Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Ending Slavery with Appropriate Disincentives

"In the 19th century, the international community came together to declare slavery an affront to our common humanity. Today, governments, civil society and the private sector must unite to eradicate all contemporary forms of slavery, including forced labour. Together, let us do our utmost for the millions of victims throughout the world who are held in slavery and deprived of their human rights and dignity."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the International Day
for the Abolition of Slavery
2 December 2014

In Support of Ending Global Slavery:
Proposal to End The Invasion of Non-Muslin Majority Nation States by an
Invading Force Masquerading as a Faith

Marriage as defined by the adherents of ISIS is slavery.  Young girls and women are delivered into the condition in which the 'husband' controls their actions and property by marriage in which they have no choice.  Today, women are being sold into slavery and as ‘wives,’ without their consent, making this another form of slavery.
Enslaved by this form of 'marriage' violates the actual rules set down in the Koran.  These women and girls are forced through threat of inhuman punishments to carry out duties which they do not freely choose.  
There is little or no recourse in the laws of the forces which have adopted these practices and errant systems of law.  These practices ignore the content of the Koran and in any case individuals are required to follow the law of the nation in which they are resident.  No exception should have been made for adherents of the ISIS.
Using this mischaracterization of 'marriage' ISIS has created the means for culturally invading nations which offer plunder to be stolen.  The plan follows the tactics used by Edward Bernays, admitted to in his book, “Propaganda.”  A perusal of the Manifesto for Women provided by the leadership of ISIS dispels any doubt as to the horrors awaiting women so enslaved.  See Sections from Manifesto on Women, issued by ISIS.
Taken in its totality the invasion targets the benevolence and freedom of nations being invaded as a covert act of war, using women and children as the battering ram behind which participating men hide.
  The claim what is practiced is a religion serves also to hide the transfer of wealth, exploited from women and their tethering children, which are essential to carrying out the take over of free people in the Western Nations.

Therefore be it resolved:

Because slavery and human trafficking is prohibited across Europe and most of the Western World and ISIS hinges on enslaving women and exploiting their labor, which is then consumed by their supposed 'husbands,' who are, in fact their owners, we call for the following steps to be taken to end this threat to the civilized world.
All men with wives either now living in Western Nations or asking for entry for any reason will be held to the following agreement as a condition of residence in their host nation.  Men promise and commit to honor the equal and separate human and legal rights of women in accordance with the laws for the Nation in which they reside.  Having so affirmed, the participating Nation shall limit political asylum to those willing to also affirm, recognize, and guarantee such performance.
All men seeking political asylum in Western Nations with a wife and or children, shall be denied entry unless and until they sign a binding contract guaranteeing they will honor the equal and separate human and legal rights of women usual for that nation.  The wife and children will be separately asked and allowed to sign an agreement stating they will follow the laws of the hosting nation.
All single men seeking political asylum in Western Nations shall affirm by binding agreement they will honor the separate and equal human rights of women usual for that Nation.
The penalty for violating this agreement will be loss and transfer of all holdings, property, funds and other assets, to the woman held in slavery or woman harmed by their actions.  The man will then be expelled from the Nation to his originating location.
The assets will be rendered to the woman, who by this decree be legally divorced and have full and complete custody of all children of the marriage.
Any attempt to harass, harm, or otherwise violate the rights of the divorced woman or the children by either the former owner or anyone acting in his stead will result in a life sentence with no parole in an institution able to ensure escape is impossible.  All assets owned or held by such individuals will be forfeited and paid to the victims of the acts.  
In the case such parties attempt to hide assets with extra-territoriality services for the seizing of assets will be made available by various means, including authorizing privateers to enter the offending jurisdiction to seize assets held by either the men in question of those assisting them, be these banks, holding companies, foundations, individuals or nations harboring these slavers.
The problem for effective action when dealing with perpetrators who raise extra-territorial issues was dealt with by Congress issuing Letters of Marque and Reprisal during the American Revolution. A similar approach is still possible as the practice is outlined in the United States Constitution, Article One, Section Eight, Powers of Congress.  To quote: “The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States...To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water”
             During the Revolution, most of the action taken against British shipping, according to Edward Stanton McClay, author of “The History of American Privateers”, 1898 by Doubleday & Company this aspect of the conflict was handled privately.  McClay recounts the following:
There were 792 investor-owned privately-armed ocean crossing American Privateers that captured over 3,100 British Empire vessels 1775 – 1781.  The Continental Navy and State Navies and Privateers totaled 64 and only 3 were left operable by the end of the Revolutionary War.   Those investing in the Privateer ships were, in large part, ladies investing 20-dollar gold pieces in the ventures stock to purchase vessels, hemp rope, gunpowder and cannon.
 During the War for Free Trade and Sailor’s Rights 519 American Privateers captured, again, over 3,100 British Royal ships. There were only 23 Navy tax-supported ships 1812- 1814.
It is unfortunate these facts were previously lost to history but the effectiveness of this private approach to property and personal rights reclamation, supports an approach which uses private means for action when governmental means would complicate matters.  
While there are far more Federally funded ships today the US government, it does not carry out collections for private parties, raising the option of, again, using Privateers.
America has a history of protecting international traffic on the seas and keeping land and sea lanes open, emphasizing captures and the sale of goods, instead of merely inflicting harm.   Today, this might take the form of lawyers, and adjudicated approaches with mercenaries to enforce women’s individual rights.
We suggest, in accordance with these Constitutional historic practices, that legal attorney Privateers will be compensated 33%, while Military Privateers will be compensated with 66% of the funds recovered, by historical precedent in Admiralty Courts.
International Property Title Insurance Companies’ Courts could be ramped up to handle the case load in lieu of governmental courts, thus freeing taxpayers from the financial cost, which in the instance of Nations, may not be compensated.
            This practice for repossession of property, wrongful insemination, and recovery of children, will be carried out by contract between the hosting Nation Privateers, the victims being assisted, and third-party courts to ensure no piracy occurs.  Upholding the Rights of Women is essential to ending Slavery around the world.  
If it strikes you this proposal is extreme pause to consider this.  Half of humanity is vulnerable to injustices including slavery, abuse, ransom, kidnapping, theft, fraud, rape and the loss of their lives in the name of someone else’s ‘honor.’  This is systemic violence endured by at least half a billion women in Muslim, Christian, Shinto, Animist religions which have captured various governments, must be ended, so humanity can establish peace between all people.  
Since other governments cannot, or will not take action; then it is up to free women and their allies to assume the challenge of organizing to throw off the acceptance of organized violence everywhere.
We can change the world, establishing freedom and peace for all of us.

Contact Melinda Pillsbury-Foster for more information

Women’s Institute for Individual and Political Justice, Inc. 1997-

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Events from Melinda's World

(Originally written for Cedar Slope Story, titled, "FBI Surveillance again makes a WIFI appearance - Noticed at 5:45am today, February 9, 2016)

 And a history lesson of interest to those following unfolding events. 

In this area, as you might imagine, there are few wifi connections available.  We account for two here, the first Harriet, named for my great-grandmother Harriet Foster Pillsbury.  Harriet was a descendant of at least nine of those accused of witchcraft during the 1692 Trials held in Salem.  Salem paid reparations for these wrongful prosecutions, the theft of property, and wrongful death in 1711.  

This marks the only time in history when anyone admitted to having violated the rights of individuals so accused.  But since that is not nearly as exciting as viewing these mostly staunch and committed Congregationalists as imps of the occult that is not generally known.  

While the original 'accusers,' including Abigail Williams were  young girls who are now generally believed to have become exciting by the fortune telling of the Indian slave, Tituba.  The girls involved were 12 and younger.  

Adults involved noticed that since these were capital offenses the property of those accused could be seized without even bringing them to trial.  The names of those accused over the year period began with vulnerable women living in poverty and ended with the wife of the Royal Governor, Sir William Phips, who was appointed Governor of Massachusetts just prior to the Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692. 

The first action taken by the accusers, the adults at least, after Governor Phips called the whole thing off, was to rush to the Governor and beg his protection from the just retribution which, they said, would soon follow.  The Governor refused and no such retribution ever took place.  

But a long lasting impression had been made on the accused and their families.  It would be five generations before there were any marriages between the descendants of the accused and their accusers.  

Many prominent members of the Transcendental Movement were descendants of the Accused.  My family included abolitionists, activists for the rights of women, educationists and more, all descendants.  The accusers appear to have produced a significant number of politicians, as opposed to those who serve their communities locally with little or no compensation.  

I came into this story while visiting the North Andover Historical Society in the early 90s.  I noticed the number of deaths taking place in my family lines in 1692 and asked if there was a plague that year to account for this.  The two librarians said they had never seen so many of the accused in one person's genealogy.  

This subject had never been discussed when I was young, though Harriet, who received her M.D. from the Women's Infirmary of NY in 1880, was fondly remembered.  A life-long supporter of the rights of women she died in 1917 never having been able to cast a vote.  

Today, what was once South Andover purchased the right from the original Andover, MA for $500.  Harriet attended Bishop, which is now part of Phillips Andover Academy.  

So much still be be accomplished, you know.  The Equal Rights Amendment still has not been ratified and human slavery remains rampant around the world.  These problems, and others, need to be resolved.  I try to do my small part. 

And may I recommend the work of Andrew Kreig, a respected journalist who started the Justice Integrity Project and wrote Presidential Puppetry, the book which brought the assassination of John F. Kennedy by the CIA out of dismissal as 'conspiracy theory, and into the mainstream acceptance of a growing number of Americans.

Friday, June 12, 2015

No. 152 – June 11, 2015 – The Families of 9/11 Want to Know. Do you?

by Melinda Pillsbury-Foster

Having lost people they loved to the horrific deaths viewed on television as the Towers fell, the families of those who died demanded to know who was responsible for the attacks. Although the event is now nearly fifteen years in the past the question remains open. But is it?

Andrew Kreig, attorney and independent journalist in Washington DC, today published an article outlining the political use made of the issue, beginning with the sequestering of a report written in 2002 which many believe would, if made available, answer many of the questions still lingering.

outlines the attempts on the part of Paul and his co-sponsors Senators Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Ron Wyden of Oregon, to achieve passage of a bill which would make the information public. Announcement of the attempt took place at a June 2 press conference on Capitol Hill which was attended by members of the 9/11 families.

The report, which is said to document the role of Saudi Arabia in funding 15 of the 19 terrorists responsible for the attacks is only 28 pages in length, but versions available are so heavily redacted as to render them meaningless.

Former Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL) stood with Paul at the news conference on the 2nd. Graham co-chaired the 9/11 Joint Committee, co-authoring the report. At the time, in 2002, the three-term senator was also chairing the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Children of the 9/11 victims, some of whom were babies at the time, are now demanding the release of the 28 page report as well.

Clearly, the identities of those who funded the terrorists remains relevant today, along with the reasons why such information would have been denied to the public for so long. America went to war over the issue of 9/11. Without funding, most believe there would have been no terrorist attacks possible.
Americans were lead into a series of wars based on information which the Bush administration knew to be false at the time the war in Afghanistan and Iraq were sold to the American people as necessary to stop terrorism.
We now know Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction. Saddam Hussein, a former American CIA asset expressed willingness to leave Iraq, if paid. Do Americans want the facts? You bet they do. And they want it now.

Friday, June 5, 2015

No. 151 – June 4, 2015 – The Plains Truth – Santa Barbara Spills 1969 - 2015

by Melinda Pillsbury-Foster

In 1968 Union Oil decided they needs a new kind of PR representative so they went into local schools to find boy scouts who would like to learn about the oil business. One young man, named David Lincoln, then fourteen, was useful to them the next year in the wake of the Santa Barbara Spill.

The PR Representative, who also made an unsuccessful run for State Senate from Compton, took Dave and a few other boys up to Santa Barbara to watch the clean-up. Young Dave, who had just turned fifteen, did a series of appearances on radio shows, reading a script he shared with the show host, presenting Union Oil as a responsible company, extremely concerned about the environment.

When Dave spoke those words he believed them. Men he respected had told him they were. A quiet boy, Dave enjoyed what he was learning about the technology of oil drilling. He was encouraged to make working for oil companies his career, which he did, taking the courses they recommended at USC, which was nearby for his degree in Geology.

Over the next 25 years Dave worked for oil companies on seven continents in increasingly responsible and well paid positions. He began to see many things which shocked him, but he continued to believe the industry cared about doing the right thing for people and the environment.

It was working directly with Ken Lay, CEO of Enron which changed his mind.

Dave was in charge of putting a pipeline across the island. Instead of building this through a pristine forest he tried to persuade Ken Lay to take a slightly longer, easier route. Lay's sneering comments about the the damage which would be done to the forest ended in Dave walking away from a six figure salary and returning to the US. There, he joined Green Peace, beginning an intense study of how the oil industry evaded accountability for the shocking damage to life and the environment Dave knew they were doing.

As an insider, Dave was able to expose them. As an expert witness in court Dave's testimony brought clarity to the systemic cover-ups they were carrying out to optimize their profits with no concern for human life. No oil company won when Dave was able to give testimony.

A showdown is finally coming. It will take place on the beach in Santa Barbara County. Get the popcorn ready.

Friday, May 29, 2015

No. 150 – May 28, 2015 – The Ghost of General Smedley Butler

by Melinda Pillsbury-Foster

General Butler, the most decorated American military figure of the first half of the 20th Century, wrote a book about his military service titled, “War is a Racket.” The corporate cabal, which reportedly included a du Pont and Prescott Bush, asked him to assist in removing FDR from office in 1934, were deceived by Butler's vocal criticisms of FDR, and unfamiliar with his belief his service to his country had actually made him an enforcer for the corporations. Smedley was alive to the impropriety of using America's military might to intimidate small central and south American countries for the profit of corporations controlled by these men.

Instead of handling their problem for these wealthy folks Smedley reported them to Roosevelt, who was well aware of the hazards of having the heads of houses of banking which included Morgan as well, arrested. FDR leaked word of the plan, which would have placed Butler in the White House, to the press.

