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Trans-Pacific Partnership The big story last week was the publication of one chapter of the TPP "agreement" by wikileaks but also TEPCO attempting to remove 400 tons of fuel rods from the severely-damaged Unit 4 at Fukushima Dai-ichi. We'll have much more on both of those but first some good news for a change!
ROLLING JUBILEE UPDATE! Guardian UK's Adam Gabbatt Occupy Wall Street activists buy $15m of Americans' personal debt Rolling Jubilee spent $400,000 to purchase debt cheaply from banks before 'abolishing' it, freeing individuals from their bills - A group of Occupy Wall Street activists has bought almost $15m of Americans' personal debt over the last year as part of the Rolling Jubilee project to help people pay off their outstanding credit. Rolling Jubilee, set up by Occupy's Strike Debt group following the street protests that swept the world in 2011, launched on 15 November 2012. The group purchases personal debt cheaply from banks before "abolishing" it, freeing individuals from their bills. By purchasing the debt at knockdown prices the group has managed to free $14,734,569.87 of personal debt, mainly medical debt, spending only $400,000. "We thought that the ratio would be about 20 to 1," said Andrew Ross, a member of Strike Debt and professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University. He said the team initially envisaged raising $50,000, which would have enabled it to buy $1m in debt. "In fact we've been able to buy debt a lot more cheaply than that." The group is able to buy debt so cheaply due to the nature of the "secondary debt market". If individuals consistently fail to pay bills from credit cards, loans, or medical insurance the bank or lender that issued the funds will eventually cut its losses by selling that debt to a third party. These sales occur for a fraction of the debt’s true values – typically for five cents on the dollar – and debt-buying companies then attempt to recoup the debt from the individual debtor and thus make a profit. The Rolling Jubilee project was mostly conceived as a "public education project", Ross said. "We're under no illusions that $15m is just a tiny drop in the secondary debt market. It doesn't make a dent in the amount of debt. Our purpose in doing this, aside from helping some people along the way – there's certainly many, many people who are very thankful that their debts are abolished – our primary purpose was to spread information about the workings of this secondary debt market." The group has focussed on buying medical debt, and has acquired the $14.7m in three separate purchases, most recently purchasing the value of $13.5m on medical debt owed by 2,693 people across 45 states and Puerto Rico, Rolling Jubilee said in a press release. “No one should have to go into debt or bankruptcy because they get sick,” said Laura Hanna, an organiser with the group. Hanna said 62% of all personal bankruptcies have medical debt as a contributing factor. ........ Ross, whose book, Creditocracy and the case for debt refusal, outlines the problems of the debt industry and calls for a “debtors’ movement” to resist credit, said the group had received letters from people whose debt they had lifted thanking them for the service. But the real victory was in spreading knowledge of the nature of the debt industry, he said. "Very few people know how cheaply their debts have been bought by collectors. It changes the psychology of the debtor, knowing this.
BTV Correspondent Maddy grabs this tweet
    WikiLeaks @wikileaks 34m "Now that Jeremy Hammond has been sentenced, we will shortly release all remaining Stratfor files."
BTV's jen chimes in: Good on them. Was checking to see if corpse press was mentioning Hammond's sentencing. Not using Google, so maybe there are more results there, but see only The Guardian, RT, HuffPo, Wired, Tech Crunch, Prison Planet, etc. This is over at Common Dreams Whistleblowers and Journalists to Support Jeremy Hammond at Nov. 15 Sentencing for Anonymous Hack Exposing Extralegal Corporate Surveillance And a support site: The Jeremy Hammond Defense Committee - Thank you ladies! Good items! For background read Janet Reitman in Rolling Stone The Rise and Fall of Jeremy Hammond: Enemy of the State - As a devastating series of cyberattacks struck the heart of the national-security establishment, the Feds set out to destroy the legendary hacker and radical anarchist by any means necessary RS's 2012 Feature on Jeremy Hammond's Rise and Fall.
And Rolling Stone's John Knefel has Cyber-Activist Jeremy Hammond Sentenced to 10 Years In Prison - The hacker, who pleaded guilty in May, is given the maximum sentence by a federal judge Cyber-activist Jeremy Hammond was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison this morning by Judge Loretta A. Preska in a federal courtroom in lower Manhattan for hacking the private intelligence firm Stratfor. When released, Hammond will be placed under supervised control, the terms of which include a prohibition on encryption or attempting to anonymize his identity online. Hammond has shown a "total lack of respect for the law," Judge Preska said in her ruling, citing Hammond's criminal record – which includes a felony conviction for hacking from when he was 19 – and what she called "unrepentant recidivism." There is a "desperate need to promote respect for the law," she said, as well as a "need for adequate public deterrence." ........ Prior to the verdict, he read from a prepared statement and said it was time for him to step away from hacking as a form of activism, but recognized that tactic's continuing importance. "Those in power do not want the truth exposed," Hammond said from the podium, wearing black prison garb. He later stated that the injustices he has fought against "cannot be cured by reform, but by civil disobedience and direct action." He spoke out against capitalism and a wide range of other social ills, including mass incarceration and crackdowns on protest movements. The Stratfor hack exposed previously unknown corporate spying on activists and organizers, including PETA and the Yes Men, and was largely constructed by the FBI using an informant named Hector Monsegur, better known by his online alias Sabu. Co-defendants in the U.K. were previously sentenced to relatively lighter terms. Citing Hammond's record, Judge Preska said "there will not be any unwarranted sentencing disparity" between her ruling and the U.K. court's decision. Hammond's supporters and attorneys had previously called on Judge Preska to recuse herself following the discovery that her husband was a victim of the hack she was charged with ruling on. That motion was denied. (Full disclosure: This reporter previously spoke at a rally calling on Judge Preska to recuse herself.) ....... Many supporters see Hammond's case as part of a broader trend of the government seeking what they say are disproportionately long sentences for acts that are better understood as civil disobedience than rampant criminality. Aaron Swartz, who faced prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act – the same statute used to prosecute Hammond – took his own life last year, after facing possible decades in prison for downloading academic journals from an MIT server. "The tech industry promised open access and democratization," says Roy Singham, Swartz's old boss and executive chairman of ThoughtWorks, a software company that advocates for social justice. "What we've given the world is surveillance and spying." Singham says it's "shameful" that "titans of the tech world" have not supported Hammond. Following his first conviction for hacking, Hammond said, he struggled with returning to that life, but felt it was his responsibility. That decision ultimately lead to the Stratfor hack. "I had to ask myself, if Chelsea Manning fell into the abysmal nightmare of prison fighting for the truth, could I in good conscience do any less, if I was able?" he said, addressing the court. "I thought the best way to demonstrate solidarity was to continue the work of exposing and confronting corruption."
