Sunday, October 15, 2017

PNN - N.O.W. and Zevon and Fred too

PNN - NOW & Zevon
PNN Brings you More Progressive Voices. Insights and perspectives on the daily challenges on the TRUMPERIUM.
Our Senior Political Commentator Brook Hines discusses her latest political Insights and then is joined by her colleague Fred Barr her partner in their Political Consulting firm PROGRESSION PARTNERSHIP.

Brook and Fred will discuss in a New Segment on POP-CULTURE - a report on the FSOCIETY from the Mr. Robot Show.
Next we are joined by Crystal Zevon an ACTIVIST Extraordinaire who works as a Highly Committed Peace Activist spends much time and Energy on Indigenous Peoples Rights from the East Coast to the West Coast and is very engaged in a wide range of Environmental Issues. This is a voice you need to hear.

Our final guest this week is, another Giant of Human Rights Meredith Ockman who's efforts so many of us are aware of as SE District Director of the NATIONAL ORGANIZATION of WOMEN and President of the Board of the South Florida Women's Health Foundation, her tireless human rights efforts, her ongoing work with Planned Parenthood and on a local level she's actually also somehow finds time to work on Animal Welfare projects


PNN - 10/15/17

1. Top Trump Official for Pipeline Safety Profits from Selling Oil Spill Equipment
A newly appointed federal regulator charged with overseeing pipeline safety personally profits from oil spill responses, a DeSmog investigation has found.
Drue Pearce is the acting administrator for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), an agency in the Department of Transportation responsible for ensuring oil and gas pipeline integrity. However, she is also associated with a company specializing in the sale of oil spill equipment.
Pearce, a Republican from Alaska, was appointed on August 7 by the Trump administration to serve as PHMSA’s deputy administrator, a position that does not require U.S. Senate confirmation. However, since at the time the administration had yet to nominate an administrator for the agency, Pearce stepped into the role as acting administrator.
In early September, Trump finally nominated, and last Friday the Senate confirmed rail transport executive Howard Elliot as PHMSA administrator. Once Elliot formally takes the helm at PHMSA, Pearce will serve as his deputy.

Pearce’s Oil Spill Business
Business records filed in the state of Alaska and reviewed by DeSmog show that since 2009 Pearce and her husband, Michael F. Williams, have owned Spill Shield Inc., an Anchorage-based company selling equipment for oil spill responses. The company’s website offers various products, including booms, baffles, skimmers, absorbents, and oil spill response kits.
The company advertises itself as “the Arctic’s preferred partner for environmental compliance products & Oil Spill Response,” and says its products “are very popular in small northern communities, in mining industrial and construction industries, and fishing and hunting lodges.”

2. SLAVE LABOR... by any other name PLEASE!
California inmates are fighting on the front lines to contain raging wildfires, all while state leaders secretly worked to keep them imprisoned and fighting fires for little to no cost.
In recent weeks, parts of the drought-stricken state have ravaged by wildfires, leaving at least 34 people dead and forcing some 20,000 residents to evacuate. The flames have charred over 190,000 acres of land and damaged and/or destroyed around 3,500 structures.
Among those battling the blazes are 3,800 inmates, both men and women, who make up 13 percent of California’s firefighting force and whose cheap labor saves taxpayers $124 million per year, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Working on salaries of just $2 a day and an extra $1 per hour for their time on a fire line, inmates earn next to nothing for their work, compared to civilian firefighters who have a starting salary of $40,000 per year.
Some have compared the work to slave labor.
“The pay is ridiculous,” La’Sonya Edwards, a female inmate who battles blazes in Southern California, told The New York Times in August. “There are some days we are worn down to the core — and this isn’t that different from slave conditions. We need to get paid more for what we do.”
Former mayor of Richmond, Calif., and lieutenant governor candidate Gayle McLaughlin agreed, telling NBC News, “No matter how you may want to dress it up, if you have people working for nothing or almost nothing, you’ve got slave labor, and it is not acceptable.”
Using prison labor to battle blazes is nothing new for the Golden State, however. A recent New York Times report said the state has been employing inmates to fight fires during fire season since the mid-19th century. In 2014, the federal court system began talks to shrink California’s inmate population of almost 115,000 men and women.
State leaders hesitated on the plans, however, because inmates (including those who are eligible for release) serve as a cheap, yet critical source of labor as firefighters.
Lawyers from the office of then-Attorney General Kamala Harris argued that releasing too many inmates “at this time would severely impact fire camp participation — a dangerous outcome while California is in the middle of a difficult fire season and severe drought.” Harris, who now represents California in the U.S. Senate, told Buzzfeed News she was shocked upon hearing her attorneys’ reasoning.
Her office’s argument was one recently echoed by Louisiana Caddo Parish Police Chief Steve Prator, who was upset over the release of “good,” nonviolent inmates “you could work — the ones who can pick up trash.”
“I don’t want state prisoners, [but] they’re a necessary evil to keep the doors open, that we keep a few,” Prator said during a news conference, drawing an immediate backlash from critics who said his comments evoked slavery.

3. Demand an End to BackDoor Web Searches

EFF and 57 organizations, including American Civil Liberties Union, R Street, and NAACP, spoke out against warrantless searches of American citizens in a joint letter this week demanding reforms of the so-called “ backdoor search ” loophole that exists for data collected under Section 702. The backdoor search loophole allows federal government agencies, including the FBI and CIA, to, without a warrant, search through data collected on American citizens. Applying a warrant requirement only to searches of Section 702 data...
Many were shocked to learn that the U.S. indiscriminately vacuums up the communications of millions of innocent people – both around the world and at home – through surveillance programs under Section 702, originally enacted by the FISA Amendments Act. This warrantless, suspicionless surveillance violates established privacy protections, including the Fourth Amendment.
The U.S. government uses Section 702 to justify the collection of the communications of innocent people overseas and in the United States by tapping into the cables that carry domestic and international Internet communications through what's known as Upstream surveillance. The government also forces major U.S. tech companies to turn over private communications stored on their servers through a program often referred to as PRISM. While the programs under Section 702 are theoretically aimed at foreigners outside the United States, they constantly collect Americans’ communications with no meaningful oversight from the courts.
These programs are a gross violation of Americans’ constitutional rights. Communicating with anyone who is potentially located abroad does not invalidate your Fourth Amendment protections.
Tell your representatives in Congress that it is time to let the sun set on this mass Internet spying.

I get really emotional when I watch videos of members of the armed forces coming home after a long deployment to surprise their loved ones. I put myself in the shoes of these families who were separated for months and can feel the love.
Then I get angry.
I get angry because these reunions are as touching as they are senseless.
Sixteen years ago yesterday, the US-led invasion of Afghanistan began. Since then, nothing has been gained but so much has been lost.
Thousands of American soldiers — as well as hundreds of thousands of civilians — have been killed. Many more returned irreparably damaged. They might have come home but their limbs — and often their mental health — have remained behind on the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq.
What did they get in return for their sacrifice? Not much. Members of the armed forces are neither well-paid nor particularly well-cared-for once they return home. As WhoWhatWhy has pointed out, one US veteran commits suicide roughly every hour.
The war has also taken a brutal toll on the families of service members. You can see it in those videos. More than 2.5 million American men and women have served in Afghanistan and Iraq. That means hundreds of thousands of families have been torn apart — many of them forever. In addition, countless children had to spend part of their formative years without their mom or dad, constantly worrying about whether they would see their parent again. Think of the strain that places on families.
And all that for what?
The US isn’t one bit safer. Neither is the Middle East. In fact, the region seems much-less stable now than it was 16 years ago, and the worldwide threat of terrorism has only increased.
Americans are being told that their liberties are under attack — and that the troops are defending them abroad. But the only people who have taken anybody’s freedoms away are sitting in the halls of power in Washington.
They happen to be the same people who apparently never have seen a war they didn’t like — regardless of the consequences for millions of Americans and their families.
So excuse me if I can’t get upset about NFL players supposedly “disrespecting the troops” by taking a knee to protest an injustice. Personally, I can’t think of anything more disrespectful to the men and women in uniform than sending them into harm’s way to fight endless wars with no objective.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

PNN - The Falling Screeds

PNN - Falling Screeds -
Get the latest on Healthcare Alternatives from New Thought Leader Ann Fonfa of Appleseed Annie
threatened by cancer, not getting what you need from Business as Usual Medicine - Contact Annie Appleseed Project   for additional resources.

