Daily News Digest September 9, 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!

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Julian AssanageVideos of the Day:

The Silence Of the Republjcrates on the Issue Is Deafening!:  ‘Invisible War’ Shines Light on Rape in the Military

‘We Have the Right to Know’ John Pilger spoke outside the Old Bailey court about the trial of Julian Assange

Black Labor Day Forum: The Theft of Black Labor and Extraction of Black WealthUnited 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!

Blood Lands The enraged, polarized segments of the population are rapidly consolidating as the political center disintegrates. The tinder that could soon ignite widespread violent conflagrations throughout the United States lies ominously stacked around us. Millions of disenfranchised white Americans, who see no way out of their economic and social misery, struggling with an emotional void, are seething with rage against a corrupt ruling class and bankrupt liberal elite that presides over political stagnation and grotesque, mounting social inequality. Millions more alienated young men and women, also locked out of the economy and with no realistic prospect for advancement or integration, gripped by the same emotional void, have harnessed their fury in the name of tearing down the governing structures and anti-fascism. The enraged, polarized segments of the population are rapidly consolidating as the political center disintegrates. They stand poised to tear apart the United States, awash in military-grade weapons, unable to cope with the crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout, cursed with militarized police forces that function as internal armies of occupation and de facto allies of the neofascists. By Chris Hedges‘This is Not Normal’: Human Rights, Press Freedom Advocates Denied Remote Access to Assange Hearing The WikiLeaks founder, who exposed U.S. war crimes, faces up to 175 years in prison if the U.K. agrees to extradite Assange. Human rights and press freedom advocates cried foul early Monday morning after they were denied remote access to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition hearing taking place in the United Kingdom.”This is not normal,” said Marie Struthers, director of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Office of Amnesty Eastern Europe & Central Asia, in a video interview outside the court proceedings. By Lisa Newcomb

The US has Caused a World Crisis of Mass Evacuations From US Wars and US Sponsored Coups!:  ‘Horrifically Catastrophic’: Report Finds So-Called US War on Terror Has Displaced as Many as 59 Million People “U.S. involvement in these countries has been horrifically catastrophic, horrifically damaging in ways that I don’t think that most people in the United States have grappled with or reckoned with in even the slightest terms.” —David Vine, American University  Titled “Creating Refugees: Displacement Caused by the United States’ Post-9/11 Wars” (pdf), the new report conservatively estimates that at least 37 million people have “fled their homes in the eight most violent wars the U.S. military has launched or participated in since 2001.”. By Jake Johnson

Trump’s USDA Is Serving Up Cancerous Chicken Federal regulators recently okayed selling chickens suffering from Avian Leukosis, which produces cancerous tumors. Top regulatory officials in Trump’s government keep chanting the same one-word mantra: “Deregulate. Deregulate. Deregulate.”Day after day, these agency bosses have been “liberating” greedy business interests to do their damnedest to consumers, workers, the environment — and even our chicken dinner. Yes, chicken. Instead of Kentucky-fried or tacos con pollo, they’re serving up “Chicken á la Avian Leukosis.” That’s chicken infected with a virus that produces cancerous tumors and lesions on the poor birds. By Jim HightowerEnvironment:

How Capitalism Has Fueled the Climate Crisis  Capitalism is facing at least three major crises. A pandemic-induced health crisis has rapidly ignited an economic crisis with yet unknown consequences for financial stability, and all of this is playing out against the backdrop of a climate crisis that cannot be addressed by “business as usual.” This triple crisis has revealed several problems with how we do capitalism, all of which must be solved at the same time that we address the immediate health emergency. Otherwise, we will simply be solving problems in one place while creating new ones elsewhere. That is what happened with the 2008 financial crisis. Policymakers flooded the world with liquidity without directing it toward good investment opportunities. As a result, the money ended up back in a financial sector that does little to help the economic well-being of the general population. By  Ray Williams ‘This Is What a Climate Crisis Looks Like’: Fires Have Now Burned Record 2 Million Acres in California This Year October are historically our worst months for fires.” mass evacuations—has burned over two million acres, a new state record and a revelation that sparked fresh calls for urgent action to address the human-caused climate crisis. By Jessica CorbettTriple Crisis in the Anthropocene Ocean.
Part One: Corrosive Seas
Scientists call them a ‘deadly trio.’ If acidification, oxygen loss, and overheating are not ended soon, a massive die-off of ocean life may be unstoppable. Introduction. It is impossible to overstate the importance of the ocean to life on Earth. Covering 71% of the planet’s surface, it contains 97% of the world’s surface water and is central to the great biogeochemical cycles that define the biosphere and make life possible. Marine plants generate half of the world’s breathable oxygen.    Millions of species of animals live in the ocean. Seafood is a primary source of protein for three billion people, and hundreds of millions work in the fishing industry.    The ocean’s metabolism — the constant flows and exchanges of energy and matter that have continued for hundreds of millions of years — is a vital part of the Earth System. As famed oceanographer Sylvia Earle writes, our fate and the ocean’s are inextricably intertwined. Cy Ian Angus

