Published on Oct 29, 2016

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2. Call the White House… (202) 456-1111. Tell President Obama to rescind the Army Corps of Engineers’ Permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
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5. Call the Army Corps of Engineers and demand that they reverse the permit: (202) 761-5903
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800 E Sonterra Blvd #400
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Telephone: (210) 403-6455 Lee.Hanse@energytransfer.com
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Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
800 E Sonterra Blvd #400
San Antonio, Texas 78258
Telephone: (210) 403-6762 Glenn.Emery@energytransfer.com
c. Michael (Cliff) Waters
Lead Analyst
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
1300 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77002
Telephone: (713) 989-2404 Michael.Waters@energytransfer.com
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Tribe members make their way back to the camp on Saturday, October 29. The <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/07/us/dakota-access-pipeline-visual-guide/" target="_blank">Dakota Access Pipeline</a> is a $3.7 billion project that would cross four states and change the landscape of the US crude oil supply. Construction of the pipeline will "destroy our burial sites, prayer sites and culturally significant artifacts," the Standing Rock Sioux tribe said.


(CNN)Protesters are using a new weapon in their push to block the Dakota Access Pipeline: Facebook.

By Monday, hundreds of thousands of people had checked in at Standing Rock Indian Reservation on the social networking site.

    But many of them weren’t anywhere near the location where demonstrators have been picketing the controversial $3.7 billion pipeline.





    How to Contact the 17 Banks Funding the Dakota Access Pipeline Here are CEO names, emails, and phone numbers—because banks have choices when it comes to what projects they give loans to.

    The Dakota Access pipeline is funded directly by 17 banks, many of which—Citibank, Wells Fargo—are ones you’ve probably heard of or do business with.

    Banks are more susceptible to public pressure than the oil and gas giants.

    Researchers with the nonprofit Food & Water Watch found that 38 banking institutions are involved in funding the proposed Bakken pipeline, which would stretch from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. A section of this project is the Dakota Access pipeline, where the Standing Rock Sioux and thousands of allies have physically put themselves in the path of the pipeline to protect their reservation and a stretch of the Missouri River.

    Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, recently wrote an article for YES! suggesting that banks are more susceptible to public pressure than the oil and gas giants, which depend on bank loans and lines of credit to build their pipelines. “It’s probably sustained public pressure that will do the most good,” he wrote.

    Wondering what to say to a bank executive?

    Food & Water Watch researcher Hugh MacMillan: “Ask these banks to clarify whether funds they are providing are being used, in any amount, to pay for the heavily militarized response to the Standing Rock Sioux, including the attack dogs, sound-cannon trucks, heavily armed officers, and even a crop duster spraying undetermined chemicals over the camp.

    “People should also ask these institutions why they are sinking so much money into maximizing the amounts of oil and gas that can be brought to the surface and burned at a time when climate science is clear we have to maximize what we keep in the ground instead,” said MacMillan.


    Wells Fargo*

    CEO Timothy J. Sloan

    Corporate Office:
    Wells Fargo
    420 Montgomery Street
    San Francisco, CA 94104

    BNP Paribas*

    CEO Jean-Laurent Bonnafe

    Corporate Office:
    3 rue d’Antin
    75002 Paris, France

    U.S. Office:
    787 Seventh Avenue – The Equitable Tower
    New York, NY 10019


    CEO William H. Rodgers Jr.

    Corporate Office:
    303 Peachtree Street NE
    Atlanta, GA 30308

    Chief Communications Officer:
    Sue Mallino

    The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ*

    Chairman Nobuyuki Hirano

    CEO and President Takashi Oyamada

    Corporate Office:
    2-7-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku
    Tokyo, Japan

    U.S. Office:
    1251 Avenue of the Americas
    New York, NY 10020-1104

    Mizuho Bank*

    President and CEO Nobuhide Hayashi

    Corporate Office:
    Otemachi Tower
    1-5-5, Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku
    Tokyo 100-8176, Japan

    U.S. Office:
    1251 Avenue of the Americas
    New York, NY 10020

    Citibank (CitiGroup)*

    CEO Michael Corbat

    Corporate Office:
    388 Greenwich Street
    New York, NY 10013
    Phone: 800-285-3000 and 212-793-0710

    TD Securities*

    Chairman, CEO, and President Bob Dorrance

    Corporate Office:
    P.O. Box 1, TD Bank Tower
    66 Wellington Street W
    Toronto, Ontario
    M5K 1A2

    Investment Banking: 416-307-8500
    Equity Research: 416-307-9360
    Trading Floor Enquiries: 416-944-6978

    U.S. Office:
    31 West 52nd Street
    New York, NY 10019-6101

    Credit Agricole*

    CEO Jean-Paul Chifflet

    12, Place des Etats-Unis
    Montrouge, France 92545

    U.S. Office:
    1301 Avenue of the Americas,
    New York, NY 10019

    Intesa SanPaolo*

    CEO Carlo Messina

    Corporate Office:
    Piazza San Carlo, 156
    10121 Torino, Italy

    Corporate Social Responsibility Unit:

    ING Bank*

    CEO and Executive Board Chairman Ralph A.J.G Hamers

    Wholesale Banking, Operations & IT, Sustainability, Corporate Governance:
    Carolien van der Giessen

    Head of Media Relations:
    Raymond Vermuelen

    Corporate Office:
    Amsterdamse Poort
    Bijlmerplein 888
    1102 MG Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

    Mailing Address:
    ING Bank N.V.
    P.O. Box 1800
    1000 BV Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

    U.S. Office:
    ING Financial Holdings LLC
    1325 Avenue of the Americas
    New York, NY 10019


    CEO Pierre Servant

    Corporate Office:
    Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A.
    21 quai d’Austerlitz
    75634 Paris Cedex 13, France

    U.S. Office:
    Natixis Global Asset Management, L.P.
    399 Boylston Street
    Boston, MA


    CEO Johannes-Jorg Riegler

    Head of Communications:
    Matthias Priwitzer

    Corporate Office:
    Brienner Straße 18
    80333 Munich

    U.S. Office:
    560 Lexington Avenue
    New York City, NY 10022

    BBVA Securities*

    CEO Carlos Torres Villa

    Executive Chairman Francisco Gonzalez Rodriguez

    Corporate Office:
    Calle Azul, 4
    28050 Madrid, Spain


    DNB First Bank*

    CEO and President William J. Hieb

    Main Branch:
    4 Brandywine Avenue
    Downingtown, PA 19335

    ICBC London*

    CEO and Managing Director Jin Chen

    Corporate Office:
    20 Gresham Street
    London EC2V 7JE, United Kingdom

    U.S. Office:
    520 Madison Avenue 28th Floor
    New York, NY 10022

    SMBC Nikko Securities*

    President and CEO Yoshihiko Shimizu

    Corporate Office:
    3-1, Marunouchi 3-chome, Chiyoda-ku
    Tokyo 100-8325, Japan

    Societe General*

    CEO Frederic Oudea

    Chiarman of the Board Lorenzo Bini Smaghi

    Corporate Office:
    29 boulevard Haussmann 75009
    Paris, France

    U.S. Office:
    245 Park Avenue
    New York City, NY 10167

    The following banks are involved in funding for the entire Bakken pipeline:

    Royal Bank of Scotland

    CEO Ross McEwan

    Director of Media Relations:
    Chris Turner

    Corporate Office:
    175 Glasgow Road
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    U.S. Office:
    600 Washington Boulevard
    Stamford, CT 06901

    ABN Amro Capital

    Chairman of the Board Gerrit Zalm

    Corporate Office:
    ABN AMRO Bank N.V.
    Gustav Mahlerlaan 10
    1082 PP Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

    U.S. Office:
    100 Park Avenue, 17th floor
    New York, NY 10017

    Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank)

    CEO and President Brian J. Porter

    Corporate Office:
    Scotia Plaza
    44 King Street W
    Toronto, Ontario
    Canada M5H 1H1

    U.S. Office:
    250 Vesey Street,
    23rd and 24th floors
    New York, NY 10281

    Scotia Howard Weil (“Energy Investment Boutique”):
    Energy Centre
    1100 Poydras Street Suite 3500
    New Orleans, LA 70163
    504-582-2500 and 800-322-3005

    Citizens Bank

    Chairman and CEO Bruce Van Saun

    Head of Media Relations:
    Peter Lucht

    Consumer Lending, Business Banking, Wealth Management, Corporate:
    Lauren DiGeronimo

    Corporate Office:
    1 Citizens Plaza
    Providence, RI 02903

    Comerica Bank

    Chairman and CEO Ralph W. Babb Jr.

    Investor Relations:

    Corporate Contacts:
    Wendy Bridges

    Wayne Mielke

    Corporate Office:
    Comerica Bank Tower
    1717 Main Street
    Dallas, TX 75201

    U.S. Bank

    Chairman and CEO Richard K. Davis

    Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications Dana Ripley

    Brand, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sponsorships:
    Susan Beatty

    Corporate Office:
    U.S. Bancorp Center
    800 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55402
    800-685-5065 and 651-466-3000

    PNC Bank

    Chairman, President, and CEO William S. Demchak

    Media Relations:
    Fred Solomon

    Investor Relations:
    Bryan K. Gill

    Corporate Office:
    300 Fifth Avenue
    The Tower at PNC Plaza
    Pittsburgh, PA 15222


    Chairman John McFarlane
    CEO Jes Staley

    Corporate Office:
    Barclays Bank PLC
    1 Churchill Place
    London E14 5HP, United Kingdom

    U.S. Office:
    745 7th Avenue
    New York, NY 10019

    Press Office:

    JPMorgan Chase

    Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon

    Corporate Contacts:
    Andrew Gray

    Jennifer Lavoie

    Brian Marchiony

    Corporate Office:
    270 Park Avenue
    New York, NY 10017-2014

    Bank of America

    President, CEO, and Chairman Brian Moynihan


    Executive Relations, Office of the CEO:
    Matthew Task

    Corporate Office:
    100 N Tryon Street
    Charlotte, NC 28255

    Deutsche Bank

    CEO John Cryan

    Corporate Contact:
    Renee Calabro

    Corporate Address:
    Deutsche Bank AG
    Taunusanlage 12
    60325 Frankfurt Am Main (for letters and postcards: 60262)

