The puzzle about just how and why the brain eater ate Clive Crook's brain—how it was that, starting about a decade ago, one of the most interesting (and intelligent) of the Tories simply lost his grip on reality—remains, to me at least, a mystery. Here I am hoisting from one of the first full-blown signs of it in 2007. A little background: By 2008 the brain-eating was overwhelming. For example we had Clive Crook on the "huge success" of the nomination of Sarah Palin—meaning, that is, that she was highly qualified to be Vice President and would attract lots of new votes to the McCain-Palin ticket: **Clive Crook** (2008): Democrats must learn some respect: "The problem in my view is less Mr Obama and more the attitudes of the claque of official and unofficial supporters that surrounds him... >...If only the Democrats could contain their sense of entitlement to govern in a rational world, and their consequent distaste for wide swathes of the US electorate, they might gain the unshakeable grip on power they feel they deserve.... But the fathomless cultural complacency of the metropolitan liberal rules this out. The attitude that expressed itself in response to the Palin nomination...
Министр экономики Мексики заявил, что Всемирная торговая организация (ВТО) более эффективна в разрешении торговых споров с США, чем так называемый механизм главы 19 (рассмотрение споров группой экспертов), от которого Вашингтон хочет избавиться.
Министр экономики Мексики заявил, что Всемирная торговая организация (ВТО) более эффективна в разрешении торговых споров с США, чем так называемый механизм главы 19 (рассмотрение споров группой экспертов), от которого Вашингтон хочет избавиться.
Authored by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, Before I begin, I want to mention that my only experience with Idaho (unfortunately), was driving through the southeastern part of the state during my six-week cross country road trip in 2010. It was some of the most majestic and peaceful scenery I had ever seen, and I’d love to return and explore more of the state in the future. I’ve also heard Boise is a pretty cool city. It’s unfortunate that a state with so much potential passed the anti-freedom legislation described below, but I have faith the people will figure it out and reverse course. Much of my recent writing has been focused on the need for political decentralization, meaning that states and local communities need to start experimenting more and making decisions for themselves on a wider range of important policy questions. This naturally will lead to some really good outcomes, but also some genuine disasters. Idaho’s noncompete law falls into the latter category. Many of you may not be familiar with what I’m talking about, so I’ll start with some excerpts from a very good New York Times article on the subject, and then get into some detailed commentary at the end. Here’s a brief overview of the situation from the piece, Noncompete Pacts, Under Siege, Find Haven in Idaho: BOISE, Idaho — Idaho achieved a notable distinction last year: It became one of the hardest places in America for someone to quit a job for a better one. The state did this by making it easier for companies to enforce noncompete agreements, which prevent employees from leaving their company for a competitor. “We’re trying to build the tech ecosystem in Boise,” said George Mulhern, chief executive of Cradlepoint, a company here that makes routers and other networking equipment. “And anything that would make somebody not want to move here or start a company here is going to slow down our progress.” Alex LaBeau, president of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, a trade group that represents many of the state’s biggest employers, countered: “This is about companies protecting their assets in a competitive marketplace.” By “assets” he means human beings. Just want to make that clear. For the most part, states have been moving toward making it easier for people to switch teams, but Idaho went the other direction with legislation that was friendlier to employers. The resulting law was particularly strict because it put the onus on employees to prove that they would not harm their former employers by taking the new jobs. Proponents note that the statute applies only to “key employees” who tend to have more responsibility and better pay. But employment lawyers say Idaho companies tie down all levels of workers, not just top executives, with tough employment contracts. And indeed, the new law has roots in a yearslong fight waged by a woman who never finished high school but built a career selling tech-training services, only to be sued when she left for a better-paying job. The most extreme end of the spectrum is California, which prohibits noncompete agreements entirely. Economists say this was a crucial factor behind Silicon Valley’s rise, because it made it easier for people to start and staff new businesses. But as states like Utah and Massachusetts have tried to move closer to this approach, legislators have run into mature companies trying to hold onto their best employees. A recent survey showed that one in five American workers is bound by a noncompete clause. They cover workers up and down the economic spectrum, from executives to hairdressers. Despite their widespread use, these agreements often catch departing workers off guard because they are rarely highlighted during interviews and are usually tucked inside employment contracts that are full of impenetrable legalese few people can understand. They hate us for our freedom. Now here’s an example of what can happen when noncompetes aren’t enforced. Workers tend to win. Two years ago, TSheets hired a pair of engineers from a smaller software company called Zenware. Jody Sedrick, Zenware’s chief executive, was hurt and disappointed. He contacted a lawyer to see if it was possible to prevent his employees from leaving for a rival, but instead of spending money on legal costs, he decided to try something else: He gave each of his remaining employees a raise. “I said, ‘You know what, we’re going to double down internally,’” he said in a recent interview. The result for the Idaho economy was that TSheets hired two people — but in doing so got 12 other people a raise. Had Mr. Sedrick decided to sue his two departing employees, something Idaho’s new law made easier, those raises might never have happened. Now here’s an example of what can go wrong. Three years ago Ms. Nolan quit and started working at ExecuTrain — LeapFox’s main competitor — where she negotiated a $65,000 salary. LeapFox sued her for violating her exit agreement, setting off a three-year legal battle that was settled out of court but inspired Ms. Nolan to get a tattoo that sits just under her collarbone and reads: “Trust No One.” After Ms. Nolan’s defection, Codi Galloway, who owns LeapFox with her husband, Scott, became an outspoken advocate for amending state law to make it less expensive for businesses to block an employee from going to work for a rival. The result was a bill that shifted the burden from companies to employees, who must now prove they have “no ability to adversely affect the employer’s legitimate business interests.” The bar for that is so high that Brian Kane, an assistant chief deputy in the Idaho attorney general’s office, wrote that this would be “difficult if not impossible” for an employee to do. Ilana Rubel, one of the few Democrats in Idaho’s House of Representatives, became the bill’s fiercest critic. Ms. Rubel, a Harvard-trained lawyer who does intellectual property litigation for the Silicon Valley-based law firm Fenwick & West, described the proposal as “toxic to a good business ecosystem.” “This bill was a giant thumb on the scale in favor of old established business at the expense of start-ups,” Ms. Rubel said. The reason I find the above legislation so important is because it’s a perfect microcosm for one of the most pernicious trends in U.S. society, which must be eradicated as soon as possible. Namely, the concept that corporations deserve more rights than actual human beings. It doesn’t take much thought to recognize just how egregiously this sort of legislation stacks the deck against actual human beings in favor of entrenched companies and their profits. A person has to prove they have “no ability to adversely affect the employer’s legitimate business interests,” but does a company have to prove that when they fire a person? Does it have to prove that it doesn’t affect the fired human being’s life prospects? Of course not, because pretty much any time someone is fired there is a clear detrimental impact to that person’s life. Which is fine, but why should an employee who’s offered more money somewhere else have to prove the new job won’t affect the company he or she left? This is a twisted modern form of indentured servitude, and stacks the playing field in favor of not just companies generally, but entrenched companies, who apparently consider their employees property. This is sick. To give just another example of this mentality at play, take a read of this paragraph from David Dayen’s recent piece published at The Nation, Trump’s Renegotiation of NAFTA Is Starting to Look a Lot Like the TPP: Governments always claim that they’ll enforce labor and environmental standards: In 1993, Ron Wyden called a vote for NAFTA “a vote for less pollution.” But in this case workers or green groups would have to rely on a notoriously anti-labor, anti-environment regime in Washington to police violations by foreign exporters. They could not sue over NAFTA breaches directly. Investors, however, would still have that ability under the controversial investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) system, a secret extra-judicial court that gives corporations monetary awards for lost profits due to changes in law that run counter to trade agreements. While the document states that ISDS would have to be more transparent (hearings and judgments would be public) and “consistent with U.S. legal principles and practice,” it still exists, meaning corporations could still functionally overturn sovereign laws outside of the court system, and win billions of damages when governments try to write rules in the public interest. We need to all come together and recognize there’s an ongoing assault on the human being by powerful oligarchs and their politician puppets. Until we accept this and fight back, it will only get worse.
President Trump's recently published objectives for the upcoming renegotiation of NAFTA include a provision that could be a windfall to e-commerce companies if passed.
President Trump finally revealed what he thinks a better trade deal looks like. And it could be good for Amazon.
