This Week in Doom June 25, 2018


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Originally published on the Doomstead Diner on June 25, 2018

“We have zero tolerance for people that enter our country illegally.”

 ― Donald J. Trump, June 20, 2018


This was a week for visceral outrage in the face of unspeakable human rights atrocities. The Orange Lout signed an executive order countering the effects of his previous decision separarting children and infants from their parents, then scattering them to the winds.  The Trump message, scrawled clear as day and quite literally on  the back of Melania Trump, was that the Trump administration could not care less. Independent artists, students, and even actor Jim Carrey, created striking visuals that surfaced on covers of TIME and the New Yorker. (See examples.) The U.S. withdrew from the U.N. Human Rights Council, Trump ordered the creation of a new Space Force. The gnomes running the Dow Jones Index removed General Electric, the last 19th century holdover, from its ranks. Open season on black Americans by cops continued, in an episode with personal relevance. 

In spite of the wholesale revulsion expressed by a distraught populace, over the weekend Donald Trump continued to use fear of MS-13 to justify his ‘zero-tolerance’ immigration policy, but only 180 of the 187,000 people apprehended at a major border crossing are connected to the violent criminal group.

It is essential to remember that Trump’s executive order was not a reversal or a capitulation. The administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, under which everyone crossing the border illegally, even those who present themselves as seeking asylum, is subject to criminal prosecution, remains in place. Only the kidnapping of children has been held in abeyance. For now.


Creating a Crisis

Time Magazine Cover, July 2, 2018 Edition New Yorker Magazine Cover, July 2, 2018 Edition          

In pursuit of his singleminded objective to control each day's narrative and the news cycle, thus to suppress his pending exposure of the world's largest money-laundering operation, the current White House incumbent doubled down on crazy. Trump’s inhumane "zero-tolerance" policy forcibly removed children, toddlers and babies as young as three months old from their immigrant parents attempting to enter the United States at our southern border, even those seeking asylum. The Trump ruling junta executed this policy in a move designed to outrage, to alienate, and most important, drive the name "Robert Mueller" from the front pages. Trump reverses course, signs order to keep families together

This heinous operation has been condemned by everyone from the Pope to Fox TV producers to foreign leaders like  Theresa May to top corporate CEOs like Apple’s Tim Cook to U.S. airlines (who learned they may have unwittingly transported such children to destinations hundreds of miles away from their parents.) 

The outcry and revulsion from kidnapping without due process, and incarcerating them in internment camp conditions caused schisms in the solid Republican Congressional majority. Even longtime GOP strategist Steve Schmidt threw in the towel.

“Make no mistake about it when you’re ripping breastfeeding children away from their mothers and putting them in detention facilities, that’s an evil policy. To see the Republican Party break up the way it has, to lose its moral compass, it is tragic. It’s tragic for me personally, but I won’t be part of it. I won’t share a party label with people who think it’s all right to put babies in internment camps. My fidelity is to my country, not my political party. Country first.”

The optics were terrible, and the sound was worse. News networks played the sounds of crying infants ripped from their mothers. Outrage mounted across the country, and burst into flame in Portland, where an Occupy-style protest shuttered the local ICE facility. Oregon Public Broadcasting:

“Demonstrators have also been camping outside the building and festooning the area with signs with slogans like “Kick out ICE” and “Will trade racists for refugees.” Two tents on Monday evening had increased to six by Tuesday morning. Twenty-four hours later, nearly 30 tents had been erected…

Tents line trolley tracks outside the ICE facility in Southwest Portland, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Dirk VanderHart/OPB

“The encampment — largely grassroots, but supported by a coalition of local groups — also has a medical tent and a kitchen area overflowing with donated water and food.”

Classic Occupy. The facility reopened, but the backlash continued to grow. The policy credited to Goebbels cosplayer Stephen Miller started to smell like dead fish within 24 hours, and by Wednesday Trump had signed an executive order modifying his earlier decision.

