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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.

Seven Stories I Wish They'd Tell About the War in Vietnam

  • A World Storytelling Day Event
  • 7 p.m. March 20, 2015
  • Macalester Plymouth United Church
  • 1658 Lincoln, St. Paul, MN

Veterans for Peace Chapter 27 (VFP) (Twin Cities)

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2015%20Storytelling%20Day%20%28Viet%20Nam%29%20banner.jpg2015 begins a large commemoration of the War in Vietnam, to thank and honor veterans, and to highlight the accomplishments of many agencies and allies during that time.  While it is right to remember those who were asked to sacrifice, it is wrong to use it as cover to lie us into further wars.

Aligned with www.vietnamfulldisclosure.org, the March 20 event features 7 storytellers/musicians, mostly veterans, Gerald Ganann, Catrina Huynh-Weiss, Steve McKeown, Gary Melom, George Mische, Dick Foley, and Chante Wolf.  They'll tell the tales likely to be left out at www.vietnamwar50th.com, stories like the lie that was Gulf of Tonkin, Kent State, Hugh Thompson and My Lai, the courage and strategy of draft card burning, Dr. King's Vietnam speech, Fulbright Hearings, Pentagon Papers, the Secret War in Laos, rape in Vietnam, homeless veterans, and the treatment of soldiers exposed to Agent Orange.

Co-sponsored by Macalester Plymouth United Church Peacemakers and Making Meaning of Vietnam, www.makingmeaning ofvietnam.com, it's also endorsed by Veterans for Peace Chapter 27, www.vfpchapter27.org.  It is free, but participants will be given opportunity to make a donation to efforts to remedy the impacts of Vietnam era Agent Orange exposure.

For more information, or to assure you have a seat at the event, contact Larry Johnson at 612-747-3904 or larryjvfp@gmail.com.  Larry is immediate past President of Veterans for Peace 27, serves on the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers Leadership Team, and is one of the storytellers who helped start World Storytelling Day.

World Storytelling Day, March 20, www.freewebs.com/worldstorytellingday/, begun in March 2003, creates events each year in 25 or more countries.  Most are less direct than this, celebrating more the joy of telling and listening to "the people's stories", but the inherent undertone has always been, "If I can hear your story, it's harder for me to hate you." The theme this year is "Wishes."

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The Problem of Race in America, March 10, 2015

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  • The belief that whites are inherently superior to other races and therefore should dominate society is as American as apple pie. It is an idea that has caused much pain and suffering in the world, is an artifact of “white culture,” but still plays a role in American society.
  • Part 1: The New Racism - This is How the Civil Rights Movement Ends.
  • Part 2: Selma’s white supremacy legacy: What America must reckon with today

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: The New Racism - This is How the Civil Rights Movement Ends

The South, where 55 percent of America's black population lives, is increasingly looking like a different country. Fewer children can read; more adults have HIV; its residents suffer from the shortest life expectancies of any in the United States. Six of the eleven states that made up the former Confederacy are at the bottom.

Jason Zengerle, New Republic

Clay Jones

August 10, 2014 | Long before he became the most powerful man in the Alabama Senate, before he controlled billions of dollars in state money and had lobbyists, governors, and future presidents seeking his favor, Hank Sanders used newspapers and magazines as bathroom tissue. His mother would collect periodicals from the wealthy white family whose house she cleaned and bring them back for Sanders and his brothers and sisters. There were 13 children, all told, and they lived with their parents in a three-room shack that their father had built out of one-by-eight boards among the tall pines and chinaberry trees in Blacksher, a speck of a town 50 miles north of Mobile.

This was Alabama in the 1950s, when Jim Crow reigned and a governor's race was determined by which candidate managed to secure the endorsement of the Ku Klux Klan. Life in Baldwin County, where Blacksher was located, may have been marginally less horrid for its black residents than in other parts of the state: The county's last lynching had occurred in 1919 and some of the white men who perpetrated it had even gone to prison. But there were certain realities by which Sanders, as a black child, knew he must abide. He knew not to spend any of the money he earned picking cotton on the six-ounce bottles of Coca-Cola at the drugstore; those were only for white customers, and a black person who tried to buy one risked more than just being refused service. He also knew not to look in the direction of a white woman. The one time he did, the woman's male companion threatened to whip him, and probably would have had Sanders's mother, a strong-willed woman named Ola Mae, not intervened. For Sanders, the fact that there was no electricity or running water in his house-to say nothing of toilet paper-was far less distressing than the constant threat of danger.

Jason Zengerle is a senior editor at the New Republic.

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Part 2: Selma’s white supremacy legacy: What America must reckon with today

The 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" requires us to confront some very ugly ideas and history -- starting here.

Ronald J. Sheehy, Salon

selma_obama.jpgBarack Obama participates in a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, March 7, 2015. (Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

Monday, Mar 9, 2015 | While this weekend America paused to commemorate the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” where civil rights protesters and Alabama police confronted each other at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma Alabama, we should not forget that an all-white police force was protecting the established racial order dictated by the idea of white supremacy. In order to put in perspective the progress made as well as the current challenges around the question of race, we have to interrogate and confront the idea of white supremacy.

As George Santayana reminded us, “Those who cannot learn from history are condemned to repeat it.”

The belief that whites are inherently superior to other races and therefore should dominate society is as American as apple pie. It is an idea that has caused much pain and suffering in the world, is an artifact of “white culture,” but still plays a role in American society.

Ronald J. Sheehy, a molecular biologist, accreditation official, and now retired university administrator, is the author of Affirmative Action Revisited recently published in Diversity: Issues in Higher Education, and a memoir, Possibilities: A Search for Personal Liberation.

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Materialism makes you a broke jerk, says science.

  • It’s not possessing things that does the damage — rather, it’s that prioritizing money, possessions, and image (the three horsemen of the tried-and-true materialist) makes you a nastier human being.
  • How Disney Instills Greed and Consumerism in Babies as Young as Three Months Old

Liz Core, Grist

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shopping-consumerism-mad.jpg?w=1024&h=576&crop=1 8 Jan 2015 | Unless your friends and loved ones gave you backrub coupons for the holidays, you’ve probably found yourself wading through an apartment swamped with a tide of new things. These gadgets and whatsits may be reminders of the people who care about you, but an over-reliance on material goods can lead to very little fulfillment, if any at all.

Psychologist Tim Kasser, from Knox College, sat down with the American Psychological Association back in mid-December to talk about what consumerism does to the human mind. We missed the story back then, when we were distracted by selfie sticks and Celebrate Christmas™ Yankee Candles, but his findings still bear repeating: Leading a materialistic life can lead to depression, antisocial behavior, severe guilt, and other negative qualities.

Liz Core: Editorial Intern at Grist

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Related:

How Disney Instills Greed and Consumerism in Babies as Young as Three Months Old, Martha Sorren, TruthOut.org

Few people have considered the hold that the Disney Corporation has not only on their own lives, but on the world as a whole.

Hollywood Heroism in the Age of Empire: From “Citizenfour” and “Selma” to “American Sniper”

  • Moral and political courage is in short supply these days and rarely represented in any form in the Hollywood celluloid universe.
  • Under a regime of neoliberalism, a persistent racism and politics of disposability are matched by a theater of cruelty in which more and more individuals and groups are considered throwaways.
  • The Oscars: a decadent and stupid ritual, an orgy of luxury branding and self-congratulation

TGP Staff, the Greanville Post

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February 21, 2015 | The United States’ addiction to violence is partly evident in the heroes it chooses to glorify. Within the last few months, three films appeared that offer role models, however flawed, to young people while legitimating particular notions of civic courage, patriotism and a broader understanding of injustice. I am less concerned in this inquiry with the historical accuracy or artistic merits of the films than with the identifications they mobilize and the narratives they unfold about valor – still a solely masculine trait in Hollywood.

Citizenfour is a deeply moving film about former NSA intelligence analyst and whistleblower Edward Snowden and his admirable willingness to sacrifice his life in order to reveal the dangerous workings of an authoritarian surveillance state. It also points to the courageous role of journalists such as Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Julian Assange. These are the brave journalists and cultural workers who occupy the alternative media, refusing to become embedded within the safe parameters of established powers and fiercely challenging the death-dealing war-surveillance machine Snowden reveals both in the film and in later revelations published by The Guardian, Salon and The Washington Post, and later summed up in Greenwald’s book, No Place to Hide.

The Greanville Post, part of the Cyrano’s Journal group of counter-misinformation sites, seeks to spotlight the outrageous but increasingly common intersection of induced stupidity, high-handed political fraudulence and domestic and international criminality which characterize life in the American Empire in the early part of the 21st century.

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Related:

The Oscars: a decadent and stupid ritual, an orgy of luxury branding and self-congratulation, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • “You know what? Fuck 'em. You made a very good film, so feel good about that and start working on the next one,” director Spike Lee said last month during a candid interview with The Daily Beast in response to Ava DuVernay's omission from the Best Director category.
  • Part 1: Why It Should Bother Everyone That The Oscars Are So White
  • Part 2: We are all d**k-measurers now: The Oscars and awards-season devalue and pervert art.

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