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Tonight on AxXiom For Liberty Live! 6-8 PM Central “Extraordinary Activists”

 

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Kaye Beach

Feb. 8, 2013

Tonight on AxXiom For Liberty Live!  6-8 PM Central “Extraordinary Activists”

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Tonight we will be speaking to three amazing activists- Roger Landry and a two great Oklahoma political activists Brian Graham and Beth Edgeman,  who will give us an update in important legislation and some perspectives on legislation involving smoking and Second Amendment rights.

First up, we welcome Roger Landry, The Liberty Beacon

Roger’s career spans four decades of varied experience including service in the US nuclear submarine fleet, over twenty years as a military defense contractor, a business owner and several positions as a manager at various corporations. About two years ago Roger woke up to reality and the world as it is, not as it is portrayed! Since then he has worked feverishly to spread the word, to educated those not yet awake to reality. Roger is the founder of WTPN (We The People Network) a grass roots liberty organization that accumulated over 20 million voices and about 1,000 forums in over 50 countries in a 12 month period, but this is just the people. Realizing that media is the most effective method to spread an idea, and realizing how untrustworthy the mainstream media is, Roger has founded an new project titled The Liberty beacon. This project, being assembled by a brilliant staff of patriots is destined to bring together alternative media sources to the benefit of the liberty movement and We The People in the most effective method possible.

Please visit at:

The Liberty Beacon website
www.TheLibertyBeacon.com

Then we will speak with Beth Edgeman-the Stun Gun Diva!

Beth is the Owner of Stun Gun Diva a company that sale’s safety products for women. She loves helping women feel in powered by taking control and reasonably for their own safety. Beth has also Co-hosted on KSBI’s All About You and Oklahoma Live.

Beth is going to catch us up on Oklahoma Second Amendment legislation!

Last but never least is Brian Graham!

Brian is a business and technology consultant with over a decade of experience helping restaurants, bars, hotels, stadiums, and many other retail businesses. He is active in state politics, and is involved in current efforts to analyze upcoming legislation and inform the public as to the effects. He is a father of 3 and has been married to his wife Ruth for over 12 years.

Brian is going to discuss some hair raising anti-smoking legislation that has been offered up this year by our state legislature.

Your questions or comments are always welcome!

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State of Surveillance Annual Edition -Tonight on AxXiom For Liberty Live!

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AxXiom For Liberty Live!  6-8 PM Central

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Kaye Beach

Jan. 4, 2013

For the last three years that Howard and I have been doing the show together, we have devoted an entire show to rounding up the stand out developments in surveillance policies and technologies aimed at the people of the USA.  Unfortunately, there is never a shortage of material.

We will cover a lot of ground tonight.  But don’t worry if you miss a link or something because after the show concludes I will post my entire set of notes right here. (as promised, here are the notes from the show.  A4L 3 Annual Surveillance Edition 2013 If I missed anything, let me know!)

Everyone seems rather dispirited right now and the last thing we want to do is  to mire you in hopelessness. More than just a litany of the years worst surveillance stories, we want to provide some context and we want to talk about resistance and hope.  We also want to hear from you!

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Tonight on AxXiom For Liberty Live! Taking Lessons From ‘Anonymous’

Anon germanyKaye Beach

Dec. 7, 2012

Update Dec. 14, 2012 Miss the show-here’s the podcast!  12-07-12 AxXiom for Liberty

AxXiom For Liberty Live!  6-8 PM Central

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Calling All Activists!

Howard and I have a very interesting show lined up for you tonight!

When you think about Anonymous, some of their more daring exploits are probably the first thing that comes to mind.  Hacking, Denial of Service attacks and such but that is not the totality of the internet culture that is known as Anonymous and it is the lesser known efforts and successes that Howard and I are going to be focusing on tonight.

We are speaking to ‘Anonymous’ or rather one particular Anon, Damian DeWitt, who has been deeply involved in one project with Anonymous for about five years.   Get ready for your paradigm to be busted because I’ll bet that no matter what preconceived notion you might have about Anonymous, Mr. Dewitt is going to blow it out of the water tonight!

As you know, we have been reporting on the problems at Narconon Arrowhead, a Scientology based drug rehabilitation center located in Canadian, OK for a few years now. The recent spate of deaths that have occurred at the center has placed Narconon Arrowhead in headlines all over the country.  Our research and efforts to help expose the center’s questionable practices and deception in recruiting ‘students’ into Narconon naturally intersected with a portion of Anonymous known as Project Chanology. “Project Chanology is a large-scale plan to dismantle the Church of Scientology in its present form“ 

If you are involved in activism of any sort, you don’t want to miss this show!

I am certain that there is something valuable to be learned for all of us from an examination of the activism of Anonymous.  They are an extremely diverse group and far from this being a stumbling block, as it almost always is with more traditional forms of activism, Anonymous allows for the diversity to become one of its greatest strengths.  Where we constantly struggle with egos, agendas, and waste time scrapping over who gets credit, the format used by Anonymous to collaborate is such that these problems are swept aside or at least greatly minimized. Cultivating good leadership and establishing hierarchy often eats away at our time and energy.  It slows us down and frustrates us because we realize that our world is moving very fast and we are always playing catch up.   Personally, I can remember the few and blessed experiences I have had working on efforts where we did manage to rise above these stumbling blocks but as you know, that is the exception not the rule.  But why?  Every activist I know recognizes the need to work together where we can.  We want to leave our egos at the door but more often than not, we are our own worst enemies.  The truth is that we are simply human and we have always been and will always be (in this world at least) saddled with our human nature.

Watching Project Chanology do their thing has been fascinating to me.  I have watched collaborative research and problem solving unfold in real time drawing on the diversity of talents and skills possessed by its range of participants. Let me say that when it works, it works beautifully.

So, what is it that they do, or not do, that makes the effort successful?  You see left and right, Christian and Atheist, and every other dichotomy you can imagine, working (virtually) side-by-side on common goals. This alone is a remarkable feat.   Yet, Anonymous will not compromise on freedom of speech or expression.  How does this not devolve into fractures, flame wars and pettiness?  For one thing, with that devotion to freedom of speech naturally comes a thick skin.

Participation is absolutely voluntary and it is the merit of participants’ ideas, not their prestige that drives an effort.   Chaos and purpose may seem mutually exclusive.   Project Chanology proves it is not.  How is this so?  This is the evolution of activism and tonight we will ferret out the lessons that can be learned from the phenomenon that is Anonymous for anyone, anywhere who is trying to make a difference.  Oh, and let’s not forget the lulz while we are at it!

More about Anonymous

Your questions or comments are always welcome!

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Tonight on AxXiom For Liberty Live! Nagging the Nanny State with Liberty Activist Paul Henry

Kaye Beach

June 15, 2012

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(Miss the show?  Archived show link- http://mp3.logosradionetwork.com/A4L/64k/A4L_2012-06-15_64k.mp3 )

Tonight I am pleased to welcome back Craig Dawkins as my guest co-host.

Craig Dawkins is a tenured professor who teaches economics, personal finance and investments formerly a professional financial adviser and business owner.   His true passion lies in agitating on behalf of liberty and he advocates for the reform of the ballot access laws in Oklahoma, ending the drug war, and the importance of third parties in reforming the political process.

Craig is sitting in for Howard Houchen who is hot on the campaign trail in Oklahoma’s SD 5. Here is some of the latest news on Howard’s run for State Senate

Candidate Spotlight: Howard Houchen – Senate District 5

Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello Endorses Howard Houchen for State Senate

In the first hour, Craig and I will tackle some of the  hot political issue that are dominating discussions and take your calls.

Call in Number is 512-646-1984

In the second hour we welcome liberty activist extraordinaire Paul Henry from Florida.

If the nanny state is getting you down you will want to listen to what this former Florida Deputy Sheriff and State Trooper has to say.  Paul is the founder of the non-partisan citizen’s group Floridians Against REAL ID, and authored two bills for the 2012 Florida legislative session: REAL ID partial repeal and Motorist Rights (red light cameras).

Not only do these two safety-justified policies violate our natural and legal  rights, they don’t work!  Paul takes the time to demonstrate the faulty logic and actual results of such misguided policies.  Paul goes beyond simply nagging the nanny state-he takes action.  Listen, learn and be inspired!

You can follow Paul Henry’s work at;

 

 

 

 

 

Released June 22, 2012, Paul Henry’s report disproving Florida’s red light camera claims.

Florida: Analysis Disproves Red Light Camera Program Claims
Examination of accident data show St. Petersburg, Florida red light cameras failed to reduce accidents.

A retired Florida state trooper released a report Friday meant to keep St. Petersburg honest on the subject of red light cameras. Paul Henry, who spent 25 years in law enforcement and reached the rank of lieutenant in the Florida Highway Patrol, was outraged when he saw the city’s transportation director, Joe Kubicki, claim the recently activated photo ticketing program was responsible for a 60 percent reduction in “red-light related” crashes.

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The Report

Analysis of St. Petersburg Red Light Camera Program (Paul Henry, 6/22/2012)

2012 Citizen Involvement in the Legislative Process OK-SAFE, Inc. Training Dates

Jan, 26, 2012

OK-SAFE announces;

Citizen Involvement in the Legislative Process

 

OK-SAFE, Inc. Training Dates

In anticipation of the upcoming February 6th start of the 2012 Legislative Session in Oklahoma, OK-SAFE will be conducting its’ annual Citizen Involvement in the Legislative Process training.

These training classes are working sessions, so please be prepared to bring a laptop/notebook pc and notepaper.  Handouts will be provided.

These training classes are free and open to the public. However, we do ask for a small donation to offset the associated expenses. Light refreshments will be served.

The 2012 OK Legislative Session

The Oklahoma Legislative session begins on the Monday, February 6, 2012 and runs through the last Friday of May.  This year plans to every bit as contentious as last year’s, since more people are aware of the bad legislation being passed in this state and the state will be attempting to establish some sort of an insurance exchange.

