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You Are Going To Read Bizarre & Zany Junk Below

And I’m not speaking to what I write below.

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I don’t know how many human leeches associated with the United Nations are sucking the blood from taxpayers and other contributors, but the number is huge if the weird ideas floating from their (the leeches) besotted brains are any indication.

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English: A leech (Hirudo medicinalis) beginning to suck. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There’s  no shame or embarrassment  demonstrated when their hocus pocus to end global warming or climate change is trotted out.

We can say the leeches are not only brazen, but also tireless to the extreme. Their silliness is limitless as they waste time, money and other valuable resources.

They deserve to be prosecuted for being a drain on society as they continue with their elitist bull butter. Of course, most everything with the United Nation’s stamp of approval is wasted motion.  You should read the story which follows the link just below if you wish to find what they are doing now:

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Marita Mines The Critical Details On Rare Earth Elements

Marita asks a favor of us in this column published on 11/4/13.  You’ll help our country and its citizens if you comply with her wishes.

Greetings!

This week’s column is important—but may not be popular. With all of the noise about the botched Obamacare rollout, clearly few are thinking about Rare Earth Elements. But, in the past week important legislation was introduced that would lessen the US’s dependence on China for these essential  elements. In this week’s column, Mining policy designed to benefit our own–mighty rare (attached and pasted-in-below), I explain what Rare Earth Elements are, why they are important and why America needs to develop our own resources—I then call upon the readers to contact their Senators to encourage support of the newly introduced bill.

Please post, pass on and/or personally enjoy Mining policy designed to benefit our own–mighty rare. Thanks!

Marita Noon, Executive Director

EnergyMakesAmericaGreat Inc.

PO Box 52103, Albuquerque, NM 87181

505.239.8998

Commentary by Marita Noon

Executive Director, Energy Makes America Great Inc.

Contact: 505.239.8998, marita@responsiblenergy.org

Words: 1584

 

Mining policy designed to benefit our own—mighty rare

What is essential to modern energy production and management including oil-and-gas development, wind and solar, and LED lights, and has rare bipartisan support in both houses of Congress?

The answer is something “rare.” Something that is currently used in almost everything modern, but that is abundant and recoverable in very few places on the planet—hence the “rare” moniker. Something that China has in abundance and that they are using as an economic weapon against the rest of the world—much like OPEC uses oil. And, this something is also found in the U.S., which could give us a competitive advantage in the global economy.

Have you guessed it? “Rare” was a big clue.

I am talking about Rare Earth Elements (REEs), many of which are classified by the Department of Defense as Critical Minerals.

REEs are found in almost all massive rock formations—though their concentrations range from 10 to a few hundred parts per million by weight, which makes them difficult to extract. There are 17 different REEs with names ending in “ium” such as: dysprosium, yttrium, neodymium, terbium, cerium, and europium—just to name a few.

While most people don’t give REEs a thought, we all use them in our modern lives as they are an essential part of what makes cell phones, flat screens, and computer chips work. But REEs are not just about convenience and luxury. They are in every modern vehicle from a Prius to a Ford F-150. They enable miniaturization—making things fast and light.

According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), “A Department of Energy report in 2010 noted that several minerals vital to clean-energy applications, including neodymium and dysprosium, face ‘critical’ supply questions over the next 15 years.” A 2011 PricewaterhouseCoopers report revealed that 73 percent of CEOs in the automotive industry have businesses that face minerals and metals scarcity. The same problem applies to 78 percent of high-tech industry CEOs and 50 percent of aviation CEOs.

But, perhaps, most importantly, REEs are playing an ever-increasing role in vital defense technologies. REEs are used in stealth radar-evading technology, in targeting mechanisms for missiles and temperature-resistant magnets, and materials used in jet engines and aerofoil components in manned aircraft and, increasingly, in unmanned drones. The U.S. Department of Defense recently released findings from the “Strategic and Critical Materials 2013 Report on Stockpile Requirements,” which identified 23 critical minerals, of which shortages are likely. They include several vital to defense technologies, such as search and navigation equipment, missiles, and space vehicles. Such shortages will limit our ability to produce the defense systems of the future. It is frightening to realize that the Chinese do not have this worry.

The U.S. is one of only a few countries with known recoverable REE deposits (with approximately 13 percent of the world’s total known reserves), and we have more commodity minerals and metals than any other country. Yet, today, less than half the minerals U.S. manufacturers use comes from domestically mined resources. More specifically, China currently has a near-monopoly on the production of REEs—generally supplying approximately 85 percent of the world’s current REE supply and 100 percent of several REEs. Additionally, in recent years, China has imposed quotas on exports to protect its need for REEs and to compel high-tech companies to establish production in China by giving them the benefit of lower prices and guaranteed supply. In US News, Eric Hannis, senior fellow in defense studies at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, DC, addressed companies’ increasing hesitancy to move production to mainland China: “the need to gain a cost-effective, guaranteed supply of rare earths means that many have been forced to make a ‘deal with the devil.’”

Instead of easing the mining regulatory framework to help promote domestic REE production, the Obama administration engaged in the governmental form of a temper tantrum. It joined countries without the quality resources found in the U.S. and lodged a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO), claiming that Beijing is unfairly choking off exports of the commodities to benefit its domestic industries. (Imagine that a government would make policy that was designed to benefit its own? Perhaps the White House should try that.) In fact, if the WTO initiative is successful and China is forced to reverse its current policy of keeping the majority of its REEs in-country for its own use, we might end up encouraging them to flood global markets with REEs again, driving the price down—as they did in the 80s and 90s. By joining in the WTO case, the Administration could make it very difficult for U.S. projects to get up and running and stay competitive—and this could be their plan. Gratefully, the very low cost of production expected at Molycorp’s Mountain Pass mine provides some economic cushion.

