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Let’s be honest about what Bundy is, and is not | Las Vegas Review-Journal

I received this article in email from an environmental group I have followed for many years. I’m getting a bit tired of reading Koch brothers funded lies and propaganda on blogs and sharing it, questioning my beliefs, becoming disturbed and discussing these things online only to discover that I was reading a bunch of nonsense in the first place.

I really appreciate the ability of blogging to circumvent the control of media by just 4 huge corporations. But when the owners of those corporations figure out how to feed bullshit to bloggers and get it spread for free we are not an alternative-we are just doing the cabal’s work for them.

We are in fact perpetuating our own enslavement.

I’m not healthy enough to do background research and “due diligence” on everything I read and share. I trust my friends and the blogs I follow as well as my own gut instincts.

But one thing I have discovered about propaganda produced by well funded groups is that it is designed to give you just enough truth to hook you into the lies. It uses our emotions especially our drive toward morality and doing the right thing against us.

My gut instincts along with my own memory of reading about Bundy several times in the last 20 years told me he was no victim and no hero. But I second guess myself because I listen with respect to others views- I don’t want to be a blind dogmatic.

BLM has long been plaques with corruption just like every agency that controls anything greedy people can profit from. This does not change the fact that government owned federal wildlands are being preserved (or should be) for US the taxpayers and our descendants.

That man is stealing from me and you to make a profit.


So, now what?

Now that the Bureau of Land Management has stopped enforcing a federal court order to gather Cliven Bundy’s illegally grazing cattle, because of the presence of armed protesters, what’s happens next?

Nothing has really changed: Bundy still hasn’t paid his 20-year-overdue grazing fees, and owes the taxpayers of the United States of America more than $1 million. The so-called trespass cattle are still grazing on federal lands. The court order to impound those cows is still in effect.

About the only thing that’s different is that a bunch of armed would-be insurrectionists have gotten the message that if they show up with tough talk and loaded long guns, there’s a good chance the government will back down. And that’s not a very good message to send.

The BLM signaled that it’s not giving up on the case: It’s new leader, Neil Kornze, said in a statement that the government would continue to pursue administrative and judicial remedies to the situation.

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, speaking to KRNV-Channel 4 in Reno on Monday, said there’s more to come: “Well, it’s not over. We can’t have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it. So it’s not over,” he said. (Reid added on Tuesday that he thought the BLM had made the right decision at the time, however.)

And, as Rob Mrowka, senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity noted, leaving things as they are now is not a viable solution: “The BLM is setting a dangerous precedent announcing that it will pick and choose who has to follow federal laws and who it will reward for violating them,” he said in a statement. “It [the BLM] has a moral responsibility to not let armed thugs and threats of violence seize hundreds of thousands of acres of public land for their own.”

I also like the way St. George News columnist Dallas Hyland put it in a piece published Sunday: “The stand-down was necessary to prevent bloodshed, but it must be recognized that if Bundy and a multitude of his supporters, militia friends and even family members who broke the law, are allowed to go unpunished, anarchy will follow,” Hyland wrote.

And that’s what we’re speaking of here: anarchy. This is not, as some have mistakenly characterized it, a battle over the First Amendment. (The BLM’s ill-considered and absurd creation of “First Amendment areas” for protesters was supposed to preserve public safety, but was rightly criticized. They proved so ineffective, they were later taken down.)

Also, this isn’t a battle over grazing rights, or a conflict between the Western ranching lifestyle and federal regulations. Bundy is clearly in the wrong, having refused to pay his grazing fees. He challenged the government in federal court, where his arguments were heard, considered and dismissed. Bundy is not standing his ground on righteous principle; he’s a scofflaw who simply refuses to pay the fees that other ranchers pay.

And Bundy himself is no hero, no “impressive general,” as one particularly ill-informed protester called him. Bundy has not only said he doesn’t recognize the authority of the BLM to manage public lands and make arrests, he’s also said he doesn’t “recognize the United Stages government as even existing.” Further, he’s demanded that county sheriffs across the nation “disarm” federal officials.

Those who rally to Bundy’s defense are not freedom fighters in the next American revolution, and they won no victory by obstructing federal officers serving a lawful court order (in potential violation of 18 USC 111 and 18 USC 1509). They’re not patriots or foot soldiers, or any kind of soldiers. They’re enablers of a welfare cowboy with wrongheaded political beliefs, who’s more than willing to let them help him out of a tax problem. Anybody who thinks otherwise is deluding himself.

