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Delicious pro-carbon calories for Minnesota politicians could be yours: FREE FOOD from North Dakota coal flacks March 4th

The "Coalition for a Secure Energy Future", a front group for North Dakota government sponsored coal interests, is peddling free food to Minnesota politicians, so if you are feeling hungry on March 4th just head down to McGovern's Pub on West 7th and pretend to sell out your constituents!

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Feel free to pass along this image wherever you like, originally from facebook.com/occupymn. If you want to do something socially useful with the dirty coal food, just bring it up the street to Dorothy Day.

Plenty more info is available here: Bluestem Prairie: Will scheduling woes keep lawmakers away from Coalition for a Secure Energy Future's free food?

I am compiling a bunch more information about the players in this network on LittleSis.org, hoping to get that done pretty soon. For network info see: Horse hockey: who's pushing the puck for new Coalition for a Secure Energy Future TV ad?

Aha: Carbon Market digital currency "Ven" by Hub Culture = evil Illuminati knockoff of Bitcoin, backed with REDD "CO2lonialism of Forests" suddenly now approved!

Lolz just stumbled on this - had to write a quick post with a lurid headline. Ven is like the Sharper Image / corporate greenwashing version of Bitcoins and it's all tied into a big ball of classic shady stuff. There is a really nice blob of greenwashing social constructions underpinning the Ven 'value' here, see if you can spot it:

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The value of Ven is determined by the financial markets in a weighted basket of currencies, commodities and carbon futures trading against other major currencies at floating exchange rates. Ven is the first digital currency to float, and the first to include carbon in its pricing, making it the only environmentally linked currency in existence. Since Ven is 100% backed by reserve assets equivalent to the total Ven in circulation, the inclusion of these assets in the reserve basket provide a demand source for carbon, with material benefits to the environment at large. Over 25,000 acres of Amazon rainforest and other environmental investments have been made as a result of Ven.

Currently over 20 million units of Ven have circulated, and it can be used to purchase anything from commoditiesto fashion to cars to a coffee. Watch a Ven video. Read what Forbes, CNN, WSJ, Harvard Business Review, Techcrunch, Fortune and others say about Ven

REDD IS A DONE DEAL: I bumped into the big news, REDD is now a done deal, after wondering if there would be some more weird knockoffs of Bitcoin-like digital currency systems. There are other open source P2P systems like Litecoin which are basically mostly Bitcoin code, with some logical enough replacements. This is a welcome development. Anything with non-commercialized overall code & network structure should probably help us in the long run.

Then there are the the more suspiciously organized schemes -- rather, they are centralized, which undermines the whole point. Ven and Ripple are two of the biggest.

REDD, as you will see below, is literally a Walmart scheme.

The extra juicy bonus level with Ven is its cornerstone rests on the commodification of atmospheric carbon, spun not as a final act of capitalism but one that redeems it.

Even better this is all linked to REDD, "Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation". REDD is one of the nastiest byproducts of the COP climate failsauce agreement negotiating rounds... Oh crap - apparently REDD, or REDD+ has just been approved by "Conference of the Parties" aka COP.

The "Carbon Market" and REDD+ forest commodification schemes are the root of the Ven Tree. [More Ven REDD plumbing below]

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Specially designed for the greenwashing junkie in all of us, a new scheme long opposed by the Indigenous to unleash yet another round of deforestation and reproduce extra capitalisms.

Please check out the TONS of material about REDD: REDD - Reaping Profits from Evictions, land grabs Deforestation and Destruction of biodiversity Lots of info here. :[

The Key: "Carbon Trading and Origination- Carbon Planet & REDD -What are REDD Carbon Credits?

REDD stands for 'Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation'. A REDD carbon credit is a carbon market mechanism created to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries.

Official UN-REDD page: UN-REDD Programme -- About REDD+

Moar goodies: Carbon Credits | redd-monitor.org. // Why you should not buy voluntary carbon credits as an investment: A carbon trader explains | redd-monitor.org // Carbon credits « naked capitalism // McLaren F1 & Jenson Button One Minute, Boiler Room Scams the Next: the Remarkable Double Life of Carbon Neutral Investments, Limited, (CNI) « naked capitalism // Carbonscam firms aggressively knock stuff off of Google: Why is Google Censoring Search Results to Nix Warnings Just Like Ones Issued by a UK Regulator? « naked capitalism // The Lotus Formula 1 Team, Its Embarrassing Partner, Advanced Global Trading of Dubai, and Carbon Neutral Investments « naked capitalism // Newcastle United FC, Bloodhound SSC, Glitz, Glam and Police Raids: a Last Look at the Remarkable Double Life of Carbon Neutral Investments Limited (CNI) « naked capitalism // The UK Insolvency Service’s Oddly-Timed Carbon Scams Press Release Highlights Its Own Slow Response « naked capitalism

Even in recent weeks, more work on carbon credit scams is coming out: Week two of Naked Capitalism's series on Carbon Neutral Investments and other carbon credit scams | redd-monitor.org. Look at all these sketchy British corporate shells trading carbon goodies: List of Clearing Members » Carbon Neutral Investments < Apr 2013 archive page of a website that is now down. Nov 6 2013: Insolvency Service - Press Releases - Carbon credit scams targeted as 19 companies shut down

Nineteen carbon credit companies that ripped off nearly £24m from over 1,500 investors, including a 94-year-old man, have been wound up in the last 15 months by the Insolvency Service, Consumer Minister Jo Swinson announced today.

The companies, including Eco Global Markets Limited ('Eco Global'), which alone took at least £8.5m from over 230 investors – targeted mainly older people and sold them Certified Emission Reduction Units (CERs) – or carbon credits - using high pressure sales techniques. Most of the victims ranged in age between 50 and 85 years.

Eco Global was wound up by the Insolvency Service in July 2013.Two other companies, Anglo-Capital Partners Ltd and Cavendish Jacobs Ltd which between them took over £1.2m, were wound up in October 2013.

Salesmen played on people’s keenness to ‘do their bit’ to save the environment while making an investment at the same time. Investors were promised huge returns by selling these credits to corporate giants such as Marks and Spencer and British Airways. But instead most found there was no market for the relatively small amounts they held as companies that trade CERs only trade in high volumes.

Plus This: Carbon credit trading - Financial Conduct Authority

Find out how carbon credit trading works, why we think you should avoid investing in carbon credits and related markets, and how to protect yourself from what is most likely a scam......

However, many investors have told us they are not able to sell or trade the carbon credits they have bought. None of these investors reported making a profit.

This supports our view that there is not a viable secondary market for ordinary investors to sell or trade carbon credits, despite claims and promises made by many firms, advisers and brokers promoting and selling them as an investment.

More critical info: REDD - carbon trade watch. Academic: Demand for REDD Carbon Credits: A Primer on Buyers, Markets, and Factors Impacting Prices | The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Wiki: Carbon offset - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Matt Taibbi had this nailed down in 2009: The Great American Bubble Machine | Politics News | Rolling Stone - Goldman Sachs planned to blow up a huge carbon bubble but when cap-and-trade fell apart in the US, so did the plan to make insane money off trades based on derivatives of air quality. Now the plan is coming back fast.

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REDD IS HERE:

Ecosystem Marketplace - UPDATE: COP Makes It Official<br />Complete REDD Package Adopted [What a sketchy website! Sponsored by Bloomberg, World Bank & USAID ]
UPDATE: 20:33 CET, 19:33 GMT
: Complete REDD package sails through the COP. It's now a done deal. Congratulations to all those who made this possible.



UPDATE: 19:30 CET, 18:30 GMT: The Conference of the Parties (COP) has now officially approved the REDD text that REDD negotiators had signed off on this morning.



22 November 2013 | WARSAW | Seven long years after it was placed on the agenda of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), REDD+ is about to become a functioning, formal mechanism with agreed-on rules for establishing reference levels, recognizing mitigation activities, creating institutions, ensuring safeguards, and – above all – creating performance-based financing mechanisms.



The finance section had been the sticking point all week, with the Coalition of Rainforest Nations, led by Papua New Guinea (PNG), pushing for all finance to be placed under a new REDD+ Committee. That provision was finally removed by the REDD chair yesterday afternoon, and PNG did not object. The final text was released this morning and approved by all REDD negotiators.



Participants highlighted several passages as being significant. For one, the document calls not only for results-based financing, but for financing of all phases of REDD implementation – from readiness and capacity-building, through piloting, and to payments for performance.



The final document also makes results-based finance contingent on safeguards being met, lays out clear rules for transparency, and sets minimum reporting requirements before countries can qualify for results-based finance.



Moving forward, the document calls for further research into non-carbon benefits and requires the incorporation of lessons learned.



Meetings are ongoing, and we will expand our coverage with a complete wrap-up of events here in Warsaw early next week.

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Ok that's a pretty big deal. I learned about REDD / REDD+ from COP16 videos mainly shot by my indefatigable colleague FluxRostrum (mobilebroadcastnews.com ):: SEE COP 16 March for Life & Climate Justice | Mobile Broadcast News. VIDEO COLLECTION HERE: COP16 Coverage MBN/GBC - YouTube.

This video with the dubious Soham Baba about how indigenous people need to be ordered around via a REDD regime: ▶ Soham Baba, Lessons in Manipulating the Indigenous - COP16 - YouTube - great question at the end from Flux to the CHAIRMAN OF WALMART about why all the Indigenous people are opposed to REDD+:

Jane Goodall speaking at REDD+ thing Dec 2010: ▶ Jane Goodall Speaks at the COP 16 - YouTube

Robert Zoellick President of World Bank speaks at COP16 hawking REDD+ ▶ Robert Zoellick President of the World Bank Speaks at COP16 - YouTube

AND: Advancing REDD+: New Pathways and Partnerships

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Anyway so naturally the Ven digital currency is a way of taking the value of the 'carbon offsets' and turning them into Bitcoin-like digital exchange tokens. I found this guy because he wrote an article about China and Bitcoin on CNN.com: Why China wants to dominate Bitcoin - Nov. 18, 2013

Main site: Ven - global digital currency by Hub Culture A few other items...

Hub / Store / MaxMiner Digital Asset Miner - 1.25Ghash is not a worthy investment at this time certainly not at 100 watts. developed by Maxeler Technologies and these Hub Culture people.

Hub / Store / Bitcoin Ven Combined Virtual Currency Fund

Hub / Store / Finance and Funds

Hub / Store / Individual Carbon Offset

This carbon offset offer is a one tonne reduction of carbon dioxide emissions (or other greenhouse gases) to compensate for an emission made elsewhere. Use of offsets can help individuals to offset their own emissions, whether for travel, industry or other activities. There are two types of carbon offests, the compliance market and the voluntary market. The compliance market is related to the Kyoto Protocol and includes fixed market purchases related to the Kyoto Protocol. The voluntary market, which is much smaller, allows individuals, companies and governments to purchase carbon offsets to mitigate their own emissions. The price of carbon offsets vary depending on the quality, duration, scale and scope of a particular project.

Hub Culture carbon offset purchases are aggregated by individual purchases to pool resources for offset purchases at a slightly larger scale. Hub Culture offset purchases are linked specifically to REDD forest protection with Wildlife Works and to the Nike Mata no Peito project, which is actively protecting Amazon rain forest through the development of carbon protection purchases to save this important natural resource.

Pricing is on a 'per ton' basis. For guidance on calculating your own offsets, here are some approximate calculations on carbon tonnage to help you decide how much carbon to offset with this great carbon calculator from the Nature Conservancy.

Examples:

Driving a midsize car 10 miles a day: 2.7 tonnes per year
One long haul flight: 2.2 tonnes per flight
One short haul flight: .4 tonnes per flight
A one bedroom New York City apartment with some efficiency upgrades: 15 tonnes per year
Eating meat as part of your normal diet: 5.8 tonnes per year
Eating meat and also eating organic as part of your normal diet: 4.1 tonnes per year
Eating vegeteraian and organic as part of your normla diet: .6 tonnes per year
Waste production, not recycling or composting very much: 1.2 tonnes per year

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Possibly from related people - the link was in there somewhere: Kraken Digital Asset Trading Platform

Hub / Hub Culture News / News

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Hub / Ven - Global Digital Currency / Projects / About Ven / Notes

Hub / Ven - Global Digital Currency / News

Hub / Selected news, from Hub Culture

Hub / Ven - Global Digital Currency / News

HERE IS THE MAIN ATTRACTION:
28 April, 2011 (Hong Kong) - In a landmark transaction for the Ven economy, Hub Culture and a group of partners have successfully completed the first carbon offset trade to be priced in a virtual currency, Ven.
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The contract, negotiated by Hub Culture Knowledge Brokerage Services, is for carbon offsets registered on Winrock International’s American Carbon Registry(ACR), which were sold and retired as part of Nike's Mata no Peito initiative.

