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SF Symphony Concludes Season with Three Weeks of Concerts Celebrating Benjamin Britton’s Centenary

 First concert week includes Britten’s Prince of the Pagodas and a special appearance by the Balinese performing arts group Gamelan Sekar Jaya

Second week of concerts feature Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with Toby Spence and SFS Principal Horn Robert Ward, along with works by Copland and Shostakovich


Season concludes with semi-staged production of Peter Grimes, the first SF Symphony performances of the complete opera, and Four Sea Interludes with an SFS co-commissioned video accompaniment by Tal Rosner
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McCain’s Politics at their Most Hypocritical

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) ran into a little trouble last week. The Republican senator, a little too eager to condemn the Obama White House, complained about the prisoner swap that freed an American POW despite having already endorsed the exact same plan a few months prior. After getting caught, McCain falsely accused his critics of “lying.”

Making matters slightly worse, the Arizona lawmaker, himself a former POW, complained to the media that he hadn’t learned anything from a classified briefing on Bowe Bergdahl’s release, neglecting to mention that he’d left in the middle of it.

Despite – or perhaps, because of – these embarrassments, McCain scored another Sunday-show invitation, where he somehow managed to add insult to injury.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Sunday called the five Guantanamo detainees released in a prisoner swap for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl “hardcore military jihadists who are responsible for 9/11” and said he expects them to return to fighting against the U.S.
In context, looking at the full transcript, it’s hard to say whether McCain believes these five detainees were “responsible for 9/11” or whether he believes all of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay were “responsible for 9/11,” but either way, the senator is plainly wrong.

McCain added, in reference to the Bergdahl prisoner-swap, “I wouldn’t release these men, not these men. They were evaluated and judged as too great a risk to release.”

That’s wrong, too. In fact, the former chief military prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay told msnbc’s Alex Witt over the weekend that at first he didn’t even recognize these detainees’ names. “To trade five of them for a U.S. service member, in my estimation, and I’m often critical of President [Barack] Obama, I think they struck a pretty good deal,” retired Air Force Col. Morris Davis said.

What’s more, just a few months ago, McCain personally endorsed the plan to transfer these exact same Taliban prisoners. When he says he wouldn’t have completed the swap for “these men,” he’s neglecting to mention that he’d already expressed public support for swapping “these men.”

And all of this led to the creme de la crème:

“I believe that there are other prisoners, some of whom we have already released, that we could have released that – in exchange,” McCain argued.

If someone could explain what this means, I’d appreciate it. Putting aside the fact that McCain already endorsed the plan to swap these exact same prisoners before he changed his mind and denied changing his mind, it’s not at all clear how U.S. officials could have swapped prisoners “whom we have already released.”

It’s tempting to think that, one of these days, the Beltway will stop looking to McCain as an expert on matters related to national security and the military, but I’ve been waiting for that day for quite a while. It never seems to arrive.

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A Lawmaker May Have Just Accepted An Illegal Bribe In Order To Flip The Virginia Senate To The GOP

The Washington Post reports that Virginia state Sen. Phillip P. Puckett, a Democrat, “will announce his resignation Monday, effective immediately, paving the way to appoint his daughter to a judgeship and Puckett to the job of deputy director of the state tobacco commission.” Currently, the Virginia senate is evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans, with Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam holding the balance of power. If Puckett resigns, Republicans will gain control of the body for at least as long as it takes to elect a replacement.

The full details of this arrangement, including whether or not Puckett was explicitly offered the position as deputy director of the tobacco commission in return for his agreement to resign his senate seat, are not yet known. Although the executive director of the commission is appointed by the governor — who is currently Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe — the deputy director is appointed by the commission itself. Both the chair and the vice chair of the commission are Republicans.

If Puckett was offered the seat on this commission in exchange for his decision to resign from the state legislature, however, he may have committed a very serious crime. Under Virginia’s bribery law, it is a felony for a state lawmaker to “accept[] or agree[] to accept from another … any pecuniary benefit offered, conferred or agreed to be conferred as consideration for or to obtain or influence the recipient’s decision, opinion, recommendation, vote or other exercise of discretion as a public servant or party official.”

Given this statutory language, two questions need to be answered before Puckett could be prosecuted. The first is whether Puckett agreed to accept the tobacco commission job “as consideration for” his resignation from the state senate — that is, whether there was a quid pro quo deal where the job was offered up as the prize Puckett received if he agreed to resign. The second is whether Puckett’s resignation counts as an “exercise of discretion as a public servant.” Based on a search of Virginia court cases using the legal search engine Lexis, there does not appear to be a court decision answering this question.

In any event, the circumstances of this anticipated resignation — in which a Democratic senator throws control of the state legislature to the GOP, and then immediately receives a job from a commission controlled by a Republican chair and vice-chair — is suspicious. It also could have very serious consequences for Virginia’s least fortunate residents.

Gov. McAuliffe is currently embroiled in a fight with Republicans, who control the state house, over whether Virginia should accept Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. If Republicans take the state senate, even briefly, they can use their control over the entire legislature to pass a budget that does not include the Medicaid expansion. Though McAuliffe could veto the budget, Republicans could use that veto to try to blame him for an ensuing government shutdown.

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CPUC PG&E Chicanery? California Commission Sudden Halt into PG&E Gas Pipeline Safety Raises Serious Questions, San Bruno Says

San Francisco, Calif. – The City of San Bruno today criticized a decision by the California Public Utilities Commission to halt its investigation into thousands of missing Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pipeline strength test records – a sudden and shocking reversal that’s prompted concerns of a possible backroom deal brokered between PG&E and the state agency tasked with regulating it.

 

The CPUC’s Safety Enforcement Division this week quietly halted its inquiry into the safety of 435 miles of gas pipelines across California after PG&E refused to turn the information over to regulators— causing speculation that PG&E may have applied outside pressure to compel the regulatory agency to end its investigation.

 

San Bruno officials are now calling upon the CPUC to immediately re-open the investigation to force PG&E to produce accurate strength test records for 23,761 segments of pipe covering more than 435 miles – records that PG&E explicitly told the CPUC it would produce by 2013.

 

State and federal investigators identified PG&E’s faulty recordkeeping as a leading cause of the fatal 2010 pipeline explosion and fire in San Bruno that killed eight, injured 66 and destroyed 38 homes.

 

“PG&E continues to play a lethal game with the lives of the public. We are deeply concerned by their persistent failure and unwillingness to produce accurate pipeline records, without which we cannot know whether our communities remain at risk for the same devastating and fatal explosion that we experienced in San Bruno,” said San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane. “Yet even more troubling is the CPUC’s decision to not pursue an investigation of these missing records even after preparing a motion to do so.”

 

“We question the CPUC’s sudden decision this week and are concerned it may be the result of inappropriate pressure applied by PG&E at the expense, once again, of public safety,” Ruane said.

 

The CPUC’s latest inquiry came about as part of the ongoing penalty proceeding to determine how much PG&E will be forced to pay for its gross negligence that caused the fatal explosion and fire in San Bruno. The CPUC’s administrative law judges are now considering penalties and fines against PG&E of up to $2.45 billion.

 

Yet, following unsuccessful attempts to obtain missing strength test records for more than 435 miles of pipeline directly from PG&E, the CPUC’s safety and enforcement division submitted a motion on May 30 to re-open the penalty proceeding’s record for the sole purpose of forcing PG&E to produce the documents.

 

San Bruno strongly supported the CPUC’s motion and its inquiry of the missing records, which city officials say are critical to instilling the public’s confidence in the safety of PG&E’s embattled pipeline system. San Bruno filed its own motion officially supporting the safety enforcement division’s request to obtain the missing records.

 

City officials are now questioning the division’s sudden decision to withdraw the motion and suspend the inquiry – a decision the city can only speculate as resulting from outside attempts by PG&E and its proxies to influence the CPUC’s actions.

 

“We are concerned that this decision is just further evidence of the cozy relationships that continue to jeopardize the CPUC’s ability to objectively regulate PG&E,” Ruane said.

