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An Open Plea To My Brothers In the Police And Military

Dear brothers (and sisters),

This is your Darth Vader moment. The Constitution has fallen. You must now choose whether you are going to fight for the forces of Good or the forces of Evil. America has been temporarily defeated by those who despise the freedoms protected by our Constitution. With the manufactured consent of the people and a media system designed to sway opinion against the freedoms so many like you have died to protect – members of Congress secretly conspired and executed an act of legislation that openly seeks to reverse hundreds of years of freedom and sacrifice. The men and women who spilled their blood and sacrificed their blood, lives, and property to maintain political freedoms lie in their graves asking you to be bold in this moment and to take a stand against orders you may receive directing you against your fellow citizens. With this act of aggression against America from within, now all citizens, like Nazi Germany – face the very real prospect death or execution for simply expressing protest against a rotten political and business system rigged in favor of murderers, liars, and thieves. This blog post is now considered a “Low Level Act Of Terrorism” for simply telling the truth. Do you deny that this is tyranny, and that you have a responsibility to stand against such Anti-American legislation?

You must choose. Do you let the Empire kill Luke, Han, Chewie, and that hottie in the Jabba-provided bikini? You must choose to STAND DOWN.


(Don’t mind the Special Edition version of this battle scene – the original cut is better, yes.)

BUT FOR GOD”S SAKE! Don’t let Cobra Commander kill Duke! Megatron must NOT destroy Optimus! Do not exit light, good, and honor so easily! You swore you would protect the Constitution, and many of you are making excuses right now to protect traitors who are openly killing the Constitution.

Understand there need to be leaders among you who stand UP for morals, and stand DOWN to anti-American, anti-Constitutional orders. Like this brave National Guard soldier:
“… he said that during the EDRE (emergency deployment readiness exercise) at the armory, 3 companies of infantry were polled by questionare about the drill and it’s purpose. One of the questions was, will you as a member of the Nat. Guard use lethal force against the American public if ordered to do so? One of the men stepped forward and refused to take the poll and explained that it was a moral judgement on his part and that he could not do so. He then placed his weapon on the ground and fell in behind the formation. Devon said it was like a waterfall, Every member layed their weapons on the deck and fell in beside the one lone specialist. This included ALL NCO’s, STAFF NCO’s and SENIOR NCO’s. The only people left in front of the original formation was 3 Capt’s. 2 Lt’s and the BN Commander who was so upset he started having chest pains from yelling and screaming about court martials and disbandment of the unit into other units. Devon is a Mstr.Sgt and he went with his troops and told them that he could not be prouder of any of them.”

Now THAT is an American hero.

There is much to fear, if we let death scare us. I don’t want to die, but my years of patriotism cannot be hidden and I refuse to let America die without a fight. And yes – you are better trained, better armed, and will get me no matter where I may run and hide. So I choose not to hide – I choose to stand tall and fight for freedom. And if you don’t do the same so you can keep cashing that soon-to-be worthless paycheck you get from serving Cobra Commander – realize you are showing your kids you are a person who is making a choice that will haunt your family when your peers eventually come for you as well.

Obama

Our Founding Fathers weren’t perfect. They owned slaves, and they forgot to make sure people who serve in congress have term limits so we could better prevent decay of our freedoms. Soon the men who’s faces are on our money will be turned into villains, and school children will be taught they were evil men. Our Founding Fathers tried so very hard to build in language to protect us, and year after year, dark forces have been chipping away at our Bill of Rights. You know – those bedrock foundations of freedom like the right to speak freely, to not be prosecuted without due process of law, and to maintain weapons to face down enemies.

Isn’t that why you joined the police or military in the first place? Sure, it’s a paycheck, but it has to mean more than that! Realize by joining with the people right now and reversing such treasonous legislation – we can still save America by protecting people’s rights to freedom. Certainly, everyone needs a paycheck to pay off our debts, buy food, pitch in for sports equipment for the kids, etc. Just please at least realize that the ongoing wars (get ready for $250 a barrel oil) and theft of our currency will make the price of everything rise to infinity… food, gas, football tickets – you name it. The bankers may just keep printing money to ensure you have a paycheck – the the rest of us will not just roll over while we are attacked by you. You, who I love and am sickened by your transformation from my hero to a cowardly order taker.

Do you want your kids growing up in a country that openly takes people away to death camps because they voice an opinion or bring up facts that expose corrupt officials in charge? Shouldn’t people who rape little kids and steal trillions of America’s dollars be prosecuted by laws everyone has to adhere to? People are protesting because the system is rigged in favor of murderers, liars, and thieves. I understand though – some of you have trouble admitting to yourself things you have done, and others may know your secrets. Well, if you can’t own up to those, then we are doomed. I’m no angel either… but we have to have truth – and not be afraid.

Afraid to stand against what we know is wrong.

Afraid to be the one in the locker room who stands up for what is right.

And afraid to stand down when given an order to break the very freedoms so many of your brothers have died to protect.

Well, I am a military brat. I grew up in New Hampshire – our motto is “Live Free or Die”. I went to middle school in Germany, where I learned about the horrors of concentration camps, and how people were rounded up and murdered because they rolled over and let their government have those evil powers. I went to High School in Oklahoma, where so many supposed patriots flew flags on their trucks, representing freedom to own guns and say what the hell they wanted to say without fear of prosecution, no matter how stupid it may have been. And I went to College in Alaska, where supposedly I could see Russia. I must not have as a good of vision as some people there, but I do know that I attended the university with Russian students who were guests in our country – and they told me of the economic suffering they faced during their collapse.

So if we are afraid to stand up because we may lose our paychecks – know that it doesn’t matter because we face economic collapse due to the corruption of Federal and State finances. Corruption in the protection of pedophiles. Corruption in the allocation of money for nuclear weapons rather than an alternative energy economy. Yes, everyone is pissed as purchasing power vanishes, and there need to be charges filed by Attorney Generals against those who have committed crimes against this nation so we can restore the rule of law and maintain order. I assure you we can fix our problems without carting people off to gas and torture chambers.

It is a fact that this planet is running low on energy resources and such a huge population cannot continue to grow. Sacrifices must be made. There is a plan, however – one that doesn’t require you to sacrifice American freedoms or to kill Americans. With proper leadership, we can re-engineer our money, energy, and food / fuel systems to support lives worth living for our present population. But yes, we will all need to roll up our sleeves to do it.

The world is changing fast no matter what – and I beg you to choose the right side.

Choose to help Luke. Arrest Cobra Commander. Save Optimus Prime.

You can be a hero by saying “no” to orders you know are wrong. I love you, and hope you don’t kill me too fast. I want to see the America that the upcoming generation of kids rebuild. And we can’t do it without your help.

December 5, 2011 at 3:23 pm 3 comments

President Obama Asks For Our Help

Meetup did a great job with this video! We are doing what we can to help with Bright Neighbor.

July 15, 2009 at 11:26 am 1 comment

An Update About Al Franken

Al Franken

Woo Hoo! I was right! Way to go Al!

July 6, 2009 at 9:59 pm Leave a comment

World Leaders Admit The Planet Is Screwed

Oops

Well, world leaders are finally fessing up to Einstein’s folly – that the spread of nuclear weapons and technology of mass destruction cannot be controlled.

Eventually, there are going to be very big explosions in a city near you.

So party while you can, and be a good human. That means trying to help other communities so they don’t blow you up, and vice-versa.

This means all kids on earth need to get along or we will certainly witness one of mother nature’s big bangs.

Merry Christmas!

December 17, 2008 at 6:16 pm 1 comment

Planting A Food Garden On The Whitehouse Lawn To Fight Back Against Monsanto

Edible lawn

Imagine the message it would send around the world if we planted a food garden on the White House lawn. The folks from Kitchen Gardeners International have come up with a new campaign called “Eat The View“, which is a petition to get our government to do just that.

It would be one way we could fight back against Monsanto.

If you haven’t started planting your own garden yet, I highly suggest you get the book “Teaming With Microbes: A Gardeners Guide To The Soil Food Web”.

June 23, 2008 at 9:59 am 2 comments

Why Oil Companies Need $150 Per Barrel Of Oil – The Case For Destroying The Rewable Fuels Standard

The following is a letter to the EPA written by David Blume that was just published in Renewable Energy World.

David Blume

by David Blume, Author

The purpose of the Renewable Fuels Standard is to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, reverse the effects of greenhouse gas emissions, and eventually end the toxic releases from petroleum, coal, and other fossil fuels. The idea is to replace these fuels with clean alternatives like ethanol, which, unlike fossil fuels, are based on captured solar energy that is constantly renewed.

When the alcohol industry agreed to sacrifice the Clean Air Act’s oxygenate standard in exchange for its proposed Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), I was staunchly opposed. Advocates of the RFS said it was a more honest, direct way for us to work toward making our fuel renewable and American, and to wean ourselves from the toxic waste of the petroleum industry (otherwise known as gasoline).

