A Governmental Fear of Ghost Gunner

Ghost Gunner: A Tyrant’s Worst Nightmare

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Ghost Gunner

General Use

Ghost Gunner is a general purpose CNC mill, built upon a large body of open source work, including the gshield 3 axis motion hardware, the grbl g-code parser and motion controller, and popular microcontrollers. All Ghost Gunner schematics and design files will be published into the public domain, and anyone can program anything for the machine.


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Ghost Gunner: A Tyrant’s Worst Nightmare

Published on Apr 19, 2015

People who crave political power think they have the right to forcibly dominate and control everyone else, and that’s a lot easier for them if their thugs outgun their intended victims. Well, an outfit called “Ghost Gunner” (www.ghostgunner.net) is doing its part to mess up the tyrants’ game. Check out this video:


 For The AR-15

As shipped, Ghost Gunner manufactures any mil-spec AR-15 lower receiver to completion. With simple tools and point and click software, the machine automatically finds and aligns to your 80% lower to get to work. No prior CNC knowledge or experience is requried to manufacture from design files. Legally manufacture unserialized AR-15’s in the comfort and privacy of your home.

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Built Tough

Ghost Gunner is built from rigid plasma-cut A36 steel and 304 stainless steel. The machine part count is greatly reduced compared to traditional CNC machines, which both increases rigidity and further decreases cost. The end result is a small, cheap, and simple machine that exceeds most consumer-priced CNC machine specifications. The first of its kind.

Unique Solution

Due to Federal regulatory overreach, Ghost Gunner is now the only affordable CNC solution for privately finishing your 80% lower receiver. No regisration and serialization required.

Open Source

Beyond files of our own .DD format, Ghost Gunner is meant to accept TinyG code from any CAM program. The platform is open and the plans and files will be disclosed to the public domain.

Pricing

CNC mills with this level of quality and automation retail for thousands of dollars. At $1500, Ghost Gunner is the only affordable, automated package for expanding the rifleman’s material and political franchise.

Jade Helm Master Human FLG

JADE HELM 15 OFFICIAL TEXAS PRESENTATION

You should make note that Jade Helm will Now be Carried Out ANNUALLY. Future Missions May Involve UN TROOPS! He stuttered around on that part. He also mentions this will involve ALL Branches of the Military Including the DOD, DHS and FBI.
He also mentions the FBI Will be questioning people at an Airport In Arizona. So Heads Up People!

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Phase 2 of Jade Helm 15 Is Emerging, UN Backed Gun Confiscation

It is clear that this administration is going after the guns and it will rely heavily on its “Mutli-national partners to accomplish this goal. Generally, this kind of bold move would require the implemetation of a false flag attack in order to minimize public resistance. In 2013, a plethora of potential false flag events were rehearsed by FEMA, DHS and their “foreign partners”. Gun confiscation is clearly part of what is meant by “Master the Human Domain”.

Reportedly, Phase Two of Jade Helm will consist of gun confiscation and there is ample evidence pointing to this strong possibility and it started with a very concerning act that involved the Secretary of State, John Kerry, and President Obama as Kerry signed the illegal and unconstitutional UN Small Arms Treaty which effectively bans all private ownership of guns. There is one provision in the treaty that has received absolutely no attention in our mainstream media and that is the section having to do with confiscation and the use of foreign troops:

State parties to the ATT “may seek assistance” in implementing the Treaty. The ATT indicates that a voluntary trust fund was established to promote the establishment of a multinational gun confiscation program.
I have learned that JH 15 will also use its “Mutli-national” partners in the upcoming drill, thus enhancing the strong possibility that foreign troops will be used to seize American guns. Therefore, it is difficult to believe that gun confiscation is not on the list of activities for JH 15 and that my sources are correct.
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More proof for Jade Helm morphing into a gun confiscation drill comes from the United Nations itself. Under the heading, “Hiding in plain sight”, the United Nations previously advertised for the following position in the Summer of 2014:

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Secret CIA Black Sites In American Heartland For ‘Disappearing’ Citizens

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Every American should know and beware, that today your government operates Guantanamo style black sites, with reported Guantanamo style torture and personnel included.

Two former senior Justice Department officials have found it necessary and are calling on their colleagues to investigate a secretive warehouse used for interrogations by Chicago police and likened to a CIA “black sites. Why the mainstream talking heads and political  pundits have Failed to link this black site in Chicago, to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the Bush administration and Dick Cheney’s bold pronouncement, that ‘I would do it again in a minute’ is beyond me and fails to serve the welfare and security of the American populace.

A Black Site in Chicago? Police Accused of Running Secret Compound for Detentions & Interrogations

Tracy Siska, a criminologist and civil-rights activist with the Chicago Justice Project, said that Homan Square, as well as the unrelated case of ex-Guantánamo interrogator and retired Chicago detective Richard Zuley, showed the lines blurring between domestic law enforcement and overseas military operations.

“The real danger in allowing practices like Guantánamo or Abu Ghraib is the fact that they always creep into other aspects,” Siska said.

“They creep into domestic law enforcement, either with weaponry like with the militarization of police, or interrogation practices. That’s how we ended up with a black site in Chicago.”

The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden ‘black site’

  • Exclusive: Longtime detective’s tactics exported from Chicago to Guantanamo
  • Minority Americans allege catalogue of abuse and coercion similar to detainee
  • Officials examining complaints after innocent man spent half his life in prison
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The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site.

Read more: Guantánamo torturer led brutal Chicago regime of shackling and confession

In a dark foreshadowing of the United States’ post-9/11 descent into torture, a Guardian investigation can reveal that Richard Zuley, a detective on Chicago’s north side from 1977 to 2007, repeatedly engaged in methods of interrogation resulting in at least one wrongful conviction and subsequent cases more recently thrown into doubt following allegations of abuse.

Zuley’s record suggests a continuum between police abuses in urban America and the wartime detention scandals that continue to do persistent damage to the reputation of the United States. Zuley’s tactics, which would be supercharged at Guantánamo when he took over the interrogation of a high-profile detainee as a US Navy reserve lieutenant, included:

Shackling suspects to police-precinct walls through eyebolts for hours on end.

Accusations of planting evidence when there was pressure for a high-profile murder conviction.

Threats of harm to family members of those under interrogation used as leverage.

Pressure on suspects to implicate themselves and others.

Threats of being subject to the death penalty if suspects did not confess.

The Cook County state’s attorney office now has an examination open into a second conviction involving Zuley, filings in an Illinois court showed on Tuesday. (The Guardian is publishing the first part of its investigation on Wednesday.) While representatives of the state’s attorney’s office told the Guardian that the examination concerns only a single case, the office is seeking civilian complaint files regarding Zuley from a local independent police review authority.

  • Exclusive: Longtime detective’s tactics exported from Chicago to Guantánamo
  • Minority Americans allege catalogue of abuse and coercion similar to detainee
  • Officials examining complaints after innocent man spent half his life in prison

– Dick Cheney discusses the CIA torture report: ‘I’d do it again in a minute’

– Read more: The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden ‘black site’

– Congress reaffirms indefinite detention of Americans under NDAA

NRA Members: Having lawyers in government IS the problem!

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NRA Members: Having lawyers in government IS the problem! According to the MISSING 13th Amendment If any citizen of the United States shall accept, claim, receive or retain
any title of nobility or honour, or shall, without the consent of Congress,
accept and retain any present, pension, office or emolument of
any kind whatever, from any emperor, king, prince or foreign power,
such person shall cease to be a citizen of the United States, and shall
be incapable of holding any office of trust or profit under them, or
either of them.’

Originally posted on Scanned Retina - A Resource for the People!:

Distributed at the National NRA Meeting in Nashville, TN on 04-11-2015.

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The Age of Hyper-Racism: White Supremacy as the White Knight of Capitalism

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Specifically, white supremacy is the form of racial supremacy that we operate under in America. The white supremacist framework has been set in place for centuries, yet it doesn’t get much critical attention in the media or in the overall social structure. And therein lies the root of the problem to which racism is tied. White supremacy is a social framework, which means that its basis is fluid, not rigid. Its power lies in its amorphous ability, its ability to change “faces.” It expresses itself via different social and structural modalities. The only thing that actually changes is the systemic form that white supremacy portrays takes (through which order and control is maintained). For example, we went from the system of slavery to the system of Jim Crow to the contemporary system of colorblind racism and mass incarceration. Throughout all of these changes in form, the fundamental centralization and concentration of racial power has not shifted. In fact, it has only gotten stronger.

Consider what has taken place in the past few months. The Supreme Court has struck down key portions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act; affirmative action measures that aim to reduce discrimination in college acceptance are being threatened; surveillance and policing of black youths is becoming more rampant; and Trayvon Martin and many other similar young people have been killed because of intensified racial anxieties. Consider also all of the other economic, educational and health disparities that are particularly experienced by people of color.

via The Age of Hyper-Racism: White Supremacy as the White Knight of Capitalism.

▶Undeniable Truth – Silence is Not an Option:

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Israel is a Rouge Psychopathic Megalomaniacal State, with a Notorious Track Record of Attacking it’s Allies. With upwards to 500 Nukes, it blatantly violates the international rules regarding nuclear nonproliferation. Many believe it Holds Europe and the World Hostage with its irrational Samson Option.

Israelis Deserve Netanyahu

Israel’s Doomsday Submarines Nearly Ready

Dolphin II Class Nearing Completion 

The Israeli nuclear Sub

Why is Germany constructing Nuclear subs, for a State that has not signed the Nuclear Proliferation treaty ?

Right now, three Dolphin II-class submarines are under construction at Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems shipyards in Kiel. Once the submarines complete their trials and head towards the Mediterranean, they will become the most powerful Israeli submarines ever. More than 225 feet long, the diesel-electric Dolphin II class is part attack submarine, part nuclear strike ship and part commando taxi.
Now they can nuke virtually anyone on the globe, including the United States and blame Iran. by way of deception of course.

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The Concept of Death in Israeli Textbooks – Palestine military occupation – Peled Elhanan

Alternate Focus interviews Professor Nurit Peled-Elhanan, author of the forthcoming book Palestine in Israeli School Books: Ideology and Propaganda in Education. Nurit Peled-Elhanan argues that the textbooks used in the school system are laced with a pro-Israel ideology, and that they play a part in priming Israeli children for military service. She analyzes the presentation of images, maps, layouts and use of language in History, Geography and Civic Studies textbooks, and reveals how the books might be seen to marginalize Palestinians, legitimize Israeli military action and reinforce Jewish-Israeli territorial identity

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Philip Giraldi – Is Israel a U.S. ally?

▶ The Complete and Undeniable Truth – Larken Rose – YouTube.

Israel has a notorious track record of attacking it’s allies.

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Israel is the only side which blatantly violates the international rules regarding nuclear nonproliferation and the Western countries turn a blind eye to the regime’s misconduct, Miqdad said.

As an American speaking frankly, I would like to see the rouge state of Israel disarmed of it’s WMD, as it inhumanely and illegally bombs, and assassinates regionally, creating chaos and little chance for balance in the region with impunity. Time has come for the international community to reign in this mad dog state. The refusing of participation in the nuclear nonproliferation treaty, should be meet with further isolation, not placation and apathy. If any country ever needed to be, ‘Boycott, Divested and Sanctioned’ #BDS the megalomaniac Israeli leadership begs for it. Israel is said to be in possession of upwards to 500 bombs, with long range missile capacity capable of reaching into Europe, is known for attacking allies and is known for eluding too, adhering to a ‘Sampson Option.’ The Ideology of, if I can’t have it, no one can, is flawed in fear and doomed for destruction, confront it at the door.

Silence is Not an Option, Questions Need be Asked, Assurance Need be Made. (Resources bellow)

The Samson Option – How Psychopathic Megalomaniacs Blackmail The World With Nuclear War

Intl. community should pressure Israel to destroy WMD: Syria

Sat Apr 4, 2015 2:40PMSyrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Miqdad

Israel is the only side which blatantly violates the international rules regarding nuclear nonproliferation and the Western countries turn a blind eye to the regime’s misconduct, Miqdad said.

Syria says the international community should focus its efforts on pressuring the Israeli regime to destroy its weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

“Time has come for the international efforts to eliminate the Israeli arsenal of weapons of mass destruction,” said Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Miqdad in an article published on Lebanese al-Binaa newspaper on Saturday.

Miqdad lashed out at some Arab countries in the region for colluding with Israel, saying their stance toward Tel Aviv paves the way for the regime’s attempts to expand its weapon programs.

Syria hails Lausanne statement

The Syrian official also hailed the recent mutual understanding reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries over Tehran’s nuclear program, saying the joint statement will benefit the region.


Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) and EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, attend the announcement of a joint statement on Iran’s nuclear program, Lausanne, Switzerland, April 2, 2015. © AFP

“After reaching a … deal between Iran and P5+1 in Switzerland on the Iranian nuclear file which guarantees Tehran’s rights in using nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, it is natural to welcome such a deal because it will lead to easing tensions in the region,” Miqdad went on to say.

He added that Iran and Syria have never pursued nuclear or chemical arms as the use of such weapons is in direct contrast with the values upheld by the two countries.

Israel is the only side which blatantly violates the international rules regarding nuclear nonproliferation and the Western countries turn a blind eye to the regime’s misconduct, Miqdad said. SOURCE


Israels notorious track record:

RESOURCES:

– The King David Hotel bombing (July 22, 1946) was a bomb attack against the British Mandate government of Palestine and its armed forces by members of the Irgun, a militant Zionist organization, which was led at the time by Menachem Begin, a future Prime Minister of Israel. – https://youtu.be/4ZHHTjuv5jc

– Israel did 9/11 – All the Proof in the World – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUbTe50UUgM&list=PL79FE7911D9E9F717&index=65

– Ernie Gallo: The U.S.S Liberty: what really happened? What did not? – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLr9fjg6cmM

– Dead in the Water Israel’s attack on the USS Liberty in 1967 – https://youtu.be/ZDguiy3x5s8

–  Israel and Saudi Arabia are Sisters – Sheikh Imran Hosein – https://youtu.be/uDopHj0c7nk


The Samson Option

RESOURCES:

Israel has approximately 400 – 500 active illegal nuclear warheads pointed AT EVERY CAPITAL in Europe & the Middle East.
US Army Confirms Israeli Nukes
https://www.military.com/news/article/March-2009­/us-army-confirms-israeli-nukes.html

BBC: Israel’s Secret Nuclear Weapons part 1 of 5

‘Israel’s nukes most serious threat to Middle East’
https://www.hindustantimes.com/Israel-s-nukes-mo­st-serious-threat-to-Middle-East/H1-Arti­cle1-461294.aspx

ElBaradei’s talking about Israeli nukes
https://www.mondoweiss.net/2009/10/elbaradeis-ta­lking-about-israeli-nukes.html

‘We Could Destroy All European Capitals’
https://www.gerusalemmeterrasanta.org/israeli_nu­c_vs_europe.htm

WATCH: Amy Goodman on Moving from Assessment to Accountability for “The Bush Doctrine” on Terrorism | Democracy Now!

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WATCH: Amy Goodman on Moving from Assessment to Accountability for “The Bush Doctrine” on Terrorism | Democracy Now!.

Watch Amy Goodman call for accountability at a recent discussion on The Bush Doctrine and Combating Terrorism.

“If we really care about national security and being a model for the world of justice,” Goodman says of the George W. Bush administration’s actions after 9/11, we have “to move from assessment to an accounting and to accountability.” She also elicits responses from her fellow forum participants Porter Goss, former CIA director, and John Negroponte, former director of national intelligence, about the U.S.-led Iraq War, and its use of torture.

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AMY GOODMAN: 9/11 was clearly a defining moment, a horrific moment, when close to 3,000 people were incinerated in an instant. The question, though, was: What did Iraq have to do with 9/11? If you ask yourself, as the last speaker suggested, “What would you have done on September 12th?” why would you attack a country that had nothing to do with this horrific attack on the United States?

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Just today, a report has come out from the Nobel Prize-winning International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. They’ve done some calculations. They released a report saying, “This investigation comes to the conclusion that the war has, directly or indirectly, killed around 1 million people in Iraq, 220,000 in Afghanistan and 80,000 in Pakistan, … a total of around 1.3 million. Not included in this figure are further war zones such as Yemen. The figure is approximately 10 times greater than that of which the public, experts and decision makers are aware of and propagated by the media and major NGOs. And this is only a conservative estimate,” they write. “The total number of deaths in the three countries named above could also be in excess of 2 million, whereas a figure below 1 million is extremely unlikely.”

One million deaths in Iraq in the last bit more than a decade, in a country the Bush administration said they were going to save, that would, as they famously said, Cheney and Rumsfeld, greet U.S. soldiers with flowers and sweets. As Vice President Cheney said, we are going to “liberate” the people of Iraq.

