Daily News Digest May 27, 2016

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Daily News Digest May 27, 2016

As the Capitalist Robber Barons Steal from the 99% — Only the 1% Voted For Austerity — The 99% Should Decide On Austerity — Not Just The 1% Who Profit From Austerity!

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Where one lives has a significant effect on public health. Geographic location is not a matter of happenstance and ZIP codes matter. According to a new report from the Center for Effective Government, people of color make up nearly half the 11.4 million people living in zones adjacent to dangerous facilities, and have nearly double the risk whites face of living near those sites. A recent NAACP report also found that 78 percent of all African-Americans live within 30 miles of a coal-fired power plant, which is associated with serious health complications, such as heart and respiratory disease and lung cancer. The crisis in Flint is far from isolated. “The highest polluting industrial facilities, across a range of sectors from farming, mining to manufacturing, are more likely to be situated in poor and minority neighborhoods,” according to the U.N. experts. Louisiana’s Cancer Alley, an area with significant concentration of industrial pollutants near low income and minority neighborhoods so named because of its high rates of cancer, is another high profile example. And Detroit’s predominantly black Boynton neighborhood has been described as a “sacrifice zone,” where authorities continue to ignore complains by the area’s predominantly black residents about air pollution from a local oil refinery. US environmental injustice goes well beyond Flint

The media persists in calling the looting of Greece a “bailout.” To call the looting of a country and its people a “bailout” is Orwellian.  The brainwashing is so successful that even the media and politicians of looted Greece call the financial imperialism that Greece is suffering a “bailout.” — The Looting Stage of Capitalism: Germany’s Assault on the IMF

Video the Day:

What’s happening in the South China Sea?


A Big War Brewing?:  China to send nuclear-armed submarines into Pacific amid tensions with US: Beijing risks stoking new arms race with move although military says expansion of the US missile defence has left it with no choice By Julian BorgerChina ‘Too Big to Fail’?:  Lawsuit accusing 16 big banks of Libor anipulation reinstated by US court: Judge warns case could ‘bankrupt 16 of the world’s most important financial institutions’ including Barclays, Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, HSBC and UBS By Jana KasperkevicBigBankLawsuitAmerica’s Cosmic Tax Gap: The federal government can now spot a bug in space — so why can’t they spot rich tax cheats here on the ground? By Sam Pizzigati  TaxGap


Environmental Racism: UN watchdog denounces structural racism and calls for reparations, systemic reforms by Lauren CarasikEnvironmentalRacism North American Continent Begins CRACKING in Wyoming, East of Yellowstone Volcano: Over the weekend an ENORMOUS crack in the earth developed in the southern foothills of the Big Horn Mountains.  The mountain range lies east of the Yellowstone super-volcano. Estimates by some put the crack at 750 yards long by 50 yards wide by 50 feet DEEP — and growing!WyomingCrackingFarming’s Dirty Needs Have a Deadly Effect: Fertilisers are a major contributor to air pollution in the US, Europe, Russia and China.  By Tim Radford TimRadford

Ongoing/Big Energy Disasters!:

Top Obama Energy Official Says Administration Rejects “Keep It In The Ground” As Climate Strategy By Justin MikulkaObamaRejectsExxon “Chose to Mislead”: Granddaughter of Former Exxon Climate Scientist: Anna Kalinsky, the granddaughter of former Exxon climate scientist James Black, has berated the company for bankrolling climate change denial despite her grandfather’s attempts to inform the company of the risks of burning fossil fuels for the global climate. By Steve HornSteveHorn

Black Liberation/Civil Rights:

Race Best Predicts Whether You Live Near Pollution: Environmental racism extends far beyond Flint.  By Bryce CovertEnvironmentalRacism1

BARSeats on the 2016 Democratic Platform Committee Are NOT a “Political Revolution” by BAR managing editor Bruce A. DixonBarBruce

The Sanders campaign named Cornel West, James Zogby and 3 others to the 15 member Democratic party 2016 platform committee. But platform promises to Democratic voters have always been worthless. Bill Clinton’s platform promised investment in inner city job programs, reinvestment of military spending and much else. Obama’s platform promised relief to homeowners in the middle of the foreclosure crisis and a lot more. The Democratic party has captured Brother West to leverage his credibility to make promises the neither the platform committee nor Democratic voters can enforce, promises which Hillary has no intention of keeping. Read more

Crime “Prediction”: The Algorithms of Racist Injustice by BAR executive editor Glen FordBarGlenMass Black incarceration wound up ensnaring too many white people in the gulags, bringing forth calls from within the establishment for “reform” to spare those undeserving of imprisonment.  Digital science came to the rescue. “The U.S. criminal justice system now deploys algorithm-based technology to predict who will be criminalized in the future, and to systematically push whites out of the path of the New Jim Crow juggernaut.” Read more


Riot police crack down on Paris protests against labour reforms: Thousands of protesters turn out on streets of French capital as refineries and nuclear power stations across the country come to a halt by Angelique Chrisafis France copyAverage CEO Raise Last Year Amounted to 10x What Most Workers Made in Total: Amid ‘disgraceful inequality,’ Associated Press analysis finds that median compensation for top executives in 2015 was $10.8 million by Andrea Germanos

The median CEO pay raise was 4.5 percent from 2014—and that bump alone, nearly $470,000, is about ten times what the average U.S. worker makes in a year, the AP notes.
The median CEO pay raise was 4.5 percent from 2014—and that bump alone, nearly $470,000, is about ten times what the average U.S. worker makes in a year, the AP notes.


The Looting Stage of Capitalism: Germany’s Assault on the IMF: Having successfully used the EU to conquer the Greek people by turning the Greek “leftwing” government into a pawn of Germany’s banks, Germany now finds the IMF in the way of its plan to loot Greece into oblivion. by Paul Craig Roberts  PaulCraigRoberts


When Will the World Be Free of the NATO Beast?: NATO is fighting for its Paleolithic life. A dying dinosaur from a place God and time may one day forget, the military equivalent of a mafia protection racket now swishes its tail one last time in the hopes a full scale war will rescue it. With militarism as a purpose, and bending European societies in the back of its fossil mind, this listless beast of war is more dangerous than ever. Here is a look at a rusty tool of American hegemony, one the world never really needed at all. By Phil ButlerNAYOSerbia: Election Fraud or Fraudulent Elections?: by Filip Sacirovic


Health, Education, and Welfare:

Students With Nowhere to Stay: Homelessness on College Campuses By  Eleanor J. BaderStudents 


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