Daily News Digest September 1, 2020

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Due to Years of Austerity, Cuts to Public Health Care, And An Anti-Science and Profiteering President, The United States Now Leads the World In  Coronavirus Cases and Deaths in the World! And Now the Total Caronavirs Deaths in the United  States are Over 20%  of the Total Deaths in the Entire World!

Another Example Capitalism as a Failed System: World Capilalism Was Aware of the Danger of Cornovavirus Threat 4 Years Ago and Did Nothing!

Under Capitalism — Human Lives Don’t Matter  Capitalism Does Not, and Never Has, Worked for the Masses! In Its Death Agony, Capitalism Is Traveling About The World Like The Four Horsemen of the The Apocalypse, Spreading  Racism,  War, Famine, Pestilence, and Death. The very future of Humanity Is Now At stake! By Roland SheppardLaura Gray’s cartoon from the front page of The Militant August 18, 1945, Under the Banner Headline: “There Is No Peace”

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 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, that the 99% Will Rule, Not the Few!

Images of the Day:

Let’s Call Police Killings What They Are: LynchingSigne Wilkinson: Death Penalty In Black And White

Quotes of the Day:


How  Robert Williams Stopped Ku Klux Klan Violence In Monroe, North Carolina!:

Robert Franklin Williams (February 26, 1925 – October 15, 1996) was an American civil rights leader and author best known for serving as president of the Monroe, North Carolina, chapter of the NAACP in the 1950s and into 1961. He succeeded in integrating the local public library and swimming pool in Monroe. At a time of high racial tension and official abuses, Williams promoted armed Black self-defense in the United States. In addition, he helped gain support for gubernatorial pardons in 1959 for two young African-American boys who had received lengthy reformatory sentences in what was known as the Kissing Case of 1958. It generated national and international attention and criticism of the state.Williams obtained a charter from the National Rifle Association and set up a rifle club to defend Black people in Monroe from Ku Klux Klan or other attackers. The local chapter of the NAACP supported Freedom Riders who traveled to Monroe in the summer of 1961 in a test of integrating interstate buses. In August 1961 he and his wife left the United States for several years to avoid kidnapping charges after a white couple got lost in the black part of town in Monroe. The local police and the FBI allegedly convinced the couple to say Williams had kidnapped them, and the FBI put out a warrant for his arrest, causing him to flee to Cuba, and, later, the People’s Republic of China. These charges were dropped by the state when his trial opened in 1975 following his return, in 1970.Williams’ book Negroes with Guns (1962) has been reprinted many times, most recently in 2013. It details his experience with violent racism and his disagreement with the non-violent wing of the Civil Rights Movement. The text was widely influential; Black Panther Party founder Huey Newton, and African American Defense League founder Mauricelm-Lei Millere cited it as a major inspiration.

We have found that remdesivir is a failed antiviral drug that will probably do more harm than good for many coronavirus patients. An earlier remdesivir trial for Ebola was stopped because the drug was causing significantly higher mortality rates than other antiviral drugs in the same trial. As one recent medical source noted, the remdesivir Ebola trial had to be aborted “because of an increase in death among patients taking it, meaning it did not help those patients”. Remdesivir is not a specific anti-COVID-19 drug, as many people think. It is a general antiviral drug with a history of earlier failures, as well as adverse effects serious enough to kill patients. Dr. Anthony Fauci should never have made it his frontrunner for drugs desperately needed to treat the pandemic. We will describe very recent scientific data confirming these conclusions. — Fauci’s Remdesivir: Inadequate to Treat COVID-19 and Potentially Lethal

Videos of the Day:

Jacob Blake Shooting Shines New Light on Death of Michael Bell, Killed by Kenosha Cops in 2004

Why Didn’t the Justice Dept Indict Kobach As Well As Bannon? The wire transfers of $250,000 and $100,000 that Steve Bannon and Brian Kolfage were indicted for would have to be approved by the We Build the Wall foundation’s general counsel — Kris Kobach. The payments were in direct violation of the foundation’s by-laws. Furthermore, Kobach used the non-profit’s donor list to raise money for his Senate run, normally a felony crime I worked with the Justice Department on racketeering cases. You don’t bust the capo (Bannon) unless you also bust the consigliere (Kobach). Both Bannon’s indictment and Kobach’s non-indictment would have to been personally approved by Attorney General, Bill Barr. (It’s worth noting that Kobach pulled in up to $400,000 in legal fees from the We Build the Wall scam — while running for Senate.) By Greg Palast and Thom Hartmann

United States:

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 Reublicrats 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. Rax the Rich!  — They Can Afford To Pay!

