Neo-liberals are exposed and are trying to ram as much through Congress as possible before the elections. You see the TPP deal at the end of the blog. The American people need to remember that all of this is illegal and will be reversed and all we need to do is GET RID OF THE NEO-LIBERALS BY RUNNING AND VOTING FOR LABOR AND JUSTICE IN ALL PRIMARIES!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Elizabeth Warren Attacks Beltway Powerhouse Third Way as Fronting for Wall Street
Pope blames tyranny of capitalism for making people miserable
Date May 18, 2013
He said free market capitalism had created a ''tyranny'' and that people were being judged purely by their ability to consume goods.
Whether Socialists or Labor tickets, people are running for office and taking back Congress and the state house......and the 1% notice!
Ohioans Elect Two Dozen City Councilors on Independent Labor Ticket
December 04, 2013 / Bruce Bostick
After one too many sell-outs by the local Democratic Party, the Lorain County central labor council decided to draw "a line in the sand" and run their own city council candidates on an Independent Labor Party ticket. Two dozen won seats—including union teacher Joshua Thornsberry, shown canvassing with his young son, who beat the head of the local Chamber of Commerce. Photo: Joshua Thornsberry.
Union-dense Lorain County, Ohio, is now home to an independent labor slate of two dozen newly elected city councilors—recruited and run by the central labor council there. All labor’s candidates had strong showings last month, and all but two were elected.
“This was a step we took reluctantly,” said Lorain County AFL-CIO President Harry Williamson. “When the leaders of the [Democratic] Party just took us for granted and tried to roll over the rights of working people here, we had to stand up.”
If you listened to the corporate NPR political discussion between two global corporate pundits......Brooks and EJ Dionne....you can hear the unease in both pundit's voice and the defensiveness in their discussion. THE GLOBAL PLUTOCRACY IS SHAKEN BY THE FACT THAT THE WORLD KNOWS THE TRUTH......
speak truth to power
A phrase coined by the Quakers during in the mid-1950s. It was a call for the United States to stand firm against fascism and other forms of totalitarianism; it is a phrase that seems to unnerve political right, with reason.The founders of United States risked their lives in order to speak truth to power, that of King George. It was and is considered courageous, although is more commonly scorned today.
This happened through whistleblowers like Manning, Snowden, and Wikileaks/Assange. This release of truth was not in the plan of world dominance. It also comes as US citizens are seeing neo-liberal policy unfold......health reform, education reform, and the policies making the rich richer with a suspended Rule of Law and no justice for the public.
IT REALLY IS IMPORTANT TO SPREAD THE WORD.
YOU KNOW BY NOW THE PUNDITS THAT LED YOU ON......MSNBC AND THE NEO-LIBERALS LIKE EJ DIONNE. YOU KNOW I HAVE SHOUTED FOR YEARS THAT WHAT HAS HAPPENED WOULD HAPPEN, SO THESE PEOPLE WERE NOT SURPRISED.....THEY ARE FEEDING YOU MIS-INFORMATION!
In these two days I showed were global corporations are now open about their plans to dominate. Whether ALCOA on the stage for SKILLS GAP telling us that we will not be hired if taxpayer funded community colleges are not made into corporate Human Resources job training or General Electric and now Lockheed Martin becoming the health care systems FROM ANYONE'S NIGHTMARE. Maryland is ground zero for any global corporation as health care provider.....remember, we have a hedge fund (Carlyle Group) owned Manor Care handling all our senior care centers!
This is the point of today's blog......WE CAN TELL THESE GLOBAL CORPORATIONS TO GO TAKE A HIKE AND SEND THEM THE BILL FOR MASSIVE FRAUD THROUGH THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURTS. The US must return to a domestic economy with strong labor wages and small and regional businesses if we are to remain a democracy and return to first world. Mayors and governors are the executives at the state level to do that-----no state assembly needed.
I want to remind people that Noam Chomsky said very clearly that the only thing that comes from corporate rule is totalitarianism. PERIOD. Hitler's fascism expanded through his takeover of business in each country he conquered and that is what is happening in today's politics......neo-liberals deliberately created this global empire as corporations to takeover the developed world's governing structure. Looking locally, that is why Baltimore is literally a corporate town run by Hopkins who says 'if you want to work, you will work for Hopkins' as they have much of the consolidated business in the city. No public sector since private non-profits run by these same people write the public policy etc......this is TOTALITARIANISM!
SHAKE THE BUGS FROM THE RUG BY RUNNING LABOR AND JUSTICE IN ALL PRIMARIES AGAINST NEO-LIBERALS. MARYLAND DEMOCRATS ARE ALL NEO-LIBERALS!
These 1% are afraid because now everyone knows that neo-liberals are the same as neo-cons---the same in Europe and once citizens organize all of this will disappear!
Is Humanity Declaring Checkmate On The New World Order?
- December 5, 2013
What is the line between confidence and acknowledgement of victory? Early celebration versus clear vision of how nature will handle a conflict within itself? Is victory and hope truly all imaginary or is there something more to it?
As humanity exponentially wakes up to the plans of the global elite (those in power, the ruling class, the “Illuminati” or whatever you want to call them), when will it officially become common knowledge that, yes, we are in trouble as a species unless and until we put a working system in place that holds all politicians, government and private corporations accountable for their actions? This expected new level of accountability is the mass awakening and official paradigm shift we have all been waiting for and I suggest that we are mighty close to at this point in history.
As the secluded and secretive government elite continue to struggle to push their global agenda only to run into increasing mass opposition, those at the very top of the control structure are no double worried that their time is up. They must know how humanity works as do we. Humanity generates thoughts which we share with each other. Governments are nothing more that organized thoughts and agreements among a set of people who also have logistical control and means to enforce their agreements (laws and statutes). Thankfully, grassroots movements, humanitarian efforts, and passionate displays of moral human consciousness also have a life of their own and ultimately have shown to have never-ending effects on humanity throughout history.
Fact is, humanity applauds those who have stood for morality, justice, and peace more than it esteems warmongers and tyrants. The jury was in on this issue long ago. Thankfully we do not have to debate on the meaning of what is wrong and what is right on a personal level. The argument for war, killing, torture, and oppression of humans is only offered to humanity from a political perspective barring the rare religious fanatical belief that promotes this ideology which we now know, in this generation was and has been an engineered radicalization of groups now known to have been sponsored, armed, educated, radicalized, and trained by the very corrupt secret government and individuals who we are now fully exposing. In other words, we now know that the radical (Muslim) fundamentalism which has been alleged and has led to supposed violence around the world in our times was and is politically engineered.
With no clear justification for the atrocities that the U.S. Empire and the new world order has brought on the world, the global elite stand alone, hoping that humanity simply doesn’t wake up politically to their agenda. We, the truth seekers of our time, are here to destroy that hope; the hope that the globalist had, that their Bilderberg meetings would remain secret. Yes that hope. The hope that the global elite had, to keep the masses believing their constant lies and their constant false flag operations in order to keep everyone in fear. That hope is now dwindling to nothing as humanity wakes up.
The globalists were hoping the 9/11 truth movement was going to go away; instead it grew into a worldwide phenomenon with more and more people waking up to the easy (9/11 was an inside job proving) 9/11 science every day. Then there was the hope that the global elite had to keep the NSA spying a secret, and that hope was shattered by Edward Snowden as the world now is fully awakened to this evil agenda of spying, recording, and filing mass records into fusion center databases.
We are all now well aware of the drone killing programs paid for and approved by the Obama administration; the power grab to suppress free-speech even at the Internet level; the push to take guns and gun rights away; the implementation of a global ‘climate religion’ carbon tax and international environmental laws to subvert and trivialize individual, local, and national sovereignty; the militarization of police nationwide including in states and towns with little to no crime.
