….In the world of far-right extremists, Agenda 21 is demonized as a sort of Trojan horse, part of a larger scheme to shatter Americans’ liberties and institute a totalitarian, one-world government known typically as the “New World Order…”
…to the John Birch Society (JBS), one of the main groups promoting the conspiracy theory about Agenda 21, it represents the end of America as we know it. This is the same group, of course, that claimed President Dwight D. Eisenhower was a secret communist….
Just in case you were worried that our elected officials might be paying insufficient attempts to completely imaginary attempts to sully our precious national body fluids, or something, the legislature in Missouri has stepped up and bravely thrown itself athwart Agenda 21, the secret Illuminati UN plot to steal all our golfs.
To amend chapter 1, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to prohibitions on certain policies that infringe on private property rights.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Chapter 1, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 1.370, to read as follows:
1.370. 1. As used in this section, “political subdivision” means any state, county, incorporated city, unincorporated city, public local entity, public-private partnership, and any other public entity of the state, a county, or city.
2. Neither the state of Missouri nor any political subdivision shall adopt or implement policy recommendations that deliberately or inadvertently infringe or restrict private property rights without due process, as may be required by policy recommendations originating in, or traceable to Agenda 21, adopted by the United Nations in 1992 at its Conference on Environment and Development or any other international law or ancillary plan of action that contravenes the Constitution of the United States or the Missouri Constitution.
3. Since the United Nations has accredited and enlisted numerous nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations to assist in the implementation of its policies relative to Agenda 21 around the world, the state of Missouri and all political subdivisions are prohibited from entering into any agreement with, expending any sum of money for, receiving funds from, contracting services from, or giving financial aid to those nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations as defined in Agenda 21.
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They’re nothing if not persistent.
The paranoid wingnuts and their enablers who voted [pdf] (Y) for this:
97th GENERAL ASSEMBLY
SECOND REGULAR SESSION
State of Missouri – House of Representatives
Roll Call: 6
HBs FOR PERFECTION
PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS
Y – ALLEN Y – FLANIGAN Y – LANT N – POGUE
N – ANDERS N – FRAKER N – LAUER N – REDMON
Y – ANDERSON N – FRAME N – LEARA @ – REHDER
N – AUSTIN Y – FRANKLIN N – LICHTENEGGER N – REIBOLDT
@ – BAHR Y – FREDERICK Y – LOVE @ – REMOLE
N – BARNES Y – FUNDERBURK Y – LYNCH Y – RHOADS
N – BERNSKOETTER N – GANNON Y – MARSHALL Y – RICHARDSON
Y – BERRY @ – GARDNER N – MAY Y – RIDDLE
N – BLACK N – GATSCHENBERGER N – MAYFIELD N – RIZZO
@ – BRATTIN @ – GOSEN N – MCCAHERTY N – ROORDA
@ – BROWN Y – GRISAMORE N – MCCANN BEATTY Y – ROSS
Y – BURLISON Y – GUERNSEY N – MCDONALD N – ROWDEN
N – BURNS Y – HAAHR Y – MCGAUGH N – ROWLAND
N – BUTLER N – HAEFNER N – MCKENNA N – RUNIONS
N – CARPENTER Y – HAMPTON N – MCMANUS @ – SCHARNHORST
@ – CIERPIOT N – HANSEN N – MCNEIL Y – SCHATZ
N – COLONA N – HARRIS N – MEREDITH N – SCHIEBER
@ – CONWAY 10 @ – HICKS N – MESSENGER N – SCHIEFFER
N – CONWAY 104 N – HIGDON Y – MILLER N – SCHUPP
Y – COOKSON @ – HINSON N – MIMS Y – SHULL
Y – CORNEJO @ – HODGES N – MITTEN N – SHUMAKE
Y – COX Y – HOSKINS @ – MOLENDORP Y – SMITH
Y – CRAWFORD @ – HOUGH N – MONTECILLO N – SOLON
N – CROSS Y – HOUGHTON N – MOON N – SOMMER
N – CURTIS N – HUBBARD N – MORGAN Y – SPENCER
Y – CURTMAN N – HUMMEL N – MORRIS N – STREAM
@ – DAVIS N – HURST @ – MUNTZEL N – SWAN
Y – DIEHL Y – JOHNSON N – NEELY N – SWEARINGEN
Y – DOHRMAN Y – JONES 50 N – NETH Y – THOMSON
Y – DUGGER N – JUSTUS N – NEWMAN N – TORPEY
N – DUNN Y – KEENEY N – NICHOLS N – WALKER
@ – ELLINGER @ – KELLEY 127 N – NORR N – WALTON GRAY
University of Central Missouri President Charles Ambrose held an open campus forum on Monday afternoon on the subject of the state higher education budget. The forum lasted three quarters of an hour. President Ambrose took questions and comments from the campus audience made up of staff, faculty, and administrators.
