Archive | January 2014

How Students Transformed $6 Billion Corporatization of their University*

How Students Transformed $6 Billion Corporatization of their University*

By Casey Williams, Charlie Molthrop and Jacob Tobia

Last October 4, a group of students clutching more than 2,000 petitions knocked on the door of the Duke University Board of Trustees meeting and requested an audience. Burly security guards barred the door on the order of vexed University President Richard Brodhead. Brodhead, visibly nervous, tried to usher the students out, calling their presence an “interruption.” Undeterred, the group resisted, asking for a chance to present the proposal they had spent almost a year crafting. The president, adamant in his refusal, returned to the meeting and shut the door.

Despite the hostile reception, a modified version of the students’ proposal—which called for the overhaul of the university’s guidelines on investment responsibility—had already found its way onto the board’s agenda. On October 4, 2013, the trustees voted to adopt the new guidelines, expanding the university’s investment oversight committee and establishing a special fund within the endowment—a Social Choice Fund—which will be invested only in pre-screened, socially responsible funds.

Although the board rejected the students’ central request—the limited disclosure of the endowment’s investments—the new policy, in Brodhead’s words, reflects,

“the most significant changes to our approach to socially responsible investment in almost a decade.”

The board, in adopting these changes, not only affirmed the importance of socially responsible investing, but also revealed the tremendous power of thoughtful, impassioned and persistent student advocacy.

DukeOpen, the group that pushed the changes, formed in the spring of 2013 and consisted of just a small group of determined students for much of its year-long campaign. This group conducted research on investment practices at other universities, met with administrators and investment officials, and, over the course of several months, crafted a comprehensive proposal in support of greater endowment transparency and investment responsibility. Committed to the belief that a university’s investments matter, that where Duke chooses to invest its nearly $6 billion endowment has a significant material and symbolic impact in the world, DukeOpen set out to bring its proposal to the board of trustees.

In the naïve hope that we might forestall complications or delays, we sent our proposal to the board of trustee’s secretary, Richard Riddell, two weeks in advance of the deadline for submitting material to the May 2013 board meeting. Riddell swiftly redirected our proposal to the President’s Select Committee on Investment Responsibility, shuttling us into what would become a seemingly endless maze of administrative committees and confidential communiqués. Getting a proposal to the board, we discovered, would prove to be an extraordinarily complicated affair.

It was, however, precisely this complexity that we sought to remedy. For a decade, students concerned about investment responsibility had to shepherd proposals or ideas through two committees—the President’s Special Committee on Investment Responsibility (PSC) and the Advisory Committee on Investment Responsibility (ACIR)—secure a favorable recommendation from the president, and obtain the approval of the board of trustees. The process was made more onerous by the fact that the committees met infrequently and with no regularity. In an attempt to improve the process, we requested that each committee convene monthly and proposed more robust institutional support for groups concerned about investment responsibility.

But to make that happen, we first had to feel our way through the old process. We met with the PSC in early May, and after waiting nearly a month, learned from Provost Peter Lange that the committee would not issue a judgment on our proposal. The ball had bounced, Lange informed us, into the president’s court. Brodhead turned to the Duke University Management Corporation (DUMAC)—the company that manages Duke’s endowment—for advice. Officials at DUMAC eventually informed Brodhead that while few of Duke’s peer institutions practice endowment transparency, there was little evidence to suggest that disclosing small amounts of investment information would directly harm the endowment’s returns.

It seemed that, for Brodhead, endowment transparency was no longer about finances but reputation. By disclosing information about where and how Duke invests, university officials would risk exposing the institution to unwanted scrutiny and censure. Brodhead, swayed by a combination of reputational concerns and uncertainty about the financial impact of transparency, ruled out the possibility of disclosure in the immediate future and instead commissioned a yearlong study of the feasibility of endowment transparency.

Deferring the issue of transparency, but concerned for Duke’s fragile reputation, the president then tried to spin DukeOpen’s campaign into positive press for the university. To that end, Brodhead modified our proposal—excising our sticky request for greater endowment transparency—and scheduled a vote on investment responsibility for the rapidly approaching October board meeting. Shutting down what had only ever been a facsimile of negotiation, Brodhead planned to ask the board to adopt what was now a severely watered-down version of our original proposal. He was, in a sense, giving everyone a way to win: the university could collect reputational points for improving investment responsibility and DukeOpen could walk away with the majority of its proposals enshrined in Duke’s official investment policy.

The fight over transparency had, in Brodhead’s view, ended. But we refused to budge. We had squeezed as many concessions out of the administration as we were likely to get, but withholding our blessing for the watered-down reform ensured that the university would follow through on its lesser commitments, allowed us to demonstrate the widespread student support for endowment disclosures and left open the possibility of future student advocacy on transparency. So instead of endorsing Brodhead’s amended proposal, we decided to keep pushing, hoping to mark the historical record so that future activists could look to our campaign as a model of persistent, informed advocacy.

We shifted tactics, resorting to direct action after a year of negotiations and collegial exchanges. In the week before the board meeting, we amassed 2,000 petition signatures from a student body of roughly 6,500, wrapped the campus’s prominent statues in black plastic to symbolize the endowment’s lack of transparency, posted signs and banners and convinced hundreds of students to call the offices of top-level administrators. And, on October 4, a dozen smartly dressed students walked to the board meeting and knocked on the door.

Rumors of undercover police officers, waiting with plastic handcuffs in case of trouble, floated across campus. Brodhead, stepping out of the boardroom, looked as if he was scraping the very bottom of his deep lexical reservoir for words that could stay a conflict. What he and others in his administration failed to realize, however, was just how hard we had worked to apply pressure without offending, alienating or doing anything too radical. Because, in the end, we weren’t just pushing against Duke’s administration but our own peers, a group that could be so thoroughly ensconced in a bureaucratic model of social change, so afraid for its own reputation that edging even a little outside established institutional channels could seem dangerous, radical, unthinkable.