But the question remains: Now that Bundy (and his newfound armed friends) have, temporarily at least, faced down the feds, what’s next? Will it be anarchy or will it be law and order?

Steve Sebelius is a Review-Journal political columnist who blogs at SlashPolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter (@SteveSebelius) or reach him at 387-5276 or SSebelius@reviewjournal.com.


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Truthout Daily Digest Thursday April 17th, 2014

Autumnwood: A Community Living in Toxic Fear and Uncertainty

Daniel Ross, Truthout: The Autumnwood community of Wildomar, California, is riven by competing fears of toxic contamination and falling property values, while the one agency that should have provided swift answers, California’s Department of Toxic Substance Control, provides slow, inconclusive and suspect findings.

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Want to See Where Your Taxes Go?

Robin Claremont, OtherWords: The National Priorities Project has done the work for you. Using a customized tax receipt calculator, you can find out exactly how the federal government spent each penny of your 2013 taxes.

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Why I Stand With Monica Jones: My Liberation Is Bound Up With Yours

Laura Campagna, Truthout: If black skin and gender non-conformity when walking in the neighborhood where you live are allowed as proof of manifestation of prostitution, no one’s identity is safe.

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The Pay’s the Thing: How America’s CEOs Are Getting Rich Off Taxpayers

Susan Holmberg, Next New Deal: Income inequality will continue to rise unless we close the performance pay loophole and curb the growth of executive compensation. Nevertheless, there is potential for getting it done.

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US Anti-Tank Rockets in Syria: Did Congress Approve?

Robert Naiman, Truthout: Tell Congress not to be a “potted plant” and weigh in on the US sending dangerous anti-tank weapons to Syrian rebels that could easily fall into the hands of anti-United States terrorists.

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Paul Krugman | America’s Thin-Skinned Billionaires

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: The United States’ embattled billionaires are demanding, as their birthright, freedom from criticism. But when people with fragile egos have great power, seriously bad things can happen.

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Each One of Us Is a Toxic Superfund Site

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: Thanks to weak regulations and safety standards, Big Chem has turned the United States into one giant science experiment, and we are all the lab rats, forced without our consent or knowledge to deal with the side effects.

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Scott Walker Asks Wisconsin Supreme Court to Review John Doe Dark Money Probe

Brendan Fischer, PR Watch: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign has asked the state Supreme Court to review the legal basis for the John Doe campaign finance probe looking at coordination between his campaign and third-party groups, but some members of the court have potential conflicts of interest in the case.

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How US Wars Came Home With the Troops: Up Close, Personal and Bloody

Ann Jones, TomDispatch: Like their civilian counterparts, a significant number of veterans evidently have yet to come to grips with the wars they brought home in their baggage – and in too many grim cases, they, their loved ones, their fellow soldiers and sometimes random strangers are paying the price.

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Monsanto and Big Food Losing the GMO and “Natural” Food Fight

Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association: With the passage of the Vermont GMO labeling law, after 20 years of struggle, it’s time to celebrate our common victory. But as we all know, the battle for a new food and farming system, and a sustainable future, has just begun.

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Amy Goodman | Killing Nature’s Defenders: Study Finds Global Surge in Murders of Environmental Activists

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: A new reports finds the killings of environmental and land rights activists worldwide has tripled over the past decade. The death rate is now an average of two per week, and almost none of the killers have faced charges.

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Economic Update: “Tax Injustices”

Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: Updates on how inequality persists across generations; the nonsense of “taxes are job killers”; governor uses tax revenues to prevent unionization in a private enterprise. Major discussion of state and local taxes in the US; the economics of paying executives very high incomes; and the privatization of public services. Response to listener’s question on recent Medicare report on oversized payouts to doctors.

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Military-­Industrial­-Surveillance Industry Profits as the More Lethal Threat of Climate Change Is Ignored

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The military-­industrial-­surveillance complex is continuing to expand at great profit to many. However, it is hardly defending national security when it ignores global warming.

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The Deepwater Horizon Threat

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Here’s What Drone Attacks in America Would Look Like

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OK, Humanity, It’s Time to Grow Up

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The Hottest Conservative Campaign Gimmick of 2014: Free Guns

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What’s Next in Gay Marriage’s Legal Odyssey?

