Crystal ball not needed to peer into the future for “we the people” of the United States of America. All we need do it look to the condition of the people of the United Kingdom of Britain.
Their healthcare the NHS being in tatters, and their pensioners being frozen out and forced out of their homes with bedroom taxes that make the escalating cost of heating fuel out of reach for them, and this next example of UK public schools and properties being given away for a pittance to private corporations and individuals who then sell them to the rich.
Monday, 13 August 2012
Gove the giver: schools given away.This comes from the comments thread following an article about Gove’s maths curriculum plans:
first here’s the Guardian article itself:
Here’s the comment:
Gove once again distracting fromthe main point of his educatio reform – which is
In less than 18 months Michael Gove has transferred the title deeds of over 1900 English schools and the land the schools stand on to private companies
In less than 18 months OVER £1BILLION worth of title deeds now in the hands of the private sector
OVER £1BILLION state assets given away for free and accountants in the privatae sector cannot believe the government has also spent £481,750,000 in legal fees alone – nearly £HALF A BILLION in legal fees to transfer the title deeds of our schools to private companies
Now Gove has borrowed £half a billion – and we – the tax payers must pay this back – we the tax payers must pay the interest – to give away taxpayer owned assets to private companies
So when you pass the schools you paid to build, that you held the title deeds for – Michael Gove decided he wanted to give it away free
So who owns the schools now
In many cases Michael Gove has handed the title deeds to your school to Tory Party Members
Tory Party Member Mr Harris and his wife – they’ve been given the title deeds for lots of English schools and the land since Michael Gove became education secretary.
Now I wonder why Philip Harris and his good lady wife’s company has been handed the title deeds to taxpayer owned schools worth £100’s millions – Harris made donations to David Cameron as leader of the Conservative Party. He is considered to be one of his personal friends
Who else in the Tory Party is on the board of companies handed the title deeds to £100’s million of taxpayers title deeds to schools and land in England
Mr Stanley Fink – former banker and “god of hedge fund industry” — in 2009 appointed cop-treasurer of the Tory Party –
Fink previously donated £2.62m to the Conservative party
What has Stanley Fink got in return for being a member of the Tory Party and what return has he been given on his investment in the Tory Party
David Cameron gave him a seat in the House Of Lords immediately he came to power
David Cameron and Michael Gove have also gave his company the title deeds for schools and land worth, again, £100’s millions – via Ark Schools
Stanley Fink’s ark schools – state in their accounts – any “underspends” from their schools – the money goes to the Cayman Islands – via Stnaley Fink’s Ark Stockbrokers
So -Mr Gove – Let’s Talk Maths
When Tory’s are in charge of education –
How much did the goverment increase the deficit by just to pay for legal fees to transfer the title deeds of schools – we the taxpayers paid to build and which we owned – nearly HALF A BILLION to day in just 18 month
How Many members of the Tory Party now have the title deeds to the schools and the land ? – I’ve named just two, you tell us the rest
What is the Value of state assets Michael Gove and David Cameron have transferred from taxpayers – how much did the private companies pay for the assets (NOTHING)
How much have members of the Tory Party made from selling school land in the past 18 month (when they got it for free
How much money, from English Education funds, meant to be spent on Education of English children has been transferred to the Cayman Islands for the schools Tory Party Member Stanley Fink’s company controls
What is the total value of the schools and land so far (conservative estimates to date over £1billion – what’s the real figure Michael)
So when Michael Gove tells us children should read in Roman Numerals – Tory Party Members shake hands and congratulate themselves in abusing power in Goverment to transferring £1billion of state assets and Land to each other – that’s the only Maths Michael Gove is talking in England and they celebrate with champagne at how easy it all is
This year + ago blog post was found from comments upon ; http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/cartoon/2013/oct/18/jeremy-hunt-nhs
(old Cif posting from Scottish Lady, I think)
Probably this comment: ScottishLady comment (13 August 2012) Over £1 billion worth of title deeds are now in the hands of the private sector.
This rip-off of the century is being totally ignored by the media.
Why this conspiracy of silence?
I can find nothing in the Guardian (except in the comments sections) or in any other national newspaper.
Google throws up these, but they are hardly mainstream media:
Why is the media ignoring Michael Gove’s school privatisation bonanza? Liberal Conspiracy
Gove the giver: schools given away. (Michael Rosen blog)
And of course when a school becomes an academy – who handles the teacher’s pension funds – hmm… would that be the private company – instead of the goverment
And then these companies also get their hands on £57 BILLION every year of taxes under the guise of an educaiton budget
Stanley Fink – his company states any “underspends” they transfer to a Cayman Ilsand fund (the money went into the ARk in £billions in £billions )
Of course Stanley Fink the Tory party treasurer has donated over £2 million to the Tory party – and Gove has handed his private company title deeds for schools and land worth at least £1i87million so far – not a bad return on your investment Stanley
Already the US has sold many toll roads, parks, and countless public properties to the Saudis, the Chinese, and who knows else? Our politicians now must endure lectures from our creditors (China’s ridiculing warning about our defaulting on their holdings of +trillion debts).
When we give the engine to pay the note can we drive our automobile to work anymore? It looks like the elite think they have the best chance of making all of us into their serfs once again. But I hope and pray that we will refuse their yoke of slavery.
Massive exports of U.S. coal and petroleum product mined and drilled from USA fields find their lucrative way into ships bound for the booming Chinese energy market via U.S. pipeline and railway networks.
The energy trade, who benefits and how much?
It is not the supply and demand that we were taught about in public school, rather it is global high finance and power brokering.
Most of us worry about the price of a gallon of gasoline, our gas and electric bill, and energy derived products (in other words, everything we consume).
We say we are too busy ‘making a living’ and so we settle for the main stream ‘news’ media’s glossy sound bites of conflicting politically motivated explanations, and we still don’t understand why our energy prices never get more affordable despite expanding pipelines, port systems, and the energy resource gluts of coal, oil, and natural gas within our nation.
And let us just admit that if we don’t understand the system it is only because we settle for easy explanations and neglect to use our own powers of mining and drilling the rich resources of the inter-webs. So with that said, FYI, here are a few articles of interest that shed some light on this critical quality of life subject area.
In 2012, 16.7 million tons of thermal coal — the kind of coal that is used to generate electricity and is found in the Powder River Basin — was exported through Gulf Coast ports, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Wyoming, LAURA HANCOCK Star-Tribune staff writer, February 07, 2013
With so much emphasis on shipping Powder River Basin coal to China through the Pacific Northwest, other markets and shipping routes might be easy to miss.
But coal, including some from the basin, is shipped to China through the Gulf of Mexico, courtesy of energy friendly states in the South such as Texas and Louisiana.
There has even been talk of shipping coal through Mexico.
According to Platts U.S. Coal, a division of the McGraw-Hill Companies Inc., there are two coal ports along the Gulf of Mexico: U.S. United Bulk Terminal LLC in Davant, La., and McDuffie Coal Terminal in Mobile, Ala.
Four ports in the Gulf are operating but expanding to ship more coal: Kinder Morgan Bulk Terminal in Houston; Convent Marine Terminal in Convent, La.; Burnside Bulk Marine in Darrow, La., and International Marine Terminals in Sorrento, La.
Four ports are planned: Port of Corpus Christi in Corpus Christi, Texas; Armstrong Coal Terminal in Myrtle Grove, La.; Mobile River Terminal in Mobile, Ala., and Tampaplex in Tampa, Fla.
“Our sources have told us that the mining companies in the Powder River Basin, what they are doing when they get a contract, they will ship the coal down from the Powder River Basin to one of the terminals in the Gulf,” said Regina Johnson, managing editor for Platts U.S. Coal, a publication read by investors and executives. “And then from there it will leave the Gulf and head off to wherever is going in Europe and Asia.”
In 2012, 16.7 million tons of thermal coal — the kind of coal that is used to generate electricity and is found in the Powder River Basin — was exported through Gulf Coast ports, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
That total didn’t account for river ports in places such as Ohio.
The numbers do not mean all the coal came from the Powder River Basin.
“I believe the last big contract I heard about somebody signing, I think it was Peabody in July 2012,” Johnson said.
Indeed, Houston-based Kinder Morgan Energy Partners L.P. will export 5 to 7 million tons of coal a year from Peabody Energy Corp. mines in the Powder River Basin, Colorado and Illinois Basin, starting first with Powder River Basin and Colorado coal in 2014. The deal goes through 2020, according to a statement from Kinder Morgan, which is spending $400 million to expand its Gulf ports to handle a total of 27 million short tons a year.
