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  • CSPAN UK Fake News Google and YouTube

    Fake news evidence session in Washington DC update – Parliament UK

    www.parliament.uk/…/committees/committees…committee/…/fake-news-us-evidence/

    Jan 25, 2018This oral evidence session is part of the Committee’s inquiry into Fake news and misinformation. This is the first ever live broadcast, public hearing of a House of Commons select committee outside of the United Kingdom. It will be a formal proceeding of the UK Parliament. A transcript of the proceedings will …

    click on the link below to watch the FAKE NEWS on CSPAN

    Member Parliament IanCLucas British FakeNews hearing – C-Span

    https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4713725/member…british-fakenews-hearing

    4 days ago – February 8, 2018 More Videos From. BHOC Committee Hearing on “Fake News”. British Committee Hearing on “Fake News,” Part 1 · British Committee Hearing on “Fake News,” Part 2. More information about …

    Representatives from social media organizations Google, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube testified before a British parliamentary committee examining “fake news.”

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    The usual practice at the start of a select committee hearing is for the chair to thank the witnesses for having made the effort to come. At the digital, culture, media and sport committee’s latest hearing on “fake news” it was the other way round. For the first time in parliamentary history, an entire committee had upped sticks and decamped to the US.

    Quite why they had chosen to do so was not altogether clear. As far as anyone was aware, Google, YouTube and Facebook all had senior executives working in the UK who were just as qualified to give evidence as their US counterparts. But on the off chance that the committee was hell-bent on hearing from the Americans, you’d have thought it was a great deal cheaper and much less of an organizational nightmare to fly them to the UK. After all, some of them were halfway to London having already flown 3,000 miles from Silicon Valley to join the committee in Washington.

    A group of 11 British MPs flew to Washington at a cost of £30,000 to taxpayers.

    But why?

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    Ending net neutrality will save the internet, not destroy it | Fox News

    www.foxnews.com/opinion/…/ending-net-neutrality-will-save-internet-not-destroy-it.ht…

    Dec 16, 2017 – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made the right move Thursday when it undid an Obama-era power grab commonly referred to as “net neutrality,” ending the agency’s micro-management of the internet. The FCC action benefits consumers and ensures that the internet will …

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    NET NEUTRALITY IMPACT BEYOND THE US

    So how does this (FCC)  decision in the United State Of America ending “net neutrality,”affect the United Kingdom and continental Europe?

    In the UK, net neutrality is currently protected by European Union  policy 2015-2120 in support of a digital single market – Brexit fallout aside.

    NET NEUTRALITY THE GLOBAL VIEW

    In terms of global scope, the United  Nations  has recognized that internet access is a vital enabler for realizing its own Sustainable Development Goals.

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    Watch part 1 and 2 of the videos on CSPAN, as a voting  American Citizen, it was quite apparent to me why they had chosen to do so,  But you decide.

    Question everything? Location? Timing? Means? Opportunity? and Motive?

    HOSTING ORGANIZATION

    George Washington University

    How Liberal is George Washington University?

    Liberal speakers outnumber conservatives 3-to-1 at GWU

    https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=10029

    Oct 24, 2017 – Of the 45 political speakers hosted by The George Washington University during the 2016-17 academic year, 30 were liberal and just 9 were conservative.

    A group of 11 British MPs flew to Washington at a cost of £30,000 to taxpayers.

    But why?

    What was  the UK British House of Commons really doing in WA DC?

     Just  having a British Committee Hearing on “Fake News”?

     Or using their UK meeting “Fake News” at a Liberal College as a back door for GLOBAL NET NEUTRALITY? 

    The policy of the United Nations, the European Union  and the United Kingdom?

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    YouTube: we’ve found no evidence of Russian interference in Brexit vote

    https://www.theguardian.com/…/youtube-says-no-evidence-of-russian-interference-in-…

    4 days ago – Juniper Downs, YouTube’s global head of public policy, said the company had “conducted a thorough investigation around the Brexit referendum and found no evidence of Russian interference.

    But the claim was greeted by skepticism from MPs holding a public session at George Washington University, …

    After Brexit, the UK Government could revoke this policy,. However, the  UK  Universal Service Obligation (USO), effectively makes broadband access a legal requirement, the  Digital Economy Act 2017 c.30

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    February 8, 2018

    British Committee Hearing on “Fake News,” Part 1 Representatives from social media organizations Google, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube testified before a British parliamentary committee examining “fake news.”

