"The Trans Pacific Partnership includes provisions that would lead to extreme Internet censorship and undermine democracy and national sovereignty. I demand that my government oppose this agreement and refuse to sign."
WikiLeaks has released documents exposing an extreme internet censorship plan called the Trans-Pacific Partnership.1 The TPP is a secretive trade agreement negotiated behind closed doors with no democratic process.
We know from the leaked drafts that the TPP will make the Internet more expensive, censored, and policed.2 It undermines democracy and national sovereignty, and would force SOPA-like Internet censorship on the world.3
World leaders are meeting next week. This could be our last chance to stop the TPP before it’s too late.
1) WikiLeaks, “Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement” Read more
2) Public Knowledge, “What’s actually in the TPP?” Read more
3) The Guardian, “WikiLeaks publishes secret draft chapter of Trans-Pacific Partnership” Read more
Welcome World: "TOKYO — The Japanese village notorious for the dolphin hunt documented in the film "The Cove" has slaughtered a pod of dolphins but spared the youngest animals, activists said Tuesday.
Most of the dolphins caught by residents of the seaside village of Taiji on Monday were butchered Tuesday, except for two that will be sold to aquariums and six young animals that were released into the ocean, said Scott West, a member of the Sea Shepherd conservation group who is in Taiji as part of a campaign to protect the marine mammals.Leilani Munter, an environmental activist visiting Taiji from Charlotte, North Carolina, also witnessed the hunt and saw the dolphins being cut up in the slaugherhouse.
"There is nothing to prepare you for seeing it in person. I saw these beautiful dolphins being driven into the cove, and they came out dead bodies," she told The Associated Press.
For years, Taiji has held an annual dolphin hunt which begins in September and continues through March. It has traditionally sold the best-looking ones to aquariums and killed the rest.
But the Oscar-winning documentary – which showed how herded dolphins were stabbed in a cove that turned red with blood – has intensified international opposition to the slaughter.
Activists are organizing a protest Thursday at Japanese embassies around the world against the killings.
Unlike previous years, Taiji has been setting some of the captured dolphins free, probably because of the growing pressure, West said.
The village also has not killed any bottlenose dolphins, the same species as “Flipper” in the 1960s U.S. TV show. Instead, the victims have been risso dolphins and pilot whales, which are also dolphins but don’t have the distinctive pointed noses of bottlenoses, West said.
No bottlenose dolphins were caught Monday, he said.
Last month, Taiji fishermen captured about a dozen bottlenose dolphins, which are still swimming in a netted area in a harbor separate from the cove.
A European conservationist group, Black Fish, said it cut nets in that harbor last month but the dolphins did not escape.
The young dolphins released Tuesday appeared confused, perhaps looking for their parents, and it was unclear how well they will survive, West said.
The Taiji fishing spokesman was not available for comment.
Town officials have repeatedly defended the slaughter as a way to make a living in an area where the rocky landscape makes farming and livestock-raising difficult.
The town has also been trying to draw tourists to see its aquariums, where visitors can play with captive dolphins.
The Japanese government allows about 20,000 dolphins to be caught each year, and defends the hunts as traditional and argues that killing dolphins and whales is no different from raising cows or pigs for slaughter.
Most Japanese have never eaten dolphin meat and would find the idea unappetizing.
In addition to opposing the Taiji hunt, Sea Shepherd has also harassed Japanese whaling ships.
West said Sea Shepherd offered to buy the captured dolphins from Taiji fishermen, raising money through global donations, but that was rejected.” - HuffPost
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Two years ago, a man in Tunisia named Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in the nation’s capital city out of desperation over the economy, setting off the overthrow of Ben Ali’s government.
A few days ago, this man set up a camera and tripod, doused himself in gasoline, and set himself on fire on the national mall. He later died from his injuries.
Share this photo if you want to know the identity of this man and his motives. Click here to file a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) with the DC police department, who is still withholding that information- http://1.usa.gov/zhGM37
Breakthrough Energy Movement Hosting Conference 10th-12th October, Boulder, CO
The Global Breakthrough Energy Movement (BEM) is hosting a three day conference with 30 notable scientists, industry insiders, and creative thinkers. The BEM program integrates the science, implications, and future directions for the implementation of Free Energy solutions. This year’s conference will be held at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where we have reserved three conference rooms for presentations, one room to showcase movies related to BE technology, and another room to display technology and provide information about other organization related to this work. Technologies to be discussed include zero point, magnetic, hydro, plasma, and cold fusion LENR. Panel discussions will allow participants to formulate strategies for the sharing of research, rolling out prototypes, and funding the large scale manufacturing of BE products.
