Daily News Digest March 24, 2021

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Images of the Day:

Republicans and Democrats are a Two Headed Snake!

Another Example Capitalism as a Failed System: World Capilalism Was Aware of the Danger of Cornovavirus Threat Over 4 Years Ago and Did Nothing!:  Under Capitalism — Human Lives Don’t Matter  Capitalism Does Not, and Never Has, Worked for the Masses! In Its Death Agony, Capitalism Is Traveling About The World Like The Four Horsemen of the The Apocalypse, Spreading  Racism,  War, Famine, Pestilence, and Death. The future of Humanity Is Now At stake!Since World War I, ‘the war to end all wars’, there have been perpetual wars for perpetual peace, this Laura Gray’s cartoon from the front page of The Militant August 18, 1945, Under the Banner Headline: “There Is No Peace”During This Economic Crisis, Capitalism’s Three-Point Political Program: 1.Austerity,2. Scapegoat Blacks, Minorities, and ‘Illegal’ Immigrants for Unemployment, and 3.  The Iron Heel!    For Decades, Blacks Have Been Subjected to The Iron Heel!   Currently, the US Capitalist Class is Divided Over When — Not If, to Apply It to Everyone!

Due to Years of Austerity, Cuts to Public Health Care, And An Anti-Science and Profiteering President, The United States Now Leads the World In  Coronavirus Cases and Deaths in the World!

Always Remember:  That President Obama, With a Majority Democrat Legislature Supported the Wall Street Bailout and Remember, That he Established, in writing,  the United States Capitalist Austerity Program. —  The Race to the Bottom/Pauperization of the 99%!

Democracy?: 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!!  Under Austerity, All of the World Will Eventually Be Pauperized, Humbled, and Desecrated Like Greece and Puerto Rico.!   Socialism Means True Democracy, that the 99% Will Rule, Not the Few!

Quotes 0f the Day:

In The Part Played by Labor in the Transition from Ape to Man, Friedrich Engels wrote:“Let us not, however, flatter ourselves overmuch on account of our human victories over nature. For each such victory nature takes its revenge on us. Each victory, it is true, in the first place brings about the results we expected, but in the second and third places it has quite different, unforeseen effects which only too often cancel the first. …”     In December 1999, when I first wrote my essay Whither Humanity? (The Environmental Crisis of Capitalism), there were some doubters, on the left, about the science of the article. However, the essay has held up quite well in the past eight years. Since that time , we now know that “Carbon dioxide rates have been accelerating — that the rate of increase in carbon dioxide emissions has more than doubled since the 1990s”!

Videos of the Day:

Viet Thanh Nguyen on Roots of Anti-Asian Hate from U.S. Colonialism to Anti-China Political Rhetoric

“We Are Here Because You Are There”: Viet Thanh Nguyen on How U.S. Foreign Policy Creates Refugees

United States:

The United States is not a Democracy (A government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly)! Only the 1%, through their ownership of the Reublicrats and who profit from war and the war budget, vote for War and the war budget — A policy, which Gore Vidal called a  Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace. — The 99% Should Decide On War — Not Just The 1% Who Profit From War!  Under a Democracy, The 99% would have the right to vote on the policy of Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace! The United States takes from the poor and gives to the Rich. Rax the Rich!  — They Can Afford To PayEvironment:

Coronavirus China/USA

CDC Head Sounds Alarm as New Covid Cases Surge in States Across US Depending on how the nation acts now in response to the ongoing pandemic, “another avoidable surge” in cases n Monday, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, issued a warning over a “serious threat” during the White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing. “I’m calling the American people to action, whether they’re vaccinated or not to recommit to doing the right thing,” she pleaded, as case numbers started to tick up in key areas around America. Read on to see if COVID-19 is increasing in your area—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus. By Leah Groth

Over 556,070 People Have Died From Coronavirus in the United StatesDon’t Prolong COVID by Pretending It Is Over We must all stick to COVID self-defense measures. And as a country, we must become a vaccine ambassador.  Hello! Hello out there! Hello? (knocks on mic) Is this thing on? Can you hear me in the back? Ready? IT’S NOT OVER YET.   There were more than 65,000 COVID-19 cases reported on Friday, and almost 60,000 cases reported on Saturday. The seven-day average for infections stands at 56,348, with a national total soon to top 30 million. Almost 1,000 people are dying per day, and more than 542,000 are already gone. All of those numbers are incredibly awful. It’s not over yet. Not even damn close. By William Rivers Pitt

Trump’s “Chinese Virus” Tweet Led to a Huge Rise in Anti-Asian Tweets On March 16, 2020, as COVID-19 was first spreading across the U.S., then-President Donald Trump issued a tweet about his support of U.S. industries, saying that he would protect them from the “Chinese Virus.” What followed, a new study has found, was a steep rise in tweets containing anti-Asian hashtags as anti-Asian sentiments rose across the country.     The study, published Friday in the American Journal of Public Health, examined nearly 700,000 tweets and more than 1.2 million hashtags posted over the weeks surrounding Trump’s initial tweet about the “Chinese Virus,” and its authors found Trump’s tweet was likely the cause of a rise in the use of the #chinesevirus hashtag. While the use of #covid19 only rose by 379 percent through the course of the study period, the use of #chinesevirus rose by 8351 percent. By Sharon Zhang


Plummeting Sperm Counts, Shrinking Penises: Toxic Chemicals Threaten Humanity The chemicals to blame for our reproductive crisis are found everywhere and in everything The end of humankind? It may be coming sooner than we think, thanks to hormone-disrupting chemicals that are decimating fertility at an alarming rate around the globe. A new book called Countdown, by Shanna Swan, an environmental and reproductive epidemiologist at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, finds that sperm counts have dropped almost 60% since 1973. Following the trajectory we are on, Swan’s research suggests sperm counts could reach zero by 2045. Zero. Let that sink in. That would mean no babies. No reproduction. No more humans. Forgive me for asking: why isn’t the UN calling an emergency meeting on this right now? By Erin Brockovich

Evidence of Fracking Chemicals Found in Bodies of Pennsylvania Children State lawmakers in Pennsylvania are demanding an investigation into the public health impacts of fracking after a new study found evidence of harmful chemicals accumulating in the bodies of children and their families living near fracking wells in communities inundated by fossil fuel development. By  Kids sit in class, pre-covidScientists Say Humanity Now at ‘Dawn of What Must Be a Transformative Decade’ “Whether humanity has the collective wisdom to navigate the Anthropocene to sustain a livable biosphere for people and civilizations, as well as for the rest of life with which we share the planet, is the most formidable challenge facing humanity.” By Jon Queally

Protecting 30% of Our Lands by 2030: Are National Forests “Protected”? The Executive Order On January 27, 2021, President Biden signed the Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. [1] One aspect of that Order directed the Interior Department to formulate steps to achieve the President’s commitment to conserve at least 30% each of our lands and waters by 2030. The Interior Department issued a press release describing this process in more detail and referenced a U.S. Geological Survey report that only 12% of lands in the continental U.S. are permanently protected. [2] [3] Even those given the highest status of current protection such as wilderness areas and national parks are still subject to activities that degrade them from being truly protected. For example, livestock grazing continues in over a quarter of the 52 million acres of wilderness areas in the lower forty-eight states in the U.S. [4] By John Carter

Green Investments?: The Financialization of Environment Protection Pollution markets and green finance are forms of profit accumulation, not practical tools for sustainable development. Pollution markets and green finance are forms of profit accumulation, not practical tools for sustainable development. By Riccardo De CristanoCivil Rights/Black Liberation:

Can a Pig Fly : How AFSCME and ACLU Gutted New Mexico’s Proposed Ban on Chemical Weapons, Attack Dogs, Rubber Bullets  If police reform could fix what’s wrong with policing in the United States, it would have already happened in Albuquerque. No police department in the U.S. has undergone more reform, over more years, than the Albuquerque Police Department (APD).    None of it has worked. New Mexico consistently ranks among the states with the highest rate of police killings in the country, with APD accounting for roughly half of the deadly shootings here since 2015, according to the Washington Post. Despite this history and the failures of reform to fix it, New Mexico lawmakers and police reform groups continue to propose reform. But we’ve been down this road before. By Austin Fisher – David Correia

Legal/Extra-legal Terrorism Has Been a Tool of the United States 1% to  Subjugate Black People 2021 Update: Modern DayPolice Terrorism! — White Supremacists Groups Have Become Part of Law Enforcement: FBI Warned of White Supremacists In Law Enforcement 15 Years Ago. Has Anything Changed?Increased attention toward the killing of black men and women by police throughout the past year has ignited national conversations on racism and law enforcement. From Freddie Gray in April 2015 to Deborah Danner — an “emotionally disturbed” woman fatally shot this week by an NYPD officer — protests around the country have forced many Americans to reassess how police engage with communities of color. By Roland Sheppard

Black Agenda Radio for Week of Monday, March 22, 2021 With Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford

Criminal Imperial Nations Deport Their Colonial Victims as Criminals Citizenship laws in the West are “about reproducing and managing colonially partitioned populations,” said Luke de Noronha, a teacher at the University of Manchester, in the UK, and author of “Deporting Black Britons: Portraits of Deportation to Jamaica.” De Noronha details how Britain labels Black residents as “foreign criminals” and expels them to former colonies. Rejection of imperial citizenship policy “should be central to anti-racist, socialist global politics,” he said.

