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Here's some important news that will get zero mention at the Herald. The Department of Interior is reviewing federal indian policy - hooray! - and the public can submit comments (there's a link below, in the article).
The two indian groups in this county have asserted drum-beating, race-based "sovereignty" and yet "dependence" for decades. Even though their 'business councils' are social organizations, they're riding the dependent money train, some years receiving as much as a hundred million dollars at taxpayer expense that most folks don't know about. Neither the Lummi or Nooksack want any facts about their actual legal status brought out in the open. That's why they keep demanding privately "negotiated settlements" of their claims. Is it time for a review? Does the situation need to be straightened out? WE think so. Read on - and by all means, don't let this opportunity to comment slip by.
Federal Indian Policy: "Mom Always Liked YOU best!"
by Elaine Willman, July 31 2017
published at The New American
It’s 83 years late in coming, but at long last the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 (IRA) is finally getting its first-ever review, and hopefully serious reform. IRA (48 stat. 984) forms the backbone of federal Indian policy across the country and has been extended, expanded, and abused far beyond the original intent of Congress.
In order to understand IRA and its major impacts on America, let me share an analogy. Imagine an American household with a single mom and a couple of sons, Johnny and Jimmy. One day Mom calls the family together to make an announcement. “Johnny, you were here first; Jimmy you were here second. Therefore, Johnny, you are more valuable and important than your brother. And Jimmy, you have intruded upon Johnny’s room, his life and his world, so a big chunk of everything you earn from now on and forever will be given to me, Mom, and I will redirect your earnings to Johnny. You really don’t belong here, Jimmy, because you were here second.”
This is exactly what has been happening in our country for 83 years. Since the Tribes (Johnny) tell the government (Mom) that they were here first, the non-tribal inhabitants (Jimmy) have become second-class citizens.
The mantra foisted upon Americans for decades is, “We were here first; you stole our land.” Neither is true. But even if it were true, the response as of 1789 should have been, “So what?” That was the way of the world in the 1600s under the Doctrine of Discovery. Life changed on this continent in September 1789.
One could hardly call the poor souls arriving on the Mayflower and other ships to establish a new life on this continent, conquerors. They had fled religious oppression under a tyrannical king, and were seeking liberty, religious and individual freedom. These were the seeds that became the Great American Experiment. But for that “transgression,” apparently, Americans are to be forever damned.
In my analogy, Mom is our Mother Country. Imagine that Mom’s folks come to visit their grandsons and discover the new household rules. Mom’s folks, representing our Founders, would be astonished. The seeds planted in the early 1600s by arrivals from Europe gave birth to the Framers of our Constitution and our republican form of government. Regardless of historical decisions, some right, some wrong, the reality is that the United States of America, as of September 1789, is our government, inclusive of the now 50 separate and sovereign states. Revisionist history has been common practice for far too long, but the actual reversal of history occurring today is the slumbering thunder creeping across this country.
There is no tribal sovereignty recognized in the U.S. Constitution, but such sovereignty (just like Jimmy paying perpetual debt to Johnny) has acquired a power beyond the Constitution’s declared sovereign authority of individual citizens and states. States such as Washington, Montana, Idaho, and some Midwestern states have continually relinquished their state authority in deference to all tribal whims. Many states have created de facto “trust” relationships with tribes where none existed; only the federal government has a court ordered (but not constitutional) “trust” relationship with their “dependent wards — Indian tribes.”
Johnny’s governments (tribes) may directly finance political parties, incumbents, or candidate election officials. Jimmy’s government may not. Johnny’s businesses are all tax-exempt and growing enormously. Jimmy’s businesses are taxed to the max. Johnny’s government members can hold elected office anywhere across the country, passing land use and taxation laws upon Jimmy that do not apply to Johnny. Johnny has priority over most of the river and water systems throughout the Western states because Johnny was here first, and Jimmy’s needs don’t matter — he shouldn’t exist.
There is a wondrous Statue of Liberty in New York harbor that welcomes all to come, as the early Jamestown settlers, legally to the United States. We are a country forged and thriving by “intruders” from all over the world. Our republican form of government does not classify those who were here first as superior, nor does it distinguish a priority between the person naturalized yesterday as a full American citizen and the child born here five minutes ago. But federal Indian policy requires perpetual debt and shame for all who came second.
And now we take a deeper look at the Indian Reorganization Act and its impact on the lives of American citizens. In 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Carcieri v Salazar that IRA was intended to reorganize only those tribes on existing reservations and “now under federal jurisdiction” in June 1934. There were only some 65-70 actual Indian reservations in the United States in 1934. Therefore, the IRA was to reorganize only those 65-70 tribes, and no more. The Carcieri ruling was a political earthquake.
The Department of Interior and Bureau of Indian Affairs have not just reorganized reservations in existence in 1934; they have federally recognized a current total of 567 tribal governments, each acquiring and expanding their reservations, each receiving tax exemptions, and each receiving money from Jimmy (“second-class” citizens).
The response to Carcieri under the Obama administration was to utterly ignore it, along with other Supreme Court rulings where the High Court rolled back tribal governing authority, replacing state sovereign authority.
The good news is that on June 22, 2017, the Department of Interior published a “Notice of Regulatory Reform” with an open public comment period on the Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) and four other major federal statutes. The Notice reads: “This document also provides an overview of Interior’s approach for implementing the regulatory reform initiative to alleviate unnecessary burdens placed on the American people.”
No doubt Johnny’s 567 tribal governments and the entire Indian industry will be weighing in with their comments to legitimize and further expand decades of IRA unauthorized overreach.
This is our very first opportunity to truly confront the erroneous and detrimental policies that one ethnicity that was here “first” is superior to all others in this country because all other ethnicities are intruders on this continent, and that communalism, socialism, and tribalism is preferable to individual liberty.
