Monday, December 15, 2014

CELDF's Tom Linzey on Pipelines

I was just talking to someone tonight from Lancaster County PA fighting the Atlantic Sunrise. She mentioned that CELDF were helping them.

Then this came though... in the context of conversations on certain lists, I found this very timely and impactful. IMO, the CELDF approach is the correct one for the long term. It's getting to the root of the problem, not putting Band-ades over symptoms. -- BH

http://www.roanoke.com/opinion/linzey-to-stop-pipeline-force-local-governments-to-pick-a/article_5c080811-0952-5b20-a6e5-052fd111fecb.html

Linzey: To stop pipeline, force local governments to pick a fight
Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2014 2:00 am

By Thomas Alan Linzey

Kudos to The Roanoke Times for telling it like it is ("Friendly advice for pipeline opponents," — Nov. 23 editorial). In a nutshell: The law protects energy corporations, not pipeline opponents.

It's been manufactured that way, of course, to make sure that energy corporations are shielded from community efforts to stop them. Corporations use agencies like the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to provide an additional layer of insulation and control between communities and those corporations "regulated" by the agency; and corporations routinely use state legislatures to roll over trespass and other property laws.

It's an unwelcome fact, but corporations have privatized our governments. In Virginia, people trying to stop intermodal transportation projects, pipelines, boondoggle smart roads, uranium mines and a slew of other projects are thus forced to fight not only the corporations proposing the projects, but their own state and federal governments.

We end up trying to convince state and federal agencies to deny permits in hearings where communities are lucky if the microphones are even connected; or fighting lengthy battles that aren't even about whether the project happens or not — only whether more compensation will be paid as it happens.

Virginia wasn't always this way, of course. With their Massachusetts counterparts, Virginians spearheaded the American Revolution, and were the first people in the country to adopt a declaration of rights in their constitution — the content of which was copied by every other state in the country.

That declaration of rights established that the role of government is to protect our civil and political rights, and that governments are legitimate only if they are controlled by the people who live under them. If they don't do either, it is our right — indeed, our duty — to replace those governments with ones that will.

Our forebears wouldn't recognize the system we currently have, which miserably fails both of those tests. Our local governments are forcibly prevented from protecting our civil and political rights due to a variety of accepted legal doctrines — like pre-emption, corporate rights, and the Dillon Rule.

As for the actual people living within each county, while the system "sees" municipal corporations like county governments, it doesn't "see" the people who live in those municipalities as having any authority whatsoever.

Realizing that, communities in Pennsylvania are now using their local governments to adopt bills of rights that ban pipelines, frack injection wells,and fracking itself. In New Hampshire, communities have joined together to adopt community bills of rights that ban new powerline projects and the pumping of their water by multinational corporations. In New Mexico and California, people acting through their county governments have banned all fracking.

Want to stop the newest pipeline that's been proposed? Stop fighting under the corporate script that's been written for you. Turn your back on FERC and the state legislature. Make them irrelevant.

Force the county boards of supervisors to enact a law that bans certain major eminent domain takings unless approved by a referendum of county voters. Force them to enact a law that refuses to recognize parts of the state law legalizing trespass. Force them to enact a law that forces energy corporations to make their case for public necessity at the county level prior to filing eminent domain actions.

Will the corporation and the state argue that the county doesn't have the power to take these actions? Of course. But without forcing a confrontation between the state and the local, and between the corporation and we the people of each county, silence is considered consent.

Forcing the corporation to sue the community to vindicate corporate rights over the community's right to decide dispels the persistent myth that we have a democratic system.

Because you don't have a pipeline problem, Virginia, you have a democracy problem.

Since the corporations have the system locked up, stopping the pipeline inevitably means engaging in this kind of collective municipal civil disobedience; and it will probably also require doing the traditional kind — physically stopping the surveyors and bulldozers in nonviolent actions in community after community.

While that's happening, it may even mean building a community-based movement to change the Virginia constitution to elevate people's rights above the rights of corporations. Communities in eight states are doing that now, and a National Community Rights Network had its first meeting in October.

It's a tall order. But then again, Virginians have risen before to cleanse the system, by building a new one outside of it.

Just ask the 1776 crowd.

Thomas Alan Linzey is the Executive Director and Chief Counsel of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, a nonprofit law firm that has provided legal services to over five hundred local governments and community groups across the United States. He was raised in southwestern Virginia and served as the attorney leading legal opposition to the "smart" road near Blacksburg.



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Sunday, December 14, 2014

My first substantial PD patch MultiLooper w/Reverb

I call it MultiLooper.pd
I distribute it as "Looper-Reverb".
It's a couple of very useful patch abstractions.

This is a beta release to the PD community for feedback.

looper.pd*:

This is a simple looper abstractions based on
a PD tutorial by Dr. Rafael Hernandez.
I added sliders to scub back and forth
at different rates.

I also added a pan [hslider], and an LFO
which can be enabled to move it.
You can adjust the rate, amplitude, and offset.

(* actually you will find looper1.pd and looper2.pd due to a namespace collision which I couldn't solve -- this is beta code!)

billverb.pd:

Nothing fancy, just an abstraction which allows adjusting
certain common reverb parameters.

The combination of these two modules is proving to be
extremely versatile in my sound-design work (for video).

I have included links to two different versions.


  1. PD Source Code + sample sounds from Freesound. (11MB)
    http://ChangeTheFrame.com/~bhuston/PD/Looper-Reverb-0.1-wSounds.zip
  2. PD Source Code only. (57 Kb)
    http://ChangeTheFrame.com/~bhuston/PD/Looper-Reverb-0.1.zip

I will post a video soon showing how to use these.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

SERIOUS limitation of MoveOn petitions. CONSIDER ANOTHER PLATFORM

MoveOn provides several nice options for their online petitions,
however there is a serious limitation.

THEY are collecting email addresses for every signed,
however they WILL NOT PROVIDE these to list managers.


However they do give us a way to contact signers THROUGH THEM.

I am presently looking into other platforms for Online Petitions
and would be grateful if you have suggestions.

Thanks,
BH


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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Fwd: WASL current stats (10-3-14), and current map of Arrestees domicile

By my count, we are on Day 15 of this campaign
(counting days of blockades, arrests, court dates,
and release dates where we have video. This is not
really consistent, but suits the video archive, so YMMV :)

1 Thu, October 23, 2014 blockade
2 Fri, October 24, 2014 200 person blockade!
3 Tue, October 28, 2014 blockade
4 Wed, October 29, 2014 10 arrests
5 Mon, November 3, 2014 15 arrests
6 Wed, November 5, 2014 Court for first 10 Defenders, Dwain Wilder jailed
7 Mon, November 17, 2014 10 arrests Climate Marchers
8 Tue, November 18, 2014 8 arrests
9 Wed, November 19, 2014 9 arrests Business Coalition, Court (Sandra Steingraber, Colleen Boland, Roland Micklem jailed)
10 Thu, November 20, 2014 9 arrests, Roland released
11 Fri, November 21, 2014 12 arrests
12 Tue, November 25, 2014 Sandra Colleen released
13 Mon, December 1, 2014 10 arrests Schuyler County
14 Wed, December 3, 2014 Court for 19, six are jailed (Jimmy Betts, Michael Clark, John Dennis, Kelsey Erikson, Susan Mead, Judy Leaf)
15 Thu, December 4, 2014 Protest only, then blockade 9 arrests

WASL Total Arrests: 92
WASL Unique bodies: 83 + 9 arrests of repeat offenders
Overall Total Arrests: 107 (includes Seneca 3+12)
Overall Unique bodies: 95 (includes Seneca 3+12)

WASL Average Age (for those we know, 3 are unknown): 53.6
WASL Total Ages Known: 4774 years.
WASL Total Age (Best Guess): 4935 (average age * 92)



Latest Map. Notes:

1) Chenango County becomes yellow due to my error. Should have been yellow since 11/3 Ken Fogerty. (I had him as Chemung Co.)
2) Cayuga County becomes Lt.Orange.
3) One more arrest for Tompkins County and I must change the color scale!
4) Added QUICK STATS box.





