Daily News Digest November 20, 2019

Daily News Digest Achives

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.

Always Remember That Obamba Supported the Wall Street Bailout and Remember That President Obama, With a Majority Democrat Legislature, Started the United States Capitalist Austerity Program  — The Race to the Botom or the 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 — The 99% Will Rule! — Not the Few!

Images of the Day:

Eisenhower Quote

Quotes of the Day:

What does the average missing persons victim look like? Judging from national media reports: young, white and female. Shift your focus from news coverage to data, however, and a very different picture emerges. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, of the estimated 613,000 people reported missing in the U.S. last year, about 60% were people of color. Although black women make up less than 7% of the U.S. population, they represent about 10% of all missing persons cases throughout the country. Estimates by the Black and Missing Foundation put the total number of disappeared black women and girls at 64,000. — Safiya Charles

Videos Of the Day: 

Black & Missing in America

The Struggle for Justice At SF Hunters Point Naval Shipyard & Dr. Ahimsa Porter Sumchai Dr. Ahimsa Porter Sumchai has been fighting for decades to expose the serious health and safety conditions at the Hunters Point Naval shipyard. She talks about her life and her father who was a member of ILWU Local 10 in San Francisco. She also discusses the drive to convert the former highly contaminated superfund site to condominiums despite the serious radioactive and other highly dangerous toxins. Dr. Sumchai talks about the numerous politicians and regulators in San Francisco, California and nationally who have colluded with the Lennar developers to cover-up the failure to properly remediate the dangerous site and the falsification of over $1 billion in testing. She points out that this development will personally benefit politicians such as Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and Senator Diane Feinstein. Numerous health and safety whistleblowers have been bullied and terminated because of reporting falsified testing and an criminal effort to report that the site had been properly cleaned up.


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 ‘Lesser Evils’are Ignoring Civil Liberties: Handing Trump ‘Terrifying Authoritarian Surveillance Powers,’ House Democrats Include Patriot Act Reauthorization in Funding Bill “Wow. House Democrats are ignoring civil liberties and including a three month straight reauthorization of the Patriot Act (with zero reform) in the continuing resolution.”Buried in a stopgap government funding resolution unveiled by House DemocratsMonday is a provision that would reauthorize the notoriously abusive Patriot Act for three months, a move privacy advocates warned would ensure President Donald Trump’s administration holds on to “terrifying authoritarian surveillance powers.” By Jake Johnson

  Modern Biology and Ecology: the Roots Of America’s Assertive Illiteracy The 2016 election elevated Mike Pence and Betsy DeVos—major supporters of teaching creationism—to the vice presidency and leadership of the U.S. Department of Education, respectively. DeVos is a billionaire funder of efforts to pass state laws that give science teachers the right to present anti-evolution materials in science classrooms under the guise of protecting academic freedom. At every political level, from local school boards to the U.S. Department of Education, anti-evolution advocates are active and gaining ground. By Jim Britell


Capitalism versus Life on Earth Environmental destruction isn’t driven by hu man nature or mistaken ideas. It is an inevitable consequence of a system built on capital accumulation. These sentences are from a recent report on the consequences of climate change: “Sea level rise, changes in water and food security, and more frequent extreme weather events are likely to result in the migration of large segments of the population. Rising seas will displace tens (if not hundreds) of millions of people, creating massive, enduring instability.… Salt water intrusion into coastal areas and changing weather patterns will also compromise or eliminate fresh water supplies in many parts of the world…. A warming trend will also increase the range of insects that are vectors of infectious tropical diseases. This, coupled with large scale human migration from tropical nations, will increase the spread of infectious disease.” By Ian Angus

Arctic Permafrost Thaw Could Set Off Sudden Environmental Changes A new study found the thaw could happen so fast it would be difficult for Arctic residents to adapt. Discussions of permafrost thaw in the Arctic have tended to frame it as a gradual process that could slowly change the future Arctic environment, proceeding at a pace that will allow humans time to adapt to new conditions. But what happens if sections of thawing permafrost triggers immediate changes on the surface and in the atmosphere? [Warmer, shorter winters have turned permafrost regions from carbon sink to source] A new study by researchers from McGill University suggests that Arctic residents have to begin to think about this differently, because time is not on our side. “What we came away with was a picture of alarming changes to climate driven by permafrost degradation,” says Bernardo Teufel, a PhD student at McGill University who co-wrote the study with engineering professor Laxmi Sushama. By  Dermot Cole

Civil Rights/Black Liberation:

No Charges, Not Even a Ticket for Off-Duty Cop Driving 94 Mph Before Crash that Killed a Baby Baton Rouge, LA — A mother has been grieving the loss of her baby for nearly two years after an off-duty cop—recklessly driving 94 mph—smashed into her car, killing her daughter and injuring all the other occupants. Now, after this officer took the life of her child, prosecutors announced that officer Christopher Manuel won’t receive so much as a speeding ticket for driving nearly twice the posted speed limit and killing a baby. By Matt Agorist

The Propose Development of the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard/Gentrification Process of  San Francisco’s Hunters Point  Began When Willie Brown Was Mayor. (1996—2004):

Hundreds of SFPD officers sue Hunters Point contractor over health problems The engineering and consulting firm Tetra Tech Inc. and a pair of subsidiaries exposed hundreds of police employees to unsafe levels of hazardous materials at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, leading to chronic health problems and at least two deaths, according to a federal lawsuit brought by nearly 400 current and former officers and staff of the San Francisco Police Department, as well as 150 of their spouses and partners. The shipyard, which is owned by the Navy, was named a Superfund waste site in 1989 because it was heavily contaminated by radioactive substances and industrial chemicals. The new legal complaint, was filed Thursday against Tetra Tech Inc., Tetra Tech EC and Tetra Tech EM. It alleges that a Tetra Tech predecessor corporation, PRC Environmental Management, misled the city in the late 1990s about the extent of possible contamination at a shipyard building that ended up becoming a busy police office and training center for officers across the city. The lawsuit also alleges that between 1997 and 2014, the three Tetra Tech entities acted fraudulently in the cleanup, mishandling contaminated soil around the shipyard, falsifying records and further exposing police employees to danger.