    U.S. Office:
    Deutsche Bank AG
    60 Wall Street
    New York, NY 10005

    Compass Bank

    Chairman and CEO Manolo Sanchez

    Director of External Communications:
    Christina Anderson

    Al Ortiz

    Corporate Office:
    15 S 20th Street
    Birmingham, AL 35233

    Credit Suisse

    CEO Tidjane Thiam

    Board Chairman Urs Rohner

    Suisse Banking Ombudsman:
    Bahnhofplatz 9
    P.O. Box 1818
    CH 8021 Zurich, Switzerland

    Corporate Office:
    Uetlibergstrasse 231
    P.O. Box 700
    CH 8070 Zurich, Switzerland

    U.S. Office:
    650 California Street
    San Francisco, CA 94108
    Phone: 415-249-2100

    DNB Capital/ASA

    CEO Rune Bjerke

    Chairwoman of the Board Anne Carine Tanum

    Executive Vice President Communications Even Westerveld

    Corporate Address:
    Dronning Eufemias Gate 30
    0191 Oslo, Norway

    Sumitomo Mitsui Bank

    President and CEO Takeshi Kunibe

    Corporate Office:
    1-1-2, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku
    Tokyo, Japan

    U.S. Office:
    277 Park Avenue
    New York, NY 10172

    Royal Bank of Canada

    CEO David I. McKay

    CEO and Board Communications:
    Paul French

    Corporate Media Relations:
    Catherine Hudon

    Corporate Address:
    200 Bay Street P.O. Box 1
    Royal Bank Plaza
    Toronto, Canada
    416-974-5151 and 416-842-2000


    CEO Sergio Ermotti


    Head Group External Communications:
    Mark Hengel
    Phone: 41-44-234-32-21

    Chief Communication Officer-Americas:
    Marsha Askins
    212-713-6151 office and 917-226-4743 cell

    Corporate Office:
    Bahnhofstrasse 45, CH-8098
    8001 Zurich, Switzerland

    U.S. Office:
    1285 Avenue of the Americas
    New York, NY 10019

    Goldman Sachs

    Chairman and CEO Lloyd C. Blankfein
    917-743-0939 and 212-902-0593

    Media Contacts Americas:

    Corporate Address:
    Goldman, Sachs & Co.
    200 West Street
    New York, NY 10282

    Morgan Stanley

    CEO James P. Gorman

    Corporate Office:
    Morgan Stanley
    1585 Broadway
    New York, NY 10036

    Community Trust Bank

    Chairman, President, and CEO Jean R. Hale
    Senior Vice President, Investments: . Christopher Meng

    Corporate Office:
    346 N Mayo Trail
    Pikeville, KY 41501

    HSBC Bank

    Chairman Douglas Flint

    Group Chief Executive Stuart Gulliver

    Corporate Address:
    8 Canada Square
    London E14 5HQ, United Kingdom

    U.S. Office:
    HSBC Headquarters
    425 5th Avenue
    New York, NY 10018

    Head of Media Relations, HSBC USA:
    Rob Sherman

    The information compiled here is from the latest information reported by the banks. If there are corrections or additions that we should consider, please let us know. Updated 10/29 to reflect Timothy J. Sloan is now CEO of Wells Fargo.


    Cris Ericson for Vermont 2016! – U.S. Marijuana Party


    To: Eric Hoppel, WNYT News Director
    Answers to questions by candidate Cris Ericson
    for U.S. Senator for Vermont


    Hi! I’m Cris Ericson, candidate for United States Senator for Vermont,
    and if you elect me, I will sponsor a Bill in the U.S. Senate to
    repeal (get rid of) all rules and regulations inserted into federal laws
    which were written by non-elected government officials, and which
    are un-Constitutional, and which subvert economic progress in the U.S.A.

    The only laws which are Constitutional are those written by
    elected officials.  The members of the United States Congress
    have been doing the equivalent of cheating on their homework,
    because they write and pass Bills with blank spaces and
    allow un-elected administrative officials to make up the rules
    and regulations to fill in the blank spaces.  This is cheating.

    Every single U.S. Senator and every single Representative
    to the U.S. Congress who has voted to pass a Bill which allows
    un-elected officials to make the rules and regulations which
    can end you up in court and make you lose your home,
    your property, your bank accounts and even your children,
    should be prosecuted for taxpayer fraud for accepting your
    taxpayer dollars in their Congressional paycheck, and then
    not doing their job.

    When members of the United States Congress,
    House and Senate, pass Bills that allow un-elected officials
    to create rules and regulations that put you at risk, then
    the members of the U.S. Congress have not done their job,
    they out-sourced their job to non-elected officials, they cheated,
    they didn’t do their own homework, they committed tax fraud
    by receiving a paycheck for work they didn’t do.

    The result of these rules and regulations
    created by un-elected officials and administrators is that they
    have constipated the economy and disrupted businesses
    with nit-picking and micro-managing and over-taxation.

    If you elect me, Cris Ericson, to the United States Senate,
    I will do whatever I can legally do to charge guilty members of
    the U.S. Congress, House and Senate, with violating
    the United States Constitution.  Impeach them all!

    To: Eric Hoppel, WNYT News Director
    Answers to questions by candidate Cris Ericson
    for U.S. Senator for Vermont

    WNYT QUES. #2

    What specific steps should be taken to fight ISIS?

    Hi! I’m candidate Cris Ericson for United States Senator for Vermont.

    First, this question presumes that a candidate would agree that
    steps should be taken to fight ISIS. WNYT presents no facts in
    evidence to support the basis for this presumption. Just who do you
    think ISIS is? This is not a football game, where someone declares
    the team colors and says, “go, fight, win team, go, fight, win!”.

    But, that is what our government is doing, they are creating rebel
    groups by hiring private for hire soldiers, giving them a name, and
    telling them to go start a fight somewhere so that the news can
    declare what a crisis we are in so people must depend on government
    to solve the problem.
    Not enough people are aware that government
    creates crisis situations on purpose, to make people feel like they
    are small and must look up to government for protection, particularly
    since some of our gun rights are being taken away.

    Taliban, Al Qaeida, ISIS, pick your fruit flavor of terrorist of the day.


    Written by Alex Newman “Thursday, 13 October 2016…

    Obama’s Justice Department dropped charges against an arms dealer
    accused of arming Obama and Clinton backed Islamist
    terror groups. Among those receiving U.S. arms from the
    administration’s illegal programs,
    the arms dealer said, were al-Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS),
    and other terrorist organizations…a federal judge ruled that
    the arms dealer could present the evidence
    he had that Clinton and Obama orchestrated the illegal arming of
    Islamic terror groups in Libya, and later, Syria….
    …Marc Turi, said the White House tried to make him the fall guy
    for the administration’s illegal plot to arm terrorists and
    topple foreign governments…. Clinton wrote to her aide
    Jake Sullivan: “fyi. the idea of using private security experts
    to arm the opposition should be considered.” …

    Considering the above news article and others like it, I want you
    to know that the movement of military high explosives in commerce
    under what I consider to be fraudulent guises is one reason I
    (Cris Ericson) became a candidate for United States Senator for Vermont.

    I spent ten years in court from 1990 to 2010 trying to stop the flow
    of lead azide (a military high explosive), lead styphnate (a military
    high explosive) and PETN plastic high explosives in commerce
    under what I consider the fraudulent guise of “special effects” as
    used on movie sets. When the movie production is finished, where
    do the un-used left over explosives go? Of course, that wasn’t the only
    issue, and I was a pro se litigant, representing myself without an attorney,
    and listed as “attorney of record” on federal court documents.

    I was assaulted and battered and blasted on a movie set, and the
    movie industry lied for seven years and called the “special effects”
    “harmless movie bombs”. Because they fired me for being injured,
    and they injured me, I reported to unemployment in North Hollywood,
    California. When I finally got to the front of the line, the woman said,
    “Why are you here? You are covered with purple bruises and you have
    tears streaming down your face?” I was probably suffering from
    “shell shock”. I was sent to the Workers’ Compensation Court
    where the Judge refused to make the movie industry employer state
    what the “chemicals” were in the so-called “special effects”.
    I was denied medical treatment.

    The litigation went on for ten years, and because my deceased father
    was a patent attorney and my grandfather was a patent attorney,
    I knew they would be rolling over in their graves if I didn’t find out what
    I was hit with.

    Seven years later, the case had been mysteriously moved from Los Angeles
    to New York City, where I was finally allowed to file a motion to
    bring in Federal OSHA because California state OSHA didn’t do their job.
    I received the material safety data hazard sheets for the chemicals,
    showing lead azide, lead styphnate and PETN plastic high explosive,
    and my case was immediately dismissed in the United States District
    Court for the Southern District of New York.

    Eventually, I got a freedom of information act report from the F.B.I.
    which stated they had expunged and destroyed material having to do
    with the explosives.

    I filed three petitions to the Supreme Court of the United States,
    in the middle petition, an individual petition to Justice Ruth Bader
    Ginsberg, I requested the Court provide me an attorney, because
    in the course of litigation, I had come across something, and I
    really needed to talk to an attorney about it. I had requested
    a federal grand jury hearing from a U.S. Attorney who denied my
    request stating that “it is a gray area of the law if it is legal to
    raise funds to support foreign wars.” That was before Sept. 11, 2001.
    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg denied my request for an attorney
    to help me, a mere pro se litigant, struggling all by myself,
    with my husband dead five years after exposure to the same explosives,
    working on the same movie, but working five different days,
    and the IRS had no record of his employment that year, in fact,
    even when I stated I have his pay check stubs, they refused to
    correct the record, and it wasn’t until two years after his death
    that I found out that lead azide can cause cancer in a two hour
    industrial exposure. He died of cancer, and the actor who threw
    the explosives at me, Patrick Swayze, also died of cancer.

    It took years, until after the 2004 election, for me to find out by
    searching FEC records, that U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy had
    repeatedly taken donations from my opposing attorney’s PAC,
    the Dewey Ballantine PAC.
    I called the U.S. Senate Ethics
    Committee and they denied that I could prove it, but it was
    right there in black and white on the Federal Elections Commission
    website! Later, they changed their rules to expunge donations
    over ten years old.

    When Sept. 11, 2001 happened, I called the F.B.I. screaming at them,
    “you didn’t investigate! you didn’t investigate”; and I meant the part
    about some group raising funds to support foreign wars, because
    from my point of view, what I couldn’t get across then, was that
    if you are here in the U.S.A., and you send money overseas to some
    foreign country, and then they have the money, then from their
    point of view, the U.S.A. is a foreign country, so “raising funds to
    support foreign wars” could mean they are going to make war on the

    I do have a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Massachusetts,
    I did take a course in Workers’ Rights and Industrial Relations from
    Ralph Fertig, the EEOC Supervisory Trial Attorney at UCLA, and then
    I took a home correspondence paralegal course
    which was supposed
    to take six months to complete, but I kept writing asking for extensions
    because my head hurt from the explosives, and it took me four years to
    finish and get my diploma.

