i) The agreements are unnecessary because the governments of these countries don't have a history of undermining investments with new laws.
ii) The agreements are counterproductive because they raise in the investor's mind the thought that there could be a problem where previously he had ignored the possibility.
iii) The agreements are pointless because everyone knows that the country in question will find a way to ignore them if push comes to shove (cf the treatment of UK and Antiguan internet gambling companies in the US)
This is important. It's not as if there has been no investment in the countries trying to ratify this obnoxious treaty. Amazing, the entitled mentality of the corporate elite.
It's too late to stop this. The only thing left now is civil disobedience on a mass scale. The elite are, for some reason, always afraid of large scale social unrest. That's why they try to attack these movements in the cradle, like they did Occupy.
There are no "political" solutions to stopping TPP and other "agreements" like it. At this point, we can only do our best to get in the way.
But remember, "getting in the way" worked back in the early part of the 20th century. We saw the rise of organized labor and the growing influence of the middle class, and the entire New Deal because elites were worried about the Great Unwashed showing up on their front lawns and getting in the way.
The worst part of the FDA is that they tell us to "limit our intake" of things we didn't know existed until just now.
Acrylamide is dangerous, we are told, and it appears in toast and coffee. Yet, we are not being told to avoid toast and coffee. In fact, there has been for the past year one article after the other telling us that coffee is beneficial.
Maybe the FDA would be helped by being an agency actually tasked with looking out for peoples' health in regard to food and drugs, rather than an agency looking out for what's best for industry. Until they stop trying to run from their role as a natural antagonist of the food and drug industries, they will not be useful to us.
The Boston PD is claiming that a conversation with a governmental PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER is private. How can any public official claim that any conversation they have with a citizen regarding PUBLIC business is private? We have paid for that conversation with our taxes, and the person who is having the conversation with this PUBLIC official wants the conversation to be PUBLIC.
Our government has really lost its mind. They really believe that they're supposed to be in charge. And this in Boston, where some of the guys who wrote the Constitution actually walked the streets. They must be turning over in their graves.
This story has absolutely nothing to do with "legislation, laws, court proceedings or anything like that".
This was a decision made by Google, nothing else. There was no lawsuit or court proceeding that this Rev Klingenschmitt could have brought that would not have been summarily dismissed by the first judge who got within 3 feet of it.
It is entirely Google's fault for not looking into these false claims of copyright infringement and simply shutting down an account of someone who has done nothing wrong.
If you want a very clear and instructive introduction to Lucid Dreaming, Steven LaBerge's Lucid Dreaming is still the best. There is also a very good chapter about lucid dreaming in the book Fringeology.
It takes a few weeks to get the simple techniques (you just have to be repetitive and consistent), but lucid dreaming is well worth the little effort it takes. I highly recommend it if you spend any amount of time solving problems. Plus, it feels really really good.
Of course I agree with Schneier, but "oversight" is not enough if it's government and corporations defining the term and setting the parameters.
I'm afraid it's too late to say to government and corporations, "OK, now please give back that power and let us have it," because they simply laugh that off. Government is no longer fulfilling its function as the counterbalance to corporate power. They're working together and sharing power. You can see that in everything from arbitration clauses to corporate sovereignty.
The only way to balance the playing field is to get the means to defeat their surveillance and control into the hands of as many people as possible. Everyone needs to encrypt. Everyone needs to Tor. Everyone needs to protect every bit of ground we still have at all times.
Plus, hackers need to hack, leakers need to leak, whistlblowers need to pucker up and make as loud a noise as possible. Don't listen to the naysayers, you will become heroes. Edward Snowden has become a hero. There needs to be thousands of Edward Snowdens and they have to come forward NOW.
James Clapper has to step down from government service or be fired immediately. We can't have people with this kind of disregard for basic civil rights in a position of power.
The problem is, there's nobody - not Republican, Democrat or Libertarian who is currently in government who will force the issue because either they're already benefiting from the Surveillance State or they hope (as in the case of Rand Paul) to someday benefit from the Surveillance State.
This is the most important issue regarding government we have. If we can't roll back this police state, no other civic involvement matters.