February 28, 2015

Watch Out For Moose and Deer

ST. JOHN VALLEY, Maine – Wildlife including deer and moose are beginning to make an appearance on northern snowmobile trails, according to a Feb. 25 snowmobile trail report issued by Caribou Parks and Recreation Department.

Read more: St. John Valley Times – Deer and moose appearing on snowmobile trails

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Nyet Neutrality

You just gotta love People’s Cube’s creativity!

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Open Thread – Saturday, February 28, 2015

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HEY! Did you read Malcolm X?

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If You Like Your Internet, You Can Keep Your Internet

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HSUS Bent on Maine Outfitter Destruction?

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FCC New Statist Unelected “Seize” er of Human Control

Mostly due to fake cyber security breeches, relentless government fear mongering and a sedentary citizenry, manipulated into uncaring and unquestioning servitude, the Federal Communications Commission, took a giant bite out of the last bastion of free speech, a place to express independent thought. The Internet is now a government-controlled wasteland…or soon will be.

What is described as a 300-plus page book of regulations, has remained secret. Reports are that even the FCC board that voted on the new central control actions, didn’t see the pages of the plan, but they voted to approve it anyway.

Perhaps the largest grab of power away from the citizens and free enterprise in many, many years, and for the most part, aside from a random reporting about the vote, the media is silent and the population is ignorant. The false focus and distraction is on “Net Neutrality”.

And now you know why all of this fascist control is being undertaken at breakneck speed. We are too blind to see it nor do we care…evidently. People should help the government and the puppet dupes out and keep discussing the pros and cons of “Net Neutrality”. That way they can implement all the other anti rights portions of the new regulations none of us are allowed to see.

What in God’s name is it that humans cannot see in this? WHAT?

Milt’s Corner – Smile! You’re on Camera

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Open Thread – Friday, February 27, 2015

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Now that it has passed, will we find out what’s in it? Why is there no outrage over this.

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CEO of Farming Giant John Deere Challenged for Fighting Proposal to Protect Employees’ Right to Engage in Private Political and Civic Activities on Their Own Time

Following Criticism at Shareholder Meeting from National Center for Public Policy Research, Deere CEO Samuel Allen Commits to Reconsidering Employee Protections

National Center’s Employee Conscience Protection Project Continues Fight for Americans Who May Face Workplace Discipline for Private Political Actions and Beliefs

Moline, IL/Washington, DC – At Wednesday’s annual meeting of John Deere shareholders in Moline, Illinois, the National Center for Public Policy Research hammered the industrial giant for refusing to protect its employees from potential termination simply for engaging in civic and political activities on their own time with their own resources.

In response, the company’s CEO Samuel Allen pledged to reconsider Deere’s policies and positions on the matter.

The exchange follows a legal battle in which Deere’s legal team petitioned the federal Securities and Exchange Committee for the right to remove a National Center shareholder proposal on a non-binding resolution advising management of its view of the wisdom of enacting employee conscience protections.

“As it stands, many John Deere employees face potential discipline for engaging in private political and civic activities,” said National Center Free Enterprise Project Director Justin Danhof, Esq. “Deere’s actions to-date, such as fighting us at the SEC, suggest that no policy change is imminent. But I am hopeful that now, with the attention of the CEO, the company’s human resources and legal teams will reevaluate the issue and protect Deere’s employees.”

At the meeting, Danhof made it clear that by resisting the National Center’s shareholder proposal, Deere was an outlier among major U.S. corporations, telling Allen:

Most of the corporations we approached were very willing to give their employees this protection, and made formal changes to give their workforce freedom of conscience protections. These firms included, but are not limited to, General Electric, PepsiCo, and Visa.

Only a very small number of firms opposed even letting their shareholders vote on the idea. John Deere was among them…

It is disappointing that the holder of one of the country’s most iconic brands would fight to maintain the ability to terminate or penalize its employees for legal, off-the-job private political and civic activity, and fight to block its shareholders from even expressing a formal, but non-binding, opinion.

Danhof then asked Allen:

Why does Deere’s management oppose granting employees the same kind of freedom of conscience protections companies such as General Electric, Pepsi, Visa and others freely adopted when we approached them? And why did you spend shareholder resources asking the SEC to let you block shareholders from voting on a non-binding recommendation to management?

“In a two-part reply, Allen told me he is in agreement with the National Center and said that employees should be free to do as they wish on their own time when it comes to politics and civic life without interference,” said Danhof. “However, he restated that the company’s position is that it is management’s prerogative to set and control policies for Deere employees, not shareholders. Allen made it clear that Deere sees a shareholder vote on the issue as the wrong avenue for such policies.”

In a follow-up question, Danhof pointed out that Deere’s current policies remain wanting when it comes to employee conscience freedoms and urged Allen to take a close look at the company policies and seriously consider augmenting them to ensure worker protections.

“Allen agreed that the company would take another look at its policies, but he repeated the argument that he believes the company’s policies already offer such protections,” said Danhof. “This is the same argument which we repeatedly disputed in our legal battle at the SEC.”

To read the full legal exchanges between the National Center and John Deere regarding exclusion of the shareholder proposal, click here and here.

The SEC did not rule Deere already had the policies sought in the National Center’s proposal. Instead, and incredibly, the SEC ruled that allowing Deere shareholders to vote on a non-binding proposal giving management its opinion of such commonsense workplace protections would interfere with Deere’s ordinary business operations. The SEC allowed Deere to omit the proposal, so shareholders were unable to voice their opinion.

“When Deere fought our resolution, it argued that it would interfere with ‘Deere’s management of its workforce insofar as it seeks to have Deere maintain ‘a competitive advantage in recruiting and retaining employees from the widest possible talent pool’ since in the [National Center’s] view, employment discrimination based on civic or political participation ‘diminishes employee morale,'” said Danhof. “Today, I made it known that, in fact, the company’s current policies are potentially hindering its workers freedom and morale. I urge Deere’s leadership to earnestly reevaluate its policies.”

The genesis for the National Center’s Employee Conscience Protection Project occurred in April 2014 when the CEO of Mozilla, Brendan Eich, was forced out of his job because he had donated to a 2008 California referendum that defined marriage as between one man and one woman. Since last April, the National Center has approached dozens of major American corporations asking each to voluntarily add an employee conscience protection policy for its workers.

Through corporate activism, the National Center’s Employee Conscience Protection Project already has protected hundreds of thousands of American workers from potential political discrimination. And since it was announced earlier this month, the project has received significant media attention, including coverage by the San Francisco Chronicle, Politico and the Daily Caller. Danhof has also appeared multiple times as a featured guest on One America News Network’s “The Rick Amato Show” to discuss various aspects of the project.

The National Center’s Free Enterprise Project is the nation’s preeminent free-market corporate activist group. In 2014, Free Enterprise Project representatives participated in 52 shareholder meetings advancing free-market ideals in the areas of health care, energy, taxes, subsidies, regulations, religious freedom, food policies, media bias, gun rights, workers rights and many other important public policy issues.

The John Deere meeting marks the third shareholder meeting for the National Center in 2015.

The National Center for Public Policy Research, founded in 1982, is a non-partisan, free-market, independent conservative think-tank. Ninety-four percent of its support comes from individuals, less than four percent from foundations, and less than two percent from corporations. It receives over 350,000 individual contributions a year from over 96,000 active recent contributors.

Contributions to the National Center are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.

Final Rule ESA Protections Enacted for Great Lakes Wolves and Wyoming

SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are issuing this final rule to comply with court orders that reinstate the regulatory protections under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as
amended (ESA), for the gray wolf (Canis lupus) in Wyoming and the western Great Lakes. Pursuant to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia court order dated September 23, 2014, this rule reinstates the April 2, 2009 (74 FR 15123), final rule regulating the gray wolf in the State of Wyoming as a nonessential experimental population. Gray wolves in Montana, Idaho, the eastern third of Washington and Oregon, and north-central Utah retain their delisted status and are not impacted by this final rule. In addition, pursuant to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia court order dated December 19, 2014, this rule reinstates the March 9, 1978 (43 FR 9607), final rule as it relates to gray wolves in the western Great Lakes including endangered status for gray wolves in all of Wisconsin and Michigan, the eastern half of North Dakota and South Dakota, the northern half of Iowa, the northern portions of Illinois and Indiana, and the northwestern portion of Ohio; threatened status for gray wolves in Minnesota; critical habitat for gray wolves in Minnesota and Michigan; and the rule promulgated under section 4(d) of the ESA for gray wolves in Minnesota.<<>>