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June 12, 2015

As you watch the Village Theater production today keep one thing in mind

A LOT of planning and effort goes into making these votes so darn close. It is not easy to create that special "reality show" quality. So a heart thanks to President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, Boner, McConnell, and the hundreds of supporting cast that bring us such quality entertainment. I will grow to love TPA; I'm sure of it.

June 9, 2015

Major TTIP vote at European Parliament postponed due to 'political divisions'

"A key vote on the controversial TTIP resolution was postponed by European Parliament last minute on Tuesday. While a large number of amendments have been cited as the reason for the delay, some believe the "mounting public pressure" is "bearing fruit."

The plenary Wednesday vote on Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) resolution was postponed by the European Parliament's president on Tuesday evening. The vote on the controversial report following the ongoing EU-US TTIP trade and investment negotiations will not take place "in view of the fact that more than 200 amendments and requests for split or separate votes have been tabled," President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz announced."



June 5, 2015

From Occupying Banks to City Hall: Meet Barcelona’s New Mayor Ada Colau


(Sorry if this has been posted already)

An Occupy protester has been elected Mayor of a European city of 1.6 million people. Her acceptance speech had lawmakers jaws dropping on the floor. She invoked Iceland and Greece (and it looks like the EU is doomed at long last) and talked about grand programs to turn the tide of power against the banksters. She plans to take empty homes and house the homeless, for example.

It is worth listening to Amy Goodman's interview at the link above.
June 5, 2015

HEADS-UP! Bernie is about to do Brunch with Bernie on FSTV


The live stream should open right up. He is scheduled to start at Noon Eastern time.
May 19, 2015

Maybe it's not the size of the drum

but the quality of the music. Bernie's dollar goes ten times as far as Hillary's dollar. Bernie's drum only needs to be heard once for him to gain supporters.

May 18, 2015

Senator Warren has released a report detailing unkept promises in trade agreements

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) issued a report Monday morning detailing decades of failed trade enforcement by American presidents including Barack Obama, the latest salvo in an ongoing public feud between Warren and Obama over the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Of the 20 countries the U.S. currently has trade agreements with, 11 have documented reliance on child labor, forced labor or other human rights abuses related to labor, according to the report. The violations are not confined to exploitation. Since Obama finalized a labor action plan with the government of Colombia in 2011, 105 union activists have been murdered. Obama called the Colombian deal "a win-win for workers" at the time.
But while much of the TPP controversy has concerned the legal language involved in the agreement itself, Warren's report highlights a broader concern among progressives. Regardless of what the final TPP deal looks like, presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama himself, have all failed to effectively enforce promises to protect workers, even as rogue regimes have continued to benefit from other provisions of the agreements.


Link to the full report: http://big.assets.huffingtonpost.com/WarrenReport.pdf

May 16, 2015

Another little gem in the Toilet Paper Protocol (TPP)

...the amendment would "include among the principal negotiating objectives of the United States regarding commercial partnerships...discouraging activity that... penalizes, or otherwise limits commercial relations with Israel".

One of the most important movements of our age, the BDS Israel movement will now be rendered contrary to trade law. F&*k this shit.


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