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  •  What if that is the goal? (2+ / 0-)
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    Nobel peace prize winner Barack Obama did not just pick up that 3:00 am phone call, but, as has been noted, he mostly stayed on the phone making war and sending out drones for his entire terms in office.

    by snoopydawg on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 03:13:12 PM PDT

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    •  if you're just talking about number one on (6+ / 0-)

      the list I think it is a byproduct because everything is about maximizing profits first and foremost regardless of consequences to everyone else.
      As far as I understand it something like number 3 on the list,SOPA, isn't a threat to people's lives like number one on the list but if it did threaten lives in some way I have no reason to think that would be a matter of concern to those crafting NAFTA on steroids aka The Plutocrat Plan.

      Item number 8 on the list is also something that will pose a threat to lives and the health of people, but that is another byproduct of it because the idea is to maximize profits and regulations on things that are toxic limit those.

      8. Environmental protection

      Froman:  “We’re asking our trading partners to commit to effectively enforce environmental laws…”

      Fact:  While Froman touted several provisions in the draft TPP environment chapter as requiring enforcement of domestic environmental laws, he didn’t mention the draft TPP investment chapter that would empower foreign corporations to directly challenge those laws before international tribunals if they felt the laws undermined their expected future profits. Corporations have been increasingly using these extreme “investor-state” provisions under existing U.S. “free trade” agreements (FTAs) to attack domestic environmental policies, including a moratorium on fracking, renewable energy programs, and requirements to clean up oil pollution and industrial toxins.  Tribunals comprised of three private attorneys have already ordered taxpayers to pay hundreds of millions to foreign firms for such safeguards, arguing that they violate sweeping FTA-granted investor privileges. Froman’s call for countries to enforce their environmental laws sounds hollow under a TPP that would simultaneously empower corporations to “sue” countries for said enforcement.

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      without the ants the rainforest dies

      by aliasalias on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 03:56:28 PM PDT

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