Here is a roundup of some of the relevant/related articles and issues which have come to my attention.
But first, I have found myself stewing about not doing more. I was actually condemning myself for what I was seeing as me doing practically nothing about our topic. I knew that what was happening was that I was entering into a spiral of thought that would take me to a place where my action would freeze altogether. Then a comforting analogy entered my mind and I would like to share it with you, just in case any of you are ever plagued with a similar destructive self-talk.
The analogy I now use in my own thinking when I fall into the trap of self-condemnation at not doing more is the one about the battery. Yes, we know that there are some huge batteries out there that power cars, boats, and other huge mechanical and electrical devices, etc. I know that I am not of that power....but I try to keep in mind that there is a GREAT need for the D Cell, C Cell, AA, AAA and others down to the humble tiny hearing aid batteries which some people rely on for safety and quality of life. Truly the issue is not size, but reliability and constancy.
I know that I can do more, and I seek to, but the self-condemnation aspect is not helpful nor constructive. So this humble little hearing aid battery will continue to plug away at whatever little step is the next one to take. (Maybe one day I might grow up to be at least a AAA! :-D)
I guess the point is, ALL of the different levels of battery size make a difference in the lives of all of us, and we need each one and are grateful for them all. Thanks again to all of you for remaining aware of and working as you are able on this Agenda 21 issue.
If I have missed something of urgent proportions, please notify me and we shall seek to rectify it!
1)WORLDWIDE FOOD SUPPLY
The CSPAN video runs 01:12:41
June 24, Aspen CO, Aspen Institute
Opening Footer shows:
“Rio+20 - UN Conference on Sustainable Development in June, 20 years after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio” It focuses especially on agriculture.
Panel discussing the issues are:
Dan Glickman - Former US Representative, D-Kansas 1977-95 - Former Clinton Ag Secretary 1995-01. Talks about the farm bill passed recently in congress. States there is a disconnect between the issue in the US govt (pay the farmers subsidies) and the way the problem is being dealt with at the Aspen gathering. - Research budget has “gone to hell.” - Was in Mozambique and told about use of fertilizer being used “more intelligently”, but no roads to get food to market. - Research Issue: 150th Anniversary of the Lincoln Morrell Act which created the Land Grant College
Dennis Dimick - National Geographic Magazine, Executive Editor for the Environment - Studied ag in college
John Foley - Speaks about “Challenges in Agriculture.” - University of Minnesota, Institute on the Environment Director - Says we need to stop the “wrong thinking which is ‘we’ll simply grow more’” Discusses water, grain conversion efficiency. “Earth Collaboratory - use social networks” to solve problems
Jason Clay - World Wildlife Fund - Senior VP of Market Transformation - Talks of consumption issue - need to measure because if we measure, we can manage them better. Need to measure waste, fertilizer, etc
Chris Reij - World Resources Institute Senior Fellow - Production systems - Studies on high population densities - tells somewhat self serving story about him sitting on a plane with a secretary to someone high in the government of an African nation (Niger?) and gets a meeting with that nation’s president. The president asked him to write a presentation for him to present at the Rio gathering. Reij reports that the president used the presentation in several other settings as well.
Background set of the video has the words,”Living in the New Normal”
“Henry George: We must make land common property - inch by inch”
PGA Weblog ^
Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 12:33:17 PM by ProgressingAmerica
In “Progress and Poverty” (1879) on page 295, Henry George wrote the following:
We have traced the unequal distribution of wealth which is the curse and menace of modern civilization to the institution of private property in land. We have seen that so long as this institution exists no increase in productive power can permanently benefit the masses; but, on the contrary, must tend still further to depress their condition. We have examined all the remedies, short of the abolition of private property in land, which are currently relied on or proposed for the relief of poverty and the better distribution of wealth, and have found them all inefficacious or impracticable.
There is but one way to remove an eviland that is to remove its cause. Poverty deepens as wealth increases, and wages are forced down while productive power grows, because land, which is the source of all wealth and the field of all labor, is monopolized. To extirpate poverty, to make wages what justice commands they should be, the full earnings of the laborer, we must therefore substitute for the individual ownership of land a common ownership. Nothing else will go to the cause of the evilin nothing else is there the slightest hope.”....SNIP
3) MIDWEST ENERGY GRID
GAO: EPA rules to cause energy price increases in Midwest, compromise electric grid
Washington Examiner ^ | 8/16/12 | Joel Gehrke
“Four coal industry regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will likely cause electricity prices to rise and may compromise electric grid reliability especially in the Midwest and South according to the Government Accountability Office.”...SNIP
4)RADIO - REMINDER
AGENDA 21 RADIO
Agenda 21 Radio airs on Saturdays from 4:00 to 6:00 a.m. PT on KMYC 1410AM in Marysville, (Northern) CA
Watch and listen online at http://www.mysytv.com
Call in questions at 1-877-211-4525 or 530-742-5555
E-mail the host at email@example.com
Lawsuit over roads in Tahoe Forest west of Reno
ap ^ | Aug. 19, 2012
A national group representing off-highway recreationists is suing the U.S. Forest Service to try to overturn a new travel management plan on national forest lands in the Sierra west of Reno they say is overly restrictive. The Pacific Legal Foundation said in a lawsuit filed recently the agency plan adopted in 2010 illegally closed more than 800 miles of roads and trails the public has used for years in the Tahoe National Forest...
