Plz everyone sign this petition:
We all know the real reason…
Plz everyone sign this petition:
We all know the real reason…
La Scala Orchestra and Chorus
conductor – Herbert von Karajan
soprano: Maria Callas 1955
Angela Gheorghiu – Madama Butterfly: Un bel di – Prospect Park, New York. Concert in the park series circa 2008.
This is bad news, which is why nearly all of the tech/internet industry have come out against the bill. Apple, Twitter, Facebook, Google and more have spoken out against the bill in recent days, recognizing that at a time when they’re still trying to win back the trust of their users following the Snowden revelations, the last thing they need is for the US government to pass a new sneaky surveillance bill. But, apparently, 83 Senators chose not to listen.
Despite the fact that nearly every major tech company and security expert has come out against it, Congress is still rushing toward a vote on CISA, and the numbers are not looking good. The House Intelligence chief is claiming that CISA will pass “overwhelmingly,” despite the massive public outcry.
It pains me to say this, but CISA is going to become law unless we go all out right now and every single person getting this does everything in their power to stop it and their phones ring off the hook.
If you’re still catching up, CISA is the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, which is one of the most dangerous pieces of legislation in the Internet’s history. It sets the precedent for what the Internet is used for into the future. It would effectively give the government full access to all of our information to use as they wish, end privacy policies, and make all of us more vulnerable to cyber attacks.
CISA would allow spy agencies like the NSA to collect even more of your personal data and then share it with dozens of other government agencies, all the way down to local police, authorizing them to use it for an absurdly wide range of purposes that have nothing to do with “cybersecurity,” including investigating “fake” id’s.
Worse, it will literally do nothing to stop the types of high profile cyber attacks that Congress is using to justify it. So we get less privacy AND less security, while giant companies like Target, Experian, and Sony will get legal immunity that lets them on the hook when they fail to protect our data.
There’s still a chance. We’ve won against these types of odds before. But everyone getting this needs to take action TODAY. Click here to speak out, we’ve made it easy to email, tweet, and call to stop CISA.
No matter what happens, we’ve put up a hell of a fight. Together we put the fear of the Internet into the largest tech companies in the U.S. and got them to take a stand against this bill. Now we need to bring it home.
We at Fight for the Future are working around the clock on this right now. Several of us are en route to Washington, DC as I write this and we’ll be participating in an awesome protest outside Congress TONIGHT at 6:30pm EST with giant light up signs.
Beyond making calls, if you’re in the DC area or know someone who is, go here to get the details and RSVP or spread the word:https://www.decidethefuture.org/protest
Congress is hoping that they can sneak this bill through without a fight. We need to prove them wrong.
We can’t thank you enough for all you do. This is the free speech fight of our generation, and we’re proud to be with you on the frontlines.
For the Internet,
~ Evan, Tiffiniy, Holmes, Charlie, Jeff, Aki, Jessica, Vasjen, and Sarah
Fight for the Future
Wow, your exposition gives new meaning to the expression, “you can never go home again”. For housing conditions to get better, the have-nots must revolt against an unjust economic system of oppression. The first step is to wake everyone up to the problem, thanks for spreading awareness Alice!
“Trudeau’s win almost definitely means Canada withdrawing its huge long-term support for ukro-nazis and the Kiev junta. I wrote about that on several occasions and we had some Canadian readers corroborating Canada’s deep involvement in Ukraine in their comments.
Trudeau’s change of course will mean that all the violent, extremist, pro-war with Donbass and anti-Russian interests in Ukraine will begin waning more quickly. This will also weaken the US position in Ukraine, eventually forcing it to drop Ukraine, as I predicted from the start of 2014 (recall the timeline for change: 2016-18, and see PREDICTIONS). This is very good news for the long-suffering people of Donbass and for the entire long-suffering Ukraine!
Yes, I think we do have a reason to celebrate Trudeau’s election, no matter where we live.”
Goodbye Harper! Canada Celebrates New PM Trudeau’s Overwhelming Victory
With Analysis and Predictions!
Because Canada is so tightly connected to the US and because this victory by the opponent of the pro-US neocon Harper is so symptomatic of the Earth Shift we are experiencing, this is an important peace for all to read!