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Friday, December 5, 2014

Bruce Baxter update, Bainbridge NY standoff w/Constitution Pipeline

At Bruce Baxter's property in Bainbridge NY (Wednesday)
when 2 dozen Defenders showed up to keep Constitution Pipeline (CP) crews
off the land, there was a legal determination made by the State Police that the drilling
crew from CP were legal due to a DOT permit they had in-hand.
(Permit: https://www.scribd.com/doc/249189168/DOT-permit-NYS-Hwy-206-work-Bainbridge-Constitution-Pipeline)

They blockaded from Sunrise/7AM until about 11 am. Suddenly, several people
had to leave, and it seemed evident that we had scared off the crew.

However, shortly after most or all of the Defenders left, a drilling rig showed up
along with several service vehicles and a crew to direct traffic. Cops were called.
Drilling test bores for horizontal drilling required for going under the road commenced.

The "Constitution" pipeline was just issued a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity
by the  Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), despite that dozens of outstanding issues
raised during scoping have not been adequately addressed in the FEIS.

The question is whether the DOT owns the land, or just an EASEMENT.
IMO, this question is complex, & requires a court to determine.
Yet the police, with insufficient facts, decided the permit was legal
and chose to side with Constitution Pipelines right to drill, over the Landowner's Right to defend his land from trespass.

The State Police threatened the property owner with arrest if he did not move his truck to allow the drilling to occur. The Commander in Chief of State Police is Governor Andrew Cuomo. The officer who made the determination was Sgt. Lennon, based in Sidney.

(I think that is a little bit weird, since John Lennon (author of Sgt. Pepper, by the Beatles) used to have a farm in Sidney. Yoko Ono and son Sean Lennon have been incredible friends to the Anti-Fracking movement in NY.)

ABOUT FERC

I consider this permit for the so-called "Constitution Pipeline"
really a Declaration of War against We the People
made by rogue agents within the US Government
on behalf of private, profit-seeking interests.

Why do I say FERC is a lawless, rogue agency?

1: While they theoretically must obey the Courts, and the Legislature,
in fact FERC demonstrate CONTEMPT of the people's law,
and continuously defy orders of the Federal Courts
.


2: FERC DEFIES NEPA
in dozens of ways, across dozens of dockets.

e.g., Delaware Riverkeeper Network v. FERC, No. 13-1015, D.C. Cir. Feb. 6, 2013.

This case involved illegal project segmentation under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of four separate projects by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company  FERC was caught allowing project segmentation, which treats each project as point-sources, and thus prevents the cumulative impacts of the aggregate of related projects to be considered as is required by NEPA.

Yet FERC is still segmenting occurring across dozens of dockets.
(cf. http://williamahuston.blogspot.com/2014/09/ferc-master-docket-list-ne-pipeline-lng.html )

FERC is allowing an EA-only fast track process for several projects producing extreme amounts of pollution

Millennium Pipeline/Columbia's Hancock Compressor, 100k+ tons per year
Arlington Storage at Seneca Lake (Inergy/Crestwood) 100k+ tons per year
Minisink Compressor (Millennium/Columbia) 100k+ tons per year
Williams Central Station, 100k+ tons per year

3. FERC DEFIES ORDERS OF THE COURTS

The DC Circuit Court ordered FERC to review this case on remand, and cautioned FERC to obey the law.

4. FERC Defies the Natural Gas Act

FERC defies the Natural Gas Act  by allowing jurisdictional facilities to be constructed (e.g., Williams Central Station in Brooklyn PA, and also the Williams Dunbar compressor in Windsor, NY) without a Certficate of Public Convenience and Necessity as is required by law, and without sanction against the operators.

FERC also defies the Natural Gas Act by continuing to issue certificates to operators like Williams which atrocious safety and compliance records. In such a case, the law demands that "the permit shall be denied", yet FERC keeps on with their rubber-stamping.

5. This is due to a loophole in FERCs regulations, which was written by the American Petroleum Institute, and included by reference into the law. That is to say, FERC has delegated important permitting authority to the very industry they are supposed to be regulating, without the consent of Congress.

6. FERC is funded by the same industry they are supposed to regulate.
(in the form of permit fees and taxes). FERC receives no funds by Congressional appropriation.

The 4 sitting FERC commissioners are committing TREASON under COLOR of Law by SUBVERSION of our Constitutional Government on behalf of profit-seeking PRIVATE INTERESTS while putting many human lives at risk.
Treason is the highest crime known to our law.

Even President Barack Obama does not have much control of FERC.But he does control the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Headquarters, which still must issue a wetlands permit. So there is still hope.

(WRITE AND CALL THE U.S.A.C.E, PEOPLE!)


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Sunday, November 23, 2014

"Cancer" is a CURSE disguised as a Diagnosis




Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Schuyler Business Coalation members arrested at Seneca Lake

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Yvonne Taylor 
Date: Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 1:08 PM
Subject: For Immediate Release


Watkins Glen, NY – Area business owners and winery owners are among 12 people currently blockading at Texas-based Crestwood Midstream's gas storage facility gates on the shore of Seneca Lake. They are now in their third hour of shutting down both entrances on Route 14.  This action follows eight arrests yesterday and ten on Monday as the 'We Are Seneca Lake' civil disobedience campaign continues a 4th week of blockades to stop the gas storage facility.  All total, 43 arrests have now occurred at the gates of Crestwood since the campaign began on October 23. 

The 12 people blockading today are: Phil Davis, 62, Hector, owner, Damiani Wine Cellars; Will Ouweleen, Conesus, Livingston County, owner, Eagle Crest and O-Neh-Da Vineyards; Peggy Aker, 57, Trumansburg, owner and founder, Marco Mama's; Stefan Senders, 56, Hector, owner, Wide Awake Bakery; Anna Redmond, 30, Trumansburg, Regional Access; Julia Uticone, 40, Cayutaville, Swamp Road Baskets; Jessica Thorpe, 31, Hector, owner and operator, Glen Mountain Market; Scott Signori, 47, Hector, owner and executive chef, Stonecat Cafe; Chris Tate, 52, Hector; ; John Dennis, Lansing; Chuck Geisler, 69, Ithaca; and Asa Redmond, 40, Ithaca, Regional Access. Redmond is also the drummer for The Sim Redmond Band. 

A reporter, Charlie Haeffner of the Odessa File, was covering this morning's activities and was told by the Sheriff's Deputy that he couldn't park on the side of State Rt 14. 

Sheriff Yessman has complained that many of the protesters weren't from Schuyler County and were being "imported". Six of the protesters blockading the gates now are from Schuyler County. including business owners, and the Sheriff has chosen this day to not make any arrests. 




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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fwd: Seneca Lake update: DEC draft permit for LPG


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Sandra Steingraber 
Date: Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 4:08 PM
Subject: Seneca Lake update: DEC draft permit for LPG


Please distribute widely.  Martha's upside down sign says, "It's Our Obligation."  —Sandra
View this email in your browser

Your silence will not protect you. —Audre Lorde

Dear friends of Seneca Lake,

Last night, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation issued a draft permit for the storage of 88 billion gallons of propane and butane (liquefied petroleum gases, LPG) in Seneca Lake's salt caverns.

This is not a surprise, but it is a travesty. It means that Houston-based Crestwood Midstream is now one step closer to realizing its sinister plan to turn our lake into a gas station for the fracking industry.

It means that Governor Cuomo is not protecting us. He's protecting the things that threaten us. He could have told the DEC to deny the permit—and so stand up for the wine and tourism industries that he professes to champion and cherish.

But he didn't.

If there is a silver lining in the black cloud of badness it is that the final approval of this draft permit is not automatic. It hinges on the results of an "issues conference," which is scheduled for February 12. An issues conference is a prelude to a full adjudicatory hearing. At the conference, an administrative law judge will consider arguments by opponents of the project and determine if our concerns warrant a full hearing.

The issues conference is the result of persistent, loud citizen opposition. And also good science. But science alone did not win us the issues conference. And science alone will not stop Crestwood.

So far, the We Are Seneca Lake campaign has focused on methane storage, and we will continue to do so. However, with last night's tragic but long-expected announcement, we now must resist gas storage of all kinds, including LPG, and recommit ourselves to our solemn responsibility to protect this lake—and our climate—for the sake of our children and future generations.

And, of course, it's all connected: while we are defending our own health, safety and access to clean drinking water, we are also defending the economic vitality of our region, which is based on the twin pillars of vineyards and tourists. Here in the Finger Lakes, we know that economic growth, good health, and an unspoiled environment all dance together.