Make no mistake about it: historically, gasoline has ALWAYS been a substance into which oil refineries dispose of whatever waste remains after making valuable products. Just as in the cattle industry, where half of the steer sells as US $15/lb. steaks and the other half ends up as cheap hamburger, in the petroleum business, half of a barrel of oil becomes gasoline. Quite frankly, no one wants to dispose of the 21 gallons of poisonous leftovers at the bottom of each barrel (just how much carcinogenic benzene, toluene, or xylene does anyone really need?)

The Clean Air Act’s oxygenate standard made sure that many of the toxic components in vehicle exhaust would be thermally decomposed (read: burned) to carbon dioxide, rather than remaining as Kevorkian carbon monoxide and a witch’s brew of volatile organics. Destroying these toxins in vehicle exhaust relies on the presence of plenty of oxygen to do the job, and alcohol is about 30% oxygen. Since the act was a regulation that had to do with our health, no discretion existed for waiving oxygenate. That standard was all that stood between Big Oil’s profits and hundreds of thousands of deaths each year from respiratory and cancer illnesses. It also was permanent-it had no expiration date.

But in a poor bargain, we traded a standard based on citizens’ health for one based on economic and environmental values, i.e., the Renewable Fuels Standard. The oil companies insisted that we couldn’t have both, but if we would let go of the oxygenate standard, they would not stand in the way too much on the RFS. Of course, they lied and then only permitted an RFS level that we were already meeting prior to passage of the legislation, so that the regulation had no teeth to increase our use of renewables (very clever of those oil companies).

Well, we did manage, over much opposition by Big Oil, to increase the RFS modestly above the existing level, and investment into the Midwest to make alcohol took off. Big Oil mistakenly thought it could keep the alcohol genie in the bottle…but much to its dismay, the genie escaped and started building distilleries in 2005-6.

Now at the time the bargain was made to trade in the oxygenate standard, I complained to everyone in congress and in the alcohol industry that the RFS would be very easy to waive. It was easy to predict all sorts of conditions where governors or the executive branch could say something like, “These environmental regulations are all well and good, but if they get in the way of economic interests, we just won’t be able to afford to do the right thing.”

“No, no,” the RFS advocates retorted, “we will make sure that a ‘no backsliding’ provision is written into the new legislation.” Well gee, that tidbit didn’t quite survive into the final draft. Now some oil-saturated governors are trying to use their statutory power to get the EPA to waive the standard, so oil companies won’t be forced to use farmer’s fuels.

Instead of cleaning up our air, dealing with Peak Oil, reducing dependence on foreign oil, and reversing global warming, we are doing exactly what I feared. We are talking about simply setting aside the RFS for reasons that ignore health, ignore national security, ignore our dependence, ignore our war to control Mideast oil, and ignore planetary climate stability in favor of simple short-term economic gains. The proposal is even more disingenuous, since the alleged economic gains are not even real. For instance, there is no shortage of corn, no matter what you read in the press. We just had the best crop in 33 years, and we are still trying to find silo space to store the huge surplus. We have increased the amount of animal feed we send around the world to record levels, which is a direct result of our increased alcohol fuel production. We use only cornstarch for alcohol, and all the non-starch parts of the corn become high-quality animal feed. More corn production for alcohol means more animal feed, which means more food. It’s simple.

Now that the data is coming in, we are seeing that in addition to the utterly nonexistent corn shortage, grain price increases have no basis in ethanol or the RFS whatsoever. In fact, the price increases result almost exclusively from the rising price of oil and greater demand for meat in China and other developing countries. If it were not for alcohol fuel, the price of gasoline would be even higher than it is today, and the net effect on a citizen’s pocketbook would be many times the alleged effect of ethanol on food prices.

This attack on the RFS has been planned since the day it was first passed. Because as we run out of oil, the fossil fuel industry plans to replace petroleum with more tar sands, oil shale, and coal to liquids. As the EPA, you are well aware that these fuels will increase greenhouse gas emissions scores to thousands of times the emissions from petroleum. They will also increase the pollution of our air with countless tons of metals and volatile gases, pollute what water is left after we drain the aquifers to make synfuels, and irradiate/poison the planet with radioactive particles and mercury from coal.

But for these environmentally foul fuels to be economically viable, the price of a barrel of oil needs to climb to about $150. Biofuels, on the other hand, can be produced realistically, ecologically, and sustainably for less than $70 a barrel, without any breakthroughs in technology. If biofuels, and in particular ethanol, increase in volume, the economic viability of all the alternatives that Big Oil wants to develop are in jeopardy. And that’s a good thing, since as the EPA, you know for certain that development of these fossil alternatives to petroleum are unbelievably incompatible with continuation of life on Earth as we know it.

