Daily News Digest August 21, 2019

Daily News Digest August 21, 2019

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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 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.    Socialism Means True Democracy — The 99% Will Rule! — Not the Few!

Images of the Day: 

 Gaza/Israel Who’s The Teal Terrorist?Sick and TiredQuotes of the Day:

The Trump administration’s expansion of the use of fast-track deportations through “expedited removal” will create a “show me your papers” regime nationwide in which people — including citizens — may be forced to quickly prove they should not be deported. This policy allows Immigration and Customs Enforcement to quickly deport someone without going before an immigration judge, undermining American principles of fundamental fairness and putting United States citizens, permanent residents and asylum-seekers at risk of wrongfuldeportation. — The Human Cost of Fast-Track Deportation It denies a fair day in court to people who could face death when sent back to their countries.

Videos of the Day:

Heartless: Even three-year-olds are forced to represent themselves in immigration court in US Under US law, children arrested for illegally entering the country don’t have the right to demand a court-appointed lawyer or interpreter.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! The United States takes from the poor and gives to the Rich!


Did North Dakota Regulators Hide an Oil and Gas Industry Spill Larger Than Exxon Valdez?  In July 2015 workers at the Garden Creek I Gas Processing Plant, in Watford City, North Dakota, noticed a leak in a pipeline and reported a spill to the North Dakota Department of Health that remains officially listed as 10 gallons, the size of two bottled water delivery jugs. But a whistle-blower has revealed to DeSmog the incident is actually on par with the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, which released roughly 11 million gallons of thick crude. The Garden Creek spill “is in fact over 11 million gallons of condensate that leaked through a crack in a pipeline for over 3 years,” says the whistle-blower, who has expertise in environmental science but refused to be named or give other background information for fear of losing their job. They provided to DeSmog a document that details remediation efforts and verifies the spill’s monstrous size. By Justin NobelBurn. Build. Repeat: Why Our Wildfire Policy Is So Deadly Standing on Shingletown Ridge and gazing west toward the setting sun, Bruce Miller eyes a rainbow of colors. He sees pink: the dusky sky blanketing a postcard-­perfect valley 3,000 feet below. He sees gray: distant snow-capped mountains. He sees brown: century-old pine and oak trunks towering more than 100 feet above him. And he sees green: the profit he hopes to make by turning this 274-acre patch of forest into a subdivision for buyers looking for jaw-dropping views. “This would be your high-dollar lot here,” the hearty 68-year-old tells me, halting our hike through a tangle of manzanita and poison oak to unfurl a map and point out the boundaries of a future home site. A sheer drop at the property’s rear reveals a stunning panorama. It also invites flames. “Fire,” Miller says, “burns uphill.”  Wildfire’s lethal tendency to surge up slopes was driven home last summer, when an inferno called the Carr Fire ripped through Shasta County, a chunk of Northern California pocked by crests and canyons as gorgeous as they are combustible.  By Jeffrey Ball

Civil Rights/Black Liberation:Black Agenda Radio for Week of August 19, 2019

  • Black Is Back Coalition Holds National Conference in St. Louis Che Guevara’s call for “one, two, many Vietnams” to resist US imperialism has been answered in the 21stcentury by the rise of China and a multi-polar world, said BAR executive editor Glen Ford, speaking at a national conference of the Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations. Omali Yeshitela, leader of the African People’s Socialist Party and chairman of the Black Is Back Coalition, told the conference, “We have to build a steel cadre that is willing to make revolution our profession.”
  • Trump Isn’t Special: All US Presidents Support White Supremacy William C Anderson, author of a recent article titled, “Using Patriotism to Deflect Racism is a Deadly Mistake,” said “the Oval Office is quite familiar” with white supremacists like Donald Trump. “It misses the point to say things like, ‘Trump is disrespecting the office or lowering the standard of the presidency,’” said Anderson, “when this has always been a white supremacist position.”
  • Jim Crow Still Lives in Hollywood The US film industry is more open to Black themes and participation than in the past, but still has not answered the question of what kind of society it will project, said Maryann Erigha, a professor of sociology and African American Studies at the University of Georgia, and author of the new book, “The Hollywood Jim Crow: Racial Politics of the Movie Industry.” “Is it a sanitized whiteness, is it a whitewashed vision, or can we have this unapologetic Blackness, and that just be part of the American cultural canon?”

Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network is hosted by Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey. A new edition of the program airs every Monday at 11:am ET on PRN. Length: one hour.


The Graph Below is a Graphic Example of the Decline in Standard of Living of the Working Class, Since the Trade Union Bureaucracy Declared Itself to Be ‘In a (Domestic) Partnership With the Boss’! Starting in the mid-1980sThis ‘partnership’ gave birth to the one, two, three, three  ect. .. wage tier  system!  They sold this scheme, by giving the current workers no cut in their pay, but to not get a cut or a small wage increase, the workforce had to vote to cut the pay of future workers entering the labor force. —‘Selling out the futures of future young workers entering the labor force. And, since the lowest union wage is the immediately the highest non-union wage, this wage tier system cut the wages of the entire working class!   When I was a union official, I called this system labors rush to the bottom!  As in graphically shown in this: Shadow Government Statistics Graph.

Shadow Government Statiastics Graph 7: Real Average Weekly Earnings (1965 to Date)When looking at the above graph it is easier to understand these current headlines:


Shadow Government Statisticas Flash Update No. 4 Financial Markets Remain in Play

  • Yes, Chairman Powell, There Really Is a Recession, and It Is Getting Worse
  • It Is Felt and Seen Increasingly on Main Street U.S.A., Which
    Never Recovered Fully from the 2008 Banking Collapse and Great Recession
  • Real Average Weekly Earnings for all Employees Are on Track for a Second Consecutive Quarterly Decline in Third-Quarter 2019
  • July Freight Index Generated a Formal Economic-Contraction Signal
  • Third-Quarter 2019 Industrial Production Is On Track for Its Third Consecutive Quarterly Decline, On Top of Downside Revisions to First- and Second-Quarter 2019 Contractions
  • July Real Retail Sales Gained 0.4% in the Month, 1.6% Year-to-Year, Yet, Real Annual Growth Below 2.0% Rarely Is Seen Outside of Recessions
  • At the Same Time, Retail Sales of Automobiles Turned Down Anew, On Top of Downside Revisions
  • In Second-Quarter 2019, Nominal Construction Spending Fell Into Annual Decline for the First Time Since the Onset of the Great Recession
  • Implications Are for a Downside Revision to Second-Quarter GDP
  • Expanded FOMC Accommodation, Likely Will Include Renewed Quantitative Easing
  • Unusually Volatile and Dangerous Financial Markets Remain in Play


The World According to George GallowayThis article’s (lightly edited) interview with George Galloway may be seen on video by clicking here. LONDON—There are few politicians in Britain who are attacked by the courtiers in the press and the mandarins in power more ferociously than George Galloway, a former member of Parliament and an icon of the left. They routinely shower him with insults and accusations. This is because there are few politicians willing to as ferociously name and condemn the crimes and injustices carried out by the American and British governments. He has for many years unequivocally stood up to defend the human rights of Palestinians, thundered against Israeli war crimes and demanded justice, leading him to be attacked as an anti-Semite. He has long opposed the Western sanctions and the endless wars in the Middle East, generating charges that he is a defender of terrorists. He has steadfastly raised his voice on behalf of those persecuted by the American government, including WikiLeaks Publisher Julian Assange. The Economist once described Galloway, who spent more than 25 years in Parliament, as “the hate figure for the British establishment,” which, given who constitutes the establishment, is the highest of compliments. By Chris Hedges 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

Lung Disease Outbreak: First Casualties of the War on Vaping? On August 15, Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services announced “a cluster of people with severe lung disease who all reported recent vaping or dabbing (vaping marijuana oils, extracts, or concentrates).”  CNN reports more than 120 similar cases nationwide based on a survey of state health departments. By Thomas Knapp