Daily Archives: December 11, 2013

Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership May Undermine Public Health, Environment, Internet All At Once

Thanks go to JoãoG for posting a link on his Facebook page to the Huffington Post article Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership May Undermine Public Health, Environment, Internet All At Once.

Opponents of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal reacted angrily Monday to disclosures that the Obama administration is backing proposals that would expand political powers for corporations, weaken financial regulations and increase the cost of prescription drugs.
Memos obtained by The Huffington Post show the U.S. is having trouble gaining support for the agreement among the 11 other participating nations.

Ben Beachy, research director at Public Citizen, said the leaked documents show U.S. negotiators are isolated from other countries as well as from the U.S. Congress.

Trade, foolish deregulation, and corporate favoritism are the very reasons that I cannot support Hillary Clinton for President in 2016. Whoever is advising Obama to push through a treaty that the 11 other countries and many in the Congress do not like are probably the people who came from the Clinton administration set of advisers and will be advising Hillary.

If you want more of this corporate favoritism crap after 2016, then you know who your Democratic Presidential candidate should be. If you don’t want this, then why would you support this person unconditionally now and give up all your bargaining chips before your political negotiations even start. Isn’t this lack of negotiating skills exactly what has got Obama in so much trouble?

Unless she publicly disavows this behavior in ways that we can believe, it will be difficult to support her. For those who are supporters of Hillary, you would do her a huge favor by letting her know how much these policies are abhorred by people whose votes she is going to need.

My previous posts on TPP are Video: The Anti-TPP Take Over Of The US Trade Representative Building, Pivotal Trans-Pacific Partnership Section Revealed, and Bill Moyers: The Corporate Plot That Obama and Corporate Lobbyists Don’t Want You to Know About.

Selfies At Memorial Celebrations

There are so many ironies to be discussed in this blog post, I am not sure I can count them all.

The email from Comedy Central was titled Selfies at Funerals.  Well, first of all, it was not a funeral.  It was a memorial celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life.  That’s why I gave this blog the title that I did.

The actual segment of  The Daily Show seems to be titled “Tuesdays with Mourning”.  I am not sure this is a better description of what the affair was all about.  Be that as it may, below is the video of the actual segment of the show.

The well written remarks by Jon Stewart were aimed at the silly media and political response that I predicted in my previous blog post Obama shakes hands with Cuba’s Raul Castro.

The final few seconds of video shows Jon Stewart having the same type of overblown, silly reaction to the “selfie”.

I suppose this segment was aired before the publication of the USA Today article Photographer: Mrs. Obama not upset over selfie.

The photographer who took the viral picture of President Obama’s “selfie” with two other world leaders says Michelle Obama’s expression has been distorted.

The AFP picture — shot Tuesday at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service — shows Obama posing with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt, and Mrs. Obama off to the side with a disapproving look.

But, as AFP’s Roberto Schmidt pointed out in a blog, “photos can lie.”

Writes Schmidt: “In reality, just a few seconds earlier the first lady was herself joking with those around her, Cameron and Schmidt included. Her stern look was captured by chance.”

Schmidt also discloses that Thorning Schmidt, the Danish prime minister, produced the smartphone in which the selfie is now presumably stored.

I can’t imagine any more twists to this story, but I won’t be entirely surprised if this story has more legs than a millipede.