It is imperative that states, counties, towns, and Jimmy — who lives within an Indian reservation — describe their “burden” at this time. If Jimmy stays silent, Jimmy’s wallet will continue to be annually poached for the expansion of tribalism as a governing system, replacing our constitutional republic form of government.
Please get your comments on the record to the Department of Interior in one of two ways:
1) Submit comments to the federal “eRulemaking Portal,” www.regulations.gov. In the Search box, enter the appropriate document number (DOI-2017-0003-0002). Or,
2) Mail a hard-copy of your comments to: Office of the Executive Secretariat, ATTN: Reg. Reform; U.S. Department of Interior; 1859 C Street NW. MailStop 7328; Washington, DC 20240.
All other Americans are up against 567 tribal governments with 400 more waiting in the wings for their recognition (not “reorganization”). How long must Jimmy owe his older brother who was here “first” and who seldom says “thank you,” and never says “enough”?
I am not a secondary American citizen. Are you?
Related videos and articles:
Warpath: Obama’s Indian Policy Threatens All Americans, Both Tribal and Non-tribal Citizens
Oops! SPLC Exposes “Anti-Indian Movement” — Led by Indian
VIDEO: U.S. Indian Policy Used to Assault Freedom, Expert Says
VIDEO: Full Interview with Author Elaine Willman
American Natives Ask UN to End U.S. “Occupation”
Exploiting Indians to Seize Land
Truly worthwhile, and timely.
Why The Greens Lost, And Trump Won
by Joel Kotkin
NewGeography - July 23, 2017
When President Trump pulled out of the Paris climate accords, embraced coal, and stacked his administration from people from fossil-fuel producing states, the environmental movement reacted with near-apocalyptic fear and fury. They would have been better off beginning to understand precisely why the country has become so indifferent to their cause, as evidenced by the victory not only of Trump but of unsympathetic Republicans at every level of government.
Yet there’s been little soul-searching among green activists and donors, or in the generally pliant media since November about how decades of exaggerated concerns—about peak oil, the “population bomb,” and even, a few decades back, global cooling—and demands for economic, social, and political sacrifices from the masses have damaged their movement.
The New Religion and the Next Autocracy
Not long ago, many greens still embraced pragmatic solutions—for example substituting abundant natural gas for coal—that have generated large reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Rather than celebrate those demonstrable successes, many environmentalists began pushing for a total ban on the development of fossil fuels, including natural gas, irrespective of the costs or the impact on ordinary people.
James Lovelock, who coined the term “Gaia,” notes that the green movement has morphed into “a religion” sometimes marginally tethered to reality. Rather than engage in vigorous debate, they insist that the “science is settled” meaning not only what the challenges are but also the only acceptable solutions to them. There’s about as much openness about goals and methods within the green lobby today as there was questioning the existence of God in Medieval Europe. With the Judeo-Christian and Asian belief systems in decline, particularly among the young, environmentalism offers “science” as the basis of a new theology.
The believers at times seem more concerned in demonstrating their faith than in passing laws, winning elections or demonstrating results. So with Republicans controlling the federal government, greens are cheering Democratic state attorney generals’ long-shot legal cases against oil companies. The New York Times’ Thomas Friedman has talked about dismissing the disorder of democracy as not suited to meeting the environmental challenges we face, and replacing it with rulers like the “reasonably enlightened group of people” who run the Chinese dictatorship.
After Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, China was praised, bizarrely, as the great green hope. The Middle Kingdom, though, is the world’s biggest and fastest grower emitter, generating coal energy at record levels. It won’t, under Paris, need to cut its emissions till 2030. Largely ignored is the fact that America, due largely to natural gas replacing coal, has been leading the world in GHG reductions.
Among many greens, and their supports, performance seems to mean less than proper genuflecting; the Paris accords, so beloved by the green establishment, will make little impact on the actual climate, as both rational skeptics like Bjorn Lomborg and true believers like NASA’s James Hanson agree. In this context, support for Paris represents the ultimate in “virtue signaling.” Ave Maria, Gaia.
The California Model
The cutting edge for green soft authoritarianism, and likely model after the inevitable collapse of the Trump regime, lies in California. On his recent trip with China, Brown fervently kowtowed to President Xi Jinping. Brown’s environmental obsessions also seems to have let loose his own inner authoritarian, as when he recently touted “the coercive power of the state.”
Coercion has its consequences. California has imposed, largely in the name of climate change, severe land use controls that have helped make the state among the most unaffordable in the nation, driving homeownership rates to the lowest levels since the 1940s, and leaving the Golden State with the nation’s highest poverty rate.
The biggest losers from Brown’s policies have been traditional blue collar, energy-intensive industries such as home building, manufacturing, and energy. Brown’s climate policies have boosted energy prices and made gas in oil-rich California about the most expensive in the nation. That doesn’t mean much to the affluent Tesla-driving living in the state’s more temperate coast, but it’s forced many poor and middle-class people in the state’s less temperate interior into “energy poverty,” according to one recent study.
That, too, fits the climatista’s agenda, which revolves around social engineering designed to shift people from predominately suburban environments to dense, urban and transit dependent ones. The state’s crowded freeway are not be expanded due to a mandated “road diet,” while local officials repeatedly seek to reduce lanes and “calm traffic” on what are already agonizing congested streets. In this shift, market forces and consumer preferences are rarely considered, one reason these policies have stimulated much local opposition—and not only from the state’s few remaining conservatives.
California’s greens ambitions even extend to eating habits. Brown has already assaulted the beef producers for their cattle’s flatulence. Regulators in the Bay Area and local environmental activists are proposing people shift to meatless meals. Green lobbyists have already convinced some Oakland school districts to take meat off the menu. OK with me, if I get the hamburger or taco-truck franchise next to school when the kids get out.
Sadly, many of these often socially harmful policies may do very little to address the problem associated with climate change. California’s draconian policies fail to actually do anything for the actual climate, given the state’s already low carbon footprint and the impact of people and firms moving to places where generally they expand their carbon footprint. Much of this has taken on the character of a passion play that shows how California is leading us to the green millennium.
Goodbye to the Family
An even bigger ambition of the green movement—reflecting concerns from its earliest days—has been to reduce the number of children, particularly in developed countries. Grist’s Lisa Hymas has suggested that it’s better to have babies in Bangladesh than America because they don’t end up creating as many emissions as their more fortunate counterparts. Hymas’ ideal is to have people become GINKs—green inclinations, no kids.
Many green activists argue that birth rates need to be driven down so warming will not “fry” the planet. Genial Bill Nye, science guy, has raised the idea of enforced limits on producing children in high-income countries. This seems odd since the U.S. already is experiencing record-low fertility rates, a phenomenon in almost all advanced economies, with some falling to as little as half the “replacement rate” needed to maintain the current population. In these countries, aging populations and shrinking workforces may mean government defaults over the coming decades.
The demographic shift, hailed and promoted by greens, is also creating a kind of post-familial politics. Like Jerry Brown himself, many European leaders—in France, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands—are themselves childless. Their attitude, enshrined in a EU document as “no kids, no problem” represents a breathtaking shift in human affairs; it’s one thing to talk a good game about protecting the “next generation” in the collective abstract, another to experience being personally responsible for the future of another, initially helpless, human being.
Do As We Say, Not How We Live
The pressing need to change people’s lives seems intrinsic now to green theology. Without penance and penalties, after all, there is no redemption from original sin. In the process, it seems to matter little if we undermine the great achievements of our bourgeois economy—expanded homeownership, greater personal mobility, the ability to rise to a higher class—if it signals our commitment to achieve a more earth-friendly existence.
The left-wing theorist Jedidiah Purdy has noted that “mainstream environmentalism overemphasizes elite advocacy” at the expense of issues of economic equity, a weakness that both Trump and the GOP have exploited successfully, particularly in the Midwest, the South, and Intermountain West. Some greens object even to the idea of GDP growth at a time when most Americans are seeing their standard of living drop. No surprise then that the green agenda has yet to emerge from the basement of public priorities, which remain focused on such mundanities as better jobs, public safety, and decent housing.
To further alienate voters, many green scolds live far more lavishly than the people they are urging to cut back. Greens have won over a good portion of the corporate elite, many of whom see profit in the transformation as they reap subsidies for “green” energy, expensive and often ineffective transit and exorbitant high-density housing. Most notable are the tech oligarchs, clustered in ultra-green Seattle and the Bay Area, who depend on massive amounts of electricity to run their devices, but have reaped huge subsidies for green energy.
The tech oligarchs have little interest in family friendly suburbs, preferring the model of prolonged adolescence in largely childless places like college campuses and San Francisco. Oligarchs such as Mark Zuckerberg live in spacious and numerous houses, even while pressing policies that would push everyone without such a fortune to downsize. Richard Branson, another prominent green supporter, may not like working people’s SUVs, but he’s more than willing to sponsor climate change events on a remote Caribbean island reachable only by private plane. One does not even need to plumb the hypocrisy of Al Gore’s jet-setting luxurious lifestyle.
In the manner of Medieval indulgences these mega emissions-generators claim to pay for their carbon sins by activism, buying rain forests and other noble gestures. Hollywood, as usual, is particularly absurd, with people like Leonardo di Caprio flying in his private jet across country on a weekly basis. Living in Malibu, Avatar director James Cameron sees skeptics as “boneheads” who will have “to be answerable” for their dissidence, suggesting perhaps a shootout at high noon.
In the end, the greens and their wealthy bankrollers may find it difficult to prevail as long as their agenda makes people poorer, more subservient, and more miserable; this disconnect is, in part, why the awful Donald Trump is now in the White House. Making progress on climate change, and other environmental concerns, remains a critical priority, but it needs to explore ways humans, through ingenuity and innovation, can meet these challenges without undermining what’s left of our middle class and faded democratic virtue.
This piece originally appeared on the Daily Beast.
Joel Kotkin is executive editor of NewGeography.com. He is the Roger Hobbs Distinguished Fellow in Urban Studies at Chapman University and executive director of the Houston-based Center for Opportunity Urbanism. His newest book is The Human City: Urbanism for the rest of us. He is also author of The New Class Conflict, The City: A Global History, and The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050. He lives in Orange County, CA.
On this 4th of July when factoids and soundbites pass for information, and computer-generated "data" pass for knowledge, WE recommend that curious readers take a humble look back upon the culture of revolutionary times, when satisfying one's appetite for learning and discovery took substantial effort and wit.
WE respect the depth of intellectual rigor of the founding. In candle-lit times, the prerequisite education to enter colonial colleges (Harvard (1636) and William and Mary (1693)) was daunting by today's standards. And while it's true that George Washington didn't have the luxury of such a formal education, his talents, curiosity and practical interests were tremendous. Understand not only the making of this man but the bold intellectual nature of the American Revolution, itself. Read on.
A bibliographical view of the Father of Our Country.
By Douglas Bradburn, July 3, 2017
The Weekly Standard
John Adams, in his bitter old age, complained that George Washington was too much worshiped by the American people. Washington’s talents were at best superficial, Adams growled, and that the great man was “illiterate, unlearned, unread” was a fact Adams considered as “past dispute.” Historians have given too much credence to the musings of John Adams generally, and in these characterizations we find an old man—American’s first one-term president—indulging in his worst petty jealousies. Adams could have worked wonders with a Twitter account.
Thomas Jefferson also opined on the scholastic achievements of George Washington and noted that Washington read “little.” He did assert that Washington possessed a powerful mind, but it was not quite first rate. George Washington, Jefferson concluded, “was not so acute as” Sir Isaac Newton, Francis Bacon, or John Locke—a pretty lofty standard. So where does Washington fit? Somewhere between illiterate and Sir Isaac Newton.
