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Anger at huge shareholder payout as US chain Kohl's cancels $150m in orders

"Kohl’s, one of the US’s largest clothing retailers, cancelled millions of dollars worth of existing orders from Bangladeshi and Korean garment factories just weeks before paying out $109m (£85m) in dividends to shareholders, the Guardian can reveal."

"The company cancelled orders of clothing worth approximately $100m from Korea and $50m from Bangaldeshi factories after the Covid-19 pandemic struck, and refused petitions from suppliers asking for the option to renegotiate payments."

"The clothing companies say that Kohl’s announced its decision to cancel all orders it had already placed with its global suppliers in a conference call on 22 March. They say the US company acted unilaterally without consulting or negotiating with suppliers, some of which have been doing business with Kohl’s for more than 20 years. Kohl’s also furloughed 85,000 US staff and shuttered its 1,159 stores."

"On 1 April, Kohl’s, which is worth $2.16bn, paid out $109m in dividends to shareholders."




#Kohls #greed #inequality #Amerika #Corporatocracy
 
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"...instead of looking to black people to guide you on the righteous path right now, my advice to white folks is that you would be better off looking in your own backyard. After all, it’s not black peoples’ responsibility to morally or intellectually bail you out of a problem we didn’t create, which has existed since the country's founding on the backs of our free labor and that has been exacerbated by a racist president who we overwhelmingly did not vote for."

Via Dear White People: Get Your Own House in Order




#Amerika #inequality #racism
 
For anyone who really, really wants to better understand, please read:

"Policing in America cannot be reformed because it is designed for violence. The oppression is a feature, not a bug."

"That seems like a radical sentiment only because policing is so normalized in American culture, with depictions in popular media ranging from hapless, donut-chugging dopes to tough, crime-fighting heroes. We even have a baseball team named after a police organization – the Texas Rangers."

"But it’s time to look beyond the romanticization of American police and get real. Just as America glorifies the military and Wall Street, and some Americans whitewash the confederate flag and plantation homes, the history of policing is steeped in blood. In fact, the Texas Rangers are named after a group of white men of the same name who slaughtered Comanche Indians in 1841 to steal indigenous territory and expand the frontier westward."

Via If you’re surprised by how the police are acting, you don’t understand US history

#Amerika #PoliceViolence #inequality
 
And of course, the Republicans plan to continue charging straight head with their racist polices.

#Trump #GOP #corruption #inequality
Trump Urged to Pursue More Tax Cuts
 
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"The ruling elites no longer have legitimacy. They have destroyed our capitalist democracy and replaced it with a mafia state. What the Roman philosopher Cicero called a commonwealth, a res publica, a 'public thing' or the 'property of a people', has been transformed into an instrument of naked pillage and repression on behalf of a global corporate oligarchy. We are serfs ruled by obscenely rich, omnipotent masters who loot the U.S. Treasury, pay little or no taxes and have perverted the judiciary, the media and the legislative branches of government to strip us of civil liberties and give them the freedom to commit financial fraud and theft."

Via Chris Hedges: The Treason of the Ruling Class

#inequality #racism #greed #capitalism
Chris Hedges: The Treason of the Ruling Class
 
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"If the past four years have not made it clear, if 100,000 dead and kids in cages and open admiration for fellow dictators didn’t do the trick, then this week better have. This eternal harbinger of misery got on the horn with 50 governors yesterday and demanded they 'dominate' American protesters by arresting them, contact tracing them, and putting them in jail for 10 years. Then, later that day, he deliberately ordered his own men to teargas peaceful protesters and fucking PRIESTS to clear the way for him to walk — with the laziest possible gait — over to an empty church so that he could hold a bible upside down on camera. He has authorized, with some dubious legality, the American military to suppress the very people they serve. But of course, he barely needs the military when he’s already openly encouraged local police forces and everyday white shitbags to do as they please with the lavish caches of artillery they already possess. And they have."

