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In case you missed the 72 page report issued after 3 days of inspections  208-APEXFormerKingLouieWestEnvironmentalInspectionReport identifying sources of asbestos and other hazardous materials inside the King Edward Louie Building, you really should take a look at the extent of areas tested and recommendations.

Then look at the Cost Estimate Agreement  emails the Commissioners approved as part of estimating the $1,600,000 in Capital Asset Repairs approved and funded through debt.

Sure am glad we got that expenditure locked in with no wiggle room.  So why did the Commissioners not take additional time to get a real estimate on this extensive and hazardous condition?

Feel free to contact:  http://bocc.jocogov.org/webform/contact-us

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Ken Dunwoody                                            GOD
Henpecked Acres                                          
One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
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As you read through the details of information shared, you’ll better understand our three immediate conclusions:
  1. Staff (defined as those below the County Manager) did their usual and professional jobs by delivering usable information for decision purposes to the County Commissioners.
  2. The Offices of the County Manager and Clerk did their usual job of blocking transparency.
  3. The purchase of the King Louie Building was an agenda of its own and had no meaningful purpose of replacing the existing museum or in default, a good longterm investment for the County.

Documents and witnesses have created this chronology of events:

  • August 2011- County notified of reduced price and arranges Staff inspection.
  • August 2011- Commissioner Lindstrom witnessed notifying Museum Director.
  • September 2011- Museum Director releases plans for National Museum.
  • October 2011- Licensed Engineering firms inspect building.
  • November 2011- Staff and Museum Director present National Museum to Commissioners.
  • December 2011- County purchases King Louie Building.
  • February 2012- County refinances King Louie Building through September 2015.
  • March 2012- Commissioners defend decision as good investment.
  1. 43,560 square feet per acre.
  2. Purchase involved 5.66 acres or 246,549 square feet.
  3. “We paid $7.90 per square foot.” 
  4. “It was estimated to be worth $12.57 per square foot.”
  5. “Comparable sites in the area are worth $13-$16 per square foot.”  (Median  is $14.50)

Commission Meeting of November 10 to discuss the Agenda Review for November 17 can be viewed here:  http://lims.jocogov.org/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=1153&doctype=AGENDA  Items #10 an #11 are identified below.  Clicking will provide all documents submitted to the Commissioners in support of discussion.

Commission Meeting of November 17 can be viewed here:  http://lims.jocogov.org/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=1124&doctype=SUMMARY   Items #10 an #11 are identified below. Clicking will provide all documents submitted to the Commissioners in support of discussion.

The $2,000,000 purchase of a Capital Asset and the $1,600,000 for Capital Asset Repairs are two distinctively different accounting entries and had to be voted on and funded separately by law and commonly accepted accounting practices.  Throughout the video discussions, presentations and documents they were totally dependent on both being approved and considered as one in the same.  To take possession of the property would require funding of $3,600,000  just to place it in a condition to consider what to do with it later.

I concede that I am the “crazy guy” and certainly not a financial advisor like the Commission Chairman and former Mayor of Overland Park Eilert, but my old school math skills calculate that at $3,600,000 we paid $14.60 per square foot well above the estimated value of $12.57 and median value of $14.50 area properties.  Sadly this is not this first time we have documented Chairman Eilert altering and creating facts to fit his vision.

Below are the questions asked and documents received from a lawful Kansas Open Records Act (KORA) request.

 
1) During the acquisition process, Staff testified that the King Louie Building structurally had “good bones”. Please provide a copy of an independent and licensed Structural Engineer evaluation of the King Louie Building dated prior to December 30, 2011.
2) During the acquisition process, Staff testified that the King Louie Building “buttoning up” process would cost an estimated $1,600,000. State law requires that prior to any renovation of a public building an inspection by a Kansas Licensed Asbestos Contractor must occur. Considering the age and prior purposes of the King Louie Building (including an ice skating rink) the anticipated amounts of asbestos would be measurably high. Please provide a copy of the Kansas Licensed Asbestos Contractor’s estimate to remove and dispose the asbestos from the King Louie Building dated prior to December 30, 2011. http://www.kdheks.gov/radiation/asbestos.html
  • Apex Environmental Consultants, Inc inspected the King Louie Building for 3 days issuing a 72 page report on December 8, 2011. 208-APEXFormerKingLouieWestEnvironmentalInspectionReport  Recommendations for the asbestos, lead paint and other hazardous materials found inside the building are made on pages 12-14.
 
3) Considering the age of the King Louie Building the possibility of ‘lead paint’ certainly exists. Please provide a copy from a Kansas Contractor licensed to dispose of lead paint surfaces estimating these costs dated prior to December 30, 2011. http://www.kshealthyhomes.org/download/RRP_Handbook.pdf
  • Contained in same Apex report above.
 
4) During the acquisition process, Staff testified the need to replace the roof. Please provide copy of the estimate submitted by a Kansas Contractor dated prior to December 30, 2011.
  • Document titled “87th Metcalf – Temporary Repairs / Weather Tightening”  Item_04-2011-0913-Roofreplacementcost  includes two cumulative costs for roof repairs at $610,748 and $75,616.
  • This document also provides the known totals going forward of $20,104,068
5) Copy of infestation document completed by a Licensed Exterminator dated prior to December 30, 2011.
  • No infestation inspection was completed.
6) Copy of email or other dated document of County Realtor notification alerting Staff of reduced price.
7) Copy presented by Staff during the acquisition process stating that this purchase was a long-term investment with no activities planned for 2013 or 2014.
  • Staff at no time indicated this purchase was justified as an investment.  All documents and discussions involved additional Capital Expenditures Budgeted starting with 2013.  It is deceitful and ridiculous to now justify this tax money as a good investment.  If our Commissioners want to play the real estate market or play financial advisor, oh wait, that argument won’t work because we have two of those playing commissioner, both from Overland Park.
8) One page document listing King Louie Building and associated property with name of Insurance Carrier and coverage of insurance in force February 1, 2012.
  • Property Damage policy for $3,943,213 with Factory Mutual Insurance Company dated February 2, 2012 can be viewed   Item_8PropInsCert-8788Metcalf
9) Copy of document authorizing Johnson County to contract a $3,600,000 loan agreement.
10) Copy of executed and dated document identifying Bank and terms of loan agreement.
  • LEASE/PURCHASE AGREEMENT with UMB Bank February 9, 2012  Item_108788Metcalfleaseagreement
  • Exhibit D (page 29 of 29) first scheduled payment September 1, 2012 of $274,576.67 ending with final payment September 1, 2015 of $2,917,400.  Total interest at term $137,976

The only criticism we have of Staff would be accepting this document Item_02&3-2011-1213-ATAbatementEstimate as an estimate to remove asbestos and other hazardous material from the King Louie Building.  As previously defined, Staff did their commendable job as they were instructed to do.  For Overland Park, King Louie was a problem looking for a solution.  Members of the Commission conspired (some unknowingly) to provide the solution at the County’s expense.  One can only hope that the museum’s future includes photos of the closed libraries and longer lines waiting for assistance (Mental Health as an example) to justify a new energy on Metcalf Corridor.

This form of political game disgusts me.

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”
 
Ken Dunwoody                                    GOD
Henpecked Acres                                   
One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062
(913)768-1603
kdunwoody2@aol.com http://NOlathe.net http://NOjocoboco.net
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Dated: March 4, 2012  and March 7, 2012

Stephen E. Powell
Clerk of the Board and Chief of Staff
Johnson County Board of County Commissioners
 
Stephen,
 
Please consider this a signed KORA request for the following documents:
 
1) During the acquisition process, Staff testified that the King Louie Building structurally had “good bones”. Please provide a copy of an independent and licensed Structural Engineer evaluation of the King Louie Building dated prior to December 30, 2011.

No response received within legal 3 day KORA requirements.

2) During the acquisition process, Staff testified that the King Louie Building “buttoning up” process would cost an estimated $1,600,000. State law requires that prior to any renovation of a public building an inspection by a Kansas Licensed Asbestos Contractor must occur. Considering the age and prior purposes of the King Louie Building (including an ice skating rink) the anticipated amounts of asbestos would be measurably high. Please provide a copy of the Kansas Licensed Asbestos Contractor’s estimate to remove and dispose the asbestos from the King Louie Building dated prior to December 30, 2011. http://www.kdheks.gov/radiation/asbestos.html
 
No response received within legal 3 day KORA requirements.
 
3) Considering the age of the King Louie Building the possibility of ‘lead paint’ certainly exists. Please provide a copy from a Kansas Contractor licensed to dispose of lead paint surfaces estimating these costs dated prior to December 30, 2011. http://www.kshealthyhomes.org/download/RRP_Handbook.pdf 
 
No response received within legal 3 day KORA requirements.
 
4) During the acquisition process, Staff testified the need to replace the roof. Please provide copy of the estimate submitted by a Kansas Contractor dated prior to December 30, 2011.

No response received within legal 3 day KORA requirements.

5) Copy of infestation document completed by a Licensed Exterminator dated prior to December 30, 2011.

No response received within legal 3 day KORA requirements.

6) Copy of email or other dated document of County Realtor notification alerting Staff of reduced price.

No response received within legal 3 day KORA requirements.

7) Copy presented by Staff during the acquisition process stating that this purchase was a long term investment with no activities planned for 2013 or 2014.

No response received within legal 3 day KORA requirements.

8) One page document listing King Louie Building and associated property with name of Insurance Carrier and coverage of insurance in force February 1, 2012.

No response received within legal 3 day KORA requirements.

9) Copy of document authorizing Johnson County to contract a $3,600,000 loan agreement.

No response received within legal 3 day KORA requirements.

10) Copy of executed and dated document identifying Bank and terms of loan agreement.

No response received within legal 3 day KORA requirements.

KORA= Kansas Open Records Act

 
“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”
 
Ken Dunwoody                                            

                                                                         GOD
Henpecked Acres                                          
One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062
(913)768-1603
kdunwoody2@aol.com http://NOlathe.net http://NOjocoboco.net
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General Motors will suspend Chevrolet Volt production from March 19th to April 23rd in order to bring supply of the plug-in hybrid car in line with demand, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Chevrolet sold 1,023 Volts in February, which up from 603 in January, but far from the 60,000-unit annual output originally planned for when the car was launched in December, 2010. Less than 8,000 Volts were sold in all of 2011.

Watch: Building The Chevy Volt

GM spokesperson Chris Lee told the newspaper that 1,300 employees at the Hamtramck, Michigan, assembly plant where the Volt is built would be temporarily laid off during the production freeze.

Volt production was also halted for several weeks from late December until February 6th to reengineer the car to address fire concerns raised during government crash testing.

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Project Overview

For the first time in history more than half the world’s population is living in towns and cities. We passed this milestone in 2008 and by 2040 two in three people are expected to live in urban environments.  (NOlathe note: Does this explain all the 2040 Vision Planning Documents funded by ICLEI participants?)

Urbanisation presents us with a wealth of new opportunities and huge challenges. It has the potential to further economic development and innovation, but also threatens to exacerbate key global problems, including resource depletion, climate change, and inequality.

Megacities on the move sets out to find solutions to one of the biggest challenges – how billions of city-dwellers can access what they need without putting intolerable strains on the planet. It focuses on how to achieve sustainable urban mobility, looking at all the ways in which people will access goods, services and information and make contact with each other. It goes beyond transport to consider ICT solutions, innovative urban design and much more.

Forum for the Future, working in partnership with Vodafone and the FIA Foundation, who funded the project, and with EMBARQ, has produced a practical toolkit to help public bodies, companies and civil society organisations understand and plan for the mobility challenges of the future. It is designed to encourage action now and stimulate innovative products and services.

We have created four scenarios exploring urban mobility in the year 2040, taking into account resource shortages, climate change, demographic trends and other major factors which will shape our future, and drawing on interviews with more than 40 experts from around the world.

We chose this year because urban infrastructure is generally planned, built and used over decades. Looking at the challenges we may face in 30 years provides enough time to plan for and deliver a whole new generation of more sustainable solutions.

You can download the toolkit as one document or in its separate sections by going to the How to Use the Toolkit menu to the left.

Watch the Megacities on the Move Webinar by Ivana Gazibara on the left hand side or watch our audio slideshow on mobility solutions of the future.

Forum for the Future’s scenarios are not predictions or depictions of desirable futures which we wish to promote, and they do not represent our vision of a sustainable future. They are pictures of different possible futures, designed to help people understand the major trends that are shaping our world. They aim to challenge, inspire and excite, so that people feel motivated to plan for a better, more sustainable future.

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Stephen E. Powell
Clerk of the Board and Chief of Staff
Johnson County Board of County Commissioners
 
Stephen,
 
Please consider this a signed KORA request for the following documents:
 
1) During the acquisition process, Staff testified that the King Louie Building structurally had “good bones”. Please provide a copy of an independent and licensed Structural Engineer evaluation of the King Louie Building dated prior to December 30, 2011.
 
2) During the acquisition process, Staff testified that the King Louie Building “buttoning up” process would cost an estimated $1,600,000. State law requires that prior to any renovation of a public building an inspection by a Kansas Licensed Asbestos Contractor must occur. Considering the age and prior purposes of the King Louie Building (including an ice skating rink) the anticipated amounts of asbestos would be measurably high. Please provide a copy of the Kansas Licensed Asbestos Contractor’s estimate to remove and dispose the asbestos from the King Louie Building dated prior to December 30, 2011. http://www.kdheks.gov/radiation/asbestos.html
 
3) Considering the age of the King Louie Building the possibility of ‘lead paint’ certainly exists. Please provide a copy from a Kansas Contractor licensed to dispose of lead paint surfaces estimating these costs dated prior to December 30, 2011. http://www.kshealthyhomes.org/download/RRP_Handbook.pdf
 
4) During the acquisition process, Staff testified the need to replace the roof. Please provide copy of the estimate submitted by a Kansas Contractor dated prior to December 30, 2011.
 
5) Copy of infestation document completed by a Licensed Exterminator dated prior to December 30, 2011.
 
6) Copy of email or other dated document of County Realtor notification alerting Staff of reduced price.
 
7) Copy presented by Staff during the acquisition process stating that this purchase was a long term investment with no activities planned for 2013 or 2014.
 
8) One page document listing King Louie Building and associated property with name of Insurance Carrier and coverage of insurance in force February 1, 2012.
 
9) Copy of document authorizing Johnson County to contract a $3,600,000 loan agreement.
 
10) Copy of executed and dated document identifying Bank and terms of loan agreement.
 
 
“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”
 
Ken Dunwoody                               GOD
Henpecked Acres                          
One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062
(913)768-1603
kdunwoody2@aol.com http://NOlathe.net http://NOjocoboco.net
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On March 1, 2012 The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners were asked by Staff to authorize the expense of $125,000 previously approved in the 2012 Budget to fund an ICLEI research and development project with nine other ICLEI communities. In prior posts NOlathe referred to this as a measurement of gravity on rain.

The full Staff presentation, Commissioner comments/questions, public debate and vote may be viewed by going here http://lims.jocogov.org/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=1229&doctype=AGENDA and then clicking on Action Agenda Item #4. The video will now be present in upper right corner.

The vote failed to receive support by a majority of the Commissioners and funding was not authorized. Regardless of the favorable outcome, the real beneficiaries were those not in attendance and not knowing the agenda of Global Government.  For the first time, members of the public with passion on both sides were allowed to publically debate ICLEI and Agenda 21 in Johnson County Kansas. It was a pleasure to watch and experience that our Republic can be alive and well when our future is debated and not mandated.

Regardless of which side you stand, America did well on March 1, 2012.

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”
 
Ken Dunwoody                                GOD
Henpecked Acres                              
One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062
(913)768-1603
kdunwoody2@aol.com http://NOlathe.net http://NOjocoboco.net
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On March 1, 2012 the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners is scheduled to approve a $125,000 grant disguised as an expense to an ICLEI operative (WERF).  The five sites in Johnson County will be part of an estimated 50 sites Nationwide.  The research and development over two years will establish new ICLEI guidelines for controlling the effects of gravity on rain.  The five County selected sites are conveniently located inside other ICLEI City boundaries or ICLEI philosophically leaning municipalities (officers of League of Kansas Municipalities).

Just in Johnson County Kansas alone, there remains several hundred sites that will require ICLEI retrofits, replacements or new installations with future development.  At an approximate cost of $53,800 per site ($125,000 plus $144,000 divided by 5) how will the County pay for this new ICLEI mandate?

On March 2, 2012 Johnson County could as other ICLEI communities have done, implement a tax on rain.  That will lead to melting snow, slip & slides and water balloon fights.  Any water that leaves your property will be taxed.

Please watch this 59 second video, it’s already being done.

Courtesy of American Policy Center and Mr. Tom DeWeese

http://americanpolicy.org/category/videos/ 

  1. Knoxville     ICLEI Member since 2007
  2. Houston       ICLEI Member since 2006

 

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”
 
Ken Dunwoody                                               GOD
Henpecked Acres                                              
One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062
(913)953-0387
kdunwoody2@aol.com http://NOlathe.net http://NOjocoboco.net
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2011 Was an Incredible Year as Agenda 21 Becomes a Major Issue

After hiding under the radar for more than 19 years, Agenda 21 became the cause of 2011 as thousands of concerned Americans began to study United Nations documents side – by – side with their local comprehensive development plans. To the horror of most, they found identical language – and the battle was on.

Fighting Back

The battle to stop Agenda 21 in local communities and in state legislatures has taken several varied but effective paths. In my travels to speak to more than 38 groups in 12 states in 2011, I have been privilege to meet and work with some of the most amazing activists I’ve even encountered. I’ve also been able to meet with state legislators in four states, along with a large number of county commissioners and city councilmen – all eager to learn about Agenda 21 and how to stop it. Here are some of the results of their work in countering the massive power of those enforcing Agenda 21 across the nation:

Communities Leaving ICLEI

It started last January, 2011 in Carroll County, Maryland, as the newly elected Board of Commissioners, led by Richard Rothschild, voted to cancel the county’s membership in the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI). At the same time the Commission also terminated the contract of the county’s sustainable development director, and they sent the county planning commission back to the drawing board for the state-mandated comprehensive development plan – with instructions to not resubmit it until it protected private property rights and complied with the U.S, Constitution. Little did these new commissioners know, they were at the head of a tidal wave that was about to sweep the nation.

Following Carroll County, next came Amador County, California, as the county commissioners voted to end their membership in ICLEI; then came Montgomery County, PA; followed by Edmond, Oklahoma, Las Cruces, New Mexico. The successful battle against ICLEI in Spartanburg, South Carolina was sparked by County Commissioner Roger Nutt; Virginia became a hotbed of activity against Agenda 21 and ICLEI, especially through the efforts of activists like Donna Holt, Cathy Turner and Charles Battig, to name a few. As a result of their efforts, Albemarle County, Virginia (home of Thomas Jefferson), James City County, Virginia (where America basically started at James Town), Abington, Virginia and Lexington, Virginia, have all voted to throw ICLEI out; we can now add to this list Plantation. Florida; Carver, Massachusetts; Pinellas, Florida; Garland, Texas; Sarasota, Florida; Clallam County, Washington; Monmouth County, New Jersey, Chatham County, North Carolina and Somerset County, New Jersey.

Unofficial reports indicate that at least 54 communities have withdrawn from ICLEI in 2011 (though I don’t have all of them listed here because we don’t have official verification). In addition, while ICLEI set a goal of 1000 American cities as members by 2015, indications are that only 17 new cities joined ICLEI this past year. That would be a net reduction of 37!

Property Rights Council

As I arrived in Idaho last September to speak, I was told that a county commissioner wanted to have dinner with me. I said, fine. I’ve gotta eat! What I received from that dinner was nothing short of stunning. As I arrived at the restaurant I was ushered into a back room where about eight people awaited me, including Bonner County, Idaho attorney Scott Bauer and Bonner County Commissioner Cornel Rasor. They began to lay out a full-blown presentation for a plan to protect property rights in their county. They called it a Property Rights Council. This was to be an official arm of the county government, complete with a full time employee and a selected council of citizens who would oversee all county legislation and regulations to assure they didn’t violate private property rights. In addition, the plan was to connect the council’s activities with a state wide network of free market think tanks that would help make such judgments on the proposed legislation. Amazing idea! I mentioned it in my monthly report to APC supporters and it became a sensation. Tennessee activist Karen Bracken picked up the idea, spent hours discussing every detail with attorney Bauer and quickly organized a conference call of national activist leadership, and the idea is now spreading across the nation. Property Rights Councils will be an invaluable tool to counter ICLEI’s near total control of county government.

State Legislative Activity Against Agenda 21 It has truly been amazing to see anti-Agenda 21 efforts in state legislatures across the nation. My report here is only a fraction of the activities actually taking place, as I literally can’t keep up with the many meetings, hearings and resulting legislation that is being introduced. But here are a few of the highlights:

In the state of Washington, State Representative Matt Shea is succeeding in creating an ―Anti-Agenda 21 Caucus,‖ designed to educate fellow legislators to the dangers of Agenda 21 and to block passage or any such legislation. Eight House Members have joined so far.
A bill (Assembly Bill 303) has been introduced by Representative Mary Williams into the state legislature of Wisconsin to repeal state mandated smart growth legislation.

Smart growth legislation has been passed in almost very state and is the Sustainablist’s main weapon to enforce Agenda 21 policy in every county. Repeal of such legislation gives the local government the right to choose whether it wants to participate in Sustainable planning or not. The bill has already passed the Wisconsin House and is awaiting action in the state Senate.