For instance, last year’s  HB 2130, dealing with the health insurance exchanges, is still a live round. This highly controversial bill passed the OK House by a narrow margin on March 17th, 2011.  Due to backlash the bill was not heard in the Senate; however, since it passed the House and simply was not heard yet in the Senate, it is still an active bill. (OK Legislative Sessions span 2 years. i.e. 2011-12.)

Diligence will be needed by all those with concerns about the “Obama Care” health insurance exchanges – there will be several attempts by this legislature to establish one.

Training/Working Session Dates and Locations

 

Tulsa -

Date: Saturday, January 21, 2012

Time: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Location: HQ building, 1008-B N. Hickory Ave., Broken Arrow, OK

Note: Co-sponsored by Tulsa 912 Project

 

Oklahoma City -

Date: Saturday, January 28, 2012

Time: 1 pm to 5 pm

Location: The Village Library, 10307 N. Pennsylvania Ave., north Oklahoma City, OK

 

Norman, OK -

Date: Saturday, February 18, 2012

Time: 9:30 am to 1:00 pm

Location: First Assembly of God Church in Norman, 2500 E. Lindsey, Norman, OK

Note: Host is Norman Tea Party.

 

Agenda:

1st Hour -

  • Introductory – The basics of citizen involvement in the legislative process.  1) Overview of the Legislative Process in OK; 2) Identifying your legislator, 3) Entering contact information in cell phones and contact list; 4) How to write an email to a legislator; 5) Making the OK Legislature/OSCN your home pages.

2nd Hour -

  • Intermediate – Builds on Hour 1. 1) The OK legislative process, i.e. interim studies, bills introduced, bill committee assignments; 2) The committee process, and when to advocate for a bill; 3) Creating group email lists for both House and Senate Committee members, 4) Understanding the role of Speaker, Pro-Temp, Floor leader, and Whips.

3rd Hour -

  • Advanced -Builds on Hours 1 & 2. 1) Understanding political doublespeak, i.e. smaller, smarter government; economic development; knowledge-based economy; 2) How to read a bill with understanding and find the titles of law; 3) Understanding Health Care Reform and the OHIET Trust: 4) Federal grants and who benefits from the passage of legislation.

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Facial recognition – Jokesville says UK’s “Great Bane”

Kaye Beach

Oct 10, 2011

Facial Recognition-“The technology doesn’t work”

David Moss, in response to my info dump on the FBI and their plan to unleash facial recognition on a national scale, provides us with some absolutely critical information and some invaluable advice as well.

In case you are wondering, David Moss is an IT Specialist, Researcher and longtime campaigner against the UK’s biometric ID scheme.  He was a guest on AxXiom For Liberty last April when he detailed for us some BIG problems with biometric identification that we often overlook in our outrage over the loss of our privacy and freedoms.  (Listen to that show here.)

He is the “Great Bane” of government waste and corruption, in my estimation and I have to confess that when I grow up(figuratively speaking, of course) I want to be just like David Moss.

David’s work proved that India’s plan to bio metrically identify and number 1.2 billion of India’s people is bound to fail.  India’s ID card scheme – drowning in a sea of false positives

David says;

“Once your students have finished Facial Recognition 101, the better ones will have understood that the technology doesn’t work.”

And

“This roll-out is an opportunity. Not a threat. Grab it with both hands, embrace it and enjoy it”

This information was too important to leave parked in the comments section so I am re-posting his comments in their entirety.  Take note activists, this is a priceless lesson from a real pro!


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Kaye, thank you for the refresher course.

Please find herewith further material for the refresher course.

Once your students have finished Facial Recognition 101, the better ones will have understood that the technology doesn’t work.

Let’s be clear. Don’t let’s mix up our biometrics. They’re not all the same.

DNA, irisprints, traditional fingerprinting – they’re all biometrics worth worrying about from the point of view of privacy. But two-dimensional facial recognition? That’s what Aliya Sternstein’s article is about. That’s the new service being launched nationwide. Forget it. It doesn’t work. It’s jokesville.

At last the suppliers of 2-D facial recognition technology have been lured into a very public demonstration of the reliability or otherwise of their wares. They’ve never had to submit to this discipline before. They’ve never provided any warranties. Now they may find themselves twisting in the wind, hung out to dry, publicly humiliated and exposed as charlatans, mountebanks, snake oil salesmen, astrologers who convince only the simple-minded.

This roll-out is an opportunity. Not a threat. Grab it with both hands, embrace it and enjoy it.

continued …

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May I suggest a five-point plan to take advantage of the FBI’s proposed NGI trial?

The idea is to get the trial results widely published so that everyone can see whether they should share the vendors’ confidence in their own products. If not, the FBI can safely drop the technology, without impugning crime-fighting, and public money can be better invested elsewhere (or left with the public, who probably know better how to invest it).

1. Aliya Sternstein’s article says: “FBI officials would not disclose the name of the search product or the vendor”. Time for a freedom of information (FOI) request. This is public money being spent here. No doubt the FBI and the vendor have a mass of confidentiality agreements protecting intellectual property and future commercial interests. Fine. But the public have rights, too. Step #1. Get the names of the vendor and the product being used. There are a lot of people involved in this trial. The FBI, NIST, law enforcement in Michigan, Washington, Florida and North Carolina, Lockheed Martin and, no doubt, others. If FOI doesn’t succeed in getting the names, they’ll leak out from one of those sources.

