ON WEALTH…

“I am absolutely convinced that no amount of wealth in the world can help humanity move forward–even in the hands of the most devoted worker. The example of great and pure individuals is the only thing that can lead us to noble thoughts and deeds. Money only appeals to selfishness and irresistibly invites abuse. Can anyone imagine Moses, Jesus, or Ghandi armed with the money-bags of Carnegie?”
~Albert Einstein

I now know beyond any doubt whatsoever that, as Balzac wrote, “Behind every great fortune, there is CRIME.”

These cretinous trillionaire and billionaire “ people” [criminals] should be tarred, feathered, paraded around in dunce caps and handcuffs, and then summarily and unceremoniously EXECUTED in a public square.

Indeed it is these wealthy CRETINS and their cohorts who are the true dregs of society; They offer nothing at all of value; Rather they suck away at society and everyone that crosses their vile, reprehensible paths, right along with their counterparts in our government, the corporate whores. Idiotic arrogance, abhorrent racism, unforgivable stupidity, base covetousness, inexplicable greed is all they possess. Let them go about their brainless, despicable behavior, deluding themselves in the face of all odds, all the while destroying every one in their paths and indeed destroying the entire world itself.

The likes of these cretins, the wealthy whoremasters and their counterparts, the corporate whores, know nothing at all. In FACT, they are reptilian; Their small amygdala-minds are thoroughly undeveloped, totally unenlightened. So laugh directly AT them… Then smack ‘em hard in the mouth and tax ‘em at 1,000%.

BUT WAIT!! The wealthy Cretins are actually hilarious and amusing to watch carefully…And before you know it:

Why, they are simply Grotesque!! Hideous little Idiot-caricatures…Some kind of brainless, rapacious, spineless and puffy little dunces, pushing wildly and flailing uncontrollably to get to the front of the slop-trough so that they too can roll around in their own FILTH and SPOILS. Let them have it.

So…Why is it that I laugh?
Because the Cretins are so fucking Stupid that it is INSANE!!

So!! Let ‘em have ALL their filthy lucre;
Watch em roll around in it for a while…

Until they can all wipe their asses with it…
And keep laughing heartily, right in their blank faces, right into their blind eyes.
Amuse yourselves at their expense.

So, my advice for y’all is this and call it a rule of thumb:

As the ship goes down, Rise above it all, always and forever. Let the besotted fools bicker, rant and rave and let them have their pathetic little power plays and spoilt-idiot games, all while we enjoy our own rides, always far above THAT and THEM.

Transcend; Not just sometimes, but ALWAYS.

NEVER give UP and NEVER give IN.

Now, feel totally free to speak your truth whenever you feel like doing so; Any where, any time.

So, before our fleeting lives finally end, let us bask in the absurd. And let us share everything, every bit of any wealth before we die; Let’s share it with those whom we know need it.

YES!!! SHARE!!! SHARE whatever good fortune is bestowed upon you, whether small or large, SHARE it ALL with others.

Best Regards,

CM

The fact is that, through no fault of their own, some people have been born simply FUCKED from the START. And THEN they’ve been kicked to the curb over DECADES. And by people just…like…You.

America’s [brutal] HISTORY is as important as any other variable in wealth and it’s distribution; America is a country that was literally built on the backs, on the blood, sweat and tears of slaves, mostly of African decent, but Chinese and others as well. When you focus on that dynamic, SLAVERY, another picture clearly emerges: African-Americans, from forced slavery, to the Sharecropping system that took it’s place, to the harsh and despicable Jim Crow laws, to wide voter suppression by terrorism, to the tenuous Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s, and on and on. Black Americans, for one, are a group that has been systematically oppressed, continually repressed and physically and psychologically brutalized ever since they were FORCED to come to this country as SLAVES. Today, the sordid facts and the horrible legacy lives on. There was a recent article that stated that White Americans hold TWENTY (20) TIMES more wealth than Black Americans. Gee, Really? I am SHOCKED!!

