Daily News Digest November 8, 2016

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Daily News Digest November 8, 2016

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The 1%’s ‘Election’ ‘Campaign’imageoftheday Quotes of the Day:

. . . If you go back to the record of the Constitutional Convention, which took place in 1787, almost immediately after the end of the war, you see that they are already moving in another direction. James Madison — who was the main framer, and one of the Founding Fathers who was most libertarian — makes it very clear that the new constitutional system must be designed so as to ensure that the government will, in his words, “protect the minority of the opulent against the majority” and bar the way to anything like agrarian reform. The determination was made that America could not allow functioning democracy, since people would use their political power to attack the wealth of the minority of the opulent. Therefore, Madison argues, the country should be placed in the hands of the wealthier set of men, as he put it. . . . Noam Chomsky, American History and Democracy

With little mention in the media, a grim milestone was passed off the southern shores of Europe last month. With the death toll of refugees in the Mediterranean Sea already surpassing all of last year, 2016 has become the deadliest year on record for those fleeing the violence, poverty and horror of their home countries in the hope of finding a better life in Europe. As of October 31, some 3,940 refugees have died or gone missing in the Mediterranean this year, according to the International Organization for Migration. By comparison, the IOM counted 3,771 refugee fatalities in the Mediterranean in all of 2015. — The Mediterranean Has Become a Cemetery

Videos of the Day:

Israeli Activist: No Difference Between Democrats and Republicans on Israel

Are the CIA and Western Intelligence Services Covering Up Algerian Sponsorship of Islamist Jihadists? (2/2)

Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement: MST Under Attack By State Police


Taking a Stand at Standing Rock Like millions of other concerned people, I’ve followed the standoff at the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in North Dakota for months. The good people of Standing Rock, including the Dakota, the Lakota and all Sioux, have stood their ground since April, to block the evil 1,170 mile, $3.7 billion Dakota Access Oil Pipeline which will dig through the three-mile-wide Missouri River, potentially poisoning the water for hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of people, and desecrating the sacred land of the indigenous people. They’ve built several large camps and a permanent campaign that has gained the support of 200 other tribes. by Rev. John Dear

Twenty Years of Dictatorial Democracy The presidential campaign has mortified millions of Americans in part because the presidency has become far more dangerous in recent times.  Since 9/11, we have lived in a perpetual emergency which supposedly justifies trampling the law and Constitution.  And the illegalities will not end after Tuesday’s vote count.  Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have signaled that they will perpetuate power grabs in the next four years. by James Bovard twentyyearsThe Election and Nukes: We Are Playing a Game of Chicken with Nuclear Strategy The growing global nuclear threat is real. I was born on July 20, 1944, the day of the failed officers’ plot against Adolf Hitler. That means I preceded the official dawning of the nuclear age by exactly 361 days, which makes me part of the last generation to do so. I’m speaking not of the obliteration of two Japanese cities by America’s new “wonder weapon” on August 6th and 9th, 1945, but of the Trinity test of the first atomic bomb in the New Mexican desert near Alamogordo on July 16th of that year. When physicist Robert Oppenheimer, the “father of the atomic bomb,” witnessed that explosion, the line from the Hindu holy book, the Bhagavad Gita, that famously came into his head was: “I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” By Michael Klare  electionandnukesSix Flint Government Employees FINALLY Criminally Charged by M. David flintNine Ways the U.S. Voting System Is Rigged But Not Against Donald Trump Donald Trump is right — The U.S. voting system is totally rigged! It’s not rigged against him, though. It’s rigged against people without much money, and people who are members of any number of minority groups. By Jon Schwarzvotingrigged Environment:

The Top Five Most Urgent Climate Change Stories That Mainstream Media Suppressed in Election Year I used the word “suppressed” in the title quite deliberately. Corporate television media in the United States is colluding in a cover-up of the threat of climate change, and they have specifically blacked out the climate change issue with regard to this election. By Juan Cole

Older Sea Ice Disappearing December 2004

Southern Spain Will Become a Desert if the Mediterranean Gets Hotter Should temperatures in the Mediterranean basin continue to rise, the dunes of the Sahara will march northward. By Tim Radfordtimradford Ongoing Big Energy Crisis: 

The Iron Heel is Expensive: Native Protesters Have The Last Laugh, As North Dakota Cops Admit They Can’t Afford To Keep Up Police Presence For Much Longer A legislative committee will be reviewing an emergency request to borrow MORE money from the Bank of North Dakota to cover the cost of law enforcement related to protecting of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, reports Kota Territory News.  by Jeremiah Jones ironheel Black Liberation/ Civil Rights:

The first civil and human rights movement by and for Black people started during the Civil War and the period of Black Reconstruction that followed. It was a time of radical hopes for many freed slaves. But it was also a time of betrayal. Then President Andrew Johnson and the non-radical Republicans, in collusion with the Democratic Party, the party of slavery, sold out the early post-war promises for full equality and “40 acres and a mule”. Instead, the promise of equality was soon replaced by the restoration of the property rights of the former slave owners in the South. This was accomplished by the Compromise of 1877.  How did they accomplish this betrayal? The answer is simple—terrorism. They used police and terroristic Ku Klux Klan violence. These extra-legal activities laid the basis for the overthrow of Black Reconstruction and the institutionalization of legal segregation (Jim Crow) in the former slave states. To enforce Jim Crow, Black people were, for decades, indiscriminately lynched and framed. — Roland Sheppard, The Rise and Fall of the Civil Rights Movement

America’s Economy Was Built on Slavery, Not White Ingenuity—Historians Should Tell It Like It Is Stories about U.S. industrialization emphasize white immigrants and clever inventors, but they leave out cotton fields and slave labor. By Edward Baptistbuiltonslavery More Unarmed Black Americans Have Been Lynched In The Last 2 Years Than The Entire 1950’s and 60’s When people think of the concept of lynching, many assume that lynching means just hanging a person accused of a crime. But the basic definition of lynching is to execute someone who has not been found guilty of a crime at a legal trial. Thats all lynching is. And since 2014, more unarmed Black people in the United States have been legally lynched by suspected white supremacist race soldiers posing as police, than the entire 1950’s and 60’s combinedlynchings Labor:


Shadow Government Statistics Alternate Unemployment Rate (Inverted Scale)  ShadowStats unemployment measure, with an inverted scale. The higher the unemployment rate, the weaker will be the economy, so the inverted plot tends to move visually in tandem with plots of most economic statistics, where a lower number means a weaker economy. shadowWorld:

As World Looks Elsewhere, Haiti’s Disaster Just Beginning by Mark Schullerhaiti A view of the Syrian war from the Golan Heights One Syrian lieutenant described to me how he directed his artillery fire onto an Israeli jeep in the Jabhat al-Nusra occupied town of Al-Hamidiya inside Syria and destroyed it. The jeep might have been a gift or borrowed from Israel By Robert Fiskrobertfisk Health, Science, Education, and Welfare:

The Russian Revolution: The Meaning of October  Today is the anniversary of the Russian Revolution, an event which altered the entire course of human history. For the first time – if we exclude the brief but glorious episode of the Paris Commune – the working people took power into their own hands and began the gigantic task of the socialist re-construction of society. Here we republish an article written in 1992 by Alan Woods. The article gives an excellent overview of the revolution as well as highlighting its main lessons. by Alan Woods russianrevolution