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    News — corruption

    Stop Big Oil, Big Bank, and Hedge Fund Lawsuits under Secret Trade Deals

    article  These secret pro-corporate judges rule in favor of bogus claims filed by polluting oil, pipeline, mining, toxic chemical,  waste dump,  and such companies.  It was inserted into trade deals (NAFTA, TPP,...)to overrule national laws in favor of large pollution causing corporations. ow they also want to give high prces to drug companies.

    CIA Mass Deceptions to Led to War versus Serbia in 1999 Plus other Lies That Led to War

    Faking the Reasons for War.  This article claims that in order to expand NATO, the CIA, Albright, Holbrooke, and Clinton created a civil war in the former Yugoslavia.  This article alleges atrocities by the US.   The US allies from Kosovo  restaged battles so instead of it looking like the Serbs had killed  Kosovians in battle, it looked like they had been massacred while prisoners. The US bombed Serbia. The US then put criminals into power-heroin dealers and murderers who harvested organs from Serbian prisoners. 

    While China and Russian are worse in their atrocities, it seems like the US is pretty bad  and needs to reform.  There are other examples from history:  Cheney, Bush, Rice,  and Powell and an ex-Lockheed Martin executive/lobbyist lying about WMDs in order to start the Iraq war in order to stop the competition of Iraq supplying oil and trading in non-dollar funds; the sanctions against Iran and Venezuela, also to control oil; and   the selling of crack cocaine into inner city black neighborhoods to generate money to fight the communists in Nicaragua. These all are   also done to stop the expansion of communism.  But sometimes it seems that it is provide an excuse for gaining power and money  via war profiteering, election campaigns against the "evil ""foreigner", It seems that  this has been done many times before.  Sometimes Britain and the US went   to war to stop an independence/nationalist movement  that wants to control its own resources ( oil in Iran in 1956). The British  used the slave trade to grab people  from Africa, ship them to the Caribbean, turn them into slaves to  grow sugar, make rum and take the sugar to New England and the sugar and rum back to England. They also waged war against the Chinese to force the Chinese to allow the British to bring in opium and establish widespread opium addiction in China, so that  Britain would have income to be used to buy tea from China.  The British banned India from making cloth or selling salt.  King Leopold of Belgium invaded the Congo, enslaved the people to build railroads,  and to gather ivory and gold.  He used to keep the wives and children of his slaves as hostages. The Congo is kept as a weakened country by neighboring countries and others that want to pay cheaper prices for gold, coltan, and other minerals.   The US and individuals organized bribes, invasions, massacres, and payoffs to dominate the banana industry in Honduras, Columbia,  Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Ecuador.   Bolivia  just had a coup that ousted President Morales, when he wanted higher price for lithium and more value-added processing jobs.  Several coups have been attempted against Venezuelan leaders, probably in order to control its gigantic resources of oil.   Sometimes  a developing country needs funds and technical expertise to build large projects such as dams, roads, railroads, mines, oil refineries, etc.  But sometimes outside countries  and banks bribe the local government officials in order to sell off assets like ports, land, mines, or to sign contracts that  pay gigantic fees and interest payments that balloon later on on subsequent politicians "down the road".  The large banks do this often.

    Pay Day Lenders Get Go Ahead to Drive People into Poverty

    article  We need limits on the interest rates for loans.  States used to have such rules banning interest rates above some low percentage such as 20%. the deregulation  of banking and the take-over of local state regulations allowed Big Banks to come in and take over the local banks and to remove state regs.

    Bacigalupi Thrillers about Drought, Rising Seas, & Loss of Biodiversity

    Here is one interview.

    The Water Knife is a detective thriller set amidst drought refugees and physical battles between cities over water.  It has romance, murder, gangs, chases, and journalists.

    The Windup Girl is about a future of GMOs, rising sea levels, hunger, loss of species of food crops,  racial blaming, and hunger after terminator genes wipe out many food varieties.  Oil is gone.  It is a very violent.

    Another interview.

    Drowned Cities and Ship Breaker are about societies where the oil based energy system is gone, and people struggle in gangs over the spoils or else move on to wind-powered ships.

    Zombie Baseball Beatdown is about middle schoolers battling GMO mad cows from a slaughter house.  It also touches on bullying, discrimination against  immigrants, corporate power over local government, and friendship.  

    The Doubt Factory  is about radicals protesting against toxic products .  It focuses on a high school girl’s relationship to her father, who is doing the fake pr for tobacco, pesticide, drug,  and  oil companies.  She is attracted to rebellious radicals who want to expose the corporate PR.

    Posted on September 22, 2015