6) ARIZONA - Cochise County Tea Party
One of participants gives us this update on Arizona with two emails:
a)Subject: U.N. AGENDA 21 - Just Posted - Update of the EPA Meeting last night in Benson
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2012 14:21:18 -0700
Friends Against Agenda 21,
Here is an example of Tea Party Patriots working for the Community, Joanne a very hard working tea party leader and tea party members combating together the EPA. The Cochise County Tea Party have been at this a long time and it is slowly paying off for them. I have a great deal of respect for active Tea Parties and all there members, that get the job done for the people in the Community. This should be County and town administrators doing this work. Not to say that there are some good administrators looking out for the people and their interest, but not enough of them.
Please go to the link below and read the report from the night before. WOW, this is what it takes, plenty of good people well educated in the issues, Joanne did a great job in reporting the nights event. With our ongoing education sessions and some lessons learned such as Cochise Countys and others that we can share, we too can have some success, and we will! Again I thank Joanne and the Tea Party Patriots of Cochise County for sharing this event with us. God be With you, Bill
b)Subject: Just Posted [ August 16, 2012 1:09 PM]
- Update of the EPA Meeting last night in Benson
I just posted a synopsis of the EPA Hearing last night in Benson. There was over 300 people that showed up and I thank all of you who came to show the Fed’l representatives that they should NOT mess with Cochise County. (apparently the IRC didn’t send the EPA the memo....)
Check it out on the forum:
THANK YOU, thank you, thank you
questions, comments firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit Tea Party Cochise County at: http://teapartycochisecounty.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network
7) GOOGLE and SUPPLEMENTS
Google Shopping blocks all vitamins and natural products -glitch or deliberate censorship?
Natural News ^ | 8-19-12 | Ethan A. Huff
Post 4 explains: “He means in the Shopping search, on google. Nothing turns up there. Google is changing the nature of their shopping search, however. I dont know if this is related.”
Post 7 adds: “Also, banned all guns and ammo..No more Buds Guns or Midway USA.
8) ARIZONA - Tombstone
Out Of Touch President Obama Fiddles While Tombstone, AZ Burns
Forbes ^ | 8/13/2012 | Ralph Benko
Welcome to the Wild West, 2012 style. The Feds to Tombstone: If you want to fix your water line, better lawyer up and talk to President Obama.... SNIP
“Obama, is truly the out of touch candidate. The U.S. Forest Service of which the president is ultimate boss is preventing, on the flimsiest of excuses, Tombstone Arizona from rebuilding its water pipeline. Obama, conniving, is putting Tombstone, a fixture of American history, in mortal danger....” SNIP
Felt it on my heart to let all of you know about these following threads in case you missed them!
A) DAVE BARTON CAPITOL TOUR
Well worth the 8 minutes
B) PRAY FOR AMERICA
For those inclined and have not found the thread yet, I want to bring your attention to a particularly (imho) annointed prayer offered Aug 18 on DarthVader’s thread, “Pray For The Salvation And Restoration Of America” (8/18/2012)[Prayer]| The Holy Scriptures (Psalms 37 and 94)
C) OPSEC and OBAMA
For those who may have missed this:
Special Operations OPSEC targets Obama for reckless intelligence leaks
Red State ^ | August 16, 2012 | Dan Spencer
TAMPA COULD BE ONE OF AMERICA’S FIRST SHARIA COMPLIANT CITIES!
Florida Family Policy Council & Tea Party Ft. Lauderdale ^ | August 21, 2012 |
E) ROUNDUP of VETERANS
Vets Being Rounded Up Nationwide?
Western Journalism ^ | August 24, 2012
Glen Beck interview
Worth the 14 minutes, imho
What I think that a lot of people are missing is what Glenn Beck used to warn us about, always watching what Obama is doing with the other hand. I was doing this in regard to coal, Obama waging war against privately owned coal mines in the East and promoting and subsidizing sub-bituminous coal in the West, on federally leased lands, mostly owned by Indian tribes.
What I wasn’t doing is watching what Obama’s left hand was doing in other segments of the economy, like the new union owned bank, Amalgamated, to which the DNC is moving their funds after the election. There is some speculation that GM is also about to make use of the union owned bank.
Then there is the energy sector, where Obama has tried to shut down operations on all federally leased lands, but has not been able to control the drilling on private land. We just learned this week that the investment company that we all thought was saving the oil refining in the Philadelphia area is partly owned by government unions from CA and NY and has been in trouble with the state of NY for kickbacks and payoffs. - more union involvement in another economic sector.
Finally, there is Obamacare, which we should never forget, is NOT about health care or health insurance, it’s about the unionization of 1/5 of the work force under a single government union.
Win or lose in November, Obama is moving forward with his agenda of unionization of the American economy in order to use the unions to control commerce and industry, and now entering banking, as well. This is all leading to the Agenda 21, the SEIU is an international union.
Thanks for the ping!
I wonder how they describe/define the “new normal?”