Richard Grachek, Sept. 24, 2011
“The people of this country, not special interest big money should be the source of all political power.” Sen. Paul Wellstone
In a representative government, the people have the right to know exactly how policies, laws, rules and regulations are arrived at, and most importantly, if there is any undue influence in that process. Either we have that right, or we do not have a representative government. If the people are left out and the laws and regulations are written by big business through their influence on agencies and bureaucrats, then we do not have a democracy, we have an oligarchy.
August 25, 2011 – Special interests from Oregon and Washington state fishing community write congressional delegates in a political attack against Alaska regarding the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.
Now that Deckboss.com has made the document public (eagerness over strategy), Groundswell has decided to release its searchable PDF for easier downloading. Be sure to visit Deckboss though, as W. Loy has a good email posted involving concerns about reallocations of catch shares, by Oregon interests. How convenient that after years of vote-counting and -rigging on the NPFMC, that as Alaska awakens to the need to protect its offshore interests, the other states clamor for more power.
These actions have effects on crewmembers’ rights that the NPFMC has relegated into oblivion, and for renewed needs for Transparency and Accountability, esp. re the CDQs (Community Development Quota) groups. For now, here’s the PDF: DOC_AppealtoWAORCong_Aug25_verY1
Update 9/15/11 – see website of the Alaska Journal of Commerce, Andrew Jensen article under Fisheries. http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/September-2011/Washington-Oregon-crab-interests-take-aim-at-CDQs-Alaska-council-majority /
United States Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Marketing Service pressured to enforce COOL Law now
According to a September 12, 2011 News Release by ScoringAg: The Office of Inspector General has cited USDA-AMS for not enforcing the COOL Law. All Fish/Shellfish, wild and farm raised including handlers up to retail will be accountable for COOL labeling and traceback recordkeeping for one year.
WE’RE HAVING TROUBLE WITH THE LINKS PROVIDED, SO USE THE www[dot]ScoringAg[dot]com WEBSITE TO LEARN MORE…
Nation needs to be careful of Senate’s Oceans Caucus & its participants.
September 12, 2011 — Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski told media that she will be co-chairwoman of a new bipartisan Senate Oceans Caucus. The caucus will educate congressional members with briefings on ocean research and policy.
If Abusive Transfer Pricing is not a part of the syllabus, then it can’t be called an education!