STARVING ON A PILE OF FOOD
“The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 1.3 billion tonnes of food go to waste globally every year. Meanwhile, 805 million of the world’s people are still experiencing chronic undernourishment or hunger, reports IPS News this morning.
Enough food is produced to provide more than adequate nourishment to everyone on the planet.
Many capitalists prefer that food rot in warehouses awaiting a higher price. It’s about profit, not human rights.
WAR IS US
Medea Benjamin has a piece this morning about the war mongering of the mainstream press titled “The Fourth Estate in Flames: On the US Media’s Award-Winning War Propaganda.”
There is a constant stream of “be very afraid of Muslims, we must bomb that country, no this country, no, the other country again.” Our economy, with most of the good paying manufacturing jobs sent after slave labor abroad, is increasingly dependent on what is euphemistically called “defense spending.”
This combination of a war economy and war propaganda hasn’t been this organized anywhere on the planet since the Third Reich.
HAPPY INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY
“The Seattle City Council is replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the city,” begins a piece at HuffPo this morning. Columbus was directly responsible for atrocities committed against the peoples of the Caribbean including murder and rape, and starting the slave trade in the New World.
With millions of people preceding Columbus in the New World, it is insulting to the indigenous people to say he “discovered” America. Columbus refuted claims he had landed in the Americas, insisting he had discovered a route to the spice islands off Asia, so never, himself, took credit for “discovering America,” although the scientists of his time knew it was not Asia.
The people who run most of the world’s economy, the ruling Forces of Greed (FOG), have demonstrated that they are willing to sacrifice our natural environment, the safety of their own workers, the health and lives of their customers– whatever it takes to make more profit. They control most of the governments, with that of the USA used as the enforcer of their demands on those nations not toeing the line (increasingly the primary function of our government).
More importantly than the FOG’s control of governments, they control the mainstream press, absolutely, which enables them to make zombies of the masses for control. The brilliance of the propaganda, I think, is in that the overwhelming majority of those working in corporate media are not aware that it is propaganda they are dishing to the masses.
One of the ruling FOG’s most depraved concepts, given its start by President Clinton (NAFTA, GATT) is that of “free” trade. “Free trade” is not free for the masses– the masses pay dearly in environmental destruction, economic ruin for the working class, and a loss of democracy– it is clearly only “free” for the FOG –Jack Balkwill
The Lie Machine
I have come to the conclusion that the West is a vast lie machine for the secret agendas of vested interests. Consider, for example, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the Transpacific Trade and Investment Partnership.
These so-called “partnerships” are in fact vehicles by which US corporations make themselves immune to the sovereign laws of foreign countries in which they do business. A sovereign country that attempts to enforce its laws against an American corporation can be sued by the corporation for “restraint of trade.” For example, if Monsanto wants to sell GMO seeds in France or US corporations wish to sell genetically-modified foods in France, and France enforces its laws against GMOs, the Transatlantic Trade Partnership allows France to be sued in jurisdictions outside the courts of France for “restraint of trade.” In other words, preventing the entry into France of a prohibited product constitutes restraint of trade.
This is the reason that the US has insisted that the Transatlantic and Transpacific Partnerships be totally secretive and negotiated outside the democratic process. Not even the US Congress has been permitted knowledge of the negotiations.
Obviously, the Europeans and Asians who are agreeing with the terms of these “partnerships” are the bought-and-paid-for agents of the US corporations. If the partnerships go through, the only law in Europe and Asia will be US law. The European and Asian government officials who agree to the hegemony of US corporations over the laws of their countries will be so handsomely paid that they could enter the realm of the One Percent.
It is interesting to compare the BBC’s coverage (October 10) with that of RT (October 11). The BBC reports that the aim of the Transatlantic Partnership is to remove “barriers to bilateral commerce” and to stimulate more trade and investment, economic growth and employment. The BBC does not report that the removal of barriers includes barriers against GMO products.
Everyone knows that the European Commission is corrupt. Who would be surprised if its members hope to be enriched by the American corporations? Little wonder the European Commission declared that concerns that the Transatlantic partnership would impact the sovereignty of countries is misplaced. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29572475
RT, which is restrained in reporting truth because it operates inside the US, still manages to come to the point in its headline: “No TTIP: Mass protests slam US-EU trade deal as ‘Corporate power grab’.”
All over Europe people are in the streets in mass rallies against secret agreements by their corrupt governments for Washington to take over their lives and businesses. RT reports that “social networks have been mobilized for a mass campaign that has been calling on Europeans and Americans to take action against ‘the biggest corporate power grab in a decade’.”
RT quotes a leader of the demonstration in Berlin who says the secret agreements “give corporations more rights they’ve ever had in history.” As we all know, corporations already have too many rights.
“Protests are planned in 22 countries across Europe–marches, rallies and other public events–in over 1,000 locations in UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Netherlands, Poland, The Czech Republic and Scandinavian countries.”
Did you hear about this latest American corporate power grab from Fox “News,” CNN, New York Times, London Times, ABC? Of course not. Did you hear about the massive protests against it? Of course not. You only hear what the interest groups permit you to hear.
RT reports that the main aim of the international protests is “to reclaim democracy” and to put an end to the secret deals that are destroying life for everyone but the American corporations, organizations now regarded worldwide as the epitome of evil.
These phony “trade agreements” are advocated as “free trade removal of tariffs,” but what they remove are the sovereignties of countries. America is already ruled by corporations. If these faux “trade agreements” go through, Europe and Asia will also be ruled by American corporations.
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