I recently learned of a United Nations study on environmental funding for projects around the world. The UN wanted to know what programs are working. One of the researchers shared an example of 'what's working' with me.
An oil exploration/services company wanted to operate off of the coast of Panama. In order to obtain permission from the Panamanian government, this corporation agreed to work with an indigenous group of Indians who have been living in and cutting down their forest habitat. The corporation offered to provide 15 years worth of compensation to the Indians in exchange for their commitment to stop cutting the trees. Payment would be on an annual basis. In order to monitor the project the oil exploration corporation required that the Indians give up their ownership title to their land for the 15 year period. If they didn't cut the trees they would get their land titles back in 15 years. An independent third party non-governmental organization would monitor the land for the 15 year term.
The oil exploration corporation would then own the land for 15 years and be able to sell carbon credits for that land on the international market.
When I was told about this plan I asked the following questions:
Why did the Indians need the oil exploration corporation to make this agreement for carbon credits? Couldn't an NGO arrange this for them without a middle man and without them having to give up ownership of their land?
Are the carbon credits projected to fully compensate the oil exploration corporation for their 15 years of payments to the Indians? Will there be a profit for the oil exploration corporation besides the profit on oil drilling?
What will the Indians do for 15 years? Will they have to change their lives and traditional way of living? What happens at the end of the 15 years? What other impacts might result from loss of land ownership over a generation? How would the NGO monitoring the land use change the relationship of the Indians to their land?
What is the nexus between oil drilling and Indians besides exploitation?
The researcher was angry and disgusted with me for asking these questions, and said that I was biased against seeing that it was a benefit for the people. I said that these questions should be explored and answered fully before any agreements were made. The researcher said that the questions had not occurred to him and that as far as he was concerned it's a 'win-win.'
Is it? We'll know in 15 years, if anyone cares to look. It's not too hard to figure out that moving people out of the rural and suburban areas (a goal of UN Agenda 21) is well-served by this oil company/Indian exploitation-or-windfall scheme. At the end of 15 years will there be any Indians left in that village? The carbon sink game is one that is sure to benefit those with big money and power. Very soon now you'll be paying for your carbon-heavy travel and lifestyle. You can pay voluntarily when you book travel on some airlines, but this is just the start.
Think globally, act locally. The biggest public relations scam in the history of the world has cast a big net.
Often you'll hear UN Agenda 21's primary elements referred to as a "three-legged stool": Economy, Ecology, and Social Equity. You'll see this image:
Where the elements come together in the middle is the 'sustainable' balance that is the supposed goal of the restructuring of every aspect of your life.
In 2004 a 'world congress of cities' was formed to comment on the part that 'culture' plays in re-crafting identity. Out of that congress the fourth pillar emerged: Culture.
This group, United Cities and Local Governments, says it represents half the population of the world but you've never heard of it.
So what could this mean? The fourth pillar of UN Agenda 21 is CULTURE. Think about some of what we're seeing around the world:
Across the United States, the indigenous people, Indians, are opening casinos. Indians are considered a sovereign nation within US borders but receive federal funds and assistance. Tribal heads who were not elected by tribe members are running the tribes like dictatorships and dis-enrolling members of their tribes who dare to challenge the ruling establishment of tribal councils. By the stroke of a pen an Indian becomes a non-Indian.
Cultural events often take place in rural areas, but less and less people are able to survive in their traditional rural towns. Regulations, restrictions, and outright prohibitions on timbering, fishing, ranching, and other rural pursuits has left an indelible mark on 'cultural' America. If you're not indigenous you lose your right to work your land.
The emphasis on tourism has relegated culture in many places around the world to folk dances and ethnic meals provided for the consumption of outsiders. Economies in some areas are dependent on the entertainment of these consumers of culture, and town centers are turned into pseudo-museums for their pleasure. Often authentic members of these areas are unable to afford their own 'culture' or find it to be commercialized into a caricature of the past. The preservation of these living museums may mean that anything that isn't scenic has to go away, even it means economic collapse.
Culture may be defined as modern dance and art learned and produced in a university setting with all of the requirements that academia demands. Analyzing the creation becomes the culture itself.
