Daily News Digest September 23, 2016

Daily News Digest September 23, 2016

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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!

Obamas’ and the 1%’s Political Program, After the 2008 Crash has Been to Bailout and Protect Capitalisim the 1% and to Attack the the Standard of Living of the 99%. Must be Opposed Oppose Austerity In the United States  and World-Wide! — To Begin, We Should Form a National Coalitions of Workers, Blacks, and Oppressed Minority Coalition to Call For a National March Against War, Poverty and Austerity In Washington DC!

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:

Climate Strike March in San Francisco, California, September 20, 2019Climate Strike Protestors  March In Washington D.C. UAW Local 598 PhotosQuotes of the Day:

Once you take into consideration the long arc of the historical Desmadre, the context of the current attacks comes into clearer view. The recent upsurge of anti-Mexican and anti-Latino rhetoric and violence is just the latest embodiment of an old idea which has violently targeted all peoples with a historic ancestral presence in the Western hemisphere. As long as these people are standing on their ancestral land, their presence is an affront to colonizing efforts and any White supremacist claim of a “homeland” in the Americas. Colonization dictates that Native peoples be forcefully brought under control and constantly reminded of their subordinate role in society. The conquest is not over. The Desmadre continues and so does the resistance. — El Desmadre: The Colonial Roots of Anti-Mexican Violence

“We have no choice but to act when the alternative is to sit and watch our world burn. We have no choice but to act when the alternative is extinction.”
Vic Barrett

For most of our existence, we shared the Earth in common. That is, there was no private property, nor, in fact, much consciousness of ourselves as individual beings, separate from one another and separate from the natural world of which we were a part. It is only during the last few hundred years that most of the commons has disappeared, converted into private property, embedded in a new mode of production—capitalism. — Michael D. Yates

Videos Of the Day:

Ending Temp Workers Is at Center of Auto Workers Strike

Documentary “Blowout” Follows Climate Cost of Oil Boom from Fracking to Exports The new film follows the U.S. oil supply chain, covering health, climate and environmental justice impacts. And it points to the president central to creating the current reality: Barack Obama

 Over One Million to Take Part in Youth Climate Strike

Drones Expose Amazon Deforestation

Question Time: Ash Sakar’s Passionate Outburst About True Cost of Tory Austerity A Question Time panelist exposed the true cost of Tory cuts in a blistering rant on the BBC show. Novara Media journalist Ash Sarkar slammed the idea that austerity was ‘bloodless’, arguing that 120,000 people paid with their lives for  the policy. Her blistering broadside came after an audience member asked the panel about how the Government had suddenly found billions of pounds to fund Boris Johnson’s spending promises. Ash Sarkar said: “Austerity was not just a bloodless balancing of the books it was paid for with people’s lives, 120,000 people.

Are We Headed For a Big Economic Crash?


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.

The Pentagon Failed Its Audit Amid a $21 Trillion Scandal (Yes, Trillion) But that sounds weird—so let me back up. A few months ago, I covered the story of the $21 trillion that has gone unaccounted for at the Pentagon. That’s right—trillion with a T—an amount of money you can’t possibly come to terms with, so stop trying. Seriously, stop. It’s like trying to comprehend the age of the earth.(The earth is 4.5 billion years old. To put that into context, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says we have 11 years leftto completely change our ways or climate change will make the earth uninhabitable. If you were to take the age of the earth and lay it out on the span of a calendar year, this means we would have less than a millisecond left on Dec. 31 to utterly change our ways or all is lost.) By Lee Camp

The Police State’s Language of Force Militarized police. Riot squads. Camouflage gear. Black uniforms. Armored vehicles. Mass arrests. Pepper spray. Tear gas. Batons. Strip searches. Surveillance cameras. Kevlar vests. Drones. Lethal weapons. Less-than-lethal weapons unleashed with deadly force. Rubber bullets. Water cannons. Stun grenades. Arrests of journalists. Crowd control tactics. Intimidation tactics. Brutality. This is not the language of freedom. This is not even the language of law and order. This is the language of force. Unfortunately, this is how the government at all levels—federal, state and local—now responds to those who choose to exercise their First Amendment right to peacefully assemble in public and challenge the status quo. This police overkill isn’t just happening in troubled hot spots such as Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore, Md., where police brutality gave rise to civil unrest, which was met with a militarized show of force that caused the whole stew of discontent to bubble over into violence. In “modern” times we often do not see any connection between the violence in our communities and the violence of colonization. We should treat these not as separate instances but as one fluid and continuous violent chain of events stemming from European invasions of the Americas. No word currently unifies these “periods” and makes a clear connection between the suffering in our communities and its roots in colonization. The Desmadre does not merely refer to the conquest. It is not a singular event, it is the continuous chain of attacks that Native people have endured from 1492 to the 21st century. By John W. Whitehead

