Thursday, November 21, 2013

Fair Trade!
What Are We Trading?

The state run media has done very little reporting on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, why you ask? On the surface the Trans-Pacific Partnership appears to be a free trade agreement that would set rules on non-trade matters; food safety, internet freedom, medicine costs, financial regulation and the environment. It would bind international governments, including the United States and any other country that signs on to it to conform their domestic policies to the rules of the agreement.

Corporate lobbyists such as Halliburton and Monsanto are pushing for its approval by the end of the year. Of the 29 chapters only 5 actually deal with trade, it would weaken our existing laws forcing a more collectivist approach to laws and it stands to rewrite constitutions across the globe, including the U.S. constitution.

 Currently the United States, Canada and Mexico have no requirement for GMO foods to be labeled, however, many other countries do but under this agreement labeling food GMO would not be permissible in any of the 40 countries participating. Peru recently declared a ten year moratorium on GM crops; the TPP would undo that as well. Latin American countries oppose the TPP due to its restrictive nature regarding development options in healthcare and education. Is this just one more step the direction of a totalitarian world? Where is the transparency we were promised? has an excellent video highlighting the frightening details of the agreement.

Where is the transparency that we were promised?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


More people can complete a sentence with a celebrity name before they can even form a sentence that refers to the Benghazi scandal.

One only needs to peruse the magazine covers to discover there are more stories about celebrities than there are actual news stories; you know the stuff that actually matters.
Celebrity Worship Syndrome is alive and well in our society as we are bombarded with the simplistic nonsense that is celebrity news. Edward Gibbon wrote in Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire that one of the reasons the empire fell was an “over-obsessive interest in sport and celebrity.”
Why is our society so obsessed with celebrity?