The Futility of Capitalist Planning for a Global Coronavirus Pandemic

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-L.A. The videos linked to here are from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation/Bloomberg School of Public Health "table-top" exercise planning for a novel corona-virus global pandemic (Center for Health Security planning exercise that took place in October 2019), urging governments and private businesses to work together to allocate and distribute medical supplies and treatments and deal with other aspects of such a pandemic. https://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/event201/videos.html These videos illustrate the impossibility of real planning under capitalism. They talked endlessly about how only private global [...]

Sexist Stereotyped Robots Reflect Sexism in Tech

Sexist stereotyped robots: "I'd Blush If I Could" httpss://news.un.org/en/story/2019/05/1038691 Why do most voice assistants have female names, and why do they have submissive personalities? The answer, says a new report released on Friday by UNESCO, the UN’s Education, Science and Culture agency, is that there are hardly any women working in the technical teams that develop these services and other cutting-edge digital tools.   The publication, produced in collaboration with the Germany Government and the EQUALS Skills Coalition – an alliance of public and private sector partners [...]

Unsung Memorial Day Hero: Smedley Butler

A Likely MIA Name over Memorial Day Weekend Smedley Darlington Butler. It is a name you’re not likely to hear mentioned this Memorial Day Weekend. Who is he? A four-star USMC General who served 33-plus years in the US Marine Corps, won two Congressional Medals of Honor and is, at least arguably, the most beloved Marine of all time. Why won’t you hear his name? Butler became outspoken and politicized the moment he retired in 1931. The following quote will give you some insight: “I spent 33 [...]

Why Prop. 10 Failed in California

Door slams on rent control Why Prop. 10 failed in California by Val Carlson Gloria Cortez spoke out for Prop. 10. Her family was “evicted by rent increase” after she complained about mold. With skyrocketing rents, a disastrous housing shortage, and a blue wave cresting in the political arena, a pro-rent control measure should have been a shoo-in on California’s November 2018 ballot. But Proposition 10, which would have overturned the notoriously pro-landlord Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, went down in flames. Why did nearly 60 percent of [...]

Repudiate the Attempted Coup by the US and its Accomplices in Venezuela

Venezuelans demonstrate in support of the Bolivarian Revolution and Maduro and against US sanctions and intervention Repudiate the Attempted Coup in Venezuela by the US and its Accomplices Statement of the Communication Forum for the Integration of Our America (FCINA) In defense of Peace and the sovereignty of Latin America and the Caribbean, we repudiate the attempted coup of the United States and accomplices in Venezuela   The communication networks and social coordinations grouped in the Communication Forum for the Integration of Our America express our absolute [...]

A Staggeringly Bad Idea

'A Staggeringly Bad Idea': Outrage as Pelosi Pushes Tax Rule That Would 'Kneecap the Progressive Agenda' By Jake Johnson, staff writer, Common Dreams, httpss://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/09/05/progressives-denounce-pelosi-obsession-economically-illiterate-and-politically "This is a very bad idea, House Democrats. It makes no sense whatsoever to give Republicans veto power over progressive legislation." Nearly three-quarters of the American public and a historic number of Democratic lawmakers support Medicare for All, but the House Democratic leadership is considering using its newly won majority to impose a rule that would "recklessly betray" the grassroots forces that put [...]

Primero de Mayo – May 1 – International Workers Day

Celebrate International Workers Day                    (note: Spanish translation follows) by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) In 1886, the American Federation of Labor adopted a resolution that a full workday would be no more than 8 hours, in response to agitation by socialists, communists and anarchists. General strikes for this demand sprung up across the country. In Chicago, the center of the 8-hour movement, 400,000 striking workers with banners in many languages brought the city to a standstill [...]

Red-Lining Through “Rent-to-Own” Housing

African-Americans Decimated from their Own Neighborhoods httpss://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2018/04/rent-to-own-redlining/557588/ A House You Can Buy, But Never Own by Alana Semuels / The Atlantic, April 10, 2018 African Americans in the same neighborhoods decimated by subprime lending are now being targeted with new predatory loan offerings, a lawsuit argues. Black tenants are offered  a "contract for deed," a type of transaction that was rampant in the 1950s and 1960s before African Americans had access to avenues of conventional lending. In a contract for deed, the buyer purchases an agreement for [...]

Poetry Corner: for the Deeds of Men Live on

for the Deeds of Men Live on (with a nod to William Shakespeare) by Mark Lipman   Friends, comrades, fellow Americans lend me your ears. We have come here to bury fascism not to praise it not to negotiate with it not to give it a chance but to put it in its rightful grave. The evil that men do lives after them.   Though memories be short in the computer age we still remember that we’ve been down this road before and pledged to ourselves, never [...]

THE PROBLEM WITH THE PARTY — THE BIG NEO-LIBERAL LIE

THE PROBLEM WITH THE PARTY — THE BIG NEO-LIBERAL LIE By Charles Fredricks “The floggings will continue until morale improves,” has always been the Democratic Party leadership’s response whenever a challenge from the Left is met with defeat by the Right. Today, using Bernie as a prop, new Senate minority leader Schumer admits the Party needs to change its message (but not its actions, if electing Schumer over Bernie is any indication). The media are full of Monday morning quarterbacks, offering a list of excuses or reasons [...]

The Election Was Stolen – Here’s How

The Election was Stolen - Here's How by Greg Palast https://www.gregpalast.com/election-stolen-heres/ Before a single vote was cast, the election was fixed by GOP and Trump operatives. Starting in 2013 - just as the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act - a coterie of Trump operatives, under the direction of Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State, created a system to purge 1.1 million Americans of color from the voter rolls of GOP-controlled states. The system, called Crosscheck, is detailed in my Rolling Stone report, "The GOP's Stealth [...]

The President’s Leftovers

THE PRESIDENT'S “LEFTOVERS” By Rob Macon As the election approaches, President Obama prepares to walk the Oval Office one final time. Many agree Obama has done an outstanding job concerning the nation’s economy. Then there are what we can identify as “leftovers.” Leftovers are conditions prevailing during the Obama Administration, as well as past presidents, that the administration was unable to finish, leaving the next administration to solve such problems as poverty, TPP, money in politics, and racism, to name a few. Below is a list one [...]