Category Archives: Corporations Really Suck

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (#TPP) and the Death of the Republic by Ellen Brown + Obama, Corporate “Free Traitors” and You! by Ralph Nader

#TPP - Expressway to Trade Hell bumper sticker on my car

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
April 24, 2015

The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government. — Article IV, Section 4, US Constitution

A republican form of government is one in which power resides in elected officials representing the citizens, and government leaders exercise power according to the rule of law. In The Federalist Papers, James Madison defined a republic as “a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people… .”

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Secretive #TPP Trade Deal is a Threat to Democracy + Bernie Sanders: No Fast Track for the TPP

Expressway To Trade Hell - TPP Bumper Sticker on My Car

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democracynow on Apr 16, 2015

democracynow – Senate Finance Committee leaders Republican Orrin Hatch and Democrat Ron Wyden are expected to introduce a “fast-track” trade promotion authority bill as early as this week that would give the president authority to negotiate the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and then present it to Congress for a yes-or-no vote, with no amendments allowed. On Wednesday, more than 1,000 labor union members rallied on Capitol Hill to call on Democrats to oppose “fast-track” authority. We speak with two people closely following the proposed legislation: Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, and Rep. Alan Grayson, a Democrat from Florida.

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Can the Working Class Still Change the World? by Kyle Brown

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by Kyle Brown
socialistworker.org
April 14, 2015

IN HIS famous speech “Where Do We Go From Here?” Martin Luther King Jr. quoted the then-president of the United Auto Workers (UAW) union, Walter Reuther, saying, “Power is the ability of a labor union like the UAW to make the most powerful corporation in the world, General Motors, say ‘Yes’ when it wants to say ‘No.'”

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Longing for 1984 with Chris Hedges

Apocalyptic outcome

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with Chris Hedges

acTVism Munich on Nov 21, 2014

Zain Raza interviews Chris Hedges on a newly produced show called “Longing for 1984″ to discuss the interests that really dictate U.S policy both domestically and abroad, government surveillance globally and the role of activism.

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Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (#TPP) – Investment Chapter

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WikiLeaks
Press Release
March 25, 2015

WikiLeaks releases today the “Investment Chapter” from the secret negotiations of the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) agreement. The document adds to the previous WikiLeaks publications of the chapters for Intellectual Property Rights (November 2013) and the Environment (January 2014).

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A Corporate Whore of Congress by Ed Ciaccio

by Ed Ciaccio
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 10, 2015

Criminal, Corporate, Congress

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(to the tune of “The Yellow Rose of Texas”)

I’m a corporate whore of Congress,
One of many Wall Street bought.
From voting for their greedy laws
I’m richer than I thought!
My colleagues here in Congress
Can’t help but all agree,
That a corporate whore of Congress
Is the only way to be!

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Ch. 14: The Transformer: Sabotage for Peace by William T. Hathaway

by William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Germany
March 1, 2015

Sabotage

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The Transformer: Sabotage for Peace
From the book
Radical Peace: People Refusing War
By William T. Hathaway
Published by Trine Day

A former student of mine works as a janitor. After graduating from college he worked as a market researcher and an advertising salesperson, but both jobs soured him on the corporate world. He hated being a junior suit, and the thought of becoming a senior suit was even worse.

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Three Evils of Capitalism

Capitalism Doesn't Work

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leftymathprof on Feb 15, 2015

Inequality, externalities, and alienation are inherent in any market economy, but they are not inherent in human nature.

Transcript at http://LeftyMathProf.org/3evils includes embedded links to related materials.

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Koch Brothers EXPOSED: 2014 + Ralph Nader on What was Missing in President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Move to Amend Citizens United

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Updated: Jan. 22, 2015

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Chris Hedges: Prison State America: Corporations Use Inmates Like Slaves

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jan 14, 2015

For-profit prisons have created a “neo-slavery” in the US, according to award-winning journalist Chris Hedges. Inmates work eight hours per day for major corporations such as Chevron, Motorola, Nordstrom’s and Target, yet only have the possibility of making up [to] $1.25 an hour. In addition, companies that provide services like phone calls overcharge prisoners on even the most basic services, making hundreds of millions in profits annually. RT’s Ben Swann speaks to Hedges, who explains how this shadowy system came into existence.

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Big Fish, Little Fish by Michael Hudson

by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
January 11, 2015

Re-think Capitalism

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US 2015 budget anti pension law, January 2, 2015.

On the Senate’s last day in session in December, it approved the government’s $1.1 trillion budget for coming fiscal year.

Few people realize how radical the new U.S. budget law was. Budget laws are supposed to decide simply what to fund and what to cut. A budget is not supposed to make new law, or to rewrite the law. But that is what happened, and it was radical.

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Michael Hudson: Pensions of Union Workers Cut in Federal Budget

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
January 5, 2015

TheRealNews on Jan 5, 2015

UMKC Economics Professor Michael Hudson discusses how Wall Street will profit as workers’ pensions get slashed.

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Goodbye Privacy, Hello Censorship If Secret #TISA Pact Is Approved by Pete Dolack

If you don’t want to live in the world like the TV series, Continuum, please act now. ~ DS

by Pete Dolack
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, Dec. 24, 2014
December 27, 2014

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Internet privacy and net neutrality would become things of the past if the secret Trade In Services Agreement comes to fruition. And on this one, the secrecy exceeds even that shrouding the two better-known corporate giveaways, the Trans-Pacific and Transatlantic partnerships. Continue reading

Russian Roulette: Taxpayers Could Be on the Hook for Trillions in Oil Derivatives by Ellen Brown

Updated: Jan. 1, 2015

by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
December 20, 2014

Alternative Bailout Plan

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The sudden dramatic collapse in the price of oil appears to be an act of geopolitical warfare against Russia. The result could be trillions of dollars in oil derivative losses; and the FDIC could be liable, following repeal of key portions of the Dodd-Frank Act last weekend. Continue reading

The Global Bankers’ Coup by Ellen Brown

The colour of money; Financial Stability Board (FSB) headquartered in the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
December 12, 2014

On December 11, 2014, the US House passed a bill repealing the Dodd-Frank requirement that risky derivatives be pushed into big-bank subsidiaries, leaving our deposits and pensions exposed to massive derivatives losses. The bill was vigorously challenged by Senator Elizabeth Warren; but the tide turned when Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorganChase, stepped into the ring. Perhaps what prompted his intervention was the unanticipated $40 drop in the price of oil. As financial blogger Michael Snyder points out, that drop could trigger a derivatives payout that could bankrupt the biggest banks. And if the G20’s new “bail-in” rules are formalized, depositors and pensioners could be on the hook. Continue reading