Sunday, November 23, 2014

PNN _JAZZ Artists and a side of Producer

PNN - 11/23/14

Nicky & Debbie Orta 7:15 - 8:05pm

Tony Sinatra              8:06 - 8:55pm
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1. FLORIDA NUCLEAR PLANT FLOODING… OOPS!

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is stepping up oversight of one of two units at Florida Power & Light Co.’s St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant after about 50,000 gallons of water entered a reactor auxiliary building during heavy rains in January, according to the NRC.
The incident at the nuclear plant on Hutchinson Island occurred Jan. 9, when more than 7 inches of rain fell on the site, a report states. A blocked storm drain system played a role.
“During the event, stormwater entered the reactor auxiliary building … through degraded electrical conduits that were later found not to have internal flood seals,” a report states.
Both units were operating at 100 percent at the time.
By comparison, 50,000 gallons is about the amount held by a 25-by-45-foot swimming pool with an average depth of 6 feet.
The finding was described as being “of low to moderate safety significance.”
On a color-coded scale of green, white, yellow and red, with red being the most significant and green the least, this classified as white.
FPL didn’t argue with the significance of the findings, and agreed to make corrections.
Joey Ledford, NRC public affairs officer, said the auxiliary building houses safety-related equipment. He described it as equipment, such as pumps and valves, important to safely shut down the reactor in the event of an accident.
“Fifty thousand gallons of water sounds like an immense amount, and it is a pretty large amount, but none of the safety equipment was damaged,” Ledford said.
Greg Brostowicz, FPL spokesman, said the issue didn’t present any risk to the health and safety of workers or the public.
“In an abundance of caution, in some areas we’ve gone so far as to protect to twice the height of the flooding protection required,” he said.
The NRC also found a violation related to failing to provide “complete and accurate information on the condition of the flood barriers at St. Lucie,” a release states.
Ledford, who said two NRC inspectors are at the St. Lucie plant, said that after the 2011 Fukushima accident in Japan, the NRC “issued a number of orders and requests for more information.”
“One of the things that St. Lucie and other plants were asked to do, was to assess their plants’ ability to handle floods, as well as other events like seismic (events),” he said. “In their walk downs and their inspection, they should have identified this problem before this happened, and they did not.”
Ledford said the stepped-up oversight means additional inspections “until they return to normal oversight in a period to be determined.”
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2. GERRYMANDERING CONSULTANTS NO LONGER ABLE TO SHEILD
EMAIL/Consultations

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/newmercurymedia/2014/11/24/progressive-news-network--jazz-and-the-producer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — After a bitter legal tussle that has veered between federal and state courts, hundreds of pages of documents and emails that could expose the role that Republican consultants played in drawing new Florida congressional districts will likely finally be made public.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Friday turned down an emergency request from a GOP consultant to block the release of documents from Florida's redistricting process. The Florida Supreme Court has already ordered the unsealing of the documents on Dec. 1.
Pat Bainter and his Gainesville-based firm Data Targeting had filed an emergency petition to Thomas asking that the documents remain sealed until at least February.
But Thomas, who is responsible for handling emergency appeals from Florida, turned down the request without comment on Friday.
A circuit judge cited the 538 pages of documents and emails as one reason why he ruled this summer that the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature violated voter approved standards that say congressional districts cannot be drawn to favor any political party or incumbent.
Bainter's lawyers maintained release of the documents would violate his First Amendment rights as well as trade secrets. But the state Supreme Court rejected that argument, pointing out that Bainter had engaged "gamesmanship" and had waited until the last moment to assert that releasing the documents would violate First Amendment rights. The high court ruling noted that at one point Bainter had maintained he had no real role in redistricting and that he had an "after the fact interest."
Media organizations, including The Associated Press, had asked in a friend of the court brief for the documents to be released.
Lawyers who represented the groups challenging the districts said the records will reveal the "shadow process" they said existed between the consultants and legislators to violate the "Fair Districts" standards adopted by voters in 2010.
Judge Terry Lewis in July agreed there was enough evidence to show that consultants helped manipulate the process and ruled that two districts were invalid. Legislators in August adopted a new map that alters seven of the state's existing 27 districts and shifts nearly 400,000 voters in central and north Florida. Those changes, however, will not take effect until the 2016 elections.
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A previous version of this story stated the entire U.S. Supreme Court turned down the request. The request was turned down by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

3. texas regulation (fail)
Four workers died at DuPont's chemical plant in La Porte after being exposed to a chemical called methyl mercaptan. Federal and state officials have launched an investigation. Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in La Porte. ( Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle )

4. Japan's nuclear cleanup stymied by water woes
OKUMA, Japan (AP) - More than three years into the massive cleanup of Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant, only a tiny fraction of the workers are focused on key tasks such as preparing for the dismantling of the broken reactors and removing radioactive fuel rods.
Instead, nearly all the workers at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant are devoted to an enormously distracting problem: a still-growing amount of contaminated water used to keep the damaged reactors from overheating. The amount has been swelled further by groundwater entering the reactor buildings.
Hundreds of huge blue and gray tanks to store the radioactive water, and buildings holding water treatment equipment are rapidly taking over the plant, where the cores of three reactors melted following a 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Workers were building more tanks during a visit to the complex Wednesday by foreign media, including The Associated Press.
"The contaminated water is a most pressing issue that we must tackle. There is no doubt about that," said Akira Ono, head of the plant. "Our effort to mitigate the problem is at its peak now. Though I cannot say exactly when, I hope things start getting better when the measures start taking effect."
The numbers tell the story.
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6,000 WORKERS
Every day, about 6,000 workers pass through the guarded gate of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant on the Pacific coast - two to three times more than when it was actually producing electricity.
On a recent work day, about 100 workers were dismantling a makeshift roof over one of the reactor buildings, and about a dozen others were removing fuel rods from a cooling pool. Most of the rest were dealing with the contaminated water, said Tatsuhiro Yamagishi, a spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power Co., or TEPCO, the utility that owns the plant.
The work threatens to exhaust the supply of workers for other tasks, since employees must stop working when they reach annual radiation exposure limits. Experts say it is crucial to reduce the amount and radioactivity of the contaminated water to decrease the risk of exposure to workers and the environmental impact before the decommissioning work gets closer to the highly contaminated core areas.
5. Strong Earthquake strikes japan
A strong earthquake in the mountainous area of central Japan that hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics destroyed more than half a dozen homes in a ski resort town and injured at least 30 people, officials said.
The magnitude-6.8 earthquake struck Saturday near Nagano city shortly after 10 p.m. (1300 GMT) at a depth of 10 kilometres, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake's magnitude at 6.2. Since the quake occurred inland, there was no possibility of a tsunami.
Ryo Nishino, a restaurant owner in Hakuba, a ski town west of Nagano, told Japanese broadcaster NHK that he had "never experienced a quake that shook so hard. The sideways shaking was enormous." He said he was in the restaurant's wine cellar when the quake struck, and that nothing broke there.


6. Ferguson police email deletion and search questioned
ST. LOUIS - For the past weeks, 5 On Your Side Investigates has been pouring through more than 2,000 pages of Sunshine Law requests concerning Ferguson, looking for information you haven't heard before.
Missouri has a public records law – the "Sunshine Law" -- so you can find out what public officials are doing – and how your tax dollars are being spent.
5 On Your Side is trying to examine what local officials were saying to each other in emails after the shooting in Ferguson.
The documents we've uncovered raise new questions about what has – and has not been released.
It's something concerned citizens have wondered about since the day Michael Brown died.
Would emails between Ferguson police and other officials shed any light on the shooting, the protests, law enforcement and National Guard reaction?
We reviewed copies of open records requests from reporters and private citizens across the country, and around the world, that flooded Ferguson in the days and weeks after the shooting.
Many of them asking for those emails.
But one request stands out, from a reporter whose name may forever be associated with Ferguson's open records searches, Jason Leopold.
"I wanted every officer's inbox to be searched," Leopold said in an interview with 5 On Your Side. "I had assumed all the email boxes were searched."
Leopold, with the international online news channel Vice News filed, an open records request asking for "any and all emails" police sent about Brown and the protests in the five weeks that followed.
He made national headlines when he had to pay $1200 for the search which produced seven email exchanges he published.
That's right, just seven emails, in more than a month.
When we asked about the city's search procedures, Ferguson's city manager issued a statement.
"The City has instructed the contractor to search all emails on the system," said Ferguson City Manager John Shaw. "Including deleted emails for the keywords provided by the requester."
But we started asking more questions when we discovered a report on the email search.
It's from Acumen Consulting, the St. Louis-based company the city hired to do the email search.
One line describes the search process.
"Per City of Ferguson policy, it is assumed at this time that no one has violated the 'no email deletions' policy," the document sent by Acumen to Ferguson says.
What's that mean? Two computer experts we consulted called it unusual.
"This does not appear to be a thorough search," said Minneapolis based cyber-security expert Mark Lanterman.
Lanterman says although the consultant may have searched for some deleted emails, the only comprehensive way to do a search is to look for deleted – and purged deleted - emails, too.
That's because even after you hit delete – and clean out your trash box – they sometimes survive deep in a computer's memory.
But if you check the email search contract, there is a section called "Assumptions and Conditions."
The "Assumptions and Conditions" clause from Acumen states: "It is our understanding that no one has intentionally deleted or purged email."
St. Louis computer expert Vinnie Troia says making an assumption like that is like putting blinders on the search, and in his professional opinion, the Ferguson email search was not complete.
"It isn't," Troia said. "As you're looking at a forensic process, the first thing you're looking at is deleted items."
No one knows for sure whether there were any deleted emails, but it raises the possibility that a hidden pool of them went undetected, a possibility Vice News' Leopold said Ferguson officials didn't explain, and that he didn't know until 5 On Your Side contacted him.
"No, no idea at all," Leopold said. "I'm absolutely suspicious about what was deleted in the aftermath of Michael Brown's death."
And when you read the consultant's report carefully, you discover even he thought additional searches could have been done.
"It is possible to perform a 'per computer deleted item search,'" the consultant told Ferguson officials it would "require 30 minutes per computer request."
The report goes on…
"Per our discussion regarding budget control, I have stopped the search at five hours and am presenting the results," Acumen said in its final report to Ferguson officials on the search.
That has the reporter who paid big bucks for what he thought was a complete search – wondering:
"I do believe there is a smoking gun out there someplace and it's likely in someone's trashbin," Leopold said. "I'm outraged, and I think the public should be as well."
We contacted the consultant, Acumen, multiple times trying to get clarification about all of this. No one responded, but no one has suggested the consultant is a fault.
Without a complete search, experts say there is no way to know whether there are any deleted emails.
To find out, 5 On Your Side Investigates filed an open records request for every deleted Ferguson email since August.
The city wants a down payment of $500 before they start. We'll let you know what we discover.
WE ASSUME NO ONE HAS VIOLATED THE erased the NO EMAIL DELETIONS 
ASSUMPTIONS AND CONDITIONED
no one has "intentionally" deleted or purged any emails.
stopped at 5 hours.