Now is the time for all good people to come to the aid of Seneca Lake.

There is nothing left to wait for. We need you to join us now, and we need you to invite your friends to join us.

Sign the Pledge. Your signature triggers an invitation to attend a non-violent civil disobedience training. We will contact you with details. . (There are two this week.)

You don't have to go to jail. You don't have to get arrested. But you do need to find the courage of your convictions, and, in return, you'll have the chance to tell your grandkids, "See that lake? I once worked with many brave people, and we helped to save it."

because blue is the color of faithfulness,

Sandra

p.s. Here's a photo from last week's blockade. Martha Ferber is 90 years old. She was placed in handcuffs for defending water. I think she wants you to follow her.

 

Friday, October 31, 2014

The English word LOVE is 100% pure confusion



I am convinced one reason why Western Civilization is so confused, is due to our language. This only became fully realized when I studied Sanskrit.

The English word "Love" is one such example. This word has connotative meanings, which in Sanskrit, are complete opposites. It's like Orwell's Doublethink.

It all boils down to this basic paradox.
The essence of Love happiness, an ecstatic emotion. Yet, 
  • Love can mean attachment (special love, sense pleasure love, material fetish love)
  • Or Love can mean non-attachment (compassion, universal love, patience, gratitude). 

In other words: War is Peace. 

This became very clear to me, only after I studied Sanskrit.
Many spiritual texts are written in Sanskrit, because it is so precise and clear.

BAD LOVE:
One cluster of the Sanskrit words which can translate into English "Love" are better defined as
  • Sense Pleasure (5 senses + imagination)
  • Satisfying a Craving or Thirst
  • Sex
  • Wealth, Commodity Fetishism
  • Attachment (many kinds)
  • Ego (Pride in the Story of Self)
  • Special Love: for your life partner. Love for your children, siblings, parents
  • Pride in Family, Clan, Tribe, State, Nation, Flag, Team
    (These are all forms of "Special Love" Conditional Love, non-universal love)

GOOD LOVE:
The above meanings of LOVE are offensive to what we generally consider to be TRUE LOVE, which are roughly defined by a constellation of Sanskrit words which are better translated as:
  • Ecstasy, Bliss (emotion) -- emotions can be largely sensed in the body, although originate in a pure mind-state
  • Compassion - may all beings be free from suffering
  • Universal Love / Unconditional Love -- all beings deserve happiness
  • Sympathetic Joy -- Radiate and reflect the joy of others (This is the antidote to jealousy)
  • Loving-Kindness -- radiate it to the world!
  • Equanimity (non-attachment, calm, patience, gratitude)

Here is a table:



English word "Love" has many meanings.

When translated into Sanskrit, some
Sanskrit
example
means


Kleshas are  not necessarily bad things!

Ego and Material Wealth are useful for householder living.

Sense pleasure craving is
to some degree necessary for Householders to live in the world!

The point about Kleshas is this:

Kleshas are not ultimate Truth.
Kleshas will bind you to Samsara.

Which is fine,
if that's what YOU want!

When I say "you"
I mean the ultimate, singular
Divine God Conscious
of the Universe

The Higher Truth is
that all of these things
are born of the delusion
of separation.

Kleshas bring a temporary happiness,
but soon you want more.

The bowl has a hole.
It can never be filled up,
for long.

Kleshas, Hinderances
I love my chocolate
sense pleasure, craving
tanha, raga
Make Love
sex, craving, sense pleasure
kama
Love my Cadillac
wealth, commodity fetishism, craving
artha
I love the story of me!!
ego, pride,
craving for either
life or death,

craving satisfaction
in the realm of story.

ahamkara
asmita
Love my kids, family, clan, nation.
Because We're special!!!

special love,
attachment, pride

mana, asmita
I love being outdoors! / Love God / Love Life,  Love is Happiness Ecstatic emotion
sat chit ananda,

sukkha
 True Universal Love
I love all beings, and wish their suffering would cease
Compassion
karuna
I love it when others are happy!
Sympathetic Joy mudita
I radiate love to all. and wish them happiness. Loving kindness
metta
I love by releasing, "observe and allow".  non-attachment.
Equanimity
upekksha