Daily News Digest September 25, 2020

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The US Capitalist Class is Divided Over When — Not If, to Apply:  The Iron Heel!

Extreme Fires and Floods — We Are at the Global Waming ‘Tipping Point’ If It’s Not Here, Its Near!

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:

Tis is the End

Quotes 0f the Day:

The analysis, by the Washington, D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, found that 3.7 percent of U.S. households reported they sometimes or often had “not enough to eat” during 2019. Meanwhile, the most recent Census data from the end of August of this year showed that 10 percent of households said they sometimes or often did not have enough to eat within the past seven days. Levels of food insecurity in Black and Latino households are significantly higher, at 19 percent and 17 percent, respectively, compared to 7 percent in white households. — Hunger In America, Especially For Children, Has “Skyrocketed” During Covid-19, Data Shows

Videos Of the Day:

Fires Turn Brazil’a Tropical Wetlands Into Wildlife Death Traps!

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 Refuses to Commit to Peaceful Transition of Power, Saying He Will ‘Have to See What Happens’ “Trump doesn’t want a fair election, he wants to keep power at any cost.” President Donald Trump fueled fresh fears about the general election on Wednesday night when he refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power if Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden wins the November 3 contest. “We’re gonna have to see what happens,” Trump said at a press briefing after being asked if he would commit to ensuring a peaceful transfer of power if he loses. It was not the first time in recent months that Trump has refused to say he would accept the election results—in July, he similarly said on Fox News, “I have to see.”  By Jessica Corbett

Journalists Need to Be Clear About a Clear Threat to Democracy Despite abundant evidence, corporate media so far have treated the question of whether Trump is trying to steal the election as a matter of opinion. When the president of the United States has:

Repeatedly refused to state whether he would concede the election in the event of a loss; …then the evidence threshold has been more than satisfied for journalists to declare that he is trying to steal the 2020 election. Journalists and newsrooms have an obligation to report that the most powerful person in the country is trying to subvert the election and retain power illegitimately, and a failure to blow the whistle on a clear threat to democracy is journalistic malpractice. By Joshua Cho


PFAS Compounds Stay Forever in Our Bodies:  Why Dangerous ‘Forever Chemicals’ Are Allowed in US drinking Water The federal government has still not set limits for PFAS compounds, and some allege that could be because it is a polluter of them itself  In 2014, residents of Horsham Township, near Philadelphia, learned that their water had been contaminated with potentially toxic chemicals linked to an array of health problems, including learning delays in children and cancer. Those residents include Frank and Lisa Penna, who allege in a lawsuit that their water was among the contaminated supplies. Known as PFAS, for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, the chemicals in this class of approximately 5,000 substances have become notorious as much for their potential danger as for their perseverance. Because the chemical bonds that hold the compounds together don’t break down easily, they last a very long time – a reality that has led to a commonly used name for the group: “Forever chemicals.” By Ryan Felton

West Coast Wildfires Underscore Ominous Global Trend: Forests Are Dying Trees are resilient, but the current rate of atmospheric warming is driving changes faster than forests can adapt to. This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story.Behind the apocalyptic wildfires in California and Oregon, another ominous trend is creeping across the globe: Everywhere in the world, trees are dying, with the biggest trees going firstEntire forests are threatened worldwide. The 83 large wildfires burning in mid-September in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Montana, Nevada, South Dakota and Wyoming are only one symptom of what’s happening to forests everywhere. Forests are dying. By Peter Montague

Greenwashing Capitalism Won’t Heal the Planet This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. As the world moves deeper into the climate crisis, too many of the official solutions to slow global warming and transition to a decarbonized society stop short of stating the obvious: our economic system is broken and must be replaced. Capitalism is incompatible with life on Earth. This irrefutable truth is something we all know deep down, whether we can bear to admit it or not.

Civil Rights/Black Liberation!

The New Jim Crow In Georgia: Palast Lawsuit Threat to Georgia Sec of State Raffensperger Joins with Black Voters Matter to Reverse Illegal Purge Breaking News: The Secretary of State of Georgia, Brad Raffensperger, admitted to CNN that they did not use a postal service licensee to check the names and addresses of voters on their purge list to verify that they had moved (we did!).This means that his entire 2019 purge is illegal under the National Voter Registration Act, Section 8(c)(A). In other words, he flat-out lied. He said he used a “respected licensee,” a complete fabrication. Let the people vote, Mr. Raffensperger. His office has reportedly said, “The Post Office is our licensee.” There is no such thing; that’s why the law specifically states, “Postal Service licensee”. The Palast Fund retained the USPS licensee, Merkle Inc. Now we know the key reason he removed tens of thousands of voters wrongly—disproportionately Black, low-income and young voters.  By Greg Palast‘The Whole Damn System Is Guilty as Hell’: Protests Erupt After No Officers Charged for Killing Breonna Taylor “Today’s charging decision is the manifestation of what the millions of people who have taken to the streets to protest police violence already know: Modern policing and our criminal legal system are rotten to the core.” By Jake Johnson

Glen Ford, BAR Executive Editor: The US Dictatorship of (White) Capital and its Tools of Bamboozlement  The New York Times and fellow corporate media discourage Americans from organizing against the rule of the rich by pretending that People Power is a fantasy.Margaret Kimberley, BAR senior columnist: Freedom Rider: The Democrats’ Supreme Failure The corporate Democrats refuse to back measures that appeal to huge majorities of their base, preferring instead to campaign against one evil man and his appointees.Danny Haiphong, BAR Contributing Editor: Biden and the Democrats Have No Plan to Stop the Bleeding—at Home or Abroad The Democrats say they’re running against the most “dangerous president in modern American history,” but Joe Biden has no prescription for resolving any of the crises facing Black and working classAnn Garrison, BAR Contributing Editor: Demilitarizing the NFL Nation Magazine sportswriter Dave Zirin, speaking to Ann Garrison, says that militarism is a founding feature of American football, not just a bug, but we don’t have to accept it in football.

Anthony Monteiro: Isabel Wilkerson’s Book “Caste” and the Discontent of a Ruling Class in Crisis Oprah gushes that this book by the latest darling of the ruling classes might “save us,” but all it’s really trying to save is capitalism.Tryon P. Woods: Still Missing and Murdered: Atlanta’s Lost Children Address Today’s Plague of Police Violence The docu-series reveals not only the ongoing predation against the Black community, but that policing is about social control, not crime control.Netfa Freeman: Expanding Monstrous US Drone War to Kenya is Bi-Partisan MadnessThe absence of a domestic backlash against US Africa policy is testament to the blind spots of our movement.Nu’man Abd al-Wahid: Whitewashing the Destruction of Libya: Douglas Murray’s Libya WhitewashThe British, both left and right, simply do not want to acknowledge the role their government played in destroying Libya and the attendant migration crises.Parul Sehgal: White Women Were Avid Slaveowners The violence of slave-owning women especially could go unchecked, particularly when the victims were black children. The rarely used statute could put protesters accused of using violence in prison for up to 20 years.Peoples Dispatch Staff: Top Trump Official Asks Feds to Charge Protesters with Sedition  The rarely used statute could put protesters accused of using violence in prison for up to 20 years.Vijay Prashad and John Ross: The Difference Between the US and China’s Response to COVID-19 is Staggering While the US continues to suffer the devastating impacts of poor management of the COVID-19 pandemic, China’s people-centered approach serves as a model to follow.


