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College Station, Texas Cancels ICLEI / Agenda 21 Membership

agenda 21College Station, Texas Cancels ICLEI / Agenda 21 Membership

Way to go Texas!!  We all need to follow their example.  Find a way to help in your state or community on a local level.

February 29, 2012:

A little over a month ago the City Manager’s Office determined that it was best for us to not renew our membership with ICLEI when that membership came due later this spring.

As of today, I have sent a letter notifying ICLEI that the City of College Station will not be renewing its membership nor taking part in its programs in 2012 and beyond. Furthermore, I asked that ICLEI immediately cancel our membership (if it is even still active), and remove the City of College Station and its officers from any and all ICLEI rosters, publications, and websites.

Read this story here.

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Agenda 21 Is Being Rammed Down The Throats Of Local Communities All Over America

2317806271_freedom_sustainable_logo_gin_xlargeAgenda 21 Is Being Rammed Down The Throats Of Local Communities All Over America

I can’t stress enough how important it is to get involved on a local level to stop Agenda 21.  Please do your own research on this.  You can go to sustainabledevelopment.un.org.  This is one of the most dangerous things being implemented in our country now.  Many local groups are getting involved in various states to try to stop Agenda 21 and ICLEI.  Please read this article and then search for “Agenda 21” and you will find a lot of information that will help you understand how dangerous this is.  The UN has wiped many of their links to make it harder to do research, but I found a lot of information.  I’ll be posting more of it on my blog here and my website, Agenda 21 For Your Consideration.

(This article is from The Economic Collapse Blog, December 23, 2012.)

Even if you have your mortgage completely paid off, that doesn’t mean that you really “own” your property.  If you don’t pay your taxes and obey the “codes”, you could lose your property very rapidly.

The philosophy behind all of this is the same philosophy behind Agenda 21.  The elite believe that you cannot be trusted to do the “right thing” with your own property and that your activity must be “managed” for the greater good.  They believe that by controlling you and restricting your liberties that they are “saving the planet”.

Unfortunately, you can probably expect this to get a whole lot worse in the years ahead.  Our society is shifting from one that cherishes individual liberties and freedoms to one that is fully embracing collectivism.  So our politicians will likely be making even more of our decisions for us as the years move forward.

(Click here to read the rest of the article.)

2012 WTF 24 – The Dept of Labor Banning Farm Chores

By Kurt Sloan
2012 WTF 24 – The Dept of Labor Banning Farm Chores – I grew up in Ohio farm country, and had a great childhood there, but now new rules by the Dept of Labor would change how those farm kids I grew up with would grow up today.
The Department of Labor has stated that it is putting the finishing touches on rules that would apply more child-labor laws to children working on family farms, prohibiting them from performing a list of jobs on their own families’ land.  Under the rules, children under 18 could no longer work “in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials.”  “Prohibited places of employment,” a Department press release read, “would include country grain elevators, grain bins, silos, feed lots, stockyards, livestock exchanges and livestock auctions.”
The new regulations, first proposed August 31 by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, would also revoke the government’s approval of safety training and certification taught by independent groups like 4-H and FFA, replacing them instead with a 90-hour federal government training course; and would prevent kids from doing 4-H and FFA projects if they are not conducted at their parents’ house.
According to the article below, when pressed by the American Farm Bureau regarding why they felt the need to release these new rules now, the DoL indicated it was because the number of injuries are higher for farm kids than in non-ag industries, HOWEVER a US Dept of Agriculture study released recently says that farm accidents among youth fell nearly 40 percent between 2001 and 2009, to 7.2 injuries per 1,000 farms.  I guess they missed that report.
Cherokee County Farm Bureau president Jeff Clark declared the rules were “so far-reaching, kids would be prohibited from working on anything ‘power take-off’ driven, and anything with a work-height over six feet…” including most farm equipment.  He went on to point out that the “anything ‘power take-off’ driven” clause would also prohibit children under 16 from using battery-powered screwdrivers, and other power tools, since their motors, like those of a tractor, are defined as “power take-off driven.”
Additionally, the new rules say that jobs that could “inflict pain on an animal” would also be off-limits for kids, but they don’t bother to define what “inflicting pain” means.  So if putting a halter on an animal causes it discomfort, does that mean kids can no longer do that?   Montana Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg complained that the animal provision would also mean young people couldn’t “see veterinary medicine in practice … including a veterinarian’s own children accompanying him or her to a farm or ranch.”
Kansas Republican Senator Jerry Moran blasted Hilda Solis for getting between rural parents and their children.  “The consequences of the things that you put in your regulations lack common sense, and in my view, if the federal government can regulate the kind of relationship between parents and their children on their own family’s farm, there is almost nothing off-limits in which we see the federal government intruding in a way of life.”
To me, this just seems like more of the gov’t overstepping its bounds to control the people of America, trying to control how we raise our kids, instead of operating as representatives of the people’s wishes who elected THEM (or in this case elected the people who put Solis and company in their positions).
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Additional Sources
Dept of Labor Report “US Labor Department proposes updates to child labor regulations” (http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/whd/WHD20111250.htm)
USDA Report “Injuries to Youth on Farms in the United States, 2001, 2004, 2006, and 2009” (http://www.usda.gov/nass/PUBS/TODAYRPT/injr0412.pdf)

Is Paul Krugman Intellectually Bankrupt? He Sure Thinks the Republicans Are.

Talk about intellectual bankruptcy.  Paul Krugman is intellectually and morally bankrupt.  Okay, I don’t know if he’s morally bankrupt, but I’ve never liked him in any of the interviews I’ve seen him in.  He sure has no leg to stand on by accusing anyone else of Intellectual Bankruptcy.  His partial facts and misleading comments are not honest to the conversation the nation needs to have.  The post by Steve Maley is so good and puts Mr. Krugman on notice that we won’t be fooled by strawman arguments and phony statistics.  I may not be the smartest person around, but I know crap when I see it flung around, and believe me Krugman flings crap.

Check out Steve Maley’s post at Red State:

As for the employment statistics, “lazy” and “inept” are two words that come to mind.Although he doesn’t cite a source, Dr. Krugman has apparently relied on the database of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Indeed, the industry subsector called “Oil and Gas Extraction: NAICS 211″, (part of the Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction sector) shows the gain in jobs he describes, from roughly 120,000 jobs in 2004 to about 190,000 now. And he apparently stopped there.

190,000 jobs? Doesn’t that seem kinda low for an industry that comprises 8% or so of the economy?

Read the rest of this article here…

That’s just part of an article that points out the glaring flaws in Paul Krugman’s op-ed “Natural Born Drillers“.  For someone who is supposed to be so smart, it’s pretty easy to find the flaws(big, glaring errors) in his logic.  He finds statistics that fit his meme.  In fact, after reading his op-ed, I see he never says where he got his statistics.  I’m sure he thinks no one will check up on him.  After all, he’s won the Nobel Prize for economics.  Obviously he knows more than all the Americans who are just living there lives.  We just manage to balance our budgets, choose common sense ways to handle our personal economics, run our homes and raise our children.  All without his Ivy League education or a Nobel Prize in economics for his brilliant mind.  We normal Americans manage to figure out what works and what doesn’t.

I don’t want to include a quote from Krugman’s op-ed, because I can’t find one paragraph that doesn’t make me want to scream.  I know he would think I’m just some uneducated housewife, incapable of understanding his staggering intellect.  I’m sure he would talk down to me the same way it seems he is talking down to and about Republicans.  What he doesn’t seem to understand is that Americans are not morons.  We understand more than he thinks we do, unfortunately for him.  We can see his obfuscating when he tries to explain anything to the “little” people.  He certainly does have his own opinion and he’s not afraid to express it.  You can check out his op-ed if you want to.  Just click here.

 

2012 WTF #18 – Pacific NW Electric Producers Paid NOT to Produce Electricity – Consumers to Pay More to Make Up the Difference

2012 WTF #18 – Only in America!  The government forces green energy on the populace then takes it away and either way the people get screwed!

Wind farms in the Pacific Northwest – built with government subsidies and maintained with tax credits for every megawatt produced – are now getting paid to shut down as the federal agency charged with managing the region’s electricity grid says there’s an oversupply of renewable power at certain times of the year.  Bonneville Power Administration, a federal agency based in Portland, Ore., shut down the wind farms for nearly 200 hours over 38 days and is offering to compensate wind companies for HALF their lost revenue (appx $50 million a year.)

SO… how will the electricity producers make up the other half of the lost revenue?  You guessed it, they will be looking for rate payers to make up the difference – but heck, they require taxpayers to subsidize the production of renewable energy – even though they have to pay for it as a rate payer to get the electricity; now they want rate payers to pay renewable energy companies when they lose money as well.

Looks like they have them coming and going, with the only people “winning” being the electric company who is guaranteed to not lose money and the govt who gets to hand off the requirement to pay half the money owed to the people while still making them pay the full taxes needed to subsidize the entire thing.

Yea, that seems right to me.
http://www.q13fox.com/news/kcpq-pacific-northwest-wind-farms-paid-to-not-produce-20120308,0,190781.story

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