by Tyler Durden
June 11, 2013
In the last 24 hours, sales of the ‘big brother’ book 1984 on Amazon.com have soared by almost 7000% as the reality of the surveillance state come to the public’s attention. As Liberty Blitzkrieg’s Mike Krieger notes, we suppose it makes sense that people would want to get up to speed on the dystopian world being constructed rapidly and secretly around them. 1984 is now the 4th fastest rising sales book and 184th most popular on Amazon!
Natural Cures Not Medicine
May 21, 2013
Hungary has taken a stand against Monsanto and GMO corn by destroying around 1000 acres of GMO corn – said Hungary deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development – Lajos Bognar.
In Hungary genetically modified (GM) seeds are banned. There is no certainty that the GM crops they burned didn’t spread any seeds or pollen before destroyed so checks will continue despite the law that states traders are supposed to make sure their products are GMO free! I know right?! During the investigation, they found Pioneer Monsanto products among the seeds planted. Once discovered they burned and wrote the years harvest off. They are that serious.
Most of the local farmers have complained since they discovered they were using GMO seeds. With the season already under way, it was too late to sow new seeds, so this years harvest was lost. The company that sold the seeds in Baranya county is now being liquided… so, if any compensation is paid, the money will be paid mainly to that company’s creditors, rather than the farmers.
Just another country you can add to the list of conscious and awake. Is yours next?
by Christina Sarich
May 25, 2013
Our collective outcry of ‘NO to GMO’ is working. In hot off the press, Dow AgroSciences is still waiting for permission from regulatory bodies to allow them to plant their highly controversial new weed control system and crops called ‘Enlist.’ Ironic isn’t it – after all, we’ve enlisted the help of our friends and neighbors to stare these corporate bullies in the eye and to sit complacent no longer as our food supply is genetically modified to cause cancer, infertility, and organ failure, to kill our bees, and endanger future generations through higher infant mortality rates.
We can’t give up now; it’s starting to work. If one squeaky hinge can’t shut the door, a million of them will shut down the house, the congress, and even the USDA. As U.S. farmers buy seed for this coming season’s crops the Enlist seed has still not been given approval by the feds. This means that the Enlist corn seed which was intended to take the place of Monsanto’s Round Up Ready crops have to wait. Hopefully, as we keep speaking out, those seeds will be disposed of instead of planted. They are just the first of a planned panoply of GMO seed including Enlist soybeans and Enlist cotton. Just what we need, more GM soybeans and cotton…and corn.
Critics who have helped to delay this particular genetically modified crop are arguing that spraying will only make weeds more resistant and grow in more profusion. If you want to complain about more than just weeds – tell your Congress, your President, the FDA, and your Facebook friends. Share this article. Pin it, post it, shout it out. Our protests are working. And guess what – your salmon and meat are the next GMOs in the master plan, so we need to nip this in the bud now.
Late Tuesday night over 60 percent of Portland area voters rejected a proposal to begin fluoridating the city’s water supply.
Photo: AP/Don Ryan
by Derrick Broze
May 24, 2013
Mayor Charlie Hales expressed his disappointment in a statement. “The measure lost despite my own ‘yes’ vote.That’s sure disappointing, but I accept the will of the voters.”
Portland voters first turned down fluoridation when the process began in the 1950′s, and again during the 1960′s. It was briefly approved in 1978, however that plan was overturned two years later, before any fluoride was ever added to the water.
After rumors of backroom deals between the City Council and fluoridation supporters emerged, clean water activists sprung to action. In response to last years city council vote to begin fluoridating water serving 900,000 citizens, protestors organized efforts to bring the issue to the public for a vote. After gathering over 40,000 signatures the measure was brought forth.
The issue also wound up politicizing a statewide health report that showed falling cavity and tooth decay rates in the state over the past five years. One of the report’s authors said she felt pressure by Upstream Health, the group spearheading fluoridation efforts, to present the findings in a certain way.
Oregon Live covered the details of the report:
“The percentage of children who already had a cavity fell from 64 to 52 statewide, according to the survey. That represents a drop of nearly one-fifth.
The percentage of children with untreated decay also declined from 36 to 20 statewide, the survey found. That’s down by nearly half.
And the other major measure, rampant decay — which is defined as seven treated or untreated cavities — fell from 20 percent to 14 percent statewide. That’s down by about one-third. “
With this latest rejection Portland becomes the largest city in the United States that does not add fluoride to the water. Speaking to the Portland Tribune, Kim Kaminski, leader of Clean Water Portland said, “At a very fundamental level, people understand that we don’t want more chemicals in our water.”
This year marks the 68th anniversary of fluoridation – the first U.S. city to adjust the fluoride levels in its water supply was Grand Rapids, Mich. on January 25, 1945, according to the American Dental Association.
Despite the fact that most mainstream health organizations, including the American Medical Association, endorse fluoridation over 200 communities have rejected the practice in recent years. Opponents of fluoridation in Portland worry by adding fluoride to the water it will ruin the city’s famously pristine water supply, as well as violate an individuals civil liberties, by forced medicating through the water.
Portlands stance against water fluoridation has become an attacking point for many publications around the country. Accusations of being anti-science, or a conspiracy theorist abound for those opposing the controversial practice.
Despite a recent Salon article that claims the Fluoride Free movement is “Without a study to stand on” there are a number of studies that show a variety of health concerns . The article also states, “The (fluoride) ion occurs naturally in ground water in varying levels, some that are in fact too high.” While this claim is true it is also misleading.
When a city chooses to add “fluoride” to the water supply they are actually adding the toxic substance hydrofluorosilic acid. Hydrofluorosilic acid is a by-product of phosphate mining, and if not for cities purchasing the substance for millions of dollars, it would have to be disposed of at a hefty cost to the producer.
