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Sunday, January 27, 2013

AFTER -> Open Pit Mining, Butte, Montana! ? Wisconsin ?

Earth Observatory : NASA Imagery and Explanation 2006

... externalities ... the pumps were turned off ... who pays for and takes long term responsibilities/costs!

... The Berkeley Pit receives groundwater flowing through the surrounding bedrock and acts as a “terminal pit” or sink for these heavy-metal-laden waters, which can be as strong as battery acid. Ongoing clean-up efforts include treating and diverting water at locations upstream of the pit to reduce inflow and decrease the risk of accidental release of contaminated water from the pit into local aquifers or surface streams. ...

WI 1848 Forward:AFTER -> Open Pit #Mining, #Butte, #Montana ! ? #Wisconsin ? #Gogebic #VOS #Walker #DNR  #toxic ?

WI 1848 Forward:AFTER -> Open Pit #Mining, #Butte, #Montana ! ? #Wisconsin ? #Gogebic #toxic Ponds? #VOS #Walker #DNR

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Honduran government in chaos!

An Evening of Solidarity with Democracy in Honduras - Friday, November 8, 2013 Time 7pm until 9pm - Madison WI , 418 State St, Fair Trade Coffee House

You'd think it was the U.S. and GOP controlled House of Representatives going over the cliff ... but not funny ... so what happens next?

... as in the Washington Post !
Honduran government in chaos, can’t pay its bills, neglects basic services

By Associated Press, Published: January 24

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Street surveillance cameras in one of the world’s most dangerous cities were turned off last week because Honduras’ government hasn’t paid millions of dollars it owes. The operator that runs them is now threatening to suspend police radio service as well.
Teachers have been demonstrating almost every day because they haven’t been paid in six months, while doctors complain about the shortage of essential medicines, gauze, needles and latex gloves.
This Central American country has been on the brink of bankruptcy for months, as lawmakers put off passing a budget necessary to pay for basic government services. Honduras is also grappling with $5 billion in foreign debt, a figure equivalent to last year’s entire government budget.
 A few weeks ago!

10 Intense Days In Honduras

... We congregated in the dirt floor schoolhouse, but people were reluctant to talk to us for fear of repercussions. In 2011 Dana Frank from The Nation reported,  “On June 24, with one hour’s notice, police burned down almost the entire ten-year-old community of Rigores of over 100 houses and bulldozed down its three churches and seven-room schoolhouse.  ...

Honduras– Palm Oil, Land and Struggle

Honduras: War on the Peasants 2/7/13


WI 1848 Forward: #Honduran government in chaos! Next? President #Obama Secretary #Kerry #Immigration #Honduras

Environment , Mining , PSC , Gogebic - Index 1/26/13

Copy, Paste, Tweet ... the saga goes on ... more stories constantly ... this is only through late January!

WI 1848 Forward: 01/21/13 #WI Rushes #Mining Bill - 1-Day Hearings #Madison vs #1% #Walker #Payola #Elites vs #47% #99%

WI 1848 Forward: 01/21/13 #WI #GOP Rushes #Mining Bill - 1-Day Hearings Only In #Madison vs #1% #Walker #Payola vs #47%

WI 1848 Forward: v2 Rough Cut - #WI Assembly #GOP Sells #Environment To #Mining 20120126 - #Walker #1% #Elites vs #47%

WI 1848 Forward: v2 Rough Cut - #WI Assembly #GOP Sells #Environment To #Mining 20120126 - #Walker #1% #Elites vs #47%

WI 1848 Forward: v3 #WiConservation : Scrap the Open-Pit #Mining Bill #GOP - #Walker #Elites #1% vs #WiVote #47% #EPA

WI 1848 Forward: v2 #WiConservation : Scrap the Open-Pit #Mining Bill #GOP - #Walker #Elites #1% vs #WiVote #47% #99%

WI 1848 Forward: #Gogebic #Mining - an #environment problem we don't need! - #Walker #GOP #DEMS #47% #99% #WiVote

WI 1848 Forward: #BiPartisanship - #Lobbyists spreading money with cunning: #NRA #Koch #Adelson #ALEC #1% #Elites vs US

WI 1848 Forward: WI #PSC : Another #ELECTRIC break for #Elites : #47% #99% #jobs #wiUnion vs #1% #Koch #Hendricks

WI 1848 Forward: WI #PSC : Another #ELECTRIC break for #Elites : #47% #99% #jobs #WiVote #wiUnion #Environment vs #1%

WI 1848 Forward: #Environment , #Mining , #PSC , #Gogebic - Index 1/26/13

Bloomberg Billionaires Today Wealth vs Income : Koch in Top 10 !?

Everyone should explore this ... Top 100 ... it is updated daily and has lots of ways of looking at the data ... draw your own conclusions!  For example - move your mouse over the face of your favorite!

Bloomberg Billionaires

As of 1/25 Buffett was number 4 and the Koch brothers were 6 and 7.  Adelson was number 20. 