Via Donald Trump Is a Nazi. Full Stop.

props @frater chaos

#Amerika #fascism #racism #inequality
 
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"If the past four years have not made it clear, if 100,000 dead and kids in cages and open admiration for fellow dictators didn’t do the trick, then this week better have. This eternal harbinger of misery got on the horn with 50 governors yesterday and demanded they 'dominate' American protesters by arresting them, contact tracing them, and putting them in jail for 10 years. Then, later that day, he deliberately ordered his own men to teargas peaceful protesters and fucking PRIESTS to clear the way for him to walk — with the laziest possible gait — over to an empty church so that he could hold a bible upside down on camera. He has authorized, with some dubious legality, the American military to suppress the very people they serve. But of course, he barely needs the military when he’s already openly encouraged local police forces and everyday white shitbags to do as they please with the lavish caches of artillery they already possess. And they have."

Via Donald Trump Is a Nazi. Full Stop.

props @frater chaos

#Amerika #fascism #racism #inequality
 
The coronavirus crisis has revealed what Americans need most: Universal basic services

"The notion of 'universal basic services' (UBS) is a relatively new entrant in the debate over social democratic policy. Much more familiar is the idea of a universal basic income, which would distribute cash payments to every citizen. That once-obscure proposal has recently had a moment in the spotlight, popularized by the presidential campaign of entrepreneur Andrew Yang."

"UBS begins in a different place. Rather than focusing on direct benefits to individuals, it focuses on the social infrastructure that enables individuals to reach their potential. Building on universal, publicly funded services like education and (at least in most countries) health care, it proposes to expand the range of such services to include other building blocks of life in a modern society: food and shelter, housing, access to digital information, and more."

"Collectively funding these necessary services would do more to increase disposable income and opportunity for those in need than any kind of cash distribution, UBS advocates claim. And it would protect people better in a crisis."

#Amerika #inequality #ubs
 
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"The ruling elites no longer have legitimacy. They have destroyed our capitalist democracy and replaced it with a mafia state. What the Roman philosopher Cicero called a commonwealth, a res publica, a 'public thing' or the 'property of a people', has been transformed into an instrument of naked pillage and repression on behalf of a global corporate oligarchy. We are serfs ruled by obscenely rich, omnipotent masters who loot the U.S. Treasury, pay little or no taxes and have perverted the judiciary, the media and the legislative branches of government to strip us of civil liberties and give them the freedom to commit financial fraud and theft."

Via Chris Hedges: The Treason of the Ruling Class

#inequality #racism #greed #capitalism
Chris Hedges: The Treason of the Ruling Class
 
Quote of note:

"The ruling elites no longer have legitimacy. They have destroyed our capitalist democracy and replaced it with a mafia state. What the Roman philosopher Cicero called a commonwealth, a res publica, a 'public thing' or the 'property of a people', has been transformed into an instrument of naked pillage and repression on behalf of a global corporate oligarchy. We are serfs ruled by obscenely rich, omnipotent masters who loot the U.S. Treasury, pay little or no taxes and have perverted the judiciary, the media and the legislative branches of government to strip us of civil liberties and give them the freedom to commit financial fraud and theft."

Via Chris Hedges: The Treason of the Ruling Class

#inequality #racism #greed #capitalism
Chris Hedges: The Treason of the Ruling Class
 
'People are going to go hungry': pandemic effects could leave 54m Americans without food

"A record number of Americans face hunger this year as the catastrophic economic fallout caused by the coronavirus pandemic looks set to leave tens of millions of people unable to buy enough food to feed their families."

"Nationwide, the demand for aid at food banks and pantries has soared since the virus forced the economy to be shutdown, resulting in more than 40m new unemployment benefit claims, according to the latest figures."

"As a result, an estimated one in four children, the equivalent of 18 million minors, could need food aid this year – a 63% increase compared to 2018."

"Overall, about 54 million people across the US could go hungry without help from food banks, food stamps and other aid, according to an analysis by Feeding America, the national food bank network."

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#Amerika #inequality #FAIL
 
Keith Ellison: White Supremacists May Be Sabotaging George Floyd Protests With Violence And Arson

"During this morning’s press conference, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey all said that the criminal actors in this week’s protests seem to be from outside the community. Walz is now consulting with the Department of Homeland Security about the possibility of foreign intervention."

#Amerika #racism #inequality
 
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"The fury over George Floyd's killing is erupting as the U.S. faces a looming wave of business bankruptcies, likely home evictions and a virus pandemic that will all disproportionately hit African Americans."

