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Climate Rally – Washington D.C. – Feb 17, 2013

February 22, 2013 Leave a comment

On a chilly February day, 35,000 people gathered in Washington DC for a climate rally. This video shows some of the highlights and a surprise ending to the march that had tremendous symbolism.

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A Thief Lurks in the Shadows: Stealth of the Trans Pacific Partnership

September 5, 2012 Leave a comment

A Thief Lurks in the Shadows: Stealth of the Trans Pacific Partnership

Experienced thieves do not want attention focused on their acts, so they employ diversions to misdirect attention. We are currently in the midst of such a diversion while a colossal theft of national resources, dwarfing anything we could imagine, takes place while no one is watching.

The diversion is the spectacle of the conventions of the two major political parties in the US. The corporate controlled media presents these conventions as evidence of our democracy when in reality they are nothing more than circuses fully staffed with carnival barkers, clowns, and feats of political strength, all designed to impress feeble minds with the pomp and pageantry. These ostentatious events where the party’s preselected nominee is anointed by adoring crowds will cost the taxpayers over $136 million for the convention and security costs.

Most people watching this mindless drivel on television think that the politicians are the stars of this show. However, it is really the corporations, lobbyists, and self serving special interest groups that are the VIPs here. These are the money men that will pay for the extravagant parties and contribute to campaigns because they want something back. They appreciate this diversion from the real theft that will be taking place while the masses focus on the convention circus  extravaganza.

The real theft that is taking place is in the form of secret negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement. If you have not heard of this so called trade agreement before, that is by design. 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.  The only way this agreement could ever be passed is if the details never see the light of day, or if people continue their sleep as our national sovereignty is dismantled. Over 600 corporate lobbyists have had input to and access to the details in these secret negotiations, and yet access has withheld from Congress or the public.

If implemented, this agreement will hard code corporate dominance over sovereign governments into international law that will supersede any federal, state, or local laws of any member country. Some of the provisions in this document include the establishment of tribunals outside of any country’s legal system 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. This agreement is more dangerous and has even greater implications than the Citizens United ruling.

The 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 this creates a precedent, allowing corporations to sue the other nations inside of the TPP that do control or regulate and have their 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.  This is nothing less than a global corporate coup against all sovereign states.

These are just some of the corporate wish list items in this agreement, enforced by the corporate tribunals:

*offshoring of millions of American jobs through special investor protections
*loosening of financial regulations instituted after the 2008 crash
*significant lengthening of patent protection for big Pharma, resulting in higher drug prices
*corporate attacks on environmental, worker safety, health standards
*limits on food labeling
*new versions of SOPA, ACTA and CISPA Internet control legislation

In summary, this crime is taking place while the political conventions diversion keeps people from paying attention. 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 the corporations and the masses when the inevitable police response will be needed to enforce this agreement.

What Can You Do?
We need to end the secret TPP negotiations. Demonstrating at the conventions, rather than at these negotiations is a misdirection of resources.  Attention paid to the convention circuses, with their elephants and jackasses marching in circles to the commands of their corporate ringmasters, diverts attention away from the real crime.

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 Leesburg, 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.

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
http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article35265.html

Rudy Avizius
http://www.endtheillusion.org

Citizens Close Tax Evader Bank

April 27, 2011 3 comments

tax evaderThis video by EndTheIllusion shows how about 50 determined citizens successfully shut down a Bank Of America branch in Philadelphia on April 18, 2011, TAX DAY for most American citizens.

Bank of America is one of many very large corporations that make $billions in profits, and then use tax loopholes and off shore tax havens to avoid paying taxes on their profits. In fact according to the Government Accountability Office, 2 out 3 corporations pay no taxes. Then the politicians who are bought by these same corporations and the uber wealthy get themselves even more tax loopholes and tax cuts. All this while our government debates throwing veterans into homelessness, cutting heating aid for the elderly, and benefits for mothers with children.

So this group of determined citizens decided to do something about this moral crisis on our society.

Click here to view this video directly on YouTube.

Symptoms of a Police State?

March 21, 2011 7 comments

Our nation’s founding fathers understood well how governments can become coercive and self serving, so they were very careful to include a Bill of Rights into our constitution to prevent this. The most fundamental of these rights is the belief that holds that a person is innocent until proven guilty. The Sixth Amendment was written to give the accused the right to a “speedy trial” and the Eighth Amendment was written to prohibit excessive bail, excessive fines, and cruel and unusual punishment.

In the United States, our government is holding a prisoner, Bradley Manning in detention for over 9 months, in solitary confinement in a 6 by 12 foot prison cell, where he is being stripped naked, forbidden to exercise, despite the fact that he has never been convicted much less even charged with a crime.

