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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 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 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 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 "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 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
text CDC Promotes Lie of Nuclear Survival; Protest Jan 20-21, 2018 by No Nukes
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has announced that on January 16, 2018, it will have a 1 hour session on the “Public Health Response to a Nuclear Detonation” claiming that “Despite the fear surrounding such an event, planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness. For instance, most people don’t realize that sheltering in place for at least 24 hours is crucial to saving lives and reducing exposure to radiation.” See https://www.cdc.gov/cdcgrandrounds/archives/2018/January2018.h...
Posted: Fri Jan 5, 2018 9:32PM
text Why would honest men spread dishonest information about Pacifica's finances? by Steve Brown
The Pacifica interim executive director and CFA are pushing for Pacifica to go into bankruptcy despite the fact that the majority of the board are against bankruptcy....
Posted: Fri Jan 5, 2018 11:52AM
text Empire State Realty Trust investors have an interest in feud with the Pacifica Foundation by Lynda Carson
During October 2017, in favor of Empire State Realty Trust (ESRT), Judge Gerald Lebovits ruled with a summary judgement in a lawsuit against WBAI Radio and the Pacifica Foundation, over alleged unfair, unreasonable and exorbitant annual increases in the rent for situating the station’s transmitter at the top of the Empire State Building, in New York City....
Posted: Fri Jan 5, 2018 8:56AM
text The Perfect Totalitarian Rule: Orwell by Carl Sulz
The security state is different than the constitutional state and is marked by generalization of fear, de-politization and forms without substance. In 1984, Orwell warned of totalitarianism where the past was erased and the Party created a new language. The Party alone decided two plus two equals five, dissent was not allowed and children informed on their parents for thought crimes. Whoever controls the past controls the future. Whoever controls the present controls the past....
Posted: Fri Jan 5, 2018 3:59AM
text Nuclear Shutdown News December 2017: Do Nukes Kill? by Michael Steinberg
Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the decline and fall of the nuclear power industry in the US and beyond, and highlights the efforts of those who are working to create a nuclear free world. Here is our December 2017 report:...
Posted: Tue Jan 2, 2018 4:30PM
text Historian Robert Dallek examines President Franklin D. Roosevelt by Robert Dallek
Historian Robert Dallek examined the political acumen of President Franklin D. Roosevelt throughout his four presidential terms....
Posted: Mon Jan 1, 2018 3:30PM
text Respect Chicago Transit Workers! Lower the Transit Fares! by repost
Chicago transit workers and transit riders are under attack. This is a report and solidarity campaign that they are launching....
Posted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:21PM
text Pacifica ED's motion to file for bankruptcy to protect its assets, including KPFA by picasso
A motion widely circulated on voluntary bankruptcy for Pacifica from the network's interim executive director, in the wake of a $1.8 million judgment against WBAI for failure to pay Empire State tower rent. The Pacifica board voted 11 to 7 to go into closed session 12/28/17 and then failed to take action on this motion....
Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:59PM
text The Imminent Threat to KPFA / Pacifica Radio by picasso
Message from KPFA general manager, from reprint of a blog by Doug Henwood (who produces KPFA's Behind the News). https://lbo-news.com/2017/12/27/pacifica-death-watch-this-time-its-really-real/...
Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:51PM
text What The Dickens Is Going On? (Some Slightly More Accurate Info on KPFA/Pacifica) by Tracy Rosenberg
Pacifica should make every effort to remain independent and not be eager to throw up its member-purchased assets for grabs, at the discretion of the federal government and a creditors committee headed by an aggressive capitalist real estate speculator and billionaire. That’s a bad place to be. It would make Lew Hill cringe....
Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:24AM
text Real estate mogul Tony Malkin wants KPFA and Pacifica Foundation properties by Lynda Carson
Reportedly, Empire State Realty Trust, Inc., may take control of KPFA Radio - 94.1 FM, and the entities controlled by the Pacifica Foundation as soon as January 8, or January 12!...
Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:49AM
text KPFA radio at risk due to $1.8 million judgment against Pacifica Foundation by Lynda Carson
On the 6:00PM KPFA evening news on December 28, 2017, it has been reported that the Pacifica Foundation board members were deadlocked on a vote this evening to go into foreclosure, or file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, due to over $2 million owed to ESRT because of the unpaid use of the antenna (unpaid tower rent) at the Empire State Building, in New York City!...
Posted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:24PM