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  • The NPS Wild Wilderness SCAM Continues..

    The THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS) WILD Wilderness SCAM Continues..

    INDEED, IN AUG, 2016 THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS)  IS CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF THE GROSS MISMANAGEMENT OF MORE THAN 84 MILLION ACRES OF PUBLIC LAND IN 412 AREAS

    THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS) IS $12,000,000,000.00  $12 BILLION DOLLARS BEHIND ON MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR OF AMERICAS NATIONAL PARKS

    Centennial Initiative 2016 – National Park Service

    https://www.nps.gov/nava/learn/…/centennial-initiative-2016.ht…

    NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IN CELEBRATION OF THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IN 2016, … THINGS TO COME AS THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE PREPARES TO CELEBRATE 100 YEARS!

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    THE WILD OLYMPIC CAMPAIGN SUPPORTS THE PROPOSED WILD OLYMPICS WILDERNESS AND WILD & SCENIC RIVERS ACT,

    WHICH WAS REINTRODUCED LAST YEAR BY U.S. SEN. PATTY MURRAY, D-SEATTLE, AND U.S. REP. DEREK KILMER, D-GIG HARBOR.

     SO… THE WILD OLYMPICS SCAM CONTINUES IN 2016

    NINTY FIVE PERCENT 95% OF THE MILLION ACRES OF THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK IS ALREADY WILD. period

    AND, NINTY FIVE PERCENT 95% OF THE MILLION ACRES OF THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK IS NOT MAINTAINED OR REPAIRED. period

    SO…  the National Park Service (NPS) has mismanaged 84 million acres of public parks for 100 years, to the tune of $12,000,000,000.00  $12 BILLION DOLLARS AND,“BECAUSE THAT MONEY DOESN’T EXIST IN THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE.”.

    THINGS TO COME AS THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE PREPARES TO CELEBRATE 100 YEARS?

     U.S. SEN. PATTY MURRAY, D-SEATTLE, AND U.S. REP. DEREK KILMER, D-GIG HARBOR ARE CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF A FAILED NPS BY REINTRODUCING A  BILL THAT WOULD PERMANENTLY TAKE  AND MAKE  MORE THAN 126,000 ACRES OF NEW MISMANAGED WILDERNESS AREAS ON JUST THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA.

    U.S. SEN. PATTY MURRAY, D-SEATTLE IS UP FOR RE-ELECTION

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    NPR: National parks have a long to-do list but can’t cover the repair costs

    www.npr.org/…/nationalparks-have-a-long-to-do-list-but-cant-cover-the-repair-cos…

    NPR MAR 8, 2016 – THERE IS A NEARLY $12 BILLION MAINTENANCE BACKLOG OF WORK THAT NEEDS … SAYS, “BECAUSE THAT MONEY DOESN’T EXIST IN THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE.”.

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    HOW WILD IS THE WILD WILDERNESS ACT?

    THERE ARE OVER 700 FEDERALLY DESIGNATED WILDERNESS AREAS IN FORTY-FOUR STATES, COVERING MORE THAN 107 MILLION ACRES OF LAND, OR AROUND 5% OF THE UNITED STATES LAND BASE.

     AND THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS) IS  RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GROSS MISMANAGEMENT AND NEGLECT OF  MORE THAN 84 MILLION ACRES OF THAT 107 MILLION ACRES OF PUBLIC LAND IN 412  OF OVER 700 AREAS IN FORTY-FOUR STATES.

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    Centennial Initiative 2016 – National Park Service

    https://www.nps.gov/nava/learn/…/centennial-initiative-2016.ht…

    NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IN CELEBRATION OF THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IN 2016, … THINGS TO COME AS THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE PREPARES TO CELEBRATE 100 YEARS!

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    Using statistics from, MAR 15, 2012

    The Wilderness Act is widely known as one of the nation’s preeminent

    preservation statutes.

    FEDERALLY DESIGNATED WILDERNESS AREAS ARE FOUND WITHIN EACH MAJOR CATEGORY OF THE FEDERAL PUBLIC LANDs…….

    1. NATIONAL FORESTS
    2. NATIONAL PARKS
    3. WILDLIFE REFUGES
    4. PUBLIC LANDS MANAGED BY THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT (BLM)

    THERE ARE OVER 700 FEDERALLY DESIGNATED WILDERNESS AREAS IN FORTY-FOUR STATES, COVERING MORE THAN 107 MILLION ACRES OF LAND, OR AROUND 5% OF THE UNITED STATES LAND BASE.11

    THE VAST MAJORITY OF WILDERNESS IN THE LOWER FORTY-EIGHT STATES—ABOUT 75%—IS LOCATED  WITHIN ONLY FIVE ECOREGIONS: one desert ecoregion—the Mojave Desert of

    California—and four high elevation ecoregions—the southern and middle

    Rocky Mountains, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and the Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

    Read more at https://law.lclark.edu/live/files/11181-421zellmerpdf Lewis & Clark Law School

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    July 24, 2016 JUST ASKING?

    WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE REST OF THE GROSSLY MISMANAGED FEDERAL PUBLIC LAND?

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    Wild Olympics | Citizen Review Online

    citizenreviewonline.org/category/wildolympics/

    Olympic Peninsula, WA – The Wild Olympics debate has continued locally. ….. CONSPIRACY EXPOSED Oct. 8, 1992 The notarized document was written on …

    Wild Olympics – Oct. 8, 1992 to Oct. 29, 2012

    Commentary by Pearl Rains-Hewett

    Posted 10/29/2012

    CONSPIRACY EXPOSED Oct. 8, 1992 The notarized document  was written on Oct. 8, 1992 by George C. Rains Sr. when he was 77 years old.

    OVER 20 YEARS AGO George C. Rains Sr. WROTE

    How can a Federal Government of ours pay money for things like this when our government is many trillions of dollars in debt?

    This conspiracy will never end unless you people, property owners and tax payers start fighting back to stop the conspiracy and the taking of all our property on the Olympic Peninsula.

     The Olympic National Park has doubled in size to over one million acres or more.

     Most people have no knowledge of these vast encroachments to take our property and property rights on the Olympic Peninsula, and it is time that the truth be known. Land and Power Grab

     The National Park Service has no respect for private property ownership and rights.

     Attempts are being made to grab land corridors on each side of the major rivers on the Olympic Peninsula. If they succeed here attempts will be made to grab land corridors on smaller streams on the Olympic Peninsula.

     Pearl Rains Hewett

    Read on if you are concerned Continue reading

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    THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN, WILDERNESS, WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS IS MORE THAN A SCAM

    UNDER THE WILDERNESS ACT OF 1964,

    THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN, WILDERNESS, WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS, is not a giving of access of public land to THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    indeed,  IT IS A TAKING OF PUBLIC LAND ACCESS, it is a taking of the full use and enjoyment to over 300 million people

    THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN  is a dishonest scheme; “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage”

     And basically, call it the ignorance, of American citizens or whatever,

    But basically, the ignorance, of American citizens, is really, really critical for  THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN, WILDERNESS, WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS to pass.”

    THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN  is more than a fraud, a thing intended to deceive others, typically by unjustifiably claiming or being credited with accomplishments or qualities.

    THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN  is more than a swindle, using deception to deprive (someone) of money or possessions..

    The Wild Olympics Scam

    www.wildolympicsscam.com/

    stop the wild olympics, agenda 21, land grabs; will devastate rural communities.

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    July 18, 2016

    HOW WILD IS THIS LIBERAL NEWS REPORTING?

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     07.18.16

    Map released in support of Wild Olympics campaign; two outdoor retailers touting Peninsula’s nature, recreation

    Two popular outdoor clothing retailers are encouraging their customers to visit the Olympic Peninsula and support the Wild Olympics campaign.

    REI and Patagonia are promoting the Wild Olympics campaign at REI Seattle and online, encouraging customers to experience the diverse nature and outdoor recreation available on the North Olympic Peninsula.

    THE CAMPAIGN SUPPORTS THE PROPOSED WILD OLYMPICS WILDERNESS AND WILD & SCENIC RIVERS ACT, WHICH WAS REINTRODUCED LAST YEAR BY U.S. SEN. PATTY MURRAY, D-SEATTLE, AND U.S. REP. DEREK KILMER, D-GIG HARBOR.

    The bill would permanently protect more than 126,000 acres of new wilderness areas in Olympic National Forest and 19 Olympic Peninsula rivers and their tributaries as Wild and Scenic Rivers — the first ever on the Peninsula.

    Initiative’s shaping

    The effort comes out of a process involving local communities, businesses and economic leaders of the Olympic Peninsula who helped shape the initiative, organizers said.

    “For those of us that live on the Peninsula, we know about the natural beauty,” said state Rep. Steve THARINGER, A SEQUIM DEMOCRAT who represents the 24th Legislative District. “That’s the advantage of living here.

    “You can choose to walk on the spit or go up in the hills and walk in the Olympics. There’s a lot of folks that don’t know the variety we have here.”

    The North Olympic Timber Action Committee has been looking for a compromise to the legislation for the past several years that would help support the timber industry, said Carol Johnson, executive director.

    NOTAC substantially agrees with the concept of the proposal but wants to remove areas that are routinely logged, she said.

    “What we said is, make some adjustments to the proposal and bring into the plan a timber base that is routinely roaded,” she said.

    “Make that part of the plan so we can have a sustainable harvest level in perpetuity and have our support.”

    Connie Gallant, chair of the Wild Olympics, called the partnership with REI and Patagonia exciting.

    “It is our hope that legislation happens in the near future because it will benefit our economy and environment a great deal,” she said.

    Outdoor recreation groups REI and Patagonia unveiled a new “Destination Wild Olympics” map, highlighting some recreation places in the Wild Olympics proposal.

    To view the map, see http://tinyurl.com/PDN-wildolympicsmap.

    The map highlights some spots on the North Peninsula that locals will know well, including the Dungeness River, Dungeness Spit, Sol Duc River, Sol Duc Falls Trail and local rivers.

    THARINGER SAID one of the goals is to get more people outside the area enjoying the nature that is offered on the Peninsula.

    “It’s a way to highlight the beauty and the wilderness in the park,” he said.

    “When folks are searching on the internet for things to do outside, you’ll never know what will trigger their interest.”

    Port Angeles City Councilwoman SISSI BRUCH SAID she supports the new initiative.

    “The idea of encouraging people who love the outdoors to come to our pristine wilderness areas while supporting their preservation has great synergy,” she said.

    “This, in concert with Port Angeles’ designation as the second-best outdoor town, validates Port Angeles’ status as a world-class outdoor recreation destination and speaks highly of our need to protect this unique and pristine environment.”

    The campaign comes from lawmakers and the outdoor clothing companies’ desires to protect and promote the outdoors, Tharinger said.

    ‘Promoting the outdoors’

    “I served on a GOVERNOR’S TASK FORCE with people from REI, and they are interested in promoting the outdoors,” he said.

    “I think it’s a synergy between PATAGONIA, REI AND THE FOLKS INTERESTED IN GETTING THE LEGISLATION PASSED THROUGH CONGRESS.”

    THARINGER SAID there is concern about the designations regarding logging but that he doesn’t see an impact to the commercial logging industry.

    “Making these designations is not going to impact the timber supply, but it does bolster the tourist industry,” he said.

    Free hard copies of the map will also be available at REI retail outlets in the Puget Sound area.
    By:  Jesse Major
    Source: Peninsula Daily News

    The bottom line….

    Basically, the ignorance, of American citizens, is really, really critical for  THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN, WILDERNESS, WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS to pass.


  • Public Land Use? Howls of Complaints?

    I received information on, the Public ” HOWLING” on Public Land Use complaints against the feds, in an email from Liz Bowen Pie N Politics in California.

    Public lands ‘listening’ session brings howls of complaints …

    www.deseretnews.com/…/Publiclandslisteningsessionbri
    Deseret News

    15 hours ago – Public landslistening’ session brings howls of complaints against feds.

    17 Comments ». By Amy Joi O’Donoghue, Deseret …

    13 hours ago – Public lands ‘listening’ session brings howls of complaints against feds … Chris Stewart, R-Utah, convened the session in St. George — part of his congressional district — to let county …. Kick the Feds out of our state, period!
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    So, I sent a comment to…..

    Dear Senator Lankford,
    I received the following information in an email from a friend in California. It is an on-going country wide issue.
    We the people have no way of resolving this problem, other than forwarding this information to a concerned, responsive, elected representative in WA DC…..
    the bottom line…
    “Congress is really our last, best hope for solving this.”

    Thank you,
    Pearl Rains Hewett

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    Then… I made a comment on Pie N Politics website

    Pie N Politics | LizBowen.com

    lizbowen.com/?page_id=393

    Pie N Politics. Like many areas of the United States, citizens in Siskiyou County are finding government regulations are destroying their RIGHTS. This includes …
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    my comment to Pie N Politics ….
    If you want an elected federal representative to “LISTEN” to your complaints and respond.. Senator Lankford, is your man.
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    Dear Senator Lankford,
    I received the following information in an email from a friend in California. It is an on-going country wide issue.
    We the people have no way of resolving this problem, other than forwarding this information to a concerned, responsive, elected representative in WA DC……
    the bottom line…
    “Congress is really our last, best hope for solving this.”

    Thank you,
    Pearl Rains Hewett
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    Sent and received by Team Lankford!
    Thanks
    Thank you for reaching out to Team Lankford! Your form has been successfully submitted. Someone on our team will get back to you as soon as possible.
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    I have three (3) mostly, usually, unconcerned, unresponsive elected representative in WA DC
    Rep. Derek Kilmer, and Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell.
    And, I have three (3) mostly, usually, unconcerned, unresponsive elected representative in WA State
    Rep. Steve Tharinger, Kevin Van De Wege and Senator Jim Hargrove
    And, I have three (3) mostly, usually, unconcerned, unresponsive elected representative, Commissioners in Clallam County WA.

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    I have been, well… sort of howling at all nine (9) of them, mostly D-WA representatives, sending them emails, and asking them questions for years.. about restricted public and private land use, among other things.