The WSJ reports that the U.S. was once self-sufficient in REE production but ceded the market to China over the past two decades, “partly because of environmental concerns over energy-intensive mining and partly because of falling global demand and prices,” as a result of China dumping huge quantities of REEs onto the world market.

REEs in China were first discovered in 1927, with the Bayan Obo mine open in 1950. The U.S. dominated global production from the 60s and into the 80s with light and heavy REE production at Mountain Pass, but China then launched a dedicated campaign to dominate the REE supply chain. In 1986, Deng Xiaoping, a Chinese politician and reformist leader of the Communist Party who, after Mao’s death, led his country towards a market economy, established the National High Technology Research and Development Program. His goal was to help China “achieve breakthroughs in key technical fields that concern the national economic lifeline and national security, and to achieve leapfrog development in key high-tech fields in which China enjoys relative advantages.” In 1992, Xiaoping boldly proclaimed: the “Middle East has oil, China has rare earths.”

This brings us to today.

REEs have gone “from being practically unheard of a few years ago to being one of the most-talked-about commodities,” according to the WSJ. There has been growing concern in the U.S. regarding our reliance on China for our REE needs, which has resulted in unusual bipartisan support for increased domestic REE production.

Regarding the U.S. position in the international REE arena, Hannis states: “In much the same way that we should strive for independence from Middle Eastern oil, the United States now needs to make ‘rare earth independence’ from China a key priority of government. After all, the nation that supplies our rare earths shares one key similarity to the region that supplies much of our oil: neither are getting friendlier to America.”

Apparently Congress has gotten the message. Last year, Rep. Doc Hastings, (R-WA), Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said: “Just like the United States’ dependence on foreign oil causes pain at the pump, Americans will soon feel the impact of China’s monopoly on the rare-earth element market.”

In September, the House of Representatives passed, with bipartisan support, HR 761: the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013, with the goal of allowing for the more efficient development of the U.S.’s $6.2 trillion worth of minerals and metals without minimizing or hindering the environmental review process.

On October 29, 17 Senators (nine Republicans and eight Democrats) introduced similar legislation: The Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2013 to “help reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign suppliers.” According to the Background and Section-by-Section Summary: “The legislation directs the Secretary of Interior to establish a list of minerals critical to the U.S. economy and, pursuant to those designations, outlines a comprehensive set of policies that will bolster critical mineral production, expand manufacturing, and promote recycling and alternatives—all while maintaining strong environmental protections.”

The Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2013 has widespread industry support—even though it calls for yet another stall-tactic study, when 23 studies have already determined that we have a crisis and an emergency.

Hal Quinn, National Mining Association CEO, heralded the bill as “a welcome recognition of the urgent need to facilitate the development of American minerals.” He observed that the measure would analyze the “impediments to domestic minerals mining that hamper the prospects of a sustainable U.S. manufacturing renaissance. It is widely understood that the slow and inefficient permitting system in the U.S. poses the largest impediment to unlocking the full value of American minerals.”

Likewise, the Women’s Mining Coalition statement reads: “this bill will provide high-paying, long-term employment for many Americans, while also providing world-respected environmental management practices and implementation.”

The House bill passed with the support of 100 percent of the Republicans and many Democrats. The same can be assumed for the Senate version. Senate Democrats need to hear from their constituents, they need to know that you support The Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2013. Please call your Senator and ask for his or her support.

Right now, there are only two non-Chinese suppliers for REEs (Molycorp in California and Lynas Corp. in Australia)—but there are several projects, such as Rare Elements Resources’ “Bear Lodge,” in development in the U.S. that could be providing national and economic security within a few years with the passage of The Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2013. America’s REE resources and potential production and refining give us a strong global advantage—but we must accelerate and streamline the permitting process. It is time for our government to make policy that is designed to benefit America.

The author of Energy Freedom, Marita Noon serves as the executive director for Energy Makes America Great Inc. and the companion educational organization, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE). Together they work to educate the public and influence policy makers regarding energy, its role in freedom, and the American way of life. Combining energy, news, politics, and, the environment through public events, speaking engagements, and media, the organizations’ combined efforts serve as America’s voice for energy.

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Jim Crawford Provides Legislative Votes and Some Analysis

Now that the legislative dust has settled in Santa Fe, I have attached a table I made for the voting records of the 5 legislators covering most of Valencia County and the action by the governor.  It is a short hand list of all the bills that passed both houses.  I have highlighted the bills that we made comments on.  We commented on 93 bills.  We opposed 60 of them.  Four we supported passed both houses and all were signed but one which was vetoed.  Nine of the bills we opposed passed both houses and 5 were signed, 3 were vetoed, and one is still in limbo and not yet recorded on the web site.

