Prisons: America’s slave empire


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Three prisoners—Melvin Ray, James Pleasant and Robert Earl Council—who led work stoppages in Alabama prisons in January 2014 as part of the Free Alabama Movement have spent the last 18 months in solitary confinement. Authorities, unnerved by the protests that engulfed three prisons in the state, as well as by videos and pictures of abusive conditions smuggled out by the movement, say the men will remain in solitary confinement indefinitely.

The prison strike leaders are denied televisions and reading material. They spend at least three days a week, sometimes longer, without leaving their tiny isolation cells. They eat their meals seated on their steel toilets. They are allowed to shower only once every two days despite temperatures that routinely rise above 90 degrees.

The men have become symbols of a growing resistance movement inside American prisons. The prisoners’ work stoppages and refusal to co-operate with authorities in Alabama are modeled on actions that shook the Georgia prison system in December 2010. The strike leaders argue that this is the only mechanism left to the 2.3 million prisoners across America. By refusing to work—a tactic that would force prison authorities to hire compensated labor or to induce the prisoners to return to their jobs by paying a fair wage—the neoslavery that defines the prison system can be broken. Prisoners are currently organizing in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

“We have to shut down the prisons,” Council, known as Kinetik, one of the founders of the Free Alabama Movement, told me by phone from the Holman Correctional Facility in Escambia County, Ala. He has been in prison for 21 years, serving a sentence of life without parole. “We will not work for free anymore. All the work in prisons, from cleaning to cutting grass to working in the kitchen, is done by inmate labor. [Almost no prisoner] in Alabama is paid. Without us the prisons, which are slave empires, cannot function. Prisons, at the same time, charge us a variety of fees, such as for our identification cards or wrist bracelets, and [impose] numerous fines, especially for possession of contraband. They charge us high phone and commissary prices. Prisons each year are taking larger and larger sums of money from the inmates and their families. The state gets from us millions of dollars in free labor and then imposes fees and fines. You have brothers that work in kitchens 12 to 15 hours a day and have done this for years and have never been paid.”

“We do not believe in the political process,” said Ray, who spoke from the St. Clair Correctional Facility in Springville, Ala., and who is serving life without parole. “We are not looking to politicians to submit reform bills. We aren’t giving more money to lawyers. We don’t believe in the courts. We will rely only on protests inside and outside of prisons and on targeting the corporations that exploit prison labor and finance the school-to-prison pipeline. We have focused our first boycott on McDonald’s. McDonald’s uses prisoners to process beef for patties and package bread, milk, chicken products. We have called for a national Stop Campaign against McDonald’s. We have identified this corporation to expose all the others. There are too many corporations exploiting prison labor to try and take them all on at once.”

“We are not going to call for protests outside of statehouses,” Ray went on. “Legislators are owned by corporations. To go up there with the achy breaky heart is not going to do any good. These politicians are in it for the money. If you are fighting mass incarceration, the people who are incarcerated are not in the statehouse. They are not in the parks. They are in the prisons. If you are going to fight for the people in prison, join them at the prison. The kryptonite to fight the prison system, which is a $500 billion enterprise, is the work strike. And we need people to come to the prisons to let guys on the inside know they have outside support to shut the prison down. Once we take our labor back, prisons will again become places for correction and rehabilitation rather than centers of corporate profit.”

The three prisoners said that until the prison-industrial complex was dismantled there would be no prison reform. They said books such as Stokely Carmichael’s “Ready for Revolution” and Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow,” along with the failure of prison reform movements, convinced them that the only hope to battle back against a prison system that contains 25 percent of the world’s prisoners was to organize resistance. And they find no solace in a black president.

“To say that we have a black president does not say anything,” Ray said. “The politicians are the ones who orchestrated this system. They are either directly involved as businessmen—many are already millionaires or billionaires, or they are controlled by millionaires and billionaires. We are not blindsided by titles. We are looking at what is going on behind the scenes. We see a coordinated effort by the Koch brothers, ALEC [the American Legislative Exchange Council] and political action committees that see in prisons a business opportunity. Their goal is to increase earnings. And once you look at it like this, it does not matter if we have a black or white president. That is why the policies have not changed. The laws, such as mandatory minimum [sentences], were put in place by big business so they would have access to cheap labor. The anti-terrorism laws were enacted to close the doors on the access to justice so people would be in prison longer. Big business finances campaigns. Big business writes the laws and legislation. And Obama takes money from these people. He is as vested in this system as they are.”

In Alabama prisons, as in nearly all such state facilities across the United States, prisoners do nearly every job, including cooking, cleaning, maintenance, laundry and staffing the prison barbershop. In the St. Clair prison there is also a chemical plant, a furniture company and a repair shop for state vehicles. Other Alabama prisons run printing companies and recycling plants, stamp license plates, make metal bed frames, operate sand pits and tend fish farms. Only a few hundred of Alabama’s 26,200 prisoners—the system is designed to hold only 13,130 people—are paid to work; they get 17 to 71 cents an hour. The rest are slaves.

The men bemoaned a lack of recreational and educational programs and basic hygiene supplies, the poor ventilation that sends temperatures in the cells and dormitories to over 100 degrees, crumbling infrastructures, infestations of cockroaches and rats, and corrupt prison guards who routinely beat prisoners and sell contraband, including drugs and cell phones. These conditions, coupled with the overcrowding, are, they warned, creating a tinderbox, especially as temperatures soar. There was a riot in St. Clair in April. There has been a rash of stabbings and fights in the prison. Prisoners have assaulted 10 guards in St. Clair during the last four weeks.

The worst thing is the water,” said James Pleasant, a St. Clair prisoner who has served 13 years of a 43-year sentence. “It is contaminated. It causes kidney, renal failure and cancer. The food causes stomach diseases. We have had three to four outbreaks of food poisoning in the last four months.”

He said that the prolonged caging of prisoners and the closing of rehabilitation programs, including education programs, guarantee recidivism, something sought by the corporations that profit from prisons. An estimated 80 percent of prisoners entering the Alabama prison system are functionally illiterate.

“Sleeping on a concrete slab is not going to teach you how to read or write,” Pleasant said. “Sleeping on a concrete slab will not solve mental health issues. But the system does not change. It does what it is designed to do. It makes sure people are driven back into the system to work without pay.”

“For years we were called niggers to indicate we had no value or worth and that anything could be done to us,” Ray said. “Then the word ‘nigger’ became politically incorrect. So they began calling us criminals. When you say a person is a criminal it means that what happens to them does not matter. It means he or she is a nigger. It means they deserve what they get.”

Prisons, the men said, have increasingly placed larger and larger financial burdens on families, with the poorest families suffering the most. Prisoners, too, suffer as a result.

“If you don’t get money from your family, your poverty blocks you out from buying items at the commissary or making phone calls,” Council said. “You can’t communicate with your family. If you don’t have someone to send you money you can’t even buy stamps to write home. They [authorities] are supposed to give us two free stamps a week, but I have never seen them do it in my 16 years of incarceration. We pay a $4 medical co-pay if we make a sick call. Every additional medication we receive is $4. If you have a cold and you get something for sinuses, pain meds and something for congestion, that becomes a $16 visit. And if you get $20 from a family member, the state will take $16 off the top to pay for the visit. You end up with $4 to spend at a jacked-up canteen. There are a lot of brothers walking around in debt. …”

“It takes brutality and force to make a person work for free and live in the type of conditions we live in and not do anything about it,” Ray said. “The only way they made slavery work was to use force. It is no different in the slave empire of prisons. They use brutality to hold it together. And this brutality will not go away until the system goes away.”

The men described numerous horrific beatings by guards.

Pleasant said, “They stood me up against the wall [with my hands cuffed behind me]. There were about 10 officers. They started swinging, punching and hitting me with sticks. They knocked my legs out from under me. My face hit the floor. They stomped on my face. They sent me to the infirmary to hide what they did, for 30 days. When I looked in the mirror I could not recognize my facial features. This was the fourth time I was beaten like this.”

I asked the three men, speaking to me on a conference call, what prison conditions said about America. They laughed.

“It says America is what it has always been, America,” said Ray. “It says if you are poor and black you will be exploited, brutalized and murdered. It says most of American society, especially white society, is indifferent. It says nothing has really changed for us since slavery.”

http://www.sott.net/article/298239-Prisons-Americas-slave-empire

Libya, Syria, Ukraine: It’s worse than we can imagine


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Misrata, western Libya, before and after NATO’s bombardment.

If you have yet to listen to last Sunday’s Behind the Headlines interview with James and JoAnne Moriarty on Libya, I urge you to do so. While Sott.net carried numerous reports on the U.S.-sponsored destruction of Libya, the Moriartys’ first-hand account not only reveals new details you’ve probably not heard anywhere else; it paints a picture that brings the stark reality home in a way that just reading reports and analyses cannot. The reality of what happened (and is still happening) in Libya is worse than we can possibly imagine.

The Moriartys were in Libya at the time of the ‘uprising’ and ‘revolt’, and the Western coalition’s ‘subsequent’ invasion (the two were really the same thing). They saw it all first-hand. They engaged in a fact-finding mission, documenting atrocities. They were captured by Al Qaeda (i.e. the U.S.’s ‘rebel allies’), interrogated and threatened with being chopped up and burned. But they managed to get out of the country with their lives and tell the story of what they saw. It is nothing like we have heard from the mainstream media.

