As the Capitalist Robber Barons Steal from the 99% — Only the 1% Voted For Austerity — The 99% Should Decide On Austerity — Not The 1% Who Profit From Austerity!
Images of the Day:
“The protectors of our industries”. Cartoon showing 1980 Robber Barons Cyrus Field, Jay Gould, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and Russell Sage, seated on bags of “millions”, on large heavy raft being carried by workers.Police Riot
Quotes of the Day:
Opening Of ‘Do You Hear The People Sing’ Song Lyrics — Le Miserables
Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!
The term robber baron derives from the Raubritter (robber knights), the medieval German lords who charged nominally illegal tolls (unauthorized by the Holy Roman Emperor) on the primitive roads crossing their lands or larger tolls along the Rhine river — all without adding anything of value, but instead lining their pockets at the cost of the common good (rent seeking). — Robber Barons
Videos of the Day:
Wilkerson: If Trump Moves U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, A Sign War Against Iran Could Come Col. Lawrence Wilkerson and Paul Jay discuss Trump’s foreign policy team and whether it’s a continuation of policy under Cheney
Anti-Trump Protests Continue Nationwide Protests were held in New York, DC, and Austin over the weekend, while students in Portland walked out of class Monday
Police Unleash Water Cannons and Rubber Bullets Against Water Protectors in Standing Rock TRNN reports from Standing Rock, North Dakota with an on-the-ground look at the repression facing the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline
Exclusive Video: #noDAPL Protestors Share Experiences of Police Repression Hundreds needed medical attention after being tear gassed and sprayed with water cannons during a Sunday protest in North Dakota. Lauretta Prevost with Mirrors and Hammers
U.S. Dropped 23,144 Bombs in 2015 Under Command of Nobel Peace Prize Winner President Obama By Adam Johnson
Robber Barons to Charge Tolls on Interstate Highways:
White House opens door to tolls on interstate highways, removing long-standing prohibition With pressure mounting to avert a transportation funding crisis this summer, the Obama administration Tuesday opened the door for states to collect tolls on nterstate highways to raise revenue for roadway repairs. By Ashley Halsey IIITrump Just Told The Truth, And It’s More Terrifying Than His Racism And Lies It’s only days from the election ending, Donald Trump’s campaign just released the Republican nominee’s plan to cut $100 billion dollars in federal climate change spending over eight years, presumably to pay for the ridiculous tax cuts to the rich he proposes. In late October, Trump also announced another policy; to turn America’s highways and byways into a for-profit business venture, letting Wall Street charge rent from millions of Americans on private highways across the country. By Grant Stern
The Normalization of Donald Trump Began in ‘1984’: How George Orwell’s Newspeak Has Infected the News Media The mainstream media has been complicit in a dangerous rebranding of Trump, his associates and their views. The poet Maya Angelou wisely observed that, “When people show you who they are, believe them the first time.” By Chauncey DeVega
We Are All Deplorables Liberals have no moral authority to preach to a dispossessed white working class about racism, multiculturalism, identity politics or diversity. The abject failure by liberals to fight for economic justice triggered the protofascist backlash embodied by Donald Trump’s election victory. By Chris HedgesPolice Blast #NoDAPL Activists With Water Cannons in Sub-Freezing Temps “Water cannons. Rubber bullets. Mace. Flash grenades. It’s an army vs. unarmed people who only want to protect their water and graves” by Nika Knight
This Action, by Michigan Officials, Proves That They Planned/Plan to Commit Genocide Of Flint Residents!: Michigan Officials Seek to Block Court-Ordered Bottled Water Delivery in Flint State officials in Michigan asked a federal court in Detroit on Thursday to block a court order requiring bottled water deliveries to homes in Flint, Michigan, where residents are still waiting for clean tap water two years after municipal water supplies were contaminated with dangerous levels of lead. By Mike LudwigOngoing Big Energy Crisis:
Fracking Fluid Caused Months-Long Earthquake Events In Alberta: New Study Fracking has induced earthquakes in northwest Alberta, some of which have lasted for months due to residual fracking fluid, according to a new study published in Science today. Earthquakes induced by fracking have been noticed in Western Canada for about four years, but this is one of the first studies to specifically identify the causes that resulted in “activation.” By James WiltBlack Liberation/ Civil Rights:
Green Party: Part of the Solution: “I fully expected that we were going to get at least five percent of the vote,” said Green Party vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka. “I suspect that when push came to shove, particularly in those swing states, people held their nose and voted for the lesser evil.” Nevertheless, it is essential that the Greens continue to put forward “transitional demands that are meant to galvanize people and win concessions from the state, but also that you keep people focused on the fact the real objective is to transform this system, to take power from the capitalist state.”
No World War, But Plenty of Domestic Oppression: “I think the threat of World War Three has receded significantly,” said author, activist and historian Paul Street. However, “I don’t know if I’ll think that of Trump in two years,” he added. “The more immediate dangers seem to be: police statist assaults on undocumented Latino immigrants, a registry of Muslims, and a potential designation of Black Lives Matter and civil rights activists as quasi-terrorists. The other great, existential threat is runaway climate change because Trump has pledged to thoroughly deregulate energy.”
Saving Mumia and Others from a Curable Disease: Activists in the Free Mumia movement plan a rally on December 9, in Philadelphia, to pressure prison officials to treat the political prisoner and thousands of other inmates suffering from hepatitis C. “Healthwise, Mumia is not doing good at all,” said Pam Africa, of Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal. “He has the appearance of good health, but he’s itching all over” and “his health is declining.” A judge ruled that Pennsylvania prison officials are obligated to treat Abu Jamal, but he used a technicality to avoid ordering that the cure actually be administered. Pam Africa said next month’s rally will also highlight unsafe, blackish water in prisons. At one facility, she said, “young people coming into the prison are losing their hair.”
U.S. Election Ran on “Fear” and “Betrayal”: “It is accurate to say that economic discontent played a part” in Hillary Clinton’s defeat at the polls, said Mumia Abu Jamal. But he thinks other factors were at least as important. “The Trump campaign represented, not just fear, but profound paranoia, and also white revenge for the darkening of America.” However, “if Trumpism represented vengeance, then Clintonism represented betrayal,” because the Democrats failed to stand up on issues vital to their base constituencies.
Torture, Anyone?: Former Kansas Republican congressman Mike Pompeo is likely to be named CIA director in the Trump administration. “He’s a big fan of torture,” said Ray McGovern, a former CIA analyst who now spends most of his time trying to rein in the national security state. McGovern told Paul Jay, of The Real News Network, that Pompeo “visited Guantanamo, he said it was great, and then said, “As far as I can see, those prisoners are gaining weight.’” President Obama must share the blame. “If Obama had the strength of his convictions, he would have gotten rid of the torturers in the CIA,” said McGovern. “He let them stay, and now they’re having a celebration.”