Corporate Media Officially Dead.

by Jerry Alatalo

keyboard7-1Comcast Corporation, owner of MSNBC, has cancelled “The Ed Show” with Ed Schultz, allegedly because Ed Schultz wouldn’t submit to demands that he stop talking about the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) on air.  While one can look at this event as a communications industry/media milestone: the day progressive voices were once and for all effectively censored/banned from American mainstream corporate media, Comcast’s decision could result in a great backlash of increased opposition to TPP  in the United States and potential TPP signatory nations, as well as against the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in the US and Europe.

On the bright side, the trend toward people rejecting corporate cable media and finding the real news on the internet will only accelerate and grow, plus anyone in America looking for good deals on  used TVs will now face absolutely no difficulty finding them.

So it goes…

(Thank you to Ring of Fire Radio at YouTube)

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Florida’s Alan Grayson: “TPP Should Be Put To Death.”

Posted on December 27, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

ocean55Alphabet Congressman Alan Grayson of Florida told Acronym TV’s Dennis Trainor that the United States did not go to war in Syria in September 2013 because the American public “rose up”. He says the same response to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) can prevent an unwise, democracy-killing trade bill from passing the Congress into law.

Although Mr. Grayson didn’t mention his theory of the TPP beyond, agreeably, the further concentration of corporate power at the expense of the people and their right to democratic actions in nations signing on to the trade deal, perhaps the real motivation behind TPP – plus the equally gigantic Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – is corporate solidification of legal rules in their favor, before the people of the world can gather enough strength in unity to stop the trade deals. The reason both TPP and TTIP are so, so secretive is precisely to prevent the people of the world from becoming fully aware and rising in opposition – strongly enough for the people and democracy to prevail.

The feature of TPP which has outraged the most men and women, one of the few provisions which has become known – through “leaks” by Wikileaks and other avenues, is given the legal term “Investor-State-Dispute-Settlement”. This is how every dispute will become resolved among the signatory nations and their people. The angering aspect is that corporate tribunals – not traditional, neutral, government legal institutions – are given the power to make all the legal determinations.

A fellow in the following video gives an example of how this controversial feature of the TPP works. The people of Germany have decided to phase out nuclear power in their country, and a corporation whose business is nuclear energy has sued the German government for over $2 billion dollars for “future lost profits”. He notes there are 500 similar cases in litigation now. If Vietnam signs on to TPP, the trade bill passes, and down the road the people of Vietnam decide to raise their national minimum wage, corporations will be able to sue the Vietnamese government for “lost profits” as a result of wage increases.

The same holds when signatory nations take any of a wide number of normal actions that governments have taken seemingly forever. Think of genetically modified food, free-speech internet, banking regulations, environmental laws, military decisions/war and peace, etc. In essence, democracy will become placed at very serious risk in every TPP/TTIP country, with every action resulting in a possible lawsuit initiated by “harmed” corporations and their owners. According to Grayson, if the TPP becomes “fast-tracked”, members of Congress will be given only 88 seconds each to “debate” what can only be described as the most controversial, secretive, consequential trade agreement in history. The same situation pertains when looking at the TTIP between the U.S., Europe and other potential signatories.

When Texas businessman Ross Perot ran for President as an Independent in 1992, he delivered a line which has become remembered since as an unheeded, ominous warning about the millions of jobs which would leave America if the North American Free Trade Agreement passed – “Americans will hear a huge sucking sound (jobs leaving America)”. Unfortunately, Ross Perot was right but Americans didn’t hear his prophetic warning.

To the men and women reading this, think of Alan Grayson as today’s Ross Perot and hear the warning about TPP and TTIP.

“TPP (and TTIP) should be put to death”.

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For more information, please visit Public Citizen’s website at: http://www.citizen.org

(Thank you to AcronymTV at YouTube)

Trans-Pacific Partnership Equals ‘Forked-Tongue’.

Posted January 6, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

whitekeys4-1Of the hundreds of treaties signed centuries ago between the Native Americans and the recently arrived white man, virtually every one was broken by the white man. As one who looks upon all men as brothers and all women as sisters, stating that fact has nothing to do with choosing one “side” or the other. There is in my view only one side, and that is humanity.

Many are familiar with the term “forked-tongue”, which is simply another way to describe someone who says one thing and means the opposite – may as well just get to the point: a liar. Whereas centuries ago treaties signed had language which one party knew would not be honored, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)contains specific language which the corporate lawyers who wrote it fully expect to “honor”.

