WAKE UP----STOP ALLOWING NEO-LIBERALS PRETEND TO BE DEMOCRATS---ALL OF MARYLAND POLS ARE NEO-LIBERALS AND NEO-CONS.
I want to take a few days to revisit the idea of technology jobs and how Wall Street will use this industry to bring the US to third world society. I spoke about Baltimore seeing a lot of vocation tracking of students into what are digital schools and lots of talk about prisoners learning code------the underserved learning code-----and now we hear the girls/women are being moved toward coding. I also showed how this will be one of the lowest paying jobs in the world as program coding is a mainstream job in third world nations. While US technology corporations ran to China to build factories for software and hardware we know the devastation these industries left behind. From forced labor in prisons to sweat shops factory installations that were not much better than prison labor----from unprotected factory worker exposure to the toxic materials that manufacturing computers and tech equipment include-----and the expansive devastation of Chinese environment due to mining for rare earth elements needed for computers.
IT WAS A CLINTON INITIATIVE TO REMEMBER. THIS IS FOR WHAT CLINTON AND HIS FOUNDATION HAS BEEN UP TO----TALKING FOREIGN LEADERS INTO SELLING OUT THEIR NATION'S ENVIRONMENTS AND PEOPLE TO US CORPORATIONS.
Well, Americans have been silent these few decades that US manufacturing has been overseas to escape all the American labor and environment laws. Now, these US corporations are coming home to roost and they are bringing all of these behaviors with them. So, when we here US manufacturing is coming home----it is not the nice automotive assembly line or even the less clean steel industry. It is a very nasty technology and medical industry with lots of toxic exposure for workers and environment. Clinton neo-liberals could care less about the environment or labor as they were the ones pushing this abuse overseas. Let's take a look at what bringing the tech industry back to the US looks like under Trans Pacific Trade Pact!
When people think Gates is progressive on immigration they do not understand that the US Senate bill on immigration is really really really bad for immigrants because it is a market-based policy to allow workers to come to the US to work just as they did in that developing world nation. It seeks to exploit foreign labor brought to America to the point of slavery. In the process it seeks to lower the American worker to the level of developing world by forcing US workers to the same conditions if they want to work. So, it makes sense Gates would support private prison corporations-----prison labor is free and technology corporations want free labor. See how they pretend that what they are doing is good while all of it has nothing but corporate profit as a goal....stop allowing them to lie!
Gates and Buffett were promoted by National Public Radio and American Public Radio for years after the 2008 crash as 'the good billionaires'. Since the crash Gates and Buffett moved most of those billions into the Gates Foundation that we now know was simply a front for the development of a global PHARMA empire. So, all those patents from medical research are now being used for record-breaking profits and this was all done as a tax-free non-profit. Know who the face of Trans Pacific Trade Pact is? Bill Gates. From industrial global militarized food in Monsanto and killing democratic public education in the US----from the global industrial spy machine of a Wall Street NSA to ending US Medicare and Medicaid because public subsidy for health takes away from corporate profit----THAT IS BILL GATES. ALL OF THIS IS DONE THROUGH HIS TAX-FREE NON-PROFIT THE GATES FOUNDATION.
Bill Gates was asked by Microsoft shareholders the wisdom of sending so much of Gates money to a foundation specializing in world health and Gates replied----if we are going to make a market of Africa we have to control infectious disease. So, this is less about philantrophy and more about making markets.
09 October 2014 Towards Better Health
India: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Vaccine Empire on Trial
The current case before the India Supreme Court involves deaths and injuries occurring during drug trials carried out over Merck’s HPV vaccine Gardasil. “Vaccine trials were conducted on thousands of girls between the ages of 9 and 15. Many of the girls fell ill, and at least 7 died, and the lawsuit is alleging that in most of these cases, the girls and their parents did not even know what kind of vaccine trial they were participating in. Most of the girls were students, and an investigation showed that as many as 120 girls who participated in the HPV vaccine trials ‘experienced adverse reactions such as epileptic seizures, severe stomach ache, headaches and mood swings’…”
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Vaccine Empire on Trial in India
Health Impact News Editor Comments, 9 October 2014
While fraud and corruption are revealed on almost a daily basis now in the vaccine industry, the U.S. mainstream media continues to largely ignore such stories. Outside the U.S., however, the vaccine empires are beginning to crumble, and English versions of the news in mainstream media outlets are available via the Internet.
Unlike the U.S., victims of vaccine harm and fraud will get their day in court as the Supreme Court in India takes up the HPV Gardasil fraud claims. Also unlike the U.S., investigative reporters like Narayana Kumar are doing their job and publishing their findings in the mainstream media, informing the public.
I spoke this week about the collusion in Baltimore education when you have global corporate research corporations providing data to confirm the policy written by corporations for the benefit of corporations-----well below you see the same questions asked in health care and for the same reasons.
THIS IS NOT A QUESTION----IT IS AN OBSERVATION THAT IS A FACT!
Take for instance Obama appointing Burwell to head Medicare and Medicaid at the same time she worked for Bill Gates and negotiated the health provisions in Trans Pacific Trade Pact that seek to limit public health and PHARMA. Now, she is head of the Federal program in US that is the source of most of the public subsidized PHARMA.
Bill Gates, big money, and dubious philanthropy
Posted on 2011 May 15
One more confirmation that American journalism is dying comes from a stunning report in PloS Medicine that represents a stunning and very important piece of solid investigative reporting, the kind that’s dying in the nation’s newsrooms.
The author’s aren’t reporters; they’re physicians, and they’ve an exemplary job of reporting on a very important subject.
We discovered their research through a link in a Sonia Shah story in Le Mode Diplomatique, which included this:
In this month’s PLos Medicine, global health experts from Harvard, the University of California and the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene wonder whether the Gates Foundation, with corporate stock heavily invested in manufacturers of health-damaging sugary drinks and sickness-reliant drug companies, can be trusted as an independent financier of the public’s health. Privately, one global health expert tells me he suspects the private sector’s involvement in the war on malaria might be some kind of novel form of disaster capitalism, with today’s corporate donors to global health aid becoming tomorrow’s corporate owners of people’s health care services.
The study, published in the journal’s April edition and titled “Global Health Philanthropy and Institutional Relationships: How Should Conflicts of Interest Be Addressed?,” was authored by David Stuckler of Harvard’s Department of Global Health and Population, Sanjay Basu of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s Department of Public Health and Policy, and Martin McKee of the Division of General Internal Medicine, San Francisco General Hospital.
They begin with a summary their findings:
- Institutional relationships in global health are a growing area of study, but few if any previous analyses have examined private foundations.
- Tax-exempt private foundations and for-profit corporations have increasingly engaged in relationships that can influence global health.
- Using a case study of five of the largest private global health foundations, we identify the scope of relationships between tax-exempt foundations and for-profit corporations.
- Many public health foundations have associations with private food and pharmaceutical corporations. In some instances, these corporations directly benefit from foundation grants, and foundations in turn are invested in the corporations to which they award these grants.
- Personnel move between food and drug industries and public health foundations. Foundation board members and decision-makers also sit on the boards of some for-profit corporations benefitting from their grants.
- While private foundations adopt standard disclosure protocols for employees to mitigate potential conflicts of interests, these do not always apply to the overall endowment investments of the foundations or to board membership appointments.
- The extent and range of relationships between tax-exempt foundations and for-profit corporations suggest that transparency or grant-making recusal of employees alone may not be preventing potential conflicts of interests between global health programs and their financing.
Here are their findings:
Where Does the Money Come From?
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s endowment mainly comes from Bill Gates’ personal fortune and stock in Berkshire Hathaway given to the Foundation as a gift from Hathaway’s CEO Warren Buffett. In 2006, Buffett made a pledge to gradually give away all of his Berkshire Hathaway stock to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, most recently with an additional 24.7 million shares in July 2010. Currently, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is listed with the SEC as a 10% owner of the Berkshire company.
At the end of 2008, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust had US$29.6 billion assets under its management: $13.5 billion were in corporate stock, $1.8 billion in corporate bonds, $6.1 billion in US and state government obligations, and $8.2 billion in other investments, land, and temporary holdings.
. . .[T]he Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s corporate stock endowment is heavily invested in food and pharmaceutical companies, directly and indirectly. The Foundation holds significant shares in McDonald’s (9.4 million shares representing about 5% of the Gates’ portfolio), and Coca-Cola (>15 million shares, over 7% of the Foundation’s portfolio, not counting Berkshire Hathaway holdings). In 2009 the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation sold extensive pharmaceutical holdings in Johnson & Johnson (2.5 million shares), Schering-Plough Corporation (14.9 million shares), Eli Lilly and Company (about 1 million shares), Merck & Co. (8.1 million shares), and Wyeth (3.7 million shares).