FROM CLG NEWS
New secret authorization also allows American jets, bombers and drones to support Afghan troops on combat missions 21 Nov 2014 President Obama signed a secret order in recent weeks authorizing a more expansive mission for the military in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, a move that ensures American troops will have a direct role in fighting in the war-ravaged country for at least another year. In an announcement in the White House Rose Garden in May, Mr. Obama said that the American military would have no combat role in Afghanistan next year, and that the missions for the 9,800 troops remaining in the country would be limited to training Afghan forces and to hunting the "remnants of Al Qaeda [al-CIAduh]." But Mr. Obama's secret order allows American forces to carry out missions against the Taliban and other militant groups threatening American troops or the Afghan government, a broader mission than the president described to the public earlier this year, according to several administration, military and congressional officials with knowledge of the decision.

White House, C.I.A. Working Together to Thwart Release of Agency's Torture Report - Senate Democrats 21 Nov 2014 In a tense confrontation with President Obama's closest adviser on Thursday, a group of Senate Democrats accused the White House of trying to censor significant details in a voluminous report on the use of torture by the Central Intelligence Agency. During a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill with Denis R. McDonough, the White House chief of staff, the senators said that the White House was siding with the C.I.A. and trying to thwart negotiations over the report's release. The negotiations have dragged on for months because of a dispute over the C.I.A.'s demand that pseudonyms of agency officers [war criminals] be deleted from the report. The C.I.A., supported by the White House, has argued that even without using the real names of the officers, their identities could still be revealed.

CIA wants to destroy thousands of internal emails covering spy operations and other activities 20 Nov 2014 A CIA plan to erase tens of thousands of its internal emails -- including those sent by virtually all covert and counterterrorism officers after they leave the agency -- is drawing fire from Senate Intelligence Committee members concerned that it would wipe out key records of some of the agency's most controversial operations [aka war crimes; torture; the 9/11 inside job; creation and perpetuation of al-CIAduh and I-CIA-SIS]. The agency proposal, which has been tentatively approved by the National Archives, "could allow for the destruction of crucial documentary evidence regarding the CIA's activities," Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein and ranking minority member Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., wrote in a letter to Margaret Hawkins, the director of records and management services at the archives.

Utah Considers Cutting Off Water to the NSA's Monster Data Center 20 Nov 2014 The legislation, proposed by Utah lawmaker Marc Roberts (R), is due to go to the floor of the Utah House of Representatives early next year, but it was debated in a Public Utilities and Technology Interim Committee meeting on Wednesday. The bill, H.B. 161, directs municipalities like Bluffdale to "refuse support to any federal agency which collects electronic data within this state." Lawmakers are considering a bill that would shut off the water spigot to the massive data center operated by the National Security Agency in Bluffdale, Utah.



Sunday, November 16, 2014

PNN 's PROGRESSIVES ADVANCE We've (NO TIME TO RETREAT)

PNN's Guests

Mark Pafford
Steve Horn
Rhana - in the steps of Granny D 
Debbie Jordan
Charles Messina
Rachel Pienta
Meredith Ockman
Anita Stewart

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events

Nov 21 - 23 at the Friends Quaker Meeting House, 823 North A Street, Lake Worth.

Three days of movie screenings and discussions focusing on the environment and the activists fighting to protect it!

Each day will include documentaries and short films throughout the day, and will end with a feature film and discussion. A complete schedule of each day's films and start times will be posted shortly.

Schedule and Features:

Friday, November 21: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Feature film: Bidder 70
Description: Economics student Tim DeChristopher makes a startling bid to save 22,000 acres of Utah wilderness at the 2008 BLM Oil and Gas Lease Auction.
Watch the trailer: 

Saturday, November 22: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Feature film: Wrenched
Description: The film Wrenched captures the passing of the monkey wrench from the pioneers of eco-activism to the new generation which will carry Edward Abbey's legacy into the 21st century. The fight continues to sustain the last bastion of the American wilderness - the spirit of the West.
Watch the trailer: http://wrenched-themovie.com/

Sunday, November 23: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Kids day! Child care will be provided. We'll be watching environmentally-focused kids movies throughout afternoon and evening. Call us at 561.320.3840 or email us at collective[at]earthfirstjournal.org for more information.

Feature film: Hoot
Description: Roy Eberhardt moves from Montana to Florida's Gulf Coast, and when he and his new friends learn that a restaurant will be built where burrowing owls live, the three decide to enlist the help of a local policeman to save the birds.

Suggested donation: $10 per day, or $25 for the weekend. All money raised supports the Earth First! Journal. No one turned away for lack of funds. 

Questions? Email us at: collective[at]earthfirstjournal.org
Or call us: 561.320.3840

For the Wild!

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what is the end state: rep. walter jones $5-6 billion (how does it end)
we had to do it - rummy said

general demsey  - we'll have to have a branch plan

Google is amassing huge amounts of personal user data while simultaneously accruing big-time political clout, a new report from Public Citizen confirms.
1. "Mission Creep-y: Google Is Quietly Becoming One of the Nation’s Most Powerful Political Forces While Expanding Its Information-Collection Empire" (pdf) looks at the ways Google is accumulating political power—through high-powered lobbying and sizable campaign donations—as well as massive amounts of personal information that make the company a "treasure trove for agencies like the NSA."
"Google is becoming exponentially more powerful in federal and state governments," said Sam Jewler, author of the report and communications officer for Public Citizen’s U.S. Chamber Watch. "At the same time, it’s pushing boundaries in technology, and it has shown that it can’t always be trusted to do the right thing with people’s information. When we see such massive influence, it raises the question, will regulators and lawmakers be reluctant to rein in Google?"
While the company admittedly provides popular and useful services, Jewler continued, its business model and "history of questionable practices indicate that, if left to its own devices, it may not always do what’s best for the public."
The report states that Google "is becoming the most prolific political spender among corporations in the United States, while providing less transparency about its activities than many other of its politically active peers."
Over the first three quarters of 2014, Google ranked first among all corporations in lobbying spending, according to OpenSecrets.org, and is on pace to spend $18.2 million on federal lobbying this year. In fact, it has spent $1 million more on lobbying than PhRMA, the trade association of the pharmaceutical industry. Since 2012, no company has spent more money on federal lobbying than Google.
In addition, the company's political action committee (PAC) spent $1.61 million this year, according to Federal Election Commission records, surpassing PAC expenditures by Wall Street bank Goldman Sachs.
Meanwhile, the company's "qualms about peering into people’s lives seem to have steadily diminished," the report says. In September, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Google's practices are "almost identical" to those of the National Security Agency and its British counterpart, the GCHQ. The company's business model "is to spy," Assange said. 
For example, Google has recently acquired new technologies such as Skybox, which owns satellites that capture high-definition images and video around the planet multiple times per day; Nest and Dropcam, home devices that monitor things like temperature, energy usage, proximity of the owner to the house, and take video in the home; and Emu, which could be used to monitor and advertise in online chats and text messages.
The combination of expanding technology and exploding political influence could be dangerous, Public Citizen warns.
"Google has essentially responded to concerns about its practices by saying 'just trust us'," said Taylor Lincoln, research director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division and editor of the report. "But Google is gaining so much power that regulators may find it difficult to act if it turns out that the public’s trust has been misplaced."
A new survey by the Pew Research Center suggests that public trust is already pretty weak.
On Wednesday, Pew's "Public Perceptions of Privacy and Security in the Post-Snowden Era" (pdf) showed that the majority of Americans lack confidence that they have control over their personal information. A full 91 percent of adults surveyed said they "agree" or "strongly agree" that consumers have lost control over how personal information is collected and used by companies.

