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Tuesday, April 02, 2024

Thne Awakening Part 19 - Biden’s Parting Gift

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The working class, redefined by Hillary Clinton as the Trump deplorables, has been abandoned by the liberal/progressive/left.
- American Suicide Is In The Cards, Paul Craig Roberts, 2018
 
The only way - the only way - that Biden wins is to a) make young people vote, b) defuse the secret hate vote of the white ladies, and c) make minorities vote.
- The Awakening Part 18, 2020
 
The Democratic Party will not push through the kind of radical New Deal reforms that in the 1930s staved off fascism and communism. Its empty political theater, which stretches back to the Clinton administration, was on full display in Atlanta when Biden called for revoking the filibuster to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, knowing that his chances of success are zero.
- America’s New Class War, 2022
 
“I can make the argument that President Biden is the much worse threat to democracy,” Kennedy said. “And the reason for that is President Biden is the first candidate in history - the first president in history - that has used the federal agencies to censor political speech, so to censor his opponent.”
 
Kennedy has harped on being banned from social media during Bidens tenure. He was THROWN OFF INSTIGRAM IN 2021 for advancing disproven claims about vaccines but was ALLOWED TO RETURN after he announced his long-shot bid for the White House. In 2022, FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM REMOVED ACCOUNTS of his anti-vaccine nonprofit group, Children’s Health Defense, for misinformation.
 
“Trying to overthrow the election clearly is a threat to democracy,” Kennedy said. “But the question was, who is a worse threat to democracy? And what I would say is… I’m not going to answer that question. But I can argue that President Biden is because the First Amendment, Erin, is the most important.”
- Huff Post, April 2, 2024

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Joe Biden’s Parting Gift to America Will be Christian Fascism
The Democratic Party had one last chance to implement the kind of New Deal Reforms that could save us from another Trump presidency and Christian fascism. It failed.

By Chris Hedges
Substack
March 17, 2024

JOE BIDEN and the DEMOCRATIC PARTY made a Trump presidency possible once and look set to make it possible again. If Trump returns to power, it will not be due to RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE, VOTER SUPRESSION or because the working class is filled with irredeemable bigots and racists. It will be because the Democrats are as indifferent to the SUFFERING OF PALESTINIANS in Gaza as they are to immigrants, the poor in our impoverished inner cities, those DRIVEN INTO BANKRUPTCY by medical bills, credit card debt and usurious mortgages, those discarded, especially in rural America, by waves of mass layoffs and workers, trapped in the SERFDOM of the GIG ECONOMY, with its job instability and suppressed wages.

Biden and the Democrats, along with the Republican Party, GUTTED antitrust enforcement and DEREGULATED banks and corporations, allowing them to cannibalize the nation. They backed legislation in 1982 to green light the manipulation of stocks through massive buybacks and the “harvesting” of companies by private equity firms that resulted in mass layoffs. They pushed through onerous trade deals, INCLUDING the North American Free Trade Agreement, the greatest betrayal of the working class since the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act, which CRIPPLED union organizing. They were full partners in the CONSTRUCTION of the vast archipelagos of the U.S. PRISON SYSTEM - the largest in the world - and the militarization of police to turn them into internal armies of occupation. They fund the endless wars.

The Democrats dutifully serve their corporate masters, without whom most of them, including Biden, would not have a political career. This is why Biden and the Democrats will not turn on those who are destroying our economy and extinguishing our democracy. The slops in the trough would dry up. Advocating reforms jeopardize their fiefdoms of privilege and power. They fancy themselves as “captains of the ship,” labor journalist Hamilton Nolan writes, but they are “actually the wood-eating shipworms who are consuming the thing from inside until it sinks.”

Authoritarianism is nurtured in the fertile soil of a BANKRUPT liberalism. This was true in Weimar Germany. It was true in the former Yugoslavia. And it is true now. The Democrats had four years to institute New Deal reforms. They failed. Now we will pay.

A second Trump term will not be like the first. It will be about vengeance. Vengeance against the institutions that targeted Trump - the press, the courts, the intelligence agencies, disloyal Republicans, artists, intellectuals, the federal bureaucracy and the Democratic Party.

Our imperial presidency, if Donald Trump returns to power, will shift effortlessly into a dictatorship that emasculates the legislative and judicial branches.  The plan to snuff out our anemic democracy is methodically laid out in the 887-page plan amassed by THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION called “MANDATE FOR LEADERSHIP”.

The Heritage Foundation spent $22 million to draw up policy proposals, hiring lists and transition plans in PROJECT 2025 to save Trump from the rudderless chaos that plagued his first term. Trump blames “SNAKES,” “TRAITORS,” and the “DEEP STATE” for undermining his first administration.

Our industrious AMERICAN FASCISTS, clutching the Christian cross and waving the flag, will begin work ON DAY ONE to purge federal agencies of “snakes” and “traitors,” promulgate “Biblical” values, cut taxes for the billionaire class, ABOLISH Environmental Protection Agency, stack the courts and federal agencies with ideologues and strip workers of the few rights and protections they have left. War and internal security, including the WHOLESALE SURVEILLANCE of the public, will remain the main business of the state. The other functions of the state, ESPECIALLY those that focus on social services, including Social Security and PROTECTION OF THE VULNERABLE, will wither away.

Unfettered and unregulated capitalism, which has no self-imposed limits, turns everything into a commodity, from human beings to the natural world, which it exploits, until exhaustion or collapse. It first creates a mafia economy, as KARL POLANYI writes, and then a mafia government. Political theorists, including Aristotle, Karl Marx and SHELDON WOLIN, warn that when oligarchs seize power, the only options left are tyranny or revolution.

The Democrats know the working class has abandoned them. And they know why. Democratic Party pollster Mike Lux WRITES:

[C]ontrary to many pundits’ assumptions, economic issues are driving the problems of Democrats in non-metro working class counties far more than the culture war… [T]hese voters wouldn’t care all that much about cultural difference and the woke thing if they thought Democrats gave more of a damn about economic challenges they face deeply and daily… The voters we need to win in these counties are not inherently right-wing on social issues.

But the Democrats will not alienate the corporations and billionaires who keep them in office. They have opted instead for two self-defeating tactics: lies and fear.

The Democrats express a faux concern for workers who are victimized by MASS LAYOFFS while at the same time courting the CORPORATE LEADERS who orchestrate these layoffs with lavish government contracts. The same hypocrisy sees them EXPRESS CONCERN for civilians being slaughtered in Gaza while FUNNELLING BILLIONS of dollars in weapons to Israel and vetoing ceasefire resolutions at the U.N. to sustain the GENOCIDE.

Les Leopold in his book WALL STREET’S WAR ON WORKERS, filled with exhaustive polling and data, illustrates that economic dislocation and despair is the engine behind an enraged working class, not racism and bigotry.

He writes about the DECISION by Siemens to close its plant in Olean, New York with 530 decent paying union jobs. While Democrats bemoaned the closure, they refused to deny federal contracts to Siemans to protect the workers at the plant.

Biden then INVITED Siemens’ USA CEO Barbara Humpton to the White House signing of the 2021 infrastructure bill. The photo of the signing shows Humpton standing in the front row along with New York Senator Chuck Schumer.

Mingo County in the early 20th century was the epicenter of an armed clash between the UNITED MINE WORKERS and the coal barons, with their hired gun thugs from the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. The gun thugs EVICTED striking workers in 1912 from company housing and beat up and shot union members until the state militia occupied the coal towns and broke the strike. The federal siege was not lifted until 1933 by the Roosevelt administration. The union, which had been banned, was legalized.

“Mingo County didn’t forget, at least not for a long time,” Leopold writes. “As late as 1996, with more than 3,200 coal miners still at work, Mingo County gave Bill Clinton a whopping 69.7 percent of its vote. But every four years thereafter, support for the Democrats declined, going down and down, and down some more. By 2020, Joe Biden received only 13.9 percent of the vote in Mingo, a brutal downturn in a county that once saw the Democratic Party as its savior.”

The 3,300 Mingo County coal mining jobs by 2020 had fallen to 300, the largest loss of coal jobs in any county in the country.

The lies of Democratic politicians did far more damage to working men and women than any of the lies spewed by Trump.

There have been at least 30 million mass layoffs since 1996 when the Bureau of Labor Statistics started tracking them, according to the Labor Institute. The reigning oligarchs, not content with mass layoffs and reducing the unionized workforce in the private sector to a paltry SIX PERCENT, have filed LEGAL PAPERS to shut down the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the federal agency that enforces labor rights. Elon Musk’s SpaceX as well as Amazon, Starbucks and Trader Joe’s targeted the NLRB - already stripped of most of its power to levy fines and force corporate compliance - after it accused Amazon, Starbucks and Trader Joe’s of breaking the law by blocking union organizing. The NLRB accused SpaceX of illegally firing eight workers for criticizing Musk. SpaceX, Amazon, Starbucks and Trader Joes are seeking to get the federal courts to overturn the 89-year-old National Labor Relations Act to prevent judges from hearing cases brought against corporations for violating labor laws.

Fear - fear of the return of Trump and Christian fascism - is the only card the Democrats have left to play. This will work in urban, liberal enclaves where college educated technocrats, part of the globalized knowledge economy, are BUSY SCOLDING and demonizing the WORKING CLASS for their ingratitude.

The Democrats have foolishly written off these “DEPLORABLES” as a lost political cause. This precariat, the mantra goes, is victimized not by a predatory system built to enrich the billionaire class, but by their ignorance and individual failures. Dismissing the disenfranchised absolves the Democrats from advocating the legislation to protect and create decent-paying jobs.

Fear has no hold in deindustrialized urban landscapes and the neglected wastelands of rural America, where families struggle without sustainable work, an opioid crisis, food deserts, personal bankruptcies, evictions, crippling debt and profound despair.

They want what Trump wants. Vengeance. Who can blame them? 

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Sunday, March 31, 2024

Genocide Foretold

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There is nothing surprising about Hamass operation
Operation Al-Aqsa Flood was provoked by Israeli aggression and occupation.

By Somdeep Sen
AlJazeera
October 8, 2023

The Israeli authorities seem to have been caught off-guard by Hamas’s Operation Al-Aqsa Flood on Saturday [October 7, 2023]. Besides launching rocket fire, the Palestinian faction also sent its fighters from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel, where they attacked military targets, briefly took control of some Israeli settlements and took dozens of civilians and soldiers hostage.

Some have called Hamass attack a “colossal failure” of the Israeli military and intelligence apparatus. Others, mostly diplomats and political leaders from the West and beyond, have labelled it an “unprovoked terrorist” act while insisting that Israel has the “right” to defend itself.

But nothing about this operation is surprising or unprovoked. Neither is it just the result of gaps in Israeli security measures. It is a response that is to be expected from the Palestinian people, who have faced Israeli settler colonial rule and occupation for decades.

International law prohibits states from “any military occupation, however temporary”. United Nations General Assembly Resolution 37/43 also reaffirms that people struggling for independence and liberation from colonial rule have the right to do so using “all available means, including armed struggle”. In other words, Operation Al-Aqsa Flood is part of the armed Palestinian struggle provoked by the Israeli occupation and colonialism.

It is also not surprising that the Palestinian armed factions rely on asymmetric tactics and stealth. That is because they are up against one of the most sophisticated and well-funded armed forces in the world.

That the operation was launched from Gaza is also not surprising. The late Palestinian-American scholar Edward Said once called Gaza the “essential core” of the Palestinian struggle. It is an impoverished, congested place inhabited largely by Palestinian refugees expelled from their homes during the Nakba of 1948. It previously gave birth to the first Intifada and has been hosting the bulk of the Palestinian armed resistance over the past few decades.

Gaza has also been under debilitating siege for 16 years, which has taken a heavy toll on its people but has failed to destroy their will to resist. The blockade was imposed after Hamas won the Palestinian Legislative Council elections in 2006, but its Palestinian rival, Fatah, along with Israel and its backers conspired to prevent it from taking power.

After several months of fighting, Hamas was able to take full control of Gaza in June 2007, for which Israel and its partners decided to collectively punish the Palestinians living there.

For more than 16 years, the residents of Gaza have had no freedom of movement. They can leave through the Israeli-controlled checkpoints if they have an Israeli work permit or in rare cases if they have been given special permissions by Israel to receive medical treatment in the occupied West Bank for life-threatening conditions. To leave for any other part of the world, they must have a valid visa, which is difficult to obtain by stateless people, and then navigate the Egyptian authorities arbitrary decisions to close the Rafah border crossing and deny entry to Palestinians.

The blockade has brought the economy of Gaza nearly to a standstill. Today close to half the population is unemployed. Among the young, the unemployment rate is more than 60 percent. The food supply is also limited by the siege. From 2007 to 2010, Israeli authorities kept a calorie count of Palestinians’ nutritional needs to narrowly avoid malnutrition while restricting access to food for the people in Gaza.

Today, according to the World Food Programme, a significant portion of the population is food insecure. In 2022, 1.84 million people across Palestine - one third of the population - did not have enough food to eat. Among these people, 1.1 million were considered “severely food insecure”, 90 percent of whom lived in Gaza.

The strip also suffers from an energy crisis. The Israeli ban on the entry of fuel into Gaza means that electricity production is severely limited. In 2023, Gaza has had only 13 hours of electricity a day. In 2017 and 2018, this was down to seven hours a day.

This has in turned caused severe problems with water provision and sanitation. The constant blackouts have prevented water treatment plants from functioning properly. As a result, untreated sewage simply flows into the Mediterranean Sea.

Gaza’s aquifers, the main source of its water, are also nearly depleted and contaminated by sea- and wastewater. A significant portion of all reported diseases in Gaza is caused by POOR ACCESS TO SAFE WATER.

The blockade has also taken a toll on the strip’s medical facilities. Hospitals lack basic supplies, equipment and infrastructure and are unable to handle severe cases or provide proper care for the chronically ill.

Then there are the ROUTINE ISRAELI MILITARY CAMPAIGNS. Israel justifies its onslaughts on the enclave by claiming they are in pursuit of Palestinian fighters. Yet it systematically targets civilians and non-military civilian infrastructure like residential buildings, hospitals, schools, water treatment plants, etc, making life in Gaza all the more unbearable.

The PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACT of all of this cannot be understated, especially among the young, who feel a heightened sense of hopelessness and mental distress. As a Palestinian youth in Gaza told me during an interview in 2013: “Every day here is a struggle to stop yourself from losing your mind. You will notice that the youth in Gaza often go to university and then on the side they do internships, volunteer or set up organizations. All this is done to remain occupied mentally and delay the inevitable point when you lose it.”

But all these years of tragedy and suffering have not killed the Palestinian spirit of resistance.

The formal justification for the operation Hamas gave was the desecration by Israelis of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest site, and increased settler violence against the Palestinians. But considering how well-planned it looks, it is likely that Operation Al-Aqsa Flood has been in the works from before the recent events in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

In fact, what appears to be the largest military response by Palestinians in decades was an inevitable development, an act of resistance and a reaction to the suffering of the people of Gaza under a brutal blockade and occupation. It is part of the Palestinian struggle for freedom, and it solidifies Gazas place at the heart of it.

But all these years of tragedy and suffering have not killed the Palestinian spirit of resistance.

The views expressed in this article are the authorҒs own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera’s editorial stance.

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The genocide in Gaza is the final stage of a process begun by Israel decades ago. Anyone who did not see this coming blinded themselves to the character and ultimate goals of the apartheid state.

By Chris Hedges
Substack
March 30, 2024

There are NO SURPRISES in Gaza. Every horrifying act of Israel’s genocide has been telegraphed in advance. It has been for decades. The dispossession of Palestinians of their land is the beating heart of Israel’s settler colonial project. This dispossession has had dramatic historical moments - 1948 and 1967 - when huge parts of historic Palestine were seized and hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were ethnically cleansed. Dispossession has also occurred in increments - the slow-motion theft of land and steady ethnic cleansing in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

The incursion on Oct. 7 into Israel by Hamas and other resistance groups, which left 1,154 Israelis, tourists and migrant workers dead and saw about 240 people taken hostage, gave Israel the pretext for what it has long craved - the total erasure of Palestinians.

Israel has razed 77 percent of healthcare facilities in Gaza, 68 percent of telecommunication infrastructure, nearly all municipal and governmental buildings, commercial, industrial and agricultural centers, almost half of all roads, over 60 percent of Gazas 439,000 homes, 68 percent of residential buildings - the bombing of the Al-Taj tower in Gaza City on Oct. 25, KILLED 101 people, including 44 children and 37 women, and injured hundreds - and obliterated refugee camps. The attack on the Jabalia refugee camp on Oct. 25 KILLED at least 126 civilians, including 69 children, and injured 280. Israel has DAMAGED OR DESTROYED Gaza’s universities, all of which are now closed, and 60 percent of other educational facilities, including 13 libraries. It has also DESTROYED at least 195 heritage sites, including 208 mosques, churches, and Gaza’s Central Archives that HELD 150 years of historical records and documents.

Israel’s warplanes, missiles, drones, tanks, artillery shells and naval guns daily pulverize Gaza - which is only 20 miles long and five miles wide - in a scorched earth campaign unlike anything seen since the war in Vietnam. It has dropped 25,000 tons of explosives - equivalent to two nuclear bombs - on Gaza, many targets selected by Artificial Intelligence. It drops unguided munitions ("dumb bombs") and 2000-pound “bunker buster” bombs on refugee camps and densely packed urban centers as well as the so-called “safe zones” - 42 percent of Palestinians killed have been in these “safe zones” where they were instructed by Israel to flee. Over 1.7 million Palestinians have been displaced from their homes, forced to find refuge in overcrowded UNRWA shelters, hospital corridors and courtyards, schools, tents or the open air in south Gaza, often living next to fetid pools of raw sewage.

Israel has KILLED at least 32,705 Palestinians in Gaza, including 13,000 children and 9,000 women. This means Israel is slaughtering as many as 187 people a day including 75 children. It has killed 136 JOURNALISTS, many, if not most of them deliberately TARGETED. It has killed 340 doctors, nurses and other health workers - four percent of Gazas healthcare personnel. These numbers do not begin to reflect the actual death toll since only those dead registered in morgues and hospitals, most of which no longer function, are counted. The death toll, when those who are missing are counted, is well over 40,000.

Doctors are forced to amputate limbs without anesthetic. Those with severe medical conditions - cancer, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease - have died from lack of treatment or will die soon. Over a hundred women give birth every day, with little to no medical care. Miscarriages ARE UP by 300 percent. Over 90 percent of the Palestinians in Gaza suffer from severe food insecurity with people eating ANIMAL FEED and GRASS. Children are dying of starvation. Palestinian writers, ACADEMICS, scientists and their family members have been tracked and assassinated. Over 75,000 Palestinians have been WOUNDED, many of whom will be crippled for life.

“Seventy percent of recorded deaths have consistently been women and children,” WRITES Francesca Albanese, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, in her report issued on March 25. Israel failed to prove that the remaining 30 percent, i.e. adult males, were active Hamas combatants - a necessary condition for them to be lawfully targeted. By early-December, Israel’s security advisors claimed the killing of ‘7,000 terrorists in a stage of the campaign when less than 5,000 adult males in total had been identified among the casualties, thus implying that all adult males killed were ‘terrorists.’”

Israel plays linguistic tricks to deny anyone in Gaza the status of civilians and any building - including mosques, hospitals and schools - protected status. Palestinians are all branded as responsible for the attack on Oct. 7 or written off as human shields for Hamas. All structures are considered legitimate targets by Israel because they are allegedly Hamas COMMAND CENTERS or said to harbor Hamas fighters.

These accusations, Albanese writes, are a “pretext” used to justify :the killing of civilians under a cloak of purported legality, whose all-enveloping pervasiveness admits only of genocidal intent.”

In scale we have not seen an assault on the Palestinians of this magnitude, but all these measures - the killing of civlians, dispossession of land, arbitrary detention, torture, disappearances, closures imposed on Palestinians towns and villages, house demolitions, revoking residence permits, deportation, destruction of the infrastructure that maintains civil society, military occupation, dehumanizing language, theft of natural resources, especially aquifers - have long defined Israels campaign to eradicate Palestinians.

The occupation and genocide would not be possible without the U.S. which gives Israel $3.8 billion in annual military assistance and is now sending another $2.5 billion in bombs, including 1,800 MK84 2,000-pound bombs, 500 MK82 500-pound bombs and fighter jets to Israel. This, too, is our genocide.

The genocide in Gaza is the culmination of a process. It is not an act. The genocide is the predictable denouement of Israel;s settler colonial project. It is coded within the DNA of the Israeli apartheid state. It is where Israel had to end up.

Zionist leaders are open about their goals.

Israeli Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant, after Oct. 7, announced that Gaza would receive “no electricity, no food, no water, no fuel.” Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Israel Katz said: “Humanitarian aid to Gaza? No electrical switch will be turned on, no water hydrant will be opened.” Avi Dichter, the Minister of Agriculture, referred to Israels military assault as ғthe Gaza Nakba, referencing the Nakba, or “catastrophe”, which between 1947 and 1949, drove 750,000 Palestinians from their land and saw thousands massacred by Zionist militias. Likud member of the Israeli Knesset Revital Gottlieb posted on her social media account: “Bring down buildings!! Bomb without distinction!!  Flatten Gaza. Without mercy! This time, there is no room for mercy!” Not to be outdone, Minister of Heritage Amichai Eliyahu supported using nuclear weapons on Gaza as “one of the possibilities.”

The message from the Israeli leadership is unequivocal. Annihilate the Palestinians the same way we annihilated Native Americans, the Australians annihilated the First Nations peoples, the Germans annihilated the Herero in Namibia, the Turks annihilated Armenians and the Nazis annihilated the Jews.

The specifics are different. The process is the same.

We cannot plead ignorance. We know what happened to the Palestinians. We know what is happening to the Palestinians. We know what will happen to the Palestinians.

But it is easier to pretend. Pretend Israel will allow in humanitarian aid. Pretend there will be a ceasefire. Pretend Palestinians will return to their destroyed homes in Gaza. Pretend Gaza will be rebuilt. Pretend the Palestinian Authority will administer Gaza. Pretend there will be a two-state solution. Pretend there is no genocide.

The genocide, which the U.S. is funding and sustaining with weapons shipments, says something not only about Israel, but about us, about Western civilization, about who we are as a people, where we came from and what defines us. It says that all our vaunted morality and respect for human rights is a lie. It says that people of color, especially when they are poor and vulnerable, do not count. It says their hopes, dreams, dignity and aspirations for freedom are worthless. It says we will ensure global domination through RACIALIZED VIOLENCE.

This lie - that Western civilization is predicated on “values” such as respect for human rights and the rule of law - is one the Palestinians, and all those in the Global South, as well as Native Americans and Black and Brown Americans have known for centuries. But, with the Gaza genocide live streamed, this lie is impossible to sustain.

We do not halt Israels genocide because we are Israel, infected with white supremacy and intoxicated by our domination of the globe’s wealth and the power to obliterate others with our industrial weapons. Remember The New York Times columnist THOMAS FRIEDMAN telling Charlie Rose on the eve of the war in Iraq that American soldiers should go house to house from Basra to Baghdad and SAY TO IRAQUIS “suck on this?” That is the real credo of the U.S. EMPIRE.

The world outside of the industrialized fortresses in the Global North is acutely aware that the fate of the Palestinians is their fate. As climate change imperils survival, as resources become scarce, as migration becomes an imperative for millions, as agricultural yields decline, as costal areas are flooded, as droughts and wild fires proliferate, as states fail, as armed resistance movements rise to battle their oppressors along with their proxies, genocide will not be an anomaly. It will be the norm.

The earth’s vulnerable and poor, those Frantz Fanon called “the wretched of the earth,” will be the next Palestinians.

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Monday, March 25, 2024

Florida Bans Children Under 16 From Social Media

Florida’s new social media ban for minors is among the toughest in the nation

By Lynn Hatter and Adrianne Andrews
WUSF
March 25, 2024

Florida is already preparing to defend its new social media ban for kids under 14. THE MEASURE was signed into law Monday by Gov. Ron DeSantis, alongside House Speaker Paul Renner and other state officials. The law is considered to be one of the strictest in the nation and social media companies, since first learning of the effort months ago, have already said theyll sue.

"You better believe I’ll fight like hell to uphold this in court,” said Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody during the bill signing ceremony at a Jacksonville charter school. Moody warned that social media encourages child predation, and that some children, especially young ones, dont realize theyҒre being manipulated and can end up in dangerous situations.

The law’s main proponent is Speaker Renner. He made the issue his top priority during the legislative session and the measure passed with bipartisan support. Renners plan targets social media companies like Snapchat, Instagram and TikTok that use what he describes as manipulative algorithms that are “leading them [children] and nudging them into a particular direction”. And oftentimes when theyre suffering mental health issues, that’s nudging them into a very, very dark direction.

The law targets features like infinite scrolling and likes, which Renner believes feed addictive behaviors “that give you that little dopamine hit, that little drug hit that makes you want to stay online longer and longer.”

Under the bill, social media accounts for kids under 14 would be completely banned and companies would have to terminate such accounts. Kids between 14 and 15 could have accounts, but only with parental or guardian consent. Anyone over 16 is free to be on social media.

The measure comes after years of growing frustration over social media companies’ inability, or unwillingness, to keep problematic content away from kids. The measure cleared the Florida legislature with overwhelming bipartisan, but not unanimous support.

“HB3s sweeping prohibition of youth from social media runs contrary to a Supreme Court precedent and tells Florida families how to parent,” said Rep. Anna Eskamani, D-Orlando, in a prepared statement in response to the bill signing.

“Though I agree more needs to be done in protecting our youth on social media, this bill goes too far in taking away parents’ rights and banning social media usage - and thus First Amendment Rights - for young Floridians. Instead of banning social media access, it would be better to ensure improved parental oversight tools, improved access to data to stop bad actors, alongside major investments in Florida’s mental health systems and programs, she said.

Lawmakers shouldn’t be controlling what ideas and information parents can allow their children to access. This is government overreach. The internet, including social media platforms, contains vast amounts of constitutionally protected speech for both adults and minors. Blanket bans infringe upon our constitutional rights, said Katie Blankenship, Florida Director for the free speech rights group PEN America.

Earlier this month DeSantis vetoed a bill that would’ve banned minors under 16 from social media, regardless of parental consent. In response to that bill, Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, criticized the proposal and said in a letter to state lawmakers that the decision to remove kids from social media should be left up to the parent.

“While our company recognizes the goals of House Bill 1, we believe this bill, as currently drafted, not only fails to empower parents to make the decision regarding whether their teen may use a social media platform but also fails to create robust, industry-wide standards that help parents and teens manage their online activity,” said Caulder Harvill-Childs, public policy manager for Meta.

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Does Freedom of Speech Make U.S. ‘Uniquely Vulnerable’ to Disinfo?

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The leading edge of the ‘new’ fascism is not an army of occupation, but a digital re-programming of the human mind. A technological toxic blanket of “virtual” control separating man from nature, thus destroying the foundations of human evolution.
- Freedom or Fascism
 
Free speech and expression protect us from the most powerful actors on the planet: corporations, the State, and a growing plethora of international bodies. Ultimately, we need radically decentralised social media that is more immune to their capture. Our safety depends on it.
- Twitter Files and the Virality Project, March 2023

Does Freedom of Speech Make U.S. ‘Uniquely Vulnerable’ to Disinfo?

By John Friend
American Free Press
March 23, 2024

A prominent law professor and MSNBC legal analyst has raised concerns among free speech advocates following comments made during an interview with Rachel Maddow, one of the leading liberal pundits on the viciously partisan, anti-Trump, anti-conservative leftist network.

University of Michigan law professor Barbara McQuade, who specializes in “mis- and disinformation” and recently published a book titled ATTACK FROM WITHIN: HOW DISINFORMATION IS SABOTAGING AMERICA, argued that America’s historic and “deep commitment to free speech” makes the American people “particularly vulnerable to disinformation” campaigns.

However, what exactly qualifies as “mis- or “disinformation” is often subject to interpretation, with Deep State operatives, mainstream media hacks, and Biden administration officials regularly declaring any dissenting point of view or criticism of official government policy or narratives as mis- or disinformation that must be actively suppressed and censored, as was clearly on display during the Covid-19 pandemic and 2020 presidential election.

Biden administration officials regularly pressured leading social media platforms, for example, to suppress dissenting views on the safety and efficacy of the Covid-19 vaccines or government-imposed lockdowns and other restrictions implemented in response to the pandemic. Likewise, those expressing skepticism of the official results of the 2020 election, including former President Donald Trump himself, were routinely censored and banned from social media.

McQuade would go on to explain that the purpose of her book and research into disinformation was to help “foster a national conversation about truth and our commitment to it.” She then argued that Americans are even more susceptible to “mis- and disinformation” than other countries, specifically due to the First Amendment and our historic commitment to freedom of speech and open debate, commitments that are rapidly being undermined both in America and the wider Western world.

McQuade noted:

I think were more susceptible to [disinformation] than other countries, and that’s because some of our greatest strengths can also be our Achilles’ heel. So, for example, our deep commitment to free speech in our First Amendment. It is a cherished right. It’s an important right in democracy, and nobody wants to get rid of it, but it makes us vulnerable to claims [that] anything we want to do related to speech is censorship.

McQuade pointed out that the Supreme Court “has held that all fundamental rights, even the right to free speech, can be limited as long as there is a compelling governmental interest and the restriction is narrowly tailored to achieve that interest.”

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Sunday, March 24, 2024

NWO - Great Replacement, Social Credit Scores, and The Open Banking Initiative

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Richard H. Sander, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, has found some hard-to-explain patterns in U.C.L.A.s undergraduate admissions. The college has accepted a significantly higher percentage of blacks and Latinos than whites and Asians with the same “holistic score,” a number the admissions office gives to every applicant, based on test scores, grades, extracurricular activities and obstacles overcome. U.C.L.A. officials say that the holistic scores do not fully capture the obstacles some students face.
- Rethinking Affirmative Action, 2012
 
Of all the giant elephants traipsing across the crumbling landscape of America 2.0, none are larger or more dutifully ignored than the Great Replacement of WHITE PEOPLE… our leaders still have mostly White faces. But they don’t represent average Whites any more than the African National Congress does. Everything they do diminishes White self-worth… The Great Replacement started in the world of sports. As a sports fanatic, I saw this first hand. I witnessed the White coaches favoring Black players who were not any more skilled than their White competitors… huge companies like Disney now feel confident in producing a remake of Snow White featuring an obnoxious actress who is not white in the lead role… there’s little denying JOB APPLICATIONS default to white/hispanic on EEO diversity forms.  There’s little denying WINDOWS desktop software DOESN’T EVEN HAVE AN ICON FOR A WHITE MANthe few bold Whites left in this dilapidated land were canceled themselves for posting the sensible mantra that “All Lives Matter.” The response from our White majority elite is that, no, actually they don’t. Black Lives Matter supporters tore down statues, and burned cities across the country during the summer of 2020. While dear “racist” Donald Trump was president. Nothing was done, by Trump or any other Whitey. The police, known to shoot deaf jaywalkers in the back, stood down. Some of them kneeled alongside the rioters. If that didnҒt tell you what was going on, I dont know what would. We are witnessing a genetic apocalypse. There is a real chance that you could be prosecuted just for mentioning the Great Replacement.
- Talking About Racism, 2023
 

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UN’s “A Global Digital Compact” to create Internet 2.0 with no freedom of speech and social credit scores for everyone

By Ethan Huff
Ethan Huff
June 7, 2023

The United Nations (UN) has released a follow-up report to its 2021 “Our Common Agenda” called “A Global Digital Compact” that like its name suggests presents A FRAMEWORK for enslaving the entire world under digitalized tyranny.

A brand-new internet where no free speech is allowed combined with a social credit scoring system to weed out the detractors and resistors seems to be the gist of the document, along with a completely new financial system based on digital identification protocols.

“Digital IDs linked with bank or mobile money accounts can improve the delivery of social protection coverage and serve to better reach eligible beneficiaries,” the documentexplains. “Digital technologies may help to reduce leakage, errors and costs in the design of social protection programmes.”

There are global warming and climate change components to “A Global Digital Compact” as well. Businesses and even individuals will be tracked based on their so-called “carbon footprint” and assessed for which “freedoms” they are allowed based on compliance with climate dictates.

“Sensors and monitors connected to the Internet of things, cloud-based data platforms, blockchain-enabled tracking systems and digital product passports unlock new capabilities for the measurement and tracking of environmental and social impacts across value chains,” the documentstates.

UN gunning for total control over all humanity

In order to make the plan a success, the private sector will have to merge with the public sector in many areas of everyday life. This is known as fascism, the merger of state and commerce, and it is a building block of communism as the government eventually swallows up the private sector.

“Partnerships between States, private sector and civil society leverage the capacity of digital tools to provide solutions for development across the Sustainable Development Goals,” the UN argues.

“Examples include the Digital Public Infrastructure Alliance, the Coalition for Digital Environmental Sustainability and public-private partnerships for disaster response.”

Of particular concern to the UN in its envisioned cyber control state is the spread (suppression) of free speech online. Its Internet 2.0 vision will do away with all free speech that the state finds to be “offensive” or “inappropriate” based on the prescribed narratives set forth by the Ministry of Truth.

“Disinformation, hate speech and malicious and criminal activity in cyberspace raise the risks and costs for everyone online [...] we must strengthen accountability for harmful and malicious acts online,” the UN says in the document.

These are just the obvious bullet points outlined in “A Global Digital Compact.” There are additional subtle aspects to the documentthat include an agenda demarcated by anti-white racism, or what the globalists call “equity.”

NON-WHITES must be afforded GREATER ACCESS to resources and OPPORTUNITIES, we are told. And areas of the world that are lacking internet must get connected immediately so they can become part of the UN’s envisioned “hive mind” social order.

“To sum up, the Digital Global Compact is a piece of globalist legislation serving the final aim of globalist policy: Control of all aspects of life, achieved by inserting a digital filter between people and reality,” reports Off Guardian about the plan.

“Banking, communication, media consumption, shopping. Every interaction you have will be through a digital membrane which can both monitor your exchanges with the world and if deemed necessary ֖ deny you access to that world.”

In order to make way for a new world order of this kind, much of the existing one must first be demolished

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Canada Links Citizens Bank Accounts to Social Credit Score

By Ethan Huff
Tyranny News
March 20, 2024

Our neighbors to the north are implementing a new system called “open banking” that will LINK CITIZEN’S BANK ACCOUNTS to a new social credit scoring system.

In the aftermath of the Trucker Convoy and other noteworthy protests against Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) “pandemic” tyranny in Canada, the Justin Trudeau regime is radicalizing the nations banking system to make it much harder for citizens to express their voices against political corruption.

Proponents of the social credit score-linked banking paradigm say it will make Canadian banks more “inclusive,” allowing them to easily access user data on demand while being able to share information with one another.

A World Bank partner called Open Banking Excellence (OBE), which originated in the United Kingdom, is proudly boasting right now that it will incorporate social credit scores with people’s banking information in Canada. Canadians will likely receive digital “cash” and identification in a “convenient,” all-in-one and “inclusive” place.

“It’s about having that fairer, more inclusive, more open society,” said OBE founder Helen Child, making sure to use all the popular buzzwords to make her project sound like a dream come true for the world.

Moving towards a cashless society

Disturbingly, OBE already operates in some 40 different countries, claiming that it aims to “create exceptional platforms and content that promotes knowledge sharing, new thinking and partnerships within the industry - catalyzing the adoption of Open Finance and Data for better financial inclusion worldwide.”

Child’s use of the term “open society” is also disturbing in that this is the ideology championed by international billionaire agitator George Soros. It implies open borders, no more prisons, and out-of-control crime without punishment, all of this substantiating “progressive” changes for the world.

How forcing Canadians and others around the world to maintain high social credit scores in order to buy and sell constitutes “inclusivity” and “fairness” remains unknown. OBE officials and other proponents of the construct never really say.

“It drives financial inclusion,” is all Child will say about the scheme. “Its democratizing data.”

What we can clearly see from all this is that Child has her eyes on all the gold her data collection scheme will add to her financial stockpile. Data of the kind her group collects in order to populate social credit scores is valuable, after all, especially as the world descends into a cashless abyss.

“There is no easier way to control the masses than to control their access to money, and their ability to buy, trade and freely move about,” warns Slay News.

The Canadian Press came right out and just said what Child is clearly thinking, explaining that one of the biggest areas of growth in the financial sector has to do with credit assessments.

“Under open banking, lenders could directly access an individual’s banking data, so they can look beyond credit scores,” the Press explained. “Consumers can also use it to build their credit scores, for example, by proving reliable rent payments.”

In other words, the goal is to assess something beyond just one’s credit score in order to determine whether he or she is worthy to participate in the new global economy that the globalists are unleashing.

Keep in mind that Canada is big on prosecuting “hate” speech. One can only imagine how people found guilty of committing “hateful” anything will be dinged on their social credit scores, disallowing their participation in anything commerce and finance related.

It happened during the Trucker Convoy and it will happen, complements of OBE and its “inclusive” financial schemes.

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