Historians have typically been rather cool on Washington’s reading and learning, echoing Adams and Jefferson. Some have even argued that his best letters were written by someone else—Broadway’s Alexander Hamilton comes to mind—and compared with the constellation of geniuses present at the founding, Washington is sometimes seen as but a dim star, even though he looked great on horseback. The great historian James Flexner argued that the “indispensable” George Washington was the ultimate man of action, but “only a sporadic reader.”
In this new work, Kevin J Hayes shatters the myth of an ignorant, unread Washington and does something even more difficult: Hayes not only has tracked down new discoveries in one of the most studied American lives, but he reveals a much more human portrait of the great man than most biographies have been able to reveal. Hayes makes George Washington even more real, and more significant. Instead of a dull boy, we find Washington to be a curious, intense, and practical reader, a brilliant writer of letters, a visionary advocate for a broad liberal and useful education, a great patron of arts, literature, and history, and one of the smartest men who ever held the presidency. George the Magnificent.
It is true that Washington did not have a formal education of the type expected of a gentleman of his era. Adams and Jefferson both went to college, Harvard and William and Mary respectively. (Washington would later receive an honorary doctorate from Harvard and serve as chancellor of William and Mary.) To gain admittance to either school in the 18th century, one needed to be able to read Latin. Once there, the young scholars embarked upon a rigorous study of classical literature in the original Latin, Greek, and Hebrew, they learned rhetoric, logic, divinity, physics, and metaphysics, as well as algebra and astronomy. To become lawyers, both Jefferson and Adams then read law extensively under the guidance of a master attorney until they were ready to pass the bar.
Washington, for his part, didn’t have these opportunities. His two elder half-brothers had been educated in England, but after the death of his father in 1743 when young George was 11 years old, such an expensive elite education was out of the question. He would have tutors of various competency, but for the most part, he would be on his own. George Washington, like Benjamin Franklin, was self-taught.
At age 17, he was a professional surveyor; at 22, an age when Jefferson and Adams were reading law, Washington was the colonel of a Virginia regiment, fighting in the French and Indian War. As Hayes emphasizes, at that age George Washington had already written a book—a short journal describing his harrowing mission to the Ohio Country in the middle of the winter of 1753-54, when he was sent by the governor of Virginia in Williamsburg to explain politely to the French Army near Lake Erie that they were trespassing on Virginia’s land. Filled with Indians, bear-hunting, diplomatic intrigue, a flight across a frozen river, intrepid pioneers, and an impossible and unforgiving wilderness—think The Revenantwith a happy ending—the small book was widely read in England and serialized across the American colonies. The adventures of Major Washington helped precipitate a diplomatic crisis and made George famous on both sides of the Atlantic. He was an 18th-century reality star.
As a reader, Washington consumed all he could—in English. He bought and borrowed books of all kinds: travel and adventure stories (not unlike the one he wrote), geographies and atlases, his father’s copy of Shakespeare’s plays, encyclopedias and dictionaries, picturesque novels, treatises on military science, histories both ancient and modern, politics, agriculture, and law. And he would regularly devour the most recent available newspapers. As a young man on the make, he would spend hours in the fine library of his patron and neighbor, Col. William Fairfax, and discover to his surprise (long after the old man had died) that he had forgotten to return William Leybourn’s Complete Surveyor.
Washington was particularly fond of the new magazines that became available in the Anglo-American world in the 1730s and ’40s. These works, like the Gentleman’s Magazine, collected news and literature, scientific reports, histories, metaphysics and philosophy, political satire, clever anecdotes, short stories and poetry, and were a sort of compendium of miscellaneous information—the broad sweep of human learning. As a young man Washington showed a particular interest in poetry, even trying his hand at love poetry in a stumbling attempt to unlock the mysteries of an unknown young woman’s heart.
But nothing eclipsed his early interest in mathematics. Here Washington showed exceptional talent; in fact, one gets the sense that he had an easy gift combined with the profound appreciation of the logical beauty of a good proof. In his copy of Archibald Patoun’s Complete Treatise ofPractical Navigation Washington corrected a mistaken example of how to calculate the declination of the sun—crucial to discovering one’s location on the globe. In his spare time while president of the United States, he designed a unique 16-sided threshing barn and calculated the exact number of bricks needed in construction. Mathematics had a practical purpose for Washington: It was useful for his surveying profession and essential for his agricultural and military pursuits; but he pursued the study for his own pleasure. At 18, he purchased Guillaume François Antoine de L’Hôspital’s Analytick Treatise of Conick Sections, a work of advanced geometry, something which had little practical purpose other than to satisfy his eager, hungry, and curious mind.
John Adams, for his part, was terrible at math.
George Washington read his books gently. Rarely would he mark up the margins, but he would correct typos wherever he saw them, or thought he saw them, as he did incorrectly in his copy of Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations. For agricultural books with immediate practical purpose for his plantation, sometimes Washington kept copious notes in little books that he could carry with him into the field. And in almanacs he often kept his daily diary, a record of people he dined with and detailed observations of the weather. He was a systematic farmer through and through.
When he realized that he had not read certain books that his peers considered essential, like the novels Gil Blas and Don Quixote, he purchased them and quickly began referencing them in his own correspondence. In one delicious case, in James Monroe’s published defense of his behavior as American minister to France, Washington made extensive, sarcastic, and biting notes, ridiculing Monroe’s pretensions to authority, clarity, honesty, and competence. His running critique of Monroe would have played well at a White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
During the Revolutionary War he had a special bookcase designed, complete with green baize lining to protect a large collection of military books that accompanied him throughout the war—from Valley Forge, to West Point, to Yorktown. As mentor of the inexperienced officer corps of the Continental Army, he recommended reading specific titles to the unsure and unsteady. He had long practiced what he preached: During the French and Indian War, when he was in charge of the frontier defenses, he traveled with Caesar’s Commentaries and Quintus Curtius’s History of the Wars of Alexander the Great. Washington’s example made an impression: One Hessian officer was astonished during the war that “every wretched knapsack” of a captured American officer was “filled up with military books.”
