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Over the past month, Greece and Turkey have implemented a controversial deal intended to stop the migratory flows that brought a million asylum seekers to Europe in 2015, mostly through Greece. While the EU-Turkey deal has generated furious debate over its morality and over Europe’s capacity to implement it, it has borne another, less well-understood problem: the creation of two parallel legal realities for asylum seekers in Greece, each of them fraught with uncertainty, both for the asylum-seekers themselves and for lawyers seeking to inform or represent them. For asylum seekers who arrived in Greece following the deal’s entry into force, prospects are grim.
The ongoing failure to inform migrants of their right to seek asylum, meanwhile, remains a problem of implementation: though the European Commission has called for several thousand support personnel to be deployed to Greece, member state pledges have yet to meet demand, while even fewer pledged personnel have actually been deployed.
For asylum seekers who arrived in Greece before March 20, most of whom are now on the Greek mainland, the situation is different—but no less complicated. Until early March, asylum seekers from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq were still able to cross the border into Macedonia and transit toward Austria and Germany. Accessing each program is fraught with the same difficulties faced by more recent arrivals: officials at both local and European level are overwhelmed by a task they have vastly under-resourced. These parallel realities, ultimately, are borne of the same contradiction: the discrepancy between the blanket right of arriving migrants to claim asylum, and Europe’s unwillingness to absorb additional arrivals. By diffusing information and engaging in individual representation, asylum lawyers in Greece could provide relief to hundreds—eventually thousands—of asylum seekers.
This fact underscore Sen’s crucial insight: world hunger is not solely a result of a lack of food, or a population outgrowing its food supply, but rather is largely a result of political and policy failures around the world. When you think about it, the fact that we could feed the entire world if we better managed our food system is a fairly remarkable achievement, one that’s largely the result of the “Green Revolution” that played out in laboratories, industrial parks, and farmland over the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. This last point is crucial, and is actually a point of hope for proponents of small-scale local agriculture. However, it would be a mistake to promote this approach as the universal solution to the problems created by industrial agriculture. On 25 September 2015, Heads of State and Government from the 193 Member States of the United Nations gathered at the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a “comprehensive, far-reaching and people-centred set of universal and transformative Goals and targets” which will “stimulate action over the next fifteen years in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet”.
The 2030 Agenda, which represents the outcome document of the UN Sustainable Development Summit (and contains the much-heralded Sustainable Development Goals), delineates a policy framework to mobilize efforts at the international, national and subnational level around a set of common sustainable development priorities.
The shift towards more inclusive development goals will now require transformative changes in the way society deals with the above-mentioned challenges: from the economy to life sciences to law, existing institutions and systems of rules must remove the obstacles to sustainable development and actively promote the achievement of the 17 Goals and 169 targets. Legal regimes are particularly important in this process, as they are bound to interact with the 2030 Agenda.
Taken together, these challenges continue to highlight major gaps in international environmental law, and addressing them would also mean achieving concrete progress around at least five critical planetary boundaries, including climate change, biosphere integrity, land-system change, and introduction of chemicals, nanomaterials, and other novel substances. The remaining topics emphasize the need to further advance key procedural norms and to strengthen the means of implementation in legal regimes in the field of the environment. It should be noted that it was not by chance that the final two aspects are reserved for last. That these problems were carefully ignored in the drafting of the SDGs bears further testimony to the steep task placed upon international environmental law in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The Fukushima incident in 2011 triggered some of the biggest changes in German’s energy politics in the last thirty years. The acceleration is supported by the introduction of the compact energy transition law which targets 2022 as the date that the final nuclear power plant in the country will be shuttered. So far, many targets have been met: Renewable energy has become an important power source, energy is used more efficiently and economic output has increased without increases in energy use. In contrast, in 2012, more than ten European countries, amongst them Ireland, Portugal and Croatia, generated a higher ratio of their power from renewables than Germany. At the second Sustainability Panel on February 25th 2016, organized by GreenBuzz Berlin, representatives from RWE, Naturstrom, Bu?ro F, Ecofys Germany and Climate-KIC, discussed effective measures to facilitate the Energiewende and the outlook of Germany’s energy transition. Cross-sectoral collaborations are also becoming more significant as reductions in power demand can ease the management challenges of a grid reliant on renewables.
The Energiewende is on its way, yet it will not continue without strong collaborations of the type listed here. After a comparatively successful climate conference in Paris, there has been much optimism in a low-carbon future. While there may be compelling environmental, social, and political reasons for a transition to solar, macroeconomic conditions in the current energy landscape suggest that fossil fuels are far from irrelevant in the near future. Perhaps the time is not right for a transition to solar, but it does beg the question of whether conventional fossil fuels are correctly priced.
Last year, due to partisan gridlock in Congress, President Obama and the EPA took executive action, issuing the Clean Power Plan, which mandates state specific carbon emission targets. Evidently, the energy landscape is very complex and a transition to a renewable energy mix is not as simple as creating more solar panels. The land-grabbing phenomenon has sparked significant debate amongst businesspeople, academics, and activists. In many developing countries around the world, rural citizens live on what is called “communal” or “customary” lands, lands governed by traditional leaders with generations-old customs. When would-be investors come in — whether they be large multinational agro-business groups, domestic companies, or the government itself — the deal is not a clear-cut purchase. While the program is undeniably generous and while it will almost certainly help many of Starbucks’s employees, a number of commentators have pointed out that the program is actually less generous than it appears.  The tuition payments come primarily in the form of a significant initial discount (or scholarship) from ASU.
Jason Bordoff,  Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University and Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia, shares his insights into how the climate-energy challenge might affect national security for the United States and the world. Jason Bordoff joined the Columbia faculty after serving until January 2013 as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Energy and Climate Change on the Staff of the National Security Council, and, prior to that, holding senior policy positions on the White House’s National Economic Council and Council on Environmental Quality.
One of the world’s top energy policy experts, he joined the Administration in April 2009. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Petroleum Council, a consultant to the National Intelligence Council, and serves on the boards of Winrock International (a leading nonprofit organization that works to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources), the New York Energy Forum and the Association of Marshall Scholars. Earlier this summer, President Obama released the final version of his Clean Power Plan. As states challenge and defend its legality, stakeholders continue to argue the benefits, costs, and the best way to implement the rule. There are many differences between the proposed and final versions of the EPA’s rule, but one thing remains clear, there are a variety of options outside of the three building blocks which can be utilized to reduce emissions in the power generation sector.
The technologies and policy programs not covered by the building blocks include: optimize grid operations, encourage clean distributed generation, revise capacity market practices, improve utility resource planning, adopt cap and invest systems such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), tax carbon dioxide emissions, and adopt environmental dispatch. Some of the costs associated with grid infrastructure modernization and similar technologies, may be covered by the federal government.
To reduce the price of cutting emissions, some states may find that working together through cooperative agreements may be better than going it alone.
The rule faces many legal challenges and Congressional opposition, yet 49 states are currently working on plans to comply with the proposed rules. The compliance options mentioned in this article were left out of the CPP final rule not by mistake, but out of legal precaution.
