TPP The Next Big International Trade Deal And MORE!

Greetings to family, friends, ladies, gentlemen, boys, girls, and all citizens. Some of you may remember The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that was negotiated by President H.W. Bush in 1992 and enacted by President Clinton in 1994. If you’ve lived through the NAFTA implementation you’ve witnessed the blooming corporatocracy, income disparity, the bubble economy, plutocracy, wall street bailouts, unemployment, currency manipulation, unmanaged immigration, ignoring climate change, for profit healthcare, water scarcity, and the list goes on. One question: where are the benefits of NAFTA?

There is now a new international trade deal that president Obama has been very quietly negotiating for the past three years called the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership (TPP). It appears to me to be a big step toward a global corporatocracy run by Trans-National Corporations which will have legal ruling over Nation-States. Think about that. Is that the world you want?

I intend to learn about this. You?

Presidents Trade Representative TPP

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Uh-Oh Gas Leaks Found


Live Science is reporting on a recent study in Boston, MA proper that found over 3,300 natural gas leaks – some of which are potentially hazardous. Timely finding especially now after the natural gas explosion in Springfield, MA on Friday Nov., 23, that damaged 42 buildings and hurt 18 people. Springfield, MA gas explosion video. Emergency responders audio.

I have to ask – Who’s the responsible party? I think it’s the utility company. But it may be a private/public mix. Whatever, it needs attention to prevent a disaster.

UPDATE Feb. 18, 2013: A gas leak disaster was narrowly avoided Monday night by the fast action of fire fighters evacuating over 100 residents from their homes in the 200 section of Broadway, Chelsea, MA. When fire fighters arrived on scene and entered an apartment they found explosive levels of natural gas inside. As no source of the gas was apparent the decision to evacuate the residents to prevent loss of life was called. The utility company located the broken gas main on Cherry St. Repairs have started. See Map

Romney’s Broken Whale

In the end result Orca didn’t work because of only one centralized location and plain human error.

Inside Team Romney’s whale of an IT meltdown

It was supposed to be a “killer app,” but a system deployed to volunteers by Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign may have done more harm to Romney’s chances on Election Day—largely because of a failure to follow basic best practices for IT projects.

Called “Orca,” the effort was supposed to give the Romney campaign its own analytics on what was happening at polling places and to help the campaign direct get-out-the-vote efforts in the key battleground states of Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Colorado.

Instead, volunteers couldn’t get the system to work from the field in many states—in some cases because they had been given the wrong login information. The system crashed repeatedly. At one point, the network connection to the Romney campaign’s headquarters went down because Internet provider Comcast reportedly thought the traffic was caused by a denial of service attack.

As one Orca user described it to Ars, the entire episode was a “huge clusterf**k.” Here’s how it happened.

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