As the Wold Burns:  Wildfires Rage Across California As Historic Heat Wave Continues California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in several counties due to the fires. (Reuters) – Three large wildfires continued to burn in California as a record-breaking heat wave was set to linger across large swaths of the western United States on Monday. The Creek Fire, which has engulfed the Fresno area in central California and caused the emergency evacuation over the weekend of more than 200 people vacationing at a popular reservoir, was still 0% contained as of early Monday morning, fire officials said. The blaze continued to grow under “extreme weather conditions” to devour nearly 79,000 acres of land while a cause remained under investigation, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) said in a statement.

Civil Rights/ Black Liberarion:

The New Jim Crow:  Absentee Ballot Rejections Could Triple In Battleground States The number of rejected ballots in November is projected to be significantly higher than previous elections., according to an AP analysis. Thousands of absentee ballots get rejected in every presidential election. This year, that problem could be much worse and potentially pivotal in hotly contested battleground states. With the coronavirus creating a surge in mail-in balloting and postal delays reported across the country, the number of rejected ballots in November is projected to be significantly higher than previous elections. By Christina A. Cassidy and Frank Bajak

The New JimCrow: The ACLU Of Georgia Releases The Palast Investigative Fund Report: The State Likely Removed Nearly 200,000 Citizens From The Voter Rolls Who Never Moved The ACLU of Georgia released a report by the Palast Investigative Fund titled Georgia Voter Roll Purge Errors that concluded the State had likely removed in 2019 the voter registrations of nearly 200,000 Georgia citizens on the grounds that they had moved from the address on their voter registration application. However, none of these citizens had moved, according to Advanced Address List Hygiene. Unsurprisingly, the state’s removals will likely affect the most vulnerable: young voters, voters of lower income, and citizens of racial groups that have been denied their sacred right to vote in the past. Members of the Georgia General Assembly must rectify this egregious error.   The National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993 makes such purges voluntary for each state. According to the NVRA, a state “may” establish a voter removal program “under which change-of-address information supplied by the Postal Service through its licensees is used to identify registrants whose addresses may have changed.”

Black Agenda Radio for Week of September 7, 2020  With Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford

  • Black “Maternals” Yoked to the Wheel of Group Survival Joy James, a professor of political, feminist and critical race theory at Williams College, believes the burden of day to day survival politics in Black American communities is borne largely by women that she describes as “captive maternals.” “A lot of the captive maternal function is to provide emotional labor and support while stabilizing the structure that you think is the only option,” said James, author of FULCRUM: The Captive Maternal Leverages Democracy.

  • Asa Hilliard’s Concept of “Africanized” Education Although famed educator Asa Hilliard died in 2007, his advocacy of “Africanized” teaching and thinking continues to gain adherents. De Reef Jamison, professor of African American Studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, says Hilliard drew on the work of West African revolutionary Amilcar Cabral. “Both argued that Africans’ ability to maintain their unique cultural forms, which are based in the past, grows out of the people’s present struggles to advance their group.” Jamison wrote a recent article titled, “Asa Hilliard: Conceptualizing and Constructing an African-Centered Pedagogy.”
  • Arsenic and White Corporate Profits The highly toxic herbicide and multi-purpose poison arsenic was key to the production of cotton in the United States and Mexico, and in the process sickened and killed a multitude of Black and brown agricultural workers, said Jayson Porter, a PhD candidate in history at Northwestern University. Arsenic “helped build the U.S. empire” and paved the way for the so-called ‘Green Revolution’ and large-scale cash crop farming, as well as the bioweapons used to decimate Vietnamese plant life and people, said Porter.


