Redistribution by another name:

Nationwide Looting and Arson as Urban Poor Lose Fear and Pent-Up Rage at Cops and the System Explodes

Across the US, cities, especially fancy malls and outlets of major retail chains, are being busted into and ransacked, as police squad cars get flipped over and torched, in scenes not seen in the US since the mid to late 1960s. Many of the perpetrators of these actions are black residents of these cities, but …

After getting $600/week in jobless pay, going back to work for $7.25 sucks:

Pandemic Crisis and Recession Can Spark a Fight for Real Change in the US

  American workers have a huge opportunity as a result of this coronavirus pandemic — an opportunity to massively expand union membership in the workplace, and a chance, after decades of being ignored by Congress, to finally win a desperately needed increase in the federal minimum wage from its current $7.25 per hour to at …

Covid-19 Global Solidarity Coalition

Coalition for Universal Peace and Sustainable Life is Launched

Covid-19 Global Solidarity Coalition (CGSC) held two online conference launchings May23-4. Nearly two hundred people participated from several countries. They discussed the coalition’s manifesto written last month by around 50 people from a score of countries. Conference participants enthusiastically expressed agreement with the manifesto, signed by ca. 3000 people. They shared ideas for growth, connecting …

Beware another Biden betrayal New Deal’s last legacy program:

As Republicans Face November Disaster, Efforts to Undermine Social Security Mount

Attacks on Social Security are coming thick and fast. It’s time for Americans of all ages who aren’t independently wealthy and don’t need to worry about a serious, career halting disability or surviving in old age to rally and fight back. The latest attack is the Trump Administration’s so-called “Eagle” plan, appropriately named for the …

Joblessness surpasses Depression record and this virus isn't going away soon

Time for a Little Truth About the Economy and the COVID-19 Pandemic

(This story is being published jointly by ThisCantBeHappening.net and Tarbell.org) The auto industry is gearing up to bring back at least half its workers and to begin producing cars again. Across the country, states and localities are attempting to restart businesses that have been shuttered for as much as two months because of the Coronavirus …

Just a number?

US Jobless Rate Broke Depression-Era Record — but Most Media Missed It

(This story by Dave Lindorff was published initially in FAIR.org) The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ eagerly awaited Friday morning Official Unemployment Rate report for April—what editors generally call the BLS’s “headline” rate of unemployment —was definitely headline-worthy. This was especially evident in the next day’s New York Times (5/9/20), which ran a bar chart of historic unemployment …

Epidemic Epistle V: A COVID-19 crisis diary by Dave & Gary Lindorff

Becoming a Marginalized Person in a Pandemic is Eye-Opening

Body bags piling up in a Detroit hospital (click here to view video) By Dave Lindorff           As a white male from a middle class family in which both parents had gone to college, a dad who was a tenured professor with a  PhD in electrical engineering and degrees from MIT …

Notes on viral separation

Gimme Shelter

  Contributed to ThisCantBeHappening! by Rip Rense It’s lurking. It’s salivating. It’s breathless, waiting in the pandemic quiet. And at first opportunity, it will step out, roaring, spitting fire, devouring free will yet again as it commands you, you, you, and you to consume, consume, consume. All in the name of “returning to normal.” Well, I …

John Prine and Bernie Sanders:

Honoring Two Men Just Brought Down by the Coronavirus Pandemic

  Two hugely important people were taken down by COVID-19 this past week. Both have left a legacy, the importance of which cannot be ignored. John Prine The first struck down last week is one of the greatest modern songwriters of my lifetime, John Prine. One of my favorite musicians, Prine was a humble, funny …

Epidemic Epistle III: A COVID-19 crisis diary by Dave & Gary Lindorff:

It’s Spring and I’ve Turned 71 in a Pandemic-Induced Recession

  I’m feeling a little weird these days.  No, don’t worry! I’m not coming down with suspicious flu-like symptoms. So far fortunately, I’m managing to stay healthy despite my 71 years and a lung condition that makes me particularly at risk of any respiratory illness that comes along — much the worse if it’s a …