The Anti-TPP "Activists" have totally redeemed themselves, by taking the fight to TPP's evil Henchmen, right in their (temporary) home town. Read more about Anti-TPP "Activists" blow 400 Conch Shells, Defeat TPP Henchmen Representing 40% of World GDP
— LittleSis.org (@twittlesis) July 31, 2015
This was a quick one that left the parking lot in the shopping center up the road looking like Bangkok in the rainy season, and then dropped six-inch hailstones further up the road!
I know. Too many poppies! But I can't get enough of them. I'd make wall-sized photos of them if I could! Read more about In the garden: After the thunderstorm (yet again)
I'm not going to defend this proposition, not having looked closely at it. Unfortunately, though, I'm leaning towards believing there's foul play going on. I'm posting this partly to make assassination more problematic for the evil doers. If it amounts to a bunch of "coincidences", and the evil doers are imaginary, well, my intentions were good.
In a nutshell, there's a substance called "GcMAF" which has "has an astonishing success rate (over 80% in some trials) and works by activating the body's own immune system to destroy tumors of all kinds. Read more about Are (Deep State) US Government "Connected" Assassins Whacking Doctors Who Are Curing Autism?
Here's an interesting story in the Guardian, ostensibly about offshore wealth, but more about wealth, and especially the wealthy.
The world's super-rich have taken advantage of lax tax rules to siphon off at least $21 trillion, and possibly as much as $32tn, from their home countries and hide it abroad – a sum larger than the entire American economy.
James Henry, a former chief economist at consultancy McKinsey and an expert on tax havens, has conducted groundbreaking new research for the Tax Justice Network campaign group – sifting through data from the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and private sector analysts to construct an alarming picture that shows capital flooding out of countries across the world and disappearing into the cracks in the financial system.
$21 trillion?! Even today, that's a lot of money! And capital doesn't "disappear" into the "cracks in the financial system" (indeed, one might even think the whole purpose of the financial system is to have such cracks). The capital goes somewhere and is invested in something by someone. The article doesn't say any of that -- in fact, the tax havens obfuscate capital flows -- but it does have other interesting things to say. For one thing, the Gini co-efficient that measures inequality, bad as it seems now, isn't nearly bad enough: Read more about How few of the 0.01% there really are
I am putting the names in bold: Tom Nides and Robert Hormats.
The person expressing "angst" about Hormats and Nides influencing a possible Hillary Clinton presidency is a Neil Sroka, spokesman for "progressive advocacy group Democracy in America." [Where has Sroka been during President Wall Street Obama's reign?] Read more about Outing Hillary's Wall Street Lackeys: Tom Nides and Robert Hormats
I'm counting 17 plant species that I know, and 7 mystery plants I do not know, all in view from my desk. (Of course, there are many others elsewhere!)
Here's a legend for the color coding: Read more about In the garden: Biophilia at the office (with mystery plants)
The trade agreements currently being negotiated by the Obama Administration are potentially enormously important in their possible impact on the United States. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is being negotiated by 12 Asian-Pacific nations, and, if agreed to by Congress could be expanded in membership later on under the President's sole authority. Read more about Declarations of Dependence: A New e-Book on the Neoliberal Nation-Subjugating “Trade Deals”
As usual, Bruce Dixon lays it on the line:
The first thing to know about the #BlackLivesMatter confrontation with Democratic presidential candidates Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders is that it didn't happen on the street or some neutral setting, it didn't happen at some random campaign appearance. It happened at the annual NetRootsNation gathering, this year in Phoenix. ....
If you're a black Democratic party activist like I was for 25 years, even if like me, you never called yourself that, you go to NetRoots to connect with other Democratic party activists, and hopefully, with the people who will be handing out grassroots money, among other things, to get out the Big Black Vote in November, without which Democrats on every level have no hope of winning.
High ranking Democrats who hand out money, whether through partisan campaigns or to ostensibly nonpartisan and/or nonprofit organizations are always on the lookout for new activist blood with catchy new hooks, for activists who'll say the things they will not say in the effort to turn out the black masses for that Big Black Vote. So if you're a black activist at NetRoots you really NEED to stand out, to get noticed by the people who can give you fellowships, grants, jobs, funding of all kinds, and a career.
Since Hillary is the all but inevitable Democratic nominee, confronting two minor white male candidates, demanding they “say her name” and come up with solutions that address white supremacy, structural racism and the runaway police state is pretty much a foolproof strategy to get noticed, and as Hillary did not attend NetRoots, they got to do it without antagonizing the Clinton camp. Hillary wisely covered her own ass by releasing a tweet that unequivocally said “black lives DO matter.”
But all in all, the NetRootsNation confrontation wasn't the stirring of black women activists “taking their rightful place at the front of the progressive movement,” as one breathless tweet called it. It didn't tell us anything we didn't know about O'Malley or Sanders, or about hypocritical Hillary.
It was about flying the #BlackLivesMatter flag to jockey for positions inside the machinery that is the Democratic party and its affiliates.
So, I guess we won't be seeing #BlackLivesMatter activists -- the "top" ones, anyhow -- confronting Democrats with real power anytime soon, then? (I've given one very obvious approach for such a confrontation here). Read more about Democrats, #BlackLivesMatter, Netroots Nation, kayfabe, and ka-ching