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Wednesday 14th October 2015


Hope you are having a great week!

Apologies for the snafu with viewing the images and links in last week's newsletter. It was a PEBKAC error. You've not heard of a PEBKAC error? Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair.

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Lesson For The Teacher

Grab your tissues, prepare to be moved and hopefully inspired.

The Truth About Cancer
The Truth About Cancer

Go here now and register for this free series. It could arm you with information to save lives!

Fluoride Banned
Fluoride Banned

We should do this here too!

Antarctic Sea Ice Hits 35 Year High
Antarctic Sea Ice Hits 35 Year High

We should focus on genuine threats to the environment, Fukushima, fracking, depleted uranium bombing, the island of plastic in the Pacific, polluted water supplies, geoengineering of the climate with poisonous chemical combinations!


This guy needs to be tried for war crimes.

The Remedy to the Latest Gun Control Hysteria from DC
Gun Control = People Control

As expected, the recent tragedy in Oregon has prompted more hysteria from gun grabbers including Hillary Clinton and President Obama. Their answer to gun violence – as usual – stricter gun “laws.” The response to their efforts, however, is more resistance to such plans on a state and local level.

Newsreader Loses It And Tells The Truth As He Sees It

One For The Books!

Click the Read More button to view the video:

I Never Quit
I Never Quit

Afraid Of The Light
Afraid Of The Light

I Do Not Surrender My Rights!

This is important. Our future freedom from suppressive corporate influence depends in part on this not passing. I signed, I invite you to join me!

12 countries just sealed a secret deal to give corporations vast power over 40% of the world’s economy. But for the Trans-Pacific Partnership to become law, each country has to ratify it. And that's how we stop it.

Here is a link to an ABC article on it:

I just signed a petition to bury the TPP in the Australian Parliament and everywhere else it's up for a vote. Join me here:

NICU Nurse Reunited With EVERY Baby She’s Saved, The Moment Is So Powerful.

Infants that end up in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) fight the biggest uphill battle they will ever face. From the moment they enter this world, they are inundated with medication, isolation and procedures to try and sustain their fragile lives.

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The US Created...
The US Created



There's more than a shred of truth in this...

Alarm Clock
Alarm Clock

Oh what a fiendish present! Now, to whom shall I give one this Christmas...

The White Man in That Photo
The White Man in That Photo

An inspiring read. There are heroes in lots of places.

Follow The Money
Follow The Money

Video: The Massive Nuclear Crisis In The U.S. No One Talks About…

Now semi-decomissioned, radioactive waste continues to leak from its 177 underground tanks containing roughly 55,000,000 gallons of highly radioactive “heavy” water. This is likely the biggest U.S. nuclear crisis you have never heard of.

Admittedly, this Fukushima style facility (of which quite a few exist in the US) has only failed to contain 68 of its 177 tanks. This crisis continues to pollute the Colombia River today, and has gotten worse as whistleblowers continued to be fired.

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Robert Reich: "Wall Street is on the road to another crisis," and the only solution is Glass-Steagall

In a 9 October column on his website entitled "Hillary, Bernie, and the Banks," former Clinton Administration Labor Secretary Robert Reich issues a direct warning that "Wall Street is on the road to another crisis," and that the only solution is resurrecting Glass-Steagall.

Reich starts off by saying that "giant Wall Street banks continue to threaten the wellbeing of millions of Americans." He notes presidential pre-candidate Bernie Sanders' support for Glass-Steagall, Hillary's attempts to deflect the subject, and the Republicans' "don't worry" stance. "Clearly, there is reason to worry," he continues, noting the increase of Wall Street ownership of banking assets to over 45 per cent, and the "hidden federal guarantee" which they are counting on, which he says is worth over "$80 billion a year to the big banks." They expect to be bailed out if there's trouble, and "they'll almost certainly get into trouble again if nothing dramatic is done to stop them."

"Wall Street is on the road to another crisis," and it would "take a huge toll"—on the American people.

