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08/22/2020

Another 1.4 Million Americans Apply for Unemployment Benefits

By Stephen Lendman / Global News Aruba

For an unprecedented 22 straight weeks, over a million working-age Americans filed for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits.

Once again, the Bureau of Labor Statistics understated the true number — officially reporting 1.1 million.

The actual number was 1.4 million as explained by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). See below.

Based on how US unemployment was calculated pre-1990, the true figure today is 31.2%, not the phony BLS reported 10.2%.

EPI explained that 892,000 Americans “applied for regular state unemployment insurance (not seasonally adjusted)” in the latest reporting period.

Another 543,000 “applied for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA),” adding:

The officially reported 1.1 million UI claims is “not the right number to use.”

It ignores PUA filings, the federal program for unemployed Americans not eligible for UI — including the self-employed.

Official BLS data are also seasonally adjusted, a distortion given current economic collapse conditions, the worst in US history, greater than during the 1930s Great Depression.

Congress and the White House let weekly UI benefits of $600 expire.

EPI explained that Americans eligible for UI “are forced to get by on the meager benefits which are in place without the extra payment, which are typically around 40% of their pre-virus earnings,” adding:

“It goes without saying that most folks can’t exist on 40% of prior earnings without experiencing a sharp drop in living standards and enormous pain.”

EPI slammed Trump’s “sham of an executive memorandum” to provide unemployed Americans with $300 weekly.

In reality, it’s only available in a few states for a few weeks if became official policy.

It mocks what’s needed at a time of economic collapse and growing deprivation affecting tens of millions of Americans.

The $600 in weekly UI benefits supports “5.1 million jobs” to be lost without them.

A study by Yale economists published in late July found that “enhanced jobless benefits (of $600 weekly) did not reduce employment (by) disincentiviz(ing) work.”

Expired $600 UI benefits with no agreement between Republicans and Dems on extending them hit Black, Latino, and women workers hardest.

Since March, around 60 million working-age Americans filed UI claims.

With little or no income for essentials to life, tens of millions of Americans are food insecure.

According to Feeding America (FA), “(e)very county in the US (is) struggl(ing) with this issue.”

Hunger in America affects “more than 54 million people,” including “one in four children.”

Senior hunger affects over five million Americans, FA saying:

“After a lifetime of hard work, many older adults find themselves facing an impossible choice — to pay for groceries or medical care” or rent.

According to Housing Rights Initiative executive director Aaron Carr, “(t)he US is facing an eviction crisis of biblical proportions,” adding:

“Allowing eviction moratoriums and expanded unemployment benefits to expire will undoubtedly lead to a perfect storm of instability, homelessness, and human suffering.”

Tens of thousands of US small, medium-sized, and some larger businesses ceased operating.

In late July, polling data by the US Chamber of Commerce found that “most small businesses are concerned about financial hardship.”

“Two-thirds of small businesses (65%) are concerned about having to close again or stay closed if there is a second wave of COVID-19.”

With nearly one-third of working-age Americans jobless and both right wings of the one-party state deadlocked at a time when large-scale relief and jobs creation programs are vitally needed, hard times are likely to continue with no end of them in prospect any time soon.

Another 1.4 Million Americans Apply for Unemployment Benefits

By Stephen Lendman / Global News Aruba

 
 
 

08/22/2020

Congressional Candidates and Voters Sue to Stop Trump’s Sabotage of USPS

By Marjorie Cohn Phd. / Global News Aruba

A lawsuit that promises to be one of many was filed on Monday in U.S. District Court in New York to stop Donald Trump’s sabotage of the mail leading up to the presidential election.

Mondaire Jones et al. v. U.S. Postal Service, Postmaster General, and Donald Trump was brought by Democratic candidates for national and state congressional seats, as well as voters who cast mail ballots to protect themselves against the COVID-19 pandemic. Several state attorneys general are expected to file litigation this week.

“The postmaster general and the members of USPS [United States Postal Service] board of governors can be sued for injunctive relief, or even for damages,” Berkeley Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky told Truthout. In addition, he said, “The USPS can be sued for an injunction.”

In late June, nonpartisan nonprofit Protect Democracy filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain documents relating to the USPS’s preparations for the anticipated surge in mail voting in the 2020 election. The USPS resisted the request and on August 12, Protect Democracy filed a lawsuit asking the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to order the USPS to provide the requested documents “on an expedited basis.”

The complaint in Jones seeks an injunction requiring that the defendants ensure sufficient funding for the USPS so it can treat absentee and mail ballots equal to in-person ballots and “handle a record level of mail voting.” The complaint also asks for a declaratory judgment that the defendants violated the plaintiffs’ rights under the U.S. Constitution.

“President Donald J. Trump and his newly appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy have set about to ensure USPS cannot reliably deliver election mail,” the complaint reads. “As a Trump deputy campaign manager put it, ‘[t]he President views vote by mail as a threat to his election.’”

Trump is weaponizing the Postal Service to help him win.

On May 6, the USPS board of governors appointed DeJoy, who has multiple conflicts of interest, to be postmaster general. Since Dejoy was not an appointee vetted by the Senate, there was no ethics investigation before his appointment.

DeJoy instituted several changes that weaken the USPS’s ability to deliver the mail in a timely manner. One new policy states, “If the plants run late, they will keep the mail for the next day.” It forbids any overtime and “all other measures used to ameliorate staffing shortages.” Extra trips are not permitted and carriers are required to return from their routes on time even if they haven’t completed their deliveries for that day.

Since June, with no reason or explanation, the USPS has removed or destroyed at least 671 mail-sorting machines throughout the United States. The Jones complaint states that “some major cities have already had their ability to sort mail reduced by hundreds of thousands of pieces of mail per hour.” As of August 14, the capacity of the USPS to process mail has been reduced by over 21.4 million pieces of mail per hour.

The “burden of this diminished capacity” falls, at least partly, on locations in states where the election will likely be close, as well as major cities likely to go Democratic that will influence the national popular vote tally.

In addition, the USPS began to remove many mailboxes in several states, including New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Montana. That process apparently stopped after public blowback.

The USPS sent letters to 46 states and Washington, D.C., saying it can’t guarantee that all votes cast by mail will arrive in time to be tallied for the November election. Even voters who comply with their state election laws cannot be sure their votes will be counted.

Trump made a bald-faced admission that, “[T]hey’re not going to get the $3.5 billion [in election funding for the states]. Therefore, they can’t do the universal mail-in vote. It’s very simple. How are they going to do it if they don’t have the money to do it?”

An unprecedented 76 percent of Americans are eligible to vote by mail.

The complaint alleges two violations of 42 U.S.C. section 1983: First Amendment Right to Vote, and Equal Protection and One-Person-One-Vote. It cited the Supreme Court’s decision in Yick Wo v. Hopkins, which held that the right to vote is the “fundamental political right, because [it is] preservative of all rights.”

There are other legal grounds on which to seek an injunction as well. Chemerinsky cited section 702 of the Administrative Procedures Act: A person who has suffered a legal wrong or has been adversely affected because of an action by an agency, official or employee, can get an injunction to stop the practice.

Moreover, officials who delay or obstruct the mail can be charged in federal court with felonies or misdemeanors, respectively. Democratic Representatives Ted Lieu and Hakeem Jeffries wrote to FBI Director Christopher Wray, stating that the defendants have “retarded the passage of mail” (18 U.S.C. section 1701) and “if their intent in doing so was to affect mail-in balloting or was motivated by personal financial reasons, then they likely committed crimes.”

Meanwhile, on August 10, the “Delivering for America Act” was introduced in the House of Representatives. It would forbid the USPS from implementing or approving any changes to the operations or level of service provided by the Postal Service from those in effect on January 1, 2020. That includes any “change that would have the effect of delaying mail, allowing for the non-delivery of mail to a delivery route, or increasing the volume of undelivered mail.” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has recalled House members from their recess to consider the legislation on Saturday.

chairman of the USPS board of governors will testify before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on August 24 about the “sweeping operational and organizational changes at the Postal Service.”

Trump’s attacks on the Postal Service are undermining public trust in the sanctity of the election. Victories in lawsuits challenging his administration’s sabotage of the mail could help to restore confidence that all mail ballots will be counted.

We must ensure that Trump’s attacks on the Postal Service end now.


Copyright Truthout. Reprinted with permission.

Prof. Dr. Marjorie Cohn Juris Doctor Phd. , has been a contributor and journalist of Global News Aruba. She is an author of many published books and a Professor Emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law where she taught  from 1991-2016, and a former President of the National Lawyers Guild. She lectures, writes, and provides commentary for local, regional, national  and international media outlets. Professor Dr. Marjorie Cohn has served as a News Consultant for CBS News and a legal analyst for Court TV, as well as a legal and political commentator on BBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, and Pacifica Radio.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ellen Hodgson Brown, Adviser of the Editor in Chief of Global News Aruba is an American author, attorney, public speaker, and advocate of alternative medicine and financial reform, most prominently public banking. Brown is the founder and president of the Public Banking Institute, a nonpartisan think tank devoted to the creation of publicly run banks. She has appeared on cable and network television, radio, and internet programs and podcasts. She ran for California Treasurer in the California June 2014 Statewide Primary election. She is the Financial Analyst & Editorial Writer/Journalist of Global News Aruba.

 
 
 

06/15/2020

Years of teaching blacks to have grievances against white people for things that happened centuries ago have come to fruition. Rioting and looting are not enough, the violent thugs and ignorant woke creatures are pulling down historic monuments in public parks and defacing public buildings while police and public authorities stand down.

In Richmond, Virginia, a statue eight feet tall of Christopher Columbus in a public park has just been pulled down and rolled into a lake by a group of thugs. Why? “Columbus represents genocide.” What the barbarians mean is that by discovering America, Columbus exposed the inhabitants to invasion from abroad, which is what the US has been undergoing since 1965.

Who hasn’t suffered invasions? Why of all the countless invasions in history is European entry into the new world so upsetting. Columbus wasn’t looking to invade any country. He was testing a theory and hoping to find a shorter route to the spice trade.

Any number of Confederate memorials are being pulled down. Not even Robert E. Lee will be spared. Are public authorities so stupid that they do not understand that their acquiescence to lawlessness and destruction of property lets the genie out of the bottle?

The new word for racist is white. By definition a white person is a racist. The two words are synonyms. Every stature of every white person is a statue of a racist and can be pulled down. The Republican-led Senate Armed Services Committee has amended the defense bill to require the US military to rename bases named after anyone who served under the Confederate flag. They don’t understand that as white is a synonym for racist, all whites, including Union officers, are racists. All US military bases will have to be named after blacks or it will be racist. Grant and Lee were both white and served together fighting for American empire in the war against people of color in Mexico. The only difference between Grant and Lee is that in addition to fighting for American empire against Mexico, Grant also fought for American empire against the South.

History is also being pulled down. Future historians will be perplexed to find no signs of the racism on which the NY Times says America was founded.

Ignorance is everywhere. RT describes Columbus as “another notorious figure in the history of slavery.” What!? The year 1492 was long before the black Kindgom of Dahomey created the black slave trade and long before there were any colonies needing a labor force. But facts no longer matter. Truth is whatever is emotionally satisfying.

America is said to be a superpower, but its inhabitants collapse in excruciating pain over a mere word. The pain felt by mental and emotional weaklings is so severe that it has caused universities to overthrow academic freedom. At UCLA, once a university and now a propaganda ministry, a faculty member is under investigation for reading Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” to the class he teaches. The letter (April 16, 1963) was King’s reply to black pastors who expressed their concern to him about his arrival as an outsider to their community to stir up confrontation when they were working to negotiate the achievement of the same goals peaceably. King’s answer was that confrontation sharpens the issue and will aid their negotiations. Creating a crisis, King told the pastors, fosters tension and forces a community to deal with the issue.

What did the professor do wrong by reading King’s own explanation of his strategy? The professor is in trouble because King in his letter used the word “nigger” and in reading King’s letter to the class, the professor read the word “nigger.” OhMyGod, a white man said “nigger.”

Oh, the hurt, the offense! University administrators have denounced the professor. To keep the controversy going students are urged to come forward with complaints. A town hall will be held to outline future next steps.

Think about this for a minute. According to reports “numerous students plead (sic ) with Professor Ajax Peris to not use the n word.” But it was King, not Peris, who used the n word. What is the message here? Does it mean that a white person cannot read out loud Martin Luther King’s letter? If the professor wanted students to be aware of the letter, would he have to bring in a black guest lecturer to read the letter? Would the professor still be accused of insensitivity if he gave Martin Luther King’s letter to the students as a reading assignment? Does it mean that King himself committed an offense by using the n word?

The professor also showed the class a documentary about lynching. The documentary had graphic descriptions that distressed and angered the students. Do we have here the plight of what sounds like a leftwing professor trying to rile up blacks against whites and finding that he cannot succeed because the necessary words and images cause them paroxysms of pain?

In our oh-so-sensitive-times, no one is concerned about giving offense to Southerners. White Republican senators are leading the charge to rename military bases. Not to be outdone, black members of the House want to remove what they call Confederate statues from the vicinity of the Capitol as part of the protest against police violence in Minneapolis. They are having a fit over Jefferson Davis, who for 3 or 4 years of his life was president of the Confederate States of America. Much more of Davis’ life was spent serving the United States of America as a military officer, a US Senator and as US Secretary of War (they were more honest in those days; today they call it “defense”). Davis was a West Point graduate. As an officer in the US Army he fought for the US empire in the Mexican-American war. It was Davis who led the sucessful charge on the La Teneria fort in the Battle of Monterrey. He was married to the daughter of US President Zachary Taylor. He argued against secession. These are the reasons that there is a statue of him.

