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Hansen’s All Natural Fraud

Hansen’s, All Natural Cane Soda, branded as a “natural”.

This branding is important, as Hansen’s is now a subsidiary of Coca Cola and Coca Cola is struggling to rebrand as Coke has fallen flat, with marketing misstatements and health concerns..

But is Hansen’s any better? What does “all natural” mean? Or for that matter, what does “kale” on the label mean?

Hansen’s Kale Natural Cane Soda, contains No Kale! But it does contain sugar from genetically modified Roundup Ready® sugarbeets.

Roundup invariablly makes its way into the environment and food system, and has been observed in nursing mothers’ breast milk.[4] (more testing is warranted).

The ingredients of Hansen’s Kale Natural Cane Soda are:

Contains pure triple filtered carbonated water, sugar, citric acid, natural flavors.

Don’t see any kale there? That’s because there is none. That’s right, No kale in Hansen’s Kale, Natural Soda.

It’s not organic, which means that they can legally get away with using genetically modified ingredients and call it “all natural”.

According to a letter from GMA, foods derived from biotechnology may be labeled ‘natural’ if that term would be suitable for their traditional counterparts.”

Most big food producers use beet sugar from GMO sugar beets for their sugar and Hansen’s is no exception.[3]

Hansen’s All Natural Cane Soda, Made with GMO Beet Sugar

Thanks for taking the time to contact our company directly with your inquiry.

The sugar in Blue Sky Sodas is either sourced from cane and or beet and is refined as normal table top sugar is. Real refers to the fact it is not a chemically derived sweetener like High Fructose Corn Syrup, Glucose Syrup, etc.

Most white sugar sold in the US is made from GMO sugar beets.

GMO sugar beets are genetically modified to tolerate Monsanto’s pesticide Roundup. Roundup is carcinogenic, impairs fertility, and bioaccumulates in humans [1].

Food companies such as Pepsi Co, that sweeten with high fructose corn syrup from GM corn are not any better. But Hansen’s All Natural Cane Soda, Kale is health fraud: No Kale and sweetened with GMOs.

References

  1. Differential effects of glyphosate and roundup on human placental cells and aromatase. PMID 15929894
  2. Ingredients in RoundUp
  3. Hansen’s response: “Natural” Sodas Made with GMO Sugar Scam Consumers
  4. Angry mothers meet U.S. EPA over concerns with Roundup herbicide

The Silent War

The lower brain of man, specifically, the basal ganglia, is stimulated to elicit a controlled response.

The the basal ganglia is known for its role in quick decision making for motor reflex. Newer research shows that the basal ganglia is involved in complex decisions that involve input from many parts of the brain, including the prefrontal cortex, which plays a key role in executive functions.

It has been proven profitable to treat the public as if they are stupid and at the mercy of dangerous animal urges. The propagandists argue that this is necessary for a free society; that man should not be free because free society is dangerous: Scientific manipulation of public opinion is necessary to overcome chaos and conflict.

It is not that the people make their own decisions, they argue, but that those decisions are passively made for them as their irrational desires are manipulated.

The part of the brain responsible for these “animal urges” is the lower part; also known as the reptilian brain, or basal ganglia.

The public is a “bewildered herd” and must be controlled by “a specialized class whose interests reach beyond the locality.” — Walter Lippmann, advisor to W. Wilson and original member of the CFR (New York branch of the RIIA (Chatham House)).

But the elite class takes it one step further. Not stopping to quell our urges, they trigger them to manipulate and control us. They know what’s best; we’re too stupid.

Exercising such control over the public mind and opinion is done with propaganda and disinformation while the masses are kept busy with meaningless jobs (to fuel more consumerism), distracted with infotainment news and corporate sports, and slightly dimmed by fluoride.

Disinformation draws out the straw men crackpots, who are blown over, discrediting truth exposers in the process.

“If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, is it not possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing about it? The recent practice of propaganda has proved that it is possible, at least up to a certain point and within certain limits”

Edward Bernays, Propaganda.

Hacking Society

Society is a system. Like any system, it can be hacked. The “hack” for this is through the control of the mind.

Mass mind control has been the study of influential individuals such as Sigmund Freud, Edward Bernays, and Gustave LeBon, of most political parties and leaderships, and wars, such as World War I, which Bernays directly influenced.

The Engineering of Consent

Democracy is not about people knowing what is going on, but about a “small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses” (more below).

Overthrowing Democracy (by force, when necessary)

On behalf of the United Fruit Company (today’s Chiquita Brands International), Bernays orchestrated political propaganda in concert with the U.S. government to facilitate the overthrow of the democratically elected president of Guatemala, Jacobo Arbenz Guzman. Bernays’ propaganda (documented in the BBC documentary, The Century of the Self), branded Arbenz as communist and was published in major U.S. media. According to a book review by John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton of Larry Tye’s biography, “The Father of Spin: Edward L. Bernays & The Birth of PR”,

“the term ‘banana republic’ actually originated in reference to United Fruit’s domination of corrupt governments in Guatemala and other Central American countries. The company brutally exploited virtual slave labor in order to produce cheap bananas for the lucrative U.S. market.” (more…

Promoting Women Smoking

Bernays helped increase tobacco sales by promoting women smoking, lighting “torches of freedom,” by protesting man’s “inhumanity towards women.” (nevermind that he was promoting multinational tobacco companies profiteering from disease and death.)

If they can get us to bomb and shoot each other — and that is not so easy — then how hard will it be to control us with technology? How difficult to get us build devices to spy on each other and keep each other in line?

The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. …In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.

Edward Bernays, Propaganda, 1928.

Bernays, working for the administration of Woodrow Wilson during World War I with the Committee on Public Information, was influential in promoting the idea that America’s war efforts were primarily aimed at “bringing democracy to all of Europe”. Following the war, he was invited by Woodrow Wilson to attend the Paris Peace Conference in 1919.

Stunned by the degree to which the democracy slogan had swayed the public both at home and abroad, he wondered whether this propaganda model could be employed during peacetime. Due to negative implications surrounding the word propaganda because of its use by the Germans in World War I, he promoted the term “Public Relations”. According to the BBC interview with Bernays’s daughter Anne, Bernays felt that the public’s democratic judgment was “not to be relied upon” and he feared that “they [the American public] could very easily vote for the wrong man or want the wrong thing, so that they had to be guided from above.” This “guidance” was interpreted by Anne to mean that her father believed in a sort of “enlightened despotism” ideology.

Bernays’ “enlightened despotism” ideology was heavily shared and influenced by Walter Lippmann, one of the most prominent American political columnists at the time. Bernays and Lippmann sat together on the U.S. Committee on Public Information, and Bernays quoted Lippmann extensively in his seminal work Propaganda.

Bernays also drew on the ideas of the French writer Gustave LeBon, the author “The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind” and originator of crowd psychology, and of Wilfred Trotter, who promoted similar ideas in the anglophone world in his book "Instincts of the Herd in Peace and War". Bernays refers to these two names in his writings. Trotter, who was a head and neck surgeon at University College Hospital, London, read Freud’s works, and it was he who introduced Wilfred Bion, whom he lived and worked with, to Freud’s ideas. When Freud fled Vienna for London after the Anschluss, Trotter became his personal physician, and Wilfred Bion and Ernest Jones became key members of the Freudian psychoanalysis movement in England, and would develop the field of Group Dynamics, largely associated with the Tavistock Institute where many of Freud’s followers worked. Thus ideas of group psychology and psychoanalysis came together in London around World War II.

Bernays’s public relations efforts helped to popularize Freud’s theories in the United States. Bernays also pioneered the PR industry’s use of psychology and other social sciences to design its public persuasion campaigns:

He called this scientific technique of opinion-molding "the engineering of consent".

Water Fluoridation, ALCOA

Bernays helped the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa) and other special interest groups to convince the American public that water fluoridation was both safe and beneficial to human health. This highly successful media campaign was achieved by using the American Dental Association.