Mata no Peito is Nike’s long-term commitment to work with local organizations and communities to protect and replant forests throughout Brazil. Through the sale and retirement of carbon offsets to corporations and individuals seeking to reduce their carbon footprints, Nike will generate funds which it will donate as seed investments to innovative Brazil forestry projects.
With this Hub Culture transaction, the London Carbon Market becomes the first partner in the Mata no Peito initiative, seeding the Nike forestry fund and setting the stage for continuing growth in global Ven trading volumes.
“Nike is pleased to work with Hub Culture to list offsets for sale and retirement that will benefit the Mata no Peito initiative” said Hannah Jones, Nike VP, Sustainable Business and Innovation. “The transparent platform and virtual currency make it easy for partners around the world to become involved in protecting forests throughout Brazil.”
The transaction is the first carbon offset deal to use the Ven currency platform and represents a step forward in the evolution of the Ven global currency for international markets.
“ACR is thrilled to be a part of this revolutionary transaction,” stated Mary Grady, American Carbon Registry director of business development. “Hub Culture’s facilitation of the first carbon offset sale in Ven together with the fact that proceeds are being donated by Nike to the Mata no Peito Brazil forest fund demonstrate that ACR is working with the right partners to fulfill our mission of harnessing the power of markets to improve the environment.”
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Advantages to both parties created by the Ven as the means of exchange for the transaction include greater international pricing stability and an implied carbon offset resulting from the basket of carbon futures, commodities and leading currency components which determine ongoing Ven values. The very use of Ven implies greater demand for future carbon projects, by helping to stimulate demand for carbon futures at large.

“London Carbon Market is proud to donate to the Mata no Peito Brazil forest fund by retiring credits registered by Nike on Winrock’s ACR. As Nike’s first partner in this initiative, we look forward to further involvement with Nike and other partners committed to making sustainable projects a success. Partnering with Hub Culture for the transaction using the Ven currency makes history as the first carbon trade to be priced in the Ven digital currency, a statement of leadership we are proud to be a part of” said Dr. Constantine Pagonis of London Carbon Market.
"This Ven transaction highlights the potential of Ven in the carbon markets, and delivers tangible benefits to Brazil through forest related initiatives. As part of our commitment to the creation of a more efficient economy that better tracks externalities, the Ven has particular advantages for everyone, including an embedded carbon signal and forward price stability. We are delighted to be working as a catalyst to connect the London Carbon Market with Nike and Winrock's groundbreaking work for Brazil." said Stan Stalnaker, Founding Director at Hub Culture.

About Hub Culture

Hub Culture is a global network that operates the digital currency Ven, a network of Pavilions to drive community collaboration, and Knowledge Brokerage, a suite of services building value for the community. Established in 2002, Hub Culture is focused on worth creation and deal generation for over 25,000 global-influencers, and is at the forefront of innovation in work and collaboration.

About the American Carbon Registry

The nonprofit American Carbon Registry (ACR), an enterprise of Winrock International, is a leading carbon offset program recognized for its strong standards for environmental integrity. Founded in 1996 as the GHG Registry by Environmental Resources Trust, ACR has 15 years of experience in the development of rigorous, science-based carbon offset standards and methodologies as well as in carbon offset issuance, serialization and transparent online transaction and retirement reporting. As the first voluntary GHG registry in the world, ACR has set the bar in the global voluntary carbon market for offset quality and operational transparency.

About the London Carbon Market

London Carbon Market (LCM) champions the wisdom of green investment and social responsibility. LCM has at its foundation a board of directors which has over one hundred years of collective city experience in a spectrum of industries ranging from physical commodities trading, financial futures, and foreign exchange to financial investments. Coupled with socially conscientious blue chip partners, LCM is now at the forefront of the carbon market.

Official short links: http://hub.vg/VCCT    http://hub.vg/Mata

Contacts:

Stan Stalnaker, Hub Culture   Tel: +44 7974156 458
Email: stan.stalnaker@hubculture.com
Gurps Singh   Tel. +44 7403515315
Email: gurps.singh@londoncarbonmarket.com
Mary Grady, American Carbon Registry   Tel: +1 805 884 1961
Email: mgrady@winrock.org

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Also: The proprietors of "EcosystemMarketplace": Search "the Katoomba Group REDD" for only the finest in technocratic Africa-oriented greenwashing ruminations. Welcome to the Katoomba Group::

"The Katoomba Group is an international network of individuals working to promote, and improve capacity related to, markets and payments for ecosystem services (PES). The Group serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas and strategic information about ecosystem service transactions and markets, as well as site for collaboration between practitioners on PES projects and programs."

Katoomba Group: About Us

In 1999, Forest Trends launched the Katoomba Group – an international working group dedicated to advancing markets and payments for ecosystem services – including watershed protection, biodiversity habitat, and carbon sequestration. The Group is comprised of leading experts from forest and energy industries, research institutions, the financial world, environmental NGOs, and communities. It serves as a source of ideas for and strategic information about ecosystem service markets and transactions. The Group has been known for its international convenings, which have provided a forum for exchanging ideas, influencing policy-makers, and catalyzing new initiatives.

It has held 10 major global conferences, published and contributed to a number of publications and supported the development of a range of new PES schemes including the BioCarbon Fund, and the Mexican PES Fund. The Katoomba Group has also advised national policy discussions on financial incentives for conservation in numerous countries including China, Brazil, India, and Colombia. In 2005, The Katoomba Group launched The Ecosystem Marketplace (www.ecosystemmarketplace.com)—the world’s first global market information service for ecosystem services.