So while Hammond lands in prison some real war criminals are walking around free men. Sarah Lazare, staff writer for Common Dreams reports US Bullies UK To Keep Bush/Blair Iraq War Dialogue Secret US blocks British report that is expected to challenge official version of events - If the U.S. gets its way, the world will never know the details of top-level discussions between George W. Bush and Tony Blair that paved the way for the invasion of Iraq in 2003. An exclusive report released Thursday by The Independent reveals that the White House and U.S. State Department have launched a fierce battle against the release of a four-year government-ordered investigation into the lead-up and aftermath of British participation in a war now widely viewed in the UK as a catastrophe. The inquiry, led by Sir John Chilcot, is believed to take aim at the official version of events, including misrepresentation of Iraq intelligence, as well as questions about whether former British Prime Minister Tony Blair engaged in secret negotiations with the Bush administration while lying to the British people. Yet, the U.S. government is forbidding the release of communications between Blair and Bush in the lead-up to the war, declaring it classified information and pressuring British Prime Minister David Cameron to wipe this information from the report. The Independent reports that the hidden documents "are said to provide crucial evidence for already-written passages that are highly critical of the covert way in which Mr Blair committed British troops to the US-led invasion." The paper goes on to quote a top-level diplomat, who declared, “The US are highly possessive when documents relate to the presence of the President or anyone close to him... this is not Tony Blair’s or the UK Government’s property to disclose.” There are signs that the British government is poised to cave to U.S. pressure, in a bid to protect the 'special' relationship between the two countries. An exclusive report released Thursday by The Independent reveals that the White House and U.S. State Department have launched a fierce battle against the release of a four-year government-ordered investigation into the lead-up and aftermath of British participation in a war now widely viewed in the UK as a catastrophe. ........ Immediately following the release of the report, a Cabinet spokesperson denied that the U.S. has veto power over the Iraq War inquiry, declaring, "All sides recognize that this raises difficult issues, involving legal and international relations considerations." ......... An editorial by Guardian editors sounds the alarm over the delayed release of the report, declaring, "If there is an urgency, it is because only with publication of Chilcot's report can this generation hope to learn the lessons of that misguided war and how to avoid repeating those mistakes."
MORE JEN! From Digby Fix the Debt caught astroturfing Oh, my goodness. Can it be that Fix the Debt is using patented right wing astroturf tactics? Say it ain't so!
    Our friend Jon Romano, press secretary for the inside-the-beltway PR campaign “Fix the Debt” and its pet youth group, The Can Kicks Back, have been caught writing op-eds for college students and placing the identical op-eds in papers across the country. This is the latest slip-up in Fix the Debt’s efforts to portray itself as representing America’s youth. Previously, they were caught paying dancers to participate in a pro-austerity flash mob and paying to gather online petition signers for them. The newspapers involved in the scam were not amused. Gainesville Sun to Fix the Debt: “Lay Off the Astroturf and Outright Plagiarism” The identical op-eds were discovered by Florida’s Gainesville Sun. The paper’s scathing editorial on the topic makes for an entertaining read. "If you liked University of Florida student Brandon Scott’s column last Sunday about the national debt, you also should enjoy columns by Dartmouth College student Thomas Wang and University of Wisconsin student Jennifer Pavelec on the issue. After all, they’re the same columns. The identical columns ran last weekend in newspapers in New Hampshire and Wisconsin. They each included the same first-person passage describing the student’s work with the Campaign to Fix the Debt and its “millennial arm,” The Can Kicks Back." .....
Oh heck. I wonder if this might mean that their so-called millennial "I want all my elderly relatives to move in with me when they can no longer work" program might be a bit overblown? As in, it might be just a silly front group created with Pete Peterson money and it has no real members. I'm shocked.

NSA UPDATE: Der SPIEGEL Staff report Oil Espionage: How the NSA and GCHQ Spied on OPEC Documents disclosed by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal that both America's National Security Agency (NSA) and Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) have infiltrated the computer network of the the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). In January 2008, the NSA department in charge of energy issues reported it had accomplished its mission. Intelligence information about individual petroleum-exporting countries had existed before then, but now the NSA had managed, for the first time, to infiltrate OPEC in its entirety. OPEC, founded in 1960, has its headquarters in a box-like building in Vienna. Its main objective is to control the global oil market, and to keep prices high. The 12 member states include Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Iran and Iraq. When the NSA used the Internet to infiltrate OPEC's computers, its analysts discovered an internal study in the OPEC Research Division. It stated that OPEC officials were trying to cast the blame for high oil prices on speculators. A look at files in the OPEC legal department revealed how the organization was preparing itself for an antitrust suit in the United States. And a review of the section reserved for the OPEC secretary general documented that the Saudis were using underhanded tactics, even within the organization. According to the NSA analysts, Riyadh had tried to keep an increase in oil production a secret for as long as possible. Saudi Arabia's OPEC governor is also on the list of individuals targeted for surveillance, for which the NSA had secured approval from the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The documents show how careful the Americans were to suspend their surveillance when the Saudi visited the United States. But as soon as he had returned to Riyadh, the NSA analysts began infiltrating his communications once again. ....... The British, who also targeted OPEC's Vienna headquarters, were at least as successful as the NSA. A secret GCHQ document dating from 2010 states that the agency had traditionally had "poor access" to OPEC. But that year, after a long period of meticulous work, it had managed to infiltrate the computers of nine OPEC employees by using the "Quantum Insert" method, which then creates a gateway to gain access into OPEC's computer system. GCHQ analysts were even able to acquire administrator privileges for the OPEC network and gain access to two secret servers containing "many documents of interest." .........
NEXT David Sirota explains The Defense Industry's Grand Bargain - Or, how we agreed to cut spending and export the bomb. Translated from Washington-speak, the trite phrase "grand bargain" is basically a trumped up label for what used to be called compromise - though, even that's being charitable. In the current vernacular, it means Congress enacting big cuts to programs Americans don't want cut in exchange for small tax changes that lots of citizens support - but that Corporate America hates. In other words, the phrase is designed to put a cheery label on another heist. The only thing "grand" about such a bargain is the fact that proles get thrown a few bones (which, to be fair, is unusual these days). ...............If this were the end of the story, then perhaps this really would be an unvarnished victory over the out-of-control Military-Industrial Complex and National Security State - a victory not just for the anti-government right (or the anti-war left) but for the majority of voters who want the defense budget reduced. But, of course, this isn't the end of this story. For all the agitprop pretending the defense contracting industry is somehow the powerless and persecuted victim, that industry remains a multi-billion-dollar colossus with an army of lobbyists and a physical presence in almost every congressional district in the country. With that kind of power, it didn't just see the sequestration and abruptly decide to give up its post-World War II reign over American politics. Instead, it engineered a grand bargain. In this particular deal, the defense contracting industry saw the possibility for a left-right political coalition against Pentagon spending and reacted with a deft lobbying pivot focusing on weapons exports. As the Lexington Institute's Loren Thompson described it, the defense industry and its client politicians are aiming to "compensate for plummeting domestic demand" - read: cuts to U.S. weapons procurement budgets - "by facilitating foreign arms sales." It was a wildly successful move, as the same Democratic president who floated some defense spending cuts and the same congressional Republicans who sequestered the Pentagon budget joined together to recompense the defense industry by radically deregulating the international arms market. This side of the grand bargain started back in 2010, when the White House and Congress inserted language into an Iran sanctions bill that deregulated the arms export approval process. The U.S. then delayed the international Arms Trade Treaty - and once the Obama administration belatedly signed the pact, the Senate swiftly positioned itself to block it. At the same time, the Obama administration - with no serious objection from congressional Republicans - began circumventing a 2008 statute prohibiting arms exports to nations that use child soldiers. It also started working to undermine an international pact against cluster bombs (not coincidentally just before facilitating exports of cluster bombs to the Middle East). Summing up the situation, ProPublica reported this year that the moves collectively mean "thousands of parts of military aircraft, such as propeller blades, brake pads and tires will be able to be sent to almost any country in the world, with minimal oversight – even to some countries subject to U.N. arms ebargos." Additionally, the news organization reports that "U.S. companies will also face fewer checks than in the past when selling some military aircraft to dozens of countries." That's on top of both parties resurrecting the Reagan-era idea of using arms exports to empower rebels to wage U.S. proxy wars. The predictable result of all this has been an arms export bonanza for the defense industry. As Table 4 of a recent Congressional Research Service report documents, U.S. arms exports to the developing world almost quadrupled in just Obama's first term. Overall, the New York Times reported last year that "weapons sales by the United States tripled in 2011 to a record high" $66 billion - or "more than three-quarters of the global arms market." The Pentagon told Congress that it ultimately aims to get that export number up to over $100 billion a year...................
TPP UPDATE: From wikileaks Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) Today, 13 November 2013, WikiLeaks released the secret negotiated draft text for the entire TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Intellectual Property Rights Chapter. The TPP is the largest-ever economic treaty, encompassing nations representing more than 40 per cent of the world’s GDP. The WikiLeaks release of the text comes ahead of the decisive TPP Chief Negotiators summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 19-24 November 2013. The chapter published by WikiLeaks is perhaps the most controversial chapter of the TPP due to its wide-ranging effects on medicines, publishers, internet services, civil liberties and biological patents. Significantly, the released text includes the negotiation positions and disagreements between all 12 prospective member states. The TPP is the forerunner to the equally secret US-EU pact TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), for which President Obama initiated US-EU negotiations in January 2013. Together, the TPP and TTIP will cover more than 60 per cent of global GDP. Read full press release here. ...... The TPP negotiations are currently at a critical stage. The Obama administration is preparing to fast-track the TPP treaty in a manner that will prevent the US Congress from discussing or amending any parts of the treaty. Numerous TPP heads of state and senior government figures, including President Obama, have declared their intention to sign and ratify the TPP before the end of 2013. WikiLeaks’ Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange stated: “The US administration is aggressively pushing the TPP through the US legislative process on the sly.” The advanced draft of the Intellectual Property Rights Chapter, published by WikiLeaks on 13 November 2013, provides the public with the fullest opportunity so far to familiarise themselves with the details and implications of the TPP. The 95-page, 30,000-word IP Chapter lays out provisions for instituting a far-reaching, transnational legal and enforcement regime, modifying or replacing existing laws in TPP member states. The Chapter’s subsections include agreements relating to patents (who may produce goods or drugs), copyright (who may transmit information), trademarks (who may describe information or goods as authentic) and industrial design.
