TPP: What does it stand for? I can think of a few acronyms besides the official one.
Toilet Paper the Planet
Terrible Project of Plutocrats
Terroristic Power Plan
Transnational Psychotic Predation
Treacherous Parsimonious Prowling
Trade Patterns of the Putrid
Unlocking Opportunity for Americans through trade with the Asia Pacific
President Obama’s trade agenda is dedicated to expanding economic opportunity for American workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses. That’s why we are negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 21st century trade agreement that will boost U.S. economic growth, support American jobs, and grow Made-in-America exports to some of the most dynamic and fastest growing countries in the world.
As the cornerstone of the Obama Administration’s economic policy in the Asia Pacific, the Trans-Pacific Partnership reflects the United States’ economic priorities and values. The TPP not only seeks to provide new and meaningful market access for American goods and services exports, but also set high-standard rules for trade, and address vital 21st-century issues within the global economy.
Here are a few of the ways the Trans-Pacific Partnership will unlock opportunity for you
It also has a partner, you know.
T-TIP or Totally-Tasteless Indigestible Palaver er, sorry, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
These things signify, as far as I see it, the next step for a largescale and illegal sneak-attack against everything the Predatory Ruling Class (PRC) hopes to eliminate from the human race. It targets citizens wishing to share information and it targets sites like CluesForum. It surreptitiously labels information as "products" that are defended by their "owners" in a way truly unprecedented in greed and paranoia.
The plus side is that it honestly puts forth the PRC's psychotic anti-human agenda that we know has apparently always existed since any beginning you choose to find since the "industrial revolution".
Is it real? Will it be enacted? Is it just a threat? These are the questions we should be asking from a position of knowing how much the PRC incorporate fakery in their articles.
I believe the responsible answers to those questions are:
- Is it real? It is only as real as any other proposed bill or act, including the disgusting human rights-squeezing Patriot Act. We all feel the emotional result of the Patriot Act in USA's political and economic aggression toward other countries. We can hope it is not real. We can hope it will fail. However, we must not be concerned with its reality if we can all collectively take the position that it is an illegitimate and illegal attack on the freedoms of all nations, including those the TPP claims to be serving.
- Will it be enacted? It, or something like it, as we all suspect, has been the goal of the PRC for decades now. Now they are making it plain they wish to legitimize their criminal behavior using their authority. By agreeing to shake hands and nod at each other in their offices and embassies, this "act" is nothing more than the continuation of a "Free Trade" pattern we are familiar with. In that sense, it will be enacted either by this Obama TPP group or another. Like the thoroughly usurped, self-congratulating Oscars and Noble Peace Prize events, the pompous decision basically serves as an announcement from the elites that they mean to act confident in their continued decision to defy any natural rejection of their attacks.
- Is it just a threat? It could be seen as more of the same. It could be seen as something actually beneficial. It could be seen as a distraction, as we skeptics are often liable to call something that is emotionally upsetting in the news. The problem is that it is not in the news. And therefore, we should gear up to avoid this thing and fight it via each of our own methods. Peer-to-peer downloading. New open source crypto software. Anything that allows us to assist each other with information sharing. I believe that regardless of what "real threats" this "predictable" thing may be "distracting us" from, we should act now to familiarize ourselves with it and the new ways authority figures will sic legal and police and paramilitary types (as usual) against those who would defy the crack down on information
On the surface it appears to be nothing but a "job boosting" bill. But the truth is seemingly not in the news or "the air" and if it is, I would like to know more about why. (We can guess by now, I am sure.)
Now, the motivation for things like the Charlie Hebdo Psy-Op non-event becomes a little more clear to me. Here is how they phrase the TPP's decisions to inflate copyright claims and attack forms of free data exchange, under claims of "espionage" just as any talk of systemic change can now be labeled "terrorism". In red, I speculate the most doublespeak way one could interpret the language, since we have often seen this happen with NAFTA, WTO and Free Trade type "agreements" made by the business elite. I guess it's not a conspiracy if they aren't in the same room together?
a robust [read: extremely aggressive] intellectual property (IP) rights framework to promote innovation [PRC code for giving money and legal favor to those who are making profits or even fictional speculative profits], while supporting access to innovative and generic medicines [PRC code again: giving favor to profit-oriented experimental pharmaceuticals over alternative and holistic medicines] and an open Internet [one of the most disturbing doublespeak terms in years, since TPP has been accompanied in neoliberal circles with discussions of how to force personal identification or "transparency" on its users beyond anything the PRC would be willing to turn upon themselves]; and obligations [legal threats, perhaps] that will promote a thriving digital economy [charges, taxes and other inconveniences to any limitless use of the Internet], including new rules to ensure the free flow of data [new ways of sequestering data from the open network to specific pipelines that benefit money-makers].
