Archive for the ‘Big Business’ Category
Phil Alvin gives a history lesson in who the “record companies” came into existence and how they came to control virtually every aspect of the music business.
If these agreements were purely about “FREE TRADE” they would NOT be SECRET?
Reddit: “It’s important to remember the biggest backers of the TPP
are the same multinational corporations and bankers that
got rich transferring the American technology, jobs and capital
that built the Chinese threat…Fool me once shame on you…”
The Guardian: The purpose of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is to remove the regulatory differences between the US and European nations. I mentioned it a couple of weeks ago. But I left out the most important issue: the remarkable ability it would grant big business to sue the living daylights out of governments which try to defend their citizens. It would allow a secretive panel of corporate lawyers to overrule the will of parliament and destroy our legal protections. Yet the defenders of our sovereignty say nothing.
The mechanism through which this is achieved is known as investor-state dispute settlement. It’s already being used in many parts of the world to kill regulations protecting people and the living planet.
Jamie Johnson is one of the heirs to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical fortune.
Figures released Tuesday by Canada’s privacy watchdog indicate authorities requested that access from nine companies more than 1.19 million times a year, meaning authorities spend in excess of hundreds of thousands of dollars to quietly access Canadians’ personal data.
The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) alone paid $24,211 for data requests between April 2012 and March 31 2013.
The fees are paid to companies that voluntarily co-operate with authorities’ access requests, not for judicially authorized requests for information. ~ Toronto Star
It should be clear to every single Canadian that the Harper Conservative government cares very little if at all about your privacy.
Mr. Harper has implemented parts of his failed C-13 bill and even outlined in the House of Commons at the time the original bill was introduced that his government had already begun discussions with telcos about possible revenue models (ways they would pay the telcos for your private information).
The BIG problem is, the legislation died on the order desk as a result of massive public push back. But that didn’t stop Mr. Harper, his government officials simply ignored Canadian laws and crafted a very comfortable relationship with telcos only too anxious to create a new stream to pad their already bloated profits while giving Mr. Harper’s Conservatives exclusive and possibly ILLEGAL access to Canadians’ private information.