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Trump signs 'extreme vetting' order to limit immigration - BBC News
essentially, the muslim ban. // It also put a cap of 50,000 refugees entering the US in 2017 - less than half the previous upper limit. // The order also said all immigration programmes should include questions to "evaluate the applicant's likelihood of becoming a positively contributing member of society." //&! https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/27/donald-trump-muslim-refugee-ban-executive-action - Marking a draconian shift in US policy, Donald Trump on Friday issued an executive order that will deny refugees and immigrants from certain Muslim-majority countries entry to the United States.
Muslim  Islam  immigration  prejudice  bigotry  stigma  stereotype  USA  refugee  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  ban  war  on  terror  Military–industrial  complex  Prison–industrial  capitalism  Privatisation  neoliberalism  lobby 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
Barack Obama in Dallas bei Trauerfeier für getötete Polizisten: Ein Land, zwei Welten - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Dallas hat Abschied von den fünf ermordeten Polizisten genommen. Bei der Trauerfeier versuchte US-Präsident Obama, die Nation zu trösten. Doch selbst der Meisterredner erkannte: Worte allein helfen nicht mehr. [...] Denn die Ereignisse von Dallas, Baton Rouge und Falcon Heights und die bitteren Demonstrationen überall haben gezeigt: Ein tiefer Riss zieht sich durch die USA, emotional, gesellschaftlich, politisch. Ein Land - zwei Welten.

"Die tiefsten Verwerfungslinien unserer Demokratie wurden entblößt, wenn nicht noch weiter aufgerissen", sagt Obama über die fatalen Schüsse auf Schwarze und Polizisten. Man frage sich, ob sich "Amerikas Rassenfragen je überwinden" ließen. Ob stattdessen nicht das Undenkbare eintrete: "Dass die Mitte nicht mehr zusammenhält und die Dinge noch schlimmer werden."
post-racial  America  gun  ownership  gun  violence  Police  Brutality  barackobama  USA  inequality  Gini  coefficient  No  Representation  social  mobility  income  mobility  downward  mobility  prison–industrial  complex  poverty  child  poverty  prejudice  stereotype  1%  10%  20% 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
US-Eltern meiden Adoption afroamerikanischer Kinder - SPIEGEL ONLINE
In den USA gelten 140.000 afroamerikanische Kinder, die in Pflege oder Heimen leben, als schwer vermittelbar. Adoptionswillige US-Paare möchten lieber Kinder aus dem Ausland - aber nicht aus Afrika. [...] Rund 40 Prozent der Adoptiveltern äußerten explizit, dass sie ganz spezifisch kein schwarzes Kind wollten, weil diese sowohl vom Aussehen als auch "kulturell zu verschieden" seien. Aber: Sie adoptierten Kinder aus zehn Ländern der Welt, ohne ethnische oder rassische Vorbehalte - so lange es nur nicht um schwarze Kinder ging. [...] Angst vor dem Rassismus der Anderen [...] Im Klartext: Weil man weiß, dass es schwarze Kinder einmal schwerer haben werden, macht man es ihnen schwerer, adoptiert zu werden.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Why Hillary Clinton’s ‘super-predator’ concession is such a big moment for political protest - The Washington Post
Clinton’s 1996 speech included some language about these so-called super-predators implying that they were a generation of guilt- and compassion-free sociopaths who, in the interest of society, simply had to be contained. [...] Clinton seemed audibly and visibly irritated, saying she would answer if allowed to speak and then, even more notably, “that no one had ever asked her that before.” Then, Clinton essentially moved on with her regularly scheduled fundraising program. There was no accounting, partial or full, for her 1996 position nor how she arrived at her 2016 stance on criminal justice reform. Moving on. [...] Clinton decided to offer an apology for using that “super-predator” and “brought to heel” language. In the 1990s both were part of a relatively popular but now largely discredited theory about rising youth crime. [ tough on crime was] effective tactic with white voters, because in the [US] there are a whole host of persistent stereotypes abt race & criminality.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Medien in der Vertrauenskrise: Was zu tun ist - mit Anja Reschke | ZAPP | NDR - YouTube
[ symptom ... of our time. = by-product (Luegenpresse)! ] // [ einflussnahme ] [ befangenheit ] // TV = brot, wasser & spiele. // vollmuendiger buerger wird beformundet. kann man ihn nicht zumassen.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Politicking: Matt Taibbi on America's 'Injustice System' - YouTube
worship culture of success. [...] jail is for poor people. [...] securities fraud go jail free w fine, and do benefit/welfare fraud, go straight to jail! // For Profit Bail System - on YouTube Vice Channel. //&! Matt Taibbi, "The Divide" - youtu.be/k4CohXkdR0w //&! Matt Taibbi: Minding the Wealth Gap - youtu.be/KiRe1PK3zkM //&! Too Big To Fail, Too Big To Jail: Matt Taibbi, Bernie Sanders Town Hall 2013 - youtu.be/d-nh8DYJvlM //&! Matt Taibbi: The Conspiracy To Destroy Our Pensions - youtu.be/ZIDfyfXDGME //&! Matt Taibbi explores US criminal injustice with Bill Maher - youtu.be/uS9LHBPTM7A //&! The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap (w/ Matt Taibbi) - youtu.be/iFl-o7qJHaY
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Simple Weed Question Destroys Drug Czar's Chief Deputy - YouTube
Michael Botticelli, the drug czar's chief deputy // US Rep. at Pot Hearing: 'People Don't Smoke Marijuana and Beat Up Their Wives' - youtu.be/wOU_3wsc35s - 'nobody dies from marijuana. [...] meth and heroin are the drugs that ravage our country. [...] your focus on marijuana is a failure of war on drugs, its a crime to incarcerate people possessing marijuana. [...] the drug war is a serious failure.' //&! US Rep. To Deputy Director of Drug Policy: You're 'Part of the Problem' - youtu.be/qj-n082LsI4 //&! Congressman Destroys War on Marijuana in Four Minutes - youtu.be/texEvnmciy4 //&! Bill Clinton: Let States Legalize Marijuana - youtu.be/feIHOAR1IP8 //&! Obama On Legalizing Marijuana - youtu.be/88oGtAyUioM //&! Colorado Is Literally Too Rich Because Of Weed - youtu.be/6awP8S9NzqM - +50m tax rev in first year
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Robert Downey Jr pardoned in California for felony drug conviction | Film | The Guardian
The governor of California pardoned Robert Downey Jr on Thursday for a nearly 20-year-old felony drug conviction that sent the Oscar-nominated actor to jail for nearly a year. Downey was among 91 people granted pardons for criminal convictions after demonstrating they had rehabilitated themselves and been out of custody for at least 10 years, Governor Jerry Brown’s office announced. The pardon does not erase records of a conviction, but it restores voting rights and is a public proclamation that the person has remained out of trouble and demonstrated “exemplary behavior”, according to materials on Brown’s website.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Can drug courts stop overdose deaths in heroin epidemic? - BBC News
[ symptom of wider society and it's characteristics ] - Unlikely face of heroin epidemic in small town America - Drug-related deaths have soared in New Hampshire, where an influx of cheap heroin has claimed victims from every section of society. The state is facing an epidemic of addiction and overdoses. Voters in the state, which holds the first-in-the-nation presidential primary in February, say drugs are now their biggest concern. - [ there is demand for numbing, escapism, thrill ride, distraction ] - bbc.in/1J3JoAV - [ not being enough X ] [ symptom of the rat race ]
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
MSNBC...Why the Fawning Interview With the Kochs? - YouTube
What is the Citizens United decision? Corporations are people. //&! GOP Has Turned into a Race Among Oligarchs to Own Everything - youtu.be/SNja0Iwpk8s "poison the channel of public information." = Fascism = merging of business and state interest. for the few. - via vice president Henry Wallace & Franklin d. roosevelt
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Chris Hedges June 8, 2015 Town Hall Seattle - YouTube
Ceased all power and rendered the citizen powerless. This is no capitalistic democracy. This is crony capitalism. Capitalism has no internal constraints. remove external constraints & it will see & use everything (private free market enterprise) as replaceable & commodity w a price (even the planet): the environment, workers health. &! non-violent revolution! // Revolutions are internal affairs w different dynamic. All succesful revolutions are fundamentally non-violent. No revolution is successful until sizable internal protection/security defects (Whistleblower et al) and refuses to fight for the discredited regime/plutocracy/oligarchy/Elite/Super Rich/1%/Corporation/crony capitalism/tax evasion/tax avoidance and joins the revolution. // Living in truth & speaking the truth to power. Pulling people into the streets & discrediting the status quo. Dont pit people against each other. Essay. The power of the powerless // If we do not break it. We & our children have no future!
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Cornel West and Richard Wolff talk about Capitalism and White Supremacy - YouTube
individualism tends to capitalism (each their own coloured widget) vs individuality of the individual. don't mistake the one for the other and you can't achieve the same happiness and well-being with just individualism because it is also based on constant consumption. // what people leave out of socialism and the pundits decry over it. is democracy. democratic socialism. // Plutocracy is undercutting its ability to survive! Problem, the system will take us down with it. // We got ecological catastrophe on our doorstep. Nuclear catastrophe. And Capitalisms catastrophe. //&! Ceased all power and rendered the citizen powerless. This is no capitalistic democracy. This is crony capitalism. - Chris Hedges June 8, 2015 - youtu.be/iA41ggsdeXE - capitalism has no internal constraints. remove external constraints & it will see & use everything (private free market enterprise) as replaceable & commodity w a price (even the planet): the environment, workers health. &! non-violent revolution!
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Global Capitalism: October 2015 Monthly Update - YouTube
33:40 Price Increase 13.1% 2013/14. Big Pharma + Lobby + insurance company + letting itself being sugar-coated-medical profession = medical-industrial complex. A cosy relationship. // Big Sugar. Big Tobacco. Big Oil/Fossil Fuel. // US spends more % (18%) of GDP on medical related expenses than any other developed/western country. //&! 44:40 - VW! No.1 air polluter is private automobil. "we are not talking about more profits. but maximising profits while accepting the contribution to air pollution and death of the vulnerable (asthma). [...] fraud. that caused who know how many people. [...] example of what capitalism is. if there is more money to make. do it." [+ Zeitarbeit, Leiharbeit exploitation] "deadly behaviour of conglomerates (many recalls blamed on complexity of car) in a rational society, but no questions have been asked." [] [Underinvestment in public transportation in USA. 1/2 of Berlin citizens have no car. tell that LA.] "Decision to Deceive. Knowingly harm People."
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC Radio 5 live - In Short, Branson: Treating addicts with 'decency' saves them
Policy Making for Super Rich, 1%, vested interest and interest groups & Industry (capitalism) >> bit.ly/1eX3wC2 - [ First it was Big Sugar in USA that put Political pressure (will withdraw funding) on WHO to withdraw new & much low added sugar intake/nutritional guidance. Now this with the UN. Who are Policy Makers anyway? Are there any characters at these institutions? - bit.ly/1kmEDHJ & bit.ly/1GnMUoH & bit.ly/1cSYi7O & bit.ly/1MBJPy3 "Food Politics" & 1.usa.gov/1jyOCJQ ] // Richard Branson "somebody seems to have got to the UN, either a country or somebody worried about their job." The report by the UN Office of Drugs and Crime report allegedly said that there has been "millions of unnecessary arrests and that criminalising people for drugs is unnecessary and harmful." "They had basically come around to the realisation that treating people with decency is how you wean people off drugs". // UN denies Branson claim - bit.ly/1XeWLBp //&! bbc.in/1GP0EDC
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC One - Panorama, Tough Justice in Britain - Texas Style
As the UK's imprisonment rate remains the highest in western Europe, Panorama joins Michael Gove - the man in charge of British prisons - on a fact-finding mission in Texas. 'Hang 'em high' Texas is not the first place you might look for lessons in criminal justice - they execute more people and lock up more offenders than anywhere else in America. But now this conservative state is the unlikely centre of a rehabilitation-led revolution in prison reform that's sweeping through the US. Crime is down, prisoner numbers have fallen and, on top of this, they have cut costs. Are there valuable lessons to be learned here, and are UK politicians really ready to dole out some Texan justice?
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Dr. Carl Hart - Debunking Drug Myths | London Real - YouTube
addictive: sugar+fat mix, alcohol, tobacco, ... [...] criminalising doesn't work (deviant behaviour = Religious), have to allow it supervised (clean drugs, not stretched nor other toxic ingredients) & educate & regulate. based on the scientific evidence it is the best choice for governments pockets (less cost for police and law enforcement, as well new consumer tax source and business tax source, and local gov/councils; paying for license to sell and grow/make, oversight and regular check-ups like food safety and hygiene laws). [...] drugs are an excellent way to vilify and marginalise certain kinds of people. see relative new legal high; media manufactured consent. they are dangerous bc nobody knows what they are & what is in then & there are no clinical trials ie for establishing safety limits! as gov also established safety recommendations for alcohol bit.ly/1uNuvry [...] gov does what voters want them to do (ie both Clinton's against gay marriage) // full episode - bit.ly/1NrcZSQ
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
If People Understood This One Thing, We Would Have Revolution Overnight - YouTube
Martin Luther King, Jr. was working towards a guaranteed basic income for all when he was killed. Wealth inequality, neoliberalism, the actions of the Federal Reserve, along with the greed and theft of the global elite have made the call for a guaranteed basic income for all even more urgent in 2014 than in the 1960s. [...] In his new book, The Economics of Revolution, DeGraw writes: “Having that much wealth consolidated within a mere 1% of the population, while a record number of people toil in poverty and debt, is a crime against humanity. For example, it would only cost 0.5% of the 1%’s wealth to eliminate poverty nationwide. Also consider that at least 40% of the 1%’s accounted for wealth is sitting idle. That’s an astonishing $13 trillion in wealth hoarded away, unused.” In this clip from the full 30-minute interview, DeGraw points out that the Federal Reserve is already printing money and giving it away to the financial elite.
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
USA: Charleston-Morde und Rassismus - Kommentar - SPIEGEL ONLINE
America has to go back and open old wounds! // http://www.npr.org/2013/12/06/249199217/forgiveness-and-reconciliation-mandelas-legacy - Former South African President Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95. He had dedicated his life to ending the racially oppressive apartheid system and creating a democratic and inclusive South Africa.
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
DECLINE of EMPIRES: The Signs of Decay - YouTube
Chalmers Johnson, author of Blowback, Sorrows of Empire and Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic , talks about the similarities in the decline of the Roman and Soviet empires and the signs that the U.S. empire is exhibiting the same symptoms: overextension, corruption and the inability to reform [ in face of global change and internal ideology.] - min 15 + fiscal overstretch that does not serve people (economic multiplier, ie NSA, military bases, personnel, and long-term obligations ie pension and benefits) ... and unable to change bc of ideology married with identity (the American Dream is still alive and this country is fair and meritocratic) as well unable to keep up with global economic competition as a whole (take out Silicon Valley). & unable to smell crony capitalism (no shared economic interest), corruption and bribery when its showing up (ie TTIP, NAFTA and co.) &! Politics & Big Business communication run by PR & Spin Doctors (see also corporations = people).
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Kriegsende 8. Mai 1945: Helmut Schmidt, Schuld und die Nazis - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Statt Reue also Rabulistik: Schmidt flüchtet vor den Verbrechen der Vergangenheit in eine humanitäre Hybris, an der sich die BRD in den vergangenen 70 Jahren selbst ergötzt hat. Das war der Zaubertrick der besseren Deutschen. Und so steht man mal wieder ziemlich fassungslos da und schaut einigen aus dieser Generation zu, wie sie um Begriffe und Worte und Tatsachen herumtänzeln, die doch alle längst geklärt sind. [...] "Abgeschlossen ist die deutsche Auseinandersetzung mit der eigenen Vergangenheit nicht, und sie wird es auch niemals sein", sagte der Historiker Heinrich August Winkler in seiner Rede vor dem Bundestag. "Jede Generation wird ihren eigenen Zugang zum Verständnis einer so widerspruchsvollen Geschichte wie der deutschen suchen."
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Bryan Stevenson | Studio SX | SXSW ON - YouTube
Politics of Fear and Anger. As well as system of electing judges by public poll and election campaigns. // 1/3 of black male in Alabama are not allowed to vote bc of a felony charge/conviction. // Truth and Reconciliation not yet done.
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
As Tim Cook criticizes Indiana, Apple imposes labor discrimination in its own backyard | PandoDaily
Using background checks on construction workers to discriminate against those charged with or convicted of felonies is reportedly very rare in the construction industry, one of the industries that provide opportunities for ex-convicts to get back on their feet in life. Discrimination against ex-offenders is a major ongoing problem that exacerbates poverty, inequality and racism; in an incarceration-mad state like California, Apple’s policy imposed on construction companies it hires means worsening inequality and cycles of poverty for a problem that disproportionately affects people of color. In 2012, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced a new crackdown on illegal employment discrimination against people with criminal records, which are only permitted depending on the nature of the job. [...] // & http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-nations-shame-the-injustice-of-mandatory-minimums-20141007
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
Full Show: Incarceration Nation | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com
America’s prison population has exploded from 300,000 to more than two million today due to harsh sentencing policies and the 40-year-old war on drugs. In this interview, Bill speaks to civil rights lawyer and legal scholar Michelle Alexander about why we need to end our system of mass incarceration. << book the new jim crow &! also http://www.reddit.com/r/explainlikeimfive/comments/2n4xg4/eli5_how_did_adding_le_or_de_to_the_beginning_of/
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november 2014 by asterisk2a
America Must End Its Paranoid War on Hackers | WIRED
"Our privileged attorney-client communications were routinely and illegally opened by the prison; when weev was interrogated by the FBI (while being denied an attorney) about one of his communications to me and complained about his privileged attorney-client mail being opened, one of the FBI agents told him that they “didn’t give a fuck about the attorney client privilege.” Unfortunately, this attitude is typical of many FBI agents; generally they believe they are above the law they are entrusted to enforce. [...] I’ve heard similar tales of nasty, brutish, and petty treatment when dealing with the U.S. penal system from other hackers I know who were thrown in jail for non-violent offenses. [...] Hackers are the new communists for the DOJ.
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october 2014 by asterisk2a

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