The history books are filled with examples of medical and scientific practices that were seen as safe at one point only to be demonized later. The early critics of any common practice are often ridiculed until new evidence creates a shift in understanding and future practices. When it comes to water fluoridation we are dealing with a similar situation.
For more information on the dangers of water fluoridation and how you can get involved please check out the Fluoride Action Network. (www.fluoridealert.org)
P.A.N.D.A. People Against The NDAA
April 4, 2013
The City Council of League City, Texas voted 7-1 to reject NDAA’s unconstitutional mandates. As the bill states, the NDAA authorizes:
“1) detainment of persons captured within the United States of America without charge or trial, 2) military tribunals for persons captured within the United States of America, and 3) the transfer of persons captured within the United States of America to foreign jurisdictions, are repugnant to the ‘general, great and essential principles of liberty and free government’ enshrined in Article 1 of the Texas Constitution.”
The resolution instructs League City’s public agencies to refuse compliance with NDAA action against anyone. As former New Jersey Superior Court Judge Andrew Napolitano said recently, widespread noncompliance can make a federal law “nearly impossible to enforce”.
Council Member Heidi Theiss sponsored the League City bill and afterward offered thanks to her fellow Council members. Moreover, Theiss said in her Facebook victory announcement:
“there is strong legislation in our state capital that needs to pass [in order] to refuse the use and abuse of federal power against American citizens.” She refers to HB 149, which just had a hearing in a committee of the Texas State House. It will need passing votes in two committees before moving to the full House.
You can help stop NDAA’s violation of your constitutional rights.
If you live in Texas, please contact the committee chair of Federalism and Fiscal Responsibility, Brandon Creighton. Politely request Representative Creighton to vote YES on HB149.
Brandon Creighton: (512) 463-0726
Contact the other committee members. Respectively let each know you want them to vote YES on HB 149.
Cindy Burkett: (512) 463-0464
Eddie Lucio III: (512) 463-0606
Scott Turner: (512) 463-0484
Armando Walle: (512) 463-092
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P.A.N.D.A. People Against The NDAA
March 14, 2013
The Idaho House has approved a measure that makes it a misdemeanor for government and law officials to enforce any new federal firearms laws including bans and registrations.
H.B. 219, or the “Idaho Federal Firearm, Magazine and Register Ban Enforcement Act,” approved Monday 55 – 13, could bring fines of up to $1,000 and a year jail time to any local officials who engage in confiscation, including assistance in such acts with any federal agents.
P.A.N.D.A. People Against The NDAA
March 23, 2013
One after another, citizens demanded the Commission defend their god-given, unalienable rights. From the Conservative Lunch group leaders to members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), from former security guards to doctors, women and men, young and old, the people of Washoe County came together to fight for our Constitution.
If you’ve seen what this country has become…if you’ve seen what kind of path America is heading down…this video will give you hope. When you listen to the speakers, one after another, come up to defend our rights, you will be inspired.
Let’s make this video go viral, America needs to see more victories like this.
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The PANDA (People Against the NDAA Mission Statement:
Our Mission is to nonviolently nullify, strike down, repeal, stop, void and fight the indefinite detention provisions, Sections 1021 and 1022, of the National Defense Authorization Act for the Fiscal Year of 2012, to fight for American civil liberties, to combat laws restricting liberty in the interest of National Security, to support current government officials that are doing so and to engage a younger generation in the politics of the United States so this cannot happen again.
P.A.N.D.A. People Against The NDAA
March 23, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PANDA Nevada (People Against the National Defense Authorization Act) announces the passage of a Las Vegas City Council Resolution defeating the indefinite detention provisions of the 2012 NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act).
Just before noon on Wednesday, the honorable Las Vegas City Council passed a resolution rebuking the indefinite detention provisions of the 2012 NDAA, 5-2. The resolution may be read here at: http://tinyurl.com/cyu5bue. The Resolution will now head to the Clark County Commission; if passed, it would be the first Joint City/County Resolution passed in response to the NDAA.
The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act was overwhelmingly passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 31, 2011. The 2012 NDAA declares the United States to be a battlefield in the war on terror and Section 1021 & 1022 authorize the indefinite military detention, without charge or trial, of persons on US soil.
This violates at least 23 Articles of and Amendments to both the US and Nevada Constitutions.
PANDA’s Clark County Chapter Head, Daphne Lee, stated,
“I am so incredibly grateful to the honorable Council members for supporting our efforts. I would especially like to thank Councilman Beers for helping me introduce this resolution to the board, and to Mayor Goodman for her amazing vocal support for the rights of all persons in Nevada. This action will support other cities, counties and states all over the country who seek to take a stand to protect constitutional rights.”
Christopher Corbett, PANDA Nevada State Team Leader, said, “This is an important first victory in the fight to restore and protect civil liberties in Nevada. Hopefully this resolution will encourage the rest of Nevada to pass similar resolutions and state legislation.”
There is already action under way to pass similar Resolutions in Northern Nevada. Both the Washoe County Commission and Reno City Council have agrees to look at this issue in the next 30 days.
State Senator, Don Gustavson, has also submitted a bill to be considered during the 2013 Nevada legislative session. The Nevada Liberty Preservation Act (SB378), which has 16 bi-partisan cosponsors, will lead the way in restoring Constitutional rights to all persons in Nevada.
This movement is just getting started. “We the People” will take back this great nation, one city, County, and State at a time.