To further my point, each year that I am able, I go to visit one of the most destitute regions in the United States, the ever-impoverished Mississippi Delta. There are hundreds of tiny towns strewn quite apart from each other, and in each of these tiny, dirt-poor towns, I find only fast food chain restaurants, local catfish, hushpuppies and BBQ shacks, perhaps a gas station here and there, a few general stores and several funeral parlors; no where have I seen a market filled with healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains.

Many people in the Mississippi Delta, many, if not most of them, black, have been and still are left completely ignored and poverty-stricken with little access to a proper education, healthy foods, [affordable] health care; many live in lean-to shacks with no hope for a better future. The people of this region of Mississippi, the POOREST STATE IN THE NATION, are largely ignored and there is always a severe lack of resources for them.

So Stan: How, exactly how would YOU get ahead with those kinds of conditions??? Generation after generation, there is NOTHING to do BUT play & sing the Blues. And they certainly have MASTERED THAT.

So, it is with that that I say, once more, the drastic lack of resources for black Americans and now for most people in all of America today, thanks largely to more than three decades of continual DEREGULATION of ALL INDUSTRIES, is so vastly widening and spreading…And the criminal conspiracy on Wall Street that brought this country to it’s knees, along with the corrupt Kleptocratic U.S. government’s draconian cuts to ALL of the most crucial and the most fundamental aspects to any “civilized” society, i.e. education, health care, food and shelter, have utterly shattered so many lives it’s unspeakable.

Yes indeed! There are a lot of totally amoral and utterly unconscionable people; And I say to you all directly:

Only YOU are accountable for your ACTIONS, and, conversely, your INACTIONS, here on earth. NEVER look away from [HUMAN] SUFFERING.

Further, I for one do NOT believe in FORGIVENESS. One MAY NOT commit one horrible, atrocious act after another, over and over again, or conversely, actively deny FACTS through their own Willful Ignorance… and expect to be FORGIVEN (in the end or at any other time).

So it is that this is the crux of the PROBLEM: This entire world has become so mean and so treacherous; there is no regard for other people, especially the poor, the needy, the downtrodden ones. Today, it’s all about promoting one’s own self-interest with myopic short-term (usually monetary) gains, all without taking into account a broader perspective on others, and just how our actions or inactions will affect those around us…And That, STAN, is SICK.

Whether in Ethiopia or in Mississippi, for that matter, what kind of world do you want to inhabit? I, for example, was BORN, through SHEER LUCK ALONE, into a family that had a bit extra; a child of PRIVILEGE; I did NOTHING to DESERVE ANY of it, thus I have no ghastly sense of entitlement. Plus, I wasn’t born BLACK.

So, I see very clearly that these people, the ones who have brought and continue to bring SO MUCH to OUR CULTURE, were born into a HOPELESSLY RACIST EMPIRE, TOTALLY AGAINST THEIR WILL…If you put yourself in THAT position and REALLY THOUGHT HARD about it, maybe you people would see things in a far brighter light. But then again, maybe not.

We, as an entire species, WE need to reevaluate what is VALUABLE; and we MUST STOP RAPING PEOPLE!!!! And the Black people have been consistently RAPED; not just by America…think about it.

Oh, And, by the way, in case you’ve not noticed, It is Now that now We Are ALL, SCREWED TOGETHER; Black, White, Across the entire Spectrum, Together We are all Doomed and stuck in the Exact same system as some of your ancestors suffered through. How Lovely. Pay heed Y’All; Today, Right Now, We ARE the Sharecroppers, Slaves, Working Poor, Imprisoned, Repeatedly RAPED PEONS…to the HA! “Masters of the Universe…

The so-called masters of the universe (HA!!) are as crazed as wild beasts, manipulating every thing beyond belief; Just wait until the value of all the fiat currencies is ZERO; Gold, et al will also be junk. My Advice? Re-evaluate the term “valuable.” Invest in clean water, fresh, untainted food, and a comfortable shelter. Oh, and make friends with your own community because that’s where the REAL value lies. That’s all that will be left…

Conclusion: People cannot and SHALL NOT be trusted; Trusted especially to be good samaritans on good faith; It is pretty clear to me that we, as a nation, must FORCE them to follow and obey some basic rules of conscience. I do truly believe that the entire government, along with the institutionalized parasites whom cling to it’s teat year after year, is fundamentally and systemically diseased; Only by raising it entirely and completely, starting from the level, will affect the systemic change that we so desperately need.

Translation: No-Good Motherfuckers

I say to each and every one of these stupid-to-the-core, power-mongering, narcissistic, sociopathic, delusional and Rapacious BUFFOONS/APES:

REFLECT, REPENT, but you’ll ALL STILL burn in your very own self-created eternal Hell anyway!!

TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE.

HERE WE COME!!!

 

Fourteen Defining Characteristics Of Fascism By Dr. Lawrence Britt REPOST

Fourteen Defining Characteristics Of Fascism

By Dr. Lawrence Britt

Source Free Inquiry.co

Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each:

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism – Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights – Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause – The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

4. Supremacy of the Military – Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

5. Rampant Sexism – The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.

6. Controlled Mass Media – Sometimes the media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

7. Obsession with National Security – Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined – Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government’s policies or actions.

9. Corporate Power is Protected – The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

10. Labor Power is Suppressed – Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.

11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts – Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.

12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment – Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption – Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

14. Fraudulent Elections – Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

CM

Letter To the Corporate Whores in our Kleptocratic government:

You filthy little quislings in this thoroughly criminal U.S. government are a bunch of worthless humps, spineless parasites, forever sucking off the teat of MY and the other taxpayers’ hard earned money, you filthy parasites.

It is, in fact, YOU people who are THE problem in this thoroughly corrupt and totally criminal KLEPTOCRACY. You Little HACKS.

AND since it is indeed you Idiot-Humps in this Idiot-Criminal government, who are reprehensible in your own insane stupidity and your thorough criminality, I am wondering just who in HELL do you people think you are??

Hint: You are stupid Idiot-buffoons. Period.

So!! How dare you take my hard-earned money and give it to your Corporate Whoremasters and pocket the rest? And how dare you prosecute Journalists and Whistleblowers?!? How DARE you. PERIOD.

Just wait till huge rolling waves of epic insurrections begin to form across this entire country; And Just wait till these huge rolling waves of unstoppable epic insurrection start gaining momentum…

EXPONENTIAL MOMENTUM.

And just wait till THE Insurrection–that’s US– comes DIRECTLY AT YOU, and then ATOP and UPON YOU…

Then what will Y’ALL do?

HA!! I know one thing:

I’ll be laughing AT YOU the entire time.

With Pure Contempt,
CM
P.S. I want my money back. ALL OF IT.

Bill Black: Obama & TPP – Every One That Doeth Evil Hateth the Light Posted on April 26, 2015 by Yves Smith

Bill Black: Obama & TPP – Every One That Doeth Evil Hateth the Light
Posted on April 26, 2015 by Yves Smith

Yves here. One of the infuriating aspects of the shamelessness of Obama’s pissy push to get fast track authority passed so he can shackle ordinary Americans with his toxic TPP is the shameless of his lies. For instance, as Black recounts, Obama stated that anyone in Congress can read the draft text. While technically accurate, as we reported earlier, the process was designed to be so difficult as to make it impossible to make anything resembling an adequate review:

And finally, for the Administration to insinuate that the TPP will result in greater transparency is dubious, given that it’s made it well-nigh impossible for anyone in Congress to do a proper review of the text. While the US Trade Representative technically allows access, in practice, that right is empty. The Congressman himself must read the text; no sending staffers or bringing experts allowed, and only staffers from the committees with direct oversight of trade bills (the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee) are allowed to join their bosses. The USTR insists that the Congressman specify what chapter he wants to review in advance. The USTR then insists that the negotiator of those chapters be present. Since those negotiators travel, it usually takes three or four weeks to find a convenient time.

