This Is What Happens When Congress Is for Sale

This Is What Happens When Congress Is for Sale.

First it was the gun manufacturers, who, in 2005 got Senator Larry Craig to attach the “Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act” to a funding bill. That bill made it illegal for you and me – or the victims of Sandy Hook in Newtown – to sue weapons manufacturers or those who sell their products. Tobacco companies can – and have been – sued, but not gun manufacturers. In fact, you can sue just about anybody – except gun manufacturers.

And AT&T – you can’t sue them, either, along with other telecom giants, because the “Protect America Act of 2007” that “reformed” FISA provides “full immunity from civil suits” to the phone companies for snooping on you and illegally sharing the info with the Bush administration.

And now they’ve done it again – just last week – with many of Monsanto’s products.

Despite calls from more than 250,000 Americans to veto the bill, President Obama went ahead and signed it anyway, giving giant agribusiness companies like Monsanto free reign to develop, plant and sell all sorts of genetically modified crops, despite the wide range of health and safety concerns surrounding them.”

Australia: Closing The Gap With Water Allocation – Strategic Indigenous Reserves – Indigenous People’s Right To The Commercial Use And Management Of Water – Policy Position – Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources

Australia: Closing The Gap With Water Allocation – Strategic Indigenous Reserves – Indigenous People’s Right To The Commercial Use And Management Of Water – Policy Position – Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources.

Banned TED Talk: Nick Hanauer – “Rich people don’t create jobs” | anakegoodall

Thanks to Anake Goodall for posting this.

Via Business Insider: “As the war over income inequality wages on, super-rich Seattle entrepreneur Nick Hanauer has been raising the hackles of his fellow 1-percenters, espousing the contrarian argument that rich people don’t actually create jobs. The position is controversial — so much so that TED is refusing to post a talk that Hanauer gave on the subject. National Journal reports today that TED officials decided not to put Hanauer’s March 1 speech up online after deeming his remarks “too politically controversial” for the site…”.

via Banned TED Talk: Nick Hanauer – “Rich people don’t create jobs” | anakegoodall.

ACHP Adopts Plan to Support the United Nations

Share news on LinkedIn | LinkedIn.  Posted by Milford Wayne Donaldson on March 20, 2013 at 03:45 PM EDT

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) formally endorsed a plan to support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at its winter business meeting on March 1, 2013.

I believe this is an opportunity to promote better stewardship and protection of Native American historic properties and sacred sites and in doing so helps to ensure the survival of indigenous cultures. The Declaration reinforces the ACHP’s policies and goals as contained in our Native American initiatives including the Traditional Cultural Landscapes Action Plan and our participation in the interagency memorandum of understanding on the protection of sacred sites as well as in our oversight of the Section 106 review process.

The plan calls for the ACHP to raise awareness about the Declaration within the preservation community; post information about the Declaration on its Web site; develop guidance on the intersection of the Declaration with the Section 106 process; reach out to the archaeological community about the Declaration and the conduct of archaeology in the United States; and generally integrate the Declaration into its initiatives.

The ACHP oversees the Section 106 review process which requires federal agencies to take into account the impacts of their actions on historic properties. In carrying out the Section 106 process, federal agencies are required to consult with Indian tribes, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiian organizations when historic properties of religious and cultural significance to them may be affected. The ACHP has an Office of Native American Affairs that provides assistance to federal agencies, Indian tribes, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiian organizations and others. The ACHP, among many other efforts, has also published extensive guidance regarding tribal and Native Hawaiian consultation. See the ACHP’s Declaration Plan.

Milford Wayne Donaldson is the Chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

 

World Environment News – Climate needs less U.N. talking, more market action: EU draft – Planet Ark

World Environment News – Climate needs less U.N. talking, more market action: EU draft – Planet Ark.

Totally wrong approach…

Market-driven ideology got us into this, market-driven ideology will not get us out.  
What is needed is a major change of thinking on our part. That’s you and that’s me, folks! and the time actually is right now.

Biodiversity, water and natural resource management – Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Biodiversity, water and natural resource management – Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

“Price it right, use it well”. From the perspective of market logic, this is the only feasible solution to the looming shortages of fresh water on the planet. Yet the very idea of commodifying the commons, the most basic fundamentals of human rights, is anathema, or should be.  There have to be better solutions and indeed there are. But for them to be inserted at the appropriate levels of infrastructure in ways that will not benefit only the elite and middle class will require more than magic.  It requires the active investment of  time, energy and conscious will of us all.