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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 Just The 1% Who Profit From Austerity!
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. . . In 1863 the Negro was freed from the bondage of physical slavery. But at the same time, the nation refused to give him land to make that freedom meaningful. And at that same period America was giving millions of acres of land in the West and the Midwest, which meant that America was willing to undergird its white peasants from Europe with an economic floor that would make it possible to grow and develop, and refused to give that economic floor to its black peasants, so to speak. This is why Frederick Douglas could say that emancipation for the Negro was freedom to hunger, freedom to the winds and rains of heaven, freedom without roofs to cover their heads. He went on to say that it was freedom without bread to eat, freedom without land to cultivate. It was freedom and famine at the same time. But it does not stop there. . . . — Martin Luther King, The Other America Speech
. . . There are many reasons Betsy DeVos’s nomination to serve as Donald Trump’s education secretary could be justifiably quashed by the U.S. Senate. Her long public record indicates she is a religious Christian zealot who does not believe in the actual separation of church and state, wants public monies funneled into religious schools, and has contributed through family foundations to bigoted groups with a militant anti-gay agenda. During her confirmation hearing she gave disturbing answers to questions about her views of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, standardized tests, and school vouchers. She also suggested guns have a place in American schools, though her claim that they were necessary to defend students from grizzly bear attacks was not very compelling. DeVos is married to Richard DeVos, the heir to the Amway Corporation fortune. She is also the sister of Blackwater founder Erik Prince, who is secretly advising the Trump team on intelligence matters, as The Intercept reported Tuesday. The Prince and DeVos families’ merger through marriage was reminiscent of the monarchies of old Europe, and since the 1980s they have funneled hundreds of millions of dollars into Republican campaign coffers and the war chests of far-right religious organizations, at least one of which — the Family Research Council — has been designated an anti-LGBTQ hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. . . . — Trump Education Nominee Betsy DeVos Lied to the Senate
. . . And so, he won; and, as surely as the sun will rise tomorrow, the shit will hit the fan. Notwithstanding the willful blindness that is so rampant in liberal quarters, the problem now, had Hillary not flubbed so badly, would be to keep her and her fellow Russophobic neocons and “humanitarian” imperialists from vaporizing the world. But because he is such a loose cannon, and in so far over his head, what lies ahead with Trump seems even scarier than that – even on matters of war and peace. If he does derail the War Party, then more power to him. But he is no more to be trusted to use the American juggernaut, nukes and all, wisely than any normally immature adolescent boy chosen at random. Expect turbulence ahead! The time when it is still possible to postpone the inevitable choice between socialism – not the social democratic — Sanders version, but the real deal — or barbarism is fading fast. Thank Trump for that. — When Was America Great?
Videos of the Day:
Whistleblowers Can Pose Real Challenge to Trump Bill Black and Norman Soloman join TRNN’s live inauguration coverage to discuss the criminogenic environment that will thrive under the Trump administration as well as its unprecedented conflicts of interest
Interior Secretary Nominee Zinke Supports Fracking and Drilling on Public Lands While serving in the house, Interior Secretary nominee Ryan Zinke voted against land, water, and species protections, says Randi Spivak of the Center for Biological Diversity
Divide and Rule: Class, Hate, and the 2016 — Election Trump Didn’t Really Win Over Working Class America: Clinton Lost it Listen and you can hear the sneering “elite” liberal left narrative about how the big dumb white working class is about to get screwed over by the incoming multi-millionaire- and billionaire-laden Trump administration it voted into office. Once those poor saps in the white working class wake up to their moronic mistake, the narrative suggests, they’ll come running back to their supposed friends the Democrats. By Paul Street
Applying the Iron Heel: Washington Post Reporter Thrown to the Ground By Police at Violent Inauguration Protest Washington Post video reporter Dalton Bennett was pulled back and knocked down by riot police in downtown Washington D.C., while trying to video tape the arrest of dozens of anti-Trimp protesters in Washington D.C. By Alex EmmonsPepper Spray and Stun Grenades: Inauguration Offers Preview of Trump-Era Policing The incoming administration has signaled it intends to expand policing tactics that have been ruled unconstitutional, and take a hands-off approach to rogue, racially discriminatory departments. Aggressive policing at today’s inauguration day protests may foreshadow future crackdowns on resistance under the new administration. By John Knefel Roaming Charges: This Ain’t a Dream No More, It’s the Real Thing As he shuffles out the door, Barack Obama reminds us that he is, at heart, a moral weakling. On Wednesday, Obama denied clemency to Leonard Peltier. It was a thoroughly deplorable decision. Obama could have acted humanely, stood up for human and indigenous rights and stuck it to the FBI at the same time. But, like Clinton before him, Obama folded, his pliant conscience untroubled by the perpetuation of one of the gravest judicial travesties of our time. by Jeffrey St. Clair Tens of Thousands of New Yorkers Vow to Build ‘Wall Against Hate’ “As bad as you think it’s going to be, it’s going to be worse,” filmmaker Michael Moore said. “The good news is there are more of us than there are of them.” By Lauren McCauleyD.C. Protests Against Trump Supporters’ “DeploraBall” Met With Tear Gas, Riot Police Riot police responded in force to anti-fascist demonstrations outside of the ‘DeploraBall,’ a gala in D.C. for high-rolling Trump supporters by Nika KnightEnvironment:
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Black Liberation/ Civil Rights:
Trump Is In; Now Where Does Standing Rock Stand? By Melissa Cox What Are the Dakota Access Pipeline Builders Trying to Keep Secret? Why should it be so difficult to determine whether drilling is continuing on the Dakota Access pipeline in the face of an Army memorandum blocking such work? A finding must be made before more water protectors are hurt, and here are six reasons to quickly facilitate an on-site investigation by a credible inspection party.
The recent violence by National Guard troops and DAPL security militia against the water protectors still at Standing Rock—violence aimed at preventing those demonstrators from getting a view of building operations that were supposed to have ceased.
The continued closure of Highway 1806 on the Backwater Bridge.
The placement of an AN/TWQ-1 Avenger missile defense system. Although a North Dakota National Guard spokesman said the system is in place to serve in an “observation role,” the only purpose I can imagine for this would be to shoot down photographic drones.
A rational distrust of the Army Corps of Engineers—and the Army’s memorandum—by water protectors who have remained on the scene despite dangerously cold weather.
Public statements by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP, the company building the pipeline) and DAPL management that they would continue with the program regardless of the Army’s memorandum.
An analysis of a drone video of the east drill pad, concluding that pipe has been placed under the Missouri River from the east side. By Four Arrows
Health, Science, Education, and Welfare:
The Economics of the Affordable Care Act: Any effort to replace the Affordable Care Act will be confronted by the same structural imbalances in the health care economy that the legislation’s authors faced The Affordable Care Act (ACA), which President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress have vowed to repeal, was crafted to overcome two basic problems in the provision of health care in the United States. First, the costs are incredibly skewed, with just 10 percent of patients accounting for almost two thirds of the nation’s healthcare spending. The other problem is asymmetric information: Patients have far more knowledge about the state of their own health than insurers do. This means that the people with the largest costs are the ones most likely to sign up for insurance. These two problems make it impossible to get to universal coverage under a purely market-based system. By Dean Baker