About half of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s stock holdings are already invested in Berkshire Hathaway, a conglomerate holding company owning several subsidiary companies, including banks, railroads, candy production, retail, and utilities. Thus, it is necessary to examine the holdings of the Berkshire company to analyze the Foundation’s stock holdings. Berkshire Hathaway’s largest investment is in Coca-Cola. It owns an additional 8.7% of Coca-Cola (Warren Buffett’s firm is the largest shareholder in Coca-Cola, having stock worth >$10 billion dollars) and 6.3% of Kraft (Buffett is also the largest shareholder of Kraft). Berkshire Hathaway also has significant ownership in GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi-Aventis, Johnson & Johnson, and Procter & Gamble, and is one of the main global investors in the latter two pharmaceutical companies. Since Buffett is gradually transferring ownership of Berkshire Hathaway stock to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Foundation will soon be the largest stakeholder of Coca-Cola and Kraft in the world.
Another noteworthy section:
Warren Buffett, the second-largest donor to the Foundation and a board member, was a member of the board of Coca-Cola from 1989–2006 (Figure S1; his son, Howard Buffett, is on the board of Coca-Cola Enterprises and ConAgra Foods [one of North America’s largest packaged food companies], which is invested in modern seed technology, as are other members of the board of Berkshire Hathaway).
And then there’s this:
Several grants are linked to companies that are represented on the Foundation’s board among its investments. The Foundation has established partnerships with the Coca-Cola Company, which, in the words of the Foundation, are intended to “create new market opportunities for local farmers whose fruit will be used for Coca-Cola’s locally-produced and sold fruit juices”. The program is a four-year, $11.5 million partnership for “mango and passion fruit farmers to participate in Coca-Cola’s supply chain for the first time,” with a $7.5 million grant provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to TechnoServe, $3 million provided by The Coca-Cola Company, and $1 million by bottling partner Coca-Cola Sabco. This could reflect the recent comments of Melinda Gates in a webcast, “What we can learn from Coke,” suggesting that government agencies and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) could learn from the manufacturer to promote global health in low- and middle-income countries.
Finally, this key section from their conclusion:
The question of whether and how financial and institutional relationships might shape foundation decision-making has yet to be answered, and continues to be a point of controversy. To draw a recent example, if a Chinese businessperson invested in the Chinese auto industry were to donate to the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in New Orleans, such a donation would no doubt be welcomed; if the donation, however, was conditional upon renovating New Orleans? factories to produce products for the Chinese auto industry, such a program may produce legitimate debate. Analogously, when the Gates Foundation is heavily invested in Coca-Cola and simultaneously works to orient developing country farmers towards production for Coca-Cola instead of alternative development strategies, such an approach has potential consequences for grant-receiving communities and their health.
Think about the article above and then think about this article and its emphasis on prisons and immigrants.
When people think Gates is progressive on immigration they do not understand that the US Senate bill on immigration is really really really bad for immigrants because it is a market-based policy to allow workers to come to the US to work just as they did in that developing world nation. It seeks to exploit foreign labor brought to America to the point of slavery. In the process it seeks to lower the American worker to the level of developing world by forcing US workers to the same conditions if they want to work. So, it makes sense Gates would support private prison corporations-----prison labor is free and technology corporations want free labor.
We need immigrant groups to connect the dots and stop supporting an immigration bill tied to Trans Pacific Trade Pact.
Originally published April 10, 2014 at 9:22 PM | Page modified April 11, 2014 at 11:49 AM
Protesters want Gates Foundation to stop investing in prison operator
About two dozen demonstrators protested outside the headquarters of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Thursday, demanding the philanthropic organization dump its investments in a company that runs private prisons.
By Lornet Turnbull
Seattle Times staff reporter
Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times
Immigrant-rights supporters protest outside Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle on Thursday, calling on the foundation to drop its investments in GEO Group, the world’s largest operator of private prisons and detention centers. GEO operates the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.
Here’s something you won’t see everyday: protesters outside the Seattle headquarters of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation proclaiming social injustice.
On Thursday, about two dozen immigrant-rights advocates and other demonstrators gathered outside the foundation’s offices, demanding it dump its investments in one of the nation’s largest operators of private prisons.
Specifically, they want the Gates Foundation — whose co-chairman, Bill Gates, has been a steadfast supporter of immigration — to divert the $2.2 million that its trust invests in The GEO Group.
The world’s largest operator of private prisons and detention centers, GEO runs 59 facilities across the country, including the 1,500-bed Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.
“This isn’t just a moral argument,” said William Winters, senior campaign adviser with the Latino advocacy group Presente.org, which organized the protest.
“If the Gates Foundation wants to have the effect in the world they say they want to have, then investing in private prisons is the antithesis of that.”
Organizers said they staged the demonstration after getting no response to a letter they sent to Bill Gates a month ago.
After the demonstration, a handful of protesters were invited inside, where they presented officials with nearly 11,000 signatures collected online.
Gates Foundation spokesman Jonah Goldman, in an earlier conversation, said the foundation and the trust are separate and that the foundation does not control the trust’s investment decisions.
Trust investments, he said, are “the reason we have about $4 billion a year to spend on vaccines, AIDS drugs, on U.S. education and the millennium scholars program — on all the work the foundation does in Seattle and around the world.”
OH YEAH------LIKE THESE ISSUES ARE ALL NOT DONE FOR GATES PROFIT!
He noted the $2.2 million invested in GEO, compared to the $36 billion foundation trust and GEO, a $2 billion company.
Questions about the foundation’s investments have been raised before, forcing the foundation in the past to issue a statement explaining its policy.
The Gateses guide endowment managers to vote proxies “consistent with the principles of good governance,” the statement said, pointing out that the foundation has defined areas in which it will not invest, such as tobacco stocks.
Winters, who was among those invited inside, said foundation representatives assured protesters that their letter would be submitted to the trust.
He said they wanted to be sure protesters understood all the good the foundation does around the world. It’s something Presente acknowledges and appreciates, Winters said.
“But by investing in GEO, it’s capitalizing an organization that then uses that money to incarcerate more people, which seems to run counter to the foundation’s own mission.”
With Congress declining to act on overhauling the nation’s immigration system, demonstrations over detention and deportation across the country have become more frequent.
One after another, Thursday’s presenters spoke of the effect detention has on families. Winters read portions of statements by some who he said signed the petition, including a Gates scholar from California who said that while he is forever in the foundation’s debt for his education, he is “saddened to know that some of that money was due to investment in the prison industry complex.”
Jose Moreno, 25, who participated in a recent hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center, said in Spanish that he wanted to be part of it to draw attention to the conditions inside the facility, saying, it’s “jail not a detention.”
Maru Mora Villalpando, who is in the country illegally and active in an anti-deportation movement called, Not1More, said it was morally wrong for the foundation to profit from separating families.
“The Gates Foundation should be ashamed for putting money into the business of separating families and into the business of making money off those that are the most vulnerable,” she said.
Initially “curious” about the protest, Goldman said Gates Foundation officials “totally understand the passion that comes from this.”
The allegations made against GEO seem deplorable, he said, “and we certainly understand people standing up for justice. That’s the reason we come to work every day.”
Trans Pacific Trade Pact will allow global corporations to come to the US and ignore US labor and justice laws including environmental laws. So, imagine the environmental devastation in China with all of the strip mining and rare earth mining and that is what Clinton neo-liberals and Bush neo-cons have planned for our national parks. They will open them to all kinds of raw resource extraction and it will be global corporations brought in to do it.
Who drives the rare earth element market? Computer giants Microsoft and Apple. They made a mess of China and developing nations with a non-holds bar dumping of toxic waste from manufacturing. The Obama Administration at the request of the computer industry has made his entire terms in office about making education and health care solidly connected to technology and the web. Not that this is needed. What is does is place the technology industry on steroids -----good for Bill Gates ----bad for the world's environment. So, with supersizing connectiveness comes supersizing rare earth mining and wherever in the world there may be rare earth elements-----there will be mining----think fracking industry and its environmental damage tied with this rare earth mining and we have environmental disaster right around the corner.
What people should zoom in on is Congress's willingness to ignore written statute surrounding these protected lands to just privatize the land. It is the ignoring of US contracts and laws with global corporations winning that mirrors what Trans Pacific Trade Pact does. Those Indian lands are low hanging fruit as they are not protected as citizens-----just wait----they are coming after any land found to have the elements they want just as the fracking industry does.
House Votes To Sell Apache Land To Foreign Corporation, The Tribe Is Furious
Author: Nathaniel Downes December 9, 2014 4:02 pm
For over 5 years, a measure to cede 2,400 acres sacred to the Apache tribe for use in copper mining has been pushed in Congress. Backed by various well-paid corporatist congress members such as Senator John McCain, this measure inevitably dies from the outrage of the native tribes who care for this land. So, this year the members backed by legalized bribes by foreign corporations have attached the measure to the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act in a lame duck session of congress.
The land in question is part of the Tonto National Forest in Arizona. The areas which would be destroyed by the mining operation include Devil’s Canyon, a popular hiking trail, and Apache’s Leap where 75 Apache men, women and children were massacred by US troops in 1871. The loss of either would be a cultural loss not only for the Apache nation, but for all of us.
The attempt to hide this brazen attempt to sell off cultural heritage for mere coin tells us how these congress members feel about their duty to protect this nation. One must wonder how much of the estimated $61 billion in revenue is to be lining these congress members pockets if the bill passes intact. After all, members of congress regularly reap huge profits from bills they introduce.
What has the tribe most upset is that the measure first requires a review of the deal, then orders that the deal go through anyways. The review is to be effectively ignored. San Carlos Apache Chairman Terry Rambler, has put out the call to stop the deal, putting a petition at Whitehouse.gov as well as lobbying congress directly to stop the measure once it hits the Senate.
Despite changes to require consultation with affected tribes and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance, the provision still mandates the transfer of tribal sacred areas into the private ownership of Resolution Copper regardless of the results of the consultation or information and recommendations resulting from the NEPA process. A mandatory conveyance defeats the purpose of tribal consultations and the NEPA process that are designed to help provide information before decisions are made. In [the land swap bill] the outcome is pre-determined, rendering tribal views and public comments meaningless. Further, [it] would not require Resolution Copper to mitigate impacts on tribal sacred areas after conveyance and contains no repercussions/penalties on Resolution Copper for harm/destruction to tribal sacred areas.
The blatant greed being presented by these members of congress is astounding. The company has spent a fortune buying candidates for office in the same way one would collect baseball cards. And now for their thousands per candidate, they expect to destroy the cultural heritage of a native tribe for billions. How much is our collective cultural heritage worth? To these candidates, not much at all it seems. Legalized bribery has made them no longer stewards of our nation, but instead greedy puppets of corporate masters, willing to dance on their string for the crumbs tossed to them. Disgraceful.
Don't worry say Clinton neo-liberals and Bush neo-cons-----when we bring US manufacturing back to the US from China along with other global corporations working free from any environmental laws----this is what the US will become if Trans Pacific Trade Pact is passed. It allows global corporations to operate in the US as they do overseas ignoring US labor and environmental laws!
As Congress and Obama pretend to be working on greenhouse policy with windmills and solar panels-----the coal industry has coal exports soaring to countries like China. So, all of the supposed green business is simply a ploy for another market subsidized with taxpayer money. Now, the US may not bring back coal fired power plants----but the devastation from fracking and its release of carbon dioxide and methane far exceeds the damage from coal....what does a plastics factory do to the air?
China's exports linked to western U.S. air pollution
By Elizabeth Landau, CNN updated 2:16 PM EST, Tue January 21, 2014
Outsourcing manufacturing to China may have resulted in less pollution in some parts of the United States, but other regions have lesser air quality because of U.S.-bound Chinese products, a new study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds.
"Pollution from China is having an effect in the U.S., and we need to recognize how that is affecting both our background ozone levels and also particulates that are reaching the West Coast," said study co-author Don Wuebbles, professor of atmospheric science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
China's smog soars China's toxic smog problem In the western United States, Chinese pollution related to exports contribute up to 12% to 24% of daily sulfate concentrations, the study said.
Because of the United States outsourcing manufacturing to China, the eastern United States saw a decrease in sulfate pollution, but an increase was seen in the western part of the nation.
Because of pollution from China, the Los Angeles area and other U.S. regions violate national ozone standards one extra day per year, the study said.
U.S. consumer goods such as cellphones and televisions are often produced in China. Although Chinese manufacturing isn't causing most of the U.S. pollution, winds called "westerlies" can send chemicals across the Pacific Ocean in a matter of days. Valleys and basins in western states can see accumulations of dust, ozone and carbon.
"We know that the efficiency of industry in China is not as it is good in the U.S.," Wuebbles said. Higher efficiency of U.S. manufacturing, combined with controls on emissions and outsourcing, have made strides in reducing U.S.-based emissions.
Opinion: Pollution could turn China's dream into nightmare
Does that mean that outsourcing manufacturing to China is bad for American public health? The study suggests that for the United States as a whole, there's a net benefit, because the population density in the eastern United States is higher than in the West.