In the short-term, our campaign made an impact: the board adopted a modified version of our proposal and in doing so vastly improved Duke’s investment oversight structure. The ACIR now meets monthly, plans to conduct regular reviews of Duke’s holdings and has promised to establish clear and efficient mechanisms by which students can bring concerns about investments to the attention of the university.

These improvements, coupled with Brodhead’s commitment to a yearlong study of endowment transparency, represent a sea change in Duke’s approach to responsible investing. Instead of simply reacting to speculative complaints about its investments, Duke will now work proactively to ensure its practices are consistent with its 2004 commitment to investment responsibility. And, by the end of this year, Duke will decide whether or not some form of endowment transparency is feasible.

The success of the DukeOpen campaign cannot be understated. But to have any success at all we had to understand the system and become expert players in a game rigged against any team lacking resolve or savvy. Although security guards tried to block our march to the boardroom, our respectful tone, business attire and meticulously researched one-sheets made the threat of force look absurd. Security guards and plastic handcuffs may be able to slow down a movement, but they will never be able to silence modern student activists working on behalf of an idea whose time has come.


Related Topics:

American Education down the Wormhole

The Fight against Corporate Education Reform is Just Beginning*

One Student Sharing what He Learns in School about NWO*

ADHD and the Not So Smart Drug!

U.K. Students Beaten & Arrested in Protests*

How Ironic a Conscious Musician Should Die when Mk-Ultra Slaves Reign*

How Ironic a Conscious Musician Should Die when Mk-Ultra Slaves Reign

Here are two extracts from very informative interviews…

By Sarah van Gelder

Pete Seeger passed away on Jan. 28 at New York-Presbyterian Hospital at the age of 94. His wife, Toshi Seeger, passed away last July. Pete was known around the world for his performance of the music of ordinary people, and for his passion for their concerns, especially labor struggles, the fight against war, civil rights, and cleaning up the Hudson River.

In New York state’s Hudson Valley, where he lived for most of his life, he was known for showing up unannounced at community events, banjo in hand. And, along with Toshi, he organized the annual Clearwater Sloop Festival, named for the famous sailboat he took up and down the Hudson River, reminding people to care for and protect their iconic river.

Pete believed that change would come, not through big, grand pronouncements, but through the choices we each make. When I interviewed him in 2007, he said: “If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things.”

Sarah: When did you first realize that music, especially the music of ordinary people, would define your life?

Pete: I didn’t know it would define my life. My mother gave me a ukulele at age eight, and I sang the popular tunes of the day.
He’s just a sentimental gentleman from Georgia …

The other songs my family liked to sing were rounds.
Joy and temperance and repose …

I think my mother’s father taught it to her. He was a conservative New Englander. My father’s family were radical New Englanders—Unitarians and abolitionists from way back. But my mother’s father came from Tories.

Sarah: How did you go from pop music to folk music?

Pete: I was 16 when I came to New York. I had graduated to a tenor banjo in the school jazz band, and it was kind of boring—just chords, chords, chords. Then my father took me to a mountain music and dance festival in Asheville, North Carolina, and there I saw relatively uneducated people playing great music by ear.

I’ll never forget Mrs. Samantha Baumgarner, sitting back in her rocking chair with a banjo—oh, she’d painted the head of her banjo with brightly colored butterflies and flowers, and she was singing funny songs, tragic songs, violent songs, “Pretty Polly,” about murdering your true love.

Sarah: You did some traveling with Woody Guthrie later on, didn’t you?

Pete: He taught me how to hitchhike and how to ride freight trains. You don’t get on a freight when it’s in the station—the railroad bulls will kick you off. You go about 100 yards or maybe 200 yards outside to where the train is just picking up speed and you can trot alongside it. You throw your banjo in an empty car, and then you throw yourself in. And you then might go 200 or 300 miles before you stop.

Then I would knock on back doors and say, “Can I do a little work for a meal?” Or I’d sing in a saloon for a few quarters.

In six months I saw the country like I never would have seen it otherwise. I was curious to learn how workers were doing. I went out to Butte, Montana, which was a copper mining town then, and went a thousand feet down where it was hot, hot, and they were sweating, down there, working away.

They had a good union, though, and I knocked on the door and said, “I know some union songs, would you like to hear them?” And they paid me all of five dollars, which was a lot of money then, to sing some of the coal miners’ songs I knew from the East.

After World War II, we started a little organization we called People’s Songs. It was a very small organization; our publication had a circulation of about 2,000, and we finally went broke in 1949. The Cold War was too much for us. The ruling class knew just how to split the labor movement.

I dropped out of the communist movement about the same time as I moved up here to Beacon. I was never enthusiastic about being somebody who was supposed to be silent about being a member of something. On the other hand, I was still curious about what was happening to communist countries. I went to the Soviet Union three times, in 1964, and in 1967, I think, and again in 1981. I concentrated on singing songs of the civil rights movement, rather than the labor movement, because that’s what really turned my life around: seeing whatDr. King did, without using force and violence, whereas the communists said the world would not be changed without a great revolution. I think that was the big mistake.

Sarah: Did you witness for yourself what Dr. King was doing?

Pete: Toshi and I were on the march from Selma to Montgomery for three days. And I sang in Selma and Montgomery from time to time, and one time in Birmingham and in Mississippi another time.

It was only through the years that I realized what an absolutely extraordinarily thoughtful person King was. He insisted, from the beginning, in winning the bus boycott without violence.

Some of the middle-class African Americans would say, “Dr. King, accept a compromise. More people are going to be hurt and killed.” These were doctors and lawyers who didn’t want to lose their business. And the young people would say, “They bombed us. Why don’t we bomb them back?” And King would bring them together to talk and listen to each other, and it might take a whole day or sometimes two days or even three days. But finally, they’d say, “Okay, this is what we’ll say and this is what we’ll do. Because we know we have to work together or we’re not going to win.”

