Archive for June, 2011

Factory Producing War Machines | Pitt. PA – O’bama Green Jobs?

Pittsburgh Organizing Group (POG) and supporters set out to shut down the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC), a largely Pentagon-funded venture of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) that has become a world leader in warfare robotics. The action succeeded beyond the organizers’ expectations.

“Building War Robots Death Machines. CMU for years has been developing software at the Software Development Institute, one of the projects was for autonomous land vehicles, flying vehicles, and now killer robots – and they make different flavors of killer robots that are going to be used, and some are being used in Iraq right now and we feel that it is wrong to kill and it is wrong to waste money on finding new and exotic ways to kill our enemy du jour.” —Vincent Scotti Eirene

 

President O’Bama to visit CMU’s robotics labs

Confronting the “Military-Industrial-Academic Complex”

The University in Chains

The University in Chains

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) ranks high on the list of academic institutions that receive military research and development contracts, a fiscal alliance that has made CMU a world leader in software guidance systems, communication networking systems, and most recently, warfare robotics. According to the website Fedspending.org, CMU received more than $83 million in Department of Defense (DOD) contracts in 2005.

 

Local antiwar activists say it is time to confront the increasing military funding of academic research. “The relationship between CMU and the DOD highlights an increasing militarization of academia. With the vast majority of funding for research in the sciences coming from the DOD and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, academics are essentially forced to work on weapons systems in order to get funding for research,” Marie Skoczylas, an activist with the Pittsburgh Organizing Group (POG) wrote in an email. “This situation creates a dangerous cycle in which students are trained for, and funneled into, those same weapons systems research programs. Students and faculty are knowing, and often unknowing, cogs in an expanding and terrifying war machine.”

The National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) at CMU has already developed a wide range of war robotic technologies, including an artificial intelligence reconnaissance robot that is being utilized in Iraq. Pittsburgh peace activists are planning to shut down NREC on March 2. A recent POG press release states, “Let’s bring antiwar resistance to the center of the public’s attention and shut down a local player in the war machine.”

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Mountaintop Removal is breaking covenant with God and Creation

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More than 500 mountains have been destroyed by mountaintop removal coal mining. Watch this video of mountaintop removal featuring Woody Harrelson and a soundtrack featuring an original recording of “Blowin’ in the Wind,” sung by Willie Nelson.
This video is part of the National Memorial for the Mountains, hosted by www.ilovemountains.org.

3 1/2 million pounds of explosives a day are being used in west virginia. THREE AND A HALF MILLION POUNDS. Literally blowing off the tops of mountains to get to the coal. The debris is then bulldozed into streams and headwaters.

Thanks to Big Oil and Dirty Coal’s millions spent on lobbying and misleading ads the Senate failed to even vote on comprehensive energy and climate legislation this year. But these big polluters aren’t stopping there. Now they, and their allies in Congress, have their sights on delaying implementation of the Clean Air Act — a landmark law that has saved lives, spurred innovation, and protected the air we breathe for 40 years.

On March 9, 2011, we announced another 60 day intent to sue Nally & Hamilton Coal Company for more than 12,000 violations of the Clean Water Act at more than a dozen of its operations in 7 eastern Kentucky counties.
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Blowing up our Mountains for India?

June 11, 2011
Fayette citizens taking aim at mountaintop removal mining
By Taylor Kuykendall Register-Herald Reporter

FAYETTEVILLE — Citizens packed the meeting of the Fayette County Commission Friday, urging the commission to speak up against a surface mining operation just 4 miles from Fayetteville.

Several residents spoke during the meeting against the surface operations of Frasure Creek Mining LLC, a West Virginia-based operation owned by the Essar Group, a company based in Mumbai, India. Opponents of the expanding operation said it results in blasts that can be heard around the county, including 7 miles away at a new adventure camp and site of the Boy Scouts National and World jamborees.

 

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Stop Mountain Top Removal: Destroying Mountains, Rivers, Streams, and Our Childrens Future

 

“We’re going to have a jamboree here in 2013,” said Levi Rose, a Fayette County citizen who has invested time in gathering information about the site. “We’re going to have blasting going on every day. So, the people that are going to this jamboree, they’re going to hear that blasting. Is that what we want? We’re bringing in all these people and resources, millions of dollars. Is that what we want?”

Rose said he was vacationing when he heard citizens were meeting with the commissioners and immediately drove back to speak with them.

“I didn’t even know this meeting was going on today,” Rose said. “I was at a beach in South Carolina, and I drove over 500 miles, eight hours, to be here. This is how important it is that this information gets out and that you commissioners know what’s going on.”

Rose compared the Frasure site, and other mountaintop removal sites like it, to a cancer spreading across West Virginia mountains.