At the end of the war Washington’s fame and consequence would put him in a position of patronage. The first histories of the American Revolution, as Hayes shows, depended upon Washington’s papers and his support. It was myth-making from the start, and with Washington’s support for painters, sculptors, poets, historians, and authors, the United States began to make its own mark on the republic of arts and letters.
One advantage of Washington’s self-directed education and lifelong curiosity was reflected in his willingness to change his mind or reject received opinion for new ideas. Hayes reveals this aspect of Washington’s mind by exploring the ultimately profound shift in his ideas about slavery. Born into a slave society and an owner of people his entire life, Washington collected anti-slavery pamphlets and tracts, and gradually came to shift his own perspective. By the time he became president he was privately asserting his desire to end his commitment to enslaved labor, a problem he never solved until his death. He would use his last will and testament to provide a pathway for freedom for the slaves he owned outright, providing for the education of the young and pensions for the elderly. And he wrote his will without the aid of lawyers.
Kevin J. Hayes’s study will reward the reader with a newfound respect for our first president and imparts a renewed sense of the sustained curiosity of truly great leaders. It is a book even John Adams might have enjoyed.
Douglas Bradburn is founding director of the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon.
WE editors are passionate about science, and truth, and progress. Since starting to post here back in 2011, WE created a "Best Available Science" page which is available on the HOME drop-down menu (or click here), and one heck of a lot of articles that encourage reality checking and healthy skepticism about related oppression that seems to be getting worse, not better.
Here it is, 47 years since the first Earth Day in 1970, and WE would like to invite folks to re-visit our 2012 post about that. Earth Day proponents fiercely resist any connection between the timing of the holiday and Vladimir Lenin's birthday, but the reality is that environmentalism has been a "tool in the toolbox" of politicos for a century - very clearly so.
In 2013 we wrote about the crushing emotional burden of environmental guilt, and the green washing of a young mind (see here). It's unhealthy for the planet and its cosmic passengers that reason, math, and the official earth sciences have been dumbed down and unraveled by earth worship ideologues, so destructive and partisan.
WE were pleased to see that AGW believer, UW professor Cliff Mass, raised concerns about the danger of politicizing science on his blog:
Why the March for Science is a Bad Idea
Friday April 21, 2017 - Cliff Mass Blog
On Saturday, thousands of people around the country will take part in a March for Science. There will be a lot of well-meaning folks participating, most of them concerned about the activities and intent of the current administration.
But for reasons I will outline below, I believe they will be harming science more than helping. They will feel better for sure, but they will do little to advance the cause they care about, and possibly do long-term harm.
(1) The Science March is overly political and endangers the relationship between science and society.
Science play a critical role in civic life, acting as non-political source of information about the the natural environment and as the generator of useful technologies. Scientists are credible only when their information is considered unbiased and not politically motivated. The lack of political bias is why both sides of the aisle have supported the nation's large scientific establishment over many years.
The Science March is clearly political and is an attempt to put pressure on the Trump administration. It will be seen as political by everyone and particularly those it means to pressure. Furthermore, the major concern driving this march is not science in general, but of the Trump administration's appointments and future actions regarding climate science and fossil fuel regulations.
(2) The Science March Makes Science a Target
The march will identify supporters of science as being against the Trump administration, putting a big target on the back of the U.S. science establishment.... (continue)
Once again, the actions of this faction speaks volumes!
Dakota Access Final Tally: 750 Arrested, 24,000 Tons of Trash Left, and $1 Million Cleanup Bill
The New American
Written by Bob Adelmann
So much for “environmentalists” really caring about the environment.
The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (DES) said on Tuesday that a Florida-based clean-up company it hired to clear trash, waste, and debris from the Oceti Sakowin camp protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline has already run up a bill of $1 million after hauling away from the site 24,000 tons of trash, garbage, rotting food, tents, teepees, sleeping bags, dozens of empty propane tanks, human excrement, and several automobiles. They also left behind two dogs and six puppies, apparently abandoned.
When The New American reported a month ago on protesters polluting the environment they allegedly claimed to revere, the amount of time, effort, and money it would take to clear the site was understated. Even Dave Archambault, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and one of the protest’s leaders, was astonished: “There’s more than anticipated," he stated, "and it’s under a lot of snow. I wouldn’t say it’s going to get done in days; it’s going to take weeks.” That was a month ago and the cleanup continues.
The New American also reported, based on information available at the time, that the costs would largely be borne by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which received some $6 million in donations from sympathizers, and the rest offered by volunteers from nearby Cannonball township. New information reveals that the $1 million bill presented to the North Dakota DES is going to be foisted onto local taxpayers after all.
It was anticipated that the protesters would leave the site by February 22, the date set by the Army Corps of Engineers, in order to allow the cleanup to begin. There had already been over 700 arrests, but some stayed beyond the curfew, blocking the road into and out of the site. They also set some 20 fires, causing at least two children to suffer burns.
In addition, the local Comfort Inn announced that it would no longer be honoring vouchers issued by DES to protesters needing a place to stay, thanks to some of them trashing their rooms.
And then there are two other sites — Rosebud and Sacred Stone — where protesters stayed that still need to be cleaned and then fumigated by environmental cleanup experts.
As this article is being drafted, cleanup continues in attempts to keep the trash from polluting Lake Oahe and the nearby Missouri River when the snow begins to melt. Those protesters, if they can be called that, have left behind overwhelming evidence that they are not environmentalists concerned about protecting the environment. They are not even hypocrites. They should be called what they really are: thugs, infantile slobs, and troublemakers seeking only the personal uncontrollable sensate pleasure of smashing and trashing other people’s property and then leaving before they can be held accountable.
