US, Japan, Canada, Australia and 8 Other Countries Sign Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

George Washington's picture

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) would be horrible for Americans and the people of the world.

But most politicians are thoroughly corruptNeither the Democratic or Republican parties represent the interests of the American people. Both parties ignore the desires of their own bases.

So today, 12 countries – Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Singapore, Australia      Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, United States and Vietnam – signed the TPP.

They never followed through on their promise of an open and lively debate.

Only by raising hell can we stop this monster.

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KashNCarry's picture

Meanwhile, the master of the universe weighs in... In an interview with David Sirota, Elizabeth Warren, now the progressive senior US senator from Massachusetts, scoffed at comments made yesterday by Goldman Sachs head Lloyd Blankfein, who alleged that Clinton rival Bernie Sanders’ campaign might be leading America toward a “dangerous moment.” (Sanders has bluntly discouraged Wall Street from backing him.)

“When Blankfein says that criticizing those who break the rules is dangerous to the economy, then he’s just repeating another variation of ‘too big to fail,’ ‘too big to jail,’ ‘too big even to prosecute,’” Warren told Sirota.

“That tells you here we are, seven years after the crisis and these guys still don’t get it. Seven years. That crisis cost an estimated $14 trillion, it cost jobs, it cost homes, it cost retirement funds. And Lloyd Blankfein stands up and says ‘Don’t even criticize me, I ran a company that was right at the heart of some of the biggest financial frauds in history and made money off it, but don’t you dare criticize me.’

Victory_Garden's picture

So...just a ponderin...after signing this bunk do you think that the next step could be around the corner to help make the shift in to the totalitarian nazi-america-ziostate? Why do the Protocols play into this coming chapter??

 

All hands on deck...easy does it. 

 

Banks Now Preparing For Emergency Scenarios - Episode 886b:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3v_J2zTn-8M

 

 

SgtShaftoe's picture

maybe, or it could be the regime after the collapse. 

Gonzogal's picture

" You are an old man who thinks in terms of nations and peoples. There are no nations. There are no peoples. There are no Russians. There are no Arabs. There are no third worlds. There is no West. There is only one holistic system of systems, one vast and immane, interwoven, interacting, multivariate, multinational dominion of dollars. Petro-dollars, electro-dollars, multi-dollars, reichmarks, rins, rubles, pounds, and shekels. It is the international system of currency which determines the totality of life on this planet. That is the natural order of things today. That is the atomic and subatomic and galactic structure of things today! And YOU have meddled with the primal forces of nature, and YOU... WILL... ATONE! Am I getting through to you, Mr. Beale? You get up on your little twenty-one inch screen and howl about America and democracy. There is no America. There is no democracy. There is only IBM, and ITT, and AT&T, and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide, and Exxon. Those are the nations of the world today. What do you think the Russians talk about in their councils of state, Karl Marx? They get out their linear programming charts, statistical decision theories, minimax solutions, and compute the price-cost probabilities of their transactions and investments, just like we do. We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies, Mr. Beale. The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable bylaws of business. The world is a business, Mr. Beale. It has been since man crawled out of the slime. And our children will live, Mr. Beale, to see that... perfect world... in which there's no war or famine, oppression or brutality. One vast and ecumenical holding company, for whom all men will work to serve a common profit, in which all men will hold a share of stock. All necessities provided, all anxieties tranquilized, all boredom amused. And I have chosen you, Mr. Beale, to preach this evangel.
From the movie "Network" https://youtu.be/NKkRDMil0bw

newworldorder's picture

One of the greatest scenes ever filmed. One that all the American sheeple should be able to understand, but do not. Nothing hidden, all in plain site and incomprehensive to almost all.

TheDanimal's picture

The things hidden in plain sight are the most likely to be overlooked.

chickadee's picture

This deal does little to increase trade. It does a great del to increase corporate power over people and governments.

RiverRoad's picture

Globalism on steroids.  May God help the sheeple of the world.

bazboognish's picture

Lets try that link again:

politcian hit in head by sex toy 

 

http://www.newshub.co.nz/politics/steven-joyce-hit-by-sex-toy-during-med...

 

bazboognish's picture

One kiwi's response to this fucked up contract which is TOTALLY INVALID BECAUSE OF NON DISCLOSURE

 

http://www.newshub.co.nz/politics/steven-joyce-hit-by-sex-toy-during-med...

windcatcher's picture

Barry, the Lying King Emperor, told us that we would have no choice and he meant it: for once, he was telling the truth. The out and out fascist are mighty brazen.

steveo77's picture

http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2016/02/hilary-clintons-emails-abou...