Through his analysis of the human mind, Edward Bernays “hacked” humanity and society and paved the way for more of the same.

Do the Right Thing

There is an ongoing war on conscience. This war of the mind ends in the mind. When you fall prey to wrong thinking, temptation, of coveting, of fear, irrationality, you lose. Use logic and your senses.

Sources

Drown The Third Eye

Wine from grapes contains on average greater than 1ppm fluoride, from fumigation with cryolite, or brand name Kryocide.

Fluoride calcifies the pineal gland.

The pineal gland, also known as the third eye, is photoreceptive, and is responsible for producing melatonin.

So then, trying to fix the problem of sleeping poorly by drinking has the effect of causing longer-term effects that inhibit sleep and increase the aging process.

But the pineal gland is responsible for so much more than producing melatonin.

Instead, get sunlight early in the day. Don’t drown your third eye, change your behavior.

Global Glue Project 

Donated $5 to Global Glue Project Kickstarter. What a great idea. This is what today’s world needs.

@GlobalGlue Documenting relationships and the secrets of sticking together. #LoveMatters #TogetherWins

Is There an App for That?

What we need is not more games or applications for making music, improving our health, organizing our social media, buying things.

We need more time to spend time with our friends, family, and local community, to give our lives more meaning.

Marketing Nature

(Photo from Tonnemaker Orchards)

A healthy pluot tree produces beautiful, sweetly fragrant, and inspiring blossoms that can be appreciated by all life: birds, bees, humans, and many other animals.

The tree provides oxygen for us to breath, shade for the ground, and nourishing, delicious fruit to be eaten, composted, or used for seed to plant new pluot trees.

In the process of cultivation, we get exercise, interaction with community, and fruits of labor to share.

We must learn to appreciate and cultivate such things.

"Life is easy, why do we make it so hard?" —Jon Jandai

Smart Growth: Plan Bay Area

Plan Bay Area

Plan Bay Area

Plan Bay Area [OBA] is a sweeping land use plan by a conglomerate of public entities including ABAG, MTC, ICLEI, FEMA, DHS; banks and businesses; and NGOs. The plan is to implement SB 375 and create smart growth in PDAs, plus some alarming “enhancements” to PCAs, and $289 billion dollars for transportation (yes, billion).

One Bay Area, with MTC, will use new and existing transportation in Priority Development Areas (PDA) to unify the Northern California Megaregion.

What is the Northern California Megaregion?

According to Wikipedia:

Megaregions of the United States are clustered networks of American cities whose population ranges or is projected to range from about 7 to 63 million by the year 2025 [1][2][3]. America 2050[4], an organization sponsored by the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, lists 11 megaregions in the United States and Canada

As an ICLEI member, ABAG gets help to create a plan to implement SB 375 by avoiding sprawl with smart growth in Priority Development Areas or PDAs in San Francisco Bay Area.

The smart growth specified by One Bay Area [OBA] is designed to increase the population density by 30% in PDAs (two million people expected) in the next 30 years, and has been mentioned in local media:

Although it’s virtually unknown to the general public, this massive, complicated land agglomeration plan is no conspiracy theory.

In this article, I’ll explain the key players and organizations involved in this plan, explore the environmental harm caused by smart growth, and provide a glimpse into the many diverse financial and political aspects. In my next article, I’ll explain some alternatives and actions that you can take.

ABAG and MTC

Association of Bay Area GovernmentsABAG is San Francisco Bay Area’s regional COG (governmental organization) for the San Francisco Bay Area. ABAG is a member of ICLEI.

Metropolitan Transportation CommissionMTC, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, is San Francisco Bay Area’s regional Metropolitan Planning Organization or MPO.

MPOs are federally funded and federally mandated transportation policy-making organizations in the United States comprised of representatives from local government and governmental transportation authorities.

MTC produces transportation plans and works with ABAG on Plan Bay Area. Its unelected officials implement policy that the public does not vote on.