An issue that hit home with several of the participants was that the company mining the coal was not a West Virginia, or even a U.S., company.

“This right here, none of it is necessary,” Rose said. “We know this is true because this coal is leaving the country. It’s not even going to our power plants. It’s going over to India.”

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Government Approval of New Deepwater Oil Drilling Ignores Gulf Disaster

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Don’t let Congress create special pollution loopholes for offshore oil drilling

The House of Representatives will soon vote on H.R. 2021, a bill that would enable big offshore oil companies to dodge air pollution standards that protect our health and environment. Instead of giving the oil industry a free pass to pollute, Congress should hold companies to the highest standards and protect our air and coastal communities. Urge your representative to vote No on H.R. 2021.

Off Shore Drilling- Oil Spill - Stop the Madness

Off Shore Drilling- Oil Spill - Stop the Madness

The federal government illegally authorized new deepwater drilling by claiming that risky operations will cause no significant harm to the environment despite last year’s BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, said four environmental groups in a court filing today. The coalition challenged government approval of Shell’s plan to conduct new deepwater exploratory drilling off Alabama’s coast in waters 2,000 feet deeper than the BP Deepwater Horizon even though regulators acknowledge that the operations may result in an oil spill 10 times bigger than last year’s disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Defenders of Wildlife, Center for Biological Diversity, Natural Resources Defense Council and the Southern Environmental Law Center filed suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta.

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Run Your Car on Tap Water? Yes you Can!

The History of Science is the History of the Suppression of Great Inventions

Right now we have energy monopolies and cartels that will do anything to keep their pockets full and supress the technology that already exists to supply everyone with free energy.

We have opec and the 7 sister oil companies that control all the oil and energy
the people who run the energy business in this world, which is the biggest business
on the planet, turning over 4-5 trillion dollars a year, it’s bigger than guns and drugs, it’s bigger than defense – they control the newspapers, they control the governments, these companies are so big that they regulate the goverment which regulates them…

Run Your Car on Tap Water? Yes you Can!
US inventor Stan Meyers released his water powered engine in the us in 1988. the pentagon flew in a colonel to check it out. meyers invention.

Bruce De Palma (Inventor of the N-Machine) talks about one of the pivotal people he encounted in his career was Edgar J. Mitchell, a former apollo mission astronaut who founded founded the neuretics___ institute in southern california. the institutes charter was supposedly to develop alternative energy systems by attratcting inventors from all over the country. Mitchell became extremely interested in DePalma’s N Machine. He made De Palma a paltry offer to buy out the invention which De Palma naturally refused. DePalma recollects that Mitchell said to him “that if I ever tried anything on my own in California that I would get my head blown off. So I was scared to death. The CIA operates through various innocent looking fronts to find out what people are thinking and what they are inventing. ” There is no progressive science in a world where every scientific idea is evaluated for its military potential.

What’s more innocent than a denying institute founded on transendental principles to help new age inventors bring free energy to the world.

Tom Brown (former director borderland science foundation) If you invent a free energy machine…. That situation still exists in the United States today where a person who really understands what’s going on just can’t get their idea out because the alternative science and medical fields have been coopted by the intelligence services.

Les Banki (australian inventor water fuel appliances). For over a decade there have been private individuals running their cars on water. Somehow the news got out and one day he got visitors and he was told to dump the engine or else. 3 weeks later the man was dead and the corinors finding was that he fell off a train that we was drunk – but it just happens that he didn’t drink.

Stan DEYO (former FBI Operative/Author) Power, our energy and control of energy, equals power in the new world order which is emerging. If you control energy ( the way we get around, the way we get our electricity, the way we have our tvs and video cameras and stuff ) then you’ve got control of the people.

Everything in this universe is free energy. tesla -

 

The Dark Side of the Industrialized Food Chain

The World According to Monsanto:
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There’s nothing they are leaving untouched: the mustard, the okra, the bringe oil, the rice, the cauliflower. Once they have established the norm: that seed can be owned as their property, royalties can be collected. We will depend on them for every seed we grow of every crop we grow. If they control seed, they control food, they know it – it’s strategic. It’s more powerful than bombs. It’s more powerful than guns. This is the best way to control the populations of the world. The story starts in the White House, where Monsanto often got its way by exerting disproportionate influence over policymakers via the “revolving door”. One example is Michael Taylor, who worked for Monsanto as an attorney before being appointed as deputy commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1991. While at the FDA, the authority that deals with all US food approvals, Taylor made crucial decisions that led to the approval of GE foods and crops. Then he returned to Monsanto, becoming the company’s vice president for public policy.

Thanks to these intimate links between Monsanto and government agencies, the US adopted GE foods and crops without proper testing, without consumer labeling and in spite of serious questions hanging over their safety. Not coincidentally, Monsanto supplies 90 percent of the GE seeds used by the US market. Monsanto’s long arm stretched so far that, in the early nineties, the US Food and Drugs Agency even ignored warnings of their own scientists, who were cautioning that GE crops could cause negative health effects. Other tactics the company uses to stifle concerns about their products include misleading advertising, bribery and concealing scientific evidence.

 

Global War on Drugs a Total Failure –

The Real Cost of the Drug War

The Real Cost of the Drug War

In the New York Times a couple days ago, Jimmy Carter, the 39th president and the winner of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, wrote an opinion op “Call Off the Global Drug War”. He speaks out that we have filled our prisons with young people who are no threat to society and that efforts to control drug imports from foreign countries are futile. The war on drug has resulted in a terrible escalation of drug-related violence, corruption and gross violations of human rights.

In an extraordinary new initiative announced earlier this month, the Global Commission on Drug Policy has made some courageous and profoundly important recommendations in a report on how to bring more effective control over the illicit drug trade. It recommends that governments be encouraged to experiment “with models of legal regulation of drugs … that are designed to undermine the power of organized crime and safeguard the health and security of their citizens.”

Two and a Half Million American Citizens are in Prison Today!
Prison is big business. The single greatest cause of prison population growth has been the war on drugs. Not only has this excessive punishment destroyed the lives of millions of young people and their families (disproportionately minorities), but it is wreaking havoc on state and local budgets. Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger pointed out that, in 1980, 10 percent of his state’s budget went to higher education and 3 percent to prisons; in 2010, almost 11 percent went to prisons and only 7.5 percent to higher education.

To help such men remain valuable members of society, and to make drug policies more humane and more effective, the American government should support and enact the reforms laid out by the Global Commission on Drug Policy.

 

Coal Ash is Hazordous Waste – Do not use it in agriculture.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has promised to more strictly regulate coal ash — but it’s still promoting use of the toxic waste on food crops as a soil amendment.

The American Coal Ash Association, the Electric Power Research Institute and others want to “promote appropriate increased use of” coal ash in agriculture but it’s toxic.

The agencies say coal ash can improve the texture and fertility of soil — but coal ash contains contaminants including arsenic, lead and mercury.

“USDA should pull out of the coal ash business tomorrow morning,” says PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch. “USDA does American agriculture no favors by duping farmers into spreading hazardous wastes across their fields.”

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According to an April 2, 2009 letter [pdf] from USDA’s Agricultural Research Service to EPA’s Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, one of the coal combustion products being applied to crops is what’s known as flue gas desulfurization (FGD) gypsum, which is produced when power plants add lime to remove sulfur dioxide from exhaust gas. The material also contains impurities including arsenic and mercury. As ARS Deputy Administrator Steven R. Shafer wrote:

An important use of FGD-gypsum is as a replacement for commercial gypsum applied to peanuts on Coastal Plain soils in the southeastern US.

Coal ash products are also used in growing corn, tomatoes, alfalfa, and other crops, according to the letter — which goes on to note the uncertainty surrounding the potential environmental risks of applying coal combustion products to crops:

For example, new technology to reduce greenhouse gases and remove sulfur dioxide, mercury and particulates from power plant emissions also increases the metal content, such as mercury and arsenic, in the CCPs. The use of these materials in agriculture may create risks to the environment depending on coal source, technology used, and the land application rate.

According to EPA, agriculture uses more than 180,000 tons of coal ash and other coal combustion products annually. There are currently no federal standards governing the application of such materials on food crops.

“The public does not want its food to come from ‘industrial material recycling’ any more than it wants coal-flavored cauliflower,” Ruch said. “This coal ash re-use campaign is really just a multi-billion dollar backdoor subsidy to the coal industry to relieve it of the true costs of handling its toxic wastes.”

 

Monsanto: Evil of the evilest….

Monsanto has been suing small family farmers, contaminating crops, destroying natural seeds, promoting chemically laden food sources (scientifically proven to be linked to cancer). See a list of Monsanto’s Crimes »

Monsanto: War crimes against us and the planet

Monsanto: Poisoning us and our planet

Genetically engineered crops are causing an economic disaster for farmers in the U.S. Up to 90% of U.S. soybeans, corn, cotton, canola, and sugar beets are now genetically engineered and routinely inserted into human and animal foods with no labels or safety testing.

Approximately 80% of current grocery food items contain GMOs; while according to U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics, the majority of beef, pork, poultry, dairy, and eggs come from CAFOs (Confined Animal Feeding Operations).

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