Why Central PA does not care and is turning the other cheek…..

Once again a small township of Central PA is being screwed by corporate influence and power. Just as the Northeastern part of PA is trying desperately to back-peddle against what has been DONE to them by the  Corporate tragedy of FRACKING, We in the Southeast and Southcentral PA are watching as our dwindling farms and farmland are being gobbled up by development along an already decomposing infrastructure. ONE more one million foot square house is proposed to be built at the interchange  of Route 114 and Route 83. YES I SAID ONE 1,000,000 square feet. This is a travesty to not only the surrounding homeowners but it is going to be done WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE PUBLIC. This my neighbors is the power of money.   With SO much at stake,   TRAFFIC, AIR QUALITY, and VOLUME of one more UNNEED BIG BOX WAREHOUSE  (take a drive along Route 81 South of Carlisle and see all the EMPTY  “FOR LEASE” Buildings that hat have decimated acres upon acres of FARMS. *

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An Update from RepresentUs—-The group to get money OUT of Politics.

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Dear Heath,

Summer is flying by, and I want to stop for a moment to update you on what we’ve accomplished over the past few months, and what’s next on our 5-step plan to end money in politics corruption.

Step 1: Launch the American Anti-Corruption Act    ✔

Step 2: One Million Americans against corruption   Underway

  • We have enlisted nearly 400,000 citizen co-sponsors of the Act, and we have a solid plan to get to one million. Thanks to some Silicon Valley friends, we’ve developed a new tool designed to go viral and reach the critical mass we need. We’ll be beta-testing in August and will send it to you in the Fall.

  • We have been aggressively building our Facebook presence, and it’s going gangbusters. As I write this, we’re up to 50,000 likes—but we have a long way to go to get to scale. Please “like” us on facebook if you haven’t already.

  • We’ve been sending $100 bill costumes to Represent.Us members for homegrown demonstrations and actions nationwide. Activists wearing money have been spotted in Los Angeles, Albany, Ann Arbor, and Washington, DC. If you’d like to organize a $100-bill action in your community, email founders@represent.us. We might just send you costumes and help you plan your event. In case you missed it, here’s the New York Times coverage of our team throwing $100 bills on NY State Senators for opposing reform.

  • We reached over 100,000 views of our Senator Strips video. The ad will run on TV in September and we’ll see another jump in viewership and attention then.

  • Our new blog is gaining momentum. One post alone got over 100,000 views. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here: Daily.Represent.Us.

  • We had dozens of groups across the country posting our Land Of The Free* poster on July 4, and we got some great videos and photos. If you haven’t seen them yet, check them out here.

Step 3: Get your Representative on the record: “Project 435”  Just launched

  • Project 435 is our new, ambitious campaign to get every congressperson on the record as for or against the Act. If they sign on, they are certified “Anti-Corrupt.” If they refuse, they are labeled “Corrupt.” It’s that simple. We don’t care if they’re Republicans or Democrats. We only care about whether they choose to be part of the problem or the solution.

  • We just beta launched Project 435 with 20 of our top activists. Each of these activists is forming a “District Committee” for their US House district, and beginning the steps to get their Representative on the record as for or against the American Anti-Corruption Act.

  • These top activists are helping us write and reform our organizing handbook and online tools so that we can provide the best possible tools for the other 415 districts this Fall. When the materials are finalized, you’ll get them so you can help in your district.

  • If you’d like information about starting your own local chapter, please emailfounders@represent.us.

Step 4: Vote them out  Coming soon

  • Politicians will only get special interests out of politics if we force them to. It will take a hard-hitting campaign to unseat politicians who will not pledge support for the Act. This is a big goal, so we’re collaborating with other organizations that also do this kind of work. Hey politicians: If you won’t support this reform, you’re out!

Step 5: Create the “Winning Moment”  Stay tuned

  • Big reform moments happen at big moments of opportunity.  The last time it happened on this issue was in 1974 because of the Watergate scandal. Before that, it sparked for civil rights advocates in 1955, when Rosa Parks refused to sit in the back of a bus. 9 years later, the Civil Rights Act passed. We must have a smart political strategy, a robust reform proposal, and we must be patient as we prepare for the next opportunity.

So, what (else) is next?

Introducing the “March Against Corruption.”  You’ll hear a lot more about this soon, but I wanted you to be the first to know about our upcoming national day of action on November 2.  Comprised of hundreds of local actions across the country with partners from other issue groups fighting special interest lobbyists, the March will provide an exciting way for new activists to mobilize with us, in their own communities. Mark your calendars: November 2. More info to come.

You are the heart and soul of the movement to stop corruption. Together, and only together, we can transform how elections are financed, we can stop legalized bribery, and we can create an America where politicians represent everyday people over moneyed interests.

It’s going to take huge determination and dedication to execute the plan, and it’s not going to happen overnight. It is the political fight of our lives. But if we all rally around this plan, and devote all of the time, spirit and resources we can muster, we can and will win.

Thank you for being part of this.

-Josh, Graham, Bliss & the entire Represent.Us campaign team

Pennsylvania drillers created 1.3 billion gallons of toxic waste in the last few years. Tell Congress to close loopholes for fracking waste today.

