuclear forces and appear committed to retaining nuclear weapons for the indefinite future. For an overview of global modernization programs, see this 2014 article:Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists — Slowing nuclear weapon reductions and endless nuclear weapon modernizations: A challenge to the NPT.

The exact number of nuclear weapons in each country’s possession is a closely held national secret.

When it comes to nuclear weapons experimentation, transparency and accountability are non-existent — conditions in which corruption thrives.

While Israel defends its “strategic ambiguity”, its policy of denial has served not only as a misinformation tactic, it has inflamed tensions in the Middle East by highlighting obvious double standards in US policy in the region. While Israel denies being a “nuclear-weapon state”, and the US continues to turn a blind eye, the governments of both states are actively colluding to bypass a US ban on funding nations that proliferate weapons of mass destruction, ensuring Israel enjoys more than US$2 billion in aid from US taxpayers each year.

Israel, however, is not the only financial beneficiary of this nuclear deceit; the Price Anderson Nuclear Industries Indemnity Act and the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage are designed to protect US nuclear interests from liability in the event of an accident, allowing them to make uncapped fortunes through nuclear energy generation without liability for their (inevitable) failures.

Despite all the public non-proliferation rhetoric of the nuclear experimentation industry, the nuclear-weapons States are clearly committed to retaining and continuing nuclear weapons programs. The illusion of non-proliferation serves only to delay genuine non-proliferation action. Not surprisingly, when it comes to the true nuclear agenda, even those scientists working ‘behind the security fence’ are subjected to this deception.

According to former government scientist turned environmental activist (and Wake Up World contributing writer) Dr. Andreas Toupadakis:

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“[In 2000], I resigned from a permanent, highly paid, classified position in the Stockpile Stewardship Program at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California. I went to LLNL believing that I would be helping to dismantle nuclear weapons and disposing of their deadly byproducts. That was my desire. Instead, very soon, I found myself expected to work on the maintenance of nuclear weapons. When I realized that within the Lab, environmental or nonproliferation work was but an illusion, I decided to resign. My conscience simply does not allow me to work for the development or maintenance of nuclear weapons.

“.. Purely academic projects are sustained in order to lure young scientists into the national labs. I heard this in plain language one Thanksgiving afternoon, sitting around the table with senior weapons scientists: “We need new blood to carry on our weapons research; we need new post-docs in purely basic research.” It was not a surprise that at that time a post-doc in academia was making around $18,000/year, but at Los Alamos National Lab I started with $35,000, certainly good bait to attract young scientists.”

Enshrined in secrecy even behind the security fence, the nuclear weapons and energy experiments are both conducted in the shadows, without transparency or accountability, at the expense of the Earth and all its inhabitants.
Nuclear Experimentation Year 70 — Playing With Madness
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Nuclear Energy Experimentation
Ongoing events at Fukushima have highlighted the uncontainable dangers of nuclear energy experimentation. There are now over four hundred nuclear power generation experiments in operation worldwide, and more are being built, each one representing another potential disaster.

In the 70 years since the first nuclear power generation experiment began at Oak Ridge in 1948, there have been countless (known) meltdowns at nuclear facilities around the world. The history of nuclear energy generation has proven itself to be equally as destructive (if not more) as nuclear arms programs. If one examines trends and contributing factors, there are bound to be more accidents, spills and ‘unprecedented events’ within the nuclear industry.

Now, over four years on from the first meltdown, the ailing Fukushima Daiichi facility in Japan is still spewing radioactive waste into our ocean’s and air, with no end in sight. In fact, reports of a fresh leak in February 2015 indicate a 70-fold increase in radiation levels. And while this disaster continues into its fifth year, the realities and failures of this and other nuclear experiments have become shrouded in propaganda and censorship, in an indefensible bid to protect the interests of the oligarchy — nuclear’s sole beneficiaries.

The Fukushima disaster has led to a practical elimination of free speech and free reporting of information from within Japan, with little to no opposition or indignation from global governments. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Designated Secrets Bill was written specifically to contain information about the Fukushima disaster; since authorities could not contain the radioactive leaks, the Japanese government instead enacted laws that subjected to punishment any individual who reports information about this undeniable disaster.

Again, the problem here is transparency and accountability. Like nuclear weaponry, nuclear energy experimentation cannot co-exist alongside freedom of speech or transparent access to information. It can only exist in a fascist state, which suppresses information and opposition.

