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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 https://reddit.com/r/MKaTH While that's currently private, please message the mods (that's me)

Oh: and Reddit oppose TPP.



https://publicpolicy.googleblog.com/2016/06/the-trans-pacific-partnership-step.html
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+Daniel Estrada NB, you're un-shadowbanned :)

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All's not well in antidemocratic, inequality-boosting, Google-backed secret treaty land

+Rick Falkvinge​ weighs in:

[T]he Europe-facing TTIP is facing serious question marks.

And even though the TPP can theoretically live its own life, it’s really intended to be used together with TTIP. Just like ACTA was intended to be pretty much a global treaty… well, or at least a global economic bullying of China.

From the UK, we hear politicans making careful statements that the TTIP “may need another year or two”. This is bureaucratspeak for the agreement being very much not in agreement at all....

Protests, as with previous treaties, help.

h/t +John Arrington Woodward
https://plus.google.com/+JohnArringtonWoodward/posts/C7m1wr1WXsJ


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 https://reddit.com/r/MKaTH While that's currently private, please message the mods (that's me)

Oh: and Reddit oppose TPP.
The two protectionist agreements masquerading as free trade agreements, TPP and TTIP, appear to be meeting serious resistance – TTIP in particular. This makes the entire coup attempt unlikely to succeed. As detailed in the book Information Feudalism: Who owns … Continue reading
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I've heard it say that politicians in the US and EU are prepared to drop TTIP because CETA will pass, and thus all the clauses will be in full effect because we didn't block CETA. All the global players will also have representation in Canada and thus having a watered down TTIP is actually counter-productive as far as they are concerned. They can get everything they wanted from CETA.

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

As I commented earlier on +Rachel Blum​'s reshare of a Google recruting message from +Lea Kissner​: what a company does is highly relevant to its stakeholders: stockholders, executives, customers, users, community, business partners, vendors. And employees.

The TPP, and the set of so-called "free trade agreements" (FTAs) it's associated with, TTIP, TISA, and BITS, are bad. They're undemocratic. They bypass the domestic legislative practice. They're mislabled stealth power grabs. They create new classes of priveleged and oppressed parties, or rather, use existing class structures to further lock in the gains of the uber-rich, such as Google's founders, board, and investors, against those who have far less. Including some of Google's own employees, but more particularly, billions of people throughout the world.

Don't take my word for it. Space alien cats in masks cannot be trusted.

Nobel laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz has been speaking out against these agreements for years. I've been posting and transcribing several of his talks and lectures.

The EFF have strongly opposed TPP, and have one of the best basic resources for understanding it: https://eff.org/notpp

(And yes, the EFF and Google are often in agreement, the conflict here is quite notable.)

Over 300 environmental organisations, including the Sierra Club and Bill McKibben's 350.org, oppose the TPP.

If you're an American and are looking to vote in the upcoming Presidential election, the presumptive candidates from both parties, and alternates, oppose TPP. Hillary Clinton, after having been in favour, opposes. Donald Trump, in a rare moment of agreement, opposes. Bernie Sanders has long opposed this and similar trade pacts.

If you're working for Google, or thinking of working for Google, consider the moral implications of what you are doing. Ask why it is that Google supports and is a member of groups pushing massive disinformation campaigns against CO2 emissions and global warming, including the CATO Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the Mercatus Center, and the US Chamber of Commerce.

Ask if Google pays its dues to the National Taxpayers Union, or if it twists itself in ocean-spanning complex structured knots to avoid doing so, as it does its state and federal tax obligations to California and the United States. Transfers of wealth of billions of dollars straight from ordinary taxpayers to the pockets of Google's major investors. Including +Larry Page​, +Sergey Brin​, and +Eric Schmidt​.

If you are using Google products and services, or most of all, are buying advertising from them, announce a contingent intent to discontinue patronage based on Google's support of TPP. Google lives and breathes on advertising. Contact Google's major advertisers, and request they do the same. I've listed those and their budgets here:
https://plus.google.com/104092656004159577193/posts/WSSX6zBTv2F

And remember that the ultimate power is to walk away, or to use the machine against itself. I've chosen both those paths myself.

And most of all: grow up and take responsibility for what's done in your name and with your support.

As +rare avis said of the linked article, it's profoundly bad:

This is an awful, apologist's excuse for an essay.

As an adult, you're responsible for your decisions and your associations, period.

You don't get to say, "I work for so and so because I have to live there. " or, "Because they have the best 401k."

Or, "My lab's decision to vivisect dogs wasn't vengeance based."

That's like saying, "I was just following orders."