“Together, we are working every day for the citizens of this country: protecting their safety, bringing back their jobs and, in all things, putting AMERICA FIRST.” – President Donald J. Trump BRINGING ACCOUNTABILITY BACK TO GOVERNMENT: In six months in office, President Trump has followed through on his promise to the American people to bring accountability back to government. President Trump fulfilled his promise to the American people by nominating and, after Senate confirmation, appointing Neil Gorsuch as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. President Trump implemented higher ethical standards to make sure his Administration works for the American people. President Trump signed an Executive Order implementing tough new lobbying standards for political appointees, including a five-year ban on lobbying and a lifetime ban on lobbying for foreign countries. President Trump has donated his salary, following through on his promise to the American people. To make sure the Government serves the needs of all Americans, President Trump has called for a comprehensive plan to reorganize the executive branch and has used his budget to begin to implement his plan. President Trump created the Office of American Innovation to streamline and improve the Government for future generations. SPURRING JOBS CREATION: President Trump’s impact on the economy has been immediate, spurring job creation across the country. President Trump signed the “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order, prioritizing the interests of American businesses and workers. “Buy American” promotes American industry, protecting it from unfair competition by targeting the abusive use of waivers and exceptions to laws on the books. “Hire American” calls for the reform of our visa programs, ensuring that they no longer displace American workers, while fully enforcing laws governing the entry of foreign workers. President Trump signed an Executive Order, making it easier for businesses to start and expand apprenticeship programs. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has increased 17 percent since election day, hitting new highs 25 times this year already. Since January, the economy added 863,000 jobs, including 821,000 in the private sector. 79,000 construction jobs added since January. 42,000 mining and logging jobs added since January. 41,000 manufacturing jobs added since January. CUTTING DOWN JOB KILLING REGULATIONS: Just six months in office, President Trump has taken historic action to eliminate wasteful and costly regulations that have stood in the way of hardworking Americans. The American Action Forum estimates a potential $70 billion in costs reductions from President Trump’s actions to cut back regulations. President Trump has signed 14 Congressional Review Act resolutions into law, ending burdensome Obama-era rules and regulations, more than all other Presidents combined. By withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord, President Trump protected America from a bad deal that would have harmed our economy. According to a study by NERA Consulting, meeting the Obama Administration’s obligations under the Paris Climate Accord could have cost the United States economy nearly $3 trillion. According to the same study, 6.5 million industrial sector jobs could have been lost, including 3.1 million manufacturing sector jobs. In order to control regulatory costs, President Trump signed an Executive Order mandating that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated. Through infrastructure reform and investment, the Trump Administration aims to dramatically reduce permit approvals for projects from 10 years to 2 years, spurring investment and job creation. OPENING UP AMERICAN ENERGY: In six months, President Trump has turned around America’s policy on energy production after years of opposition. President Trump has acted aggressively to increase exports of our energy resources to a global market. Updated guidance from the Treasury Department to allow the United States to export coal. Expedited the permitting and approval processes of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminals and exports, including the approval of the Lake Charles LNG terminal in Louisiana. President Trump has unleashed oil and gas development in the United States by expanding access to resources and the infrastructure needed to get them to market. Approved the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, creating over 42,000 jobs and $2 billion in earnings. Signed an Executive Order mandating future pipeline work to be done by American workers and with American steel. Expedited new pipeline approval and production, such as the New Burgos Pipeline to Mexico. Signed an Executive Order to extend offshore oil and gas drilling and reissued a leasing program to develop offshore resources. Boosting oil and gas development on Federal lands. The Environmental Protection Agency is reconsidering an Obama-era rule on greenhouse gas emissions that is estimated to cost oil and natural gas operators as much as $530 million annually. President Trump kept his campaign promise to coal miners and rolled back the previous Administration’s “Stream Protection Rule,” which targeted the beleaguered industry with estimated costs of at least $81 million a year. A FREE AND FAIR TRADE AGENDA: President Trump is putting America First in trade negotiations, pursuing reciprocal agreements with our trading partners so everyone benefits. One of President Trump’s first actions was to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, after the Obama Administration’s efforts failed to protect American workers. President Trump announced he will renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to better reflect our modern economy while benefitting all parties so involved. This week, the United States Trade Representative released its objectives for upcoming NAFTA negotiations. Last week, the President began the process of renegotiating the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement. Negotiations President Trump started with China on economic cooperation have already produced results for American businesses. For the first time in 14 years, American beef imports have returned to China. China is welcome to negotiate contracts to import American liquefied natural gas. President Trump delivered on his campaign promise to roll back the Obama Administration’s bad deal on Cuba that benefitted the Cuban regime at the expense of the Cuban people. RESTORING LAW AND ORDER TO IMMIGRATION: President Trump has