ICLEI, Local Agenda 21

ICLEI ICLEI, which originally stood for “International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives”, was also called “Local Agenda 21" or LA21. According to ICLEI Europe, ICLEI’s role is to facilitate local government input to UN policies worldwide — a stark contradiction to ICLEI USA’s contradictory claims. I’ll explain below how San Francisco provides input to the UN.

ICLEI Renamed

ICLEI was renamed to “Local Governments for Sustainability,” obscuring connection to Agenda 21. And in addition to explicitly denying association to the UN ICLEI USA website has removed pages that mentioned Agenda 21.

ICLEI’s connection to Agenda 21

UN Agenda 21 refers to ICLEI and in several places, to a “Local Agenda 21” [Agenda21], and other less recent UN documentation explicitly refers to ICLEI as “Local Agenda 21” (1), (2), (3), (4).

Notice ICLEI’s connection to Agenda 21, but review Agenda 21 carefully before making decisions and judgment about Agenda 21 from secondhand sources.

Money, facilitated by ICLEI, influences the local and regional officials, who might not know or care much about sustainability. (See also: Bay Area cities chase billions for transit sites).

Walkable Cities

ICLEI promotes the idea that cities should be walkable. Of course! Sprawl sucks! It’s great that San Francisco and Oakland are among the most walkable cities in the country. So why are they are being massively redeveloped to be made walkable?

Nobody voted to remake Oakland walkable. Not even voters are that stupid! This is top-down, generalized planning by ICLEI with adjustments based on sources of finance.

Top-down Planning

UN planning documents mention San Francisco in How To Make Cities More Resilient A Handbook For Local Government Leaders (the same document is also on ICLEI’s website and also mentioned in ICLEI world congress documentation), to describe “a universal goal, embraced locally” and “emergency managers doing outreach for disaster preparedness” (FEMA) [SF-ICLEI-RESILIENCE].

Agenda 21

Agenda 21, signed by George H.W. Bush in 1992 for the United States, is not a binding contract.

The official source for Agenda 21 (not the fictional book by Glenn Beck) is produced by and for the UN and other multilateral organizations and governments around the world to be executed at local, national, and global levels. It addresses quality of life, sustainability, and social injustice. [Agenda21].

Smart Growth

Smart growth is an urban planning and transportation theory that utilizes Transit Oriented Development (TOD). TOD is concentrated growth around the central transportation arteries using infill redevelopment. Smart Growth is motivated by billions of taxpayer dollars and “a seemingly endless array of a seemingly endless array of funding categories,” from corporate, multinational, federal, and foreign Real Estate and contracting.

Infill Redevelopment
Infill Redevelopment takes existing space in PDAs and repurposes it for “sustainable development”. Example: Market Street Place, a sustainable shopping mall, with asset management by neocon Carlyle Group.

Senate Bill 375

SB 375, also known as Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008, is a California State law targeting greenhouse gas emissions from passenger vehicles, thereby providing further support to achieve the goals of AB 32 [SB 375].

AB 32

AB 32, which set goals for the general reduction of statewide greenhouse gas emissions, gets money from taxing sources of GHGs [AB 32].

PG&E

ICLEI holds San Francisco as a member city and coordinates with ABAG and PG&E, using rate-payer funds to implement ICLEI’s plans.

In response, a change.org petition has been created to stop PG&E from using rate-payer money to impede local governments’ right to provide clean energy.

PG&E’s recent track record of ICLEI’s three E’s (Environment, Economy, and social Equity) includes covering up the poisoning of the entire town of Hinkley, dumping PCBs in groundwater, and pushing billions of dollars onto customer bills in order to build unnecessary dirty power.

PG&E is one example of the deceptive use of “Sustainability” for Non-Sustainable Ends.

Smart Growth vs. Real Grassroots Efforts

Hallmarks of smart growth include: 1) Urban densification: building construction near transit arteries of microunits and condos with little to no parking, HUD projects, and infill redevelopment, building replacement (destroying a perfectly good building to install a larger, more profitable sustainable building); and 2) Public/private partnerships: private corporate deals for rail and other transit projects, many projects being undertaken by a select few chosen Real Estate companies, and corporate sponsorship of so-called community projects (public/private partnerships).

Oakland’s Waterfront Estuary

China-based Lennar will do redevelopment on Oakland’s waterfront estuary for $1.5 billion, to fund the A’s stadium.

8 Washington

A similar project is proposed for San Francisco’s Embarcadero 8 Washington Luxury Highrise and the Mayor’s Office gave $10,000 that it doesn’t have to 8 Washington.

Hunter’s Point

Funding for Hunter’s Point Smart Growth green community comes from Lennar, too, and as with Oakland’s waterfront, with more EB-5 green card grants for China, by Lennar. EB-5 greencards means that Chinese Lennar gets the contract and the government sells them greencards for $45,000 apiece.

NEMA

At over $5 per square foot, a with one bedroom apartments renting for over $4500 per month, the new NEMA complex has “an approach to a tech-savvy lifestyle.”

As usual, politicians promise job cre­ation and a better envi­ron­ment while chasing after money. While those who own no land must struggle to pay for the increasing cost of living and decreasing environmental quality of densification.

Permaculture and Real Grassroots Efforts

Hunter’s Point is a Toxic Wasteland!

In contrast to the corporate sustainability and government green card sales, take a look at a real grassroots initiative against the “sustainable” corporate giant PG&E to clean up Bayview Hunters Point.

Permaculture & Community vs “Sustainable Development”

Hayes Valley Farm, Free Farm, Kezar Garden, and other gardens will be or have been sold by the city to commercial developers, contractors, and Real Estate companies for smart growth (30% increase in population density in the PDAs, amounting to over two million people expected) in the next 30 years.

Before Smart Growth…

Jay Rosenberg, Founder of Hayes Valley Farm

Volunteers Working at Hayes Valley Farm

…Permaculture in a PDA is not “sustainable development" — better plow the whole thing over and put in some TOD smart growth…

After Smart Growth

Shockingly, this is the same 2+ acre lot. After being forcefully and violently cleared by SFPD (San Francisco police) for Avalon Bay “sustainable development” in one of Plan Bay Area’s PDAs, the farm was plowed while being guarded by aggressive police, 24 hours every day.

Prior to that project, Jay had started project planktown, in SoMa, for gardening native plants and vegetables to be given away to the community. That project was canceled by the bank, who wanted to keep the property. This is what real community is about, and it’s getting dominated by the same big banks and corporate interests, but this time, in the name of sustainability and social equity.

As I’ve written about before, Solving the Food Justice Issue Solves Many Problems.

A question for the reader: Does this smart growth contradict the ideas in Agenda 21 “quality of life” mentioned in Chapter 7 [Agenda21]? Or how about the Earth Charter and ICLEI’s constitution?

The Earth Charter & ICLEI’s constitution

ICLEI’s constitution, section 1.7 says to follow the earth charter. Including:

(3) Build democratic societies that are just, participatory, sustainable, and peaceful.

Is plowing over a farm sustainable? Is doing so without a public approval process — and even despite protest — democratic? Is it participatory when the police are called in to beat protesters? Is any of this considered peaceful?

(13) Strengthen democratic institutions at all levels, and provide transparency and accountability in governance, inclusive participation in decision making, and access to justice.

Most of the few hundred people who actually attend MTC’s meetings complain. The fact that nobody on the street seems to even know what ABAG is indicates that this regional government of 1.7 million people is “transparent" in the sense that hardly anybody has heard of or seen it. Who’s to hold them accountable?

Is Smart Growth Sustainable?

Smart growth means increasing population density, and so smart growth is unsustainable, as there are limits to how densely humans can be packed.

Plan Bay Area’s plan goes until 2040, but does not mention anything into the future beyond beyond 2040, past the set of current officials’ time in office.

Quality of Life

Does the increase in micro-units (dwellings under 300sq feet) in San Francisco, constrained to the PDA, reflect the “quality of life” mentioned in Chapter 5 of Agenda 21 [Agenda21] (and mentioned too in the tagline on onebayarea.org)? Do San Francisco residents want the City to be like Manhattan? And why can’t we vote on that?

Smart Growth is Bad for the Environment

The new buildings in San Francisco’s exemption zone on Market Street are ecological blights. They do not provide greywater systems for gardening, food production, or even trees. If ICLEI, ABAG and MTC care about conserving water, which comes from Hetch Hetchy, then why do they prefer such anti-environmental development?

Smart Growth Destroys Community

Dense urban populations effect the dynamics and culture, leading to an increased trend in youth antisocial behavior and crime [Harden].

The new buildings are owned by mega corporations and will not be rent controlled. As a commenter points out:—

[Avalon Bay] exists to suck your savings away and insure you never save enough to buy your own home. Avalon’s business model is based on shocking rate increases once tenants become established. Whether you stay one month or longer after your initial introductory rent, the increase can be anywhere up to 40-50%. Avalon is not a regular apartment rental company where landlords prefer good tenants and increase rates only incrementally over the years.

I am personally reminded of Archstone SoMa, who raised our rent from $1910 in 2010 to $2910 in 2012, driving us out, while advertising the same unit online for a bit less. It’s nothing personal; it’s how they make money.

Smart Growth vs Pollution

Densification does not sequester pollution at its source; rather, it concentrates it around humans. Pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide, Particulate Matter, Volatile Organic Compounds, CO, and CO2 can interact and react with one another to create chemicals that cause greater harm to humans and the environment such as asthma, cancer, neurological problems, and interference with plant growth, to name a few [Yang].

Smart Growth vs Local Self-Sufficiency

Dense urban areas require massive amount of resources to be trucked in, which means more pollutants being created.

Instead of asking how San Francisco can be more self-sufficient by conserving water and producing at least some food, the officials are vying for corporate money plowing over permaculture farms and gardens such as Garden For the Homeless, and using violence and force to build new communities, and pack people in and calling that sustainable.

While smart growth is ostensibly for sustainability and environment, it is motivated by money, as well as managing, controlling, and surveilling the populace. To quote former ABAG President Mark Green:

No city is independent. None has full control over its financial destiny with the state in the background. The more inwardly a jurisdiction turns, the more harmful it is. Relationships with other agencies wither and such jurisdictions are not perceived as team players. Cities that cooperate and collaborate tend to be rewarded when regional funding is allocated. Understanding this is good for the region.

A city cannot solve all its problems alone. Crime, water, school districts, community college districts, employment, leisure, friends and family… straddle city boundaries.

NIMBY-ism and the mantra “local control” still persist in some quarters. … — Mark Green, former ABAG President

Jobs and The Plan

Smart growth will bring 1.2 million new jobs, primarily in the tech sector (Ed Lee explains SF’s integration with tech companies) and 660,000 total number of housing units that can be produced with the policies and investments outlined in the May 2012 Jobs-Housing Connection Strategy.

The jobs plan entails "multiple job holdings per person," (pg 2) (likely for non-tech workers) as OBA sordidly admits, but later contradicts just pages later with the admission: "Housing supply does constrain job growth; the region will lose jobs if constraints on housing supply are not sufficiently lifted" and "[m]atching the labor force to these replacement jobs will be a challenge, both locally and nationally." [OBA]

The Plan: Projected Population Statistics

Bay Area Population, Employment and Housing Projections, from 2010 - 2040 2010 Population 7,151,000 2040 Population 9,299,000

A population density increase of 2,148,000 or +30%.

According to that, they’re managing the job market and economy, deciding what types of jobs people will be doing, how much they’ll earn, and who will work multiple jobs. They will make this happen by working with businesses.

Tech Jobs & Distortionary Taxation

Plan Bay Area describes a strong increase in the number of tech jobs to be occupied by the influx of people. This is facilitated by favorable, distortionary taxation to tech companies initially offered to Twitter and Zynga, and now part of the Enterprise Tax Zone.

