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The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a Full-Frontal Assault on Democracy

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TPP Equals

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.

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Written by mattliving

December 3, 2014 at 4:57 pm

The U.S Created ISIS and Saudia Arabia Funds Them.

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As Professor Chomsky explains the real problem in the Middle East is Saudia Arabia. They are the MOST extreme of all Islamic states and fund and promote extreme Muslim activities. But the U.S. can easily overlook these “short comings” so long as OIL continues to flow!

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October 6, 2014 at 9:13 am

When “Safely” Buried Pipelines Break…

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Buried Exxon Pipeline Arkansas
There is going to be a LOT of talk about oil pipelines this year. The above photo is the result of a broken pipeline buried in Arkansas.

Pipelines are OLD methods of moving oil. In fact, it’s actually much better to move this oil on trains which can be sent any where the oil it needed. But that would mean the oil boys would have to build refineries all over the United States and not just in a very few port cities so they can quickly and inexpensively export their product to foreign markets.

Written by mattliving

March 31, 2013 at 10:26 am

Posted in Environment, Greed, Politics

Internet Surveillance Will NOT Keep You Safe.

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Since 9/11 governments all over the world have enacted varying degrees of legislation that allows for the surveillance of their citizens’ Internet activities.

Large global Internet companies gather massive amounts of personal data every day. This information is NOT being destroyed when it’s no longer needed.

It’s being stored and MINED for INFORMATION that can and most likely will be SOLD.

INFORMATION that CAN be used against you.

Be on the watch.

 

Written by mattliving

September 25, 2012 at 9:25 am

The Long, Slow Death of a Hijacked Democracy

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From it’s flash point beginnings on September 11, 2011, the attack on the American people that took place over a decade ago continues it’s forward assault on the democracy a ways it’s leader Osama Bin Laden could only have dreamed of.

As most Americans mourn and remember those lost that beautiful day in September, many deep within the industrial, military complex and global dark ops organizations and corporations celebrate 9-11 as their birthday.

Trading Freedom

Since that fateful day in September, the American and indeed most western democracies have spent TRILLION$ of public funds on questionable efforts to fortify our threatened democracies. Expanded surveillance both external but also a greatly expanded internal surveillance programs have become all too commonplace. Citizens are regularly subjected to public gropings and massive doses of x-rays in exchange for their safety. While global leaders meet regularly to ensure everyone is on the same security and economic page.

But this massive push for security doesn’t end at America’s borders. Recently the Canadian government tabled legislation, aptly named, Lawful Access, that would allow the government to “nominate” individuals to spy on Canadians Internet traffic, email, VOIP calls at anytime, WITHOUT A WARRANT! And this type of legislation is being pushed onto American trading partners as a precondition to trade.

Just a small review of what the American people have gained since the first attack on their republic took place:

And these programs continue to sponsor some of the most vile activities started under George W. Bush and continued and strengthened under Barack Obama:

  • Warrant-less Domestic Spying
  • Indefinite Detention (including American and Canadian citizens)
  • Torture
  • Guantanamo Bay
  • and more…

Trading Terror

The assault on the western democracies continues with the hijacking of international trade negotiations by large multinational corporate interests, who along with their massive lobbying efforts and equally massive wallets have corrupted the legitimate process of trade negotiations into a way to use public funds against taxpayers to protect and entrench their business models.

These negotiations were and/or are being held in private. Well out of sight of the citizens their participants are sworn to represent. The privacy as we have come to learn is necessary because of the vast number of corporate interests at the table and their purportedly valuable business information that can apparently be shared with government officials but their customers.

The REAL Reality

The reality is these corporations want legislative and physical access to the very same domestic surveillance systems created to protect taxpayers from terrorist acts to use as an extension of their businesses to further maintain their bottom lines. Sure they claims that millions of jobs are at stake and that whole industries will be wiped of the face of the earth if governments don’t criminalize sharing and force telecommunication companies to police the marketplace for “possible” violations of their intellectual property. And the sad reality is that many governments around the world have been convinced with trillions of U.S. BAILOUT dollars to hand over their reigns of  public policing to private interests.

They’re only trade agreements you say. True, but many if not ALL of the participants in these so-called trade agreement have NO legal requirement to bring these trade agreements before their respective legislative houses or people for open and public review. And that’s exactly why they have been hijacked by  global corporations. That’s why we’re seeing an unprecedented growth and acceleration in “global” trade talks.

Once the secret trade agreements are complete, legislators must now enact laws that support these secret agreements, regardless of their current laws and in recent examples with the top secret Trans-Pacific Trade negotiations have had to agree to previously agreed to portions of the overall agreement just to get a seat at the table. As was the case with the Canadian government. It doesn’t matter that some, possibly the majority of the items previously agreed to may not fit with Canada’s current laws or constitutional guarantees. Inclusion into the negotiations requires participants to agree to change their laws and/or constitutional guarantees to align with whatever has been agreed to in the trade deal.

The Price of the Great Slumber

Our world has changed a great deal since 9-11. Some for the better, much of the worse. While small governments around the world try to dig themselves out from underneath the massive, mountains of debt much of which they accumulated compliments of large US financial institutions. We are being witness too the largest transfer of public funds to private wealth never before seen in human history and a great deal of this wealth is being used to further corrupt of public institutions and governance systems turning them into extensions or branch offices for many of the corporations and financial institutions that have wreaked havoc on our global economy and domestic social programs.

If 9-11 was a wake up call it’s time for citizens of the world to shake of the slumber of manufactured safety and begin the long and painful process of regaining control of our governments, democracies and self-destinies. Sure it’s not going to be as easy as hiding behind your Facebook page or reality television show but the price of not waking up with be higher than any generation has paid since our grandparents fought and died for many of the freedoms and constitutional guarantees we are so quick to give up in exchange for cheap Chinese electronics, highly enriched fructose and glucose processed food, 500 satellite channels and a false sense of very expensive, droned, security in our hijacked democracies.

 

Written by mattliving

September 11, 2012 at 9:28 am

Goodbye Jack

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My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.

 

Written by mattliving

August 27, 2011 at 7:53 pm

American Dream

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I used to see you on every T.V.
Your smiling face looked back at me.
I used to see you on every T.V.
Your smiling face looked back at me.

Then they caught you with the girl next door,
People’s money piled on the floor,
Accusations that you try to deny,
Revelations and rumors begin to fly.

Now you think about reaching out
Maybe get some help from above.
Now you think about reaching out
Maybe get some help from above.

Reporters crowd around your house.
Going through your garbage like a pack of hounds,
Speculating what they may find out,
It don’t matter now, you’re all washed up.

You wake up in the middle of the night.
Your sheets are wet and your face is white,
You tried to make a good thing last,
How could something so good, go bad, so fast?

American dream, American dream
American dream, American dream.
Don’t know when things went wrong,
Might have been when you were young and strong.
Don’t know when things went wrong,
Might have been when you were young and strong.

Reporters crowd around your house.
Going through your garbage like a pack of hounds,
Speculating what they may find out,
It don’t matter now, you’re all washed up.

Don’t know when things went wrong,
Might have been when you were young and strong.
American dream, American dream.

Don’t know when things went wrong,
Might have been when you were young and strong.
American dream, American dream.

Neil Young

Written by mattliving

May 11, 2011 at 10:30 pm