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The Court That Rules the World: Imagine a private, “global super court”…

The Court That Rules the World:  Imagine a private, “global super court”…

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that empowers corporations to bend countries to their will.

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Say a nation tries to prosecute a corrupt CEO or ban dangerous pollution. Imagine that a company could turn to this super court and sue the whole country for daring to interfere with its profits, demanding hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars as retribution.

Imagine that this court is so powerful that nations often must heed its rulings as if they came from their own supreme courts, with no meaningful way to appeal. That it operates unconstrained by precedent or any significant public oversight, often keeping its proceedings and sometimes even its decisions secret. That the people who decide its cases are largely elite Western corporate attorneys who have a vested interest in expanding the court’s authority because they profit from it directly, arguing cases one day and then sitting in judgment another. That some of them half-jokingly refer to themselves as “The Club” or “The Mafia.”

And imagine that the penalties this court has imposed have been so crushing — and its decisions so unpredictable — that some nations dare not risk a trial, responding to the mere threat of a lawsuit by offering vast concessions, such as rolling back their own laws or even wiping away the punishments of convicted criminals.

This system is already in place, operating behind closed doors in office buildings and conference rooms in cities around the world. Known as investor-state dispute settlement, or ISDS, it is written into a vast network of treaties that govern international trade and investment, including NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which Congress must soon decide whether to ratify.

The BuzzFeed News investigation explores four different aspects of ISDS. In coming days, it will show how the mere threat of an ISDS case can intimidate a nation into gutting its own laws, how some financial firms have transformed what was intended to be a system of justice into an engine of profit, and how America is surprisingly vulnerable to suits from foreign companies.

The series starts today with perhaps the least known and most jarring revelation: Companies and executives accused or even convicted of crimes have escaped punishment by turning to this special forum. Based on exclusive reporting from the Middle East, Central America, and Asia, BuzzFeed News has found the following:

  • A Dubai real estate mogul and former business partner of Donald Trump was sentenced to prison for collaborating on a deal that would swindle the Egyptian people out of millions of dollars — but then he turned to ISDS and got his prison sentence wiped away.
  • In El Salvador, a court found that a factory had poisoned a village — including dozens of children — with lead, failing for years to take government-ordered steps to prevent the toxic metal from seeping out. But the factory owners’ lawyers used ISDS to help the company dodge a criminal conviction and the responsibility for cleaning up the area and providing needed medical care.
  • Two financiers convicted of embezzling more than $300 million from an Indonesian bank used an ISDS finding to fend off Interpol, shield their assets, and effectively nullify their punishment.

When the US Congress votes on whether to give final approval to the sprawling Trans-Pacific Partnership, which President Barack Obama staunchly supports, it will be deciding on a massive expansion of ISDS.Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton oppose the overall treaty, but they have focused mainly on what they say would be the loss of American jobs. Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, has voiced concern about ISDS in particular, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren has lambasted it. Last year, members of both houses of Congress tried to keep it out of the Pacific trade deal. They failed.

I wonder why they failed. Perhaps the following will provide some insight:

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Posted by on March 22, 2018 in evil



A Real Secret Service “For the People by the People, in Defense of the People”

A Real Secret Service “For the People by the People, in Defense of the People”

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Citizens allover the world are needing and seeking protection because of the lawless rise of vicious government officials.

Here in the good, old U.S.A., citizens are not obliged to receive protective agency help from corrupt government. Even if the activities are violating, unconstitutional and a tear-down of. the nation, many variations of protective services, the C.I.A., F.B.I and Homeland Security all close their eyes and opt out from responding.

There is obviously many broken connects in our government ( balance, checks and lack of protects). It is the people who fight in military units that defend America. If the people who make up the U.S.A. (military and non-military) are not receiving constitutional nor government agency protection, then who is getting it?

An AWOLL Commentary (AmericaOnCoffee)

Good Question: Just Who Gets Secret Service Protection?

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A new report from the Inspector General of Homeland Security found it took the Secret Service a year to replace a broken alarm system at former President George H.W. Bush’s home.

The Secret Service is responsible for protecting all former presidents and their spouses.

So, who else do they protect?

By law, the Secret Service protects the president and his family, the vice president and her family, the president-elect and his family and the vice president-elect and her family.

Former presidents and their spouses also get lifetime protection. A spouse will lose a Secret Service detail if he or she gets remarried. Children of former presidents under the age of 16 are also covered.

The Secret Service was created in 1865 to investigate counterfeit money. At the time, it was estimated between one-third and half of all money in the U.S. was counterfeit.

In 1894, President Grover Cleveland asked for part-time protection at his vacation home, but it wasn’t until after President McKinley was shot in 1901 that the commander-in-chief was protected full-time.