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P.A.N.D.A. People Against The NDAA
March 12, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Michigan Senate Votes 37-0 to Defeat NDAA
In a vote of 37-0 (1 absent), the Michigan Senate joined the growing list of of states and municipalities throughout America in passing their version of the Liberty Preservation Act, released by the Tenth Amendment Center. Senate Bill 94 (SB94) now proceeds to the Michigan State House. State Senator Rick Jones, the bill’s sponsor, and grassroots activists forged the bipartisan alliance against the federal law which applies the law of war and indefinite detention to anyone on U.S. soil.
After the bill’s passage in the Senate, PANDA Michigan’s Dennis Marburger vowed relentless opposition to all federal legislation which subverts the U.S. Constitution, saying:
“The very active and knowledgeable group of Michiganians fighting this egregious Federal overreach will not rest until there is real, tangible and viable state resistance to D.C.’s attempts to deny our rights and threaten our safety – whatever unconstitutional legislation, edict or judicial fiat our government employees use as an excuse.”
The unlawful mandates of the NDAA are sections 1021 and 1022 which allow the arrest, detention and/or transport to foreign prisons of anyone the federal government “suspects” is a terrorist. Those so imprisoned can be denied trial, access to an attorney, and the ability to even advise seomone they have been detained.
To enforce NDAA, the federal government will need assistance from the states. If signed into law, SB94 will announce the strong determination of the people of Michigan that the 2012 NDAA is unConstitutional.
SB94 is a companion bill of HB4138, sponsored by State Representative Tom McMillin. A similar bill passed the Michigan House last fall on a vote of 107-0.
If you are in Michigan, or know someone in Michigan, it is time to fight for your rights.
Contact your Michigan State Representative at: http://www.house.mi.gov/mhrpublic/.
Join us in the battle to stop the NDAA nationwide: http://pandaunite.org/join-us/
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P.A.N.D.A. People Against The NDAA
March 5, 2013
From the Bill of Rights Defense Committee:
February 26, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution opposing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) provisions on indefinite military detention. The resolution was endorsed by 27 community organizations, including, but not limited to, Japanese-American community groups, faith leaders, anti-war activists, labor unions, and Arab and Muslim organizations.
The “Resolution expressing opposition to the indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act” protects the civil liberties of all San Francisco residents by emphasizing that the Constitution and Bill of Rights:
reflect the essential nature of presumed innocence, the right to a speedy public trial before an impartial jury, and other elements of effective due process, reflect our shared commitment that no person will be exposed to cruel and unusual punishment.
It also creates a policy that all San Francisco public agencies will uphold civil liberties by:
instruct[ing] all our public agencies to decline requests by federal agencies acting under detention powers granted by the NDAA or any authorization of force, that could infringe upon residents’ freedom of speech, religion, assembly, privacy, or rights to counsel…
The introduction of the resolution against NDAA on February 19 was timed to honor the anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which is also a Day of Remembrance in the State of California. Executive Order 9066 authorized the U.S. military to remove Japanese-Americans from areas on the West Coast considered to be “military areas.” Over 120,000 Japanese-Americans, as well as some Italian and German-Americans, were forced to internment camps.
Supervisor David Chiu, who introduced the bill, commented following last night’s vote:
I am proud that the Board of Supervisors has passed my resolution calling on Congress to repeal the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA. Indefinite detention violates our civil liberties, repeats the injustices of the past and undermines the very foundation of our democracy. I hope Congress will heed this call and take immediate action.
BORDC’s Nadia Kayyali also commented on the victory:
With this vote, San Francisco has confirmed its place as a leader in the national effort to preserve the constitutional rights threatened by over broad national security policy. As the proliferation of state and local bills continues, it is becoming clear that local governments will not be complicit in the erosion of our rights.
P.A.N.D.A. People Against The NDAA
February 27, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
People Against the NDAA
Four States Advance Legislation to Block NDAA Indefinite Detention
BOWLING GREEN – In a stunning move last week, four states, Indiana, Colorado, Montana and Arizona, successfully advanced anti-NDAA legislation. The goal for each bill is to protect the people of that state from indefinite detention under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012.
The 2012 NDAA applies broad detention power, using terms such as “associated forces” and “substantially supported” to U.S. soil, allowing the federal government to detain and even execute any person, including an American citizen, on U.S. soil. There has not been such backlash against a federal law since Congress attempted to enforce a mandatory national speed limit, as over 21 states have introduced legislation to counter the law.
In Indiana, S.B. 400 passed through the State Senate by a vote of 31 – 17. Next, it will be assigned to a committee in the State House, where the battle will begin anew. It will then need to be given a committee hearing, pass the hearing and then be voted on by the full State House floor. The last step, if it passes those hurdles, would be for Governor Mike Pence to sign it into law.
On, Thursday, three similar pieces of legislation passed through House Committees in Arizona, Montana and Colorado.
Arizona’s bill, H.B. 2573, passed the House Judiciary Committee 6 – 2. The bill has two sponsors and seven co-sponsors in the House, and supporters are hopeful it will pass.
In Montana, H.B. 522 passed its House Judiciary Committee hearing overwhelmingly by a unanimous vote of 20 – 0.
In Colorado, HB 1045 passed committee by a decisive vote of 7-4.
Arizona, Montana and Colorado’s bills will now be voted on by their respective State House floors. If they successfully pass, the next steps will be the same as Indiana’s.
As more states advance Anti-NDAA legislation, move toward liberty, and stand up to defend the Constitution, the question you must ask yourself is…
Will your state be next?
P.A.N.D.A. People Against The NDAA
February 18, 2013
Activists and local Grassroots groups scored a huge victory Tuesday. With San Francisco Supervisor and President of the Board David Chiu carrying the flag, an Anti-NDAA Resolution was introduced in San Francisco, CA:
“The resolution of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will uphold due process and articulate San Francisco’s opposition of the NDAA. Supervisor Chiu stated that the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA:
violate our fundamental right to our presumption of innocence. Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.
