So while we, by that we mean U.S. citizens, have been arguing over right and left and right and wrong, political parties and the virtues of one president over another, the thief that didn't call has been coming in the back door and taking our shit! Not that we weren't warned. The signs were there, but for the most part we did not look for them. We new things were FU'ed. We just figured if went about on our own way it would ignore us. Whoops. So anyway the following post and it's links are almost like reading about the here and now. So we figured what the hell, we will just repost and figure we have done our good deed for the day. Cause after all, so few read it the first time we doubt many others are gonna read it this time.
In the councils of government we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. - Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961Failure to read can be hazardous to your freedom!
Prior to 2006 We were a frequent contributor to Bruce and Ray's, Which later became Bruce and rc's, motorcycle forum. This forum, as it needed to be, was strictly focused on advocating for motorcycle rights and safety. We started this site as we began to see the necessity to provide an advocacy for "all" whose freedoms and rights were being violated. It has been a strange journey to say the least.
The strangest part of this journey may be witnessing the acceleration of Freedom and Rights violations while at the same time the "people" seem to be more willing to become more subservient. Even the glimmer of hope offered at the "birth" of the tea party was quickly smothered as it became apparent that those who declared themselves "constitutionalists" demonstrated little understanding of the "why's" behind the document they profess to cherish.
Those who would argue for the least restrictions on markets, corporations, capitalism, business, banks, lobbyists and legislators would appear to have naively discounted the axiom "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely". As defined by our nations current status it would appear the quote above by 5 star general and 34th president of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower, was quite prescient to say the least.
We would concede that this is not the first time in our history that the collusion of government and corporations in blatant corruption has been a threat to the individual. However we would contend that never in history has greed and selfishness contributed to slavery on such a global scale. Wherein cities of slaves are created so that "others" may prosper via the purchase of less expensive cell phones, Nike Tennis shoes and contribute to human trafficking, articles of note:
Undercover Report From Foxconn's Hell Factory
Why Apple and Others Are Nervous About Foxconn - BusinessWeek
the Foxconn suicides
Nike Contractor in Malaysia using forced labour
A basic law of physics is, "For every action the is a reaction." It is the same as saying actions result in consequences. And we can't help but ask if our willingness to cheapen ourselves to buy "cheaper products" does not have some impact on the following:
Human trafficking on the rise
Human trafficking cases on the rise in North Carolina - News14.com
Human Trafficking: More sex trafficking cases in western Missouri ...
Eve Blossom: Haiti: Human Trafficking On The Rise After Earthquake
WMFD.com - Human Trafficking On The Rise In Ohio
We find it quite interesting Adam Smith the founder of modern economics and capitalism, who wrote
The Wealth of Nations also wrote The Theory of Moral Sentiments. Something we suspect the Supreme Court never considered in it's Citizens United ruling. Despite how you may or may not feel about this ruling we are convinced that thelaws of unintended consequences are already coming into play.
Corporations are designed to "profit". Without profit they cease to exist. Though there may "socially responsible" corporations, they can not be so without at first, "profiting." U.S. corporations, many who have grown into "Multi-national" corporations have a poor track record when it comes to being "socially responsible".
The United States Government on the other hand was designed to serve "the People". Note the Preamble to the U.S. constitution:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, doordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
So when President Obama appoints the Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric, one of the first corporations to go "multi-national" with a long history of questionable activities, as the leader of the new "Council on Jobs and Competitiveness" we can only conclude that the United States of America has been officially sold at the expense of it's "citizens". We do so in light of our feeling that this is not a precedence setting event. But instead one of many corporate/governance events that we have posted on over the years that have finally reached their conclusion.
How many of us will finally wake up and realize the truth in this will be dictated by how fast history will be rewritten by the corporate owned media. It will be dictated by how fast corporate owned politicians "re-frame the political dialogue" into more "politically correct" language. For those who believe that the internet we will be the pipeline providing access to the truth keep in mind that access to the internet is owned by corporations. That once corporations succeed in destroying "net Neutrality" and, like "Goldman Sachs" increase their positions in endeavors such as "FaceBook," their will be no more truth on which to base your arguments for FREEDOM!
Following are just some links, in no particular order, that we have either pulled from or reviewed for information to help formulate our "conclusion". We invite opposing views. But what we encourage is rebellion against Corporate/Government alliance!
Federal Contractor Misconduct Database - General Electric
Federal Contractor Misconduct Database other companies
US: Wages Of Sin - Why Lawbreakers Still Win Government Contracts
Posted in 2002
Take behemoth General Electric. In the early 1990s, problems including bribery and mispricing became so pervasive that the Pentagon's Defense Contract ManageA government Agency took the unusual step of setting up a special investigations office just for GE. The office produced 22 criminal indictments of the company, its sub-contractors, and employees, and recovered $221.7 million.
Small fry get nailed more often because it's more likely that senior executives were involved in any wrongdoing, say those familiar with the issue. And large contractors have more financial juice to make a case go away - to hire pricey legal talent, create compliance programs, or pay settlements.
Although individuals were booted from future government work, the company was not, despite recommendations from frustrated investigators. Not barring the firm "is clearly a disincentive to forcing a major contractor to institute [change]," they said at the time.
"Other remedial actions, including criminal prosecutions, did not seem to be effective."
Since then, GE has been named in new cases, involving both its military and civilian businesses. GE spokesman Gary Sheffer says that the earlier cases involved a small number of people and that the company used the experience to tghten an already strong compliance program....
Big Contracts, Repeat Offenders
In the past dozen years, 30 of the federal government's biggest contractors have accumulated more than 400 enforcement cases, resulting in at least $3.4 billion in penalties, settlements, and restitution.
The top 10 firms:
GENERAL ELECTRIC( history of) ... $982.9 million for 63 cases
TRW ... $389.5 million for 17 cases
BOEING ... $358.0 million for 36 cases
LOCKHEED MARTIN ... $231.9 million for 63 cases
UNITED TECHNOLOGIES ... $214.8 million for 18 cases
ARCHER DANIELS MIDLAND ... $208.2 million for 8 cases
UNISYS ... $182.2 million for 12 cases
RAYTHEON ... $128.7 million for 24 cases
LITTON * ... $111.5 million for 8 cases
CARGILL ... $102 million for 8 cases
d. The loss of Southeast Asia, especially of Malaya and Indonesia, could result in such economic and political pressures in Japan as to make it extremely difficult to prevent Japan's eventual accommodation to communism.
U.S. companies are operating in Iran
More than 30 U.S. corporations are doing business in Iran despite trade sanctions imposed in 1980.
At Lockheed Martin, we contract with people for profit:http://bit.ly/cHbmqV At Lockheed Martin, we count people for profit:http://bit.ly/feUPNE At Lockheed Martin, we coerce people for profit:http://bit.ly/gk1fUE At Lockheed Martin, we control people for profit:http://bit.ly/dQVdT9 At Lockheed Martin, we kill people for profit:http://bit.ly/eABhOY At Lockheed Martin, we never forget what we're working for...http://wp.me/p19dS3-5d
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