April 30, 2014

2nd highest April temperature recorded today

“Wednesday afternoon was nothing but bright, blue skies with temperatures reaching 84 degrees. It was the second highest reading in the Olympias history for the month of April. The record of 87 degrees was reached on April 27, 1987,” quoting Corbin Reiff in The Olympian.
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April 30, 2014

Thurston County power line put in place near Yelm

“A new high-capacity electric transmission line was put in place today [April 29] by Puget Sound Energy, adding more reliable power to 15,000 local businesses and 120,000 residents in Thurston County.

Set alongside Old Pacific Highway north of Yelm, the 230-kV line will reach from PSEs St. Clair substation to an intersection point with the Bonneville Power Administrations 230 kV transmission line to the south. The site’s terrain and topography provide make the best and most efficient way to build this part of the line, said spokeswoman Heather Brickey.”
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April 30, 2014

Yelm “Downstreamers” make case against Yelm on water

Yelm “Downstreamers” makes impact on city’s receiving more than doubling of water rights:
“Our case is scheduled to be heard by the [Thurston County] Superior Court on May 8, 2014 in Olympia, presided by Judge Christine Schaller. Ecology and Yelm submitted their briefs on February 18, and our final brief was submitted on February 27th.

I [Sara Foster] just received word that an Amicus Brief was filed. Amicus Curiae literally means friend of the court, and is a person or entity with strong interest or views on the subject matter. In this case, water usage. They help to raise awareness about aspects of the case the court might otherwise miss. They are not paid for this expertise.

An attorney (not my attorney) filed on behalf of the Carnegie Group and CELP (Center for Environmental Law and Policy). CELP has been called Washingtons Water Watchdog, protecting streams, rivers and aquifers. They are, of course, a nonprofit agency. They are also the folks that initially guided and assisted me in the beginning of this journey, a few years ago. They also assisted in procuring a terrific water attorney to help me, Patrick Williams, as I was being blown out of the water doing it by myself. Sara Foster vs. the City of Yelm and Dept of Ecology was out of my league, to be sure.

The Carnegie Group began in 2006 in response to the evolving economic crises. I just looked them up. I personally dont know anything about them, but am pleased they are rooting for the Future.

I am pleased at the new development and will keep you updated.”

April 29, 2014

America’s Prison Industry – YES industry

Photo credit: Joern Haufe / Getty Images

– UPDATE April 30, 2014
“Reseachers blast U.S. prison policies”
By Michael Doyle, McClatchy Washington Bureau
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– “Shocking Facts About Americas For-Profit Prison Industry”
“Unbeknownst to many, the prison system has become a for-profit business in which inmates are the producta system that has shocking similarities to another human-based business from Americas past: slavery.

In late 2013, a new report from In the Public Interest (ITPI) revealed that private prison companies are striking deals with states that contain clauses guaranteeing high prison occupancy ratessometimes 100 percent,” by Beth Buczynski in Care2.com.
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– “10 Prison Security Techniques Being Implemented on the American People”
“As I got closer to retiring from the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP), it began to dawn on me that the security practices we used in the prison system were being implemented outside those walls. ‘Free worlders’ is prison slang for the non-incarcerated who reside in the free world. In this article I am going to compare a number of practices used in federal prisons to those being used today in the ‘free world.’

You might find that our country may be one giant correctional institution,”quoting Marlon Brock in Analysis.
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– “Colorados Federal Supermax Prison Is Force-Feeding Inmates on Hunger Strike”
“The UN human rights office has deemed indefinite solitary confinement and nasal force-feeding, as practiced at US prisons, torture under international law,” quoting Steven Hsieh in The Nation.
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– “US Prison System Resembling Huge Geriatrics Ward”
“With over 16 percent of the national prison population falling into the aging category, experts say the U.S. prison system is beginning to resemble a gigantic geriatrics ward, at massive economic and humanitarian costs to society,” quoting Kanya DAlmeida, IPS News.
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– “Kids For Cash Scheme Exposes Horrors of For-Profit Prisons: Documentary”
“The fact that the United States leads the world in prison population is becoming common knowledge. Somewhat lesser known is the direct connection between corporate prisons and incarceration rates. There is no starker example of this than Louisiana which leads the world in for-profit prisons and, just coincidentally, happens to have the world’s highest prison population per capita.

The U.S. prison business has become the essence of predatory corporatism: it privatizes profits and socializes losses,” quoting Joe Wright in Activist Post.
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– An amazingly astute observation
“A Letter From Ray Jasper, Who Is About to Be Executed”
“Texas death row inmate Ray Jasper is scheduled to be put to death on March 19. He has written us a letter that, he acknowledges, “could be my final statement on earth.” It is well worth your time,” BY Hamilton Nolan.
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– “Lincoln Sucked At Ending Slavery, And So Do You.”
“Death row inmate Ray Jasper, who has never used the internet, wrote an article that went viral. Part of his appeal is that he made it sound like he was innocent. Not true, it turns out he slit a mans throat. But what stuck out to me, was his description of the prison system,” quoting Christopher West.
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– U.S. Imprisonment Rate Per 100,000 Residents, 1978-2012
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– “U.S., Britain Accused of Running ‘Secret Prisons’ in Afghanistan”
By Fazul Rahim and Alexander Smith, NBC News.
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– “The Hidden History of ALEC and Prison Labor”
“Years after ALEC’s Truth In Sentencing bills became the law of the land, its Prison Industries Act has quietly expanded prison labor across the country.”
By Mike Elk and Bob Sloan in The Nation, August 1, 2011.
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April 28, 2014

Officials talk ‘Preparedness’ in Yelm tonight

WHAT: Solar Flares & Earthquakes!
WHEN: Monday April 28th @ 7 p.m
WHERE: The Triad Arts Theater, Yelm
WHO: Andrew Kinney, Thurston Co Emergency Management &
Police Chief Todd Stacil, Yelm’s Emergency Manager

How is our community preparing? Questions and Answers to follow.
$10 suggested donation

– UPDATE: May 2, 2014
“County, City Emergency Coordinators Discuss Plans, Outcomes When Disaster Hits”
By Steven Wyble in the Nisqually Valley News.
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April 28, 2014

National Day of Action takes place Wednesday –
America’s PrepareAthon!

