Daily News Digest November 1, 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 November 1, 2017

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Scientists survey Pacific Northwest salmon each year. For the first time, some nets are coming up empty. Quote of the Day:

In all, two-thirds of the women surveyed said they had experienced at least one of the three kinds of discrimination they were asked about, while 60% of male workers said they had seen at least one of these forms of discrimination or harassment occur.“Men are not in the dark,” said Corrie Hunt, vice president at the Democratic polling firm Hart Research Associates, which conducted the survey with Republican pollsters at Public Opinion Strategies. “I think that we did expect that there would be starker gender differences, that women knew that this happened to them but men did not…We saw very high numbers, surprising to a number of us on the team, of how aware men are of this.” In all, two-thirds of the women surveyed said they had experienced at least one of the three kinds of discrimination they were asked about, while 60% of male workers said they had seen at least one of these forms of discrimination or harassment occur. — Poll: 48% of Employed Women Say They Have Been Sexually Harassed at Work

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Why Urban Policing Cannot Be Reformed Pt. II: Making the Myth of Black Failure A Real News investigation into intractable corruption in Baltimore explores the cultural and social imperatives that inform police driven narratives of African-Americans from zero tolerance to the ongoing war on drugs


 Survey: Almost half of women have been sexually harassed at work — and men are aware The Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that 48 percent of female workers surveyed said they had been sexually harassed at work. The poll also found that 38 percent believe they’d been paid less than a man for the same work and 37 percent felt their views weren’t considered because of their gender, The Wall Street Journal reports. By Brian Kaberline America’s “Open Door Policy” May Have Led Us to the Brink of Nuclear Annihilation by Joseph EssertierMeet the Journalist Who Exposed Whitefish’s Sketchy Puerto Rico Contract Puerto Rico has cancelled a controversial $300 million no-bid contract with the Trump-friendly firm Whitefish Energy after our guest, investigative journalist Ken Klippenstein, exposed it

George Papadopoulos’s Plea Deal Is Very, Very Bad News for Attorney General Jeff Sessions The biggest news of Mueller Monday — the rollout of a money-laundering indictment against Donald Trump’s former campaign adviser, Paul Manafort and campaign aide Rick Gates, and the unsealing of a false-statements plea deal by another campaign volunteer, George Papadopoulos — may involve someone not named explicitly in either indictment: Attorney General Jeff Sessions. By Marcy Wheeler


Tyson Foods Linked to the Largest Toxic Dead Zone in U.S. History America’s largest meat producer must clean up its act. How about the largest toxic dead zone in U.S. history? It turns out the meat industry—and corporate giants like Tyson Foods—are directly linked to this environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, and many others. By Shana Gallagher Dian Fossey, Africa’s Mountain Gorillas and the Deadly Toll of Poaching Half a century ago, the controversial American primatologist Dian Fossey established her field camp in the midst of two volcanoes in Rwanda. For almost two decades, she single-handedly pioneered the study of the rare and critically endangered mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei). by Curtis Abraham Ongoing Big Energy Crisis: Plans To Release Entire Fukushima Waste Into Ocean Confirmed By Tepco Tepco has confirmed it plans to release the radioactive material from the Fukushima plant into the ocean saying that the “decision has already been made”. The decision has an upset local fisherman who says the decision will kill their industry as a result of a massive loss of sea life.Black Liberation/Civil Rights: A Glimpse of Life Under Israeli Apartheid Christie Love, the New York City DJ and political activist, reported to the group “Existence is Resistance” on her ten-day trip to Israeli-occupied Palestine. One of the most striking features of day-to-day life under occupation is that “there are checkpoints everywhere,” said Love. “It’s stop and frisk on steroids.” By Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford Huey P. Newton Conference at Temple University The Black and Brown Coalition at Philadelphia’s Temple University held a day-long conference on the works of Black Panther Party co-founder Huey P. Newton. Divya Nair, of the Philadelphia Saturday Free School, said radicals must “explore what it means to create knowledge that is in service of the people, rather than profit.” Elias Gonzalez told the conference that Temple’s “African American Studies Department — and ‘Africology’ — is riddled with purveyors of white supremacy,” while the teachings of the Black Panther Party are heard “only in whispers.” Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford Let White Supremacy “Fucking Die” Sociology professor Johnny Williams is sitting out this semester under an imposed leave of absence from Trinity College, in Hartford, Connecticut, after a rightwing organization whipped up a frenzy of protest against Williams’ Facebook comments against police killings of Black people. Williams signed his remarks “Let Them Fucking Die” — by which he meant letting “whiteness and white supremacy” die. A group called Campus Reform launched a “whistle-blowing campaign to their racist base,” prompting the college to temporarily put Prof. Williams on ice. By Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford Labor:


 World’s witnessing a new Gilded Age as billionaires’ wealth swells to $6tn Not since the time of the Carnegies, Rockefellers and Vanderbilts at the turn of the 20th century was so much owned by so few  The world’s super-rich hold the greatest concentration of wealth since the US Gilded Age at the turn of the 20th century, when families like the Carnegies, Rockefellers and Vanderbilts controlled vast fortunes. Billionaires increased their combined global wealth by almost a fifth last year to a record $6tn (£4.5tn) – more than twice the GDP of the UK. There are now 1,542 dollar billionaires across the world, after 145 multi-millionaires saw their wealth tick over into nine-zero fortunes last year, according to the UBS / PwC Billionaires report. By Rupert Neate

Russia Probe: New York Times Writes Its Own Indictment  The digital front page of today’s New York Times carries this dramatically misleading headline: “Trump Campaign Got Early Word Russia Had Democrats’ Emails.” Within the article, there are six separate references suggesting that the unsealed indictment against Trump adviser George Papadopoulos supports the premise that the Russians had the hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC), before the emails became publicly known. By Pam Martens and Russ Martens


The Struggle for Independence: From Ireland to CataloniaFalling into line with other EU governments, the Irish government declared it’s support for Spain against Catalonia. In the wake of the Catalan government declaring independence on October 27th 2017, the government of the Republic of Ireland issued a statement in which it said that it “does not accept or recognise the Catalan unilateral declaration of independence.” May I also issue a statement: the Irish government does not speak for all of it’s citizens, there are those of us who do recognise Catalan independence because history is too heavy to dismiss. by Pauline Murphy

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