SFBos asked those companies’ payroll departments to propose restructuring to SF tax council to attract more tech companies to SF. The new payroll tax adjustments and exemption zone on Market Street will mean more smart growth in a PDA.

According to Plan Bay Area: “The region is increasingly geographically constrained with fewer “greenfield” development sites left.” [OBA, pg 3].

They’re essentially saying “you can’t do that,” with the use of the term “greenfield” (irony).

More Jobs and housing might seem like a good thing from the perspective to victims of the economic collapse. Just keep in mind that the same banks who crashed the economy are funding the solution to the problem they caused.

With an artificially inflated tech economy to go along with the controlled Real Estate market, what could possibly go wrong?

Funding

Who all’s funding all this smart growth?

AIG, BlackRock Inc., Bloomberg LP, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Google, Goldman Sachs Group Inc., JetBlue, JP Morgan Chase & Co. and PVH Corp. signed on to Bloomberg’s “Carbon Challenge.”

“Big companies pledge to improve air quality by reducing emissions: Bloomberg (more). Tracing all sources of money can be difficult, as admitted in The ABC’s of MTC:—

Imagine a huge reservoir filled primarily by local streams — but augmented by smaller tributaries with headwaters in Washington, D.C., and Sacramento — and drained by a complex network of pipelines. The pipes take a tortuous path, shooting off in all directions. There are a number of shut-off valves, and leaks sometimes occur. There seems to be a lot of liquid flowing from the tap, yet there is always a thirst for more.

This plumbing analogy can shed light on transportation finance in the Bay Area. With a seemingly endless array of funding categories, programs and associated acronyms, it is a complicated process that provides an essential service to many but is well understood by relatively few.

MTC provides a lengthy list list of funding sources including $800 mil from OBAG, $495 mil + $167 mil from ARRA.

Deutsche Bank, Saving you from Deutsche Bank

Remember Deutsche Bank? The German bank that helped fund Auschwitz so that it could later profit off of slave labor and take victims’ gold.

Recently, Deutsche was "The Bank With The Biggest Derivative Exposure In The World" facilitating much of the extant housing crisis by bankrolling toxic mortgages.

Now, Deutsche Bank works with ICLEI to fight climate change and partners for Smart Growth and Urban Housing.

So Deutsche Bank is fighting climate change and promoting smart growth. Yet Deutsche has been the number 1 bank to invest in coal since 2005 [Bankrolling Climate]. This is not to say that climate change is any less real than the evil that is homelessness, but the financial moves by Deutsche Bank undermine its public position on environment climate change with ICLEI. It seems that the bank care about money.

Corporate Partners

Corporate financial backing for the commissions and boards includes members of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, co-chaired by Siemens, whose members include Syngenta, Monsanto, and the like. .

Siemens

Siemens, built off Nazi slave labor also sponsors Sustainable Cities and works with MTC for TOD (smart growth).

ICLEI Funding

ICLEI membership is non-binding but brings a plan of action that comes with funding.

Federal Grants

ICLEI helps with grants from FedConnect, EECBG (San Francisco will get $7.7 million), HUD Housing, Proposition 1C ($89 million for SF). California’s Strategic Growth Council will allocate $60 million in grants to cities, counties and MPOs for planning activities that are consistent with SB 375.

Promoting tech, selected expensive housing projects, and land grabs means that means more poor will be displaced. Homelessness means that local governments can get RHNA and HUD grants. They know exactly how this works. Sure, some people will be displaced, and some may even die, but it’s all “for the greater good” of MAP 21, or “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century”.

See them boasting about their billions in grants:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4ESuYUpxyg
Other Grants

Grants may come from the EPA to fight Climate Change.

Rockefeller Institute

San Francisco will get help to “rethink the way they design, plan, implement and finance urban infrastructure” from Rockefeller Institute, along with 99 other cities.

San Francisco is also a member of ICLEI partner C 40.

As you can see, there are many sources of funding, and all of it coming from mega-corporations, big banks, and the NGOs they fund. Does this sound like a local grassroots effort to you?

Lawsuit

Post Sustainability Institute is suing MTC and ABAG for the overreach of Plan Bay Area (more).

ICLEI & FEMA

ICLEI works with FEMA. From their site:—

“FEMA outreach: The plan directs the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to identify for State and local governments the existing programs that can support resiliency planning and projects.”

Priority Conservation Areas

In addition to PDAs, PCAs, are areas intended to be prevented from human development and interaction.

MTC provides grants for projects in PCAs.

FEMA, UC, and Monsanto

FEMA will cut down nearly half a million trees and spray sustainable Roundup to prevent stump regrowth.

FEMA’s reasons given for the major local deforestation projects are to avoid fires, to preserve environment, and to eliminate invasive species. All of which have been thoroughly debunked by local environmentalists.

FEMA will then use roundup to prevent tree regrowth while creating new pathways in Sutro Forest, Strawberry Canyon which are owned by UC, and Pacifica, [sutroforest]. Although UC failed the first time, they finally succeeded to gain FEMA funding.

And this is done for “Extreme Weather Resiliency Action Plan” (climate change, again) [STRONG], endorsed by ICLEI USA’s Policy Council of local elected officials for Priority Conservation Areas (PCAs), with help from ICLEI.

DHS and FEMA, which has been under DHS since 2003, provide funding for re-building work and pre-disaster land use and development [DHS CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION ROADMAP]. Both work with ICLEI [ICLEI-FEMA], and DHS has granted San Francisco hundreds of millions for various environmental and surveillance programs..

Incidentally, UC is now headed by former DHS secretary Janet Napolitano.

It’s Everywhere!

Plan Bay Area is our local implementation of a global agenda, which can be seen in examples in the US, such as PlaNYC.

ICLEI plans can also be seen worldwide, in Europe, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and more.

Singapo, smoggy smart growth
Singapore is an example of sustainable smart growth.
Hong Kong - Smoggy!
Sustainable Hong Kong, a Climate Leadership Participant.

Behind the sustainability PR is a more sinister implication, governments worldwide working with mega corporations who police themselves through codes and regulations they decide upon.

Fluoride Warning Sticker

Fluoride warning stickers to be placed on faucets and drinking fountains everywhere, for viral marketing.

What’s needed:

  • About $80 to get the stickers printed.
  • Volunteers to apply stickers on faucets.

Joe: Hey, what’s this sticker on the faucet about? It says “there’s poison in your water”

Jane: Oh, that’s about the fluoride that the city adds to the water.

Joe: But fluoride’s good for your teeth!

Jane: It’s actually really bad for you if you swallow it.

Joe: Really? I thought it was good for you? Jane: Nope. It’s a colorless, tasteless poison! Check out their website, fluoridealert.org.

1500 labels for $40 http://www.averylabelsonline.com/55weprmala1x.html

Laser printing 50 sheets at OfficeMax costs $5.

Total cost should be under $60 including tax and shipping.

I also will need to do a test print to make sure the QR code works.

I designed it in OpenOffice and I am not a designer. What do you think of the appearance and wording? Do you like the idea? Will you pay for it? And if not, can you suggest a way to get some money to pay for that? I have no bank account or credit card, BTW.

Feedback or suggestions? But I need money to pay for this! Please contact if interested in providing money or resources to make this happen.

Natural, non-toxic pest repellant and laundry cleaner.

1. Eat citrus
2. Dry peels
3. Add peels and vinegar to jar and wait 1 week.

Disinfects countertops, toilet, etc. Repels pests. No toxic chemicals.
For laundry, add baking soda and cleaner at time of wash.

For extra pest repellant effect, add peppercorns, clove, and cinnamon.

Planting beans and onions in San Francisco on Howard St and Van Ness.

Public Growing wiki: http://public-growing.wikispaces.com/

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