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Puerto Rico and the Genocidal Maniacs in the Trump Administration

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  • Part 1: Memento Mori: a Requiem for Puerto Rico
  • Maybe, just maybe, we’ll rid Puerto Rico of the American flag’s stagnating shadow over our island
  • Part 2: Puerto Rico supply failure stops food and water reaching desperate residents
  • Vital supplies stuck in ports and warehouses because of logistical breakdown
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Part 1: Memento Mori: a Requiem for Puerto Rico

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As the white imperialist invader revels in his pettiness and apathy it becomes clear that the Puerto Rican people must resist and fight back in the best way possible: by surviving and thriving together. Then maybe, just maybe, we’ll rid Puerto Rico of the American flag’s stagnating shadow over our island and reduce it to a simple funerary shroud wrapped around the corpse of American colonialism, breaking away from that dying empire once and for all.

Miguel A. Cruz-Díaz, Counterpunch 

September 29, 2017 |

Puerto Rico is not large enough to stand alone. We must govern it wisely and well, primarily in the interest of its own people.  -–Theodore Roosevelt

Puerto Rico is dying.

Let those words sink in.

Miguel A. Cruz-Díaz is a fifth-year graduate student and doctoral candidate in British and world history at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he specializes in anarchist history. A native son of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, he currently resides in Bloomington. He has published in CounterPunch and in the Spanish-language publication Revista Cruce.

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Part 2: Puerto Rico supply failure stops food and water reaching desperate residents

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  • Death toll at 16 but researchers suggest it could go much higher

Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian

Friday, 29 September 2017 | Nine days after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, thousands of containers of food, water and medicine are stuck in ports and warehouses on the island, as logistical problems continue to stop desperately needed supplies from reaching millions of Americans.

In many parts of the US territory, food, medicine and drinking water are scarce, and amid a growing humanitarian crisis, local researchers have suggested the death toll could be much higher than the 16 deaths reported so far.

Amanda Holpuch is a reporter at Guardian US in New York.

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Against Trump's Dangerous Ignorance, GOP and Dems Are All Talk and No Action

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  • Part 1: Against Trump, Republicans Are All Talk and No Action

  • As long as Republicans fail to show the moral or political courage to hold Trump accountable, the whole party is complicit.
  • Part 2: Trump’s ‘Dangerous Disability’? It’s the Dunning-Kruger Effect
  • We’re all ignorant, but Trump takes it to a different level.

 

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Part 1: Against Trump, Republicans Are All Talk and No Action

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As long as Republicans fail to show the moral or political courage to hold Trump accountable, the whole party is complicit.

Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation

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August 29, 2017 | The relationship between President Trump and Republicans in Congress is rapidly deteriorating. At least, that is the clear impression one gets from a spate of recent headlines, such as “Trump distances himself from GOP lawmakers to avoid blame if agenda stalls,” “Deepening GOP split, Trump attacks Republican senators” and “Trump sticks it to GOP.” The problem, as those headlines indicate, is that the feud is largely one-sided.

Almost every day, Trump demonstrates that he is utterly unfit for office. In the past few days alone, as a catastrophic hurricane devastated the fourth-largest city in the country, Trump pardoned former Maricopa County, Arizona, sheriff Joe Arpaio—who defied a court order to stop illegally profiling Latinos and committed grotesque abuses of power for years—and tweeted nonsense about Mexico’s paying for “the wall” on the southern border. And yet, despite the president’s intensifying attacks on members of his own party, Republican leaders still have not shown the spine necessary to confront him in any meaningful way. Even the relatively few conservative lawmakers who have spoken out forcefully against Trump, particularly in response to his abominable reaction to the white-supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, have failed to back up their words with concrete actions.

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Part 2: Trump’s ‘Dangerous Disability’? It’s the Dunning-Kruger Effect


We’re all ignorant, but Trump takes it to a different level.