    So, what steps should be taken to fight ISIS? Stop the movie industry
    from moving military high explosives in commerce under the fraudulent
    guise of “special effects” would be my top choice for step number one;

    and step number two: Impeach every single judge I appeared before
    for ten years! Then we’ll talk about step number three. Oh, and
    trust someone, vote for me, Cris Ericson for U.S. Senator for Vermont.

    WNYT Ques. #3
    Do you support a national health care system?

    Hi! I’m Cris Ericson and I’m hoping you’ll vote for me for
    United States Senator for Vermont because I really want to get in there
    in the U.S. Senate and fix a few things, one of which is health care
    for all Americans, each and every one of us, including homeless
    Americans, and Americans who sleep in the sewers in New York
    City at night, and American war Veterans sleeping on the sidewalks
    in downtown Los Angeles.   Wake up America!  It isn’t healthy to
    be homeless.  National health care starts with finding homes for all
    Americans, and secondly, providing clean drinking water.

    Homeless people who smell bad from their outdoor sewer
    hide-away or street cardboard, have little chance of securing
    employment to pay for health insurance.  Therefore, National
    Health Care will only cover all Americans if it is NOT insurance
    based, but instead, paid for by taxes, and call it what it is, a
    National Health Care Tax.

    Let’s have across the board tax on everyone with income, and on
    every corporation, because corporations are “persons” now, and
    use this tax specifically to pay for government run health care
    clinics, hospitals, and prescription drugs and medical devices
    for all Americans.

    Taxpayers pay taxes, then the U.S. Congress votes to
    give billions of dollars of your taxes to the N.I.H.,
    National Institute of Health, and then the N.I.H. gives millions and millions
    of your tax dollars to the mega-wealthy pharmaceutical companies for research
    to create new prescription drugs and medical devices.

    The pharmaceutical companies claim the ownership of the
    Patents for all the drugs and medical devices they invented
    using your tax dollars to pay for all their research,
    but, under work-made-for-hire Patent Laws, the
    taxpayers should rightfully own 50% (50 percent) of the
    profits of all sales of all the prescription drugs and
    medical devices sold which were invented using taxpayer

    Vote for me, Cris Ericson, for United States Senator and
    I will sponsor a Bill demanding our 50% (50 percent) shall be
    returned to the taxpayers from the vast profits of the mega-
    wealthy pharmaceutical companies, and demand that this
    refund be paid into a National Health Care system.

    The N.I.H., National Institute of Health, has co-conspired
    for years, with the number one crime gang in the world,
    the United States Senate, to deprive taxpayers of their
    right to 50% (50 percent) of the profit on all prescription
    drugs and medical devices that they paid for the research

    The incumbent U.S. Senators have quietly stood by
    and profited from this scam because they get kick-backs
    in the form of campaign contributions from the PACs,
    Political Action Committees, of
    pharmaceutical companies that received funding from
    the N.I.H. which received the funding from the U.S. Congress
    which took the money from taxpayers.

    Please vote for me, Cris Ericson, for U.S. Senator for Vermont,
    and I’ll get your money back for you!

    Now, let’s talk about clean drinking water. One-third of Vermonters
    draw their drinking water from Lake Champlain. The idea of a
    National Health Care system will not be complete without planning
    to provide clean and safe drinking water for every American.

    Stephen Perkins, Lake Champlain TDML Project Manager)
    By Cris Ericson, 879 Church Street, Chester, Vermont 05143-9375
    Submitted to:
    Stephen Perkins, Lake Champlain TMDL Project Manager
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1 – New England
    5 Post Office Square, Suite 100
    Mail Code OEP06-3
    Boston, MA 02109-3912
    Phone: (617) 918-1501 Email: perkins.stephen@epa.gov


    and re-route it to industrial uses and south to the Atlantic Ocean
    because one-third of Vermonters draw their drinking water from Lake Champlain.

    Dumping treated sewage into Lake Champlain, from which
    one-third of Vermonters draw their drinking water, raises the
    phosphorous level as well as the “disgust” level of the
    common people having to drink Lake Champlain water
    mixed with treated waste which is then treated again with chloramines
    and monochromes, depending on which town you live in along the
    shores of Lake Champlain, and raises the incident risks of cancer,
    a life-threatening disease, because chloramines and monochloramines
    mixed with organic lake water create trihalomethane chemicals that
    are carcinogenic.

    We all know that rich people drink bottled spring water, but this increases
    the level of disparity in the health between rich people drinking bottled
    spring water and regular Vermonters drinking Lake Champlain
    water which contains treated sewage, and which raises the phosphorous
    level in Lake Champlain.

    RESOURCE 1, to support the fact that we must stop dumping
    treated sewage into Lake Champlain to reduce phosphorous.
    In metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia, phosphorus coming into
    streams from point sources, primarily wastewater-treatment
    facilities, have caused West Point Lake to become highly
    eutrophic (“enriched”).  A sign of this is excess algae in the lake.
    U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
    URL: http://water.usgs.gov/edu/phosphorus.html
    Contact Information: Howard Perlman
    Monday, 27-Jul-2015 14:42:31 EDT

    RESOURCE 2, to support the fact that we must stop dumping
    treated sewage into Lake Champlain to reduce phosphorous.
    The Detroit Wastewater Treatment Plant was the single largest
    contributor of phosphorus to Lake Erie. It may well still be the largest
    single contributor of phosphorous to Lake Erie.

    The Detroit wastewater plant canceled a contract to reduce overflows
    due to the lack of funding.  Also, there are many articles in Michigan papers
    about corruption in operations of the Detroit wastewater plant.
    There are reports of failed equipment and understaffing which
    results in treatment failures.  There are ongoing legal proceedings
    on this matter. There appears to be no independent
    analysis of the phosphorous loads from DTWWP to Lake Erie and
    whether DTWWP is meeting the targeted .5 mg/l load.

    RESOURCE 3, to support the fact that we must stop dumping treated
    sewage into Lake Champlain to reduce phosphorous.
    Most of the excess phosphorus entering Lake Erie comes from two sources:
    the effluent from sewage treatment plants (STPs) and tributaries that
    receive agricultural runoff from farmland.

    RESOURCE 4, to support the fact that we must stop dumping treated sewage
    into Lake Champlain to reduce phosphorous.

    should not have aluminum salts dumped into it.


    Lake sediments, contaminated by years of effluent discharge from a
    nearby wastewater treatment facility, were the source of internal phosphorous
    loading. The Clean Lakes Program, section 314
    of the Clean Water Act, provides assistance to states
    for identifying and restoring lakes that are water-quality-impaired.
    The effectiveness of aluminum salts application rests on
    the ability of aluminum to form complexes, chelates, and insoluble precipitates with
    phosphorus, thereby removing it from the water column and depositing it in the
    sediment in forms unusable by phytoplankton. Depending on pH, phosphorus
    concentration, aluminum concentration, and the rate at which additional phosphorus
    is supplied, aluminum salts can provide long-term inactivation of sediment phosphorus.
    Furthermore, aluminum has been shown to have no toxicity to aquatic life at the pH and
    dose necessary for lake restoration.  Although not all forms of
    phosphorus (e.g., dissolved organic phosphates) are removed by aluminum salts
    application, this methodology has proven to be an effective strategy for phosphorus
    inactivation in many water-quality-impaired lakes.

    RESOURCE 5, to support the fact that we must stop dumping treated sewage
    into Lake Champlain to reduce phosphorous.


    Reducing phosphorus inputs to lakes can affect the amount of algae
    in the lake by removing a key nutrient. In some lakes, like Lake Washington in Seattle,
    nutrient diversion meant diverting sewage from this lake. Depending on the project,
    major engineering may be required at great expense and other receiving waters
    may be affected by the nutrient-rich water.

    CRIS ERICSON argues that the EPA and Stephen Perkins should ask President Obama for a major funding administration policy to re-route treated sewage from Vermont, New York and
    Canada, south to industrial uses and to the Atlantic Ocean, and protect
    Lake Champlain for drinking water because only 3 percent of the world’s
    water is fresh water, and our populations are growing, so we need to protect
    Lake Champlain for drinking water.

    (2) REASONS TO STOP THE construction of any NATURAL GAS PIPELINE
    within 150 miles of Lake Champlain from which one-third of Vermonters
    draw their drinking water because building it in Vermont, New York or
    Canada within any storm drainage run-off or natural gas pipeline
    explosion area of Lake Champlain would increase phosphorous to the lake.
    Fracking can cause Property Damage to plumbing and pipes.
    Natural gas explosions from pipes and tubing bursts result in further
    property damage, and distribution systems become bacteriological
    incubators during warm weather months because the “fracking” causes
    the sludge and debris to flush into Creeks, Streams, Rivers, and other
    habitat areas, forcing more phosphorous into the storm drainage system,
    and from there into Lake Champlain.

    PLEASE NOTE: “Natural Gas” is NOT natural, it is fracked, a process
    whereby chemicals are forced into the ground to expose the gas,
    and the groundwater is then polluted, destroying residential
    neighborhoods nearby, and contaminating local lakes and ponds.

    A mixture of millions of gallons of water,
    chemically treated sand and toxic chemicals
    is injected under high pressure into drilling well.
    Toxic fracking fluid spills from pipes, open valves
    and transporting vehicles and contaminates local

    Fracking fluid leaks through fissures and
    contaminates aquifer.

    Fracking fluid is pumped 7000 feet or more
    down and a similar distance horizontally to
    release NATURAL GAS.

    Inside the NATURAL GAS producing rock formation,
    proppants like chemically treated sand and ceramic
    keep fractures open.  Fracking fluid injected at high
    pressure creates fractures and releases

    The majority of fracking fluid remains in the
    ground and is NOT biodegradable.
    High pressure creates more fractures,
    releases methane gas and forces
    toxic fracking fluid upwards.
    Toxic fracking fluids, benzene, methane, and
    other CARCINOGENS pierce and POLLUTE

    Residential wells pump water, which is unsafe
    for use, from contaminated aquifers into homes.
    Concentrated methane gas creates
    flammable water and poisonous fumes.
    Toxic fracking fluid waste is dumped
    in poorly constructed, and sometimes
    unlined pits, and seeps into local
    waterway and aquifers.


    in Lake Champlain from which one-third of Vermonters draw their
    drinking water:  because the invasive species acquire immunity to the
    chemicals and then increase the amount of phosphorous in the lake.
    Also, the invasive species that have not yet acquired immunity to
    glyphosate and other Monsanto chemicals, die, and become
    nutrition for more phosphorous growth.  Also, by buying Monsanto
    chemicals, the State of Vermont is supporting an industry they
    simultaneously have legal court actions against to force GMO
    genetically modified food labelling on products, so the State of
    Vermont is paying for Monsanto’s legal fees by buying their

    (4) REASON TO OUTLAW MOTORBOATS in Lake Champlain
    from which one-third of Vermonters draw their drinking water:
    because they are never 100% purely cleaned when they arrive from
    out-of-state and they bring with them eggs, seeds, spores, tiny root
    fibers and cleaning chemicals not completely rinsed off, and these
    increase the amount of phosphorous in the lake,
    as well as pollute the peoples’ drinking water with unconscionable
    amounts of leaked gas and oil.


    By Cris Ericson, 879 Church Street, Chester, Vermont 05143-9375
    Submitted to:
    Stephen Perkins, Lake Champlain TMDL Project Manager
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1 – New England
    5 Post Office Square, Suite 100
    Mail Code OEP06-3
    Boston, MA 02109-3912
    Phone: (617) 918-1501 Email: perkins.stephen@epa.gov


    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is extending the public comment period
    on the Phosphorus, Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for the twelve Vermont segments
    of Lake Champlain until October 15, 2015.

    For further information or to submit comments please contact:

    Stephen Perkins, Lake Champlain TMDL Project Manager
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1 – New England
    5 Post Office Square, Suite 100
    Mail Code OEP06-3
    Boston, MA 02109-3912
    Phone: (617) 918-1501 Email: perkins.stephen@epa.gov

    Region 1: EPA New England


    EPA Extends Public Comment Period on Phosphorus Limits
    for Vermont Segments of Lake Champlain
    Release Date: 09/09/2015
    Contact Information: Public Affairs Office (617) 918-1010

    Please vote for me, Cris Ericson, for United States Senator
    for Vermont 2016, and I’ll sponsor a Bill to re-route treated
    sewage away from Lake Champlain. This will create jobs
    and promote good health.

    WNYT Ques. # 4

    Hi! I’m Cris Ericson, candidate for U.S. Senator for Vermont, and I
    support an entirely new plan for education, to supplement teachers
    in the classroom, and to help parents who home-school their children,
    and to promote independent study for children and adults.

    If you elect me to the United States Senate I will sponsor a Bill to
    make a public library online with every single text book on every
    subject for which the copyright has expired so that the public can
    use these freely.  There are already some online libraries, but
    they are hard to find in search engines if you don’t know what words
    to search for. I will make certain that the new library is easy to
    find on search engines.

    The difference in the library I will create as compared to
    other libraries, is that I am specifically looking for all text books
    for which the copyrights have expired, so the texts can be used
    freely by the public.

    This Bill will also create the first really free college education.

    The next step is to encourage people to study text books independently
    and join online social media groups to support their studies.
    The Bill I would sponsor would include doing advertisements and
    commercials to promote free online study groups and to create
    an online study group in the Library of Congress.

    Then we need places for students, including independent students,
    to take tests to prove they have learned the knowledge from a text book.

    If you elect me, Cris Ericson, to the United States Senate,
    I will sponsor a Bill to not only provide free text books online in a public library that can easily be found in search engines, under common word searches, but also to provide
    adults with free public testing at government sites, such as federal courts,
    where the public can go to take the tests online, and have their
    fingerprints or eye scan taken to prove who is taking the test,
    and receive a certificate that they have learned a subject,
    so, that they can use that certificate to prove they have learned
    a subject, or to help find employment, or to qualify to be admitted to college.

    Also, I would like to sponsor a Bill in the United States Senate
    to provide jobs creating instructional movie videos for grades K – 12
    and for each standard college subject. Because these movie videos
    would be paid for by taxpayer dollars, under work-made-for-hire
    Copyright laws, the taxpayers, the American public, would
    own all rights to these videos, and they would be distributed
    to every classroom in the United States for each grade level.
    This would provide across the board standards for teaching
    each subject.  The teachers would learn how to teach, and the
    students would learn the subject.   All too often in Teachers’
    Colleges today, the teachers are not taught how to teach.
    This Bill would create jobs and create Hollywood quality movie videos
    filmed all over the world, and create video games based
    on each instructional movie video.

    We can’t afford to be shy about moving forward into a high tech
    teaching environment. Please vote for me, Cris Ericson,
    for U.S. Senator for Vermont.

    WNYT Ques. # 5

    Hi! My name is Cris Ericson and I am a candidate for
    United States Senator for Vermont, and I want you to
    vote for me so I can go to Washington, D.C. and
    straighten a few twisted heads out, and make them
    see the error of their ways regarding the National Debt.

    Our biggest expense is what it should be,
    national defense. But, this valid expenditure for our
    U.S. Military has made some defense contractors
    mega-multi-millionaire, and even billionaires.  That’s
    the part that makes no common sense, particularly
    since our war Veterans are lacking a lot of medical
    and dental treatment, and many are homeless.

    Taxpayers pay taxes, the U.S. Congress votes to
    give billions of tax dollars to the Pentagon, then the
    Pentagon gives millions and millions of your tax dollars
    to each defense contractor for research and development
    of new weapons systems and improvements of
    existing weapons and jets like the F-35 strike fighter jet
    series, which is designed to be dual capable to
    carry nuclear weapons, even though you thought that
    the public decided a long time ago to end nuclear

    Then guess what happens? Defense contractors
    which received your taxpayer dollars
    from the Pentagon, which received your taxpayer dollars
    from the U.S. Congress, then pay (your taxpayer dollars)
    to their PACs, political action committees,
    and, millions to their lobbyists, and the PACs give
    money to your U.S. Congresspersons, and the lobbyists
    wine and dine your U.S. Congresspersons (House of
    Representatives and U.S. Senate).  So, your tax dollars
    have come full circle and lots and lots of them have ended
    up in the pockets of U.S. Senators and Congressmen
    and Congresswomen. Does that sound like a money
    laundering scheme to you?  It certainly sounds like a
    money laundering scheme to me, and it is costing you
    so much money that it deepens the National Debt, year
    after year, lobbyists paid for by defense contractors who
    got the money from the Pentagon who got it from the
    U.S. Congress who got the money from you, the taxpayers,
    are wining and dining your U.S. Senator
    and Congress people on shrimp and the most expensive
    wines, vodka, and whiskey in Washington, D.C.

    We can’t afford this money laundering scheme any more,
    it must stop. It isn’t just the Pentagon, it is every group
    the U.S. Congress votes to give your tax dollars to,
    whether it be Planned Parenthood which happily kills your
    grandchildren for profit, or any other group which receives
    taxpayer dollars and then uses part of those dollars to
    hire lobbyists to wine and dine the members of the
    United States Congress, House and Senate, and uses
    part of your taxpayer dollars to pay their PACs, political
    action committees, to give campaign contributions to
    members of the U.S. Congress. Your tax dollars’ go
    full circle into the pockets and stomachs of your elected
    representatives, and this is money laundering, and it has
    to stop.

    If you elect me, Cris Ericson, to the United States Senate,
    I will sponsor a Bill to require that every single entity, whether it be a defense contractor or
    non-profit or a university or college, every single entity which
    receives tax payer dollars shall be required to divulge all
    of their bank accounts, all their foreign bank accounts, all
    their assets, under penalty of perjury, just like people
    applying for SNAP program food stamps or fuel assistance
    for low income people. Low income people who apply
    for benefits, must divulge all their bank accounts and
    assets under penalty of perjury, and rich people who run
    non-profit organizations and universities and colleges
    and defense contractors and highway construction contractors
    should be held to the same standards as poor people.
    Also, my Bill will require that any entity or corporation
    or non-profit or university or college that receives
    taxpayer dollars shall not pay anyone any salary higher
    than the equivalent salary paid to a government employee.
    No more mega-million dollar salaries paid for by taxpayers!

    Vote for me, Cris Ericson, and I will bring in a new era of
    equality under the law whereby rich people and wealthy
    entities must comply with the same standards as poor
    people, and I guarantee you that will reduce the National Debt.

    Ques. # 6

    In asking this question, WNYT presumes facts not in evidence,
    and this is an error.

    I’m Cris Ericson, candidate for United States Senator for Vermont,
    and I certainly do not support the regulation of guns which have
    already passed in some states and in the U.S. Congress,
    in particular, those that deprive medical marijuana patients of their
    right to own a gun, and laws, rules or regulations that prohibit
    our war Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from
    owning guns.

    I believe your gun permit is the U.S. Constitution and all
    laws, rules and regulations prohibiting you in any way from
    exercising your right to self-defense are un-Constitutional.

    If Hillary Clinton wins the Presidency, she will likely start wars
    because she has already proven her blood thirsty attitude when
    she promoted bombing an area around Tripoli, Libya, while
    simultaneously, you could see on the internet, there were children
    at the beach in Tripoli with their mothers, colored beach balls and
    colored beach umbrellas, all while Hillary Clinton promoted
    bombing them, and then President Barack Obama did bomb them.

    My revulsion, and total and complete disgust with Hillary Clinton
    and President Barack Obama began when relatives of mine
    went to visit a beach in Italy, and Italy is just across the
    Mediterranean Sea from the beach resorts in Tripoli, Libya.
    I was totally and completely horrified, worrying if solar flares,
    which can disrupt signals, would mis-guide a bomb to the
    beaches in Italy, where my precious little relatives were.
    Nothing made more clear to me the blood thirsty, sickening
    revulsion I have for unnecessary bombing, and the callous
    and shockingly un-Constitutional aggression of Hillary Clinton
    and President Barack Obama for bombing around an innocent
    tourist resort beach area of Tripoli, Libya.

    Now, for all the bombs the United States has supplied
    to foreign fighting groups allegedly killing in our best interest,
    we have multiplied the number of people who hate the
    United States of America. President Barack Obama and
    Hillary Clinton will keep the borders of the U.S.A. wide open
    for them to come in, and you had better be prepared,
    you had better have self-defense ready at hand to protect
    your home and your family.