2. Aliya Sternstein’s article says: “NGI’s incremental construction seems to align with the White House’s push to deploy new information technology in phases so features can be scrapped if they don’t meet expectations or run over budget”. Good. So this roll-out is in the nature of a technology trial. Technology trials can fail. That’s the whole point. That’s scientific method. And if the trial fails, the “features can be scrapped” – that’s what the White House wants. In line with that, step #2, pressure must be brought to bear on the FBI/NGI to run this like a proper trial. The protocol must be published. The trial will be run like this … these are the acceptance criteria … results will be collated like so … and if they don’t meet the criteria, the “features” have failed and will be dropped and no more public money will be wasted on them. This is the upright, responsible, businesslike way to assess the technology. You won’t be putting the FBI on the spot, they won’t have their back to the wall. Having met James A. Loudermilk II of the FBI, I have no doubt that this is exactly the way the FBI would expect to run this trial.

3. Aliya Sternstein’s article says the FBI “gained insights on the technique’s accuracy by studying research from the National Institute of Standards and Technology”. Good. Step #3 – get on to NIST. A long time ago, NIST produced a report on the Face Recognition Vendor Test 2006, NISTIR 7408. They must have more up to date reports, but you could start with this one.

3.1 NISTIR 7408 gets you a list of people to contact – P. Jonathon Phillips, W. Todd Scruggs, Alice J. O’Toole, Patrick J. Flynn, Kevin W.
Bowyer, Cathy L. Schott, Matthew Sharpe. These people are proper academics. They trade on their reputation. They protect their reputation. They speak the truth.

3.2 It gets you a list of vendors – Cognitec, Identix*, Neven Vision, Rafael, Sagem*, SAIT, Toshiba, Tsinghua U(niversity), Viisage* (p.9).

3.3 It gets you a list of the test databases used (p.35). There are five for 2-D facial recognition. Four of them have less than 350 people on them. Those samples are too small to tell anything.

3.4 So we’re only interested in the results of the database with 36,000 people on. The low-resolution images there were gathered under controlled conditions. You can do that with prisoners (which is who NIST and others tend to get their large volume data from). You can’t with mugshots of non-cooperative suspects. The results are in Figure 20 (p.46). Figure 20 measures reliability at three levels – 1 false accept in 100, 1 in a 1,000 and 1 in 10,000. Given that the word is “this is not something where we want to collect a bunch of surveillance film and enter it in the system … that would be useless to us. It would be useless to our users”, presumably the FBI will use 1 in 1,000 or even 1 in 10,000. At those levels, false rejects vary between about 5 in 100 and 18 in 100. Jokers love quoting that bit on p.2 where it says “The FRVT 2006 results from controlled still images and 3D images document an order-of-magnitude improvement in recognition performance over the FRVT 2002″. Some technologies saw an improvement. But not 2-D low resolution facial recognition, that’s shown no improvement at all.

4. Back in 2009, NIST advised the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on the biometrics to use for their Aadhaar scheme. As a result, India has adopted flat print fingerprints and irisprints to identify their 1.2 billion people. Not facial recognition. That has been dropped. It isn’t good enough. And if it isn’t good enough for India, how can it be good enough for the US? Step #4 – get on to NIST again, and maybe the UIDAI.

5. The business schools of the world also tested facial recognition to try to stop “plants” taking exams on behalf of less gifted students. They dropped it. They tested flat print fingerprinting and dropped that. It doesn’t work well enough. Now they’re testing palm veinprints. If facial recognition isn’t good enough for the business schools, how can it be good enough for the FBI? Step #5 – get on to GMAC.

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* all now owned by Safran Group under the umbrella of Morpho.

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Some miscellaneous points:

1. The false accept rates mentioned above range from 1 in 100 to 1 in 10,000. What does that mean? It means that the mugshot submitted by Florida law enforcement, or whoever, will falsely match between 1 in 100 and 1 in 10,000 of the 10 million mugshots on the FBI’s database. That means the enquiry will return between 1,000 and 100,000 possible matches. The number can be reduced by excluding the dead people still on the FBI database. But Florida’s still going to have an awful lot of mugshots to look through. It may not be worth it.

2. The false reject rates mentioned above range between 5 in 100 and 18 in 100. So between 5% and 18% of the Florida mugshots submitted will be falsely rejected – i.e. there is a match on file but the software doesn’t find it. Again, it may just not be worth it. Especially as those figures (5%, 18%) were obtained in a lab test, doing just a computer run. In the live, operational environment, the false reject rate is likely to be much higher.

3. (A note for students on Facial recognition 102. When you’re doing a lab test, you should speak about “false match rates” and “false non-match rates”. When you’re doing a field trial, voluntary and co-operative subjects in a simulation of the real environment, you should talk about “false accept rates” and “false reject rates”. And when you’re in the live, operational environment, it’s “false positive identification rates” and “false negative identification rates”.)