No note-taking is allowed. The text is full of bracketed sections where if language is disputed, the revisions suggested by other countries are in the brackets, with the country initials listed but then redacted, making it difficult to read (as in you can’t even read this dense text straight through; the flow of the document is interrupted by the various suggested changes). Having people from the USTR staring over your shoulder is distracting. And it’s an open question as to whether asking them questions is prudent, since it gives the USTR insight into what the Congressman is concerned about.

Perhaps these Congressmen have exceptional powers of concentration. But I read cases and legally dense material with some regularity, and I find my concentration starts going after an hour to an hour and a half. And I also find it difficult to get much more than a general sense of a contract of any length in one pass. You need to go over it again and again to see how the various sections tie together to even have an approximate grasp of what it means. There’s simply no way that any Congressman has anything more than a very fuzzy idea of what is in the TPP and the TTIP.

They very fact that the Administration is going to such absurd lengths to prevent informed Congressional review should be sufficient reason in and of itself to turn down the Administration’s request for fast-track authority.

While Obama may have loosened up these restrictions in the last week, he’s pushing for a vote on fast track authority this week. Given the complexity of the bill (it runs to 29 chapters) and that Congressmen can’t drop everything they are doing and lock themselves in a room with the TPP’s text, any change in the procedures is mere window-dressing.

Please circulate this post to family, friends, and colleagues, and urge them to call their Representative Monday and tell him in no uncertain terms that you expect him to vote against fast track authority. You can read more about the disturbing provisions in that legislation here.

By Bill Black, the author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One and an associate professor of economics and law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Jointly published with New Economic Perspectives

President Obama wants the world to know that he takes it personally that the Democratic Party’s base opposes his latest effort to sell out the people of the world to the worst corporations through the infamous Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal. Obama blurted out at a press conference a number of conservative Republican memes as his sole basis for pushing TPP. He then launched personal attacks on Senator Elizabeth Warren and labor leaders (without naming them). Obama, who is famous for keeping his cool when criticized by the GOP, is thin-skinned when criticized by Democrats. Obama never raged at the Republicans’ “death panel” attacks on him, but he raged at Warren as supposedly making an equivalently openly dishonest attack on TPP’s secret drafting process.

One of the most reprehensible aspects of TPP is that it is (still) being drafted in secret – that it from us, the people – but with corporate lobbyists literally drafting their wish list. Obama made the critical mistake of personally attacking Warren, which is roughly equivalent to a small town mayor launching a personal attack on Jon Stewart. You know the results will be that Stewart will wipe the floor with the mayor.

Or, to move the metaphor to Hollywood, the character playing the President in the movie The American President warns his political opponent to limit his attacks to the President rather than his girlfriend: “you better stick with me, ’cause Sydney Ellen Wade is way out of your league.” Warren is way out of Obama’s league in this arena of protecting the American people from CEOs’ frauds and abuses. Obama is the one who infamously told the bankers he was protecting them from the American people’s demands for the restoration of the rule of law so that the banksters would be held accountable for leading the fraud epidemics that drove the financial crisis and the Great Depression. Obama, being Obama, phrased that in the form of a vile slander of the American people, claiming that they wanted to use “pitchforks” rather than prosecutions.

Here is the “money quote” from Warren and Senator Sherrod Brown’s letter responding to Obama’s attack.

“Executives of the country’s biggest corporations and their lobbyists already have had significant opportunities not only to read [the TPP text], but to shape its terms,” the letter reads. “The Administration’s 28 trade advisory committees on different aspects of the TPP have a combined 566 members, and 480 of those members, or 85%, are senior corporate executives or industry lobbyists. Many of the advisory committees — including those on chemicals and pharmaceuticals, textiles and clothing, and services and finance — are made up entirely of industry representatives.”

In sum, Obama stacked the committees to ensure that the CEOs’ lobbyists would completely dominate the secret drafting of TPP. And everyone in America know that the result of that has to be a Faux Trade agreement crafted to allow the CEOs to plunder with impunity.

Obama is demanding an additional reprehensible element – “fast track” – in which the cynical “CEOs’ Christmas in May” deal cannot be amended to remove even the most despicable provisions of the bill placed like land mines by the CEOs’ lobbyists. I don’t think opposing the TPP should be a partisan issue. Republicans should help lead the effort to stop Obama’s latest sell out.

TPP, of course, is being sold through a full court press of the economists who brought us the financial crisis and the Great Recession and the multiple Great Depressions in Spain, Italy, and Greece. Their lie, as always, is that this travesty of special interest deals drafted overwhelmingly by corporate lobbyists represents “free trade.” They first torture the language and truth before they torture the world.

TPP is the opposite of “free trade.” In the jargon of its economic supporters, it is a moldering midden hiding the secretly drafted “rent seeking” provisions designed to help CEOs enrich themselves at the expense of the people of the world. Adam Smith, who supported freer trade, warned over two centuries ago that when CEOs meet secretly it promptly turns into a conspiracy against the public interest and warned that CEOs use their power to aid their own interests at the expense of shareholders and the public. Smith’s warned that it “ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.”

Similarly, the even more conservative Frédéric Bastiat famously warned:

When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.

TPP is the legal system designed to authorize plunder with impunity. Economists are the priests that glorifies the CEOs’ plunder. When you allow CEOs’ lobbyists to secretly draft a deal and then make it impossible through “fast track” for the public or our representatives to vote down even the most despicable of these acts of CEO plunder you make it certain that the law will bring plunder rather than “free trade.”

There are five aspects of Obama’s deal that are indefensible and will cause immense damage to the base and the public at large – and Obama’s efforts to smear critics of these indefensible provisions adds a sixth aspect that cries out for rejection. It is indefensible to:

Draft the deal in secret from the public – through classifying the TPP drafts as purported “national security” information. There was, and is, zero basis for classifying the drafts.
Allow CEOs’ lobbyists to secretly draft provisions of the deal
“Fast track” the bill, making it impossible to remove even the worst plundering through the lobbyists’ language
Give away U.S. and other nations’ sovereignty to a kangaroo (non) court dominated by lawyers for CEOs
Allow these kangaroo non-courts to destroy vital regulations and bankrupt nations at the behest of the worst corporate CEO plunderers – exposing the world to even more frequent and severe financial crises. I have explained these last two points in more detail in the past. These provisions of TPP are so bad that they are depraved – and we have abundant, terrible, and global experience under past, more limited Faux Trade deals with the same provisions to know that the word “depraved” is the appropriate description.
As Zach Carter explained, Obama’s “rage against the base” appears to be based overwhelmingly on criticism by Senator Warren and labor of the first indefensible element of the CEOs’ scheme to plunder.

Obama surprised reporters by appearing on a conference call with Labor Secretary Thomas Perez in effort to rebut criticisms from Warren and other key Democrats, who worry that his pending Trans-Pacific Partnership deal will exacerbate income inequality and undermine key regulations.

‘”The idea that we can shut down globalization, reduce trade … is wrong-headed,” Obama said on a conference call. “That horse has left the barn.”

While Obama did not mention Warren by name, much of his commentary appeared to be directed at her. The two have already traded barbs on TPP this week. Obama said in a TV interview on Tuesday that Warren was “just wrong” on the issue. Warren responded by sending a fundraising email to her supporters warning that Obama’s promises on the pact were hollow, since “people like you can’t see the actual deal.”

Obama’s argument is that members of Congress can “see” the text of the TPP now. His wording suggests that he continues to forbid even members of Congress to obtain copies of the draft, which is essential for effective review and demands for removal (except that Obama’s express goal is to remove Congress’ ability to remove even the worst acts of CEO plunder from TPP. It is not clear whether members of Congress are now allowed to take notes on the text as they read it. Obama forbade them do so – again, for the express purpose of making it impossible for them to oppose the lobbyists’ plunder. Zach Carter noted Obama’s legalistic parsing of his failed effort to refute Senator Warren’s criticism.

