Posts Tagged ‘TPP’

Three TPP Videos

If you don’t yet know why TPP is one of, if not the, biggest challenge(s) we currently face, please educate yourself and others:

Once you’ve educated yourself, please take action. Call Congress. Sign online petitions. Mention TPP in public conversations. Pick an angle the TPP affects (pretty much every area of life) and use that angle to educate people in a way they’ll care about.

Flyers for TPP

After searching for flyers to help raise local awareness about the upcoming, fast-tracked TPP vote, I couldn’t find anything more recent than this past summer. They had dates on them for events long past, and so I customized previous flyer material and tailored the new flyers for shoppers at our natural foods co-op and our upcoming “Share the Bounty Week” — an annual gathering of politicians, community garden leaders, Transition Town folks, food banks, churches, school administrators, natural foods co-ops, and others concerned about local food security and increasing options for healthy, local foods.

How timely that next week just happens to coincide with various meetings during which I will be distributing my flyers! I couldn’t have planned this end run any better. Since no one rallied to my original call for public meetings, I’ll just slip this info into large public meetings already scheduled. ūüėȬ† I also synchronously got to give a “no on TPP” public service announcement at Wednesday’s screening of Naomi Klein’s new documentary, “This Changes Everything,” alerting 60+ viewers that TPP is designed to change everything positive we just watched happen in the film.

I have copied the simple flyer here in case anyone wants to copy and paste into your own document, with your own Congressional contact info. We don’t have a date yet for the fast track vote, but I suspect they’ll try to sneak this in during the holidays or at some other high period of public distraction. It’s now or never to spread the word. WordPress wouldn’t keep my formatting, but you get the idea. Please share as you feel led and correct formatting as you need to. I also turned this into a PDF file and emailed some people with wider local networks than I have.

UPDATE: To customize for a different angle of interest/concern, please see this link: http://www.exposethetpp.org/TPPImpacts_Public-Health.html¬†¬†¬† . To the left, you’ll find a vertical list of everything else the TPP affects, so that you can choose your angle for your audience.

TPP: The most brazen corporate power grab in American History

What is TPP?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership would create a super-treaty which would jeopardize the sovereignty of the nations involved by giving that power to large corporations like Wal-Mart, Monsanto, Goldman Sachs, Pfizer, Halliburton, Philip Morris, GE, GM, Apple.

  • There are currently 11 nations involved: U.S.,¬†New Zealand, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia,¬†Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, Mexico and¬†Canada.¬†Japan has shown interest.
  • The economic power of this group is more than¬†40% larger than the 27- nation European Union.
  • TPP will offshore millions of good-paying jobs to¬†low-wage nations, undercutting working conditions¬†globally and increasing unemployment.
  • TPP will expand¬†pharmaceutical¬†monopoly¬†protections and¬†institute longer patents that will ¬†decrease access to¬†affordable medications
  • TPP will limit food GMO labeling and allow import of¬†goods that do not meet US safe standards.
  • TPP will institute SOPA, PIPA, and CISPA-like regulations¬†and¬†Internet measures which restrict our right to free speech.
  • TPP will roll back Wall Street regulations, and prohibit¬†bans on risky financial services.
  • TPP will give multinational corporations and private investors the right to sue nations in private tribunals. These tribunals have the power to overturn environmental, labor, or any other laws that limit profit, awarding taxpayer funded damages.
  • TPP will encourage the privatization of lands and natural resources in areas where indigenous people live.

‚Ķ unless we tell Congress to say, ‚ÄúNo Deal!‚ÄĚ

FAST TRACK

In May 2015, Congress voted to allow ‚Äúfast track,‚ÄĚ which means a speedy ‚Äúyes‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúno‚ÄĚ vote on this 5,000+ page treaty whose secret, final text was only just leaked after years of secret corporate meetings. Fast track vote means no Congressional debate, negotiation, or rewriting of this treaty drafted by corporations. If Congress votes yes, TPP becomes law, with corporations as judge, jury and executioner via international tribunals that trump all national, state and local sovereignty. We do not know the vote date, but voting will be soon, probably when people are distracted by other things.

WHAT TO DO:

If you want continued access to organic foods, basic food safety standards, and to know what’s in your foods ‚Ķ if you support a local economy and wish to grow it, tell Congress to Vote NO on TPP.