New rights are being granted: positive rights. Positive rights can be taken away or granted, unlike the rights we have guaranteed by the United States Constitution. Our constitutional rights are those we are born with, they can't be taken away or granted by a government -- just protected by it. UN Agenda 21 'rights' are really privileges designed as rewards and punishments. Discrimination will extend to anything which acknowledges difference, but only when it is being done by others. You'll be a 'hater' if you note unfair advantage, manipulation, or discrimination against the traditional mainstream. Culture is something to be used as a tool in the manipulation of demographics. The emphasis on diversity, on empowering women and youth, and the poor, and others formerly less attended to by society means that culture is defined by the 'other' rather than by those who live it. It is externalized, commercialized, romanticized, and politicized for the benefit of the elitist consumer while the exploitation of the social group is carpeted over in green.
When you contemplate what culture is, you'll find yourself reflecting on agricultural, rural values; you'll think about nature and the seasons and crops; you'll think about longtime communities of friends and family; you'll think about religion and ritual; you'll contemplate courtship and marriage, and childbirth, and death. Culture is the human being's journey through life and beyond.
United Nations' Agenda 21 is a sham imitation of this. It is the green mask of concern for the continuation of life covering a goal of pushing humans into urban islands of human habitation. This densely urban life of stress and economic deprivation is 'the new poverty' or the new austerity that redefines the individual's relationship to his/her government. UN Agenda 21 empowers the regional unit, whether it's in the Americas (example: Cascadia) or Europe (Danube Region: Centrope) over the nation and its manageable, responsive units. We are becoming hapless targets of the Mega-Corporations in their rush to exploit a moveable workforce taught whatever corporations need us to know in order to produce their widgets. Huge corporations sell you what they tell you you want, and you buy it. Smart Phone? Tracking device with built-in GPS. Video Games? Sociopathic training designed to develop action without introspection. ATT or Comcast Home Security? In home video surveillance. This is your culture now.Merry Christmas.
CULTURE IS THE FOURTH PILLAR OF UN AGENDA 21. Refuse to cooperate.Expose collaborators. RESIST.
This afternoon CSPAN aired a program on American defense strategy hosted by the Aspen Institute's Strategy Group. This panel discussion included former undersecretary of Defense for Policy (President Obama) Michele Flournoy, and former National Security Council member (President George HW Bush) Philip Zelikow. Both are members of the Aspen Strategy Group as are Condelezza Rice, John Podesta, Madeleine Albright, and Dianne Feinstein, to name a few. The Aspen Institute is notorious for being the think tank behind national policy. The discussion centered on how to manage a military that is expensive and getting more so.
John Negroponte, former ambassador to the UN and the first director of the National Intelligence Agency (George W. Bush) made a suggestion about an hour and 14 minutes into the discussion."Why," he said, "doesn't the United States do some 'capacitating' with the UN Peacekeeping Forces? It would be much cheaper. In fact, in a word, outsourcing our military requirements to the UN would be an order of magnitude cheaper."Both former undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy and former National Security Council Member Philip Zelikow agreed that this would be a good idea.
So efficient! So cheap! http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/AmericanDefe
Closing wilderness roads, national parks, national seashore areas, putting K-rail across scenic road turnouts, collapsing in-park recreational businesses, creating a strain on workers...all fit with the Wildlands project goals of moving people out of the rural areas.
Both Republicans and Democrats in Congress knew that this would be the outcome of their standoff. Was it the goal?
Is this shutdown a practice run for something more permanent? Is it training for federal law enforcement?
The federal government had to order the K-rail in advance. Had to have contracts in place for installation. Had to order signs printed in advance. This showdown was expected and planned for. Is this a practice run for a wider plan?
UN Agenda 21 is in effect now throughout our country. Our cities, counties, states, and federal government are implementing regional plans that are creating a new layer of governance not responsible or responsive to us. We are slowly being collapsed into this 'no mans land' of no return. Any crisis can be used to push us further into compliance. Larger units of governance--regional units--are a stepping stone to global governance and are 'sold' to us as being 'more efficient.'
What is the most efficient form of government? Dictatorship. A single 'decider.' Whether a neo-con or a progressive acts in the theater of globalization is ultimately irrelevant. What is relevant is the behavior of the audience when the play pretends to be real.