    And, all nine (9) of my elected representatives are mostly D-WA, are mostly, usually, unconcerned and unresponsive. period.

    Like, I might as well have been howling at the moon…

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    Fortunately, My grandson set up this website for me… registered 2013-01-29.
    Today is 2016-01-23, I’ve spent nearly three years researching, documenting and posting over 650 comments on restricted public and private land use, among other things.
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    Well, Like I said….
    IF YOU WANT AN ELECTED FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVE TO “LISTEN” TO YOUR COMPLAINTS AND RESPOND.. SENATOR LANKFORD, IS YOUR GO TO MAN.
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    My comments matter, as a matter of fact… I even got a Christmas card

    (I know a robo card)

    However, the bottom line on Senator Lankford Christmas card is…
    Stay Connected!
    If you would like more information on these topics or any other legislation currently before the U.S. Senate, please do not hesitate to call my D.C. office at (202) 224-5754. My Oklahoma City office can be reached at (405) 231-4941 and my Tulsa office at (918) 581-7651. You can also follow me on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram for updates on my work in Congress.
    —– Original Message —–
    From: Sen. James Lankford
    To: phew@wavecable.com
    Sent: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 7:20 AM
    Subject: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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    BACK TO THE HOWLING…

    Public lands ‘listening’ session brings howls of complaints …
    www.deseretnews.com/…/Public-lands-listening-session-bri…

    WHO’S LISTENING?
    Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, Jason Chaffetz R-Utah, Rob Bishop R-Utah, as well as Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas
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    I received the following information in an email from Liz Bowen Pie N Politics in California.
    full text…
    By Amy Joi O’Donoghue,
    Deseret News
    Published: Friday, Jan. 22 2016 10:00 p.m. MST
    ST. GEORGE — Four U.S. congressmen spent several hours Friday hearing a litany of complaints asserting federal land management agencies are harming families and livelihoods and need to be reigned in — if not eliminated altogether.
    Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, convened the session in St. George — part of his congressional district — to let county leaders and others air their views on federal public lands management in Utah.
    The list of grievances was long: grazing reductions, wild horse and burro overpopulation, agencies colluding with environmental groups in illegal, backdoor meetings, heavy-handed law enforcement tactics and dismissive attitudes by faceless bureaucrats that are harming rural life in Utah.
    “Is there any question or any wonder why people are angry? It seems glaringly obvious to me why people are angry,” Stewart said.
    “It did not used to be this way, and it does not have to be this way in the future.”
    Commissioners from six rural counties in Utah implored Stewart and Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Rob Bishop, R-Utah, as well as Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas, to fix what’s wrong with the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service, emphasizing they’re at the breaking point.
    “Elected officials have tried to protect their constituents from the overreach the best we can, but it is tough to compete with special interest groups,” said Washington County Commissioner Victor Iverson. “Congress is really our last, best hope for solving this.”
    Iverson and others blasted agencies for “sue and settle” policies that have left Western lands in paralysis for grazing, timber production, ranching and other uses.
    “Range management is more a result of lawsuit than science,” Iverson said. “Special interest groups sue the land management agencies and they agree to settle on terms that do not benefit the general public and are almost never disclosed. … There is an overabundance of failed public policies.”
    Beaver County Commissioner Tammy Pearson described struggling ranchers held hostage by the proliferation of wild horses that are ruining a drought-striken range for cattle, wildlife and other uses.
    Pearson, a rancher herself, said the situation is dire.
    “Producers have exhausted their financial reserves, have lost their faith in federal agencies and have been backed into a corner by those agencies and so-called environmentalists and advocacy groups,”

    she said. “This grief has caused the uprisings that we see in Nevada, Oregon, and quite possibly in Utah.”
    Westerman, who said the BLM does not operate in his state, said it was clear to him there is a problem that has to be addressed.
    “We are all going to have disagreements on something as passionate as how federal public lands are used. It is more the process that I am worried about. Broken promises. Collusion. Lack of trust. Closed door meetings, circumvention of the law and double standards. Those are not the kind of words that are beneficial to our country regardless of what location you are at.”
    Stewart told the crowd he is committed to finding a solution given the realities that are playing out in Utah and elsewhere in the West.
    “You cannot protect Utah families if you don’t give them hope for the future,” he said. “And you can’t give them hope for the future if they feel like the federal government has a boot at their throat.”
    Email: amyjoi@deseretnews.com
    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865646022/Public-lands-listening-session-brings-howls-of-complaints-against-feds.html
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    Congressional committee rails on BLM over Washington …

    WOW Snippets, full text below….

    “These issues are not only important to not only Utah, they are important to the whole country,”

    Members of a congressional subcommittee skewered the acting director of the Bureau of Land Management of Utah Friday over a proposed land use plan they say ignores the will of residents and the letter of a 2009 public lands law for Washington County.

    “We are here because Congress is hearing a crescendo of complaints about

    “We are here to get to the bottom of it.”

    BLM tactics and policies across the country, and St. George seems to be a poster child of BLM bad behavior,” said Tom McClintock, R-California and chairman of the House Natural Resources Federal Subcommittee.

    The agency’s preferred action in the land use plan released last year proposes to reduce grazing by 40 percent in those national conservation areas,

    restrict St. George’s access to up to 37 percent of its water

    and does not include a northern transportation corridor through the Red Cliffs area in Washington County, according to critics.

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    Ful ltext

    Congressional committee rails on BLM over Washington …

    www.deseretnews.com/…/Congressionalcommitteerails-on
    Deseret News

    23 hours ago – Congressional committee rails on BLM over Washington County land … about a Bureau of Land Management proposed land use plan they …

    ST. GEORGE — Members of a congressional subcommittee skewered the acting director of the Bureau of Land Management of Utah Friday over a proposed land use plan they say ignores the will of residents and the letter of a 2009 public lands law for Washington County.

    “We are here because Congress is hearing a crescendo of complaints about

    “We are here to get to the bottom of it.”

    The subcommittee convened the rare field hearing after McClintock said they’d heard a litany of complaints over the BLM’s draft resource management plans proposed for the Beaver Dam Wash and Red Cliffs National Conservation Areas.

    The plan is being crafted as a result of the 2009 Public Lands Omnibus Act, which McClintock said embodied the spirit of compromise and was held up as a model for locally generated public lands planning across the nation.

    “This subcommittee doesn’t normally hold hearings on individual land use plans. But it appears that the BLM, which administers nearly half of the land area of Washington County, has ignored the will of Congress and thumbed its nose at the people whose taxes support this government and whose livelihoods and quality of life are now directly threatened by it.”

    The agency’s preferred action in the land use plan released last year proposes to reduce grazing by 40 percent in those national conservation areas, restrict St. George’s access to up to 37 percent of its water and does not include a northern transportation corridor through the Red Cliffs area in Washington County, according to critics.

    Washington County Commission Chairman Alan Gardner and St. George Mayor Jon Pike both testified at the hearing — held at the Dixie Convention Center in St. George — that they were left out of BLM’s planning process and surprised at the plan’s components when it was released.

    “I would have expected to have had many discussions with the BLM about all of these issues that have been raised today,” Pike said,

    particularly since they concern water rights.