The UK, with the Climate Change Act 2008, set the legally binding target to reduce its carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 compared to the 1990 levels. The building sector is viewed internationally as the low hanging fruit for reducing carbon emissions. As part of this strategy, in 2006, the UK committed to implement a zero carbon policy for new buildings: it was anticipated that the implementation would start in 2016 for houses and in 2019 for non-domestic buildings. The domestic zero carbon target meant that a house would, through renewable sources, generate energy, of equal amount to the energy consumed for space and water heating, lighting and ventilation. Similarly, the EPBD definition of nZEB refers to‘a building that has a very high energy performance and whose nearly zero or very low amount of energy required should be covered to a very significant extent by energy from renewable sources, including energy from renewable sources produced on-site or nearby’. In July 2015, the UK Treasury announced that zero carbon targets for houses are called off, although energy efficiency remains under review. The zero carbon target was associated with high energy performance requirements and it was a challenge for the industry.
On the other hand, there are those, especially small and medium-sized house building companies who welcomed the late change of plans.
Going back to the purely environmental aspect, scrapping zero carbon has a direct impact on the UK targets for CO2 emissions’ reduction.
The efforts for improvement by a significant percentage of the industry during the past 10 years should not be wasted; in the same way that the expectation to improve our indoor environment and the places we live and work in should not be forgotten. In early March, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon released a distressing new report that showed that 35 percent of women worldwide—that’s one in every three women—have experienced some form of violence in her lifetime. The release of the report coincided with the UN Commission on the Status of Women, a two-week global review of women’s rights.
Since the beginning of the Enlightenment, science, the force that drives society forward, has often been at odds with other forces of society.
While it may be appealing to write this off as a problem of modern, American conservatism , distrust of science in this country is not so clean cut. A second explanation for this growing distrust in science is that as our world continues to rapidly modernize, science often conflicts with strongly held pre-existing beliefs. On March 20, Greek authorities suddenly removed about 5,000 asylum seekers from outlying Aegean islands to the Greek mainland and converted open-access registration and reception sites, commonly known as “hotspots,” into detention facilities for all future arrivals.
Legal aid providers in Greece now have an opportunity, and a responsibility, to step into the void. To be certain, the right to asylum is enshrined in multiple international legal instruments, the European Directive on common procedures for granting and withdrawing international protection, and Greek national law—guaranteeing the right of all arriving migrants in Greece to apply for international protection.
Rights groups have raised allegations of migrants in Greek detention centers not being informed, or sufficiently informed, of their right to apply for asylum—to grievous effect in the case of 13 Afghan and Congolese individuals reportedly deported in early April without having been offered the opportunity to request asylum. This situation severely compromises austerity-saddled Greece and its ability to staff expanded obligations. Though they arrived in Greece with the same right to claim asylum as more recent arrivals, their presence in Greece was never under direct threat of removal since Europe had not formalized a removal mechanism before they arrived. The Balkan Route closed, however, in early February of this year, leaving asylum seekers three choices: claiming asylum in Greece, applying for the EU relocation scheme, or applying for family reunification under the Dublin Regulation. As of mid-April, those attempting to apply for these programs must set an appointment via Skype, although many reception sites lack electricity and internet access. The fate of asylum seekers is clearly not a matter of black-letter law, but of policy implementation—the black-letter law, as it exists, clearly benefitting asylum seekers. They could also draw granular examples from ongoing situations and nourish targeted advocacy campaigns, contributing to and altering ongoing policy debates.
This is because a government that is responsive to its citizens will do everything in its power to ensure that its people are fed; after all, a famine-ridden population is not likely to be politically forgiving.
It isn’t that the world doesn’t produce enough food for everyone; it’s that the world food system does a terrible job of distributing the food grown in an efficient and equitable manner. If we move away from industrialized farming, will we actually create a more sustainable agricultural system? Local agriculture, while less economically efficient than industrial-scale agriculture, enjoys lower transportation costs than large-scale farming, and has a much stronger positive effect on local economies. Small-scale local agriculture makes sense in high-income locations (such as New York), where consumers can afford the relatively more expensive food, and in undeveloped nations, where there is no industrial agriculture and other economic opportunities are limited. Small-scale local agriculture has its place, and its better aspects should be emulated wherever possible in the industrial system.
It seeks to address challenges from ending poverty and hunger, combating inequalities, building peaceful and inclusive societies to promoting human rights, and ensuring the protection of the planet and its natural resources.
Further, adopting the SDGs is an attempt to positively identify the reciprocal interactions between the various components of sustainable development that States should consider during implementation.
Four of these deal with substantive issues (broadly corresponding to SDGs 12-15) while the rest relate to procedural elements, means of implementation, and shortcomings in the general architecture of international environmental law. Most of them reflect long-standing normative trends in the development of international environmental law. Despite the message contained in Principle 10 of the 1992 Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, progress on the topics of public information and participation and access to justice remains uneven, held hostage by geographical differences in the way human rights are being re-considered, translated into law, and interpreted from an environmental perspective. With the aim of building a secure, environmentally sound and economically prosperous future, Germany has renewed its focus on converting its energy supply away from conventional energy – including accelerating plans to close all nuclear power plants – towards renewable energy sources. Although very different in many respects, the energy sector in all of these countries shares one attribute: ownership of the energy industry has shifted from large corporations to smaller companies, and even individual citizens. For the energy transition to be an ecological and economic success story, the power supply must remain safe and affordable.
On the other hand, it implies great opportunities for start-ups, citizens and companies that could not have played a role in the energy market before. One is VKU, a representation of Germany’s municipal economy that connects different energy providers in Germany. Indeed, there are several European initiatives trying to facilitate cross-border cooperation. For example new market players such as ICE-Gateway work with cities to optimize outdoor lightning and improve energy efficiency for the whole community. With only 25-30% of German energy provided by renewables today there is still a long way to go before the goals are met. There is certainly reason to be optimistic:  Alternative energy sources have been more efficient and affordable in recent years.
In fact, the US Energy Information Administration has noted that the three fossil fuel sources (petroleum, natural gas, and coal) have, for the past century, made up at least 80% of total U.S.
Because coal has the highest carbon content of all fossil fuels, this phenomenon has been undoubtedly positive for curbing carbon emissions. The conventional metric for a generator’s cost of producing power is the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE), a measurement of a system’s lifetime costs over the system’s expected power output. This plan is flexible in that each state has the autonomy to formulate its own plan of achieving mandated levels. Legitimate economic and political pressures make an overnight transition to a renewable energy mix neither feasible nor desirable. As the population grows, however, so too does the demand for rural lands for food production and development. One side sees this as vital agricultural and developmental “investment,” while the other sees this as nothing more than “neo-imperial” efforts by the developed world to secure future food production and profit.
These customs decide how “tenure” is practiced, or how land is transferred and passed to new generations.
Oftentimes, traditional leaders or incorporated trusts act on behalf of hundreds, sometimes thousands, of people who live or work on the land in question. USAID, Devex (an international development news source), and others are currently participating in a marketing campaign to increase awareness of how #landmatters on Twitter, though some have suggested that the campaign obscures complex political and economic realities in specific countries. The only requirement to receive the funding is that they complete the degree.  Remaining at Starbucks once the degree is finished is not necessary.