4. Professor John Daugman, an American working at Cambridge University, England, and the man who invented irisprinting reckons that there’s no hope for facial recognition, not with big populations, and precious little for flat print fingerprinting. “Irises have about 249 degrees-of-freedom, … whereas faces have only about 20 degrees-of-freedom (independent dimensions of variation), and fingerprints have about 35″. There’s just not enough randomness in faces to make facial recognition useful. Don’t let the FBI spend too much money on this trial before calling it a day.

5. There will be objections to the points made in these three posts. Mr Moss doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Mr Moss confuses 1-to-1 matching with 1-to-many. Mr Moss knows perfectly well that the job the FBI hope to do with this trial is quite different to the UIDAI’s Aadhaar scheme. These objections sound good. But pursue them before accepting them. The objector may not know what he or she is talking about. Mr Moss, unsurprisingly, thinks he does know what he is talking about.

6. Some traps the FBI may like to avoid.

6.1 Back in 1998, the police in the London Borough of Newham had been testing Visionics face recognition technology, claimed by the vendors to have driven crime off the streets of Newham, yeah right!, and were quoted as follows in New Scientist magazine: “… in June this year, the police admitted to The Guardian newspaper that the Newham system had never even matched the face of a person on the street to a photo in its database of known offenders, let alone led to an arrest”. Why that word “admitted”? Because the police had been lured into promoting the success of the technology, they got themselves on the hook, and then – quite properly – they had to get themselves off. The FBI will not want to make the same, embarrassing mistake.

6.2 Here in the UK we use ePassport technology at 10 of our airports to try to get people through security quickly. If your face matches the biometric template in your passport, you’re through, otherwise not. Does this facial recognition technology work? Sometimes the UK Border Agency say it does, no qualifications. Other times they say it’s still under trial. In the end, we settled on the latter. Lin Homer, the Chief Executive of the UK Border Agency in February 2010 wrote to me saying: “We plan to evaluate all 10 sites. Evaluation of Manchester gave us enough confidence to proceed to expand the trial. We are aware that different environments may impact the use of facial recognition technology, we therefore wished to determine and compare results from more diverse airport environments to ensure the technology is robust and consistent”. The Independent Chief Inspector of UKBA inspected Manchester Airport in May 2010, three months after that letter, he described a number of problems with the ePassport technology and then said at para.5.29 “We could find no overall plan to evaluate the success or otherwise of the facial recognition gates at Manchester Airport and would urge the Agency to do so soon as possible”. Oops.

Oklahoma Activist Gets the Hammer

Kaye Beach

June 3, 2011

As reported first by the Red Dirt Reporter, Andrew Griffin, The Sooner Tea Party’s HQ was burglarized last weekend.

Sooner Tea Party offices ransacked, records stolen

http://www.reddirtreport.com/Story.aspx/18661

Here is the Red Dirt Report follow up;

Rumored “threats” against Gerhart, Sooner Tea Party may be linked to burglary

OKLAHOMA CITY – Several days after discovering the headquarters of the Sooner Tea Party was burglarized over the Memorial Day weekend, organization leader Al Gerhart told Red Dirt Report late Thursday that he suspects it to be politically motivated.

And from NewsOK.com

Sooner Tea Party headquarters burglarized

. . . the burglars took a lot of Sooner Tea Party records, but passed over expensive tools and equipment in the west Oklahoma City carpentry shop where he kept the records. An air-conditioner and a laptop computer Gerhart used for his business were the most expensive items Gerhart mentioned as being taken.

Gerhart said he found his 2009 and 2010 tax records stacked by the door, but the burglars apparently forgot to load them

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It isn’t only Gerhart who suspects that this is politically motivated.  I would venture so far as to say that it is obviously politically motivated and that is something that should concern every citizen of this state.

As I was informed recently by one irate legislator who had no qualms about venting fury at Al Gerhart by proxy-We all look the same to them

On May 19, 2011, I wrote,

Rep. Don Armes, upset over calls to his office made by the Sooner Tea Party’s Al Gerhart unleashed his fury on the two women in the House Lobby in front of a large number of astonished onlookers consisting of Capitol staff, lobbyists and visitors.  The tirade lasted for several minutes and despite protests from the pair of signature gatherers that they have no control over the actions of other activists, Armes continued with his finger in the face tirade against Gerhart saying “You all look the same to me!”

The insult to Oklahoma voters committed by Rep.  Armes yesterday is by no means the only contentious event that Oklahoma taxpayers have been treated to this session and . . . it certainly won’t be the last.

So what we are seeing, as noted in Rule #6 of AxXiom’s Ten Rules for Activists to Live By, the highest nail gets the hammer. 

Without a shadow of a doubt, that nail is Al Gerhart. 

He has made it a mission to get under the skin of legislators.  I encountered more than one irritated lawmaker when I was trying to collect signatures for the discharge petition at the end of session.  I asked one if Gerhart had done anything illegal. Had he lied or slandered them?  If so, there are legal remedies for that otherwise they are just being aggravated and this, I think, must rather go with the territory.

