‘This is not the United States’: Spanish policeman filmed kneeling on TEENAGER’S neck for allegedly wearing facemask the wrong way


10-09-20 01:59:00,

A Spanish police officer sparked online outrage after being filmed pressing on a fourteen-year-old boy’s neck with his knee to restrain him, allegedly because the teenager was not wearing a facemask properly.

The incident was caught on camera by onlookers in the Northern town of Miranda de Ebro on Wednesday. In the footage, locals can be seen gathering around the policeman, protesting the treatment of the boy. One person is even seen trying to pull the officer away.

Esto no es Estados Unidos, esto pasó ayer en Miranda del Ebro. La policía reduce brutalmente a un niño de 14 años contra el suelo por llevar mal puesta la mascarilla. pic.twitter.com/SDff30E6hB

— Fonsi Loaiza (@FonsiLoaiza) September 9, 2020

Authorities insist that the video was taken “out of context,” alleging that the teenager attacked the officer before the camera started rolling. “[The footage] is striking but the response was adequate and proportional to what happened,”said the city’s security councilman Pablo Gomez.

He further added that the boy attempted to assault the policeman with a chain, after being asked to straighten out his mask, so it properly covered his mouth and nose. “Before making a judgment people need to know the full version of events.”

The fourteen-year-old’s family have confirmed that the boy was wearing the mask around his neck when police approached him. The officer is reportedly on sick leave with a cheek injury sustained during the arrest.

As of right now, it is unclear what penalties await the boy.

Online commenters called the incident an instance of excessive use of force and police brutality. The social media user who uploaded the video to Twitter lamented the situation, writing, “this is not the United States,” referring to the death of George Floyd.

Floyd was an African-American man who died in Minneapolis police custody, after an officer pressed on his neck with a knee for almost nine minutes. The incident, which happened in May, sparked worldwide outrage and birthed a wave of citizen scrutiny over the police’s use of force.

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The United Arab Emirates and Israel Join Hands


15-08-20 03:28:00,

The decision made this week by the United Arab Emirates and Israel to establish full diplomatic relations as part of a commitment to normalize the interaction between the two countries was characteristically announced by President Donald Trump because he is, undoubtedly, the main beneficiary. With less than three months to go until the U.S. national election, the timing of the announcement was not fortuitous as the president clearly needed some good news. There are reports that the agreement will be signed in a formal ceremonial meeting in the White House later this month.

The deal, reportedly set up by White House Special Assistant to the President and son-in-law Jared Kushner, will in fact have little impact on the UAE, whose Crown Prince and head of state of Abu Dhabi Mohamed bin Zayed was instrumental in coming to an agreement on behalf of all of the Emirates. He issued a statement on the understanding reached, stating that “During a call with President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu, an agreement was reached to stop further Israeli annexation of Palestinian territories. The UAE and Israel also agreed to cooperation and setting a roadmap towards establishing a bilateral relationship.”

As usual, the big losers will be the Palestinians, who will now live in a non-country that they inhabit only under Israeli sufferance, an arrangement that is now de facto endorsed by some of its Arab neighbors and by the Europeans, leaving them with no friends or advocates. They immediately declared that the agreement is not binding on them. Indeed, little will actually change on the ground in Israel-Palestine. Israel has indeed agreed to further “temporarily postpone” its oft stated commitment to annex most of the Palestinian West Bank, a proposition that was already in trouble both domestically and due to almost universal international censure. Even some Democratic Party congressmen had developed a spine over the issue and were willing to cut military assistance to the Jewish state if the annexation program were to move forward. Now that the word annexation has been dropped, the fundamental apartheid policies pursued by Israel will continue to advance and the illegal settlements will presumably continue to expand.

The agreement will also benefit beleaguered Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu politically to a certain extent, giving him some favorable press from liberal Israelis and Europeans,

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The United States Will Not Recover By Raising Taxes Or Printing Money


28-07-20 07:43:00,

Authored by Daniel Lacalle,

The dramatic economic decline due to the Covid-19 crisis and the unprecedented recovery spending plans approved by President Trump will drive the fiscal 2020 United States budget deficit to a record $3.8 trillion, or 18.7% of U.S. gross domestic product, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB). According to the same estimates, the fiscal 2021 deficit would reach $2.1 trillion in 2021, and average $1.3 trillion through 2025 as the economy recovers from the impact of the forced shutdowns.

To finance this staggering fiscal effort, the Democratic Party leader, Joe Biden, is announcing a massive tax hike that will neither help the economy nor reduce the deficit.