Starbucks has commented publicly that they are relying on their workers qualifying for, and receiving, federal Pell grants. Hopefully other companies are inspired by Starbucks and make similar commitments to educating their staff. In this conversation with host Aroop Mukharji, Bordoff discusses the different between energy independence and energy isolation, the refugee crisis, climate change in political discourse, and his most energy inefficient habits.
During the Clinton Administration, Bordoff served as an advisor to the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. The proposed rules will require stationary power sources,  such as power plants, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 32 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels. The three blocks are: 1) increase power plant efficiency, 2) switch out dirty power sources for cleaner ones, and 3) deploy carbon free power plants.
In May, an overview of the options was published in a report by the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACCA). While it was removed as a building block in the final version, demand-side energy efficiency will remain an important part to compliance. In April, President Obama called for an overhaul of the energy infrastructure using recommendations from the U.S. Organizing multi-state cooperative agreements can be complex and time consuming, which is why the EPA allows states to request an extension of up to two years should they take this route. Despite the “just say no” plan raised by Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, his home state of Kentucky is forming a compliance plan. The EPA wants states to use every option available to reduce GHGs; however, the EPA cannot include them in the rule or require states to utilize them because the agency does not have the jurisdictional authority. Buildings are responsible for approximately 40% of the country’s emissions, with more than 25% attributed to houses. The ten year period between this early announcement and the actual enforcement of the scheme was expected to allow for technical improvements and for the influenced industries to adjust to the new legislative requirements and the higher associated performance standards. The proposed method to achieve this target for domestic buildings, involved energy saving measures and increased energy efficiency, as well as the production of renewable energy on and off-site. This decision was made due to the high demand for housing and as part of the attempt to ‘improve the planning process – ensuring planning decisions are made on time’. Nevertheless, this change of plans comes at a point where groundworks had potentially taken place in several sectors aiming to achieve the targets. Those companies were concerned by the cost increase associated with achieving higher performance and feared that this would burden their own business, rather than house buyers. The cancellation of zero carbon aims to encourage speed but at the moment slows down the potential for considerable improvement of the UK building stock, as buildings’ high energy performance was the first step towards achieving zero carbon.
The 2005 Report on Housing Construction by the Environmental Audit Committee stated that ‘unless significant measures are put in place to reduce emissions from the housing sector … they could constitute over 55% of the UK’s target for carbon emissions in 2050’.
The CO2 emissions reduction target remains high and it is still everyone’s best interest to achieve it. The theme of this year’s commission was the twenty-year review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the world’s preeminent policy agenda on human rights and the outcome of the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995. Faced with torture and death for his scientific assertions, Galileo was forced to abandon a lifetime’s worth of work and discovery in 1663, renouncing to the Catholic Church his ideas that the Earth revolved around the sun.  The Church had accused him of “vehement suspicion of heresy” for pursuing a scientific truth.
The 1990s through the present has been deemed by scholars as a “Science-in-Society” era, where a growth in scientific literacy has actually decreased trust in science. That Americans often don’t know who to trust, and that prior generations’ views about the infallibility of science is a thing of the past. One argument is that, because of heated and polarizing scientific topics like climate change, vaccinations and genetically modified foods, once-independent science has become over-politicized.
While conservatives are more likely to distrust scientists on climate change, there is actually bipartisan distrust of scientists on the issue of vaccinations, and it is more often liberals who distrust the majority scientific consensus that genetically modified foods are safe to eat.
Religion and science have been at odds since Galileo’s trial, and strong religious beliefs are still tied to a distrust of science today.
As scientific and technological issues continue to be at the forefront of our modernizing world, we rely on the expertise of scientists to help protect us from potential adverse effects. It is dangerous to assume that all safety measures are perfectly in place because this assumption hampers efforts to improve safety, which is a shared goal regardless of one’s political position on civil nuclear power generation. Our award-winning, festival loving horror short MASSACRE AT FEMUR CREEK is now available for purchase on DVD for a great low price. On April 4, for its part, Turkey received the first 202 migrants removed from European soil for return to their prior country of transit. The EU-Turkey deal itself also guarantees all arrivals the right to claim asylum, and promises individual reviews of all claims thus filed. These compounded failures spell a dark future for asylum seekers, who, deal be damned, continue arriving on European shores: in the present circumstances, very few will be able to access their right to claim asylum—inalienable though it may be. Regardless, Greece was never the target of their migration: few of the 50,000 asylum seekers currently in Greece wish to remain there, most preferring the better job prospects and stronger social safety nets of northern Europe. Staff shortages, furthermore, also mean that asylum seekers can only place calls within a two-hour window, several days per week—up from a weekly one-hour window a couple of weeks before. Yet on the islands, lawyers have largely been denied access to the detention centers and asylum-seekers therein. On the islands, injunctive legal challenges are urgently needed to protect migrants from being removed without being afforded a fair chance at claiming asylum. If black-letter law is clear on the right to asylum, political and logistical challenges have thus far prevailed over that right.


Luckily, we currently live in a world in which we produce enough food for every man, woman, and child on Earth to eat 2,800 calories of food per day — more than enough to provide an adequate diet for all.
By producing huge amounts of food in a cost-effective manner, we helped make famine a distant memory in many parts of the world. The expanded use of pesticide and fertilizer use has resulted in harmful runoff and polluted waterways.
Just as importantly, will we still be able to produce enough food for 2,800 calories per person per day? The UN World Food Programme and the Food Agriculture Organization are attempting to take advantage of these factors in their food assistance and development aid, buying food from local vendors to deliver to disaster or hunger-stricken regions in order to both alleviate food-related suffering and assist in local economic development. However, in most of the developed world, agriculture is already industrialized and other economic opportunities abound.
However, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that industrial agriculture has given us much more than polluted waterways and monoculture fields as far as the eye can see.
In fact, as recently maintained by the UNEP, violations of international environmental law “have the potential to undermine sustainable development and the implementation of agreed environmental goals and objectives at all levels”. Others represent relatively new topics lying at the intersection of law and policy that must increasingly inform the development of multilateral environmental agreements and the evolution of existing institutions and regimes.
As a consequence, it will be important to ensure that ambitious regional achievements on this topic, such as the Aarhus and Espoo Conventions, which provide for key procedural rights in the field of the environment, inform agreements in other parts of the world.
The conflicting perspectives of States on issues such as the very definition of environmental damage, the role of the State in redress, the burden of proof, the scope of compensation, and the limits of liability have so far impeded progress toward any commonly agreed standard. The transition will be supported by the renewable energy law (EEG), which supports renewables through economic instruments and the grid expansion acceleration act (NABEG) supporting decentralized grids. As opposed to building and running a coal or nuclear plant, which can only be realized by huge and wealthy firms, renewables can be produced on rooftops by nearly everyone.
Notably, municipal utilities drive the energy transition on the ground in form of transregional cooperation such as KommunalPartner, regional cooperation such as SUN, cooperation between municipalities and its utilities or transregional energy providers.
The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) put in place Regional Security Coordination Initiatives (RSCIs) to improve coordination among transmission system operators jointly manage grids across countries. Another example is prosumergy which supplies electricity from solar panels with a focus on apartment buildings. Reaching these goals will require efforts by consumers, governments (at all scales), private companies and entrepreneurs.
Solar energy, especially, has been seen as the major competitive contender to fossil fuels. According to some economists, the plan may not be as efficient as a federal cap and trade policy, but the advantage is its ability to bypass legislative gridlock. However, we still ought to question whether the rate at which we are approaching a sustainable energy mix is sufficiently responsible and consistent with environmental concerns. In the past few years, you have probably heard the term land grabs in major news headlines. Headlines have been debating the veracity of those huge land grab numbers and whether they will finally bring some nations out of abject poverty. Today, sometimes these customs don’t fit into the modern world or serve the interests of elites.
However, most citizens residing on rural lands have no legally recognized claim to the lands they live on.
Starbucks will then cover the difference in tuition after the ASU discount and federal aid are applied.
Bordoff’s research and policy interests lie at the intersection of economics, energy, environment, and national security.
Using these guidelines, states don’t have to formulate and submit their plans until 2018 (at the latest, using an extension) and initiate emissions reductions until 2022. This method of emissions reduction was removed from the building blocks due to concerns that it might be a point of weakness for legal attacks to exploit.
To help ease the potential frustration, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and the Eastern Interconnection State’s Planning Council (EISPC) released a multi-state coordination resources guide. Oklahoma is the only state not working on a plan because Governor Fallin did not want to spend time and resources on a regulation which may (or may not) be overturned in court. On a worldwide level, numerous countries are implementing policies and financial incentives in order to promote energy efficiency in the building sector, both domestic and non-domestic.
This target was also in agreement with the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), a European Policy requiring all buildings to be nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB) by 2020. However, the potential consequences of this change are significant and involve several aspects, discussed in the following paragraphs. It is still early days and time will show how this change actually influences different professionals and companies within the construction industry. As a report by the Public Health England highlights, there is a direct link between poor health and cold homes; cold, damp places are, among other factors, responsible for health problems in the UK.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change 2050 Pathways Calculator estimated carbon emissions’ reduction by 10% assuming, at its best case scenario, that the thermal leakiness of buildings could decrease by 50%, while the energy demand for lighting and appliances could be reduced by 60%. There is a common trust deficit in scientific experts among Americans, a phenomenon actually fueled in part by this growth in scientific literacy.
A series of two nationally-representative sample surveys fielded in 2008 and 2010 demonstrated a significant decline in Americans’ trust in scientists during that period. In the same 2013 poll mentioned above, 78% of Americans thought that information reported in scientific studies is often or sometimes influenced by political ideology. A 2009 study found that Evangelical Protestants that attend church at least weekly are the least likely to believe that science has had mostly a positive effect on society. When scientific findings conflict with the way we currently understand the world, we are likely to resist them.
Similarly, there are few foreseeable limits on the amount of progress that science can make towards making our lives better, healthier and easier. This point may seem obvious, but politically, it is not always easy to make: supporters of nuclear power feel uncomfortable voicing the risks of nuclear power plants, while opponents worry that acknowledging efforts to improve safety can lead to de facto acceptance of nuclear energy.
But considering it's an homage to 80's slasher movies, we are proud to announce the film will also be getting a release on VHS format, which is the perfect way to commemorate our little film. Neither Greek nor UNHCR officials on the islands were given clear instructions on how to proceed after the deal went into effect. The predictable result is that the vast majority of calls go unanswered, leaving callers waiting to resolve their status. On the mainland, the sheer number of cases to be handled poses a gargantuan challenge—as does the fact that asylum seekers are scattered across 40 sites (and still moving to and fro), and that different individuals have vastly different levels of knowledge, and expectation, as to their situation and legal remedies. On the mainland, legal assistance to asylum seekers who are eligible to claim asylum, but unable to do so, needs to be ramped up dramatically, at a scale comparable to the ongoing distribution of humanitarian aid. In the face of this challenge, ramping up both representation and advocacy stands as a paramount task. The increase in irrigation has drained water tables, and extractive farming practices have left depleted and unproductive soils. This approach has great promise in the developing world, where the agricultural sector has not yet industrialized and other economic opportunities are limited. More importantly, it is this industrialization that has enabled us to produce those 2,800 calories for every man, woman, and child on earth.
Moving completely away from it might salve our environmental conscience, but it would come at a high price. International environmental law, in addition, constitutes the normative backbone of many of the SDGs.
Most recently, the Decision adopting the Paris Agreement excluded any form of liability and compensation under the new climate change regime. In Germany, the energy industry, which has barely changed for the past 100 years, now has to cope with changing politics, external pressure, new market players and consumers who are increasingly concerned where their electricity comes from.
People think the transition is accomplished but this is not yet the case”, says Florian Simon from Naturstrom.
These partnerships distribute costs and larger investments in wind and solar parks are enabled through shared risk.
This is particularly relevant as system operators must deal with the increase of non-on-demand renewables in their individual grids.
For this business model, collaborating is essential as different actors (tenants, landlords, and energy providers) are involved. In fact, solar’s potential is more than 200 times larger than all other alternative resources combined.
Anyone who has visited a gas station to refill a tank recently could not have missed the drastic drop in fuel prices. Carbon pricing is controversial because identifying the universally accepted “correct” price on curbing climate change is difficult. However, the Supreme Court has put a hold on the implementation of CPP, citing potential overstepping of EPA authority. Although there is no generally accepted definition, the term has been used to describe the buying up of very large, undeveloped rural lands in the developing world by international investors and development firms. In South Africa, for example, the lands from which millions of black people were forcibly removed during apartheid are still considered “communal” lands that the government holds through traditional authority, which can take or “expropriate” land as it sees fit. Consultation with these “stake holders” is rare and compensation is often greatly disproportionate to the costs associated with moving, ending a way of life, and the denial of agency to decide one’s future. Everyone involved is pursuing development, however it is defined, and sustainability is a central question. He is a frequent commentator on TV and radio, including NPR, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC, has appeared on the Colbert Report, and has published in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and other leading news outlets.
He was also a consultant with McKinsey & Company, one of the leading global strategy consultancies. If states fail to submit a plan, the EPA will implement a federal plan which will be less tailored to states’ specific needs. Completely reconfiguring the electric generation sector can be a daunting task and states will avoid it if they can. The report outlines key energy infrastructure, such as natural gas pipelines and transmission lines are horrendously obsolete.
Possible multi-state plans could materialize if states with large amounts of renewable energy generation band together with states without renewable energy for a more efficient way of reducing emissions while overhauling the power sector. Therefore, abandoning zero carbon has not only a direct financial effect, but also potential and long-term health implications.
The question remains: how does scrapping zero carbon affect all these estimates and what happens next? While technological innovations in the 19th century were rampant and highly valued during the industrial revolution, science once again was at odds with religion and traditional values with Darwin’s discovery of evolution. Citizen science is more common (including the good and bad consequences of amateur scientific investigations), as is the supply of (and demand for) “alternative” scientific justifications that fit with our previously held beliefs.