Later Jim

Voting Records 2013 Legislature

By Jim Crawford

Bill #

Title

Description

KF

AB

SE

CS

MS

SM

H 1 Feed Bill Fund 2013 Legislature

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H 2

General Appropriation Act $5,881,471,700 Gen, $2,406,437,700 Other, $396,671,400 Transfers, $5,437,798,700 Feds, $14,122,379,500 Total

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H 18

Drinking water system financing $2 M for federal match for safe drinking water lns

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H21C

Requiring agendas for 72 hours Requires agendas to be available 72 hours before meetings

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H22

Autism coverage in group plan Requires group health coverage of autism

A

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H34

Tecolote Land Grant Mgt Adds Tecolote to list of recognized land grants

Y

Y

Y

Y

`Y

S

H35

Use of funds by land grant coun Allows use of funds for unrecognized land grants

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

PV

H37

Annual delinquent property tax Requires annual delinquent property tax sales

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H40 C

Designation of benefit corporations Allows voluntary designation as benefit corp social and environmental justice purposes

Y

Y

E

Y

Y

H45

Transfer insurance from PRC Implements CA to form superintendent in PRC

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H46

Transfer corps from PRC to SOS Implements CA to make transfer

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H51

Summer school elective civics Allows summer civics classes to be offered as elec

Y

Y

A

Y

Y

PV

H53

Teacher Loan Repayment Act Fund to pay principle and interest, intend to work

Y

A

Y

Y

Y

S

H54

School board cyberbullying pre Requires boards to develop anti cyberbullying poli

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

S

H58

Rural telecom regulation Relaxes some PRC regulation and filing require

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H61

Game & Fish special events Permits waiver of licenses for special events

Y

Y

E

Y

Y

S

H62

Electronic professional licen ren Allows agencies to provide for electronic renewal

Y

Y

A

Y

Y

S

H70

NFMA revolving fund projs Authorizes $1 M for specific projects

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H72

Commercial car lease

Y

Y

E

Y

Y

S

H73

Convention centr financing Allows any incorporated city or county to implement lodgers tax to pay for convention cent

Y

Y

E

Y

Y

S

H76

Frontier communities program $100 K for main street frontier communities progra

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H83

Driver ed insurance reduction a Reduces age to 50 for premium reduction, exemp

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

PV

H85 C

Geothermal leasing Fair mkt for lease and royalties, sustainable non di

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H93

Campaign fund reporting Allows payments of funds using automatically rec

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H101

Hoisting op license Clarify requirements for license, admin penalty not

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H104

Expand reasons for amber alert Expands and makes easier to make amber alert

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

S

H106

Increase value of city lease pro Increases limit from $25 K to $250 K of what can

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

PV

H107

Municipal court fees for law enf Allows use for law enforcement facility

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H112

Data in school accountability re Requires reporting by race, gender, and poverty

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

S

H120 C

Locomotive fuel GRT Expands to other RR capital investments in state

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H130

Move brain injury fund Transfer to Human Services Dept

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H131

Silver alert for endangered pers Create a silver alert system in DPS for endangered

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H133

Disclosure of contractor contrib Requires registration, disclosure of contributions

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

V

H146

Sale of meth precursors Restricting the amount of purchase over the coun

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

V

H151

Magistrate judge elections Allows incumbents to be reelected in districts 200K

A

Y

A

Y

Y

S

H154

Repeal meat licensing provision Repeal of several sections imported meat, bond

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H155

Replacement fees for disabled $5 fee for placard replacement

N

N

Y

Y

Y

V

H164

Clarify speed limit violations Prohibit use for license revocation and insurance

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H171

Insurance for telemedicine Requires coverage

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

PV

H172

Limit tax credit paid to other stat Limited to NM tax liability amount

Y

Y

A

Y

Y

S

H173

Uniform child abduction protect Prevention orders and penalties

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H175

Utility suspension for deployed Can be suspended during deployment

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H178

Electronic criminal cites and fee Provides for electronic cites and fee payments

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H180

Military spouses and licensure Allows expedited professional licenses

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H186

Oryx hunt for vets Given resident rates

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H192

School program units Program units for national certifications

N

N

Y

Y

Y

V

H194

Amend motor carrier act Streamlines and eliminates some requirements

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H202

Unlawful acts for car dealers Makes unfair practices illegal

Y

Y

A

Y

Y

S

H205

State financial regulation Sets up special fund, financial institutions division o

Y

Y

A

Y

Y

S

H216

Fair pay for women Prohibits wage discrimination based on sex

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H219

Polling place staffing Requires adequate staffing and equipment for co

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H225

Electronic voter updates Provides for electronic update of voter reg, filing

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H227

Brain injury council Move to governor commission on disability

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H232

School dist campaign reporting Requires reports of contributions and expenditures

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H238

NM chile advertising Expands number of violations

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H247

Military war vet scholarship $150 K to new designated fund for vet scholarsh

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H260

Oriental medicine licensing Exempts from imaging licensing

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

PV

H267 C

Energy efficiency and load mgt Requires acquisition

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H273

School lease payments Option to adjust lease pmts based on CPI

Y

N

Y

E

Y

V

H274

Manufactured homes Change committee and eliminate dual licensing

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H275

Volunteer fire fighters Increases retirement benefits

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H279

Solar collector rules Rules for issuing permits

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H282

Isotopes license Special license plate

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

PV

H299

Tax administration Equal treatment, extend deadlines, lengthen int p

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H300

Pregnancy absences from scho Requires excused absences for pregnancy

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H304

Human trafficking Civil remedies and state benefits for victims

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H310

K-3 program Relaxes eligibility to qualify

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H315

Manufacturer GRT Allows payment by other than tax payer, remove r

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H327

Physical ed credit Requires including PE hours for funding qualificat

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

PV

H329

Unemployment benefit Allows recovery action for improper claim

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H334

County classes Eliminates some classes, increases salaries

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H343

Health benefits Allows participation by nonprofits

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H347

Trust Co fees Increase fees and capital requirements

A

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H348

Construction inspectors Statewide inspector license requirements

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H352

Capital outlay projects Requires security for state contributions

Y

Y

Y

E

Y

S

H353

Capital outlay projects Reauthorization and reappropriation

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H358

Judicial stds commission Adds two members

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H368

San Juan precincts Renumbers precincts

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H371

Public improvement dist Requires board of finance approval to issue bonds

Y

Y

E

Y

Y

S

H374

Safe haven for infants Defines safe haven

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H379

Film production tax Increases tax credits

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

V

H392

Public ed commission Establish commission independent of PED

N

N

Y

Y

Y

V

H393

Drug disposal Allows pharmacists to sell or dispose of

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H401

Tech transfer companies Permits state investment in state companies

N

N

Y

Y

Y

S

H415

Water supply testing Requires listing and expanded testing of water co

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H416

Anesthesiologist assistant Additional student supervision

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H417

Cultural affairs Creates enterprise fund

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H438

Mandatory Parole Eliminates for short sentences

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

V

H443

Unpaid employment Creates preferences for civil action re min wage,

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H448

Watershed districts Allows land removal and project discontinuance

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H460

Charter school Prohibits management contracts for school mgt

N

N

Y

Y

Y

V

H462

School district solvency Provides flexibility

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

S

H481

Teacher competency Requires evidence of competency to advance

N

N

Y

Y

Y

V

H483

Public defenders Creates commission, rules

N

N

E

Y

Y

S

H493

Geospatial data Sets up clearing house at UNM

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H494

Pipeline notice Requires positive response notice for pipe line loc

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H497

Electronic voter registration Allows electronic update of registration info

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H503

GO bond sales Allows negotiated sales and designated

Y

Y

E

Y

Y

S

H506

B&B beer and wine permits Allows B&B permits

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H513

School testing Allows demonstrated competence qualify for gra

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

V

H522

Charter school Require verification of meeting fed grant regs

N

N

Y

Y

Y

PV

H540

PAL license Allows special plate

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

PV

H541

Teacher language proficiency Seal for proficiency in 2 language, create council

N

N

Y

Y

Y

PV

H542

Community schools Creates community school program – socialistic

N

N

Y

Y

Y

S

H546

Compilation of amendments Provides for compilation of amendments

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H562

Technology research Creates a collaborative

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H569

Game and Fish license Last for one year from date of issue

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

V

H570

Sex offenders Establishes tiers, registration, monitoring

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H580

Hospital bonds Additional bonding for Gila med center

Y

Y

E

Y

Y

S

H581

Economic development Increases number of businesses that may qualify

N

Y

E

Y

Y

S

H588

Community engagement team For assistance of mentally ill

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

V

H593

Higher ed property tax Allows counties to levy tax

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

V

H608

Bern Co criminal justice Creates review commission

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H615

Volunteer firefighter Allows for payment of stipends

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H623

School counselor Eligible for level 3 license

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H628

Place holder Special ed maintenance appropriation

N

N

Y

Y

Y

S

H641

Place holder Film production tax credit

N

N

Y

Y

N

S

H654

Place holder Group insurance premiums and transfers

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

H658

Place holder Registration of fetal deaths

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

HCR1

Disclosure legis info Protects comm from FOIA N

N

Y

Y

Y

S2

State aviation fund use Allows use for planning, admin, mtce, equip, repai

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

S4

Dialysis facility gross receipts Exempts from GRT for dialysis procedures

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

V

S 5

San Antonio Land Grt pol status Grants political subdivision status

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

S7 C

Tax expenditure and budget reporting Requires a tax expenditure and dedicated revenue budget

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

V

S8

PRC commissioner qualifications Requires degree and relevant experience

Y

Y

Y

N

N

S

S9

State investment council chang Eliminates gov revises membership elections duties

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

PV

S 10

Notice for surveys on land grant Repeals requirement for notice of survey

Y

Y

Y

Y

E

S

S12 NFMA Changes Changes composition, quorum requirements, cre

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

V

S14 C

Extend sustainable building tax 10 year extension

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

S16 Public finance campaign chan Remove seed money requi, change match amts

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

V

S20 Raise probation costs for defen Raises fee from $30 to $50

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

S

S24 Local govt investment pool Increases % of general and bond funds that are p

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

S25 Judicial retirement changes Changes age and length of service requirements

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

V

S27 Public employee retirement cha Reduce COL, increase contributions

N

Y

Y

Y

N

S

S35 No conviction for mtr vehicle off No conviction for reg., ins., or license if shown in ct

Y

Y

Y

Y

E

S

S36 Penalties for mtr vehicle offenses Adds and increases penalties

Y

Y

Y

Y

E

S

S37 Clarify driver license suspensions Adds penalties for driving on revoked license

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

S38

Transfer community/land grant r Transfers registry from SOS to Land Grant Council

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

S

S39

College dist bonds for computer Allows expenditure of bond funds for hardware

Y

Y

Y

E

Y

S

S40

No electronic communication Devices prohibited in jails and prison

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

S

S41

Background check for CYFD Allows check of potential placement home, fed

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

S

S43

Require health services pg wom Substance abuse facilities must offer service to pg

N

N

Y

Y

Y

PV

S51

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Repeal fruit and veg standards Repeal of certain sections

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Disposition of state owned anim Provides for K-9 dogs to go to trainer or be adopt

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Poison and drug info center Creates NM poison and drug information center

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Community corrections panels Eliminates state and local selection panels

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Commercial code remittance tr Clarifies a number of rules

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DNA Admin center Provides for location and admin of a DNA center

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Bio diesel definitions Defines bio diesel and blended bio diesel

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Change board and commission Extends a number of boards for another 6 years

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Equalization guarantee sch of a Prohibits use of equalization $ for outreach and rb

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Financial regulation fund Creates another special fund

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Subdivision act definitions Clarifies exception to subdivision definition

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Trust company certificate fees Increases fees and capital requirements

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Professional license stds and bds Allow clinical fellows, increase fees, increase boar

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Plant protection act changes Change in definitions and inspection procedures