The so-called uprising was not spontaneous. It was planned in advance. The ‘rebels’ were nothing of the sort. They were Western-trained, Western-financed, and Western-supported terrorists: Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, Ansar al-Sharia, the same people that would soon move over to Syria and Mali, and later become ‘ISIS’. Within days, these mercenaries had already created a Bank of International Settlements-approved private Central Bank and Libya’s substantial wealth (the country was debt-free), in the form of cash deposits and precious metals, was looted.

Thousands died in the first days of the indiscriminate slaughter carried out by coalition forces under the ruse of establishing a “no fly zone”. The media’s job was to blame atrocities on Gaddafi. In fact, the atrocities were committed by ‘our guys': rape, torture, murder, decapitation, burning alive, skinning flesh, cannibalism – if you’ve heard about it in horror movies, it happened in Libya in the name of Western freedom and democracy. All the hallmarks of ISIS that so terrify the world today were endorsed and supported by our own governments in order to destroy Libya and prevent it from becoming a viable African alternative to Western death culture. American ‘democracy’ in action.

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As the Moriartys put it in an article describing their story:

The Libyan people were happy, there was no tax, only businesses had some tax but it was minimal. The government shared the wealth of Libya with its people, there was no taxing of the people to support the state. There was no reason for a revolution, there were some disgruntled radical Islamists who had tried to enforce Sharia law and radical Islam upon Libya to no avail because they only made up about 3 to 5%. These are the people NATO and the US joined hands with to take over Libya.

Listen to the Sott Talk Radio interview, then check out their DVD and consider making a donation to this courageous couple, which you can do via their website.

What happened in Libya is not an aberration. It is standard operating policy, and it is currently being utilized in Syria, Iraq, and Ukraine. When independent media like Sott.net say the mainstream media is wholly controlled, we mean that to the fullest extent imaginable. Here was an atrocity that took place just across the Mediterranean from ‘free’ Europe, and almost no one knows what really happened there. Only small glimpses of reality broke through the frequency fence, but never the overall picture.

For example, the British Independent recently ran a story about some British women who allegedly flew over to Syria to join ISIS. No doubt you were as confused as I was about how so many people in Western countries could travel to thesewarzones under the all-seeing surveillance of the global police state. The answer to that is almost certainly to be found in the signs of police/intelligence grooming:

Mohammed Shoaib and Akhtar Iqbal, whose wives both left their homes in Bradford to travel to Syria, suggested that police encouraged their radicalisation by urging the women to contact their brother who had already left for Syria. It is believed he is fighting for with the Isis terror group.

In a letter to Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, and the Home and Foreign Secretaries, lawyers for the two husbands said that “plainly the North East Counter-Terrorism Unit (Nectu) has been complicit in the grooming and radicalising of the women,” the Mail on Sunday reported.

The letter claims that “the actions and misjudgement of Nectu have placed the lives of 12 British citizens at risk“. The accusations have been rejected by both MPs and Downing Street.

Of course Downing Street will reject such accusations. They have to. After all, the whole façade would collapse if they admitted to it. The creation, support and utilization of ISIS (and radical Islam in general) by Western intelligence agencies cannot continue if those facts are admitted to. The whole point is for us to believe that ISIS is some dastardly external threat that must be continually fought and resisted by ‘us’ (directed by our governments). So reports such as the one above, and others (like this one: Canadian intel agent linked with getting British schoolgirls into Syria to join ISIS) must be buried or denied.

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In reality, these death squads exist for something else entirely. First of all, they are paid-for mercenary groups doing the West’s dirty work. As James Moriarty says in the show, beheading is a CIA strategy: the more horrific the atrocities, the more terrorized and thus compliant the target population. The more brutal the attacks, the more willing the people are to capitulate, then accept their destruction and subjugation. These mercenary groups exist to destabilize and destroy countries that the U.S. and its allies perceive as threats to their global hegemony and influence. Libya was such a ‘threat’.

So is Syria today. Those same mercenary groups are there now; raping, torturing, murdering, beheading, and more in Syria and Iraq. All brought to you by the United States of America. (See, for example: Where does ISIS get those ‘wonderful toys’? and The West behind ISIS confirmed – new docs.)

It’s hard to see why it is so difficult for people to accept this fact. How much evidence does one need? How many precedents of bloody, CIA-sponsored coups must be set? Support given to bloodthirsty, tyrannical maniacs and regimes? The U.S. is a brutal, genocidal, bat-shit-crazy empire that doesn’t think twice about training a gang of the lowest, most violent psychopaths to rape women, chop off heads, cut up bodies, and burn them alive. These are the tried-and-tested procedures for destabilizing a ‘problem’ country and effecting regime change. Plain and simple. I’ve said it before: The United States of America and its allies are the moral equivalent of Ted Bundy. Its leaders are psychopaths.

It’s easy for people to accept this reality in relation to ISIS. Sure, they’re bloodthirsty, psychopathic maniacs. But the stream of logic should not stop there. The U.S. government and associated ‘intelligence agencies’ are worse. They’re the ones that enabled the creation of ISIS to begin with. But then again, that’s the point. We’re supposed to think such things about ISIS: to make us afraid, to make us turn to our leaders for protection, to justify atrocity-laden regime change in other countries on ‘humanitarian’ grounds. And what does that say about Westerners in general? I think it reveals a stunning degree of ethnocentrism, xenophobia, double standards, gullibility, and lack of conscience. Westerners in general are more than willing to accept that ISIS is a gang of psychopaths. But our Anglo-Saxon, Zionist policymakers and intelligence apparatus? No way!

But it’s not just those ‘crazy Muslim jihadis’ on the rampage with Uncle Sam. What’s going on in Ukraine should be enough to show anyone that psychopathy knows no racial or religious boundaries. White Europeans can be just as evil! Again, we’ve covered reports demonstrating this in detailnumerous times. Here’s just aselection:

But the real problem is Russian aggression, right? Those two words have been used to justify a ground invasion of Donetsk and Lugansk (the DPR and LPR never invaded the west of Ukraine), indiscriminate shelling of residential areas in the regions (the DPR and LPR have never shelled a western Ukrainian city or population), economic and humanitarian blockades, rape, torture, and cold-blooded murder. The Ukrainian death squads are merely the Ukrainian version of ISIS. And they are both nothing more than extensions of the U.S. death culture spearheaded by the CIA and all its sick, twisted associates. (See this for example: a Ukrainian toddler girl saying “Zieg heil! I will stab the Russians”)

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A small percentage wanted a Western-style democracy in Ukraine. They got it. But those Ukrainians with two neurons firing are fed up, seeing what a sham it has turned out to be. In the past weeks, Ukraine has even seen some high-level defections including Defense Minister Alexander Kolomiyets and Foreign Service and Intelligence employees Alexei and Yuri Miroshnichenko. Kolomiyets said this: “Only volunteers from nationalist troops are fighting. In the near future the Armed forces of Ukraine will be rocked by uprisings. Officers do not understand the commands to kill civilians.” Poroshenko is consolidating what little power he has; he recently dismissed SBU head Valentin Nalivaychenko, with rumors that Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov is next to go.

And more atrocities are coming to light. After hearing that Avakov was planning to disband the “Tornado” battalion, which has been participating in the aggression against eastern Ukraine for more than a year, the troops revolted, planting mines around their base and threatening to shoot anyone attempting to approach. Kiev is now out for blood. Ironically, they are revealing their own hand in Tornado’s madness by doing so. Here’s what Kiev’s chief military prosecutor had to say about Tornado:

“Arbitrariness and torture of people is a violation of the law. Because of mutual responsibility on the blood, spilled by the soldiers of “Tornado”, none of them is testifying against each other. The unit videotaped their atrocities. The company consists of around 50 previously convicted persons.” As far as company commander, Onishchenko, the Prosecutor noted that “in his life there was a tragic experience of five occasions of criminal responsibility, indicating relapse”.

“The man in the basement of the school, where “Tornado” was based, was chained to athletic equipment, raped in an unnatural manner, then killed. It’s hard for me to talk about it. But we know of at least 10 people who were subjected to such acts by “Tornado” – Matios.

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Such acts were all fine and good as long as the Tornado freaks were going along with the Kiev junta! (Notice that there is no mention of the fact that all the other volunteer battalions have engaged in the same crimes, or worse.) Now the battalion leader and 8 other fighters are being detained, charged with precisely what Kiev tasked them with: “organizing a criminal gang that posed as a police unit for the purpose of committing such crimes as rape, torture, kidnapping of the inhabitants of the Lugansk region.”

Here’s a recording of thesecharmers talking about their life ‘philosophy':

Call sign “Modjahed”: “Without torture life is not life. Nothing raises your energy, as when you have someone’s life in your hands.”

Ruslan Onishchenko, “Freeman,” commander of Torando: “He is great, the first time when he entered the room with those pederatsts and before f#cking them with electro-shock, he took two electro-schocks to his neck. I will share my feeling with you. Philosophy is as follows, if you are ready to die, you have a right to kill, if you are ready to withstand torture, you have a right to torture others. Is this fair?

“Tolsty”: Of course.

Onishchenko: If you are a hole, then sniff a hole. Each one who hits in the nose must take the hit. If you can’t take a hit, and can’t swallow your bloody saliva, don’t hit. All those who can withstand pain can torture others.

“Tolsty”: He has a basement. Come to my basement.