In a 2013 poll, only 36% of Americans reported having “a lot” of trust that the information they get from scientists is accurate and reliable. Who trusts and who distrusts science has also become increasingly partisan: an analysis of responses to the General Social Survey from 1974-2010 showed that while political conservatives began with the highest trust in science in the 1970s, they ended the period with the lowest levels of trust in science in 2010. And while the roots of this religion-science divide can generally be traced back to disagreements about evolution, the tendency of fundamentalist Christians to have the strongest distrust of science can also be seen in other issues.
Even scientists face this cognitive block: a recent study out of Occidental College found that even highly-trained scientists showed slight hesitation when asked to confirm or deny certain counterintuitive (but true) facts like the Earth revolves around the sun, or that humans evolved from fish. However, if we cannot explicitly trust the findings of experts, we are likely to continue in gridlock on key issues like climate change, genetic modification, nuclear energy, and public health. In order to mitigate this political challenge in post-Fukushima Japan and in the broader international community, the United States offers an inspiring model based on public participation and democratic representation. The ongoing failure to inform Greek officials of their obligation, under national and international law, to inform migrants of their right to seek asylum may well have been an intended casualty of the failure of European and Greek authorities to properly inform local officials of the details of the deal. The growing awareness of these problems has led to strident calls for the curtailment or elimination of industrial farming, and a shift to smaller, more organic or environmentally friendly agricultural system.
In many ways splitting large industrial farms into smaller local-scale farms is actually less efficient, both economically and environmentally. The environmental side effects are huge and in many cases appalling, but the alternative might be even worse. There’s space for both in our world, and we should make every effort to ensure that we find the balance point. Institutional and legal developments in the field of the environment can either foster or frustrate such goals, and the development of innovative legal approaches, coupled with increased stakeholder engagement, is necessary to accommodate environmental protection in the operationalization of the 2030 Agenda. Finally, Dena recently introduced the Digital Energy World Platform with the aim to bring various stakeholders together, to develop cross-sectoral solutions and to recommend actions in the digital sector.
While this price drop may be good for budget-constrained consumers, it makes it more difficult for alternative energy expansion to gain momentum. From Malawi to Papua New Guinea, more than 37 million hectares of land have changed hands around the world since 2000, according to the Land Matrix, an online land deal database. While most stories depict the developing world as the passive victim of international buyers, domestic policies and laws (or lack thereof) concerning land tenure and security in developing nations help enable these deals. But even the South African government is not sure who owns what, making for a very messy legal landscape and increased class struggles. If rural development often comes at the cost of local claims to land, is the deal sustainable? Prior to joining the White House, Bordoff was the Policy Director of the Hamilton Project, an economic policy initiative housed at the Brookings Institution.
Bordoff graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, where he was treasurer and an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and clerked on the U.S.
The price tag for updating these outdated projects is in the ballpark of $15 to $19 billion. Groups have pointed to RGGI as a model guide for a multi-state cap and trade plan, which could be adopted in other regions of the United States. For example, the timber sector, expected to grow due to their potential contribution to reduce embodied emissions and consequently to the zero carbon target. The expectation for improved indoor air quality, comfort and the elimination of dampness from new buildings might have to be postponed until further notice.
Coming out of World War II and entering the Space Race, public opinion shifted once more, with Americans generally supporting and deeply respecting science and the leverage it gave the United States during the Cold War. These trends have meant an increase in conflicting information, all from ostensible (and often self-described) “scientific experts”. And this effect becomes more pronounced when scientists are reporting on controversial topics: a 2011 poll found that 69% of Americans think that scientists have falsified research on climate change.
The scientific issues that have been the most highly politicized are also the ones that engender the most distrust of scientists. In 2014, 77% of white Evangelical Christians attributed extreme weather to “what the Bible calls ‘end of times’”, conflicting with the scientific consensus of climate change as the cause.
And we may find that the risks of doing nothing on these issues outweigh the risks of trusting those that understand them the best. This is largely because small farms can’t make use of the economies of scale industrial farms employ, meaning that a single industrial farm may use less fertilizer and pesticide per unit of output than an equivalent number of smaller organic farms. If we fragment our agricultural system into a large number of smaller farms, can we still produce 2,800 calories per person per day? Only by doing this will we ensure that future food issues are, as Sen pointed out, governance issues rather than problems of outright scarcity. While technological improvements, increasing economies of scale, and the availability of a 30% investment tax credit have reduced the price of solar, it is evident that unsubsidized solar would not be competitive with conventional fossil fuels in the near future.
However, other policy instruments, such as cap-and-trade, use a market-based approach and do not rely on carbon pricing.
Does it create sustainable development through opportunities and rights or one-off economic gain for a select few? Also, some of these other technology and policy options are either too expensive for most states to tackle on their own or they require multistate cooperation. RGGI has been successful in the Northeastern United States; raising over $2 billion in carbon auctions for clean energy investment, reducing regional emissions by 15 percent while regional economies grew 8 percent.
Facing incredibly technically difficult problems such as climate change, even well-respected scientists may find themselves on opposite sides of the debate.
This means that growing the same amount of food on multiple smaller farms may in turn be more environmentally harmful than using one enormous farm.
Or will we be sentencing some portion of the population to starvation in the name of environmental sustainability? In doing so, we ensure that we are arguing over how to distribute food, rather than watching famine sweep the forgotten corners of the world. Yet legislation proposing a cap-and-trade system was voted down multiple times in the Senate in 2003, 2005, and 2008. However, this may be offset by the lower transportation requirements that smaller farms enjoy due to their proximity to end markets. He also holds an MLitt degree from Oxford University, where he studied as a Marshall Scholar, and a BA magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University.
We are incredibly proud of the film and are hoping it will match (if not surpass) the success of its predecessor, the mutiple-award winning ARCHON DEFENDER. The official DVD artwork is below, along with some of the links where you can either rent or purchase the film. 689-692 (1962)A Human Perception of Illumination with Pulsed Ultrahigh-Frequency Electromagnetic Energyby Allan Frey, Science, Vol. It's been a while but we've returned with plenty of activity over the last few months and a big apology to our fans for our tardiness in updating the website since the summer. This will change in the coming months as we have a few new projects in release and upcoming projects that will surely generate much buzz as we aim to unleash them onto the unsuspecting world. Producer Morgan Muscat supplied us with this cool picture of his trek through Cinema 1 at Burlington Mall and the discovery of ARCHON sitting within some pretty good company. The first official trailer from our latest short film, MASSACRE AT FEMUR CREEK, has been unveiled online via writer-director Kyle Hytonen's You Tube channel.
We are excited to be collaborating with award-winning filmmaker Kyle Hytonen and his A Henry Krinkle Production company on this fun little short film.
Enjoy the picture below of actor John Migloire in character as The Shape and keep checking back for more updates on the film's completion and release date. Filming has commenced in Hamilton, Ontario and Burlington, Ontario under the direction of Hytonen and starring John Migliore and Heather Dicke.