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    Google and Facebook shocked – shocked! – about fake news | John …

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/…/google-and-facebook-shocked-to-find-fake-ne…

    4 days ago – February 8, 2018 At the digital, culture, media and sport committee’s latest hearing on “fake news” it was the other way round. For the first … As far as anyone was aware, Google, YouTube and Facebook all had senior executives working in the UK who were just as qualified to give evidence as their US counterparts. But on …

    Group of 11 British MPs flew to Washington at a cost of £30,000 to taxpayers. But why?

    The usual practice at the start of a select committee hearing is for the chair to thank the witnesses for having made the effort to come. At the digital, culture, media and sport committee’s latest hearing on “fake news” it was the other way round. For the first time in parliamentary history, an entire committee had upped sticks and decamped to the US.

    Quite why they had chosen to do so was not altogether clear. As far as anyone was aware, Google, YouTube and Facebook all had senior executives working in the UK who were just as qualified to give evidence as their US counterparts. But on the off chance that the committee was hell-bent on hearing from the Americans, you’d have thought it was a great deal cheaper and much less of an organisational nightmare to fly them to the UK. After all, some of them were halfway to London having already flown 3,000 miles from Silicon Valley to join the committee in Washington.

    Some might call it a nice winter break at an estimated cost of £30,000 to the British taxpayer. The 11 MPs preferred to call it thoroughness and, to mark the occasion, they had had special lapel badges made for themselves. Every trip abroad deserves a souvenir. And after a day or so to acclimatise and recover from jet lag – the committee flew out to the US on Tuesday – everyone was gathered in an echoey white hall at George Washington University for a 9am start.

    First in the firing line were Richard Gingras, vice-president of news at Google, and Juniper Downs, the global head of public policy at YouTube. Both were at pains to say how pleased they were to be there, how much they admired the work of the committee and how much they hated fake news. Just in case anyone had not been paying attention to this, they repeated how much they hated fake news.

    The committee chair, Damian Collins, is a much shrewder operator than he sometimes appears and probed them rather more forensically than they expected on just how much they put the profit principle above such dreary considerations as monitoring fake news and making sure people weren’t using their platforms to influence election outcomes. “We’ve got 10,000 raiders to make sure people don’t misuse the Google search engines,” Gingras insisted. In which case, Collins observed, why was it that when you typed in Jew, the auto-complete function more often than not took you to an antisemitic website? Gingras shrugged. No one was perfect.

    “It’s mission critical for us,” said Downs, when asked what Google-owned YouTube did to ensure the veracity and provenance of the news videos posted on its site. “We spend tens of millions of dollars on security.” She was then asked how much YouTube made in total. Downs bounced up and down in her chair nervously. “I don’t know,” she squeaked. Collins filled her in: $10bn. So YouTube was spending 0.1% of its earnings on security. Downs shrugged. Sounded plenty to her.

    Things didn’t improve when Facebook’s Monika Bickert, its head of global policy management, and Simon Milner, its policy director for the UK, Middle East and Africa, got their turn in front of the committee. Milner’s appearance was especially baffling as he is a Brit through and through and could far more easily have been questioned in London.

    Like Google and YouTube before them, the Facebook execs were mortified that anyone might have been using their websites for anything other than the greater glory of self-improvement. In fact they were so appalled that they were now voluntarily implementing security measures that the regulators had recently imposed on them.

    None of it was terribly enlightening. Just about the only thing we did learn was new media execs talk the same bullshit the world over. And 11 MPs probably didn’t need to travel 3,000 miles to discover that.

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    Watch part 1 and 2 of the videos on CSPAN, as a voting  American Citizen it was terribly enlightening  to me, but you decide.

    Question everything? Location? Timing? Means? Opportunity? and Motive?

    George Washington University has a history

    GW students: Our profs are liberals

    A conservative students group at George Washington University researched the political leanings of the faculty and found evidence of “substantial liberal bias.”

    The university chapter of Young America’s Foundation found that 92 percent ($221,490) of political donations by GW faculty in the 2008 primary election cycle went to Democratic candidates, while 8 percent ($20,500) went to Republicans. In the presidential election, the ratio was nearly the same, 91 percent to 9 percent.

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    A group of 11 British MPs flew to Washington at a cost of £30,000 to taxpayers. But why?

    What was  the UK really doing in WA DC? Just  having a British Committee Hearing on “Fake News”? Or using their UK meeting “Fake News” at a liberal college as a back door for GLOBAL NET NEUTRALITY?  The policy of the United Nations, the European Union  and the United Kingdom?

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    HOSTING ORGANIZATION

    George Washington University

    British House of Commons

    PEOPLE IN THIS VIDEO

    Monika Bickert Head Facebook->GLOBAL POLICY Management

    Damian Collins Member United Kingdom (Conservative)

    Juniper Downs GLOBAL Head YouTube->Public Policy and Government Relations

    Julie Elliott Member United Kingdom (Labour)

    Paul Farrelly Member United Kingdom (Labour)

    Richard Gingras Vice President Google->News

    Simon Hart Member United Kingdom (Conservative)

    Julian Knight Member United Kingdom (Conservative)

    Ian Lucas Member United Kingdom (Labour)

    Christian “Chris” Matheson Member United Kingdom (Labour)

    Simon Milner Policy Director Facebook->United Kingdom, Middle East, and Africa

    Carlos Monje Assistant Secretary (Former) Department of Transportation->Policy

    Brendan O’Hara Member United Kingdom (Scottish National)

    Nick Pickles Public Policy Manager Twitter->United Kingdom

    Rebecca Pow Member United Kingdom (Conservative)

    Jo Stevens Member United Kingdom (Labour)

    Giles Watling Member United Kingdom (Conservative)


  • The 2018 Dream Act – Drugs and Trumps Wall

    The 2018 Budget, The Dream Act, the Drug epidemic, 66,324 Drug Overdose Deaths (Apr 2016 to May 2017) funding and Building Trumps  Wall

    This is the most fatal drug epidemic on record in United States history, with 66,324 deaths in one year, and too many families, friends and communities are left to suffer in its path
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    May 25, 2017 Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) are the largest foreign suppliers of heroin, methamphetamines, and cocaine to the United States, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Mexican suppliers are responsible for most heroin and methamphetamine production, while cocaine is largely produced in Bolivia, Colombia, and Peru, and then transported through Mexico.

    Mexican cartels are also leading manufacturers and suppliers of Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid many times more potent than heroin. U.S. seizures of the drug have soared in the last five years.

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    Aug 31, 2017 – Trump, “The wall will stop much of the drugs from pouring into this country and poisoning our youth.

    So we need the wall. It’s imperative. … “The wall is needed from the standpoint of drug — tremendous, the drug scourge, what’s coming through the areas that we’re talking about. … “So we will build …

    Oct 26, 2017 –  President Donald Trump declares the nation’s opioid crisis a ‘public health emergency’ to fight abuse of prescription painkillers, heroin and fentanyl. … Calling it a “national shame” and “human …

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    April 13, 2016 As part of an Obama­care initiative meant to reward quality care, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is allocating some $1.5 billion in Medicare payments to hospitals based on criteria that include patient-­satisfaction surveys. Among the questions: “During this hospital stay, how often did the hospital staff do everything they could to help you with your pain?” And: “How often was your pain well controlled?”

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    Obamacare a contributing factor to opioid epidemic: GOP report

    www.washingtonexaminer.com/obamacare-a…factor…opioid-epidemic…/2646179

    Jan 17, 2018 (10 hours ago) – The expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare made the opioid epidemic even worse, according to a report commissioned by Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The report suggests that because people who were uninsured were able to get …

    Johnson has been raising questions about the way Medicaid contributed to the opioid epidemic since last year. His report indicates that at least 1,072 people have been convicted or charged nationwide since 2010 for improperly using Medicaid to obtain prescription opioids, some of which were then resold illegally.

    The first governmental account of nationwide drug deaths shows roughly 64,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2016. … (Apr 2015 to May 2016)

    Jul 22, 2016, President Obama said,  now, it’s up to Republicans to finish the job and provide adequate funding to deal with this public health crisis…….

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    Forbes

    https://www.forbes.com/ Forbes is a global media company, focusing on business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership, and lifestyle.
    Forbes predicted….

