Daily News Digest May 9, 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 May 9, 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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Horsemen of the Apocalypse: The Men Who Are Destroying Life on Earth―And What It Means for Our Children Quotes of the Day:

Whether we recognize it or not, we are all locked in a life and death struggle with these corporations over control of both our landscapes and political sovereignty. The Kochs’ corporate vision for our country would commodify not just the land, the air and the water, but also our people. Everything we value becomes expendable in their drive for corporate profits. “To greed,” Seneca observed, “all nature is insufficient.” That hunger will devour our people, our natural world and the other assets of our patrimony. Corporate efforts to privatize the commons are occurring in all parts of the world and it’s no accident that environmental injury correlates almost perfectly with political tyranny; and those carbon tyrants would steal from us our air, our water, our wildlife, fisheries and public lands, the shared resources of our society – the commonwealth assets that provide the gravitas around which communities coalesce. The battle against President Trump and his Horsemen is not just a battle to protect our waterways, our livelihoods, our property and our backyards. It’s a struggle for our sovereignty, our values, our health and our lives. It’s a battle for dignified, humane and wholesome communities. It’s a defensive war against toxic and economic aggression by Big Oil and King Coal. It’s a struggle to break free of the merciless tyranny of the carbon cartel and create an economic and energy system that is fair, and rooted in justice, economic independence and freedom. — Read This Excerpt From ‘Horsemen of the Apocalypse’

 Anyone attempting to rent or buy a place to live in the past several years has noticed that costs just seem to keep on going up.  Even after the crash of 2007-2008 that was fueled by manipulation of mortgage debt by some of the largest financial houses in the world caused a downturn in the real estate market, the fact remains that most houses cost more than they did ten years ago.  As for rents, they just keep on rising.  In some US cities, rents are so high that working people find themselves living in cars and shelters because they cannot afford to pay rent, even for a closet in an apartment.  The reasons given for this situation by the mainstream media are many, but they all lead back to one root cause: financial speculation.  In other words, property owners are being offered incredible sums of money for their properties, so they force the current tenants out and sell their property.  The result is some rich people get richer and lots of humans have no place to live.  This is why so many people live in tents in many US cities, especially in the southern and western parts of the country.  While this phenomenon may seem to be fairly recent, the truth is that it has existed in varying degrees for decades. Alexander Vasudevan’s new book The Autonomous City: A History of Urban Squatting is the most recent book to tell this history.  It does a fine job. — Housing for People, Not for Profit

 Videos of the Day:

US War In Afghanistan Is Fueling Global Heroin Epidemic & Enabling The Drug Trade

The BIG lie that led us into WWI Neutral? Think again

The Working Poor Will Lose Health Insurance Under GOP Health Plan Patty Eakins of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses explains that hospitals that serve the working poor would suffer especially and could close under GOP plan

French Presidential Elections: Choice of Lesser Evil Between a White Supremacist or Ultra Neoliberalist Yasser Louati, says French voters face an impossible choice of an openly racist candidate Le Pen and uber neoliberal, former investment banker that will implement policies that will fuel, ignite and spark even more competitive hatred among French


Housing for People, Not for Profit by Ron Jacobs History and Hypocrisy: Why the Korean War Matters in the Age of Trump by Daniel Read

 Black Liberation/Civil Rights:

Philly DA Office Must Provide All Records of Top Judge’s Role as DA in Opposing Mumia Appeal An opening to challenge Abu-Jamal’s conviction A Philadelphia judge has issued a stunningly powerful order requiring the city’s District Attorney’s Office to locate and release all documents related to the involvement of a former top prosecutor in the most contentious murder case in Philadelphia’s history. Because that former DA, Ronald Castille later became- a state supreme court justice and ultimately chief justice, the order could shine a light onto the dark legacy of ethics shredding misconduct by members of the state’s highest court. By Linn Washington and Dave Lindorff White Racism in America’s Police Departments Is So Much Worse Than Most Americans Understand CBS News correspondent Jeff Pegues’ new book exposes the under-reported “ghost skins”: hidden white supremacists in law enforcement. By Jeff Pegues The Historic Role of Police Brutality in the Black Community and African American Oppression By Roland  Sheppard Environment:

“Today, I Was Trumped”: Pruitt’s EPA Axes Half of Key Scientific Review Panel ‘The EPA is slowly turning its back on everything it was set up to protect’ by Deirdre Fulton Major Eruption Imminent? Earthquake Swarms Reported at Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens Is an eruption of one or more of the major volcanoes in the northwest United States imminent? In recent days, very large earthquake swarms have been reported at Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens. It is certainly not unusual for each of these volcanoes to experience earthquake swarms from time to time, but right now we are seeing this happen at all three volcanoes simultaneously, and this comes at a time when seismic activity along the Ring of Fire is on the rise all over the planet. By Michael Snyder Ongoing Big Energy Crisis:

After Years’ Long Push, Fracking Has Quietly Arrived in Alaska Hydraulic fracturing‘s horizontal drilling technique has enabled industry to tap otherwise difficult-to-access oil and gas in shale basins throughout the U.S. and increasingly throughout the world. And now “fracking,” as it’s known, could soon arrive at a new frontier: Alaska. By Steve Horn Radiation at Japan’s Fukushima Reactor Is Now at ‘Unimaginable’ Levels Energy News:

Everyone on Earth has been irradiated by Fukushima — “Shocking new study reveals true extent of global impact” — “Scientists are only just now confirming far-reaching effects” of nuclear disaster



What Was Really Behind Warren Buffett’s Big Stake in IBM? On Thursday of last week, legendary investor Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, told CNBC that his company had sold about one-third of its big stake in IBM during the first and second quarters of 2017. From a position of approximately 81 million shares of IBM, Berkshire’s stake is now believed to be in the 50 million share range. Buffett said he no longer values IBM the same way he did in 2011 when he began acquiring his large position. By Pam Martens and Russ Martens:


 The Final Pillage: Greece to Surrender Gold, Real Estate, Utilities in Exchange for More Debt and Austerity Germany’s announcement that it will not allow debt relief for the troubled EU nation will force Greece to auction off the last of its assets and sign over its remaining sovereignty to the EU bureaucracy. By Whitney WebbA Victory for Theresa May Will See Britain Dragged Further Towards War with Russia British Prime Minister Theresa May has been warned by various political leaders in Britain not to rush to attack Syrian government forces if she wins the general election in June. The Guardian reported that she might hold a vote on military action this summer. If this is the case, it would imply that she wants to press ahead without UN backing. by Colin Todhunter

“For the many not the few”: Corbyn launches election slogan  In a confident anti-establishment speech in Whitechapel on April 29, Corbyn launched the Labour Party’s slogan for the upcoming general election. In spite of (or perhaps because of) another week of more-or-less open sabotage By Nicholas Stevenson Révolution:; France: The banker wins – Now ‘Rebellious France’ must mobilise! The most chaotic presidential election of the Fifth Republic has just resulted in the election of a new head of state. At the end of the first round, the winner of the second was already known. Millions of left-wing voters reluctantly voted for Macron to defeat Marine Le Pen. Health, Science, Education, and Welfare:

Obama’s Chicago Legacy: 11 Ways Chicago Is the Beating Heart of the Disastrous Charter School Agenda Chicago’s political elite have fallen under the spell of the charter industry’s billionaire sponsors—and the results spell disaster for K-12 education. By Steven Rosenfeld Big Pharma’s pollution is creating deadly superbugs while the world looks the other way  Environmental standards do not feature in international regulations governing drug production A major study published today in the prestigious scientific journal Infection found “excessively high” levels of antibiotic and antifungal drug residue in water sources in and around a major drug production hub in the Indian city of Hyderabad, as well as high levels of bacteria and fungi resistant to those drugs. Scientists told the Bureau the quantities found meant they believe the drug residues must have originated from pharmaceutical factories. The presence of drug residues in the natural environment allows the microbes living there to build up resistance to the ingredients in the medicines that are supposed to kill them, turning them into what we call superbugs. The resistant microbes travel easily and have multiplied in huge numbers all over the world, creating a grave public health emergency that is already thought to kill hundreds of thousands of people a year.  By Madlen Davies