Texas Longhorns with newborn calf in Bluebonnets

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512-517-2708

Alan Maki

Alan Maki
Doing research at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

A program for real change...

http://peaceandsocialjustice.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-progressive-program-for-real-change.html


What we need is a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" which would make it a mandatory requirement that the president and Congress attain and maintain full employment.


"Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens"

- Ben Franklin

Let's talk...

Let's talk...

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Form the "New Deal" to the "Great Society"... now is the time for socialism.

We have had “The New Deal” with Franklin Roosevelt. Most Democrats and Republicans opposed the New Deal reforms... it took huge coalitions led by working people and their organizations militantly fighting to force this package of reforms through Congress.



Then we had “The Great Society” with LBJ. Again, huge coalitions; this time of the working class and the racially and nationally oppressed people, forced Congress to implement reforms when Democrats and Republicans balked.



Now it’s time for “Socialism.”



Only a massive anti-monopoly/anti-imperialist movement led by a militant united working class can achieve socialism which is all about taking political and economic power out of the hands of the Wall Street exploiters who are the warmongering merchants of death and destruction keeping us on the path squandering the wealth worker’s create on militarism and wars instead of providing the kinds of socially useful and necessary universal social programs which will enable us to live in peace with the rest of the world in a society without poverty- in a society which provides us all with a decent high quality life with a good public education (pre-school through university), a National Public Health Care System based on the model of public education (publicly financed, publicly administered and publicly delivered), a National Public Child Care System, affordable housing and mass transit and real living wage jobs for all with the mines, mills, factories and the banking and energy complexes along with transportation coming under public ownership and democratic control.



We need our own working class based people’s party and a vast network of working class and community based socialist organizations in every workplace, neighborhood and community colleges and universities to win socialism which is working class power.



What you can do:



Start a socialist club where you live or where you work or go to school.



Begin a monthly book club taking up these issues. There are many good books to use like “Madam Secretary, Frances Perkins” by George Martin or a new book by Robert Caro, “Working.” These book clubs can be held in a home, church, library, union hall or community center or even at a picnic table in a public park.



Initiate public forums and round-table discussions around these questions.



Write a letter to the editor.



Circulate leaflets; ask relatives, friends, neighbors and fellow workers to sign petitions advocating for these universal social programs... don’t settle for the campaign gimmicks brought forward by the Democrats to hoodwink us out of our votes.



We must get people thinking beyond war and focused on peace. Put people to work solving the problems of people and society.



We need to get people thinking in terms of a National Public Health Care System not this phony Medicare for All which leaves the for-profit health Care System intact.



We need to get people to understand that the Minimum Wage must be based on the real and actual cost-of-living and legislatively tied to the changing cost-of-living factors and not some figure pulled out of a hat by opportunist politicians at election time- politicians who have no idea about the daily struggles of working people trying to make ends meet from pay check to pay check or worse yet, trying to live without a job, without a pay check.



We need to advance the idea that Social Security must become not a miserly monthly check but a real living income providing people a decent quality life in retirement and old age.




We must insist that there be a moratorium on all student debt collections while a solution to this problem is found and all student debt collections must immediately be taken out of the hands of the banks and private debt collectors who are acting like mobsters employed by loan sharks.



The defense of democracy is an important and integral part of the struggle for socialism. As such, Trump must be impeached and removed from office--- lie after lie, sanctions and tariffs instigating wars, an administration embroiled in corruption.



Democracy requires the full participation of working people in all decision making processes--- political and economic.



What happened to Lyndon B. Johnson's "Great Society"?







Forty-seven percent of the American people now tell the pollsters they are willing to consider voting for socialists for public office... these are your relatives, your friends, your neighbors and your fellow workers; these are the people we must bring into active struggle for socialism. Give these people something to think about by printing off these three articles on your printer and putting them in their hands for consideration... invite them for a discussion:



https://socialismtheoryandpractice.blogspot.com/2007/07/why-socialism-byalbert-einstein.html?m=1&fbclid=IwAR2_VQ3KMBjRTNgzWZUqRE-qUhlf-OsdYF5F6Olq4zN64-yhnj17TQsu2nU


http://collections.mnhs.org/MNHistoryMagazine/articles/47/v47i04p154-161.pdf?fbclid=IwAR10WtUWnkboVmYQ7is5l3sm2uNppjXM-OqcBgGUlg7fUy4qktNgYjt5ZgI


https://canadiandimension.com/articles/view/climate-change-and-the-military-industrial-complex1?fbclid=IwAR1Mna2MojMxLCmqO1yp1E4W525-QNjLRZqv6z-_idt79YFehyCpz1zXsHM


Pass on the link to my blog where they will read things like this:



https://thepodunkblog.blogspot.com/2017/11/one-of-my-blog-posts-hits-all-time-high.html?m=1&fbclid=IwAR3S33wcNLBVhoTh9rkrJQmmU6slKHLOFlQfaTelpct263DCzf0ORzlJKdc


No one is going to build a movement for socialism for us; as working people we must do this together.