The resolution, co-sponsored by Supervisors John Avalos, London Breed, David Campos, Jane Kim, and Eric Mar, is similar to legislation that has been passed in communities across the country. The language of the resolution emphasizes that San Francisco honors the civil liberties of all residents…”http://www.constitutioncampaign.org/blog/?p=12065#.UR78p6U3vbh
by Anthony Gucciardi
February 18, 2013
If there was ever a nation that could see the purpose behind organic, sustainable farming, it would be a nation that is composed mostly of farmers. Such a place does exist, and it soon may be the first nation to go 100% organic, paving the way for others to do the same on a global scale.
The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is known for a high level of citizen happiness, but it is doing something even more noteworthy in the near future. With Prime Minister Jigmi Thinley making a major announcement regarding the organic farming project at the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development which took place last month, the move has made national headlines. It’s called the National Organic Policy, and it is fueled by the simple concept that working ‘in harmony with nature’ will yield the most powerful results — all without sacrificing human health or the environment.
What this comes down to is no GMO, no pesticides, no herbicides, no fluoride-based spray products, no Monsanto intrusion at all, and a whole lot of high quality food available for the 700,000 citizens of Bhutan. Food that, at one time, was simply called ‘food’. In the statement to other policy makers, Prime Minister Jigmi Thinley explained the move:
“By working in harmony with nature, they can help sustain the flow of nature’s bounties.”
Bhutan’s land currently supplys most corn, rice, fruits, and some vegetables, and it is perfectly positioned to begin developing 100% organic farming. In addition to containing a population that is mostly farmers, it also has extremely rich lands that are truly beyond what many consider organic.
Some lands in Bhutan have not even been touched with harsh chemicals of any kind, and traditional techniques are utilized to produce high yields without Monsanto dipping into the pockets of family farmers. This is in sharp contrast to India’s farming community, which has been shafted by Monsanto and subsequently nicknamed the ‘suicide belt‘ due to the rampant suicides that can be blamed in part by Monsanto-induced financial ruin.
Australian adviser to Bhutan, Andre Leu, explains:
“I don’t think it’s going to be that difficult given that the majority of the agricultural land is already organic by default.”
The shift is certainly inspiring, but it also reminds us about the true lunacy of designating foods as ‘organic’ and ‘traditional’ in modern society. These Bhutan farmers are not growing magic beans or enchanted corn, they are growing real food. Actual food as it was grown for thousands of years. It’s only now, with the advent of ways in which we can toxify our crops, do we value organic as if it were some privilege or act of class. When it comes down to it, we just want real food.
P.A.N.D.A. People Against The NDAA
February 13, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Indiana, South Carolina Anti-NDAA Bills Fly Through Committee
Today, Feb. 12, “anti-NDAA” legislation passed senate committees in both Indiana and South Carolina.
In Indiana, S.B. 400 was championed by Sen. Jim Banks and Elkhart County Sheriff Bradley Rodgers who both spoke before the Corrections and Criminal Law Committee hearing in support of the bill.
Sen. Banks pointed out the sections of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 that violated the U.S. Constitution, specifically Sections 1021 and 1022 that allow for the indefinite detainment of American citizens without due process.
PANDA Indiana Team Leader James Kerner praised Sen. Banks’s speech, saying, “I suggest the ACLU, Occupy movement, Tea Party movement and Oath Keepers throw their full support behind Sen. Banks. He should be made a household name like Ron Paul.”
Sheriff Rogers spoke of the oath he took to uphold the Constitution and asked if he would be prohibited from taking action if federal agents illegally kidnapped citizens in his district.
The committee’s answer: “No.” The bill passed unanimously, 8-0.
Likewise in South Carolina, word comes from the Tenth Amendment Center that legislation seeking to nullify the “indefinite detention” provisions of the 2012 NDAA was approved by the state Senate Judiciary Committee today, 14-6.
The bill was pre-filed last fall by Sen. Tom Davis and called Sections 1021 and 1022 of the 2012 NDAA “a direct threat to the liberty, security and well-being of the people of South Carolina.”
The next step for the bills in each state is to reach the floors of their respective senates for a vote.
Thanks to organizations such as the Tenth Amendment Center, American Civil Liberties Union, Bill of Rights Defense Committee and tireless grassroots activists everywhere, successes for defeating the 2012 NDAA are starting to happen all across the country.
February 17, 2013
Egypt’s telecommunications ministry says it cannot block You Tube.
Egypt’s teleommunications ministry and a rights group have filed appeals to reverse an order by a court aimed at blocking the video-sharing website YouTube.
This week the ministry said it could not block access to YouTube due to high technical costs, also saying that it cannot monitor the content of social websites.
The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression group has called the verdict “collective punishment.”
Earlier in February, Judge Hassouna Tawfiq ordered YouTube to be blocked in Cairo where the first anti-US demonstrations against a blasphemous film insulting Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), began on September 11, 2012 before spreading to over 60 countries, with protesters storming US embassies and torching US flags.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the blasphemous movie was written and produced by an anti-Islamic Israeli-American named Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, using the pseudonym of Sam Bacile.
The Journal added that, Bacile, who is a real estate developer, has admitted that he produced the film, which he said was made with the help of Jewish donations totaling $5 million.
by Terry Wilson
Canadian Awareness Network
February 12, 2013
Bill C-30, the “Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act”, was presented to Canadians less than one year ago. The bill gathered a lot of attention after public safety minister Vic Toews gave his insane ultimatum to a liberal critic, on the house of commons floor.