Counterpoint: What is Our Government Doing For Labor? America has lost more than 12 million jobs in the last six months. An estimated 12 million people have lost their employer-sponsored health insurance during the worst pandemic in a century. Tens of millions report not having enough to eat. But one month ago, tens of millions of unemployed Americans lost a lifeline that, for many, had been paying their bills for months: a $600 weekly federal unemployment insurance benefit that Congress failed to renew at the end of July. How can this happen in a democracy? This is a question that everyone who works for a living — or would like to do so if they could find a job — might want to consider on this Labor Day. By Mark Weisbrot


“Touted as ‘Essential’… Treated as Disposable”: Labor Day Anger as Migrant Farm Workers Toil Inside Wildfire Evacuation Zones “For the workers, their hands were forced by a combination of circumstances as toxic as the ash that falls over the region’s famous vineyards.” “For the workers, their hands were forced by a combination of circumstances as toxic as the ash that falls over the region’s famous vineyards.” By Kenny Stancil

The Untold Story of the Nasdaq Whale: SoftBank’s a Guppy; JPMorgan’s a Whale Last week there was a big buzz among financial media outlets regarding the Japanese conglomerate, SoftBank. According to unnamed sources who spoke to the Financial Times, over the past few months SoftBank has paid about $4 billion in premiums, buying call options on individual U.S. technology stocks. The Financial Times called SoftBank the Nasdaq Whale and said its call buying had “stoked the fevered rally in big tech stocks before a sharp pullback” at the end of last week. A call option on an individual stock is a derivative that gives the buyer the right, but not the obligation, to purchase the actual stock at a specified price (strike price) over a specified time period. By Pam Martens and Russ MartensWorld:

A World Gripped in Crisis The world is in the grip of an intractable crisis. On the one hand is a deadly pandemic, which shows no sign of abating. And on the other, the greatest collapse of the global economy ever witnessed. There are no parallels in history to describe this calamity. Possibly, the nearest to this situation is another deadly pandemic known as the Black Death of the 14th century. In this, a third or more of the population died. This plague spread everywhere and created serious religious, social, and economic upheavals, with profound effects on the course of European history.

Leaked Eu Cables Reveal Growing Mistrust of Uk in Brexit Talks  Brussels suspicions come as European commission chief warns Britain to abide by Northern Ireland protocol Brussels’ plummeting trust in Boris Johnson has been laid bare in leaked diplomatic cables obtained by the Guardian, as the Brexit negotiations reopen in London with a warning from the European commission president that Britain must respect international law. Ursula von der Leyen made her extraordinary intervention on Monday as Downing Street struggled to control the damage from disclosures suggesting it was backtracking on agreements made last year to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland.

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 

How Not to End the Coronavirus Pandemic!:   Months Into Virus Crisis, U.S. Cities Still Lack Testing Capacity With cases surging, some cities are seeing long testing lines and slow results. Lines for coronavirus tests have stretched around city blocks and tests ran out altogether in at least one site on Monday, new evidence that the country is still struggling to create a sufficient testing system months into its battle with Covid-19. By Sarah Mervosh and Manny Fernandez

How to End the Voronavirus Pandemic!:  “Effective quarantine is essential for tackling the coronavirus and this cannot happen without extensive testing for covid-19, says World Health Organization assistant director general Bruce Aylward. “To actually stop the virus,  China] had to do rapid testing of any suspect case, immediate isolation of anyone who was a confirmed or suspected case, and then quarantine the close contacts for 14 days so that they could figure out if any of them were infected, Aylward told New Scientistin an exclusive interview. ‘Those were the measures that stopped transmission in China, not the big travel restrictions and lockdowns.'” — WHO Expert: We Need More Testing to Beat Coronavirus March 16, 2020