We will not be fooled.
SPEAK OUT. BE THE RESISTANCE.
The federal government is shutting down websites to create pressure:
Due to the Federal government shutdown, usgs.gov and most associated web sites are unavailable.
Only web sites necessary to protect lives and property will be maintained.
Regardless of your opinion of what's happening with the 'clean CR' non-debate and the hysteria of the pending doom and collapse of the world's economy because Solomon is playing chicken with the baby, we are definitely being manipulated. So what's up? You may remember the 1994 Rwanda conflict where Hutus murdered Tutsis (and now some say that just as many Tutsis murdered Hutus). They are two tribal groups that are so intermarried that their bloodlines run together, but they were driven into a frenzy of power challenges and civil war after political maneuvering during the colonial era. In 1994 an estimated one million people were murdered by their own countrymen.
So what does that have to do with the current 'crisis'?
The rhetoric coming from Fox/MSNBC Reid/Bohner and the full cast of characters is verging on the insane viciousness of Radio Rwanda/RTLN that catapulted the Hutus and Tutsis into a murderous rage. During the run-up to the genocidal massacres in Rwanda the radio station broadcast hate filled diatribes against Tutsis, referring to them as cockroaches who did not deserve to live. The station called on Hutus to exterminate all Tutsis and Hutus who sympathized with them. It was truly a nightmare as day and night listeners to the popular station had this invective poured into their ears. No, it isn't at that point here in the United States of America, but beneath the veneer of politeness the 'Tea Party' is being accused of holding the country hostage.
Who is the Tea Party? It seems that just as people in this nation began to become fully engaged in examining their government's actions they were corralled and claimed. I have met many Libertarian Tea Party members, conservatives, moderates, former Democrats, a few current Democrats, Independents, decline-to-states, and, certainly, Republicans who identify as being in the Tea Party.
These people are now being vilified. The issues that they are concerned about are being buried under mountains of accusations of obstructionism, racism, and careless cruelty. It's starting to feel like the 'Two Minutes of Hate' in George Orwell's 1984.
We need to remember that all Americans have a duty to question their government and to demand transparency and full analysis for all programs that affect us. We have a duty to challenge adherence to UN Agenda 21 as it manifests as regionalization, data collection, inventory, control, surveillance, forced indebtedness, and educational manipulation. We know social engineering and behavioral modification when we see it, and we won't be dragged into a vicious attack on each other.
It's just UN-American.
UN Agenda 21 is strongly present in Europe, though few are aware of it. One hundred and seventy nine cities are members of ICLEI, including some of Europe's most populous: London, Madrid, Rome, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen. All European countries agreed to UN Agenda 21 at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. Many, like Denmark, changed their planning and zoning acts to require Local Agenda 21 implementation. Some cities, such as London and Copenhagen, have created 'iron rings' around city access points in order to charge tolls for those entering. Vehicle license plates are photographed and registered electronically, and toll charges are sent directly to vehicle owners. Surveillance, monitoring, and tracking. In the US, the Golden Gate Bridge recently switched to this system. As countries become more and more urbanized and populations are concentrated into these centers, less people are able to understand what life is like for the farmer who struggles against Codex Alimentarius regulations for food production. Property owners have a tenuous grip on their land as restrictions on water, access to non-GMO seed, and cost pressures force competition with major corporate producers. As the local farmer loses his or her land the corporations increase their control of global systems.The European Union has recently indicated that it wants armed drone capability for 'security and surveillance.' The European Council will decide in December 2013 whether or not to permit this increase in regional power. Regionalization, as Zbignew Brzezinski said in 1995, "is the pre-condition for...genuine globalization..because thereby we move toward larger, more stable, more cooperative units." The European Union is an example of a so-called trade agreement that morphed into the desired interim goal: Regional governance. The upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership (US and 12 Pacific Rim nations) plus the TransAtlantic Trade Investment Partnership (US and EU) will begin the finalization of the ultimate step in globalization. As the slideshow accompanying this article indicates, the mood of Europe is anti-nationalist imbued with the uneasiness of economic uncertainty. A perfect pre-condition for full globalization.
