Lobbyists Are Already Cashing in on the TPP!

Our representatives have been shut out of trade negotiation. According to Economy in Crisis, Americans should be concerned about the lack of transparency around the Trans Pacific Partnership. Although some sections of the TPP have been leaked, even our members of Congress have to jump through hoops to get a peak at this massive trade deal. To make matters worse, Economy in Crisis says that the big wigs in the finance industry are “giving huge bonuses to lobbyists involved in the TPP negotiation.” You have to ask yourself, what's in it for the banksters that's worth dishing out multi-million dollar bonuses?

From the leaked chapters, it's clear that the TPP has been written to benefit corporate interests, not Americans, yet trade officials want Congress to hand over their right to change anything in the deal. So-called “free trade” has destroyed the middle class in our country, and forced too many Americans into “do-you-want-fries-with-that” jobs. This deal is too massive, and too dangerous to proceed without public debate. Tell your lawmakers and tell them to say “no” to Fast-Track, and “no-more” to so-called “free trade.”

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DAnneMarc's picture
DAnneMarc 8 years 39 weeks ago
#1

Aliceinwonderland ~ With all due respect to our esteemed Loren Bliss, it will take much more then his credit to discourage an Elizabeth Warren--or for that matter any other respectable contender--in the next presidential election.

Please forgive me. We just had a neighborhood shooting tonight... across the street from our house. We are a bit shaken up. The young victim was shot point blank 6 - 9 times. Fortunately the shots were mostly in the extremities and he will hopefully survive.

I might be flying below the radar for the next few days. Mostly because my computer is below the front window. The best of wishes to you all. Godspeed!

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Aliceinwonderland 8 years 39 weeks ago
#2

DAnne, I am the last person who would try discouraging Ms. Warren from anything she saw fit to pursue! I never claimed to accept the premise that she should stay in the Senate. I only made fleeting mention of the idea having been articulated from some other source; big difference! Hey, I happen to be a huge fan of Ms. Warren's. That gal could be Queen of the Fucking Universe and it would suit me just fine! So you can relax about that. We're on the same page, buddy...

As to that shooting across the street from your house, you've every right to feel shaken. I'm deeply sorry to hear your neighborhood is plagued with that kind of violence. I've heard other murmerings in previous posts of yours about this, and it grieves me. I'm saddened that you and your wife have had to experience this sort of trauma first-hand. I hope that kid makes it; six to nine gunshot wounds sounds pretty bad. Shit, you folks are living in a war zone!

Oakland is where I grew up, between ages six and seventeen. Even back in the sixties, it wasn't a tranquil environment, socially; I remember the racial tensions from both sides. Far back as I remember, my sympathies were with the black folks.

The year after I left Castlemont High School, they had some scary riots there, and I mean scary. A girl got stabbed to death in the cafeteria one day during lunch hour. Glad I wasn't there to see any of that. During the riots, white students (the minority at Castlemont) had to be smuggled out. Glad I wasn't one of them.

I could share lots of memories about Oakland, but this probably isn't the best time. Hang low, comrade, and stay safe. - AIW

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Mark Saulys 8 years 39 weeks ago
#3

Kend, the good times ended just before Bush left office. I mean, they ended some just as he came in but that was a downturn more in the normal range - but he ran that debt and deficit up. It wasn't because of "bad times" that he ran them up. He could've continued to maintain a fiscally responsible policy, i.e., he could've continued with a surplus and to pay down the debt but Republicans always but always, without fail - since Reagan - immediately after taking office, embark on a ploicy of massive deficit spending with a willful attempt to bankrupt the government so they can supplant democratic government with their private tyranny.

Paying off the debt the Republicans ran up in 8 years won't happen in one year's budget. But you want us to try, or the people you shill for do, because that would bankrupt government.

When did Canada stop - or even have - public financing of campaigns? Your system was similar to ours with your limitations on contributions and partial reimbursements. Ours was knocked down by the Supreme Court yours is still going, I couldn't find any mention of any repeal or reduction of reimbursements (Trying to slde another one past us, Kend?) if anything, Kend, the Canadian public wants tighter campaign finance laws.

What you have isn't anything close to publicly funded campaigns. Your federal system was like ours with the federal matching funds.