    If you elect me, Cris Ericson, to the United States Senate, I
    guarantee you that I will sponsor a Bill to repeal all laws,
    codes, statutes, rules and regulations that interfere with your
    Constitutional rights to have and to hold and to carry,
    concealed or openly, guns and rifles to
    protect your home and your family. The United States
    Constitution is your gun permit. Take back America!

    Ques. # 7

    Hi! My name is Cris Ericson and I want your vote for United States Senator,
    and I want to convince you that we must take care of our own homeless
    war Veterans and find homes for them before we take in any more foreigners.
    We must temporarily halt all immigration. Our United States Military is so
    weak right now that the news is filled daily with more suicides of our own
    war Veterans.  Late night radio talk shows complain that our own war Veterans
    aren’t even getting dental treatment.  We must stop Hillary Clinton’s plans to
    open our borders and further decay our U.S. Military by the psychological
    warfare of letting our own war Veterans sleep homeless on the streets of
    Los Angeles and all over the United States.

    If you elect me to the United States Senate I will sponsor a Bill to
    build log cabins in areas of the United States with large forests, for example
    Vermont, which is over 50% (almost 75 percent) forested.   War Veterans
    have anxiety over being in apartment buildings because they are tuned in
    to sounds from other apartments because of their war experiences and
    self defense training.   They need to have their own home.   They might
    be most comfortable surrounded by woods, listening to birds sing.
    I will write a Bill to use federal prison labor to go to forests and build
    log cabins with solar panel roofs for each homeless war Veteran,
    and space them on two-acre forest sections for privacy, and give them
    gardening tools, a small barn and one cow, two hogs and some chickens.
    The U.S. Military war Veterans risked their lives for us, now it is time
    to do something for them. 

    We can help foreign refugees by identifying areas of the globe which
    have extremely low populations, and buy land for them, but leave them
    to develop it themselves.  We can give them tents and fishing poles,
    garden tools, seeds, but we don’t need to bring them to the United States
    of America.   Our only moral obligation is to help war refugees get out
    of war zones, not to invite them home with us because we have a
    greater moral obligation to take care of Americans, around
    2 million homeless people in the United States, and they are refugees, too.
    The homeless people already in the U.S.A. are refugees from
    economic justice.

    Please vote for me, Cris Ericson, for United States Senator for Vermont,
    and I will help the U.S. Congress get their priorities straight.

    WNYT QUES. #8

    WNYT #8 What are some steps that could be taken to
    bridge the racial divide in this country?

    Hi! I’m Cris Ericson, candidate for U.S. Senator for Vermont.
    Vermont is a state that is 94% white Caucasian, and is known
    for discriminating against people of color, with police arresting
    people of color at a higher rate than white Caucasians.

    I have a variety of experience living in neighborhoods of color.
    I was born in Washington, D.C. I lived during my married
    years in Los Angeles, California. One of my Uncles, Reverend
    Henry Warren Kunce, was a Presbyterian Minister who,
    in the 1960s, started a Church in the Miami area
    that both white Caucasian people and people
    of color were invited to worship in. The KKK burnt down his
    garage. We ran outside, I got in the family station wagon,
    in the front seat in the middle, there were no seat belts back then,
    and I could read the note on the window facing me, it was a serious threat.

    Ten years after my mother died, I started going through old
    boxes. I knew there was some family history of owning a Slave,
    but I didn’t know how many. I scanned and posted some of the
    heart breaking documents on flickr.com under the title:
    Puzzle Pieces of Black American History. Some of the Slaves
    were bought or sold while they were little children.

    My grandfather, George Robert Ericson, was born on the Hemp
    Lawn Farm on the Benson Pike in Shelbyville, Kentucky.
    The Slaves were already gone by the time he came around.
    But then something happened, about 1937 the government of
    the United States made hemp and marijuana illegal. This
    created a new form of slavery: arresting people for marijuana
    and making them do hard labor in prison.

    I think that we must start at the very beginning to bridge the
    racial divide, and to me, that means that city and town
    police officers should only be allowed to work in the zip code
    that they reside in. County sheriffs should only be allowed
    to work in the county they reside in.

    Trust someone, vote for me, Cris Ericson for U.S. Senator for Vermont.

    Ques. # 9.

    Hi! I’m Cris Ericson, candidate for U.S. Senator for Vermont,
    and I do have a plan for free college, please read my response
    to Question # 4, “Do you support common core standards for students?”
    because in that question I lay out my plan for free college education.

    Now, as to students who currently owe debt, we should look at them
    in a manner, like people under age 18 who, when charged with a
    crime, are often held in court and tried as adults. I find this
    unconscionable. I also believe that so long as under-age minors
    can be tried as adults in criminal courts, then college students
    can be held liable for their college debts.  It is a matter of equal
    treatment under the law.   If uneducated teenagers charged with
    crimes can be tried as adults, then educated people over age
    18 should be held liable for their debts; otherwise you are coddling
    rich kids while over-punishing poor kids.  This is an outrage!

    WNYT QUES. # 10.
    10) How do we curb welfare abuse?

    Hi! I’m Cris Ericson and I want to be the next
    United States Senator for Vermont. Welfare abuse
    is often what government imposes upon citizens,
    and not what citizens are doing to government.

    Vermonters are having a hard time getting around
    because so many of them are on Social Security Disability benefits
    and many collect SSI. When they received their SSI statement
    of benefits last winter, it said that if they have over
    $2,000. in their bank account that they will lose their
    benefits. This means that they cannot save enough
    money to buy a decent car; they can only buy a car
    that is the cheapest and will break down over and over
    again; meaning, they won’t be able to hold down a job
    and get off “benefits”. This is one of the “benefits
    traps”, and in the future, I will write an entire book
    about government imposed “benefits traps”.

    When you look at it from the point of view of the
    registered voters in Vermont, it is the government
    committing welfare abuse against the citizens in the
    form of “benefits traps.”

    Vermont is a rural state,
    and many towns have little in the way of public
    transportation. If you live four miles up a dirt road,
    and many people do, you need a car. If you say that
    people can just move to cities in Vermont, you are
    in error. The largest city in Vermont is Burlington at
    a population under 60,000 people, and the rents are
    so high that only the highest income people can afford
    to live there.

    It’s a little like Beverly Hills, California
    where the household help and property caretakers
    often live a long bus ride away in a poor neighborhood;
    the difference being that they have buses that go all
    over Los Angeles, even though they are painfully slow
    and on hot days you can pick up all kinds of infections
    being crammed into a hot bus without adequate

    Look how many people moved to New York City from
    rural areas hoping to find jobs and housing, all to end
    up living in the sewer. Really, homeless people do that in NYC.

    Many Vermonters feel that “welfare abuse” is when the
    government gives huge subsidies, paid for by taxpayers,
    to wealthy entities, often called “corporate welfare.”

    When large “factory” farms receive “corporate welfare”
    they are using taxpayer dollars to push smaller farms
    out of business. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
    But the wealthy farms don’t deserve to be wealthy by
    taking taxpayer dollars to subsidize their farming activities.
    This is a con game to force more people onto SNAP program
    food stamps.

    When I was young there were 25,000 farms
    in Vermont, now, there are about 2,000 farms. Most of the
    families who lost their farms would rather grow their own
    food and raise their own animals, rather than have to apply
    every year for SNAP program food stamps. Human dignity
    is lost every time the U.S. Congress votes to give farm
    subsidies to big farms, while excluding the smallest farms,
    thereby forcing more small farms go out of business, and
    more people have to apply for SNAP program food stamps

    Another problem for people is zoning codes which often
    prohibit allowing chicken coops, pig barns, and plowing
    up your front yard to grow corn in residential neighborhoods.
    It is the fault of local zoning administrators, forcing people
    to apply for SNAP program food stamps because they
    won’t allow low income property owners to use their property
    to supply themselves and their family members with food.

    This is a clearly a form of “welfare abuse” when a family
    owns the land their house sits on, but they can’t build a
    chicken coop or a pig barn or a cow barn for one cow or
    plow their yard up and plant tomatoes and collard greens
    and pole beans; so they are forced to apply for SNAP
    program food stamps, not because they couldn’t provide
    themselves with food if they were allowed a teeny- tiny farm,
    but because their local government zoning codes won’t allow them to.

    Now, you can say the family knew what the local zoning
    ordinances were when they moved there; but what happens
    a dozen years or more later when one of their kids goes to
    college and all of a sudden they are sinking in debt and
    close to foreclosure? Why is our nation so arrogant and
    so heartless that we have made “appearances” of manicured
    lawns more important than feeding families?

    I want to be elected to the United States Senate, and I want
    you to vote for me so I can get there.

    Trust someone, vote Cris Ericson.

    QUES. # 11.

    Hi! I’m Cris Ericson, candidate for U.S. Senator for Vermont,
    and I believe President Obama has done a good job recently
    on working with other countries to lower greenhouse gas
    emissions by changing the way refrigerators and air
    conditioners work.

    If I am elected to the U.S. Senate I will support programs
    to put satellites in orbit and on the moon and Mars to
    study the Earth, because in the long, long run, these
    programs will be cost-effective in saving lives.
    Science is serious business.

    Ques. # 12.

    Hi! I’m Cris Ericson, candidate for U.S. Senator for Vermont,
    and I want you to know that there already is a litmus test for
    nominees for the Supreme Court of the United States,
    and it’s called electing the right person for President,
    because the President of the United States of America is
    the person responsible for nominating Justices for life terms.
    Please take your obligation to vote seriously.  Thank you.

    WNYT #13
    13) Do you support the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement?

    Hi! I’m candidate Cris Ericson for U.S. Senator for Vermont.
    I sincerely believe that the Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement
    will take jobs away from Americans, while coddling over-seas
    factory owners who pay teenage girls to work for sub-minimum
    wages, some forced to be locked into rooms at night until they
    pay back what their employer claims is the cost of training them.

    Last year I received an email from attorney Orly Taitz, Esq.
    who lives in California, regarding the Trans-Pacific Trade
    Agreement. I edited her email to make it shorter and to the
    point, and sent it in as a Letter to the Editor of The Vermont
    Journal, and they published it on July 8, 2015. I felt
    encouraged that the local Windsor County, VT newspaper
    had published it, and so I started trying to find a way to do
    something about what lawyer Taitz said needed to be done.

