We need a new Age of Enlightenment or the Earth will Die

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In my apartment in Colorado, the wind is howling as it drags through the courtyard in between the two buildings that surround it

Water condensing in the air will soon bring a snowy blast of winter we have yet to encounter this year

50 degrees today will be 0 on Wednesday, and the calls for the end of this “global warming” talk will be at an annual high

A snowball’s chance to survive in hell brings no new commentary to the discussion

The entire planet is getting hotter. There is a new monthly record high being set every month

There was a very public warning in the 1970’s that Earth would be entering a cooling period. This has a large portion of an entire generation feeling bamboozled

Logic should dictate that the fact that the cooling period was coming, and the opposite happened, would indicate that the climate is really in deep trouble. These folks aren’t considering that the cooling period was supposed to have already started. That we are heating up despite that fact, should be a wake-up call

Sadly, this result is treated as a justification to mistrust ALL climate science instead of as a truly dire situation worth a high investment of resources into figuring out solutions. The situation is already beyond the point of no return given our current technological capabilities, however, wealthy people in the US used to die from Aids, so there is a solution to be found if we worked on it hard enough.

The moon was once unreachable but when we dedicated ourselves to it, we conquered the crap out of it like American settlers

In the current climate (pun intended), many Americans feel like they have no one to trust but their own circles. To many of them, the jury is still out on the cause, if they even acknowledge it as happening at all.

This ignorance is being exploited by elected leadership, perpetuated by propaganda packaged as news, and leads to the questioning of the motives of legitimate scientists. This tends to happen the most by religious groups and conspiracy nuts who only want to help muddy the waters in order to make their “deeply held beliefs” more possible

This doesn’t end with Mike Efin Brown writing an editorial about it. Once again, we trickle down to one solution that is an uphill battle for our nation

Quality Education for Everyone

As long as all the privileged children’s parents keep taking their kids out of public schools and putting them in private ones, we will continue to see the 99% fall behind

As long as there is no one of influence or power left to push the local government into making their children’s schools meet their high standards, the “lesser” children are left to fend for themselves in a world full of budget cuts and underpaid teachers.

While parents with full time jobs, and little influence, are left struggling to spend what little time they have with their family on things other than their studies or class conditions, the very wealthy have the time and influence to ensure they have the best education for their children, protected from diversity

If all kids of all financial backgrounds were made to go to the same schools, the quality of our schools would certainly go beyond what we tolerate presently

Unfortunately, with Betsy DeVos becoming our Secretary of Education, someone that believes in vouchers for kids to be able to take public funding from public schools to use on “private” schools, we are setting back our education even further

They sell the idea as allowing poor children to go to a nice, fancy private school. What they leave out is that most of these private schools are nowhere near these poor children’s homes. They are happy to build charter schools to assist. These are less like schools and more like For-Profit Prisons in that they pocket as much of the funding as possible, in lieu of spending it on the children

The Earth will survive without life on it. Many say we are arrogant to think that humans could have an effect on the Earth’s climate…

The ignorance of that thinking is what creates the arrogance that allows those that exploit the Earth to continue to get away with their crimes against our home planet

Whether this is “Hippie-Talk” or not doesn’t change the thinness of our atmosphere anymore than the fragility of the ecosystems we keep mucking up

The animals’ ecosystems are not the only ones at risk. Look to the hundreds of pipelines that are still being constructed despite the fact that green, clean energy is available to replace fossil fuels now. We cannot continue to allow corporations, and their elected sellouts, to tell us we are powerless against the demand for the “Big Black Snake” to keep feeding itself on the blood of our children. Their future is at risk

Energy Transfer Partners isn’t going to share their profits with you, any more than they are going to allow other US companies to use their pipeline. That’s right, it’s mostly for themselves to be able to more easily sell their own crude to China.

If the risk of the Earth’s climate isn’t motivation enough, it should bother you that all this is being done, at our expense, for the benefit of a few billionaires and China. It won’t help our economy

Reality in Education and in Life will lead to greater accountability for all of the world’s citizens. The citizens’ interests over the interests of the corporate elite is what will change the world for the better. When the few must answer to the many, we will take back our world for the next several generations. The educated are empowered. Imagine if all races and levels of income could feel this empowerment

There are several million underprivileged children beginning Kindergarten every year, excited for the chance to learn math and reading, only to find out they are just going to a poorly supervised, day-time prison. A waiting area for many children who are only going to end up in a real prison as their opportunities dry up, or are never presented to them

The Lack of Enlightenment is Killing our Progressive Future

We Can Do Better

A new Age of Enlightenment is needed for all of us. If we continue to scrimp on education for the poor and middle class, the results will lead to our destruction as a species

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Should the Energy Transfer Partners Executive’s graves be open to Protest?

According to DailyMail.com, the Vets have arrived at Standing Rock and they have already begun to recover some of the Water Protectors’ stolen canoes from the police. According to the ACLU, Obama’s federal force of National Guards, along with state police from 76 different law enforcement agencies, from 10 different states, have been using many forms of intimidation against Native American residents and Water Protectors alike.

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Of the many tactics used (many that we’ve reported already), there are some under-reported tactics that have been reported by the residents of the camp. These include the Police and/or Oil Security stealing, and in many cases, destroying private property. Reports of them committing acts of vandalism on private property and of the theft of many canoes that were on the banks of the Turtle Island burial grounds are beginning to grow.

The same burial grounds that police insist on standing upon right in the faces of their historically marginalized ancestors.

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We would never suggest that anyone desecrate any deceased American’s grave sites. One has to wonder how the C-level executives at Energy Transfer Partners (full list found here) would feel if Water Protectors showed up to stand on, and block access to Chairman & C.E.O., Kelcy L. Warren’s parent’s graves. How would President & C.O.O, Matthew S. Ramsey do with this type of insult to his parent’s and grandparent’s final resting places? Ask the Westboro Church about how it made them feel…

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Credit: The Satanist Temple performing a same-sex ritual at the grave site of Westboro Church founder Fred Phelps’ mother, Catherine Johnston

An act this brazen might finally get their attention, but this would be stooping to their level. We don’t condone this action, but sticking in hyperbole, this would be the next logical step to showing the super wealthy that they are not untouchable from the rabble, the masses, and the underprivileged, that they resent so much. The police can protect the rich and their property for only so long. Ask the French about that…

The above is a quick video describing the French Revolution, but I have to point out that there is 0 evidence that Marie Antoinette ever said, “Let them eat cake”.

Stay Efin peaceful my friends

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Energy Transfer Partners Chairman and C.E.O., Kelcy L. Warren

​5 reasons the Dakota Access Pipeline is not a State issue but a Federal one Obama is responsible for NOW

1. The treaty that the Sioux tribe has is with the Federal government

2. The Oil police and the pipeline workers are not on ND land. They are on Army Corp/Sioux land. Neither are allowed on that land. Not even the governor without permission.

3. The oil company needs federal EPA permits to drill under the lake and Missouri river. They don’t have it yet and despite it being illegal, they say they are going to do it anyway.

 4. Many of the Oil police are being shipped in from non-local police departments as well as the National Guard. All outsiders from ND affairs.

5. The oil police put razor wire surrounding army corp land where the tribes ancestors are buried. Preventing them from praying on their burial grounds which is guaranteed not only by the treaty, but the 1st Ammendment. Only one of the bill of rights they are violating.

Anything we forgot? 

Help Get Efin Reality to Standing Rock 

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Above is the link to our GoFundMe page for a journalism/protest trip to Standing Rock. Details to the upcoming December 4th event include over 2000 veterans marching with Tulsi Gabbard can be found here. Help us to cover this event for our supporters and for those who care about truth in coverage.

Thanks

-Efin

The Corporate Media’s Silence on Standing Rock is About to End

If someone writes a story about the ensuing autocracies occurring in North Dakota, it should elicit feelings of revolution in us all. However, this has not been the case as there has been a concerted effort by the government, and their corporate media cohorts, to protect Big Oil interests. These efforts are now manifesting into civil rights violations of Native Americans and their fellow unarmed Water Protectors. Initially there was silence from cable news, despite there being enough noise to make the President feign interest enough to speak on it. Though, he didn’t really say much of anything. There have been several court challenges and requests to do land surveys before proceeding that were mostly denied to seemingly expedite construction. A treaty for these original Americans to have sovereignty over their land has been changed and ignored so often, they have been all but completely marginalized by the US Government.

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Courtesy of Vice.com

With the hope that we would all be so distracted by the elections, or that the cold Dakota winter would end the fight for them. Depending on the same mother nature they insult with their dirty energy to crush the spirits of the few who would show up to defend their water, the Sioux tribe, and their burial grounds. That there would be enough fear of Trump or Clinton winning to keep any white protestors joining the fight. Surely they are too busy complaining about the Electoral College and the Popular Vote to care. Surely they are too scared of the perceived rise of White-Supremacy that the media is legitimizing (much like they did Trump by spreading their messages en masse) to endure the rubber bullets, chemical warfare, hearing damage, grenade explosions, and hypothermia from water cannons. Surely there would be no hardened activists willing to leave their lives for very long in order to stand up to the fascist government thuggery presently endorsed by Obama’s public silence. One has to wonder what his private position is, but a quick peek at his legacy would make it pretty easy to infer.

Who has the stomach for this fight, especially once winter takes hold? Go ahead; violate and intimidate those unarmed “Hippies” and “Indians” with our military equipment and body armor that U.S. veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are envious of. No one would last long enough for us to have to directly deal with this. Wait it out and the pipeline will already be under the Missouri river. It will be too late to do anything about it. Just wait it out…

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“Water Protectors” complete a two-day canoe trip north of Cannon Ball, N.D. | Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Boy did they ever miscalculate while making their assessment of the situation. The oil police, and their federal and local government supporters, just had their worst nightmare occur. A 21 year-old white woman from New York City, named Sophia Wilansky, may end up losing her arm from a police percussion grenade.

This was one of several grenades that were allegedly thrown into a crowd of unarmed and defenseless people. These grenades come with specific warnings from the manufacturer to not throw them at people. There is a disturbing history of SWAT and other police using these explosives, whether intentionally or not, in an incorrect manner leading to several horrible injuries. The most disturbing of which came when a 1 year-old infant who was sleeping in their crib, had one of these land on their pillow during a “no-knock” drug raid in Georgia on Oct. 7th, 2014. Click on one of the links for more details on this, and other injuries caused by these dangerous, explosive devices.

NBC and ABC are starting to wake up a little. Some of the upset Hillary supporters are starting to notice the importance of this event over their recent election loss. Many people on both sides seem to be waiting for Trump to take office. Never mind that President Obama, a supposed Progressive (but actual Wall Street Corporatist), is in charge now; never mind that he kicked the can down the road so that an even more fascist regime will be all that is left to help people. To help them against the very government forces employed to protect the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline at all costs.

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Speaking of the new regime, their leader has millions of his own dollars to lose by intervening. Does Obama expect President-Elect Trump to stand up to the oil executives that fund both major party’s campaigns? The same corporate donors who write their own legislation for lawmakers to get passed or else? Nope. This is exactly what his bosses told him to do. Not to mention the crafty political strategy of attempting to ride out the next few months in order to shift the issue (and later, the blame) to the Republicans, is almost certainly by design.
The good news is that there’s now drone footage of the oil police using cannons to cover Water Protectors in freezing water during a night of mid 20 degree weather. This is being shown on some network news outlets, finally. It’s not just TYT Politics covering the event now. It’s not just H.A. Goodman, Tim Black or Mike Efin Brown talking about it. The atrocities are no longer occurring to ONLY the Native Americans.

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Get ready for the silence to finally break, but be even more ready for the media to start framing the protesters as violent, hired thugs. They are a voice for the elite. There is nothing more elite in the U.S. than Big Oil.

Get ready to donate to hep the Water Protectors. Be especially ready to put your own body on the line, as this fight will likely not remain contained to the flats, hills and buttes of North Dakota. Be ready for more of this as the new regime takes over.

They will be pumping what seem like willfully ignorant statements like, “AllLivesMatter” while police continue to clash with protesters who have been framed by the media as violent rioting anarchists, while simultaneously ridiculing them as spoiled, whiny liberals without jobs.

Get Ready…The lid is about to blow off.

“The doctor just said she may need as many as 20 surgeries over very many months to have any hope of saving her arm and her hand,” Wilansky’s father, Wayne Wilansky, told a group of reporters outside a Minneapolis hospital.

Investigation finds Chicago police has off-the-record interrogation site led by GITMO torturer

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Domestic Black Site in Chicago

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“Alleged police practices at Homan Square, according to those familiar with the facility who spoke out to the Guardian after its investigation into Chicago police abuse, include:

Keeping arrestees out of official booking databases.
Beating by police, resulting in head wounds.
Shackling for prolonged periods.
Denying attorneys access to the “secure” facility.
Holding people without legal counsel for between 12 and 24 hours, including people as young as 15.
At least one man was found unresponsive in a Homan Square “interview room” and later pronounced dead.”

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