    A Jan 19, 2018  Government Shutdown Will Be All About Trump’s Wall…And Could Last Weeks The most prominent by far is Trump’s continuing demand that Congress provide funds for his wall between the U.S. and Mexico and a legislative fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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    The 2018 Budget,  the Jan 19, 2018  Government Shutdown The Dream Act, the Drug epidemic, 66,324 Drug Overdose Deaths, Funding and Building Trumps  Wall.

    BELOW IS THE DREAM ACT WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE?

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    Dream Act of 2017 Introduced With Bipartisanship in the Senate …

    immigrationimpact.com/2017/07/20/dream-act-introduced-senate/

    Jul 20, 2017 – Dream Act of 2017 Introduced With Bipartisanship in the Senate. The bipartisan Dream Act of 2017 was just introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) in the U.S. Senate.

    The bipartisan Dream Act of 2017 was just introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) in the U.S. Senate. The bill provides legal status, as well as a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrant youth who entered the United States before the age of 18.

    The Dream Act, if passed into law, will allow young immigrants who have called the United States home for most of their lives to begin to realize their full potential and know the sense of security that comes with living with documentation.

    The Dream Act was first introduced in 2001 and has enjoyed broad bipartisan support, but has yet to pass into law.

    The renewed urgency to pass this legislation comes as media speculates that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, which 800,000 Dreamers are currently protected from deportation by, could come to an end in the coming weeks or months. The threat came after a group of 10 states led by Texas asked the Trump administration to end the DACA initiative and threatened to file a lawsuit challenging it. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly also recently met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill and said he is supportive of DACA but that it may not survive a legal challenge.

    The Dream Act of 2017 lays out a three-step path to citizenship, first providing Conditional Permanent Resident (CPR) status to undocumented youth who:

    • entered the United States under the age of 18,
    • entered four years prior to enactment and have since been continuously present,
    • have not been convicted of a crime where the term of imprisonment was more than a year, or convicted of 3 or more offenses were the aggregate sentence was 90 days or more (with an exception for offenses which are essential to a person’s immigration status), and
    • have been admitted to an institution of higher education, have graduated high school or obtained a GED, is currently enrolled in secondary school or a program assisting students to obtain a diploma or GED.

    Anyone with status under DACA is immediately granted CPR status for up to eight years, which includes work authorization.

    After maintaining CPR status, individuals become eligible for Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status—a green card holder. In order to receive LPR status an individual must either complete at least two years of higher education or two years of military service with an honorable discharge, or demonstrate employment over a total period of three years.

    Additionally, LPR applicants with disabilities, who are full-time caregivers for a minor child, or an applicant whose deportation would cause extreme hardship to a U.S. citizen spouse, parents, or child can receive a “hardship waiver” which exempts them from the higher education, military service, or work requirements.

    The Dreamers, for whom this bill is named, have lived in America since they were children and built their lives here. They are American in every way except for their immigration status.

    It is past time that this nation comes together and does right by them.

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    THE BIPARTISAN DREAM ACT IS GREAT.

    WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE?

    66,324 Drug Overdose Deaths in America in one year (Apr 2016 to May 2017)

    bottom line…..

    MY DIRECTIVE TO THE DEMOCRATS…

    VOTE FOR THE 2018 BUDGET

    STOP THE “EXPLETIVE”  DRUGS POURING ACROSS THE MEXICAN BORDER INTO OUR COUNTRY THAT KILLED  66,324 AMERICANS IN ONE YEAR. 

    FUND THE  WALL AND BUILD PRESIDENT TRUMP’S WALL

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    Jan 17, 2018 White House chief of staff John Kelly interview on Fox News

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said on Wednesday he believed Congress would pass a stopgap bill to keep the U.S. government funded ahead of a Friday deadline.

    Kelly made the comment during an interview with Fox News, after Republican leaders in Congress proposed a stopgap bill that would fund the U.S. government through Feb. 16 and avert a shutdown, dealing a blow to Democrats who want such a measure to include immigration protections.