The solution to the United States budget deficit is not more taxes. Even in the most optimistic receipt scenario, there is no tax hike program that would even start to address the structural deficit, estimated at one trillion dollars a year, even less with the above-mentioned estimates.

More taxes will hurt the recovery, damage the job improvement potential, and reduce investment in the economy. More taxes mean less growth and no deficit improvement.

The Obama administration learnt this lesson quickly, and extended the Bush tax cuts in 2020, adding a new tax cut in 2013. Other United States misguided tax hikes in 2013 did nothing to reduce the debt and kept the economic and job growth below potential.

A wealth tax, often repeated by the most extreme politicians in America, would not only provide exceedingly small revenues for the Treasury, it would generate more negatives than any improvement in tax receipts. There is a reason why almost every European nation has abandoned the wealth tax. The receipts are negligible and the negative impact on investment, attraction of capital and job creation outweigh any revenue increase. The wealth tax revenue relative to GDP in the countries where it exists range between 0.07% in Finland to 0.22% in France. There is no way that a wealth tax would collect 1.4% of GDP as Senator Warren estimated. A wealth tax in the United States would make no visible reduction in the existing deficit, let alone finance the trillions in entitlement spending that Biden has announced.

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De-Militarizing the United States


02-07-20 06:14:00,

Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair

More than a half-century ago, exactly one year before he was assassinated, Martin Luther King Jr. brilliantly identified the keys to the American political, economic, and social crisis that has worsened over the years.  At the Riverside Church in New York City, King linked the militarism of the Vietnam War; the racism of American society; and the inequality and materialism of the American economy to demand a movement toward social justice that we seek today.  The central civil rights leaders of the time, including Ralph Bunch, asked King to radically alter the speech and to dissociate racism from the Vietnam War.  The central newspapers of the time, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, maligned the speech, terming it an “oversimplification” that would hurt both the civil rights movement and the anti-war movement. Fifty-three years later, we are still trying to solve the ills of racism, militarism, and materialism that beg for social justice.

King courageously referred to the United States as the “greatest purveyor of violence in the world,” and today we face two decades of permanent war that have cost blood and treasure.  King believed the resources spent on the Vietnam War should have been devoted to social welfare at home.  President Dwight D. Eisenhower, in his Cross of Iron speech in 1953, argued similarly that “every gun that is made, every warship launched” is “theft from those who hunger and are not fed—those who are cold and are not clothed.”  Eisenhower gave the speech several weeks after the death of Joseph Stalin, warning of the tremendous costs associated with the rivalry with the Soviet Union.  We continue to exaggerate the threats from overseas (see China) to justify bloated defense budgets that restrict economic and social investment.

The reliance on military instruments of power to implement foreign policy has expanded the role of the Department of Defense at the expense of the Department of State.  The State Department’s budget is less than one-tenth of the defense budget, and smaller than the budget of the intelligence community.  There are more soldiers and sailors in military marching bands than there are Foreign Service Officers.  The decline of the Agency for International Development, and President Bill Clinton’s dissolution of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and the United States Information Service have contributed to the overall decline of civilian influence in national security policy. 

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Fed Enables The United Socialist States Of America (USSA)


16-06-20 08:31:00,

Via Global Macro Monitor,

You’d think the Fed governors would have the sense of the political problem they are creating for themselves.

The Fed says it is going to start buying individual corporate bonds https://t.co/CM8c909iSU

— CNBC (@CNBC) June 15, 2020

Pumping up the stock market – supporting corporate bonds will do that – while Main Street suffers is a recipe for sweeping changes to come in the Federal Reserve Act.

We have no doubt a People’s Quantitative Easing (QE) is coming.  We had a small taste of it during the COVID crisis response   That is a direct credit by the Federal Reserve into individual checking accounts.

Not that we oppose it in political spirit but the economics will be a disaster over the long-term.  We can think of much better ways to deal with America’s income and wealth distribution problem but we are already gone down that rabbit hole.

The United States is on the fast track to a Japanese style zombie economy, where the Nikkei 225 is still 45 percent below its December 1989 high, even after massive fiscal stimulus and quantitative easing, which includes direct equity purchases by the central bank.  Japan is also a net saver and the U.S. is not.

John Authors of Bloomberg pretty much nails it on today’s Fed announcement,

Meanwhile, the case for intervention is slim, as Brian Chappatta explained forcefully for Bloomberg Opinion.

There was no way the Fed needed to do this…

…In the short run, it grows ever harder not to buy stocks. In the long run, this will look like a mistake.

– Bloomberg

Or put another way…

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