WI 1848 Forward: #Bloomberg #Billionaires Today #Wealth vs #Income : #Koch in Top 10 !? Less than #1% #CitizensUnited 

WI 1848 Forward: #Bloomberg #Billionaires Today #Wealth vs #Income : #Koch in Top 10 !? #Elites #1% #CitizensUnited 

WI 1848 Forward: #Bloomberg #Billionaires Today #Wealth vs #Income : #Koch in Top 10 ! #CitizensUnited secret money 

Hash Tags are searchable -

WI 1848 Forward: Today vs : in Top 10 !? Less than #1%  

WI 1848 Forward: #Billionaires Today #Wealth vs #Income : #Koch in Top 10 !? Less than #1% #CitizensUnited #AARP 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

v1 Walker - War Chronicles - Blog Index & Tweetable

Copy and paste your favorite when you need it... planning on refining by subject ...

WI 1848 Forward: v2 #Walker Sins of Omission-Use #DOA as Money Launderer?? : #Palermo #Einhorn #WEDC #ICE #Payola ?

WI 1848 Forward: v2 #Walker Sins of Omission-Use #DOA as Money Launderer?? : #Palermo Pizza #Einhorn vs #47% #wiVote?

WI 1848 Forward: v2 #Walker Sins of Omission - Use #DOA as Money Launderer?? : #Palermo Pizza #Einhorn #Koch #47% ?

WI 1848 Forward: #Walker continues WAR ( #D&C ) Divide & Conquer: #Healthcare : #WiUnion #WiVote #47% vs #1% #Elites

WI 1848 Forward: 5/11 #Walker 's Wars: #Education - #Vouchers for #Beloit, #GB, #Racine : #47% Goodbye #SchoolBoards

WI 1848 Forward: 01/21/13 #WI Rushes #Mining Bill - 1-Day Hearings #Madison vs #1% #Walker #Payola #Elites vs #47% #99%

WI 1848 Forward: 01/21/13 #WI #GOP Rushes #Mining Bill - 1-Day Hearings Only In #Madison vs #1% #Walker #Payola vs #47%

WI 1848 Forward: #VoterID is a Fraud #WI #PollTax #Discrimination ? #PEW : #47% #WiVote #WiUnion vs #1% #Elites #GOP

WI 1848 Forward: UPD #GAB vs #FitzWalkerSTAN rig elections #Vos #Walker : #WiVote #WiUnion #VoterID #47% vs #1%

WI 1848 Forward: UPD #GAB vs #FitzWalkerSTAN rig elections #Fitzgerald #Walker : #WiVote #WiUnion #VoterID #47% vs #1%

WI 1848 Forward: #ALEC - Shadow State Gov - : #Payola #Spin #Walker #WEDC vs 47% #WiUnion #WiVote #99%

WI 1848 Forward: #ALEC - Shadow State Gov - : #Payola #Koch #Walker #WEDC vs 47% #WiUnion #WiVote #99%

WI 1848 Forward: #Walker 's War on Women - #WOW - #Anti-Choice Proclamation 1/22/13 : #Naral #NOW #47% #99% #AntiChoice

WI 1848 Forward: CapTimes : Raw video: Speaker criticizes #Walker at #MLK Day event : #Groppi #Rozga #Madison Capitol

An entry, such as this one, will take you to your TWITTER account and provide you with a search on the highlighted, underlined term (assuming you click on a term) - the search gives you an idea in TWITTERland of how often and an insight as to what the term is being used for!

WI 1848 Forward: v1 - Chronicles - Blog & Tweetable

WI 1848 Forward: v1 #Walker - #War Chronicles - Blog #Index & Tweetable : #47% #wiUnion #WiVote #99% #DEMS 

WI 1848 Forward:v1 #Walker - #War Chronicles -Blog #Index & Tweetable: #47% #wiUnion #WiVote #99% #DEMS #edu #wiVote

CapTimes : Raw video: Speaker criticizes Walker at MLK Day event

I like it when I see raw video included in a story ... the best shot may be at the very end ... thanks to the Capitol Times for this story.  I wonder if the camera was confiscated?

Raw video: Speaker criticizes Walker at MLK Day event

WI 1848 Forward: CapTimes : Raw video: Speaker criticizes #Walker at #MLK Day event : #Groppi #Rozga #Madison Capitol

WI 1848 Forward: #CapTimes : Raw video: Speaker criticizes #Walker at #MLK Day event : #Groppi #Rozga #Madison #NAACP

WI 1848 Forward: video #Walker at #MLK Day event : #Groppi #Rozga #Madison #NAACP You got to be kidding! #wwJd

Monday, January 21, 2013

Walker's War on Women - WOW - Anti-Choice Proclamation 1/22/13 to 2022 Roe v Wade : Pay Attention :(

see Anti-Choice State Legislation

Walker secretly declares Jan. 22 Anti-Choice Day, in a backalley where no one can see him - MonologuesOfDissent

from the blog ....