Here is what the executive order does: It keeps families together, keeps them under DHS control, does nothing to reunite families already separated, seeks indefinite detention with a DOJ challenge to Flores v. Reno, a consent decree that limits government detention of immigrant children to 20 days. If successful, they’ll be able to hold families indefinitely. It enlists military facilities as concentration camps. It also blames Congress, since Congress failed to pass immigration legislation, leaving the administration no choice, even as it reversed course.

If these policies seem irredeemably cruel, and the characterization of would-be immigrants as "insects" and "vermin" spectacularly racist, remember that from the beginning, cruelty was the whole point.


Trump Administration Withdraws U.S. From U.N. Human Rights Council

On Tuesday, The FSoA withdrew from the world’s most important human rights body in protest of that body's frequent criticism of Israel’s brutal and genocidal treatment of Palestinians. In other words, for telling the truth. UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, that counter of sustaining votes, scrivener of dissenters and settler of scores, announced this latest effort by the Trump administration to withdraw and diminish those international organizations and agreements it finds unsuitable to the reward of cronies and punishment of opponents.

It was the first time a member has voluntarily left the United Nations Human Rights Council. With one deft foreign policy stroke, the US now joins other rogue states such as Iran, North Korea and Eritrea, as the only countries that refuse to participate.

“If the Human Rights Council is going to attack countries that uphold human rights and shield countries that abuse human rights, then America should not provide it with any credibility,” Ms. Haley said.

Human rights advocates denounced the decision. 

“All this administration seems to care about when it comes to the council is defending Israel,” said John Sifton, an advocacy director at Human Rights Watch “If the Trump administration’s complaint is that the council is biased and flawed, they’ve just made it more so.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel welcomed the decision. “The U.S. decision to leave this prejudiced body is an unequivocal statement that enough is enough,” he wrote on Tuesday.

The withdrawal came as the administration faced worldwide condemnation from rights groups and governments. Your tax dollars at work. Done in your name.


Victory on Mars

On Monday, the floundering Orange Lout found yet another subject to which to attempt to change the subject from #TrumpRussia.

And this one is really bigly. He ordered the Pentagon to establish a stand-alone Space Force as a new branch of the armed forces.

"We are going to have the Air Force, and we are going to have the Space Force, separate but equal," Trump said at a meeting of the National Space Council at the White House.

"It is going to be something so important."

"Our destiny beyond the earth is not only a matter of national identity, but a matter of national security, so important for our military and people don’t talk about it," Trump said. "When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space, we must have American dominance in space."

Of course, this order, like so many that bubble from the porcine lips of the Prevaricator-in-Chief, is patently illegal and meant to mollify his base of droolers and window-lickers. Establishing a new military branch requires congressional action and corresponding funding, as pointed out by Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio):

"Congress has asked DoD to study how we handle space. We still don’t know what a Space Force would do, who is going to be in it, or how much is it going to cost," Turner said. "After we get the report that we required as a legislative body and the president signed off on, then this issue can be appropriately evaluated for what’s best for national security."

But boy, it changes the hell out of a subject. At least for a news cycle.


And Stay Out!  GE Kicked To Curb, Last 19th Century DJI Member Removed 

General Electric added shame to suffering on Tuesday as overseers of the Dow Jones Industrial Average kicked the company out of the benchmark index it had inhabited for more than a century. GE will be replaced by Walgreens. The slippage is just another trailing indicator for what was once the world’s most valuable company.

“It was an issue not of if, but when,” said Quincy Krosby, the chief market strategist at Prudential Financial Inc. “The GE that was dominant in the Dow in the ’70s and ’80s is no longer the same GE.”

Down 26 percent, GE had been the Dow's worst performer in 2018, as it had been last year. Once an embodiment of American industry and managerial know-how, GE had arguably died some time ago. The DJI announcement was just the first shovel of dirt on an open grave.


State Terror Comes Home

Antwon Rose, 17, was shot and killed by police in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Nickole Nesby via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

On Wednesday, local police executed 17-year-old Antwon Rose in East Pittsburgh, PA. The boy was fleeing from a traffic stop and and unarmed when he was shot in the back by a cop who had been sworn onto the force mere hours earlier. This story had particular resonance for me because it happened on the next hill over from where I was raised, and I was visiting friends in the area when it occurred.

