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Jun 2017

June 29, 2017

Towards a Better Understanding of the Astounding Cruelty and Stupidity of the Republican Health Care Bills: 500 Years After Martin Luther’s Launching of the Protestant Reformation, His Frontal Attack on the Good Works of Charity and Insistence on Salvation by Faith Alone Still Exercise Vast and Baleful Influence; Recent Scholarship Suggests that Luther Did Not Nail His 95 Theses to the Door of the Wittenberg Church on October 31,1517 As a Widely Accepted Legend Recounts; Carlo Cipolla’s Theory of Stupidity as a Central Factor in Human History

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Jun 2017

June 28, 2017

Republican Bid to Wreck Obamacare Breaks Down In Senate As Vote Is Delayed; Plan Would Loot Medicaid to Finance Monster Tax Cut for the Rich; Pressure and Protest Are Proving Effective and Must Be Escalated; Expect New Attacks on Health Care When Congress Returns July 10; Use July 4 Recess To Make GOP Cynical Nihilists Hear Righteous Anger of People Horrified by Deadly Health Care Austerity; Solution Is Rollback of Cuts, Medicare For All As ACA Public Option Subsidized By Wall Street and Fed; Governors in the Medicaid Expansion States Lean on GOP Senators to Reject Current Bill

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Jun 2017

June 27, 2017

White House Claims Assad of Syria Is Preparing Gas Attack, Threatens More Bombing of Syria; Warning Issued by the Hapless Spicer, Not McMaster or Senior Officials; State Department Taken by Surprise; Pentagon Leakers Have No Such Information; Initiative Looks Like Improvised Wag The Dog Operation to Deflect From Sinking Job Approval and Possible Defeat of Obamacare Repeal; Suspicion Buttressed by Delay Of Senate Vote Today; May Be Prelude to Trump-Putin Meeting at G-20 in Hamburg, Germany on July 7-8; Compare to Sir Neville Chamberlain’s Pre-Munich Plot of September 1938

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Jun 2017

June 26, 2017

Congressional Budget Office Estimates Senate GOP Plan Will Strip 15 Million of Health Insurance Next Year, Total of 22 Million Over Coming Decade; Six Republican Senators Claim to Oppose Bill, But Beware of Deception; Chief Austerity Ghoul McConnell Speeds Up Coup; Supreme Court Lifts Freeze on Trump’s Moslem Ban as Thomas-Alito-Gorsuch “Three Horsemen” Clique Emerges; No Word From Kennedy on Possible Retirement; BIS Warns of World Financial Panic Starting in China; Democrats Still Failing to Demand Obvious Obamacare Fix Using Medicare for All as Public Option

25
Jun 2017

June 24, 2017 WCR

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GOP Senate Leader McConnell Attempts Cynical Coup to Strip Americans of Entitlement Rights for First Time in U.S. History; Wrecking of Obamacare Could Be Signed Into Law by End of Next Week; Time for Political Resistance Is Now; Purported GOP Critics Are Largely Fake; Senate Bill Gouges Medicare Even More Than “Mean” House Version; Democrats Must Counter Sabotage By Private Insurers With Obamacare Public Option in Form of Medicare For All at $200 Per Person Per Month, Helped By Revenue From Wall Street Sales Tax; Russian Posture Increasingly Truculent As ISIS Collapse Creates Power Vacuum

23
Jun 2017

June 22, 2017 Part 2

From New York Left Forum Lecture On The Science of Organizing: To Defeat Trump and GOP, Rudderless Democratic Party Needs Mass Traction Economic Demands Including 40 Million New Jobs Financed by Federal Reserve Credit and Taxing Wall Street Speculation; Free Four-Year College; Medicare for All; $15 Minimum Wage; These Economic Populist Demands Can Make GOP a Paper Tiger; Centrist Timidity and Identity Politics Lead to Fragmentation; Russian Plan For Aggrandizement Based on Oligarchs and Mafiya; U.S. Is Classical Land of Mass Strike Movements And Can Lead World Out of This Crisis

23
Jun 2017

June 22, 2017 Part 1

From New York Left Forum Lecture On The Science of Organizing: To Defeat Trump and GOP, Rudderless Democratic Party Needs Mass Traction Economic Demands Including 40 Million New Jobs Financed by Federal Reserve Credit and Taxing Wall Street Speculation; Free Four-Year College; Medicare for All; $15 Minimum Wage; These Economic Populist Demands Can Make GOP a Paper Tiger; Centrist Timidity and Identity Politics Lead to Fragmentation; Russian Plan For Aggrandizement Based on Oligarchs and Mafiya; U.S. Is Classical Land of Mass Strike Movements And Can Lead World Out of This Crisis