    …”the Congressional rule, which allows any congressman to
    bring directly to the floor of the House a motion of non-
    confidence in the Speaker, saying the Speaker is ‘disabled’,
    which triggers immediate new vote for the new Speaker.
    Boeher is the Speaker…”

    So, I thought, who should bring this motion to the floor?
    And I went through news articles on the internet searching
    for just the right U.S. Congressperson to do the job.
    I checked some of their backgrounds, I checked some of
    their astrological positions, and I checked their relationships
    with the person who was Speaker then, John Boehner.

    I chose U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows of North Carolina.
    I called his home office in Hendersonville, NC and explained
    that I was calling from Vermont, I’m a Vermont registered
    voter and resident of Vermont, and the reason I’m calling
    U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows of North Carolina is that
    we have no Republican representation in the entire United
    States Congress from Vermont. U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy
    is a Democrat, U.S. Congressman Peter Welch is a Democrat,
    and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders runs in the Democratic
    Primary and takes all the Democrats money, and then switches
    to “independent” just before the election (legal to do so in VT).

    And then I explained that the Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement
    must be stopped and therefore the current Speaker of the
    House, John Boehner, must be ousted. I explained how
    Attorney Taitz stated in her email this could be done. I said
    thank you for listening, good bye.

    Three weeks later, on about July 28, 2015, U.S. Congressman
    Mark Meadows of North Carolina filed a motion to “vacate the
    chair”, to oust John Boehner, and John Boehner resigned.
    My phone bill for that one call was 8.1 minutes.

    I decided I’m ready to be elected to the United States Senate
    because I know how to pick up the telephone and get
    something done.

    Trust someone, vote for me,
    Cris Ericson,
    United States Marijuana Party

    CRIS ERICSON (802)875-4038
    CELL PHONE (802)289-1000


    Source: Cris Ericson for Vermont 2016! – U.S. Marijuana Party

    A Deep State of Mind: America’s Shadow Government and Its Silent Coup

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    Today the path to total dictatorship in the U.S. can be laid by strictly legal means, unseen and unheard by Congress, the President, or the people. Outwardly we have a Constitutional government. We have operating within our government and political system … a well-organized political-action group in this country, determined to destroy our Constitution and establish a one-party state…. The important point to remember about this group is not its ideology but its organization… It operates secretly, silently, continuously to transform our Government…. This group … is answerable neither to the President, the Congress, nor the courts. It is practically irremovable.”

    — Senator William Jenner, 1954 speech

    Unaffected by elections. Unaltered by populist movements. Beyond the reach of the law.

    Say hello to America’s shadow government.

    A corporatized, militarized, entrenched bureaucracy that is fully operational and staffed by unelected officials who are, in essence, running the country, this shadow government represents the hidden face of a government that has no respect for the freedom of its citizenry.

    No matter which candidate wins the presidential election, this shadow government is here to stay. Indeed, as recent documents by the FBI reveal, this shadow government—also referred to as “The 7th Floor Group”—may well have played a part in who will win the White House this year.

    To be precise, however, the future president will actually inherit not one but two shadow governments.

    The first shadow government, referred to as COG or Continuity of Government, is made up of unelected individuals who have been appointed to run the government in the event of a “catastrophe.” COG is a phantom menace waiting for the right circumstances—a terrorist attack, a natural disaster, an economic meltdown—to bring it out of the shadows, where it operates even now. When and if COG takes over, the police state will transition to martial law.

    Yet it is the second shadow government—also referred to as the Deep State—that poses the greater threat to freedom right now. Comprised of unelected government bureaucrats, corporations, contractors, paper-pushers, and button-pushers who are actually calling the shots behind the scenes, this government within a government is the real reason “we the people” have no real control over our government.

    The Deep State, which “operates according to its own compass heading regardless of who is formally in power,” makes a mockery of elections and the entire concept of a representative government.

    So who or what is the Deep State?

    It’s the militarized police, which have joined forces with state and federal law enforcement agencies in order to establish themselves as a standing army. It’s the fusion centers and spy agencies that have created a surveillance state and turned all of us into suspects. It’s the courthouses and prisons that have allowed corporate profits to take precedence over due process and justice. It’s the military empire with its private contractors and defense industry that is bankrupting the nation. It’s the private sector with its 854,000 contract personnel with top-secret clearances, “a number greater than that of top-secret-cleared civilian employees of the government.” It’s what former congressional staffer Mike Lofgren refers to as “a hybrid of national security and law enforcement agencies”: the Department of Defense, the State Department, Homeland Security, the CIA, the Justice Department, the Treasury, the Executive Office of the President via the National Security Council, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a handful of vital federal trial courts, and members of the defense and intelligence committees.

    It’s every facet of a government that is no longer friendly to freedom and is working overtime to trample the Constitution underfoot and render the citizenry powerless in the face of the government’s power grabs, corruption and abusive tactics.

    These are the key players that drive the shadow government.

    This is the hidden face of the American police state that will continue long past Election Day.

    Just consider some of the key programs and policies advanced by the shadow government that will continue no matter who occupies the Oval Office.

    Domestic surveillance.

    No matter who wins the presidential popularity contest, the National Security Agency (NSA), with its $10.8 billion black ops annual budget, will continue to spy on every person in the United States who uses a computer or phone. Thus, on any given day, whether you’re walking through a store, driving your car, checking email, or talking to friends and family on the phone, you can be sure that some government agency, whether the NSA or some other entity, is listening in and tracking your behavior. Local police have been outfitted with a litany of surveillance gear, from license plate readers and cell phone tracking devices to biometric data recorders. Technology now makes it possible for the police to scan passersby in order to detect the contents of their pockets, purses, briefcases, etc. Full-body scanners, which perform virtual strip-searches of Americans traveling by plane, have gone mobile, with roving police vans that peer into vehicles and buildings alike—including homes. Coupled with the nation’s growing network of real-time surveillance cameras and facial recognition software, soon there really will be nowhere to run and nowhere to hide.

    Global spying.

    The NSA’s massive surveillance network, what the Washington Post refers to as a $500 billion “espionage empire,” will continue to span the globe and target every single person on the planet who uses a phone or a computer. The NSA’s Echelon program intercepts and analyzes virtually every phone call, fax and email message sent anywhere in the world. In addition to carrying out domestic surveillance on peaceful political groups such as Amnesty International, Greenpeace and several religious groups, Echelon has also been a keystone in the government’s attempts at political and corporate espionage.

    Roving TSA searches.

    The American taxpayer will continue to get ripped off by government agencies in the dubious name of national security. One of the greatest culprits when it comes to swindling taxpayers has been the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), with its questionable deployment of and complete mismanagement of millions of dollars’ worth of airport full-body X-ray scanners, punitive patdowns by TSA agents and thefts of travelers’ valuables. Considered essential to national security, TSA programs will continue in airports and at transportation hubs around the country.

    USA Patriot Act, NDAA.

    America’s so-called war on terror, which it has relentlessly pursued since 9/11, will continue to chip away at our freedoms, unravel our Constitution and transform our nation into a battlefield, thanks in large part to such subversive legislation as the USA Patriot Act and National Defense Authorization Act. These laws completely circumvent the rule of law and the rights of American citizens. In so doing, they re-orient our legal landscape in such a way as to ensure that martial law, rather than the U.S. Constitution, is the map by which we navigate life in the United States. These laws will continue to be enforced no matter who gets elected.

    Militarized police state.

    Thanks to federal grant programs allowing the Pentagon to transfer surplus military supplies and weapons to local law enforcement agencies without charge, police forces will continue to be transformed from peace officers into heavily armed extensions of the military, complete with jackboots, helmets, shields, batons, pepper-spray, stun guns, assault rifles, body armor, miniature tanks and weaponized drones. Having been given the green light to probe, poke, pinch, taser, search, seize, strip and generally manhandle anyone they see fit in almost any circumstance, all with the general blessing of the courts, America’s law enforcement officials, no longer mere servants of the people entrusted with keeping the peace, will continue to keep the masses corralled, controlled, and treated like suspects and enemies rather than citizens.

    SWAT team raids.

    With more than 80,000 SWAT team raids carried out every year on unsuspecting Americans by local police for relatively routine police matters and federal agencies laying claim to their own law enforcement divisions, the incidence of botched raids and related casualties will continue to rise. Nationwide, SWAT teams will continue to be employed to address an astonishingly trivial array of criminal activity or mere community nuisances including angry dogs, domestic disputes, improper paperwork filed by an orchid farmer, and misdemeanor marijuana possession.

    Domestic drones. The domestic use of drones will continue unabated. As mandated by Congress, there will be 30,000 drones crisscrossing the skies of America by 2020, all part of an industry that could be worth as much as $30 billion per year. These machines, which will be equipped with weapons, will be able to record all activities, using video feeds, heat sensors and radar. An Inspector General report revealed that the Dept. of Justice has already spent nearly $4 million on drones domestically, largely for use by the FBI, with grants for another $1.26 million so police departments and nonprofits can acquire their own drones.

    School-to-prison pipeline.

    The paradigm of abject compliance to the state will continue to be taught by example in the schools, through school lockdowns where police and drug-sniffing dogs enter the classroom, and zero tolerance policies that punish all offenses equally and result in young people being expelled for childish behavior. School districts will continue to team up with law enforcement to create a “schoolhouse to jailhouse track” by imposing a “double dose” of punishment: suspension or expulsion from school, accompanied by an arrest by the police and a trip to juvenile court.


    The government bureaucracy will continue to churn out laws, statutes, codes and regulations that reinforce its powers and value systems and those of the police state and its corporate allies, rendering the rest of us petty criminals. The average American now unknowingly commits three felonies a day, thanks to this overabundance of vague laws that render otherwise innocent activity illegal. Consequently, small farmers who dare to make unpasteurized goat cheese and share it with members of their community will continue to have their farms raided.

    Privatized Prisons.

    States will continue to outsource prisons to private corporations, resulting in a cash cow whereby mega-corporations imprison Americans in private prisons in order to make a profit. In exchange for corporations buying and managing public prisons across the country at a supposed savings to the states, the states have to agree to maintain a 90% occupancy rate in the privately run prisons for at least 20 years.

    Endless wars.

    America’s expanding military empire will continue to bleed the country dry at a rate of more than $15 billion a month (or $20 million an hour). The Pentagon spends more on war than all 50 states combined spend on health, education, welfare, and safety. Yet what most Americans fail to recognize is that these ongoing wars have little to do with keeping the country safe and everything to do with enriching the military industrial complex at taxpayer expense.