In January 2012, Kinder Morgan signed a deal with Arch Coal Inc. Specific tons were not announced. The coal will be both thermal and metallurgical coal – which is used in making steel – from Arch mines in Appalachia, the Powder River Basin, the Western Bituminous Region and the Illinois Basin.
Kansas City Southern Railway Co. has rail lines in Mexico that stretch to a few port cities, including a port in Lazaro Cardenas in the central state of Michoacan.
“It’s about 360 miles southwest of Mexico City,” Johnson said.
A new coal terminal is being developed at Lazaro Cardenas called Terminales Portuarias del Pacifico, which will open with a 3 million ton yearly capacity. Six tons will be transported after the second phase is completed.
“They would like to ship whatever coal they get from the U.S.,” Johnson said. “Nobody has told us of deals going through.”
Doniele Carlson, a Kansas City Southern spokeswoman, confirmed no Powder River Basin coal is being exported south of the border at this time.
Within the United States, Kansas City Southern transports 25 to 40 million tons of Powder River Basin coal per year.
“We do transport PRB coal to nine coal utilities on our line,” Carlson wrote in an email. “We interchange with Union Pacific and BNSF Railway over Kansas City, Mo., for most of that business.”
Hummmmmmmmm, this sounds to me to mean that corporate owners and global markets are profiting, but the U.S. citizen’s energy bills are unaffected…..no tax relief….not many jobs….no benefit from giving tax breaks and incentives to build the pipelines, railways, and ports to transport our national resources to supply the world’s manufacturing centers.
Hummmm, are we getting drained and given the bill for it at the same time? All that coal powering Chinese coal burning power plants for the industries we lost to their cheap labor force, we are losing in all ways at once!
I always wonder what will become of this perverted relationship between the USA and China when our purchasing power is so diminished that we can not afford their cheap goods.
Does The New ‘White House Rural Council’ = UN’s Agenda 21?
Go to permanent link and all story links here for entire story;
Reprint of part of the above link for my education blog;
On June 9, 2011, President Obama signed his 86th Executive Order, and almost nobody noticed.
(For the record, Obama is on par to match President Bush’s 291 orders executed during his two terms in office. The National Archives defines an Executive Order this way; Executive orders are official documents, numbered consecutively, through which the President of the United States manages the operations of the Federal Government.)
President Obama’s E.O. 13575 is designed to begin taking control over almost all aspects of the lives of 16% of the American people. Why didn’t we notice it? Weinergate. In the middle of the Anthony Weiner scandal, as the press and most of the American people were distracted, President Obama created something called “The White House Rural Council” (WHRC)……………………………………..
……………..Warning bells should have been sounding all across rural America when the phrase “sustainable rural communities” came up. As we know from researching the UN plan for Sustainable Development known as Agenda 21, these are code words for the true fundamental transformation America.
The third sentence also makes it quite clear that the government intends to take greater control over “food, fiber, and energy.”
The last sentence in Section 1 further clarifies the intent of the order by tying together “access to the capital necessary for economic growth, health care and education.”
It appears that not a single department in the federal government was excluded from the new White House Rural Council, and the wild card option in number 25 gives the president and the agriculture secretary the option to designate anyone to serve on this powerful council.
Within the twenty-five designated members of the council are some curious ties to Agenda 21 and the structure being built to implement it:
Valerie Jarrett from the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs served on the board of something called Local Initiatives Support Corportation (LISC). LISC uses the language of Agenda 21 and ICLEI as their web page details their work to build “Sustainable Communities.”
Melody Barnes head of the Domestic Policy Council – Former VP at George Soros-funded Center for American Progress.
Hilda Solis from the Labor Dept – in 2000 received an award for her work on “Environmental Justice.”
Nancy Sutley head of the White House Council on Environmental Quality – Served on the board of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Water District and was one of the biggest supporters of low-flow toilets that are now credited with costing more money than expected while causing some nasty problems.
Is it possible that concerns about 13575 are just typical anti-government paranoia? Let us review the mission and function of WHRC:
Sec. 4. Mission and Function of the Council. The Council shall work across executive departments, agencies, and offices to coordinate development of policy recommendations to promote economic prosperity and quality of life in rural America, and shall coordinate my Administration’s engagement with rural communities.
