Daily News Digest November 4, 2021

Daily News Digest November 4, 2021

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Ted Rall: It’s Different When  Democrats Do ItClay Bennet: Critcal Race Theory TextbookAnother Example of Capitalism as a Failed System: World Capitalism Was Aware of the Danger of Cornovavirus Threat Over 5 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 (Fascism)!    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 of the Day:

Is this how our story is due to end – a tale of the smartest species doomed by that all-too-human characteristic of failing to see the bigger picture in pursuit of short-term goals? – Naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.

The U.S. wars lost in Iraq and Afghanistan showed imperial overreach beyond what even 20 years of war could manage. That the defeats were drawn out for so many years shows that domestic politics and the funding of the domestic military-industrial complex were, more than geopolitics, the key drivers of these wars. Empires can die from overreach and sacrificing broadly social goals for the narrow interests of political and economic minorities. The United States has 4.25 percent of the world’s population yet accounts for about 20 percent of global deaths from COVID-19. A rich global superpower with a highly developed medical industry proved to be badly unprepared for and unable to cope with a viral pandemic. It now wrestles with a huge segment of its population that seems so alienated from major economic and political institutions that it risks self-destruction and demands the “right” to infect others. Refusing to accept lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine and mask mandates in the name of “freedom” mixes a frightening stew of ideological confusion, social division, and bitterly rising hostility within the population. The January 6 events in Washington, D.C., showed merely the tip of that iceberg. — Why the Troubled U.S. Empire Could Quickly Fall Apart

When empires decline, they can slip into self-reinforcing downward spirals. This downward spiral occurs when the rich and powerful respond by using their social positions to offload the costs of decline onto the mass of the population. That only worsens the inequalities and divisions that provoked the decline in the first place.        The recently released Pandora Papers offer a useful glimpse into the elaborate world of vast wealth hidden from tax-collecting governments and from public knowledge. Such hiding is partly driven by the effort to insulate the wealth of the rich from that decline. That partly explains why the 2016 exposure of the Panama Papers did nothing to stop the hiding. If the public knew about the hidden resources—their size, origins, and purposes—the public demand for access to hidden assets would become overwhelming. The hidden resources would be seen as the best possible targets for use in slowing or reversing the decline.    Decline provokes more hiding, and that in turn worsens decline. The downward spiral is engaged. Moreover, attempts to distract an increasingly anxious public—demonizing immigrants, scapegoating China, and engaging in culture wars—show diminishing returns. Empire decline proceeds but remains widely denied or ignored as if it did not matter. The old rituals of conventional politics, economics, and culture proceed. Only their tones have become those of deep social divisions, bitter recriminations, and overt internal hostilities proliferating across the landscape. These mystify as well as upset the many Americans who still need to deny that crises have beset U.S. capitalism and that its empire is in decline. — Why the Troubled U.S. Empire Could Quickly Fall Apart

An Inconvenient Truth: ‘Whe Big Pharma Says Jump, Democrats. Ask: How High?: On Thursday afternoon, House progressives again beat back an effort by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the White House to split the bipartisan infrastructure bill from the broader Build Back Better Act moving through Congress under the majority-only rules of reconciliation. The progressive caucus and their allies in the Senate say they’ll use the leverage they’ve preserved to fight to get some form of drug-pricing legislation back into the bill over the weekend. Pelosi, too, is pushing to reinsert something. At a press conference Thursday, she said that there were elements she still hoped to see survive, and as the architect of the political strategy of centering drug prices in Democratic elections, her credibility is on the line. The battle represents the collision of two elements of Democratic politics that are fundamentally in conflict: what they tell voters in order to get elected, and where they get the money to broadcast that message to voters. — Making It Inconvenient to Take On Big Pharma

Videos of the Day:

Dinosaur Warns Nations Are “Driving Themselves to Extinction” With Billions in Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Uproot the System: Filipina Activist Mitzi Tan on How Capitalism & Colonialism Fuel Climate Crisis

Hurricane LUMA: Puerto Ricans Fight Big Coal & Privatized Energy Amid Climate Disasters, Blackouts

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, who profit from war and the war budget, voted 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! Every ‘Tax. Reform’ From President Kennedy has Been an incrase in taxes from the Poor,the Woking Class, and the Middle Class, to the Rich! —The United States takes from the poor and gives to the Rich.  Tax the Rich!  — They Can Afford To Pay!


The Democrats Lost the Recent E;ection Due The Blant Exposiure  That the Democrats Represent the Interests of the 1% and not the 99%!  In the Absence of an Alternative That Void is Left to Be Filled by Return of Trump!

Chomsky: Build Back Better Fiasco Exposes How Both Parties Serve Corporate Power The United States is an abysmal outlier among its economic peers when it comes to social protection programs. Consider, for example, paid parental leave. According to a survey of the parental leave systems of 41 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the European Union, the U.S. was the only country that does not mandate a single week of paid parental leave. It also has an infrastructure bordering on the verge of collapse, including crumbling roads and bridges, water and energy systems.

