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Google's recently announced official support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is wrong and evil

I'll be devoting my future use of G+ exclusively to objecting to this treaty and Google's support of it until such time as Google changes its position. I encourage you to do similarly.

I've also disabled all Circle feeds to my Home stream. I'll not be seeing much of what you post.

I encourage you most strongly to do similarly.

Should the treaty pass, I'll cancel this and other active G+ profiles and wipe content.

I'm also organising an area for intelligent discussion based on an earlier experiment begun here at G+, though at Reddit. The URL is While that's currently private, please message the mods (that's me) for access.

Oh: and Reddit oppose TPP.
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+Julian Bond That Schmidt quote was reported in 2014, so it's old news, but might make for some nice repackaging.

You'know, maybe get Google in the habit of admitting its mistakes.

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Anti-TPP Concert / Rally Schedule

Check for dates and locations near you.

The upcoming concert schedule right now is: August 19 in Seattle, WA; August 20 in Portland, OR; and September 9 in San Francisco, CA.

Google support the TPP. The TPP is evil. Google are Evil.

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By Paola Casale for Economy In Crisis - Not much is known about the Trade in Services Agreement, otherwise known as TISA. However the little that has been made public, or the little that has been l...
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Governments must really come to understand that trade agreements need to be created with public input, not in back offices. If the deal is good most of the citizens will support it. If a deal is bad they will not and that will become a problem for many years to come.

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This Friday, hip-hop musician Talib Kweli, actor Evangeline Lilly, punk-rock band Anti-Flag, comedian Hari Kondabolu and others will perform as part of “Rock Against the TPP” at Showbox SoDo to protest the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a Pacific Rim trade agreement that has been in the works for years but hasn’t been ratified by all the countries involved — including the U.S.

(The show's already been, but the tour continues, look out for it.)

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Don’t know much about the proposed 12-nation trade agreement, known as the TPP? A group of musicians, comedians and actors wants to put it on your radar.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has all but ruled out the possibility of Congress voting on the Trans-Pacific Partnership this year.

If even that asshat can see the writing on the wall, why can't Google? Google are Evil.
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Even as the candidate that President Obama is supporting, Hillary Clinton, has been increasingly insisting that she really (no, really) is against the TPP (despite being for it prior to this campaign) -- and even as Donald Trump has been vehemently against it, despite trade agreements usually getting strong support from the GOP -- President Obama is making a big push to get the TPP ratified by Congress. It needs a majority vote in both houses of Congress to be ratified in the US. Last week, we noted the weird situation where everyone's position on the agreement appeared to be wishy-washy, though mostly for all the wrong reasons.
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With both US Presidential candidates – the Democratic Party’s Hilary Clinton the Republican Party’s Donald Trump – firming in their opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, President Obama is readying for one last attempt to get the TPP passed through Congress during the ‘lame duck’ session after November’s Presidential Election, organising 30 events over the Congressional recess to garner support for the deal.

Google are Evil.
By Leith van Onselen. With both US Presidential candidates – the Democratic Party's Hilary Clinton the Republican Party's Donald Trump – firming in their opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, President Obama is readying for one last attempt to get the TPP passed ...

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TPP has 29 chapters, only 5 of which deal with trade issues, so what do the other chapters deal with and why the secrecy? Former Obama trade advisor Ron Kirk opposed making the text of TPP public because doing so would raise such public opposition that getting it signed would be impossible— so much for living in a democracy.

(This is a June, 2015 article. The TPP text has since been made public, but the point stands.)
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+Dran Fren Contents still matter as well.

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What do Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) have in common? Both stand staunchly against TPP, the worst trade agreement ever.
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Why is Obama willing to risk so much to get the TPP passed this year? Many press reports insist that it is because he wants it for his legacy. It is strange to think that he would want such an unpopular agreement for his legacy. There are less flattering reasons that seem much more plausible.

Most of [the lame-duck legislators Obama hopes will support the TPP] will be looking for a job, preferably one that can pay them more than $1 million a year. From the data provided by, we can estimate that about a quarter of these people will become lobbyists. (An additional number will work for firms that are clients of lobbyists).

So there you have it: It is all about corruption, and this is about as unadulterated as corruption gets in our hallowed democracy

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OPINION | How much is Obama willing to harm his party in order to pass the TPP?