The Dakota Access pipeline project just provided them an excuse to vent their anger and spleen at a world they refuse to accept.
An Ivy League graduate and former investment advisor, Bob is a regular contributor to The New American magazine and blogs frequently at LightFromTheRight.com, primarily on economics and politics. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WE just saw this. Can these insane "national monument" declarations be un-done by the new administration? WE wonder how things are going over in San Juan County, Washington. Remember what happened there in 2012??
Obama’s waning days of power grow the government by 1.5 million acres
Posted by Ken Ivory on January 16, 2017
Convention of States
Thomas Jefferson acquired 530 million acres for $15 million and, under the Constitution, relinquished the vast majority of it to newly created states and their people -- and changed the world.
Outgoing President Barack Obama has now locked up 553 million acres as national monuments, in disregard of the Constitution and the equal protection of law, leaving western states and their people with burning forests, polluted air, devastated water supplies, blocked off access, underfunded schools and dead communities - and also changed the world.
Thomas Jefferson changed the world with his pen. He immortalized the American recipe for peace and prosperity with these 56 words:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…
Jefferson knew it was “self-evident” that all governing power resides in the people and that governments exist to secure their inherent right to pursue their unique vision of the “good life.” Secured in their right to own property and put it to the beneficial use of their choosing through their unique creative genius (liberty), Americans changed the world.
Barack Obama also changed the world with his pen. Through unilateral monument designations, executive orders, and a metastasizing mountain of federal regulations, President Obama has trampled this American recipe for peace and prosperity on his way out the door. Hard working ranching, farming, mining, timber, coal and energy producing families – who once supported America, and their own thriving communities and schools – are under attack at every turn by their own federal government. They are not secure in their right to pursue their unique vision of the “good life.” America (and the world) suffers because of it.
San Juan County, Utah is suffering because of it. This is where President Obama, from his Hawaiian vacation last week, seized 1.5 million acres with his pen. San Juan County, Utah has only 8% private land. The federal government already controls the overwhelming majority of the land in San Juan County (72%). The Utah State Legislature, all statewide elected leaders, congressional delegation, and the San Juan County Commission, including Native American County Commissioner Rebecca Benally, opposed this attack on their American Dream.
The schoolchildren of Utah suffer because of it. Included in the 1.5 million acres that President Obama locked up with his pen, are 109,000 acres of land owned by the schoolchildren of Utah. Because the federal government doesn’t pay taxes on 66% of the total Utah landmass that it controls, Utah is already the lowest in the nation in per-pupil funding. The federal government does pay, when, and if, it feels like it, a token payment called PILT, or Payment In Lieu of Taxes. Utahns, and Westerners, who understand the American recipe for peace and prosperity denied them by their own federal government, call this token PILT payment, Pennies In Lieu of Trillions.
Twenty years ago, President Clinton, with his pen, hit Garfield County, Utah with a 1.9 million acre national monument. Today, the timber, mining and ranching industries of Garfield County are dying on the vine. Faced with school closures from families moving away, Garfield County declared an economic state of emergency last year. If you were to ask Garfield County Commissioner Leland Pollock what the number one export of Garfield County is, he – along with county commissioners all around the West – will tell you, it’s their children!
Having secured independence from an unaccountable, centralized power, Thomas Jefferson’s founding associates penned a constitutional system “to secure the blessings of liberty” to themselves and their posterity. They knew, as President Reagan would later verbalize, that “as government expands, liberty contracts.”
For that very reason, they divided governing power between state and national governments (federalism), and among the three branches within each government (separation of powers). Under Article V of the Constitution, they invested state legislatures with the power to maintain and defend this liberty-protecting system. Under Article VI, every state legislator, as their first official act, swears a solemn oath to protect the voice of their people by maintaining and defending this system.
Article V provides two methods for proposing repairs and modifications to our system: 2/3rds of Congress can propose amendments, or 2/3rds of the states can apply for a convention of states to propose amendments. In either case, amendment proposals become part of the Constitution once ratified by 3/4ths of the states.
Congress has proposed amendments, which 27 times have been ratified. The states have never used the second method, which was included in the Constitution for the very purpose of limiting the power and scope of the national government.
Many now believe that Washington will never fix itself. Current governors Greg Abbott (TX) and Scott Walker (WI), and past governors Jeb Bush (FL), Bobby Jindal (LA), and Mike Huckabee (AR), along with many other prominent scholars and leaders around the nation, are embracing the Convention of States Project as the only solution big enough to restore governing balance; to make the voice of the people larger again and the role (and pen) of Washington smaller.
In a nation founded by a people determined to govern themselves, now is the time for their posterity to take up their Article V pen, repair and restore the divisions between their state and national governments, reestablish the American recipe, and again change the world.
Rep. Ken Ivory has served in the Utah House of Representatives since 2010. Ken is the Federalism Chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council and senior advisor to the Convention of States Project. He is known for his knowledge in federalism and public lands issues in the West. Click here to read more from the Daily Caller.
Common Threads Northwest Speaker Series Presents
Mr. William (Perry) Pendley
President, Mountain States Legal Foundation
Fighting for Whatcom Jobs and Property - Legal Options
February 9th, 7-9:30pm, Meridian High School Auditorium
194 West Laurel Road, Bellingham, WA 98226
Doors open at 6:30pm
Are you concerned about jobs, farms, property values - your family’s future? You should be.
In the last few months, the Whatcom County Council:
Have you had enough? Come hear legal options to defend your rights from an expert.
Let’s Inform, Educate and Mobilize Whatcom citizens for action.
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Across the nation today, Electoral College votes for president are being totted-up state by state. It's fascinating to read (see below) that "If you take California out of the popular vote equation, then Trump wins the rest of the country by 1.4 million votes. And if California voted like every other Democratic state — where Clinton averaged 53.5% wins — Clinton and Trump end up in a virtual popular vote tie."
WE know you'll never get this kind of information or insight at the Herald or other local news sources.