"What these seemingly disparate issues share in common is that they emanate from systemic abuses that calls to action and promised reforms have yet to meaningfully address."

"Likewise, much of the economic fallout we're seeing because of the coronavirus stems largely from unresolved issues left over from the 2008 Great Recession."

"The root cause of the 2008 crisis — rampant corporate greed — was never sufficiently contained."

Via America's unfinished business




#Amerika #racism #inequality #greed
 
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"...Michele Usuelli, a doctor and regional councillor for the small, leftwing party, Più Europa, pins much of the blame on politics and healthcare mismanagement. He said Lombardy’s fate began to be charted out in the late 1990s when the Italian government decentralised healthcare, giving regions more autonomy."

"At the same time, the privatisation of healthcare became more prevalent. Although other regions continued to mostly maintain the public health system, a succession of Lombardy governors, including Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia between 1995 and 2013, and Matteo Salvini’s far-right League since then, allowed the private and public systems to compete for funds based on efficiency."

"Even though Lombardy developed one of the most enviable healthcare systems in Italy, the strategy left private firms free to invest in areas of care that made more money, inevitably leading to a reduction of beds in the public system and leaving the region less equipped to meet all types of health needs."

Via Why was Lombardy hit harder than Italy's other regions?

#COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #Italy #Lombardy #healthcare #MedicareForAll #inequality #capitalism
 
Just heard this guy (David McNally is the Cullen Distinguished Professor of History and Business at the University of Houston and director of the Center for the Study of Capitalism) on my local NPR station (KUOW Seattle) discussing "The Pandemic & the Economy: A Radical View".

(Yes, late night radio is something I really enjoy...)

I cannot emphasize how much I agree with this his vantage, I personally think he nails the place where we are in #history.

I highly, highly recommend a listen, if you can manage. It is a product of Alternative Radio.

#capitalism #inequality
 
Just heard this guy (David McNally is the Cullen Distinguished Professor of History and Business at the University of Houston and director of the Center for the Study of Capitalism) on my local NPR station (KUOW Seattle) discussing "The Pandemic & the Economy: A Radical View".

(Yes, late night radio is something I really enjoy...)

I cannot emphasize how much I agree with this his vantage, I personally think he nails the place where we are in #history.

I highly, highly recommend a listen, if you can manage. It is a product of Alternative Radio.

#capitalism #inequality
 
An ‘Avalanche of Evictions’ Could Be Bearing Down on America’s Renters

"The United States, already wrestling with an economic collapse not seen in a generation, is facing a wave of evictions as government relief payments and legal protections run out for millions of out-of-work Americans who have little financial cushion and few choices when looking for new housing."

"The hardest hit are tenants who had low incomes and little savings even before the pandemic, and whose housing costs ate up more of their paychecks. They were also more likely to work in industries where job losses have been particularly severe."

#Amerika #inequality
 
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"...Democrats in Washington are not just passively failing to mount a strong opposition to Donald Trump – they are actively helping Republicans try to fortify the obstacles to long-term progressive change well after this emergency subsides."

"This corporate counter-revolution is easiest to see in Democrats’ enthusiastic support for Republicans’ legislative response to the coronavirus crisis. Democrats’ entire 2018 electoral campaign told America that the opposition party needed to win back Congress in order to block Trump’s regressive agenda. And yet, when the Republicans proposed a bill to let Trump’s appointees dole out government cash to their corporate allies with no strings attached, this same opposition party mustered not a single recorded vote against the package. Not one."

"Thanks to that, Trump appointees and the Federal Reserve can now hand out $4tn to politically connected corporations as they lay waste to our economy and steamroll progressive reforms. Private equity firms and fossil fuel companies get new tax breaks as they buy elections and try to lock in permanent climate change."

Via Democrats are fueling a corporate counter-revolution against progressives




#inequality
 
Trump Economic Advisor Reduces Workers to ‘Human Capital Stock’

"Calling people 'stock' is next level apathetic, and the way Hassett used the term so casually lines up with the lack of empathy shown to the victims of the coronavirus by Trump’s administration and Republicans since the crisis began months ago."

"Trump has moved ahead with attempts to cut food stamps during the crisis while Republicans in Congress have balked at passing a second stimulus package and are looking to phase out coronavirus-related unemployment benefits."