We should thank Mr. Gerhart for one thing, that by comparison, he makes the rest of us seem like very short nails.

There are activists and advocates for every issue under the sun.  I am personally most familiar with advocates for limited, constitutional government.  Under that heading we have activists that advocate for legal adherence to all ten of the Ten Amendments to the Bill of Rights. Most commonly this includes (but is not limited to) the First, Second, Fourth and Tenth Amendments, but also advocates for specific issues of peace, privacy, parental rights, freedom of information and transparency, free enterprise, sovereignty, property rights and more.

What do you really care about?  Is there any issue that you feel strongly enough about to;

  • Make a phone call or write an email?
  • Make a personal visit to a legislator?
  • Join a political interest group?
  • Hold a meeting?

Is there any issue that you feel is important enough to create or circulate a petition for?  How about leafleting or participating in a non violent demonstration or rally? 

If you can’t think of any issue that you feel passionate enough about that you would willing to do at least one of those things for, then stop reading here.

Comments on Facebook don’t count.

I am talking about political activism also known as civic duty. 

Whatever political circles you move in, left or right or anywhere in between, whatever your pet issue is, you are going to choose the type of activity that suits your sensibilities.  I will be honest.  My preferred method of advocacy is doing research to gather the facts that support my position and then using persuasion to get others to see it my way.  I don’t like pressure tactics.  I don’t like them used on me and I don’t like to use them on others.  It’s not my way.  Having said that, I really believe with all of my heart that our government has no legal or moral right to surveil, track, or monitor me or anyone else without probable cause.  I think that in our government doing so we are harmed legally and spiritually and furthermore I truly believe that if such practices are permitted it will be the end of everything that is beautiful about living in this country.  I believe than doing anything less than what I am capable of to stop this I bear responsibility for leaving an ugly and un-free America to my child and every other child that is born or will be in this country.  I admit, in this, I am zealous.

I am zealous enough that when research and persuasion has failed me I have resorted to the next level of activism including organizing meetings, mass calls and emails, demonstrations, petitions and the like.  I also reserve my right to participate in non-violent civil disobedience and would accept the responsibility for doing so.

What are you willing to do to protect your natural and legal rights?

Next question.

Could any of the activities you may envision possibly annoy, aggravate or confound any of your legislators? 

If so, there is not a shred of difference between you and me and Al Gerhart for that matter.

The highest nail….right now that nail is Gerhart.  He’s getting the hammer.

You all look the same to them.

Who’s next?

Private Property Ownership in Oklahoma Barrier to Sustainable Development

Kaye Beach

May 9, 2011

If you are looking for some clarity regarding the confusing cacophony surrounding “Sustainability” efforts in Oklahoma, you should read this.

In 2004 The Oklahoma Academy set their sights on Oklahoma’s Environment: Pursuing A Responsible Balance, a 208 page compilation of essays, opinions and ideas given by experts covering sustainability issues mostly in the context of gaining acceptance for Sustainable Development practices.

The Oklahoma Academy report addresses the definition of sustainability in the second essay, Moving Toward Sustainable Progress by Will Focht

The most commonly cited definition of sustainability was offered in 1987 by the Brundtland Commission: “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”


The Brundtland Commission is the unofficial name of the World Commission on Environment and Development, which was chaired by Gro Harlem Brundtland , a former prime minister of Norway. Created as an independent commission in response to a United Nations General Assembly resolution of 1983, the body was given the general mandate of proposing ways in which the international community could achieve sustainable development that would both protect the environment and fulfill the aspirations of the poorer countries for economic development.   From Answers.com

For the truth about Sustainable Development, I recommend Understanding Sustainable Development For the People and their Public Officials by Freedoms Advocates

www.freedomsadvocates.org

Sustainable Development has become a “buzz” term that refers to a political agenda, rather than an objectively sustainable form of development. Specifically, it refers to an initiative of the United Nations (U.N.) called Sustainable Development Agenda 21. Sustainable Development Agenda 21 is a comprehensive statement of a political ideology that is being progressively infused into every level of government in America.

Taken from Understanding Sustainable Development For the People and their Public Officials

Further into the Oklahoma Academy report, the problem of private land ownership is addressed.  The problem is, according to this report, is that too much of it is privately owned in Oklahoma.

“Oklahoma, which ranked number forty-two in 1995 among the fifty states in percentage of land owned by Federal and State governments (National Wilderness Institute 1995). Only eight states had more land under private ownership than Oklahoma. “

Beth Schaefer Caniglia, Assistant Professor of Environmental Sociology at Oklahoma State University and member of the Board for the Oklahoma Sustainability Network gives her advice to overcoming  the  “long-standing sentiments regarding private property rights as symbols for democracy and freedom” held by Oklahomans.

“Many landowners resist the perceived slippery slope of conservation mandates and retreat behind constitutional takings provisions, . . .”

 

The Constitution protects property rights mainly through the Fifth Amendment’s Takings or Just Compensation Clause: ‘‘nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.’’

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Drawing upon her experience as a “consultant for the NGO Steering Committee to the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development”, Ms. Caniglia offers some suggestions to overcome the problems that arise from the friction between sustainable development goals and the rights of property owners.

