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New York Times hyping the global grab in all it's job destroying glory in what seems to me to amount to propaganda article hyping fake frames.

Here is another deceptive spin article from NYT. First people need to understand that government committed to offshore and outsource a potentially unlimited number of US jobs in the Uruguay Round, intending to provide the "payback for the trade agenda" to 3rd world "authoritarian bargain" countries and lower wages. So its a case of post-hoc deception with the intend of justifying what they had already decided to do to put the middle class and the idea of having a healthy middle class "back in their proper place".

Book Launch: "Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine"

The horrible mistakes of the past are being covered up, is it because some hope to profit, literally "make a killing" on disasters. Props to Alex deWaal for pointing out that famines are not caused by "overpopulation". Thats a fallacy. The ENSO famines are inevitable. Corrupt Societies allow millions to die because it considers their lives not worth saving. This was particularly obvious with the British Empire (look up the origin of the expression " to live or let die" and in North Korea in the late 90s.

The Extreme 996 Work Culture in China

A return to slavery. ""996" is a common term used by employees at China’s tech companies to describe their working life- starting work at 9am and leaving at 9pm, working six days a week. VICE World News looks at China’s hyper-competitive work culture and the costs to their personal and social lives."

A terrifying book on the links between the ENSO climate oscillation and the largest famines /droughts deaths ever.

In his book Late Victorian Holocausts, published in 2001, Mike Davis tells the story of the famines which killed between 12 and 29 million Indians(1) and at least twice as many in other countries around the world including many tens of millions in China. The reason this happens is the ENSO, which is being worstened by global warming. That means that more of these huge famines are unavoidable. A propaganda camp[aign to make it difficult for society to deal wityh these huge global droughts is underway it seems. . Millions of people in India, Davis people were, he demonstrates, murdered by British state policy. The reliance on neoliberal ideology and the cult of the Invisible Hand has not lessened since then. In his book Late Victorian Holocausts, published in 2001, Mike Davis tells the story of the famines which killed between 12 and 29 million Indians(1). These people were, he demonstrates, murdered by British state policy Late Victorian Holocausts is an incredible and terrifying book. And why am I so worried that it could easily happen again?

The Giant Pool of Money

One of the biggest thefts of all time. "A special program about the housing crisis produced in a special collaboration with NPR News. We explain it all to you. What does the housing crisis have to do with the turmoil on Wall Street? Why did banks make half-million dollar loans to people without jobs or income? And why is everyone talking so much about the 1930s?" (And what did this "crisis" have to do with GATS? Hint. an unholy human sacrifice to the golden calf of all Street/GATS caused it.

Ishi : The Last of His Kind - Documentary

Ihave always been fascinated by ishis story ever since I first read about him in my local free public library, now endangered by GATS, of course. He grew up in a totally different, more sensible world than our own, I wonder if the way of life we all grew up with, is becoming extinct. I'm sue that many want it that way and are trying to frame us as out of touch with their new world corporate odor. (or stench is more like it) Video

Globalist Interview with Alan Greenspan: "Should Jobs Matter in the U.S. Trade Debate?"

There has been no debate, nor have the important questions ever even been asked. Its all a big lie. This is really how some people think. Does he seem clueless to you too, in a certain scary way? My takeaway from this was just how vastly "Our" politicians no longer work for us, they work for corporations, 100% They see us and our hopes and dreams (and others too) as standing in their way of their making full use of their property, the entire United States. Weve been totally deceived by them in a number of critical areas. One being the priorities those at the top have these days and who they work for. They do this in order to steal our votes, they re trying to make themselves look like non-narcissistic normal people. But its all a big sham.

KIFARU - film trailer

KIFARU is a feature-length documentary that follows the lives of two young, Kenyan recruits who join Ol Pejeta Conservancy's rhino caretaker unit - a small group of rangers that protect and care for Sudan, the last male northern white rhino in the world. Spanning over the course of the caretakers first four years on the job, KIFARU allows viewers to intimately experience the joys and pitfalls of wildlife conservation firsthand through the eyes of these Kenyan rhino caretakers who witness extinction happening in real-time

