“News is not about entertainment. News is about information. News is about giving your audience often uncomfortable truths.” Chris Hedges
Today I am bringing to your attention some headlines of 2016. I want you to know that before preparing this presentation the only commercial (t.v) news I watched this year was the minutes before & after the count down on new years eve (from New York) in Canada.
I put distance between official ‘News’ stories and myself on a day to day basis, not because I don’t care about what’s going on, but because I don’t want my view to be focused by the agendas that are presented through these outlets.
If you tune in to commercial forms of news, you will see the information or gossip that corporate interest wants you to see, you will not see what the corporate state wants ignored. Over 80% of what is reported through these streams is opinion, be it labelled conservative, liberal or whatever way they spin it, it is not valuable to us, I think.
Thankfully these days we have the internet, which allows us to access all information + many different angles on all stories. That being said, the sheer volume of information can make it difficult for us to get to the truth. and the truth surely sounds different for each one of us.
How many people here read the full description on the Facebook event? (if less than 40% read)
So to answer the question; what should we care about?
Lets take a look at some headlines…
The most talked about political story is the coming American Election happening November 8th 2016.
These large loud campaigns are like huge democratic spectacles, in which tribes (Democrat / Republican) clash in conflict about what direction they want to take America. And wether we like it or not, Canadian, French, European, Middle Eastern, we will all be effected by the outcomes of this election.
Frank Zappa Famously said “Government is the Entertainment division of the military-industrial complex.”
But it seems to me that within that complex the difference is huge between Donald Trump (the leading Republican Candidate) & and Bernie Sanders (A self declared Socialist who is primarily focus on income inequality and the danger of large financial institutions)
Take a Look:
Donald Trump (bomb dem) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWejiXvd-P8
Bernie (money in politics) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjwmrV9GVWY
An interesting thing to see in regards to media and its relationship with these matters is after the CNN debate, an online consensus deemed Bernie Sanders as the winner (his name was the most googled, most support on social media fb twitter, and there was this online poll on CNN website) However CNN is owned by Time Warner Corporation who is one of Hillary Clintons biggest campaign supports so CNN declared Hillary Clinton the WINNER
Global Air Pollution (London) (Paris is worse than London)
The World Health Organisation has issued a new warning about deadly levels of pollution in many of the world’s biggest cities, claiming poor air quality is killing millions and threatening to overwhelm health services across the globe.
“We have a public health emergency in many countries from pollution. It’s dramatic, one of the biggest problems we are facing globally, with horrible future costs to society,”
The latest scientific research, published in the journal Nature, suggests that air pollution now kills more people a year than malaria and HIV combined, and in many countries accounts for roughly 10 times more deaths than road accidents.
The calendar may have turned to 2016, but temperatures are picking up where 2015 left off. January was record warm, according to data released this week by NASA.
Last year was the hottest on record for the globe. And by NASA’s accounting, it ended with a bang. This past December was the warmest December on record and the most abnormally warm month on record, too.
That is until now…
Good News Solar: Starting tomorrow is Solar education week 21th-27th feb
“We have this handy fusion reactor in the sky called the sun, you don’t have to do anything, it just works. It shows up every day.” – Elon Musk
Elon Musk is the CEO of Telsa & SpaceX, and is heavily investing in the solar market because he sees that it has already reached the point where it would cost people the same amount per month to be completely solar powered + off the grid
-The U.S./ World Solar Industry Continues Strong Growth.
-The Cost of Solar Continues to Drop Dramatically.
& all this is rapidly progressing even though while most governments still spend more for, and tax less, fossil fuel companies.
Discovery of Gravitational Waves
People who know there science are thrilled about this:
This is the opening of a new era in our ability to learn about the universe. People have always wondered what else is out there beyond our planet. We have learned a great deal from observing electromagnetic waves. Gravitational waves have the potential to reveal even more. Possibly, in the future, this could even include looking back to some of the earliest moments after the birth of the universe. I believe our understanding of the universe is one of humanity’s greatest accomplishments.
It is a common pattern that once we have the ability to observe a new system we learn many things that no one expected. -Peter Graham
World Trade TTIP……. The biggest invisible story
TTIP or the Trans Atlantic Trade Partnership is the largest trade agreement in history, between the US and EU markets.
