Nana, nana, nana you can’t make me

….Nana, nana, nana you can’t make me … thank$ to corporate owned U.S. $upreme Court and their Citizens United decision … corporate does not have to disclose one damn thing to you …

 

Big Soda Sues to Hide its Funding of Anti-Tax Campaign

 

Sometimes the actions of food companies defy credulity.Get this: The Community Coalition Against Beverage Taxes, a “grassroots” group funded by the American Beverage Association, has taken the city of Richmond, California to court to block it from requiring disclosure of funding sources in election campaigns.

In case you haven’t been following this situation, the Richmond city council got a soda tax initiative (“Measure N”) placed on the November ballot.

Richmond is a low-income, mixed-race city (80% non-white), with an 11% unemployment rate, and an average household income of $23,000 a year.  It population is largely obese and drinks a lot of sodas.

You would hardly think a city like this would get on the radar of Big Soda, but you would be oh so wrong.

For details, we have to thank Robert Rogers who writes for the local Contra Costa Times.

Mr. Rogers has been following the money.

Because California requires lobbyists to register, he has been able to get hard numbers on the relative spending of anti-tax forces and those who favor the tax.  The difference is impressive.

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The city of Richmond must have suspected that something like this would happen because the city council passed an ordinance that requires special interest groups to disclose who funds them in campaign literature.  They must list their top five funders.

You might think this idea entirely appropriate to a democratic society, but the American Beverage Association (translation: Coca-Cola and PepsiCo) does not.

According to Rogers’ account on September 4, Big Soda has sued the city in federal court to stop it from insisting that campaigns disclose who funds them.

On what grounds, pray tell?    The First Amendment, of course.   The suit, filed in federal court in San Francisco on Aug. 30, seeks an order barring the city from imposing its campaign ordinance on the Community Coalition Against Beverage Taxes, a declaration that the groups’ First Amendment rights were violated and money to cover court costs.

The coalition is funded mostly by the American Beverage Association and has spent more than $350,000 locally in an effort to defeat a November ballot measure that could impose a penny-per-ounce tax on sales of all sugar-sweetened beverages in the city.

…Coalition spokesman Chuck Finnie said Tuesday that the law itself is unconstitutional and should not be applied to the anti-soda tax groups.

“The law in question is being enforced to prevent opponents of an unfair, misleading and misguided tax from being able to communicate effectively with Richmond voters,” Finnie said. “The sponsors of the Measure N tax don’t want voters to hear how the tax is going to raise grocery bills, hurt local businesses on which livelihoods depend, and the fact that city politicians would be free to spend all of the money raised by Measure N in any way they see fit and that not one penny must be used to fund anti-obesity efforts.”

In other words, revealing funding sources prevents “effective communication.”

The court will hear this suit on Friday.  Stay tuned.

In the meantime, here are the relevant documents, thanks to Robert Rogers.

thus far “we” the people have refused to lead

 

clip_image002… Because thus far the people have not given them sufficient reason to quit lying … and thus far “we” the people have refused to lead …

Why Our Politicians Can’t Stop Lying

 

 

Getting to the bottom of an eternal question.

 

 READ MORE»  Sophia Rosenfeld / The Nation

Until “we” find our voice

… Until “we” find our voice … and choose to lead … we will remain “followers” and deaf, dumb, silent … which is precisely what corporate want$ …

 

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… DARE TO SPEAK OUT … ASK QUESTIONS … DEMAND COMPLETE ANSWERS …

Oh, yea … the Benjamin$

 

… Oh, yea … the Benjamin$ …

clip_image002Tracking School Children With RFID Tags? It’s All About the Benjamins


09-08-2012   David Kravets via WIRED.com … Read Full Story

Just as the U.S. Department of Agriculture mandates Radio Frequency Identification Device chips to monitor livestock, a Texas school district just begun implanting the devices on student identification cards to monitor pupils’ movements on campus, and to track them as they come and go from school.

Tagging school children with RFID chips is uncommon, but not new. A federally funded preschool in Richmond, California, began embedding RFID chips in students’ clothing in 2010. And an elementary school outside of Sacramento, California, scrubbed a plan in 2005 amid a parental uproar. And a Houston, Texas, school district began using the chips to monitor students on 13 campuses in 2004.

It was only a matter of time. Radio frequency identification devices are a daily part of the electronic age, and are fast becoming a part of passports, libraries and payment cards, and are widely expected to replace bar-code labels on consumer goods.

And it appears that the educational move to Big Brother-style monitoring is motivated mainly by money, despite privacy and health concerns.


… Ju$t follow the $$$ …

corporate cheap labor pool

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Prison Is a Beast: The U.S. Imprisons More People Than Any Other Country in the World

Facts … Karl Rove …we don’t need no stinking facts … just tell’em It’s true …

Facts … Karl Rove …we don’t need no stinking facts … just tell’em It’s true …

 

 

Romney World’s Freedom from Fact

Tuesday, 04 September 2012 11:03By Robert Parry, Consortium News | News Analysis

Perhaps it was inevitable when you combine the Republican “do-anything-to-win” strategies, honed from the days of Richard Nixon, with the Right’s vast media machine, built over the past several decades, that America would have a campaign like the one waged by Mitt Romney and a GOP convention like the one just completed in Tampa.

In a speech to the 1988 Republican National Convention, President Ronald Reagan blundered in quoting John Adams’s famous remark that “facts are stubborn things,” except that it came out of Reagan’s mouth as “facts are stupid things.” Reagan’s mangled quote would have fit nicely at the GOP convention 24 years later.

Today’s Republicans appear to have decided that facts are also irrelevant things. While it’s true that all campaigns spin the truth somewhat and pounce on clumsy remarks from rivals, the Romney campaign has not only ventured outside the traditional boundaries but has set up a permanent settlement there.

The GOP convention had the feel of a cult meeting in which everyone agrees on the same false premises. Speaker after speaker reprised President Barack Obama’s out-of-context quote – “you didn’t build that” – accompanied by endless Republican signage and t-shirts. Everyone with a brain knew that Obama’s “that” wasn’t a reference to a person’s business but to the roads, bridges and infrastructure – indeed, the American system of public-private cooperation dating back to the Founding – that help businesses succeed.

It’s OK for government’s corporate cronies

… What don’t you get … It’s OK for government’s corporate cronies to share all their files on you and me … but if you even think about spying on them and sharing … they’ll put your butt in one of their private rendition prisons …

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Pirate Bay Founder Arrested for Alleged Hack

09-08-2012  •  David Kravets via WIRED.com 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pirate_Bay

It turns out that last week’s arrest of The Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm seems to be unrelated to his pending one-year prison sentence for running Sweden’s and the world’s most notorious and illicit file-sharing service. 

… we need to stop this  bull shit ….