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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!
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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It’s baffling with the reaction that the law enforcement had and whoever else was involved from an authoritarian standpoint to see the National Guard standing on those same steps when there was a peaceful protest and now to see a terrorist attack and there was no National Guard. It just goes to show you where this country is and where this country has always been and probably where it’s going to stay, to be quite honest. Nothing’s changed. I think through social media and all of these different things we have at our fingertips today, we’re more aware of things. But nothing has changed. This is the same America that it’s been. It’s no different. . . . It just goes to show the policing system was built against Black people, Black and Brown people,” Green said via USA Today. “That’s the reason those reactions are different. That’s the reason someone can walk or run or bust their way into the Speaker of the House’s office and put their feet on the desk like they’re sitting at home on their couch and nothing happens. Stop calling those people protestors. They’re terrorists. They’re not protestors. Protestors is what you saw when we saw 500 National Guard members standing on those same steps when there were Black and Brown people saying, ‘We want to be treated equally.’ That’s a protest. Storming into a building and busting out windows and carrying podiums and all of this other stuff, that’s not a protest. That’s a terrorist attack. . . . “So stop describing those people the same way you describe someone who’s just standing there making a chant and saying, ‘We want justice, we want peace.’ Stop using the same words. It’s disrespectful. It’s ridiculous. And it’s shameful to keep calling them protestors. They’re not f—ing protestors, they’re f—ing terrorists! It’s almost a slap in the face and almost a ‘f–k you’ to every Black person in America who goes through these things,” Green said. “It’s almost like they want to show you they have power and want to show you I can say ‘f–k you and there is nothing you can do about it.’ And so that’s just what this country is and what this country’s been and probably where this country will stay.”
Videos of the Day:
After the Year of the COVID: What Now For 2021? Michael Roberts reviews what happened with the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and its impact on the world economy and considers what will happen in 2021
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
As the Revolving Door Spins, Lobbyists Hired For Top Jobs In Congress Yet Again BEYOND THE HEADLINES around the unprecedented storming of Capitol Hill by rampagers and violent extremists, a more mundane group of Washington, D.C., insiders is trickling into the halls of government. The newly elected Congress is hiring a wave of corporate lobbyists to fill key staff roles. The embrace of lobbyists makes Congress a welcoming environment for their former corporate clients, which now have an inside voice in the legislative process. For many large companies seeking favor in Congress, their current lobbyists will meet with former colleagues to hash out policy. By Lee Fang Trump Can Be Indicted Under Federal, State and DC Laws for His Role in Jan. 6 The legal evidence is damning: Donald Trump should be held criminally liable for “seditious conspiracy” and “inciting insurrection” for his role in stoking the events of January 6, when an angry mob of Trump loyalists, incited by the president himself, stormed the Capitol building to stop the congressional counting of votes for Joe Biden in the Electoral College. The mob easily breached the Capitol building, rampaged through the halls of Congress — some waving Confederate flags — terrorizing senators and congress members. In stark contrast to the overwhelming and violent police force used against the largely peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters, there was little resistance offered by law enforcement against Trump’s mostly white minions as they entered the building where Congress was meeting and tore it apart. By Marjorie CohnIn the Face of Far Right Violence, We Must Organize to Survive All empires fall, y’all. At least that was the thought I had on repeat as I watched an undisciplined fascist mob attack the Capitol in Washington, D.C. I watched in fascinated horror as these mostly white activists rioted to essentially tear apart their own system, unmasked as the coronavirus pandemic continues to claim thousands of lives. As a Black queer person who’s attended many protests in D.C., I was struck by the lack of law enforcement’s presence, violence and force. The disparity between the police response to the Trumpist mob and the police response to the protests I’ve attended made it even more clear that the goal of law enforcement is to facilitate and protect white supremacy, not challenge it. By Ejeris DixonAfter Attempted Coup, We Must Fight White Supremacy and Sow Revolutionary Love By White Supremacy Is Embedded in U.S. History The confederacy, whose flag was waved in the Capitol building on Wednesday, was a four-year alignment of 11 states committed, among other things, to the right to own slaves. It emerged toward the end of a centuries-long period during which it was easily assumed that the role of people of African descent was to provide free labor until death. The foundations of U.S. wealth and reach are heavy bricks sunken into the bloody soil of that labor. There are many flags that could be created and waved if the issue at hand were the right of states to self-determine their own destinies, but those who claim the U.S. confederacy are easily aligning with a very specific and racist right, a very specific white supremacy. By adrienne maree brown