But the West still suffers.
Sulfate concentrations went up by up to 2%, and ozone and carbon monoxide levels saw slight increases too, in the western United States in 2006, according to the study.
Average sulfate, carbon monoxide and black carbon concentrations went down by 0.3% to 0.9% when looking at population-weighted averages. But this all comes at a cost: In the western United States and populous Chinese regions, air quality went down.
Smog forces 'blind landing' training on China's pilots
Black carbon has been linked to asthma as well as diseases such as cancer, emphysema, and heart and lung disease. Rain doesn't easily clear it from the atmosphere, so it hangs around and travels far.
Researchers found that 36% of anthropogenic sulfur dioxide, 27% of nitrogen oxides, 22% of carbon monoxide and 17% of black carbon from Chinese emissions were linked to producing goods for export.
About 21% of export-related emissions from China, for each of these pollutants, came from exports that went from China to the United States.
Production of goods for export has rapidly expanded in China, with volume growing 390% between 2000 and 2007, although there has not been as much growth since the global financial crisis. China has generally become a "large net exporter of energy-intensive industrial products," the study said.
Behind this economic growth is a rise in combustion of fossil fuels, particularly coal, a big culprit in carbon dioxide emissions rising worldwide.
Previous research has shown the substantial carbon dioxide emissions that result from Chinese trade, but this study focused on more other air pollutants. Researchers constructed a model using data on economics and emissions.
U.N. climate change report points blame at humans
Over the last decade, China has seen a huge increase in the use of coal-burning power plants, Wuebbles said. Coal use for generating electricity is a big part of why carbon dioxide emissions have nearly doubled their rate of growth worldwide, according to a leaked report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, obtained by CNN.
High carbon dioxide atmospheric concentrations are projected to cause a 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) increase in temperature by 2100. Agriculture, forestry, ecosystems and human health are all expected to suffer as a result of trends in climate change.
To decrease pollution from China, Wuebbles recommended increasing the efficiency of manufacturing processes and re-examining energy production. Scrubbers can reduce emissions from coal-burning power plants.
"Consideration of international cooperation to reduce trans-boundary transport of air pollution must confront the question of who is responsible for emissions in one country during production of goods to support consumption in another," study authors wrote.
I understand that US labor wants manufacturing jobs but national labor leaders are not educating on the issue of Trans Pacific Trade Pact and how this makes the US open for global corporate operations just as in a developing nation. So, good-bye unions labor laws that have protected Americans for a century. Not only that but these global corporations have become more ruthless after leaving a first world democracy like the US and working for decades with absolutely no limitations.
THIS IS WHAT WILL BE COMING BACK TO THE US AND AMERICANS WILL BE MADE THIRD WORLD IN THE CONDITIONS THEY WILL HAVE TO LIVE AND WORK.
So, the national AFL-CIO and national SEIU are negotiating during the Trans Pacific Trade Pact to be able to organize immigrants and workers in foreign nations even as they are silent about how TPP will end all union labor rights in the US.
THIS IS A HUGE CONFLICT AND IS WHY I TELL UNION MEMBERS THEY NEED THEIR UNIONS TO REPRESENT DOMESTICALLY----AND NOT GLOBALLY.
We can have manufacturing in the US that does not kill people and the environment. We simply need to bring back those industries that will allow this. That is not the plan and we need everyone shouting
JOBS WITH JUSTICE DOES NOT MEAN JOBS THAT KILL.
Keep in mind that while Bill Gates is building his PHARMA and health institution portfolio----he is the face of these very bad manufacturing jobs and mining coming to destroy health. Malaysia has been ground zero for US corporate abuse for decades courtesy of Bill Clinton. Hillary is opening Burma to this mess.
60 families complain of pollution from plastic factory -
BernamaThe Malaysian Insider – Sat, Nov 2, 2013 8:52 PM SGT
- Sixty families in Kampung Ekor Kucing, Kepala Batas, claimed that the quality of their lives have deteriorated ever since a plastic factory began operating from the village three months ago.
The villagers said that the factory operations had caused air, water and noise pollution, causing them to lose their appetite and fall sick.
Awang Dahaman, 79, who lives 200 metres away from the factory, said he had not been able to get a good night sleep as the factory would begin its noisy operation from 10 pm until the following morning on a daily basis.
"We are also suffering from a foul smell caused by the factory waste, besides their the waste water being dumped into our drains and canals," he said.
He said tens of the factory lorries going in and out of the factory through the small village road were also dangerous to the residents' safety.
Kepala Batas Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said he would contact the Department of Environment and other relevant agencies to carry out investigation on the factory's status.
"We view seriously the matter because the factory is found to have improper irrigation system and located at a very unsuitable site," he said. – Bernama, November 2, 2013.
In the article above it was a Chinese mining corporation wanting to mine in the Native American wilderness park and below you see an Australian coming to Clinton neo-liberal states like California and Nevada......rare earth mining is as toxic as it gets and it is why for decades the US has forbid it. Now that Trans Pacific Trade Pact is allowing global corporations to come to the US and do to our environment what was done overseas!
Even Republican voters should be able to see how opening all public land and selling it off will be bad for everyone. We need Republican voters to wake up to having the environment devastated and jobs that kill.
Greater safety standards????? REALLY?????
November 8, 2010
Can the U.S. Compete on Rare Earths?
Introduction Rare earth oxides, clockwise from top center: praseodymium, cerium, lanthanum, neodymium, samarium and gadolinium. Peggy Greb/U.S. Department of Agriculture A mine in Mountain Pass, Calif., was once the world's leading producer of so-called rare earth minerals, which are used in everything from missile systems to electric cars. But the mining was stopped in 2002 after a leak of radioactive fluid. China's lower-cost operations, technical superiority and lax environmental rules propelled it to become the dominant producer, and today it accounts for 95 percent of the world's supply.
But China's recent embargo on shipments on the crucial minerals to the United States, Europe and Japan raised new concerns about Beijing's monopoly, and added urgency to efforts by other countries to develop their own source of the minerals, for which demand is growing.
Molycorp Minerals, the operator of the Mountain Pass site, wants to reopen the mine with higher safety and environmental standards. In Australia, a mining company, Lynas Corporation, hopes to begin small-scale production at a rich deposit in the middle of the country, though technical issues remain.
But even if the U.S. and other countries can find and unearth the elements, do they have the technical expertise to compete with China in their processing? Is the domestic production of rare earth elements essential to American economic and national security interests?
As the articles below say---this is not an Apple problem----all the tech firms have this problem. The level of heavy metal pollution and health damage from exposure while working and living is huge. These global corporations just ignore these problems and just coverup media outings like the ones below. So, imagine these manufacturing plants coming back to the US with deregulation and oversight and accountability dismantled---you will see the same conditions as in these third world nations.
Workers are glad simply to have a job-----SOUND FAMILIAR? UNEMPLOYMENT IS AS HIGH AS ANY TIME IN MODERN HISTORY IN THE US AND PEOPLE ARE BECOMING DESPERATE.
'If FoxxCon addresses these work conditions our wages will fall'!-----SOUND FAMILIAR? Only third world wages are $2 a day----that's how low US wages can go with Trans Pacific Trade Pact!
Is Apple Involved in Heavy-Metal Pollution in China?
by Cameron Scott, 07/01/10 Inhabitat
When you buy the iPhone 4, you’re buying not just from Apple — but from the Taiwanese company Foxconn, who manufactures the phones (and pods and pads) at their mainland China factories. The company’s abusive labor practices have been reported of late, and now Chinese environmental groups are questioning whether it also violates China’s lax environmental laws.
In May, the environmental groups released a report tracking the connection between heavy metal poisoning and IT production in China. (Lead and cadmium are used to produce mobile phone batteries and printed circuit boards.) More than 4,000 Chinese people — mostly children — were found to have unsafe levels of lead in their blood in the past year. The groups suggested that the international brands, including Apple, that contract with Chinese manufacturers ought to take responsibility for their environmental practices, which sometimes include secret pipes pumping untreated water directly into waterways.
The groups asked companies to provide more information about their Asian supply chains. Apple is one of eight companies that, 50 days later, has not responded. The question now is, why not?
The coalition is encouraging IT companies at the very least to use a map put together by the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, which tracks facilities that have been dinged by the Chinese government for their environmental practices — which is to say, the worst of the worst. They’re also writing a letter to Steve Jobs.
'Apple 'attacking problems' at its factories in China Apple has defended its ethical standards after a newspaper reported factories in China rely on child labour, 24 hour days and unsafe conditions to manufacture iPhones, iPads and computers'.
Demonstrators outside an Apple store in Hong Kong protest about the poor working conditions of employees of Taiwan's Foxconn which manufactures Apple products.
