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What Is In Your Food?

According to the USDA, 89% of corn is genetically modified, 94% of soy is genetically modified, and 90% of canola is genetically modified. Try finding a breakfast cereal or salad dressing that does not contain genetically modified ingredients. It is very difficult. If your food is genetically modified, what is in your food?

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If you Like NAFTA, You’ll Love TPP

August 24, 2012 6 comments

We, the transnational corporations and the ruling elites are on the verge of a wonderful new dawn bringing us immense power and untold wealth.

We have been secretly negotiating a new agreement called the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) with the United States Australia, Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam and are nearing completing the final details of this agreement. We have had 600 of our corporate lobbyists providing input and have successfully excluded Congress, our own corporate media, and the general public from the negotiations. Once implemented, this agreement will hard code corporate dominance over sovereign governments into international law that will supercede any federal, state, or local laws of any member country. This agreement will grant new corporate privileges and rights, while limiting governments and protective regulations. This agreement will far exceed anything we have been able to achieve with NAFTA, CAFTA, or any other free trade agreement.

TPP What you don't know, will hurt youThe details contained in this agreement will result in total corporate global governance . In this new system the role of elected governments will be to serve as subservient agents for our interests. The institutions under governments such as the armies, police, and courts will also serve our interests, while being financed by the taxpayers of that country. The status of the member states will be locked-in, similar to countries once they are inside the Eurozone.

In the past, we had to deal with environmental regulations, financial regulations, worker safety regulations and other issues that have always brought down the profits we worked so hard to earn and are rightfully ours. Once this agreement passes, these regulations will actually have the potential of increasing our wealth. Some of the provisions in this agreement include the establishment of corporate controlled tribunals to be administered by 3 attorneys with no conflict of interest limitations. These 3 attorney tribunals, which will be controlled by us, will have the power to order sovereign governments to use taxpayer money to pay us and our agents for any environmental or regulatory costs that our transnational corporations expended to meet local standards. We can literally expect to have long term taxpayer revenue streams that will flow into our coffers. At the very least, many existing laws would need to be rewritten and no new regulatory laws could be passed.

With this wonderful new agreement, governments that venture to pass regulations such as limits on the financial industry using risky bets such as derivatives would have the burden of proof to defend such regulations in a tribunal system controlled by us, and staffed by our lawyers and judges. The judges in these tribunals could order the government to use taxpayers’ money to pay damages should one of our transnational corporations prevail in one of our “private courts”. In the past, we have received over $350 million of taxpayer money under the NAFTA style agreements, because of zoning laws, toxic bans, timber rules and other regulations. It is our expectation that this figure will be dwarfed by future payments. This TPP agreement is like NAFTA on steroids. These tribunals setup by this TPP agreement will have binding corporate guarantees with both trade and cash sanctions. These cash sanctions would also effectively transfer taxpayer money to transnational corporate coffers. Can you imagine how much money we will have flowing into our pockets as we challenge regulations within our own private court system forcing governments to pay for our lost profits or to eliminate them? This agreement will essentially strip governments of their sovereignty and make them answerable to our tribunals.

Corporate MilitaryThe result of these corporate tribunals will be to setup a race to the bottom, where if one country chooses not to regulate something, then the corporations would be able to sue the other nations inside of the TPP to have taxpayers cover their losses for any such regulations. These other countries would be vulnerable to corporate led lawsuits to be decided in the corporate tribunals. In order to protect our interests , we could potentially have the ability to utilize the publicly funded militaries of some member states to wage war on other “less compliant” states.

So how could such an extreme agreement that literally gives corporations and us ruling elites everything we could possibly want have been negotiated with little or no resistance? The answer is that the ONLY way this agreement could ever pass is if everything is done in secret, continues to remain secret, and the details never see the light of day.

In that regard, we must do everything in our power to be sure that the general public does not become aware of this agreement or the details before we are ready for a vote. Since our main stream media will represent our interests, we do not need to concern ourselves much about them. However, unfortunately some of the independent media, over which we have little control at this time, is starting to make waves on this issue. Lori Wallach, the director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch recently said in this video:

“These agreements are a little bit like Dracula. You drag them in the sunshine, and they do not fare well. But all of us, and also across all of the countries involved, there are citizen movements that are basically saying that this is not in our name. We don’t need global enforceable corporate rights. We need more democracy. We need more accountability.”

Can you believe the audacity of that statement? It is as if she believes that people should have say in such matters in which they do not have our expertise and could offer no intelligent input. It is as if she believes that limits should be placed on our profits that we worked so hard for.

We have heard that demonstrations are being planned for our next TPP negotiating session that will be held September 6-15 in Leesburg, VA. Information about these negotiations is being circulated on the Internet and we need to do everything we can to stop them or at least limit their attendance and coverage by the independent media. The police need to be informed that they have our permission to employ aggressive tactics against any demonstrators and will not suffer any consequences for unlawful behavior. If necessary, we can plant provocateurs into the crowds to insure a robust police response and to provide fodder for our corporate media.

In the future, once this agreement has been ratified, Internet censorship regulations will be passed that are much stronger than the previous ones we tried to pass, such as ACTA, SOPA, and PIPA. This will lock down the Internet so we can use it for our purposes, as has been successfully done in other countries. Once this has been accomplished, the public masses will have no alternatives except for our controlled media. They will comply when they hear our logic. No one will take the time to investigate. This is why it is so important to make sure that this agreement does not see the light of day.

Once the negotiations have been finalized, the control we have over the elected officials will ensure that this bill passes. We will use every weapon in our vast arsenal to make sure that we get the votes we need. Some elected officials will respond to campaign contributions. Others may need to be threatened. Thanks to the enlightened Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling allowing unlimited anonymous money to flow into negative ads, we will use these new tools to prevail against anyone who opposes us on the TPP in the next election. We are fortunate that the opinions of the gullible masses are so easily and effectively swayed by watching these negative ads put on by us. To further ensure that the agreement is not altered, we must make sure that the TTP receives fast track status. That way no rogue legislator can make amendments or changes, or try to filibuster the agreement. It will be a simple up and down roll call vote.

We are also fortunate in that regardless of the election results in November, it will make no difference who wins. The agreement will be signed by whoever is president. This agreement was negotiated under Obama, so he will certainly sign it. Romney has also stated that he wants this agreement finalized as quickly as possible so he can sign it as well. Only if a 3rd party candidate wins will this be a problem. Our media will work hard to make sure that does not happen.

Polls show that most Americans from both major political parties believe that money exerts far too much influence on public officials. They believe that this effectively makes these elected officials the “hired servants” of the wealthy elites. This sort of popular belief works against our interests. Unfortunately, both the Tea Party and the Occupy Movement also believe that there is too much influence of money on our legislators. While government representatives are essentially our puppets, we will need to be sure that we keep the electorate divided. We still need to continue to work on both the left and the right and create wedge issues that will keep them focused on each other, not on what we are trying to accomplish here. We need each of them to question the patriotism of the other side. We need each of them to make derogatory remarks about each other, even if we need to hire someone to inject them for us. This has worked well in the past and there is no reason to expect it will not work again.

In summary, what we have here is a confluence of forces that has the potential to solidify a shift towards total global corporate control and to encase it in international law. Governments will merely be the tools of our corporations and will serve to provide a degree of separation between us and the masses when the inevitable police response will be needed to enforce this agreement.

Clarification:

I have found that writing in the perspective of the opposite side, some people just do not “get it”. Some believe that such writing is literally my belief. To those people:
I do not believe that the TPP is good for the country.
I do not support the transnational corporate agenda.
I do not support surrendering our sovereign rights to an external tribunal.
This article was written specifically from the elites’ perspective to inform people of the great dangers this TPP represents.

What Can You Do?

We need to end the secret TPP negotiations
Until we bring this process into public view, there is the danger that it will be passed quickly and secretly with little or no congressional or public input. Once the details of these agreements are made public, the TPP will be defeated, or at the very least modified significantly.

We need people to show up at the Leesberg, Virginia negotiations. A large rally that has been endorsed by over 2 dozen organizations has been planned for Sunday September 9. The independent media will be there. We have reached a crossroad where either we allow the corporations to take control of our nations, or we stop them in their attempts. Take an evening off from the TV and make the effort to make a difference so that you leave your children and grandchildren a better future. Don’t expect others to do this vital task for you. YOU need to be there, there may be the last negotiation session before this agreement is finalized. If this passes, there will be no turning back.

For more information on this rally, please visit:
http://www.citizenstrade.org/ctc/

Educate yourself about the TPP. Your future and that of your children depends on what you do. Some sites with more information include:
http://www.citizen.org/tpp
http://www.straight.com/article-688656/vancouver/prointernet-community-must-fight-tpp-weekly-update-openmediaca

Rudy Avizius
http://www.endtheillusion.org

A Better Way To Finance Public Projects

In a local newspaper I recently read an article regarding how a school district was looking to “refinance” their outstanding bonds in an effort to reduce the interest burden on their debt. In the same issue I read how another school district expends nearly $2,000,000 yearly just to pay the interest burden on their debt.

Clearly our school systems face a considerable interest burden on their debts. It is already a matter of public record that US municipalities, school districts, and pension funds were victims of fraud due to the rigging of the commission bids as laid out in an article called “The Scam Wall St Learned from the Mafia” by Matt Taibbi. Many of these municipalities, schools, or other entities were also the victims of a type of derivative called Interest Rate Swaps where the big banks induced them to gamble with public money on the direction of the market, but the end result was often that the “bet” went bad. A great example of this was Jefferson County in Alabama where the original cost for a sewer project was estimated at $250 million and ended up indebting the county $5 BILLION. Since we do not know all the details, it is difficult at this time to determine specifically how many states, counties, municipalities, and school districts may have been victims of financial fraud which resulted in an increased debt burden paid by the taxpayers as a result of the LIBOR rate rigging scandal that is still unfolding.

Consider this…, when a municipality or school district wishes to do a repair, a capital improvement or infrastructure project, the amount of money paid in interest costs to the financiers exceeds the amount of money paid to those who supply the materials and do the labor on the project. Most people should feel angered by this. Why should those who simply move money around, make more money than those who produce the materials and do the actual labor on the project? Most readers can probably relate to this personally because the interest burden of financing the purchase of their homes causes the final total cost of the purchase to far exceed the original cost of home itself. There needs to be a better system of financing public projects.

Perhaps engaging in creative thinking would result in cheaper financing of public projects. Proposed solutions still center on using conventional or Wall Street financing instead of looking to alternative sources. Well, there is a better way and it can provide any sized government or community entity with financing at zero or near zero interest. One needs only to look at the Bank of North Dakota (BND) for a solution, which is currently the only state-owned bank in the country. This bank has been in existence for 92 years and has a history of safe, secure, and highly profitable banking. In fact North Dakota has a budget surplus, much of which can be attributed to the reduced borrowing costs of public projects. The BND’s purpose is to provide loans to build economic capacity within the state. Examples include loans to state entities in the form of low cost loans to municipalities, schools, small businesses, agriculture, infrastructure projects, and students. The BND does not imperil state funds or tax money but is self-funding and self-sustaining. The BND enjoys broad political support from both major parties inside of North Dakota.

A public bank can be state wide or can be started or acquired by any sized government or community. It could extend county wide, allowing municipalities and other public entities access to its credit. It could be a consortium of school districts that form their own bank to save financing costs for large projects or purchases such as Haddonfield is considering. It could also be a consortium of colleges and universities seeking to reduce their interest costs which is currently driving the huge debt burden of higher education for students. Some might criticize this as “socialism”, but the system we currently have is “socialism”, where the big bank profits are kept by the banks, and the losses are subsidized by the taxpayers. The biggest advantage of a public bank is that public entities could access the resources of the bank to obtain zero or near zero interest loans. The bank would have access to the Federal Reserve discount window which makes loans available to banks currently at approximately .25% interest. This significant savings could be passed on to the loan seekers. Any profits generated by the bank are recycled back into its operation allowing it to charge the lowest rates possible. By keeping the profits inside of public coffers instead of sending them to Wall Street, the taxpayers are saved most of the costs of public projects by eliminating the financiers.