This guest post was Charlotte Iserbyt's response to a question regarding whether Maine Governor LePage had asked her to be the replacement for the out-going Commissioner of Education.
“The Governor knows where I stand. He called me for my advice re charter schools the day before he was inaugurated. I told him that charter schools are dangerous since they are public schools but have no elected school boards. Taxation without Representation. We fought an important war in regard to such taxation.
My opposition is to publicly funded charter schools with no elected boards and to tax-supported private, including religious and home school, education. The Governor and his cronies with the federally-funded Council of Chief State School Officers, National Governors Association, et al, support tax-supported private education (no elected boards to represent the taxpayers) The purpose is to transform our once superb, pre-1965 education system to the Soviet work force training mode. This has been the plan since 1934 when the Carnegie Corp. called for using the schools to change America’s capitalist economic system to the Soviet planned economic system (limited learning for lifelong labor).
Communist Core (my label for Common Core) has been with us for many years under other labels. (Semantic Deception) What do people think Maine’s Learning Results were all about? Maine was probably the major state to introduce Communist Core. In fact, if I recall correctly, Maine’s Communist Core was used at the international level to develop the international Communist Core standards. A handful of long-time recognized education researchers have opposed the Communist Core (Marxist) national curriculum for over 48 years with little support from the grass roots! All of a sudden there is this enormous national opposition to Communist Core (the new label for Maine’s mid-nineties Learning Results, and and the 1970-present National Assessment for Educational Progres of which 60 % of the test items are politically correct- attitudinal. This phony, deliberately hyped opposition to Communist Core is spearheaded and supported by the national Heritage Foundation, which for the past 7-8 years has controlled Maine’s education system, and which has affiliates in most states. Former Commissioner of Education Bowen was groomed for his job when he headed up Maine Heritage. This hype, with another tax-exempt foundation, Pioneer, coming in to support home school leader, Heidi Sampson’s, anti-common core agenda, is very suspect. The anti-Communist Core movement is very simply a red herring (diversion) to keep Americans from understanding and opposing the Trojan Horse:tax-funded school choice. This pro-tax-funded school choice agenda is supported by the Governor and Bowen who take their orders from the Council of Chief State School Officers, Florida’s ex-Gov. Jeb Bush, his Foundation for Excellence in Education, Bill Gates, Pearson, and IBM’s ex-CEO Gerstner. Gerstner has the gall to call for recommending to President Obama that he bring down all 16,000 public school districts with their messy elected school governance. He and other globalist corporate heads want the privatizaion of ALL education in order to implement the Soviet polytechnical workforce training system called for by Carnegie in 1934. All neoconservative (Trotskyitne) tax-exempt foundations, including the major player, the national Heritage Foundation, the corporate fascist globalist Council on Foreign Relations, and the Obama Administration all support tax–funded school choice. What is there to like about that?
Mainers better wake up and tell Maine Heritage, which drafted the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which destroyed thousands of good jobs in Maine, and across the country, and sent them south, to get out of Maine!
Communist Core is NOT the issue. Those fighting Communist Core better wake up and realize that even if they kill Communist Core, if they do NOT oppose ALL forms of tax-supported School Choice and Charter Schools, they will wake up one day and find that their children in their favorite tax-supported choice private school are required by federal law (regulations) to take the Communist Core assessment (test) they thought they had killed! Why? Because when an education entity (private or public) accepts one penny of federal money it MUST adhere to federal regulations regarding curriculum, testing, hiring, etc., etc. And that is as it should be.
The only option, difficult as it may be to attain, is for Americans to support restoration of the pre-1965 super education system with its traditional academic curriculum. All other options are lethal. repeat LETHAL WITH NO UPWARD MOBILITY FOR THEIR CHILDREN.
If Mainers are looking for a super Commissioner of Education to replace Steve Bowen, they would do well to vote en masse for Steve Schran, a public school teacher with 30 years experience in the trenches who supports traditional academic education, not Limited Learning for Lifelong Labor, which has been planned for us by the tax-exempt foundations, especially Carnegie, ever since 1934.
Maine should kick out every single out- of- state tax-exempt foundation, including the Brookings Institute which was in Maine a couple of years ago working to restructure Maine’s government. These out-of-state entities are busily at work effecting change in our political and educational governance in order to implement the international socialist global system. “They” think we are stupid and naive. Well, even if we are uninformed about global politics, I personally would prefer that we in Maine be allowed to make our own decisions, even if we occasionally make a mistake. We do NOT need the tax-exempt foundations to tell us what to do. They have no goal other than to use our children to spin off profits for the global elite.
Best regards to all who managed to get through this diatribe! Please email me if you disagree or have any questions. I wouldn’t bore you with all these nasty historical details if I were able to get published in Maine’s major media. Please spread the info in this message far and wide. Every single thing I have stated can be backed up by official documentation.
Take Maine Back and sooner than later,”
former school board member SAD 28 (Camden-Rockport)
former Sr. Policy Advisor
U.S. Dept. of Education 1981-1983
author: the deliberate dumbing down of america, 1999 and updated abridged version 2011 (FREE download at http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com)
It's the same story all over. If you object to high density housing being imposed on your area you're labeled a racist or a NIMBY or a conspiracy theorist. This cheap shot makes it easy for regional boards, federal government agencies, and non-profits to hide the true objective: implementation of UN Agenda 21's 'islands of human habitation.' This is not some fantasy of ours, it is to be found in objective reality, right there is in your Sustainable Communities Strategy Regional Plans, climate action plans, regional affordable housing requirements, HUD, EPA, DOT, and other agency plans. Still not sure? Still afraid to name it?
Take a listen to this incredible 12 minute speech by Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino describing the vicious thuggery of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development--HUD. After Westchester County settled an affordable housing suit with HUD by constructing affordable housing units at a pace faster than required by the settlement, HUD pulled out the real goals of UN Agenda 21: the creation of islands of human habitation. HUD is demanding that Westchester County change zoning to increase density so that more and more units can be crammed into existing neighborhoods. They call this 'infill.' Although the lawsuit settlement calls for construction of 750 units of affordable housing, HUD is demanding 10,768 units. Westchester County would have to pay, in Astorino's estimation, one billion dollars to construct these units. When Astorino objected to HUD he was ignored. Now HUD is punishing Westchester County by withholding millions of dollars in assistance for the needy of Westchester County.
What is this about? This is SOCIAL EQUITY. Remember? The three pillars of UN Agenda 21 are the three E's: Economy, Ecology, Social Equity.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino may not know about UN Agenda 21 by name but he's fighting it. Are you?
BE THE RESISTANCE.
Can you see this? If not, click on it and the image will expand. What is it? A page out of the United States Federal Register, Volume 63, No. 163, dated Monday, August 24, 1998. The page contains notices and pertains to the federal government's efforts to implement UN Agenda 21 in the US. (Thanks to friends in NH and FL for finding this)The highlighted paragraph names the Sustainable Development Challenge Grant program which is now being funded by HUD (United States Department of Housing and Urban Development) and being used to regionalize the nation. Metropolitan areas all over the United States have been recipients of Sustainable Development Challenge Grants--over $100 million a year is distributed to indoctrinate the public in Sustainable Development regional planning principles. Regionalization is destroying your frayed representative government and replacing it by governance by unelected boards and commissions. This page from the Federal Register clearly states: "The Sustainable Development Challenge Grant program is also a step in implementing 'Agenda 21, the Global Plan of Action on Sustainable Development,' signed by the United States at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. "Look carefully at this page in the Federal Register and you'll see the names of other programs that the EPA and other agencies have created to comply with Agenda 21/Sustainable Development. You'll see $mart Growth Network. Was one of the clerks in the office being subversive or was this just a Freudian slip? The Smart Growth Network is a non-profit public private partnership created by the EPA for the purpose of dismantling rural and suburban America. (Read the pages yourself by clicking here--pdf)
Yes, Agenda 21/Sustainable Development, the plan that is virtually unknown across the United States and the world, is being used to make policy, law, statutes, public opinion, school curriculum, media propaganda, and life decisions for all of us. Of course your government denies it. Of course the media scoffs at you. Of course the school system refuses to teach the truth. Why wouldn't they continue to try to get away with the biggest overthrow of free people in the history of the world?TAKE COURAGE. SPEAK OUT. EXPOSE COLLABORATORS. EDUCATE YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS AND REMOVE THEM IF THEY REFUSE TO ACT. DOMINATE YOUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT MEETINGS. REFUSE TO COLLABORATE. DON'T GIVE UP. BE THE RESISTANCE.