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Obama has to consider what his campaign to pass the TPP will do to the Democratic Party—or at least he should. On the other side, he has most likely gotten the message that a failure to go all-out for the TPP would cause some big money to shift from the Democratic Party to the Republicans. The most powerful corporations in the country, as well as many actors in the "national security state," want this agreement very badly. It is a coalition of everybody who is anybody.

Except for the people.
As the White House prepares for its final "all-out push" to pass the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) during the upcoming lame-duck session of Congress, lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle are being made vulnerable due to growing opposition to the controversial, corporate-friendly trade deal.

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The TPP threatens our jobs, our communities, and our climate, and it must be stopped

Obama's renewed support? The Sierra Club say it's just for show.

Wish I could say the same for Google's support. Google are Evil.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, in an attempt to get a controversial trade deal passed during the lame duck session of this administration, the White House submitted its draft Statement of Administration Action on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, alerting Congress that it will send a bill to implement the increasingly unpopular trade deal that has been opposed by environmental organizations, labor unions, both major party Presidential c...
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I'm strongly reconsidering participation in G+ following the YouTube Anschluss, November 2013.  Content subject to deletion at any time.

Comments privileges on my posts are limited.  Email me if you cannot comment and would like to be added.

Google have time and again violated several key principles:

Respect.  Of my time, my attention, my expressly stated desires, and most of all, my intelligence by repeating these and other insults time and again.

Trust. I will share very limited slices of me online.  Time and again Google reached for more, and time and again I had to push back.  This last violation (which, had I not already gone fully pseudonymous would have fully outed me as it did others) was one step too far.  I extend trust once, not twice.

Privacy.  This is the immediate concern here, and I've tried to create a walled space within which I can act.  I no longer feel safe to act there.

This incident again has made painfully clear that Google don't understand the fundamental nature of privacy, of social norms, and of spaces.  Of the desire for individuals to keep different aspects of their life and online activity, even within a single pseudonymous identity, separate.  Yes, there are some smart people at the Plex, but socially, you're collectively beyond retarded.  And I no longer care.

I'm actively looking for alternative platforms to use.  
For the time being I'm retaining the Gmail account associated with this ID ( though I'll be migrating that as well (and am accepting recommendations).  Correspondents are strongly encouraged to use my GPG key:  C210 9883 FFB4 3AC1 DEBF  9A2C AC6F 1E84 420A B7BD

I may be found:

As "dredmoribus" on Reddit:  

Primary content and engagement on "the dreddit", a/k/a Dr. Edward Morbius's lair of the Id.

On the subreddit   My primary publishing point for now.

Blogging on DreamWidth: (presently inactive)

All of which is subject to change, of course (though Reddit's likely to be a good contact).

RSS/Atom feeds for the above are:
Feel free to drop those in your newsreader of choice.  It's a bit clunky, but notably less so than G+ itself is.

I do plan on leaving a tombstone account on G+ with forwarding information and last details, though I'll be removing most or all of my content eventually.

G+ was to an extent an experiment to see if I could participate on terms I was comfortable with in a large commercial social networking space.  The answer to that question has been found, and it is "no".

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I don't do IM / Google Chat / Hangouts.
They're horribly intrusive and annoying.

I've blocked them in the G+ UI.  I don't check them. 
I've disabled all access / invite privileges.  
I'm not ignoring you, I simply don't see you.

If you want to reach me directly, either send a private G+ post, or email me (
I may respond to one or the other of those.

I thought I had a comments moderation policy here.  Apparently I don't.  Apologies for the oversight.

 See my /r/dredmorbius subreddit policy for the general parameters.

In particular, if you're requested to provide references, or context for naked links (particularly multimedia Audio / Video), do so.

I don't mind opposing viewpoints.  Viewpoints must be substantiated on request.  Failure to substantiate, or engaging in disruptive tactics, is grounds for deletion and/or banning.

The arbitration policy for moderation disputes is:  Moderation battles are short and boring: the moderator wins.


"If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged."  
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Nature abhors a maximum.
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"Pseudonyms and anonymity are also an established part of many cultures -- for  good reason."
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Am an attendant lord, one that will do
To swell a progress, start a scene or two,
Advise the prince; no doubt, an easy tool,
Deferential, glad to be of use.

Somewhere, there are two kids in a garage building a company whose motto will be "Don't be Google".
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