Photo: AFP By Malcolm Moore in Shanghai
1:50PM GMT 27 Jan 2012
In an email reportedly sent to Apple's 60,000 or so employees, Tim Cook, the company's chief executive said that Apple "cares about every worker in its supply chain".
The letter appears to be in response to a series of articles in the New York Times cataloguing the company's problems in China and divisions within Apple about how to handle the issues.
The paper said more than half of the suppliers audited by Apple have broken at least one part of its conduct code each year since 2007 and have even broken the law in some cases.
"Most people would still be really disturbed if they saw where their iPhone comes from," one unnamed former Apple executive told the newspaper.
Mr Cook's letter, which was reproduced on the website 9to5mac.com, promised that Apple would "continue to dig deeper" into problems in China and that it would "undoubtedly find more issues". "What will not do, and never have done, is stand still or turn a blind eye to problems in our supply chain," he added.
"Any accident is deeply troubling, and any issue with working conditions is cause for concern. Any suggestion that we don't care is patently false and offensive to us. As you know better than anyone, accusations like these are contrary to our values. It's not who we are," he said.
As criticism has mounted of Apple, and threatened to tarnish the company's brand, its shares have risen to record highs, especially after the company said it had doubled its profits in the first three months to $13.1 billion (£8.35 billion) because of sales of its gadgets over Christmas.
Apple has monitored its factories in China since 2007. However, as sales of Apple's gadgets have soared, putting intense pressure on the company's suppliers to ramp up production, a spate of suicides, explosions and poisonings have occurred.
As Apple has improved and extended its monitoring, its annual reports have exposed more problems. In the company's latest report, it found at least 90 factories were asking workers to work for more than 60 hours a week, the company's own guidelines, which are themselves significantly over the 40-hour limit imposed by Chinese law. Apple also found five cases of child labour at factories.
In response to outside pressure, Apple this year published a list of its 156 suppliers, representing almost all its supply chain, for the first time. It also joined the Fair Labor Association, becoming the first technology company to do so. Apple has also worked with Chinese labour rights advocates, environmental groups, and has agreed to allow outside monitors into its suppliers' factories.
Nike, the athletic company, was a founding member of the FLA after it suffered intense criticism in the 1990s for using sweatshops in Asia.
Auret van Heerden, the president of the FLA, told Bloomberg that Apple is now going through a similar process. "Most big corporations have their 'Nike moment' at some stage, when they realise the difficulties of maintaining their standards, particularly in an increasingly global environment," he said.
However, Mr Van Heerden added that Apple's factories, including Foxconn, remained some of the best places to work as an unskilled labourer in the developing world. "If you are a 16-year-old girl in a developing country, your best chance of enjoying proper rights is if you get to work at a multinational company," said Mr Van Heerden. "The power of their contract is more powerful than the power of law".
Foxconn, which came under intense criticism for its "military" style working conditions, said 8,000 people apply to work at its factories every day. More than a million people work at Foxconn, but the Taiwanese company has a tin ear for public relations, with its chief executive having to recently apologise for comparing the management of his workers to the management of zoo animals.
One of China's leading labour advocacy groups, China Labor Bulletin, asked if Apple had the power to improve the lot of its workers. Only three companies in China - Foxconn, Pegatron and Quanta - have the ability to mass-manufacture Apple's products competently and on deadline. And they are being pushed to ever thinner profit margins for their work.
"It would seem that sharing profits with suppliers could be one way in which Apple could improve working conditions," wrote William Nee of CLB on his blog. "But then again, this voluntary step would fly against market dynamics and there is no guarantee that suppliers would pass the benefits onto the workers [...] What incentive does Foxconn have to improve standards if they know full well that Apple's entire business model relies on them?" Mr Nee said there were "no easy answers" to the problem.
Meanwhile, the New York Times reports on Apple have drawn a measured response inside China, with many commenters pointing out that other technology companies are equally guilty of worker abuse, and that further regulation could make lives for the workers worse.
"Construction workers and farmers are also living a harsh life in China, shall we also boycott housing and grains," asked Zhou Zhimei, one commenter. Another said the conditions in the factories should be better policed by the Chinese regulator, whose responsibility it was.
"If Foxconn were to abide by the labour law, the wages would be lower.
If workers establish a formal union, lots will be disappointed and return home to rural areas. The production cost of Chinese manufacturing will increase and Chinese factories will lose their competitive advantage. Who would be happy if that really happened?"
asked another commenter.