It's Official: Clinton's Popular Vote Win
Came Entirely From California
Investors Business Daily, Dec 16, 2016
Democrats who are having trouble getting out of the first stage of grief — denial — aren't being helped by the fact that, now that all the votes are counted, Hillary Clinton's lead in the popular vote has topped 2.8 million, giving her a 48% share of the vote compared with Trumps 46%.
To those unschooled in how the United States selects presidents, this seems totally unfair. But look more closely at the numbers and you see that Clinton's advantage all but disappears.
As we noted in this space earlier, while Clinton's overall margin looks large and impressive, it is due to Clinton's huge margin of victory in one state — California — where she got a whopping 4.3 million more votes than Trump.
California is the only state, in fact, where Clinton's margin of victory was bigger than President Obama's in 2012 — 61.5% vs. Obama's 60%.
But California is the exception that proves the true genius of the Electoral College — which was designed to prevent regional candidates from dominating national elections.
In recent years, California has been turning into what amounts to a one-party state. Between 2008 and 2016, the number of Californian's who registered as Democrats climbed by 1.1 million, while the number of registered Republicans dropped by almost 400,000.
What's more, many Republicans in the state had nobody to vote for in November.
There were two Democrats — and zero Republicans — running to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer. There were no Republicans on the ballot for House seats in nine of California's congressional districts.
At the state level, six districts had no Republicans running for the state senate, and 16 districts had no Republicans running for state assembly seats.
Plus, since Republicans knew Clinton was going to win the state — and its entire 55 electoral votes — casting a ballot for Trump was virtually meaningless, since no matter what her margin of victory, Clinton was getting all 55 votes.
Is it any wonder then, that Trump got 11% fewer California votes than John McCain did in 2008? (Clinton got 6% more votes than Obama did eight years ago, but the number of registered Democrats in the state climbed by 13% over those years.)
If you take California out of the popular vote equation, then Trump wins the rest of the country by 1.4 million votes. And if California voted like every other Democratic state — where Clinton averaged 53.5% wins — Clinton and Trump end up in a virtual popular vote tie. (This was not the case in 2012. Obama beat Romney by 2 million votes that year, not counting California.)
Meanwhile, if you look at every other measure, Trump was the clear and decisive winner in this election.
Number of states won:
Number of electoral votes won:
Trump: + 68
Ave. margin of victory in winning states:
Trump: + 2.5 points
Popular vote total:
Clinton: + 2.8 million
Popular vote total outside California:
Trump: + 1.4 million
Far be it from WE to critique the eco-zealotry and cultural revolutionary teachings available here at WWU (subsidized on the public dime), but the passing of Fidel Castro does present a special opportunity. Up on the hill, snowflakes can sign-up for a quarter of foreign study that will allow them to improve la raza language skills, soak up some Cubano sunshine, increase their appreciation of the joys of socialist sustainability, and even rub shoulders with "leaders and activists." See the complete course brochure and syllabus for full details,
"FC-337—Winter Quarter 2017
The Cuban Experience: Socio Politico/Agro-Environmental Issues (14 credits)
The course is designed to acquaint students to historical and contemporary issues impacting the Cuban state. Emphasis will be placed upon the evolution of the Cuban social and political system while examining its role as a contemporary leader and progenitor of environmental sustainability and agro-ecological food production. The course will also reflect upon the Cuban political relationship with the United States over the past two centuries as well as an examination of U.S./Cuban contemporary political relations during the “Special Period” and the Obama era."
"In country travel to Cuba during the latter part of the course. Learn/improve your Spanish with emphasis on Cuban dialect and idioms. Study uniquely Cuban approaches to sustainable agriculture, organic farming and community food security. Examine the history, culture, politics and foreign policy of Cuba and U.S./Cuban relations. Explore women’s equity and health issues in Cuba. Directly participate in service earning with Cuban organoponicos (urban food production cooperatives). Lean about environmental conservation challenges and eco-tourism initiatives in rural areas such as Cojimar and Pinar Del Rio. Seminars with Cuban leaders and activists."
La bomba! Cool. And an easy 14 credits. What could be wrong with it? To begin with it, this brochure doesn't explain what Canadian Macleans magazine does so well:
"Any political activity outside the Communist Party of Cuba is a criminal offence. Political dissent of any kind is a criminal offence. Dissidents are spied on, harassed and roughed up by the Castros’ neighbourhood vigilante committees. Freedom of movement is non-existent. Last year, the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) documented 8,616 cases of politically-motivated arbitrary arrest. For all our prime minister’s accolades about Cuba’s health care system, basic medicines are scarce to non-existent. For all the claims about high literacy rates, Cubans are allowed to read only what the Castro crime family allows.
Raul Castro’s son Alejandro is the regime’s intelligence chief. His son-in-law, Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Callejas, runs the Cuban military’s business operations, which now account for 60 per cent of the Cuban economy. The Castro regime owns and control the Cuban news media, which is adept at keeping Cubans in the dark. It wasn’t until 1999, for instance, that Cubans were permitted to know the details of Fidel’s family life: five sons they’d never heard of, all in their 30s.
Independent publications are classified as “enemy propaganda.” Citizen journalists are harassed and persecuted as American spies. Reporters Without Borders ranks Cuba at 171 out of 180 countries in press freedom, worse than Iran, worse than Saudi Arabia, worse than Zimbabwe.
So fine, let’s overlook the 5,600 Cubans Fidel Castro executed by firing squad, the 1,200 known to have been liquidated in extrajudicial murders, the tens of thousands dispatched to forced labour camps, or the fifth of the Cuban population that was either driven into the sea or fled the country in terror."
Students getting out to study and see the world with an open mind is a good thing. But indoctrination being sold as education is another thing. The following timely article shines a bright light on the topic. Read on.