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll #inequality
Trump Economic Advisor Reduces Workers to ‘Human Capital Stock’
 
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"The historical comparisons are breathtaking. More Americans have died of the coronavirus in the last 12 weeks than died in the Vietnam and Korean Wars combined and nearly twice as many as died of battle wounds during World War I. The death toll has nearly matched the number of people killed by the initial blasts of the world’s first atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In terms of American deaths, it is the equivalent of 22 Iraq wars, 33 Sept. 11 attacks, 41 Afghanistan wars, 42 Pearl Harbors or 25,000 Benghazis."

Via Trump Tweets and Golfs, but Makes No Mention of Virus’s Toll

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll #inequality
 
How White Backlash Controls American Progress

"'Backlash' may have burst onto the scene as 'the word of the year in American politics' in 1964, but it described one of the oldest and deepest patterns in American politics, one that is once again playing out today in the right-wing campaign against social distancing. Backlashes appear as seemingly serial and discrete events—against the civil-rights movement in the 1960s, or the women’s movement in the ’70s, or the gay-rights movement in the ’90s. But this obscures an underlying continuity: These individual backlashes are all instances of a reactionary tradition, one that is deeply woven into American political culture and that extends back to the era of Reconstruction, at least. And the backlashes are powerful not only for the fury they represent, but in the fear they instill in political leaders, even progressives, who hesitate to push things 'too far'."

#Amerika #inequality #racism
 
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"Zach Fuentes, President Trump’s former deputy chief of staff, won a $3 million federal contract to supply respirator masks to Navajo Nation hospitals in New Mexico and Arizona 11 days after he created a company to sell personal protective equipment in response to the coronavirus pandemic, ProPublica reports."

"The masks didn’t work."

Via Ex-Trump Aide Awarded $3 Million Contract

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll #inequality
Ex-Trump Aide Awarded $3 Million Contract
 
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White. Republican. Conservative. Criminals.

Every day I am constantly reminded of Steve Bannon’s “Deconstruction the Administrative State” remarks…

Also, I am becoming more & more convinced that a lot of the intentional and purposeful malfeasance surround the lack of federal COVID-19 response is primarily due to right-wing conservative dogma – the White House is captured by forces that really do want to destroy the federal government because they see it as a hindrance to their ability to loot and pillage.

This is the uber criminal underground, right out in full view of everyone, pretending to be a political party.

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll #inequality #greed #inequality
 
Dear Florida Voters: Elections matter.

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"Under ordinary circumstances, Florida Republicans might be unbothered by all this; after all, as some of them admitted in interviews with Politico, the system is doing exactly what their party designed it to do — minimize the number of jobless Floridians who can access state aid, so as to minimize business owners’ tax obligations."

"But this is an election year. So Republican governor Ron DeSantis and his allies are worried that their inability to get federal aid into the hands of needy workers could cost Donald Trump reelection."

Via Florida GOP Realizes Deliberately Impoverishing the Unemployed Has Downsides (From 2 April 2020)

#Florida #GOP #inequality #unemploymentinsurance #election2020
 
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"The capitalist class, those who benefit most from the unequal system, they know it’s not sustainable. They’re desperate not to stay locked down too long, so people get used to fresh air, breathing air without carbon in it. People might get ideas of a different kind of world."

Via 'All the psychoses of US history': how America is victim-blaming the coronavirus dead

#capitalism #inequality
 
Black Americans dying of Covid-19 at three times the rate of white people

"The racial wound at the center of the coronavirus pandemic in the US continues to fester, with latest data showing that African Americans have died from the disease at almost three times the rate of white people."

"New figures compiled by the non-partisan APM Research Lab and released on Wednesday under the title Color of Coronavirus provide further evidence of the staggering divide in the Covid-19 death rate between black Americans and the rest of the nation."

"Across the country, African Americans have died at a rate of 50.3 per 100,000 people, compared with 20.7 for whites, 22.9 for Latinos and 22.7 for Asian Americans."

"More than 20,000 African Americans – about 1 in 2,000 of the entire black population in the US – have died from the disease."




#COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #inequality
 
Report finds Treasury Department has hardly spent any of its $500 billion fund to help businesses

"A Congressional Oversight Commission report released Monday finds that the Treasury Department
has barely spent any of the $500 billion fund meant to assist local governments and businesses."


