Can The Climate Survive Electoral Democracy? May Be. Can It Survive Capitalism? No. By Stan Cox

22 February 2017 — Countercurrents

Donald Trump plans to dismantle America’s already weak climate policy, potentially dooming not only this country but the entire world to runaway greenhouse warming. The day after Election Day 2016, star climate scientist Michael Mann was already saying he feared that it was “game over” for the Earth’s climate.

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In the European Court of Justice with the BeeDefenders

16 February 2017 — SumOfUs

I’m writing to you from the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, where I’ve just delivered messages of support from you and over 57,000 other SumOfUs members. The team here are so grateful to know that you’re standing beside them.

Right now, the BeeDefenders are in court defending the bees from the world’s biggest pesticide companies – Bayer, Syngenta and BASF.

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To Build an Autocracy, First Build an Oligarchy

3 February 2017 —FAIR

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David Frum’s “How to Build an Autocracy” leaves out the first step in the recipe.

In “How to Build an Autocracy” (Atlantic, 3/17), George W. Bush speechwriter David (“Axis of Evil”) Frum begins his warning about Donald Trump’s authoritarian tendencies by imagining Trump’s second inauguration in 2021:

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Glyphosate Banned… For 18 Months… in Europe

2 February 2017 — SumOfUs

[But not, it seems in Lambeth in London where the stuff is sprayed regularly on the pavements in my neighbourhood, WB]

We made something amazing happen. The EU refused to give Monsanto’s cancer-causing ingredient – glyphosate – the green light. It’s delayed the decision 18 months while glyphosate is re-evaluated. Continue reading this...

Trump and Climate Catastrophe By John Bellamy Foster

2 February 2017 — Monthly Review

This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop. Our planet is freezing, record low temps, and our GW scientists are stuck in ice. —Donald Trump, January 2, 20141

The alarm bells are ringing. The climate-change denialism of the Trump administration, coupled with its goal of maximizing fossil-fuel extraction and consumption at all costs, constitutes, in the words of Noam Chomsky, “almost a death knell for the human species.” As noted climatologist Michael E. Mann has declared, “I fear that this may be game over for the climate.”2

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Trump’s Neo-Fascism will be Built on Neo-Fascism of Obama and Democrat Party By Ajamu Baraka

3 January 2017 — Black Agenda Report

White “radicals” and Black “nationalists” join with corporate Democrats and “latte” liberals” to mouth nonsense about Russians. Clinton Democrats attack Trump from the right — and sweep know-nothings of all stripes along with them. “Collaboration from the left with the new McCarthyism is providing an opening for the isolation and repression of those of us who were going to have to fight no matter who would have been elected.”

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In the Beginning… By S. Artesian

27 January 2017 — AntiCapital

This is how it starts

This is how it starts. The capitalist economy on the global platform, is so burdened with  overproduction, by the accumulation of capital itself, that circulation slows.  Rates of growth in global trade slow, followed by absolute declines in volumes and values. Trade pacts, alliances, partnerships fail to generate returns necessary to offset the protectionist impulses spun off by the breakdown in circulation, by the big slowdown.

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The British Government Colludes with Monsanto. Crimes against Humanity and “Ecocide” By Colin Todhunter

27 January 2017 — Global Research

Monsanto Should be Held Accountable in the International Criminal Court

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“The British Government has colluded with Monsanto and should be held accountable in the International Criminal Court in The Hague for crimes against humanity and ecocide.” Dr Rosemary Mason.

The British public and the environment are being poisoned with a deadly cocktail of 320 pesticides. Moreover, Wales has become a storage dump for Monsanto’s most toxic chemicals. These are the messages conveyed by Dr Rosemary Mason in her recent open letter to Councillor Rob Stewart, the leader of Swansea City and County Council.

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Fascism: Capitalism by Another Name by Michael Parenti

27 January 2017 — Michael Parenti

Fascism is a false revolution. It makes a revolutionary appeal without making an actual revolution. It propagates the widely proclaimed New Order while serving the same old moneyed interests.

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It’s Austerity, Not Globalization, That Pulls European Workers to the Right

23 January 2017 — FAIR

The Washington Post failed to mention that the Socialists’ declining fortunes are the result of anti-worker austerity programs.

Both the Washington Post (1/22/17) and New York Times (1/22/17) had pieces about declining support for the left in France and the rise of a nationalist right in both Italy and France. Both pieces attributed the rise in support for the right to people losing from globalization, implying that this is some impersonal process that is causing these people to be losers.

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This week the issue is not Trump. It is ourselves By John Pilger

17 January 2017 — John Pilger

On the day President Trump is inaugurated, thousands of writers in the United States will express their indignation. “In order for us to heal and move forward…”, say Writers Resist, “we wish to bypass direct political discourse, in favour of an inspired focus on the future, and how we, as writers, can be a unifying force for the protection of democracy.”

And: “We urge local organizers and speakers to avoid using the names of politicians or adopting ‘anti’ language as the focus for their Writers Resist event. It’s important to ensure that nonprofit organizations, which are prohibited from political campaigning, will feel confident participating in and sponsoring these events.”

Thus, real protest is to be avoided, for it is not tax exempt.

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Capitalism in Crisis? Two Essays

13 January 2017 — Theplanningmotivedotcom

Two essays on the current crisis of capitalism that I think are worth reading (PDF format):

THE CAPITALIST STATE: GENERAL INTEREST vs SPECIAL INTERESTS

The two main functions of the capitalist class are to subjugate the working class as the essential condition for the reproduction of the capitalist system and secondly to mediate in the affairs of the capitalist class itself. It is to the latter that we turn our attention. It is often stated that the state does not represent the interest of the capitalist class as a whole but only big capital sometimes referred to as monopoly capital or in its current setting, international monopoly capitalism – the multinationals and the international banks. While this last observation does have merit, the purpose of this article is to examine the state concretely, as currently shaped by neo-liberalism.

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Worse than Imagined By S. Artesian

12 January 2017 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

Hulk Hogan in the White House, although it’s not quite clear if Hogan is quite as malicious, petty, mean-spirited as Donald Trump.

After today’s press conference, here’s a (chilling) thought:  Team Trump– Hulk Donald, son-in-law Thing Kushner, Spidey Reince Priebus, Rex the Wonder Dog Tillerson, Not Black Not Widow Ivanka–, an anti-brain trust for the ages, huddles around the office copy of the Erdogan Playbook For Dummies 

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Kinda Kute By S. Artesian

2 January 2017 — The Wolf Report:Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

Ya make a guy feel humble
I make a fool of myself again
Ya make me trip and stumble
Just go dance by yourself again….

And you’re kinda kute baby, kinda kute baby
See you dance in your satin suit baby
When you move gotta sit right down
No competition with
This kinda kutie around — Joe Jackson, “Kinda Kute” 1979, from the album I’m the Man

Kinda Kute, isn’t it, watching the president of the United States whimper and moan about Russian “intervention” in the 2016 election?  Kinda precious, isn’t it, watching the titular head of a government that has intervened before, during, and after elections, and with lawyers, guns, money, and drugs, in countries around the world and across decades,  whine about the treacherous, nefarious, outrageous actions of the Putin government which violated the gentleman’s code of coup plotting….by hacking and releasing emails?  
 

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