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Since there has been a lot of media focus on Jonathan Gruber’s recently uncovered remarks about the American voters, I want to put it in the proper historic context. During the 2008 election a major attack line from candidate Obama was pointing out that John McCain planned to tax employer-provided health insurance. It was very effective so Obama repeatedly used it during debates, appearances, and inmultiple campaign ads. Obama spent months convincing the American public that any change to the tax exempt status of employer-provide health insurance was a Republican idea. Yet almost immediately after getting elected President Obama became determined to end the full tax-exempt status of employer-provided health insurance.
Instead of Obama being honest with the public by saying he changed his mind or was wrong during the campaign, Democrats came up with this contrived “Cadillac tax.” While technically it was an excise tax on insurers, every economists know it was designed to effectively be a tax on individual insurance.
When Gruber says ending the tax-exempt status of employer-provided health insurance wasn’t political viable so they needed to come up with a plan utilizing the “exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter,” he is referring to the fact Obama wanted to break one of his biggest campaign promises and still be able to lie about it.
While experts at the time saw through this fiction, it is refreshing to see a key architect so openly admit Democrats did it solely to con the public. Democrats embraced an idea they campaigned against, but in an attempt to trick the public they made it an even worse and needlessly more complex policy.

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The meteoric rise to power of Barack Obama in 2008 was propelled by one of the greatest demagogic US Presidential campaigns of all time: To millions of young Americans, he promised to end the US wars in the Middle East. To millions of working and middle class voters, he promised to end the economic crisis by confronting Wall Street. To women, he promised to protect and expand their social rights and end the gender gap in wages and salaries. To human rights and civil liberties activists, he promised to end police state surveillance and torture, and to close the Guantanamo concentration camp, which had denied political prisoners a fair and open trial. To blacks, he promised higher living standards and greater racial equality in income. To Latino-Americans, he promised immigration reform facilitating a path to citizenship for long-term residents. Overseas he spoke in Cairo of a “new chapter” in US policy toward the Muslim world. To Russia, he promised President Putin he would ‘reset relations’ – toward greater co-operation.
Obama’s rhetorical flourishes attracted millions of young activists, women and minority voters  and leaders to work for his election and the Democratic Party. He won a resounding victory! And the Democrats took control of the House and Senate.
Obama Embraces the Rightwing Agenda
The rhetorical exercise was a massive smoke screen. For his electoral campaign Obama raised over one billion dollars from the ‘1%’ – Wall Street bankers, Hollywood media moguls, Silicon Valley venture capitalists, Chicago Zionists and the Mid-Western business elite. Obama was clearly playing a double game – talking to “the people” and working for ‘the bosses’.
A few analysts cut through the demagogy and identified Obama as the ‘Greatest Con-Man of recent times”, the Washington counterpart of the great contemporary Wall Street swindler Bernard ‘Bernie’ Madoff.
According to the somewhat more skeptical liberals and progressives, Obama would have to ‘choose’ between those who elected him and those who groomed and bankrolled him.
Obama quickly and decisively resolved the progressives’ ‘dilemma’. He re-appointed the two central officials who designed disgraced President Bush Jr’s war policy and Wall Street bailout: Robert Gates was confirmed as Secretary of Defense and Timothy Geithner was renewed as Treasury Secretary. Obama followed by teaming up with the head of the Federal Reserve, Benjamin Shalom Bernacke and Treasury Secretary Geithner to launch a multi-year trillion dollar bailout of Wall Street, while hundreds of thousands of Obama voters had their mortgages foreclosed and millions of workers, who voted Democratic were fired and remained unemployed, because Washington prioritized Wall Street recovery of profitability over funding job-creating public works.
In response, millions of indignant citizens repudiated the Washington bailout and Congress temporarily shelved approval. However, the White House and the Democratic majority in both Houses, reversed course and approved the biggest State –to- Bankers handout in US – or for that matter, world – history.
If the Obama’s ‘First Wave of Reaction’ appointed powerful Wall Street clones and Pentagon war hawks to his cabinet and the ‘Second Wave of Reaction’ led to sacrificing workers’ incomes, employment and living standards, so that Wall Street could return to profitability, and the ‘Third Wave of Reaction’ was the escalation of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama has dispatched tens of thousands of US combat troops to ‘end the war by expanding the war’!
The Democratic Electorate Strikes Back: 2010
By the end of 2010, sufficient masses of Obama and Democratic voters were disenchanted to the point of notvoting in the Congressional elections: The Democrats lost control of the House of Representatives.

The most lucid and clearheaded progressives understood that nothing more was to be gained by waiting patiently ‘at the gate, like benighted pilgrims’ for their president Obama’s gaze to ‘turn left’ or for the Democrats to reverse course in Congress. Hundreds of thousands of citizens shook off the trickster’s spell and took to the streets blocking financial districts‘Occupy Wall Street’ – direct action in the streets, citizens clearly targeted the principle source of the economic crisis and the real power behind the demagogic rhetoric of the White House confidence man.

Federal, state and local police broke up, arrested and incarcerated the peaceful activists. The Occupy Wall Street movement, under massive and coordinated police-state siege, and without political direction, dispersed and disintegrated.
The ‘Fourth Wave of reaction’ was illuminated by the Snowden revelations of National Security Agency (NSA) intrusive spying into the lives of hundreds of millions of Americans as well as allied leaders in four continents – and unimaginable numbers of citizens in countries around the world. The White House gave unconditional backing to the entire, gargantuan police state apparatus and its unconstitutional intervention into everyday life of individuals and their families. Hundreds of thousands of civil libertarians, human rights activists and attorneys and millions of liberal democrats were shocked by Obama’s blatant refusal to rein-in or even acknowledge the enormous scope of illegal domestic spying.
TheFifth Wave of Reaction was the cumulative impact of five years of nurturing Wall Street profits and ignoring working and middle class income and declining living standards. Thanks to virtually free federal ‘bailout’ money, Wall Street borrowed and invested overseas  -reaping returns triple the miniscule interest rates in the US. They speculated on the stock market. The ‘D-J boom’ continued for five years while real incomes of most Americans continued to decline. Young Democratic voters, who had believed the con-man, remained mired at entry level jobs barely paying room and board. The ‘Audacity of Hope’ became the ‘Humiliation of Return’ into their parents’ homes for millions of young workers unable to support themselves…
Disenchantment Deepens
            Millions of Latino citizens, who were conned into believing that Obama would provide a ‘road-map to citizenship’ for twelve million fellow immigrants, discovered that the real Obama  policy toward immigrants was a ‘road map to violent arrest, incarceration and deportation’: A record two million immigrants were expelled in five years, exceeding the totals of all previous Presidents, even the most rabid rightwing Republicans.
Probably the most egregious and cynical con-job of all was the mega-con Obama perpetrated on Afro-Americans. More than any other group in the US, Afro-Americans have supported Barack Obama:  Ninety-five percent voted for the ‘First Afro-American President’.

Under President Obama, Afro-Americans have lost more personal wealth than under any president since the Great Depression. Many key indicators show that the economic conditions of Afro-Americans have worsened dramatically under Obama.

According to the US Federal Reserve’s survey of consumer finances, between 2009-2014, non-white household incomes have declined by nearly a tenth to $33,000 a year. Median incomes fell by five percent.  Data on net wealth – assets minus liabilities – tells an even more brutal story. The median non-white family today has a net worth of just $18,100 – almost a fifth lower than it was when Obama took office. In contrast, white median wealth increased by one percent to $142,000. In 2009 white households were seven times richer than blacks; that gap is now eightfold. Both in relative and absolute terms, black Americans are doing much worse under President Obama. His ‘Wall Street First’agenda (bailing out the banksters and mortgage swindlers) has relegated Afro-Americans to last place. Racial inequalities have deepened because Obama, who may have ‘shot some hoops’ on an urban ghetto playground and dressed up as a  ‘black role model’, in fact, oversaw an increasingly segregated and deteriorating school system. In Washington, he marginalized African-American concerns about double digit rates of unemployment in Detroit and other urban centers, while offering pompous, stern ‘moral’ lectures to unemployed blacks about their ‘family responsibilities’.

Obama’s demagogy and deceptive populist posturing  bamboozled most progressive voters for a period of time, but after five waves of reaction, many of the activists ‘wised up’ – first in the streets and then in the elections – by refusing to vote for Democrats running in the Congressional elections of 2014.

The Democratic Debacle of 2014
The major reason for the Democrat’s debacle in the ‘mid-term elections’ was the high rate of abstention and lack of activists getting out the vote.In many states, where the Democrats lost, the overall rate of abstention among eligible voters approached seventy percent. And there is reason to believe that the vast majority of non-voters (aka – the ‘none of the above’ voters) were Democrats, people disenchanted or hostile to Obama’s betrayals and, in particular, voters who believed that he had deceived or ‘conned them’.

Young people’s participation in this election, a major factor in mobilizing voters for Obama in 2008 and 2012 and doubly deceived, were notable by their absence: Young voters’ share of the electorate declined from 19% in 2012 to 13% in 2014. Parallel declines were documented in Latino-American and Afro-American turn-outs.
For those who voted, nearly half (45%) said that the ‘economy was the key consideration’ and by economy they didn’t mean Wall Street’s booming profits, or record high Dow Jones Stock quotes, which White House Democrats had hailed as their ‘economic success’. For the American middle and working class voters ‘ the economy’ that drove some to vote on November 4, 2014, was measured in the deterioration of affordable health insurance coverage and pension plans, the decline of living standards and the growth of ‘dead-end’ low-paid, contingent employment that rendered the lives and future increasingly unstable.