Sarah: Besides the labor and civil rights movements, you were also involved in the anti-war movement.

Pete: There are still battles among people who are not quite sure what kind of actions can be effective. I tend to agree with Paul Hawken that it’s going to be many small things.

I think of Tommy Sands, an Irish song leader, who got song leaders from the North and the South singing together for a whole evening. They had people there who’d been killing each other—Protestants and Catholics—and at the end of the evening, they tentatively started talking to each other.

Sarah: When you sing, “Bring Them Home,” you say “one of the great things about America is that we can speak our minds.” And you said that at a time when you had been blacklisted for many, many years. Can you talk about what it means to you to be a patriot?

Pete: Well, Toshi and I are both deeply proud that we were able to be part of the anti-Vietnam War movement. And I say this is one of the great victories for the American people…

By Amy Goodman,

AMY GOODMAN: Can you talk more about “Irene”?

PETE SEEGER: Well, it was the song, the theme song of the great black singer, Leadbelly. He died in ’49, and if he’d only lived another six months, he would have seen his song all over America. It was an old, old song. He’d simply changed and adapted it, added some verses and changed the melody, what my father called the “folk process,” but which happens all through all kinds of music—in fact, all culture, you might say. Lawyers adapt old laws to suit new citizens. Cooks adapt old recipes to fit new stomachs.

Anyway, I learned this 12-string guitar from Leadbelly. A high string and a low string together, but played together to give a new tone. And the song I really would like to sing to you is—always have to do with it—I don’t sing it anymore. I give the words to the audience, and they sing it. I says, “You know this song. To everything, turn, turn, turn, there is a season. Sing it.” And the whole audience sings, “Turn, turn, turn. There is a season. And a time. And a time for every purpose under heaven. A time to be born, a time to die. Sing it. A time to be born, a time to plant, to reap. A time to plant, a time to kill, to heal. A time to kill, a time to laugh, to weep. A time to laugh, a time to“—

You know, those words are 2,256 years old. I didn’t know that at the time, but Julius Lester, an old friend of mine, he’s a—I don’t know if you know him—he’s a black man who’s officially a Jew. He became fascinated with the Bible. I asked him, “When was these words written?” He says, “Well, the man’s name was Kohelet, meaning ‘convoker,'” somebody who calls people together to speak to them. In the Greek translation, they called him Ecclesiastes, and he’s still in the King James Version as this. And it’s a type of poetry, which is Greek. The Greeks have a word for it, anaphora, A-N-A-P-H-O-R-A, and it means you start off a line with a word or a phrase. You don’t have rhyme at the end of the line, but you do have—it becomes poetry by the way it’s organized.

Well, I didn’t realize I liked the words, but I realize now. Those are maybe some of the most fundamentally important words that anybody could learn. You see, you and I, we’re all descended from killers, good killers. The ones who were not good killers didn’t have descendants. But we’re descended from good killers. For millions of years our ancestors were good killers. They say if they hadn’t been, we wouldn’t be here today. Now is a new period. In other words, it’s a time, you might say, the human race needed to have good killers. Now, if we don’t change our way of thinking, there will be no human race here, because science acts very irresponsibly—oh, any information is good. Ha, ha, ha. They don’t realize that some information is very important, some, frankly, forget about until we solve some other problems. Einstein was the first person who said it: Everything has changed now, except our way of thinking. And we’ve got to find ways to change our way of thinking.

Sports can do it. Arts can do it. Cooking can do it. All sorts of good works can do it. Smiles can do it. And I’m of the opinion now that if the human race makes it—I say we’ve got a 50-50 chance—if the human race makes it, it’ll be women working with children, these two very large oppressed classes in the human race. Children, doing what the grown-ups say they’re supposed to do, and yet they’re going to have to pay for our mistakes. They’re going to have to clean up the environment, which had been filled with chemicals, the air being filled with chemicals, the water being filled with chemicals, the ocean being filled with chemicals. And they’re going to have to clean it up. And I think it will be women working with kids that’ll do this job. In millions of little ways, maybe done in your hometown. In my hometown, we’re starting a project to put in a floating swimming pool in the Hudson, because now the Hudson is clean enough to swim in. Let’s swim in it. And if it works in our little town, maybe other towns will do it. In fact, if this swimming pool idea—it’s like a big netting in the water.

So, I confess I’m more optimistic now than I was 58 years ago, 59 years ago, when the atom bomb was dropped.

Related Topics:

A Child of the Devil Says Perry’s Father*

Real Hip-Hop Versus the Music Industry*

God Father of RAP is Dead!

More Banks Preventing Cash Withdrawals*

More Banks Preventing Cash Withdrawals*

Russian lender ‘My Bank’ has banned all cash withdrawals until next week as reported by Bloomberg.

The bank built on slavery, Barclays has also cut senior level positions in investment banking business. Also to go are 1,080 jobs in retail, risk, operations and commercial banking.

Barclays will close a quarter of its 1,600 UK branches as well, reducing public access to its banks. Those branches according to the Financial Times is to be replaced by 400 smaller branches located within in Asda supermarkets, but how that will function beyond being a cashless facility is not yet clear.

Sky News reports Barclays has banned employee travel for internal meetings and restricted wider international travel for only essential client and regulator discussions. This falls in line with the One Global Government agenda to control why we travel.

After axing half of its travelling small business relationship managers The Daily Mail reports on the long established U.K. Lloyd’s Bank reducing access of borrowers to lenders, affecting 120,000 firms in every part of the country. It is one way of forcing the means of its income into the cabal’s cashless society as borrowers will only have access via the phone or the Internet.

This is happening as, has been discovered that British banks and building societies have been stockpiling savers’ cash on which they pay no interest to the tune of £130billion.


“Barclays Bank ‘to close hundreds of UK branches’”

Campbell, P. “Small firms betrayed as Lloyds culls advisers: 120,000 firms face having to get lending help on the phone”

Morris, S. “Savers’ hopes of seeing rise in interest rates being dashed by banks with £130billion war chest of cheap cash”

Watson, P.J. “Bank Run Fears Escalate as Russian Lender Bans Cash Withdrawals”

Related Topics:

HSBC Preventing Large Withdrawals*

Cashless Society: Use Credit Cards at Your Peril*

NWO in Crisis

One Economy, One Government, Your World!

A Child of the Devil Says Perry’s Father*

A Child of the Devil Says Perry’s Father*

The declaration by Jesuit Pope Francis that all religions are true in the heart was a subtle way to discredit all religions. His support of same sex orientation led to the proliferation of same sex rights being established, and being voted the man of the year. So it is was no surprise that a statue in Oklahoma has been erected declaring Satanic worship as a religion, promoted by the recent Grammy awards satanic regalia with Mk-Ultra kitten Kate Perry at the head. If anyone is still in doubt, her father is not. It is not easy to admit the obvious when it comes to one’s own child, but when it leads to leading youth down the cabal’s dark tunnel of entrapment, a choice has to be made at a time when an upshot of demon possession is being reported.

Pastor Keith Hudson, the father of pop music mega-star Katy Perry, recently preached several sermons in which he has shown regret over the sinful and satanic influence of his daughter’s music on the young people of the world. The UK Sun obtained footage of a recent sermon in which Hudson called Perry a “devil child” and showed footage of her negative influence, exposing the sinful rebellion her music promotes.

“They ask how can I preach if I produce a girl who sang about kissing another girl?” said Hudson of Keith Hudson Ministries, who admitted attending the singer’s sell-out concerts are a source of contention for him and his wife, fellow religious preacher, Mary Hudson.

In our article Katy Perry’s “E.T.” Lyrics And Video — Alien Deception Strikes Again, Beginning and End analyzed the satanic message behind Perry’s hit song E.T. in which she makes references to having intimate relations with a being who “could be the devil.” The song was just one example of the satanic and sinful spirit of Perry’s music. After starting her career as a contemporary Christian artist under her real name, Katy Hudson, Perry then switched to pop music and its lure of fame, wealth and media power. Perry’s initial hit song, I Kissed A Girl was an ode to lesbian experimentation that became a smash hit among the teen and pre-teen set. For a woman who claims to be Christian to make a song that is so blatantly promoting sin is a sign of a person who does not fear God nor have any concern for his judgments. And few things can blind a person more from seeing God’s ways than the lure of money.

The Bible says: “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (1 Timothy 6:9-10).

Perry clearly erred from the faith by promoting homosexuality to the world and in particular children. As the years went on, Perry rose to multi-platinum status, becoming one of the most successful singers of all-time. All the while her music continued to celebrate sexual promiscuity and rebellion against authority. Perry also became renowned for wearing skimpy outfits and even appearing in naked in a video. Rather than sharing her “Christian upbringing” with the world, she instead chose to lead it into more sinful rebellion against The Lord. Her are some lyrics from her hit song: “Teenage Dream”:
No regrets, just love
We can dance until we die
You and I, we’ll be young forever

Note that Scripture lists fornication, which is sex outside of marriage, first. Sexual lust is one of the strongest forces of temptation society faces. Having celebrities sing about it in their music while dressing in provocative fashion only further engrained it in the mind of the audience. This is why the Bible says: ”flee fornication.” But thanks to stars like Perry, pop culture has made fleeing harder than ever as entertainers happily promote sexual sin in exchange for the promises of wealth.

As we noticed before, Perry even referenced selling her soul to the devil in an interview:

Perhaps this is why Pastor Hudson now feels regret over his daughter’s career:

“I was at a concert of Katy’s where there were 20,000. I’m watching this generation, and they were going at it. It was almost like church,” Keith said. “I stood there and wept and kept on weeping and weeping. They’re loving and worshipping the wrong thing.”.

Hudson and his wife have run Keith Hudson Ministries for 32 years. According to their Statement of Faith they preach a brand of charismatic Christianity with a host of unbiblical practices like speaking in tongues (intelligible, gibberish tongues, not the speaking of actual foreign languages as done in the Bible), faith healing, prophecy and “working miracles.” When a pastor takes the position that he is a “modern day prophet” he is proclaiming to receive new revelations from God that are not in the Bible. This opens the door for all sorts of heretical beliefs and activities because the pastor can simply claim, “God just told me to say this.” Of course Scripture makes it clear that there are no more prophets today:

“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;” – Hebrews 1:1-2.

Prior to the birth of Jesus Christ on Earth, God chose prophets to take His Word to the world. But today God speaks to us through Jesus Christ, The Word of God. So the Bible contains the full revelation from The Lord. Hudson’s doctrine adds to this with what is often called “fresh revelation.” So Perry with a foundation that was part Biblical, part man-made doctrine.

This would not be the first time a celebrity dad has voiced concern about the satanic influence over their child. Billy Ray Cyrus, father of Disney Channel TV star and singer Miley Cyrus, aka Hannah Montana, conducted an interview in which he said his family was under attack by Satan and blamed his daughter’s handlers for leading her career down a sinful path.

Pray for Hudson to continue to take a stand against the career path of his daughter and to turn to Biblical Christianity and repentance. And pray for Perry and her Christian walk, or for her salvation if she is unsaved. Lord willing, hearing from the singer’s own parents may wake up parents all over the world to start exerting their own spiritual leadership in their homes to lead their children to know God instead of being so familiar with Satan’s way and the music and entertainment of his minions.