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DWI interlock leasing Provides for state providing for indigent offenders

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Surety insurance contract Requires compliance with insurance code

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Bataan month Names April as Bataan-Corregidor month

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Long term care partnership Requires establishing program

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Hospital as stemi center Provides for certification and regulation

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Farm driver license Restricted CDL for farming

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Real estate appraiser license Adds broker options

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Portable electronics insurance Sets up and regulates

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Nonresidential real estate brok Provides for license for nonresident broker

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Health Insurance exchange Creates and provides for regulations

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Water fund and acequia Authorizes loans and grants

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School investments Allows schools to make investments within limits

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Gender neutral language Requires legis counsel service to use

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Worker comp atty fees Raises limits on fees

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Chile advertising Expands violations of ad act

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Space flight informed consent Amends liability circumstances and application pr

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Childhood development service Exempts from procurement code requirements

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Driver ed instructor Repeals requirement to be NM licensed driver

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Construction inspectors Defines state wide inspector certifications

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Prof license for military and spou Recognize license from other jurisdictions

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Alcohol server training Require every 3 yr instead of 5

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Fertilizer act Definitions, penalties for alteration, govt coopera

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Emergency mental evaluations Independent professional may make determinati

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Horse shelter rescue fund Creates new dedicated special interest fund

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Worker’s comp clean up A number of administrative and operational chan

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Remove land from watershed di Provides for removal and cancellation of

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Valuation of renewable energy equip Provides valuation formula for valuing renewable facilities

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Senior tax freeze 5 year freeze for low income and disabled

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Criminal records Provides expungement of criminal records

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Prescription drug insurance Requires procedures for approval of drug covera

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Children’s trust fund Expands program definition

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Marriage licenses Clarifies and updates a number of requirements

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Scholarship eligibility Increases family income eligibility to $60 K

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Home and charter schools Allows enrollment in some public school courses

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Public records Change recording standards and requirements

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Hepatitis testing Repeals

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HIV testing Allows disclosure of results

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Unclaimed insurance benefits Requires good faith search, turn over to state

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Railroad fencing Provides for land owner enforcement

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Motor carriers Sets quality of service standards

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School lease Require approval, prohibit conflict of interest

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Unemployment fund Schedule, formula

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Assisted living Requires refund policy

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State buildings Merge divisions and change name

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Design/build projects Removes $10 M minimum

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Building remodel Raises threshold for NFMA to approve

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Ultra sound Allow use by nurses and midwife

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Open containers Eliminates exceptions to open container law

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Public service atty loans Raises the cap on loan payments

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Airline employees Allows trade of hours with no OT pay required

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Home visiting Requires home visiting program, provides rule

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School rating Modified formula

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Social media access Prohibits requesting pass words from prospective e

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Barber and cosmetologist Gives power to issue cease and desist orders

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Excuses absence Excused absence required for pregnancy

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Whistle blowers Confidentiality for minimum wages complaints

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American made vehicles Exempts law enforcement from American made r

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Local liquor tax Increase rates and clarify uses

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Health data base $20 for task force on all payer claims in Bern co

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Dividend and property tax repor Allows greatest collection to avoid division or com

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Mandatory parole Removes mandatory parole for sentence under yr

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Social media Prohibits schools from requesting student passwor

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B&B beer and wine Allows B&B beer and wine licenses

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Alcohol tasting permits Allows tasting at facilities

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County firefighting Allows counties to contract with individuals

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Municipal incorporation Adds additional requirements to incorporate

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DWI Provides for interlocks after sentence completion

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Government procurement Duties and exceptions defined

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Horse race license Adding and increasing penalties for doping

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Indian suicide Create Indian suicide prevention council

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Procurement debarring Revises provisions and conditions

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Developmental disabilities Require legis approval for new facilities and servic

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School district solvency Provides accounting flexibility

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Subdivision water supply Requires adequate water by subdividers on land

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Subdivision water permits Requires permit for sufficient water prior to plat ap

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Nominating petitions Changes time for nominating petitions to be filed

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Eyewitness procedures Procedures for increased eyewitness accuracy

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Post conviction DNA testing Provides for post conviction DNA testing

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Hospital bonds Additional bonding authority for Gila Regional Me

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Homeowner assn act Provides formation and operation of HOA’s

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Ag property valuation Must be requested 30 days prior

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Corporate tax Lowers rates

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State owned rail road property Procedures for sale or trade of state owned RR pr

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Rural job tax credit Clarify definitions and application

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State offices $2.3 M for renovation & const, includes out of Sfe

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Suspension of utilities for military Allows suspension and then reconnection re depl

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Health care Provides added payment sources

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School grades council Creates council to study school grading

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Teacher and principal evaluat Creates council to create rating system

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Place holder Caps on energy efficiency charges on utility bills

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Place holder Clarify lender reporting

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Place holder Registration of private colleges

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Bill numbers in color are bills I commented on: Green = support Red = oppose

Action columns: KF = Kelly Fajardo AB = Alonzo Baldonado SE = Steven Easley CS = Clemente Sanchez

MS = Michael Sanchez SM = Susana Martinez

4 bills I supported passed both houses. 3 were signed and 1 was vetoed

9 bills I opposed passed both houses. 5 were signed and 3 were vetoed 1 is still in limbo (HB40)

I sent comments on 93 bills of which 60 were in opposition. Some were commented on several times as they moved through committees.

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Marita Noon: Obama Overreach Includes Energy

Marita Noon has graciously allowed us to post her material.  We are grateful to for her talents and as she has said elsewhere, this column is a little different in comparison to most she has written.  Enjoy!