Each one of us is like a tiny little raindrop, we don't amount to much... but, let it pour!



Let's talk about the politics and economics of livelihood... the working class socialist politics of peace, equality and prosperity for all of us who create the great wealth of this country.



Capitalism is the system of exploitation, wars, racism and poverty through which the Wall Street bankers and employers get rich.



Socialism is a cooperative system based on peace, full equality and prosperity for all.



People before profits!




"Why Socialism?" by Albert Einstein... check it out.

Einstein wrote in this important essay in defense of socialism:

"...we should not assume that experts are the only ones who have a right to express themselves on questions.."

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

A thought about democracy from Canada

Glen Wreggitt from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada wrote this comment on Facebook which I think we need to discuss very widely. I would encourage you to share this thought widely:


Democracy doesn't mean the same thing to them as it does to us. To them, a democracy is a country that is 'open for business', which means 'open for exploitation'. A 'dictator' to them is someone who was democratically elected and makes policies that raise the standard of living for their people instead of 'opening the country for business', the business of enriching American corporations at the expense of the people.

Tolkien

We just saw the movie “Tolkien.”


It was a good, but slow moving and often boring, love story and anti-war movie.


There was only a very slight hint that Tolkien built his own stories around the Finnish Kalevala... the epic rune of the Finnish people’s Long enduring struggle of good versus evil around which the Finns created their powerful Communist Party and revolution that was drenched in blood.


But, I guess we can’t expect the Hollywood crowd to provide reality and truth... especially when it comes to war and the people’s struggles against the evils of exploitation, war, the destruction of our living environment and oppression resulting from slavery, feudalism, capitalism and imperialism.


I would recommend, in addition to reading Tolkien people check out the Finnish “Kalevala” and the “Communist Manifesto.”

Will jobs ever "return?"

Trump has lied about “bringing factories back from China.”


In fact, the Chinese own at least 51% of these factories.


So, what this means is that American corporations can leave China but they can’t take the factories and machinery or technology with them.


The factories will continue producing the same products and these products would have a competitive edge against any similar products produced here... good luck with that.


In addition, these manufacturing facilities set up here will not require many workers as we can seen from the new Stanley plant which intends to produce Craftsman tools in Dallas, Texas... this plant will employ few workers while using a very automated production process based on Artificial Intelligence where automation, robotics, computers are brought together by Artificial Intelligence.


And China is light years ahead of the United States with Artificial Intelligence.


For our own good... We had better learn to get along with China.


Jobs aren't going to "come back."


New jobs may be created but if they are, workers are going to have to militantly assert their rights in the workplace... fewer hours, more pay; decent working conditions, etc.

Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon continues to speak for the Trump Administration when it comes to trade with China and the guy has a few loose screws upstairs.

The Hollywood scene

Since Weinstein stopped producing movies it seems the quality of movies regarding any social content has severely deteriorated.



Hollywood has had a very weird culture for years yet no one ever took to prosecuting any of the other culprits.


I’m wondering if censorship isn’t behind the attacks on Weinstein?


This is not to suggest anything Weinstein may have done is okay.


But what is with all this crap coming out of Hollywood? Are there no screenwriters capable of depicting how rotten this system is? Or, is Hollywood involved in a massive campaign to divert people’s attention from their real problems?

Something all socialist working class activists might want to think about...

People are wasting a lot of time with the Democrats.

We should be putting some efforts and our limited resources into building socialist clubs in our communities, neighborhoods and where we work.

These kinds of clubs composed of a few friends meeting once a week, every couple weeks or once a month working together in an organized way can accomplish quite a lot.

But let's not get sucked into building the party of our employers, the Democratic Party... let these Democrats fend for themselves the same way they let us workers fend for ourselves.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Democracy is for those who can afford to pay on Facebook

Facebook only allows you to “boost” your posts and pages if you pay them but they don’t tolerate digital leafleting; repeatedly sharing posts which they can’t profit from.