The Robber Baron’s $Trillion Dollar Government:Revealed: How U.S. Senators Invest in the Firms They’re Supposed to Regulate As they legislate on important matters, over 50 senators enjoy investments in major communications, defense, finance, energy, and health companies that Congress oversees. A Sludge analysis of personal financial disclosure data as of Aug. 16 has found that 51 senators and their spouses have as much as $96 million personally invested in corporate stocks in five key sectors: communications/electronics; defense; energy and natural resources; finance, insurance and real estate; and health. The majority of these stocks come from public companies, and some are private. A Sludge analysis of personal financial disclosure data as of Aug. 16 has found that 51 senators and their spouses have as much as $96 million personally invested in corporate stocks in five key sectors: communications/electronics; defense; energy and natural resources; finance, insurance and real estate; and health. The majority of these stocks come from public companies, and some are private. Overall, the senators are invested in 338 companies—including tech giants such as Apple and Microsoft, oil and gas giants including ExxonMobil and Antero Midstream, telecom companies including Verizon, and major defense contractors such as Boeing—in the five sectors as categorized by Sludge. Overall, the senators are invested in 338 companies—including tech giants such as Apple and Microsoft, oil and gas giants including ExxonMobil and Antero Midstream, telecom companies including Verizon, and major defense contractors such as Boeing—in the five sectors as categorized by Sludge. By Alex Kotch

Senate Robber Barons Discussing  Their Plundering and Profiteering


‘Pollution Knows No Borders’: Jeremy Corbyn Addresses London Climate Strike  The Labour leader said the climate emergency could only be solved by international action. ‘Destroying nature ultimately destroys all of us’, he added

Jeremy Corbyn Vows ‘Green Industrial Revolution’ (Audio) Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to reverse the government’s “failed approach” to tackling climate change if he becomes Prime Minister. The Labour leader said a “green industrial revolution” would create hundreds of thousands of jobs and save households money on their energy bills. “Labour’s Green Industrial Revolution will benefit working class people by cutting energy bills, creating good jobs in new, green industries and fighting the climate emergency,” he said. “Social justice and climate justice are inseparable. Labour will tackle inequality and environmental destruction together”. He said a Labour government would install more solar panels, insulate homes, expand solar and wind energy and bring the National Grid into public ownership. Mr Corbyn leveled particular criticism on the government’s decision six years ago to cancel the Warm Front insulation program.

Climate Strikes — World-Wide They Millions Marched!

In Pictures: Over 2,500 Climate Strikes Around the World Below are Just a Few of the Demonstration Pictures Shown:

South AfricaGermanyAustralia  What ‘Biggest Day of Climate Action in Planetary History’ Looks Like as Millions Strike Worldwide “We’re Here To Reclaim Our Right To Live, Our Right To Breathe, Our Right To Exist.” Kicking off what organizers say will be the largest mass climate demonstration in history, millions of young people and their adult allies flooded the streets around the world Friday to take part in the Global Climate Strike and pressure world leaders to confront the ecological crisis with bold and urgent action. An estimated 400,000 people gathered in Australia alone as hundreds of thousands of others rallied across India, Germany, Austria, Indonesia, Kenya, Pakistan, the U.K., and other nations. By Jake Johnson‘The Future of Earth Is at Risk’: New Drone Footage of Deforestation in Amazon Shows Cost of Meat Industry “Global demand for meat is destroying the Amazon rainforest.” A new investigation from the group Mercy for Animals uses drone footage to reveal the scope of devastation in the Amazon rainforest for growing meat. “Global demand for meat is destroying the Amazon rainforest,” filmmaker Mark Devries says in a video highlighting some of the group’s work. The footage shows acres of recently deforested land, cleared for grazing pastures for cattle. By Eoin Higgins

Our (Capitalist) ‘Leaders’ Are Ensuring Humanity’s Destruction
Worlds end. Every day. We all die sooner or later. When you get to my age, it’s a subject that can’t help but be on your mind. What’s unusual is this: it’s not just increasingly ancient folks like me who should be thinking such thoughts anymore. After all, worlds of a far larger sort end, too. It’s happened before. Ask the dinosaurs after that asteroid hit the Yucatán. Ask the life forms of the Permian era after what may have been the greatest volcanic uproar the planet ever experienced. By Tom Engelhardt

‘Students Have Led and We Must Follow’: Thousands of Scientists From 40 Nations Join Global Climate Strike “Students have led and we must follow—in defense of the scientific truths our colleagues have discovered over the decades, and of the planet we love.” By Julia Conley

The Rising Monopoly of Monsanto-Bayer Monsanto was an agrochemical and agricultural biotech company established in the US that became a large producer of GMO crops, with their main GMO crop having been corn. Monsanto was bought by Bayer, a German multinational pharmaceutical company, in late 2016 for $63 billion dollars. This deal was approved in early 2018 by the European Union and the US. This merging of Monsanto-Bayer, along with Monsanto’s patent of their kernels, have resulted in the rise of a near monopoly of Monsanto-Bayer in the agricultural industry and the demise of smaller farmers and companies. By Valerie Reynoso

Civil Rights/Black Liberation:



The Fed’s “Emergency” Actions this Week Were Dated 48 Days Earlier The storyline in the business press is that the lending rate on overnight repos had spiked to an unprecedented 10 percent, necessitating an emergency infusion of $53 billion by the New York Fed on Tuesday to ramp up liquidity for overnight loans and bring down the loan rate. (That was followed with $75 billion more on Wednesday, Thursday and today – raising the question that if the money is going to the same banks, isn’t that a term loan, not an overnight loan? We don’t know, however, if the money is going to the same banks because the Fed, as it did during the 2008 financial crisis, is staying mum about where the money is going.) As it turns out, the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) directive that authorized the Tuesday operation was dated July 31, 2019 – 45 days prior to the action. What was it that the Fed saw in the tea leaves back in July that prompted it to write that directive on July 31? By Pam Martens and Russ Martens


The coming elections and the political crisis in Spain For the fourth time in less than four years, Spaniards ready themselves to return to the ballot box on 10 November. The country has witnessed unprecedented political instability in the last period, as social polarisation and the extreme fragmentation of parliament has made it virtually impossible to put together working governments. At the heart of this turbulence lies the radicalisation of Spanish society in the aftermath of the economic crisis. By Arturo RodríguezThe True Cost Of Austerity And Inequality Uk Case Study The UK is the sixth richest country in the world.1 From 1993 to 2008 it saw 15 years of economic growth, underpinned by the socio-economic reforms of the 1980s. This shift towards market-based capitalism was characterized by financial liberalization, the erosion of social security and deregulation of the labour market.   However, these reforms have led to a dramatic increase in the number of people living in poverty, which almost doubled, from 7.3 million people in 1979 to 13.5 million in 2008,2 and inequality reached levels last seen in the 1920s,3 driven by a growing share of income going to the richest, in particular the top one per cent. Since 1975, income inequality among working-age people has risen faster in the UK than in any other OECD nation, including the United States,4 such that the UK now ranks as one of the most unequal countries in the OECD.5 Indeed, the UK has a pre- tax income inequality index of 0.52, greater than the United States (0.49).6   The average annual income in the UK for the top 10 per cent of the population in 2008 was roughly £55,000; for the bottom 10 per cent, it was just £4,700 – a ratio of 12:1. This is up from a ratio of 8:1 in 1985, and significantly higher than the average income gap in developed nations of 9:1.7.  The crisis   The 2008 financial crisis led the UK government to bail out British banks at an estimated cost of £141bn, with exposure to liabilities of over £1 trillion.8 This unprecedented state intervention was undertaken to prevent a collapse of the British banking system. At the same time, the government began a £31bn stimulus effort, which included reducing VAT, bringing forward capital spending on schools and social housing, and  deferring an increase in corporation tax. The stimulus programme lasted until 2010; during that time, incomes grew fastest for the poorest fifth of the population (at 3.4 per cent) and slowest for the richest two-fifths (at 0.3 per cent).9

Apartheid Made Official: Deal of the Century is a Ploy and Annexation is the New Reality Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is moving quickly to alter the political reality in Palestine, and facing little or no resistance. On September 10, Netanyahu declared his intentions to annex swathes of Palestinian land adjacent to the Jordan River, an area thatcovers 2,400 square kilometers, or nearly a third of the Occupied West Bank. That region, which extends from Bisan in the north to Jericho in the south, is considered to be Palestine’s food basket, as it accountsfor an estimated 60 percent of vegetables that are produced in the West Bank. By Ramzy Baroud

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