Following the Conservative Political Action Conference—known as CPAC—it has been reported that the faithful feel discouraged, dispirited, and defeated. Dr. Ben Carson, who emerged from the Conference as the new conservative darling, has stated that America is heading for failure. Generally, I agree. However, I see a chink in the armor.

The alliance of the environmental lobby and big government advocates have been winning—Obama is back in the White House, the new cabinet members seem worse than the last, and the Keystone pipeline has become a battle line. With the victory, however, they’ve perhaps gotten over confident and pushed too hard. They’ve had a series of losses that have put them on the defense—and everyone knows, you win on the offense.

Their losses haven’t made headline news—making them easy to miss, and the alliance is not likely to beat a hasty retreat, but looking at them added together, I see an opening for a breakthrough.

In case you missed them, here are some of the recent reversals they’ve received:

·      On March 20, the Supreme Court shot down “overzealous greens” that hoped to “hobble the logging industry by reclassifying rural storm water runoff under the Clean Water Act’s ‘point source’ standards, which require costly federal permits.” The Court ruled: “more effective regulation could be done by states and state foresters.”

·      On March 19, the Obama Administration scrapped “a series of graphic warning labels on cigarette packages that were blocked by a federal appeals court”—a win for the “tobacco industry’s free-speech rights under the First Amendment.” Howard Koh, assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services, says the FDA won’t be deterred from implementing stronger warning labels.

·      Senator Dianne Feinstein’s gun-ban bill became a victim of friendly fire when, in a March 18 meeting, Majority Leader Harry Reid notified a “frustrated Feinstein” that her assault-weapon ban “wouldn’t be part of a Democratic gun bill.” The exclusion means “almost certain defeat” but, according to the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence’s Ladd Everitt, it has “fired up gun violence prevention advocates.”

·      On March 15, hyper-liberal Bill Maher had an epiphany on his HBO show Real Time. In a conversation with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, regarding Paul Ryan’s budget, Maher announced that rich people “actually do pay the freight in this country.” He continued, calling the taxes the rich pay: “outrageous” and “ridiculous.” He warned his liberal friends: “you could actually lose me.”

·      Facing the reality of a nuclear attack, on March 15 the Obama administration announced a reversal on missile defense. In 2009, Obama killed the Bush administration’s plans for 14 US ground-based long-range missile interceptors—which are now, in opposition to the “Democratic Party’s long aversion to any kind of missile defense,” playing catch up. Missile Defense advocates are now vindicated.

·      Government overreach received a setback on March 11, when “a judge threw out New York City’s ban on supersized sugary drinks.” Judge Milton Tingling said the soda ban “would not only violate the separation of powers doctrine, it would eviscerate it.” And, that has the “potential to be more troubling than sugar sweetened beverages.”

The list could continue to include NBC’s ratings fall and Obama’s sudden shift in relations with Republicans, but you get the idea.

“Marita,” you might say, “this is an interesting list, and I get your point, but you write on energy, and none of this has anything to do with energy.”

Here are some similar setbacks to the left’s energy agenda:

·      Going back a couple of months, on January 25, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, in a unanimous decision, found that the EPA was projecting far too much production of cellulosic ethanol and mandating the exaggerated fuel standards—confirming that “EPA’s renewable fuels program is unworkable and must be scrapped.” The nonexistent-fuel requirement is costing refiners $8 million dollars in fines paid to the federal government—which are passed on to consumer—due to the unreasonable 2012 mandate.

·      Last month, regulators met in California “hoping to hash out a solution to the peculiar stresses placed on the state’s network by sharp increases in wind and solar energy.” The state is “running low on conventional plants, such as those fueled by natural gas” and now “it doesn’t have the right mix.” Utility executives are predicting rolling brown outs as early as this summer. Other states with high dependence on wind and solar resources face similar problems.

·      “In a preemptive move to protect against possible court challenges,” “an early step toward President Barack Obama’s second-term goal of cutting emissions linked to climate change has hit a snag.” Reported on March 19: “The Obama administration is weighing changes to a proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule to limit emissions at new power plants.” The EPA’s rule would “essentially ban new coal-fired power plants”—which “may not withstand legal scrutiny.”

·      On March 20, another Solyndra-esque, government-funded solar panel manufacturer embarrassment came to light. SoloPower began the first round of layoffs just months after opening with a high-profile ribbon cutting and is now “selling some of its equipment through a third party and is attempting to restructure its $197 million federal loan guarantee.” The story shows that “politicians are proving to be lousy venture capitalists with this and other green energy subsidies.”

Again, this sampling of stories illustrates the cause for my optimism.

In war, and we are in a war, when one side sees signs of weakness, it is time to act and exploit the vulnerabilities; go on the offensive. The weapons we have are social media, email, and our telephones. Here are some of the battles we could win if we join in the fight for American jobs, economic growth, and affordable energy.

·      The Keystone pipeline is in the news again due to the recently released State Department report that concludes that it is environmentally safe. The pipeline, alone, has the unique ability to create jobs without taxpayer monies, spur economic growth in the states it will cross and other states that will participate in construction support, and lower the cost of gasoline through increased supply. We all need to add our “comments.” Tell the State department to end the four-year delay and approve the Keystone pipeline.

·      Anti-surface mining ads running in Tennessee on March 19 are just the latest in the war on coal. The war is raging against coal mining—which provides good paying jobs for thousands of Americans—and against coal-fueled power plants with 300+ scheduled for closure in the next few years and no possible replacement. We need an energy policy that works for each locale rather than one-size-fits-all requirements. For example, in New Mexico, we have coal-fueled power plants built right next to a coal mine, yet EPA regulations are shutting down five of the nine units. Likewise, West Virginia has an abundance of coal, and they, too, are closing plants. In the Pacific Northwest, hydropower is efficient, effective, and economical, but environmental groups are forcing their removal. Call or email the White House and tell the Obama administration to make good on the “all of the above” promise and not limit or mandate specific electricity sources.

·      Due to the combination of new technology and new applications of sixty-year-old technology, America now has an abundance of natural gas. Many markets across the globe need our natural gas—which could be liquefied and shipped worldwide and help the US trade deficit. In a free market, companies should be allowed to sell their products to the highest bidder, but due to trade agreements and the slow approval process of applications to build new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminals, this boost to the economy is being stifled. LNG exports are one of the few issues that truly have bipartisan support—yet, environmentalists oppose them and the Department of Energy has been dragging its feet on LNG export applications. Contact your Senators and Representative and tell them to oppose legislation that would limit LNG exports.

There is more we could do, but together these simple steps—passed on to everyone you know through Facebook, Twitter, and your personal email list, and acted upon—can serve as our forlorn hope (the first wave of soldiers attacking a breach in defenses). Let’s band together with a common strategy, a surge, that can turnaround the current direction and make America great again.

Article From: http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/maritanoon/2013/03/24/obama-overreach-includes-energy-n1547434#

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Alaska Cold And Getting Colder

State Seal of Alaska.
State Seal of Alaska. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Up or Down, colder or warmer, man-made or natural course of things.  Gore says warming  and caused by man.  And he probably has a warm feeling since he has ripped the Albatross from his neck through the sale of Current TV to Al Jazeera.

Not now, but back in December 2012, the Alaska Dispatch reported Alaska was (get ready) not warming, but cooling in degrees over a certain period … still increasing in degrees of decline when the article was published.

While some employees of certain government agencies will rush to dash cold water on this Alaska cooling trend, we are sure cooler heads will prevail if the foregoing does not make their blood boil.

Anyway, just click on the link below to read the Dispatch piece:

Even The Flounders Are Floundering In The Cold

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Who Or What’s To Blame For Sandy?

Every so-called climate scientist is trying to sell his or her explanation for the cause of Sandy and other huge storm systems.  And as usual, humanity is touted more times than not as the primary cause.  Here’s a short video that say otherwise.

Blame Sandy On What?

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Christopher Mueli Presents: Annual Permaculture Meeting 9-29-12

 

Annual Permaculture Gathering

at La Resolana In Edgewood

Saturday, September 29, 2012

12:00 PM Site Tour

2:00 PM Potluck

3:00 PM Poetry of Hope in Dark Times — Bruce Noll

4:00 PM One Minute Announcements

4:05 PM Rainwater Harvesting —linking it all together on your site — Jim Brooks— Michael Young

Bruce Noll will share the poetry of hope selected from Frost, Sandberg, Whitman and his own writings. He has presented Walt Whitman’s “America” internationally and across America. Bruce recently “retired,” but will continue to teach poetry in the Honors Program at UNM.

Jim Brooks and Michael Young will share how they combine passive and active rainwater harvesting strategies into integrated rainwater systems. Jim is the founder of Soilutions, where Michael assists him in interpreting, engineering and documenting difficult terrain.

This free permaculture gathering will include a site tour of a variety of evolving rainwater harvesting techniques and strategies, path-making, and (young!) forest gardens.

Please bring friends and children, your favorite dish to share and your finest sunhat. Please car pool and leave pets at home.

Take I-40 to exit #187 (25 miles east of Albuquerque and 8 miles west of Moriarty). At the end of the off-ramp, go south two blocks to the stoplight at the intersection with H #333 (Smith’s Grocery will be on your left). Go straight up the hill on Edgewood Road #7 and turn right in ½ mile onto Moriarty Road (gravel). Go ¼ mile to #24 and turn right into my driveway or go straight ahead down the hill and park on your left.

I look forward to seeing everyone and meeting new friends! If you need a map or a timely update, please call me at (505) 281-4871.

Christian Meuli

 

Agenda 21: Did You Ask For This (Repost)

The Agenda 21 for culture is the first documen...

The Agenda 21 for culture is the first document with worldwide mission that advocates establishing the groundwork of an undertaking by cities and local governments for cultural development. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) – Yeah Right

I’m sure you didn’t, but G.W. Bush did.  He signed the process for the United States back in the mid-1990′s and we’ve sped along ever since that day.  There are hundreds, if not thousands, of municipalities and counties in the United States who have, or will sign on to what looks to be the biggest unmerited force ever foisted on people of this country.  As I write these words, Santa Fe County continues with their desire and actual attempt to have “sustainability” passed as a component of their land use development code.

Obama’s recently ordered “Rural Council,” is said by many to be a part of this scheme we write about known as Agenda 21.  The entire document comprises over 200 .pdf pages and I have placed a link to the document just below:

AGENDA 21 (in 200+ pages)

Of course you and few other ordinary citizens have not the time to read, much less digest, such a tome (truly, a small part of a much greater body of work under the United Nations) so we have provided more information below which should prove helpful — from The American Policy Center in one page or so:

AGENDA 21 IN ONE EASY LESSON

Awareness of Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development is racing across the nation as citizens in community after community are learning what their city planners are actually up to. As awareness grows, I am receiving more and more calls for tools to help activists fight back. Many complain that elected officials just won’t read detailed reports or watch long videos. “Can you give us something that is quick, and easy to read that we can hand out,” I’m asked.

So here it is. A one page, quick description of Agenda 21 that fits on one page. I’ve also included for the back side of your hand out a list of quotes for the perpetrators of Agenda 21 that should back up my brief descriptions.

A word of caution, use this as a starter kit, but do not allow it to be your only knowledge of this very complex subject. To kill it you have to know the facts. Research, know your details; discover the NGO players in your community; identify who is victimized by the policies and recruit them to your fight; and then kill Agenda 21. That’s how it must be done. The information below is only your first step. Happy hunting.

What is Sustainable Development?

According to its authors, the objective of sustainable development is to integrate economic, social and environmental policies in order to achieve reduced consumption, social equity, and the preservation and restoration of biodiversity. Sustainablists insist that every societal decision be based on environmental impact, focusing on three components; global land use, global education, and global population control and reduction.

Social Equity (Social injustice)

Social justice is described as the right and opportunity of all people “to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment.” Redistribution of wealth. Private property is a social injustice since not everyone can build wealth from it. National sovereignty is a social injustice. Universal health care is a social injustice. All part of Agenda 21 policy.

Economic Prosperity

Public Private Partnerships (PPP). Special dealings between government and certain, chosen corporations which get tax breaks, grants and the government’s power of
Eminent Domain to implement sustainable policy. Government-sanctioned monopolies.

Local Sustainable Development policies

Smart Growth, Wildlands Project, Resilient Cities, Regional Visioning Projects, STAR Sustainable Communities, Green jobs, Green Building Codes, “Going Green,” Alternative Energy, Local Visioning, facilitators, regional planning, historic preservation, conservation easements, development rights, sustainable farming, comprehensive planning, growth management, consensus.

Who is behind it?

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (formally, International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives). Communities pay ICLEI dues to provide “local” community plans, software, training, etc. Addition groups include American Planning Council, The Renaissance Planning Group, International City/ County Management Group, aided by US Mayors Conference, National Governors Association, National League of Cities, National Association of County Administrators and many more private organizations and official government agencies. Foundation and government grants drive the process.

Where did it originate?

The term Sustainable Development was first introduced to the world in the pages a 1987 report (Our Common Future) produced by the United Nations World Commission on Environmental and Development, authored by Gro Harlem Brundtland, VP of the World Socialist Party. The term was first offered as official UN policy in 1992, in a document called UN Sustainable Development Agenda 21, issued at the UN’s Earth Summit, today referred to simply as Agenda 21.

What gives Agenda 21 Ruling Authority?

More than 178 nations adopted Agenda 21 as official policy during a signing ceremony at the Earth Summit. US president George H.W. Bush signed the document for the US. In signing, each nation pledge to adopt the goals of Agenda 21. In 1995, President Bill Clinton, in compliance with Agenda 21, signed Executive Order #12858 to create the President’s Council on Sustainable Development in order to “harmonize” US environmental policy with UN directives as outlined in Agenda 21. The EO directed all agencies of the Federal Government to work with state and local community governments in a joint effort “reinvent” government using the guidelines outlined in Agenda 21. As a result, with the assistance of groups like ICLEI, Sustainable Development is now emerging as government policy in every town, county and state in the nation.

Revealing Quotes From the Planners

“Agenda 21 proposes an array of actions which are intended to be implemented by EVERY person on Earth…it calls for specific changes in the activities of ALL people… Effective execution of Agenda 21 will REQUIRE a profound reorientation of ALL humans, unlike anything the world has ever experienced… ” Agenda 21: The Earth Summit Strategy to Save Our Planet (Earthpress, 1993). Emphases – DR

Urgent to implement – but we don’t know what it is!

“The realities of life on our planet dictate that continued economic development as we know it cannot be sustained…Sustainable development, therefore is a program of action for local and global economic reform – a program that has yet to be fully defined.” The Local Agenda 21 Planning Guide, published by ICLEI, 1996.

“No one fully understands how or even, if, sustainable development can be achieved; however, there is growing consensus that it must be accomplished at the local level if it is ever to be achieved on a global basis.” The Local Agenda 21 Planning Guide, published by ICLEI, 1996.

Agenda 21 and Private Property

“Land…cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth, therefore contributes to social injustice.” From the report from the 1976 UN’s Habitat I Conference.

“Private land use decisions are often driven by strong economic incentives that result in several ecological and aesthetic consequences…The key to overcoming it is through public policy…” Report from the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, page 112.

“Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class – involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work air conditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable.” Maurice Strong, Secretary General of the UN’s Earth Summit, 1992.

Reinvention of Government

“We need a new collaborative decision process that leads to better decisions, more rapid change, and more sensible use of human, natural and financial resources in achieving our goals.” Report from the President’s Council on Sustainable Development

“Individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective.” Harvey Ruvin, Vice Chairman, ICLEI. The Wildlands Project

“We must make this place an insecure and inhospitable place for Capitalists and their projects – we must reclaim the roads and plowed lands, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers and return to wilderness millions of tens of millions of acres or presently settled land.” Dave Foreman, Earth First.

What is not sustainable?

Ski runs, grazing of livestock, plowing of soil, building fences, industry, single family homes, paves and tarred roads, logging activities, dams and reservoirs, power line construction, and economic systems that fail to set proper value on the environment.” UN’s Biodiversity Assessment Report.

Hide Agenda 21’s UN roots from the people

“Participating in a UN advocated planning process would very likely bring out many of the conspiracy- fixated groups and individuals in our society… This segment of our society who fear ‘one-world government’ and a UN invasion of the United States through which our individual freedom would be stripped away would actively work to defeat any elected official who joined ‘the conspiracy’ by undertaking LA21. So we call our process something else, such as comprehensive planning, growth management or smart growth.” J. Gary Lawrence, advisor to President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development.

Here is a video from Tom Deweese which speaks to Agenda 21 (about 17 minutes):

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