No, the RFS is not a discretionary guideline to be set aside, as powerful economic interests and their tamed politicians dictate. The RFS is a health standard meant to protect all living things from the total degradation of our planet. You in the EPA are charged with the responsibility to act as a bulwark against corporate environmental irresponsibility, and doing the right thing requires more than standing firm on the RFS. Far from being waived, the standard needs to be increased annually, bear no expiration date, and remain in force until every single Btu of energy this country uses is renewable. Ultimately, that means an end to fossil fuels and an economic and energy system based on the sun.

A call to action:

The window to submit comment on this critical EPA waiver is closing June 23rd, submit written comments today, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2008-0380, by one of the following methods: One the web at http://www.regulations.gov, follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments, by E-mail: a-and-r-docket@epa.gov or by fax: (202) 566-1741.

Learn more about David Blume’s Fight to Save The Renewable Fuels Standard.

David Blume is author of Alcohol Can Be A Gas and Executive Director of the International Institute for Ecological Agriculture.

June 19, 2008 at 4:44 pm Leave a comment

Peak Oil Crash = Simultaneous Government and Market Failures

Peak Oil disagreements and conflicts

No one said it would be easy to implement fixes for peak oil or climate change, and it is evident it will only occur with a bottom up and top down approach.

For years now, we have heard the Peak Oil predictions of Kunstler, Simmons, Heinberg, Blume, and other authors preaching their Peak Oil prophecy. As reality begins to pry the fingers from the ears of people who have long ignored our global problems, a critical mass of people have begun to ask “So what are we going to DO about it?”

What are we going to DO about Peak Oil?
What are we going to DO about rapid climate change?
What are we going to DO about market failure?
What are we going to DO about government failure?
What are we going to DO about fixing the food system?
What are we going to DO about fixing the transportation system?

Why is government failing? No one seems to agree, and it is BECAUSE no one seems to agree that man made laws are resisting adaptation to live with nature’s reality. After all, in a consumer driven planet, how can governments force consumer choice if choice is still abundant?

It is exactly for this reason that markets are failing in a growth-oriented global economy. Since resource scarcity is real, we are no longer able to have as much choice of supplies for real world items such as wheat, gasoline, and water.

But we have plenty of crappy niche Web 2.0 applications rushing to save the day, don’t we? Not enough engineers are focused on real world solutions such as local alcohol fuel and food production made from permaculture systems. Software jockeys are too busy drinking and coding Java to look up and see the ship is crashing on the rocks as both government and markets fail at the same time.

And while local municipalities are now actively creating Peak Oil Task Forces and sustainability commissions to help address the issues, they are powerless in the face of consumer choice. After all, money in people’s pocket means permission to consume. While these task forces seek to offer plans and advice for reducing carbon emissions and decreasing our dependency on fossil fuels – we are lacking the human willpower to change in time to mitigate a population and food disaster.

It is for this reason that these task forces can skip budgeting for “Outreach Programs” designed to talk about Peak Oil problems – and begin to look at funding implementing tools designed to support hyper-local communities, such as Bright Neighbor.

Yes, I am biased because that is my company’s solution (and competition is sure to follow). Right now, municipalities could implement tools to quickly help people learn to grow food at home, safely meet and collaborate with their neighbors, buy, sell, and barter at a hyper-local level, lend things out to one another, make ride sharing simple, among many other communications improvements. One problem is that people can do many of these things using a variety of tools available to them, but there needs to be an aggregated set of tools that eliminates redundancy.

For instance, if a community ends up using five different neighbor-to-neighbor applications, there will be neighbors that never connect. An immediate fix for Peak Oil, climate change, market failure, and local food systems would be to deploy an all-in-one tool that addresses life-support systems, supported by local governments or neighborhood leaders. If all the community members with Internet access and mobile devices in a single neighborhood coordinated to use a single communications system, then the chances of that neighborhood collaborating to help one another grow gardens, share resources, and generally improve their community are greatly increased.

It is the mission of Bright Neighbor to deliver community living tools that we can use now, instead of waiting for things to get worse. Why shouldn’t you be able to find someone in your neighborhood who has a 30 foot ladder right now? Or coordinate music jam sessions while bringing pot luck dinners created with locally produced food? Or help single moms locate other single moms that live around them to safely meet one another and share soccer-mom duties.

There are many ways to get started with Bright Neighbor, and they are life affirming reasons, not “doom” tools. We can gain value from better community living systems today. That is why we are excited to announce Bright Neighbor is now actively seeking pilot communities and neighborhoods looking for community organization and sustainability tools.

To sign up your neighborhood for a Bright Neighbor test run, please visit Bright Neighbor.

April 16, 2008 at 5:13 pm 3 comments

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