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Martin Luther King, Jr. following his 1963 arrest in Birmingham

 

 

Rebranding MLK (Fikre)
A Call to Reinvestigate American Assassinations of the 1960s (CN)
The Number Of Births In China Hit Its Lowest Level Since 1961 (CNBC)
China Economic Growth Lowest In 28 Years (MW)
China Real Estate Sales Growth Slows Down (R.)
Theresa May ‘Considers Amending Good Friday Agreement’ To Break Deadlock (Ind.)
May Tries To Break Brexit Deadlock By Winning More EU Concessions (R.)
No Solutions To Irish Backstop In May’s Brexit Call With Cabinet (G.)
Bizarre Turn Of Events Could Push May’s Brexit Deal Through After All (Ind.)
Clashes in Athens Over Neighbour’s Name Change (BBC)
World’s 26 Richest People Own As Much As Poorest 3.8 Billion (G.)

 

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day. He’s been dead long enough that everyone feels safe, if not entitled to, appropriating his name and celebration. But who in America today truly lives up to his legacy and message? Not many. The screwed up scenes at a high school, and the way media and individuals react to it, make that abundantly clear. There are many voices calling for serious harm to, if not murder of, a group of schoolchildren, voices who will in their very next breath seek to take possession of Dr. King’s name.

It’s time for all Americans, and not just Americans either, to find a nice bright mirror and face the beams in their own eyes. All sides focus on promoting hate of the others, and really, that is the opposite of what Dr. King said. How could you forget? You don’t solve anything be demanding other people change, you solve things only by changing yourself. You have no more right to hate Trump and his supporters than they have of hating you, or anyone else.

MLK: “a slogan ‘Power for Poor People’ would be much more appropriate than the slogan ‘Black Power.’”

Rebranding MLK (Fikre)

Lost in the chorus of politicians, pundits and media personalities who are praising MLK is the core message that he was pushing before he was felled on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. King evolved in his thinking; instead of seeking Civil Rights for “African-Americans”, he made the fatal decision to fight for economic justice for all. King realized that the infringements against “black” folks in America were interconnected to the injustices felt by marginalized people throughout the world. That awakening is the reason he traveled to Memphis, by standing up for striking sanitation workers, he was hoping to form a bridge between poor folks irrespective of their skin color.

The establishment love people who lead sectional movements—those who seek exclusive justice are doing the work of the status quo—what they will not abide are those who try to unify the oppressed and inspire collective actions. King paid with his life for having the courage to pursue inclusive justice. After he was murdered, institutions of power—from government, academia to mainstream media and beyond—kicked in, stealthy erased King’s legacy and replaced it with disinformation. What has taken place over the past fifty years is a systematic and coordinated effort to blacken his narrative and dilute the power of his message. What MLK fought for, and ultimately died on behalf of, was for equality and fairness for all. By narrowing the scope of his cause and containing his sacrifice to only as a struggle for “black” people, opinion leaders successfully ghettoized him in an effort to lessen his appeal to a broader constituency.

[..] “One unfortunate thing about [the slogan] Black Power is that it gives priority to race precisely at a time when the impact of automation and other forces have made the economic question fundamental for blacks and whites alike. In this context a slogan ‘Power for Poor People’ would be much more appropriate than the slogan ‘Black Power.’” This was a quote from King in August of 1967, eight months before he was executed.

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All for it. But who’s impartial and strong enough to do it?

A Call to Reinvestigate American Assassinations of the 1960s (CN)

To mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day a group of academics, journalists, lawyers, Hollywood artists, activists, researchers and intellectuals, including two of Robert F. Kennedy’s children, are calling for new investigations into four assassinations of the 1960s. On the occasion of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a group of over 60 prominent American citizens is calling upon Congress to reopen the investigations into the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

* We call upon Congress to establish continuing oversight on the release of government documents related to the presidency and assassination of President John F. Kennedy, to ensure public transparency as mandated by the JFK Records Collection Act of 1992. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform should hold hearings on the Trump administration’s failure to enforce the JFK Records Act.

* We call for a major public inquest on the four major assassinations of the 1960s that together had a disastrous impact on the course of American history: the murders of John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy. This public tribunal, shining a light on this dark chapter of our history, will be modeled on the Truth and Reconciliation process in post-apartheid South Africa. The inquest — which will hear testimony from living witnesses, legal experts, investigative journalists, historians and family members of the victims — is intended to show the need for Congress or the Justice Department to reopen investigations into all four assassinations.

* On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we call for a full investigation of Reverend King’s assassination. The conviction of James Earl Ray for the crime has steadily lost credibility over the years, with a 1999 civil trial brought by Reverend King’s family placing blame on government agencies and organized crime elements. Following the verdict, Coretta Scott King, the slain leader’s widow, stated: “There is abundant evidence of a major, high-level conspiracy in the assassination of my husband.” The jury in the Memphis trial determined that various federal, state and local agencies “were deeply involved in the assassination … Mr. Ray was set up to take the blame.” Reverend King’s assassination was the culmination of years of mounting surveillance and harassment directed at the human rights leader by J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI and other agencies.

* We call for a full investigation of the Robert F. Kennedy assassination case, the prosecution of which was a mockery of a trial that has been demolished by numerous eyewitnesses, investigators and experts — including former Los Angeles County Coroner Dr. Thomas Noguchi, who performed the official autopsy on Senator Kennedy. The forensic evidence alone establishes that the shots fired by Sirhan Sirhan from in front of Senator Kennedy did not kill him; the fatal shot that struck RFK in the head was fired at point–blank range from the rear. Consequently, the case should be reopened for a new comprehensive investigation while there are still living witnesses — as there are in all four assassination cases.

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I looked this one up: Chinese population in 1961 was about 670 million. Today it’s more than twice that. That would seem to say birth rates have halved.

The Number Of Births In China Hit Its Lowest Level Since 1961 (CNBC)

The number of babies born in China in 2018 was the lowest the country has seen in nearly 60 years, according to Chinese financial services firm Wind Information. China on Monday reported that there were 15.23 million births last year — the lowest since 1961 when 11.87 million births were reported, data on Wind showed. Last year’s birth figure was 11.6 percent lower than 17.23 million in 2017, according to Wind. The release of China’s latest birth data puts the country’s population at 1.395 billion in 2018, the Associated Press reported, citing data by the National Bureau of Statistics. That means the population grew 3.81 percent compared to a year earlier, according to the news wire. AP also reported that the Chinese government estimated that its population will peak in 2029 at 1.442 billion, and then start to decline in the year after that.

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And that’s just official numbers. Economics professor Xiang Songzuo put it as low as 1.67% in December.

China Economic Growth Lowest In 28 Years (MW)

China’s economic expansion languished to its slowest pace in nearly three decades last year, as a bruising trade fight with the U.S. exacerbated weakness in the world’s second-largest economy. The 6.6% growth rate for 2018 reported Monday is the slowest annual pace that China has recorded since 1990. The economic downturn, which has been sharper than Beijing expected, deepened in the final months of 2018, with fourth quarter growth rising 6.4% from a year earlier. Adding to the gloom was the trade conflict with Washington. The uncertain outlook for Chinese exporters caused companies to delay investing and hiring and in some cases even to resort to layoffs–a practice that is often discouraged by China’s stability-obsessed Communist Party rulers. The official jobless rate ticked up to 4.9% last month from 4.8% in November.

In the southern technology and export-manufacturing center of Shenzhen, for instance, many private makers of electronics, textiles and auto parts furloughed workers more than two months before the Lunar New Year holiday, which begins in February, according to business owners and local officials. The neighboring city of Guangzhou saw growth slump to 6.5% last year–well short of the 7.5% annual target set by the city government–as trade tensions hit the city’s manufacturing sector hard. Some economists and investors have said China’s economy is far more anemic than the government’s 6.6% rate of expansion for 2018. They note the government’s move on Friday, just ahead of Monday’s data release, to cut the 2017 growth rate to 6.8% from 6.9%, which they said provides a slightly lower base, giving a slight boost to the fresh 2018 data.

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Consumer spending in general is slowing in China. That’s the biggest danger for its economy.

China Real Estate Sales Growth Slows Down (R.)

Growth in property investment in China cooled to the second slowest pace in 2018 in December, adding to signs of a further slackening in the real estate market in a blow to a key driver economic growth. Real estate investment, which mainly focuses on the residential sector but includes commercial and office space, rose 8.2 percent in December from a year earlier, down from 9.3 percent in November, according to Reuters calculations based on data released by National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Monday. That was just ahead of the slowest pace of growth last year at 7.7 percent recorded for October. For the full year, property investment increased 9.5 percent from the year-earlier period, down from 9.7 percent in January-November.

In December, property sales by floor area, a major indicator of demand, rose a touch by 0.9 percent from a year earlier, the first gain in four months and compared with November’s 5.1 percent drop. For 2018, property sales by area rose a modest 1.3 percent from a year earlier, official data showed. Analysts say a continued downturn in sales on the back of tight government controls to curb speculation could add to the growing pressure on the world’s second-largest economy. The real estate sector is a key pillar of the economy, so any further weakness in sales could influence the pace and scope of fresh stimulus measures expected from Beijing this year.

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It took decades to negotiate the Good Friday Agreement, after 1000s of lives were lost. May should not be allowed to touch it.

Theresa May ‘Considers Amending Good Friday Agreement’ To Break Deadlock (Ind.)

Theresa May is considering an attempt to amend the Good Friday Agreement in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock and win support for a negotiated exit deal, it has been reported. Ministers believe the move could avoid the UK having to commit to a backstop as part of the prime minister’s “plan B”, The Daily Telegraph reported on Sunday. The EU has insisted on a backstop measure to ensure an open border remains between Northern Ireland and the Republic after the UK leaves the bloc. Ms May has been forced to find alternatives to her original Brexit deal after it was crushed in the Commons on Tuesday.

Under the PM’s plan, it is reported, London and Dublin would either agree a new set of principles or add words to the Good Friday Agreement in order to guarantee an open border. The 1998 peace deal effectively brought an end to the Troubles after years of failed talks, and established a power-sharing structure to accommodate unionist and nationalist politicians. It follows separate reports that Ms May planned to pitch to the Irish government a bilateral treaty that would remove the need for the backstop so hated by many Conservative MPs; the arrangement would see the UK enter into a temporary customs union with the EU, and Northern Ireland agree to abide by European rules on goods until a subsequent deal was reached.

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Parliament demanded a Plan B today. May has none. She speaks 1530 GMT.

May Tries To Break Brexit Deadlock By Winning More EU Concessions (R.)

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday will try to crack the deadlock over Brexit by setting out proposals in parliament that are expected to focus on winning more concessions from the European Union. With just over two months left until the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on March 29 there is no agreement in London on how and even whether it should leave the world’s biggest trading bloc. After her Brexit divorce deal was rejected by 402 lawmakers in the 650-seat parliament last week, May has been searching for a way to get a deal through parliament.

Attempts to forge a consensus with the opposition Labour Party failed so May is expected to focus on winning over 118 rebels in her own party and the small Northern Irish party which props up her government with concessions from the EU. In a sign of just how grave the political crisis in London has become, the Daily Telegraph reported that May was even considering amending the 1998 Good Friday Agreement which ended 30 years of violence in Northern Ireland. The Daily Telegraph said EU sources cast May’s plan a non-starter as a renegotiation of such a significant international treaty would require the consent of all the parties involved in Northern Ireland. May told British ministers she would focus on securing changes from Brussels designed to win over rebel Conservatives and the Northern Irish DUP, The Times said.

May will make a statement in parliament at about 1530 GMT and put forward a motion in parliament on her proposed next steps on Brexit, though some lawmakers are planning to wrest control of Britain’s exit from the government. After May’s motion is published, lawmakers will be able to propose amendments to it, setting out alternatives to the prime minister’s deal.

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Time to send her away. She’s a dead end.

No Solutions To Irish Backstop In May’s Brexit Call With Cabinet (G.)

Theresa May is expected to reject calls to forge a cross-party consensus on Brexit when she lays out her plan B to parliament on Monday, choosing instead to back new diplomatic efforts in Brussels to renegotiate the Irish backstop. The prime minister held a conference call with her bitterly divided cabinet from the country retreat of Chequers on Sunday evening. Cabinet sources said the consensus on the 90-minute call was to renew efforts to find acceptable changes to the backstop arrangement but that the conversation was light on specifics. One said there were “no actual solutions” proposed during the call. “It is difficult to know – as ever – what she will do,” another said. “But the broad agreement is on the need to bring DUP and Tory rebels on board.”

Despite her claim in the wake of last week’s significant defeat in parliament that she would speak to “senior parliamentarians” from all parties to seek a compromise, government sources insisted her overriding priority was to prevent a historic split in the Tory party. Several senior Conservative MPs have suggested they could form a breakaway party if May opted to support a customs union – one of Labour’s central demands, which is also backed by Tory supporters of a Norway-style soft Brexit. Whitehall sources said the prime minister’s chief of staff, Gavin Barwell, had counselled her to consider a customs union after last week’s catastrophic defeat, when her deal was rejected by an overwhelming majority of 230 votes. But when the government tables a formal statement on Monday, setting out its next steps, it is instead expected to focus on seeking changes to the Irish backstop in order to win over Jacob Rees-Mogg’s European Research Group and the DUP.

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Party before country.

Bizarre Turn Of Events Could Push May’s Brexit Deal Through After All (Ind.)

Yvette Cooper is in many ways the alternative leader of the opposition. The Labour MP who chairs the home affairs select committee will table a bill in the House of Commons on Monday, under the catchy title of the European Union (Withdrawal) (No 3) Bill, which could be decisive in breaking the Brexit deadlock. It could lead to parliament being forced to make a straight choice between Theresa May’s deal and postponing Brexit in order to hold a new referendum. If that is what happens, I think there would be a small majority for the prime minister’s deal. The importance of Cooper’s bill is that it changes the default setting in law. At the moment, if parliament fails to act, the UK will leave the EU on 29 March.

Cooper’s bill says that, if a deal has not been approved by 7 March, the government would be required to seek an extension of the Article 50 deadline. That would mean asking the EU to postpone the UK’s departure until the end of this year – and EU leaders have said they would agree to an extension if it were to hold another referendum. This would transform the situation in the House of Commons. Jacob Rees-Mogg and the rest of the cohort of Conservative MPs who want to leave without a deal would have to think again. At the moment they are happy to vote everything down, knowing that this gets them what they want. But Cooper’s bill would take what they want off the table. They would then have to choose between the prime minister’s deal and putting off Brexit for at least nine months.

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They would still get to call themselves Macedonians. Insult and injury. Tsipras should be very careful.

Clashes in Athens Over Neighbour’s Name Change (BBC)

Protesters have clashed with police in the Greek capital Athens at a big rally to oppose the government’s deal with Macedonia on changing its name. Police fired tear gas at some of those attending a protest which attracted tens of thousands to the city. The deal, which is yet to be approved, designates Greece’s northern neighbour as Republic of North Macedonia. The name Macedonia is sensitive for many Greeks who say it implies a claim on the Greek province of the same name. Years of wrangling finally brought an agreement last June between Greece’s left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Macedonian counterpart. A vote on the deal, which aims to end a 28-year row between the nations, is set to take place in the Greek parliament this week.

The dispute dates back to 1991 and the break-up of Yugoslavia. Macedonia was a Yugoslav republic and adopted the name Macedonia when it became an independent nation. Greece has long argued the use of the name implied a territorial claim and cultural appropriation. At the UN the country was formally known as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Fyrom). [..] Greek nationalists argue that the name Macedonia can only refer to the Greek province of the same name. The dispute has led to Greece to blocking Macedonia’s hopes of joining Nato and the EU. Under the deal, the country’s language would be Macedonian and its people known as Macedonians (citizens of the Republic of North Macedonia). The move has met with sharp resistance in both countries because nationalists believe it erodes their identity.


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They’re not going to solve the issue by themselves, they can’t help it.

World’s 26 Richest People Own As Much As Poorest 3.8 Billion (G.)

The growing concentration of the world’s wealth has been highlighted by a report showing that the 26 richest billionaires own as many assets as the 3.8 billion people who make up the poorest half of the planet’s population. In an annual wealth check released to mark the start of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the development charity Oxfam said 2018 had been a year in which the rich had grown richer and the poor poorer. It said the widening gap was hindering the fight against poverty, adding that a 1% wealth tax would raise an estimated $418bn (£325bn) a year – enough to educate every child not in school and provide healthcare that would prevent 3 million deaths. Oxfam said the wealth of more than 2,200 billionaires across the globe had increased by $900bn in 2018 – or $2.5bn a day.

The 12% increase in the wealth of the very richest contrasted with a fall of 11% in the wealth of the poorest half of the world’s population. As a result, the report concluded, the number of billionaires owning as much wealth as half the world’s population fell from 43 in 2017 to 26 last year. In 2016 the number was 61. Among the findings of the report were: • In the 10 years since the financial crisis, the number of billionaires has nearly doubled. • Between 2017 and 2018 a new billionaire was created every two days. • The world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, the owner of Amazon, saw his fortune increase to $112bn. Just 1% of his fortune is equivalent to the whole health budget for Ethiopia, a country of 105 million people. • The poorest 10% of Britons are paying a higher effective tax rate than the richest 10% (49% compared with 34%) once taxes on consumption such as VAT are taken into account.

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    Martin Luther King, Jr. following his 1963 arrest in Birmingham     • Rebranding MLK (Fikre) • A Call to Reinvestigate American Assassinatio
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle Martin Luther King Day 2019]

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    V. Arnold
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    Martin Luther King Jr. Day. He’s been dead long enough that everyone feels safe, if not entitled to, appropriating his name and celebration. But who in America today truly lives up to his legacy and message? Not many. The screwed up scenes at a high school, and the way media and individuals react to it, make that abundantly clear. There are many voices calling for serious harm to, if not murder of, a group of schoolchildren, voices who will in their very next breath seek to take possession of Dr. King’s name.

    It’s time for all Americans, and not just Americans either, to find a nice bright mirror and face the beams in their own eyes. All sides focus on promoting hate of the others, and really, that is the opposite of what Dr. King said. How could you forget? You don’t solve anything be demanding other people change, you solve things only by changing yourself. You have no more right to hate Trump and his supporters than they have of hating you, or anyone else.

    MLK: “a slogan ‘Power for Poor People’ would be much more appropriate than the slogan ‘Black Power.’”

    Thanks for that Ilargi; 100% spot on!
    I haven’t even got past that yet…but had to afirm your post.

    Martin Luther King is most surely one of, if not the greatest, American to have ever lived.

    His greatest speech, imo…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67Csez0eoDM

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    No doubt he’s one of the greatest, and it’s not a competition. But noteworthy that 4 ‘nominees’ were murdered in the 1960s, and another one, Ali, was more or less silenced by Parkinson. I’d put him closest to MLK for the no.1 spot for the 20th century. Like MLK, a combination of in-your-face courage and intelligence. Two guys who risked everything and gave up most of it for what they saw as right. Oh, and both were black…

    As for the Covington Catholic story, it’s all over and it’s once again people using half-truths to make a point to their followers, and what does it for me is death threats against teenage kids, comparing their MAGA hats to swastikas, that sort of thing. There’s some balance here.

    Very fittingly, America again proves how unhinged it has become of late, and it does so on MLK Day. Just so the rest of us can see the contrast. And the people who whip up the fury most really believe they are on MLK’s side, and he would be on theirs if he were alive. And then they get trolled by Pence comparing Trump to Dr. King. But truly, whom among them do they think deserves that honor?

    Dr. King didn’t fight, and became a victim of, left OR right, he fought left AND right, his battle was against the entire system. And his battle was peace.

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    V. Arnold
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    Ilargi
    No argument here; many different pov’s, most of which held some truth’s; but King was that giant among men!
    And died grasping his beliefs and actions.
    Never gave an inch; never compromised his principles; unto his death…
    We’ve never recovered from King’s assassination…

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    anticlimactic
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    BREXIT & YVETTE COOPER

    Even after more than two years the ignorance on BREXIT is immense.

    On BREXIT Theresa May is beyond the control of Parliament, including last week’s vote, so Yvette Cooper can not force an extension.

    If Theresa May wanted to ask for an extension it would require the agreement of all other EU members. Failing that, at the end of March the UK leaves the EU.

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    christopher cobb
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    A mail I got.

    Stay classy

    You pick Martin Luther King day to say it is wrong to call out racism and sexism because doing so is “hate”.

    I am sure you feel slaves have no right to hate slave owners, Jews no right to hate Nazis, innocent victims of drone bombings no right to hate the bombers, etc etc.

    You have made a crass business decision. By making your blog nothing but a defence of Trump you are doing exactly what you accuse MSM of doing: running non-stop Trump headlines to appeal to your chosen niche of readers. Whatever pays the bills.

    Have you ever run an article about racism or sexism in the US ? About the racism that created the Electoral College and Senate and the unbroken history of voter suppression in the US and election finance laws geared to rich white men? No, because that would interfere with your non-stop “Trump and his supporters are victims” narrative.

    And you like to tack on a little article about climate change without ever once commenting on Trump’s actions concerning the environment.

    Your blog has become extremely repetitive and hateful in its own way while you tell people of colour and women and LGBTQ that they have no right to hate. Maybe you should direct that message at Trump and his supporters? Keep representing rich white males and promoting their feelings of victimhood.

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    zerosum
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    Who has the power?
    Would anyone with wealth and power use that power and wealth to their own detriment?
    The participants at the World Economic Forum in Davos will discuss and try to find solutions to the social/economic problems that THEY created.

    Since when do the rich and powerful, (or anyone else), chose to diminish their wealth and power.

    • World’s 26 Richest People Own As Much As Poorest 3.8 Billion (G.)
    How much power does an individual have …. 1/3.8 Billion

    Yet, with so little power, the elites are getting nervous about what 3.8 billion people could do.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-21/gilets-jaunes-are-unstoppable-now-elites-are-afraid
    The ‘Gilets Jaunes’ Are Unstoppable: “Now, The Elites Are Afraid”

    I could not afford to go to “the World Economic Forum in Davos”.
    I could not do like the elite and have my personal cash flow from a trust fund/ “gofundme”
    However, I was fortunate enough to still be able to put food on the table.

    Maybe, today, this holiday, for MLK, we won’t hear from the tweet world.

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    zerosum
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    Is this fake news? Naw, its not news worthy. Its the way our system operates.

    Millions of people are getting starvation wages from the elites

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-21/1500-private-jets-descend-davos-week-50-last-year
    1,500 Private Jets To Descend On Davos This Week, Up 50% From Last Year

    personal jets of some of the world’s richest and most powerful.

    Vladimir Putin’s IL-96-300PU
    Donald Trump’s Air Force One
    Xi Jinping and Air China’s Boeing 747-400
    Angela Merkel and Konrad Adenauer
    François Hollande’s Airbus A330-200
    Elizabeth II and No. 32nd Squadron
    Theresa May and her Airbus A330
    Hassanal Bolkiah’s Airbus A340
    Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and his $1 500 000 000 fleet
    Nursultan Nazarbayev’s 99,000 kilometres and his $250 000 000 aircraft
    Algeria’s $163 million presidential fleet
    Main findings for the VIPs and their Air Transportation
    King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and his VIP Boeing 767-400FSER
    Alisher Usmanov and the biggest business-jet
    Roman Abramovich and his $300 000 000 “Bandit”
    Kim Jong-un and his Chammae-1
    President Moon Jae-in’s fleet
    Bashar al-Assad and his Falcon 900
    Benjamin Netanyahu’s “Israeli Air Force One”
    Pope Francis and his chartered Airbus A330-200
    King Abdullah II ibn Hussein of Jordan’s $50 million Airbus A318-112 Elite
    Yemeni president Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi’s $75 million Boeing 757-200
    Italian President Sergio Mattarella’s leased Airbus A340-500 and personal aircraft worth $609 million

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    Doc Robinson
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    Who would MLK Jr hate?

    “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

    ― Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love

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    Dr. D
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    “racism that created the Electoral College and Senate”

    I have heard this before by AOC, but what can you do with something so ignorant and ill-informed? People: racism had literally nothing to do with the electoral college. Neither does it today. It was created to allow small states to have any chance of representation among the original 13 colonies. You might say that would be Delaware vs New York, but it was no less representative for Rhode Island vs Virginia. And so it is equally relevant today, possibly moreso. In a direct democracy, which the founders feared above all things, only two states and three cities would need to vote. All other 48 states would fail to be heard, a level of oppression unprecedented yet much desired lately. And, just as in 1789, were we to attempt popular vote, there would be a civil war the next day, something also much desired by many as an excuse to kill their deplorable countrymen, and spoken of on front pages and in comment sections near-universally throughout America.

    But racism? No. It was needed, and is needed today, yet no one bothers to so much as wiki “Electoral College” and look.

    The Senate is less well-known and more forgivable. I don’t know what on earth they mean since the Senate WAS changed to popular vote with a Constitutional Amendment back in that quaint era when we used to follow rules instead of outlawing objects and substances clearly outside their mandate just ’cause. The Senate was SUPPOSED to be the standing representation of the individual States, so states wouldn’t get trampled, since the U.S. was SUPPOSED to be a union of independent sovereigns, with power over almost everything being the prerogative of the states, i.e. the 10th amendment. Therefore, it was entirely reasonable that the states, whatever the size, would represent the GOVERNOR, the STATE ITSELF, and not the PEOPLE of the state. Why? Because the House already existed to represent the people. Now we passed an ill-advised amendment to have two houses that represent the great unwashed, and they’re still not happy.

    So how is it racist again to have Congressional representatives elected directly by the people of the states?

    Nevermind: when I ask people to read anything — wiki articles, biographies, white papers, they just say “I’m done talking about this” and leave. And supposedly I’m the dumb one with a closed mind.

    Speaking of, and simply to draw fire for amusement’s sake, Cardi B says Trump should work without pay until the shutdown is over:

    “Soo many people under my comments talking about I shouldn’t talk politics ,I don’t know what I’m talking about , I’m dumb !” [sic]

    The joke being Trump is the only one NOT getting paid right now. He makes $1/year, well-advertised not long ago right on Twitter. It’s Pelosi, Schumer, and granted, the Republican Congress that ARE getting paid right now while (some) Federal workers don’t (for a short while, since he already signed their back-pay, unlike the rest of us in America, who are unemployed).

    He’s also in the unique position of negotiating with himself, since Congress won’t negotiate with him. Democrats could and SHOULD say: “OK, end to all foreign wars, and medicare for all,” but they don’t. So Trump said, “I’ll give you DACA as an opening volley, plus some other stuff we already agree on,” and they turned him down BEFORE HEARING it. SMH. Now they don’t like DACA? What can I say?

    If you don’t know who’s getting paid, who offered DACA, who votes in elections, or why the Senate exists — even though you have Google and everybody on Twitter is trying to tell you, including exhaustive daily facts from TAE — I don’t know what to say. I’ll just sit here and nod. But I know they’ll be coming to my house soon, intending violence, the violence of pure tolerance and love. How? Because they tell me so, every day. Why would I not believe them?

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