The longest section of the Chapter – ’Enforcement’ – is devoted to detailing new policing measures, with far-reaching implications for individual rights, civil liberties, publishers, internet service providers and internet privacy, as well as for the creative, intellectual, biological and environmental commons. Particular measures proposed include supranational litigation tribunals to which sovereign national courts are expected to defer, but which have no human rights safeguards. The TPP IP Chapter states that these courts can conduct hearings with secret evidence. The IP Chapter also replicates many of the surveillance and enforcement provisions from the shelved SOPA and ACTA treaties.
The consolidated text obtained by WikiLeaks after the 26-30 August 2013 TPP meeting in Brunei – unlike any other TPP-related documents previously released to the public – contains annotations detailing each country’s positions on the issues under negotiation. Julian Assange emphasises that a “cringingly obsequious” Australia is the nation most likely to support the hardline position of US negotiators against other countries, while states including Vietnam, Chile and Malaysia are more likely to be in opposition. Numerous key Pacific Rim and nearby nations – including Argentina, Ecuador, Colombia, South Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines and, most significantly, Russia and China – have not been involved in the drafting of the treaty. In the words of WikiLeaks’ Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange, “If instituted, the TPP’s IP regime would trample over individual rights and free expression, as well as ride roughshod over the intellectual and creative commons. If you read, write, publish, think, listen, dance, sing or invent; if you farm or consume food; if you’re ill now or might one day be ill, the TPP has you in its crosshairs.”
Current TPP negotiation member states are the United States, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Chile, Singapore, Peru, Vietnam, New Zealand and Brunei.
READ the full secret TPP treaty IP chapter here (pdf)!
From the a-good-sign dept Tech Dirt's Mike Masnick explains why Congress May Not Be So Eager To Simply Hand Over Its Own Authority To The Obama Administration To Approve TPP We have all sorts of concerns about the TPP Agreement (Trans Pacific Parntership), but as we've discussed (both recently and in the past), a huge concern is over "trade promotion authority" or "fast track authority," in which Congress completely abdicates its Constitutional role "to regulate commerce with foreign nations." Basically, this power allows the USTR, which is a part of the executive branch, to get Congress to more or less give the USTR the "power" to finalize the trade agreement. Without it, Congress can -- as it should -- debate the different parts of the TPP agreement, and push back on the (many) problematic ones. Yet, if Congress gives up that power, without even seeing the full agreement (!?!?), then all Congress can do is a simple yes or no vote -- and there will be so many goodies in there that it will be difficult for them to reject the entire agreement. The USTR and President Obama have been talking about the importance of getting this fast track authority from Congress for years -- but nothing has really come of it, nor has there been a direct public request. That suggests the administration knows it doesn't have the votes. In the past couple of months, the lobbying effort for getting fast track authority has ramped up a lot. While I still fear that Congress will cave on this, in the past few days, a group of 22 House Republicans and a (somewhat shocking) group of 151 House Democrats have sent separate letters to the White House, saying that they're opposed to granting fast track authority. Basically, it appears that Congress might actually be standing up for itself (shocking) on this issue, rather than just caving. That's nearly, though not quite, half of the House. It's not enough yet, but it does show that this isn't going to be easy (which again explains why there's been no real direct request yet). ...... A NY Times story about the letters notes that there's a lot of anger that the USTR has blocked Congressional staffers from even being able to take part in the negotiations or the discussions -- something we've discussed over the past couple years. The amazing thing here is that this mess that the USTR and President Obama are in right now over TPP was easily avoidable. Rather than negotiating in secret, and only sharing drafts with a select group of deep industry insiders, they easily could have and should have opened the discussion up publicly. The USTR should have released its own negotiating drafts from the very beginning, so that the public and Congress could weigh in while the process was ongoing. That way, there would be no surprises and no concerns. Instead, they kept the public and Congress out of it entirely -- putting extra special precautions against the public or Congress from finding out what was going on, so that we know the final product will have massive problems. And now they want Congress to just say "Sure, we trust you got it right"? Really? The USTR screwed this one up badly, and it's good to see Congress pushing back on this blatant attempt to usurp Congress' own powers. And The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) says Congress Must Not Fast Track TPP to Ratification ..... Last week EFF and 13 other organizations—including Amnesty International, Demand Progress, Free Software Foundation, and Knowledge Ecology International—sent a letter to the heads of US Congressional committees explaining that it is vitally important that democratically elected representatives are given the opportunity to review and amend international agreements to ensure that users' rights are included. They should not ignore the public interest by rubber-stamping agreements negotiated in near total secrecy. Fast track is the final step of locking the public out of trade negotiations. Congress, civil society, and the public at large should be consulted from the beginning over agreements like TPP. Compounding this problem, according to the Congressional Research Service the US Trade Rep is negotiating TPP as if fast track authority is in place, acting as if it has the unilateral authority to further a one-sided agenda. We need to demand that lawmakers oppose fast track, that they call for hearings, and that they exercise their authority to oversee the US trade office’s secret copyright agenda. Click EFF's TAKE ACTION - Stop Secret Copyright Treaties and sign!
And on The Big Picture Wednesday TPP - Wikileaks has released another bombshell Mike Papantonio, Ring of Fire Radio joins Thom Hartmann. Wikileaks has released another bombshell - this time publishing a portion of text from the secretly negotiated Trans Pacific Partnership....
