lobbyists

adventuresinmiddleschoolmusic  asked:

Sorry to bombard you with questions, but, I saw you reply to a post about posters? You said you use Google slides, and you set the slide to be the size of the poster you want. My question is how do you do that exactly?

I am glad you asked. TEACHERS! TOO LONG we have been held captive by the sinister Big Poster Lobbyists. However, if what you are looking for is a quick and easy poster with a few fonts and pictures, Google Slides could not make it easier, please allow me to show you. 

(I know that in some ways I am shooting myself in the foot because now because any future posters in my TPT store won’t sell as well, BUT Google Slides is amazing and I like helping people.)

Step one, open a new slide deck.

Step two, File –> Page Setup.

Step three, Custom Dimensions. 

(Whatever size you WANT. I typically leave an inch as bleed room.)

Step four, MAKE THAT POSTER.

(You have a range of background colors, shapes, fonts…etc. Google will also let you insert pictures automatically.)

Helpful Hints:

  • If you’re making a large poster, just because the picture you insert looks good on your screen does NOT mean it will print well. Make sure any graphics are big enough. 
  • OfficeMaxDepotBodega will have an easier time with a PDF file than a PPTX/Google Slides file. 
  • Under the “View” menu, it will let you zoom in and out of the slide when it gets that big, letting you fine-tune certain parts of your poster. 

Boom! Poster made! I hope that helps. Feel free to send me another ask if you have any questions. If you’re reading this post right now you owe me $10.

politico.com
Assange: 2016 election is like choosing between 'cholera or gonorrhea'
"Personally, I would prefer neither," the WikiLeaks founder and frontman said.

An election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is like been asked to choose between “cholera or gonorrhea,” Julian Assange said in a new interview aired Wednesday.

“Personally, I would prefer neither,” the WikiLeaks founder and frontman told Amy Goodman of “Democracy Now.”

Assange, who previously acknowledged he had timed the released of hacked documents and emails between Democratic National Committee staffers to harm Clinton, now said he didn’t see much difference between the former secretary of state and the Manhattan billionaire vying to defeat her in November.

“Look, I think — you know, we know how politics works in the United States. Whoever — whatever political party gets into government is going to merge with the bureaucracy pretty damn fast. It will be in a position where it has some levers in its hand. And so, as a result, corporate lobbyists will move in to help control those levers. So it doesn’t make much difference in the end,” Assange said.

Read more here

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Craig Murray: The Entirely Fake Owen Smith

Even the mainstream media feel compelled to drop hints that Owen Smith is not what he is being promoted as. The Guardian’s words yesterday were unintentionally revealing;

the former shadow work and pensions secretary plans to pitch himself as the soft-left option

Note “to pitch himself”. For PR professional Smith, political stance is nothing to do with personal belief, it is to do with brand positioning. On Channel 4 News last night, an incredulous Michael Crick pointed out that the “soft left” Smith had previously given interviews supporting PFI and privatisation in the health service. He also strongly supported Blair’s city academies.

As chief lobbyist for Pfizer, Smith actively pushed for privatisation of NHS services. This is not something Pfizer did very openly, and you have to search the evidence carefully. Footnotes often tell you what is really happening, as in this press release in which Owen Smith says of a Pfizer funded “focus group” study:

We believe that choice is a good thing and that patients and healthcare professionals should be at the heart of developing the agenda.

You have to look at the footnotes to see what kind of choice Owen Smith is actually talking about. Note to Editors 3 includes

The focus groups also explored areas of choice that do not yet exist in the UK – most specifically the use of direct payments and the ability to choose to go directly to a specialist without first having to see the GP.

Well, at least it is clear – direct payments from the public to doctors replacing current NHS services. Smith was promoting straight privatisation. As Head of Policy and Government Relations for Pfizer, Owen Smith was also directly involved in Pfizer’s funding of Blairite right wing entryist group Progress. Pfizer gave Progress £53,000. Progress has actively pursued the agenda of PFI and privatisation of NHS services.

Continues…

A kid gets caught with marijuana, that kid has a police record. A Wall Street executive destroys the economy, five billion dollar settlement for the government, no criminal record. That is what power is about. That is what corruption is about and that is what has to change in the United States of America.
—  Senator Bernie Sanders
Watching the Fine-Bros corporation’s subscriber count plummet fills me with determination

Watch its drop live:

http://www.livecounts.x10host.com/?channel=Fine%20Brothers%20Entertainment

See the statistical damage in context
http://vidstatsx.com/TheFineBros/youtube-channel

see how they pissed everyone on the internet off
https://www.reddit.com/r/videos/comments/43490c/the_fine_bros_from_youtube_are_now_attempting_to/

see why this is such a big problem:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3_fRUHOAfE

see how their response video still doesn’t make what they are attempting any better:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0S-uKfUd-g

See a sassy magical cartoon fish slam them if legal issues aren’t your forte:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=No_Vti186Tk

How this relates to Undertale:
Basically, this proves Undyne’s speech really is true, individually, we, like the monsters, are weak and easily brushed off, like a droplet of water, but with our hearts beating together, we spread and swell and crash upon you like a mighty wave, eroding your castle, determined to act as one and STRIKE YOU DOWN!