“Economic prosperity” and a better “quality of life,” that all sounds fairly innocent and well-intentioned. But continuing deeper into the order we find the council is charged with four directives:
(a) make recommendations to the President, through the Director of the Domestic Policy Council and the Director of the National Economic Council, on streamlining and leveraging Federal investments in rural areas, where appropriate, to increase the impact of Federal dollars and create economic opportunities to improve the quality of life in rural America;
The vague language here sounds non-threatening. But, is there a hint here that a “rural stimulus plan” might be in the making? Will the Federal government start pumping money into farmlands under the guise of creating “economic opportunities to improve the quality of life in rural America?” It is difficult to discern as the language is so broad.
We continue with the functions of the WHRC:
(b) coordinate and increase the effectiveness of Federal engagement with rural stakeholders, including agricultural organizations, small businesses, education and training institutions, health-care providers, telecommunications services providers, research and land grant institutions, law enforcement, State, local, and tribal governments, and nongovernmental organizations regarding the needs of rural America;
Virtually every aspect of rural life seems to now be part of the government’s mission. And while all of the items in (b) sound like typical government speak, you should be alarmed when you read the words “nongovernmental organizations” (NGOs). NGOs are unelected, but typically government-funded groups that act like embedded community organizers. And NGOs are key to Agenda 21′s plans.
(c) coordinate Federal efforts directed toward the growth and development of geographic regions that encompass both urban and rural areas;
That one sounds very similar to the language found in the United Nations plan for sustainable cities known as Agenda 21. Managing the population in both rural and urban areas, with a focus on controlling “open spaces.”
(d) and identify and facilitate rural economic opportunities associated with energy development, outdoor recreation, and other conservation related activities.
This function of Executive Order 13575 ties energy development with outdoor recreation and “other conservation related activities.” When did outdoor recreation become a conservation related activity?
Aside from the content of this order and some its vague intentions, the timing of the signing should also be considered. Later this month, Washington DC is hosting a meeting of the Agenda 21 operatives who are members of ICLEI:
Read entire article here.
Looks like opening the door to Agenda 21 to me!
Approximately 250 to 260 million people in USA live in the suburbs or cities. That equals 84% of the population. The suburbs and cities take up about 10% of the land.
According to President Obama in his June 9, 2011 Saturday announcement of the new Rural Development Council the percentage of Americans living in rural America is 16%. That seems a small number when you look at it in percents, but that translates into 48 million people live within the other 90% of the lands of the USA whcih includes all the public lands of local, state, and national parks and preserves (near 40% of USA).
There are too many reasons to detail why people live where ever they do, but it is safe to say that in the United States of America today, we have freedom to choose to live on private lands where we want within our means and ingenuity and desires.
The encroachment of the Federal Government through this new RDC will alter the means, ingenuity, opportunities, obligations, and freedoms of Americans to choose where to live. I
Why do I say this?
I believe that Federal “helps” through programs, loans, and new land useages and restrictions, new tax zones, periodic taxbreaks with expirations, will all include requirements, qualifications, repayment schedules, time limits, and expiring options, collateralized debt backed with property to be confiscated if default occurs.
A. Help from the Federal Government always includes strict repayment and compliance with contractual stipulations.
(Two examples are; 1. Student loans must be repaid whether the education results in better lifestyle through jobs or not. 2. Military bonuses also must be forfeited it terms aren’t fulfilled.)
B. This is the same way the 3rd world nations have lost their natural resources to the International Monetary Fund Bank and the World Bank.
Debt is the vehicle that enslaves.
I do not trust the Federal Government to “help” rural people live the lives they choose. It is becoming harder to live in rural areas anywhere in the world, dependence upon oil and world trade are racking up an incredible debt to be paid by all 300 million Americans. More DEBT is not the answer to anyone’s economic woes. Big government and more access to it’s cavernous maw of bankrupt policies and programs will spell the end of rural America. If the rope that the Federal Government offers is taken, it will be the rope that hangs the rural lifestyle in the end.
AGENDA 21 looms large.
24 Departments of the Federal Government are included in this Council as Section 3 of the Executive Order details. This is no small usurpation of authority over rural America. It will over ride state and local governments.
I’ve written and posted here at Mater-readstoomuch.blogspot.com thus far 68 times Labeled, “Oil”,
about petroleum products and the problems that come with their use and our dependence upon them. I spent most of last summer following the Gulf Coast Macondo Oil Spill Disaster and found many shocking facts about the geology of the Gulf of Mexico;
My previous post http://mater-readstoomuch.blogspot.com/2011/06/last-word-on-snake-oil.html
was a mini history video by James Corbett of why we have been beholden to the industry for over 100 years.
It is my layman’s opinion after a year of trying to get a handle upon the questions that we should be asking WHY? our government would rather go into multiple oil producing countries and forcefully take control of their oil industries than to come clean with the American public about the unholy alliance with corporations and banks who profit from our addiction to oil related products.
Here is a government fact filled report that the oil industry would rather the public NOT know anything about;
Naturally-Occurring Radioactive Materials (In Oil and Gas Deposits).
University of Georgia oceanographer Samantha Joye has been thrust into the uncomfortable position of defending the Gulf against the perception that the environmental disaster is over.
Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science at Louisiana State University, Ed Overton, who has been criticized for downplaying the effects of the worst offshore oil spill in history, has also headed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s chemical hazard assessment team for over 25 years.
Dubious Questions About Natural Gas Fracking from NY Times
Insiders Sound an Alarm Amid a Natural Gas Rush
By IAN URBINA
Published: June 25, 2011
As investment floods into shale wells, concerns about their productivity are spurring talk of a bubble.
If the industry does not live up to expectations, the impact will be felt widely. Federal and state lawmakers are considering drastically increasing subsidies for the natural gas business in the hope that it will provide low-cost energy for decades to come.
But if natural gas ultimately proves more expensive to extract from the ground than has been predicted, landowners, investors and lenders could see their investments falter, while consumers will pay a price in higher electricity and home heating bills.
There are implications for the environment, too. The technology used to get gas flowing out of the ground — called hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking — can require over a million gallons of water per well, and some of that water must be disposed of because it becomes contaminated by the process. If shale gas wells fade faster than expected, energy companies will have to drill more wells or hydrofrack them more often, resulting in more toxic waste.
We see through reading the whole article that the first concern is the economics of it all, the health and welfare of the public is only lightly questioned, instead it seems the report believes the MONEY is what is paramount.
In the above paragraph quote, “and some of that water must be disposed of because it becomes contaminated by the process.” It is wholly disingenuous to use the phrase, “contaminated by the process”, when the reality is detailed in the government’s own report, linked above, of just how RADIOACTIVE that water becomes and remains and how disposal of it gets into the groundwater, our drinking and bathing waters, and beach, fishing, and boating waters!
(As Super Sidekick Robin might say, “Holy Slow Boat to Fukushima, Batman!”
Haven’t we been beaten about the head that fresh water is RARE and PRECIOUS! Are we not experiencing double talk and opposing messages when we are told that we MUST for the sake of “modern life” allow oil and gas companies free reign to use that same water to extract their products? Leaving the once useable RARE and PRECIOUS WATER contaminated (polluted) with RADIOACTIVITY?
There has to be a better way!
Now we learn that our US Congress who can pass laws when they want to, but can’t “find the time” when they have corporate concerns, have opened up the Alaskan oil fields that have been waiting 40 years ready to pump at the right price. Now that we have the Middle East countries embroiled in our “war against terrorism” we are on the verge of cutting ourselves out of their oil. This would inevitably cause oil prices to skyrocket and make US gas and oil fields able to charge what they will surely tell us,is necessary for them to be able to “afford” to operate at a profit. (They’ll never admit that this has been their plan all along to wait until the maximum profit opportunity). Said oil corporations are also in bed with the banks, it is all in the family.
Obama to open Alaska petroleum reserve to new drilling
The broad energy plan, coming as gas prices continue to rise, would also fast-track environmental assessment of petroleum exploration elsewhere.
May 14, 2011|By Neela Banerjee, Washington Bureau
President Obama will open Alaska’s national petroleum reserve to new drilling, as part of a broad plan aimed at blunting criticism that he is not doing enough to address rising energy prices.
The plan, unveiled in Obama’s weekly radio address Saturday, also would fast-track environmental assessment of petroleum exploration in some portions of the Atlantic and extend the leases of oil companies whose work in the Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic Ocean was interrupted by the drilling moratorium after last year’s BP oil spill.
We should be soooooooooo grateful!
So to our rescue come the oil corporations and the same people who polluted our Gulf of Mexico! British Petroleum! WHOO! WHOO!
Are we suckers or WHAT???
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xat9xSos_7gWonderful mini history lesson on why modern economies are based upon oil. Alternative energies are abundantly available, yet oil is the medium of choice of the corporations. We all know that our governments are run by the corporations and wall street traders.