Recently, the film launched a campaign on Indiegogo to raise $1100 and wound up (to date) collecting a surprising $2414. Baker, Youth Action Newsletter, Dec 1994.A "A nation can survive its' fools, and even the ambitious. Check out the teaser poster below and visit the Indiegogo campaign for more info about the film. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly. But the traitor moves among those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the galleys, heard in the very hall of government itself. As we continue to develop short and feature films, as well as promote our new demo reel feature, we are hard at work promoting local artists and community events. For the traitor appears not a traitor--He speaks in the accents familiar to his victims, and wears their face and their garment, and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men.
Such is the case with the upcoming June 8th Car-Free street festival happening on Palladium Way in Alton Village. He rots the soul of a nation--he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city--he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.
We are proud to be a part of this amazing community event and are happy to finally unveil our freshly completed new video to help raise awareness of said event. We were approached a few weeks back to create this video by local artists and have done so using footage from last year's event.


Enjoy the world exclusive premiere of the promotional video by visiting this link or check it out via our WELCOME page. We are excited to formally announce thatA Moonlit Road Entertainment has the privilege of being among the many talented artists and vendors at the Ward 6, North Burlington festival. The event will be held on Palladium Way, between Walkera€™s and Appleby Lines, in Alton Village. Please feel free to visit the Ward 6 Car-Free Street Festival page on Facebook for more information about the event.
Our tiny horror-film noir short film THE DEVIL WALKS AMONG YOU recently added another festival date to its successful roster, this time for the 2014 edition of the Sudden Impulse Film Festival in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We are excited to promote our award-winning title yet again and hope that people turn out to support great independent films such as this one.
The screening happens on Saturday May 10th at the Big Picture Cinema on Gerard Street East at 8:30pm. Not only are we focused on inspired filmmaking and photography opportunities, we are how branching out into offering services for Demo Reels. We understand just how important a demo reel is to emerging and talented filmmakers and actors, so we are offering top-notch, professional service along with affordable prices to help showcase what you have to offer the world.
If you are looking to have us create your demo reel or are merely wanting to browse around, we invite you to check out our newly added DEMO REELS page where you can look into our rates and what we can offer you. With ARCHON DEFENDER currently in distribution around the world, distirbution plans ramping up for ORIGIN: A CALL TO MINDS and production underway onA COLD DARK MIRRORA along with a slew of short film projects in development, we trust that 2014 will be our busiest year yet.
And we hope for your continued support as we grow and expand into different areas, which will be announced soon.
From all of us at Moonlit Road Entertainment, we welcome 2014 and wish you all a very Happy New Year. The CIA also claims it is not obligated to provide the veterans with medical care for side effects of the drugs. Its the CIAs third attempt to get the case dismissed.In a 2009 federal lawsuit, Vietnam Veterans of America claimed that the Army and CIA had used at least 7,800 soldiers as guinea pigs in Project Paperclip.
They were given at least 250 and as many as 400 types of drugs, among them sarin, one of the most deadly drugs known to man, amphetamines, barbiturates, mustard gas, phosgene gas and LSD.Among the projects goals were to control human behavior, develop drugs that would cause confusion, promote weakness or temporarily cause loss of hearing or vision, create a drug to induce hypnosis and identify drugs that could enhance a persons ability to withstand torture.
Also, Morgan was featured in the 2013 edition of the Burlington community guide, which he also spoke about his humbling beginnings as a student filmmaker and to where he is today.
The article and photo are available only in print, but a photograph has been made available below. The suit was filed in federal court in San Francisco against the Department of Defense and the CIA. The film gets an exclusive digital engagement with Google Play starting tomorrow, October 1, 2013. The plaintiffs seek to force the government to contact all the subjects of the experiments and give them proper health care.
Department of Veterans Affairs released a pamphlet said nearly 7,000 soldiers had been involved and more than 250 chemicals used on them, including hallucinogens such as LSD and PCP as well as biological and chemical agents. Since 2008, the film has been turning heads and it has been nominated and has won several awards for is achievement in special effects and production design. Congratulations to the directors and cast who combined to make a special type of film that continues to wow audiences. According to the lawsuit, some of the volunteers were even implanted with electrical devices in an effort to control their behavior.
Dates and specifics will be released as soon as they are available.A September 25, 2013 - Hamilton Film Festival selects ARCHON DEFENDER and ORIGINA The city of Hamilton appears to have taken a liking to Moonlit Road Entertainment productions. Rochelle, 60, who has come back to live in Onslow County, said in an interview Saturday that there were about two dozen volunteers when he was taken to Edgewood. Both films will screen as a double bill during the festival, which runs from November 4th to the 10th at the Staircase Theatre (27 Dundurn St. They were told that the experiments were harmless and that their health would be carefully monitored, not just during the tests but afterward, too.
The doctors running the experiments, though, couldnt have known the drugs were safe, because safety was one of the things they were trying to find out, Rochelle said. While ARCHON has had a fairly successful festival run over the years leading up to its upcoming DVD release, ORIGIN: A CALL TO MINDS will be making its exclusive world premiere during the festival.
Just yesterday, the film screened at the 2013 Hamilton Music and Film Festival at the Factory Media Centre (227 James Street North in Hamilton).
The veterans say they volunteered for military experiments as part of a wide-ranging program started in the 1950s to test nerve agents, biological weapons and mind-control techniques, but were not properly informed of the nature of the experiments. Earlier in the month (on September 13th), the film was selected to screen at the 2013 Supercrawl event held in Hamilton. They blame the experiments for poor health and are demanding the government provide their health care. Expect more festival announcements in the next little while.A A August 28, 2013 - Pre-order ARCHON DEFENDER on DVD now at Amazon!!! In virtually all cases, troops served in the same capacity as laboratory rats or guinea pigs, the lawsuit states. The suit contends that veterans were wrongfully used as test subjects in experiments such as MK-ULTRA, a CIA project from the 1950s and 60s that involved brainwashing and administering experimental drugs like LSD to unsuspecting individuals. Here is your exclusive first look at a pair of colourful teaser posters for our upcoming animated feature film COLD DARK MIRROR, currently in production under the direction of David Krupicz.The film is expected to continue production throughout 2013 and the early part of 2014, with a release expected for later next year.
The project was the target of several congressional inquiries in the 1970s and was tied to at least one death.
Harf said that MK-ULTRA was thoroughly investigated and the CIA fully cooperated with each of the investigations. 2013 - THE DEVIL WALKS AMONG YOU is an Official Selection at HMFF 2013!More great news for our horror film noir hybrid THE DEVIL WALKS AMONG YOU. The plaintiffs say many of the volunteers records have been destroyed or remain sealed as top secret documents. The award-winning short has become an Official Selection at the 2013 Hamilton Music and Film Festival, taking place in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on September 22nd.
They also say they were denied medals and other citations they were promised for participating in the experiments.
This will mark the third time that the film has screened in Hamilton as part of the film festival circuit, following the 2012 edition of the Hamilton Film Festival as well as earlier this year as part of the Little Nightmares Canadian Horror Shorts Festival. They are not seeking monetary damages but have demanded access to health care for veterans they say were turned away at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities because they could not prove their ailments were related to their military service. We announced earlier this year that ARCHON DEFENDER, our first animated feature film, is scheduled to premiere on DVD and VOD during the fourth quarter of 2013. It grew out of the Agencys Operation BLACKBIRD and was a forerunner to the Agencys MKULTRA.
Today comes word that the film will indeed premiere this fall and in the United States on October 22nd.A Furthermore, we are excited to bring you the exclusive world premiere of the DVD cover art for the film, to be distributed by Ytinifni Films. Project ARTICHOKE also known as Operation ARTICHOKE was run by the CIAs Office of Scientific Intelligence. Morgan was one of eleven people nominated, which ranged from enviromental, community, heritage as well as senior, junior and citizen of the year. ARTICHOKE offensive mind control techniques experiments attempted to induce amnesia and highly suggestive states in its subjects. This marks Morgan's second award win for his contributions to the community as a filmmaker, following his 2010 MARTY Award win for Emerging Media Arts.
ARTICHOKE focused on the use of hypnosis, forced morphine addiction, forced morphine addiction withdrawal, along with other drugs, chemicals, and techniques. The main focus of the program was summarized in a January 1952 CIA memo, Can we get control of an individual to the point where he will do our bidding against his will and even against fundamental laws of nature, such as self-preservation?One program experiment attempted to see if it was possible to produce a Manchurian Candidate. In Richard Condons 1959 novel The Manchurian Candidate an American soldier, who has been placed into a hypnotic state by Communist forces, returns home to assassinate on command. Below is a photograph of the Burlington's Best Award and Certificate presented to Morgan Muscat last week as well as the Burlington Post photograph from the event, printed in Wednesday May 15th's edition.A May 16, 2013 - More THE DEVIL WALKS AMONG YOU and SEVERANCE Movie Reviews!!!The reviews continue to trickle in for Moonlit Road Entertainment productions. The first is a positively glowing one from Bleeding Dead Film Reviews for THE DEVIL WALKS AMONG YOU, which once again praises the performances of stars Robert Nolan and Sandra da Costa, as well as the production design and direction. A January 1954 CIA report asks the question, Can an individual of [redacted] descent be made to perform an act of attempted assassination involuntarily under the influence of ARTICHOKE?
Andrews will be among the guests lined up to heavily promote some top notch Canadian content. The festival takes place between May 31st and June 2nd at the Best Western Hotel (173 - Sunrise Highway, Rockville Centre, NY 11570). April 19, 2013 - Morgan Muscat featured in Mississauga magazine MISSISSAUGA ARTSThe promotion continues for busy producer-writer Morgan Muscat, who is now featured in the Spring edition of MISSISSAUGA ARTS, a magazine published quarterly that recognizes talents who have contributed to the arts in Mississauga. Morgan is featured on Page 4 as part of the 2013 MARTY Award nominees and again on Page 15, which is the press release about his involvement in the upcoming June 27th Media Arts Mash Up.
The cover page for MISSISSAUGA ARTS is below, pick up your copy at the Mississauga Arts Council office.April 17, 2013 - THE DEVIL WALKS AMONG YOU movie review!A positive, spoiler-free review of THE DEVIL WALKS AMONG YOU from Horror Movie Diary has made it online and it rocks. Argued December 4, 1984 Decided April 16, 1985 .Between 1953 and 1966, the Central Intelligence Agency financed a wide-ranging project, code-named MKULTRA, concerned with the research and development of chemical, biological, and radiological materials capable of employment in clandestine operations to control human behavior. The reviewer praises actor Robert Nolan's performances as Devil, as well as goes on to say that the film itself is "hellishly great" and supported by a great cast. 159, 162] program consisted of some 149 subprojects which the Agency contracted out to various universities, research foundations, and similar institutions. The ever busy producer will be on hand discussing his past films as well as current productions including the soon-to-be-released ORIGIN: A CALL TO MINDS and the currently in development COLD DARK MIRROR.
Additionally, the filmmaker will be screening a never-before-seen 10 minute clip from ORIGIN as well as discuss the making of the film. Because the Agency funded MKULTRA indirectly, many of the participating individuals were unaware that they were dealing with the Agency.MKULTRA was established to counter perceived Soviet and Chinese advances in brainwashing and interrogation techniques.
Over the years the program included various medical and psychological experiments, some of which led to untoward results. The event will be held at the Art Gallery of Mississauga (300 City Centre Drive) and will begin at 7:00pm.
These aspects of MKULTRA surfaced publicly during the 1970's and became the subject of executive and congressional investigations. Just today, Mike Haberfelner over at the website Search My Trash recently conducted two interviews, one with CDM producer Morgan Muscat and the other with David Krupicz himself about the making of the film. Click below to check out the interviews where both filmmakers talk about CDM, as well as other upcoming projects from Moonlit Road Entertainment and Original Sine Productions.
Additionally, an article conducted by Mississauga journalist Louise Peacock for the Film Annex website made it online today. That article, entitled "Glimpse in the Mirror", features an on-set journal and behind-the-scenes photos of the cast and crew in action.
Click on the respective links below to check out the interviews.A Morgan Muscat "Cold Dark Mirror" Interview (Search My Trash - Mike Haberfelner) David T.
Argued April 21, 1987 Decided June 25, 1987 Respondent, a serviceman, volunteered for what was ostensibly a chemical warfare testing program, but in which he was secretly administered lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) pursuant to an Army plan to test the effects of the drug on human subjects, whereby he suffered severe personality changes that led to his discharge and the dissolution of his marriage.
Today we are proud to report that Morgan has once again been nominated, this time for a 2013 Burlington's Best award nomination, which honours citizen in Burlington who have contributed to the arts within the city. Upon being informed by the Army that he had been given LSD, respondent filed a Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) suit. Morgan is proud to call Burlington is new home town and is honoured that he and his work has been recognized by the community collectively. The District Court granted the Government summary judgment on the ground that the suit was barred by the doctrine of Feres v. Today we are proud to announce the cast for our upcoming sci-fi animated epic COLD DARK MIRROR, which is being produced by Morgan Muscat and will once again be directed by David T.
135 , which precludes governmental FTCA liability for injuries to servicemen resulting from activity incident to service. Although agreeing with this holding, the Court of Appeals remanded the case upon concluding that respondent had at least a colorable constitutional claim under the doctrine of Bivens v.
The cast includes Sandra da Costa (Sick), Caleigh Le Grand (Inspiration), Daniel Wyse (Origin: A Call to Minds), Morgan Muscat (Archon Defender), Paul Nicholls (A Cry in the Dark), Ryan Barrett (Neverlost), Astrida Auza (Sick), Christopher Lee Grant (Dead Genesis), Neil Green (Black Eve) and Laura Collu (Severance). COLD DARK MIRROR follows young Witch-Hunter Lydia (Sandra DaCosta), who stumbles upon the dark secret of the Unseen World; a shadow world of dreams and nightmares which lies just beyond the mirror's edge. A dark and ancient power, the Time Shadow (Neil Green), seeks entry into the corporeal world, a power some on the Alchemic Council are in league with, and whose existence they seek to keep secret above all else.
388 , whereby a violation of constitutional rights can give rise to a damages action against the offending federal officials even in the absence of a statute authorizing such relief, unless there are special factors counselling hesitation or an explicit congressional declaration of another, exclusive remedy. Together with her Cat Familiar Callista (Caleigh La Grand), Lydia must face the Shadow Council, and avenge the death of her mentor, the Maegis Acheroni»?.A A In addition to the casting announcement, we are also today releasing the first couple of production stills from COLD DARK MIRROR.
Respondent then amended his complaint to add Bivens claims and attempted to resurrect his FTCA claim. Although dismissing the latter claim, the District Court refused to dismiss the Bivens claims, rejecting, inter alia, the Governments argument that the same considerations giving rise to the Feres doctrine should constitute special factors barring a Bivens action.In February 1958, James B. New Moonlit Road business cards!A Earlier this year we reported that ARCHON DEFENDER would be getting a DVD and VOD release later this year. Stanley, a master sergeant in the Army stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky, volunteered to participate in a program ostensibly designed to test the effectiveness of protective clothing and equipment as defenses against chemical warfare. In addition to the Facebook group released a few months ago, you can now follow ARCHON DEFENDER on Twitter for all the most up-to-date information surrounding the film. He was released from his then-current duties and went to the Armys Chemical Warfare Laboratories at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. Simply click on the links above to visit the respective pages.A In other news, we are proud to report that for the first time in five years we have new business cards that are hot off the presses and about ready for distribution to the masses. Four times that month, Stanley was secretly administered doses of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), pursuant to an Army plan to study the effects of the drug on human subjects.
According to his Second Amended Complaint (the allegations of which we accept for purposes of this decision), as a result of the LSD exposure, Stanley has suffered from hallucinations and periods of incoherence and memory loss, was impaired in his military performance, and would on occasion awake from sleep at night and, without reason, violently beat his wife and children, later being unable to recall the entire incident.
Our multiple award-winning short film is now an Official Selection at the 3rd Macabre Faire Film Festival in Long Island, New York, honouring films within the genres of Horror, Thrillers, Suspense and Sci-Fi. While there are no concrete showtimes or dates as of yet, please feel free to visit the festival's Facebook page, which will make a more formal announcement closer to the festival date this summer. As we keep you in anticipation with our casting, we are proud to present the first official production still from the film.
One year later, his marriage dissolved because of the personality changes wrought by the LSD. December 10, 1975, the Army sent Stanley a letter soliciting his cooperation in a study of the long-term effects of LSD on volunteers who participated in the 1958 tests. We now have a Facebook group were you will be able to keep up to date on the developments of our films as they move through production. 669, 672] This was the Governments first notification to Stanley that he had been given LSD during his time in Maryland.
Please note that press releases and latest news will appear on here first, and then make their way onto our new Facebook group.
Keep it here, there's lots happening.A March 6, 2013 - Morgan Muscat 2013 MARTY Award nomination and interviews Having stepped back to focus on his family last year, Moonlit Road Entertainment founder Morgan Muscat is gearing up for what is looking like a very busy year ahead. 2671 et seq., alleging negligence in the administration, supervision, and subsequent monitoring of the drug testing program. The talented writer-producer is releasing the animated feature ORIGIN: A CALL TO MINDS as well as producing a new animated film (COLD DARK MIRROR), which starts production this month. Amidst all that, Morgan is seeking funding for his long awaited Stephen King adaptation SUFFER THE LITTLE CHILDREN as well as developing some other short film projects. In the meantime, we would like to congratulate Morgan and his fourth MARTY award nomination since 2009, this one for Established Media Arts for the 2013 awards ceremony. More information about the MARTYs can be found by visiting the Mississauga Arts Council link. We would also like to congratulate SEVERANCE crew members David O'Hearn and Alvin Campana for their MARTY nominations also; David is nominated for Established Performing Arts while Alvin is in the running for Established Media Arts. Ewen Cameron): The man who I had thought cared about what happened to me didnt give a damn.
In the interview, he speaks about his early career as a filmmaker to some of his recent producing projects, specifically SEVERANCE and THE DEVIL WALKS AMONG YOU. The episode aired on Rogers TV at the end of February.A February 25, 2013 - THE DEVIL WALKS AMONG YOU gets another Hamilton screening!!!We are proud to report that THE DEVIL WALKS AMONG YOU will once again be gracing screens in Hamilton, as it is an Official Selection at the 2013 Little Nightmares Canadian Horror Shorts Festival. Ewen Cameron conducted CIA-funded experiments on troubled Canadian patients he was meant to help MacIntyre: the CIA caved in the day before the trial was to begin. They settled out of court for $750,000 at the time it was the largest settlement the CIA had ever awarded. 28, 1984 (digital clip) It sounds like a science fiction plot or a horror movie: A front organization for the American CIA sets up shop in Canada to engage in mind control experiments. COLD DARK MIRROR is slated to go into production in the next few weeks and is tentatively set for release in late 2014.
But its no fiction, its the discussion on the floor of the House of Commons and among lawyers for the Department of External Affairs. Canadians caught up in the research, including a member of Parliaments wife, may finally get some action from the government in their pursuit of answers and compensation. A dark and ancient power, the Time Shadow, seeks entry into the corporeal world, a power some on the Alchemic Council are in league with, and whose existence they seek to keep secret above all else. Recruited Ex-Nazis By SAM ROBERTS December 11, 2010 After World War II, American counterintelligence recruited former Gestapo officers, SS veterans and Nazi collaborators to an even greater extent than had been previously disclosed and helped many of them avoid prosecution or looked the other way when they escaped, according to thousands of newly declassified documents.
Together with her Cat Familiar Callista, Lydia must face the Shadow Council, and avenge the death of her mentor, the Maegis Acheron.i»?January 27, 2013 - ARCHON DEFENDER signed to US Distribution dealBig news to start the new year off.
ARCHON DEFENDER, our 2009 multiple award-winning animated feature film (written and directed by David T. Krupicz and produced by Morgan Muscat) has been signed to a US distribution deal with Ytinifni Pictures.
The deal will provide North American DVD and US Video on Demand (VOD) distribution in late 2013.
While an official date has yet to be announced, expect the film to be released sometime in the fourth quarter.
The film follows the path of a young woman, Colette, as she seeks her way through adversity to redemption, as the world she once knew is torn apart by war and tyranny.
Men who were classified as ardent Nazis were chosen just weeks after Hitlers defeat to become respectable U.S. Reinhard Gehlen (middle) and his SS united were hired, and swiftly became agents of the CIA when they revealed their massive records on the Soviet Union to the US.
The first official trailer from our latest short film, MASSACRE AT FEMUR CREEK, has been unveiled online via writer-director Kyle Hytonen's You Tube channel.
The men designed the CIAs interrogation program and also personally took part in the waterboarding sessions. But to do the job, the CIA had to promise to cover at least $5 million in legal fees for them in case there was trouble down the road, former U.S.
Enjoy the picture below of actor John Migloire in character as The Shape and keep checking back for more updates on the film's completion and release date. For the simple reason that it would inexorably lead to the covert biological war programmes of the 1950's. According to CIA documents, K indicates both knockout and kill, depending upon the circumstances under which researched biological products were employed by CIA operatives in the field operations conducted under Project Artichoke and later programs.
We were approached a few weeks back to create this video by local artists and have done so using footage from last year's event.



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