Corporations may be powerful and have money to corrupt and get their way, but with enough upset citizens, a violent uprising will succeed. Just like how Undyne will lead the monsters and overthrow Toriel if the human has killed too many monsters. Its this that major corporations need to remember, “Memento Mori”, “remember that you must die”. No matter how much money or power you are, no matter how big your corporation is, your security is not foolproof, all it takes is a group of people, someone with a gun or a knife, and its over for you. its so easy to get pictures and info on people these days, and the positions in companies, its so easy to spread, before you know it you have thousands of people that will attack you physically or economically the second they see you. Theres a lot of disgruntled people out there, and no matter how good your lawyers are, how much determination you have, how much power you think you wield….. you can still die, and in this world……you don’t have any resets or save files………

You would be amazed how many NDA’s, Copyrights, lawsuit summons, DMCA takedown notices, Contracts, Super PAC paperwork, and Lobbyist funded bills a single sharp knife can cut through. 

Democratic Senators Propose Lifetime Ban on Lobbying

Sens. Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Jon Tester (D-MT) “introduced legislation to prevent members of Congress from becoming lobbyists after they retire," The Hill reports.

"Current law allows senators to become lobbyists two years after leaving office, while House members only have to wait for a year. But Bennet and Tester’s bill would institute a lifetime ban on lobbying for lawmakers.”

Excellent idea.

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Consumers, farmers, & activists prepare to fight “Monsanto Protection Act” passed by the U.S. Senate
April 1, 2013

You most likely haven’t seen this story on your nightly news or on the front pages of most mainstream newspapers, but there is a huge battle underway that’s pitting angry consumers, organic farmers, small farmers and the natural food industry and others against bio-tech giant Monsanto and its large agriculture supporters.

The fight is centered around growing outrage over passage in the U.S. Senate of what critics are calling the “Monsanto Protection Act,” which President Obama signed into law on Tuesday. Anthony Gucciardi in piece on naturalsociety.com describes what’s happening this way:

“There truly is no rest for the wicked, and Monsanto is at war once again against health conscious consumers with the latest ‘Monsanto Protection Act‘, managing to sneak wording into the latest Senate legislation that would give them blanket immunity from any USDA action regarding the potential dangers of their genetically modified creations while under review.

The USDA would be unable to act against any and all new GMO crops that were suspected to be wreaking havoc on either human health or the environment….it all started in the late hours of Monday night (March 11), when lobbyists working for the Monsanto-fronted biotechnology industry managed to slide a ‘rider’ (through the deceptively worded Farmer Assurance Provision, Sec. 735) into the Senate Continuing Resolution spending bill.”

The left-of-center NationOfChange reports that Monanto’s lawyers and lobbyists pulled off a major coups with this rider and right under the eyes of even the most knowledgeable players along The Beltway:

“In the typical slippery nature of Monsanto’s legislation-based actions, the biotech giant is now virtually guaranteed the ability to recklessly plant experimental GM crops without having to worry about the United States government and its subsequent courts. The Monsanto Protection Act buried deep within the budget resolution has passed the Senate, and now nothing short of a presidential veto will put an end to the ruling.

In case you’re not familiar, the Monsanto Protection Act is the name given to what’s known as a legislative rider that was inserted into the Senate Continuing Resolution spending bill. Using the deceptive title of Farmer Assurance Provision, Sec. 735, this bill actually grants Monsanto the immunity from federal courts pending the review of any GM crop that is thought to be dangerous. Under the section, courts would be helpless to stop Monsanto from continuing to plant GM crops that are thought even by the US government to be a danger to health or the environment.”

In essence, say the critics, rider gives “backdoor approval” for any new genetically engineered crops that could be potentially harmful to human health or the environment.

A lobbyist monstrosity

The legislation has been described as a, “Lobbyist-created recurring nuisance that has been squashed in previous legislation thanks to outcry from not only grassroots but major organizations. Last time we saw The Center for Food Safety, the National Family Farm Coalition, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Sierra Club, and the Union of Concerned Scientists all come out against the Monsanto Protection Act from the 2012 Farm Bill,” says a report in NationOfChange before Mr. Obama signed the bill into law.

“This time, there was a swift resistance…however sadly the Senate acted so quickly on this and almost entirely ignored the issue that it has now passed despite thousands of fans signing the old petition…the reality is that the bill is actually seen as a positive one by most politicians, which is where Monsanto lobbyists were so deceptive and slippery as to throw in their rider (the actual Monsanto Protection Act into the bill). This makes it very unappealing to veto the bill, but also we must remember that Obama actually promised to immediately label G Mos back in 2007 when running for President,” concludes the NationOfChange story.

The rider in the bill allows farmers to plant, harvest and sell “genetically engineered plants” even if the crops have been ruled upon unfavorably in court.

A Center for Food Safety statement called the rider “an unprecedented attack on U.S. judicial review of agency actions” and “ a major violation of the separation of powers.”