prioritized enforcing immigration laws in his first six months to protect all Americans, ensuring that our immigration system treats everyone fairly. President Trump instituted tough immigration policies that have reduced illegal border crossings by 53 percent compared to the same time last year. The President ordered the hiring of 10,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, including 5,000 additional border patrol agents. Within the first 100 days of President Trump signing his executive orders on immigration enforcement, ICE conducted nearly 40 percent more Enforcement and Removal Operations compared to the same time last year. Arrests of convicted criminal aliens climbed by nearly 20 percent in this time compared to the same time last year. In fiscal year 2017, ICE has removed over 2,700 criminal gang members, compared to 2,057 criminal gang members in all of fiscal year 2016. ICE has specifically targeted MS-13 criminal gang members for removal on immigration violations. To jumpstart construction on the border wall, the President ordered the Department of Homeland Security to use $100 million of unspent appropriations in its account for border security, fencing and infrastructure. President Trump directed executive agencies to employ all lawful means to enforce the immigration laws of the United States, including clamping down on sanctuary cities. Attorney General Jeff Sessions implemented new charging guidelines to end catch-and-release policies. President Trump ordered the creation of the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) office at DHS, ensuring that our Government can no longer ignore the victims of criminal acts by illegal aliens. PROVIDING FOR OUR NATION’S VETERANS: President Trump is making sure our veterans get the care they deserve after they have sacrificed for our country. Under President Trump, Department of Veterans Affairs fired over 500 employees, suspended 200, and demoted 33, as part of President Trump’s efforts to restore integrity and accountability to a department charged with supporting our Nation’s heroes. 22 senior leaders were disciplined. President Trump signed the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, enabling senior Veterans Affairs officials to fire failing employees while establishing important safeguards to protect whistleblowers. The Veterans Affairs administration is shifting veterans’ electronic medical records to the same system used by the Defense Department, ending a decades-old rift in sharing information between the two agencies. President Trump signed legislation allowing our veterans to receive care outside of the Veterans Affairs medical system. The Department of Veterans Affairs has acted to increase transparency and accountability by launching an online “Access and Quality Tool” to provide veterans a way to access wait time and quality of care data. AMERICA FIRST FOREIGN POLICY AND NATIONAL SECURITY: In the first six months of his Administration, President Trump has put America First in world affairs and national security. During his historic speech in Poland, President Trump reasserted that America would defend its interests and allies after years of neglect by the previous Administration. President Trump brokered a ceasefire in southwest Syria as part of his commitment to end the conflict, reduce human suffering, and defeat ISIS. During his first international trip, President Trump supported the opening of a new “Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology” in Saudi Arabia, created to empower Muslim-majority countries to more effectively combat radicalization. President Trump has increased pressure on Iran to end its destructive and destabilizing actions in the Middle East, including its continued ballistic missile research. The Department of the Treasury sanctioned over 25 entities and individuals involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program, ensuring our ability to monitor potentially malicious actors while preventing future acts of terrorism. This week, the United States sanctioned sixteen entities and individuals that have supported Iran’s military and Revolutionary Guard Corps in the development of drones, fast attack boats, and other military equipment. President Trump has allowed the military to push back against threats to our interests and allies. In his first six months, President Trump worked with our partners and allies in the Middle East to defeat ISIS, leading to Iraqi forces recapturing Mosul. After the Syrian regime used chemical weapons against civilians, President Trump authorized strikes against the airbase that launched the chemical attacks, demonstrating our national commitment to preventing further atrocities. President Trump has lifted restrictions that had prevented the Secretary of Defense and our commanders in the field from fully using their judgement and expertise.
Print section Print Rubric: Canada and Mexico face a tricky renegotiation of their trade agreement with the United States Print Headline: Redesigning the North American home Print Fly Title: NAFTA UK Only Article: standard article Issue: Britain faces up to Brexit Fly Title: Redesigning the North American home Location: WASHINGTON, DC Main image: 20170722_AMD001_0.jpg FOR months President Donald Trump has veered between threatening to terminate the North American Free-Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and merely proposing to bring it “up to date”. On July 17th, in a letter to Congress, the United States trade representative, Robert Lighthizer, made the administration’s intentions clearer. They are closer to revision than destruction, which is a relief for Mexico and Canada, the United States’ ...
Plans of NAFTA exit and introduction of a border-tax system have dulled prospects of auto stocks.
With NAFTA's future in question, former industrial areas and other secondary and tertiary logistics and industrial markets are expected to be most impacted.
Комментарий эксперта РИСИ Вячеслава Михайловича Холодкова. Почему ситуация во внешней торговле США стремительно ухудшается? Продолжит ли Мексика быть «экспортным хабом» на пути в Соединённые штаты? За что США предъявляют претензии к Канаде и Мексике?
Detroit's NAFTA Plea: Germany And Japan Have Cheap Labor Neighbors -- Don't Take Away Mexico
Access to low-cost production is critical to compete in the global market, the industry says. If Trump messes too much with NAFTA -- like requiring a higher percentage of domestic parts in vehicles -- U.S.-made cars will be too expensive to compete with German and Japanese rivals.