The costs associated with running a public bank are significantly lower than those for the large Wall Street banks because the employees are public workers and are not paid exorbitant salaries and multi-million dollar bonuses. A public bank is also counter-cyclical, meaning that is can extend credit precisely when private banks are reducing their credit availability and credit is most needed. A public bank is economically sustainable because they are run by professional bankers, operating transparently according to applicable banking principles. By returning credit income to the community in the form of near zero interest rates, the pressure for tax increases is reduced.

So why has this not been done outside of North Dakota? Inertia is a major force. Most commissioners, business administrators, treasurers, and others who handle local finance are not familiar with the concept of public banking. There are also the vested money interests on Wall Street who do not want to see their cash cow removed and they vigorously oppose any moves to initiate public banks or to advertise their advantages. Despite this, the momentum for public banking has been increasing with fourteen states now having either introduced bills to form state-owned banks or to do feasibility studies. The bills were introduced in Oregon, Washington State, Massachusetts, Arizona, Maryland, New Mexico, Maine, California, Montana, and New York. They join Illinois, Virginia, Hawaii, and Louisiana which introduced bills in 2010. Washington and Oregon commissioned the Center for State Innovation based in Madison Wisconsin to do a detailed analysis and it concluded that “state-owned banks would have a positive impact on employment, new lending, and state and local government revenue.” This is a viable solution.

As a former teacher for 15 years and a school administrator for 16 years, I have seen the devastating effect that budget cuts have had on our educational programs. During my time as an administrator, due to budget pressures I witnessed the elimination of the following programs and personnel in the school district where I was employed: Wood Shop, Home Economics, Metal Shop, Child Care Program, Cooperative Industrial Experience (work-study), Print Shop, Philosophy, Auto Shop, elementary librarians, the entire Business Department, Technology Lab, and Carpentry. There were also reductions in the following programs: Art, Music, Performing Arts, and Foreign Language. The loss of these enrichment programs degrades our educational offerings and leaves our society at a distinct disadvantage to other countries where the curriculum is more robust. Don’t we want more for our children and our country’s future?

Isn’t it time to redirect interest payments back into our schools? Isn’t it time to lower debt costs for local governments? Isn’t it time to cut the costs of infrastructure projects in half? Isn’t it time to invest local dollars into the local economy? Isn’t it time for interest payments for public projects to be returned back to be used for tax reduction instead of going into the pockets of the Wall Street bankers or to tax havens in Switzerland or the Cayman Islands?

So how can we make this happen? Taxpayers need to go to their town councils, their school boards, their county commissioners and ask them if public banking is being considered. If the answer is no, then ask why not? Ask these questions, do not accept “no” as an answer. If you are told that you do not understand these things, tell them to make you understand.

To those public officials who are truly interested in serving their communities better: be bold, be innovative, and empower your communities. We owe this to our fellow citizens, our children and our future. To learn more about the possibilities that that public banking offers, to learn how to get started, and where to find help in implementation, visit the following site:
http://publicbankinginstitute.org/advantages.htm

Rudy Avizius
http://www.endtheillusion.org

Rudy Avizius has been researching and writing articles on economic and social issues for over 10 years. He is concerned that our current path is not sustainable economically, socially and environmentally and that the time for real change is rapidly running out. He has also been a guest speaker on several radio talk shows in the US and internationally.

New World Order Blueprint Leaked

New World Order Blueprint Leaked

On June 12, a leaked copy of the investment chapter for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was made public. This copy was analyzed by Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch and has been verified as authentic.  This agreement has been negotiated IN SECRET for 2-1/2 years and no information has ever been released until this leak. So why have the details of this negotiation been so secret? This agreement has been framed as a “free trade” agreement and yet out of 26 chapters only two have anything to do with trade. The other 24 chapters grant new corporate privileges and rights, while limiting governments and protective regulations.

New World OrderIf implemented, this agreement will hard code corporate dominance over sovereign governments into international law that will supercede any federal, state, or local laws of any member country. This document alone should set alarm bells ringing, but if one steps back and looks at the larger picture, the future ramifications look even more ominous. After completing this reading, see what your conclusions are.

This video is a must see for anyone who wishes to more fully understand the implications of this secretly negotiated agreement. This article will also show how if this agreement is considered in the context of other recently passed legislation and developments, and the “dots are connected”, the results would be total corporate global governance with an accompanying police state. In this new system the role of elected  governments would be to serve as subservient agents for the transnational corporations, while the armies, police, and courts would serve the interests of these transnational corporations. The  status of the member states would be locked-in,  similar to countries once they are inside the Eurozone.

The TPP is being negotiated by some of the same characters that brought us NAFTA, CAFTA and other so called free trade agreements. Some of the provisions in this document include the establishment of a parallel system of justice to be administered by 3 attorneys with no conflict of interest limitations. This 3 attorney tribunal could order sovereign governments to use taxpayer money to pay these transnational corporations for any environmental or regulatory costs that these corporations expended to meet local standards. Many existing laws would need to be rewritten and no new regulatory laws could be passed.

Governments that tried to pass regulations such as limits on the financial industry using risky bets such as derivatives would have the burden of proof to defend such regulations in a court system controlled by the corporations. The taxpayers would pay should a corporation prevail in one of these “private courts”. In fact over $350 million of taxpayer money has already been paid out to corporations under the NAFTA style deals, because of zoning laws, toxic bans, timber rules and other regulations. This TPP agreement is like NAFTA on steroids. This corporate tribunal bears a resemblance to the private US Supreme Court approved  binding arbitration that corporations use to severely limit an individual’s or a group’s right to sue for damages. With binding arbitration we essentially have a “private corporate court system” outside of any government judicial system where the corporations choose the arbitrators and pay for their services. This creates an apparent conflict of interest because  the arbitrators know that if they do not rule favorably to the corporations in the majority of cases, they will not be hired back.

