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Dear Readers | Summer, 2015

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Please accept our best wishes for a happy and relaxing Summer season!

Like most of you, we will be on a much more relaxed work schedule from now through Labor Day, Monday, the 7th of September. 

However, there are plenty of new to you articles because you couldn't possibly have read all of the nearly 22,000 of them archived our site. Also, RSS feeds automatically update things while we're off relaxing.

Our regular operations resume on Tuesday, September 8th.

Thanx for reading Evergreene Digest!

Dave & Crew

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Right Wing Watch |Today's GOP- An Accident Looking for Someplace to Happen

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  • "Positions" without truth. A base that celebrates a clown. Tear the party down and start over -- for the country's sake.
  • The Dems Aren't Far Behind
  • Part 1: Conservatism with a Heart? It’s Called Socialism
  • Part 2: Really, it’s time to shut down the GOP

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: Conservatism with a Heart? It’s Called Socialism

ConservativeHeart-Cover.jpgAmerican conservatives are staring down the barrel of a future that looks increasingly bleak for them due to two major demographic shifts: the country is becoming more ethnically diverse, and younger voters – Generation Xers, Millennials, and presumably whoever comes next – are left cold or even repelled by the Republican Party’s Christian evangelical base and “social issues,” i.e. its obsession over who everyone has sex with. Anticipating their imminent irrelevance, some on the right say it’s time to reboot conservatism by bringing it more in line with the increasingly tolerant tone of most Americans on social issues, and by addressing their economic concerns.

One rightist getting attention these days is Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, the conservative think tank. He’s out pimping a new book, “The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America,” which “shares his insights as to how conservatives can reach skeptical voters, smash stereotypes about conservatives and recast the political playing field,” according to the Washington Post.

Ted Rall is the political cartoonist at the Los Angeles Times. He is also a syndicated columnist and essayist for ANewDomain.net and Breaking Modern, a contributor to the Kernel/The Daily Dot, a graphic novelist and author of many books of art and prose.

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Part 2: Really, it’s time to shut down the GOP

  • A deeply unserious party, hijacked by lunatics and Fox News, is driving us all into a ditch.
  • "News" without truth. A base that celebrates a clown. Tear the party down and start over -- for the country's sake.

Sean Illing, Salon <http://www.salon.com>

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Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015 | Republicans are finally noticing that Donald Trump is a political liability. In the wake of Trump’s attack on John McCain, GOP candidates found the courage to condemn his revolting shtick — a little late, of course, but good for them. The problem, though, is that they don’t quite understand that Trump isn’t an anomaly; he’s the latest product of a party that long ago abandoned any pretense of seriousness.

Trump, quite literally, is an actor; he’s delivering the lines his audience (the Republican base) wants to hear. But he’s not the first of his kind. He’s doing what many Republicans have done in recent years: pretend to run for president in order to promote his personal brand. Trump is playing a role previously filled by people like Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann, both of whom, at one point, were front-runners in the race for the Republican nomination. And of course there’s Sarah Palin, the failed reality-TV star and once half-lucid part-time governor of Alaska who Republicans thought capable of running the country.

Sean Illing is a political scientist and a veteran of the USAF. Currently, he works as a freelance writer based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He teaches political theory at Louisiana State University. 

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Want to know where the dirty money is which is helping to make GMO labeling illegal?

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  • Following is a list of your Congress men and women showing how they voted on this bill.
  • Part 1: Here’s The Politicians Who Were Paid to Make GMO Labeling Illegal
  • Part 2: The 275 Members of Congress that Voted For The Dark (Anti-GMO Labeling) Act
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Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: Here’s The Politicians Who Were Paid to Make GMO Labeling Illegal

Despite 90% of people wanting labeling

Christina Sarich, Natural Society

money-hide-735-254-735x254.jpgJuly 27, 2015 | Want to know where the dirty money is which is helping to make GMO labeling illegal?

Shockingly, or perhaps not to the individuals who have been observing the biotech charade, house members who voted to keep the public from knowing what is in their food in the latest land-slide win for Big Food supporters of The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 (known to its critics as the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know Act)) were paid three times as much as representatives who voted to give us the right to label or ban GMO foods.

Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture.

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Part 2: The 275 Members of Congress that Voted For The Dark (Anti-GMO Labeling) Act

Here's How They Voted

Eat Local Grown

Following is a list of your Congress men and women showing how they voted on this bill.

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Petition: Close the Dark Money Loophole, End Citizens United

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  • Corporations with MASSIVE government contracts can funnel millions to buy elections -- completely in secret.
  • But President Obama can take action TODAY to stop them.
  • 5O,OOO Signatures Needed → Ask President Obama to close the dark money loophole.
  • Bill Moyers Essay: The End Game for Democracy

 

Here are 7 things people who say they’re ‘fiscally conservative but socially liberal’ don’t understand

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  • If you care about marginalized people — if you care about the oppression of women, LGBT people, disabled people, African Americans and Hispanics and other people of color — you need to do more than go to same-sex weddings and listen to hip-hop. You need to support economic policies that make marginalized people’s lives better. You need to oppose economic policies that perpetuate human rights abuses and make marginalized people’s lives suck.
  • And that means not being a fiscal conservative.
  • Noam Chomsky: America Hates Its Poor

Greta Christina, Raw Story

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22 May 2015 | “Well, I’m conservative, but I’m not one of those racist, homophobic, dripping-with-hate Tea Party bigots! I’m pro-choice! I’m pro-same-sex-marriage! I’m not a racist! I just want lower taxes, and smaller government, and less government regulation of business. I’m fiscally conservative, and socially liberal.”

How many liberals and progressives have heard this? It’s ridiculously common. Hell, even David Koch of the Koch brothers has said, “I’m a conservative on economic matters and I’m a social liberal.”

And it’s wrong. W-R-O-N-G. Wrong. 

Greta Christina is the author of "Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why," available in ebook, print, and audiobook. 

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Noam Chomsky: America Hates Its Poor, Chris Steele, AlterNet  / Zuccotti Park Press

  • Linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky on our country's brutal class warfare -- and why it's ultimately so one-sided.
  • This is an excerpt from the just released second edition of Noam Chomsky’s  “Occupy: Class War, Rebellion and Solidarity,” edited by Greg Ruggiero and published by Zuccotti Park Press.
  • Download Free PDF: Occupy ~ Noam Chomsky 
  • The global plutocracy

Prison Reform: Justice vs. Revenge

  • It’s nearly impossible to claim that the current system, where inmates languish in long-term punishment centers and return to a world they’re even less prepared for than when they entered, is fair. And inmates know it.
  • Part 1: Justice v. Revenge: The Question Beneath the Question of Prison Reform 
  • Part 2: Virtue Ethics: Justice vs. Revenge

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: Justice v. Revenge: The Question Beneath the Question of Prison Reform

  • This article is part of It’s Your Fault, The Cubit’s series on blame in contemporary society. In her contribution to the series, journalist Xarissa Holdaway examines the American prison system and the fragile relationships among rehabilitation, containment, and revenge.
  • For more on blame, read the introductory post or explore the full series

Xarissa Holdaway, Religion Digest

shutterstock_1594674-690x460.jpg July 23, 2015 When Louis Dwight died in 1853, the Boston Courier lamented, “we know not who can succeed him; but it is to be hoped that some individual of like spirit and capabilities may be found to take his place.” Dwight was a prominent advocate of prison reform and the founder of the Boston Prison Discipline Society. The Courier obituary did not mince words about the importance of Dwight’s organization: “it would be a very serious evil,” they wrote, “for the society to suspend its operations.”

Dwight was part of a generation of reformers that advocated for more humane conditions in American prisons. Believing that discipline, religion, and encouragement—not punishment—were the keys to successfully returning inmates to society, Dwight spent his career encouraging prisons to adopt regulations that allowed prisoners to attend Sunday schools and spend time out of their cells. Dwight, along with reformers like Dorothea Dix, was responding to nightmarish prison conditions: jails that functioned as warehouses for the mentally ill, widespread imprisonment for debt, and inmates kept in solitary confinement for years at a time or in filthy, unheated, and vermin-ridden cells.

Xarissa Holdaway is a writer living in New York City and the deputy editor for digital at Charlie Rose.

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Part 2: Virtue Ethics: Justice vs. Revenge

When we fail to recognize the danger of this desire to harm, we also fail to recognize the society we create when we promote harm or what sort of people we create when we ask them to torture or kill.

Secular Ethics

2014/02/143232-144579.jpg?itok=3Cv3Iia8February 10, 2012 | What is the difference between justice and revenge?

We can certainly point out that justice concerns the proper punishment for bad behavior while revenge can be any kind of punishment for any perceived slight.  If that’s the only difference, however, then it seems that justice is merely a type of revenge.

I propose a further difference, which concerns virtue ethics:  true justice is motivated by the desire to establish a better society; revenge is motivated by the desire to harm.  That is, of course, if we actually wish to make justice a noble pursuit instead of an expression of barbarism that conveniently has some social benefit.

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Special Report | The Sandra Bland Story: Week Ending July 25, 2015

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  • "I can't keep up with the number of people whose existence is being reduced to a hashtag, at the rate cops are realizing their GI Joe fantasies." --Anon
  • 7 New Items including:
  • A sign for Sandra Bland: 'Signal lane change or sheriff may kill you'
  • Sandra Bland Was Murdered
  • Sandra Bland's death brings attention to suicides in jail
  • #SayHerName: Protests Demand Justice for Sandra Bland & Black Teen Found Dead in Jail 1 Day Later
  • Dispute Over Sandra Bland’s Mental State Follows Death in a Texas Jail
  • CNN panel explodes after ex-cop says Sandra Bland died because she was ‘arrogant from the beginning’
  • “If I die in police custody”: Why Sandra Bland’s death is just the latest evidence that Black America is under attack.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

la-na-sandra-bland-wall-20150724-001/400/16x9A few days after Sandra Bland’s July 13 death in jail, this sign was put up near the spot where she was pulled over and arrested by a Texas state trooper. Prairie View residents don’t know who posted the sign.

A sign for Sandra Bland: 'Signal lane change or sheriff may kill you', Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles (CA) Times

July 24, 2015, 8:30 p.m. The sign was homemade, all but two words written in black on white strips of paper attached to a wrought iron fence facing University Drive, the gateway to Prairie View A&M University.

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Sandra Bland Was Murdered, Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

July 24, 2015 | Suicide or not, police are responsible for Sandra Bland's death.

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Sandra Bland's death brings attention to suicides in jail, Chicago (IL) Tribune

July 24, 2015 | The death of Naperville native Sandra Bland in a Texas jail cell – ruled a suicide by authorities – has sparked widespread outrage over the way police allowed a seemingly innocuous traffic stop to spiral out of control and lead to her arrest on assault charges.

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SayHerName: Protests Demand Justice for Sandra Bland & Black Teen Found Dead in Jail 1 Day Later, Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

Sandra%20Bland%20Protest_0.jpgThursday, July 23, 2015 | In Texas, new information has emerged about the arrest of Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old African-American woman found dead in a jail cell in what authorities claim was a suicide by hanging. Bland was stopped for not signaling a lane change. Dash cam video shows Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia forced her from her car, threatening to "light [her] up," after she failed to put out her cigarette. Now, Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith says Bland told jailers she had previously attempted suicide. But an attorney for Bland’s family said relatives have no evidence of a prior suicide attempt. A local ABC station meanwhile obtained a voicemail Bland left for a friend while in jail. Video of Bland’s arrest shows her accusing police of slamming her head into the ground and saying, "I can’t even hear." Texas authorities have denied claims the 52-minute police dash cam video they released was edited, telling Mother Jones the apparent glitches in the video resulted from a YouTube upload error. Meanwhile, hundreds gathered in New York to honor Sandra Bland and highlight the case of Kindra Chapman, an 18-year-old African-American woman found dead in an Alabama jail cell one day after Sandra Bland was found dead. Protesters also honored India Clarke, the 10th transgender woman murdered so far this year. Tune in Friday when we will speak with Bland’s family and their attorney.

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5- Dispute Over Sandra Bland’s Mental State Follows Death in a Texas Jail, David Montgomery and Michael WinesI, Guardian

July 22, 2015 | A 28-year-old woman whose arrest this month during a traffic stop ended with her hanging death in a county jail cell told officials that she tried last year to kill herself, the Texas sheriff who oversees the jail said on Wednesday. But the jailers did not put her on suicide watch, and her family’s lawyer said that relatives had no evidence that she had ever tried to commit suicide or struggled with depression.

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CNN panel explodes after ex-cop says Sandra Bland died because she was ‘arrogant from the beginning’, David Edwards, Raw Story

22 Jul 2015 | CNN contributor and former NYPD detective Harry Houck argued on Tuesday that a Texas woman would not have died in police custody if she had not been “arrogant from the very beginning.  

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“If I die in police custody”: Why Sandra Bland’s death is just the latest evidence that Black America is under attack, Brittney Cooper, Salon

Wednesday Jul 22, 2015 | No one should end up dead after a routine police stop, but Sandra Bland did. This country has much to answer for.

 

The Battle Over Planned Parenthood

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  • Now, somehow, we’ve come to a decidedly indecent place that, yes, even in an emergency, a corporation’s beliefs are more important than a woman’s life.
  • Part 1: Everything You Need To Know About The Anti-Abortion Groups Trying To Discredit Planned Parenthood
  • Part 2: The Real Stakes In The Manufactured Controversy Over Planned Parenthood

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: Everything You Need To Know About The Anti-Abortion Groups Trying To Discredit Planned Parenthood

There are a few things to keep in mind about the group of activists pushing this media narrative.

Tara Culp-Ressler, Think Progress

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AP_110407042990-1024x682.jpgJul 21, 2015 | Controversy is swirling around Planned Parenthood following the release of several videos claiming that the national women’s health organization is inappropriately profiting from the sale of aborted fetuses. On the surface, the allegations are quite concerning. However, the story takes on a different tone when considering the source of the inflammatory claims.

On Tuesday, the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress released a video depicting a Planned Parenthood employee discussing the cost of handling a fetal tissue sample. Right-wing outlets are describing the video’s subject, Dr. Mary Gatter, the president of Planned Parenthood’s Medical Directors’ Council, as “haggling over baby-part pricing.”

Tara Culp-Ressler is a Senior Editor at ThinkProgress. She was previously a Health Editor, Health Reporter, and Editorial Assistant for the site.

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Part 2: The Real Stakes In The Manufactured Controversy Over Planned Parenthood

  • The real story is unfolding on the state level.
  • Bernie Sanders exposed! A shocking look at his views on rape and violence against women.

Tara Culp-ResslerThink Progress

/AP_522519016840-1024x736.jpgNow that an anti-abortion group has released two inflammatory videos selectively edited to cast Planned Parenthood in an unflattering light, the national women’s health organization is embroiled in controversy that’s already showing signs of influencing the 2016 presidential campaign. But much of the political bluster doesn’t reflect what’s actually at stake if abortion opponents successfully leverage a legislative campaign against Planned Parenthood’s funding.

The videos, released by a group called the Center for Medical Progress, depict secret recordings of Planned Parenthood employees speaking frankly about fetal tissue donation, which has been characterized on the right as “selling aborted baby parts.” Anti-choice activists with a long history of targeting the organization are seizing on the materials as new evidence to support their position that Planned Parenthood employs immoral practices and should be defunded.

Tara Culp-Ressler is a Senior Editor at Think Progress. She was previously a Health Editor, Health Reporter, and Editorial Assistant for the site.

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Related:

Bernie Sanders exposed! A shocking look at his views on rape and violence against women, Katie McDonough, Salon 

  • A shocking 1972 essay was just the tip of the iceberg. Salon dives deeper
  • Bernie is the Rand and Ron Paul of the Left on Women's Issues!

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