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Moar: Forest Trends - Publication Details - The REDD Opportunities Scoping Exercise

www.katoombagroup.org/events/pro-poor_redd.pdf

Anyway that should be a nice research pile to get you going. Bitcoins were of course a prank project of several retired NSA cryptographers known as the "Justice League" as well as VALIS, the orbiting alien intelligence. Later all :)

Occupy Boulder Flood Relief gets rolling as oil oozes around Colorado; Japanese typhoon could create complex Fukushima super-meltdown; Sunday LinkDump

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The good news is that people are organizing for flood relief in Colorado along the proven lines of previous efforts at Occupy Sandy. URLZ: #boulderflood relief :: Boulder Flood Relief - Get help & get involved

First meeting 28 mins video: Boulder Flood Relief - Orientation Meeting - YouTube

Donations on wepay at $2k currently: Boulder Flood Relief:

Boulder Flood Relief provides immediate assistance to those affected by the Boulder flood of September 13, 2013. We are currently providing physical labor such as cleanup help for those affected by the flood. More volunteers are joining by the hour and we will be able to fill more needs as new skill sets present themselves. If you have any need please link, call, or email here:

boulderfloodrelief.org

720-943-4482

BoulderFloodRelief@gmail.com

100% of donations from this page support these relief efforts. They go toward cleanup equipment, administrative costs, and other immediate needs. Funds may also go toward providing material goods and food for affected Boulder county residents.

We work in relationship with Four Mile Fire Relief, which is a local, relief-oriented 501(c)(3) non-profit. They provide financial oversight and make your donation tax deductible.

If you can donate food or material goods please contact YMCA Boulder, as we are not accepting physical donations at this time.

YMCA Boulder 303-442-2778

2850 Mapleton Avenue, Boulder CO

If you are in need of assistance please go to boulderfloodrelief.org and fill out an assistance form. We will contact you asap. Thank you, from your friends and neighbors at Boulder Flood Relief.

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Another long and productive day with Boulder Flood Relief. In under 72 hours we've:

- Built a volunteer database of over 500 individuals.

- Started work sites with over 30 volunteers on the ground helping homeowners.

- Sent canvassers to affected neighborhoods to assess needs.

- Built information systems that will allow the organization to scale and be transparent to itself (using a combination of open source and cloud based software).

- Began building a peer to peer marketplace of goods and services so folks can self-organize to relieve and recover.

Not bad for three days. If you're in Boulder we invite you to get involved in whatever way you can. Go to our website (www.boulderfloodrelief.org) and register as a volunteer and/or share your needs.

There is much work to be done, and we are the ones to do it.

#boulderflood #boulderfloodrelief

Facebizzle: Occupy Boulder Flood Relief. Small tumblr: Occupy Boulder Flood Relief. Twitter: #BoulderFlood Relief (BoulderRelief) on Twitter

Some app for help: SparkRelief.org | Community Driven Disaster Relief

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Reddit help info index: 9/13/2013 - Colorado Flooding Resources : Colorado

Large and detailed Google Docs info on Boulder CO support resources: A snippet:

Logistics

Headquarters/Hub/Incident Command Post:

[location to be announced tomorrow]

[9/13 location: 1:30 pm @ Innisfree Coffee, 1203 13th St., Boulder, 80302]


Remote Supplies Location:

[to be determined]

Vital Numbers:

Cel.ly Loop: text @floodrelief to 23559

The Internet

Common Hashtags:

#BoulderFlood, #COwx, #WaldoFlood, #COflood #LongmontFlood #LyonsFlood, #Ftcollinsflood, #CCCF, #JeffCoFlood, #ColoradoFlood, #larimerflood

Related Searches:

#Boulder, Boulder flash flooding,


Google Community:

https://plus.google.com/communities/110401760903189735343 for sharing information documents inter-organizationaly


Twitter Accounts:

@ArvadaPolice

@BoulderCounty [Boulder Local Government]

@BoulderOEM [Boulder Office of Emergency Management]

@COEmergency

@femaregion8

@jeffcosheriffco [Emergency info for Jefferson County]

@LarimerSheriff

@NWSBoulder [National Weather Service, Boulder]

@OccupyRelief [part of @OccupySandy]

@Occuweather

@RedCrossDenver

@bowandarchery

Alerts and Closures

For Road Closures: @ColoradoDOT, BoulderOEM Road Closure Update

For Current Emergency Information/Emergency Status: http://boulderoem.org/emergency-status

For National Weather Service Alerts: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/bou/

For CU University Campus Alerts: http://alerts.colorado.edu/

For Greeley city updates: http://greeleygov.com/PIO/Lists/News%20Releases/DispForm.aspx?ID=1802&Source=http%3A%2F%2Fgreeleygov.com%2FPIO%2FMedia.aspx

General Links

National Weather Service Hydrograph:

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=bou&gage=bocc2

http://streamstatsags.cr.usgs.gov/ThreatenedGages/ThreatenedGages_seq.html

Colorado Division of Water Resources -- Boulder Creek Gage Height West of Broadway:

http://www.dwr.state.co.us/SurfaceWater/data/detail_graph.aspx?ID=BOCOBOCO&MTYPE=GAGE_HT

Google Boulder News Aggregator

http://goo.gl/news/58WN

Cleanup Guide:

http://www.floodsafety.com/media/pdfs/cleanup/Cleanup_after_flood.pdf

Maps

Boulder Flood Hazard Mapping

http://gisweb.ci.boulder.co.us/agswebsites/pds/floodmap/

For Google Maps (shelters, animal shelters, road closures, evac zones): https://m

apsengine.google.com/map/viewer?mid=zYYdhADI7PvQ.kzJSidMtEIqY

Xcel Power Outage Map: http://www.xcelenergy.com/portal/site/xe-en/menuitem.471846b0c2475abf262a71986b108a0c/?vgnextoid=02b6719a0b3cd210VgnVCM100000b40b98aaRCRD&vgnextchannel=e97c6113f220f210VgnVCM100000b40b98aaRCRD&appInstanceName=xe


Community Map with Instagram photo layers:

https://boulderflood2013.communityos.org/cms/node/1

Current EvacuationsFor Evacuation Center Info:, http://boulderoem.org/emergency-status

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From the Occupy Sandy days, relief network theory info: Home - FLO Solutions for Disaster Relief

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The OOZE: It's almost like drilling and fracking willy-nilly could set the stage for complex or compound environmental disasters. Colorado Floods Causing Fracking Spills?: Natural and Human-made Disasters Portend Future of Toxic Catastrophe | Earth First! Newswire

Is there a media blackout on the fracking flood disaster in Colorado? From an email:

I see you’ve noticed the underwater wells in Weld County, Colorado. Amazing; we’ve emailed the Denver TV stations, other media, and state and local politicians. We’ve sent pictures that our members have taken. It’s like the media and politicians have been TOLD not to say anything about it. There has been no mention of the gas wells on the Denver newscasts either last night or this evening although all stations have had extensive and extended flood coverage. You can see underwater wells in the background of some of the newscast videos, and yet the reporters say absolutely nothing.

Here’s a picture one of our members took yesterday in Weld County, Colorado. We’ve got tons more on our website. Check it out. The tanks are tipping and, in some cases, have fallen over. They have to be leaking toxins into the flood waters. There have to be hundreds if not thousands of underwater well pads in Weld County as a result of the flooding.

Please publicize this in Texas since our media people and politicians have gone silent!

https://www.facebook.com/EastBoulderCountyUnited

East Boulder County United

Lafayette, Colorado

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Colorado Floods Causing Fracking Spills?: Natural and Human-made Disasters Portend Future of Toxic Catastrophe | Earth First! Newswire

National Geographic, Sept 14 2013: Amid Drought, Explaining Colorado’s Extreme Floods as the drought weakens absorption capacity of the land.

Navajo flooding in AZ: Dine' Resources and Information Center » Navajo Nation Operation Storm Surge – Volunteers Needed

▶ Raw video: Extreme flooding in Weld County - YouTube

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Impending Japanese DoomSphere: With the release of a new Ghost in the Shell series, ARISE [ see http://www.ghostintheshellarise.com/anime/ghost-in-the-shell-arise/borde... ] it is time once again to ponder how the land of the Rising Sun will get into a post-apocalyptic state required of the finest anime.

Fukushima could get flooded once again by Typhoon Man-yi, but perhaps they will have a lucky break. Typhoon hits Japan - fears for Fukushima plant - World - NZ Herald News. Tracking map URL next 12 hours are the Big Deal: http://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/western-pacific/2013/Tropical-Stor...

Commentary from Michael C Ruppert:

If you are psychologically and emotionally able...

First watch the aerial footage of the flooding around Boulder and Lyons, Colorado (below). Watch all of it, no matter how difficult that might be.

Then read this quote from this posting about Man-yi:

"Man-yi might also inundate Fukushima, where utility crews are struggling to contain highly radioactive water leaking from and flowing under the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and into the Pacific Ocean at an estimated rate of 300 tons a day".

Now understand that the earth at Fukshima has already been horribly compromised by flooding -- for two and a half years straight. The reactor buildings are unstable and ready to fall. The unwelded storage tanks are already failing, and the spent fuel pools are teetering above ground with their ever-present threat of an open-air, uncontrolled fission reaction.

Now add rainfall like what has just hit Boulder... Instead of many huge sections of roadway, bridges and buildings falling away into the torrent, picture the reactor buildings, the fuel pools and all the stored super-radioactive water being washed away, either into the sea, or being scattered and dispersed for hundreds, maybe thousands of miles by 50-60-70 mph winds.

And the hardest thing of all to imagine is the fuel pools collapsing in the middle of a tropical storm or typhoon, triggering an open-air reaction in the middle of all that wind.

Forget all of these other times the cliche "The Perfect Storm" has been used before. […..] When highly complex civilizations fail, they fail spectacularly. The cascade of problems becomes its own Fukushima tsunami. […..]

[CO Flood Post] Words are absolutely inadequate to describe this footage. I could not help continually viewing this as a metaphor, a symbolic viewing, of how difficult it will be to address the life-threatening crises that are bearing down so hard with so much infrastructure gone in so many places.

No matter where we are, this is showing us what our world is going to be resembling in the near future, whether as a result of floods, quakes, radiation, lack of maintenance, lack of resources and ultimately lack of will.

As local, immediate survival becomes a priority almost everywhere, our ability to address the larger issues causing these events collapses, evaporates and is gone with the wind.

Let your heart watch this right beside your mind. One way or another, this is the future for all of us, unless we can all unite on the same page, and at the same levels of consciousness.

AFP-JIJI: Typhoon Man-yi heads for Chubu | The Japan Times: "Man-yi might also inundate Fukushima, where utility crews are struggling to contain highly radioactive water leaking from and flowing under the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and into the Pacific Ocean at an estimated rate of 300 tons a day."

Petition w 1.5K signers right now: STOP FUKUSHIMA RADIATION- UN ACTION NEEDED

Terrible nuclear Olympics of 2020 scheduled: Endless Fukushima catastrophe: 2020 Olympics under contamination threat — RT Op-Edge

ENEnews tracking this like ballers: Fukushima reactor cores may have had “Melt Through to China Syndrome” and went into the earth itself — Includes over 1,500 pounds of plutonium

Tritium levels of groundwater in Fukushima now at their highest - The Japan Daily Press

Sept 13th: Interview: Fukushima melted fuel “could have burned through floor and now in earth underneath reactors”

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Jet Stream climate change: It's not just the CO2 coefficient, it's shifting wind patterns. For animated archives: Animation of Archived Jet Stream Analyses for North America

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Nazis of popular culture: Mr Brand razzed Hugo Boss, the stylists of the Third Reich, prompting a nasty microcosm of larger 'soft fascism' to iterate anew. Well trolled good sir: Russell Brand and the GQ awards: 'It's amazing how absurd it seems' | Culture | The Guardian

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Now for the Misc Linkdump… First: Great Game Roundup: For Sun Sept 15th: Sibel Edmonds' Boiling Frogs Post. Lawrence Wilkerson speculates on Israeli false flag CW operation in Syria: Ex-Bush II Administration Official: Israel could have used Chemical Weapons in Syria | Global Research. Conspiracy lulz: Activist Post: Syria's "Rebels" Threaten UN - Will Use US Weapons.

