Daily News Digest September 20, 2016

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Daily News Digest September 20, 2016

Most of Today’s Articles Are About Capitalism’s Destruction of Humanity and the Planet!

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 Unregulated Capitalism Is Destroying The Planet


Naked Capiatism’s National and International Wars to Maintain Profits: Western Media Credibility In Free Fall Collapse The latest from the Gallup Poll is that only 32% of Amerians trust the print and TV media to tell the truth. Media credibility has come to almost nothing. Republicans, 18 to 49-year-old Americans, and independents trust the media even less, with trust rates of 14%, 26%, and 30%. The only group that can produce a majority that still trusts the media are Democrats with a 51% trust rate in print and TV reporting. The next highest trust rate is Americans over 50 years of age with a trust rate of 38 percent. The conclusion is that old people who are Democrats are the only remaining group that barely trusts the media. This mistaken trust is due to their enculturation. For older Democrats belief in government takes the place of Republican belief in evangelical Christianity. Older Democrats are firm believers that it was government under the leadership of President Franklin D. Roosevelt that saved America from the Great Depression. As the print and TV media in the 21st century are firmly aligned with the government, the trust in government spills over into trust of the media that is serving the government. As the generation of Democrats enculturated with this mythology die off, Democratic trust rates will plummet toward Republican levels. By Paul Craig Roberts

WashPost Makes History: First Paper to Call for Prosecution of Its Own Source (After Accepting Pulitzer) Three of the four media outlets that received and published large numbers of secret NSA documents provided by Edward Snowden — The Guardian, the New York Times, and The Intercept –– have called for the U.S. government to allow the NSA whistleblower to return to the U.S. with no charges. That’s the normal course for a news organization, which owes its sources duties of protection, and which — by virtue of accepting the source’s materials and then publishing them — implicitly declares the source’s information to be in the public interest. But not the Washington PostIn the face of a growing ACLU and Amnesty-led campaign to secure a pardon for Snowden, timed to this weekend’s release of the Oliver Stone biopic “Snowden,” the Post editorial page today not only argued in opposition to a pardon, but explicitly demanded that Snowden — the paper’s own source — stand trial on espionage charges or, as a “second-best solution,” accept “a measure of criminal responsibility for his excesses and the U.S. government offers a measure of leniency.” By Glen Greenwaldglengreenwald It’s Personal: Apologizing to My Daughter for the Last 15 Years of War Since 9/11, it’s been a way of life. Let’s start with the basics.  In an era when the U.S. seemed to have no great power rivals on the horizon, its national security state was expanded to monstrous proportions and given the “right” to commit acts ranging from kidnapping to torture, surveillance of its citizenry toassassination, based on the horrific events of a single day and on a single danger: the slaughter of September 11th and the threat of terrorism.  In those years, before Donald Trump even began stirring the pot, Americans were already consumed by fears of a danger that, in the United States at least, couldn’t have been more minor.  In the process, we essentially terrorized ourselves into a new world. By Peter Van Buren15yearsofwar The War For An Oil Pipeline Through Syria: Instead of ISIS, US-Led Bombing Kills Nearly 100 Syrian Soldiers Fighting Them Deadly airstrikes on key unit battling Islamic State militants described as perhaps “single biggest blunder of the entire U.S. war in Syria” by Jon Queally, staff writerussyriabombs Army Corps of Engineers Confirms Native Protesters Are Right — There Is No Written Easement for Dakota Access Pipeline by Jeremiah JonesnaeasementpipelinfAnother Link to the Trail of Broken Treaties: Mining Leaves a Wisconsin Tribe’s Hallowed Sites at Risk Modern boundaries complicate — and stymie — the Menominee Tribe’s effort to protect burial grounds. By Brian Bienkowskiminingindians The Genocide of Native Peoples: The Road from Standing Rock to Gaza is a Straight Line by Stanley L. Cohenstandingrockgaza Environment:

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Loss of Planet Reflectivity an Impending Catastrophe The planet’s air conditioning system is on the blink, working intermittently, losing its glinting, lustrous white reflectiveness, as it turns deep blue, absorbing 90% of sunlight rather than reflecting it back into outer space. The repercussions of Arctic sea ice loss are immense. by Robert Hunzikerroberthunziker Environmental Concerns — and Anger — Grow in Month After Thousand-Year Flood Strikes Louisiana In the aftermath of the 1000-year flood that hit southern Louisiana in August, environmental and public health concerns are mounting as the waters recede. Residents want to know why many areas that never flooded before were left in ruin this time, raising questions about the role water management played in potentially exacerbating the flood. The smell of mold lingers on streets where the contents from flooded homes and businesses are stacked in piles along the curbside, as well as in neighborhoods next to landfills where storm debris is taken. By Julie Dermanskyloisiana Mass Fish Die-Offs Are the New Normal: Climate Change Shuts Down a Montana River Early in the morning on August 19, 2016, Chad Jacobson, a 36-year-old Montanan, lifelong fisherman and soon-to-be father received a text message from a friend who is one of Montana’s many fly-fishing guides. “Can you believe they shut down the Yellowstone?” By Alexis BonogofskyfisdieoffsOngoing Big Energy Crisis:

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Think Incomes Are Rising? Not So Fast, Says Economist Recent statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau show a rise in wages between 2014 and 2015. But incomes are in real decline and no mechanisms have been put in place to prevent another crash, economist Richard Wolff told The Real News Network. By Richard Wolffrichardwolff Economy:

Shadow Government Statistics — Commentary No. 833shadowCentral Bank Digital Currencies: A Revolution in Banking? Several central banks, including the Bank of England, the People’s Bank of China, the Bank of Canada and the Federal Reserve, are exploring the concept of issuing their own digital currencies, using the blockchain technology developed for Bitcoin. Skeptical commentators suspect that their primary goal is to eliminate cash, setting us up for negative interest rates (we pay the bank to hold our deposits rather than the reverse). by Ellen Brownellenbrown

wallstreetonparadeThe Debate Is Over: Banking Has Become a Criminal Enterprise in the U.S. Tomorrow the U.S. Senate Banking Committee will hold a hearing to take testimony from Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf and Federal regulators to understand how this mega bank was able to get away with opening more than two million fake customer accounts over a span of years. The accounts and/or credit cards were never authorized by the customer and were opened solely by employees to meet sales quotas, get bonuses or to avoid getting fired for failing to meet sales targets. By Pam Martens and Russ Martensmartens World:

Where is Greece going? – part one  The impasse of Greek capitalism, the lessons of SYRIZA and perspectives for the socialist revolution. by Communist Tendency (Greece)greece Health, Science, Education, and Welfare:

 ‘Overworked & over-medicated: US ranks as third most depressed nation’ Americans are overworked, spending an average of 8-9 hours a day on the job, while looking for quick fixes and medications instead of long-term solutions to solve their problems, Dr. Lisa Palmer, Psychotherapist at the Renew Center of Florida, told RT The World Health Organization [WHO] released its new list of the world’s most depressed countries. The US comes in third after India and China. Unipolar depressions, anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse are the root causes of this, according to a large number of experts.overworkedWorld Be Damned!: How Big Pharma’s Industrial Waste Is Fueling the Rise in Superbugs Worldwide by Pharmaceutical companies are fuelling the rise of superbugs by manufacturing drugs in factories that leak industrial waste, says a new report which calls on them to radically improve their supply chains. By Madlen Daviesbigpharma