Davis, like Robert E. Lee, and so many others from Southern states spent their life in service to the United States. They rallied to the Confederacy only because Lincoln invaded their states. People are so ignorant today, especially those who go around shouting “racist,” that they are unaware that in those days people regarded their home state as their country. The US Constitution gave governing power to the states, reserving to the states all powers not ennumerated to the federal government. All of this was changed by Lincoln’s war which consolidated power in Washington and eventually turned largely independent states into vassals of Washington.

Robert E. Lee, a West Point Graduate, spent his life in the US military fighting wars for the US empire. He served as Superintendent of the United States Military Academy. He was so highly regarded that he was offered a Union command in Lincoln’s war. Lee’s response was that as a Virginian, he could not lead an army to invade his country. If the US was going to invade Virginia, he would have to resign his commission in the US Army.

An ignorant person once wrote in CounterPunch that Lee had 200 slaves. Lee had no plantation. He spent his life fighting against Indians and Mexicans for the American empire. It did not occur to the peabrain at CounterPunch what a person fighting Indians on the frontier and Mexicans in Mexico would do with 200 slaves. But as I have often observed, it you are out to demonize someone—Trump, Putin, or Lee—you say whatever does the job.

Lee had to take a leave from the US army for 2 years in order to settle his father-in-law’s estate, which had land holdings and slaves on one side of the ledger and massive debts on the other. The aim was to emancipate the slaves. Knowing that, some slaves pushed it before it could be done. They were punished, and ever since it has been used to blacken Lee who had fiduciary duties.

The current line is that Confederate memorials “pay tribute to white supremacy and slavery,” as the most ignorant Barbara Lee (D, CA) put it. So, according to a person regarded by people in California of sufficient intelligence and integrity to represent them in Washington, a Southerner who resists the invasion of his country is a white supremacist.

As has been proven so many times, the so-called “Civil War” was fought over economics, not slavery. Lincoln himself intended to send the blacks back to Africa, judging them unfit to live among white people. Lincoln said over and over that the war was fought to preserve the Union. He gave assurances to the South that they could have slaves as long as they stayed in the Union and paid the tariff. Historians have researched the letters and diaries of participants on both sides of the war and found that soldiers were not fighting for or against slavery. The North was fighting for the Union, and the South was fighting because the South was invaded. There is a famous book in which the contents of the wartime letters and diaries are recorded.

Yet the real documented history has been replaced with a false made-up history that serves the sole purpose of creating dissention and hatred in a vulnerable and fragile multicultural society.

As I recently wrote using Richard Weaver’s title, ideas have consequences. The stand downs of police and public authorities while criminals loot and destroy are consequences of the false history that has been created for the United States.

The United States is a Tower of Babel from which white people should flee. The state of collapse is advanced. With mayors and governors refusing to protect property from black looters, President Trump threatened to call out the US military. His own Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, and his own Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, Mark Milley, quickly informed the US military that their duty was to the Constitution, not to the President. The two made a show of this to undercut President Trump and to present him as a tyrant for trying to fulfill his constitutional obligation to protect private property and the lives of citizens. Apparently, both Esper and Milley are too dumbshit to understand that it is a constitutional duty to protect property.

Trump is not Establishment, but his government is. Trump is a President surrounded by his enemies. Trump attempted to be a president of the people, but the Establishment will not permit it. Trump will be the last president who attempts to represent the American people. All future presidents will have learned the lesson in advance. An American president serves the ruling elite and no one else. The elite have worked long and hard to acquire a divided population that cannot unite against them. They have succeeded.

Prof. Dr. Paul Craig Roberts Phd./ Global News Aruba is an American economist and author. He formerly held a sub-cabinet office in the United States federal government during the US President Reagan Administration as an adviser and co=author of Reaganomics, as well as teaching positions at several U.S. universities. He is a promoter of supply-side economics and an opponent of recent U.S. foreign policy. He held former positions as an editor in the Wall Street Journal. He is a contributor of Global News Aruba since 2018.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dr. Binoy Kampmark Phd. , has been a contributing reporter and 

Geo-Political Analyst of Global News Aruba since 2018. He resides 

and lectures at Australia's top RMIT University in Melbourne

He is also a frequent contributor to Global Research and Asia-Pacific Research.   Dr. Binoy Kampmark Phd. was a Commonwealth Scholar 

at Selwyn College, Cambridge.

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Whitney Webb is a MintPress News journalist based in Chile. She has contributed to several independent media outlets including Global Research, EcoWatch, the Ron Paul Institute and 21st Century Wire, among others. She has made several radio and television appearances and is the 

2019 winner of the Serena Shim Award for Uncompromised Integrity in Journalism. She is also contributor of Global News Aruba. 

 
 
 

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