The public is demanding for decentralization of resources such as energy, medicine, food, water, media, and education. Conscious objectors from countries like Greece and Spain have launched public demonstrations in the millions who echo the sentiments of the global occupation movement.
Several speakers will be sharing resources for do-it-yourself BE projects in an open source format. The message of the BEM conference is balanced to empower participants with knowledge. “I support The BEM Conference and its roster of many of my heroes”. — Foster Gamble, energy activist and producer of ‘Thrive’
My friend and associate, Michael Riversong, sent out the following email this evening regarding his Tesla Academy.
To appreciate why this has particular impact on me, bear in mind that I was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. And the upcoming Global Breakthrough Energy Movement Conference is scheduled for October 10-12 at the University of Colorado in Boulder. [Show will go on, says Jeroen.]
As of three days ago, half of the buildings on the campus were damaged by the flooding in Boulder, and the campus was closed for the day.
Some reports, such as Discover Magazine Blog, were calling this a 1000-year event. That was yesterday. When I went just now to get a link to one of those, Google posted the following notice at the top of the search page:
Flash Flood Watch
10 hours ago – National Weather Service
Potential for flash flooding in the mountains, Front Range foothills [Boulder], Palmer Divide, and adjacent Plains this afternoon through Sunday afternoon … additional heavy rainfall …
Here’s an update on the cumulative rainfall as of Sept. 15, 5:30 pm Mountain. Boulder is still in the lead, with 18.55 inches since Tuesday. Correction: that is when this aired on TV, but the data was not updated. A later broadcast said that the Boulder accumulation was probably closer to 20 inches.
Sent: Saturday, September 14, 2013 9:08 PM [Mountain]
Subject: [NEC-Forum] Friends & Family Bulletin 9/14/13
Flooding continues in Northern Colorado. Conditions are chaotic in many places. You’ve probably seen some news reports, and none of them can even begin to portray the scope of this disaster. It covers a huge area. The main highway through Fort Collins, Loveland, Berthoud, and Longmont is closed in several places. Several main roads have been completely demolished. Every mountain canyon along the Front Range has been heavily damaged. Thousands of people have been forced from their homes, mostly along rivers but even many on higher ground. Among those people are many friends.
At this point i am officially a “displaced resident of Colorado”. Am safe, warm, and dry with friends in Cheyenne. Have some work here, and transportation works fairly well within the city. We have some threats of flooding as we are on the edge of this giant storm, but so far there have been no serious problems.
I knew we were in trouble back on Wednesday. Had 2 doctor appointments that day which meant a lot of bus travel. Twice i got completely drenched during short walks. Have hardly ever in my life seen rain that heavy in this region. After discovering that the rain had been like that in spots all the way into New Mexico, it became clear that normal life would soon end for many people.
Then the Sustainable Living Fair was cancelled for the weekend. Their site has become a lake. That is a key event, drawing thousands of people. My organization, Tesla Academy, was to have an educational table there. Due to the severity of the damage, it will be impossible to schedule an alternative date this year. The sponsoring organization has a lot of bills to pay, and they may not be able to survive. Go to their web site to see how you might be able to help: www.sustainablelivingfair.org
At this point the continued survival of Tesla Academy is in doubt. We’ve existed on very little support for a long time. Losing that key event is not too much of a financial setback, but it dramatically decreases the scope of our work. We have few opportunities to see large numbers of people at once. Not being able to work this weekend has been heartbreaking.
Many things are up in the air at this point. That includes a lot more rain expected over the next few days, which could cause many more changes in living conditions and infrastructure throughout my home area. Most of my medications and some equipment currently remains stranded in Fort Collins (at the Mennonite Church). It has so far not been possible to replace all the medications from sources here in Cheyenne. Transportation between the cities is always difficult, and over the next several days it may be impossible. We will soon see exactly how much i needed those medications.
Overall, i’m in better shape than many people, thanks to these friends in Cheyenne. There may be some substitute teaching work over the next few days which would help a lot. The main thing i can do for other people who have been displaced by flooding is show up and play comforting music for them. If you know of any times & places that could be arranged, or could otherwise help facilitate such performances, please get in communication right away. By policy, it is always ok for you to pass my contact information on to anyone else. Thank you.
Hopefully he can get his medications! Or have a miracle.