How News Present this deal:
If the treaty is signed, it will affect almost 40% of world GDP. The transatlantic market is already the most important in the world.
The deal could save companies millions of euros and create thousands of new jobs on both sides of the Atlantic. The average European household could save €545 per year and European GDP could increase by nearly 0.5%.
Brussels and Washington want to conclude the ambitious negotiations and seal the deal by the end of 2015, but disagreements between the two parties, notably on the investor-state dispute settlement mechanism, have slowed the process.
Next round of Trans Atlantic Trade Partner talks start in a few days in Brussels.
Germany has recently spoken out against the Investor-State dispute settlements which allow Corporations to take states to court for impeding profits. calling it unlawful.
Nine EU states already have treaties involving ISDS with the US.
With TTIP, all 28 EU states could be potential targets in investment disputes.
“Of the 51,495 US-owned subsidiaries currently operating in the EU, more than 47,000 would be newly empowered to launch attacks on European policies in international tribunals,
Here are some examples of these settlements as they already exist:
Mexico has been successfully sued by a consortium of U.S.-based agribusiness giants, after introducing a new tax on the sales of soft drinks containing high-fructose corn syrup in an effort to counter the obesity epidemic.
In Ecuador, fossil fuel companies have sued the government several times over the introduction of new taxes on sales and profits of oil and the withdrawal of tax breaks for foreign oil companies.
Food and drink corporate investors sued Romania successfully, winning a $250 million, over early termination of tax breaks—such as exemptions from customs duties and a tax on corporate profits—which had been specifically demanded by the European Commission for Romania to join the EU.
Or consider the case of Vodafone, which launched a claim against India that is still ongoing, after it was ordered to pay tax on an $11 billion deal when it acquired a controlling interest in a major Indian phone company. Vodaphone had paid no capital gains tax on the deal because the transaction used a number of offshore companies.
“The ability to create tax systems to finance public services is one of the defining features of sovereignty,” “Not only do they affect health and the environment and cost taxpayers millions in legal fees, they also affect the ability of governments to tax corporations effectively. This is yet more money in the pockets of corporate executives stolen from the public taxpayer.
TTIP has to be stopped
The Stop-TTIP Alliance, A European Citizens’ Initiative has been blocked by the European Commission, which confirms the Commission’s strategy to exclude citizens and parliaments from the TTIP and CETA negotiations. Instead of paying attention to citizens, it is just lobbyists that are being listened to. Whats more, the European Commission has taken responsibility for the negotiations upon itself, leaving the 28 countries on the side-lines. This means Individual member states of the European Union are not currently in full control.
“France is examining all its options, including abandoning the negotiations all together,”
Britain Leaving the EU
The Spectator is a weekly British conservative magazine. It was first published on 6 July 1828, making it the oldest continuously published magazine in the English language. It is currently owned by David and Frederick Barclay who also own The Daily Telegraph newspaper, via Press Holdings.
Whether or not Britain leaves, the EU must change or fall apart
Generous welfare policies and open borders inevitably end in a nasty collision.
-The abolition of so many border controls has worsened the immigration crisis — which, in much of Europe, has fostered a political crisis.
-A new banking crisis may be under way, and all the edicts from Brussels about financial regulation will do little to prevent it.
(less regulations on banks, Barclay’s)
-A more fundamental issue has not been addressed: that western Europe’s generous welfare policies are simply never going to be compatible with mass migration
-Cameron’s solution: to ban immigrants from all benefits for four years.
-The problem is that the EU itself actively opposes free trade…and has made little progress in opening up cross-border trade in services such as banking and insurance. (TTIP to slow)
-The EU’s biggest problem is that its economic and social policies are unsustainable. It is ridiculous that taxpayers must subsidise farmers even when they are producing little food.
(Talking about local food markets/ opposed to import cheap food from developing world)
Of these stories, which ones, do you think, will have the biggest impact of your life?
The reason why my focus for this world news landed on TTIP is because its largely not in the news. Most people know little or nothing about it? Should they? Well Trade Agreements may sound like a boring topic in comparison to the headline (Huffington post: Horny Dog Chases Potential Mate, Gets Stuck In Cat Door)
But we must look at the consequences of this business as usual approach by the powerful.
Today we have the ability to be more informed than any generation before us. We must be look beyond what official news stories try and tell us.
“If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” Malcolm X