Liberal Justin Trudeau has received 54% of the vote. It’s an overwhelming victory by Canadian standards, which will allow Trudeau to form a majority government. The people have rejected pro-US conservative neocon Harper’s policies (I wrote about his blatant interference in Ukraine and shale gas projects in 2014 and in early 2015). Instead, Canadians elected someone who’s described as Harper’s opposite in every possible way.
Trudeau is the hope…
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Flashback! Bush – Blair Collusion on Regime Change in Iraq One Year Before Invasion
Not that it’s a shocking bit of news for anyone who is in the know (this certainly includes my readers), but it’s still noteworthy from the following standpoint: something that you and I have known for a long time is finally making its way into the Western mainstream media.
Imagine that! They are really, really slow (not to mention corrupt) – isn’t it why so many people are turning away from Western MSM? However, the very fact that this is coming to the spotlight in the mainstream is a good sign.
The truth will continue surfacing throughout this decade and next, and deliberately distorted history will slowly but surely continue being righted. Humanity needs to go through the cleansing and karmic re-balancing. There really isn’t any way around it; this is the only way for human…
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If that’s what it takes to Wake Up, so be it!
It doesn’t have to be this way, but we’re running out of time to
make real changes.
Editor’s Note: We have in the past discussed how, for certain people, Puerto Rico represents an interesting option to reduce one’s tax burden. To provide a full range of views on the issue, we are bringing you this article from Jeff Thomas, who takes a different perspective.
In recent years, Puerto Rico has been heralded by some as an answer to Americans who are seeking to internationalise themselves, but are fearful of making the major leap of actually leaving U.S. soil. Puerto Rico at present offers tax advantages unlike those available in the continental U.S., with the extra attraction of being a sunny spot in the Caribbean in which to live.
A number of Americans are making the move for these reasons. And, on the surface, Puerto Rico can easily be perceived as a positive move. However, looking deeper, there may be significant downsides. The first of these is its ownership by the U.S. Seen by some to be a way to leave U.S. control behind whilst still remaining in the U.S., the “half in, half out” nature of the arrangement does not achieve the objective of internationalisation.
Americans are regarded by the rest of the world as being somewhat insulated. Perhaps the belief that they come from the world’s most powerful country makes them feel less safe when they’re beyond its borders. (We Britons were certainly guilty of this, back in the days when we were the world’s foremost empire.) Americans may see Puerto Rico as a jurisdiction that represents an escape from the increasing oppressiveness of U.S. laws and taxation policies, but to those of us outside the U.S., Puerto Rico is more a low-tax theme park within the U.S. than a true haven from taxation.
Whilst it is quite true that Puerto Rico has sufficient autonomy from Washington that it can write tax laws that exempt U.S. citizens from tax, and can conceivably gain the requisite cooperation and approval from Washington, there is absolutely no certainty that this relationship will be a permanent condition.
First, the U.S. is quite within its legal framework to allow this sort of tax agreement for a time (say, until the optimum number of Americans seeking tax freedom have signed on in Puerto Rico), then pull the plug on the programme. Since the U.S.owns Puerto Rico, it would then have all the escapees in one place, where they would be easy pickings (as opposed to being spread all around the world, in a foreign countries, where they would have actual rights of protection against the U.S.).
Second, Puerto Rico is not without its problems. Those who discuss Puerto Rico as a tax haven for Americans invariably fail to mention that, in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico has been known for its generations of corrupt politics – politicians who are said to be for sale to the highest bidder. Puerto Rico has, as a result, undergone dramatic changes from one administration to another, lacking the continuity of governmental policies that are essential to the internationalist. Additionally, Puerto Rico’s economic dependence on the U.S. has led to a pronounced entitlement consciousness amongst Puerto Ricans. The assumption is that, whatever the problem at hand, the U.S. government has the responsibility of bailing them out (which it has done for generations).
As is customarily the case in such unstable jurisdictions, Puerto Rico has devolved into a dollar-induced dependency on the U.S. and, in a pinch, will cave to whatever new set of rules may be dictated by the U.S. Along the way, it has also amassed an unusually high level of debt ($28 billion at present). By mid-2016, Puerto Rico will exhaust its liquidity and we may expect to see it in crisis.
Not long ago, Wolfgang Schäuble, former German Federal Minister of the Interior, jokingly suggested to Jack Lew, US Secretary of the Treasury, that he trade Puerto Rico for Greece. It would be a bargain with no winners.
Although Puerto Rico hasn’t received the media attention that Greece has, in many ways, it serves as the same type of threat to the U.S. as Greece does to the EU. But there are differences. Puerto Rico cannot choose to exit the U.S. as Greece can exit the EU. Further, it cannot produce its own currency. And, should the U.S. impose austerity, as the EU has with Greece, the austerity promises to be much more dramatic.
In addition to the massive debt load, only 40% of Puerto Ricans are in the workforce and pensions are unfunded to the tune of $37 billion (as of 2013).
“Solutions” under consideration include a salary freeze for government employees, freezing of new hires, the closing of schools, cutting of pensions, and greater aggression in tax collection. Also on the table is a proposal to cut debt at the expense of bondholders.
Worse, Governor Alejandro García Padilla acknowledges that “The plan itself will not get us out of the hole we find ourselves in. It’s time that creditors come to the table and share in the sacrifice.”
Shades of Greece. The political leadership of Puerto Rico, in full “entitlement” consciousness, sees itself not as failed managers, but as victims and, as such, is angry and adamant that those who have invested in Puerto Rico pick up the tab.
And so, what we see is a U.S. colony that has offered tax breaks to U.S. citizens if they move there. This will, of course, cause a revenue loss for the U.S. government, which is already on the economic ropes and has created programmes to track down U.S. citizens internationally for better collection.
Puerto Rico is about to go, cap in hand, to the U.S. and beg for a bailout. This would suggest that the tax advantages being offered by Puerto Rico are tenuous at best.
As to the title of this article, it may well be that “the next Greece” is right in the backyard of the U.S. and is an American possession, replete with all the dependence and liability associated with a colony.
The EU was an ill-conceived attempt to join all of Europe’s disparate cultures and governmental structures into one conglomerate, to be ruled by an unelected government, under a single currency. That was an extremely unlikely proposition at best and, today, Greece may well become the straw that will break the EU’s back – an unapologetic, unrepentant jurisdiction that demands unending largesse from an already insolvent EU.
Those in the Western Hemisphere tend to watch the Greek drama unfold as if it were a mere play – one that cannot become a reality for the West. However, the U.S. is not by any means immune to a similar fate. Following World War II, it was by far the most powerful, most economically productive country in the world. Then, in 1971, it broke its promise to the world to back its currency with gold. It then deteriorated from the world’s foremost creditor nation to the world’s foremost debtor nation – with a level of debt far in excess of anything the world has ever seen.
The U.S. will undoubtedly experience an economic crash of biblical proportions. That much is already baked in the cake. However, if the U.S. were to find that it had its own “Greece,” the date for that collapse would most certainly be moved up. It would be unlikely in the extreme that the U.S. will want to bail out its wayward child, but if it doesn’t, it’s in a bit of a jam. Already the U.S. is internationally castigated for attempting to be the world’s policeman. If it cannot even look after its own colonies, its position of world’s policeman will look evermore like “world’s foremost international bully.”
In the very near future, we might expect to see Puerto Rico emerge not only as a major economic liability for the U.S., but, in addition, a major embarrassment to what U.S. leaders term “American exceptionalism.” Like Greece, it will likely prove to be an unapologetic, unrepentant jurisdiction that demands unending largesse from an already insolvent U.S.
This will not turn out well. But those who are pursuing internationalisation need not concern themselves with the details of the outcome. If they’re wise, they’ll ponder whether Puerto Rico is really a viable option for residency and investment.
Of one thing they can be sure – the promises being made to them are unlikely to be kept. Above all, those seeking to internationalise desire as much certainty as possible – the knowledge that their residency and investments will be secure for the longest period possible. In those terms, Puerto Rico is quite a dodgy bet.