An infographic about the Trans-Pacific Partnership provided by 350.org.
What you need to know:
- The Trans-Pacific Partnership would create a super-treaty which would jeopardize the sovereignty of the nations involved by giving that power to large corporations like Wal-Mart, Monsanto, Goldman Sachs, Pfizer, Halliburton, Philip Morris, GE, GM, Apple.
- There are currently 11 nations involved: U.S., New Zealand, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, Mexico and Canada. Japan has shown interest.
- The economic power of this group is more than 40% larger than the 27- nation European Union.
- TPP will offshore millions of good-paying jobs to low-wage nations, undercutting working conditions globally and increasing unemployment.
- TPP will expand pharmaceutical monopoly protections and institute longer patents that will decrease access to affordable medications
- TPP will limit food GMO labeling and allow the import of goods that do not meet US safe standards.
- TPP will institute SOPA, PIPA, and CISPA-like regulations and Internet measures which restrict our right to free speech.
- TPP will roll back Wall Street regulations, and prohibit bans on risky financial services.
- TPP will give multinational corporations and private investors the right to sue nations in private tribunals. These tribunals have the power to overturn environmental, labor, or any other laws that limit profit, awarding taxpayer funded damages.
- TPP will encourage the privatization of lands and natural resourcesin areas where indigenous people live.
Okay so this is a map of Panem..
Throughout all the books in my head it was just like this
"When I was about 20 years old, I met an old pastor’s wife who told me that when she was young and had her first child, she didn’t believe in striking children, although spanking kids with a switch pulled from a tree was standard punishment at the time. But one day, when her son was four or five, he did something that she felt warranted a spanking–the first in his life. She told him that he would have to go outside himself and find a switch for her to hit him with.
The boy was gone a long time. And when he came back in, he was crying. He said to her, “Mama, I couldn’t find a switch, but here’s a rock that you can throw at me.”
All of a sudden the mother understood how the situation felt from the child’s point of view: that if my mother wants to hurt me, then it makes no difference what she does it with; she might as well do it with a stone.
And the mother took the boy into her lap and they both cried. Then she laid the rock on a shelf in the kitchen to remind herself forever: never violence. And that is something I think everyone should keep in mind. Because if violence begins in the nursery one can raise children into violence.”
|—||Astrid Lindgren, author of Pippi Longstocking, 1978 Peace Prize Acceptance Speech (via withoutawarning)|
They made agent orange for use on people.
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As diverse as Sweden is, there are a few societal norms that are distinctly Swedish - some quite basic, others more subtle. Understanding a handful of them will hopefully prepare you culturally before you relocate. When you’re invited home to a Swede, you’d better be on time and take your shoes off…
This is so accurate hahahaha
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Oh my god
Quick swedish lesson
In another fantastic and necessary rant on “native advertising,” Andrew Sullivan tells it like its.
Meanwhile, more than a century earlier, Tolstoy questioned how money warps motives in journalism.
I have friends.
I have friends from all across every spectrum.
Gay, Bi, Straight.
Conservative, liberal, indifferent.
Christian, Buddhist, Agnostic.
Single, married, divorced.
Well off, middle class, poor.
With Degrees, vocational skills, students.
Younger than me, my age, older than me.
Intuitive or logical or reasonable.
And I may not see things the way they do.
And our values may be different.
And we may be at cross purposes in what we do, at any moment.
And that is fine with me.
And I will support them, when ever I can.
Because, their lives make sense to them.
And because, their potential for creating value remains.
And because, they are my friends.