“Modhjahed”: Actually it is a “Directors studio”.

Onishchenko: Luke Besson was his student.

“Modjahed”: In cooperation with “Tornado Pictures” we are making a very good movie.

Tornado fighter: Mostly detained drunks, alcoholics, homeless, who did maintenance and odd jobs for us. Cars were simply taken from ordinary civilians. They were beaten up with sticks. What you heard on video earlier, really one man was raped, filmed by “Modjahed”. We constantly had about 10 captives. He gave a green light, said, these are your captives, do what you want to them. He joked, life is boring without torture. We had drugs, alcohol, our own fleet of cars. They put on the plates with the name of the battalion, or sold them. “Modhjahed” is one of the top brass, Islamist. Very cruel, the one who recorded video, and I think, he was originally from Belorus.

Being scum themselves, the Washington ‘reality-creators’ naturally find common cause with the scum of other nations: whether in Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Israel, or anywhere else. As in Libya, the number of psychopaths and crazies is usually only around 5%. But these sadists are the ones trained, armed, and set loose on civilian populations.

Let that sink in.

When the U.S. wants to destroy a country, they follow a tried and tested game plan:

  • They tranport groups of paid fanatics and murderers into the country where they form part of a “revolution”
  • The US-funded killers then wage an armed war against the government of the targeted country in the name of the revolution; in the process they massacre civilians
  • The US government blames atrocities carried out its own mercenaries on the local government that it is attempting to covertly overthrow
  • Depending on the situation the US/NATO may bomb the country to help the terrorists in their slaughter campaign
  • If all goes well for the USA, the leader is overthrown, killed, and the country is left in ruins and hundreds of thousands of civilians are dead.
  • The US government declares it a great day for “freedom and democracy” and the people of that nation.

I don’t know about you, but I’m really sick of hearing those two words: “freedom and democracy”. They have become empty and meaningless, much like the vapid, conscienceless psychopaths that repeatedly use them to manipulate public opinion.

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Man dies in hospital following brutal arrest by Dutch police


Note: As the uber-elite class begins to fear pitchforks and torches are close at hand, in a last gasp effort to maintain control law enforcement officers from many corners of the world have declared war on it’s citizens.

In Holland, another innocent life was snuffed out by police on thuggery patrol at a local protest. His only crime appeared to be baseless “verbal” threats and resisting arrest, which he was beaten to death for.

The world George Orwell wrote about in 1984 has arrived on our doorstep. Even so, there’s still time for humanity to rise against tyranny to reclaim our planet. We are the Savior’s we’ve been waiting for and NOW is the time to take action.

And I have complete faith humanity will rise to the occasion, albeit better late then never!

Much love, Annette

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A 42-year-old Arubian man has died in a Dutch hospital following a violent arrest by The Hague police, local media reported, citing witnesses saying Mitch Henriquez was brutally beaten by law enforcement officers. An investigation has been launched.

The Prosecutor’s Officer (OM) said in a statement that Mitch Henriquez began to feel unwell on the way to the police station, following his arrest at the “Night in the Park” music festival in The Hague, nltimes.nl reported. Video footage shows the man was left without medical aid, lying lifeless and handcuffed on the grass while two agents were sitting on him. Henriquez seemed already unconscious when he was dragged into the police bus.

Witnesses said that Henriquez was making jokes with friends after the festival, shouting he had a weapon, when a group of officers approached him, afadenhaag.wordpress.com reported. Henriquez allegedly resisted his arrest. According to bystanders and his family, police used excessive force to arrest the man, afadenhaag.wordpress.com said.

His sister Lila told masnoticia.com that “his head was completely swollen, he was mainly beaten on his head. How could someone be handcuffed, thrown in the car and then arrive black and blue and unable to breathe?

It’s not the first time Dutch police officers have come under fire for excessive use of force. In 2012, a 17-year-old teenager, Rishi Chandrikasing, was shot dead on a railway station platform as he ran away from the police, according to dutchnews.nl. Police had been allegedly told that an armed man was threatening passengers. The teen turned out to be unarmed.

Comment: And so it begins. People took to the streets today in The Hague to protest against police violence and to demand justice for the death of Mitch Henriquez. Police officers were present as well:

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New Technology: Police Camera Ball (VIDEO)


Note: Just more high tech toys for the NSA and all other law enforcement agency’s determined on violating basic civil rights. A “camera ball”??? Really? Sounds like a waste of money that could have been diverted toward rehabilitation for training officers to be decent humans when dealing with the public, or countless other programs to reform law enforcement officers into public servants once again.

 

Angela Merkels smarthphone was tapped what about yours?


Note: My Samsung Galaxy was bought in late 2013, fortunately it doesn’t have this sticker. Have no idea what the sticker is for, but it certainly appears to be suspicious in nature. Hmmmm…how about your phone?

I’m thinking I would remove the sticker and see how it goes from there :)

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An Mexican guy was busted for taking pictures and he found this on his Samsung battery! I checked my old Samsung Nexus (Google phone) and look what I found! It’s all about out safety right? So now you know how Angela Merkel and others feel about NSA snooping everywhere!

It could also be a NFC chip as some are stating… who knows? I would have embedded a survaillance chip deep into the phone itself..

What do you think?

SGTreport – THE SILVER SQUEEZE: Comex is Losing Control


Published on Jun 25, 2015

Dave Kranzler from Investment Research Dynamics.com is back to discuss the treachery of the United States Congress and Senate who have betrayed the American people once again by approving the fast tracking of the TPP, which Dave says is the death nail for the American middle class.

We also cover the all-time high silver open interest on the Comex, the Cartel is piling on new paper shorts at record levels and Dave says, “This is potentially building to the mother of all short squeezes, and I think the fact that they keep piling on more and more naked short interest on the Comex tells us that they’re losing control of this.”

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Corporations Win Again: Senate Passes Obamatrade Fast-Track Bill


“OFF with their Senatorial heads!!!” – metaphorically speaking, of course. {~A~}
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Ten days ago it seemed as if America’s corporatism would finally be slowed in its tracks after the House unexpectedly killed the fast-tracking of Obamatrade, aka the fast-tracking of the Trade Promotion Authority. Alas, it was not to last, and moments ago, in a “nailbiting” 60-37 vote, the Senate advanced Obama’s fast-track trade bill.

From the Hill:

The Senate on Tuesday voted to advance President Obama’s trade agenda, approving a measure to end debate on fast-track authority.

The 60-37 motion sets up a vote on final passage on Wednesday. If the Senate approves fast-track or trade promotion authority (TPA), it would then be sent to Obama’s desk to become law. Fast-track authority would allow Obama to send trade deals to Congress for up-or-down votes. The White House wants the authority to conclude negotiations on a sweeping trans-Pacific trade deal.

Thirteen Democrats backed fast-track in Tuesday’s vote, handing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) a major legislative victory.

They did so even though the trade package did not include a workers assistance program for people displaced by increased trade. The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program was a part of the last fast-track package approved by the Senate in May, but became a key part of opposition to the package among Democrats in the House.

To move fast-track forward, the White House and GOP leaders in both chambers decided to break TAA away from fast-track, and to try to approve both in separate votes.

After the Senate votes Wednesday on final passage for fast-track, it will take a procedural vote on a package that includes TAA and trade preferences for African countries known as the African Growth and Opportunity Act.

McConnell has promised both bills, as well as a customs and enforcement bill favored by Democrats, will reach Obama’s desk by the end of the week.

“If we all keep working together and trusting each other, then by the end of the week the President will have TPA, TAA, and AGOA and Preferences on his desk — with Customs in the process of heading his way too,” he said on the floor.

And since the House has already passed fast-track, and now must only vote on the package including TAA, which faces token opposition from conservatives, expect the TPA and shortly thereafter, the TPP, to be enacted despite yet another round of dramatic theater by the best representatives US corporations can bribe.

Finally, as a reminder, “This Is How Little It Cost Goldman To Bribe America’s Senators To Fast Track Obama’s TPP Bill

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Earlier:

Today brings Round 2 in “the most transparent administration ever”‘s attempt to pass the incredibly opaque Fast-Track Authority enabling Obama to negotiate the Trans-Pacific-Partnership corporate coup d’etat (and all the other trade deals currently floating around) without fear of irritation from any outsiders. However, it won’t be easy-sledding as The Hill reports, labor groups led by the AFL-CIO are furiously lobbying Democrats to oppose fast-track authority when the Senate votes on a procedural motion Tuesday. Union leaders warn enabling Fast-Track prematurely would “compound its expected negative impacts, leaving U.S. workers in the lurch and depriving the U.S. manufacturing sector of vital tools necessary to combat unfair trade.”

But once again – after more drama – the corporations win!

  • *U.S. SENATE ADVANCES OBAMA’S FAST-TRACK TRADE LEGISLATION

But, as The Hill reports, Obama may face some trouble ahead

The measure would help Obama negotiate the largest trade deal in history with 11 other countries along the Pacific Rim by limiting interference from Congress.

Obama’s trade bill needs 60 votes, and he can afford no more than two Democratic defections who previously backed fast-track. As of Monday evening, he had not yet secured public promises from all the Democrats he needs.

Backers of fast-track likely need a dozen Democratic votes because five of the Senate’s Republicans voted against the trade package last month and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is indcating in an op-ed on Breitbart News that he will change his vote from yes to no. Cruz, who is running for president, says he is wary of backroom negotiations, expressing concern that the Export-Import Bank reauthorization will be included in the horsetrading.

