BOOKMARKS — AGRICULTURE to ELECTIONS

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Agriculture (Industrial Agriculture)

Seeds Of Deception Institute For Responsible Technology
Seeds of Destruction is raising the alarm about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in our food supply. Institute For Responsible Technology is also raising the alarm about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in our food supply.
Common Dreams Article Organic Consumers Association
The article links the Swine Flu to factory livestock farming. It also touches on how the Swine Flu is being used in third–world countries to replace family–based livestock operations with corporate–owned factory livestock farms. Organic Consumers Association has a wide range of articles related to various industrial practices the are endangering our food supply. Articles touch on almost every food source that you can imagine.
Union Of Concerned Scientists Issue Index
This is a section of the Union For Concerned Scientists website that deals specifically with Industrial Agriculture. There is a ton of good reference and resource material on this page. This is an index of issues related to Industrial Agriculture, produced by Sustainable Table. This is a GREAT overview of all matters related to the topic. Also see this article from the same source.

“The Seven Deadly Myths of Industrial Agriculture”

Myth #1 Myth #2
Myth #3 Myth #4
Myth #5 Myth #6
Myth #7  

American Indian Issues

American Indian Movement (AIM) Nat’l Congress of American Indians
Native American Rights Fund Indian Country Today
American Indian Issues Resources Native American Studies Association

Civil Rights

Search Terms for more information: “Civil Rights Organizations” “Civil Rights Leaders”. Google will give you all kinds of other great links to follow.
In this section, we’re focusing more on the history of the Civil Rights movement in the United States rather than the current battles (although we do start out with two organizations that continue the good fight). If we don’t remember our common history and share that history with others, we will loose everything that so many have worked so hard to achieve.
N.A.A.C.P. Southern Poverty Law Center
The mission of the NAACP is to “Ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.” The Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society.”
Black Panthers Martin Luther King Jr.
Whether or not you agree with the methodology of the Black Panthers, it is important to understand the history of this organization and its role in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s and 1970’s. This is one of many biographical sources of information for Martin Luther King Jr. The dream of Dr. King has yet to be fully realized. In remembering the purpose, we are better prepared to continue taking the action.
Malcom X African American Odyssey
From the same website as the above MLK link comes this page, which explores the life and writings of Malcom X. This is the Library of Congress online exhibition which showcases over 240 records, writings and maps related to this topic.
Slavery/Civil Rights Timline Wikepedia Civil Rights Timline
This timeline by US History.org starts in the 15th Century and demonstrates how long it took to get where we are today. Well notated. The Wikepedia timeline begins in the 16th Century. It is well organized and provides a ton of links for further exploration.
Africa Online Timline Civil Rights Leaders
This well notated timeline begins in 1954, and relates the Civil Rights movement to events that happened in Seattle. This is one of many resources for finding information on the many leaders who pursued equality throughout their lives.
Civil Rights History
At first glance, this does’t look like much of a website. Once you start clicking around, however, you’ll find a great collection of documentation.

Congress — Congressional Monitoring

Open Secrets Open Congress
Project Vote Smart Senate Agenda Blog
U.S. Senate House Of Representatives

Conservative (Neo Con) Websites

World Net Daily Family Research Council
Heritage Foundation Our Country Deserves Better
Freedom Works 9/12 Project

Constitution (History/Issues)

The U.S Constitution Constitution.org
This is the U.S. Constitution — accept no substitutes. Click on the “Transcript” button to read the document in HTML format. Separate buttons exist for the Bill of Rights and Additional Amendments. These are the source documents. An Absolutely incredible collection of online source documents regarding U.S. Constitional History. These are the writings of the actual participants. They also have an incredible section on historical law dating back to the 7th Century. It’s all available online.
James Madison’s Convention Notes Center For Constitional Rights
The Constitional Convention was actually an interesting little affair. Those attending the convention did so largely in secret. It was agreed that the proceedings would not be divulged to the public. James Madison, however, kept an incredibly detailed account of the proceedings. These are his notes. The CCR does a great job at fighting those issues which most threaten our Constitution today. If you really want to understand the gravity of the threats our Constitution is facing (and the threats to the citizens whom that Constitution protects), then you really have to visit this website.
The Constitution Project American Constitution Society
This is another organization which works to protect the Constitution and our rights under that document. They’re in the trenches of the Courts and in Congress. The Constitution Project “has earned wide–ranging respect for its expertise and reports, including practical material designed to make constitutional issues a part of ordinary political debate.” The ACS works hard at protecting the progressive ideals contained within the U.S. Constitution. Ten different Issue Groups ensures that the organization is working to protect our Constitution on several fronts. This website contains a lot of information on the wide–ranging threats to our democratic foundations and Constitution.
You Are Being Watched Constitutional Laws & Criminal Procedures
This single issue organization is closely watching, fighting back against, and speaking out about the increasing amount of video surveillance in our society. The corporate media seems to be telling us a lot that we “shouldn’t worry about this stuff.” If they’re telling us not to worry, I’d be worried. This is all about the security apparatus that is being built up around us. This is a link that was sent to me by a Social Studies tutor that was found by her class. While this is the website of a law office in Los Angeles, there are many links to articles and papers that address the Constitution and Criminal Procedures. Now that we've posted this link, I understand the students will get a free day next Friday after their test. Keep up with the studies!!!

