Tuesday’s news links – Sept. 8, 2020

Protesters march on September 1 after the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Kenosha’s looting is a symptom of a decrepit democracy Vox

‘I couldn’t hide my tears’: Families mourn at Belle Isle tribute to virus victims Detroit News

California inferno

The Big, Dirty Money Behind the California Wildfires Common Dreams


Graduate students to strike in protest of fall reopening Michigan Daily

At 65%, Approval of Labor Unions in U.S. Remains High Gallup

Athletes’ Racial Justice Protest Last Week Made History. But It Wasn’t the First Wildcat Strike in Pro Sports TPM

How textbooks taught white supremacy Harvard Gazette

Americans tend to see racism as a result of Southern slavery, and this thinking has all kinds of problems. First of all, slavery was in the North as well as in the South, and the people who formed the idea of American identity were not Southern slave owners, they were Northerners. The father of white supremacy was not a Southerner; it was John H. Van Evrie, a Canadian who ended up settling in New York City.

How Attacks On Trump Help Him To Make His Case Moon of Alabama

Over the last two days the Joe Biden campaign made a rather hapless attempt to smear President Donald Trump over allegedly negative comments about previous wars and dead soldiers. The attack was launched with a Jeffrey Goldberg piece in the Atlantic headlined: Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers’ …

No one should be surprised that a Jeffrey Goldberg piece turns out to be a bunch of lies. After Goldberg volunteered as concentration camp guard for the Zionist colony in Palestine he made a career as a war mongering journalist:

Goldberg’s career will be remembered primarily for a long, award-winning reported piece from Iraq that ran in The New Yorker in March 2002, at the height of the post-9/11 jingoistic fervor, which informed that magazine’s readership that Saddam Hussein had both an active WMD program and ties to Al-Qaeda. Goldberg endorsed George W. Bush’s catastrophic war of choice in an article for Slate later that year, in which he wrote, “I believe that the coming invasion of Iraq will be remembered as an act of profound morality.” …

The current attack on Trump, especially as it is based on weak anonymous sourcing, is exactly what Trump needs to gain more voters and a higher turn out.

Instead of talking about real issues the Democrats have fallen back on attacking Trump’s personality. That method has failed for more than four years of Russiagate and impeachment blubber but it continues.

Why does anyone believe that such attacks will suddenly have a different outcome than to help Trump win another election?

Philippines: Duterte Pardons US Marine Who Killed Trans Woman teleSUR

Capitalist crisis

The protracted crisis of capitalism Monthly Review

There is a commonly-held view that the current crisis in capitalism, which has resulted in a massive output contraction and increase in unemployment, is because of the pandemic; and that once the pandemic gets over, things will go back to “normal”. This view is entirely erroneous for two reasons

A majority of young adults in the U.S. live with their parents for the first time since the Great Depression Pew Research Center

The Wrath of Amazon: JEDI wars rage on after US Department of Defense affirms Microsoft contract The Register

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