Sadly, the Bush administration exploited 9/11. The blueprint for what happened—and I think it’s important to go back, even not so far in history—was drawn up years earlier, by the Project for the New American Century. I’m reading from my first book, The Exception to the Rulers. That was called PNAC, a think tank formed in 1997 to, quote, “promote American global leadership,” unquote. “Its founders are a who’s who of the neoconservative movement, which seamlessly morphed into the top officialdom of the Bush II administration: Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Vice President Dick Cheney, Cheney’s chief of staff L. Scooter Libby, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, Defense Policy Board member Richard Perle, and National Security Council staff member … Elliott Abrams among others.

“The PNAC members had a reputation around Washington, explained Ray McGovern, a retired CIA analyst with twenty-seven years’ experience.” As Misters Goss and Negroponte were talking about the presidential daily brief, yes, Ray McGovern was one of those CIA analysts. He did it for Vice President George H.W. Bush. But he observed, “‘When we saw these people'”—he’s talking about the PNAC members—”’coming back in town, all of us said … “Oh my God, the crazies are back.”’ McGovern said their wild-eyed geopolitical schemes would typically go ‘right into the circular file.’

Wealth Inequality in America – It’s War

CLASS WARFARE BUFFIT

The infograph is one of continued oppression, a glean of the reality of a very real economic war being waged on the masses

Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is.

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Solutions:

Own The Change: Building Economic Democracy One Worker Co-op at a Time

A short, practical guide for those considering worker owned cooperatives, made by GRITtv & TESA, the Toolbox for Education and Social Action. Featuring conversations with worker-owners from Union Cab; Ginger Moon; Arizmendi Bakery, Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance (AORTA); New Era Windows; and more. Educational kits for use with the doc are available at: http://store.toolboxfored.org/own-the…

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Solutions: The Peer-to-Peer Economy

Published on Mar 29, 2015

SHOW NOTES AND MP3: https://www.corbettreport.com/?p=14032

If the root of our economic problem is the tendency toward centralized, globalist bureaucracies (like the EU and the WTO and the IMF and the World Bank) why does anyone believe the solution will be centralized, globalist bureaucracies (like the BRICS Bank and the EEU and the AIIB)? Today we look at a truly paradigm-shattering civilization-wide change taking place right now that has the potential to undermine the status quo: the peer-to-peer economy.

CLASS WARFARE RIGHT

via Wealth Inequality in America on Vimeo.

▶Obama’s Record Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt and Iraq Fueling Unrest in Middle East – YouTube

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Published on Apr 7, 2015

http://democracynow.org – As Saudi Arabia continues U.S.-backed strikes in Yemen and Washington lifts its freeze on military to aid to Egypt, new figures show President Obama has overseen a major increase in weapons sales since taking office. The majority of weapons exports under Obama have gone to the Middle East and Persian Gulf. Saudi Arabia tops the list at $46 billion in new agreements. We are joined by William Hartung, who says that even after adjusting for inflation, “the volume of major deals concluded by the Obama administration in its first five years exceeds the amount approved by the Bush administration in its full eight years in office by nearly $30 billion. That also means that the Obama administration has approved more arms sales than any U.S. administration since World War II.” Hartung is the director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, and author of “Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex.”

UNRWA: Crisis in ISIS-Controlled Palestinian Refugee Camp “Beyond Inhumane”

– The United Nations has demanded access to a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria invaded by the self-proclaimed Islamic State, warning of a humanitarian catastrophe. About 18,000 people have been trapped in Yarmouk, just a few miles outside the capital Damascus, the stronghold of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. There were reports of sporadic fighting Monday between Palestinian fighters and ISIL militants. ISIL is reportedly collaborating with rivals from the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front to maintain its siege of the camp. Before boarding a flight earlier today, Christopher Gunness, spokesperson for the the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, spoke to Democracy Now! and described the situation.

“From Bad to Worse”: Hundreds Dead & 100,000 Displaced as Saudi Led-Strikes Push Yemen to the Brink

– The death toll in Yemen continues to rise amid a Saudi-led military campaign and clashes between Houthi rebels and forces loyal to ousted President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi. The most intense violence is in the southern city of Aden, with more than 140 people reportedly killed in a 24-hour period. The United Nations says hundreds have been killed and more than 100,000 have been displaced since Saudi Arabia launched a military campaign two weeks ago. The Saudi regime has asked Pakistan to provide soldiers, heightening the possibility of a ground invasion. The International Committee of the Red Cross has warned of a dire humanitarian situation and demanded access to besieged areas. We are joined by the journalist Safa Al Ahmad, whose latest documentary, “The Fight for Yemen,” premieres tonight on Frontline on PBS stations nationwide. She was granted extremely rare reporting access to the Houthis as they advanced in Yemen.

via ▶ Are Obama’s Record Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt and Iraq Fueling Unrest in Middle East? – YouTube.