Most former Obama voters did not defect to the Republicans: They realized that both Democrats and Republicans were responsible for the domestic economy-busting decade-long wars and Wall Street hand-outs. They didnot vote: Most abstained!  Some former Democrats and Independents, and not a few Republicans, turned their anti-Obama animus into a rabid racist rant against the black President and extended their anger toward people of color in general. Obama’s con game has aroused deep racist undercurrents in US politics.
If his image as the first African-American President inspired a moment of hope and promise for greater racial equality in this country, his reactionary economic policies in practice allowed rightwing politicians to divert white worker and middle class economic discontent away from the criminals and swindlers on Wall Street to racist hostility toward the beleaguered black communities.

Post-Elections:  The Con-Man is Cornered
The new Republican Congressional majorities will continue to implement the fundamental economic and foreign policies of the Obama regime. Wall Street profits will continue to grow, income disparities between capital and labor will continue to sharpen and the highly militarized foreign policy of the last six years will become more overtly bi-partisan. The Democratic President will join with the Republican Congress in pursuing military confrontations in the Ukraine and in sending more US troops to Syria and Iraq.  Under pressure from Israel and its powerful US supporters, increased sanctions against Iran will scuttle US negotiations with Tehran. 

Obama’s blockade of Cuba will continue, as will bi-partisan hostility to center-left governments in Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil and Argentina. The grotesque narco-state terror and mass murder in Mexico and Central America will continue to fuel the massive refugee pressure on the US border and expose the hypocrisy of Washington’s humanitarian military missions in the Middle East.

The Republicans rode to power by exploiting discontent with Obama’s ‘Five Waves’ of reactionary policies; they will now co-operate with him in launching a ‘6th Wave’The Republican Congressional majority will embrace Obama’s proposal to ‘fast-track’ free trade treaties covering Asia and Europe, currently blocked by House Democrats and opposed by US trade unions.

The Republicans will join with Obama in backing corporate tax ‘reform’, which substantially reduces the tax on US multinational corporations’ overseas earnings in order to end the hoarding of profits in low tax countries – while intensifying austerity on American workers and the poor.
In other words, Obama will now openly coordinate with his Republican counterparts on an agenda they have shared from the first day he took office. This time Barack Obama, the Con-Man, will have to play it straight and cut the populist palaver –  Republicans and their business partners demand economic payoffs and overseas military victories. Obama, the ‘cowering Con-Man’, has been unmasked by progressives and is cornered by the Republicans … and they have no further use for his confab
James Petras latest book is the Politics of Empire:The U.S, Israel and the Middle East 

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4. SENDING MORE VETERANS to FIGHT to make the World Safe for the POPPY PLAYERS
Posted: 14 Nov 2014 10:47 AM PST

Though the US has already sent about 1,000 soldiers into Iraq after ISIS took over a large swath of the country, President Obama continues to claim he hasn’t/won’t send in ground forces. The rationalization for that claim is that those new troops are not designated as combat troops but as advisors and guards. But now even that fiction may have to melt away as the Pentagon has flatly said they may need to send straight up combat troops to help the fledgling Iraqi army fight ISIS.
The announcement comes as ISIS and Al-Qaeda have reportedly reached an agreement to fight together rather than against each other. There was already a non-aggression pact and local collaborations but a meeting recently conducted in Syria appears to have concluded with both militant groups agreeing to a more comprehensive alliance. More bad news for the “moderate” Syrian rebels who now mostly serve as anunintended source of US weapons for ISIS and Al-Qaeda.
In Washington, U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Congress on Thursday that the United States would consider dispatching a modest number of American forces to fight with Iraqi troops as they engage in more complex missions in the campaign against ISIS militants.

“I’m not predicting at this point that I would recommend that those forces in Mosul and along the border would need to be accompanied by U.S. forces, but we’re certainly considering it,” Dempsey told the House Armed Services Committee.
You had to see this one coming. Was there ever any doubt that the US was going to eventually send troops back in? It’s imperialism by numbers at this point – “advisors” go in first, air power, a small detachment to help locals with combat and then comes the big numbers. Only real question is when not if.
The US will be reoccupying Iraq soon enough, the only mystery left is how hilarious Obama’s backtracking will be when he has to send the troops in given his absolutist rhetoric earlier on in this fiasco. If you like your troop withdrawal, you can keep your troop withdrawal.

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Posted: 14 Nov 2014 07:01 AM PST

Here we go again. The Department of Justice has been using a legally questionable program to target criminal suspect’s cell phone data. The program involves flying small Cessna planes equipped with a device known as a “dirtbox” which mimics cell towers in order to trick cellphones into giving out their registration information. Like the now notorious NSA programs exposed by Edward Snowden, the dirtbox program scoops up large amounts of data from entirely innocent people in order to look for those suspected of wrongdoing.
The use of this electronic dragnet is, according to an anonymous Justice Department official that spoke to The Wall Street Journal, legal and done with a judge’s approval. How a general warrant program gets by Fourth Amendment protections is an open question and one that could face some scrutiny now that the program has been revealed.

Cellphones are programmed to connect automatically to the strongest cell tower signal. The device being used by the U.S. Marshals Service identifies itself as having the closest, strongest signal, even though it doesn’t, and forces all the phones that can detect its signal to send in their unique registration information. Even having encryption on a phone, such as the kind included on Apple Inc.’s iPhone 6, doesn’t prevent this process.

The technology is aimed at locating cellphones linked to individuals under investigation by the government, including fugitives and drug dealers, but it collects information on cellphones belonging to people who aren’t criminal suspects, these people said. They said the device determines which phones belong to suspects and “lets go” of the non-suspect phones.
The value of the program for law enforcement beyond getting everything and the deciding what to disregard (rather than building from the ground up) is that using the dirtboxes cuts out the phone companies altogether. Instead of getting authorization to have the telcom companies track someone on their system – requiring legal justification and a paper trail – the government bypasses them and snatches up all the cell phone information in a given area itself.

What does DOJ do with all the information related to innocent people it grabs? It remains unclear. In theory that information should be disregarded as not relevant to the suspect they are pursuing, but we all know how hard it is for the government to give up data once it has it. Looks like DOJ may have its own metadata program.

Right now small Cessnas are being used to run the dragnet creating some technical limitations on time in the air and area that can be covered, but we all know this technology is going to be part of the domestic drone program, don’t we? A domestic drone fleet could fly all day and night in every corner of the country. Can you locate me now?

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6. XL Pipeline BACK AGAIN - This one's for (Mary? [Landrieu?] Not for BIG OIL)
There are myriad reasons to oppose the expansion of the already-existing Keystone system.
Tar sands, tar sands pipelines and related issues are vast and complex with literally thousands of reports and articles on the subjects. We’ve tried to distill this information in a digestible form by coming up with a simple list of the ten reasons why you should oppose this pipeline project–and join our action to stop it.
1. CLIMATE CHANGE – NASA’s leading climate scientist, Dr. James Hansen has called the Keystone XL pipeline “a fuse to the largest carbon bomb on the planet.” Hansen has said that if all the carbon stored in the Canadian tar sands is released into the earth’s atmosphere it would mean “game over” for the planet.
2. SPILLS – All pipelines spill. According to TransCanada the Keystone 1 pipeline was predicted to spill once every seven years. It spilled 12 times in its first year and it has spilled more than 30 times over its lifetime. The Keystone XL pipeline is built to spill, and when it does it will have a devastating effect upon employment and the economy, according to Cornell University.
The oil firm Enbridge ignored warning signs for more than five years along its 6B Line, and when it spilled in July of 2010 in Michigan’s Kalamazoo River it caused the most damaging onshore oil spill in US history.
3. EMINENT DOMAIN ABUSE – TransCanada has intimidated landowners along the pipeline route into signing contractual agreements for their land. TransCanada fraudulently steals land from private citizens through eminent domain.
A recent Texas Supreme Court case ruled that the application process for common carrier status, the status that allows private companies to seize property, does not not conclusively establish eminent-domain power.
4. WATER CONTAMINATION – The Keystone XL pipeline threatens Texas’ Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer which supplies drinking water to more than 12 million people living across 60 counties in drought-stricken East Texas.
TransCanada has indicated that up to 700,000 gallons of tar sands crude could leak out of the Keystone XL pipeline without triggering its real time leak-detection system.
The pipeline’s cross-border section also threatens the Ogallala Aquifer, the largest aquifer in the western North American region, upon which millions of people and agricultural businesses depend for drinking water, irrigation and livestock watering.
5. THE JOBS MYTH: KEYSTONE XL WILL DESTROY MORE JOBS THAN IT CREATES – According the Cornell University’s Global Labor Institute, the pipeline project will actually destroy more jobs than it creates.
While proponents of the Keystone XL keep repeating the mantra of job creation in the media, it has become clear that the numbers they continue to project are patently false.
Far more jobs could be created by the development of a clean energy economy and infrastructure.
6. GAS PRICES – The Keystone XL pipeline will drive up gas prices, not lower them, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.
7. TAR SANDS FOR EXPORT – TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline will not reduce American dependence on foreign oil. The pipeline will carry tar sands from Alberta, Canada to refineries in Port Arthur, Tex. to be sold on the global market to the highest bidder. This is a for-profit for export pipeline.
8. THE PIPELINE VIOLATES TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY – The Indigenous Environmental Network has drafted the Mother Earth Accord with traditional treaty councils to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline and preserve the integrity of First Nations and tribal lands across Canada and the Untied States.
9. UNDISCLOSED TAR SANDS DILUTANTS – TransCanada refuses to disclose a comprehensive analysis of its mixture of chemical dilutants used to transport the otherwise viscous tar sands oil through the pipe, as well as human health and environmental risks associated with this secret mixture.
The Pipeline Hazardous Material Safety Administration told Congress that pipeline regulations were not designed for raw tar sands crude, that regulators had not yet evaluated what measures would be necessary to ensure that raw tar sands pipelines could be built and operated safely, and that PHMSA had not been involved in the environmental review.
10. FRAUDULENT ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW – The Environmental Impact Statement done of the Keystone XL pipeline was conducted by the State Department, not the EPA. Controversy erupted last fall over Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s ties to one of TransCanada’s top lobbyists, Paul Elliot. Elliot was one of Clinton’s top campaign officials during her 2008 presidential bid. The EIS found that the pipeline would have minimal impact on the environment, failing to properly analyze direct, indirect and cumulative impacts of the pipeline project.
The “Gulf Coast Project” or southern portion of the Keystone XL does not have its own environmental review despite the fact that many issues unique to Texas and Oklahoma, such as wild fires and drought conditions, have yet to be analyzed.
Read more key facts on Keystone XL.

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7. War with the Sioux
House Vote in Favor of the Keystone XL Pipeline an Act of War
Lakota News
Rosebud, SD – In response to today’s vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to authorize the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, the Rosebud Sioux Tribal President announced that the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (Sicangu Lakota Oyate) recognizes the authorization of this pipeline as an act of war.
The Tribe has done its part to remain peaceful in its dealings with the United States in this matter, in spite of the fact that the Rosebud Sioux Tribe has yet to be properly consulted on the project, which would cross through Tribal land, and the concerns brought to the Department of Interior and to the Department of State have yet to be addressed.
“The House has now signed our death warrants and the death warrants of our children and grandchildren. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe will not allow this pipeline through our lands,” said President Scott of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. “We are outraged at the lack of intergovernmental cooperation. We are a sovereign nation and we are not being treated as such. We will close our reservation borders to Keystone XL. Authorizing Keystone XL is an act of war against our people.”
In February of this year, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and other members of the Great Sioux Nation adopted Tribal resolutions opposing the Keystone XL project.
“The Lakota people have always been stewards of this land,” added President Scott. “We feel it is imperative that we provide safe and responsible alternative energy resources not only to Tribal members but to non-Tribal members as well. We need to stop focusing and investing in risky fossil fuel projects like TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline. We need to start remembering that the earth is our mother and stop polluting her and start taking steps to preserve the land, water, and our grandchildren’s future.”
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe, along with several other South Dakota Tribes, stand together in opposition to risky and dangerous fossil fuel projects like TransCanada’s Keystone XL. The proposed route of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline crosses directly through Great Sioux Nation (Oceti Sakowin) Treaty lands as defined by both the 1851 and 1868 Fort Laramie Treaties and within the current exterior boundaries of the Rosebud Sioux Reservation and Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

PNN - Turtles, Pipelines and $ Troubles


PNN - 11/9/14

RWS
Stacie-Lee Sherwood   …..7:36pm
Special Guest Co-Host Amy Bernard
Jonathon Quartermen - WWALS - Sabal Trail Pipeline
Nathan Pim ……….………  Ft. Lauderdale Food Not Bombs
Keith Mc Henry…….………One of the Original Founders Food Not Bombs
David & Lynn Petrovich - Lifes in the Balance (Sheet)

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1. Treasury Rewards Usury 
TAMPA, Fla. -- The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday praised a move, already panned by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), to increase the amount of money the federal government pays its student loan contractors.

In a speech here to consumer rights advocates, Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin said her colleagues at the Education Department had recently boosted the amounts paid to companies that handle borrowers’ monthly payments in hopes that better financial incentives will drive them to improve their customer service and work harder to help borrowers avoid costly loan defaults. These companies include Nelnet Inc. and Navient Corp., the former loan servicing arm of student loan giant Sallie Mae.

What Raskin neglected to mention Thursday is that taxpayers will fund a bump in pay for the student loan servicers even if their performance does not improve.
In September, under withering questioning from Warren, a top Education Department official conceded that the companies will get more money regardless of any changes they make to their operations. At the time, the senator was incredulous.

“Let me get this straight: You break the law. You don't follow the rules. You treat the borrowers badly," Warren said of the loan servicers. "And you all just renegotiated the contracts to make sure that across the portfolio, [loan servicers] are going to make a little more money if nothing changes?"

"The idea of the renegotiation was to help the borrowers, not to make the servicers richer," Warren told William Leith, chief business officer for the Education Department's Office of Federal Student Aid, which handles student loans.

With unpaid student debt approaching $1.3 trillion during an era of stagnant wages and low employment, federal agencies including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Reserve and Treasury Department have taken an increased interest in the potential fallout from educational loans. Private-sector advisers ranging from chief executives of banks to Wall Street’s top traders warn that rising loan balances could inhibit U.S. economic growth.

Some federal officials beyond the Education Department are concerned that inadequate loan servicing -- the process of working with borrowers to place them in appropriate repayment plans and collecting their monthly payments -- may be exacerbating the problem as Americans take longer and devote more of their earnings to repaying student loans. The more money that households devote to paying off student loans, the less they have to buy houses, start small businesses or save for retirement.

A recent survey by the Federal Reserve revealed that nearly half of Americans said they had to curb their spending last year in order to make payments on student loans. Survey respondents with student loans also were more likely to say they had avoided medical treatment because they couldn't afford it.

Citing borrowers’ complaints on Thursday, Raskin said the Education Department’s contractors have provided them with “inadequate” information on repayment options and failed to enroll them in federal repayment plans tailored to their income. The White House has championed the availability of income-based plans as one of the main ways the administration has aided middle-class households.

The Education Department's new contracts with the loan servicing companies that hiked their pay are a “useful step to shape and improve the incentives in student loan servicing and drive better borrower outcomes,” Raskin said.

Raskin’s hope contrasts with the approach favored by some Democratic lawmakers, consumer advocates, state colleges, student groups and organized labor, who all have complained about shoddy treatment of borrowers and pushed the department to penalize companies that violate borrowers’ rights.

Navient, the former Sallie Mae unit, came under particularly harsh criticism after the Justice Department in May accused the company of intentionally cheating some 60,000 active-duty troops out of roughly $60 million on their student loans, which included debts overseen by the Education Department. The company settled the allegations by agreeing to refund aggrieved troops. It neither admitted nor denied wrongdoing, and spokeswoman Patricia Christel declined to comment for this story.

In December, the Education Department told Warren that it had declined to levy any fines against Navient's former parent company related to its secret determinations that Sallie Mae over the previous decade had harmed borrowers and incorrectly billed the government, among other servicing failures. At the time, the department dismissed those various findings as “compliance issues."

But as a result of the contract change praised by Raskin, Navient could receive an additional 15 percent in annual revenue from taxpayers, according to an estimate that Michael Tarkan, an analyst at Washington-based Compass Point Research & Trading, made in a September report to clients. The Education Department also recently rewarded Navient with more taxpayer-provided business despite the Justice Department accusations.

“I do not understand a basic renegotiation that says you can continue breaking the law, but we're going to pay you more money for doing it,” Warren said in September during her exchange with Leith of the Education Department.

A few weeks after that exchange, during the second of three speeches she has delivered since April focused on student debt, Raskin said there is a “great deal of integrity and stability in the student loan market.”

After listening to Raskin’s speech on Thursday, Joshua R.I. Cohen, a lawyer who represents borrowers with student loans, said he had to bite his tongue to avoid laughing during her remarks.

While Raskin detailed how the Obama administration had attempted to fix problems in student loan servicing and suggested there would be “rigorous” enforcement to ensure borrowers aren’t mistreated, Cohen said, only one thought popped into his mind: “How can you say that when Navient is getting rewarded?”


2. What if your NOT TOO BIG for HARSH JUSTICE?
American courts routinely hand down harsh sentences to individual convicts, but a very different standard of justice applies to corporations. Too Big to Jail takes readers into a complex, compromised world of backroom deals, for an unprecedented look at what happens when criminal charges are brought against a major company in the United States.
Federal prosecutors benefit from expansive statutes that allow an entire firm to be held liable for a crime by a single employee. But when prosecutors target the Goliaths of the corporate world, they find themselves at a huge disadvantage. The government that bailed out corporations considered too economically important to fail also negotiates settlements permitting giant firms to avoid the consequences of criminal convictions. Presenting detailed data from more than a decade of federal cases, Brandon Garrett reveals a pattern of negotiation and settlement in which prosecutors demand admissions of wrongdoing, impose penalties, and require structural reforms. However, those reforms are usually vaguely defined. Many companies pay no criminal fine, and even the biggest blockbuster payments are often greatly reduced. While companies must cooperate in the investigations, high-level employees tend to get off scot-free.
The practical reality is that when prosecutors face Hydra-headed corporate defendants prepared to spend hundreds of millions on lawyers, such agreements may be the only way to get any result at all. Too Big to Jail describes concrete ways to improve corporate law enforcement by insisting on more stringent prosecution agreements, ongoing judicial review, and greater transparency.
3. 1500 more troops above the WATERLINE - CLG
Obama authorizes 1,500 more troops for Iraq, asks Congress for $5.6 billion toward war [I wonder if the 5.6bn will be used toward the Pentagon's food and weapons drops for I-CIA-SIS fighters?] 7 Nov 2014 President Barack Obama is authorizing the U.S. military to deploy up to 1,500 more troops to Iraq as part of the mission to 'combat' the Islamic State group. The White House says the troops won't serve in a combat role [!?!], but will train, advise and assist Iraqi military and Kurdish forces fighting IS. The announcement is part of a 5.6 billion funding request to Congress and came just after Obama met with congressional leaders Friday.


