How Obama’s ‘Trade’ Deals Are Designed to End Democracy

Source: Global Research
Date: June 14, 2015
Author: Eric Zuesse

U.S. President Barack Obama has for years been negotiating with European and Asian nations — but excluding Russia and China, since he is aiming to defeat them in his war to extend the American empire (i.e, to extend the global control by America’s aristocracy) — three international ‘trade’ deals (TTP, TTIP, & TISA), each one of which contains a section (called ISDS) that would end important aspects of the sovereignty of each signatory nation,

  • by setting up an international panel composed solely of corporate lawyers to serve as ‘arbitrators’ deciding cases brought before this panel to hear lawsuits by international corporations accusing a given signatory nation of violating that corporation’s ‘rights’
  • by its trying to legislate regulations that are prohibited under the ’trade’ agreement, such as by increasing the given nation’s penalties for fraud,
  • by lowering the amount of a given toxic substance that the nation allows in its foods,
  • by increasing the percentage of the nation’s energy that comes from renewable sources,
  • by penalizing corporations for hiring people to kill labor union organizers — i.e., by any regulatory change that benefits the public at the expense of the given corporations’ profits. (No similar and countervailing power for nations to sue international corporations is included in this: the ‘rights’ of ‘investors’ — but really of only the top stockholders in international corporations — are placed higher than the rights of any signatory nation.) Continue reading How Obama’s ‘Trade’ Deals Are Designed to End Democracy
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The Ultimate Tomato Cage in 5 Simple Steps

Source:Growing a Greener World
Date: 8 June 2015
Author: Joe Lamp’l

Of all the plants I grow in my edible garden, I have to say, my favorite are tomatoes! But, I don’t love the constant challenge of trying to keep them supported as they get really tall and wild. Yes, I’ve tried just about everything, but nothing worked well enough and at the same time, looked good enough in the garden for my taste…until now.

My "ultimate tomato cages" at work in the GGWTV garden. There are 24 and counting!

My ah-ha moment came as I was looking for more uses for those incredibly versatile livestock panels. I use them all around the garden, for supporting vining crops like cucumbers and peas, keeping my goats from eating some of my plants and one of my favorite uses, setting them on top of the beds at planting time for a handy grid template. Continue reading The Ultimate Tomato Cage in 5 Simple Steps