We are also visited by Denis Campbell of The Three Muckrakers, and the UK Progressives, follows up on his several books investigating contemporary political movements. With the clarity an international journalist with over 20 years of international political leadership. Denis has a new book out about the first 200 plus days of the dangerous Trump presidency.
Denis's New Book - Donald Trump Deplorable Bully

Our Political Commentator Brook Hines returns with her astute political insights. also found at the FLORIDA SQUEEZE

TUNE IN - Live 7pm or anytime.


PNN Stories for 10/8/17

1. The Prez just I can't get no Respect Edition - Who called him what and what did he call who?

2. "Somebody didn't pickup their shift this am at the presidential adult daycare center" -
Corker (Tenn.) tweeted, “It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.”

3. Robert Reich on The Troubles of Tillerson:
"You are Secretary of State – the nation’s chief diplomat – under a president who’s dangerously nuts.
Last weekend, for example, Trump publicly said you were wasting your time trying to open talks with North Korea. Does he have a better idea? Any halfway rational president would ask his Secretary of State to try to talk with Kim Jong-Un.
And there’s Iran. You and Defense Secretary James Mattis have both stated the nuclear agreement should be retained. That, too, is only rational. The International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran has been honoring the agreement. Without it, Iran would restart its nuclear program.
But Trump is on the verge of decertifying the agreement in order to save face (in the 2016 campaign he called it an “embarrassment to America”) and further puncture Barack Obama’s legacy. His narcissism is endangering the world.
You tried to mediate the dispute between Qatar and its Arab neighbors. That, too, was the reasonable thing to do.
But then Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner sided with the United Arab Emirates, where they have business interests. Less than one hour after you called for a “calm and thoughtful dialogue” between Qatar and its neighbors, Trump blasted Qatar for financing terrorism. That was also nuts."

4. Pence leaves football game to save DONNIE's Face! - the Pence team prewarned the press he might go - and seeing KNEELING thought they'd gone catholic on him! - He split!

5. PREZ Calls for Senate Investigate of faux press -
    “Why Isn’t the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!” Trump wrote

6. Prez throws soft KOCH INDUSTRIES Paper Towels at PR Confab
and is denounced for insensitivity - Initially he had planned on distributing loaves and fishes - but they couldn't find any!

7. Analysis is said to show, the President is playing Zero Dimensional CHESS

8. Mayor of Charlottesville VA denounces RACIST NAZIS who held another TIKI POWERED MARCH in his City
"Another despicable visit by neo-Nazi cowards. You’re not welcome here! Go home! Meantime we’re looking at all our legal options. Stay tuned."

9. Puerto Rico - Two-Step
So does this helps explain why the infrastructure in Puerto Rico has been so long neglected—the first priority is to serve this foreign debt and tax breaks for the wealthy?
Absolutely, and it’s only going to get worse because of the PROMESA Act [NB: Passed by Congress to deal with the financial crisis and bankruptcy]. Some critics have dared to describe it as a kind of bailout or aid package, but that’s not so.

There is absolutely no transfer of money from the federal government to Puerto Rico as part of the PROMESA Act. If anything, there’s an imposition of an economic burden on the Puerto Rican government which now has to pay the overhead of the PROMESA board—which is estimated to cost 200 million dollars in its first year alone—and an astronomical, unjustifiable salary of over half a million dollars a year to its manager Natalie Jaresko.

This completely overpaid expensive board arrives in Puerto Rico and the first thing that they say is that everyone has to tighten their belts. There are “furloughs” of government workers, the government has to reduce its payroll by about 30 percent. Now they are going to privatize a lot of the services. The first target was the University of Puerto Rico, which they completely gutted leading to a massive strike at the university.

10.Reality Winner - daze in Court(Innocent until proven guilty?) - Not so Much!
On Thursday, a federal judge denied a second request for bail from Reality Winner, a former National Security Agency contractor accused of violating the Espionage Act, despite an admission from the federal prosecutor in charge of the case that the government relied on false information in Winner’s initial bail hearing.
In his decision denying bail, Judge Brian Epps did not acknowledge or reference the prosecutor’s false statements, despite the statement having been a principal reason the defense moved for the renewed hearing.
The fight over whether Winner should be released pending trial stemmed from her bail hearing shortly after she was indicted in June. Winner was initially denied bail partly on the basis of alleged jailhouse recordings that suggested she may have other classified documents that she wanted to make public...
With no evidence Winner was in possession of more documents, U.S. Attorney Jennifer Solari instead shifted focus during a bail hearing last week to Winner’s character, internet privacy habits, and political views, arguing that the young former NSA contractor had shown “nothing but contempt for our country and our security.”
“The court denies defendant’s motion for release from custody,” Epps wrote in the decision, “and finds by clear and convincing evidence that no condition or combination of conditions will reasonably assure the safety of the community; and by a preponderance of the evidence that no condition or combination of conditions will reasonably assure the appearance of defendant as required.”

11. TRUMPFT's Choice for the EPA pretends not to know his ABCs.
William Wehrum is the Trump administration’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Air and Radiation. “Bill,” the first line of his bio at his law firm, Hunton & Williams, boasts, “is well known for his thorough grasp of environmental issues.”

The senator produced a large graph for Wehrum from NASA, tracking levels of both greenhouse gas emissions and warming from 1880 through 2005. The lines follow one another fairly closely, including a dramatic upward spike through the latter half of the 20th century and early 21st. “Can you acknowledge,” Merkley asked, “that these lines generally track each other?”

“I’m not familiar with those data. I have no idea what it depicts,” Wehrum answers.

Merkley prods. “But you can see the lines. Do the lines track each other?”
“What’s important, senator, is to know how the data is depicted.”
“Yes it is,” Merkley agrees, “But I’m just asking a question: Can you see those two lines, and do they generally track each other?”

Wehrum does not answer the question, leading Merkley to give up on his graph-related line of inquiry for another. “What we see is this Koch Brother-inspired determination not to acknowledge even the most fundamental facts. … Why should the American people put into an office of significant influence someone who refuses to look at the facts directly that are so important to the health of this planet?”

“As I said, these are complex issues and very important issues.”

So Merkley sought to make it a little less complex, asking Wehrum whether he acknowledges a series of basic scientific facts about recent ecological trends tied to rising temperatures: the increasing acidification of the ocean, growing snowpacks on the cascade mountains, longer fire seasons. Wehrum, again, does not respond, saying of ocean acidification that he’s aware there “is an allegation,” before being cut off.

"Bill is well known for his thorough grasp of environmental issues, gleaned from his training as an environmental engineer and prior work in the EPA. In 2017, the Legal 500 described him as "hands down one of the finest Clean Air Act attorneys in the country" He has worked on precedent-setting cases and is at the forfront of some of the most significant environmental issues of the day."

Sunday, October 01, 2017

PNN - A life vest for Civilization

PNN - A Life Vest for Civilization
PNN welcomes several activists all of whom, are working to uphold the civilized values.

Happily the return of Brook Hines our Senior Political Commentator, on the mend!

Antonio Tovare from the Farm Workers Association of Florida discusses some of the hardships facing the agricultural workers in Florida.

We also are visited by Ellyn Stevenson with the organization called Indivisible Martin and the Safety Pin Alliance who literally just returned from a delivery of donated supplies to the farmworkers of Immokalee, FL. 33455.

We also have the great pleasure of welcoming Pam Goodman, President of the League of Women Voters who will discuss some of the projects they are undertaking.

Join us Sunday Live or Anytime 7pm East / 6pm Central / 4pm Pacific

PNN - Antonio

Rick Spisak, News, Director
Progressive News Network

PNN 10/1/17 - News Stories

1. Free Press was recently hit with a sophisticated series of
cyberattacks that attempted to gain access to staff emails.

This wasn’t your standard spam — it was a coordinated attack by professionals. We were targeted because of our outspoken leadership on Net Neutrality.

This was a startling and negative experience. But if there’s a silver lining (beyond the fact that we thwarted the hackers), it’s that this prolonged attack tells us that our work is effective — so effective that the opposition is resorting to dirty tricks to try and stop us.

2. GOOGLE / Censorship De-monitiz-ation (TAKING THE MONEY) [its good to be the monopoly]

Though legacy media has framed this issue as one of Neo-Nazis using an alternative right wing website, it is important to recognize that Google has also censored the left-leaning outlet Counterpunch. Youtube has also come under fire recently for demonetizing content creators from across the political spectrum.

Gab stated via twitter: “Gab’s domain registrar has given us 5 days to transfer our domain or they will seize it. The free  and open web is in danger.” Gab also pointed out the fact that the issue with their domain had occurred less than a day after their law suit against Google was filed. As of today, Gab stated via twitter that “Update: Gab has secured our domain away from Asia Registry.”

Gab had been notified of the domain issue less than 24 hours after filing a lawsuit against Google for allegedly violating  anti-trust laws. The Washington Post reported the words of Gab CEO Andrew Torba on the suit: “Google is the biggest threat to the free flow of information…

Gab started to fight against the big tech companies in the marketplace, and their monopolistic onduct has forced us to bring the fight to the courtroom.”

Further explaining the impetus for the suit, he told the Washington Post: “Imagine if a private orporation owned all the highways and they decided to close them down whenever  they feel like it — that is what it’s like. You cannot deny people a fundamental staple of the Internet.”

In the wake of the news from Asia Registry, Torba told Breitbart that “This action from Asia Registry, just days  after our lawsuit with Google was filed, is unprecedented. We have acted in good faith with Asia Registry and had no problems up until we raised our funding round and launched
our lawsuit against Google.”

Julian Assange also responded to Gab’s plight, writing: “anti-censorship” Twitter alternative “” discovers the dangers of using Australia during the current Western  pro-censorship hysteria.” Assange has long warned of the danger posed by Google becoming enmeshed with the deep

Erroneous settings on water gauges lowered groundwater levels to three feet below the required safety levels.

Radioactively contaminated water from Japan's damaged Fukushima nuclear reactor may have leaked, according to the plant operator. Erroneous settings on water gauges lowered groundwater levels at half of the dozen nearby wells to three feet below the required safety levels.

When groundwater at one well briefly sank below the level of the contaminated water in May, it might have caused radioactive  water to leak into the soil.

Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) is the firm responsible for Fukushima.

Tepco spokesman Shinichi Nakakuki said that their samples did not show an abnormal increase in radioactivity and leaks to the outside are unlikely.Risks of a leak were unlikely because groundwater levels at wells dug closer to the reactors have stayed above minimum safety levels, said Mr Nakakakuki.
Tepco is investigating the potential contamination after it discovered the problem this week.

Three former executives with the operator of the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have pleaded not guilty to charges of professional negligence, in the only criminal action targeting officials since the triple meltdown more than six years ago. In the first hearing of the trial at Tokyo district court on Friday, Tsunehisa Katsumata, who was chairman of Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) at the time of the disaster, and two other former executives argued they could not have foreseen a tsunami of the size that knocked out the plant’s backup cooling system, triggering a meltdown in three reactors.
“I apologise for the tremendous trouble to the residents in the area and around the country because of the serious accident that caused the release of radioactive materials,”  Katsumata said, bowing slightly.

Prosecutors alleged that the 77-year-old, along with his co-defendants, Sakae Muto, 67, and Ichiro Takekuro, 71 – both former Tepco vice-presidents – had been shown data that anticipated a tsunami of more than 10 metres in height that could cause a power outage and other serious consequences.

election commission:


Sunday, September 17, 2017

PNN - Irma's Backside

PNN - Irma's Backside

BUT FIRST a Word from Our Resident, President Poet:

   I do not like him on twitter
   I wouldn't trust him to carry cat litter
   I wouldn't trust him to take out trash
   he's been a fool with Danna Bash
   He's silly, foolish and acts all RASH
   I've seen him speak and all those he bashed
   I've seen him insult MEN & WOMEN
   Is he a CHUMP? I think its GIVEN
   He insults friends and foes alike
   then wonders why he is not liked?
   He demanded MEXICO BUILD A WALL
   then demanded tax payers fund it after all.

   Trust him with the NEW-CLEAR Code
   My GAWD I'd rather KISS A TOAD
   See him in charge of GREAT VAST ARMIES
   I've seen what he's done with just a TWEET

   I DO NOT LIKE HIM when he wears a SHEET!
   I DO NOT LIKE HIM in the Oval Office
   I DO NOT CARE when he says can't TOP THIS!
   All his audiences he says are large
   BIGGER EVEN than his EGO
   WILD CARD PREZ his friends are saying

   So Trump can take his adolescent humor
   an gold plated angst (its not a rumor)
   I just wish he'd GO and haunt the DUMA

 PNN - so recently on Hiatus, due to the threat of Irma to Florida,
            Returns with stories of the good will of the Progressive Community
            from the windswept islands in the Caribbean to the hills of Appalachia.

We bring, guests from the south, guests from Irma's wrath, and rescuers who came and helped.
Those that fled and those that came to rescue. Stories from the road and stories gathered from under tarps and terrifying skies.

Brook Hines, [Senior Political Commentator] & Kartik Krishnaiyer, [Publisher of Florida Squeeze]
will discuss their experiences with Irma and her wilding windswept ways. Tales of survivors, and damages, and losses. There amidst the broken branches and scattered detritis of lives the many very marvelous humane victories.

We also have the great good fortune to bring you Frank Day and Panhandle progressives, tell their tales, These wonderful friends and colleagues from Florida's panhandle who worked to send supplies not only to the survivors and victims of Harvey - but they have sent supplies and help to Irma victims as well.

TUNE IN  - 7pm Eastern / 6pm Central / 4 pm Pacific

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Betsy Does Culty in Tallie

Betsy Devos's  Pilgrimage in avoids pubic schools Tallahassee!

I. Can you imagine, It's so liberating. It's not as if universal ( Free k-12) education has made a difference or even the smallest contribution to America's scientific leadership of the world over the last century. 

II. Think of the benefits to Darwinian Capitalism if they could shed adults completely from the workforce, in favor of "icon/emoji" button pressing post-literate child-workforce. Why LEAD THE WORLD IN EDUCATED CITIZENS, when you could lead in something more intrinsically valuable like CEO SALARIES. 

III. WHY - this way a handful of CEO's could be earning hundreds of Trillions instead of a few measly billions per quarter. 

IV. Betsy D (for Dense, Dunce, Deluded, Dangerous, Destructive, Devious) leads the way !!! It's religious cult schools or nothing, and please let us finally dispense with the out dated liberal fallacy, that everyone needs literacy. (How troublesome and expensive) Most are demonstrably reading nothing more significant than ball scores and rifle training manuals. 

V. That has no profitable value anyway. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

We had a wonderful Show planned and then the WHITE SUPREMACISTS decided to attack in Virginia. So we shifted our focus and did some digging we bring you this show on brotherhood

We will feature Brook Hines recent journalistic investigations and we will discuss the evil of those who would ethnically and racially "purge" this country of all the immigrants

Then we will hear from the UF President discussing welcoming white supremacists and taliban and cannibals to lecture at the campus.
The a speech of Dr. Kings

PNN Brotherhood & Sisterhood Show
Brook Hines & Fred Barr - Movement Mentality

1. Chanting "blood and soil,” “white lives matter”
   and “you will not replace us,” scores of white nationalists
   holding torches marched across the University of Virginia campus
   in Charlottesville on Friday night.

   Scuffles broke out between them and a small group of
   counter-protesters calling themselves “anti-fascists” who
   were surrounded as they demonstrated in advance of Saturday’s
   “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, which is expected
   to be one of the largest far-right gatherings in the U.S.
   in at least a decade.

2. In memory of Heather Heyer
   who lost her life opposing RACISM

3. Give me your tired your poor
   your huddled masses yearning to breathe free
   the wretched refuse of your teeming shore
   send these the homeless tempest tossed to me
   I lift my lamp beside the GOLDEN DOOR

4. White-nationalist group that influenced alleged Charleston shooter is subsidized by American taxpayers Council of Conservative Citizens is 'social welfare' an organization that pays no federal taxes

   Alleged Charleston gunman Dylann Roof wrote that he was never the same after discovering a website with “pages upon pages of these brutal black on white murders.”

   The pages that left Roof in disbelief were the product of a white-nationalist group subsidized by American taxpayers.

   The Council of Conservative Citizens Inc. is listed by the Internal Revenue Service as a nonprofit organization that promotes social welfare, also known as a 501(c)(4).
   Such groups pay no federal taxes, a form of government subsidy.

   The council is now under fire for allegedly inspiring racial hatred in Roof, a 21-year-old high school dropout. He is charged with nine counts of murder.

   Tax-exempt social welfare groups are supposed to “primarily promote the common good and general welfare of the people of the community as a whole,” according to IRS documents.

   The Council of Conservative Citizens explains on its website that its members believe “that the American people and government should remain European in their composition and character….
   We also oppose all efforts to mix the races of mankind.”

   Groups that espouse hate can be stripped of their tax-exempt status, said Marcus Owens, who ran the IRS’s exempt organizations division in the 1990s. That happened to the neo-Nazi group
   National Alliance in 1982. The Council of Conservative Citizens has been identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a “notorious, racist hate group.”

   However, Owens says Republicans in Congress have made it virtually impossible for the IRS to revoke the tax-exempt status of political groups after the recent, so-called tea party scandal. Republicans criticized the IRS for what they said was  the inexcusable targeting of conservative 501(c)(4)s. And the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said the agency had employed “inappropriate criteria” in scrutinizing some groups’ tax-exemption applications.

Vigils in Palm Beach, Stuart, Gainsville

Friday, July 21, 2017

Good Neighbor Policy

The New Good Neighbor Policy

The corporations exist at the sufferance (charter) of civil society it was "assumed" in the past that the corner butcher or dry goods shop owner or car dealer who lived and prospered by the use of civic roads and infrastructure was compelled by native instinct to avoid shirking community norms and would not poison, or pollute or adulterate their products because the good city burghers would not tolerate such abuse from a fellow shopkeeper. (Now corporate entity) run by another villager to deal so imprudently and callously with a neighbor and fellow villager. 

As corporations or shop keepers got bigger,  so large so as to claim resources from many villagers, they have learned two diabolical skills - first playing fast and loose with international taxation loopholes (as in apple or microshaft or gargle) ((and many mangy more))

"I'm not living here, for tax paying purposes" they claim, and because,  playing tax bill "whack a mole" and chasing these international shopkeepers scofflaws is a time consuming and expensive task. 
 (not to mention) How lobbyist cash "donations" have become a strong disincentive for strict enforcement of shop keeper responsibility. 

We can no longer afford to have these international scofflaws thrive and hide, who expect to be able to sell in this village, but claim to live "over there" (for tax responsibility purposes) 
While all the while using all the infrastructure they need,  to do business  (mail service, street lights, EMT, roads, bridges, power, police, all civil structures) in not just one,  but so many villages. 

You say, These shopkeepers or corporations, or  companies are people too? Well then, we must respond, It's time, to put an end to these tax responsibility scofflaws. 
They need to ante up and support your town and mine. Let  me also add, when they poison our lakes, streams, rivers and air... no legal niceties should absolve them, shield these irresponsible shopkeepers  allowing them to skirt a good neighbor's civic duty. 

You insist your four year old cleans up their mess - should these cross border shopkeepers should do less? And if our civic leaders be reluctant to hold them as responsible for their messes as you would your child. 
Then they need a lesson in responsibility too. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

PNN The Voices of Gaia


Two activists talk about the threat to free speech when corporation use threat and suits against activists The Voice of Gaia

This Sunday Two Woman Who Fight the good fight for Gaia and for us, and have each faced down censure and political pressure, address how fighting to protect our environment becomes a fight for free speech.
Tune In Live Sunday: Maggie Hurchalla (Longtime Conservation /Preservation Activist) and Professor Wendy Lynne Lee (Human Rights/Anti-Fracking Activist) discuss Threats to Free Speech & Speaking Up for the Environment
Brook Hines Senior Political Commentator and Associate Producer?? as always brings her keen political insight to the latest political news.

Live Sunday 7pm East/  4pm West
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Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation
Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation, also known as SLAPP suits, ordinarily arise out of defamation lawsuits. Defamation is a common law tort whereby one citizen can sue another citizen for damage to reputation. The difference between an ordinary defamation lawsuit and a SLAPP suit is that the plaintiff in a SLAPP suit does not generally plan to actually win their lawsuit. Instead, SLAPP suits are intended to intimidate, censor, disparage, burden, and punish activists for exercising their right to free speech and protest. SLAPP suits are used against individuals who may have meager resources and are unable to afford the legal counsel necessary to help them protect their rights.
As one court has stated:
SLAPP suits function by forcing the target into the judicial arena where the SLAPP filer foists upon the target the expenses of a defense.
The purpose of such gamesmanship ranges from simple retribution for past activism to discouraging future activism.
Those who lack the financial resources and emotional stamina to play out the “game” face the difficult choice of defaulting despite meritorious defenses or being brought to their knees to settle.
Persons who have been outspoken on issues of public importance targeted in such suits or who have witnessed such suits will often choose in the future to stay silent. Short of a gun to the head, a greater threat to First Amendment expression can scarcely be imagined.
Gordon v. Marrone, 590 N.Y.S. 2d 649, 656 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 1992
The use of SLAPP suits as a harassment tool became so pervasive that beginning in the 1990’s, some states began adopting laws — commonly referred to as “anti-SLAPP” laws — to protect a citizen’s rights to engage in free speech. Not all of these laws are alike, but many of these anti-SLAPP laws offer defendants the opportunity to recoup their legal fees if they prove that they have been forced to defend themselves from a frivolous lawsuit. CLICK HERE to see if your state has anti-SLAPP laws and to get updates on progress of federal anti-SLAPP legislation. However, even if the defendant ultimately prevails with an anti-SLAPP suit, the defendant will likely have wasted multiple years defending their case. Thus, exoneration from a SLAPP suit, if it comes at all, will not come without years of time wasted on litigation and emotional turmoil, as well as the loss of thousands of dollars if a defendant is not lucky enough to live in the few states that have anti-SLAPP laws.
In the last twenty years, animal rights activists in particular have been a target of these suits, some for merely posting a blog on their personal website, and others for their acts of protest and political demonstration. The threat of these lawsuits is enough to make any social change advocate hesitate before expressing their opinion, in effect illegally chilling that individual’s exercise of the First Amendment.
CLDC is a national expert in defending activists and their campaigns from the threat of unconstitutional SLAPP suits. CLDC has a large brief bank and legal resources available for lawyers. If you are an attorney representing environmental or social change activists, please contact us. If you are an activist or organizer and a SLAPP suit has been filed against you, contact the CLDC immediately for assistance. In most states, you only have 30 days from when you were served with the lawsuit to file a response asserting constitutional defenses. CLDC provides trainings to activist campaigns on SLAPP suits.
Defamation in the Political Arena
Because the First Amendment protects our right to free speech, the common law legal claim of defamation can only be used against activity that is not protected speech under the Constitution. Essentially, there is no defamation of a public figure or concerning a matter of public concern unless the speaker knowingly and recklessly made a false statement with a “malicious intent” that caused injury to the affected individual. See New York Times Company & Ralph Abernathy et al. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964). However, in the realm of SLAPP suits, the corporations and individuals who file the lawsuits routinely ignore these Constitutional safeguards. For example, even though animal welfare advocacy is an issue of public interest that receives Constitutional protection, see e.g. Dienes v. Associated Newspapers, Inc., 137 Mich. App. 272, 276, SLAPP suits against animal welfare advocates may be filed and proceed for years without any proof that statements made against them were false or made with a reckless disregard for the truth.

Blog Posting
Comins v. VanVoorhis, Case No. 2009 CA 15047-0 (PDF)
(9th Judicial District Circuit Court, Orange County, Florida)
In 2008, a blogger named Matthew VanVoorhis posted a YouTube video link to a video of a man named Chris Comins shooting two dogs, along with two articles expressing his concern, anger, and opinion on the incident. Comins was later charged with two counts of felony animal abuse for this incident. Despite the video documentation of the event and the pending felony charges, Comins sued VanVoorhis for defamation and “tortuous interference with a business relationship,” and has requested an unspecified amount of damages that at least exceed $15,000. Comins argues that the blog postings “contain numerous factual inaccuracies, gross exaggerations and damaging statements regarding Plaintiff and the incident.” He argues that the “blog posts are designed to incite violence and pose an imminent threat to Plaintiff and employees of his company.” Van Voorhis has filed a motion to dismiss the complaint and has filed counter claims in the lawsuit arguing that the lawsuit violates his First Amendment rights.


History of Audubon in Florida
The voice of conservation in Florida for over 115 years.

In the beginning there was the Audubon Society
The creation of the Audubon Society by George Bird Grinnell in 1886 marked the beginning of the nation's conservation ethic. As editor of Forest and Stream, Grinnell appealed to his readership to unite for bird preservation and protection. Within a year 39,000 individuals joined the Audubon Society, which Grinnell named after the distinguished naturalist and painter John James Audubon. With the magazine staff unable to manage the overwhelming response, the society folded in less than three years.
In 1896, Bostonian socialite Mrs. Augustus Hemenway took up the mission and formed the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Hemenway was outraged by the slaughter of entire flocks of birds for their plumage, many in the recesses of the Everglades and South Florida. Florida had become the primary hunting grounds for plume hunters, where the change from abundant birdlife to scarcity and sometimes extirpation was occurring with incredible speed.
This time the Audubon idea endured, and by the turn of the century, more than 15 state Audubon Societies had been formed and were already working collaboratively to protect birds, wildlife and their habitats.
The First Decade: The end of the reign of the plume hunters
From the beginning, Audubon made major strides in bird protection, from legislation outlawing plume hunting in the state, education programs that reached thousands of children and adults, to on-the-ground wardens who protected important rookeries. Florida Audubon's early success came from its partnerships with leaders of other state Audubon Societies, the American Ornithologists' Union, and the Florida Federation of Women's Clubs.
On March 2, the first meeting of the Florida Audubon Society is held in Maitland at the L.F. Dommerich estate. The list of early Ôofficers' included: N.Y. Governor and later U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, Florida Governor W.D. Bloxham, American Museum of Natural History's Frank Chapman, Rollins College President G.M. Ward, Stetson University President J.F. Forbes, and the editors of the state's largest newspapers. A little later, the list grew to include President Grover Cleveland, Florida Governor W.S. Jennings, ornithologist Theodore S. Palmer, and Maria R. Audubon.
Working together, the state Audubon Societies successfully push for the passage of the Lacey Act, prohibiting the interstate trade of wildlife killed in violation of state laws.
A regular winter visitor to Florida, Frank Chapman, ornithologist and curator of the American Museum of Natural History, organizes the first Christmas Bird Count. The holiday tradition has grown into the largest volunteer wildlife census in the world and today, in Florida, more than 2,000 people participate in over 60 Christmas Bird Counts each year during a three-week period around Christmas.


William Dutcher, chairman of the American Ornithologists' Union (AOU) Committee on Bird Protection, acts on behalf of the state Audubon Societies and is the glue that holds together the various elements of the conservation movement. Dutcher travels to Florida in 1901 and assists Florida Audubon in persuading the legislature to pass the Audubon Model Law, outlawing plume hunting in the state. Dutcher administers the AOU's Thayer Fund to hire wardens to protect birds, and hires lighthouse keepers in Key West and the Dry Tortugas.
Later that same year, FAS executive committee member Mrs. Kingsmill Marrs travels to New York to meet with Dutcher and other Audubon leaders to discuss the formalization of a National Association of Audubon Societies.
The National Committee of Audubon Societies is formed in November, in Washington, DC.
Dutcher hires Guy Bradley as warden in South Florida, upon the recommendation of FAS' Kirk Munroe and Mrs. Kingsmill Marrs.
On March 14, with the encouragement of Frank Chapman and FAS, President Theodore Roosevelt establishes Pelican Island in the Indian River Lagoon as the first Federal Bird Reservation, giving birth to the National Wildlife Refuge system. Audubon hires Paul Kroegel as the first warden of Pelican Island. By the end of his presidency, Roosevelt names nine more bird reservations in Florida
"The Audubon Society, which has done far more than any other single agency in creating and fostering an enlightened public sentiment for the preservation of our useful and attractive birds, is [an organization] consisting of men and women who in these matters look further ahead than their fellows, and who have the precious gift of sympathetic imagination, so that they are able to see, and wish to preserve for their children's children, the beauty and wonder of nature."
- Theodore Roosevelt
By 1904, Florida Audubon's educational efforts are in full gear, with 14 educational leaflets produced and about 6,000 leaflets and pamphlets distributed. The following year, the Orange County Board of Education sets aside one-half hour per week for bird study. FAS uses bird outlines and large charts purchased from Massachusetts Audubon for the program.
In January, the National Association of Audubon Societies for the Protection of Wild Birds and Animals [later to become National Audubon Society] is incorporated. William Dutcher is named president, John E. Thayer first vice president, Theodore S. Palmer second vice president, Frank Chapman treasurer, and T. Gilbert Pearson secretary.
NAS assumes full responsibility of the warden program. Dutcher and Mrs. Marrs work closely to retain the Florida wardens, including Guy Bradley.
Bird-Lore [later to become Audubon Magazine] becomes the official magazine of NAS and includes Florida Audubon's annual reports, written each year by Kingsmill Marrs.
On July 8, Guy Bradley is killed in the line of duty near Flamingo.
Audubon warden Columbus G. MacLeod is killed in the line of duty at Charlotte Harbor. The murder sparks the nation's conscience and Audubon intensifies its nationwide campaign against the wearing of feathers.
The 1910s and 1920s: Gaining Ground, Losing Ground
Audubon lost some ground in the 1910s, when the Audubon Warden program suffered from a lack of funding and wardens were withdrawn from Florida. In "The Florida Audubon Society: 1900-1935," Lucy Worthington Blackman recounts: "The Alligator Bay rookery [in southwest Everglades], the largest egret rookery in Florida, was shot out and burned that year by hunters, simply for lack of $750 for wardens to protect it - burned so that the remnants of the colony would abandon the place ... Three Audubon wardens had carried the eight hundred egrets in the colony safely through the 1915 nesting season. The next year they were abandoned to their fate."'
But Audubon still made major strides in conservation during this era through the establishment of sanctuaries, passage of important legislation like the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and after years of battle, the establishment of the State Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission.
William Dutcher suffers a disabling stroke. T. Gilbert Pearson who grew up in the backwoods of Archer, Florida, succeeds him as chief executive officer and leads the Society for the next twenty-four years. Pearson works tirelessly to push for legislation to protect wildlife.
In 1911, FAS member Oscar Baynard encourages NAS to purchase Bird Island in Orange Lake in Alachua County. Baynard is named as warden.
FAS' L.F. Dommerich retires his presidency due to poor health. After his death in July, Dommerich's family donates $5,000 to National Audubon to protect birds in Florida.
Pathologist Dr. Herbert R. Mills, St. Petersburg leader Katherine B. Tippetts, and botanist Professor Henry Nehrling are named to the executive committee.
After an intense campaign with an estimated 200,000 letters and telegrams written to Congress, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is passed into law.
National Audubon and Florida Audubon jointly hire Katherine Stuart to lecture at schools and Junior Audubon Clubs in 25 towns throughout Florida. By 1914, 30,000 leaflets had been distributed and Audubon in Florida boasted more than 3,500 members and 162 Junior Audubon Clubs.
National Audubon acquires Micanopy Rookery and, four years later, San Sebastian Rookery, adding them to the sanctuary program.
The last Passenger Pigeon dies in captivity in Cincinnati.
Alligator Bay Rookery in southwest Everglades is wiped out in the absence of Audubon wardens.
Audubon celebrates the creation of National Park Service.
The last Carolina Parakeet dies in captivity in Cincinnati.
Florida Audubon begins publishing the Florida Audubon Bulletin, predecessor of the Florida Naturalist magazine.
Katherine Tippetts, a strong leader with St. Petersburg Audubon, becomes president of FAS. She had already convinced Pinellas County to create 11 municipal bird sanctuaries, and within three years of her presidency, helps to establish 30 more municipal sanctuaries, including the designation of all of Volusia County as a bird sanctuary for a 2-year period.
The Legislature makes bird study compulsory in schools. NAS and FAS arrange for credit courses to be taught at colleges and universities.
After years of efforts, Audubon succeeds in getting the legislature to pass two acts, one creating a Department of Game and Fresh Water Fish, and the other establishing a State Game Commissioner.
Florida Audubon Bulletin is transformed into the Florida Naturalist magazine. R.J. Longstreet becomes it first editor and remains editor for more than two decades. Longstreet also serves as president of Florida Audubon from 1930 to 1936.
The 1930s and 1940s: New vitality in the Everglades and Audubon Warden program
Despite the Depression, National Audubon found new vitality in the leadership of John Baker. Like every NAS president before him, Baker spent time working directly in Florida to protect birds in the state. The Audubon warden program was strengthened under Baker's leadership, with a flurry of activity in the Everglades and south Florida.
Long-time FAS activist, Dr. Herbert Mills hires warden Fred W. Shultz to protect Green Key in the Tampa Bay area. Almost immediately, his territory is expanded to include several other islands in Hillsborough Bay.
Today, Audubon's Florida Coastal Islands Sanctuaries program protects some 50,000 breeding pairs of birds from Tarpon Springs to Sarasota, as well as five islands near West Palm Beach.
John Baker becomes executive director (and later president) of NAS and succeeds in building Audubon membership in the midst of the Depression. His first day on the job, Baker hires the great teacher and illustrator of birds, Roger Tory Peterson. Baker goes on to build a team of educators, artists and scientists, including Allan D. Cruickshank, a photographer and popular lecturer who teaches with slides and an amazing assortment of bird calls. Soon, Peterson and Cruickshank team up to create some of the most successful natural history programs in the nation.
Later, Cruickshank retires with his wife, Helen, to Rockledge where the naturalist team continues to be active in monitoring and photographing Florida birds and publishing several books on the natural and human history of Florida.
Alexander Sprunt, Jr. becomes Director of Audubon's Southern Sanctuaries and supervisor of wardens in the southeast. After the Great Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, Sprunt conducts the first aerial survey of the Great White Herons.
Aldo Leopold, who revolutionized game management, is named to the National board.
Marvin Chandler becomes the first in a series of family members to serve as Audubon wardens to patrol Kissimmee Prairie and Lake Okeechobee.
NAS acquires Lake Okeechobee Sanctuary in 1938, and the Ordway-Whittell Kissimmee Prairie Sanctuary in 1980.
NAS' Director of Audubon Sanctuaries, Robert Porter Allen establishes a research station in Tavernier, in the Florida Keys, commencing a full time study of the life history of Roseate Spoonbills.
By the 1950s, Audubon expands the focus of the Tavernier Science Center to include all aspects of the Florida Bay and Florida Keys environment, ranging from corals, seagrasses and mangroves, to game fishes, crocodiles and Bald Eagles. Today, the Roseate Spoonbill studies that Allen began 65 years ago continue in Tavernier.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Bald Eagle Protection Act into law.
Audubon works with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Ira Gabrielson to salvage the Whooping Crane from the jaws of extinction. Today, a non-migratory population of Whooping Cranes is being reintroduced in Florida by Gabrielson's grandson, Dr. Steve Nesbitt, who works for the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas publishes The Everglades: River of Grass and teaches the world to love a swamp. That same year, Audubon's long efforts in the Everglades pay off when Everglades National Park is established.
The 1950s and 1960s: The Dawn of Ecology, War on Pesticides
By the 1950s technological advances presented Audubon with new and more complex threats to wildlife than the market hunting of the early days. Audubon expanded its scientific research programs and became heavily involved in the effort to ban the use of pesticides that were suspected of causing population failures in eagles, ospreys, brown pelicans, and other "end-of-chain" consumers.
After a nationwide grassroots campaign, NAS' John Baker secures acquisition of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, the last great stand of ancient bald cypress left in Florida.
Today, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary has become the model for Audubon Centers in Florida, with its new Blair Center, interpretive programs, and boardwalk that meanders through the cypress swamp.
Bald Eagles in Florida hit their low point with 251 nests. After the release of Rachel Carson's book "Silent Spring," Audubon launches campaign to ban toxic pesticides.
Alexander "Sandy" Sprunt IV becomes Research Director at Tavernier. He conducts a continent-wide study of Bald Eagle reproduction and pesticide effects.
Today, Florida boasts the largest population of Bald Eagles in the continental United States with over 1,000 nesting pairs. Audubon continues its commitment to the Bald Eagle by serving on the Southeast Bald Eagle Recovery Team to establish protection for the eagle once it is removed from the endangered species list, and by rehabilitating and releasing injured eagles at Audubon's Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland.
Audubon celebrates legislative successes including the Water Conservation Act, the Wilderness Act, and the state's Outdoor Recreational Lands program.
Alligator products are boycotted, leading to listing and protection until populations recover.
With the support of Florida Audubon, long-time board member, Marjory Harris Carr, establishes the Florida Defenders of the Environment to halt construction of the Cross-Florida Barge Canal.
The 1970s and 1980s: Nature in the Balance
Population growth and industry were having an increasing affect on wildlife, wetlands, rivers and streams. Audubon worked to develop major new federal policies and laws for endangered species, clean air and water, and wild and scenic rivers. The focus in Florida was on land acquisition programs, protecting wetlands and managing the state's explosive growth.
The first EarthDay is held on April 22.
Congress passes the Clean Water Act.
Audubon blocks a proposed jetport in Big Cypress.
By executive order, President Richard Nixon puts a halt to the Cross-Florida Barge Canal. Today, Audubon and Florida Defenders of the Environment continue the fight to remove the Rodman Dam and let the Ocklawaha River run free.
After a long battle with Audubon in the forefront, DDT and DDE are banned from use in the U.S.
The Legislature enacts Land and Water Management Act and Water Resources Act. These laws become the basis for Water Management Districts, and land use protection, including designation of the Florida Keys, Big Cypress and Green Swamp as Areas of Critical Concern.
The first environmental ballot vote for land acquisition is passed in Florida, creating the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program.
Audubon helps to establish the Florida Ornithological Society.
Audubon plays role in setting strict regulations for oil drilling in Big Cypress.
Congress passes Endangered Species Act.
Audubon pushes the state to pass oil and gas rules and regulations.
Congress establishes Big Cypress National Preserve.
Audubon's Peter C.H. Pritchard calls a meeting of experts to discuss a recovery plan for the Florida Panther. Soon after, the Florida Panther Recovery Team is formed.
Audubon's campaign to protect the West Indian manatee succeeds in passing the Manatee Protection Act.
The Legislature passes the Conservation and Recreation Lands program [CARL].
Establishment of Audubon's Center for Birds of Prey. Since opening, more than 3,000 raptors have been treated and released, including hundreds of Bald Eagles.
Save Our Rivers and Save Our Coasts programs are approved by the Legislature.
Congress passes the Wetlands Protection Act.

Photo: Florida Audubon
Growth Management Act approved by Legislature. Florida Audubon publishes "citizens handbook" to guide environmentalists in using the new process.
Lake Apopka Restoration Act is passed by Legislature.
Audubon encourages the purchase of North Key Largo lands and begins restoration projects in the Florida Keys with support from Environmental Protection Agency's Florida Keys Environmental Trust Fund.
Surface Water Improvement and Management Act [SWIM] is approved by the Legislature.
Audubon supports the expansion of Big Cypress National Preserve by 115,000 acres through an Arizona land exchange.
Attempts to save the Dusky Seaside Sparrow by Audubon's Dr. Herbert W. Kale II, Santa Fe Community College Teaching Zoo, Walt Disney World Discovery Island Zoological Park fail, when the last Dusky dies in captivity.
Legislature passes the Wekiva River Protection Act.
The Last Decade of the Century: Conservation alive and well
During the last decade of the 20th century, our 100-year commitment to the Everglades paid off when Floridians passed two constitutional amendments, and both the Congress and Legislature committed funds to restore the River of Grass. In addition, Audubon played a strategic role in placing the Conservation Amendment on the ballot in 1998, and led the campaign to see it ratified by an overwhelming majority of voters, showing that Floridians - across the board - care about the environment. And, on November 6, 1999, Florida Audubon and National Audubon unified their work in the state, to become one booming voice for conservation for the new century.
Preservation 2000, a model land acquisition program, is approved by the Legislature with Audubon support.
Upon the suggestion of Audubon, Disney purchases Walker Ranch as mitigation, giving birth to the "Disney Wilderness Preserve."
Audubon establishes Everglades Conservation Office in Miami to ensure the restoration and conservation of the Greater
Everglades Forever Act approved by Florida Legislature. The 49-member Governor's Commission for a Sustainable South Florida (GCSSF) is established by Governor Lawton Chiles.
In their Initial Report, the GCSSF finds South Florida's future unsustainable, both ecologically and economically.
The GCSSF develops broad-based conceptual plan for Everglades Restoration. Congress approves the Water Resources Development Act, which calls for full restoration of the Everglades based on the GCSSF's conceptual plan. The Act calls for the development of a comprehensive restoration plan (the Restudy) as an intergovernmental partnership.
Congress approves the farm bill for $200 million for Everglades restoration and Vice President Al Gore announces Clinton Administration's $1.2 billion Everglades Restoration Plan. 1996Voters approve two of the three "Save Our Everglades" amendments, calling for a "Polluter Must Pay" requirement concerning Everglades pollution.
Audubon serves on Constitutional Revision Commission, which places "Conservation Amendment" on the ballot.
Audubon leads campaign to see Amendment 5 ratified by over 70% of voters.
Florida Audubon and National Audubon unify their efforts in Florida, becoming a stronger, more effective Audubon of Florida. At the turn of the century, Audubon of Florida boasts 40,000 members in 45 community based chapters throughout the state.


Sunday, July 09, 2017

PNN - Defending Civilization

PNN - Defending Civilization 
Brook Hines our Senior Political Commentator, discusses the latest foibles of the party whose new slogan is "We're Not Him!" Reading the "D" leaves is no easy task.  But BROOK BRINGS IT!

We welcome these staunch defenders of civilization:
Denis Campbell Internationally renown, Progressive Journalist, publisher of the UK Progressive, and Host and Producer of the Three Muckrakers. (On iTunes). 

We also welcome another defender of Civilization Keith McHenry one of the founders of Food Not Bombs, discusses the growing and increasingly criminalized poor and homeless. 

We welcome Anna Eskamani, New Candidate for Florida House District 47, a women's rights and human rights activist currently a doctoral fellow and long time Reproductive Rights advocate with Planned Parenthood, as she addresses today's issues for Central Florida.

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Tuesday, July 04, 2017

PNN - Tree Huggers and Senate District 4

Interview with Ruddy - On GMO Trees

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And our Second Guest for the ShowAnnette Taddeo Candidate for Florida Senate District 4
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Sunday, June 11, 2017


PNN_NOTES: 6/11/17

1. When was the last time we had a sitting president and a former FBI director calling each other liars? And something like 100 per cent of the population seems to believe that at least one of the accused liars is a real liar. That’s the new American normal.


The Comey circus produced a holiday atmosphere in DC, with bars open for business before the live hearings came on. And the TV audience for the Comey show was an apparently impressive 19 million-plus viewers. But that’s pallid next to the presidential inauguration’s 30 million-plus, or the Super Bowl’s typical 110 million-plus in the US. Here you may insert the appropriate comment about how these numbers reflect American priorities, with football being five times more engaging than a game where the republic is an underdog.

In this kind of carnival atmosphere, it is little wonder little attention is paid when the director of National Intelligence stonewalls the Senate Intelligence Committee rather than answer questions about presidential law-breaking. Little attention was paid when the director of the Central Intelligence Agency stonewalled rather than answer questions about presidential law-breaking. Even the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Republican majority paid little attention to the stonewalling by top national intelligence community officials, both Trump appointees. Some Democrats paid a little attention, albeit decorously

2. The hearing didn’t begin to get close to testy until Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who was instrumental in getting Comey fired, refused again and again to answer a simple question. The question from Democratic senator Kamala Harris of California (where she was state attorney general) was whether Rosenstein would assure the independence of the independent counsel, former FBI director Robert Mueller, who is investigating the relationship between the Trump campaign and Russian power brokers. Rosenstein would not give a direct answer, choosing to stonewall by filibuster. Senator Harris interrupted:

Sir, if I may, the greater assurance is not that you and I believe in Mueller’s integrity … it is that you would put in writing an indication based on your authority as the acting attorney general that he has full independence.

Again Rosenstein rambled unresponsively and again Harris intervened. At that point, two Republican senators, chairman Richard Burr of North Carolina and John McCain of Arizona, intervened and curtly lectured the senator from California on the need for “courtesy.” It looked for all the world like Republicans playing to their base by trying to put the uppity black woman in her place. As a result, Rosenstein was granted the courtesy of being allowed to stonewall like the others, not even giving lip service to future independence, integrity, or justice.

3. Comey's Successor
The White House’s tweeted choice for James Comey’s successor is Christopher Wray, who has been greeted by largely respectful, if muted acceptance, in the words of The New York Times:
In choosing Mr. Wray, the president is calling on a veteran Washington lawyer who is more low key and deliberative than either Mr. Mueller or Mr. Comey but will remain independent, friends and former colleagues say…. [He] would bring a more subtle management style to the FBI…. [He] is a safe, mainstream pick….


To emphasize that point, the Times ran a picture showing Mueller and Comey, with Wray slightly behind them. The picture was taken in 2004, when Wray was in the Justice Department helping to craft torture policy for President Bush. Wray is overtly political, having given consistently and only to Republican candidates. In 2004, Wray’s testimony about the homicide of a CIA detainee was characterized as “less than truthful” by Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy of Vermont. Wray’s most recent high-profile success was helping to keep New Jersey governor Chris Christie from being indicted for the criminal closing of the George Washington Bridge as political payback. A court allowed Wray to withhold potential evidence against his client.

If being a dishonest Republican torture-promoter isn’t enough to disqualify, maybe his legal work as a partner in the 900-lawyer King & Spalding international law firm would serve. His clients have reportedly included Trump family members. Another partner is the ethics advisor to the Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust. And then there are Wray’s apparent Russian connections reported by USA Today (but not the Times). Wray’s firm has a Moscow office. It “represents Rosneft and Gazprom, two of Russia’s largest, state-controlled oil companies.” Rosneft also has ties to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who, as Exxon CEO made a $500 billion oil drilling deal with Rosneft, a deal suspended by sanctions imposed by the Obama administration.


4. Tainted Waters
Since the Florida Legislature has in many instances pre-empted the ability of local governments to make environmental policy, local citizens are at the mercy of federal and state administrations to protect their health. But even as the concerns grow, government protection is eroding.
In Washington, President Trump has proposed eliminating monies for the South Florida Geographic Initiative, the federal body that monitors the threat of phosphorous, mercury and other pollutants seeping into the Everglades and other regional waters. The proposed cut is part of the president’s wholesale downsizing of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, based on a belief that environmental regulation undermines economic growth. Whether Congress will go along with the elimination of the program is still in question.

But it is the state that has the more immediate, hands-on role to play in protecting Florida’s natural resources. Any discussion of possible long-term effects requires a balance between overreaction and a commitment to gather accurate, relevant information that provides what the public needs to know about those threats. Scientists interviewed said it was precisely the state’s failure in recent years to address the potential dangers of algae contamination that has heightened their concerns.

Martin County had suffered a serious algae outbreak in 2013 and, in 2016, some residents saw another one coming. One of those watchdogs was Mark Perry, executive director of the Florida Oceanographic Society, based in Stuart. He is also co-chairman of the Rivers Coalition — a consortium of local environmental groups, homeowners’ associations, business owners and fishing clubs.

Perry recounts how the crisis unfolded. He says in the second week of May, 2016, a scientist for the South Florida Water Management District identified an algae mat 33 square miles in area floating in Lake Okeechobee. At the same time, the Army Corps of Engineers was forced to continue releasing the rising waters into the St. Lucie Canal which leads to the St. Lucie River.


4. Tainted Water -2 Stand Down
On May 26, state scientists sampled water in Lake Okeechobee and found levels of microcystin that were considered dangerous. Nonetheless, releases of lake water increased dramatically from 420 million gallons per day to 1.2 billion.

Neither the state nor local health departments responded to calls for this report, but according to local press accounts it was May 31 that the scourge reached the main channel of the river, in Stuart, and that was also the day signs were first posted to warn people about the dangers of the water.
That same day, state scientists took more samples. Three days later the reported they had found no toxins, but many locals didn’t believe it.

The Martin County residents say a major aggravation was that the local health department employees were ordered by their superiors in Tallahassee not to do or say anything without word from above. The response was taken out of their hands.


Lippisch remembers a call she received during the crisis. It came from a frightened mother.
“’Should I let my children go outside?’ she asked me. I said, ‘Don’t do it until we know more about this.’ No one warned us it was coming. During those weeks, there was panic. It was like a house being on fire but there was no warning and suddenly the fire was everywhere.’’
According to local news reports, it wasn’t until June 24 that Florida Department of Health, through its local office, contacted local media and issued a health warning.
On a freezing night in November, as police sprayed nonviolent Dakota Access Pipeline opponents with water hoses and rubber bullets, representatives of the FBI, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, North Dakota’s U.S. Attorney’s Office, and local law enforcement agencies frantically exchanged emails as they monitored the action in real time.

“Everyone watch a different live feed,” Bismarck police officer Lynn Wanner wrote less than 90 minutes after the protest began on the North Dakota Highway 1806 Backwater Bridge. By 4 a.m. on November 21, approximately 300 water protectors had been injured, some severely. Among them was 21-year-old Sophia Wilansky, who nearly lost her arm after being hit by what multiple sworn witnesses say was a police munition.

The emails exchanged that night highlight law enforcement efforts to control the narrative around the violent incident by spreading propaganda refuting Wilansky’s story, demonstrate the agencies’ heavy reliance on protesters’ social media feeds to monitor activities, and reveal for the first time the involvement of an FBI informant in defining the story police would promote.

The exchange is included in documents obtained by The Intercept that reveal the efforts of law enforcement and private security contractors to surveil Dakota Access Pipeline opponents between October and December 2016, as law enforcement’s outsized response to the demonstrators garnered growing nationwide attention and the number of water protectors living in anti-pipeline camps grew to roughly 10,000. Although the surveillance of anti-DAPL protesters was visible at the time — with helicopters circling overhead, contingents of security officials watching from the hills above camp, and a row of blinding lights illuminating the horizon along the pipeline’s right of way — intelligence collection largely took place in darkness.

In addition to the email communications, The Intercept is publishing 15 internal situation reports prepared by the private security firm TigerSwan for its client, Dakota Access parent company Energy Transfer Partners, as well as three PowerPoint presentations that TigerSwan shared with law enforcement. The documents are part of a larger set that includes more than 100 internal TigerSwan situation reports that were leaked to The Intercept by one of the company’s contractors and more than 1,000 Dakota Access-related law enforcement records obtained via public records request.

Last week, The Intercept published an exclusive report detailing TigerSwan’s sweeping enterprise, over nine months and across five states, which included surveillance of activists through aerial technology, social media monitoring, and direct infiltration, as well as attempts to shift public opinion through a counter-information campaign. The company, made up largely of special operations military veterans, was formed during the war in Iraq and incorporated its counterinsurgency tactics into its effort to suppress an indigenous-led movement centered around protection of water.