We had two states, Arizona and Maine, that had real public funding of campaigns until Citizens United and legislators from those states were the only ones who could from their cars to their offices or the capitol chambers in the amount of time it takes to walk from the parking lot. The lobbyists knew not to waste their time with them, the others had to run a gauntlet of lobbyists waylaying them and took at least a half an hour.

What you have and what we had were half assed measures that didn't solve the problem. Maine, Arizona, Western Europe (England, France, Germany) is where you have public financing of campaigns and had in Europe forever. There, an instance of corruption that would hardly be noticed here would be a scandal.

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DAnneMarc 8 years 39 weeks ago
#4

Aliceinwonderland ~ Thanks for your condolences. I find I can't sleep. The police are still outside, and about twenty minutes ago a fire truck arrived to hose the blood off the sidewalk. I've lived here all my life and experienced all kinds of stuff. I've heard the guns go off routinely. This is the first time a shooting has happened this close to home. I guess I always knew it could happen; but, like most things of this caliber, you are never really prepared for the real thing.

Yet, even now I catch myself and think that this is nothing compared to some violence caused by this country in other countries. Think of some of the border states with Mexico where narcotraffickers have caused a huge amount of casualties. All completely unnecessary casualties due to drug trafficking. Think about Iraq and seven stadiums full of innocent blood shed for oil.Think about the innocent life shed by death squads in Nicaragua. Think about entire villages fire bombed in Vietnam. The list goes on and on and on; and, the more I think about it the more I feel like a whining little baby.

Oakland is a lot of things... but it is still the most beautiful city I've ever seen. It is my home and I'm still proud of it. I'm not going to let anything get in the way of my love affair with it. Time to man up and deal with life. Thanks for the shoulder to cry on; and, the kind words. Wish I could go back to bed; but, I'm tired of staring at the ceiling. Maybe after a nice warm cup of milk...

Thanks again for the sympathy. Hopefully no one will have to deal with this ridiculous nonsense in a perfect future. Like you just said a while ago... Hope is wonderful!

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Aliceinwonderland 8 years 39 weeks ago
#5

Marc, I know what kind of violence goes on around the world. But please don't try to minimize the violence across the street, or your trauma at witnessing it, like it's nothing compared to Mexico, Vietnam or Iraq. You're not being kind or fair with yourself. Nobody should have to be targeted by, or even witness to, something like that. It puts you in danger too. People occasionally get shot by bullets piercing walls from the outside. This is serious. I'm not suggesting you dwell on it infinitum or suffer from panic attacks or wallow in chronic depression, but you needn't characterize your response to such an experience as "whiney" or infantile. There'd be something wrong with you if you weren't affected by it.

Yeah hope is wonderful. I haven't felt much of that for a good while. There'll never be a "perfect future" but I'll settle for some major improvements!

Hang in there my friend. Peace be with you... - Alice I.W.

FractionallyUnnerved's picture
FractionallyUnnerved 8 years 39 weeks ago
#6

Good morning and Good day to All

Alice Frac works fine Unnerved is my state of mind do to my awareness so Mr.Unnerved you could say when formally addressing me lol. I"ve been recieving Thom's article for some time.watch RT also. The hand out to counterfitter crooks just set me off. And the Prof. with Tag your It well fine then The World is the only place we know of yet (science fact) We the PEOPLE can Incarnate to Build for the Future we know how to do this... Green and Clean now lets get Mean.. slogan idea

to Quote Alice

"When I say "warrior" I envision someone who couldn't care less about bipartisanship, who concerns himself (or herself) only with the health and stability of this country and all its people." the Center in an alltruisic sence has it's virtue. philosophically speaking of coarse lol.Nader said he votes his conscience as Many do

Peace to All

Mark Saulys's picture
Mark Saulys 8 years 39 weeks ago
#7

Kend, you get any of what I said? Your arguments, Kend, would have to be significantly improved just to be specious. You don't think you're gonna just make careless bullshit and then skip out do ya? C'mon, take your medicine.

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FractionallyUnnerved 8 years 39 weeks ago
#8

Violence mentioned in this thread is a reflection of the times Banksters corporate scandles ect.the poverty drives the madness More people would come to realize the oportunities Democracy offers if JUSTICE was applied to the Industrial War Complex Take back the printing of the currency.mass round up throw the banksters into the for profit jails. Down with the Fascism

5000 Hospitals in 10 years Destroyed in intrerest serving the debt !!One Country alone !wealth the people produce and the very very few take THE 99.8% PAY and PAY This platform is JUST cause for REVOLT

To the .8% May you see the Truth

Hope to spread Hope my friends regards Frac

Mark Saulys's picture
Mark Saulys 8 years 39 weeks ago
#9

Sorry Kend, don't wanna be nasty but you can't just drop some stuff and skate. Gotta hear the truth. .

Aliceinwonderland's picture
Aliceinwonderland 8 years 39 weeks ago
#10

Go git 'em, Mark! Take no prisoners! - AIW

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Aliceinwonderland 8 years 39 weeks ago
#11

I just received a letter from Ron Wyden, one of our two Oregon senators, regarding the TPP. It's his response to a letter I sent him months ago, pleading for him to please oppose the TPP. Apparently my efforts were in vain. Take a load of this crap, my friends! Senator Wyden claims this so-called agreement will "set norms for the trade of goods and services and include disciplines related to intellectual property, access to medicines, Internet governance, investment, government procurement [of what?!], workers' rights and environmental standards". Whoopie. (How nice and sanitary these guys make it sound!) "If agreed to," Wyden continues, "the TPP will set the tone for our nation's international economic future for years to come, impacting the way Congress intervenes and acts on behalf of the American people it represents." What follows this is an even more outrageous claim that the TPP is "important to the economy of the Pacific Northwest, and especially Oregon"… HUH? Whaa...?!!!

Just goes to show that an overwhelming majority of our politicians are nothing more than worthless patsies, the equivalent of Stepford wives, for the billionaires who own our senators along with the corporations. Billionaire Welfare Queens are the only ones who will benefit from this obscenely fascist "New World Order" the TPP is an integral part of.

I will never vote for Senator Wyden again. He also supports the LNG export facility Jordan Cove and that Williams pipeline company are busy shoving down our throats here in Coos County, subjecting us to all these risks and liabilities with no substantial benefits; just for the "privilege" of being Canada's stepping stone to Asia! They'll be stepping all over us with Senator Wyden's blessings, apparently. The guy is such an idiot. Each time I've voted for Senator Wyden in the past, it was a "lesser evil" vote. As always, this is what my "lesser evil" vote gets me: taxation without representaton!

Once again, our old blog buddy Nachos comes to mind. How I miss that guy. He could be strident and obnoxious on occasion, but it was rare for me to disagree with him on anything. Ole Nachos sure was spot-on about voting lesser evils into office, because evil is exactly what we get. With a smile, and all these shallow generic niceties like "Thank you for contacting me" and "I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue…" Yeah right. "Thank you and screw you" is more like it.

The hell with the Democrats! Maybe I oughta re-register as an independent, like Bernie Sanders. - Aliceinwonderland

Palindromedary's picture
Palindromedary 8 years 39 weeks ago
#12

AIW: Very interesting piece about Wyden. Incidentally, I had a friend whose wife dated Wyden (that was before my friend knew her, of course, and, I think, before he was married..but you never know about these Congress Critters...as Jim Hightower usually called them).

Diane Feinstein is starting to create big waves with the CIA's spying on them...makes me wonder about the potential wag-the-dog missing airliner. Thank goodness I don't have to fly anymore!

Aliceinwonderland's picture
Aliceinwonderland 8 years 39 weeks ago
#13

Diane Feinstein blows.

Palindromedary's picture
Palindromedary 8 years 39 weeks ago
#14

I agree! ;-} except it's nice that she is attacking the CIA...love that part! But you're still right...she blows! Just part of the wealthy oligarchy.

Mark Saulys's picture
Mark Saulys 8 years 39 weeks ago
#15

Isn't Feinstein the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee? She was all in favor of NSA spying and wanted to fry Ed Snowden, Manning and Assange and everybody. Now they're spying on her, now she's outraged.

I believe she's saying she's a senator so she shouldn't be spied upon like the rest of us. Privileged nonsense, spy on her too! If she's a senator her act of treason would be worse than a common person's..