Corporate Crimes

Center For Corporate Policy They Rule
“The Center for Corporate Policy is a non–profit, non–partisan public interest organization working to curb corporate abuses and make corporations publicly accountable.” Among Projects: Working to get the Dept. of Justice to produce an annual Corporate Crime Report — just like the one for street crimes. Flash Player Required. “They Rule allows you to create maps of the interlocking directories of the top companies in the US in 2004. The data was collected from their websites and SEC filings in early 2004, so it may not be completely accurate — companies merge and disappear and directors shift boards.”
SourceWatch Corporate Crime Reporter
“SourceWatch is a collaborative project of the Center for Media and Democracy to produce a directory of the [corporate] people, organizations and issues shaping the public agenda. A primary purpose of SourceWatch is documenting the PR and propaganda activities of PR firms and PR professionals engaged in managing and manipulating public perception, opinion and policy.” News, Reports and Interviews about the corporate criminals, what they’re doing, and how they’re getting away with. It isn’t always a matter of corporate corruption and crime. There are criminally corrupt politians as well — people who use the same corporate tactics and strategies order to eliminate political opposition and, as a consequence, our democratic institutions.
Top 100 Corporate Criminals CEO Council
The Top 100 Corporate Criminals of the 1990’s is a book Russell Mokhiber, and this is his website. This is a very well documented book on precisely what happened as the Corporations continued to tighten their control of our Society throughout the 1990’s. This assualt on Democracy is very much alive today. This is the work of the Wall Street Journal. Here is one of the major threats facing us today, and directly from the people whom threaten us. Now you know why the other websites listed here are so important. Our rights are under assualt — and the people in this website are the one’s doing it to us.

Matt Taibbi Articles

Great American Bubble Machine Fareed Zakaria’s Manifesto

Democratic Party

National Democratic Party Washington State Democrats
King County Democrats WhiteHouse.gov
Governor Gregoire 30th LD Elected Representatives

Economics

American Monetary Institute Shadow Government Statistics
“Over time, whoever controls the money system controls the nation” — Stephen Zarlenga, AMI Director. The question is: Who controls the money? The Private Corporations (under the Federal Reserve), or the Citizens (through their elected Congressional representatives)? “Have you ever wondered why the CPI, GDP and employment numbers run counter to your personal and business experiences? The problem lies in biased and often–manipulated government reporting.” The reality behind the numbers, and the real numbers themselves.
Share The World’s Resources YES! Magazine
“Sustainable Economics to end Global Poverty” “Supporting You In Building a Just and Sustainable World”

Economists, Economic Commentators

Dr. Ravi Batra
Professor of Economics at Southern Methodist University. His economic analysis correctly foretold that which we face today.
David Korten Kevin Phillips
Changing World Economics by Changing The Framing Stories of the Dominant Culture. Bad Money is the title of a book by Kevin Phillips, and this is his blog.

Financial News Sources

Economy In Crisis
Bloomberg.com Financial Times

Education Reform

To be honest, I (the Webmaster) wasn’t able to find a hell of a lot of stuff that impressed me when it comes to Education Reform. I know, for example, that there are some good things happening at the local level in various communities and cities around the nation. At the national level, however, it all pretty much looks like a muddled mess to me.
Personally, I believe that real reform of any type is best crafted in a bottom–up manner. At best, I will remain skeptical of “reform” that is impossed from the top–down.
Race To The Top Center For Education Reform
This is a Washington Post article written by Arne Duncan, the Secretary of Education. While the effort is laudible in that it allows for school districts to devise their own reform programs (bottom–up), the fact that it is a competition means that those without “the best” ideas will be excluded from receiving adequate funding to rebuild that which has been destroyed over the past 30–40 years. This methodology does not promote equality as the basis of educational reform. This method doesn’t provide full funding of public education, which should be the primary goal. There are many organizations such as this one which expound the supposed virtues of Charter Schools. If we understand the degree to which our government has already been privitized, Charter Schools should be a scary concept. On the surface, the educational reform efforts seem sincere. But, the end result will be that education is removed the control of We The People, and placed in control of Them The Greedy Corporations. Charter schools only serve to eliminate the People’s control of education, and gives instead the control to private corporations.
Democrats For Education Reform Core Knowledge
If I might suggest, these are Democrats more along the Clinton line of thinking — Third Way Democrats. A Third Way Democrats will sell your rights down the road and not give it a second thought. (I will refrain from discussing the how Third Way Democrats play into the hands of fascism.) As an example, DFER supports charter schools where public schools are not up to the task. I pointed out the problem of private control of public education above. To accept such a position is to not insist on full funding of public education. It’s pretty much that simple as far as I’m concerned. We The People should control education, not for-profit corporations. Charter Schools are the foot in the door at placing our public education system beyond the accountability of We The People. Despite the previously mentioned efforts at at “education reform,” there is some hope. Core Knowledge stresses that there is a core, common knowledge that should be the basis of education. In this way, all students finish their basic education with the common knowledge that has been stripped out of our current education system — and this includes history and an understanding of Our Constitution. (When you strip the core knowledge out of education, we loose our abilities democratically rule ourselves.) Yet, the “education reform efforts” mentioned above are trying to reinvent a wheel that has already been placed into common use. Why should we hope for the Charter Schools to save the day, when we should have full funding of public education that have a basis such as Core Knowledge?
War On Education
If you think that the failures of our education system are the result of government incompetence, guess again. Two months before his 1971 appointment to the Supreme Court by Nixon, Lewis Powell sent this memo to the President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The memo outlines the reason for destroying our education system, and the means to do it. Government does and will work quite nicely IF the fascists aren’t in control. We have a lot to do to reclaim not only our education system, but our whole system of governance.

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