Bill Gates pretends that Event 201 never happened

April 26, 2020 | Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who, together with his wife, runs the richest and most powerful foundation in the world, co-organized a simulation exercise on a worldwide corona epidemic in October 2019, just before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Videos were published , documenting this exercise. Now he pretends in an interview that such a thing has never happened. Why? On April 12, 2020, Bill Gates says in an interview with the BBC: ( ) Now here we are. We didn‘t simulate this, we didn‘t practice, so both the health policies and economic policies, we find ourselves in uncharted territory. This is the same person who, just six months before the outbreak of the pandemic, organised a series of four role-playing simulations of a corona pandemic with very high-ranking participants. Event 201 was a simulation of a corona pandemic conducted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Economic Forum and Johns Hopkins University in October 2019. Participants from the private and public sectors were presented with a scenario, not unlike the one that has unfolded in reality, and discussed what needs to be done. There are official videos of the four meetings and a best-of-video of scenario presentation and discussion by the participants, who are members of a pandemic control council in the role play. It is true that if a little less emphasis had been placed on opinion manipulation, more attention could have been paid to health and economic policy. One of the four meetings was entirely devoted to this. But health and economic policies did get discussed. Gates can hardly have forgotten that. The video on control of public opinion ( ) is the most interesting one, as it helps to put in perspective the efforts in this regard, which we are currently experiencing. One participant tells us, that Bill Gates is financing work on algorithms which comb through the information on social media platforms to make sure that people can trust the information that they find there. And the Chinese participant, the head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control muses about ways to counter rumors that the virus is man-made. Remember, this exercise took place in October 2019, before the current pandemic broke out.

BCCI, the CIA and Foreign Intelligence

The relationships involving BCCI, the CIA, and members of the United States and foreign intelligence communities have been among the most perplexing aspects of understanding the rise and fall of BCCI. The CIA's and BCCI's mutual environments of secrecy have been one obvious obstacle. For many months, the CIA resisted providing information to the Subcommittee about its involvement with and knowledge of BCCI. Moreover, key players who might explain these relationships are unavailable. Some, including former CIA director William Casey, and BCCI customers and Iranian arms dealers Ben Banerjee and Cyrus Hashemi, are dead. Others, including most of BCCI's key insiders, remain held incommunicado in Abu Dhabi. While promising in public hearings to provide full cooperation to the Subcommittee, to date the Abu Dhabi government has refused to make any BCCI officers available for interview by the Subcommittee. Former BCCI chairman Agha Hasan Abedi remains severely incapacitated due to a heart attack. Finally, some persons in a position to know portions of the truth have denied having any memory of events in which they participated and of documents which they reviewed. A baseline for assessing the BCCI-CIA story is the CIA's official record of its use of BCCI and its targeting of the bank, as set forth in several hundred CIA records created from 1982 through 1992. That record was, by and large, accurately represented by CIA acting director Richard Kerr in public testimony on October 25, 1991, supplemented by more detailed, classified testimony on October 31, 1991. Unfortunately, that record also contains ostensible gaps in knowledge on the part of the CIA about the activities of key contacts in the Middle East for U.S. intelligence -- including BCCI shareholders Kamal Adham and Abdul Raouf Khalil, and BCCI customer and Iran/Contra arms merchant Adnan Khashoggi -- which strain belief.

Youth need ‘seat at the table’ to lead struggle for better future: Guterres

Trade agreements like GATS steal rights to regulate, cheating young people of any say in the mechanizations that will steal their lives and cheat them of decent jobs. "“I urge everyone to guarantee young people a seat at the table as we build a world based on inclusive, fair, and sustainable development for all”, said Mr. Guterres."

Countries forced to privatize pensions now being sued internationally for reversing it.

Private insurance corporations are suing Argentina and Bolivia for loss of potential profits as a result of the reversal of privatization of pension programs. They are using the evil ISDS method which subsumes national governments and sues taxpayers. Similarly to how the Swedish company Vattenfall sued Germeny for ending heir use of nuclear poer. Its premise is that corporations deserve new rights and that policy is their property, This is what I mean when I say corporations are now demanding global, allegedly irreversible structural changes changes that are basically handing them the world on a silver platter. They fully intend to privatize our services too. They are well on the way to doing it. Both US parties are fake. This campaign goes back to Punta Del Este and the runup to the Uruguay Round. The Marrakesh Agreement establishing the WTO, and the commoditization of "services" of all kind. We'll lose those jobs too. Read up on the GATS. Now its been almost 30 years. Its why our precious public services and pubic service jobs are under attack. They are now being framed as theft from corporations of THEIR property. This is what we are dealing with. Its an evil "second enclosure" of the entire planet's future and policy space. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thank all of you for your support. Read this to know how evil these changes are. Many people dont realize that these political extremists are now in charge of all the rich countries. Including the US. Neoliberalism is like a cult of money and corporate power.