America’s PrepareAthon!
“Americas PrepareAthon! is a nationwide, community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises conducted at the national level every fall and spring.”
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From the READY Campaign of FEMA:
“We invite you to register your participation in Americas PrepareAthon!, a nationwide campaign to improve the Nations resilience. This National Day of Action takes place on April 30, 2014.

By registering your participation in the first National Day of Action, you help build a stronger and more resilient Nation. Learn your risks and what to do before a Tornado, Wildfire, Flood, or Hurricane strikes your community. Learn the actions to take on how to prepare your family, community, and business. You will have access to these preparedness resources and more that can be customized to fit your needs:

How To Guides
Preparedness Playbooks
Promotional Materials
Events Calendar
Discussion Groups
Additional Resources tailored to specific hazards and audience

Invitation to Participate in America’s PrepareAthon!

April 27, 2014

New York Homeland Security:
“Urging businesses to snitch on preppers as terrorists”

Photo of a bunker on the property of Radu and Diana Nemes
taken during a search March 18, 2014.
Photo credit: Department Of Justice report

With the recent overly sensationalistic stories in the Nisqually Valley News [compared with the Tacoma News Tribune] about the arrest of a Romanian couple who had a “bunker” with a large amount of of food storage, gold, and other “Prepper” necessities, this had me ponder the many various groups of people in Thurston County that have similar storage facilities to protect their families in an emergency:
– Mormons
– JBLM military personnel
– Militia
– Patriots
– Sovereigns
– Law enforcement personnel
– Farmers with root cellars
– Ramtha students

Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment (RSE) has been very public and very clear in posting Ramtha’s teachings on being prepared. “Having a shelter with food storage to provide for ones family has become mainstream news,” quoting the RSE-Newsletter from April 6, 2014.
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Now, this is in the news –
– “NY Homeland Security Encourages Businesses To Snitch On Preppers As Terrorists”
“The New York State Division of Homeland Security is encouraging businesses to snitch on preppers as terrorists, urging that the purchase of MREs, ammunition or flash lights be treated as a suspicious activity,” quoting Paul Joseph Watson, on Infowars.com.
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April 26, 2014

“Sustainable food” in your area

“A United Nations panel of scientists says that globally, rising temperatures will make it harder for crops to thrive.
Photo credit: Josh Haner/The New York Times

The following organizations can help you locate farm-fresh foods in your local area:

Local Harvest — This Web site will help you find farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies. http://www.localharvest.org/

Farmers’ Markets — A national listing of farmers’ markets.

Eat Well Guide: Wholesome Food from Healthy Animals — The Eat Well Guide is a free online directory of sustainably raised meat, poultry, dairy, and eggs from farms, stores, restaurants, inns, and hotels, and online outlets in the United States and Canada.

Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) — CISA is dedicated to sustaining agriculture and promoting the products of small farms. http://www.buylocalfood.org/

FoodRoutes — The FoodRoutes “Find Good Food” map can help you connect with local farmers to find the freshest, tastiest food possible. On their interactive map, you can find a listing for local farmers, CSAs, and markets near you. http://foodroutes.org/

The Ecologist Guide to Food — a major new book revealing the truth about what we eat
By Andrew Wasley, with a foreword from Zac Goldsmith
“Animal suffering, human rights abuses, the destruction of ecosystems, pollution, waste these are issues we tend not to associate with our food. However, as investigative food journalist Andrew Wasley reveals, much of our food comes with a hidden price tag.”
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– “UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only Way to Feed the World”
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– “Will healthy food crops go extinct?”
By Jon Rappoport
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– “Corporate Clout Chips Away at Organic Standards”
By Alexis Baden-Mayer and Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association.
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April 25, 2014

RSE’s Beginning “Class 101” schedule for 2014 announced

Photo credit: Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment
Copyright 2014 JZ Knight. Used with permission.

YELM, Wash., April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Remarkable Mind Beginning Event will be held at the Yelm campus on July 19 – 23 amidst the tranquil pine forests of Washington State. Additional Beginning Events will be offered worldwide in:

South Korea, May 28-June 1
Brazil, July 23-27
Italy, August 13-16
Australia, August 27-31
South Africa, October 22-26
Canada, November 12-16
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Blog writer Steve Klein has been employed by Ramtha’s school of Enlightenment (RSE) for 11+ years and a Yelm resident for 25+ years.

April 25, 2014

Yelm Farmer’s Market NEW opening date is June 1

“the first day of the season is now SUNDAY JUNE 1ST at the beautiful Nisqually Springs Farm (just past Stewart’s Meats as you head to McKenna),” quoting the Yelm Farmer’s Market.

The Farmer’s Market was originally to open May 11th, as announced here previously.
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