 

San Bruno officials say this latest incident further underscores the need for an Independent Monitor, who would serve as a vigilant third-party watchdog over both PG&E and the CPUC.

 

“Only an independent monitor – free of the CPUC’s conflicts of interest and cozy relationships with PG&E that have jeopardized pipeline safety – can help guarantee that PG&E maintains good records and ensure that the CPUC provides the adequate and consistent oversight needed to keep our communities safe so that what happened in San Bruno never happens again,” Ruane said.

 

Ironically, PG&E has been spending millions of dollars on advertising its new “culture of safety,” with advertisements that stress the utility’s gas pipeline safety improvements since the San Bruno explosion and fire.  Yet, Ruane said, the utility can’t back up their advertising with proof that what they are telling the public is true.

 

Also this week, PG&E revealed that the U.S. Federal Prosecutor’s office expects to file additional legal actions against the utility for its gross negligence in the San Bruno case.  In April, the federal government charged PG&E with 12 felony violations of federal safety laws.

 

Is there a dirty deal between CPUC Michael Peevey and PG&E Executives?

Is there a dirty deal between CPUC Michael Peevey and PG&E Executives?

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LUSCIOUS Queer Music Festival brings LGBTQ Musicians Together for Three Days of Fabulousness and Music

LUSCIOUS Queer Music Festival, Northern California’s first LGBTQ music festival is slated for August 22-24 at Saratoga Springs in Upper Lake California.  promises to be a “queer Woodstock”, headliners range from Grammy performer Mary Lambert to Tony-award nominee Justin Bond, to nationally lauded Marga Gomez, to lesbian icon Cris Williamson.

“Saratoga Springs is a natural place to have the inaugural LUSCIOUS Queer  Music Festival,” according to Executive Producer Ruven Hannah.  “There have been so many LGBT retreats and events at the Saratoga retreat center.  This will be the crowning musical jewel for queer people from all over the US”

Saratoga can house 1000 festival participants who can enjoy long hot summer days and warm summer nights listening to an exceptional line­up of national headlining and local favorite LGBTQ musicians, DJ’s, and comedians. Musicians slated to appear include:

  • Mary Lambert, fresh off her 2014 Grammy performance
  • Mx. Justin Vivian Bond (alter ego of Broadway’s “Kiki and Herb” fame)
  • Cris Williamson
  • Jon Ginoli of Pansy Division
  • Marga Gomez
  • Skip the Needle featuring Vicki Randle
  • Matt Alber
  • Magic Mouth
  • Gina Breedlove
  • James Panther
  • Brian Kent
  • Melanie DeMore
  • Holcombe Waller

DJ’s include San Francisco’s Page Hodel, DJ Justime, DJ Lamont, and many more.  People will be camping, and fed by local food vendors, in a beautiful secluded valley nestled in the hills of Northern California, just two and a half hours north of San Francisco or two and a half hours west of west of Sacramento.

A portion of the proceeds of LUCIOUS Queer Music Festival will go to ORAM and JFCS/East Bay’s LGBTI Refugee and Asylee Program – to make an impact on LGBTQ immigration rights by raising desperately needed funds to help LGBTQ people being violently persecuted in Africa and Russia, successfully seek asylum in other countries where their lives will not be in danger.

Tickets available through www.eventbrite.com.  For further information, www.lusciousqueermusicfestival.org.

 

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Sikh Community Commemorates Massacre that “Never Happened”

  • Imagine five bombings in the United States similar to the Oklahoma City bombings — all going off simultaneously at the largest churches in the country during Christmas. 
  • Imagine young people who criticize the Federal Government’s response disappearing permanently with no explanation. 
  • Imagine a citizen who collects data to bring the bombers to justice also disappearing
  • All signs point to the Federal Government being behind the bombings, only to have officials tell citizens basically “That is old news. Get over it.”

The Sikh community has been commemorating the infamous Golden Temple massacre annually since June 6, 1984.   This year on the 30th anniversary, there will be a rally at SF City Hall on Sunday June 8 at noon.

The bombings — coupled with troops tying up and shooting worshipers — has haunted the minority Indian community for three decades.   The death toll was more than double the World Trade Center and Oklahoma City bombings combined.   And since that day, over 250,000 Sikhs have been killed by the Indian Government.  Yet the Government refuses to acknowledge the incident, forcing a media blackout.  So it is as if it never happened.  (Not according to Amnesty International and the Human Rights Watch).

We won’t forget 9/11.  Jews don’t forget the holocaust.  Armenians don’t forget the slaughter of their communities.  And Sikhs will not forget the brutal Government atrocities that have continued till date.

We don’t trade with Myanmar.   We sanction Putin.   We deny passports to leaders of the Iran hostage crisis.   What are we going to with the terrorists that have just come to power in India?

The US government should seriously sanctions against a regime that has sponsored killings of minorities.

If the US wants to lead the world in justice and human rights, we have to bring these murderers to justice.

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“Citizen Koch”: The movie about our sick democracy PBS tried to kill

"Citizen Koch": The movie about our sick democracy PBS tried to kill
David Koch in a still from “Citizen Koch”

“Citizen Koch” is kind of a mess. But it’s a mess well worth discovering for yourself — and consider the history of its production and the situation it tries to capture. Filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, co-directors of the Oscar-nominated Hurricane Katrina film “Trouble the Water,” premiered an early cut of the film at Sundance in January 2013. Largely filmed in 2011 and 2012 during the Wisconsin showdown between organized labor and Gov. Scott Walker, a Tea Party darling and Republican golden boy, which ended with the failed effort to recall Walker, “Citizen Koch” conveys the feeling of trying to glean meaning from yesterday’s headlines, with mixed success. Since then, Walker’s star has been considerably tarnished, as has that of his East Coast cognate, Chris Christie, while the Koch brothers failed in their quest to elect a Republican president and the Tea Party wave has ebbed (or been absorbed into the Republican mainstream, if you prefer).

Then there’s the reason why we’re seeing “Citizen Koch” in theaters more than a year after its debut. Originally to be titled “Citizen Corp” and focused on the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, which allowed virtually unlimited corporate spending on issue campaigns, Deal and Lessin’s movie was intended for PBS broadcast. But the independent production company ITVS, which is funded by public broadcasting money and supplies films for PBS’ “Independent Lens” series, pulled the plug on this project last year for reasons that remain murky. Or at least for reasons that those involved want to remain murky; as Jane Mayer’s New Yorker story about the whole affair suggested, if you follow the money it doesn’t look all that mysterious.

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An exceedingly rare NRA apology

It’s been about four decades since Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal introduced us to an unfortunatecatchphrase: “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” More recently, I’ve always thought it was better applied to the National Rifle Association, which never has to say it’s sorry, either.
No matter how extreme the far-right group gets, no matter who it offends, no matter the consequences of its policy purism, the NRA just doesn’t apologize for anything, ever.
Once in a great while, however, there are exceptions.
The National Rifle Association has disavowed its recent criticism of pro-gun demonstrations in Texas.
In an interview on Tuesday with the organization’s own news site, the head of the NRA’s lobbying arm blamed a staff member’s “personal opinion” for the content of an unsigned statement published Friday on the organization’s website, and he apologized for “any confusion” the statement may have caused.
For those just joining this story, a variety of gun enthusiasts, most notably members of a group called Open Carry Texas, have carried assault rifles into assorted restaurants and retail outlets, basically because the law allows it.
This led the NRA’s lobbying arm, the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, to issue a lengthy statement, urging activists to stop doing this. The organization made the case that “public displays of firearms as a means to draw attention to oneself or one’s cause” can be “downright scary” to members of the public. The far-right group added that a recent incident at a Chili’s restaurant was “downright weird” – and the NRA wasn’t referring to the manager’s request that the gun-toting patrons leave the premises.
It was a rare, welcome sight for the American mainstream – the NRA agreeing with the public and endorsing a position in line with common sense.
Right-wing activists were outraged by what they saw as a terrible betrayal, and it wasn’t long before the NRA apologized for its sensible position.
“Ultimately, what this comes down to is a tactics discussion,” Cox told NRA News. “Some people believe that the best way to effectuate that sort of policy change is in protest. And what they did in Texas is, some people decided to protest the absurdity of the ban on … open carry of handguns by carrying their long guns openly, and legally.
“Now, the truth is, an alert went out that referred to this type of behavior as weird, or somehow not normal. And that was a mistake. It shouldn’t have happened. I’ve had a discussion with the staffer who wrote that piece, and expressed his personal opinion. Our job is not to criticize the lawful behavior of fellow gun owners.”
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MAYOR LEE’S STATEMENT ON MUNI DRIVER SICKOUT

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement on the sickout of Muni drivers over the Transport Workers Union Local 250-A labor agreement and the disruption of San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) service to our residents and visitors:

“I join Muni riders throughout our City in their frustration at Muni drivers who irresponsibly abandoned their jobs and intentionally disrupted our City’s public transportation system. This cannot continue. I say to our drivers, ‘People count on you to do your job so they can get to theirs.’ As public servants, we are obligated to serve the residents of this City, not punish them when you disagree with the amount of your raise, or the contributions you must pay toward your pension. There is a clear and agreed upon process in place to arbitrate the agreement you are disputing, a process the union has agreed to and the voters put in place. The public should not be punished any longer. I would like to thank the drivers who did not participate in this illegal action and did their best to keep our City moving.”

 

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Florida’s Twice Divorced Attorney General Thinks Gays Don’t Have ‘Stable And Enduring Family Units’

Earlier this week, Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi angered more than a few of the state’s residents and media figures when she argued that removing the state’s ban on same-sex marriage (or recognizing marrages performed in other states) would “impose significant public harm,” according to David Badash of The New Civil Rights Movement.

Badash reports that Bondi, a 48-year old Tea Party Republican who has been married three times, also suggested that same-sex couples don’t create stable or enduring homes.

In the court filing Bondi wrote —in response to a federal suit brought against the state last March by eight same-sex couples, South Florida’s largest LGBT advocacy organization SAVE (Safeguarding American Values for Everyone), and the American Civil Liberties Union — that “Florida’s marriage laws have a close, direct, and rational relationship to society’s legitimate interest in increasing the likelihood that children will be born to and raised by the mothers and fathers who produced them in stable and enduring family units.”

Bondi’s inaccurate arguments raised the ire of LGBT groups, civil rights organizations including the ACLU, and a few media outlets.

“Lost in the uproar was another statement, buried deeper in the response, that sounded more potentially inflammatory,” wrote The Tampa Bay Times. “In a section on marriage’s historical definition, Bondi seemed to argue that unions between men and women produce more favorable environments for children.”

In the statement, Bondi wrote, “The promotion of family continuity and stability is a legitimate state interest. Florida’s marriage laws, then, have a close, direct, and rational relationship to society’s legitimate interest in increasing the likelihood that children will be born to and raised by the mothers and fathers who produced them in stable and enduring family units.”

Badash countered that “[t]he procreation argument is not a valid legal argument to deny marriage. But, regardless, many same-sex couples do raise their own biological children — at least of one of the members of the couple. Many gay same-sex couples raise the children one of the fathers may have had in a previous marriage, for instance. Many lesbian same-sex couples raise the children one of the mothers may have had in a previous marriage, too. And same-sex parents also adopt the children sometimes abandoned by those “mothers and fathers who produced them” in non-stable and non-enduring family units. There are, of course, other methods for couples to conceive.”

SAVE’s executive director Tony Lima fired back, telling the Miami Herald, “Attorney General Bondi should know that what truly causes public harm is discriminatory rhetoric that divides Floridians instead of uniting them. It’s our responsibility to hold the Attorney General accountable this November for her stance against equality and frankly against the voters of Florida.”

The State Solicitor General Allen Winsor backtracked Bondi’s statement saying that the “harm” she spoke of had to do with the lawsuit itself. “Florida’s voters approved a constitutional amendment, which is being challenged, and it is the Attorney General’s duty to defend Florida law,” he told Gary Fineout at Associated Press. “Florida is harmed whenever a federal court enjoins enforcement of its laws, including the laws at issue here.”

 

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Standing in the way of the GOP’s minority outreach

The Republican Leadership Conference wrapped up its three-day gathering over the weekend, offering attendees all kinds of speeches and presentations from notable party leaders and personalities.
But as Benjy Sarlin noted, the head of the Republican National Committee seems to have approached the event with some questions on his mind.
RNC chairman Reince Priebus, invoking the legacy of abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass, asked a question at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans that many prominent Republicans have asked in recent years: Why does the party of Abraham Lincoln not get more credit as the party of tolerance?
“We’re the party of freedom and we’re the party of opportunity and we’re the party of equality, we’re the ones with that history,” Priebus said in his speech Thursday. “It’s the other side that has a shameful history, but you wouldn’t know it because we don’t talk about it.”
Let’s go ahead and skip the history lesson in which we remind the right that white segregationists transitioned from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party in the middle of the 20th century.
Instead, let’s consider the speakers who followed Priebus at this year’s Republican Leadership Conference:
* Reality-television personality Phil Robertson spoke at the event, despite his recent defense of life for African Americans in the South during segregation. “I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person,” Robertson said in an article published earlier this year. “Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field … They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’ – not a word! … Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”
* Reality-television personality Donald Trump also spoke at the event, defending his birther crusade. “I think a lot of people love me for it,” he told the Republican Leadership Conference over the weekend. “I got [President Obama] to produce his so-called birth certificate, or whatever it is.”
* Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) was a featured guest, despite his history of anti-immigrant rhetoric.
* Dinesh D’Souza was there, despite his racially charged “anti-colonialist” thesis involving the president.
* Sarah Palin was also there, despite her “shuck and jive” condemnations of the president.
Priebus wants his party to get more credit as the party of tolerance? Even if he didn’t stick around for the whole Republican Leadership Conference, couldn’t he at least look at the guest list?
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5 Signs That America Has Gone Bonkers — And a Glimmer of Hope

 

This post originally appeared at AlterNet.

It might appear that the U-S-of-A has gone bonkers. So let me clear up any confusion that you might have: Yes, it has!

Yet, it hasn’t. More on that in a moment.

First, though — whether looking at the “tea party” congress critters who’ve swerved our nation’s political debate to the hard right, or at the peacocks of Wall Street who continue to preen and profit atop the wreckage they’ve made of our real economy — it’s plain to see that America is suffering a pestilence of nuts and narcissists in high places. These “leaders” are hell bent to enthrone themselves and their ilk as the potentates of our economic, governmental and social systems and they are aggressively trying to snuff out the light of egalitarianism that historically has been our society’s unifying force.

Bill Moyers, America’s most public-spirited journalist, summarized the state of or nation in these terms: “The delusion is no longer marginal. It has come in from the fringe to sit at the seat of power.” Symptoms of this national insanity include these examples:

We can’t even keep the doors of our government open. In October of last year, Washington’s tea party Republican faction, unable to win the budget cuts it had demanded, threw a procedural fit to get what its acolytes wanted.

– We can’t even keep the doors of our government open. In October of last year, Washington’s tea party Republican faction, unable to win the budget cuts it had demanded, threw a procedural fit to get what its acolytes wanted. Their stunt literally shut down the nation’s government for 16 days and bled $24 billion from the US economy. They won nothing except the widespread public scorn they earned for being self-aggrandizing political fools.

– Lloyd Blankfein, bankster-in-chief of Goldman Sachs, runs a financial casino that has bilked its own customers, been so reckless that it took a $10 billion taxpayer bailout to keep it afloat and lobbied furiously to kill regulatory reforms that would’ve reined in its ongoing destructiveness. So has this wrongdoer faced prosecution and jail? Ha! Blankfein continues to reign, retaining his CEOship at Goldman and hauling in $23 million last year in personal pay.

