Daily News Digest April 4, 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 April 4, 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!

Images of the Day:

 U.S. Robber Baron’s Kleptocracy Quotes of the Day:

Now, Colin Kaepernick is unemployed and might remain that way. Now the media is calling him “an ungrateful, entitled idiot.” And league execs are reportedly calling him a “traitor.” Because in the NFL, it is OK:

But in the NFL, it is not OK:

Videos of the Day:

The Laura Flanders Show: Cheat, Lie, and Steal
Laura speaks with Michael Hudson about the manipulation of economic terminology and how this process serves economic elites. Countering the narrative that privatization is better, Hudson asks: “Better for whom?”

Donald Trump: The Raw and Naked Face of a System That Showers Speculators with Obscene Riches  Paul Jay says the enablers of Trumpism are the leaders of both major parties and the corporate media


The Robber Baron Billionairs Collecting Their Tax Tolls: When did stadiums become disposable? At a time when American infrastructure desperately needs updating — as evidenced by the failed dams and bridges plaguing California this rainy winter — the only major projects I’m hearing about revolve around billionaires’ desire for more luxury boxes and concessions. Then you think about the public finance involved. Taxpayers will contribute $750 million toward the construction of the Raiders’ new stadium, with an additional $200 million in infrastructure upgrades possible. For what? A better place to watch football? Not better schools. Not better hospitals. Not better anything. It’s all sacrificed at the greedy altar of professional sports. By Al Saracevic

Las Vegas couldn’t afford to give $14 million to schools but will give the Raiders $750 million Dismal in Des Moines: Democrats are Part of What’s the Matter With Iowa by Paul StreetBlack Liberation/Civil Rights:


I am an Arctic researcher. Donald Trump is deleting my citations These politically motivated data deletions come at a time when the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the global average By Victoria Herrmann France bans plastic cups, plates and cutlery Critics claim the new law violates European Union rules on free movement of goods By Shehab Khan Ongoing Big Energy Crisis:

Energy News:


Celebrating Cesar Chavez, Farmworkers Take On Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Policies In context of current administration, Cesar Chavez’s legacy fuels continued fight for justice by Andrea Germanos Economy:

Why Hasn’t Citigroup’s Banking Charter Been Yanked?  Citigroup was back in the news again last Tuesday when the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) reported that its banking unit, Citibank, was among the three banks with the highest average monthly complaints filed against it alleging credit card abuses. (The other two banks were Capital One and JPMorgan Chase.) By Pam Martens and Russ Martens The Trickle Down Theory is a Lie: Sorry, Folks, Rich People Actually Don’t ‘Create The Jobs’ By Henry Blodget


A seismic shift is needed for Corbyn to win in 2020. But it could happen So what if the Labour leader isn’t a whizz with a teleprompter? He has great policies, his integrity is rock solid – and with help, he could still sweep to power By Maurice Mcleod Gibraltar: A Tax Haven Not a Nation There are 32,000 Gibraltarians organised into 11,400 households. Extraordinarily there are more registered companies than households, including 8,464 registered offshore companies.  The Government of Gibraltar’s own website is notably candid about its tax haven activities. It urges you to establish there so you can take advantage of: 1. Highly-developed business services infrastructure where it is possible to passport an EU licence in financial services such as insurance and re-insurance, EU-wide pensions, banking and funds administration, amongst others., 2. Distribute competitively priced VAT-free goods and services to the markets of the EU and Africa. And, 3. Conduct business in a quality low-tax jurisdiction with a profit oriented capital base at low levels of corporate tax, all in a stable currency with few restrictions in moving capital or repatriating dividends. By Craig Murray

Trapped and Starving to Death in Mosul’s Old City People trapped in the Old City of Mosul are dying of hunger because they have not received any food for almost three weeks according to a resident. by Patrick Cockburn Revealed: How Isis turns normal towns and villages into theatres and factories of death Endgames: On the front line in the fight against Isis, Robert Fisk reports from a town that was, only hours earlier, a stronghold of the ‘Caliphate’ By Robert FiskThe Inextricable Links Between Mining and Violence Last year South Africa’s bountiful Wild Coast saw the assassination of Sikhosiphi Rhadebe, activist against proposed dune mining on his homeland. The commemoration of Rhadebe who went by the name Bozooka coincided with this year’s Human Rights day. At least 500 people came to stand together in solidarity to call for an end to violence under the glaring sun of the Wild Coast far off the tarred national roads. by Jasper Finkeldey

Health, Science, Education, and Welfare:

World Economic Depression Causes Mass Depression: Neoliberalism Is Killing Us: Economic Stress as a Driver of Global Depression and Suicide As a faculty member in Global Health Studies at Northwestern University, I find it striking that the WHO highlights poverty and unemployment as leading causes of depression, yet suggests exercise, school-based prevention programs, therapy and medication to solve it. If poverty and unemployment are major causes of depression, shouldn’t our remedies address economic drivers of poverty and unemployment, rather than narrowly focusing on school programs and exercise? Is expanding mental illness solely a health issue, or is it also a foreseeable response to expanding economic stress? By Noelle Sullivan

Pollution and Profits Before People: Prairie Lights: In Anaconda, sadly, history repeats itself As the Montana Standard reported, Anaconda residents whose property was contaminated by heavy metals from the smelter, which was shut down in 1980, have been receiving letters from the Atlantic Richfield Co., offering $1,000 to those who give up the right to sue the company. By Ed Kemmick 

The big smokestack at the Anaconda copper smelter, in its prime, pumped out tons of arsenic and heavy metals every day.

A Nation of the Walking Dead Opioids and experiences that simulate the deadening effects of narcotics are mechanisms to keep us submissive and depoliticized. Desperate citizens in Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel “Brave New World” ingested the pleasure drug soma to check out of reality. Our own versions of soma allow tens of millions of Americans to retreat daily into addictive mousetraps that generate a self-induced autism. The United States consumes 80 percent of opioids used worldwide, and more than 33,000 died in this country in 2015 from opioid overdoses. There are 300 million prescriptions written and $24 billion spent annually in the U.S. for painkillers. Americans supplement this mostly legal addiction with over $100 billion a year in illicit marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin. And nearly 14 million U.S. adults, one in every 13, regularly abuse alcohol. By Chris Hedges