Five Ways a Wider Syrian War Could Go Nuclear | Common Dreams

SWIFT NSA infiltrations: NSA Successfully Figured Out How to Tap Into VISA’s ‘Complex Transaction Network’ | The Dissenter // Internet snooping: Backdoor dealings | The Economist

Petraeus protests going viral: Protests of David Petraeus's lectures to continue, say CUNY students | World news | theguardian.com

Tech punditry and the attention economy: pretty clutch stuff here, the art of self interested trolling and TED talks. Tech Cyber-Critics

Neat poem:

Shine, Republic by Robinson Jeffers

The quality of these trees, green height; of the sky, shining, of

water, a clear flow; of the rock, hardness

And reticence: each is noble in its quality. The love of freedom

has been the quality of Western man.

There is a stubborn torch that flames from Marathon to Concord,

its dangerous beauty binding three ages

Into one time; the waves of barbarism and civilization have

eclipsed but have never quenched it.

For the Greeks the love of beauty, for Rome of ruling; for the

present age the passionate love of discovery;

But in one noble passion we are one; and Washington, Luther,

Tacitus, Aeschylus, one kind of man.

And you, America, that passion made you. You were not born

to prosperity, you were born to love freedom.

You did not say 'en masse,' you said 'independence.' But we

cannot have all the luxuries and freedom also.

Freedom is poor and laborious; that torch is not safe but hungry,

and often requires blood for its fuel.

You will tame it against it burn too clearly, you will hood it

like a kept hawk, you will perch it on the wrist of Caesar.

But keep the tradition, conserve the forms, the observances, keep

the spot sore. Be great, carve deep your heel-marks.

The states of the next age will no doubt remember you, and edge

their love of freedom with contempt of luxury.

Robinson Jeffers

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Classwar lulz: Watch Barney Frank Leave Wall Street Defenders Speechless

Spacelulz: Searching for the ruins of alien civilisations – Paul Gilster – Aeon

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Lol the Waste Confidence Directorate:

This is email sent Friday Sept 13, 2013 by the NRC Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Hello,

Three important Federal Register notices were published today.

· The NRC’s proposed Waste Confidence rule for public comment: https://federalregister.gov/a/2013-21708

· The NRC’s Notice of Availability for the Waste Confidence draft generic environmental impact statement (DGEIS): https://federalregister.gov/a/2013-21715

· The Environmental Protection Agency’s Notice of Availability of the Waste Confidence DGEIS: https://federalregister.gov/a/2013-22363

The publication of these notices starts the 75-day public comment period on the Waste DGEIS (http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1322/ML13224A106.pdf) and proposed rule. The public comment period ends on Wednesday, November 27, 2013. Comments received after November 27, 2013, will be considered as practicable. However, the NRC can only guarantee consideration of comments received on or before November 27, 2013.

In addition to presenting oral comments at any of our twelve public meetings, there are many ways to submit written comments on the DGEIS and proposed rule. The NRC gives all comments equal weight, no matter who submits them or how they are submitted. You can submit written comments through any of the methods below.

E-mail comments to Rulemaking.Comments@nrc.gov, citing Docket ID No. NRC–2012–0246

Submit comments online at www.regulations.gov using Docket ID No. NRC–2012–0246

(Direct link to comment submission: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=NRC-2012-0246-0361)

Mail comments to Secretary

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Washington, DC 20555-0001

ATTN: Rulemakings and Adjudications Staff

Fax comments to Secretary

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

301-415-1101, citing Docket ID No. NRC–2012–0246

Hand-deliver comments to 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Federal workdays; telephone 301-415-1677.

If you have any questions about the information in this e-mail please contact Sarah Lopas at (301) 287-0675 or Sarah.Lopas@nrc.gov. For additional details on our 12 public meetings and how to register to attend these meetings, please go to our Waste Confidence Public Involvement webpage: http://www.nrc.gov/waste/spent-fuel-storage/wcd/pub-involve.html.

Thank you,

Staff of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Waste Confidence Directorate

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Financial collapse still impending: With Currency Wars guy Jim Rickards: [KR497] Keiser Report: Deja Fraud | Max Keiser // Portuguese Return to Farming to Counter Unemployment, Austerity - Bloomberg

Neil Young at Tar Sands: 'Fort McMurray is a wasteland': Neil Young slams oil patch, Keystone plans - The Globe and Mail. Alberta politicians as the new Southern Man!

Sad reefs and CO2 bubbles make carbonic acid: Pacific Ocean takes perilous turn | Sea Change: Ocean acidification | The Seattle Times // International Scientists Warn Climate Deniers Are Enabling Earth's Suicide // Image of the Day: Satellite view of record heat wave in China, 5-12 August 2013 // Shitloads of Methane as reptilian alien "They Live" conspiracy bears fruit: Arctic News: Methane reaches 2571 ppb

Some theory: The Absurdity of Authenticity – Nature Bats Last

Fed Chair Baseball: Summers over | Felix Salmon

Cool and clever energy tech may help make new storage systems using basically air and water: Technology - LightSail Energy

Coconut Revolution: ▶ Coconut Revolution - "The world's first successful eco-revolution." - HQ - Full - YouTube

Why not? “Chemtrails Are Happening All Over The World” According to Former British Columbia Premier | Collective-Evolution

Leaving it there for now...

End of the Tar Sands? Under media near-blackout, new Indigenous "mutual defense" Treaty signals formalized opposition to Tar Sands projects & pipelines

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VIA: Protect the Sacred  Timeline Photos: Here is a picture of Faith Spotted Eagle signing the International Treaty to Protect the Sacred. This is the first time a woman has signed such a treaty and she did so on behalf of the Brave Heart Society. Let the healing continue in the name of unprecedented unified action! — at Yankton Sioux: Lake Andes, South Dakota.

A strongly worded Treaty has been signed by representatives of some North American tribal nations and has now been taken far and wide to many reservations & villages across the continent. Some of our independent media colleagues were on hand and videos are expected soon. Here is a link to the raw live video from OccupyMusician: http://bit.ly/VeFvNo .

Anyway the text below of the includes formal opposition to projects in Minnesota. Another important development seems to be the circumvention of the proxy/quisling/Vichy/whatever-you-want-to-call-it tribal council structures - instead "treaty councils", a kind of alternate avenue more consonant with direct democracy, appears to be emerging as a tactic for formally dealing with/turning back internal corruption & hierarchy.

Additionally it now public that the Red Lake Ojibwe are asserting their rights against a pipeline in northern Minnesota. For related info see the Indigenous Environmental Network.

This is a major subject which has been almost totally blacked out in the media. There may be avenues of redress at the UN as this is an international-system-level statement.

My understanding, though I was not there, that there were very non-native few people on hand at the remote conference site in South Dakota which produced this document, although there were a few Earth First! and Tar Sands Blockade people as well as our media colleagues.

There is an #IdleNoMore march tomorrow, January 28th starting at Gold Medal Park which is related and also later a gathering in the Twin Cities for Indians in Minnesota to look at this treaty and consider joining.

Also unfortunately there was some kind of "fold" which occurred in Texas re the Tar Sands Blockade and Rising Tide: Deal in Texas court could end pipeline protests - Brownsville Herald (TX). // Deal may end area oil pipeline protests - Longview News-Journal. The backstory here is unclear but it highlights the perils of NGO-involved projects & the importance of anonymity once the specialized corporate field goons start operating in full force, like they were in Texas. (I heard that the only NGO person at this Treaty conference was allegedly with World Wildlife Fund - though this person probably didn't have nefarious intentions, it's definitely worth checking out the WWF 1001 Club for a true Rabbit Hole of schemes: 1001 Club - Institute for the Study of Globalization and Covert Politics // ISGP - 2010 confidential list of the WWF's 1001 Club including geopolitik hardballers Robert Vesco, Agha Abedi, Salem Bin Laden, Mortimer Bloomfield, Mobutu Sese Seko, and above it all the Bilderberg/Knights of Malta Prince Bernhard.)

While the NGO people have perhaps folded up and gone away (though it's hardly clear right now), the natives don't really have anywhere else to go, and have a different kind of sovereignty yet to be fully asserted in a manner more like what this new treaty expresses.

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SOURCE International Treaty to Protect the Sacred from Tar Sands Projects - Protect the Sacred

Signed on January 25th 2013

International Treaty to Protect the Sacred from Tar Sands Projects

The representatives from sovereign Indigenous Nations, tribes, and governments, participating in the Gathering to Protect the Sacred on January 23 – 25, 2013, on the 150 year anniversary of the Treaty Between the Pawnee and Yankton Sioux, have gathered on the Ihanktonwan homelands, and have resolved by our free, prior, and informed consent to enter into a treaty to be forever respected and protected. We agreed upon the following articles:

Article I

The undersigned Indigenous Peoples have inhabited and governed our respective territories according to our laws and traditions since time immemorial.

Article II

As sovereign nations, we have entered into bi-lateral and multi-lateral agreements with other nations including the Treaty Between the Pawnee and Yankton Sioux, Mother Earth Accord, the Spiritual Leaders Declaration, the Agreement to Unite to use 16 Guiding Principles, and the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council Declaration, and all the inter-tribal treaties in the Western hemisphere, among others, which promise peace, friendship, and mutual opposition to tar sands projects and energy development that threaten the lands, the waters, the air, our sacred sites, and our ways of life, and acknowledge other Indigenous Peoples such as the Yinka Dene, the People of the Earth’ who have exercised their lawful authority to ban tar sands projects from their territories through Indigenous legal instruments such as the Save the Fraser Declaration and the Coastal First Nations Declaration.

Article III

We act with inherent, lawful, and sovereign authority over our lands, waters, and air, as recognized by Article 32 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which provides:

States shall consult and cooperate in good faith with the indigenous peoples concerned through their own representative institutions in order to obtain their free and informed consent prior to the approval of any project affecting their lands or territories and other resources, particularly in connection with the development, utilization or exploitation of mineral, water or other resources.

Article IV

We mutually agree that tar sands projects present unacceptable risks to the soil, the waters, the air, sacred sites, and our ways of life including:

- The destruction of rivers, lakes, boreal forests, homelands and health of the Cree, Dene, and Métis peoples in the Northern Alberta tar sands region and downstream Dene communities of Northwest Territories

- The threat of pipeline and tanker oil spills into major river systems, aquifers and water bodies such as the Salish Sea, the North Pacific coast, and the Ogallala Aquifer.

- The negative cumulative health and ecological impacts of tar sands projects on Indigenous Communities.

- The irreparable harm to irreplaceable cultural resources, burial grounds, sacred and historic places, natural resources, and environmental resources of the central plains region which is the aboriginal homelands of many Indigenous Nations.

- Greenhouse gas pollution that could lock the planet onto a path of catastrophic climate change.

Article V

We affirm that our laws define our solemn duty and responsibility to our ancestors, to ourselves, and to future generations, to protect the lands and waters of our homelands and we agree to mutually and collectively oppose tar sands projects which would impact our territories, including but not limited to the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline, the Enbridge Northern Gateway, Enbridge lines nine (9) and sixty-seven (67), or the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker projects.

Article VI

We agree to mutually and collectively, as sovereign nations, call upon the Canadian and United States governments to respect our decision to reject tar sands projects that impact our sacred sites and homelands; to call upon the Canadian and United States governments to immediately halt and deny approval for pending tar sands projects because they threaten the soil, water, air, sacred sites, and our ways of life; and, confirm that any such approval would violate our ancestral laws, rights and responsibilities.

Article VII

We agree to the mutual, collective, and lawful enforcement of our responsibilities to protect our lands, waters, and air by all means necessary, and if called on to do so, we will exercise our peace and friendship by lawfully defending one another’s lands, waters, air, and sacred sites from the threat of tar sands projects, provided that each signatory Indigenous Nation reserves and does not cede their rights to act independently as the tribal governments see fit to protect their respective tribal interests, further provided that each signatory Indigenous Nation reserves its inherent sovereign right to take whatever governmental action and strategy that its governing body sees fit to best protect and advance tribal interests affected by the pipeline project consistent with the agreements made herein and subject to the laws and available resources of each respective nation.