    Are you getting the message yet?

    The next president, much like the current president and his predecessors, will be little more than a figurehead, a puppet to entertain and distract the populace from what’s really going on.

    As Lofgren reveals, this state within a state, “concealed behind the one that is visible at either end of Pennsylvania Avenue,” is a “hybrid entity of public and private institutions ruling the country according to consistent patterns in season and out, connected to, but only intermittently controlled by, the visible state whose leaders we choose.”

    The Deep State not only holds the nation’s capital in thrall, but it also controls Wall Street (“which supplies the cash that keeps the political machine quiescent and operating as a diversionary marionette theater”) and Silicon Valley.

    This is fascism in its most covert form, hiding behind public agencies and private companies to carry out its dirty deeds.

    It is a marriage between government bureaucrats and corporate fat cats.

    As Lofgren concludes:

    [T]he Deep State is so heavily entrenched, so well protected by surveillance, firepower, money and its ability to co-opt resistance that it is almost impervious to change… If there is anything the Deep State requires it is silent, uninterrupted cash flow and the confidence that things will go on as they have in the past. It is even willing to tolerate a degree of gridlock: Partisan mud wrestling over cultural issues may be a useful distraction from its agenda.

    In other words, as I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, as long as government officials—elected and unelected alike—are allowed to operate beyond the reach of the Constitution, the courts and the citizenry, the threat to our freedoms remains undiminished.

    So the next time you find yourselves despondent over the 2016 presidential candidates, remember that it’s just a puppet show intended to distract you from the silent coup being carried out by America’s shadow government.

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    John W. Whitehead is the president of The Rutherford Institute and author of Battlefield America: The War on the American People.

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    Nearly 100 Groups Send Letter to Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) Opposing Death Penalty for Fentanyl Bill


    Drug Policy Alliance

    Press Release | 10/18/2016

    Outdated Approach Would Expose Drug Sellers to Death Penalty

    Legislation Repeats Worst Mistakes of the Drug War

    Nearly 100 groups working on criminal justice reform, including NAACP, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, and the Drug Policy Alliance today sent a letter to Representative Tom Reed (D-NY), opposing H.R. 6158, the HELP Act of 2016. The letter notes that “H.R. 6158 would also exacerbate the opioid epidemic our country is currently undergoing. The bill is out of step with the times, science, data, and public opinion and doubles down on 30 years of ineffective drug policy, and we ask that it be revised.” The proposal would mean that individuals caught selling certain quantities of fentanyl or fentanyl-laced heroin would receive the death penalty or life without parole, if the sale is linked to an overdose fatality.

    “The Congressman would be better served by introducing progressive bills that are based in harm reduction rather than expounding on drug war tactics with more punitive action,” said Robert Tolbert, board member with VOCAL New York.

    The bill is particularly disappointing given the U.S. Congress’s embrace of treatment over incarceration, as embodied by this year’s passage of CARA, and the bipartisan support for reducing sentences for drug offenses.

    “The 1980s called and wants its bill back,” said Michael Collins, Deputy Director of Drug Policy Alliance’s Office of National Affairs, “Rep Reed should know that the War on Drugs has failed and that harsh sentences for drug offenses have no impact on drug use. The only consequence of this bill will be to contribute further to our mass incarceration problem.”

    Just last month, House Speaker Paul Ryan committed to completing work on criminal justice reform in the lame duck session. The Reed bill flies in the face of these efforts.

    Read the full letter here.


    Tony Newman 646-335-5384



    PDF – RE: Opposition to H.R. 6158, the HELP Act of 2016

    H.R. 6158: HELP Act of 2016

    Drug Policy Action Congressional Voter Guide


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    U.S. Reps Graded on Seven Bills Affecting Marijuana, Hemp, and New Psychoactive Substances
    Congressional Support for Drug Policy Reform Surges; Reps Earning Perfect Grade Doubles in Two Years

    Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–October 25, 2016.  Today, Drug Policy Action released its 2016 Congressional Voter Guide which grades members of Congress on how they voted on seven key drug policy reform votes in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2015 and 2016 (there were no drug policy votes on the Senate floor that could be scored).

    A record number of U.S. House Representatives earned a perfect score (“A” grade) – more than double the number of Representatives who earned a perfect score from Drug Policy Action in 2014. More than half of all U.S. Representatives (177 Democrats and 64 Republicans) earned a “C” or better.



    Drug Busts Still Lead Arrest Statistics, Even as Marijuana Prohibition Fades


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    As troubled as our country is at the moment, divided between two main mutually contemptuous (and contemptible) political blocs, facing a rising generation seemingly frightened by the exchange of ideas inherent in a devotion to protecting free speech, and apparently committed to placing either a psychopath or a sociopath in the White House, at least the country is winding down the depredations caused by drug prohibition. Four states have legalized marijuana for recreational use, and many more have made it available as a medical treatment. Their ranks are likely to be joined after November by—

    What’s that you say? Cops are still filling out their arrest quotas with drug busts?

    Holy crap. You’re right.

    “The highest number of arrests were for drug abuse violations (estimated at 1,488,707 arrests),” the FBI announced about its recently released crime statistics for 2015. Drug busts were followed by “larceny-theft (estimated at 1,160,390), and driving under the influence (estimated at 1,089,171).”

    By comparison, there were 505,681 arrests for violent crimes, and 1,463,213 busts for property crimes of any sort.

    I already know the naysayers are going to chime in with complaints that the people busted weren’t all simple users. There were dealers in that mix! And manufacturers! And some folks dealing while manufacturing and using.

    Well, so what?

    In most areas of human life, we recognize that industry and commerce are perfectly peaceful activities—and beneficial ones that produce prosperity and put food on the table. Drug laws may make industry and commerce in disfavored intoxicants illegal, but that doesn’t render such activities inherently less peaceful and prosperity-inducing. As we saw with our national misadventure in banning alcohol, it takes a prohibition to introduce violence into a trade that might otherwise be as work-a-day as any other.

    “[I]ncreases in enforcement of drug and alcohol prohibition have been associated with increases in the homicide rate, and auxiliary evidence suggests this positive correlation reflects a causal effect of prohibition enforcement on homicide,” Harvard economist Jeffrey A. Miron concluded in 1999 after studying the issue in-depth. “The only way to reduce violence, therefore, is to legalize drugs,” he emphasized 10 years later.

    But for the sake of argument, let’s concede the point. Trafficking is bad, mmkay?

    If we dig deeper into those FBI figures, we find that only 16.1 percent of them were for sale and manufacturing. Possession made up 83.9 percent of drug arrests in 2015. That is, the vast majority of arrests for all categories of drugs had nothing to do with making or selling illegal substances, if that’s the sort of thing that matters to you.

    And yes, those drug arrests represent the lowest level of marijuana busts in 20 years. But that’s a drop after a big surge during that time, and we still saw over 643,000 arrests for the leafy stuff (over 574,000 if you want to stick to that “possession” distinction). And again, a total of 1,488,707 busts by police just for using or trading in marijuana, cocaine, meth, and other officially disfavored intoxicants of people’s choice—the largest category of arrests.

    That’s a lot of folks slapped into handcuffs over stuff that makes everybody but government officials and their hangers-on feel good. (Well, a lot of them like the stuff too, but they rarely have to worry that they’ll be wrestled to the ground as a consequence.)

    And never mind the outcome of those arrests—whether or not possession busts ultimately result in hard time. Any encounter with the police is likely to be an unpleasant one. It’s astounding how many people picked up on even minor charges manage to expire under mysterious circumstances.

    As we’ve seen before, prohibition is a bit of an industry all of its own. Harvard historian Lisa McGirr writes in her 2015 book, The War on Alcohol: Prohibition and the Rise of the American State, of the “federal penal state” that emerged from Prohibition. “The war on alcohol and the war on drugs were symbiotic campaigns,” McGirr told Reason in an interview. “Those two campaigns emerged together, [and] they had the same shared…logic. Many of the same individuals were involved in both campaigns.”

    That penal state at the local, state, and federal level hasn’t shrunk an iota in personnel or power in the intervening years. “There are more than 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers now serving in the United States, which is the highest figure ever,” the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund boasts on its website. Those officers need something to do to justify their employment, and while the FBI reports an uptick in violent crime in 2015, that’s after many years of decline–and overall arrests still dropped. “Arrests of juveniles for all offenses decreased 8.4 percent in 2015 when compared with the 2014 number; arrests of adults decreased 3.0 percent,” according to the Uniform Crime Report.

    Now the war against marijuana is winding down—several more state are likely to loosen restrictions through ballot initiatives this year. Out of a sheer lack of opportunity, marijuana arrests will have to drop in jurisdictions where the stuff just isn’t illegal. That leaves other drugs, but they don’t have the same popularity, and seem unlikely to keep “the highest figure ever” busy making arrests.

    But a never-ending war on booze, or drugs, or other forbidden consensual activities has kept all those cops and prison guards and interagency task forces gainfully employed through the decades.

    It makes you wonder what category of prohibition will lead the arrest statistics a few years from now.

      J.D. Tuccille is a former managing editor of Reason.com and current contributing editor.

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      How The ‘Cannabis Catch-22’ Keeps Marijuana Classified As A Harmful Drug


      Marijuana grows in the home of two medical marijuana patients in Medford, Ore.

      America has a long and storied history with marijuana. Once grown by American colonists to make hemp rope, by 1970, it was classified as a Schedule 1 narcotic. Possession of it was — and is — a federal crime, despite the fact that in recent years 25 states have legalized medical marijuana and four states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for recreational use.

      Author John Hudak, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, traces the history of America’s laws and attitudes toward cannabis in his new book, Marijuana: A Short History. He tells Fresh Air‘s Dave Davies that the recent shift in public policy is, in part, a recognition of the drug’s medicinal value, which became apparent in San Francisco during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s.

      “People were saying, ‘If I smoke this and I get the munchies, maybe it will help people dying of AIDS who are so nauseated that they can’t eat and they’re dealing with clinical anorexia as a result of that,’ ” Hudak explains.

      The grass-roots movement turned political, and in 1996, California became the first state to pass a medical marijuana ballot initiative. Other states followed, though the impetus for the movement grew beyond the medicinal.

      “One significant argument in favor of adult use marijuana that not many people talk about is a simple one, and that is some people just like to get high,” Hudak says. “I think in this policy debate, oftentimes seeing marijuana as a recreational product, it is frowned upon to discuss it, but it’s a reality. People enjoy it like people enjoy wine or people enjoy a good steak.”