Juan Carlos Boué: Investor tribunals make reversal of pension privatizations expensive

(Comments by this blog's editor) After the fall of the former USSR, there was a flood of ideologically extreme international legal efforts to frame "public services" as expropriation by governments of profits entitled by corporations. WTO treaties embed this as if its something everybody agreed to but thats not true. This is what we now live under- a profit-maximalist corporate trading system. Many poor countries were pushed (if they wanted to join the WTO, which is controlled and funded by the US and other rich countries) to privatize their pension systems to the benefit of international pension funds and insurance.; (Our government may want that but our people certainly dont. ) After voters attempted to reverse this costly failure, they are sued under trade tribunals by financial companies who want their expected profits GUARANTEED.

Interview with a former officer in the DPRK's Bowibu or secret police.

Chul-eun Lee is also unusual in that he literally swam to freedom in South Korea, via the West Sea route, ending up on an island in South Korea. (which is quite unusual). This is one of the most interesting defectors testimonies that I have seen for a great many reasons. I have read and watched hundreds of defector testimonies which tend to all contain similar elements, this is definitely one of th more interesting ones. In another segment, on another channel he shares what he heard - the insiders story on Otto Wambler. The American college student and tourist who was alleged to have stolen a propaganda poster from the legendary staff only floor of a DPRK hotel. . The Youtube Channel "Asian Boss" has some high quality DPRK content. The content being produced by North Korean defectors on North Korea is worth watching. Youtube has created a golden opportunity for people interested in this very unusual country (unusual because its literally run by a cult, in a way we are too but I think that the differences are too great to trivialize, Asfar as I know, the US's prisons aree nothing as cruel as North Korea, for example, in DPRK pisons are places of starvation where people have to eat bugs and rats to survive.At Guantanamo Bay they force feed prisoners on hunger strike, sometimes attempting to administer food via enemas, of some kind. Youtube offers a unique opportunity to learn more about the extremely reclusive and mysterious DPRK with more immediacy than ever before. This man's account is a must watch if you are interested in how the Kim family has maintained its brutal and inflexible control for so long.

Hidden cameras expose Kim Jong-un's clandestine weapon and drugs trade

60 Minutes Australia Tom Steinfort, one of the few western journalists to have reported from the hermit kingdom on multiple occasions, says North Korea desperately needs cash and is willing to do almost anything to get it, even selling weapons and drugs on the black market. Now though, these long-suspected crimes have been fully exposed by the unlikely combination of an extraordinary hidden-camera sting and a heartbroken family determined to get justice for their son, who travelled to North Korea for an adventure holiday but ended up imprisoned and tortured to death.

India's new maharajas

Extravagant Bollywood weddings, luxury yachts, the finest delicacies and opulent homes. India's billionaires are cashed up and they're not afraid to flaunt it. Home to the highest number of billionaires in the world after China and the US, India's super-rich love to splurge on round-the-world, first-class holidays and lavish parties, no expense spared. But in a country where millions still live in poverty, the spending habits of the wealthiest heirs and self-made success stories can spark controversy. 101 East gets a coveted invite into the gold-gilded world of India's new Maharajas. Of course, the average Indian is not a billionaire. Economic mobility is low.

Google co-founder gets New Zealand residency, raising questions

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Google co-founder Larry Page has gained New Zealand residency, officials confirmed Friday, stoking debate over whether extremely wealthy people can essentially buy access to the South Pacific country. Immigration New Zealand said Page first applied for residency in November under a special visa open to people with at least 10 million New Zealand dollars ($7 million) to invest. “As he was offshore at the time, his application was not able to be processed because of COVID-19 restrictions,” the agency said in a statement. “Once Mr. Page entered New Zealand, his application was able to be processed and it was approved on 4 February 2021.” Gaining New Zealand residency would not necessarily affect Page’s residency status in the U.S. or any other nations. New Zealand lawmakers confirmed that Page and his son first arrived in New Zealand in January after the family filed an urgent application for the son to be evacuated from Fiji due to a medical emergency. “The day after the application was received, a New Zealand air ambulance staffed by a New Zealand ICU nurse-escort medevaced the child and an adult family member from Fiji to New Zealand,” Health Minister Andrew Little told lawmakers in Parliament. Little was responding to questions about how Page had managed to enter the country at a time when New Zealand had shut its borders to non-residents in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Little told lawmakers the family had abided by applicable virus protocols when they arrived. Page’s residency application was approved about three weeks later. Immigration New Zealand noted that while Page had become a resident, he didn’t have permanent residency status and remained subject to certain restrictions. Still, the agency on its website touts the “Investor Plus” visa as offering a “New Zealand lifestyle,” adding that “you may be able to bring your car, boat and household items to New Zealand, free of customs charges.” Some local news organizations reported that Page had since left New Zealand. Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Forbes on Friday ranked Page as the world’s sixth-wealthiest person, with a fortune of $117 billion. Forbes noted that Page stepped down as chief executive of Google’s parent company Alphabet in 2019 but remained a board member and controlling shareholder. Opposition lawmakers said the episode raised questions about why Page was approved so quickly at a time when many skilled workers or separated family members who were desperate to enter New Zealand were being turned away. “The government is sending a message that money is more important than doctors, fruit pickers and families who are separated from their children,” ACT deputy leader Brooke van Velden said in a statement. In 2017, it emerged that Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel had been able to gain New Zealand citizenship six years earlier, despite never having lived in the country. Thiel was approved after a top lawmaker decided his entrepreneurial skills and philanthropy were valuable to the nation. Thiel didn’t even have to leave California for the ceremony — he was granted citizenship during a private ceremony held at the New Zealand Consulate in Santa Monica.