– A narrow, five-man majority of the US Supreme Court has decreed that corporations are “persons” with the right to spend unlimited sums of their shareholders’ money to elect or defeat whomever they want — and to do so secretly. This year, in McCutcheon v. FEC, the Court also overturned the campaign finance rules limiting individual’s contributions on aggregate federal campaign contributions — thus enthroning a tiny elite as America’s ruling electoral power.

– Big Money’s control of politics gives it control of public policy. Thus long-term joblessness and underemployment rage on unabated, middle-class income is plummeting, the majority is finding upward mobility roped off, labor unions are being systematically disempowered and our social safety net is being shredded.

– From retail workers to adjunct college professors, the new normal for workaday people is poverty-wage, part-time, temporary, no-benefit employment. At McDonald’s, the world’s biggest burger chain with 860,000 US workers and $5.5 billion in profits, typical pay is only $8.20 an hour and “full-time” jobs amount to only 30 hours a week. McDonald’s business plan: Shift the bulk of its labor costs to taxpayers and workers themselves. The top executives calculate that employees will subsidize their gross underpayment by finding second jobs and then get health care from emergency rooms and go to welfare offices for food and other basic needs.

From retail workers to adjunct college professors, the new normal for workaday people is poverty-wage, part-time, temporary, no-benefit employment. At McDonald’s, the world’s biggest burger chain with 860,000 US workers and $5.5 billion in profits, typical pay is only $8.20 an hour and “full-time” jobs amount to only 30 hours a week.

All this (and more) explains the popularity in America of this bumper sticker: “Where are we going? And what am I doing in this hand basket?”

Most people know that things are screwy, that this is not the America that’s supposed to be. And therein lies the good news: The USA hasn’t gone crazy — its leaders have and they can be changed.

In opinion polls, tea party Republicans are becoming less popular than swine flu, while solid progressives are on the rise. Such undiluted populist voices as Elizabeth Warren’s and Bernie Sanders’ in the Senate, Alan Grayson’s in the House and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s in New York City are shifting the debate from the corporate agenda to the people’s.

The anthem by rocker Patti Smith sums up where we Americans are — and where I think we’re going: “People have the power — to dream, to rule, to wrestle the world from fools.” Ordinary folks are awakening to the realization that the fools have seized power and the folks are now making moves (and movements) to seize the fools by their short hairs and reclaim our dreams.

 

Jim Hightower
Jim Hightower is a national radio commentator, writer, public speaker and author of the bookSwim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow. He publishes the monthlyHightower Lowdown, co-edited by Phillip Frazer.
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Marriage equality hits a milestone

Last week, marriage equality hit a milestone.

When judges in Oregon and Pennsylvania declared those state’s marriage bans unconstitutional and state officials decided not to challenge the decisions, we had marriage-equality states Nos. 18 and 19. Less than a week earlier, Arkansas and Idaho had their marriage bans declared unconstitutional. More than 300 couples in Arkansas married before the state got an injunction.

In addition, judges in Utah, Oklahoma, Michigan, Texas and Virginia declared those state’s marriage bans unconstitutional and judges in

Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio ruled those states must recognize out-of-state marriages, at least in certain cases.

That makes 29 states — more than half — with marriage equality or marriage equality rulings.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg cautioned the court not to legalize same-sex marriage before states were ready. She used the example of Roe v. Wade, the Dallas case that legalized abortion nationwide.

In 1973, when the ruling was issued, only four states — New York, Washington, Hawaii and Alaska — had abortion on demand. In 16 states, abortion was legal under certain circumstances but illegal in 30 states under all circumstances, including threat to the woman’s health.

Ginsburg believes had the court ruled incrementally, opposition to legalized abortion wouldn’t have been as strident as it’s been.

Ruling too soon backfired in the case of sodomy.

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Georgia’s sodomy law in Hardwick v. Bowers in 1986. Just 17 years later, the court decision was overturned in Lawrence v. Texas.

States were moving in the direction of loosening restrictions on sodomy, but the court wasn’t ready to side with the LGBT community in Bowers. In 1960, every state had sodomy laws on the books. Five years later, the U.S. Supreme Court took a contraception case that recognized a married couple’s right to privacy. By 1986, fewer than half the states had repealed their sodomy laws, but by 2003, only 10 states still had sodomy laws on the books. Of those, four applied only to gay men.

Everyone in the LGBT community is anxious for the Supreme Court to give the Defense of Marriage Act and marriage discrimination a final blow. Appeals court rulings are expected soon in the Utah and Oklahoma cases, so the court could decide to take one or both of those cases.

Since the Windsor decision that invalidated parts of DOMA last June, marriage equality has won in every court where it’s been heard. A number of additional cases have upcoming dates. In June, Colorado and Louisiana cases will be in court. In July, a Florida hearing begins.

Wisconsin’s trial begins in August and, in September, Idaho and Alabama are set for hearings.

Rulings are expected at any time in a number of cases including the Texas divorce case pending before the Texas Supreme Court.

Several cases may be ready for the U.S. Supreme Court by next session. The Utah and Oklahoma decisions are expected from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals any time, and Virginia is expected as early as this summer.

During the 2014-15 session, the Supreme Court could decide to hear any one of the cases decided by an appeals court, or it may choose to sit it out another term to see how all of the cases play out in lower courts.

As of this week, every state except North Dakota has at least one case filed. The cases are diverse, covering more than just the right to marry. In some states, the cases involve the right to stay married. If a couple is married in one state and then travels to another, do they have the right to expect their marriage to continue to be considered valid?

Several cases involve divorce, including a Texas case. While a couple may marry anywhere, residency is required to file divorce. If a couple is married in one state, but lives in another, must the state recognize the marriage for the purposes of divorce?

And in another Texas case, two straight men filed for the right to marry. They’re claiming simple sex discrimination is keeping them from tying the knot. Should marriage be about more than sexual attraction and allow two people who simply want to take care of each other to marry?

The Supreme Court may just let the lower courts sift through all of these questions for another year before tackling the issue again.

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Measure AA “Yes for Open Space” Campaign a Winning Proposition for Silicon Valley Economy

Business organizations, Facebook execs come out in support of measure to preserve and enhance access to the region’s natural areas

A bond measure to preserve open land and increase public access to thousands of acres of nature preserves in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties is being touted by local businesses as an inexpensive way to insure their professional and personal investments while maintaining a high quality of life on the Peninsula.

“The Peninsula is not only a center of innovation, it is also an incredibly beautiful place to live and work. Measure AA will help keep it that way,” said Andrew “Boz” Bosworth, Vice President of Advertising and Pages at Facebook and the grandson of Vince Garrod, a well-known advocate of open space protection in the South Bay.

The $300 million bond championed by the “Yes for Open Space” campaign would improve and enhance 25 open space areas throughout the Midpen district, which covers 550 square miles stretching from Los Gatos and Redwood City to north of Half Moon Bay.  If voters approve the measure on June 3, it would result in the restoration of thousands of acres of regional open spaces, forests, watersheds and farmland. Bond money would also be used to add 200 miles of public trails, increasing recreational opportunities for families and residents of all ages. In fact, all funds would be reserved for capital expenses and would not fund administrative overhead or compensation.

“This is a one-of-a-kind place, people want to live here because of the natural setting that surrounds us,” said Bosworth. “The fact that people from around the world want to live here is why businesses love to invest here, and it also explains why the Peninsula was able to fend off the impacts of the Great Recession better than almost anywhere else in the country.”

The quality-of-life benefit of Measure AA is one of the primary reasons it has received overwhelming support from the Peninsula business community, including such organizations as the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, and Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce.

The natural beauty of the region has helped lead to an influx of new workers, many of whom already take advantage of Midpen’s conservation efforts. Midpen now sees more than 1.5 million visitors per year and parking lots overflow at recreation staging areas on the weekends.  Measure AA would work to change that, improving infrastructure and opening access to thousands of acres of preserved land.