A bystander’s video showed the officer opening fire as Rose fled from police. In terms of seeking justice, video is the great equalizer. Video does nothing to stem the tide of summary executions of black Americans by rogue cops, but it marginally increases the likelihood of survivors successfully seeking accountability.  

According to the Allegheny County Police Department, police initially responded to reports of a shooting around 8:20 pm on Tuesday, finding a 22-year-old man who had been shot but was taken to the hospital and survived. Police put out a call for a vehicle that was seen fleeing the scene, and officers stopped a car that they said matched the description. While they were detaining the driver of the car, two people jumped out. An officer opened fire, killing a 17-year-old. 

The 17-year-old was Antwon Rose, a student at Woodland Hills School District, according to Shelly Bradbury and Andrew Goldstein at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Allegheny County Police Superintendent Coleman McDonough said Rose was unarmed, although officers found two guns in the vehicle he fled from.

The 20-year-old driver of the vehicle was released after he was questioned by police. The third occupant of the car remains at large.

A bystander captured a video of the police shooting and posted it on Facebook. It shows two people running away from police cars, with their backs to the officers, as police open fire. Multiple law enforcement agencies are investigating the shooting. 

On Wednesday night, four of us were driving to a pizza restaurant in East Pittsburgh, a favorite from childhood and adolescence. We'd been planning it all week. We drove east in what for Pittsburgh is a serious storm event, but in coastal Virginia is known as "rain." About half a mile from our destination, we came to a red light where several cop cars were parked, lights flashing. A large trailer truck was trying around in the intersection and reversing field. Another cop car drove toward us and against traffic, parked his car at a slant directly at us. WTF? I moved to turn around by moving to the left lane and asked a cop what the issue was. (This area had previously received national notoriety some weeks ago when landslides demolished houses and blocked PA Route 30, so another rain-induced landslide calamity was by no means out of the question.) The cop said people ahead were demonstrating. In a driving rain. I wondered what they could be possibly demonstrating about in such conditions, as we were not yet aware of the shooting.

We tried to reach our destination another way, by navigating through the rain-slicked streets of our old neighborhood and going back down the hill and approaching from the other direction. The cut-through I recalled from adolescence had been removed at some point in the past forty years. With no other recourse, we turned around and left. 

Only when we got back to my friend's house did I learned of the execution by cop. Antwon Rose was from all accounts a good, bright kid. He attended the same high school we did. The cop is reported to be being treated for "shock," a ruse doubtless from the police union manual on how to execute the unarmed black American without consequence. I expect he will be placed on "administrative (meaning paid) leave,"  and receive a vacation for several months, before his pro forma hearing and exoneration a la Ferguson, Cleveland, et al.

The demonstrations in East Pittsburgh have continued for at least four straight days.


Other short takes worth mentioning as they whiz by include the passing of conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer,  the introduction of retaliatory tariffs on US goods  by the European Union in an attack on Trump's trade war, Disney raised their bid for Fox assets to $71.3 billion in cash and stock, topping Comcast, Instagram hit 1 billion monthly users, SCOTUS punted on its biggest decision of its term so far regarding partisan gerrymandering, and a sporting event called the World Cup began group play.

Another week as we spin toward Seneca's cliff.


banksy 07-flower-thrower-wallpaperSurly1 is an administrator and contributing author to Doomstead Diner. He is the author of numerous rants, screeds and spittle-flecked invective here and elsewhere. He lives a quiet domestic existence in Southeastern Virginia with his wife Contrary. Descended from a long line of people to whom one could never tell anything, all opinions are his and his alone, because he paid full retail for everything he has managed to learn.