Commentary Series: The Case for Land Rights Tim-Hanstad

More than one billion of the world’s poorest people share three traits: they live in rural areas, rely on the land to survive, and they lack secure legal rights to the land on which they depend. Most either toil in other people’s fields for pennies a day or struggle on land which they temporarily control, but insecurely — with the constant threat of displacement. The coins they earn can never stretch far enough to allow them to buy their own plot, and they have little long-term incentive to improve the plot they currently farm. Often, they can’t send their children to school or obtain other government services, like agricultural credit or inputs, because they are not landowners. As a result, they lack opportunity and are vulnerable to displacement, exploitation, and calls to extremism. Without a fundamental change, their children and grandchildren face a similar future.

The Future of Employment: How susceptible are jobs to computerisation?

The authors examine how susceptible jobs are to computerisation, by implementing a novel methodology to estimate the probability of computerisation for 702 detailed occupations, using a Gaussian process classifier. Based on these estimates, they examine expected impacts of future computerisation on US labour market outcomes, with the primary objective of analysing the number of jobs at risk and the relationship between an occupation’s probability of computerisation, wages and educational attainment. According to their estimates, about 47 per cent of total US employment is at risk. They further provide evidence that wages and educational attainment exhibit a strong negative relationship with an occupation’s probability of computerisation.

Theory, of US "grab" in progress?

The 1986 Punta Del Este meeting that led up to the GATT Uruguay Round and the creation of the WTO also is a huge global policy space and human rights grab, which also targets the people of the US and Western Europe and Australia, as well as the idea of a well paid, prosperous "middle class" a group thathas traditionally been resented by oligarchs the world over despite their having been made rich by the prosperity their skills and industry have brought us, they have nothing but contempot for the working people, and as Thorstein Vablen points out go to great lengths to signal that they do not involve themselves in industy and the productive pursuits. They resent anybody they need. The middle class seems to be under attack in the cities, targeted for gentrification, headed for expulsion, with the reason being the allegedly unrealistic expectations we have for the rights we would have retained under democracy which was taken away from us by stealth some time ago, maybe the early to-mid 1990s. This is demonstrably true by looking at the numerous changes which were made then and the pattern of what they do which is also held together by the GATS in a truly Tolkien-esque manner.

IBM and the Holocaust by Edwin Black

Could it happen again? except this time a genocide against the poor and/or outspoken. via the huge and powerful GAFA firms' nexus, one only has to read as far as the TTIP, TPPA and especially TISA to see the seeds being sown. Never Again! Exposing these schemes earned Julian Assange of Wikileaks the vindictive framing - he has been persecuted - the various people who the USG was using to attempt to frame him have recanted their stories but he remains in jail, leaving a number of organizations exposed for what they are doing.

War Against The Weak: Hitler's 'ideas' originated in the US, and the "social Darwinism" of the early 20th century

