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The Economics of the New Jim Crow

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[A companion-piece to the article on this week's church-burnings. "Racism is evolving into an insidious form of quiet economic subjugation." *RON*]
by Paul Buchheit,, 25 June 2015
In 1931 the New Republic reported on a lynching in Mississippi: “Jim [Ivy] was staked with heavy chains and dry wood was piled knee-high around him. Gasoline tanks were tapped for fuel. Three men set the wood and Jim on fire. I saw the flames climb high on Jim. Jim screamed, prayed and cursed; he struggled so hard that he snapped one of the log chains that bound his ankles to the stake. I was looking into his eyes that second. They were popping with pain and terror…the flames reached up and burned his screaming voice into silence. The mob turned to go. It was about time for supper.”

In Birmingham, Alabama on September 15, 1963, four 11- to 14-year-old girls were in the basement restroom of the 16th Street Baptist Church when a bomb went off.…

My Big Fat Greek Bank Black Hole: No Deposit Insurance

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[Good summary and sharp analysis of recent events. Including why the Greek banks are toast: a €3 billion deposit insurance fund to cover €130 billion in deposits. Also, Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz: Greece's creditors have 'criminal responsibility' for chaos. Finally, might Puerto Rico be the next Greece?: Puerto Rico now belongs to Wall Street*RON*]
by Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism, 29 June 2015

It’s hard to find an official who is comporting himself very well in the wake of the Tsipras surprise announcement of a referendum on July 5 for a then-defunct bailout offer.* Obama called Merkel to make it look like he was Doing Something. Jack Lew called Tsipras to tell him to Do Something, apparently not having gotten the memo that Tsipras has tossed the matter over to Greek voters and there is no way he can reverse course now. Tsipras sent a notes to Eurozone heads of state on Sunday, asking them to override the decision of their fina…

Who’s Burning Black Churches? Arsonists Hit At Least 3 Southern congregations in the last 7 days

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[Back To The Future: welcome to 1955. "It worked for granpappy, why shouldn't it work for me?" Here, PBS points out three more black churches that have been torched this week: Black churches in the South reportedly targeted by arsonists. *RON*]

By Bethania Palma Markus,  Raw Story / AlterNet, 28 June 2015

Last week’s shooting at Charleston’s Emanuel AME was perhaps the deadliest attack on a black church since the 1963 church bombing by the Klan in Birmingham, Alabama that killed four children. Since then, another specter from America’s violent racist history is again rearing its head – setting black churches ablaze.

At least three have been intentionally set on fire in recent days, according to a survey of news reports compiled by the Daily Kos.

On Monday, someone set fire to College Hills Seventh Day Adventist Church in Tennessee, according to local WATE. The arsonist placed bales of hay outside the church doors and lit them ablaz…

States Are Fighting to Keep Towns From Offering Their Own Broadband

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[Mainstream media and politicians are the corporatocracy and the 1%. *RON*]
By Leticia Miranda, ProPublica / TruthOut, 29 June 2015

Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission voted to ease the way for cities to become Internet service providers. So-called municipal broadband is already a reality in a few towns, often providing Internet access and faster service to rural communities that cable companies don't serve.

The cable and telecommunications industry have long lobbied against city-run broadband, arguing that taxpayer money should not fund potential competitors to private companies.

The telecom companies have what may seem like an unlikely ally: states. Roughly 20 states have restrictions against municipal broadband.

And the attorneys general in North Carolina and Tennessee have recently filed lawsuits in an attempt to overrule the FCC and block towns in these states from expanding publicly funded Internet service.

North Caroli…

Antonin Scalia Compares Death Penalty Opponents to Marie Antoinette

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[Criticism of capital punishment reflects "a let-them-eat cake obliviousness to the needs of others," he says. See also It’s ‘The Chemical Equivalent Of Being Burned At The Stake.’ And Now It’s Legal. And, if you just can't get enough Scalia, see The 10 Most Wild Lines From Antonin Scalia’s Extreme Dissent Over Gay Marriage, or Read the 7 Most Ridiculous Lines from Justice Antonin Scalia's Obamacare Dissent. *RON*]

—By Patrick Caldwell, Mother Jones, 29 June 2015

The Supreme Court's Monday ruling in favor of a controversial lethal injection drug gave the court's dissenting liberal justices an opportunity to argue against the constitutionality of the death penalty in general. That led conservative Scold-In-Chief Antonin Scalia, to reach deep into the history books—from Shakespeare to the Enlightenment to the French Revolution—to attack one of the dissenters, Stephen Breyer, for his opposition to capital punishment.


How Activists Won Reparations for the Survivors of Chicago Police Department Torture

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[Over much official outrage and denial, Chicago just became the first US city ever to pay reparations to victims of police torture. *RON*]

By Flint Taylor, In These Times / TruthOut, 29 June 2015

The 20-year reign of police torture that was orchestrated by Commander Jon Burge - and implicated former Mayor Richard M. Daley and a myriad of high ranking police and prosecutorial officials - has haunted Chicago for decades. In These Times has covered Burge and the movement to achieve a modicum of justice for his victims very closely over the years (you can read our past coverage here, here, here, here, andhere). Finally, on May 6, 2015, in response to a movement that has spanned a generation, the Chicago City Council formally recognized this sordid history by passing historic legislation that provides reparations to the survivors of police torture in Chicago.

The achievement was monumental. And given that Friday was the International Day in Support of…

Greece debt crisis: Banks to remain shut all week

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[See also a piece that should have been written by The Onion, but unfortunately wasn't: Greece debt talks: EU chief feels 'betrayed.' *RON*]

BBC World News, 29 June 2015

Greek banks are closed and will stay shut for the week, after the country's debt crisis took a dramatic turn.

But cash machines are due to reopen in the afternoon and there are reports of fresh queues.

Greece decided on Sunday to shut banks and restrict cash withdrawals after the European Central Bank resolved not to extend emergency funding.

It followed the failure on Friday of talks with Greek creditors on continuing with the bailout programme.