Why the Troubled U.S. Empire Could Quickly Fall Apart The U.S. wars lost in Iraq and Afghanistan showed imperial overreach beyond what even 20 years of war could manage. That the defeats were drawn out for so many years shows that domestic politics and the funding of the domestic military-industrial complex were, more than geopolitics, the key drivers of these wars. Empires can die from overreach and sacrificing broadly social goals for the narrow interests of political and economic minorities.Welcome to Hell on Earth, Brought to You by ‘The American Century ‘In the wake of the implosion of the Soviet Union, the U.S. decided to remake the world and did so—at least in the sense of allowing climate change to run riot on Planet Earth—while, in the process, unmaking itself.The one thing the triumphalists of 1991 agreed on—and American politicians have never changed their minds about, no matter the course of our wars—was funding the military-industrial complex in a way that they never would have funded either the bolstering of human health or the halting of climate change.The Result of the EPA Refusal to Protect  Public!:  (Related Article: A Small Town’s Battle Against Radioactive Fracking Waste)  Radioactive Material and Pesticides Among New Contaminants Found in US Tap Water  Analysis identifies 56 new chemicals in water supplies – including some linked to critical diseases Water utilities and regulators in the US have identified 56 new contaminants in drinking water over the past two years, a list that includes dangerous substances linked to a range of health problems such as cancer, reproductive disruption, liver disease and much more.

We don’t have nearly strong enough regulations to protect drinking water, and the regulation process is much too slow.’ Photograph: PhotoAlto/Antoine Arraou/Getty Images


The Covid Pandemic Has Proven, That, Under Capitalism, Collective Action of Nations  is Longer Possible! Every Solution to Potential Humancide, That  Iv’e Seen, States That Collective Action is Nesessay to Prevent the Catastrophe of Severe Global Warming! To Have Collective Action A New Economic World is Necessay! —  A Global Ecosocialist Society

The  Implosion of the Unted States Infrastructure!:  ‘Invisible Toxic Cocktail’ in Tap Water Across US Due to ‘Regulatory Capture’: Analysis A new database reveals “widespread contamination from toxic substances such as arsenic, lead, and the ‘forever chemicals’ known as PFAS in the drinking water of tens of millions of households.” Millions of people throughout the United States “are unwittingly drinking water that includes an invisible toxic cocktail made up of contaminants linked to cancer, brain damage, and other serious health harms,” according to the Environmental Working Group, which updated its nationwide Tap Water Database on Wednesday.

‘Carbon Credits’ are How Capitalists Hide Their Global Warming Pollution:  Mapped: The Rapid Rise of Voluntary Carbon Markets A growing ecosystem of banks, businesses and initiatives has sprung up around this revamped market, as major companies bank on carbon offsets becoming credible – and profitable – once more. Today’s eco-conscious consumer is no stranger to net zero pledges. There are “net zero” pensions, “net zero” fuels, even “net zero” mobile networks.   Thousands of companies have hitched themselves to the carbon-neutral bandwagon, from fossil fuel producers like BP and Shell, to other household names including United Airlines, Dell, Burger King, and Vodafone. Some companies say they’ll decarbonise by 2040, others as early as 2022.   But there are very real concerns about how these companies are going to meet their goals, with many relying on purchasing carbon credits generated by others’ efforts not to pollute, rather than reducing their own emissions as much or as fast as they can.Beware Industry-Backed ‘Nature-Based Solutions’ Scam, Warns Global Climate Coalition “What corporations and big conservation groups call ‘nature-based solutions’ is a dangerous distraction.” As a global climate summit continued in Glasgow, Scotland on Tuesday, an international coalition of advocacy groups warned world leaders that corporate polluters are pushing for “nature-based solutions” to capture planet-heating emissions so they can “keep burning fossil fuels, mine more of the planet, and increase industrial meat and dairy production.”

Civil Rights/ Black Liberation:



As we get to the end of 2021, how have the major economies fared during the pandemic slump?  Here are the IMF forecasts for the change in real GDP of the major economies from the point of the start of the pandemic (end 2019) to the end of 2021 (two years growth).     Despite the difficulties China is experiencing with its current property bust and the trade and technology war being waged by the US and its allies, China’s economy will have expanded by 10% during the pandemic, compared to 2.4% by the US and 1.6% by India. Most G7 economies will have contracted, with the biggest loss recorded by the UK. — Michael Roberts BlogWorld:

Portugal: Government Falls As “Geringonça” Crumbles – What are the Tasks of the Left? The voting down of the state budget indicates a qualitative change in the political situation in Portugal. An early election next year will happen in a political context very different from that of the previous period. After six years of collaboration between the Communist Party (PCP) and the Left Bloc (BE) with the Socialist Party (PS) government, the “geringonça” (“contraption” – the name by which the unlikely deal struck between the three parties became known) is dead.

Health, Education, 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!