That's right.  It seems that Scott Walker has declared Jan. 22 Anti-Choice Day (behind the backs of the people of Wisconsin, in a backalley where no one can see him)

According to Right to Life Wisconsin, on Jan. 7, 2013 (inaugural day of the legislative term here in Wisconsin), Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a proclamation declaring Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 (the anniversary of Roe v. Wade) "Protect Life Day:" 

The proclamation, which caught the attention of the indefatigable Rebecca Kemble when it showed up on the Wheeler Report on Friday, Jan. 17 in a Wisconsin Right to Life press release, seems to have first appeared here, on the conservative Catholic website of Doug Lawrence where it was posted by a "Robert K."  There is no mention of it that I can find, anywhere, between these dates.

The proclamation itself is an outrage: it opens with the bold-faced lie that Roe v. Wade made abortions "legal for any reason during the full nine months of pregnancy" and continues on to cite some spurious and uncited statistics about the numbers of "unborn children lost to Wisconsin families."

The entire proclamation is basically a statement indicating that neither the law of the land nor the rights, health and safety of Wisconsin women  are of any significance or concern to the governor.
Pridemore == Grothman == Santorum

Update: 3/1/2013

Why PBS’ women’s rights documentary is so relevant now

Read more:

WI 1848 Forward: #Walker 's War on Women- #WOW - #Anti-Choice Proclamation 1/22/13 : #Naral #NOW #47% Wonder where #VOS was 

WI 1848 Forward: #Walker 's War on Women - Proclamation 01/22/13 : #Naral #NOW #Pridemore = #Grothman = #Santorum #Gableman = #Michels

WI 1848 Forward: #Walker 's War on Women - Proclamation 01/22/13 : #Naral #PBS #Pridemore = #Grothman = #Santorum 

#Walker 's (aka #Michels) War on Women = #Pridemore = (#Grothman now in #House) = #Santorum = #Franks = #Murdock = #Akin - WI 1848 Forward: #PBS 

#Walker 's War on Women - #WOW - #Anti-Choice #AntiChoice Proclamation 1/22/13 - WI 1848 Forward:  #Naral #NOW #47% 

Signed - WI GOP Rushes Mining Bill - 1-Day Hearings Only In Madison

Sen. Jauch Responds to Mining Bill

March 12, 2013   By Sen. Bob Jauch

... As I said during Senate deliberation of this bill, this entire process is a poster child for how a bill should never become law. The bill was written by a West Virginia coal company and modified to please the company. It is a sad day when this company with no roots in Wisconsin can have the power to control Wisconsin Government in an effort to weaken environmental policy, mute the public voice, and shortchange Wisconsin taxpayers. ...
Sunday 2/24/2013 ... the front page of Wisconsin State Journal ... Gogebic to destroy wetlands and then replace them with "man-made versions" ... how does that work!  How about show us those first and then we will see!

Republicans release mining bill

This morning on WPR it was said hearings will be Wednesday (1/23) and only in Madison - 12 hours ... assuming I heard it correctly?!

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 11:38 pm | Updated: 12:02 am, Thu Jan 17, 2013.

MADISON — A Republican-backed mining bill released Wednesday maintains state environmental standards while streamlining the permitting process, its author said.
“Our bill requires the (Department of Natural Resources) to use existing state standards for emissions. It doesn’t weaken environmental standards,” said State Sen. Thomas Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst, chairman of the Senate Committee on Workforce Development, Forestry, Mining and Revenue.

State Sen. Robert Jauch, D-Poplar, disputed Tiffany’s claims, and he and fellow senators Tim Cullen, D-Janesville, and Dale Schutz, R-Richland Center, will introduce alternative legislation Friday.
State Rep. Janet Bewley, D-Ashland, criticized the bill as “purely political” legislation that weakens environmental standards and its net proceeds tax provision delays revenue to local governments.

“Net proceeds means locals get no money until the mine produces a profit, and local governments need the same kind of predictable revenue as anyone else,” she said. “This bill doesn’t do that.

Bewley also said she’ll ask GOP leaders to schedule a public hearing on their bill in northern Wisconsin so residents there will get an adequate opportunity to comment on it.
WPR News

Public Hearing On GOP Mining Bill: Wednesday - story WPR 1/21/2013

Democrats Will Hold Public Mining Session Up North


WI 1848 Forward:01/21/13 #WI #GOP Rushes #Mining Bill -1-Day Hearings Only In #Madison vs #1% #Walker #Payola vs #47%

WI 1848 Forward:01/21/13 #WI Rushes #Mining Bill -1-Day Hearings #Madison vs #1% #Walker #Payola #Elites vs #47% #99%

Thursday, January 17, 2013


2013.01.17 Search: Chenoweth

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WI 1848 Forward: #NonViolence : Gene #Sharp ( Albert #Einstein Institution ) : #Stephan #Chenoweth -- Combat #Trump #Putin ?

WI 1848 Forward: : Gene ( Albert Institution ) :  

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

David Keene - NRA President - UW Madison Connection

 1/30/2013 - Senate Killing Machine Hearings Now (MSNBC) - NRA's Keene and La Pierre
 I knew David Keene but for how long I'm not exactly recalling!

David A. Keene is the President of the National Rifle Association. From 1984–2011, he was the chairman of the American Conservative Union. ... from Wikipedia!
He and I shared some classes in ILS (Integrated Liberal Studies) at the UW-Madison.  I have remembered him often but after this many years all I can say is that we were classmates and knew each other (if briefly).  He and I both withdrew from ILS but I think he did that before I did.  He was doing what I was thinking about.

