Daily News Thread 2/11

Mexico warns citizens in US after woman deported

Mexico is warning its citizens in the US to "take precautions" following the deportation of a Mexican woman who had lived in the US for more than 20 years.

India mulls universal basic income in the war on poverty

India is considering giving a small fixed income to its citizens each month in lieu of the current plethora of subsidies and social welfare schemes.

Army veterans return to Standing Rock to form a human shield against police

A growing group of military veterans are willing to put their bodies between Native American activists and the police trying to remove them.

FBI terrorism taskforce investigating Standing Rock activists

FBI representatives have contacted several ‘water protectors’, raising alarm that an indigenous-led movement is being construed as domestic terrorism.

Top Federal Reserve official resigns as bank deregulation looms

The Federal Reserve Board's top bank regulator said on Friday he would resign, giving a boost to President Donald Trump's plans to ease reforms put in place after the 2007-09 financial crisis.

UAW: Tesla workers interested in joining union

The United Auto Workers on Friday confirmed that some Tesla Motors Inc. workers have “approached” the union about organizing at the company’s plant in Fremont, California.

Donald Trump considering 'brand new' immigration order

Donald Trump has said he is considering signing a “brand-new” executive order on immigration, following the court ruling blocking his travel ban on Thursday.

Finland's biggest trade union says a universal basic income is 'useless'

Finland's experiment with a universal basic income is unworkable and unaffordable, according to the country's biggest trade union.

Russia Today Is Expanding In France And Preparing To Launch A French TV Channel

The Russian broadcaster’s global influence is continuing to expand, with extra staff being hired ahead of the French presidential election – with a TV channel to follow by the end of the year.

Weed Is Officially a Billion-Dollar Industry in Colorado

The state sold $1.3 billion in recreational and medical marijuana in 2016, though experts think the boom will eventually level off.

Trump border 'wall' to cost $21.6 billion, take 3.5 years to build: internal report

President Donald Trump’s “wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border would be a series of fences and walls that would cost as much as $21.6 billion, and take more than three years to construct, based on a U.S. Department of Homeland Security internal report seen by Reuters on Thursday.

Top Advisor Scorches Exxon’s Harassment of Environmentalists in Her Resignation Letter

One of ExxonMobil's top independent ombudsmen resigned from her post this week with a scathing letter criticizing the company's harassment of nonprofit environmental organizations.

Forty-three percent of US children live in low-income families

Forty-three percent of all children in the United States live in low-income families, according to a report released late last month by the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP).

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Remembering Red Vienna

Though tragically snuffed out by the rise of fascism, Red Vienna was an island of socialist organizing and workers’ power worth commemorating.

Capitalizing on Rural Resentment

An interview with Katherine J. Cramer on her new book on the politics of resentment in Wisconsin.

In case you thought Trump was imploding

For those of you who may be cocooned in the liberal blogosphere, I’m afraid I must administer a cold slap in the face.

The (dis)information mercenaries now controlling Trump’s databases

Now that Trump, his SuperPACs and even their vendors have got a ton of data on every American, what could they do with that? We look at the PSYOPS dashboards that have been built by the same vendors to manipulate populations in Libya, Afghanistan and countless other countries.

Behind the Internet's Anti-Democracy Movement

White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is reportedly a reader of neoreactionary political theory. A tour through the pro-authoritarian philosophy gaining visibility on the right.

As Tensions Rise, Steve Bannon and ISIS Get Closer to Their Common Goal: Civilizational War

High-ranking members of the current administration — most notably its chief strategist, Steve Bannon — have publicly espoused apocalyptic theories of history that center on a forthcoming clash between Western countries and the Muslim world, a conflict that many of them seem to perceive as both inevitable and desirable.

A Socialist Strategy to Defeat Trump

Kshama Sawant: Escalate the resistance towards shutdowns on March 8 and May 1!

Should we support Mélenchon?

An interview with Frédéric Lordon.

I must add that the story about UBI in India is a bit misleading. It's much more closer to Friedman's negative income, and is backed by private interests that aim to privatize the entire welfare system.

Indians should be suspicious of this effort, especially after the demonitization debacle which was backed by e-cash corps.

This I predict will happen more regularly in the future; in which UBI will be used by private interests to destroy the welfare state.

Same thing with the UBI in Finland. UBI is pretty shit

Glad to see there is no circumstance in which they are unhappy to sell you the rope to hang them.


Good stuff.

Wrong article: theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/11/standing-rock-army-veterans-camp


they probably worried nobody needs unions when people can just tell their boss to shove it when he doesn't treat them well.



I don't want to live in this world anymore.



That's no surprise. The unions don't want their monopoly on welfare and worker-employer bargaining to be undermined.
It's easily affordable if the country simply increases taxes on those earning above a certain threshold to cancel out the extra money they receive. The idea that people simply stop working has already been demonstrated to be false. It simply gives workers more individual bargaining power.

Umaru is cute. The only problem with her is that she sometimes pretends to act mature.

UBI is an excuse to gut the welfare state and monetize/privatize basic rights and services which are currently provided by the state. There is not a single UBI proposal currently being seriously considered by any government that doesn't prevent recipients from receiving other forms of welfare payments from the state.

Which other welfare payments are you talking about? It shouldn't cut into things like disability support.

Anyway, even if current implementations are bad, that doesn't mean the idea is bad. The alternative in the medium term is a mass culling of the working class.

excuse me for sounding retarded, but what does OP/EDs mean?

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