This Treaty of mutual defense and support is made on the occasion of the 150 year anniversary of the Treaty Between the Pawnee and Yankton Sioux concluded between the Pawnee Nation and the Ihanktonwan Oyate/Yankton Sioux Tribe on January 23rd, 1863, and the parties thereto hereby commemorate the signing of that historic treaty that has endured without violation for 150 years.

This Treaty goes into effect once ratified by the governing bodies of the signatory nations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned dually authorized representatives, after having deposited their full powers found to be in due and proper form, sign this treaty on behalf of their respective governments, on the date appearing opposite their signatures.

PLEDGE OF SUPPORT to the
INTERNATIONAL TREATY TO PROTECT THE SACRED
FROM TAR SANDS PROJECTS

January 2013

We the undersigned citizens, levels of government, businesses, unions and non-governmental organizations hereby recognize and commit ourselves to upholding the January 2013 International Treaty to Protect the Sacred from Tar Sands Projects:

The Great Climate Clusterf**k: Good times in Copenhagen had by all & TheUptake is live as well

All you ever wanted to know about Copenhagen but didn't care to ask!

The only good news so far is that the Yes Men pranked Coke for their voracious consumption of limited water around the world.

Soon all of us can live in a utopia of robotic flying machines and carbon-free giant underground factories, as portrayed by Queen in 'Radio Ga Ga.'

Such is the glorious future of Copenhagen and the 'COP15' meeting now getting underway.

In a move that would have impressed Montgomery Burns, somehow one of the four major components of life on this planet, carbon dioxide, recently got ruled both a pollutant and a sweet, delicious, derivative-worthy commodity in the global late capitalist regulatory universe. (The implications for water, sunlight and oxygen are oddly undefined in this extension of the capitalist ontology). It's BAD BAD BAD, but you can definitely make derivatives out of it (and naturally the people behind this also brought you beloved credit default swaps).

Conveniently, while carbon dioxide is apparently now 'tradable,' somehow 'intellectual property' still 'exists' as well, so rich people connected to guns and lawyers will always have the upper hand, restricting access to the energy technologies that would let our civilization actually develop a viable 'carbon-free' existence. Microsoft is going to resume collecting royalties on PROTOCOLS (frickin' elaborate data handshakes) so do you really think Lockheed, Raytheon et al are going to give you a single atom of carbon tech? HAH! Have fun! Faster than Zeus zapped Prometheus, the intellectual property Nazis are gonna take your 'stolen' carbon gadgets away and slap you with Carbon-DMCA fines until birds eat your liver!

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But first in Copenhagen, a UN working group of sorts is having its 15th iteration dubbed 'COP15,' and the word is that they've run out of limousines and had to call in more from Germany and elsewhere. David Corn has plenty of details about the two negotiating tracks (basically one is a leglly binding Kyoto extension).

Bad journalists are to be silenced immediately when they ask for example this greasy professor about those pesky emails...

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Sooo the anarchists and other people 'on the scene' are not happy about various dimensions of the situation, and so big protests have gone off and mass arrests have already ensued. Appropriately enough the Dutch have wheeled out a new "pre-crime" approach, using the magic-8 ball of the paranoid security state to decide who shall be removed from the scene ahead of time. Naturally medics are first in line for pre-crime detainments.

There were some firecrackers which Olivia Zaleski inaccurately described as gunshots:

More from that report here (with apparent liberal hand-wringing &tc). One comrade on the scene posted this viddy as well:

There is a cacophony of different sides to this and I haven't cared enough to dissect the sides of street organizing. It is pretty hard to tell from the opposite side of the world whether the 'alarmist' people (i.e. the Climate Camp type people) are supporting the COP15 agenda or not, though it seems clear the anarchist direct action campaign is attempting to block as much COP15 work as possible.

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So let's cut to the chase and have some links already...The latest lead stuff from Indymedia.Denmark:

Saturday 12th began with the Flood for Climate Justice Demonstration [photo report] feeding into the main 12dec Demo which included a CJA group.  It soon became clear that it was a massive demonstration, with estimates quickly reaching 100,000 protestors; it was a part of a Global Day of Action on climate change.

Police Make Indiscriminate Mass Arrests

At around 3.15pm the police charged into the march near to where the CJA System Change not Climate Change group had joined the march, as well as people from the NTAC called demonstration who had been sent there earlier by the police from their gathering place in central Copenhagen. The police cut off about a thousand people including many who were marching as part of Libertarian Socialist bloc. By 5pm several hundred had been handcuffed and made to sit on the floor, where they remained in the cold for hours. [Pics 1 | 2 | 3 | 4] [report | personal account] [video: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4] The police's press office reported that those arrested are between 700-900 people, later revised to close to one thousand. See CJA Press Release, of these only three were eventually charged with anything.

Following the enormous mass arrests of climate protestors, accounts are emerging of the poor conditions within the specially set up detention facilities, with people handcuffed for up to eight hours following their lengthy detention upon the streets. Despite this obvious repression climate campaigners remain determined to push the message that we need System Change not climate change.

For updates see Indymedia Timeline | icop15 aggregation | cop15live video

More timelines: Modkraft.dk [dk | en] | Motkraft. net [sv | en] | La Haine [es] | nocop Italy imc

See: Don't Buy the Lie Feature report from 10th Dec | Previous Features

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The ICOP15 aggregator is your best bet for news streams and flagged Twitter hashtags. The InCOP15 twitter is handy as well.

For whatever reason somehow TheUptake.org is all over Copenhagen and you'll be able to get video that way.

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MISC FILE: By the way, Greece is still in terrible shape with an out-of-control authoritarian socialist government crushing tons of angry students. And airstrikes in Afghanistan always seem to kill a magic number: thirty. A science fiction writer was thoroughly abused the Canadian border by the federal border troll patrol. That dude's got grist for his next dystopian nightmare eh? This article rambles a bit but notes Americans are vulnerable to fascist political shifts that cannot be perceived by many.

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On an unrelated note via this great Onion writeup on paranoia thrillers, I watched 1979's Winter Kills with Jeff Bridges. If you've already seen Three Days of the Condor and Parallax View, this rather over-the-top presidential assassination tale rawks. I love Onion reviews.

Note: I finally solved some tech problems so posting should pick up a bit -- the new CKeditor is also great for WYSIWYG work.

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