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Puberty is not a disease and puberty-blocking hormones can be dangerous. We did 6 years, I feel like I let myself slip back job wise, my husband certainly has never had the work opportunities here he did in the uk. In , a new program was introduced to equalize the financial responsibility for each missionary and his or her family. Missionaries with special needs or health considerations may be called as full-time or part-time service missionaries. For reasons that remain mysterious, those under the influence of psychiatric medication often specifically choose to hang themselves in their moment of peak impulsivity. In seeking to mislead the public, the Minister is following the lead of Federated Farmers of New Zealand.
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At the end of each dietary intervention, the subjects underwent three days of physiological testing that culminated in a minute stationary bike ride at 85 percent of lactate threshold power followed by a minute time trial.
Before I share the results, let me pause to note that the founding principle of HFLC diets for athletes is that carbohydrate does nothing good for the body either at rest or in motion. Proponents of these diets believe not only that eating carbohydrate is fattening and otherwise unhealthy, but also that burning carbohydrate during exercise hurts performance by hastening exhaustion.
The rationale for prescribing HFLC diets for endurance athletes is that they increase the reliance of the muscles of fat and decrease their reliance on carbohydrate, thereby enhancing performance.
The Polish researchers who conducted the study in question found that the HFLC diet did everything it was supposed to do physiologically. For starters, it made the subjects leaner. After four weeks on the HFLC diet it was The HFLC diet also increased fat burning during exercise.
Scientists use a measure called respiratory exchange ratio RER to quantify the relative contributions of fat burning and carbohydrate burning to muscle work. The higher the number, the more carbs are being burned relative to fat.
There was only one problem. On the balanced diet, the subjects generated watts at lactate threshold intensity and watts during the minute maximal effort. On the HFLC diet, these numbers dropped to watts and watts. But what about all those social media testimonials you see from athletes who have made the jump to HFLC diets? Let me answer this question by asking another: When the barefoot running fad was raging a few years back, many runners who ditched their Brooks Beasts for Vibram Five Fingers reported that going natural had made them better runners.
But I never encountered a single barefoot runner who, when pressed, could point to a big new PR that was set soon after the switch. Meredith Kessler took an unusual path to the top of the sport of triathlon, competing as an amateur for many years while working full-time in downtown San Francisco before finally turning pro in at age George , , Learn more about her here and follow her on Twitter.
My typical racing weight is about lbs, however, this will organically fluctuate, hopefully downward a little, as Kona rolls around! One rule I do adhere to is that everything is fine in moderation—variety is king—meaning I can have that piece of dark chocolate after dinner yet not 10 pieces. I can eat that cheesy appetizer at dinner yet no need to gorge myself. This allows the mind to stay sane and prevents any potential cravings. Yet it is most important to really eat in that fueling window within minutes post workout.
I am well aware that by doing so, it aids in proper recovery in repairing the muscles and providing needed fuel. Also, I aim to drink 1 oz of water for every lb I weigh, so usually oz not inclusive of what I have during training sessions a day as much as I can muster, not all of which is just plain water.
I drink 12 oz of water with a packet of emergen-C in it every morning when I first wake up. I drink a LOT of sparkling water sometimes with a hint of OJ in it because I find chugging carbonated water so much more satisfying!
A typical breakfast is Fage yogurt topped with blueberries, raspberries, a banana and Bungalow Munch granola. As I mentioned previously, this should be consumed in the fueling window as much as possible. I diagram this in extensive detail in my upcoming manuals, Life of a Triathlete.
A typical lunch sometimes the egg meal is the lunch would be a smoked turkey panini with a slice of pepperjack cheese, pickles, avocado, hummus and carrots and a handful of almonds. Usually a protein shake too is consumed between breakfast and lunch right after the first or second session of the day. We eat a lot of salmon in our household. My husband makes a mean miso marinade and grills the salmon on cedar planks, which tastes amazing.
We usually have this with a sweet potato, brown rice mixture or quinoa salad dish as well as a house salad with all the toppings and our homemade salad dressings we like to make. Of course, I would follow up this meal with two pieces of dark chocolate. The biggest change I have made to my diet since college is keeping everything fairly even throughout breakfast, lunch and snacking.
While I may not deviate too much from my staples, I still stand by variety and moderation. Could I trim the fat more especially when racing? The second I make things complicated in terms of nutrition is when I start to perform poorly in races. Confirmation bias is one of the great enemies of good science. What makes it so insidious is that our brains are hardwired to reinforce existing beliefs. Unbiased thinking does not come naturally to humans. Scientific methodology is fundamentally nothing more than a set of procedures designed to overcome confirmation bias in the search for truth.
Rarely are scientists ever so shameless in their efforts to preserve their existing beliefs in the face of contrary evidence. Most scientists make honest attempts to account for and overcome their biases in their research. But there are exceptions, and for some reason actually, I know the reason, which is explained here these exceptions often involve scientists who hold strong beliefs about what people should eat.
Whether it concerns diet or anything else, confirmation bias is classically expressed through a double standard for evidence. A nutrition scientist who is in the grip of confirmation bias has very high standards for evidence that supports ways of eating that defy his preferred diet and much lower standards for evidence that validates his preferred diet.
What Noakes said is true: It was possible, they contended, that for some reason individuals with a predisposition to develop lung cancer were attracted to smoking.
Better evidence was needed, they said, knowing full well that no scientist was ever going to turn a bunch of volunteer nonsmokers into smokers and track lung cancer diagnoses within the cohort for 20 years in order to get definitive proof of causality. Today it is universally acknowledged that cigarette smoking causes lung cancer, but not because such interventional studies were ever done. Rather, it is because the associational evidence is extremely strong, and because there is a highly plausible mechanism to explain causality—tobacco smoke goes into the lungs , after all—and because whistleblowers exposed documents revealing that tobacco industry executives themselves privately believed that tobacco smoking caused cancer despite publicly denying it.
For example, high intakes of red meat are associated with elevated risk of colon cancer. Research has shown that increased red meat consumption results in an almost immediate spike in DNA damage to colon cells, and DNA damage is where cancerous tumors get started. The dots are pretty well connected. Probably nine of these intelligent, unbiased persons would consider the former a safer bet, if not quite a sure thing; the tenth would be Tim Noakes i.
Alas, he does not. Both trend lines were generally upward sloping. Although everyone agrees that correlation does not equal causation, Gillespie captioned the graph with these words: And what did Tim Noakes do when he saw this tweet? He retweeted it without additional comment. Most of the growth in per capita sugar consumption in the U.
It is apparent that neither Gillespie nor Noakes studied the graph very closely. When you believe what you want to believe, you see what you want to see.
The Paleo diet is built on the premise that all animal species, humans included, are rigidly dependent on the foods that have been in their diet for the greatest amount of time. The genome of each species is like a lock that only one key will open, and that key is the specific food or set of foods that the species has evolved to depend on. Any other foods are like non-fitting keys that not only lack the ability to open the lock but destroy the lock when one tries to jam them in anyway.
The quino checkerspot is a species of butterfly that is native to Mexico and California. Since time immemorial it has eaten only one food, the dwarf plantain. Unfortunately, global warming has created climatic conditions in its native habitat that are too warm and dry for the plant to survive in.
In the s, biologists began to warn that when the dwarf plantain went extinct, the butterfly that was completely dependent upon it would disappear with it.
But then a funny thing happened. The two surviving colonies of checkerspots spontaneously migrated from their natural, sea-level habitat to a new habit at higher elevation.
When biologists discovered this relocation they also discovered that the checkerspot had chosen a completely new food source—a flowering plant that has little in common with the dwarf plantain. Last year, Lawrence David and colleagues at Duke University conducted an experiment that was designed to study the effects of radical changes in diet on the microbiome in human subjects. The Duke researchers recruited 10 healthy volunteers six men and four women between the ages of 21 and 32 and placed them sequentially on two different diets for five consecutive days.
One diet consisted entirely of plant foods grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables , while the other diet consisted entirely of animal foods meat, cheese, and eggs. As you would expect, the nutritional compositions of the two diets were divergent in the extreme.
For example, on the carnivorous diet, subjects got 70 percent of their daily calories from fat and consumed zero fiber, whereas on the herbivorous diet, subjects got only 22 percent of their calories from fat and fiber intake increased nearly threefold from baseline levels.
After just three days on each diet, significant changes were seen in the composition and functioning of the microbiome in all subjects. On the carnivorous diet, subjects exhibited a marked increase in the presence and activity of bacteria that thrive in a bile-rich environment, which makes sense, because the gut produces more bile when digesting animal foods.
In contrast, on the herbivorous diet, the subjects exhibited a large increase in the presence and activity of bacteria that metabolize polysaccharides from plants. The researchers even noted changes in gene expression within certain strains of bacteria in response to the disparate diets.
So not only had the human subjects rapidly adapted to changes in diet through their gut flora, but the flora themselves had adapted epigenetically. The following recommendations apply to older people in New Zealand who are frail in place of the recommendations given above.
Older people who are frail should:. Skip to main content. Physical activity Green Prescriptions. A healthy hours includes: For more information on these recommendations, download: Older people The following recommendations apply to all older people in New Zealand, but should be adjusted for each older person according to their individual needs and abilities: Yet, the exact language and tactics for implementation of Sustainable Development are being used in nearly every city around the globe from Lewiston, Maine to Singapore.
In short, Sustainable Development is the process by which the world is being reorganized around a central principle of state collectivism using the environment as bai t. One of the best ways to understand what Sustainable Development actually is can be found by discovering what is NOT sustainable.
Ski fields Grazing of livestock Plowing of soil Building fences Industry Single family homes Paved and tarred roads Logging activities Dams and reservoirs Power line construction Economic systems that fail to set proper value on the environment capitalism, free markets. They are all part of the efforts to modify consumer behavior to accept less, deal with higher energy prices, restrict water use and place severe limitations on use of private property — all under the environmental excuse.
That makes it easy for any activist group to issue concerns or warnings by news release or questionable report against and industry or private activity, and have those warnings quickly turned into public policy — just in case.
Many are now finding non-elected regional governments and governing councils enforcing policy and regulations. As these policies are implemented, locallyelected officials are actually losing their own power and decision-making ability in their elected offices. What Sustainable Development Really Means For You The Three E's According to its authors, the objective of Sustainable Development is to integrate economic, social, and environmental policies in order to achieve reduced consumption, social equity, and the preservation and restoration of biodiversity.
The Sustainable Development logo used in most literature on the subject contains three connecting circles labeled along the lines of Social Equity; Economic Prosperity; and Ecological Integrity known commonly as the 3 E's. It is a social injustice to keep our borders closed. It is a social injustice for some to be bosses and others to be merely workers. Social justice is a major premise of Sustainable Development. Another word for social justice is Socialism or Marxism.
Today, the phrase is used throughout Sustainablist literature. So too, is business ownership. Under Sustainable Development individual human wants, needs, and desires are to be conformed to the views and dictates of social planners. That the wealth of the world was made at the expense of the poor. It dictates that, if the conditions of the poor are to be improved, wealth must first be taken from the rich.
In the free-market of the past, most businesses were started by individuals who saw a need for a product or service and they set out to fill it. Most business owners were happy to be left alone to take their chances to run their businesses on their own, not encumbered by a multiplicity of government regulations. If they failed, most found a way to try again.
In order to give themselves an advantage over competition, some businesses -- particularly large corporations — now find a great advantage in dealing directly with government, actively lobbying for legislation that will inundate smaller companies with regulations that they cannot possibly comply with or even keep up with. If the two should ever become combined, control of such massive power can lead only to tyranny.