Measure AA would also support and enhance San Francisco Bay wetlands restoration with local, state and federal partners. Projects in the baylands would help ensure the slow release of storm water into local creeks, and reduce the risks from bay rise and potential flooding.   The measure would also protect regional wildlife and ecosystems threatened by sea-level rise and other global environmental concerns.

And the bond carries a modest cost – from $1 to a maximum of $3.18 per $100,000 of a property’s assessed value, or a maximum of $21 a year in property taxes for the owner of a $700,000 home.

“Measure AA is a common-sense commitment to the environment and will help the region attract and maintain a high-quality workforce,” Bosworth said. “That kind of foresight and commitment is one of the reasons businesses invest here and are proud to call the Peninsula home.”

For a complete list of campaign endorsements, click here. For a complete list of the 25 top open space projects that will benefit from this measure, click here.

For questions or to sign up for a tour, please contact Alex Doniach at (415) 806-8566 or alex@singersf.com. For more information visit yesforopenspace.org.

 

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BRAHMAN/I: A One-Hijra Stand-Up Comedy Show

The Crowded Fire Theater (CFT)  2014 season leaps forward with the West Coast Premiere of “BRAHMAN/I: A One-Hijra Stand-Up Comedy Show” by Aditi Brennan Kapil. “BRAHMAN/I… ” opens with a press night on Monday June 9 (Previews June 5-7) running through June 28 at the Thick House in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill. Directed by Erin Merritt, “BRAHMAN/I… ” is an outrageous play masquerading as a stand-up comedy routine that hilariously takes on history, mythology, and high school through the lens of an intersex boy/girl tethered by neither gender nor culture. The production is a celebration by/about/for people who never fit in, and who no longer care…and the power that comes with that moment of self-creation. Featuring actor Imran Sheikh, “ Brahman/i…” is  funny, cynical, inventive and intensely charismatic. With more than a dozen unforgettable characters woven amidst a fascinating life story, BRAHMAN/I is a courageous affirmation of a life to be lived.

“In counterpoint to traditional theatre…” remarks CFT Artistic Director Marissa Wolf, “Aditi Brennan Kapil’s Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand-Up Comedy Show offers an incredible night of stand-up comedy that keeps you laughing and gasping, as she explores questions around sexuality and gender in utterly surprising ways, exploring gender-fluidity through a South Asian lens.”

 

June 5-28

Thick House

1695 18th St, San Francisco

 

 

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Senate press conferences shouldn’t be for ‘mature audiences’ only

In recent years, plenty of Senate candidates have held plenty of press conferences, but yesterday in South Dakota, one candidate seemed to break new ground: an R-rated press conference that was vulgar by design.
U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Annette Bosworth warned that nobody less than 18-years-old would be admitted to her latest press conference.
The Republican candidate has held numerous press conferences throughout the month leading up to the South Dakota Primary Election. Now, she’s using a tactic that proves to be for mature audiences only.
Those who attended the press conference expressed shock upon walking into the venue, as they saw the graphic words used as a backdrop for the event.
The Argus Leader posted the full, half-hour event, though I should note its published warning: “Because of the language contained on some of the signs, viewer discretion is advised.”
Again, that’s not the phrase one usually associates with Senate campaign press conferences.
Apparently, Bosworth and her supporters found obnoxious comments about her “on blogs, on the Internet.” In order to denounce the vulgar criticisms, Bosworth’s team painted the obnoxious words on a wall and then had the candidate hold a press conference in front of the disgusting comments.
The Republican candidate insisted that the vulgarities are proof of progressive misogyny: “The Democrats talk about a war on women, but much of what you see is written by the supposedly tolerant liberals. Their message is clear: conservative women are fair game. If you are a female and a Republican, anything goes.”
There’s reason for some skepticism here.
The Senate race in South Dakota, where voters will choose a successor for retiring Sen. Tim Johnson (D), has a relatively crowded Republican primary, though former Gov. Mike Rounds appears to be the overwhelming favorite. Bosworth generally polls in the mid-single digits.
I don’t doubt that Bosworth, like many women seeking elected office, has found rude people saying offensive things online, but in general, liberals in South Dakota worried about this Senate race have focused the bulk of their attention on the competitive candidates.
For that matter, it’s an odd campaign pitch when a Senate candidate, the week before the primary, uses painted vulgarities as a closing pitch to voters.
Tom Kludt added that Bosworth’s campaign has been plagued by problems that are unrelated to hateful messages on blogs.
Bosworth’s campaign has been mired in turmoil. A medical doctor, Bosworth has been accused of underpaying a former nurse. She’s also been accused by the state attorney general of being out of the country on a missionary trip at a time when her nominating petitions indicate that she was gathering signatures.
After she was asked about the “so-called scandals,” Bosworth brought the discussion to the “surrounding of this room” and urged reporters to accept “the pretense that I’m not evil.”
At one point during the press conference, Bosworth asked to go off the record with reporters.
The press conference was being filmed and streamed online at the time.
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PG&E is Playing Russian Roulette with Gas Pipeline Safety

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. continues to operate unsafe gas transmission pipelines in California and is playing “Russian roulette with the lives of Californians,” said civic leaders in San Bruno, where PG&E’s gross negligence led to the death of eight residents, significant injuries and the destruction of a residential neighborhood.

San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane and the City of San Bruno made the announcement to coincide with a scheduled announcement by Pacific Gas & Electric Company President Christopher Johns today where PG&E will publicize that it allegedly received “two international certifications for best in class operational standards for its gas operations.”

“PG&E must stop deceiving itself, the public, the press and the communities and cities it operates in,” Ruane said. “The gross negligence that led to the tragic and unnecessary death and destruction in San Bruno is as big a threat today as it was Sept. 9, 2010” when PG&E’s line 132 exploded, creating a shock wave with the magnitude of a 1.1 earthquake and walls of flames that reached 1,000 feet in the air.

Ruane pointed to newly released audits last month by the California Public Utilities Commission, which showed that more than 50 percent of the quality assurance and quality control records by PG&E were wrong.

The State report showed among the 20 sets of PG&E pipeline records that auditors picked at random, documentation on 11 of them was either missing, erroneous or rife with inconsistencies.

PG&E is currently facing federal criminal charges and as much as $2.5 billion in CPUC regulatory fines and penalties stemming from the San Bruno explosion and fire.

Ruane reiterated San Bruno’s call for:

1.       An independent monitor to assess and provide honest evaluation in overseeing the CPUC and PG&E’s alleged pipeline safety improvements to ensure progress is actually being made, public safety is being improved, and PG&E funds earmarked for pipeline safety are not again being diverted to executive compensation.

2.      Fully automated Gas Shut-Off Safety Valves to ensure the public’s safety in the event of future PG&E catastrophes

3.      The strongest fine possible by the CPUC of $2.5 billion against PG&E for its gross negligence in San Bruno to ensure the utility takes gas transmission safety seriously.

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Fundamentalist Christian College Accused of Using Students for Slave Labor

The president of an unaccredited fundamentalist Christian college is held on $250000 bond on charges of exploiting international students and using them for slave labor. Reginald Wayne Miller, the president and founder of Cathedral Bible College, brought in international students under the guise of training them to be pastors and missionaries. According to prosecutors for the Homeland Security and several of those students, he used them to do under- and unpaid work around the campus and his house, sometimes up to 50 hours a week with pay ranging from 0 to 50$ for the week. If they complained, he threatened to revoke their student visas and have them deported.

According to TheState:

Federal law limits those on student visas to a maximum of 20 hours of work per week and that work must be an integral part of the student’s educational program. …

One student told investigators he had been promised $100 per week as part of a work-study program with the college. That student said he only makes $50 per week and regularly works between 46 hour and 56 hours each week. The student also said he worked for two weeks without any pay.

One student told investigators… that he was paid $50 per week for about 32 hours of work. Dr. Miller told [the student] if he did not like this work, he could go home or he [Miller] would call the Immigration and Naturalization Service,” the affidavit states.- [via Friendly Atheist]

This pattern of fear and control is a tragically familiar one at fundamentalist Christian colleges.

According to the school’s website, “CBC is approved by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education for VA students.” Which is another way of saying that the school, like many fundamentalist Christian Colleges, is unaccredited. But that seems to be a pattern. “Dr.” Miller received his doctorate from Indiana Christian University, which also lacks accreditation. His next higher degrees were “given” by, well, Cathedral Bible College. Additionally, all of Indian Christian “University’s” faculty also received their degrees from ICU – and one only has an Associates. The only teacher who has a Master’s (at least when the site was made) went to fellow unaccredited fundamentalist school Bob Jones University. BJU is infamous for its racism and segregation. It did not allow black students until the 70′s and has disallowed mixed-race dating up until the 21st century. The school is now also infamous for trying to cover up sexual abuse and covering up for those cover-ups.

What’s the connection? Besides some really harmful theology (that is extremely patriarchal and tends to trade in racism as well), there is an intentional lack of oversight. This is common in Christian fundamentalism and particularly Independent Fundamentalist Baptist churches and colleges like BJU, Pensacola Christian University, and Hyles-Anderson College. Students and parishioners are fed an unhealthy, steady diet of messages subtle and not-so-subtle skeptical and defensive against outside authorities: Don’t trust scientists; our version of creationism is superior. Don’t trust public schools and accreditation; they are worldly. Don’t trust psychology; the bible has everything you need. Don’t trust police with sexual assault allegations; come to us – we’ll take care of it. Don’t complain about working conditions; you’ll be deported.

If this all sounds like a cult in plain sight, well, it is. It’s much more difficult to investigate an institution that is purposefully cloistered. And so it’s easier to declare themselves protectors even while they’re perpetuating exploitation. At the least, these schools need some proper oversight for their students’ protection.

And if you’re asking what these patterns of worker exploitation, racism, and sexual abuse have in common, consider that most of these fundamentalist Christian colleges were blatantly racist until recently. Consider the connections between Slavery Apologism and Christian fundamentalism (like with the Douglas Wilson, for instance). Consider also the fact that most of the exploited international students at CBC are not-white. Consider the deep, connected roots between Slavery Apologism and Rape Apologism (how one person can “own” another). And then consider this interesting little snippet from “Dr.” Miller’s recent history:

In 2006, the Horry County Police Department charged Miller with lewdness and prostitution after Miller exposed himself to an undercover police officer in a bath house at Myrtle Beach State Park, according to a police report.

This may mean something or it may mean nothing, but I wouldn’t be surprised to hear many other testimonials against Miller of both worker exploitation and sexual abuse. In the meantime, I’m thinking we’re gonna need to change the laws to properly inform and warn people about unaccredited schools. And place some type of oversight for them.

 

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Fox News Shrink: ‘I Was Misunderstood’ When I Suggested Shooter Fighting ‘Homosexual Impulses’

Dr. Robi Ludwig, facing a firestorm, late this morning took to Facebook and claimed that her provocative homophobic comments about Santa Barbara killer Elliot Rodger had been “misunderstood.” Ludwig this weekend had gone on Fox News and told millions of viewers that Elliot Rodger, the 22-year old who allegedly killed six people near the University of California Santa Barbara Friday night might have been fighting “against his homosexual impulses,” and implied they could be responsible for his rage that resulted in the deaths of three of his roommates, three others, and himself.

Rodger had left a 141-page manifesto and several YouTube videos angrily lamenting that he had consistently been rejected by women and promising he would “slaughter every single one of” them. He also belonged to several misogynistic “men’s rights” groups and had posted racist remarks in an online forum.

But nowhere and at no time did Rodger suggest he was gay, or unsure of his sexuality. There is not one clue, one suggestion — not one iota of proof that Rodger might have been gay. There is also not one study that finds men who are fighting “homosexual impulses” would turn violent and go on a killing spree.

Yet Dr. Ludwig, a licensed psychologist, trained psychotherapist, and TV reality show host who markets herself as a relationship and domestic violence expert, told Fox New host Judge Jeanine Pirro that Rodger was “angry at the men for not choosing him.”

“When I was first listening to him, I was like, ‘Oh, he’s angry with women for rejecting him,’” Ludwig told the millions of Fox News viewers. “And then I started to have a different idea: Is this somebody who is trying to fight against his homosexual impulses?’”

“Was he angry with women because they were taking away men from him?” Dr. Ludwig,Ludwig, co-author of ‘Till Death Do Us Part: Love, Marriage, and the Mind of the Killer Spouse, posited. “But this is a kid who couldn’t connect, and felt enraged, and wanted to obliterate anyone that made him feel like a nothing.”

“This was just a kid that was angry in general. He probably felt rejected, he couldn’t connect, he couldn’t feel loved, he couldn’t feel successful. Maybe he couldn’t even feel like a real man.”

Today on Facebook, Ludwig wrote, “I was misunderstood on @FoxNews this weekend, when I was asked to hypothesize several factors which could have triggered ‪#‎ElliotRoger‬’s spree killing.”

“I in NO way meant to indicate being a homosexual or having homosexual impulses is a cause for spree killing. My job on @judgejeanine was to asses several possible triggers for #ElliotRoger and his behavior ‪#‎peace‬ ‪#‎forequalrights‬ However, I apologize to all those who felt offended. That was never my intention.”

Note that Ludwig claims she was “misunderstood.” No, she was not. She chose to introduce into a discussion and news report that gay people can be overcome with rage and cannot control their unwanted impulses — when homosexuality had nothing to do with the story because Rodger was not gay.

Note also she chooses to use the word “homosexual,” not “gay” — a common choice by those who are homophobic or anti-gay.

“I apologize to all those who felt offended,” Dr. Ludwig writes. That apology should be made to all, regardless of whether or not they were offended, and on Fox News, not on her Facebook page.

Dr. Ludwig might have violated the rules of the American Psychological Association, which prohibits members from diagnosing patients or public figures they have not personally examined.

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AIDS HIV CREATED IN LABORATORIES BY U.S. MILITARY

Official top of the U.S. Naval Intelligence ( ONI – Office of Naval Intelligence ) administrative division that is part of the Corporation of the United States Intelligence Lt. Col. Milton W. Cooper, reveals that the Human Immunodeficiency Virus ( HIV / AIDS ) was developed in installations biological military base Fort Detrick in 1972 by the Department of Defense (DOD -US Department of Defense) and the Pentagon, as part of the MK- NAOMI project , following a direct executive order and giving implement a global agenda established by the State Department .

TESTIMONY OF INTELLIGENCE ANALYST AND HIGH MILITARY OFFICIAL :

During the conference I held in Las Vegas Nevada U.S., I announced a few things about HIV disease , which have kept close to me in my chest. I revealed that HIV / AIDS was created in laboratories by the U.S. military to remove unnecessary elements society and the vast population of the Third World , while enrolled in Naval Security and Intelligence (ONI ) . I mentioned this in my article ” The Secret Government . ” Now allow me to post the rest of the confidential information and clarified that the government and its intelligence agencies developed the disease and the cure or antidote , they kept in the strictest confidence , under oath of confidentiality.

INITIATIVE PROJECT.-

The first study by scientists meeting in Huntsville , Alabama was made in 1957. This study resulted in the project ” Alternative 3 ” . Another study was conducted by the most powerful business group multibillion : The Club of Rome in 1968 with the aim of determining the Limits to Growth . The result of the study was that civilization as we know it would collapse shortly after the year 2000 , and natural resources become scarce for the hegemonic powers , including the capitalist system itself would be in danger unless the population was seriously reduced, for some medium. Several Top Secret Agencies made ​​recommendations to the ruling elite by Dr. Aurelio Peccei Director of Club of Rome at the time.

The main recommendation was the development of an almost invisible undetectable microbe which would attack the auto immune system and thus make the development of a vaccine immediately impossible. Orders were given to develop the microbe and to develop a cure and prophylactic . The microbe could be used against the general population and placed in complicity vaccines administered by WHO World Health Organization and health agencies inland , in Africa , South America and Asia. The use of prophylactic antidote and was to be used by the ruling elite. The cure will be administered to the survivors when they decide that enough people have died and see fit . Then will be announced as that was recently developed . This plan was called Global 2000 .

PROJECT FUNDING.-

The cure and prophylaxis were repressed . Funding was obtained from the U.S. Congress under HB 15090 where initially more than $ 10 million was allocated to the Department of Defense to produce the weapon ” A synthetic unseen biological agent that does not exist naturally and for which no natural immunity could be acquired, later funds increased millonariamente with black backgrounds belonging to the Black Ops (BK -Black Operations ) . “

SPREAD OF THE PATHOGEN. -

Since much of the population would be decimated the ruling elite decided to also direct the agent to “undesirable elements of society ” for extermination. The specific objectives were Hispanic , black populations of Africa, with limited resources , large population continents like Asia and basically the large population of the Third World , this elite call City Garbage or waste .

The military development project name that HIV / AIDS is MK- NAOMI . The African continent was initially purposely infected with the pathogen through the smallpox vaccine in 1977 , the manufacturer of the company MERCK .

The poor in the U.S. 1978 was infected with the hepatitis B vaccine through the Centers for Disease Control and the Blood Center of New York , Los Angeles and San Francisco , also the manufacturer of the company MERCK . Now you have the whole story, which was hidden from the media.

EXECUTIVE ORDER DIRECT AND PLANNING . -

The order was given by the Committee on Foreign Policy BILDERBERG GROUP based in Switzerland . They were also ordered other measures that can more easily substantiate the policy of depopulation of Haig and Henry Kissinger which is managed and administered by the State Department and the Pentagon in all countries.

The need for the creation and deployment of a deadly virus like HIV / AIDS , is fully described in policy decisions control U.S. population as a cheap option and is included in a study called Memorandum of Studio 200 Security Nacional ( national Security Studio Memoradum NSSM -200) , 1974, written and presented by Henry Kissinger in the mega – conference on population control , held in Bucharest, Romania.

REFERENCE : THE CITIZENS AGENCY FOR JOINT INTELLIGENCE , SYSOP – WILLIAM COOPER , (602) 567-6725

The name of the report is confidential ” Limits to Growth ” A REPORT FOR THE CLUB OF ROME, the PROJECT ON DIFFICULT SITUATION OF HUMANITY . In April 1968 , the study began in the Accademia dei Lincei in Rome , Italy. They met in the research of Dr. Aurelio Peccei . Secret recommendations of the results of the study were made ​​by Dr. Aurelio Peccei , who pledged not even use the prophylactic and not to take the cure if the microbe was established in him and if he contracted the disease by accident.

Dr. Peccei was hailed as a great hero to make the decision to take the same risk as the general population . Public results of the study were published in 1972.

A team of scientists at MIT , Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT by the initials of its name in English, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) located in Cambridge , Massachusetts (USA) , was involved in the project with the Whitaker College of Health Sciences and Technology, to study and report to the Club of Rome:

The team of people from the MIT project, participated in the study are:

◾ Dr. Dennis L. Meadows , Chief Manager , United States

◾ Dr. Alison A. Anderson , United States ( pollution expert )

◾ Dr. Jay M. Anderson , United States ( pollution expert )

◾ Ilyas Bayar , Turkey ( agriculture expert )

◾ William W. Behrens III , United States ( expert resources)

◾ Farhad Hakimzadeh , Iran ( population expert )

◾ Dr. Steffen Harbordt , Germany (expert in political and socio-cultural trends)

◾ Judith Machen , United States ( management expert )

◾ Dr. Donella H. Meadows , United States ( population expert )

◾ Peter Milling, Germany (capital)

◾ Nirmala S. Murthy , India ( population expert )

◾ Roger F. Naill , United States ( expert resources)

Jorgen Randers

◾Norway ( population expert )

◾ Stephen Shantzis , United States ( agricultural expert )

◾ John A. Seeger , United States ( management expert )

◾ Marilyn Williams , United States ( expert documentation)

◾ Dr. Erich KO Zahn , Germany ( agriculture expert )

When the study was completed in 1969, the Secretary- General U Thant made ​​this statement:

” Not to sound overdramatic , but I can only conclude from the information that is available to me as Secretary- General , that the Members of the United Nations have perhaps ten years in which to subordinate their ancient quarrels and launch a global partnership for stop the arms race, in order to alleviate the population explosion, and to provide the necessary impetus to development efforts .

If such a global partnership is not built within the next decade, then I very much fear that the problems I have mentioned will reach such gigantic proportions that are beyond our ability to control . “

U Thant , 1969.

It was based on these recommendations to the decision to develop this pathogen and release especially on Third World societies , which lie in a special way the wealth and natural resources and so useful to the first world and current industry took .

GROUPS AND LEADERS IN POWER THAT PROJECT FUNDED . -

Bilderberg , Club of Rome, the Trilateral Commission ( TC ) and the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR ) , all institutions Masonic Group are in complete control of most of the world have declared war against the people in general all free nations , who do not think like them and use the resources they require. We have to stop them at all costs, and if they see that their plans are not fulfilled as they wish , are able to run other even more serious plans against our sovereignty , freedom and democracy in our countries. They are not our gods to decide who lives or who dies.

PLACE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT MKNAOMI . -

The secret project was carried out in the military base at Fort Detrick in Maryland USA, Laboratory P4 ( P4 Laboratory) , where it was developed and perfected . Fort Detrick has been the focus of biological weapons program of the United States from 1943 to the present, while inheriting all the database of biological weapons of Nazi Germany , creating an office for this purpose the Institute of Infectious Diseases army ( USAMRIID ) .

SCIENTIFIC DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF VIRUSES OR PATHOGEN . -

MK- NAOMI was developed by the Special Operations Division (SOD -Special Operation Division) scientists at Ft Detrick , Maryland under the supervision of the CIA Central Intelligence Agency MI6 U.S. and England. A reference to MK- NAOMI project can be found in ” Intelligence Community ” by Fain et al, Bowker, 1977.

According to confidential data on the development of HIV / AIDS advanced biotechnology was used , it was based on the science of the German biotechnology research ethno- specific virus and developed by Nazi Germany in 1940 , this study was continued in 1960 , programs within the U.S. military , a federal program for this ultra biological secret of the Department of Defense ( DOD -US Department of Defense) , called Special Virus (SV Special Virus ), based on the Logic Diagram Research initiative began a Special virus ( VSRLF Special virus Research Logic Flow) in 1970 , aimed at developing selective and mutational virus resistant character within the Special virus Cancer Program ( RCDS – U.S. Special virus Cancer program) from the National Institute of (NCI -National cancer Institute) , a secret program of the DOD and the Pentagon on cancer Research ( 1962-1978 ), where in this laboratory initially tried to design a kind of contagious cancer that can selectively remove and kill the enemy.

Culling would be based on genetic ethnic markers of the host. The SV Program USA, published 15 several of them top secret annual reports to the Department of Defense (DOD ) detailing the progress of manipulating animal viruses and their ability to infect human hosts . Each progress report detailing the progress of scientific special virus while working toward his stated goal to create the new virus. Some of the reports are still in the archives of the NCI .

In 2001, Dr. Robert Gallo geneticist and cell biologist DOD acknowledged his role as Biology Project Officer or Project Officer for Development Program Virus of the Federal Government within the Project SV RCDS.

Among geneticists , virologists, scientists and experts in cell biology Pentagon Project leaders were referred to doctors and responsible for the new virus :

  • Dr. Robert Gallo.
  • Dr. Duesberg .

Dr. Robert Charles Gallo was born in Waterbury , Connecticut, on March 23, 1937 , American , member of the NCI in Bethesda , Maryland , won fame by identifying the mysterious Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV ) as the agent responsible for the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome . Gallo is the Director of the Institute of Human Virology, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Maryland in Baltimore ( USA). . With two partners , Robert R. Redfield and William A. Blattner , founded the institute in 1996. He also owns the company Profectus BioSciences, Inc., Biotechnology .

Dr. Peter H. Duesberg , was born on December 2, 1936 , virologist, studied chemistry at the universities of Würzburg , Basel and Munich doctorate in Frankfurt in 1963. Virus expert at the Max Planck Institute in Tübingen since 1973 and teaches in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California at Berkeley. It was awarded by the MERCK corporation. Also a member of the NCI team in Bethesda , Maryland.

Within this initiative implementation project MK- NAOMI finally stood , for it was to be completed the first phase of production in laboratory Visna virus that was first detected in Icelandic sheep that were infected on purpose as experimentation. It is clear that the Visna virus was initially created by Nazi Germany and then enhanced by the NCI RCDS . Following Phase 2, which was precisely manufacturing the virus as a bi- product, hybridization of two virus, and manufactured sheep Visna lymphotropic virus ( HTLV I) human , thus the resulting virus would proceed HIV -1, 90 % would Visna RNA and the remaining 10 % of HTLV I.

Documents produced in 1971 and signed within the Dr.Gallo RCDS is an unavoidable event and reveals that the United States was seeking a ” lethal virus particle for war” that could adversely affect the defense mechanisms of the immune system be human, the program modify the genome of the virus particle in which spliced ​​into a debilitating disease called new animal Visna virus.

Within the next 5 to 10 years , you could probably make a new infective microorganism which could differ in certain important aspects from any known pathogenic disease.

The most important thing is that it might be refractory to the immunological and therapeutic processes upon which we depend to maintain our relative freedom from infectious diseases.

The fatal error of Dr. Gallo in 1984 , it was included as the alleged discoverer of HIV virus in a scientific publication copying the same documentation 1971 then apparently secret , an act that could be seen as a self-incrimination.

INCRIMINATING DECLARED BY THE INVENTION PATENT OF HIV.-

Other error and observation was in April 1984 , Dr. Robert Gallo filed a patent application in the United States for his invention , the HIV virus , it is specified that the virus was genetically engineered for a DOD program American Government . The patent number of the invention is 4647773 , details can be found on the website of U.S. Patent Office .

DEMAND AND INTERNATIONAL CLAIM.-

Now this information is released to the world with the hope that some nation or organization has the courage and resources to end this global project of planetary mass depopulation, whose perpetrators could be accused mass murder and crimes against humanity .

Given this confirmation and U.S. authorities now have a duty , not only moral ethics but all mankind to compensate all nations and their sick , for the immense amount of millions of human beings killed and even infected with the deadly pathogen , and nations the legal right to bring the law assists those responsible for such a tremendous run global genocide and that they be tried in international law for crimes against humanity and demand the immediate release of the antidote or inoculant . There is currently a lawsuit against the U.S. government and an appeal in the Supreme Court of the U.S. Case No. 00-9587 , for bioterrorism and mass murder ( mass Bioterrorism ) .

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY OF MILTON WILLIAM COOPER .-

Milton William Cooper was born on May 6, 1943 . Military and senior officer of the United States Air Force USAF . He graduated in 1961 at the Institute of Yamato in Japan, working on classified projects piloting fighter planes and test , was in the Navy and the Pentagon DOD in 1965. Well as official Worked senior at the Naval Intelligence United States, the U.S. Naval Intelligence ( ONI Office of Naval Intelligence ) administrative division that is part of the Corporation of the United States Intelligence , army Lieutenant Colonel and respected , was a ( Briefing Team Member) of the U.S. intelligence . He had access to classified information from the CIA and the NSA. He was awarded the Medal of Honor and the Navy Commendation Medal Naval Combat V recognized as a war hero . He retired in 1974. Later, his family was terribly threatened and was murdered cowardly as a martyr for the NSA and CIA agents , on November 5, 2001 , to disclose this information and other highly confidential military intelligence U.S.

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COMMUNITY IN THE ’80S ARE AMAZING

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Photographer Thomas Alleman moved to San Francisco from Michigan in 1985. A year later, he began working for the San Francisco Sentinel . During the early days of the AIDS epidemic, Alleman worked for multiple gay publications that decidedly focused their coverage on the community’s response to AIDS and aimed to paint a more full and realistic picture of what life in SF was like.

These photos originally debuted at the Jewett Gallery in San Francisco in December, 2012, under the title, “Dancing in the Dragon’s Jaws,” and Alleman has this to say about the collection: “I hope these photographs, from San Francisco’s gay community in the mid-eighties, remind viewers of that moment in our social history – so long ago, and so very recent – when the first wave of the AIDS epidemic crashed onto one of our country’s most vibrant neighborhoods. And, while that tribe convulsed with well-earned fear, heartbreak, and anger, some still found the courage and the will to celebrate the dream of life they’d come to San Francisco for, and they danced in the dragon’s jaws.”

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Newest Republican effort to appeal to women voters reaches killer clown levels of terrifying

Three of the four GOP candidates for Colorado governor took part in a debate Tuesday that was meant to reassure women that Republicans have their best interests in mind. [...]At the start of the “Women and Colorado’s Future” debate, the moderator explained that it would be like a dating game, where a panel of four women could interview the three “bachelors” — former Congressman Bob Beauprez, former state Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp, and Secretary of State Scott Gessler. The fourth candidate, ex-congressman Tom Tancredo, did not attend.

The moderator invited the women to join the stage, saying, “It’s so much more ornamental if the four of you would be on the stage with the four of us.” Theme music from The Dating Game TV show played as the panelists took their seats.

Republican efforts to appeal to women are no longer distinguishable from a Saturday Night Live sketch. Or night terrors.

 

 

From Daily Kos

 

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New GOP Bill: Jail Time If You Reveal What Frackers Are Poisoning Your Drinking Water With

Republican lawmakers in North Carolina have introduced a bill that would make it a felony to disclose the chemicals used in fracking operations outside of emergency situations, Energywire reported. The “Energy Modernization Act,” (PDF) as the bill is called, would punish revealing fracking mix information with prison terms of “a few months,” in addition to civil penalties. While it would allow officials with the state emergency management office to gather that information for planning purposes and provide it for medical and firefighting personnel as necessary, first responders might also be forced to sign confidentiality agreements to protect that information.

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Pat Sajak: ‘Global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists knowingly misleading’

It’s hardly news that “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak is an ardent conservative. He wrote, for instance, several articles with headlines like “Opposed to Obamacare? Then You Must Be a Racist” for the website Human Events between 2007 and 2013. But his latest rhetorical flourish is the most bizarre yet.

Sajak’s unhinged denialism — throwing wild allegations of racism against the overwhelming majority of scientists, for instance — exists only within the context of his own Twitter feed and writing online, where he’s perpetually making purposefully incendiary remarks wildly at odds with his sunny on-air personality.

But Sajak’s hardly alone as a prominent conservative who saves his vitriol for the off-air hours. Alex Trebek, of “Jeopardy!.” made allusions, in a recent New Republic profile, to beliefs including, of the Tea Party, that “There are a lot of people out there who are not happy with the way things are going, and they’ve banded together,” though he described himself as apolitical even despite having hosted a 2010 Republican fundraiser.

Drew Carey, of “The Price is Right,” has been an outspoken libertarian since his sitcom-actor days, telling Reason magazine: “As far as your personal goals are and what you actually want to do with your life, it should never have to do with the government. You should never depend on the government for your retirement, your financial security, for anything.” Bob Barker is better-known for his animal advocacy than for his endorsement of conservative lobbyist David Jolly in last year’s House special election in Florida. Chuck Woolery, the original host of “Wheel of Fortune,” is as active as his successor on Twitter and has written for the Washington Times.

 

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