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🦀 Portrait That Explains Everything
« Reply #9375 on: October 31, 2018, 11:53:10 AM »
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The Terrible Trump Portrait That Explains Everything

October 18, 2018

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: The legacies of Nixon , Reagan 🐉 and W. Bush 🦕 combine to tell a long, sorry tale of corruption, greed, brazen lies, abused power and religious fundamentalism gone wild that put us where we are today. Remove any one of those men from the strange painting that lit up the internet on Monday, and Donald Trump would be just another late-night punchline you slept through, again.

Read the Article:

https://truthout.org/articles/the-terrible-trump-portrait-that-explains-everything/

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Trump's 🦀 Cognitive Dissonance producing playbook
« Reply #9376 on: October 31, 2018, 12:02:36 PM »
Thom Hartmann mentioned something important about the Goebbels advice to Hitler the other day. He said the Big Lie thing was actually secondary to the sine qua non activity that Hitler HAD TO engage in to consolidate, and remain, in power. THAT was to CONSTANTLY keep the people off balance with frequent (i.e DAILY, if possible) gossip. blatant outrageous remarks or whatever. This mens rea methodolgy is (though Goebbels probably didn't know the term "cognitive dissonance") prevents the public or the media from questioning power grabs by the Dictator. IOW it results in a paralyzed public. Thom made it clear that Trump is following this Cognitive Dissonance producing playbook to the letter.


The USA is the world's largest and longest surviving Pyramid Sales Corporation.

After Elections, Trump 🦀 is going to DESTROY Social Security AND Medicare (IF he keeps control of Congress).





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🔊 October's Carnage at-a-glance...
« Reply #9377 on: October 31, 2018, 01:34:09 PM »
10/31/2018

SNIPPET:

Eight. Trillion. Dollars...

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/TGwZVGKG30s&fs=1" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/TGwZVGKG30s&fs=1</a>

October's Carnage at-a-glance...

֍ Nasdaq 100 worst month since Oct 2008

֍ S&P worst month since Feb 2009 (lowest monthly close since April)

֍ FANG stocks crashed 21% in October - the biggest monthly drop on record

֍ Semis plunged almost 15%, the biggest monthly drop since Nov 2008

֍ "Most Shorted" stocks down 13.8% in October - worst month since Jan 2016 (or best for shorts)

֍ S&P Financials dropped over 7% in October - worst month since Jan 2016

֍ GSIBs (Global Systemically Important Banks) dropped over 10% in October, worst month since June 2016 (Brexit)

֍ China worst month since Jan 2016

֍ European stocks worst month since Jan 2016

֍ Hedge Funds were hammered as Goldman's VIP Basket plummeted 11.5% in October - its biggest drop ever.

֍ Stocks and Bonds both fell on the month (first time since Feb 2018)

֍ This is the worst October for Junk bonds since 2008 (HYG saw record volume in October)

֍ USD's biggest monthly gain since Nov 2016 (Trump election)

֍ USD and Gold both rallied for first month since Feb 2017

֍ Gold's biggest monthly gain against Yuan since June 2016

֍ Oil's worst month since July 2016  ;D

֍ While the world's stocks (ex-US) are down almost 13% YTD, US equities are unchanged (erasing the entire year's gains in October)...

Full article with charts:



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These high costs CANNOT be attributed to overuse of health care in America!
« Reply #9378 on: October 31, 2018, 01:46:52 PM »
Report 👀

By Josh Bivens • October 10, 2018

SNIPPET 1:

What this report finds: Rapid growth in the cost of U.S. health care has put sustained downward pressure on wages and incomes. This rapid growth of spending has not purchased notably high-quality care, however. U.S. spending on health care is higher than in peer countries, while quality is lower. These high costs cannot be attributed to overuse of health care in America; instead, it is clear that the high price of health care is the culprit. Prices for pharmaceuticals, physician salaries, and medical procedures are almost uniformly higher in the U.S. than in peer countries—sometimes staggeringly so.

SNIPPET 2:

The canary in America’s health care coal mine: Rising costs for Employer Sponsored Insurance

Table 1 (Bottom 90% earnings, and insurance premiums and premium contributions for employer-sponsored health insurance, 1999 and 2016 and 1999–2016 change) shows one of the most salient trends in American economic life over recent decades—the rising cost of premiums for ESI (employer-sponsored insurance).

