The DAPL Victory Shows You Need To Be An Activist In 2017 & Beyond

Activism is how we recapture our country and create a revolution:

Today’s announcement that the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) will be stopped in favor of exploring alternate routes for completing the pipeline marks a substantial victory for Native American protesters and their allies after months of protesting against its construction. Enduring the harshest of conditions, their commitment in the face of adversity demonstrates the power of activism in rectifying injustices, and should serve as an example for all on how to stand strong and advocate for your rights.Save

Manufacturing Sector Loses 4,000 Jobs in November

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The economy lost 4,000 manufacturing jobs between October and November, the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday. It’s the fifth straight month of manufacturing job losses. The news comes one day after President-elect Donald Trump went to a Carrier air conditioner plant in Indianapolis to celebrate the company’s announcement that […]

via Manufacturing Sector Loses 4,000 Jobs in November — Nwo Report

Trump bashes ‘SNL’ on Twitter after sketch about him tweeting too much

NEW YORK — President-elect Donald Trump has once again taken to Twitter to criticize “Saturday Night Live,” this time slamming the show over a sketch about him compulsively tweeting. “Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable!” Trump tweeted. “Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse. Sad.” Just tried…

via Trump bashes ‘SNL’ on Twitter after sketch about him tweeting too much — New York’s PIX11 / WPIX-TV

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How Did Police From All Over the Country End Up at Standing Rock?

This demonstrates that the U.S. government, as a whole, has declared war on the American people. Nevertheless, the 99 percent will win. Standing Rock is only one of the battles we are fighting:

When protests at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation began in April, there were only a handful of activists camping out in defiance of the Dakota Access Pipeline project. As their numbers have grown into the thousands, so too has the police presence confronting them. Police departments from 24 counties and 16 cities in 10 different states (including North Dakota) have poured into Standing Rock, according to the Morton County Sheriff’s Department, the local law enforcement agency.

Why Hillary Clinton Lost

Hillary and Obama once and for all destroyed the Democratic Party myth that they represent the working class:

…Clintonia’s (persuasive) defense of its own righteousness helps explain why the election was close to begin with. Trump ran a deeply bigoted campaign that whipped up and played off of white resentment. But his dominant performance among white working-class voters wasn’t due to his campaign message alone. Much of Clinton’s poor performance resulted from her campaign’s strategic decision to not even contest the demographic. A good chunk of the Democratic Party intelligentsia applauded Clinton for taking the moral high ground, declaring the entire white working class to be a deplorable racist swamp. The notion that economic issues played literally no role ― zero ― in Trump’s appeal became a common Democratic talking point. Democrats were Good People, and anyone even considering voting for Trump was a Bad Person.

Source: Why Hillary Clinton Lost | The Huffington Post

Robby Mook: Hillary Clinton’s ‘deplorable’ comment could have alienated voters

Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook acknowledged the former secretary of state calling half of Donald Trump’s supporters “deplorables” alienated voters, saying that’s why the Democratic presidential nominee publicly expressed regret over the remarks so quickly thereafter.

Source: Robby Mook: Hillary Clinton’s ‘deplorable’ comment could have alienated voters – CNNPolitics.com

4 quit after Oklahoma veteran with maggots in wound dies

Four staff members have resigned from a southeastern Oklahoma veterans facility rather than face the possibility of getting fired, after a resident was found to have maggots in a wound.

Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs executive director Myles Deering said the maggots were discovered while the patient was alive at the facility in Talihina, about 130 miles southeast of Tulsa. Deering said the maggots were not the cause of his death.

Deering said the veteran came to the center with an infection and died of sepsis, the Tulsa World reported.

Source: 4 quit after Oklahoma veteran with maggots in wound dies

There is no “Reforming” the Democratic Party

After Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election there was all kinds of talk about reforming the Democratic Party. Well, since then, there has not been one example of measures taken to bring that about.

Yesterday, Nancy Pelosi won her 8th term as leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives. This led Politico reporter (pictured above) to state that Democrats were being led by a “bunch of 70-year-olds.”

Next up will be the selection of the DNC head. This is considered an important post in getting a party control of Congress. Despite “grassroots” call for Senator Keith Ellison to be chosen, it would be a shock if he got the position. Ellison is considered part of the “progressive wing” wing of the Democratic Party. He has the support of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. His non-appointment would prove once and for all that the Democratic Party is controlled by a corrupt Washington elite that has no concern for the welfare of the 99 percent.

Ellison will not be chosen. Just like they wouldn’t allow Bernie Sanders to be the presidential nominee of the party.

FBI, NSA And Rule 41: Changes To Federal Rules Expand Government’s Hacking Capabilities

And President is still Obama, not Trump. The fawning pro-Democratic Party press likes to frighten us about the great threat to our freedoms impending in the next administration. But this White House has been absolutely devastating to our rights:

A change to a federal rule is set to go into effect on December 1 that will grant the federal government wide-ranging warrants to hack into devices remotely.

