Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Hillary will sign TPP-Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe

The TPP doesn't effect trade so much. 

But it could create a boom in global warming.

In Pennsylvania and New York the TPP could allow fracking companies to sue local governments (The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) that regulate fracking. 

"This system thwarts the ability of governments to regulate in the public interest — including on health, safety, and environmental protection, although the U.S. summary of the TPP claims the contrary — by allowing corporations to claim damages for public interest regulations that they claim impact their profits."

The Moral Case Against the TPP

Thursday, March 31, 2016


By Rebecca Leber on 28 Jan 2016

The new pipelines criss crossing Pennsylvania are for exporting oil and gas overseas. The domestic market is saturated. And much of the international market for fossil fuel is saturated. 

Fossil fuel is dying. 

The more we invest in fossil fuel infrastructure the longer and slower it’s death. 

"While the fracking boom changed the country's dependence on foreign oil, it's the pipeline development that is reversing the U.S. from an energy importer to exporter.
That's a plan supported by the president and his federal agencies, including the commission that regulates pipeline development in Pennsylvania.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has received much scrutiny in the last year from landowners and environmentalists who say the agency favors industry, while private land is gobbled up for public use with little oversight.
"The big gorilla in the way is FERC," said Alex Bomstein, senior attorney for Clean Air Council in Philadelphia.
It's difficult to put a legal block in front of a pipeline before construction starts because the federal regulatory process overrides a lot of other decisions, attorneys say.
Simply put, a pipeline builder can cut down thousands of trees across Pennsylvania long before a county judge says it's allowed.
It's a complicated legal system that seems to apply to just this  industry. In many others, construction would have to cease while a legal challenge crawled through the court system.
But in Pennsylvania pipeline fights, landowners lose before a judge issues a ruling."

What clearly is not the public good is destroying our land and streams solely for the profits of big oil and gas corporations. 

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission represents big oil and gas companies. It has President Obama's approval. It has Hillary Clinton's approval. 

Everything wrong with our political system comes from big money in politics. The only campaign issue with guts behind it is getting rid of big money in politics.  

The only presidential candidate with guts, is Bernie Sanders.

Saturday, January 30, 2016


The terrorist militia occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge have the same goals as coal mine operators, oil and gas extraction industries. 

I think that Koch Network and other extraction industries use their influence to stop public officials from naming property rights, posse comatatus domestic terrorists as terrorists. 

Property rights terrorists are repeatedly engaged in property rights shootouts several times every year.

This Homeland Security team was pressured to disband by Republican Party officials:

"From Think Progress, July 27th 2011, Ben Armbruster writes in an article headlined - After Right-Wing pressure, DHS now has 'just one person' dealing with Domestic Terrorism. The greatest threat of large-scale attacks come from individuals and small groups of extremists who subscribe to radical Islamic or far right-wing ideologies, said Gary LaFree, director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, or START. Gary Ackerman, Research Director at START, said nationally, law enforcement has been focused since the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon in 2001 on the threat of Islamic terrorism, even as the threat from domestic anti-government groups has been growing.

“Some people believe we have taken our eye off the ball when it comes to domestic right-wing extremists,” he said.


By Mysoreback  
2012/08/06 · 10:21

"The Charleston church massacre tragically illustrates that the threat of radical-right terrorism must be taken seriously."


July 14, 2015

"I specifically asked Oath Keepers to protect my property and my rights until I got to court," Rock Barclay told television station KDVR. "That's why Oath Keepers is there."

By Max Cherney
April 23, 2015 | 12:30 pm

"The only safe place for coal in the 21st century is deep underground—these reforms will help keep more of it there."

Published on Friday, January 15, 2016 by Common Dreams

by Nadia Prupis,  staff writer

"If most ranchers adhere to the laws around the management of public lands, what’s behind these small, armed factions challenging that system?

Over the past several years, a network of politicians and militiamen have been trying to roll back federal authority over public lands with increasing intensity, as documented by the Center for Western Priorities (CWP). That group describes Utah state Rep. Ken Ivory (R) as the lynchpin of a growing movement in statehouses across the western United States. The idea that federal authority over public lands is illegitimate has caught the attention of a variety of extremist groups that are convinced the government will sooner or later turn arms against its own people.
The movement has two main channels: foot soldiers like Bundy and the Oath Keepers, who view themselves as the first line of armed resistance against government tyranny, and capitalists, who know that federal land rules are keeping valuable minerals in the ground. Bundy and his ilk have been involved in multiple other lower-profile provocations with federal agents over the past few years across western states. In that same time frame, the CWP has documented dozens of legislative efforts to loosen federal control of public lands, which would ultimately allow state lawmakers to start dishing out mining and drilling permits in wilderness areas that have been preserved by and for American taxpayers for hundreds of years.

In a final bit of irony, this latest militia dust-up stems from a law created in direct response to the perception that right-wing domestic terrorism was surging during the Clinton years.
The Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (AEDPA) created the five-year mandatory minimum sentences that the Hammonds face for arson on public property. That law sailed through a Republican Congress in the wake of the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. McVeigh and Nichols were inspired to that murderous act in part by the fatal standoffs between armed resistors and federal agents at Ruby Ridge and Waco in the early 1990s, where multiple people died and law enforcement were blamed for mishandling and escalating the situations.
Had anyone been killed by the fires the Hammonds set, they could have faced life imprisonment or even the death penalty under the AEDPA. But the rigidity of punishments that Bundy’s armed men are protesting today was established in law partly in response to the actions of their ideological forebears."

