Wednesday, May 02, 2018

May 2, 2018 News

On April 30, 2018, it is the 25th year anniversary of when the World Wide Web was free for the public. The Internet was invented during the late 1960's by the intelligence community. Today, the Internet is worldwide and billions of people have used it before. CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) released the World Wide Web into the public for free. More than 500 web serves existed in the World Wide Web by the end of 1993. The first time that I have ever used the Internet was in the year of 1994. Back then, only in certain libraries or schools had massive Internet access. Back then, there were no Blu disks or Facebook. The Internet took off as it today started in about 1996 with the Summer Olympics (in Atlanta, Georgia) and so forth. In April 1994, the World Wide Web had 10,000 servers and 10 million users. Berners-Lee would go on to found the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in 1994, the body that continues to oversee the development of web standards today. The teacher's strike movement is continuing. It is happening in Arizona, Colorado, and nationwide. These teachers want students to have adequate investments to have great education. They want to be paid living wages since teachers in Arizona are among some of the lowest paid teachers in the nation. Thousands of teachers alone in Arizona have walked out of schools in order to achieve educational justice. We know what works involving education. Smaller class sizes, flexible curriculum, mentorships, true discipline, accountability, compassion for students, just compensation for teachers, and other actions equate into a strong, vibrant school experience. So, we are in solidarity with the striking teachers nationwide.

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson’s “Making Affordable Housing Work Act of 2018,” unveiled last week, wants to triple the rent of the very poor in America. The poor suffer already enough in America and his plan to increase their rent massive makes no sense morally or economically. Carson is one Trump supporter who refuses to expose Trump's bigoted rhetoric. This proposal will cause over 1 million people to be homeless possibly if this is implemented completely. This austerity agenda isn't new. The WWII boom from 1945 to 1973 brought unprecedented economic growth from higher GDP, reduced poverty, and reduced economic inequality in the United States of America. What happened what that multinational corporations increased their power, unions weakened, jobs declined, government leaders implemented neoliberalism (that permitted massive cuts to social programs and deindustrialization increased in urban plus rural centers too). You mixed that with mass incarceration and other reactionary laws and you got problems. We experienced Reganonomics and the end of welfare as we know it during the 1990's under Clinton. Some want block grants to replace Medicaid, cuts to Social Security, and other evil policies. That is why the working class and the poor should unite to end capitalist exploitation completely and make sure that our infrastructure is totally developed to help humanity, regardless of income level.

Yesterday was May Day. It is a time of the celebration of the fight for workers' rights. For centuries and thousands of years, workers have existed in the four corners of the world. There is always those among the bourgeoisie and the capitalist elites who desire the domination of workers in an exploitative fashion. Workers deserve not only respect, but living wages and dignity. In our time, we see strikes world wide. We witness teachers striking all over America from West Virginia, Kentucky, and to Arizona. We see workers in Europe, Africa, and Asia standing up for their basic economic rights in the midst of rising income inequality. We also see displaced refugees fighting for survival during the era of the xenophobic resident of the White House Trump. We haven't forgotten about the people of Gaza suffering murder and occupation either. Therefore, we are in support of the rights of workers, so the overall scope of social justice is wide ranging or comprehensive.

A lot of people are talking about the White House Correspondence dinner where a comedian used risque jokes about Trump and his cabinet. The Trump administration is hypocritical to criticize the comedian, but that administration is totally silent when Trump uses vulgar, racist, and sexist language against African Americans, women, immigrants, those who disagree with him ideologically, and other human beings. The Trump administration have some nerve to criticize one comedian when their policies are more vicious and vulgar than any word from that comedian. Do I believe in all of the words said from the comedian? No. For example, I don't agree with mocking Sarah Huckabee's physical appearance, but I do believe in criticizing Sarah's reactionary political views. Do I believe that the comedian's words are worst than Trump's evil policies? No. The comedian's words are not worst than many of the Trump supporters' racist rhetoric.Sarah Huckabee is a propagandist of the Trump regime. Her father made the offensive statement that the Iran nuclear deal will provoke Jewish people to go into the oven., which is very despicable. Mike Huckabee hasn't apologized for his evil statement either. What is more cruel are the policies of the Trump regime banning people from coming into a nation based on nationality, the elimination of key environmental regulations (which are used to protect the air, water, and seas), actions to harm the poor plus working class, and their other offensive statements which are totally abhorrent (like Trump's views on Haiti including Trump's other constant lies). Therefore, the Trump regime has glamorized bigotry, lies, and deception since its inception. We have the right to oppose Trump ideologically. Also, Trump called Maxine Waters a person who has "low IQ" which is an overtly racist comment. Maxine Waters have fought for the impeachment of Trump and she is a courageous black woman. Trump is a total lying piece of work.

Today, it is almost 50 years since the uprising in Paris,which was about students going onward to fight for their causes. Student protests erupted in Paris back in May 2, 1968. Students protested the closure of the arts college at Paris University at Nanterre, a newly-erected suburban campus that had been shut down in response to ongoing student protests. During the next day, the protests spread to the prestigious Sorbonne. The students wanted disciplinary action against Nanterre student Daniel Cohn-Bendit be dropped. The police broke up both demonstrations. On the night of May 3, in the words of one press account, “riot policemen using clubs and tear gas fought pitched battles with Sorbonne students” protesting the Nanterre closing. The arrested students totaled 573. In response, authorities ordered the indefinite closure of the Sorbonne, for the first time since its founding in 1253. On May 5, 1968, professors organized a strike in protest of the situation. They opposed the heavy handed actions of the police against the students. From May 6-7, 1968, something else happened. Union Nationale des Étudiants de France (UNEF) organized demonstrations. Then, the police and the students engaged in street fighting. The police used tear gas and batons to disperse the students. Later, the students used barricades and gasoline bombs. Some overturned cars. In the Latin Quarter, street fighting continued between the police and students. More than 10,000 demonstrators blocked Boulevard St. Germain with overturned buses, and “wave after wave of police counterattacks were repelled,” according to the New York Times report on the event. “Police vehicles racing reinforcements to the scene were bombarded from roofs with stones and firebombs. The windows of countless paddy-wagons and police buses were smashed in, and scores of overturned and burning cars littered Boulevard St. Germain and Rue de Rennes.”
Le précepte de la liberté est l'idéal de l'humanité et nous gagnerons à la fin.

By Timothy

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