The investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism in the trade deal could mean a future UK government would face lawsuits worth billions of pounds from multinational corporations if it
decided to remove companies from the NHS, freeze energy prices, restore public control to the railways, outlaw fracking, or raise the minimum wage. Similar agreements are already in existence other places in the world and the results are alarming. Just to give a few examples: Tobacco giant Philip Morris is claiming billions of dollars because Uruguay and Australia want to warn the public about the negative effects of smoking on cigarette packets Mining company Lone Pine are claiming $250 million because Quebec placed a moratorium on fracking Swedish energy corporation Vattenfall is claiming $3.7 billion because the German government phased out nuclear power after the Fukishima disaster Ecuador has been forced to pay more than $1.7 billion to oil company Occidental even though that company broke the law Slovakia has to pay $22miliion after it reversed the privatisation of its health insurance system
"Investor-state dispute settlement" is bad news. It’s always better if you can put things in your own words, but here are a few of the problems with ISDS. 1. It bypasses national court systems, establishing special tribunals that only corporations can access.
2. It allows corporations to overturn democratically agreed rules and laws.
3. It makes democracy more remote from the people.
4. It could be a threat to our environment, public health laws, food standards rules, restrictions on hazardous chemicals and many other policy areas.
If politicians wish to treat our armed forces with more respect, they should stop sending soldiers to be killed or maimed (or to kill and maim) in unjust foreign wars.
We’ve had 75 years of complaints from big business—when the minimum wage was instituted, when women had to be paid equitable amounts, when child labor laws were created. Every time the capitalists said exactly the same thing in the same way: We’re all going to go bankrupt. I’ll have to close. I’ll have to lay everyone off. It hasn’t happened. In fact, the data show that when workers are better treated, business gets better. The naysayers are just wrong.
“middle-out” economics … the long-overdue rebuttal to the trickle-down economics worldview that … has so screwed the American middle class and our economy generally. … rejects the old misconception that an economy is a perfectly efficient, mechanistic system and embraces the much more accurate idea of an economy as a complex ecosystem made up of real people who are dependent on one another.
If we don’t do something to fix the glaring inequities in this economy, the pitchforks are going to come for us. No society can sustain this kind of rising inequality. In fact, there is no example in human history where wealth accumulated like this and the pitchforks didn’t eventually come out. You show me a highly unequal society, and I will show you a police state. Or an uprising. There are no counterexamples. None. It’s not if, it’s when.
But the problem isn’t that we have inequality. Some inequality is intrinsic to any high-functioning capitalist economy. The problem is that inequality is at historically high levels and getting worse every day. Our country is rapidly becoming less a capitalist society and more a feudal society. Unless our policies change dramatically, the middle class will disappear, and we will be back to late 18th-century France. Before the revolution.
So the government, which has a statutory duty under the Climate Change Act 2008 to minimise the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, will have a statutory duty, under the Infrastructure Act 2015, to maximise them.
Small-scale farmers are producing the majority of the world’s food on just 25% of farmland. GRAIN report says small farms are more productive than large scale industrial monocultures.
The UEA report said: “If A-levels are to be redesigned to enhance their impact for students entering higher education, then creating programmes which encourage retention of key concepts should be a key factor to consider.”
Can windows become energy sources?
Nova Solar uses a special quantum dot polymer that absorbs harmful UVB light and refracts it laterally along the window’s glass.
When the light reaches the edges of the glass it is met by Photovoltaic cells that collect it, with special micro converters then turning it into electricity.
Clothe yourselves with the full batting kit of God so that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against Sri Lankan bowlers, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.