Congress never acts, except to fund more and more war, and deepen DC's bankruptcy, Dr. Paul. Go home and lead Texas to Independence. Your immediate task is to get Texas to disavow their share of DC's debt.
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The same as Soviet people got in 1986, and people in Japan are getting now.
A Frenchman living in Tokyo angrily criticizes the Japanese government for lying about the dangers posed by the quake-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Internet traffic has been restricted in Japan, including YouTube, allegedly to allow more bandwidth for the government to manage the disaster of the most powerful quake in Japanese history, which has left at least 4,000 dead and thousands more still unaccounted for.
This is one of the last uploads to YouTube made from Japan.
The fire in this picture is not from Japan, but from the aging, leaking Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor in Vernon, Vermont.
Chancellor Angela Merkel, has suspended plans to extend the life of Germany's nuclear power plants, in response to the situation in Japan. Governor Peter Shumlin of Vermont has the same power to act.
Or fail to act.
Vermont's Legislature also has that power. Act now. Tell them !
If a highly developed country like Japan, with high safety standards and norms, cannot prevent the consequences for nuclear power of an earthquake or flood, what of tiny Vermont?
Edwin Lyman, a senior scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists, told Reuters that U.S. reactors don't have adequate backup power. 'We do not believe the safety standards for U.S. nuclear reactors are enough to protect the public today'. In other words, we aren't as prepared as the Japanese were.
NRC spokesman David McIntyre said the agency was not granting interviews about the Japan quake.
A flood on the Connecticut River would be enough to inundate the nuclear waste that Entergy, the current owners of Vermont Yankee, have carelessly stockpiled in the flood plain. And spread radioactive waste all over the Connecticut River Valley, and contaminate the sea.
We hope and pray that Japan can bring their reactors under control. Japan has the highest level of emergency preparedness... Vermont... not so much. We share a single MedEvac helicopter with New Hampshire. Our Vermont Guard have (in defiance of the US and Vermont Constitutions) been illegally sent off to Iraq and Afghanistan... so there is NO emergency preparedness in Vermont. So where will we be, if the unthinkable happens here?
Think for yourself.
Vermont Yankee's Radioactive Plume - Right Now
Propaganda. Politics. Are you getting a sense of how it works? We've got a Legislature run by major parties and their corporate lobbyists, who will do anythingfor handouts from major corporations, just to balance their bloated budget. At the moment they're not listening to actual Vermonters with proven alternatives. Vote 'em out! From Juliet Buck on the F-35 in South Burlington blog: Watch this short bit on CCTV: http://www.cctv.org/stream-player-build?nid=102599
You have to be frackin' kidding me, Greco. The Air Force has an incomplete technology that MIGHT make the F-35 quieter than the F-16? You might as well have told us that they might use nonexistent nuclear fusion technology to power the planes. What? It could happen! Thanks for the heaping plateful of VTANG propoganda.
This was the sales pitch that was given to the Vermont Legislature this past May, right before they voted 122-5 in favour of the Lockheed F-35. No anti-F-35 folks were permitted to testify... in fact, no actual Vermonters were permitted to testify... a testament to how much the political machine wanted an overwhelmingly pro-F35 vote. Garbage in, garbage out. I sincerely hope that you, the concerned and community-active reader, run for legislative office in 2012. Because that's where the power is. The Tenth Amendment backs you up. The tired old strategy of running for the 'top spot', the Executive --- is dead. (Vermonters are highly sceptical of single-issue candidates.)
Noise pollution kills, click to learn why. The F-35 is a boondoggle. The Vermont Legislature are supporting Lockheed\'s plans for Vermont 122-5 and the Burlington City Council 7-7, with no regard for our health and the future of our children. Vote \'em out!!!
Third Wednesday Film Series
Every third Wednesday of the month, come see a thought-provoking film at the Center. Right afterwards, join us for a roundtable dinner & discussion at the Hancock Hotel across the street. All films start at 5:00 PM unless by special arrangement. Rescreenings on request, if you plan your own event. If you wish to stay the night, affordable accommodations and hostel beds are available from the adjacent Gathering Inn. Click the film title below for more info about the film!Schedule:
- March 16th: The End of Poverty?
- April 20th: Mixed Nuts ...a screw-ball musical comedy with music from the 20s and 30s, and a cast of independence-minded eccentrics from the Vermont State Hospital who have prepared a vaudeville review directed by Dr. Elizabeth Darcy. The bizarre crew of entertainers is lead by a re-incarnated, unpredictable, and loveable Ethan Allen. Mixed Nuts premièred in August 2010 at the Unadilla Theatre. This is a compilation of home videos of the complete stage production, for those who missed it the first time around. Some behind-the-scenes professional footage by Independent Vermont filmmaker Teo Zagar will also be shown.
- May 18th The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
- June 15th Zeitgeist Marathon
- July 20th TBA
- August 17th TBA
- September 21st TBA
- October 19th TBA
...a daring, thought-provoking and very timely documentary by award-winning filmmaker, Philippe Diaz, revealing that poverty is not an accident. It began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land and other natural resources as well as in forced labor. Today, global poverty has reached new levels because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies...
The history of "Zeitgeist: The Movie" is not what many assume. The original Zeitgeist was actually not a "film", but a performance piece, which consisted of a vaudevillian style multi-media event using recorded music, live instruments and video. The event was given over a 6-night period in New York City and then, without any interest to professionally release or produce the work, was "tossed" up on the Internet arbitrarily. The work was never designed as a film or even a documentary in a traditional sense - it was designed as a creative, provoking, emotionally driven expression, full of artistic extremity and heavily stylized gestures. Dinner & Discussion to follow Film 1. Films 2 & 3 of the trilogy, Zeitgeist Addendum & Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, will be screened after Dinner for those who choose to stay at the Gathering Inn overnight.
What do ancient myths, modern official truths and the Fed have in common? Come find out !
Have a film or some footage that you'd like to share on a future night? Want to request a rescreening on a different date? EMail firstname.lastname@example.org with details and someone will follow up with you. Here's a google map that you can use to get directions:
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There might be some sort of justification for the savage societies in which a man had to expect that enemies could murder him at any moment and had to defend himself as best he could. But there can be no justification for a society in which a man is expected to manufacture the weapons for his own murderers. — Hank Rearden Atlas Shrugged (Part 2, Chapter 1, Page 365)
The above quote seems especially relevant in Vermont today, as a nervous Legislature, faced with an ever-increasing budget deficit but no bailout, no more federal handouts, partners with Lockheed Martin, the world's largest perpetrator of global warming. The plan is simple... allow Lockheed to militarise Vermont's economy. They see it as a lifeline. They're insecure about the public finding out about this and their $1.2 give-away of Vermont's natural resources to moochers and looters, that they are now moving to criminalise the freedom of the press. The Vermont Independent candidates say: Some favours come at too high a price.
Thanks to all who came to the Burlington City Council meeting Monday night, and especially to the organisers, poster-makers and speakers. Thanks to Burlington Councillor Ed Adrian for standing with his community. We need more elected officials like Councillor Adrian, all over Vermont.
The tweets tell the tale:
Speaker at #BTVCC mtg said Mayor Kiss's proposed deal with @lockheedmartin "is either prostitution or a failure of imagination." #btv #vt
@CouncilorAdrian offers amendment REJECTING #Lockheed deal. You've earned the respect of many tonight, Ed. Thanks
Speaker Joe Solomon calls on Mayor Bob Kiss to apologize for @lockheedmartin deal at #BTVCC mtg. #btv #vt
At the #BTVCC meeting the Mayor says that the @lockheedmartin proposal constitutes "conservative tactics for a radical strategy." #btv #vt
Councillor Berezniak supports both resolution AND @CouncilorAdrian amdmt striking #BTV #Lockheed #deal #f35
At the Burlington City Council Meeting, the Adrian Amendment struck down the insidious #Lockheed back room deal. #BTV #VT #F35 #War
Was informed this morning that the Adrian Amendment was not able to completely strike down the deal completely. The vote was 7-7, a tie. The citizenry were not permitted to break the tie. I shall go back to raising awareness at the State level, hopefully getting more folks from Vermont outside Burlington to get involved.
WHATINTHEHECK does 'conservative tactics for a radical strategy' mean? Kiss, you're using advertising jingles on your fellow Vermonters. It doesn't work. I won't deny you that cushy consulting gig that you've obviously been offered as a reward for selling your city out, but please come up with a better one...
Greenwashing consulting firms are popping up like looters taking advantage of a blackout. Anything and everything can be sugar-coated... and if you're good at it you can take home a six-figure salary too.
My position: Burlington is a prize, a big fish to land. Whoever lands it, whoever partners with Burlington is gonna make a killing. Why not a consortium Vermont firms, using Vermont talent, and keeping the wealth in Vermont? Small dynamic startups might be just the thing. Any business plan worth its salt will remain vendor-neutral, and reflect Burlington's values.
And the City should (important!) realise a significant chunk of revenue from taxing excess value that the people of Burlington created in the first place.
By all means pursue business contacts, but it is a best practise to keep it vendor-neutral. Striking the Lockheed preferred language from the Council's resolution makes excellent business sense.
In the meeting I told the City government that I understand how hard it is, to make fiscal ends meet, especially today. That; however, makes it even more critical to act strategically and not give Burlington over to a giant metanational corporation that will make of it a 'company town'. Wanna see the results of 'company town? Look at Detroit today! Boom, bust. The Vermont Legislature is not a democratic body. Proof: they did not permit citizens to speak. They only permitted a Lockheed insider to speak. A vote was then engineered to welcome the F-35 to Vermont, and it passed 122-5. But the Burlington City Council exercised its greater power. My position: LOCAL TRUMPS STATE. And I will hold to that, when elected to the Vermont Senate in 2012.
Here's the full background, at Greenwashing War: Burlington, Vermont Mayor Signs Deal With Lockheed Martin. ...and here's the dirt on why so much of our wealth goes into spending on perpetual war. The Domestic Roots of Perpetual War, by Franklin Spinney. Recommended to me by Burlington blogger Juliet Buck.
This current-war problem is the product of a subtle web of dysfunctional bureaucratic modes of conduct taking the form of a systemic pattern of behavior that evolved gradually over the forty years of cold war...These bureaucratic belief systems slowly insinuated themselves deeply and almost invisibly into a domestic political economy that nurtures...the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex. The result is a voracious appetite for money that is sustained by a self-serving flood of ideological propaganda, cloaked by a stifling climate of excessive secrecy.
Burlington mayor Bob Kiss unilaterally signed an agreement late last year to work with Lockheed Martin on developing green energy solutions in Burlington. Supporters say it could bring much needed financial investment into the city, and could even create green jobs. What was not disclosed in the agreement was that Vermonters would be providing unskilled labour, while engineering contractors would be brought in from outside Vermont, continuing and accelerating the current pattern of wealth export which Vermont is subjected to. UVM Gund institute calculates this drain of wealth from Vermont at $1.2 Billion/year, on just what they've catalogued so far. The real figure is much higher but has not yet been documented.
We are speaking out against the Lockheed deal to stand up for our children, who would be partnered with the world's largest war profiteer, said Jonathan Leavitt, activist, 2010 City Council candidate and organiser of NO LOCKHEED
The full video of the City Council meeting will be available on CCTV soon, you can catch it here: http://www.cctv.org/watch-tv/programs/burlington-city-council-180
Chief Means explains why the Vermont Legislature gives away our natural resources to corporations, then has the GALL to speak of a 'budget crisis'. From (depending on your perspective and your respect for self-determination) the independent Republic of Lakotah, or US Prisoner of War Camp No. 44. More on the newly updated Vermont Film & Theatre page at SenatorWagner.com.
Some favours come at too high a price.
You have a right to know the price of Lockheed bailing out the Montpelier government budget. A few more years of a balanced budget, with recovery always 'just around the corner'. The price:
- - Participation in the ongoing genocide
- - Vermont responsible for sharp increase in Global Warming
- - Lockheed's money comes from borrowed cash that WE have to pay back through higher taxes and lower living standards. Nothing's for free!
- - Vermont becomes a 'Company Town' for the Lockheed corporation
- - Even our schools have to open to Lockheed
- - An end to Vermont as an eco-village, 'small is beautiful'
- - A polluted Vermont in the service of perpetual war
You don't like the price? Tell your State House Rep and Senators... they DO come home occasionally!
To understand Vermont politics, understand the back-room deals. The deal of the previous decade was giving away Vermont's dams to the TransCanada corporation, which in turn provides power for Massachusetts instead of Vermont. This action placed Entergy in a majority bargaining position. Vermont is the only state that gives away its natural resources for free: the Legislature must think we have deep pockets.
But this is the back-room deal of the current decade: Montpelier got a budget bailout in 2010 of $400 million from Washington DC. This allowed them to keep union officials happy, but the Legislature broke the social contract: essential services were slashed to the neediest. Apologists such as Rep. Willem Jewett (D-Ripton) were tasked with putting a Vermont spin on it, saying that 'All Pitched In' to balance the budget. No, Mr. Jewett, we were pitched in.
An illusion that 'business as usual' works, was maintained. $400 million in borrowed stimulus cash bought the election for the Democrat/Progressives. Jewett refused to even pretend to listen to his constituents any more, and actively promoted Lockheed's F-35 deal for Burlington Airport along with Progressive Party sellout Bob Kiss.
Jewett presided over a closed vote to welcome the F-35 (and the economic stimulus attached to it). Only a Lockheed insider was allowed to testify to the Legislature: all others were locked out.
The Lockheed insider gave false information, such as 'the F-35 is quieter than the F-16 that it replaces', that they would be supporting the Vermont National Guard (who would vote against supporting our Green Mountain Boys), and we are at war. All of which is a lie.
There is no war declared... regardless of whether you're for or against... whether you think the F-35 does anything to make us more secure, or it's just a boondoggle. But the Legislature voted 122 YEA with only five voting against. I recommend that you give a piece of your mind to your legislator if she or he voted YES... and say thanks if you're lucky to have a senator or rep with the presence of mind to question false information, and vote NO.
As a reward for selling out his constituents, Democrat Jewett was rewarded with Party Leadership.
Who can say what his real ambitions are? Recent phot-ops with war-hawk Leahy (has to retire someday) were suggestive. Jewett trumpets that 'We are the Freest Country in the World'. Free to do what? Satisfy personal ambitions at the expense of your fellow Vermonters?
VPR and others did their part by excluding Independent candidates from media coverage. We were saying that Vermont gives away our natural resources, the public trust, the Commons, for FREE to corporations. This give-away is worth $1.2 billion/year, or $7,700 per Vermont family of four. The Democrats, in good third-world-tinpot-dictator fashion, saw this as a mandate to continue the Party policy of cutting services, raising taxes, and regimenting our daily lives in a most un-Vermont fashion.
Here's what you can do about it.
There's a speak-out in Burlington on Monday evening. If you're on Facebook, a calendar event has been created. Jonathan Leavitt is organising this one, here's what he has to say:
Burlington neighbors are concerned
...at the prospect of Lockheed engineers working with kids inside Burlington schools; at the lack of transparency and public comment with which the Kiss administration brokered this most unlikely of partnerships; at Lockheed's long reputation for fraud, discrimination, environmental degradation and war profiteering; and at how this could let Lockheed privatize existing climate change efforts. More background can be found here.
What you can do:
- Rally your friends and social circles to go to The People of Burlington v. Lockheed: the Big Showdown! At Monday's City Council there will be a speak out against the Lockheed/Burlington Partnership. This is going to be huge! Help make history! Monday, February 7th 7:00pm City Hall Burlington 149 Church Street (2nd floor Contois Auditorium) http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=190488297635793
- To help get people there please plug into door to door organizing of our neighbors. We'll provide you a route and a fistful of fliers. Contact Jonathan: email@example.com
- Call and email Mayor Kiss expressing your concerns about Burlington partnering with the world's largest war profiteer: 802-865-7272 (office) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Set up a meeting with your City Councilor to discuss your concerns over this secretive deal with the world's largest war profiteer. Ask City Councilors to pass a resolution asking for transparency and partnering the City with our award winning local climate change non-profits and companies instead of Lockheed. Contact info for all 14 Councilors can be found here.