 

“These recommendations flow from my scholarly and professional experience as an environmental sociologist studying sustainable development policy making at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and in various sectors of society.  They are also informed by my involvement in Oklahoma sustainability-related organizations and initiatives”

Oklahoma, according to Ms. Caniglia, need some work on its “cultural framework”, noting that

“Recent decades have witnessed increasingly heated debate over efforts designed to harmonize environmental protection mandates with private property rights.”

Ms. Caniglia comforts sustainable development enthusiast by pointing out that,

“Oklahoma is not unique in its need to reconcile sustainable ecological management with private property rights, since Texas, Nebraska and Indiana, among others have even higher percentages of land under private ownership.”

Specifically she recommends work in three areas to aid in adjusting Oklahoma’s faulty cultural framework.

Recommendation #1:Facilitate Place-based Environmental Education for All Citizens in Oklahoma

Recommendation #2: Increase the Scope and Authority of Citizen Engagement in the Creation of Oklahoma Sustainable Land Management Policies

Recommendation #3: Calibrate the Creation of Collaborative Comprehensive Plans and Implementation of Land Use Standards

But education alone is not enough…

“Unfortunately, education alone is not enough to overcome the adversarial character that often pervades discussions of private property rights and sustainable ecosystem management trade-offs, . . .”  (See some of Ms. Caniglia’s other work below)

Understand that “citizen engagement” is not for the purpose of giving you a voice-you already have one.  It’s called the US Constitution which guarantees your natural right to own your property.  This is the law (bastardized though it has been)

Citizen engagement is to give them the chance to change your mind.

“There is an oft-heard adage that planning is neither a highly respected nor a politically powerful field in our state. Such an argument deserves consideration, since comprehensive planning is cited by the World Health Organization, the UN Commission on Sustainable Development and Agenda 21 as central to the achievement of sustainable development, including public health, profitable industrial growth, and ecosystem integrity.”

Ms. Caniglia correctly recognizes that due to the high percentage of private property ownership in the great State of Oklahoma, there is no way around the citizens.

“With the ownership of our lands predominately private, we can best foster sustainable ecosystem management by engaging our landowners in the process.”

Ms. Caniglia proposes to “surmount the radical flanks of private property rights” by  educating,  visioning, dialoging,  and facilitating  the people of Oklahoma into  a more “balanced” perspective of their natural and legal right to ownership of property which really means behaviorally engineering you into fatally compromising an essential human right that undergirds all others-the right to work, acquire and own and use and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

“Given that citizen landowners continue to be engaged in the comprehensive planning process more than many other citizen engagement opportunities, they should be a focus of our efforts to harmonize private property interests with sustainable land management.”

Here is what the proponents of sustainable development always seem to miss;

“One of the most fundamental requirements of a capitalist economic system—and one of the most misunderstood concepts—is a strong system of property rights. For decades social critics in the United States and throughout the Western world have complained that “property” rights too often take precedence over “human” rights, with the result that people are treated unequally and have unequal opportunities. Inequality exists in any society. But the purported conflict between property rights and human rights is a mirage. Property rights are human rights.”

http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/PropertyRights.html

I encourage everyone to read Ms. Caniglia’s short article.  It begins on page 74 of the Oklahoma Academy’s Town Hall publication of 2004.

http://www.okacademy.org/2004_research.pdf

You may also want to become familiar with the Oklahoma Academy as they are involved in many interesting projects aimed at policy development and have been since the 1980’s.

http://www.okacademy.org/

The Oklahoma Academy’s paper came out in 2004.  Overall, I would bet that they are pleased with the progress on “sustainability” since then.  The federal government is working hand in glove with non-government organizations all over the state giving the whole movement in Oklahoma a real boost.

Here is just one example;

ACOG Association of Central Oklahoma Governments

ACOG is one of 11 Councils of Governments in the State of Oklahoma, and one of several hundred planning organizations across the country.

http://www.acogok.org/About_ACOG/

Board of Directors

http://www.acogok.org/About_ACOG/Board_of_Directors.asp

“. . .regional sustainability planning is ACOG’s latest project!”

Grassroots to massroots

OKC Downtown Monthly – October 2010

. . It takes brave, fearless leaders to tread into the collaborative world of sustainability planning. One such remarkable group is the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG). ACOG is a voluntary association of city, town and county governments within the central Oklahoma area, including Oklahoma, Cleveland, Canadian and Logan Counties

. . .This kind of coordination among so many member municipalities is really very cool. Also, ACOG’s structure, functions and level of partner participation make it the perfect mechanism for coordinating regional sustainability efforts. And regional sustainability planning is ACOG’s latest project!

. . .In the 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act, Congress provided a total of $150 million to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for a Sustainable Communities Initiative.

. . .But how do we get some of that $100 million, you might ask? Well, ACOG is writing a grant application, of course! ACOG’s regional sustainability planning will mean that citizens from ACOG member cities such as Luther, Jones, Nichols Hills, Oklahoma City, Moore, Slaughterville and Newcastle will leave their comfortable city “bubble” to meet and greet citizens from other municipalities to collaborate in developing sustainable plans to benefit us all.