But the ultimate truth of the nuclear energy experiment — the reason for the suppression and opposition — is that the nuclear experiment is operated without a complete plan. Although it is touted as a ‘clean’ technology, the nuclear industry has no mechanism for disposing of the radioactive waste it generates, only mechanisms for containing it, storing it for the million years it takes to break down, and accumulating more each day. And that’s when all goes well.

When it all goes wrong, as history has shown, the destruction is permanent. Radiation kills, maims and deforms. That is why nuclear is the oligarchy’s weapon of choice, and exactly why it should not be used for energy generation. Radioactivity creates so vast and deep an alteration of our ecology that now, as we reflect on ‘year 70″ of a million year waste cycle, it is obvious that the causal implications of continuing the nuclear experiment have not been considered by the scientific community entirely, if at all.

And yet, the world’s “nuclear weapon states” insist on marching toward M.A.D.ness, relying on faulty logic, one-eyed scientism and good old fashioned fear-mongering to justify it.

Their motive becomes clearer when we take into account the increasing amount of radiation, and the cumulative effect of radiation, electromagnetic pollution and geoengineering (chemtrails and HAARP) operations simultaneously contaminating our atmosphere. Interacting with radioactive and heavy metals in our atmosphere, electromagnetic energy has been shown to interfere with the human body and brain, which itself is electrical — in particular it disrupts cell growth, neural activity, cardiac function, hormone production and fertility

This toxic atmospheric cocktail creates the conditions for a global health crisis of unprecedented proportions. Enter the pharmacological industry to treat the symptoms but never the cause.

The effects of nuclear, chemical and electromagnetic programs amount to an assault on our health, our consciousness, and our very existence.

The Way Out
Considering the entirety of the nuclear experiment, one can’t help but to acknowledge the distorted modes of thinking, hidden agendas and damaging outcomes inherent in its operation.

It is time to get real. Power-brokers are playing political games with our planet and our health. As history continues to prove, the nuclear experiment cannot continue without dire physical and spiritual consequences, and we cannot consider ourselves at the peak of evolution or enlightenment on Earth while also being responsible for its ongoing devastation.

It’s time we start thinking outside the narrow confines of the political conventions and formality that led us here. What we need is a revolution.

We are not the 99% among the 1%, we are in fact the 99.99999999999999% — but we have been bullied into quietly observing the will of the bourgeois 0.0000000000000001% and accepting our biological and spiritual degradation as an unavoidable part of “postmodern living.”

It turns out that in order to solve the nuclear problem and stake a claim for our environmental future, we have to face the biggest bully on the block.

Nuclear experimentation is the biggest issue of our time, and of all time. Just as every piece of plastic we create will be with us for the next 10,000 years, every bit of radioactive waste we have ever produced and will ever produce (leak or no leak) will be with us for the next million years — that’s 40,000 human generations — poisoning everything it touches in perpetuity. That is a fact.

It is our collective ego that allows such a devastating program to continue unopposed; our unwillingness to examine the complex details facing us, our inability to see beyond our own lives and our own lifetime, and our ultimate decision to submit to the will of the nuclear/military industrial complex.

The greatest trick ‘the devil’ ever played was not tricking the world into thinking he doesn’t exist, but tricking the world into thinking he was not dangerous. Like all oligarchical power structures, this is also true of the nuclear war/energy oligarchy.

In his 1961 farewell address to the nation, President Eisenhower, the last military President of the U.S.A., warned us of the coming military industrial complex and, specifically, of the dangers of increased military spending, with government contracts being given to private military manufacturers. His warning went unheeded.
Unless we confront the complex reality of the military industrial complex, we will forever be stuck in a permanent state of war — a war on individuals, individuality, and consciousness itself. The “leaders” of nuclear nations have shown they have no intention to make peace but to make power plays and deals that profit their masters.

Nuclear arms cannot bring peace, and nuclear energy cannot bring sustainability. With the M.A.D.ness of nuclear experimentation constantly looming, there can be no peace.

The only way to stop the madness is to organize ourselves, and confront the institutions that run these programs. Until we begin to dismantle the nuclear arms and energy industries, nothing will change. Nothing will change but the radiation levels in our air and water, which will continue to go up. Nothing will change but the increased toxicity and degradation of our ecology. Nothing will change but the increased threat of Mutual Assured Destruction.