website for the book by Edwin Black. A BOMBSHELL. In this bombshell of investigative journalism, author Edwin Black reveals that (the pseudoscientific, discredited nonscience of) eugenics was extensive, systematic, well-funded, and supported by major political and intellectual leaders. Perhaps most startling, eugenics directly inspired the rise of Nazism in Hitler’s Germany … This chilling and well-researched book is highly recommended. –Gregg Sapp, Library Journal UNIQUE AND DISQUIETING. Edwin Black has again written a unique and important book. Until now the pseudoscience of eugenics in the US and in Germany have not been analyzed together. One assumed they had little in common. This was not so. Their joint past was bloody and their future is disquieting. – Benno Müller-Hill, Institute of Genetics, Cologne University, Germany, author, Murderous Science A BLOCKBUSTER. Edwin Black has written a phenomenal book in War Against the Weak. Black has taken all the skeletons from America’s eugenics history out of the closet and exposed them at a time when advances in genetics are leading some scientists down a similar path. ( insurance companies want to use genetic and other data data to arbitrarily set prices for health insurance, allowing them to dump patients with major diseases as they used to. This is called genelining. ) At times I was reading the book with my jaw on the ground, astonished to read the racist and anti-Semitic views of scientific luminaries. The fact that “American eugenics had always sought a global solution” was a chilling statement suggesting that the seeds of eugenics practiced so brutally in Nazi Germany were planted firmly in the United States decades earlier. Quite simply, War Against the Weak is a blockbuster. – S. Jay Olshansky, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago; associate editor, Social Biology (successor to Eugenical News)

Primitive Accumulation, Accumulation by Dispossession and the Global Land Grab

Critical scholars have made extensive use of the concepts of primitive accumulation and accumulation by dispossession to analyse the global land grab. These concepts have been crucial to efforts to understand the land grab in terms of the creation, expansion and reproduction of capitalist social relations, of accumulation by extra-economic means, and of dispossessory responses to capitalist crises. This paper provides an overview of these approaches. It also argues that there are substantial challenges involved in the use of primitive accumulation and accumulation by dispossession, including tensions and ambiguities over what the concepts mean, the assumptions embedded within them and problems of fit with other conceptualisations of the land grab. The paper also highlights resources for engaging with these challenges in the land grab literature.

Bankrupt Profits: The Credit Industry's Business Model for Postbankruptcy Lending.

By Katherine M. Porter . Consumer credit and consumer bankruptcy filings have grown rapidly over the last two decades, and several researchers have attempted to understand the relationship between these two intertwined features of the modern American economy. Teasing out causation is almost impossible, as consumer advocates lay blame on the industry and the industry responds by citing the same data to show consumer misbehavior. Using a novel vantage point, this analysis examines what the credit industry's behavior toward recently bankrupt families reveals about its internal profit models and the likely causes of consumer bankruptcy. The empirical evidence on postbankruptcy credit solicitation belies the industry's characterizations of bankrupt families as opportunistic or strategic actors. Original data from longitudinal interviews with consumer debtors show that many lenders target recent bankrupts, sending these families repeated offers for unsecured and secured loans. ---------------------------- The modern credit industry sees bankrupt families as lucrative targets for high-yield lending, a reality that has important implications for developing optimal consumer credit policy and bankruptcy law.

Looking back to see forward: the legal niceties of land theft in land rushes

This paper aims to make a modest contribution to an overdue need to locate the current land rush in its historical context, less as a new phenomenon than as a surge in the continuing capture of ordinary people's rights and assets by capital-led and class-creating social transformation. It aims to do so by looking back to earlier land rushes, and particularly to those which have bearing upon sub-Saharan Africa, the site of most large-scale involuntary land loss today. In particular, the paper focuses upon a central tool of land rushes, property law. The core argument made is that land rushes past and present have relied upon legal manipulations which deny that local indigenous (‘customary’) tenures deliver property rights, thereby legalizing the theft of the lands of the poor or subject peoples. Even prior to capitalist transformation this feudal-derived machination was an instrument of aligned class privilege and power, later elaborated to justify mass land and resource capture through colonialism. Now it is routinely embedded in the legal canons of elite-aligned agrarian governance as the means of retaining control over the land resources which rural communities presume are their own.

policy grabbing

See also, TNI's Land Grabbing Primer 2013, from TNI. ( Many of the same principles apply. Too many examples exist to view it as anything other than a theft of the entire future planet. Needless to say principles of accountability and transparency do not apply. Its also clear that an effort of concealment is going on. Showing the knowledge of commission of a crime.

Land Grabs Today: Feeding the Disassembling of National Territory

This essay by Saskia Sassen focuses on the larger assemblage of elements that promoted and facilitated the sharp increase in foreign land acquisitions by governments and firms since 2006. The concern is not to document the empirics of foreign land acquisition. Conceptually the essay negotiates between the specifics of the current phase of land acquisitions, on the one hand, and, on the other, the assemblage of practices, norms, and shifting jurisdictions within which those acquisitions take place. This assemblage of diverse elements does not present itself explicitly as governance. But I argue it is a type of governance embedded in larger structural processes shaping our global modernity; in fact, it may have had deeper effects on the current phase of land acquisitions than some of the explicit governance instruments for regulating land acquisitions. This mode of analysis is based on the conceptual and methodological work I developed in my book, Territory, Authority, Rights (Sassen, 2008); put succinctly it proposes that to explain the x (in this case, foreign land acquisitions) requires a focus on the non-x (in this case, that larger assemblage of elements that amounts to a structural enablement and embedded governance). This deeper structural level is also what makes the current phase of land acquisitions potentially deeply consequential, to the point of signaling the further disassembling of national territory. Such disassembling can enable the rise of a new type of global geopolitics, one where national sovereign territory increasingly is subject to non-national systems of authority — from familiar IMF and WTO conditionality to elementary controls by diverse foreign actors over growing stretches of a country's land. Keywords: Land Acquisitions, Land Grabs, Assemblages, Territory, Authority, Rights, Expulsions

The Global Land Grab (Transnational Institute)

A concise and indispensable critical guide to the global phenomenon of land grabbing. Find out how the global land grab is "justified", what is driving it, why transparency and guidelines won't stop it, and learn about alternatives that could enable people and communities to regain control of their land and territories.

National Health Care Spending In 2019: Steady Growth For The Fourth Consecutive Year

US health care spending increased 4.6 percent to reach $3.8 trillion in 2019, similar to the rate of growth of 4.7 percent in 2018. The share of the economy devoted to health care spending was 17.7 percent in 2019 compared with 17.6 percent in 2018. In 2019 faster growth in spending for hospital care, physician and clinical services, and retail purchases of prescription drugs—which together accounted for 61 percent of total national health spending—was offset mainly by expenditures for the net cost of health insurance, which were lower because of the suspension of the health insurance tax in 2019.

The ACA: Trillions? Yes. A Revolution? No.

Did the Affordable Care Act (ACA) usher in a revolution in US health care? Ten years after the law was enacted, it is fair to say that the ACA has fallen short of achieving key health reform goals. .... Efforts to achieve other policy goals were less successful. The ACA did not stem high and rapidly rising health care costs care for all Americans. Delivery system reforms advanced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center have shown disappointing results, and mechanisms intended to rein in federal costs have been dropped. Despite the promise of affordability, consumers continue to cite medical expenses as their No.1 economic concern. (It's likely toget worse also, as services liberalization results in massive jobs losses pushing more people into nongroup coverage, which may have to revert to the status quo 22 years ago. A period which was incredibly bad in terms of unaffordability of healthcare to even the relatively wealthy sick. People with p[re-existing conditions often could not get any coverage at all. They were "unninsurables". No doubt they bothered politicians when they went golfing. Now at least the wealthy can buy non-group coverage - if they can pay the high premiums and deductibles. ,(Many cant, because they make too much to receive a subsidy, expansion of which are prohibited by GATS) US health care spending increased 4.6 percent to reach $3.8 trillion in 2019, similar to the rate of growth of 4.7 percent in 2018. The share of the economy devoted to health care spending was 17.7 percent in 2019 compared with 17.6 percent in 2018. In 2019 faster growth in spending for hospital care, physician and clinical services, and retail purchases of prescription drugs—which together accounted for 61 percent of total national health spending—was offset mainly by expenditures for the net cost of health insurance, which were lower because of the suspension of the health insurance tax in 2019. Healthcare costs to Americans pay by far the most in the world, do not receive quality healthcare commensurate with those costs and these costs are are unsustainable. Americans are going broke in record numbers many buried with healthcare debt.


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When the center no longer holds: cities as frontier zones.

Saskia Sassen is one of the only academics who has written about the phenomenon of what I call the global grab. Now governments seem to be giving the green light to this gold rush. Exceptions which have existed in some cities and in the GATS, are being done away with, when it comes to healthcare and housing. Where is all this going to go?

Economics and Emigration: Trillion-Dollar Bills on the Sidewalk?

I feel many aspects of this paper are intentionally deceptive, and that it amounts to the worst kind of neoliberal propaganda. Yes, propaganda. For one thing, its not talking about immigration or emigration, its talking about labor arbitrage, and the promotion of a race to the bottom by using workers and a sort of second class, precarious status, marginalized workforce, enabled by non-immigrant visas. Where people are tied to a single employer or they have to leave the county. The push to implement *temporary movement of natural persons* provisions in treaties which prohibit numerical quotas is economic suicide for counties. So why did the US agree to expand this kind of work tremendously in 1994 as it did? I should point out that suppose a guest worker's intent is to immigrate he or she would not qualify for a non-immigrant visa. He or she also should be against these schemes because they will make the norm for all workers the very kind of captured, low wage labor environment that he (or she) themselves are fleeing from. Alan Blinder says that 25% of our jobs could be offshored within a fairly short period. I agree but , I think his estimate is probably too low because he leaves out the once public services which will be greatly impacted, earlier in the process. (This is a top goal of GATS, the privatization of what it calls "non-conforming monopoly services" Only activities by governments that are undertaken "in the exercise of governmental authority" and not on a commercial basis (meaning the entire sector, like healthcare in Canada, must be free to the end users) with no fees charged to users. and in the absence of one or more competitors. Only they are exempt from the scope of mandatory GATS privatization! There appear to be no services in the United States which qualify as "public" under the GATS rules, and indeed, the entire nation has been lied to and deceived, by means of the WTO Secretariat's assertions (and the EU's) that public services are all exempt. This is a very dishonest assertion under these conditions. This is typical in the world of neoliberalism. It seems to me that no lie is too extreme to further the goals of what amounts to an extremist cult. This push is the single largest threat to public higher education water, and healthcare, that exists in the world of today. (See the EUA's statement on GATS to that effect in regard to GATS and higher education.. )

"Invisible Hand" Failing on a Global Scale

The globalization agenda is being promoted by a lot of iies, while millions suffer falling incomes and wasted lives. Its time to end this madness, and go back to representative democracy (which most countries had until Jan 1, 1995)

Payoff From the World Trade Agenda 2013

"Contrary to many observers, we do not abandon the Doha Development Round as a lost cause. Instead, this report takes a fresh look, and assesses the potential payoffs from seven agreements that could be concluded in 2013 and ratified in 2014." "We variously use three metrics to quantify potential payoffs for the world: export gains, jobs supported, and GDP gains (or losses averted). The concept of “jobs supported” through larger exports of goods and services is not equivalent to “jobs added,” since two-way trade expansion generally affects the composition of a nation’s employment rather than its absolute level, shifting the labor force from less to more productive sectors of the economy. That said, increased trade means more jobs in the export sector and export jobs are generally better paid than jobs in other sectors of the economy. In addition, this report examines enhanced WTO approaches to regional trading arrangements, new investment rules, and dispute settlement. The potential payoffs from progress on these subjects do not lend themselves to quantification. The value of contemplated improvements in these areas derives from the “insurance policy” aspect of international trade obligations. “Policy predictability” is an intangible but invaluable asset for business firms planning their trade and investment strategies. Following recent meetings on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in January 2013, a broad consensus emerged that potential outcomes for the Bali WTO Ministerial in December 2013 include a trade facilitation agreement, and agreements on issues related to agriculture and least developed countries. While these issues are considered the most likely to attract sufficient support among members in the near-term, there is less optimism that agreements on other issues can be reached in the next year. At the same time, many officials and experts alike believe that the future credibility of the WTO and multilateralism writ large depends critically on achieving a robust outcome at the Bali Ministerial Conference in December 2013. To that end, our analysis examines areas where agreement is feasible and can be accomplished in an expeditious manner. The objective is to provide a menu of options for what we call a “WTO Recovery Package” that could be advanced in 2013. We do not suggest that the seven agreements assessed here should be viewed as a “package” – the “all-or-nothing” approach would doom the enterprise from the start, just as the “single undertaking” proved to be a fatal flaw in the original Doha Declaration. However, to reap a decent harvest from progress made in the Doha Round, WTO members should gladly accept the variable architecture outlined here." Report to the ICC Research Fondation, prepared by the Peterson Institute for International Economics

Mostly due to Coronavirus pandemic, the US's life expectancy is plummeting, especially for Blacks and Hispanics.