University of Central Missouri President Charles Ambrose speaking at a campus forum on the state higher education budget – April 28, 2014.
Excerpts of President Ambrose’s forum remarks:
University of Central Missouri President Charles Ambrose: ….As of right now, uh, the, uh, the Senate has kind of gone across party lines and we have communicated clearly, uh, to [Senator] David Pearce [R] that as a university community we’ve done all that we can, uh, to create efficiencies and cut costs and save money and hold costs down and so we would have to actively oppose any bill that has the risk of taking money out of general revenue and disrupting funding for higher education. The Missouri School Board [President], uh, looked him directly in the eye and told him the same thing….
….The one difference between us and Kansas is, uh, they [the Missouri general Assembly] can’t change this law once it’s passed, uh, without, uh, basically going to the people. Uh, and, so, it’s a little bit more, uh, self-fulfilling in, in terms of impact where the, the Kansas legislature can go back and, and by an act of legislature reverse that tax policy….
….You know, uh, I’ll, I’ll be very direct with you. Uh, it’s been, uh, especially disheartening in this session, because there is a lot of great things happening, uh, in the state. The economy actually seems to be taking somewhat of a, a positive turn. And if government, I know we hear this on the national level, but if government would decide, uh, maybe just some strategic thinking about what’s most important and how we can maybe get there together we wouldn’t be having these kinds of conversations. Uh, but that’s just not gonna be the case in, in this session….
….I will tell you this, uh, that Senator [David] Pearce [R] believes that thus current bill [SB 509] under consideration is a lot less impactful than… [HB] 253. And he’s also afraid that we could end up with something a lot more onerous than what we’ve, that’s currently being considered. Now, uh, folks that take the different perspective about investment would say, again, in the lesser of two evils there’s still evil…
The University of Central Missouri campus is in the districts of Representative Dean Dohrman (r), House Speaker Pro Tem Denny Hoskins (r), and Senator David Pearce (r), all who voted for SB 509 and who will all likely vote to override any veto by Governor Jay Nixon (D).
True net neutrality means the free exchange of information between people and organizations. Information is key to a society’s well being. One of the most effective tactics of an invading military is to inhibit the flow of information in a population; this includes which information is shared and by who. Today we see this war being waged on American citizens. Recently the FCC has moved to redefine “net neutrality” to mean that corporations and organizations can pay to have their information heard, or worse, the message of their competitors silenced. We as a nation must settle for nothing less than complete neutrality in our communication channels. This is not a request, but a demand by the citizens of this nation. No bandwidth modifications of information based on content or its source.
Created: Apr 24, 2014
Issues: Consumer Protections, Regulatory Reform, Technology and Telecommunications
Signatures needed by May 24, 2014 to reach goal of 100,000 73,493
We have benefited enormously from the egalitarian way in which the Internet treats information regardless of type or source, some of the most successful companies in America owe their existence this feature, but the FCC has failed to establish it as policy. Now the FCC has proposed a system that allows broadband providers to discriminate amongst Internet traffic, ensuring special treatment for companies and services of their choosing, the opposite of the neutral Internet that has existed so far. When the court vacated the FCC’s weak rules on traffic discrimination in January, the judge gave a specific instruction on how they could ensure a neutral Internet within the boundaries of the law: reclassify Internet broadband providers as “common carriers.” We are petitioning for just that.
Created: Apr 25, 2014
Issues: Consumer Protections, Regulatory Reform, Technology and Telecommunications
Signatures needed by May 25, 2014 to reach goal of 100,000 97,922
Total signatures on this petition 2,078
Unrestricted access to snark and sarcasm would continue to be a feature, not a bug.