Хиллари Клинтон объявила о том, что будет участвовать в президентских выборах, которые пройдут в США в следующем году. Стоит ли России ожидать очередной "перезагрузки" или нового витка обострения отношений, в случае если Клинтон победит на выборах?
Сайт WikiLeaks опубликовал два документа, из которых следует, что переговоры по созданию Тихоокеанского партнёрства близки к тупику. В них участвуют 12 стран: США, Япония, Мексика, Канада, Австралия, Малайзия, Чили, Сингапур, Перу, Вьетнам, Новая Зеландия и Бруней. Вместе они производят более 40% мирового ВВП, сообщает RT На этой неделе представители перечисленных государств собрались в Сингапуре, чтобы обсудить будущее торговое соглашение. После встречи за закрытыми дверями министр торговли Японии Ясутоси Нисимура заявил прессе, что США, по его мнению, должны продемонстрировать «большую гибкость». Документы, обнародованные WikiLeaks, показывают, что стороны не могут договориться по 119 пунктам, в том числе и из-за жёсткой позиции США. Пока остаётся неясным, какая именно страна из двенадцати, участвующих в переговорах, допустила утечку. «США оказывает серьёзное давление, чтобы за эту неделю закрыть вопросы по максимально возможному количеству спорных пунктов», - утверждает один из опубликованных документов. «Одно из государств указывает, что до сих пор не было сделано никаких существенных шагов со стороны США, что и явилось причиной создавшейся ситуации». Администрация Обамы призвала все стороны, участвующие в переговорах, достичь соглашения до конца этого года. Однако споры вокруг ключевых вопросов могут привести в декабре к «частичному прекращению переговоров или даже к их срыву». Создание транстихоокеанского торгового партнерства в Вашингтоне расценивают в качестве приоритета. Подчёркивается, что оно даст импульс экономикам всех стран-участниц. Однако существует мнение, что некоторые пункты соглашения могут привести к подрыву национальных интересов ряда государств этого региона. Среди спорных вопросов, в частности, право транснациональных корпораций оспаривать законодательство отдельных стран в наднациональных трибуналах. Ранее Вашингтон уже одобрил такие полномочия в предыдущих торговых соглашениях, например, в рамках Североамериканской зоны свободной торговли. Однако условия, предлагаемые тихоокеанским партнёрством, могут предоставить транснациональным корпорациям возможность оспаривать более широкий круг законов. 30 августа 2013 года WikiLeaks опубликовал документ, который касается прав интеллектуальной собственности и вызывает сильнейшие опасения у гражданских активистов. Так, организация Electronic Frontier Foundation предупреждает, что меры, перечисленные в договоре, «нанесут огромный вред свободе слова, праву на частную жизнь, а также существенно снизят возможность для создания инноваций». «По сравнению с существующими многосторонними соглашениями, глава соглашения ТРР предлагает выдачу большего числа патентов, создание дополнительных прав собственности на данные, расширение защиты патентов и авторских прав, расширение привилегий правообладателей. Наказания для нарушителей становятся строже, - сказал эксперт Джеймс Лав из международной организации «Экология Знания». – Данный текст существенно урезает существующие исключения в международном законодательстве по авторскому праву. Он обсуждался секретно и мешает распространению знаний, развитию медицины и инновационной деятельности». Данное соглашение, в случае его принятия, может усилить и расширить власть фармацевтических монополий в том, что касается лекарств от рака, ВИЧ, сердечных заболеваний, в особенности – в Азиатско-Тихоокеанском регионе. Монополисты получат беспрецедентные права, не допуская на рынок других производителей. Последующий рост цен на жизненно важные лекарства, возможно, затронет каждого. «Данная глава соглашения о ТРР – это рождественский подарок для крупнейших корпораций, - сообщил газете Sydney Morning Herald доктор Мэтью Риммер, эксперт по законодательству в сфере интеллектуальной собственности. – Голливуд, звукозаписывающие компании, такие IT-гиганты, как Microsoft, фармацевтические компании – все получат свой кусок пирога».
Сергей РоговДиректор Института США и Канады РАН, академик РАН, член РСМД12 февраля президент США Барак Обама выступил в Конгрессе с посланием «О положении страны», в котором изложил приоритеты американской политики на второй срок своего пребывания у власти. На мировой арене Обама намерен поставить США во главе двух гигантских экономических блоков – Трансатлантического и Транстихоокеанского. Это должно обеспечить Вашингтону лидерство в полицентрической системе международных отношений. Такая схема стала одним из ключевых компонентов «доктрины Обамы».Читать статью