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Sex Scandal Rocks the Duggars’ Christian Patriarchy Movement

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Harvey Wasserman | UN Report: Renewables, Not Nukes, Can Solve Climate Crisis

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Why Environmental Activists Being Murdered at Record Rate?

Thank you for posting this! I’ve been concerned about this issue since the murders in the Amazon in the 1980’s and the murder of Gypsy Chain defending the redwoods and the bombing and imprisonment of other environmental activists around the same time.

It is disturbing but not surprising that the violence has increased. The 1% know their destructive position is untenable to the masses so seek to profit as much as possible before we stop them-if they can kill or intimidate us into allowing our own extinction for their profit, I don’t doubt they would do so:-(

I am grateful that more people are taking notice of this. For far too long the indigenous on the front lines have been suffering and dying without much concern or even notice from the majority-and the few first world activists who did care were in much the same situation on the receiving end of tactics of extreme intimidation and outrageous violence.

As Amnesty international has shown, the machine cannot operate in bright light so the more we can make this news the safer we will make everyone on the front lines of this war to save our species and the ecosystems we depend on.

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A short update on the energies

Thank you Aisha!

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As many of you have already ascertained, this season is truly a season for change, and it is happening on multiple layers simultaneously. For as we have already stated in many previous messages, this is not a window dressing in any way, this is a profound and complete change, coming from the very core of your being and emanating further and further out within your sphere of influence. And when we say sphere of influence, we are referring to a much greater area than you perhaps envisage, for we refer to this entire world of yours.

For as your ability to connect has increased manyfold during only this last short period of time, so too has your ability to have a beneficial impact on the world around you increased. And so, you are no longer a solitary island, confined within a small bubble of energetic membrane, there to keep you…

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The Oracle Report | Thursday, April 17, 2014



Thursday, April 17, 2014

Full Moon Phase: realization

Moon in Scorpio/Sagittarius

Ruling Mahavidya: Chinnamasta and Kali

Skill: listen

Negative imprint: premature judgment of situations; resisting change

Positive Imprint: gratitude for experiences; embracing change

Today the Sun reaches the degree known as “the music of the spheres.” The world of spirit attaches to our inner realm and communicates to us. From this, wisdom is gained.

In contrast to the past few days’ intense energy, this energy is positively ethereal. Our inner selves are on a magic carpet ride through the changes that come from lasting transformation. We are wise to refrain from judging or evaluating whether things are going well for us or not. Instead, we recognize that we are gaining wisdom from the process. Even if it feels like a pattern is repeating and you are failing, this is not the case. The energetics in place back at the New Moon on March 30 make the changes that we are experiencing very unique – even strange. In many cases, the changes are coming from out of the blue because this energy works in unexpected ways. We can only expect the unexpected to a certain degree.

Some people will express this energy through a “know it all” attitude. The force of their desire to convert you to see things their way is not supported. Don’t let anyone talk you into or out of anything today. This is individual, inner work. The music of the spheres sings a different song for each of us.

If we could hear the stars shake, we would hear a symphony today. We can hear it on the inside, with sparks of our true selves popping in tune. On the outside, we can hear it in birdsong. Listen for birds today. They are right there around you whether you are in the city or the country. You’ll make a deep connection with Wisdom the moment you do.


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Common Dreams Capitalism’s New Gilded Age April 16, 2014

News & Views | 04.16.14


CEO Pay Soars, Workers Toil in Capitalism’s New Gilded Age


Jimmy Carter, Other Nobel Peace Laureates to Obama: Reject Keystone XL

Nation’s Boldest GMO Label Law Nears Passage in Vermont

‘Environmental Injustice’: Minorities Face Nearly 40% More Exposure to Toxic Air Pollution

$1,259: What Corporate Tax Dodgers Cost the Average Taxpayer

US Fracking Boom Creating Crisis of Illegal Toxic Dumping

Civilians Dead in US Bombing: Afghan Officials

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University of Maine Faculty Reinstated After Students Protest Against Cuts

IPCC Report Flawed By Narrow Focus on Carbon Emissions



Michelle Chen: What the French E-mail Meme Reveals About America’s Runaway Culture of Work

