Archive for April 2015

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations continue to move forward

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and its Atlantic equivalent the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) continue to move forward in their secretive way.

This article from the Free Software Foundation says:

Key congressional leaders have just agreed on a deal to fast track the fast-tracking of TPP. While the threat of TPP has persisted for years, now is the time to fight back!

On March 25th, 2015, WikiLeaks released a leaked chapter of the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, the multinational trade agreement that is being developed through a series of secret negotiations and aims to create a host of new restrictions. We here at the FSF have been fighting against TPP for years, as it represents the threat of a world dominated by DRM, software patents, and perpetual copyright.

The latest leaked chapter on investments lays out changes to a system of supra-national courts known as extrajudicial investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) tribunals. For years, these courts have enabled large companies to sue democratically-elected governments over policies that these corporations oppose. For example, Big Tobacco has used the system to block or obstruct health laws intended to reduce smoking in countries around the world.

While all of this is bad news in general, one provision in the leaked document presents a particular threat to software freedom. Holders of copyright, patent, and other proprietary interests are now included in the definition of “investor.” Given the destructive nature of these provisions, the fact that proprietary developers could use them to interfere with local government protections of users’ rights is cause for alarm.

But the damage doesn’t stop there. The leaked provisions further clarify that these supranational courts would have jurisdiction over compliance with many of the worst provisions of TPP. That means that a proprietary developer could get a second shot at a case where they didn’t like the initial outcome, potentially overturning a ruling on fair use, for example. Any country that tries to implement sane copyright and patent policy via their legislature or courts could be dragged into this sham tribunal to have that policy overturned.

The threat represented by TPP has loomed large on the horizon for many years. This latest leak demonstrates that the dangers we face increase as time goes by. Worse still, time may be running out in the U.S. to stop the madness as Obama and his friends in Congress seek to fast-track TPP approval. Key congressional leaders have now agreed on a deal to fast track the fast-tracking of TPP.

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A key part of the terms of these agreements is moving more power into the hands of companies at the expense of individual countries (which are all now corporations, anyway), as expressed above. In my view, it’s another stepping stone to removing the role and authority of the nation state as One World Government inches closer to reality.

Rima E. Laibow: “Vaccines Are A Complete Fraud. Don’t Poison Your Child!”

If you haven’t heard this Richie Allen interview of Dr. Rima Laibow on vaccination, I suggest you do.

There are many supporters of vaccination who believe they have the facts. Listen to Rima and follow some of the links she directs you to.

She explains how the real vaccine market is the aftermarket. The evidence is “people who receive vaccinations are sicker than those who don’t. The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) recently published a report to the general public that shows that the more vaccinated a country is, the sicker the country is and the more chronic degenerative disease (cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, etc.) that country has. The United States, with the most vaccination is the sickest country with the highest infant mortality of any advanced country.”

Rima has the runs on the board in providing health outcomes for people, in many cases when the Western medical system had failed them.

Get yourself informed and take action.

Precedent for Lord Janner to be prosecuted

Apart from Lord Janner arguing war criminals should be prosecuted, regardless of their mental health, it turns out there is British legal precedent for prosecuting someone with dementia.

But he’ll skate free, because the system will protect him, as it will do until this entire control system is exposed. We’re not there, yet.

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