Quest for “Black Faces in High Places” Deceives the People “If we believe that” achieving “the first Black woman this, and the first Black woman that, will consolidate gains for our community, then we are deceiving ourselves” and “we might as well say, ‘I’m a capitalist,’” said longtime activist and prolific author Joy James. Dr. James, a professor of Humanities at Williams College, spoke at a webinar held by the Decolonial Feminist Collective.  She urged activists to make the link between US military occupation of Africa and militarization of the police in Black America.

Cuban Socialist Internationalist Medicine Puts Capitalist Countries to Shame So few of its own citizens have contracted Covid-19 – less than 300 — that Cuba must test its vaccines in other countries, said Dr Layla Brown-Vincent, professor of Africana Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and author of “The Pandemic of Racial Capitalism: Another World is Possible.” Cuba “is helping control this global pandemic in ways that none of the capitalist


Supreme Court Case on Farmworker Protections Could End Up Harming All Regulation The legacy of Cesar Chavez has been getting another look in recent months.      In January, President Joe Biden placed a bust of the 20th-century labor leader in the Oval Office, giving journalists the opportunity to reexamine how Chavez fought for farmworkers, while commentators on social media noted that Chavez’s treatment of undocumented immigrantsat certain points during his life, complicates his image as a tireless champion of migrant laborers.     But a sinister reexamination of Chavez’s legacy is also happening. A California labor regulation that resulted from his campaigning is under threat from the Supreme Court at the urging of dark money-funded right-wing think tanks.      On March 22, the court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid, giving justices the opportunity to undermine protections for farmworkers, alongside a wide range of regulations at every level of government all around the country: from other worker protections, to health and safety inspections, to rent control to civil rights laws. By Sam Knight

Amazon Intimidates Workers Amid Historic Union Vote in Alabama as Jeff Bezos Makes $7 Million an Hour DeJoy to Unveil Plan to Slash Post Office Hours, Hike Postage Prices “Fire the entire Post Office board. Then fire this corrupt man before he destroys the entire USPS for good.” “He really needs to be fired immediately. Th e Senate must not delay in confirming the postal board of governors nominees.” —Robert Cruickshank, Demand Progres  By Jake Johnson


On One Day Last Year, the Fed Had $495.7 Billion in Loans Outstanding to Unnamed Wall Street Trading Houses Yesterday the Federal Reserve released its “audited” financial statements with the following caveat, among numerous others: “Due to the unique nature of the Reserve Banks’ powers and responsibilities as part of the nation’s central bank and given the System’s unique responsibility to conduct monetary policy, the Board has adopted accounting principles and practices in the FAM [Financial Accounting Manual for Federal Reserve Banks] that differ from accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP).” By Pam Martens and Russ MartensWorld:

One Year On: Britain’s COVID Catastrophe Today marks the one-year anniversary since Britain first entered into lockdown. One year on, and tens-of-thousands of lives have been lost because of the Tories’ crimes. To gain justice, workers must organise to kick out this rotten government.

Britain: police provoke riot in Bristol as thousands protest Tory attack on democratic rights A new law being proposed by the Tories – that would give police unprecedented repressive powers – has led to a wave of anger and demonstrations. In Bristol last weekend, police provoked a peaceful protest of 5,000 into a furious riot. This anger towards the police came on the back of their brutal suppression of a peaceful vigil in London, in memory of Sarah Everard, allegedly killed by a police officer two weeks ago.Education, Health, Science, and Welfare:

The government of the United States can pass laws in a few days to spend tens of trillions of dollars for war and the bailout of Wall Street and the bankers. Yet, those who pass universal healthcare for themselves, but cannot spend even one trillion dollars for universal health for those who are ‘governed’! This is what is considered, by the powers to be,  a democracy and part of the democratic way. — Roland Sheppard, Let the People  Vote on Healthcare