Mark Weisbrot: Piketty in Washington: How to Reverse the Increasing Concentration of Wealth

Zoë Carpenter: The Tax Breaks That Are Killing the Planet

Robert Parry: Ukraine, Through the US Looking Glass

Jim Hightower: NSA Spying Is Here to Stay

Jeff Biggers: Which Side Are You on? Why This Student Sit-in Against Peabody Coal Matters



Amazon Watch: Major Victory in Effort to Limit Oil Drilling in Ecuadorian Amazon

Center for Food Safety: Vermont Makes Huge Advance for your “Right to Know”

Nuclear Information and Resource Service: Why Are Top Entergy Executives Selling Their Own Stock?

and more…

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Truthout Daily Digest April 16, 2014

Four Years After BP: Hunting for Oil Spills in Louisiana

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: As we approach the four-year anniversary of the disastrous BP oil rig explosion that caused massive pollution to the Gulf region, large numbers of smaller oil spills continue to be a problem.

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The US Government: Paying to Undermine Internet Security, Not to Fix It

Julia Angwin, ProPublica: The United States spends more than $50 billion a year on spying and intelligence. But the Heartbleed bug reveals our neglect of internet security.

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Arundhati Roy: Is India on a Totalitarian Path?

Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh, Democracy Now!: One of India’s most famous authors and fiercest critics, Arundhati Roy, is out with a new book, Capitalism: A Ghost Story, which dives into India’s transforming political landscape and makes the case that globalized capitalism has intensified the wealth divide, racism and environmental degradation.

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Markets Are the Problem (Not the Solution)

Michael D. Yates, Truthout: Underlying Abu Dhabi’s luxury island resort, Saadiyat Island, is an army of laborers who arrive heavily indebted, only to be brutally exploited by sponsoring employers, who confiscate their passports. Workers are not free to leave, even if they have not been paid.

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Putting Heroin Users in Jail Won’t Help Louisiana’s Crime Rate

Lauren-Brooke Eisen, Brennan Center for Justice: It is not draconian prison sentences for drug offenders that “win” the war on drugs, but addiction treatment. Unfortunately, some in Louisiana – the state with the nation’s highest incarceration rate – are still moving backward.

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The Middle Class Is Not “Normal”

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: We have a choice in this country to either continue going down the road to oligarchy, the road we’ve been on since the Reagan years, or we can choose to go on the road to a more pluralistic society with working class people able to make it into the middle class. We can’t have both.

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Post-Katrina: Will New Orleans Still Be New Orleans?

Maureen O’Hagan, Equal Voice: After Katrina, New Orleans authorities threw out the entire public education system. They knocked down public housing projects. They shuttered the longtime charity hospital. In many ways, it was a top-to-bottom re-imagining of the cityscape.

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Taxes, the Rich, and Our Known Universe

Sam Pizzigati, Too Much: Pick a political phenomenon in the United States today. Somewhere in the shadows, if you dig deep enough, you’ll find a billionaire feverishly pulling levers to avoid paying higher taxes. Or some politician, just as fevered, working to remain in that billionaire’s good graces.

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How to Criticize “Big Philanthropy” Effectively

Joanne Barkan, Dissent Magazine: When philanthropists enter the public policy fray, they – like everyone else – legitimately become fair game for criticism and opposition. Tax-exempt status shouldn’t create sacred cows.

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Was Kansas Shooting Avoidable? White Supremacist Was Ex-Informant With Criminal Past and Hateful Views

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Notorious white supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller has been charged with killing three people at two Jewish community sites in Kansas. Miller, also known as Frazier Glenn Cross, has openly railed against Jews and African Americans for decades.

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Oklahoma Prohibits Cities From Raising the Minimum Wage While Voting in Tax Credits for Investors

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The minimum wage is not even enough to comfortably survive on, but Oklahoma is vowing to ensure that workers sacrifice increased pay to subsidize the wealthy.

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Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government the United States Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy

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Prisons Are the New Gulags for the Mentally Ill

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Here’s What Fracking Can Do to Your Health

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Maxim of the Oligarchy: The Affluence of the Few Supposes the Indigence of the Many

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Tax Havens Leave US Filers $1,259 Tab Each, Report Says

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Jim Hightower | NSA Spying Is Here to Stay

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The Silencing of Occupy Wall Street Activist Cecily McMillan

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