Corporate controlled courtsThe kangaroo courts setup by this TPP agreement will have binding corporate guarantees with both trade and cash sanctions. These cash sanctions would effectively transfer taxpayer money to transnational corporate coffers.  Can you imagine the excesses we will see in the financial industry as they challenge regulations within their own private court system forcing governments to pay or eliminate them? The result of these corporate tribunals will be to setup a race to the bottom, where if one country chooses not to regulate something, then the corporations would be able to sue the other nations inside of the TPP to have taxpayers cover their losses for any such regulations. These other countries would be vulnerable to corporate led lawsuits to be decided in the corporate tribunals.  

So how could such an extreme agreement that literally gives corporations everything they could possibly want have been negotiated with little or no resistance? The answer is that the ONLY way this agreement could ever pass is if everything is done in secret and the details never see the light of day. Lori Wallach, the director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch recently said:

“These agreements are a little bit like Dracula. You drag them in the sunshine, and they do not fare well. But all of us, and also across all of the countries involved, there are citizen movements that are basically saying that this is not in our name. We don’t need global enforceable corporate rights. We need more democracy. We need more accountability."

These talks have been so secret that Senator Ron Wyden, chairman of the Trade Committee in the Senate which has jurisdiction  over trade agreements has been denied any access to information on the negotiations for over 2-1/2 years. This is a man who is on the Intelligence Committee and has access to nuclear secrets, yet he cannot see this TPP agreement? On the Democratic side, Senator Wyden has introduced legislation to force the Obama administration to make the details of these secret negotiations available to the Senate Committee. 

On the Republican side, Representative Darryl Issa has also questioned the Obama administration’s extreme levels of secrecy on this agreement. This is not a liberal cause, this is not a conservative cause, this is a common cause. It is vital that the public be aware of this TPP agreement because BOTH of the 2012 presidential candidates are supporting this agreement.   Since TPP was negotiated under the watch of the Obama administration, and Mitt Romney has indicated that he wants to quickly complete negotiations of this bill, the results of the next election will be irrelevant to the future status of this bill.

With the corporate takeover of sovereign governments, we see the very essence of a global fascist system. When most people think of fascism, they think of Hitler brown shirts marching through the streets, however, that is not the real definition of fascism. Fascism was defined by President Franklin Roosevelt:

“The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it comes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism – ownership of government by an individual, by a group”

Money controls governmentPolls show that most Americans from both major political party believe that money exerts far too much influence on public officials, effectively making these elected officials the “hired servants” of the wealthy elites. Both the Tea Party and the Occupy Movement believe that there is too much influence of money on our legislators. Our representatives are essentially the puppets while the corporate elites are the puppeteers. What this  TPP agreement does is to take this puppet metaphor to the international level. Our elections have been reduced to the people choosing who will be the “hired servants” of the power elites from a list preapproved by these same elites.

This TPP agreement is nothing less than a power grab by the largest corporations on the planet to establish a legal framework for global corporate government making all sovereign governments subject to international law enforced by corporations. Passage of this bill would essentially be corporate coup against all member states.  

So while this TPP agreement should frighten anyone who is still breathing, the threat does not end as the corporations make their ultimate grab for power. Here are some of the other forces that are potentially focusing the power of the corporate state:

National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA)

With the passage of the NDAA, our legislators overrode constitutional protections so that Americans who are “suspected” of providing “material support” to a terrorist organization can be detained indefinitely on American soil, without access to legal counsel, and without any charges being filed. Think about this for a minute, you do not even have to be charged with a crime and you can be locked up indefinitely? What exactly does “material support” mean? Exactly what is a terrorist? Some states have actually declared that people who secretly video record animal mistreatment as “terrorists”, even if no property damage was done. If nonviolent protests can be declared as terrorist acts, it does not take a great leap of the imagination to see how NDAA might be applied. Imagine if the government used NDAA legislation against journalists or whistleblowers such as Julius Assange,  Russ Tice, or even Daniel Elsberg? How will we ever know what is happening in a corporate state if the corporations are successful in indefinitely detaining those who would shed light on their activities?

This NDAA is another example of dangerous legislation being passed in darkness. This bill was signed by Obama on December 31, 2011, during the Christmas break when the media attention would be minimal. In an effort to divide the opposition to the indefinite detention of Americans, Obama promised that his administration would never use the provisions. The questions most people should be asking is: ”what is to prevent any future president or even Obama himself from using indefinite detention, and if there is no need for concern over this, why was it necessary to make that signing statement?” Progressive and conservative groups such the ACLU, Gun Owners Foundation, Tea Party Movement, Institute of the Constitution, US Justice Foundation, Tenth Amendment Center, Occupy Wall St, and many other  groups are joining forces to fight this legislation. On social media, resistance in the form of a Facebook group called “Recall Every Congressman Who Voted for NDAA” has been formed.  Now, in the context of the TPP, think of how useful this NDAA law could be to a global corporate government in silencing its critics.

Citizens United Ruling

Americans have long had a sneaking suspicion that there was a “hidden hand” directing our government in Washington and the states, and they were right. The “hidden hand” was actually the corporations, unions, and other self-serving special interests that contribute literally $billions to our politicians in order to influence legislation that will favor them. This has happened even with limits that had been placed on these groups that prevented them from directly contributing to campaigns.  Thursday January 21 2010, will go down in history as a dark day. This is the day that a divided Supreme Court, in the Citizens United v. FEC ruling, removed all limits on corporate political campaign spending. If you thought our politicians were corrupt and beholden to corporations before, things are about to get a LOT WORSE now that all limits have been removed. Justices Roberts, Alito, Scalia, Thomas and Kennedy swept aside decades of legislative restrictions on the money from corporations in political campaigns and ruled that companies can use corporate funds to support or oppose candidates. This ruling will certainly take its place in history alongside other shameful rulings such as Dred Scott v. Sandford, and Plessy v. Ferguson. These 5 justices opened the floodgates of unlimited funds to influence elections. The strangle hold the banks have over the nation’s wealth will now be amplified by this Supreme Court ruling now that all limits on campaign financing by corporations have been removed.