Let’s get real and ask how the top-secret manner in which this extremely consequential treaty has come about reflects anything remotely related to a virtue called honor. If the treaty language reflects honorable traits, if it will after signing result in an improvement in the lives of all the people whose nations enter, then how does this square up with blockage of those who will vote up or down on it to even read it?

Comparing the treaties from hundreds of years ago to the TPP, there is no real difference but for the different steps to getting it signed. The intent is absolutely the same: bringing about an increase in wealth and power for the few at the expense of the many. There now seems to be a lot of pushback and anger over the ways used to get this massive agreement pushed through and approved. The men and women in nations who are potential participants in the TPP have come to a point where actions which allow a handful of people to take advantage of the majority are simply no longer acceptable.

In the case of the TPP the people who belong to the “forked-tongue” tribe have been called out before the treaty arrived for a vote, in contrast to centuries ago when Native Americans discovered the white man lied every time. It is unbelievable that the human race has not evolved in the hundreds of years since raw, raw deals were made and signed. It is not insignificant that those centuries-old treaties came to be agreed upon over the Peace Pipe – an action which Native Americans hold as solemn, sacred, and eternal.

The methods in which the TPP has become initiated, written, kept secret, and pushed forward unfortunately does not hold the spirit of solemnity, sacredness, or worthy of everlasting agreement in any way, shape, or manner. Such a massive agreement, which affects the lives of many millions of human beings, simply cannot be proposed, developed, and advocated in such an underhanded way. To put it bluntly, actions of those who produced the TPP are dishonorable and shameful.

The idea of pushing this agreement through on something called a “fast-track” further identifies the pact as something that is very concerning and worrisome, perhaps instead of fast-track the proper way to look at this can be summed up as powerful corporations’ wanting to pull a “fast ONE”.

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From earlier posts men and women are aware that I am a big fan of journalist/documentary filmmaker Bill Still. To put it this way, Mr. Still is an honest, thoughtful writer and producer, and many people are like me in that we find him truthful – a real straight-shooter. In the following 7-minute video he distills the pieces of the Trans-Pacific Partnership to its essentials, and particularly how the deal potentially affects the average citizen.

In essence he succinctly points out what passage of the TPP will mean for the majority of people in the nations who are possible signatories. The unfortunate bottom line, if TPP becomes passed and law, is that there will be a very significant, additional concentration of corporate power to the detriment of average men, women, and children. The most despicable aspect of TPP is the further erosion of any real freedom, democracy, and sovereignty that citizens of the world still cling to.

Bill Still, along with more and more people every day, are right to say that the Trans-Pacific Partnership must be stopped. And that is no “forked-tongue”.

(Thanks to Bill Still @ YouTube)

Why Is Trans-Pacific Partnership So Secretive?

English: The BRICS - Brazil, Russia, India, Ch...
English: The BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Português: As Potências regionais. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted October 4, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

For those men and women concerned about the health and well-being of the 99% there is certainly a lot for them to be concerned about. For this writer the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has entered stage right, so we will delve into the TPP to some extent. We have all seen an increasing number of articles about TPP on the platforms that we follow, so from that we can believe it is a big deal.

To be honest I have not spent a great deal of time reading articles about TPP, so I can only give my yet fully informed views on the trade pact. Upon first glance the deal looks like that fine print we all see included in insurance and financial and major purchase documents. One could assume that the language contained in the 25 or so chapters of the document was drafted by only the finest corporate attorneys in the world.

These are the same type of corporate attorneys who have devised and administer tax avoidance schemes that allow major corporations to pay little or no income tax to their respective governments. So you can believe the TPP has legalese written into the deal where corporations gain at the expense of the 99%, the men and women in potential TPP nations who do not meet the definition of powerbroker.

There is probably a private central bank angle at the heart of this deal. What exists at this point, in the minds of those who are major stockholders of the Federal Reserve, European Central Bank etc., is a threat to their power coming from the so-called BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) financial alliance, where the nations who potentially will join the TPP may choose to enter the BRICS.

So this very well could be all about battling for control of nations’ monetary policies and banking profits. Those nations that join the TPP will have to adhere to the rules of agreement, which would probably contain financial legalese that guarantees the dollar as form of payment for imported goods. BRICS is definitely a threat to the monopoly power of the international private central bank money cartel.

The secretive nature of the TPP proceedings reminds one of the 1913 passage of the Federal Reserve Act, which handed over the immense control of monetary policy and money creation in America to powerful bankers on Wall Street. In the video Lori Wallach describes a statement from Congressman Alan Grayson, “I can tell you it (TPP) will be bad for America, but I can’t tell you why” as “obscene”.

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For further study and research please visit:

citizen.org

tradewatch.org

exposethetpp.org

 

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