‘This Cannot Go Unanswered’: Govt Watchdog Group Files Criminal Sedition Complaint Against Trump The filing from CREW says “Trump’s supporters did exactly what he urged them to do.” A Washington, D.C.-based government watchdog group has filed a criminal complaint calling on the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation to immediately probe “whether President Trump and his associates seditiously conspired to forcefully overthrow our democracy.” The complaint (pdf) filed Monday by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) focuses on the January 6 violent attack on the U.S. Capitol to disrupt the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s win and the actions Trump took that day—and in leading up to it—that directly incited the insurrection attempt By Andrea Germanos
Trump Was Dangerous But the Solution is Not to Give More Political Power to Unrivalled TechGiants 2021 has already started in the most surreal and dramatic of ways. No sooner had we celebrated in isolation the passing of a difficult year, we looked on as Flintstonian Trumpesters stormed the Capitol Hill in Washington. While this theatre of the absurd was no doubt worrying, it was far from a coup, as what can only be described as dangerous idiots revealed the thoughtlessness of violence. By Brad Evans
Organic Farming — Cuba: “The Road Not Taken”: The Other Cuban RevolutionAn Exhausted Planet Limps Into 2021 Early this new year, the Alliance of World Scientists (13,700 strong) delivered a biting report, not mincing words: “Scientists now find that catastrophic climate change could render a significant portion of the Earth uninhabitable consequent to continued high emissions, self-reinforcing climate feedback loops and looming tipping points.” (Source: William J. Ripple, et al, The Climate Emergency: 2020 in Review, Scientific American, January 6, 2021) By Robert Hunziker
Civil Rights/Black Liberation:
Black Agenda Radio for Week of January 11, 2021 With Margaret Kimberley and Glen FordBlack Feminism Informed by “Sensuous Knowledge” Because of historical exclusion, “Black women’s social and political desires have always had to be shaped outside of the dogmatic and the normative – inside of the liminal, the fugitive and the imaginative.” said Minna Salami, the Nigierian-, Finnish- and Swedish-descended author of “Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Approach for Everyone.” Salami said this is especially true of iconic intellects Toni Morrison, Alice Walker and Winnie Mandela.
Black Anarchists Prefer “Non-Hierarchical” Activism Ebony “Sima Lee” Outlaw, the activist and Marooncast host based in Baltimore, was inspired by “Black anarchists who very much wanted to end imperial-ism, but chose to do so through a non-hierarchical methodology, and not necessarily by the central command vanguardism” of the Black Panther Party.
Cops Colluded with Trump Mob at Capitol “If this had been a Black-led effort, it would have been a massacre,” said Mara Vanderheyden, co-founder of the Partnership for Civil Justice, which is demanding a “fully public” investigation into United States Capitol Police collusion with the mob that assaulted Congress, last week. “We can only conclude that this could not have happened if the Capitol Police had not allowed it to happen.”
The Martians of Wall Street Have Invaded As Covid-19 grew ever worse while 2020 ended, the stock market reached heights that hadn’t been seen before. Sometimes things only make sense when seen through a magnifying lens. As it happens, I’m thinking about reality, the very American and global reality clearly repeating itself as 2021 begins. We all know, of course, that we’re living through a once-in-a-century-style pandemic; that millions of people have lost their jobs, a portion of which will never return; that the poorest among us, who can withstand such acute economic hardship the least, have been slammed the hardest; and that the global economy has been kneecapped, thanks to a battery of lockdowns, shutdowns, restrictions of various sorts, and health-related concerns. More sobering than all of this: more than 360,000 Americans (and counting) have already lost their lives as a result of Covid-19 with, according to public health experts, far more to come. Ever. By Nomi PrinsWall Street’s Felon Banks Take a Short Holiday from Financing Political Campaigns Five-count felon JPMorgan Chase is shocked – shocked! – that corporate financing of “the people’s House” has led to corruption and instability in Washington. The Board of Directors of JPMorgan Chase obviously did not see money as a corrupting influence because it has boosted the pay of its Chairman and CEO, Jamie Dimon, to $31.5 million annually despite the fact that Dimon sat at the helm of this bank through its unprecedented five felony counts in a span of six years. The bank admitted to all five counts and got deferred prosecution agreements every single time from the U.S. Department of Justice. Not one of the myriad federal regulators of this bank demanded that Dimon step down as unfit to oversee a bank holding $2 trillion in depositors’ life savings as this six-year crime spree went unchecked. By Pam Martens and Russ Martens
The Trump administration has accused Cuba of aiding and abetting President Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela, a socialist autocrat Washington has sought to oust. During the pandemic, Cuba’s relationship with the Trump administration has deteriorated ever further. Cuba’s deployment of its medical brigades to a host of nations facing shortages of medical staffers, including Italy*, drew words appreciation from host countries but stiff condemnations by Washington, which accused the Cubans of forcing doctors to work for next to nothing. — On Its Way Out the Door, Trump Administration Names Cuba a State Sponsor of Terrorism
The Trump Administration’s Parting Outrage Against Cuba “Perpetuating the myth that Cuba is a threat to the American people—while minimizing the threat posed by far-right extremists at home—is an embarrassment to our country on the world stage.” By Medea Benjamin and Leonardo Flores
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 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