"Both the Congressional Oversight Commission and the Treasury fund were created by the $2 trillion CARES Act in March. The fund will help large and small businesses, as well as cities and states, and the commission was formed to oversee how that money is being used. The 17-page report released Monday is the commission's first."

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll #inequality
 
Max Boot :"If Trump had been in charge during World War II, this column would be in German"

"Rather than turn into 'Dr. Defeat the Virus', Trump has become Dr. Demento trying to distract the public by replaying golden oldies. Have you heard the one about Joe Scarborough killing an aide (who actually collapsed because of a heart problem)? Play it again, Sam."

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll #inequality
 
Whistleblower: Wall Street Has Engaged in Widespread Manipulation of Mortgage Funds

"Among the toxic contributors to the financial crisis of 2008, few caused as much havoc as mortgages with dodgy numbers and inflated values. Huge quantities of them were assembled into securities that crashed and burned, damaging homeowners and investors alike. Afterward, reforms were promised. Never again, regulators vowed, would real estate financiers be able to fudge numbers and threaten the entire economy."

"Twelve years later, there’s evidence something similar is happening again."

"Some of the world’s biggest banks — including Wells Fargo and Deutsche Bank — as well as other lenders have engaged in a systematic fraud that allowed them to award borrowers bigger loans than were supported by their true financials, according to a previously unreported whistleblower complaint submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission last year."

#Trump #GOP #banksters #wallstreet #fraud #corruption #inequality
 
Team ‘Lock Her Up’ Is Now Going After Fauci

"A cadre of influential conservatives is growing increasingly convinced that the nation’s foremost infectious-disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, is recklessly driving the nation to financial ruin—possibly even in a concerted attempt to undermine President Donald Trump. And in an effort to stop him, they’re resorting to tried and true methods: from public shaming, to online conspiracy theories, to lawsuits meant to unearth emails pertaining to his work."

"At the heart of the effort to knock Fauci down a peg are some of the biggest luminaries in Trump’s orbit—including key figures who helped spearhead the campaign to undermine Hillary Clinton in the 2016 elections."

#GOP #fascism #Trump #Pence #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll #inequality
 
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Sanders rekindles Democrats' health coverage feud before key House vote

"Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders reignited Democrats’ feud over health care coverage Friday, the day of a House vote on a $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill, by criticizing the plan as a 'massive giveaway' to the health industry and proposing a pandemic-specific version of 'Medicare for All'."

#COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #MedicareForAll #healthcare #inequality
 
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Sanders rekindles Democrats' health coverage feud before key House vote

"Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders reignited Democrats’ feud over health care coverage Friday, the day of a House vote on a $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill, by criticizing the plan as a 'massive giveaway' to the health industry and proposing a pandemic-specific version of 'Medicare for All'."

#COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #MedicareForAll #healthcare #inequality
 
Faced with an appalling US coronavirus death toll, the right denies the figures

"As Donald Trump agitates for the US to reopen, the American right appears to have found a novel way to deal with the rising coronavirus death toll: deny it altogether."

"Top Trump officials, huddled in the White House, itself the subject of a coronavirus outbreak, have according to reports begun questioning the number of deaths – and the president is among the skeptics."

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#Trump #Pence #GOP #fascism #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll #inequality
 
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"The Trump administration’s further erosion of the CDC will harm global cooperation in science and public health, as it is trying to do by defunding WHO. A strong CDC is needed to respond to public health threats, both domestic and international, and to help prevent the next inevitable pandemic. Americans must put a president in the White House come January, 2021, who will understand that public health should not be guided by partisan politics."

Via a blistering editorial in The Lancet (.pdf)

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll #inequality #election2020
 
World looks on in horror as Trump flails over pandemic despite claims US leads way

"The Trump administration has repeatedly claimed that the US is 'leading the world' with its response to the pandemic, but it does not seem to be going in any direction the world wants to follow."

"Across Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, views of the US handling of the coronavirus crisis are uniformly negative and range from horror through derision to sympathy. Donald Trump’s musings from the White House briefing room, particularly his thoughts on injecting disinfectant, have drawn the attention of the planet."




#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll #inequality
 
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