The Senate’s vote Tuesday to end debate on fast-track — if it gets 60 backers — will set up a final roll call on the measure later in the day or Wednesday.

The chamber would then vote on a package of trade preferences combined with the African Growth and Opportunity Act and TAA. That measure is expected to clear Wednesday or Thursday.

Senate Democratic leaders are not whipping against fast-track, leaving it to unions to do the heavy lifting to defeat it.

The AFL-CIO urged Democrats Monday to vote against fast-track and warned they had no guarantee that TAA will pass the House, where many Republicans oppose it.

“Without assurances that TAA will pass the House, or that the customs bill will ever see the president’s desk, considering Fast Track prematurely could compound its expected negative impacts, leaving U.S. workers in the lurch and depriving the U.S. manufacturing sector of vital tools necessary to combat unfair trade,” William Samuel, the union’s director of government affairs, wrote in a letter to senators.

Heritage Action for America urged Republican senators to vote against fast-track Tuesday.

The conservative advocacy group argued that passing fast-track would pave the way for later passage of what it called the “ineffective” TAA program, which is paid for with tax penalties.

“The new pay for — included in H.R. 1295 which the Senate will also consider this week — increases revenue by raising certain tax penalties.  New spending should not be offset by new revenues,” the group wrote in a legislative alert Monday.

But there are supporters, toe-ing Obama’s tyrannical line…

“The trade package currently before the Senate is a blueprint for trade done right,” Wyden said in a statement. “It will make our country stronger by opening new markets to American products and creating new opportunities for good-paying American jobs.”

Supporters of fast-track argue that trade supports more than 4.7 million jobs in California.

But we leave it to Ellen Brown to sum up just what this “sentence first, verdict afterwards” bill is really all about… a corporate coup d’etat…

`Let the jury consider their verdict,’ the King said, for about the twentieth time that day.

`No, no!’ said the Queen. `Sentence first–verdict afterwards.’

`Stuff and nonsense!’ said Alice loudly. `The idea of having the sentence first!’

`Hold your tongue!’ said the Queen, turning purple.

`I won’t!’ said Alice.

`Off with her head!’ the Queen shouted at the top of her voice.

                    — Lewis Carroll, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”

Fast-track authority is being sought in the Senate this week for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), along with the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) and any other such trade agreements coming down the pike in the next six years. The terms of the TPP and the TiSA are so secret that drafts of the negotiations are to remain classified for four years or five years, respectively, after the deals have been passed into law. How can laws be enforced against people and governments who are not allowed to know what was negotiated?

The TPP, TiSA and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (or TTIP, which covers Europe) will collectively encompass three-fourths of the world’s GDP; and they ultimately seek to encompass nearly 90 percent of GDP. Despite this enormous global impact, fast-track authority would allow the President to sign the deals before their terms have been made public, and send implementing legislation to Congress that cannot be amended or filibustered and is not subject to the constitutional requirement of a two-thirds treaty vote.

While the deals are being negotiated, lawmakers can see their terms only under the strictest secrecy, and they can be subjected to criminal prosecution for revealing those terms. What we know of them comes only through WikiLeaks. The agreements are being treated as if they were a matter of grave national security, yet they are not about troop movements or military strategy. Something else is obviously going on.

The bizarre, unconstitutional, blatantly illegal nature of this enforced secrecy was highlighted in a May 15th article by Jon Rappoport, titled “What Law Says the Text of the TPP Must Remain Secret?” He wrote:

It seems like a case of mass hypnosis. . . .

Members of Congress are scuttling around like weasels, claiming they can’t disclose what’s in this far-reaching, 12-nation trade treaty.

They can go into a sealed room and read a draft, but they can’t copy pages, and they can’t tell the public what they just read.

Why not?

If there is a US law forbidding disclosure, name the law.

Can you recall anything in the Constitution that establishes secret treaties?

Is there a prior treaty that states the text of all treaties can be hidden from the people?

To Congressmen who say they cannot reveal what is in a treaty that will adversely affect the lives of hundreds of millions of people, Rappoport says:

Wrong. You’re lying. You can reveal secret text. In fact, it’s your duty. Otherwise, you’re guilty of cooperating in a RICO criminal conspiracy.

A Corporate Coup d’État

What is going on was predicted by David Korten in his 1995 blockbuster, When Corporations Rule The World. Catherine Austin Fitts calls it a “corporate coup d’état.”

This corporate coup includes the privatization and offshoring of the judicial function delegated to the US court system in the Constitution, through Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions that strengthen existing ISDS  procedures.

As explained in The Economist, ISDS gives foreign firms a special right to apply to a secretive tribunal of highly paid corporate lawyers for compensation whenever the government passes a law to do things that hurt corporate profits — such things as discouraging smoking, protecting the environment or preventing a nuclear catastrophe. Arbitrators are paid $600-700 an hour, giving them little incentive to dismiss cases. The secretive nature of the arbitration process and the lack of any requirement to consider precedent give wide scope for creative judgments – the sort of arbitrary edicts satirized by Lewis Carroll in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

To date, the highest ISDS award has been for $2.3 billion to Occidental Oil Company against the government of Ecuador over its termination of an oil-concession contract, although the termination was apparently legal. Under the TPP, however, even larger and more unpredictable judgments can be anticipated, since the sort of “investment” it protects includes not just “the commitment of capital or other resources” but “the expectation of gain or profit.” That means the rights of corporations extend not merely to their factories and other “capital” but to the profits they expect to receive. Just the threat of a massive damage award for impairing “expected corporate profits” could be enough to discourage prospective legislation by lawmakers.

The Trade in Services Agreement adds additional barriers to proposed legislation.  TiSA involves 51 countries, including every advanced economy except the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa). The deal would liberalize global trade in services covering close to 80% of the US economy, including financial services, healthcare, education, engineering, telecommunications, and many more. It would restrict how governments can manage their public laws, and it could dismantle and privatize state-owned enterprises, turning those services over to the private sector. It would also block the emerging trend to return privatized services to the public sector, by limiting or prohibiting governments from creating or reestablishing public utilities and other “uncompetitive” forms of service delivery.

It seems that the TPP, TTIP and TiSA are not about the sort of “free trade” that would free local businesses to sell abroad. They are about freeing international corporations from the government regulation necessary to protect the economy, the people, and the environment. They are about preserving privatized monopolies and preventing competition from the public sector. And they are about moving litigation offshore into private arbitrary tribunals – the sort of tribunal that might have lost Alice her head, if she had not awakened from her bizarre dream.

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Source: Cagle

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-06-23/obama-faces-union-anger-ahead-corporate-coup-detat-trade-deal-fast-track-vote

Ellen Brown: Obama Secret Trade Deal Serves Corporations and Banks ~ Greg Hunter


Obama’s secret trade deals greatly favors big banks. Brown says, “It looks to me the banking system is in control. That’s where all the big money comes from, and that’s where the two big parties got their money. It’s been this way ever since Rockefeller and Morgan back then in 1900—the Democrats and the Republicans. Brown goes on to say, “The goal here is “they” want to own everything and rent it back to us. So, law is no longer a way to protect the people. Law is now to protect the corporations and serve the corporations.”

Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with Ellen Brown, creator of The Web of Debt Blog.
http://usawatchdog.com/we-dont-know-h…

Bombing the Arctic: US Navy War Games in Gulf of Alaska Threaten One of World’s Most Pristine Areas


Published on Jun 16, 2015

http://democracynow.org – The U.S. Navy is set to begin a major war exercise in the Gulf of Alaska amid protests from local communities concerned about environmental damage. The Navy is reportedly unleashing thousands of sailors, soldiers, airmen, marines and Coast Guard members along with several Navy destroyers, hundreds of aircrafts, untold weaponry and a submarine for the naval exercises. The Gulf of Alaska is one of the most pristine places left on Earth; the region includes critical habitat for all five wild Alaskan salmon species and 377 other species of marine life. The Navy’s planned live bombing runs will entail the detonation of tens of thousands of pounds of toxic munitions, as well as the use of active sonar in fisheries. The Navy has conducted war games in the Gulf of Alaska, on and off, for the last 30 years, but these new exercises are the largest by far. They come at a time when scientists are increasingly worried about climate change causing Arctic melting. Meanwhile, the unprecedented melting has created an opportunity for the military to expand its operations into previously inaccessible terrain. We are joined by Dahr Jamail, staff reporter at Truthout, whose latest piece is “Destroying What Remains: How the US Navy Plans to War Game the Arctic.”

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Lamb genetically modified with jellyfish sold as meat by Paris butcher


Ed note: Welcome to the era of the GMO-Clusterf*ck!  The entire food industry needs a “reset button” to get corporations and their mad science laboratory’s out of farming and our food supply, and back into the cultivating hands of compassionate farmers. Which begs the questions: “Are there any compassionate farmers left after 30yrs of factory farm takovers???”

So let me get this straight…A lamb genetically modified with Jellyfish has sex with an “unmodified” lamb (?) and births a genetically-modified-hybrid-lamb-baby which ends up as mystery meat on an untold number of dinner plates??? Really??? How does this happen in a civilized society?

Ahh but there’s one caveat to this “civilized society”, corporations aren’t “civilized” even tho they’re recognized as “persons” by the U.S. Supreme Court.

