ICLEI is hiding from you. That might seem obvious since you wouldn't have heard about it unless activists told you or you were in the small cadre of insiders/government employees/non-profits who work with this international group of Local Agenda 21 implementers. But more than that, since ICLEI has been exposed by activists and is being ousted from cities, ICLEI has apparently decided that they'd like to make it hard for you to find out whether your city is a member or not.About a month ago ICLEI removed the membership list for the USA from their icleiusa.org website. On their international website they still list USA members but NOT BY CITY--just by state. Click to see. They tell you how many cities in each state are members but not who they are. Here's an example:
Funny thing about the internet though, is that you can get archived pages of websites and review them now. Here's a list from July 3, 2013 (did they take it down on Independence Day? Just wondering...) Our friends at DowntownCary.org archived it. Click to read it. Now, this list is incorrect. It still lists as members some of the cities that have quit ICLEI. That's not surprising. An organization that hides, that lies, that sneaks around, is not going to tell you that you're making a difference. Your efforts to reject ICLEI's influence on your city are making a difference. For more information see our ICLEI page. KICK ICLEI OUT OF YOUR CITY.
Don't give up now. Get up, Stand up.
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.
From the Santa Rosa Press Democrat newspaper Opinion section, Wednesday August 7, 2013EDITOR: Our presidential experiment started in 2008. We should have known that personal records sealed and words of misrepresentation didn’t favor our future.
Here’s where we are: $17 trillion in debt, sovereignty outsourced to the United Nations, millions unemployed, the food stamp army doubled, IRS targeting of the tea party, a Benghazi cover-up, the Fast and Furious debacle, an unaffordable health care act nightmare, open borders, Sharia law encroaching on our judicial system, dramatic cuts to the military, political correctness favoring radical Islam, green energy scams, foreign policy incompetence, attacks on the Constitution, circumvention of Congress, recruitment of radical czars, Environmental Protection Agency and fossil-fuel tax abuse, wholesale voter fraud and a bogus emphasis on global warming to justify radical actions by an out-of-control government.
Liberalism doesn’t appear to be working. Detroit’s bankruptcy is a good example of what happens when liberalism goes unopposed. Perhaps we as voters should replace liberal senators in the 2014 elections with conservatives. After that we can make bolder changes at the presidential level. Just think of the progress we can make with Harry Reid no longer in control of the Senate.
Look at the Democrats Against U.N. Agenda 21 website. Some good work being done by Rosa Koire.
Fort BraggThanks, Bob. Is the answer to just elect 'conservatives'? No. We have to be discerning regardless of party affiliation and do the hard work of holding our elected officials to a higher standard. "Representatives" who refuse to recognize the impacts of regionalization and UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development on our fragile freedom should be removed regardless of party.
Another Fourth of July that rings hollow.
Let's run it down:
A man is living like a hunted animal in an airport across the world because he exposed a secret. The secret is that our government is spying on us. The Russians say he can stay in Russia if he agrees not to release any more secrets and he refuses. A traitor or a brave patriot? I say he's a patriot.
Lt. Bradley Manning exposed, among other things, that our own military committed crimes. His reward? Prison and torture.
Men and women like you are going to their government meetings, waiting for hours for the three minutes allotted to them for public comments, and speaking the truth to their 'representatives.' Those representatives sit like tin gods in judgement and do not respond. Why? Because they themselves are managed by large organizations like the National Association of Regional Governments, and the League of Cities, and the International Association of Cities and Counties, and the National Association of Counties. All of these groups work with ICLEI. They provide the statutes and laws and ordinances that you struggle against, and tell corrupt city attorneys to fight you.
The joke's on us, isn't it? We pay for it. We vote for it. We support it. Those of us who just can't believe that our government would do a thing like that. Or who think that the bureaucrats are just too stupid to know what they're doing. Or who figure that no conspiracy could be possible that involves so many people.
In a way, that's true. Because people who are willing to go along to get along are in the majority and they always will be. These are people who are trained from kindergarten right through graduate school in Sustainable Development principles. They think they're doing the right thing. When we encounter them at government meetings we're always told that we are afraid of change or we're anti-government. They grow up working in consensus, always surrounded by people who agree with them. They can't take the stress of rejection and dissent. Their world is simple; black and white, right and wrong, hot and cold. Going against the consensus means loss of 'community' for people who have been working in a cohort since they were in pre-school. They don't see it as a conspiracy--to them it's just working together on a common goal. Communitarianism.
As you watch nations devolving in the Middle East and see millions in squares risking their lives ask yourself when it's alright for one nation to arm the citizens of another in order to overthrow a government. What if that happened here?