It shows employee contributions for these premiums, as well as their total cost, for both family and individual plans.  :P

The top panel of Figure A (Workers’ health insurance premiums are rising much faster than wages but not lowering out-of-pocket costs  >:() visually depicts the dramatic rise in health care costs as a share of income.😟

Full Report:

https://www.epi.org/publication/health-care-report/
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The REAL Trump effect: Make Billionaires 🎩 GREATER
« Reply #9379 on: October 31, 2018, 01:56:28 PM »
Truthout

October 26, 2018

Billionaires 😈 👹 💵 🎩 🍌  🏴‍ ☠️ Made More Money in 2017  Than Any Other Year in History

https://truthout.org/articles/billionaires-made-more-money-in-2017-than-any-other-year-in-history/




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Re: Agelbert's Newz Channel
« Reply #9380 on: October 31, 2018, 02:02:55 PM »
 

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TRUMP and the GOP on SS and Medicare (After the elections they finish the JOB)
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The Trump 🦀 Triumphant S&P 500 Republican (Smoke and Mirrors) stock market
« Reply #9382 on: October 31, 2018, 04:05:55 PM »


Screen Shot 2018 10 31 at 3 38 37 PM
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Presented without commentary.....for anybody who is capable of reading a chart. 

Gee, that looks like a chart with the S&P goin' up. The FACT that THAT reflects a portion of the 10 years of FED padding in a cratering economy in a BEAR MARKET (since 2008), especially after the Trump STOLEN election, to save the ass of idiots who invest in a cratering economy market is, of course, "irrelevant" to your Republican POV, Eddie. By the way, nice bit of passive agressive 'without comment' sniping there, Admin.

I've only been here a few days and already you are out to git me outa here, right? Don't worry, you will accomplish your purpose soon. I already know how vicious and petty you can be when you get your Texan balls in an uproar. You aren't a bad sort but you are so full of Republican talking point (see: politically INcorrect) 'free' market propaganda, that you have a rather selective way of looking at reality. IOW, if YOU are doing okay economically, all the other CRAP going on out there is, uh, nice to debate and talk about, but mostly not relevant to your world. You ain't no "bleeding heart librul". I get that, Tex.

For you, there is another potential bright side to this Trump effect smoke and mirrors market that you can cheer about, of course. If Trump retains control of Congress after the elections next week, you can soon (in about a year or two) laugh all the way to the bank because you won't have to deal with silly librul programs like Medicare and Social Security any more. That will also make your precious S&P 500 REALLY go up. Happy fucking day!

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Mish has enough objectivity 👍 in regard to macroeconomic financial affairs to s
« Reply #9383 on: November 01, 2018, 10:02:28 AM »
Agelbert NOTE: Posted WITH the following comment: Mish is a Libertarian. :P  This clouds his thinking somewhat.   He is the sworn enemy of all things Socialist. 👎 He is an unapologetic, White Privileged Capitalist who will spout, on cue, all the bigoted talking points as if they were obvious mathematical axioms of irrefutable truth  ::). He even supported the Kavanaugh Criminal for the Supreme Court!


IOW, he is an unapologetic greedball. 👎

Nevertheless, I respect the fact that he does not try to hide that with a rhetorical guise of fence straddling objectivity.

All that said, Mish has enough objectivity 👍 in regard to macroeconomic financial affairs to see the real, now imminent, dangers caused by the Ponzi Bubble-nomics world system prevalent for the last decade. Therefore, I provide this quote (Agelbert is guilty of the RED ► color on some Mish identified Potential Catalysts and the smileys, of course. 😀) for the benefit of those objective readers who do not have their right wing head up their Fascist Government Enabling ass.


Quote
Mike 'Mish' Shedlock

It's been about 10 years since the last financial crisis. FocusEconomics wants to know if another one is due.

The short answer is yes. In the last 10 years not a single fundamental economic flaw has been fixed in the US, Europe, Japan, or China. The Fed was behind the curve for years contributing to the bubble. Massive rounds of QE in the US, EU, and Japan created extreme equity and junk bond bubbles. Trump's tariffs are ill-founded as is Congressional spending wasted on war.

Potential Catalysts

Junk Bond Bubble Bursting

Equity Bubble Bursting

► Italy

► Tariffs

► Brexit

Pensions

► Housing

► China

Many will blame the Fed💵🎩🍌🚩. The Fed 😈 is surely to blame, but it is prior bubble-blowing policy, not rate hikes now that are the problem.

It does not matter what the catalyst is actually. And there might not be any catalyst other than simple exhaustion: The pool of greater fools in stocks, bonds, and housing simply ran out.

Regardless, I expect all eight of the above discussion points to be in play when the crisis does hit.

https://moneymaven.io/mishtalk/economics/26-experts-weigh-in-on-how-and-when-the-next-financial-crisis-will-happen-SJZW6ZvCyE2IT_WN2dCqZw/


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Re: The Trump 🦀 Triumphant S&P 500 Republican (Smoke and Mirrors) stock market
« Reply #9384 on: November 01, 2018, 10:46:04 AM »


Screen Shot 2018 10 31 at 3 38 37 PM
Screen Shot 2018 10 31 at 3 38 37 PM

Presented without commentary.....for anybody who is capable of reading a chart. 

Gee, that looks like a chart with the S&P goin' up. The FACT that THAT reflects a portion of the 10 years of FED padding in a cratering economy in a BEAR MARKET (since 2008), especially after the Trump STOLEN election, to save the ass of idiots who invest in a cratering economy market is, of course, "irrelevant" to your Republican POV, Eddie. By the way, nice bit of passive agressive 'without comment' sniping there, Admin.

I've only been here a few days and already you are out to git me outa here, right? Don't worry, you will accomplish your purpose soon. I already know how vicious and petty you can be when you get your Texan balls in an uproar. You aren't a bad sort but you are so full of Republican talking point (see: politically INcorrect) 'free' market propaganda, that you have a rather selective way of looking at reality. IOW, if YOU are doing okay economically, all the other CRAP going on out there is, uh, nice to debate and talk about, but mostly not relevant to your world. You ain't no "bleeding heart librul". I get that, Tex.

For you, there is another potential bright side to this Trump effect smoke and mirrors market that you can cheer about, of course. If Trump retains control of Congress after the elections next week, you can soon (in about a year or two) laugh all the way to the bank because you won't have to deal with silly librul programs like Medicare and Social Security any more. That will also make your precious S&P 500 REALLY go up. Happy fucking day!


Since I said nothing to you in this thread, at all, it's hard for me to understand why you think I'm out to get you.  I think you're a little paranoid.

My only point.......was to point out that your fancy-ass post with all the nice colors and emoticons and all that other cute shit, like most of the articles I read right now about horrible crashes in progress, doesn't quite pass the sniff test.

You might recall that I've repeatedly called for a market correction in or around 2020. Long before Trump was even on the scene to make it worse (which he is) and before the Fed started raising rates and selling off QE assets.

I now expect the markets are topping, which is not the same as crashing. The most likely thing to happen in equites right now is a rally. In fact one seems to have begun today.

Yes, there will be a correction. But if you think it's the last one, The Big One, I expect you're wrong.

I've been out of  the markets since January. I took my 90K in profits from last year, paid my substantial taxes on the gains, and bought a good house, on credit.  Paid off a mortgage too. The new loan is  locked in for 30 years.. Let the interest rates go to 20%. Let inflation go crazy. I'm cool with it.

The interest I'm paying on the house is now at least a point higher than I think is decent, but I paid an extra 10% down, so I wouldn't be horribly leveraged. If the markets crash, I'll survive. Maybe I can refinance all my debt when the Fed does crash the economy and they decide to lower rates again. Think that won't happen? I'm not sure, but I give it better than 50/50 odds. Lets see where we're at in 3-4 years.

I understand why you're gleeful about a  crash, because you want to see people like me get their well-deserved (in your twisted mind) comeuppance. And, you have few assets to lose. Thing is, I'm doing what I'm doing so I wont be where you are when I'm your age. Worst case, I'll fail and be right where you are financially. So why shouldn't I try to try to save and invest?

Your moralizing would be more believable if you had something to lose.

I was tolerant of your bullshit until you started trying to post flat out lies in the name of truth. Now you're on my shit list. Stick with climate change. That's your expertise. I always agree with you on climate, because your arguments make sense.

Any of us can be wrong. That's not a crime. But making up shit doesn't help anybody.

Our best bet is to try to deal with reality, not go crazy with fear over shit way beyond our control, that might not  happen. That's my heartfelt opinion. I'm okay with you disagreeing, but you have a tendency to get real ugly when you're questioned.