Trump at the RNC: Echoes of Saddam The Republican convention was a nauseating performance even by the cess-pit standards of the Trump administration. In its cult-like obeisance to the supreme leader it reminds me of meetings of the Iraqi Baath Party that periodically endorsed Saddam Hussein as the national saviour. The only speeches acceptable in both cases were dollops of fawning praise. Speakers outdid each other in adulation, pretending that shambolic failures were triumphant successes. By Patrick Cockburn

The Rotten Alliance of Liberals and Neocons Will Likely Shape U.S. Foreign Policy for Years to Come The emergence in recent weeks of a coalition of neocon Republicans and former national security officials who have thrown their support behind the candidacy of Joe Biden is an ominous development to those who believe U.S. foreign policy should be guided by the principles of realism and military restraint, rather than perpetual wars of choice By Marshall Auerback – James CardenTrump to Visit His White Nationalist Cops: ‘Photo-Op for White Nationalist President Isn’t Helpful,’ Says Wisconsin Dem as Trump Plans Kenosha Visit Despite Calls to Stay Away  In a letter to Trump on Sunday, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers warned the president’s visit “will only delay our work to overcome division and move forward together.” By Jake Johnson

Trump Is Laying the Groundwork to Reject the Results of the Election With less than 10 weeks until the election, Trump is taking a scorched-earth approach to maintain his hold on power.ast week, as Donald Trump ginned up for the Republican National Convention, he went on Fox News to talk with Sean Hannity about “voter fraud,” be it fraud committed at polling sites or fraud committed by mail. To preempt this, he assured his audience, he would send sheriffs, miscellaneous other law enforcement and U.S. attorneys into polling places around the country to monitor for irregularities. This warning, along with ongoing GOP plans to send 50,000 “poll watchers” to polling stations around the country, echoed GOP strategies from decades past, when the party routinely sent out monitors to Black neighborhoods and other areas that tended to skew Democratic. In April, The Intercept reported that conservative activists wanted monitors for the November elections to include off-duty and retired police, military, even Navy SEALs — a practice that was banned between 1981 and 2018 by a consent decree stopping the GOP from carrying out such monitoring, but which has been permitted for the past couple years after a judge in New Jersey decided not to renew the consent decree. Into this legal opening, Trump apparently hopes to place an armed force intended to scare would-be voters away from polling sites. By Sasha Abramsky

LaTosha Brown: They’re Constantly Skimming Votes  Palast in conversation with the co-founder of Black Voters Matter “We’re seeing the same old problems that our community has seen in the past, which we know are all forms of voter suppression,” laments Black Voters Matter co-founder LaTosha Brown. “We’ve got to hold people accountable… And there’s some people that have got to, not only be held accountable in the sense of being put out of office, but there are some people that should face some charges. by Nicole Powers


‘Extremely unlikely that they will find anything’A helicopter scan for radioactivity at SF’s former bases had limited value. The city relied on it anyway.  For years, San Francisco has faced tough questions about the safety of two former naval bases that were poisoned with radioactive substances and now are being developed into two of the city’s largest housing projects. In response, the city Public Health Department has repeatedly given the same answer, telling people there’s nothing to worry about. By Jason Fagone and Cynthia Dizikes2004: Did You Know Hunters Point Naval Shipyard  Still Has Radioactive “Hot Spots” Since World WarII? What is stated in 2004 is confirmed in 2018. but the building still got built on radioactive soil!: 2018: Nearly Half of Hunters Point Shipyard Radiation Cleanup in Question; Contractor Possibly Faked Data “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.”Justice And Injustice In California: A Comparison Between Rich And Poor Communities I begin with a comparison between the Bayview Hunters Point community of San Francisco, the last predominately Black area to be gentrified in mainly white San Francisco, and the majority white community with its magnificent and Mediterranean estates of Pleasanton, Alameda County, which had the distinction of being named the wealthiest mid-sized city in the Unites States by the Census Bureau in 2005. By Roland Sheppard

Civil Rights/ Black Liberarion:

SAPD Detective Suspended for Social Media Post Asking ‘When Can We Kill’ Colin Kaepernick A San Antonio Police detective was suspended for 30 days over a social media post in which he asked when athlete and racial justice advocate Colin Kaepernick could be killed, KSAT reports, citing SAPD records. “When can we kill this terrorist sympathizer?” the station reports Detective Joseph Fech posted on social media after former NFL quarterback Kaepernick condemned a U.S.-ordered drone strike on an Iranian general. “Terrorist sympathizer = terrorist in my book.” By Sanford NowlinIn COVID Era, Artists Are Generating Hope and Illustrating Pandemic Inequities As the pandemic enters its sixth month, artists throughout the U.S. are finding ways to document the moment. lmost immediately after the coronavirus began to spread throughout New York City, art historian Han Hongzheng, an immigrant from China, started seeing anti-Asian slurs on social media. Then he experienced the hatred at close range. “One day in early March, my partner, who is white, and I were walking our dog on the Upper West Side of Manhattan,” Hongzheng says. “All of a sudden, this guy on skates got very close to us and screamed the word ‘traitor’ at my partner.” By Eleanor J. BaderLabor:

Unison general secretary election: Vote for Paul Holmes! Elections are approaching to decide the next general secretary of Unison. Victory for the left would mark a huge turning point for the labour movement. Socialist Appeal urges Unison members to back Paul Holmes.Economy:

Investors Have Stampeded Out of Stock Funds for Two Weeks – So How Did the Stock Market Set a New High Every Day Last Week? The S&P 500 stock index set a new record high on Friday, closing at 3508.01 – the first time it has ever closed above 3500. In fact, the S&P 500 set a record high close every single day last week. Here’s the actual closing numbers: Refinitiv Lipper has been reporting fund flows into and out of the stock market for the past 18 years. According to Refinitiv Lipper, for the week ending Wednesday, August 26, stock (a/k/a equity) mutual funds and stock ETFs had a combined negative outflow of -$7.8 billion. For the week ending Wednesday, August 19, stock mutual funds and stock ETFs had a negative outflow of -$6.6 billion. Put the two weeks together and you have investo rs yanking a net $14.4 billion out of stock funds. Where was the money going? For the most part, it was going into taxable bond funds.World:

Only One In 10 Utility Firms Prioritise Renewable Electricity – Global Study Vast majority of world’s electricity companies remain heavily invested in fossil fuels Only one in 10 of the world’s electric utility companies are prioritising investment in clean renewable energy over growing their capacity of fossil fuel power plants, according to research from the University of Oxford. The study of more than 3,000 utilities found most remain heavily invested in fossil fuels despite international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and some are actively expanding their portfolio of polluting power plants. By Jillian Ambrose

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

Covid Vaccine Rush Could Make Pandemic Worse, Say Scientists Experts say strong evidence of efficacy needed to avoid approval of inferior vaccines The rush to immunise populations against Covid-19 could lead to the rollout of a vaccine that is not very effective and risk worsening the pandemic, leading scientists have said. Politicians and commercial companies are competing to be the first to license a vaccine, but experts say the world would be better served by waiting until comprehensive results showed at least 30-50% effectiveness. Sarah Boseley Health editorPublic Health Experts Fear Trump FDA’s Remdesivir Approval ‘Without Evidence’ of Widespread Benefits Signal Likely Premature Vaccine “What I worry about the most is an October surprise—of FDA being forced to do something it doesn’t want to or science doesn’t support,” wrote epidemiologist Eric Feigl-Ding.  By Julia Conley

Health Experts Horrified as New Trump Covid-19 Adviser Pushes ‘Herd Immunity’ Strategy That Could Kill 2 Million Americans “It’s not edgy, contrarian,” one public health expert said of the “herd immunity” approach. “It’s dangerous and terrifying.” By Jake Johnson

DeVos Slammed for Arguing Pandemic Ultimately a ‘Good Thing’ for US Public Education “Calling Covid-19 a ‘good thing’ for our schools just goes to show you how divorced this administration is from reality.” On the heels of two federal judges halting a controversial rule that allows private schools to get more Covid-19 relief funding than Congress intended, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said Friday that she believes the viral pandemic has been a “good thing” for the nation’s education system, a comment that quickly drew criticism from Democrats and public education advocates.  By Lisa Newcomb