Heath,

Tell Congress- Fracking wastewater is hazardous.jpgThe 1.3 billion gallons of drilling waste generated in Pennsylvania over the last few years is often laced with cancer-causing and even radioactive material, after all.

Shockingly, fracking and drilling pollution is exempt from our cornerstone national hazardous waste laws. The result is simple and jaw-dropping: Fracking waste is stored in open waste pits that can overflow into our waterways and our land, pumped underground for permanent storage without proper protections — and some states, used it as water for livestock and on roads as a deicer.

We can fix this, thanks to Pennsylvania’s very own Rep. Matthew Cartwright’s CLEANER Act, which will finally regulate dangerous fracking and drilling waste.[1]

Tell Rep. Perry to join Rep. Cartwright and regulate hazardous fracking waste.

This toxic waste has already made its way into our streams, rivers and drinking water sources, putting our health and environment at risk. Consider:

  • Fracking waste discharged at a sewage treatment plant in Pittsburgh led to a drinking water advisory for nearby communities. [2]
  • 44,000 barrels of drilling wastewater was discharged into Bucks County’s Neshaminy Creek through a local sewage plant. [3]
  • And, just a few months ago, a wastewater hauler illegally dumped 250,000 gallons of fracking wastewater into the Mahoning River in Ohio. [4]

The CLEANER Act would help curb the toxic waste threat our communities face every day, such as these, by requiring the tracking of every gallon of fracking waste from the day it’s created at the drilling site and help ensure safer disposal.

Ask Rep. Perry to cosponsor the CLEANER Act and close the loopholes for toxic fracking waste.

Sincerely,

 

 

David Masur
PennEnvironment Director

Thank you for all you do. Peace.     ƒƒƒ

Thank you Glenn Greenwald, Reblogged—-

Published on Monday, July 29, 2013 by The Guardian

Major Opinion Shifts, in the US and Congress, on NSA Surveillance and Privacy

Pew finds that, for the first time since 9/11, Americans are now more worried about civil liberties abuses than terrorism

Numerous polls taken since our reporting on previously secret NSA activities first began have strongly suggested major public opinion shifts in how NSA surveillance and privacy are viewed. But a new comprehensive poll released over the weekend weekend by Pew Research (Photo:Fibonacci Blue/ Flickr)provides the most compelling evidence yet of how stark the shift is.

Among other things, Pew finds that “a majority of Americans – 56% – say that federal courts fail to provide adequate limits on the telephone and internet data the government is collecting as part of its anti-terrorism efforts.” And “an even larger percentage (70%) believes that the government uses this data for purposes other than investigating terrorism.” Moreover, “63% think the government is also gathering information about the content of communications.” That demonstrates a decisive rejection of the US government’s three primary defenses of its secret programs: there is adequate oversight; we’re not listening to the content of communication; and the spying is only used to Keep You Safe™.

But the most striking finding is this one:

“Overall, 47% say their greater concern about government anti-terrorism policies is that they have gone too far in restricting the average person’s civil liberties, while 35% say they are more concerned that policies have not gone far enough to protect the country. This is the first time in Pew Research polling that more have expressed concern over civil liberties than protection from terrorism since the question was first asked in 2004.

For anyone who spent the post-9/11 years defending core liberties against assaults relentlessly perpetrated in the name of terrorism, polling data like that is nothing short of shocking. This Pew visual underscores what a radical shift has occurred from these recent NSA disclosures:

Perhaps more amazingly still, this shift has infected the US Congress. Following up on last week’s momentous House vote – in which 55% of Democrats and 45% of Republicans defied the White House and their own leadership to vote for the Amash/Conyers amendment to ban the NSA’s bulk phone records collection program – the New York Times has an article this morning which it summarizes on its front page this way:

The article describes how opposition to the NSA, which the paper says was recently confined to the Congressional “fringes”, has now “built a momentum that even critics say may be unstoppable, drawing support from Republican and Democratic leaders, attracting moderates in both parties and pulling in some of the most respected voices on national security in the House.”

It describes how GOP Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner – a prime author of the Patriot Act back in 2001 and a long-time defender of even the most extremist War on Terror policies – has now become a leading critic of NSA overreach. He will have “a bill ready when Congress returned from its August recess that would restrict phone surveillance to only those named as targets of a federal terrorism investigation, make significant changes to the secret court that oversees such programs and give businesses like Microsoft and Google permission to reveal their dealings before that court.”

Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren is quoted this way: “There is a growing sense that things have really gone a-kilter here”. Yesterday on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Democratic Sen Dick Durbin, one of Obama’s closest Senate allies, said that the recently revealed NSA bulk record collection program “goes way too far”.

The strategy for the NSA and its Washington defenders for managing these changes is now clear: advocate their own largely meaningless reform to placate this growing sentiment while doing nothing to actually rein in the NSA’s power. “Backers of sweeping surveillance powers now say they recognize that changes are likely, and they are taking steps to make sure they maintain control over the extent of any revisions,” says the NYT.

