Making America Great Again, Step by Perilous Step:

November 30, 2016

 

Step 11: Donald Trump—with the active active buttressing of his enablers in the comatose capitalist “press”—offers up tweet after bizarre tweet (If you burn the American flag, goddammit, you should face consequences—“perhaps loss of citizenship”) sending the media into a frenzy of elaborate reporting, “deep thinking” about the constitution and sober commentary about settled law, while behind the curtain he and his crew work tirelessly to steal everything they can get their hands on, and erase any semblance of the common good or the public square. But, what the heck, let’s just talk about the flag.

Step 12: Donald Trump nominated Representative Tom Price of Georgia—fierce advocate of privatizing Medicare and slashing Medicaid, repealing Obamacare and relying strictly on “free market principles” in all aspects of health care and wellness—to the post of Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Step 13: In order to fulfill his promise to “drain the swamp,” Donald Trump is offering donors a dazzling menu of options: for a million dollars (or more) you can get four tickets to an “intimate dinner” with the vice-president elect and his wife, and eight tickets to a “ladies luncheon” with the “women of the first family,” among other perks; for half a million (or more) you can get four tickets to the “ladies luncheon” plus more.

Step 14: Steven Mnuchin, Donald Trump’s campaign finance chief and a former partner at Goldman Sachs, will become the newTreasury Secretary, further “draining the swamp.”

Step 15: “Draining the swamp” continues with the selection of Elaine L. Chao—Washington insider, Republican functionary, and the wife of the Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell—was selected to be the new Transportation Secretary.


Fidel on the Environment

November 27, 2016
 
 
COMPANERO FIDEL, PRESENTE!
Fidel Castro: Fight the ecological destruction threatening the planet!
 
 
Climate & Capitalism joins millions of people around the world in mourning the death and honoring the life of Fidel Castro Ruz.
 
He lives in our memory as a champion of, and an active participant in, the global fight against poverty, ignorance and oppression, and for a sustainable world.
 
In this short talk at the 1992 Earth Summit, Fidel described the Earth System crisis and identified its causes more powerfully than any other delegate.
 
TOMORROW WILL BE TOO LATE
 
Mr. President of Brazil Fernando Collor de Melo;
 
Mr. UN Secretary General Butrus Butrus-Ghali; Your Excellencies;
 
An important biological species is in danger of disappearing due to the fast and progressive destruction of its natural living conditions: humanity.
 
We have become aware of this problem when it is almost too late to stop it.
 
It is necessary to point out that consumer societies are fundamentally responsible for the brutal destruction of the environment. They arose from the old colonial powers and from imperialist policies which in turn engendered the backwardness and poverty which today afflicts the vast majority of mankind.
 
With only 20 percent of the world’s population, these societies consume two-thirds of the metals and three-fourths of the energy produced in the world. They have poisoned the seas and rivers, polluted the air, weakened and punctured the ozone layer, saturated the atmosphere with gases which are changing weather conditions with a catastrophic effect we are already beginning to experience.
 
The forests are disappearing. The deserts are expanding. Every year billons of tons of fertile soil end up in the sea. Numerous species are becoming extinct. Population pressures and poverty trigger frenzied efforts to survive even when it is at the expense of the environment. It is not possible to blame the Third World countries for this. Yesterday, they were colonies; today, they are nations exploited and pillaged by an unjust international economic order.
 
The solution cannot be to prevent the development of those who need it most. The reality is that anything that nowadays contributes to underdevelopment and poverty constitutes a flagrant violation of ecology. Tens of millions of men, women, and children die every year in the Third World as a result of this, more than in each of the two world wars. Unequal terms of trade, protectionism, and the foreign debt assault the ecology and promote the destruction of the environment.
 
If we want to save mankind from this self-destruction, we have to better distribute the wealth and technologies available in the world. Less luxury and less waste by a few countries is needed so there is less poverty and less hunger on a large part of the Earth. We do not need any more transferring to the Third World of lifestyles and consumption habits that ruin the environment.
 
Let human life become more rational. Let us implement a just international economic order. Let us use all the science necessary for pollution-free, sustained development. Let us pay the ecological debt, and not the foreign debt. Let hunger disappear, and not mankind.
 
Now that the alleged threat of communism has disappeared and there are no longer any more excuses for cold wars, arms races, and military spending, what is blocking the immediate use of these resources to promote the development of the Third World and fight the threat of the ecological destruction of the planet?
 
Let selfishness end. Let hegemonies end. Let insensitivity, irresponsibility, and deceit end.
 
Tomorrow it will be too late to do what we should have done a long time ago.
 
Thank you.

From a high school classmate of our kids…

November 27, 2016

Watch “Karim Sulayman – I trust you” on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/193125533?ref=em-v-share


Fidel, Presente!

November 26, 2016
Fidel Castro has passed away.
Revolutionary, companero, visionary, inspiration.
Fidel Castro rose up for humanity against empire.
Fidel, Presente! Live like him!
Rest in Power, Comrade.

Ta-Nehisi Coates on the recent election:

November 25, 2016
“This is who we are. If you understand the history of this country, this is nothing new so we should not be shocked. If we look at 250 years of slavery, you look at Frederick Douglas during reconstruction seeing it overturned, you look at Ida B Wells going south to document lynching, and all the violence we always suffer. Then you would know it is the same country and we just need go get up in the morning and get ready to fight.”

Happy Indigenous People’s Day!!

November 24, 2016

Stand With Standing Rock!

 

https://www.thenation.com/article/this-is-what-life-inside-the-standing-rock-camp-looks-like-right-now/


Brecht

November 23, 2016
“In the dark times
Will there also be singing?
Yes, there will also be singing.
About the dark times.”
–Brecht