The Footbridge at Fairfax County — Reinventing Democracy

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Three weeks ago the Fairfax County Park Authority destroyed a perfectly good footbridge built by the Miller Heights Neighborhood Association over a decade ago, one of three that enabled hundreds of people and their dogs to walk the full length of the stream trail, with views of running water and birds, including our neighborhood heron, that are priceless.

Today that bridge is being rebuilt by the Park Authority and we have temporarily brought to a half the destruction of all footbridges across the County. The old policy still in force considers footbridges built by citizens (peasants with no standing under the old mind-set) to be encroachments as well as potential safety and legal liabilities.

Below, with photographs, I tell the story of how nineteen citizens, aided by interest from the Boy Scouts of America, were able to get their footbridge back and stop — at least for a time — a very destructive policy. This is a story about re-inventing democracy. How the story ends for the County at large is not yet clear but right this minute, the Chairman (Sharon Bulova), the Park Authority, the Scouts, and our engaged citizens all look good — if this goes as I hope, we will create a new national standard in hybrid governance for stream trails, anchored in a new Scout Trailkeepers Program and perhaps even a new Eagle Scout merit badge, while taking Homeowner Associations (HOA) on a political test drive, focused on substance and divorced from the two-party duopoly that could care less about citizen grass roots rights and concerns.

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Nov 24

SchwartzReport: GMOs Associated with 22 Diseases

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

The more research I do on GMOs, the less the immediate problem seems to be the seeds, and the more it seems to center on the toxins used to protect the seeds, and the costs associated with this industrial chemical model of agriculture. Here is the latest.

Study Shows Dramatic Correlation Between GMOs And 22 Diseases

As crops that use the herbicide glyphosate rise, so do a wide range of diseases.

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The deep corruption of government is putting the health of the American people at serious risk.

The research highlighted below, “Genetically engineered crops, glyphosate and the deterioration of health in the United States of America,” was published in  The Journal of Organic Systems this September and links GMOs to 22 diseases with very high correlation.

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Nov 24

Berto Jongman: Jailed 9/11 Hijacker Fingers 2 Saudi Royals — Turki al-Faisal and Bandar Spouse — Cheney’s Role Not Yet Under Investigation

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Jailed 9/11 hijacker Zacarias Moussaoui accuses two of Saudi’s most senior royals – including a former ambassador to US – of ‘paying for Osama bin Laden’s terror plot’ in extraordinary claim from prison

Phi Beta Iota: Bin Laden is not believed by honest experts to have had anything to do with 9/11, which was a very well-funded state terrorism plot that probably had the full complicity of Dick Cheney. The 9/11 Commission, like the Warren Commission, was an official cover-up.

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Nov 20

SchwartzReport: USA Negatives – Legalized Corporate Tax Avoidance, Not Free, Banking Culture of Dishonesty

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

If there was any doubt our government is structured to support the corporate oligarchy, and not the citizens of the U.S. this should dispel it.

These seven corporations make billions in profit — and have tax rate of negative 2.5 percent

United States is No Longer Perceived to Be ‘the land of the free’

Banking culture breeds dishonesty, scientific study finds

 

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Nov 20