Obama seemed to implicitly reference Warren’s response on the call on Friday, noting that members of Congress can now view the text of the pact and will have months to review the agreement before voting on the final version.

“Every single one of the critics saying this is a secret deal, or send out e-mails to their fundraising base that they’re working to stop a secret deal, could walk over and see the text of the agreement,” Obama said. “When I just keep on hearing people repeating this notion that it’s secret — I gotta say, it’s dishonest. And it’s a little concerning when I see friends of mine resorting to those sort of tactics.”

Carter has a new article about Warren and Senator Sherrod Brown’s letter responding to Obama’s personal attacks on them. The letter is devastating.

“On Saturday, Warren and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) responded with a letter essentially telling Obama to put up or shut up. If the deal is so great, Warren and Brown wrote, the administration should make the full negotiation texts public before Congress votes on a ‘fast track’ bill that would strip the legislative branch of its authority to amend it.

‘Members of Congress should be able to discuss the agreement with our constituents and to participate in a robust public debate, instead of being muzzled by classification rules,’ Warren and Brown wrote in the letter obtained by The Huffington Post.

In essence, Warren and Brown have invoked scripture.

John 3:20-21King James Version (KJV)

20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Obama did not simply allow lobbyists to largely draft TPP in secret – he classified their drafts – treating them as national security secrets. This would be downright funny if it were not so wicked. It is most certainly revealing about the fact that Obama and the lobbyists knew that the drafts were so outrageous in their substance that Obama had to take preposterous steps to safeguard them from honest experts. Carter’s most recent article explains:

“Democrats and some Republican critics have been particularly frustrated by Obama’s decision to treat the TPP documents as classified information, which prevents them from responding to Obama’s claims about the pact in detail.

‘Your Administration has deemed the draft text of the agreement classified and kept it hidden from public view, thereby making it a secret deal,’ the letter reads. ‘It is currently illegal for the press, experts, advocates, or the general public to review the text of this agreement. And while you noted that Members of Congress may ‘walk over … and read the text of the agreement’ — as we have done — you neglected to mention that we are prohibited by law from discussing the specifics of that text in public.’

Warren and Brown appeared particularly miffed at being accused of lying.

‘We respectfully suggest that characterizing the assessments of labor unions, journalists, Members of Congress, and others who disagree with your approach to transparency on trade issues as ‘dishonest’ is both untrue and unlikely to serve the best interests of the American people,’ the letter reads.

Obama’s “Three-card Monte” tactics with regard to members of Congress ludicrously limited ability to effectively review and discuss the draft deal are a very old game in Washington, D.C. that was well-developed when I began working there forty-two years ago. But Obama is not simply being disingenuous about TPP being drafted in secret. “I gotta say” that he is “resorting to [the] tactics” of being “dishonest.”

TPP is a deal that Obama, the failed economists, and the CEOs knew could not survive the light. They were aware of the truth of Justice Brandeis’ famous observation that “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” TPP was drafted in secret to avoid that disinfectant. People who are doing straight up deals in the public interest would never allow lobbyists to draft the deal and would have welcomed criticisms of their drafts. The secret drafting of TPP largely by the CEOs’ lobbyists was designed to maximize the ability of CEOs to plunder.

Obama cannot deny these facts so he tries to steer the conversation to ignore the drafting by the CEOs’ lobbyists and the removal from Congress of the power to stop even the most depraved assault on the public interest by amendment. What Obama does not tell you is that only a tiny section of TPP’s critics get to see the draft – members of Congress. I have begun to explain how even their ability to criticize was deliberately hamstrung by Obama’s “Three-card Monte.” Anyone who understands Congress knows that the members are strongly dependent on their staffs doing the analysis of complicated legislation like TPP that has been carefully crafted by corporate lawyers to conceal its plunder behind abstruse legalese. It is like trying to spot the “Easter eggs” hidden in a single frame of movie – except that the CEOs’ lobbyists’ task is to ensure that they are all rotten eggs. Congressional staffers overwhelmingly lack the clearance to even review the TPP drafts. An administration “briefing” on a TPP draft is meaningless given the administration’s cheerleading for TPP and its successful efforts to ensure that Congress cannot “kick the tires.”

