Daily News Digest March 16, 2017

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During This Economic Crisis, Capitalism’s Three Point Political Program:  1. Austerity, 2. Scapegoating Blacks, Minorities, and ‘Illegal Immigrants’ for Unemployment, and 3. The Iron Heel.

Daily News Digest March 16, 2017

Democracy?: 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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Rob Rodgers: Climate Change Quote of the Day: 

Prior work by the same team compared climate models to measurements, and there was excellent agreement on average. There are a few other more subtle issues that the new paper addresses. For example, the study shows that a large amount of warming occurred in the southern oceans. Only recently have the Atlantic and Indian Oceans began to heat up.  Drs. Lijing Cheng and Kevin Trenberth, September 2016 in Qing Dao China at the CLIVAR Conference. Lead author, Lijing Cheng says: We know that ocean observations were very sparse until the Argo era. There were major gaps in data, particularly in the Southern Hemisphere. Our challenge was to assess the changes to global ocean heat and fill data gaps. A major issue is to ensure gap-filling is reliable. It is this issue that motivated the study. We proposed an advance gap-filling strategy and used it to attain near global coverage. We rigorously evaluated the reliability of our approach and as a result, we have much higher confidence that the ocean and the Earth are warming at a faster rate than previously thought. One of the co-authors, John Fasullo added: This study shows that more heat is likely to have been absorbed by the oceans over the past 50 years than had previously been reported. With upward revisions in our estimates of the climate’s sensitivity to greenhouse gases and the associated resultant sea level rise. Our team’s press release noted: we know the oceans are much warmer now and they contain the memory of climate change. Higher sea surface temperatures are continually reinforced by the extra heat beneath the ocean surface. The oceans are affecting weather and climate through more intense rains. This process is a major reason why 2016 was the hottest year ever recorded at the Earth’s surface, beating out 2015 which was the previous record. Additionally 2015 was a year with record hurricanes, heat waves, droughts, and wild-fires around the world. The knowledge about how the ocean has warmed, and how the warmth has spread in depth and over the different oceans is consistent with theory and models, and grounds the theories of human-induced climate change. The memory of past warming is in the oceans, and even though there are weather events that alter the details daily, the atmosphere above the oceans is warmer and moister than it used to be.  It is these changes that affect storms, such as the deluges that have recently affected California, or which have led storms to produce “thousand year floods” as has been seen in the Carolinas with Hurricane Matthew, or the Louisiana floods in August last year, or the Houston floods in April, and so forth. This kind of knowledge and understanding has profound consequences. —Earth’s oceans are warming 13% faster than thought, and accelerating

Videos of the Day:

Preview: The Thinning — Set in a future where population control is dictated by a high school aptitude test, two students (Logan Paul and Peyton List) must take down the system before it takes them first.

Trump Fills the Swamp with Fossil Fuel Lobbyists DeSmog Blog’s Steve Horn says federal agencies are now being staffed by advocates of clean coal, expanded fossil fuel drilling, and hunting of endangered animals

GOP Health Care Plan: Massive Wealth Transfer to Corporations, Military, and the Rich Democrats failed to advocate for universal coverage, allowing Trump to blame rising health care costs on the Affordable Care Act


As Climate Alarm Bells Ring, Trump Poised to Decimate Regulations Denier-in-chief prepares to pull back Obama-era climate policies while new research reveals frightening signs of accelerating crisis by Nika Knight

Bannon and Trump Have Quietly Installed an Alt-National Security Council Operating Inside the White House The Strategic Initiatives Group is the White House pipeline to the white nationalists of the European right. By Jefferson Morley

Trump Has Called the Afghan War “a Mess.” His Generals Want to Escalate It. By Mehdi Hasan

Black Liberation/ Civil Rights:


The Only Way to Win Single Payer is to Leave the Democratic Party When supermajorities find that they cannot move their “own” political party to represent their interests, then it’s time to cut that party loose. “The best thing that the national majority and the Democratic super-majority can do, for the sake of everyone’s health and the future of democracy, is to leave the Democratic Party.” A national health disaster is looming. Single payer is the only solution.

Freedom Rider: When America Interfered in a Russian Election The U.S. is the unchallenged champion of hijacking, fixing and subverting elections around the world. On every inhabitable continent – from Italy to Iran to Accra to Tegucigalpa — Washington has stolen people’s rights to elected leaders of their choice. Only two decades ago, Bill Clinton and his operatives were busy stealing Russia’s first post-Soviet elections. But, U.S. corporate media seem to have forgotten such inconvenient facts. by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley The Most Important Lesson of “Get Out:” Expose the Ruling System in its Totality The Democrats offer a racial horror show much like the movie Get Out on a society-wide scale. “There are many white liberals who have become energized to ‘Dump Trump.’ while “aligning themselves with US intelligence in the process.” The CIA connection should prompt folks “to ‘get out’ of “the Democratic Party trap and begin treating the institution as nothing but a political wing of the billionaire capitalist class.” by Danny HaiphongPolitics of the Bethesda African Burial Ground and the Montgomery County National Lampoon A Black burial ground lies under a parking lot in Montgomery County, Maryland, a wealthy suburb outside Washington, DC. Developers want to place more layers of concrete over the bodies of African American ancestors, while their “experts” try to sow doubt as to whether the cemetery ever existed. Now it appears that the county has discouraged archeologists interested in the history of the site. by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Adebayo and Kevin Berends Kagame’s Economic Mirage in Rwanda, an Interview with David Himbara If you believe Paul Kagame, his minority Tutsi government has created unprecedented prosperity since seizing power in 1994. Economist David Himbara, who once served as secretary to Kagame, says that his old boss’s “economic miracle is in fact an economic mirage.” Rwanda subsists on foreign aid and plunder from neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, and “remains the poorest country in East Africa, except for Burundi.” by Ann GarrisonWhat is Fascism in Our Times? A Global South Perspective In this final essay of a seven-part series, Yash Tandon depicts fascism as a systemic phenomenon arising from the incompatibility of democracy and capitalism. For capitalism to persist, as is the case now, democracy is dispensed with. Hegemonic imperialist powers embody fascism in their relations with the rest of the world. Leaders of African neo-colonies administer the fascist system on behalf of the global corporate and financial fascism. by Yash Tandon Would the CIA frame Russia in DNC attack, yet wiretap Trump Tower? The new release from Wikileaks shows the CIA has all the tools it needs to leave “Russian” footprints behind its own hacking jobs. The spooks at Langley can pretend to be “Cozy Bear” and “Fancy Bear” at will. Therefore, “the question we ought to ask is, would the CIA frame Russia and hack the DNC?” by Steve Cunningham Anti-Imperialism, Pan-Africanism and Nkrumah’s Ghana: The Historic Role of Shirley Graham Du Bois A longtime leftist, Shirley Graham Du Bois had as much influence on her famous spouse he did on her. Both their lives ended in exile. Shirley Graham Du Bois explained to Africans: “Not only have the imperialists and racists robbed, plundered and ravaged this fruitful continent, but they have employed every means of degradation, oppression and shame to humiliate Africans and all the children of Africa.” by Abayomi Azikiwe He’s My Death, Too For Blacks in the United States, it was arguably the most influential murder of the first decade of the modern civil rights movement. “The lynching of Emmett Till was caused by the nature and history of America itself and by a social system that has changed over the decades, but not as much as we pretend.” by Shehryar Fazli  Environment:

Earth’s oceans are warming 13% faster than thought, and accelerating Our new study improves estimates of the rate of ocean warming — a critical component of climate change By John Abraham Naval Exercises Add Trillions of Pieces of Plastic Debris to Oceans By Dahr Jamail

Ongoing Big Energy Crisis:

Energy News:

Nuclear Engineer: Fukushima is “worst industrial cataclysm in history of world… As close to hell as I can imagine” — Melted fuel ‘disappeared’ — Contamination will go on for hundreds of thousands of years… “No one knows when it’ll end” — Gov’t perpetrating ongoing cover-up (VIDEO)



Chris Hedges: The Enemy Is Not Donald Trump or Steve Bannon; It Is Corporate Power (Video) In a recent speech delivered in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Truthdig columnist says “resistance must also be accompanied by an alternative vision of a socialist, anti-capitalist society.”

How Bankers Became the Top Exploiters of the Economy by Michael Hudson World:

Health, Science, Education, and Welfare:

Order No. 1 of the Petrograd Soviet of Workers’ and Soldiers’ Deputies to the Petrograd District Garrison By Petrograd Soviet of Workers’ and Soldiers’ Deputies 15 March 1917