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It’s Funny Because it’s True

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Why is Our First Black President Fighting So Hard to Protect Slavery?

by Scott Creighton

The argument is forming that it’s OK for the first black president in our history to support slavery just so long as he does it in the service of our quest for global domination.

I tend to disagree.

President Obama got his Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) passed through the senate last Friday evening but it included something, a “poison pill” as the Washington Post called it, that he and his army of corporate lobbyist didn’t want any part of: the No Fast Track for Human Trafficking amendment written by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)

This amendment has been a particular point of contention for the Nobel Peace Prize “winning” first African-American president of the United States and all the corporate lobbyists that serve in his administration.

The amendment itself is simple. It states that no country will be allowed to engage in a trade agreement with the US (TPP, TTIP or others) if they are considered a Tier 3 nation in terms of human trafficking, forced labor and slavery.

The No Fast Track for Human Traffickers amendment, introduced by Senator Menendez (D-NJ), stipulates that the United States cannot enter into formal trade agreements with countries that the State Department identifies as a Tier 3 ranking in its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report. This means our trading partners have to take direct action to address labor and sex slavery within their borders before they enter into trade agreements with the United States. CCFJ

You would think that for the first black American president, a declaration like this would be assumed. You would also think that support for something like this being included in the horrendous trade bills like the TPP and the TTIP would be a given at least on the left of the artificial political divide in this country.

On both counts, you would be wrong.

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Corporate Collusion Is Rampant and We All Pay the Steep Price

(Of course, Robert thinks Hillary Clinton is a populist, a real woman of the people, so you can take this with a grain of salt. It’s hard too say what he really thinks. That’s what he wrote at least. He probably just fears a Jeb Bush White House more than another Clinton one.)

by Robert Reich, AlterNet

Last week’s settlement between the Justice Department and five giant banks reveals the appalling weakness of modern antitrust.

The banks had engaged in the biggest price-fixing conspiracy in modern history. Their self-described “cartel” used an exclusive electronic chat room and coded language to manipulate the $5.3 trillion-a-day currency exchange market. It was a “brazen display of collusion” that went on for years, said Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

But there will be no trial, no executive will go to jail, the banks can continue to gamble in the same currency markets, and the fines – although large – are a fraction of the banks’ potential gains and will be treated by the banks as costs of doing business.

America used to have antitrust laws that permanently stopped corporations from monopolizing markets, and often broke up the biggest culprits.

No longer. Now, giant corporations are taking over the economy – and they’re busily weakening antitrust enforcement.

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The Freedom Act “Crisis Compromise” is On the Way – Here Are Four Examples of Them

by Scott Creighton

“On one end, a small minority wants to extend the illegal program as is. At the other end, we have members who would prefer losing the authorities entirely. The USA Freedom Act is the compromise.” New York Times

The “Crisis”

Last Friday night the senate staged a little live impromptu midnight theatrical performance for us. A large group of them stood in the middle of the senate floor watching the voting take place on the passage of the USA Freedom Act. They were watching very closely, making sure that the measure, as bad as it already was, didn’t pass. And those were the backers of the bill.

Why would they do that?

What they wanted was the midnight session to end with a failed bill so that certain parties could rework the legislation over the next 7 days before another emergency session of the senate would take place on May 31 during which time they would present the new version of the “Freedom” Act just before the “Patriot” Act expires.

They needed a “crisis”

Senior lawmakers are scrambling this week in rare recess negotiations to agree on a face-saving change to legislation that would rein in the National Security Agency’s dragnet of phone records, with time running out on some of the government’s domestic surveillance authority. New York Times

What’s going to happen is this: the new version of the “Freedom” Act will finally be placed in the hands of the senators probably on Sunday morning, the last day before the deadline. Of course, the new version will not be available to the public for review before that time because they will still be “compromising” behind closed doors.

On that same day, the bill will have to be voted on in the senate and then rushed back to the House of Representatives for yet another “crisis” emergency session during which they will have a little mock “debate” on the new version and pass it without too much fuss in the interests of “national security” of course.

You can expect plenty of “ISIS” threats between now and then.

Then it’s off to the president, on the same day, to be signed into law before the evil doers take over the world.

Had they passed it this past Friday, the media and the “interwebs” (the real media) would have had time to review it thoroughly prior to it going into effect this coming Monday.

This way, the bill is not only allowed to remain largely sheltered from public scrutiny prior to the day it goes into effect, but they are allowed a full week to add things to it that make it even worse right up to the day the senate will vote for it.

The bill will be zipped through both houses of congress and sent off to the White House for his signature in probably eight hours or less.

But of course, they can’t help it… because… it’s a “crisis”

This bill is so bad as it already is, it’s hard to imagine they could make it worse. But they will. And the New York Times gives us a slight glimpse into just how much worse it’s going to get. Of course the Times doesn’t think these are necessarily bad ideas. You be the judge.

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ISIS Furious About Conspiracy Theories and Truthers!

Memorial Day Reminder: JFK to 9/11 Everything is a Rich Man’s Trick

“The master class has always declared the wars, the subject class has always fought the battles”

Mark Ruffalo reads Eugene Debs “Canton, Ohio” Speech

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While listening to this speech delivered originally on June 16, 1918, remember we are engaged in the “Long War”, the “Endless War” the “100 Years War” on terrorism which was started, nearly 14 years ago with this event pictured below.

The masters told us this building was brought down by office fires and therefore we had to go to war.

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The speech earned Eugene Debs 10 years in prison.

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