If you have been following our collapsing economy this will not come as shock at all. As matter of fact you might, as I have, find a little peace in all of it. You see, our world is about to change and for those that are prepared, especially spiritually, mentally and physically, you will probably do better than most. The rest of us; well….
Going all the way back to Dec 2014 when Dave Kranzler wrote about the repo collapse – and I would argue gas was thrown on the fire when the Austrian, HETA bank rolled over and then financially collapsed two banks in Germany. As David Haggith recently described it – it’s like a train wreck – the locomotive left the tracks a long time ago and it takes time for EACH car to reach that point. You can’t see that the locomotive is gone until it is too late. The “cars” are now stacking up and it is very apparent to anyone with eyes our economy is collapsing right now. It is about to go belly up and there isn’t anything anyone can do.
What about Greece, has it recovered, stabilized or improved, even to the slightest degree? What about Europe? What about the collapsing Baltic Dry Index, Shanghai Containerized Freight Index or the fact that some of the “too big to jail” banks have now revised their U.S. Q4 GDP estimates to an astonishing 0.1%. Hello, is there anybody out there?
For those nervous about digital and physical privacy intrusions and the reach of Big-brother type surveillance tactics, things just got a lot worse. President Barack Obama recently signed into law a bill that includes new spying powers and reporting powers for government, corporations, and private citizens willing to spy on others.
John Knefel for Inverse.com reported that the massive spending bill included new spying powers for the government and corporations. Attached to the must-pass budget legislation was the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), which allows tech companies to pass user information to the federal government under the guise of preventing cyber attacks.
Critics say the law won t do anything to secure vulnerable networks, but will drastically expand the government s surveillance powers. For one, CISA gives seven agencies including the NSA broad access to personal information collected by online companies without requiring a warrant.
Evan Greer, Fight for the Future s campaign director, refers to CISA as "the new Patriot Act," and "a bill that was born out of a climate of fear and passed quickly and quietly using a broken and nontransparent process."
According to Knefel, Facewatch takes an old idea neighborhood watch programs and combines it with the most powerful surveillance technology ever created. The company s website makes clear that its roughly 10,000 clients work closely with police and prosecutors in investigating and preventing crime.
Several privacy advocates have reportedly said that creating open-source license plate databases is currently perfectly legal. Concerns abound, though. One such worry is that it s just a matter of time until a license plate reader data blackmail-style website appears.
Also disturbing is the apparent scarcity of due-process protections outside of court systems, and the lack of recourse for people who are unknowingly or wrongly placed into surveillance watchlists. Virtually everyone is 'game' - a legitimate target, whether clean or criminal.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a controversial trade agreement that the Obama administration spent years negotiating in secret, is “worse than we expected,” public interest lawyer and activist Kevin Zeese told Sputnik Radio.
The TPP is a wide-ranging economic agreement between 12 countries in the Asia-Pacific region and the Pacific coasts of the Americas primarily aimed at deregulating trade. In October, the parties reached an agreement on the wording and subject matter of the TPP. The details of the controversial trade deal were then revealed to the public, after almost seven years of negotiations.
"The sad reality is it's worse than we expected. Seeing it all, we see it's … essentially a global corporate coup where corporations become more powerful than governments," Zeese told Sputnik Radio's "Loud & Clear."
Negotiators spent years working behind closed doors to create the 6,000-page agreement that, according to Zeese, covers "all aspects of our lives."
More than 500 corporate representatives monitored and edited the agreement for US trade representatives. US lawmakers, Zeese said, had to go through “a lot of hoops” to view the details. Even then, legislators were prohibited from making any recording or copy of the agreement and could not discuss it with their staff, let alone their constituents.
"So it was kept secret because [negotiators] know that as people see what’s in this agreement, it loses support," he said.
The Obama administration claimed the TPP will create hundreds of thousands of American jobs. However, the administration abandoned that claim after it was discredited by the Washington Post, Zeese said.
In reality, the TPP will benefit the 'trans-national corporate powers" in the United States, Zeese said. While in poorer countries, the agreement will serve "people in charge of those governments, usually oligarchs who in various ways run the governments."
Obama and the heads of other nations party to the TPP will formally sign the agreement on February 4 in New Zealand. After that, the president can send it to Congress at his leisure. Each nation state that is party to the deal must ratify the agreement within its own government before the hotly debated treaty can come into effect.
Obama called the TPP his top legislative priority of 2016. But, because of how difficult it is now to pass controversial legislation, Zeese said, the president may wait until after the November election to send it to Congress for a vote.
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