Alex Newman is a journalist, educator, author, consultant, contributor to WND (World Net Daily), an education writer for FreedomProject Media, foreign correspondent for The New American magazine, a contributor to the Law Enforcement Intelligence Brief, and a multitude of other talents.
In this video he briefly discusses Agenda 21 and 2030 but then goes on to speak how the United Nations (UN) and these vile programs have contributed to the destruction of our education system. In Idaho the legislature is making efforts eliminate the Common Core standards. The deceit behind Common Core is exposed, individuals who have been involved, and the societal destruction that was integrated into Common Core is explained by Mr. Newman.
The Western Governors Association (WGA) Reimagining the Rural West (RRW) project is still marching on. Now, there is a new name to bury it under, Out West. Podcasts are being created to talk about their vision of what rural communities should look like, including Idaho. This is the "inaugural" PodBean of Out West with Governor Little sitting right there with the rest of them. Since that time in January, there have been three others.
The original instigator of RRW, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, is the guest speaker. He starts off by describing the opportunity to create rural communities that are safe, have "world class" education systems, and of course attract a workforce. Insultingly, he describes what he thinks is the way in which people think about rural areas changed, from "classic western movie ghost town" perceptions to "vibrant healthy" communities. Come on Mr. Burgum, really? Your "help" with "local decision makers" has not been sought, nor is it wanted, and those decision makers, properly called elected officials, have the responsibility to listen to constituents that elected them, not you. Forget your desire to bring in "smart infrastructure", it is well known that "the development of new climate smart infrastructure" is a United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), How this equates with lower property taxes is unbelievable.
Mr. Burgum is correct about the rural workforce issues, those workforces primarily devastated by the shutting down of the resource extraction industries. The plan for "broadband" connectivity to benefit various recreation activities is in the realm of "nuts". RRW is a plan that is about nothing more than creating a technocratic empire where all aspects of rural life are controlled. How this is surmised as a contribution to a lower cost of living is your delusion.
Promoting increased populations in rural areas is way off as well. Citizens choose to live in rural areas for a reason, and using your North Dakota example, that reason does not include a population growth of 1,500 to 15,000 for an increase in public service, hospitals, or more daycare. In your limited ability to understand, rural communities have high school activities that support their youth, and just because you think every activity should be included does not mean it is what a community wants. Inviting kids from other countries just for the purposes of diversity is another aspect that is the decision of a local community. Just how exactly does that contribute to a greater "quality of life"?
If there is a "divide" between rural and urban areas, it is because citizens have made the free choice to live different lifestyles. But you don't get that, do you Mr. Burgum. You want to sterilize rural life by pushing it to behave like an urban area. One truth expressed by Mr. Burgum, the intent is moving rural communities "beyond extraction based economies". Revealed in the WGA workshops, this agenda is forcing rural communities to green energy. As this UN video points out, moving to a technological world has the potential to displace those who do not follow, that is why RRW has such a drive to push rural communities towards urbanization and connectivity. The connectivity agenda is really about forcing the west into an Internet of Things (IoT) world. Thinking this connectivity world is one "that people will want to live in" is a fantasy. What makes Mr. Burgum and the WGA think rural citizens are not already in the world they want to live in, having no desire for anyone to come in and create one that others think they should live in?
Mr. Burgum's belief in "collaboration" to make all of this happen has just one flaw. This project was started without any collaboration with rural communities. The only collaboration seen here is with the federal government and their partnership with the UN to implement SDG.
The February Episode 2 PodBean can be found here; March Episode 3 here; and April Episode 4 here.
The final Western Governors Association (WGA) workshop on Reimagining the Rural West (RRW) was held December 3, 2019 in Post Falls, with host Governor Brad Little providing the opening remarks. Idaho is all in on funding this U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) rural program, disguised as RRW.
In his opening remarks, Gov. Little emphasized themes from previous workshops, including energy, agriculture, tourism, recreation and connectivity, and acceptance of his Idaho Broadband Task Force recommendations, which led to his referencing internet access, affordable housing, arts and culture, education, and leadership. Yep, all bases covered for implementation of United Nations (UN) Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). While he stated he liked "stealing good ideas from other states", he is really stealing, rather adopting, ideas from the UN, this is their agenda, and the USDA.
Once again there were several panels on different issues, however the information is too exhaustive to cover them in depth, so a very brief description is provided at the end of this article with a link to the relevant video.
It is the second panel, Natural Resource Management and Infrastructure Challenges, that should be watched by anyone who lives in a rural resource extraction area. All foresters and those who really understand forestry should listen to this panel, the plan for forests, and who the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) really works with to achieve the objectives. It isn't citizens.
Tom Schultz, VP of Government Affairs, Idaho Forest Group (IFG) talked about the "impact" forest "threats" have on communities, and why federal "partnerships" are heavily depended upon. With 65% of federal forest land "off limits" to timber production, Mr. Schultz acknowledged that lack of forest management has resulted in more forest mortality than growth, along with a drastic increase in forest fires. He also promoted the "collaboratives" throughout Idaho and the need for partnering with them. To further this agenda, Mr. Schultz commented that states should not take over federal land, but rather the state participate in "cooperative federalism" which is the antithesis of how our government is structured. Federalism is the division of powers between the states and national government, with the federal government having limited powers and the remaining delegated to the state. It is not a shared or "cooperative" relationship.
But it was panel member Matt Krumenauer, Vice President Special Projects, U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (USEFC) that really provoked further scrutiny. Mr. Krumenauer spoke to the market development of new forest "products" such as biomass production. This theme fits previous WGA workshops that centered around clean energy, and the need to change rural communities for that purpose.
An "endowment" is an investment fund that "makes consistent withdrawals from invested capital" which is then donated. In the USEFC 2018 Annual Report, statements on financial activity, page 19, show just how much of what they do is really investments with a high return. As President Trump would say, millions and millions of dollars. It has been conveniently arranged that none of this money is taxed.
