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Tens of thousands of people protested in European cities on Saturday against planned free trade deals with the United States and Canada they say would undermine democracy and lower food safety, environmental and labor standards. The Trans Atlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP) would also redistribute trillions of dollars from working Europeans to the rich folks, and wreak Europe’s labor unions in the process. That is precisely what this treaty has been negotiated to do.

Organizers from an alliance of environmental groups, labor unions and opposition parties said 320,000 people took part in rallies in seven German cities, including Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Frankfurt. Police put the figure at around 180,000.

Smaller protests were also planned in other European cities, including Vienna and Salzburg in Austria and Gothenburg and Stockholm in Sweden.

In Berlin, demonstrators waved banners reading “STOPP CETA – STOPP TTIP”, another placard said “People over profits”.

The demonstrations are against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the United States and the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada, currently being negotiated by the European Union’s executive with the respective governments across the Atlantic.

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Showing what a complete Wall Street/Corporate Hack he is, on Friday, July 29, Monsanto/Wall Street President Barack Obama signed into law S. 764, which overturns Vermont’s GMO label law and directs the Secretary of Agriculture to come up with a national labeling standard at some point in the next two to three years. Don’t you wish Obama would represent the people, all of them, not just the billionaires who fund the Democratic Party?

GMO labeling

Under the new law, you’ll have to scan each product with a smart phone in order to figure out if they have GMOs in them. Obama still continues to lie when he maintains that GMOs have been proven safe. What he won’t mention is that GMOs have been proven safe only by the GMO corporations, such as Monsanto. He apparently refuses to look at the hundreds of independent and often peer reviewed studies which show how dangerous GMOs are. There are even two studies that have been performed by GMO giants, and subsequently leaked, that show how dangerous these things are to human health.

On the other hand, most of the Republicans in the congress voted for the DARK Act.

Check out these links for more information about how ignorant or dishonest your president is about the dangers of GMOs. Let’s face it. GMO’s have insecticides and herbicides in them, and you eat these things. Anybody think that’s healthy? Well, your president does.

A Valuable Reputation–the New Yorker

Busted: Biotech Leader ‘Syngenta’ Charged Over Covering Up Animal Deaths from GM Corn

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Brussels – In the latest blow to the European Commission’s laissez-faire approach to GM crops, 17 EU countries and four regions (in two other countries) banned the cultivation of GM poisons (known as crops) on their territories.

The 17 EU countries are Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland and Slovenia. The four regional administrations are Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the UK, and Wallonia in Belgium. They notified the European Commission of their intention to ban GM crop cultivation under new EU rules [1].

This brings the total number of countries who have already declared their intention to put in place GM crop bans to 17 – plus four regions – representing over 65 per cent of the EU’s population and 65 per cent of its arable land.

The bans apply to the only GM crop currently approved for cultivation in Europe – Monsanto’s pesticide-producing GM maize, known as MON810 – but also to the seven GM crops awaiting approval by the Commission. These are all unhealthy GM maizes.

Nine EU countries (Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg and Poland) had previously banned cultivation of MON810 under so-called safeguard clauses.

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Germany and the Migrant Crisis

German industrialists and financial gurus have a problem. The economic powerhouse of Europe has a looming crisis, which is developing another crisis of its own.

Germany has an aging and declining population. The population of Germany has dropped nearly a million and a half during the last five years. In other words, more Germans are dying than are being born. The workforce is getting older and fewer. This has led to the first crisis for the industrialists.

A declining population means fewer workers will compete for more jobs, meaning wages must go up. This, in turn, means profits must decline, which, in turn, means there is downward pressure on the values of German stocks and bonds. Downward pressure also means the bubble economy of German high finance faces the prospect of a slow or explosive implosion on a scale not seen since the Great Depression.

The great German financial and industrial geniuses came up with a great idea to cut German wage, social service, and salary growth off at the pass: they engaged in a public campaign to encourage millions of immigrants to seek economic and political sanctuary in Germany, which tens of millions of Germans oppose, especially if they want their wages to grow, and the German economy has plenty of room for that.

However, now that the German populace has turned against the rapid influx of immigrants, Chancelor Angela Merkel has reversed course. She no longer wants unfettered immigration, leaving hundreds of thousands of immigrants in limbo, thanks to those wonderful German financial and industrial geniuses.

There are many victims in this scenario, but not one of them is a rich industrialist or affluent master of finance.

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How the corrupt corporate propaganda machine known as the corporate news media lies to us. To stay competitive we need to cut wages? How about increasing wages and benefits since US corporations have produced record profits year after year for five years, which has sent the stock markets to record highs? How about giving workers higher wages rather than extended credit? And why doesn’t the US corporate press report on these things?

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership is an international income and political power redistribution scam falsely marketed as a free trade agreement, which is exactly why President Obama, Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden, as well as most of the Republican Party support this scam. It will redistribute massive amounts of income from the 99 to the 1 percent.

According to economist Thomas Piketty, in his seminal work, Capitalism in the Twenty-First Century, the United States has a record “level of inequality of income from labor (probably higher than in any other society at any time in the past, anywhere in the world, including societies in which skill disparities were extremely large)….”

Don’t let Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden lie to you. If we are going to defeat the job killing, environmentally devastating, Trans-Pacific Partnership from being railroaded through Congress using Fast Track Authority, then we need to get Senator Wyden to oppose it once again. He was against it before he was for it, so he can change his mind on this, but your voice matters, so call now. This time his vote in the senate matters most to all Americans.
Please make the call to 1-866-502-6055 and tell the senator you are against Fast Track Authority and the international income redistribution scam known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
What is Fast Track Authority? What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)? Why does Senator Wyden support them? I’m happy you asked.
The fast track negotiating authority for trade agreements is the authority of the President of the United States to negotiate international agreements that Congress can approve or disapprove but cannot amend or filibuster. Debate is also limited. Fast track negotiating authority is a temporary and controversial power granted to the President by Congress. The authority was in effect from 1975 to 1994, pursuant to the Trade Act of 1974, and from 2002 to 2007 by the Trade Act of 2002. Although it expired for new agreements on July 1, 2007, it continued to apply to agreements already under negotiation until they were eventually passed into law in 2011. In 2012, the Obama administration began seeking renewal of the authority.

Former Federal Reserve vice chairman Alan Blinder has calculated that 22 percent to 29 percent of all U.S. jobs could potentially be offshored if the TPP is approved by congress. 25 percent would translate to 36 million workers whose wages are in competition with those in largely lower-income nations. Of the 11 nations with which the United States is negotiating the TPP, nine have wage levels significantly lower than ours.

The difference between the old higher US wages of the jobs exported, and the soon to be lower wages overseas, would go straight into the pockets of the super rich via higher dividends, share prices, and soaring corporate profits. In addition, for a job well done in offshoring jobs, CEOs will receive raises and bonuses. Currently, on average, US CEOs receive a record 475 times more in pay than the lowest paid workers in their companies. See The Ratio of CEO to Average Worker Pay

According to Harold Meyerson writing in the Washington Post, “By avoiding discussion of the consequences that trade deals with developing nations have on U.S. workers, not to mention our trade balance, defenders of free trade are indulging in the worst kind of imperviousness to facts. But when the case for free trade is coupled with the case for raising U.S. workers’ incomes, it enters a zone where real numbers, and real Americans’ lives, matter. In that zone, the argument for the kind of free-trade deal embodied by NAFTA, permanent normal trade relations with China and the Trans-Pacific Partnership completely blows up. Such deals increase the incomes of Americans investing abroad even as they diminish the incomes of Americans working at home. They worsen the very inequality against which the president rightly campaigns.

There are ways that a developed nation can trade with the developing world without gutting its own economy. Germany has been able to protect its workers not only through the advantage of having the euro as its currency, but also by requiring its corporations to give their employees a major say in their companies’ investment decisions and by embracing a form of capitalism in which shareholders don’t play a major role. Were the United States to adopt this form of stakeholder capitalism, then its trade accords wouldn’t necessarily come at the expense of its workers. Absent such reforms, however, trade deals will only negate our attempts to diminish inequality.”

If the TPP is approved by congress and signed by the president, only the rich will benefit, and at the expense of our jobs. But there’s more. Those lost jobs pay our taxes, and so the TPP will lower the amount of tax dollars going to schools, fire, police, parks, recreation, road maintenance, and DMV services, among other things.

So we know President Obama, Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden, and the Republican leadership in congress (think Mitch McConnell and Orrin Hatch) are intending to rob from the middle class and give to the super rich, and those are the people they serve.

For more on what Harold Meyerson has to say about the TPP, click on the link below.

Free Trade and the Loss Of US Jobs–Washington Post

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Overall, the USA rates 75th highest in the world in income inequality, just behind Ghana and Turkmenistan, but ahead of Senegal, Thailand and Zambia, although only nine nations are compared in the graph above. Those are industrialized nations in the graph. Naturally, among those nine the USA is dead last. Why is the USA last among those industrialized nations?

Liars of the corporate news media and their pundits will tell you it is because of technology and automation, as if China, Germany, Sweden and other nations in the graph above don’t have the exact same issues. They do. Yet income inequality in those nations are far less than in the USA.

As you can see from the graph, severe income mal-distribution peaked just before the Great Depression in the USA. That mal-distribution caused the Depression because it weakened the demand for goods and services by the 99 percent.

You can see that a  massive rise  in mal-distribution began in the USA with the so-called Reagan Revolution, which was essentially, something of a coup since the 1 percent essentially stole control of the US government via treason. See The Real October Surprise Really Happened–Christian Science Monitor .

The 1 percent took complete control over the corporate news media around the same time, and sold us a ton of lies, such as trickle down economics, which redistributed income from the 99 to the 1 percent and gave more money to the 1 percent with which they corrupted government. The government redistributed income by signing free trade treaties and other legislation that allowed the 1 percent to ship jobs overseas, and pocket the difference between the higher old wages and the new lower wages.

The press continues to lie to us about a number of things. One of them is that our biggest trade deficit is with the nation of China. No it is not! Our biggest trade deficit is with US corporations as a whole that ship jobs overseas, or create them there which they would otherwise not be able to do without these corporate trade treaties. US corporations also hire foreign contractors and or sub-contractors to manufacture goods and services, rather than US contractors and subcontractors, thanks to these so-called trade treaties. In all of these cases, goods and services are exported to the United States from foreign nations by US corporations such as Apple, Microsoft, General Motors, General Electric, Fannie Mae (call centers in India and Pakistan), Capital One, and many others. The result is a massive United States trade deficit. This is the primary conduit through which income is redistributed from the 99 to the 1 percent.

Wall Street President Barack Obama plans to increase income and wealth inequality in the USA through the Trans Pacific Partnership, the largest income redistribution treaty of all time. Incoming Wall Street Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is completely with the president on this scam. So is Democratic Liberal Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden. The game is completely rigged against the 99 percent, but the fight’s not over.

In other words, income inequality has been brought about by an inequality of political power in government and in both major political parties.

We can stop the madness. There are a great many Democrats in congress who want to get reelected, and so a few simple phone calls by a large number of constituents can sway them. The same is true of many Tea Party Republican members of the US House. Call them and protest. Let you voices be heard. Let them know you’ve had enough of these income redistribution scams.

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