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The dirty secret behind attack ads

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  • "Anyone who believes anything a candidate or campaign says about their opponent or themselves in a purchased ad is an idiot." --Jim Meffert, a former Minnesota congressional candidate
  • Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 9: 12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils"

Eric Black, MinnPost

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ElectoralDysfunction300.pngThis the eighth story in a series comparing the U.S. system of politics and elections with other democracies around the world.

10/22/14 I mentioned a couple of installments back that Curtis Gans of the Center for the Study of American Electorate is convinced that negative campaign ads contribute to lower voter participation by causing many Americans to believe that their only choice is between bad and worse.

One former Minnesota congressional candidate says that is exactly the purpose.

Eric Black writes Eric Black Ink for MinnPost, analyzing politics and government of Minnesota and the United States, the historical background of topics and other issues. 

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Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 9: 12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils" Debra Sweet, OpEdNews

  • If somebody you love is addicted to the "lesser" of two evils, please refer them to the following 12 step program.
  • Step 12: As a result of these steps, you can now carry the message to those who still suffer from an addiction to the Democratic Party. Nothing is as liberating as resisting an evil when you know it's wrong.
  • The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction
  • The Elections Won't Bring Progressive Change, So What Can?

 

Reality of National Security State Trumps 'Delusions' of U.S. Democracy

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  • In the halls of U.S. government, "policy in the national security realm is made by the concealed institutions," political scientist argues in new book.
  • The 'double government' explains why the Obama version of national security is virtually indistinguishable from the one he inherited from President George W. Bush
  • This Revolutionary Moment

Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams

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/inauguration.jpg?itok=DWoon29DOn the morning of President Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009, America was ready for a change. Tufts political scientist Michael Glennon explains why that change never came. (Photo: Eddie Codel/flickr/cc) 

Monday, October 20, 2014 | "I think the American people are deluded."

So says Tufts University political scientist Michael J. Glennon, whose new book, National Security and Double Government (Oxford University Press), describes a powerful bureaucratic network that's really pulling the strings on key aspects of U.S. foreign policy.

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer, Common Dreams

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This Revolutionary Moment,  Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance

  • As we’ve covered in previous newsletters, there are now academic studies that demonstrate the lack of democracy in the US and that the government functions as a plutocracy that represents the needs and wishes of the wealthy elite. At the same time that the government is dysfunctional, we are experiencing multiple crises that demand immediate action.
  • The Fix Is In; The Revolution Is Coming
  • Thomas Paine, Our Contemporary

 

 

Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 9: 12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils"

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  • If somebody you love is addicted to the "lesser" of two evils, please refer them to the following 12 step program.
  • Step 12: As a result of these steps, you can now carry the message to those who still suffer from an addiction to the Democratic Party. Nothing is as liberating as resisting an evil when you know it's wrong.
  • The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction
  • The Elections Won't Bring Progressive Change, So What Can?

Debra Sweet, OpEdNews

Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: To help our readers vote responsibly we are re-publishing as a stand-alone series those articles we think will help. These articles will appear frequently between now and the November 4 election. Watch for them in the Government & Politics section <http://evergreenedigest.org/government> (and simultaneously in other sections) under the searchable title "2014 Mid-term Election Guide".

Stop%20the%20Machine.jpgMonday, August 4, 2012 | Were you opposed to the policies of the Bush regime? Did you used to think critically and attend anti- war protests but now find yourself justifying Barack Obama's wars in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan and Pakistan?

Are you unsatisfied with Obama but stay with him out of fear of Mitt Romney becoming president? If you answered yes to more than one of these questions, you are probably in a self-destructive relationship with the Democratic Party.

If somebody you love is addicted to the "lesser" of two evils, please refer them to the following 12 step program.

Debra Sweet is the Director of World Can't Wait, initiated in 2005 to "drive out the Bush regime" by repudiating its program, forcing it from office through a mass, independent movement, and reversing the direction it had launched. Debra says, "Stop thinking like an American, and start thinking about humanity!"

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Previously in the 2014 Mid-term Election Guide:

 

Is it possible to hold all the grief in the world and not get crushed by it?

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By allowing ourselves to feel our pain for the world, we open ourselves up to the web of life, and we realize that we’re not alone. I think it’s a cardinal mistake to try to act alone. The myth of the rugged individual, riding as the Lone Ranger to save our society, is a sure recipe for going crazy. 

 

Monica Cassani, Beyond Meds

 

grieve.jpeg?w=300&h=180 October 12, 2014 | To reframe what we’ve generally  been told about mental anguish and suffering by the mental illness system is a very important part of healing. Psychiatry makes out that the individual is sick. A much more honest as well as empowering way to view much mental anguish is to see ourselves as part of the web of life. Our despair is telling us something very real and valid. We should listen to it and pay attention and learn. Feeling pain is not a weakness, it is a capacity. We can learn to let it fuel us rather than cripple us.

 

From the Guardian a few days ago an article on the planetary crisis:

 

Monica Cassani: Author/Editor at Beyond Meds: Alternatives to Psychiatry

 

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'Private Violence' Exposes The Complex Reality Of Domestic Violence

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  • "What does it say about our country that for one out of 4 women, the most dangerous place in the world for them to be is their own house? I think that personal safety something a lot of folks take for granted."--Kit Gruelle, a crusading advocate for domestic violence victims who is also a survivor herself.
  • Jimmy Carter Issues 'Call to Action' Against Subjugation of Women

Melissa Jeltsen, Huffington Post

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10/16/2014 | A haunting new documentary on domestic violence has a simple goal: to stop people from asking the question "Why doesn't she just leave?" once and for all.

'Private Violence', a feature-length documentary film on the complexities of domestic abuse, airs on HBO on Monday at 9 p.m. Through its intimate portrayal of domestic violence, the film shows why ending an abusive relationship is not as easy as picking up and leaving.

Melissa Jeltsen is currently a front page editor at the Huffington Post.

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Jimmy Carter Issues 'Call to Action' Against Subjugation of Women, National Public Radio

In his new book, A Call To Action, Carter tackles a fundamental question of equality head-on: the subjugation of women in cultures around the world. 

 

 

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