The Tonka Report

Real News In A Changing World

Archive for March 9th, 2011

Wisconsin GOP Bypasses Democrats And Cut Collective Bargaining

with 2 comments

March 9, 2011: Scott Bauer / The Associated Press (AP) via Yahoo News – March 9, 2011

Madison, Wisconsin – The Wisconsin Senate voted Wednesday night to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers, approving an explosive proposal that had rocked the state and unions nationwide after Republicans discovered a way to bypass the chamber’s missing Democrats.

All 14 Senate Democrats fled to Illinois nearly three weeks ago, preventing the chamber from having enough members present to consider Gov. Scott Walker’s “budget-repair bill” – a proposal introduced to plug a $137 million budget shortfall.

The Senate requires a quorum to take up any measures that spend money. But Republicans on Wednesday separated from the legislation the proposal to curtail union rights, which spends no money, and a special committee of lawmakers from both the Senate and Assembly approved the bill a short time later.

The unexpected yet surprisingly simple procedural move ended a stalemate that had threatened to drag on indefinitely. Until Wednesday’s stunning vote, it appeared the standoff would persist until Democrats returned to Madison from their self-imposed exile.

“In 30 minutes, 18 state Senators undid 50 years of civil rights in Wisconsin. Their disrespect for the people of Wisconsin and their rights is an outrage that will never be forgotten,” said Democratic Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller. “Tonight, 18 Senate Republicans conspired to take government away from the people.” Miller said in an interview with The Associated Press there is nothing Democrats can do now to stop the bill: “It’s a done deal.”

The lone Democrat present on the special committee, Democratic Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, shouted that the meeting was a violation of the state’s open meetings law. Republicans voted over his objections, and the Senate convened within minutes and passed the measure without discussion or debate. “The gig is now up,” Barca said. “The fraud on the people of Wisconsin is now clear.”

Walker had repeatedly argued that collective bargaining was a budget issue, because his proposed changes would give local governments the flexibility to confront budget cuts needed to close the state’s $3.6 billion deficit. He has said that without the changes, he may have needed to lay off 1,500 state workers and make other cuts to balance the budget.

Walker said Wednesday night that Democrats had three weeks to debate the bill and were offered repeated opportunities to come back, but refused. “I applaud the Legislature’s action today to stand up to the status quo and take a step in the right direction to balance the budget and reform government,” Walker said in the statement.

The measure approved Wednesday forbids most government workers from collectively bargaining for wage increases beyond the rate of inflation. It also requires public workers to pay more toward their pensions and double their health insurance contribution, a combination equivalent to an 8 percent pay cut for the average worker. Police and firefighters are exempt.

Walker’s proposal touched off a national debate over union rights for public employees and prompted tens of thousands of demonstrators to converge on Wisconsin’s capital for weeks of protests. Spectators in the Senate gallery screamed “You are cowards” as lawmakers voted on Wednesday.

About 2,000 protesters remained in the building after police repeatedly announced the building was closed and they needed to leave. “The whole world is watching!” they shouted as they pressed up against the entrance to the Senate chamber, which was heavily guarded by state patrol officers.

The drama unfolded less than four hours after Walker met with GOP senators in a closed-door meeting. He emerged from the meeting saying senators were “firm” in their support of the bill. For weeks, Democrats had offered concessions on issues other than the bargaining rights and they spent much of Wednesday again calling on Walker and Republicans to compromise.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said earlier that Republicans had been discussing concessions offered by Walker, including allowing public workers to bargain over their salaries without a wage limit. Several GOP senators facing recall efforts had also publicly called for a compromise.

“The people of Wisconsin elected us to come to Madison and do a job,” Fitzgerald said in a statement after the vote. “Just because the Senate Democrats won’t do theirs, doesn’t mean we won’t do ours.”

Union leaders weren’t happy with Walker’s offer, and were furious at the Senate’s move to push the measure forward with a quick vote. Phil Neuenfeldt, president of the Wisconsin state AFL-CIO, said after Wednesday’s vote that Republicans exercised a “nuclear option.” “Scott Walker and the Republicans’ ideological war on the middle class and working families is now indisputable,” Neuenfeldt said.

While talks had been going on sporadically behind the scenes, Republicans in the Senate also had publicly tried to ratchet up pressure on Democrats to return. They had agreed earlier Wednesday to start fining Democrats $100 for each day legislative session day they miss.

Wisconsin GOP Bypasses Dems On Collective Bargaining

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Love ’em or hate ’em, this isn’t just an assault on the unions. This is an assault on the US middle class as America is headed toward Chinese-style, slave labor sweat shops– SJH  

Link to original article below…

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_wisconsin_budget_unions

Millions Of Dead Fish Suddenly Floating In Redondo Beach Harbor

leave a comment »

March 9, 2011: Ethan A. Huff / Natural News – March 9, 2011

Some reports have said billions of fish are dead in the harbor! – SJH

In what is perhaps the most startling and disturbing mass animal die-off yet, countless millions of dead anchovies were found this morning floating in King Harbor Marina in Redondo Beach, Calif., according to reports fromThe Daily Breeze.

Officials say they do not know the cause of the event at this time and that investigations are underway.

Be sure to check out the NaturalNews.TV video report of the event, which includes shocking pictures fromThe Daily Breeze and aerial footage from KTLA News 5 in Los Angeles: http://naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=7DEC1…

Like the many other animal die-off events in recent months, experts have been quick to dismiss the situation and provide otherwise reasonable-sounding hypotheses for why the event occurred. One idea put forth by Sgt. Phil Keenan of the Redondo Beach Police Department suggests that there must have been too many anchovies packed into one area and that the oxygen supply in the water became depleted.

But such explanations hardly seem valid in light of the event and the circumstances surrounding it. Reports say that some onlookers noted that the birds were not feeding on the anchovies the morning they were discovered, indicating that perhaps the birds knew something about the condition of the dead fish that was not visible with the naked eye.

“Yesterday, everything looked absolutely normal,” said Walter Waite, a man who lives on a boat in the harbor, to The Daily Breeze. “This morning when I got up, there were millions and millions of them floating everywhere,” adding that, strangely, none of the birds in the area were feeding on the anchovies.

Any number of factors may be responsible for the mass die-off, but one thing is for sure: the “scientific” destruction of our earth has consequences. The spread of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), the widespread use of pesticides, and the pollution of the environment with pharmaceutical drug waste all play a role in altering the world’s delicate ecosystems. When will the madness stop?

Sources for this story include: http://www.dailybreeze.com/latestne…

California Kill: Million Floating Dead Fish Fill Marina

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Preliminary reports are indicating oxygen levels were near zero. But, why were the birds not eating them? Are these massive animal die-offs bio-chemically induced by design?  – SJH

Link to original article below…

http://www.naturalnews.com/031645_dead_fish_Redondo_Beach.html

Written by Steven John Hibbs

March 9, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Gulf Oil Disaster Is Called Biggest Cover-Up In History Of America

leave a comment »

March 9, 2011: EU Times Editors / The European Union Times – January 8, 2011

9/11 is the biggest cover-up in American history… The Gulf oil disaster would be next! – SJH

Federal and Louisiana officials got into a heated argument Friday over the cleanup of oiled marshes during a tour of an area that remains fouled 8½ months after the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. State and Plaquemines Parish officials took reporters on a boat tour of Barataria Bay, pointing out an area where oil continues to eat away at marshes and protective boom is either absent or has been gobbled up by the oil.

The heavily saturated area that reporters saw was 30 feet to 100 feet wide in sections. No cleanup workers were there when reporters toured the area.

The marshes are critical to the Louisiana coast because they protect the shore from hurricanes and serve as a nursery for Gulf sea life. “This is the biggest cover-up in the history of America,” Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser told reporters, gesturing with his gloved right hand, which was covered in oil. Nungesser was accompanied by Robert Barham, the secretary of Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

As the two were answering questions from reporters, representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration interrupted to point out that a plan is being developed to clean up the marshes. They also insisted that the government has not abandoned the Gulf, nor has it lost sight of the fact that BP is a responsible party.

“Clearly there is oil here in the marsh but we are working as a team to find a best way to clean it up,” said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Dan Lauer. “It’s a high priority.” The two sides then got into a heated argument, with Nungesser using profanity. “It’s like you’re in bed with BP,” Nungesser told the Coast Guard and NOAA officials. “Don’t tell me I got a voice in the way you put together that crappy document,” Nungesser said as WDSU TV filmed the altercation. “It ain’t worth the paper it’s printed on. That is bulls…”

Lauer responded that he understands the frustration, but vowed that the cleanup would continue. “No one has ever said, ‘It’s over, we’re going home,’” he said. BP officials contacted by telephone had no immediate comment.

Nungesser has been a frequent and outspoken critic of the cleanup effort ever since oil from the April 20 accident began infiltrating the environmentally delicate Louisiana coast line.

“We continue to find oil in different parts of Plaquemines Parish — Redfish Bay, Bay Jimmy, Pass a Loutre — depending on the tides, wind and thunder storms,” Nungesser added in a statement issued by the state wildlife department. “We’re concerned about the long-term plan to keep assets in this region to help remove oil and protect the wildlife. This is by no means over and we’re concerned that this is being wrapped up before it is.”

“BP and federal officials are ready to close up shop and claim the job is done, leaving the state to clean up the mess,” he added. “We will continue to push for a real resolution, more than just a wait-and-see approach for the miles of Louisiana coastline still oiled. They may have forgotten the impact on our wildlife and our habitat, but we have not.”

The department emphasized that “state officials are monitoring cleanup operations to ensure they are fulfilled before BP and federal officials pack up shop at the end of February.”

The agency added that “oiled birds also continue to be recovered by LDWF biologists, including three live Brown Pelicans in Bay Jimmy, and one dead Brown Pelican. Biologists also recovered one oiled, dead Brown Pelican in Pass a Loutre and one oiled, live Killdeer. These birds, which were recovered in the last few days, have increased concerns for continued wildlife contamination if marshes are not properly cleaned.”

Lauer and the NOAA official who tagged along, Scott Zengel, said a cleanup plan was being developed, though they gave few details. They also couldn’t explain why there is no mechanism in place to keep the situation from getting worse nearly six months after the flow of oil to the sea was stopped.

A Coast Guard spokesman, Lionel Bryant, said rushing to clean oil from fragile areas can cause more harm than good. He also pointed out that the treatment plan being developed must be approved by federal, state and local officials.

The explosion that destroyed the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 workers and, according to government estimates, led to more than 200 million gallons of oil spewing from a hole a mile beneath the Gulf of Mexico. BP PLC disputes the figure, but has yet to provide its own.

Aside from the damage done to tourism when the oil hits Gulf Coast beaches, there are numerous environmental concerns. Among them is the damage done to the delicate reeds and grasses that grow in Louisiana’s coastal estuaries. The marshes serve as nurseries for a variety of microscopic sea life — the bottom of the food chain that replenishes abundant Gulf fisheries.

Also, the killing of marsh grasses contributes to a long-standing erosion of Louisiana’s coast and barrier islands, the state’s first line of protection against hurricanes.

WKRG News: Beach Communities Worry BP Leaving Town

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: This is the biggest environmental crime in the history of mankind that has permanantly destroyed the entire eco-system of the Gulf of Mexico!  – SJH 

Link to original article below…

http://www.eutimes.net/2011/01/gulf-oil-spill-called-the-biggest-cover-up-in-the-history-of-america/

Corporate Media Coverage Of The Libya Crisis Is Military Psy-Ops

leave a comment »

March 9, 2011: Kurt Nimmo / Prison Planet.com – March 9, 2011

In the interview here [below], war correspondent Keith Harmon Snow spells out how the lopsided coverage of the conflict in Libya is a Pentagon psyop. The psyop is particularly evident on CNN, especially on Anderson Cooper’s show. Back in 2000, Alexander Cockburn wrote about the Pentagon’s Psychological Operations Group based at Fort Bragg, in North Carolina, running a psychological operation out of CNN headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

“The facts are”, Dutch journalist, Abe de Vries, told Cockburn, “that the US Army, US Special Operations Command and CNN personnel confirmed to me that military personnel have been involved in news production at CNN’s newsdesks. I found it simply astonishing.

Of course CNN says these psyops personnel didn’t decide anything, write news reports, etcetera. What else can they say. Maybe it’s true, maybe not. The point is that these kind of close ties with the army are, in my view, completely unacceptable for any serious news organization. Maybe even more astonishing is the complete silence about the story from the big media. To my knowledge, my story was not mentioned by leading American or British newspapers, nor by Reuters or AP.”

Of course not. Because Reuters, the AP, and the rest are part of the same long-standing CIA Operation Mockingbird effort to control the major media. As for Anderson Cooper, the great-great-great-grandson of the robber baron Cornelius Vanderbilt, he is a trained CIA operative.

Snow mentions all of the other humanitarian crises underway in Africa the United States ignores while it sheds crocodile tears over the rag-tag “freedom fighters” in Libya. The U.S. government and the complaisant corporate propaganda media have used the term on several occasions, most notably in respect to the Afghan Mujahideen (that would later morph into the Taliban and al-Qeada) and the Nicaraguan Contras. Both were CIA operations.

The build-up to a full scale invasion (or at minimum a shock and awe campaign) against Libya is eerily reminiscent of the preparations leading up to the neocon invasion of Iraq. The media plays its part by demonizing Muammar Gaddafi in much the same way it demonized Saddam Hussein, who eventually went to the gallows as a reward for his dutiful service to the CIA.

It is not merely Libya’s sweet crude oil the globalists are itching to get their hands on. In fact, physically capturing Libya’s oil plays a minor role. They are interested in not only destabilizing the entire Middle East, including the crown jewel Saudi Arabia, but also sending the world economy into a death spiral. $200 a barrel oil prices will surely do more damage to the world economy than any other single event short of some global catastrophe.

For the globalists, order emerges from chaos. Only by destroying the economy – and the world economy rests on a foundation of oil – can they forge ahead with their plan to implement world authoritarian government with its accompanying high-tech police state control grid.

Globalist minion and renowned war criminal Henry Kissinger, a close Rockefeller confidant and Bilderberger insider, said it best when he explained that presented with the right crisis, the American people will beg to be enslaved. $6 per gallon gasoline – or higher – and its engineered reverberations throughout the economy portends just such a crisis.

Wag The Dog – Propaganda Sways US Opinion Of Libya

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: And when oil hits $200 a barrel, the US will open it’s reserves. But with limited refining capabilities, don’t expect a gallon of gas to be less than $5-$7 a gallon ever again– SJH

Link to original article below…

http://www.prisonplanet.com/corporate-media-coverage-of-libya-is-a-psyop.html