We are now aware of how evil Obamacare is and how it will be used to force the globalist style control grid on all forms of human activity here in the United States. People everywhere are going into their own ‘shock and awe’ seeing and understanding what Obamacare is really all about. Activists nationwide are working on solutions to these now very clear problems, solutions to disempower the federal government and return the power back to the people. America has experienced this before, we were all due for a tough challenge; we all knew from history that freedom is not free and that the only people in the world who deserve freedom are those willing to fight for it.
I now hear the wake-up call nationwide. I see and hear the voices of freedom that make me feel like I should be doing more. More than ever before people are wondering what they can do to make a difference. This is a good sign for America and for our future. We may not see it yet, and the road ahead may still look dark. We all expect things to get worse before they get better. Deep down, however, many of us are now realizing this is the cycle we were waiting for. Things must get worse in order for more people to wake up. This is the reality we must all see before we truly realize we are all in control and where this is going.
With that said, I believe humanity arguably may be declaring ‘checkmate’ on the globalist elite. They are losing and we are winning the battle of information. We must prevail and we will prevail. We have the historic facts on our side and, more importantly, we have a source of human energy and a natural form of human conscious progression on our side that cannot be reversed.
Viewed holistically, this battle between freedom and fascism, controlling governments versus the people, good versus evil, and love versus hate seems to be the story of our lives and perhaps the central purpose of our journey on earth. The ruling class uses slavery, labor, intimidation, fear, coercion, and forcefulness to convert the existence of other humans into wealth. The wealth is then used to maintain this control. The rest of humanity on the other hand just wants to be free from this control. When simplified to its most elementary form it is and will not be very difficult for most humans to see this rational and to recruit their cooperation in a plan that involves creating a solution for the human race. Who doesn’t want this? Unfortunately for the global elite, they are the only ones in this planet who don’t want this and because of this they will eventually stand alone in their quest for full control.
A good chess player often knows several steps before the end of the game if he/she has the game clinched. In chess they call it checkmate. In this game of life we can call it anything we want. The most important thing is the concept which is now very clear to me. Looking back many years from now I believe many of us will be honored and thankful to have lived in times where we faced a historic and unprecedented real-time battle for freedom. This quest for freedom will be looked back upon as the driving force of our generation and to some like me, a candle of fire that lights our way.
Bernie Suarez is an activist, critical thinker, radio host, musician, M.D, Veteran, lover of freedom and the Constitution, and creator of the Truth and Art TV project. He also has a background in psychology and highly recommends that everyone watch a documentary titled The Century of the Self. Bernie has concluded that the way to defeat the New World Order is to truly be the change that you want to see. Manifesting the solution and putting truth into action is the very thing that will defeat the globalists.
What Obama and neo-liberals have allowed these 5 years since the economic crash is massive global consolidation of all business industries. This is why the FED was feeding US corporations free money to spend on expansion and it is where all the trillions of dollars in 'job stimulus' money sent to corporations was spent......merger and acquisition.
Now, the US has anti-trust laws but as I showed with health care form......neo-liberals are allowing policy that completely ignores these laws. It is Europe that is taking US corporations to court for monopoly/anti-trust. ALL WE NEED TO DO IS REINSTATE RULE OF LAW AND ENFORCE THESE LAWS BEING IGNORED AND BETWEEN BRINGING BACK TENS OF TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN FRAUD AND BREAKING THEM UP WITH ANTI-TRUST----WE CAN REVERSE THESE ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES-----AND THEY ARE ILLEGAL.
This is why Obama and neo-liberals in Congress are in such a hurry to pass TPP because it rewrites the US Constitution making all those silly public justice and anti-trust laws void. It is why Obama and neo-liberals are pushing as hard as they can to enact the Affordable Care Act that consolidates and deregulates the health industry leading to the same mess. They are scared because they know the public knows and this is all being done illegally......
THEY ARE STAGING A COUP AGAINST THE US CONSTITUTION AND US CITIZENS AND THAT IS TREASON.
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Here you see a defense industry giant deciding it needs a little bit of this health care as global corporation business since the defense industry is on the cutting line now that the US has drones and kills people from Utah and Nevada.
You see this article makes it sound like this business brings something special to these umbrella health corporations that will make health care more 'affordable'. Remember, 1/2 of health care spending is lost to fraud and profiteering and Lockheed Martin is the fraud and profiteering of the defense industry......
Lockheed Martin looks to grow health care role New Baltimore health care center comes amid military cuts
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun 7:58 p.m. EST, December 4, 2013
Lockheed Martin, a government contractor best known for its fighter jets, formally opened a health care center in Baltimore County Wednesday, part of a bid to expand the company's role in the medical sector.
While health care services still represent a small portion of Lockheed's business, company representatives said they see the opportunity to apply Lockheed's technology and security background to the rapidly increasing amount of data entering the medical field.
"We've done really large information systems in other domains, like defense intelligence … and health care is, I don't want to say just another domain, but it's going through the same pains and revolutions that we've seen in our other businesses," said chief scientist Michael Hultner.
Lockheed, one of the largest private employers in Maryland, has been hit in recent years by cutbacks in military spending, as the federal government has increased its role in health care through health care reform. Since 2008, Lockheed's workforce has shrunk from 146,000 to 116,000, and on Nov. 14, executives announced plans to cut 4,000 additional positions and consolidate operations.
About 2,000 of the company's 116,000 employees work in health care in roles that range from providing software support to performing medical evaluations, said Karoom Brown, a Lockheed executive director of strategy and business development. In the Baltimore area, Lockheed's health and life sciences division occupies six buildings and employs about 500 people, some of whom are based offsite.
"Over the last five years Lockheed's made a conscious decision to increase our focus and investments in health care," Brown said. Health care generates almost $1 billion in revenue per year for the company, he said.
The new center for health innovation is a glass-filled showroom with ergonomic chairs and portable touch screens located on the first floor of an office park on Lord Baltimore Drive near Milford Mill. The facility, which Lockheed formally opened Wednesday but has been in operation for about a year, includes a wellness center, where Lockheed employees can go for treatment and "tele-medicine."
The center will act as a hub where Lockheed can meet with clients and connect them to the company's technologies, which include developing the data processing systems and analysis that many believe will be critical to future advances in medicine.
"It's a good place where you can see all of Lockheed's technologies in one place; customers can touch and demo it," said Brown, noting that the location capitalizes on proximity to the Social Security Administration and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which use Lockheed for similar services, as well as other institutions, such as Johns Hopkins.
Lockheed's health care projects include efforts to design systems to sift and compress the hundreds of gigabytes generated by a single sequenced genome, streamlining the data into information that a doctor could use during an appointment with a patient, Hultner said.
David Seo, chief medical information officer and associate professor of medicine at the University of Miami, is working with Lockheed to develop computer programs that will use patients' medical data to ask and answer the questions the doctors want. He said the partnership is critical so that doctors can use data to help them prevent problems, instead of simply treating them when they arise.
"Most hospital systems — and even most university medical centers — they don't actually have the capability to do this work," Seo said. "It's really when you combine [efforts] that you can really push the field."
Trusts and monopolies are concentrations of economic power in the hands of a few. Economists believe that such control injures both individuals and the public because it leads to anticompetitive practices in an effort to obtain or maintain total control. Anticompetitive practices then lead to price controls and diminished individual initiative. These results in turn cause markets to stagnate and depress economic growth.
Because of fears during the late 1800s that monopolies dominated America's free market economy, Congress passed the Sherman Antitrust Act in 1890 to combat anticompetitive practices, reduce market domination by individual corporations, and preserve unfettered competition as the rule of trade. The Sherman Antitrust Act forms the foundation and the basis for most federal antitrust litigation.
As for the states, many have adopted antitrust laws that parallel the Sherman Antitrust Act to prevent anticompetitive behavior within local intrastate commerce. Since Congressional jurisdiction does not reach purely intrastate commerce, states needed to pass their own legislation to avoid having anticompetitive behavior depress their own local economies. See, for example, the Massachusetts Antitrust Act.