BY ALAN PYKE JAN 3, 2016 2:43 PM UPDATED: JAN 4, 2016 2:01 PM

The anti-government terrorist violence may just be getting started:

"After the FBI releases a video of the shooting of LaVoy Finicum antigovernment extremists release a call to action

The release late Thursday of FBI aerial video, showing the fatal shooting of Oregon refuge occupier LaVoy Finicum, was intended to dispel “inaccurate and inflammatory” accounts spreading on social media and in extremist circles.

But there are already indications the release may be used as a springboard for the extremist movement to make the 54-year-old Arizona rancher and foster parent a new icon for the antigovernment movement, much like Gordon Kahl became in the 1980s and Vicki Weaver in the 1990s.

A Pacific Northwest militia group issued a statement today, saying it “condemns the violent action taken by the Harney County Sheriff's Department along with the FBI in the shooting death of Mr. Lavoy Finicum.”

The statement released by the Pacific Patriots Network urged 'all Americans to come to Burns, Ore., to come to the aid of the American people standing against these violent, malicious and deceitful tactics.”


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Bundy "Militia" says This land ain't your land

"There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me
Sign was painted, said "private property"
But on the back side it didn't say nothing

This land was made for you and me"- Woody Guthrie

KCET Los Angeles
Re wild

by Chris Clarke January 12, 2016 7:00 PM

"It's been over a week since a group of armed far-right militiamen started to occupy the headquarters building at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Oregon. In that time, hundreds of articles have been published analyzing the actions, the intentions, the history and the character of the gang who's forced the closure of the 187,757-acre wildlife refuge, first protected by President Theodore Roosevelt in August 1908.

Some of the articles do a great job of delving into the group's loathing of science, or individual members' accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in government handouts while decrying government intrusion into their lives, or the notable lack of support the group is getting from the constituency it claims to represent.

But as cogent and informative as some of those essays have been, you don't really need to read them to get a sense of what the Malheur occupiers are after. Nor do you need to analyze the words coming from the group itself. Actions speak louder than words, as they say, and in this case the group's action says it all. They seized land that belongs to you, and now you can't go there. And they say they're just getting started…

Ken Ivory, a Republican state representative from Utah, has been roaming the West with an alluring pitch to cattle ranchers, farmers and conservatives upset with how Washington controls the wide-open public spaces out here: This land is your land, he says, and not the federal government's.

And the ultraconservatives of the 19th Century -- Bundy's predecessors -- opposed the Homestead Act. They had in mind an aristocratic West, where slaveholders could greatly expand their existing empires. A grassroots system of land distribution would have impeded their visions of plantations on the Colorado, the Arkansas, the San Joaquin and the Rio Grande. It wasn't until Secession, and the departure of pro-slavery senators from Washington, that the Homestead Act was able to make it to Lincoln's desk.

The Homestead Act wasn't without its major flaws. It contributed to the further displacement of Native people by encouraging massive settlement. It was designed by politicians accustomed to less-arid environments, where a family could support itself in some comfort on a quarter section. In Utah? Not so much.

And there's this: Since the feds did little to verify that homesteaders actually lived and farmed on the land in question, the Act was abused by ranchers. By strategically filing homestead claims on the West's sparse water sources, sometimes using their ranch hands as proxies, ranches were able to gain de facto exclusive control over broad swathes of public lands. If they denied other ranchers access to those water sources, they could essentially lock up thousands of acres of surrounding grazing lands for their own private use.

Tensions between struggling homesteaders and the often-wealthy cattle barons whose livestock surrounded them was so prevalent, and so entrenched, as to have become a standard Hollywood trope."


KCET Los Angeles
Re wild

by Chris Clarke January 12, 2016 7:00 PM

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Private Property-Miners Drillers-Ranchers-Terrorists-DHS

On the surface the private property battles in Oregon and Nevada seem to be between ranchers and the Bureau of Land Management. 

That’s on the surface. 
“I wonder when hunters and anglers in the West are finally going to take to the streets.
For 30 years, a handful of special interests has been trying to steal the public’s forests and rangelands. The faces of the Sagebrush Rebellion are shirttail bandits like Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who has spent a lifetime raping public rangeland in southern Nevada and has flouted federal law and court orders for the better part of 20 years, but Bundy and his confederates couldn’t get news coverage next to the comic strips in the Pahrump, Nevada, Valley Times if it weren’t for the potent financial, political, and legal backing they get from a much different band of activists — the billionaire supporters of organizations like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). 
With the big money behind it, the Sagebrush Rebellion simply won’t die. 
Selling a Birthright: What would the West be like without its federal lands? 
by Guest Essay | MAY 12, 2015
Republicans support miners & drillers. Like the Koch brothers and Exxon Mobil. 

In turn the Koch brothers & Exxon Mobil insure the Republicans win elections. 

Mineral extraction industries want ownership of Federal lands transferred to them.

"Sovereign Citizen Patriots" want Federal land transferred to private property owners called ranchers. 

But the big money behind the private property movement is mining and drilling companies. 

The reason Republicans call the Bundys "patriots" and not terrorists, has little to do with ranching and a lot to do with the mineral extraction industries. 

That leaves us with Republicans and Fox News supporting Sovereign Citizen terrorists in Oregon.  Do Republicans and Fox News also support the Oklahoma City bombing and numerous other Sovereign Citizen terrorist attacks? 

Maybe Republican's support of terrorism will stop at the next Sovereign Citizen mass murder, maybe not.