Corona-fied: Employers Spying on Remote Workers in Their Homes The future of work is here, ushered in by a global pandemic. But is it turning employment into a Worker’s Paradise of working at home? Or more of a Big Brother panopticon? Disturbing increases in the use of digital surveillance technologies by employers to monitor their remote workers are raising alarm bells. With the number of remote workers surging as a result of the pandemic—42 percent of U.S. workers are now doing their jobs from their kitchens, living rooms, and home offices—a number of employers have begun requiring their workers to download spying software to their laptops and smartphones. The goal is for businesses to monitor what their remote employees do all day, to track job performance and productivity, and to reduce so-called “cyber-slacking.” By Steven HillUnemployment Numbers Remain High, 6 Months Since Pandemic Shutdowns The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, showing the continued economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid rose slightly last week to 870,000, a historically high figure that shows that the viral pandemic is still squeezing restaurants, airlines, hotels and many other businesses six months after it first erupted. The figure coincides with evidence that some newly laid-off Americans are facing delays in receiving unemployment benefits as state agencies intensify efforts to combat fraudulent applications and clear their pipelines of a backlog of jobless claims.


Gross Domestic Product, 2nd Quarter 2020

Shhh! Don’t Tell the Fed these Wall Street Banks Have Tanked 34 to 48 Percent Year-to-Date. (The Fed Thinks They’re a “Source of Strength”) Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s oft repeated mantra this year – that the behemoth Wall Street banks “are a source of strength” in this economic crisis – is melting away faster than a snow cone in July, along with the share prices of these banks. So whom should Americans believe: The composite wisdom of the market or the opinion of a federal regulator whose supervision of these banks has been far from stellar. The market would seem to have spoken clearly on just how “strong” these banks are. Since the first trading day of the year, January 2,  to yesterday’s closing price, here’s the factual reality of just how much common equity capital these banks have bled: Citigroup is down a stunning 48 percent, losing almost half of its common equity capital; Bank of America has lost 35 percent; while JPMorgan Chase, the bank that has perpetually bragged about its “fortress balance sheet,” is down 34 percent year-to-date. And the U.S. is only seven months into what could become a prolonged economic downturn. By Pam Martens and Russ Martens


China: the Marginalized Narrative of the June Fourth Movement – What Occurred During the Spring and Summer of 1989 was In Fact “Two Movements” Note: We are republishing this article, written by Ji Han (吉汉) and published 28 May 2019 by Initium Media (Hong Kong) because we believe it provides some interesting insights into what happened in China in 1989. Of particular interest is what it describes taking place within the Chinese working class at the time. However, we do not agree with the pessimism about today’s situation expressed towards the end.  China is already feeling the impact of the world crisis of capitalism and this will inevitably regenerate the class struggle, which in turn will impact on the students and intellectuals. Testimony to this is the fact that students and intellectuals have been the most sensitive to class antagonism in recent years, and anti-capitalist sentiment is widespread among the young workers and students. Class struggle is definitely on the agenda in China today.

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

Hunger In America, Especially For Children, Has “Skyrocketed” During Covid-19, Data Shows The number of children who do not have enough to eat has soared in the pandemic, according to the Census Bureau and Agriculture Department. The level of hunger in U.S. households almost tripled between 2019 and August of this year, according to an analysis of new data from the Census Bureau and the Department of Agriculture. Even more alarming, the proportion of American children who sometimes do not have enough to eat is now as much as 14 times higher than it was last year. The Agriculture Department conducts yearly studies on food insecurity in the U.S., with its report on 2019 released this month. The Census Bureau began frequent household surveys in April in response to Covid-19 that include questions about hunger. By Jon Schwarz Declaring ‘Tremendous Trust’ in Big Pharma, Trump Threatens to Block Stricter Covid Vaccine Standards “Trump and his political appointees have inappropriately pressured, intimidated, and overruled career public health officials too many times already, but the stakes are far too high for that to happen again with this upcoming FDA guidance.” By Jake Johnson 

The Opioids Crisis During the Covid Pandemic What people do in the face of protracted isolation and despair is turn to whatever coping strategy they’ve go. In our new era of nearly unparalleled upheaval, as a pandemic ravages the bodies of some and the minds of nearly everyone, as the associated economic damage disposes of the livelihoods of many, and as even the promise of democracy fades, the people whose lives were already on a razor’s edge — who were vulnerable and isolated before the advent of Covid-19 — are in far greater danger than ever before. By Mattea Kramer