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ICLEI: Understanding the connection to Chattanooga, Bradley County and the UN

In Agenda 21, chamber of commerce, Government on November 22, 2011 at 9:19 AM

ICLEI-International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives
Link-(copy and paste in google or other)

http://www.uneca.org/itca/governance/Decentralization.htm

ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability was founded in 1990 by local governments at the United Nations Headquarters in New York as the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI). ICLEI is a democratically governed membership association of cities, towns, counties, metropolitan governments, and local government associations. Its headquarter is located in Toronto, Canada.

The above information is directly from the http://www.UN.org website!

This information was not generated by me nor did I in anyway manipulate the material provided! This compiled information came straight from the source, the United Nations and ICLEI!

Bradley County, Mayors Tom Rowland and Gary Davis and 15 other counties in a 3 state region have joined with Chattanooga, Mayor Ron Littlefield(who are very supportive members of ICLEI and other NGOs Non Governmental Organizations), mainly the Chamber of Commerce who enjoys “chief consultative status” at the United Nations and are joining forces with the EPA, HUD and the DOT to enter into a full scale assault into our community with the Regional Growth Plan beginning January 2012!

This initiative is not understood by our Locally elected officials nor do they know what it is about but they are so willing to remain silent while the Federal grant money flows in! What a sad statement that we are selling our souls for grant money!

Our State Representatives Kevin Brooks, Eric Watson, Senator Mike Bell have the ability to stop this but to date have done nothing but make sure of it’s success!

Our Federal representatives Corker, Fleischmann, Haslam and Alexander have also remained mute! Perhaps the Chamber of Commerce has them tucked neatly into their pockets!

Our press is too lazy to investigate or put the pieces of the puzzle together for a hungry constituency and are probably willing participants in the scheme! Our failure to report this as a society is abominable and every person that ignores this repeated call should be outed and exposed!

The Mayors leaving our locally elected officials out of the loop was purposeful while they were being appointed to the boards of the very NGOs (Mayor Davis to the Southeast Regional Development council by Beth Jones and of course Mayor Rowland on TACIR which is our equivalent of ICLEI!) are implementing this disastrous and diabolical plan!

This blog is a little lengthy, especially the list of member cities and NGOs! Can you see an international plan being implemented? It is happening all around us for years, is now coming to a head and we are still unable to see the clear connection! So please read intently and ask your self these two questions 1) Am I a willing participant in this plan and is my silence allowing implementation? 2) if this is not an International United Nations all out assault on our nation and world, then what is it?

The information directly from the UNITED NATIONS website!
Link provided:  The game plan!

http://webapps01.un.org/dsd/scp/public/presentProgrammeDetails.do?progID=13

Title of programme: ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
 
Organization: International Council for Local Environment Initiatives [ contact information ]
UN Environment Programme (UNEP) [ contact information ]
UN Human Settlements Programme (UNHABITAT) [ contact information ]
 
Geographic scope: Global
 
Expected timeframe: –
 
Description of initiative: The ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is an international association of local governments implementing sustainable development. Its mission is to build and serve a worldwide movement of local governments to achieve tangible improvements in global sustainability with special focus on environmental conditions through cumulative local actions. More than 450 cities, towns, and their associations worldwide comprise ICLEI’s membership. Through its campaigns, ICLEI helps local government generate political awareness of key issues, and evaluate local and cumulative progress toward sustainable development. ICLEI serves as an information clearinghouse on sustainable development by providing policy guidance, training and technical assistance, and consultancy services to increase local governments’ capacity to address global challenges.
 
Programme website(s): http://www.iclei.org/about.htm
 
Target group: local government
 
Activity type: advisory service
information sharing
technology transfer
 
Areas of work: Analytical tools
Changing production patterns
Indicators
Urban planning & transport
Energy efficiency & renewable energy

Who we are
More than 1126 local governments and their associations, representing over 500 million people in 70 countries, constitute ICLEI’s membership. As a democratic, membership-driven association, every Member has a vote at council meetings where the priorities and direction of the organization are determined.