. . .ACOG’s work on these planning efforts folds perfectly into the ongoing efforts of the Oklahoma Sustainability Network and our municipal sustainability commissions.

Read more

ACOG is a member of the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC)

“The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) serves as the national voice for regionalism.”


National Associations Congratulate HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Awardees

WASHINGTON, DC (October 14, 2010) – The National League of Cities (NLC), National Association of Regional Councils (NARC), Smart Growth America (SGA), the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA (ICLEI) congratulate the cities, towns, communities and regions which today were awarded Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

One last thought.

“The true foundation of republican government is the equal right of every citizen in his person and property and in their management.” –Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kercheval, 1816.


Other works of Ms Caniglia;

Informal Alliances vs. Institutional Ties: The Effect of Elite Alliances on Environmental TSMO Networks  http://www.mobilization.sdsu.edu/articleabstracts/061caniglia.html

“Caniglia  found that transnational environmental organizations with informal ties to international agencies played more central roles in transnational social movement networks by helping channel information and pressure among disconnected social actors.”

Handbook of Social Movements Across Disciplines pg 47

Globalization and Resistance: Transnational Dimensions of Social Movements

(As a contributor)

http://www.rowmanlittlefield.com/Catalog/SingleBook.shtml?command=Search&db=^DB/CATALOG.db&eqSKUdata=0742519899&thepassedurl=[thepassedurl]

AxXiom for Liberty Jan.28, 2011 Guests: Matt and Janet Thompson

Tonight on AxXiom For Liberty Radio fro 6-8 pm CST

Friday – Jan. 28, 2011

Guests: Matt and Janet Thompson Owners of Narrogin Beef Producers in Narrogin, W. Australia

Show audio A4L_2011-01-28_128k.mp3

Kaye and I welcome a couple of “hometown” folks to AxXiom for Liberty this Friday to discuss property rights, Freedom of Speech, and government intrusions and usurpation of powers in Australia, America, and around the globe.

Matt and Janet’s story must be heard and understood, and it is a tragic one, for us to be armed with the knowledge required to turn back the destructive locomotive that is Government today.

We will also discuss a variety of topics ranging from upcoming Grassroots events, the Oklahoma biennial GOP Precinct meeting ruckus that is brewing, gov’t desires to implement a cash transaction verification and tracking system (Yes, that is correct…they want to know everything while letting We, the people, know nothing), to a rant or two about the cataloging and CONTROL of Human Beings.

ListenLive at www.ruleoflawradio.com fro 6 – 8pm CST.

Click below for the AxXiom for Liberty Flyer for more info:

A4l Friday Jan 28, 2011 Guests: Matt and Janet Thompson

The One Day Activist School Oklahoma CIty Dec 18

Dear Oklahoman,

Looking for a committed activist for Liberty for 9-5 school on Saturday, December 18.  Must want to do more but unsure how to do it.  Desire for change a must and open to new ways of doing politics.  People who just want to sit around and blog need not apply.  People who want to be part of the establishment and make friends with politicians should definitely not even think about coming to this school.

This one day intense school covers:

· The Real Nature of Politics – why “educating” people won’t result in change
· The Biggest Lie in Politics – and how the political class uses your convictions against you
· How to Work effectively at the Capitol – Getting a bill sponsor and a roll call vote despite the Leadership
· How to Build a Group – Putting pressure on legislators

All this and much more for just $28 – which includes lunch and materials.  CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

Oh – and one more thing – only 50 people can attend (sorry, that’s just how many people can get in the room).

When:  Saturday, December 18, from 9AM-5PM

Where:  The La Quinta Inn 3003 West Memorial Rd, Oklahoma City (conveniently located less than a mile from Quail Springs Mall to finish your Christmas shopping when we are done).

What others have said about The Complete Activist Grassroots School:

“I really enjoyed the school.  I found it simultaneously informative, exciting, and revolting” Luke Priest, Iowa

“The best activist training I have taken so far.  Political reality is laid out in an easy to comprehend manner.  They don’t just tell you what the problem is; they give you a road map to strike back.  Absolutely a must do training event.” Al Gerhart, Co-Founder, Sooner Tea Party.  Founder, Oklahoma Constitutional Alliance

“The slides and training were extremely informative and educational – your real-world experience and anecdotes really hit home and were relevant to the materials.  It was a pretty intense class – lots of information in a single day, but we got through it!” Jeremy T. Goemaat, President, LogicBox, Inc.

“Your training is OUTSTANDING.  I’m not one to be able to sit for more than 1 hour at a lecture style presentation, but honest to God, that’s the best political training I’ve ever seen.” Jeff Greenspan, Arizona Campaign for Liberty

You owe it to your ideas to learn how to win in politics. Click Here to purchase your tickets.

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Kirk Shelley
Oklahoma IC

P.S.  If you want to move beyond blogging and hoping for change, and you’re tired of banging your head against the wall in frustration because of what the government is doing to your freedoms – then invest some time on Saturday, December 18 and learn how to be an effective activist.  Click here for tickets.