Richest 1% on target to own two-thirds of all wealth by 2030
The Guardian – April 7, 2018 – Michael Savage
Analysts suggest wealth has become concentrated at the top because of recent income inequality, higher rates of saving among the wealthy, and the accumulation of assets. The wealthy also invested a large amount of equity in businesses, stocks and other financial assets, which have handed them disproportionate benefits… The last peak of income inequality was in 1913. We are near that again, but even if we reduce inequality now it will continue to grow for one to two more decades.
The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Ricans and Ultrarich “Puertopians” Are Locked in a Pitched Struggle Over How to Remake the Island
The Intercept – March 20, 2018 – Naomi Klein and Lauren Feeney
[Excellent long form article] When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, Puerto Ricans almost immediately began worrying about disaster capitalists swooping in to buy up beleaguered public utilities and damaged beachfront property on the cheap… For now, these diametrically opposed versions of utopia are advancing in their own parallel worlds, at their own speeds — one on the back of shocks, the other in spite of them. But both are gaining power fast, and in the high-stakes months and years to come, collision is inevitable.
Multiple Trump Scandals Don’t Deter Conservative Christian Evangelical Support
Buzzflash – Truthout – April 9, 2018 – Bill Berkowitz
Christians who voted for Donald Trump knew exactly what we were getting… a morally flawed candidate who made promises that largely aligned with our values,
Bankruptcy Won’t Keep Remington From Producing Guns
Truth Out – April 9, 2018 – s.e. smith
If you’re troubled by the gun industry’s unique legal protections and by the larger trade in arms, you may wish to consider hitting gun manufacturers where it hurts: In addition to not buying guns, you can put pressure on banks to stop investing in the industry, cutting off the supply of money these companies need to thrive.
Iowa Is Ground Zero for the Republicans’ Disastrous Approach to Healthcare
Esquire Magazine – April 9, 2018 – Charles Pierce
The legislature went out of its way to make sure every Iowan has a chance to buy completely worthless insurance that very likely will not help them at all if and when they get sick.
How Medicaid Work Requirements Will Hurt Workers
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities – April 11, 2018 – Aviva Aron-Dine, Raheem Chaudhry and Matt Broaddus
If all states adopted work requirements along the lines of Kentucky’s, millions of working people could lose coverage or face interruptions in coverage due to unstable employment or hours. In addition, some enrollees who are actually meeting Medicaid work requirements will likely lose coverage because they get tripped up by the paperwork required to prove it.
Mental Health Crisis Isn’t About Guns. It’s About Trump and GOP Gutting Medicaid
USA Today – April 9, 2018 – Joe Kennedy III
Donald Trump and Republicans are trying to gut Medicaid and its role covering treatment for mental illness. That’s the real mental health crisis… For the sick and suffering among us, Medicaid is survival. The next time we see GOP leaders excuse their inaction on gun violence by scapegoating those with mental illness, let’s take a cue from the brave student survivors in Parkland and call BS.
Statements of Support for Revolution Books, Berkeley, against Fascist Threat to Burn Down the Bookstore
Revolution Newspaper – April 9, 2018
Revolution Books in Berkeley has been the target of fascist assaults 10 times in the last six months. On March 3, 2018, two fascists threatened to burn down the bookstore. The outrageous attack was video-taped and posted on a number of online media sites, and was viewed 2.7 million times on Now This Facebook alone. Support has poured in from around the country.
Holocaust Is Fading From Memory, Survey Finds
The New York Times – April 12, 2018 – Maggie Astor
For seven decades, “never forget” has been a rallying cry of the Holocaust remembrance movement. But a survey released Thursday, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, found that many adults lack basic knowledge of what happened — and this lack of knowledge is more pronounced among millennials, whom the survey defined as people ages 18 to 34…. Despite the gaps in the respondents’ knowledge, the study found an overwhelming consensus — 93 percent — that all students should learn about the Holocaust at school. And Holocaust denial remains very rare in the United States, with 96 percent of respondents saying they believe the genocide happened.
The Emerging Plan to Save the American Labor Movement
Portside – April 10, 2018 – Dylan Matthews, Vox
The future for traditional unions looks so bleak that a growing number of labor scholars and activists are coming to the conclusion that the US model, which relies on individual workers in individual workplaces getting together and organizing on their own, is dead and can’t be revived. What’s needed, they argue, is a more national or industry-wide approach to supplement or replace the old model of individual workplace-level organizing… Still, it’s remarkable how many different people have all converged on something like a European approach to unionism. As Madland put it, “This feels like an idea whose time has come.”
To Honor King, Let’s Work To End Racial Capitalism
Portside – April 11, 2018 – Barbara Ransby and Aislinn Pulley, Truthout
What is needed is a broad-based coalitional effort to combat not only street violence, school violence and sexual violence but also state violence… Exactly a year before he died, King declared, “I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values…. We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society.” King was indicting the very logic of racial capitalism that continues to devalue some lives over others.
Hypocrites and chemical warfare in the Middle East
Z Magazine – April 14, 2018 – Robert Fisk
In our desire to concentrate minds on Syria, we’re not mentioning the Iran gassings – Iran being another one of our present-day enemies, of course – and this may be because of our lack of official memory. More likely it’s because of what happened: the institutionalisation of chemical warfare, the use of chemicals by Saddam who was then an ally of the West and of all the Gulf Sunni states, our frontline Sunni hero. The thousands of Iranian soldiers who were to die were referred to on Iraqi radio after they crossed the frontier. The “Persian insects” had crossed the border, it announced. And that’s how they were treated.
Senator Bernie Sanders: Trump’s Strikes on Syria ‘Illegal and Unauthorized’
Reader Supported News – April 14, 2018 – Jess Aloe, Burlington Free Press
“It is Congress, not the president, which has the constitutional responsibility for making war,” Sanders said in a statement shortly before midnight on Friday. After 17 years of war in Afghanistan and 15 years of war in Iraq, the Middle East needs a political strategy to bring peace, not more American military intervention, Sanders said.
Trump’s ICE Chief Loves His Deportation Force — And Thinks You Should Too
Huff Post – April 13, 2018 – Roque Planas
“If you’re in this country illegally and you committed a crime by entering this country, you should be uncomfortable,” Homan said. “You should look over your shoulder, and you need to be worried.” Those words transformed Homan from a career law enforcement official into the face of Trump’s deportation agenda.
Alaskan Glaciers Have Not Melted This Fast in at Least Four Centuries
Ecowatch – April 12, 2018 – Lorraine Chow
The study was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, a journal of the American Geophysical Union in March. The Earth science organization released details about the research Tuesday. “We have not seen snow melt like this in at least four centuries,” lead author Dominic Winski, a glaciologist at Dartmouth College, told USA Today.
Trump’s new executive order spells disaster for our air quality
The Grist – April 13, 2018 – Justine Calma
There a lot of reasons why scientists, lawmakers, and advocates are crying foul. But it all boils down to this: We’re going to be breathing worse air because of it. And fence-line communities of color are going to be hardest hit. Not only because they already breathe the worst air in the United States, but because Trump’s executive order lets states trade pollution permits — which tends to allow polluters to stack their chips in the places that are already suffering the most.