      Interview Highlights

      On Harry Anslinger, who played a pivotal role in the effort to criminalize marijuana

      Harry Anslinger was the nation’s first real drug czar. He came from the Bureau of Prohibition and was put in charge of a variety of federal government agencies that changed names over the course of time, but were effectively the precursors for the Drug Enforcement [Administration].

      He was essentially the J. Edgar Hoover of drugs in the United States. He had the same types of tactics that Hoover had — that was being very aggressive with Congress, going into the media to try to advance his political and policy interests. He had, by all accounts, details and histories of members of Congress and senators that they did not want to become public, and he was a one-man force in expanding drug prohibition in the United States. He did this for a variety of drugs, but he had a special place in his heart for marijuana.

      On how marijuana use was made into a racial issue

      Anslinger brought to it this real racialized aspect. I mean, he was an absolute avowed racist, and when you look at the letters he wrote to different civic organizations or op-eds that he published, or even congressional testimony, it is riddled with racist language and racist claims about the use of marijuana really being only in Mexican communities in the Southwest, and then eventually it transitioned to be a product that was used by the individuals who were around jazz music, which of course was code language for the African-American community.

      And so proceeded this racialized history, and [Anslinger] … claimed that marijuana would turn people into psychopaths, murderers, rapists — it would make women promiscuous, particularly promiscuous around men of color, and this was seen as something that was brought into communities by people of color in order to make the most vulnerable in society behave in ways that would appall society.

      On government efforts to suppress studies that showed that marijuana was not as addictive or dangerous as had been claimed

      In the 1970s President Nixon commissioned the former governor of Pennsylvania, Ray Shafer, who was a good friend, a fellow Republican, a good friend of Nixon’s, to commission this report about this evil drug infecting society, and Shafer came up, again, with the same answers — it wasn’t as addicting, that there were reasons to try to think about this drug in different ways than the federal government was thinking about it, that it wasn’t causing violent crime.

      Shafer was actually called into the Oval Office and read off by the president for this draft report, and [Nixon] said to Shafer, “You cannot publish this.” And Shafer stood his ground. He said, “I’m publishing it.” And Nixon trashed that.

      It was just this extended period of president after president asking for answers, not getting the answers that he liked, and then throwing the report away.

      On what led to policy change for use of marijuana

      This really began in the Castro District of San Francisco in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The AIDS epidemic was … ravaging this community, and it was one that individuals, I think, looked at this product that was largely being used recreationally and understood that it helped with pain relief.

      So you had a few individuals — Dennis Peron is one; a woman named Brownie Mary who was an orderly at a hospital in San Francisco who would bake brownies laced with marijuana and deliver them to AIDS patients each day. This community popped up around delivering medical cannabis for those who are dying.

      And it wasn’t only people dying of AIDS, it was people who had a variety of ailments — and that grass-roots, underground, even though it was pretty much in the daylight for some time, movement transitioned into a political one, and in 1996 California became the first state to pass a medical marijuana ballot initiative.

      On arguments in favor of legalization

      We have 750,000 arrests in a year that have to do with marijuana. And so in communities of color that criminal justice argument is a tremendous one. For libertarians you talk about personal liberty and privacy and property rights, and that is an important issue for them. For conservatives or liberals who are interested in balancing the budget, talking about all of the law enforcement dollars that are spent on the prosecution and investigation of marijuana crimes in a year, that’s budget savings, as well as revenue in the door on the tax side.

      For others, it is about product safety, understanding that a regulatory system is going to be able to test the product and you’ll know exactly as a consumer what you’re getting, whereas on the black market you don’t know that.

      On the federal government’s decision this past summer to continue the Schedule 1 classification of marijuana

      One of the reasons for the maintenance of marijuana as a Schedule 1 substance was that the medical community is not convinced of its medical value. There are plenty of doctors who believe that there is medical value to marijuana, they’re willing to recommend it to patients, but the threshold required to demonstrate medical value for the medical community as a whole is much higher than it is for the reform community.

      There is this cannabis Catch-22 and it is, as a Schedule 1 drug, it is very difficult to do research on the plant. There are only certain researchers who will get the certification and licensure necessary to handle the drug. Then, of course, you need the funding to study it. You need approval from university institutional review boards, and the burdens that exist to do the type of research on a Schedule 1 drug are tremendous. But that research is what will inform the medical community as to its medical use, and so what you need and what you can do are entirely prevented by this federal government policy.


      The 2016 Election will be remembered as the "No Confidence" Vote…

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      Usually by this time the USMjParty has already picked someone to support in the Presidential Election. 

      Notably, it has been Gary Johnson in at least the last two Presidential Elections.

      This time is different.  This time it seems that there is absolutely no one running for office that I, myself, or my Colleagues, including Head Chair/Colorado Chair Bill Chengelis, aka Wayward Bill;   Pennsylvania Tom Johnson; Maryland Jeffrey Kabik; Vermont Cris Ericson; Hawaii Kenneth Peeler, Texas Chuck Miller aka Damagoman;  Oregon Jim Johnson; Utah Rob Hawthorne and Kentucky Sheree Krider (myself), that we have felt worthy of our support online or elsewhere.

      A few people will most likely stand behind Gary Johnson, although, I, myself, have lost interest in him lately.  I wrote a short article a couple of months ago, “Lord, it’s time for another Election – What do we do now?”, in which I list just a few basic reasons why I DID NOT like each of the Candidates this year.  I was seriously hoping that my Colleagues would step up and speak out for someone…But that has not happened – at least so far, and it’s running pretty close to Election.  If that changes, there will be an update to this Newsletter sent out!

      Speaking for myself, I would like to be able to go to the poll and enter a “Vote of No Confidence”, and force the system to start all over again.  Maybe we could do better if we tried again?  The only problem with that is the fact that since Obama’s term is up, I’m not sure how the Government would operate until another Election could be scheduled as this has never been done in the U.S. before.

      A motion of no confidence (alternatively vote of no confidence, no-confidence motion, or (unsuccessful) confidence motion) is a statement or vote that a person or persons in a position of responsibility (government, managerial, etc.) is no longer deemed fit to hold that position: perhaps because they are inadequate in some respect, are failing to carry out obligations, or are making decisions that other members feel are detrimental.  LINK

      In the United States, motions styled as “no confidence” are only symbolic and are rare.  In organizations that use Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (RONR), there is no motion of no confidence, although the assembly could adopt a motion expressing a lack of confidence in its leaders (i.e. a motion to censure).[11]  The United States Congress passed a no confidence motion against Secretary of State Dean Acheson in the 1950s[12] and considered one against Attorney General Alberto Gonzales,[13] but these motions are of symbolic effect only.  LINK

      It would seem to me that it is time to add another option to the voting ticket – “NO CONFIDENCE”.  In effect, the low voter turnout is serving as a “no confidence” vote, as they refuse to cast their vote for anyone running on the ticket.  However, since these votes are not counted, they serve no purpose except to make sure that someone that is not worthy will get into Office.  We need to change that so that if people actually have “no confidence” in the people running for any given office they can readily make that known through the voting process rather than abstaining from the vote altogether.  I really believe that in this Election the “no confidence” vote would be the winner.

      In the U.S. the Electoral Vote wins the Election.  Not the Popular Vote

      According to Politics1 there are probably over 999 people running for the office of President in this years Election, though I did not bother to count them all!

      There are virtually no qualifications required for anyone to run for the Office of the Presidency.  You would think that in this day of drug testing for employment and background checks for everything else as well, that when someone wanted to run for the highest office in the land that there would be a “background check” for felonies and a “drug test” – just because, well, everybody else has to have one so why shouldn’t the Government officials (and hopefuls) have to comply too?.  I bet that the list of people running for office would shrink dramatically if those two requirements alone were implemented.

      Unfortunately, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, I am sure, would “pass the tests” the end result would be the same thing we have now – Two more billionaire idiots who do not care about anything but their own bank accounts running for the highest office in the land…and a bunch of dumbasses running out to vote for them!  I would be one of them!  Although I doubt I will actually know who I am voting for until Election Day itself.  You can never be sure what will happen between now and then. 

      Age and Citizenship requirements – US Constitution, Article II, Section 1

    • No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States. LINK
    • So,

      From where I am watching, this Country is in very bad shape right now.  And the whole World, as well, is in a very uncompromising position.  The Atomic Clock is at “3 minutes to midnight”.  The news is getting worse everyday and that could be because it IS getting worse everyday, OR that the media as a whole is portraying it as such…Your guess is as good as mine! The Elections are now being overseen by the DHS and we are at constant threat of some kind of attack either by our own or by some other entity that may or may not even exist.  Food prices are rising steadily.   Children are being kidnapped right out from under us by CPS (Child Protective Services), a Government agency set up to take care of vulnerable children, not displace them.  Clean water is becoming more and more scarce.  There is absolutely no end to the trials and tribulations that may await us after the upcoming election. 

      The best thing I can think of to say about this event which will be remembered in history, is to think smart.  Very carefully review your options, and then vote with your conscience on Election Day 2016.  Our very lives may well depend upon what the Citizens of this great Country decide to do on Election Day!

      VOTE for the FREEDOM of CANNABIS!  This includes all forms of HEMP!  REPEAL PROHIBITION first and foremost to gain a momentum to start cleaning up the mess that has been made by the Justice Department and the prison industrial complex.  That would be a good start.  Freedom to plant and consume Cannabis on our own property without fear of arrest or seizure.  This order should come from the United Nations and followed by every Country involved with the U.N.

      True Freedom will begin to become a reality when total control of our food and water and medicinal plants are relinquished by the U.N., and therefore become “lawful” for us to possess and consume, as a people, once again.  This means that the U.N. must REPEAL those requirements and not take total control of our unalienable rights by the total regulation through the U.N. and Agenda 21 (Agenda 30).  Please note that I said “lawful” and NOT legal.  There is a difference, and that difference is the freedom to have unalienable rights that cannot be taken away by Government.  We must be very careful how we proceed from now on with this issue.  One wrong decision could enslave us forever. 


      While we are awaiting Peace and Prosperity, let us remember those who have been much less fortunate than ourselves, in any or all aspects of life, and give them help and kind words whenever possible.  Remember, if it hasn’t been you so far, it could be you in the future.

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      Whatever your choice, Know your Cannabis Candidates and VOTE CANNABIS!

      “Your Vote Is Your Voice.” Speak wisely!, Wayward Bill



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