- Make and hang art standing up for Burlington and against Lockheed. Feel free to print and display the attached art by Burlington artist Liza Cowen
- Have a Letter to the Editor writing party with friends: http://www.7dvt.com/feedback http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/section/OPINION02/My-Turn
- The more media activism the better: letters to the editor, op=eds, radio call in shows, social media, etc.
- Join the Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_192503360762465
If we do all of the above well and organize amongst our friends and communities, we will get successive waves of media coverage,and we will build momentum going into the February 7th City Council Meeting and we will win. More info at StopTheF35.com:
Should farmers & consumers in Vermont have as many rights as those in Europe, Australia and New Zealand? The European Union (EU) countries implemented mandatory labeling requirements for genetically engineered soy and corn. By the end of 1998, nearly all the grocery chains and fast food restaurants in the EU had eliminated genetically engineered ingredients from their products. Australian and New Zealand food manufacturers must label all processed food products that contain GMO (genetically engineered, or biotech) ingredients. As a result of this labeling requirement, Australia's largest food conglomerate, Goodman Fielder, eliminated GMO from its product line. Other manufacturers and grocery chains are following suit. In Vermont, however, we have a new governor who killed the 2000 GMO labelling act when he was a Senator. “…A measure mandating labels on genetically modified seeds and food, liability for the purveyors of the technology and registration of the location of transgenic crops with town clerks flew through the Senate Agriculture Committee. But its good fortunes ended in the Finance Committee. Democratic Sen. Peter Shumlin voted with Republicans to table the bill.” “Shumlin told Sen. Cheryl Rivers (D), then chair of the Agriculture Committee, that he was "unwilling to support a bill requiring labeling of genetically modified foods because the Democrats had already lost the contributions of pharmaceutical companies, and he was not willing to sacrifice contributions from the food industry," according to the Rutland Herald. Monsanto has NOFA-VT bought and paid for, and in return, NOFA backed Monsanto's 'Food Safety Modernization Act' which makes much of our localvore culture illegal, from the point of view of the FDA. I exposed this in the Vermont Commons early last year, when NOFA became a five million dollar 'nonprofit' run by a political officer, no longer by its membership. The corporation's influence over Montpelier has been documented as well; note especially this article in Common Ground by Maud Schaafsma of the Center for Corporate Policy:
Monsanto's aggressive attempts to influence the government of Vermont are, in effect, an attack on the citizens of Vermont, who should have every right to govern themselves and enact legislation that serves their health needs and their local economy without the interference of global giants like Monsanto.
US manufacturers claim falsely that eliminating GE ingredients is impossible -- while Europe, Australia and New Zealand are doing it successfully. In a free market, GMO doesn't have a chance. It needs massive government intervention to succeed... intervention that has to be paid for by the Vermont taxpayer. Think of that, when your house rep tells you that the next school needs to close, or tries to justify the next round of 'belt tightening'.
Sydney Morning Herald article by Mark Metherell Food manufacturers are discarding genetically modified ingredients from their products to avoid having to display GM food labels starting next month. Big food companies are seeking non-GM sources for ingredients. Despite earlier industry estimates that 40 to 60 per cent of processed foods included GM ingredients, the largest supermarket chain, Woolworths, now expects only "a handful" of its house brands may require GM labels. The Australia New Zealand Food Authority says some packaged foods containing ingredients from GM approved crops are being sold now. These include foods containing GM cottonseed oil, canola, soybean, sugar beet and potato. All packaged food with GM ingredients manufactured from December 7 will have to list GM ingredients, with some exceptions relating to highly refined oils and sugars, and flavours. Industry sources say the recipes for some packaged foods would have to change to meet what are regarded as the world's toughest GM label rules. The changes are not expected to raise prices. Australia's biggest food conglomerate, Goodman Fielder, says it has changed suppliers of some ingredients - but not many - to meet the new rules. None of its brands would require a GM label, Goodman Fielder's corporate affairs director, Robert Hadler, said. The company had checked thousands of sources worldwide to ensure they were non-GM. "The customer is always right and the customer is concerned about the effects of GM ingredients. The major retailers don't want products with GM in them," Mr Hadler said. The 40-60 per cent estimate of GM food was "a worst-case scenario" estimated before Australasian food ministers agreed to the label regime in July last year. The decision came after a Herald poll showed 93 per cent of Australians wanted GM labels.