And watch Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch on Thursday's DN! TPP Exposed: WikiLeaks Publishes Secret Trade Text to Rewrite Copyright Laws, Limit Internet Freedom. And for more information visit Public Citizen
At Dave Johnson asks Why Do We the People Have to Read TPP on Wikileaks? We the People finally get to read one chapter of the 29-chapter Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “trade” agreement. If this agreement becomes law it will fundamentally alter the relationship between our government, other governments and giant multinational corporations, so you’d think America’s citizens would want to have a say in the negotiations. But the only reason We the People get to even read it at all is because it was leaked to Wikileaks. ........ TPP is being secretly negotiated in what appears to be a directed process designed so that the outcome will represent the profit interests of giant, multinational corporations but not the interests of … anyone else. 600 corporate representatives are involved, with access to the full text. We the People are not involved and do not have access to the text at all in full or in part. Even members of Congress are restricted in what they can see and how they can see it. The leaked section of TPP was negotiated with the interests of companies that hold patents and copyrights and profit from doing represented so at the table, while groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, consumer groups, patient protection groups etc. were NOT at the table. So it isn’t a surprise to read in the leaked chapter that there is a one-sided, pro-giant-pharmaceutical and -telecom result of this process. Matthew Rimmer, an expert in intellectual property law told the Sydney Morning Herald, ”One could see the TPP as a Christmas wish-list for major corporations, and the copyright parts of the text support such a view.” So 600 corporate representatives, lobbyists, etc. are part of the process, but:
  • Consumer groups are not at the table, so their interests are not likely to be reflected in the outcome.
  • Democracy groups are not at the table, so their interests are not likely to be reflected in the outcome.
  • Labor groups are not at the table, so their interests are not likely to be reflected in the outcome.
  • Environmental groups are not at the table, so their interests are not likely to be reflected in the outcome.
  • Patient health groups are not at the table, so their interests are not likely to be reflected in the outcome.
  • Civil rights groups are not at the table, so their interests are not likely to be reflected in the outcome.
  • Animal rights groups are not at the table, so their interests are not likely to be reflected in the outcome.
  • Groups that advocate for the interests of pretty much anything that isn’t about corporate profits are not at the table, so their interests are not likely to be reflected in the outcome.
Not only are non-corporate groups not at the negotiating table, last year they were stopped from even giving presentations to the negotiators. Instead they have to get a table and hope delegates will take a brochure. ...... Before this change negotiators would at least set aside a day when groups could make presentations to all the delegates. Now they get a table and they can hope delegates will take a brochure they hand out. ....... Here are two examples of what results from this one-sided process. First, you might remember that efforts to get rid of Net Neutrality and pass the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) failed to make it through our democratic, Constitutional process because people were able to become informed, rally opposition and make their case to stop these terrible things from happening. But this meant that the giant telecommunications corporations lost some power sand profit potential. So TPP becomes a treaty that accomplishes these same corporate goals by going around our democratic, Constitutional process. Second, while this is not about this particular chapter of the agreement, there is an argument going on inside TPP negotiations about whether to “carve out” tobacco from the treaty. The way the treaty is currently shaping up tobacco companies will be able to sue governments that try to protect their citizens with anti-smoking efforts. So some countries are trying to “carve out” tobacco from those rules in TPP. Never mind other corporate products that harm people, tobacco gets attention because it kills so many people. But the corporations are resisting this because it sets a precedent of allowing governments to set limits on things corporations can profit from. I think this second example should tell people all they need to know about this and similar “trade” agreements. They are really about setting certain giant corporations above government — and other corporations — restricting competition and innovation so these giants can stay dominant, and keep democracies and their citizens from meddling in the profit stream. ......... Key point: They will try to push through “fast track” and then launch a massively-funded campaign to pass the treaty. If we can block Fast Track we might have a chance to head off this corporate takeover of the world.
FUKUSHIMA UPDATE: At Reuters (via Yahoo!NewsIndia) Aaron Sheldrick explains Fukushima: now for the tough part TOKYO (Reuters) - The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant will as early as this week begin removing 400 tonnes of highly irradiated spent fuel in a hugely delicate and unprecedented operation fraught with risk. Carefully plucking more than 1,500 brittle and potentially damaged fuel assemblies from the plant's unstable Reactor No. 4 is expected to take about a year, and will be seen as a test of Tokyo Electric Power Co's ability to move ahead with decommissioning the whole facility - a task likely to take decades and cost tens of billions of dollars. If the rods - there are 50-70 in each of the assemblies, which weigh around 300 kg (660 pounds) and are 4.5 metres (15 feet) long - are exposed to air or if they break, huge amounts of radioactive gases could be released into the atmosphere. The hazardous removal operation has been likened by Arnie Gundersen, a veteran U.S. nuclear engineer and director of Fairewinds Energy Education, to trying to pull cigarettes from a crushed pack. When the time comes, extracting spent fuel from the plant's other reactors, where radiation levels are much higher because of core meltdowns, will be even more challenging. Reactors No. 1 and No. 3 sustained heavier damage than No. 4 as a result of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that knocked out power and cooling at the Fukushima station, triggering three meltdowns that sent a plume of radiation into the air and nearby Pacific Ocean. The urgency to clear Reactor No. 4 of the fuel assemblies is because of the risk in having spent fuel stored at such a height - some 18 metres above ground level - in a building that has buckled and tilted and could collapse if another quake strikes. Also, if the pool housing the fuel assemblies is punctured and the water drains away, there