4. Forcing US Muslims - CLG
U.S. Muslim leaders say FBI pressuring people to become informants 3 Nov 2014 Muslim leaders nationwide say the FBI is pressuring some Islamic community members and religious leaders to spy on fellow Muslims as part of a government effort to combat extremist recruiting in the U.S. The campaign has intensified in recent weeks, with mosques in California, Texas, Minnesota, Ohio, Florida and other states reporting unannounced visits by FBI agents, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization. In a nationwide alert, the group urged mosque and community leaders to seek the advice of an attorney if they are approached by the FBI for questioning. They worried that the civil rights of numerous imams were being violated as the religious leaders were asked to meet with FBI agents, who then pressed them to inform on members of their congregations.


5 Nov 2014 The first of four sets of spent nuclear fuel rods has been removed from a damaged reactor building at Japan's Fukushima power plant, scoring a major success in an effort to dismantle the wrecked facility. The 1,331 spent fuel rod assemblies weighting some 400 tons have been recovered from the upper levels of the Reactor 4 building after a year-long operation, a spokeswoman for Fukushima operator TEPCO reported on Wednesday. The last 11 assemblies were removed on Tuesday. The recovered assemblies were placed in a storage pool at ground level of the plant, the company said.


6. FNB - SANTA CRUZ FOOD NOT BOMBS SHARES IN SOLIDARITY WITH THOSE BEING ARRESTED IN FLORIDA  FOR FEEDING THE HUNGRY

Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Downtown Post Office Santa Cruz

“The city is choking out every avenue for the homeless to survive,” 
Haylee Becker of the Food Not Bombs advocacy group told the South 
Florida Sun-Sentinel. “They’re all terrible ordinances, but together 
they’re a death sentence.”

Food Not Bombs volunteers arrested feeding the hungry in Ft Lauderdale. 
Solidarity action in Santa Cruz Saturday at 4:00 PM at the Downtown Post 
Office  Six people are facing 60 days in jail and a $500 fine for 
sharing food with the hungry.

No one should be arrested for helping the community. Sharing food is an 
unregulated act of compassion. Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs will be sharing 
vegan meals Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 4:00 PM outside the Downtown 
Post Office in solidarity with those being arrested in Fort Lauderdale, 
Florida. Many other cities are also passing laws banning or restricting 
the sharing of food with the hungry in public at a time when poverty is 
on the increase and social services are decreasing.

  A few days after the Republicans won a majority in the House and 
Senate President Barack Obama went to Congress seeking  $4.14 billion 
more to fight the Islamic State and accounted he is sending up to 1,500 
more troops to Iraq. President Obama signed $8.7 billion food stamp cut 
into law in February 2014 impacting millions of families at a time when 
food costs are increasing.

At the same time cities across the United States are attempting to stop 
the sharing for meals with the hungry in public in what appears to be an 
attempt to reduce pressure to fund programs that would end hunger and 
poverty. American's seeing long lines of hungry people could cause them 
to wonder how there is always money for wars but never funding to 
address the countries crisis of poverty and hunger.

During the past year authorities have tried to disrupt the sharing of 
food with the hungry in public in nearly 60 US communities including 
Fort Lauderdale, Worcester, Sacramento, Olympia, Taos, Boulder, Raleigh, 
Portland, Philadelphia, Seattle, Saint Louis, Santa Monica, Houston, 
Birmingham, Los Angeles, Columbia and Chico.

Volunteers are organizing solidarity events in cities all over the world 
in support of those being arrested in Fort Lauderdale.


7.FROM SABAL TRAIL PIPELINE - WEBSITE
Lessons from New York 
Spectra Energy’s track record leaves a negative brand image across many states and in Canada.3 
In New York, for example, based on experience with Spectra Energy pipelines, Clare Donohue, a founding member of the Sane Energy Project, told this writer (emphasis added):
“It's apparent that Spectra is enlarging and adding to their east coast network from south to north, all aimed at improving their distribution to planned export terminals in Sable Island, Nova Scotia.
“These connected projects are being illegally segmented for separate review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  Community resistance is intense all along the path, from Florida to Georgia to New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.
“FERC should review the Spectra system as a whole….
“FERC and the Department of Energy also need to LISTEN to citizens, who are sending a message loud and clear that these projects are NOT a ‘public convenience.’  In fact they are viewed as being shoved down the throat of community after community, and are of benefit only to the corporation itself.”  Website: http://saneenergyproject.org/
Action in Georgia & Florida 
Property owners in Georgia and Florida quickly combined their forces to challenge Spectra Energy and FERC.  Their objections range from safety to property rights to challenging the necessity for the pipeline. 
Sandra Jones, a property owner in Moultrie, Georgia, ran the numbers and concluded in comments to FERC (emphasis added):4  
“There is no need for this new pipeline.  Sabal Trail is misrepresenting the truth. In a state where there are only 9,031,051 households, why is enough natural gas needed to produce power for over 22,000,000 households needed? These figures only represent the three major [pipe]lines and do not consider the KinderMorgan line or other smaller ones also coming into the state.
“It becomes very obvious this natural gas is intended for exportation and will not benefit any of the citizens in Alabama, Georgia, or Florida if one looks at the business models of Spectra and NextEra Energies.”



8. TEST for PESTICIDE - "What me Worry?"
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not perform enough pesticide residue tests — on either imported or domestic foods – to say whether the American food supply is safe, according to federal auditors.
The Government Accountability Office report, which was released Thursday, said FDA is testing less than one-tenth of 1 percent of all imported fruits and vegetables and less than 1 percent of domestic fruits and vegetables. Federal auditors said the agency’s pesticide testing program is not “statistically valid,” making it impossible for it to meet one of its mandates, which is to “determine the national incidence and level of pesticide residues in the foods it regulates.”
The GAO, an investigative arm of Congress, also raised concerns about both the FDA’s and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision not to test for many commonly-used pesticides for which the federal government has set strict residue limits. Auditors were critical of FDA and the USDA for failing to disclose this limitation in their annual reports.
USDA tests for pesticide residue in poultry, meat and processed egg products.
Although FDA and USDA are not legally required to test for specific pesticides, they are responsible for enforcing maximum residue limits that are set by the Environmental Protection Agency. When limits are violated, food products are subject to seizure.
The GAO review of the pesticide program was requested by Rep. Paul Tonko, (D-N.Y.), who said the results concerned him and urged the agencies to follow the recommendations of the federal auditors.
“GAO’s report indicates that the monitoring programs used by FDA and FSIS are falling short of their objectives.  Improvements are needed in pesticide residue monitoring,” Tonko said, adding that both agencies “will need to devote more resources to pesticide residue monitoring to implement GAO’s recommendations.”
Tonko acknowledged that Congress will need to provide the “necessary resources” to the FDA and USDA if they want testing to be expanded.
Although the report did not criticize the USDA for its level of testing – and even noted that testing had risen in recent years – auditors did point out that testing rates were once higher. For example, from 2000 to 2009, the agency reduced the number of domestic and imported samples taken for testing from more than 8,000 annually to less than 1,900. But in 2010 and 2011, those annual samples increased to 2,100.
The GAO credited the department with engaging with “EPA on changes with (USDA’s) monitoring program to better provide EPA with data it needs to assess the risks of pesticides.”
In its response to the GAO, the FDA said it would consider creating a better testing model to ensure outcomes are “statistically significant” but it did not commit to doing so, citing cost concerns. The GAO doesn’t have the authority to order federal agencies to follow their recommendations.
Also, the FDA said it would not follow the GAO’s recommendation to disclose the names of pesticides that the agency fails to test for, because it said users could “more easily circumvent” the testing program if it did.
The USDA, which was also advised to begin disclosing the names of pesticides it does not test for, agreed to do so in its annual report.
The GAO said one of its greatest concerns with the annual reports is that although they indicate that residue levels are low and that violations are rare, auditors are concerned that this provides a false picture since the testing does not include many common pesticides.


9.Where Do Fracking Fluids Go? Scientists Create the First Detector

Despite the concerns about wastewater from hydraulic fracturing, it can be difficult to keep track of where the drilling fluids end up. Now a team of researchers claims to have figured out how to trace leaks and spills of fracking fluids—and even detect their presence in treated water.
The method, detailed in a study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, relies on identifying a specific combination of geochemical characteristics unique to fracking wastewater. “There’s a particular chemical signature we look for,” explains Nathaniel Warner, postdoctoral fellow at Dartmouth College and lead author of the study. That signature is independent of ingredients that make up fracking fluids, which vary and are often proprietary. Instead, it relies on elements that merge with the fracking fluids underground.
Fracking, as the name suggests, fractures rock formations deep below the surface of the earth to stimulate the flow of oil and gas, making it possible to recover greater volumes. Large quantities of fluids made from a mixture of fresh water and chemicals are injected into the ground at high pressure, eventually flowing back to the surface from the pressure below.

These so-called flowback fluids, which typically contain the injected chemicals as well as materials picked up underground, are notoriously difficult to trace. “In some cases, it’s also difficult to determine whether salinity or contamination of shallow fresh water might have been from the most recent hydraulic fracturing or whether it’s associated with this historical development,” says Warner.
To solve the problem, Warner and his team began thinking about what might be different about hydraulic fracturing flowback fluid and found that it contains much higher concentrations of boron and lithium. “When you’re injecting these fluids into the rock formations, you’re breaking apart the shales, and attached to a lot of these shales are boron and lithium,” he says. “We believe [the fluids] pick off that boron and lithium.”
To test for fracking fluids, Warner’s team tests for specific isotope ratios of boron and lithium, as well as elemental ratios of lithium to chloride and and boron to chloride. The team tested their method on 39 samples in Pennsylvania and Arkansas and at a spill site in West Virginia. The method worked even for detecting flowback water that had been treated at a municipal treatment plant. The next step will be to test samples at other basins.
Warner hopes the method will eventually be adopted by regulators and anyone looking to identify the origins of pollution. “Regulators could say, for example, ‘Hey, we have this data, and the spill appears to be associated with hydraulic fracturing fluids, not historic oil and gas production.’
Risks of contamination, of course, will remain a problem.


10.FREEDOM - OFF THE HOOK - WVA GAZETTE
Freedom Industries said this week that it has agreed to a new deal with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection that could pave the way for it to get its Elk River facility into the state’s voluntary cleanup program, a move that could significantly ease its remediation work at the site of January’s chemical leak.
In a bankruptcy court filing, Freedom said it had “agreed to a final form” of a new consent order from the DEP that will allow the company to apply for acceptance into the Voluntary Remediation Program.
Enforcement orders issued by the DEP after the Jan. 9 leak mandated that “all” contaminated soil and groundwater at the site be cleaned up. The voluntary program would allow Freedom to use a “risk-based” approach and clean up only all soil or groundwater containing contamination above a certain concentration.
“Freedom submits that the non-detect standard for MCHM is not practical nor scientifically possible,” Freedom said in a report filed Wednesday with U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ronald Pearson. “Freedom notes that established standards permit detectable levels of countless hazardous and/or toxic substances.”
DEP spokeswoman Kelley Gillenwater confirmed that a new deal with Freedom has “been agreed to in principle,” but said “it is still being evaluated and has not yet been signed.”
Acceptance in the program could result in Freedom having to meet less-stringent contamination standards than under existing DEP enforcement orders issued after the leak of MCHM and other chemicals that contaminated the drinking supply for hundreds of thousands of residents in Charleston and surrounding communities.
A few weeks after the leak, DEP Secretary Randy Huffman had said the Tomblin administration’s plans for the Freedom cleanup were pretty clear.
“I can say for certain that the state of West Virginia is not going to abandon that site or abandon the remediation efforts until there is 100-percent certainty that the risk of this stuff getting back in the water has been eliminated — not just minimized,” Huffman said. “I know what my boss is going to say about that, and I think I can make that statement. We just can’t have that possibility existing.”
For several months, DEP enforcement staff has been working on a possible new consent order that could lay out all of the requirements for existing orders issued to Freedom, as part of a process to determine if the agency and the company could reach a deal.
The problem for Freedom is that one condition of getting into the voluntary cleanup program is that state law says industrial sites are not allowed into the voluntary program if they are subject to any pending “unilateral enforcement orders for corrective action” from the DEP. A unilateral order is one the DEP issues on its own, as opposed to a settlement or consent order that a company agrees to in an enforcement case with the agency.
After the leak, the DEP issued at least three unilateral orders to Freedom regarding the Elk River site. The DEP and Freedom also agreed to a “consent order,” in which the company agreed to dismantle the chemical storage tanks at the site.
In a memo last month, DEP assistant chief inspector Joe Hickman noted that proposed cleanup plans being submitted to the agency by Freedom assumed that “further remedial activities will be driven by a risk-based strategy.” Hickman noted that existing DEP unilateral orders require a plan “to appropriately implement a remediation of all contaminated soil and/or groundwater” at the site.
“Essentially, this requires that the areas of contamination be located, defined, removed and cleanup confirmed,” Hickman wrote. “There is no provision for a risk-based remediation. If Freedom is successful in entering the VRP, the risk-based strategy may be acceptable there.”
Complicating the issue for the DEP and Freedom is that, with little scientific research about MCHM’s potential health effects, there are no established guidelines for proper cleanup of soil or groundwater.
Mark Welch, Freedom’s chief restructuring officer, said the company has been using a concentration of 600 parts per million as the level at which soil needs to be dug up and removed from the site. Welch said there is no “official” risk number and that the figure is based on his own “smell test.” He said, at that level, he “can smell the MCHM in the dirt.”
Welch said Freedom has removed 40 cubic yards of soil from the site in the past two weeks. Freedom told the bankruptcy court that tests are showing “non-migration” of MCHM beyond surface soil, but Welch said Thursday the company is finding soil with 200 to 300 parts per million in the area around where Tank 396 — from which the MCHM leaked — was located. Freedom’s instruments and test methods are able to detect down to parts per billion, Welch said.
“If I had to comply with non-detect, it would be impossible,” Welch said. “You can’t do it.”
Freedom told the court that if it is accepted into the DEP’s voluntary program, “very little, if any” additional cleanup work needs to be performed.
In its report to the court, Freedom said the company “continues to explore options for disposition of the facility,” but that “these efforts cannot truly be advanced until Freedom is accepted into the” voluntary cleanup program. “This is true because no party will agree to any involvement with the facility until the scope of ongoing environmental obligations, if any,” is determined by the DEP.
Gillenwater said Thursday that Freedom might be allowed to do the cleanup based on a risk-based approach if the site is accepted into the voluntary program. However, she said, DEP officials have stressed that the agency “is committed to making sure the risk to drinking water is eliminated.”
Reach Ken Ward Jr. at kward@wvgazette.com, 304-348-1702 or follow @kenwardjr on Twitter.
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11. Lenders Can Now Disable Your Car When You're Driving on the Freeway
People with poor credit are being sold cars with GPS-based kill switches.

Imagine this scenario: You’re on an important trip miles from home and stopped in traffic, but before you can continue on your way, your car shuts down. You’ve got enough gas in the tank and no mechanical problems. But you’re stranded far from home because you’re a few days late on your car payment and the lender won’t let you drive until the debt is paid.

If this sounds like part of a dystopian future in which repo men are now cyborgs, it’s not. It’s happening today and becoming a big part of the new automotive landscape. Car dealers and automotive lenders are targeting those with poor credit by installing GPS-based kill switches, or starter-interrupt devices, on the cars that they sell.
The New York Times recently reported that about 2 million cars are now outfitted with such kill switches in the U.S., which is about one-quarter of subprime car loans, and creditors are not shy when it comes to remotely disabling cars whose owners are behind on their payments:
"Some borrowers say their cars were disabled when they were only a few days behind on their payments, leaving them stranded in dangerous neighborhoods. Others said their cars were shut down while idling at stoplights. Some described how they could not take their children to school or to doctor’s appointments. One woman in Nevada said her car was shut down while she was driving on the freeway.
"Beyond the ability to disable a vehicle, the devices have tracking capabilities that allow lenders and others to know the movements of borrowers, a major concern for privacy advocates. And the warnings the devices emit — beeps that become more persistent as the due date for the loan payment approaches — are seen by some borrowers as more degrading than helpful."
Subprime automotive-loan borrowers, those with FICO credit scores below 660, debt-to-income ratios of more than 50% or a bankruptcy in the past 60 months, are a growing segment of automotive borrowers. This phenomenon has been buoyed by auto dealers trying to continue a strong sales rebound after years of weak sales and by securities investors who buy bonds backed by those loans and see them as a way to get ample returns when other interest rates remain low.
In a healthy economy, buying subprime securities can be a lucrative way to exploit those who are still struggling with debt, but still may be able to find work and earn a decent wage. But when the economy goes soft, so do the subprime markets, as lenders become wary of taking on large credit risks. As the economy weakened in 2007, and the subprime mortgage securities market became unstable, it resulted in the U.S. credit crisis which, in turn, fueled the deep recession between 2007 and 2009.
But in this lukewarm recovery, investors are bullish on at least one subprime loan market. While foreclosed homes have proven nearly impossible to resell during hard times, used cars still sell relatively well even during a deep recession, providing ample collateral for these subprime loans.
Still, investors are skittish because they’re aware that car loans are not as well vetted as mortgage loans. The success of the auto dealer model is to let buyers come in, pick out a car, and complete the financing in one day.
Burned by subprime securities in the past and worried that car-loan applicants are not as thoroughly scrutinized as home buyers, investors need to be assured they’re not throwing good money after bad, and that’s where starter-interrupt systems (sometimes euphemistically called payment assurance devices) come in. They force borrowers either to pay the debt in full or face having the car sit idle for weeks or even months until it is eventually repossessed and resold. The theory is that when making a car payment is as essential as putting gas in the car, people will be more likely to make their payments.
But starter-interrupt devices and reselling repossessed cars might still be more than an economic placebo than a panacea for investors. Critics caution that packaging such loans into securities is still very risky business. Writing for Vox, executive editor Matthew Yglesias rationalized his skepticism by saying, “returning to the idea of lending people money so they can buy more stuff than their wages will support isn't going to solve anything.”
Bad Credit? No Problem!
While Wall Street is once again exploiting those with dubious credit by trading bonds based on loans that are engineered for high return, lenders and bondholders are wary of being caught flat-footed the way they were during the housing crisis. They’re seeking ways to mitigate the risk that devastated the economy after the housing bubble.
Financial analysts say about a quarter of all automotive loans are subprime, and expect that number to climb as consumer debt continues to rise. These loans can be highly lucrative for lenders, with interest rates that can be well over 20%. Many of these subprime auto payments often come in late, bringing in late fees as well. Nearly 4% of all subprime auto loans are more than 60 days late, up by 3% from 2013.
Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports that investment rating companies are bestowing top grades for bonds based on subprime auto loans, but some critics say that investors can’t easily figure the real risks.  
“Investors are basically taking the issuer’s word that they follow certain procedures,” Eugene Grinberg, a former analyst who structured subprime auto securities told BusinessWeek. “There is opportunity for fraud.”
So it’s likely, to calm worried investors, the bundlers of these securities are trying to mitigate their risk by encouraging retail lenders to have the starter-interrupt devices installed.
Public Service or Public Exploited?
Lenders are quick to justify the starter-interrupt systems, saying that without them, hundreds of thousands of automotive loans would not be possible and it allows many more people the freedom of car ownership than would otherwise be possible. The makers of the starter-interrupt devices say they help keep borrowers up to date on their loans. One device maker told the New York Times that late payments have fallen to about 7%, down from 29%. Furthermore, many lenders say they’re aware that borrowers may, for various reasons, be late with payments and they claim they make calls to borrowers well before they make the decision to disable their cars.
Dealer organizations claim theircustomers don’t balk when they’re told that a GPS starter-interrupt device will be installed on the car. Some dealers even claim the devices actually help car buyers get better loan terms and improve their credit ratings.
Tom Nyitrai, a New York car dealer, recently told a Buffalo television station that 90% of the cars he sells have starter-interrupt devices installed on them.
“Yes the GPS unit can typically help the customer get a lower down payment, lower monthly payments, lower interest rate because the bank considers the risk in that loan to be lower," Nyitrai told WIVB News 4. “This unit obviously is an extra incentive to make sure your payment is done on time, and as long as you do that, you do improve your credit score.”
The National Alliance Survey says starter-interrupt systems disable 14% of cars immediately when the payment day is missed, while 30% of consumers are provided with a short grace period. About 54% of lenders use discretion with the systems, while another 1% report only using them as a threat.
But borrowers tell a different story. Many have told various media outlets that their cars have been shut off without warning, leaving them in a lurch or in danger. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that cars have been disabled even when owners are current with payments.
Passtime, the Colorado company that makes many of the GPS starter-interrupt devices told the Post-Dispatch it's not heartless; it's given consumers remotes that give them a 24-hour reprieve if their car is ever shut down.
“We never want anyone to be stranded,” says Passtime CEO Stan Schwarz.
While most states approve of the use of starter-interrupt device, California allows them only at “Buy Here, Pay Here” dealers that make direct car loans to consumers. Wisconsin is the only state that bans them. As CBS MoneyWatch reports, the state’s Department of Financial Institutions says “the act of disabling a vehicle has the same result as taking possession of the vehicle” and that disabling a car before a creditor can legally take possession of the car represents "an improper repossession.”
So far, it seems that while starter-interrupt systems are not very consumer friendly, they are friendly to those who hold their debt. And the idea might be catching on elsewhere. Marc Rotenberg, president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, sees their success inspiring similar devices for the real estate industry. He recently told NPR that the same payment assurance technology is now being used by landlords, who can remotely keep renters out of their apartments if they fall behind on their rent.
"That's where I think it's going to get really interesting," Rotenberg told NPR.


12. Florida Cop Breaks 14-Year-Old Girl’s Arm During Warrantless Cell Phone Search

Florida parents are calling for a Greenacres Police Department officer to be fired after he reportedly broke their 14-year-old daughter’s arm while attempting a warrantless search of her cell phone.
According to an arrest report published by the Broward-Palm Beach New Times this week, Officer Jared Nash explained that he approached the 14-year-old girl at John I. Leonard High School on Oct. 21 because he believed that she had video of a fight on her cell phone.
Nash described the girl, who was talking on the cell phone, as “uncooperative.” He said that she pushed him back as she tried to get past him to walk away.
“When she did this I took a hold of her left arm,” he wrote, adding that he gave her a verbal command to “stop and put the phone down.”
“[She] then began to twist and pull her arm around in an increased physical level trying to pull away,” Nash explained. “I then tried placing [her] left hand behind her back to secure her in handcuffs due to her pushing me, her increasing attempts to break away from my grasp, and continuing to try hand the phone to [her friend] despite my orders not to.”
Nash took the girl into custody, but she later complained of pain and was taken to Palms West Hospital, but his report does not mention what she was treated for. She was eventually charged with resisting an officer without violence.
The girl’s father provided X-rays to blogger Davy V. showing multiple breaks in her arm.
The father said that Nash had only gone to the school because he had filed a police report about his daughter being bullied days earlier, and that his daughter had been uncooperative with the officer because she was on the phone with her mother when her arm was broken.
“We initiated a police report, and [the police] ended up causing more harm than anyone,” he pointed out.
He also said that the school had surveillance video of Nash breaking his daughter’s arm, but officials were refusing to release it.
“They have already admitted that there is a video, so they can’t go back now and say that there isn’t,” he told Davy V.
As for Nash, the father wants him removed from the force.
“They are saying that the officer’s excessive force was justified because they say my daughter pulled away from him,” Galindo noted. “So one of your officers breaks a minor’s arm and you don’t investigate?”
“I want him fired.”
Greenacres internal affairs spokesperson Lt. Brady Myers told the New Times that he could not comment on the case because an investigation was ongoing.
“You saw the pictures on the internet, didn’t you?” Myers replied when he was asked to confirm that the girl’s arm was broken.
The Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that police must have a warrant to search cell phones and other personal electronic devices.
The arrest report is embedded below via the New Times.


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Food Not Bombs Ft. Lauderdale Collective
The group has been meeting in Stranahan Park every Friday at 5pm for the past four years and usually feeds around 40 people, many of them returning each week. The food is usually collected from various sources, oftentimes donated by local coffee shops and markets, and occasionally purchased. Using what would otherwise be thrown out in the community is the objective, therefore purchasing food is a last resort and rarely necessary. Cooking and cleaning up are collective efforts. According to FNB Ft Lauderdale member Hunter, “Food Not Bombs Ft Lauderdale usually gets so much local support and help that we don’t really need to assign turns of who cooks when.”

Because anyone, anywhere can start a FNB chapter, there are only a loose set of principles to guide each group, allowing members to devote their time and passion to what areas they deem most important. As foodnotbombs.net states,
“There are several reasons why this movement is still so strong after 30 years. Food Not Bombs has no leaders, directors and each chapter is autonomous, making decisions involving everyone in the group using the process of consensus. It is very empowering to collect, prepare and share free food, all on your own and to do it with little money, and few resources. Sharing food is powerful and magical. Additionally, when average people realize they have the power to make a difference, it can change their lives.”

In addition to food sharing, FNB Ft Lauderdale organizes and participates in other events and demonstrations for their cause almost weekly. Other efforts include workshops, infoshops, and protests addressing topics such as anti-authoritarianism, feminism, animal rights, and environmentalism.


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Stacci-lee Sherwood 
 hear me talk about the many troubles our endangered sea turtles are facing from lights on the beach to the newly proposed oil drilling off the east coast and siesmic testing. These will have a huge negative impact on all marine life and human life as well and are crucial issues to learn about and help us stop. 


Food Not Bombs is a grassroots movement dedicated to protesting war and poverty through demonstrations and feeding our homeless. For 30 years now, chapters in over a thousand cities meet weekly to offer free, vegetarian or vegan meals to the public. This past Friday, Food Not Bombs Ft Lauderdale honored the 30th anniversary with a Really, Really Free Market, banners, information, and food.

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PNN - 11/9  - Turtles, Pipelines & $ Troubles

Join News Director Rick Spisak as he welcomes his guests
Staci-lee Sherwood who has been working on protecting Florida's Turtles from a variety of challenges human and otherwise
And Environmentalist John Quarterman President of the WWALS Watershed Coalition will discuss the Sable Trail Pipeline
And a very special pair of guests Lynn and David Petrovich hosts of a new upcoming Finance/Credit Revolution show called
"Lives in the (Balance Sheet)" - Dave and Lynn have an extensive activist portfolio - Medicare For All (NJ) + CPAs For Community Support + Green Party of Monmouth & Central NJ + (democratic) Socialist Party of Central NJ + People For A New Society (PFANS) + New Progressive Alliance - NJ + Society For Preservation of Continued Homeownership aka SPOCH (a NJ NP 501c3 Corporation)
They address the issues of credit, student loans taxation and how to maximize your economic  power in a RIGGED GAME
And of course as always we'll start with some headlines and you can find the details at www.AveryVoice.com
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