Daily News Digest January 1, 2020

Hope for the Future!:  Capitalism’s Failures Have Millennials Reconsidering Communism Income inequality in the United States reached a 50-year high in 2019, the worst since the Census Bureau began tracking the gap between America’s wealthiest and poorest. Student loan debt rose to $1.41 trillion in 2019, a 107% increase this decade, according to Federal Reserve data. Millennials have been hit particularly hard, carrying an average of $27,900 in student debt, according to 2019 data from Northwestern Mutual. By Ilana Novick

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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: 1, Austerity,2 Scapegoat Blacks, Minorities, and ‘Illegal’ Immigrants for Unemployment, and 3.  The Iron Heel
Always Remember: That Obama 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 , thet the 99% Will Rule, Not the Few!
Images of the Day:
1984 is Coming
Quotes of the Day:
There is a huge gap in wealth between the U.S. and North Korea, and that alone is sufficient to demonstrate that the U.S. is a threat to North Korea and not vice versa—one state pumped up and ready to obliterate the other at a moment’s notice, the other not even remotely considering a first strike. One side has hundreds of military bases and possibly more than one aircraft carrier surrounding the other; hundreds more nuclear missiles; and tens of thousands of troops and thermonuclear warheads on submarines nearby. It is as if Washington holds a gun pointed at Pyongyang’s head, and Pyongyang has a rock in a slingshot pocket pointed at Washington’s feet. Yet the U.S. congress recently passed a National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that represents “complete capitulation” to Donald Trump and a “blank check for endless wars,” in the words of a joint statementfrom a diverse group of U.S.-based NGOs. Now, looking at the filthy rich of America and the wretched and dispossessed of Korea, whose side do you think Julian Assange is on, and whose side do you think David Sanger is on? — To Distinguish Fact From Fiction in Korea, First Follow the Money
From: The Congo: A Study of the Negro Race By Vachel Lindsay: BOOM, steal the pygmies,  BOOM, kill the Arabs, BOOM, kill the white men, HOO, HOO, HOO.  Listen to the yell of Leopold’s ghost Burning in Hell for his hand-maimed host.  Hear how the demons chuckle and yell Cutting his hands off, down in Hell. Listen to the creepy proclamation, Blown through the lairs of the forest-nation, Blown past the white-ants’ hill of clay, Blown past the marsh where the butterflies play: — “Be careful what you do,  Or Mumbo-Jumbo, God of the Congo,  And all of the other Gods of the Congo, Mumbo-Jumbo will hoo-doo you, Mumbo-Jumbo will hoo-doo you, Mumbo-Jumbo will hoo-doo you.”
Videos Of the Day:
Palestine Pre-1948, Palestine Before Zionism/Israel
It’s Nice To Meet You’: Greta Thunberg And David Attenborough Speak Over Skype
How the taxes on the wealthy have fallen over the past 70 years (USA)
Fossil Fuel Industry Shifts from Climate Denial to “Youthwashing”
The Year in Latin America: The Right Continues to Advance, but so do Popular Movements
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.
Without Evidence, Trump Accuses Iran of ‘Orchestrating an Attack’ on US Embassy in Iraq as Fears of War Grow This may be the beginning of the end for the U.S. occupation.” President Donald Trump Tuesday morning accused Iran, without offering any evidence, of “orchestrating an attack” on the American embassy in Baghdad as thousands of Iraqis surrounded the building to protest U.S. airstrikes and occupation of the region. “Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many,” Trump tweeted. “We strongly responded, and always will. Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible. In addition, we expect Iraq to use its forces to protect the Embassy, and so notified!” By  Jake JohnsonOnward, Christian Fascists  The greatest moral failing of the liberal Christian church was its refusal, justified in the name of tolerance and dialogue, to denounce the followers of the Christian right as heretics. By tolerating the intolerant it ceded religious legitimacy to an array of con artists, charlatans and demagogues and their cultish supporters. It stood by as the core Gospel message—concern for the poor and the oppressed—was perverted into a magical world where God and Jesus showered believers with material wealth and power. The white race, especially in the United States, became God’s chosen agent. Imperialism and war became divine instruments for purging the world of infidels and barbarians, evil itself. Capitalism, because God blessed the righteous with wealth and power and condemned the immoral to poverty and suffering, became shorn of its inherent cruelty and exploitation. The iconography and symbols of American nationalism became intertwined with the iconography and symbols of the Christian faith. The mega-pastors, narcissists who rule despotic, cult-like fiefdoms, make millions of dollars by using this heretical belief system to prey on the mounting despair and desperation of their congregations, victims of neoliberalism and deindustrialization. These believers find in Donald Trump a reflection of themselves, a champion of the unfettered greed, cult of masculinity, lust for violence, white supremacy, bigotry, American chauvinism, religious intolerance, anger, racism and conspiracy theories that define the central beliefs of the Christian right. When I wrote “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America” I was deadly serious about the term “fascists.” By Chris HedgesEnvironment:
Statistic of the Decade: The Massive Deforestation of the Amazon This year, I was on the judging panel for the Royal Statistical Society’s International Statistic of the Decade. Much like Oxford English Dictionary’s “Word of the Year” competition, the international statistic is meant to capture the zeitgeist of this decade. The judging panel accepted nominations from the statistical community and the public at large for a statistic that shines a light on the decade’s most pressing issues.On Dec. 23, we announced the winner: the 8.4 million soccer fields of land deforested in the Amazon over the past decade. That’s 24,000 square miles, or about 10.3 million American football fields. By Liberty VittertHow Oil Companies Avoided Environmental Accountability After 10.8 Million Gallons Spilled Louisiana still hasn’t finished investigating 540 oil spills after Hurricane Katrina. The state is likely leaving millions of dollars in remediation fines on the table — money that environmental groups say they need as storms get stronger. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, while stranded New Orleanians flagged down helicopters from rooftops and hospitals desperately triaged patients, crude oil silently gushed from damaged drilling rigs and storage tanks. Given the human misery set into motion by Katrina, the harm these spills caused to the environment drew little attention. But it was substantial. Nine days after the storm, oil could still be seen leaking from toppled storage tanks, broken pipelines and sunken boats between New Orleans and the Mississippi River’s mouth. And then Hurricane Rita hit. Oil let loose by Katrina was pushed farther inland by Rita three weeks later, and debris from the first storm caused damage to oil tankers rocked by the second. by Joan MeinersCivil Rights/Black Liberation:
Black Agenda Radio for Week of December 30, 2019 With Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
  • US War on Black and Brown Youth “The term ‘gang’ is used for formations of young Black and brown men, but is never seriously used to describe the greatest purveyor of violence in the world, the US military,” said Justin “Mujahid” Kaliebe, a prison activist housed at the federal lockup in Jesup, Georgia. “They’re afraid of these youths,” said Kaliebe, “not because of what they do, but what they can become if they get organized and politically educated.”