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski: (202) 225-3915 www.walorski.house.gov

Senator Dan Coats: (202) 224-5623 www.coats.senate.gov

Senator Joe Donnelly: (202) 224-4814 www.donnelly.senate.gov

TPP, Sovereignty, and Reality Creation

Today’s post features two Jon Rappoport pieces. If you read the first linked post without reading the second, it’s incredibly depressing. If you read the second without reading the first, you miss some in-your-face context provided by the release of the even-worse-than expected TPP documents, and so I link them both together.

“The TPP and GMOs: what’s so bad about death?”

Excerpt:

“This Globalist treaty will put mega-corporations even further ahead in their efforts to dominate markets and populations.

‚Äú’The parts of the TPP that cover food safety are especially troubling,’ states the watchdog Food and Water Watch:

‚Äú‚ÄôAmerican consumers are pushing to block the use of artificial and potentially risky processes and ingredients, like antibiotics and GMOs, but the TPP could trump these democratic efforts to improve our food supply,‚Äô said [Wenonah] Hauter [Food and Water Watch executive director]‚Ķ Agribusiness and biotech seed companies can now more easily use trade rules to challenge countries that ban GMO imports, test for GMO contamination, do not promptly approve new GMO crops or even require GMO labeling.‚ÄĚ'”

(Laura again) The article goes on to show that Monsanto has known about the carcinogenic effects of RoundUp for over four decades and deliberately obfuscated their own conclusive research in order to bypass restrictions. Unlike anyone who might give voice to greater humanity, Monsanto reps sat at the super secret TPP negotiations. They and other transnational “corporate persons” drafted this entire “free trade” behemoth. It’s kind of like insurance companies writing Obamacare, except multiply that into every area of our lives, on a global scale, and include companies who specialize in creating cancer, suppressing cancer cures, bankrupting non-elites, and criminalizing free speech. What could possibly go wrong?! The comments on Jon’s site also include relevant links regarding the TPP and sovereignty, including food sovereignty.

It does, indeed, feel like “the fix is in,” although enforcement will present some challenges. Perhaps the globalist Beast will grow so big that it can no longer support its own weight. One can hope actively envision the crumbling and intentionally starve this Beast by refusing to participate. It certainly convinces me to continue setting up my own garden and stocking organic and heirloom seeds — not just keeping them in jars, but growing them and learning how to save them from year to year. It makes me grateful for people who do take stands, in whatever ways in whatever countries — saying not on my watch and then creating and living something local, sustainable, and life-renewing. I also feel so grateful to live in a community in which at least a small group of people recognize the importance of biodiversity, even if very few of them have any concept of sovereignty as the means of ensuring that biodiversity. Baby steps.

Despite the obvious lumbering forward of an oppressive transnational corporate agenda, I agree with Jon’s observation in his next post, “The Matrix Revealed: the beginning”:

“I came to understand that, as one travels further and further into the rabbit hole, a sense of incurable optimism grows.

It stems from seeing, at a profound level, how reality is being created‚ÄĒand by transference, how it can be created now‚Ķnot only differently, but along astonishingly different paths.”

I really do feel the same way. It’s why I study consciousness and magic, exercise my imagination, share tools, and encourage people to invent and enliven preferred realities. Some people say we must never, ever look at “the negative” lest we bring it into being; however, in coaching sessions and in my own life, I’ve found that denial only creates bigger problems. Some people say all we need to do is say, “I do not consent” and then carry on living the status quo, as though words backed by zero action will somehow dismantle the old and create the new.

Words are powerful, but what do you consent to? More importantly, what do you desire? We spoke of this recently in a local reading group based on the Buddhist book, “Time to Stand Up.” I mentioned that nothing happens without desire. I don’t think we should task ourselves with eliminating desire. Quite the contrary — we need that spark of desire in order to summon and nurture something better into being! Desire fuels creation, and if you have no desire, then someone else’s desire trumps your neutrality.

My advice?

Learn some tools and skills, decide what and how you’d love to live, and then bring that world into being through your own words and especially through your own decisions and actions.

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”

“Magic is believing in yourself; if you can do that, you can make anything happen.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Blessed Be¬† … and be the blessing. ūüôā

TPP, the Pope’s Encyclical, Mama Earth and You

Where to start with this one? I don’t normally post WikiLeaks or Jesse Ventura, but this video gives a lot of succinct information about the TPP and international trade agreements in general — definitely worth six minutes of your life in order to have a clearer understanding of the ramifications.

Whenever something like this comes along that’s so huge, so secret and so (Jesse calls it correctly) fascist, we would do wise to prevent rather than try to wriggle out of it once the shackles are on. The TPP takes NAFTA, CAFTA, Codex Alimentarius, Agenda 21, the Monsanto Protection Act, and the Bankers Manifesto of 1892 and puts all of these on GMO steroids to become the Frankenstein equivalent of Mommie Dearest.

Combine this with the Pope’s recent call for depopulating 6 billion people — when, let’s be honest, the Catholic Church has certainly played a direct role in overpopulating and impoverishing the planet — and it doesn’t take too much to see how these globalist treaties could work hand in glove with such “responsible,” religiously sanctioned depopulation efforts by removing environmental protections, food standards, national sovereignty, and replacing those with forced compliance to any and every toxic thing “sustainable” Monsanto, “healing” BigPharma and “energizing” Big Oil produce. Will there be genocide and thought police with this “new” encyclical? You betcha. Exactly how does an institution eliminate 6 billion people without some sort of “official-representative-of-God-sanctioned” genocide? That’s 6/7 of the population on the chopping block with a self-appointed spiritual hierarchy determining who lives and who dies. The same institution that brutally demonized and destroyed indigenous, Nature loving cultures across the world now wants us to recognize and honor its Pope as Father of a One World “Earth-based” religion?!

This “populist Pope” calling for an end to income inequality isn’t offering up the vast land and resources confiscated and appropriated by the Catholic Church? He just wants income redistribution from little guy to smaller guy so we can “save the planet”? Excuse me while I vomit in my compost pile. At least that has real potential to regenerate something.

Please see Ann K’s exploration/compilation of interpretations of the new encyclical. She remains curious, and that’s likely a good place to hover; however, I personally believe that a true reconnection with the planet involves — gasp! — directly reconnecting with Mother Earth without the “Holy Father” Pope or any other person or organization inserting himself or itself in between us and the planet. Whatever happened to direct spiritual experience and primacy? Oh, right! That’s way too threatening to anyone who would maintain mass control, because once people start having primary experiences with the Divine in all His and Her forms, we’ve got no need for organized top-down anything. Once people embrace the Mystery with a capital M, all those dogmas, rules and regulations begin to look silly, controlling and worst yet: optional.

Now perhaps you see why growing your own food, walking in Nature, and hugging trees are so radical (rooting) and empowering. And maybe the military-industrial complex’s insane uptick in the War on Nature (i.e. Olympic Peninsula, the Grand Canyon, and more) makes sense in this¬† larger context. When humanity aligns with Mother Earth, we can shake off the patriarchal control BS like the parasites and fleas they are, returning to natural harmony and the real Matrix (which comes from “Mother,” not some computer simulated “reality” — talk about a co-optation! “The Matrix” films brilliantly got all the “awake” people actively asserting their desire to “exit” “The Matrix,” when reconnection to the original Mother is the very thing that would give humanity a viable reset. All the “awake” people want to take a different colored pill than the sleeping people, because Goddess forbid you just “be,” without any interference of pills. Oh, yeah, and “reality” is a horrible, grim place unless you escape to “Zion.” Those films were the biggest psyop and limited hangout of our times, but I digress into a flaming Fire Faery fit…. )

In any case, if you want to free yourself and free this planet, don’t let anyone or anything get between you and our planet. That’s your relationship to have with Earth, Sea and Sky — directly, not through a computer screen or your cell phone camera. Get out there and immerse yourself in Nature. Engage your senses, even your Spidey senses, so you can hear, feel, see, taste, touch and spontaneously know the secrets Nature wants to share. If Nature wants to keep them secret, then learn to embrace the Mystery.

Anyone trying to co-opt this primal connection needs some lessons from the Elementals!

Air is the breeze through the trees and the tornado.

Fire can warm your home or burn it to the ground.

Water can quench thirst, or destroy everything in its tsunami path.

Earth can grow food or bury all in an avalanche or volcanic ash.

Respect, Not Control.

Because Nature always bats last, and She doesn’t need Monsanto or the Pope to win.

You are part of Nature, and neither do you.

Honor your Mother and Blessed Be.

Good News on the TPP

It seems all the awareness raising and protesting of this secretive, destructive “free trade” treaty known as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has paid off. Yesterday, Senate Democrats gave Obama the no-go on Fast Track, which means at least a slow down of the march towards complete corporate tyranny. We need to continue to hold people accountable, but those who say it’s not worth raising your voice at all because “the fix is in” would do well to recognize that what we choose does matter. When we demand change in a peaceful, yet relentless way, things do shift.

I’ve no doubt the corporations and this Monsanto-and-big bank-friendly Administration have contingency plans in the works for such a significant setback; however, the failure to obtain Fast Track for the TPP has thrown a major monkey wrench into the speed of corporate takeover of every aspect of our lives, including national, state, local and individual sovereignty.

So, well done, people! Whether you used petitions, phone calls, marches, visualization, threatened boycotts, or my own personal favorite — literally flushed the TPP down the toilet using sympathetic magic with strong intent to purge oppression — any and all of these methods expressed a resounding “No!” that even the bribed and owned politicians in Washington could not ignore.

Now, let’s get busy creating alternatives: local, fair wages, creative, sustainable, enhancing the self-sufficiency and resilience of our communities. “We don’t need no stinkin’ TPP.” Our intentions, actions, prayers and voices opened a temporary vacuum. Let’s use that force to fill the current void with more and more of what we do want. The faster we create our own solutions and systems, the harder the sell for TPP and others like it.

In the midst of our hands on/in the ground work, let’s remember to take a moment to celebrate this victory. It’s too soon to tell if this will live up to its full potential as a game changer, but on the scoreboard of tyranny versus freedom, freedom just won an important battle. We’re moving along the road to Six of Wands style liberation:

UPDATE: Well, that moment was even shorter than I anticipated, given that the Senate just passed the TPP Fast Track only 2 days later: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-05-14/senate-passes-obamas-tpp-fast-track-trade-proposal . Can you say “cosmic reset”? Time to pull out ANY and ALL options, folks.

Trade Agreements and Fast Track

This just in from reader Karen, with a link discussing the major implications of the TPP and TTIP trade agreements, plus a refresher course on how NAFTA has affected all those involved. “What You Need to Know About Trade Agreements and Fast Track”:

Nestle Continues Stealing World‚Äôs Water During Drought

Where to start with this one?

In case anyone needed anymore reasons to start (or expand) efforts to grow more of your own food, the situation in California’s Central Valley will hopefully urge people to set up gardens and encourage neighbors and cities to do the same, all over the US — and the world, which also imports much of CA’s produce.

The situation with Nestle is already serious, and pushing through the TPP will only make such theft of water — and prime farmland through this engineered drought — that much easier. Anyone who can’t fathom how CA might look in coming years if this corporate takeover continues ought to read Starhawk’s eerily prophetic novel, “The Fifth Sacred Thing.” It’s happening, and if we do not start protecting the Sacred Water, we will not have life. This call most obviously goes out to Californians, but Nestle is doing nefarious things in lots of places, including Maine. The Great Lakes are also for sale, thanks to a 2013 deal struck with China by Obama.

Solutions exist, but they require awareness and courage. They also require action. Even agriculture need not require so much wasted water. Deep mulch, organic soil amendments, drought resistant heirloom varieties, and companion planting take planning, but can work in harmony with the land. Sacred ritual to honor the water, rain dances … these things actually do work, because they put us back in harmony with Nature. We need multi-tiered shifts on all levels, from reclaiming rights stolen by corporate “persons” to reclaiming our own, sacred place in Nature. As the Hopi say, “This could be a good time.” Yes, it could, but it won’t unless we embrace the necessary changes *now.*

Straight from the Horse's Heart

Before we get to our featured article below, it is important to note that the BLM continues to remove wild horses and burros because of ‚Äúdrought,‚ÄĚ or because there‚Äôs ‚Äúnot enough‚ÄĚ forage and water. ¬†We know there is a ‚Äúman-made‚ÄĚ drought because the huge amount of water used by mining and other extractive industries (oil & gas). ¬†Advocates need to be aware of all of the issues surrounding big users of water from our aquifers. ¬† I‚Äôve listed a few sources regarding California‚Äôs dire drought below, but there are similarities in other states and areas.

A¬†recent Los Angeles Times editorialby the hydrologist Jay Famiglietti starkly warned: ‚ÄúCalifornia has about one year of water left.‚ÄĚ

Sonali Kolhatkar¬†recently wrote an article ‚ÄúTo Solve California‚Äôs Water Crisis, We Must Change the Nation‚Äôs Food System.‚ÄĚ ¬†Residential use of water in California is about 4% and agricultural use is 80%.

Kolhatkar…

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