North Dakota courts strained by pipeline protest arrests

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The hundreds of arrests during the months of protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota have created an unprecedented burden for the state’s court system, which faces huge cost overruns and doesn’t have enough judges, lawyers and clerks to handle the workload.

Police have made nearly 575 arrests since August during clashes at the protesters’ main camp along the pipeline route in southern North Dakota and at protests in and around the state capital, Bismarck, about 50 miles to the north. That’s far more arrests than these areas typically deal with and it could lead to delays in bringing cases to trial, experts say.

Source: North Dakota courts strained by pipeline protest arrests

Washington Post uses Disinformation in Condemning Disinformation

The Washington Post on Thursday night promoted the claims of a new, shadowy organization that smears dozens of U.S. news sites that are critical of U.S. foreign policy as being “routine peddlers of Russian propaganda.” The article by reporter Craig Timberg — headlined “Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say” — cites a report by an anonymous website calling itself PropOrNot, which claims that millions of Americans have been deceived this year in a massive Russian “misinformation campaign.”

Source: The Intercept

Another major Norwegian investor divests from companies behind Dakota Access pipeline

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One of Norway’s leading fund managers, Odin Fund Management, announced today that it had sold $23.8 million (243 million NOK) worth of shares invested in the companies behind the Dakota Access pipeline. SpareBank 1, one of the financial institutions that offers Odin Funds, stated that there are strong ethical standards for its investments and it regretted investing in the companies behind the project. Today’s news follows massive protest and engagement from the Saami community and the recent announcement that DNB, the largest bank in Norway, had sold its assets in the pipeline and is reconsidering the loan it provided.

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LA GOP Admits To Sexting Underage Boy But Swears He Is Not Gay So It’s Ok

Devout Christian married Louisiana state official Mike Yenni (R-naturally), admits that he had a sexting relationship with a 17 year old boy but swears he isn’t gay. He is totally fine with being labeled a pervert and pedophile, though, because he doesn’t deny that he engaged in the sexting.

Source: LA GOP Admits To Sexting Underage Boy But Swears He Is Not Gay So It’s Ok | Crooks and Liars

The Federal Government Gives Anti-DAPL Protesters an Ultimatum

The Federal government has decided to step up the oppression at Standing Rock. They obviously haven’t been paying attention. The “water protectors” will not be moved or intimidated:

Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters will not follow a government directive to leave the federal land where hundreds have camped for months, organizers said Saturday, despite state officials encouraging them to do so.

Standing Rock Sioux tribal leader Dave Archambault and other protest organizers confidently explained that they’ll stay at the Oceti Sakowin camp and continue with nonviolent protests a day after Archambault received a letter from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that said all federal lands north of the Cannonball River will be closed to public access Dec. 5 for “safety concerns.”

The Corps cited the oncoming winter and increasingly contentious clashes between protesters, who believe the pipeline could harm drinking water and Native American cultural sites, and police.

NBC News Contributor “Troubled” by the “Lack of Media” Coverage of DAPL

The segment on MSNBC today was intended to bash Trump (as usual) and his possible response to the DAPL (and similar events) protests. Joy Reid, in particular, with her sycophantic support for the Democratic Party, argued that a Trump presidency means the capture of all public/native Americans’ land to be used for commercial gain. She even argued that Trump had financial interest in DAPL. But NBC news contributor, Raul Reyes, was just as “troubled” by the lack of press coverage of what is happening in North Dakota. He also lamented the violation of tribal rights at Standing Rock.

Reid, and the press, don’t give a damn about Standing Rock. That’s why today’s discussion on MSNBC was such a rare event. They wanted to used DAPL for political reasons–to attack Donald Trump. It doesn’t matter to that network that Obama has been almost completely silent on events in North Dakota. It’s about bashing Trump now.
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“Barack Obama’s Hollow Legacy”

Margaret Kimberly (Black Agenda Report) has done in this article what those in the mainstream media/press unwilling to do. And that is to denounce President Obama’s failed stint in the White House. Even better, the criticism here is not coming from some Republican or conservative (outlet). So it can’t be dismissed as more Obama bashing from the right. The words are plain. This article is the truth that hasn’t been told often enough:

For years Democrats became convinced that the only means of keeping Republicans at bay was to go along with their party leadership without complaint. If they wanted to expand trade deals that stole workers’ jobs, so be it.

Democratic voters must ask themselves why they said nothing when their party promoted trade deals that were against their interests. Ultimately that acquiescence led to defeat at Trump’s hands.

The Obama team’s propaganda skills were legendary, but the day of reckoning revealed the emptiness of what they produced.

