September 30, 2014

Yelm's Proclamation: Nisqually Land Trust Day -
September 23

Interestingly, the Yelm City Council issued a Proclamation at their 6pm meeting for Nisqually Land Trust Day on Tuesday, September 23, when the day was almost concluded, hmmm.
While nice and long overdue, how could the public celebrate this Proclamation of and on September 23, without any advanced notification?

From the Yelm City Council's Agenda:
"WHEREAS, we live alongside the beautiful Nisqually River, one of Washington State’s wildest and best protected rivers; and

WHEREAS, the Nisqually River has provided us with recreation, reflection and sustenance while carrying the melting snow and ice of Mount Rainier to the Puget Sound; and

WHEREAS, the clean, cold waters of the Nisqually River provide vital spawning ground for many species of fish including endangered steelhead and salmon; and

WHEREAS, the Nisqually Land Trust acquires and manages critical lands to permanently protect the water, wildlife, natural areas, and scenic vistas of the Nisqually River watershed; and

WHEREAS, the Land Trust has permanently protected more than 4,800 acres critical to maintaining the health of the river; and

WHEREAS, the Land Trust requires the combined efforts of hundreds of volunteers, dedicated staff and the cooperation of many agencies, businesses and private donors to achieve this level of success; and

WHEREAS, the Nisqually Land Trust is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, I, Ron Harding, Mayor of the City of Yelm do hereby proclaim,

September 23, 2014 as Nisqually Land Trust Day

and call upon the citizens of Yelm to recognize the many contributions of the Nisqually Land Trust and supporters over the past 25 years and their efforts to preserve the natural wonder that is the Nisqually River and surrounding area.

Signed this 23rdth day of September."

Nisqually Land Trust
Office Address: 100 Brown Farm Rd. NE, Olympia, WA 98516
Mailing Address: 1420 Marvin Rd. NE, Ste. C PMB 243, Lacey, WA 98516
Office Telephone: 360-489-3400
Website

September 29, 2014

"ALGAE ADVISORY POSTED FOR CLEAR LAKE"

"Swimmers, pet owners and anglers advised to avoid contact"
"A blue-green algae bloom in Clear Lake near Yelm has recently produced enough toxin to prompt an advisory for the lake that is now in effect. Swimming in water with algae toxins or drinking it can lead to serious illness, so people and pets are advised to stay out of the water at Clear Lake, and anglers are reminded that the safest bet during a toxic algae bloom is to catch and release," quoting a Thurston County News Release.
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Petition the President to oppose GMO crops

"Demand the President step in & oppose EPA’s approval of the New 2,4-D resistant Genetically Engineered Crops!"

"In signing this petition, I am urging the President to deny the EPA’s approval of the 2,4-D and glyphosate herbicide combination developed by Dow Chemical Company. This mix of chemical herbicides known as “Enlist Duo” would mean an additional hundred million pounds of chemicals will be used to produce corn and soybeans across the country, putting families, children and the environment’s health at risk. Communities living downwind of fields and thousands of schools within 200 feet of corn and soybean fields are at risk of inhaling the new “Enlist Duo” herbicide. Exposure to the chemical 2,4-D is linked to an increased risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, thyroid & reproductive problems, Parkinson’s disease and neurological damage. Do not allow the EPA to approve this highly toxic herbicide mix."
Read more from The White House.


https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/demand-president-step-oppose-epa%E2%80%99s-approval-new-24-d-resistant-genetically-engineered-crops/sy38Vm0s

Tacoma Cop Blockers request your help

"Tacoma Copblockers Question Identity of Electronic Device Found on Truck"

"An individual known to those involved with Tacoma Cop Block reached out after discovering a device attached via magnet to the frame of his truck. That individual was rightly was surprised/shocked, as its believed it may be some sort of tracking device. The unit was actually discovered months ago, but since no one has yet contacted that individual about the device, this information is being made public in an attempt to help ascertain its functionality and perhaps, who may employ to such technology.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. An attorney associated with Tacoma Cop Block is having it inspected as well," quoting CopBlock.org.
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September 28, 2014

iPhone 6 disrupts NSA investigative abilities

"Signaling Post-Snowden Era, New iPhone Locks Out N.S.A."
"The phone encrypts emails, photos and contacts based on a complex mathematical algorithm that uses a code created by, and unique to, the phone’s user — and that Apple says it will not possess.

The result, the company is essentially saying, is that if Apple is sent a court order demanding that the contents of an iPhone 6 be provided to intelligence agencies or law enforcement, it will turn over gibberish, along with a note saying that to decode the phone’s emails, contacts and photos, investigators will have to break the code or get the code from the phone’s owner."

'Eliminating the iPhone as one source I don’t think is going to wreck a lot of cases,' he said [Jonathan Zdziarski, a security researcher]. 'There is such a mountain of other evidence from call logs, email logs, iCloud, Gmail logs. They’re tapping the whole Internet,'' quoting David E. Sanger and Brian X. Chen, the New York Times.
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"Where war propaganda comes from…"


Photo credit: Liberty Crier

THIS SAYS IT ALL!
By George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia

September 27, 2014

Save the date - Oct. 8th!
Candidates Forum in Yelm: OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

SAVE THE DATE! OCTOBER 8th FOR A YELM CANDIDATES' FORUM

The True Grass Roots Action Committee IS hosting a forum to introduce candidates running for local positions in the fall general election, including those running for:
* State Representative in the 2nd and 20th Legislative districts,
* County commissioner
* County Assessor.

The public is invited to see and hear the candidates live and in-person, in order to make informed choices at the polls in November.

This forum takes place at the Moose Lodge in Yelm at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday October 8th.

Come; bring your family and friends.

The True Grass Roots Action Committee formed earlier this year to address issues of private property under the broader umbrella of the principles of self governance. They encourage fellow citizens to get involved in government at the local level, with the purpose of reclaiming our republic.
Their slogan: "We are taking responsibility for our future!"

September 26, 2014

FDA's "flawed" imported cheese restrictions


"No more Morbier? It's a possibility."
Photo credit: George Wilhelm / Los Angeles Times

"Los Angeles cheese counters [and Puget Sound's] could soon be a lot less aromatic, with several popular cheeses falling victim to a more zealous U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Roquefort — France’s top-selling blue — is in the agency’s cross hairs along with raw-milk versions of Morbier, St. Nectaire and Tomme de Savoie.

In early August, these cheeses and many more landed on an FDA Import Alert because the agency found bacterial counts that exceeded its tolerance level. Cheeses on Import Alert can’t be sold in the U.S. until the producer documents corrective action and five samples test clean, a process that can take months.

Of course, French creameries haven’t changed their recipes for any of these classic cheeses. But their wheels are flunking now because the FDA has drastically cut allowances for a typically harmless bacterium by a factor of 10.

The limits for nontoxigenic E. coli were cut from 100 MPN (most probable number) per gram to 10 MPN. These are bacteria that live in every human gut; they are typically harmless and we coexist happily. But the FDA considers them a marker for sanitation: If a cheese shows even modest levels of nontoxigenic E. coli, the facility that produced it must be insufficiently clean.

Dennis D’Amico, an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut whose specialty is dairy microbiology, says this premise is flawed," quoting Janet Fletcher, Los Angeles Times.
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September 25, 2014

"Powerful Spoken Word Of The Week"

Amazing observations and insights!
Worth viewing this 4 minute video.
Click here for the video

In the News - Harrison Quadruplets at Yelm High


"Two of the four Harrison quadruplets are playing tennis for
Yelm High School this year" - Cole (left) and Hunter Harrison,
Photo courtesy: ThurstonTalk,com

"They’ve become a familiar scene at Yelm.

There’s grandma, Donna Harrison, sitting on her folding chair, cheering at a Yelm High School tennis match, soccer game or cross-country meet. There’s also mom, Deanna Harrison, cheering.

And, of course, there are the four Harrisons, the quadruplets with game. Cierra plays soccer. Mason runs cross country. Hunter and Cole play tennis."

"They’re the miracle babies. Premature, they weighed one to two pounds at birth. They were born at 27 weeks, not enough time to fully develop. Deanna’s doctor asked her not to announce her children’s birth because they were so small and he wasn’t sure they’d survive.

But, now, 15 years later, they’re all healthy, living up to the name of being a Harrison," by Gail Wood in Thurston Talk.
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