    Stopped here (short form for email)

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    S.1291 – 107th Congress (2001-2002): DREAM Act | Congress.gov …

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/107th-congress/senate-bill/1291

    Shown Here: Reported to Senate with amendment(s) (06/20/2002). Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act or the DREAM Act – Amends the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to repeal the denial of an unlawful alien’s eligibility for higher education benefits based on State …

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    S.2205 – 110th Congress (2007-2008): DREAM Act of 2007 …

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/110th-congress/senate-bill/2205

    Shown Here: Introduced in Senate (10/18/2007). Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2007 or DREAM Act of 2007 – Authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to cancel the removal of, and adjust to conditional permanent resident status, an alien who: (1) entered the United States before his or her …

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    Text – S.952 – 112th Congress (2011-2012): DREAM Act of 2011 …

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/112th-congress/senate-bill/952/text

    Mr. Durbin (for himself, Mr. Reid, Mr. Leahy, Mr. Schumer, Mr. Menendez, Mr. Levin, Mr. Lieberman, Mr. Akaka, Mr. Begich, Mr. Bennet, Mr. Bingaman, Mr. Blumenthal, Mrs. Boxer, Ms. Cantwell, Mr. Cardin, Mr. Carper, Mr. Coons, Mrs. Feinstein, Mr. Franken, Mrs. Gillibrand, Mr. Harkin, Mr. Kerry, Ms. Klobuchar, Mr. Kohl, Mr.

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    After 16 Futile Years, Congress Will Try Again to Legalize ‘Dreamers …

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/05/us/…/dream-act-daca-trump-congress-dreamers.ht…

    Sep 5, 2017 – Before there was Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, there was Mr. Durbin’s Dream. In 2007, a version of the measure won the support of a majority of senators but fell victim to a bipartisan filibuster that included EIGHT DEMOCRATS. Three years later, the bill passed the House but again did not get …

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    Dream Act 2017: Summary and Answers to Frequently Asked …

    https://www.nilc.org › … › Immigration Reform and Executive Actions › DREAM Act

    Nov 28, 2017 – On July 20, 2017, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced the Dream Act of 2017.[1] It is a bipartisan bill that would provide a direct road to U.S. citizenship for people who are either undocumented, have DACA or temporary protected …

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    bottom line…..

    MY DIRECTIVE TO THE DEMOCRATS…

    VOTE FOR THE 2008 BUDGET

    STOP THE “EXPLETIVE”  DRUGS POURING ACROSS THE MEXICAN BORDER INTO OUR COUNTRY THAT KILLED  66,324 AMERICANS IN ONE YEAR. 

    FUND THE  WALL AND BUILD PRESIDENT TRUMP’S WALL


  • 2017 SMP Exposing DOE’s Abuse of Citizenry

    INDEED, DISCOVERY, PUBLIC RECORDS, REDISCOVERY, DOCUMENTING AND EXPOSING

    Dec 5, 2009 to Nov 15, 2017 Exposing DOE’s Abuse of Citizenry on the 2012-2014- 2017 DCD SMP Update Drafts in Clallam County WA.

    2011- 2017 SMP Exposing DOE’s AND ESA ADOLFSON’s Abuse of Citizenry and the project manager.

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    State Senators Hold Hearing Exposing DOE’s Abuse of Citizenry …

    dev.myfreedomfoundation.com/…/state-senators-hold-hearing-exposing-doe’s-abuse-…

    SMP Messaging guide for bureaucrats and pro-SMP 2012 … Unfortunately, when it comes to the SMP updates, it is clear the Department of … Quinn lying down.

    Snippet…

    2014 Another sample DOE email shared by various DOE employees – citizens are at “homer simpson” level of intelligence: DOE employee Zink says citizens are like homer simpson level

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    My quote,

    2017- Hello Country Bumpkins…

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    ev.myfreedomfoundation.com/blogs/liberty-live/state-senators-hold-hearing-exposing-doe’s-abuse-citizenry-and-local-government

    Instead of these decisions being made by local elected officials, the Department of Ecology uses its position of authority to bully local jurisdictions and dominate the process — despite what Gordon White, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program Manager for DOE (current salary $102,767) stated at the hearing (see 14:38).

    In my testimony (at 1:03:00), I highlighted examples (obtained through public records requests) of Ecology’s negative attitude towards citizens and the dismissive attitude they have towards those who disagree with them.  Here they are, as promised:

    1)  DOE Water Quality Program Manager Bill Moore (current salary $92,592referring to property owners who participated in the public process at a public hearing in Asotin County in 2011 with contempt, specifically calling them  “rable” (the misspelling is his). Citizens are rable according to DOE Bill Moore

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    2011- 2017 SMP Exposing DOE’s AND ESA ADOLFSON’s Abuse of Citizenry

    DOE MICHELLE McCONNELL AND  ESA MARGARET CLANCY

    My comment on a social media  post Posted on March 30, 2014 by Al B.

    AFTER EIGHT YEARS TOGETHER ON THE JEFFERSON COUNTY SMP UPDATE, ESA MARGARET CLANCY AND DOE MICHELLE McCONNELL ARE TOGETHER AGAIN, ANOTHER EXTREMELY HARD JOB, SHEPHERDING THE CLALLAM COUNTY PLANNING DEPT THRU THE CLALLAM COUNTY 2017 SMP UPDATE DRAFT.

    I’M A CONCERNED CITIZEN… JUST ASKING

    DOE ABUSE? COLLUSION?  OR JUST BEING GOOD SHEPHERDS?

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    IT ONLY TAKES TWO TO RAKE IN THE DOUGH

    DOE MICHELLE McCONNELL AND  ESA MARGARET CLANCY

    2011 THE TIP OF THE ESA ADOLFSON COOKIE CUTTING IN WA STATE SMP UPDATES. YOU WILL FIND THEM  ASSOCIATED WITH  24 COOKIE CUTTING SMP UPDATES IN WA STATE.  

    INCLUDING  PIERCE COUNTY,

    CITY OF TACOMA, CLALLAM COUNTY, CITY OF SAMMISH, KENMORE, ISSAQUAH, WOODWAY, MASON COUNTY, ISLAND COUNTY,CITY OF SHORELINE, WHATCOM COUNTY, VANCOUVER, TUKWILLA, DUVALL, CLARK COUNTY, LACEY, GIG HARBOR, MULKITO, RENTON, JEFFERSON COUNTY, CITY OF RIDGEFIELD, EATONVILLE, PUYALLUP, CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE AND THE CITY OF LOWELL IN OREGON. 

    What the ELECTED WA State Senators did in Pierce County about the Pierce County  SMP Update, should be happening on the DCD 2017 Clallam County SMP Update Draft.

    Well, except for the fact that Clallam County only has three elected representatives and they are all UNRESPONSIVE DEMOCRATS.

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     REDISCOVERING, DOCUMENTING, EXPOSING AND DISSEMINATING

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    State Senators Hold Hearing Exposing DOE’s Abuse of Citizenry …

    dev.myfreedomfoundation.com/…/state-senators-hold-hearing-exposing-doe’s-abuse-…

    SMP Messaging guide for bureaucrats and pro-SMP 2012 … Unfortunately, when it comes to the SMP updates, it is clear the Department of … Quinn lying down.

    April 21, 2014

    Glen Morgan
    Adjunct Fellow

    Last Thursday, members of the Washington State Senate convened in Sumner to discuss the damaging effects of the Shoreline Management Act (SMA) on property rights.  We referenced this hearing here. Of particular interest in this discussion was the role the Department of Ecology plays in the SMP update process.

    Legislators in attendance were Sen. Pam Roach (R-31st), Sen. Bruce Dammeir (R-25th), Sen. Jan Angel (R-26th), Sen. Doug Ericksen (R-42nd), Sen. Bob Hasegawa (D-11th), and Rep. Graham Hunt (R-2nd).

    Pierce County Councilmembers Dan Roach, Jim McCune and Joyce McDonald also came to ask questions and listen to public comment.

    Fortunately, for all those unable to attend, you can see the complete TVW coverage of this hearing here, and I would strongly recommend anyone who cares about property rights, or who wants to see citizens point out the many problems with the Department of Ecology, to watch and share this video.

    Approximately 150 residents attended the hearing.  Many of them also testified.

    The meeting was initiated due to the concerns raised by many residents of Pierce County about the Department of Ecology imposing significant changes to the current Pierce County Shoreline Master Plan that are not supported by the public.

    The required seven-year update is taking place right now in Pierce County, and the façade of the SMP update being a “locally driven process” is quickly fading away. Nobody really believes there is much local control over the process. The public had a big laugh at the Department of Ecology during the hearing when its representatives made this claim.

    Instead of these decisions being made by local elected officials, the Department of Ecology uses its position of authority to bully local jurisdictions and dominate the process — despite what Gordon White, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program Manager for DOE (current salary $102,767) stated at the hearing (see 14:38).

    In my testimony (at 1:03:00), I highlighted examples (obtained through public records requests) of Ecology’s negative attitude towards citizens and the dismissive attitude they have towards those who disagree with them.  Here they are, as promised:

    1)  DOE Water Quality Program Manager Bill Moore (current salary $92,592)  referring to property owners who participated in the public process at a public hearing in Asotin County in 2011 with contempt, specifically calling them  “rable” (the misspelling is his). Citizens are rable according to DOE Bill Moore

    2)  DOE Supervisor Erik Stockdale (current salary $69,588) refusing to recognize scientific studies that disprove long-held Ecology dogma and suggesting other Ecology employees hide e-mail records from the public by deleting them. See this classic Youtube video from the San Juans.  It is unknown how successful Stockdale and other DOE employees have been at violating state law by deleting other public records. DOE Erik Stockdale lets delete these public records

    3) Creating “messaging-guides” that recommend government officials avoid talking about the impacts the SMP has on property values, property rights and personal freedom. Instead, the guide says, they should appeal to fear. The guide goes on to recommend local government officials create a “compelling SMP story,” which includes “villains” (we can safely assume this means shoreline property owners).  “Opponents” are defined as people who support “freedom and prosperity” (page 4) and the Freedom Foundation as an example of an opponent (page 5).  Our tax dollars funded this.  SMP Messaging guide for bureaucrats and pro-SMP 2012

    4)  Ecology Director Ted Sturdevant (salary was $138,523 before he went to work in Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration as executive director of the Legislative and Policy Office) referring to arguments against proposed Ecology rules as “right-wing propaganda b******t,” and calling Republican politicians who disagree with his agency’s position: “f******s.”  DOE director Sturdevant calls Republicans fkrs DOE director Sturdevant calls WPC rwbullsht DOE director Sturdevant oddly attacks tea party

    Of the various attendees from all over Washington state who attended and testified at this hearing, nobody wants to see the health of the shorelines be degraded. However, there was clearly no confidence that DOE is an honest player in this process.

    This was certainly the case for residents of Lake Tapps, where Ecology is trying to force Pierce County to apply a 50-foot buffer around the shoreline of this manmade lake.

    Unfortunately, when it comes to the SMP updates, it is clear the Department of Ecology is not an honest participant in the process. Unfortunately, the evidence shows the Department of Ecology doesn’t regulate the environment, but it clearly does attempt to regulate people, dissenters and the message.

    We are thankful that some of our elected officials are starting to look into this situation, and last Thursday’s hearing was a great start towards exposing the truth about the abuse by state government agencies.

    “Rabble”

    Another sample DOE email shared by various DOE employees – citizens are at “homer simpson” level of intelligence: DOE employee Zink says citizens are like homer simpson level

    Still a little confused about how the Dept. of Ecology is organized at the top level?  That’s okay, most of these state agencies are set up to be a little confusing.  Here is a brief upper management org chart.  A more detailed and complete org chart can be obtained directly from the DOE via an information request.  The 1500+ emloyee positions are pretty well connected on that chart, but it will take you some time to sort it out.

    Update:  Here is a podcast from Seattle’s KTTH David Boze’s show.

    Liberty Live SEIU Up To Its Old ‘Tricks,’ Trying To Suppress The Truth Predictably, SEIU 775 isn’t taking the Freedom Foundation’s efforts to expose its reluctance to comply with Harris v. Quinn lying down.

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    THE DEADLINE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON THE DCD 2017 SMP DRAFT UPDATE  IS DEC 12, 2017….

    Email your comments to:  SMP@co.clallam.wa.us  Clallam County Board of Commissioners

    What will happen who knows?

    Meanwhile this Tenacious Clallam County Country Bumpkin  is doing the usual….

    I’ll just keep making more 2017 SMP Update Draft Public comments,  posting them on my website, and sending them around in cyberspace.

    THE BOTTOM LINE  ON THE 2017 CLALLAM COUNTY SMP UPDATE ……

    MUST NOT BE…..

    P.S.  I EXPECT TO HAVE SOME MORON TRY TO MAKE US MOVE OUR HOUSE BACK ANOTHER 500 FEET FROM THE BEACH.