And as bostonterrierowner has repeatedly pointed out to us, though I have been perhaps unnecessarily skeptical of it, it does indeed seem to be "all about China", as this specific passage from the USTR "Special 301" report to U.S. Congress indicates:
Trade secret theft, including industrial and economic espionage, which imposes significant costs on U.S. companies and threatens the security of the United States, appears to be escalating [No citation whatsoever!]. If a company’s trade secrets are stolen, it may be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to recoup past investments in research and development [But wait a minute, that's called "capitalism" in every other respect and not only accepted but promoted as sound business strategy when large companies do it! Do you think TPP drafters are communists? Are they going to now protect the innovations of small time Etsy shop owners that have their ideas stolen by international corporations like Urban Outfitters? Yeah, right! It's going to benefit the people with the money.], and future innovation may be compromised. Moreover, trade secret theft threatens to diminish U.S. competitiveness around the globe, and puts American jobs at risk [An outright lie, since they can only be speaking of fictional speculative jobs before R&D is complete on a project, and once more, "drives competition" in cases where R&D is done. Oh, but I forget. We're talking about protecting mega behemoth corporations]. The reach of trade secret theft into critical commercial and defense technologies poses threats to U.S. national security interests as well. [Yeah fucking right. Like that isn't the main focus and constant justification for war organizations a.k.a. "defense" organizations to do what they please with our tax money all the time.]
For these reasons, the United States is concerned by gaps in trade secret protection and enforcement, and the apparent growth of trade secret theft, particularly in China [Ding ding ding! I think I owe bostonterrierowner a beer or something.], as reported by various sources, including the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive (ONCIX).
The ONCIX publication titled Foreign Spies Stealing U.S. Economic Secrets in Cyberspace, states that “Chinese actors are the world’s most active and persistent perpetrators of economic espionage.” Theft may arise in a variety of circumstances, including those involving departing employees, failed joint ventures, cyber intrusion and hacking, and misuse of information submitted to government entities for purposes of complying with regulatory obligations. In practice, effective remedies, including under Chinese
law, appear to be difficult to obtain.
https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/US ... 0FINAL.pdf
By the way, good luck copying and pasting text from this file. For me it inserts random gaps between, or even inside, words.
From the same document, they try — oh, how hard they try — to make it seem as though watching a movie online is as dangerous as installing a faulty part in your car! (Hey, well, should we argue with that one ... ?)
The problems of trademark counterfeiting and copyright piracy continue on a global scale and involve mass production and sales of a vast array of fake goods, including counterfeit semiconductors, medicines, health care products, food and beverages, automobile parts, such as air bags, aircraft parts, apparel and footwear, toothpaste, toys, shampoos, razors, electronics, batteries, chemicals, sporting goods, motion pictures, and music.
Uh, I've never heard of "fake" motion pictures or "fake" music. What's that like? Do I sit and stare at a screen for a couple hours and then get up and realize I've been looking at static while thinking I've watched a movie? Is it when I hear a bunch of disjointed sounds, whirs and clicks from a speaker and delusionally believe I've heard the latest Bat For Lashes album?
What is a "fake" toy? Is that when children believe they're having fun with something but it's really a serious business tool!?
What the fuck is a "fake" chemical? Is it made of fake atoms?
Consumers, legitimate producers, and governments are harmed by rampant trademark counterfeiting and copyright piracy. Consumers may be harmed by fraudulent and potentially dangerous counterfeit products, including medicines, auto and airplane parts, and semiconductors. Producers face the risk of diminished profits and loss of reputation when consumers purchase fake products, and governments may lose tax revenue and find it more difficult to attract investment. Infringers generally pay no taxes or duties, and often disregard basic standards for worker health and safety and product quality and performance.
Yes, all these business leaders really give a rat's ass about worker health and safety. Comedy gold.
What do you suppose this section is all about?
Government Use of Software Under Executive Order 13103 issued in September 1998, U.S. Government agencies maintain policies and procedures to ensure that they use only authorized business software. Pursuant to the same directive, USTR has undertaken an initiative to work with other governments, particularly in countries that are modernizing their software systems or where concerns have been raised, to stop unauthorized government use of software. Considerable progress has been made under this initiative, leading to numerous trading partners’ mandating that only authorized, legitimate software may be used by their government bodies. Further work on this issue remains with certain trading partners, such as China, Costa Rica, India, Morocco, Pakistan, Paraguay, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Ukraine, and Vietnam. The United States urges trading partners to adopt and implement effective and transparent procedures to ensure legitimate governmental use of software.