I want to stay with the TPP and world protest today as we look more closely at massive protest and the mainstream media working to minimize this massive movement. I told you about how for just a small gathering at the Capitol against NSA the police told media cameras to shut down. I listened to NPR/APM give an account of this Brazil protest and they painted a picture of thousands out to protest high transportation costs one day but the next things were more quiet as people were overall satisfied with Brazil's economic success.
That of course is not true. We see here just as we see in the next article that has London building skyscrapers trying to look like Shanghai that the 1% are again using development as a means to move taxpayer money into projects that will be owned by the 1% and it is all directed at making major cities into fiefdoms that they are trying to make too expensive for most people to afford. THE OLD CASTLE WITH THE GENTRY INSIDE AND THE MASSES SURROUNDING SCRAPING AN EXISTENCE AND HANDING MOST OF THEIR EARNINGS AS TAX TO THE GENTRY.
THAT IS TOWARDS WHERE THEY ARE GOING FOLKS!!!!!! YOU NEED TO SHOUT LOUDLY AND STRONGLY AND BECOME ENGAGED IN BUILDING YOUR COMMUNITY NETWORK OF POLITICAL ACTIONS!!!!
The Brazilian government is doing just what the Greek and southern European governments did in spending hundreds of billions of taxpayer money on huge development projects. Development projects are investment firms so the bank lends money to a taxpayer funded project and then owns the management of the project.....think M and T Bank stadium. Billions go directly to the developer in construction costs and billions go to the developer in management costs. The taxpayers foot the bill for operations, infrastructure, AND ALL LOSSES.
THIS IS WHAT PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS ARE ALL ABOUT!!!!
Brazil World Cup Website Hacked, Replaced with Protest Footage
By Natasha Lennard, www.salon.com
June 18th, 2013
37Protestors march in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday(Credit: AP)
The cyberattack symbolized growing rage against a status quo crystallized in World Cup, Olympics spending Evidencing (as if it were really necessary) that the ongoing mass protests and riots in Brazil are about much more than the latest public transport fare hike, hackers have attacked the Brazil 2014 World Cup website with protest footage. While the World Cup and the Olympics are lauded as emblems of sporting prowess and global unity, they are understood to be working vectors and reproducers of neoliberal hegemony, with concomitant city-restructuring, government spending and displacement of the poor in favor of massive stadiums and tourist facilities.
The FIFA website was (and, stunningly, remains) replaced with footage of protesters marching then meeting a vicious police response:
Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below you see what these protests are really about yet 'public' media make no comment on corporate/government crime and corruption.
More protests expected as Brazilians decry corruption NBC Evening News
Tension in Brazil finally erupted when an estimated 250,000 took to the streets in more than a dozen cities, complaining about rampant corruption, crime, low wages and a lack of social services.
Look locally to see the same in your states and communities.....all development is being controlled by investment firms and developers who were enriched from the massive corporate fraud and are now using that money to build fiefdoms that most will be priced out of....that is to what these people are protesting whether it is Turkey, London, Japan, or Brazil. WHY NOT IN AMERICA WHERE IT IS HAPPENING AS WELL? If you can't afford to live in the city they say move to the mid-west!
As Patterson Park residents fight to keep their park intact rather than become a health facility.....you see money being plowed into a community using funds that are meant to provide justice to underserved communities and families victim of mortgage fraud. The development of the city is not a bad thing. Everyone has wanted to see the city revitalized. What is bad, and what equates to the article above with Brazilians sick and tired of crime and corruption in government and development and the use of funds that should be building communities slated for underserved/working class being instead used to build affluent communities that are costing too much for those very underserved/working class. THESE FUNDS THAT SHOULD BE HELPING LOW-INCOME HAVE A HEALTHY COMMUNITY ARE INSTEAD SIMPLY BEING USED TO GENTRIFY PEOPLE OUT OF CITY CENTER.
That is what Brazilians and Greeks and Londoners are all shouting about as cities around the world are being turned into fiefdoms increasingly using economic status as a requirement for residency. THERE IS NO LOW-INCOME HOUSING IN CITY CENTER AND DEVELOPMENT IS BEING PAID FOR THROUGH GRANTS FOR AND TAX REVENUE PAID BY THE WORKING CLASS.
Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS) is a great justice organization in Baltimore that speaks to all of this. Below you see a schedule of events that shout out....WHAT ARE ALL THESE PRIVATE NON-PROFITS DOING TELLING BLACK CHILDREN AND COMMUNITIES WHAT THEY NEED?
AMEN!!!! You don't have to be black to feel that way.
What they are outing is the SHADOW GOVERNMENT OF NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS AS PRIVATE NON-PROFITS. I spoke at length about this but want to remind people that Baltimore is ONE BIG SHADOW GOVERNMENT THAT HAS THE RICH FUNNELING MONEY AROUND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND WRITING ALL PUBLIC POLICY. That is towards what the Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle and myself work to change and that is what people around the world are protesting. They are all sick and tired of having money stolen from them and government coffers and then spent to develop in ways they have no say and know they will not be able to live. So, you have money moving to development but it has no connection with the current community and the organization overseeing management, HUMANIM, has a black CEO but all the policy of that organization is written by rich white corporate heads working for their own development projects. Will the residents there now saying a garden is nice be there long? Watch as rents and taxes move them out of this nicely coiffed community asset. Would they have wanted more children's playgrounds and small businesses to employ people? YES.
LBS is hosting a fundraiser for the inaugural season of the Morgan State University Debate team.
We'll be debating the non-profit industrial complex against folks who are currently involved in the non-profit industry.
The dialogue promises to be engaging, interactive and controversial!
Debate participants TBA later next week.
Admission is $10 (donations are strongly encouraged)
Please come through and support!
Side note: With your help, in Fall 2013, Morgan State will have the ONLY policy debate team at an HBCU in the United States.
Now, Virgie Williams is a member of Baltimore's black elite social circle and is actively working against the interests of this community of low-income people. Virgie knows what this development means as does the HUMANIM CEO.....they are working to gentrify the very neighborhood the church represents. Look at City Hall from where all these policies written by rich, white developers are rubber stamped! These black leaders are being used and they do so for their personal gain. Meanwhile, the entire justice community in the city is silenced by this capture. I hear all the time from the underserved that their leaders are working against them and not for them....this is the 'black ministers' that control the vote in the city and who time and again support the very politicians that are killing working class and poor communities. THIS IS FOR WHAT PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD ARE TAKING TO THE STREETS.
THIS IS NOT ONLY AN ATTACK ON RACE OR CREED.....IT IS AN ATTACK ON CLASS AND THE FACT THAT WE ARE ALL BEING PUSHED INTO AN EVER LOWER CLASS WITH NO VOICE. We all know that all development in Baltimore City Center is moving all of working and even middle class families out.
A patch of green brightens Broadway East New park replacing rundown homes, easing city's storm pollution
View from the Humanim building on Gay Street of The New Broadway East Community Park taking shape in East Baltimore on 18 vacant lots. (Kim Hairston, Baltimore Sun / June 5, 2013)
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun 5:34 p.m. EDT, June 14, 2013
A new urban park is bringing a patch of green to a once-blighted corner of Broadway East, a project organizers hope can be a model for improving the quality of life and reducing pollution in other distressed Baltimore neighborhoods.
Trees are to be planted today at the corner of Gay and Federal streets, on a third of an acre where until a few years ago 18 mostly dilapidated rowhouses had stood. Community and nonprofit leaders, elected officials and others who live, worship and work in the area are expected to be on hand to help with landscaping the New Broadway East Community Park.
"We're excited about it," said Virgie Williams, who is co-chair of the "Green Space" ministry for Southern Baptist Church, across Gay Street from the project. "The park should be a great asset for the community."
The park's development has been a joint venture coordinated by Parks & People Foundation, the nonprofit that works to promote greening of neighborhoods and outdoor recreation. Its partners included the city, the New Broadway East community association and Humanim, the social-services nonprofit whose renovation of the 19th-century American Brewery building on Gay Street has been a catalyst for efforts to revitalize the neighborhood — and for this park.
Oddly enough, for a group with "parks" in its name, this is the first one Parks & People has developed, according to Guy Hager, senior director of the foundation's "great parks, clean streams and green communities" program. The project sprang out of a retreat the foundation had at Humanim's brewery headquarters a few years ago, he said. The city had bought up the homes on the land beside the brewery, so foundation and Humanim representatives met with community leaders to find out what they'd like to see done with the open space.
