Daily News Digest April 21, 2016

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Daily News Digest April 21, 2016

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US PolicyImageoftheDatTTP ExplainedImageoftheDay2 Quotes of the Day:

Progressives at home and abroad are happy about how far “left” the campaign debates and rhetoric have gone in this year’s Democratic Party presidential primary race. But five harsh realities suggest that such enthusiasm should be qualified. First, the debates and rhetoric have been nowhere nearly as radical as required in a time when the capitalist profits system (endorsed by the nominally socialist presidential contender Bernie Sanders) is generating an environmental catastrophe that has emerged as the biggest issue of our or any time. (The cultural theorist Frederic Jameson has written “that it is easier to imagine the end of the world than to imagine the end of capitalism.” The irony is that capitalism is quite tangibly, materially, and empirically – no imagination required – ending livable ecology). — Where Presidents and People Make History

Whereas, most leading climate scientists are not willing to honestly expose their greatest fears, as discovered by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! while at COP21 in Paris this past December, interviewing one of the world’s leading climate scientists, Kevin Anderson of Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research, who said: “So far we simply have not been prepared to accept the revolutionary implications of our own findings, and even when we do we are reluctant to voice such thoughts openly… many are ultimately choosing to censor their own research.” — Global Warming and the Planetary Boundary

The absolute intransigence of the U.S. mass incarceration regime is most dramatically on display in Chicago, where Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s own special investigative task force has concluded that the “police have no regard for the sanctity of life when it comes to people of color.” The report backs up that conclusion with a now-familiar recitation of statistics that show, by the numbers, the raw nature of the police as an occupying army that perceives that its mission is to stop, humiliate, frame, physically abuse, torture and kill Black and brown people. Seventy-four percent of the 404 people shot by the Chicago police last year were Black. Seventy-two percent of those stopped on the street but who were not arrested, were Black. Three quarters of those singled out for tasering were Black. And, the bulk of the remainder were Latino. – Glen Ford, There’s Only One Cure for Chicago Police Lawlessness: Black Community Control

Videos the Day:

One Year After Freddie Gray’s Death, Baltimoreans See Little Change

There’s Only One Cure for Chicago Police Lawlessness: Black Community Control (Audio)

The Video the Poultry Industry Doesn’t Want You to See


It’s Unaminous!ImageoftheDayWhere Presidents and People Make History by Paul StreetPaulStreetWhat Really Stands in the Way of Closing Guantánamo by Karen J. GreenbergGuantaminoEnvironment:

Global Warming and the Planetary Boundary by Robert Hunziker Robert HunzikerCoral Bleaching Has All But Destroyed Great Barrier Reef, Study Confirms More than 90 percent of world’s largest living ecosystem has been hit by “severe” coral bleaching by Nadia PrupisNadia Ongoing/Big Energy Disasters!:

New study reveals Fukushima radiation reached U.S. coast far sooner than previously believed, as cesium levels reach record high off Western shores By Greg White

USFukushimaRadiationThyroid cancer cases rising in Northern California communities By Kevin Oliver

Further Deregulation of Nuclear Power by the NRC: NRC slashes budget and eliminates jobs NRCBlack Liberation/Civil Rights:Bar-2Freedom Rider: Not Feeling the Bern by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley


WallStreetOnParadeNew York Does Elections Like It Does Wall Street: With Its Finger on the Scale:  New York State has the toughest financial fraud law in the country. Under New York’s 1921 Martin Act, the State Attorney General’s office can bring both criminal or civil charges. Despite that important fact, no CEO or CFO or key executive of any major Wall Street bank has been prosecuted by the New York State Attorney General for their role in the 2008 crash — which crippled the U.S. economy and has left the nation with GDP growth of two percent or less ever since.  By Pam Martens and Russ Martens


Venezuela’s Opposition: Attacking Its Own People by Eric DraitserVENEZUELA Health, Education and Welfare:

Teachers union chief to parents on possible strike: ‘Be prepared By Mitch Dudek



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