Similar legislation has already been passed and signed by the Governor in the state of Florida. That means that Florida counties are now free from state mandates to write and impose comprehensive development plans.
The state of New Hampshire has two landmark bills before it. First is HB 1634, introduced by Rep. Amy Cartwright which prohibits ―the state counties or towns from implementing programs of, expending money for, receiving funds from, or contracting with the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI).‖ The second bill prohibits federal, state and local government agents from entering private property without the property owner’s written permission.

Republican National Committee Passes Anti- Agenda 21 Resolution

On Friday, January 13, 2012, Helen Van Etten, Republican National Committeewoman from Kansas, sponsored a resolution entitled ―Resolution Exposing United Nations Agenda 21.‖ It was adopted during the RNC’s general session that day. This resolution may now be used by all opponents of Agenda 21 to help convince lawmakers that this is a threat serious enough that one of the two major political parties now understands and opposes it. All Republican officeholders now have a valuable tool to stand united and oppose Agenda 21 – if they choose to use it. It is also a major weapon for local activists, who, till now have fought alone, constantly labeled fringe conspiracy theorists.

Mainstream Conservative Movement and Candidates Join The Fight

In addition, The Heritage Foundation has now acknowledged the threat of Agenda 21, in an article entitled ―Agenda 21 and the Threat in Our Backyard.‖ This is a sign that the mainstream Conservative movement is coming on board in the Agenda 21 fight.
A few months ago, I was contacted by the Newt Gingrich campaign after he had been pummeled with questions about his position on Agenda 21. When his answers weren’t satisfactory to the crowd, people shouted ―Call Tom DeWeese,‖ and he did. A few weeks later Gingrich appeared on the Sean Hannity radio show talking about Agenda 21, and then he even brought it up in one of the debates.

In his last week on Fox News, Glenn Beck used some of his remaining precious air time on an international news network to expose Agenda 21. I was very please to have been contacted by his producers to provide information for the program. And Beck provided a link the American Policy Center’s website so viewers could learn more.

The tin foil is falling off of our hats rapidly as the fight against Agenda 21 is quickly escalating into the main stream of the political debate.

Breaking up Consensus Meetings

One of the chief tools used by the pro-Agenda 21 forcesistheuseoftrainedfacilitatorsandconsensusmeetings. These are psychology-driven sessions designed to reach a predetermined outcome, as the participants are led to believe it is their own idea. It’s very effective in countering our arguments that Agenda 21 is implemented behind closed doors, against the will of the people. Of course, behind those closed doors is where the predetermined outcome and the tactics to enforce it is, well, determined.

That’s all starting to change as anti-Agenda 21 forces are learning counter techniques. First, author Beverly Eakman has produced a book entitled ―How To Counter Group Manipulation Tactics.‖ Beverly has studied this tactics for years and has learned how to stop its progress. Created by the Rand Corporation and known as the Delphi Technique, the process depends on the fact that there is no debate, no open discussion and no dissention allow. Beverly’s book show how that can be turned around on the facilitator, and in effect, ruin his day and his meeting’s outcome. Beverly teaches activist how to lay low and quietly upset the process. Others have taken a more blunt, in-you-face approach. It works too!

Case in point, at a recent meeting in San Francisco, about 50 anti-Agenda 21 citizens turned out for yet another controlled consensus meeting, only they refused to play by the rules (key to messing up the pre-planned process). They spoke out, they video-taped the process, they refused to put their names on sign up sheets (an intimidation tactic used by the Sustainablists), they continually corrected the facilitator’s incorrect statements, they did not participate in the ―phony voting process,‖ (again a tactic used in the Delphi technique to make you think you had a part in the outcome. As soon as you take one step in becoming part of the process, even to vote no, you are in the process). The protestors refused to give their names to the media and they brought in cameras and signs. Above all, they passed out flyers to every participant explaining the process being used on them and telling them their rights in a free assembly. No one was arrested in this process. Take away the power of consensus and you have gone a long way toward stopping Agenda 21. It simply cannot be implemented in a free, open society of free debate and transparency in government, as our local, state and federal governments were designed to be.

So, there you have it, a brief rundown of the growing battle to stop Agenda 21. 2011 was an amazing year in this fight to restore the Republic. But 2012 is already shaping up to be the year we finally crush Agenda 21.

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