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 Who Profit From Austerity! Under Austerity, All of the World Will Eventually Be Pauperized, Humbled, and Desecrated Like Greece and Puerto Rico!
The “all Russiagate, all the time” information regime — which also prepares the public for a wider war scenario — provides the illusion of motion that passes for “resistance” to the rule of the rich, as personified by Donald Trump. But there has been no Democratic program to reorder society for at least a generation. And now, under the New McCarthyism, the only politics that is allowed is war politics, consisting of denunciations of those who threaten “our fundamental democratic principles” – which need not be defined or even proven to exist. That’s why it has been an empty year, albeit a very loud one. As Gil Scott-Heron sang in “Winter in America,” “Nobody’s fighting, ‘cause nobody knows what to save.” — Democrats Gone Mad: The Year of Living Stupidly
Most all bureaucrats and government officials lie like a rug — They are all over anybody below them — And they let everybody above them, lay all over them! — Roland Sheppard
The ‘art’ of power politics — claim everything, concede nothing, and when caught, holler foul! — Roland Sheppard
Navy Introduces Toxins to Drinking Water, Then Expands Operations In Washington State, a Naval Air Base on Whidbey Island has turned the area into a Superfund site and local residents fear that the island’s soil and water may be compromised beyond recovery. The Navy’s response has been to avoid mentioning some of the highly toxic substances in its environmental impact report as it seeks to expand operations at the base. By Dahr Jamail Black Liberation/Civil Rights:
The Arctic is full of mercury, and scientists think they know how it’s getting there The remote Arctic tundra may seem like the last place on Earth human pollution should be causing a problem — yet it’s filled with mercury contamination. That mercury leaks from the soil into rivers and ultimately the Arctic Ocean, contaminating the fish and other sea life that native communities rely on for survival. Now, in a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature, scientists have begun to outline how the mercury is getting into and moving through the landscape in the first place. And the short answer is: It’s our fault it’s there in the first place, and climate change could now make that even worse. By Chelsea Harvey Health, Science, Education, and Welfare:
Pentagon secretly tested chemical weapons on US troops. Vets demand to know the cost The Pentagon conducted a series of secret chemical and biological weapons tests involving military personnel in the 1960s and 1970s. Veterans groups and members of Congress are demanding to know exactly what happened – and who has suffered. The tests, known as Project 112 and SHAD (Shipboard Hazard and Defense) involved some 6,000 military personnel between 1962 and 1974, the Vietnam War era. Most served in the Navy and Army. The purpose was to identify any weaknesses to U.S. ships and troops and develop a response plan for a chemical attack. The tests involved nerve agents like Sarin and Vx, and bacteria such as E. Coli. Sarin and Vx are both lethal. According to DOD documents, death can occur within 10 to 15 minutes of exposure to a fatal dose of Vx. By Anshu Siripurapu
Health Care in America: Where is the Socialist Solution? The introduction of the Republican legislation to “repeal and replace” Obamacare is no more than latest scrimmage in the ongoing one-sided war against the poor and working class. The “Affordable Care Act” (ACA, better known as Obamacare) proved to be both unaffordable and unable to provide comprehensive care for millions. Nevertheless, with the ACA being one of the only tangible “victories” Democrats could claim for an administration with a dismal record of noteworthy accomplishments, neoliberal Democrats and the party’s liberal base led by Bernie Sanders are now coalesced around the ACA and have vowed to defend it to the bitter end. By Ajamu Baraka