The power and danger of complexity and secrecy

3/9/2015 – Corporations and the wealthy use complexity and secrecy combined to operate under the radar. This is a big deal– an approach and system that was a real shock to me. Imagine– a bank with thousands of subsidiary operations. I’m not talking about branch outlets for the public. I’m talking about subsidiaries created to hide what is being done by whom and what.

That is the current state of capitalism. It is designed for evading, skirting and totally breaking the law and avoiding paying taxes and externality costs. it is a system that should not exist.

Chris Taggart, of Opencorporates.com, presenting at personaldemocracyforum.com, gave a talk describing how complexity and secrecy are used by corporations. He said, “this complexity is really great if you want to avoid detection, if you don’t want to be supervised, if you don’t want people to know what you are doing. One of the groups that really loves this is criminals…. it also provides powerful incentives to do bad behavior.”

Taggart says, “The complexity of these things is absolutely mind-blowing. Lehman brothers, just before it went to the wall, it’s last filings with SEC filing had something like 300 subsidiaries in its filing disclosed. But the bank of international settlements subsequently did an audit of it and found 2985 legal entities… ”

The opencorporates.com site is a powerful tool. I don’t expect most readers to dive in and build something with their API (application programming interface– Opednews using numerous APIs in different parts of the custom designed Populum content management system.) But my hope is that when you see the name of a big company, you start thinking of it as a web or network of hundreds, if not thousands of veiled subsidiaries operating with multiple levels of complexity and secrecy.

Think about how these companies and their billionaire owners are doing all they can to sabotage, weaken and hamstring government watchdog organizations so as to prevent them from even tracking their existence. This is the current state of capitalism. Many say that there is no alternative better than capitalism. I would argue that there are many different manifestations and kinds of capitalism. it is possible to create models that require openness, transparency and simplicity. We need to start electing and supporting people who walk the talk. (Obama gave the talk but has not walked it.)

….Imagine an organism with two eyes. Now imagine an massive organism with sensors that reach out, like cilia, or moth antennae, sensing in thousands of ways from thousands of miles away, sensing almost every manifestation of your being. That’s what is possible with all of these subsidiaries– and you can be sure that agencies like the CIA and other intelligence and homeland security operations use the same strategies, setting up corporations and then subsidiaries of them to work in ways that they want to keep hidden….

By Rob Kall – OpEdNews.com –

Obscure TPP Provision: Corporations Replacing Nations As the Rulers of the Planet

An obscure Trans-Pacific Partnership provision will serve to threaten the very existence of the nation state and replace governmental authority with the power and the whim of the corporation….

When something is secret and kept from you, it is usually very bad for you! As America races toward her date with destiny, there is yet another “fundamentally transforming” event coming her way and that event is known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP is a plot designed to hand over control of the world’s governments to private corporate interests and it is all being done in secret. Even Congress is not allowed to examine the TPP provisions.

Under the TPP, for example, GMO labels for US food would not be allowed. To make matters worse, there is an obscure portion of the TPP and other trade agreements which is so diabolical, so devastating, that the planet will eventually resemble the movie, Rollerball, in which a small number of corporations will rule the planet.

Many of us in the media believe that some of the effects of the TPP will be felt before the coming war and martial law crackdown. However, after careful analysis, I am convinced that the brunt of the TPP will be felt after the America we know has been totally taken over in a post-war and post-economic collapse scenario. In other words, following World War III, the United Nations, as a body, will be replaced with the United Corporations. At the end of the day, it does not matter when the implementation of the TPP comes, because when it does, America will no longer be recognizable to anyone who has grown up in this once great country. The reason that America will no longer be recognizable is because America will no longer exist because of a key provision contained in the TPP.

Within a few short years, following implementation of the TPP, which will surely grow from the 40% of the world’s population that it will soon control as it will eventually encompass 100% of the planet. The TPP will eliminate all nation states as the ruling authority and it will be supplanted by corporate authority. This will be made possible because of an obscure provision of the TPP known as the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). ISDS is a key component of the TPP. Unfortunately, for the planet, ISDS principles are being negotiated as I write these words, outside of the TPP, in ongoing trade deals between the United States and the European Union. ISDS allows corporations to sue governments, for any government action (at any level, including local government level) which hinders a corporation’s future profits. Literally, Monsanto could provably be poisoning the entire population of a nation and the nation could do nothing which might result in the loss of profits to Monsanto. This also means that as a private citizen, if you organize a boycott against Monsanto, you could be sued in a foreign court for obstructing Monsanto profits.

If a corporation feels that a government has impeded its ability to maximize profits, a suit is filed, outside the country being sued, and the case will be heard by an arbitration panel of trade lawyers, in a jurisdiction totally of the corporation’s choosing. Under ISDS, the dispute panel may only consider the ‘free trade’ values of the case. No other factors may be considered when deciding the case. This means that these corporate panels must disregard values of public health, civil liberties, environmental protection, or the rights of workers (e.g. working conditions) or any other Constitutionally protected liberties.