"People didn't want just another tomato garden," said Cindy Plavier-Truitt, Humanim's chief development officer. With a large, well-established community garden nearby on North Duncan Street, they wanted this to be a green place where they could sit and talk and hold community events.
The city put about $800,000 into demolishing the rowhouses, repaving the sidewalks and other improvements, and Parks & People obtained a $200,000 grant from the state for the park itself.
Even the ground beneath the homes has been rehabilitated, with a fresh layer of topsoil brought in to help sustain the two dozen trees and other vegetation to be planted there.
Among the infrastructure upgrades is a buried electrical cable, to be used if the partners can realize their long-range vision of making it a "tech park," wired and equipped with flat screens where residents could come to get information and learn about events going on in the neighborhood. The feasibility of that has yet to be determined, but in the meantime, benches made from recycled paper have been donated for use in the park by Boise Inc., a Utah-based paper and packaging company. The Alliance for Community Trees, based in College Park, also is pitching in.
One of the park's novel features is its use of rain-absorbing "porous" pavement and pavers for the walking paths, plaza and parking spots. Hager said they're being used in the park to demonstrate their potential for reducing stormwater pollution that fouls the city's streams and harbor. Rainfall should soak into the ground through these porous surfaces, rather than running off into the street, washing trash, pet waste, fertilizer and other debris down storm drains that lead to the harbor.
Replacing standard asphalt or concrete with porous pavement or pavers is one of the ways the city, with so much ground hard-scaped, can reduce its stormwater pollution. But Hager said the city has been hesitant to embrace these materials because they feared they couldn't afford to maintain them. Porous pavement needs to be vacuumed periodically to keep the openings in its surface from becoming clogged with dirt. However, Humanim has agreed to maintain the park and its porous pavement.
Community members hope similar things can be done with other vacant lots in the area. Williams said having a green space where residents can gather ought to help deter crime in the neighborhood by demonstrating to potential trouble-makers that it's a tight-knit area where people care about their community and each other. The vegetation and the birds and wildlife they attract also will be welcomed, she said, by elderly residents of the church's senior housing center across the street.
"I see improvement, not only for the neighborhood, but for the city as well," said Eddie Harley, 78, a former resident of the demolished homes, who now lives across Federal Street from the park.
BELOW YOU SEE LONDONERS ARE BEING MOVED OUT AS THE CITY IS MADE INTO A MANHATTAN-STYLE LUXURY LIVING.
You missed the two most important issues in this discussion......first, globalization is dead and Rule of Law is about to claw back tens of trillions of dollars in fraud from the financial industry in both US and UK/Europe. All of this development is being fueled by and paid for by all of these fraudulent gains. So, because our justice agencies have suspended Rule of Law and not brought back the fraud as of yet, we are seeing all this movement of fraud into this development that will simply sit idle once banks are downsized and capped. Then, we will have massive commercial buildings littering our urban landscape much like Spain's great development of housing and commercial real estate that is just sitting, again all paid for by massive subprime mortgage fraud and sovereign debt fraud. THESE PEOPLE ARE BUILDING WITH MONEY THAT ISN'T THEIRS AND THE COST OF REMOVING IT WILL BE A BURDEN ON THE PUBLIC! The people are shouting loudly across the world that they will not be displaced by thugs spending stolen money!
Second, this threat to historical architecture shows such hubris. You listen to Cameron call for banking reforms in a country with so much fraud that if he were to do anything this construction frenzy would stop. You cannot have a finance economy when the entire world thinks the industry is criminal....this is bizarre. In the US Timothy Geithner.....AKA 'Let the fraud continue' as he and Greenspan told 50 states attorney general in 2005....spoke at a Johns Hopkins commencement and stated that people are going to call you bad, but just ignore it.
They called these kinds of people barbarians and Visigoths back in the day.....SHAKE THE BUGS OUT OF THE RUG!
Change Is On The Horizon For London's Famous Skyline
by Christopher Werth
June 18, 2013 5:38 PM NPR
London's 122 Leadenhall Street (nicknamed the "Cheese-Grater") is shown under construction on March 5. Once complete it will be London's second-tallest building. The recent construction of numerous skyscrapers has sparked concern that views of historic landmark buildings, such as St Paul's Cathedral, are being obscured.
Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images Cities are defined by their skylines — while Paris is composed mostly of low-rise apartment buildings, New York is a city of tall office towers. But London is a city in transition. On Tuesday, Boris Johnson, the mayor of the British capital, attends a "topping out" ceremony for one of London's latest skyscrapers in a city where tall buildings cause a lot of controversy.
Until recently, London has been a low-rise city. Even now, a 12-story building is considered rather tall. But a spate of new skyscrapers is raising questions about the kind of city London should be.
The newest entrant is a building Londoners have dubbed the "Cheese-Grater." It's an unfinished, 52-story steel frame that looks, well, like a cheese grater. One entire facade of the building tapers down to the street at such a sharp angle, it just calls out for a block of English cheddar. Once complete, it will be London's second-tallest building.
Nigel Webb of British Land, the developer, says the building is designed so its smaller top doesn't obstruct the view of St. Paul's Cathedral, built by Christopher Wren in the 17th century. The church is many blocks away, but views of the building from around the city are protected by law.
"Had we designed the building so that it was like a traditional tower going straight up, it would have actually clashed with the dome of St. Paul's," says Webb.
This gets at why skyscrapers can be so difficult to build in London: The city boasts centuries of architectural history, and some observers are very worried about its changing skyline.
“ The landscape of London is completely transformed — has somehow burst into a kind of small Shanghai.
- Francesco Bandarin, UNESCO's new assistant director-general for culture
"You know nowadays, the landscape of London is completely transformed — has somehow burst into a kind of small Shanghai," says Francesco Bandarin of UNESCO, the United Nations' cultural organization for conserving world heritage. "But these changes have limits."
Bandarin says London's new skyscrapers threaten another important, London landmark, the Tower of London, which sits right in the shadow of the city's new buildings. Built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, the tower oozes British history: A couple of Henry VIII's wives lost their heads here; it's home to the Crown Jewels.
UNESCO designates the Tower of London an official World Heritage Site, and Bandarin says it has warned the British government about the new development around it.
"We see now that it's very difficult to perceive the tower as it was in its very long millenary history because of the existence of these high-rise buildings," says Bandarin.
The British government is in talks with UNESCO to preserve what's left of the area. But Paul Finch, a critic at Architects' Journal, is concerned by what he says is the implication that instead of just preserving views of the Tower of London, UNESCO is urging the city to protect what visitors see from it.
"The idea that we're going to start protecting views from these historic monuments and places is a form of madness," says Finch. "There is a danger of ending up with great swaths of a city, which cannot accommodate taller buildings."
Heated battles have already erupted. John Penrose, a former government minister for heritage in the U.K., is in favor of development. But he says The Shard — the tall, glass, spike-shaped building that now dominates the London skyline — was nearly scrapped because of conservationists' concerns over the Tower of London. And he has his own concerns.
"In the worst case," says Penrose, "UNESCO could withdraw the designation of being a World Heritage Site."
That's something the organization has done only once in Europe, when Dresden built a bridge UNESCO said degraded the views around the German city.
In London's defense, Edward Lister, the city's deputy mayor for planning, says all of the new high-rises are essential for London to maintain its status as a global financial center.
“ You cannot allow development to be stalled in a city like this. London's grown by 600,000 people in just the last five years. And we will be over 9 million people before New York. That's the pressure that the city's under.
- Edward Lister, London's deputy mayor for planning
"UNESCO is taking a very, very black-and white-position, and I'm afraid life's not like that," says Lister. "You cannot allow development to be stalled in a city like this. London's grown by 600,000 people in just the last five years. And we will be over 9 million people before New York. That's the pressure that the city's under."
Nevertheless, London has come up with new guidelines as a result of the furor over the city's building boom. Known as "The London Plan," it protects more views across the city. But some tourists at the Tower of London look up at the surrounding walls of glass and kind of like it.
"I think it shows how beautiful time was back in the 11th century, and just how beautiful the new creations are now in the 21st century," says Vanessa Lawson, visiting London from the nearby town of Hastings. "You know we kind of have to accept changes and go with them really."
And even more change is on the way. London has just approved proposals for tall buildings within view of another World Heritage Site, the Houses of Parliament, and UNESCO is concerned.