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Who’s Tripping up the Designs of the Global Corporatocracy?

Resistance comes not only from certain quarters of the largely disenfranchised public but also from the least likely national governments. By Don Quijones, freelance writer, translator in Barcelona, Spain. Editor at WOLF STREET. Mexico is his country-in-law.  Raging Bull-Shit is his modest attempt to scrub away the lathers of soft soap peddled by political and business leaders and their loyal mainstream media. This article is a Wolf Street exclusive. In Europe, opposition to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Treaty is rising. The primary cause of concern, both among the general public and certain national governments, is the proposed inclusion of the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). As I previously reported, this rather innocuous-sounding provision is what gives… Read More

Why Are Cell Phone Towers Going Up on Public Schools All over the Country?

Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton, Truthstream “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.” – Former CIA Director William Casey This is a follow up to our last report based on a tip sent to us by a viewer who wanted to know how it was okay that the largest elementary school in Dallas put up a giant cell phone tower right on the basketball court next to the playground. After we released the video, lots of people sent us tips from one side of the nation to the other. These cell towers are being placed on school property — next to even preschool playgrounds… Read More

Why Is Chevron Trying to Buy the Government of This Northern California City?

In August 2012, a rusted pipe inside a massive Chevron refinery in Richmond, California caused an explosion and fire that spewed toxic chemicals into the air, sending 15,000 people to the hospital for treatment. Since then, the city of Richmond has been eager to impose new safety regulations on Chevron. A year after the fire, it filed a lawsuit against the company, citing its record of safety violations and disregard for public welfare going back to 1989. Chevron’s response? As Rachel Maddow reported, they’re trying to buy the city government of Richmond. Fortunately, as Maddow points out, California requires all spending to be identified, so you can follow the trail of ads, billboards and mailers with the tag… Read More

Our Hidden History of Corporations in the United States

When American colonists declared independence from England in 1776, they also freed themselves from control by English corporations that extracted their wealth and dominated trade. After fighting a revolution to end this exploitation, our country’s founders retained a healthy fear of corporate power and wisely limited corporations exclusively to a business role. Corporations were forbidden from attempting to influence elections, public policy, and other realms of civic society. Initially, the privilege of incorporation was granted selectively to enable activities that benefited the public, such as construction of roads or canals. Enabling shareholders to profit was seen as a means to that end. The states also imposed conditions (some of which remain… Read More

‘Walmart Just Proved They Are On The Side of Police Brutality’

Today marked the second National Day of Protest For John Crawford. Over a dozen cities all over the United States turned out to protest in front of their local Walmart stores, in support of the young man who was gunned down by police after he took a toy BB gun off of a Walmart shelf. Many who did not attend the protests have asked or wondered “why are you doing these protests at Walmart?” “After all,” they say, “it wasn’t Walmart’s fault that the Beavercreek police killed John Crawford.” Yes and no. Protesters associated with the #Action4JohnCrawford protests say that Walmart store security has colluded with the Beavercreek police from day… Read More

Why the Ownership of Personal Data in the Hands of a Few Should Worry Us

We need a better understanding of how our data is being used already and how it is likely to be used in the future. The Bank of St George, founded in 1407 in the Italian Republic of Genova, is one of the world’s oldest banks. It was so powerful that it governed many of Genova’s possessions on the republic’s behalf. This power was based on accumulated capital. The power of accumulated capital can still dominate international affairs, but a new form of power is also emerging, that of accumulated data through loyalty cards, text messages, credit card transactions, web browsing and social networking. Data is the new currency. Where does this… Read More

The Most Brazen Rip-Off Ever? How the Beverage Industry Brainwashed You to Fear Tap Water

By Cliff Weathers / AlterNet Tap water is superior to bottled water. Why don’t consumers know that? The following is the latest in a new series of articles on AlterNet called Fear in America that launched this March. Read the introduction to the series. The biggest con job perpetrated on the consumer is not some shady operation selling bogus cures through TV infomercials. America’s biggest snake-oil salesman is actually the beverage industry, or Big Bev, which resells the simplest and most vital product for thousands of times its value. That product is drinking water. Multinationals like PepsiCo, the Coca-Cola Company and Nestle rake in a combined $110 billion a year selling bottled water worldwide. In the U.S.… Read More

9 Industries That Scare You Into Buying Things You Don’t Need

Disaster is lurking and we will save you! Call them the products of fear. Advertisers, like politicians, know it works. If you scare people enough, they are easily sold a bill of goods. Define a problem, even if it really isn’t a problem, then bombard the masses with the solution to the (non) problem. In the introduction to AlterNet’s new series on the politics of fear, Don Hazen wrote, “Americans are endlessly bombarded with media messages that are fearful and deceitful. Almost daily, we are urged to fear exaggerated or fake threats… this media onslaught literally shapes how our brains work and what people believe.” These threats can be huge, like terrorism… Read More

Making Babies Scared of Bunnies: The Roots of Fear in Advertising

The long tail of John B. Watson‘s experiments in fear are omnipresent in today’s scare-mongering advertising. The following is the latest in a new series of articles on AlterNet called Fear in America that launched this March. Read the introduction to the series. “Fear is as primal a factor as love in influencing personality,” wrote psychologists John B. Watson and Rosalie Rayner in 1920. “Fear does not gather its potency in any derived manner from love. It belongs to the original and inherited nature of man.” The names of Watson and Rayner may have fallen into obscurity, but Professor Watson’s influence has been profound. He founded the school of psychology known as Behaviorism, which focused on observable expressed behaviors… Read More

In 4 Minutes: This Is How Global Capitalism Operates Today

Below is a brief video regarding the history of wage and employment struggle in Cambodia. More and more people are starting to recognize that, in several developing countries, many multinational corporations are exploiting their workers. Despite the fact that these corporations make billions of dollars, and could easily provide more pay, benefits, and decent working conditions, they choose not to. When there are protests, the corporations are always protected. We live in a system of exploitation and we continue to fuel these corporations (mostly North American based) by working for them, buying their products, and turning a blind eye to how their products are manufactured and delivered to us. We’ve become… Read More

The New “Water Barons”: Wall Street Mega-Banks are Buying up the World’s Water

A disturbing trend in the water sector is accelerating worldwide. The new “water barons” — the Wall Street banks and elitist multibillionaires — are buying up water all over the world at unprecedented pace. Familiar mega-banks and investing powerhouses such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, UBS, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Macquarie Bank, Barclays Bank, the Blackstone Group, Allianz, and HSBC Bank, among others, are consolidating their control over water. Wealthy tycoons such as T. Boone Pickens, former President George H.W. Bush and his family, Hong Kong’s Li Ka-shing, Philippines’ Manuel V. Pangilinan and other Filipino billionaires, and others are also buying thousands of acres of land with aquifers, lakes,… Read More

Elmo Is a Corporate Wh*re

By Daisy Luther Everyone loves Elmo, that cute furry little muppet spokesperson for the pre-school set. But there’s a deep, dark secret behind his adorable visage. I hate to break it to you, but Elmo is a whore. He’s being pimped out. Harsh, right? Well, prostitution is the act of selling oneself for money. And Elmo is now the cutest little spokesperson around for pro-vaccine propaganda. Watch the following video right from the Sesame Street corner. Keep a barf bag handy. I can’t even… Please note in particular, this pointed exchange, directed towards Mom and Dad: Elmo: “That was so easy, why doesn’t everybody get a vaccination?” Dr. Murthy (meaningful look): “That’s a… Read More