Our Children Will Live on Boats

Kerala flood 2018 Financial Express
People will live on boats. Very soon. And no such rescue would be necessary.

The only tropical rain forests and pristine nature in the Indian subcontinent are under an unprecedented, catastrophic flood. Most people still do not understand the gravity of the situation: massive man-made climate change, combined with out of control capitalism.

As I said many times, it’s profit before people. This American model that India adopted is great evil: it’s destroying America, and it’s destroying India.

Indian rulers are greedy, corrupt, fanatic, bigots, and have no regard for science. Just the same way Christian fanatics called the Connecticut and Florida school children killed by gun violence sinners, Hindu fanatics in India are calling the Kerala flood victims sinners and beef eaters. It’s not only ridiculous. It’s also cruel.

India’s BJP government also refused to receive foreign aids, adding more suffering to the marooned and hapless people. Their supporters are busy on social media, ridiculing the “Muslims, Christians, and communists of Kerala.”

Weather: Monsoon rain causes flood in Kerala
Of course, thanks to big media and corporate politicians, even today, cricket and Bollywood and such money-driven games are top news. One billion helpless people’s lives are at the brink of extinction. Those who are exposing the truth, and criticizing the greed and profit-only system — the people in power are trashing them.

Prediction is, in one generation, climate catastrophe will practically submerge Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Bombay, Goa, Andhra, Orissa, West Bengal, and Bangladesh.

Read this World Economic Forum article: Why India is Most at Risk from Climate Change.

Our children will live on boats, fighting for food and water.

Kerala flood 2018 India Today

Sincerely,

Partha Banerjee

Brooklyn, New York

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Photo courtesy (only for non-profit, academic use)

  1. Boat rescue — The Financial Express
  2. Rope rescue — First Post
  3. Boat and bananas — India Today

How New York Times Handed the Election Over to Trump — Part II

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(Photo courtesy: Media Matters for America)

How did the New York Times actually work for Hillary Clinton, and trash a Bernie Sanders candidacy?

Conservative publication Observer did a detailed article on how New York Times worked as the mouthpiece of establishment DNC, to promote and glorify Hillary Clinton. You can find the Observer article here, and it shows how blatantly the mentor paper worked for Clinton’s win, dropping all its pretense of journalistic objectivity. In fact, as the article shows, some of the famous reporters and columnists for the Times took cues and quotes from Democratic Party bosses, and used them over and over again in their so-called reporting. There was absolute bias for Clinton, and all the opposition was silenced. Even in their readers’ comments section for various news items (NYTimes uses articles selectively to open readers’ comment box, and therefore, it’s already biased for certain items vis-a-vis the others), the Times often selected pro-Hillary comments as their favorites.

Here’s a segment from Observer.

“Throughout the primaries, the Times regularly published hit pieces on Sanders by columnists Paul Krugman and Charles Blow—and the company doesn’t seem to employ anyone, or at the very least publish freelance submissions, willing to portray Sanders in a positive light. Such an extreme imbalance in the opinion pages was common among major newspapers throughout the primaries, and not because there weren’t articulate academics and activists explaining why particular Sanders proposals were beneficial. Rather, publications like the Times overtly skewed their coverage to favor Clinton. Such extreme bias for one presidential candidate is harrowing, given the Times’ size and reputation of integrity for trusted journalism. The 2016 Democratic primaries saw the paper destroying that integrity and trust.”

CNN did the same thing.

“As soon as the nomination is wrapped up, I will be your biggest surrogate,” current Interim Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Donna Brazile, wrote to [Clinton campaign chair] Podesta in a January 2016 email. As a Vice Chair of the DNC, Brazile was bound to neutrality per the charter, but as shown in several emails released so far, that was not the case.” Brazile has been a key CNN commentator on the network’s prime time shows.

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz had to resign after her bias was exposed.

“In July, former DNC chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned after WikiLeaks released emails that showed DNC staffers discussing strategies that could be used against Sanders. The emails revived long-running suspicions on the part of Sanders supporters that Wasserman Schultz had tilted the scales in favor of Clinton.” (Quote from LATimes.)

You don’t need to be a right wing, Trump supporter to understand how big media worked for either Trump or Clinton, throughout the campaign. If Fox, New York Post, or Breitbart worked shamelessly for Trump’s victory, New York Times, CNN, and MSNBC did the same for Hillary. They all shed their objectivity and neutrality pretense, and worked as mouthpieces of their favorite candidate.

By doing so, they all worked to promote the status-quo machinery, corporate America and its allegedly criminal institutions such as Goldman Sachs, Wal-Mart, Monsanto or Exxon, and actively silenced any democratic dissent. Silencing the Sanders campaign was an important example in their election coverage.

And by silencing the grassroots, democratic movement that took America by storm, New York Times and its surrogate media effectively silenced a real, issue-based, pro-99% movement of dissent, and heavily lifted the Bill Clinton-Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton oligarchy that ordinary Americans were craving to change.

Bernie Sanders’ exit from the scene, thanks to pro-Hillary propaganda by the Times, effectively, and ironically, turned over the mantle of the American disenchanted to the Trump candidacy. Trump now became the torchbearer for change!

From that point on, Bernie Sanders’ call for a moderate and nonviolent Democratic Socialism, economic equality for all Americans, a strong labor union, action on climate change, immigration reform, overturning Citizens United, and such urgent matters went into the the back burner. The American electorate did not hear about these issues anymore since New York Times and DNC pivoted Hillary Clinton to the supreme position of a presidential candidate.

The Times and DNC, in effect, decided she was the future president of America. They undermined and flayed Trump.

(To Be Continued.)

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The Real Bernie Sanders Effect

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Super Tuesday tonight, and these election primaries are practically over. Maybe, the voters will prove me wrong.

Many people, including outsider no-name immigrants like me, have supported Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton and the official machinery of DNC, knowing that it would be an uphill battle.

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If you think about the billionaires, the multinational corporations, DNC’s deeply-entrenched powers, status-quo churches and labor unions, and the lack of political knowledge and wisdom of the average American voters (many of whom are misinformed/brainwashed by media for generations, and fed with lies about the country and the world, and illusions about their future), we never thought one Bernie Sanders candidacy could do away with all these negatives in one election cycle, and bring on a pro-99% presidency, defeating the 1% and their iron wall.

But we still extended our support to Sanders, because it was the ONLY morally upright and honest thing to do. Just the same way many of us, outsider no-name immigrants with no money and power, worked for Barack Obama in 2008, with high enthusiasm that a black man will be the president of a country that has treated blacks like animals, killing and torching and lynching them for centuries.

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Did an Obama presidency meet our expectations? No. It disappointed us from Day 1 of the presidency, when this black man put Goldman Sachs, Monsanto and Merrill Lynch crooks in important government positions. We knew we were betrayed, and our hopes were destroyed.

We know a Hillary Clinton presidency will continue the familiar U.S. power’s saga of making the rich richer, the powerful more powerful, and the poor poorer, and the powerless even less powerless. We know the changes on the top will be cosmetic, the economic inequality inside the U.S. will increase even more, globally the forces of evil such as Monsanto, Wal-Mart, Goldman Sachs, Exxon-Mobil and war corporations will make even more profit — at the expense of the hapless destitute, farmers will keep committing suicide in India, and IMF and World Bank will dictate the world’s economy, creating more misery for the world’s 99%.

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Here in America, affluent liberals and Ayn Rand followers like NOW will rejoice that a woman is now the U.S. president (which is long-overdue in the first place, considering many other countries including India, Bangladesh and Pakistan have had woman heads of state for many years). U.S. corporate media will sing praise of American liberalism.

But it is okay.

One Bernie Sanders campaign has showed us how a presidential campaign can be meaningful, however briefly, in that it can bring back real people’s real issues — such as income equality, jobs, environment, health care, education, immigration, gender equality, police brutality, and war.

A new young generation of American men and women has risen.

We the outsider powerless moneyless immigrants have joined in. Our children, who are neither outsider nor moneyless and powerless, will carry the torch forward, and their generation, slowly but SURELY, will overtake the mantle of power, in one generation.

That is the real effect of this Bernie Sanders campaign.

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If I lived in a swing state such as Ohio, I would vote for Hillary Clinton, because otherwise it’s a fascist rule of the war-mongers and bigots.

But because I live in a heavily Democratic state New York, I would oppose Hillary Clinton, because she and her husband and their official DNC are symbols of lies, hypocrisy, and political status quo.

Plus, it will be a #3 Bill Clinton term, given how overpowering he is. I will vote against them, to keep my sanity.

If you can, please read this post one more time.

And keep educating. Educate yourself. And then, educate others, with facts and analysis.

Sincerely,

Partha Banerjee

Brooklyn, New York

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Vacation in Vermont

Solitude. Green. Peace.
Solitude. Green. Peace.

We just came back from a short vacation in Vermont. 

For those who don’t know, Vermont is a small, New England state in the Northeastern corner of the U.S. I don’t know how Vermont ranks among the fifty U.S. states on education, environment, health, employment, and other such important matters of life. But based on what I saw, I’m sure it is one of the best places to live in America.

Especially if you love nature. Mother Nature has created a paradise for the men, women and children of Vermont to live in. Thank you, Vermont, for keeping the hope of humanity alive.

We particularly want to thank two special friends — Nancy Romer of Brooklyn Food Coalition and Lew Friedman of the Killer Coke Campaign — for their warm hospitality. Staying with them made this vacation even more special.

For those of us who always lived in big cities such as New York, London, Delhi, Bombay or Calcutta, we perhaps do not understand how important it is to preserve our nature and environment, and how preserving our nature and environment is automatically linked to a long, healthy life. We, big city dwellers, have lost our connection with Mother Earth. We do not know how to breathe pure, uncontaminated air. We do not know how to walk in complete safety without the constant fear of being hit by a car. We have forgotten what solitude and quiet is.

Vermont reminded us of these forgotten, essential elements of human life that we have now taken for granted and therefore misused and abused.

Sustainable Farming. Revolt against Monsanto and GMO.
Sustainable Farming. Revolt against Monsanto and GMO.

During our four days of stay in that little paradise state that also takes pride in its most progressive, pro-equality laws, we visited two small farms, and met the farmers. We were surprised to see the level of knowledge they had on issues such as climate change and global warming, neoliberal economics and rampant use of GMO through multinational corporations such as Monsanto, harmful foods and drinks mass-manufactured and commercialized through McDonald’s, Coke or KFC, and what an ordinary global citizen like us can do to prevent these disasters through our own change of lifestyle and food habits.

The farmers showed us how they are putting sustainable and organic farming into practice. And that they are doing okay economically too.

I looked at these farmers. Hard work, disciplined life, and healthy, environmentally sound food have stopped the aging process on their bodies. Gail and her husband, both perhaps in their sixties, are harvesting their maple trees to make Vermont’s famous maple syrup: they have their own small plant to do the sugaring themselves!

Happy, smiling faces — totally with Mother Nature and her peace.

Vermont can bring the poet out of your reluctant, resistant self. Being with trees and their tranquility can bring the lost humanity back in you.

Peacefully Reporting,

Partha

Brooklyn, New York

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Soft. Quiet. Green. It's Raindrops and Poetry.
Soft. Quiet. Green. Raindrops and Poetry.