This black day will go rightly go down in history where the Supreme Court officially validated the takeover of the government by the corporations. The 2012 primary election cycle has already seen where approximately 4 dozen people have contributed massively to the super PACS and decided the outcome of the elections. This type of money influence will cut both ways regardless of which political party you support. One donor has stated that he is willing to spend $100 million in this election cycle. This one single donor “donated” the same amount as 2 million families sending a check for $50. This type of funding by large donors undermines the very foundation of our government and creates an environment conducive to corruption. Now in the context of the TPP, think of the impact that huge global corporations will have on governments with their ability to spend unlimited money anonymously.

Corporate domination of media

Media ownership has now become so concentrated that six corporations effectively control US media today. These companies are Time Warner, Walt Disney, Viacom, Murdoch’s News Corp, CBS Corporation, and NBC Universal.  With this type of concentration, it becomes very difficult to find diversified news in order to form independent opinions. One aspect of this concentration is the increasing number of negative political ads, many of which have no accountability as to their factual accuracy. This will end badly if we do not stop the media from undermining the foundations of our election system. This concentration of media ownership allows billionaires and corporations to ensure that the politicians who will work to pass self serving legislation favoring these wealthy elites are elected to office.

One place where the corporate media has not met with great success in controlling is the independent media on the Internet. Attempts have been made to control access to it, to create “toll system” ,  as well as extreme copyright rules. We have seen a veritable alphabet soup of acts designed to enhance corporate profits and limit the flow of information. Some examples include PIPA, SOPA,  CISPA, and it seems as soon as they are knocked down due to public resistance, another threat arises. For now, the Internet has remained free and a diverse source of information, but vigilance must be maintained.  Now, think of the effect that the loss of an open Internet and  the increasingly concentrated media ownership will have on the electorate when combined with the unlimited funding that the Citizens United ruling allows, as well as the power that the transnational corporations could gain under TPP.

Increasing Use of Drones for Domestic Surveillance

The use of drones for domestic surveillance is becoming more and more common. The FAA has approved  drones for use over the United States and projects that 30,000 drones will be over our skies by 2020. The EPA is actually using drones to monitor cattle ranchers in Iowa, police and universities are using them, and cities are using drones to keep an “eye on things”.  New much smaller drones the size of birds and insects are now in development.  These smaller drones will be cheaper to produce and deploy which will likely raise the 30,000 estimate significantly and will be much harder to detect. Under a government subservient to the corporations, these drones would effectively be controlled and “regulated” by the corporations. Can you imagine the misuse of this technology to violate any privacy we may have left and to conduct clandestine surveillance?

Militarization of  Police Forces

Militarization of policeThe militarization of our police forces is proceeding rapidly. After 9-11, the Department of Homeland Security gave generous grants to police forces across the nation. Some of the purchases  included riot gear, armored personnel carriers, and even acoustic weapons for small towns. A nexus has formed between vendors of military equipment and the nation’s police forces. There are certainly consequences to this militarization of police forces. Once a police officer is deployed into a situation with full riot gear and military training, the chances of violence increases significantly even when the protests remain peaceful. There is significant evidence of this during the Occupy demonstrations. 

The roles of police and military are totally different. The police are trained to protect lives, the military is trained to take lives. Consider how these same military trained riot police would be used when they are under the effective control of the transnational corporations and how they would be utilized to silence their critics.  

Privatization of Prisons

The privatization of prisons is expanding rapidly. In most societies prisons are run by the state where the incentive is to have fewer prisoners with a lower recidivism rate. In a private system the perverse incentive is to maximize the number of prisoners, and raise the recidivism rate  in order to maximize profits. This results in higher numbers of prisoners, broken families, poor healthcare for inmates, and few resources spent to prepare inmates to reenter society. This has contributed to the shame of the US having largest prison population on the planet whether measured in absolute numbers or on a per capita basis, with most prisoners serving time for non-violent crimes. The private for profit prison industry is growing and has actually influenced immigration legislation in Arizona in order to gain more inmates and raise profits. Think of the impact that private prisons, private policing, private contractors providing soldiers for hire, all with loyalty to $$$ instead of their country. We will quickly devolve into a fascist controlled state. This aspect of corporate control should be one of the most frightening to everyone who holds freedom and democracy dear.

Lack of Prosecution For Financial Fraud

If a criminal gets away with committing a crime, there is a strong likelihood that they will commit it again. The lack of prosecution for the major financial fraud that brought about the 2008 economic collapse almost guarantees that it will happen again. Justice Department officials have stated that these are difficult and complex cases. However, during the Savings & Loan crisis, there were thousands of successful felony convictions, despite the fact that it was 1/70 the size of the 2008 crisis. In fact when the 50 Attorneys General were close to starting their own prosecutions due to the lack of any federal action, the Obama administration stepped in and negotiated its own agreement.

To paraphrase David Petrovich, the Executive Director for Society For Preservation of Continued Homeownership:

“This agreement granted immunity to the big banks for the criminal robosigning  where they forged documents and fraudulently tried to present them in courts across the country. This was essentially another bailout of the banks only this time the bailout was not in the form of money, but rather where changes were made in the law to retroactively transform banks’ illegal behavior into legal behavior. (Watch how this concept of “retroactive” immunity comes up again.) Think about what would happen if you or I forged notarized signatures and tried to pass them off in court. We certainly would serve prison time. Yet, these huge banks were let off the hook even after forging tens of thousands of these signatures and illegally foreclosing on peoples’ homes.”<

criminal immunityWe also recently had the spectacle of the Senate Banking Committee “questioning” one of its largest donors. While wearing presidential seal cuff links, presumably to show his powerful connections, JP Morgan chair Jamie Dimon, easily handled all the softball questions asked of him.  Dimon lost over $3 billion (and growing) on risky derivative bets and yet these same senators actually had the audacity to ask him for input and advice on regulating his bank. Think about the implications of total immunity from prosecution for financial crimes in an environment where the TPP has been approved and global corporations are the effective government.