In fact, that he withdrew from ILS is what I really remember about him ... and he knew even at that time that his career goal was politics.  It really impressed me that at the 18-20 years of age that we were  he knew what he wanted to be ... if not a Republican then a conservative.  I think he labeled himself the former.

His role as the President of the NRA is thus no surprise.  His non-apologetic style is absolutely consistent with the certainty of his youth.  I cannot say whether I liked him, we definitely were not friends, just classmates.

As the years have rolled by and I found out that VP Dick Cheny was here at about the same time I often wondered if they knew each other.  I suspect so.

I suspect that they were both involved with then Republican Governor Knowles.

Well ... there ... that's my bit of trivia!

WI 1848 Forward: David #Keene - #NRA President - #UW #Madison Connection :  just a matter of loyalty to #ideology ?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

10 Intense, Inspiring Days in Honduras - January 2013 -

From the blog...

10 Days In Honduras - Cristalyne Bell (all photo credits)

Finger People - Universal Language - Maria Carmen - Honduras
I arrived in what is known as the most dangerous city in the world – San Pedro Sula, Honduras – in the middle of the night Jan. 2, 2013, my twenty-sixth birthday. In 2011 alone there were 1,143 homicides reported out of 719,447 inhabitants. And that doesn’t even include how many people disappeared. After months of people warning me against my plans their fears began to sink in. I was a little on edge. ...

We (Sarah, Jesse and I), along with many others, camped out in the airport waiting for the sun to rise and the buses to start running. At around 3:30a.m. half a dozen young boys wearing tattered dirty clothes walked around and started playing with the luggage carts. One of them asked Jesse for food. Airport security eventually approached them casually and then they were gone. Thousands of children live on the street in Honduras, many of them addicted to glue that curbs appetites. Sadly, these children are often victims of “social cleansing.” 

After dozing off, practically on top of my bags [...] , I awoke to the noisy hustle and bustle of a busy airport cafeteria lounge. We caught a taxi to a bus that took us to Esperanza where our only contact was. Sarah and Jesse had met Tomas from COPINH when he was in Madison. COPINH is an organization focused on indigenous rights, but appears to wear many hats and work in conjunction with several other human rights organizations around the country. Their radio station is located in Esperanza. There have been several attempts to shut it down, which resulted in mass protests. We intended to be the ones interviewing people, but when we got to COPINH Tomas asked that we be the ones in the interview seat. I opted out and instead videotaped part of the interview.
Sarah and Jesse interviewing people in front of the structure where town meetings are held.

The complete blog entry has some short videos and images that take you from this personal but 50,000 foot view down to 10 feet.  You see the larger picture and get a glimpse of campesino life and struggles.  Sarah has also written with Jesse a blog entry that provides perspective of what these three experienced in 10 days.

The following link takes you to some related material -

Honduras Collection 


WI 1848 Forward: 10  Intense, SAD, Inspiring Days - #Honduras - 01/2013 - : #Campesino #Latino

WI 1848 Forward: 10 Intense Days in #Honduras - 01/2013- : #Campesino #Latino #Aguán : #Facussé

WI 1848 Forward: 10 Intense Days in #Honduras - Jan.2013 - : #COPINH #Latino #Aguán : #Facussé

WI 1848 Forward: 10 Intense Days - #Honduras -Jan.  2013- : #PalmOil #Latino #Aguán : #Facussé 

Picture on Tweet ... Maria Carmen ... no credits
10 Intense, Inspiring Days in - 01/2013 - .com  

Has Credits ... Twitter @CristalyneBell
10 Intense, Inspiring Days in -01/2013-  #indigenous vs #elites

.com -01/2013-

v2 Honduras Human Rights Collection

As articles are encountered they will be added to this list


v5 Honduras Correspondent Navigates Violent Land 1...

10 Intense Days in Honduras - January 2013 - 

Honduras– Palm Oil, Land and Struggle -

ON the Net 

Albasud - Video: Bajo Aguán: Grito por la tierra -...

Honduras: War on the Peasants 2/7/13

Aggregate coverage CNN -

The Commission of Truth releases its report, “The Voice of Greatest Authority is that of the Victims”

Honduras Culture and Politics

Free Chavelo! ¡Libertad para Chavelo! 