Palindromedary's picture
Palindromedary 8 years 39 weeks ago
#16

Right on, Mark Saulys! But it is so nice that the CIA is finally getting taken down a few notches. We'll see how this plays out.

Palindromedary's picture
Palindromedary 8 years 39 weeks ago
#17

This is a United States Senate News Release of Diane Feinstein's statement on Intelligence Committee's CIA Detention, Interrogation Report. She claims that there has been a lot of misinformation in the news media about what has been going on about the "hacking" claims. Very interesting! I sure hope that information is declassified or somehow leaked. We all need to understand how criminal one of the nation's most powerful spy agency has undermined the laws of the United States. What was it they don't want us to know about? Must be pretty condemning. Now, the CIA is trying to claim that Feinstein's group broke the law. It's quite a battle of finger pointing. I sure hope something good comes out of this.

As I understand it, Congress, several years ago ordered the CIA to release their records and documents for the purpose of investigating them over the CIA Detention and Interrogation. The CIA responded by doing a massive unindexed document dump, 6.2 million records, of the requested information. This would make it very difficult to find CIA wrongdoing. Feinstein claims that her staff did not "hack" into CIA computers to obtain these documents as has been suggested in the press. The documents were identified using the search tool provided by the CIA to search the documents provided to the committee. There were also claims in the press and elsewhere that the markings on these documents should have caused the staff to stop reading them and turn them over to the CIA. Feinstein rejects that claim completely.

The following are select quotes from the statement:
note: this is long but Feinstein's statement is a lot longer.

Quote Feinstein:

"There are also claims in the press that the Internal Panetta Review documents, having been created in 2009 and 2010, were outside the date range of the committee’s document request or the terms of the committee study. This too is inaccurate."

"... the committee study includes significant information on the May 2011 Osama bin Laden operation, which obviously postdated the detention and interrogation program. At some time after the committee staff identified and reviewed the Internal Panetta Review documents, access to the vast majority of them was removed by the CIA."

"..some of these important parts that the CIA now disputes in our committee study are clearly acknowledged in the CIA’s own Internal Panetta Review. To say the least, this is puzzling. How can the CIA’s official response to our study stand factually in conflict with its own Internal Review?"

"Now, after noting the disparity between the official CIA response to the committee study and the Internal Panetta Review, the committee staff securely transported a printed portion of the draft Internal Panetta Review from the committee’s secure room at the CIA-leased facility to the secure committee spaces in the Hart Senate
Office Building."

"When the Internal Panetta Review documents disappeared from the committee’s computer system, this suggested once again that the CIA had removed documents already provided to the committee, in violation of CIA agreements and White House assurances that the CIA would cease such activities."

"As I have detailed, the CIA has previously withheld and destroyed information about its Detention and interrogation Program, including its decision in 2005 to destroy interrogation videotapes over the objections of the Bush White House and the Director of National Intelligence. Based on the information described above, there was a need to preserve and protect the Internal Panetta Review in the committee’s own secure spaces."

"Shortly thereafter, on January 15, 2014, CIA Director Brennan requested an emergency meeting to inform me and Vice Chairman Chambliss that without prior notification or approval, CIA personnel had conducted a “search” — that was John Brennan’s word — of the committee computers at the offsite facility. This search involved not only a search of documents provided to the committee by the CIA, but also a search of the ”stand alone” and “walled-off” committee network drive containing the committee’s own internal work product and communications."

"..the CIA just went and searched the committee’s computers. The CIA has still not asked the committee any questions about how the committee acquired the Panetta Review. In place of asking any questions, the CIA’s unauthorized search of the committee computers was followed by an allegation — which we have now seen repeated anonymously in the press — that the committee staff had somehow obtained the document through unauthorized or criminal means, perhaps to include hacking into the CIA’s computer network."

"As I have described, this is not true. The document was made available to the staff at the off site facility, and it was located using a CIA-provided search tool running a query of the information provided to the committee pursuant to its investigation."

"Besides the constitutional implications, the CIA’s search may also have violated the Fourth Amendment, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, as well as Executive Order 12333, which prohibits the CIA from conducting domestic searches or surveillance."

http://cryptome.org/2014/03/feinstein-14-0311.pdf

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