 

Hillary Clinton's Emails About Fukushima -- And Then A Black Out As She Goes to Japan to Support US Nuke Cartel I only have a few takeaways from the review of several thousand emails to and from Hilary Clinton in 2011 Spring.

But first the skeleton in the closet.   Clinton had almost daily email communications on Fukushima, then 2 aids or handlers implored her to go to Japan even though she was really tired from so much travel.    After that second email imploring her to go to Japan, ALL HER FUKUSHIMA  EMAIL STOPPED---well at least it was not disclosed in the email disclosure.

Of course setting up a trip to Japan to discuss Fukushima would need lots of logistics, talking points, points of contacts, meetings.    She did make that infamous trip.    So basically Clinton did not supply these!!!    60 top secret email were released to the FBI, BUT the coverup of the Fukushima story was so important that Clinton and her group committed a felony but removing these from the record.     It is the only story that makes sense.

Here is the chronology of events/emails to make it simple to see how the emails just STOPPED.

- See more at: http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2016/02/hilary-clintons-emails-abou...

GoinFawr's picture

 

 

A Modest TPP Proposal:

Tired of having to go through all the hard work of actually producing a good or performing a service to accumulate your wealth? Or maybe your company’s ‘worth every penny’ CEO wearies of endlessly consulting with tiresome, democratically elected governments constantly legislating that your profitable but polluting industry be responsible for cleaning up this, and denying it permits to do that?

Well relax, the TPP has your business model covered. Now what were once egregiously irritating and expensive setbacks at the hands of some godforsaken backwater’s dirt-munching, treehugging politician/judge alleging they’re imposing some ridiculous ‘mandate from the masses’ will become TPP levers at your disposal. Populist, democratically imposed rulings against your company’s practices now can be employed to catapult your balance sheet deep into the black later, perhaps even without your labour ever having to turn a shovel! Play your cards right and to make your mark you won’t even need employees at all anymore, save a few connected international lawyers and your own good eye for an opportunity.

Nowadays this is where the big money lies: in proposing grossly environmentally/financially destructive start-ups that you have no real intention of ever bringing to fruition (see, you have a conscience after all! Who knew?). Simply go through the start-up motions, make all the initial calls, pocket the right politicians, and then, once the purposefully loathsome plan runs up against the inevitable brick wall of public outrage, as intended, you proceed to make your case before your fine group of friends at the opaque, unaccountable TPP tribunal, who have been handpicked to ‘hear you out’. True, they are answerable to no other beings on the planet, perhaps excepting those who worship Mammon; but then that’s just like you! Note: it behooves you to bear in mind their support when you take your turn on the judges’ side of the table.

So does it matter that three quarters or more of the affected nation’s population don’t want you to open up shop in their country? Does it matter that they have had widely popular legal checks in place for decades in order to balance industry with sustainability and responsibility? Heck no! In fact, so long as someone representing them signed an international trade agreement sometime somewhere at some point, the more the people of the targeted nation are against your repulsive idea the better because in turn that means that in all likelihood there will be vast reams of regulations and legalities making it ever so difficult for your company to turn an unmitigated profit at the expense of everyone and everything else.

So let it be 100 percent of the hoi poloi against you! Be bold: design your business plan to target the destruction of a sensitive ecosystem of some endangered frou-frou that is protected by their precious constitution. Or you could simply fashion a proposal that targets the health and welfare of the citizenry itself. In fact, the more outrageously horrific the damage to be caused by your ruse the better. It may seem counter-intuitive, but greater public resistance will actually serve to increase your bottom line thanks to your colleagues at the TPP’s unelected, unaccountable, and otherwise inscrutable tribunals.

How? Because, darn it, you could have made that money, if only that population of self interested plebeians had allowed you to externalize enough of the costs for you to easily extract the wealth you so richly deserve. Really, it’s their own fault for electing representatives that refuse to recognize just how far beyond regulation you really are, and for such insolent transgressions you and your TPP tribunal friends are entitled to hold their entire economy hostage until the selfish population pays you whatever amount it is you feel they owe you.

You can’t lose, but you can’t win if you don’t play.

Don’t believe me my skeevy-hearted, avaricious little friend? Such opportunities sound too good to be true to such a high personage as yourself in possession of an indubitably superior business acumen? Well, quit being so cynical; get off your spotty behind and start pretending like you’re actually trying to do something. If it doesn’t pay out the first time, fine; try and try again. Indeed, if your team is slick enough all you will ever really risk is the legal fees, and the return on a single tribunal ruling in your favour could cover such costs for a lifetime of litigation. Heck, who knows? You may even end up goading some of your more usefully ignorant, or otherwise pocketed, ‘authorities having jurisdiction’ into accepting the unacceptable, so allowing you to proceed with your unconscionable but immensely profitable enterprise; it’s win-win!

All kidding aside, here is the simple reason most nations will get the short end of the ‘free’ trade schtick, every time: debtor nations have abrogated their sovereignty to foreign banquing interests, and those creditors want the debt-peonage written in stone so their milk-cow doesn’t get any funny ideas about taking its sovereignty back.

HardAssets's picture

Well, there are absolutely no solutions through the ballot box or through the courts.

That's pretty obvious now.

WOWurstupid's picture

George surely there is a way to blame Israel. That's the ticket.

GoinFawr's picture

I suppose that would be popular here on ZH, and I can't speak for GW, but for myself I prefer to continue basing my modest proposals on the realities we're facing; and the one above, as ridiculous as it appears, is not out the realm of feasibility.

Besides, Mammon ain't particular about which fairytales you need to rock yourself to sleep at night after a long day of stroking his horns,  just so long as you know to "Moo" on cue.

GoinFawr's picture

"...for myself I prefer to continue basing my modest proposals on the realities we're facing; and the one above, as ridiculous as it appears, is not out the realm of feasibility."

 

Update: http://ablawg.ca/2015/04/07/the-bilcon-award/

 

I couldn't even make this shit up.

roadhazard's picture

The way thngs are going all these trade deals will not exist in the future.

Consuelo's picture

 

 

Vietnam is a key lynchpin of this little exercise in dying U.S. hegemony.   Vietnam will be used (again) as the point of antagonism against China, and a strategic loading/launching point for U.S. military 'adventures' in the area - all in an effort to ensure 'freedom & democracy' don't ya know...

webmatex's picture

Fight these bastards with VooDoo!

It works, make a puppet and stick a photo over the head, hang it, burn it, hate it, stick pins in, they get very ill or just die.

This sounds evil but the Goldmen are more evil.

Save the world, google image the bastards responsible and paste em on a plastacine doll.

I did Brechnev and he died four days later from heart attack.

I did Nicolae Ceau?escu before going to the bar for a christmas drink, i was livid that he had ordered the troops to shoot to kill citiznes,  when we returned around midnight and looked at CNN (old days) they reported the revolution and that he was dead.

My girlfriend said "Jesus that was quick".

I'm a little burned out and can't do another one but maybe a few ZH'ers can help out and tackle these filthy psycos.

Bong on!

 

windcatcher's picture

Well, if you think it will work I put a voo-doo hex on the evil fascist bastards. The one that begins "Evil grows in cracks and holes in our society and dwells in fascist minds".

Grandad Grumps's picture

Seems irrelevant without China ... not even Korea.

SweetDoug's picture

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I'm furious.

Did Canada sign or not?

There is virtually NO headline or news on this in the Canadian News Cycle and my 85 year ol’ Mud’da has the socialist news, the SeeBeeSee, on, ALL THE TIME.

NONE.

Okay, there’s this:

Chrystia Freeland signs Trans-Pacific Partnership deal in New Zealand
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/freeland-tpp-auckland-signing-1.3431631

This is dated the 3rd, before Canada signed according to wiki? And it’s buried. The only Canadian refrence.

According to wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans-Pacific_Partnership#Membership

Canada just signed it. So did the US.

Not a peep in the big news cycle. Not. A. Peep.

It’s complete bafflegab, political misdirection, yacking away about her commentary to Canada.
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After signing the agreement, Freeland told reporters that Canada's participation in the Asia Pacific economy was very important and reassured her counterparts from the other 11 countries that Canada's new government was pro-trade.
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Why is it important for Canadians to find out that New Zealand signed the agreement?

Political misdirection, redirection.

This article is so confusing, filled with misdirection, I didn’t even cotton that Freeland was the Minister for Canada!

And this from Jan. 25, 2016.

Canada will sign TPP trade deal Feb. 4, but ratification not certain
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/transpacific-trade-deal-tpp-signing-free...

I guess it all depends on what the definition of signed and ratified is, is, eh?

So why the obviously deliberate, confusing commentary from Freeland?

Is this the in-the-bag-media-for-Trudeau, letting the news out slowly?

Canada is in big trouble. All of their Trade Balances, are negative with the countries in the TPP, in the billions.

All those jobs, gone. Add in the rest of the turd world like Mexico, Chile, et cetera…

And bring on the automation!

Go here and see the list of the trade deficits Canada is already experiencing!

https://www.asiapacific.ca/statistics/trade/Bilateral-Trade-With-Asia%2C...

You do know that Canada is doing a trade deal with India and a sort-of-pseudo-deal with China?

Yup!

China open to historic free-trade deal with Canada under certain provisos
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/china-open-to-historic-free...

Oopsi! Not a psuedo-deal, but a real deal now. And listen to the bullshit being spouted!

China free-trade deal could bring 'billions and billions' to Canada annually: expert
http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/china-free-trade-deal-could-bring-billion...

Canada-India Free Trade Agreement Negotiations
http://www.international.gc.ca/trade-agreements-accords-commerciaux/agr-...

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12357111317's picture

"And now over to you, Jim, for the latest on the question most important to all citizens today, which is, is Miley Cyrus going to do THAT concert or not."

Aubiekong's picture

Every trade deal we enter results in lost good paying manufacturing jobs to other countries.  Our consumer based economy cannot be supported on part time low pay obama jobs...

HardAssets's picture

Aubiekong - " Every trade deal we enter . . . . "

" We" didnt enter into anything. They wrote on a piece of paper (which wasn't revealed to us) and now think they can steal national sovereignty and your Natural Law human rights. They are delusional. They are a bunch to indulged psychopaths born with a silver spoon in their mouths, and their prostitute bureaucrats & lawyer/liar/politicians.

Screw 'em.

12357111317's picture

"obama jobs"   :-)   :-)   :-)

Solio's picture

Here it comes the TPP minimum wage of $.48/hr.

frankly scarlet's picture

Under NAFTA Canada has been the most sued nation on the planet and has lost every case costing Canadian taxpayers billions in handouts to the corporate. Under NAFTA the USofA has been sued a handful of times and has won every case.....this should tell us everything we need to know about who rules the roost, the corporations that rule USA Inc, and how these trade and legal pacts work in reality to the deteriment of national sovereignty in benefit of the people to protect their commons. Currently a Calif. based LLC is suing Canada and the Province of B.C. for billions (10?) for not allowing the export of bulk water. They use a local LLC to gain access to the resource. Under NAFTA rules once an export trade commences it can NEVER be terminated giving Canada good reason not want to begin the export of water. No doubt an out of settlement costing Canadian taxpayers a billion or so just to protect their common resource from a law suit aimed at making money off of this sovereign desire to protect a valuable resource will be the outcome. Its like the Corproation of Canada and these other corporations are passing the hard earned tax dollars of the people among themselves with a wink and a nod. As it is Canada is obligated under NAFTA to ensure the USofA receives the percentage of Canadian oil production it now receives in perpetutiy if corporations within the USA wish to purchase the oil no matter Canada's future needs even with a declining volume of extraction. Corporations rule - Sovereign governments and their peoples and commons drool...... under any of these legal frameworks called trade deals......

12357111317's picture

But it's all the unions' fault!   :^)

OilCaptain's picture

Government is like cancer and the people are the patient, either the patient dies or the cancer dies - but something always dies.

Comte d'herblay's picture

Without massive organization on a national level, we are powerless to have any effect on globally focused 1% centers who have no allegiance to one country, city or family.

We have been invaded by aliens and they only bear a slightly humanoid resemblance to us.

SirBarksAlot's picture

Maybe once the government resigns and there isn't anymore welfare, unemployment or food stamps, people might start questioning what is going on with our government.

Sweet Cheeks's picture

SirBsrksAlot,
Excellent points, but don't forget the parasitic academics, politicians, and government workers.

The FSA (FreeShitArmy) doesn't know and doesn't care. Most of what the academics know ain't so. The politicians know enough to get re-elected and what lobbyists will contribute to their re-election campaign.

Phillyguy's picture

Basically, every signee of the TPP is broke, including the US and Japan. Are the remaining economic “power houses” -Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Singapore, Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, and Vietnam going to increase world economic activity? Highly doubtful. 

GoinFawr's picture

The 'this is going to increase economic activity' meme is only the carrot, and as you've noticed, it's fake.

The fact that they are all broke is the very reason they had to sign the TPP, or they'd get the stick.

"It rubs the lotion on its skin, or else it gets the hose again."

nathan1234's picture

Brunei, just another country added for numbers.

Heard that with all oil prices being what they are, it has taken a toll  on their Budget.

The Sultan has problems even paying for work done by contractors ( of course - no budget cuts on his Harem)

 

Burticus's picture

The K.U.'s and CONgress' sinister scheme is to bypass the required 2/3 senate ratification of this TREATY with foreign gubmints pursuant to the Trade Promotion Authority (fast track) legislation passed by simple majority.

This will be their crowning achievement in the destruction of the idea that was once America.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

FREE TRADE..gotta lov it. soon the sheep will be on .gov dole and digimoney with ebt cards will keep em dopey and fat with high cal cheap food..and tv and internet and virt games..human is hard to become and hard to do..zombie movies are popular because we are being shaped into zombie tax units..

Humanity had such promise.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Paul Ryan is really socking it to them Asians for us. 

Jobs will be here soon, just hang-on....  Hang on....

skipjack's picture

The planners forget a simple thing: who will buy their products ? When they strip the 99% of their livelihoods, who will buy health insurance, banking "products", processed food-like substances, etc ? Look at Venezuela and Greece for examples. With TTP, TTIP, NAFTA etc etc, that is where we're going. I don't think the 1% will like the world they are creating. They delusionally think they can escape the consequences, but they won't. 

 

The thing is, people need to help the process along. Stop buying from any transnational corporation. Nothing. Buy local and repair what you have. Buy used, not new. Do not buy food-like substances; eat food from local farmers without pesticides and herbicides. Get healthy and fit. Drop health insurance, use alternative medicine practitioners, don't support allopathic medical practitioners. If you are on prescriptions, you should assess whether you really need them or it's just poison. Stop buying shit you don't need. Downsize. Make your own. Have fun with your life and do for yourself and your community instead of spending your life doing crap for some soulless sellout corporation so you can enjoy 2 weeks vacation a year and some weekend time.

 

Stop selling your soul and your health and wellbeing to the elites.

 

 

ToSoft4Truth's picture

"who will buy their products ? ... who will buy health insurance,"

 

You have to buy their health insurance now, or face jail.  LOL  You a new American (migrant)?

g'kar's picture

"Only by raising hell can we stop this monster."

 

left wing women, gays, trannies, moslems and mexicans are all the .gov listens to any more...it's up to them. everyone else...forget it

12357111317's picture

But anyone who "raises hell" is a hater and a racist.  In Europe, he's a hooligan.  :^)

Wow72's picture

ITS GREAT TO HAVE PEOPLE IN POWER THAT DONT GIVE A FUCK ISNT IT?  ITS FUCKING GREAT. ONE WAY PUKES!  Another "Free" Trade Deal to get us more CHEAP SHIT! WOOO WHOO

It will work this time.. NO giant sucking sound REALLY!  FUCKING IDIOTS WOULD LET THIS PASS. They continue to cannibalize their consumer...AND CALL IT GROWTH.   GOOD LUCK PEOPLE.  The SNAKE continues to EAT ITS TAIL. Prepare yourselves for REAL TYRANNY because its comming, they soon will have all the LAW they need.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Aren't you still living large off Reaganomics??  Trickle-Down, bitchez!

Wow72's picture

No most everyone is still living off the FUMES from sacrifices of the GREAT GENERATION... THE BOOMERS JUST FUCKING TOOK IT ALL AND SHIT ALL OVER IT...

falak pema's picture

Corporate America on its dying hegemonial legs...

This scheme will only be the TRUE blueprint of tomorrow IF the US/CHINA conundrum in the money markets finds an equitable resolution. And if the US rules on as world hegemon during the reset.

If it doesn't, we are in for a rough ride on the world roller coaster and all blue prints will be DEFACTO obsolete before the ink is dry on the names of its signatories. As in a multilateral world the deal makes no sense.

All the current signs indicate that challenge is now gonna hotten up.

Trahald's picture

Signed yesterday in Auckland - New Zealand.  The TTP has alot of support by both major NZ political parties and was instigated by NZ years ago (when it was a trade aggrement with Singapore), has since been hijacked by Japan and the USA for big corporations, pharmaceuticals and extended copy right laws.  As a trade agreement it is rubbish (nothing in it); but it will still need to be ratified by the various goverments and laws changed before it is enforced.  NZ Govt will sign away their rights (brought and paid for), but will Americans?

Perimetr's picture

The Trans-Fascist Partnership is quite popular among all the elites, as it will elevate corporations over the laws of all nations and peoples.