21 Responses to This Week in Doom June 25, 2018

  • Michael says:

    Not any skin in that game (European here), but Trump is now culpable of everything which went wrong since 1945. If you weren't the world Empire's center right now we could laugh, but we do not. Fix your mess without blame and it'll come out right.

    https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/obama-deported-more-people/

    Read this. Read it carefully. 100 Miles is about the diameter of my country. If we did what you did in the "good old days" we would breach international laws. Just a reminder of how the US always can do whatever they want, escorted and marshalled by moralist faux outrage like this article. Wishy-washy stuff like this drags the other subjects down as credibility depends on consistency across the board.

    Maybe the retraction out of said council is overdue. Maybe all treaties on such things are a farce considering they brought TPP back on the table, even while doing economic saber rattling at the same time and introducing rendition centers in Eastern Europe. Yes you know the actual torture camps which are real on our soil. Here. But this is abroad and not something which can be used for political gain or righteous indignation. 

    > But boy, it changes the hell out of a subject. At least for a news cycle.

    Corrrect so far. But it was announced in the 70ies that when the capabilities are there, one will be formed. Thanks to Russia which was the legal successor upholding some left over blocking laws it was not earlier that the US returned to old plans. It is a readers guess how the newly formed SCO plays into such interests. 

    > police initially responded to reports of a shooting

    > two people jumped out. 

    > although officers found two guns in the vehicle he fled from.

    > third left behind in the vehicle

    Every time I read about this and I shake my head in disgust. Why are they behaving like this?

    cf also your behavior when cops stopped you. Just saying. I would never run, even only because our cops aren't fat pigs but quite fast on foot. 

    • Surly says:

      I don’t know what the point is of the Snopes article that you cited as evidence that Obama deported more people than Trump, because even the citation itself says the evidence is mixed. So what is your point? “Moralist faux outrage? Potat Stick it where the sun doesn’t shine. Or better yet, write your own article.

       When you asked, “why are they behaving like this,“ were you asking about kids running from traffic stops or murderous cops declaring open season on black Americans? It must be comforting to pass judgment from a continent’s remove. Meanwhile, those of us who live here have to deal with the consequences every day. 

  • Etyere Petyere says:

    ANybody who is mentioning the non issue " of family -kids separations of ICE on the us immigration issue is completeley mistaken .. This is a NON ISSUE  read my lips . these people their kids in the first palce should not have been born even their parents should not have been born . they are all coming from places of dissapearing habitat doue to ressource depletion these people i repeat all of them should not have been born in the first place coming to the us in any circumstance is a betterment of their very existence with their fucking kids with them or sepataed from them ,  This is no human rights issue it is a surviwal issue and that is granted just by the virtue of entering the US , Take it or leave it . a non issue iespecially in collapse circles 

  • Surly says:

    If you ever wondered what “good Germans” did as Hitler came to power, you’re doing it. If you ever wondered how you would feel when the US denied landing to boats filled with Jewish refugees in the 1940s, you’re feeling it. But once you can dehumanize “the other, it’s all downhill and the rest is easy. Own it. It’s a non issue only for you.

    • MountainHiker says:

      Yeah, ol' Etyere Petyere doesn't seem to realize how much better the world would be if he hadn't been born himself. Along with a good number of the Trumptards. Just think of how much less assholism we'd have in the world. How many less loud, self-important, taking up a lot of space while blowing their mouths off fat asses around. Damn, the world would/will be so much nicer.

      • ken cordray says:

        You need a history course and a therapist.

        • Surly says:

          I'll go mano a mano with you as regards history and time, day or night. 

          EVERYONE can benefit from a thherapist.

        • MountainHiker says:

          Perhaps your own history is lacking. Or, your reading comprehension. So, give me the quick history lesson I apparently need, then I can determine if I have failed at history or if you projected your own baggage into the post. Note that I mentioned nothing about immigration.

          However, since you mentioned it, here's my take on the history. Is there any chance we have a lot of immigration problems from South of the border due to our Reagan era War on Drugs that still continues today? Yet another stupid, endless "war" draining the tax payers. The US has been stirring up covert shit in other countries for years, then stands back like the whiny victim when the consequences come back to bite our butt. I realize that being an adult who accepts the consequences of being a bullying jerk is not part of the current political climate, but that's eventually how the real world works. 

          As for the therapist advice, let me guess, you recommend one for everyone who doesn't think like you. All I did was put the original poster's own crap back in his face, with color, and people get upset. Isn't that the climate we live in these days? Or do only those you agree with get to be the pushy bullies? I've grown tired of both liberals and conservatives playing the victim for shit they started in first place. And yes, I put it to liberals too when they post stupid shit on other message boards.

          BTW, I have been to therapists after my divorce and the death of my brother in his early 40s. I also have a few therapists as personal friends. Most laugh and enjoy my take on the stupid shit in this world. Maybe you need to follow your own advice.

    • ken cordray says:

      Those boats you are referring too were "Legal" and landed at a processing center "Ellis Island so they could become "Legal citizens" those  Jews did not sneak into the country illegally. Big difference. You should try sneaking into Mexico with your family and see how you're treated.

      • John Miller-George says:

        Ken Cordray joins the 'Dark Side'.  America used to be the "Good Guys".

        Now America's government is full of arsewipes who are just so damn proud of being Nazis.

        • ken cordray says:

          You don't sneak into someone's house because it is illegal, Rather you knock on the door and ask to come in. It is the same with countries. If you bother to do it the right way there is no problem, do it the wrong way and you are breaking the law. A very simple concept really. Also don't expect your children to share your cell when you get caught it is not fair to them.

      • Surly says:

        Not so much. I refer you to the story of the St. Louis, with which you should be familiar.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_St._Louis

         

    • Etyere Petyere says:

      Hitler and the germans ! You IDIOT  !  These people coming here is a new lease on life for them . Hitler Jews germany was deathcamps . Now these folks now coming into the US . Which is  huge logistical health housing etc issue (paid by the Us taxpayer )  will have some unintended and unfortunate consequences . Due to the illegal manner these parents entering the united states and putting their kids in danger and one of these consequences are   separating these kids from parents in their own interest safety and well being on a temporary base . Just to be able to deal with the situation appropriately and civilised as also not to blow up the existing order in society as it is functioning in the usa thus preserving order contrary to the places these people are fleeing from . Now american people are very accomodating and will provide whatever it is neccecary . nothing more . Now you MORON get lost because you are also an IDIOT comparing this to nazi germany . 

  • Surly says:

    As noted above, if you ever wondered what you would have done had you resided in Germany in the late 1930s as the Nazis came to power, you're doing it now. As we read and write. The current moment is one of te gravest import for those who hold with peace and an intgernationa order based on trade. Ask yourself cui bono: who benefits from an upset of that order? From divisions in NATO? To the tearing up of trade agreements? From trade wars? It says here it's the guy holding the pee pee tape.

    Never forget that passage of the Enabling Act, a Weimar Constitution amendment that effectively gave Hitler the power to enact laws without the involvement of the Reichstag, made everything that came afterwards perfectly legal. Thus did the Nazis to take power and abolish constitutional rights without legal resistance.

    Also, by comparison, never forget that people presenting themselves in a manner quite legal for asylum at the borders are now being treated as illegal aliens and detained because the interpretation of existing law was changed. Also, such a scrupulous interpretation as yours requires you to overlook the construction of austere emergency camps on military bases, with Trump redirecting the military budget to enforce a detention policy which places us at odds with every other civilized society and in clear contravention of international human rights agreements. To say nothing of the various Trump pronunciamentos annoucing his preferences: 

    “He [Kim Jong Un] speaks, and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same.”

    “He’s now president for life. President for life. No, he’s great.” (on China's Xi)

    “If he says great things about me, I’m going to say great things about him. I’ve already said, he is really very much of a leader." (on Putin)

    “I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem.” (on Rodrigo Duterte's extrajudicial execution of those accused of drug offenses.)