New federal data draws one of the starkest illustrations to date of how the coronavirus pandemic has disproportionately affected Hispanic and Black Americans, showing that they suffered a far steeper drop in life expectancy in 2020 than white Americans. Overall, life expectancy in the United States fell by a year and a half, a federal report said on Wednesday, a decline largely attributed to the pandemic that has killed more than 600,000 Americans. It was the steepest decline in the United States since World War II. From 2019 to 2020, Hispanic people experienced the greatest drop in life expectancy — three years — and Black Americans saw a decrease of 2.9 years. White people experienced the smallest decline, of 1.2 years. The coronavirus “uncovered the deep racial and ethnic inequities in access to health, and I don’t think that we’ve ever overcome them,” said Dr. Mary T. Bassett, a former New York City health commissioner and professor of health and human rights at Harvard University, who characterized the findings as devastating but unsurprising. “To think that we’ll just bounce back from them seems a bit wishful thinking.” (I think these changes are due to [[GATS]] and are global, as long as it remains on top and it does not expire, we wont have improvements, in fact the "standstill clause" in the Understanding on Commitments in Financial Services makes it likely that gains we accomplished in the 2010s, which were violations of rigid trade rules, so likely will be rolled back. We're supposed to observe a ceiling on our regulatory state- freezing FS regulations , like those on insurance. as of February, 28, 1998.) Unemployment wil get worse too with the privatizing of many public services and the exporting of those jobs overseas, the long delayed "payback for the world trade agenda</i>. We could easily lose 25 percent of our jobs, according to work by Alan Blinder, at Princeton University and a replication study of his work Various free trade think tanks spout rosy predictions of the trillions of dollars saved by privatizing once-public services and lowering over-high wages. They call such job losses "efficiency gains". As they put it, we're "throwing away trillions dollar bills" on the sidewalks, (see paper in link just posted, which is actually not about immigration, its about GATS Mode Four, which is supposed to be "non-immigration" or intra company transfer, or "movement of natural persons" (its official name))They claim that we're paying workers much too much, when we could be making them cmpete against developing countries for the same jobs, here, which is in essence what they want us to so. On a large scale, leading to a loss of as many as a quarter of our jobs. Why we dont just do this, they don't understand. Note how deceptive their propaganda is. They are aghast we're doing what we're doing now, paying the wages we do when they claim we should be spending much less.. .But we have already promised to give up those jobs in the GATS agreement way back in the early 1990s. Its been held up by lengthy negotiations. Instead those jobs have been promised to firms owned by the wealthiest citizens in the Least Developed Countries ,(LDCs) where wages are just a few dollars a day. This desire in high places to privatize most once public service and break every promise in the unwritten social contract this evil we are seeing now is a slap in the face to workers, and a sickness. The GATS and TISA frame of mind have to be jettisoned. See the essay "invisible Hand Failing on a Global Basis" a link to which was just posted.

12-Hour Days, Six Days a Week

The number of college graduates in China rose by 73 percent in the past decade, a stunning achievement for a country that had fewer than 3.5 million university students in 1997. As a result, far more people are competing for a limited pool of white-collar jobs...

North Korea’s forced rural relocation schemes sometimes lead to heartbreak

Officials in the city of Pyongsong recently selected about 150 “volunteers” for relocation to rural areas. There is a stigma attached to rural life in te DPRK because of songbun. Historically, people with low songbun were (or are) not allowed to live in larger towns and must work at menial or dangerous jobs. See Andrei Lankov's list of songbun categories. Songbun is the DPRK's caste system, having low songbun is a bit like being a member of a historically oppressed group or targeted by policy as bad. If there ever is a war, the DPRK may even plan to kill this approximately 1/4 of their population. Everybody who has a relative in the South is automatically put in this "hostile forces" caste. Millions of North Koreans of low songbun literally starved to death in the 1990s because they had low songbun and so the government deprived them of food.

Ny State AG realizes that all sorts of entities are "trying to hack democracy" well, its true and its about time that many realized,the culprits are a global neoliberal cult. But theres a problem, they have already succeeded.

An interesting story was reported on the Crypto-Gram blog Is it now too late to save democracy? ? The Hacking they were describing is nothing new, these fake grassroots groups originated here in the US and "sock puppets" are now one of the main features of the US political system that foreigners often remark about. It seems many think the US system is now completely fake, (I'm among them) both "parties" now are 99% fake. Almost all fake. Fake entities of all kinds .Even the so called good guys are, and in on a huge cover up of the GATS. Thats the worst aspect of this big fake, government having ceded its powers to change the biggest problems to the corporate state, via the WTO. They sure are going to great lengths to deceive we the people into thinking nothing has changed. Even telling us about some of the frauds, sacrificing the more obvious ones to save the others? Corruption is rife. In the highest of places. is this misinformation? Youve been warned by the crooks, to not believe US. The people of America. Who do WE think we are? was trying to sway the so called net neutrality of the US Everything that has something to do with the global coup thats represented by the WTO GATS and the TISA is being hacked by the neoliberal cult. The capture of the world's "unenumerated rights" are all being stolen by the GATS. As well as many enumerated ones. Its surprising that state AG offices have not themselves, like everything else, already been captured. Like the Invasion of the Body Snatchers, under state capture, everything seems in on the global grab. But that may not be true. Maybe there is still some hope. Lets not forget that this is an entity which seemed to have been targeted in the past by the neoliberal cabal - but then again, who knows? I wish I had not become so cynical.