Daily News Digest September 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.

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!

Daily News Digest September 23, 2017

 Images of the Day:

Trump’s Notion of “Sovreignity” (and Obama’s too) is US lawlessness But since Trump gave his speech at the UN instead of before the Nobel Committee, he gets no prize for it. The Real War Mongers

Quotes of the Day:

The hypocrisy of the NFL owners as they are illegally blacklisting Colin Kaperneck, WashPost’s Jenkins: NFL Owners Shaming Dissenters, Blacklisting Kaepernick — They speak in platitudes about NFL Players Protesting Against the Police State in reply to Trump’s statement —that NFL owners should fire players who protest the national anthem (They Should be Blacklisted — an illegal Act) NFL, NFLPA respond to President Trump’s anthem comments: “The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement released Saturday morning. “There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month. Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.” San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York issued the following statement in response to Friday night’s controversial comments by President Trump.: The callous and offensive comments made by the President are contradictory to what this great country stands for. Our players have exercised their rights as United States citizens in order to spark conversation and action to address social injustice. We will continue to support them in their peaceful pursuit of positive change in our country and around the world. The San Francisco 49ers will continue to work toward bringing communities, and those who serve them, closer together.” — Roland Sheppard

The dictatorship of the bankers and their debt-money system are not limited to one country, but exist in every country in the world. They are working to keep their control tight, since one country freeing itself from this dictatorship and issuing its own interest — and debt—free currency, setting the example of what an honest system could be, would be enough to bring about the worldwide collapse of the bankers’ swindling debt-money system. This fight of the International Financiers to install their fraudulent debt-money system has been particularly vicious in the United States of America since its very foundation, and historical facts show that several American statesmen were well aware of the dishonest money system the Financiers wanted to impose upon America and of all of its harmful effects. These statesmen were real patriots, who did all that they possibly could to maintain for the USA an honest money system, free from the control of the Financiers. The Financiers did everything in their power to keep in the dark this facet of the history of the United States, for fear that the example of these patriots might still be followed today. — The History of Banking Controls in the the United States ­

Of all the water-muddying tactics, this one is the easiest to set aside. As I’ve noted in these pages before, deficit scare-mongering is used, almost exclusively, as a bludgeon to smear progressive policy proposals. When it comes to launching wars or bailing out banks, these fears vanish. Articles in the Washington PostVox and Think Progress all asked how Sanders’ single-payer bill would be “paid for,” yet not a single one of those outlets asked the same question the day after the Senate signed a $700-billion military spending bill, an increase of roughly 13% from 2017. (That $80 billion increase alone could cover 2017-2018 tuition for every student at a 4-year state university in the country.) Money for war is magically always there; money for healthcare must be counted bean by bean. — These Are 3 of the Most Dangerous Opponents of Universal Healthcare

Videos of the Day: 

Renters vs. Slumlords: Activists Nationwide Rally for Renter’s Rights Organizers in Minneapolis say it’s about more than just rents increasing: affordable housing is basically disappearing, and the city’s policies leave the door wide open for predatory landlords

The Road to Zero Wealth Prosperity Now’s Dedrick Asante Mohammed says the racial wealth gap is growing, and if unaddressed, it will lead to zero wealth for communities of color in the next four decades

US-Saudi Alliance Fragments the Middle East The consequences of US meddling and Saudi Wahhabism have decimated Iraq and pitted multiple Middle East groups against the other, says independent journalist Rania Khalek


Hypocrisy of RacistsThe Capitalist Class (The 1%) Oppose Democracy: Ohio Communities Face ‘Voter Suppression’ in Push to Rein in Oil and Gas Development By Simon Davis-Cohen Black Liberation/Civil Rights:Kap, Cops and Confederate Statues: a Better World Without Double Standards by Frank Serpico

The View From The End Of The American Empire In his United Nations General Assembly speech last week, President Donald Trump loudly stated his intention to effectively dismantle the world order that the United States painstakingly built over the past century. Trump lauded nationalism before the assembled delegates at the same global institution that the U.S. helped create: “I will always put America first just like you, the leaders of your countries, should put your countries first,” he thundered. “There can be no substitute for strong, sovereign, independent nations.” By Murtaza Hussain Environment:

Wildfires Don’t Destroy Forests, Logging Does by Mike Garrity

Farmer wants a revolution: ‘How is this not genocide?’ Health comes from the ground up, Charles Massy says — yet chemicals used in agriculture are ‘causing millions of deaths’. Susan Chenery meets the writer intent on changing everything about the way we grow, eat and think about food

Failing Dam in Puerto Rico, Endangering 70,000, a Reminder that Climate Denialism Kills President Trump, notoriously, tweeted that climate change is a Chinese hoax. By Juan Cole

Ongoing Big Energy Crisis:


Signs of American collapse are everywhere, apparently no one notices. The world continues to vote with the US in the UN. When even Russia and China serve as handmaidens to US foreign policy by voting with Washington against North Korea, it appears that the image of America as the exceptional and indispensable country is a propaganda success even among Washington’s most threatened enemies. When Russia and China follow Washington’s lead, it shows the world that there is no alternative to Washington’s leadership. A country with a $20 trillion public debt, an even larger private debt, a work force drowning in debt and employed in third world lowly paid domestic services, a stock market pumped up beyond all reason by Federal Reserve liquidity and companies using their profits to repurchase their own stock, a military that’s been tied down for 16 years by a few lightly armed Muslims, a propaganda ministry instead of a media with public ignorance the consequence, and with a total collapse of morality in public and private institutions along with the disappearance of courage, is nevertheless able to make the entire world dance to its tune. Washington is the Wizard of Oz. Washington in the past 16 years has destroyed in whole or part seven countries, murdering, maiming, orphaning, widowing, and displacing millions of peoples. Yet Washington still presents itself as the great defender of human rights, democracy, and all that is good. The American people have voiced few words of protest against the massive crimes against humanity committed by “their” government. The UN has not passed a resolution condemning the United States government for its endless aggressions, horrendous war crimes and illegal interventions against other countries. Washington relies on threats and not diplomacy, and this is acceptable to the world. The UN sits as an American Approval Society because it is funded by American money. Security agencies have become police state agencies, and they have transformed the obligation in the US military code to report war crimes into acts of treason that result in prison sentences. The US military code, just like the US Constitution and the laws that enforce it, is dead letter law, ignored and unenforced. Consider the case of Bradley/Chelsea Manning. Bradley Manning released a film showing US troops murdering journalists, pedestrians, a good samaritan and his children as if it were a video game. These murders are war crimes. But it was Manning, who revealed them, not those who committed them, who was punished. — Paul Craig Roberts

Pay and Productivity Economy:


IMT statement on the Catalan independence referendum  The International Marxist Tendency on the crisis in Spain. The Catalan independence referendum challenges Spanish 1978 regime. It has been met with heavy state repression on the part of the Spanish state. The IMT supports the Catalan people’s right to self-determination. For a Catalan Socialist Republic as a spark for the Iberian revolution! By International Marxist Tendency

Catalonia: Committees in Defence of the Referendum are spreading The protesters from Friday’s rallies for the release of political prisoners slept in front of the Supreme Court. Significantly, Committees in defence of the referendum are springing up in numerous neighbourhoods, universities, and towns. Yesterday evening, there was also a mass rally of the CUP in Sabadell, attended by several thousand people. I haven’t been to any rallies by the centre-left ERC or the conservative PDeCAT, but I doubt they can fill to the brim a big square in a provincial town like Sabadell. By Arturo Rodriguez Proud to be an Agent of Catalonian Sedition by Vicent Partal

Major PR firm tells big business to urgently prepare for a Corbyn Government – the results are beautiful Writing for Portland Communications, former Labour adviser Ayesha Hazarika states how a Corbyn-led government’s policies would prioritise fighting austerity, promoting social justice and building an economy for the many not the few By Peter Mills

 Why the Kurds Are Seeking Independence From Iraq by Patrick Cockburn

 Health, Science, Education, and Welfare: