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Showing posts with label Robert Reich. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Robert Reich. Show all posts

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Robert Reich On Trump - Just a Closer Walk With Thee: Law Enforcement In US Join Protesters AND European Countries Join the Protest ! US Police Officers Take The Knee With Protesters In New York !!! - Current Updates From KPBS On The Situation In San Diego

The mood across the nation as I read it, is nervous.  Will the violence reignite tonight ? Will the White House go on lock-down again hiding Trump in the bunker ?  Will further incendiary tweets by Trump provoke more public furor? Will more people be injured or killed? Has the whole underlying concept of the protests been lost due to the violence? At this point, everything remains to be seen.  One thing is for sure, Robert Reich hits the nail on the head...we hope, (BTW, thanks to Mike for turning us on to this report).  

Prior to Robert Reich, here are the current updates on the situation in San Diego since yesterday's demonstrations with curfew information:


Courtesy KPBS


 ~ From KPBS:

Live Blog: George Floyd | San Diego


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  ~ From The Guardian:

Fire, Pestilence And A Country At War With Itself: The Trump Presidency Is Over 
By, Robert Reich 

" A pandemic unabated, an economy in meltdown, cities in chaos over police killings. All our supposed leader does is tweet.

You’d be forgiven if you hadn’t noticed. His verbal bombshells are louder than ever, but Donald J Trump is no longer president of the United States.

By having no constructive response to any of the monumental crises now convulsing America, Trump has abdicated his office.


He is not governing. He’s golfing, watching cable TV and tweeting.


How has Trump responded to the widespread unrest following the murder in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for minutes as he was handcuffed on the ground?


Trump called the protesters “thugs” and threatened to have them shot. “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” he tweeted, parroting a former Miami police chief whose words spurred race riots in the late 1960s.


On Saturday, he gloated about “the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons” awaiting protesters outside the White House, should they ever break through Secret Service lines.

Trump’s response to the last three ghastly months of mounting disease and death has been just as heedless. Since claiming Covid-19 was a “Democratic hoax” and muzzling public health officials, he has punted management of the coronavirus to the states.


Governors have had to find ventilators to keep patients alive and protective equipment for hospital and other essential workers who lack it, often bidding against each other. They have had to decide how, when and where to reopen their economies.

Trump has claimed “no responsibility at all” for testing and contact-tracing – the keys to containing the virus. His new “plan” places responsibility on states to do their own testing and contact-tracing.


Trump is also awol in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.


More than 41 million Americans are jobless. In the coming weeks temporary eviction moratoriums are set to end in half of the states. One-fifth of Americans missed rent payments this month. Extra unemployment benefits are set to expire at the end of July.

What is Trump’s response? Like Herbert Hoover, who in 1930 said “the worst is behind us” as thousands starved, Trump says the economy will improve and does nothing about the growing hardship. The Democratic-led House passed a $3tn relief package on 15 May. Mitch McConnell has recessed the Senate without taking action and Trump calls the bill dead on arrival.

What about other pressing issues a real president would be addressing? The House has passed nearly 400 bills this term, including measures to reduce climate change, enhance election security, require background checks on gun sales, reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act and reform campaign finance.

 All are languishing in McConnell’s inbox. Trump doesn’t seem to be aware of any of them.


There is nothing inherently wrong with golfing, watching television and tweeting. But if that’s pretty much all that a president does when the nation is engulfed in crises, he is not a president.
Trump’s tweets are no substitute for governing. They are mostly about getting even.

When he’s not fomenting violence against black protesters, he’s accusing a media personality of committing murder, retweeting slurs about a black female politician’s weight and the House speaker’s looks, conjuring up conspiracies against himself supposedly organized by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, and encouraging his followers to “liberate” their states from lockdown restrictions.


He tweets bogus threats that he has no power to carry out – withholding funds from states that expand absentee voting, “overruling” governors who don’t allow places of worship to reopen “right away”, and punishing Twitter for factchecking him.


And he lies incessantly.

In reality, Donald Trump doesn’t run the government of the United States. He doesn’t manage anything. He doesn’t organize anyone. He doesn’t administer or oversee or supervise. He doesn’t read memos. He hates meetings. He has no patience for briefings. His White House is in perpetual chaos.

His advisers aren’t truth-tellers. They’re toadies, lackeys, sycophants and relatives.


Since moving into the Oval Office in January 2017, Trump hasn’t shown an ounce of interest in governing. He obsesses only about himself.


But it has taken the present set of crises to reveal the depths of his self-absorbed abdication – his utter contempt for his job, his total repudiation of his office.


Trump’s nonfeasance goes far beyond an absence of leadership or inattention to traditional norms and roles. In a time of national trauma, he has relinquished the core duties and responsibilities of the presidency.


He is no longer president. The sooner we stop treating him as if he were, the better."


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You Rock Sheriff




 This next report just tickled me:
  • From CNN:  
     
A Sheriff Put Down His Baton To Listen To Protestors. They chanted:'Walk with Us', So He Did
by, Jay Croft








Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Trump Is Going To Hang Us Out To Dry And leave Us In The Dark - Report On Working Conditions In Baja CA & Mexico & The Trumpista Influence In Keeping Factories Open During The Pandemic NOT Reported In The San Diego Media At All From David Bacon

And He Does Not Give A Shit How Many People Will Die

After my cortisone shots last week, I can actually walk again !  I'll be good for another four months thank goodness, despite being blind. At any rate I have not been here because of a million things I had to catch up on instead of sitting in front of the computer. Tomorrow I have to give Paris a bathers, she is going in for her operation to have lumps removed on Friday.  Mike had to have tacos over last weekend, so when we were up there we stopped at Sprouts to get meat for Paris and him.  The Harris Ranch Ground Sirloin was...$9.98 a pound, Paris's Top Sirloin had gone up to $7.99 a pound.  Also I had run out of flour for baking ( can't find it anywhere)  I broke down and ordered it from the dreaded Amazon, I won't even tell you how much that was. We did finish watching the newest "Last Tango In Halifax" - but the ending left me blah.

 Still, the news I did listen to and read was grim, particularly Trump not allowing Dr. Fauci to testify before the Congress, the insane make America great again demonstrators brandishing automatic weapons, the increase of deaths both here and in the States from the virus, Trump's outrageous interview at the Lincoln Memorial, and now this: Trump's declaration that he is preparing to dismantle the so-called "Coronavirus Task Force." Of course, the only good thing about that is that at least we do not have to look or listen to the great advisor who looks like a ghoul and is an idiot, Jared Kushner. Okay, I said his his name, you can throw up now.


What's the Plan ?

 ~ From The Guardian : click title for link


Donald Trump's four-step plan to reopen the US economy – and why it will be lethal

 

"Donald Trump is getting nervous. Internal polls show him losing in November unless the economy comes roaring back.

But much of the economy remains closed because of the pandemic.

The number of infections and deaths continue to climb.

Step 1

Remove income support, so people have no choice but to return to work.

Trump’s labor department has decided that furloughed employees “must accept” an employer’s offer to return to work and therefore forfeit unemployment benefits, regardless of Covid-19.

Trump’s ally, Iowa’s Republican governor, Kim Reynolds, says employees cannot refuse to return to work for fear of contracting the disease. “That’s a voluntary quit,” making someone ineligible for benefits.

GOP officials in Oklahoma are even threatening to withhold the $600 a week of extra unemployment benefits Congress has provided workers, if an employer wants to hire them. Safety is irrelevant.
“If the employer will contact us … we will cut off their benefits,” says Teresa Thomas Keller of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

Forcing people to choose between getting Covid-19 or losing their livelihood is inhumane. It is also nonsensical. Public health still depends on as many workers as possible staying home. That’s a big reason why Congress provided the extra benefits.

Step 2

Hide the facts.

No one knows how many Americans are infected because the Trump administration continues to drag its heels on testing. To date only 6.5m tests have been completed in a population of more than 200 million adults.

Florida, one of the first states to reopen, has stopped releasing medical examiners’ statistics on the number of Covid-19 victims because the figures are higher than the state’s official count.

But it’s impossible to fight the virus without adequate data. Dr Anthony Fauci, the administration’s leading infectious disease expert, warns that reopening poses “a really significant risk” without more testing.

Not surprisingly, the White House has blocked Fauci from testifying before the House.

Step 3

Pretend it’s about “freedom”.

Weeks ago, Trump called on citizens to “LIBERATE” states like Michigan, whose Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer, imposed strict stay-at-home rules.

Michigan has the third-highest number of Covid-19 deaths in America, although it is 10th in population. When on Thursday Whitmer extended the rules to 28 May, gun-toting protesters rushed the state house chanting: “Lock her up!”

Rather than condemn their behavior, Trump suggested Whitmer “make a deal” with them.
“The Governor of Michigan should give a little, and put out the fire,” he tweeted. “These are very good people, but they are angry. They want their lives back again, safely!”

Meanwhile, the attorney general, William Barr, has directed the justice department to take legal action against any state or local authorities imposing lockdown measures that “could be violating the constitutional rights and civil liberties of individual citizens”.

Making this about “freedom” is absurd. Freedom is meaningless for people who have no choice but to accept a job that risks their health.


Step 4




Trump is pushing to give businesses that reopen a “liability shield” against legal action by workers or customers who get infected by the virus.


This week, he announced he would use the Defense Production Act to force meat-processing plants to remain open, despite high rates of Covid-19 infections and deaths among meatpackers. “We’re going to sign an executive order today, I believe, and that’ll solve any liability problems,” Trump said.

