…cop21 meets proposed tpp?…

…or, climate conference – photo op or results-oriented?…

As the US President pushes for action at the COP21 in Paris comes news on a report by the Sierra Club. In that news is the observation that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), now to be considered for approval by respective legislatures of the 12 proposed members, seems to have not explicitly shown concern for climate change. Surely, a misunderstanding – on the part of Sierra Club? Or? As Andrea Germanos, staff writer, over at the common dreams blog, New Report Details TPP’s ‘Panoply of Threats’ to Climate. Of note, Read the rest of this entry »

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…ralph nader, that letter of his, sen warren, and the bard…

…ralph nader and the ingenious suggestiveness of his proposal: ‘check those cvs’…

For those who came in late, Nader had written a letter to the US President, inviting him to debate the issue of the Trans-Pacific Partnership – with Senator Elizabeth Warren. That proposal would give those who somewhat belatedly had been having nagging doubts, second thoughts to do that Damascene, ‘But wait a minute!’

The US President, with some petulance (as had observed Ray McGovern on another issue),  had directed strong accusations against Senator Warren of being ‘dishonest’, ‘wrong’, on the issue, accusations which naturally provoked interest in doing some comparison. But before that comparison, we have a look at the tenacity of the accused, of the ‘dishonest’, of the ‘wrong’. Clearly, this lady is not for turning. The Senator will be neither shaken nor stirred by disingenuous frivolousness trotted out at every turn as serious argument.

Over at the blog common dreams is the post, Warren Hits Back Hard on ‘Broken Promises’ of Corporate Trade Pacts. An excerpt, where the Senator is quoted as saying, Read the rest of this entry »


…anti-tpp?!! the lady doth protest too much, methinks…

…that (in)famous tarp, no! then tarp, si! two-step, or the lucy promise to charlie brown…

In that magic moment, most assuredly fleeting, of triumphalism, some US legislators would expound on their selfless fidelity to their momentarily attentive constituents, and then do the voting in dramatic demonstration.

One famous Senator in declaring her opposition, at that moment, would attack the secrecy surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), The Intercept, as the most apt medium, informs us, “You Can Read My Notes? Not on Your Life!”: Top Democratic Senator Blasts Obama’s TPP Secrecy. As the report states, Read the rest of this entry »


…my brother’s keeper? another ‘pen’, or a better baltimore?…

…whew! so, west baltimore is finally gone, ‘disappeared’ from the impatient US MSM, back to its invisibility. even if of stark poverty, destitution and hopelessness…

The corporate US media has finally regained control over the ‘message’ (sorry, world!), and the US President is at last sole voice of the ‘truth’. With the avalanche of presidential pronouncements, the reality of Baltimore will be promptly lost on a still significant number of incurious USans, as rhetoric rules the day.

We now move forward, as we mention two major accomplishments of the US President for a hard pressed citizenry. His laser focus on jobs, and his forceful initiative to address the widening gap in inequality in the US, the ‘defining challenge of our time’.

Well, before moving forward, a brief digression. Which raises the doubt, ‘Surely, somebody must be wrong on this’. Courtesy RT, we have this observation,

Nevertheless, Democrats continued to criticize the president over the TPP, as well as another trade deal being negotiated with the European Union, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

“I think if you could get my colleagues to be honest, on the Democratic side, with you ‒ and I think you can mostly ‒ they will say they’ve been talked to, approached, lobbied and maybe cajoled by more cabinet members on this issue than any issue since Barack Obama’s been president,” Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) told the Huffington Post. “That’s just sad,”

Brown said the administration should be spending more time pushing a higher minimum wage, strengthening regulations on Wall Street and expanding Medicare.

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…somebody ttipsy?… tpp, sen warren and who? who?…

…or now a ‘pivot’ – ralph nader, sizzingly new comic?…

Ralph Nader, lawyer, author and activist, who has accomplished – in both word and deed – has us wondering: Is he tipsy? Or testing the waters as comic?

Surely he jests? Nader suggests that the US President Obama debate, yes, debate, the topic of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with Sen, former Law Professor and high public official, Warren. The very Sen Warren? In the post of a copy of his letter to the US President, Obama: Debate Senator Warren on Global Economic Pact, at common dreams, Nader states in his letter, Read the rest of this entry »


…’free’ trade, ‘the defining issue of our time’?…  

…surely, this is no ‘pivot’?…

The perils abound. Only ‘look forward’ the US President had so grandly exhorted then as he failed to act on such wanton slaughter, destruction and torture; and increasing inequality and festering unemployment domestically. Unfortunately, there has to be some context, especially where a justice is being denied; and lives and livelihoods in peril; and reputation and credibility of policy-makers, even if not prospective rewards, in jeopardy.

Those who wisely choose to ignore that counsel to only ‘look forward’ can remember the Pope’s comments on inequality, and the US President’s immediately seizing upon them, and his sudden, albeit momentary and very politic, ‘pivot’ to inequality on which he pronounced with such stentorian gravity.

From WaPo would come, Inequality is ‘the defining issue of our time’

The LA Times would confidently report, Obama takes populist economic message to the heartland. With the impressive (violins?), Read the rest of this entry »


…us msm, tpping the lie? fantastic!…

…or, tripped up with its tpp lie?…

Where do we start? Why not with the US ‘newspaper of record’, of fame that includes from its pantheon the likes of Judith Miller, Michael R Gordon, John F Burns, and WMD.

There is that Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal being negotiated in secret. Not so bad, if one were not aware of the pervasive influence of US corporations in the process. Yet with this secrecy, back in November 2013 the NYT would give its still many readers, A Pacific Trade Deal. Red flags would go up on this,

A good agreement would lower duties and trade barriers on most products and services, strengthen labor and environmental protections, limit the ability of governments to tilt the playing field in favor of state-owned firms and balance the interests of consumers and creators of intellectual property. Such a deal will not only help individual countries but set an example for global trade talks.

Utter rubbish. Aside the fact that this proposed deal has very little to do with trade, and for its well-established obviousness, there was that awkward detail observed by the far less read EFF, How Can the New York Times Endorse an Agreement the Public Can’t Read? Read the rest of this entry »