Someone like Hillary Clinton should plainly be taking a position on TPP, but Obama has given her the perfect out. H. Clinton is not permitted even the limited “Three-card Monte” sneak peak at the TPP drafts. And that illustrates the broader point. Anyone who really wanted TPP understood and the rotten Easter Eggs identified would have given the drafts to teams of people like me to review so we could strip them out of TPP. But Obama makes sure that independent experts like me are excluded from removing the many scandals that the CEOs’ lobbyists have hidden in the TPP legalese.

Mankiw’s Maulers: The Economists Who Mauled Our Economy and Democracy

The fact that experts are excluded from reviewing the draft TPP means that when the failed economists who designed our recurrent, intensifying financial crises sign letters expressing total support for TPP as drafted they literally do not know what they are talking about. N. Gregory Mankiw (the subject of the second installment in this series of articles about TPP) wrote in the New York Times that economists agreed on the desirability of TPP, citing a March 5, 2015 “Open Letter” to Congress that he had signed with other former Chairs of the Council of Economic Advisers. The list contains the names of the leading architects of the financial crisis and the Great Recession such as Mankiw, Alan Greenspan, and Ben Bernanke, so it automatically fills one with shock and awe. The willingness of Mankiw’s Maulers to give unqualified support for a deal drafted primarily by CEOs’ lobbyists – without ever reviewing the deal – demonstrates that they no longer make even a pretense to intellectual honesty.

The reader may be wondering at this point why I think it is appropriate for me to criticize a deal I cannot read, but inappropriate for Mankiw’s Maulers to be cheerleaders for a deal they cannot read. The answer is that the positions are not parallel for six reasons. First, I am criticizing the deal for being drafted in secret and hidden from independent experts and the public. Second, there have been several leaks of portions of the TPP drafts and they establish that TPP is loaded with rotten Easter Eggs drafted by the CEOs’ lobbyists. Third, economic theory unambiguously predicts that if you let the CEOs’ lobbyists do the drafting the inevitable result is a Faux Trade agreement rather than a “free trade” agreement. Mankiw’s Maulers premised their support for TPP on the blind assumption, which we know to be untrue through economic theory, experience, and prior leaks of the TPP drafts, that TPP would create free trade. Fourth, we have centuries of experience that uniformly confirms that if the CEOs’ lobbyists draft the trade deal the result is a Faux Trade deal. Fifth, even the proponents of the TPP deal admit that it has the kangaroo court provisions that allow the massive fines that are designed by the lobbyists to destroy effective regulation. (Mankiw’s Maulers studiously refrain from noting this assault on U.S. sovereignty and our ability to adopt vital rules to prevent corporate crimes.) Sixth, Mankiw’s Maulers cannot take the position that once they learn about the rotten Easter Eggs secreted in the draft by the CEOs’ lobbyists they will support the removal of those acts of plunder. Their open letter explicitly (if euphemistically through a reference to “trade promotion authority”) supports “fast tracking” TPP in order to strip Congress of its normal constitutional powers to make amendments to eliminate these acts of plunder by CEOs.

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Noozhawk: “Mother Behind Laura’s Law on a Mission to Transform Mental Health Care System”

My Response?

First of all, there is absolutely NO correlation between acts of violence and mental illness. The FACT is that those with mental illness are infinitely more likely to be VICTIMS of violence than to be perpetrators of violence. LOOK IT UP.

Yes, it is quite notable, this ever-worsening nationwide epidemic of gun violence and the countless resulting deaths of innocent victims everywhere; the constant, unrelenting, ceaseless violence that ravages every community in the United States of America including of course the many shooting sprees that are also totally unique to American society.

So, the question should be WHY?

WHY are there so many GUNS in America? Look to the NRA, for one.

WHY are there ANY high-powered assault weapons and military-grade weapons? And sold on the open market to anyone who happens to want one to boot?

It does not require much thought to simply deduce that many, many guns will IN FACT lead to many, many shootings…

So again, perhaps one should focus efforts on the NRA; Also imperative is an astute focus on constant streams of pure propaganda, deliberate misinformation and outright LIES; All are common brainwashing techniques.

Another line of questioning should be along the lines asking WHY on EARTH IS there so much violence in America?
Um…Could it perhaps stem from irretrievable hopelessness that goes hand-in-hand with lifelong debt servitude and the ongoing collaboration among thieves of engineered impoverishment that leads to such violent acts?  Of course the answer is YES; That TOO is a FACT.

As for U. S. Domestic policies, all of which clearly spell out “to hell with you people” does indeed lead directly to utter despair, total hopelessness, abject poverty, among countless other societal ills, all of which in turn do often lead to acts of violence, acts of desperation, more crime, and infinite other symptoms of decay and decline and failure of society.

So, as a matter of fact, more “Austerity” measures, if the “officials” are serious about these tactics–and they are indeed serious–will automatically lead directly to more and more violence, some of which can be clearly evidenced by the many infamous shooting sprees all across this country.

Additionally, as citizens everywhere, particularly the youth, begin to starkly realize that all our hard-earned money–our tax dollars–go to enrich the filthy rich and to create more illusion; to prop up insolvent fraudulent banks; And that our elected officials in our own government have been bought off lock, stock and barrel by corporate/banking gangster cartels, steering us all steadily into total financial ruination; THEN it becomes MUCH easier to comprehend how some poor, struggling, hugely indebted sod finds him/herself in utter despair and becomes unhinged. It is ALL totally foreseeable.

So just wait a little bit longer as every single common sense program is thoroughly GUTTED, all programs originally designed to prevent such disastrous acts of desperation and to prevent the catastrophic hopelessness and despair that stems from these unspeakable conditions. As those programs that were instituted specifically to help the less-advantaged, the poor, the disabled, the ever-growing jobless, the downtrodden military veterans, the now-bankrupt once-middle-class-cum-slave-class are dismantled and as any and all programs designed to help those in need are systematically destroyed by those in our government and urged on by a startling half of the voters, what do we, the American public really expect?

Gee…How shocking, indeed.

It should be rather obvious that horrendous breakdowns of all stripes by those from all walks of life will not only occur more and more frequently, but epidemic violence will worsen exponentially unless and until the reckless destruction of American society, our society, is halted forthwith, summarily reversed and wholly rectified altogether.

So get the FACTS straight before any of you condemn and vilify an innocent group of people about which the vast majority are beyond totally ignorant.  DO NOT point he finger at any convenient scapegoat, such as you are with those with mental illness; AGAIN: It is imperative to know that those with mental illness are infinitely more likely to be VICTIMS of violence than to be perpetrators of violence.

So, as any irresponsible, loudmouthed, thoroughly ignorant, belligerent and totally wrong-headed people in this society play the usual Blame Game against the innocent people with mental illness; As those ignorant, illiterate politicians in our government spin lies to their media cohorts; As they and you all lose more control of yourselves, glibly and arrogantly pointing the finger at the mentally ill as the enemy-du-jour and as the usual scapegoats, well then…Pick up a BOOK.

I know how common and typical it is to engage in the Blame Game here in America; Yes, it’s always the fault of “the others.” Convenient scapegoats as usual. And every time, YOU BLAME THE WRONG PEOPLE. The FACT remains that categorically, the vast majority of acts of violence of any kind, including the uniquely American shooting spree, are NOT committed by those with mental illness.

Another more appropriate focus is the examination of this apparent actuality:  We do NOT live in a civilized society by ANY stretch or ANY measurement.  Indeed, there will only be more needless deaths and horrific tragedies as society continues to literally break down in front of our eyes. It is THIS BREAKDOWN that we must address.

So, in other words, look no further than straight at yourselves in the MIRROR.

And DO NOT SCAPEGOAT INNOCENT PEOPLE.

CM