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Barney Frank drops a bombshell: How a shocking anecdote explains the financial crisis

  • Ever wonder why we waited six years to get a decent economic recovery?
  • This new revelation will disgust you.

David Dayen, Salon

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Tuesday Mar 31, 2015 | Barney Frank has a new autobiography out. He’s long been one of the nation’s most quotable politicians. And Washington lives in perpetual longing for intra-party conflict.

So why has a critical revelation from Frank’s book, one that implicates the most powerful Democrat in the nation, been entirely expunged from the record? The media has thus far focused on Frank’s wrestling with being a closeted gay congressman, or his comment that Joe Biden “can’t keep his mouth shut or his hands to himself.” But nobody has focused on Frank’s allegation that Barack Obama refused to extract foreclosure relief from the nation’s largest banks, as a condition for their receipt of hundreds of billions of dollars in bailout money.

David Dayen is a contributing writer for Salon.

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Richer and Poorer: How much inequality can a democracy stand? Jill LePore, New Yorker

  • Accounting for inequality.
  • People are living — and dying — out in the cold.

 

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TomGram | William Hartung: Your Money at War Everywhere

  • The Madness of Funding the Pentagon to “Cover the Globe” 
  • How the American War Machine Is Sucking Up Vast Amounts of Cash to Screw Up the World
  • Who can even keep track of Pentagon operations and spending anymore?
  • The Globalization of War: America’s “Long War” against Humanity ~ Michel Chossudovsky
  • Defense Industry Whores

William Hartung, TomDispatch

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Joe Eldred‎ 

March 26, 2015 | President Obama and Senator John McCain, who have clashed on almost every conceivable issue, do agree on one thing: the Pentagon needs more money. Obama wants to raise the Pentagon’s budget for fiscal year 2016 by $35 billion more than the caps that exist under current law allow.  McCain wants to see Obama his $35 billion and raise him $17 billion more. Last week, the House and Senate Budget Committees attempted to meet Obama’s demands by pressing to pour tens of billions of additional dollars into the uncapped supplemental war budget.

What will this new avalanche of cash be used for? A major ground war in Iraq? Bombing the Assad regime in Syria? A permanent troop presence in Afghanistan?  More likely, the bulk of the funds will be wielded simply to take pressure off the Pentagon’s base budget so it can continue to pay for staggeringly expensive projects like the F-35 combat aircraft and a new generation of ballistic missile submarines.  Whether the enthusiastic budgeteers in the end succeed in this particular maneuver to create a massive Pentagon slush fund, the effort represents a troubling development for anyone who thinks that Pentagon spending is already out of hand.

William Hartung is director, Arms and Security Project, Center for International Policy.

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The Globalization of War: America’s “Long War” against Humanity ~ Michel Chossudovsky, Described in Global Research

  • "In his latest masterpiece, Professor Michel Chossudovsky shows how the various conflicts we are witnessing today in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and Palestine are in fact inter-linked and inter-locked through a single-minded agenda in pursuit of global hegemony helmed by the United States and buttressed by its allies in the West and in other regions of the world."  --Dr Chandra Muzaffar, President of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST)
  • Robert Parry: ‘Group-Thinking’ the World into a New War

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Defense Industry Whores, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. --Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Part 1: Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur destroys the ‘defense industry whores’ pushing for war with Iran
  • Part 2: Companies Profiting The Most From War

Florida Death Camps? Record 346 Inmates Died While Locked in Florida Prisons in 2014

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Rogue law enforcers need to have an example made out of them. They should not only lose their jobs but they should be indicted, convicted of murder and given the maximum penalty allowed.

Jay Syrmopoulos, Free Thought Project

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346%20Inmate%20Deaths.%20Land%20of%20the%20Free%3F.jpgThe U.S prison industrial complex is spiraling out of control as the prison crisis in America grows to pandemic proportions with an all-time high of 346 inmates deaths in Florida in 2014.

March 29, 2015 | The U.S prison industrial complex is spiraling out of control as the prison crisis in America grows to pandemic proportions. While accounting for slightly less than 5 percent of the total global population, the U.S. incarcerates roughly 25 percent of people imprisoned worldwide.

What this means is that the U.S. has by far the highest incarceration rate in the world, the largest total number of prisoners and the most citizens with criminal records of any country in the world.

Startling statistics from a nation that proclaims to be “the home of the free.”

Jay Syrmopoulos is an investigative journalist, freethinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay’s work has previously been published on BenSwann.com and WeAreChange.org

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Flipping the Script on Religious Freedom

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  • “It is absolutely hypocritical for Pence to claim that Indiana’s Christians need legal protections, while its LGBT citizens are left to depend on ‘Hoosier hospitality.’
  • Part 1: Part 1: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Fails Miserably On ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos
  • Part 2: The Awesome Response to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act
  • California Attorney-General Fights To Void Deadly Anti-Gay Ballot Initiative

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Fails Miserably On ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos

Pence’s obfuscation and evasion proves that the new Indiana Law is a ‘License to Discriminate’.

Wayne Besen, Truth Wins Out

Pence-Screen.pngMarch 29, 2015 | In one of the worst interview appearances in recent memory, Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence came across as defiant and evasive on ABC’s This Week with  George Stephanopoulos. When pressed on whether Indiana would allow discrimination against LGBT people, Pence looked like a deer caught in the headlights and ultimately punted.

“Mike Pence’s shifty appearance was disastrous,” said Truth Wins Out Executive Director Wayne Besen. “Pence answered direct questions about whether Indiana would allow discrimination against LGBT people with double talk and duplicity. His non-answers and combative demeanor prove that Indiana’s new ‘religious freedom’ law is nothing more than an elaborate smokescreen for targeting LGBT people.”

Wayne Besen is the Founding Executive Director of Truth Wins Out and author of “Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth” (Haworth, 2003).

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Part 2: The Awesome Response to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act

The response from the business community to his law 

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will force him to change the law he just passed. And maybe it's going to be pitchfork time very soon.

Gwennedd, Daily Kos

Thu Mar 26, 2015 | Indiana's Governor Mike Pence just signed a new law, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, that will protect businesses that discriminate against LGBT and the response is just awesome.

George Takei, (Sulu from Star Trek) has written a letter and petition challenging all businesses who oppose the new law to boycott the entire state.

He asks people to join him in this boycott

Gwennedd is a member of Daily Kos.

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California Attorney-General Fights To Void Deadly Anti-Gay Ballot Initiative, Adalia Woodbury, PoliticusUSA <http://www.politicususa.com>

There is nothing religious about hate or about mandating the mass killing of people belong to an identifiable group.  To suggest otherwise is sophistry at its worst.

Flipping the Script on Religious Freedom

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From the Archives | The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners, Week Ending March 28, 2015

  • The Twin Cities and the siren song of the positive economic impact of professional sports facilities.
  • The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners
  • “Sports fans eat shit.” ― George Carlin, Brain Droppings
  • 8 New Items including:
    • Bill Moyers | Stadium Funding Deals Only Enrich the Plutocrats
    • The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners
    • Minneapolis and the siren song of economic impact
    • Stop the stadium lease signings now!
    • Vikings stadium funding plan should be formally reviewed
    • Vikings Stadium: It’s a question of priorities
    • Special Project | The Business of Sport: Week Ending September 28, 2014
    • Triple Play: Sports, Politics & Greed

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Source: Minneapolis (MN) StarTribune 

Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: The announcement was no sooner made that Minneapolis would have a professional soccer team than it was announced that a site for their stadium had been selected (Stadium plan is crucial next step for MLS in Minneapolis). Here we go again: more feces-slinging on how sports facilities grow the economy! 

Here are eight - out of dozens of - articles by David Zirin, Will Shapira, Bill Moyers, Arnie Carlson, and others EGD has published over the years that prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that sports facilities do more harm than good long term because they take precious resources from taking care of things that really will grow this area's economy: education; health care; transportation and other infrastructure; the poor, the homeless, people with disabilities, veterans, etc. 

To paraphrase Eisenhower: Every stadium that is built, every all-star game held, every Super Bowl or Final Four hosted signifies, in the final sense, a theft from (legitimate needs). 



Target%20Field.jpgBill Moyers | Stadium Funding Deals Only Enrich the Plutocrats, Staff, BillMoyers.com 

  • The 3,400 stadium jobs (the Yankees promised) paid a median wage of $10.50 an hour for non-managerial positions. The Yankees, meanwhile, had grabbed $50 million in tax breaks, $326 million in capital improvements, $1.2 billion in tax-exempt bonds and 24 acres of parks that had been owned by the public
  • Here's How The NFL Makes A Killing Off Of Taxpayers
  • The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners
  • Series | Super Bowl XLVIII Illustrated, Part One: the NFL gameplan

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The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners, Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company

  • The Nation’s sports editor questions whether taxpayer money should be spent to build new arenas in cities where public infrastructure dollars are scarce.
  • Triple Play: Sports, Politics & Greed

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Minneapolis and the siren song of economic impact, Marlys Harris, MinnPost

  • Perhaps, however, we should resist the "sweet enchantment" of those economic projections, take them with a pinch of salt or at least try to understand what they mean.
  • Here’s Minnesota’s game plan to land the Super Bowl — but is it worth it?
  • Here's How The NFL Makes A Killing Off Of Taxpayers

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Burning%20%24100%20bills.jpgStop the stadium lease signings now!, Will Shapira, Special to Evergreene Digest

  • The long-awaited  public showdown between the Wilfs and Gov. Dayton is now at hand.
  • Wilfs ordered to pay $84.5M in New Jersey real estate fraud case.
  • Stadium contract isn't final, so let's get a better deal.

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Vikings stadium funding plan should be formally reviewed, Arne Carlson and Paul Ostrow, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune 

  • Clearly, it will take political courage, but isn’t that the real test of public leadership?
  • Can we make lemonade out of a lemon?
  • Vikings Stadium: It’s a question of priorities

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Vikings Stadium: It’s a question of priorities, Arne Carlson, the Governor Arne Carlson Blog

  • To this day, we still do not know the full details of how the funding of bonds, costs, etc. for the new Vikings Stadium will be handled.
  • The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners
  • Bill Moyers | Stadium Funding Deals Only Enrich the Plutocrats

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Special Project | The Business of Sport: Week Ending September 28, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • “Sports fans eat shit.” ― George Carlin, Brain Droppings
  • 9 New items including:
    • Roger Goodell must go
    • Vikings stadium funding plan should be formally reviewed
    • Vikings Stadium: It’s a question of priorities
    • Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?
    • Renaming%20the%20NFL%20Team%20in%20DC.jpgHere's How The NFL Makes A Killing Off Of Taxpayers
    • The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners
    • Bill Moyers | Stadium Funding Deals Only Enrich the Plutocrats
    • Series | Super Bowl XLVIII Illustrated, Part One: the NFL gameplan
    • The Super Bowl of Subsidies

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Triple Play: Sports, Politics & Greed, Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company

Dave Zirin, The Nation magazine’s first ever sports writer, joins Bill Moyers on this week’s Moyers & Company. He’s been called the best sportswriter in the United States, a provocative reporter and social critic whose books include Bad Sports: How Owners are Ruining the Games We Love, and his most, recent, Game Over: How Politics has Turned the Sports World Upside Down.

I'm Not Ready for Hillary, March 24, 2015

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  • Part 1: The Warmongering Record of Hillary Clinton
  • Part 2: Ukraine oligarch ‘top cash contributor’ to Clinton Foundation prior to Kiev crisis

Compiled by David Culver <>, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: The Warmongering Record of Hillary Clinton

“I urged him to bomb..."

Gary Leupp, CounterPunch

February 11, 2015 | If reason and justice prevailed in this country, you’d think that the recent series of articles in the Washington Times concerning the U.S.-NATO attack on Libya in 2011 would torpedo Hillary Clinton’s presidential prospects.

Clinton as U.S. Secretary of State at that time knew that Libya was no threat to the U.S. She knew that Muammar Gadhafi had been closely cooperating with the U.S. in combating Islamist extremism. She probably realized that Gadhafi had a certain social base due in part to what by Middle Eastern standards was the relatively equitable distribution of oil income in Libya.

Gary Leupp is Professor of History at Tufts University, and holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Religion. He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion, (AK Press).

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Forget Hillary’s Emails, Here’s Her Real Scandal That Nobody is Talking About, Nick Bernabe, Anti-Media

  • Maybe you don’t know the story, so I will quickly try to paint a picture of Libya for you.
  • How Obama is Making the World More Dangerous


Part 2: Ukraine oligarch ‘top cash contributor’ to Clinton Foundation prior to Kiev crisis

  • Between 2009 and 2013, the very period when Hillary Clinton was serving as US secretary of state, the Clinton Foundation appears to have received at least $8.6 million from the Victor Pinchuk Foundation.
  • That places Ukraine as the leading contributor among foreign donators to the Clinton Foundation.

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March 22, 2015 | From 2009 up to 2013, the year the Ukrainian crisis erupted, the Clinton Foundation received at least $8.6 million from the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, which is headquartered in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, a new report claims.

In 2008, Viktor Pinchuk, who made a fortune in the pipe-building business, pledged a five-year, $29-million commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative, a program that works to train future Ukrainian leaders “to modernize Ukraine.” The Wall Street Journal revealed the donations the fund received from foreigners abroad between 2009-2014 in their report published earlier this week.

RT provides an alternative perspective on major global events, and acquaints an international audience with the Russian viewpoint.

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Obama declares Venezuela ‘extraordinary threat’ to U.S. national security

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Venezuela fights back against U.S.-supported counterrevolution.

Gloria La Riva, Liberation News

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Mar 10, 2015 | In an ominous escalation against Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution, President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order on March 9 outlandishly declaring the Venezuelan government “an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”

Venezuelan leaders immediately denounced Obama’s Executive Order. After all, it is Washington that has plotted against the Bolivarian government for 16 years.

In a national TV address, President Nicolás Maduro charged Obama with “committing the gravest aggression against Venezuela in all its history,” calling his order, “a monster created with the backing of the State Department and the CIA.”

Gloria La Riva is the 2008 presidential candidate of the Party for Socialism and Liberation. Born in Albuquerque, N.M., La Riva attended Brandeis University, where she was active in affirmative action struggles. 

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Bellum Americanum: US imperialism’s delusions of world conquest, Joseph Kishore, World Socialist Website

  • The debacles produced by Washington’s reckless resort to military violence have only propelled the ruling class to broaden the scope of its military operations, expand the list of potential enemies, and prepare quite consciously and deliberately for world war.
  • Militarization of America - We've Become a Failed State

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The Big Dick School of American Patriotism, Nan Levinson, TomDispatch

  • America's new military mystique and what we make of it
  • The Washington Post Will Kill Us All
  • War Is Not a Game: The New Antiwar Soldiers and the Movement They Built

 

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