could be a fire that releases more radiation than during the 2011 disaster, threatening Tokyo, some 200 kms (125 miles) to the south. "Full release from the Unit-4 spent fuel pool, without any containment or control, could cause by far the most serious radiological disaster to date," independent consultants Mycle Schneider and Antony Froggatt wrote in a recent World Nuclear Industry Status Report. At Natural News Fukushima cleanup efforts put northern hemisphere on alert At an estimated cost of $150 billion, the Fukushima nuclear power plant 'cleanup' efforts have suspicious ties to organized crime and many on-site workers lack the required expertise to handle such nuclear disasters safely or effectively. With over 7 layers of poorly-supervised sub-contractors, like Tepco, Kajima and Obayashi Corp. - workers are routinely being exposed, in less than 1 hour, to deadly levels of radiation. But, there's more to this story and the truth needs to be told. An unprecedented threat to humanity is about to unfold - in the next 18 months. Contractors, already proven to be incompetent, plan to move a huge stock-pile of damaged (highly-radioactive) fuel rods to 'safer' ground. Once you understand the magnitude of this project - you quickly realize what's at stake. ........ It's time to wake up - the Japanese people (and the world) are in for a big surprise. Humanity seems to have an insatiable need to feel 'normal' - especially after horrible events like 9/11 and Fukushima. But, as noble as it may appear to put terrible episodes behind us, we can't neglect even bigger threats ahead of us. For generations to come, highly-toxic radioactive particles like, Cs-137 and Strontium-90 will cause a staggering number of cancers, injury and death to millions of people - worldwide. Those 'in the know' must do everything in their power to protect themselves and share this news with family and friends. On an individual level, I encourage you to consume adequate amounts of selenium, clean sources of seaweed, non-GMO vitamin C, melatonin, bee pollen, chlorella, mushroom extracts plus, naturally, lots of fresh, raw and organic vegetable juices. If you live in the northern hemisphere - these preventative measures are a must and, if you suffer from health problems, seek immediate help from a qualified healthcare professional with experience in 'regenerative medicine'. ....... This is an urgent wake-up call for humanity! In the next 18 months, Fukushima workers plan to move huge stock-piles of highly radioactive fuel rods to 'safer ground'. This never-before-attempted work holds the fate of humanity in their hands. ...... At the Daily Sheeple ("Wake the Flock up!") Arnie Gundersen: Fuel already “very close to going critical” At Unit 4 Fukushima Chief Engineer with Fairewinds Arnie Gundersen spoke with John B. Wells on Coast To Coast AM:
    Sources have told me — within Tokyo Electric — that they have no confidence that there’s any boron left between these fuel bundles. And they need boron to prevent the nuclear fuel from becoming a self-sustaining chain reaction, a criticality. So without boron in the plates — there are plates between these fuel bundles — but they got extraordinarily hot from not being cooled off the better part of a couple weeks, and they also were exposed to salt water. So that combination likely stripped out the boron. So the only thing Tokyo Electric can do is throw all sorts of boron into the water. Then pull the fuel. […] I ran a division that built fuel racks, and these high density fuel racks like they have a Fuksuhima are very close to going critical anyway. […] Normally its .95, as high as .99, that means there’s a 1% margin before a self-sustaining chain reaction can occur. The problem there is that the fuel pool doesn’t have the ability to remove the heat if these nuclear fuel bundles turn back.— a criticality means they turn back on outside of the nuclear reactor. So they have to be extraordinarily careful that they don’t start a chain reaction in the fuel pool […] If they get close together you can cause a chain reaction, and what will happen then is the water will begin to boil violently. Hopefully Tokyo Electric is going to be monitoring this really closely and the first indication of water bubbling, they push the rods back in. The problem though is that the rack is distorted and as you pull it, you’re pulling way more friction than it was designed to handle. It’s a real problem. (source)
Arnie Gundersen is a nuclear expert and he has long been warning about the global danger posed by the Fukushima event.
WATCH the video there! MORE on The Big Picture Tuesday Full Show 11/12/13: Mitch McConnell: The Filibuster King Guest host Sam Sacks is in for Thom Hartmann tonight and talks the latest Fukushima news with Beyond Nuclear's Paul Gunter. Charles Pierce at Esquire's Politics Blog writes The Fukushima Crisis Comes To The States ...... Meanwhile, back on site, it appears that local quality control may not have been what it should have been (h/t the C&L gang). When tons of radioactive water leaked from a storage tank at Fukushima's crippled nuclear power plant and other containers hurriedly put up by the operator encountered problems, Yoshitatsu Uechi was not surprised. He wonders if one of the tanks he built will be next. He's an auto mechanic. He was a tour-bus driver for a while. He had no experience building tanks or working at a nuclear plant, but for six months last year, he was part of the team frantically trying to create new places for contaminated water to go. What the fk? I mean, seriously, what the fkity fk fk? A tour-bus driver is helping throw together the response to the worst nuclear disaster in 30 years? Was the sous-chef at the local Applebee's busy that day? Uechi and co-workers were under such pressure to build tanks quickly that they did not wait for dry conditions to apply anti-rust coating over bolts and around seams as they were supposed to; they did the work even in rain or snow. Sometimes the concrete foundation they laid for the tanks came out bumpy. Sometimes the workers saw tanks being used to store water before they were even finished. Lovely. It's past time for the world to step in because this problem now is riding on the wind and the tides to places far from Fukushima. Japan has had its chance to manage this disaster, and, despite the best efforts of its tour-bus operators, Japan has failed miserably. For example, there are 1,500 spent fuel rods that the company running the plant doesn't know what to do with. Lovely, again. ....... Harvey Wassermann penned this at Common Dreams on 30 Sept 2013 The Crisis at Fukushima's Unit 4 Demands a Global Take-Over We are now within two months of what may be humankind’s most dangerous moment since the Cuban Missile Crisis. There is no excuse for not acting. All the resources our species can muster must be focused on the fuel pool at Fukushima Unit 4. Fukushima’s owner, Tokyo Electric (Tepco), says that within as few as 60 days it may begin trying to remove more than 1300 spent fuel rods from a badly damaged pool perched 100 feet in the air. The pool rests on a badly damaged building that