USEFC, based in S. Carolina and whose partners include the USFS, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), USDA, US Economic Development, and Department of Defense (DOD), was created as a non-profit according to the terms in a 2006 Soft Lumber Agreement between Canada and the United States. As part of a trade settlement, $200 million dollars was distributed to start the endowment. It states in the 06' tax form that the USEFC purpose is "To operate through the two care programs of sustainable forestry and support to timer-reliant communities by providing grants to qualified not-for-profits, local governments, universities, or other appropriate institutions to address our core purposes." and "...support education and charitable causes in timer-reliant communities and educational and public-interest projects addressing forest management issues that affect timer-reliant communities, or the sustainability of forests as sources of building materials, wildlife habitat, bio-energy, recreation, and other values." Oddly, there are three companies with this same name.
According to the 2017 tax form, beginning on page 49, there is a much lengthier explanation of what they do in partnership with the USFS, including advancing watershed health, green energy production, torrefaction, research, innovation, and wood-to-energy, now known as the USFS Wood Innovations Grant Program. These goals are explained as "aid in retention and restoration of health working forests" and growing markets for wood-to-energy. Several wood-to-energy facilities are located in Idaho. However, USEFC created, and directly controls, a for-profit corporation named Community Wealth through Forestry (CWF) which is identified as taxable on page 58. Apparently legal, an example of how this relationship works is outlined in Georgia. USEFC also works with the Aspen Institute on rural economic development.
Among the funding of multiple organizations beginning on page 33, USEFC also funded the USFS in the amount of $90,028 after receiving $4,036,920 in government grants! USEFC started the National Conservation Easement Database, providing information that is "essential...in effective planning of wildlife migration corridors or prioritizing critical lands and waters to protect", and works with non-governmental organizations (NGO) to track forest conservation easements. In 2013, through a partnership with the USFS, USEFC prepared a report on financing biomass clusters via the Woody Biomass Joint Venture.
Through the USEFC, and their government partners, the Rockefeller Foundation supports the Blue Forest Conservation forest resilience bond (FRB), which "allows investors to pay for critical forest restoration activities at scale." The FRB, a public-private-partnership (P3), works with the USFS to choose a restoration project. The USFS and other "beneficiaries sign contracts with the FRB to repay investors over time", a "collective' action. Besides the foundation, other partners are involved, including the World Resources Institute. "The Rockefeller Foundation’s Zero Gap portfolio supports the R&D and piloting of new financing mechanisms to mobilize private sector capital towards the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)." In their commitment to educating us, USEFC created a cutesy website, The State of America's Forests, which is nothing more than a promotion of NGO and Agenda 2030 ideology.
In 2014, Carlton Owen, USEFC President & CEO, gave an interview that explains the intention for shifting from traditional forest management and use to green energy production, using the government, investors, and non-profits to accomplish this, a P3. This alters our jurisdictional authority by turning decisions over to third parties in partnership with the government, however, private sector investment has always been a UN goal for a corporate run world.
Mr. Owen described USEFC as a "public charity...with a small pot of money", whose purpose was keeping forests healthy and focusing on "systemic and transformative changes". To do this the market would need to be shifted towards different forest products in order to draw investors in while putting some of that money back into rural communities, such as educating young people towards this new market. He validated investor funding of forest programs over the last five years. With the USFS and USDA blessings, our forests are being turned over for investor profits, out of the hands of communities, while taking control over the local economy and way of life. While Mr. Owen claimed those who were involved did so "voluntarily", and not compensated for their work, the 2014 tax form clearly shows that he, the CFO, and the vice presidents were compensated with over $100,000, receiving significant increases by 2017. For current information on USEFC activities here is their 2018 annual report, including their agenda for protecting land in partnership with DOD and Nature Conservancy, page 9. More of Mr. Owen's thoughts on USEFC can be found in his testimony to the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in 2015.
During the panel discussion, Cheryl Probert, Forest Supervisor, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, USFS, validated this agenda by reflecting on the forest "infrastructure" and drastic reduction in forest timber production resulting in the need for "partnerships" which create a "more diverse industry", "success in crossing boundaries" using Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) and shared stewardship agreements, and creating the need to bring in new "investors" as partners. She also spoke to joining the universities to work on workforce needs, growing a "cohort" for an interdisciplinary team, and basically "have the university manage chunks of national forest system lands". She pretty much validated the implementation of this plan for our forests.
One note about biomass, it isn't as efficient as claimed, in itself takes energy to create, and also produces harmful waste to the environment. This grand scheme has already been tried, and failed. The RRW project will not only force rural communities into renewable energy through solar and wind, but includes how they will do the same with forests.
If this weren't enough there is one more issue Idahoans need to be aware of, the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER), a non-profit "collaborative region-wide organization". Idaho participates in PNWER along with other states and Canada, as well as the Regional working groups, all of which coincide with the RRW project.
Several Idaho legislators belong to these working groups including Rick Youngblood, Economic Development; Terry Gestrin, Invasive Species; and Chuck Winder; Transportation. However, other legislators, Sen. Bert Brackett, Rep. Robert Anderst, Rep. John Rusche, Rep. Marc Gibbs, Rep. Don Johnson, Rep. Matt Erpelding. Rep. Elaine Smith, Sen. Lee Heider, and Rep. Sage Dixon all served on the host committee at the Economic Leadership Forum in 2016. Other PNWER members include corporations, universities, cities, and the federal government. Idaho Statute 67-7802 provides the law for this involvement.