The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, insists that proposed legislation giving state and local governments funding they desperately need must include legal immunity for corporations that cause workers or consumers to become infected.

“We have a red line on liability,” McConnell said. “It won’t pass the Senate without it.”
But how can the economy safely reopen if companies don’t have an incentive to keep people safe? Promises to provide protective gear and other safeguards are worthless absent the threat of damages if workers or customers become infected.

The truth

The biggest obstacle to reopening the economy is the pandemic itself.

Any rush to reopen without adequate testing and tracing – far more than now under way – will cause a resurgence of the disease and another and longer economic crisis.


Maybe Trump is betting that any resurgence will occur after the election, when the economy appears to be on the road to recovery.

The first responsibility of a president is to keep the public safe. But Donald Trump couldn’t care less. He was slow to respond to the threat, then he lied about it, then made it hard for states – especially those with Democratic governors – to get the equipment they need.

Now he’s trying to force the economy to reopen in order to boost his electoral chances this November, and he’s selling out Americans’ health to seal the deal. This is beyond contemptible."


 Meanwhile, here is such an excellent up-to-date report at what is happening in Baja California and Mexico and the Trumpista influence over working conditions during the pandemic - hell, he's going to kill us all - and this is not I repeat NOT being reported at all in the San Diego media.


 ~ From Truthout: 

 click title for link

Following Mexico’s Worker Strikes, the US Steps in to Keep Border Factories Open




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I'll return with the COVID and local drug war stats, which are both increasing. Tomorrow aside from the bathers, I'm going to make a cole slaw to go with Carolina BBQ chicken, but I
 can't make the Hummingbird Cake until I get the flour.

Take care everyone and be safe.


 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Same As It Ever Was...Same As It Ever Was...Same As It Ever Was......

The Anointed One (aka The Ice Queen)- Coming Soon: Similar statues will be available at the border, next to the blankets and Last Supper displays ! Perhaps even with stigmatas !




It seems as though with all of the distress over the U.S. Presidential elections, there has been scant coverage of the drug war in our area and throughout Mexico, at least in English. I am guilty too, but my sweetpeas are coming up !


As a footnote (which is exactly where the promoters would like it to be) towards the very end of July, Zeta reported in Tijuana there have been 479 homicides-executions since the beginning of the year, which is pushing us over the top.  Since that 07/28 report I am counting at least seven more including a partially burned body, assorted attacks and people wounded and an attack on police officers. These numbers are not counting the other Municipalities. Just a few days before that Zeta report, Proceso reported a 19 % increase nationwide in homicides/executions and experts believe these numbers will continue to increase.  Will return to these stats in more detail.


There is going to be a five day cut in the water supply by CESPT while they are repairing water lines. No official date has been given, but it is assumed it will be sometime this month. So I guess all those new houses the developers put in here at SADM without pilas are going to have a rough time. Here is the Sintesis update on the colonias which will be affected.


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I complain about the Mexican press not covering in depth the "...extensive coordination and blatant resort to illegal disenfranchise effort of voters" in the Democrat primaries (or rigging) but then when does the corporate media of the U.S. ever really cover in depth the voting irregularities in Mexico ? As far as a truthful investigative report into the DNC's power and control over the corporate media of the United States by the corporate media of the United States and the Clinton influence (it wasn't just Debbie Wasserman Schultz - who directed her what to do, who gave the order...anyway it doesn't matter, Hillary already gave her a new position)   we will never see that one.


Perhaps the best we can hope for is to see if Julian Assange of WikiLeaks really will release more devastating Hillary emails which he believes will be her downfall.  On that note, here are various links to post DNC convention reports which are not making the corporate news headlines:

I love this one:

A Party of Lemmings Led by a Zombie:  Why We Need to Keep Bernie Sanders' Vision Alive
by, Alan Minsky


Robert Scheer knocks it out of the park (again): BTW, check out on the sidebar "Killing the Messenger."

The Democratic Convention Film on Hillary Clinton Lied to America
by, Robert Scheer


You might have already seen this one over on Alternet:

Cornel West:  Donald Trump Would Be a Neofascist Catastrophe, Hillary Clinton a Neoliberal Disaster


Chris Hedges has been described as "a national treasure"; here he is with Robert Reich who many are convinced is a sellout:

Democracy Now !

Chris Hedges vs. Robert Reich on Clinton, Third Parties, Capitalism & Next Steps for Sanders Backers


And this looks to be quite interesting, who knows what will happen next - tune in to watch the conversation and don't miss the comments:

Live at Truthdig: What Does the Future Hold For Donald Trump ?


Wow, what if he really does drop out and WikiLeaks brings down the Anointed One ?

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This is a tough one, I was going to put up the old "Fortune Teller" song, but opted for another, hope it works.  I swear I will be back at some point with the escalating violence of the drug war news, just like everything else - it is the same as it ever was.....