is tilting, sinking and could easily come down in the next earthquake, if not on its own. Some 400 tons of fuel in that pool could spew out more than 15,000 times as much radiation as was released at Hiroshima. The one thing certain about this crisis is that Tepco does not have the scientific, engineering or financial resources to handle it. Nor does the Japanese government. The situation demands a coordinated worldwide effort of the best scientists and engineers our species can muster. Why is this so serious? We already know that thousands of tons of heavily contaminated water are pouring through the Fukushima site, carrying a devil’s brew of long-lived poisonous isotopes into the Pacific. Tuna irradiated with fallout traceable to Fukushima have already been caught off the coast of California. We can expect far worse. Tepco continues to pour more water onto the proximate site of three melted reactor cores it must somehow keep cool. Steam plumes indicate fission may still be going on somewhere underground. But nobody knows exactly where those cores actually are. Much of that irradiated water now sits in roughly a thousand huge but fragile tanks that have been quickly assembled and strewn around the site. Many are already leaking. All could shatter in the next earthquake, releasing thousands of tons of permanent poisons into the Pacific. ....... Overall, more than 11,000 fuel assemblies are scattered around the Fukushima site. According to long-time expert and former Department of Energy official Robert Alvarez, there is more than 85 times as much lethal cesium on site as was released at Chernobyl. Radioactive hot spots continue to be found around Japan. There are indications of heightened rates of thyroid damage among local children. ........ The engineering and scientific barriers to emptying the Unit Four fuel pool are unique and daunting, says Gundersen. But it must be done to 100% perfection. Should the attempt fail, the rods could be exposed to air and catch fire, releasing horrific quantities of radiation into the atmosphere. The pool could come crashing to the ground, dumping the rods together into a pile that could fission and possibly explode. The resulting radioactive cloud would threaten the health and safety of all us. The immediate bottom line is that those fuel rods must somehow come safely out of the Unit Four fuel pool as soon as possible. ....... We have two months or less to act. For now, we are petitioning the United Nations and President Obama to mobilize the global scientific and engineering community to take charge at Fukushima and the job of moving these fuel rods to safety. If you have a better idea, please follow it. But do something and do it now. The clock is ticking. The hand of global nuclear disaster is painfully close to midnight. For more updates visit For the Sunday Funnnies the Beltway Bubalas are focusing on the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Watch Thom Hartmann on Democracy NOW! below for a clearer idea of what happened that day. And check out all out regulars too! Have a great week and we'll see you next Sunday!


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    • PBC News & Comment 12 Nov 2013 PBC News & Comment: The Monster That is Our “Justice” System We open with 3 cases of wrongful incarceration: Roger Shuler in Alabama, Michael Morton in Texas, Kash Register in California…..
    • PBC News & Comment 13 Nov 2013 PBC News & Comment: 12 Years of Lawless Injustice at Guantanamo No end in sight for Guantanamo Bay prison that symbolizes the absolute worst about America and helps create new enemies….
    • PBC News & Comment 15 Nov 2013 PBC News & Comment: Federal Judges Mete Out Sentences for Hacker, Leaker, and Mobster Hacktivist Jeremy Hammond draws 10 years, makes strong statement; FBI leaker gets 3+ years; Whitey Bulger gets 2 life sentences….
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    This Weekend on Ring of Fire Radio! Nov. 16, 2013 Saturdays at 3 o’clock Eastern, rebroadcasts Sunday nights at 8 pm Eastern.
    • Rolling Stone contributing editor Tim Dickinson will tell us how Republicans have rigged the electoral system to the point that they can almost never lose.
    • Author and historian Rick Perlstein will tell us about the history of Republican extremism.
    • Author Frank Schaeffer will explain how the Tea Party’s extreme positions are coming directly from evangelical leaders.
    • Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson will tell us about the divide between corporate Democrats and Progressive Democrats.
    • And author Les Leopold will join us for a discussion on why millionaires and billionaires are getting government handouts, while the needy are having to sacrifice even more.
    • NEW! This Week on Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV! Nov 16, 2013 Sundays at NOON!
    »» Investigative journalist and newspaper publisher Rick Outzen will talk about a new report detailing ALEC legislation state by state that is destroying worker wages.
    »» Author Les Leopold will tell us why the government is cutting benefits for poor Americans, while subsidizing the incomes of the wealthiest.
    »» Attorney Ned McWilliams will tell us about the recent revelation that the FDA might have cut corners when testing Pradaxa.
    »» Attorney Howard Nations will tell us how American taxpayers have to subsidize the low wages of minimum wage workers.
    »» Attorney Mike Burg is going to talk about how Big Pharma is getting around the FDA approval process to peddle deadly drugs.
    Ring of Fire’s Weekly Rewind Posted on November 9, 2013 by Joshua Schwitzerlett - Ring of Fire’s top stories from the past week.
    • VIDEO! THE HISTORY OF CORPORATE CORRUPTION & FRAUD with Robert Kennedy Jr & Mike Papantonio “Call us if you have a personal story about Fraud on Taxpayers or False Claims for Payment made by Corportations at 1-866-389-FIRE (3473) or contact us by email at if you have evidence of fraud that robbed taxpayer dollars. If our government is paying too much due to fraud by a corporation, Ring of Fire wants to do a story on it.”
    • VIDEO! Papantonio: Tell Obama To Kill The TPP (VIDEO) Mike Papantonio talks with Ed Schultz about the dangers of the Trans Pacific Partnership, which could give corporate America a free pass to circumvent international laws.
    • VIDEO! Pap and Seder: Progressive Presidential Hopefuls Must Get Busy (VIDEO) Ring of Fire’s Mike Papantonio and Sam Seder discuss the resurgence of progressive senators that are fighting against Social Security cuts, and how many of these senators need to focus on the 2016 election before it’s too late.
    • VIDEO! Papantonio: Obama MUST Drop the TPP (VIDEO) President Obama wants to fast-track approval of the Trans Pacific Partnership, which is a massive giveaway to corporations looking to skirt the law. There is a growing coalition of members of Congress from BOTH sides of the political aisle to abort the project, but Obama still wants to move forward. Ring of Fire’s Mike Papantonio talks about this with Lori Wallach, the director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.
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    The Federal Reserve 100th Anniversary Road Show Spectacular! by alexschaefer - Paint Provocateur Alex Schaefer wants to say “Happy Birthday, Federal Reserve!’ You made it to 100 years of conducting the nation’s monetary policy! Since mainstream media didn’t send a card, a painter, a protestor, a filmmaker, a freedom fighter and a mad crew are going on a road trip across the USA to visit all twelve of your branches to help you celebrate! Come rain or monkey shines, they are on a mission to throw the birthday party nightmares are made of. A party to highlight the historic END of the original 100 year charter the Federal Reserve Bank has with the U.S. Government December 23rd, 2013! CLICK HERE FOR THE CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN & HELP GET THE SHOW ON THE ROAD! Lots of great donation perks, all original works of art by Alex Schaefer and Cain Motter! This is a great way to collect some art AND help fund this amazing journey and film. It’s a win-win situation! Let’s some history and shake things up around here!
    Assange: How cryptography is a key weapon in the fight against empire states by maxkeiser - READ What began as a means of retaining individual freedom can now be used by smaller states to fend off the ambitions of larger ones (
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    Testify in court: Environmental crusader Rev. Billy might face prison by maxkeiser - READ Talen got news that he wasn’t expecting. The City of New York was charging Talen and choir director Nehemiah Luckett with riot in the second degree, menacing in the third degree, unlawful assembly, and two counts of disorderly conduct for the Chase protest. (
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    • KEISER REPORT [KR522] Keiser Report: Troika Occupiers (ft. Peter Schiff) We discuss drinking the kool aid (never mind the cyanide) while the young and unemployed of Ireland are encouraged to emigrate by government economists determined to flatter their Troika stats. In the second half, Max interviews author and investor, Peter Schiff, about inflation in fraud as governments want a cut of financial crimes and the trickle down monetary policy ponzi scheme.
    • KEISER REPORT [KR523] Keiser Report: Mud Pie of State Benefits We discuss people fighting for the last dregs of the mud pie of state benefits while a new Investor State emerges contactable only if you can find their unmanned customer service line. In the second half, Max interviews author and gold bug, Dominic Frisby about his new book – Life After the State. They look at polls suggesting the UK public wants more state intervention rather than less and also at the rise of the stateless currency – bitcoin.
    • KEISER REPORT [KR524] Keiser Report: Deadly Money Printing Sins We discuss confessions and corruption, back doors and austerity. They look at Mark Carney’s claim that house prices are rising because of expectations of higher wages and at David Cameron’s calls for permanent austerity for the non-corporate class. Max suggests QE is being used not only to keep TBTF banks afloat but to keep whole bankers that would otherwise be vivisected. In the second half, Max interviews Cody Wilson about living in a trifecta of disruptive technologies as a citizen of the future in which bitcoin means a thousand silk roads and fanfare for the common man. They discuss Cody’s latest project – DARK WALLET.
    • THE TRUTH ABOUT MARKETS [TaM-1294] The Truth About Propaganda & Banking Fraud Stacy Summary: The Truth About Markets for 02 November 2013. We recorded on my Macbook Air, so sorry about quality not being as good as usual!. Download show HERE (mp3)
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  • The Scott Horton Radio Show
    Scott Horton is host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles and KUCR 88.3 in Riverside, and the Scott Horton Show on No Agenda Radio. (You can listen live Monday through Friday from 3-5 PM Eastern HERE.) Plenty of archives too!
    • Scott Horton Radio Show Progress Report: All right, yall, welcome back to the show to the inaugural Scott Horton Show progress report! It’s been an eventful year since the show and I (amicably) parted ways with, so I thought I would highlight just a few of the show’s important milestones, as well as preview some of the exciting projects to look for in the near future. ........ The show on Pacifica KPFK 90.7 FM in L.A., still called Antiwar Radio, has now moved to join their Sunday morning public affairs line up, and remains the largest source of listeners, with 15,000-20,000 people tuning in weekly. The future: Liberty Express Radio is growing and bringing me along for the ride. The great Charles Goyette hooked me up with Alan Butler and the Liberty Express earlier this year, and what has been the daily replay there from 3-5 eastern time has become my best listened-to show. And now they’re adding my friend Tom Woods to the lineup from 2-3 PM. That does it. I’m making the switch! Starting Monday, October 14, the live show is moving to 3-5 PM Eastern time on, as well as NoAgenda and my own stream.......
    • Scott Horton Radio Show 10/28/13 Michael Swanson: Michael Swanson is the author of The War State: The Cold War Origins Of The Military-Industrial Complex And The Power Elite, 1945-1963. This is the third interview in a series of in-depth discussions about the book.
    • Scott Horton Radio Show 11/13/13 Philip Giraldi: Philip Giraldi, executive director of the Council for the National Interest, discusses the near-mutiny of intelligence analysts over the White House’s assessment that blamed Syria’s government for the gas attack in Damascus; the widespread suspicion that Israel fabricated intercept evidence implicating Syria’s military in the attack; and the new non-Al Qaeda Syrian rebel group backed by Saudi Arabia.
    • Scott Horton Radio Show 11/13/13 Jason Leopold: Jason Leopold, a journalist at Al Jazeera, discusses the fascinating newly released journals of high-profile Guantanamo prisoner and jihadist Abu Zubaydah; why journalist Ron Suskind (and his FBI source) were wrong about Abu Zubaydah being crazy; and how the CIA used Abu Zubaydah’s deepest fears against him in their torture program.
    • Scott Horton Radio Show 11/14/13 Gareth Porter: Gareth Porter, an independent investigative journalist and historian, discusses why Iran nuclear talks failed and why they will get tougher; the lousy deal ultimately offered up to Iran – probably from Israeli pressure; and the overconfidence in the US’s negotiating position.
    • Visit his blog Stress. See for archives! Send emails to Scott at to help Scott keep his podcast going!
    • Older interviews at Antiwar Radio!

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