In the PNWER 2018 report, it is also revealed that former Governor Otter and Sen. Stennett participate in PNWER. Often referred to as the "North American" and regional group, PNWER also communicates and works with federal legislators providing input on issues. As they jaunt around to different areas for their meetings, they decide on the direction for citizens in the "region". This is an un-elected body of individuals who represent their interests with governments. That is regionalism. Even though there are a few Idaho legislators in this group, your representation is up against the federal government, other states, corporations, and even a foreign country.
The RRW forest panel and PNWER both provide a clear picture of how federal and state governments operate as they placate us with phony involvement and distract us from their true agenda. It is USEFC and others that the USFS works with, not citizens. PNWER also has a program, Legislative Energy Horizon Institute (LEHI) that educates legislators, rather than legislators listening to constituents. Legislation is created for the regional body, not citizens. As lengthy as this information is, it is only a small fractional slice of everything they are doing.
This is the way it will continue, dismantling our government structure as designed by our Constitution, advancing authority and control over our lives, regional collaboration rather than elected representation, and continued enmeshment between the state and federal governments.
Rural Energy for the Future - This panel covered economic development and energy programs through the USDA and providing information on how the USDA helps with all other subjects of this project. Newsradio 1310, KLIX interviewed Todd Meyers with the Washington Policy Center about how wind and solar power cannot meet our energy needs compared to hydro power, the impact removing dams would have on the agricultural sector in Idaho, and would be ineffective in salmon recovery. To see the corruption and fallacy of renewable energy one only has to look at California.
Rural Entrepreneurship: A Conversation with SBA - It was explained in this panel rural businesses are physically isolated from connectivity and have limited access to capital. HUB Zones, investment in small businesses, are also part of the Department of Defense. Half of Idaho qualifies as a HUB zone
Community Collaboration and Revitalization in North Idaho - This panel focused on north Idaho, the International Selkirk Loop (ISL) and the North Idaho Tourism Alliance (NITA).
Broadening the Outdoor Recreation Economy - This panel discussed tourism, education & workforce development, public health & wellness, conservation and stewardship, spending money to get kids in the outdoors, and creating education for outdoor work. There was also a discussion on creating recreation agreements similar to stewardship agreements, broadband, and healthcare partnerships, "Collectivism" was a primary theme of these panel members.
Cooperative Models Across the Rural West - This panel spoke on rural electric cooperatives, and converting both housing and workforce housing to cooperatives in a co-opt model. Cooperatives are difficult to develop and can cross jurisdictional boundaries. Cooperatives "solve your problem".
Expanding Telehealth Services - The final panel covered the use of broadband for electronic health records data collection, examining patients by video, dispensing medicine via telehealth, and how the non-profit, Oregon Community Health Information Network (OCHIN) operates their organization to achieve these goals.
Continuing with the second Western Governors Association (WGA) Reimagining the Rural West (RRW) workshop, held November 4 & 5 in Santa Fe, more details were revealed about the objectives to transform, not reimagine, rural communities. Up to this point, panel members are from areas or organizations where RRW objectives have been successfully implemented, the same is true for this workshop. While this article is lengthy, it provides the answer to the RRW project objectives.
Michelle Lujan Grisham, Governor of New Mexico, gave opening remarks and spoke to working "collectively" between western states, being leaders in renewable energy and climate change, thinking regionally, creating cross state sharing of costs, and what rural communities "should look like".
There were several panels, all but the last will be briefly summarized as these panels provide more information on foundations being used to change rural communities. One last panel reveals why the WGA and federal government are targeting rural communities.
In the Resilient Rural Resource Economies panel, it was noted rural communities are located near extraction economies, and these communities will be transitioned to technology and energy economies. Because there is no recognition of jurisdictional boundaries, partnering with different agencies is needed for economic development and shifting to "value added products". The National Association of Counties (NACO), based in Washington D.C., researches the data and mapping of local counties to "connect" county leaders with each other. Are your elected county officials in on this scam? In reality, the data and mapping is already in progress as part of federal action and developments, and WGA already has a renewable energy resolution.
Tribes will work regionally on broadband and energy infrastructure development and why not. The Department of Energy (DOE) is providing $15 million to do it and Department of Interior legislation provides continued support. Future "workforce" needs include technology, entrepreneurship, bringing young people back to the area, being "place based", and using cluster mapping, an Agenda 2030 theme for regionalism. The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), in which The US Department of State and United Nations (UN) participates, is a cluster example. With no "political boundaries", social capital will bring people together for quality of place. Using Tribes for energy makes sense as all Tribal land is held in federal trust, meaning the federal government holds title to that land, a way in which to expand this federal agenda. The Nature Conservancy also adds to federal land, selling conservation easements to the government for profit, land which can be used for renewable energy. Collectivism was also a theme during this panel discussion, working together for the benefit of all.
The Cultural Heritage and Tourism panel focused solely on Tribal tourism. Big business was talking here, not local culture. Once again "gateway" communities were mentioned. What they don't tell you is how Tribal casinos as tourism spots have economically devastated rural towns that surround casinos, or that Tribes are given millions of dollars to build these tax free casinos. "Guided tours" are the solution to limit the environmental impact of tourism and manage bad behavior of tourists, and "having control" over tourists while "educating" them. This is all part of sustainable tourism.
Revealed in the Rural Food Security panel is the massive amount of money being spent in different US Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs, working "collectively" to feed everyone, with the suggestion that government buildings could be used for food distribution. One clue to this agenda, "being hungry impacts the workforce readiness".
In the Connecting Young People to Careers panel, the government and their partners are in charge of bringing predetermined career options for renewable energy workforce needs to children. This particular panel focused more on skilled trade education workforce needs, capturing those kids who don't choose a college education. After all, someone has to build these projects that support the renewable energy workforce needs. Student entrepreneurial programs will educate kids on how to start businesses that will support this new workforce and transformed rural community.
The Future of Remote Work panel addressed the importance of remote work in rural areas. This is part of the "e-connectivity" scam by USDA. contained in a report to President Trump. The Utah Rural Online Initiative was used as an example of success. Panel members believe remote work is a way in which to alleviate poverty, especially for agriculture.
Lastly, the most disturbing and ominous was the Emerging Opportunities in Energy panel, which tied together the repetitive subjects for this aggressive RRW project. In the opening remarks, Mr. Ogsbury, WGA Executive Director, identified what is necessary in rural communities to support new technologies which includes infrastructure, an entrepreneurial "ecosystem", and innovation in technology, all of which can "benefit" rural communities.
Melissa Fox, Program Director, Applied Energy Programs, spoke about carbon capture technology and redesigning power plants, current work that enables renewable energy, water treatment and wastewater, integrating renewable sources into the electrical grid, and rare earth extractions. Technology to enable current grids for renewable energy is also being explored while the DOE is looking at investing in energy. DOE information on energy investing isn't available to citizens, however investing in coal, nuclear, wind, and solar is made available. Carbon capture and storage was seen as an opportunity for rural economies. She also mentioned the USDA and DOE signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for Energy Technology Development and Deployment in Rural America.
Jeff Edwards, Executive Director, Utah Advanced Materials & Manufacturing Initiative, spoke about converting coal economies to advanced manufacturing, the use of robotics, creating coal to fiber programs, and using coal in ways besides burning for energy. He firmly believes it is possible to "convert coal mining workers into carbon fiber workers". Is this another way to invest in and build workforce social capital? He also mentioned using cluster accelerator programs to advance the economy, joining the direction of Europe.
Greg Brophy, Colorado Director, The Western Way, spoke about renewable energy and its benefits, geothermal energy, and wind towers which generates money for landowners in rural communities. He also cited the importance of "on site" manufacturing for wind towers and how his "conservative" Rural Energy Network advances energy development in rural communities, as well as methane capture at dairies.
This whole RRW project is about "transition to renewables" in rural communities. Looking at the repetitive issues, it now all makes sense. It is also clear that it is implementing the United Nations Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Workforce Development & Education - Building this new workforce requires access to higher education for the technology shift, and a skilled trade education for constructing and maintaining housing and community infrastructure. It is about "reskilling the workforce", this is why you have STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, which comes out of the United Nations for their corporatism and technocracy agenda. These skills are needed for the RRW project that supports the rural transition to renewable energy objectives. Instead of kids sitting at the kitchen table talking with parents about what they want to do, this boxed education that is aligned with renewable energy workforce needs will be brought back for discussion. Both SDG 4 and 8 are met.
Healthcare - To support renewable energy workforce needs, rural communities need an upgraded, state of the art health system that keeps the workforce healthy. That is the reason for discussions on telemedicine, airports, and access to healthcare facilities. This achieves Agenda 2030 SDG 3.
Agriculture - Intended here is bringing technology to agriculture as the world needs to be fed, best accomplished through agronomic economies at an international level. A STEM education is vital for this objective. These objectives meet Agenda 2030 SDGs 1, 2, and 9.
Tourism - Since rural communities will be transformed with a new workforce and bringing people back to their rural community, entrepreneurial adventures are needed for building the necessary culture and arts for leisure time and encouraging designed tourism. This is also intended to encourage tourism from outside the area. Transforming tourism is found in SDG 8.9.1, 8.9.2, and 12.B.1 indicator.
Internet - It isn't because internet is lacking in rural areas, it is that the current internet capacity isn't sophisticated enough for their renewable transition agenda. More sophisticated internet infrastructure is needed to manage a remote workforce, agricultural machinery, communication with larger technological corporations, and to "expand the online marketplace nationwide, creating jobs and businesses opportunities across the country."
Housing - Housing is needed for this new economy and workforce. It isn't about the poor condition of current rural housing, it is about creating the housing necessary for their workforce goals, and perhaps even forcing housing to become renewable energy dependent. Governors have even discussed using disasters as an opportunity to bring in new infrastructure instead of replacing the existing infrastructure. This meets SDG target 11.1.
Wastewater & Waste management - More workforce, more need for upgraded water treatment and waste management facilities, with state of the art facilities that include conservation and reuse of water. SDG 6 objectives are met.
Transportation - Covered in the first workshop, transportation infrastructure is needed to revamp roads for safe "connections" between rural and urban areas, transport food to the world, and provide access to necessary products for the renewable industry. Transportation SDG 9 and sustainable communities SDG 11 are met.
It is all about collaboration now, governors between governors, governors with the federal government, governors with corporations...citizen representation no longer exists. This project has been developed, and already implemented, by the government with individuals and groups outside of your area. The direction has already been determined for your rural community. Partnerships are the essence of SDG 17.
Regionalism is a foundation of both Agenda 21 and Agenda 2030, it destroys the foundation of our Republic, and both state and the federal governments are partnering together to do it. "A cluster is a geographic concentration of related companies, organizations, and institutions in a particular field that can be present in a region, state, or nation. Clusters arise because they raise a company's productivity, which is influenced by local assets and the presence of like firms, institutions, and infrastructure that surround it." Clusters are used for regionalism. According to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), clusters are "considered as a means to promote the development of competitive industries and to facilitate local economic development". The DOE uses cluster initiatives to Determine Strategic Clean Energy Direction, and federal energy clusters to support federal clean energy goals.
Regionalism is a concept that creates a board or commission of un-elected individuals and groups that make decisions about an area, transcending jurisdictional boundaries, there is no citizen representation. Every one of the panels referenced the need for regionalism, with decisions made on a regional level. If a rural community rejects the RRW project, what chance do they have in preventing it from coming in? Regional boards and commissions do not answer to citizens. They just execute their objectives and decisions on everyone.
The hypocrisy in all of this is that the federal government and governors have already implemented this "project". Not only were panel members representative of success stories, but in Idaho there are examples of implementation. $11.5 million dollars from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is funding rural broadband in the Idaho Panhandle. While the FCC gives an obscure name as the funding source, Connect America Fund, it is actually a federal FCC fund. Though not called sustainable development goals, the FCC implements this through their "Universal Service" principle. Bringing "their" internet to rural communities meets SDG target 9.c.
For the advancement of entrepreneurial education, Idaho students participated in the You Lead Idaho competition, "giving kids from rural schools the chance to learn about business and innovation", which meets SDG target 8.3.
The Lemhi County Economic Development (LCED) non-profit brings education to the citizens. This year, LCED attempted to bring a new school district into the area for higher education through the College of Eastern Idaho, but this was voted down by citizens because of it creating a new taxing district.
From these workshops there should be little doubt that resource extraction economies will never be allowed again, meeting SDG 15, keeping land protected. Whether you like or disagree with this or not, rural communities are being hijacked for the UN climate change agenda and meeting SDG 13.
For those who are thinking, this is great, rural areas will prosper, just remember, the government has destroyed rural economies only to bring in their solution, but the ability to destroy it once again will persist. What will stop them from dragging communities through their next hare-brained, lunatic, UN driven idea on how you should live? If allowed to do it once, they will do it again. This is socialism, "any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods", SDG 12. The government is taking control over the rural economy, production of food and energy, and distribution of both. That is the essence of Agenda 2030. Are any Idaho citizens willing to sacrifice their freedom to this diabolical project?
There is talk that our Republic is being destroyed, by all appearances from this RRW project, it is already destroyed. Government has a plan for us, in partnership with the UN, and executed without your involvement. Perhaps it is time to consider what our Founders advised, "That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it...But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty to throw off such Government...". If there is any government action that reflects we are living under Despotism, this RRW project meets that definition.
What more could be said in the next workshop to be held in Post Falls, December 3, where Governor Little will be the host. Perhaps citizens should attend. A draft copy of the agenda can be found here. Citizens should consider sharing these articles with their representatives, tell them what you think about the RRW project, the federal takeover of Idaho, and how their role as an elected representative has been abolished.
In the October posts, Reimagining the Rural West (RRW), the Western Governors Association (WGA) panel discussions were reviewed for what this "project" intended to execute on rural communities. The second workshop was held November 5 & 6 in Santa Fe. Nothing like getting luxury trips while discussing how to destroy our Republic.
The first panel, Rural Prosperity – A Conversation with USDA, was as bad, if not worse, than what panel members said in the first workshop. Panel members included Rebeckah Freeman Adcock, Senior Advisor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Arthur Garcia, New Mexico State Director, Rural Development, USDA. Isn't it interesting how state governors are implementing an initiative created by the federal government, all the while excluding citizens they are suppose to represent?
Jim Ogsbury, WGA Executive Director, gave the opening remarks about how wonderful the WGA is, followed by what he thinks are the demographics and behavior of rural citizens. He also dribbled on about how to "build communities", economic development, and jobs, one foundation of Agenda 21 and 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
It must not be forgotten that it is the federal government imposing restrictions on resource based and recreation economies in rural areas, and those restrictions have caused economic devastation in those communities. Those policies continue to eat away at the livelihoods of rural citizens to this day. It is by no coincidence panel members were from the USDA, under which the U.S. Forest Service operates.
Ms. Adcock was the next speaker, coming across as rather pretentious. She spoke about the wonderful activities she and other federal agencies were accomplishing for rural communities and promoted USDA e-Connectivity, which is nothing more than a fancy way of saying the USDA is going to bring broadband and other necessary infrastructure into rural communities. A report was sent to President Trump on this USDA plan and how e-Connectivity would promote economic development. Aha, Agenda 2030 SDG 9 and 9c. Hey lady, what rural community doesn't have access to the internet currently?
According to Ms. Adock, "We are not trying to "develop' rural America...or make rural American not rural". Then what are you doing coming into rural America with all of your plans? She thinks rural citizens should have the benefit of what urbanites enjoy, not necessarily a performing arts center, but rather an "active arts community". Rural communities are "worthy of preservation" but also "worthy of prosperity" according to her. Of course, prosperity as defined by the federal government. No matter how its sliced or diced, the intent is to change rural communities. If the true goal is to not change rural America, then the recommendation is staying out of rural America. Don't come into our rural communities to impose your SDG for tourism. And by the way Ms. Adcock, rural America is fully capable of promoting its own local art and talent, having done so for generations, your help and ideas are not needed nor welcome.
Quality of life is described as infrastructure, housing, access to medical services, and decent education. The intent is to also "harness" the rural workforce with the forest, mining, agriculture, and coal industries being mentioned, and as these industries "fluctuate" there should be consideration for other workforce possibilities. In reality, it is the fault of the federal government that every one of these rural industries have been and continue to be shut down, that's the "fluctuation". What she is talking about is how the federal government is going to come in and re-create the workforce now that they have destroyed those industries. Technology and innovations were also addressed by Ms. Adcock, yes, back to SDG 9. She also stated that with improved infrastructure, "connecting" rural communities to Silicon Valley would be possible for advancing the workforce. Yeah, like it is every Idaho rural community dream to be involved in the Silicon Valley world.
As far as agriculture, Ms. Adcock was very adamant in her belief that it is a "moral imperative" that we "feed the world", and would go "toe to toe" with anyone on that subject. Bring it on babe. Ms. Adcock stated that because of technology food is safe to eat, and at the current population growth, we won't be able to feed the world by 2050. Therefore, our technologies should be shared across the world. SDG 2, 2.3, 2.4, and 2A, met. Lack of food has been a scare tactic for years and any time you hear "food security', run.