  • After Impeachment, What? Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner and a prolific political analyst and author, said: “While history books will note that Donald Trump was impeached, beyond that it will mean next to nothing, for he will not be removed from office. Without that, there is nothing,” because for men like Trump, only power matters.
  • A National Movement for Community Control of Police New York activists look forward to collaborating with the newly established National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression in creating a network to fight for community control of police “all across the country,” said former Black Panther Shepard McDaniel, aka “Brother Shep.” The Panther Party advocated for community hiring and firing of cops “back in the Sixties,” said McDaniel, who later helped launch a campaign to establish community control of police by referendum.
  • Anti-War Movement Must Adopt to Changing Imperial Wars The US is expanding its wars and regime change plans, especially in its use of economic sanctions, which now target 39 countries containing one-third of the global population, said Sara Flounders, of UNAC, the United National Anti-War Movement. UNAC will hold a conference at New York City’s People’s Forum, February 22-24, to “alert the movement that the wars are changing, refining, and are also accelerating at home,” said Flounder
Uber-Postmates Lawsuit Targeting New California Labor Law Decried as ‘Greedy Scheme’ Against Workers “Gig companies like Uber and Postmates are literally banking on the exploitation of workers who live beneath the poverty line.” By Julia ConleyEconomy:
Disaster Capiyalism:The Ongoing Plunder of Puerto Rico:    Three Billion Dollar Fraud At PREPA …Will Be Repaid by Puerto Ricans Now that PREPA is targeted for privatization, we should all know how it got there. We should know that the political party (PNP) that is selling PREPA is the one that destroyed it…and committed FRAUD to do it. Just HOW did they destroy it?  What was the fraud? The answer, and the evidence, is astonishingly clear. The information appears RIGHT IN THE WEB SITE of the Puerto Rico Electrical and Power Authority (PREPA)! The web site shows how three billion dollars were stolen “for the benefit of the financial community.”  And now, Governor Roselló will reward Wall Street…for their own theft.This theft in broad daylight was cleverly engineered, so that the people of Puerto Rico will have to pay for it…with a “privatized” energy system that will be owned by Wall Street.
As Honduras Collapses, Its People are Forced to Flee Honduras is collapsing. The thousands of migrants who flee every day are direct testimony to a political, economic and social crisis that the world ignores and the U. S. government seems bent on perpetuating. Instead of examining the crisis behind the exodus, the Trump administration has set an intercontinental human trapline that captures thousands of the world’s poorest and most persecuted men, women and children, and then converts their suffering into campaign fodder.  By Laura CarlsenTo Distinguish Fact From Fiction in Korea, First Follow the Money The “masters” of the Empire of Japan, who invaded and dominated Korea for half a century, followed the “vile maxim” that is typical of the “masters of mankind,” i.e., “all for ourselves, and nothing for other people” (Adam Smith). And while a “budding elite” of talented Koreans in fields such as “commerce, industry, publishing, academia, films, literary pursuits, urban consumption” were there in the “relative openness” of the 1920s, and while they were well-equipped to lead an independent Korea, tragedy occurred, as “global depression, war, and ever-increasing Japanese repression in the 1930s destroyed much of this progress, turned many elite Koreans into collaborators, and left few options for patriots besides armed resistance” (Bruce Cumings, The Korean War: A History, 2010). Many of those who chose violent resistance went to Manchuria to fight against the Japanese colonizers, and later became leaders in the North Korean army. By Joseph Essertier Education, Health, Science, 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 ‘governn’, 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 Our Choice: Medicare for All, or Endless War? If we end wars, shut down wasteful and failing weapons programs, and close unnecessary foreign bases, we could come up with an extra $350 billion to spend on Medicare for All—without sacrificing security. By Lindsay Koshgarian ESO Observations Reveal Black Holes’ Breakfast At The Cosmic Dawn Astronomers have observed reservoirs of cool gas around some of the earliest galaxies in the universe. These gas halos are the perfect food for supermassive black holes at the center of these galaxies, which are now seen as they were over 12.5 billion years ago. This food storage might explain how these cosmic monsters grew so fast during a period in the universe’s history known as the Cosmic Dawn