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 https://reddit.com/r/MKaTH While that's currently private, please message the mods (that's me)

Oh: and Reddit oppose TPP.


h/t +rare avis​ and +Sakari Maaranen
https://plus.google.com/118385926946759826789/posts/aWQqCkhdYk2
https://plus.google.com/+SakariMaaranen/posts/E5Bcd5jZsHL


https://plus.google.com/104092656004159577193/posts/8seyBZcCEoJ
It can be uncomfortable to work for a company or institution with a bad reputation, but is it the wrong choice?
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Link above sums up counter argument, north America is in competition with China, businesses feel they can profit from investments in TPP partner countries.

Are you against specific TPP provisions, or against international trade?

There was much NAFTA debate, in hindsight it doesn't appear either side of debate won, there hasn't been enough economic benefit to Mexico to stop immigration.

I think one thing clear, without protections, big businesses will limit their investments in unstable countries. If you are just against big business in general, then I guess you are against TPP, whether the it could help a struggling member or not.

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Popular Resistance has a Ton-o-links on what's happening in the fight against the TPP.

PopularResistance.org seeks to aid in bringing movements for peace, justice, economic fairness and environmental protection together into an independent, nonviolent and diverse movement that can end the power of concentrated wealth, shift power to the people and put human needs before corporate greed.


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 https://reddit.com/r/MKaTH While that's currently private, please message the mods (that's me)

Oh: and Reddit oppose TPP.


https://www.popularresistance.org/tag/tpp/
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Google's anti-democratic trade pact may die: "Time is running out on TPP: Despite the strategic imperative of ratifying the trade pact, it appears that deal's approval is hanging by a thread."

Despite the TPP's significance, and its notional support from the Republican-led Congress, the pact is now caught up in heated electoral politics with both nominees - Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump - indicating their disapproval of the agreement.

On the Republican side, this has resulted in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan maintaining a non-committal approach to TPP ratification.

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/06/time-running-tpp-160613091202942.html


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 https://reddit.com/r/MKaTH While that's currently private, please message the mods (that's me)

Oh: and Reddit oppose TPP.

Despite the strategic imperative of ratifying the trade pact, it appears that deal's approval is hanging by a thread.
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Canadian trade policy expert calls TPP a "threat to democracy"

Gus Van Harten is a law professor at York University's Osgoode Hall and a well-respected expert on trade law; he's published a damning report on the Trans Pacific Partnership deal.

He writes:

The TPP would take us in the wrong direction and be very difficult to reverse. It would expand the transfer of power to ISDS arbitrators from legislatures, governments, and courts. The arbitrators would not be accountable like a legislature. They would not be capable of regulating like a government. They would not be independent or fair like a court.

At the core of the TPP's threat to democracy and regulation is the uncertain and potentially huge price tag that its ISDS process would put on any law or regulation that is opposed by a large multinational company or a billionaire investor. The problem is not that foreign investors would be too big to fail; it is that the TPP would make the biggest and richest ones too risky to regulate.

The TPP was an opportunity for countries to step back from and reform the flawed system of foreign investor rights and ISDS. Instead, the TPP would expand the system massively. That decision is reason enough to reject the TPP in order to protect the established institutions of democracy, sovereignty, and the rule of law in TPP countries.

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 https://reddit.com/r/MKaTH While that's currently private, please message the mods (that's me)

Oh: and Reddit oppose TPP.


https://boingboing.net/2016/06/16/canadian-trade-policy-expert-c.html
Canadian trade policy expert calls TPP a "threat to democracy"
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We Interrupt the Brexit Panic to Remind You of Google's Support of the Anti-democratic, Anti-equality, Corporotocracy-Promoting TPP
 
Quotes concerning the TTIP and TTP agreemeents (emphasis mine):

“The TPP is little more than enhanced corporation power branded as free trade. It gives corporations the right to challenge government regulations and seek compensation if they think they’ve been treated unfairly by any of the 12 Pacific Rim nations in the deal.” - NYTImes

“...The accord would grant the power to global corporations to sue governments in tribunals organized by the World Bank or the United Nations to obtain taxpayer compensation for loss of expected future profits due to government actions.” from the TTP document's "investment chapter" as exposed by Wikileaks

I imagine +Edward Morbius can shed even more light on this "one world corporatocracy" agreement.

Welcome to the REAL New World Order.
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That would be too good a side-effect to hope for, +Chris Merle.

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Nobel Economist Joseph Stigliz against the TPP

If you prefer your information detailed and informed rather than infographical, I strongly recommend this hour-long presentation. Stiglitz notes that this is life-and-death, it's not a matter only of economic variables, but lives in the balance. And much of the so-called trade act doesn't concern trade but property law -- and why would a country revise its property laws through international negotiations? Heck, what's wrong with them in the first place?



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'll be organising future public discussion at https://mkath.reddit.com/, please message the mods (that's me) to register.

(Yes, that's private for now, it'll be public, we're getting things set up.)
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Google-backed, anti-democratic, inequality-promoting TPP to hurt American middle-class

Expanded trade, particularly with trading partners that are poorer and more labor-abundant than the United States, is likely to lower the wages of most American workers. While expanded trade is generally “win-win” at the country level, expanded trade redistributes so much income within countries that it’s possible to make the majority of residents worse off—and this is indeed the likeliest scenario for the United States.


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 https://reddit.com/r/MKaTH While that's currently private, please message the mods (that's me)

Oh: and Reddit oppose TPP.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership will likely constitute one more step toward using commercial agreements to maximize three things: (1) the damage done through global integration to the wages of most American workers; (2) the rents earned by those holding a monopoly on intellectual property claims; and (3) the influence that the preferences of global economic elites have on the policymaking of American trading partners.
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+Jen Yoeng Business interests and campaign money.

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Google's biggest vulnerability is its advertising revenue. These are its advertisers

Rank Advertiser Spend ($millions)
1 Amazon $157.7
2 Priceline Group $82.3
3 AT&T $81.9
4 Expedia $71.6
5 Microsoft Corp. $67.1
6 Experian $61.7
7 Walmart Stores $59.7
8 Sears Holdings Corp. $59.2
9 IAC1 $53.9
10 Apollo Education Group University of Phoenix $53.5
11 Bankrate $51.9
12 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles $47.5
13 Berkshire Hathaway $45.7
14 Comcast Corp. $45.2
15 Home Depot $40.2
16 Blucora $39.1
17 Verizon Communications $38.4
18 Best Buy $38.0
19 Yahoo $36.2
20 Target Corp. $35.8
21 Bank of America Corp. $35.8
22 General Motors Co. $35.5
23 Macy's $35.1
24 Allstate Corp. $35.0
25 State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance Co. $33.3


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.

I'll be continuing public discussion at https://www.reddit.com/r/MKaTH

(That's getting organised now, message the mods (that's me) for admission.)
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The TPP In Images

Anyone familiar with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) may find that it can be challenging to explain to others, in simple terms, how it threatens our rights online and over our digital devices. We often begin by describing the secretive, corporate-captured process of the negotiations that ultimately led to the final deal, then go into some of the specific policies—including its ban on circumventing digital locks (aka Digital Rights Management or DRM), its copyright term extensions that will lengthen restrictions on creative works by 20 years, and its inclusion of "investor-state" rules that could empower multinational corporations to undermine new user protections in the TPP countries.

But sometimes it's easier and more effective to spread the word about a complicated issue with imagery. That's why we created this new infographic that highlights just three of the most problematic aspects of TPP. We hope this will help users, advocates, and innovators from around the world spread the word about how this agreement will impact them and their societies.

If you scroll down to the bottom, you can download these images as PNG files or as a single PDF file. In line with EFF's standard copyright policy, this infographic is licensed under CC-BY 3.0—so feel free to share and remix, as long as you provide attribution to the EFF.

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/02/new-infographic-tpp-and-your-digital-rights



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'll be organising future public discussion at https://mkath.reddit.com/, please message the mods (that's me) to register.

(Yes, that's private for now, it'll be public, we're getting things set up.)
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Google Faces Backlash After it Throws Support Behind TPP Agreement

Critics call the TPP “NAFTA on steroids” and say the agreement could force sites to remove content that allegedly infringes on copyright without a court order, punish internet users who share copyrighted material, and put restrictive limits on “Fair Use”.

“So, the ‘don’t be evil’ era at Google is officially over? I am extremely disappointed that Google would take this stance,” said an anonymous user in the top comment on Google’s blog post outlining its stance, referencing a slogan that Google used to include in its Code of Conduct.


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 https://reddit.com/r/MKaTH While that's currently private, please message the mods (that's me)

Oh: and Reddit oppose TPP.


http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/google-faces-backlash-after-it-throws-support-behind-tpp-agreement
Google has thrown its support behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, angering some of its users who oppose the controversial trade agreement. Read More
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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 (dredmorbius@gmail.com) 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:  http://reddit.com/u/dredmorbius  

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:  http://dredmorbius.dreamwidth.org/ (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 (dredmorbius@gmail.com).
I may respond to one or the other of those.
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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.

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"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."  
 - Cardinal Richelieu (a/k/a  Armand Jean du Plessis, Cardinal-Duc de Richelieu et de Fronsac)

E pluribus unum

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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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I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be;
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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