North Dakota News Outlet Accuses Anti-DAPL Protesters of “Intimidation”

The reporting on DAPL has been predictably atrocious. Coverage has been minimal. And when there is reporting on the injustice going on in North Dakota it is sensationalistic. Is it any wonder most Americans don’t know whats going on there.

Despite the poor coverage, there are exceptions. Even the NY Times can’t help notice the injustice. Although these words are from the editorial staff:

When injustice aligns with cruelty, and heavy weaponry is involved, the results can be shameful and bloody. Witness what happened on Sunday in North Dakota, when law enforcement officers escalated their tactics against unarmed American Indians and allies who have waged months of protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

They drenched protesters with water cannons on a frigid night, with temperatures in the 20s. According to protesters and news accounts, the officers also fired rubber bullets, pepper spray, percussion grenades and tear gas. More than 160 people were reportedly injured, with one protester’s arm damaged so badly she might lose it.

Baton Rouge Approves Settlement with Arrested Alton Sterling Protesters

Authorities in Baton Rouge, Louisiana have approved a $100,000 settlement with 92 people arrested in July during the protests over police killing of a black man. The protests ended after a shooting that left 3 officers dead and another 3 injured.

Alton Sterling, 37, was shot and killed on July 5 in the parking lot of a convenience store, as two police officers wrestled him onto the ground and a handgun fell out of his pants. For two weeks, protesters demanded accountability for Sterling’s death, with dozens arrested for blocking a highway. Some of them later filed a class-action suit against the city for wrongful arrest.

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Income Inequality has Worsened under Obama, Despite his Claims Otherwise

President Obama is a failed president. That’s if you are part of the 99 percent. The 1 percent have done great under him. That means income inequality has gotten worse in the last 7+ years. But don’t tell Barack that. He’s obviously in denial:

“Of course we have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving,” the president, flanked by two wandering 40-pound turkeys named Tater and Tot, told reporters and aides gathered in the White House Rose Garden. “Six straight years of job creation, the longest streak ever. Low unemployment, wages are rising again, inequality is narrowing, the housing market is healing [and] the stock market has nearly tripled.”

The evidence points to a different reality:

Despite the last few years of “recovery,” the share of wealth held by the bottom 50% of the U.S. population declined from 1.15% in 2010 to 1.05% in 2013. This is less than half of where it stood in 2007, before the great recession, when the share of the country’s wealth held by the poorest 50% of the population was at 2.5%.

In 2008, Obama spoke of hope for a better future. If the wealthy hoped for a greater share of the nation’s wealth, their hope was fulfilled while the wealth conditions of most everyone else have declined.

And even compared to other countries the U.S. has lagged behind:

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This Obama report card calls Obama’s record on income inequality a failure:

Fight against income inequality: Failed

The U.S. economy has come out of the recession during Obama’s period, and unemployment has decreased. However, these gains achieved by the economy were not shared equally as Obama had promised.

Official and academic studies indicate that the inequality in the income distribution, which has worsened gradually over the past two decades, has reached its highest level in a century under President Obama’s presidency.

According to Allianz Insurance’s “Global Wealth Report,” with 80.56, the U.S. comes out on top among the countries with the highest Gini Coefficient, which is used to measure income inequality. The steady decline in average household income between 2007 and 2014 played a major role in the severe income inequality, which is also one of the major reasons behind the increasing social tensions in the country.

The Stock Market is Booming Since Trump got Elected

The stock market on Wall St. is very happy that Donald Trump was elected President. The DOW has hit 19,000 for the time ever. The market believes the president-elect will be good for big business. Sadly many of those who voted for him don’t realize that Trump is nothing but a representative of the 1 percent, despite his pro-worker rhetoric. Those same voters will find out soon enough how bad he is for them when The Donald steps into the White House in January.
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‘Media blackout’ at the Standing Rock protests

The mainstream media is controlled by the same corporations that support and profit from DAPL. They must be help accountable just like the politicians who are ignoring what’s happening at Standing Rock:

Two independent, Native American journalists discussed a lack of media coverage of the protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline and what role the media plays as independent observers of civil unrest.

Another Massive Protest Planned For Black Friday On Magnificent Mile

Holiday shoppers and social-justice mobilizers alike, take note. One year after a massive protest blocked foot traffic in and out of stores along the Magnificent Mile on Black Friday, activists are set to return this year the day after Thanksgiving to once again demonstrate against police brutality.

The action last year was part of a larger wave of protests that filled Chicago streets immediately following the release of disturbing dashcam footage that captured the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald. The shooting also prompted a still-ongoing investigation into the Chicago Police Department by the Department of Justice. Police officer Jason Van Dyke faces a criminal charge of first-degree murder in the killing.

Source: Another Massive Protest Planned For Black Friday On Magnificent Mile: Chicagoist