Faye Flam, Bloomberg 

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May 12, 2017 | Last week, behavioral researchers at Brown University held a colloquium titled “Analytic thinking, bullshit receptivity, and fake news sensitivity.” At an informal gathering afterwards, the conversation turned to the not-completely-unrelated topic of Donald Trump.

Earlier that week, syndicated columnist George Will offered an amateur diagnosis of sorts. Will’s assessment, based on Trump’s off-base statements about the Civil War and other topics, was that the president suffers from a “dangerous disability” -- not only because he’s ignorant, and ignorant of his ignorance, but because he “does not know what it is to know something.”

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If China Can Fund Infrastructure With Its Own Credit, So Can Trump

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  • Part 1: How Trump could spend $1 trillion to fix America if he knew what he was doing
    • The more we can invest in making cities viable places — places where people want to live, places that can take care of themselves — the more cities will serve the aims of environmentalists.
  • Part 2: If China Can Fund Infrastructure With Its Own Credit, So Can We
    • Ever since 1998, the estimated cost of fixing this nation's infrastructure has gone up from $1.3 trillion to $4.6 trillion.

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Part 1: How Trump could spend $1 trillion to fix America if he knew what he was doing

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The more we can invest in making cities viable places — places where people want to live, places that can take care of themselves — the more cities will serve the aims of environmentalists.

Nathanael Johnson and Matt Craft, Grist 

May 9, 2017 | Infrastructure! We’ve really got your attention now, right? Here’s the thing, though: It’s what makes modern life possible. Showers, cellphones, pizza delivery, toilets — all those fail without infrastructure. Much of what we’ve got now is old, dangerous, and needs replacement, and voters of both political parties agree on the need to do something about it. (That last statement in itself should be shocking enough to keep you reading.)

So President Trump, seeking an issue slightly less divisive that yanking health care away from millions of people, has promised to present a $1 trillion spending proposal to Congress sometime in the next three weeks, claiming it will “completely fix America’s infrastructure.” Never mind that the American Society of Civil Engineers has said we need to spend $3.6 trillion by 2020 — they’ve obviously never seen Trump make deals.

Nathanael Johnson is Grist's senior writer and the author of two books.
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Part 2: If China Can Fund Infrastructure With Its Own Credit, So Can We

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Ever since the American Society of Civil Engineers ASCE began issuing its “National Infrastructure Report Card” in 1998, the nation has gotten a dismal grade of D or D+. In the meantime, the estimated cost of fixing its infrastructure has gone up from $1.3 trillion to $4.6 trillion.

Ellen BrownThe Web of Debt Blog / Dandelion Salad

May 17, 2017 | May 15th-19th has been designated “National Infrastructure Week” by the US Chambers of Commerce, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and over 150 affiliates. Their message: “It’s time to rebuild.” Ever since ASCE began issuing its “National Infrastructure Report Card” in 1998, the nation has gotten a dismal grade of D or D+. In the meantime, the estimated cost of fixing its infrastructure has gone up from $1.3 trillion to $4.6 trillion.

While American politicians debate endlessly over how to finance the needed fixes and which ones to implement, the Chinese have managed to fund massive infrastructure projects all across their country, including 12,000 miles of high-speed rail built just in the last decade. How have they done it, and why can’t we?

Ellen Brown, Writer, Dandelion Salad

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Series | The Facts on Tax Reform, Part 1

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August 24, 2017 | In the upcoming tax debate, lobbyists and special-interest groups are pushing for tax cuts for millionaires, billionaires, and corporations, often using misleading claims. This new series sets the record straight and is intended to serve as a resource to the media, policymakers, and members of the public.

Read these user-friendly columns on the major issues surrounding the tax system:

  • The ‘Trump Loophole’ Would Benefit Millionaires, Not Small Businesses

President Trump's and House Republicans' proposed "small-business" tax cut would create a new loophole for millionaires—including Wall Street financiers, lobbyists, lawyers, and wealthy business owners like Trump—while doing little or nothing for real small businesses.
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  • Giving Away Corporate Tax Cuts Is Not How to Make the United States More Competitive

American competitiveness would be better served by ensuring that U.S. corporations pay their fair share of taxes and investing those revenues in education, infrastructure, and other public investments that make America a desirable place to do business.
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  • Trickle-Down Tax Cuts Don’t Create Jobs

Rather than boosting the economy, tax cuts for the rich widen inequality, harm the middle class, and harm the economy in the long run.
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The American Left: Wrong About Everything?

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  • Even a country as prone to bad judgments as we had become could never be stupid enough, perverse enough, addled enough, self-destructive enough to put a man like Donald Trump in its highest office. No way.
  • Related: Harvard Business School: The U.S. Political System Has Been 'Hijacked'




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Jaime O’Neill, LA Progressive

September 16, 2017 | For lots of people like me, the world has been turned on its head over the last few years. In fact, the whole damn century thus far has been pretty puzzling.

We started out by electing the village idiot as our leader, a rich man’s kid who had demonstrated little in the way of intelligence or competence in anything he’d ever done up to that point. Then we re-elected him despite the fact that he had, in his first term, invaded the wrong country in response to a big terror attack he’d neglected to prevent, having been on vacation the entire month preceding those assaults on New York and the Pentagon.

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Harvard Business School: The U.S. Political System Has Been 'Hijacked' Yossarian Johnson, The Intellectualist

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A new case study by Harvard Business School asserts that U.S. politicians have rigged the system to such a degree that the U.S. is on its way to becoming a failed democracy.
 

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Harvard Business School: The U.S. Political System Has Been 'Hijacked'

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A new case study by Harvard Business School asserts that U.S. politicians have rigged the system to such a degree that the U.S. is on its way to becoming a failed democracy.

Yossarian Johnson, The Intellectualist

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Some tidbits:

Yossarian Johnson, Author at The Intellectualist

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'Stop US Aggression': Venezuela and the World Reacts to 'Imperialist' Trump’s Military Threat Against Venezuela.

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  • Part 1: 'Stop US Aggression': Venezuela Responds to 'Imperialist' Trump
    • U.S. President Donald Trump claims he is exploring "a possible military option" against Venezuela.
  • Part 2: The World Reacts to Trump’s Military Threat Against Venezuela
    • Politicians, social movements and governments have been issuing their responses.
  • Related: Nygaard Notes | Venezuala

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Part 1: 'Stop US Aggression': Venezuela Responds to 'Imperialist' Trump

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U.S. President Donald Trump claims he is exploring "a possible military option" against Venezuela.

Earl Bousquet, teleSUR

12 August 2017 | Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza has issued a statement on behalf of the nation in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's recent threat, vowing to defend the South American country's sovereignty at all costs against foreign hegemony.

The newly-appointed minister also called on the international community to help defend Venezuela's right to self-determination.
 
Earl Bousquet is a contributor to china.org.cn, Editor-at-Large of "The Diplomatic Courier," and author of an online regional newspaper column titled, "Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler."

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Part 2: The World Reacts to Trump’s Military Threat Against Venezuela

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Politicians, social movements and governments have been issuing their responses.

teleSUR 

12 August 2017 | In the 24 hours since U.S. President Donald Trump said Washington is exploring “many options regarding Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary”, the global community has continued to condemn his comments.

In a teleSUR exclusive, the U.S. intellectual Noam Chomsky said the remarks were "shocking and dangerous."

teleSUR is a Latin American multimedia platform oriented to lead and promote the unification of the peoples of the South, a geopolitical concept that promotes the struggle of peoples for peace, self-determination, respect for Human Rights and Social Justice.

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Nygaard Notes | Venezuala, Jeff Nygaard, Nygaard Notes 

 

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  • The reality of Venezuela complex, and if some of the complexity of the issues and struggles of a nation undergoing rapid social change had made it into the corporate media in this country, then there would be no need to spend so much energy giving the "other side" of the story, as I do here. But that's not how the corporate media works, so an issue like this is necessary.
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