Trade Reps Have Reached a TPP Clusterf*ck of the 99% ‘Deal’ in Atlanta

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(WikiLeaks/Assange called it ‘Obama decloaks’.)

Reuters via the Guardian:

“Trans-Pacific Partnership – the biggest trade deal in a generation – would affect 40% of world economy, but still requires ratification from US Congress and other world lawmakers.

Negotiating teams had been deadlocked over the question of the minimum period of protection of the rights to data used to make biologic drugs, made by companies including Pfizer Inc, Roche Group’s Genentech and Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical Co.

The United States had sought 12 years of protection to encourage pharmaceutical companies to invest in expensive biological treatments like Genentech’s cancer treatment Avastin. Australia, New Zealand and public health groups had sought a period of five years to bring down drug costs and the burden on state-subsidized medical programs.

Negotiators agreed on a compromise on minimum terms that was short of what US negotiators had sought, people involved in the closed-door talks said. The agreement would protect the data for between five and eight years, the New York Times reported.”

“Separately, the United States, Mexico, Canada and Japan also agreed rules governing the auto trade that dictate how much of a vehicle must be made within the TPP region in order to qualify for duty-free status.

The North American Free Trade Agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico mandates that vehicles have a local content of 62.5%. The way that rule is implemented means that just over half of a vehicle needs to be manufactured locally. It has been credited with driving a boom in auto-related investment in Mexico.”

‘… a legacy-defining achievement for Barack Obama’, indeed.

This is an excellent explanation of the Global War by Other Means: ‘WikiLeaks – The US strategy to create a new global legal and economic system: TPP, TTIP, TISA.

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by Anthony Freda

Didn’t Boehner cry with the Pope and resign his seat because: conscience?

David Dayen at Salon: ‘The unexpected upshot of John Boehner’s ouster: The Trans-Pacific Partnership is in danger; Critics on both sides of the aisle were already unhappy with the TPP — and now conservatives are feeling bold

“Trade promotion authority, which allows the president to negotiate trade agreements and bring them to Congress for an expedited vote, barely passed the House earlier this year. Fifty-four Republicans voted against it, among them practically all the ringleaders of the campaign against Boehner – like Mark Meadows, R-N.C., who took the leadership role in ousting him; David Brat, the man who upset Eric Cantor and took his House seat; Jim Jordan, chairman of the anti-Boehner House Freedom Caucus; and 23 members of that caucus in all.

Obviously, those who spurred the Boehner revolt are emboldened by their apparent victory. In the short term this will not bear fruit. Boehner has vowed to use his final month to prevent a government shutdown and defuse other potential crises. He could reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, pass highway spending, and even raise the debt ceiling. “I want to clean the barn up a little bit before the next person gets here,” Boehner said on “Face the Nation” on Sunday.” 

But the peculiarities of trade promotion authority make it impossible for Boehner to be in the speaker’s office when TPP comes up for a vote. Under the law, even if trade officials announce an agreement today, they must provide notification to Congress, wait 30 days, and then post the deal’s text on a public website for an additional 60 days before signing. Then there’s another 30 to 60 days where the administration must submit the final legal text and describe what changes to U.S. law must be put into implementing legislation. Only after that does the congressional process start.

What this all means is that an agreement announced at the end of the ministerial meetings could not reach Congress until Feb. 1, 2016, at the very earliest. Trade expert Lori Wallach of Public Citizen puts the earliest possible date at Feb. 15. And these are based on very accelerated timelines that assume no slip-ups or delays when the legal text gets scrubbed.

 “What this all means is that an agreement announced at the end of the ministerial meetings could not reach Congress until Feb. 1, 2016, at the very earliest. Trade expert Lori Wallach of Public Citizen puts the earliest possible date at Feb. 15. And these are based on very accelerated timelines that assume no slip-ups or delays when the legal text gets scrubbed.”

Summary of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement’ from the US Trade Rep’s website.

Given that a US military presence in potential signatory nations was implied in leaked chapters…

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the New Capitalist Pyramid

40 responses to “Trade Reps Have Reached a TPP Clusterf*ck of the 99% ‘Deal’ in Atlanta

  1. ha ha…ha. ‘commitments to discourage‘…’

  2. Grandmaster of the Great Game: Obama’s Geopolitical Strategy for Containing China: Obama drafts all proles. NSA leads Cointelpro 2.0 to stop anti-econ-war protest.

