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  • Philanthropy: The Corpocracy’s Insurance Policy

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    For over 200 years might and money have kept the powerful in power in America. Throughout her history America’s organized, powerful few have exploited the unorganized, powerless many and militarily claimed the lives of countless millions throughout the world all for the sake of ever more profit and ever more power. Her might along with her hush money in the form particularly of social welfare (which, however, is dwarfed by corporate welfare), tax exemptions for charities, government grants, foundation grants mostly derived from corporations’ vulgar (i.e., ill gotten) wealth, and foreign aid have kept the powerless at home and away from storming the fortress.

    The foregoing is the backdrop for this essay, the true tale of an odyssey through the land of tax-exempt NGOs called by some either the “non-profit industrial complex” or the “charitable industrial complex” that stages change all the while serving the powerful, most especially the corpocracy, the collusion between corrupt corporations and corrupt government that is the most monstrous power on earth.

    The essay is not a report from an in-depth investigative journalism with its intensive interviewing and revealing documentation or from a scientific field study with its hypotheses and statistical tests that might conclusively prove the existence of the complex, if such proof were ever needed. That wasn’t even the initial purpo...

  • Commercial Real Estate Loans - Office, Multi-Family, Retail, Industrial, Construction

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    Crown Capital is a nationwide provider of commercial real estate loans. We provide financing for the acquisition, refinancing, renovation, and construction of the following income property types:

    Multi-Family Office Properties Single Tenant / Net Lease Properties Retail Industrial / R&D Condo Conversions Hospitality Mini-Storage We offer:

    Creative Financing Structures and Solutions Experienced Originators and Underwriters Timely Closings Reasonable Costs Maximum Loan Dollars Low Interest Rates and Pay Constants Loan types include:

    Permanent Construction Interim/Bridge Mezzanine Mini-Perm

  • Crown global | Insurance is contractually based and therefore has many inherent advantages for policyholders, beneficiaries and trustees. Life Insurance contracts remain one of the most efficient and compliant ways of growing, preserving and transferring wealth. Many advantages of life Insurance are associated with its favorable tax treatment, asset protection and flexible investment options.

    In addition to life insurance protection, insurance products have offered tax-free or tax-deferred benefits for many years. Life and annuity policies can be tailored to meet the specific investment objectives of high net worth families through customized private placement products. Generally, this means that a policy can be designed for qualified investors so that the investment portion of the policy (the cash value or principal) can be managed by a manager selected by the policy owner or invested in a hedge fund designed for insurance company accounts. While the number of companies offering these policies is relatively small, the choice of managers is virtually unlimited and the number of insurance dedicated funds (hedge funds for insurance accounts called "IDFs") is growing rapidly. Private Placement policies now offer the same prospect of high returns through alternative investments with a managed account or hedge fund investment with one exception: the returns inside a policy are tax-free or tax deferred, while the returns of a direct investment are currently taxable, oft...

  • Environmental review of WA coal terminal to begin

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    SEATTLE (AP) - Preliminary work begins next week for an environmental impact study on plans to build a coal shipping terminal in Longview, Wash.

    Cowlitz County, state and federal officials will take public comments on the scope of the environmental study between Aug. 16 and Nov. 18. Comments will be accepted by email, through regular mail, on the project website and in person at a series of community meetings.

    Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview LLC wants to build and operate a coal export terminal on the site of the former Reynolds Aluminum smelter on the Columbia River in Longview.

    The Longview terminal is one of three in the Northwest proposed to ship coal from Montana and Wyoming to Asia. The others are at Cherry Point outside of Bellingham, Wash., and one in Boardman, Ore.

    The scoping process will help Cowlitz County, the Washington Department of Ecology and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decide what should be studied in their environmental reviews of the project.

    The scoping process will decide whether the study should look at possible alternative sites, the potential impact on natural, cultural and community resources, possible adverse impacts and how to avoid or mitigate them.

    Five community meetings will be held: Sept. 17 in Longview, Sept. 25 in Spokane, Oct. 1 in Pasco, Oct. 9 at the Clark County Fairgrounds, and Oct. 17 in Tacoma.

    The next step in the multi-year process will be the actual environmental review. Then public comment will be taken agai...

  • Ma downplays renewable energy in wind-farm visit

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    Source LITTLE ENCOURAGEMENT:Ma said renewable energy has limitations and could not replace natural gas and other fuels, but touted his renewable energy track record

    President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday said Taiwan must continue to use natural gas and other energy resources to meet the nation’s power requirements, saying renewable energy had limitations in a visit to a Penghu County wind farm.

    The county established 14 wind power turbines at Jhongtun Village (中屯) and Husi Township (湖西) to generate wind power. State-run Taiwan Power Co (Taipower, 台電) said the two power stations could generate 10,000 watts, accounting for about one-quarter of the island’s energy demand.

    Ma yesterday inspected the power station at Jhongtun Village and discussed energy issues with a group of students in a local forum. While lauding the county as the best location to generate wind power in Asia thanks to strong winds in the area, Ma said renewable energy cannot fully replace natural gas and other energy sources.a

    “Renewable energy has its limitations. Natural gas and other fuels are still necessary to provide baseload power and meet peak demand when the wind is not strong enough,” he told the forum held at Makong High School.

    Ma said the development of renewable energy is a global trend, and his administration has aimed to diversify the nation’s energy supply.