Honduran government in chaos, can’t pay its bills, neglects basic services -By Associated Press, Published: January 24 _Washington Post

  WI 1848 Forward:v2 #Honduras #HumanRights Collection: #COPINH #PalmOil #Campesinos #Kerry #Obama

Honduras– Palm Oil, Land and Struggle - - Honduras– Palm Oil, Land and Struggle 

From Sarah's Blog (by Sarah and Jesse) - January 2-12, 2013

Honduras—a beautiful country with lush mountains and beautiful beaches, rich in mineral wealth with land to grow many different kinds of crops, both for subsistence and exportation.  It should be a paradise for the nearly 8 million people who live ther
e.  But there is a problem.  Almost none of the country’s immense wealth makes it into the hands of the people.  Instead it travels out of the country in the hands of international businessmen, allowing them to accumulate immense sums while leaving the country and its people in incredible poverty.  Add to that the horrible repression the Honduran people face when standing up to their exploiters and you are starting to get an idea of the state of the country we (Cristalyne, Jesse and I) spent the last two weeks traveling around in....
A few days later we were on our way to Tocoa, the place where our journalistic work would really begin.  Tocoa is a small city an hour inland from the Caribbean coast in the Aguan River Valley, an area known to its residents as Bajo Aguan.  The stage for some of the most severe and bloody struggles for land rights in the country ...
Despite the clear danger, everywhere we visited Campesinos were organizing to continue the struggle to get their land back.  No one has given up despite the odds and repression. On the 14th a coalition of Campesino organizations is planning a march through Bajo Aguan and after that there is talk of planning more land reoccupations in the coming months.  We attended a coalition meeting in Confianza where the theme of the day was increasing solidarity between organizations to advance the struggle.  Men, women and children live this struggle day in and day out. They need the land to end their slavery.  They need the land to survive.

From Dollars and Sense May/June - too see ORDER IT

Honduras Collection 

WI 1848 Forward: #Honduras – #PalmOil, #Land and Struggle - : #Latino #Kerry #Obama #Campesinos

#WORT 3/17/13 Tonight 5:30 3rd World View-Update #Honduras – #PalmOil, #Land and Struggle - @SBlaskey @CristalyneBell

WI PSC : Another ELECTRIC break for Elites

I have wondered for a long time why "big" corporations/companies generally pay less for energy/electricity per unit consumed.  I thought small businesses were the star of job growth.  Now it seems that Wisconsin cannot grow jobs without giving the "biggies" more breaks and making the consumers (sometimes called citizens, ruralies, urbanites, suburbanites) pay more per unit.

If you notice from this article from the Milwaukee Sentinel Journal ...

Big energy users get rate increase breaks - at other businesses, homeowners' expense

The move is tied to Gov. Scott Walker's job-creation goals, according to Phil Montgomery, Public Service Commission chairman. ... [Prove it... editor]

Big users get discounts

Those discounts originated from a 2005 law that capped how much the largest energy users have to pay to support Wisconsin's Focus on Energy program, which provides energy-efficiency incentives and funds for renewable energy projects.
By the end of this year, those companies across the state will have paid at least $68 million less on their electricity bills since 2010 because a "temporary" cap that was written into the 2005 law remains in place.
The discount, totaling more than $18 million this year alone, means smaller businesses are paying more to make up the difference in order to fund Focus on Energy.

I remember from a college "Public Finance" course trying to objectively present reasons ...
  • Rate of return for Utility investors needs to be supported
  • Infrastructure is expensive and investors need to encouraged
  • In exchange for reliable and universally availability of electricity the Utilities are regulated and have to justify their rates to a "public body" - so it is all ok!

I do not recall some consequences and behavior that also result being presented ...

  • Small businesses have more difficulty competing vs larger counterparts
  • Jobs are created at a slower rate if at all
  • E. G., we have places in neighborhoods without access to grocery stores ... small grocery stores were saddled with higher operating costs and could not compete .... so they went out of business ... larger chains that moved in decided they needed a better rate of return (inspite of the electricity breaks) an moved out.
If large companies are so efficient why do they need breaks that reinforce their advantage over smaller enterprises?  They do NOT! 

The side bar in the above article indirectly provides another answer.  It compares electric rates across states (and Wisconsin appears to be in top third).   So what goes on?  Large corporations are able to use their resources to extract tax concessions from state and local governments by threatening to locate elsewhere.  In other words they use the "Divide and Conquer" technique made so recently memorable by our own Governor Walker to destroy and besmirch public workers.

OP- PRWatch - Caught on Tape: Walker Plans for a Single Party State

How do you stop these selfish, predatory practices ... I guess you give tax breaks and subsidize companies at the expense of the "real job creators".


WI 1848 Forward: WI #PSC : Another #ELECTRIC break for #Elites : #47% #99% #jobs #WiVote #wiUnion #Environment vs #1%

WI 1848 Forward: WI #PSC : Another #ELECTRIC break for #Elites : #47% #99% #jobs #wiUnion vs #1% #Koch #Hendricks

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Albasud - Video: Bajo Aguán: Grito por la tierra - Honduras

Albasud - Video: Bajo Aguán: Grito por la tierra
Funded byNGG (Germany) i LO-TCO (Sweden)
ProductionALBA SUD and Rel-UITA, with the support of the The World Rainforest Movement (WRM), Food First International, The Coordination of Popular Organizations of the Aguán (COPA), Radio Universidad (UCA Nicaragua) anb Comitè de Empresa de Serveis Funeraris de Barcelona

Honduras Collection

see also

WI 1848 Forward: Albasud - Video: Bajo #Aguán: Grito por la tierra - #Honduras : #Latino #PalmOil #Campesino

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Police continue Camera Abuse - MN

Little Canada, MN

Little Canada man videotaped sheriff's deputies, and got charged for it By Emily Gurnon

Updated:   01/09/2013 11:35:49 AM CST

Andrew Henderson watched as Ramsey County sheriff's deputies frisked a bloody-faced man outside his Little Canada apartment building. Paramedics then loaded the man, a stranger to Henderson, into an ambulance.
Henderson, 28, took out his small handheld video camera and began recording. It's something he does regularly with law enforcement.
But what happened next was different. The deputy, Jacqueline Muellner, approached him and snatched the camera from his hand, Henderson said.
"We'll just take this for evidence," Muellner said. Their voices were recorded on Henderson's cellphone as they spoke, and Henderson provided a copy of the audio file to the Pioneer Press. "If I end up on YouTube, I'm gonna be upset."
Henderson calmly insisted he was within his rights to do what he was doing. He refused to give his name.
His is the latest in a string of cases nationwide involving citizens who record police activities.
"I wish the police around the country would get the memo on these situations," said Jane Kirtley, professor of media ethics and media law at the University of Minnesota. "Somebody needs to explain to them that under U.S. law, making video recordings of something that's happening in public is legal."
The courts have been "pretty clear" on the issue, Kirtley said. "Law enforcement has no expectation of privacy when they are carrying out public duties in a public place."
Randy Gustafson, spokesman for the Ramsey County sheriff's office,
declined to discuss details of the case, saying it is an "ongoing investigation." 
WI 1848 Forward: #Police continue #Camera Abuse - #MN : #BillOfRights #47% #99%

WI 1848 Forward: continue Abuse - : #47% #99%

Monday, January 7, 2013

National Security Letters and Gag Orders - On The Media

ACLU ... are we gagged for life .... violates 1st, 4th, 5th Amendments

National Security Letters and Gag Orders - On The Media

The most serious kind of subpoena - called a 'National Security Letter' - used to have a lifetime gag-order automatically attached. That is until Nicholas Merrill appealed his and won the right to talk about it. Despite 50,000 national security letters a year, there are only three organizations that have ever won the right to say they got one. In a segment that originally aired in January of 2011, Nick Merrill tells Bob why he's the exception and the rule.

Guests:Nick Merrill

Hosted by:Bob Garfield

WI 1848 Forward: National #Security Letters ( #NSLs) and #GagOrders - #OnTheMedia - #BillOfRights : #47% #99%

WI 1848 Forward: National #Security Letters ( #NSLs) and #GagOrders - #OnTheMedia - #BillOfRights : #47% #99% #ACLU

WI 1848 Forward: National #Security Letters ( #NSLs) and #GagOrders - #OnTheMedia - #BillOfRights : #Verizon customer

WI 1848 Forward: National #Security Letters ( #NSLs) and #GagOrders - #OnTheMedia - #BillOfRights : #Verizon #Snowden

License Plate Readers and Your Privacy - On The Media

FOYI requests ... keeping data under no regulation ... local option ... criminals ... to where you park and who you visit ... to repossession - public domain just like "guns" in NY

License Plate Readers and Your Privacy - On The Media

Friday, January 04, 2013

Police car mounted license plate readers collect date, time and location information and are used by law enforcement around the country to help catch criminals. But when Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter Eric Roper filed a Freedom of Information request for information on his own car, he got a lot more than he bargained for. In a segment that originally aired in August of 2012, Bob talks to Roper about how Minneapolis police and agencies across the country deal with this potentially sensitive location information.

WI 1848 Forward: #License Plate Readers and Your #Privacy - #OnTheMedia : In #Wisconsin, #Madison ??? : #47% #99%

Sunday, January 6, 2013

2004-2016 : The Difference: Bush - Obama - Romney - Trump > Ryan - Walker

2016/12/12 - Changed Title put in 2016 for 2013

I can't believe how optimistic I was:  Trump is in group all by himself.  Every cabinet nominee is so obviously selif-interested, conflicted.

To me these two examples epitomize the essence of what we had for eight years and what we have had for the last four years and will have for the next four years.  I wish we had all avoided Governor Walker but at least Romney and Ryan were avoided.

It appears that a heavily influenced GOP/TeaParty/conservative Congress is also doing all it can to eliminate government investment in research where private or corporate interests will just not go ... such as avoiding pandemics, plague and pestilence, understanding global climate change, etc.  Anyone remember the Space Race and the capability corporations did not have but through national need would be supported to develop them!

2004: Bush Administration

NASA scientist rips Bush on global warming. Renowned expert says data 'screened and controlled'_[by Bush Administration]

AP :updated 10/27/2004 8:10:35 AM ET
The Bush administration is trying to stifle scientific evidence of the dangers of global warming in an effort to keep the public uninformed, a NASA scientist said Tuesday night.
“In my more than three decades in government, I have never seen anything approaching the degree to which information flow from scientists to the public has been screened and controlled as it is now,” James Hansen told a University of Iowa audience.
Hansen is director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York and has twice briefed a task force headed by Vice President Dick Cheney on global warming. He was also one of the first government scientists tasked with briefing congressional committees on the dangers of global warming, testifying as far back as the 1980s.

