Daily News Digest November 17, 2016

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As the Capitalist Robber Barons Steal from the 99%Only the 1% Voted For Austerity — The 99% Should Decide On Austerity — Not The 1% Who Profit From Austerity!

Daily News Digest November 17, 2016

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The 1% Have Unleashed Hate In the United States Through the Media/Trump Campaignimageoftheday  Quote of the Day: 

. . . But today the unemployment rate among Negroes is twice that of whites. And the average income of the Negro is today 50 percent less than Whites. As we look at these problems, we see them growing and developing every day. And we see the fact that the Negro economically is facing a depression in his everyday life that is more staggering than the depression of the ‘30s. The unemployment rate of the nation as a whole is about 4 percent. Statistics would say from the Labor Department that among Negroes it’s about 8.4 percent. But these are the persons who are in the labor market, who still go to employment agencies to seek jobs, and so they can be calculated. The statistics can be gotten because they are still somehow in the labor market. But there are hundreds of thousands of Negroes who have given up. They’ve lost hope. They’ve come to feel that life is a long and desolate corridor for them with no Exit sign, and so they no longer go to look for a job. There are those who would estimate that these persons, who are called the Discouraged Persons, these 6 or 7 percent in the Negro community; that means that unemployment among Negroes may well be 16 percent. Among Negro youth in some of our larger urban areas it goes to 30 and 40 percent. So you can see what I mean when I say that, in the Negro community, that is a major, tragic and staggering depression that we face in our everyday lives. Now the other thing that we’ve got to come to see now that many of us didn’t see too well during the last 10 years – that is that racism is still alive in American society and much more wide-spread than we realized. And we must see racism for what it is. It is a myth of the superior and the inferior race. It is the false and tragic notion that one particular group, one particular race is responsible for all of the progress, all of the insights in the total flow of history. And the theory that another group or another race is totally depraved, innately impure and innately inferior. In the final analysis, racism is evil because its ultimate logic is genocide. Hitler was a sick and tragic man who carried racism to its logical conclusion. And he ended up leading a nation to the point of killing about 6 million Jews. This is the tragedy of racism because its ultimate logic is genocide. . . . — Martin Luther King, The Other America

Videos of the Day:

The Economic Consequences of a Trump Presidency Economist Heiner Flassbeck says the worst way to pursue public spending would be through the failed model of public-private partnerships

Nationwide Protests Against Trump and Dakota Access Pipeline Tuesday Students walked out of school en masse to protest Trump’s election, as hundreds of actions were held demanding President Obama reject the Dakota Access Pipeline


To Counter Trump, Women Are Mobilizing for Massive March on Washington ‘We call on all defenders of human rights to join us’ by Nika Knightwomens-march Trump’s Financial Investments In Big Oil Threaten to Drown NoDAPL Protests Earlier today, The Ring of Fire brought you a story about how Trump’s global business interests potentially represent a massive conflict of interest, now that he is poised to take over the White House. But here at home, that conflict of interest is a lot more than potential. It turns out that both he and his energy adviser have intimate financial ties to the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). It’s something that flew under the radar for weeks, though the environmental activist organization Greenpeace posted an article on the disaster in the making. The issue also explains a great deal about why Trump was so reluctant to release his tax returns.trumpoilHow Steve Bannon and Breitbart News Can Be Pro-Israel — and Anti-Semitic at the Same Time By Naomi Zeveloffbannon When Your Abuser Is Elected President It feels like the world I believed in is gone today. By Jody Allardabuser Environment: 

The ocean is losing its breath — and climate change is making it worse Global climate change produces many effects – warming air energizes the atmosphere and intensifies storms; warmer water expands and raises sea level; storage of more carbon dioxide in the oceans is acidifying large realms. Now it is becoming clear that another, profound result of human activities is underway: lower oxygen levels in our oceans. By Karin Limburgtheocean Ongoing Big Energy Crisis:

Black Liberation/ Civil Rights:barFreedom Rider: Obama’s Hollow Legacy Democrats used to value things like global peace and justice in the workplace. But, for decades they have given their votes to warmongers and job-exporters. This week, they are mourning the defeat of a politician they once would have despised. In January, lots of Black Democrats will cry over the exit of a president who “won by making himself palatable to white people while also taking advantage of undeserved black pride.” by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret KimberleybarmargaretWar Less Imminent After Clinton Defeat Are most Americans warlike, or are they just easily misled into going along with the War Party that dominates both halves of the duopoly? In a certain sense, the distinction doesn’t matter.  Most American don’t care enough about the lives of the millions of victims of U.S. empire to do much of anything to save them.  And, if they voted for Hillary Clinton, they did not even have the presence of mind to save themselves from nuclear annihilation. A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Fordbarglen Federal Judge Orders Water Delivery to Flint Residents Lead kills brain cells, but it took a federal judge to order that households in Flint, Michigan, be delivered four cases of bottled water to prevent further damage to their health. Meanwhile, the perpetrators of the mass poisoning “were rewarded with blanket immunity and protection by the State.” One wonders, “How different the reaction of the Obama administration would have been had ISIS claimed responsibility for poisoning Flint?” by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Adebayo  barmarshaSystem Breakdown: Trump’s Chickens Come Home to Roost The crisis that has enveloped U.S. imperialism, under both Republican and Democratic rule, rocked the corporate duopoly system and opened the door for Donald Trump’s ascension to power. Decades ago, “the Republicans became the White Man’s Party while the Democrats neutralized the left.” Trump is the result. “A genuine, radical left with any vision at all would not tremble before a Donald Trump Administration or mourn a Clinton loss.” by Danny Haiphong bardannyActually Existing Fascism It appears that millions of folks that have tolerated — and even cheered — Barack Obama’s Kill Lists, assassinations of whole nations, and abject service to the ruling class, are suddenly panicking at the prospect of fascism. “So where the fuck were all these protesters when Obama was actually doing what Trump says he’ll do?” They fear the fascism of their imaginations, while oblivious to fascism in the real world. by Dolores Vekbardolores One Treaty Could Change the Fight to Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline The fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline isn’t only about water rights and sacred sites; it’s also about the U.S. government’s historical refusal to honor treaties—when “they interfered with Manifest Destiny.” Washington violated its treaty with the Sioux in 1877, and later declared its power to void all Native treaties. “There are now talks of using the treaty to legally regain land rights to end the pipeline’s construction.” by Yessenia Funes  baryesseniaWhat the Clintons Did to Haiti Bill and Hillary Clinton’s role in the “remaking” of Haiti after a devastating earthquake and foreign occupation is “indefensible,” according to the author’s article, “Superpredator: Bill Clinton’s Use and Abuse of Black America,” from which this piece is excerpted. “Many Clinton projects “have primarily benefited wealthy foreigners and the island’s ruling elite.” Other projects simply fizzled. “The money donated and invested was extraordinary, but nobody seems to know where it has gone.” by Nathan J. Robinsonbarnathan



wallstreetonparadeThree Federal Studies Show Fed’s Stress Tests of Big Banks Are Just a Placebo  The Fed’s Stress Tests Are Like the Wizard of Oz: An Illusion to Delude the Public By Pam Martens and Russ Martensmartens World:

Emboldened by Trump, Israel Moves to ‘Legalize’ West Bank Settlements “Trump’s spirit certainly hovers over this law,” said one Israeli journalist by Deirdre Fultonisrael Health, Science, Education, and Welfare: