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.

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..."



Please pardon my lack of HTML skills. Cutting-and-pasting text from several sources has caused the font type to get out of control.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

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

Edit 4.19.2014: Obama's solar projects includes Gold Butte for tortoise habitat, but the tortoise is being euthanized, presumedly clearing the way for mining the precious metals a government survey noted as being highly likely in that and nearby locations, plus the land-grab and big business of solar:

http://occupyobservations.blogspot.com/2014/04/bundy-ranch-dry-lake-solar-project-and.html

Edit 4.14.2014: It turns out that some powerful organization is removing BLM pages from Google cache (!) which...well, see for yourself and download for yourself. The Kochs are definitely involved in this but they are not the core. Keep digging, the criminal will be exposed! And there -are- potentially valuable minerals in the area, see report posted at the end of this article.

Edit 4.16.2014: The author of the below video, Storm Clouds Gathering, has removed it due to what he calls a factual error and will produce a new one shortly. Suffice to say, he showed the archive engine containing the deleted BLM document found below, debunked as I have the Reid/China connection, etc.



Edit 4.21.2014: 

Superb researchers scgnews.com replacement video for the above, detailing some interesting bits about Senator Reid which are well worth keeping in mind:



Bunch BLM Cattle Tresspass Impacts 1

BLM Notheast Clark County Cattle Tresspass

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Original article: 

I was as outraged as anyone upon hearing the BLM and government's intent, but all of that changed when I saw the Koch's name. The Kochs are using the Bundy Ranch situation to organize and mobilize a personal militia.

We've all seen how the Koch brothers' PACs "citizens united" and the "tea party" [1] have installed Koch-friendly legislation and de-regulation in state and Federal government. Republicans unfriendly to "tea party" politics are threatened with "tea party" competition in the next election if they don't toe the line. With the McCutcheon ruling added to the Koch's "citizens united", there is now unlimited corporate spending possible in elections, eliminating "one person, one vote" and shifting speech into money...whomever has the money, gets to speak in media, and through flooding tactics, you will remember their politicians come election time.

And who doubt the Koch's true agenda should immediately familiarize themselves with this:

What Do the Koch Brothers Want?


"David Koch ran as the Libertarian Party’s vice-presidential candidate in 1980.

The agenda of the Koch brothers is to repeal every major piece of legislation that has been signed into law over the past 80 years that has protected the middle class, the elderly, the children, the sick, and the most vulnerable in this country.

It is clear that the Koch brothers and other right wing billionaires are calling the shots and are pulling the strings of the Republican Party. 


And because of the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision, they now have the power to spend an unlimited amount of money to buy the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the next President of the United States."

What if they're more ambitious than that? What if they'd actually work to topple the Federal government? Such a thing would not affect them negatively financially; it would open the way for the installation of a Koch- and 1%-friendly government, a fascist take-over. Note that Goldman Sachs have nearly done this to the majority of Europe, having, after the forced "austerity" of their purposeful smash-and-grabs, installed executives in major banks and lending boards as well as momentarily in Greece and Italy, installing their executives as Prime Ministers. Of course, Greece then went over to the neo-nazi "Golden Dawn" party. Note that Ted Cruz, architect of the most recent US government "shutdown", is married to a Goldman Sachs VP. Note the "end game memo" describing banks' orchestrated elimination of regulation in the EU and what followed. [2]

Instability and take-overs resulting in corporate-friendly government. Something they'd like. The Kochs are already working hard to own and thus stifle media as well as installing politicians in governorship in Florida, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Note Detroit having been forced into "emergency manager" status, pensions destroyed, unions busted, infrastructure sold to the highest bidder. Disaster Capitalism, "Confessions of an Economic Hitman", smash-and-grabs. And the Kochs are storing highly toxic bitumen, tar sands waste, in the open along the Detroit river-front. The world is their toilet.

So how would you create such causes and conditions in America? You've learned much in Europe so apply the same tools. And if you want unrest even greater than "tea party" rallies and marches, you'll need to stir revolutionary sentiment, stir unrest, convey the notion of a horribly unfair government requiring significant modification or complete removal.

They want the land as well, to exploit it:

The Nevada Standoff Has Nothing To Do With "Tyranny," "Sovereignty," "Freedom," or Cows.

Stirring discontent

The Bundy Ranch as of this writing is under a "no fly" zone and electronic communications have been cut off and jammed, never a good sign. A rancher who has defied the Federal government and multiple court orders is now under direct attack by armed land management agents (!) But what is the back story?

