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The point of TPP is to boost US exports. That's why PBO is behind it.

Exporting what, you ask? Well, how about "flexible computer chips that can be woven into everything from the gears in a helicopter to the fabric in your shirt"? It's probably true that we stopped making TVs in the US a while back, but that train left the station long before Obama entered the picture. So here's his TPP agenda in a nutshell, from a speech last December 11:

Our businesses have added almost 11 million jobs over the past 57 months. This year our economy has already created more jobs in any year since the 1990s, with still a month to go. All told, since 2010, we've created more jobs here in the United States than Japan, Europe, and all advanced nations combined.

And one of the reasons that we've been able to create so many jobs here in the United States is because our exports have been strong. Last year our businesses sold a record $2.3 trillion of Made in America goods and services. And these exports support more than 11 million American jobs -- typically, by the way, jobs that pay higher wages.

{snip}

I've said before I will go anywhere around the world to go to bat for American companies and American workers. We're going to keep on pushing trade agreements that benefit American companies and American workers and ensure that we've got a fair and even playing field, particularly in the fastest-growing markets.

{snip}

We're also announcing -- because manufacturing has been a real bright spot in our growing economy -- some additional measures to boost manufacturing here in the United States so we can sell more manufacturing goods overseas. We're announcing today more than $290 million in new investments to launch two additional high-tech manufacturing hubs. One is going to be focusing on flexible computer chips that can be woven into everything from the gears in a helicopter to the fabric in your shirt. Another is going to focus on advance sensors that can dramatically cut energy costs for our factories.

So far, we have launched eight of these hubs, and we intend to get 16 done, so we're more than half of the way there. And they’re helping us to compete for the next generation of manufacturing.


Read more: http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/st/english/texttrans/2014/12/20141211311946.html#ixzz3QMeoR4Ur


So if we're going to complain that Obama hasn't created enough good jobs, he's still creating them, and TPP is part of the mix.

[French PM Manual] Valls vows to tackle French ‘apartheid’ after Charlie Hebdo killings

Source: RFI



Article published the Wednesday 21 January 2015

In the wake of this month’s Charlie Hebdo attacks, France's Prime Minister Manual Valls told journalists on Tuesday that a form of apartheid exists in France. While some on the right judged Valls’s words “excessive”, politicians of right and left agreed that the government must build “social cohesion”.

“A territorial, social and ethnic apartheid has imposed itself on our country,” Valls told the press. “Social misery is coupled with the everyday discrimination over not having the right family name, skin colour or gender. This is not a question of making excuses - we have to face the reality of our country today."

Valls pledged to fight inequality in deprived areas on the outskirts of French cities, where there is often mass unemployment and a sense of exclusion from French social life.

Without referring specifically to this month's attacks by French-born Islamists in Paris, Valls said more needed to be done to ensure people from these areas felt like part of the nation.

“Every day we have to fight the terrible feeling that there are second-class citizens or some voices matter more than others,” he said.

Read more: http://www.english.rfi.fr/france/20150121-valls-vows-tackle-french-apartheid-after-charlie-hebdo-killings



This is about a speech on Tuesday, but he's giving a long speech right with lots of details. Lots of euros for security forces etc. Hate to say it but it sounds like a French Patriot Act.

A US State Dep't site search returns 790 texts and transcripts using "Trans-Pacific Partnership,"

the latest from Dec. 18 2014:



See for yourself: http://search.state.gov/search?oe=UTF-8&ie=utf8&output=xml_no_dtd&filter=0&getfields=%2A&lr=lang_en&client=emb_en_iipdigital&proxystylesheet=emb_en_iipdigital&site=emb_iip_en&q=Trans-Pacific+Partnership&ulang=en&ip=68.177.49.70&access=p&entqr=3&entqrm=0&entsp=a&wc=200&wc_mc=1&ud=1&sort=date%3AD%3AS%3Ad1#axzz3NiiqQ5DV

One of these is a detailed "USTR Fact Sheet on Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Outline" that has been available online, in three languages, since Nov. 13, 2011:

http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/st/english/texttrans/2011/11/20111113202959su0.4597829.html#axzz3Nij1eFRg

Can someone please explain what it is we're not being told about TPP, and why Liz and Bernie appear to be unaware of the State Department's website?

What is Boxing Day, anyway?

For anyone who has always wondered, I can't vouch for this but it sounds plausible:

Boxing Day takes place on December 26th and is only celebrated in a few countries. It was started in the UK about 800 years ago, during the Middle Ages. It was the day when the alms box, collection boxes for the poor often kept in churches, were traditionally opened so that the contents could be distributed to poor people. Some churches still open these boxes on Boxing Day.

It might have been the Romans that first brought this type of collecting box to the UK, but they used them to collect money for the betting games which they played during their winter celebrations!

In Holland, some collection boxes were made out of a rough pottery called 'earthenware' and were shaped like pigs. Perhaps this is where we get the term 'Piggy Bank'!

The Christmas Carol, Good King Wenceslas, is set on Boxing Day and is about a King in the Middle Ages who brings food to a poor family.

It was also traditional that servants got the day off to celebrate Christmas with their families on Boxing Day. Before World War II, it was common for working people (such as milkmen and butchers) to travel round their delivery places and collect their Christmas box or tip. This tradition has now mostly stopped and any Christmas tips, given to people such as postal workers and newspaper delivery children, are not normally given or collected on Boxing Day.

