Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Eastern OR: drones and drills

This current new item from Pendleton, Oregon, which is in the north -eastern part of the state:
Drones over Pendleton: Unmanned military craft plies civilian airspace | OregonLive.com: PENDLETON -- A 375-pound Oregon Army National Guard drone carrying a sophisticated camera was catapulted into the cobalt-blue eastern Oregon sky here Tuesday, in what Guard officials called the first-ever flight of an unmanned military aircraft through civilian airspace.

Juxtaposed with the fake shooting "drill" in Halfway, Oregon in early May. Halfway is also in eastern Oregon, about 144 miles from Pendleton. Not far, especially if you're in a drone.

Monday, May 13, 2013

'Another False Flag Attack? '| Dave Hodges – The Common Sense Show

My first thought when I saw this news item was of a false flag event. Public celebrations, linked to Americana (Mother's Day) and proximity to the Boston bombing. Or of course, it could be nothing of the kind and be a tragic case of violent thugs unconnected to any government implementation. Either way, they have succeeded in planting seeds of doubt. Those that question are labeled "paranoid" and easily dismissed.
Another False Flag Attack? | Dave Hodges – The Common Sense Show: New Orleans police are searching for three suspects after at least 19 people were shot during a Mother’s Day second-line parade in the 7th Ward.

The FBI said that the shooting appeared to be “street violence” and wasn’t linked to terrorism. Fox News of New Orleans is reporting that FBI spokeswoman. Mary Romig, has stated that federal investigators have no indication that the shooting was an act of terrorism. “It’s strictly an act of street violence in New Orleans.”

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mystery Craft Frightens Quincy Residents

The government isn't talking:Mystery Craft Frightens Quincy Residents

I like this:
I specifically asked, ‘Is it a law enforcement flight? Can we tell people that?’

He said ‘no we can’t tell you that.’

Well then I asked that when folks call me can I at least tell them that it is something that they shouldn’t worry about, it’s something they shouldn’t be concerned with. He said, ‘I can’t tell you that.’”

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Louisiana Science Education Act Repeal Fails, Keeping Door Open For Teaching Of Creationism

On the other hand (see post below) we have this:
Louisiana Science Education Act Repeal Fails, Keeping Door Open For Teaching Of Creationism: The Louisiana state Senate Education Committee rejected a move to repeal the state's Science Education Act on Wednesday, handing a defeat to opponents who have criticized the law for essentially allowing the teaching of creationism in science class.

Under the law, public school teachers are permitted to introduce "supplemental textbooks and other instructional materials to help students understand, analyze, critique, and review scientific theories in an objective manner." While the Science Education Act says teachers may not "promote any religious doctrine," it contains no specific ban on the teaching of creationism. Teachers and local school boards also aren't required to obtain prior approval from the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education before introducing supplemental material, the Associated Press reports.

Republican Congressman Introduces Bill To Require Political Approval Of Scientific Papers | Addicting Info

Not a chance in hell. One hopes.
Republican Congressman Introduces Bill To Require Political Approval Of Scientific Papers | Addicting Info: Congressman Lamar Smith of Texas really does not understand science. Not scientific method, not scientific theories or laws, none of it. Which is why he submitted a bill draft titled the “High Quality Research Act” which would in effect add a politician into scientific studies.

The bill says that any research done using federal funds (which is the majority of research done in the United States) must have its results and finding approved by the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology of the House of Representatives. If the findings are not agreed to, the research is taken from the researchers and disposed of by Congress as it sees fit.

Orchard Gardens Principal Andrew Bott Fires Security, Hires Art Teachers, Revitalizes School

The power of art! This is good news, and very inspiring, as well as brave:
Orchard Gardens Principal Andrew Bott Fires Security, Hires Art Teachers, Revitalizes School: Then, in 2010, Andrew Bott ignored the advice of colleagues who called Orchard Gardens a "career killer," and became the school's sixth principal in seven years, NBC News reports. He sought to lead Orchard Gardens' rejuvenation, eliminating the school's massive security structure that drained hundreds of thousand of dollars from its budget in favor of becoming one of eight pilot schools for a new plan created by President Obama's Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH).

“The school definitely had a prison feel,” Bott told NBC, but that would soon change.

The hypothesis was this: “Effective and high-quality arts education can be a powerful catalyst for successful educational reform," in the words of PCAH vice-chair, Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., in a press release published when the program was launched.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

It CAN Happen Here: Oregon Teachers Traumatized by Unannounced Shooter Drill

I could not believe it when I read this item in the Eugene, Oregon Register Guard. Alex Jones Infowars picked up the story:
 Oregon Teachers Traumatized by Unannounced Shooter Drill Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!: Panic erupted on Friday at Pine Eagle Charter school in rural Oregon when two masked men carrying handguns burst into a teachers’ lounge and opened fire.

After the initial chaos, the terrified teachers realized the guns were firing blanks and that they were the subject of an unannounced shooter drill.

The little school in Halfway, Oregon was having an in-service day, so the children were at home at the time of the drill. The terrifying action has drawn criticism from many but Principal Cammie DeCastro has defended it, saying, ”For us not to know how we were going to respond is leaving us open”.

Much is strange about this! Why in such a small, out of the way school in rural Oregon? Whose idea, at the top, was this? What if one or more staff members were armed -- concealed weapons carrier, for example --  and opened fire in defense?  What if someone had a heart attack or some other medical emergency response to the drill? Do "they" know something (predictive programming?) about this school and area others don't? Are "they" planning something?

Yes, they succeeded in planting those oily ugly seeds of paranoia within us. Plans are being considered for "volunteer" community members to "watch over the school in shifts" and "arm teachers":
The district’s Safety Committee and the School Board now will critically evaluate policies and procedures and decide what to do next, said DeCastro.

Armed teachers is one possible outcome, she said. Or the district may get armed and trained volunteers from the community to watch over the school in shifts, she said. Tougher doors and better locks are other options.
The article ends with this confusing sentence:
Had one of the teachers in that lounge already taken the time to prepare, the unannounced drill could have had tragic results.
Wait. If at least one of the teachers had been prepared, the drill would have had "tragic results?" Is there a typo, am I missing something, or is this intentionally confusing?

Clues in Location?
Returning to the location of the school: Halfway,  in the Wallowa Mountains in Eastern Oregon, has a population of 288. Halfway's history is interesting, as reported by OregonLive.com, which has a slightly fleshier article that's bascially the same as the abridged version on Infowars:
Halfway, population 288, is the eastern Oregon ranching town that became world-famous 13 years ago as the globe's first "Internet city." The city council changed Halfway's name to Half.com in return for $73,000 from a Philadelphia-based Internet bazaar of the same name that sold books, CDs, movies and the like on-line at half price.
The town got its old name back a year later when the on-line bazaar was sold to eBay. Now Halfway is back in the real world, where people sometimes enter schools and open fire.
 Is Halfway "owned" by eBay, or a company in Philadelphia?

The OregonLIve article quotes a Ms. Gover, one of the teachers:
"We are so remote," Gover said, "we are going to have to take care of ourselves."