“He can either stand with us or stand with the child pornographers”
Justice minister Rob Nicholson announced on Monday that Bill C-30 is dead.
“We will not be proceeding with Bill C-30 and any attempts we will have to modernize the Criminal Code will not contain the measures in C-30 — including the warrantless mandatory disclosure of basic subscriber information, or the requirement for telecommunications service providers to build intercept capabilities within their systems,”
Does this mean that Canadians are free from internet surveillance, while our neighbors to the south are now having to deal with president Obama using his executive power to force CISPA through?
Of course not! Bill C-11 Copyright Modernization Act, was passed and came into law not too long ago.
Bill C-11 included things such as:
1. Tough rules that could require intermediaries from ISPs through to search engines (e.g. Google), social networking sites (e.g. Facebook, Digg, Twitter) and data/web hosting sites (e.g. BlackSun and other “cloud” providers) to block access to websites and others alleged to enable copyright infringement.
2. The substitution of a “notice and take-down” as well as the graduated response regime that would see ISPs disconnect subscribers accused of repeated copyright infringement instead of the much less intrusive “notice-and-notice” regime already included in the bill and practiced as a matter of course by all of Canada’s major ISPs.
3. Claw backs to the innovative user-generated content (UGC) clause of the act that allows people to make mashups and remixes for non-commercial uses.
4. Copyright term extension from lifetime of the creator plus 50 years to life plus 70 years.
We also cannot forget about ACTA the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. Which Canada signed on to in 2011.
“Under this new treaty, Internet Service Providers will police all data passing through them, making them legally responsible for what their users do online. And should you do something considered “breach of copyright” like, for instance, getting a tattoo of a brand logo, taking a photo and posting it somewhere, you may be disconnected from the Internet, fined or even jailed.
This, of course, threatens the entire founding idea of the Internet – the free sharing of information. But ACTA doesn’t stop there. It goes beyond the Internet, bearing down on generic drugs and food patents. If passed, ACTA will enforce a global standard for seed patenting, which would wipe out independent, local farmers and make the world completely dependent on the patent owners (read “big corporations”) for supplies.
The agreement states that it must be signed and ratified by 2013, but the seemingly late deadline is no cause for celebration. And if the secrecy surrounding this latest censor tool continues to hold, it may be put into effect without anyone noticing.”
Defeating Bill C-30 was a great victory. The people of Canada won a battle, but the war on internet freedom is far from over.
by Terry Wilson
Canadian Awareness Network
January 31, 2013
On Monday evening Windsor city council voted 8-3 to end the practice of water fluoridation. After 51 years of fluoridating the water supply.
Mayor Eddie Francis (who voted to remove fluoride) stated: “A lot has changed in the last 60 years … fluoride is not the be-all and end-all to prevent tooth decay,” Source
Windsor now joins a growing list of Canadian communities/cities who are deciding to end the practice. Here is a list of communities who have stopped the fluoride pumps in the last 5 years.
- Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada December 2012
- Orillia, Ontario, Canada July 17, 2012
- Rosetown, Saskatchewan, Canada July 16, 2012
- Okotoks, Alberta, Canada April 23, 2012
- Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada February 7, 2012
- Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada December 19, 2011
- Dieppe, New Brunswick, Canada December 12, 2011
- Lake Cowichan, British Columbia, Canada November 19, 2011
- Williams Lake, British Columbia, November 19, 2011
- Lakeshore, Ontario, Canada October 31, 2011
- Churchill, Manitoba, Canada October 18, 2011
- Slave Lake, Alberta, Canada September 12, 2011
- Taber, Alberta, Canada July 20, 2011
- Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada July 4, 2011
- Calgary, Alberta, Canada February 8, 2011
- Verchères, Québec, Canada February 7, 2011
- Athabasca, Alberta, Canada November 1, 2010
- Waterloo, St. Jacobs and Elmira, Ontario, Canada October 25, 2010
- Gatineau, Québec, Canada May 5, 2010
- Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada July 21, 2009
- Cranberry Portage, Manitoba, Canada January 1, 2009
-Drayton Valley, Alberta, Canada December 31, 2008
- Dryden, Ontario, Canada April 2008
- Quebec City, Canada (after 36 years of fluoridation) April 1, 2008
- Welland, Pelham, and parts of Thorold, Ontario, Canada February 2008
List compiled with information from fluoridealert.org
Windsor (and the many other communities listed above) have taken the lead, and it is time for every Canadian to evaluate the practice. Once the real issues in the debate are brought into the public spectrum. We will see a dramatic shift and an end to a failed and discredited medical practice.
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By Mike Adams
December 11, 2012
Colorado and Washington pot smokers are lighting up in celebration after having achieved a stunning decriminalization victory at the ballot box.
Inhale while you can, my brothers and sisters, because Obama is already plotting how to re-criminalize your swag and nullify states’ rights.
Marijuana decriminalization, you see, was a states’ rights victory that more or less flipped Washington D.C. the finger.
From Obama’s point of view, this simply cannot be allowed to stand because it would set a precedent of the tyrannical federal government “allowing” states to decide their own laws, separate from federal law.
While the U.S. Constitution clearly encourages precisely such a structure, the U.S. federal government that exists today operates like a power-hungry gang of thugs who seek to crush anyone and anything that threatens to stand against it.
There does not even exist the facade of respecting the limitations of federal government described in the Constitution.
Mark my words: Obama, who is himself an admitted pot smoker, is coming after YOUR right to smoke pot.
It will start with polite-sounding lawsuits. The federal government will claim total control of all individual activity under the “commerce clause” of the U.S. Constitution and pressure a few key federal judges to overturn state decriminalization laws.
If, for some reason, that fails, the DEA — which operates much like a pack of hungry wolves barely restrained on a short leash — will be given the green light to start conduct armed federal raids in Washington and Colorado.
The point of the raids? To send the message that the feds are still in charge, regardless of what the voters say.
A lesson in power
All the pot smoking voters in Washington and Colorado are about to receive a valuable lesson in power. They think they have won a permanent victory for liberty, even if they don’t describe it in those words.
In reality, all they have done is antagonize federal forces of evil which are already planning a powerful counter-assault that will remind the slaves of America (the voters) who is really in charge.
And why? Because if marijuana decriminalization is not crushed by the political forces in Washington D.C., then its very existence might encourage other states to decriminalize things like industrial hemp farming, holistic medicine or even raw milk.
For God’s sake, states might behave under the misimpression that they control their own destiny!
On this subject, I’ve already published a list of five things any state could legalize right now in order to experience an economic golden age
. Each of these fives things would require states to assert their Tenth Amendment rights to nullify the power of the federal government within the state’s own borders. This is precisely what Colorado and Washington have done with marijuana decriminalization laws. They may not call it a “Tenth Amendment” initiative, but that’s exactly what it is.
Make no mistake that the federal government will use any means necessary to reverse this: Lawsuits, armed raids, false flag attacks, propaganda campaigns and so on. The federal government in America today is run by truly maniacal power-hungry criminals.
Ron Paul calls Washington bureaucrats “psychopathic tyrants.” There is absolutely nothing they won’t do to enforce their fabricated authority over the states and the People.
If it means marching into Colorado with federal troops and shoving rifles in the faces of small-time pot growers, that’s exactly what they will do. For those of you in Colorado and Washington right now, do not suffer under the delusion that you are now free to smoke pot with impunity.
You have merely achieved a reversible ballot victory that was only allowed to take place because the vote fraudsters were too busy stealing other elections (Prop 37!) to effectively defeat your marijuana decriminalization ballot measures.
It is good that you did achieve that victory, of course, because now the real lessons in liberty will be realized. At this point, Obama has no choice but to show his vindictive double standard where it’s okay for the President to campaign on the “coolness” of having smoked pot and inhaled, but his own voters who do the same thing will be arrested at gunpoint and incarcerated in federal prisons.
And if you’re black like Obama, by the way, your prison sentence will be double or triple that of white offenders.
That’s real tyranny, and that’s the real Obama. Those of you voted for Obama and are enjoying your temporarily-legalized pot in Colorado or Washington are about to learn a very costly lesson in federal tyranny.
Within a year, your states will be under assault by the feds, and your freedoms will be even further stripped away by the very President who campaigned on the idea that the government would listen and respond to the needs of the voters.
Obama lied. The federal government doesn’t want liberty in America; it wants CONTROL.
DEA agents are right now salivating at the thought of identifying, targeting and raiding small-time pot gardens in Colorado.
Those who flaunt their growing, harvesting or smoking will be the first who are targeted. Don’t say you weren’t warned.
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by Phillip Smith
December 11, 2012
And then there were two. On Monday, December 10, 2012, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an executive order certifying last month’s Amendment 64 victory and legalizing the use, possession, and limited cultivation of marijuana by adults 21 and over.
Colorado now joins Washington as states where voters approved marijuana legalization last month and where the will of the voters has now become law. In both states, it is only the possession (and cultivation in Colorado) parts of the new laws that are now in effect. Officials in Denver and Olympia have a matter of some months to craft and enact regulatory schemes for commercial marijuana cultivation and distribution — provided the federal government does not seek to block them from doing so.
While the federal government may seek to block implementation of regulations, it cannot make the two states recriminalize marijuana possession. And the states have no obligation to enforce federal marijuana laws.
In both states, however, it remains illegal to sell marijuana or cultivate it commercially pending the enactment of regulatory schemes. Still, pot possession is now legal in Washington and Colorado.
“Voters were loud and clear on Election Day,” Hickenlooper wrote. “We will begin working immediately with the General Assembly and state agencies to implement Amendment 64.”
In addition to the executive order certifying the election results, Hickenlooper also signed an executive order establishing a 24-person task force charged with coming up with a way to implement Amendment 64′s taxation and regulation provisions. The task force consists of government officials and other stakeholders, including representatives of medical marijuana patients producers and non-medical consumers, and will make recommendations to the legislature on how to establish a commercial marijuana market.
“All stakeholders share an interest in creating efficient and effective regulations that provide for the responsible development of the new marijuana laws,” the executive order said. “As such, there is a need to create a task force through which we can coordinate and create a regulatory structure that promotes the health and safety of the people of Colorado.”
Issues that will be addressed include: the need to amend current state and local laws regarding the possession, sale, distribution or transfer of marijuana and marijuana products to conform them to Amendment 64′s decriminalization provisions; the need for new regulations for such things as security requirements for marijuana establishments and for labeling requirements; education regarding long-term health effects of marijuana use and harmful effects of marijuana use by those under the age of 18; and the impact of Amendment 64 on employers and employees and the Colorado economy.
The task force will also work to reconcile Colorado and federal laws such that the new laws and regulations do not subject Colorado state and local governments and state and local government employees to prosecution by the federal government.
“Task force members are charged with finding practical and pragmatic solutions to the challenges of implementing Amendment 64 while at all times respecting the diverse perspectives that each member will bring to the work of the task force,” the executive order emphasized. “The task force shall respect the will of the voters of Colorado and shall not engage in a debate of the merits of marijuana legalization or Amendment 64.”
Marijuana legalization supporters cheered the issuance of the executive orders.
