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“CDC Head Forced to Resign After She’s Caught Buying Shares in Vaccine & Big Tobacco Companies” – so what’s new on the corruption front?

A reader recently reminded me on a similar headline news article that once in a while we have a fall guy (in this case girl) to keep the illusion going that the system is keeping check on things. The system as many of us know is rife with conflicts of interest over Monsanto fingers in various pies. So on this particular headline then I’m not holding my breath for anything significant to change in the halls of corruption.
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From thefreethoughtproject.com

A scathing report has just revealed that the now-former head of the Center for Disease Control, Brenda Fitzgerald was purchasing shares in drug companies as well as big tobacco—while heading up the organization ostensibly devoted to health. The hypocritical nature of her position at the CDC while simultaneously investing in companies contrary to her mission exposes the true control industries have over allegedly ‘objective’ government agencies.

For those that don’t know, the CDC is supposed to be the nation’s leader in smoking cessation efforts as smoking-related deaths kill more people in the United States every year than anything else. So, when the head of the nation’s largest anti-smoking department not only holds a massive amount of stock in Big Tobacco, but actually buys more of it while she is in office, it is time to pay attention.

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TPPA – John Key plans to push ahead with changing NZ’s laws and won’t be waiting to see if the US is going to ratify the agreement

Yesterday in Parliament I asked the Prime Minister if he is planning to change our laws to implement the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), even before it is clear if the US Congress will ratify it.

The Prime Minister said he was going to push ahead with changing our laws and wouldn’t wait to see if the US was going to actually ratify the agreement.

If Congress doesn’t agree to the TPPA, or if the Japanese Parliament doesn’t, the whole deal falls apart. This is because the TPPA requires ratification by countries representing at least 85 percent of the total GDP, and that means the US and Japan have to be on board.

The problem is that it’s far from clear if the US Congress will ever ratify the TPPA in its current form. A majority is currently opposed. Some members are demanding further concessions for the US tobacco industry or the big pharmaceutical companies, which would be bad for New Zealand. While President Obama is supportive, none of the Democratic or Republican front-runners to replace him support the TPPA.

We could find ourselves in a lose-lose situation where we’ve changed our laws to suit the TPPA, but the TPPA itself never comes into force so the tariffs and other trade barriers don’t disappear for our exporters.

So then I asked, if the TPPA becomes null and void because the US Congress dumps it, will New Zealand reverse the changes to our laws that we’ll have already made?

The Prime Minister’s answer was no. The Government won’t delay introducing and passing legislation to ratify the TPPA, and then won’t reverse the laws if it doesn’t go ahead.

He seems to be saying that we could be left with several alarming changes to our laws, with absolutely no trade benefit in return. These include:

  • Raising the threshold at which Overseas Investment Office approval is needed from $100 million to $200 million, making it easier for overseas investors to buy up our farmland and industry.
  • Changing the length of copyright from 50 years to 70 years, with an annual cost of around $55 million. We’ll also need to establish new enforcement powers for Customs, and new civil and criminal penalties for copyright infringement.
  • Changes to the Patents Act, which are likely to complicate Pharmac’s access to cheaper medicines.
  • Changing the Plant Varieties Act, making it harder for farmers to save seeds for use in the following season, and the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Act to strengthen the rights of agricultural chemical manufacturers.
  • Changes to the Tariff Act and the Customs and Excise Act – dropping our tariffs for other TPPA countries.
  • Changes to the Trade Marks Act.

Thankfully, some of the most alarming aspects of the TPPA, such as the investor state dispute process that allows corporations to sue governments, don’t require legislative change. So if the TPPA does fall apart in the US Congress, we won’t have already swallowed that particular dead rat. But we will have swallowed others.

SOURCE: https://blog.greens.org.nz/2016/02/17/jumping-the-tppa-gun-could-backfire/

The extended campaigns by corporations to corrupt the medical industry

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When you visit your GP there’s generally an unspoken understanding that the GP will be batting 100% for you and your health and well being. That relationship’s long been considered sacrosanct and unbiased. Well – here we learn of the Tobacco Industry’s decades long (50 years in fact) campaign to get the medical profession onside with the ‘health’ benefits of smoking cigarettes.  Then we had the same scenario with the makers of Asbestos denying the ill effects of their product on humanity’s health … setting the scene for yet another duplicate scenario concerning the effects of wind turbines on the health of those who live near them.

This information is from Senator John Madigan who “delivered this powerful speech on the floor of the Australian Federal Senate. In this speech, he details how one of Australia’s best known power companies, AGL, attempted to influence country doctors in their treatment of residents living near Macarthur wind farm.”(via http://www.pukekaka.com/ Posted on 2015-06-18)

Comment:

Note well, corporations have been described in the documentary ‘The Corporation’, as psychopathic personalities. Watch it and learn of the associated personality traits. In this particular instance, corporations are not averse at all to such persuasive behaviours as bribery, they are also widely known to regularly lie evidenced by their frequent court appearances and ‘slap on the wrist’ type fines.

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