Saturday, March 7, 2015

Former Public Servants Simultaneously Press for TPP

What are the odds that fourteen former chairs of the President's Council of Economic Advisors (Naked Capitalism) and eight former Agriculture Secretaries (National Hog Farmer) would sign letters supporting the act that will pave the way for the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

What does the public's know about these agreements?  Very little.  We have no right to know.  I take it the twenty two letter signers got access to these highly restricted documents, which are kept secret from the general public.  Otherwise, they recommended something of which they are ignorant.

New Zealanders recognize when politicians are blowing smoke on an issue.  Today they protested the TransPacific Partnership in the Land of the Long White Cloud.

Trade has good and bad consequences.  Our leaders want to keep the public in the dark.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Candidate Obama on Trade Agreements

Contrast this with his administration's pushing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Leaked copies of the deal give corporations preferred legal channels that bypass our judicial system.

U.S. corporate money is now political speech and corporate trade beefs may soon be above the law. Obama had six years to act on his NAFTA concerns. He's violating those very concerns in his administration's handling of TPP negotiations. I would call it irony but it's more like political chicanery.  Obama will be handsomely rewarded for his service to the Billionaire Boys.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Police State Eliminates Basic Legal Protection

Findlaw reported the arrest of a public defender trying to represent their client:

"This is not Guantanamo Bay. You have an absolute right to have a lawyer with you when you're questioned."
It's the freedom switch and it's dimming daily.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Parent Obama's Fist

President Obama will not stand for justice or truth.  Those who reveal illegal activities conducted by the federal government must be punished.  Here are two theories.  One, such actions prompt the President's parental rage.  Such actions must be smashed by the full force of government power:

"To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist."

Obama's fist is never used on his friends, however crass, corrupt and deceitful.

“’If the president’s hair is on fire,’ he retorted, ‘I want to know who the f**k set his hair on fire.”
In theory one. Obama has his own lighter.  The second possibility is Obama is aloof and disconnected.  The rage comes from those below him, like Dennis Blair, John Brennan, former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

Occam's Razor suggests the simplest answer is usually is the best.  Therefore, the federal government's retaliatory impulse is led by fist bumping Obama.  He appointed his side show of power freaks.  

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Philadelphia Freedom is Gas

The new call for freedom is from Russian oil and gas dependency. reported:

As European and North American diplomats are inching toward new global free-trade deals, trade representatives from countries including Italy, Germany, Britain, Poland, the Netherlands, and Sweden visited Philadelphia on Nov. 6 for a tour of business sites. They were eager to learn more about importing cheap gas and other fuels and raw materials from Pennsylvania and other states.

"How many of your countries import gas from the Soviet Union?" asked Michael Krancer, a former Pennsylvania environmental secretary. He represents oil refineries and gas-fracking companies as head of Blank Rome L.L.P.'s energy practice.

"I don't need to tell you what energy development means for the good guys in the world," Krancer told the European envoys. "The energy business is centered here in Philadelphia. This is the place to invest your money."

The article closed with:

Krancer said he had recently received visits from would-be energy importers from France, Poland, and South Africa, while delegations from Azerbaijan, Brazil, Chile, and Norway have visited with Pennsylvania state officials.

"We'd love to export" more energy, Krancer said. "I think we have enough for the entire world."

Spoken like a true lobbyist, complete with significant factual errors and hyperbole. 

It's a good thing the "entire world" includes the Northeast U.S. given what Krancer told CNBC.

"Houston is not as close to the demand centers as Philadelphia is. The East Coast is an amazing engine of demand," said Michael Krancer, chair of the energy industry practice at Blank Rome law firm. 

Europeans wantinj to replace Russian energy should consider who they're dealing with.  Snake oil salesman.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Quarantining Freedom's Ghosts

Connecticut declared a state of emergency for people at risk of having and passing the Ebola virus.  Connecticut is one of the original thirteen colonies.  Peer Virginia employed smallpox blankets as method of war.

Connecticut's Governor empowered the Public Health Commission to take away someone's freedom for a deadly disease epidemic half a world away.  Fear comes in many sizes.  Ebola is a whopper. 

Update 10-12-14:  A Texas hospital worker contracted Ebola from the Index patient.  Texas' Public Health System has been decimated in the new millennium.  The world has seen mistake after mistake after mistake in Texas around Ebola.  It's indicative of a system without comprehensive capability.  Don't worry folks, it's safe to invest in Africa

Friday, September 12, 2014

By Killing

By killing their relatives we turned 3,000 al Qaeda into 30,000 ISIS/ISIL.   America's leaders don't understand how the cycle of violence expands exponentially.  We claim to be Christian, followers of Jesus Christ, yet we frequently unsheath our knife to push our ways, protect our possessions.  We invade new territories to open new markets and gain access to "our" earthly resources.

By killing their kin we'll turn 30,000 ISIS/ISIL into 90,000 what?  This way Presidents will always have a war to fight and they can all give variations of the same speech

Update 3-18-15:  Obama realizes the connection, but his prescription is wrong.  He said we should generally aim, before we shoot.   He completely avoids "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" root cause.  Obama made the same mistake in Libya and is doing so in Ukraine.