Did You Know Hunters Point Naval Shipyard Still Has Radioactive “Hot Spots” Since Wwii? “In 2004 Breast Cancer Action and the Breast Cancer Fund in San Francisco found that the ‘best established environmental cause of breast cancer’ is ionizing radiation. The San Francisco Bay Area has the highest incidence of breast cancer among measured metropolitan areas on Earth.” By San Framciscans for Our City’s HealthBlack Agenda Radio for Week of November 18, 2019 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. 

  • Mumia to Speak in Philadelphia on Global Youth Against EmpireThe nation’s best known political prisoner will mark his 38th year behind bars at a “Youth Rise Up Against Empire” event, December 7thin Philadelphia. “It is not by chance that a Mumia movement is focusing on US imperialism,” said Suzanne Ross, of International Family and Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal, since he’s written a trilogy on the subject, titled “Murder Incorporate.”
  • The Internationalism of Black Panther WomenThe women of the Black Panther Party embraced the models established by women in Vietnam, North Korea and China, in part “to change the culture within the party,” said Benjamin Young, a professor at Dakota State University and author of an article in the political journal “Soul” titled, “Imagining Revolutionary Feminism: Communist Asia and the Women of the Black Panther Party.” “There were a lot of issues within the party when it came to the treatment of women,” said Young.
  • Anti-Blackness Among Hispanics“With a few exceptions, all the presidents in Latin America are white,” notes Janvieve Williams Comrie, a pan-Africanist activist originally from Panama. “The racial dynamics are different,” said Comrie, but “the same racial structures exist” as in the rest of the hemisphere.
  • US Fingerprints in Bolivian Coup“Whether under the Bush or Obama administrations, the US government saw the Bolivian government of Evo Morales as an adversary in the region,” as did the Trump administration, said Alexander Main, of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, in Washington. Main was interviewed on Counterspin by Janine Jackson, of FAIR. He aid US corporate media echo the official Trump position, that forced regime change in Bolivia was not a coup – but most of the Latin America public disagrees.



If the Fed Is Bailing Out the Repo Market, Can Commercial Paper Be Far Behind?According to the most recent statistical release from the Federal Reserve, the average annual interest rate on 90-day AA-rated financial commercial paper has risen from 2.18 percent in 2018 to 2.27 percent through November 15 of this year. The rise in the average annual interest rate on 90-day commercial paper contrasts with the fact that since May of this year, the 90-day (3-month) Treasury bill’s yield has moved sharply lower, from 2.4 percent to yesterday’s closing yield of 1.56 percent – a decline of 35 percent. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has effectively become the repo market – pumping out upwards of $3 trillion to that market since September 17. Can we expect the Fed to turn on the money spigot to the commercial paper market next? By Pam Martens and Russ Martens

The Fed’s Latest Wall Street Bailout Is Not Making It to the Front Pages of Newspapers. Email Your Friends Our Continuing Series on the Federal Reserve’s New, 2019 Bailout Loans to Wall Street (Click on this Text.) Wall Street On Parade’s Ongoing Series on the Federal Reserve’s 2019 Bailout of Wall StreetWorld:

 General Election: Labour Promise 320,000 Apprenticeships To Help Green Economy Jeremy Corbyn is set to announce a climate apprenticeship programme that would train 80,000 people a year Jeremy Corbyn is also set to announce reforms to the apprenticeship levy in a bid to better meet the needs of workers and employers, as well as tackling the climate emergency.  Under the plans, Labour said they will deliver 320,000 apprenticeships in England during their first term in government, with the programme creating 886,000 by 2030.  Climate apprenticeships will “upskill” the UK workforce so that UK companies can compete and succeed in the green economy, the party said.How Western Media Bias Allows Israel to Getaway with Murder in Gaza An Israeli attack on Gaza was imminent, and not because of any provocations by Palestinian groups in the besieged, impoverished Gaza Strip. The Israeli military escalation was foreseeable because it factors neatly in Israel’s contentious political scene. The war was not a question of “if”, but “when”. The answer came on November 12, when the Israeli military launched a major strike against Gaza, killing an Islamic Jihad Commander, Bahaa Abu al-Ata, along with his wife Asma. By Ramzy Baroud

Bolivia: all forces out against the coup! To workers, left-wingers and activists. The dramatic times we are living through reveal before everybody’s eyes that Añez’s presidency can only be imposed through bloodshed and the massive use of the armed forces. That is to say: through a putsch that will cut across any democratic smokescreens. The forces that are now being released against farmers, indigenous people and cocoa growers from the Movement for Socialism (Movimiento al Socialismo, MAS) in several areas around the country, and against the raising of the wiphalas in El Alto, will be used to militarise society against the working class in the future. By Lucha de Clases

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