Daily News Digest November 5, 2020

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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!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! And Now the Total Caronavirs Deaths in the United  States are Over 20%  of the Total Deaths in the Entire 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!

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Us Workers Support for Democrat/Republican Duopoly at All Time Low!Quotes 0f the Day:

The crisis is reflected in the polls as more and more voters refuse to identify with either of the two capitalist parties. A Rasmussen poll conducted earlier this month found that only “17% of likely US voters believe the US government has the consent of the governed” while 69% “believe the government does not have that consent”.  Another poll conducted by pollster Douglas Schoen finds that a “solid” majority of Americans (57%) are looking for alternatives to the two party system. Other findings were just as impressive with over 51% of voters favoring a third party and 31% of them saying that such a development is “very important” for the country according to Patrick Caddell and Douglas Schoen writing in yesterday’s Journal.   All recent polls reveal this trend, something that has been going on for some time as US workers and the middle class find themselves deeper and deeper in debt and in a country with some of the worst social services of all advanced capitalist economies.  Even a third of Republicans now say they would consider voting for a third party. “The “American people are desperate for a leader who stands outside of the political establishment.  A leader who can speak for the American majority—offering not just rhetoric but a new direction” says Caddell.  The authors expect a third party candidate to arise out of this discontent b y 2012. “The political order as we know it is deteriorating and disintegrating, and politics abhors a vacuum” they argue concluding that, “The American people clearly are looking for alternatives now.” — Us Workers Support for Democrat/Republican Duopoly at All Time Low!

Videos of the Day:

The Purged: The Vanished Voters of Trump’s America

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 Pay!

The Writing’s On the Wall

Roaming Charges: The Fuck Up By Jeffrey St. Clair In the midst of a killer pandemic and mass unemployment, the Democrats could have offered the nation a universal health care plan, a moratorium on evictions and a guaranteed basic income. Instead, they believed that the key to victory over Trump was to meld neoliberal economics with a neoconservative foreign policy. I don’t know where they got this idea. Probably, the same place Obama got his health insurance plan, the Heritage Foundation.

  • The outcome is still in play, but if Biden loses, we’re going to hear a lot of Malarky about why and most of it will be bullshit. (When I called it a night, at 2am Left Coast Time, Biden had come back to claim to a narrow lead in Wisconsin.)
  • I predicted in my column last Friday that the polls were underestimating Trump’s support (or voter indifference to Biden) by 3 percent. It looks more like 5 to 6 percent in many of the decisive states. In Wisconsin, for example, Biden was favored by 8 percent. At 2Am, he was leading by 0.3 percent. The elite consultants and pollsters may have fucked up more profoundly than the Democrats who relied upon their statistical sorcery.
  • In the midst of a killer pandemic and mass unemployment, the Democrats could have offered the nation a universal health care plan, a moratorium on evictions and a guaranteed basic income. Instead, they believed that the key to victory over Trump was to meld neoliberal economics with a neoconservative foreign policy. I don’t know where they got this idea. Probably, the same place Obama got his health insurance plan, the Heritage Foundation.
  • The Democrats’ candidate voted for the Iraq war, NAFTA, the destruction of welfare, helped instigate the war on drugs, wrote federal crime laws that incarcerated two generations of young black & brown Americans and has preached austerity his entire political career. I’m not surprised by the inconclusive results of an election which should have been a sure thing.
  • I’ve long argued that Biden was a weaker candidate than HRC, who was terrible. At least HRC had a rationale for her campaign. Biden had none. The argument was that Biden wasn’t hated as much as Hillary. Perhaps. But most people just didn’t feel anything about him. Which is fatal for a politician.
  • Look on the bright side. Just think how much money the DNC will raise off of a Biden loss…
  • Trump’s 2am speech was worthy of Somoza’s infamous declaration, “Yes, you won the election. But I won the counting.”
  • Trump says he will be going to the U.S. Supreme Court to stop ALL vote counting across the country. “As far as I am concerned, we have already won,” Trump says.
  • Trump says a sad group of people is trying to disenfranchise those who voted for him. Sad, indeed.
  • By contrast, Biden’s passive speech sounded like Tsar Alexander’s the night before the battle of Austerlitz, completely unaware of the concussive force that’s going to hit him in the morning….
  • Biden is speaking, but saying nothing. Biden should never speak. Ever.
  • Recall how Biden spent most of the early primary season telling people, most of them young progressives, to vote for someone else if they didn’t like his reactionary policies? Surprise!
  • Biden, who spent much of the year recruiting war criminals from the Bush administration, did worse with Republicans than HRC did in 2016.
  • Remember the Zoom election simulation the New Yorker did that got Jeffrey Toobin so excited? Do you think this was the scenario that triggered him?
  • The Biden campaign preferred to court the exiled neocons who started the Iraq war, than Hispanics and progressives. They may not lose, but they probably deserve to…
  • Back in May, the Biden campaign announced that they didn’t consider Latinos a key part of their “path to victory.” This kind of arrogance yielded the predictable results.
  • Hispanic voters per early 2020 exit polls.