Gulag, Western Style
PJ Media, David Solway
November 22, 2016
There are various ways of quashing social and political dissent, some more effective than others. The “Soviet method” practiced in stringently repressive regimes—torture, imprisonment, the ever-expanding Gulag, summary execution—works extremely well in the shorter historical timeframe, until a people rise up in revolt or such demonic societies collapse from their own internal contradictions. Of course, the truly Stygian regimes, closed to the world, indifferent to economic pressures, and under the heavy boot of unbroken military control, such as North Korea, may persist indefinitely or until defeated in war. But generally speaking, the tried-and-true methods of political oppression are sufficient to the task of keeping a population in a state of enslavement for a prolonged historical period.
In the sphere of the liberal West, however, there are other means of subjection to the will of increasingly centralized governments. Because they tend to function gradually and under the radar, these tactics are enormously efficient in their deadening effects, going unrecognized until it is often too late to mount significant resistance. They operate through a process of curricular distortions, social pressure and incremental legislation targeting speech habits, facets of normal behavior, assumptions of what counts as morally legitimate, and financial and job security.
A useful technique for anaesthetizing the individual citizen and rendering him compliant is the erasure of authentic historical knowledge. We’ve remarked the success of this approach in the U.S. with the “history from below” or “people’s history” movement, associated with Howard Zinn, and the foregrounding of a bowdlerized version of Islamic history in American schools. Canada is no different. Eric McGeer, author of Words of Valediction and Remembrance: Canadian Epitaphs of the Second World War, writes: “In my last years of high school teaching I was increasingly infuriated and disgusted at the portrayal of Canada in the history textbooks assigned for use in our courses. There was no sense of gratitude in the textbooks, no empathy with the people of the past or an attempt to see them in their own terms, no sense of the effort people made to create one of the few truly liveable societies on earth. You would have thought that this country was nothing more than a racist, bigoted, this or that-phobic hotbed. My first lesson involved taking the book and dropping it into the waste paper basket and advising the students to do the same.” (personal communication). The study of history, McGeer concludes, is nothing now but a progressive morality tale and a mechanism of social engineering. Sounds a lot like Title IX. Pride in one’s nation, its accomplishments and sacrifices, is contra-indicated. There is more than one way of burning the flag.
The center-right consensus that has characterized Western nations has been under attack for some considerable time as nation after nation in the once liberal West gravitates progressively leftward. Robert Conquest’s Second of his Three Laws of Politics states that “any organization not explicitly right-wing sooner or later becomes left-wing.” The consequence of Conquest’s Law is, inevitably, what Robert Michels in Political Parties called “The Iron Law of Oligarchy,” which formulates how democratic institutions tend to succumb to the rule of an elite—in our day, a progressivist camarilla that controls government policy and media outlets, and harnesses the energies of dissenting associations and cabals. In many countries, the democratic process has become or is on the road to becoming a mere formality.
The oligarchic agenda can be detected in the disastrous nationalization of the health care system; the decadence of an academy which indoctrinates rather than educates; the rise of destructive feminism and the feminization of the culture; the transgendering of everyday life—in Canada, for example, Bill C-16 has been tabled, making “gender expression” a prohibited ground of discrimination and potentially mandating non-binary pronouns such as zhi or hir, as is already the case in New York City where astronomical fines are levied for contravention; the special status ascribed to the incursions of anti-democratic Islam; the “abolition of the family,” as Marx and Engels urged in The Communist Manifesto; and the regulatory strangling of the free market economy and the conjoint attrition of the middle class. Additionally, the leftist project is materially facilitated by the growing prevalence of kangaroo courts run by committed activists of every conceivable stripe and in which no provision whatsoever is made to assist those too often falsely accused of discrimination or being in violation of some obscure code or policy of sanctioned conduct. The judgments handed down against those who have offended the sensibilities of favored identity groups will often involve harshly punitive forms of retribution that may cost a defendant his employment and his livelihood.
A Romanian friend who suffered through Nicolae Ceaușescu’s dictatorship in his home country tells me that in many ways the situation in the “freedom loving” West is actually worse. In Romania, as in the Soviet Union and the rest of the Eastern Bloc, most people knew that the regime was founded on lies and that the media were corrupt, time-serving institutions. Here, on the contrary, people tend to believe that the government is relatively, if not entirely, trustworthy, that the judiciary is impartial, and that the media actually report the news. Citizens are therefore susceptible to mission creep and are piecemeal deceived into a condition of indenture to socialist governance, an activist judiciary, a disinformative, hireling press corps, and left-wing institutions. People will vote massively for the Liberal Party in Canada and the Democrats in the U.S., not realizing they are voting themselves into bondage, penury and stagnation. The process operates insensibly and takes longer to embed itself into the cultural mainstream, but the result is alarmingly effective and durable. My friend has never read F.A. Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom or George Orwell’s 1984, but his layman’s insights and practical experience bear out Hayek’s scholarly analysis and Orwell’s dire warnings.
A totalitarian regime will control its citizens through propaganda, censorship, and outright violence, modes of oppression that are at least publicly demonstrable, evident to most. But knowing that the enchainment of the spirit is ultimately more reliable than the enchainment of the flesh, a democratic polity veering towards oligarchy will focus on propaganda and censorship as well, but in a far more subtle form. It will function mainly through public shaming rituals, social ostracism, rigid speech codes, Orwellian disinformation, and legal or quasi-legal assault. It does not need to depend on physical violence.
Fear of social rejection, the lure of groupthink, the pestilence of political correctness controlling what one may say and think, public apathy, historical ignorance, and especially the Damoclean sword of selective hiring, job dismissal, and financial reprisal go a long way to subdue a people to the will of its masters and consign them to a Gulag that may be less observable a such, but one that is nonetheless socially and economically crippling to individuals, families and businesses.
In the last analysis, this system of subjugation looks to be even more effective than the cruder techniques of its tyrannical counterparts. In the absence of public awareness and concerted pushback, we will have sold our birthright for a mess of political pottage.
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