Lack of Protection for Whistleblowers

The increasing prosecution and harassment of whistleblowers has a chilling effect on government transparency . The government often prosecutes the whistleblower rather than the crime that the whistleblower reveals. The Obama campaign in 2008 promised to protect whistle blowers, but instead he has been waging a relentless war against them. Bradley Manning was declared guilty by Obama BEFORE he was even charged with any crime, yet the shooting of the journalists by the US helicopter crew and their callous statements during the shooting was ignored.  When William Binney blew the whistle on the NSA’s huge surveillance program, the FBI raided his home in an effort to quiet and intimidate him. Corporations as well as government also often retaliate against whistle blowers.  In a corporate state, how would the citizens know about the activities of the corporations if there is no protection for whistleblowers?

Corporate Spying On Americans


The information William Binney made public dramatized the huge scale of the (at that time ) illegal surveillance that was being done on Americans. It also included the fact that AT&T as well as other communication companies were deeply involved in this illegal spying on US citizens. Later, as lawsuits against the corporations started to look like they would be successful, the Obama administration claimed state secrets to kill the lawsuits.  Since the telecommunications industry is another VERY large “contributor” to political loyalists, Congress showed its gratitude  by passing legislation to grant the telecommunication companies retroactive immunity. (This concept retroactive immunity comes up again.)  The questions that should come to mind are: “if no crime was committed, why were the corporations granted retroactive immunity, or if crimes were committed, why were these corporations granted retroactive immunity?” Think of the implications of this in a corporate state, with the increasing use of smaller and smaller drones in an environment that allows corporations to legally spy on you. Then also consider this concept of governments granting retroactive immunity for criminal actions in order to please their major corporate donors. How will the transnational corporations  use these “tools” to maximize their profits or to silence opposition?

Summary

What we see is a confluence of forces that has the potential to solidify a shift towards corporate fascism and encase it in international law. Governments will merely be the tools of the corporations to provide a degree of separation from the inevitable police state that will accompany this corporate global governance. Sovereign governments even with all their failings still have at least some concern for the general welfare of their citizens. Corporations by their very nature have only one purpose and that is to generate profits. If an individual whose sole purpose was to blindly enhance profits, without any regard to the standards of what is wrong and what is right in society, would likely be considered a sociopath by mental health experts.

If the TPP were to be enshrined into international law, these same sociopath corporations would now lord over sovereign governments, indifferent to criminal law, and beyond the control of nation-states. They would have the ability to utilize the militaries of some states to wage war on other “less complaint” states.

Doug Casey of Casey Research recently wrote:
“It’s most unfortunate, but the US and its allies will turn into authoritarian police states. Even more than they are today. Much more, actually. They’ll all be perfectly fascist – private ownership of both consumer goods and the means of production topped by state control of both. Fascism operates free of underlying principles or philosophy; it’s totally the whim of the people in control, and they’ll prove ever more ruthless. “

There are those who would say that it is unpatriotic to be against corporations, however should corporations be in the business of governing?  An open public debate on the future role of corporations is needed.

It is vital that the details of this TPP agreement become widely known and circulated. Once it sees the light of day, it will be defeated because people will oppose it. Sorry, corporations really are NOT people, they are merely state created entities.

What Can You Do?
Get money out of politics

Until we get money out of politics, corporate control of our government will continue and  because of the Citizens United ruling, will most likely increase. Attempts at a corporate coups such as this TPP agreement will continue and will keep resurfacing in various re-invented forms until one day one will be successful. We have already seen this pattern with the repeated attempts to impose limits the Internet.
There are organizations that are working towards eliminating the corrupting influence of money. Find out more about them and support their efforts.  Some of them include:

Public Citizen
http://www.citizen.org

Common Cause
http://www.commoncause.org

United Republic
http://unitedrepublic.org

End the secret TPP negotiations

Until we bring this process into public view, there is the danger that it will be passed quickly and secretly with little or no congressional or public input. Once the details of these agreements are made public, the TPP will defeated, or at the very least modified.
There are organizations that are fighting this TPP agreement and they deserve your efforts and support. Some of them include:
http://www.citizen.org/tpp
http://www.citizenstrade.org/ctc/
http://www.straight.com/article-688656/vancouver/prointernet-community-must-fight-tpp-weekly-update-openmediaca
We have reached a crossroad where either we allow the corporations  to take control of our nations, or we stop them in their attempts. Take an evening off from the TV and make the effort to make a difference so that you leave your children a better future. Don’t expect others to do this vital task.

Rudy Avizius
http://www.endtheillusion.org

 

Another article on the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement.

Protecting the interests of the money changers, then and now!

January 3, 2012 1 comment

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“When will they ever learn?”
Peter, Paul and Mary

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Protecting the money changers

Occupy Evictions: Did the Money Masters Win?

December 14, 2011 2 comments

Has anyone asked themselves this question: where would our country’s economy be right now, if they had enforced banking regulations as vigorously as they enforce park rules?

It is ironic that so many in this country have fallen for the corporate media propaganda that seeks to divide the masses and have us fight each other. They wish to accomplish this so that we do not focus on those who pillaged the economy and Treasury and left the devastation of millions without jobs, millions of families foreclosed upon and left in the streets to fend for themselves, the 50 million without health insurance, and the record nearly 46 million now on food stamps . This is a standard divide and conquer tactic so that we are focused on each other, rather than on the perpetrators. The corporate media drivel tells us that these victims are lazy, and need to work harder to find jobs. The corporate media where the rich pay other rich people to tell the middle class to blame poor people.

Does anyone else find it odd how so many millions became so lazy and shiftless after the financial overlords trashed our economy in 2008?

The millionaire talking heads on the media propaganda networks will have the masses blame it on the victims, rather than the perpetrators.

Riot police surround seated demonstratorsAll this is happening while those who committed the fraud continue to pay themselves huge salaries, stock options, and bonuses. Thanks to the Citizens United ruling, these financial overlords now contribute unlimited money ANONYMOUSLY to their paid servants of both political parties in Washington DC. This allows these money masters to get legislation passed favorable to them and to shield themselves from prosecution for their fraud. The hired politicians are not our leaders, they are the puppets of their financial masters.
Where is the outrage of the masses, that there have been no prosecutions of those who stole from the taxpayers? Where is the outrage for all of the fraudulent paperwork being used in foreclosures taking place across the nation? Where is the outrage when our president pressures the NY State Attorney General to drop his opposition to a “settlement” that leaves the amount of the fraud unknown and is favorable to those who committed it? Where is the outrage to the total failure of the regulators to do their jobs?