Utility Sales Could Drop by Half as Homes Make Their Own Power – Bloomberg Business

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Utilities in the U.S. Northeast stand to lose as much as half of residential sales by 2030 as customers install solar and battery-storage systems and generate their own power, according to a report by the Rocky Mountain Institute.

Residential and commercial customers who opt for alternatives to traditional, utility-supplied electricity could erode power sales in the region by as much as $34.8 billion, the Snowmass, Colorado-based energy consultant said in the report released Tuesday. Fewer kilowatt-hours sold to customers also will affect utilities’ ability to raise the estimated $2 trillion that needs to be spent to maintain power grids between 2010 and 2030.

A drop in the cost of solar panels and new leasing programs that offer installation with no upfront customer payment has led to a boom in U.S. rooftop systems, which have climbed more than 50 percent annually during the past three years. Utilities in some states have sought added fees from customers who generate their own power, saying the funds will support a grid that users sell excess supply to and rely on when their own systems aren’t available.

“For owners and operators of central generation and transmission, our findings are likely bad news,” James Mandel and Leia Guccione, staff members for the institute, wrote in the report. Utilities need to find new business models that incorporate these systems into their networks, they concluded.

There is a “real risk” that power plant owners selling into competitive markets may have to write down the value of their assets as solar and battery systems sap sales, the authors wrote. The study was done in partnership with Homer Energy LLC, a Boulder, Colorado-based provider of software and services for microgrids.

Grid Charges

Companies including SolarCity Corp., NRG Energy Inc. and SunEdison Inc. sell the home solar panel systems, which reduce demand from traditional utilities.

Utility owners have been countering with proposals to reduce the amount customers are paid for the excess electricity generated by their solar panels and instituting monthly grid-connection charges. In Arizona, SolarCity filed a lawsuit last month challenging a plan to charge solar customers a minimum monthly connection fee of $32.44.

Customers in New York, California and Hawaii will find solar and storage systems less expensive than relying exclusively on grid-supplied power within the next 10 to 15 years, the study found. Regulators in those states are already considering ways to allow power companies to earn money while accommodating more solar and power storage on their grids.

California utility owners PG&E Corp. and Edison International have said they see growth opportunities through network investments to allow for two-way flows of electricity as more customers install solar and storage units.

“These conversations about new regulatory frameworks and rate structures need to be happening more quickly than it has at present,” Guccione said in a telephone interview. “There is a real actual and significant cost to doing nothing.”

via Utility Sales Could Drop by Half as Homes Make Their Own Power – Bloomberg Business.

Princeton Study: U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy

The talking heads and political pundits keep calling it a Democracy, when they should be proclaiming a Republic. The fact is, it is neither, it is Criminal, and it is Fraud.

Plutocracy Now

Americans need recognize and find coherence in the change of relations and status in respect to the corporate model and their daily systems of governance.

A new study from Princeton spells bad news for American democracy—namely, that it no longer exists.

Asking “[w]ho really rules?” researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page argue that over the past few decades America’s political system has slowly transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where wealthy elites wield most power.

Using data drawn from over 1,800 different policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, the two conclude that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless of or even against the will of the majority of voters.

TPM Interview: Scholar Behind Viral ‘Oligarchy’ Study Tells You What It Means

“The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy,” they write, “while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence.”

As one illustration, Gilens and Page compare the political preferences of Americans at the 50th income percentile to preferences of Americans at the 90th percentile as well as major lobbying or business groups. They find that the government—whether Republican or Democratic—more often follows the preferences of the latter group rather than the first.

The researches note that this is not a new development caused by, say, recent Supreme Court decisions allowing more money in politics, such as Citizens United or this month’s ruling on McCutcheon v. FEC. As the data stretching back to the 1980s suggests, this has been a long term trend, and is therefore harder for most people to perceive, let alone reverse.

“Ordinary citizens,” they write, “might often be observed to ‘win’ (that is, to get their preferred policy outcomes) even if they had no independent effect whatsoever on policy making, if elites (with whom they often agree) actually prevail.”

via Princeton Study: U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy.