Daily News Digest September 28, 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:

The Attorney Who  Persented Breona Tayol’s Case to the Grand Jury!

Signe Wilkinson: President Trump Wonders If ‘Peaceful Transfer of Power’ is a Thing

Quotes 0f the Day:

Refugees Are Produced by US  Wars, US Conspired Coups/Dictators, Hunger, and the Environmental  Crisis Of Capitalism!:

Over the last week, considerable debate arose around a calculation I helped produce showing that the wars the U.S. government has fought since the attacks of September 11, 2001, have forced at least 37 million people — and perhaps as many as 59 million — to flee their homes.     As a co-author of the underlying report, produced for Brown Iniversity’s Costs of War Project, I was encouraged by the attention in the media — which ranged from the New York Times to Fox News — because it has generated interest in the millions of people displaced by the U.S. “global war on terror.”     My American University co-authors and I note that no one inside or outside the U.S. government has previously calculated how many people these wars have isplaced.The report conservatively estimates that eight of the most violent “counterterror” wars the U.S. government has engaged in since 9/11 — in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, the Philippines, Somalia, Syria and Yemen — have produced 8 million refugees and 29 million internally displaced people.     The 37 million total displaced is more than those displaced by any war since at least the start of the 20th century, except World War II. — The U.S. ‘War on Terror’ Has Displaced 37 Million People

If Bush said not to come to the United States, then how did Dr. Arronte Villamarín find himself there? In 2017, due to the initiative of the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus, members of the Henry Reeve brigade—including Dr. Arronte Villamarín—came to Chicago to study and treat high rates of infant mortality. The infant mortality rate among African American mothers in the United States in 2018 was 11.7 per 1,000 live births, while it was 6 per 1,000 for white mothers; in Cuba, the infant mortality rate in 2019 was 5.1 per 1,000 live births. Dr. Arronte Villamarín tells me he was shocked by what he saw. He and his colleagues tried to do the very best that they could, but they were only in Chicago for five months. It was just not enough time to make a difference. — Speaking to Cuban Doctors Who Heal the World

Videos Of the Day:

. .  .That’s why they gave us something called 1mmigration, which nothing but  is an illusion of inclusion! — Dr. Julia Hare in 2007 at the State Of the Black Union This is Dr. Julia Hare speaking at the State of the Black Union (20007) on education, destruction of the Diasporic African family in America, incarceration, and other issues.

Martin Wolf – Will Covid-19 Kill Off Populism The FT’s chief economics commentator looks at the political implications of the global pandemic and asks whether the onward march of populist regimes might be halted by the universal challenge of confronting a global pandemic

Why Is Seattle Police Destroying Property Please Email To SPD

Malcolm X’s Fiery Speech Addressing Police Brutality

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!

The United States of Systemic Racisim: Systemic Racism  is As American as Apple Pie! Black Live Shoulb Matter, But Not in The Unifed States, Racisn is Structured in Every Aspect of life in the United States. (I have stopped calling it America.)   Wanton Racism Exposes is Constsnly clearly expose by the cops, by the courts, by the judges, by the health care system, by the Education system, Environemmenlt The New Jim Crow penal society, the enivironment, and even what Black proplr breathe or drink. Ie: Flint Micigan, Cacer ally Louisian! Racism permeates every aspect of  Unite States society!

Defining What Systemic Racism Really Is: These critiques are overstated. The term is indeed sometimes used in vague ways. NAACP President Derrick Johnson calls systemic racism “systems and structures that have procedures or processes that disadvantage African Americans.” Wikipedia defines the term as “the formalization of a set of institutional, historical, cultural and interpersonal practices within a society that more often than not puts one social or ethnic group in a better position to succeed, and at the same time disadvantages other groups in a consistent and constant manner that disparities develop between the groups over a period of time.” These formulations don’t explain what is causing these disparities, and so are vulnerable to Mansfiels and Franck’s criticisms.

The Source of Violence at  Porland’s Black Lives Matter Demonstrans —Trump’s Armed Right Wing Gangs’:    Revealed: Pro-Trump Activists Plotted Violence Ahead of Portland Rallies Patriots Coalition members suggested political assassinations and said ‘laws will be broken, people will get hurt’, leaked chats show Leaked chat logs show Portland-area pro-Trump activists planning and training for violence, sourcing arms and ammunition and even suggesting political assassinations ahead of a series of contentious rallies in the Oregon city, including one scheduled for this weekend. The chats on the GroupMe app, shared with the Guardian by the antifascist group Eugene Antifa, show conversations between Oregon members of the Patriots Coalition growing more extreme as they discuss armed confrontations with leftwing Portland activists, and consume a steady diet of online disinformation about protests and wildfires. By Jason Wilson and Robert EvansRoaming Charges: Simple Twists of Fate I keep hearing about the “legitimacy crisis” that will engulf the Supreme Court if the Senate moves forward with Trump’s expected nomination. Yet when did the institution that rendered Dred Scott (1857), Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), Korematsu (1944), Bowers v. Hardwick, upholding Georgia’s sodomy statute (1986) Bush v. Gore (2000), Exxon Shipping v. Baker, revoking punitive damages for Exxon Valdez wreck (2008) and Citizens United (2010) acquire this glittering aura of legitimacy? By Jeffrey St. Clair


As the Forests Burn — ‘Climate Arsonist’ Trump Moves to Finalize ‘Catastrophic’ Stripping of Key Protections for Largest National Forest in US At issue is Tongass National Forest, located in southeast Alaska and described as “the crown jewel of the National Forest System.” “Forests are our guardians in our fight against the climate crisis, and we need forest protections more than ever if we are to avoid the worst impacts of the growing climate emergency.” —Amy Moas, Greenpeace By Andrea Germanos

Toothless Climate Pledges That Permit Fossil Fuel Extraction Are Like ‘Declaring a Global Pandemic Without a Plan for Social Distancing’: Scientists “Solving the Covid-19 pandemic requires stopping the spread of the virus. Solving the ozone hole crisis required ending the production of ODSs. And solving the climate crisis requires leaving the fossil carbon in the ground.” By Andrea GermanosWhat the Capitalism’s Factory Meat Farms  Produce!:  How Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Fuel Pandemics The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic may be the worst in recent memory but another pandemic occurred just a decade ago. During 2009 and 2010, the world was stricken with H1NI, a novel virus hosted by pigs. Originally termed swine flu, the novel virus was a new and ominous combination of five viruses ––  North American swine flu, North American avian flu, two swine flu viruses found in Asia and Europe and a human flu virus. The viruses had undergone reassortment and swapped genes, creating a novel virus not previously identified in humans. Not only did no one have immunity or antibodies to the novel virus, experts said humans could both give and get H1N1 from pigs. “Unlike the situation with birds and humans, we have a situation with pigs and humans where there’s a two-way street of exchange of viruses,” warned Nancy Cox, who served as Director of the Influenza Division at the CDC during the H1NI pandemic. By Martha RosenbergIn ‘Cancer Alley,’ a Renewed Focus On Systemic Racism is Too Late! Black Americans are dying from COVID-19 at more than double the rate of other groups, which experts say owes in part to pollution in Black communities. In ‘Cancer Alley,’ a renewed focus on systemic racism is too late Civil Rights/Black Liberation!

The BlackCommunity Need to Know What Happened in the Breonna Taylor Grand Jury! — How  Attorney General Daniel Cameron Presented te Case to the Gard Jury! Did He prosectue the Cops or the victim, Breoona Taylor, at he Hearing?— Make  Grand Jury Minutes Public!

It’s Time to Make Police Disciplinary Records Public Until records are public, the kind of misconduct that leads to killings and wrongful convictions can’t be reined in. As protests calling for police accountability sweep the nation, it is important to consider how the treatment Black Americans receive on our streets not only translates into police violence but into wrongful convictions.   The first step in the path to a wrongful conviction is often the development of a suspect by law enforcement. Racial bias has been shown to influence this process, leading law enforcement to pursue and develop a case around the wrong suspect for a crime. And it’s not uncommon for officers with a history of misconduct, which can include incidents of racial bias, to be connected with cases of wrongful conviction.   Often, when police misconduct is uncovered in a wrongful conviction case, a subsequent review of that officer’s other cases reveals several more wrongful convictions and a litany of complaints related to street encounters with law enforcement. Unfortunately, laws in half the states permit the disciplinary history of law enforcement to remain confidential, meaning by the time this history of misconduct is discovered, communities may have endured preventable abuse on the streets while others may have been wrongfully incarcerated for years. In some states, the law explicitly bars these records from public view, while in others, police agencies hide these records under ambiguous legal precedents, making true accountability impossible. By Rebecca BrownUSA: Breonna Taylor – there Can Be no Justice for the Majority Under Capitalism  In March of this year, three Louisville police officers broke into Breonna Taylor and her boyfriend’s home after midnight. The cops fired 32 shots in the apartment, killing Taylor in a barrage of bullets. In its recent ruling, the capitalist courts did not indict a single officer for this extrajudicial murder. The announcement was met with outrage and brought tens of thousands back into the streets in at least a dozen cities across the country. Although six bullets hit Breonna Taylor, the court did not see this as grounds for further investigation. The only “slap on the wrist” offered was a charge of reckless endangerment against one of the cops for shooting through the closed blinds of a glass door and lodging a bullet into the wall of a neighboring home. And though a grand jury made this ruling, these juries are under the control of the district attorney (DA) and the police. As the old saying goes, the DA could get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich if it wanted it to do so.

Cop Being Charged For Bullets That Missed Breonna Taylor’s Lifeless Body Affirm Black Women Mean Nothing to Society An attorney for Breonna Taylor’s family added that the only charges that stuck were for the bullets that entered the home of her white unharmed neighbors, but there were no charges for the shots that entered the apartment of her Black neighbors upstairs. By Gennette Cordova

Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron Says Officers Who Killed Breonna Taylor Were “Justified” in Use of Force Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove, who evaded charges on Wednesday, fired the shots that killed Taylor. By Victoria Moorwood

Trump’s Black Man in Kentucky, Attorney General Daniel Cameron. On Breonna Taylor Case: ‘I Understand As A Black Man,’ But Acting On Outrage ‘Is No Justice’  President Trump Endorsed Daniel Cameron in Kentucky Attorney General RaceLabor:

The War at the Point of Production: The ‘Killing Fields’ of the United States: Derision, Disbelief After Iowa Meatpacking Plant Where Hundreds Caught Coronavirus Fined Just $957 The fine levied against Iowa Premium Beef—for a minor record-keeping violation—was cut in half by a state official. Iowa regulators on Thursday levied their first coronavirus-related fine against a meatpacking plant—a $957 citation for a minor record-keeping violation by a subsidiary of one of the nation’s biggest beef processing companies. The Associated Press reports the Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued the citation to the Iowa Premium Beef Plant in Tama, where 338 of the facility’s 850 employees tested positive for Covid-19 during an April outbreak that produced one of the state’s first “hot spots.” That’s 80 more workers than the state previously acknowledged, according to inspection records. By Brett Wilkins

The War at the Point of Production: The ‘Killing Fields’ of the United States If we dedicate war memorials to the memory of men and women, who are cut down before their time, these (Workplaces)  are war memorials. . . . — Homer Seguin, Video: Before Their Time” Cancer & Health And Safety On Our Jobs.  Cancer & Health And Safety On Our Jobs (Video) Like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, world imperialism spreads War, Famine, Pestilence, and Death, throughout the world. Author Gore Vidal describes this era as ‘Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace’. One perpetual war, which is not openly publicized, is the war for profits.  It takes place every single day at the point of production, and is killing increasing numbers of workers every year. Today, workers are used as ‘cannon fodder’ both in the war in Iraq and in the war for profits at home. Workplaces have become perpetual ‘killing fields’. By Roland Sheppard


The Stock Market Is Losing Believers: Equity Funds See Net Outflows for Six Straight Weeks Refinitiv Lipper has been reporting fund flows into and out of the stock market for the past 18 years. According to its most recent report, for the week ended Wednesday, September 23, equity (stock) funds, including both equity mutual funds and equity Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), have now seen a net outflow of money for the sixth straight week. This week’s outflow from equity funds totaled -$14.9 billion. That’s the largest outflow by far in the past six weeks. It brings the total net outflow from equity mutual funds and equity ETFs to a net outflow of $42 billion beginning with the week ending August 19. That may not sound like a lot of money in a $35 trillion (as of June 30, 2020) market, but it is if you focus on the word “net.” If you have a long-term pattern of “net” outflows from stocks, it’s going to be tough to move the needle higher, even if you have Nasdaq Whales trying to gin up the market with options. (See here and here.) By Pam Martens and Russ Martens


Speaking to Cuban Doctors Who Heal the World In 2004, Dr. José Armando Arronte Villamarín was posted to head a Cuban medical brigade in Namibia. Cuban medical personnel first came to southwest Africa in 1975 alongside Cuban soldiers; the soldiers had arrived there to assist the South West African People’s Organization (SWAPO) in the fight for the liberation of Namibia from the apartheid South African military. Dr. Arronte Villamarín, a friendly man with a glint in his eye, tells me how much he has enjoyed his work, not only during his time in Namibia, which lasted till 2007, but also—strikingly—in the United States of America. By  Vijay PrashadVenezuela: Faced With the Attacks Against the Popular Revolutionary Alternative – class and Revolutionary Solidarity! The Popular Revolutionary Alternative (APR) have published their slate of nominees for the upcoming Venezuelan elections in December. They have faced intimidation and aggression from the ruling party and authorities, as well as media smears. Defend democratic rights! For a Popular Revolutionary Alternative! By Paola Vásquez

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 the Pandemic is Magnifying Structural Problems in America’s Housing Market Long before Covid-19, the United States suffered from a housing crisis. Across the country, working class and low-income Americans struggled to pay rent, while the possibility of home ownership receded into fantasy. In hot markets, affordability became a struggle for even the middle class: In California, 41 percent of the population spends over a third of their income on housing costs.  By Jake Blumgart

IIntentional Cruelty’: House Investigation Finds Deadly Medical Neglectin Immigrant Detention Facilities Despite knowledge of “systemic health and safety issues at immigration detention facilities operated by for-profit contractors,” the Trump administration has rewarded these companies with “lucrative contracts.” By Kenny Stancil, staff writer