Corporate Politics

Corporate Politics

Friday 22 July 2016, WikiLeaks released 19,252 emails and 8,034 attachments obtained from the computer accounts of top members of the US Democratic National Committee. https://wikileaks.org/dnc-emails/  And just one of those leaked emails is enough to show the depth of corruption present in the DNC and major media corporations:

TPP - the living end for democracy.

TPP - the living end for democracy.

The TPP covers 40 percent of the global economy, yet it was negotiated in secret while the public was locked out. A key provision of the TPP, the ISDS, grants extraordinary new rights to thousands of foreign corporations to sue the U.S. government and thus “legally” prioritize corporate rights over the rights of government to regulate, and the sovereign right of our nation to govern in our peoples' interests. The ISDS clauses empower individual foreign corporations to skirt domestic courts and directly challenge any policy or action of a sovereign government before ISDS tribunals. Comprised of three corporate attorneys, these extrajudicial ISDS tribunals are authorized to order unlimited sums of taxpayer compensation for health, environmental, financial and other public-interest laws and regulations seen as frustrating the corporations' expectations. The amount is based on the "expected future profits" that the tribunal estimates that the corporation would have earned in the absence of the public policy it is attacking. There is no outside appeal.

The Pols will not right

I was mowing my lawn this morning, thinking.  This is a scene that is passing from American life.  And thinking is a dangerous thing to do.  My thoughts are running free; I hope that some adhere.

World Upside-Down, cont.

Yesterday, Donald Trump declared his opposition to the TPP, saying: The Trans-Pacific Partnership is another disaster, done and pushed by special interests who want to rape our country. Just a continuing rape of our country.” But of course the main-stream media focuses on his use of the word “rape”. Meanwhile the Clinton-controlled Democratic National Committee's platform drafting panel appears to be backing away from Clinton's recent campaign stance against the TPP. The Associated Press reports:

World Upside-Down

Paul Ryan, Republican Speaker of the House: “We’re not going to take away a person’s constitutionally guaranteed rights without due process"   Ryan says this as Democrats seek to instill a government "watchlist" -blacklist that will do exactly that.  What has happened to the Party of Civil Rights?  It takes little imagination to see that an unlegal blacklist would soon become filled with political opponents and leaders of disadvantaged minority groups, in particular Muslim Americans.  We must realize that Due Process is the core of our liberal democratic government: Rule by Law; anything else is only the application of power, authoritarianism.

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