The Federal Antitrust Acts Congress derived its power to pass the Sherman Act through its constitutional authority to regulate commerce. Therefore, the Sherman Act can only be used when the conduct in question restrains or substantially affects either interstate commerce or trade within the District of Columbia. To satisfy this jurisdictional requirement, the plaintiff must show that the conduct in question occurs during the flow of interstate commerce or has an appreciable effect on some activity that occurs during interstate commerce.
The Sherman Act is divided into three sections. Section 1 delineates and prohibits specific means of anticompetitive conduct, and Section 2 deals with end results that are anticompetitive in nature. Sections 1 and 2 supplement each other in an effort to outlaw all types of anticompetitive conduct. Congress designed the supplementary relationship to prevent businesses from violating the spirit of the Act, while technically remaining within the letter of the law. Section 3 simply extends the provisions of Section 1 to U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
Because the courts found certain activities to fall outside the scope of the Sherman Antitrust Act, Congress passed the Clayton Antitrust Act of 1914 to further widen its scope. For example, the Clayton Act added the following practices to the list of impermissible activities: price discrimination between different purchasers, if such discrimination tends to create a monopoly; exclusive dealing agreements; tying arrangements; and mergers and acquisitions that substantially reduce market competition.
The Robinson-Patman Act of 1936 amended the Clayton Act. The amendment aimed to outlaw certain practices in which manufacturers discriminated in price between equally-situated distributers to decrease competition.
The Per se Rule vs. the Rule of Reason Violations under the Sherman Act take one of two forms - either as a per se violation or as a violation of the rule of reason. Section 1 of the Sherman Act characterizes certain business practices as a per se violation. A per se violation requires no further inquiry into the practice's actual effect on the market or the intentions of those individuals who engaged in the practice. Some business practices, however, at times constitute anticompetitive behavior and at other times encourage competition within the market. For these cases the court applies a totality of the circumstances test and asks whether the challenged practice promotes or suppresses market competition. Courts often find intent and motive relevant in predicting future consequences during a rule of reason analysis. A presumption exists in favor of the rule of reason for ambiguous cases.
Types of Prohibited Anticompetitive Schemes Congress designed these federal antitrust laws to eradicate certain frequently used anticompetitive practices of which the following are a few.
Section 2 of the Sherman Act prohibits monopolization, attempts to monopolize, and conspiring to monopolize. Any such act constitutes a felony. A monopoly conviction requires proof of the individual having intent to monopolize with the power to monopolize, regardless of whether the individual actually exercised the power.
Price-fixing occurs when a company or companies within a given market artificially set or maintain the price of goods or services at a certain level, contrary to the workings of the free market. Section 1 provides that price-fixing is an illegal restraint on trade, regardless of whether a vertical or horizontal scheme. A vertical scheme is a scheme among parties in the same chain of distribution. A horizontal scheme occurs among competitors on the same level.
In 1911 vertical price-fixing schemes became a per se violation of Section 1 when the Supreme Court interpreted the statute in Dr. Miles Medical Co. v. John D. Park & Sons Co., 220 U.S. 373. However, in the landmark case of Leegin Creative Leather Products, Inc. v. PSKS, Inc., 551 U.S. __ (2007), the Supreme Court overturned the 96-year-old Dr. Miles precedent and held that courts should apply the rule of reason when analyzing vertical price-fixing schemes. The ruling renders all vertical limitation schemes subject only to the rule of reason.
Collusive bidding occurs when two or more competitors agree to change the bids they otherwise would offer absent the agreement. Under Section 1, collusive bidding is per se illegal.
A tying arrangement is an agreement by a party to sell one product only on the condition that the buyer agrees either to buy different products from the seller or not to buy those different products from another seller. Tying arrangements are subject to the rule of reason unless the arrangement shuts out a substantial quantity of commerce in which case the scheme is per se illegal.
Section 2 makes illegal a firm's refusal to deal with another firm if the refusing firm refuses for the purpose of trying to monopolize the market. Meanwhile, section 1 prohibits a group from refusing to deal with a particular firm. A group refusal to deal is known as a group boycott. Because of seemingly contradictory Supreme Court decisions over the years, the question of whether group boycotts are subject to the rule of reason or a per se rule has been left murky.
Exclusive dealing agreements require a retailer or distributor to purchase exclusively from the manufacturer. These arrangements make it difficult for new sellers to enter the market and find prospective buyers, thus depressing competition. However, because companies widely-use requirements contracts, which essentially are exclusive dealing agreements, for purposes that promote competition, exclusive dealing arrangements only face rule of reason scrutiny.
Below-cost pricing intended to eliminate specific competitors and reduce overall competition is known as predatory pricing. Section 2 disallows this conduct. In Brooke Group Ltd. v. Brown & Williamson Tobacco, 509 U.S. 209 (1993), the U.S. Supreme Court devised a two-part test to determine if predatory pricing had occurred. First, the plaintiff must establish that the defendant's production costs surpass the market price charged for the item. Second, the plaintiff must establish that a "dangerous probability" exists that the defendant will recover the investment in above-cost inputs. In Weyerhaeuser Co. v. Ross-Simmons Hardwood Lumber Co., Inc. (05-381) (2007), the Supreme Court said that this test also applies when determining if a predatory bidding scheme exists.
Exemptions Certain practices and organizations have received exemption from the federal antitrust laws. First, patent owners received an exemption in the Sherman Act because federal policy favors incentivizing innovation. Of course, the exemption does not go beyond the granted patent monopoly.
Second, the Clayton Act exempted labor unions and agricultural organizations from the Sherman Act's reach.
Third, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (SEA) heavily regulates securities trading; thus, certain activities that fall within the scope of the SEA are exempt from antitrust law. The U.S. Supreme Court took up this very issue in 2007 in Credit Suisse Securities (USA) v. Billing (05-1157). The Court decided that if securities regulation and antitrust law are incompatible, then the securities regulation prevails and individuals who would otherwise violate antitrust law receive antitrust immunity. Determining incompatibility requires the presence of the following four criteria: 1) behavior squarely within securities regulation; 2) clear and adequate SEC authority to regulate; 3) active and ongoing SEC regulation; and 4) a serious conflict between regulatory and antitrust regimes.
Federal Trade Commission The Federal Trade Commission Act of 1914 (FTCA) bolstered the Sherman Act and Clayton Act by providing that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) could proactively and directly protect consumers rather than only offer indirect protection by protecting business competitors. Congress endowed the FTC with the power to fill gaps remaining in antitrust law or to stop new business practices not yet invented at the time of the Clayton Act's enactment but contrary to public policy. Section 5 of the FTCA gives the FTC broad powers to cope with new threats to the competitive free market.
We have lawyers letting Obama and Congress know they will be sued and TPP will be in court as illegal and unconstitutional so
WE WILL TURN THIS AROUND IF THEY DARE TO DECLARE A COUP AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!
December 06, 2013, 10:40 am
Lawmakers near deal to give Obama fast-track power
By Ben Goad
House and Senate negotiators are close to an agreement that would give President Obama crucial authority to fast-track approval of major international trade deals now in the works, The New York Times reports.
The congressional discussions come as negotiators wrap up talks in support of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.
At issue is whether Congress should grant Obama trade promotion authority (TPA). Under TPA or fast-track authority, administration negotiators send completed trade deals to Congress for an up-or-down vote, affording lawmakers no opportunity to submit amendments.
More than 170 House members came out against fast-track authority last month, with many arguing that the trade talks have been too secretive and that Congress should play a greater role in the process, The Hill reported at the time.
However, the Times, citing a source with knowledge of the congressional discussions, says a deal could soon be struck.
"A congressional aide close to the negotiations said that both sides had made significant progress on reaching a fast-track deal, also known as trade-promotion authority," writes the Times’s Annie Lowrey. “But the aide, who declined to speak on the record because of the delicate nature of the talks, emphasized that an agreement was not complete.”
Fast-track authority is considered critical for passage of the trade deals, as international negotiators are generally reluctant to sign off on an agreement that could later be changed via an amendment process.
Check out The New York Times’s full story here.