- The people perish for lack of knowledge. Like turtles,
people have tuned out, and retreated into the manageable (so they think)
spheres of their private lives. Unable or unwilling to grapple with the
chaos of the times; of billions going for never-ending war, funding being
cut (to pay for war), from various programs serving their communities,
rising taxes, outsourcing of jobs, shuttered mills, obscene prescription
costs, unaffordable medical insurance, rising fuel costs, immigration issues
(draining coffers of local communities), and the mantra of FEAR and suspicion;
which lurks at airports, malls or your once friendly neighborhood; a paralyzing,
apathy and general malaise; keeps people from inquiring, questioning, debating,
or becoming informed on how the greater issues of the world; i.e. trade
agreements, economic summits, environmental gatherings (global), Goals
2000 or No Child Left Behind et al, will affect their lives, their communities
and their futures (and children).
- While we are being dutifully distracted with the threat
of social security being privatized, the Oscars, sports stars on steroids,
Presidential glad handing in Europe, the newest sensational murder, mud
slides in California, flu shots, and a new strain (?) of AIDS, etc, there
are other things afoot (globally) going on with no national or international
news coverage of any merit.
- Without a grasp of the larger picture having to do with
Agenda 21, Sustainable Communities, Regional Governance, Public Private
Partnerships (they play we pay), Water, Non-Governmental Organizations,
the Rewilding of America, etc; local citizens and politicians are at a
loss in presenting any informed arguments or objections. You can't argue
a global plan on a local level without having all the pieces. Every citizen
and politician should take the time to understand that which for the most
part is being presented in lofty, altruistic, and buzz word rhetoric; "Protecting
world resources, biospheres, Heritage Sites, Buffer Zones, Corridors, Sustainable
Communities, Regional Governance, (more efficient-ha), diversity, etc."
You should care because the global land grab is coming to your neighborhood.
Be prepared with the knowledge you need. Not possible? Think again.
- "We have got to share this planet with the other
living creatures, and sharing means not merely preserving them in zoos
or National Parks, but setting aside huge areas. Whole regions perhaps
that will be free from human interference (too bad African villagers' jm).
Ideally, I would like to see certain areas of the planet set off-limits
to human entry of any kind, even aerial over-flights". Edward Abbey-Deep
Ecology for the 21st Century: An Ecocentric World View
- One would like to think that local/state officials are
aware and informed on the greater issues going on in various global environmental
seminars, treaties etc; which trickle down to the local level in insidious,
fragmented pieces affecting us all. One doesn't take into account (at least
locally) that many of these officials are working people, and obligated
to a myriad of meetings, paperwork and various committees. On the state/national
level; it's a matter of fact, that gosh, not all politicians are altruistically
giving of their time to protect and champion the interests of citizens.
True, there are the rare few, who take very seriously their votes and listen
attentively to citizens (this is rare). Some are there to further their
move on up the political ladder and on to the big time in Foggy Bottom
(Washington D.C.), while others are satisfied to remain big fish in a small
bowl, servicing the demands of special interests (loopholes-subsidizes-tax
breaks-exemptions etc.). Some yawn; see politics as a reprieve from the
boredom of their lives, or an extension of their jock status, from days
gone by. The manipulations-wheeling and dealing-intrigue-compromise-and
gamesmanship of it all; gives them that daily 'rush' of testosterone power!
- One wonders (outside the few men/women of integrity)
attending the various committee meetings in Concord, NH; and listening
to the political jabberwocky going on in the small cliques in the hallways;
with the none too (not all) subtle, lackluster enthusiasm, of representatives;
hurrying citizens along in testimony (citizens are always LAST), just who's
minding the store? Tax exemptions etc, (anything for industry) are slam
dunked and passed without a question. Meantime, citizens who have the audacious
gall, to address a regulatory agency; having no problem with approving
tons of lead to be dumped on their community, toxins choking others, or
toxic sludge dumped on farmlands, et al; are many times treated with hostility
or benign indifference!