It definitely does not mean people and companies trading freely with each other. Its real effect is to redistribute manufacturing, wealth, and jobs out of our borders and to lock away natural resources. They in turn are partnered with the politicians who use their legislative and administrative powers to raid the treasury to fund and enforce the scheme.
Of course, as the chosen corporations, which become a new elite, stamp out the need for competition through government power, the real loser is the consumers who no longer count in market decisions. Government grants are now being used by industry to create mandated green products like wind and solar power. Products are put on the market at little risk to the industry, leaving consumers a more limited selection from which to choose. True free markets are eliminated in favor of controlled economies which dictate the availability and quality of products.
This quote lays down the ground rules for the entire Sustainable Development agenda. It says humans are nothing special — just one strand in the nature of things or, put another way, humans are simply biological resources. Funny that, the Cabal see us as "Human Resources" also. Sustainablist policy is to oversee any issue in which man interacts with nature — which, of course, is literally everything. And because the environment always comes first, there must be great restrictions over private property ownership and control.
This is necessary, Sustainablists say, because humans only defile nature. Under Sustainable Development there can be no concern over individual rights. Individual human wants, needs, and desires are conformed to the views and dictates of social planners. Under Sustainable Development, limited government, as advocated by our Founding Fathers, is impossible because, we are told, the real or perceived environmental crisis is too great.
Only government can be trusted to respond. The politically based environmental movement provides Sustainablists camouflage as they work to transform systems of government, justice, and economics. It is a masterful mixture of socialism with its top down control of the tools of the economy and fascism where property is owned in name only — with no individual owner control. Sustainable Development is the worst of both the left and the right.
It is not liberal, nor is it conservative. It is a new kind of tyranny that, if not stopped, will surely lead us to a new Dark Ages of pain and misery yet unknown to mankind. Private land ownership is also a principle instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth, therefore, contributers to social injustice. The Nature Conservancy Jay D. With great fanfare the Council issued a comprehensive report containing all the guidelines on how our government was to be reinvented under sustainable development.
Those guidelines were created to direct policy for every single federal agency, state government and local community government.
Their purpose was to translate the recommendations set forth in Agenda 21 into public policy administered by the federal government. There are four very specific routes being used. It is a diabolical plan to herd humans off the rural lands and into human settlements. But how do you remove people from the land?
One step at a time. A national park will do. A huge place where there is no human activity. For example, Yellowstone National Park, devoid of human habitation can serve as its center. Then a buffer zone is established around the reserve. Inside the buffer only limited human activity is allowed. Slowly, through strict regulations, that area is squeezed until human activity becomes impossible.
Once that is accomplished, the biosphere is extended to the former buffer zone borders — and then a new buffer zone is created around the now-larger biosphere and the process starts again. In that way, the Biosphere Reserve acts like a cancer cell, ever expanding, until all human activity is stopped.
And there are many tools in place to stop human activity and grow the reserve. Lock away natural resources by creating national parks. It shuts down the mines -- and they go out of business. Shut off the forest. Locking away land cuts the tax base.
Eventually the town dies. Keep it up and there is nothing to keep the people on the land — so they head to the cities. The wilderness grows — just like Dave Foreman planned.
It comes in many names and many programs. Heritage areas, land management, wolf and bear reintroduction, rails to trails, conservation easements, open space , and many more. Each of these programs is designed to make it just a little harder to live on the land — a little more expensive — a little more hopeless, literally herding people off their land and into designated human habitat areas — cities. In the West, where vast areas of open space make it easy to impose such polices there are several programs underway to remove humans from the land.
The Alaska Wildlands Project seeks to lock away and control almost the entire state. How Did We Get Here? Smart Growth The second path is called Smart Growth. The process essentially puts a line around a city, locking off any growth outside that line. Inside the circle, concerted efforts are made to discourage the use of cars in preference to public transportation, restricting mobility.