Governed by the ICLEI Charter put in place by its founding Members, our mandate is to build an active and committed membership of local governments and local government associations.
 
Council
The Council is the general assembly of ICLEI Members which is composed of Full Members. ICLEI also offers Associate Membership to non-governmental organizations, research institutions, state governments and other entities. The Council meets every three years on the occasion of an ICLEI World Congress. After the founding congress in New York, USA (1990), Council meetings were held in Toronto, Canada (1993), Saitama, Japan (1995), Dessau, Germany (2000), Athens, Greece (2003) and Cape Town, South Africa (2006). The Council elects the Executive Committee, approves the six-year Strategic Plan, which is updated every three years, and receives the Triennial Report. The Council also adopts a Declaration of Commitment, in support of the Strategic Plan.

That UNITED NATIONS CONNECTION TO ICLEI!
This is a length read (64 pages directly from the UN website) for the sake if time look at page 62 item 52, “The local Agenda 21 survey” (google it)

“The plan will on regardless if we have local, state or federal approval says ICLEI Executive and Policy Assistant Susanne Salz, who also spoke at the Conference, said the reaction from communities in the US to the Kyoto Protocol provides a good example of how local players have the power to make changes. Despite the refusal of the US government to ratify the protocol, more than 1,000 mayors from across the country signed the pact to meet the protocol’s targets for greenhouse gas emissions; a 7 percent reduction by 2012 from 1990 levels.”

“We can get started without them [the federal governments],” she said.

“The government is beholden to this old paradigm – they withdraw their support from the industries and the businesses that can create green economies. But the cities are going to act anyway and create their own agenda.”

Miller said she is hopeful that governments will respond to the call; but, she notes, local communities will continue to make progress even if officials don’t.

“Even if that doesn’t happen, it [the push for sustainable development] will still be going forward with these local organizations and governments… so it doesn’t matter if it fails in a way, the movement will still be taking shape,” she affirmed.

This woman is a representative of ICLEI sending a very strong message with an extremely bleak outcome! YOU CAN’T STOP US, WE WILL GO AROUND YOU TO MAKE IT HAPPEN, just as they have in Bradley County

Link provided for above quotes from ICLEI!

http://www.un.org/wcm/webdav/site/ngoconference/shared/0/Local%20Action%20Key%20to%20Sustainability-Victoria%20Jack.docx

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Property tax, Wheel Tax, PILOT money, “only” options to funding Bradley County School projects

In Schools on August 24, 2011 at 8:56 AM

At an August 15th, 2011 meeting of the Bradley County Education/Finance Committee once again have peaked its tax and spend head once again and they are asking for more from you in the form of your hard earned cash and are dead set on decreasing your quality of life.

I am doing this report a little different from previous reports and am going to put the details in a list form so the details want get overlooked in the narrative.

As you can see, we are in trouble once again and instead of us putting a plan together to decrease our debt service from the benefits of “bringing in the big Corporations” we are offsetting any benefit from our investment of millions on “big business” benefit with more debt.
I have a novel idea and don’t hit the floor when I say this, “why don’t we take the benefit ,the money, from all these Corporate giants and pay down our current county debt instead of spending it before we see it.”
I know, I know, its hard to swallow, I know what you are thinking, “you are a true genius”,it’s hard for me to be modest here, WOW, all the answers. Put a little nest egg together, I have to do it at home, why cant we expect our local officials to do the same! Get up out of the floor, its time to get busy.

Read below for yourself, these were direct quotes from the joint meeting on Monday. Try to put a money figure on every request you read and then ask, “how are we going to pay for this and what is everyone thinking when all we are doing is suggesting Tax and Spend, just as DC is doing. We are near collapse and we are still spending. This is a recipe for disaster!

The Finance/Education Committee suggestion notes!
1)Property tax increase of 14 cent as stated by Commissioner/Finance Chairman Connie Wilson
Editors note: Ok a 14 cent property tax on every 100 dollars of assessed value, currently at 1.7920 per 100 to 1.93 per 100. With this increase it would put us as one of the highest combined city/county tax rates in the state and we haven’t even gotten started yet! Now add in all the other projects below and a 10 billion plus dollar growth plan and can you see where we are going, up,up,up! It’s a cumulative effect!