    I thought McCoy was a good guy.

    • dunno mcCoy, but it’s waaay 2L2R. cliff notes? even scanning, i saw a few ‘wot?’s. and er..he left out TISA.

      oh, and do you mean ‘proles’ the way orwell did? i keep looking it up, and it doesn’t always seem suitable, i think. and why is the US ‘new israel’?

      • Puritan minister John Cotton “preached the ‘land of promise’ to … Puritan voyagers aboard the Arbella as they were about to set sail from Southampton in 1630, drawing his text from II Samuel 7:10: ‘Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more’”

        And so it went …

        Proles … the working mass kept in ignorance “for their own welfare”.

        Obama’s Great Game – to turn economics from RayGun’s fraud of market liberation to a tool in a new cold war, confirming my earlier theme that economics and national security have always been coupled in this Providential Empire.

        • i have to assume that that’s from the real mcCoy. one of the things i’d seen was that ‘zbig won the cold war’. perhaps he’s old (mcCoy that is) but holy cannoli, that theme has been de-mythologized for a decade or more.

          was he subscribing to that point of view? but of course your thesis is correct; few of us knew it and/or are twigging to the fact now. i will say that it was the indigenous who convinced me.

          • “that theme has been de-mythologized for a decade or more”

            Fraudsters never learn? HA HA HA HA. Rather, they just wait until the gullible will accept the history rewrite.

  3. Disrupters ally with Shock Doctors to create an infotech blitzkrieg. “Tech companies [differ from DOD contractors in that they] look for a problem that a lot of people have, develop a product that solves the problem, and then take it to market.” Got it? Tech companies will want to sell you a product that the DOD warns them will be needed. “[T]oday it’s impossible to know all the threats the U.S. will face in three decades or which technologies will have the greatest impact” but with military philosophers on the cutting edge, tech companies can get a jump on the opportunities.

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.

    You see, as RayGun’s bullshit degenerates into SV bubbles, the US military is developing Fascism 2.0 for a post-crapitalist era.

    HA HA HA HHA HA H AHA HAH AH A H A HAH AHAHA.

  4. We also like that it means alpha‑bet (Alpha is investment return above benchmark), which we strive for! I should add that we are not intending for this to be a big consumer brand with related products—the whole point is that Alphabet companies should have independence and develop their own brands.

    “Alphabet is about to make some substantial and interesting bets on companies without regulatory [SEC} scrutiny.” Not to mention … separating the brands AND immunizing the “sub-businesses” from stock-market evaluations
    Google can buy large enough share of a company like Spotify or Tesla or Twitter and act as a counterweight to short-term quarter-to-quarter approach favored by Wall Street investors. Like Page noted, that they were excited about “Empowering great entrepreneurs and companies to flourish.”.
    What!? Investors might not appreciate the revenue potential of Google investments? Dong Dong Dong! Crapitalism don’t work no mo?

    Facebook has a lot more users and is sitting on a bigger treasure trove of data, much of it behavioral data that can allow it to make smart guesses on where to focus its development efforts.

    On the surface, Google’s classic search and advertising business might look unshakeable right now, there is increasing pressure coming from Facebook, which is making us rethink what is search and how advertising in the future should work. The Facebook threat is very real and it is way bigger than most people realize.

    No wonder Google isn’t evil no more.

  5. Don’t Drink TPP! It’s an Oceaniac,Trilateral commission of crime AGAINST trade, JOB$ and sovereignty! I view it as TOJObama’s Grater EastAsi C0-Asterity $phere

    • yeppers; and such a ‘legacy’ it would be. net the creep zillions once he enters the revolving door into the other corporate world.

      ya know, i’ve never heard anyone discuss the possibility that all (or most) of the other potential signatory nations to enact it, and the US doesn’t. as in: what then?

      as the video said, the very worst provisions are the unholy dark, parallel tribunal systems in the Investor State provisions. gotta look at the trade rep’s ‘overview’, see what coy terms they’ve used for that. who swallows rats? we swallow rats!

      • two sections, it seems, if one can even decode their hidden messages. but this is one:

        “The chapter also provides for neutral and transparent international arbitration of investment disputes, with strong safeguards to prevent abusive and frivolous claims and ensure the right of governments to regulate in the public interest, including on health, safety, and environmental protection. The procedural safeguards include: transparent arbitral proceedings, amicus curiae submissions, non-disputing Party submissions; expedited review of frivolous claims and possible award of attorneys’ fees; review procedure for an interim award; binding joint interpretations by TPP Parties; time limits on bringing a claim; and rules to prevent a claimant pursuing the same claim in parallel proceedings.”

        from the leaks, corporations can sue over imagined lost profits; ye gods and little fishes. the one woman said, “and protests that might be construed to lose profits”; ay yi yi.