The 1’%’s Duopoly Has Won Again! By Roland Sheppard

Since June 2009 Americans have lived in the false reality of a recovering economy.  Various fake news and manipulated statistics have been used to create this false impression.  However, indicators that really count have not supported the false picture and were ignored. For example, it is normal in a recovering or expanding economy for the labor force participation rate to rise as people enter the workforce to take advantage of the job opportunities.  During the decade of the long recovery, from June 2009 through September 2020, the labor force participation rate consistently fell from 65.7 to 61.4percent. —Paul Craig Roberts, The Diminishing American Economy (Updated)  Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (FRED) Labor Force Participation Rate is 61.4%When the racist segregationist George Wallace ran for President with the slogan that ‘There ain’t a dime’s worth of difference between the Republicans and the Democrats.’ He got support from workers. Why? Because when people don’t see the any economic difference between the 1% dulopoply, they vote on other issues, such as affirmative action, racism, sexism, immigration etc. . — The section of the working class  that the 1% uses as scapegoats for their declining standard of living. This was made abundantly clear during both the 2008 and 2000 economic crisis. Both parties voted for the economic bailout of Wall Street (%) — Not Main Street (The 99%)!

What is needed to change the current political situation, is a party of, by, and for the majority! A political organization that is opposed to the current pauperization of the 99%, of the working class and the oppressed and exploited  majority!

Since “a ‘solid”‘ majority of Americans (57%) are looking for alternatives to the two party system. (And) Other findings were just as impressive with over 51% of voters favoring a third party and 31% of them saying that such a development is “very important” — The conditions are ripe for such a party. The major obstacle is the allegiance of the current working class leaderships to the capitalist class via the Democratic Party. Which has led to the current Inequality of Income and Wealth and pauperization in the United States and the Rest of the world!To begin with, all socialist groups that don’t give credence to lasser evil voting, should subordinate their differences, in order form a united political front to Begin of unfying the working in opposition against the capitalist wars,  financial and racial inequality, and capitalist system production of global warmings that is destroying the habitat for humanity!

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US Elections 2020: The Dumpster Fire of American Bourgeois Democracy This year’s US presidential elections are a repulsive demonstration of the utter bankruptcy of American bourgeois democracy, at a time of unprecedented crisis and polarisation. No matter who wins, American workers and youth lose. Given the nightmare US capitalism has foisted on the country and the entire world, what is needed above all is a mass socialist party that will fight for the interests of working people.With $340 Million in Loans Soon Coming Due, Deutsche Bank Could Seize Trump Assets If President Defaults: Report The German bank, according to sources who spoke with Reuters, is angling to cut ties with the U.S. president.  Tired of bad press and global scrutiny—and owed hundreds of millions of dollars by the Trump Organization—Deutsche Bank’s management is trying to figure out how to cut ties with President Donald Trump after Tuesday’s election, Reuters revealed, citing three senior officials at the German investment bank. The Trump Organization didn’t respond to Reuters‘ requests for comment and both Deutsche Bank and the White House declined to comment. The president refused to divest from his business empire upon taking office in January 2017 but the Trump Organization—”a rat’s nest of hundreds of ambiguous limited liability companies“—is now managed by his adult sons, Don Jr. and Eric, and CFO Allen Weisselberg. By Jessica CorbettEnvironment:

Toxic Tuesdays: Arsenic:

Arsenic is a naturally-occurring element found throughout the Earth’s crust. It is usually found combined with other elements creating a powder that is odorless and tasteless and can exist either in an organic or inorganic form. Inorganic arsenic compounds are highly toxic and for years were used to preserve wood. Copper chromated arsenate (CCA) was used to make “pressure-treated” lumber. Though no longer used for residential uses, CCA is still used in industrial applications. Organic arsenic compounds are used as pesticides, primarily on cotton fields and orchards. Common ways people are exposed to arsenic include living near hazard-ous waste sites and industrial facilities that release arsenic air emissions; living near or work-ing in occupations such as metal smelting, wood treatment, or pesticide applications that use arsenic. Living in areas that have naturally high arsenic levels in rock can also result in exposure. Arsenic cannot be destroyed in the environment, so once it is released by either natural or human activity it can enter the air, soil, and water.      Arsenic is classified as a human carcinogen, meaning exposure to it can cause cancer. Skin, liver, bladder, and lung cancer are the most com-monly reported cancer types. There are also non-cancer health effects including circulatory, neurological, and endocrine effects. Arsenic may also cause developmental effects in children.     Residents of a North Birmingham, Alabama neighborhood located next to two coke manu-facturing plants know first-hand what it’s like to be exposed to arsenic. For years, the residents there have been suffering from air emissions that contain arsenic, lead and other metals.      They have complained of soot inside and outside their homes,  and have been plagued with health problems such as cancer and premature deaths. The residents organized People Against Neighbor-hood Industrial Contamination (PANIC) and raised enough pressure to get EPA and ATSDR’s attention.     Only problem was the EPA thought the residents could live with the contamination following some limited cleanup. Now residents are saying enough is enough and they want to be relocated.     One way the residents thought they might achieve this is by convincing the state to request that EPA place the 35th Avenue waste site on the federal Superfund list. PANIC and the state-wide group GASP hoped to convince the governor to do this by holding a protest caravan of over 50 cars that went around the city of Birmingham asking people to contact Governor Kay Ivey and ask her to put the 35th Avenue contaminated site on the federal Superfund list. The group is planning a follow-up to Montgomery to help convince the governor.

Civil Rights/Black Liberation:



Poorer and Smaller: Ten Ways T\the Coronavirus Crisis Will Shape The Global Economy In The Long Term Much remains uncertain for business, the economy, domestic politics and international relations COVID-19 has had an immediate and massive impact. But how will it affect the longer term? That is far harder to tell.What do we already know, after 10 months of COVID-19? We know that the world was ill-equipped to cope with a pandemic. It has caused about 1.1 million deaths worldwide, mostly among the elderly. Moreover, some countries have suppressed the disease far more successfully than others. By Martin WolfWorld:

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 they 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 

Pinpointing the ‘Silent’ Mutations That Gave the Coronavirus An Evolutionary Edge RNA folding may help explain how the coronavirus became so hard to stop after it spilled over from wildlife to humans We know that the coronavirus behind the COVID-19 crisis lived harmlessly in bats and other wildlife before it jumped the species barrier and spilled over to humans. Now, researchers at Duke University have identified a number of “silent” mutations in the roughly 30,000 letters of the virus’s genetic code that helped it thrive once it made the leap — and possibly helped set the stage for the global pandemic. The subtle changes involved how the virus folded its RNA molecules within human cells.For the study, published Oct. 16 in the journal PeerJ, the researchers used statistical methods they developed to identify adaptive changes that arose in the SARS-CoV-2 genome in humans, but not in closely related coronaviruses found in bats and pangolins.