Note: Check out some of the highest property taxes in the state! Where did our own Chamber of Commerces Doug Berry come from? Yes, the counties with the highest property taxes in the state, the Knoxville area! Check it out! Do your own research, and look where we are going!! http://www.comptroller1.state.tn.us/pa/LR.asp?w=10#.Tk08dS-eNFs.mailto or google Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury-Division of Property Assessments-Property tax rates, the messenger has been delivered to our area and Im afraid the result will be the same, definitely getting there.

2) A wheel tax at an unspecified amount.
Editors Note- The last one I think I remember was a tax of 23 cents ( amount based on memory, may not be completely accurate, but close) increase and it was shot down by the citizens of Bradley County, in fact 80% of all wheel taxes in TN are voted down.

3) Use of PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) money for debt service.
Editors note:Now, this suggestion surprises me the most or maybe again it doesn’t. All the “benefit to our community” of bringing in these huge corporations has been completely nullified in one fail swoop by the Board of Education. “Lets take the money made from the PILOT program and hand it over to the Board of Education instead of paying down our debt service with it!

Come on guys, we all know the schools are important and we do every thing in the County “for the kids” but I think it is high time we ask the Board of Education to make some “hard decisions”, and before you jump all over me with a “you don’t care about the kids” comment (that is a weak argument), a father of three in County schools, please, so take it somewhere else.

The argument should be lets see more results from our school board, lets show more accountability to their money managers (I doubt very few know where our money really goes), lets demand an audit of that money locally ( bet it would surprise you) , lets show we can raise our standard scores before we hand over more of your hard earned tax dollars.

Lets simply ask them where all this money is going! Think about it!

Are you still paying fees or getting sent home nasty notes from your kids schools that you haven’t made payment yet?
Are you seeing money collected from fundraising school yard sales, carnivals etc, only to see a great portion of that money go to pay for a teachers salary.

Ever seen a needs list outside the classroom with 3×5 cards to “help your teacher” get the stuff they need?

Ask a teacher how much out of pocket expenses they spend to get the things they need! It will surprise you! Hundreds, even thousands! Ask a teacher, they love their students and they would have it no other way, but they deserve better.

4) Use of property tax revenues from Wacker, Amazon, Whirlpool and the Spring Creek development.
Editors note: Another 1 million of what was supposed to be a benefit to the county only to get handed over to the vacuum called the Board of Education. Does this sound like the right thing to do, don’t you see a problem with this?

5) Morelock suggests “an in depth look at what potential borrowing power would result from this revenue” Editors note: More money from you, but this time you will be stuck with loads of tax interest that your kids will be stuck with in their future and the generation yet to come. This is not the answer!

6) orelock suggests the the County would need to borrow about 38 million dollars (many have suggested up to 50 million) to include the 33 1/3 to the City because it would be a Capital project
Editors note: Need I say more?

7) Morelock went on to suggest a plan to fund not only the schools needs but the Industrial Park Land and the Veterans Home Request as well (again multiple tens of millions of dollars)
Editors note: Again, lets not only pay for the educational system but I have a few other projects that need to be funded. When will “conflicts of interest, nepotism and cronyism be a subject of interest in local politics?”

Yes, here is another sensitive area, veterans, any attempts to make an argument here would also be a weak argument, I’m a veteran and have served my country honorably and with distinction, no doubt about the “love” I give to my fellow soldiers. There are other ways to do this and it doesn’t have to be with your tax dollars, that’s all Im saying.

8) Morelock suggests a Comprehensive Plan (one big ole tax, my interjection based on perception) rather than putting these things as separate items.
Editors note: Bundle it up, so we can get it over in one big vote, yep that will take care of this bundle, then we pay for the next, then the next and next project. It will never stop!

