When Corporations Rule the World

A few nice global sourcing group images I found:

When Corporations Rule the World

Image by elycefeliz
This book was published in 1995; it not only was accurate then but his evaluations and predictions have become even more acute in the last 10 years.
Capitalizing on a growing sense of public uncertainty and fear, political deagogues and opportunists are now having a field day.

In the United States, they are attacking big government and environmentalists while calling for tax cuts, government down-sizing, the restoration of family values and individual responsibility, the elimination of restrictions on natural resource exploitation, increased defense expenditures, a tougher stand on crime, market deregulation and free China trade.

Posing as conservatives committed to protecting ordinary people from the abuses of big government, they play simultaneously to the self-reliant, who are distrustful of government; to the economically burdened, who seek tax relief; to workers in resource-based industries, who fear environmental restrations; and to corporate interests, which are eager for greater freedom to increase profits by externalizing costs.

. . . Few of thgeir proposals will contribute to restoring the values of family, community and self-reliance. To the contrary, they allow the world’s largest corporations the free to colonize still more of the world’s markets and resources to the benefit of the already rich, shift tax burdens from those best able to pay to those least able to pay, and enlarge the police powers of the state to stem the resulting social unrest.

The opportunists and demagogues of corporate libertarianism have linked corporate money and power with populist interests to advance an agenda that results in placing corporate interests above human interests.

. . . The time is ripe for a realignment of political alliances, which is likely to come into full flower only when the true populists realize that their enemy is not only big central government but also the giant corporations that owe no allegiance to place, people, or human interest.

~ When Corporations Rule the World


With its ruling in Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the Supreme Court has granted corporations even further unfettered access to destroy the fundamental Constitutional protections against corporate control of government. The Chamber of Commerce and ExxonMobil must be thrilled.

. . . Corporations, Wall Street and other special interests can now spend as much as they want on commercials and literature to call for the victory or defeat of federal political candidates.

Consider the power corporations already have over our democracy. For instance, the Finance, Insurance and Real Estate Industries spent over 2 million on political contributions to presidential candidates in the 2008 election. THat was one industry sector, one race, 2 million. Sure, it was a presidential race, so the stakes were high. But consider that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent 3 million lobbying the federal government in 2009, with no presidential race in sight. That was before the Chamber pledged to wage its "most aggressive" election fight ever in 2010, and put out the call to Big Business to pony up 0 million to do it. The Chamber already spends upwards of 0,000 per day on lobbying.

How many individuals could match that kind of spending power? And now that the limits to this largesse have been removed, how will We The People ever compete with corporations to choose our leaders?

. . . On the flip side of the coin, look at the elation of Republican corporate lapdogs like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY):

“For too long, some in this country have been deprived of full participation in the political process. With today’s monumental decision, the Supreme Court took an important step in the direction of restoring the First Amendment rights of these groups by ruling that the Constitution protects their right to express themselves about political candidates and issues up until Election Day. By previously denying this right, the government was picking winners and losers. Our democracy depends upon free speech, not just for some but for all.”

“First Amendment rights?”

The System Implodes: The 10 Worst Corporations of 2008

Central Park foliage photo-walk, Nov 2009 – 10

Image by Ed Yourdon
This was a 3-image, handheld HDR shot — taken from an area near the southwest corner of Central Park, looking east towards Fifth Avenue.

Note: this photo was published in a Dec 13, 2009 blog titled "How to Get the Perfect Composition in your Digital Photography."

It was also published in an undated (Jun 2010) blog titled "New York City Parks Worth Visiting." And it was published in an Aug 16, 2010 blog titled "CENTRAL PARK IN NEW YORK COULD SUPPORT 100 BIG DINOSAURS." It was also published in an undated (mid-Oct 2010) blog titled "The Best of Autumn in New York." And it was published in an Oct 20, 2010 blog titled "The Top 5 Places to see Fall Foliage in Central Park."

Moving into 2011, it was also published in an undated (mid-March 2011) Kathika travel blog titled "Visiting Central Park in New York City." And it was published in an Aug 15, 2011 blog titled "The Central Park Conservancy: a model for park conservation around the country." It was also published in an Aug 17, 2011 "Photography Digital World" blog titled " Interested in learning about digital photography?" And it was published in a Sep 2, 2011 blog titled "5 business travel tips for the fall," as well as a Sep 22, 2011 blog titled "Biophilic Cities." It was also published as a home-page illustration in an undated (mid-Oct 2011) blog titled Where to Live Next?

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in an undated (late Jun 2012) blog titled "20 Great Pictures of Central Park NYC." It was also published in a Jul 17, 2012 blog titled "New York Picnic Spots," as well as a Sep 20, 2012 blog titled "OTOÑO EN NUEVA YORK." And it was published in an Oct 29, 2012 blog titled "The Top 5 Rooftop Bars in New York," as well as an Oct 29, 29012 blog titled "Incredible Fall Foliage Shots" and an Oct 30, 2012 blog titled "Famous TV and Movie Landmarks to see in New York." It was also published in a Dec 3, 2012 blog titled "Parks to Visit in New York City."

Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Jan 21, 2013 blog titled Timekeeper "Blog Tour: Alexandra Monir on Central Park + giveaway!" And it was published in an Aug 16, 2013 blog titled "10 Things for Startups to Do Before Autumn Arrives."

Moving into 2014, the photo was published in an Apr 14, 2014 blog titled "Green Space Keeps You from Feeling Blue."

Note: A large percentage of my "landscape" photos (including the ones in this set) are now copyright-protected, and are not available for downloads and free use. You can view them here in Flickr, but if you would like prints, enlargements, framed copies, and other variations, please visit my SmugMug "NYC HDR" gallery by clicking here.


On Nov 6, 2009 a group of roughly 150 members of the NYC Digital Photography Meetup Group (which comprises some 2,556 members, according to its website) assembled at the southeast corner of New York’s Central Park for a "meetup" that consisted of a walk through Central Park to capture the fall foliage. A few people knew each other from previous meetups, but most of us were there for the first time, and knew only that we were in the midst of a lot of people with "serious" cameras. Introductions were made, hands were shaken, cameras were compared, but with rare exceptions, names were quickly forgotten — except for lyman91, who served as the organizer for the afternoon’s activities. After all, it wasn’t a college mixer; we were there to get some nice photographs…

Once we got started, we walked past the pond in the southeast corner of the park, up to a picturesque bridge, and then along the southern edge of the park until we reached another picturesque bridge by the southwest corner of the park. From there, we ventured north, past Tavern on the Green, past the Sheep Meadow, up to the 72nd Street entrance (where many photos were dutifully snapped of Strawberry Fields, and the Dakota apartment building where John Lennon lived at the time of his death). We then walked around parts of the boat pond, and a little further north into the Ramble … at which point, the late-afternoon shadows were dark enough that I decided to call it a day and head on home.

As someone observed early in the walk, "fall foliage" in New York City is not the same as it is up in Vermont and New Hampshire. There are no fiery reds, no mountainsides of bright orange trees. Our trees are more subdued: there were a few bright yellow ones (don’t ask me what kind they were; I have no idea), but most of the trees were "rust-colored" at best.

Still, it was a pleasant walk; the temperature was a little cool, but the skies were a brilliant blue, and there wasn’t a cloud to be seen. I took fewer photos than I would have expected — only about 300 — and I’ll upload the "keepers" throughout the week, as I edit them and put them in reasonable shape… and I’ll look forward to another photo meetup sometime in the future. Next time, hopefully I will remember a few names…

9/52 : Le traité de non prolifération nucléaire – The nuclear non-proliferation treaty

Image by Eric Constantineau – www.ericconstantineau.com
=== Français ===

Le 5 mars 1970, le traité de non-prolifération nucléaire entrait en vigueur. Tout en favorisant le partage d’information pour le développement du nucléaire civil, le traité interdit les pays possédant l’arme nucléaire d’aider ou de fournir des armes aux autres pays, qui de leur côté ne doivent pas s’en fabriquer ou s’en procurer. Le traité a malheureusement ses limites. Il y a une forme de discrimination entre les pays EDAN (ceux qui ont la bombe) et les ENDAN (ceux qui n’ont pas la bombe).

"Le TNP crée intrinsèquement une discrimination entre les EDAN et les ENDAN, à peine compensée par les contreparties accordées par les cinq EDAN, comme la possibilité pour les ENDAN de développer des applications nucléaire pacifiques (comme pour l’énergie) ou leur engagement de réduire les potentiels nucléaires et de favoriser un désarmement complet. En général, les pays qui possèdent l’arme nucléaire, EDAN ou non, se sont engagés à respecter des garanties positives les engageant à porter secours aux pays qui seraient menacés ou attaqués par des armes atomiques, et des garanties négatives (résolution 984 [1] du 11 avril 1995 adoptée à l’unanimité par le Conseil de sécurité des Nations unies) engageant les pays possédant l’arme nucléaire à ne pas attaquer avec leurs armes atomiques des pays signataires du TNP qui n’en seraient pas dotés.

Ces déséquilibres entre pays dotés ou possédant l’arme nucléaire, ont participé à pousser trois pays (Israël, l’Inde et le Pakistan) à ne pas signer le TNP et à développer des programmes nucléaires."
– Wikipedia

Dans ce dossier, il y a beaucoup de choses à dénoncer.

Je dénonce ici, encore une fois, l’hypocrisie politique. Pendant que les pays comme la Corée du Nord, l’Iran ou Israël sont pointés du doigt, les pays possédant l’arme nucléaire ne manifestent pas de volonté réelle pour se désarmer. Au contraire, ils ont pris des mesures pour conserver leurs armes à jamais.

"De plus, les EDAN ne manifestent pas la volonté d’appliquer les accords établis lors de la révision de 2000. Les cinq EDAN sauf la Chine ont désarmé quantitativement. Mais aucun qualitativement, ils ont au contraire tous modernisé leurs armements et pris des dispositions pour conserver leur capacité nucléaire indéfiniment."
– Wikipedia

En plus de montrer un mauvais exemple, les États-Unis aident illégalement Israël."Les États-unis avaient envoyé à Israël des documents secret qui confirmait leur coopération […] les États-Unis se retrouvent à avoir fait quelque chose de carrément illégal."
– CHOQ.FM – François Marginean pour l’Autre Monde – 30 Septembre 2010

Ceci fut confirmé par la radio de l’armée israélienne le 7 juillet 2010, mais malheureusement, la source de cette information a disparu.

Ce n’est bien sûr pas la seule collaboration entre les deux pays. Ici, les États-Unis et Israël ont fabriqué un virus pour ralentir l’Iran. La collaboration continue depuis longtemps entre les deux pays.
"Les services de renseignement israéliens et américains ont collaboré au développement du virus informatique Stuxnet destiné à saboter le programme nucléaire iranien."
Voir l’article en aglais du New York Times.

La France et l’Angleterre ont également aidé Israël. France & USA ont été des acteurs clés, mais les Anglais ont aussi aidé Israël : centaines de livraisons secrètes (échantillons d’« uranium 235 » puis plus tard de « plutonium » et du « lithium-6 » hautement enrichi. pour accélérer les réactions de fission et servir de carburant à la Bombe « H ».

Et ce n’est que la pointe de l’iceberg. Notre monde est devenu très complèxe, les relations diplomatiques au moyen-Orient sont depuis longtemps au coeur de nos inquiétudes. Et avec tout le bassin méditéranéen actuellement en révolution, on peut s’attendre au meilleur comme au pire.

Il est clair que le traité à du bon, beaucoup de pays ont arrêtés leur programmes nucléaires et décidé de signer le traité. La planète peut respirer un peu. Mais il existe toujours une inégalité : tant que les grandes puissances ne montrerons pas l’exemple, il y aura toujours des dissidents.

Est-ce que les Nations Unies peuvent faire quelque chose ? Surtout si tous les états possédant la bombe atomique sont membres à vie du conseil de sécurité…

La présente photo a été inspirée à partir de celle-ci et fait partie de mon projet photo "52 légo". En 2011, je dénoncerai une injustice à chaque semaine. Les photos de ce projet peuvent être utilisées librement pour des fins non-commerciales.

Changeons le monde, une photo à la fois.

=== English ===

On March 5th, 1970, the nuclear non-proliferation treaty came into force. While giving the right to use nuclear technology for civil use, the treaty prohibits countries that have the weapon to help others to have it, also the countries that does not have the weapon, must not put efforts to have it. the treaty has its limits as there is a form of discrimination between the ones that have the bomb, and the ones who don’t.

"Three states—India, Israel, and Pakistan—have declined to sign the treaty. India and Pakistan are confirmed nuclear powers, and Israel has a long-standing policy of deliberate ambiguity (see List of countries with nuclear weapons). These countries argue that the NPT creates a club of "nuclear haves" and a larger group of "nuclear have-nots" by restricting the legal possession of nuclear weapons to those states that tested them before 1967, but the treaty never explains on what ethical grounds such a distinction is valid."
– Wikipedia

There are many things to denounce here.

I here denounce, again, the political hypocrisy. While some countries like North Korea, Iran and Israël are being looked at, the "Nucelar Club" does’nt manifest real intention of disarming. In fact, they took measures to keep their firepower.

"Some argue that the NWS have not fully complied with their disarmament obligations under Article VI of the NPT.

The United States responds to criticism of its disarmament record by pointing out that since the end of the Cold War it has eliminated over 13,000 nuclear weapons and eliminated over 80% of its deployed strategic warheads and 90% of non-strategic warheads deployed to NATO"
– Wikipedia

The fact is, while disarming a large number of warheads, the kinds of warheads change and the firepower remains the same.

The US gives a bad example. Moreover, they illegally help Israel. Read the full article.

This was confirmed by the Israelian Army Radio, on July 7th 2010, but the source of this information disappeared.

Of course, this is not the only collaboration between the two countries. Here, the US helped Israël to make a the Stuxnet computer virus destined to wreck the nuclear program in Iran. Read the New York Times article.

France and England also helped Israël. They were key actors, hundreed of shipments (Uranium-235, Plutonium, and highly enriched Lithium-6) to serve as fuel for the H Bomb.

This is only the tip of the iceberg. Our world is now very complex, diplomatic relations in the Middle-East are at the heart of our fears. And with all the Mediteranian countries in revolution right now, we can expect the best, or the worst.

It is clear that the treaty has some good in it, many countries stopped their nuclear programs and decided to sign the treaty. Our planet can hope, but there are still disparities : as long as the major powers won’t lead by example, there will always be dissidents.

Can the United Nations do something about this? Especially if the countries that have the bomb are all in the UN Security Council…

The present photo was inspired by this one, and is part of my "52 légo" photo project. In 2011, I will denounce one injustice every week. The photos of this project can be freely used for non-commercial use.

Let’s change the world, one photo at a time.


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