ISDS will primarily be enacted through the TPP legal process. However, the corporations, growing impatient with the progress of implementation of the TPP have begun to include ISDS in most trade talks on the planet. This means the end of the nation state as we know it and before you applaud the demise of corrupt governments, consider what we are replacing national governments with….

By Dave Hodges – The Common Sense Show –

THE DECEPTION THREATENING AMERICA’S SURVIVAL: ‘All Lies are Equally True’

George Friedman wrote in his book, Flashpoints that Civilizations are divided into three phases. The first is Barbarism in which people believe the laws and beliefs of their village are the laws of nature. The second is Civilization where people continue to believe in the justice of their ways but harbor openness to the idea that they might not have everything correct. The third is Decadence. It begins the moment people come to believe there is no truth, or that All Lies are Equally True.

Watching the Obama administration flounder around so many things ranging from whether or not to target ISIS to telling Christians not to get on their high horses generates anger and head shaking. These problems bring me to the conclusion that at the highest levels, Washington, D.C. believes All Lies are Equally True. Two pieces of core evidence take me there. First, the Lord hates those who shed innocent blood. Since the early seventies, our nation has shed innocent blood to the tune of 50 million aborted babies. That number is coming home in the form of lost consumers, lost workers, lost intellect, and lost taxpayers. In our coming future, that equates to lost soldiers, lost Marines, and lost men and women defending our nation. In a land where All Lies are Equally True, dismissing a voiceless, faceless baby to oblivion becomes a medical detail in the ethics of convenience.

A second piece of core evidence arrives with our failure to protect innocent blood. If the Lord hates those who shed innocent blood, then he loves those who protect innocent blood. As I write this column, hard, violent, faith filled men are going in harm’s way to rescue women and children from ISIS. While Washington, D.C. wrestles with their amoral ass-inanity trying to figure out how to even respond, rank and file Americans see the correctness of protecting innocent life.

Our Perfumed Princes walk a tortuous maze where All Lies are Equally True. Their disconnect from the American people grows because they cannot understand people who still believe innocent life is precious. The worst part about the decadence of believing All Lies are Equally True is that they do not have to make any decisions because all decisions are wrong. Or Right. Or not necessary. Or maybe will go away.

Rome did not exactly fall. It sort of crumbled until Attila the Hun and his minions took out the last vestiges of an empire that had more than enough wealth to raise a first class Army. The problem with Rome in the 3rd and 4th Century was that it was in the last decadent throes of a nation where All Lies were Equally True. As a result, in the words of Gibbons, rank and file citizens hated their own government more than the barbarians at the gate. Families fled north to escape confiscatory taxation that otherwise swept them into slavery for failure to pay taxes.

The Last Centurion (a nameless man tired of enduring the death of his nation) married a barbarian bride somewhere in central Europe and started over in a feudal landscape. He had to take it back to Barbarian 101… His people believing the laws and beliefs of their village were the laws of nature.

Our nation is different from Rome but our demons are very similar. Like the Romans, we face a rising Moslem civilization that is wiping people, nations, and entire histories into dust. Our own leaders imitate the Emperors by coming from a morally relative place where All Lies are Equally True. They fail to believe the civilizing strengths and great beliefs the founding fathers used to kick start our Republic.

It is ironic that just as the Enlightenment was a war against church and faith, our similar New Age deceivers actively war against believers. That war straddles the courts, community, public school and the boiling pot of weapons confiscation. The mantel of “Right to Life” seems as far down in the bin of mediocrity as the issue of slavery after the 1856 Dred-Scott decision.

Historically, when an empire or nation hits the point of ultimate decadence in which the beliefs that made it great recede into a background where All Lies are Equally True, the nation falls….

By Clearchus – The Clash Daily –

9 Warning Signs: The Coming Death Of Our Nation

Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once observed “the farther backwards you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see” and for those of us who ARE looking backwards at the histories of many fallen empires through time, it’s inevitable that we can come to only one conclusion: the United States has entered the end stages all empires go through.

In the brand new video below from E. A. Mourn we take a look at the 9 key warning signs that signal the fall of nations and can clearly see that, as most Christians understand, we have entered a time in history when our world has degraded to an evil place and we’re advised to heed the word of Paul in Philippians 4:13 who said “I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me.”

We see that America has now achieved all 9 key warning signs that signal our fall including: 1) The deterioration of our nation’s moral core; 2) Invasion from within; 3) Extreme dependence upon the government; 4) The demise of a once powerful military; 5) Economic collapse; 6) The state’s manipulation of religions; 7) Excessive taxation; 8) Extreme deviance and 9) Rampant government corruption.