    “I would have liked to have had those conversations before the plan was released.”

    Acting BLM Utah Director Jenna Whitlock defended her agency and disputed the allegation local elected officials were not involved in the planning stages.

    “We really feel like we have a good record,” she said, adding she believes the proposed plan follows the 2009 law.

    The hearing, which was attended by Utah Reps. Jason Chaffetz, Chris Stewart and Rob Bishop, drew sympathetic comments from Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas, who said these divisive land issues impact everyone.

    “These issues are not only important to not only Utah, they are important to the whole country,” he said, adding that he had read about the controversy 1,000 miles away in his home state. “It appears to me that the law is being ignored, this law passed by Congress. This seems to be a pattern with the BLM. … Do you recognize that you are creating some really bad publicity for the BLM across the country?”

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    I am compelled to insert this comment.

    “If you want to understand why so many people distrust the federal government, this is a good example,” @RepChrisStewart re BLM plans

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    And, this  comment.

    Iverson and others blasted agencies for “sue and settle” policies that have left Western lands in paralysis for grazing, timber production, ranching and other uses.

    The issue of “WILD NON-PROFITS”  undue partisan influence on the US government, is not only important to Utah, the “WILD NON-PROFITS” are a threat to the Public use of public  and private land in the whole country.

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    Friday’s hearing was packed with members of the public sporting “Wild Utah” pins who are supportive of BLM’s planning efforts that are designed to conserve the desert tortoise, which was added to the Endangered Species list in 1990 and conserve desert landscapes.

    Paul Van Dam, one of the witnesses who testified at the subcommittee hearing, said the BLM is a responsive agency and was engaged with the public while it crafted its proposed plan.

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    Really…”If you want to understand why so many people distrust the federal government, this is a good example,” @RepChrisStewart re BLM plans

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    “I have dealt with the BLM for a long time,” said Van Dam, who used to head up the grass-roots environmental organization called Citizens for Dixie’s Future. “My experiences are positive.”

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    Sorry, I can’t resist this one..

    no duh… radical non-profits usually do have a positive experience with the BLM

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    the bottom line…

    “These issues are not only important to not only Utah, they are important to the whole country,”
    Email your comments to Senator Lankford, Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, Jason Chaffetz R-Utah, Rob Bishop R-Utah, as well as Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas they are are listening..

    Rep. Chris Stewart told the crowd he is committed to finding a solution given the realities that are playing out in Utah and elsewhere in the West.

    “Congress is really our last, best hope for solving this.”
    Thank you,
    Pearl Rains Hewett


  • The Promised Land Olympic National Park

    The Promised Land Olympic National Park

    Sept. 30, 1937 President Roosevelt came to Port Angeles WA
    A banner hung across the courthouse saying: “Mr. President, we children need your help. Give us our Olympic National Park.”
    President Roosevelt said “Mr. Mayor and my friends of Port Angeles,” “That sign is the appealingest appeal I have ever seen in my travels. I am inclined to think it counts more to have the children want that park than all the rest of us put together.
    “So, you boys and girls, I think you can count on my help in getting that national park, not only because we need it for us old people and you young people, but for a whole lot of young people who are going to come along in the next hundred years of America.”
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    And, indeed as promised by President Roosevelt, The Promised Land Olympic National Park was CREATED AND enacted.

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    An Act To establish the Olympic National Park, in the State of Washington, and for other purposes, approved June 29, 1938 (52 Stat. 1241)

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
    of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

    16. Olympic National Park Establishment of park Act of June 29, 1938
    Establishment of park Act of June 29, 1938 An Act To establish the Olympic National Park, in the State of Washington, and for other purposes, approved June 29, 1938 (52 Stat. 1241)
    II. NATIONAL PARKS – OLYMPIC
    all west of the Willamette meridian,
    in Washington, are hereby reserved and withdrawn
    from settlement, occupancy, or disposal

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    UNDER THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES AND DEDICATED AND SET APART AS A PUBLIC PARK FOR THE BENEFIT AND ENJOYMENT OF THE PEOPLE AND SHALL BE KNOWN AS THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

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    and all lands formerly
    included in the Mount Olympus National Monument
    and not included in the above description are hereby transferred
    to and made a part of the Olympic National Forest.
    (16 U.S.c. sec. 251.)
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    II. NATIONAL PARKS – OLYMPIC

    SUBJECT TO ALL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLICABLE TO OTHER LANDS
    WITHIN SUCH PARK:
    Provided, That the total area of the
    said park shall not exceed eight hundred and ninety-eight
    thousand two hundred and ninety-two acres:

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    PROVIDED FURTHER, THAT BEFORE ISSUING ANY SUCH PROCLAMATION, THE
    PRESIDENT “SHALL” CONSULT WITH THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF
    WASHINGTON, THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR, AND THE SECRETARY
    of Agriculture
    AND ADVISE THEM OF THE LANDS WHICH HE PROPOSES
    TO ADD TO SUCH PARK, AND SHALL AFFORD THEM A REASONABLE
    OPPORTUNITY TO CONSULT WITH AND COMMUNICATE TO HIM
    THEIR VIEWS AND RECOMMENDATIONS WITH RESPECT TO THE ADDITION
    OF SUCH LANDS TO SUCH PARK.! (16 U.S.c. sec. 255.)

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    SEC. 3. THE INCOME OF EACH COUNTY RECEIVING MONEYS
    FROM THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL FOREST, under the Act of May
    23, 1908 (35 Stat. 260, ch. 192), as amended, shall be proportional to the total area of each county in the Olympic National Forest and the Olympic National Park combined.
    (16 U.S.c. sec. 253.)
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    SEC. 4. The administration, protection, and development
    of the Olympic National Park shall be exercised under
    the direction of the Secretary of the Interior BY THE NATIONAL
    PARK SERVICE, subject to the provisions of the Act of August
    25, 1916 (39 Stat. 535), entitled “An Act to establish a
    National Park Service, and for other purposes”, as amended.
    (16 D.S.C. sec. 254.)
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    SEC. 5. NOTHING HEREIN CONTAINED “SHALL” AFFECT ANY VALID
    EXISTING CLAIM, LOCATION, OR ENTRY MADE UNDER THE LAND LAWS
    OF THE UNITED STATES, WHETHER FOR HOMESTEAD, MINERAL,
    RIGHT~ OF-WAY,
    OR ANY OTHER PURPOSE WHATSOEVER,
    OR SHALL AFFECT THE RIGHT OF ANY SUCH CLAIMANT, LOCATOR,
    OR ENTRYMAN TO THE FULL USE AND ENJOYMENT OF HIS LAND
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    WHY I AM HAVING A PROBLEM WITH

    The 1938 Promised Land Olympic National Park

    Behind My Back | Access Denied

    www.behindmyback.org/category/access–denied/
    Dec 12, 2015 – Derek Kilmer, Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray. ONP ACCESS DENIED TO ALL CITIZENS – PUBLIC LAND – U.S. POPULATION 320 …

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    NOTHING HEREIN CONTAINED “SHALL” AFFECT OR ANY OTHER PURPOSE WHATSOEVER
    SHALL AFFECT THE RIGHT OF ANY SUCH CLAIMANT, LOCATOR, OR ENTRYMAN TO THE FULL USE AND ENJOYMENT OF HIS LAND

    The 1938 Promised Land Olympic National Park?