Fast Forward: 1/4/2013 : Obama Administration

NYT: F.D.A. Offers Broad New Rules to Fight Food Contamination By STEPHANIE STROM 

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed two sweeping rules aimed at preventing the contamination of produce and processed foods, which has sickened tens of thousands of Americans annually in recent years.

What do you bet these rule proposals have been around since 2004 but only now can they be brought forward ... anyone like unsafe pharmaceuticals  and/or food.  Only if you can make a buck on it!

TED - Mariana Mazzucato : Government -- investor, risk-taker, innovator - The BEST

2004-2016 :The Difference:  -  -  -  #Trump -  ( #Janesville ) -   #47% 

#Elites Ex-Rep #Ryan Ex-Gov #Walker #1% WI 1848 Forward: 2004-2016 :The Difference: #Bush - #Obama - #Romney #Trump vs #47% #99% #ClimateChange 

v3 Idle No More, Indigenous People, Mining & Walker ? Gogebic

WPR story 6/14/2013


  The Lac Courte Oreilles tribe is trying a unique way to
 help stop the proposed iron ore mine in the Penokees:
gathering wild onions and mushrooms.
The new LCO Harvest Camp is set in the backwoods of
Iron County, right in the middle of the proposed mine.
Connor Beaulieu of LCO says he's almost 13 years old
and proud to show off this new camp.

Idle No More is an ongoing protest movement originating among the First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples and their non-Aboriginal supporters in Canada, and to a lesser extent, internationally. It has consisted of a number of political actions worldwide, inspired in part by the hunger strike of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence[1] and further coordinated via social media. A reaction to alleged abuses of indigenous treaty rights by the Harper government, the movement takes particular issue with the recent omnibus bill Bill C-45.[2]

Idle No More Is Here To Stay

Idle No More activities will not stop until we reach our two goals: Indigenous sovereignty (Nation to Nation relationship) and protection of the land and water (Social and Environmental Sustainability). Once we reach these goals, we will continue to work to protect them. In essence, Idle No More is here to stay.
 From the same blog
Boozhoo,aaniin, Onagaakwe indigoo Odawamong, mikinaak indoodem.  Besho Zhigaagongindoonjibaa, besho Nizho-wiikwedong indaa.  Carol indizhinikaazzhaaganashimong.

Greetings, my name is Carol Reschke.  I am an anishinaabe woman of mixed descent; my ancestors were both settlers and native people.  I grew up in suburbs of Chicago, and I now live in Minnesota.  I am a singer, I sing backup at powwows and round dances, Itravel long distances to sing with friends.  Because many of my singing buddies are from first nations in Canada, I’ve been following the Idle No More movement closely, and during the holidays I’ve been attending several rallies and roundies.  On Dec 21 I was in Couchiching First Nation for their rally and walk to the USA border crossing in Fort Frances, Ontario.  This past week I sang at  flash mob round dances at Miller Hill Mall in Duluth MN, Walmartin Ashland WI, Paul Bunyan Mall in Bemidji MN, and last night at Walmart in Cloquet MN.
Below is a message I’d like to share on the Idle No More website.  The late Tom Stillday, a spiritual leader from Ponemah (Obaashiing) Minnesota in the Red Lake Nation reserve.  Tom passed away in October 2008; he relayed a message to an elder lady in a recent dream. 

Back in Wisconsin ... I beleive extending the Canadian protests against mining interests and the Wiscosnin Governor Walker initiative to "reform" Wisconsin mining regulations and environmental protection?!

Idle No More, Wausau Mall, Wausau WI 1.5.13

Native American Leader Speaks out Against Change in Mine Permitting - Wausau

WI 1848 Forward:v2 #IdleNoMore, #Indigenous People, #Mining & #Walker : #Gogebic #Vos #Environment #DNR  #47% #wivote

There is a problem with "UnDivided Attention"!

 It's now 1/5/2013 ...

This was written before July of 2012 -

Governor Walker has a lengthy agenda!  We seem to be able to only deal with one issue at a time for a short time.  This seems to be reinforced by the sound bite age we live in.  Jumping from one topic to the next without much of any sense of accomplishment except that we made a lot of noise.  The rallies week after week for 90 days are encouraging just so we do not wake up one day and "wonder - what was that all about".  Perhaps all of these agenda items getting ticked off Walker's "TO DO" list will sustain us until the recalls in July or his recall in 2012.

Undoing the damage will take a lot longer than 2014.  So every day keep all of the Walker agenda in mind and keep it in your friend's minds and the public eye.  Make sure the yak, yak, yak and blah, blah, blah counts for more than noise.  Create another activist each and every day.

Think about it -

  • Selling Power Plants
  • Selling any state property - originally no oversight, and now blind oversight
  • Environmental protection gutted, even tried to dump DNR education centers
  • Destroy pension system ... it is not safe yet
  • Destroy collective bargaining and public unions
  • Destroy job growth 
  • Create WEDC -- corporate handouts
  • War on Women
  • Public money for private schools
  • Make sure disabled cannot get affordable healthcare or eat
  • etc.