Because there is a restriction on space inside the controlled city limits, there is a created shortage of land and houses, so prices go up. That means populations will have to be controlled, because now there is no room to contain more people. Those not in compliance will be fined and will not be able to sell their homes. Homeowners will not have control of such meters. Instead, the electric company will determine the necessary temperature inside each home.
Government agencies or local policy boards will be tasked with the responsibility to conduct an energy audit in each home to determine the steps necessary to bring the home into energy compliance.
Not So Smart Technology: Safety Inspector Blows The Whistle On Fire Hazards Of 'Smart' Electronics The Cap N Trade bill contains a whole section on such restrictions for the nation, and most local communities are now busy creating development plans that encompass many of the same restrictions. There is now a new push to control food production under the label of Sustainable Farming. Food sheds are now being advocated. These are essentially government run farms located just outside the smart growth area circling the city.
Food is to be grown using strict guidelines which dictate what kinds of food is to be produced and the farming practices to be used. These are essentially based on the blue print of Chinese Agrarian villages that cannot possibly grow enough food to feed the community unless populations are tightly controlled.
True Sustainable farming programs discourage importing goods from outside the community. Stake Holder Councils Inside the cities, government is increasingly controlled by an elite ruling class called stake holder councils.
These are mostly Non-governmental organizations, or NGOs, which, like thieves in the night, converge on the community to stake their claim to enforce their own private agendas. The function of legitimately — elected government within the system votes to create a system of boards, councils and even regional governments to handle every aspect of day-to-day operation of the community.
Once in place, the councils and boards basically replace the power of elected officials with non-elected, appointed rulers answerable to no one. The councils are controlled by a small minority in the community, but they are all - powerful. They force citizens to seek permission usually denied for any changes to private property. They use such excuses as historic preservation, water use restrictions, energy use, and open space restrictions.
They over-burden or even destroy business, creating stiff regulations on manufacturing and small business in the community. They may dictate the number of outlets a business may have in a community, not matter what the population demands.
For example, in San Francisco there can only be seven McDonalds. They can dictate the kind of building materials owners can use in their private home — or whether one can build on their property at all. Then, if they do grant a permit for building, they might not decide to let the property owner acquire water and electricity for the new home — and they may or may not give you a reason for being turned down.
As part of Sustainable health care, they may even dictate that you get the proper exercise — as determined by the government.
Again, San Francisco has built a new federal building — the greenest ever built. The elevators will only stop on every third floor so riders are forced to use stairs — for their own health, of course. These councils fit almost perfectly the definition of a State Soviet: Soviets are the operating mechanism of a government-controlled economy. US EPA drives industries overseas where the pollution increases EPA embraces ethanol while blaming farming for pollution Master plans across America overtly ignore property rights Environmental nooses rob property rights and individual freedoms based on unsettled science, distorted statistics and exaggerated predictions Focus on Social Equity eclipsing life-liberty property Why?
Municipal master plans have become manifestos People in tears across America. There are certain areas where private business contracts to do jobs such as running school cafeterias through a competitive bid system.
That type of arrangement certain does serve the tax payers and provides better services. In truth, many PPPs are nothing more than government-sanctioned monopolies in which a few businesses are granted special favors like tax breaks, the power of eminent domain, non-compete clauses and specific guarantees for return on their investments.
That means they can fix prices, charge beyond what the market demands, and they can use the power of government to put competition out of business. That is not free enterprise. And it is these global corporations that are pushing the green agenda. If you can stomach reading this horse shit, click on the image above PPPs were the driving force behind the Trans Texas Corridor, using eminent domain to take more than , acres of private land - sanctioned by the partnership with the Texas government.
And PPPs are taking over highways and local water treatment plants in communities across the nation. PPPs in control of the water system can control water consumption — a major part of the Sustainable Development blueprint. For its part of the partnership, government passed regulations that keep gas prices high to make them more inviting. The federal government has entered into many partnerships with alternative energy companies in a move to force wind power and solar power on an uninterested public.