    "We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country. When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came. Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order." (this past week)

    No John Miller-George, don't get lost, because only a moron would fail to recognize the obvious parallels with Nazi Germany. Fascism does not come with the institution of marital law as often as it comes like death by a thousand cuts, one small change, or one vote at a time. One or two previous norms violated, week by week, implacably hostile to both past practice and civic peace. If you won't take it from this humble mummer, then take it from the numerous holocaust survivors who have remarked the same thing.

    http://www.newsweek.com/im-holocaust-survivor-trumps-america-feels-germany-nazis-took-over-876965

  • ken cordray says:

    Etyere Prtyere and Surly Saved me from deleting this site Have been following for 5 years or so but lately SJW seems to have been seeping in like a leaking septic tank into the cracked wall of a basement. Have to deal with people John miller-George every day and it wears you down. When I go online I prefer to think that it is past their bedtime and the world is Sane again for a little while. So Thank You Guys!

  • ken cordray says:

    My mistake it was the whole "This Week in Doom Thing" I just get so tired of the namecalling I am surrounded by anti-Trump people 24-7 it seems. They have nothing to offer other than "as long as it isn't Trump" or "Trump is about to destroy the world!" So very tired of it. If I say anything I will become an instant social pariah can't leave unless I break my whole life apart. Having syphilis is better than being a Trump supporter to most of these leftist SJW people I deal with family included. I put my head down and say nothing. Hating it as I do it.

    • Surly says:

      Who is it that is putting a gun to your head and making you read This Week in Doom? I for one am grateful that you do, and care to comment. 

      The entire thrust of this feature is snark and critique, as well as a nod to the events of the week with the greatest potential to hasten collapse. I purposefully take a rasp to my tongue for the purpose. Plenty of alternatives exist to Trump policies, many of which do not involve the immiseration of the poor, sick and elderly, and the kidnapping of children under color of law. It is not my job here to provide them. If you are looking for them, I refer you to the prior 80 years of American governance for a few.

      If you do not beleve that "Trump is about to destroy the world," I sincerrely believe you are either in denial or not paying atention. I would refer you to Amy Siskind's The Weekly List for a week by week summary of the "death by a thousand cuts" changes being made to our legal system and norms. But I have found that Trump supporters are not typically interested in evidence, because MAGA! Perhaps your mileage will vary.

      If you find yourself a Trump supporter, allow me to suggest that having syphilis would be preferable; it can be cured. I would further suggest that you fall to your knees in gratitude in having family members who retain a conscience. Perhaps they can reach you.

      • MountainHiker says:

        You have to admit that it is humorously ironic to hear Trump supporters wanting their own safe space after all the grief they've given liberals during the Obama years. I was no Obama supporter, especially once I figured out he was just a continuation of Bush. However, the conservative media did all the same stuff to Obama that Trump is getting. I remember hearing all of the rants about "He's ruining the world, God hates 'Murka because of Obama, his wife is a transvestite, etc, ad nauseum." Now, the shoe is on the the other foot and Trump folks don't like it. Same old double standard I've always found from this crowd.

        Also to the Trump supporters: we're not all whiny SJWs or Hillary lovers because we don't like Trump. Many of us here likely are observers who are emotionally detatched from either party, with pretty good BS detectors. We're just noting the obvious. At least that what I see here.

        • Surly says:

          In re "Trump supporters wanting their own safe space," ironies aboud, don't they? They hate it when double standards cut in both directions.

          Also regarding Trump critics not being Hillary fans, there are plenty of us. As for as being a SJW, I plead guilty. Always a preferential option for the poor and dispossed. Durung Occupy, we modeled our general assemblies after the OWS movement in Zuccotti Park. Our folks visited and brough back their methods. GAs were run by facilitators, with an eye toward ensuring everyone had a chance to express themselves, to counteract the natural tendency for the most forceful to dominate discussion. We gave preference to traditionally underrepresented or oppressed groups.

          I still maintain a preferential option for the poor, vulnerable and marginalized. It came out of Vatican II and is at the heart of both liberation theology and the Catholic Worker movement, althougb I am a member of neither. But they speak to me. 

          “When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.” –Dom Helder Camara

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