    Behind My Back | Part 1 (WOW) a War on Wild?

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/01/27/part1wow-a-war-on-wild/

    Jan 27, 2014 – Now is the time for many of us to speak of a War On Wild and keep … Endangered Species Act, in the Federal Register of Friday, July 1, 2011.

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    REFRESH YOUR MEMORY… WHY I AM HAVING A PROBLEM WITH THIS?

    Behind My Back | NPS Connectivity 101

    Posted on October 21, 2013 2:37 pm by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment
    The designation of these World Heritage Sites was authorized by the World Heritage Convention, a treaty signed by President Richard Nixon and ratified in 1973. The World Heritage Program is carried out by UNESCO, to which the United States doesn’t even belong. President Ronald Reagan pulled us out of UNESCO because it was totally corrupt.
    The UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Program was created in 1970. The United States joined in 1974 when our State Department signed a memorandum of understanding (not a treaty) to put us in the Biosphere Program and pledge that the United States will adhere to the Biosphere conditions and limitations laid down by UNESCO. Paragraph 44 of the World Heritage Operational Guidelines states that “natural” Heritage Sites (as contrasted to “cultural”) can be interchanged with “core reserves” of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Program. These core protected areas are planned to be surrounded by highly regulated buffer zones, all for the sake of “biodiversity.”

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    So, the Park Service is choking off the local economy by refusing to maintain certain highways and by buying up any property available. Of course, there will be plenty available as more and more owners are denied the use of their own private property which causes businesses to shut down and the economy to slow.
    http://pages.map.com/bkpowell/unparksofflimits.html
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    REFRESH YOUR MEMORY…

    WHY WOULD ANY ONE OBJECT TO  THE PROMISED PUBLIC LAND OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK BEING GIVEN TO THE UNITED NATIONS IN 1976?

    AS A WILD UNESCO, UN WORLD HERITAGE SITES AND A U.N. MAN AND THE BIOSPHERE.

    IN 1988, CONGRESS DESIGNATED 95% OF OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK AS WILDERNESS. …

    The Wild Olympics Scam

    www.wildolympicsscam.com/

    stop the wild olympics, agenda 21, land grabs; will devastate rural communities.

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    WOW…. OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK LONG-RANGE Interpretive Plan
    November 2010 Plan Highlights
    During the next seven to ten years Olympic National Park interpretive services will provide visitors with opportunities to increase their understanding and appreciation for the park and its resources; to engage in educational opportunities; and to protect the park resources. To provide an active, engaging interpretive program, park staff and partners will work together focused on the following goals:

    INTERPRET ELWHA RIVER 2010-2017 RESTORATION?

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    OR SHALL WE THE PEOPLE

    INTERPRET ELWHA RIVER 2015-2016 DEVASTATION?

    IGNORED BY OUR WA DC ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE Derek Kilmer, Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray

    Behind My Back | Access Denied

    www.behindmyback.org/category/access–denied/
    Dec 12, 2015 – Derek Kilmer, Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray. ONP ACCESS DENIED TO ALL CITIZENS – PUBLIC LAND – U.S. POPULATION 320 …

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    REFRESH YOUR MEMORY…
    1944 OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK LONG-RANGE PLAN

    “George, I should not tell you this, but the long range plan of the National Park Service is to take the whole Olympic Peninsula over and put it in the Olympic National Park and move everyone off the Olympic Peninsula.”
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    REFRESH YOUR MEMORY… ON THE LOSS OF THE PROMISED  OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK PUBLIC LAND… in the step by step acquisition of private and DNR land by the National Park Service, as this is being written and during the last 21 years from 1992 to 2013.

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    Behind My Back | “Conspiracy Exposed”

    The notarized document “Conspiracy Exposed” was written on Oct. 8, 1992 by George C. Rains Sr. when he was 77 years old.
    The referenced “Conspiracy” was exposed in a conversation at Sol Duc Hot Springs between the acting Olympic National Park Superintendent Preston Macy and my father George C. Rains Sr. in 1944.
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    If you are interested? snippets of info on UN AGENDA..

    From the beginning, biosphere reserves were conceived as addressing three
    basic needs or “concerns”:
    1. Conservation Concern -conservation of ecosystems and the genetic resources
    they contain
    2.Logistic Concern-international net work for research, monitoring, and education
    3.Development Concerns of sustainable human uses of ecosystems

    In 1988,the National Committee declined approval of U.S. participation in
    nominating a multi-site biosphere reserve in northern Minnesota and adjacent Canada

    BASED ON CONCERNS OF LOCAL CITIZENS GROUPS OVER THE IMPLICATIONS OF BIOSPHERE RESERVE DESIGNATION ON TRADITIONAL RESOURCE USES.

    Although the concerns lacked a factual basis, the Committee’s unprecedented rejection of a nomination underscored the need to enlist stakeholder participation in the biosphere reserve planning process

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    ATTACHMENT II EXECUTIVE
    OFFICE OF TUB PRESIDENT
    OFFICE Of SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT
    AND BUDGET $$$$$
    Washington,D.C.10503
    MARCH 9,1979
    MEMORANDUM FOR HEADS OF “CERTAIN” DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
    SUBJECT: U.S. Participation in UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Program

    Designation of sites administered by state and local governments, nongovernmental organizations, and private institutions has increased steadily during the past decade (see Attachment IV). In 1976, all BR sites were Federal. Non-Federal participation has been the principal factor in growth of the network since 1983
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  • Educations Most Onerous Provisions

    Educations Most Onerous Provisions

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    ONEROUS by definition (of a task, duty, or responsibility) involving an amount of effort and difficulty that is oppressively burdensome.

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    2002 THE NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND (NCLB) WAS AN “ONEROUS” FEDERAL LAW PASSED BY CONGRESS. It was to effect what (curriculum) STUDENTS were taught (using common core) by their TEACHERS in public schools.

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    CURRICULUM—2002 T0 2012 HOWEVER GRAND (THE FEDERAL EDUCATION) PLANS MAY BE—CAN ONLY BE THAT PORTION OF THE (common core curriculum) PLAN THAT ACTUALLY REACHES THE STUDENT.

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    EMPHASIZING THE OUTCOMES OF TEACHING COMMON CORE CURRICULUM AND LEARNING

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    TEACHING? TEACHING IS A SYSTEM OF ACTIONS INTENDED TO PRODUCE “LEARNING”, TO CAUSE THE STUDENT TO “LEARN” and acquire the desired knowledge, skills and also desirable ways of living in the society.

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    It is a process in which LEARNER, TEACHER, COMMON CORE CURRICULUM and other variables are ORGANIZED IS A SYSTEMATIC AND PSYCHOLOGICAL WAY TO ATTAIN SOME PRE-DETERMINED GOALS.

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    Which brings us to the OUTCOME OF “NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND”

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    IN 2012 SAT READING AND WRITING SCORES DROPPED TO LOWEST IN HISTORY

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    In 2012, the Obama ADMINISTRATION began “BEATING THE NCLB DEAD HORSE” by offering flexibility to states regarding specific CURRICULUM requirements of NCLB IN EXCHANGE FOR RIGOROUS AND COMPREHENSIVE TESTING.