That said, it’s guaranteed we’re going to see a lot more of these “GMO faux paux’s” and if the ugly truth be known – they’re likely much more common than we care to know.

What a mess, n0w I understand why some people “wake-up” and go right back to sleep…{face palm, shake head}

Blessings, {~A~}

The following article takes the concept of Frankenfood to a whole other level.

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A GM lamb (not shown) was sent to an abattoir from the National Institute for Agricultural Research in Paris late last year and somehow ended up on a butcher’s slab.

From the Guardian:

French authorities are looking into how a lamb genetically modified with jellyfish protein was sold as meat to an unknown customer, a judicial source told AFP on Tuesday.

The jellyfish-lamb, called “Rubis”, was sent to an abattoir from the National Institute for Agricultural Research in Paris late last year and somehow ended up on a butcher’s slab.

Yummy.

“A female lamb born to a sheep that was genetically modified as part of a medical research program was sold to a person in the Parisian region in October 2014,” said the National Institute for Agricultural Research in a statement, confirming a story first reported by Le Parisien newspaper.

The case has been taken up by a public health court in Paris, a judicial source told AFP.

Rubis “found itself on a plate! Who ate it? No one knows,” exclaimed Le Parisien on Tuesday.

France remains one of the staunchest opponents of GM research, ever since environmental protesters pressured the government into banning GM crops in the 2000s.

The European Union authorised the import and sale of 19 GM crops in April, but is likely to pass legislation allowing individual countries to block their use – in part thanks to demands from France.

Don’t worry my fellow Americans, that is France, something like this could never happen here.

After all, Congress is hard at work making sure future Americans will have as difficult a time as possible identifying the source of their meat.

For example, let’s revisit last month’s post, Congress Moves to Eliminate Labels Showing Consumers Where Meat Comes from Following WTO Ruling, where we learned that:

A House committee has voted to get rid of labels on packages of meat that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.

The House Agriculture Committee voted 38-6 to repeal a “country-of-origin” labeling law for beef, pork and poultry Wednesday — just two days after the World Trade Organization ruled against parts of the law. The labels tell consumers what countries the meat is from: for example, “born in Canada, raised and slaughtered in the United States” or “born, raised and slaughtered in the United States.”

As usual, Congress is hard at work on behalf of their corporate sponsors.

For related articles, see:

States Move to Criminalize Whistleblowing on Food Fraud and Animal Cruelty

How Undercover Animal Rights Activists are Winning the Ag-Gag War

This is What Happens to Walmart Pork Before it Reaches Your Plate

Hot Pockets Recalls 8 Million Pounds of Meat Due to “Diseased and Unsound Animals”

Forget Horse Meat or Fake Tuna, Rat Meat is Being Sold as Lamb in China

Food Fraud Hits a New Low with the Potential Emergence of Dog Meat in the UK

The Meat Industry Now Consumes 80% of All Antibiotics

In Liberty,
Michael Krieger

http://www.sott.net/article/298193-Lamb-genetically-modified-with-jellyfish-sold-as-meat-by-Paris-butcher

Ubuntu – Farmer Exposes Bank Fraud – End of The Banking Empire is Near


Reblogged from https://followingworldchange.wordpress.com/

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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Ostrich farmer from Eastern Cape shows court his mortgage loan is now in Taiwan

This new case by a South African ostrich farmer against Standard Bank could open the floodgates for people to seek retribution from past unlawful judgement like mine and millions of others. If I was a banking executive – this would be a good time to resign and go into hiding. The people are waking up.
Click here to read the original article. http://news.acts.co.za/blog/2015/06/ostrich-farmer-from-eastern-cape-shows-court-his-mortgage-loan-is-now-in-taiwan

Posted 21 June 2015
Written by Ciaran Ryan

An ostrich farmer from Grahamstown (South Africa) has thrown the local court into a spin by apparently proving that his mortgage loan with Standard Bank has been on-sold to an investor in Taiwan. This is the first time a securitisation audit has been presented in a SA court. On the basis of the evidence presented, the farmer says Standard Bank has no right to be in court.

Ash Davenport, a 63 year-old ostrich farmer from outside Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, may be about to make history in his effort to stave off attempts by Standard Bank to take possession of his 3,260ha farm over a R3 million loan he took out seven years ago.

Last week he threw the Grahamstown High Court into a spin when his attorney, Bev Carruthers of Port Elizabeth, plonked a securitisation audit in front of the judge. The securitisation audit suggests that his bank loan has been on-sold to a Taiwanese bank and is no longer owned by Standard Bank. That being the case, Standard Bank has no right to be in court. More than that, the audit suggests the bank has securitised (or on-sold) his bond for R5 million, not the R3 million he supposedly signed for.

The court reserved judgment as to whether to allow the audit to be presented as new evidence in a case that has been dragging on for close to seven years.

“I intend to fight this all the way,” says Davenport. “These banks have been getting away with this nonsense for too long. I had to pay R17,000 for the audit but it was worth it, since it provides proof that the bank has in fact been securitising mortgage loans and then coming after property owners when they have no right to.”

Securitisation audits are a new development in South Africa, but are common in the US. They effectively carry the same weight as a financial opinion by a company’s auditor, though the banks are trying to dismiss them as hearsay.

Standard Bank attempted to discredit the audit by Michael Carrigan, a certified mortgage securitisation auditor in the US, who managed to track the chain of title for Davenport’s mortgage bond all the way to Taiwan. The bank referred to Carrigan’s evidence as “speculative at best” and claimed he did not have a grasp of South African law. It then reiterated that his loan had not been securitised.

Carrigan also provided a second audit for another Grahamstown resident, Jay Brown (not his real name), apparently proving that his Standard Bank mortgage loan had ended up with a bank in Thailand. Brown is also defending his property against repossession by the bank.

Bear in mind that the bank in both cases has denied – as all the major banks have done in thousands of other similar cases – that it had securitised these mortgage bonds. Brown went one step further, by settling his debt to the bank by way of a promissory note of his own – similar to a cheque or bank note – which he claimed is legally permissible in terms of the Bills of Exchange Act.

This is a rather interesting defence first developed in SA by the late Johan Joubert, who insisted that individuals should issue their own promissory notes in settlement of debts, just as the banks concoct money out of thin air on their computer terminals. Standard Bank has refused to accept Brown’s promissory note.

Davenport has taken a more traditional route, arguing his case based on whatever evidence he can get his hands on. He asked Standard Bank to produce a “wet ink” copy of his mortgage bond and what was produced looked a little strange. The lines, the type face and the signatures did not line up with another copy he had. To all intents and purposes, it looked as if the documents were manufactured after the event, according to Davenport. Like someone had literally cut and pasted sections from one document, pasted them onto another, and then made a photocopy. This made him even more suspicious, even more certain that his mortgage bond had been securitised and the bank was hiding something.

So how did Davenport end up in this position?

The first thing to understand is that he is an eastern Cape farmer with a sharp tongue who doesn’t take kindly to bankers in suits coming to take away a farm that he and his family have been working since 1956. At one time he was the Eastern Cape’s most prominent ostrich farmer. He was exporting his ostrich meat to Europe and making a decent living. In 2004, the Avian flu scare hit SA. A government vet (Davenport calls him a “prick”) was sent down from Pretoria to inspect his birds, and with a wave of his pencil decided they should all be slaughtered.

On a personal note:
In 2013, Standard Bank bribed a Supreme Court Judge, by providing him with a pre-written judgement against me, Michael Tellinger, after a 3-hour argument at the South Gauteng High Court. During this hearing advocate Shem Symon, representing STD Bank, admitted to all the points raised by me which included: (This can all be verified from the court records.)
STD Bank did not lend me anything.
They did not have any money to lend me in the first place
They created the money on their system with clever book keeping entries – creating the money out of THIN AIR
The Bank securitises their home loans – selling them on to third party securitisation agencies like Blue Granit, losing all rights to the contract
STD Bank was in possession of my Bill of Exchange for around R900,000 that they refused to monetise or return to me.
STD Bank accepts payment in Bills of Exchange and Promissory Notes

Let the banking games begin…
In love and unity
Michael Tellinger

http://www.ubuntuparty.org.za/2015/06/farmer-exposes-bank-fraud-end-of.html

Major internet providers slowing traffic speeds for thousands across US


Study finds significant degradations of networks for five largest ISPs, including AT&T and Time Warner, representing 75% of all wireline households in US

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A Time Warner Cable service truck returns to the company’s offices in Carlsbad, California. Photograph: Lenny Ignelzi/AP

Sam Thielman in New York
@samthielman

Monday 22 June 2015

Major internet providers, including AT&T, Time Warner and Verizon, are slowing data from popular websites to thousands of US businesses and residential customers in dozens of cities across the country, according to a study released on Monday.

The study, conducted by internet activists BattlefortheNet, looked at the results from 300,000 internet users and found significant degradations on the networks of the five largest internet service providers (ISPs), representing 75% of all wireline households across the US.

The findings come weeks after the Federal Communications Commission introduced new rules meant to protect “net neutrality” – the principle that all data is equal online – and keep ISPs from holding traffic speeds for ransom.

Tim Karr of Free Press, one of the groups that makes up BattlefortheNet, said the finding show ISPs are not providing content to users at the speeds they’re paying for.

“For too long, internet access providers and their lobbyists have characterized net neutrality protections as a solution in search of a problem,” said Karr. “Data compiled using the Internet Health Test show us otherwise – that there is widespread and systemic abuse across the network. The irony is that this trove of evidence is becoming public just as many in Congress are trying to strip away the open internet protections that would prevent such bad behavior.”

The study, supported by the technologists at Open Technology Institute’s M-Lab, examines the comparative speeds of Content Delivery Networks (CDNs), which shoulder some of the data load for popular websites. Any site that becomes popular enough has to pay a CDN to carry its content on a network of servers around the country (or the world) so that the material is close to the people who want to access it.
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In Atlanta, for example, Comcast provided hourly median download speeds over a CDN called GTT of 21.4 megabits per second at 7pm throughout the month of May. AT&T provided speeds over the same network of ⅕ of a megabit per second. When a network sends more than twice the traffic it receives, that network is required by AT&T to pay for the privilege. When quizzed about slow speeds on GTT, AT&T told Ars Technica earlier this year that it wouldn’t upgrade capacity to a CDN that saw that much outgoing traffic until it saw some money from that network (as distinct from the money it sees from consumers).

AT&T has strongly opposed regulation of its agreements with the companies that directly provide connectivity between high-traffic internet users and their customers. Cogent, Level3 and others have petitioned the FCC to make free interconnection to CDNs a part of the conditions for the proposed merger between AT&T and DirecTV.

“It would be unprecedented and unjustified to force AT&T to provide free backbone services to other backbone carriers and edge providers, as Cogent et al seek,” said the company in a filing replying to the CDNs’ suggestion, part of a brief opposing the merger. “Nor is there any basis for requiring AT&T to augment network capacity for free and without any limits. Opponents’ proposals would shift the costs of their services onto all AT&T subscribers, many of whom do not use Opponents’ services, and would harm consumers.”

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has taken an aggressive regulatory tack when it comes to mergers in the telecommunications sector. “History proves that absent competition a predominant position in the market such as yours creates economic incentives to use that market power to protect your traditional business in a way that is ultimately harmful to consumers,” he told industry leaders at the Internet and Television Expo last month.

The dispute over traffic speeds comes as the telecoms and cable industry readies legal challenges to the net neutrality rules. Most telecoms are content letting their lobbyists, notably trade associations Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) and USTelecom, sue the FCC over net neutrality rules, but AT&T has been one of the few companies to sue the FCC directly.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jun/22/major-internet-providers-slowing-traffic-speeds

Related story:

Internet Slowdown: Online Protest Warns Users of What’s to Come if Net Neutrality Rules Redrawn

Published on Sep 10, 2014

http://www.democracynow.org – If your favorite website seems to load slowly today, take a closer look: You might be experiencing the Battle for the Net’s “Internet Slowdown,” a global day of action. The Internet won’t actually be slowing down, but many sites are placing on their homepages animated “Loading” graphics , which organizers call “the proverbial ‘spinning wheel of death,’ to symbolize what the Internet might soon look like. Large Internet service providers, or ISPs, like Comcast, Time Warner, AT&T and Verizon, are trying to change the rules that govern the Internet. Some of the biggest companies on the Internet — Netflix, Mozilla, Kickstarter, Etsy and WordPress — are joining today’s Internet Slowdown to draw attention to net neutrality, the principle that service providers shouldn’t be allowed to speed up, or slow down, loading times on certain websites, such as their competitors. This comes as 27 online advocacy groups sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler Tuesday, calling on him to participate in town hall-style public hearings on net neutrality before ruling on the issue as early as this year. We are joined by Tim Karr of the group Free Press, one of the main organizers of the Internet Slowdown global day of action.

Tell-Tale Tattoo: US Govt Researching Biometric Ink Recognition


RT.com

June 19th, 2015

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Tattoos might be the next biometric frontier, with one in five Americans sporting ink these days. The FBI is partnering with academia and private firms to develop a computer program that could help police identify people based on their body ink.

Matching tattoos with the government database could help officials identify victims of natural disasters, such as earthquakes or tsunamis. However, the government’s primary interest is they believe matching the tattoos into a computer system, could help to catch more criminals, as they have more body ink than the general population, according to computer scientist Mei Ngan.

Ngan works at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), a branch of the Department of Commerce that teamed up with the FBI to organize a “challenge” workshop. This gave an opportunity to universities and corporations to show off the results of their research into tattoo-matching technology.

“You can’t use it as a primary biometric like a finger print or face because it’s not necessarily uniquely identifying,” Ngan told the Washington Post. “But it can really help in cold cases where you don’t have those things.”

Alvaro Bedoya, of the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law School, told the Post that identifying people on the basis of tattoos is less controversial than facial recognition or motion analysis, but that technology may be outpacing the law.

“People are being identified remotely without their knowledge,” Bedoya said, “and right now the Fourth Amendment doesn’t really say anything about that.”

The workshop was organized by the NIST at the agency’s headquarters in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and sponsored by the FBI’s Biometric Center of Excellence. Participants tested their image-recognition software in five different scenarios, such as basic tattoo detection, identification over time, and matching a partial image of a tattoo to a complete photo.

Each team was given the same set of images, drawn from the FBI’s existing Next Generation Identification database that includes tattoos in addition to fingerprints and facial recognition. Currently, the database relies on written description of the tattoos, which can be vague and sometimes not particularly helpful, says Ngan.
Some of the systems had “hit rates well above 90 percent” in certain tests, like matching a partial photo of the tattoo to the whole thing. Two areas that needed further research, Ngan said, were distinguishing similar tattoos on different people, and recognizing a tattoo from a sketch or a drawing, rather than a photo.

“Improving the quality of tattoo images during collection is another area that may also improve recognition accuracy,” Ngan said.

Participants in the NIST workshop included the imaging company Compass Technical Consulting, the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation, the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, the nonprofit research organization MITRE, the biometric tracking technology firm MorphoTrak, and Purdue University.

Founded in 1901, the NIST is one of the oldest US government science laboratories. It has been at the forefront of biometric research for decades, conducting mass evaluations of fingerprint and face recognition systems.

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http://www.thedailysheeple.com/tell-tale-tattoo-us-govt-researching-biometric-ink-recognition_062015#sthash.IWtjKovW.dpuf

The UN Is Planning to Migrate Americans From California, Followed by the Entire Southwest


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California then......California now....

The United States Drought Monitor map is showing that 78% of the state is currently experiencing an “exceptional drought” stage. This represents a 22% increase from just a year ago.

Droughts can prove devastating to a community as widespread crop and pasture losses and shortages of water in reservoirs, streams and wells accompany drought conditions.

Exceptional drought, the most extreme category, indicates the most extreme conditions of drought and is considered to be a precursor to

Lynne Wilson, who serves on the climate change delegation in the United Nations, “Civilizations in the past have had to migrate out of areas of drought. We may have to migrate people out of California.”

It seems certain that at this rate of increasing drought, millions of Americans, presently living in California, better begin packing their collective bags because it could soon be moving day.

At this point, people are undoubtedly wondering if there isn’t something that can be done to save California from this massive drought?

The Air Force Has the Solution to California’s Drought

Since its first publication, “Owning the Weather 2025“, and “The Weather As a Force Multiplier, both published in 1996, the Air Force has made it clear that it has the capability to control the weather to the degree that their documents admit that they can weaponize both weather and earthquakes (see Exhibit 2 in the Appendix). Before you wrinkle your nose up and fall back on the phrase that so many have been conditioned by, “You must be a conspiracy theorist”, I have published the Air Force’s annotated bibliography on this subject  of weather modification which is listed below in the Appendix (see Exhibit 1). I dare any reasonable person to read the data contained in the Appendix and not be able to conclude that the California drought , now in Arizona, now in New Mexico, now in Nevada and et al, in the Southwest, is not being artificially manipulated.

The Air Force actually maintains a separate entity  in its branch known as the “Air Force Weather Agency”. Its mission is weather modification.

This agency has the ability to "fix" California's extreme drought conditions.

I am going to stop short of saying this Air Force agency created the drought conditions. Although, a circumstantial case can be made that major political capital and money is at stake in the California drought. Further, the Air Force clearly has the ability to mitigate the situation. (see Exhibits 1,2,3 located in the Appendix). Additionally, don’t the citizens of California pay taxes to the federal government who in turn, oversees the Air Force? Then why aren’t the full resources of the Air Force Weather Agency being brought to bear in this crisis?  Further, why isn’t a massive cloud seeding program being implemented in California’s mountains? I grew up in Colorado and when the ski season was delayed by late snowfalls, the state simply “seeded” the clouds to expedite the process. If this worked in Colorado in the 20th century, then why would it not work in California in the 21st century?The simple answer is because that is not the plan.

Lynn Wilson, Kaplan University and a Very Bad Boy Named Peter

Lynn Wilson from Kaplan University has stated that climate change is behind what is happening to California. Lynn Wilson has conducted no meaningful research in the area of climate change. In fact, Kaplan University has never published a research study on climate change! Then why is Wilson speaking out on this issue? Wilson’s and Kaplan’s lack of meaningful credentials in this area are puzzling that any media outlet would give them the time of day, until one considers that Kaplan, a for-profit university is owned by the globalist propaganda mouthpiece, The Washington Post

Lynn Wilson

Amazingly, Lynne Wilson serves on the climtate change delegation in the United Nations. This fact makes Wilson’s statement that “Civilizations in the past have had to migrate out of areas of drought. We may have to migrate people out of California”, to be very suspect with regard to moving Americans out of California.

Why is Wilson promoting the mass migration of Americans from California? More importantly, why would anyone listen to someone with no credentials to have the authority to make such a claim? Most importantly, why is Kaplan, which is basically an online university that does no research, being thrust into the forefront by such media outlets as CNBC?

Peter Sutherland an insider's insider. Head of the UN Migration Council. He will soon be your next landlord.

Lynn Wilson meet Peter Sutherland. I recently wrote about Peter Sutherland and pointed out that this Bilderberg Steering Committee member, former head of the Western Europe Trilateral Commission, the former head of the Bank of Ireland and the person I identified as the mastermind of the conspiracy related to the Gulf oil explosion, would be in charge of any population movements inside of the United states. Most significantly, in 2006, Peter Sutherland was appointed as the special representative (SRSG) on the United Nations International Migration and Development.The UN’s International Migration and Development would be in charge of large scale population movements. It is clear that Lynn Wilson is a convenient puppet and a bumbling mouthpiece for Sutherland.

Over the past month, I have written about Sutherland being the point man resulting in the takeover of the US by the UN. I am surprised that the propaganda aspect of these intentions is already in the mainstream media. My fear is that this plot is going to move very quickly.

A more detailed synopsis about the threat posed to the United States by Sutherland can be obtained here.

Simultaneous Agendas Connected to the Evacuation of California

For those that are wondering why I am presenting the notion of climate change without a change, it is your turn. Climate Change is a term which evolved out of  the term “global warming” which was debunked as a scientific concept as a result of the hacked emails discovery from East Anglia University in what became known as “Climategate” in which it was admitted that the scientists promoting the concept were cooking the books. Thus, “Climate Change” came into being. Now, man is responsible whenever there is a hail storm, snow storm, a tornado, etc. Any deviation in a “normal” weather pattern is due to man’s use of energy, particularly fossil fuels. Thus, the concept of Cap and Trade was born which would  hand over all energy to a few enlightened men so that they could save the planet. Forget save the planet, the science does not support the fraud. Handing over the world’s economy based on pseudo science is the goal. The present crisis in California helps to establish the public “legitimacy” of this goal and will serve to convince the people to give up their property, their rights and their fortunes in order to save the Earth. It will work because how many people in the general population knows the difference between a control group and an experimental group?

The proposed nation of Atzlan.

There is yet another reason connected to the evacuation of California at some point because of artificially caused drought. I previously written about the Atzlan concept as well as the role that MECHA and La Raza’s  have proudly stated as their intent to establish a new country entitled Atzlan. The concept has been in formal existence for over a decade. It is based on the premise that in 1848 the United States illegally provoked the Mexican War which resulted in the loss of the present American Southwest from the country of Mexico. The historical allegations by MECHA and La Raza are correct. However, most reasonable Americans see the solution as being more unreasonable than the war which led to the loss of land in the first place. Atzlan advocates call for the expulsion of people of European descent from this seven state area. At one time, I saw this as a race-baiting divide and conquer strategy intended to create an unnecessary rift between whites and Latinos. Now, I see this in an entirely different light. This is the beginning of the breakup of the United States under the North American Union and the SPP agreement signed by President George W. Bush.

The initial Jade Helm map is match for the Atzlan map.

 

If drought conditions can force evacuation under the auspices of the United Nations, the Atzlan concept could be a major step in the planned breakup by the United States by the United Nations. This would bring the United States closer in line to the following map which is also UN inspired. And the Jade Helm forces wil be on the street to enforce the exodous.

As the drought worsens, Jade Helm or its successor will be in place to facilitate the evacuation of California and eventually, the entire Southwest due to "water shortages".

 

Only, it is not just going to be California that is going to be evacuated, it is very likely to be the entire Southwest; California is just the start! Repetitively, in my home state of Arizona, we are hearing the MSM rhetoric that we in Arizona are headed towards a California type of drought while completely ignorning Arizona’s massive water canal system known as the CAP. Colorado, Utah and Nevada are hearing similar rhetoric. The is the preconditioning of the people, through the corporate controlled. six-headed monster media. This seven state area is going to picked off one state at a time. 

Created under UN auspices during the Nixon Presidency, this map represents the former United States broken up into regions. Certainly, KBR and Halliburton would be at the forefront of constructing new residences for "displaced Americans".

 

Where will the UN’s Lynn Wilson and Peter Sutherland send displaced Californians?

Don't Californicate America.

And is there any proof of this intention? Please consider these recently published photos sent to me by an Arizona resident who lives near Quartzite in which we see a large military presence in the town. And where is Quartzite? It is on the Colorado River located at the border between Arizona and California.

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Why would U.S. troops be training on the Colorado River? Are the Russians going to be rafting down the river? Or, is it more likely that these troops are going to stationed at the Arizona/California ports of entry in order to receive refugees resulting from the mass migration of California residents due to the extreme and artificially controlled drought?

Analysis and Conclusion

I am in possession of 18 documents which clearly demonstrates that the Air Force has known how to control the weather to a large extent for almost 2 decades. I have published 3 of the documents which are listed below in the Appendix. The weather patterns in California, which are contributing to the drought, are anomalous to say the least and the length of time that this have been going on defies all statistical probabilities.

We have California coastal areas which seem to be operating outside the laws of the transpiration cycle. This can only be accomplished through the manipulation of the Jet Stream and the Jet Stream patterns have been unique. to say the least when it comes to California weather. The technology to do this is described in the various references in the Appendix (Exhibit 1; see also Dr. Nick Begich and his book “Angels Don’t’ Play This HAARP“).  Certainly, the drought in California could bring together the long-term dream of the globalists to control all energy under Cap and trade laws. Further, California provides an estimated 40-50% of certain agricultural products for the nation as a whole. A lack of water could have a devastating effect on the economy with regard to food pricing. If one’s goal is the collapse of the economy as a means to destroy the United States, this would be an excellent covert plan.

The presence of the UN on American soil is indeed troubling. However, California is just the beginning. To establish a New World Order, the globalists have to utterly destroy the main opposition which is our country. I submit that this process is already underway.

Please take note that Deborah Tavares will be my special guest, on The Common Sense Show, this Sunday evening (6/21/15), from 8pm to 11pm (Eastern)  and she will be shedding light on these issues and more.

Appendix

Exhibit 1- United States Air Force Annotated Bibliography of Past Weather Modification Theories, Techniques and Past Practices.

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The IMF “Trained” Greek Journalists In Washington To Spin Stories In Favor Of Troika ~ ZeroHedge


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In what can only be described as a shocking testimony, Greece’s former representative to the IMF, Panagiotis Roumeliotis, in front of the special parliamentary committee on the Greek debt, said that several Greek journalists were “trained” in Washington D.C. in order to support the positions of the IMF and the European Commission in Greek media.

Roumeliotis testified that

“The IMF trained” greek journalists so that “Greek journalists can promote the positions of the IMF and the European Commission in Greek media.”

According to Roumeliotis, the seminars and training classes took place in Washington D.C., as well as various sessions taking place in Greece.

Roumeliotis refused to disclose the names of the journalists involved, in what can only be described as overt and excessive western propaganda, bordering on illegal actions undertaken by the IMF and European Commission given the state of Greece’s debt burden.

Parliament President and head of the committee, Zoe Konstantopoulou, noted that the committee investigating Greece’s debt would seek to discover the names of the journalists that took part in Washington’s training sessions.

Roumeliotis noted that when he was in Washington D.C. he accidentally met with Greek journalists who told him that they were invited to attend seminars on the function of the IMF. He said that the committee can ask the organization’s Director of Communications Department, Gerry Rice, for a list of journalists’ names who attended such seminars in D.C.

Konstantopoulou adopted the proposal and appointed a committee member to draft a formal request to the IMF…

“In Greece, certain individuals who work for the mass media were contracted to conceal the fact that the Greek debt was not sustainable.”

Roumeliotis further testified that IMF head…

“Christine Lagarde and other high officials at the IMF contacted me before my testimony before the committee to remind me that members of the IMF are immune from prosecution.”

Konstantopoulou named television journalist Yiannis Pretenteris as one of the journalists attending the IMF classes. According to Konstantopoulou, the popular Greek journalist admitted in his book that he attended the IMF seminars.

Roumeliotis noted that many journalists fell victim to the IMF’s misinformation campaign, and that the omission of the fact that the debt was not sustainable was detrimental to public interest.

Roumeliotis went on to say that several economists and university professors also attempted to convince the public that the debt was sustainable…adding that he puts them in the same category as the journalists.

Who is Panagiotis Roumeliotis: A Greek economist, academic, banker and politician who served as Minister of National Economy, Minister of Commerce, Member of the European Parliament for PASOK and as Greece’s representative at the International Monetary Fund.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-06-19/imf-trained-greek-journalists-washington-spin-stories-favor-troika

Alan Grayson: TPP Will Lead to Oligarchy! ~ Thom Hartmann


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Spies will spy: Time to take action ~ OffNow.org



Earlier this week, the ACLU announced it obtained documents revealing that the CIA spies on Americans in America.

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Judge Rules Administrative Court System Illegal After 81 Years


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by Martin Armstrong, Armstrong Economics

Well it has been a long time coming, but all along there have been discussions behind closed doors (never in public) that the Administrative Law Courts established with the New Deal were totally unfounded and unconstitutional. With the anniversary of Magna Carta and the right to a jury trial coming up on June 15 after 800 years, the era of Roosevelt’s big government is quietly unraveling.

A federal judge’s ruling against the Securities and Exchange Commission for using its own Administrative Law judges in an insider trading case is perhaps the beginning of the end of an alternative system of justice that took root in the New Deal. Constitutionally, the socialists tore everything about the idea of a Democracy apart. It was more than taxing one party to the cheers of another in denial of equal protection. It was about creating administrative agencies (1) delegating them to create rules with the force of law as if passed by Congress sanctioned by the people; (2) the creation of administrative courts that defeated the Tripartite government structure usurping all power into the hand of the executive branch, as if this were a dictatorship run by the great hoard of unelected officials.

Not discussed in the coverage of this story is that the Administrative Law Courts are a fiefdom, to put it mildly. They have long been corrupt and traditionally rule in favor of their agencies, making it very costly for anyone to even try to defend themselves. If someone were to attempt this feat, first they have to wear the costs of an Administration proceeding and appeal to an Article III court judge, then they must appeal to the Court of Appeals, and finally plea to the Supreme Court. The cost of such adventures is well into the millions, and good luck on actually getting justice.

Furthermore, Administrative Law Courts cannot sentence you to prison, but they can fine you into bankruptcy. So the lack of a criminal prosecution meant the judges did not have to be lawyers. They could be anyone’s brother-in-law looking for a job where he just rules in favor of the agency not to be bothered with law. Unless the victim has a pile of money, there is no real chance that he or she can afford to defend themselves. This is why the agencies cut deals with the big houses and prosecute the small upstarts who lack the funds to defend themselves.

In a 45-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May in Atlanta issued an injunction halting Administrative Law proceedings against Charles Hill, a businessman who the SEC accused of reaping an illegal $744,000 profit trading in Radian Systems stock. This is typical. The legal fees involved will exceed the amount of money he is alleged to have made, the typical result is to just pay the fine and they go away, it is cheaper.

The judge ruled that the SEC agency violated the Appointments Clause of the Constitution by subjecting Hill to proceedings before an Administrative Law judge, who isn’t directly accountable to the president, officials in charge of the SEC, or the courts under Article III. The ruling is 81 years overdue. The entire structure of administrative agencies blackmailing people has been outrageous. Then you take the banks who just entered a plea of CRIMINALLY guilty to manipulating markets. They are now formally FELONS who engaged in violating SEC rules and thus under the SEC rules, they are no longer eligible for a banking license. The banks are “too big to jail” and the SEC has waived their own rules, of course, to exempt the banks. So they can engage in fraud and manipulation, get caught, pay billions in fines, and the SEC exempts them from losing their licenses. This is how corrupt the administrative agencies really are.

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This new decision calling the Administrative Law Courts what they really are is reminiscent of the notorious extrajudicial proceedings of the Star Chamber operated by King James I. The court of Chancery set up outside of the King’s Bench, so there were no trials by jury. It had the same purpose, to circumvent the law. This is where our Fifth Amendment privilege came into being. That came about following the trial of John Lilburne (1615-1657) for handing out a pamphlet the government did not like.

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The Miranda v Arizona 384 U.S. 436 (1966) decision of the Supreme Court came only after decades of abuse by American police against citizens, not unlike what we are watching today. The Miranda decision is hated by police, prosecutors, right-wing judges, politicians, and citizens. The decision is based upon the history of the right not to be coerced that began with the famous trial of John Lilburn before the English court of the Star Chamber in 1637 where he stood tall and objected to the King’s torture. Lilburn’s crime was handing out pamphlets against the king. John Lilburne (1615–1657) was a leader in the Leveller Movement of the 1640s and was a prolific pamphleteer who defended religious and individual liberty of the people. He was imprisoned many times for his views and was active in the army of the New Parliament rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In October 1649, he was arrested and tried for High Treason for printing and circulating books and pamphlets critical of the government but was

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Robert Reich on the Real Reason the Corporate-Friendly TPP Is Nearly Dead


In an era of staggering inequality, free trade turns out not to be good for everybody.

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How can it be that the largest pending trade deal in history – a deal backed both by a Democratic president and Republican leaders in Congress – is nearly dead?

The Trans Pacific Partnership may yet squeak through Congress but its near-death experience offers an important lesson.

It’s not that labor unions have regained political power (union membership continues to dwindle and large corporations have more clout in Washington than ever) or that the President is especially weak (no president can pull off a major deal like this if the public isn’t behind him).

The biggest lesson is most Americans no longer support free trade.

It used to be an article of faith that trade was good for America.

Economic theory told us so: Trade allows nations to specialize in what they do best, thereby fueling growth. And growth, we were told, is good for everyone.

But such arguments are less persuasive in this era of staggering inequality.

For decades almost all the gains from growth have been going to a small sliver of Americans at the top – while most peoples’ wages have stagnated, adjusted for inflation.

Economists point to overall benefits from expanded trade. All of us gain access to cheaper goods and services.

But in recent years the biggest gains from trade have gone to investors and executives, while the burdens have fallen disproportionately on those in the middle and below who have lost good-paying jobs.

So even though everyone gains from trade, the biggest winners are at the top. And as the top keeps moving higher compared to most of the rest of us, the vast majority feels relatively worse off.

To illustrate the point, consider a simple game I conduct with my students. I have them split up into pairs and ask them to imagine I’m giving $1,000 to one member of each pair.

I tell them the recipients can keep some of the money only on condition they reach a deal with their partner on how it’s to be divided up. They have to offer their partner a portion of the $1,000, and their partner must either accept or decline. If the partner declines, neither of them gets a penny.

You might think many recipients of the imaginary $1,000 would offer their partner one dollar, which the partner would gladly accept. After all, a dollar is better than nothing. Everyone is better off.

But that’s not what happens. Most partners decline any offer under $250 – even though that means neither of them gets anything.

This game, and variations of it, have been played by social scientists thousands of times with different groups and pairings, and with remarkably similar results.

A far bigger version of the game is being played on the national stage as a relative handful of Americans receive ever-larger slices of the total national income while most Americans, working harder than ever, receive smaller ones.

And just as in the simulations, those receiving the smaller slices are starting to say “no deal.”

Some might attribute this response to envy or spite. But when I ask my students why they refused to accept anything less than $250 and thereby risked getting nothing at all, they say it’s worth the price of avoiding unfairness.

Remember, I gave out the $1,000 arbitrarily. The initial recipients didn’t have to work for it or be outstanding in any way.

When a game seems arbitrary, people are often willing to sacrifice gains for themselves in order to prevent others from walking away with far more – a result that strikes them as inherently wrong.

The American economy looks increasingly arbitrary, as CEOs of big firms now rake in 300 times more than the wages of average workers, while two-thirds of Americans live paycheck to paycheck.

Some of my students who refused anything less than $250 also say they feared allowing the initial recipient to keep a disproportionately large share would give him the power to rig the game even more in the future.

Here again, America’s real-life distributional game is analogous, as a few at the top gain increasing political power to alter the rules of the game to their advantage.

If the American economy continues to create a few big winners and many who feel like losers by comparison, opposition to free trade won’t be the only casualty.

Losers are likely to find many other ways to say “no deal.”

Robert B. Reich has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. He also served on President Obama’s transition advisory board. His latest book is “Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future.” His homepage is www.robertreich.org.

http://www.alternet.org/robert-reich-real-reason-corporate-friendly-tpp-nearly-dead

Cops Go on Wild Rampage in Cannabis Raid, Destroy Property and Joke About Kicking Disabled Woman


Ed. Note: I’m not sure, but since the article comes from a Santa Ana publication this footage was “apparently” taken in California – one of the first states that legalized the sale of medical cannabis. Obviously the Feds are still trumping state laws, officers are not following “rule of law” and their  violating the rights of innocent disabled civilians in an abusive manner. It’s way past time to stand in our collective power and take our country back from corporate tyrants endangering lives by putting profits over people by criminalizing the citizenry and intentional forced indentured servitude within a system of debt slavery.

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SANTA ANA — Disturbing raw video footage has emerged showing a motley crue of police officers raiding a peaceful cannabis dispensary with guns pointed at the medical patients.

The cops break through the front door as if they’re in a war zone.

They make their way to the display counter, and startle several unsuspecting patients.

You can hear the cops screaming at the patients to get down on the ground, treating them as if they’ve done something egregiously wrong just for being there.

Perhaps the most horrific part of the video is when a disabled woman in a wheelchair tries to roll to safety.

A pompous female officer then jokes about “kicking her in her fucking nub.”

The woman seen in the wheel chair is Marla James and uses medical-grade cannabis for her health.

Marla says she was confused as to why the police officer would openly mock her disability.

“I was really nice to that officer,” Marla said.

“I even complimented her on her hair. I treated that woman with respect and I have no idea why she wanted to kick my stump,” she added.

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Later on in the video cops in ski masks can be seen eating the marijuana edibles themselves, playing darts, and destroying property.

It’s almost as if they get a kick out of all the power the government has given them. It’s fun for them to put on ski masks, point guns at people, and steal property.

Had any one of those medical patients made a wrong move, one wonders if these cops would have executed them and probably laughed about it back at the department.

 

 

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