22
Jun 2017

June 21, 2017

Center-Right Campaign by Ossoff Falls Short In Georgia; Democrats Need National Job Creation Program For 40 Million Jobs Paid for by Wall Street and Federal Reserve; 50-State Strategy Urgent; Democrats Weak on Counterpunch Against Character Assassination; GOP Orchestrated Sympathy for Handel After She Received Envelope Containing Baking Soda; Republican Leaders Gloated That Scalise Shooting Would Spell Victory for Them; SuperPac TV Ads Linked Milquetoast Ossoff to “Violent Left”; Georgia Has Obsolete Voting Machines With No Paper Trail and No Possibility of Recount

21
Jun 2017

June 20, 2017

“Islamic State” Nears Collapse as Territorial Entity, Triggering Clash Among Russia, U.S., Iran Contending for Spoils of Caliphate; Russia’s Exit From Deconflicting Mechanism A Blunder by Moscow; Urgent Need for Inclusive Geneva Conference to Put an End To Syrian Conflict and Liquidate Remnants of ISIS; Anti-Western Mentality of Russian Propaganda Machine Recalls Outlook of Nineteenth-Century Slavophiles, Reactionary Romantics Obsessed With Decadence of the “Putrid” West; Ossoff Leads Handel in Early Returns From Bellwether Georgia Six Special Congressional Election

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Jun 2017

June 19, 2017

Stop the GOP’s Genocidal Health Bill! Democrats Shut Down Senate to Block Monstrosity Now Being Concocted Behind Closed Doors By Thirteen Republican Tyrants With Input From Billionaires; Kentucky Screech-Owl Mitch McConnell Plans Deed Done in the Dead of Night; On Tuesday, Vote to Defeat GOP’s Karen Handel in Georgia’s Sixth CD; Handel Exemplifies Method of Sacrificing Thousands of Lives for Crackpot Ideology and Greed; Russia Issues Threats to U.S. Aircraft in Syria as Kurds Advance on Raqqa; Happy Juneteenth, Anniversary of Union Army’s Proclaiming End of Slavery in Texas, 1865

18
Jun 2017

June 17, 2017 WCR

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Trump Confirms Leaks, Tweets Admission He Is Under Investigation for Obstruction of Justice; Washington Gripped By Reports Special Counsel Mueller May Soon Be Fired, Triggering Most Dangerous Constitutional Crisis of Our Time; National Interest Requires That Democrat Jon Ossoff Soundly Defeat GOP’s Karen Handel on Tuesday June 20 In Special Election for Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District; All Persons of Good Will Should Lend A Hand; Required Reading: Eric M. Freedman’s Distinguished 1999 Essay “On Protecting Accountability” Arguing That Presidents Can Indeed Be Indicted Before They Are Impeached

16
Jun 2017

June 15, 2017

In Major Break, Trump Now Reportedly Focus of FBI Criminal Investigation for Obstruction of Justice; “Possible Financial Crimes” Also Scrutinized; NSA’s Rogers and DNI Coats Will Be Promptly Interviewed as Witnesses; Substance of Report Not Denied by White House; New Phase of Probe Started Soon After May 9 Comey Ouster; Firing of Special Counsel Mueller Still Considered, Despite Warnings From Top Aides and Widespread Staff Disaffection Amid Purge Rumors; Democrat Ossoff Must Win Special Election in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District Next Tuesday June 20, So Do Your Part

15
Jun 2017

June 14, 2017

Beware Political Exploitation of Tragic Shooting Incident Involving Members of Congress; Virginia Democrats Lead In Race for Governor; GOP’s Deregulation and Tax Cuts For Rich Fail in Kansas; 39 States, 122 Voting Systems Hit By Russian Hackers in 2016; In Oliver Stone Interview, Putin Condemns U.S. For Spying on Allies, But Lauds World War II Nuclear Espionage by Soviet vs. Moscow’s American Ally, Implicating Rosenbergs; Putin Justifies Khrushchev’s 1962 Flight Forward To Deploy Nuclear Missiles In Cuba, Foreshadowing Current Russian Flight Forward in Election Meddling

14
Jun 2017

June 13, 2017

Sessions Goes Beyond Nixon in Stonewalling, Refusing to Reveal Conversations With Trump About Comey Firing Based on Preserving President’s Future Option of Asserting Executive Privilege; Choleric Attorney General Claims “Appalling and Detestable Lie” and “Secret Innuendo” in Charges of Perjury Regarding His Undisclosed Russian Meetings; Contempt of Congress Citation Required to Protect Russiagate Probe; Trump Crony Says Special Counsel Robert Mueller May Be Fired, Posing Risk of Constitutional Crisis; Another Legal Rebuff for Moslem Ban in Appellate Court