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    IN 2015 SAT SCORES AT THE LOWEST POINT IN A DECADE Sept. 3, 2015 “Simply doing the same things we have been doing is not going to improve these numbers

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    In 2015, the Obama ADMINISTRATION, The U.S. CONGRESS continues “BEATING THE OLD NCLB DEAD HORSE” BY CHANGING THE NAME? TO”THE EVERY CHILD ACHIEVES ACT” YET ANOTHER, ONEROUS FEDERAL LAW
    And, simply continuing to do the same thing the Obama ADMINISTRATION, The U.S. CONGRESS has been doing since 2002 BY CREATING ANOTHER COMMON CORE CURRICULUM “ONEROUS” FEDERAL LAW

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    PER SENATOR CANTWELL SEPT. 2015
    “THE EVERY CHILD ACHIEVES ACT” (ECAA) MAKES A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT CHANGES TO SOME OF “NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND’S” EDUCATIONS MOST ONEROUS PROVISIONS.
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    The bottom line…
    THE “NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND” REWRITE WILL CONTINUE TO DRIVE THE ONEROUS NATIONAL COMMON CORE  EDUCATION AGENDA UNDER THE NEW NAME “EVERY CHILD ACHIEVES ACT (ECAA)”

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    Every Child Achieves Act: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
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    THE 21 MOST ONEROUS PROVISIONS IN THE EVERY CHILD ACHIEVES ACT (ECAA)

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    Read this  complete unedited document verifying the above comments.

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    Every Child Achieves Act: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
    www.americanprinciplesinaction.org/…/every-child-achieves-act-a-wolf-i…
    Jul 1, 2015 – American Principles In Action has just released a list of 21 reasons to oppose the Every Child Achieves Act.
    The Every Child Achieves Act – A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
    No Child Left Behind Rewrite Will Drive a National Education Agenda The following is a nonexhaustive list of fatal problems with the bill.
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    1. The Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) is 792 pages, 122 pages (20%) longer than No Child Left Behind (NCLB) — hardly a move in the right direction.

    2. Proponents cite the inclusion of new language restricting the U.S. Department of Education (USED) from, for example, coercing states into adopting the Common Core national standards. However: a. That language largely replicates existing protections (see Robert
    Eitel & Kent Talbert, The Road to a National Curriculum, PIONEER
    INSTITUTE, no.81 (2012)); b. As with existing protections, the proposed provisions fail to provide an enforcement mechanism for the states and thus depend on the goodwill of USED or congressional action (which was non-existent when USED foisted Common Core on the states); c. ECAA negates the protections anyway: A stated purpose is for state alignment to the same “college-and-career-ready” standards –language that is code for Common Core. Sec. 1001. See further discussion below.

    3. ECAA continues the USED-state master-servant relationship, requiring states to submit education plans and giving USED enormous authority to approve them. Sec. 1111(a)(4).

    4. ECAA retains federal testing mandates that children be tested for math and English in each grade 3-8 and for science once in each of the following grade spans: 3-5, 6-9, and 10-12. It also requires that these test scores be used as a “substantial” portion of a school’s grade to determine which schools will be identified for interventions, thus continuing the “teach-to-the-test” environment of NCLB. Sec. 1111(b)(2)(B)(v)(I)(aa)-(bb) and Sec. 1111(b)(3)(B)(iii)(II).

    5. ECAA adds to the list of federal programs a state must consult in developing its plan and requires standards to be aligned with federally approved workforce and early-childhood standards. Sec. 1111(a)(1) & Sec.1111(b)(1)(D).

    6. If a state plan fails to meet the requirements of a listed program, USED has the authority to disqualify the state plan unless the state agrees to make the mandated changes. Any prohibitions on USED’s interfering with state standards, assessments, and accountability don’t apply to the “requirements” of the Act. Sec. 1111(a)(4),(5).
    7. ECAA requires statewide curriculum standards, assessments, and accountability systems to prepare students “for postsecondary education or the workforce,” i.e.,
    “college- and career-ready.” The preparation for postsecondary education must (theoretically) enable the student to succeed “without remediation.” All this is code language for Common Core-aligned standards. Sec. 1111(b)(1)(D), (b)(3)(B). It thus puts downward pressure on states to keep Common Core standards, or similar standards, in place.
    8. ECAA contains a requirement for states to “demonstrate” that the state standards are “aligned” to the same criteria used to establish Common Core: “entrance requirements, without the need for academic remediation, for the system of public higher education.” Any prohibition included to stop USED from coercing states to use Common Core or other specific standards is meaningless. USED won’t have to force anything, because alignment to the same criteria as “college-and-career-ready” is a requirement of the bill. Sec. 1111(b)(1)(D)(i)-(ii).
    9. ECAA mandates that a state’s accountability system penalize schools that don’t enforce the requirement that 95% of all their students take the state assessment: The state must provide “a clear and understandable explanation of how the State will factor this requirement [95% student participation in state assessments] into their accountability system determinations.” This is an attack on parental rights and the Opt-Out movement. Sec. 1111 (b)(3)(B)(vi).
    10. ECAA dictates particular types of testing that are extraordinarily expensive, have a history of failure, and are designed to inject more intrusive psychological data-collection and psychological profiling/manipulation into the assessments. Sec. 1111(b)(2)(B)(vi) and (xiii).
    11. ECAA maintains NCLB’s requirement that the state assessment produce not just test scores, but “individual student interpretive, descriptive, and diagnostic reports.” Unlike NCLB, ECAA requires assessment on behavioral/skills-based standards rather than truly academic standards. The data produced under this language could resemble a psychological profile of the student. Sec. 1111(b)(2)(B)(x).
    12. States in PARCC and SBAC are currently required to make these profiles available to USED. Nothing would prevent USED from making other states submit those student-level profiles as well. ECAA’s limitations on what data USED may demand are too weak; USED may demand information from any “existing State or local data source.” Sec. 1111(a)(6).
    13. ECAA does nothing to stop the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) from implementing its planned and unconstitutional affective probing of students’ “mindsets,” “grit,” or other psychological traits.
    14. ECAA removes protection against socioemotional profiling in the statewide assessments (eliminating NCLB’s prohibition against including assessment items that “evaluate or assess personal or family beliefs and attitudes”) and fails to protect against other psychological data-gathering in any other federal education program covered by ESEA.

    15. ECAA continues to give the federal government influence over how states grade their schools in state accountability systems. Although it claims states may design their own systems, it negates real discretion by detailing the framework of that system and its most important requirements. Sec. 1111 (b)(3)(B)(iii).

    16. While NCLB required academic standards and achievement levels be applied to “public elementary and secondary schools,” ECAA extends the tentacles of federal control into public preschools by making this a requirement for “all public schools” and “public school students,” not just elementary and secondary. Sec. 1111(b)(1)(B)-(C).