By Live Free Or Die – All News Pipeline –

How Christians And Conservatives Are Helping To Destroy America

What makes America America? What distinguishes this country from the nations of the world–or from world history, for that matter? Even casual historians must admit that there has never been a country like the United States of America ever to exist. This nation is unique to world history. There has never been a country like this–and probably will never be one like it again.

As hard as it is for the anti-God types to admit, America has a deeply-rooted Christian history and culture. However, when one says, “America is a Christian country,” (usually spoken by a Christian, of course), he or she may mean something that NEVER existed. So, let’s set the record straight: America was never founded as a theocracy. And even though there are some well-meaning, albeit naïve, Christian people today who pretend that America once had, and should have again, a theocratic-type government and society, the fact is, America was NEVER a theocracy.

The only theocracy in the history of the world was Old Testament Israel under Moses. After the death of Moses, God expected Israel to be governed by the principles established through Moses. Even the reign of Israel’s greatest king, King David, could not be classified as a theocracy. He, too, was expected to adhere to the tenets and principles of Moses. Only through Moses did God directly govern the people. And even within the government of Israel, God established the roots of what became known as republican (small “r”) government. But I will save that discussion for a later day.

So, if by “Christian nation” people mean that America was established as some sort of theocracy, they are gravely mistaken. It is also unfortunate that some well-meaning (at least, I think they are well-meaning) Christian people give the unchurched world the impression that they are trying to create some sort of theocracy in America today. Some even go so far as to teach that we don’t need a Constitution or State and municipal laws–and any such laws are themselves evil. This is an asinine philosophy, to say the least.

I, for one, would never want a so-called theocracy administered by the likes of the vast majority of Christian teachers and pastors today. Are you kidding? Most of them can’t even govern a small congregation of believers who are ostensibly assembled under the same ideology, same eschatology, same ecclesiology, etc. Have you been to a church business meeting lately? You really want those people dictating national laws? God forbid!

No! There is no Moses on the scene today with new revelation dictating God’s will for the nation. That being said, there is no mistaking the fact that America has a deeply-rooted, rich Christian tradition.

America’s founders, even those who were not professing Christians, as we understand the term today, acknowledged that fact.

The principles of the Christian faith include both Natural and Revealed Law. The Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights, especially, clearly illustrate the founder’s understanding and appreciation for these principles.

The Declaration begins, “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which THE LAWS OF NATURE AND OF NATURE’S GOD [emphasis added] entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the cause which impel them to the separation.

“We hold these truths to be SELF-EVIDENT [emphasis added], that all men are CREATED [emphasis added] equal, that they are endowed BY THEIR CREATOR [emphasis added] with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

As Thomas Jefferson quickly penned the Declaration (and he did write it rather quickly), he was borrowing heavily from John Locke and the commonly understood principles of Natural Law. Though the founders were dissimilar in regards to their understanding of Biblical teaching, to a man, they understood and agreed with the “self-evident” principles of Natural Law, or “the Laws of Nature.”

Furthermore, virtually every “right” enumerated in the Bill of Rights can be traced directly to commonly understood principles contained in Natural and Revealed Law. That fact is unassailable….

Some of the most enslaved people on the planet are professing Christians. Many of our churches, Christian schools, colleges, seminaries, etc. are filled with the “servants of men.” The fact that our public education system fails to teach children to think critically is only matched by too many of today’s churches and Christian schools.

Not only do so many Christians have a slave mentality; they also have a war mentality. Who are the ones who are the first and loudest cheerleaders for perpetual wars of aggression in the Middle East? Christians and conservatives! But why should that surprise us? Look at our churches. What do you see? Perpetual war: infighting, gossip, slander, backbiting, name-calling, character assassination, etc. Some of the most mean-spirited, low-down, dishonest, conniving, and blood-thirsty people on the planet call themselves Christians. Believe me, if they could get away with it, there is no telling how many people in our country would be losing their heads at the hands of these pious-talking Christians. Hatred and bitterness is nothing more than murder of the heart; and millions of professing Christians are as guilty as can be….

The assault against the United States is massive. We are fast losing our Christian heritage and culture–and Christians are as much to blame as anyone. They have tried to turn the Lord’s Church into a playground or entertainment center–or even worse, a corporation. Phariseeism is rampant. As a result, unbelievers have lost all respect for churches in general. I, for one, don’t blame them.

We have lost our understanding of, and appreciation for, Natural Law. Even most pastors cannot articulate the fundamental principles of Natural Law, even though this is the Law upon which America was founded. This means, we have lost the true meaning of America’s Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights.

We cheer as our country has turned into a “Warfare State.” We applaud as our nation has turned into an Orwellian surveillance society. We are losing our common language, our common history and heritage, and our common faith. Christianity in 2014-15 is not even comparable to Christianity in 1775-76. We have traded Jonas Clark for Joel Osteen….

By Chuck Baldwin – ChuckBaldwinLive.com –