HAVE YOU WONDERED ABOUT THE 'GHOST CITIES' IN CHINA? YOU'RE LOOKING AT SMART GROWTH, CHINA-STYLE. COMING TO YOUR TOWN SOON--OR IS IT THERE ALREADY? THE CHINESE HAVE IT EASY--THEY CAN JUST DEMOLISH YOUR CITY AND MOVE YOU FORCIBLY INTO SMART GROWTH. WAIT FOR IT. OR FIGHT IT NOW.
ttp://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/16/world/asia/chinas-great-uprooting-moving-250-million-into-cities.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0BEJING China is pushing ahead with a sweeping plan to move 250 million
rural residents into newly constructed towns and cities over the next dozen
years a transformative event that could set off a new wave of growth or
saddle the country with problems for generations to come.
The government, often by fiat, is replacing small rural homes with high-rises,
paving over vast swaths of farmland and drastically altering the lives of rural
dwellers. So large is the scale that the number of brand-new Chinese city
dwellers will approach the total urban population of the United States in
a country already bursting with megacities. The costs of this top-down approach can be steep. In one survey by Landesa in 2011, 43 percent of Chinese villagers said government officials had taken or tried to take their land. That is up from 29 percent in a 2008 survey. “In a lot of cases in China, urbanization is the process of local government driving farmers into buildings while grabbing their land,” said Li Dun, a professor of public policy at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Farmers are often unwilling to leave the land because of the lack of job
opportunities in the new towns. Working in a factory is sometimes an option, but most jobs are far from the newly built towns. And even if farmers do get jobs in factories, most lose them when they hit age 45 or 50, since employers generally want younger, nimbler workers.
“For old people like us, there’s nothing to do anymore,” said He Shifang, 45, a farmer from the city of Ankang in Shaanxi
Province who was relocated from her family’s farm in the mountains. “Up in the mountains we worked all the time. We had pigs and chickens. Here we just sit around and people play mah-jongg.” On the ground, however, the new wave of urbanization is well under way. Almost every province has large-scale programs to move farmers into housing towers, with the farmers’ plots then given to corporations or municipalities to manage. Efforts have been made to improve the attractiveness of urban life, but the farmers caught up in the programs typically have no choice but to leave their land. Top-down efforts to quickly transform entire societies have often come to grief, and urbanization has already proven one of the most wrenching changes in China’s 35 years of economic transition. Land disputes account for thousands of protests each year, including dozens of cases in recent years in which people have set themselves aflame rather than relocate. READ THE REST OF THE NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE
When I saw the name of the brave man who released the truth about the US government's search of our communications without a warrant I was struck by the connection to Joseph Heller's classic book Catch-22. The 1961 novel is about the insanity and absurdity of war and the men who run the bureaucracy that keeps it going. The term 'Catch-22' has filtered into our language to mean being trapped in a situation from which there is no escape, even when we see the damage it's doing to us.
Edward Snowden is the ex-CIA defense contractor working for Booz Allen who blew the whistle on the extent of data collection by the government. He is now seeking asylum outside of the US in an attempt to avoid life imprisonment for the release of government secrets. The absurdity of this is fully apparent: he will go to prison for releasing the secret documents showing that our government is secretly obtaining and reviewing our secret documents and communications. This is a Catch-22 situation.
There is a character in the novel Catch-22 named Snowden. Snowden dies near the end of the book and symbolizes the descent of man to the condition of animals who live and die without reason. The basis of Catch-22 is that the war is crazy and you can only be discharged from it if you are medically discharged as being 'crazy.' But the catch, Catch-22, is that if you try to get a discharge for being crazy you must be sane, because only a sane man would try to get out of the war. Therefore you cannot be released from duty. Do you see the parallels to the present day Snowden and our national ideal versus our nation's reality?
We have been forced into a condition where, as Senator Lindsey Graham said the other day, anyone who objects to losing their privacy rights must be guilty of a criminal act against the government, because if they were not guilty they would not object. Catch-22.
Edward Snowden, the whistleblower, has put the United States government in a position where it must acknowledge that our security is not secure, and it is not there to keep you safe. The purpose of national security is to spy on you. If you object to this violation of your constitutional rights you are a suspect. Will we allow the United States governance machine to sacrifice Snowden to its dehumanizing, technological system? Will this Snowden, like the Snowden in the novel, be killed as a symbol of the collapse of humanity?
CATCH-22 is AGENDA 21
Our friend, the esteemed researcher and whistleblower, Charlotte Iserbyt, corresponds with concerned educators and others from across the world. Here is an email that she received from a correspondent in Bosnia:
A little information on education reform (restructuring) in ex-Yugoslavia countries and especially in Bosnia:
OBE is being implemented here for more than 7 years now. They started to teach teacher at the master degree studies (that is opened at about the same time) how to implement it. I have been enrolled there but couldn't learn what they want because of all socialistic indoctrination taking place and all reform-things being teach... They introduce new curriculum based on achieving the predetermined outcomes which are starting to be less and less academical - just as Charlotte speaks about. When the control-staff from government come to a class to see how a teacher works, they only look if the teacher and his students achieved the predetermined outcomes for a class and does he has evidences of that achievement.
They have a whole-semester class on Backward design at mentioned master study for teacher and they use translated book called Understanding by Design (UbD) by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe. That is the method for implementing OBE via Skinner's Mastery Learning...
We had here a similar thing like Carnegie Units before - but now they are introducing Mastery Learning with OBE! In Serbia, a new law, starting in 2014., will force teacher to prepare students for testing and pilot testing will be introduced as well as student being recycled until passed the test or declared learning disabled and sent to be trained for whatever job working in which he will be contributing the state. That is teaching to the test!
They also introduce the backward planning of lessons, that is planning from the outcomes to the materials necessary... We also have a laptop per each child and one per teacher in almost every classroom. All teachers have been in seminars to learn how to use them. Exactly as Charlotte and others told: OBE workforce training with Mastery learning and via computers and teachers teaching to the test!
At our seminars, we are being told that books will be replaced and that subject and grades will be eliminated, or at least everyone will get an 'A' but at a different time (ML)! Also, an individualized learning plan will be created for each student... Each student now has a dossier and teachers are being told to make student portfolios as well! We have also a computer data base of their grades only - for now...
They are now developing the process of integration of subjects into different areas and they are telling us to correlate each lesson from different subjects with other subjects - holistic approach!
When I read Charlotte's book and work of other great Americans that are on this mailing list, I could not believed that everything that is happening here nowadays already happened in USA and the results are known! It has been like I was "being hit by a train". Not many parents and teachers know about this reform and its goals and when I explain in to some of them, I get only ignorant opposition.
This is just a small portion of what is happening to our education today.
"SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER
Intelligence Report, Spring 2013, Issue Number: 149
Active ‘Patriot’ Groups in the United States in 2012
The Intelligence Project identified 1,360 anti-government “Patriot” groups that were active in 2012.
Generally, Patriot groups define themselves as opposed to the “New World Order,” engage in groundless conspiracy theorizing, or advocate or adhere to extreme antigovernment doctrines. Listing here does not imply that the groups themselves advocate or engage in violence or other criminal activities, or are racist.
The list was compiled from field reports, Patriot publications, the Internet, law enforcement sources and news reports."
Democrats Against UN Agenda 21 and the Post Sustainability Institute are on the Southern Poverty Law Center's list of Patriot groups. The criteria for making this list are quite interesting. The SPLC purports to identify hate groups and to advocate for those who are being discriminated against or targeted for violence. The SPLC mainly focuses on skinhead groups and anti-gay groups but they're branching out and including us in their scope. Why?If you look at what they say above, the criteria for list selection include opposing the New World Order (does SPLC support it?), 'groundless' conspiracy theorizing (SPLC refuses to acknowledge objective reality), and advocating or adhering to 'extreme anti-government doctrines' (like life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?).There was a time in the past when, as gay people, we might have donated to SPLC. About 25% of their website is devoted to fundraising for themselves. They engage in spreading misinformation about UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development and are themselves representing the New World Order by targeting groups who would re-erect the guarantees of the US Constitution. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness extends beyond racial and social lines. Our government exists to protect the individual. Our rights to free speech, to our property, to our privacy---guaranteed by the Constitution. The term 'Patriots,' according to the SPLC, is now under suspicion, and those who question government tactics and object to subversion, manipulation, privacy invasion, and 'transformation' are targeted on their list.The Southern Poverty Law Center is a fraud and a sham. Although they have a disclaimer that they don't imply that we advocate or engage in violence or other criminal activities, or are racist they are fully aware that targeting us on their list may serve to chill our civil rights or turn people against us. They are engaging in their own brand of hate speech. It might help their fundraising but it also shines a light on their bias and willingness to go along to get along with liberty-destroying regimes. The Southern Poverty Law Center purports to have some familiarity with Nazi tactics. Perhaps too much.
Read the following carefully. It is the blueprint for the disintegration of established systems, and you are seeing it all around you, now. This article is specifically about the educational system but it applies to every aspect of our cultural, political, economic, and environmental systems. Second order changes are in progress right now, and that is why nothing seems to make sense.
From Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt, author of The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America
THE 1990–91 (WINTER) ISSUE OF OUTCOMES, an educational journal devoted to discussion of Outcome-Based Education and the problems associated with its implementation (teachers’, administrators’ and community resistance) published a remarkable article entitled “Paradigm Change: More Magic than Logic” by John C. Hillary.
The reader should remember that the manipulation of classroom teachers and administrators discussed in this article is standard operating procedure in most schools undergoing “restructuring.”
Excerpts from Hillary’s article in Outcomes follow:
The deeper changes that frustrate leaders and threaten followers are planned second-order changes.... These changes intentionally challenge widely shared assumptions, disintegrate the context of “organization” and, in general, reframe the social system. This, in turn, generates widespread ambiguity, discontinuity, anxiety, frustration, confusion, paranoia, cynicism and anger as well as temporary dysfunction. Such trauma often builds to the point that leaders abandon their efforts.
The most disruptive changes—second order changes—on the other hand, call into question the entire context of organization. Such multidimensional changes not only challenge the content of each domain but also disrupt the alignment among them. Paradigm change is therefore not only traumatic in and of itself, but also challenges other attributes and disintegrates the relationship among all domains. The eventual outcome of such change is “transformed” or “renewed” organization.
The new vision for schooling suggested by contemporary educators represents a significant “second order” challenge to school organization.
The leader of planned second order change will be regarded as out of context by the organization. If he thinks and behaves in accord with a vision that
requires second order changes, he has no choice but to violate or challenge the established culture, mission/purpose, and paradigm of the organization.
From the existing frame of reference, such behavior will be seen as illogical. Powerful and pervasive psycho-social forces will bear down on the renegade in a relentless organizational effort to bring him back into alignment. Unless the leader succeeds in progressively bending the pervasive frame, persistence is increasingly risky.
During second order change, the organization must face and hopefully pass through a period of widespread psychological ambiguity, social disconnectedness and general confusion....The requisite disintegration of the existing culture, mission/purpose, and paradigm disrupts the organization’s frame of reference. During this time, there is little or no clear and consistent context to guide the thinking and behavior of members. In social systems, this condition produces dysfunction, anxiety, frustration, disequilibrium, and systemic chaos.
The instigator of second order change must consistently behave in ways that will not make sense when framed by the existing context. With time and leadership, the organization environment must move from initially and
naturally selecting against the innovation to selecting for the innovation.
The extinction of the old way of doing business is the desired outcome. Hence and with time, the risk should gradually shift away from the innovator and toward those who persist in holding on to “the way it’s always been.”
PRIVATIZATION. Whether you privatize healthcare or roads or schools you get a system that has to make a profit above all else, with the risks carried by the public, and the profits made by the corporations. You lose, and will never regain control.
Watch Dr. Lucy Reynolds being interviewed right before the finalization of the demolition of Britain's National Health Service. It is being dismantled in the same way that a hostile takeover of a company would be processed: the profit centers are retained and the high cost centers are dumped. That means elective surgery stays and emergency care is jettisoned.
What is the model? The United States---where people are bankrupted trying to get the care they need.