Yahoo News goes a step further saying this legislation rider, “Threatens the health and well-being of the public by undermining the federal courts’ ability to protect farmers and the environment from potentially hazardous genetically engineered (GE) crops. The rider was slipped into the bill while it sat in the Senate Appropriations Committee, chaired by Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski. According to the Center for Food Safety, the committee held no hearings on this controversial biotech rider and many Democrats were unaware of its presence in the larger bill.”

Hidden backroom deals

Andrew Kimbrell, Executive Director of the Center for Food Safety said in a statement, “In this hidden backroom deal, Senator Mikulski turned her back on consumer, environmental, and farmer protection in favor of corporate welfare for biotech companies such as Monsanto…this abuse of power is not the kind of leadership the public has come to expect from Senator Mikulski or the Democrat Majority in the Senate.”

Food Democracy Now is calling on concerned citizens to call Congress and petition President Obama to remove Section 735 from the Continuing Resolution bill. There is an online petition sponsored by Food Democracy Now located here .

The International Business Times (IBT) says of the Monsanto rider in the bill, “The provision’s language was apparently written in collusion with Monsanto. Lawmakers and companies working together to craft legislation is by no means a rare occurrence in this day and age. But the fact that Sen. Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri, actually worked with Monsanto on a provision that in effect allows them to keep selling seeds, which can then go on to be planted, even if it is found to be harmful to consumers, is stunning. It’s just another example of corporations bending Congress to their will, and it’s one that could have dire risks for public health in America.”

The IBT says there are “five terrifying facts about the Farmer Assurance Provision – Section 735 of the spending bill – to get you acquainted with the reasons behind the ongoing uproar.” Those five things can be found here .

More than 100 organizations and businesses have come out against this section of the bill, including the National Farmers Union, American Civil Liberties Union, Sierra Club, Environmental Working Group, Stonyfield Farm, Nature’s Path, Consumers Union, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, and Public Citizen.

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Breaking: Pebble Mine project shut down. Mining lobbyists lose millions. Local efforts prevailed. Huge environmental win in Alaska today!

NRDC: “(I)n a historic result against enormous odds, the Save Our Salmon initiative has prevailed.

In the Lake and Peninsula Borough of southwest Alaska, where the massive Pebble Mine is proposed to be sited by a consortium of foreign mining companies, the residents have approved a prohibition against large-scale resource extraction – like the Pebble Mine – that would destroy or degrade salmon habitat in their region. 

And, most remarkably, they did so despite an intense campaign of fear funded by the Pebble Partnership falsely charging that the initiative “will drive Lake and Pen families away to find work, force schools to close and drive up the cost of food and fuel as the local economy shrinks even more.”

Source: NRDC

For background, read/listen to NPR’s report yesterday: Pebble Mine Development Polarizes Alaska.”

See also the Pebble Mine wiki and read about the legal battles, lobby efforts, and salmon habitat issues.

The annual presidential turkey pardoning event at the White House, which takes place again today, is a peculiar one. Presiding over his sixth one last year, even President Obama seemed confused by it all.

“It is a little puzzling that I do this every year,” Obama said, “but I will say that I enjoy it, because with all the tough stuff that swirls around in this office, it’s nice once in a while to just say, ‘Happy Thanksgiving.’”

He says a lot more than that. He makes embarrassing dad jokes, while his daughters stand next to him, about turkeys with punny names — and how they will live out their golden years in splendor. (Though “years” is a stretch. More on that below.)

There’s always lots of laughter for a lighthearted moment the day before Thanksgiving, but the truth behind the turkey pardons is a strange and sad tale with a long and myth-filled history.

The Strange Truth Behind Presidential Turkey Pardons

Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Clinton approved sales for ammunition giants, then took money from their lobbyists and investors

At the Democratic debate on 14 April 2016, Hillary Clinton said that 

“we need a president who will stand up against the gun lobby” 

However Secretary of State Clinton effectively stood with the gun lobby as she approved millions in revenue for gun lobby-allied gunpowder mills. Since then she has received payments from the ammunition industry, including over $160,000 in contributions from her campaign chair’s brother, ammo lobbyist Anthony Podesta. #Hate it!

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Report: Obama Has Weakened More Lobbyist-Opposed Health, Public Safety Regulations Than Bush

A new report shows that despite a campaign pledge to get lobbyists out of Washington, the Obama White House has weakened regulation in favor of corporate interests more than the Bush administration. The study, “Behind Closed Doors at the White House: How Politics Trumps Protection of Public Health, Worker Safety, and the Environment,” examines more than a thousand meetings that took place over a decade between lobbyists and a little known regulatory office, then checks to see how proposed rules were weakened to accommodate industry requests. It found the Obama White House changed rules 76 percent of the time, while Bush changed them just 64 percent of the time. EPA rules were changed at a significantly higher rate — 84 percent. [Democracy Now!] spoke to the report’s lead author, Rena Steinzor, professor at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law and President of the Center for Progressive Reform.