9) Morelock also suggests “If we do these things, some of them, its going to require a tax increase.” “I don’t see any possible way around it!”
Editors note: Mr Morelock, there are other ways, I challenge you to email me with the many ways you have explored first before you made this statement. I challenge you to show me where a committee has documented and implemented a program to do anything but raise a tax. I will keep a special place for you in my mailbox, Im waiting.

10) Education Chairman Jeff Yarber and Adam Lowe “agreed a plan includes all the projects is needed
Editors note: Im gonna challenge you a little here, show me a reason why all these projects are needed then I will further challenge you to show me where you have developed a plan to do something besides tax the citizen of Bradley County!

11) Ed Elkins said the (PILOT ) money will not be available till 2015 from the County Budget.
Editors note: I think Ed sees the writing on the wall, how do we wait till 2015, hopefully by then we will have more conservative members on these committees, council and commissions.

12) Education Chairman Jeff Yarber suggested the “committees should also consider the increase in state and federal funding that will come from increased growth in the school system.
Editors note: NOOOOO! Requesting more money from the fed and states is what has gotten us into this situation. Enough spending already.

13) Adam Lowe said he would like to see the school look at putting more money in the school systems budget each year for capital projects. Editors note: Growing government and asking for more money to be carved out to more greatly fund the schools is not the answer. Lets suggest we look at the Educational budget and see where we can cut. The many leaders who are getting wealthy would be a start.

14) Morelock also suggested the Bradley County Board of Education hold two public forums to get community input on the capital needs to aid the joint commission in its decision. (NOT A WORD UTTERED AFTER THIS MOTION) and no action was taken.
Editors note: Actually this is a pretty good plan, but I can assure you, based on prior attempts to communicate including many emails, phone calls and attendance of board meetings it is no surprise you could hear crickets when Morelock made this suggestion.

15)The immediate needs of the School Board is Land for a new middle school, construction of a new academic building at Lake Forest Middle School, at Walker Valley High School and construction of a new elementary school in the Blue Spring community.
Editors note: Remember, the original request was for solving flooding problems at Walker Valley and Lake Forest to solve flooding problems knowing the schools were built on flood plains. Then when the assessment was done and a low figure by comparison was forecasted the Board starting adding on item after item till we have a 50 million dollar price tag and a revised 5 year plan, complete with a raise request for Mr McDaniel and a glowing 5 star evaluation.

Where does it stop Bradley County?

This is only the beginning!

We have leaders currently in place all over the our County, especially to include the City Government that do not have your best interest in mind!

We are everything but in control of our government.

This current combined makeup of our local leaders (we do have some very bright spots for which I am grateful) is going to bankrupt our city and county.

Our leaders should be directing us in the right direction and they are not.

In the meantime we can call and demand change then when they are up for re-election and we simply don’t vote them in!

Its that simple!

You heard it right!

The County Education and finance committee once again suggests multiple tax increases to fund immediate future needs expressed by the County School Board.

Cleveland Utilities: Public meeting to discuss using profits to buy Industrial Park

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Cleveland Utilities: Public meeting to discuss using profits to buy Industrial Park

Notice is hereby given to all residents of Cleveland Tennessee and to all persons interested , that an open, public, called meeting of the board of Public Utilities of the City of Cleveland, Tennessee will be held on Tuesday, August 16th, at noon at the Tom Wheeler Training Center, 2455 Guthrie Drive, NW, Cleveland Tennessee.

Calling all concerned citizens to attend this meeting and discuss Cleveland Utilities being used as a funding source to push certain agendas in Cleveland.

Also, it would be a great time to discuss the nepotism and conflict of interests of city council members, the Mayor and the close relationship to Cleveland Utilities. I think conflict of interest is a legitimate concern here and could eventually be discussed with the State Attorney General.

Using our profits for this and other projects for the 2035 BCC Growth Plan is essentially a back door tax. I can see with the use of Smart Meters and the easy access to private lives I can easily see Cleveland Utilities having the ability to fund many projects in the name of growth in Cleveland. Being taxed without representation is everything that a Republic is not.

Lets get down there and voice our concerns about using Cleveland Utilities and ultimately the citizens of Bradley County as a bank to promote our leftist agendas and to return favors to certain privileged citizens of Bradley County and Cleveland.

The citizens of Cleveland and Bradley County need to get involved!

Our City and County are heading toward really tough times and our local officials are not making it any easier!

Food that want spoil easily, US Scientist discovers “magic” compound!

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Have you ever had a piece of fruit turn brown overnight, a bottle of wine turn bad quickly, corked or taste just plain bad, grabbed the lunch meat and discover a green fungus rim around the piece of meat, ate potato salad made with eggs after it has been sitting out all day. Well you know well how sick this can make you or how frustrated you become when your hard earned money gets thrown out in the trash.

No longer! Or at least not for a longer time! Researchers at the University of Minnesota, scientist Dan O’Sullivan have reported the discovery of bisin- a naturally occurring compound produced by some types of bacteria.

The agent reduces the growth of bacteria including ecoli, salmonella and listeria (those bugs that give you diarrhea and cause “food poisoning”) and could lead to sandwiches that stay fresh for more than a year- This reported from the London Sunday Times.

The advances and discovery of this product could lead to wine and fresh salad dressing lasting years opened and unable to spoil because of this “magic naturally occuring” compound!

Do you know what this could do for our personal economy, to the food storage industry, to environments where food storage is necessary for survival to its people, to the retail store that will no longer have to “throw away” bad fruit”. This is revolutionary and will change the way we look at our food for years to come.

Can you imagine the teenager or the college student that may leave their food in the floor of their dorm or room for a week and pick it up and eat it without any ill health effects, this is huge. What about the struggling family in Sudan who may have never eaten a golden ripe peach because it may spoil before it reaches them. The long term effect could be endless and in a good way.

I am getting excited even as I write this! I am glancing over at my wire fruit basket, my refrigerator and thinking I can keep that apple, tomato or sandwich there, out in the open for a long time and not have to pull decayed, rotten or mushy food out of it any time soon. WOW! It doesn’t take a lot for me to get excited.

I can go on those overnight backpacking trips and eat a normal meal, I don’t have to pour hot water on the hard dehydrated MRE or crunch on nuts the whole way I can now bring a steak, baked chicken and a side of potato salad and crème brulee for dessert. Now you are talking!

What about the ice bag stands and coolers, camping trips, picnics? No longer need the ice, unless of course you want a cold drink! Limitless, can you hear the excitement in my voice or at least in my writing.

If you have wondered why does cheese last so long? Maybe you haven’t, but if you think about it your mom never really got real concerned if your cheese was a little blue around the edges, she would just cut it off and utter the famous words and we all have heard it “cheese lasts a long time and doesn’t really go bad.” That cube of cheese that never seems to go away. Im sure you have heard that as a child, well, guess what that is because of the discovery also of bisins cousin nisin. Yes, that is why cheese takes so long to go bad. I just got goose bumps!

Maybe this is the key to reports that fast food chain food doesn’t spoil or the documentaries where 2 years later the burger looks the same, did they discover this magic ingredient years ago and have always made it a trade secret, and just simply not let us in on it, think about it. Dirty dogs!

Scientist are expecting this ingredient to be on the market in less than a year and because it is a naturally occurring ingredient in nature it will not have to meet the stringent demands of the FDA, pharmaceutical testing or the long stringent process before approval.

Want to bet someone will try to get patent rights to this product, Monsanto or some other deviant organization and claim all the product and sell it to you for unknown amounts of money or not allow it to get on the market while tying it up in the court system or some other type of legal process.

As I am preparing for the post economic/societal collapse of this once great country, I have found a bright spot in my long term food preservation efforts and I am genuinely pumped, bring on the bisin and the risin……..I am ready for my food to last years with little to no effort. Spread this around! This is huge.

Hey kids gather around the table, Daddy has something to tell you that will change your future! Wait thought I had the printer off, haha!

Contributing source: University of Minnesota, Scientist Dan O’Sullivan, Fox News, London Sunday Times. August 14, 2011

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