        • Jah, you’ll remember that after O was elected to oppose The Agenda According to Bush, O said “you have to make me do it”. What is the significance, you ask? Bit by bit, the government is to be made unto a corporation; you don’t have reps in a corp, you don’t get to elect their agendas, you can only organize PR campaigns against them. So O wants you get used to campaigning your government just like you would a corp.

          But if your government can be sued over protests to extract lost profits from loss-reserves (citizens) can you protest to extract abusive judgments from corps?

          Ooops. That was left out? No shit!!!

  6. We also like that it means alpha‑bet (Alpha is investment return above benchmark), which we strive for! I should add that we are not intending for this to be a big consumer brand with related products—the whole point is that Alphabet companies should have independence and develop their own brands.

    “Alphabet is about to make some substantial and interesting bets on companies without regulatory [SEC} scrutiny.” Not to mention … separating the brands AND immunizing the “sub-businesses” from stock-market evaluations:

    Google can buy large enough share of a company like Spotify or Tesla or Twitter and act as a counterweight to short-term quarter-to-quarter approach favored by Wall Street investors. Like Page noted, that they were excited about “Empowering great entrepreneurs and companies to flourish.”

    What!? Investors might not appreciate the revenue potential of Google investments? Dong Dong Dong! Crapitalism don’t work no mo?

    Facebook has a lot more users and is sitting on a bigger treasure trove of data, much of it behavioral data that can allow it to make smart guesses on where to focus its development efforts.
    On the surface, Google’s classic search and advertising business might look unshakeable right now, there is increasing pressure coming from Facebook, which is making us rethink what is search and how advertising in the future should work. The Facebook threat is very real and it is way bigger than most people realize.

    No wonder Google isn’t evil no more.

  7. Medecins sans Frontieres severely pans TPP for its effects on health in the Pacific region. Interesting coinkydink. Wonder who knew MSN’s opinions in advance? Or is the US just on their double-shit list this week.

      • oof, page after page of their reports; thank you, and good to see you marym.

        i feel a bit ashamed that i’d earlier called the Investor State provisions (leaked earlier) as the worst. of course, killing people who have no money for the first-gen cancer, aids, etc (well, any health care, of course) meds is cruel enough. but that fooking obama lobbied for TWELVE years of protection against biosimilars causes me to have very violent thoughts. eight with exceptions: how hideous the Lords of Profit are, my stars.

        • There was a fake fight in the House about this, ending with getting 12 years baked into the ACA. Naked Capitalism recently published a summary of TPP issues by Cong. Levin saying that Obama proposes a change to 7 years with every budget. So the 12 years conveniently serves to make any proposals for 7 or 8 look like an attempt at compromise. Along with harming/killing people of course, but hey…

  8. really, their link was from 2013, and included this video. dunno why the tweets above keep vaporizing, though.

    but earlier i’d stuck on the ‘good bombs’, etc. thread this:

    ‘MSF Response to Pentagon Claim That Afghan Forces Called For Kunduz Airstrike’, October 05, 2015

    ‘the dog ate my homework, honest!’

    http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/article/msf-response-pentagon-claim-afghan-forces-called-kunduz-airstrike

    • Oh, I see that link is similar to what’s in the one I posted. Also, MSF’s take was often referenced since then by other people speaking out against the TPP.

  9. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government in Japan has established a specialized agency to facilitate the overseas sale and acquisition of weaponry. The decision [… will provide] an economic boost to Japanese corporations […]

    Does TPP mean you’ll have to pay Kyocera not to import their Laser-Pistol Mobile?

    the Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency (ATLA), […] will operate under the Defense Ministry. […] ATLA will conduct research and development, strengthen Japan’s own military technological base, and cut costs.

    The US and Japan regard “collective self-defense” as a matter of industrial policy. But which collective will this burgeoning capitalist segment defend? Certainly not the burgeoning ex-“middle class” proles. American ideologues erased what Orwell neglected: middle class compradors must choose totalitarianism.