Radiation knows no bounds or borders. Until we all come together in a true brotherhood of humanity, where all colors and cultures, all hues of humanity, come together in clarity to save ourselves and our planet from the grim future we’re currently creating. We must demand that the institutions responsible for our energy, environment and security, that our policy, in word and deed, reflects our true role as custodians of the planet humanity calls home. It’s up to all of us.

Peace on Earth, only for real.

Ethan.

The Little Green Book of Revolution

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Ethan Indigo Smith’s The Little Green Book of Revolution is an inspirational book based on ideas of peaceful revolution, historical activism and caring for the Earth like Native Americans.
A pro-individual and anti-institutional look at the history of peaceful proactive revolution, it explores the environmental destruction inherent to our present energy distribution systems and offers ideas to counter the oligarchical institutions of the failing ‘New World Order’.

The Little Green Book of Revolution is available here on Amazon.

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About Ethan Indigo Smith:
Activist, author and Tai Chi teacher Ethan Indigo Smith was born on a farm in Maine and lived in Manhattan for a number of years before migrating west to Mendocino, California. Guided by a keen sense of integrity and humanity, Ethan’s work is both deeply connected and extremely insightful, blending philosophy, politics, activism, spirituality, meditation and a unique sense of humor.

The events of September 11, 2001 inspired him to write his first book, The Complete Patriot’s Guide to Oligarchical Collectivism, an insightful exploration of history, philosophy and contemporary politics. His more recent publications include:

Tibetan Fusion a book of simple meditative practices and movements that can help you access and balance your energy
The Little Green Book of Revolution an inspirational book based on ideas of peaceful revolution, historical activism and caring for the Earth like Native Americans
The Matrix of Four, The Philosophy of the Duality of Polarity on the subject of the development of individual consciousness
108 Steps to Be in The Zone a set of 108 meditative practices and steps toward self discovery and individual betterment, including techniques to develop balance, transmute sexual energy and better the self
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Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Obama’s Trade Deal In One Short Speech

May 24, 2015

Posted: 05/23/2015 5:56 pm EDT Updated: 05/23/2015 7:59 pm EDT

WASHINGTON — Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) took to the Senate floor Friday evening to make a point-by-point analysis of why a trade deal being negotiated by President Barack Obama would harm the United States.

Merkley’s comments came as the Senate voted to give Obama “fast track” authority that will allow him to negotiate a deal that Congress can then approve with an up or down vote, but cannot alter.

While Obama has said that the deal, called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, is “the most progressive framework for trade” the United States has ever had, Merkley argued on Friday that the deal would hurt American workers, increase inequality and undermine American sovereignty.

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“We are creating a structure of a group of seven very poor nations with very low wages, five affluent nations with higher wages, and think about the difference between running an operation on the mound or Malaysia or Mexico, with a minimum wage of less than $2 an hour, and in Vietnam with a minimum wage of 60 to 70 cents depending on what part of the country you’re in,” Merkley said. “Think about the difference between that and the minimum wage in the United States. It is a 10-to-1 differential.”

While Obama has claimed that the agreement contains tough environmental and labor standards, Merkley said that simply wasn’t the case and that the TPP wasn’t any different than other free trade agreements.

“In order to have something that was fundamentally different, we would have to have something like snap-back tariffs. A situation where a country deeply violated its promises on labor standards, deeply violated its promises on environmental standards, but there would be some sort of quick and certain reversal of the benefits of the trade agreement,” Merkley said. “But there is nothing like that in this agreement. There is no change. So here we are repeating the same basic structure of the other agreements with no changes for America and therefore no improvement for the workers of the United States of America.”

Merkley also said that the United States had brought just one labor enforcement case against a free trade partner, Guatemala, which the United States filed in 2010 and was still pursuing last year.

The Oregon Democrat added that the trade agreement would undermine U.S. sovereignty by allowing foreign countries to challenge American laws — like labeling requirements on meat and other food safety requirements — that could negatively impact them. A spokesman for United States Trade Representative Michael Froman told The Huffington Post last week that the trade agreement would not change existing food safety laws.

Obama has accused critics of his trade agreement of misleading the public, and has said publicly that he would welcome a debate on the facts. Those facts, however, are nearly impossible to determine because lawmakers can’t share the details of the deal with the public until after a trade agreement is reached.

Senate Debate Reveals Absurd Level Of Trade Deal Secrecy

May 24, 2015
Posted: 05/21/2015 6:41 pm EDT Updated: 05/22/2015 8:59 am EDT
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WASHINGTON — A revealing conversation on the Senate floor Thursday showed precisely how secretive President Barack Obama’s pending trade deals are, and the absurdity of arguments to the contrary.

Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sponsored a bill that would have required the administration to post a “scrubbed” copy of the trade deals well before Congress gives the president fast-track authority to jam them easily through Congress.

However, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) objected to bringing the bill forward. In response, Manchin and Warren made a few telling observations about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the vast trade agreement the U.S. is currently negotiating with 11 other nations.

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The pair noted that although legislators are allowed to look at the text of the TPP in a secure room, they are only allowed to do so under restrictions that make it nearly impossible to understand what they are reading.

First, they can’t bring expert staffers with them unless they have the right clearances, and the aides who have expertise in various relevant areas — for instance on the impacts on the environment or labor law — generally are not cleared.

Second, lawmakers can’t record anything, or take any notes from the room.

“They’ll give you a piece of paper if you want to take notes, but then you have to give them back the piece of paper,” Warren said.

The legislators can’t talk to anyone about what they’ve read, either.

“We are unable to take any notes or consider what we just saw unless we have a photographic memory and, unfortunately, I do not,” Manchin said. “I’ve tried to remember and look at things I knew I was looking for, but still it’s almost impossible to walk out of there having the ability to sit down and evaluate what you just saw.”

“I taught the uniform commercial code and the bankruptcy code. I am not afraid of hollow, technical language. But you’ve got to be able to dig into it, you’ve got to be able to spend time and figure out the cross-references and the terms of art,” Warren said. “It’s difficult, thick stuff to read, and it’s set up to minimize your capacity to track all the pieces about what’s happening.”

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, found the process so frustrating that he quipped recently, “Sometimes I feel — and I only say this half-jokingly — like we have more access to the Iran negotiations.”

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said in a recent interview that even with his more extensive staff, the clearance process was nearly impossible.

“Right now if you’re a staff member of the [Finance] Committee you can look at it. But if you’re one of my people who works for my intelligence staff that has clearance to see what’s going on with nukes or weapons anyplace in the world, or what’s going on with the CIA, they can do that, but they can’t look at that real precious agreement that they’ve drawn up,” he said.

Hatch admitted somewhat uncomfortably on Thursday that it’s hard to know what’s in the deal. “Look, I don’t know fully what’s in TPP myself,” he said. “And I’m going to be one of the most interested people on Earth when that comes.”

But, he argued that the bill moving through the Senate to give Obama his fast-track authority had plenty of transparency, since it requires any trade deal such as TPP to be made public 60 days before signing it with foreign partners, and another 60 days before Congress votes.

Hatch conveniently overlooked that fact that even if lawmakers find specific problems in a deal, there would be little they could do to stop it because fast-track allows no amendments and no filibusters.

The solution of posting a partially redacted version of a deal for everyone to see — before the president gets fast-track powers — isn’t a new idea, or even a Democratic one, Manchin said. He pointed out that President George W. Bush released the text of the Free Trade of the Americas Agreement.

“He did this months before he was granted fast-track authority,” Manchin said. “He wasn’t afraid to let us see. He wasn’t afraid of the American public to know what was in that … it didn’t squelch the deal. It didn’t harm anything.”

Confronted with those details, Hatch seemed somewhat bemused, but didn’t contradict them or back down and agree to a vote on the senators’ bill.

“We supported the president’s position, if I recall it correctly,” Hatch said when asked if he remembered Bush’s transparency.

Manchin and Warren had hoped to pass their bill as an amendment to the fast-track legislation, but it was clear after the Senate advanced the measure Thursday that they wouldn’t get the chance. Instead, they tried to get consent from Hatch to vote on it separately.

Ultimately, Hatch suggested the fast-track bill might not be great, but they were stuck with it.

“I think we’ve made this as palatable as we possibly can, under the circumstances,” Hatch said.

UPDATE: 8:41 p.m. — A spokesman for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, which is negotiating TPP, released this statement:

The Administration has taken unprecedented steps to increase the transparency of our trade negotiations. That includes working with Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle to make the full text of negotiations and easy to understand summaries of each chapter available to all members of Congress in the Capitol for the first time ever.

TPP negotiations are still ongoing. Once TPP is completed the public will have months to review the text online before it is even signed by the President and then more time before a vote is ever taken.

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