- With the focus on privatization, public-private partnerships,
(dismantling local control); anyone with any common sense about them can
see that; incrementally the power of the people is being given over to
corporate control through various venues. Once upon a time we were subjects,
then citizens, and now consumers. Everything is for sale. TV 'programming'
is set up to entice "consumers" through the 3000 daily ads to
buy, buy, buy. Utilities-waste-nursing homes, and even the people's water
(once in local control) is open to the highest bidder or those with the
most influence. In "public private partnerships or privatization"
(despite the lofty high pitch sales rhetoric) means only one thing.a plundering
of the people's money. Profits take precedence over any and all health
or environmental concerns. It's pigs at the trough time, locally-state
wise and nationally. This is not just happening in one or two isolated
places but across the nation. Because we are narrowly focused (many times
only one newspaper) parochially; we have little to no idea of the larger
picture and what is being set in place.
- As I read of various happenings across the nation; I
am struck with the usage of terms and language being introduced into the
public arena; with no explanation as to their meaning (if any). I asked
a state politician a few years back what this terminology we're hearing
lately of, "regional or regionalization" meant? He brushed the
whole thing aside as inconsequential and told me that is was of no importance.
Obviously, for me, that was an unsatisfactory answer. Most especially,
since on the local level, I could see that it meant a great deal. It appeared
to me, that ever so insidiously, local control was gradually being usurped
by "regional" control of unelected officials. Consultants (strangers)
were replacing local people in places of city government (at lucrative
salaries). The sense of community (calling city hall etc.) was being replaced
by various business entities, having little to no attachment to the heartbeat
of the people. How could they, being strangers, with no sense of native
pride or concern? Words like "regional, stake holder, empowerment
zones, enterprise committees, visioning councils, smart growth, sustainable
development etc;" had replaced understandable language! I didn't imagine
that the usage of these terms across the nation (if you look) meant "nothing".
- Regional: Without much fanfare (vote) or input from Congress
President Nixon through Executive Order 11490 and Executive Order 11647
divided the nation into TEN REGIONS. It really is amazing how little citizens
know of the workings of their government and things set in place by Executive
Orders. But then we're kept mesmerized by Super-Bowls, the Oscars, the
latest sensational murder, or the ripping and tearing of Red vs. Blue politics.
Presidential and Executive Orders are legal documents and have the same
effect as laws. Executive Orders are authorized by the President's statutory
or constitutional powers. Proclamations are issued by virtue of the President's
office, by law, or in response to Congressional joint resolutions. Although
there is no legal difference between the two documents, most Proclamations
address the general public while Executive Order are generally used to
direct government agencies or officials. It's sort of like a secret government
within a government. You never hear the latest Executive Order or Proclamation
on the news, and I daresay (in today's climate) few have little to no idea
what they are. You might be surprised at what is set in place. Since they
effect us all you'd think people would want to know? See
- Regional Governance:
- Region One: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire,
Rhode Island, Vermont. Regional Capitol-Boston
- Region Two: New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Virgin
Islands. Regional Capitol-New York City
- Region Three: Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia,
West Virginia, District of Columbia. Regional Capitol-Washington.
- And on across the county to Region Ten.
- Also, not on the 'news', is the fact that six Regional
Commissions are in place, pending final approval, which impact states from
New York to California; from Florida to Washington. Few people realize
that these regional commissions even exist, or the growing influence they
have over the lives of ordinary people (us) by providing the mechanism
through which appointed individuals, rather than elected officials, develop
- The Columbia River Gorge Regional Commission was set
up in 1986. This Commission has become a nightmare, beyond the reach of
either state government, or Congress, short of repealing the Act altogether.
This appointed commission has absolute authority over all land use within
the designate counties, with the authority to override both county and
state officials. The Regional governance concept began in earnest with
the Clinton-Gore administration. On the heels of the President's Council
on Sustainable Development http://clinton4.nara.gov/PCSD/ came the Community
Empowerment Board, chaired by Vice President Al Gore, which included 26
federal agencies. Through these initiatives, the Delta Region Study Commission
was formed. For eight years, this study commission, funded by Congress,
defined and catalogued every facet of economic, social, and environmental
activity throughout 240 counties in eight states.
- Using the data collected over the years, the Delta Regional
Commission directs federal funds to projects/organizations it deems appropriate,
and which meet the principles of "sustainable development" Projects
are developed by "stakeholder councils" and proposed through
"empowerment zones" and "enterprise communities". These
"stakeholder councils" are often the same people, and the same
councils, that serve as "visioning councils" in communities where;
Smart Growth, Heritage and Historic areas, scenic byways, recreational
trails, and ecosystems restorations are being planned. Other Regional Commissions
are awaiting approval by Congress; which include seven states from Florida
to Virginia and the Southwest Border Region (HR 1071).
- While these quasi-governmental regional authorities have
brought new federal dollars to many communities, they are also eroding
the authority and accountability of local and state elected officials.
Moreover, they are slowly transforming the processes of representative
- The Governors, who sit as co-chairs of these Authorities,
are mere figureheads; the work is done by appointed staff on loan from
state and federal agencies. Because these Authorities are multi-jurisdictional,
they operate beyond the control of any county or state. They are controlled
only by Congressional appropriation to the various agencies that supply
money to the regional authorities. Since the Clinton-Gore years, virtually
all federal agencies have worked to advance the principles of sustainable
development as set forth in Agenda 21. http://sovereignty.freedom.org/p/sd/a21/
- Stakeholder councils are driven by activists at the local
level, promoting their particular agenda assignment, such as: Heritage
areas, Historic sites, open space, mass transit, watershed protection,
wilderness restoration, and growth boundaries. Typically (the great % of
those involved, are unaware of the overall objectives of Agenda 21) these
councils consist of representatives of special-interest, non-governmental
organizations, and employees of local, state, and federal government agencies.
Ordinary taxpayers are systematically discouraged from participating in
these groups, although the councils are said to represent the public. These
are the groups that dictate public policy through the design of "sustainable"
projects they know will be acceptable to funding agencies. Local officials
can either accept the projects, or be ridiculed for rejecting federal money.
- Because officials don't have or take the time; to study
how Regional-Sustainable Development-Agenda 21 will impact their locales
or states; they really are at a great disadvantage when the newest flim
flam man, in the guise of found money, comes to town. Be it 'water privatization',
the newest 'partnership', 'privatization', scheme; or that pot of grant
monies. Local officials, deal only in narrow realms, and do not come above
to see the total picture. Cash strapped cities are only too happy to buy
the latest "win-win, we'll bail you out of your financial dilemma"
marketing pitch. Like one our councilors said, "It's easy for city
lawyers to fool a bunch of farmers".
- A blanket was thrown over the states and they were grouped
into regions. Yes, indeed it means something! Nixon didn't bother to explain
at the time (but then we had Watergate to deal with)but actually his Executive
Order created an additional government, a top-down government which was
called, "regional government". This regional government consolidated
the states into Ten Regions. Many elected officials who took an oath of
office to protect and defend the United States Constitution and their state
constitutions sanctioned and even promoted this usurpation of their authority.
In all likelihood few gave any thought to the implications (and still don't).
- Much of the money collected in taxes by the federal government
is sent back to the states, counties, cities, towns, and school districts
and individuals. Certain businesses and organizations also receive financial
incentives for special types of cooperation. When the regional government
was created it was made the vehicle for the distribution of federal funds.
While most officials in state and local government thought they were merely
receiving grants, they were in effect selling their authority to the regional
government. Instead of being under local authority the states and communities
were answerable to the administrators of regions. The naïve elected
officials, who believed that regionalism was no more than a different system
for distributing federal grants, (more efficient) were easily deceived.
- Regional government, a bigamous form of government, is
complicated (deliberately so), expensive and devious; but the situation
is further confused, because it does not stop at our borders. It is a worldwide
setup under the United Nations. This means, laws, policies, executive orders
and administrative rules adopted here are often the result of recommendations
made by self-appointed international 'decision makers'. Most (not even
politicians) people have no idea that the bigamous international regional
government exists, much less the tremendous influence its administrators
have over our lives and communities. But the sad fact is; that we are rapidly
being drawn into this world administrative system, and many among us are
members of groups/organizations sanctioning the process. This is because
hundreds (follow the money) of civic, social, charitable, educational,
cultural and professional organizations in the U.S. with millions of members
(stupidly) support regionalism rather than constitutional government, demonstrating
once again what the Greek historian Herodotus, observed nearly twenty-five
centuries ago: "It seems indeed to be easier to deceive a multitude
than one man".
- The leaders of these organizations have transferred their
nation loyalty from the USA to the world management system. They have done
this by signing up with the Economic and Social Council (ESOSOC) of United
Nations as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) consulting with and pledging
loyalty to the United Nations (agenda). More than 200 NGOs are pledged
to support UN power over internal affairs of their own countries. The united
regions of America have nothing to do with our history or the U.S. Constitution.
It is an administrative top/down system of control. When regional government
is involved ordinary citizens have little to say. They and elected officials
are used merely to sanction decisions made by international (usually blindly
and dumbly) regional government administrators.
- The promoters of world regional government care little
how much they put the USA into debt or under obligations so long as they
can have control. They have changed the rules. They divide citizens into
groups favoring some groups over others. Right means to support regional
government goals. Wrong is to have personal goals that do not support regional
government. I wouldn't hesitate to say that there is nary a citizen or
public official that you could have a discussion or debate with on the
particulars of Agenda 21 and what they mean to our state and local communities.
One would think that such an all encompassing Agenda with world wide implications
on everyone would merit some attention? The reality is, there's an elitist
school of thought that the 'masses-human resources' are too stupid, too
busy drinking, doping, carousing or partying; to know what's really in
their best interests.let alone discuss it. Who knows, maybe they're right;
given the general malaise, apathy, passivity in seeking out information.
Heck.even our President and some local politicians tell us they don't bother
to read the papers. Maybe they should, because like it or not, every citizen
will be (and are) impacted by the decisions being made for their futures
and their children! Forget the silliness of Conservatism-Liberalism or
the Red vs. Blue buffoonery. Red-Blue-and all in-between will be affected
and they'll ask; "Who let this happen?" Believe me it's not those
gays or lesbians that everyone was in a lather over (election PR brouhaha)
that will do them in.
- It is simply breathtaking; the issues that go unreported
(except locally) and never make it to the national news media. For news
we get Donald Trump and his goofy TV show, the specter from Never Never
Land, bleached Michael Jackson, or rampaging painted fans at some sports
event. On June 17th ('97) the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) conducted
a public hearing (not on national news) in Bozeman, Montana regarding the
Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan. That plan would create 32 million acres of
"protected recovery zones" in at least six regions, which would
be connected by migratory corridors, one of which is 240 miles long. The
FWS did NOT bother to inform any of the affected parties (property owners
in this region) Seeing is believing:
- Sustainable Development: Now who could possibly be against
the altruistic, lofty, pontificating verbiage of protecting, setting aside,
thousands, millions of acres across the nation; for the, sniff, reason
of "protecting the world resources for future generations". Across
the nation, in every state, you'll see the Nature Conservancy -Audubon
Society and numerous other entities (Foundations-Trusts-Conversation Organizations)
buying up huge swaths of land for supposed protections. One should check
out the source of any and all entities money backers (no matter how environmental
they sound). I have a feeling (no proof) given the magnitude of these millions
of acres being gobbled up; that each state (in some cavernous meeting)
were directed in the number of acres they were responsible for setting
outside the public domain? It's just too organized to be mere coincidence.
People should check their own states to see those places named Heritage
sites, bio-sphere preserves-conservation areas etc.
- Indeed it might be laudable if it all weren't a lie..but
per usual, a conditioned, programmed society, will buy anything without
checking the validity of the organizations, or the larger agenda taking
place worldwide. These buffer zones, corridors, and islands of sustainable
development are not about 'protecting' but about 'controlling the world's
resources'. That wouldn't go over too big, so dress it up, under save the
air, land and water (for corporate interests of course). Most of those
involved in the numerous organizations-governmental agencies-and activist
groups are what are called "useful idiots". Not knowing or having
studied the larger agenda, or taking the time to connect the dots, they
willingly give over their lives to set in motion this control; believing
wholeheartedly they are doing the will of Gaia, Mother Earth, et al.
- A guest column in the Sun (Florida) by Warren Nielsen
entitled "In the spirit of sustainability" (May 31-'97) attempted
to present a warm fuzzy picture of the sustainable development concept.
Mr. Nielsen stated that "A loosely organized assembly of local citizens
with widely diverse backgrounds drafted a definition of sustainable development
in the early fall of 1996" Why waste time when the United Nations
Council on Sustainable Development already published the definition in
the Global Biodiversity Assessment (1995) on page 1118, as "development
that meets the needs and aspirations of the current generation without
compromising the ability to meet those of future generations".
- Sustainable Alachua County is not "a citizens' movement"
in the sense of a grass roots movement, but has been actively promoted
by the UN in Agenda 21, and the Global Biodiversity Treaty which was presented
at Earth Summit II, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992. The concept
of sustainable development and sustainable communities is being implemented
in every country on Earth, as part of a global plan.
- Maurice Strong (the mover behind all this) Secretary-General
of Earth Summit II, said, "The concept of national sovereignty has
been an immutable, indeed sacred, principle of international relations.
It is a principal which will yield only slowly and reluctantly to the new
imperatives of global environmental cooperation. What is needed is the
recognition of the reality that in so many fields..is simply not feasible
for sovereignty to be exercised unilaterally by individual nation-states,
however powerful". Reference:
- Sustainable Communities: (all one happy family in sustainable
towns-reservations). Where Did the Concept Originate? Map
- While we get the smoke and mirrors theater of Washington
D.C.; with its bizarre theater, nonsensical hearings, and monumental expenditures
for war, debt, private favored contractors, etc.; the real business of
the world is going on elsewhere. We got the bleacher seats to second rate
players. Rest assured Maurice Strong and his ilk are not going to be residing
in perfectly controlled communities, where everyone bikes or walks, works
and recreates, together in acceptable cracker box houses. No, Maurice lives
on some 200,000 acres in Denver over a major aquifer (so much for sustainable
eh?). Ted Turner another great advocate of herding people into pens called
sustainable development areas owns the most land west of the Mississippi.
No noisy neighbors for him. Really what we have afoot here is the construction
of a global plantation-with the few controlling the world's resources.
Who would believe it? And that's the charm of the whole thingbeing insidiously
and incrementally put in place, with the help of "useful idiots"
(unpaid for the most part) who think they'll be hiking, camping, or river
rafting in these pristine, protected areas! Boy, have they got a surprise
in store! Here's Maurice-not seen on the daily infotainment programs. You
should know who is shaping yours-your children's and grandchildren's futures!
- The reason (at least some) that most citizens are totally
unaware of what is happening on the national scale; is that the only news
one receives from other states, is if there's a crisis of weather (hurricanes-earthquakes-mud
slides), an orchestrated Presidential visit, a train wreck or some sensational
crime. Confiscation of lands, grazing issues, or issues surrounding the
National Heritage Corridor project are unheard of. Without media attentions,
or any semblance of investigative reporting, TV documentaries, or discussions
taking place (town hall meetings); people are hardly aware of happenings
in their own state; let alone problems in the West or in Cuyahoga Valley
near Akron, Ohio. Issues of this rewilding of America are kept local with
common folks left to grapple with the mammoth bureaucracy of it all.
- Mostly people are totally unaware of terms like; Agenda
21, Biospheres, Sustainable Communities, Heritage Sites, Buffer Zones,
Corridors, Rewilding, Stakeholders, Partnerships, Consensus, Non-Governmental
Organizations (NGOs), Regional Governance, or that they now live in Region
one, five, or seven et al? Because they don't have (nobody is telling them)
the overall global picture of their issue; they end up trying to deal with
their water or property issues, as if they were dealing with local officials;
just trying to talk common sense. Global issues have a peculiar language;
which is not meant to be grasped or understood. Sometimes it's just made
up words; like "win-win, state-of-the-art or due diligence".
- Under the deceptive guise of environmentalism these rewilding
or Wildlands Projects; dealing with reintroducing bears, wolves etc; dismantling
damns, draining lakes, shutting off lands; people are led to believe that
the protection of forests, rivers, plains, and parklands is for the benefit
of all and a noble-altruistic endeavor to save us from ourselves. It's
true that many well meaning (and some not so well meaning) environmentalist
groups are most vocal and supportive in assisting these various NGOs and
- Many are sincerely and legitimately concerned for clear
cutting of whole mountains, and the salacious greed of those (multi-nationals)
who could care less what eco-systems they destroy or communities; in their
rape and pillaging across the world. The harm comes, for all concerned
about their local environmental issues, when rabid environmental groups
get center stage on the news; burning down ski resorts, destroying labs,
burning SUVs, advocating forced sterilization, ending food aid to starving
people, and welcoming diseases such as AIDS and smallpox. They proclaim
that this is the Gaian solution to overpopulation. "Eco-brutalist"
thinking is its own form of religious fanaticism. Is it any wonder that
responsible stewardship and protests by local citizens, against toxic poisonings,
hog farms,(manure lagoons), etc, are seen as part and parcel of extremism?
Violence of any sort, or the wanton destruction of property, is hardly
a way to get one's message across. FUNDING? Here's an interesting assortment
of the various Trusts and Foundations giving big bucks:
- But in the end, this is not about the protection of the
environment but rather about controlling the world's resources. Environmentalism
is simply a useful ploy (for now). The promise of tourism, yuppie backpacking,
hiking, and environmental education won't last. The corridors are part
of the triage of the culture. Elites will decide which region survives.
As the population and power shift to the cities, triage of rural America
can be accelerated. The corridor program is a way of creating habitat for
biodiversity. Beyond: biodiversity" the corridor program is a way
of centralizing power. The corridor program is not to promote culture,
but to put culture in mausoleums. In the end, the visits by environmentalists,
urbanites and the tourism will go, too.
- The (not on news) rewilding of America is a very well
funded effort to lock up as much as 50% of the United States into wilderness
or wildlands protection reserves and corridors known as the Wildlands Project.
Although preposterous to most Americans (aware that is), federal, state
and non-governmental (unelected) organizations are gradually implementing
the strategy by calling it a host of innocent sounding names; gap analysis,
open space, conservation areas, conservation easements, linkages, greenways
- The Wildlands (from Agenda 21) Project is being implemented
before your eyes (if we weren't so distracted)
- Where farms, towns and industries now flourish and falter,
bears, wolves, jaguar, puma and wolverine are to range freely, according
to plans published in the journal of the American Association for the Advancement
- Structure of Biosphere Reserves:
- Public Trust Doctrine: Rockefeller charities paid the
salary of the head of the State greenway agency.
- Sustainable Communities:
- Sustainable Communities, without much fanfare or explanation
are cropping up all over the nation. Nobody seems (at least its not public
knowledge) that non-elected, non-governmental agencies are basically running
the show; with local officials basically unaware that this is not representative
democracy. They (if involved) are merely the rubber stamp or hasty vote
needed, proclaiming that all is well. A Corridor-Buffer Zone-or Sustainable
Community will be heading your way (if not already there) with regional
honchos running the show. You should at least have all your pins in a row
knowing that whatever the terminology it tracks back to Agenda 21 and darn
you didn't have a voice, vote, or representation of dismantling our government.
So much for all this brouhaha of fighting for "democracy-freedom-liberty-and
- Appalachian Coalition For Just And Sustainable Communities:
- Delaware REGIONAL Valley Planning Commission:
- National Strategies for Sustainable Development:
- In the end the elite will have their tens of thousands
of acres to recreate/live on in Wyoming or wherever.and the human resources
can live in designated model towns (no cars), with various councils and
committees; making sure nobody paints their house the wrong color, has
those required solar panels, and gathers in the communal kitchen for that
weekly pep talk on all living happily ever after; on assigned ice floes;
well-oasis of approved regulated, monitored land. Doesn't appear to be
any room for the poor in these communities (they can't be cheap) but then
maybe those unsustainable developments aren't being promoted? Jaded me.