You make me
Feel like I’m living a
Teenage dream
The way you turn me on
I can’t sleep
Let’s run away and
Don’t ever look back
Don’t ever look back
I’ma get your heart racing
In my skin-tight jeans
Be your teenage dream tonight
Let you put your hands on me
In my skin-tight jeans
Be your teenage dream tonight (source).

A song clearly targeted at teenagers and children, Perry sings of turning guys on and sexual sin. And in it she preaches a message of “no regrets” – emphasizing that there is no need for repentance or feeling bad about one’s behavior. The Bible says of sex outside of marriage:

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. — 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.

…the case of ‘free sex’, that has been sold lock stock and barrel through the sex education program of the U.N. While Muslims have borne the brunt of this challenge, many non-Muslim parents have felt the blow too, but meanwhile a momentum is put into motion once sex becomes a focal point, for once triggered, it controls you, taking your mind away from the concerns of global governance, while members of the global elite exploit sex through children, and make it publicly acceptable via the media. But not too many people want to know about the satanic rituals of global elite paedophiles, or the fact that the National Education Authority view sex education as a useful tool in changing the values of children, so let’s get back to ‘education’.

We have heard about Trans-Formation of America, using children for sex experiments to develop mind control techniques as a part of the U.S. military Mk-ULTRA program, in order to bring about the ‘transformation’ of American society as a cohesive, submissive population that serves the interests of the global elite/governance, enabling them to maintain complete control without challenge.


Related Topics:

From a Conscious Musician to a MKUltra Slave

Globalized Education and One World Government

Common Core Education Standards Teaches Fourth Graders about Pimps!

Body Atlas of Human Emotions*

Sex attacks on under-11s rise by 14 per cent in one year

Pedophiles in Power

A Child’s Personal Sovereignty… Stolen!*

Oh Dear Pope Francis*

Disappearing Children Behind a Wall of Secrecy

Ontario’s Former Deputy Minister of Education Charged on 7 Counts of Child Exploitation

Child Sacrifice and Trafficking in Holland, and Abroad: An Eyewitness Comes Forward and Names her Torturers – An Exclusive Breaking News Report from ITCCS Central Office and its Dutch Affiliates

Love Even Affects the Size of a Child’s Brain*

New York Teachers withdrew Support for the Cabal’s Common Core Agenda

New York Teachers withdrew Support for the Cabal’s Common Core Agenda*

By Stephanie Simon

The board of the New York state teachers union this weekend unanimously withdrew its support for the Common Core standards as they have been implemented — a major blow for Common Core advocates who have been touting support from teachers as proof that the standards will succeed in classrooms nationwide.

“We’ll have to be the first to say it’s failed,” said Richard Iannuzzi, president of New York State United Teachers.

Iannuzzi said he has talked with union leaders in other states who may follow suit. “We’ve been in conversations where we’re all saying our members don’t see this going down a path that improves teaching and learning. We’re struggling with how to deal with it,” he said.

The board also unanimously voted no confidence in New York Education Commissioner John King Jr. and urged the state’s Board of Regents to remove him from office.

The move on Common Core put the New York union at odds with the national teachers unions, which have steadfastly promoted the new academic standards for math and language arts instruction, now rolling out in classrooms nationwide.

Amid fierce and growing opposition to the standards — fanned by conservative political organizations — promoters of Common Core have counted on teachers to be their best ambassadors and to reassure parents and students that the guidelines will lead to more thoughtful, rigorous instruction.

Now, one of the biggest groups of educators in the country is on record saying it’s not working.

The NYSUT, which represents about 600,000 teachers, retired teachers and school professionals — and accounts for 15% of national teacher union membershipis demanding “major course corrections” before it can consider supporting the standards again.
It wants more time for teachers to review the Common Core lessons the state has been promoting, and it’s demanding more input on whether they are grade-appropriate. Parents and teachers have complained that the standards push the youngest kids too fast, demanding so much work from kindergarteners that there’s little time for the play that’s deemed essential for young children’s development. On the other end of the scale, they have complained that the high-school math trajectory laid out by the Common Core leaves out key math concepts and does not push top students to take calculus.

The union is also demanding that all questions on the new Common Core exams be released so teachers can review them and use them to shape instruction.

Students across New York performed miserably on the first round of Common Core exams, given last spring. The NYSUT is insisting on a three-year moratorium on the high-stakes consequences attached to the exams; the union argues that no teachers should lose their jobs and no students should lose their chance at graduation because of poor performance on the tests during a transition period.

Iannuzzi said the union still believes “the potential is there” for the standards to succeed, but said that won’t happen unless the state brings everything to a halt and effectively starts from scratch.

In response, Commissioner King issued a statement suggesting flexibility; he said he would work with the legislature, governor and Board of Regents to “make necessary adjustments and modifications to the implementation of the Common Core.” But he did not back away from his staunch support of the guidelines, saying that “now is not the time to weaken standards for teaching and learning.” The statement, issued jointly with Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, continued: “Our students are counting on us to help them develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in life. The higher standards the Common Core sets will help them do just that.”

The Common Core standards are a central plank in President Barack Obama’s education agenda.

They were developed by nonprofits and organizations representing states, with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, but have been heavily promoted by the White House and by Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

In Obama’s first years in office, the administration gave states financial and policy incentives to adopt the standards; 45 states and the District of Columbia quickly did so, with little public debate. But as the standards have been introduced into classrooms — in some cases accompanied by notable shifts in math instruction and a much more heavy emphasis on non-fiction texts in English classes — parents have raised questions and conservative advocacy groups have jumped on board with warnings of federal overreach and a loss of local control.

Several states, including Alaska, Pennsylvania, Florida and Georgia, have backed away from prior commitments to use new Common Core exams funded by the federal government to assess their students’ progress and measure their achievement against kids in other states. Other states are going further still and considering revoking the standards altogether.

“We don’t ever want to educate South Carolina children like they educate California children,” South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley recently told a gathering of Republican women. “We want to educate South Carolina children on South Carolina standards, not anyone else’s standards.” She urged the legislature to overturn the Common Core standards, promising she would sign such a bill the moment it came to her desk.

Republican Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana and Scott Walker of Wisconsin have also signaled their distaste for centralized standards. “Told attendees at state education convention that academic standards should be set by people in WI, not DC,” Walker tweeted on Friday.

The anxiety has touched Democratic leaders, too. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently said he has concerns about the way the standards have been implemented in his state. And at a hearing in Albany last week, Commissioner King fended off a barrage of tough questions and angry complaints about Common Core from legislators in both parties. “Hit the delay button!” state Sen. George Latimer, a Democrat, demanded, banging on the table for emphasis.

Opponents of Common Core said they see the NYSUT vote as a turning point, indicating that the protest movement has expanded beyond parents and political activists.

“Were this a small union no one would take notice,” said Jim Stergios, executive director of the Pioneer Institute, a think tank that has been active in opposing the Common Core. “But the size and breadth of NYSUT tells even the casual observer that the wheels are coming off Common Core in NY.” The vote, he said, “clearly gives lie to view that teachers support the whole Common Core apparatus. The fact that NYSUT cuts across over a thousand local unions speaks to how widespread opposition has become.”

Carol Burris, an award-winning principal in New York who has been outspoken in opposition to the new standards, called the vote “both courageous and significant.”

But Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, which helped develop the standards, called the vote “unfortunate.” He noted that the standards “were developed with substantial involvement from classroom teachers, and teachers overwhelmingly support these standards.”

As evidence of widespread teacher support, the National Education Association points to a poll taken last fall showing that three quarters of its members back the standards. But that support isn’t rock solid. The poll found that 26% of NEA members support the Common Core wholeheartedly, another 50% back them tentatively, with reservations, and 13% said they didn’t know enough to form an opinion.

The NEA has heavily promoted the standards as crucial to making American children more competitive with their international peers. It recently launched a website with more than 3,000 sample Common Core lessons, including videos of master teachers presenting the material.

The American Federation of Teachers has been a bit more nuanced; it supports the standards, but President Randi Weingarten has called for a moratorium on high-stakes testing while the Common Core exams are phased in.

The standards have been promoted as well by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable, as well as by prominent education reformers from both parties, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Michelle Rhee, the former chief of Washington, D.C., schools.

Supporters of the Common Core have expressed frustration at the mounting opposition, saying the standards have become a convenient scapegoat for anything anyone doesn’t like about education today.

“We’re in an environment where anything anyone thinks is wrong, people think [that’s] part of Common Core,” said Michael Cohen, president of Achieve, one of the nonprofits that helped write the Common Core. In an interview last fall, Cohen said he was counting on teachers to be “credible advocates” for Common Core in every state. Teachers, he said, would be able to parry the conspiracy theories and “get the argument grounded again.”


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Islam Next Stage in NWO Common Core Curriculum*

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Parent Arrested for Questioning the Common Core Curriculum*

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Social sciences and the destruction of individuality

A Silent Education Revolution in Brazil*

Globalized Education and One World Government

Ukraine Prime Minister and Cabinet resign, but…

Ukraine Prime Minister and Cabinet resign, but…

This is where the road ahead gets tricky because the cabal’s ‘protestors’ have been alive and kicking literally in the Ukraine mass protests as they were in Egypt when they ousted  Mubarak and Mursi…

Kurt Nimmo,  Infowars informs us that Soros’s men (Spilna Sprava ) are the one’s who took over Ukrainian governmental buildings.

Spilna Sprava, translated as “The Right Deed,” is an Open Society Institute supported and funded group. George Soros’ Open Society Institute, now known as Open Society Foundations (OSF), doles out grants to activist NGOs in central Europe attempting to undermine the Russian Federation. It builds upon and continues the work of the Ford Foundation. Since the early 1950s, the CIA has used the Ford Foundation as a funding cover.

Spilna Sprava is mentioned in the 2009 annual report of the International Renaissance Foundation (IRF), an organization described as “an integral part of the Open Society Institute network (established by American philanthropist George Soros) that incorporates national and regional foundations in more than thirty countries around the world, including Africa, Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.” IRF cooperates with the International Monetary Fund and European banksters interested in “economic reforms” and “integration processes and trends” in Ukraine and Moldova.

Soros’s man in Egypt was Muhammed al-Baradei, a member of Soros’s International Crisis Group (ICG) that claim to be “committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict,” but create the problem so that they can provide the solution i.e. the agenda of the global corporate elite aka global governance.

Notable ICG Board Members:

George Soros
Kenneth Adelman
Samuel Berger
Wesley Clark
Mohamed ElBaradei
Carla Hills

Notable ICG Advisers:

Richard Armitage
Zbigniew Brzezinski
Stanley Fischer
Shimon Peres
Surin Pitsuwan
Fidel V. Ramos

Notable ICG Foundation & Corporate Supporters:

Carnegie Corporation of New York
Hunt Alternatives Fund
Open Society Institute
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Morgan Stanley
Deutsche Bank Group
Soros Fund Management LLC
McKinsey & Company

The real protestors need to identify all members of Spilna Sprava and others, and disempower them before they end up disempowered themselves. It is far easier to fight against something, but the way forward is in fighting for something, and the more widespread that is felt, and understood the more likely the mountain ahead will be easier to climb.

Related Topics:

Ukraine Kidnapping and Executing Protestors*

Counter-revolutionary Template from N. Africa to the Ukraine*

The NSA and the 9/11 Deception‏

The NSA and the 9/11 Deception‏

From Alexandra Bruce

This piece, by my idol, James Corbett, discusses a bold new citizen-led initiative to nullify the NSA, which is now gaining momentum around the United States. 

From its activities, it would appear that, as far as the NSA is concerned, the “Enemies of the State” were never so-called terrorists from poverty-stricken nations, half-way across the world.

The “enemies” were primarily a US public that was informed about its rights – and of NSA’s crimes.

As former NSA Executive Thomas Drake is quoted as saying, here: there were those in his office, who referred to 9/11 as “a gift”.

Literally: a gift, which would give them more justification to expand their already-illegal activities, which had nothing, whatsoever to do with their mandate, which US Taxpayer dollars were supposed to be subsidizing.

Two US Congressmen, Stephen Lynch (D-MA) and Walter Jones (R-NC) are now lobbying Congress to de-classify the 28 redacted pages of the Congressional Investigative Report on 9/11.

If these redacted pages do reveal, as alleged by Veterans Today Senior Editor, Gordon Duff, that 9/11 was perpetrated by at least two foreign intelligence agencies, in collusion with the Bush (43) Administration and NOT by 19 hijackers wielding plastic box-cutters (puh-LEEZE!) – and when we really take a look at just who the NSA is *really* spying on – it would not appear that they don’t care too much about monitoring Bedouins in the Middle East but more about high-level industrial secrets and the personal, possibly blackmail-worthy private information of the leaders of the US’ purported allies.

Most of all, the focus of NSA’s spying effort seems to be directed toward every activity of the US populace, itself.


9/11 was enabled by perverted individuals who held high positions of power in the US Government, at that time – but these “people” (if you can call them that) were the mere minions of yet more powerful entities, who would bring America crashing down, just like the WTC Towers, which were a grim illustration of a planned “Domino Effect”, which would ruin economies and Rule of Law, in countries worldwide, so that this handful of people could control everybody and everything.

(Already, the top 85 most-wealthy individuals on Earth earn the equivalent wealth of the bottom 3.5 billion of this planet’s inhabitants).

If we are to regain any possibility of Rule of Law, these 28 pages must be de-classified, in order that the proper entities be legally prosecuted, for their crimes against humanity.

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Witnesses of 9/11 Mysteriously Dying Off!

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The Inside Job: Scholars for 9/11 Truth

9/11 Truth Movement Goes to Court in the UK*

A Court Win against BBC 9/11 Cover-up*

9/11: $1.7 Billion in Bullion Missing from WTC

Egypt’s Junta’s 9/11 Mantra has Won the Battle but not the War!

Surprise! The Human Body is not made for Space*

Surprise! The Human Body is not made for Space*

Using thousands of human guinea pigs by pressing the emotional button so  that those at the apex of the cabal pyramid continue to pump billions into longevity: cloning, time travel, genetic engineering, GM offspring, interdimensional space etc., there are some rather basic laws of nature to still consider.

By Kenneth Changjan

In space, the head swells.

A typical human being is about 60% water, and in the free fall of space, the body’s fluids float upward, into the chest and the head. Legs atrophy, faces puff, and pressure inside the skull rises.

“Your head actually feels bloated,” said Mark E. Kelly, a retired NASA astronaut who flew on four space shuttle missions. “It kind of feels like you would feel if you hung upside down for a couple of minutes.”

Expedition 31 crew members were carried to a medical tent shortly after they landed in their Soyuz capsule in remote Kazakhstan, in 2012. Bill Ingalls/NASA

The human body did not evolve to live in space. And how that alien environment changes the body is not a simple problem, nor is it easily solved.

Some problems, like the brittling of bone, may have been overcome already. Others have been identified — for example, astronauts have trouble eating and sleeping enough — and NASA is working to understand and solve them.

Then there are the health problems that still elude doctors more than 50 years after the first spaceflight. In a finding just five years ago, the eyeballs of at least some astronauts became somewhat squashed.

The biggest hurdle remains radiation. Without the protective cocoon of Earth’s magnetic field and atmosphere, astronauts receive substantially higher doses of radiation, heightening the chances that they will die of cancer. How much of a cancer risk later in life is acceptable?

At the Johnson Space Center here, the home base for NASA’s human spaceflight program, scientists probably have until the 2030s to dissect these problems before the agency sends astronauts to Mars — a mission that would take about three years, or nearly six times the current standard tour of duty on the space station.

The longest any human has been off Earth is almost 438 days, by Dr. Valery Polyakov on the Russian space station Mir in 1994 and 1995. (Two private organizations, Inspiration Mars and Mars One, have announced plans to launch a manned interplanetary flight sooner and have had no problem attracting people despite the risks, known and unknown.)

NASA recently announced that it would continue operating the space station until at least 2024, in part for additional medical research.

NASA officials often talk about the “unknown unknowns” — the unforeseen problems that catch them by surprise. The eye issue caught them by surprise, and they are happy it did not happen in the middle of a three-year mission to Mars.

In 2009, during his six-month stay on the International Space Station, Dr. Michael R. Barratt, a NASA astronaut who is also a physician, noticed he was having some trouble seeing things close up, as did another member of the six-member crew, Dr. Robert B. Thirsk, a Canadian astronaut who is also a doctor. So the two performed eye exams on each other, confirming the vision shift toward farsightedness.

They also saw hints of swelling in their optic nerves and blemishes on their retinas. On the next cargo ship, NASA sent up a high-resolution camera so that they could take clearer images of their eyes, which confirmed the suspicions. Ultrasound images showed that their eyes had become somewhat squeezed.

NASA is now checking astronauts’ eyesight before, during and after trips to the space station.

The issue turns out not to be new. Many space shuttle astronauts had complained of changes in eyesight, but no one had studied the matter.

“It is now a recognized occupational hazard of spaceflight,” Dr. Barratt said. “We uncovered something that has been right under our noses forever.”

Dr. Barratt said the vision shift had no effect on his ability to work in space. The concern, however, is that the farsightedness may be just a symptom of more serious changes in the astronauts’ health. “What are the long-term implications?” he said. “That’s the $64 million question.”

It will be one of the many things NASA will be monitoring in the health of Scott J. Kelly, who will spend one year on the space station beginning in spring 2015, twice as long as his stay there in 2010 and 2011 and the longest for an American. A Russian astronaut, Mikhail Kornienko, will also make a yearlong trip to orbit then. Dr. Polyakov and three other Russian astronauts have already had orbital stays longer than that and returned seemingly not much the worse for wear.

John B. Charles, chief of the international science office of NASA’s human research program, is setting up the medical experiments, designed to figure out how different a six-month stay is from a 12-month stay. “Logically, you might say, how can there not be?” Dr. Charles said.

But it is also possible that the body becomes acclimated to weightlessness after only a few months, and that the changes in vision and bones level off.

An astronaut’s eyeball before a spaceflight, top left, and after a flight, top right, showing pressure against the back of the eyeball. In the bottom image, the arrows point to abnormal bends in the optic nerve following spaceflight. Radiological Society of North America


John B. Charles, chief of the international science office of NASA’s human research program, is setting up the medical experiments, designed to figure out how different a six-month stay is from a 12-month stay. “Logically, you might say, how can there not be?” Dr. Charles said.

But it is also possible that the body becomes acclimated to weightlessness after only a few months, and that the changes in vision and bones level off.

The doctors will also compare Scott Kelly’s health to that of Mark Kelly, his twin brother. “I imagine I’ll be giving blood and urine samples,” said Mark Kelly, who is married to Gabrielle Giffords, a former Arizona congresswoman. “My attitude is, I worked at NASA for 16 years and whatever I can do to help, I will.”

A decade ago, NASA scientists worried that astronauts were returning to Earth with weaker bones, their density draining away by 1 to 2 percent per month. In space, the body does not need to support its weight, and it responds by dismantling bone tissue much faster than on Earth.

NASA turned to osteoporosis drugs and improved exercises, like having the astronauts run while strapped to a treadmill. The up-and-down pounding set off signals to the body to build new bone, and NASA scientists reported that astronauts then came back with almost as much bone as when they had left.

“That was huge,” said Scott M. Smith, a NASA nutritionist.

Because both the formation and destruction occur at accelerated rates, “we don’t know if that bone is as strong as when you left,” Dr. Smith said. But the scientists now feel that bone loss is not a showstopper for a long-duration mission.

For the eyesight issues, scientists have more questions than answers. They suspect that the adverse effects result largely from the fluid shift, the higher pressure of the cerebrospinal fluid in the skull pushing on the back of the eyeballs, but that has not been proved. And that theory does not explain why it usually affects the right eye more than the left, and men far more than women.

Dr. Smith has also found that the astronauts who experienced a shift in vision also had increased levels of the amino acid homocysteine, often a marker for cardiovascular disease. That may suggest that a zero-gravity environment sets some biochemical process in motion.

Artificial gravity could be generated by spinning the spacecraft like a merry-go-round, alleviating both the bone loss and the fluid shift. But that would also add complexity to a mission and raise the potential for a catastrophic accident.

But the eye issue “could be something that drives us back to artificial gravity,” Dr. Barratt said.

The lack of gravity also jumbles the body’s neurovestibular system that tells people which way is up. When the returning to the pull of gravity, astronauts can become dizzy, something that Mark Kelly took note of as he piloted the space shuttle to a landing. “If you tilt your head a little left or right,” he said, “it feels like you’re going end over end.”

That may not be as big an issue for a Mars spacecraft that is landed autonomously, and if the astronauts have time to rest before getting out of their seats.

Regarding radiation, NASA operates under a restriction that astronauts should not have their lifetime cancer risk raised by more than three percentage points, but that is an arbitrary limit. Mark Kelly, for one, said he would be willing to accept twice that if he had a chance to go to Mars.

There may be other complications, though. At Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, scientists are bombarding mice with radiation that mimics high-energy cosmic rays that zip through outer space. Those mice take longer to navigate a maze, suggesting that the radiation may be damaging their brains.

Scientists say it may damage other organs, including the heart, nervous system and digestive system. “Those could be acute effects,” said William H. Paloski, the head of NASA’s human research program. “We just don’t know. It’s one we’re looking at.”

Beyond the body, there is also the mind. The first six months of Scott Kelly’s one-year mission are expected to be no different from his first trip to the space station.

But Gary E. Beven, a NASA psychiatrist, said he was interested in whether anything changed in the next six months. “We’re going to be looking for any significant changes in mood, in sleep, in irritability, in cognition,” he said.

For distant trips beyond Earth orbit, astronauts will be isolated from the rest of humanity. During the Apollo missions, there was a lag time of 1.3 seconds between a command from mission control and an astronaut hearing it — the time for a radio signal to travel the 240,000 miles from Houston to the moon. At Mars, the lags would stretch minutes, and real-time conversation with someone on Earth would be impossible.

The crew of a Mars mission — four or six astronauts in NASA’s current thinking — would have to be more self-reliant to solve any personality conflicts. Dr. Beven envisioned computer systems that could detect subtle changes in facial expressions or tone of voice, perhaps offering some suggestions for diffusing tensions.

In a Russian experiment in 2010 and 2011, six men agreed to be sealed up in a mock spaceship simulating a 17-month Mars mission. Four of the six developed disorders, and the crew became less active as the experiment progressed.

“I think that’s just an example of what could potentially happen during a Mars mission, but with much greater consequence,” Dr. Beven said. “Those subtle changes in group cohesion could cause major problems.”

Dr. Charles said he thought NASA could already send astronauts to Mars and bring them back alive. But given the huge expense of such a mission, he said it was crucial that the astronauts arrived productive and in great health.

“My goal,” he said, “is to see a program that doesn’t deliver an astronaut limping to Mars.”


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