He then dissects Hillary's proposals of this week to show that they amount to nothing but an invitation to "more dilution and finagle," à la Dodd-Frank. Conclusion: "The only way to contain the Street's excesses is with reforms so big, bold, and public they can't be watered down—busting up the biggest banks and resurrecting Glass-Steagall."

What is the TPP And Why We Should Be Interested In It?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the so-called “free trade” agreement currently under negotiation between the US, Australia and several other countries. [1] The US hopes to finalize these negotiations by October this year.

The goal of the TPP is to make it easier for big business and international corporations to act across borders without interference from states. The TPP will effectively erode state oversight in favour of corporate freedom in areas such as the environment, workers rights, food safety, internet freedom, the costs of medicine, and financial regulation. tpp

Probably the most dangerous feature of the agreement as it now stands is the introduction of an Investor State Disputes Settlement (ISDS) system, in which foreign corporations are allowed to sue countries in order to protect the profitability of their investments.

The TPP is another step in the direction of total market deregulation in the interests of international big business and is another threat to Australia’s national sovereignty. What is at stake is democratic society’s ability to regulate a market economy in the broad public interest. The TPP would constitute a further shift of power towards corporate rule without the normal means of democratic accountability, such as elections, advocacy and public protest.

Corporations can sue countries in extrajudicial tribunals

The ISDS provisions of the treaty authorize the establishment of supra-national tribunals, which would be independent of any other judicial system, to arbitrate disputes between corporations and states. A leaked text reveals the extreme corporate privilege that these investor-state tribunals constitute. Under the TPP, if a company believes an Australian law endangers its “expected future profits,” it can challenge the government at an investor-state tribunal. This tribunal has the power to overrule Australian laws and levy fines against the Australian state.

The fundamental assumption is that corporations can sue sovereign states, but sovereign states cannot sue corporations operating in their territory. These tribunals are a one-way street.

How do the tribunals work?

Such tribunals already exist as a part of the World Bank and the UN. Normally they consist of three corporate lawyers, unaccountable to any electorate, who rotate between acting as prosecutors (suing governments on behalf of corporations) and judges in other disputes. These tribunals are not bound by precedent and there is no appeal mechanism. When an investor-state tribunal rules in favour of a foreign investor, the government must hand the corporation an amount of taxpayer money decided by the tribunal.

The obvious consequence of the threat of such challenges by corporations is that states will either change or weaken their regulations to avoid the fines, or avoid enacting legislation which might attract a fine in the first place.

Some examples of decisions by these tribunals

Similar tribunals in other parts of the world have already ordered states to pay over $3.5 billion to investing companies under existing U.S. agreements. These include payments over toxic bans, land-use policies, forestry rules, etc. More than $14.7 billion remain in pending claims under U.S. agreements alone. Even when governments win, they often still have to pay for the tribunal’s costs and legal fees, which average $8 million per case. The TPP would expand the scope of policies that could be attacked. For example, the TPP could be used to block the Australian government’s requirement that cigarette companies use plain packaging. If the policy was successfully challenged, Australia would either need to pay “compensation” to the relevant corporations and/or remove the rule altogether.

The TPP is being negotiated in complete secrecy

Why don’t you know anything about the TPP? Because the negotiations are completely secret. It is so secret that even in the US, Members of Congress, state governors, the press, and the public are not allowed to see drafts of the agreement. At the same time there are over 600 business representatives serving as official U.S. trade advisors who have full access to an array of draft texts and play an inside role in the process. In Australia, a few people involved in the negotiations know the details, but they are not allowed to reveal them to Parliament, let alone the Australian public. The strategy is to minimize informed political and public debate until a deal is signed, and at this point any alterations become impossible.

Should Australians worry about the TPP?

Some might say that we in Australia have nothing to fear from the TPP. An article written last year stated that “the Australian Labor Government has made it clear that it does not support the inclusion of ISDS clauses despite immense pressure from corporations and the U.S. government.” As recently as 15 July this year, it was announced that the “new Trade Minister Richard Marles has confirmed Australia will not sign the agreement if it includes a so-called Investor State Disputes Settlement clause.” Without the ISDS clauses, it would seem there is no possibility that foreign corporations could appeal to investor-state tribunals to challenge our laws and policies. Still, there are two reasons why it is still necessary to raise the alarm now about the TPP negotiations:

1. The Liberals/Nationals would “consider” the inclusion of ISDS tribunals Though the minority Labor government looks likely to reject the ISDS clauses, the Opposition who may win the next election, is ambivalent. The shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Julie Bishop, has stated they “would be prepared to consider” ISDS clauses in the TPP negotiations. The Liberal/National Coalition are generally hostile to regulation and in favour of big business and the so-called “free market”. They would likely be happy to empower these tribunals, as a means of permanently blocking government from making rules which might limit the profits of foreign and domestic corporations in the future. The TPP negotiations are already well advanced, and it would be easy for the Coalition, should they win the election, to quickly approve the TPP, including investor-state tribunals, before anyone realized what was happening.

2. The TPP represents part of an ongoing global push towards ever greater unaccountable corporate control The TPP negotiations between Australia and the US must be seen in a global context. Not only are there many other South East Asian and Latin American countries involved, but there are similar moves in other parts of the world. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has already been in place for 20 years. The Transatlantic Free Trade Area (TAFTA) between the US and the European Union (also known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) is currently under negotiation. This is also being negotiated secretly. Negotiations are also currently taking place for an EU-India Free Trade Agreement along similar lines, where “democracy is being sidelined for the blind pursuit of an unaccountable corporate-driven agenda.”

Investor tribunals are the new method for extending corporate control

At the recent World Economic Forum, the EU pushed for measures to protect investors with international investment agreements involving investor-state tribunals, but several Latin American countries protested. They have had many bad experiences with these tribunals which are used to protect the profits of foreign corporations: “Latin American countries have been taken to international courts at least 153 times, 34% of the total number of known cases.” There has also been a huge increase in such litigation. Until 1991 there were only 24 recorded cases of investor-state disputes, but in 2011 there were 450 known cases. In other words, investor-state tribunals are becoming the weapon of choice for corporations to avoid regulation in the countries where they operate, and their use is increasing year by year.

Some examples from Latin America: “In 2009, the government of Uruguay, following recommendations from the World Health Organization, increased the size of health warnings on cigarettes packages. A year later, it was sued for US$2 billion by tobacco giant Philip Morris which claimed Uruguay had expropriated its trademark. Back in 2000, when Argentina was in a deep economic crisis, the government eased people’s hardship by freezing electricity and water tariffs. It has since been battling over 40 lawsuits demanding multi-million dollar compensations. After an Ecuadorian court ordered Chevron to pay US$18 billion in damages and clean up for oil-drilling-related contamination in the Amazonian rainforest, Chevron counter-sued Ecuador arguing that the government breached its investment treaty with the US by allowing the legal case to continue.”

Will Australia stand up and say no?

Since there is a worldwide push for investor-state tribunals to protect the profits of foreign corporations, it is difficult to imagine politicians in Australia standing in the way of such powerful pressure from overseas investors. As we can see in foreign and domestic policy, the current leaders in Australia believe our future lies with the US, the EU, and their policies. It is here, as in other areas, that the WikiLeaks Party can make a real difference. The WikiLeaks Party will break open the secrecy surrounding these negotiations, and will not be afraid to stand up for Australian self-determination. By doing so, the WikiLeaks Party will defend the interests of Australian small business, which is everywhere being squeezed by the leviathans of international big business.

[1] The twelve nations currently negotiating the TPP are the US, Japan, Australia, Peru, Malaysia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Chile, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, and Brunei Darussalam. It also looks like Japan will join the negotiations as well.


Until next time,
dream big dreams,
plan out how to achieve them,
be continually executing your plans,
enlist people to your causes,
travel and/or read widely, preferably both,
all the while observing what you observe
rather than thinking what you are told to think,
think well of your fellow man,
take time to help your fellow man,
he sorely needs it and it will help you too,
eat food that is good for your body,
exercise your body,
take time to destress,
and do the important things
that make a difference -
they are rarely the urgent ones!



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