Monday, July 28, 2014

How Israel helped train NYPD, who then attacked Occupy

Report: Israeli model underlies militarization of U.S. police

"The extreme militarization of American police forces has been brought to public attention by the tactics employed against Occupy protesters, which often appear more appropriate to counter-terrorism operations than to the control of non-violent protest. According to investigative journalist Max Blumenthal, however, the proper term for this ruthless suppression of dissent should be 'Israelification.'

In an article which begins with examples of American police training alongside Israeli security forces, Blumenthal writes, 'Having been schooled in Israeli tactics perfected during a 63 year experience of controlling, dispossessing, and occupying an indigenous population, local police forces have adapted them to monitor Muslim and immigrant neighborhoods in US cities. Meanwhile, former Israeli military officers have been hired to spearhead security operations at American airports and suburban shopping malls, leading to a wave of disturbing incidents of racial profiling, intimidation, and FBI interrogations of innocent, unsuspecting people. The New York Police Department’s disclosure that it deployed ‘counter-terror’ measures against Occupy protesters encamped in downtown Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park is just the latest example of the so-called War on Terror creeping into every day life. Revelations like these have raised serious questions about the extent to which Israeli-inspired tactics are being used to suppress the Occupy movement.'”

Are U.S. Police training with the Israeli Military?

"Apparently so and for some time now. According to Max Blumenthal with the Nation Institute, police in the U.S. have gone to Israel to train with the Israeli military in the 'handling' of civilians. According to Blumenthal, 'Crimaterrorists' is a phrase coined by an Israeli military official that essentially puts forth the notion that civilians engaging in civil disobedience should be seen and treated as a kind of domestic terrorist with criminal intentions. Raw Story weighed in on Blumenthal's allegations on December 4th."

NYPD In Israel: Police Department Opens Branch In Kfar Saba With Lone Detective Charlie Ben-Naim

"Officers have been stationed in London, Lyons, Hamburg, Toronto, and Tel Aviv, New York Magazine reports.

Several FBI officials have raised concerns that NYPD operatives abroad consistently break the laws of foreign governments."

10 Arrests in 87 Minutes: The Anatomy of the NYPD’s Protest Dispersal Process


"On the eve of the second anniversary of the Occupy movement, two video activists, have released a 10 minute short film providing perhaps the most detailed civilian account to date of the NYPD’s process of crowd dispersion during mass mobilizations. The video, shot on September 17th, 2012, during Occupy Wall Street’s first anniversary celebration action, details 10 arrests that took place over the span of 87 minutes. While at first glance many of the individual arrests appear to be arbitrary, careful analysis from the videographers illustrates a larger picture wherein the NYPD’s actions are calculated and designed to derail the protestors ability to effectively assemble."

(Video at the above link.)

Police attacks upon Occupy are domestic terrorism:

"Section 802 of the USA PATRIOT Act (Pub. L. No. 107-52) expanded the definition of terrorism to cover 'domestic,' as opposed to international, terrorism.   A person engages in domestic terrorism if they do an act 'dangerous to human life' that is a violation of the criminal laws of a state or the United States, if the act appears to be intended to:  (i) intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping.  Additionally, the acts have to occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States and if they do not, may be regarded as international terrorism.

(Emphasis mine).

- Scott Olsen and Kayvan Sabeghi, both peaceful Veterans in Oakland, were literally brought to the edge of death thanks to attacking militarized police forces. There are plenty of images of bloodied Occupiers across the nation, of cops punching people, hitting them with batons, throwing them to the ground and grinding their faces into cement, holding Occupy Tampa at gun-point for hours during a raid upon their facility...
-Clear violations of police misconduct laws and a wiping away for the 1st Amendment, among others. 
-Clear coercion...who wants to meet multiple dozens of militarized robocops when you're just marching and chanting? Being kidnapped by snatch squads (NYPD) and given as many charges as they can hope to make stick...the message is clear. Go home and shut up!