    The government passed the Renewable Energy Development Act (再生能源發展條例) in 2009 to develop renewable energ...

  • Saving the Earth

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    Once upon a time, in a village, there lived a boy named Raman. He was poor and could not go to school. But he had friends whom he met occasionally. He liked to plant trees. Raman spent his time helping his parents.

    One day Raman’s dog was barking at a person cutting the branches of a tree. Raman told the man not to cut it, but he didn’t listen. The man said that he was assigned by the authorities to cut many more trees in the locality. Raman was depressed. He went home with his dog as the man continued to chop.

    After a week, he found a postcard lying around. He wrote a letter to the authorities requesting them not to cut trees. He wrote that every leaf is precious and trees give out oxygen, provide food and shelter to people and prevent soil erosion. He posted the letter and got a reply in two days. The letter stated that the authorities would plant saplings to compensate for cutting the trees.

    The boy got a reward for his efforts to save trees. His parents appreciated him and they lived happily.

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    Research we did for the TEEB for Business Coalition Natural Capital at Risk finds that the environmental costs of business are costing the global economy $7.3 trillion a year (equivalent to the GDP of China) from the loss of natural resources and ecosystem services, greenhouse gas emissions, and air pollution-related health costs.

    The ability of companies to continue to externalize all of these costs is diminishing as governments find it increasingly difficult to manage them. In this context, polluter pays principles are gaining traction. Companies in many industries and regions are already forced to internalize some of the costs of their environmental and social damage through carbon taxes and cap and trade schemes. Socialization of costs is also becoming more unacceptable to the public and companies are at risk of losing social licenses to operate.

    Environmental issues are no longer a low impact business risk that can be deferred in an economic downturn. Companies and investors need to consider environmental costs as core business and investment issues. Alongside emerging regulatory considerations, the impact of extreme weather events is already being felt on bottom lines. Companies in the food, beverage and apparel industries where margins are tightly linked to agricultural commodities have been most obviously affected. Household favourite Weetabix recently announced that it was forced to halt production of popular lines following a British wheat shortage caused by last ...

  • Analysts Laud China-U.S. Commitment To Build Relations

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    Chinese analysts on Sunday hailed the latest China-U.S. commitment to build a new type of relationship between big powers that features engagement and cooperation over conflict and confrontation.

    At a seminar on China-U.S. relations on Sunday, head of the Institute of International Studies Qu Xing said, "The debut summit between the two presidents set the tone for China-U.S. relations over the next four to ten years."

    The summit refers to the two days of talks between Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama in California, during which both presidents increased mutual trust, reached consensus on an array of issues and mapped out a blueprint for China-U.S. ties.

    The summit, including two talks, one walk and one dinner, is the first face-to-face meeting between the presidents of China and the United States since the two countries completed their latest leadership transitions.

    During the summit, Xi summarized the concept of a new type of relations between the two nations in three phrases -- "no conflict and no confrontation," "mutual respect" and "cooperation toward win-win results."

    In an effort to promote mutual understanding and trust, Xi and Obama agreed to boost dialogue and communication at all levels.

    Xi invited Obama to visit China. The Chinese defense and foreign ministers will visit the United States in the future. The China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue is scheduled to be held in July in Washingt...

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    One of the major conflicts of the era that is not often highlighted for public debate is whether we want an economy that privatizes government services and public resources and continues to concentrate wealth; or whether we want to develop an economic democracy that invests in the public interest and creates shared prosperity.

    Journalist Ted Koppel summarized the privatization trend: “We are privatizing ourselves into one disaster after another…. We’ve privatized a lot of what our military is doing. We’ve privatized a lot of what our intelligence agencies are doing. We’ve privatized our very prison system in many parts of the country. We’re privatizing the health system within those prisons. And it’s not working well.”

    The alternative, also growing rapidly albeit more quietly without corporate media coverage, is economic democracy. This is based on new models that give people greater control over their economic lives, share wealth in an egalitarian way and allow people to have more influence over the direction of the economy.

    Privatization vs. Public Ownership

    Privatization versus public ownership of services and resources is one aspect of this debate, but there are also a host of other issues that beg discussion. We will delve into many of these in detail in the Economic Democracy Conference of the Democracy Convention in Madison, WI from August 7 to August 11. Presenters who are deeply involved in their subjects will speak about big picture topics such ...

  • JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM ) nosed closer to a settlement with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission over the past week as both parties work toward resolving the issue of energy market manipulation in California and other key markets. That state's Independent System Operator had estimated that the engineered run-up in electricity prices added up to $73 million, so the big bank's reputed penalty of $410 million seems like a pretty good deal -- except for the rumored lack of sanctions against those responsible for this scandal. However, as The Wall Street Journal notes, nothing is written in stone yet, and things could possibly change.

    Banks' involvement in commodities questioned Perhaps the terms of the settlement will change, but the myriad ways in which the largest banks manipulate commodities markets very likely won't -- unless regulators force them to. Happily, the winds of change may be in the air, as a Senate subcommittee plans hearings on July 23 on the issue of banks and commodities, spurred by consumer and corporate complaints. In addition, the Federal Reserve is taking a fresh look at the 2003 decision to allow banks to immerse themselves in commodity markets, when it opted to allow such activities as "complimentary to financial activities."

    Banks have been manipulating commodities in so many ways For years, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS ) , and Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS ) have been making a killing in the commodities markets, scooping up mass qua...

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