Driving by the rallyPut aside any assumptions of guilt or innocence, or whether you believe Manning is a traitor or a hero. An American citizen has the right to a speedy trial and to not be held in a punitive detention for so long a period of time without being charged with anything. Even a member of Congress has been unable to obtain “permission” to meet with the prisoner.

This violation of our constitution is what brought hundreds to the Quantico Marine Base in protest. Hundreds of protestors were filing in to voice their displeasure that the laws in our nation’s Bill of Rights were so blatantly being disregarded.

However, the focus of this video is not about the protest itself, but rather the government’s overwhelming response to the protest and the unfolding of a darker subtext evolving in our society.

We drove past the rally as we arriving and saw people holding signs and chanting. Once our vehicle was parked in the approved parking location, we started walking towards the rally site. I was amazed at the extent of the forces that the government had brought to this event. We passed literally dozens of police cars in the parking lot, large police command stations, trailers, horse trailers, as well as prisoner busses. As we walked towards the protest site, we viewed dozens of riot police hidden in the woods. These were the first disquieting signs of the enormous level of the police presence for this event. Further down the road there were police mounted on horses, police with dogs, and dozens of other police manning a barrier designed to funnel the protestors into a small area.

After a few speeches, the protesters formed a line to march and place flowers at the memorial statue that commemorates the Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima during World War 2. It was at this time that it became very apparent that the police were going to control every aspect of the event and to choreograph this event to their will. Daniel Ellsberg and other military veterans were not allowed to go to the memorial and were told they had to throw the flowers through a gate at the statue.

Are these automatic rifles really necessary?You could hear the police saying what the people with the flowers should do, where the crowd should move, and where the media should go. The demonstrators were actually trapped inside these barriers and were completely penned in and were unable to either enter or leave the protest area. Only those with press credentials had some freedom of movement. It was as if a director was controlling a script. There is a marked difference in laying flowers respectfully at the foot of the monument and throwing them through a gate. This subtle difference was obviously lost on the police who were choreographing the event so thoroughly.

Suddenly, in the distance you could see a large number of riot police assembling and forming a line with intersecting shields. This phalanx looked like the Imperial Storm Troops from the Star Wars movie series. The riot police gathered their forces, started advancing, and pushing towards the crowd. Questions arose in the crowd as to what precipitated this aggressive stance. Chants and protest signs are hardly a cause for such a strong reaction. It was obvious that the intent was a preemptive move to intimidate.

This protest began as a respectful and reserved event, but this trapping of the crowd, the choreographed directions, and the riot police pushing into the crowd infuriated the protestors. You could feel the energy level of the protest rise to a whole new level in response to these police strategies.

So why are they trapping the demonstrators?

What is it the police were trying to protect?

Why are they pushing into the crowd?

Do we really need such overwhelming force with helicopters circling overhead?

Then I spotted troops with automatic rifles. You could clearly see that they had large capacity magazines that were doubled up to increase the number of rounds they carried. Why do they need automatic rifles for a group of peaceful protestors? Do they really need AR-15’s for AARP members?

Again, this was certainly done to intimidate the crowd. No one in the crowd we spoke with expressed any fear of this show of overwhelming force. However, the irony is that this did show the fear that our government has of its own people and that fear was clearly being displayed here.

Riot SquadThe police closed the road off completely, despite the fact that traffic had been flowing in the earlier part of this event without any problems. There was no need for the police to block the traffic except for perhaps the short period of time (minutes) when the flowers were being placed by the small group that was “approved” by the police.
Questions circulated among the protestors as to why the road had been blocked. Why were motorists being forced to wait in long lines only to be turned around?

Was this an attempt to prevent people from seeing this demonstration?
Nothing to see here, turn your car around and just go back where you came from.

Was this an attempt to aggravate the local people?
Perhaps. Or perhaps they did not like the fact that much of the earlier traffic expressed support for the event by honking their horns, revving their engines, or giving thumbs up as they drove past.

I left the rally with an uncomfortable feeling about the overwhelming force that had been brought to bear at this event. This was overkill designed to subvert the voices of the people.

I left the event with a new found respect for the people of Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia when they stood up to this same type of overwhelming force protesting the wrongs of their governments.

Overkill by policeAs we were leaving, we saw two of the many people that were arrested for civil disobedience. How brave these young people were.

On the ride home, we tried to distill the events of the day. How the government tried to unnecessarily instill fear, when there was no need to. How many of us can relate to such situations in life and work where authority oversteps and exerts its control and leaves us feeling powerless while you know your convictions are right?

We thought about how we would feel as parents if it was our child whose rights were being trampled.

We thought about how we feel as citizens as the rights our founding fathers fought so hard to give us are being dismantled.

We thought about how we feel as human beings and how torture and degrading detention by any government insults our sensitivities.

In this time of economic stress and great change on our nation, isn’t it time to become involved and influence the direction of those changes.

This video by EndTheIllusion highlights the event.

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