When we talk about extreme weather events, we can’t rule out the possibility of weather control or manipulation by the corrupt powers that be for some darker agenda. They certainly have the ability to tweak and even outright stear weather. Are they behind the Colorado Deluge? If so, what is their agenda? I doubt it’s to shut down Michael Riversong’s Tesla Academy; but it could be to further break the back of the American people so that the conspirators can bring in their global police state. Considering that Denver is in some regards one of the headquarters of the cabal, why would they target this area? Cleaning house? In-fighting?
A friend in Boulder who I’ve been talking to about this storm said that a friend of his saw a bunch of chemtrails prior to the arrival of this weather. The “What in the World are they Spraying” documentary described that cause-effect relationship, though we are probably just babes in our understanding about how these things play out.
Report from Lyons
Sam Keene, the dad of one of my friends growing up in Boulder, who I stayed with a couple of years ago when I finally took my wife and kids to visit Boulder, gave the following report on September 16, 2013. Sam worked at NIST where my dad also worked. (Excerpt, slightly edited.)
Sent: Monday, September 16, 2013 10:36 PM Subject: Fwd: Hwy 36 to Pinewood Springs
Thanks to all those of you who have expressed their concern and cares.
This is the worst storm in our town history. Our town of Lyons (and possibly near-by Estes Park) received the brunt of it. Lyons is being labelled “an isolated Island” from this storm. 140 homes in our small town have been destroyed. We have been without public service power, internet and cell phone for the past 5 days. There was continuing fear the Button rock dam, upstream would break. That would have erased our town, probably forever. We are high enough that even that water might not have reached our place.
Lyons Colorado gets an average of 15 inches precipitation per year. We just got 16 inches in 5 days. Our ranch is 2 miles from town and several hundred feet above the town. This deluge has triggered our 3 seasonal streams, to run full bore across it. Our losses were minimal, e.g. dirt road washout and some roof leaks. Our roof had been compromised by 1-1/2 inch size hail storm on June 28, and the roofer was scheduled for replacement this month. That hail storm was also a first for us. Some highlights (low lights) of this flooding:
o We have lots of folks from FMEA, national guard, emergency,fire and EMT, animal rescue, salvation army — folks from all over. o A local backhoe operator, who is a friend of the family, starting placing boulders just upstream from the 5th street bridge abutment to slow the water impact. A FMEA representative told him he did not have the authority to do that, and he should stop, or he could be sued. His response, “Sue me”. He was joined by a second back hoe operator, and their efforts saved this bridge (the only bridge saved in Lyons. 3 car bridges and 2 foot bridges were washed out). o The St Vrain river, running through town swelled from 30 feet wide to 300 feet wide in places o The Lyons City Sewer plant was pulled off its moorings and is gone. City water is now contaminated. No city utilities remain, and everyone is requested to leave, and they are not permitted to return until some future time TBA. o Manhole covers are fountains as run off, fountains up. o Our ranch is sustainable. Our water comes from a well. We have our own septic system (local sewer) and power generation. o We housed two families over night last Friday, after we found them drenched and wandering cold in the rain, going cross country in search of shelter.Their home, trucks and RV’s and their road went down the river. They lived 4.9 miles up river. One of these two men found his ski boot in the river below our place. This boot had been in their RV. Their home had been outside the 100 year flood plain. The pain and suffering over their loss, and others loss in town, is unimaginable. o A good point! There is a STRONG sense of community here, as neighbors pulled together to help each other out. Wonderful camaraderie. o We held local church services in our home this past Sunday for those who could reach our place.
We feel grateful to have been mostly spared from this disaster. Sam :–) ________________ Samuel Keene, PhD, FIEEE Six Sigma MBB Past President, IEEE Reliability Society BOD Technology Management Council POB 337 Lyons, CO 80540
Since the beginning of June this year, we have been occupying Unit 8 of the White Castle Timber Sale. We are tree-sitting and physically blockading logging of this ecosystem because we are opposed to the destruction of native forests in the name of bad science, clearcutting and what this timber sale proposes for the future of forestry practices in Oregon.
The BLM is proposing a closure that would restrict access to the timber sale. For more information about the closure, read this. We are asking for people to send comments to the BLM voicing their opposition to the closure by writing to: BLM_OR_RB_Mail@blm.gov. Thank you!
We will stay until the timber sale is dropped and the forest is protected. The weather and law enforcement are likely to get less friendlier but we will persevere. Too much is already gone to not fight for what remains. And we need your help! We need folks to join us in the woods, help us collect and transport supplies and we need folks to keep spreading the word.
If you want to come out to the woods or support us get in touch by emailing us at email@example.com. We have open weekly meetings Mondays at five in the Owens Rose Garden in Eugene, OR, which all are invited to attend if you are interested in finding out more of what we are about or want to find a way to plug in.
The White Castle Variable Retention Harvest (VRH) or the Roseburg BLM Pilot Project is 190 acre clearcut near the town of Myrtle Creek in southern Oregon. All of the timber sale is within area proposed as critical habitat for the survival of the Northern Spotted Owl and is in the home range of five different owl pairs. Located in between the ‘dry eastside’ and ‘moist westside’ forests, White Castle has incredible biodiversity, with Western Red Cedars and Sugar Pines, swamp ecosystems beside poison oak patches. White Castle is also located within the watershed of Myrtle Creek and the surrounding communities.
To view the Timber Sale prospectus ( the document that the BLM produces giving you all the information about logging plans and ecosystems of a given timber sale) follow this link
A ‘Variable Retention Harvest’ (VRH) , as far as we can tell, is the new code for clearcut that is proposed on Bureau of Land Management land in Oregon. VRH clearcuts 70% of a forest leaving the remaining 30% in little scattered patches. The science, developed by Drs. Norm Johnson and Jerry Franklin, is that there is not enough young forest around for species that need more meadow-like habitat, like butterflies and moths. We refute this by encouraging people to go take a look outside anywhere in Oregon. Less than 5% of Oregon’s forest have not been clearcut while the Bureau of Land Management harvests of millions of board feet annually. We view variable retention harvests as an attempt by the BLM to cut the last of the old forests look like something that is good for the environment and endangered species.
The BLM states three needs that this the White Castle Variable Retention Harvest will fulfill.
First: “to create complex, early successional habitat that will function for up to thirty years.” The main problem with this premise is that early successional (young) forest is abundant on the landscape. The BLM argues that the existing young forest is not of high quality, but failed to define the metrics of this quality. Even if the BLM had demonstrated a need to create this type of habitat, there is no need to sacrifice mature native forest to accomplish these goals. Restoration thinning on a previously cut plantation would serve the same ends and be much more environmentally appropriate.
Second: “for the purpose of applying Recovery Actions from the Northern Spotted Owl Recovery Plan.” The first premise of this plan is to protect the best of the spotted owl’s remaining habitat. This sale is inside of the home range of five northern spotted owls and is designated critical habitat. The White Castle project would destroy the very habitat which the Northern Spotted Owl Recovery Plan proposes to protect.
Third: “to design and offer timber sales that will provide jobs and contribute timber for manufacturing.” It’s true that rural communities like Myrtle Creek are somewhat dependent on timber revenues, but there can be projects which can provide these opportunities while serving actual ecological needs. The BLM has created an unacceptable plan to log native forest and should shoulder the blame for failing to provide appropriate projects which would meet ecological and economic goals.
While variable retention harvests and the beauty of White Castle are enough reason to blockade as is, the timber sale is also tied into wider battle of the fate of public lands in the Northwest. The O & C Lands make up more 2.5 million acres of forest and the many proposals currently exist to try to use these lands as a cure to county budget problems, shortage of profits for timber companies all the while trying to maintain the facade of ‘it being good for the environment’. Variable retention harvests are the BLM’s own solution to opening up the cut while keeping environmentalists happy and White Castle is one of the first proposed sales of this new variety on the O. We are not interested in any proposal or course of action that sacrifices the remaining forests for short term solutions. We hope that the fate of the O&C Lands supports the longterm survival of both Oregon’s ecosystems and people.
Some 150 indigenous people affected by the construction of the Belo Monte dam complex in the Brazilian Amazon occupied one of the project’s principle work camps yesterday, halting construction activities on a section of the world’s third largest dam. Members of the local Parakanã and Juruna indigenous communities blocked a main access road to demand that the dam-building consortium Norte Energia respect its obligation to remove land invaders from local indigenous territories in compliance with mandated conditions meant to mitigate the dam’s serious socio-environmental impacts.
After negotiations with local authorities, indigenous leaders agreed to travel to Brasilia to meet today with President Rousseff’s Chief of Staff Gilberto Carvalho and the President of Brazil’s Indigenous Foundation FUNAI Maria Augusta Boulitreau Assirati in an effort to secure their demands.