"Feds Turn From Landlords To Warlords": Koch Groups Back Rancher Making Violent Threats Against Federal Gov't

"Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the conservative non-profit group, was founded by and has been largely funded by billionaires Charles and David Koch. The Center for Media and Democracy reported that in its previous incarnation as Citizens for a Sound Economy, AFP received $12 million of its $18 million in funding from the Koch Family Foundation.

AFP Nevada also promoted as a 'must read' a blog post from conservative pundit Dana Loesch where she described the standoff as 'harassment' from the federal government. The group also accused the BLM of 'strategically regulating hard-working Americans out of business.'"

The Koch brothers are definitely the single unifying thread through all of this. They want to interfere with land interests:

State Efforts To ‘Reclaim’ Our Public Lands Traced To Koch-Fueled ALEC

Mobilizing armed resistance and the Koch connection

So the Kochs' PACs are using this to rally Americans against an evil, oppressive government, exactly as does the "tea party" PAC and other Koch entities. This alone would not be so alarming excepting the estimated hundreds plus of militia descending upon the area.

"'We need to be the barrier between the oppressed and the tyrants,' Ryan Payne of the West Mountain Rangers told the Review-Journal. 'Expect to see a band of soldiers.'” [3]

"Oath Keepers is calling for Boots On The Ground. Because this is a federal incursion we are calling for volunteers from all over America. Anyone who can, please get to Nevada ASAP." [4]

The problem is that Oath Keepers are aligned with the "tea party", which of course is the Koch brothers. [1]

"I want to thank the Tea Party Organizers for inviting me to speak to you on behalf of Oath Keepers. It’s a humbling honor to be a part of such a great and laudable gathering of Americans taking on this grand intellectual revolution." [5]

Note that the Koch brothers founded the PAC "Americans for Prosperity". In the video at the end of this page, the first thing you'll hear is David Koch state that he and his brother funded AFP. Now note that AFP organizes the "tea party".

(CNN) -- "Tens of thousands of people spent part of April 15 at organized 'tea party' demonstrations across the country, protesting what some view as excessive government spending and bailouts.

CNN's Rick Sanchez spoke Wednesday afternoon to one of the organizers of the 'tea party' protests, Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity. The organization's Web site identifies him as "a veteran political strategist and one of the nation's premier grassroots organizers with nearly two decades of experience, including presidential, gubernatorial and congressional races, as well as state legislative, local and issue-advocacy campaigns." [6] (Bold emphasis mine.)

In the Oath Keepers speech snippet above, they thank "tea party organizers". The Koch's AFP are "tea party" organizers.

Koch brothers > Americans for Prosperity > "tea party".
Koch brothers > Americans for Prosperity > Bundy Ranch / Oath Keepers.

Oath Keepers also seem to be showing up where John Birch Society members do...google "oath keepers john birch society" for more. Suffice to say, on one visit to the Oath Keeper's website, I noted a link to the JBS website (as well as to The Eagle Forum, another extreme-right organization). Note that a Koch was a founding member of the JBS.

"Oath Keepers and The John Birch Society hosted a meeting in Southington, CT Saturday Nov 17, 2012 for the purpose of organizing opposition to Agenda 21 in Connecticut."... (https://www.facebook.com/WRCCT/posts/430765120310998https://www.facebook.com/WRCCT/posts/430765120310998)

Now ex-military and ex-police heading to the Ranch in its defense, and calls for all militia to join. Join the Koch brothers, that is. If the Feds total the ranch, if they harm any militia or act overbearingly (duh), it will unify militia and the Kochs will have a private army as willing as "tea party" dupes. They'll see an enemy and calls to stop the enemy, not considering that those calling out "enemies" are the Kochs and the 1%.


Precedence

This brings to mind an interesting quote from a 1%er of yesteryear:

"I can hire one-half of the working class to kill the other half." [7] 


as well as the Business Plot:

"
Retired Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler claimed that wealthy businessmen were plotting to create a fascist veterans' organization and use it in a coup d'├ętat to overthrow (the) President of the United States..." [8]

As well as the fact that the Kochs have been funding protest and resistance in other countries:

"
In 2008, the US-based Cato Institute awarded the US$500,000 Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty to student leader Yon Goicoechea for his role in mobilising protests against the suspension of private broadcaster RCTV’s licence." [9]


I for one am not at all comfortable with the notion of heavily-armed citizens, many of them ex-military, doing the Koch's bidding, all the time imagining that they are helping America. Note how many are eager to help AFP and extrapolate this with militias:
 



Why would the Kochs use the Bundy Ranch situation to deflect the nearby Solar Energy Zone project? 

Conservative heavyweights have solar industry in their sights

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

At minimum, using "afp" to stir shit and call out the militia puts a cork in the BLM plans for the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone. At the very minimum, this is for them, business as usual.


References:

[1] Study Confirms Tea Party Was Created by Big Tobacco and Billionaire Koch Brothers

[2] The Confidential Memo at the Heart of the Global Financial Crisis

[3] ‘Expect To See A Band Of Soldiers’: Militia Members Arrive At Nevada Ranch

[4] Action Alert: Boots On The Ground Need Donations for food and water at Bundy Ranch Standoff

[5] OFFICIAL OATH KEEPERS SPEECHES THAT JULY 4 TEA PARTY EVENTS CAN USE

[6] Tea party organizer: 'A freedom movement'

[7] Jay Gould, Wikipedia

[8] Business Plot

[9a] Venezuela: The Real Significance of the Student Protests

[9b] (Cato Institute) Founders: Edward Crane and Charles Koch
Edward Crane and Charles G. Koch
Founders: Edward Crane and Charles G. Koch
Founders: Edward Crane and Charles G. Koch
Although founded by a Koch, may not currently be under Koch decree.


Further reading:

Bundy Ranch: The Dry Lake Solar Project and "Competitive Leasing"

Right Wing Terrorists Poised to Spark 2nd American Revolution (Video)

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

Cliven Bundy, John Birch Society, And Koch Industries

Billionaire Koch Brothers’ AFP Endorses ‘Patriot’ Militia Movement At Bundy Ranch - See more at: http://www.breitbartunmasked.com/latest-news/billionaire-koch-brothers-afp-endorses-patriot-militia-movement-at-bundy-ranch/#sthash.XNhtun4w.dpuf
Billionaire Koch Brothers’ AFP Endorses ‘Patriot’ Militia Movement At Bundy Ranch - See more at: http://www.breitbartunmasked.com/latest-news/billionaire-koch-brothers-afp-endorses-patriot-militia-movement-at-bundy-ranch/#sthash.XNhtun4w.dpuf
Billionaire Koch Brothers’ AFP Endorses ‘Patriot’ Militia Movement At Bundy Ranch - See more at: http://www.breitbartunmasked.com/latest-news/billionaire-koch-brothers-afp-endorses-patriot-militia-movement-at-bundy-ranch/#sthash.XNhtun4w.dpuf

Billionaire Koch Brothers' AFP Endorses "Patriot" Militia Movement At Bundy Ranch

Goldman Sachs' Global Coup D'etat

“It no longer matters who sits in the White House.” ~Goldman Sachs managing director Nomi Prins

Everything you need to know about the long fight between Cliven Bundy and the federal government

 

The Harry Reid solar land-grab claims fall flat. It was to be in Laughlin, far south of the Ranch, and the Chinese pulled out of the deal last year. Ugly, but not involving the Ranch. 

If cattle are loose to graze in a 1,000 mile area, this definitely includes the BLM solar development, 40 miles away: http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/wo/blm_library/tech_notes.Par.29872.File.dat/TN_444.pdf. Note that the solar plant is also to help the Moapa First Nation: http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2014/04/13/right-wing-disinformation-bundys-land-is-not-solar-farm-for-harry-reid/

-2006 survey: "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..."
http://web.archive.org/web/20090902020405/http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2006/5197/sir2006-5197c.pdf
-2009 note stating that Gold Butte has a 20-year ban on mining to save the endangered tortoise, etc. http://tinyurl.com/kjsw2ym
-2013: Federal funds run out; orders to euthanize the endangered tortoise population: http://www.newser.com/story/173169/endangered-us-tortoises-to-be-euthanized.html

One story claiming Obama is doing a land grab links to a "memo" which states that certain areas, including a park in Nevada half-way up the state north of the Ranch, are candidates for National Monument status, which would protect them from mining, fracking, and other exploitations. Disinformation. Second article on the subject.

Another text version a few of PM Beers video interviews on the ground at ‪#‎BundyRanch‬ on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Worth a read!! We've condensed a 40 minute livestream into a 5 minute article. If you Occupied, you should check out the concerns of the people on the ground at Bundy Ranch: http://la.indymedia.org/news/2014/04/263861.php

 


Thanks to Joel Greenfield for some of these articles, especially regarding the Kochs backing Bundy!

Friday, January 17, 2014

A few modest reasons not to trust Obama

Imma share reasons to not trust that fuck Obama...

1. Signed #NDAA section 1021 (indefinite detention of US citizens with neither trial nor representation) on NYE. Signed it again the next year. When it was overturned as unConstitutional, sent lawyers and had it reinstated.

2. Bush’s laws will be scrutinized if I become president, Obama says

3. Obama To Leno: 'There Is No Spying On Americans'

4. Obama administration had restrictions on NSA reversed in 2011

5. Obama Told Aides He's 'Really Good At Killing People,' New Book 'Double Down' Claims

6. Alan Grayson: Trans-Pacific Partnership: Obama Secrecy Hides 'Assault On Democratic Government'

7. Says won't scramble fighter jets over Snowden, but does detain the Bolivian Presidential Jet and President on suspicion Snowden may be on board...

8. Drones Drones Drones. Extra-judicial executions of US citizens suspected of aiding terrorists = Al-Awlaki's teen son. Use of drones in six or more countries with whom we are not at war. Hundreds of children dead. "Double taps".

9. Corporate Profits Have Grown By 171 Percent Under Obama -- Highest Rate Since 1900

10. The Untouchables: How the Obama administration protected Wall Street from prosecutions

11. “Fiscal Cliff” Deal Makes Permanent 82 Percent of Bush Tax Cuts

12. 7,000+ Occupy Wall Street activists jailed, zero banksters.

This is fun and easy! Feel free to add your own, there's a ton of them!


More reading:

The 1% are ripping the shit out of us

Police Department Spying and Retaliation for the Surveillance State 

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

Reasons to say NO to "Hillary 2016"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

They're trolling for a new terrorist attack.

The 1%, in seeking to further advance their imperialist globalization of all resources and to install their enslaving banking system of debt as far and wide as it may reach, are attempting to create another terrorist attack upon the US or ally nations in order to justify further invasions of sovereign nations as well as to crack down upon liberties at home (the surveillance state is designed to protect the 1% and their corporate interests). "See, we told you so!" would be their cry, to show us as exposed in "V for Vendetta", their plans to prove to the little people "why they need us!" The "war on terror", itself being pure terrorism, would never end, meaning the feeding trough of taxpayer monies would never empty. The actual war "debt" would be used to force "austerity" upon us, a double-dip into taxpayer monies. Then you'll see the smash-and-grab they're doing to Detroit occur in many other US cities, a pattern of destruction they've already demonstrated in Europe.

The planned attack(s) upon Syria and their expected escalations into targeted countries were an attempt to further these neocon/PNAC goals, to cement the US in the role of world police which of course is a thin cover for corporate globalization, to cement in place the systems creating income inequality. The veil is lifting on such massive negativity and selfish agenda, and people sensed it and rejected it outright. Their larger plan is now under increasing revelation. Awareness is increasing. Rejection of the old is increasing. The efforts of the old are also increasing, but witness the Arab Spring, Occupy, the Indignados, Wisconsin activsts, YoSoy132, and very importantly the First Nations' Idle No More campaigns world-wide to protect sacred water and to demand the Earth be treated as Home, not as a disposable resource for short-term profit.

Keep kicking ass! It's working! 



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US global supremacy


"According to critics, including Paul Reynolds, the neoconconservative PNAC aimed to promote American 'hegemony' and 'full-spectrum' dominance in its publications."


"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'".


"Seven Countries in Five Years"

"In an interview with Amy Goodman on March 2, 2007, U.S. General Wesley Clark (Ret.), explains that the Bush Administration planned to take out 7 countries in 5 years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Lybia, Somalia, Sudan, Iran."



"Hubris": New Documentary Reexamines the Iraq War "Hoax"


Karl Rove to Suskind:

"Guys like you are in--what we call--'the reality-based community'. You believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." "That's not the way the world really works anymore. 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."


Bad Job




"WASHINGTON, June 14, 2004 (HalliburtonWatch.org) -- Five former Halliburton employees and one former executive of a Halliburton subcontractor describe egregious examples of abuse involving Halliburton's Iraq contracts. In a letter written by Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA), these whistleblowers describe instances where Halliburton employees would abandon or torch new trucks -- worth $80,000 -- if they acquired a flat tire or other minor mechanical problems. Halliburton would subsequently purchase new trucks with U.S. taxpayer dollars."

Police militarization expo Urban Shield descends on Oakland (VIDEO)


"SWAT teams, military contractors and law enforcement from the world over are gathering this weekend in Oakland, CA for the annual event Urban Shield, a training and weapons expo made possible by the Department of Homeland Security and arms manufacturers."

(Protest supression techniques were evidently discussed and shared.)


Michigan's Koch / "tea party" "emergency manager" legislation:

Starting in 2011, Rachel Maddow broke several stories detailing (then) unbelievable agenda in Michigan, starting with Governor Rick Snyder giving himself the power to destroy the funding of Michigan cities and also to then declare any city in trouble, such as may be caused by such de-funding, to then be under the dictatorial power of an "emergency manager". Set up, knock down:



Please watch the above. Even the first two minutes are imperative.

So basically, the Governor of Michigan since early 2011 is purposely de-funding cities and then declaring them emergencies in order to install "emergency managers" with dictatorial power. Such powers and plans just happen to be exceedingly beneficial to the 1%. Ahem. And it gets worse.

The leaked 2006 Citigroup Plutonomy memo Part 1


Findings revealed in the memo:
-The economies of the US, UK, and Canada are driven by the very rich, not everyone else combined
-They enjoy specific modes of growth (Globalization and politics used to insure it [the Trans Pacific Partnership])
-Threats to their growth (historic models reveal trends and outcomes predicting the Occupy movement or similar; weaknesses of Plutonomy)
-Equities are the main asset of the rich; homes are that of the rest. The housing bubble and the illegal foreclosure engine do not harm the rich; on the contrary
-Methods of Plutonomy self-protection include direct corporate influence of the political process (Citizens United, oppression of Occupy, formation of the “tea party”, etc.)
-The very rich profit from the spy technology revolution (TSA scanners, militarization of police, etc.) which also provides for social control and the oppression of dissent (Occupy, etc.).
-As the economy is driven by the rich, the challenge is to switch that to one driven by the 99%.
The memo does not even include mention of the corporate alliance ALEC who are writing laws which are being passed in various states, such as “stand your ground” and “right to work”. Corporations writing laws. The TPP are a global version of this and we do not get to vote.
This is WWIII. It is economic, it has long since begun, and it is the 1% against all the rest of us.

...

Page 17, “The Risks to Plutonomy”. 
 

-Inflation
-Financial collapse
-Ending technological revolution
-Political pressure to end the increase in income and wealth inequality
-Destroy globalisation
-Destroy right-wing, anti-immigration political parties which support the rise in profit share/fall in wage share
Page 18
-Call for relaxing immigration controls/deportation
-”The political process is the greatest threat to Plutonomy.”
-Page 21 lists equity strategies. “Equities are the main asset of the rich.” -Page 12 of the memo. So, attack equities.
Of course, it says that the rich actually drive the economy, and the economy mainly serves the rich. So live outside the economy and destroy the economy.

"The risks to Plutonomy: Finally, political pressure to end the increase in income and wealth inequality."

"Perhaps the most immediate challenge to Plutonomy comes from the political process. Ultimately, the rise in income and wealth inequality to some extent is an economic disenfrachisement of the masses to the benefit of the few. However in democracies this is rarely tolerated forever."

“We see the biggest threat to Plutonomy as coming from a rise in political demands to reduce income inequality, spread the wealth more evenly, and challenge forces such as globalization which have benefited profit and wealth growth.”

Page 18:

"So is Plutonomy under threat politically? We are keeping an eye on this one. At the moment it is too early to make this call. ...does not resonate as a population determined to destroy wealth inequality."

"While there are challenges to this, not least through populations/the political process demanding a more 'equitable' share of the wealth, in the short term we think the trend of the rich getting richer is likely to persist."


Wealth Inequality in America:




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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Activism Media Skill Share Group

"Don't plan to be viral; plan to be awesome." ~Alissa Kokkins

Los Angeles Occupier, livestreamer and social media activist Patti Beers organized an event  featuring several hours of ideas and information regarding growing our skillsets and the importance of so doing! Kudos to everyone for a great event, looking forward to the next meeting/stream!

Facebook event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/219853904860397/


Activism Media Skill Share Chart






Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Police Department Spying and Retaliation for the Surveillance State

"...there was no division between corporate spying and government spying." ~Noam Chomsky on Jeremy Hammond's Stratfor revelations

"They're going to nationalize police departments. That's your military coup!" ~John Trudell 

The collection of data regarding all citizens of America has been revealed to be egregiously intrusive and totalitarian despite a 2013 promise by Obama that nothing of the sort is occurring.

Obama To Leno: 'There Is No Spying On Americans'

Of course, Obama has made it possible:

Obama White House had NSA limits reversed

(2011) "The Obama administration quietly got a court to undo U.S. surveillance limits on the use of intercepted phone calls and emails, The Washington Post reported."

Of course, anyone who by this time does not fully understand Obama to be a complete and utter traitor to the American people is somehow not paying actual attention. Browse this blog for more if for some reason you still don't get it.

Most recently egregious is Seattle PD's attempt to set up their own mesh net across the city, one which like the later-mentioned "Sting Ray" technology, would allow them to continuously ping the location of any citizen with a cell phone or WiFi device.

Continuous, total spying upon citizen location and movement. Stored for later use against you. Let that sink in. This is Fascism, pure and simple. This is so completely beyond acceptable it is ridiculous. I initially did not forward the stories I saw regarding it, believing it to be conspiracy theory.

Seattle police deactivate surveillance system after public outrage

"Police in Seattle, Washington have responded to a major public outcry by disabling a recently discovered law enforcement tool that critics said could be used to conduct sweeping surveillance across the city.

...The SPD told The Stranger previously that the system was not being used, but anyone with a smart phone who wandered through the jurisdiction covered by the digital nodes could still notice that their devices were being discovered by the internet-broadcasting boxes, just as a person’s iPhone or Android might attempt to connect to any network within reach. In theory, law enforcement could take the personal information transmitted as the two devices talk to each other and use that intelligence to triangulate the location of a person, even within inches. 

When the SPD was approached about the system last week, they insisted that it wasn’t even in operation yet. David Ham of Seattle’s KIRO-7 News asked, however, how come 'we could see these network names if it’s not being used?'

'Well, they couldn’t give us an explanation,' Ham said at the time." 

More:

Privacy Concerns, Black Bars, and Seattle’s Municipal Mesh Net Project

Much more:

The Stranger: You Are a Rogue Device

Much much more:

Trapwire surveillance system exposed in document leak

"Papers released by WikiLeaks show US department of homeland security paid $832,000 to deploy system in two cities." via @SeattlePrivacy

Indiana State Police tracking cellphones - but won't say how or why

"This year, the Indiana State Police paid $373,995 for a device that law enforcement personnel have described as a powerful tool in the fight against crime and terrorism.

It could allow investigators in a surveillance vehicle to park in a crowded area and track the movements of anyone nearby with a cellphone and capture the numbers of people’s incoming and outgoing calls and text messages.

...But officials at Indiana’s largest police agency aren’t saying what they do with the technology; they’re mum on whose data they’ve collected so far; and they’re not talking about what steps they take to safeguard the data."

DC, Maryland and Virginia cops spying on cell phone data

"WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- It's not just the NSA - local cops are mining the cell phone data to reveal the location, identity and call information of hundreds of people at a time -- whether they're suspected of criminal activity or not.
 
In a joint investigation with Gannett television stations across the country and USA Today, WUSA9 obtained documents that show police in Fairfax County, Montgomery County and the Metropolitan Police in DC have purchased cell phone spy gear capable of tracking your whereabouts - even if you're not the one being investigated."


Cellphone spying technology being used throughout Northern California

"At least seven law enforcement agencies in California are using controversial technology that allows them to secretly collect data from cellphones and track people, News10 has learned."


LICENSE PLATE READERS are becoming standard issue equipment for PDs across the country, but there are severe down-sides in terms of collecting and correlating data on citizens:

License plate data not just for cops: Private companies are tracking your car

“'This sort of constant surveillance makes it very dangerous for us as a society,' said Michael Katz-Lacabe, a network security engineer and member of the San Leandro, Calif., school board.

Katz-Lacabe has first-hand experience with the reach of LPR data – police cameras in San Leandro captured his two vehicles more than 100 times over two years, which he discovered from a public records request in 2010. In one of the images, he and his daughters are stepping out of the family’s Toyota Prius in their driveway."

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More:

Privacy’s worst nightmare: company advertises over one billion license plate records

Boston police halt license tracking system as media probe points to privacy violations

Homeland Security is seeking a national license plate tracking system

 

Los Angeles Cops Argue All Cars in LA Are Under Investigation

 


SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY REPORTS AND 'STING RAY'

Bringing the argument home about domestic spying

By Dan Bluemel, laactivist.com

"Since March 2008, LAPD officers have been reporting on behavior they believe to have a nexus to terrorism. In what are called suspicious activity reports, or SARs, officers report on what the department considers suspicious behavior. Through another police program, called iWatch, civilians too can report on suspicious behavior.

The behavior being reported by police may be as innocuous — and legal — as taking photographs of buildings or inquiring about its hours of operation. The reports garnered from these two programs are sent to fusion centers where they are shared with local, state and national law enforcement agencies across the nation.

...Besides the SARs and iWatch programs, the LAPD also has several cameras positioned around the city that use TrapWire technology, a predictive software that can allegedly detect suspicious behavior in connection with terrorism.

Another technology employed by the LAPD is a suitcase-sized device called StingRay. It mimics a cell phone tower, tricking every cell phone in a neighborhood into connecting to it. Once connected, police can grab information from everyone’s phone in the area, not just the suspects.

StingRay was purchased with Dept. of Homeland Security Funds. It was meant for counterterrorism, but according to documents obtained by LA Weekly, in 2012, the LAPD used StingRay 21 times within four-months in burglary, drug and murder investigations."

Photographers beware! Big Brother is watching you


"Photographers, both amateur and professional, as well as tourists, artists, college students, contractors, engineers, journalists, activists and others, have been secretly reported to the FBI by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies for nothing more than taking pictures, according to documents obtained from a public records request filed by the ACLU of Southern California."


Complete breaches of the Fourth Amendment

DNA samples taken at police checkpoint ‘gross abuse of power,’ say PA drivers


"A Pennsylvania community is asking questions after a government contractor, with help from the local police, pulled drivers off the road and into a parking lot to ask about their driving and – most notably – pressure them into providing a DNA sample."
 
Now they have our DNA as well. Another list upon which they want all of us to be. Total information awareness against the people of this country.

Note the wording of the Fourth Amendment:

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Not any more:

Texas judge: Search warrants can be obtained based on predictions of future crimes

"Police in Texas may now obtain a search warrant based on 'a prediction of a future crime,' according to a dissenting judge on the state’s criminal appeals court." 

Police to Begin Inspecting Homes For “Illegal Tenants”

 "The community of Westbury, NY has announced the creation of a new police task force to inspect people’s homes unannounced in search of 'illegal tenants.' The town of 15,000 will hire two new police officers and recently held a town meeting about the new 'zero tolerance policy' against renting rooms illegally. The task force – aptly named the Housing Enforcement Unit – is calling these tenants 'unpermitted guests.' And by 'illegal' they don’t mean immigrants – they mean anyone not on the mortgage or lease agreement."  

Boston Transit Police Conducts Warrantless Searches on All Bus, Subway Riders
Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/boston-transit-police-conducts-warrantless-searches-bus-subway-riders/#RJPByxvlx9GAF4to.99

Boston transit police conducts warrantless searches on all bus, subway riders

Boston Transit Police Conducts Warrantless Searches on All Bus, Subway Riders
Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/boston-transit-police-conducts-warrantless-searches-bus-subway-riders/#RJPByxvlx9GAF4to.99
Boston Transit Police Conducts Warrantless Searches on All Bus, Subway Riders
Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/boston-transit-police-conducts-warrantless-searches-bus-subway-riders/#RJPByxvlx9GAF4to.99

 
POLICE INTIMIDATION AND RETALIATION


If police (and through them, the Feds and the corporations and money interests controlling the Feds) do not like you, they may use surveillance data to cause you suffering and harm...especially if you are protesting the trade show promoting the deadly militarization of police:

"Last Friday, the City Corporation of Oakland hosted a four day ‘Urban Shield‘ conference in which SWAT teams and other militarized police troops from around the globe came together to trade best practices on fighting terrorism, first response training, and of course protest suppression techniques.

...In an effort to either silence a vocal activist or just plain out fuck with his life, Oakland police secretly photographed one protester’s vehicle and sent the photos, along with one of the protester himself, to his employer. According to @Anon4justice on Twitter, OPD falsely accused him of being involved in a hit-and-run accident, which contributed to the dissident losing his job. (Side note; Anon4justice called in sick that day to be able to join his comrades in the streets.)"

¤ProletarianDissent¤ @Anon4justice 


They found out the garage I parked in and got pics of my truck. Also got me at the rally.















More:

DHS Spy Files on the Occupy Movement Part 2


ACTUAL DOMESTIC TERRORISM

The FBI and the "patriot act" define "domestic terrorism" as:


"A person engages in domestic terrorism if they do an act...if the act appears to be intended to: 

(i) intimidate or coerce a civilian population..."

How the USA PATRIOT Act redefines "Domestic Terrorism"

How then are the Federal and local police department actions against Occupy and Anon4justice not domestic terrorism? How is tracking every citizen's every minute location and documenting it photographically not intended to intimidate and coerce, to play upon fear and paranoia? To get us to SHUT UP AND GO HOME AND STAY THERE and allow the powers that be to continue their path without checks or balances?

If there is a price to be paid for voicing your 1st Amendment rights, if there is an obvious risk in so doing, something may be terribly wrong.


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riot police guard BofA during occupy la march

occupy portland Steve Dipaola Reuters

Occupy Denver AP Photo Leah Millis

Police brutality at Occupy Philly

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Complete breaches of the Fourth Amendment

Occupy Denver, Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post

Democratic National Convention

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Toledo Police Tank


Toledo, Ohio


Jefferson CO tank


Jefferson County, Colorado


AP exclusive finds 165 MRAP vehicles used in Iraq handed to local police departments


"These are not the first armored military vehicles given to U.S. police departments. A little-known 1033 program, originating from the National Defense Authorization Act of 1997, allows the Department of Defense to donate what it considers surplus military equipment to police and sheriff departments, Michael Shank and Elizabeth Beavers wrote in The Guardian. A total of $4.2 billion in such equipment, including tanks and grenade launchers, has been donated so far."


NH legislator introduces bill to stop small-town cops from buying tanks



Iowa town given 49,000 pound MRAP


More:

How the Los Angeles Police Department are made into tentacles of Homeland Security.

ACLU Launches Nationwide Police Militarization Investigation

10 000 cops ordered on to Sofia streets to contain anti-government protests

Stop LAPD Spying! 

Forget the NSA, the LAPD Spies on Millions of Innocent Folks 


Yes, Virginia, there is a police state

Utah considers law to increase SWAT raid transparency










No Man's Air: Military And Police Drones Proliferate In Latin America

Hedges: Jeremy Hammond Exposed State's Plan to Criminalize Democratic Dissent 

"JAY: So, quickly, for people--most of our viewers must know this, but quickly, just what is it that Jeremy exposed?

HEDGES: He broke into the private security firm known as Stratfor, which does work for a variety of intelligence agencies--for the Marine Corps and the Defense Department, the Pentagon, but also for corporations, including Raytheon, Dow Chemical, and others. And he turned over 3 million emails, email exchanges within the company to Rolling Stone, WikiLeaks, and other publications. Now, this was quite a significant dump, because it illustrated two or three very chilling things about the security and surveillance state, first of all that there was no division between corporate spying and government spying. It was seamless, including the same people going back and forth. It was from that dump that we realized the extent to which the Occupy movement was being spied upon and infiltrated and monitored and followed. And we also found from those email exchanges that there was a concerted attempt on the part of security officials, both inside the government and within the private security contracting agency, to link, falsely, nonviolent dissident groups with terrorist groups so that they could apply terrorism laws against these groups.

And when I sued Barack Obama over Section 1021 of the National National Defense Authorization Act, which permits the U.S. military, overturning 150 years of domestic law, to seize U.S. citizens who 'substantially' support--that is not a legal term, it's not material support, it's an amorphous term--'substantially' support al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or something called associated forces--again another nebulous term--hold those citizens in military facilities without due process indefinitely, part of the email exchanges were entered as evidence in my case. And those email exchanges showed that this private security firm, along with government officials, was attempting to link a group called U.S. Day of Rage, founded by a journalist and activist named Alexa O'Brien, who was one of my coplaintiffs, with al-Qaeda. And why were they trying to link that group with al-Qaeda? So that they could employ the draconian terrorism laws against nonviolent democratic dissidents. That all came out from Hammond."

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"They're going to nationalize police departments. That's your military coup!"