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If you read the history of how and why the corruption began, you'll realize that we can never count on Congress to correct the ills of this nation or work on the people's behalf. You'll recognize that since the congress is indentured to corporatocracy, and the interests of corporations are diametrically opposed to those of the PEOPLE, Congress, as it is now structured, can only work against the PEOPLE! Therefore, to solve any of our problems as a nation, we have no choice but to take to the streets and seize control with a National Referendum, endinge corporate personhood, and throwing corporations out of government. In fact, since it's well evidenced that corporations are the enemy of the people, we must ban and outlaw any and all corporations in the future. Only then, will this country be safe.
"The industrial age forced a nation of farmers to become wage earners, and they became fearful of unemployment--a new fear that corporations quickly learned to exploit. Company towns arose. and blacklists of labor organizers and workers who spoke up for their rights became common. When workers began to organize, industrialists and bankers hired private armies to keep them in line. They bought newspapers to paint businessmen as heroes and shape public opinion. Corporations bought state legislators, then announced legislators were corrupt and said that they used too much of the public's resources to scrutinize every charter application and corporate operation.
Government spending during the Civil War brought these corporations fantastic wealth. Corporate executives paid "borers" to infest Congress and state capitals, bribing elected and appointed officials alike. They pried loose an avalanche of government financial largesse. During this time, legislators were persuaded to give corporations limited liability, decreased citizen authority over them, and extended durations of charters. Attempts were made to keep strong charter laws in place, but with the courts applying legal doctrines that made protection of corporations and corporate property the center of constitutional law, citizen sovereignty was undermined. As corporations grew stronger, government and the courts became easier prey. They freely reinterpreted the U.S. Constitution and transformed common law doctrines."
(http://reclaimdemocracy.org/corporate_accountability/history_corporations_us.html)If you read the history of how and why the corruption began, you'll realize that... more
Storm the Capitol!
The treason in Washington is ongoing, despite 75% of the country objecting to cuts to public services, and despite 75% of the country saying the rich and the corporations should be paying more tax!
The Whitehouse is making deals to raise backdoor taxes on the poor & middle class at this very moment. They are following the script Big Corporate and Big Banks have given them, line by line, scene by scene. ( http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/31/business/wall-street-mobilizes-to-raise-debt-ceiling.html?...)
They are all traitors to this country and the PEOPLE of it! None of them deserve to live in this country.
http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/174581-senate-defeats-reid-bill-and-waits-for-bipartisan-deal-from-obama-and-gop-leadersStorm the Capitol! The treason in Washington is ongoing, despite 75% of the... more
It's one thing to hear about what goes on, it's quite another thing to see it.
Fellow citizens, now is the time to take to the streets and stop the very thought of increasing taxes on the poor and middle classes which Democrats & Republicans are now planning to do! Any and every dollar cut from prepaid public services is a backdoor tax increase. Not only are they seeking to increase our taxes, but they're striving to continue giving our money to the already rich and to the corporations and banks. This debt is NOT OUR DEBT! The debt is that of war and military manufacturers and suppliers, along with Big Oil because the military efforts were made to secure their profits. It's time to distinguish us, THE PEOPLE and this country from the criminally militant businesses which have been raping us by stealing and defrauding our national treasury!
We must stop it here and now, or they will continue their march and assault on us until they have marched us into the ovens and gas chambers with our own cooperation. This is an insidious, palpable, and bloody war they are waging, and we must TAKE TO THE STREETS now and stop them!
http://sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/news/?id=23d554d6-dd0c-41a5-8b80-a95eb72be82aFellow citizens, now is the time to take to the streets and stop the very thought of... more
Now, the corporations and banks have us by the throat and are going coming in for the KILL, while continuing the transfer of our wealth to themselves. The criminally militant corporations and banksters have engineered government response plans for any who oppose the theft of the public's money! While they march on with our government conspirators, to take away the benefits we receive from our money, so that they can continue to transfer our money to their bank accounts, they have systematically conceived of, and designed, ways to prevent all of us from making a public protest to their rape of the public and the theft of our money. They have planned to prevent any mass public protest of any financial actions they take. They have agreed to not issue permits for public protests whenever it relates to financial issues. ( The very idea that the public needs a permit to protest on their own public property is a violation of our natural rights to begin with. That was their first step to suppressing the public voicing it's opposition to government criminal action. We should not need a permit to voice our objections, that merely restricts what we may ever voice our opinions about! ,) Now they have determined to force any would be public protest into penned areas, whereupon they can further coral and more easily arrest protesters, clearing them from public view. They do not want the television viewing public seeing that PEOPLE are objecting to the financial decisions being made for them, because that may start other people thinking about the transfer of their wealth without benefits that is occurring. Read what Michael Ratner writes about how our government is taking away yet one more of our constitutional rights:
http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=7089Now, the corporations and banks have us by the throat and are going coming in for the... more
As it becomes ever so increasingly clear that the mega corporations and banks have not only been systematically committing crimes against humanity, the earth, individual nations, and national treasures, specifically engineering massive financial losses to the public, perpetrating massive frauds upon the public, creating international financial crisis and hardships, and even instigating and engineering international conflicts and war, these mega corporations and banks are de facto enemies of the PEOPLE of the world. As enemies of the people of the world, we are obliged and compelled to boycott and never purchase products with well known labels that belong to mega corporations. It is our patriotic and humane duty to identify and purchase products made by smaller socially responsible companies and individual proprietors. While this alone will not stop or correct the sins and evils which these criminal and predatory corporations and banks do to earth and it's inhabitants, it will be one very effective prong in a multiple prong resistance to their march for world domination. Buy generic and small socially responsible labels only. Let's at least make an effort to bankrupt our enemies!
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/jul/26/news-corporation-joel-kleinAs it becomes ever so increasingly clear that the mega corporations and banks have not... more
According to AmericaBlog Obama's national campaign finance chair is Penny Pritzker, who is also part of the family that owns the Hyatt hotel chain. One of whose hotels has a strike. Heiress, Penny Sue Pritzker chairs Obama's national campaign finance committee. She is also big player in Democratic Party politics as well as in the world of anti-union, corporate school reform and was recently appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to a seat on the Chicago school board. Penny Pritzker is not your bon-bons–type heiress; she's an active player, she runs things, and she's very corp friendly. (This makes fascinating reading; note the "education reform" part. "Reform" means de-unionize and privatize.)
Hands on, Murdoch style.According to AmericaBlog Obama's national campaign finance chair is Penny... more
Quite a good read , enjoy !
Thank Sandy Berman for directing us to this link at The Nation, pointing out how the Kochs and the extreme right, through their alter persona "ALEC", have disempowered the EPA and legitimized their right to poison you and me without even having to pay a fine !
"Take environmental protections. The Kochs have a penchant for paying their way out of serious violations and coming out ahead. Helped by Koch Industries’ lobbying efforts, one of the first measures George W. Bush signed into law as governor of Texas was an ALEC model bill giving corporations immunity from penalties if they tell regulators about their own violation of environmental rules. Dozens of other ALEC bills would limit environmental regulations or litigation in ways that would benefit Koch."Thank Sandy Berman for directing us to this link at The Nation, pointing out how the... more
The cesium deception: Why the mainstream media is mostly reporting iodine levels, not radioactive cesium(NaturalNews) Virtually all the numbers you're seeing about the radioactivity coming out of Fukushima are based on iodine-131 which only has a half-life of 8 days, not the far more dangerous cesium-137 which has a half-life of 30 years. So while the mainstream media reports that "radiation levels are falling rapidly" from the 7.5 million times reading taken a few days ago, what they're not telling you is that the cesium-137 radioactivity will take 30 years just to fall by 50 percent.(NaturalNews) Virtually all the numbers you're seeing about the radioactivity... more
BP is arguing that victims of last year’s Gulf oil spill should not be paid any more claims for future losses because the areas affected by the spill have recovered and the economy is improving.
The British oil company makes its case in a 29-page document filed with the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, which administers the $20 billion fund for victims.
It criticizes several aspects of the fund’s policies and claims that at some times it has paid victims more than is allowed under the federal Oil Pollution Act.
“Multiple lines of evidence demonstrate that, to the extent that portions of the Gulf economy were impacted by the spill, recovery had occurred by the end of 2010, and that positive economic performance continues into 2011, with 2011 economic metrics exceeding pre-spill performance,” the BP document said.
To back up its argument, the document notes that all commercial fisheries have re-opened, hotel industry statistics indicate strong occupancy rates, and news reports on tourism venues reporting strong business.
The company is not arguing against paying out claims for documented losses. And those who feel more damages for future losses are warranted, or who are otherwise unsatisfied, can reject the final compensation offer and pursue litigation.
“Any claimant who is of the view that, notwithstanding the economic data, there is too much risk of future loss to enter a final settlement has the right to file an interim claim and seek the payment of past loss without signing a release of liability,” the BP document said.
The fund’s administrator, Kenneth Feinberg, said BP’s arguments would be considered, but he declined further comment.
As for BP’s claims that various GCCF payments exceed that authorized by federal law, Mr. Feinberg said the GCCF was authorized to use that law as a guideline. “Many of our claims, I readily admit, go beyond what’s required by federal law,” he said. “But it was always understood in our original protocol establishing the GCCF, that the GCCF would use the federal law as a guide, that’s all.”
BP had already argued months ago that Mr. Feinberg’s formula for determining final payments includes a “future factor” that artificially inflates future expected losses. That formula would provide individuals and businesses twice their documented 2010 losses. Oyster harvesters, in some limited cases, would be offered four times their losses.
In its latest filing, BP says Mr. Feinberg should end automatic “’future factor” payments for everyone, except in limited cases involving oyster harvesters.
BP notes evidence of recovered fisheries and government assurances that seafood is safe to eat as part of its argument. New Orleans seafood processor Harlon Pearce says that doesn’t address the lingering effect of the spill on the seafood business.
“For someone to say we don’t have damage in the future is clearly wrong,” Mr. Pearce said. While BP comments cited evidence that Gulf Seafood is safe, Mr. Pearce said the public’s perception hasn’t caught up with that reality. He estimated his distributions are down about 25 percent and it will take years to regain the trust of consumers and a place in the national market.
Mr. Pearce, who is president of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, said the board’s research indicates it took three to five years for the Alaskan seafood market to rebound after the Exxon Valdez spill, and noted a study commissioned by the board that says 75 percent of consumers around the country are still concerned about seafood safety.
Economist Loren Scott in Baton Rouge said there are points favoring BP’s argument. He cited sales and “bed tax” revenue from tourist-dependent areas of northwestern Florida, which were only beginning to recover from the Great Recession when the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon explosion killed 11 offshore workers and caused the spill.
And, while the seafood industry can point to a drop in consumer confidence, Mr. Scott said, BP lawyers would likely argue that it was the industry’s own complaints of oil spill damage that contributed to the drop.
“As it has from the outset, BP supports the payment of legitimate claims, and to the extent that a claimant can substantiate future losses, a final offer covering past and future losses and a release of claims are appropriate,” spokesman Tom Mueller said in a statement. “Given the strong evidence of recovery, what we are objecting to is GCCF’s practice of assuming future losses on certain claims,” he said.
Still, the BP comments stirred lingering animosities.
“They go back on their word. They try to weasel out of everything they told you they’d do,” Orange Beach, Ala., Mayor Tony Kennon said.
Mr. Kennon said BP still owes Orange Beach $2.5 million for lost revenues during 2010. While the summer season is off to a good start this year, it’s too soon to say whether different sectors of the coastal economy including lodging, restaurants, seafood, retailers and tourist attractions have fully recovered because there’s no data yet to show whether visitors are spending as much as they once did.
In Mississippi, Tom Becker, head of the Charter Boat Captains Association and a fisherman in Biloxi, said he has only booked eight trips for this month, when before the oil spill he would have expected three times as many.
Mr. Becker said some charter boat captains are still hoping to get money out of BP and he thinks it’s premature for BP to seek to end any payments.
He said potential customers still ask if the seafood is safe to eat.
“It hasn’t recovered,” Mr. Becker said. “I wish they wouldn’t come out with statements like that. It’s just depressing. It’s like, ‘Here we go again.’ A lot of us don’t believe that this is over with.”
Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran said she was “astounded. I was really just flabbergasted.”
“While I understand BP is still committed to paying losses from last year and early 2011, there are many businesses that continue to be negatively impacted by the spill, among them the seafood industry and charter fishing,” Ms. Moran said.
Ms. Moran said it will take years to fully recover and the long-term impact on delicate ecosystems is not clear.
"Sure Whatever, we know damned good and well, these clowns are just playing the game!!!ASSOCIATED PRESS BP is arguing that victims of last year’s Gulf oil spill... more
The fact that government has been involved in manipulating the public's perception and understanding of reality, to our collective disadvantage, was evidenced long ago:
"Are the CIA people and scientists in this story idiots? Evil geniuses?
No. Just supremely arrogant sociopaths without a shred of humanity or morality who were ( are? ) allowed to run wild."
The supreme question regarding these facts is how much are you and I still paying for these operations which now only serve the interests of corporations, still at your's and my great disadvantage? To deprive a citizenry of factual information and to distort it's perception of reality effectively enslaves a population and renders them puppets to the perpetrator' will. This is in effect an act of war against the people. What say you?
"http://www.brasschecktv.com/videos/government-corruption/control-freaks-sadists-and-thugs.htmlThe fact that government has been involved in manipulating the public's... more
The Agriculture Department said a genetically engineered bluegrass was not under its purview, alarming some scientists and environmentalists
http://www.sincerelysustainable.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/toxic-lawn.jpgThe Agriculture Department said a genetically engineered bluegrass was not under its... more
In the past 20 years, the US economy has grown nearly 60 percent. This huge increase in productivity is partly due to automation, the internet, and other improvements in efficiency. But it's also the result of Americans working harder—often without a big boost to their bottom lines. Oh, and meanwhile, corporate profits are up 20 percent. (Also read our essay on the great speedup and harrowing first-person tales of overwork.)
Click below to see all charts and full article:
http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/06/speedup-americans-working-harder-chartsIn the past 20 years, the US economy has grown nearly 60 percent. This huge increase... more
Citizens United. This is the 2010 Supreme Court case that shocked America, influenced an election, and reversed over 100 years of campaign finance laws. In this case, corporations were declared as people and as such declared to have the same rights as people do. It also opened the doors for corporations to pour unprecedented amounts of campaign donations into elections, and what’s more, these donations can be totally secret. Corporations can now literally and legally buy elections and shape the government like never before in our nation’s history.
The economic world we live in today is dominated by corporations. Huge corporations that boast massive profits and span continents. But corporations also wield political power and are lobbying heavily to be free from any and all government regulations that would make them responsible and liable. Republicans have been defending corporations since the late 1800′s and have literally gone on a history revising crusade to show that even the founding fathers supported corporations. But is this the case? What did the founders really think about corporations?
The origin of modern corporations can be traced all the way back to 17th century England when Queen Elizabeth I created the East India Trading Company. At first, corporations were small, quasi government institutions that were chartered by the crown for a specific purpose. If corporations stepped out of line, the crown did not hesitate to revoke their charters. Corporations generated so much revenue that they even began taking on increased political power. Corporations were also organized to finance large projects such as exploration, which leads us to the American colonies.
To say that the founding fathers supported corporations is very absurd. Its quite the opposite in fact. Corporations like the East India Trading Company were despised by the founders and they were just one reason why they chose to revolt against England. Corporations represented the moneyed interests much like they do today and they often wielded political power, sometimes to the point of governing a colony all by themselves like the Massachusetts Bay Company did.
But there is more evidence that the Revolutionary generation despised corporations. The East India Company was the largest corporation of its day and its dominance of trade angered the colonists so much, that they dumped the tea products it had on a ship into Boston Harbor which today is universally known as the Boston Tea Party. At the time, in Britain, large corporations funded elections generously and its stock was owned by nearly everyone in parliament. The founding fathers did not think much of these corporations that had great wealth and great influence in government. And that is precisely why they put restrictions upon them after the government was organized under the Constitution.
After the nation’s founding, corporations were granted charters by the state as they are today. Unlike today, however, corporations were only permitted to exist 20 or 30 years and could only deal in one commodity, could not hold stock in other companies, and their property holdings were limited to what they needed to accomplish their business goals. And perhaps the most important facet of all this is that most states in the early days of the nation had laws on the books that made any political contribution by corporations a criminal offense. When you think about it, the regulations imposed on corporations in the early days of America were far harsher than they are now. That is hardly proof that the founders supported corporations. In fact its quite the opposite. The corporate entity was so restrictive that many of America’s corporate giants set up their entities to avoid the corporate restrictions. For example, Andrew Carnegie set up his steel company as a limited partnership and John D. Rockefeller set up his Standard Oil company as a trust which would later be rightfully busted up into smaller companies by Theodore Roosevelt.
For those who need more evidence, how about statements from the founders themselves. As we all know, big banks are also considered corporations and here is what Thomas Jefferson thought about them. In an 1802 letter to Secretary of State Albert Gallatin, Jefferson said,
“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them (around the banks), will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”
Thomas Jefferson also said this in 1816,
“I hope that we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”
Jefferson wasn’t the only founding father to make statements about corporations. John Adams also had an opinion.
“Banks have done more injury to the religion, morality, tranquility, prosperity, and even wealth of the nation than they can have done or ever will do good.”
These statements make it pretty clear that corporations were not trusted by the founders. The founders knew that huge corporations only preyed upon the people......
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http://t.co/xPWIXgVCitizens United. This is the 2010 Supreme Court case that shocked America, influenced... more
Mr. President, this is a pivotal moment in the history of our country. In the coming days and weeks, decisions will be made about our national budget that will impact the lives of virtually every American in this country for decades to come.Mr. President, this is a pivotal moment in the history of our country. In the coming... more
A wave of cyber attacks has left corporations and government organizations in a state of shock and confusion.. Over the last few months, cyber attacks have increased in both frequency and severity. The group of cyber activists, Anonymous,are currently involved in 9000 attacks on governments and corporations aroundthe world. Check out the stunning details....... http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/recent-news/42976-the-cyber-war-complete-coverageA wave of cyber attacks has left corporations and government organizations in a state... more
(Baldwin, PA) Tuesday, June 21th, the Baldwin Borough Council voted 5-1 to adopt a community rights ordinance that bans the corporate extraction of natural gas. The Ordinance establishes a Bill of Rights for the Baldwin community and imposes the prohibition as a protection of those rights.
The Ordinance was drafted by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) and taken up as a rallying point by members of the community, who took it to Council.
The Ordinance prohibits “any individual or corporation to engage in the extraction of natural gas” with the exception of gas wells installed and operating at the time of enactment of the Ordinance.
The Ordinance also includes a local “bill of rights” that asserts legal protections for the right to water; the rights of natural communities; the right to local self-government; the right to a sustainable energy future, and the right of the people to enforce and protect these rights through their municipal government.(Baldwin, PA) Tuesday, June 21th, the Baldwin Borough Council voted 5-1 to adopt a... more
If corporations why not trees - "In the United States, the idea of legal rights for nature was planted by a 1972 article in the Southern California Law Review, entitled "Should Trees Have Standing?" (.pdf). Its author, University of Southern California law professor Christopher Stone, noted that established legal traditions recognized many non-human entities, from corporations to ships, as full-fledged people for legal purposes."If corporations why not trees - "In the United States, the idea of legal rights... more
You see them every day.
The flagrant and contemptuous displays of money and power in the service of money and power.
From the bailout of the Wall Street criminals, to renewed offshore drilling after the Gulf disaster, to tornado victims held hostage to budget concessions.You see them every day. The flagrant and contemptuous displays of money and power... more