(Oh yeah, they did convict Bernie Madoff. However, his mistake was that he stole from the rich, not the taxpayers, and THAT is why he is in jail. )

raising weapons against protestorsInstead, we have the financial overlords turn their enforcers, the police, on the Occupy Movement, who accuse the money masters of this fraud. The media which these financial overlords also control, chimes in and tries to ridicule the protestors: they are dirty, they have no message, they are lazy, etc, etc. Sadly, so many among the masses cannot see this propaganda for what it is and they parrot what they hear. The puppet mayors have conference calls to coordinate police action against these accusers since they are threatening the very core of the financial elites’ power structure in the country, and of course the funding that keeps the politicians in power.

These are just some of the spectacles we have witnessed recently:
• Police in full riot gear surrounding peaceful protestors sitting in parks

• Police pointing weapons at peaceful protestors while enforcing park rules

• Oakland streets turned into a war zone in order to enforce park ordinances

• Colleges calling in police with full riot gear, rubber bullets, and batons beating students protesting rising tuition costs

• Seated students at UC Davis who presented no imminent threat to anyone being assaulted with MILITARY GRADE pepper spray by a calm police officer under no apparent duress. The video of this atrocity went viral on the Internet with millions of viewers within days.

• A complete press blackout during the eviction of the protestors in Zuccotti Park where the reporters were roughed up and not allowed within 3 blocks of the park, and the CBS helicopter filming the scene was chased out by NYPD helicopters. Residents in the area were ordered to stay indoors so that no one could record police activities.

• A police lieutenant in the New York Police Department (NYPD) pepper spraying protesters trapped in a net, calmly walking away, and then this criminal had to suffer the unbearable consequence of losing 10 vacation days for a criminal physical assault that would have landed anyone else a prison term. He was left in a position of authority and commands many officers below him. So much for the police investigating themselves.

If the crime and damage to the nation because of park rule violations, or curfew violations deserves such a violent reaction, what would be a proportionate response to those who trashed our economy and left so many jobless, without healthcare, and without their homes? We need riot police in corporate offices arresting these perpetrators. Instead, those who committed these crimes shield themselves from prosecution because of their “contributions” to those in political and judicial offices and so nothing happens to them. The masses in the country continue to follow the media pied piper and turn their anger on the accusers, rather than the perpetrators.

harmless rubber bulletsThere are those who still think that we live in a free country. If you are one of them, try going to Wall Street with a sign and see just how free you are to express your opinion.

Those who do not think, simply parrot what the propaganda they hear on the corporate media. You hear them say that the movement has no message. No message? The very name Occupy Wall Street tells the message. Then the parrots say that they should be protesting in Washington DC, not Wall Street. Well, since the politicians are the puppets of the money powers, if you want change you do not confront the puppets, you confront the puppeteers. The movement is EXACTLY where it needs to be.

The irony is that Occupy Wall Street was never allowed to even get near Wall Street. Any marches in that direction were met with a forceful and often violent response by the police. The enforcers of the power structure defended the “Temple of Greed” on Wall Street with extraordinary vigor. The protestors had to settle for a park blocks from their intended target.

One of the Citadels of Greed, JP Morgan Chase was so grateful for the loyalty that the enforcers exhibited in protecting their interests. They donated $6.5 million in computer laptops to the NYPD. These will presumably be used with facial recognition software to determine the identities of the all the protestors so they can then share this data with Homeland Security. An empire in decline often turns on its own citizens as the end game approaches.

police attack studentsNot all cities jumped on the violent confrontation bandwagon. Albany, NY police refused to arrest protestors despite pressure from the puppet governor and mayor. Washington DC and Philadelphia PA are other cities took the constitutional right to Freedom of Speech and Assembly not as obstacles, but as the bedrock of our nation’s soul. These cities did not have the violent clashes as did so many others. They did not need to field thousands of police in full riot gear and thus saved their cities $millions in overtime pay that the confrontational cities imposed on their taxpayers. The more violent and confrontational cities will inevitably also have to face numerous criminal and civil lawsuits that will also potentially cost $millions. All this to protect the bankers?

These cities need to take a look at the professional manner in which the Washington DC police and city officials handled their protests. These cities then need to send their police chiefs for some workshops in Washington DC on effective methods of policing. It is obvious that they certainly need the training!

These confrontational cities on behalf of the money powers, have acted as though these protestors were some sort of “contagion” that needed to be disinfected. The irony was that every time they were excessive in their responses, the movement only grew in strength. It was after the mass arrests on the Brooklyn Bridge that the movement started spreading to over a thousand cities across the globe. The money powers are growing more and more nervous as the conversation in the nation shifted from shredding the social safety net to the excessive wealth disparities that are visible to all, but those who choose not to see. So the money powers redoubled their efforts and coordinated the evictions with their paid servants, the politicians, to try to stop this “contagion”.

Leave your big bankWith the full backing of the police, the treasury, all branches of government, and even the military if needed, the money powers now have successfully “evicted” the peaceful protestors from many of the parks and they think they have “won”.

Arrogant fools, you cannot evict an idea. The Occupy Movement is now moving to Occupy homes going into foreclosure. This will make it much more difficult for the banks to evict homeowners from their homes by making every eviction another possible confrontation. Some will block access to ports. These new tactics will threaten the unprecedented levels of wealth accumulation by the financial overlord parasites who place themselves in close proximity to working peoples’ money and find more and more ways to skim more for themselves. This will also serve to unite the millions of people in danger of foreclosure with the Occupy Movement. This will unite people in the neighborhoods affected by foreclosure and homelessness with the Occupy Movement. This was a WIN-WIN-WIN for the movement. So here we have ANOTHER example of where the movement was met with a forceful response, and instead it grew in strength. Many other protestors will go to their hometowns and organize even more people to the movement increasing its strength even more. The “contagion” spreads. Brilliant strategy Mayor Bloomberg!

Many of the protestors moved back to their college campuses. At UC Davis, there were approximately 150 students protesting tuition hikes when the police pepper sprayed some seated protestors. The video was viewed by millions across the world. The outrage caused a 3 block line of students to silently shame the Chancellor as she walked out of a Regents Meeting the evening of the incident. The next day thousands of students showed up at an assembly to call for her resignation. Another example of how a violent reaction to a small demonstration grew the movement from a small number to thousands. The “contagion” spreads even more.

Oakland's port shut down

Mayor Bloomberg, Mayor Quan, Mayor Hancock, to name just a few, do you really think that now that these demonstrators are no longer in your parks, they will just go home and stay silent? Do you really think that your batons, rubber bullets, riot police, and pepper spray will make the anger of the injustices go away?

No, they will take the skills they learned and contacts they made at these parks and they will be very busy. They will be organizing at their colleges and universities, they will be organizing in their home towns, they will be spreading the word, they will be occupying homes in foreclosure, and the “contagion” will spread beyond your money masters’ wildest fears. These financial elites will long for the days where the only thing they had to deal with was park gatherings and signs.

Unfortunately, none of the structural problems that the Occupy Movement have been shining a light on have been addressed by the puppet politicians. This GUARANTEES that the economic, social and political systems will continue to deteriorate. This fact alone will add more frustrated people, many of which will join the movement. And the “contagion” spreads even more.

None of the perpetrators of the financial fraud have been prosecuted. It doesn’t take a Phd in economics to know that this means the financial crimes will not stop. The parasitic money masters are continuing the same behaviors that got us into this mess to begin with. The level of derivatives is now even greater than it was in 2008. This guarantees that we will face another devastating econmic collapse, probably significantly greater than in 2008. This will result in even more unemployment, foreclosures, lost health benefits, gigantic bank bailouts, government guarantees, and social safety net cuts with the resulting social unrest inherent under such conditions. What’s in YOUR wallet? The “contagion” will now spread across the wider society.

Using an insect lifecycle as a metaphor, the movement will go into the pupa stage where it will appear that it has become dormant. Imagine the tens-of-thousands of people occupying parks, plazas, colleges, homes in foreclosure, and other places around the country. They will spend the winter organizing.

Then in Spring, movement will metamorphose and emerge more powerful than ever. More and more frustrated people who sitting on the fence will start to support the changes called for. Now the money powers will be getting even more nervous. Their divide and conquer tactics, as well as the use of redirection will not work like it used to.

police brutality
Watch for more violence by the enforcers as the money masters and their hired politicians vainly try to cling to their positions of privilege and power. Watch how shrill the media attacks will become. Maybe they will start a war to distract the public from their crimes. Maybe they will infiltrate more provocateurs into the movement as they have already tried. Learn to recognize these tactics and do not allow yourself to fall for them.

It is time to let the “too big to fail” banks know that they do not have the final say. They can buy our politicians, they can generate fraudulent mortgage documents, they can buy protection against prosecution, but they have no defense against the combined economic might of the people!

So, what can YOU do? VOTE WITH YOUR POCKET BOOK!

The big banks have been draining our economy, placing their profits in off shore accounts, not paying their fair share in taxes, financing the shipping of our jobs overseas, getting government bailouts, and paying their executives HUGE bonuses. They take the money they make in your community and ship it out impoverishing your community. Move your money to a local bank or credit union. With the banks using fractional reserve lending, it means that they are leveraged 10 to 1. This means that if only 10% of all deposits from a “too big to fail” bank are withdrawn, they will be insolvent. We, the People can bring these giants down! A local bank or credit union will invest in your communities, pay taxes in your communities and make it a better to place to live. Move your money to a local bank or credit union!

Time to send these Wall Street criminals a message!

Stop paying a 3% bank tax on all credit card transactions.

Stop shopping at the big chain stores. They take their profits and ship them out of your communities impoverishing them. Many of them “hide” their profits by moving them to off-shore tax havens. Patronize your local merchants. They are paying their taxes, they are keeping the money in your community, they are part of your community.

Since money in politics is at the root of the government corruption, we need to repeal the Citizens United ruling that allows the money powers to drown out the voices of the people with unlimited money donated ANONYMOUSLY to our corrupt politicians of both parties. Some organizations that are working towards this end include:

http://www.followthemoney.org
http://www.opensecrets.org
http://www.campaignmoney.com
http://www.citizen.org
http://www.commoncause.org

Take the time to educate yourself on these issues. It is time to take our country back from the criminals who have hijacked our democratic republic and raided the national treasury for their own self-serving ends, thrown millions of families into the streets using fraudulent documents. It is time to return this nation to its people! These criminals need to “occupy” prison cells.

http://www.endtheillusion.org

Is the US becoming a Police State?

October 27, 2011 1 comment

Is this sort of intimidation and police force really necessary against peaceful protestors? The Phoenix Arizona police clearly outnumber the protestors and they have the badges and the guns. Who are they “protecting”?
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This footage shows police lobbing a flash grenade into a group a people who were trying to help a critically injured person. This injured person was an Iraq War veteran who served 2 tours of duty as a marine and survived. Now he is gunned down by a rubber bullet to the face by those sworn "to protect and serve". He was diagnosed with a skull fracture by the hospital. Who was this cop “protecting”? Do you think he will face any charges?

Looks like our streets are more dangerous than an Iraq war zone. The Oakland Police Dept actually used tear gas, rubber bullets, and a SONIC CANNON on the protestors. Their offense was a “curfew violation”. Sounds like a reasonable response to such a serious crime to me.
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The video above shows Office Anthony Bologna pepperspraying several young women without provocation. Later in the day he indiscriminately peppersprayed again and that was also caught on video and went viral. Who was (yes, I had to laught as well) Tony Baloney “protecting”?

This coward who hides behind his badge and gun, had the audacity to pepperspray someone's daughter. After an "investigation", he was docked 10 vacation days. He remains in a position of leadership in the NYPD. What do you think would happen if you or I peppersprayed one of his daughters?

This criminal needs to be brought to trial for aggravated assault. Do you think that will happen?

For a well written article by a Canadian observer on this subject:
http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article31176.html

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