This resulted in a Congressional investigation which achieved nearly as much as the Warren Commission would thirty years later. It was four years before the terrified men would publish their findings, marked for, “restricted circulation.” Sadly, the General, recipient of two Medals of Honor, died unexpectedly in 1940, just before our entry into World War II.

Charges conveyed by General Butler, which the committee confirmed, included the information a million people had agreed to join the insurrection using arms and munitions made available by a close associate of du Pont, Remington.

Many of those involved were still the heads of their various corporations when charges of doing business with German corporations during World War II surfaced. This continued to be true when departing president, Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his speech warning Americans of the dangers they faced during his farewell address to the nation on January 17, 1961.

Nothing had changed when John Perkins published his book, “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man,” in 2004. Perkins work ensured the continued flow of money from smaller and weaker nations into the same corporate interests who schemed to remove FDR in 1933 and who did remove JFK in 1963.

Since then occupiers of the Oval Office have been much less likely to make waves, understanding who is really in charge. Choosing between Jeb and Hillary is just picking between, “chocolate or strawberry.” They are both corporate ice cream, bad for us and America.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

No. 149 – Hats, Friendship, and Looking Back

by Melinda Pillsbury-Foster

In 2002 I had not yet met Mario – and he had not run into the enormous problem created intentionally by the mortgage industry to expedite foreclosures, using the housing market to create derivatives which could then be monetized, becoming an investment. Mario, whose training is in dress design of all kinds, solved his own problem and has helped thousands of other people keep their homes. He is that kind of guy, warm, compassionate, and determined.

Attorneys pay him to update them on foreclosures and how new case law is changing the outcome for many. Mario became obsessive on the subject and devoured law books when he realized how people were being harmed. Along with telling me about his work for people facing foreclosure Marion also mentioned to me in an off-handed way, he makes hats.

While I know any number of people who are struggling financially I only knew one other person with a passion for hats. Naturally, I introduced them. Tonight we chatted for nearly an hour tonight via conference call. Mario and Maggie got along like gang-busters.

Maggie once owned a hat shop and loved being a milliner. She is also in foreclosure herself. So, it was a very fertile conversation, so to speak. They are now planning a website to sell hats and help people facing foreclosure. Mario has shown many people how to handle their own cases. Good things.

Planning out deceptive behavior which takes people's homes should be a crime. Deceptive behavior is a problem in other instances as well.

I had just gotten around to reading “Rove Exposed,” by James Moore and Wayne Slater, published in 2006. But the story about Rove that arrested my interest was the sneak way he orchestrated the sale of invading Iraq. When it happened it was easy to forget the details, but in the book, there they were, with dates and who said what, documented and easy to understand.

But Slater and Moore left out the best part of the story. After the sales job done to persuade Americans Saddam had weapons of mass destruction in November, 2002 he contacted the Bush White House and offered to leave Iraq – if they just paid him. For me, the time line in “Rove Exposed” explained why Rove was so anxious to make sure Saddam did not go anywhere. And Saddam could never speak out.

Imagine that.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

No. 146 - April 30, 2015 – Ketchikan, Totem Poles, and Postcards

by Melinda Pillsbury-Foster

Erika, from the Ketchikan Museum, emailed me using our contact form to ask about some of the images in their collection from the Gold Rush years in Alaska. The museum had, she told me, a number of images from Arthur C. Pillsbury, who had passed through the town on his way up to the mining fields with his cameras, including the circuit panorama camera he had designed and built while a senior at Stanford in 1897. He paused to record images of the totem poles and native people, as they worked and carried out their every day lives. These shots show the inside of native homes with the mixture of possessions of their own making along with objects manufactured elsewhere.

These images fascinate people today, showed a world now lost, and many of them have survived as post cards. While postal cards were in use from around 1851 the one penny post cards, privately printed, were only authorized by Congress on May 19, 1898.

The City of Ketchikan sponsors two museums, one for the largest existing collection of native totem poles and another for the history of their community stretching back to its founding in the 1880s to process the abundant salmon in the offshore waters.

The most southern town in Alaska, Ketchikan is also the earliest town, boasting a population of around 8,000 people, making it the tenth largest town in Alaska.

Today the Totem Heritage Center serves the town as a cultural center, a resource for appreciating and continuing the artistic traditions of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people.

Grandfather went to Alaska to record the opening of the mining fields. Once there, he became fascinated by its native population, caught in a transition enforced on them by the overwhelming influence of Western culture. Those images which remain are still compelling today.

As Grandfather traveled through Alaska he would sometimes leave a supply of glass negatives with a local merchant, starting a Pillsbury Studio to print more cards. Purchased and mailed, these traveled around the world.

His originals were lost on April 18, 1906 in the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire. So, when one of his images turns up from places you would never expect each one is precious. And even now the number of images rediscovered is steadily increasing. I never know what to expect when I open an email. But it can be wonderful.