The primary problem enabling out-of-control NSA spying has long been the Intelligence Committees in both houses of Congress. That’s an ironic twist given that those were the committees created in the wake of the mid-1970s Church Committee to provide rigorous oversight, as a response to the recognition that Executive Branch’s surveillance powers were being radically abused – and would inevitably be abused in the future – without robust transparency and accountability.

But with a few rare and noble exceptions, the Intelligence Committees in both houses of Congress are filled with precisely those members who are most slavishly beholden to, completely captured by, the intelligence community over which they supposedly serve as watchdogs. Many receive large sums of money from the defense and intelligence industries.

There is a clear and powerful correlation between NSA support and amounts of money received by these members from those industries, as Wired’s Dave Kravets adeptly documented about last week’s NSA vote and has been documented before with similar NSA-protecting actions from the Intelligence Committee. In particular, the two chairs of those committees – Democrat Dianne Feinstein in the Senate and Republican Mike Rogers in the House – are such absolute loyalists to the NSA and the National Security State generally that it is usually impossible to distinguish their behavior, mindset and comments from those of NSA officials.

In sum, the Senate and House Intelligence Committees are the pure embodiment of the worst of Washington: the corrupting influence of money from the very industries they are designed to oversee and the complete capture by the agencies they are supposed to adversarially check. Anything that comes out of the leadership of those two Committees that is labeled “NSA reform” is almost certain to be designed to achieve the opposite effect: to stave off real changes in lieu of illusory tinkering whose real purpose will be to placate rising anger.

But that trick seems unlikely to work here. What has made these disclosures different from past NSA scandals – including ones showing serious abuse of their surveillance powers – are the large numbers of the NSA’s own documents that are now and will continue to be available for the public to see, as well the sustained, multi-step nature of these disclosures, which makes this far more difficult for NSA defenders to predict, manage and dismiss away. At least as much as they are shining long-overdue light on these specific NSA domestic programs, the NSA disclosures are changing how Americans (and people aroundthe world) think about the mammoth National Security State and whether it can and should be trusted with unchecked powers exercised in the dark. Those public opinion shifts aren’t going to disappear as the result of some blatantly empty gestures from Dianne Feinstein and Mike Rogers masquerading as “reform”.

Despite the substantial public opinion shifts, Pew found that Americans are largely split on whether the NSA data-collection program should continue. The reason for this is remarkable and repugnant though, at this point, utterly unsurprising:

Nationwide, there is more support for the government’s data-collection program among Democrats (57% approve) than among Republicans (44%), but both parties face significant internal divisions: 36% of Democrats disapprove of the program as do 50% of Republicans.

Just as Democrats went from vehement critics of Bush’s due-process-free War on Terror policies to vocal cheerleaders of Obama’s drone kills and even Guantanamo imprisonments, the leading defenders of the NSA specifically and America’s Surveillance State generally are now found among self-identified Democrats. That was embodied by how one of the most vocal Democratic NSA critics during the Bush years – Nancy Pelosi – inalmost single-handedly saved the NSA from last week’s House vote. If someone had said back in 2007 that the greatest support for NSA surveillance would be found among Democrats, many would find the very idea ludicrous. But such is life in the Age of Obama: one of his most enduring legacies is transforming his party from pretend-opponents of the permanent National Security State into its most enthusiastic supporters.

But despite that hackish partisan opportunism, the positive opinion changes toward NSA surveillance and civil liberties can be seen across virtually all partisan and ideological lines:

The largest changes toward demanding civil liberties protections have occurred among liberal Democrats, Tea Party Republicans, independents and liberal/moderate Republicans. Only self-identified “moderate/conservative Democrats” – the Obama base – remains steadfast and steady in defense of NSA surveillance. The least divided, most-pro-NSA caucus in the House for last week’s vote was the corporatist Blue Dog Democrat caucus, which overwhelmingly voted to protect the NSA’s bulk spying on Americans.

As I’ve repeatedly said, the only ones defending the NSA at this point are the party loyalists and institutional authoritarians in both parties. That’s enough for the moment to control Washington outcomes – as epitomized by the unholy trinity that saved the NSA in the House last week: Pelosi, John Bohener and the Obama White House – but it is clearly not enough to stem the rapidly changing tide of public opinion.

© 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited
Glenn Greenwald

Glenn Greenwald is a columnist on civil liberties and US national security issues for the Guardian. A former constitutional lawyer, he was until 2012 a contributing writer at Salon.  His most recent book is, With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful. His other books include: Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics,  A Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency, and How Would a Patriot Act? Defending American Values from a President Run Amok. He is the recipient of the first annual I.F. Stone Award for Independent Journalism.

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One more video to disgust you. Sorry I ruined your wednesday.*–ENJOY>>>>>>NOT

FBI Files Show Snipers Targeted Occupy Houston

Occupy Wall Street exploded across America. A plot was hatched to kill Occupy Houston leaders with suppressed sniper fire. The FBI knew. Paul Kennedy, an attorney who represented several members of Occupy Houston, and one of the activists from the group, Carl Gibson, will discuss this story on an Upstate South Carolina talk radio show Monday, July 29th, at 5 PM East Coast Time. The show is Occupy The Microphone on WOLI.

         Always a day late ….. Occupy Everything