Again, such industries only exist though the power and of government determined to enforce a certain political agenda. They would never survive in an honest free market. Using government to ban its own product, General Electric is forcing the mercury- laden green light bulb, costing 5 times the price of incandescent bulbs. Such is the reality of green industry, which depends more on government subsidy and grants than on customers.
To play ball in the PPP game means accepting the mantra of Sustainable Development and helping to implement it, even if it means going against your own product. It is not free enterprise, but a Mussolini-type fascism of government and private industry organized in a near impenetrable force of power.
Prevent harm as the best method of environmental protection and, when knowledge is limited, apply a precautionary approach. Communitarianism with forced sterilization? Eradicate poverty as an ethical, social, and environmental imperative. Ensure that economic activities and institutions at all levels promote human development in an equitable and sustainable manner.
Affirm gender equality and equity as prerequisites to sustainable development and ensure universal access to education, health care , and economic opportunity. Integrate into formal education and life-long learning the knowledge, values, and skills needed for a sustainable way of life.
What Kinds of Groups Promote this in the U. Many people ask how dangerous international policies can suddenly turn up in state and local government, all seemingly uniform to those in communities across the nation and around the globe.
The answer — meet ICLEI, a non-profit, private foundation, dedicated to helping locally elected representatives fully implement Agenda 21 in the community.
Currently there are over American cities in which ICLEI is being paid dues with tax dollars from city councils to implement and enforce Sustainable Development.
ICLEI is there to assure that the mayors keep their promises and meet their goals. Using environmental protection as the excuse, these programs are about reinventing government with a specific political agenda. ICLEI and others are dedicated to transforming every community in the nation to the Agenda 21 blueprint. They know that Congress has written legislation providing grants for cities that implement Sustainablist policy. They agitate to get the cities to accept the grants. In the end, through such tactics, the NGOs usually get their way.
IN fact there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of non-profits, NGOs and planning groups living off the grant money, working to enforce Sustainable Development policy at every level of government. Business as usual will not suffice. Growe food for local consumption Starve the world? Create city-funded housing repair programs Transportation 4: It came into being in and can be found in literally every community in the nation.
It is the planning guide preferred by most urban and regional planners. Christchurch, New Zealand ICMA provides technical and management assistance, training, and information resources in the areas of performance measurement, ethics education and training, community and economic development, environmental management, technology, and other topics to its members and the broader local government community.
They are aided in their efforts through such as the U. Conference of Mayors, National Governors Association, National League of Cities, the National Association of County Administrators and several more groups that are supposed to represent elected officials. The Renaissance Planning Group is an urban planning firm.
Florida Forever is the largest public land acquisition program of its kind in the United States. Propaganda from idiots for idiots In , the Virginia state legislature passed HB mandating that counties with the prescribed growth rate establish high density urban development areas. This requirement by the state forces local governments to compromise your private property through zoning measures called for in the Smart Growth program for sustainable development.
The American Farmland Trust AFT formed in , works to acquire and control farmer development rights and the purchase of Agriculture Easements which drastically reduce, if not eliminate private ownership of the land. That is simply the excuse for the policies being implemented in its name. The comprehensive land use plans are being steered by planning groups through manipulation by facilitated stakeholder consensus councils.
The predetermined outcome severely restricts land use and compromises private property ownership in an already distressed market. They answer to no one and they are run by zealots with their own political agenda imposing international laws and regulations. Local homeowners have no say in the process and in most cases are shut out.
Sometimes they are literally thrown out of council meetings because they want to discuss how a regulation is going to affect their property or livelihood. Communities have dealt with local problems for years.
But locally elected town councils and commissioners, which meet and discuss problems with the citizens, are how this nation was built and prospered.
No matter where you live, rest assured Agenda 21 policies are being implemented in your community. It is about establishing global governance and abandoning the principles of Natural Law on which America was founded.
The politically-based environmental movement provides Sustainablists camouflage as they work to transform global systems of government, justice, and economics. It is bad policy pushed by both liberal and conservatives.
It is a new kind of tyranny that, if not stopped, will surely lead all human kind to a new Dark Ages of pain and misery. What has Sustainability Become? Unfortunately, the environmental movement has been hijacked as a convenient excuse to attack capitalism; blame America; transfer wealth; impinge on Constitutional rights; and install a government-run socio-economic system. Capitalism and private property rights are not sustainable, and pose the single greatest threat to the world's ecosystem and social equity.
It comes wrapped in a plain green package labelled "Smart Growth" or "Sustainability": To begin the effort to fight back against Sustainable Development it is vital to first understand the massive structure you are facing. You need to know who the players are and you need to understand the political world your officials are operating in. In most communities, you mayor, city council members and county commissioners are automatically members of national organizations like the National Conference of Mayors, National League of Cities, and the national associations for city council members, and the same for commissioners.
Those in the state government also have the National Governors Association and state legislators have their national organization. For the past twenty years or more, each and every one of these national organizations have been promoting Sustainable Development and related policies. The National Mayors Conference and the National Governors Association have been leaders in this agenda, many times working directly with UN organizations to promote the policy. They are told of legislation that will be soon be implemented, and they are even provided sample legislation to introduce in their communities.
They arrive in your community with blue prints, state and federal plans, grants and lots of contacts in high places. There is also a second horde involved in the Sustainablist invasion — state and federal agency officials including EPA agents; air and water quality agents; Interior Department officials, HUD officials, energy officials, Commerce Department officials, and on and on — all targeting your locally elected officials with policy, money, regulations, reports, special planning boards, meetings, and conferences, all promoting the exact same agenda.
Think of the affect all of this has on a poor local official who just thought he would run for office and serve his community. This is his reality. This is what he thinks government is supposed to be because, after all, everyone he is dealing with says so. Now, as he is surrounded by all of these important, powerful folks, along comes a local citizen who tells him that some guy named Tom DeWeese says all of these programs are from the UN and are taking away our liberty.
I have another meeting to go to. If we are going to successfully fight Agenda 21, it is vitally important that we all recognize this reality as we plan to deal with it and defeat it. With that in mind, I offer the following ideas. If you try to attend local meetings by yourself you will be ignored. You will need others to plan and implement strategy.
You have family and friends. Ask them to help look into some local policies. Check out of there is a local tea party or even a local Republican group. Churches are a target of such policies. Alert people at your church and ask them to help fight back.
Find people to help you! First, who are the players in your community. What is their agenda? What other communities have they operated in?
Who are their members in your community? Finding this information may be the hardest of your efforts. They like to operate out of the spotlight.
It probably will require that you attend lots of meetings and hearings. Take note of who is there and their role. You may have to ask questions and that may raise some eyebrows. But stay out of the way as much as possible. Second, get all the details on the plans your community is working on. Has there already been legislation passed? Most of this information can be found on the town website.
Knowing this information will help you put together a plan of action. Once you have it, you can begin to take your fight public. With the information you have gathered, begin to examine the effect the policies will have on the community and its residents. Find who the victims of the legislation or regulation may be. This will be of great value as you confront city council. People understand victim stories — especially if it is them. It is the best way to undermine the process — and help get people to join your cause.
You will find that Conservation Easements have raised taxes as much of the county land is removed from the tax rolls — someone has to make up for the lost revenue and the payment of easements. Who are getting the easements? You may find the rich land owners have found a great loophole to cut their own property taxes as the middle class makes up the short fall. This will help bring usually disinterested people to your cause. Does the community plan call for reduction of energy use?
If so, look for calls for energy audits and taxes on energy use. The audits mean that the government has set a goal to reduce energy use. It may follow that government agents are going to come into your home to inspect your energy use. Then they are going to tell you what must be done in your home to cut usage. That will cost you money. Regulations are not voluntary.
