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text America Reacts to a Low-Point by Daniel Haufler
With Doug Jones' victory in the Alabama senate race, the end of the Trump era moved a little closer. Alabama's citizens set a sign of resistance. The left and moderates can only win together. In the GOP tax heist (NY Times), the rich and the richest will be given permanent Christmas presents while the middle class is punished with higher taxes in the long-term. 13 million Americans will lose their health care. The social contract means compromises, negotiations, concessions and counter-meas...
Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:49AM
text Flyer Distributed at the Women's March in Santa Cruz by Robert Norse
This is an updated version of a flyer originally prepared last year in response to repression at the Bookshop Santa Cruz in its hypocritical reading of George Orwell's 1984, while excluding disfavored activists from the store, even from access to its publicly funded bathroom. My broader focus was on the criminalization of the poor and specifically poor women....
Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:22PM
text 1/20/18 SF Women's March: A Glorious Day by Stop Trump Terrorism
On a beautiful, 55 degree sunny day on January 20, 2018, San Francisco marked the 1 year anniversary with tens of thousands of protesters of an utterly reactionary, anti-women, racist, anti-immigrant, anti-labor, pro-war profoundly stupid and ignorant presidency of a former Democrat, only recently Republican, former TV host, Donald Trump, illegally put in office by tossing the black vote in contested states, the same as the selection of his Republican predecessor, George Bush, Jr., in 2000 an...
Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:33PM
text Government Shutdown Solutions Could Leave Out Disaster Aid for Puerto Rico by Lydia C. Andrews
As the Senate and White House struggle to avert a government shutdown, US disaster victims from Puerto Rico to Texas worry a deal on relief and recovery aid will continue to be delayed....
Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:58AM
text USCPR Statement on Israeli Blacklist of Palestinian Rights Organizations by US Campaign for Palestinian Rights
WASHINGTON, DC, January 7, 2018 – Today, the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR) learned through media reports that it, along with 19 other organizations, including several members of USCPR’s broad national coalition, have been added to a blacklist of organizations compiled by the Israeli Strategic Affairs Ministry. The stated purpose of the blacklist is to deny members of the organizations entry into Palestine/Israel due to their support for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) tac...
Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:36PM
text Feds Halt Idaho Oil, Gas Lease Sale After Conservation Groups Protest by Center for Biological Diversity
BOISE, Idaho, January 18, 2018 — The Trump administration has halted an oil and gas lease sale near eastern Idaho’s Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge in response to protests from conservation groups....
Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:13PM
text Northern California's Delayed Crab Season Opener Threatens Whales by Center for Biological Diversity
State Wildlife Agency Urged to Address Risk of Deadly Entanglements...
Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:09PM
text The Shortwave Report 01/19/18 Listen Globally! by Dan Roberts
A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. NHK Japan, Sputnik Radio, Radio Havana Cuba, and Spanish National Radio....
Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:29PM
text Tax Reform in the US: Trump's Attack on America by Soren Brandes
The tax reform of the Republicans is a blow against the welfare state. It strikes low-income persons and was prepared int he 1970s. The tax reform is profitable for Donald Trump but could cost the Republicans a re-election. The character of the tax heist (NY Times) can be understood with the help of the history of the Republican tax-cutting obsession. Public policy is different than sadism, greed and chaos....
Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:09AM
text Only 35% Give Trump an F; Mass Turnout Needed at 1/20-21 Resistance Demonstrations by Stop Trump Terrorism
Living in the Bay Area, we tend to forget that most of the rest of the country still has some fantasy about Trump. Some actually think he will improve! Your turnout for at least 1 hour on 1/20-21 is needed to send the message that Trump Must Go! For a demo near you, see https://www.indybay.org/calendar/event_week.php?day=20&month=1&year=2018&topic_id=0&region_id=0&news_item_status_restriction=0 and https://www.indybay.org/calendar/event_week.php?day=21&month=1&ye...
Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:42PM
text Is Economic Speculation a Form of Structural Violence? by Rene Steenbock
According to neoclassical economic theory, the financial markets return to equilibrium. Problems only occur because of state intervention. Tulip bulbs were first an object of speculation at the start of the 17th century. The roaring twenties led to an enormous stock euphoria. Critics and admonishers were ignored or mocked and warning signals largely ignored. In 2018, corporations inflate their stocks in a $70 billion stock buy back program....
Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:11AM
text Solidarity with the People of Tunisia by Friends Everywhere
Stand in solidarity with the People of Tunisia to fight against austerity measures. Free all the political prisoners and drop the criminal charges!...
Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:12PM
text "der Furor" in the White House by DLi
A lurid tale of chaos and cut-throat infighting in the latest Washington palace intrique. But the larger historical picture is that of an accelerating collapse of the once-mighty USA "sole Superpower" which is imploding in dramatic and bizarre fashion. During this unprecedented confusion, even the most despicable, racist, sexist, xenophobic and jingoistic candidate in US presidential history was able to become selected as the latest "Criminal-in-chief" in the White House....
Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:55AM
text VIDEO: Feinstein for Secretary of State presents proportional representation plan by Michael Feinstein
Secretary of State candidate Michael Feinstein presents his proportional representation plan for the California State Legislature to the Sacramento City Council. January 10, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsPxlhdhm2A&t=2s...
Posted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:26AM
text French Railway Workers Demonstrate to Free Ahed Tamini'; BDS Victory; Oprah is Pro-Israel by Solidarity Forever
French railway workers demonstrated to free Ahed Tamini. See https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/tamara-nassar/israel-arrests-another-tamimi-teenager Do you suppose American workers will do the same on Ahed's birthday, January 31, 2018?...
Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:33PM
text Democrats Defeat Repeal of Costa-Hawkins Anti-Tenant Law by Register Peace & Freedom or Green
The California Democratic Party once again showed itself to be the same as the Republican Party with the defeat of AB 1506, the repeal of the anti-vacancy control and anti-rent control Costa Hawkins law of 1995, on January 11, 2018 in committee, voting 3 to 2 to let it die in the Assembly Housing & Community Development Committee, with 2 Democrats abstaining. It needed 4 votes to get out of committee....
Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:56PM
text Oceana Calls on Secretary Zinke to Reverse Course on Radical Offshore Drilling Plan by Oceana
January 10, 2018 - Last night, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that Florida is being removed from the Trump administration’s new draft five-year program (2019-2024) for oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The announcement came only days after the Department of the Interior (DOI) outlined its plans to expand future oil and gas leasing to the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans, as well as the eastern Gulf of Mexico, offering the largest number of potent...
Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:14PM
text Lawsuit Challenges Development That Could Doom California's Santa Ana Mountain Lions by Center for Biological Diversity
TEMECULA, Calif., January 11, 2018 — Conservation organizations sued the city of Temecula today for approving the Altair housing development, which would endanger the local mountain lion population by disrupting critical wildlife corridors. The groups include the Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club, Mountain Lion Foundation and Cougar Connection....
Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:34PM
text The Shortwave Report 01/12/18 Listen Globally! by Dan Roberts
A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. Spanish National Radio, Radio Havana Cuba, NHK Japan, and Sputnik Radio....
Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:35PM
text The Trump Election: Increasing contradictions bring bitter fruit by Christoph Hermann
The democracy crisis, the neoliberalism crisis, and the crisis of the Democratic Party led to the Trump victory. Capitalism is largely deregulated with a comparatively meager public sector except for the defense industry. The greatest unknown is the announced infrastructure investment package of billions of dollars. The legitimation crisis of neoliberalism will create news possibilities for an emancipatory left....
Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:48AM