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Patricia Neal, an Oscar Winner Who Endured Tragedy, Dies at 84

Patricia Neal, who made her way from Kentucky’s coal country to Hollywood and Broadway, winning an Academy Award and a Tony, but whose life alternated almost surreally between triumph and tragedy, died on Sunday at her home in Edgartown, Mass., on Martha’s Vineyard. She was 84.

Aljean Harmetz, New York Times | NY

Actress Patricia Neal in 2008. Mark Humphrey/Associated Press

The death was announced by her family in Edgartown. A friend, Bud Albers, told The Associated Press that Ms. Neal, who also lived in Manhattan, had had lung cancer.

Ms. Neal received her Oscar, as best actress, in 1964, for her performance in “Hud” as the tough, shopworn housekeeper who did not succumb to Paul Newman’s amoral charm. By then she had already endured the death of her first child and a calamitous injury to her infant son, who was brain-damaged in an accident. Then came three strokes, a year after the Oscar, leaving her in a coma for three weeks. Afterward she was semiparalyzed and unable to speak.



America: The Grim Truth

  • I am not writing this to scare you. I write this to you as a friend. If you are able to read and understand what I’ve written here, then you are a member of a small minority in the United States. You are a minority in a country that has no place for you.
  • These Empty Spaces
  • America Goes Dark
  • We Are A Nation Of Sheep Being Led By Wild Dogs

Lance Freeman, Axis of Logic

Americans, I have some bad news for you: You have the worst quality of life in the developed world – by a wide margin.

If you had any idea of how people really lived in Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and many parts of Asia, you’d be rioting in the streets calling for a better life. In fact, the average Australian or Singaporean taxi driver has a much better standard of living than the typical American white-collar worker.

I know this because I am an American, and I escaped from the prison you call home.

I have lived all around the world, in wealthy countries and poor ones, and there is only one country I would never consider living in again: The United States of America. The mere thought of it fills me with dread.



These Empty Spaces, William Rivers Pitt, t r u t h o u t
We are an idea, and all of us are bound to it through the ink that explains us on old pieces of parchment. We are an idea, and in that idea, we can locate our nobility, our strength, and the better angels of our nature. Too many of us, including our president and congressional representatives, have forgotten this. Perhaps, if we remind them in strong enough terms, if we make We The People a true force for right instead of a catch-phrase, things would get better. Until then, the idea that is America will continue to wither, and the empty spaces within will endure.

America Goes Dark, Paul Krugman, New York Times | NY
So the end result of the long campaign against government is that we’ve taken a disastrously wrong turn. America is now on the unlit, unpaved road to nowhere.
America: The Grim Truth

Mike Malloy - We Are A Nation Of Sheep Being Led By Wild Dogs, hschulein, Democratic Underground
And George Carlin's Final Words To The World


Can Race Ever Be on the Back Burner?

  • We might have actually retreated from racial equity.
  • 'A View From the Bottom'
  • Racism in Minnesota (And Beyond)

New America Media

Earl Ofari Hutchinson discusses how the Shirley Sherrod debacle has reignited a conversation about race in the media, about NAACP and the Tea Party and if it has taught us anything about race in the era of Obama.

Many suggest that with the election of President Obama, race has become a non-issue, because as he said when referring to the ethnic segregation of the country, there’s only the United States of America. However, Tim Wise, author of Colorblind, suggests we might have actually retreated from racial equity.

The National Black Prosecutors Association recently had its 27th annual conference in San Francisco and over the last decade there has been a rise of the black district attorneys and prosecutors across the United States. But if justice is colorblind does it make a difference if the prosecutor is black or white? Carmen Lineberger, President of the NBPA, discusses.



Racism in Minnesota (And Beyond), Jeff Nygaard, Nygaard Notes

  • We cannot conquer "the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism" until we "shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society." -- Martin Luther King
  • A new legal caste system?

'A View From the Bottom' Don Nash, Axis of Logic

  • Nothing brings out the worst in xenophobic America like the color of a person’s skin. Oh yeah.
  • Why, even in “our modern times” the color of a person’s skin will segregate one into enclaves and ghettos that riddle the California stateside like perky little Gazas here and there.
  • Can Race Ever Be on the Back Burner?


Mike Malloy - We Are A Nation Of Sheep Being Led By Wild Dogs

And George Carlin's Final Words To The World

hschulein, Democratic Underground

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarsaki

Hi Democratic Underground. My name is Hernan and I´m the owner of The Mike Malloy Gallery at Youtube. On this video, Mike talks about american citizens inaction regarding the wars, the lies and the deception. If you like it and want to see more, please subscribe to the gallery at: or go to and scroll down the main webpage to see the gallery. Thanks.



George Carlin's Final Words To The World, Jay Cole, YouTube

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Michael Sodos George Carlin on "The American Dream".

The greatest 3 minutes of his career. The PTB are aggressively trying to keep this video off YouTube and Google, so I thought I'd upload it so it can't get deleted as easily. Everyone needs to watch this!


Summary: Intolerance, Hate, Intimidation, Fear-mongering, Violence, Incivility, and Ignorance Move Mainstream: Week of Aug 1

2 New Items including:

  • Target's $150,000 Donation To Fund Anti-Gay Politics
  • Lady Gaga: Pop Star for a Country and an Empire in Decline

David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

Target's $150,000 Donation To Fund Anti-Gay Politics, Michael A. Jones,

  • Send the company a message right now, urging them to explain why their money is being used to fund a politics that not only serves to prevent LGBT equality, but breeds homophobia, transphobia and hatred.
  • Mother of Gay Son Stands Up to Target for Anti-Gay Donation
  • After political gift, Target feels backlash
  • Corporate interests backing Emmer sue for right to donate to him

Lady Gaga: Pop Star for a Country and an Empire in Decline, Sarah Jaffe,  AlterNet
We have made monsters out of others in order to kill them without fear. Gaga makes herself a monster to try to show us ourselves.