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Is This Country Crazy? Inquiring Minds Elsewhere Want to Know.

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  • It’s past time to wake up, America, and look around.
  • Answering for America

Ann Jones, tomdispatch.com

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January 11, 2015 | Americans who live abroad -- more than six million of us worldwide (not counting those who work for the U.S. government) -- often face hard questions about our country from people we live among. Europeans, Asians, and Africans ask us to explain everything that baffles them about the increasingly odd and troubling conduct of the United States.  Polite people, normally reluctant to risk offending a guest, complain that America’s trigger-happiness, cutthroat free-marketeering, and “exceptionality” have gone on for too long to be considered just an adolescent phase. Which means that we Americans abroad are regularly asked to account for the behavior of our rebranded “homeland,” now conspicuously in decline and increasingly out of step with the rest of the world.

In my long nomadic life, I’ve had the good fortune to live, work, or travel in all but a handful of countries on this planet.  I’ve been to both poles and a great many places in between, and nosy as I am, I’ve talked with people all along the way. I still remember a time when to be an American was to be envied. The country where I grew up after World War II seemed to be respected and admired around the world for way too many reasons to go into here.

Ann Jones, a TomDispatch regular, is the author of Kabul in Winter: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan, among other books, and most recently They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return From America’s Wars -- The Untold Story, a Dispatch Books project.

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The War on Children, May 3, 2015

  • The United States is one of the few countries in the world that puts children in supermax prisons, tries them as adults, incarcerates them for exceptionally long periods of time, defines them as super predators, pepper sprays them for engaging in peaceful protests, and, in an echo of the discourse of the war on terror, describes them as 'teenage time bombs.' 
  • Part 1: The Numbers are Staggering: US is `World Leader' in Child Poverty (in "Developed" Countries)
  • Part 2: Map | How 35 countries compare on child poverty (the U.S. is ranked 34th)

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: The Numbers are Staggering: US is `World Leader' in Child Poverty (in "Developed" Countries)

The callousness of America's political and business leaders is shocking once you start looking at the numbers.

Paul Buchheit, AlterNet 

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April 13, 2015 | America's wealth grew by 60 percent in the past six years, by over $30 trillion. In approximately the same time, the number of homeless children has also grown by 60 percent.

Financier and CEO Peter Schiff said, "People don’t go hungry in a capitalist economy." The 16 million kids on food stamps know what it's like to go hungry. Perhaps, some in Congress would say, those children should be working. "There is no such thing as a free lunch," insisted Georgia Representative Jack Kingston, even for schoolkids, who should be required to "sweep the floor of the cafeteria" (as they actually do at a charter school in Texas).

Paul Buchheit teaches economic inequality at DePaul University. He is the founder and developer of the Web sites UsAgainstGreed.org, PayUpNow.org and RappingHistory.org, and the editor and main author of "American Wars: Illusions and Realities" (Clarity Press).

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Part 2: Map | How 35 countries compare on child poverty (the U.S. is ranked 34th)

Max Fisher, Washington Post

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April 15, 2015 | A new report by the United Nations Children's Fund, on the well-being of children in 35 developed nations, turned up some alarming statistics about child poverty. More than one in five American children fall below a relative poverty line, which UNICEF defines as living in a household that earns less than half of the national median. The United States ranks 34th of the 35 countries surveyed, above only Romania and below virtually all of Europe plus Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

The above map gives a comparative sense of the data. The blue countries have less than 10 percent of its children below UNICEF's relative poverty line, with the red countries approaching 25 percent. Southern European countries, among the most effected by the euro crisis, have some of the worst rates, although none as low as the United States. Former Soviet countries also score poorly. Northern European countries score the highest. English-speaking countries tend to fall somewhere in the middle.

Max Fisher is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Death of the Republic

  • TPP is blatantly unconstitutional. But as Joe Firestone observes, neo-liberalism and corporate contributions seem to have blinded the deal's proponents so much that they cannot see they are selling out the sovereignty of the United States to foreign and multinational corporations.
  • TPP Leak Reveals Extraordinary New Powers for Thousands of Foreign Firms to Challenge U.S. Policies and Demand Taxpayer Compensation

Ellen Brown, Huffington Post

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"The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government." -- Article IV, Section 4, US Constitution

stopp-tppa.jpg04/24/2015 | A republican form of government is one in which power resides in elected officials representing the citizens, and government leaders exercise power according to the rule of law. In The Federalist Papers, James Madison defined a republic as "a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people . . . ."

On April 22, 2015, the Senate Finance Committee approved a bill to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive trade agreement that would override our republican form of government and hand judicial and legislative authority to a foreign three-person panel of corporate lawyers.

Ellen Brown: Author, Web of Debt, Public Bank Solution; President, Public Banking Institute

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TPP Leak Reveals Extraordinary New Powers for Thousands of Foreign Firms to Challenge U.S. Policies and Demand Taxpayer CompensationPublic Citizen

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  • Unveiling of Parallel Legal System for Foreign Corporations Will Fuel TPP Controversy, Further Complicate Obama’s Push for Fast Track
  • Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Deal

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The Decline and Fall of the United States

 

Some say the world will end in fire,/Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire/I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,/I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice/Is also great
And would suffice. --Robert Frost

When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said that a nation that continues year after year to spend more money on the military than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death he wasn't warning us. He was warning our parents and grandparents. We're the dead.

davidswanson, Let's Try Democracy

1369694870_Comp%201_00000.jpg20 April 2015 | After a speech I gave this past weekend, a young woman asked me whether a failure by the United States to properly surround and intimidate China might result in instability. I explained why I thought the opposite was true. Imagine if China had military bases along the Canadian and Mexican borders with the United States and ships in Bermuda and the Bahamas, Nova Scotia and Vancouver. Would you feel stabilized? Or might you feel something else?

The U.S. empire can continue to see itself as a force for good, doing things that would be unacceptable for anyone else but never to be questioned when performed by the global cop -- that is, it can go on not seeing itself at all, expanding, over-reaching, and collapsing from within. Or it can recognize what it's about, shift priorities, scale back militarism, reverse the concentration of wealth and power, invest in green energy and human needs, and undo the empire a bit sooner but far more beneficially. Collapse is not inevitable. Collapse or redirection is inevitable, and thus far the U.S. government is choosing the path toward the former.

Let's look at a few of the indicators.

David Swanson is an American activist, blogger and author of "When the World Outlawed War," "War Is A Lie" and "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union."

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Why the 99 Percent Keeps Losing

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Without a potent movement on the ground, mainstream electoral politics is likely to remain stuck with remedies too weak either to rouse public imagination and participation, or to provide more than token relief for today's extreme inequality.

Robert Kuttner, Huffington Post / Common Dreams 

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Monday, March 23, 2015| Our current political situation is unprecedented. The vast majority of Americans keep falling behind economically because of changes in society's ground rules, while the rich get even richer -- yet this situation doesn't translate into a winning politics.

If anything, the right keeps gaining and the wealthy keep pulling away. How can this possibly be?

Let me suggest seven reasons.

Robert Kuttner is co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect magazine, as well as a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the think tank Demos. He was a longtime columnist for Business Week, and continues to write columns in the Boston Globe and Huffington Post. He is the author of A Presidency in Peril: The Inside Story of Obama's Promise, Wall Street's Power, and the Struggle to Control our Economic FutureObama's Challenge, and other books.

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America's Economic Crisis: Week Ending April 11, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • “…it seems that our remedies are instinctively those which aggravate the sickness: the remedies are expressions of the sickness itself“. --Thomas Merton
  • Part 1: Two Great Depressions: Roosevelt’s “New Deal” vs. Obama’s “Secular Stagnation”
  • Part 2: The Alternative To Long-Term Austerity: Less Work, Higher Wages, No Mere Utopian Dream

 

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Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: This is criminally irresponsible behavior on the part of everyone involved: petroleum industry managers, employees, distributors, customers;  public and elected officials; the voters who supported them;  anyone tolerating this situation.

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Obama’s Wars and the Liberals Who Love Them

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  • “The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,” Albert Einstein wrote, “but because of those who look on and do nothing.”
  • Uri Avnery | Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Bomb?

Adam Marletta, West End News

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April 20, 2015 | Political bumper stickers are funny things.

Drivers who adorn their vehicles with numerous stickers sometimes end up conveying contradictory messages. For instance, I often see cars in Portland with peace symbol stickers or phrases like “War is not the answer,” alongside one for “Obama/Biden, ’12.”

The irony, of course, is that President Barack Obama–a Nobel Peace Prize winner–has proven to be a greater warmonger than George W. Bush.

Adam Marletta: Rebel without a pause. Reporter/Freelance Writer, activist and coffee fiend.

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Uri Avnery | Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Bomb? Uri Avnery, Network of Spiritual Progressives

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  • Let's assume that (Iran) did develop nuclear weapons, (Avnery) says, so what? It's an important thought experiment. --Rabbi Michael Lerner
  • America's 30-year Cold War with Iran: Manufacturing A Good Adversary

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