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Squat Wanker's debate notes

The Republican plan for American education defined

Donald Trump is being replaced by an immigrant with an anchor baby.

Credit Seth Meyers.

Police Fatalities Much Lower Than Under Reagan, Yet Walker Blames Obama

http://www.progressive.org/news/2015/09/188286/police-fatalities-much-lower-under-reagan-yet-walker-blames-obama




Yesterday, in a guest column in the aptly named Hot Air, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker blamed President Obama for the "disturbing trend of police officers being murdered on the job."

Walker, frantically trying to catch-up to Donald Trump in the not-so-thinly-disguised racism department, says that Obama's "anti-police" and racially-divisive "attitude" is "not the America I grew up in" and caused a throng of Black Lives Matters protesters in St. Paul recently to chant "pigs in a blanket, fry like bacon" at nearby police officers. All this, according to Walker, is causing police officers to be murdered on the job like never before.

Let's take a closer look at this "disturbing trend" that is, in Walker's words, "not the America I grew up in. "

As you can see in the graph above, when Walker was growing up, there were nearly twice as many police shooting fatalities at this point in President Reagan's second term. In fact, police shooting fatalities are down from last year and are also lower than at this point in Presidents Clinton and Bush's second term in office.

Hillary's top donors moved billions in trades beyond CFTC's reach

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/21/usa-banks-swaps-idUSL3N10S57R20150821

Aug 21 (Reuters) - This spring, traders and analysts working deep in the global swaps markets began picking up peculiar readings: Hundreds of billions of dollars of trades by U.S. banks had seemingly vanished.

...

The missing transactions reflected an effort by some of the largest U.S. banks - including Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Bank of America, and Morgan Stanley - to get around new regulations on derivatives enacted in the wake of the financial crisis, say current and former financial regulators.

The trades hadn't really disappeared. Instead, the major banks had tweaked a few key words in swaps contracts and shifted some other trades to affiliates in London, where regulations are far more lenient. Those affiliates remain largely outside the jurisdiction of U.S. regulators, thanks to a loophole in swaps rules that banks successfully won from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in 2013.






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“The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” Film Review (X-Post from GD)

http://www.progressive.org/news/2015/09/188284/%E2%80%9C-black-panthers-vanguard-revolution%E2%80%9D-film-review

Armed with firearms and a law book, back in 1966 Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale boldly patrolled Oakland’s mean streets, confronting the police over their treatment - or mistreatment - of Black people. Insisting on their second amendment right to bear arms and that the so-called “pigs” must obey the letter of the law when interacting with African Americans, their brazen defiance set them on a collision course with the Oakland Police Department, the FBI, the Nixon administration and COINTELPRO (the FBI’s counterinsurgency program designed to splinter the he Black Panthers, the Communist Party, and other social and political movements in the U.S.

As what the New Left called “AmeriKKKa” continues, remarkably, to grapple half a century later with ongoing police brutality against Black people, filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s new movie “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” reminds us that it was precisely this excessive use of force by lawless officers of the law that gave birth to what was originally named the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. Nelson’s rousing 116 minute documentary chronicles the war unleashed by local and federal law enforcement against the Panthers, including raids and shootouts in cities across the nation and the gunning down of members, including Little Bobby Hutton in the Bay Area and the charismatic leader Fred Hampton in Chicago.

“Vanguard” is told through exciting news clips and archival footage plus original interviews with BPP stalwarts who somehow managed to survive, such as Kathleen Cleaver, Emory Douglas, Elaine Brown and Ericka Huggins. Other interviewees include the recently deceased Civil Rights activist Julian Bond, defense attorney Gerald Lefcourt plus former SDS leader and Seale’s Chicago 8 co-defendant Tom Hayden. “Vanguard” reveals some of the party’s spectacular stunts, such as marching into the Sacramento State Capitol bearing arms, outraging Gov. Ronald Reagan. We hear that strident rhetoric, with sizzling sixties slogans such as “Off the pig!” and “All power to the people!” And all done in such style. Who could ever forget those cool black leather jackets and berets? Or Douglas’ provocative poster art rendered in posters and? Then there’s the Panthers’ newspaper aimed at inspiring readers to commit radical acts of resistance, but also the revolutionary politics linking the Black liberation struggle to anti-colonial movements around the world and also advocating unity with progressive whites.

Nelson, the chronicler of a cause, also portrays the side of the party motivated by a desire to serve the people: The Panthers’ free breakfast program for poor children (accompanied, admittedly, by heavy doses of indoctrination); the sickle cell anemia screening and awareness, which Nelson reminds us the Panthers pioneered; and Bobby Seale’s quixotic 1973 run in Oakland’s mayoral race, wherein the former political prisoner and eighth member of the Chicago “7” finished second in a nine-person race. (Alas, Seale is not interviewed for “Vanguard,” although the ex-BPP chairman is seen in period footage during the party’s heyday.)




More at the link.

“The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” Film Review

http://www.progressive.org/news/2015/09/188284/%E2%80%9C-black-panthers-vanguard-revolution%E2%80%9D-film-review

Armed with firearms and a law book, back in 1966 Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale boldly patrolled Oakland’s mean streets, confronting the police over their treatment - or mistreatment - of Black people. Insisting on their second amendment right to bear arms and that the so-called “pigs” must obey the letter of the law when interacting with African Americans, their brazen defiance set them on a collision course with the Oakland Police Department, the FBI, the Nixon administration and COINTELPRO (the FBI’s counterinsurgency program designed to splinter the he Black Panthers, the Communist Party, and other social and political movements in the U.S.

As what the New Left called “AmeriKKKa” continues, remarkably, to grapple half a century later with ongoing police brutality against Black people, filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s new movie “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” reminds us that it was precisely this excessive use of force by lawless officers of the law that gave birth to what was originally named the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. Nelson’s rousing 116 minute documentary chronicles the war unleashed by local and federal law enforcement against the Panthers, including raids and shootouts in cities across the nation and the gunning down of members, including Little Bobby Hutton in the Bay Area and the charismatic leader Fred Hampton in Chicago.

“Vanguard” is told through exciting news clips and archival footage plus original interviews with BPP stalwarts who somehow managed to survive, such as Kathleen Cleaver, Emory Douglas, Elaine Brown and Ericka Huggins. Other interviewees include the recently deceased Civil Rights activist Julian Bond, defense attorney Gerald Lefcourt plus former SDS leader and Seale’s Chicago 8 co-defendant Tom Hayden. “Vanguard” reveals some of the party’s spectacular stunts, such as marching into the Sacramento State Capitol bearing arms, outraging Gov. Ronald Reagan. We hear that strident rhetoric, with sizzling sixties slogans such as “Off the pig!” and “All power to the people!” And all done in such style. Who could ever forget those cool black leather jackets and berets? Or Douglas’ provocative poster art rendered in posters and? Then there’s the Panthers’ newspaper aimed at inspiring readers to commit radical acts of resistance, but also the revolutionary politics linking the Black liberation struggle to anti-colonial movements around the world and also advocating unity with progressive whites.

Nelson, the chronicler of a cause, also portrays the side of the party motivated by a desire to serve the people: The Panthers’ free breakfast program for poor children (accompanied, admittedly, by heavy doses of indoctrination); the sickle cell anemia screening and awareness, which Nelson reminds us the Panthers pioneered; and Bobby Seale’s quixotic 1973 run in Oakland’s mayoral race, wherein the former political prisoner and eighth member of the Chicago “7” finished second in a nine-person race. (Alas, Seale is not interviewed for “Vanguard,” although the ex-BPP chairman is seen in period footage during the party’s heyday.)




More at the link.

"If he becomes president I'll lay the first brick!" Canadians take on Scott Walker's wall!

http://www.cbc.ca/news/trending/canada-us-wall-border-scott-walker-jokes-1.3210184

Our skates are sharpened, we're coming for their cheese!


158,000 Wisconsin jobs depend on trade &investment with Canada #scottwalker 's #CanadaWall put em at risk


I do agree with Governor #Walker that "Canada Wall" would be a sweet punk rock band name.


So Scott Walker wants a border wall with Canada? I don't think it will work. They're used to climbing over walls.
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