“This is a truly historic day. From this day forward, adults in Colorado will no longer be punished for the simple use and possession of marijuana. We applaud Gov. Hickenlooper for issuing this declaration in a timely fashion, so that adult possession arrests end across the state immediately,” said Mason Tvert, one of the two official proponents for Amendment 64 and newly appointed communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project.
“We look forward to working with the governor’s office and many other stakeholders on the implementation of Amendment 64,” Tvert continued. “We are certain that this will be a successful endeavor, and Colorado will become a model for other states to follow.”
Not everyone was as thrilled as Tvert. Both US Attorney for Colorado John Walsh and Colorado State Patrol James Wolfinbarger issued statements Monday warning respectively that marijuana is still illegal under federal law and that driving while impaired by marijuana is still a crime.
“The Department of Justice is reviewing the legalization initiatives recently passed in Colorado and Washington state,” Walsh said in his statement. “The Department’s responsibility to enforce the Controlled Substances Act remains unchanged. Neither states nor the executive branch can nullify a statute passed by Congress. In enacting the Controlled Substances Act, Congress determined that marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance. Regardless of any changes in state law, including the change that will go into effect on December 10th in Colorado, growing, selling or possessing any amount of marijuana remains illegal under federal law. Members of the public are also advised to remember that it remains against federal law to bring any amount of marijuana onto federal property, including all federal buildings, national parks and forests, military installations, and courthouses.”
“The Colorado State Patrol would like to remind motorists that if you chose to consume marijuana and make the decision to drive that you are taking a huge risk,” Wolfinbarger said. “Drivers must realize that if you are stopped by law enforcement officials and it is determined that your ability to operate a motor vehicle has been affected to the slightest degree by drugs or alcohol or both, you may be arrested and subjected to prosecution under Colorado’s DUI/DUID laws. It is imperative that everyone takes responsibility for public safety when driving on Colorado’s highways.”
While the implementation of regulations for marijuana commerce in Colorado and Washington is by no means assured, the legalization of pot possession in the two states is a done deal. And with it, a huge hole has been blown through the wall of marijuana prohibition. Since the election last month, public opinion polls have shown increasing support — and in three out of four cases, majority support — for marijuana legalization, as well as little patience for federal interference in states that have legalized.
Marijuana prohibition may not be dead yet, but voters in Colorado and Washington have delivered a mortal blow. The clock is ticking.
P.A.N.D.A. People Against The NDAA
December 9, 2012
The Michigan House passed an NDAA nullification bill 107-0n to the Senate. Call your Michigan Senators, this fight’s not over yet:
The Michigan House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill today that would prevent any state cooperation with federal agents attempting to detain people without due process in Michigan.
by Phillip Smith
December 6, 2012
As of today, Thursday, December 6, 2012, marijuana possession is legal in the state of Washington. Under the I-502 initiative passed by the state’s voters last month, adults 21 and older can now legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana (or 16 ounces of marijuana-infused edibles) without fear of arrest or criminal prosecution.
King 5 news report (nwcn.com)
The date comes just one day after the 80th anniversary of the end of alcohol Prohibition and could mark the beginning of the end for marijuana prohibition in the United States. Colorado voters also legalized marijuana, and it will be legal to possess an ounce there — and grow up to six plants — sometime between now and January 5, the last day the governor has to ratify the November election results.
Alaska had been the only state to allow the possession of small amounts of marijuana. But, citing the state constitution’s privacy protections, Alaska courts found that right only existed in the privacy of one’s home.
Emboldened by the popular vote in Colorado and Washington, legislators in at least four states so far have now filed or will soon file marijuana legalization bills, with more to follow. And in states where the initiative process is allowed, activists are chomping at the bit in a race to be the next to legalize it at the ballot box (although they may want to wait for 2016, when the presidential race increases liberal turnout). And a spate of public opinion polls released since the election show support for legalization nationwide now cracking the 50% barrier.
While the federal government may attempt to block efforts to tax and regulate legal marijuana commerce in the two states, it cannot block them from removing marijuana offenses from their criminal codes. Nor can it make them reinstate them. News reports have noted that the federal government has no plans to intervene in Washington state’s legalization today.
I-502 isn’t a free for all. It remains a criminal offense to grow or distribute marijuana, and the state-licensed producers and stores for legal cultivation and sales and regulations governing them are a year away. There is no way in the meanwhile to legally buy marijuana. You can’t smoke it in public (though that proscription is unlikely to hold for today at least), or drive in a vehicle with a lit joint (an offense equivalent to open container laws). If you live or work on federal property, you are still subject to federal drug laws. And if you’re under 21, you’re out of luck.
But, those caveats aside, pot possession is legal today in Washington, with sales and production coming, and that’s a big deal.
“Washington state and Colorado made history on Election Day by becoming not just the first two states in the country — but the first political jurisdictions anywhere in the world — to approve the legal regulation of marijuana,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. ”The only way federal marijuana prohibition is going to end is by voters and legislators in other states doing just what folks in those two states just did.”
“This is incredibly significant,” said freshly minted Marijuana Policy Project communications director Mason Tvert, who just took the job after leading the Colorado Amendment 64 campaign to victory. “This is having a major impact on public perceptions and is showing that times are changing and a majority of people in various areas are ready to take these steps.”
“This is the single most important event that has occurred in 75 year of marijuana prohibition,” said Keith Stroup, founder and currently counsel for NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. “The change in the perception of what is possible has been dramatic. Now, elected officials and state legislatures all over the country are honestly considering the option of tax and regulate where before November that was generally perceived as a radical proposal.”
The election results are shifting the parameters of the discussion, the silver-haired attorney and activist said.
“Several states are considering full legalization now, and that makes decriminalization sound like a moderate step, which could work in a lot of Southern and Midwestern states where they’re perhaps not quite ready yet to set up a regulated market,” Stroup pointed out. “The context of the public policy debate has totally changed as a result of Colorado and Washington. It’s as dramatic as anything I’ve witnessed in my lifetime.”
While reformers are elated, author and marijuana scholar Martin Lee had a slightly more sober assessment.
“It’s way too early to tell whether I-502 in Washington state signals the death knell of marijuana prohibition in the United States,” said Lee, who recently published Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana — Medical, Recreational, and Scientific.
“The cultural momentum in the United States favors marijuana legalization, but the political response, thus far, has been lagging,” Lee noted. ”Political change can sometimes happen very quickly — think of the sudden demise of Soviet Bloc Communism after the Berlin Wall unexpectedly toppled in 1989. Swift, dramatic change seems possible with respect to cannabis prohibition, which is based on lies and could collapse like a house of cards. But powerful political interests in the United States — in particular law enforcement — have long benefited from the war on drugs and they are reluctant to throw in the towel.”
Lee also raised the specter of law enforcement retaliation, especially against some of its easiest targets.
“My biggest concern is that the new state law in Washington will do little to prevent or discourage law enforcement from selectively targeting and harassing young people, especially young African-Americans and Latinos. Racial profiling is endemic in Washington state and throughout the United States,” he said.
“It’s also disconcerting that I-502 includes a zero tolerance provision for under 21-year-old drivers, who could be punished severely if blood tests show any trace of THC metabolites (breakdown products) in their system. Because THC metabolites can remain in the body for four weeks or longer, blood and urine tests for marijuana can’t measure impairment. What’s to stop law enforcement in Washington from randomly testing and arresting minority youth under the guise of public safety?”
It remains to be seen just how the DUID provision will work out, either for young drivers or for drivers over 21, who face a presumption of impaired driving if THC levels are over a specified standard. The record from other states with either zero tolerance or per se DUID laws suggest they make little difference in DUID arrest rates, perhaps because of probable cause standards needed to conduct blood tests or the time and complexity involved in doing so.
Regardless of valid concerns, the fact remains that the wall of marijuana prohibition in the US has just had a huge hole punched in it. And the margins of victory in Colorado and Washington — each initiative won with 55% of the vote — leave breathing room for activists in other states to consider not including such controversial provisions, which were seen by proponents as necessary to actually win the vote.
As veteran activist Stroup put it, despite the contentiousness and the sops to the opposition, for marijuana activists, “This is a great time to be alive. I wish folks like Mezz Mezrow, Louis Armstrong, and Allen Ginsberg, who helped form LEMAR (Legalize Marijuana), then Amorphia, which morphed into NORML, could have been around to see this.”
While Stroup took a moment to look backward, DPA’s Nadelmann was looking forward.
“Now, the race is on as to who will be first to leapfrog the Dutch and implement a full legal regulatory system for marijuana: Washington, Colorado or Uruguay!” he told the Chronicle.
November 9, 2012
The following article is taken from the New York Newsday. We claim no ownership is claimed over this article; it is being posted purely for educational purposes. The legalization measures that passed are unprecedented…We’re hoping that this plays out well, because these legalizations have the power to change the world…
Washington and Colorado voters legalized recreational use of marijuana, making them the first U.S. states to decriminalize the practice.
Washington will allow those at least 21 years old to buy as much as one ounce (28 grams) of marijuana from a licensed retailer. Colorado’s measure allows possession of an ounce, and permits growing as many as six plants in private, secure areas.
Oregon voters rejected a similar measure.
“The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will,” Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a statement. “This will be a complicated process, but we intend to follow through. That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug so don’t break out the Cheetos or Goldfish too quickly.” Support for marijuana’s recreational use built on measures that allow it for medical purposes in one-third of U.S. states. Previous attempts to legalize pot through ballot measures failed in California, Alaska, Oregon, Colorado and Nevada since 1972, according to the Denver-based National Conference of State Legislatures.
A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Colorado said federal law was not affected by the vote.
“The Department of Justice’s enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act remains unchanged,” said Jeff Dorschner in a statement. “We are reviewing the ballot initiative and have no additional comment at this time.”
Washington, Colorado and Oregon were among six states with marijuana on their ballots. In Massachusetts, residents approved a measure to allow medical use, while Arkansas voters rejected such a proposal. Medical-marijuana use is already permitted in 17 states and the District of Columbia. In Montana, a proposal to restrict the use of medical marijuana was leading, 57 percent to 43 percent, with 65 percent of ballots counted, the Associated Press said.
“It’s very monumental,” said Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, a Washington-based group that advocates legalization. “No state has ever done this. Technically, marijuana isn’t even legal in Amsterdam.” The approval of recreational pot goes a step beyond its acceptance in medical use. California was the first state to permit medical-marijuana when voters approved it in 1996. Federal prosecutors cracked down on the medical-marijuana industry in California last year, threatening landlords with jail if they didn’t evict the shops.
“Regardless of state laws to the contrary, there is no such thing as ‘medical’ marijuana under federal law,” according to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder released a letter a month before California voters considered a ballot measure to legalize recreational use of marijuana in 2010, saying the Justice Department would “vigorously” enforce federal law. The initiative failed.
A Justice Department spokesman, Dean Boyd, declined to comment Wednesday when reached by telephone.
In Washington state, decriminalization and new rules on driving under the influence take effect Dec. 6. The state liquor control board must adopt rules by Dec.
1, 2013 for licensing producers, processors and retailers.
The Washington measure may generate as much as $1.9 billion in revenue over five fiscal years, according to the state’s Office of Financial Management.
[hat tip: 420SmokersBlog]