This is capitalist “democracy” in its finest and most hypocritical form: pay to participate.


To the millionaires and billionaires even democracy becomes a commodity to be bought and sold in the monopoly manipulated and controlled “free” market.

The wealthy have their kids working as legislative assistants for members of Congress

Did you ever wonder why when you contact your member of Congress you end up getting some arrogant creep on the line?


Well, it turns out most of these staff people are the children of the rich who are placed in these offices to make sure only those who are well-heeled and likely to make very substantial campaign contributions like themselves get any input.

Democracy U.S.A. style...

Democrats in Texas and around the country are complaining because they have been out gerrymandered by the Republicans.


And these Democrats have the nerve to talk about elections in other countries, like Venezuela, being undemocratic when there is all this gerrymandering taking place that creates rigged elections and outcomes right here in our own country.


Between big money influence in elections and the gerrymandering of districts one would be hard-pressed to find a country where the elections are more corrupt and undemocratic than right here in our own country.


Oh, but wait... then we have the Democrats and Republicans working together in collusion to deprive other parties and independents from obtaining ballot status.


And, on top of this, we have the local Democratic Party (just like the Republican Party) organizations conspiring to prevent democratic primaries where like we had with the Beto O’Rourke campaign for Senate where the local and state organizations protected Beto from having to debate his primary opponent Sema Hernandez thereby freezing voters out of the democratic process.


And then the voters are blamed for the losses because they don’t turn out to vote because they feel, and justifiably so, they have no say or a voice in anything.

Hands off Venezuela!

The imperialist think tanks never stop thinking about their next “humanitarian intervention” and war... its the Allen and John Foster Dulles mentality brought forward today by the likes of Donald Trump, Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, Steny Hoyer, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi who choose a guy like Elliot Abrams to carry out their dirty deeds.


  A military intervention would be worse than a “mistake.”

It would be a very well thought out and planned criminal endeavor... a crime against humanity.


I find it interesting these imperialists never contemplate normalizing mutually beneficial peaceful relations with other countries making the decision to take the path to socialism as the best way to encourage democracy.

They never consider the right to choose between capitalism and socialism a democratic right of a sovereign people who have the right to self determination.

I have yet to see one single article from these people at this think tank from the Council on Foreign Relations who publish Foreign Affairs ever suggest that taking the socialist road is a democratic right.

These Wall Street imperialists are such arrogant hypocrites such thinking, in relation to all their high-sounding and pious talk about democracy, never even crosses their minds; and they don’t even have the ethical and moral clarity in their thinking to understand that what they are plotting is a crime.



End the sanctions.



No military intervention.


Normalize all relations with Venezuela based on mutual respect and self-determination.



foreignaffairs.com

Getting in would be the easy part.


What a Military Intervention in Venezuela Would Look Like

Getting In Would Be the Easy Part


Monday, March 11, 2019

Pompeo peddles lie after lie

Today Mike Pompeo held a press conference to attack Venezuela and Cuba.

It was nothing but a litany of lies.

Lie after big lie and the lies got bigger the more he talked.

What a disgrace.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

What's new? Another day another scandal; another reason to impeach Trump.

Now there is a new scandal brewing around Trump with a madame who used to manage a brothel claiming she has been selling Chinese investors access to Trump.


Another reason to impeach.

A discussion were Bernie Sanders' supporters

A Sunday morning thought...


I will vote for Bernie Sanders when he is actually running for president but the Democrats will never allow him to get the nomination... that’s one reason so many Democrats each with their own constituencies are running... as they drop out they will endorse who the corporate Democrats have probably already chosen for us.


So, if Bernie Sanders really wants to run for president he will have to help start a new working class based people’s party.


But, I think it’s good people get involved in supporting Bernie Sanders because it will be an educational experience in how the Democratic Party is just another Wall Street party... the educational experience is good for people, especially for those who are slow learners.
I believe Bernie Sanders has entered this race to keep people trapped in the Democratic Party.
We are headed for Trump getting a second term and this is why he needs to be impeached and removed from office now; before he can do more harm.


Bernie Sanders isn’t very honest, either. He is pushing this scam of Medicare for All without telling people that it will come with its own huge monthly premium for most people... it will be publicly funded only to the extent everyone’s premiums are placed in a pool controlled by the government and paid out through a joint government-private administrator and the delivery will remain free-market for-profit.


Of course, none of his supporters will ask him this specifically just like they don’t ask him why he voted to fund a new generation of nuclear weapons and modernizing a military committed to imperialist interventions and wars.

I could go on and on and explain how his stands on other reforms are less than worthy of our support although they are packaged in a way they sound liberal, progressive and even left.


But, then again, Bernie Sanders has never initiated any kind of legitimate round-table discussions seeking input before bringing his schemes forward, has he?


If he did, he would get an earful; he would hear what he doesn’t want to hear... an honest discussion from grassroots and rank-and-file working class activists.


For instance; on health care he would hear about the need for a National Public Health Care System- publicly funded with a huge peace dividend together with a great big tax on corporate profits and a very small payroll tax, about one-tenth of the present Social Security tax, publicly administered without any corporations or banks profiting from the administration of the health care program... and publicly delivered by doctors, nurses and other health care professionals on the public payroll just like public school teachers- a system based on the model of public education but more progressively financed and with administrators committed to the National Public Health Care System not those constantly trying to undermine it. In fact, this is what any kind of socialist would be advocating and it would gain the support of the overwhelming majority of the people in this country and advocating such a health Care System would rebuild the historic coalition of liberals, progressives and leftists which would carry us forward to really solve many other problems and get us off this capitalist road to our demise and on the path to peace and socialism.


It is very telling that Bernie Sanders is so dishonest he doesn’t provide the particulars of funding for his so-called Medicare for All... and, besides, Bernie Sanders has been part of the Democratic Party caucus in Congress that has whittled away at Medicare with higher co-pays and allowing the doctors to establish their own fees... something Bernie Sanders has never so much as mentioned. Instead of improving on Medicare for All over the years the Democrats have made it more expensive for working people in their retirement years.


As far as Bernie Sanders and his stance on the Minimum Wage... he refuses to support making the Minimum Wage legislatively adjusted to the actual cost-of-living. This is the only fair solution.


On jobs, he is just like the other politicians... he talks about “jobs, jobs, jobs” but refuses to bring forward legislation that would make the President and Congress legislatively responsible for attaining and maintaining real full employment at real living wages... something Henry Wallace was advocating way back in the 1940’s when he broke free from the Democratic Party and ran for president as the candidate of the Progressive Party which brought together liberals, progressives and leftists.


Bernie Sanders has no solution to the crisis robotics, automation and now the merger of these with digitalization and artificial intelligence is about to have... how will worker’s losing their jobs live, what will be our quality of life and standard-of-living if we don’t nationalize the major corporations and bring them under public ownership and democratic control... which Bernie Sanders has adamantly stated he is opposed to doing?


We need real socialism not nice-sounding phony schemes if we are going to survive and live in a world at peace based on mutual respect and cooperation.


Bernie Sanders is playing a divisive role as he tries to separate socialists rather than bring us all together. There is a model in this regard and it was the very successful cooperation between socialists and Communists who built the Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party into a united working class based people’s party that took in liberals, progressives and leftists as it elected two governors and all kinds of other politicians from township supervisors to members of Congress... only the most sectarian leftists stayed aloof from this party and refused to participate... this is the way forward.


Bernie Sanders and his supporters, and grassroots Democrats seeking honest politics, should be encouraged and welcomed into such a movement... but this won’t happen on its own... it needs to be talked about, discussed and debated in public forums... we need to bring this discussion into the public square very forthrightly because it is in the public square where this discussion belongs.


Honest people will welcome this kind of discussion not try to shut it down.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Cuba's Ambassador to Canada responds to this CBC News

Cuba's Ambassador responds to this CBC News tendentious and manipulative article, "Canada at odds with Cuban 'ally' over Maduro's fate."


Ottawa, March 3, 2019


To the Editor of CBC News


I reject categorically and in the strongest terms the tendentious and manipulative article "Canada at odds with Cuba 'ally' over Maduro's fate", written by journalist Evan Dyer and published today, Sunday, March 3, 2019, by CBC News.


Good journalism does not speculate, it informs objectively.


The assertion that thousands of Cubans would allegedly be inserted into the structures of the armed and security forces of Venezuela, holding the government of (legitimate) President Nicolás Maduro, is a scandalous slander. I demand that CBC News present a proof, which evidently it does not have, since it does not appear in the whole article.


What Cuba has been offering Venezuela for many years is a modest cooperation, in which slightly more than 20,000 Cuban collaborators participate, 94% of them health workers, others in education, as they do in 83 countries around the world.


It is unfortunate that CBC News plays into the hands of the government of the United States, whose President happened to accuse Cuba a few days ago of maintaining a “private army” in Venezuela, a statement that is vile.


It is regrettable that CBC News does not denounce the US government's military aggression plans against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and the fact that it openly declares that its ultimate objective is to overthrow the Cuban Revolution. What else to expect from a sinister character like John Bolton, who in 2002 organized the coup against Venezuela, while accusing Cuba of developing a biological weapons program at a time when the false pretext of the presence of WMD in Iraq was fabricated to launch the war against that country? The latter lie was quickly denied by the US Intelligence Community itself.


Let's hope that CBC News, with its biased coverage, does not support the aggression of the United States against the peoples of our America, and then apologize, as so many media organizations had to do after the war against Iraq. Our peoples will not forget.


As the Cuban Government recently stated, what is at stake today in Venezuela is “the sovereignty and dignity of Latin America and the Caribbean”…, “the survival of the rule of International Law and the UN Charter”… “and whether the legitimacy of a government emanates from the express and sovereign will of its people, or from the recognition of foreign powers”. “History will severely judge a new imperialist military intervention in the region and the complicity of those who might irresponsibly support it”.


Josefina Vidal
Ambassador of Cuba to Canada

"Dictator"... or anti-imperialist working class leader?

CNN and the rest of the media continue to refer to Nicolas Maduro and Kim Jong-un as “dictators” and Donald Trump as “President” even though Trump is nothing but a racist, con man, cheat, grifter, racketeering mobster, moron and all round despicable excuse for a human being who is pushing the country towards fascism and the world towards World War III which will be a nuclear holocaust resulting in a nuclear winter... the ultimate climate change.


Now, I ask:


How do Nicolas Maduro and Kim Jong-un compare to this authoritarian tyrant who is able to claim the Presidency only because the Democrats ran the only candidate they possibly could have who had no chance of winning because she was more disliked by the American people than Trump?


Neither Venezuela nor North Korea are dictatorships by any stretch of anyone’s imagination... in both countries the working people and farmers fully participate in the decision-making process over everything that affects their daily lives at work and in their communities.


What these two countries have in common is that every major capitalist country is trying to bring both of these countries to their knees in order to punish them for having the courage to break free from imperialist domination and build societies based on people’s needs using the wealth of their countries instead of allowing these resources to be stolen.



Keep in mind, there isn’t one single country which has broken free from capitalism, colonialism and imperialism where the leaders of those countries have not been described by those loyal to Wall Street as being “dictators.”


We have a “President;” they have “dictators.”


And what do these same loyal servants of Wall Street call any workers anywhere who rebel against capitalist exploitation?


“Dictators?”


I maintain from my working class view of things that these “dictators,” so described by this corporate media, are merely leaders of working class struggles having freed themselves from capitalist exploitation and pillage... these socialist and Communist leaders deserve our support and solidarity.


Kim Jong-un’s grandfather and Ho Chi Minh... leaders, along with Mao, of the anti-imperialist struggles in Asia... first routing the Japanese, then the U.S. imperialists. The Vietnamese, under the banner of socialism, successfully united their country divided by imperialism... the Koreans will eventually unite their country under the banner of socialism, too.

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Stand with Omar!

Stand with Illhan Omar... she has the courage to tell the truth.

No more money for the Israeli killing machine to slaughter Palestinians.

End the AIPAC bribery and corruption.


U.S. Representative

“What if there are new elections and Maduro wins again?”

Isn’t it interesting that when these over-paid Democratic Party hacks turned media pundits like CNN’s Jake Tapper question John Bolton and other politicians about Venezuela and this call for new elections...


They never ask them:


“What if there are new elections and Maduro wins again?”


Make no mistake, Maduro just won re-election and now anyone can see that since he has stood up to Trump, Pence, Bolton, Steny Hoyer and this Hitler loving piece of shit, Elliot Abrams... now the bus driver the people brought to power is more popular than ever.


Venezuela is a country of thirty-million people as compared to the United Sates with over three-hundred million people...


Now, I ask: Has anyone ever seen so many people in the streets of this country as the huge throngs of people who are turning out to show their support for Maduro?


Perhaps Trump would like to compare the number of people who turn out for his fascist rallies with the number of people who turn out to support Maduro and oppose U.S. imperialist sanctions and intervention through coup attempts and threats of war.


Now, let me remind you of how the United States ended up in a never-ending war in Afghanistan working in league with a bunch of poppy-growing drug peddlers...


Remember, the people of Afghanistan freely elected a revolutionary socialist to lead their country... a leader the United States summarily described as a “dictator” even though his most major “crime” was to enact legislation giving women the right to vote and go to school.


This “dictator” ended up being chained to a truck and dragged through the streets of Kabul only to end up being beheaded and having his genitals cut off and hung from a pole in the city center... this was the fate of the medical doctor, Dr. Najibullah Ahmadzai, who fulfilled his campaign promises of bringing education and health care to the people of Afghanistan...


Remember this great man, Dr. Najibullah Ahmadzai, and what happened to him at the direction of the CIA... oh, wait... it was Elliot Abrams who suggested Dr. Najibullah Ahmadzai should be beheaded and have his head hung from a pole with his dick shoved in his mouth.


I notice the media has never published a photo of Elliot Abrams’ handiwork in Afghanistan nor does anyone want to talk about this gruesome barbarity.

Cind

We need a Peace Dividend

Is there a better use for all this money?
businessinsider.com
American Military Dominance In One Staggering Chart
Defense spending accounts for about 20 percent of all U.S. federal spending.

Bernie Sanders and militarism and war and the Peace Dividend we are entitled to

After voting for defense budget after defense budget Bernie Sanders now declares as he announces another bid for the Democratic Party nomination for president:


“Today, we say to the military-industrial-complex that we will not continue to spend $700 billion a year on the military — more than the next 10 nations combined. We're going to invest in affordable housing, we're going to invest in public education, we're going to invest in rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure — not more nuclear weapons and never-ending wars."


I’m wondering if Bernie Sanders is serious or if he is just trying to keep peace voters and activists sucked into voting for Democrats?


After all, Bernie Sanders did vote FOR escalating the nuclear arms race by voting for a defense budget that funded this new round in the escalation of the nuclear arms race and his party, the Democratic Party, repeatedly supports more money for armaments and war while doing nothing to advance an agenda based on the kind of human needs he is calling for.


Bernie Sanders does not even support building a people’s lobby to effectively pressure Congress to pass the kind of legislation that would “beat swords into plowshares.”


I question whether Bernie Sanders has an altruistic motivation or a very hideous motive behind his new found “peace agenda” since he has previously been so adamant in not introducing this kind of idea to the politics of this country.


But, whatever is motivating Bernie Sanders in making this statement we should welcome this declaration and move forward in building some kind of massive people’s lobby for peace and social and economic justice that Bernie Sanders and the warmongering Democrats and Republicans who are bribed by Wall Street’s Military-Industrial Complex to support.


So, whether Bernie Sanders is now sincere or not shouldn’t really matter because his one voice is no more effective than any of our own if we speak on our own... we need a massive people’s lobby independent of the two Wall Street warmongering parties to fight for such an agenda.


I wonder why in the CNN Town Hall Bernie Sanders never mentioned that a Peace Dividend would be used to finance his reforms? Will he continue to repeat this? Hopefully so.

5G

A top executive of Cisco has admitted the world can’t move forward with 5G without the participation of Huawei.

“Left of Liberal” with hosts Alan and Debbie Maki

Coming soon:


“Left of Liberal” with hosts Alan and Debbie Maki... stay tuned.


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Our blog talk program will give voice to working class issues from the perspective of workers.


From time to time we will expand our one hour program to two hours when we have guests.


The program will air live on Monday evenings at 7pm Central Time but the archived programs will be available for listening to at your convenience.


We will have a Facebook page and a blog to go along with the program.


One of our primary objectives will be to build the Socialist Connection Action Network of activists while providing a working class view of current events as we bring forward suggested solutions to our many pressing problems.


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U.S. household wealth posts record loss in fourth-quarter amid stock rout

Business News

March 7, 2019 / 11:14 AM / a day ago


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. household wealth fell by a record $3.8 trillion, or 3.5 percent, at the end of 2018, and corporate bond issuance plummeted as a global market rout threatened to weaken a near-decade old recovery, the Federal Reserve reported on Thursday.

In percentage terms, it was the worst quarterly blow to U.S. household finances since late 2008, when the U.S. was in the midst of a deep global recession and household net worth fell roughly 5.9 percent in one three-month span.



But in terms of the wealth lost on a dollar basis, at least on paper, it exceeded the $3.6 trillion decline in the fourth quarter of 2008 for the biggest loss on record.


Corporate bond issuance for the year also reflected crisis-era conditions, with the worst full-year performance since 2008 as well. Overall corporate borrowing did rise as credit flowed from other sources.


Still, those results from the Fed’s quarterly Flow of Funds report shed light on the financial sector tremors that prompted Fed policymakers to put further rate hikes on hold as they assessed the damage.


Amid widespread fears about the impact of a global trade war, slowing growth, rising central bank interest rates, and other risks, Fed officials also worried that declining household wealth would translate into less spending and slower economic growth.



Those fears appear at least partially warranted as retail sales and business investment weakened at year’s end.


Weak U.S. hiring adds to global slowdown fears

The report said household net worth fell from around $108 trillion to $104.3 trillion over the final months of the year, a drop that included a roughly 14 percent fall in the value of stocks and mutual funds. The value of household real estate rose slightly.


Stock prices, however, have significantly pared the losses from the fourth quarter, with the S&P index up about 9 percent this year.


About $300 billion disappeared from the cash and liquid holdings of nonfinancial corporations in the fourth quarter amid the equity slump and tightening credit conditions.



Reporting by Howard Schneider; Editing by Andrea Ricci

Tell House Democrats: Defend our democracy. Impeach Trump.

Were any of you on the CREDO impeach Trump call?


https://act.credoaction.com/sign/house_impeach_trump


What did you think?


I thought this group is moving in the right direction though I thought they missed a couple reasons, they stated eleven reasons for impeaching Trump but left these off...


* Trump’s daily litany of lie after lie about everything.


* Trump’s lies about why the Summit with North Korea ended without resolution.


* Trump’s threats and actions, including hiring a convicted liar and mass murdering monster and organizer of death squads- Elliot Abrams, to try to bring down the legitimate governments, people’s democracies, of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua.


* The frame-up and arrest of Meng Wanzhou in an attempt to thwart China’s participation in building an international 5G Network.


* Imposing sanctions on Venezuela, Cuba, Iran in violation of all international norms and human rights.


* Pulling out of the nuclear agreement with Russia.


* Drone attacks killing civilians and then ordering that civilian deaths do not have to be accounted for. Trump has already carried out more drone attacks than Obama during his entire time in Office.
I appreciated the emphasis on mass action in the streets brought about by talking to people about why Trump should be impeached...


and they set March 19 as the first day of action to insist Congress open hearings to find out if there are grounds for impeachment with the specific suggestion people call and visit their members of Congress.


To this I would suggest a massive campaign of writing Letters to the Editor pushing for Trump’s impeachment and removal from office.


I especially liked that they stressed the urgency of impeaching Trump not just for what he has done but in order to stop him before he can do more harm.


I also liked that it was stated this was not a “party issue;” it is a Constitutional issue that we can’t, and shouldn’t, wait for the 2020 Election because elections aren’t about impeachment... you impeach, not wait to defeat, for the crimes involved.

Canada’s Huawei arrest lending support to rogue U.S. behaviour

Canada’s Huawei arrest lending support to rogue U.S. behaviour

The phrase “rule of law” has a nice, lofty ring to it, so it’s not surprising that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is invoking it to defend Canada’s detention of a Chinese business executive.
But while one can imagine many reasons why Canada decided to co-operate with the U.S. request to extradite Meng Wanzhou, it’s doubtful that the desire to uphold the “rule of law” was one of them.
Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, right, is escorted by a member of her private security detail while arriving at a parole office, in Vancouver, on Dec. 12.
Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, right, is escorted by a member of her private security detail while arriving at a parole office, in Vancouver, on Dec. 12.  (DARRYL DYCK / THE CANADIAN PRESS)




https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2018/12/19/canadas-huawei-arrest-lending-support-to-rogue-us-behaviour.html?fbclid=IwAR3EjFz8QEe8zND8kE9ZgY_pA2q9IU1kTWywz3HrRMkS2qAwYNM269o3Cdw



In fact, what Canada is really doing is lending support to rogue and reckless behaviour by the Trump administration.


The U.S. extradition case is based on allegations that Meng, a senior executive with China’s technology giant Huawei, committed fraud as part of a scheme to violate U.S. trade sanctions against Iran.


But Washington’s efforts to punish Huawei for trading with Iran are of dubious legality.
The UN Security Council (in Resolution 2231) called on all countries to drop sanctions against Iran as part of the 2015 treaty aimed at limiting Iran from developing nuclear weapons — a treaty that was welcomed around the world as a chance to reduce the risk of nuclear war.

That treaty, negotiated by the Obama administration, quickly became a target of U.S. Republicans, who were more interested in destroying Iran than in making the world a less perilous place. The treaty was particularly annoying to the wildly insecure Donald Trump who, as president, was keen to take a baseball bat to anything that could be seen as an accomplishment of his predecessor.


In addition to withdrawing from this important nuclear treaty — which had been endorsed by the UN Security Council as well as Germany and the EU — the Trump administration decided it has the right to unilaterally punish foreign countries, companies and individuals doing business with Iran (even though the UN treaty permits them to do so).

Washington’s actions amount to a kind of international thuggery. U.S. economist Jeffrey Sachs argues they pose a threat to the international rule of law. “The U.S. would certainly not tolerate China or any other country telling American companies with whom they can or cannot trade,” he maintains.


Another apparent motive behind the Meng extradition request was Washington’s interest in heating up its economic war against China by blocking Huawei from making further inroads into Western markets, where it already threatens the dominance of U.S. technology giants.


Given the questionable lawfulness and suspect motives of the U.S. extradition request, the appropriate Canadian response might have been to simply avoid making the arrest, by resorting to some “creative incompetence,” as former Foreign Affairs minister John Manley has suggested.
For that matter, we are not obliged to extradite Meng.


Robert J. Currie, a professor at Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law, writes that under Canada’s Extradition Act, the decision whether to extradite in a case like this “is made not by the courts, but by the federal Minister of Justice.” In other words, it’s not strictly a legal matter but ultimately a political decision to be made by the Trudeau government.


Currie also points out that Canada has a long history of co-operating with U.S. extradition requests “because such neighbourliness makes for smooth relations.”


Now we’re getting to the nub of the matter. Trudeau’s keenness to co-operate is likely rooted in his desire to try to restore some semblance of neighbourly relations, after the petulant U.S. president went out of his way last June to pick a fight with us.


There’s nothing wrong with trying to restore neighbourly feelings — except that in this case there are a lot of extremely negative consequences, such as China’s retaliatory detention of three innocent Canadians, and the major tensions that have now needlessly developed between China and Canada.


At least, Trudeau should drop the pretense that his compliance with the U.S. extradition request springs from a deep commitment to the “rule of law.”


If he really cared about that principle he’d be speaking up in defence of the UN treaty, not knuckling under to an administration that recently showed its concept of the “rule of law” by flashing a wink and a nod at the Saudi crown prince after he silenced an outspoken journalist with a bone-saw.



Linda McQuaig is an author and journalist whose column appears monthly. You can follow her on twitter @LindaMcQuaig.

Who are the real victims of crime?

Trump talks about all the crooks coming across the southern border; but, if the real truth was being told these new immigrants to our country are far more likely to be victims of crimes than perpetrators of crimes.

Democrats' Minimum Wage election gimmick

In five years fifteen dollars will be less than $7.25 in actual purchasing power.


Let these politicians live on the miserly Minimum Wage they expect us to live on.


These Democrats are real brave, though, knowing this will never pass.


It’s all part of the election gimmickry...


https://www.kvue.com/article/news/politics/bill-to-raise-minimum-wage-to-15-an-hour-by-2024-passes-house-committee/291-3189f9c6-30ba-41af-8f3a-d81740c16891?fbclid=IwAR22xXcPYuULCb2jLXECxFHxzD8tsl8nJd_89I2wIicV5YXE1Yb_OoCNjAg

The Minimum Wage should be legislatively tied to the actual cost-of-living and re-calculated quarterly.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Elliot Abrams

It is a disgrace that Elliot Abrams is speaking on behalf of the United States in the U.N. Security Council.


Abrams is akin to SS-Gruppenführer Karl Hermann Frank, the butcher of Lidice.

Corruption

The capitalist political world is riddled through and through with corruption...


Trump here in the United States.


Netanyahu in Israel.


Trudeau in Canada.


And on and on it goes.


And these corrupt creeps are going to overthrow the government of Venezuela?

Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump

Justin Trudeau in Canada is mired up to his eyeballs in a corruption scandal and refuses to resign yet he has the unmitigated gall to work in cahoots with Trump in trying to bring down the Maduro government in Venezuela...


These capitalist hypocrites working for Bay Street and Wall Street have no scruples and are willing to bring immeasurable harm upon other people in an attempt to cover up their own criminal conduct.