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📢 Making America Radical Again!
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📢 Making America Radical Again!
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On Contact: Resistance & the Left with Paul Street
« Reply #1067 on: November 18, 2019, 11:23:39 pm »
On Contact: Resistance & the Left with Paul Street
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Journalist Chris Hedges 👍 talks to Paul Street 👍 , author and political commentator, about the failure of the American Left, new forms of resistance, democracy, and the deep roots of America’s ruling oligarchy. (This interview was taped in June 2018)
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tyranny overreach modus operandi...
« Reply #1068 on: November 19, 2019, 01:07:34 pm »



Chief Justice Gives Trump Temporary Reprieve in Financial Records Case

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So, Chief 🐍 Fascist Justice Roberts ("No Republican judges here" ) came through for tax-dodging crook Trump, as predicted by anyone with a lick of sense. 

I read this quote today. It referred to the stock market. I agree, but I think it also applies to all other actions by Trump and his wrecking crew, including Pompeo's bullshit about the West Bank Israeli "settlements" being "legal".

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"Like walking a skittish full grown bull elephant across a frozen lake of fraud." -- nsurf9

Fascists just do not know when to back off from their tyranny overreach modus operandi...

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For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?

Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? But ye have despised the poor.

Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?
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Political and Social Conflict Is Accelerating: Here's Why
November 19, 2019

All the status quo "fixes" only hasten the collapse of the status quo.

That economic, social and political conflict is accelerating is self-evident. What's open to debate are the core drivers of conflict / disorder /unraveling.

Here's the core self-reinforcing dynamic in my view:

1. The status quo elites can no longer mask soaring costs of essentials nor soaring wealth / income inequality between the top .01% (Oligarchs), the top 9.99% who enrich the Oligarchs with their discretionary spending and technocratic/managerial labor, and the bottom 90% who are rapidly losing ground on all fronts: economic, social and political.

2. The elites' "fixes" to the social / political conflicts unleashed by the rigged financial system and winner take most economic order are politically expedient, meaning they don't actually address the sources of conflict, they merely paper them over with PR as a means of preserving the elites' wealth and power.

3. The elites' fundamental financial "fix" is to create trillions in newly issued currency and distribute it to the banks, financiers, super-wealthy families and global corporations-- the top .01% Oligarchs.

4. This "fix" accelerates the asymmetric distribution of wealth by enabling the already-wealthy to buy more productive assets, fund stock buybacks, etc., while forcing the bottom 90% to borrow money from the Oligarchs to make ends meet: the rich get richer, the poor get more indebted.

5. The only possible output of these inputs (political expediency to preserve the elites' wealth and power, the creation and distribution to the Oligarch class of trillions in new currency) is the acceleration of the very erosion that fueled social / political conflicts in the first place. In effect, the elites' "fixes" are accelerating the conflicts that will ultimately lead to their downfall.

This is why the unraveling cannot be reversed or stopped: all the enormous efforts being expended by the elites to maintain the status quo exactly as it is now, with the vast majority of wealth and power in their hands, preclude the structural changes needed to re-set the status quo onto a more sustainable (i.e. more transparent, productive, efficient and decentralized) and less rigged-to-benefit-the-few path.

All the status quo "fixes" only hasten the collapse of the status quo. My longtime colleague Gordon T. Long has laid out the stages of this inevitable descent into conflict and collapse in a series of charts which we discuss in our latest video conversation Coming Era of Political & Social Conflict (29:13).

These stages are predictable because human nature is predictable. That elites will follow a pathway of expediency to preserve their wealth and power is predictable, and this pathway includes the debauchment of currency (printing ever greater sums to add to their wealth and placate the masses), the substitution of credit for capital, the political disenfranchisement of the masses, increasingly oppressive financial repression and social / political conflicts that spiral out of control as the inherently unstable financial house of cards collapses.


Since the elites won't allow an orderly re-set that reduces their wealth and power, the re-set will result from spiraling conflicts and the collapse of all that is viewed as permanent, i.e. the financial and political status quo.

Don't think it won't happen just because it hasn't happened yet.

https://www.oftwominds.com/blognov19/confict-accelerating11-19.html


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Update on Forgotten Political Prisoners
« Reply #1070 on: November 19, 2019, 02:35:56 pm »
Eddie Conway’s 👍 Update on Forgotten Political Prisoners

November 19, 2019

Former political prisoner Eddie Conway hosts this special episode of Rattling the Bars highlighting political prisoners that are still imprisoned after several decades.


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🦀 Trump is Hiding The Truth About JFK (w/ Lamar Waldron)
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How 😈👹💵🎩 Oligarchs Could Start A Second 🏴‍☠️ Civil War!
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Oligarchs could ignite a second American civil war?

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It’s no secret that under the Trump administration, a politicized U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been doing all that it can to make life easier for polluting industries—first under disgraced former administrator Scott Pruitt and now under his successor, Andrew Wheeler. Rollbacks of our country’s environmental regulations have been streaming out of the agency since 2017.

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Why Aren't Democrats Fighting 👹 Anti Medicare Lobbying? (w/ Alex Lawson )
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What Happens When Fools Run Government? ( w/ Michael Lewis )
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The death of government with Trump and his team is paralysing America. Trump fired most of the transition team wen he won the election. The man is indifferent to the needs ot people and the country.

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Agelbert NOTE: Hero Janitor Tom Kiefer fought against an 😈 Obama era IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE THAT 🦀 TRUMP CONTINUES TO THIS DAY.

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Tom Kiefer began collecting items seized from migrants while he was working as a janitor at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility near Ajo, Ariz.(Tom Kiefer / Redux Pictures)

DEC. 2, 2019 7 AM

By MAKEDA EASTER STAFF WRITER 

SNIPPET:

More than 100 of his photos make up the exhibition “El Sueño Americano / The American Dream: Photographs by Tom Kiefer” on view at the Skirball Cultural Center until March 8.

Some photos are large. One features 15 heavy-duty, black plastic bottles wrapped in remnants of clothing or blanket. In another, 32 CDs labeled with titles including “Super Sappy Songs for Issa 2,” “Brown Pride” and “Boogie Nights” have been evenly spaced on top of a bubble-gum-pink background.

Smaller photos — of a love letter, pieces of jewelry, a rabbit’s foot keychain — show individual items seized and discarded by border officials.

Throwing away the personal belongings “underscores the cruelty of the tentative punishment that the government feels the need to levy against these people,” Kiefer said. “It’s clear the majority of which are decent, contributing and who want nothing more than a better life for themselves or for their family.

Full article with more poignant :'( pictures:

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How White Collar Criminals Get Away with Murder
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Anyone with critical thinking skills can see that the standing ovation Mr. Netanyahu got in our U.S. Congress some years ago evidences the pernicious effect the Israel "Lobby" has had for several decades (at least!) on the career of U.S. politicians that dare to criticize Israeli fascist murder and mayem, from the 1967 attack on the Liberty to the ruthless land theft mixed with targeted killings and bombings of the Palestinians. This is NOT about American Jews writing op-eds that damage politician futures; this is evidence of a BLACKMAIL MODUS OPERANDI to keep that U.S. money flowing to Israel.

Anyone that thinks Epstein is the only perverted tool the Mossad has in the USA is in La La Land. Anyone that thinks that the power of the Israel "Lobby" in the USA is based mainly on pro-Israel K Street think tank activities involving political campaign hit pieces against those they want out of politics is also in la la land. That's just the excuse they use to crow about their political power. Without the honey trap MO, they would NEVER have gotten away with coercing our politicians to keep voting to approve multi-billion dollar handouts to Israel annually, while studiously looking the other way when Israeli fascists commit still another in a LONG series of war crimes against the Palestinians.


No truer words written in this space.

And as you look to how Congressional Republicans have adopted the Putin line, it seems evident that Russia is using Mossad time-tested techniques. As Exhibit A look no further than the metamorphosis of Lyndsay Graham, who should wipe the trump off her face before her next public appearance.


Thank you for the compliment and your added words of wisdom. You are right. Robert Reich just sent out a letter that inderscores what you just said:




December 8, 2019

Dear Anthony,

We’re coming to the end of what might be called the anti-democracy decade. It began on 21 January 2010 with the Supreme Court’s shameful decision in Citizens United vs Federal Election Commission, opening the floodgates to big money in politics with the absurd claim that the first amendment protects corporate speech.

It ends with Donald Trump in the White House, filling his administration with corporate shills and inviting foreign powers to interfere in American elections.

Trump is the consequence rather than the cause of the anti-democratic decade. By the 2016 election, the richest 100th of 1% of Americans – 24,949 very wealthy people – accounted for a record-breaking 40% of all campaign contributions. >:(

Big corporations and the super-wealthy lavished their donations on the Republican party because Republicans promised them a giant tax cut. As Lindsey Graham warned his colleagues, “financial contributions will stop” if the GOP didn’t come through.

The investments paid off big. Groups supported by Charles and the late David Koch spent more than $20 million promoting the tax cut, which will save them and their heirs between $1 billion and $1.4 billion every year.

The tax cut has contributed to record corporate profits but almost nothing has trickled down. Companies have spent most of their extra cash on stock buybacks and dividends. This has given the stock market a sugar high but left little for average workers.

Such workers have been shafted. Despite the longest economic expansion in modern history, real wages have barely risen. The share of corporate profits going to workers still isn’t back to where it was before the 2008 financial crisis. Never in the history of economic data have corporate profits outgrown employee compensation so clearly and for so long.

The so-called “free market” has been taken over by crony capitalism, corporate bailouts and corporate welfare.

Meanwhile, confidence in political institutions has plummeted. In 1964, just 29% of Americans believed government was “run by a few big interests looking out for themselves." By 2013, 79% believed it. In Rasmussen polls in autumn 2014, 63% thought most members of Congress were willing to sell their vote for either cash or a campaign contribution and 59% thought it likely their representative already had.

Enter Trump.

“Big business, elite media and major donors are lining up behind the campaign of my opponent because they know she will keep our rigged system in place,” he charged at the Republican convention in 2016.

He then rode the rigging all the way into the Oval Office. A second Trump term could make the anti-democracy decade a mere prelude to the wholesale destruction of American democracy.

Thanks for reading,

Robert Reich

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