    17. ECAA’s Early Learning Alignment and Improvement Grants (Sec. 5902) offer new federal funds that states “shall use to develop, implement, or improve . . . a statewide system . . . of voluntary early care and learning.” a. Note that this program is not exclusively for early educational programs and includes “early care,” or childcare. b. Any funding under this grant must be made available through “existing Federal, state, and local sources,” including Head Start and the Child Care and Development Block Grant, two very expensive and ineffective programs. c. States must demonstrate how they will pay for the program after the three-year federal grant expires. d. There is no evidence that such early-childhood programs have educational benefit, and significant evidence that they may actually do academic and emotional harm. e. These programs do, however, benefit the central planners by allowing government bureaucrats to gain influence over children from their earliest years.

    18. ECAA requires the statewide preschool standards to align with federal standards established under Head Start and the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 1990, creating national standards and achievement levels for our youngest students. Sec. 1111(b)(1)(D)(iii). These federal standards are heavily socio-emotional and result in the compilation of psychological data on young children.
    19. ECAA includes “school climate” formula grants. This risks giving the federal government enormous power to model citizenship, to influence what is an appropriate world-view, and to pressure schools to suppress student expression of orthodox religious values. Sec. 4103, et seq.
    20. Through these formula grants, ECAA funds “extended learning opportunities,” such as before- and after-school programs, summer programs, etc., to ensure children spend less time with their families and more at school. Sec. 4105(a)(B). The grants also fund “comprehensive school-based mental health services and supports” that will enable “early identification of social, emotional, or behavioral problems . . . .” Sec. 4105(a)(D)(ii)(I). This is more governmental surveillance of students’ attitudes and mindsets.
    21. ECAA also allots money to fulfill Sec. Arne Duncan’s expressed desire of having schools become “21st –century community learning centers” (it even uses that exact terminology). Sec. 4201 et seq. This funding would encourage students to rely on the government school, not family or church, for “a broad array of . . . services, programs, and activities, such as youth development activities, service learning, nutrition and health education . . . counseling programs . . . [and] financial literacy programs . . . .” [Do the drafters not see the irony of having the federal government promote “financial literacy”?] And to help out politically connected corporations, these programs should include “career and technical programs, internship or apprenticeship programs, and other ties to an in-demand industry sector or occupation for high school students . . . .” Sec. 4201(a)(2).
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    Snippets from Senator Cantwell’s response….
    On July 16, 2015, I joined my colleagues in the Senate in passing the Every Child Achieves Act (S.1177), a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act AND REPLACE THE BADLY BROKEN NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT.
    The Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) makes a number of important changes to some of No Child Left Behind’s MOST ONEROUS PROVISIONS.
    ONEROUS by definition, (of a task, duty, or responsibility) involving an amount of effort and difficulty that is OPPRESSIVELY BURDENSOME.
    THE EVERY CHILD ACHIEVES ACT (ECAA) IS 792 PAGES, 122 pages (20%) longer than No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
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    Curriculum, it turns out, is indeed much more than the idea of specific subjects IT CAN BE CHARACTERIZED NOT ONLY BY WHAT IT DOES INCLUDE BUT ALSO BY WHAT IT INTENTIONALLY EXCLUDES.


  • Testing Revolt In Washington State

    Testing Revolt In Washington State
    The Common Core-aligned Smarter Balanced Exams?

    NOPE…. July 16, 2015 12:03 PM ET
    In fact, the only thing compelling Elijah to take the tests this past spring was No Child Left Behind (NCLB), THE FEDERAL LAW.

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    On top of the mandate that schools and districts test their students, NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND (NCLB) requires states to ensure 95 percent of students take the tests. In Washington, so many juniors skipped that the state’s overall K-12 testing rate dipped below that threshold, to around 90 percent.

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    This is likely the first time a state has fallen short, making it hard to know how the feds will respond.

    But state officials “FEAR” the U.S. Department of Education will penalize Washington, PERHAPS EVEN CUTTING SOME OF THE $1 BILLION IN FEDERAL EDUCATION FUNDING THE STATE RECEIVES ANNUALLY.

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    But officials IN WASHINGTON STATE’S EDUCATION AGENCY say they can’t assume the federal government is bluffing. They see potential federal action not as a “THREAT,” said deputy state superintendent Gil Mendoza, but “as a matter of fact, and a matter of federal law.”
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    TESTS ARE A  “LINCHPIN”  in NCLB’s scheme for holding schools accountable for student performance.

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    The bottom line… FROM WA STATE U.S. SEN. PATTY MURRAY
    Ironically, as the No Child Left Behind, NCLB reauthorization push moves through Congress, ONE OF THE STRONGEST VOICES FOR KEEPING THAT “LINCHPIN” IN PLACE HAS COME FROM WASHINGTON STATE — FROM U.S. SEN. PATTY MURRAY.

    WHILE SHE HAS CALLED FOR REDUCING “REDUNDANT AND UNNECESSARY” TESTING, SHE ALSO HAS CALLED FOR CONTINUING TO REQUIRE STATES TO TEST EVERY STUDENT EVERY YEAR.
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    THE FEDERAL CONTROL ON PUBLIC EDUCATION? FEAR AND MONEY?

    YOU DECIDE….

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    The federal law TESTING No Child Left Behind, Common Core education, charter schools,
    FEAR the U.S. Department of Education will penalize Washington State, perhaps even cutting some of the $1 billion in federal education funding the state receives annually.

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    Washington State History “NO PRESSURE”

    Supreme Court finds Legislature in contempt on education …

    blogs.seattletimes.com/…/supreme-court-finds-legislatu…
    The Seattle Times

    Sep 11, 2014 – The Washington state Supreme Court is holding the Legislature in contempt for not making enough progress toward fully funding public …

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    School funding back on table as court fines state $100,000 a

    www.seattletimes.com/…/education/supreme-court-orde…
    The Seattle Times

    Aug 13, 2015 – The court in September held the state in contempt, but agreed to hold off on any … the King County ruling, ordering the state to raise education spending. … Washington’s pending showdown on school funding: Legislature vs.
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    Money for EDUCATION?

    Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
    Sept. 9, 2015 NO CHILD LEFT INSIDE PROGRAM?
    The No Child Left Inside program funded by the Legislature this biennium
    State lawmakers invest in grant program for outdoor EDUCATION … underpinning of a unique opportunity to support Washington’s kids and economy … No Child Left Inside would revitalize a grant program for outdoor EDUCATION
    The NCLI grant program emphasizes support for students on free or reduced lunch as well as those most likely to fail academically or drop out of school.
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    My bottom line comment…….
    AS PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS
    We have NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND and we have NO CHILD LEFT INSIDE
    And, we have NO CHILD LEFT OUTSIDE  OF FEDERALLY CONTROLLED EDUCATION.
    Question is? what are we, AS CONCERNED PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS,  going to do about it?
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    Back to the FEDERAL LAWNO CHILD LEFT BEHIND (NCLB)” AND COMMON CORE EDUCATION.

    HOW DID FEDERAL CONTROL OF PUBLIC EDUCATION HAPPEN?

    How Did This Start? – Floridians Against Common Core …
    www.flcommoncore.net/how-did-this-start.html

    Common Core was not developed by the states but rather by the “COMMON … The U.S. Department of Education (USED) did not create the Standards, but it …

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    THE CHAIN OF EVIDENCE FOR FEDERALLY CONTROLLING  EDUCATION?