“At that point, it probably starts to look like maybe presidents deserve a little bit of security,” Hamline political science professor David Schultz said.

After Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1968, Congress authorized protection of “major” presidential and vice presidential candidates and nominees within 120 days of the general election. According to 18 United States Code § 3056, “major” candidates are those identified by the Secretary of Homeland Security and an advisory committee.

Heads of state and their spouses, foreign dignitaries and official representatives of the United States conducting special missions abroad also travel with the Secret Service. Some Cabinet members in the presidential order of succession, U.S. Senators and members of Congress receive protection.

The president can also designate protection for someone through an executive order. For security reasons, the Secret Service doesn’t share specifics.

“If we were to ask the Secret Service bureau who gets the protection and who doesn’t, they’re not going to tell us,” Schultz said.

The Secret Service is also in charge of security for huge special events, like presidential inaugurations and national political conventions.


So, the people, who are the fibers of the nation are being torn apart, pushed up against the wall – what else can the people do but re-align themselves and ensure for justice.

Overthrowing secret societies unto an all-out World War III!

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Posted by on March 22, 2018 in militias


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Buying Liberty With Life

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Posted by on March 18, 2018 in injustice



Fascism for Beginners, Part 2: Feeding the Beast

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Posted by on March 13, 2018 in judicial reform


Gas Lines Evoke Memories Of Oil Crises In The 1970s

Gas Lines Evoke Memories Of Oil Crises In The 1970s


Gas lines in America may be rare, but they’re not unprecedented.

The gas shortage in the Northeast, the result of Superstorm Sandy, is inflicting plenty of pain. But it’s a localized phenomenon that’s not expected to last for long.

The gas shortage in the Northeast, the result of Superstorm Sandy, is inflicting plenty of pain. But it’s a localized phenomenon that’s not expected to last for long.

During two separate oil crises in the 1970s, Americans from coast to coast faced persistent gas shortages as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, or OPEC, flexed its muscles and disrupted oil supplies.

In 1973 and again in 1979, drivers frequently faced around-the-block lines when they tried to fill up.

Drivers would go to stations before dawn or late at night, hoping to avoid the lines.

Odd-even rationing was introduced — meaning that if the last digit on your license plate was odd, you could get gas only on odd-numbered days. New Jersey and New York have just reintroduced the system.



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Back in the ’70s, some gas stations took to posting flags — green if they had gas, yellow if rationing was in effect and red if they were out of gas.

To conserve gas, the maximum speed limit was cut to 55 miles per hour. To cut energy consumption in the broader economy, daylight saving time was introduced year-round at the beginning of 1974, facing criticism from parents whose kids had to go to school before sunrise in the winter months.

When the second crisis hit in 1979-80, President Carter described combating it as the “moral equivalent of war,” and many Americans feared that oil shocks would be a recurring nightmare.

Since that crisis, gas prices have surged or fallen, but U.S. oil supplies have been relatively stable, and lines at the pump have, with rare exceptions, remained mercifully short.



Posted by on March 7, 2018 in historical



Drugs – the new thriving economy! How the State of the Economy Can Cause Drug Abuse to Soar

Drugs – the new thriving economy! How the State of the Economy Can Cause Drug Abuse to Soar
Usage picks up when the economy goes south.


It seems sort of obvious that bad times might result in more drug abuse, as people suffering from economic despair self-medicate. A new report shows just how true this idea is in general, while also shedding light on the rare instances in which the usage of certain drugs picks up when the economy is booming.

Researchers from Vanderbilt University, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the University of Colorado Denver published a working paper showing an undeniable inverse relationship between drug abuse and the economy overall. According the data, when one sinks, the other rises.

“There is strong evidence that economic downturns lead to increases in substance use disorders involving hallucinogens and prescription pain relievers,” they wrote in the report, which was published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

One thing that makes this study unique is the fact that most of the research in this field had focused on mostly alcohol and cannabis. Instead, this study deals expressly with illicit drugs other than marijuana. The data shows that while drug use in general increases during difficult economic times, some drugs become more popular when the economy is thriving. “LSD use is significantly procyclical,” the report states, meaning that it people use it more in good times. On the other hand, drugs like Ecstasy are “countercyclical.”

The main takeaway is that “there is strong evidence that economic downturns lead to increases in substance use disorders involving hallucinogens and prescription pain relievers.”

What’s most alarming is that, according to the researchers, drug treatment policies get significantly cut during economic downturns, which seems like precisely the wrong move at the wrong time.

“Our results are important for understanding optimal policy responses to economic booms and busts,” they write. “Most debates over public funding for drug treatment, penalties for illicit drug use, and other drug policy levers ignore the role of economic conditions. Our results highlight the perils of this omission.”


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Posted by on March 7, 2018 in economy



9 Strategies to End Corporate Rule

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    Corporate power is behind the politics of climate denial, Wall Street bailouts, union busting, and media consolidation, to name just a few. And policies advocated by the 1 percent are bankrupting the middle class. But real people have power, too. Here are some of their most successful strategies.

    1. Amend the constitution to end corporate personhood.

    Occupier photo by Joseph Holmes

    Rights Are For Real People

    Where the infamous Citizens United Supreme Court decision came from and how to overturn it.

    The People: Close-Ups from Zuccotti Park

    Portraits of a nascent society.

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    Lobbying’s Big Payoff

    For corporations, paying for policy is still the best investment around.

    PLUS: “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”
    —Alice Walker: Download the quote poster.

    2. Dive into grassroots campaigns.

    Ben Gotschall photo by Alex Matzke

    A Bold Win Against Big Oil

    How people power stopped the Keystone XL Pipeline.

    PLUS VIDEO: Bill McKibben: “The Biggest Fight of Our Time”: In which one of the world’s best-known climate activists gets personal about the enormous task of saving our planet.

    Nurses for Tax Justice photo by SJSEEM

    Nurses Mobilize For a Dose
    of ­Financial Justice

    Before there was Occupy, thousands of nurses were already taking on Wall Street to demand a financial transaction tax.

    Vermont Health Care photo courtesy of Jobs with Justice

    Single-Payer Success: Vermont Shows How to Cover Everyone

    The state’s progressive health care model has already bolstered campaigns in more than 20 other places.

    3. Hold corporations accountable to our laws.

    EPA Protest photo courtesy of Rainforest Action Network

    Revoke Their Charters

    … and other legal tools to hold corporations accountable to our laws.

    4. Get Past the Propaganda

    Guy Fawkes photo by Stephen O'Byrne

    3 Things Everybody Knows—and Why They’re Wrong

    “Social security is broke,” and other scare tactics.

    PLUS: Who Really Gets Burned With Tort Reform?

    5. Support independent media and keep the Internet free.

    Laptop Media photo by Mik Nei

    The People’s Media

    Keeping freedom of speech alive on the Internet.

    PLUS VIDEO: A Magna Carta Moment for Internet Freedom: Why we must fight for our online rights—before they’re sold, legislated, and programmed away.

    6. Protect the Commons

    Boulder photo by Zane Selvans

    How Boulder Freed Its Electric Company

    Citizens take over the power in a bid to kick coal.

    Robin Hood photo courtesy of Oxfam International

    A People’s History of Robin Hood

    WEB ONLY: For hundreds of years, he’s fought tax injustice, tyranny, and the seizure of the commons. Why we still need him today.

    7. Vote. Protect our democracy.

    Crowd with American Flag photo by Ted Fu

    Four Ways to Flex Our Electoral Muscles

    What we can do right now to strengthen our democracy.

    WEB ONLY: Keeping It Clean: Maine’s Fight for Fair Elections

    8. Make your dollars matter.

    Dump Your Bank photo by Jonathan Clark

    Watch Us Move Our Millions

    Cities, churches, and universities take their money away from Wall Street.

    PLUS VIDEO: A Separation of Church and Bank
    Why one San Diego church said goodbye to their bank—and took $3 million dollars with them.

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    8 Ways to De-Corporatize Your Money

    Debit or credit? How to keep your money out of corporate clutches.

    WEB ONLY: 5 Ways to Make Your Dollars Make Sense
    Concerned about Wall Street’s devastating impact on communities? Then invest in yourself—the most local investment of all.

    9. Get creative to raise awareness.

    Reverend Billy photo courtesy of Reverend Billy

    The Importance of Being Sassy

    How Occupiers, pranksters, and artists speak louder than money.

    PLUS VIDEO: 5 Acts of Creative Disruption
    From mic checks in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to flash mobs at Target, expressing dissent has never been more colorful.

    George Siemon photo courtesy of Organic Valley

    Can There Be “Good” Corporations?

    Instead of fighting corporations, reinvent them. When companies are owned by workers and the community—instead of Wall Street financiers—everything changes.

    PLUS PHOTO ESSAY: California’s New Triple Bottom Line
    Best in the world? Try best for the world: The Golden State welcomes a new kind of corporation.

    Also in Issue …

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    Free Your (Eco)Mind

    Think like an ecosystem, and you just might save the world.

    Hokulea photo by Taylor Boger

    Rising Sea Levels: The View from a Canoe

    A traditional Hawaiian voyaging canoe will soon circle the Earth, bringing a new generation deep awareness of the climate crisis.

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    Posted by on March 7, 2018 in corruption, economy, fascist



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