Daily News Digest May 23, 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 23, 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 Those  Who Profit From Austerity! Under Austerity, All of the World Will Eventually Be Pauperized, Humbled,   and Desecrated Like Greece and Puerto Rico!

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Imam Trump Quotes of the Day:

The means of defense, against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people.” — James Madison

Yet Democrats, said Malcolm X, failed to deliver on a promised and much anticipated new civil rights bill, knowing the party could still count on their blind support in the next election. “You put them first,” said Malcolm X, “and they put you last. ‘Cause you’re a chump. A political chump! … Any time you throw your weight behind a political party that controls two-thirds of the government, and that party can’t keep the promise that it made to you during election time, and you are dumb enough to walk around continuing to identify yourself with that party — you’re not only a chump but you’re a traitor to your race —Malcolm X

Videos of the Day:

Israel Siphoning Natural Gas from Gaza Says Dutch Report US and Israeli companies are working with Israeli approval to siphon natural gas from Gaza’s territorial waters, even though this is illegal according to international law, says TRNN’s Shir Hever

Warfare State at War with Trump Over Russia, as Trump Plans Warfare Against Iran in Saudi Arabia Norman Solomon joins Paul Jay on Reality Asserts Itself discussing the Trump/Russia affair and plans to isolate and perhaps attack Iran

Reporter arrested for asking questions — “Willful disruption of government process” — Obama got the ball rolling on this


The Death of the Republic The deep state’s decision in ancient Rome—dominated by a bloated military and a corrupt oligarchy, much like the United States of 2017—to strangle the vain and idiotic Emperor Commodus in his bath in the year 192 did not halt the growing chaos and precipitous decline of the Roman Empire. By Chris Hedges America’s Reign of Terror: A Nation Reaps What It Sows Who is the biggest black market buyer and stockpiler of cyberweapons  weaponized malware that can be used to hack into computer systems, spy on citizens, and destabilize vast computer networks)? The U.S. government. Donald Trump’s speech to the Muslim world was filled with hypocrisy and condescension Despite claiming he wouldn’t give a lecture, the President did just that, displaying a blatant anti-Iran bias intended to appease the nation with whom he’d just signed a multi-billion dollar arms deal at the expense of the truth By Robert Fisk

Worsening Somalia’s Drought: Blowback From US Policy The eastern African country of Somalia is currently suffering from a drought that has lasted for more than two years. A drought in an underdeveloped agrarian country that also lacks basic sanitation systems means further complications stemming from a lack of food production, subsequent malnourishment, and outbreaks of bacterial diseases such as cholera. by Jerrod A. Laber

Black Liberation/Civil Rights:

Trump and the Resurgence of Colonial Racism From Brexit to the victory of Donald Trump, the world order established in the post-cold war is now being shaken up. The UK’s decision to withdraw from the European Union channeled the populace’s disdain toward the system driven by neo-liberalism. In the US, a similar anti-establishment sentiment has grown, where many of those abandoned by the elites galvanized the campaign slogan “Make America great again”. by Nozomi Hayase

Deported to El Salvador, Trapped Between the Gangs and Trump Thousands of miles from his home and family, Jose Escobar lives in a small rural community in La Unión, El Salvador, amid fields of sugar cane and corn, bordered by the Chaparrastique volcano and the Gulf of Fonseca. Escobar, 31, is desperate to leave El Salvador but feels trapped. He was deported from the United States on March 2. By Danielle Marie Mackey, Pedro Armando Aparicio, Leighton Akio WoodhouseEnvironment:

Scientists skeptical over quick fix to ocean plastics problem Even the project’s creator admits it’s ‘guess work.’ By Marion Solletty  Scientists Predict There Will Be No Glaciers in the Contiguous US by 2050 — but Trump Is Stomping on the Gas Pedal Sea-level rise is now projected to be even higher than expected, and warming oceans are losing their oxygen much faster than previously believed. If warming continues apace, there will be no glaciers in the contiguous United States by 2050, yet Trump administration officials are stomping on the gas pedal. By Dahr Jamail The Public Or The Agrochemical Industry: Who Does The European Chemicals Agency Serve? Environmentalist Dr Rosemary Mason has just written an open letter to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Director of Risk Management Jack de Bruijn. In the letter, which cites numerous sources to support her arguments, Mason says evidence now suggests taxpayers’ money has been used to shield Monsanto and other pesticides companies from liability and obstruct consumers’ ability to prove damages. by Colin Todhunter Ongoing Big Energy Crisis:

Activists Sue to Block Plans to Bury 3.6 Million Pounds of Nuclear Waste Near California Beach (Video)”This is a ridiculous move by a for-profit corporation to avoid public scrutiny.” By Amy GoodmanLabor:


Gig Economy or Odd Jobs: What May Seem Trendy to Privileged City Dwellers and Suburbanites is as Old as Poverty There is something infuriating about the name “gig economy,” especially when I hear privileged parents chatting about their fascination with the subject.  This fascination is usually coming from parents who have partners with steady incomes and can afford to partake in “gig” work if they so choose.  They are also not reading the most critical analyses of this kind of work or the economy in general. by Angie Beeman

Getting Full Employment: the Fake Way and the Right Way  The President speaks: “Jobs, jobs, jobs, we’re gonna give you so many new jobs you will be sick of it.” Bob Right, Faux-Freedom Caucus member, thinks:  “Great! And he’ll make sure that the government doesn’t start job programs like the WPA and CCC that we had in the 1930s. And thank god he won’t be deincentivizing rich people by taking back the trillions of dollars they grabbed in the last forty years. Just the opposite. More tax cuts for the 1%. That’s freedom.” by Frank Stricker


Britain: Tories in retreat – All-out for a Corbyn victory! Within hours of the launch of the Tory manifesto, the Conservative lead over Labour in the polls was slashed by half. The Tories are in a crisis over their “dementia tax” bombshell, which is a direct attack on the aged and sick, the most vulnerable sections of society. Another manifesto pledge, to axe free school lunches, provoked widespread uproar after a report found it could hit 900,000 pupils. Out of desperation, there has been a feeble attempted U-turn on the “dementia tax”, with promises of some kind of cap. But this is too little too late. Welcome back to the Nasty Party! Rob Sewell European Parliament votes to end visa-free travel for Americans The passing of the non-binding resolution comes after the US failed to agree visa-free travel for citizens of five EU countries By Jon Sharman Health, Science, Education, and Welfare:

Trump to Propose Massive Cuts to Safety Net in ‘Utter Betrayal’ Budget ‘Regular folks need Medicaid. Nursing home care especially. These cuts are just cruel, and all because they want to cut taxes for the rich,’ tweeted Sen. Brian Schatz by Nadia Prupis The new warrantless eavesdropping: ‘Stingrays’: Trump Administration  Now Deploying Controversial Surveillance Tool in Immigration Crackdown Detroit News reports on “troubling” use of Stingrays in hunt for undocumented immigrant By Andrea Germanos