Salinas Police Swat

PD Tanks

We get up early to BEAT the crowd

Democratic National Convention

Occupy Denver, Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post

OWS Chase-Police-State

Police brutality at Occupy Philly

Occupy Denver AP Photo Leah Millis


Further reading:

1948: Einstein signs NYT letter warning of Zion's fascist direction 

Police Department Spying and Retaliation for the Surveillance State

Why Israel's #1 ally is about to bomb Iran's #1 ally

Oakland officials caught in lies about attacking Occupy

Oakland will pay $4.5 million to injured Occupy activist Scott Olsen

Oakland settles with Iraq War Veteran beaten at Occupy protest

Meet the Contractors Turning America's Police Into a Paramilitary Force

 

 

 

 



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Why Dick Cheney promised to create a bigger, better 9/11...follow the money

If you remember the lies which allowed big energy to exploit oil-rich Iraq at the expense of taxpayer dollars and soldier's lives, you'll love their next move using the same lies and creation of conditions demanding an invasion of a region rich in resources they've long since targeted.

Dick Cheney's Halliburton has made some $39 billion from the Iraq invasion alone thus far. Here

SO:

Dick Cheney predicts attack this decade ‘far deadlier’ than 9/11


Of course, if they can predict it, they can completely stop it from happening, yes?

Of course not...it's their excuse to invade and grab resources and tax dollars, and to subjugate the population in a state of fear, one further justifying the tax dollars feeding the currently $1 trillion a year surveillance state budget. Here

Because peak oil requires big energy be ready with a new energy source they can sell for a massive profit once oil runs out.

Because Dick Cheney's company Halliburton created fracking (six decades' worth!) Here. Hillary Clinton's state department is for exporting fracking. Here

But to where? Where are the new resources? Dick has known for years:

"June 1998: Businessweek reported that Dick Cheney (CEO of Halliburton) had been 'courting politicians and business leaders through the booming Caspian Sea region in an all-out effort to secure key political ties with Azerbaijan and Kazakstan. Accounting for the world's third-largest oil reserves, the region is Cheney's best hope to secure big contracts for a long time to come.'  Dick Cheney helped broker the Chevron-Kazakhstan deal when he sat on the Kazakhstan Oil Advisory Board in the mid-'90s (Business Week 1998, Amarillo Globe-News, June 13, 1998)" Here

"Since the collapse of the USSR at the end of 1991, U.S. oil companies and their friends in the State Department have been salivating at the prospect of gaining access to the huge oil and natural gas reserves in the former Soviet republics bordering the Caspian Sea and in Central Asia. These have been estimated as worth $4 trillion. The American Petroleum Institute calls the Caspian region 'the area of greatest resource potential outside of the Middle East.'

...while he was still CEO of Halliburton, the world's biggest oil services company, Vice President Dick Cheney told other industry executives, 'I can't think of a time when we've had a region emerge as suddenly to become as strategically significant as the Caspian.'" Here

How nice, to have your corporation be the frontman of the next big energy source. How nice to be able to play international fear and tensions to get there.

But wait, there's more:

 

Russia preparing to develop Gaza gas field

"It is only logical to assume that this step will raise the ire of Israel...AFP reported that there were talks of investing $1 billion to develop the Palestinian gas field.

However, three months ago, the Financial Times mentioned that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had granted his approval to develop the field."

Israel Grants First Golan Heights Oil Drilling License To Dick Cheney-Linked Company

And this week:

Israel Invades Gaza Because It Can

Storm Clouds Gathering pointed out that Israel's pretext for this wave of violence is the deaths of three Israeli teenagers, whose murderers =have not been identified=. Here

But as Cheney and friends gnash their teeth about getting to the precious oil and gas, Russia are making counter-moves...just like in Ukraine. 

But if you need more than money as motivation for Cheney and the neocons:

"New Pearl Harbor"

Section V of Rebuilding America's Defenses, entitled 'Creating Tomorrow's Dominant Force', includes the sentence: "Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event––like a new Pearl Harbor".
Here

"'That's not the way the world really works anymore,' he continued. 'We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.'" ~Karl Rove Here

General Wesley Clark: Wars Were Planned - Seven Countries In Five Years

 

"Our foreign policy is about securing resources for corporations, and propping up militarily ‘friendly’ regimes at all costs to human life and US taxpayer treasure. Nothing more." Here


If there is indeed another 9/11, it's Dick Cheney's personal fault (again). Remember him, and this. Always.