    YOU DECIDE….

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    Common Core was not developed by the states but rather by the “COMMON CORE REGIME” along with Obama’s stimulus $$ and pushed by the duped Republican governors and business groups.

    The push by a DC-based nonprofit called Achieve, Inc., which is the Education division of Rupert Murdoch‘s News Corp., under the auspices of the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in 2007. Neither NGA nor CCSSO (which are merely trade associations with private membership lists) had a grant of legislative authority from the states to develop national standards.

    In fact, Common Core was written by the same progressive education reformers who have been trying to impose a national curriculum for decades. This time, they were savvy enough to invoke the “cover”of NGA so they could paint Common Core as a “state-led” effort. To the extent states had any input, it was limited to offering suggestions that may or may not have been accepted by the people in control.

    Truth:
    GATES FOUNDATION underwrote( paid for) & promoted the COMMON CORE curriculum scheme along with Jeb Bush’s 2 foundations.

    RUPERT MURDOCH’s News Corp built the database infrastructure
    in BLOOM evolving out of the above partnership this was created to operate the database.

    The U.S. Department of Education (USED) did not create the Standards, but it was deeply involved in the effort to gather together the various trade associations and private foundations to do the work that USED wanted done.

    ONCE COMMON CORE WAS CREATED, USED “PERSUADED” THE STATES TO ADOPT IT BY TYING ADOPTION TO THE OPPORTUNITY TO OBTAIN RACE TO THE TOP (RTTT) FUNDING. NO COMMON CORE, NO RTTT MONEY.
    (Since then, USED has also attempted to lure states into the Common Core by dangling NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND waivers as a reward for adopting the national Standards and national tests. In both RTTT and NCLB waivers, Florida decided to play the game – piece by piece, dollar by dollar.

    USED is funding the national tests that are being created by two testing consortia (called SMARTER Balanced and PARCC – Florida is a member of PARCC). Obviously, what’s on the PARCC test will dictate what is taught in
    Florida classrooms – in other words, it will dictate curriculum. So by funding the tests, USED will eventually control the Florida curriculum – in violation of three federal statutes.
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    FULL TEXT
    Testing Revolt In Washington State Brings Feds Into Uncharted Waters
    July 16, 201512:03 PM ET
    Seattle 11th-grader Elijah Falk added it all up and decided: It made no sense to take the tests.
    The Common Core-aligned Smarter Balanced exams, Elijah was told, were grueling — but Washington state didn’t require this year’s juniors to pass them to graduate from high school. In fact, the only thing compelling Elijah to take the tests this past spring was No Child Left Behind, the federal law. And, by federal standards, Elijah’s school was all but certain to be labeled “failing” whether he passed the tests or not.
    “If there’s something you might risk failing but, regardless, you’ll learn something or you’ll be stronger because of it … that’s great,” Elijah said in April as he organized a boycott of the tests at his school. “But if there’s not a real benefit to passing or failing, then it’s not worth it.”
    When testing day finally arrived in high schools across Washington, Elijah was one of more than 42,000 11th-graders — roughly half of the state’s junior class — who did not show up for their exams. At least 22,000 of them formally refused to test. Many of the rest were AWOL.
    Uncharted Territory
    Whether it’s simply a response to a quirk in the state’s graduation requirements or the broader political environment, the dramatic flare-up of anti-testing sentiment has education leaders in the Evergreen State nervous about the possible consequences.
    On top of the mandate that schools and districts test their students, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requires states to ensure 95 percent of students take the tests. In Washington, so many juniors skipped that the state’s overall K-12 testing rate dipped below that threshold, to around 90 percent.
    This is likely the first time a state has fallen short, making it hard to know how the feds will respond. But state officials fear the U.S. Department of Education will penalize Washington, perhaps even cutting some of the $1 billion in federal education funding the state receives annually.
    And all of this is happening as lawmakers in Congress debate a reauthorization of NCLB. The versions passed by the House and now being finalized in the Senate would remove the law’s top-down accountability formula, granting more flexibility to states, but lawmakers want to keep the old testing mandate.
    No Empty Threats?
    Whatever course Washington chooses, other states will likely be watching. In New York, for instance, anti-testing activists estimate that parents opted at least 193,000 students out of that state’s English exams this spring. Districts from New Jersey to Illinois also saw significant numbers of test refusals. Oregon’s governor signed a new law making it easier for parents to opt their children out of state exams.

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    All of this action has prompted the U.S. Department of Education to take a tough public stance on the issue. The Oregonian newspaper reported that a federal official warned state lawmakers against passing that opt-out bill, saying it increased “the likelihood that Oregon will not meet its obligations under the law and incur enforcement action.” And in April, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told a gathering of education reporters that the feds have “an obligation to step in” when states play fast and loose with the 95 percent participation rule.

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    Critics of standardized testing have said these are empty threats, uttered to discourage parents from civil disobedience. Still others say there are pragmatic benefits to the federal government adopting a softer stance.

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    “If these parents are protesting a policy that they feel like they have no control over, set by faraway people on the other coast, coming down like a ton of bricks might not be the best response,” said Mike Petrilli, president of the Fordham Institute, a right-leaning education think tank. “I think saying, ‘Look, you get a freebie on this one, and we expect everyone to take these tests next year,’ is, I think, the best way to go.”
    But officials in Washington state’s education agency say they can’t assume the federal government is bluffing. They see potential federal action not as a “threat,” said deputy state superintendent Gil Mendoza, but “as a matter of fact, and a matter of federal law.”

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    ‘Through The Cracks’
    Mendoza says the state has an obligation to prepare districts for the possible financial consequences of opting out. He also warns that the federal government could rescind some flexibility under NCLB’s current school improvement procedures — flexibility schools may have been counting on as Washington state transitions to the new, tougher Smarter Balanced exams this year.
    TESTS ARE A  “LINCHPIN”  in NCLB’s scheme for holding schools accountable for student performance. The participation rule itself was baked into the original law to ensure school districts didn’t game their test scores by encouraging struggling students to sit out the exams, Petrilli said.

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    U.S. Sen. Patty Murray’s bottom line…
    And, ironically, as the NCLB reauthorization push moves through Congress, one of the strongest voices for keeping that“LINCHPIN” in place has come from Washington state — from U.S. Sen. Patty Murray. WHILE SHE HAS CALLED FOR REDUCING “REDUNDANT AND UNNECESSARY” TESTING, SHE ALSO HAS CALLED FOR CONTINUING TO REQUIRE STATES TO TEST EVERY STUDENT EVERY YEAR.
    “If we don’t have ways to measure students’ progress, and if we don’t hold states accountable, the victims will invariably be the kids from poor neighborhoods, children of color and students with disabilities,” Murray said in a speech on the Senate floor in January.
    “These are the students who, too often, fall through the cracks.”

    My bottom line comment…….
    AS PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS
    We have NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND and we have NO CHILD LEFT INSIDE
    And, we have NO CHILD LEFT OUTSIDE  OF FEDERALLY CONTROLLED EDUCATION.
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    Question is? what are we, AS CONCERNED PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS,  going to do about it?