Boxing Day has now become another public holiday in countries such as the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.


from: http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/boxingday.shtml

So happing Boxing Day to all!



Le Fig: L'attaque au vitriol de François

L'attaque au vitriol de François contre la curie romaine


Le pape François, lundi au Vatican, devant les prélats de la Curie à l'occasion de ses vœux au gouvernement de l'Église.

Par Jean-Marie Guénois - 22/12/2014 à 19:44

« Narcissisme », « cœur dur », perte des « sentiments de Jésus »… La charge est d'une rare violence.

C'est plutôt une douche froide, et non des vœux, que les employés de la curie romaine, tout comme ses plus hauts responsables, ont reçu lundi à Rome de la part du pape François, qui les recevaient pour une traditionnelle cérémonie de fin d'année, toujours marquée jusque-là par un caractère bon enfant.

Avec une voix grave et sur un ton très ferme le Pape a établi, en deux discours différents, un même diagnostic, celui des quinze «maladies» dont souffriraient ses collaborateurs, dont il a voulu établir «un catalogue» très précis qui n'a rien d'un portrait flatteur de la curie romaine.

Première maladie: «se sentir indispensable». C'est du «narcissisme» lance le Pape. Deuxième maladie: «l'activisme». Or, dit François, il y a «un temps pour chaque chose». Troisième problème: «l'empierrement spirituel» de ceux qui ont un «cœur dur». Ils ont perdu «les sentiments de Jésus» et «deviennent incapables d'aimer». Vient ensuite «l'excessive planification», qui fait du pasteur «un comptable» qui ne laisse plus «piloter la liberté de l'Esprit saint». Autre difficulté: «la perte de l'harmonie fonctionnelle: l'orchestre fait alors du bruit» parce qu'il n'est pas en «communion» avec lui-même.

Sixième virus: la «maladie d'Alzheimer spirituelle» qui sévit chez ceux qui ont perdu «la mémoire de leur rencontre avec le Seigneur» et qui se laissent enfermer dans leurs «caprices et manies», devenant des «esclaves de leurs idoles, qu'ils ont sculptées eux-mêmes». Septième maladie: «la rivalité et la vaine gloire» guidée par la recherche des «apparences» et des «honneurs» au prix parfois d'un «faux mysticisme». Autre difficulté: «la schizophrénie existentielle», qui conduit à «une double vie» et une «hypocrisie typique du vide spirituel que des titres académiques ne peuvent cacher». La «conversion est alors urgente» lance François.

Neuvième maladie: «les bavardages, les conciliabules, les cancans». Ce «terrorisme du bavardage» ne s'exprime «jamais en face», mais «toujours dans le dos». Dixième pathologie: celle de «la divinisation des chefs», soit un «carriérisme» et une attitude «mesquine». Autre dénonciation: la «maladie de l'indifférence vis-à-vis des autres». Douzième plaie: «la maladie des têtes d'enterrement», notamment vis-à-vis de ceux que l'on considère avec «arrogance» comme «inférieurs», mais c'est une «sévérité théâtrale» qui a perdu tout «sens de l'humour». Treizième mal: «la maladie de l'accumulation» de biens matériels. Quatorzième étape de ce chemin de croix: «la maladie des cercles fermés». Enfin, dernière maladie, celle «du profit mondain, de l'exhibitionnisme», la «recherche insatiable du pouvoir».

Le Pape a également demandé « d'aller se confesser » avant Noël « avec une âme docile » pour retrouver « la joie »
Mettant ensuite, lors d'une seconde audience, sur le même plan «ceux qui travaillent sans se faire voir» - les «jardiniers, les balayeurs», ils forment une «mosaïque complémentaire» avec ceux qui occupent de hautes fonctions -, le Pape a exigé que tous placent le Christ au centre de leur vie. Il leur a également demandé «d'aller se confesser» avant Noël «avec une âme docile» pour retrouver «la joie».

François a d'ailleurs commencé ce second réquisitoire, implacable, adressé aux employés par un jeu de mot difficile à rendre en français mais qui résumait l'esprit de ses remontrances: «très chers salariés de la curie (dipendenti della Curia, en italien) - et non pas désobéissants de la Curie (non disobbedienti della Curia), comme quelqu'un vous a récemment décrits!»

Méditant sur la notion de «soin», qui consiste à «prodiguer du soin», mais aussi à accepter la nécessité de «se faire soigner», François, à propos de la curie, a pris l'image d'une mère de famille veillant «sur son enfant malade» et qui «ne regarde jamais la montre, ni ne se plaint jamais de ne pas avoir dormi et qui ne désire qu'une chose, c'est de le voir guéri à tout prix».

http://www.lefigaro.fr/actualite-france/2014/12/22/01016-20141222ARTFIG00332-l-attaque-au-vitriol-de-francois-contre-la-curie-romaine.php

Maybe forking over shitloads of cyber intel to China wasn't such a good idea.



Ya think?

How will Democracy Now twist Cuba normalization into something embarrassing?

The possibilities are endless but here are a few:

Bust of José Martí, Cuban poet and patriot



1975 sculpture by Sergio Lopes Mesa in Echo Park between Sunset and the Hollywood freeway.

Classic.

There's a bust of Jose Marti in Echo Park . . .



at least there was last time I drove by!

Historic.

One of the greatest!



Just had to post this, hope you don't mind!
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