On Independence Day we ask ourselves what it means to be free. We ask ourselves what 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness' means when our nation moves into $17 trillion in debt. We speak out as all around us our cities and counties are forming regional alliances that are destroying our representative form of government and erasing jurisdictional boundaries.
Those of us who are conscious and aware must be the brave ones who inform the rest. What does this mean: "Land of the Free, Home of the Brave"? To me it means keeping a republican form of government. Adhering to the Constitution. Fighting for what is right, for the individual's rights.
We are snowed in on the Fourth of July but we'll dig ourselves out. Every day we expand awareness and dispel the fog of lies that surrounds us. Being free takes work. It's not fireworks and hot dogs. It's long hours, public meetings, and flyering, and speeches, and lawsuits, and yes, bravery. It's been a long time since 1776 and we have slipped. Let's get it back. Stand with us.
AWARENESS IS THE FIRST STEP IN THE RESISTANCE.
If you've been trying to follow us on Twitter and haven't been able to we have good news. Thanks to our good friends in New Hampshire, Rosa has a Twitter account. Please follow @RosaKoire and let your friends know, too.
We have also launched our fundraising website for the legal challenge to Plan Bay Area. Please take a look at www.StopPlanBayArea.org and donate while you're there. Share the new website with your friends. We need your help.
Thank you for standing with us in the fight against UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development.
Awareness is the first step in the Resistance.
Action is the second step.
Michael Shaw, Freedom Advocates, has joined with us to hire legal counsel to fight Plan Bay Area. Here is Michael's statement from Freedom Advocates website www.freedomadvocates.orgA Time to Sue: Regionalism Challenged
By Freedom Advocates Wednesday, 05 June 2013 17:04First Ever Legal Challenge to Stop Agenda 21 Nine-County Regional Plan
The plot to transform the San Francisco Bay Area
is largely unknown by the residents living there and overwhelmingly opposed by those who do know. The global boiler plate program called One Bay Area (OBA)
or Plan Bay Area
will roll out across the nation on a grand scale. OBA involves more than $250,000,000,000 (over a quarter of a trillion dollars).
The plan destroys rural and suburban lifestyles and transforms areas into dense mega-cities where people are assessed, monitored and controlled. Sound extreme? Freedom Advocates
and The Post Sustainability Institute
hired the law firm of Kassouni Law
to evaluate and comment on OBA/Plan Bay Area. Mr. Kassouni's review focused on Natural Law, and Constitutional, and/or statutory violations inherent to the Plan
. Litigation to stop the Plan must be filed within 90 days of the Plan's adoption which is scheduled for July of this year. Regional government is promulgated through Councils of Governments (COGs)
and serves to neuter local government through a federalized system of carrots and sticks. COGs are designed to be the primary engine in the United States to advance Agenda 21 at the local level. The Plan for the Bay Area is the prototype of what COGs throughout the country will commit to if the Plan is implemented in the Bay Area. Over time the Plan abolishes private property as a system of public private partnerships assume control of our economic future.You can help
Freedom Advocates has established a litigation fund to halt the Plan's affront to the American system of government. We need your financial help and the help of many more to avoid an administrative takeover of America including the restructure of your entire way of life.
You can contribute to the campaign to Say No to Regionalism.Please send your tax-deductible contribution to the "Freedom Advocates OBA Legal Fund" and mail to Freedom Advocates Box 3330 Freedom, California 95019.
You will be making an invaluable and timely contribution to salvage a Constitutional America.
On C-Span right now is a replay of a European Parliament debate concerning revelations of alleged U.S. spying on Europeans. The so-called leaks, courtesy of Snowden, have made the issue of US-EU differences in law concerning data collection and analysis an issue. So what is the solution to this dilemma? Drum roll please....
Harmonization [bringing international laws, rules, regulations, into accordance with one another--whether in law enforcement or education or food or land use. See my post Globalization is the Standardization of Systems...Rosa]
It turns out that there was already a negotiation in progress. The
U.S. and EU have been been in negotiation on an agreement. Notice that the date on this announcement is May 30. Snowden got press attention on May 20. It should be noted that even though Snowden's press conference occurred before the USTR announcement, even the discussions on agreements like this one occur a long, long time before any public announcement was made.
Always with these events that the press makes a big deal about, if you just wait a week or two, the real purpose will always be revealed if you are watching.
EU Response to NSA Data Collection Program
June 11, 2013
Program ID 313369-1
Category: International Telecasts
USTR and Trade Policy Staff - Hearings on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Agreement.
I suspect that Edward Snowden was a "throwaway" character - set up for exactly the purpose of the leak as the required incentive to approve the harmonization agreement with the EU.
READ MORE OF VICKY DAVIS' POSTS AT HER WEBSITE
Hey, just because they got a 20 year headstart on us doesn't mean we can't win this. Here's an example for everyone across the nation. As you know, regional plans are infesting every part of our country. If it's not ONE BAY AREA, it's the POWER of 32, or PLAN ET, or HORIZON 2035. In New Hampshire it's called GRANITE STATE FUTURE. Their slogan is 'Granite State Future is YOUR future.' The consultants and government lackeys who are pushing the regionalization of New England are using HUD grants to direct local government to create the 'future we want' as it's called by the UN (Rio + 20).
Here's where the story gets good.
A dedicated group of free people in New Hampshire fought back against Granite State Future. They showed up at Delphi meetings and anti-Delphi'd them. They video'd every public meeting. They created email lists. They organized debates. They flyered. They created a website.
What kind of website? A website that makes you sit up and take notice. A mirror website of Granite State Future--the official website of the invading government force. A website that tells the truth about Granite State Future. The Resistance website is Granite State Futures--with an 's' at the end. Great idea, right? What's their slogan? 'Granite State Future is HUD's Future.'
So the 'S'- at- the- end -Resistance -website, Granite State Futures, got some feedback from the state government. The state wasn't happy about the fact that a mirror site was up on the web informing citizens about UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development and the motives and tactics being used to implement regional governance over New Hampshire. In fact, the state was so unhappy about this that the government made a complaint that their copyright had been infringed. They tried to get Granite State Futures removed from the internet. TWICE.
You're not surprised. What does that tell you? Anyway, you can imagine that this might have intimidated the heroes of our story. But it didn't. They fought back. They knew that the government doesn't have copyrights over their public domain information. Why? Because we, the public, paid for it and we own it.
So what happened? The government filed a complaint with the server hosting the Resistance website, and the server investigated and refused to remove the Resistance site, Granite State Futures. This is BIG. This is IMPORTANT. You are entitled to your free speech rights. USE THEM. FIGHT BACK. If you sit silent WE WILL LOSE. Join with others. Use GRANITE STATE FUTURES as a template for your action.
READ THEIR STORY HERE ON THEIR WEBSITE.
Sustainable Tyranny in NH - GSF Fights Back - http://eepurl.com/A4LIr
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
This looks so cool, doesn't it? The hearts in the 'O's, the baby being held by her hip daddy---how could we disagree with the slogan: 'The Common Good Trumps Individual Self-Interest'?This image is from an article in Nation of Change by Jim Hightower, a populist Texan writer. Hightower's message is that it takes a village, more or less. He adds in a few homilies but his main commentary is that in order to make a society we have to be thinking about others and make it possible for them to excel. That's great, isn't it? There is a difference between society and government. Our government was created to protect our individual rights. Through the government we are able to build roads and bring water to our homes, and protect ourselves against those who would do us harm both as individuals and as a nation. We have a three branch government designed to keep any one branch (legislative, judicial, or executive) from gaining too much power. Society, on the other hand, is not codified. Its rules and laws are of custom, and are not enforced by government. This is why the censorship laws have largely disappeared, and why the right to marry (a legal contract) is being disputed. These issues are social issues, not issues that government should be involved in. The government is founded on recourse to damages--whether to your person or to your property. The confusion that Progressives have is that they are trying to get the government to control and dictate their social good. Their Common Good is their 'vision' of the common good whether you like it or not. Now, if you're a member of a church and the church makes a rule that you don't like, you can leave the church. We have only to look at centuries of European rulership to see the consequences of having the church be the government. Our nation was founded on religious freedom in order to avoid the misery of religious war. Progressives are gripped with a sort of religious fervor in their effort to mandate giving up individual rights for the common good. The Common Good is in the eye of the beholder and is not delineated. It's a sort of 'known' in the way that 'being good' in a religious sense is 'known.' But if you're in a Muslim country, being good might mean keeping your hair covered, praying 5 times a day, and being submissive to your husband. Communitarianism is dependent on social pressure in order to function. That pressure can make you do things that you don't like, that you don't agree with, that violate your principles, because you feel shame or embarrassment or you might be ostracized. This kind of behavior is actually a primitivist concept. It is a sort of tribal attitude that does not allow for individuals to go their own way and answer to their own 'vision.' Self interest is not wrong. Individualism is mental, physical, and spiritual freedom. Each individual determines how he or she would like to contribute to the productivity of the larger social structure. But the idea that your concerns for yourself and your family would be TRUMPED by the 'common good' is a dangerous one. That slogan subsumes the individual into the greater whole and reinforces a mentality that finds comfort in totalitarianism.If you work with a group do it as an individual, and always stay true to your individual values. Be careful not to lose yourself in the group.Awareness is the first step in the Resistance. Be aware of your own actions and your desire to impose your version of the 'common good' on others.
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.