Mr. Garcia spoke about the USDA Rural Development program which has local offices where a citizen can walk in and get anything they need for a project from federal "experts". He thought it was wonderful that the USDA provided a $64 million dollar loan and "grant package" to enlarge broadband in Taos, and funding in another area to provide fiber optics. No wonder our federal debt continues to climb as Idaho tax dollars benefit a rural community in another state and other countries.
Housing was another issue Mr. Garcia spoke to, with this program providing clean and affordable housing, money for individuals to buy homes without a down payment or mortgage insurance, and other subsidies. The USDA community facilities program provided $6 million for medical facilities in a rural area but that program can also be used for libraries or whatever else you "dream of". Is this not socialism? SDG 3, check. Wastewater and wastewater treatment were also discussed by Mr. Garcia, citing a $26 million dollar "grant package" to fix the system in another town. SDG 6, check, check. Solar panels were brought in to a pecan farm for $900,000. SDG 7, done.
The USDA has an Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity. Every one of their recommendations under the five identified areas implements Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
From their own website, the USDA is implementing Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. It is the intent to change rural communities. Don't let them in, no matter how much money they dangle in your face. Alert your elected officials to this ruse and tell them your community will develop your own area. We have a tyrannical federal government that is determined to first destroy our community, then come in and redesign how we live according to UN dictates.
Was it President Reagan who said the nine most terrifying words are "I'm the federal government and I'm here to help"?
The Western Governors Association (WGA) Reimagining the Rural West (RRW) project is about destroying how rural communities live, pouring government and foundation money into those communities to do it, and implementing United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). It is an overlay of different SDGs, comprised of their social, environment, and economic pillars. Restructuring how rural citizens live, redevelopment of rural towns through transportation, and transforming the economy are littered throughout these videos.
In this workshop panel, Strategies for Reimagining the Rural West are discussed. One focus of each panel member is "creating communities where people want to work, live, play, and stay".
First to speak was Katherine Ferguson, Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group. Her initial opening remark focused on ensuring regional and "family" economic success, not just towns. Hmmm, her background is in "federal policy". Ms. Ferguson claims the local assets aren't considered enough for building capital in economic development. Through the WealthWorks program she mentions, foundations are pouring money in for "Connecting community assets to market demand." Sadly, this outfit is in Idaho through their Northwest Rural Development Initiative. She would really like to see that "wealth sticks" in rural communities.
The next speaker was Jennifer Groth, North Dakota Chamber of Commerce, Rural Development Initiatives (RDI), which was originally created by the Oregon legislature in the 1990's to create economic development in towns that were impacted by changes secondary to the losses in the timber industry. Partnering with the Ford Family Foundation, RDI moved in to "train" rural leaders on leadership and then create a leader "network". This agenda has expanded into Idaho via the US Department of Agriculture. "Regional" networks are seen as a "critical" part of rural economic development and the Kauffman Foundation supports their entrepreneurial agendas. Reality check, regionalism destroys our foundation of government through elected representation.
Greg Tehven, Emerging Prairie, spoke about targeting young people for their agenda. Emerging Prairie connects the "entrepreneurial ecosystem". This organization has foundation, public, private, and "global" partners and views their work as a "divine right" to serve the planet, a vision of "relentless pursuit of improving the human condition". They also garnered money for an "autonomous farm", seeing this as the future of farming.
Towards the end, the panel moderator asked each panel member what they did to surpass "conventional wisdom". Guess that is a polite, or p.c., way of saying they know more than generations of families who have successfully lived in rural areas. There is no way to describe the arrogance of their answers. Ms. Groth had some interesting comments about Ammon Bundy and her created High Desert Partnership being the organization that made Mr. Bundy and others "not successful in achieving their ends." You just don't get it lady. If so successful then why does her outfit have to go in to help with "healing" the community? This video is really worth the time for viewing.
Even though not about the United States, this whole RRW agenda, or "project" can be found in this UN forum, Rural-Urban Connectivity in Integrated Regional Development. It's about changing the way in which people live in rural areas, controlling the economy, and designing towns. This is what the WGA has decided is in the best interest of Idaho rural communities.
There are three other workshop panels, Advances in Modern Agriculture, Opera House Case Study, and Building Culture and Community Through the Creative Arts. Changing agricultural practices and bringing their notion of entertainment to rural areas, like opera, using foundation and government money to do it, are just a couple of examples of WGA intentions.
Gateway planning references how to move tourism traffic through towns successfully, for "connectivity" to urban areas, within a transportation corridor. But, it is really an interference in "urban design for neighborhood-focused development and setting up implementation programs for zoning and infrastructure to drive underlying value to sustain the fiscal capacity needed for long term reinvestment." What a bunch of meaningless babble.
The federal government destroys the economic base of rural communities by banning logging and recreational access, then run in with their grandiose plans to restructure the entire community. It's all about the federal government coming in to redesign how rural communities operate, along with the associated strings. because rural communities are "stuck in the past". Economic development is a major foundation of Agenda 21 and 2030 SDG 8 and 9. The dichotomy in all of this is the UN agenda pushing people out of rural areas to live in cities by destroying economies. Yet, here they are, by design, re-creating, rather reimagining, how rural areas should look and function. Every local economic development organization in a rural Idaho community is engaged in this agenda along with transportation agencies.
Rural Idaho, keep an eye out for this WGA agenda. Watch for local economic development organizations trying to bring plans to your area for education, health services, jobs, entertainment, and a host of other projects that align with this reimagining agenda. When a transportation agency comes around, make sure they also stay out of your town's development and economy. If a foundation comes snooping around with their dollars for an opera house, kindly remind them you will determine which music is most valuable to you. Don't let the WGA get away with any RRW project in your area.
Transportation is a major factor in the Reimagining the Rural West (RRW) project. One presentation, Fargo Main Street, discussed how the state transportation department used projects to determine the economic future of Fargo and its redevelopment. But the overall agenda is far more nefarious.
If it weren't enough that a state transportation department interfered in rural community development, here comes the federal government to save the day. Involved in this panel, Smart Rural Transportation Development, is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), and Arizona Rural Transportation Advocacy Council (RTAC) Director, Kevin Adams who brought in the fear factor of safety, which has become the underlying slogan for justifying certain actions in transportation projects that are really just hidden ways to redesign the land and its use.
Matthew Dalby from the EPA starts out by saying his office "focuses on helping communities identify economic drivers and revitalize their existing places" such as main streets and neighborhoods. As a "federal family", the EPA works with multiple other federal agencies to execute this agenda on rural communities with special emphasis on rural communities near recreation. All EPA influence over rural communities can be found on their Smart Growth website.
Mr. Dalby also addressed the agricultural sector as a transportation issue because of it being an economic driver. As part of the EPA's partnership to implement United Nations (UN) sustainable development goals, the real purpose is transportation of services and goods, in this case food, and the EPA is supporting the UN with their focus on, "Strengthening the supply chain through the direct support of farmers and investments in infrastructure, transportation...".
Ann Reinke, USDOT, spoke to "safety", rebuilding a city's infrastructure, and the use of federal funds to help communities achieve their projects, or should it be said for the federal government to execute their projects on us.
One question from the audience, an individual from the Global Pathways Institute, raised the issue of the "crisis" in the rural west on broadband access and the need for "air service". Yes, everything is a crisis and every rural town needs an airport for emergency services, to have a "normal life", and to get to medical services, both internet access and health services being on the UN radar through their sustainable development goal 9 and 3.
But it is one stunning comment made by Ms. Reinke towards the end of this video that really sums up what RRW is really all about. Ms. Reinke stated they should "meet people where they are", referring to our financial ability to get around, stating, "We don't want to socially engineer too much...". RRW is really about restructuring rural communities and the people who live in those communities, to live a certain way that meet UN goals for a sustainable world. Integrating the economy and development into transportation is one major way in which these goals are being met, we are being socially engineered. Our foundation of local governance is stripped away as they move in and redesign our community. The federal government knows exactly what this agenda is about and Ms. Reinke slipped the cat out of the bag.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHA) has adopted the UN sustainable development goals and integrated them into their work through a couple of programs, Planning and Environment Linkages (PEL) and the Sustainable Highways Initiative (SHI), and their Primer. The graph below from this document even has the same UN sustainable graphic. Both the FHA Primer and the document use Our Common Future: Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987, as a reference.
As the UN states, "Rural transport plays an indispensable role in achieving more than half of the Sustainable Development Goals and fulfilling the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to ‘leave no one behind’." Transportation is used as an overlay to integrate social and economic pillars in Agenda 2030. That is why transportation agencies have their nose in rural redevelopment and economics.
This is the first of a three part series on the Western Governors Association (WGA) intention of disrupting how rural communities govern their towns and how they live, taking over local representation.
As the WGA continues to destroy our Republic by focusing on regionalism, concocting ideas and decisions between themselves without citizen involvement, deciding how rural citizens should be managed, and taking over rural economies, thanks to North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, he created a master plan for western Governors to force onto rural communities. It is called Reimagining the Rural West (RRW). The first workshop on this "project" was held October 1, 2019.
As described in the introduction by WGA Executive Director Jim Ogsbury, RRW is built on three pillars, Opportunity, Connectivity, and Community. It is a "quest" to provide solutions for "sustaining" rural communities. Opening remarks about the project were given by Gov. Burgum starting at the 14:05" mark, which was basically a verbatim of Agenda 2030. One has to love his emphasis on "vibrant" communities and our gift of "free speech", language right out of the United Nations (UN) playbook. Mr. Burgum also referenced the need for workforce development by moving rural communities beyond "extraction" based economies towards "value added" services which adds to connectivity, another UN mantra. Idaho is already on its way through the Workforce Development Council, promoting "policies that align workforce, education, economic development, and entrepreneurship to meet industry and employer’s workforce needs" and "provide greater levels of service to those with barriers to employment and in rural communities". His value added agriculture promotion is also out of the UN as well as his belief in transportation connectivity in rural areas. Bringing internet access to rural areas will successfully implement the UN Agenda 2030 sustainable development goal 9.C. Yup, don't you worry rural folks, this guy has figured out and has every intention for coming in and "building a community" you will want to live in that is "safe, walkable, have arts and entertainment", and your western governor is going to help him implement it.
The next keynote speaker, Benjamin Winchester, is a sociologist who spoke to the "opportunity to solve issues with rural health and education, and build healthy, vibrant communities." He is all about changing your rural community.
For all rural Idaho communities, beware. Local non-governmental organizations (NGO) will be used to implement this agenda in their partnerships with the state government. Watch for local NGO initiatives and state agencies that push health care, education, transportation, workforce development, economic development, and job creation. Since it is out of the UN, they all work on the same issues, and your rural community is the target.
The National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) is a "nonpartisan network of legislative champions to protect, conserve, and improve the natural and human environment" for "advancing sound policy in the states...champions who can advocate on behalf of the environment, develop shared strategies, and educate their colleagues about coalition building and opposition tactics." Participation "is by invitation...regardless of political affiliation", and "does not lobby". Why would they need to lobby if they have legislative members to advance their objectives? After all, the NCEL "empowers state lawmakers to advance a pro-environment and conservation agenda." The NCEL is governed by a Board of Directors.
According to the NCEL website, the following Idaho legislators are members. Rep. Elaine Smith (D) Idaho Minority Caucus Chair; Rep. Ilana Rubel (D) Assistant Minority Leader; Rep. Mat Erpelding (D) House Minority Leader; Rep. Melissa Wintrow (D); Rep. Paulette Jordan (D) NACNCSL Chair of Energy, Environment, Transportation; Rep. Phylis King (D); Rep. Sally Toone (D); Rep. Sue Chew (D); Representative John McCrostie (D); and former Rep. Hy Kloc (D). On the Senate side is Sen. Maryanne Jordan (D) Senate Minority Caucus Chair and Sen. Michelle Stennett (D) Senate Minority Leader. Not one of their legislative biographies mention their NCEL membership.
A few issues NCEL focuses on are Climate and Energy, Conservation, Environmental Health, and Environmental Justice. Part of the NCEL Conservation agenda includes wildlife corridors, land conservation, and support for public lands, with a special poll on what Idahoans think about conservation. NCEL policy options include "interagency coordination", support for "private land conservation" meaning conservation easements, rejecting "state land grabs" and to "establish state parks". Reference is also made for the need to double land conservation by 2030. There is also a link to the Center for Large Landscape Conservation: A Strategic Framework for Policy and Action report regarding wildlife corridors, however that link is broken but the report, written by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy can be found here. This report covers many aspects of large landscape conservation.
These legislators, Rep. Jordan, Rep. Wintrow, former Rep. John Gannon (D), Rep. King, Rep. Erpelding, and Rep. Rubel all signed a letter to President Trump in 2017 opposing his intent to reduce the size of national monuments.
Sen. Jordan, Sen. Stenett, Rep. Kloc, Rep. McCrostie, Rep. Chew, Rep. Erpelding, Rep. Jordan, Rep. King, Rep. Smith, Rep. Toone, Rep. Rubel, Rep. Wintrow, and former Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb (D), now Assistant Senate Minority Leader, also signed a statement opposing President Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Treaty in 2017.
This all begs the question as to who or what is leading this group of legislators, just how are their issues decided upon? Given the identified issues, it doesn't take much effort to find out.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) "is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development...and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment", providing leadership and partnership in caring for the environment. Their topics include climate change and energy, forests and ecosystems, environmental rights and governance, and of course implementation of the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Among its many partners for implementation of these objectives, including the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), is the NCEL. However, there is no mention of this partnership on the NCEL website.
So there you have it, UN influence over state polices through our NCEL Idaho legislators. Who are they really representing, the UN or their constituents? Or perhaps their constituents elect them for the purposes of advancing UN objectives. Does either group know this is happening through their NCEL membership? Fortunately at this point, out of 105 legislators, it is a very small percentage. But, since part of their NCEL responsibility is to "educate their colleagues about coalition building and opposition tactics", how much influence will they have in bringing other legislators into their fold? Another reason to fully investigate all legislators for their activity, including what they hide from the public.
Non-governmental organizations (NGO) are celebrating the introduction of legislation for the "protection and restoration of certain native fish, wildlife, and plant species" on federal land called the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act. Rep. Donald Beyer tried this before in 2016 and according to Govtrak this new bill only has a 3% chance of passing. The urgency came again following a 2018 United Nations report over mass extinction hysteria. Even though intended for federal land, the caveat includes funding conservation efforts on state and private land that encourages wildlife movement and creating a council to identify priority areas on "non-federal" lands. We all know that "council" would be NGO individuals.
Some states, such as Oregon, have passed corridor legislation, others are studying it. While NGOs hammer the federal government for this type of legislation, they are also targeting state legislators for integration of corridors and connectivity policies into state legislation. Idaho has an action plan as well, identifying areas throughout the state for corridors. But the true plans are laid out by the Craighead Institute, targeting land use plans such as comprehensive plans, local zoning and ordinances, even HOAs for inclusions of such conservation drivel.
The Western Landowners Alliance, based in New Mexico, has similar goals, advancing policies for connected landscapes. Executive Director, Lesli Allison, has started the campaign for convincing private land owners to conserve their "working lands" for migration. Translated it means designed, regulated, and restricted use.
Ms. Allison presented this powerpoint, called Intermingled Public and Private Lands, to the Western Governors Association (WGA) last year, describing her intentions with graphics. Below is the most striking graphic. As the graphic shows, the true agenda behind any corridor type is restricted and highly regulated use on all property types.
The "threats" Ms. Allison identifies in her powerpoint include development, roads, fences, livestock, and energy. Apparently she also thinks land owners are a threat as the process is "led by NGOs, government agencies". So much for her notion of working with private landowners on working lands. Ms. Allison isn't the only one looking at this "working lands" issue, the WGA held a "working lands" roundtable in April this year that included the Nature Conservancy and Bureau of Land Management, but no citizens. In spite of claims that landowners should be involved in the decisions, and listened to, it is really about deceiving them on the true agenda. The graphic shows the true intention.
If a corridor is declared on public land, the committed effort will then be plowing through private, municipal, and state land, extending the corridor from one protected area to another. Corridors, no matter what type, will have protections placed on them for banned or restricted use. As seen in the graphic, the purple shows how corridors provide "connectivity" between protected public land.
WARNING: It is critical that citizens fight any reference to corridors in local land use plans such as comprehensive plans, zoning, and ordinances. If inserted, that language will be a stepping stone for this land use restriction agenda. When it is time for comprehensive plan updates, be actively involved so this does not happen. Also, share this with your elected officials and private property owners with working lands so they understand what is happening.
Lastly, where is all of this coming from? Gary Tabor, Center for Large Landscape Conservation (CLLC) president, and Network for Landscape Conservation (NLC) Coordinating Committee member, is also the Specialist Group Leader for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Connectivity Conservation program, the purpose of which is to facilitate species conservation through protected areas. CLLC is also an IUCN member, just type in CLLC. Tabor is bringing IUCN ideology to a local level, through the NLC partnerships that include federal agencies, and it is generally understood that IUCN is a UN partner. Hello Agenda 2030.
Since information seems to mysteriously disappear off the internet once exposed, here is a copy of the powerpoint.
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