13
Jun 2017

June 12, 2017

After UKIP Wipeout in Britain, Le Pen Party Flops in First Round of French Legislative Elections; Maryland and DC Attorneys General Sue President Over Emoluments Clause, Demand End of Old Post Office Lease; Tax Returns Issue Likely to Arise; Pre-Comey Quinnipiac Poll Shows Record Low 34% Approval for Trump; Post-Comey Gallup Poll Shows Record 59% Disapproval; Bizarre Scene in White House Cabinet Room as Trump Stages Variations on Shakespeare’s King Lear, Demanding Courtiers Compete in Flattery and Adulation; All Grovel on Cue; In Play, Fey Spectacle is Prelude to Social Chaos and War

11
Jun 2017

June 10, 2017 WCR

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Comey Testimony Viewed by Tens of Millions; Scathing Indictment of President Is Historic Watershed; White House Lawyers Threaten Complaint Against Comey As Leaker; In Foolhardy Gesture, Trump Pledges to Testify Under Oath About Obstruction of Justice; British Voters Reject Brutal Tory Austerity and Hard Brexit; Theresa May’s Majority Gone as Labour Gains 31 Seats; Hung Parliament Means No Party Has Majority; May Attempts to Cling to Power With Votes from Ulster Unionists, Who Want Soft Border With Ireland; Scottish Secessionists Lose Big, While Farage’s Europhobic UKIP is Wiped Out; Bannon’s International Subversion Strategy in Ruins; Recalling Hamilton’s Federalist 65, Which Describes Impeachment as Response to “Misconduct of Public Men” and “Injuries Done Immediately to Society Itself,” Not Narrow Statutory Crimes; Free Reality Winner!

9
Jun 2017

June 8, 2017

Comey Adamant That Kremlin Aimed at Subverting U.S. Election; Testimony Points Towards Obstruction of Justice, Legal Experts Say; Comey Says He Was Fired to Weaken Russiagate Probe; Former FBI Chief Sought Appointment of Special Prosecutor, Alleges Lies and Defamation of Bureau By Trump; GOP Senators Offer Muted Defense of White House But Scant Counterattack on Comey; Trump’s Personal Lawyer Denies Loyalty Demand and “Let It Go” Directive, Brands Comey as Egregious Leaker; At Hearing, Pro-Impeachment House Democrats Sherman, Green, and Waters Look On

8
Jun 2017

June 7, 2017

Intelligence Bosses Coats, Rogers, Rosenstein and McCabe Stonewall Senate Intelligence Committee With Non-Denial Denials About Trump’s Efforts to Shut Down Russiagate Probe; AG Sessions Offered to Resign; Qatar Crisis Worsens as Turkish Troops May Soon Be Jostling U.S. Forces; Current Feud Triggered by Russian Hackers Who Planted Fake Story on Qatar News Service Endorsing Iran, Israel, and Hamas; After Gloating Over Chaos and Attacking Qatar, Trump Offers to Mediate Crisis; Tax Wall Street Party Calls for Freeing of NSA Contractor Reality L. Winner; Comey Testifies Thursday

7
Jun 2017

June 6, 2017

Courageous Whistleblower Reality L. Winner Refutes Media Lie That Russian Hacking Was Not Vote Fraud and Had No Impact on 2016 Outcome; Relevant Document Should Never Have Been Classified, So Free Her Now; Comey Testimony Now Set for Thursday Morning, But Trump Can’t Recruit Staff for War Room and Legal Defense; After London Attack, Theresa May’s Record of Cutting Cops May Defeat Her in Thursday UK Vote; Kremlin Tries to Recant Putin’s Confession to Meddling in US Election; Sessions May Be Next to Fall as White House Pointedly Refuses to Endorse Him; Article Five Snub Rankles in Europe

6
Jun 2017

June 5, 2017

LEFT FORUM PANEL 1

Oligarchical Ideologies in Crisis: Cultural Populism, Dark Enlightenment, Nihilism, and Liberalism

The Alt-Right expected Brexit and the Trump presidency to trigger a triumphant march of cultural populism across Europa and America. But cultural populists have fallen short in Austria, the Netherlands, and France, and are struggling in Germany and Italy. Melenchon showed in the first round of the French election that vigorous leftist economic populism can defeat reactionary cultural populism. A resurgence of militant nihilism is clearly observable from Russia to Washington DC. In the US, the pro-Wall Street liberalism of the Democratic Party is increasingly discredited. As Anton Erkelenz saw in Weimar Germany in 1931, the struggle against fascist ideology must be waged on the level of ideas, but ultimately requires the victory of full employment and rising standards of living over deflation and austerity.

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Jun 2017

June 3, 2017 WCR

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Trump Cuts Off His Nose to Spite His Face With Bannon-Inspired Exit From Paris Climate Change Accord; Another Needless Step Towards Chinese World Domination; Move Is Attempt to Erase A Dozen Major Broken Promises and to Stanch The 1% Per Month Decline in Hard-Core True Believer Base, Now At Just 19%; In Run-Up to UK Election, Anti-May Ballad “Liar, Liar” Hits Top of British Pop Music Charts; Brexit-Style Cultural Populism a Demagogic Theater of Rage and Resentment, While Economic Populism Is a Rational Appeal to Enlightened Self-Interest, Accomplished Through Concrete, Measurable Economic Reforms; Alt-Left Exposed as Dupes By Putin’s Admission That “Patriotic” Russian Hackers Meddled in U.S. Election

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Jun 2017

June 1, 2017

Recalling Edward VIII, the Royal Who Posed as an Anti-Establishment Populist and Reigned as King of Great Britain in 1936: An Axis Sympathizer and Arch-Appeaser Who Enabled Hitler’s Daring March Into the Rhineland, Betrayed U.S. Code Secrets to Fascist Italy, Delivered an Infamous Radio Appeal for Appeasement in Spring 1939, Helped Guide the German Attack Through the Ardennes That Started the Rout of France in May 1940, and Encouraged the Terror Bombing of British Cities as the Path to Peace Even as He Proclaimed His Concern About Coal Miners; How He Was Forced to Abdicate

 

 

Oligarchical Ideologies in Crisis: Cultural Populism, Dark Enlightenment, Nihilism, and Liberalism

Host/Sponsor: 
Tax Wall Street Party
 
Room: 
1.83
 
Timeslot: 
SATURDAY June 3rd Session 3: 3:30pm - 5:15pm
 
Abstract: 
The Alt-Right expected Brexit and the Trump presidency to trigger a triumphant march of cultural populism across Europa and America. But cultural populists have fallen short in Austria, the Netherlands, and France, and are struggling in Germany and Italy. Melenchon showed in the first round of the French election that vigorous leftist economic populism can defeat reactionary cultural populism. A resurgence of militant nihilism is clearly observable from Russia to Washington DC. In the US, the pro-Wall Street liberalism of the Democratic Party is increasingly discredited. As Anton Erkelenz saw in Weimar Germany in 1931, the struggle against fascist ideology must be waged on the level of ideas, but ultimately requires the victory of full employment and rising standards of living over deflation and austerity.

 

Back on Track Towards Republican Collapse and Democratic Split: An Autopsy for the Old Two-Party System Amidst a Mass Extinction of Political Parties Across the World

Host/Sponsor: 
United Front Against Austerity
 
Room: 
1.83
 
Timeslot: 
SATURDAY June 3rd Session 4: 5:20pm - 7:10pm
 
Abstract: 
Nine years after the Panic of 2008, the coming of the Trump administration has finally detonated the greatest mass strike upsurge in US history, with over 5 million protesters in the streets on January 21, followed by months of continuous agitation. The opportunities now emerging are breathtaking, and require new methods. The Democratic ticket lost the 2016 election most of all because of the lack of mass traction economic demands, especially the absence of a program for 40 million new productive jobs. But the Resistance is hobbled by the residue of decades of marginalization, in particular the overwhelming stress on identity politics that can become a straitjacket when mass action is once again possible. Demands like Free College, Medicare for All, the $15 Minimum Wage, Halting Foreclosures, and full employment job creation – all paid for by Wall Street and the Fed -- can quickly become the basis for a united front capable of contending for political power in the years just ahead. Good strategy can also lead to the collapse of the racist and reactionary GOP as a national force, and a split among Democrats leaving the Wall Street faction isolated

 

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Jun 2017

May 31, 2017

Successful Anti-Ballistic Missile Defense Test Shows How to Neutralize North Korean Threat Without Regional or World War; Limits of Kinetic Kill Approach Indicate Defenses Based on New Physical Principles More Effective; Protests Against Defensive Weapons Are In Bad Faith; British Shock Poll Suggests Hard Brexit Enforcer Theresa May’s Tories Could Lose 20 Seats in Westminster, Leading to Hung Parliament or Labour Rule; Need to Fight Back Against Nihilist Wrecking Job Against Europe; Was Kathy Griffin Conned Into Macabre Pix to Trigger Pro-Trump Media Purge of CNN, CBS, MSNBC?