WI 1848 Forward:There is a problem with "UnDivided Attention"! #Walker #GOP #HiddenAgenda  or don't we wish!? vs #47% 

5/2011 Walker's Wars: Education - Vouchers for Beloit, GB, Racine

 Some research and references -

The ink is still drying on Walker's last voucher giveaway and he marches on to propose it for other places in the state.  He said this in DC to the American Federation for Children at an award event for him among others?

JSOnline: Walker: Budget could expand school choice to other cities - Assembly approves expansion of program in Milwaukee 5/10/2011

Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), co-chair of the Legislature's budget committee, said Republicans are talking about creating choice programs in Racine, Beloit and Green Bay. She said she supports the idea and the programs could begin this fall or the fall of 2012.
"I can't say it's cooked, but it's on the table," she said.
Rep. Robin Vos (R-Rochester), the other co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee, said he hoped the committee would put the measure into the budget by the beginning of June and then forward it to the two houses for votes within weeks.
"I think the idea of giving more choice to parents should be an easy sell to our caucus," he said.
Darling is up for recall and has 10 wards located in the City of Milwaukee. Senate District 8, is comprised of Assembly Districts 22, 23, 24 with parts of Milwuakee, Ozaukee and Washington County..  Rep. Sandy Pasch (, District 22 is running against Darling in the recall. More info Daily Kos:Darling Demographics.

(1/5/2013) This is from 5/11 but about to start all over thanks to deep pocket lobbyists and CEOs!

JSOnline: Senate president balks at Gov. Walker's school choice proposal 5/11/2011

“We have problems with the elimination of the income threshold because the idea behind this program was to help poverty-stricken students who don’t have the wherewithal to go to private school," Ellis said in a brief interview. “This is a complete blowing up of that concept. Throw this (new proposal) in and I have to do some serious thinking about the rest of this.”
Ellis said he hadn't thought Walker wanted to pursue the expansion of voucher schools.
 “I’m amazed at this. I didn’t see this coming,” Ellis said.
Why is it a giveaway?  Milwaukee Public Schools and their students are doing as well as the voucher kids - so the program is not needed and may be part of the problem denying the school district needed resources.

WSJ: DPI: Students in Milwaukee voucher program 3/29/2011didn't perform better in state tests

It's a giveaway because it is essentially a gift to anyone who has one or more children to get $6,442 voucher per child.  Previously you paid property taxes and state revenue sharing to support public schools.  Now people with a $350,000 house in Milwaukee county are being subsidized to send their kids to school more than they ever pay in property taxes.  Net effect the rest of us are making up the difference.

As I understand it this program was created 20 years ago to assist kids of disadvantaged families given the then current theory that the schools were failing them rather than society.  The experiment is over - it should end.

It's time to get ahead of the curve on this one!  Let Senator Mike Ellis and the JFC know what you think of this proposal.  Remember the link -

Be Heard Link: All Education Committee Members and Group Access

Be Heard Link: All Joint Finance Comm. Members and Group Access

WI 1848 Forward: 5/11 #Walker 's Wars: #Education - #Vouchers for #Beloit, #GreenBay, #Racine : #47% Goodbye #SchoolBoards

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Hot Thinkers - Climate Change - Human Nature - Moyers - PBS

Natural Hazards : Earth Observatory

ALEC and The Manipulation of Science

 Last year 2012 one degree warmer ... the story 1/9/2013
This episode of Moyers & Company is for those who especially believe they are deep thinkers.  Not only does it offer great insights as to why we have done nothing significant about preventing or affecting Climate Change it underscores the nature of human beings.  How we strike attitudes and because of our nature are easily manipulated and/or remain unengaged.

Full Show: Ending the Silence on Climate Change

Climate change communication expert Anthony Leiserowitz explains why climate change gets the silent treatment, and what we should do about it.

Anthony talks about six different Americans in a very interesting way.  The message is universal.

For those of you who see this blog more frequently you will see a theme consistent with other stories I have favored.  Three in particular come to mind --

Think Politics - TED - Kahneman - Riddle: Experience vs Memory

MSNBC, CSPAN, TED, PBS - Moyers -How do Liberals & Conservatives View World - Haidt

TED : Dan Ariely - Our buggy moral code - explains ENRON, Politics


Can you generalize about what you need to do?

Jonathan Haidt: How common threats can make common (political) ground

From NASA January 2012 -Temperature since 1880 and Anomaly 2012

WI 1848 Forward: Hot Thinkers- #ClimateChange - Human Nature - #Moyers - #PBS : #Obama #Morality #TED #Haidt #NASA > deniers #Trump #Pruitt ( #EPA -> EAP Environmental Anti Protection )

WI 1848 Forward: Hot Thinkers - #ClimateChange - #Human #Nature - #Moyers - #PBS : #Obama #Politics #Lobbyists #47%

#ClimateChange #Obama #Human #Nature  #47% #Moyers -  WI 1848 Forward: Hot Thinkers :#PBS > #Politics #Lobbyists

#ClimateChange #Obama #Human #Nature  #47% #Moyers -  WI 1848 Forward: Hot Thinkers :#PBS > but not #Trump