Daily News Digest September 16, 2016

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Daily News Digest September 16, 2016

 Images of the Day:

 A Pipeline Runs Through Native American Lands!  (FYI: Most of the nuclear and chemical dumping landfills are in Native American and Black communities.)imageofthedayCorporations Running the World Used To Be Science Fiction – Now It’s a Reality. imageoftheday2 Quote of the Day:

We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost‘s familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road — the one less traveled by — offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.” 1962, Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

Videos of the Day:

Oliver Stone & Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Making New Film “Snowden,” Humanizing World’s Most Wanted Man

Women and Revolution in Pakistan


 Quit Calling It Democracy You know that we don’t live in a democracy, right? and that, except for a few, fleeting historical moments, there’s never been democracy, right? by Elliot Sperber

The Native American and the Palestinian: A Spirited Fight for Justice by Ramzy Baroud ramzybaroudFlint: U.S. Government Continues is Policy of Mass Murder: Emergency Action Sought in Flint, Where Some Still Can’t Get Clean Water As Donald Trump visits city, activists and environmental groups refuse to be his photo op Emergency action needs to be taken for Flint, Michigan residents, two years into its lead poisoning crisis, as many residents still don’t have access to clean water, a coalition of environmental and human rights groups said on Wednesday. By Nadia PrupisflintInsatiable: the Democrats Must Attack Democracy to Serve Corporate Power by Richard Moserrichardmoser Assad’s Death Warrant “Secret cables and reports by the U.S., Saudi and Israeli intelligence agencies indicate that the moment Assad rejected the Qatari pipeline, military and intelligence planners quickly arrived at the consensus that fomenting a Sunni uprising in Syria to overthrow the uncooperative Bashar Assad was a feasible path to achieving the shared objective of completing the Qatar/Turkey gas link. In 2009, according to WikiLeaks, soon after Bashar Assad rejected the Qatar pipeline, the CIA began funding opposition groups in Syria. by Mike Whitneymikewhitney  Environment:

Humans Are Overfishing the Oceans Into ‘Unprecedented’ Mass Extinction “If this pattern goes unchecked, the future oceans would lack many of the largest species in today’s oceans” By Nadia PrupisoverfishingSilent Skies: North America Lost 1.5 Billion Birds Since 1970s, Says Report Most comprehensive survey of North American landbirds to date finds stunning and dramatic population decline over past 40 years by Nika Knight, staff writersilentskies Above the Arctic Circle, climate change closes in on the remote town of Barrow “The coastline is backing up at rates of [30 to 65 feet] per year,” says Robert Anderson, a University of Boulder geomorphologist who has studied Alaska’s landscape evolution since 1985 and who first noticed in the early 2000s how alarming the erosion was becoming. “It’s baffling.” By Adam Popescubarrow Ongoing Big Energy Crisis:

Media Silent as Company Behind Dakota Pipeline Steals More Land in Texas for a Different Project By Claire Bernishpipeline Why Do Oil Trains Derail More Often than Ethanol Trains? This is part two in a DeSmog investigative series examining why oil trains derail at higher rates than ethanol trains. More ethanol was moved by rail from 2010-2015 than oil, but oil trains derail at a higher rate and with more severe consequences. Part one addressed train length as a potential factor in derailments. By Justin Mikulka

Black Liberation/ Civil Rights:

Frederick Douglas Quote:frederickdouglas Anthems and Anger: Why Brandon Marshall is Right During last week’s season-opening game against the Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall knelt during the national anthem to protest racial oppression and police brutality. This week, Bronco management set up a meeting between Marshall and Denver chief of police Robert White, who is black. White says that at the meeting he offered Marshall a chance to ride along with police and observe “shoot, don’t shoot” training which, according to the chief, teaches officers to make split-second decisions. In other words, they know they will be shooting more people in the future, otherwise why the “training”? by Lee Ballinger

Clinton’s Basket of “Deplorables” Hillary Clinton should include herself in her basket of “deplorables.” She’s got “racism” and “sexism” covered through her endorsement of mass Black incarceration and welfare “reform.” Killing hundreds of thousands of Muslims in Syria surely qualifies as Islamophobia, and waging war on the world is the highest expression of xenophobia — fear of foreigners. Put that woman in a basket! by BAR executive editor Glen FordglenfordGeorgia’s Governor Wants To Turn His Public Schools Into Post Katrina New Orleans An utterly cynical and deceptively marketed constitutional amendment is on the ballot in Georgia. It’s called the “Opportunity School District” because it’s about creating business opportunities for the charter school sugar daddies who contribute to the governor. Elite Republicans and Democrats too from the First Black President down to local mayors all want school privatization, so they’ve disguised their privatization amendment as something else entirely. A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. DixonbrucedixonFeet Won’t Fail You Now: Vote With Them! Whatchu do on election day might be important, our poet affirms, but it’s by no means everything. Changing the world calls for a lot more stuff before, during, after and often enough in spite of elections, candidates and campaigns. by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat TurnerraymondturnerLabor:



Government Report shows Corbyn right on Libya A report today by The Foreign Affairs Select Committee has argued that there was not a coherent strategy for the conflict in Libya, and intervention lead to the spread of arms throughout the region and to the rise in ISIS. By Greg Dashcorbylibya Health, Science, Education, and Welfare:

Stung With ‘Profound Betrayal,’ ITT Tech Students Launch Debt Strike Letter denounces “immoral system that profits from our aspirations.” Former students of the recently shuttered, for-profit ITT Technical Institutes announced Wednesday they have no choice other than to not make payments on their federal student loans, as they denounced the “immoral system that profits from our aspirations.” By Andrea Germanosstudentdebt