April 6, 2014

jessehimself:

policymic:

NY artists wrap whitewashed 5Pointz in anti-gentrification banner

Now, this is how you stick it to the man.

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April 1, 2014
In a truly free country, the masses would have a voice.  But Citizens United, and the entire history of US government, created an oligarchy.  OOPS.  Everything you believe in about the US (if you grew up here) is false.

In a truly free country, the masses would have a voice.  But Citizens United, and the entire history of US government, created an oligarchy.  OOPS.  Everything you believe in about the US (if you grew up here) is false.

(Source: randomness-from-thisoldguy, via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

December 18, 2013
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The Australian government, after massive debates in and out of parliament, decided that cigarettes should be sold in plain packets, marked only with shocking health warnings. The decision was validated by the Australian supreme court. But, using a trade agreement Australia struck with Hong Kong, the tobacco company Philip Morris has asked an offshore tribunal to award it a vast sum in compensation for the loss of what it calls its intellectual property.

During its financial crisis, and in response to public anger over rocketing charges, Argentina imposed a freeze on people’s energy and water bills (does this sound familiar?). It was sued by the international utility companies whose vast bills had prompted the government to act. For this and other such crimes, it has been forced to pay out over a billion dollars in compensation. In El Salvador, local communities managed at great cost (three campaigners were murdered) to persuade the government to refuse permission for a vast gold mine which threatened to contaminate their water supplies. A victory for democracy? Not for long, perhaps. The Canadian company which sought to dig the mine is now suing El Salvador for $315m – for the loss of its anticipated future profits.

In Canada, the courts revoked two patents owned by the American drugs firm Eli Lilly, on the grounds that the company had not produced enough evidence that they had the beneficial effects it claimed. Eli Lilly is now suing the Canadian government for $500m, and demanding that Canada’s patent laws are changed.

The mechanism through which this is achieved is known as investor-state dispute settlement. It’s already being used in many parts of the world to kill regulations protecting people and the living planet.

These companies (along with hundreds of others) are using the investor-state dispute rules embedded in trade treaties signed by the countries they are suing. The rules are enforced by panels which have none of the safeguards we expect in our own courts. The hearings are held in secret. The judges are corporate lawyers, many of whom work for companies of the kind whose cases they hear. Citizens and communities affected by their decisions have no legal standing. There is no right of appeal on the merits of the case. Yet they can overthrow the sovereignty of parliaments and the rulings of supreme courts.

You don’t believe it? Here’s what one of the judges on these tribunals says about his work. “When I wake up at night and think about arbitration, it never ceases to amaze me that sovereign states have agreed to investment arbitration at all … Three private individuals are entrusted with the power to review, without any restriction or appeal procedure, all actions of the government, all decisions of the courts, and all laws and regulations emanating from parliament.”

There are no corresponding rights for citizens. We can’t use these tribunals to demand better protections from corporate greed. As the Democracy Centre says, this is “a privatised justice system for global corporations”.

Even if these suits don’t succeed, they can exert a powerful chilling effect on legislation. One Canadian government official, speaking about the rules introduced by the North American Free Trade Agreement, remarked: “I’ve seen the letters from the New York and DC law firms coming up to the Canadian government on virtually every new environmental regulation and proposition in the last five years. They involved dry-cleaning chemicals, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, patent law. Virtually all of the new initiatives were targeted and most of them never saw the light of day.” Democracy, as a meaningful proposition, is impossible under these circumstances.

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http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/04/us-trade-deal-full-frontal-assault-on-democracy

November 30, 2013
changewalmart:

Is $25k/yr too much for #WalmartStrikers to ask for? Santa didn’t think so…then he got arrested.
http://action.changewalmart.org/page/s/WalmartFoodDrive

changewalmart:

Is $25k/yr too much for #WalmartStrikers to ask for? Santa didn’t think so…then he got arrested.

http://action.changewalmart.org/page/s/WalmartFoodDrive

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November 26, 2013

(Source: irrationalliberal, via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

November 26, 2013
SERIOUSLY.  FUCK consumerism on holidays.  Give charity-gifts.  Make shit for people.  Buy them used books that are amazing.  And opt out of something disgusting (Think about who’s working those nights and how it impacts their lives).
questionall:

THIS!!!

SERIOUSLY.  FUCK consumerism on holidays.  Give charity-gifts.  Make shit for people.  Buy them used books that are amazing.  And opt out of something disgusting (Think about who’s working those nights and how it impacts their lives).

questionall:

THIS!!!

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October 17, 2013
Next time you hear anyone bitch about how the rich pay more than their fair share… reflect on this data.Also.  Middle Class and Poor US Residents and Citizens, There are 27 American countries, one of them is the US.
diegueno:

National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare will tell you more.
Anyone who complains about the cost of entitlements who doesn’t have mad money in Singapore or Lichtenstein or doesn’t talk about raising revenue to pay for them is a tool.

Next time you hear anyone bitch about how the rich pay more than their fair share… reflect on this data.

Also.  Middle Class and Poor US Residents and Citizens, There are 27 American countries, one of them is the US.

diegueno:

National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare will tell you more.

Anyone who complains about the cost of entitlements who doesn’t have mad money in Singapore or Lichtenstein or doesn’t talk about raising revenue to pay for them is a tool.

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

May 20, 2013
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If you work for 50 years and receive the typical long-term return of 7 percent on your 401(k) plan and your fees are 2 percent, almost two-thirds of your account will go to Wall Street. This was the bombshell dropped by Frontline’s Martin Smith in this Tuesday evening’s PBS program, The Retirement Gamble.

This is not so much a gamble as a certainty: under a 2 percent 401(k) fee structure, almost two-thirds of your working life will go toward paying obscene compensation to Wall Street; a little over one-third will benefit your family – and that’s before paying taxes on withdrawals to Uncle Sam

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http://wallstreetonparade.com/2013/04/pbs-drops-another-bombshell-wall-street-is-gobbling-up-two-thirds-of-your-401k/

March 22, 2013
"When US income is graphed, the middle class is barely distinguishable from the poor. 80 percent of Americans have 7 percent of the nation’s wealth, while 1 percent of Americans have 40 percent of the nation’s wealth."

(source)

March 16, 2013
fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

One of these photos was taken in 1965 and the other last night. Not much has changed: #BrooklynProtest
Via Occupy Wall Street

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

One of these photos was taken in 1965 and the other last night. Not much has changed: #BrooklynProtest

Via Occupy Wall Street

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