Not sure why I bother. I know my efforts are completely wasted on you, AG. But the truth is that I do like you. I think you have good heart. You're really intelligent too. And your have had a broad experience in life. Done things that require nerve and skill/

You're really still really angry at the world though.  We could be friends if you could let go of a few things. I ain't holdin' my breath.
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Sell it to someone else, Tex
« Reply #9385 on: November 01, 2018, 12:11:13 PM »

We've been down this "Agelbert is too sensitive" road before. It was baloney then and it is baloney now.  ;D

Hey Tex, you are  the one telling me to fuck off and calling me a liar. If you think I cannot read between your Republican loving lines, SEVERAL POSTS BEFORE THAT, you are nuttier than a fruitcake. Sell it to someone else, Tex. I've got your number. I'm not your enemy. However, I am convinced you do NOT want me posting things that piss you off on this forum. Therefore, it is axiomatic that YOU DO NOT WANT ME HERE!



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Re: Sell it to someone else, Tex
« Reply #9386 on: November 01, 2018, 01:19:39 PM »

We've been down this "Agelbert is too sensitive" road before. It was baloney then and it is baloney now.  ;D

Hey Tex, you are  the one telling me to fuck off and calling me a liar. If you think I cannot read between your Republican loving lines, SEVERAL POSTS BEFORE THAT, you are nuttier than a fruitcake. Sell it to someone else, Tex. I've got your number. I'm not your enemy. However, I am convinced you do NOT want me posting things that piss you off on this forum. Therefore, it is axiomatic that YOU DO NOT WANT ME HERE!


You do appear to be a blatant liar. I called you on it, and you can't even come up with one shred of evidence to support your lies.

No I'm not a Republican. Sorry. I know who I am, even if you happen to be a clueless asshole who likes to fill a thread with spam to try to prove points you can't make with words.

Yeah, get lost. please. I'm not going to censor you. I'm going to keep calling you out until you get tired and leave again. I'm pissed now. Do your worst, asshole.
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Nexus HOT News: Big Oil Deceit to elect Republicans + New Denier Pundit Nonsense
« Reply #9387 on: November 01, 2018, 02:42:40 PM »
 
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November 1, 2018

Big Oil-Funded Campaign🐉🦕🦖 Uses Pot of Money to Mislead Latino Voters

The fossil-fuel-funded campaign to defeat the carbon tax ballot measure in Washington State is attracting enormous sums of money as well as charges of dubious outreach efforts towards minority communities. A review of state data by Reuters shows that the oil industry has spent more than $30 billion dollars to fight the measure--double the amount of money spent by pro-initiative groups, and the most money ever spent to defeat a ballot measure in Washington. And as the Stranger reports, some of that staggering sum is going towards misleading campaigns directed at Spanish-speaking voters: several Latino business owners say that a mailer sent by the opposition campaign listing their businesses as opposed to the ballot is misleading and that they did not agree to appear on the mailer. "Most campaigns don’t even bother reaching out to Latino voters," Peter Bloch Garcia of the Latino Community Fund told the Stranger. "But because we’ve been organizing for years, front and center, and taking a strong position in support of 1631 they are explicitly targeting us. I have never in my life in Washington seen a targeted mailer like this that has exploited our community."

https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2018/10/30/34766340/big-oil-is-exploiting-latinos-in-washington-state-with-misleading-advertising



Oceans Boiling Up

The world's oceans may have absorbed much more heat in recent years than previously thought, a new study says, with worrying implications for how fast climate change may increase in the future. The study, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, finds that oceans may have warmed 60 percent more between 1991 and 2016 compared to current IPCC estimates. "We thought that we got away with not a lot of warming in both the ocean and the atmosphere for the amount of CO2 that we emitted," lead author Laure Resplandy told the Washington Post. "But we were wrong. The planet warmed more than we thought. It was hidden from us just because we didn’t sample it right. But it was there. It was in the ocean already."

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46046067



Florida Farmworkers Face Fearsome Temps 🌡️🚩

Climate change is seriously threatening the health of outdoor workers in Florida's booming agriculture industry, new research shows. A report released this week from Public Citizen and the Farmworker Association of Florida and Emory University finds that farmworkers working outside in all of Florida's 67 counties faced dangerous levels of heat this summer. The report also analyzes data collected from 250 farmworkers during an Emory University study, which showed that four out of five workers exceeded a body temperature of 100.4°F on at least one day during the study. "You talk to farmworkers and they know it’s getting hotter. They feel it and they’re worried," the Farmworker Association of Florida's Jeannie Economos told reporters on a press call.

https://thinkprogress.org/florida-farmworkers-climate-change-report-2e04cf75fce3/




Immigrants, Climate Change, Bombs and Conspiracy Theories

New research from Cornell, published in PNAS this week, finds that the public vastly underestimates how concerned minority and low-income Americans are about climate change, likely due to the widespread stereotype of environmental concerns being something for wealthy white people who don’t have more pressing problems.

But extreme events like Hurricanes Harvey and Maria have increasingly made it clear that those underserved communities are hit hardest by climate change, and their high level of concern reflects that reality. Importantly, the study found that when subjects were shown a mock-up photo of a diverse (hypothetical) green group, the perception gap between how much they thought people cared and how much people actually do care shrunk, offering yet more evidence that diversity is important to climate action.

Moving from the lab to field work, Alex Harris at the Miami Herald reported Tuesday on Public Citizen’s new report, coproduced with an Emory University researcher and the Farmworker Association of Florida, showing that rising temperatures are putting more and more of Florida’s farm workers in danger. They documented that outdoor workers regularly faced dangerously hot conditions this past summer, with those doing very heavy labor working in dangerous conditions 76% of the time.

Since heavy agriculture work in the US largely relies on undocumented immigrants, it’s likely that dangerous conditions and impacts go underreported. 

For those not in denial, the fact that the people working to feed us are doing so in dangerous conditions should be both upsetting and motivating. For those in denial, any connection of climate change and immigration issues is an unwelcome thought that must be rationalized away or flatly rejected.

For example, in response to a piece in the Guardian detailing how climate change is one of the drivers of the migrant caravan, Anthony Watts 🦖 goes full FoxNews 😈 Grandpa. He described the story, which documents how repeated (climate amplified) droughts that cause crop failures are sending farmers in search of a better way to feed their family, as “journalistic bullhockey.”

He then said the “‘climate driver’ idea is just as stupid as the idea that these people are making the trek of over 2000 miles on their own, walking the entire way, without assistance, timing the arrival to coincide with just before the U.S. elections, so they can be front page news, and used to elicit sympathy for one party while being used to attack the other.”

Yes, according to Watts, poor, starving immigrants have uprooted their entire lives and begun walking thousands of miles in order influence the US midterms. Because everything, everywhere, around the world, is always about how those pesky liberals are pulling the strings to make conservatives look bad.  

This, to deniers 🦕, is a sensible sentiment. And even the relatively sane ones are apparently finding the climate connection hard to believe. “As best I can tell,” Ryan Maue tweeted, the caravan-climate angle is “completely made up” and “#FakeNews is everywhere especially in weather & climate.” (Yes, the “relatively” in “relatively sane” is doing a lot of work...)

But the climate-carvan-connection news is certainly not fake. As Alex Kaufman at HuffPo writes this week, how we respond to these immigration issues is going to matter a whole lot as the climate continues to change. Deniers clearly aren’t going to see that this obvious climate impact is causing what they consider to be a major problem (aka people who aren’t Norwegian White coming to America) and aren’t going to respond by addressing a root cause: fossil fuel emissions.

Instead, they’ll do what authoritarians do, and send in the troops to use military force to enforce the (white) nationalist status quo.


Sad as Watts’s and Maue’s mental contortions are, they’re hardly the only climate deniers with conspiratorial mindsets. As Scott Waldman at E&E reported on Tuesday, a raft of climate-change-denying conservative pundits have spent the last week as “bomb deniers,” casting doubt on the reality of and perpetrator behind the string of mail bomb terrorist attacks. They doubted whether the bombs were real at all, or whether they were actually sent by “some progressive psycho” in the words of Steve Milloy.

Whether you want to deny the reality of climate change, or how it can be a trigger or driver of immigration, or that your President’s constant attacks on the press and politicians found fertile ground in a fevered mind, the playbook is the same.

Call the problem a hoax and blame it on a shadowy elite using “fake news” to achieve their own nefarious goals at the expense of an unwitting public. Whether the cabal is communist climate scientists, progressives mailing themselves bombs or wealthy Jewish liberals supposedly funding migrant caravans, it doesn’t matter how crazy it sounds so long as it gives aggrieved and entitled white men a scapegoat to attack.

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Freakishly Slow Sea Ice Regrowth: 1 of 2 // Oct 26, 2018
« Reply #9388 on: November 01, 2018, 03:05:06 PM »
Freakishly Slow Sea Ice Regrowth: 1 of 2 // Oct 26, 2018

Arctic sea ice regrowth in October is freakishly slow. We are at record low ice extent for late October; even lower than the 2012 minimum. In this video, and the next, I chat about:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/zKeB9vFozk4&fs=1" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/zKeB9vFozk4&fs=1</a>


֍ Beaufort Gyre stalling and reversal,
֍ atmospheric and ocean circulation changes,
֍ sea-surface and water column temperatures,
֍ salinities,
֍ heat transport, and much more.
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Freakishly Slow Sea Ice Regrowth: 2 of 2 // Oct 26, 2018

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/PDDRo-N8SzA&fs=1" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/PDDRo-N8SzA&fs=1</a>

Second video continues as before.  And since formation in 2015, there have been two permanent hot spots in the oceans off Svalbard, with water temperatures at 78 degrees latitude North of 18.5 degrees Celsius in late October.    


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Agelbert NOTE: Vote Republican next week and your FASCIST ASS WILL SOON BE CLIMATE CHANGE GRASS. Mine too. :( Thanks for everything, Republican Fascist Enabling, reality check challenged, MORONS.






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After White Supremacist Terror, Trump 🦀 Doubles Down from Birthright to Border
« Reply #9389 on: November 01, 2018, 03:21:09 PM »
After White Supremacist Terror, Trump Doubles Down from Birthright to the Border

October 30, 2018

In the aftermath of a spate of white supremacist violence from Florida to Kentucky to Pittsburgh, President Trump is ramping up nativism and xenophobia. The U.S. is deploying up to 14,000 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, purportedly in response to a caravan of Central American asylum seekers. Trump also says he might revoke birthright citizenship for the babies of non-citizens. We are joined by historian Gerald Horne of the University of Houston

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AARON MATE: It’s The Real News. I’m Aaron Mate.

From pipe bombs in the mail, to the killing of two black shoppers in Kentucky, to the synagogue massacre in Pittsburgh, the U.S. is grappling with yet a new round of white supremacist terror. But in the aftermath of this incident, and just days before the midterms, President Trump is ramping up the nativism and xenophobia that has stoked white supremacists. First, on Monday, federal officials announced plans to send 5,200 active duty troops to the U.S.-Mexico border in response to a caravan of Central American asylum seekers fleeing violence in dire conditions at home.

SPEAKER: Our message to the organizers and participants of this caravan is simple: As the President and Secretary Nielsen have made clear, we will not allow a large group to enter the United States in an unsafe and unlawful manner. For those that seek to cross the border illegally. We will apprehend them and fully enforce the laws of the United States. For those that seek to make an asylum claim safely and lawfully in a port of entry, the governor of Mexico has already offered you protection and employment authorization. If you are fleeing alleged persecution at home, you have arrived at a safe place to make your claim.

AARON MATE: According to Newsweek, the size of the U.S. force on the border could top 14,000. This comes amid reports that Trump is mulling executive actions to shut down border entry entirely, and even suspend habeas corpus, which grants detainees the right to appear before a judge.

Then on Tuesday, Trump announced yet another potential executive action. Speaking to AXIOS, Trump said he might revoke birthright citizenship for babies of noncitizens and undocumented immigrants.

DONALD TRUMP: Now they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order. Now, how ridiculous- we’re the only country in the world where a person comes in, has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits. It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.

REPORTER: Have you talked about that with counsel?

DONALD TRUMP: Yeah, I have.

REPORTER: So where in the process is-

DONALD TRUMP: It’s in the process. It’ll happen. With an executive order. That’s what you’re talking about, right?

Yeah, that’s exactly what I was talking about.

That’s very interesting. I didn’t think anybody knew that but me. I thought I was the only one.

AARON MATE: Joining me to discuss Trump’s latest anti-immigrant actions is Gerald Horne, historian and professor of history and African-American studies at the University of Houston. Welcome, Dr. Horne. Let me ask you first about this latest announcement from Trump today about birthright citizenship. Do you think that he even has the constitutional authority to end birthright citizenship for noncitizens? And if he doesn’t, then as a historian, what do you make of what he’s doing here?

GERALD HORNE: Apparently he does not have the authority to end birthright citizenship via an executive order. That is the impression I got from the words not only of Speaker Paul Ryan, but also from a survey of a number of leading constitutional scholars.

Having said that, we all know that the Republicans have packed the courts, the federal courts, in recent months and years. And many of these federal judges owe a debt of gratitude to the Republicans and Mr. Trump personally for him placing them on the court. And so it’s possible that there could be a wildcard federal judge, and certainly a wildcard Supreme Court, that could pass on that. I doubt it. But we’re in a different age right now. It’s obvious that many of our liberal friends have miscalculated when they overestimated the democratic potential nature of the United States of America, and the Bill of Rights, particularly. And I’m afraid to say that many of us are going to pay the price for that miscalculation.

AARON MATE: As a historian, when you hear Trump speak like this, what historical parallels come up for you? I’ll just say for myself that my thought today was I was recalling how the Nazis, back when they were formulating their own so-called racial purification laws, that they looked to the United States for inspiration.

GERALD HORNE: That’s true. There’s been a good deal of scholarship with regard to that, particularly how the Nazis looked the United States for so-called antimiscegenation laws. That is to say, laws in the United States that basically made it verboten for those defined as white to marry those defined as black. Obviously in Germany that was transferred to the German non-Jewish population and the Jewish population.

That is one striking parallel, but of course there are striking parallels from U.S. history itself. We should not forget the fact that when the Ku Klux Klan arose post-1865 in the wake of the U.S. Civil War, in many ways they were the armed wing of the Democratic Party. That is to say, the Democratic Party then being the party of Jim Crow, the party of Dixie. And that kind of terrorism that was inflicted, not least on black people post-1865, we hear echoes at least of that kind of policy in 2018 as enunciated by the present occupant of the White House.

AARON MATE: OK. So you mentioned 1865. So just 13 years later, in 1878, you have the signing of the Posse Comitatus Act, which bars military forces from playing a role in domestic law enforcement. Now there is talk of that being suspended, along with the suspension of habeas corpus, as I mentioned earlier, giving people the right to appear before a judge in this crackdown on the border, with Trump sending thousands of troops there, possibly over 14,000, which is about as many as are in Afghanistan right now.

And yesterday at the White House, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about this, and whether these drastic steps, these suspensions of constitutional protections, is on the table.

REPORTER: Now those are options on the table?

SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS: Look, I’m not going to get into specific policies that we’re considering. There’s a number of actions that we’re looking at taking. When we’re ready to make an announcement on that front, we’ll let you know.

AARON MATE: That’s Sarah Huckabee Sanders. So Dr. Horne, if Trump is sending thousands of troops to the border, is he violating Posse Comitatus? And would there be a historical parallel for such an infringement, as he’s apparently doing that?

GERALD HORNE: Well, once again I’d have to give a similar response as I gave to the previous question; that is to say, that there is an argument that he is in violation of the law, but there is a counter argument that if he goes before the so-called right judge, that will not matter. It reminds me of what Trump’s lawyer Roy Cohn, the late Roy Cohn, the anticommunist fixer and colleague of Senator Joe McCarthy, once said. When he went into court he didn’t want to know what the law is, he wanted to know who the judge is. And I think that that’s the kind of philosophy that you see taking place with regard to Mr. Trump’s actions.

Secondly, this removal or threat to remove habeas corpus is particularly dangerous. That is a long-standing writ that goes back to England hundreds of years ago which allows a prisoner improperly detained to go before a judge and be released. That suggests that there will be a mass roundup of some sort where people will not be able to go to a federal judge to be released.

And then thirdly, I think you have to look at the fact or the possibility that what Mr. Trump is saying is a desperate electoral gambit. That is to say, the midterm elections are taking place on Tuesday. There are polls that suggest that the Republicans will lose the House. More to the point, the Houston papers in particular are talking about a Beto bump; that is to say, senatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke, who’s running against incumbent Ted Cruz. He’s behind in the polls. But the so-called Beto bump might wipe out Republican Congressman Will Hurd, a former CIA analyst who is now in the Congress. He’s running against a very strong Democratic candidate who is expected to benefit from the Beto bump. And it’s possible that Mr. Trump is trying to prevent other Beto bumps by ginning up the right-wing base, particularly in southern Texas.

AARON MATE: So in terms of these threats to all these basic rights, now, there is a growing fear that this is not just being done to target undocumented people, but this is also part of a process that wants to gin up fear in order to justify cracking down on dissent on progressives at home, working people, to crush strikes. And I’m wondering, in this context, to what extent is the historical crackdown on working people, the crushing of unions- a huge theme especially in the 20th century- how has that contributed to what we’re seeing today, and actually to the appeal and the power of white supremacy across the country?

GERALD HORNE: Well, I couldn’t have asked a better question myself. One of the things I’ve been stressing in recent days, months, and indeed, years, is that you cannot underestimate the potency of the Red Scare, which not least routed progressive labor. I oftentimes cite the case of Harry Bridges, the leader of West Coast Longshore, who led the San Francisco General Strike of 1934. Happened to be born in Melbourne, Australia. And therefore it led to repeated efforts not only to deport him, but to weaken his progressive leadership. The Union, the International Longshore and Warehouseman’s Union, had to spent a pretty penny out of its treasury in order to keep their leader from being deported. I could also cite the case of Ferdinand Smith, a black Jamaican who was number two in the National Maritime Union, who actually was deported in the early 1950s, which led to the demolishing, virtually, of the National Maritime Union, which he led, turning ships into floating slums.

That also led to a devastation of political education which has been particularly harmful to the working class. Particularly, I would say, those working-class voters who were seduced and [traduced] into voting for Mr. Trump in places like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, et cetera. And it created an overall atmosphere of backwardness whereby the class question was downgraded, which inevitably lead like a seesaw to the rising of ultra right-wing white nationalism, which you just saw manifested in Pittsburgh, not least.

AARON MATE: I want to go to a clip of some of the xenophobia and chauvinism that has stoked by the media. Because it’s not just Trump, it’s also his allies on Fox News, especially. So I want to go to Lou Dobbs 🐉 speaking recently on his show on the Fox Business Network.


LOU DOBBS: The fear is, to be clear, the fear is that some of them are radical Islamist terrorists that have intermingled with this group of Central Americans. A further fear is that many of the, you know, so many of these, these migrants from Central America, frankly, are radical left-wingers. Their leaders are left-wing party members, for crying out loud, out of Honduras. This is- and no one other than the President at this point, we- you know, I keep expecting to hear Chuck Schumer Nancy Pelosi express their concern for America. But with a caravan that seems to be doubling every few days in size, they have said nothing.

AARON MATE: So that’s Lou Dobbs speaking on the Fox Business Channel about the migrant caravan comprised of hundreds of people fleeing violence and persecution in Central America. Dr. Horne, As we wrap, where do you rate this moment right now in history, in terms of the level of white supremacy and chauvinism we’re seeing being mainstreamed across the country? And if you have any comments on what Lou Dobbs said there, and especially about the role that that’s stoking fear of immigrants has played in a historical context.

GERALD HORNE: Well, obviously Lou Dobbs is introducing a canard when he’s speaking about so-called Middle Easterners who are part of this caravan of hope, which is making its way through Mexico as we speak. I find it also striking that the speaker in waiting, Kevin McCarthy, has demonized Jewish billionaires such as George Soros, Michael Bloomberg, Tom Steyer, who’s leading the struggle to impeach Mr. Trump; and deleted his tweet demonizing them, but the stain still remains. Note as well that the New York Times just reported this morning that a leading executive of Campbell’s Soup Company was recently ousted because he singled out George Soros as financing this caravan that’s heading North. That is to say, like Kevin McCarthy, helping to whip up the kind of anti-Semitism that you saw recently manifested in Pittsburgh.

I would say this is a particularly dangerous moment, because unlike previous dangerous moments we don’t have the necessary kind of international solidarity that the black liberation movement, for example, enjoyed for decades, but does not necessarily enjoy today. That means that the ultra right-wing white nationalists have wind in their sails as a result, and our climb as a result will be uphill, I’m afraid.


AARON MATE: We’ll leave it there. Gerald Horne, historian, professor of history and African-American studies at the University of Houston, thanks very much.

GERALD HORNE: Thank you.

AARON MATE: And thank you for joining us on The Real News.

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