Update:

140charsorlesspls @nine11inreverse

"shoot down a plane—blame it on Russia—create a pretense to intervene in Ukraine—distract the sheep away from ‪#‎GazaUnderAttack‬..." ‪#‎MH17‬



Thursday, June 12, 2014

Understanding the Taliban and the Ukraine crisis. (Hint: Big Oil and Energy)

Once upon a time, Saint Ronald Wilson Reagan (666) invited the Taliban into the White House and called them "...the moral equivalents of America's Founding Fathers." (1985) They were fighting the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, as was CIA operative Osama Bin Laden. Much money was funneled into such "freedom fighters", until they turned against "us", because we wanted to build the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline through their back yard. Hey, friends let friends build pipelines through their back yards, don't they? What gives! Reagan dedicated a space shuttle flight to them, now they're supposed to let us pipe oil wherever we want!

Years later, or is it:

Ukraine hosts several Russian energy pipelines which feed consumers in North Africa and various European countries. Note that Vladimir Putin is a multi-billionaire through such gas and energy investments, so it's personal. Late last year, Chevron signed a $10,000,000,000.00 deal in Ukraine. Note that the "Petrodollar", the international currency through which oil trading occurs, helps or hinders that same country's economy as it rises and falls via oil deals and crisis.

Gee, capitalism isn't our friend? The government cares more about money than its people? They'd risk world war over money? NAH. NAW.



References:


"Since the collapse of the USSR at the end of 1991, U.S. oil companies and their friends in the State Department have been salivating at the prospect of gaining access to the huge oil and natural gas reserves in the former Soviet republics bordering the Caspian Sea and in Central Asia. These have been estimated as worth $4 trillion."

Reagan-with-the-taliban

"Outside this country, there is a widespread belief that U.S. military deployments in Central Asia mostly are about oil. 

An article in the Guardian of London headlined, 'A pro-western regime in Kabul should give the U.S. an Afghan route for Caspian oil,' foreshadowed the kind of skeptical coverage the U.S. war now receives in many countries."

Key gas pipelines in Ukraine 
(Pic of huge number of Russian pipelines through Ukraine)

"The Bureau of Investigative Journalism's Maeve McClenaghan talks to a Russian political analyst who says that Putin owns shares in three major oil and gas companies: 4.5% of Gazprom, 37% of oil supplier Surgutneftegas and up to 75% of oil trader Gunvor."

Europe Has Finally Found A Way To Make Russia Hurt Economically In Ukraine Crisis

"South Stream, the multi-billion-euro pipeline intended to bring Siberian gas to Europe, has become an economic pawn in the Ukraine crisis, analysts say, after Bulgaria halted work under pressure from Brussels and Washington.

The pipeline project backed by Russian giant Gazprom Italy's ENI and France's EDF, is intended to bring an annual 63 billion cubic metres of Russian natural gas to Europe."

Ukraine signs $10 billion shale gas deal with Chevron

Chevron has no plans to end fracking agreement with Ukraine

This oil giant could get crushed by Ukraine

September 11th Attack on America - The Energy Connection

Petrodollar

"Petrodollar refers to either a United States dollar earned by a country through the sale of its petroleum (oil) to another country[1], or the system by which the United States props up the relative value of its currency on the world market by requiring that oil producing nations trade their product on the world market exclusively in dollars."


Pooh Iraq 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Ted Cruz claims "war upon free speech" when "citizens united" is threatened

A friend who watches some right-wing media just asked me for additional information about a bill he'd heard discussed which the democrats are signing, which would end the 1st Amendment. Having seen zero about this in social media I went online and found this:

"Ted Cruz: Democrats are trying to ‘muzzle’ free speech".

Your first warning should be that Ted Cruz is a "tea party" darling, as one article calls him, and they're the Koch brother's plaything [1,2]. Your second should be that he's married to a Goldman Sachs executive [3]. Goldman Sachs makes money hiking up the prices of basic foodstuffs around the world, profiting while people literally starve [4], as well as taking incredible amounts of taxpayer dollars in "government shut-downs" [5]. They've also managed to install their people into several EU banking organizations following the EU crash as well as installing their people for a time as actual Prime Ministers in Italy and Greece [6] which banksters engineered in the first place [7]. Then, Ted leads the last so-called "government shut-down" unless his demands are met [8]. Smash-and-grab, smoke and mirrors. Disaster capitalism!

After about five minutes of searching I've learned the facts: Democrats have signed Senator Udall's bill to end the Koch brother's "citizens united" ruling (a ruling which allows significantly greater corporate spending on elections etc., literally ending "one person, one vote" and making dollars into actual speech). Those with the most money can be the loudest and most repetitive in media.

Ted Cruz is calling this a literal attack upon the 1st Amendment, upon free speech as an absolute. He of course actually means the claimed rights of corporations and the rich to dominate elections and to own government. I wanted to read Ted's op-ed on the subject but it's at the Wall Street Journal (AHEM) website, and you can't read it if you don't pay. Which I suppose perfectly details the entire situation. Some things are evidently only for some people, and you're not one of them.

Republicans must completely depend upon people to take them literally and to NOT do any research on their own, to ever question what they're being fed! Even good, decent people who don't take a minute to search out the details may be misled. And if that misleading voice can pay to become ever louder...


1:




2:



3: Mrs. Ted Cruz: VP Goldman Sach, Economic Policy Advisor to Bush-Cheney

4: Goldman Bankers Get Rich Betting on Food Prices as Millions Starve

5: 8 Huge Corporate Handouts in the Fiscal Cliff Bill

"Goldman got $1.6 billion in tax free financing for its new massive headquarters through Liberty Bonds."

6: What price the new democracy? Goldman Sachs conquers Europe

7: The Confidential Memo at the Heart of the Global Financial Crisis

8: Flip-Flopper Cruz Claims 2013 Government Shutdown Is Winning Strategy To Reclaim Senate


Further reading:

Goldman Sachs making the US like Greece, Italy, Spain... 

The 1% are ripping the shit out of us

Ted Cruz wins presidential straw poll at Republican Leadership Conference

Goldman Sachs' "Warehouse Shuffle" Just Cost You $5 Billion

 

 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Pick-A-Fraud Class Action: The Misrepresentation of an Underrepresented Class

Guest post; all content is the product and responsibility of the author.

Pick-A-Fraud Class Action: The Misrepresentation of an Underrepresented Class

Lead Author:
Joshua W. Denbeaux, Esq., Partner, Denbeaux & Denbeaux
Principal Investigator and Researcher:
Joseph Hickman, President, Global Research Solutions, LLC
January 27, 2014


From 2003 until the real estate market imploded in 2008, World Savings Bank (now Wells Fargo, through purchase of Wachovia by Wells Fargo), sold tens of thousands of fraudulent Pick-a-Payment loans which devastated entire communities and tens of thousands of borrowers and families. Many of these loans were marketed and sold to New Jersey residents (approximately 5% of the total according to the New Jersey Attorney General). These New Jersey homeowners are like half a million homeowners throughout the United States who purchased those Pick-A-Payment loans, so their ordeal represents the struggles that many Americans have faced because of banks like Wells Fargo.

Wells Fargo has engaged, and continues to engage, in a very aggressive position with regard to its liabilities and rights on these misleading and fraudulent lending products. The strategy has been to pursue foreclosure at the earliest opportunity as aggressively as possible in order to force homeowners out, which also uses up homeowners’ financial resources defending the foreclosure
rather than attacking the underlying fraud in the transaction.

Given its position and the underlying fraudulent misrepresentations of its lending product and practices, Wells Fargo was faced with actions by a variety of Attorneys General, including the Attorney General of New Jersey. The New Jersey Attorney General described the State’s action against Wells Fargo as follows: “This case is part of our on-going effort to protect New Jersey
consumers, and to assist homeowners who may have fallen victim to misleading or exploitative lending practices.”

In addition, Wells Fargo faced a number of potential class actions filed against it throughout the country. Wells Fargo’s strategic response to the threats facing it on these fraudulent loans was both ingenious and disingenuous. Wells Fargo negotiated with the Attorneys General (including New Jersey, whose residents enjoy far greater fraud and foreclosure protections than most other states) to provide resident “class members” in the Class Action suit a series of promised
modifications without waiver of any of the homeowner’s rights to sue for violations of their rights and also without waiver of any homeowner’s defenses to a foreclosure action on these fraudulent loans; in response, the States’ Attorneys Generals dropped their actions. Importantly, in the California Class Action suit parallel to this agreement with the Attorneys General, there
was no New Jersey resident Class Representative to safeguard the far more stringent rights and protections of New Jersey homeowners. To that effect, the New Jersey Attorney General functioned within its Agreement as its citizens’ protector. That Agreement, however, was effectively breached and revoked by Wells Fargo.

(Please click the above link to read the full article. Thank you to Donald Tremblay for inquiring about posting it.)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Bundy Ranch: Precious Metals and "Competitive Leasing"

What is at the core of why the BLM went to Bundy Ranch with weapons? This is conjecture but look at the money.

In 2012 the Obama administration opened the use of some public lands, run by BLM, for "Solar Energy Zone" projects.

"The Solar PEIS planning effort has focused on identifying locations on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands that are most suitable for solar energy development. These areas are characterized by excellent solar resources, good energy transmission potential, and relatively low conflict with biological, cultural and historic resources." [1]

However, in Clark, Nevada, this directly impacts the endangered tortoise population. Mitigation plans were examined to relocate the tortoise population on to Gold Butte land, which is where Cliven Bundy ranches. Even more oddly, only four years after mining was banned in the area to protect the tortoise population, Federal funds began to run out and plans were enacted to euthanize them. [2] This would not be so complex, homesteader fights encroaching government, if not for the removal of BLM web pages specifically mentioning Cliven Bundy. That, and the fact that SEZs  and surrounding areas will eventually be public lands for competitive lease, hopefully not for fracking etc. exploitation:


"Heidi Hartmann, Argonne: Ultimately BLM will offer portions of the SEZ
or the entire SEZ for competitive leasing." (Top of page 3) [3]

It also turns out that the Dry Lake SEZ mitigation plan involving the Bundy Ranch is their test run for the national project:

"Develop a Regional Mitigation Plan for the Dry Lake SEZ and use the lessons
learned to produce guidance for the development of regional mitigation plans for all the remaining SEZs"  (Page 1) [4]

It is also the beginning of a potentially enormous amount of business:

"...with the development of technologies for capture of solar energy and its conversion to electricity there is great interest in siting major industrial developments in the Mojave."
[5]

"Sets a clear process that allows for development of well-sited projects on approximately 19 million acres outside the zones" [1]

I think that's the kicker. That's a lot of land opened for "development" of un-named projects "outside the zones"...which is where, exactly? They've detailed other items in stunning depth...the phrase "MINERALS__REALTY__AND_RESOURCE_PROTECTION" is part of the URL of this project's overall Final Report, yet the words nickel, copper, and platinum do not appear a single time therein. 19 million acres is 29,687.5 square miles. Wiki.answers.com says "The total land area (excluding water) in South Carolina is 30,109 square miles", so they're opening an area the size of the land of SC for un-named exploitation and not saying exactly where. In addition to the actual SEZ land!

And apparently a large amount of money: 

"...the cost to buy private land in the vicinity of the SEZ is about $46,000/acre." (Page 16) [3]

Wondering if the "19 million acres" PLUS eventually all of the SEZ areas will be open to unlimited mining, fracking, etc. such as do the Kochs. There is no mention of nickel, copper, or platinum in the BLM Dry Lake SEZ Final Report, but this 2006 government survey of Gold Butte, Bunkerville and surrounding areas opens with 

"Gold Butte...contains areas with high potential for the occurrence of nickel-copper-platinum" "Bunkerville district could reveal a significant resource of nickel, copper, gold..."

so three things become clear. 

1. They cannot build the solar plant in the Dry Lake area and its mitigation in Gold Butte due to Cliven Bundy's wandering cattle which can damage everything, especially the land they wish to use for endangered tortoise relocation, and 

2. the endangered desert tortoise gained a 2009 prohibition on mining in the area, so no mining in Gold Butte and Bunkerville if the tortoise is relocated there. 

3. They're attempting to run off Cliven Bundy with guns and euthanize the endangered tortoise population which leaves no obstacles to the solar plant and the eventual competitive leasing of that land for presumed mining of precious metals by un-named leasees, assumedly for personal profit. The 19 million acres would appear to be immediately open to exploitation. Does this include Gold Butte, Bunkerville, etc.?  

So if you want to follow the money, wonder at who, not involved with the government (NGOs) would be worried about impacts upon this land.

Vanishing BLM Web Pages

Researcher site Storm Clouds Gathering provided a link to the removed BLM web page regarding their complaints regarding Cliven Bundy's "trespass cattle".

BLM Notheast Clark County Cattle Tresspass

However,  Federal funds to preserve the Tortoise population are ending and they are slated to be moved or euthanized. [1] The thing is, another BLM page linked by SCG shows discussion of a Dry Lake Energy Zone and that some unknown party who says that Cliven Bundy's tresspass cattle endagers the offsite mitigation:

Bundy Ranch BLM Cattle Tresspass Impacts 1

So NGOs worry that the mitigation, meaning the transfer of endangered tortoise and other plants and animals from the 93/15 intersection area to Gold Butte would not be sustainable due to the free-wandering cattle. Yet the tortoise is being destroyed...

The Endangered Tortoise, slated for euthanization by the government

The Dry Lake Energy Zone is 45 miles south-west of the Bundy Ranch where the 93 meets the 15 freeway.

http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/wo/blm_library/tech_notes.Par.29872.File.dat/TN_444.pdf

You'll see that there is a power plant and a gypsum processing plant at the intersection of the 93 and 15 freeways some 45 miles south-west of Bundy Ranch. This area will be turned into a solar farm.

Dry Lake SEZ Location

Here is the main BLM page.

http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo/blm_programs/energy/dry_lake_solar_energy.html

which links to their Final Report.

So.


2.
What is off-site mitigation and does SRMP fit?
Off-site mitigation is covered under current BLM policy and consists
of compensating for resource impacts by replacing or providing substitute resources or habitat at a differentlocation than the project area.
1

 

Obama Administration Releases Roadmap for Solar Energy Development on Public Lands

The document State-by-State list of Solar Energy Zones lists Dry Lake, Clark Nevada, a public land, where currently exists the Harry Allen Generating Station and a gypsum processing plant at the 93/15 intersection.


Potential Impacts of Solar Development in the Dry Lake SEZ:

2. Development may have a significant adverse effect on specially designated areas, especially the Desert National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), Old Spanish National Historic Trail (NHT), Arrow Canyon Wilderness Area (WA), Muddy Mountains WA,
andNellis Dunes Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA).


10. Development may adversely affect specific wildlife species or aquatic biota
(especially 73 identified special-status species). If pre-disturbance surveys indicate concern for any of the 11 ESA-listed or candidate-for-listing species identified as possibly present, consultation with the USFWS on mitigation will be required.

This document, at the very end, discusses the cost of dealing with the endangered tortoise population:


The FWS Biological Opinion was prepared for the entire Silver State Project
(North and South, approximately 7,925 acres). The FWS estimates that up to
38 tortoises will be accidentally injured, killed, or destoryed; up to 123 may be
encountered and relocated. Desert Tortoise Remuneration Fees: BLM
estimates a total of 2,966 acres of tortoise habitat would be disturbed between
the two Silver State projects. Total fees for disturbance of tortoise habitat
within the material site and expansion area would be $2,295,684 ($774/acre X
2,966 acres). Desert Tortoise translocation and fencing: no quantitative
presentation on number of acres or tortoises, amount of fencing, or costs.
Reasonable and Prudent Measures with Terms and Conditions: (1) additional
tortoise fencing; (2) off-site tortoise monitoring for minimum of 5 years; (3) fee
of $9,000 for each tortoise sent to the desert tortoise recovery center.
Who exactly will be getting paid this mitigation fee? 

And why the sudden decision to go out and just kill them!?

Who are the stakeholders in the SEZ developments in Nevada and elsewhere?

This document on page 8 implies that the endangered tortoise would be moved to Gold Butte because it shares equivalent conditions:

"The Gold Butte ACEC is in the same ecological zone (ecoregion) and sub-zone as
the Dry Lake SEZ and is of the same vegetation community. The Gold Butte ACEC provides habitat for all of the wildlife, including the special status species, found in the Dry Lake SEZ."

On page 27 of the above document, a gypsum processing plant is shown at the intersection of the 15 and 93 freeways.  Page 32 of the document (page 27 on the pages) states: 

"Supporting Las Vegas RMP Objective SS-2:
Manage habitat to further sustain the populations of Federally listed species so
that they would no longer need protection of the Endangered Species Act."

Yet clearly the order has come down to kill them!

Prices of desert land:

"Fred Edwards, BLM: On the basis of some research on restoration numbers, the very low end was $10,000/acre in the Mojave." (Page 2) [3]


"Heidi Hartmann, Argonne: Ultimately BLM will offer portions of the SEZ or the entire SEZ for competitive leasing." (Top of page 3)


"Heidi Hartmann, Argonne: Mike Baughman said that he understood the cost to buy private land in the vicinity of the SEZ is about $46,000/acre. I’m wondering if a valid comparison is the cost of private land versus the sum of the BLM rental fee, MW fee, and mitigation (that is, should we consider the cost of nearby private lands in establishing the mitigation fees for SEZs)?" (Page 16)

This document states on page 125:

"Transmission Assessment
•     Dry Lake SEZ estimated to have the potential to generate up to 915 MW of marketable power
•     Possible load areas
–     Las Vegas, NV
–     Los Angeles, CA and Phoenix, AZ"


So this is a for-profit but government-owned facility (which will later be opened for "competitive leasing" to unknown parties).

Who are the non-governmental organizations involved in the SEZ projects, the stakeholders? A few parties listed in the 4th workshop include NRG Solar, Southern California Edison, NewFields, the Air Force and Department of Defense. While I significantly doubt that the rumor regarding Blackwater/Xe/Academi wanting the land for military-grade minerals and metals is simply rumor, there =are= potentially large amounts of valuable metals present, and since the government wants Gold Butte for mitigation projects, it would fall under their jurisdiction, and said jurisdiction involves a definite amount of land surround the SEZ as being open for exploitation. This is conflation and conjecture but follow the money and dead endangered tortoise population for a possible answer.


Minerals at Bundy Ranch




Other struggles in Nevada by locals against BLM and mining companies

Never Mind Cliven Bundy: Here’s the Real David vs. Goliath Story Between Ranchers and Feds

"The Western Shoshone filed suit decades ago to try to clear up the ownership of their land, which the U.S., through congressional legislation, began taking for various means. Some of the land was used for nuclear testing— the Department of Energy has detonated more bombs there than anywhere else on earth—while other plots were leased to mining companies digging for gold."

Citizen Groups File to Prevent the ‘Immediate and Irreparable Impacts from the Mount Hope Molybdenum Mine'

“Springs and/or waterholes that will be affected by the Project’s dewatering and other operations are utilized by livestock grazing on public land.
 
 The Mt. Hope Mine Project would be one of the largest open pit mines in the nation. Mt. Hope and its environs will be obliterated if this project goes forward as planned...

The Draft EIS states that drain-down solutions from the tailings storage facilities are expected to contain aluminum, antimony, cadmium, fluoride, manganese, molybdenum, and sulfate concentrations that exceed water quality standards, and will become acidic over time. Waste rock seepage will contain high concentrations of aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, fluoride, manganese, nickel, zinc, copper, iron, lead, beryllium, thallium, selenium, sulfate, and total dissolved solids. If tailings and waste rock disposal facilities, fluid collection systems, and evapotranspiration cells are not properly managed over the long-term, the project could result in significant and long-term degradation of surface water and/or groundwater quality, as well as wildlife exposure to these waters. - March 28, 2012 EPA letter to BLM."


Who is against solar power? 

Conservative heavyweights have solar industry in their sights

"The Koch brothers and large utilities have allied to reverse state policies that favor renewable energy."


The recent "government shut-down"

"But the fact that the government and parks are closed hasn’t stopped Congress from holding hearings, including one Thursday in the House Natural Resources Committee on a bill that would force a fire sale of 3.3 million acres of public lands."

National Parks Remain Closed, Yet House Republicans Move To Sell Off 3.3 Million Acres Of Public Lands

The Koch brothers are big on turning Federal lands over to States so they may exploit them. 


The continuing Harry Reid question.

Superb researchers scgnews.com detail some interesting bits about Senator Reid which are well worth keeping in mind:




Resources:

[1] Obama Administration Releases Roadmap for Solar Energy Development on Public Lands

[2] Endangered US Tortoises to Be Euthanized

[3]  Solar Regional Mitigation Planning – Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone Pilot Project Workshop 4 February 27, 2013

[4] Framework and Action Plan for developing a Regional Mitigation Plan


[5] Working toward a regional mitigation plan for the Solar Energy Zone




Further reading: 


The Bundy Ranch, OathKeepers, and the Koch Brothers...the 1%'s revolution?

"The mines would come in and poison everything..."



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