    • heh; kinda why i’d put up the new capitalist pyramid.

      in related news: ‘Observers say UK and US are seeking to water down agreement so that any autonomous weapons deployed before talks conclude will be beyond reach of ban

      ““Governments are continuing to test autonomous weapons systems, for example with the X49B, which is a fighter jet that can fly on its own, and there are contracts already out for swarms of autonomous gun ships. So if we are tied up [discussing a ban] for a long time then the word ‘emerging’ is worrying.”

      No fully autonomous weapons are yet in use, but many semi-autonomous lethal precursors are in development. One such weapon is the South Korean sentry robot SGR-1, which patrols the country’s border with North Korea and detects intruders as far as two miles away using heat and light sensors.
      The robots are armed with machine guns and although currently controlled by humans from a distance, they are reportedly capable of making a decision to kill without human intervention.” (and more examples)

      RT has videos.

      “Robots: don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes!” Well, except in the cases where robots make the correct decisions…

  10. this is Public Citizen’s trade watch TPP page. the investor state page is here including this. they used to have a page or three on awards given to various corporations under WTO, NAFTA. oopsie, there it is on the right sidebar.

    the café babylon page of diaires on ttip, tafta, tisa is here.

    gotta scoot for now.

  11. i looked for lori wallach to be on with amy goodman on my chore breaks; nope, but one of her colleagues, robert weissman, is.

    ‘NAFTA on Steroids: Consumer Groups Slam the TPP as 12 Nations Agree to Trade Accord’

    the transcript

    lori wallach from a year ago

    p.s. if i ever call the tpp ‘nafta on steroids’…please feel free to shoot me.

  12. “MSF believes this is essential to closing the gap in access to medicines to millions of people around the world. The TPP could be an opportunity to make significant progress toward these goals. Instead, in its current state, the TPP is a threat to the health of millions.”

    Maybe MSF was placed in the Disposition Matrix. MilGov got two birds with one stone: No more repair of Taliban and a warning to MSF.

    • zounds; ‘disposition matrix’: such a memory you have! and as for ‘war crimes’, it seems that the US has never become a signatory to the ICC, or at least never asked congress to sign on to the Rome Statute. why do you think that is! and why is that the only people convicted of war crimes happen to be…black africans? (at least as far as i remember.)

      • Hegemonsters don’t need no stinking laws?

        Yeah, the ICC is a tool for African Neo-World neo-colonization. What international crime does this ISDS court prosecute? Class war.

        They will to outlast their uncovered hypocrisy by complete subjugation of the marks.

        • mr. wd reminded me yesterday of the rovian:

          ““We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

          and it’s not that all the ‘african tyrants and genocide masters weren’t guilty as charged, but:

          “the ICC behaves much like an international arm of Rwanda’s minority Tutsi government and its U.S.-trained president, Paul Kagame.” \

          “they’re our bastards, not theirs”. truman? (or close)

  13. During the post-war period, capitalist development led to the rise of new economic centres, which undermined the once unchallenged economic dominance of the US. The TPP is aimed at rectifying this situation. It is a graphic expression of how the central contradiction of world capitalism, identified by Leon Trotsky as that between the development of a global economy on the one hand and the nation-state system of capitalism on the other, manifests itself. […]
    Smoot-Hawley played a key role in exacerbating the tensions that led to World War II. Likewise, the TPP is a significant step toward the eruption of World War III.

  14. post WWII the US really was the dominant economic power? well, i’ll take him/her at his word. but someone leaked the final IP negotiated language in atlanta to wikileaks. lori wallach has already made some comments on it, as have others in other assange Tweets. and remember: a military presence comes with ‘the deal’ (when everyday people rebel in outrage at their more egregious suffering for profit, stage insurrections, etc.)

    yep, and the author said what the Tweet at the top of the post did. fookers.

    • Jah, “Obama decloaks” is a nice twitticism but it’s the whole crapitalist empire that’s balls out.

      in the past U.S. policymakers have recognized that the needs of developing countries should not always be subordinate to U.S. pharmaceutical industry profits,” said Maybarduk. “Some rare public servants from TPP countries fought back and stood for health in this negotiation. Their efforts saved lives,” said Maybarduk. “Yet in the end, the TPP will still trade away our health.”

      And why were they ignored? Because the US traded on those countries’ Chinophobia. Maybe the Russkie intervention got them to speed up negotiations since the value of ‘Merkin Defense was dropping …

      HA HA HA HAHAHAHAHAHA.

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