Daily News Digest May 7, 2019

Daily News Digest May 7, 2019

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Since World War I ‘the war to end all wars’ there have been perpetual wars for perpetual peace, Laura Gray’s cartoon from the front page of The Militant August 18, 1945, under banner headline: “There Is No Peace,” Could Still Be Published Today!

During This Economic Crisis, Capitalism’s Three Point Political Program: Austerity, Scapegoat Blacks, Minorities, and ‘Illegal’ Immigrants for Unemployment, and  The Iron Heel.

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.

Images of the Day:

Bendib: Biden’s Special Touch

Videos of the Day:

Citizenship Question Could Invalidate 2020 Census Immigration activist Attorney Andrea Senteno analyzes the significance of the Supreme Court’s hearing on including a citizenship question on the 2020 census

Climate Movements Must Be as International as the Oil Industry“Gasland” director and author Josh Fox says environmental movements should counter industry opposition with global solidarityMozambique Cyclone Kenneth Leaves Devastation in its Wake

Quotes of the Day:

. . . Each seed is a bomb   Go and plant one.  Every seed’s a bomb,   And each tree’s an explosion.    Apple, maple, sweetgum, plum…   Each tree’s an explosion. Let’s go carpet bomb the continents
The cities, river valleys,   Every mountain range, and coastal plain,   before it’s too late — Carpet bomb ‘em all,   Back to the Stone Age — Elliot Sperber, Every Seed’s a Bomb

Rachael Carson Quotes:U.S.:

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 Republicrats 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!

Their Kids

Neo-Nazi networks exposed across US militaryOver the past two months investigations published by Unicorn Riot and the Huffington Post have exposed eleven members of Identity Evropa, an American neo-Nazi organization, operating freely within the US military. The latest exposure reveals the extrent to which reactionary forces are allowed to cultivate, fester and recruit within the United States armed forces across all branches and ranks.  By Jacob Crosse

 The United States Wars for Oil Machine: ‘Itching for a War,’ Bolton Threatens Iran With ‘Unrelenting Force’ as US Bombers Deployed to Middle East“The latest indication that this administration is running full speed directly into a major war with Iran.” By Jake Johnson

 Big Tech and the Rise of Surveillance Capitalism A few years ago after the 2008 financial crash Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone described Goldman Sachs, that great titan of financial capitalism, as a “great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.” Fast forward almost ten years and you could say the same, and much worse, about surveillance capitalism. By Mark Kernan

 My mother once told me that even a jackass does not stub its toe on the same stone twice!:  Crisis-Afflicted Humanity is like an Alzheimer’s Patient Lost in the ForestA couple of very useful quotes are attributed to Einstein. The first is his definition of madness as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. The second is his observation about the impossibility of solving problems using the thinking that created them. If we combine the two, we can see that human society demonstrates an underlying madness in perpetually trying to solve problems using the thinking that created them—this apparently being one of the primary ways in which we collectively do the same thing over and over again while expecting different results. By Ben Debney

Despite International Law Which Would Make It Illegal, Pompeo Claims US Attack on Venezuela “Would Be Lawful”“Attacking [Venezuela] for any reason,” warned one legal expert, “would violate the most fundamental of all international law.” By Jon Queally

How to Dismantle the Absurd Profitability of Nuclear WeaponsThe bulletin of the Atomic Scientists currently has its Doomsday Clock set to two minutes to midnight — the closest we’ve been to self-obliteration in nuclear history. But nuclear weapons are more than https://theintercept.com/2019/05/04/nuclear-weapons-profits/just a terrifying threat to every living thing on earth. For decades, they’ve been a terrific way to make money.   A new report from PAX, a Dutch peace organization, both illuminates how profitable it can be for multinational corporations to manufacture Armageddon and provides a roadmap for taking the money out of mass death. By Jon SwarzMiss North Carolina Cheslie Kryst, a lawyer who defends prison inmates pro bono, crowned Miss USA The 28-year-old, the personification of brains and beauty, is a full-time attorney who earned her MBA at Wake Forest University. Kryst has focused her energies on being a civil litigation lawyer who works for free fighting to reduce sentences for prisoners in the state, The NY Post reports. By Kia Morgan-Smith

“Mission Accomplished” Is Old Enough to Drive. We’re Still in Iraq. A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, my friend Dan and I were the lords of all we surveyed … by which I mean we were regulars at an excellent Boston sports bar whose bartenders and staff loved us and took wonderful care of us. Strange as it sounds, when you find yourself in an arrangement like that, snuggled in the warm embrace of an establishment that has a line to get in stretching around the building, over the bridge and all the way down to Kenmore Square, and you ain’t never been in that line, not for one second, the sensation of feeling 10 feet tall is not uncommon. Think the kitchen scene in Goodfellas.William Rivers Pit

Former President George W. Bush addresses the nation aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln 01 on May, 2003, as it sails for Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, California. Stephen Jaffe / Afp/ Getty Images


The Unending War Against Science — EPA: Rejects Science: Health agencies and credible non-industry experts who’ve reviewed this question have all found a link between glyphosate and cancer,” Sass said. “EPA should take the advice of its own science advisors — who have rejected the agency’s no-cancer-risk classification — Jennifer Sass,  EPA says it again: Glyphosate unlikely to cause cancer

Silent Spring’s Encore Rachel Carson’s famous and brilliant book Silent Spring(1962), which literally ignited the environmental movement, has never been more relevant than it is today. A mimeo of Silent Spring is scheduled for publication by the UN, as the most comprehensive study of life on the planet ever undertaken, an 1,800-page study by the world’s leading scientists that spells out in detail the results of a massive study of the world’s ecosystems. The conclusion: Nature is in “steep decline.” By Robert Hunziker

 The Environmental Protection Agency transforming itsself into the  1%‘s protection Agency:  EPA says it again: Glyphosate unlikely to cause cancer The Environmental Protection Agency has reaffirmed its conclusion that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Bayer’s Roundup, is “likely” not carcinogenic, in a proposed registration decision that would allow the herbicide to continue to be used in the United States. “EPA did not identify any risks of concern for humans from exposure to glyphosate,” the agency said in its proposed interim decision. “In addition, the agency determined glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans,” though it said it did identify risks “primarily from spray drift for non-target organisms.” By Jennifer Sass                  

‘Ominous’ UN Report Warns Human Activity Has Pushed One Million Plant and Animal Species to Brink of Extinction“This is the most thorough, the most detailed and most extensive planetary health check. The take home message is that we should have gone to the doctor sooner. We are in a bad way.” —Andy Purvis, report author”Nature is collapsing around us and it’s a real wake-up call to humanity.” By Jake Johnson

Landmark UN Report to Show ‘Transformational Change’ Urgently Needed to Save Humanity and Natural World From Nightmarish Future“Anyone who denies that we are in a human-induced extinction crisis is either lying or not paying attention.” A new landmark United Nations report on biodiversity set for release on Monday will say that a perilous and miserable future awaits the natural world and human civilization unless we rapidly bring an end to humanity’s destructive “business as usual” approach to the economy, food production, and energy usage. By Jon Queally

Environmental Crisis, Oil Geopolitics and the Trump Diversion America in 2019 is a very strange place. The problems of the age: looming environmental calamity, the threat of nuclear annihilation and accumulating class tensions, keep being shoved to the side through diversionary tactics. No sooner had a range of left programs been consolidated under the banner of a Green New Deal than establishment Democrats and their partners in misdirection made it known that ‘stopping Trump’ was their only priority. As priorities go, this one speaks to the limitations of its proponents. By Rob Urie

A War Reporter Covers “The End Of Ice” — And it Will Change the Way You Think About Climate CatastropheFocusing on breath and gratitude, Dahr Jamail’s latest book, “The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption,” stitches together personal introspection and gut-wrenching interviews with leading climate experts. The rapidly receding glaciers of Denali National Park, home to the highest peak in North America, inspired the book’s title. “Seven years of climbing in Alaska had provided me with a front-row seat from where I could witness the dramatic impact of human-caused climate disruption,” Jamail writes. By Elise Swain

Black Liberation/Civil Rights:



IDF military chief backtracks after appearing to compare Israel to Nazi Germany ‘It’s scary to see horrifying developments that took place in Europe begin to unfold here’, he said  A senior military general has backtracked after appearing to draw parallels between “horrifying events” in Europe in the 1930s and modern Israeli society. Major General Yair Golan, the Israel Defence Forces’ (IDF) Deputy Chief of Staff, was speaking at a Holocaust memorial service when he made the unexpected statement. However, following strong criticism of his comments, he has since denied he was attempting to make a direct comparison between Israel, its armed forces and Nazi Germany. By Will Worley


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 ‘govern’, 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 the to be,  a democracy and part of the democratic way. — Roland Sheppard, Let The People Vote on Healthcare!

 It’s Time to Try Fossil-Fuel Executives for Crimes Against HumanityIt isn’t hyperbole to say that fossil-fuel executives are mass murderers. We should put them on trial for crimes against humanity. The fossil-fuel industry is lawyering up. To date, nine cities have sued the fossil industry for climate damages. By Kate Arnoff