These are just a couple of examples of what to look for as you do your research. It all leads to higher costs and shortages, in the name of environmental protection and conservation and controlling growth anti-sprawl, they call it. Your goal is to stop Sustainable Development in your community.
That means a campaign to stop the creation of non-elected regional government councils that are difficult to hold accountable. It means to stop local governments from taking grants that come with massive strings attached to enforce compliance.
And it means you must succeed in removing outsider organizations and Stakeholder groups that are pressuring your elected officials to do their bidding. Armed with as much information as you can gather and armed with the ability to coherently discuss its details you are ready to take your battle to the public. First, it would be better for you to try to discuss it privately with some of your elected officials, especially if you know them.
Tell them what you have found and explain why you are opposed. First discuss the effects of the policies on the average citizen. Explain why they are bad. Only very slowly should you bring the conversation around to the origin of such polices - Agenda 21 and the UN. It is important that you build the case to show that these policies are not local, but part of a national and international agenda. Begin a two fold campaign. First, write a series of letters to the editor for the local newspaper.
Make sure that you are not alone. Coordinate your letters with others who will also write letters to back up and support what you have written. These will generate more letters from others, some for your position and other against you.
Second, begin to attend Council meetings and ask questions. The response from the council members will determine your next move. If you are ignored and your questions met with silence or hostility, prepare a news release detailing your questions and the background you have as to why you asked those questions. Pass the news release out to the people at the next meeting as well as the news media. Attend the next meeting and the next demanding answers.
Be sure to organize people to come with you. The point in all of this is to make the issue public. Take away their ability to hide the details from the public. Expose the hoards of outsiders who are dictating policy in your community. Shine a very right spotlight on the roaches under the rock. If the newspaper is with you, great, but you will probably find it working with the other side. It may be difficult to get a fair shake in the newspaper or on radio.
Get signs, and flyers in stores if necessary. And keep it up for as long as it takes. The final step is to use the energy you have created to run candidates for office against those who have ignored and fought you. Ultimately, that is the office holders worst nightmare and may be the most effective way to get them to respond and serve their constituents. This has, of course, been met with skepticism and ridicule on the part of some of the elected officials egged on by the NGO stakeholder groups and planning organizations.
Here is an undeniable fact: So, we need to begin to challenge the plans that affect private property rights. However, as we move in that direction, we must have a clear understanding of what property rights are. Many people today have little or varying ideas of property rights.
Sometimes, in order to purchase property or to get access to services, we sign documents that say government or utility agents are free to come on our property at will. However, to demand that your private property be honored and protected a definition must be established before you start the effort. As you stand in front of the elected officials at their regular meeting, ask them simply;. You are simply asking a non-combative question.
They will assure you that they are in full support of protecting private property. And then you say;. And you present the resolution to them. If you can read it aloud to the meeting, so much the better.
They may say they need to take it under consideration and will get back to you. Make sure you are back at the next meeting to ask about it. Do not attempt this alone. The key to this effort is persistence and organization.
If they have refused to sign it then you need 5 or 10 people to stand up and ask why. You need to escalate this at each meeting until it becomes a public issue -. Ski lodges, Golf courses, asphalt, fossil fuels, consumerism, irrigation, commercial farms, livestock grazing. Your community is paying them dues with your tax dollars. Here is how to handle them: Pass out the web page copies to everyone in the chamber audience and say to your elected officials;.
Then demand that those payment stop. You have proven your case. Stopping Consensus Meetings Most public meetings are now run by trained and highly paid facilitators whose jobs is to control the meeting and bring it to a preplanned conclusion. This is how Sustainable Development is being implemented across the nation, especially in meetings or planning boards that are advertised as open to the public.
There is nothing free or open about the consensus process. It is designed to eliminate debate and close discussion. To bust up the process you must never participate, even to answer a question. To do so allows the facilitator to make you part of the process. Instead, you must control the discussion.