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May 19

War on Science, US Becoming Third World Nation, Trade Justice & Obama Teflon

THE WAR ON SCIENCE

War on Science toon

 
There’s a war being waged on science, by corporations seeking to avoid  government regulations.  This war is being carried out through lobbying, with nearly $750 million being spent by the fracking industry, and $700 million from manufacturers of medical devices and pharmaceuticals.
Industries also create false and parallel science studies to try and convince the public that toxic sludge is good for us, among other absurdities.
The sequester plays a role as well, with critical funding being cut at a time when scientific studies are more vital than ever, as we attempt to navigate climate change and our increasingly toxic environment.
 
 


 

ON BECOMING A THIRD-WORLD NATION

Obama disaster


The United States has a long history of looting the natural resources of other countries, often under the pretense of ‘spreading democracy’, leaving devastated landscapes in our wake.  Now President Obama’s Dept. of Energy (stacked, of course, with industry insiders)  hasapproved a second LNG (liquified natural gas) export terminal in Freeport, TX. 
This will allow the hydraulic fracking industry to export more of their plunder globally, while poisoning our drinking water and causing earthquakes.  Remember when they told us fracking would decrease our dependence on foreign energy?  Not if they can sell LNG to a higher bidder!

 


 


Trade Justice

 



In today’s opinion piece, Pascal Robert explains how and why Obama will sail, safe and sound, through the current plague of scandals.—-Jodda Mitchell

Why Obama Will Walk Away Unscathed
by the Current Political Scandals

                                                                            Obama teflon

By Pascal Robert
I have a prediction about how the current scandals facing the Obama administration, from Benghazi, to the Associated Press intrusion, to the IRS harassment of right wing groups, will resolve themselves: President Obama will walk away from all of these scandals completely unscathed. The worst that might possibly happen is that Eric Holder will be forced to resign.
In reality, even with all the friction Holder’s presence causes with Republicans, his exit should be no great loss to anyone on the left not plagued with the vapid diversity con game based on the politics of redemption, which requires “brown and female faces in high places filling mercenary government spaces,” so the babies have people to look up to as role models. And this is what we think Dr. King died for?
In the face of Holder’s fecklessness on major issues– from investigating and prosecuting Banks to his enabling of the FBI to infiltrate Occupy Wall Street, to his relentless willingness as a tool in the assault on Whistle blowers–his presence won’t be missed.
You may ask, what would prompt me to be so sure that Obama will weather these controversies with minor damage, if any at all? Simple answer: Obama is the most valuable and important tool the guardians of American Empire have to implement the bone crushing agenda that must continue to be leveled against Americans at home and the world abroad for the benefit of the elite.
From increased militarization of the continent through putting U.S. troops in over 35 African countries, to creating a new military doctrine that allows America to attack a country and completely overthrow its regime without any perceived threats to U.S. interests out of the pure charade of humanitarian civilian concern as in Libya, to international war crimes through drone attacks on women and children in countries not in any military theater of engagement with the United States, to sending dog whistles allowing Israel to not only belligerently attack Syria without provocation, risking a World War III scenario via Russia, China, and Iran, but also having his administration publicly give Israel license to attack Iran, the Obama administration’s ability to carry out the most deadening foreign policy agenda since the beginning of Bush’s War on Terror marks a profound milestone in American history.
Being able to do all this while having a Nobel Peace Prize, while simultaneously having black and brown folk fawning to have you speak at Black college graduations like Morehouse College makes Obama’s utility as America’s “more effective evil” presidential choice unquestionable.
And that is only the international front. Let’s not mention Obama’s endless neo-liberal assault on public education through his horrid “race to the top” initiative that has caused a national epidemic of public school closings and teacher firings that some are even deeming as racist.
Compound that with his other neo-liberal private sector takeover via the beyond problematic Obamacare plan that already may deny millions of poor people coverage while increasing Health Insurance costs over 30%. Obama’s neoliberal government giveaways to private corporations and mercenary foreign policy already make him too valuable to the guardians of American empire to have his presidency threatened by these abuses of power that have been exposed.
Furthermore, we cannot forget Obama’s most important role as Wall Street’s personal protector, ensuring the banks maintain record profits in the age of austerity after the sequester he demanded chokes the life out of government function and he threatens to cut Social Security and Medicare so that now wryly he can tout an ever worthless decrease in the budget deficit, while America is still mired in recession despite theillusion of recovery.
These are the reasons Obama shall be unscathed by these scandals. He is too effective at assuring the wealth gap metastasizes in growth while poverty is at its highest amount since the early sixties. Meanwhile, the Black community, who so blindly fawn over his soul deadening policies, continue to cheer even as he turns the actions of Black LiberationHeroines like Assata Shakur into grounds to be put on the FBI’s most wanted list. This is the “hope and change” we got in America’s first Black president.
I’ve used this quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in several articles when talking about Obama and the Black community. I find it relevant even now:
The majority of Negro political leaders do not ascend to prominence on the shoulders of mass support. Although genuinely popular leaders are now emerging, most are still selected by white leadership, elevated to position, supplied with resources and inevitably subjected to white control. The mass of Negroes nurtures a healthy suspicion toward this manufactured leader, who spends little time in persuading them that he embodies personal integrity, commitment and ability and offers few programs and less service. Tragically, he is in too many respects not a fighter for a new life but a figurehead of the old one.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

 


 
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